From Students to Founders/CEOs Panel
What does it take to create a successful startup during or after college, develop it into a scalable business, and execute as a venture backed startup? From a Thiel Fellow creating a learning intelligence platform named to the Forbes 30 under 30 to creating a global sourcing platform backed by Y Combinator, and creating a virtual reality platform for the nanoscale & doing an ICO to enabling the prediction of clinical treatment response for blood cancer patients & winning pitch competitions. Learn about how these 4 students turned Founders/CEO’s did it, the lessons they’ve learned, and what they’re working towards!
Moderator: Leandro Jaime
Leandro is an associate with the Techstars Anywhere Accelerator focusing on program operations and potential investor research ensuring that the founders have the best experience possible and #DoMoreFaster! An immigrant from Michoacán, Mexico, Leandro grew up in Illinois, and graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana with a BSBA in Finance and minors in both Engineering and Mathematics. After moving to San Diego in the Fall of 2017, he dove into the local startup ecosystem including becoming a senior volunteer analyst with the Tech Coast Angels helping them conduct due diligence on potential investments. Leandro has continued to serve Startup San Diego as the MD of sponsorships, and a leader in organizing SDSW’18 & Convergence’19.
Panelist: Chorom Pak
Dr. Chorom Pak is President and CEO at Lynx Biosciences, Inc. She founded Lynx to commercialize MicroC3™, a cytomics platform technology developed during her PhD. The technology, currently in multiple prospective clinical studies, was shown to rapidly predict clinical response of individual patients to multiple drugs and provides clinicians with actionable readouts. After receiving her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Dr. Pak served as the Clinical and R&D Lead at Cellectar Biosciences (NASDAQ:CLRB), where she co-developed a drug against multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, and advanced it to Phase 2 trials. Dr. Pak was an NCI training grant fellow, holds six patents, and has over 10 years of experience with hematological cancers and development of microfluidic platforms.
Panelist: Luke Sophinos
Luke Sophinos currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of CourseKey. In the last decade, he’s founded two companies, raised millions in venture capital, and worked at a seed-stage investment fund. Sophinos was selected for Peter Thiel’s (Founder of PayPal/First Investor in Facebook) mentorship program for entrepreneurs, the Thiel Fellowship. Collectively, companies created by Thiel Fellows are worth more than $3B. Sophinos was also recently named a top thirty emerging entrepreneur in the United States by Inc. Magazine and named to the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list. Luke currently holds two location-based patents and serves as a board member for the Zahn Innovation Business Incubator at San Diego State University.
Panelist: Nathan Resnick
Nathan Resnick is the CEO of Sourcify, the fastest growing sourcing platform that helps hundreds of companies manufacture products around the world. In the past, Nathan has brought dozens of products to market, ran three ecommerce companies (sold one), and been a part of projects on Kickstarter raising over seven figures. He writes for media outlets like Entrepreneur, The Next Web, Business.com, and more. Nathan also used to live in China and speaks Mandarin.
Panelist: Steve McCloskey
Steve McCloskey is an Alumni from the first class of Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego. Steve’s work is focused on emerging technologies applied to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). After graduating from UCSD he founded Nanome Inc to build Virtual Reality solutions for Scientists and Engineers working at the nanoscale, specifically protein engineering and small molecule drug development. Steve is also a founder of the Matryx blockchain platform which provides a secure framework for collaborative design and development for STEM.