IEEE-CS Bringing Together Funders, Developers, and Marketing Geniuses for Startup Rock Stars Conference

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  • Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV (1888PressRelease) November 28, 2014 - IEEE Computer Society will bring together venture capitalists, incubators, developers, successful entrepreneurs, and marketing geniuses for the Startup Rock Stars conference in San Francisco on March 25, 2015.

    The must-attend event, featuring top startups and funders, will include networking and a chance to pitch startup ideas. Registration is open now, with early pricing discounts and team rates. To find out more, visit

    Funders will include Carey Lai, Director of Intel Capital, and Howard J. Leonhardt, Executive Chairman of Leonhardt Ventures. Brian Gaff, Partner of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP will speak about intellectual property issues. William Hurley, CEO of Honest Dollar, will share his knowledge on platforms and development.

    Ash Kumra, co-founder, of; and Rishi Shah, CEO of Digioh, will share their success stories. Sridhar Solur, Managing Director, Next Gen Computing - Incubation and Innovation at HP, will speak on how incubators help spur innovation.

    Among the speakers will be Dr. Taryn Rose, CEO and Founder of DRESR, Inc. and shoe design company Taryn Rose, who has been invited to visit the White House and whose shoes were featured in the Smithsonian. Rose, who received the Compass Award for shifting the paradigm of how women are perceived as business leaders, will speak about "Adaptability: The Key to Survival of the Fittest Entrepreneur."

    Startup Rock Stars will provide valuable information for those running, or thinking of running, a startup - no matter what stage of investment. The event will include opportunities to learn about:

    The Facts on Funding - Bringing together both traditional and nontraditional funding sources, including banks, venture capitalists, angel investors, crowdfunding, incubators, and accelerators, along with the pros and cons of each approach.

    Pitching Your Idea - Attendees will learn how to pitch ideas to investors who are funding-centric and know the business side of technology. Five participants will be selected to pitch their business ideas and the crowd will vote on what type of funding the startup could best use.

    Networking - Unmatched chances to meet possible funders, collaborators, and mentors. Or for investors, an opportunity to rub elbows with exciting entrepreneurs in a dynamic, but informal environment.
    Success Stories - Actual startup stories of wildly successful companies and insider tips on how to make those approaches work for you.

    Legal Considerations - Experts with in-depth knowledge of intellectual property rights and other startup requirements will let attendees walk away with a broad view of what's needed to know to survive and thrive as a tech startup.
    Platforms and Infrastructure - Experts on effective platform and infrastructure development who can help take inspiration and make it work.

    Boost Your Back Office - The magic secrets that can make business structures support, rather than hinder, exponential growth.

    Marketing - How can the people who develop the products also sell them? Attendees can learn from the experts who've been there and done that.

    Visit to see the Rock Star list of speakers, mentors, and collaborators who will make attendance at Startup Rock Stars an investment with a certain payoff.

    For a limited time, special early pricing discounts are available for the conference, which includes meals, an unmatchable program, exhibits, and for some, the chance to pitch.

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