Oakland Startups List

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ID 46805

Alan Caudill

Co-Founder of @dygest. Multiple experiences as "day one" engineer successfully delivering products from scratch. @carnegie-mellon-university CS

ID 209068

Zach Hanna


ID 4063

Ketu Patel

Co-founder and CTO of @rockbot. UC @university-of-california-berkeley EECS grad '03.

ID 3063

Garrett Dodge

Co-Founder of @rockbot and @massachusetts-institute-of-technology grad. Previously, founded @fido-factor. Working on loyalty and engagement for brands & local businesses.

ID 41765

Peter Hizalev

Founder at @kato. Product fanatic. Electronic communication enthusiast. Computer architecture geek.

ID 25640

Oren Jacob

Cofounder, CEO ToyTalk. "Lean Launchpad" instructor @stanford-university, @university-of-california-berkeley. Mentor 500 Startups. EIR AugustCapital. CTO @pixar. Supervising Tech Dir "Finding Nemo".

ID 36362

Jereme Monteau

Lead Developer at @shortform. 15 year startup developer veteran. ISP, enterprise, cloud, geo, web apps. Java, Py, Ruby and more. Full stack, front to back.

ID 107416

Shadiah Sigala

Cofounder & Head of Customer @honeybook. Previous @activehours. Studied public leadership @harvard-university, @pomona-college.

ID 38510

Erik Smith

Entrepreneur, Engineer. Founder at Appsites. Lead Engineer @inmobi. Previous: Founder @hipset #YCS12 and @shuffle-interactive.

ID 155579

Kyle Killion


Co-Founder of @suiteness • VP of Product for @apartment-list, PM for @yelp, @coupa • Founder with multiple successful exits • University of Minnesota

ID 76234

Brian Martinez

Co-Founder at @madesolid (@y-combinator W14) Previously Founder/CEO at @tioki. B.A. Business/Entrepreneurship - UC Santa Barbara. Worked at @adroll and @cbiz

ID 127540

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

Co-Founder & COO of @tioki. Ph.D candidate at @university-of-california-los-angeles Graduate School of Education. Masters in Education Administration & Policy. @teach-for-america alumna.

ID 104531

Naveen Jain


CMO and Co-Founder @immunity-project • CEO @sparkart • Investor / Advisor @rally, @gyft, @hifi, @truevault, @bellabeat @trnio, @zesty-1 - Y Combinator Alum (W14)

ID 84121

Tony Bako

Technology Leader. CTO at @mosaic-2, formerly VP of Engineering at @chegg, @cramster.

ID 51707

Dan Rosen

CEO of Mosaic. Solar obsessed geek since I was a kid. 2x 30-under-30 by Forbes for Energy.

ID 107381

Brennen Byrne

Founder @clef, • Worked at @adobe-systems, @h-bloom • Studied at @pomona-college

ID 187944

Maggie Utgoff

VP of Operations @hackreactor • Founder @Louder • Led Social Media for Jerry Brown Campaign • Led Operations @rally • Helped @twitter grow from 20 to 250

ID 299730

Dan Clay Ellis


Co-founder of @rallyteam - Platform for employee empowerment. Founder of @saturna - tech consulting. Worked @oracle-1. Studied @university-of-calgary

ID 603

Ryan Merket


@appstores.com (acquired by InMobi), Ping.fm (acquired by @seesmic),Partner Engineer at @facebook, Product guy with UI/UX and coding chops.

ID 226086

Jesper Andersen

I co-founded http://bloom.io and do other projects at http://certaintylabs.com.

ID 251348

Noah Abelson

Co-founder/CEO at ShareRoot • Worked at @wildfire-interactive, @adparlor • Studied at @university-of-maryland-college-park

ID 185573

Josh Gillespie

Senior AE @quote-roller, @panda-doc • Founder @sugar-knife • Head of Sales @Pinchit • AE at @yelp • Studied at @university-of-british-columbia

ID 337897

Sasha Cagen

Natural born communicator with exceptional writing, PR, marketing, product development, and community-building skills.

ID 225600

Chris Lindsey

Founder of @Schizofriend.me • Editor & Structured Data Project Lead at @yahoo • Writer (portfolio: robochris.tumblr.com) • Drummer

ID 237683

Mark Hudnall

Founder @clef. Worked at @minted, @ning. Studied Computer Science at @pomona-college. I build apps with hundreds of thousands of downloads.

ID 40084

David Feinberg

JavaScript UI engineer and full stack python developer. Entrepreneurial background, started and sold a web hosting business, ran product at (mt) Media Temple.

ID 5810

John Hurliman

@syntertainment. @mox-1. Sold @cull-tv-1 as cofounder, published on scalable realtime computing at @intel. Student of prod. dev, ML, and neuroscience.

ID 22174

Rob Kelly

CEO of Ongig: The Employer Branding SaaS; I've bought, sold & failed businesses; Author of An Enlightened Entrepreneur

ID 204184

Avi Bar-Zeev


Designer/developer of Google Earth (@keyhole), Lead special projects at @walt-disney-imagineering, @microsoft-3, @amazon, President/CTO @syntertainment

ID 16165

Kwame Garrett-Price

Ex-Airbnb and Weddington Way. Former Founder at Physicians Prima; Studied at @oklahoma-state-university-1

ID 118984

Nicholas Livingston

Co-Founder & CEO @honeit, Director of Global Recruiting @tubemogul, MBA @BerkeleyHass, Former Director of Talent Acquisition @mtv Networks / @viacom #HRTech

ID 93412

Matt Zuvella

Founder at SportsVault. Born to innovate. Growth hacker, social media fiend + fantasy sports addict.

ID 625

Tuyen Vo

Product Manager and Marketer with years of entrepreneurial experience. Founder @linepeek @centrro @gplay. Graduate @university-of-california-berkeley.

ID 37322

Patrick Ford

Experienced software engineer and manager. Experience from start ups to major corporations.

ID 126945

Sean Wycliffe


Co-founder of @dealflicks. Co-founded and grew last business to $1.5M+ revenue in 5 yrs. Founded NGO Project Pueblo. UCB '10 Econ, summa cum laude.

ID 19263

Bilal Ahmed

Entrepreneur, engineer, hustler, hacker, designer, yogi, musician and author.

ID 376402

eric stromberg

Seasoned tech/infrastructure exec, currently consulting in the bitcoin space, launching SF Bitcoins and advising to Armory Technologies, Inc. Looking for addtional bitcoin ventures.

ID 96353

Nick Fassler

Product at @yammer • Founder of @thrive-ly-deadpool-1 • User growth advisor to startups and nonprofits

ID 104743

Josh Steiner

Founder at @shotlist and @scal-io. Hacker, brewer, mobile and web tech enthusiast.

ID 162433

Eli Altman

Creative Director @a-hundred-monkeys. Mentor @500startups. Author of dontcall.it/that. Formerly Brand Strategist @metadesign. @university-of-california-los-angeles design 2007.

ID 248309

Paul Cowgill

Full-stack engineer. Previously, cofounder and CTO of RaftOut (music tech). @harvard-university M.S. in Systems Biology. NSF Graduate Research Fellow

ID 88814

Ryan Dawkins


Founder & President @project-sport-llc | Running/Cycling Production + Entertainment. Worked @montgomery-securities. 2 successful exits 2012/2014.

ID 357549

Avi Brown

Founder @brandads

ID 261062

Vikram Babu

Designing meaningful products that communicate brilliance and beauty to users.

ID 198479

Lance Pickens

CEO and Founder MadeSolid, Inc. • Worked at @institute-for-creative-technologies • Studied at @university-of-southern-california, @illinois-institute-of-technology

ID 237299

Andrei Soroker

Founder at @kato. Code, product, team, fundraising.

ID 1996

Kalimah Priforce

Biz dev for @qeyno Labs | 2013 Echoing Green Fellow | Educator-In-Residence at Hidden Genius Project

ID 84525

Rand Fitzpatrick

Product Management. Cofounder and former Chief Product Officer of @okcupid-labs. System designer with a focus on search, recommendation, and nlp.

ID 151223

Alex Bernstein


Founder of @north-social (exit in 2011), North Venture Partners, Echo Networks, Athleticode, & Inoak. Employee at Virgin, PTC, C-Bridge, & the NFL

ID 443253

Fergus Noble

Founder Swift Navigation • Worked at @joby-energy • Studied at @university-of-cambridge

ID 225186

Casey Wilson

Full-stack developer at popexpert.com. Fmr lead developer for Flowful.me. Fmr Founder & CEO of Wokai. 6 years founding and operating experience.

ID 89259

Sander Pick

I work on companies and projects that aim to make the world more transparent and easier to understand.

ID 112844

Jason Kim

Co-founder of @bombfell. Lead developer at @lolapps. Co-founded @foodoro (YC '09). Developer at @microsoft and @goldman-sachs. @harvard-university MS/BA in CS.

ID 214153

Alex Henry

CDO of BriteHub. 14 years experience as an entrepreneur, designer, and front-end developer. Founded designer studio cypher13 and VP of Product for Tommaso bikes. CU Boulder BA 2003.

ID 50679

Chia-Lin Simmons

Digital Media exec. VP, Marketing & Content Programming & BD. Expertise in mobile, digital distribution, e-commerce and connected cars

ID 2604

Kamal Shah

Founder/CEO of FotoNotes; Founder Invu Technology; Former Chief Architect Smashcast, Wakesoft. Developed 20 software products. M.Sc. Engineering, U of Toronto

ID 277728

Kirk Crenshaw

CMO @2lemetry and Advisor @tylr-mobile • Previously VP @appirio, @demandbase • Studied at @uc-berkeley-haas-school-of-business

ID 104087


co-founder at SolSource, early at OpenTable, RMG, PracticeFusion, E la Carte

ID 221222

Lynzi Ziegenhagen


Founder/CEO @schoolzilla. @stanford Symbolic Systems, MS in CS. Was VP Technology @ Aspire Public Schools. Worked at startup @gearworks @Booz @microsoft.

ID 115646

Vidya Spandana


Founder, Principal at Neppalli

ID 267509

Zennie Abraham [LION] - toplinked.com

Founder @sports-business-simulations, @zennie62media • Studied at @university-of-california-berkeley, @university-of-texas-arlington

ID 97981

Megan Jones

Founder/CEO of @lokion-interactive. Listed 4 consecutive years on Inc mag's Fastest Growing Private Companies.

ID 60328

David Ragones

VP Platform & Mobile @successfactors. Founder @dreamcommerce. Previously, @nvidia exec, Engineering Lead @ KPCB/Benchmark/DFJ startups. @princeton-university CS / @university-of-michigan MBA.

ID 38329

Paul Sebexen

Chief Scientist, REX Computing CEO & Co-Founder, Evolutionary Solutions "20 Under 20" 2012 Thiel Fellow

ID 12316

Lorin David Kalisky

15+ years experience in product management, marketing, business development in US & EU. Adept at strategy and execution. Founder @zenlist & @franglo.

ID 228545

Joanna Adler

Founder/CEO @bluemorph-1, @jack-london-mail-sold • Worked at @beyond-com, @cybersource • MBA & BSBA from @california-state-university-east-bay

ID 201723

Ash Monif

CEO & Founder of Grimm Bros, LLC. Entrepreneur and Executive manager. Worked at EA, Atari, Bioware/Pandemic, Subatomic Studios and Human Head Studios.

ID 198564

Namane Mohlabane

Community organizer, educator and CA Wellness Foundation Fellow out of high school. Serial Entrepreneur in various verticals of music & entertainment industry

ID 148529

Greg Lutze

@vsco Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

ID 34164

Daniel Roesler

Founder @utilityapi PM @terraverde-renewable-partners CTO @fitocracy PM @cleanair-engineering

ID 53700

Cameron Matthews

COO of Vehicle Data Science. Studied @stanford-university. Startups, data, baseball, family.

ID 51992

Arthur Coulston

Co-founder, VP of Product at Mosaic. Founder, Internet Director at largest youth climate activism organization in the world.

ID 96348

Dana Frasz

Social Entrepreneur, Connector & Organizer

ID 89428

Shaun Tai

Executive Director at Oakland Digital (ODALC.org). M.A, B.S, B.A | eMarketeer, creative strategist, and tech philanthropist. More shauntai.com and @shaun-tai.

ID 428806

Kent Suzuki

Founder @right-brain-electronics-llc • Studied at @harvey-mudd-college

ID 217071

Fay Johnson

Founder & CEO of deliberateLIFE • Social Impact + Design Thinking + Business Savvy • Former @us-house-of-representatives • Studied at @ucla, @georgetown

ID 389954

Brad Miller

Consumer, Mobile and Tech fanatic; Strategy, Consulting and GSD; Created and Worked at @square6-group

ID 96783

Russell Hyzen


Biz Builder. Raised capital at Elanex. VP Biz&CorpDev/1st empl at XOOM.com/NBCi(IPO, Merge w/ NBC); BizDev at Quote.com/5th empl (Sequoia, Sold to Lycos)

ID 79150

Jared Hanson


Lead Engineer at @nodeprime. Previously Founding Engineer at Aspera (acq. by @ibm). Ongoing open source developer.

ID 128077

Jennifer Loh

Founder @vault29 + Entrepreneur + Winelover + @university-of-california-berkeley alum

ID 65091

Michael McAllen

His company has produced corporate meetings & media for Oracle, HP, Yahoo, PepsiCo, Sanofi, Siemens Medical Solutions, Genzyme, Restoration Hardware, Gap, Avon

ID 33543

Sam Reader

CEO of @INFIN3D Motion Picture Technology, 3D Production & Sound.

ID 147692

Robert X. Trencheny Jr.


Big companies, big ideas.

ID 67794

Krys Freeman

Product Manager • Founder @HeLLaRides • Worked at @greenbiz-group • Studied at @occidental-college • A firm believer in technology as a vehicle for radical change.

ID 102843

Joan Martin

Strategic & Financial Consultant

ID 153522

Nancy Quan

Co-Founder, Dsg.nr. Stanford BS Mechanical Engineering. UCLA Anderson MBA. Restaurant Owner. 10+ Years Professional Designer: Interior, Product, Web & Graphic.

ID 461246

David Delcourt

Founder @SivaCycle @makemesustainable • Worked at @nera-economic-consulting • Studied at @wesleyan-university

ID 26121

Dan McAulay

Engineer at heart who enjoys building new things, working in fast paced environments and surpassing expectations. www.prixfixeapp.com

ID 20586

Diego Schmunis

Sr Product Manager @studionow . Founder @discotec - Product Development Leader @eztweets, @scrumitup, @baskitlabs @sendori

ID 68085

Kasey Brown

Award winning teacher/math coach. Created math intervention program for CA School District. Awarded $700k EETT Grant. Programmer-Analyst at HP for 9 years.

ID 77737

Erik Svenson

Founder and COO of Dan's Plan, helping members achieve Optimal Health in a Modern World. Investment Banking. Private Placements. CFA Program.

ID 142074

Chadwick Horn

Graduated with a double major in Computer Science and Biology from @stanford-university. Avid sweat equity investor in promising startups.

ID 226891

Ninh Tran

Founder @trucksome-inc • Worked at @dai-soai-inc, @hoangmai-hotels • Studied at @university-of-california-berkeley

ID 124431

Nick Resnick


Founder @deci • Worked at @teach-for-america • Former NCAA Division I Soccer Captain • Studied Business at University of Maryland, @university-of-maryland-college-park

ID 177438

Adam Huie

CEO at Sway Networks, Founder at Hatch Labs (Tinder), & Journeyer at IAC. I get excited about Product, Strategy & Anything Mobile.

ID 184976

India Alston

I connect the dots between what you need, who you need and show you how to get it. I build the relationships you need to grow your brand in new markets.

ID 27713

Ryan Bethencourt


VC @Indbio, CEO Berkeley Biolabs, my 3rd Angel funded Biotech (Halpin Neurosciences and Genescient Pharma). Prev Big Pharma/Biotech exp. Cambridge U Alum

ID 299029

Steve DeAngelo

ID 57752

Adrian Walker

Founder Rippld, First Element Entertainment • Studied at @university-of-michigan

ID 390444

Gianni Argiris

Product Manager @crunchbase | iOS Hacker, Inventor, Writer

ID 88610

Alison Wiener

Owner/Director of Operations at Evermore Pet Food, Inc.

ID 272592

Mack Fuller

Founder Velvet Ape • Worked at @go-com, @blue-lithium • Studied at @bethany-college

ID 413004

Brian Co

Founder & CEO @LogradoInc

ID 156702

Jon Levin

Worked at @yodlee, @Groundwork Open Source @nextweb-wireless-covad @libritas-inc @dslnetworks @xipcom-inc

ID 512199

Drew Hendricks

Social Media, Business and Environmental Addict - Contributing Writer at Forbes, Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post

ID 99801

LaShawn James

Computer Science undergrad with MBA. Strong business background (P&G, and PepsiCo). Stanford MBA 2006.

ID 110915

Karan Jain

Co-Founder @tinygive • Founder @clovest • Worked at @board-of-governors-federal-reserve • Studied at @tufts-university • Fellow @startingbloc

ID 7089

Skylar Craig

Founded @teleb, Grok Business Solutions, and Rouge Chef. Killer salesman.

ID 128518

AJ Chan

Co-Founder/CEO of @foss-hill-labs. Recent @wesleyan-university University grad. Founded first company in college and sold in Dec 2011.

ID 44255

Anthony Garcia

CEO and co-founder of GuideOn - Translating skills for U.S. Military Veterans for better career opportunities; Cornell MBA 2009; US Army Captain

ID 125240

Ricky Y. Choi, MD, MPH

Pediatrician, blogger, health and wellness expert, health care leader, Co-Founder HealthBegins

ID 333349

Mohammed Soriano-Bilal

Media executive, MBA, Design Strategy

ID 122693

Naresh Singhal


VP, Mobile Products at Trunomi, pioneering B2ME for the financial industry

ID 461666

Ward Wolff

Co-founder of @recess; Sponsorship marketing lead at City Parks Foundation and SummerStage; event production professional + parks advocate; B.A. @middlebury

ID 98251

Odette Pollar

Management Consultant with 20 years experience. MTM's service is scalable due to Odette's business process consulting experience.

ID 168442

Pablo Schuhmacher

Founder & CEO at onehackmind. Strong experience in product ideation, management and large-scale event planning. Studied @columbia University.

ID 209678

Dave Chiu

Founder @txt2wrk • Worked at @frog-design, @altera-corporation • Studied at @university-of-delaware, MA in IxD from Interaction Ivrea

ID 72054

Guillermo Garcia

CTO and co-founder of Heliotrope Technologies. In charge of all product development.

ID 8760

Sarfaraz Rydhan

Lead software engineer @delivery-agent. 12 yrs in e-commerce as engineer and founder. Started e-commerce company as sophomore at UCLA. Classifieds power seller.

ID 48547

Ikon Eco

UX/Product Designer - I design experiences for web and mobile applications.

ID 344585

Andrew Bowman

E-Commerce, CRM, Marketing Automation, Salesforce, Sales Operations, Logistics, SAAS, Startups

ID 252450

Lisa Perdichizzi

Founder of TinSaucer Productions. Visionary of the alien invasion. Saver of CommerceOne BuySite and PeopleSoft i8. I don't believe in the Kobayashi Maru.

ID 264068

Randy Thieben

Randy Thieben furnishes mobile satellite uplink and downlink solutions for network news organizations and other clients through Central Coast Uplink.Our mobile KU satellite van is proud to be the only independent full service mobile dual path HD redundant

ID 106004

liza sonia wallach

ID 218096

Il Hong Yoo

An experienced finance professional with deep knowledge & understanding of analytics, financial models, and tech industry. BS Math. MA Economics, FRM and CFA L2

ID 70931

Jeff Pilisuk

Founder at iEnso Consulting, marketing & biz dev whiz, eco-entrepreneur, social media junkie, health fanatic, coffee snob, and curious about all things tech.

ID 93825

James McBryan

Founder of Prep.a.Trip. Starting businesses to help people get connected, outside.

ID 14579

bruce rinehart

creativity engineer: expert in the internet stack, the business stack and the social science stack - 20 years of net dev - teaching python this Summer('14) @UCB

ID 206204

Robert Preskill

California lawyer for entertainment/digital deals, licensing/franchise agreements and business development consulting.

ID 363839

Paul Bryzek

Founder of CIeTY. Mobile app developer since 07. Lots of experience taking app from idea to production fast. Android, iOS, J2ME & server side. EE/CS - UCLA.

ID 103164

Shingai Samudzi

Founder @projectvision. Solution design and project management at Cerner, @kaiser-permanente. @carnegie-mellon-university grad in Decision Science.

ID 81674

Ehab Bandar

Seasoned UX/startup guy.

ID 500563

Patrick Martin

Founder @martin-marino • Studied at @babson-college

ID 578561

Marisela Feldman

founder of maison zahara. hoya saxa.

ID 163411

Julie Trinh

Program Coordinator for international nonprofit. Background in nonprofits focusing on programming and community engagement.

ID 177214

Denyelle Bruno

Founder Swappin • Worked at @Peet's Coffee & Tea • Studied at @University of California, Santa Cruz

ID 54563

Tane Ross

10+ years doing UX and Product Design. A mind for business. Highly collaborative with tech and biz. Plus front end chops-css, javascript, jquery.

ID 340448

Rashad Alaiyan

Recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison looking to begin a career in Social Media, Advertising, and Marketing.

ID 492018

Adam Kryder

Multi Lingual International Business Experience and Creative Problem Solving Specialist

ID 39661

Moly Yim

Freelance Designer (Graphic & Web) @ moly.me

ID 90336

Jonathan Cobb

Founded Kiptronic (sold to Limelight). Currently building a new company, Cloudstead.

ID 88318

Tab Dangerfield

Music Director of Dorsett Round Table for NBC Sports Net. Managing Partner of SMG Holdings; Author of A Dangerfield Manifesto; Ghostwriter for many.

ID 135495

Jon Trask, CMP, CMM

Currently at Grass Shack Events & Media, over 25 years in the meetings industry, mostly in audio visual, staging and technical production of events.

ID 74531

Joseph McDonald

Co-Founded Sherwood Forest, an SEC registered firm in Virginia. The company manages the Sherwood Forest Alternative Mutual Fund (Ticker: SFCMX)

ID 39059

Mike Pauletich

Co-founder of The Hamel Group & BioView.com (both sold to Monster Worldwide), MBA Finance & Marketing Univ. of Washington

ID 400656

Ashley Lee

Founder @lee-gardens-www-haveagarden-com • Worked at @vo-s-restaurant, @animal-safehouse-of-brevard • Studied at @university-of-central-florida

ID 332333

Artur Moczulski

worked as Software Developer at Asperity Employee Benefits Ltd, pureholidahomes.com

ID 499606

Tony F.

ID 246905

Holley M. Murchison

Studied at @university-of-the-pacific, @brooklyn-college

ID 345599

Jason Bolden-Anderson

Founder of Gamer's Guild of America, 1st start up company out of college. BA in Business management from Boise State University. Worked in QA at EA for 2 years.

ID 216272

Seth Peterson

I've spent most of my career in finance until co-founding All You Can Arcade. I've also spent time working in the legal and accounting industries.

ID 336977

Combiz Saleh

Aspiring Engineer, Inspiring Peer. CEO Study Savior. Web-app enthusiast.

ID 302358

Anne Gordon

Founder @kinderloop B.A. Princeton University, J.D. Univ of Michigan. Legal work: teaching at UC-Berkeley Law School, work with California and US Government.

ID 34892

Eric Clayton

Owner Nacho Hut LLC. Looking to open an expanded version of Nacho Hut type restaurants throughout the bay area.

ID 66502

Jamie Evora

The Bicycle Network, Inc.

ID 40700

Steve Hull

BetOn Studios cofounder, Rails fullstack developer.

ID 263867

Dominick Scala

Entrepreneur, Writer & Publisher

ID 485879

Ronnia Cherry

W* Founder & Director. Idea whisper & creative goddess (in training). Known for waking people up in the middle of their dreams, to go out & make them come true.

ID 418511

Mucheru Njaga

Founder Uzaa Networks • Studied at @hunter-college

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