Mentors


  • Sasha Laundy Sasha Laundy

    Bio: Sasha Laundy (Founder, Women Who Code) loves helping others learn cool things. Currently she is a Support Engineer at Twilio. She coached the first high school girl’s varsity ultimate frisbee team in the state of Connecticut and taught physics to 9th grade girls. She later launched a Neuroscience class to get kids hooked before they hit college, and a girls-only weightlifting class to get girls confident in the weight room. She has since jumped into startup land with both feet, coding in Python and Objective-C. She’s also learning Javascript and looking for a study buddy for Stanford’s Intro to Databases class. Sasha will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Saturday, November 19 from 11am to 4pm as a mentor.


  • Shelly Roche Shelly Roche

    Bio: Shelly Roche (Co-Founder & CTO, Vayable) is the Founder of Wordchuck, Engineer at Foodspotting, Contributor on Fox Business, and Director of IT for Comcast HQ. She is also an expert cat-arranger and hermit. Shelly will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Saturday, November 19 from 1pm to 3pm as a mentor.


  • Jen-Mei Wu Jen-Mei Wu

    Bio: Jen-Mei Wu (Programmer, Blazing Cloud) has more than a decade years of experience across various aspects of software development. She’s worked for companies both large and small, in capacities including programmer, manager, QA engineer, and analyst. She’s been programming with Ruby since 2002, and with Ruby on Rails since 2005. Jen-Mei will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Friday, November 18 from 7pm to 10pm as a mentor.


  • Kirsten Jones Kirsten Jones

    Bio: Kirsten Jones (Developer Advocate, LinkedIn) is dedicated to helping our internal and external developers successfully create applications using the LinkedIn API platform. She provides pointers to documentation, triages bugs, offers code examples, and explains the LinkedIn system to keep people from getting stuck. Kirsten will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Saturday, November 19 from 1pm to 3pm as a mentor.


  • Jean Hsu Jean Hsu

    Bio: Jean Hsu (Android Developer, Pulse) was previously at Google and interested in mobile app development, pottery, and succulents. She blogs at JeanHsu.com. Jean will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Saturday, November 19 from 1pm to 3pm as a mentor.


  • Anna Billstrom Anna Billstrom

    Bio: Anna Billstrom (Facebook App Developer, Momentus Media) started as a Perl and Java developer back in the Dot Com Era. In the past seven years, she’s specialized in CRM Consulting for some of the top Fortune 500 companies. She’s a core contributor to Ruby on Rails’ blog solution Radiant and her iPhone app development has resulted in two awards (“Best New Developer” and “Best Social Game”). Anna will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Saturday, November 19 from 1pm to 3pm as a mentor.


  • Dave Kochbeck Dave Kochbeck

    Bio: Dave Kochbeck (Founder & CTO, AtomicPass) was previously the head of technology for Friendster, Live Nation Worldwide, Howard Dean\'s presidential campaign, and Lucidity (the commerce arm of BlueMountain.com). Before managing technology groups, Dave was a software developer and systems administrator. He has a special affinity for assembly language and still considers C++ high-level. Dave will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 all weekend as a mentor.


  • Christine Lemke Christine Lemke

    Bio: Christine Lemke (Co-Founder & COO, Sense Networks) previously worked in the venture capital arm of 3i Group in Paris, France, and at Microsoft XBOX. She started her career as the first employee and Director of Product Management at Returns Online, a venture backed supply chain startup. Christine will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Saturday, November 19 from 2pm to 4pm as a mentor.


  • Adria Richards Adria Richards

    Bio: Adria Richards (Tech Consultant, ButYoureAGirl) is a consultant who works with businesses to help them leverage their use of technology. She creates and delivers educational workshops to organizations, blogging about her experiences in tech at ButYoureAGirl.com and creating weekly YouTube videos on tech. Adria continues her mission of making technology accessible to everyone. Adria will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Saturday, November 19 from 1pm to 3pm as a mentor.


  • Renee DiResta Renee DiResta

    Bio: Renee DiResta (Associate, O\'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures) was a trader at Jane Street Capital in a past life. She spends time thinking about inefficient markets, apps that solve problems, and what to eat for dinner. She likes to swing dance and make things, participating in several Startup Weekends as a developer. Renee will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Saturday, November 19 from 10am to noon as a mentor.


  • Brandon Hill Brandon Hill

    Bio: Brandon K. Hill (CEO, Btrax) runs a San Francisco based creative agency serving global markets for over 7 years with a wide range of experience and expertise from UI Design, User Experience Consulting, Mobile/Tablet Web experiences to Social Media Marketing, Branding and Identity, Website localization for the Asian market. Services include branding, web solutions and UI/UX design. Learn more at Btrax.com. Brandon will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Saturday, November 19 from 11pm to 4pm as a mentor.


  • Stephanie Palmeri Stephanie Palmeri

    Bio: Steph Palmeri (Senior Associate, SoftTech VC) invests in seed stage consumer web and mobile companies. Before moving from NYC to Silicon Valley, she had decade of experience working at the intersection of marketing and technology with both startups and seed funds/incubators (like Lot18 & NYC Seed) and large companies (Accenture, Estee Lauder, SAP AG). Stephanie sweats bikram yoga, seeks good food, attempts to ski, and loves getting lost in foreign countries. Stephanie will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Sunday, November 20 from 1pm to 3pm as a mentor.


  • Jenn Chen Jenn Chen

    Bio: Jenn Chen (UX Designer, Google) previously led UX projects at BigTent/Federated Media. She participated in Founder Labs, co-founding FreezeFare. Jenn will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 on Saturday, November 19 from 1pm to 3pm as a mentor.


  • Cindy Alvarez Cindy Alvarez

    Bio: Cindy Alvarez is the head of products and customer developmentfor KISSmetrics, where she is currently building two products (KISSmetrics and KISSinsights) using customer development / lean startup techniques. Cindy is passionate about helping startups succeed through early focus on product management, user experience, and customer outreach. She blogs at The Experience is the Product. Cindy will be at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend 2011 as a mentor on Sunday, November 20 from 9am to noon.


  • Joel Franusic Joel Franusic

    Bio: Joel Franusic (Startup Developer Evangelist, Microsoft) is committed to helping startups in any way that he can. Prior to joining Microsoft, Joel worked for 3 startups and 2 ISPs (one in Africa). He has quite a bit of experience with network operations and knows his way around Perl, Ruby and Python (you can see some of his projects on his GitHub account). As a part of Microsoft\'s BizSpark program, Joel helps startups work with Microsoft technology as well as advises startups on how to get the most out of a relationship with large companies in general and Microsoft in particular.