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Chris Hollod

Fund Manager at A-Grade Investments & Associate at The Yucaipa Companies   |   LinkedIn

A-Grade Investments is a venture capital fund founded by long-time friends Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, and Ron Burkle to opportunistically invest in technology start-up companies.

Chris works directly with the founders to help manage the fund. Responsibilities include evaluating new opportunities, managing deal flow, spearheading the investment process, executing deals, and coordinating with portfolio companies.

Wil Schroter

Founder & CEO, Fundable   |   LinkedIn

Wil Schroter is a serial entrepreneur.

1994 - At age 19, while a still a student at the Ohio State University, he began his first company, Blue Diesel, an interactive marketing agency. Two years later Wil merged with inChord Communications, joined their board, and helped the company grow to over $700 million in annual billings before being sold to publicly traded Ventiv.

1995 - Founded Virtucon Ventures, a technology incubator for startup companies whose startups include, Go BIG Network,,,,, and

2002 - Launched, an on-line marketplace for automotive leasing. Swapalease quickly became the world's largest automotive finance marketplace, with over $2 billion in vehicles listed.

2004 - Founded the Go BIG Network, one of the pioneers in online fundraising for startup companies. Since then over 330,000 companies have come to Go BIG looking for funding with millions invested.

2006 - Founded to connect aspiring talent to on-camera roles. GotCast soon became the leader in on-line talent casting, and now casts for every major network and show on television.

2008 - Founded to help consumers purchase large ticket items by turning big prices into smart, affordable payments. Affordit is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Founders Fund, Crosscut Ventures and Baroda Ventures.

2009 - Founded, an on-line business planning and management tool that helps upstart entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable plans and great companies.

2010 - Co-Founded, to help people get rid of junk mail. Unsubscribe was backed by Charles River Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, First Round Capital and Ron Conway and was sold over a year later to Trusted ID.

2011 - Co-Founded, a crowdfunding platform for startup companies to take advantage of the JOBS Act, allowing anyone to get early stage funding for their ideas.

Wil Schroter is a serial entrepreneur having started numerous successful companies in the advertising, technology, software, real estate and entertainment industries. His background is a unique blend of solid understanding in marketing, technology, finance, funding, management and business development with a proven track record for success.

Chris Lyman

Serial Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

With 15 years of venture-backed, CEO experience, $35M raised, successful exits, M&A, etc., I have figured out the three things I love about business:

1. Growing great companies
2. Teaching entrepreneurialism at all levels of an organization
3. Ego last, data first.

CEO, CTO, Sales Science, Product, UX, Optimization, Fanatic Customer Service, ex programmer (still do it for fun)


Arnaud Collery

Co-Founder, Monedo Productions. Media trainer and Start up weekend/Hackathon winner   |   LinkedIn

Arnaud is a previous winner of Startup Weekend LA as a member of the first-place team, He also led Family Heartbeat, a healthcare application, to a win at the AT&T Hackathon in September 2012. He was one of the 10 teams that compete for the first movie hackathon organized by ZEFR and the Director Guild of America. He is a speaker at Digital Hollywood and a former mentor at Start up Week end Santa Clarita.

Arnaud co-founded Monedo Productions in Japan in 2009, a movie and event production company. They produced Little Klaus Big World, a wacky mockumentary shot all over the world, nominated at Nigata Film Festival and awarded "Best Comedy Film 2012" at the Monaco Film Festival. They also launched "French Tuesday' an on-line and off-line social network for Tokyo's good society in 2010.

Prior to becoming a movie producer and techie, Arnaud was a stand-up comedian (Last Comic Standing, E Entertainment's "Battle of Hollywood", and MTV's "Room 401"), media trainer, acting coach, movie director, and communications coach for entrepreneurs and politicians in France, Japan and China.

He is a graduate of the number executive program in Media and Entertainment, the Advanced Management Program of IESE business school, NYC.

He lives between Los Angeles and New York City and you can see him weekly doing stand up comedy at the Comedy Store.

Errol Gerson

Principal, The Gerson Group Consultants   |   LinkedInGoogle+

I have been teaching Management and Entrepreneurship at the Art Center College of Design for the past 40 years, and have taught 6,200 students. I have also taught at USC Marshall (my Alma Mater), The Peter Drucker School of Management, The Kelly School of Management at I.U., Pepperdine EMBA, and several other universities. I have been awarded five Great Teacher Awards and the first Legacy Teaching Award ever given at Art Center in 80 years (in 2005). My current class is called "The Spirit of Entrepreneurship" and is focused for 13 weeks on teaching the student how to prepare a BP, Fund raising finance alternatives, company valuation, etc. On the strategy side we use the following text books and spend 8 weeks on

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Nov 16
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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