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Startups and the Enterprise: Risk and Opportunity

by scsim on December 16, 2013

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Companies are increasing turning to startups to gain market advantage, increase agility, reduce costs and quickly address niche issues. Startups often are able to develop solutions that react quickly to shifting market and technology trends, but dealing with such companies is potentially more risky than doing business with less innovative, but long established tier-one suppliers.

Please join us for this exciting meeting where you will:

  • Be introduced through fast paced 15 minute demo’s to a feast of new applications and technologies focused on the enterprise offered by startup’s that are often at the cutting edge of where technology is headed across mobile and the enterprise.
  • Hear from a panel of CIO’s/CTOs talk about their view of the role of startups in their environment and how they balance risk vs reward.
  • As well, hear from a venture capitalist about his insight into trends in technology in the start-up market that will soon be affecting the enterprise CIO.

Some of the presenters are making their presentations available below: CLICK HERE

Thank you to our event sponsor: uGovernIT

uGovernIT was designed by CIOs and IT management experts like you and built on a single integrated platform. It is a complete solution and helps triage and manage user service requests, problems, change requests, new projects, manage project portfolios, business and compliance changes. Pre-built reports, dashboards and analytics help you provide you a 360 degree view of your department performance.


Tom Bogan
Greylock Partners

Tom Bogan is an independent investor and BOD member. Currently he serves as Chairman, Citrix Systems (CTXS) as well as a Board member at Parametric Technology (PTC) and lead director at Rally Software (RALY).

In addition, he serves as Chairman at private companies Apptio (Bellevue, WA) and Black Duck Software, (Burlington, MA) and serves on the Board of Acquia (Burlington, MA) and Troux Systems (Austin, TX).

Previously Bogan was a Partner at Greylock Partners (2004 through 2009) and was President at Rational Software (RATL) until its acquisition by IBM in 2003. Before Rational, Bogan had served as CEO for two early stage technology companies (Avatar Technologies and Pacific Data Products) and earlier held finance positions in public and private companies.


Larry Godec
Senior Vice President & CIO
First American

Larry Godec is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of First American. In that capacity, he leads all divisions within the technology portfolio including strategic planning, application development, security, R&D, governance, infrastructure and data center operations that support and grow the business.

Larry started with First American in 1999 as the Chief Information Officer for First American Tax Service Company located in Dallas, Texas. In 2001, he was promoted to the corporate office in Santa Ana, California as the Chief Information Officer for First American Title Insurance Company. Larry has over 28 years of experience in all facets of information technology. Prior to First American, Larry held senior technology management positions at Nissan North America and Dr Pepper/Seven-up.

Larry has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Colorado State University. He has been involved in numerous professional and community organizations. He is currently Chairman of the Technology Business Management (TBM) Council and on the board of directors for Southern California Society of Information Managers (SIM). He is on the CIO Advisory Committees for Microsoft and Oracle and a strategic advisor to the Board of Directors for Apptio Corporation, a leading provider of technology business management solutions whose customers manage over $50B of enterprise IT spend.

Ivan Gueron
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Ivan Gueron is an accomplished senior technology executive with over twenty years of experience in the areas of Software Development, Web and Digital Media technologies, Fulfillment Management Systems, Accounting, ERP and BI systems. In addition, he is one of the few technologists to have successfully constructed and maintained Infrastructure, Help Desk and Desktop Services team’s that have supported all six major motion pictures studios.

Ivan has extensive experience with Business Transformation, Business Process and Information Technology Outsourcing. He has deep industry experience in Digital Media, Media and Entertainment BI, Digital Marketing technologies, Consumer Products, World Wide Product Fulfillment and Production Accounting systems.

Tom Soderstrom
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Tom is the IT CTO at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He leads a collaborative, practical, and hands-on approach with JPL and industry to investigate and infuse emerging IT technology trends that are relevant to JPL, NASA, and large enterprises.

Tom has led remote teams and large scale IT best practices and tools development and change efforts in small startups, large commercial companies, in international venues, and in the US Government arena.

Tom is a frequent speaker on the future of IT. He is currently working on defining The Next IT Decade as it applies to enterprises like JPL. He is consulting with industry and government leaders on what we can do about Social media and consumerization, Mobility, Analytics / big data, Cloud computing, and Key IT disrupter, and how to transform IT into Innovating Together.

Geraldine M.Ramezani
Toyota Financial Services

Geraldine Ramezani is the Chief Technology Officer at Toyota Financial Services, a leading provider of automotive financial services with managed assets in excess of $90 billion located in Torrance, Ca. Geraldine joined Toyota in 2011 and is currently responsible for Toyota Financial Service’s (TFS) core technology platforms, infrastructure and IT engineering teams. Additional responsibilities include enterprise architecture ensuring that future state and migration strategies are business aligned, capable and ready to use, as well as, providing leadership and influence for TFS innovation and enterprise information management strategies.

Prior to joining Toyota Financial, Geraldine served as Managing Director, Technology Infrastructure at Auto Club of Southern California. Geraldine was instrumental in leading a major Call Center technology initiative deploying a virtual call center solution serving 2500 agents across multiple lines of business and locations in North America.

A seasoned technology executive with 25+ years of IT experience, Geraldine held senior positions at ACS/Xerox, Ingram Micro, and Sanwa Bank of California, leading global outsourcing, business transformation and technology modernization initiatives.

Startups providing demos


Some of the presenters are making their presentations available here:

Zach Nies, Chief Technologist | Rally Software

Topic: Respond to Change Click Here

Tom Bogan, Greylock Partners – Click Here


Topic: Sky High SalesClick Here

AIO Robotics

Topic: AIO Robotics: The pioneer of 3D copy technologyClick Here


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