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LAUNCH Judges 2011

The list of Grand Jury members is below.

Here is our Twitter list of judges too.


Aaron Batalion is the co-founder and CTO of LivingSocial. He and his fellow co-founders came from Steve Case’s consumer-directed health-care startup, Revolution Health. The man knows his code, having led development for Blockbuster's online subscription effort. Bonus: he’s fluent in Japanese.

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Cyan Banister is the founder and CEO of Zivity, an ad-free social network for models, photographers and video artists. She is also an angel whose investments include Topsy, OtherInbox, Powerset, Uber, Tagged, Space-X, Slide and EcoMom, and a consultant to several celebrities.

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Matt Coffin is the CEO of newly launched FamilyFinds, a Groupon for families, and an angel/early stage investor (e.g., Demand Media, Rubicon Project, Hautelook, ShoeDazzle, Machinima) who had a killer exit with his web 1.0 company LowerMyBills. He's also an award-winning entrepreneur who was among the first to invest in Mahalo.com.

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Dave Goldberg, the CEO of SurveyMonkey, is a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and technology and music industry executive. He founded and sold music-related content site LAUNCH Media to Yahoo! in 2001, serving as VP and GM of Yahoo! Music for a number of years before becoming an entrepreneur in residence with Benchmark Capital.

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Drew Houston is the founder and CEO of Dropbox. He bootstrapped his first company (online SAT prep) while at MIT, and spent some time as a software engineer at Bit9. He wrote the first lines of code for Dropbox while at a train station in Boston.

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Mike Jones is an active angel investor, board member and the CEO of MySpace. Credited with founding and selling numerous companies, including Userplane to AOL, Tsavo Media to Cyberplex and PeopleMedia to Match.com, Mike focuses on growth opportunities and transactions within the digital landscape.

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Mo Koyfman is a principle at Spark Capital, a leading venture capital firm that has invested in a series of a winners including Tumblr, Twitter, GDGT.com, and Svpply.com. Before joining Spark he survived six years as a suit at IAC--managing the oh-so-talented CollegeHumor boys.

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Dan'l Lewin is the Corporate VP of Strategic and Emerging Business Development at Microsoft and is responsible for leading Microsoft's global engagement with startups and venture capitalists out of the Silicon Valley office. Through the Microsoft BizSpark Program and the Microsoft Innovation Center Program, the groups help accelerate startup success in more than 100 countries.

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Ted Maidenberg is a newly minted partner at U.S. Venture Partners where he led investments in LivingSocial, Savings.com, Media6Degrees, SocialShield, Adify (sold to Cox Enterprises) and Revolution Money (sold to American Express). He previously served as director at Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, heading up the Asia Pacific region, and before that was at Time Warner Investments group.

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Dave McClure is the founding partner and leader of 500 Startups, a seed fund that just launched its own accelerator program. He previously managed early-stage investments for Founders Fund, ran Facebook's fbFund REV and led developer marketing at PayPal and Simply Hired.

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Dave Morin is co-founder and CEO of Path.com as well as an angel investor and adviser. During his time at Facebook, he co-invented Facebook Connect and Facebook Platform. He also held product and marketing positions at Apple.

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Aaron Patzer is the founder and CEO of Mint.com, winner of the first LAUNCH-style conference in 2007 and acquired by Intuit in 2009 for $170M. Prior to founding Mint, Aaron worked for Nascentric and IBM and founded two web development and online marketing companies.

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Kevin Pollak is the co-founder of ThisWeekIn. He has appeared in over 50 films, as well as countless television projects, and has established himself as one of the few stand-up comedians to have a successful dramatic film career. He has also proven himself as both a writer and producer.

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Niel Robertson is a serial entrepreneur and former VC who most recently founded Trada, a crowdsourced paid-search marketplace, and Crowdsortium, a trade organization for crowdsourcing professionals. Prior to Trada he was CTO and founder of Newmerix, a software company specializing in change management for packaged applications; co-founder and CTO of Service Metrics, a website performance monitoring company; a CTO in residence at Mobius Venture Capital; and a venture partner with Fidelity Ventures in Boston.

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Kevin Rose is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He created Digg, Revision 3 and the Foundation newsletter, and has invested in foursquare, Gowalla, formspring, zynga, SimpleGeo, Square, DailyBooth, OMGPOP and Twitter. He’s been pumped up and taken down by the bloogers through two tech cycles, all the time focusing on building his companies and his personal knowledge base. Live editions of his podcast, Diggnation, are known to draw thousands of fans, some of whom insist upon him autographing various body parts.

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Chris Sacca is a sought-after angel investor and advisor, with investments in dozens of startups, Twitter, DailyBooth, Gowalla, Backupify, bit.ly, Photobucket, Twilio, Tipjoy, and Cardpool. He wears cowboy shirts, a Grizzly Adam’s beard and is largely found helping people dig out from under in Truckee.

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David Sacks is the founder and CEO of Yammer, the enterprise social network, and Geni.com, a family tree of the world. As COO of PayPal, he led the company to an IPO and acquisition by eBay for $1.5B. We love that he produced and financed the movie "Thank You For Smoking."

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Kara Swisher is a noted journalist and blogger. She created and hosts the industry-leading “D Conference” with partner Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal. Known for her blunt style and charming smile, she breaks more stories than chops (barely).

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Jeff Thomas is a senior VP at SecondMarket, the world’s largest market for private company stock having provided over $500M of liquidity to venture-backed startups. He works with the fastest growing companies to provide a new liquidity option for their shareholders.

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Greg Tseng is the co-founder and CEO of Tagged, a profitable and fast-growing social networking site for meeting people with over 100 million members. He is a viral marketing expert who has advised several Silicon Valley startups including LinkedIn, hi5, Flixster, Pinger and TrialPay.

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Yossi Vardi is a legendary tech entrepreneur and investor who has helped build or found dozens of companies over several decades, most famously instant-messaging program ICQ.


Aarron Walter is an author, speaker and UX designer for MailChimp (love the new look). He is finishing up a new book, "Designing for Emotion (A Book Apart)." He has taught interactive design at numerous colleges.

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Josh Williams is the co-founder and CEO of Gowalla as well as the man behind the popular Facebook game PackRat. He previously co-founded Blinksale, one of the first online invoicing services for small business, and UI-design consultancy Firewheel Design.

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David Young is the founder and CEO of Joyent, which was doing cloud computing before anyone called it that and became profitable not long after its 2004 launch. Before Joyent, he was co-founder and CTO of manageStar, an enterprise services management software company, and spent a decade as a suit at Moody’s Investor Services.

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George Zachary is a partner at Charles River Ventures (Menlo Park office) and an early investor in Twitter, Yammer, Millennial Media and Scribd. Previously he was a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures where he put together Shutterfly and also ran the Nintendo64 business at Silicon Graphics.

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Andrea Zurek is a an ex-Googler sales-whiz turned angel and founding partner for XG Ventures. Her investments include Posterous, TwitVid, MyLikes and BackType. She is also on the board of Santa Clara University's Business School.

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LAUNCH Grand Jury


In addition to the judges on stage, we will reserve the first two rows of the conference for the 12 members of the Grand Jury. The group, which will be made up of angels, founders and pundits, will vote on the 10 award winners (five in the 1.0 competition and five in the 2.0 competition): Winner (Overall), Best Design/UI, Best Business Model, Technical Achievement and Best Presentation. The Grand Jury will also be given the flexibility to award additional prizes as they see fit.

Being a member of the Grand Jury is a tremendous responsibility and time commitment. Each member must sit through and review all 40 companies over two days. At the end of each day, the Grand Jury will take the stage and conduct a live one-hour discussion of their favorite companies that presented.

We're delighted to announce our Grand Jury members.


Harvey Allison is a co-founder of Attractor Investment Management, which focuses on tech investing in the private and public markets. He has over 25 years of investing experience and previously designed CAD/CAM software systems.

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Brian Alvey is the CEO of Crowd Fusion and a leader in the content management world. With Jason Calacanis he created Weblogs, Inc. and Blogsmith, both of which were acquired by Aol and are essential to their current strategy. Cool factoid: Brian designed the first TV Guide website in 1995.

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Ryan Block is the co-founder of gdgt, a consumer electronics and personal technology Q&A site. He is also former editor and current editor emeritus of Engadget, a web magazine focused on obsessive coverage of electronics and technology.

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Jose Caballer is the CCO and chief visionary of digital agency The Groop, as well as the host of This Week in Web Design. After helping countless startups with their brand and monetization strategies, he founded Groop Skool to teach ambitious entrepreneurs how to successfully launch their online brands.

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Don Dodge is a developer advocate at Google helping developers build new applications on Google platforms and technologies. Previously he was a startup evangelist at Microsoft. He is also a veteran of five start-ups including Forte Software, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet and Groove Networks.

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Marshall Kirkpatrick is co-editor and lead writer at ReadWriteWeb.com, syndicated daily online by the New York Times. Previously he was a lead blogger at TechCrunch and editor at Aol’s Social Software. He also consults on social media and launch planning.

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Bill Lee is an angel investor and the former CEO and co-founder of Remarq, acquired in 2000 for $265M. His recent investments include Tesla Motors, Posterous, Tweetdeck, Zelfy, Social Concepts, Playhaven, Appmakr and Mighty Meeting.

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Jay Levy is a blue-collar venture capitalist from Zelkova Ventures, in the Big Apple, who shuns the limelight while working hard to find startups he can go to bat for. He's the first to show up, the last to leave and returns calls before you make them.

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Om Malik is the founder of GigaOm Network, an insightful writer and now a partner at True Ventures. He toiled away at Forbes and Red Herring before realizing he could run his own publications more effectively. He started investing in startups after realizing he could do so as easily as giving them free advice on his blog.

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Mark Pesce is a commentator, thinker and digital life-liver. Famous in Web 1.0 for co-inventing VRML, he now spends his time Down Under meditating on all things digital, racking up frequent flyer miles doing consulting projects and giving quixotic talks. We hang on his every word.

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Shervin Pishevar is the founder and executive chairman of SGN, a leading social and mobile gaming company. He is also an angel investor, published researcher and startup visa activist. His investments include Aardvark (sold to Google), Gowalla, Milo.com, TaskRabbit, Rapportive, Wakemate, Klout, Medialets (advisor) and Kissmetrics.

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Naval Ravikant is a prolific angel investor and a dangerous, dangerous man. He’s blown up the early-stage investing space with his nascent AngelList, where it feels like every deal in the Valley is circulated. He terrifies venture capitalists with his ability to “fill out a round” with a single email. We're thrilled to have this bad boy in our camp!

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Adeo Ressi is founding member of TheFunded.com, an online community of 15,000 CEOs. He also runs the Founder Institute, a mentoring program that helps entrepreneurs in 17 cities worldwide. The Institute is the eighth start-up he has founded or built.

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Robert Scoble is a technical evangelist and author of the Scobleizer blog. He works for Rackspace and contributes to its community site Building43. He previously worked for PodTech.net, FastCompany and Microsoft.

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Bill Warner is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor best known for founding Avid (which won an Oscar for transforming film editing) and speech-recognition software company Wildfire. Passionate about helping entrepreneurs, he is one of Boston's new crew of super-angels and is a mentor for TechStars Boston.

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Speed Mentoring

Thursday mentors:

Gigi Brisson, Attractor
Brad Burnham, Union Square Ventures
Mike Grandinetti, Southboro Capital
Manu Kumar, K9 Ventures
Robb Kunz, ventureblue Capital
Joe Medved, Softbank Capital
Gillian Munson, Allen & Co.
Niel Robertson, Trada
David Young, Joyent

Wednesday mentors:

Gigi Brisson, Attractor
Adam D'Augelli, True Ventures
Robb Kunz, ventureblue Capital
Max Levchin, Slide
Ted Maidenberg, U.S. Venture Partners
Thomas McInerney, TGM
Gillian Munson, Allen & Co.
Katie Rae, TechStars Boston
Narendra Rocherolle, The Start Project
Dana Settle, Greycroft Partners
Richard Titus, Octavian Ventures
Aarron Walter, MailChimp