PeopleSpace Startup Program guide startup entrepreneurs through the process of turning their project into a startup through a product and growth focused program that includes Mentors and PeopleSpace Members. Our Startup Circles are focused group sessions based on entrepreneur roles: CEO, CTO, CMO (Growth), COO and Topics may include: any or all of the following: Validation, Traction, Pitching, Operations, Funding and more.
Mr. Erik Rannala is a Co-Founder, Managing Director and Managing Partner at MuckerLab. He serves as Advisor of Quixey, Inc. Mr. Rannala served as an Advisor at Sovereign’s Capital. He focused on investments in IT at the firm. Previously, he served as Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at TripAdvisor. Mr. Rannala was employed at Harrison Metal Capital. He spent over four years at eBay. Mr. Rannala also held leadership roles at MVP.com and at Accenture.
Mincheol Kim practices intellectual property law, specializing in patents, trademarks and other forms of intellectual property including copyrights and trade secrets. From his practice over 20 years, he has developed expertise in complex legal, technical and business issues in intellectual property procurement, disputes, litigation, licensing, legal opinions, and due diligence.
Mincheol has represented global technology leaders, universities and start-up companies in a wide range of industries and technologies, including biotechnology, material science, medical devices, semiconductor, secondary battery, display devices, mobile devices, software, IoT, business methods, automotive, shipbuilding and many others.
Crystal Huang, Co-Founder ProSky
#500strong, Entrepreneur, HR Tech, Angel.co/ProSky
Passionate about starting and continuing education initiatives that are innovative, creative, and collaborative in nature for Early Childhood Ed to Higher Ed!
Chris Dover – Founder and Head of Growth, JustLaunch.co
Founder @500 Startups, Mentor @FounderInstitute, Mentor @Wayra .
I’ve founded or been an early stage employee at 4 startups (Geniusly is my 4th). I spend my time between LA and Latin America. Fanatical about great coffee, good wine, good wi-fi, and analytics.
Keyvan Raoufi, Founder Vergent
Previous: PartnerHero, Drumbi #500Strong
My background in consumer market research gave me the qualitative and quantitive skills to analyze consumers and make sense of their behavior. My role as an Account Executive in an advertising agency allowed me the opportunity to help brands deliver their message at a global level. As a co-founder of a technology startup, I learned that building a company has more to do with the human aspect of things than what stack your building on.
Today, I’m building products that deliver delightful experiences.
Startup NEXT Alumn
Frequently Asked Questions
PeopleSpace Acceleration Program leads startup entrepreneurs through the process of turning their project into a startup through a program that includes Mentors and PeopleSpace Members. Our Startup Circles are focused group sessions based on entrepreneur roles: CEO, CTO, CMO (Growth), COO and Topics may include: any or all of the following: Validation, Traction, Pitching, Operations, Funding and more.
Each Session or Mentor meeting may consist between 1 – 1.5 hrs. Therefore, each week may require 3-5 hours of the entrepreneur’s time.
We accept teams minimum of 2.
Yes! Although, keep in mind that the program is designed for applicable skills and networking to work with you project. Therefore, for the session’s full effectiveness, having somewhat of a working product or project is ideal.
Our friends go through our Pitch Academy. You will receive coaching not only on your presentation but also your information and content of your deck. The Pitch Academy is designed to get you reach for pitching in front of investors or customers.
Being a member of PeopleSpace Access is required. The program costs 2% equity and has the chance to apply to our PeopleSpace Ventures during the time here.
We are now accepting applications:
PeopleSpace Access Required
$2000 worth of service
Access to PeopleSpace Ventures
Access to our startup circles, community and mentors.
Weekly CEO Startup Circle
Weekly Mentor Meetings
I like computers and numbers. My career spans 30 years in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Information Technology businesses.
I serve on boards of numerous technology start-ups and non-profit foundations. I am fluent in managing significant P&L and headcount responsibilities of fortune 500s to bootstrap launching of lean startups. Some of the titles I held include Consultant, Consulting Manager, Global Director, Chief Architect, Chief Engineer, Chief Technology Officer, among others.
I enjoyed challenges of working for both startups and fortune 500 companies. I worked for Countrywide, the largest mortgage bank in the country, as a quantitative jock trading $500MM a day in mortgage backed securities. I also worked for IBM Consulting Group, the largest consulting company in the world, managing $100MM global projects.
I especially enjoyed working for PeopleSoft in northern Silicon Valley. It was voted top 10 best company to work for by Fortune magazine. I led a group of kick-ass geek commandos who developed a global enterprise upgrade path simply known as Y2K bug fix. The company was sold to Oracle for $10 Billion, the largest acquisition sum at that time.
Currently I am focusing on promoting job creation and economic success by creating a high-quality workforce. In a non-profit way. They tell me that makes me a social entrepreneur. Philanthropic causes include: The High School, Inc. (Board Director), PeopleSpace, Inc. (Board Chair) and USA Judo Foundation, Inc. (Founding Board Director)
I like to connect people and build things together. A firm believer of “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro
After graduating from UC Riverside with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis in Marketing, I worked in corporate executive roles at Saks Fifth Avenue and Burberry.
For the past six years, I decided technology is where my heart is and immersed myself in the startup and technology community. I am an accelerator alumni, and worked with startups such as Qualaroo, Drumbi, Pandexio and more…
Currently being Executive Director of PeopleSpace allows me to facilitate a platform of collaboration for innovation through education and entrepreneurship programs. I believe we are better together.
Aside from my responsibilities, I’m also the co-organizer for OCTech Startup, Startup Weekend Organizer and NASA Space Apps Challenge. On occasion, I also advises and consults with startups and companies on Statistics Driven Product Analysis, Business Strategy, Community, Social and Content Engagement. http://melindakim.branded.me/