Growth Hack 2: Office Hours with a Behavioral Scientist, a Design Goddess and a VC

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Date(s) - Wednesday, February 20, 2013
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

California College of the Arts

Mix & Stir Office Hours is a series of events designed to help address the biggest challenge most startups face: growth.

Our world class panel will hear founders explain their most pressing growth issues and offer advice and best practices to help solve them.


Panel experts for Feb 20:

Scroll down for more info on our panelists.

Refreshments provided and you are encouraged to hang out and connect with other attendees after the panel. Proceeds will fund summer design internships with Mix & Stir Studio’s accelerator.

Tickets are limited. Register now!  $25 Early Bird Registration: $30 Registration; $15 for Students (with ID)

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No pitches, no hard sells.   Just real startups getting expert advice.

If you’re a Founder and want feedback and advice from the panel: E-mail us at ’[email protected]’ with a link to your site and at least one growth-related question that you would like our panelists to address.


TimChang_cropTim Chang, Managing Director, Mayfield Fund

Tim is a proven venture investor and experienced global executive. He was named to the 2011 & 2012 Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors, as one of CNET’s 12 Most Influential Tech Investors and as a Power Player West and Mobile by Always On. Tim invests in the mobile, gaming, digital media and enterprise applications sectors and co-leads Mayfield Fund’s investment practice in China. He currently serves on the board of directors of BranchOut, a career networking application on Facebook, HealthTap, an interactive health network that virtualizes the doctor-patient experience, and Moat, a brand analytics SaaS platform.

Tim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an MS in Electrical Engineering/System Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.


MariaMaria Giudice, CEO & Founder, Hot Studio

Hot Studio is an award-winning experience design company with offices in San Francisco and New York City whose clients include Cisco, Warner Music Group, Charles Schwab, Zinio, Ancestry, SFMOMA, and California Academy of Sciences.

Maria’s career began in Richard Saul Wurman’s East Coast office, where she was an early practitioner in the then-nascent fields of information architecture and design. Her experience led to work as co-author and designer of several award-winning books including Elements of Web Design, a guide for print designers crossing over to the Web, and Web Design Essentials.


stephenKStephen Kosslyn, Director, Stanford Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences

CASBS was founded in 1954, and has hosted generations of scholars and scientists who come for a year as Fellows. Former Fellows include 22 Nobel Laureates, 14 Pulitzer Prize winners, 44 winners of MacArthur “Genius Awards,” and hundreds of members of the National Academies.

Prior to his appointment leading CASBS at Stanford in 2011, Kosslyn was John Lindsley Professor of Psychology and Dean of Social Science at Harvard University, having previously been chair of the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

Kosslyn is known primarily for his research and theories on mental imagery and works on visual display design, showing how psychological principles can be used to produce displays that can be read at a glance. Most recently, he has extended this work to showing how psychological principles of perception, memory, and comprehension can be used to make and deliver information with impact.

Kosslyn has published over 300 scientific papers and written or co-authored 15 books and edited or co-edited 13 books and still manages to find time to play the electric bass guitar and struggle with French.



Hiroshi Wald (Moderator), Managing Director of Austral Capital Partners, US 

As Managing Director of Austral Capital, Hiroshi Wald leads US operations for an early-stage ($38M) international venture capital fund, focused on identifying and developing successful entrepreneurs in high growth industries in the US and in Latin America. Hiroshi also serves on the Executive Board of the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab.

Prior to joining Austral, he was Principal at The Wald Group, a consultancy focused on technology development, management strategy and customer insights, analysis and intelligence. His diverse background includes Managing Director at Competitive Insights; product development executive at Knowledge Networks; CEO and Founder of a wireless startup, Zingdata; and serving as Staff Assistant in The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Hiroshi is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.