Growth Hack: Office Hours with a Behavioral Scientist, a Design Guru & a Data Scientist

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Date(s) - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

California College of the Arts


An Evening for Entrepreneurs-

Mix and Stir Office Hours is a series of events to help solve the biggest challenge most startups face - growing their user base as fast as possible.

Our panel of world class mentors in experience design, data science and behavioral science will discuss real world case studies to show how best practices can fuel adoption rates, increase loyalty and speed growth. 

Tickets are $30 and $50 covers up to 3 attendees from the same company. A limited number of student registrations are available.

The Panel: M&S_HackathonPic1
  • Stephen Kosslyn, Director,  Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University
  • Maria Guidice, CEO and Founder of Hot Studio
  • Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, Chief Scientist and co-founder of Topsy
  • Hiroshi Wald (Moderator), Managing Director, Austral Capital Partners, US

Scroll to the bottom of the page for more info on our panelists.


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For Founders and Leads

Selected startups will demo products to the experts for real time feedback onstage in an open office hours format.  If you or your company would like to be considered for the ‘hotseat’, please fill out the short form at the registration link.

Criteria to present:

  • You have working beta product
  • You’re a founder, co-founder or product lead
  • You’re tackling an interesting business, user or technical challenge
  • You have a product you can demo on stage


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How can the latest in behavioral insight, experience design and data science help your company grow?

No pitches, no staged demos, no hard sells. Just real startups looking for maximum growth.


  More about our Panelists:

rishab-smallRishab Aiyer Ghosh – Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Topsy

Topsy provides instant and deep, comprehensive analyses of hundreds of billions of Tweets and web pages gathered from millions of unique websites, blogs and social media services.

As Chief Scientist at Topsy, Rishab leads one of the largest “big data” projects on the planet, expected to index and measure approximately 250 billion items by end of 2012, with over 16 trillion pre-computed metrics.

In 2000, at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, Ghosh started the Collaborative Creativity Group, the leading research group on the economics of free/open source software, Wikipedia and other forms of collaborative innovation. He has extensively researched how reputation works and motivates others in online communities, collaborating with leading global universities, and he is a board member of the Open Source Initiative.



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-smallHiroshi 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.