Amber Case is the Co-founder of Geoloqi, Inc., a location-based software company that was acquired by Esri in 2012. She is now the Director of Esri R&D Center, a mapping company that leads the market in geographic information systems. She is a cyborg anthropologist, studying the ways that humans and technology interact, with a book forthcoming on the subject.
Ms. Case has spoken at TED on her studies, and has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, WIRED, and many other publications, both locally and internationally. Last year, she was named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers and made Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30. Her focus is on using location-based technology to bring people together in a digital world.
Mr. Giannini is President, COO and Co-founder of Portland-based enterprise software company, Opal Labs, founded in 2010. Opal boasts customers such as Levis, NASA, Nestle, Nike, Starbucks and Beats by Dre. He recently led Opal’s first outside investment round, closed in November 2013.
Mr. Giannini started his career in professional finance and M&A consulting with KPMG, LLP and KPMG Consulting. He went on to run the strategic partnerships group as vice president at CNET Networks, a global media property acquired by CBS for $1.6B. He later co-founded and was the managing director of Alliance Network Group, LLC, a boutique business accelerator with offices in San Francisco and Portland. Alliance advised and consulted for over 70 start-up businesses over a 10-year period, leading to over 20 acquisitions – and counting.
Chris Logan is an active participant in the Portland entrepreneurial ecosystem. He has always been passionate about changing lives through technology, as evidenced by his 19 years of experience in numerous technologically-centered companies. Most recently he was CEO of SweetSpot Diabetes Care, a health data company acquired by DexCom (NASDAQ: DXCM).
Mr. Logan acts as an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor, with significant insights into business development, angel investments, and venture funding. He uses this experience as a board member of both Portland 100 and StarveUps, two Portland-based organizations that support the entrepreneurial community. His seed investments include, Cloudability, GlobeSherpa, Vizify, AthletePath and MobileRQ.
Rick Turoczy is the Co-founder of the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), an innovative collaboration between leading brands, technology innovators, and Wieden+Kennedy. He is also the Founder and Editor of Silicon Florist, a local publication that covers technology startup news in the Portland area. If that wasn’t enough, he is the Owner and Creative Director of Return, a business consulting company, as well as the Co-founder of both TechFest NW and Oregon Story Board.
Mr. Turoczy has advised the City of Portland and the Portland Development Commission, appeared on local television and radio, and written for numerous publications. He is the leading voice on the technological startups of Portland.