Introducing the December ’12 Cohort of Tech Startup Founders3 min read

We are proud to introduce our November ’12 Cohort of Tech Startup Founders. Arranged Alphabetically.

1. Aaron Ganek, Founder and CEO of Cloudtenna. Cloudtenna is software infrastructure that installs on your company file server and makes the files accessible from post-PC devices. Aaron is based in Sunnyvale, Ca.

2. Charles Zhang, Co-founder of Checkya. Checkya is your place for selling simply and socially. Charles is based in San Francisco, Ca.

3. Paul Fallon, Co-founder and CEO of EvenVoice. EvenVoice is capturing the global mindset in real-time. Paul is based in Palo Alto, Ca.

4.Jack Pien, Chief Education Officer of EEME. EEME projects teach 7-12 year old kids and their parents the fundamentals of electronics. Jack is based in Belmont, Ca.

5.Jason Illoulian, Founder and CEO of Faring Capital. Faring Capital is in stealth. It uses an online platform to improve teacher effectiveness and encourage parental involvement through homework help. Jason is located in Los Angeles, Ca.

6.Jeremy Van Fleet, Co-founder of AppMonsta. AppMonsta provides Cutting edge tools and data for the mobile app eco-system. Jeremy is based in Oakland, Ca.

7.John Canfield, Founder and CEO of Nimbler. Nimbler is a mobile meta-search engine bridging the silos of local transportation choices. John is based in San Carlos, Ca.

8.Jonathan Perkins, Co-founder and COO of Kickback Tickets. With Kickback Tickets you can crowd fund your public or private event. Jonathan is based in San Francisco, Ca.

9.Julian Balderas, CEO of Kickback Tickets. With Kickback Tickets you can crowd fund your public or private event. Julian is based in San Francisco, Ca.

10.Ken Zi Wang, CEO of Fandrop. Fandrop is an exclusive community of “droppers” that use our “droplet” button to discover the best parts of the web. Ken is based in Palo Alto, Ca.

11.Koldo Garcia, CEO of The Mad Video. With the Mad Video you can take any video, add tags and information, and publish it in minutes. Koldo is based in San Francisco, Ca.

12.Mark McGuire, CEO and Co-founder of Nextt, Inc. Nextt is in stealth and will help users network and share their future. Mark is located in Madison, WI.

13.Michalis Gkontas, CEO of Cookisto. Cookisto is an online marketplace where you can find great food prepared by local cooks or offer your own homemade creations. Michalis is located in Athens, Greece.

14.Nitesh Goel, Founder of Wallwisher. Wallwisher is the simplest way to create on the web with any device or anyone. Nitesh is located in Menlo Park, Ca.

15.Rafat Alvi, Founder of EventChocolate. EventChocolate provides leads to marketing organizations from targeted vertical communities. Rafat is located in Menlo Park. Ca.

16.Robert Miller, Co-founder of Big Pie. Big Pie connects merchants, non-profits, and donors through a mobile based give back platform that increases loyalty and personal connections to consumers and donors. Robert is based in Oakland, Ca.

17.Samar Birwadker, Founder and CEO of ManageUp, Inc. ManageUp’s PPA (Proprietary Psychometric Algorithm) lets you discover your work-style, define your work-place and find your fit. Samar is based in San Francisco, Ca.

18.Sheryl Ryan, CEO of Greenopedia. Greenopedia is a convenient place to learn about what brands are doing sustainably and what those practices really mean. Sheryl is based in Berkeley, Ca.

19.Vincent Turner, CEO of Planwise. Planwise is a Free Personal Finance Decision Tool. Vincent is located in San Francisco, Ca.

With the addition of the December Cohort, Founders Network is now more than 250 members strong! We are excited about the deep and diverse experience sets and perspectives each new member brings to our peer mentorship community of tech startup founders. Together we are taking management and personal risk off the table and ensuring mutual success. Stay tuned to the fnBlog for startup updates, tips and lessons learned from each of our new members.

Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs and high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions and long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts and promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member.

Comments 10

  1. Welcome to FN! It looks like there are some really exciting projects coming out of the December 2012 Cohort.

  2. Gentlemen and ladies welcome! Remember that this community is only as valuable as the quality of the feedback YOU provide, not just the feedback you receive. Look forward to meeting each of you!

  3. Rafat my friend, awesome to see you turn away from the dark
    side (you know what I am talking about ;) this community is special. Some of the reasons are:

    1) Not a meat grinder.

    This is a relaxed environment (low presser) Founders have enough “high presser” every day.

    When you need helpful advice from founders your email box
    will be filled with people wanting to pitch in.

    2) Kevin Holmes.

    No matter what stage your startup is in, Kevin will
    take the time to meet with you personally, or if unavailable, he will facilitate introductions to help you go the extra mile. He has done this on several occasions for me.

    3) Looking for funding?

    No matter what stage you’re in, idea, seed, A, B, C, you
    will have a consistent stream of meaningful events that you can attend to help you get to “Z” Zuccess!


  4. Congratulations to the December Cohort and welcome to Founders Network! Looking forward to learning more about your excellent projects and startups.

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