Just an hour south of Los Angeles is Orange County, California. Famous for its manicured beach towns, theme parks, and oceanfront towns with luxury yachts, Orange County has also become famous for its innovative technology companies. Now, it has one of the largest concentrations of software and hardware companies in the U.S. “The Silicon Coast” is home to these great international technology firms, a “who’s who” of global players in the tech industry. Software companies Blizzard Entertainment, Sage North America and Quest Software. Computer products companies Western Digital Corporation and Toshiba America Information Systems and Kingston Technology. Chipmakers Broadcom, Mircrosemi, Conexant Systems and Mindspeed Technologies. Contract electronic makers Express Manufacturing, TTM Technologies and DDI Corp. Orange County is also home to flat panel tv manufacturer Vizio.

A Concentration of Technology Companies

16 out of 22 high tech industries in Orange County have a higher employment concentration than the national average.

Leading the Pack

Orange County is ranked #2 in the US for the number of high-tech clusters & diversity in the technology sector

A place for Entrepreneurs

A Haven for Middle-Market and Growth. The Silicon Coast is also an economic hotbed for entrepreneurs and technology business.

Silicon Coast 2017 is the most valuable conference of 2017 for those who are in the business of technology. Plan to attend!


The intended audience for Silicon Coast 2017 are revenue – positive companies from startup to successful middle market of $5 million – $100 million and above that want to grow their organization further and eventually become billion-dollar brands.   Silicon Coast 2017 is of particular interest to senior executives of these organizations and to C-level managers including information technical project managers, consultants, Value-Added Resellers (VARs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Technology Officers (CTOs), Operations Managers and of course Founders and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs).  Legal counsel for technology companies are also encouraged to attend.

Silicon Coast 2017 brings these organizations together where they can meet people who have built successful billion-dollar brands, partner with Fortune 500 Companies and explore the mission critical issues for the Enterprise.

 As an Attendee you will…

Learn from outstanding guest speakers, including some technology billionaires who can advise and inspire


Emerging growth companies can make connections to secure funding for expansion and operations, with introductions to banks, venture capitalists and private investors


Learn about and review case studies on the latest technology in mobile, cloud and Internet of Things from leaders in the field on how this can be applied to your business


Learn about Information Technology business issues for Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Virtual Reality


40+ Exhibitors and companies that provide products and services to aid in your business growth


Explore key issues for your company growth including Exit Strategy, Valuation, Venture Funding, Scaling, Pre-IPO and becoming a billion-dollar brand



Keynote Speakers, Panel Leaders and Special Guests

Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Jon Kraft

Jon served as Co-founder and CEO of Pandora Media, the largest and fastest growing online radio product in the world with over 150M registered users in the U.S. (NYSE: P). Jon was also a Co-founder of Stanford Technology Group, an innovator in the relational OLAP market, funded by Sequoia and Hummer Winblad, and acquired by Informix Corporation in 1995. Jon served four years as Chairman of the Technology Council of Southern California, and currently sits on that organization’s Board of Directors. Jon holds a B.A. from Stanford University. Pandora is a billion – dollar organization.

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Sandy Carter

Pioneer in Social Business, MasterMind Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author, and Warrior for Diversity in the Workplace.
The pioneer of Social Business evangelism, Sandy Carter is the go to leader for startups and enterprises on social business strategies. Sandy is a best-selling author publishing 3 books on Social Media, including “Get Bold”, translated into 9 languages. She is recognized by Forbes as a 2016 Digital Influencer, 2016 C-Suite Social Media Legend, Forbes Global Top 40 Social Marketing Masters, Top Growth Hackers, Top 10 in Social Media, Top 50 Social Business Influencers, 10 Most Powerful Women in Tech, and Women of M2M for Internet of Things (IoT), and B2B News Network’s 2015 B2B Influencer.

Taking her Harvard MBA into action, Sandy has run several amazing businesses at IBM. In her last role as global Ecosystem leader for Startups and Accelerators, she was the chief evangelist, passionately helping enterprises and entrepreneurs increase productivity and creativity, while fostering a community of innovation. She’s a business maven, utilizing her influence and network to connect individuals and groups across the globe toward exciting new technological solutions.

At IBM, Sandy led the top digital site in the industry, developerWorks, and introduced Career Concierge for the developer community. Her expertise and influence has helped create countless new partnerships to drive joint development of client solutions and win-win scenarios for partners.

Tarang Shah

Mr. Tarang Shah serves as the Managing Partner of Bois Capital, LLC. Mr. Shah served as Managing Director of Generation Equity Advisors, LLC.

He was an Associate at SoftBank Capital. His primary responsibility at SoftBank included sourcing, diligence and support of the West Coast deals and providing business development support to West Coast and mobile portfolio companies.

He worked side by side with the fund partners in all aspects of deal lifecycle including sourcing, diligence, term sheet negotiations, board participation, growth strategy and exits and acquisitions. He led diligence for SoftBank Capital’s investments in ThumbPlay (mobile content), xAD (mobile search/directory), AdInFuse (mobile advertising), PureVideo (web video), Foomojo (virtual pets), DanceJam (dance video), Insider Pages (user reviews; acquired by Citysearch) and Communicado (enterprise VoIP) and served as a Board observer for AdInFuse (acquired by Velti; LSE-AIM:VEL), Foomojo, Communicado (acquired by Americom and Tone Software) and DanceJam.

At Bank of America, Tarang served as SVP of Startup Innovation and was responsible for strategic partnership development and risk/opportunity assessment of the tech startups in mobile payment, commerce and other emerging technology verticals. He also built a startup risk assessment practice leveraging his venture model and conducted 80+ startup/private vendor risk diligences.

Tarang started his career as a product marketing manager for Qualcomm’s CDMA technology where he marketed CDMA technology to wireless carriers in Asia Pacific and won two product marketing awards. At Ericsson, he was a technical marketing manager and marketed 3G technology to customers worldwide. He was promoted to lead Ericsson’s first 3G (CDMA2000) wireless system of $200M in R&D as a systems product manager, which he helped to market with leading customers like China Unicom and Tata Wireless (India). At Ericsson, he was responsible for business cases for new products and technologies and secured funding for CDMA450, a $15M R&D productline. Tarang is a co-founder of a VC consulting firm Ariants and startup assessment firm Startup Meter. He passed CFA Level II in 2005 and holds MBA from Thunderbird, and MBA and BSEE from Gujarat University (India).

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Perry Viscounty

Perry Viscounty is a nationally recognized trial attorney who handles high-stakes cases for companies ranging from Fortune 100 to emerging companies.
Mr. Viscounty has been recognized as a leading trial lawyer in:
Chambers USA 2016 – Band 1: Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
The Legal 500 US 2016 as a “Leading Lawyer” for Intellectual Property

Chambers USA 2015 – Band 1 (California): Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets. Mr. Viscounty is regarded as “exceptional in his specialist practice area” and he is “always available and highly responsive.”
Chambers Global 2015 – Band 2: US Intellectual Property: Trademark Copyright & Trade Secrets
The Legal 500 US 2015 as a “Leading Lawyer” for Intellectual Property – Trademarks and Trade Secrets: Litigation
Daily Journal as among the Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California (multiple years). Named the “Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Impact” in 2013 for his US$18.1 million jury verdict for American Chung Nam, one of China’s largest paper recyclers.
World Intellectual Property Review 2017 as a “Leader”
The Recorder as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer for “Intellectual Property Law”.

Mr. Viscounty is a member of the International Trademark Association and an arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organization. Mr. Viscounty has been a guest lecturer at USC and UCLA, and has taught numerous seminars regarding effective presentations for jury trials and arbitrations.

Nicki Klein

Nicki Klein is revolutionizing the job recruitment industry with Betagig, the world’s first and only digital platform to streamline job shadowing. Her innovative idea won the Launch Festival of 2016, and has since influenced Fortune 500 companies such as Transamerica to remodel the hiring process.
Prior to being an entrepreneur and software engineer, Klein herself changed careers four different times, struggling to find her true passion, thus inspiring the idea behind Betagig. Being part of the Millenial Generation, Klein has a deep understanding of her fellow peers’ struggles in finding a job they can be excited about.
Klein received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles, and studied software engineering at the Sabio bootcamp in LA.

Evette Vargas

Evette Vargas is emblematic of Hollywood’s new breed of multiplatform storytelling talent. Named by the New York Times as an “Artist to Watch,” Vargas is an award-winning writer, director, producer, multiplatform and Virtual Reality creator. Co-founder of Digital-Reign, an emerging media production company, Vargas’ work includes series for Amazon, MTV, Bravo, DirectTV; as well as writing, apps, games and branded entertainment for FAST & FURIOUS, LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and Madonna. Vargas executive produced, wrote and directed her digital series DARK PROPHET, starring Henry Rollins. The series was nominated for two Emmys, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is available on Amazon Prime. The Virtual Reality series will premiere on the Sony PlayStation VR. Vargas recently sold her one-hour series MUSES to Turner Broadcasting Super Deluxe, is developing her show TRANS with Electus, and her series TEMPEST with The Wolper Organization. Vargas has optioned her Y.A. series, THE SPECTORS, to Campanario Productions. Vargas’ slate of VR projects includes the VR experience for The Weinstein Company feature film, THE CURRENT WAR, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Vargas is also writing and producing two VR projects based on her original IPs, one of which she is producing with The Rogue Initiative. Vargas is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and serves on the advisory board of the Alliance of Women Directors. Vargas earned her BFA in Directing and Film/TV Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA from UCLA for Screenwriting with a concentration in Television Showrunning. Vargas was born in the Bronx and learned to tell stories at the dinner table with her family where the imagination ruled.

Carlos Gutierrez

Carlos is the Chief Strategy Officer at The Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance. He oversees all aspects of client and partner development and strategic positioning of the organization. He is responsible for initiating, securing, and growing client relationships and alliances in the U.S. and around the world to build Larta’s network and stature as a leading innovation hub. He also develops initial program content/design and contributes to ensure successful execution of client initiatives in the areas of technology commercialization, technology transfer, and advisory services related to innovation policy and technology-led economic development.

Carlos Gutierrerrez

Edward Chen

Edward is the Founder, President, and CEO of Biometrics4ALL, Inc. Edward self-funded and built a successful and debt free high-tech company with 12 years of consistent 20+% annual revenue growth and profitability. Edward is the designer and co-architect of the company’s secure, flexible, and scalable software solutions. Biometrics4ALL’s solutions are used by customers in 20 countries and its infrastructure has processed 5 million individual’s fingerprint based background checks. Prior to Biometrics4ALL, Edward managed numerous multi-million dollar products and projects and has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, complex systems, business operation, and management. Edward has been involved with the software industry for over 27 years and has a Master and a Bachelor Degree from Northwestern University.

Shaheen Sheik-Sadhal

Shaheen is the Founder and Principal Attorney of Esse Law. Shaheen became a lawyer because she believes in justice. Having spent a lifetime servicing the nonprofit sector on various issues – the arts, women’s rights, water conservation, human rights – Shaheen resolved that these issues cannot be fixed without the requisite energy behind it. Merging her passion for social justice, her love of the law, and her entrepreneurial spirit gave birth to Esse Law Group, a boutique law firm empowering today’s social entrepreneurs and start-ups to find their bottom-line in the new sustainable economy: profitability and positive social impact. Shaheen serves as virtual general counsel to numerous early stage and growth companies. Her practice scope includes general corporate law, debt and equity financing, and intellectual property transactions. She also brings her decade-long business development experience to bear on clients’ business strategy needs.

Prior to starting her own practice, Ms. Sheik-Sadhal was an associate at the boutique business law firm of Spillane Shaeffer Aronoff Bandlow LLP, focusing on intellectual property and real estate development. She also successfully has run an independent record label for nearly a decade. Ms. Sheik-Sadhal graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000 and was admitted to the California State Bar the same year. She received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in 1996.

Jeff Carlisle

Jeffrey C. Carlisle, is an entrepreneur, strategist, and philanthropist.

Mr. Carlisle has been recognized internationally as an authority on personal development, and corporate strategy, having created and developed marketing sales teams which currently have generated over $1B in revenue worldwide.

Mr. Carlisle has advised the owners and executives, of global corporations whose combined revenues exceed $10 billion on strategy and growth, and has developed training programs for corporations which have been used in over 100 countries globally.

Mr. Carlisle is currently developing a new, innovative global internet platform to accelerate growth for individuals, and corporations.

Butch Chelliah

Butch Chelliah is one of the Top Business Leaders and Visionaries in the world today. While many leaders and speakers just “talk the talk”, Butch has proven himself in a variety of arenas over and over again. His approach to life and success , is not just theory, but comes from real world experience that he has gained through his own ascent to the top, as well as in his mentoring of others to make that same climb.

His amazing gift for speaking with honesty and integrity has been his trademark throughout his career. He has Trained over 5+ Million Sales Professionals all over the world and continues to transfer his Sales and Marketing Strategies today to Thousands more each week. Anyone who has ever met Butch or has heard him speak, has been profoundly touched and has walked away with a new level of understanding of what it takes to truly succeed in business and in life.

Butch resides in Southern California with his wife, Florence and his greatest accomplishment has been the reward of raising his 2 daughters, Taylor & Payton.

Nick Sachdeva

Nick Sachdeva has over 20 years of broad-based business, legal, management, Recruiting, and executive experience at Fortune 500 corporations and major Orange county law firms.

Nick is a successful entrepreneur specializing in product to market transitions, while also making profitable investments in retail, real estate, recruiting, immigration life sciences and the pharmaceutical industry. He is also an active member of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), UCI’s Eco, UCI’s Experts-in-Residence (EIR) and UCI’s Bio Engine Task Force.

Nick takes pride in developing corporate strategy and aligning an organization to execute that strategy specializing in all aspects of business development including marketing, sales, human resources, organizational structure, and technical roles. Nick is currently member of the Tech Coast Angels Orange County and actively involved with venture funds and angel investors to help continuous and sustained funding of startups. He is committed to partnering with entrepreneurs to lead them to success. Working in tandem with these entrepreneurs, Mr. Sachdeva loves sharing his passion and knowledge with the next class of game-changers.

Nick holds his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications from Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College, India. He lives in Anaheim, California with his wife Deepti and two sons.

Danen T. Butler – CEO / Co-Founder of Remora Group, Inc

Mr. Butler is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in the CEO role. He has been involved in start-ups, mergers and acquisitions. His broad experience in business development, operations, financial structuring and corporate management includes hands-on leadership in the environmental, medical device and technology sectors. As VP of Operations at Anue Water Technologies, Mr. Butler managed the Engineering Department and developed Ozone Systems and software that connected into SCADA. They could also be controlled by a Smart Phone App. Previously, he co- founded TruSolutions, a technology start up that led to a $200M public sale exit in under five years. Mr. Butler studied Business Administration at San Diego State University

Thomas Voorhees, CEO

Thomas Voorhees has 25 years of experience in the area of industrial automation, product design and process analytics. This includes a long history of developing automation systems to optimize continuous and batch processes. Mr. Voorhees specializes in delivering solutions which balance technical requirements and total cost of ownership to provide long term business value.

Dave Seibert

Dave Seibert is a leader in the technology industry for 35 years. His career includes Start-ups, National IT Franchises, and Fortune 50 & 100 companies. Dave is the CIO of IT Innovators, a business technology solution provider for 21 years. Dave is an industry influencer including President of SMB Technology Network, President of Southern California IT Professional Association, Board of Directors of International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners SoCal (IAMCP), President of SMB TechFest, Garner Research Circle Advisor, Microsoft U.S. SMB Advisory Council, Microsoft Worldwide Influencer, SCORE business speaker, U.S. SBA speaker, and International Imagine Cup judge.

Dave is a frequent conference speaker and magazine column writer. Dave has received multiple industry awards including SMB 150 – IT Most Influential People, ChannelPro Top 20 U.S. Visionaries, MSPmentor 250 – U.S. Top Managed Service Experts, Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist, VAR Guy Top 50 Global Channel Influencers, United Way Training Series, Best in Irvine, People’s Choice Top 10 National MSP Experts, Top 100 Most Visible Channel Leaders, and Microsoft MVP Award. Learn more at www.DaveSeibert.com. Contact dseibert@ITInnovators.com. Connect www.LinkedIn.com/in/DaveSeibert99.

SPECIAL GUEST: The Honorable Donald P. Wagner: Mayor of Irvine

First elected in 1998 to the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, Donald Wagner served three consecutive terms, including an unprecedented six years as Board President. Under Don’s leadership, his district balanced every budget and paid off all debts without ever raising taxes or floating bonds.
Over the course of his six years in the State Assembly, Don has served on a number of different committees, including Budget, Health, Education, and Revenue and Taxation. Since he was first elected, he has also served as the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee with jurisdiction over the legal profession, the courts, and most state governing codes. In addition, he has served on all of the financial committees, with responsibility for all state spending and revenue, and earned a reputation for expertise in government fiscal affairs.

A practicing attorney, Don is active in the Orange County business and legal communities. He has served on several committees and advisory boards for the Orange County Bar Association, and as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Superior Court of Orange County. He has also published articles on legal, political, and cultural topics in the local media.

Don is committed to his community and has been actively involved in several nonprofits and charities. He served as president of the American Lung Association of Orange County, an affiliate of the nation’s oldest voluntary health organization. He founded and served as the first president of the Orange County Chapter of the Federalist Society, a national organization of conservative lawyers, judges, and law professors committed to ensuring judicial integrity and strict adherence to the Constitution of the United States.

Don received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 1987 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in the same year.

Don and his wife, Megan, moved to Irvine in 1991. All three of their children were educated in Irvine public schools, where the Wagners have a strong history of heavy involvement in volunteer work throughout Orange County. Don and Megan both served several years on the board of the Northwood High School Athletic Boosters.

SPECIAL GUEST: Danielle Lin: Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host

Creator and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio program, The Danielle Lin Show: The Art of Living and Science of Life, Danielle has been a leading voice in conscious media for over 30 years.

Remember when transformational books were only published in garages, when no one on talk radio discussed health, wellness and spirituality, when it was hard to find “health” food in a grocery store, when succeeding in business was disconnected from doing good in the world, and when the words “yoga”, “organic”, and “consciousness” were rarely heard?

So how did these good things go mainstream?
It happened through the dedicated efforts of those who were swimming upstream for a long time. Danielle was one of those strong swimmers who set the pace for change, shaped the conversation, and inspired people to improve their lives.

Danielle was there at the very beginning and remembers the first 12 people at a “natural products expo” looking at each other with enthusiasm, hoping, but not knowing if people would care. Wouldn’t they?
Danielle got busy leading the way in the soy industry (if you’ve heard of Tofu, she had a lot to do with that) and she got frozen vegetarian meals into stores everywhere for the first time. Vegetables for dinner? Radical.

Danielle continues to influence and curate, searching for the best things to share. She explores the new frontiers of what’s possible and pushes the boundaries. Now the conversation is about love being a force in the world that can transform everything. How can we do that? How can we seed tolerance and compassion? How can conscious business become the norm?

Now that we understand more about our bodies, what are the best technologies, supplements, and practices to love them and ensure a long and healthy life? How can we be innovative in the ways we care for our families, our communities, our world?

I appreciate the way Danielle talks about the things that matter to me. Listening to her show is like a visit with a friend you can trust.
An inspired listener
Every week Danielle’s curiosity drives her to find those with the brightest minds and the clearest vision to share practical insights about creating a healthier and more prosperous world and a better life. Join her as she explores our world through the change agents, rabble-rousers, big thinkers, instigators, peacemakers, inventors, and visionaries of our time–to go beyond reporting the change–to creating it.
Danielle has been at the forefront of the shift to holistic living for decades and she’s still leading the way.
Keep listening!

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