Tag Archives: Kevin Surace

Never Underestimate the Heart of a Champion and what does ZOG have to do with it?

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I was watching the Warriors the other night, it was the end of the game, the clock rapidly counting down, the score tied and everyone on the edge of their seat,  when one of the commentators said, “never underestimate the heart of a champion.”   You heard it too?  The next moments proved him right, once again, one of the Warriors stepped up and dug deep and made the play that made the difference taking them to another win. How is this possible? What sets a champion apart from the competition? At Camp BizSmart we call this ZOG, which stands for Zest, Optimism and Grit.  When you have ZOG you have a zest for all […]

Leap Insole, Sponsored by ZEPP Labs Awarded Top Team for Camp BizSmart 2015 to Appear at Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo on Nov. 18, 2015

  “The final results are in and Leap Insole, who chose to solve a ZEPP Labs business case, has taken the coveted top ranking out of all the first place teams competing in the Camp BizSmart 2015 Summer sessions.  Our congratulations go to this team who consists of: Levi Kline, CEO/VOC; Jonathan Kao, CTO; Valerie Duffey, CFO; Rish Bellakka, CMO; Daniel Lan, CSO; and Anant Vasudevan, CIO.  “This team had a great spirit throughout the entire Camp BizSmart two week session which took place at Stanford University”, noted Camp Director, Elian Savodivker. They were persistent as well as innovative in their creation of a solution to the business case they selected.  They chose […]

CAMP BIZSMART SPONSORED BY A WORLD CLASS ENERGY EFFICIENCY EXPERT AT THE STANFORD SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Camp BizSmart is honored to be sponsored at Stanford by Dr. James L. Sweeney is Director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Professor of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution; Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He served as chairman of the Stanford Department of Engineering-Economic Systems and chairman of the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research. Jim, a sponsor of Camp BizSmart since 2010, periodically serves as a consultant or advisor to corporations, governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, and law firms. He has served as expert witness in energy litigations in natural […]

Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo Honors Top 2014 Camp BizSmart Team

  On November 20, 2014 seven teens took the stage at Microsoft to be honored for achieving the top score in the Camp BizSmart product design and business plan competition out of the more than 30 teams for 2014. They were introduced by Sonja Markova, Keiretsu member who then introduced Peggy Gibbs, COO and Cofounder of Camp BizSmart who thanked both Sonja and Randy with Keiretsu and Microsoft, WAGIC,  Garage Technology Ventures and the Alliance of Chief Executives for their great support of Camp BizSmart’s business and entrepreneur training. A video was then shown providing context to the students’ accomplishments and the role of business case sponsors. This video is […]

Announcing Camp BizSmart’s Top Team for 2014: RevoArc sponsored by Revolights

Well it is official, out of the top three teams who earned first place in each of the three Camp BizSmart product design and business plan competitions held at Microsoft Silicon Valley this summer, the team that captured the top team ranking is: RevoArc. .  Revolights Revo Arc Team pictured above: Krithika Veerappan, CEO; Bryant Gavello, CSO; Aidan Cullen, VOC; Jeffrey Liu, CIO; Ethan Hwang, CMO; Laila Del Rosario, CTO; and Allen Yao, CIO; during the competition at Microsoft, then getting a big reaction out of judge Bill Reichert who is sitting with other judges, John Butler and Marty Reed;  and then receiving their 1st place certificates at the August […]

RevoArc the winner of Camp BizSmart July 17 competition

The second Camp BizSmart product design and business plan competition was held on July 17, 2014 at Microsoft Silicon Valley.  Eight teams competed for the coveted 1st place title which went to Revolights student team, RevoArc  who earned the top score from esteemed judges, Bill Reichert, Marty Reed and John Butler. What impressed these judges? From the minute this team stepped on stage, their energy and passion for their invention was obvious.  Bill Reichert, Managing Partner of Garage Technology Ventures, put it this way, “This this team captured our attention with a clever story that let us know they understood the customer’s problem and how their product invention would solve […]

Camp BizSmart’s Top Team of 2013, Sprell, sponsored by mOasis, to Appear at Keiretsu Forum Nov 21 in Silicon Valley

Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network, announces its Silicon Valley Angel Capital Expo on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 from 11:30am to 7:00pm at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California.  Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding capital to grow their businesses.   On November 21st more than 300 of the Bay Area’s most active and respected angel investors will attend the Expo.  Among the angel investors and entrepreneurs will be seven young people who earned the honor of being the Camp BizSmart top team for 2013 in the product design and business plan competition which was held at Microsoft […]

Announcing Camp BizSmart’s Top Team for 2013 – mOasis, Sprell

Competition was really fierce this summer 2013 and our judges noted that student business product solutions to create new market opportunities for either mOasis or Ekso Bionics, our company business case sponsors, were innovative, well designed and had great market potential. There were three Camp BizSmart sessions, each with a 1st place winner.  Out of the 1st place winning teams: mOasis, Floasis; Ekso Bionics, Ekso Rangers; and mOasis, Sprell, one was named the top grand finale team for 2013.   Becoming a 1st place team made them a contender for the grand finale round top title.  Competition judges who are investors and executives, noted that each 1st place team had identified […]

Young Entrepreneurs Create Innovative New Product Solution for Ekso Bionics

At the second session of Camp BizSmart, which was held at Stanford University July 8-19,2013, seven teams of students competed at Microsoft on July 18, to earn the coveted 1st place title. The Camp BizSmart, Ekso bionics, student team who call their product solution “Ekso Ranger”, brought their very best and impressed the judges to capture 1st place. Team members are: Prateek Sayyaparaju, CEO; Bansini Doshi, CIO; Sophia Sun, CFO; Roshan Chandna, CMO; Brandon Yu, CTO; Jennifer Veis, CSO & VOC. Camp BizSmart, is the leading business and entrepreneur academy, where students 11-15 years of age, have 10 days to address a business problem given to them by award winning […]

Camp BizSmart Alum is Founder of TiE Youth

Sameer Vij, a Camp BizSmart Alum, founded TiE Youth in 2012.  TiE Youth is  a sub conference held at TiEcon, (known as the largest entrepreneur conference in the world) for high school and college students to learn more about entrepreneurship and leadership from leaders in Silicon Valley and aboard.  At last years’ inaugural event over 600 high school and college students attended hearing from well known entrepreneurs, Vinod Khosla and Kevin Surace.    Kevin Surace is a  favorite entrepreneur and mentor who comes to Camp BizSmart each summer to share his wisdom learned from founding many companies. I had the opportunity to interview Sameer and asked him what inspired him to […]