SDVG Goes to Carlsbad

Mar 19, 2018

There are great startups, as well as large established tech and life sci co’s — from Carlsbad to Del Mar, from Poway to Escondido. As SDVG continues to pitch our region as a whole, we (the south of the merge crew) need to know North County better than we do, and integrate the overall story. And conversely, North County benefits if they better leverage all things south.
We are better together.  And it’s high time we got together.

Meet the Moderator:

Allison Long Pettine

Meet the Speakers:

Ford Blakely

Brett Brewer

Kyle Ballarta

Hem Suri

April 11th 

5600 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008


4pm Start:   networking, drinks, & food trucks
5pm — 6pm:   a few good speakers  
6pm — 7pm:   more networking, drinks, & food trucks

Free to members  |  $45 non-members

Early bird non-member ticket price increased March 31st*

Founding Partner of Ad Astra Ventures and Co-Founder of SEED San Diego

Allison Long Pettine is an investor and entrepreneur who is passionate about finding and empowering visionaries uniquely destined to change the world.  She recently founded Ad Astra Ventures, a fund dedicated to empowering founders of high growth startups with at least one female co-founder.  She is President of Crescent Ridge Partners, Founding Partner at SEED San Diego, and co-founder of Lymber, which was sold to MindBody in 2017.
Allison began her career at Viscogliosi Brothers, a New-York based venture capital company focused on cutting-edge orthopedic medical device technologies. She was an early employee and Director of Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning at Paradigm Spine, a startup that developed non-fusion spinal implants to treat degenerative and deformity spinal disorders. Allison is a mentor at Tech Stars, sits on the advisory board of UCSD’s The Basement incubator, sits on the board of the San Diego Venture Group and is a committee member at San Diego’s Evo Nexus incubator.

CEO and Founder of Zingle

Ford Blakely is the founder and CEO of Zingle. As a frustrated consumer with an entrepreneurial spirit, Ford sought to figure out a quicker way to order his latte in the morning. He did – and in 2009 Zingle was born as the first two-way, business-and-customer communication platform. Currently, thousands of hotels, food retailers and other businesses use the software platform to increase efficiency, revenue and customer loyalty by providing a quick and simple way to communicate with customers through text messaging – people’s preferred method of communication today.

Co Founder & Managing Director Crosscut Ventures

Prior to co-founding Crosscut Ventures, Brett was a serial entrepreneur who has built, operated, and sold a number of Internet media companies.  In 1998, he co-founded Intermix Media, which launched several online businesses including  Brett sold Intermix to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in 2005 for $680M.  After leaving News Corp,  Brett became President and Vice Chairman of Adknowledge, and helped grow the business from $40M to $300M in revenue over the span of seven years. Brett is an active angel investor and a pillar in the SoCal tech community.  He has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events including Bear Sterns Internet Roundtable, Goldman Sachs Internet Conference and the Montgomery Technology Conference.  Brett received a B.A. in Business and Economics from the University of California Los Angeles

Founder and CEO of Falkon Ventures

Kyle is the Founder and CEO of Falkon Ventures, an innovative venture capital fund designed to catalyze innovation in the new entrepreneurial landscape for companies that have the mission to positively change industry and the world. Prior to Falkon Ventures, Kyle was a member of the initial team at LifeProof, a San Diego based consumer electronics company that grew its force from three people to over 250 employees on three continents in three years. LifeProof’s meteoric growth led to its successful acquisition by Otterbox in 2013.

Founder & Managing Partner at ClearVision Equity Partners

Hem is an accomplished executive and investment professional with deep experiences across several industries, geographies and functions through venture capital & private equity, investment banking, plant operations, corporate and research roles. He has executed 25+ M&A and private investments with over $2B in capital over 10 years on Wall Street, within a KKR private equity company and most recently, at ClearVision Equity Partners. His industry experience spans software, technology services, food manufacturing, industrials, transportation, financial services, insurance, restaurants and digital marketing. He currently serves on the Boards of 41 Orange, ClearPath ADM, Doctible, SlantRange, Tourmaline Labs and