Learn the art of constructing the right pitch with the help of experts Mark Waxman and Ryan Baird. Waxman will teach guests the steps to forming a successful pitch when talking to potential clients or investors. Baird provides the complementary point of view, sharing what investors look for. Both talks will be followed by a question and answer session led by Content Magazine founder and art director Daniel Garcia. The evening will close with an opportunity to share portfolios with each of the speakers and Courtney Smith Kramer, author and executive creative director of Purematter.
Mark Waxman serves as the chief marketing officer of CBIZ, Inc, an NYSE listed professional services firm. Prior to CBIZ, Mark was a founding partner of SK Consulting and the CEO/creative director for Carter Waxman Advertising and P.R., one of Silicon Valley’s leading advertising agencies.
Mark has served as chairman of the board of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, the president of both The Silicon Valley Ad Club and the San Jose Repertory Theater, the chair of both the KTEH-TV Auction and Artsopolis.com, and the program director for the Community Leadership Program of Gilroy, CA. He currently serves on the boards of SVCreates, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the Morgan Hill Youth Sports Alliance, and the West Valley Mission Advancement Foundation.
Mark is a well-known speaker and author, having written a featured column (“Street Smart Marketing”) for the Silicon Valley Business Journal and having spoken at conferences nationwide. He advises many early stage Silicon Valley companies and has received numerous honors and awards for his business, community, and creative work, including being named Outstanding Alumni of the San Jose State University School of Journalism and Mass Communications and being honored with the San Jose/Silicon Valley Leadership Excellence Award, the Silicon Valley Economic Development Award, and the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal.
Ryan Baird is a serial entrepreneur, advisor, investor, speaker, and connector. He is currently an investor at the GWC Innovator Fund and startup manager for the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) pitch competitions, called G-Startup Worldwide. He co-founded StartUpRising, a community of influencers, thought leaders, innovators, changemakers, investors, and entrepreneurs who are challenging the status quo in the tech ecosystem. Members are pursuing excellence, solving the world’s greatest challenges, and embracing diversity. StartUpRising curates experiences to facilitate meaningful conversations, foster collaboration, advance human potential, and redefine culture. He also sits on the board of a number of tech companies and nonprofits.
Ryan’s past professional experience includes finance, hedge fund management, proprietary trading, arbitraging volatility, corporate and business development, and e-sports and mobile gaming.
Courtney Smith Kramer
Courtney Smith Kramer is the co-founder and executive creative director for Purematter, named as one of 2016’s “Top 50 Most Influential Social Media Marketing Brands” by Onalytica. She is proud to be among the 3% of female creative directors in the United States.
An accomplished creative strategist, storyteller, writer, and designer, she has earned hundreds of creative awards and has been a juror for creative competitions across the country. Her first book, 21 Reasons Creativity Is Like Sex, launched as a #1 Business Humor book on Amazon in the fall of 2016. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event, and a few will be raffled off to lucky guests.
A native of San Jose and the Bay Area, Daniel Garcia’s entrepreneur journey began as a fashion photographer in the 1980s. After a decade of running his own photo business, he launched out to begin nonprofit work focusing on the spiritual formation of college students. Feeling a strong leaning to bring his two passions together, being an artist and serving the community, he began Content Magazine. As the Cultivator, Daniel seeks to grow and develop a high quality, well-designed magazine that displays the beauty of life and his hometown. His work with Content Magazine has provided opportunities to work with local clients on branding campaigns as a creative director and client relations manager, as well as being able to represent artists and connect them to clients and local agencies.
Header photo of WeWork San Jose by Sarah Gerber