YI Incubator Boot Camp: Event Recap

Our Yodlee Interactive Incubator boot camp kicked off on Monday, November 17th at Intersections for the Arts in the historic San Francisco Chronicle building. Intersection is a pioneering arts and community development organization that brings people together across boundaries to instigate break-through change. In selecting this venue, we hoped to inspire creativity and collaboration among our incubator community. In this previous blog post, we introduced our new program director, incubator companies, mentors and experts. Our boot camp includes 3 days of interactive sessions and networking events plus 2 days of technical support. This post covers insights from our 3 day program.  The action-packed agenda featured 8 team pitches, networking sessions, one-on-one meetings with mentors, Yodlee product overviews and presentations from mentors and experts. Below is a list of presentation topics and speakers:
  • Business model canvas: Dorrian Porter, President Northern Imagination
  • Scaling a data business: Whitney Weaver, VP Data Platform, Kabbage
  • Define your value proposition: Vincent Turner, CEO Planwise
  • Branding for startups: Patrick Mork, EIR Signia Venture Partners
  • Defining your market: Marc Weill, Two Sigma Investments
  • Go to market strategies: Vijay Chattha, VSC PR
  • User acquisition: Brendan O’Connor, Senior Account Manager, Vungle
  • Marketing strategies for app engagement: Chris Iremonger, Head of Customer Success, Kahuna
We also saw a flurry of tweets from incubator companies about their boot camp experience. Here are select tweets and photos: Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.46.35 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.38.02 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.38.11 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.50.25 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-18 at 9.26.56 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.38.30 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-19 at 4.30.26 PMScreen Shot 2014-11-19 at 4.31.07 PM For more photos of speakers and incubator companies, view our Facebook album. Connect with us @YIDeveloper on Twitter with the hashtag #YIBootcamp for live updates! According to Herwig Gaston Konings, CEO, Accredify: "The Yodlee interactive boot camp helped us innovate our business model and, as a result, provide even more value to our customers. Combined with YI API technology, we are now able to provide secure online asset verification for investors creating an elevated user experience and delivering real value to our customers." The founders of Telito remarked: "The boot camp was both valuable and fun. We developed new connections, met new SMEs, started collaborating with other founders and already have a few follow up meetings with mentors  - great results." We were excited to hear that one of our incubator companies, DRAFT Invest, launched at DEMO conference on Wednesday, November 19th! For details about the mobile app-based investment tool, check out: DRAFT Investment App Puts Power Back Into the Hands of Investors. To participate in their BETA, users can sign up at www.draftapp.com. Are you interested in getting involved in upcoming events as a mentor, expert or investor? Feel free to contact Jeff Cain, Director of Yodlee Interactive Incubator at JCain@yodlee.com with any questions.