CREATE Conference

Celebrate the great companies that L.A. is home to and learn how they are providing creative solutions to people all over the world! Join us for a day that will bring together more than 400 dynamic business leaders, successful alumni, world-class UCLA Anderson faculty and current students

Lessons from L.A.’s Most Effective Startups

CREATE Conference 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

8:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
UCLA Anderson School of Management

About the Conference


The 32nd annual CREATE conference will be UCLA Anderson's largest and highest profile student-organized event. We welcome an audience of more than 400 students, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs and professionals to share valuable insights on current topics in entrepreneurship, critical business skills and emerging opportunities.

The event includes ample opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, developers and UCLA Anderson faculty and students. A series of panels and keynotes will highlight entrepreneurship and lessons learned in various fields. This year we will also have TED-style talks from entrepreneurs talking about their experiences and the challenges of working in organizations.

Keynote Speakers


Barry Eggers

Founding Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Barry Eggers (B.A. '85) is a founder of Lightspeed Venture Partners and focuses primarily on IT infrastructure, with a specific interest in big data, cloud, IoT, networking and mobile. He has 20 years of venture capital experience, 10 years of operating experience and has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top 100 investors multiple times.

Eggers has been instrumental in building Lightspeed into one of the world's leading venture capital firms. Lightspeed has over $4 billion under management and focuses on early-stage investments in the Enterprise IT and consumer sectors. Lightspeed has led early financing rounds for category leaders such as AppDynamics, Giphy, The Honest Company, Mulesoft, Nest, Nutanix and Snap.   Something most people don't know about Barry Eggers: He is a fourth generation Californian. "I grew up in the Silicon Valley and can remember when it was filled with cherry and apricot orchards."

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John Tabis

Founder and CEO, The Bouqs Company

John Tabis ('06) is passionate about disruptive businesses, cool brands and showing love to the important people in his life. The Bouqs Company is a combination of those things, and he is thrilled to bring it to you and yours. Prior to launching The Bouqs Company, Tabis worked in strategy consulting at Bain & Company, followed by increasingly senior roles in advertising and brand strategy. His brand strategy experience includes the Gerber Baby, Disney, ESPN, ABC and brands, among others. Tabis graduated summa cum laude with a degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame and earned his MBA with honors from UCLA Anderson, where he studied on fellowship.

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Program Agenda


Friday, March 10, 2017

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast & Registration

9:30 – 9:40 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Address
Barry Eggers (B.A. '85), Founding Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
A Conversation with Professor George Abe

10:30 – 11:25 a.m.

FinTech: Democratizing Finance
Leaders of the FinTech scene discuss how financial services technology is accelerating change and democratizing the industry at an exponential pace.

  • Moderator: Tony Morosini, VP of Product Development, SoFi
  • Howard Marks, Co-Founder and CEO, StartEngine
  • Manning Field, COO, Acorns
  • Marc Teren, CEO, Divy
  • Douglas Merrill, Chief of Staff, Zest Finance
11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Designing the Future of Fashion
Fashion designers, entrepreneurs and business leaders discuss how technology is transforming the fashion industry and the challenges that come with fashion entrepreneurship.

  • Kelsey Doorey ('13), CEO, Vow to Be Chic
  • Negarin Sadr, Co-Founder, Negarin London
  • Jenny Leung ('17), Co-Founder, BellaNové
12:50 – 1:45 p.m.
1:50 – 2:45 p.m.

Keynote Address
John Tabis (’06), Founder and CEO, The Bouqs Co.
A Conversation with Professor Al Osborne

2:50 – 3:40 p.m.

California’s Green Gold Rush: A World With Legal Cannabis
Leaders from the cannabis industry discuss how legal cannabis will change health, recreation, culture and existing industries.

  • Moderator: Jeff Chen (’17)
  • Christian Groh, COO, Privateer Holdings
  • Kenny Morrison, CEOd Founder, Venice Cookie Company
  • Jazmin Hupp, Founder, Women Grow
  • Jim Baudino (’04), VP of Marketing and BD, Merry Jane Media
3:45 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

From Founder to VC Partner: An Entrepreneur for Life

  • TJ Nahigian, CEO, Jobr; Partner, Urizen Ventures
  • Brendan Wallace, Managing Partner, Fifth Wall
  • Max Motschwiller, General Partner, Meritech Capital Partners

Reimagining the Way We Eat

  • John Coogan, CTO, Soylent
  • Mike Ganino, Head of People and Culture, ChowNow


  • Gavin Lurie, President and Co-Founder, Endless Media
  • Gil Baron, Co-Founder and CEO, Mindshow

California’s Green Gold Rush: Company Breakout Discussions
Selected companies from the previous panel will present their individual business and share industry expertise.

4:45 – 7:00 p.m.

Happy Hour
Sponsored and served by Golden Road Brewery
Briskin Family Plaza

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