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TMP Distinguished Speaker Series

This quarterly series features leaders from academia and industry who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields. Featuring appearances by prominent academic researchers, business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs. This series gives UC Santa Barbara students and members of the local community an opportunity to learn directly from individuals who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work.

Here is our listing of Distinguished Speakers for Spring 2018!

Hans Swildens- CEO & Founder of Industry Ventures

April 03, 2018

Speaker Biography: Hans is the CEO and Founder of Industry Ventures and manages the overall business.  As an early pioneer of the modern secondary market for venture capital, Hans created new ways to get liquidity for venture capital investments prior to an IPO or M&A event.  Additionally, he was early to support the development of a new class of venture capital partnerships focused on seed and early stage investing during the last decade.   He directs the firm’s investment processes, operations and limited partner relationships. Read more...

Randy Modos- President and Founder of PayJunction

April 10, 2018

Speaker Biography: Randy Modos is the President and a founder of PayJunction, where he provides vision and leadership for the company as it pioneers ways to make payment processing easier. Since 2000, PayJunction has grown from an inspired idea into what it is today: a company that processes over $2 billion annually. Randy received his B.S. in computer science from UC Santa Barbara. Read more...

Elizabeth Cholawsky- CEO of Support.com

April 17, 2018

Speaker Biography: Elizabeth is a seasoned executive leader in the technology industry with a strong focus on growing successful SaaS-based businesses. Most recently, she was CEO of Support.com (NASDAQ: SPRT), where she transformed the business from being solely reliant on outsourced services revenue to selling a SaaS product that intelligently ran large contact centers. Along the way, she drove strategic, cultural and operational alignment with the teams and pivoted the product focus to match the marketplace, while buttressing the company against aggressive attacks of activist investors. Read more...

Lars Nilsson- Vice President of Global Inside Sales for Cloudera & Founder of SalesSource

April 24, 2018

Speaker Biography: With over twenty-five years of sales and operations experience, Lars Nilsson is a global leader in enterprise software and selling solutions. He is currently the VP of Global Inside Sales for Cloudera, the company that has revolutionized enterprise data management by offering the first unified platform for data management and analytics. Lars and his team at Cloudera built the sales methodology Account-Based development (ABSD), which has transformed how businesses approach high-value targets. Lars also leads the Sales Enablement and Field Readiness teams at Cloudera. Read More...

Speakers for 2017-2018


Meredith Amdur, Investor, Advisor, and CEO of Rhetorik Solutions

Jonathan Brown, Co-Founder of Partner.

Kim Coalson, Senior Vice President of MyCase for AppFolio

Annie Duke, Author, Professional Speaker, Decision Strategist

Eytan Elbaz, Co-Founder and Chairman of Render Media

Alexander Fang, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Aurrion

Kelly Ferguson, Director of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Energize California Program

Brian Fox, Founder and CEO of Opus Logica, Inc.