Farah Chadwick, Founder/CEO, Startup-Pairup
Farah is a veteran of Silicon Valley, having worked in a number of Silicon Valley companies including Apple, Cypress Semiconductor, Verizon and other high technology companies. In 1998 she founded and was CEO of TrainTrax & Services, Inc., that provided customized software configuration management, training, and consulting to companies that included Oracle, Cisco, HP and others.
Farah founded Startup-Pairup in 2013. The idea was born to build an on-line community site to facilitate connections for unemployed professional women looking to re-enter the workforce with innovative startups in Silicon Valley seeking talent at good value.
Janice Chua, Founder, Bitter+Sweet
Janice graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Honours degree in Economics (Second Class Upper). After a one-year stint in a local Singapore bank as an economist, Janice joined HSBC as a management trainee. After completing a 10-week training programme in London, UK, she was assigned to one of the larger Singapore branches as a branch manager.
Janice left her illustrious career at HSBC in 1998 to come to the United States with her husband, Ian, so he could pursue his graduate studies. It was in Boston, MA, that Janice began an exciting career at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) that lasted 12 ½ years. During her 12 ½ years at SVB. Janice gained valuable expertise in lending and operations. In 2008, she was promoted to Division Manager of the Global Loan Services group, where she managed the loan operations for transactions originating from teams located in several countries, including the UK, India and Israel.
In 2011, Janice left her successful career at SVB to start her own business. Bitter+Sweet, a coffee shop located in Cupertino, was born out of Janice’s desire to combine two loves – her love of good food and her love for community. Bitter+Sweet has gained a solid reputation in Cupertino for serving the best coffee and ice cream, and serving as the Third Place for members of the community. In 2014, Bitter+Sweet won the STAR award (Service, Teamwork, Achievement, and Recognition) for “Small Business of the Year”.
Janice currently also serves on the Board of the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce, and is also an active Rotarian. She will graduate in May with the 2013/2014 class of Leadership 95014.
Dan Goldin, Commercial Banking Officer, Stanford Federal Credit Union
Commercial Banking Office at Stanford Federal Credit Union San Francisco Bay Area
April 2014 – Present (4 months) 86o Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Makes Commercial Real Estate Mortgages & Business Loans With 19 years of executive and management experience in local and national financial institutions, Dan possesses through knowledge of all business banking, lending, and credit union products and services. Throughout each year, Dan Goldin presents many seminars and classes on how a small business can gain access to capitol in order to acquire business loans to fund their small business growth.
Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an associate degree in Management from the Community College of Denver.
Kevin McClelland, Owner, Leeward Financial and Insurance Services
Kevin is a financial planner and business consultant. He specializes in Financial Independence, Financial Planning, Wealth Management, Real Estate Investments, Business Consulting, and Long Term Care. Kevin is on the Board of Directors for the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. In February Kevin received the Business Advocate of the Year Award from the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, for helping Cupertino to approve the planned Apple construction and for his work with restaurant health inspection regulations.
He was an Executive General Manager for TGI Fridays for 20 years. Kevin managed single and multi units and was involved in purchasing and service contracts. He set up programs for Manager/Employee hiring development and established operation standards, building sales, and retaining customers, employees and managers.
Gordon Smith, Marketing Consultant
Gordon has over 25 years of technology marketing experience in Silicon Valley. He was a member of the management team for several successful startups, and has worked with firms in the hardware, software, internet services and renewable energy industries. He is familiar with helping to grow businesses in global markets, and speaks several languages. Currently, he is a marketing consultant and aspiring author.