With approximately 20,000 startups and 2.2 million high tech workers (more than 50% of which are under the age of 39), it’s no wonder Silicon Valley continues to serve as the global icon of startup culture for entrepreneurs from all over the world.

In 2015, the amount of venture capital infused into Silicon Valley companies reached $24.5 Billion, representing the greatest amount of venture capital funding in any one year since 2000.

SAP Silicon Valley is in the epicenter of the global tech startup community and works with young organizations across the area, representing the hottest new technologies in a variety of industries. We are also the hub of innovation for cloud, platform and design.

Welcome to the 2016 edition of the SAP International Spotlight Tour, taking place at Levi Stadium on September 13-14 and featuring some of the most innovative start-ups and small and medium businesses from the Valley.

The event, exclusively reserved for media, offers a chance for Q&As and networking opportunities with our speakers, as well as, an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at all the latest sports technology showcases at Levi’s Stadium.

The program will look at how SAP is spurring Silicon Valley innovation in a variety of ways:

  • Startups: SAP supports and co-innovates with startups around the valley in the most cutting-edge areas: healthcare, sports, internet of things, virtual and augmented reality, machine learning and more. A panel of young executives will discuss the importance of collaboration between startups and established global software players; and the most important technology trends for businesses to start considering right now. Then you can experience these innovations first hand at demo “stations.”
  • Spurring growth for “up and comers”: Small to midsize businesses from the Valley will talk about how they’re using SAP technology as a core part of their strategy to run more efficiently and scale

The main program takes place Wednesday, Sept. 14, with a kick off taking place on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the SAP offices in Palo Alto for those who are interested. For more information or to inquire on attending, please contact jackie.montesinos.suarez@sap.com.

Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 13
SAP Silicon Valley Office in Palo Alto
Time Topic Speaker(s)
3:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks and Kickoff Sam Yen, Chief Design Officer and Managing Director of SAP Silicon Valley Labs
Customers TBC
4:00 p.m. Influencer Keynote Timothy Chou, entrepreneur, technology expert and current lecturer at Stanford University
4:30 p.m. 30-minute Tour of SAP Silicon Valley Labs including Building 8 & Building 9, the Center of Design Thinking and Innovation Abdul Hakeem Mohamed, senior director of User Experience and Design, SAP
Till Pieper, EXPLORE team lead, SAP Innovation Center Silicon Valley
Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 14
Levi’s Stadium in San Jose
Time Topic Speaker(s)
10:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks and Kickoff SAP Communications
10:15 a.m. How Venture Capitalists and Startups Collaborate to Drive Global Innovation Rami Branitzky, Managing Director, Sapphire Ventures
Brad Brooks, CMO for DocuSign
Sudheesh Nair, President, Nutanix
11:15 a.m. The Power of Small: How SMBs are Driving Change in Today’s Digital World Moderator: Scott Jones, SVP of Commercial and Ecosystem Sales, SAP North America
Njal Stabell, CIO & President, Neptune Software
Deepak Garg, CEO, Smart Utility Systems
Flavil Hampsten, EVP & CMO San Jose Sharks
12:15 p.m. Lunch & 1:1 Interviews / networking time N/A
1:30 p.m.


Innovation in Startup Land: Why David Doesn’t Need to Slay Goliath…or Vice Versa Introductions by Manju Bansal, Global VP of SAP Startup Focus program
Moderated by Dr. Sanjit Dang, Investment Director at Intel Capital
Danny Lopez, COO, Blippar
Tim Horlick, CEO, Sensify
Chris Edwards, CMO, Validic
Ryan Pamplin, VP, Sales and Partnerships, Metavision
2:15 p.m. Startup Showcases: Startup Panel participants will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations and participate in 1:1 interviews
3:00 p.m. Tour of Levi’s Stadium including Fan Engagement Activations, SAP & Sports Partnerships Hosted by Levi’s and Denis Browne, SVP, Head of SAP Imagineering and SAP Screen Personas
4:00 p.m. End of program

Speaker Bios
Company Information

yenSam Yen is Chief Design Officer and Managing Director of SAP Silicon Valley Labs. In addition to leading User Experience & Design (UxD) for SAP, Sam has taken over responsibilities as the Managing Director for SAP in Silicon Valley in July 2015.

Sam keeps his role as the Chief Design Officer of SAP. He will continue to drive a renewed commitment to design and user experience at SAP. Under his leadership SAP further strengthens its mission of listening to customers´ needs leading to tangible results, including SAP Fiori, SAP Screen Personas and SAP´s UX design services.

Prior to taking on his current role as Chief Design Officer Sam was the Global Head of Design and User Experience. Before that he led the SAP AppHaus, an innovation team building new solutions, establishing new markets, and reaching new users for SAP.

Last year Sam was a fellow at d.school (Institute of Design at Stanford), where he created the d.forum, a global community of senior leaders driving Design Thinking within their organizations.

Sam came to SAP 10 years ago when Hasso Plattner formed the Design Services Team, a multi-disciplinary group in the Office of the CEO, to accelerate the adoption of Design Thinking at SAP and improve SAP’s user experience. This was the reason for Sam to join SAP and is still his passion.

Before joining SAP, Sam was co-founder of Covigna, Inc., an enterprise software company that delivered project management solutions. At Covigna he has led the design, engineering and strategic customer engagement. Sam is a native of San Francisco and has a Ph.D. in Design Theory and Methodology from Stanford University.

From the panel:
How Venture Capitalists and Startups Collaborate to Drive Global Innovation

BranitzkyRami Branitzky leads Sapphire Ventures’ market development efforts, where his team of business development and marketing professionals work closely with portfolio companies to provide strategic support across a range of topics, including go-to-market, business development and other functional areas.

Rami has nearly 20 years of experience in tech in a variety of roles. Most recently, he was CEO of Numenta, an innovator in machine learning. Previously, he served as managing director of SAP Labs North America, where he led its revitalization by focusing on innovation and integration with Silicon Valley’s rich culture of entrepreneurship. Rami also served as a senior vice president at SAP SE, where he led the software partnerships and business development organization, and held field and product leadership positions at TopTier Software, which was acquired by SAP for $400 million in 2001.He holds a BA from Hofstra University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and an MBA in information systems and finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Rami also served in the Israeli Defense Forces, Infantry Communications and Electronics branch, where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award.

Sapphire Ventures is focused on helping today’s most innovative technology companies become global category-defining leaders. Leveraging nearly two decades of experience and an extensive global enterprise network, Sapphire Ventures invests capital, resources and expertise to enable its portfolio companies to scale rapidly. Whether entrepreneurs sell to businesses, consumers or both, Sapphire Ventures offers a powerful platform for business development and operational excellence to help them accelerate growth. With $1.4 billion under active management via direct growth investments and an early-stage fund investment strategy, Sapphire Ventures is uniquely positioned to elevate companies to the global stage.

BrooksBrad Brooks is the Chief Marketing Officer of Docusign.  Brooks brings more than 25 years of experience leading global marketing and business strategy for blue chip technology companies.  Prior to Docusign, he served as CMO and SVP of Global Marketing at Juniper Networks. Previously, Brad led product management and marketing with P&L responsibility as Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar Windows Consumer Business. Prior to Microsoft, Brad worked at Enron and AT&T Lucent Technologies. Brad earned his B.S. from California State University and his Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Management.

DocuSign® is changing how business gets done by empowering more than 225,000 companies and 85 million users in 188 countries to sign, send and manage documents anytime, anywhere, on any device, with confidence. DocuSign replaces printing, faxing, scanning and overnighting documents with the easiest, fastest, most trusted way to make every approval and decision digital. Organizations of all sizes and industries are accelerating contracts, approvals and workflows with DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform and eSignature solution. DocuSign keeps life and business moving forward.

NairSudheesh Nair is President of Nutanix, the leader in enterprise cloud infrastructure. As organizations rapidly change the ways in which they consume IT, manufacturers must also evolve their composition, thinking and methods. Sudheesh focuses on building a world-class team of enablers and disrupters who believe that innovation can, and should, happen in every function and at every level.

Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications

From the panel:
The Power of Small: How SMBs are Driving Change in Today’s Digital World

JonesScott Jones is head of General Business for SAP North America, and is responsible for managing strategic alliance partners, channel resellers, third party partners, OEM partners, distribution, inside sales, and managed cloud as a service (MCaaS). Most recently, Scott was senior vice president, Americas, at Tableau, before rejoining SAP in 2016. During his initial seven-year tenure with SAP, he held regional and global leadership roles including chief operating officer, Database & Technology, and group vice president of SAP’s West region in the U.S, where he led large enterprise sales. Prior to that, Scott ascended through a number of executive sales leadership roles at BusinessObjects (acquired by SAP in 2007), before becoming national vice president of Business Analytics sales. Scott has also held key leadership positions at Epiphany, Group 1 Software, and Dun & Bradstreet. Scott holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business marketing from California State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

HampstenFlavil Hampsten enters his second year with the San Jose Sharks, serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. In this role, Hampsten oversees corporate partnerships, ticket sales and service, suite sales and service, fan development, the Sharks Foundation, marketing and digital media, as well as a newly created business intelligence division which will provide analytics support to all business departments.

Hampsten, a Sports Business Journal and Charlotte Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree, spent five years with the Charlotte Hornets as Senior Vice President of Sales and Database Marketing prior to joining Sharks Sports and Entertainment.  In Charlotte, he oversaw the sales and services staff in the areas of season tickets, group tickets, premium and luxury tickets, corporate partnership sales, corporate partnership activation, as well as managed the team’s CRM system, business intelligence department, and direct-to-consumer database marketing programs.  During his tenure, the team embarked on an unprecedented move to rebrand back to the Hornets moniker, which resulted in record setting revenue in full season ticket sales and new corporate partnership agreements.  The organization also set franchise records in FSE sales, group sales, individual game sales, total corporate partnership revenue, and was awarded 10 sales and marketing awards by the NBA during his time with the team.

Before Charlotte, Hampsten was a part of the National Basketball Association’s acclaimed Team Services and Business Operations department.  There he was responsible for analyzing the business operations and identifying areas of strengths and opportunities for a select number of NBA, WNBA and NBA D-League teams.  A graduate of Mount Union College, he also earned an MBA in marketing from Arizona State University.  Hampsten currently resides in San Jose, California with his wife Ashlee, daughter Brooklyn and son CJ.

The San Jose Sharks are a professional hockey team based in San Jose, California.  They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They play their home games at the SAP Center, known locally as the Shark Tank. The Sharks were founded in 1991 and were the first NHL franchise based in the San Francisco Bay Area since the California Golden Seals relocated to Cleveland in 1976. They have won six division titles and one conference championship. Last year, they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

StabellNjal Stabell is the CIO and Co-Founder of Neptune Software. He is a self-described serial entrepreneur in Palo Alto – Silicon Valley with a passion for developing software working in real life, in real projects and bringing real value to customers. CIO and Co-Founder Neptune Software. Previously he worked at Ciber for several years and before that as consultant for IBM and PwC.

Neptune provides the most cost efficient and secure way to make any SAP functionality seamlessly available in user friendly interfaces on Phone, Tablet and Desktop. Being the only solution on the market that directly leverages SAP’s own source code ABAP, we maximize the use of the customer’s existing SAP set-up, while minimizing the need for integration.

GargDeepak Garg is the Founder/Chairman/CEO and is responsible for the innovation, vision, strategy, and leadership of SUS. He has developed a high-powered business and technology team that has successfully developed leading Energy & Utilities Customer Engagement & Mobile Workforce with Smart iQ™ platforms addressing Energy & Utilities industry key challenges in areas of Customer Outreach/Engagement, Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, Smart Grid Reliability, Work Efficiency, Field Mobility and Big data area. Deepak has held several senior executive positions with Fortune 500 companies focused in Energy & Utilities, during these positions he developed new direct and in-direct markets business solutions with rapid growth adding Billions of dollars in company growth.

Smart Utility Systems (SUS) is the leading provider of cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms for customer engagement, workforce mobility and big data intelligence and analytics to the energy, water and gas utility sectors. It offers rapid deployment solutions that integrate seamlessly with

From the panel:
Innovation in Startup Land: Why David Doesn’t Need to Slay Goliath…or Vice Versa

BansallManju Bansal Vice President and Global Head of the SAP Startup Focus program. Bansal leads SAP’s effort to engage with the startup community worldwide and build its innovation ecosystem.  He is Vice President and Global Head of SAP Startup Focus, the accelerator program that helps promising startups in the Big Data, predictive and real-time analytics space develop new applications on SAP technology and accelerate market traction.

Since joining SAP in 2007, Bansal has held leadership roles in Solution Marketing, the SME business and Ecosystem & Channel marketing.

Previously, he was the founder of Thinknotes, an innovative content delivery platform that connected consumers, physicians and pharmaceutical companies and created personalized content repositories to help consumers manage their unique medical situations.

Bandal is an SAP Mentor and an Industry Mentor at the Easton Technology Management Center at UCLA.

He holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA with additional executive education completed at the Harvard Business School. He has been published on MIT Technology Review and Forbes. On a personal note, Bansal has climbed several peaks in the high Himalayas and bicycled thousands of miles in countries round the globe.

The SAP Startup Focus program helps promising startups in the Big Data, predictive and real-time analytics space develop new applications on the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform and accelerate market traction.

DangDr. Sanjit Dang is an Investment Director at Intel Capital. He drives investments in Client Computing across Consumer and Enterprise sectors. He has also driven several investments in Big Data, IoT and Cloud Computing.

Sanjit has over a decade of Exec leadership experience in Product Design, Business Development and Strategy across several domains: Big Data, Natural Language Processing, 3D Camera/Apps, Supply-Chain Analytics and Flash Memory. He has managed Billion dollar accounts and executed more than 30 partnership deals in $100M-$2Bill range. Always ahead of the curve, Sanjit worked on Big Data Analytics before industry created the term ‘Big Data’. Similarly, he launched 2 online courses during grad school in 1999 and published iconic papers on learnings, way before the MOOC revolution started.

Sanjit has the fastest Eng PhD from University of Illinois (2yrs 9mo after undergrad), which he received in 2000 with top research awards. He also attended the Venture Capital Executive program at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He’s an invited Speaker at several top events, eg TiECon, McKinsey leadership event, Silicon Valley Open Doors, Global Big Data and IoT conferences. He’s also a mentor at Stanford University’s Technology Entrepreneurship program.


LopexDanny Lopez is the COO for Blippar. He joined Blippar in August 2016 following a career in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining Blippar, Danny was the British Consul General to New York and Director General of ‘UK Trade & Investment’ in the USA, a position he held between 2011-16. In this role, Danny was responsible for promoting the UK’s economic profile, foreign policy and national security priorities in New York as well as leading the UK government’s trade and investment offices across the US.

Before his diplomatic posting, Danny worked for the Mayor of London’s economic development arm between 2009-11. During this time, he was responsible for creating ‘London & Partners’, the UK capital’s promotional agency for business, visitors and students and was its inaugural CEO.  From 2006-09, he was Managing Director, Marketing and Communications, at ‘UK Trade & Investment’, where he was responsible for delivering a new marketing strategy to promote and showcase the UK economy internationally. Previously, Danny worked at Barclays Bank for 10 years, where he held a number of senior international positions, including Director of Business Banking USA in New York, Head of Inward Investment in London and Business Development Director in India. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in economics and a master’s degree in international economics and finance from the University of Essex.

Blippar is a global technology company that brings the physical world to life through smart devices using augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Blippar, a pioneer in augmented reality, created one of the first sustainable business models for the technology through branded interactive experiences and has today expanded its reach into the realms of education and enterprise solutions.

HorlickTim Horlick is the CEO of Sensify.  He graduated from Oxford University in 1983 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse & Co. in London and then spent 14 years in investment banking as a Director of Kleinwort Benson Limited and Chief Operating Officer of European Investment Banking for Salomon Brothers International and head of their Technology Investment Banking group. Tim then spent 15 years in technology venture capital, where he set up and managed a venture capital business focused on enabling technologies for the mobile Internet including 802.11 technologies, telco mediation software, RFID software and hardware and other related technologies. For the past two years he has been CEO of Sensify.

Sensify is a leading global provider of Internet of Things solutions designed to remotely track, monitor, trace, control, manage, verify and secure fixed and mobile assets. Their solutions focus on three key markets – real-time HD camera tracking and telematics, inventory and rental equipment management and tracking and in-transit cargo tracking and monitoring.  Our solutions are proven with marquee customers in key markets including Paramount Pictures, Philips,  Spansion,  KTZ Express, the Getty House,  Krispy Kreme, MV Transportation and Postal Fleet Services.  Sensify is an SAP Startup Program Partner and an SAP Vehicle Insights Platform Early Adopter Partner.

EdwardsChris Edwards is the Chief Marketing Officer at Validic, the industry’s leading digital health platform. Validic connects actionable data from clinical devices, fitness wearables, biometric sensors and wellness applications to hospitals, pharma, wellness companies and health IT vendors. Chris leads the global brand, go-to-market initiatives and business development across Validic, which has a patient population reach of over 223 million across 47 countries.  A frequent speaker for Validic, Chris has run global marketing and strategy for several high growth healthcare technology B2B and B2C companies. Chris was recently awarded the Chief Marketing Officer Growth Award, peer-voted among over 800 global CMOs, for demonstrating leadership in new strategies and programs resulting in significant company growth. Validic was named to Gartner’s “Cool Vendors” list and received Frost & Sullivan’s “Best Practices and Best Value in Healthcare Information Interoperability” and “Top 10 Healthcare Disruptor” awards. Chris has a passion to put the “health” back into “healthcare,” and can be followed on twitter @chrissedwards.

Validic provides the industry’s leading digital health platform connecting providers, pharmaceutical companies, payers, wellness companies and healthcare IT vendors to health data gathered from hundreds of in-home clinical devices, wearables and consumer healthcare applications. Reaching more than 223 million lives in 47 countries, its scalable, cloud-based solution offers one connection to a continuously-expanding ecosystem of consumer and clinical health data, delivering the standardized and actionable insight needed to drive better health outcomes and power improved population health, care coordination and patient engagement initiatives. Validic was named to Gartner’s “Cool Vendors” list and received Frost & Sullivan’s “Best Practices and Best Value in Healthcare Information Interoperability,” “Visionary Innovation Leadership” and “Top 10 Healthcare Innovating Disruptor” awards.

PamplinRyan Pamplin is the VP Sales and Partnerships at Metavision. He is a self-proclaimed augmented Reality Obsessed, Exited Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Super Bowl Ad Maker, Award-Winning Producer, and Evangelist with a track record of success in Startups, Brand Advertising, Television and Digital Video Ads, Brand Building, Product Design, and Technology Development. He received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Achievement, Commercial – Single Spot or Campaign in 2011. Ryan is also the Co-Founder and CRO for BrandAds, which was acquired by Extreme Research, where he is now also VP Digital Evangelist. Pamplin also founded companies Ellovi and Ryactive Corporation.  He is a graduate of Flagler College and Harvard University.

Metavision is pioneering innovative ways to make Augmented Reality real across an impressive range of industries and audiences. More than 1,000 developers and companies are already using Meta to make their augmented reality dreams come true. Meta stands out by developing simple, elegant solutions that are not only more technically advanced, but more importantly, are optimized to facilitate the flow of ideas and transform the way people work, connect and collaborate. Meta’s products enable people to manipulate digital objects or holograms with their hands, as well as create and share digital content with others in the same room or miles away. For the first time, friends or colleagues can view and manipulate items together with their hands, changing the nature of what it means to collaborate. Meta’s technology feels like a natural extension of the human mind and hand. Meta’s designs are grounded in a deep understanding of the human mind and body, to ensure the most comfortable and natural experience possible.

BrowneDenis Browne is the SVP and Head of SAP Imagineering and SAP Screen Personas. With over fifteen years of experience in the enterprise software market, Denis Browne joined SAP in 2006 to establish the Imagineering team within the Emerging Solutions product group. His team explores and develops emerging technologies and business models, which provide SAP customers with new solutions to improve their performance in the global marketplace. Currently, Denis also consults with early-stage startup companies in the bay area, providing professional research and guidance. Before joining SAP, Denis spent eight years working with numerous startups as a founder, chief technology officer, and product manager. Denis graduated with an MA from the Institute of Technology in Carlow, Ireland. Denis is an avid traveler and spent a year and a half in 2002 exploring over 30 countries across North, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.

ChouDr. Timothy Chou is Entrepreneur, Technology Expert and current Lecturer at Stanford University.

Dr. Chou has been lucky enough to have a career spanning academia, successful startups and large corporations. He wrote about the move of applications to the cloud in 2004 in his first book, “The End of Software”. Today he serves on the board of Blackbaud, a nearly $700M vertical application cloud service company.

After earning his PhD in EE at the University of Illinois, he went to work for Tandem Computers, one of the original Silicon Valley startups. He has invested in and been a contributor to a number of other startups and today he is focused on several new ventures in cloud computing, machine learning and the Internet of Things.

Dr. Chou started teaching at Stanford University in 1982. He taught introductory computer architecture for fifteen years and left for some time after that. He was also President of Oracle On Demand and grew the cloud business from it’s very beginning. Since leaving Oracle he returned to Stanford to create the first course on cloud computing, CS309A.stanford.edu. Not only has he lectured at many major universities, but he has also delivered keynote speeches on all six continents.