ADAM SIDNEY is VP of E-Commerce for Trumaker, a technology-focused social-selling menswear startup. Prior to joining Trumaker, he was the second employee at Bonobos, where he contributed in operations, merchandising, and marketing, and helped develop Bonobos’ innovative Guideshops retail strategy. He is passionate about great brands and experiences that drive customer loyalty and lifetime value. When not working on menswear, he enjoys road biking, basketball, and music.
ANDY PANDHARIKAR is the founder and CEO of FITIQUETTE, which was recently acquired by Myntra, India’s largest retailer for fashion. Myntra is India’s fastest growing startup and is backed by investors including Accel Partners, Tiger Global and Louis Vuitton Group. Andy started FITIQUETTE in 2010 in his garage in order to build online virtual fitting room technology. FITIQUETTE soon grew be a well-known brand in fashion/tech industry. It got awarded as TechCrunch Disrupt Finalist 2012, just before the acquisition. Andy attended Masters in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and Executive Education at Harvard Business School. Andy spends his spare time painting and running marathons and is also a certified lead rock-climber.
HENRIK JEBERG is the Co-Founder of FashionFinder and oversees the international business development. Henrik Jeberg is an industry recognized and award winning senior software executive that has helped numerous IT companies achieve significant global growth. Henrik is a Danish native, but has lived in France, Australia and Singapore and now calls San Francisco home.
ROBERT BURNS NIXON [Moderator] is CFO and Board of Directors at San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance, Inc (SFFAMA INC), FASHION+TECH Network, WEARABLE+TECH Conference, and RETAIL+TECH Summit | Board of Advisors at SXSW ACCELERATOR 2014 and SXSW V2Venture| Planning Committee at AIGA San Francisco Design Week | Executive Producer at SAN FRANCISCO FASHION WEEK™ | Civic Ambassador at Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation, City and County of San Francisco. He has an AB, International Relations and Economics from Brown University’s Watson Institute and an MBA, New Ventures and Entrepreneurship from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.RETAIL TECH DEMO PARTICIPANTS:
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Retail Tech Summit and Retail Tech Innovation Ecosystem Development for San Francisco
The entire retail industry, given its historical and economic importance for America and its GDP, has an enormous legacy infrastructure and, contrary to other technology sectors, most retail tech startups will necessarily have to work in some capacity with established industry players from the beginning. We feel that this mandatory engagement between retail tech startups and the established retail industry provides a unique opportunity for a third innovation paradigm to emerge - an ongoing, structured and systematic interaction program of large-organization intra-preneurial and independent entrepreneurial development activities – and potential new investment paradigms with the fashion and retail industries to fund promising tech startups beyond the standard build or buy decision scenarios. San Francisco has the most developed startup economy globally, leading in all the critical resource areas, and is the ideal environment for this new innovation paradigm to be established – we are laying the groundwork to turn the entire City of San Francisco into the world's first "city as an incubator" project for retail as a public/private partnership with the City and industry.