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The Invasion 2020

VetsinTech’s National Conference:

The Invasion in Silicon Valley

Education – Employment – Entrepreneurship

April 3-5th, 2020
Google @ Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street
San Francisco, CA

We invite veterans and veteran spouses from around the country into the heart of San Francisco for a weekend of panel discussions, workshops, and networking with leaders from Silicon Valley’s most innovative companies

Invasion 2019 Recap Video

Tracks and Sessions

The Invasion features three distinct tracks, offering critical content to veterans and veteran spouses who are looking for an onramp into great careers in technology:

Tech Education
Uncover opportunities to learn the in-demand new skills of Data Science, Cybersecurity, CRM, Web Development, and beyond.


  • Cybersecurity: Why vets are best suited to work in the future of defense
  • Vet Training: Opportunities in Data Science and Web Development
  • Social Impact: Why for-profit business is the key to veteran success
  • CRM: Becoming a Salesforce Administrator
  • Women VetsinTech: Empowering our Sisters
Tech Employment
Work with leaders in corporate hiring and culture through professional development workshops on LinkedIn profiles, elevator pitch, and networking.


  • Secrets from the Inside: Hear from leaders in technology HR
  • Best Foot Forward: Telling your story through your Linkedin Profile
  • Tell Me Who You Are: Translating your military skills to nail your elevator pitch
  • Success Stories: How to get your foot in the door
  • Emerging Technologies: Tech in 5+ Years
Tech Entrepreneurship
Learn the critical steps to start and grow your business with content on securing VC financing, design thinking, business law, and lean methodologies.


  • Am I on the Right Track? Finding Product Market Fit
  • Product Management: A Veteran Perspective
  • Startup Lessons: Do as I Say, Not as I Did
  • VetCap: Choosing the Right Source of Funding for your startup
  • Getting Set For Success: Business Law Basics


Interested in partnering with VetsinTech?

Your generous support of VetsinTech will help ensure our first national conference- The Invasion in Silicon Valley – is the first of many. By participating in this event as a Partner, you’ll get exposure and access at a high-profile event drawing hundreds of veterans and spouses, technology leaders, influential supporters, and media attention.


Whatever level of assistance you choose to give, we sincerely thank you for supporting ViT, the veterans and spouses we help, and companies, organizations, and communities we impact.


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Steve Blank

Lean Startup Creator and Professor
Stanford & Berkeley

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Derek Blumke

Student Veterans of America 

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Felipe Buzaid

Veteran Program Lead

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Jake Price

Nonprofit Partner and Veteran Advocate

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Nicola Corzine

Executive Director
Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

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Danny Chung

Chief of Staff, Military Affairs

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Responsible Innovation

Zoe Dunning

Zoe Dunning

Consulting Portfolio Director

Chris Galy

Chris Galy

Chief People Officer

Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark

Founder of Craigslist
Craig Newmark Philanthropies
*appearing via video message

Katherine Webster

Katherine Webster

Founder & CEO

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George Ploss

Sr. Manager, Veteran Recruiting

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Melissa Wright

Education Program Manager

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Steve Mayer

SD Mayer and Associates

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Ikram Mansori

Veteran Affairs Commissioner
City and County of San Francisco

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Sean Sheppard


Andrew McClure

Andrew McClure

ForgePoint Capital

Tom Anderson

Thomas Anderson

VLP Law Group

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Erica Standfield-McLoed

Talent Acquisition

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Craig Cummings

General Partner
Moonshots Capital 

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Mike McNerney

Cyber Threat Intelligence
Arbor Networks

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Scott Bailey

Vice President
Mandel Communications

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Randy Crader

Public Affairs

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Craig Hansen

General Partner
NextWorld Capital

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Leif Rosenquist

Enterprise Account Executive

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Carita Marrow

Diversity and Inclusion

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David Wallace

Military Relations
Lockheed Martin

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Nick Curry

Sr. Program Manager, Military Initiatives

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Sophia Panuthos Buell

Software Engineer

Donald Coolidge

Donald Coolidge

Co-founder & CEO
Elemental Path

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Gena Pirtle

Military and Workforce Programs

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Lt. General Alan Lynn

VP Engineering Chief Technology & Architecture Office

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Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado

Co-founder & CEO
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Who is Attending?

The Invasion merges two worlds of military and technology.
  1. Veterans and veteran spouses from around the country, in various levels of transition out of their military careers, will convene to receive opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship in the tech industry.
  2. Technology Leaders, Investors, HR & Recruiters, Engineers, and others representing a wide variety of industries with a high-tech focus and communities, will deliver content and lead workshops covering topics for our veterans and their spouses
This cross-section of military and technology worlds is what makes VetsinTech unique, and makes its first conference – The Invasion in Silicon Valley – a first of it’s kind event that creates opportunities for our military heroes from around the country to gain access to 2 days of opportunities in technology education, employment, and entrepreneurship.

For more information about the conference, please contact Michael Seiler at mseiler@vetsintech.co.