Join the MIT Enterprise Forum Central Coast for an exciting series of presentations on the topic of SHIFT HAPPENS.  For any growing company or competitive business leader engaged in today’s fast paced world… shift definitely happens.  Whether it is changes in market conditions, changes in technology, changes within your own company structure or changes on the competitive business landscape…. change is inevitable.  This series of presentations will focus on the topic of change and how local, successful technology companies have experienced the challenges of change, embraced it head on and SHIFTED their company structure and business strategies to capitalize on the opportunities which change create. 

Keynote Speaker:

Jason SpievakJason Spievak is the CEO and co-founder of Invoca, the leading provider of marketing automation technology for the mobile platform. Invoca is backed by leading investors Accel Partners, Upfront Ventures, Rincon Venture Partners, and Prior to founding Invoca, Jason was a Director and Chief Financial Officer at CallWave, Inc., a voice-over-internet software and service provider, where he led the company’s successful IPO in 2004. Prior to CallWave, Jason was Vice President of Technology Mergers and Acquisitions in Broadview’s Silicon Valley office, where he was the execution lead on more than $1.25 billion in successful transactions. Jason has also held product management roles with Nextel Communications and with Netopia, where he helped the company complete its successful IPO in 1996. Jason earned his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an active angel investor and holds several patents in internet advertising, telecommunications, and microscale fluidics. Jason is an accomplished public speaker and an active writer on technology and business topics. He is a frequent guest lecturer at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at leading Southern California universities, and he is a regular judge of business plan competitions at the regional and national levels. Jason lives in Santa Barbara, CA with his college sweetheart, three awesome kids, and a puppy.


Mike-PughMike Pugh is technology marketing leader with a passion for building brands, developing business models, and driving profitable revenue. He currently serves as VP of Marketing for j2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQGS:JCOM), the company behind leading brands including eFax®, eVoice®, KeepItSafe®, Ziff Davis, PCMag, and IGN. Before joining j2 Global®, Mike held leadership positions in marketing, product management, and business development roles spread across the hardware, software, internet, and consulting industries. He is an active angel investor and startup advisor in Southern California. Mike received a BS in Marketing from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. When off the clock, Mike likes to play basketball, fly fish, tend garden, and spend time with his family.


Albert-OatenAlbert Oaten is the Vice President of Market Development at SecureDocs. Albert works with the team to identify new markets and market entry strategies. In his role, Albert speaks at association and industry seminars and events and helps lead rapid expansion into new markets. Albert is a surprisingly good athlete and plays a mean game of tennis. And (lucky for us) as a former actor, he is always prepared for an entertaining company skit.

Before his current position at SecureDocs, Albert was VP of Market Development at AppFolio, working on both their Property Manager product, and the SecureDocs product prior to its spin off. Albert has held a number of senior sales positions at Expertcity/Citrix Online. At Citrix Online, Albert helped define and sell remote access and support products that now have annual sales revenues exceeding $600 million dollars. In this role, Albert grew the Inside Sales organization from five team members to over fifty, with managers in multiple locations. Prior to Citrix Online, Albert held finance and field marketing positions at American Express. Albert graduated from Stanford University and has an MBA with honors from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University


brian-coryatBrian Coryat is the CEO/Founder of Local Market LaunchWell-known as one of the pioneers of Internet marketing, Brian has been at the forefront of several successful Internet ventures. After launching the first Internet Directory Listing Service in 1995, AAA Internet Promotions, Brian went on to launch Web-Ignite, one of the first SEO companies. After Web-Ignite, Brian then founded ValueClick (NASDQ: VCLK) and was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000 for eCommerce, the very first year that eCommerce became a category.

Brian has been involved as founder, CEO, and investor of several companies, including ValueClick, Website ASP/Omni Edit, AppShouter, Hispano Info, Make It Work, SeaCoast Yachts, and Visibility Factor. Brian started Local Market Launch to respond to the growing need of local service businesses to launch and expand online.

This program will be moderated by Michael Holliday, FAIA – DMHA Architecture + Interior Design



Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103

  • Student $15.00
  • Regular (Online early-bird pre-registration only) $30.00
  • At the Door $40.00
  • Parking $6.00


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Early-bird online registration is now closed!

Registration includes appetizers and refreshments.

If you missed the early-bird registration, not to worry! We always welcome walk-in guests to register at the registration table in the lobby of the venue.

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