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StartOut SF Networking Event
Hosted by PARC and StartOut SF

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27 February 2013
6:00 - 8:00 pm
PARC, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, California 94304
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Join StartOut SF at our first networking event of 2013 at PARC, a Xerox company from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on February 27, 2013. Take advantage of this special opportunity to meet LGBT entrepreneurs at this unique location. Network with entreprenuers at all stages; from aspiring to seasoned, start-up to serial, and the people who help make them successful (investors, lawyers, bankers and other service professionals). It will be a terrific opportunity to socialize and exchange ideas and interests with others who share a passion for entrepreneurship.

Whether you’ve built a great company, are in the process of building one, or are an investor in great people and ideas, come and meet other like-minded people and get a headstart in your entrepreneurial journey.


Stephen Hoover joined PARC in 2011 as CEO and oversees PARC’s work for clients in diverse focus areas and competencies including networking, novel electronics, human-centered innovation services, cleantech, intelligent systems, contextual intelligence, and more.

Motivated by his passion for bridging functional silos, Hoover specializes in integrating technology, market, and business opportunities – from fundamental R&D to commercial scale-up. Previously, Hoover was V.P. of a Xerox organization that supported multi-million dollar investments in core and next-generation R&D. Dr. Hoover earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, B.S. from Cornell University, and 1 of 10 national fellowships at AT&T Bell Labs. He has 7 patents. Hoover led a STEM task force in Rochester and is on a board of FIRST Robotics.

More about Dr. Hoover here

Special Guest: Dr. Sophie Vandebroek

Dr. Sophie Vandebroek has been Xerox’s Chief Technology Officer and the President of the Xerox Innovation Group since 2006. She is responsible for overseeing Xerox’s worldwide research centers in France, Canada, India and the US (incl. Palo Alto Research Center, PARC). Previously, she had been Chief Engineer for Xerox and Vice President of the Xerox Engineering Center. Dr. Vandebroek is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and holds 12 US patents. Recently Dr. Vandebroek was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and elected into the Royal Flemish Academy for Arts & Sciences. In 2011 she received the Out & Equal Champion for Workplace Equality Award. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Analogic Corporation and Nypro Corporation, and serves on The US National Academies Committee on Science, Technology & Law, and the advisory council of the dean of Engineering at MIT. Sophie earned a Master’s Degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium and a PhD in electrical engineering from Cornell University.