The next wave of technology entrepreneurs: the rise of women’s startups

Women are founding startups now more than ever before. There was a 68% increase in women launching businesses in the U.S. between 1997 and 2014.  That is two-times the rate of businesses owned by men.  Further, the likelihood of startups with women executives to receive venture funding is three-times what is was just 15 years ago. In fact, if all 10 million women business owners in the U.S. formed a country, it’s GDP would rank fifth globally.
But what makes San Diego a great place for Women’s Start-ups?  Learn about San Diego’s rich ecosystem from the women at the heart of our entrepreneurial movement:


Allison Long Petine,  Founding Partner, Ad Astra Ventures

Dina Moskowitz, CEO & Founder, SaaSMAX Corp.

Cathy Pucher, Executive Director, SDSU’s Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad

Jean Center, Founder & CEO, Center Group Consulting

Kara Bortone, Head of JLABS @ San Diego


5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  NO REFUNDS after June 17, 2019

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Energy Storage: Key to ending our dependence on fossil fuels and getting to 100% renewable energy.

As California pursues its goal of 60% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045, capturing and storing renewable energy resources will be critical in ending the state’s dependence on fossil fuels and meeting ambitious climate change goals.  In the San Diego region, cities are adopting climate action plans calling for 100% renewable energy by as soon as 2035.  Rapidly accelerating progress in energy storage is bringing us closer than ever to achieving a cleaner, more resilient grid and pollution-free transportation.  Join us as we explore a variety of the most innovative storage developments and deployments including:

  • Materials science research in the lab
  • Spin-off startup companies
  • SDG&E utility deployments
  • Large commercial and industrial customer deployments
  • Major investors and developers

We’ve partnered with Cleantech San Diego to provide an overview on energy innovation and storage, and to moderate the panel.


  1. Stephen T. Johnston, Growth Development Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
  2. Mike Ferry, Director of Energy Storage and Systems, Center for Energy Research, UC, San Diego
  3. Josh Gerber, Founder & Principal, 33 North Energy
  4. Russell Vare, Director, Business Development, Nuvve Corporation
  5. Cyrus Rustomji, CEO & Founder, South 8 Technologies

MODERATOR:  Marty Turock, Strategic Projects Consultant, Cleantech San Diego

Upon graduation from Princeton University with a BSE in chemical engineering, Marty joined a General Electric, Management Training Program and over his 20+ year career at GE rose to become one of the top Global Operating Managers in the Engineered Materials Businesses including P&L leadership roles in Canada and Hong Kong.

In San Diego, Marty Turock has established a sustainability consulting practice including Cleantech San Diego, SDG&E, and a number of high tech and cleantech startup companies as his primary clients.  Marty currently leads the CEC EPIC-funded Southern California Energy Innovation Network in helping entrepreneurs accelerate commercial traction for their breakthrough energy innovations.

Stephen T. Johnston is the Growth Development Manager at SDG&E.  He creates and develops new revenue opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional utility activities, connecting the dots between market opportunities and the engineering, regulatory, operations, and strategy.  Prior to SDG&E, Stephen worked at multiple high-tech and semiconductor companies creating new product lines and revenue streams.  He has a Master’s degree in Physics, an MBA from London Business School, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He lives in Ocean Beach with his wife and three sons.

 Cyrus Rustomji obtained his Ph.D. in Material Science in 2015 from UC San Diego and his B.S. in Physics from UC Los Angeles in 2007. He is currently founder and CTO of South 8 Technologies, working to commercialize next-generation battery devices using novel electrolyte materials. He has over 12 years experience in research, development and commercialization of energy storage and conversion materials and devices. He has also held development and technical positions in the battery, aerospace, and semiconductor industries. He has 14 issued and pending patents and several publications in peer reviewed journals.

 Mike Ferry is the Director of Energy Storage & Systems at the UC San Diego Center for Energy Research (, overseeing campus research on the development and deployment of advanced energy storage technologies and the integration of renewable generation, including technical and commercial demonstration projects to improve the performance of renewable energy systems and microgrid operations, cost-benefit and market analysis, and the promotion of multi-disciplinary frameworks to enable large-scale storage and renewable energy adoption. Mike holds a Master of Science degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.

 Josh Gerber is the Founder and Principal at 33 North Energy LLC, an energy storage & DER consulting firm. He is an expert on cutting-edge energy policy, business and technology issues, and works with companies to grow California’s electric transportation and energy storage sectors.

Prior to founding 33 North Energy, Josh spent 15 years at San Diego Gas & Electric, working on smart grid, energy storage, and other advanced technologies. While at SDG&E, he led the commercial and regulatory efforts for 430 megawatt hours (MWh) of utility-scale energy storage projects, and the installation of 150 MWh in 2016-17 – including the largest lithium-ion battery project in North America in Escondido, CA.

 Russell Vare is Director of U.S. Business Development for Nuvve and is leading vehicle to grid (V2G) business opportunities in North America.  He has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, including Nissan and Mercedes-Benz. He’s led strategy, sales and marketing for the cross-over between EV and energy storage and has been successful in bringing new technologies to market


5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  You may register at the door for $75, the on-site price. NO REFUNDS after March 18.

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XCOM and 5G applications: Learn from San Diego’s most promising startup

As 5G networks emerge, speculation is growing about what use cases are possible. In its peak hype cycle, 5G promises to be everything for everyone.  In reality, it offers three distinct capabilities: 1.) ultra-high speeds for enhanced broadband, 2.) ultra-low latency for mission-critical applications and 3.) massive internet of things (IoT) for billions of devices.

In the early phases of 5G, when it gets off the ground this year, cost-effective broadband data capacity will be its best use case. As the technology continues to evolve watch for vertical industries — healthcare, smart cities, automotive, entertainment, computing and manufacturing — to experience revolutionary changes.

At the forefront of this revolution is San Diego-based XCOM, a new idea from some of the brightest minds formerly at Qualcomm.  And make no mistake, their new company could be just as big as the one they left.

Hear directly from Anton Monk, responsible for Technology Strategy and Business Development at XCOM. Joining Dr Monk is one of XCOM’s use cases from David Pinn, VP Strategy, Brain Corp. We’ll also hear about Smart Cities applications from CUBIC’s head of Global Product Management, Erik Vlugt.

  Dr. Anton Monk – Technology Strategy & Business Development, XCOM

Dr. Monk is currently responsible for technology strategy, business development and partnerships at XCOM Labs, which is developing innovative wireless technologies for 5G and beyond. Previously, he was VP of Strategic Alliances and Standards at Cohere Technologies, which developed a groundbreaking wireless modulation technique for next generation 5G cellular communications. He was a co-founder & held the roles of VP & CTO of Entropic Communications, a publicly traded semiconductor company that invented the MoCA home networking solution used by Pay TV service providers for multi-room DVR throughout the U.S. He holds more than 25 granted patents and has been an invited keynote speaker at global technology conferences. Prior to co-founding Entropic he was involved in the development of cable, satellite and wireless integrated circuits at Conexant and ComStream Corporation and was a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He sits on various industry, advisory and academic boards. Dr. Monk earned a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and B.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

  David Pinn — Vice President, Strategy, Brain Corp

David Pinn is a technology executive with a focus on finance, strategy, and corporate development. As Brain Corp’s Vice President of Strategy, David is responsible for building and implementing growth plans and partnerships for San Diego’s premier robotics company.

Before his time with Brain Corp, David was head of finance for Antenna79, a technology startup backed by L Catterton, the world’s largest consumer-focused private equity group.  He was a founder of Snaptracs, Qualcomm’s consumer electronics subsidiary, and he led a number of acquisitions and divestitures within Qualcomm’s Strategic Finance group. Prior to his career in finance, David was an electrical engineer designing test systems for cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth applications.

David received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and completed an MBA at UC Berkeley where he was a Mayfield Fellow.

  Erik Vlugt — Vice President, Global Product Management, Cubic Transportation Systems

Erik has responsibility for the company’s product strategy, including formulating product and technology outlooks, defining and executing existing customer technology roadmaps, and oversight of the CTS research and development portfolio. Under his leadership, CTS is building out team development, product vision, execution and product culture.

He has over 20 years in senior product management leadership roles within the payment and electronics industries and has a track record of building global teams, running multi-million-dollar product portfolios, and driving new growth and profitability.

In his former role, Erik was vice president, global product management for Verifone, where he led product management for a wide variety of payment solutions and emerging technologies.

Erik speaks regularly on payment related topics, including mobile, EMV, and NFC, at industry events, and in 2012, addressed the Congressional Financial Services Committee on the topic of emerging payment technologies. In 2014, Erik was appointed to the Smart Card Alliance’s EMV Migration Forum Steering Committee.

Previously, Erik also held consumer electronics product management and technical marketing positions at TDK Corporation and ShareWave, which was later acquired by Cirrus Logic.  He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and business from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

  MODERATOR: Seth Newberry, Executive Director, Open Mobile Alliance

Seth Newberry has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in Operations, Technical and Business Development roles. Presently, Mr. Newberry is the Executive Director of the Open Mobile Alliance, where he directs the operations of one of themost recognized worldwide specification setting bodies for mobile data applications and IOT.  OMA is comprised of companies from Europe, Asia, and the Americas and has developed a portfolio of over 200 software specificationsthat support a broad range of standardized mobile data applications.

Prior to his role at OMA, Seth was Vice President of Research for RHK, Inc. (now OVUM) a market research firm that developed telecoms industry research. Mr. Newberry holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Arizona.

5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  If you register online after 11AM, you will be charged $75, the on-site price. NO REFUNDS after April 15.

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MIT EmTech Digital 2019

Artificial intelligence is here.

Own what happens next.

March 25-26, 2019
St. Regis Hotel
San Francisco, CA

It’s not another lecture … it’s an invitation to join the conversation. A 15% discount offered to MIT Enterprise Forum community based on current ticket pricing. MITEF community members can register at with promo code MITEFD19

Registration includes two full days of conference sessions, a networking reception on March 25, and a closing toast on March 26. Paying EmTech Digital attendees will receive a one-year Insider Basic subscription to MIT Technology Review. Your registration includes The Download email newsletter with the top emerging tech stories delivered daily to your inbox.

Why San Diego is the Capital of Craft Beer

Unlimited Tastings; Food from The French Gourmet, extended Networking

The San Diego beer scene is one of the best known in the country, with over 150 breweries pouring over $1 billion into the local economy. Some trace it’s origins after homebrewing was legalized in 1978, and California allowed brewpubs to operate as early as 1982. Then in 1989, Karl Strauss opened it’s Brewery & Grill, creating the catalyst for San Diego’s craft beer rise. From Karl Strauss, you can trace the San Diego beer scene, with several of it’s the original employees opening well-known breweries, including Pizza Port Brewery (which spawned Port Brewing and Lost Abbey, among others) and the Home Brew Mart, which gave rise to Ballast Point Brewing Company. Then in 1994, Chris White, opened White Labs, one of the world’s preeminent yeast labs creating “unprecedented access to world class yeast” and “custom yeast strains.” Learn important business lessons from leading brewers at our panel discussion.  Plus, we’ll have an extended networking period for beer tastings.

Questions for the panel:

  1. How do craft breweries differentiate themselves in this crowded market?
  2. What are their short-, medium-, long-term goals?
  3. How is the market segmented ?
  4. How do they develop their market?
  5. Intellectual Property? How can they protect their competitive advantages? How innovative is the brewing technology?
  6. If you had to do it all over again, would you do it? Do it now? What would you do different?
  7. Is the San Diego market saturated? Market consolidation/mergers?
  8. Are you planning on diversifying (wine, spirits…..)?
  9. How important is packaging?

Moderator:  Tom Nickel from Nickel Brewing and O’Brien’s Brewery


1.       Paul Segura- Head Brewmaster, Karl Strauss

2.       Bill Warnke — Co-Founder, Bitter Brothers Brewing

5:30 – 7PM: Registration, Networking, Beer tastings
7:00 – 8PM: Panel Program inside; Beer tasting continues outside
8:00:  Program Concludes


MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  NO REFUNDS after May 13, 2019

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How Election Hacking is changing America’s Privacy and Security

  • What really happened in the 2016 and 2018 elections?
  • What’s the real reason Google and FaceBook CEO’s are testifying before Congress?
  • Understanding the new rules of Privacy and Security
  • Debunking the myths
  • What does this all mean for the San Diego Tech business?
  • Questions to ask your IT and Legal team
  • Social Media protections that your Marketing team needs to know

Join us for an important discussion about the future of American security and privacy with these speakers:

With over two decades of professional experience in Information Technology and Business Management, Ford Winslow has been a thought leader in the related fields of cybersecurity, cloud and IT Services since their inception.

ICE Cybersecurity, the San Diego-based firm he founded in 2016, specializes in anti-malware, anomaly detection and advanced cyber protection programs.

Mr. Winslow has held technology leadership positions in the Cybersecurity, Cloud, Information Technology, Risk Management, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Healthcare, Non-Profit and Retail Industries, where he has consistently delivered value through the latest break-throughs in technology.

Mark Page, Co-Founder and CTO, Voterfied

Page is an accomplished software developer and technologist with over 25 years experience building and managing platforms and development teams. He specializes in the architecture and development of enterprise web, mobile, and blockchain platforms for government, business and broadcast.

He is the founder/co-founder of several successful tech startups including DigitalRadio, Totle and CrowdCorps, the blockchain accelerator company. CrowdCorps and DigitalRadio provide development, outsourcing, and consulting services to accelerate tech companies and incubate startups. Page is now the Co-Founder/CTO of Voterfied, Participatory Democracy powered by Blockchain Voting.

Chris Behar, Founder and CEO, Bluebear Consulting

Chris Behar is an independent cybersecurity consultant with over 20 years engineering experience in the tech field. His has worked with many different clients from startups to enterprises in a multitude of different sectors such as nonprofits, schools and governments to develop, build and secure networks and systems at scale.
He currently is working on his newest project, Blue Square Development whose purpose is to focus on blockchain and smart contracts to build and secure next generation networks and decentralized applications.


5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  If you register online after 11AM, you will be charged $75, the on-site price. NO REFUNDS after January 14.

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Hope for Millions: BioFluidica revolutionizes cancer diagnostics

True Liquid Biopsy for Cancer from BioFluidica

BioFluidica’s next generation diagnostic platform, provides a non-invasive procedure that can be applied to many diseases where there is a need for improved diagnostics. The platform has been validated for six different cancer types, stroke, and infectious diseases. In the cancer field alone, there is a tremendous need to improve diagnostic capabilities. Globally, there are more than 14 million reported cancer cases per year. Each case being not just a number, but associated with a story of confusion, financial challenges, despair and loss. In the year 2030 it is projected that globally 11 million people will die of cancer. In the U.S. alone, there were more than 500,000 deaths and 1.66 million new cases reported in 2014. Direct cancer care costs in the U.S. have been estimated at $125 billion in 2010 and expected to grow to $200 billion by 2020.

Better cancer detection, and subsequent personalized treatment, precision medicine, are keys to improve patient treatment and outcomes. Detection of novel biomarkers, such as Circulating Tumor Cells, CTCs, are leading the way to improved diagnostics. The global market for CTC based diagnostics alone is estimated to reach almost $9 billion by 2018, with a compounded annual growth rate of 18.9% for 2013 – 2018*) . In order to improve the survival rate for many cancer diseases, the field of oncology needs better therapies and optimized personalized patient treatment. This will require the evolution of better technologies. BioFluidica is now delivering these new and improved technologies for the analysis of circulating markers, fullfilling the promise of a true liquid biopsy.

BioFluidica CEO Rolf Muller, Ph.D.

Rolf Muller is a biotechnology leader combining science and business knowledge to build and grow successful technology companies that further healthcare and the field of personalized medicine. He has structured and guided highly efficient multi-disciplinary research and commercial teams through funding, to product development, and successful product launch into global markets. Prior to joining BioFluidica he was the Founder and President of Biomatrica, which he developed from an idea to a global leader in biopreservation technologies for diagnostic and healthcare companies. Over the last 16 years he has been involved in analyzing markets and developing strategies to position biotechnologies to maximize value. He has interacted with most of the major pharma and biotechnology companies to obtain funded development contracts, joint projects, and partnerships. He obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Pasteur Institute in Paris France.

Kim Kamdar, Ph.D., Partner, Domain Associates

Kim joined Domain in 2005 and became a partner in 2011. With a background in small molecule drug discovery, Kim has been involved in cutting-edge therapeutic start-ups and has been a major part of identifying companies with promising molecular and companion diagnostics to support personalized medicine.

Present board memberships include Epic Sciences, Neothetics, Obalon Therapeutics, Omniome, ROX Medical, Sera Prognostics, and Tragara Pharmaceuticals.  She was formerly a board member of Syndax Pharmaceuticals.  Kim was also involved with Ariosa Diagnostics until the company was sold to Roche in January 2015, Corthera until the company was sold to Novartis in February 2010 and BiPar Sciences until that company was sold to sanofi-aventis in April 2009.

Prior to Domain, Kim was a Kauffman Fellow with MPM Capital. Prior to joining MPM, she was a research director at Novartis, where she built and led a research team that focused on the biology, genetics and genomics of model organisms to uncover small molecules that modulated signaling pathway networks. Kim is a founder of Aryzun Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company utilizing protein-protein interaction mapping for small molecule discovery with an initial focus on anti-infectives and oncology. Kim is the author of ten papers as well as the inventor on seven patents. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and genetics from Emory University.

Kim serves as an advisory board member of Eric Topol’s NIH-supported Clinical and Translational Science Award for Scripps Medicine and of Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund, a private equity fund providing growth capital to Indian pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She is also a board member of San Diego’s CONNECT Foundation.


5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  If you register online after 11AM, you will be charged $75, the on-site price. No refunds after February 18.

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CUBIC: Innovators and Disruptors in Transportation and Defense

What keeps companies at the top of their game?  Innovation.

Hear directly from Cubic how innovation is a core value to their corporate culture and success. This is a rare opportunity to hear directly from the top executives leading their three business units:  Transportation, Global Defense (Training)  and Mission Solution (C4ISR).  Click on each person for their bio.

They will provide four LIVE in-depth technology demonstrations. Click on each product below to watch a short video preview.

  1. ATLAS with GATR
  2. Bandit Board
  3. Mobile Suite (Transportation Management)
  4. Immersive Game-Based Courseware

The audience Q&A will be led by Anne O’Donnell, Senior Executive Director of Development, Corporate Relations at UC San Diego 

Cubic Overview Brochure (click here)

About Cubic Corporation

Cubic is a market-leading, technology provider of integrated solutions that increase situational understanding for transportation, defense C4ISR and training customers worldwide to decrease urban congestion and improve the militaries’ effectiveness and operational readiness. Cubic Global Defense Systems is a leading provider of live, virtual, constructive and game-based training solutions for the U.S. and allied forces. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services to create intelligent travel solutions for transportation authorities and operators. Cubic Mission Solutions provides networked Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities for defense, intelligence, security and commercial missions.


5:30: Registration, Networking, food and drinks
6:30: Presentation
7:30: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at 11AM, the day of the event.  If you register online after 11AM, you will be charged $75, the on-site price. NO REFUNDS after Oct 12

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MIT Club San Diego Inaugural Gala



The MIT Club of San Diego Proudly Presents an Inaugural Gala Dinner

On the evening of Friday May 12th 2017 join illustrious MIT Alumni at the exclusive University Club, gorgeously situated atop Symphony Tower, overlooking Downtown San Diego. The Sunset Reception will give all a chance to renew old acquaintances, make new friends, and chat with our honored speaker, MIT Professor Arnold Barnett. We will then enjoy dinner, followed by an informing and invigorating presentation “The 2016 Presidential Election:  A Statistical Guide to the Perplexed” by Professor Barnett.

Are you a mean dancer? Show your fellow alums after the dinner talk during our Gaussian Random Dance. No need to feel shy: Dancing is deterministically fun and will be aided by games like the Bernoulli mixer and Markov Congo Chain.


6:00 Pm Sunset Reception with Appetizers and cash bar
7:00 pm Seated Dinner with choice of entrees
7:45 pm Presentation by Professor Barnett
8:45 pm Open Discussion with Professor Barnett
9:00 pm Gaussian Random Dance

Honored Guest, Professor Arnold Barnett
MIT Sloan School of Management
George Eastman Professor of Management Sciences

Professor Arnold Barnett

Professor Barnett – known to his students as Arnie – has been a Sloan favorite for many years, having been honored 14 times for excellence in teaching. His self-deprecating sense of humor and uncanny ability to explain complex statistical concepts in a simple way have enabled him to do what is nearly impossible – make statistics a student favorite! Come and hear how he explains “The 2016 Presidential Election:  A Statistical Guide to the Perplexed.”

Ticket Prices, per person:

MIT Club of San Diego Members and up to one guest. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors we are able to extend the early bird rate of $95 per person until registration ends on May 11.

Non-Member MIT Alumni and up to one guest is now $140 through May 11 (and you will become a member).
Tickets for all others, including additional guests, are now $170 per person.


Formal dress is recommended (but optional) – suits, Cardinal and Gray outfits, or tuxedos for the men and cocktail attire for the women. This is a special occasion, so why not dress up?

San Diego University Club


Our Sponsors

We are delighted that the organizations below have joined to sponsor the Gala. If your organization would like to join in sponsoring the Gala, please contact:

Sreenivas Koka at or 619-456-3712


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Saturday night date — Dinner and a Movie with the MIT Club


Enjoy a Saturday afternoon/evening with your friends from the MIT Club of San Diego and the MIT Enterprise Forum. We will be watching the $2 Bill Documentary followed by family style Italian dinner from Buca di Beppo. Popcorn and other theater concessions will be available for purchase.

While some believe that $2 bills are no longer made, they are alive and well. In this comprehensive and entertaining documentary, learn all about “the deuce” from its history to its many superstitions, the way it’s perceived and used in society, and even some incredible stories about the ways it connects people. If you’ve ever had a $2 bill in your hands and wondered anything about it, this is the film to see.

Film Director John Bennardo was interviewed on the popular NPR program Weekend Marketplace in September, 2016. He discussed the film and some of the behind-the-scenes activities that made the film happen. The film includes interviews with MIT Sloan faculty member, Chris Noe, and MIT Sloan alumnus, Erik Mintz. Erik is an Associate Producer of the film and will be flying in from Florida to attend this event!  He’ll field questions and perhaps tell us some behind-the-scenes stories.

When: Saturday, July 22. Movie starts at 4:00pm, followed by dinner (~6:00pm-7:00pm), served at the theater

Where: Digital Gym, North Park (see below for address and map)


Dinner and Movie: $30 MIT CLUB + MITEF members and their guests, $40 ALL non-members

Movie only: $15 MIT CLUB + MITEF members and their guests, $20 ALL non-members

Visit the movie website to see more about this award winning film: 2 Dollar Bill Movie



Erik earned an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. Mintz has twenty-six years of experience in the software industry. He spent the first eleven years of his career with IBM.

In late 2000, he founded his own software company, e2M Systems, which was acquired by Constant Contact in 2008. He worked for eight years with Constant Contact as Director, Market Intelligence. Mintz is now CEO of his second start-up called DealCoachPro Inc.

While at MIT, Mintz had a fascinating experience with $2 bills in an Economics class, which prompted him to begin researching the currency. He published an article called “What is Special About a $2 Bill?” Through this article, he came in contact with director John Bennardo and was subsequently interviewed for the film. Since childhood, Mintz has had a fascination with the $2 bill — so much so that he signed on as Associate Producer. The film includes data from his research, and to a large extent is structured around the information that he provided.

Contact Information

Primary Contact

David Gill

Date & Location

Date: 7/22/2017
Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Digital Gym

2921 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104

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