Randy Smerik is an experienced serial entrepreneur, with over 20 years’ experience in the high technology fields of mobile, networking, database systems, and semi-conductors as well as businesses in the spirits and restaurant markets.
Randy’s background and experience includes: Founder/CEO of Osunatech, Inc., VP/GM of LSI Corp’s Networking business which he led after LSI acquired ($100M) his company Tarari, Inc. Randy was the Founder & President/CEO of Tarari which focused on software and silicon solutions for deep packet inspection. Before Tarari, Randy was General Manager of Intel’s Network Equipment Division as the result of the $500M acquisition of IPivot, Inc., where Randy was the VP of Product Development/Marketing. Previous to IPivot, Randy was AVP running the Teradata Data Warehousing Division, and also held executive leadership positions at BEA Systems, NCR Corp, and AT&T. In addition to high tech, Randy owns the San Diego-based restaurant, Solare Ristorante, and is on the Board of Directors for Fortaleza Tequila (Jalisco, Mexico).
A frequent industry speaker in the areas of venture capital and entrepreneurship, Randy is an active angel investor and advisor to a variety of startups, incubators, and investment organizations.
In this hands-on, practical, and very prescriptive workshop session, multi-exited serial entrepreneur Randy Smerik looks at how to take your company from an initial startup to a scale-ready organization. In the no-nonsense style for which he’s become a Startupfest favorite, Randy tackles the hard questions about when and how to take institutional funding beyond the seed stage.