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THero 2018 Kick Off, San Francisco/Silicon Valley

  • Silicon Valley Bank 2400 Hanover Street Palo Alto, 94304 United States (map)


brought to you by THero & Brinc'

San Francisco/Silicon Valley Launch Event



China is the world’s largest market and you need to start thinking about it now! THero and Brinc are bringing this global contest to 9 cities across the USA, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions in 2018 to see if you have what it takes to make it in China! The competition hopes to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation and help to bridge local startups from around the world to China.

The THero Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition is hosted by the People’s Government of Tianhe District, Guangzhou Science Technology and Innovation Commission, Guangzhou Industry and Information Technology Commission, and organized by the Bureau of Science, Technology, Information and Industry of Tianhe District, the Administration Commission of Tianhe Science Park, Guangzhou Science Technology and Finance Service Center,and of course… Brinc!

About This Event

Marc Tarpenning started building and programming computers as a teenager and earned an A.B. degree in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley.

In 1997, he and Martin Eberhard founded NuvoMedia, an electronic book company that pioneered the legal and technological framework for the digital distribution of eBooks. NuvoMedia, and their Rocket eBook reader, was sold to Gemstar/TV Guide in 2000.

In 2003, Marc and Martin co-founded Tesla Motors. At Tesla, Mr. Tarpenning ran the electrical engineering group in addition to being the acting CFO for the first three years. Tesla Motors became a public company in 2010 and dominates the electric car market with its Model S, Model X and now the new Model 3. Tesla customers have driven over 4 billion electric miles and the company employs over 30,000 people.

Since leaving Tesla Motors, Mr. Tarpenning has been Entrepreneur in Residence at Mayfield Fund, sits on several company Advisory Boards, speaks frequently on entrepreneurship, is a publicly elected School Board Trustee for the Woodside Elementary School District, a Trustee for the private Nueva School, a member of the Advisory Board of the Science Learning Institute at Foothill College, and an elected Member representing Area Three of the San Mateo County Committee on School District Organization.


  • 6:00pm - Doors open and networking begins

  • 6:15pm - Opening remarks

  • 6:25pm - THero Global Startup Contest Announcement & Information

  • 6:45pm -  Fireside chat with Marc Tarpenning, Co-Founder of Tesla

  • 7:30pm - Closing remarks, photos, and more networking


APPLICATION DEADLINE - September 15th, 2018

Show us that you’ve got what it takes to make it in China!

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