Startup Stories Podcast
The UC Davis Student Startup Center’s Startup Stories Podcast features leading entrepreneurs, from startup CEOs to investors!
Quinn Morgan is a UC Davis Alumni, CEO and Co-founder of Workona Inc.
Morgan’s Linkedin description on Workona Inc.: “We transform your browser into a professional work tool that is far more capable of the heavy workloads we’re all doing in it. See how we’re reimagining work in the cloud at workona.com.”
Jim Wilson is a UC Davis Alumni and currently an Operating Partner at Costanoa Ventures.
Bettye Watkins is an Office Manager at Costanoa Ventures.
Alex Whatley is the current CEO and Co-founder of Vividly.
Joy’s Linkedin: Joy Fan is a serial tech entrepreneur, operator, and urbanist — democratizing access to affordable real estate. She spent her early career in environmental design, brand marketing, and asset management and has since disrupted the traditional commercial lease model into license agreements, popularized global strategy of pop-ups as a founding member of Storefront — the largest marketplace for short-term retail (acquired); designed the “retail-as-a-service” model adopted by hundreds of DTC brands, REITS, mall operators, developers, and landlords; unlocked proptech playbooks for the masses as a contributor to the Ultimate Popup Guide, and is an active committee advisor for Women in Proptech and a part of Mayor Eric Adam’s NYC Small Business Advisory Commission.
Joy has transformed the consumer landscape and continues to lead spatial equity for under-represented communities who seek to access retail as a way to grow their online business while influencing the success of thousands of disruptor DTC brands.
Adi’s Linkedin: Adi is a product/problem enthusiast. He is driven by problems and find happiness through finding solutions. This perspective applies to his work, personal and his future life!
Michael Hurlston has been a director and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Synaptics since August 2019. Synaptics (Nasdaq: SYNA) is changing the way humans engage with connected devices and data, engineering exceptional experiences throughout the home, at work, in the car and on the go. Synaptics is the partner of choice for the world’s most innovative intelligent system providers who are integrating multiple experiential technologies into platforms that make our digital lives more productive, insightful, secure and enjoyable. These customers are combining Synaptics’ differentiated technologies in touch, display and biometrics with a new generation of advanced connectivity and AI-enhanced video, vision, audio, speech and security processing. Mr. Hurlston serves on the Board of Executive Trustees of the UC Davis Foundation and on the Dean’s Executive Committee for the College of Engineering and the Dean’s Advisory Counsel for the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. Mr. Hurlston holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Davis.