• Thursday, August 11, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Expert DOJO, 395 Santa Monica Place, #308, Santa Monica, CA 90401


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Join us in an inspirational and enlightening evening at Expert DOJO located on the 3rd floor of the Santa Monica Promenade Mall on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Our curated panel of experts will share their stories and experiences along with priceless advice for any aspiring entrepreneurs. Our experts range in their expertise but have one thing in commontheir undeniable hustle.

Come meet our experts, get inspired, and network with Silicon Beach's entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, and our panelists! This is an event you will not want to miss! 

Expert DOJO is a one stop shop to receive success coaching, advice, and specialist help in all areas of your business growth. Their patented 12 step business accelerator is unlike any other program available and gives you direct access to specialists in branding, design, business planning, product fit, strategic planning, web development, growth hacking and so much more. Join their platform for free business advice, referrals, workshops and for access to Expert DOJO advisors and coaches. Find out why Startups at Expert DOJO have a higher success rate than those who are not. For a free business growth consultation contact


5:30 - 6:30PM - Check-in and networking

6:30 - 8:00PM - Panel Discussion and Q&A

8:00 - 9:00PM - Open networking with Panelists


John Keh

Partner, LA Operations Manager at Caviar

 After graduating from University of California, Berkeley, John Keh joined the US Air Force, where he honed his skills in operational planning. He was a geospatial intelligence analyst that planned and supported operations for US Joint forces in Korea and the Middle East. After finishing his enlistment, he joined Caviar as a Partner to launch both the New York and Los Angeles operations and logistics programs. He also headed West Coast operations and helped transition the operations team through an acquisition. Keh has helped grow a start up from early stages through IPO. 

Emanuel Pleitez

Active Principal Investor at Sunstone Partners

Emanuel Pleitez is an investor at Sunstone Partners, a technology investment firm. Prior to Sunstone Partners, he served as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions and Head of Strategy and Business Development for Qlovi, an education technology startup. Before joining Qlovi, Emanuel was the Chief Strategy Officer for Spokeo. Emanuel's private sector experience also includes being a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company and a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs. In addition, Emanuel is currently a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.  A Los Angeles native, he holds a B.A. from Stanford University.  

Eugene Cho

Founder & CEO at Echo Laboratories, Inc.

 As an industry thought leader with 15 years expertise in microscopy, Eugene is highly experienced with developing and selling capital imaging equipment to life science professionals in multiple markets including academic, clinical, pharmaceutical, and government.  Founded in 2014, Echo Laboratories is a disruptive startup that designs and develops innovative and modern microscopes for life sciences professionals and recently won a Cool Idea! Award this year from Proto Labs, which offers roughly six to eight awards for ­innovative projects each year.

Christopher M. Wheeler

Attorney // Shareholder at Framework Law Group

Christopher M. Wheeler counsels clients on a wide range of business and intellectual property issues primarily in the entertainment and consumer products industries.  His practice focuses in the areas of trademark and copyright counseling, protection and prosecution.  Prior to joining Framework Law Group PC, Chris spent a number of years in private practice where he assisted in the representation of a wide variety of clients including social media personalities, a major music festival promoter, and an international sports megastar. As a law student, Chris was a semi-finalist of the Cardozo BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition. Chris is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southwestern Law School.


Joanna Chen

IP Attorney at Cislo & Thomas LLP

 Highly involved in the Silicon Beach scene, Joanna has worked with both start-ups as well as Fortune 500 corporations regarding their intellectual property matters at Cislo & Thomas LLP. Joanna received her B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and her J.D. from Loyola Law School with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law and a sub-concentration in Patent & Technology in 2014. Currently, Joanna is also the IP Chair and upcoming Board Member of the Santa Monica Bar Association.

Thank you to our supporting sponsors:


Special Sponsor

Thank you to our beverage sponsor Bodega Wine Bar.


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We hope to see you there for a great new SMBA event!

SMBA Administration

2461 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 529

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Ph. 310-450-9289 Arb. (310) 581-5163

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