Accelerate Your Product to Market with Simulation-Driven Innovation

Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center | San Francisco
June 5th | 8am-12pm

Join a group of peers from the startup community as we host a morning workshop on how simulation technologies can energize and accelerate product development moving your startup to its next milestone faster!

Successful tech entrepreneurs from Rolo Bikes, Candi Controls and Obvious Ventures will share their experiences with simulation in IoT, manufacturing, and design optimization. Also presenting will be Near Future Summit founder to provide insight into advancing your startup to the next level.

  • Engage with innovative technologies that are changing the way companies create products
  • Learn how simulation-driven design is revolutionizing the product development process
  • Network with peers and industry leaders 
  • Enroll in the Altair Startup Program for high-value access to these technologies

This session is for:

  • Pre-launch (idea to prototype)
  • Launch (product/service being used by customers)
  • Growth (scaling customers, products/services and markets)
  • Hyper Growth (growing your team and expertise at the same time as products/services and customers)

We will have several technology demonstrators available for attendees to experience firsthand. 

Demonstrators will include:

  • A digital twin model to showcase predictive and prescriptive asset performance modelling, IoT data, and analytics.
  • Watching sensor data be analyzed, visualized, and processed with machine learning and predictive analytics tools that can be used to forecast product performance.
  • Interacting with your engineered design with virtual reality by analyzing your model within a 3D environment. 
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Date and Time 

8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday, June 5th  


505 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105 




Adam Wais, Co-Founder
Rolo Bikes

In 2011, Adam co-founded Rolo Bikes, which operates in Sweden and Luxembourg.  Although not a life long cyclist, Adam became interested in the business of cycling and what he saw as a business opportunity in a segment of the road racing bicycle industry.  Prior to manufacturing bicycles, Adam founded and ran one of Scandinavia's first premium coffee shop chains which opened and operated locations in Stockholm and Copenhagen.  He started his career as a Foreign Service Officer, serving in the US Embassies in Stockholm, Brussels and Sarajevo.  Adam grew up in Luxembourg and Paris, and holds a BA and MBA from the University of 


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Andrew Beebe, Managing Director
Obvious Ventures

Andrew brings to Obvious Ventures a lifelong passion for building companies around sustainable systems and people power.

For over a decade, Andrew has focused on clean technology and clean energy solutions. He started down the clean tech path with Energy Innovations in 2003, which he grew from a business plan to a major solar developer serving customers like Google, Disney, Sony Pictures, and British Telecom.
After selling the company to Suntech in 2008, Andrew served as Chief Commercial Officer at Suntech as well as Vice President of Global Product Strategy. During his tenure, Suntech became the largest solar company in the world.
After leaving Suntech, Andrew spent two years as Vice President of Distributed Generation for Nextera Energy, the largest clean energy developer in the US.
Before his clean tech career, Andrew spent a decade building companies in the early days of “Web 1.0.” In 1998 Andrew co-founded, an e-commerce platform designed to serve the needs of small businesses entering the Internet age. He has been supporting the enterprising ideas of people power ever since.
Andrew is a member of the Advisory Board for GE’s distributed generation business, Current by GE. He is also a member of the NREL Investor Advisory Board.


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Doug Harp, Global VP of IoT and Analytics Solutions
Altair Engineering

Doug has 30 years of experience as a technical and company leader focused on industrial automation and information systems. In his most recent role as COO of Candi Controls, he lead product development and GTM launch of Candi's gateway based IoT device and data management platform (recently purchased by Altair).  His background includes 17 years as Chairman and CEO of a market-leading automation and IT systems integrator; and Founder of a managed service provider for Utility billing and customer service solutions. He is a well-known thought leader in the use of OT/IT (now IIoT), having been at the forefront of automating and integrating energy grids, critical infrastructure and the factory floor.  A mechanical engineer by education, an automation/technologist by trade and a Licensed Professional Engineer, Doug is passionate about making things and machines smarter and autonomous in a way that disrupt conventional business models.




Zem Joaquin, Founder
Near Future 

Zem Joaquin is an entrepreneur and founder of the Near Future Summit, a visionary event that seeks to scale solutions to the world's most pressing problems, driven by leading tech founders, investors, inventors, and influencers.
Prior to Near Future, she founded – the authority on stylish sustainability - acquired by Huffington Post in 2015. During her 11 years running ecofabulous, she also held editorial positions at House and Garden, Domino, Architectural Digest and 7x7 magazine. Zem helped create, and is still an active board member of the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute. She executed the Dwell on Design show-houses for six years in a row, and is also an advisor. Additionally, she founded (alongside Leonardo DiCaprio) and chaired the Gorgeous and Green Gala for Global Green for 10 years.
Zem has been an active adviser to Station A for NRG, eBay, Obvious Ventures and many other forward-thinking organizations. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children and is an avid horseback rider and lifelong learner



Brought to You by: Altair

Altair transforms design and decision making by applying simulation, machine learning and optimization throughout product lifecycles. Our broad portfolio of simulation technology and patented units-based software licensing model enable Simulation-Driven Innovation™ for our customers. With more than 2,000 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates 69 offices throughout 24 countries. Altair serves more than 5,000 customers across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit




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