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Startup Focus with Game-Changers, Presented by SAP

Startup Focus with Game-Changers, Presented by SAP

Tuesday at 9 AM Pacific /12 Noon Eastern

February 06th 2014:Startups in Retail: State of the Union

Today’s buzz: Retail. Today’s smart, digitally-empowered shoppers expect a seamless omni-channel retail experience that lets them combine online and brick-and-mortar browsing, shopping, ordering, and returning at their whim. Are you ready for them? The experts speak. Michael Harris, Optimus Advantage: “Imagine how delighted retail customers would be to negotiate their own price to buy the right product at the right time. And how delighted retailers would be to recover lost sales associated with sticker shock. Futuristic? Not!” Sam Bhat, United Software Associates: “People in the retail in

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Michael Harris

Michael Harris, founder and CTO of Optimus Advantage, has worked in the Information Technology industry since 1980 as a programmer, systems analyst and business systems developer. His company developed and marketed the Global Business Forum service to provide international businesses with direct credit, credit, and debit card payment services to make multi-currency cross-border B2B payments. This service was marketed by Chase Paymentech Merchant services to merchants accepting international credit card payments. Michael invented and wrote the patent application for an “Information Management System” Patent Application Number: 20050210054. He co-authored the book, “Tricks of the Active Trader
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Sam Bhat

Sam Bhat, a serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience building and managing successful businesses in a global environment, founded United Software Associates, Inc. The company is involved in the development of a Real Time Health Care Analytics Platform, powered by SAP HANA technology. The product is in the beta stage, with market enablement through SAP’s Startup Forum. United Software Associates was a captive technology service provider of Dealertrack Technologies (NASDAQ: TRAK ) until November 2011. That portion was later acquired by Symphony Teleca Inc. United Security Applications built an emergency preparedness and response product that was sold to Northrop Grumman and Is
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Sanjay Shirole

Sanjay Shirole is the Global Alliances Lead for the SAP Startup Focus program. Sanjay spent 17 years as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, where he founded and ran two “reasonably successful” startups – Xora, Inc. and WebApps, Inc. Then he felt it was time to give back to the entrepreneurial community. Sanjay now mentors entrepreneurs, volunteers at nonprofits like TiE Silicon Valley, and evangelizes about the SAP Startup Focus program to accelerators, incubators, universities, VCs and other startup-related organizations worldwide. In his spare time, Sanjay loves to ride motorbikes. He is a big believer in the sharing economy and uses AirBnB around the world whenever he vacations.
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