24 Xoogler-led startups presented to over 100 investors at Xoogler Demo Day hosted at Google’s San Francisco office

Christopher Fong
5 min readApr 30, 2018


On Wednesday April 25, 2018, the Xoogler and Google communities came together to support 24 pre-seed and seed Xoogler-led startups as they presented to over 100 early stage investors and members of the press.

The second Xoogler Demo Day organized by Kevin Yen and Alex Brutin and supported by Google’s Developers Launchpad and Google Play worked over the past three months to prepare the startups and organize this event. The preparation sessions included feedback delivered by Qasar Younis, a Xoogler and Y Combinator’s former COO and Partner and Keval Desai, an early Google Product Manager and Investor at InterWest.

Julia Enthoven Co-Founder of Kapwing

Most of the startups were from Silicon Valley but others flew in from London, Spain, New York, Houston, Denver and Los Angeles to present at Xoogler Demo Day. Please reach out to them if you are interested in investing in their startup or are interested in being a user or customer.

We have Xoogler Demo Days in Los Angeles on May 22 organized by David Bos, Singapore on June 4 organized by Anne Caron and London organized by Rune Bentien coming up.

If you’re a startup, reach out to them to participate and investors, please fill in the investor forms for Los Angeles, Singapore and London to attend.

Xoogler.co was started in 2015 to support ex-Google founders. We held 200 events in 2017 to connect Xooglers and Googlers with each other and with helpful partner organizations. Xooglers and Googlers can sign up at Xoogler.co to be part of the community and receive the newsletters. If you’re interested in partnering to support these and other early stage Xoogler founders, please reach out to us via partner@xoogler.co.

Startups from Xoogler Demo Day Silicon Valley 2018

Affordable Scan — Booking.com for imaging scans, led by Vladimir Hruda.

Deepen AI — Multi sensor AI powered tools for autonomous development, led by Mohammad Musa, Cheuksan Wang, Anil Muthineni and Andrew Lee.

Dustmail — Decentralized email via peer-to-peer network, led by Ben Colman.

Hashcut — Leverages machine learning to automate gaming highlights from full-length videos, led by Vijay Koduri and Murali Raju.

Kapwing — Online video editor for casual creators, led by Julia Enthoven and Eric Lu.

LookyLoo — AI-powered mobile platform for fashion to stop the buy and return cycle, led by Chia-Lin Simmons.

Maslo — Voice journal with personality and AI smarts led by Cristina Poindexter, Ross Ingram and Santi Grau.

NextPlay — Upskilling, mentoring and retaining employees at scale using AI, led by Jenni Choi and Charu Sharma.

Objects.AI — Enables app developers with small teams to implement and scale machine learning capabilities, led by Shekhar Yadav.

Onward — AI-enabled Customer Service Platform, led by Pramod Thammaiah and Remi Cossart.

Optimize Fitness — AI-powered personal training, led by Joe Laws.

Picolo — Ethereum-based open database network, led by Arunesh Mishra.

Pulsa — Inventory tracking service for businesses via purpose built hardware, led by Jordan Hurwich and David Wiens.

Qokka.ai — Automated hub for crypto information, led by Aaron Li.

Sidewalk — App for personalized, story-driven urban walking guides, led by Dave Hotchkissand Jason Donahue.

Solana — Permissionless blockchain that scales over 700,000 transactions per second, led by Alan Yu, Anatoly Yakovenko, Greg Fitzgerald and Raj Gokal.

Spate — Data science to predict consumer trends and uncover insights, led by Olivier Zimmer and Yarden Horwitz.

Telegnos — Modernizing the boat charter industry, led by Ed Moss, Michael Plocek and Kathy Ahn.

TensorFlight — Instant, global building data via computer vision, led by Robert Kozikowskiand Zbigniew Wojna.

The Brightly Co. — Curated, community-powered platform for sustainable, ethical home goods and fashion, led by Laura Wittig.

VastBiome — Transforming cancer therapy through the microbiome, led by Kareem Barghouti, Peter McCaffrey, Daniel Wu and Ayin Vala.

Wilbr — Invest where you shop, led by Ted Warner.

WOOM — Help people have kids faster by maximizing fertility, led by Laurence Fontinoy.

YTranslate — AI Powered Translation Platform combining machine learning with human translation, led by Damian Winkowski, Alexandra Rijnoveanu and Kerry Michael.

Pramod Thammaiah, Co-Founder of Onward

Thank you to the many investors that helped us prepare these startups for this day, including the feedback sessions and events that they co-hosted with Xoogler.co. They include Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Accel, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Ventures, Capital G, Norwest Venture Partners, GGV Capital, Index Ventures, Mayfield, Trinity Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Samsung NEXT, Zhen Fund, Cherubic Ventures, Afore Capital, Foundation Capital, Correlation Ventures, Costanoa Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and Pear VC. Our next sessions are with Micah Rosenbloom from Founder Collective on May 18 and Ankit Jain and Shabih Rizvi with Gradient Ventures on May 21.

Finally, thank you to the amazing Xoogler.co volunteers that made this day possible, including Jason Costa, Max Grigorev, Ankit Jain, MinhHa Pham, Henry He, Lei Xu, Tam Le, David Bos (who flew in from Los Angeles) and Rune Bentien (who flew in from London). Thank you to Yokum Taku and Vikram Lakhwara from Wilson Sonsini for hosting the startup feedback sessions and thank you to Googlers Barbara Suroz, Shiri Sivan, Mike Fyall and Gus Gostyla for all your support.

Learn more about the global community at Xoogler.co and our AngelList syndicate which has over 400 investors to invest in Xoogler-led startups.

Solana — Permissionless blockchain that scales over 700,000 transactions per second. Co-Founded by Anatoly Yakovenko, Alan Yu, Greg Fitzgerald and Raj Gokal



Christopher Fong

Helping ex-Googlers launch successful startups & Googlers/Xooglers invest in them after 8+ years at Google