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Kal Deutsch

Kal Deutsch is an international lecturer and advisor at Global Kinetics and Silicon Valley in Your Pocket, helping startup entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs to achieve market traction. He has worked on innovation programs at global incubators, accelerators and corporations across the Americas, Europe and Asia. His programs hone in on the key drivers for startup success, including go-to-market strategies, value proposition, growth hacking, business model optimization and financial metrics.

Kal is a founding Investor-Advisor and Partner at Batchery, a Berkeley-based startup accelerator, where he also served as CEO and Managing Partner. Since launch three years ago, Batchery has graduated over 110 companies in fields ranging from SaaS software, hardware, robotics, artificial intelligence, fintech, virtual reality, multimedia, food-tech and many others. Kal is a long-time member of the Berkeley Angel Network, an angel investment group comprised of alumni, faculty and former faculty of UC Berkeley. With a background in finance, strategy and product management, Kal has held a number of executive positions at companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to early-stage startup companies. His experiences include managing the consumer credit product portfolio at Visa; serving as a division CFO at Wells Fargo Bank; and leadership roles at startups including real estate tech companies Homegain (acquired by Classified Ventures), EscapeHomes (acquired by HomeAway), and TotalMove (acquired by MostHome). Finally, Kal leveraged his passion for independent film-making by producing a mockumentary film about a widely-maligned and failed Internet startup company called IceVan.com. This five-minute short was accepted into film festivals across multiple continents, including Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival. Kal holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with an emphasis in finance. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Management Science from UC San Diego.

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