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On Thursday, April 27, 2017, celebrate the power of the written word at Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels, an intoxicating event being held at Dogpatch WineWorks in San Francisco. Join Jumpstart and honored guest, journalist and author Frances Dinkelspiel, as she recounts the colorful history of California’s wine industry. Immerse yourself in a story about fire, greed, and obsession, as you are treated to local wines, a seated dinner, and a transformational story from one of Jumpstart’s Bay Area college student volunteers. Other special guests include two debut authors, Holly Hodder Eger and entrepreneur Howard Love. This year Jumpstart is also honoring Northern California Advisory Board member Gordy Holterman for his years of service to Jumpstart’s mission.
FRANCES DINKELSPIEL is an award-winning author, journalist, and speaker whose work is inspired by the history of California, particularly the role Jews have played in the development of the state, and the region’s history of wine. Dinkelspiel has received the Hess Winery Fellowship, is a San Francisco Public Library Laureate, and serves on various library and literary organization boards. Her most recent book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, has garnered great recognition. Tangled Vines made both the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestsellers lists and was named as a 2015 best wine book by Food and Wine Magazine, San Jose Mercury News, and the Wall Street Journal. Dinkelspiel’s first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, was named both a bestseller and Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle. She currently lives in Berkeley with her husband, Gary Wayne.
HOLLY HODDER EGER is the author of Split Rock, her first novel. Eger is a New Englander from Belmont, Massachusetts, who was transplanted around the world for 25 years before finally putting down roots in Portola Valley in 2010. Holly worked as an editor and writer for Sunset magazine in the 1990’s and at public relations and advertising agencies before starting her own freelance business. While she and her husband were raising three children on three continents, she wrote travel articles and personal commentaries, which were featured in national and local newspapers. She graduated from Harvard College in 1982 and received an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. Now that her children have flown the nest, she leads workshops and teaches writing to high school seniors in her home.
HOWARD LOVE is the author of Amazon bestseller The Start-Up J Curve, his first book, which has received accolades from Entrepreneur, Inc., and Worth among other business publications. With over 35 years as a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, Love has founded or co-founded over 15 companies – including, FlexJobs, PageWise, DealBase, and Knowingly (the current owner of Gigaom). Howard is the CEO of LoveToKnow Corp., one of the largest US digital media companies whose web properties include lovetoknow.com, yourdictionary.com, trails.com, and golflink.com.
In addition to starting companies, Love invests in early stage ventures and has made over 50 such investments, usually specializing in the consumer Internet and mobile sectors. Investments include: OpenTable (IPO), Trulia (IPO), Titan Aerospace (sold to Google), Hotel-Tonight, and many others. Love founded his first company, Inmark Development, while an undergraduate at Colgate University. Inmark Development merged with Rogue Wave and subsequently went public. Love speaks frequently on entrepreneurship at conferences, summits, and events in the US and abroad. Recent appearances include Techtoberfest, Start-Up Week, Tech Starts, Founders Institute, and many other. Recent media appearances include MSNBC, Bloomberg Radio, KGO and Yahoo Finance. Love currently resides in Silicon Valley, CA. More information here.
6:00pm Cocktails | Authors Circle
7:30pm Dinner | Program