First Fridays is a platform for the Americas startup ecosystem to come together, enabling connection, learning and growth. Through our digital tools, we want to continue enabling your company’s growth with education led by Google experts.   

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It feels like it was just yesterday. We all went to work. To our actual offices. Today? Home is… The new office, the new investor’s office, the new coworking space. The new accelerator. The new meeting room. The new innovation lab. Home is the new everything. A startup’s ability to be explosively productive is due in large part to its team’s morale—the mentality that everyone is in this together. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a sudden shift to remote and distributed working environments for startups around the globe. As startups around the world search for ways to connect, communicate, collaborate, we invite you to learn from leaders in remote and distributed workforces on how to manage, lead, and grow successful companies in a digital-first world addressing everything from remote management to remote sales to remote fundraising.  


Date: Friday July 10th, 2020

  • To accommodate the holiday weekend in North America, First Fridays will be hosted on the second Friday of July.

  • Lightning talks will be available on-demand on July 9th at 9:00 AM EST, to accomodate viewership across all timezones.

  • On July 10th, the Livestream Panel will take place from 12:00 PM EST - 1:30 PM EST.  

How to Access

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Welcome from Google for Startups Americas  


Jason Scott, Head of US Startup Developer Ecosystems

Jason Scott currently serves as the Head of Startup Developer Ecosystems, US - managing Google's regional Accelerator programs and startup developer engagement strategy. In addition, he remains an active investor, startup advisor, and the founder of FactionSF - a community for creatives, entrepreneurs, and early-stage investors. Jason is a graduate of MIT and Stanford - with previous roles at Highland Capital Partners and the Bay-Area startup, HomeJoy.  

Welcome Keynote (Office of the CIO) 


Tejpaul Bhatia, Office of the CIO, Google

Tejpaul Bhatia leads the external go-to-market strategy for the Office of the CIO at Google. Prior to Google, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Citi Ventures. His most recent startup post was as Chief Operating Officer for Explain Everything, an interactive screencasting whiteboard application. He also served as CEO and co-founder of Chatwala, a mobile video chatting application and Kaptur (acquired), an app that enables users to instantly aggregate all photos taken at any event in seconds. Prior to founding Kaptur, Tej was Senior Manager of Product and International Strategy for ESPN, where he launched ESPN3 in the US, Mexico, Brasil, and Europe. Tej has a degree in Computer Science from Columbia University.  

Lightning Talk


Silvina Moschini, President and ChairWoman of the Board, TransparentBusiness

An award-winning serial entrepreneur, international speaker and author, Silvina Moschini has established herself as one of the foremost experts on the digital economy and how the fourth industrial revolution is transforming the global workforce, empowering women and accelerating government reform across the world. She is the founder of an ecosystem of companies harnessing the cloud to connect businesses and on-demand talent including TransparentBusiness, a remote workforce management platform that is driving transparency in public and private procurement to eliminate fraud and the loss of taxpayers money as well as SheWorks!, an innovative platform that leverages technology to close the gender gap. Silvina has been featured in Forbes, CNN, the World Economic Forum and W20 Argentina. Silvina is also an Endeavor.org Entrepreneur and serves as a mentor to young female entrepreneurs around the world through Vital Voices, 500 Startups, Google for Startups Accelerator and the Google AI Impact Challenge. 

Lightning Talk


Christopher Fong, Founder and Investor, Xoogler.co

Christopher Fong has invested in over 40 startups during the past 4 years in the US, Mexico, Europe, India and Australia. His 8+ years at Google, which included his final role focusing on partnering with top venture capital firms and startups, prepared him to start and run Xoogler.co, Google's alumni community to support ex-Google founders. It's grown to over 8,000 members and 1,200 investors with over 200 events held globally. Since COVID-19, Chris has held events with speakers from Y Combinator, 500 Startups and Sequoia Capital on remote best practices for early-stage entrepreneurs. He's seen Xoogler startups such as Zynq pivot their workplace productivity offerings to launch products to cater to remote workers and safely return back to work - while other startups adjust to the new normal of closing their fundraising rounds via video conference calls. Like many others during these times, he's been helping his family transition their physical business to offer their products online. Their Singapore math classes which are now delivered online were recently covered on CNBC.  

Lightning Talk


Mayank Tahilramani, Senior Alliance Partner Manager at GitLab

Mayank is a Senior Alliance Manager at GitLab, focused on bringing to marketing compelling joint solutions with strategic GTM partners. Prior to joining GitLab, Mayank worked at Google Cloud as an Alliance manager and prior that, in a more technical role at Citrix Systems as a technical cloud networking engineer. In his spare time, he enjoys scouring through Open Source projects and tinkering with self hosted services on Kubernetes in his homelab. Alternatively, when he’s craving fresh air, you'll find him exploring the rocky coast and green forests of the Pacific Northwest where he resides.  

Who Should Attend

Founders, leaders and managers of startups (early-to-late stage) that are leading partially or fully-remote and/or distributed teams.

Questions? Contact us at first-fridays@google.com