Saad Khan of CMEA Capital Crowned Silicon Valley Ping Pong Champion In First Ever Golden Gate Smackdown
SAN FRANCISCO. –Last Wednesday night the best and brightest in Silicon Valley took part in Golden Gate Smackdown – a 64-person ping-pong tournament for $1,000 to the champion’s certified charity of choice. Held at popular venue, Mezzanine in downtown San Francisco, this first time event brought people together for fun, networking and a live performance by the Bay Area’s own Shock G of Digital Underground that brought down the house.
Co-hosted by VSCpr, YesVideo, Tandem Capital, and Xtreme Labs, and with media partners VentureBeat, BetaBeat, PandoDaily, and Vox Media, the event hosted players and attendees that spanned the valley and SF tech scene. Attendees included: 12 Society, Agawi, August Capital, Amex Ventures, Atlas Peak Capital, Bash Gaming, Canaan Partners, Chute, CITEworld, DCFN, Educreations, EnterpriseEventsGroup, Facebook, Filmmaker Kevin Epps, Forbes, Freshdesk, Froomz, General Catalyst Partners, GigaOm, Glam Media, Google, Hattery, Helpshift, Kabam, KRON4, Liquid Capital Group, Mashable, Mayfield, Monsoon Company, Morgan Lewis, Mozilla, Movile, NetBiscuits, Outfit7, Phoenix Guild, Placecast, Pocket Gems, POPSUGAR, Portal A, QVC, Salesforce, Samsung Innovation Center, Sift Shopping, Skyfire, StylSavvy, Summit, Sutter Health, TechCrunch, Telly, The Full Signal, The Next Web, The Verge, Tempo.ai, UpOut, Visa, Waze, WishPlz, Wired, and ZatPhoto.
Rising above the 64 players who competed, CMEA Captial’s Saad Khan took home the championship trophy, defeating Jordan Meyer of Ustream in the final round of the tournament. Jordan and other runner-ups received gift certificate thanks to a generous donation from Sports Basement. Other players that made the sweet 16 included: Ross Silverstein of Pocket Gems, Matt Rosoff of CITEworld, James Hurst of SiteSpect, Nithin Rao of Xtreme Labs, Chris Farmer of General Catalyst, Darian Rodriguez Heyman with Social Media for Non Profits, Ethan Kim of Telly, Narry Singh of Outfit7, Chris Streeter of Educreations, Eduardo Henrique of Movile, Vijay Chattha of VSCpr, Nitin Bhandari of Skyfire, venture capitalist Tabreez Verjee, and Sam Chaudhary of ClassDojo.
As ‘King Khan’ of Silicon Valley Ping Pong, Saad chose to donate the prize money to Watsi. Watsi is a non-profit organization that collects donations as low as $5 and directs them to the medical needs of people around the globe. Contributions aren’t added to a pool, but rather directed to specific individuals and the surgeries they so desperately need. Watsi covers their own overhead through private donors so 100% of donations go towards these individual causes.
The party hit full strength with a performance from Bay Area legend Shock G of Digital Underground, performing classic hits such as Same Song, The Humpty Dance and mix of other classics and newer creations.
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The Golden Gate Smackdown is the first of the Smackdown series, with it’s sister event, the Big Apple Smackdown, to take place in New York City on April 14, 2013. The event is set to take place at Susan Sarandon’s SPiN and will feature a DJ set from another hip-hop legend DJ Premier, formerly of Gangstarr.
You can find more information on the next event here.
Created by VSCpr, The Golden Gate and Big Apple Smackdown is a series of charity events that enables competitive souls to challenge their energy into ping-pong while bouncing to the beats of classic rap music icons.
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