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Sophia Viklund

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Adviser, America Innovates and Advisory Board Member, ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship.

Adviser, America Innovates and Advisory Board Member, ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship.

11 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Front End Engineering
  • Business Development
  • Operations
  • UI/Design
  • Product
  • Marketing
  • Other Engineering
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Industrial Design

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Front End Engineering
  • • Business Development
  • • Operations
  • • UI/Design
  • • Product
  • • Marketing
  • • Other Engineering
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Industrial Design

Involved In




Innovate Pasadena
ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship
50/50 Leadership
GREEN21 advisors
Caltech Entrepreneurship Cub
Entertainment Industries Council
Caltech Entrepreneurship Cub
Innovate Pasadena
GREEN21 advisors
50/50 Leadership


Adviser America Innovates September 2014 - present
Advisory Board Member ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship July 2014 - present
Advisor to the Entrepreneurship Cub at Caltech Caltech Entrepreneurship Cub January 2014 - present
Board Member Innovate Pasadena August 2013 - present
Advisor GREEN21 advisors March 2013 - present
Co-Organizer Girl's Geek Dinners LA 2012 - present
Advisory Board Entertainment Industries Council 2012 - present
Co-Founder PyLadies March 2011 - present
Organizer Startup Weekend Pasadena September 2012 - May 2015
Executive Board Member Caltech July 2012 - May 2015
Founder and Head of Strategic Relations backCODE November 2008 - May 2015
Founding Committee Member TechSparks Pasadena April 2013 - November 2014
Board Member 50/50 Leadership January 2013 - November 2014
BIM specialist YA Architects 2005 - 2008
CEO Indikon, Ltd 2004 - 2006
Founder Antikeylogger 2002 - 2004
Senior Technical Producer Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies 2000 - 2002


UCLA 2006 - 2009
Lipetsk State Pedagogical University Speech recognition, Language patterns, Languages, Linguistics
The London International Business Academy British English language

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Markets of Interest
  • • Social Impact
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Recruiting
  • • Cloud Services
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Advertising
  • • Dating
  • • Commerce
  • • Mobile
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Media
  • • Events
  • • Green
  • • Local
  • • Smart Home
  • • Enterprise Software

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

IPhone • Programming • Django • Game development • Video Games

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

Vouches Received

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Noel Saw
We worked together  •  President & Founder, Neochrome and Founder / President, TechJobsLA Job Fair.
Sophia is great at building meaningful connections within the startup community. She's empathetic and a good listener.
Dennis Cabarroguis
They're my friends  •  Business Development, GainShare Consultants, LLC and Founder / Business Development, SCM BPO Partners.
I've known Sophia for a few years now. She has proven that she is a great technologist with her company. She has also proven to be an unsel ... fish supporter & promoter of tech and community with the multiple organizations she's helped organize and run. Sophia is one of the most highly regarded folks I know in technology here in SoCal and beyond. I know she will prove to be a great asset with your organization without question.
Andrew Lim
We worked together  •  Small Molecule Process and Product Development, Amgen. California Institute of Technology grad. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Sophia acted as an Advisor for the Caltech Entrepreneurship Club while I was President. During that time, she was critical in providing advi ... ce / direction in an year that led to many collaborative events and relationships being formed for the Entrepreneurship Club. In particular, she helped the team and I navigate relationship development, event organization, and execution. She did this by analyzing scenarios and helping advise on best path forward forward. With Sophia's help we were able to execute on an Idea to Innovation event series at Caltech and also a monthly VC event series. She's also a prolific networker, and has provided introductions for the Entrepreneurship Club in its endeavors, and my own venture endeavors as well. One quality that I particularly admire in Sophia is that she has the mentality of focusing on how things can be moved forward (how can we make this happen vs. why not). I'd highly recommend Sophia as an advisor.
Angie Chang
We worked together  •  Director of Growth, Hackbright Academy and Founder, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners. University of California, Berkeley grad.
She is a strong business networker who gets things done with valuable players. Highly recommended.
Jared Hardy
Owner,; Founding Board Member, and NELA-ISC.Net; IT Administrator, StartupParty.US;
Sophia is a great leader in the local startup, women in engineering, and Python developer communities. She is also an all-around nice person ... to talk to.
Narayan Mani
CEO and Co-Founder, Previously Head of Biz Dev, Wipro.
Well connected and very helpful!
Adrian Kaehler
They're my advisor  •  Vice President, Special Projects, Magic Leap, Inc. and Board Member, OpenCV. Columbia University in the City of New York grad.
Sophia is an insightful relationship builder. She applies her talent effectively to make new connections between people that have impact and ... lasting value.
Andy Wilson
We worked together  •  CEO/Co-Founder, Rexter and Founder/Managing Director, Momentum Venture Management. Harvard Business School grad. Dartmouth College grad.
She is extremely well networked into the start-up community esp wrt women and engineering. She knows gaming and e-learning. She is a terrif ... ic community organizer
Nick Agid
We worked together  •  Fabrication Design & Materials Advising Director, SyncFab and President, University of Utah CSU, Claremont Graduate University
Sophia is a natural networker, she is experienced and does what she says she will do. Feel free to contact me Nick Agid 310-980-7195
Michael Mills
We worked together  •  Wellness Director, Chief Personal Trainer, EDGE Holistic Fitness. University of Southern California grad. Fitness enthusiast.
I have had the pleasure of working with Sophia with Innovate Pasadena's Friday Morning Coffee Meetup, of which both Sophia and I are co-orga ... nizers. In addition to Sophia's strong background in programming, her passion for leadership and networking is has been and continues to be instrumental in the development of Innovate Pasadena's events.
Bassill Nick
They're my advisor  •  Founder & CEO, Launch America. Previously Director Induction Technology, The Vollrath Company. Stanford grad.
Sophia has that great combination of hands on development work and the ability to bring teams of key people together with industry leaders a ... nd financial resources to create successful startups.