About Us

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking back”… – Steve Jobs


There is no way to quantify the value of meeting the person who shows you how to finally start that venture you’ve always dreamed of, experiencing how Photoshop can turn your ideas into reality, or discovering you’ve always possessed a dormant aptitude for programming. Watching the seemingly random connections happen and businesses sprout up in and around Santa Barbara is what fuels us, and we live by a simple mantra; Give First.


Kyle Ashby

Kyle Ashby

Founder The Sandbox Santa Barbara
Mark Schulbach

Mark Schulbach

Founder The Sandbox Santa Barbara
Warner Anderson

Warner Anderson

Events Management

Our Mission

Give First

Our founders have given back to the Goleta, Santa Barbara and Ventura communities and the global entrepreneurial and startup community for years.  Selflessly. Here are the organizations and causes we support and have supported.


  • Youth Interactive – Current Board of Advisors
  • UCSB Technology Management Program – Mentor.Advisor/Sponsor
  • Friendship Paddle
  • Paddle for Sorel
  • SB Bike/BC Centro
  • MIT Enterprise Forum – Former Board Member
  • Startup Champions Network – Treasurer, All volunteer non profit org.
  • Startup Weekend (in both it’s non profit and for profit forms)
  • Antioch University
  • Ellwood School

Our Partners

Startup Weekend
Cox Business
Fell Marking Attorneys at Law
Startup Champions Network
Blue Sky Center, Cuyama California
Youth Interactive
Warner Anderson Events
Lagoon District