Ben Horowitz is a cofounder and general partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and The New York Times bestselling author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things, which is now available in over 16 languages. Prior to a16z, Ben was cofounder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2007 for $1.6 billion, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation. Ben has an MS in Computer Science from UCLA and a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University. Ben serves on the board of the following Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies: 21, Capriza, Databricks, Foursquare, Genius, Lyft, Magnet Systems, Medium, NationBuilder, Okta, SignalFX, Tanium, TransferWise, and Usermind. He is also on the board of Columbia University and CODE2040.
Patrick Collison is the CEO and co-founder of Stripe, the technology company that expands internet commerce by making it easy to process transactions from anywhere. After experiencing firsthand how difficult it was to set up an online business, Patrick and his brother John started Stripe in the fall of 2010. Their goal was to make accepting payments on the internet simpler and more inclusive. Today, the 500-person (and growing) Stripe-team processes billions of dollars a year for hundreds of thousands of companies, from Fortune 500’s to upstarts. Stripe’s vision is to create a world in which an entrepreneur’s success is no longer determined by geography or personal means, but on the promise of their idea. Stripe most recently launched Atlas, a toolkit for starting a global internet business from virtually anywhere in the world. Earlier this year Patrick joined President Obama in Havana in March to open Atlas to Cuban entrepreneurs, and was soon after named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. Prior to Stripe, Patrick co-founded Auctomatic, which Live Current Media acquired for $5 million in March 2008.
Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s board of directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company’s chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015.
Mark Pincus is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Board at Zynga. He has served as Chairman from April 2007 to March 2016 and Executive Chairman since March 2016. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer from April 2007 to July 2013 and from April 2015 to March 2016, and as Chief Product Officer from April 2007 to April 2014. In 2014, he founded superlabs, a San Francisco-based product lab focused on developing products that connect and empower people, which was acquired by Zynga in 2015. Mr. Pincus also founded Zynga.org in 2009, a non-profit organization dedicated to using social games for social good. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Pincus served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Tribe.net, a company he launched and one of the first social networks in the industry. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Chairman of Support.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRT), a help desk automation software company he founded, and he served as Chief Executive Officer and President from December 1997 to July 1999. From 1996 to 1997, he served as Chief Executive Officer of FreeLoader, Inc., a web-based news company he founded. Mr. Pincus also made founding investments in Napster, Twitter and Facebook. Mr. Pincus graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an angel investor in multiple Silicon Valley startups and regularly gives lectures to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Sean Rad is Founder and CEO of Tinder, a global platform that has brought the world closer together by facilitating more than 11 billion new connections. Known for his entrepreneurial drive and creativity, Sean has been recognized in Forbes’ 30 under 30 and Vanity Fair’s “The New Establishment.” Before founding Tinder in 2012, Sean launched and sold several successful tech ventures similarly focused on enhancing the way people communicate. These include Orgoo, a unified communications platform for consumers and Ad.ly, the largest celebrity endorsement platform for social media. Sean, 30, attended the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.
Alex Chung is Founder of Giphy, Inc. Mr. Chung served as the Vice President of Technology at Artspace.com Markets Inc. A creative technology director and entrepreneur living in New York City, he has spent over 15 years building startups as well as designing future technologies for clients ranging from MTV, GE, Intel, Comcast, Sega, Nokia, and Vulcan Ventures to Bergdorf Goodman, Fendi, Neiman Marcus, and Kate Spade. He is also the creator and co-founder of The Fridge which led the popup social networking movement. He has earned degrees in philosophy and computer engineering from UW, fine art from SFAI, and graphic design from Parsons the New School of Design.
Noam Bardin has served as CEO of Waze since March 2009, building the company to become one of the world's most talked-about startups through its acquisition by Google in June 2013. Noam continues to lead the global Waze team within Google to help Wazers around the world enjoy faster, safer drives. Hailed as one of Business Insider's 100 Stars of Silicon Valley, Noam previously co-founded Deltathree inc., a leading international VoIP service provider, where he worked in senior leadership for 10 years in a variety of positions including Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and VP of Operations. Prior to Deltathree, Noam served as CEO of Intercast Networks. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Hebrew University and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Sama and LXMI, two companies that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. She is also the co-author of America's Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age, a book by Rework America: A Markle Initiative. Leila was included as one of The New York Times T Magazine’s “Five Visionary Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World” in 2015. She was also named a “Rising Star” on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2011, one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” in 2011, and was profiled as one of Fortune’s “Most Promising Entrepreneurs” in 2013.
Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. Mr. Khosla was founding CEO of Sun Microsystems. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, helping them build technology based businesses. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master's in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Daphne Koller is Co-Chair of the Board and Co-Founder of Coursera. She is also the Chief Computing Officer at Calico Labs, an Alphabet (Google) company that is using advanced technology to understand aging and design interventions that help people lead longer, healthier lives. Previously, she was the Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where she served on the faculty for 18 years. She is the author of over 200 refereed publications appearing in venues such as Science, Cell, and Nature Genetics.
Michael is currently a full-time partner at Y Combinator. Previously, he was a co-founder and CEO of Justin.tv from 2007 - 2011 and the co-founder and CEO ofSocialcam in 2012. During 2012, Socialcam participated in Y Combinator, raised angel financing from a group of amazing investors, and sold to Autodesk Inc. for $60m (link). Needless to say - it was a busy year. In 2014 Justin.tv became Twitch Interactive and under the leadership of Emmett Shear and Kevin Lin sold to Amazon for $970m. Before getting into tech, Michael spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate campaign and before that he graduated from Yale University with a bachelors degree in political science. Today he spends a large majority of his free time cooking, reading, traveling and going for long drives.
Jason Robins is Chief Executive Officer of DraftKings, a leader in the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) industry and at the forefront of its astronomical growth. Robins co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and oversees all of the company’s strategy and operations, while also driving funding and partnerships. Robins has quickly built a reputation for expanding DraftKings’ reach across numerous platforms through wide-ranging, forward-thinking partnerships. Under his leadership, DraftKings became the first DFS company to sign a league partnership, with Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2013. Since then, the company has signed four additional league-wide partnerships, including the National Hockey League (NHL), NASCAR, MLS and UFC. DraftKings is also the exclusive partner of 12 National Football League (NFL) teams, seven National Basketball League (NBA) teams, 27 MLB teams and seven NHL teams.
Holly Liu is co-founder of the mobile gaming company, Kabam, a world leader in AAA mobile games. Her work has contributed to record revenue growth for Kabam year over year from $0 to $400 million in 2014, which has led to Kabam’s valuation of $1 billion in 2014. She led the design for Kabam’s award-winning Kingdoms of Camelot franchise, which has grossed more than $250 million in less than four years. She was also the founding mobile designer for extension Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, which was the top grossing app on iOS in 2012. Currently, Holly is Chief Development Officer leading the development of Kabam internationally through key relationships and industry presence, focusing primarily on China. In addition, she continues to develop global cultural initiatives within Kabam.
Justin Rosenstein is the co-founder of Asana, a fast-growing app that makes it easier for teams to track their work with greater clarity, accountability, and efficiency. He’s also the primary author of Wavelength, an online publication for teams who aspire to do great things together—through a mindful, purposeful approach. Previously he led development for products at Facebook and Google, including the Like Button, Facebook Pages, and Gmail Chat. Justin majored in Math and got part way through a Master’s in Computer Science at Stanford. He is also a serious student of yoga, meditation, and cats.
Bing Gordon joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2008 and serves as General Partner and Chief Product Officer for the firm, leading KPCB ProductWorks, a new program that brings together talent and experience to help entrepreneurs build successful products and services. Bing also leads KPCB’s sFund, the investment initiative to fund and build applications and services that deliver on the promise of the social web. The sFund, launched in 2010 with strategic partners Amazon.com, Facebook, Zynga, Comcast, Liberty Media and Allen & Co., has made 16 investments to date, including four seeds. Bing serves on the board of directors of Amazon, MEVIO, N3twork, OUYA, Zazzle and Zynga. He was also a founding director at Katango (acquired by Google 2011), ngmoco (acquired by DeNA 2010) and Audible (acquired by Amazon in 2008).
Megan is a general partner in the Spark Capital Growth fund. She specializes in working with world-changing entrepreneurs to design, build and scale transformative consumer products and companies. Previously, Megan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where she led a number of the firm’s early stage and growth consumer investments. Megan joined KPCB from Square, the company revolutionizing payments for buyers and sellers. As Square’s director of products she led strategy and development of the company’s products across merchant and consumer audiences. Prior to that, Megan spent seven years at Google where she held various leadership positions in marketing, business development and product management. She oversaw the development and launch of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps. Her team’s work continues to serve as the foundation for Google’s location-based consumer and advertising products. Megan also previously worked at Genentech. She received her degree in political science and history from Stanford University.
Hiten has started 3 SaaS companies, Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics and the newest is Quick Sprout. He also loves to advise, invest and help founders and their companies.
Ryan Holmes is the founder and CEO of Hootsuite. He started the company in 2008 and has helped grow it into the world’s most widely used social relationship platform, with 15-million-plus users, including more than 800 of the Fortune 1000 companies. A serial entrepreneur who started his first business in high school, Ryan is dedicated to supporting the startup community and socially conscious ventures. His foundation, The Next Big Thing, offers fellowships and mentoring to tomorrow’s brightest entrepreneurs, and he’s proud to have helped steer Hootsuite to B-Corp status for its commitment to social and environmental performance. Recognized as an authority on digital transformation, entrepreneurship and social media, Ryan shares his insights in Fortune, Fast Company and the Wall Street Journal and ranks as one of the top 20 global Influencers on LinkedIn and as a leading CEO influencer on Facebook and Twitter.
Vlad Tenev is the cofounder of Robinhood. A first-generation immigrant from Bulgaria, Tenev earned his B.S. in Math and Physics at Stanford University before starting two finance companies in New York City, selling trading software to hedge funds. In 2013, Tenev created Robinhood, a financial services company focused on offering free trading for everyone. The company has raised $66 million from NEA, Index Ventures, and others.
Shernaz is Chief Marketing Officer at Udacity, an online education company. She brings over 20 years of experience building brands and consumer perception; advising executive management; scaling operational teams; and developing global businesses to take companies to the next level in marketing and mindshare. Over her tenure, she has worked with numerous companies including Netflix, Walmart, Motorola, Polyvore, Khan Academy, Zynga, Groupon, Kosmix and Baidu. She was the chief marketing officer and head of investor relations at Inktomi, a company that became one of the hottest Internet names reaching a $37 billion valuation. Shernaz started her career at Sun Microsystems with roles in the US and European offices. She currently serves as an executive advisor to GV.
Dave uses his uncanny ability to function without sleep and frequent flyer miles to uncover geeks around the world. His ominous past includes work at Founders Fund, Facebook fbFund, PayPal, Mint.com, & Simply Hired. Dave blogs & rants @ 500hats.com.
Kenneth started Credit Karma in 2007 to offer free credit scores and bring transparency and simplicity to the credit industry – an industry that was built around and had long prioritized banks above consumers. He has guided the company from a small team of three to a team of several hundred employees who are disrupting consumer finance, serving millions of people. Kenneth’s vision is that one day Credit Karma can create a simple way for Americans to manage their financial identities. Kenneth also founded Multilytics Marketing in 2006 and has a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Boston University.
Bharat Anand is the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics from Harvard University, and received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. Professor Anand is an expert in digital and corporate strategy. He has studied how new technologies affect what we watch, read, and hear, and how companies navigate digital change. He has written more than fifty articles and case studies, received awards for his research and case-writing, and chaired various executive education programs. He is a two-time winner of the “best teacher award” at Harvard Business School. Anand has advised leading organizations and entrepreneurs around the world. Recently, he helped create Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative, HBX, which he now oversees as faculty chair.
Dr. Li is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford, and the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Stanford Vision Lab. Her main research areas are in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision and cognitive and computational neuroscience. She has published more than 150 scientific articles in top-tier journals and conferences and invented ImageNet and the ImageNet Challenge, a critical large-scale dataset and benchmarking effort that has contributed to the latest developments in deep learning and AI. As of January 2017, Fei-Fei Li is spending her sabbatical at Google Cloud as Chief Scientist AI/ML.
Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.
Reggie Bradford brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as Senior Vice President of Product Development at Oracle. In his current role, he is focused on driving Oracle’s vision to become the global leader in Cloud Computing, as well as leading Oracle’s global expansion of its Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator program. He also serves as a thought leader speaking and writing about Entrepreneurism, Cloud, Internet of Things, Globalization, Data Visualization, Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies.
Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. As one of the founding engineers and Vice President of Engineering at WebEx, Eric was the heart and soul of the WebEx product from 1997 to 2011. Eric proudly grew the WebEx team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real time collaboration.Eric is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.
Ann Miura-Ko has been called "the most powerful woman in startups" by Forbes and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Prior to co-founding FLOODGATE, she worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company. Some of Ann's investments include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Maker Media, Wanelo, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth.
Chris O’Neill is CEO of Evernote, where he’s tackling the challenge of turning a beloved globally recognized brand into a productivity powerhouse beyond its already sizeable 200 million member base. Previously, Chris was managing director of Google Canada, where he oversaw Google’s operations in Canada and served on the Americas’ Executive Management Group.
At 26, inDinero co-founder and CEO Jessica Mah has the scars and successes to candidly help any entrepreneur succeed. After firing all of her staff in 2012, she was on the cover of the 2015 Inc. 5000 for skillfully rebuilding inDinero to over 200 employees, all focused on taking away the pains of small business accounting and taxes.
Ryan Smith co-founded Qualtrics in 2002 with the goal of making sophisticated research simple. As CEO, he has grown the company from a basement startup to one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world. Qualtrics has more than 7,000 enterprise customers including half of the Fortune 100, 1,600 colleges and universities worldwide, and 99 of the top 100 business schools.
Christine Souffrant Ntim is a Haitian-American entrepreneur with over 7 years business management experience across 30+countries. She was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, and Caribbean Change Makers 30 Under 30 in 2016. She speaks on leadership, disruptive entrepreneurship, and exponential tech AI, VR, Robotics at the United Nations, TEDx, European Union Forum and over 20+ global conferences each year. She also interviews top influencers in the Middle East as the Managing Chapter Director of Startup Grind Dubai, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Christine is the founder of Vendedy, a social network connecting global travelers to street markets with the aim of digitizing a $10 trillion dollar black economy by centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets. Today, Christine is an award-winning keynote speaker, traveler and serial entrepreneur who builds startup ecosystems for entrepreneurs via GlobalStartupEcosystem.com and BrandEntrepreneurs.com.
Pascal is the VP SU Labs, Entrepreneurship Chair and Global Evangelist at Singularity University. Prior he founded and invested into startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm, led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s accelerator, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into impact organizations globally at Google.org.
Laura Weidman Powers is the co-founder and CEO of CODE2040, a nonprofit that creates pathways to success in the innovation economy for Blacks and Latino/as. She brings to this work a background in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, youth development, and technology. Laura and CODE2040 are based in San Francisco.
Mike Abbott joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2011 and focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures. Mike serves as an expert resource on enterprise infrastructure, cloud computing and “big data.” He also helps entrepreneurs win the race for talent in a hyper-competitive recruitment environment.
Adam Singolda is the founder and CEO at Taboola, the leading discovery platform, serving over 1B unique users every month. Taboola works with the world’s top publishers, brands, and marketers to drive goals around audience development, engagement, and monetization. In addition to its personalized content recommendations, Taboola empowers editorial, product, and sales teams with solutions built around real-time page optimization, innovative native advertising offerings, and more.
Mada leads community and developer marketing at Branch. In the last year, Branch has grown a 17,000-person Mobile Growth community in 51 cities around the world. Mada was included in Linkedin’s Next Wave, 150 top professionals in 15 industries all 35 & under and sits on the board of the App Developer’s Alliance.
Jim has achieved 4 ‘unicorn’-level successes over the past 20 years as a founder, executive, and investor. His top performers include Cruise ($1B sale to GM), Bebo ($850M sale to AOL), Tango ($1B+ valuation), and NBCi ($6B IPO), plus several other exits including the recent acquisition of Check by Intuit for $360M. Jim is one of the leading growth experts in Silicon Valley, a TED speaker, and a frequent presenter and judge at many startup conferences and events. Jim has a BS in Neuropsychology from Duke University and earned a JD at the University of California Davis School of Law. Jim has startup in his blood. He’s been a serial entrepreneur dating back to his high school and college days.
After a miserable mattress buying experience, JT Marino partnered with Daehee Park to launch Tuft & Needle to change the way mattresses were designed and sold. Today, JT leads the product design, engineering and customer experience teams and can be followed at @johnmarino.
Daehee Park is the co-founder of Tuft & Needle. He works across a variety of disciplines including marketing, community relations, and risk management. Under his leadership, Tuft & Needle has grown exponentially to over $100 million in sales without raising any outside capital. He blogs at daehee.com.
Sarah Cooper is a writer, comedian and creator of satirical blog TheCooperReview.com, which attracts 100K+ readers per month. Her work has appeared on The Washington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, and Huffington Post. Previously the design lead for Google Docs, she now focuses on writing and speaking on corporate and tech humor. Her first book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, was published October 2016 by Andrews McMeel.
Marcelo Camberos is CEO and Co-Founder of ipsy, the world’s largest and most passionate beauty community, anchored around sampling and entertainment. Prior to founding ipsy with Michelle Phan, Marcelo was VP of Business Development at Funny Or Die and graduated from Duke University and received an MBA from Stanford University.
Kurt Wagner has been a business and tech journalist since 2012 and was previously reporting for Mashable. He also covered general tech and Silicon Valley news in his first job as a tech reporter with Fortune magazine, based in San Francisco. Originally from the Seattle area, Kurt graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in communication and political science. He served as Editor-in-Chief of The Santa Clara, the university newspaper, for two years.
Nicole Sanchez is GitHub's VP of Social Impact. She's an organizational culture and management expert with over 20 years of experience. A self-described “people and culture geek,” Nicole has worked in both the public and private sectors on issues of engaging communities in education access, technology, and civic participation.
Nima is the CEO and Co-Founder of Blend, a Silicon Valley technology company empowering lenders to originate efficient, data-driven mortgages while offering their borrowers a compelling user experience. Prior to Blend, Nima was an early employee at Palantir Technologies where he co-founded its commercial group whose mission was to solve major data challenges for the financial sector. After the 2008 financial crisis, Nima worked directly with major banks and agencies to develop and implement software enabling underwater borrowers to avoid foreclosures while saving billions of dollars of debt. Nima is a graduate of Stanford University where he majored in Computer Science.
M.G. Siegler is a general partner at GV, where he primarily focuses on early-stage investments. He has been deeply involved in the startup space since 2005, first as a web developer, then as a writer, and most recently as an investor and advisor. Before joining GV, M.G. was a founding partner of CrunchFund, an early-stage investment fund. Prior to that, he reported on the startup world as a writer for both TechCrunch and VentureBeat. M.G. still writes regularly for 500ish, his Medium publication and from time-to-time doing movie reviews in haiku format. Originally from Ohio, M.G. graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before moving out west to work in Hollywood. One day, he will write that killer screenplay.
Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced "keep"), a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising through an innovative platform that leverages "moments of achievement" in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users, developers and advertisers.
Patrick Mullane is the Executive Director of HBX. He brings over 20 years of management experience across several industries to the position. As Executive Director, he is responsible for managing HBX’s growth, expansion in global markets, and long-term success. HBX leverages Harvard Business School’s reputation for excellence and impact in business education and the broader business community, as well as the vast intellectual property, academic pedagogy and faculty talent of the School to be the premier provider of high quality digital business education.
Manish Chandra is the founder and CEO of Poshmark, the largest community marketplace for fashion where millions of people come to buy, sell and share their personal style - right from their phones. Manish has always been passionate about building communities and founded the first social shopping company, Kaboodle, which was acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2007. With Poshmark, Manish has applied his understanding of technology to change the way people think about shopping, building a passionate community based around people’s love for fashion and each other. Manish received a BTech from IIT Kanpur, MS from UT Austin, and an MBA from Haas School of Business.
Rebecca Kaden is a partner at Maveron, where she identifies emerging consumer-focused entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Southern California, and New York. She led or sourced Maveron’s investments in Allbirds, Common, Earnest, Everlane, Eargo, Darby Smart, Dolls Kill, Instamotor, Periscope (acq. Twitter), Way Up, Newsle (acq. LinkedIn), Dia & Co, and others. In a prior life, Rebecca was a journalist—for the Economist in London and a special projects editor at online literary platform Narrative. Now she brings her understanding of how stories come together to identify potential breakout consumer brands. Rebecca earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford.
Everette Taylor currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Skurt – the mobility company which delivers cars on-demand at the tap of a button. He founded the marketing firm MilliSense where he served as CEO, recently founded the company GrowthPup– an Instagram growth hacking tool/service and was part of the founding team of GrowthHackers. His work also includes serving as CMO of the e-commerce company StickerMule, running growth for new projects at Microsoft, leading marketing at the software company Qualaroo which was acquired by Xenon Ventures, and serving as an advisor to We Are Onyx – a beauty box subscription service for women of color. Taylor is also passionate about diversity in tech, serving as an ambassador to CODE2040, Black Girls Code, and Wonder Women Tech.
Garrett Lord is the co-founder and CEO of Handshake, the ultimate career network and recruiting platform for students. Handshake's mission is to democratize opportunity and make it easy for any student to build a great career, no matter where they go to school or who they know. Handshake has 3 million students and 100,000 employers (including 95% of the Fortune 500) recruiting students across 175 schools including Stanford, Princeton, UC-Berkeley, Michigan, UVA, Spelman and Harvey Mudd. Garrett grew up in the Detroit area and worked at Palantir before dropping out of Michigan Tech University in 2014 to build Handshake.
Founder and CEO of Startup Grind, a community of over 150 cities designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. In 2015, Startup Grind will host 100,000 entrepreneurs at 1,200 events in 70 countries. In 2009 Derek founded Vaporware Labs, incubating many products including Startup Grind and professional social network Commonred, which was acquired by Income.com in 2012. His entrepreneurial career consists of mostly spectacular failures with occasional successes. Previously, he worked at Electronic Arts on games like Burnout Paradise, Mirror's Edge, Sims 3, Need For Speed, Battlefield, and others. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and three children.
As CEO and co-founder of Applause, Doron Reuveni is the driving force behind one of the fastest growing tech companies in New England. With clarity of vision about the future of web and mobile applications, Doron has grown the company exponentially. His idea for "in-the-wild" software testing through a crowdsourcing model was a radical notion in 2007. Today it has been enthusiastically adopted by 1000+ companies worldwide. Prior to Applause, Doron was the CEO and Owner of Re.D Consulting and the SVP of Technology at Enigma Technologies.
Marketing Director and writer of the Medium article "I Got Scammed By a Silicon Valley", Penny Kim shares her experience with the ugly side of startup culture and the unexpected surprises that can come with viral marketing.
Washington Editor-At-Large, The Atlantic Steve Clemons is Washington Editor-At-Large for The Atlantic and National Journal; and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE, National Journal LIVE, and QuartzLIVE. He is also Editor-at-Large for Quartz and an MSNBC contributor. At AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic’s premium events division, Clemons develops concepts and editorial content and leads programs as an interviewer, moderator, and host.
Mike Brown is the founder and CEO of Win-Win, the only sports gaming platform where users contribute to charities while competing for experiential prizes. Prior to Win-Win, Mike led the mid-market growth team at Kiip. Previously, he was on the first place team at Draper University in 2013, an entrepreneurial program founded by Tim Draper. Before moving to Silicon Valley in June 2014, Mike was a 2-time All American linebacker and early graduate from Duke University. He went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts.
Eurie joined Forerunner Ventures in May 2012. Over the past 15 years, Eurie has evaluated and aided a wide variety of companies in their quest to define business models, identify target markets, understand consumer behavior, and overcome operational and competitive challenges to drive growth. As a management consultant at Bain and Company, Eurie advised large retail and e-commerce clients on strategy, identifying acquisition opportunities, and harnessing consumer insights to drive growth. Prior to Bain, Eurie was an investor at Castanea Partners where she evaluated growth investments in consumer and retail businesses. Eurie also has a personal passion for entrepreneurship, which inspired her to launch an artisanal leather goods brand as well as serve on the founding team of a European luxury brand incubator. At Forerunner, Eurie has supported investments in 30+ early stage companies and currently serves on the Board of Directors of several Forerunner portfolio companies including: Away, BloomThat, Curology, MoveWith, and Soma. Eurie earned an MBA with honors at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. with honors in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Alex Rampell is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he was the CEO and cofounder of TrialPay, a transactional advertising and payments company serving clients such as Facebook, Zynga, and Gap, with over $300M in cumulative revenue. TrialPay was acquired by Visa in 2015. TrialPay also spun out another company, Yub, the first offline affiliate network, where Alex simultaneously served as CEO through Yub’s acquisition in late 2013 by Coupons.com.
Alexei Agratchev is the CEO and Co-founder of RetailNext, the world’s first technology company dedicated to providing advanced in-store analytics for brick-and-mortar retail businesses. Alexei previously spent eight years at Cisco Systems where he held a number of leadership positions, and worked as a consultant at Accenture in its Electronics and High Tech Operating Unit.
Joel Flory is the co-founder and CEO of VSCO. A natural leader, Joel was integral in growing VSCO to over 30M monthly active users and securing over 70 million in funding for the company. Before co-founding VSCO, Joel was a successful commercial photographer. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
David Spinks is Founder and CEO of CMX, the hub for the community industry. Forever fascinated by how technology can bring people together, he's been studying and building communities online and offline since he was 13 years old. Spinks also cofounded Feast (acquired) and BlogDash (still going), launched communities for companies like Zaarly, LeWeb, and Udemy, and has worked with hundreds of the world's leading companies on community strategy.
Josh Reeves is the CEO and co-founder of Gusto, which provides HR, payroll, and benefits to over 40,000 customers nationwide. Josh was selected for the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. He holds a BS and MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow and a recipient of the Terman Engineering award.
Susan Su is the head of marketing at Reforge, and a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, where she also coaches portfolio founders on growth marketing. She previously ran marketing for Inside Network (acquired byWebMediaBrands in 2011), AppSumo.com, and Ramit Sethi.
Nancy Hua is the Founder and CEO of Apptimize (YC S13). Before Apptimize, Nancy was leading the GETCO (now KCG Holdings) FI Quantitative Strategies team in New York and Chicago. She is a world-class expert in algorithmic trading and electronic exchanges. She studied math with CS at MIT, where she was also the captain of the fencing team. In 2015 Nancy was listed in the Forbes “30 Under 30”.
Noah Knauf joined KPCB in 2016 and focuses on investments in the firm’s digital growth practice, targeting high-growth consumer and enterprise Internet companies that have achieved strong adoption and scale.Before joining KPCB, Noah worked for nine years at Warburg Pincus, where he led investments in technology-enabled businesses and helped deploy $1.8 billion of equity capital across 18 companies. His investments ranged from early-stage companies to large growing enterprises with thousands of employees. Noah also led the firm’s successful investments in Constitution Medical (acquired by Roche), Lutonix (acquired by Bard), and JHP Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Par). He recently led the formation of Helix, a partnership with Illumina to build a digital consumer genomics platform. Noah served on the boards of innovative companies such as Outset Medical, Specialists On Call, ComplexCare Solutions, Silk Road Medical, Accriva Diagnostics, and Singular Bio. Earlier in his career, Noah was an investor at Parthenon Capital and a consultant at Bain & Company.
Brad brings more than 25 years of global business leadership experience at enterprise and consumer technology companies to his role at DocuSign. As CMO, he is responsible for directing the company’s marketing, product, and engineering. Prior to DocuSign, he served as CMO and SVP at Juniper Networks, a company with annual revenues of $5B and sales in 30 countries globally. Previously, Brad led product management and marketing with P&L responsibility as corporate vice president for Microsoft‘s multi-billion dollar Windows Consumer Business where he oversaw the launch of Windows 7 — the most successful launch in Microsoft's history. Prior to Microsoft, Brad worked at Enron and AT&T Lucent Technologies. Brad earned his B.S. from California State University and his Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Management.
Vincent E. Letteri is a member of the TMT team, focusing on growth equity. Mr. Letteri originally joined KKR Capstone in 2007 before becoming a part of KKR’s TMT team in 2015. While at KKR Capstone he worked across a number of KKR portfolio companies including US Foods, Oriental Brewery, MMI, Yageo, and First Data. Mr. Letteri transferred to the Hong Kong office from 2009 to 2011 to assist in developing KKR Capstone’s Asia operations and to work with portfolio companies in the region. He also co-led KKR’s Green Portfolio Program from 2009 to 2012. Prior to KKR Capstone, Mr. Letteri worked for Nike, Inc., and McKinsey & Company in Boston, where he focused on private equity, retail, and consumer goods companies. He holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Quinn Li is Vice President & Global Head of Qualcomm Ventures. In this role, Quinn oversees Qualcomm’s $1 billion strategic venture investment portfolio of over 140 investments. Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, Quinn held various engineering and management roles in the wireless industry at IBM Systems and Technology Group, Broadcom, and the wireless infrastructure group at Lucent Technologies.
Robin Thurston is the CEO of Helix, where he is helping build the world’s first personal genomics platform. Most recently, he served as chief digital officer at Under Armour and led the overall strategic direction of the company’s Connected Fitness business. Prior to joining Under Armour, Robin co-founded and built MapMyFitness into one of the world’s largest open fitness tracking platforms. Robin spent the first ten years of his career building a mutual fund classification and ratings platform at Lipper (a Thomson Reuters Company), as well as a manager risk and compensation platform at both American Century Investments and Wellington Management. He graduated with a MS in Finance from University of Colorado at Denver. Follow Robin on Twitter at @RobinJThurston.
Christine is the President of Evidation Health. Previously, Christine was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Sense Networks, developers of the first machine learning platform for mobile phone activity data (exited to YP.com). She has also held roles at 3iGroup (Paris), Microsoft XBOX and co-founded Chicago-based Channel IQ, a product analytics platform. Christine has a BA from the University of Washington and an MBA from HEC Paris.
Jeff Rodman co-founded Polycom in 1990, and has been instrumental in the realization of Polycom’s iconic products for voice, video, and content sharing, accumulating over 30 patents in the process. Prior to co-founding Polycom, he spent six years developing and enhancing video and test capabilities for military guided-missile systems for Hughes Aircraft Company. Jeff also has a penchant for music and is a talented pianist, composing and recording in his spare time. Rodman holds both Bachelors and Masters of Science in Electronic Engineering from California State University, Northridge.
Olga Lozovskaya joined Goldman Sachs in 2010, where she leads technology investments for the firm’s Merchant Banking Division. She is focused on growth-stage investments in rapidly scaling SaaS, media, and tech-enabled services companies. Prior to Goldman Sachs, she held various roles at UBS, and graduated with an M.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Olga also serves as president of the board of directors of Mission Graduates, a non-profit focused on enabling college access.
Keyvan is the founder, president and CEO of SoundHound, where he leads the company's management, corporate strategy and operations. He is also the principal executive responsible for SoundHound Inc.’s technology development. With more than 15 years of executive experience as a visionary entrepreneur and a results oriented general manager, Keyvan has played a key role in taking multiple startups from basic concept to profitability. Keyvan has a master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Paul Martino founded Bullpen Capital to focus on post-seed funding and unique, out-of-favor investments. He led key investments in FanDuel, Namely, Ipsy, SpotHero, Classy, and Airmap and was an early angel investor in Zynga, uDemy and TubeMogul. Paul is a four-time founder and entrepreneur with over a dozen core patents.
Bill Evans is the Managing Director of Rock Health, the first venture fund dedicated to digital health. Prior to joining Rock Health, Bill held leadership roles within Roche Diagnostics delivering clinical decision support software and at Genentech developing partnerships expand the use of "real-world data" in the drug development process.
Elodie joined ICONIQ in 2016 as a Principal on the Private Equity team, where she will be focused on tech investing. She focuses on growth-stage, high-momentum internet and SaaS opportunities in the US and Europe. Prior to joining ICONIQ, Elodie spent nine years at Insight Venture Partners on their investment team where she led numerous investments in companies including Conga, Showpad, Bynder, and LetGo, among others. Elodie holds a B.A. in French and Spanish and a B.A. in German and Russian from The Ohio State University. She is currently based in ICONIQ’s west coast office.
Brent is Chairman and Co-Founder of Founders Factory, a corporate backed incubator/accelerator based in London. Brent is Co-Founder of made.com, a direct-from-factory homewares retailer across Europe. Brent also co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998. He was CEO from its inception and sold it in 2005 lastminute.com to Sabre for $1.1bn. Brent co-founded and chairs Founders Forum; a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow. Founders Forum also has an innovation consultancy for top corporates (Founders Intelligence), and a recruitment company (Founders Keepers). He also championed and chairs Founders of the Future, a network to inspire budding entrepreneurs in the UK, France and soon Germany. He also cofounded and chairs SmartUp.io, a new business in gamified mobile learning for entrepreneurs and corporates. Brent sits on the Advisory board for LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund) and the UK Government Digital Advisory Board. He is a board member of The Economist and sits on the Royal Academy Corporate Advisory Group. Brent is a YGL and Prime Minister's Business Trade Ambassador. Brent is an angel investor and is raising a new fund. Brent was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year's Honour's List.
Dennis is the CEO and Founder of x.ai. He’s a pioneer and expert in leveraging Data and a serial entrepreneur who has successfully delivered a number of company exits on that theme. Dennis’s long term vision of killing the inbox triggered the formation of x.ai and the creation of an artificial intelligence personal assistant to schedule meetings. He’s an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, the Author of Data Driven Insights from Wiley and a frequent speaker on the subject of AI, intelligent agents, and the future of work.
Clate has been educating and inspiring entrepreneurs for over a decade, and is recognized by the small business community as a visionary leader. His passion for small business success stems from his personal experience taking Infusionsoft from a struggling startup to an eight-time Inc. 500/5000 winner. As CEO, Clate is leading Infusionsoft on its mission to create and dominate the market of sales and marketing software for small businesses. Under Clate's leadership, Infusionsoft has landed four rounds of venture capital including a $55 million Series D led by Bain Capital Ventures with contributions from prior investors, Signal Peak Ventures and Goldman Sachs. He was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a Top 100 Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends, one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013 by Goldman Sachs, and Business Leader of the Year by the Arizona Technology Council. Clate is a national speaker on entrepreneurship and small business success, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small Business Without Going Crazy. Clate has a BA in Economics from Arizona State University, as well as an MBA and a JD from Brigham Young University.
Howard Love is a life-long entrepreneur who has founded, co-founded, funded and managed startups for over 30 years. He is the Founder & CEO of LoveToKnow, one of the largest US digital media companies, whose web properties include lovetoknow.com, yourdictionary.com, trails.com, and golflink.com. Love founded his first company, Inmark Development, while an undergraduate at Colgate University. Inmark Development was eventually sold as Rogue Wave and subsequently went public. Since then, Love has founded or co-founded over 15 businesses and invested in over 50 startups. Love speaks frequently on entrepreneurship for conferences, summits & events in North America and overseas, including Techtoberfest, Startup Grind, Start-Up Week, TechStars, Plug & Play, Capital Factory – as well as Slush Helsinki & the Government of Spain. Love recently published his first book, the Amazon bestseller The Start-Up J Curve.
Sonja Gittens-Ottley is Diversity & Inclusion Lead at work tracking app Asana, where she’s responsible for crafting the company’s strategies for recruiting employees from under represented groups and creating an inclusive environment that allows them to thrive. Prior to her roles in diversity at Asana and at Facebook, she was global policy counsel for Yahoo’s Business & Human Rights Program. She is a native of Trinidad & Tobago.
Ike DeLorenzo leads Heroku’s product efforts in the areas of developer experience and the overall management experience of the Heroku platform. Ike has led similar efforts at Atlassian, Genius, and the New York Times Company. A long-time engineer, he has developed Internet servers and a variety of web software and is also a widely published author on food, cooking, and technology.
Cory Weinberg covers Facebook, Airbnb and other mobile businesses for The Information. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. His work has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek and the New York Times.
Michael Coscetta is an entrepreneur turned executive for Square, now running global sales for the financial technology company in San Francisco. Originally from NYC, Michael founded a sales training and consulting company shortly after graduating from college where he found a fit helping early stage companies build and grow their first sales teams. Michael has advised dozens of technology companies and has sat on the board of multiple non profit organizations. He graduated from Harvard University with Honors with a degree in Economics and is working on his first book, The Sales Gene, which will be published in 2018.
Caroline O'Donovan is a reporter covering technology and labor for BuzzFeed News in San Francisco. Previously, she was a media reporter for the Nieman Journalism Lab. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Marketplace, and Chicago Public Media's WBEZ, and been featured on CNBC, KQED and NPR's All Things Considered.
Justin Wu is an Information Architect turned marketer and founder of Growth.ly. He Snapchat's daily about how to hack entrepreneurship and has collaborated with both Wall Street Journal, CES & Samsung. He takes a systems approach in all the work he does and find ways to utilize software to either build or optimize business needs. In the past, he has founded several companies such as Sidevision (Invested by Warner Bros), and Vytmn.com, a marketing tech company where he lead growth $1M revenue in 1st year.
Cyril is a Partner at SOSV and the founder of HAX, the largest investor in hardware startups (200+). He is mentoring at Techstars and 500startups, and a board member/advisor to a few startups including Leap Motion, Collaborate (ACQ: CISCO), NextThingCo and Breather.
As the VP of Partnerships, Nelson is responsible for Toptal's global partnership strategy, bringing over 10 years of experience in technology partnerships, leadership, sales, management, marketing, training, and operations to the Toptal team. Prior to joining Toptal, Nelson was the Head of Mid-Market Channels at Box, Head of Mobile Partnerships at Optimizely, and Partner Manager at Cisco and VMware, winning numerous performance awards during this time. Nelson’s work has been featured in Forbes, Time, Inc., Business Insider and Fortune. Nelson holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA.
Ben has always been a start up guy. Ben founded the Cheezburger Network after acquiring I Can Has Cheezburger? in 2007 and grew it into one of the largest media networks in the world — while making a profit during one of the deepest recessions. Cheezburger has been credited with bringing Internet culture and memes to the mainstream. Ben credits the success of his company to the users and fans who create the content. His goal and Cheezburger’s mission is to make the world happy for 5-minutes a day. Ben was also a co-founder of Circa, a startup that helped redefine how we consume news on mobile. Ben is now at Y Combinator Research, working on how to bring affordable housing to everyone.
Ted is the Founder of WorkRamp, a startup that wants to change the way companies onboard and train their employees. He’s raised $1.8M and the company is a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2016 class. They’ve also recently brought on Slack as an investor. WorkRamp co-founder Ted Blosser, who spent almost five years at Box, wants to transform how training and development is done in the enterprise. WorkRamp customers include Mixpanel, Square, Twilio, Paypal, Pagerduty, Intercom and Udacity.
Jeniece Pettitt is a producer for CNBC.com at the network's San Francisco bureau. She primarily covers technology and startups. Prior to CNBC, Pettitt worked at Bloomberg TV as a features and series producer. She has also created videos for Discovery Communications and ESPN. Pettitt got her start in television at Plum TV in Vail, Colorado. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Khalid Halim is a certified professional coach and founder of Reboot.io, a coaching company where he works directly with founders and leadership teams looking to move through periods of change and growth purposefully. He has over ten years of experience working in startups, both as a founder and turnaround CEO, providing the insight and empathy needed to help other leaders transform complicated webs of story into simple strings of actionable steps. His guiding purpose is to empower the people who will build the organizations he wants to see in the world his children will grow up in.
Robyn Sue Fisher is an ice cream fanatic who set out to create the freshest, most flavorful ice cream around, founding Smitten Ice Cream in 2009. She invented and patented a machine, fondly named Brrr™, to perfect the art of churning pure, fresh scoops to-order in about 90 seconds using liquid nitrogen and only the very best ingredients.
Mr. Olshanetsky has 20+ years of senior management experience (CEO & Board member) and a diverse technology background in Cyber & IT Security, Social Network, Mobile, SAAS, e-commerce & Online Banking. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Olshanetsky has co-founded and led several startups (ULEI, MIC Mobile Security, Neteye, and others), raised over $62M, and has led significant contract negotiations for strategic partnerships, key customers, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.
Michael Coren is technology and business reporter for Quartz in San Francisco. He focuses on the people, technology and companies of Silicon Valley. Michael founded the software startup Publet before returning to a career in science and technology journalism. He was managing editor of Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post, science editor at CNN.com and a writer for Fast Company, Foreign Policy, The Economist, and other news organizations.
A Managing Partner at GGV Capital, Jeff joined the firm in 2008 after spending 13 years as an entrepreneur and operating executive in the US and Asia. Jeff focuses on the Internet, Software and Mobile sectors, and currently sits on the boards of Appirio, BIG COMMERCE, Boxed, Percolate, Reebonz and Tile. Jeff led GGV’s investments in BlueKai (acquired in 2014 by Oracle), Buddy Media (acquired in 2012 by Salesforce.com), Citrus Lane (acquired in 2014 by Care.com), Evolv (acquired in 2014 by Cornerstone OnDemand), Flipboard, HOTELTONIGHT, Quixey, SHIFTGIG and Spreecast, and is actively involved in GGV’s investments in DOMO, GRAB, OPENDOOR, Qunar (NASDAQ: QUNR), SLACK, Square and Wish. Prior to joining GGV, Jeff founded two software companies (R4, acquired by VeriSign, and QuantumShift) and spent three years as an executive at VeriSign.
As President, Paul Levine is the leading executive at Trulia. He joined in 2011 as COO, and helped lead Trulia through its 10x growth, successful IPO, and merger with Zillow in 2015. Paul has held positions across the tech sector, including with Yahoo!, E*TRADE, and Current TV, and he currently serves on TubeMogul’s board. He received his MBA from Stanford.
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Nathan is the co-founder and CTO at Airbnb. He oversees the technical strategy of the company, and is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Airbnb at the forefront of the industry. Nathan became an entrepreneur early on running an almost $1 million business while he was in high school, selling to clients in more than 20 countries. He received a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and held several engineering positions with Microsoft, OPNET Technologies and Batiq before becoming a co-founder at Airbnb.
Stewart Butterfield is the co-founder and CEO of Slack. Stewart has built a distinguished career as a designer, entrepreneur, and technologist. A co-founder of Flickr, he has been named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, BusinessWeek's Top 50 Leaders and Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List.
Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter. A progenitor of social media, Stone has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years. Today, Biz is Co-founder and CEO of Jelly Industries—making consumer web and mobile products that are fun first, and hopefully useful later. Having started out as an artist, Biz stresses creativity, learning from mistakes, and celebrating the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology. Inc. Magazine named him Entrepreneur of the Decade, TIME listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and GQ named him Nerd of the Year. Biz is also an author, filmmaker, and painter.
Matt Rogers is founder and VP of Engineering at Nest Labs, creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm. By applying modern design and technology, Nest aims to revitalize these stagnant - yet very important - industries. Matt is responsible for all product development at Nest, ranging from mechanical design to software to web services, and everything in between. Prior to Nest, Matt was responsible for iPod software development at Apple, from concept to production. He was one of the first engineers on the original iPhone, and involved in the development of 10 generations of iPod, 5 generations of iPhone, and the first iPad. He earned his BS and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jessica Livingston is a founding partner at Y Combinator. She is also the organizer of Startup School, the big annual startup conference, and the author of Founders at Work, a collection of interviews with successful startup founders. Y Combinator was the first of the new startup "incubators" that fund a bunch of startups at once. Since 2005 YC has funded over 644 companies, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.
Megan is an entrepreneur, tech evangelist, engineer, catalyst and connector. As VP at Google[x], Megan works on a range of projects including co-creating/hosting SolveForX to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and collaboration. For nine years prior she led Google’s New Business Development team managing early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing for Google’s global engineering and product teams. She led the acquisitions of Keyhole (Google Earth), Where2Tech (Google Maps) and Picasa, and also led the Google.org team transition to add more engineering with Google Crisis Response, GoogleforNonprofits, and Earth Outreach. Prior to joining Google, Megan was CEO and earlier, COO of PlanetOut, the leading LGBT online community. Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.
Justin Kan is an internet entrepreneur. He is best known for founding Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar; Justin.tv, a live video streaming platform; Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired by Amazon for $970mm); and Exec, an on demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014). He is currently a partner at the seed fund Y Combinator. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Physics and Philosophy.
Marc Andreessen is an innovator and creator who pioneered a software category used by more than a billion people and established multiple billion-dollar companies. Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser and co-founded both Netscape and Loudcloud (Opsware). Most recently, Marc co-founded the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz which invests in technology companies including Airbnb, Actifio, BuzzFeed, Coinbase, Facebook, Github, Pinterest, Honor, and Twitter, among others.
MC Hammer is an American MC who brought rap music to a mass pop audience during the late 1980s and early 1990s, selling millions of copies of his chart topping albums. He is known for his important influence on hip hop culture and music. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hammer released the patriotic album Active Duty on his own WorldHit label and donated portions of the proceeds to 9/11 charities. MC Hammer has a television show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Hammer is an advisor to the online video site for the dance community, Dance Jam.
Mary Grove is director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach where she leads Google for Entrepreneurs, the company's programs and partnerships to support startups and entrepreneurs in over 100 countries around the world. Mary joined Google in 2004 as part of the legal team working on the company's IPO then moved to New Business Development where she spent 6 years focused on a range of early stage product incubation and partnerships. Mary has led dozens of strategic technology partnerships across products including Gmail, Google Docs, Search, Chrome, and Social. She is an active leader in entrepreneur and developer outreach efforts both in the US and internationally, spanning initiatives in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She has led exploratory trips and efforts for Google in Pakistan, Afganistan, Iraq, Gaza, and the West Bank. Mary earned her B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and sits on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Adi Tatarko is the CEO and co-founder of Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design that brings together both professionals and homeowners via mobile, local and social tools. Adi and her husband and cofounder, Alon Cohen, started Houzz out of challenges that they faced during their own home remodel. Today, millions of homeowners and more than 450,000 architects, designers, contractors and other remodeling professionals connect through Houzz.com and its mobile apps every month, sharing their photos, advice and product recommendations.
Ben Horowitz is a founder and partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs become successful CEOs and build important and enduring companies. Andreessen Horowitz provides seed, venture and growth-stage funding to the best new technology companies, and the firm currently has $2.5 billion under management across two funds. Among its investments are Airbnb, Facebook, Foursquare, Jawbone, Coinbase, Pinterest, and Zulily. Ben was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007 for $1.6 billion, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation. Ben has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA. He serves on the board of many companies including Foursquare, Jawbone, Okta, Magnet, Nicira and Tidemark. Ben also pens his own blog, Ben’s Blog (www.bhorowitz.com), where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company. You can also find him on Twitter at @bhorowitz
Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing. Under her leadership, 23andMe has built one of the world's largest databases of individual genetic information and made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology.
Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, trustee of theWikimedia Foundation, and executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media,Enchantment, and ten other books. Guy has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Payal Kadakia is the CEO and Co-Founder of ClassPass, a monthly membership program that provides people of all fitness levels unlimited access to the best boutique fitness classes and gyms across the US and internationally. Since its launch in 2013, ClassPass has facilitated more than 11 million reservations across 7,000 studios in 36 markets. Payal is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sa Dance Company, founded in 2009 with the mission to increase awareness of Indian Dance in the mainstream and serve as a platform for expressing the Indian-American identity through movement. Payal previously worked as a consultant at Bain & Company and holds a degree in Operations Research from MIT.
Selina joined SurveyMonkey in October 2009. Previously Selina was Senior Vice President of Product and Technology at Ticketmaster’s Europe division, where she managed the 200-person Product, Technology and Operations team. Prior to that, Selina was Vice President of Online Product and Technology at Entertainment Publications, where she led the company’s online sales and technology initiatives. In 1997 Selina founded Evite.com, an online invitation service that lets users organize an offline event online, and which currently sends over three million invitations per month. As VP of Engineering for Evite.com, she led the company’s development and operations and played a key role in setting the strategic direction with the board of directors. In 2001, Evite.com was sold to Ticketmaster. Tobaccowala holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
is the technical lead and co-founder of Instagram, a global community that shares more than 60 million photos every day. As the head of engineering, Mike focuses on building products that bring out the creativity in all of us. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Mike holds an MS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. Prior to founding Instagram, he worked at Meebo as a user experience designer and front-end engineer.
Logan Green, co-founder and CEO of Lyft, has long been fascinated by innovation in transportation, having grown up in Southern California with much of his childhood spent stuck in traffic. Lyft, the on-demand ridesharing platform, was founded in 2007 with Zimride as the first of two products built to create a more social, sustainable and affordable transportation system. The idea for Zimride (and ultimately Lyft) struck while Logan was studying in Zimbabwe during college, where carpooling is a common form of transportation among neighbors and communities. Logan also created the first car-share program at UC Santa Barbara and served on the board of the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District prior to starting Zimride. As a Lyft driver himself, Logan has a vision to fill the 80 percent of empty seats on the road and ultimately transform the face of transportation around the world. Since unveiling the product in June 2012, Lyft has quickly become one of the fastest-growing tech companies with more than $330 million raised from leading investors Andreessen Horowitz, Coatue and Founders Fund and has been featured in The Economist, the New York Times and on NBC’s TODAY Show. Lyft is currently in 65 cities across the country with more than 10 million rides shared to date.
Bill founded Google Ventures in 2009 and oversees all of the fund’s global activities. GV is one of the most active investors in the world, with approximately $1.5 billion under management, 250 portfolio companies and offices in Mountain View, San Francisco, Boston, New York, and London. The fund’s early track record includes investments in pioneers like Uber, Nest, DocuSign, and Cloudera; IPOs like Foundation Medicine and RetailMeNot; and exits to industry leaders like Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo.
Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. Mr. Khosla was founding CEO of Sun Microsystems. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, helping them build technology based businesses. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master's in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Meet Silicon Valley’s top investors, developers, journalists, and entrepreneurs for over two days of workshops, talks, intimate meetings, and parties.
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Programming runs from 8AM to 6PM on both days (February 21th and 22nd). We’ll be hosting an afterparty on the 21st that will go until 10:00 PM.
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If your business has raised less than $3MM and has fewer than 20 employees, you’re eligible to apply for the 2017 Startup Program. If selected, you’ll have the chance the exhibit your company during the conference, be exposed to our network of 200 investors, and enjoy perks like media opportunities and startup service discounts.
The Startup Program is simple and transparent: if chosen, your startup receives 4-full day tickets, including a display booth for one of the two conference days.
San Francisco (SFO) is the most trafficked airport in the Bay Area, complete with its own airport BART station. It is the closest (15mi/24km) to the Fox Theater. Travelers will get ride the BART to Millbrae, then transfer onto the Caltrain to Redwood City.
Oakland (OAK) is located across the peninsula in the East Bay, offering slightly cheaper airfare and accommodations. It’s furthest (29mi/47km) from the Fox Theater, but offers nearby BART public transit to get into Silicon Valley.
San Jose (SJC) is located at the very bottom of Silicon Valley and is closest to Palo Alto. While not far from the Fox Theater (20mi/32km), SJC doesn’t offer many public transit options.
All the following hotel suggestions are less than a 15-minute drive from the Fox Theater, the Startup Grind Global Conference Venue. Many guests also choose to stay with local hosts through Airbnb.
1000 Twin Sophin Dr. Redwood City, CA 94065
Fairfield Inn & Suites
555 Skyway Rd, San Carlos, CA 94070
950 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070
Extended Stay America
3 Circle Way San Carlos, CA 94070
223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City, CA 94065
Expect: luxury, concierge service, modern decor.
Atherton Park Inn & Suites Redwood City
2834 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061
Best Western Plus Executive Suites Redwood City
25 Fifth Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063
Holiday Inn Express Redwood City-Central
1836 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063
Expect: Business-tier accommodations, concierge service.
425 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Expect: Luxury accommodations, central location, free breakfast, wine tastings.
Sure, though streetside parking is limited near the venue. Luckily, local garages offer more space by the hour. Both of the following garages offer paid parking 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Monday through Friday, with free parking after 6:00 PM.
Winslow Parking Garage: Located on Middlefield close to the Fox Theater, Winslow offers parking for 50 cents per hour.
The Main Street Parking Lot: Located on Main Street by City Hall, this garage offers parking for 25 cents per hour.
Jefferson Garage: The underground garage on Middlefield between Jefferson and Winslow provides 1.5 hours of free parking.
The Marshall Street Garage: With entrances off of Marshall and off of Broadway offers 1.5 hours of free parking.
The Jefferson and Marshall garages offer limited parking that may be limited by duration.
Absolutely. The Fox Theater is a few blocks from the Redwood City Caltrain station. If you’re visiting us from San Francisco, you can easily take the BART to the Millbrae BART station and connect onto Caltrain.
The Caltrain runs between San Francisco and San Jose, with stops covering the entire Bay Area. See the Caltrain schedule here.
BART is San Francisco’s city rail service and the best way to commute to and from OAK and SFO airports. See Bart locations and schedule here. It may be wise to purchase a Clipper Card, used for all public transit in the Bay Area.
For bikers and rail commuters, thanks for doing your part to save the rainforests!
Yes. Over 100 Startup Grind Directors and thousands of startup founders are flying in from places like Iran, Mongolia, Australia, and China. They’re definitely not stepping away from their businesses, families, and teams without good reason: this is going to be good.
Absolutely! You can enter and exit the event at your leisure so long as you are wearing your Startup Grind wristband, which acts as your ticket.
But do us a favor: do not remove, tamper, or attempt to transfer your ticket to another visitor, or we may have to refuse your entry.
You can shower and sleep with your wristband on, and if you wear it for the whole year, we guarantee you a free ticket to our next conference. Yes, really!
Thanks for offering your time! We usually receive many applications for just a limited number of volunteer spots, but if you have the right skill set to be an awesome volunteer please fill out this form.
The entrepreneur’s journey can be a winding one, so we often collaborate with partner companies to sponsor the tickets of a handful of applicants. To find out if you’re eligible, tell us about what you’re working on and why you should receive a sponsorship at this email.
If you’re a journalist reporting for a major media outlet or a private blogger with a considerable audience, we’d be happy to have you join as our guest.
Please email us with your name, the name of the outlet for which you’ll report, a link to the site where your articles are published, and the monthly recurring visitors to the media property (if known).
Please note that speaker access is reserved to select media personnel on advance request and is not open to most press pass holders.
Ah, bosses — we know the drill. We have an expert team at the ready for this kind of situations: they’ve spent their lifetimes training in the fine art of tasteful wit, persuasive copywriting, and even the dark arts of corporate speak. Send us an email to and we’ll make the case on your behalf. But beware! With such great power comes great responsibility — contact wisely.
Though speakers like Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures spent over an hour with the audience, most speakers are busy founders who do us the great favor of sharing their time pro-bono exactly because they know we won’t demand much of it. All speakers are encouraged to meet attendees, walk the floor, and enjoy the conference — but we make no guarantees.
There will, however, be hundreds of investors among the audience — many who’d love to meet you. There was over $1.5 million offered to founders by investors they met during the two days of the event, some who randomly bumped into one another.
Our secret to spotting & connecting with VIPs: say hello to those people who seem relaxed and sit back during networking breaks, as many of them will be those whose networks are already incredible. If they don’t invest, it’s likely they know those who do — so make friends instead of pitching hard.
Want to be matched with investors? Apply to our Startup Program.
Aww, we were really looking forward to meeting you. We’re sorry to say we do not issue refunds, but you can definitely exchange your ticket with a friend or business colleague up to a month before the event. Email us here with your name and the name to which you’d like to transfer your ticket, and we’ll get you sorted.
Hope to see you next year!
Yes: comfortable. Expect some people to feel most comfortable dressed in formal business attire – it can be a nice confidence booster. Also expect to mingle with a Silicon Valley crowd that’s most comfortable in casual streetwear, maybe accented with a company hoodie.
Keep in mind the amazing people you’ll be meeting at this conference, and dress to impress and connect with them. However you style yourself, make sure it’s respectful of the beautiful venue and other guests attending the event.
We appreciate your enthusiasm, but we ask our guests to stick to business cards at most. Flyers tend to take time and focus away from the conference experience, so nail your pitch instead.
The only exception is paid sponsors, who also receive a booth and other perks at the event. Learn more about sponsorships here if you’d like to reach the Startup Grind audience. We’d love to work together.
Trust us, we’re big proponents of a simple and inviting US immigration policy for ambitious entrepreneurs and skilled technologists. Unfortunately, we will not be sponsoring visas for attendees to the Startup Grind Global Conference.