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As you probably know, this February is our annual conference in Silicon Valley!
Unfortunately, not all of us can be there and that is exactly why we are going to do our monthly event slightly different - we are going to be screening a live feed from the Startup Grind Global conference!
Even though we couldn’t make it to the actual event, there is no reason why we shouldn’t participate in this awesome festival. So come and join us online and get inspired by the most influential leaders of the global startup ecosystem that are extremely enthusiastic about helping young founders build the best companies possible.
Livestream brought to you by Google for Startups.
Bookmark your calendar and tune in :)
Bevy / Startup Grind
Co-Founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Rent the Runway
Co-founder + CEO
Founder + Managing Partner
Chief Data Officer
Co-founder + Co-CEO
Generation Investment Management
Partner + Co-head, Growth Equity + Sustainable Solutions Fund
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Justin.tv, Twitch, Atrium, Y Combinator
Entrepreneur & Investor
Kobie is a Partner at Upfront. He joined the firm in June 2016 after having previously worked at Silicon Valley based Accel, where he was involved in investments including Campaign Monitor, UserTesting, AdRoll, Emergent VR and Invoca (also an Upfront portfolio company). Prior to Accel, Kobie was the Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion ecommerce players based in Los Angeles.
Kobie brings to Upfront expertise in SaaS businesses and marketing technologies and is an author of Growthverse, an interactive visualization of the marketing technology landscape. He has deep knowledge of emerging technologies including VR and AR and was also an early personal investor in Oculus, later sold to Facebook for $2B. Earlier in his career, Kobie helped found OpenView Venture Partners and was an investor at Insight Venture Partners where he sourced notable early investments in Exact Target (acquired by Salesforce for $2.5B) and Instructure (NYSE: INST).
Eddy Lu is the co-founder and CEO of GOAT Group, the world’s largest marketplace for authentic sneakers. Eddy co-founded GOAT in 2015 to help solve the issue of counterfeit sneakers in the industry, and has since raised $200 million in venture capital, growing the business to over 12 million users and 600 employees. As CEO, Eddy has helped build GOAT into the most trusted source to discover, buy and sell authentic sneakers and oversees the business, vision, and strategy of the company. The platform offers the greatest selection of sneakers available globally through company-operated retail stores, e-commerce sites and mobile apps under the GOAT and Flight Club brands. Prior to GOAT, Eddy worked on various gaming apps, specialty food franchises and social dining app Grubwithus. Eddy holds a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and was part of Y Combinator’s Winter class of 2011.
Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the $1.7 trillion fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility in women's everyday lives.
Aileen is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund. They seek to back exceptional teams building technology that re-imagines work and personal life in large and growing markets - what they call "Life 2.0". She was formerly a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and the CEO of RMG Networks. A graduate of MIT, Aileen has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Stewart Rogers is a journalist, analyst, public speaker, author, startup founder, musician, and "digital nomad."
Rogers is best known for his speeches and work on mental health in the tech industry. He helps to shine a light on a serious issue and provides those that need it with the help and support required to stay alive and at their best. Other than his mental health keynote - which he delivers to audiences across the globe - every speech he gives is new and unique. A former analyst for VentureBeat, Rogers uses the latest research and data to explain what is happening both now and next.
As the Editor-in-Chief at Badass Times, he writes authentically on digital nomad life, and helps to manage the team behind the world's first combined nomad publication and social network. As the Managing Editor at Grit Daily, he checks the pulse of marketing technology, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, and blockchain technologies, as well as the video game industry and the future of daily life. And his work with Dataconomy informs the data science community and AI community, in addition to helping create and host Europes biggest data expert conference, Data Natives. And as co-founder of Badass Empire, he helps digital professionals become badass at business, marketing, and in life.
Jaya Kolhatkar serves as Hulu’s Chief Data Officer, overseeing customer intelligence and all data and analytics related efforts at Hulu. In her role, Kolhatkar is responsible for elevating Hulu’s customer intelligence, implementing strong data governance and driving a culture of objective, data-driven decision making across the company. As CDO, Kolhatkar manages a team of more than 100 across strategic analytics, data engineering, data science and business intelligence.
Prior to joining Hulu, Kolhatkar served as SVP of Global Data and Analytics Platforms at WalmartLabs where she built data and analytic platforms that provided data and tools for making business decisions at Walmart Inc. Kolhatkar joined WalmartLabs in 2013 as part of the acquisition of predictive analytics firm, Inkiru, where she was the Chief Analytics Officer and co-founder.
Before WalmartLabs, Kolhatkar worked in analytics roles at PayPal, eBay and Amazon.
Kolhatkar holds a Masters of Business Administration from Villanova University and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Heidi Zak is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ThirdLove, the bra and underwear company on a mission to build high quality, better fitting bras for every woman’s body. Zak has led the charge on inclusivity, inventing half-cups and offering more than 80 sizes and counting. She believes women should be celebrated exactly as they are, no improvements necessary. Zak has been recognized as Fortune’s 40 Under 40, Fast Company’s Most Creative People and Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. Since 2013, more than 13 million women have used ThirdLove’s innovative Fit Finder™ that uses data science and machine learning to recommend the best bra size. Prior to launching ThirdLove, Heidi was at Google, Aeropostale, McKinsey and Bank of America.
Niko Bonatsos is a Managing Director at General Catalyst. He works with early-stage worldchanging technology startups and back rockstar founders providing them with the know-how & the capital to launch new products, scale and achieve world domination.
Lila joined Generation in 2004 and is Co-Head and founding member of the Growth Equity business and Sustainable Solutions Fund. Her team is accelerating the transition to a sustainable economy through investment in mission-driven, high growth companies that are creating solutions consistent with planetary health and people health.
Prior to joining Generation, Lila served as Director of Finance & Development at VolunteerMatch in San Francisco and before that, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Southern Chile where she worked on community-based forestry and conservation projects.
Lila graduated with honours from Stanford University with a BA in English and Latin American Studies, received an MBA from the London Business School and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Lila serves as a Board Director for CiBO Technologies, Recyclebank, and Seventh Generation's Social Mission Board, as well as Board Observer for Optoro and Toast.
Josh Reeves is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Gusto. He leads the company on its mission to create a world where work empowers a better life, and building Gusto to its full potential is a multi-decade mission for him. Gusto exists at the connection between employer and employee, helping over 100,000 companies across America with payroll, health insurance, employee on-boarding, HR, and more.
Josh was recognized as one of the “Most Admired CEOs” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2016, and he was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2012. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow and a recipient of the Terman Engineering award.
Mathilde Collin is the co-founder and CEO of Front, which is reinventing email for teams. Front serves more than 5,000 companies and has raised $79 million in venture funding from investors such as Sequoia Capital, Threshold Ventures (fka DFJ), and Uncork Capital. Mathilde mentors aspiring entrepreneurs through All Raise’s Female Founders Office Hours and the Pioneer Fund. She has been recognized in Forbes Next Billion Dollar Startups 2019, Forbes 30 Under 30: Enterprise Tech 2017 and Inc.’s Rising Stars 2018.
Justin Kan is best known as the creator of modern live-streaming with Twitch (sold to Amazon for $1 billion) and later as a partner at Y Combinator. Having been a repeat founder and investor both personally and as a Partner at Y Combinator for many years, Justin is not shy to share his journey and insights into his life philosophy on what makes us happy. For that we are extremely thankful!
Justin previously founded many companies including: Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar; Justin.tv which later became Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired for $1 billion by Amazon in 2014) and Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); and Exec, an on-demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014).
He’s personally invested in over 100 companies, including Zenefits, Ginkgo Bioworks, Cruise, and Alto Pharmacy. Justin graduated from Yale University with a degree in Physics and Philosophy.
Kat Manalac is a Partner at Y Combinator. She's been at YC since 2013 and has seen over 1,000 companies go through the program. Prior to YC, Kat was Chief of Staff to Alexis Ohanian, investor and co-founder of reddit. Before that, she was at WIRED Magazine. Kat graduated from Northwestern University and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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