The Startup Grind Global Conference provides an environment unlike anything else - where our community of startups, partners, investors, thought leaders, and worldwide directors come together for 2+ days of invaluable education, connection, and inspiration. We will take over the streets of Redwood City, stamped in the middle of Silicon Valley, surrounded by tech giants and startups alike.
With 6 stages of highly educational content provided by a roster of world-class speakers, thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators looking to build relationships, hours of impactful networking and partner opportunities, and of course - parties. Whether you are looking for a co-founder, have just started your company, or are grinding and scaling by the minute, there’s something for everyone at Startup Grind. Join us to see for yourself.
CEO + Partner
LinkedIn, Greylock Partners
Founder + Partner
Co-founder + CPO
Executive Producer & Anchor
Co-founder + President
Founder + Executive Chairman
CEO & Co-Founder of Qualtrics
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Blue Bottle Coffee
CEO; 3rd U.S. Chief Technology Officer
Co-founder + CTO
Co-founder + CEO
The Four Steps to the Epiphany
Founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Bevy / Startup Grind
Co-Founder + CEO
Co-founder + Partner
Co-founder + CEO
Chief Technology Officer
Founder + CEO
Unusual Ventures, AppDynamics
Chief Experience Officer
Head of Data Science
Founder + Managing Partner
CEO + Co-founder
500 Mobile Collective, 500 Startups (China)
Co-founder + Executive Chairman
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem
Coinbase, Pinterest, Square
Cross Culture Ventures
Founding Managing Partner
Co-founder + CEO
Kabam / YCombinator
Founder / Partner
CEO + Managing Director
Co-founder + Managing Director
CEO + Co-founder
Senior Engineering Manager
Co-founder + CEO
Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem
Head of Programs & Operations, Google for Startups
Global Scaling Academy
Venture Capital Editor
President + Founder
SVP of Consumer Strategy + Innovation
CEO + Founder
VP of Sales
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Deputy Assistant, Small Business
FedEx Cross Border
Managing Director of IT + Chief Technologist
Vice President, Development
Co-Founder, CEO + CTO
Brit + Co
Chief Creative Officer + Founding Partner
Pivot: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life
Basis Set Ventures
Business Leader of QuickBooks Capital
Head of Recruiting
Sr. Vice President + General Manager
Senior Product Manager
Founder + CEO
Norwest Venture Partners
CEO + Founder
Vice President of Developer Relations for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)
Community Development Director
Anduril + Founders Fund
Chairman, Co-founder + Partner
VP of Emerging Technologies
Group Product Manager
Principal + Founder
Founder + CEO
Startup Hansa/Grit Daily
VP of Marketing and Student Experience
Scale Venture Partners
Director of Developer Relations
Impact ROI, LLC
Comcast NBC Universal
Director of Partnerships, LIFT Labs
Google Cloud for Startups - Global Program Manager
Co-founder + CEO
The Joy List
Co-founder + CEO
Founder + CEO
Global Scaling Academy
Tech Deals Reporter
Founder + CEO
CEO + Founder
Co-founder + Managing Director
Founder + Managing Partner
Co-founder + General Partner
Google for Startups
Partner Engagement Manager
Co-founder + CEO
Altitude 7 Group
Founder + Managing Partner
Venture Investment Leader
BCG Digital Ventures
Creative Artists Agency
Einsteinette / The Afropreneur
Founder + CEO
Founder & Head of Strategy
Head of Marketing + Communications
Co-founder + COO
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Founder + CEO
Co-founder + CTO
Michael Seibel works at Y Combinator as a full-time partner and CEO of the YC accelerator program. Previously, Michael Seibel was the co-founder and CEO Justin.tv and Socialcam. Socialcam sold to Autodesk in 2012 and under the leadership of Emmett Shear, Justin.tv became Twitch.tv and sold to Amazon in 2014. Before getting into startups, he spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate campaign and in 2005, Michael graduated from Yale University with a BA in political science.
An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, Reid has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses, as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive, “blitzscale” growth. Ranging from Linkedin to PayPal, from Airbnb to Convoy to Facebook, Reid invests in businesses with network effects and collaborates on building their product ecosystems.
Reid co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 500 million members around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing. He led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to LinkedIn, Reid served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was also a founding board member.
Reid is an accomplished investor. He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Coda, Convoy, Edmodo, Entrepreneur First, Gixo, Microsoft, Nauto, Xapo and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub and Do Something. Prior to joining Greylock, he angel invested in many influential Internet companies, including Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, and Zynga.
Reid is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. His next book is focused on “blitzscaling”, based on his Stanford course of the same name. Reid is the host of the podcast, Masters of Scale.
Reid earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University. In 2010 he was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute. In 2012, he was honored by the Martin Luther King center’s Salute to Greatness Award. Also in 2012, he received the David Packard Medal of Achievement from TechAmerica and an honorary doctor of law from Babson University. In 2017, Reid was appointed as a CBE by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $10 million and invested in more than 130 startup companies led by underestimated founders. In 2018 Arlan co-founded Backstage Studio which launched four accelerator programs for underestimated founders in Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and London. Arlan was featured on the cover of Fast Company magazine in October 2018 as the first Black woman non-celebrity to do so, and her new book "It's About Damn Time" comes out on Penguin Random House's business imprint Currency on May 5, 2020.
Joe Gebbia is the co-founder and CPO of Airbnb, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive staff, while leading Samara, Airbnb’s in-house design and innovation studio. An entrepreneur from an early age, Airbnb’s groundbreaking service began in his San Francisco apartment and spread to nearly 5 million listings in more than 191+ countries, creating a new economy for thousands of people around the world. He is involved in crafting the company culture, shaping the design aesthetic, and innovating future growth opportunities. Joe has spoken globally about both entrepreneurship and design, and received numerous distinctions such as the Inc 30 under 30 and Fortune 40 under 40. His lifelong appreciation for art and design led him to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he earned dual degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design. Gebbia now serves on the institution’s Board of Trustees.
Emily Chang is the San Francisco-based anchor and executive producer of “Bloomberg Technology,” Bloomberg Television’s weekday technology program. She is the author of ""Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley,” which was published by Portfolio Books in February 2018.
Chang reports on global technology and media companies and the startups that may become them. She regularly speaks to top tech executives, investors and entrepreneurs, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey, Disney CEO Bob Iger, and Alibaba Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma. She is also the host of Bloomberg Television’s interview series, Studio 1.0, where she’s interviewed Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, author Malcolm Gladwell, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom while he was under house arrest at his New Zealand mansion, among others.
Currently, she sits on the board of BUILD, a national non-profit organization that uses entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success.
Before joining Bloomberg in 2010, Chang served as an international correspondent for CNN in Beijing. There, she reported on a wide range of stories, including the 2008 Olympics, President Obama’s first visit to Asia and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. She also reported for CNN in London, where she covered international news for CNN’s “American Morning” program.
Prior to joining CNN in 2007, Chang served as a reporter at KNSD, NBC’s affiliate in San Diego, California. There, she filed reports for MSNBC and won five regional Emmy Awards. She started her career as a news producer at NBC in New York.
Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, Chang graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.
John Collison is president and co-founder of Stripe, the global technology company building the economic infrastructure for the internet. John and his brother Patrick Collison started Stripe in 2010 while John was studying physics at Harvard. Their goal was to make accepting payments online simpler and more inclusive, after learning firsthand how difficult it was. Today, the 1200-person (and growing) Stripe team powers online businesses around the world. Prior to Stripe, John co-founded Auctomatic, which was acquired by Live Current Media in March 2008. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, John lives in San Francisco, California, where Stripe is based.
Payal Kadakia is the Founder + Executive Chairman 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. 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.
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 8,500 enterprise customers including over 75% of the Fortune 100, 1,800 colleges and universities worldwide, and 99 of the top 100 U.S. business schools. Qualtrics has received $400M in investment from Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Insight Venture Partners.
Ryan was named to Fortune’s 2016 40 Under 40, a list of the most powerful, influential, and successful young people in business, and was listed as one of Forbes’ “America’s Most Promising CEOs Under 35” in 2013. He is a frequent contributor to Fortune Magazine and has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc., The New York Times, TechCrunch and USA Today, and has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and FOX Business. Ryan is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is a frequent guest lecturer at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Aaron Levie is Chief Executive Officer, co-founder and Chairman at Box, which he launched in 2005 with CFO and co-founder Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind the Box product and platform strategy, incorporating the best of secure content collaboration with an intuitive user experience suited to the way people work today. Aaron leads the company in its mission to transform the way people and businesses work so that they can achieve their greatest ambitions. He has served on the board of directors since April 2005. Aaron attended the University of Southern California from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to found Box.
Tina Sharkey is the co-founder and CEO of Brandless, a new kind of company, a community that puts people first and makes better products at a fairer price. Previously, Tina was a Venture Partner at Sherpa. She has served as the Chairman and Global President of BabyCenter, a Johnson and Johnson company. Tina led Networks and Community at AOL, and co-founded iVillage, where she coined the term social media.
Chris Dixon is an American internet entrepreneur and investor. He is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, and previously worked at eBay. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Hunch, a website
Jessica is a builder, investor, and a partner to entrepreneurs. She invests in visionary founders pursuing bold and ambitious new ideas.
Most recently, Jessica was VP of Corporate Development & Strategy at Twitter. Through 30+ acquisitions she brought innovative new products, key technology, developer platforms, new businesses, and dozens of executive leaders into the company. She has been in the trenches with founders in the most critical moments in the journey of building a company. Jessica was Twitter’s 34th employee, and over her eight year tenure played a key role in Twitter’s growth from a small startup to a massive global platform and publicly traded company.
Jessica is a founding partner of #ANGELS, an investment collective with a portfolio of 60+ companies. Together with her partners she runs the #ANGELS Access program, an events and conversation series, to further their mission of getting more women on the cap tables of successful startups.
Jessica graduated from Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow and on the Division I varsity lacrosse team. She is an ultra-marathon runner, and is on the board of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
Bryan Meehan is the CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee Company. He also created Fresh and Wild organic markets in London, and then founded the all-natural skincare beauty line, Nude with Bono and Ali Hewson.
Melanie Whelan is the CEO of SoulCycle. SoulCycle was founded on the belief that fitness could be inspiring. With a motivational workout, a beautiful environment and outstanding customer service, each 45-minute class can be a transformative experience. Melanie is responsible for the growth and operation of this high-growth, hospitality-driven, national fitness revolution.
Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She recently created shift7, a company driving tech-forward innovation for faster, scaled impact. Smith served as the third U.S. chief technology officer from 2014-2017 helping the President and his teams harness the power of data, innovation and technology on behalf of the nation. Smith recruited top tech talent to serve across government collaborating on pressing issues, from data science, AI and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. Her teams focused on broad capacity building by co-creating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private program TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaigns.
Smith was vice president at Google for eleven years leading new business development where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations and technology licensing across the global engineering and product teams; she led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa; and later was a VP at Google[x] where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers. Earlier, Smith served as CEO of PlanetOut, worked on early smartphone technologies at General Magic and at Apple Japan. Smith is an advisor to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices, Thinkof-Us, the Malala Fund, which she co-founded and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She was selected as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she serves on the board as a life member. She completed her master’s thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.
Greg Brockman is co-founder and CTO at OpenAI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence research company working to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. Previously, he was the CTO at Stripe, a payments startup now valued at over $9B USD. Greg studied mathematics at Harvard and computer science at MIT.
Ann Miura-Ko is a founding partner at Floodgate, a seed-stage VC firm where she has been one of the first investors in companies such as Lyft, Xamarin, and Refinery29. Ann is known as a pioneer investor in the artificial intelligence space. In addition to partnering with entrepreneurs building impactful businesses based on truly intelligent AI, she is a co-sponsor of the AI Grant. A repeat member of the Forbes Midas List, she is also a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford School of Engineering. She has a BSEE from Yale and a PhD from Stanford in math modeling of computer security.
Eric Wu is co-founder and CEO of Opendoor, a consumer technology company that is re-inventing how people buy and sell real estate. Prior to Opendoor, Eric was the founder and CEO of Movity.com, a geo-data analytics company acquired by Trulia.com in 2011. At Trulia, Eric led location, social, and consumer product development. Eric also co-founded RentAdvisor.com, which was later acquired by Apartment List, and runs a real estate fund that has invested in over 100 multi-family units. Eric has been an investor and advisor to a number of startups and social enterprises including including Watsi, CareMessage, and Color Genomics.
Entrepreneur-turned-educator Steve Blank is the Father of Modern Entrepreneurship. Credited with launching the Lean Startup movement, he’s changed how startups are built; how entrepreneurship is taught; how science is commercialized, and how companies and the government innovate.
Steve is the author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany, The Startup Owner’s Manual -- and his May 2013 Harvard Business Review cover story defined the Lean Startup movement.
He teaches at Stanford, Columbia, Berkeley and NYU; and created the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps -- now the standard for science commercialization in the U.S. His Hacking for Defense class at Stanford is revolutionizing how the U.S. defense and intelligence community can deploy innovation with speed and urgency, and its sister class, Hacking for Diplomacy, is doing the same for foreign affairs challenges managed by the U.S. State Department.
Steve blogs at www.steveblank.com.
Morgan DeBaun started her career in Silicon Valley and is the CEO of Blavity. She is a serial entrepreneur passionate about building technology at the intersection of creativity and culture. Since founding Blavity, Morgan has been quoted in nationwide outlets like Forbes, NPR, TechCrunch and Huffington Post as a voice of her generation.
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.
Derek Andersen is the co-founder and CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies build community in real life. Bevy powers event communities for Salesforce, Atlassian, Asana, Duolingo, and others. Derek co-founded Startup Grind, a community of over 600 Chapters in 120 countries designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Since 2012 Startup Grind has hosted 7,000 events for more than 250,000 people. In 2010 he co-founded Commonred which was acquired by Income.com. Derek also previously worked at Electronic Arts on games like Burnout and The Sims 3. Derek lives in Palo Alto CA with his wife and four children.
Garry is a designer/engineer turned early stage investor. He was a partner at Y Combinator for nearly five years where he advised and funded over 600 companies and more than a thousand founders. He was cofounder of YC-backed blog platform Posterous (Top 200 Quantcast site, acquired by Twitter in 2012). Before that he was employee #10 at Palantir, where he was a founding member of the engineering team for Palantir's financial analysis product, and also designed Palantir's logo. He has a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford.
Howie Liu is co-founder and CEO of Airtable, a software creation platform for non-coders that enables anyone to build powerful, custom apps to support their businesses. Launched in 2015, Airtable has raised over $62M in venture funding, and powers over 30,000 companies from Condé Nast to WeWork. Howie founded his first startup Etacts at the age of 20, which was subsequently acquired by Salesforce. While in college at Duke University, he helped with the formation of early-stage venture fund Freestyle Capital.
An industry veteran with nearly two decades of experience, Cathy leads the engineering team at Stitch Fix as Chief Technology Officer and supports the company’s efforts to deliver services that meet client needs and expand the business.
Cathy was most recently an SVP of Engineering at Salesforce overseeing the company’s search initiatives. In addition to her seven years in senior engineering leadership at Salesforce, Cathy has built robust, large-scale systems and led engineering teams at industry powerhouses like Oracle, Yahoo! and Amazon.
Rand is the founder of SparkToro and previous co-founder of Moz and Inbound.org. He’s dedicated his professional life to helping people do better marketing through the Whiteboard Friday video series, his blog, and his book, Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World. Over 7 years as CEO, Rand grew Moz from 7 employees to 134, revenues from $800K to $29.3mm, and traffic from 1 to 30mm annual visitors. He raised two rounds of funding ($1.1mm in 2007 and $18.1mm in 2012), led three acquisitions, and, in 2013, re-branded the company from SEOmoz to Moz,
Jyoti Bansal is a serial entrepreneur and a silicon valley technology visionary. Jyoti believes passionately in software’s ability to change the world for the better.
In 2008, he founded AppDynamics, an application intelligence company that provides enterprises with real-time insights into application performance. Jyoti led the company as Founder & CEO for the first eight years, and as Founder & Chairman for the last one year until its acquisition by Cisco for $3.7 Billion in January 2017.
In 2017, he launched BIG Labs, a startup studio, as a vehicle for “parallel entrepreneurship,” where he can co-create companies that can help define the future of software and technology.
Jyoti currently is CEO & Co-founder of Harness, a fast growing enterprise technology startup aiming to revolutionizing software delivery processes. Harness is the first company launched from BIG Labs.
Jyoti also has been an investor and mentor to multiple early-stage technology startups, including Amplitude, Headspin, Unravel, Algolia, Dataiku, Snowflake, MindTickle, and Springboard.
Jyoti has been a recipient of many leadership awards, including Forbes’ “Best Cloud Computing CEO to Work For”, and “Best CEO” by San Francisco Business Times at the Annual Tech & Innovation Award. He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year™ for Northern California in 2016.
Jyoti received his BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Prior to founding AppDynamics, Jyoti worked at various silicon valley startups as a software engineer and architect. Jyoti is the lead inventor on 20+ US patents.
As Chief Experience Officer, Eleanor is responsible for the design and development of the Casper customer experience across channels — from digital to retail to in-home touchpoints. She leads digital product, UX strategy, and design teams to create joyful customer experiences that make bedtime cool again.
As CEO and co-founder of Intercom, Eoghan is changing the way businesses engage with their customers and drive growth.
Intercom builds a suite of messaging-first products that all modern internet businesses can use to accelerate growth across the customer lifecycle, from acquisition, to engagement, and support. Today more than 30,000 businesses, including New Relic, Sotheby’s, and Shopify, use Intercom to connect with a billion unique people worldwide. Intercom powers more than 500 million monthly conversations.
Before Intercom, Eoghan founded an award-winning software design consultancy called Contrast, and co-founded Exceptional, a developer tool startup acquired in 2011 and now a part of Rackspace. He moved from Ireland to San Francisco that year to start Intercom.
A respected technologist and business leader, Steven Sinofsky is an investor, adviser, as well as a Board Partner at the Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm. He began his career at Microsoft in 1989. He started as a software design engineer in development tools. Working in product management, he grew to be one of the company's senior executives on Microsoft Office overseeing six major releases of the full range of Office apps and creation of Office servers. Most recently he served as President of the Windows division through 2012, delivering two major releases of Windows as well as the creation of Microsoft Surface, and Windows Services such as Outlook.com, OneDrive and Identity. Sinofsky frequently comments on products, development and management at his blog, https://medium.learningbyshipping.com, and on twitter, @stevesi. He earned a BA in both computer science and chemistry from Cornell and an MS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Emily Glassberg Sands is Head of Data Science at Coursera, the world’s leading platform for higher education where over 35 million global learners come to advance their skills in courses and degrees offered by more than 170 university and industry partners including Yale, Stanford, and Google. Her team builds the statistical models and machine learning algorithms that power content discovery and help scale an engaging and personalized learning experience; leads the quantitative measurement, experimentation, and inference that informs Coursera's product, business, and content strategy; and develops the analytics and direct data access for Coursera’s university partners and enterprise customers. Emily received her BA from Princeton and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard. Her academic research blends experimentation, econometrics, and machine learning approaches to better understand labor markets and consumer decision-making, and has been featured in the popular press including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.
Sameer Dholakia has over 20 years of experience in successfully bringing high growth, disruptive cloud and enterprise software solutions to market. Prior to joining SendGrid, he served as Group Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix, driving the company’s product strategy for cloud infrastructure and server virtualization. Sameer joined the company in 2010, when Citrix acquired VMLogix, where he served as CEO and doubled revenues during each year of his tenure. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years at Trilogy, where he held key leadership roles in sales, business development and product management and helped the company grow from a start-up to a $300 million business. Sameer received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Alex Chriss is EVP & General Manager of the Small Business and Self-Employed Group at Intuit. He focuses on powering prosperity around the world for small businesses and the self-employed by unlocking the power of millions of customers for the prosperity of each and every one.
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).
Nicole is the Managing Partner + Founder of Vaya Consulting, a leader in workplace culture, diversity, and inclusion. Prior to Vaya, Nicole served as VP of Social Impact at GitHub, Managing Partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, and she helped build one of the first AmeriCorps programs in the US. Nicole earned her MBA from Haas School of Business where she has also lectured on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Manish Chandra is the Founder & CEO of Poshmark and drives the vision, strategy, and growth for the company. Under Manish’s leadership, the company has grown to become the leading social commerce platform for the next generation of retailers and shoppers. With Poshmark, Manish has applied his 20+ years experience building and scaling companies to build a new class of fashion marketplace where the deep connections between users fuels massive engagement and growth. Prior to Poshmark, Manish founded Kaboodle, the first social shopping company, which was acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2007. Before Kaboodle, he held executive positions at Versant (NASDAQ: VSNT), Versata (IPO 2000, acquired by Trilogy), and Sybase (IPO 1991, acquired by SAP). Manish received a BTech from IIT Kanpur, MS from UT Austin, and an MBA from Haas School of Business.
Selected by Inc's Magazine as one of the Silicon Valley investors you must know, Edith Yeung is the head of 500 Startups Greater China and partner of 500 Mobile Collective Fund. She has invested in over 40 mobile, VR, AR, AI and ML startups including Hooked, DayDayCook, Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), among others.
Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures, a classic seed stage investment firm based out of San Francisco, CA. Precursor seeks to invest in a company’s first round of institutional investment and focuses on investments in B2B software applications, B2C software and services, and connected hardware.
Brad co-founded Lime after months of researching bike-sharing programs globally and seeing the potential positive impact that smarter, modern bike-sharing could have on urban mobility and sustainability.
Prior to Lime, Brad co-founded Kinzon Capital ($400M high-tech venture fund) as the managing partner and managed the fund in the last fund cycle. Before that, Brad established Tencent (0700.HK)’s US presence, built the team and operation from ground up and managed Tencent US for over 8 years. Brad holds MBA degree from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Ian Siegel is CEO and co-founder of ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace that uses AI-driven matching technology to actively connect millions of businesses of all sizes and job seekers across all industries to their next great opportunity. Since the company’s inception in 2010, more than 1.8M employers have used ZipRecruiter to find their next great hire and over 500 million job applications have been submitted through the site. Prior to co-founding ZipRecruiter, Ian held executive product and technology leadership roles at companies including CitySearch, Stamps.com, and Rent.com. He received his B.A. in sociology from Oberlin College and is based in Santa Monica, California.
Mandela SH Dixon began her career in Silicon Valley in 2011 as a startup founder backed by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups and Imagine K12 (acquired by Y Combinator). Thereafter, she became the Global Director of Startup Weekend Education (acquired by Techstars), the largest edtech entrepreneurship initiative in the world. Most recently, Mandela was the Founding Portfolio Services Director at venture firm Kapor Capital, where she supported over 120 tech startups. Mandela is currently the Founder & CEO of Founder Gym, the leading online training center for underrepresented founders. In the first 10 months of operations, Founder Gym has trained 170+ founders across 9 countries who have gone on to raise $35MM. Mandela is also a recent graduate of First Round Capital's prestigious Angel Track.
Mandela has shared her frameworks on over 75 stages, including Google, Facebook, and Uber. She has also received several recognitions, including being named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List and LinkedIn's Top 10 Voices in Venture Capital and Startups.
Matt Rissell is the co-founder of TSheets, an Idaho-based tech startup that went from the brink of failure to selling for $340M. Matt is that rare entrepreneur who is willing to open his playbook and reveal his unfair competitive advantages and how he grew his company triple digits year-over-year for the last decade. Why? He loves helping small businesses win -- especially the underdogs.
As a founder and the CEO of VARIDESK, Jason McCann’s mission is to help companies reimagine a more Active Workspace — one with happier and more productive people.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Jason has more than 20 years of experience building and running successful companies. He first learned understand the importance of putting the customer as a child, while sweeping up hair at his mom's hair salons in Galveston, TX. From there, he earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Houston.
Today, Jason oversees all aspects of VARIDESK from design, to sales, customer service and distribution. VARIDESK started with one innovative product and has grown to be a global leader in workspace innovation with products sold in over 100 countries.
His leadership is why VARIDESK is known for exceptional customer service and quality products that are easy to set up and simple to use. In fact, you can find VARIDESK products in more than 98% of Fortune 500 offices.
Emily Melton is a partner at Threshold Ventures where she focuses on consumer and mobile technology, healthcare technologies and marketplaces. Her current investments include BetterUp, Elation Health, Livongo, Shift, Vineti, and Wellframe. Emily started her career at DFJ and spent eight years at the firm where she sourced and became actively involved in consumer and enterprise investments including Meebo (acquired by Google), Flux (acquired by MTVNetworks), Kudo (acquired by Google), Redfin (NASDAQ: RDFN), ShareThis, and RichRelevance. Emily spent a year with Mayfield Fund where she was involved in creating the firm’s mobile and consumer investment strategy. Recently, she was an advisor to Pulse Networks (acquired by LinkedIn), HealthTap, and PoshMark. She holds a BA with honors and distinction in political philosophy and an MBA, both from Stanford University.
"Raj Sabhlok is the president of Zoho, a provider of online productivity tools and SaaS applications. Previously, he worked at Embarcadero Technologies as the chief executive officer as well as the director of business development and strategy at BMC Software. Prior to BMC Software, he was the manager of strategic accounts at The Santa Cruz Operation.
Sabhlok holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in business from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business."
Amy Sorrells is a communications and marketing professional with more than 20 years of marketing-communications, content creation, public relations and media relations experience spanning numerous industries including technology, media, healthcare and sports. In her current role, she leads global communications for Oracle’s startup and entrepreneur program, overseeing strategic communications, thought leadership, analyst relations, public relations, and content creation.
She joined Oracle in May of 2012, working first on the Oracle Social Cloud team. Prior to Oracle, she was a communications consultant for eight years, working with numerous media and technology clients. Sorrells also served as a communications professional for Fox Cable Networks, CNN and Turner Sports.
Amy received her degree from Auburn University. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and two boys.
Entrepreneur, operating executive, and investor or advisor to private companies such as AirBnB, Coinbase, Gusto, Instacart, Optimizely, Pinterest, Square, Stripe, Wish, Zenefits.
Co-Founder and Chairman at Color Genomics. Was CEO of Color from 2013 to Dec 2016.
Previously, was the VP of Corporate Strategy at Twitter, as well as ran various product teams (Geo, Search).
Joined Twitter via the acquisition of MixerLabs, a company was co-founder and CEO of. MixerLabs ran GeoAPI, one of the early developer-centric platform infrastructure products.
Spent many years at Google, where I started the mobile team and was involved in all aspects of getting the team up and running. Involved with 3 acquisitions (including the Android team) and was the original product manager for Google Mobile Maps and other key mobile products.
Prior to Google, had product management and market seeding roles at a number of Silicon Valley companies. Also worked at McKinsey & Co. Received Ph.D. from MIT and have degrees in Mathematics and Biology from UCSD.
Cat is the newest partner at Maveron, an early-stage consumer-tech venture firm. Previously, Cat spent the last six years at Pinterest (Head of Culture, Global Partner Marketing and Growth). Before joining Pinterest, Cat worked at Facebook across various roles on their developer platform team. She has an MBA from University of Michigan and a BS in Computer Science from Stanford.
Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), which finds the entrepreneurs who are building the future for the rest of America. He’s a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital and a current adjunct professor in entrepreneurship and venture capital at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Marlon’s unique eye for global trends and shifts in consumer behavior has helped him capture high-potential investments like Gimlet Media, MongoDB, Thrive Market, Fair, LISNR, Mayvenn, Blavity, Wonderschool, and others. He’s been featured on Fortune, Blavity, and Smart Company and is the recipient of SXSW 2018 Innovator of the Year award, Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award, and was named Pitchbook’s 25 Black Founders and VCs to Watch in 2018.
Sara Mauskopf is the CEO and Co-founder of Winnie, a marketplace for daycare and preschool helping over 4M parents across the United States. Sara has a background in consumer technology and product management. Prior to founding Winnie she was the Director of Product at Postmates, and prior to that held product leadership roles at Twitter, YouTube, and Google. She graduated with a Computer Science and Engineering degree from MIT.
David Mandelbrot became the CEO of Indiegogo in early 2016 after spending over two years as COO and SVP of Operations at the company. David has been an executive at high-growth online businesses for over 20 years, at both small start-ups and larger companies. Prior to Indiegogo he was VP and General Manager of Media and Entertainment at Yahoo where Dave led the teams that built Yahoo! News, Finance, Sports, Movies and Games into the #1 online destinations in their categories. Earlier in his career, Dave was a corporate attorney for Netscape and before that in private law practices where he got his first taste of start-ups representing entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investment bankers in venture capital financings, licensing transactions, mergers and acquisitions and IPOs.
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.
Mike joined Index in 2009 to help establish the firm's San Francisco office with Danny Rimer. Previously, Mike held a number of executive positions including Chief Strategy Officer and SVP/GM of the routing business at Cisco. During his 13-year tenure there, he and his team were responsible for the acquisition of over 70 companies, including several multi-billion deals. Mike also managed a P&L in excess of $10B in revenues. Cisco's acquisition strategy has been widely regarded as an industry model for technology mergers and acquisitions.
Iris Choi is a Partner at Floodgate. She drives corporate relationships and works closely with portfolio companies on a range of strategic areas, including business development and financings.
Before Floodgate, Iris spent 10 years in investment banking, most recently with Goldman Sachs, focused on mergers and acquisitions. She worked directly with CEOs of leading consumer internet, enterprise software, and digital media companies, including The Walt Disney Company, SanDisk, Sabre Holdings, Yahoo!, and Activision. Before Goldman Sachs, Iris advised broadband service providers on market entry and financing options throughout Europe, and started working in early stage venture capital in the early 2000s.
Daniel Gross is an entrepreneur and investor. Daniel was born in Israel. When he was 18, he was accepted into Y-Combinator, being the youngest founder ever at the time. He founded a company called Cue, an AI-powered search engine. Cue raised multiple rounds of financing from Sequoia Capital, Index and others. In 2013, Cue was acquired by Apple. At 22, Daniel was leading several search and AI efforts across the company spanning iOS, OS X and Apple Watch. Daniel is also an investor in Github, Coinbase, Cruise, Gusto, Embark and others. In 2017, Daniel joined Y-Combinator as a Partner. He launched YC AI, Y-Combinator’s first vertical dedicated to investing in AI companies. Daniel is also the co-founder of AI Grant (aigrant.org), a distributed AI research lab that has funded 50 researchers around the globe. In 2018, Daniel founded Pioneer (https://pioneer.app). Pioneer is a search engine for the millions of “Lost Einstein’s” — extraordinarily creative people around the world who have the talent, but lack opportunity. Once identified, Pioneer and makes small investments to support whatever project they’re working on.
Bullpen created post-seed investing for technology startups to help accelerate their growth. Paul is the founder of four companies including Ahpah Software (a computer security firm acquired by InterTrust); Tribe (one of the world’s first social networks), and Aggregate Knowledge (a big data advertising attribution company acquired in 2014 by Neustar).
Katherine Boyle is a principal at General Catalyst, where she focuses on early-stage investments in frontier technology and highly-regulated industries, including defense, aerospace, computational biology and autonomous systems.
Bryan Schreier is a Partner at Sequoia, where he works with consumer and enterprise companies. He is a Director of Clever, Domino Data, Dropbox, Front, Hearsay Systems, Qualtrics, Thumbtack, TuneIn, and Zūm, among others. Prior to joining Sequoia in 2008, Bryan was an executive at Google, where he led advertising sales, operations and engineering across Europe, Asia and Latin America. He oversaw Google’s European headquarters in 2003 and 2004 and was President of Sales in China in 2006. Prior to Google, Bryan served in Morgan Stanley’s Technology Investment Banking Group. Bryan has a Computer Science degree from Princeton University.
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.
Having co-founded her own online fashion business at the tender age of 19 when e-commerce was minimal, the brand was immediately propelled to the forefront of the industry, revolutionizing and headlining the spheres of online retail and redefined the fashion scene in Singapore. She continued to garner a strong following among women with her innate ability to engage, relate and connect with them.
In line with Love, Bonito's mission to empower women's confidence through helping them dress well and dress right, she is able to further touch and impact the community of women she and the brand have created. With a personal mantra to live life on the edge and in seizing every opportunity, Rachel left school to grow the business. Today, Love, Bonito remains to be the leading women's brand in Asia and has grown beyond Singapore to Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Australia.
Rachel was recently honored by Forbes as Asia's 30under30.
Jake is CEO + Managing Director of CoinFund, a blockchain-focused cryptofund founded three years ago as one of the world’s first diversified portfolios of cryptoassets. He was an advisor to companies like Kik Interactive and YouNow, the first major VC-backed technology company to take on blockchain-based business models.
Rob is a founder of Shasta Ventures and a 20-year veteran of the Silicon Valley venture capital industry. At Shasta Ventures, Rob focuses on investing in emerging platforms – Robotics, Space, the Connected Home and AR/VR. His investments include Nest (acquired by Google), Eero, Fetch Robotics, Turo and Vector Space Systems. Earlier in his career, Rob served as a lead integration engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta, where he helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft. Rob earned an MS degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar. Rob spends his weekends car racing and believes similar skills are needed to be a successful entrepreneur. “I like going fast,” Rob explains. “Racing requires you to focus and make good decisions quickly.”
Daniel co-founded Checkr in 2014 and has grown it from a background check API to a service used by thousands of companies and millions of jobseekers. As CEO, he likes to build great products and teams and is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the company. Prior to Checkr, he worked on prototypes for Mars rovers at NASA and held engineering roles at startups in the transportation and mobile industries.
Nina focuses on venture and growth investments in enterprise and is particularly excited about vertical SaaS. She believes that the barriers to entry of reaching SMBs have come down significantly. Many of the software players over the last decade have focused on enterprise customers, leaving a greenfield opportunity for startups that sell to SMBs.
Previously, Nina was an FP&A Lead for Google's AdSense team where she managed a multi-billion dollar book of business covering Amazon, IAC, and eBay. Nina started her career as a high yield bond trader at Citigroup. She is also the founder of HIVE Ventures, the first seed fund focusing on Armenian entrepreneurs, where she invested in over 30 companies including Gecko Robotics, CodeSignal, Embodied and Collectly.
Nina graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government and is a recipient of the Michael C. Rockefeller Scholarship. Nina currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys watching football and Formula 1.
David focuses on early stage consumer and enterprise internet companies. He’s led investments in Dollar Shave Club, Misty Robotics, Amino Apps, and oversaw Venrock’s investment in Nest. Prior to Venrock, David was Co-founder of MyPlay and Apple’s Music Group, Vice President of N2K, and CEO of eMusic.
Cristina is Senior Manager at Facebook leading multiple teams which build new product experiences powered by artificial intelligence.
Roy Mann is a career entrepreneur. Before co-founding monday.com, he was part of Wix’s senior management team. Prior to that, Roy founded the online social game Save an Alien. Roy obtained a Bachelor of Science focused in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).
SC Moatti is the Founding Partner of Mighty Capital—a Silicon Valley venture firm— Founder of Products That Count—a products community of over 200,000— and sits on the board of Opera Software. SC lectures at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned her MBA and has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Jason Williamson is vice president of the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, Oracle’s startup program for entrepreneurs worldwide. In this capacity, he leads the business development initiatives and strategies across the program’s key audiences, including startups, customers, partners and Oracle. Prior to Oracle, Jason was at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he created and led several key initiatives within the investment and startup community. He has a background in both Fortune 500 firms and the startup world. Among his startup efforts, he co-founded the construction industry’s first CRM SaaS offering, an International NGO for Entrepreneurial Development, and is currently launching a company in the pediatric healthcare space. Jason also served as an assistant professor for five years at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and has authored three books. He served his country as a United States Marine and lives in Raleigh with his wife and four children, where he coaches high school girls’ basketball, drinks sweet tea and eats bbq as much as possible.
Chris Yeh has been building Internet businesses since 1995. He is the VP Marketing for PBworks, which provides highly vertical collaboration solutions that help businesses work more efficiently and effectively. Its products serve markets such as advertising and marketing agencies, law firms, and education, as well as the broader business market.
Chris is also a General Partner at Wasabi Ventures, a global venture fund, startup incubator, and consulting firm, where he leads the firm's investment committee.
Previously, he was the first investor in and interim CEO of Ustream.TV, which provides an open and distributable platform for live interactive online video. He also helped start numerous other companies, including Symphoniq Corporation, TargetFirst, and Juno Online Services and FarSight Financial Services (divisions of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.).
Chris is an active angel investor and advisor to a wide array of startups. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Technology Alumni Association.
Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar.
Annie is a General Partner at Redpoint where she focuses on early stage investments, primarily in the consumer space. Some of Annie's previous Seed/Series A investments include ClassPass, DoorDash, and Patreon as well as more recent investments in Atrium, Modern Fertility and Tonal. Prior to joining Redpoint in 2018, Annie worked at Charles River Ventures, Bain & Company, and, most recently, Uber Freight where she helped to build a team of several hundred people and scaled the business from zero to $200M+ run rate. She has been named on both the Forbes 30 Under 30 and Midas Brink lists. Annie holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University in Biology and Organizational Business, respectively, and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Courtland Allen is the software engineer, designer, and entrepreneur behind Indie Hackers — an online community where founders help each other build profitable businesses. Indie Hackers was acquired by Stripe in 2017. Courtland holds a Computer Science degree from MIT and is an alum of the Y Combinator startup accelerator.
Anne VanderMey is a venture capital editor at Bloomberg in San Francisco, editing and writing stories about startups and technology companies. Previously, she was a senior editor at Fortune magazine in New York, where she oversaw the magazine's front of book, and edited its 40 Under 40 list, Best Companies to Work For rankings and book coverage. Previously, she was a reporter at The Hartford Courant newspaper in Connecticut.
Born and raised in Valencia, California, 27-year-old entrepreneur Jake Kassan knew he wanted to run his own business from a young age. In his early teens, however, he founded two businesses which eventually failed. Discouraged but not defeated, Jake turned his failures into fuel when he dropped out of college to pursue the dream of shaking up the watch industry. This manifested into a global success — MVMT. As President and co-founder, Jake has scaled one of the fastest-growing watch and lifestyle brands in the world. His tenacity as a businessman and leader has since caught the attention of the The New York Times, Entrepreneur and Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 list.
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is an innovator and a disruptor. She has established herself as a pioneer, leader and dealmaker in digital commerce, retail, merchandising, sales, business development and marketing. She has a proven track record building and operating early stage, fast-growing consumer-facing businesses and creating powerful brands.
Alexandra recently became SVP of Consumer Strategy and Innovation for Allergan, the bold, global pharmaceutical company and leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. She is creating new sources of revenue for Allergan’s medical aesthetics by building businesses targeting consumers in a revolutionary way never been done before in the pharmaceutical sector.
Alexandra was the Co-Founder and CEO of NYC based startup Fitz, the in-home service that organizes your closet and edits your wardrobe. After one year in operation, Fitz was sold to Tradesy, the world's largest peer-to-peer marketplace for women's designer fashion.
From 2014 to 2016, Alexandra was Co-Founder and CEO of GLAMSQUAD, the leading on-demand mobile beauty services company. She led the company through rapid growth and raised $24M in venture capital for top tier firms including NEA, Softbank and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.
Alexandra is best known professionally as Co-Founder of the ecommerce sensation, Gilt. In 2007, Alexandra and her co-founders conceived of Gilt and revolutionized the landscape of luxury ecommerce. Throughout her 7+ year tenure at Gilt, Alexandra took on merchandising, sales, business development and marketing responsibilities. In 2016 Gilt sold to Hudson's Bay Company.
Before co-founding Gilt, Alexandra managed retail operations at Bulgari, overseeing 15 North American stores. Before working at Bulgari, Alexandra managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America. She had previously worked at Financo for the late retail guru Marvin Traub, former Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdales. Alexandra began her career working for 3 years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch.
Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Alexandra is on the Board of Directors of Corelle Brands (previously World Kitchen, LLC) and Talalay Global Inc. She was a Board Director of Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq: PERY) from 2014- 2017. She has served on the non-profit boards of the National Retail Federation Foundation, Dress for Success Worldwide, the Women’s Forum and Fashion Group International. She is an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University.
Alexandra, together with Gilt co-founder Alexis Maybank, is the author of the New York Times bestselling book By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop (Portfolio/Penguin).
Named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Erik is a brand marketing expert and founder of Hawke Media. Ranked #110 on Inc. 5000, Hawke Media works with clients like Red Bull, Verizon and Eddie Bauer. Erik is an Inc. Top 25 Marketing Influencer, and recently joined XPRIZE as key marketing advisor.
Mark comes from a background that combines technical training with real-world business experience. Having earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, he began his career in the Linux HPC industry, later transitioning into online marketing and then into technical sales. As VP of Sales at Toptal, he strives to maintain quality relationships with every client as the company grows.
Christina Sevilla is Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Small Business at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She has represented the United States leading negotiations and outreach in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East North Africa. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in Transatlantic Economic Security at MIT, a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and a Harvard Graduate Prize Fellow. She received a Ph.D. in political science and international political economy from Harvard University. She received a B.A. summa cum laude as Valedictorian of the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College.
In her spare time, she co-founded the Washington DC- based volunteer charity theater troupe Picnic Theatre Company, which performs classic plays in historic museums and modern art spaces to benefit arts and education charities since 2010. She also plays keyboard and sings in the rock band Suspicious Package, which has played an aircraft carrier, an arena in Italy on national television, once for the Queen of Sweden and twice with the Rolling Stones keyboardist.
Managing Director of IT and chief technologist at FedEx Cross Border — co-created Bongo International in 2007, which was acquired by FedEx in 2014. He continues to be responsible for the overall technology path and the overall cross border product vision. Lara's previous experience in web production and technology creation involved working with teams and projects at IBM Websphere, Coca-Cola, and MIT Media Lab, amongst others. Lara is an avid supporter of the developer and startup community and is an active member in the following organizations: NY Tech Alliance, Startup Weekend, and BBVA Open Talent. Lara holds a Music Business and Technology degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and he studied Finance and International Business at Harvard Extension School. He and his team are based in NYC and Lima, Peru.
Grace Francisco is Vice President of Developer Relations at Roblox with more than 20 years of industry experience. She has taken the road less traveled in her career path, graduating high school early to leave a challenging home situation and completing college over the following ten years while working full time.
After several years as an engineer, Grace pivoted directions to technical marketing and pre-sales engineering and soon found herself at Microsoft as a developer evangelist. This was the start of a long career specializing in developer relations. She went on to lead developer relations at Intuit, Yodlee and Atlassian, where she created a new global developer relations organization.
Grace has led multiple volunteer-driven diversity initiatives throughout her career, serving as the ringleader of Women in Tech groups, educational speaker series and an innovative mentoring program to enable and empower more women in the tech field. Grace is an advocate for entrepreneurs and has served as an advisor for Startup BootCamp and early-stage startups. Today she combines her passion for developers, entrepreneurs and diversity in her role at Roblox, helping millions of young and emerging developers build successful, immersive experiences on the Roblox platform.
Vijay Balasubramaniyan is Co-Founder, CEO & CTO of Pindrop. He’s held various engineering and research roles with Google, Siemens, IBM Research and Intel. Vijay holds patents in VoIP security and scalability and he frequently speaks on phone fraud threats at technical conferences, including RSA, Black Hat, FS-ISAC, CCS and ICDCS. Vijay earned a PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. His PhD thesis was on telecommunications security.
Anjelika Temple is the Chief Creative Officer + Founding Partner at Brit + Co where she is responsible for the visual identity of the brand across the company. As Brit + Co's first hire, Anjelika created the company’s distinct aesthetic and currently oversees the creative, editorial, and video teams to scale her vision.
Prior to Brit + Co, Anjelika worked in the creative department of Lowe/Deutsch and the art-meets-tech startup 20x200. She also spent one year as an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center and ten months traveling abroad to work on a series of commissioned works. Anjelika received her BA in Studio Arts and Philosophy from Middlebury College.
When she's not ideating her heart out, you'll find her throwing dinner parties with friends or adventuring with her husband David, her daughter Anokhi, and her slightly internet-famous dog Turkey.
Adam Markel is a speaker, author and entrepreneur, who inspires and empowers people to achieve massive and lasting personal and professional growth.
A recognized expert in the integration of business and personal development, Adam speaks and mentors around the globe in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, leadership, and transformation. His latest book is the best selling PIVOT: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life. Adam also hosts The Conscious PIVOT podcast, where he shares his insights on pivoting in today's fast paced market and interviews experts, innovators and influencers to share their stories and wisdom in the areas of business and life.
Adam is CEO of More Love Media, a company dedicated to empowering individuals and businesses to re-imagine, refocus, and capitalize on change in order to thrive in a world where constant disruption is the ""new normal”. He has diverse and extensive experience in business, leadership, law, mentoring, and facilitation, including being the CEO of North America's largest human potential company. As a result, Adam knows what it takes to thrive as an entrepreneur, business owner, and corporate leader.
For more on Adam, visit www.AdamMarkel.com.
Lan is the founding partner of Basis Set Ventures, a ~$140M early stage venture firm focused on the Future of Work through artificial intelligence. Lan built the Corporate Development Strategy team at Dropbox, which was one of the most acquisitive private tech companies during her tenure with 30+ acquisitions. Prior to Dropbox, she worked with McKinsey in New York and Shanghai, advising Fortune 500 companies on issues including big data, AI, and growth strategy. Earlier in her career, Lan was an entrepreneur who built brain training games. She studied human brain functions for her Ph.D. and received her MA in Statistics, both from the University of Michigan.
Luke Voiles is Business Leader, QuickBooks Capital Direct Lending at Intuit. The QuickBooks Capital team is on a mission to transform small business lending. Imagine a world where QuickBooks customers can access funding in hours whenever they need it. And then imagine a world where we help small businesses make the right decision about when to take funding, how much to take, and what type. Intuit taps its global ecosystem of partners and users—all 46 million of them—for high-value insights. Then puts that power at the customers’ fingertips by delivering awesome product experiences. We focus the power of many, to drive the prosperity of one.
Luke made the switch from private equity to fintech after more than a decade as a distressed asset and credit special situations investor at top tier funds. He has a JD and an MBA from SMU and a BA in Computer Science and Economics from Austin College.
Emily joined Segment in January of 2017 as Head of Recruiting and has worked to lay the foundation of building a world class recruiting team. Prior to her time at Segment, Emily ran global recruiting for a San Francisco based agency and started their Dublin and London offices. Emily graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Communication.
Tim leads the Trulia brand and business, overseeing all strategy, engineering, product, design, and marketing. As a product-driven leader, he is focused on achieving Trulia’s mission to help buyers and renters find the right home and neighborhood for them.
Tim joined Trulia in 2008 as a senior software engineer, rising through the ranks to become a Vice President of Engineering. In that role, he led the development of Trulia’s agent products and revenue systems. After the formation of Zillow Group, following Trulia’s acquisition by Zillow in 2015, Tim led the launch of the company’s Premier Agent App.
Prior to Trulia, Tim served as an engineering leader and developer for a number of successful consumer tech companies, including Zappos, Yahoo! and Friendster. Tim earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from California State University - East Bay.
Tim resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two children, and two dogs. He enjoys vacationing in Hawaii and Tahoe, cheering on his local sports team, spending time with his family and walking to his local downtown main street for dinner or coffee.
Ting Cui is a Senior Product Manager for Uber Freight, Uber’s logistics on demand business, connecting shippers and trucking companies across the US. Prior to Uber, she worked in various product roles including launching Amazon’s first 1-hour alcohol delivery product, Udacity’s Flying Car and AI for Trading Nanodegree programs, and Wealthfront’s new add funds experience. She has a MBA from Wharton, MA from University of Pennsylvania, BA from Dartmouth, and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Ting enjoys spending time outdoors and has trekked Antarctica, Patagonia, Kilimanjaro, and lived at the Shaolin Temple for a month.
Kyle is Principal at DCM Ventures, where he helps entrepreneurs scale their companies and disrupt industries. With a focus on transportation, marketplaces, enterprise SaaS, and virtual & augmented reality, Kyle’s investments include Lime, Eaze, Shift, Tapingo, Wrike, and TravelBank. Kyle is also on a Board of Directors for BitTorrent and SavingStar, and is actively involved with SoFi, SigFig, and Matterport.
Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a globally-recognized transformation expert. She is the Founder + CEO of SoulTour: an online personal growth school on a mission to help 100 million people care for their souls with transformation programs, courses, challenges.
Before that, she was EIR at Lightspeed Venture and the chief marketer for MyFitnessPal/Under Armour Connected Fitness. During Tara's two years at MFP, the company went from 45 million to 120 million customers and from an $18M Series A to acquisition by Under Armour for $475 million.
Tara is the author of the acclaimed book The Transformational Consumer, which is full of leadership, business, marketing and consumer insights from her career working on transformational startups and brands like HGTV, Lookout Mobile Security, Chegg, Birchbox, ModCloth and Trulia.com.
A recovering attorney, Tara's been featured in Harvard Business Review, Essence and The New York Times and was recently named the #1 woman Silicon Valley tech companies should be naming to their boards by Business Insider.
JD Schramm loves working with entrepreneurs and executives to communicate more effectively. A TED speaker and coach he's worked with a wide range of individuals and teams on their pitches. Since 2007 he's been doing this at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. In 2018 he also accepted a faculty appointment with Columbia where he's leading their new effort to establish a West Coast presence. He earned his MBA at NYU and his doctorate in higher education leadership at Penn. He and his husband, Ken Daigle, have adopted three children in the past four years and make their home in San Francisco.
Lisa focuses on seed to late stage venture companies with an emphasis on consumer Internet, digital commerce and next-generation marketplaces. She has been involved with the firm’s investments in Jet (acquired by Walmart), Opendoor, Plaid, Ritual and StellaService.
Previously, Lisa worked in Amazon.com’s Worldwide Corporate Development team. In this role, she identified and evaluated acquisition targets and strategic investments for Amazon and provided strategies for potential expansion. Prior to Amazon, Lisa worked at Bessemer Venture Partners, where she focused on consumer and SaaS investments. Earlier, she founded BANZAI! Fresh, a small business providing high-quality, nutritious foods to schools and hospitals in Northern California. Lisa began her career in the investment banking group at Merrill Lynch.
Stuart Landesberg is the Co-Founder & CEO of Grove Collaborative, the leading digital-first brand & ecommerce platform for natural home and personal care.
Stu has long been passionate about sustainability. He founded Grove, which has been a Certified B Corp since its founding, after learning that offline distribution meant that just a small percentage of families were choosing healthy, sustainable home care products. Grove now serves hundreds of thousands of households in the U.S. every month and has raised over $100 million in total capital.
Stu was previously an investor at TPG Growth, where he was involved in over $400 million in consumer and technology investments. Stu and his wife, Caitlin, live in San Francisco with their daughter and dog, and spend as much time outside as possible.
A seasoned social impact leader and executive, Dr. Jacqueline Copeland-Carson is the Chief Operating Officer of AnitaB.org. Previously, she was Chief Operations Officer for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, a $40 million multi-service nonprofit addressing Silicon Valley‘s global poverty. She is also the Founder of the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet), and worked on the initial design for My Brothers Keeper, an initiative later adopted by the Obama administration.
Trained as an anthropologist and urban designer, Jacqueline has worked as a social impact executive for companies, foundations, nonprofits, and governments operating in the U.S., the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, India, and Brazil. She has won multiple awards for her work, and was recently recognized by The History Makers, a nonprofit research and educational institution committed to preserving the stories and accomplishments of African Americans.
As Vice President of Developer Relations for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), Bob Quillin leads the Cloud Native Labs team who are responsible for OCI cloud native developer relations, advocacy, engagement, solutions, and lighthouse adoption. Bob joined Oracle as part of the StackEngine acquisition by Oracle in December 2015, where he was co-founder and CEO. Based in Austin, TX, StackEngine was an early container-native pioneer building services and platforms designed to help developers and devops teams build, orchestrate, and scale enterprise-grade container apps.
Prior to his role as co-founder and CEO of StackEngine, Bob was CEO of Austin-based CopperEgg, a cloud monitoring SaaS startup acquired by Idera in 2013. With previous executive and startup leadership roles at CopperEgg, nLayers, EMC, and VMware, Bob has focused his career on applying automation to simplify complex cloud, IT and developer challenges. You can find him on Twitter @bobquillin.
A serial community builder, she founded Hacking Communities to spread the seeds of thriving communities around places, ideas or products, researching and offering 1-on-1 support to community leaders while writing a book to be released in 2019. At Startup Genome, she aims to enhance collaboration across startup ecosystems to allow startups being successful anywhere.
Founded and got her first business (8spaces.co) acquired by Flyspaces.com, Southeast Asia's largest marketplace for workspaces. Started several communities from local Startup Grind Chapters in Buenos Aires and Kuala Lumpur to MoreGirls.co (a community-driven platform to increase representation of women speaking at events related to tech, business and innovation with over 200 female founders, C-level and VCs in Southeast Asia.
Before, she acted as Startup Grind Global Community Director for Africa and APACa and worked with the Malaysian government to build a vibrant startup community, participating in the design and execution of the Global Accelerator Program by MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre) as well the MaGIC Academy (startup education program).
Trae Stephens is a Partner at Founders Fund, where he invests across sectors with a particular interest in startups operating in the government space. He is also Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Anduril Industries, a defense technology company focused on autonomy and artificial intelligence.
Previously, Trae was an early employee at Palantir Technologies, where he led teams focused on growth in the intelligence/defense space as well as international expansion, helping large organizations solve their hardest data analysis problems. He was also an integral part of the product team, leading the design and strategy for new product offerings. While at Palantir, Trae also served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.
Prior to Palantir, Trae worked as a computational linguist building enterprise solutions to Arabic/Persian name matching and data enrichment within the United States Intelligence community. He began his career working in the office of then Congressman Rob Portman and in the Political Affairs Office at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. immediately following the installation of Hamid Karzai’s transitional government. Trae graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Alan Mc Glinchey is VP of Emerging Technologies, IDA Ireland. He works with high growth companies and start-ups advising them on European expansion, using Ireland as a base. Companies his team has assisted setting up European operations include Slack, Twilio, New Relic, Looker, NGINX, Malwarebytes, Qualtrics, Wrike, ThousandEyes, Segment, Asana and many more.
Alan is based is San Francisco, previously worked in Toronto and Dublin. He graduated from National University of Ireland, Maynooth with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance & Accountancy.
Megan was previously an investor at Unusual Ventures where she was instrumental in launching and running the Unusual Interns and Unusual Academy programs. She focused on consumer investments for the firm. Prior to Unusual, Megan worked as the Program Director for All Stars Helping Kids where she managed an incubator program to give new nonprofits funding and support.
Learn more about her journey in Silicon Valley investing at https://ablackgirlinventure.com/.
Brad Abrams is Group Product Manager at Google on the Actions on Google team which is the platform for the Google Assistant where he is responsible for the developer experiences on the platform.
Brad has been at Google since 2010 and has led platform efforts in Google Cloud and Chrome and now on the Google Assistant team. Prior to Google, Brad led many developer efforts at Microsoft on products including the .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Silverlight and Visual Studio. Brad published several books including the bestselling Framework Design Guidelines. Brad has spoken at developer conferences around the world including keynotes at major Microsoft and Google developer events.
Anthony Waller is a partner in the corporate/M&A team at CMS London. He deals with all aspects of corporate work, including private company and business acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, fundraisings, venture capital investments and IPOs, joint ventures and reorganisations.
He has advised clients in the TMT sector for many years both domestically and internationally and knows the industry inside out.
Anthony is the co-founder of CMS equIP, a virtual accelerator for technology start-ups, offering discounted legal advice and a whole host of additional benefits that now spans over 20 jurisdictions. His practice focuses on high growth technology companies, acting for both the companies themselves and investors into the sector.
Steve McElfresh, Founder of HR Futures has led two management consulting organizations, was chief HR Officer for three technology companies, and a university professor. He has earned a JD and a PhD in social/organizational psychology. He has held an SPHR certification, served as Adjunct Faculty at Boston College School of Management and was on the Advisory Board of, and taught in, the UC Santa Cruz HR Certificate Program.
He was a charter member of SHRM's National Expertise Panel on HR Metrics and Measurement, and is a past-president of the Bay Area HR Executives Council and Bay Area OD Network. He makes presentations to professional and executive groups around the country and around the world (including the UK, Portugal, Singapore, Egypt, India, and the Middle East)
Anastasia Sartan is a serial fashion tech entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Maison Me, The First Conversational AI Fashion Assistant, a friend who takes care of all your fashion needs.
Previously, Anastasia built one of the major fashion e-commerces and a popular clothing brand in Russia—TrendsBrands—where she is now a board member. Finalist of Ernst&Young's “Entrepreneur of the year 2015,” Anastasia is also a mom of two toddlers, blogger and a proud supporter of Mompreneurs everywhere.
Stewart Rogers is a journalist, 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. As Managing Editor at Grit Daily, he checks the pulse of AI, VR, AR, blockchain and other emerging technologies, and as co-founder of Badass Empire he helps digital professionals become awesome at business, marketing, and lifestyle.
Allyson Letteri is the VP of Marketing at Handshake, the leading career community for students. At Handshake she leads brand marketing, communications, student growth and product marketing. Prior to Handshake, Allyson was the Director of Pro Marketing at Thumbtack, an app that helps you find a service professional for anything on your to do list. Allyson began her career at the Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco, where she helped clients with marketing programs and deep user insights. She also worked at Intuit where she launched products in India, mobile payments in Canada and the UK, and led retention marketing for QuickBooks users. She holds a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as an MBA from Stanford University.
Rory has been investing in enterprise software for the past 25 years. An active investor in the rise of SaaS and the wider transition of enterprise computing to the cloud, Rory led investments in Box (BOX), DocuSign (DOCU), ExactTarget (ET; Acq: SFDC), Omniture (OMTR; Acq: ADBE) and Placeware (Acq: MSFT) among others. Currently, Rory is focused on investing in frontier tech for the enterprise and business applications powered by AI. He currently sits on the board of directors at Bill.com, Box (BOX), Chef Software, DroneDeploy, Forter, Locus Robotics, OneLogin, Pantheon, Soft Robotics, Solvvy, WalkMe and Wrike. Rory has been recognized by the Forbes Midas List and AlwaysOn Power Players in Venture Capital for his investments. Rory holds a BSc from the London School of Economics.
Bear Douglas is Director of Developer Relations at Slack, where she and her team help developers build more pleasant and productive ways to work. Before Slack, she led the developer relations teams for the mobile and data platforms at Twitter, and worked on native mobile developer relations at Facebook and Parse.
Steve Rochlin is Founder and CEO of Impact ROI. Impact ROI, LLC (formerly known as IO Sustainability) helps organizations achieve superior social, environmental, and financial performance. Through research and management consulting, Impact ROI assesses the value of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) and enables our clients to design high impact strategies that support people, planet, and profit. As the lead author of the acclaimed Project ROI research series (described by Forbes as “a Godsend”) Steve has developed the pathway for companies to deliver sustainable and collaborative impact.
Steve has over 20 years of experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility (S&CR). He has advised leading companies across a wide variety of industry sectors on how to improve sustainability performance in a way that drives competitive success. He was co-founder and CEO of Impact ROI’s precursor, IO Sustainability. For AccountAbility Steve served as the Head of North America, Director of Global Advisory Services and a member of the Board of Directors. For the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Steve served as the Head of Research and Development. Under his leadership both organizations demonstrated growth in revenues, reputation, and international presence.
Steve is co-author of two books on S&CR: Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship and Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets. He is the lead author of the landmark research report: Project ROI – Defining the Competitive and Financial Advantages of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, described by Forbes as a “Godsend” for the field of S&CR. Steve obtained his MPP from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and his A.B. from Brown University.
Fielding Kidd is the Director of Business Partnerships for Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs for Entrepreneurs, which is focused on giving talented entrepreneurs and startups access to Comcast NBCUniversal's renowned network of partners, brands, and mentors to foster product innovation in media, entertainment and connectivity.
Kidd is specifically responsible for meeting with hundreds of startups of each year, shepherding top startups across the Comcast NBCUniversal ecosystem, and sourcing startups for the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator powered by Techstars and LIFT Labs’ POC/Pilot program. She also is responsible for securing ecosystem partners to help LIFT Labs connected with startup communities across the globe.
Previously Kidd was the Manager of Innovation Programs at Media Labs, NBCUniversal where she served as an internal innovation consultant on emerging technologies like AR/VR/MR, conversational user interfaces, and automatic mining of video metadata. She also was responsible for managing innovation programs like the patent program and an open innovation platform. During her tenure at NBCUniversal she was named one of Broadcasting and Cable’s Top 10 Emerging Technology Leaders to Watch.
Kidd currently resides in New York City and enjoys cooking in her very small kitchen and getting lost in the West Village, where she has lived for 5 years. Kidd received a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, where she was the captain of the Yale Women’s Lacrosse team.
Rodolfo Gonzalez is a Partner at Foundation Capital who invests in innovative financial services platforms and consumer technology entrepreneurs. Rodolfo is fascinated with financial technology, disintermediation, and bringing transparency and simplicity to the consumer experience. He was 17 when he co-founded his first startup, Mexplosion, to host the Mexican qualifiers for the World Cyber Games e-gaming competition in 2001. His second and more recent entrepreneurial venture was a crowdfunding platform for social enterprises called YouVest. Rodolfo hails from Mexico, has lived and worked in over six countries and across four continents, and is an MIT Sloan and McKinsey alum.
Sonal Chokshi is Editor in Chief at Andreessen Horowitz, aka ""a16z"", which she joined in early 2014. Among other things, this includes building and showrunning the popular a16z Podcast, which she grew in listenership more than 10X; assigning and editing pieces such as ""When One App Rules Them All"" on the case study of WeChat and China, which was selected in the New York Times' Sidney Awards 2015 as one of the best long-form essays; leading production of the a16z Crypto Canon; and many more.
Before joining a16z, Sonal was a Senior Editor at Wired, where she built up the previously flailing expert opinion and ideas section into one of the leading sections there. She was one of the first mainstream editors to feature then-emerging trends such as ethereum, e-sports, the 'sharing economy', and others. Her work also started or shaped important conversations around the future of the internet, in some cases even influencing tech policy (such as software patent reform).
Prior to that, Sonal was responsible for content and community at Xerox PARC, where she briefly covered bitcoin in early 2011 and went deep on domains such as automation, bioinformatics, cleantech, flexible electronics, natural language, networking, optoelectronics, ubiquitous computing, and many more. Before moving back to California from NYC, Sonal was doing graduate work in developmental and cognitive psychology at Columbia University's school of education, and worked as a researcher/""ethnographer"" on NSF grants around teacher professional development and early numeracy. She studied English and Psychology at UCLA, where she also briefly worked with autistic children and later worked in classrooms. She loves reading, arts of all kinds, and traveling between worlds, and can be found on Twitter at @smc90.
Mariam has been working at Georgia’s innovation and technology agency (GITA) for 2 years as a strategic project manager. She has executed different projects for startups including an incubator, accelerator, and other startup development programs. Mariam has IT and business background and she graduated from University College London (UCL) with first class honors.
Before joining GITA, Mariam was involved in building UK startup VIENI-disruptive bus sharing platform. She was also working with Deloitte and Vimpelcom, biggest audit and telecommunication companies in Georgia.
Mariam also is Project Manager Professional (PMP) and voluntarily contributes to the development of PMP Georgian chapter. She writes for Forbes Women Georgia, and eagerly believes in women power in developing Innovation and technology ecosystem. She is an active woman advocate and often participated in different events to empower and inspire women participation in STEM fields.
MIT + Stanford alumnus | Formerly Arthur D. Little, Homejoy, and Highland Capital Partners | Currently supporting talented founders as a Global Startup Program Manager for Google Cloud.
Alda is a general partner at Initialized Capital. Prior to joining Initialized, she was a managing partner at 137 Ventures where she led investments in Planet Labs, Wish, Coupang, CourseHero, and Work Market (acquired by ADP). Previously she was COO at Airtime, General Counsel at Founders Fund, Assistant General Counsel at Peter Thiel’s Clarium Capital Management, and practiced as a litigator for IP disputes at WSGR. She has a particular interest in consumer, marketplace, fintech and frontier tech companies.
Eli Dawson is the Co-Founder & CEO of StatMuse Inc. Prior to StatMuse, he advised and invested in $12.5BN+ of deals as a tech LBO investor at Bertram Capital and TMT M&A Banker at Lazard. Eli left finance in 2014, taught himself to code and founded StatMuse, the leader in artificial intelligence for sports. Eli and his co-founder, Adam Elmore, are lifelong friends and former high school basketball co-captains from a small town of 2,036 in the rural south.
Jillian is on a mission to make the world less lonely. She is the founder of The Joy List, a weekly newsletter which features events that New Yorkers can go to by themselves and leave with a new friend. But don't be jealous-- the project is expanding to SF, and other cities around the world, this year. Jillian is also the author of Unlonely Planet: How to Create Belonging in a World Without Religion. She is also the founder of NYC Community Builders. Jillian has worked on community-building projects alongside brands like Meetup, The Skimm, ESPN, the Internet Freedom Festival, the Ethical Tech Summit, and Next Gen Summit. Her writing on community has been published with NBC Think, Convene, Quartz, Thrive Global, and MOO. You can find The Joy List here: www.joylist.nycStalk Jillian here: www.thatJillian.com
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Matt Clifford is cofounder and CEO of Entrepreneur First, the world's leading talent investor. Entrepreneur First invests in top technical individuals before they have a company to help them build deep technology startups from scratch. Since 2011, Entrepreneur First has funded over 200 startups in London, Paris, Berlin, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangalore, including Magic Pony Technology, Tractable and Cleo. Matt sits on the board of Code First Girls, which he co-founded in 2013 to teach young women how to code. Matt started his career at McKinsey & Co. and holds degrees from Cambridge and MIT.
International Best-Selling Author Lisa Q. Fetterman is the founder and CEO of Nomiku, the first home sous vide immersion circulator machine on the market. Lisa has been featured in Wired, MAKE, and Forbes, and was named on Forbes, Inc, and Zagat Survey’s 30 Under 30 lists for her pioneering work in the food space. Lisa has worked at some of the top restaurants in the country including Babbo and Jean-Georges in New York and Saison in San Francisco. She lives in San Francisco where she and her husband-cofounder have brought manufacturing back to the states with their new Wifi-Nomiku device. The new Nomiku Sous Chef program also ships food directly to your door and works seamlessly with their third generation made in USA product.
Jeff and the Global Scaling Academy team work with scaling companies from around the world to help them maximize and sustain their scaling potential through application of the Blitzscaling framework. Jeff is a partner at Blitzscaling Ventures, and Wasabi Ventures, and previously ran the startup accelerator at ASU.
Becky Peterson is a San Francisco-based reporter at Business Insider, where she covers the tech industry M&A and IPOs. Before covering tech deals, she covered enterprise tech, from industry giants like IBM and Salesforce to semiconductors to DevOps.
Becky is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and New York University.
Lida Tohidi has 11 years of experience in digital marketing, and program management, and strategic planning. She has focused the last 6 years working in tech advising/investing in/leading mission-driven companies.
Initiatives and teams that Lida led include: launching a national incubator, advising startups that have raised over $500 million, and winning international competitions, such as the Google Startup Battle award out of 1000+ teams.
Lida is also very passionate about mindfulness as well as diversity and inclusion in tech and beyond. In 2018 alone, Lida spoke at 25 events and conferences. Last but not least, she runs a mastermind program that has had amazing results for its participants, with more information at http://pidaar.com.
Yuting Su is a passionate entrepreneur, inventor, and storyteller with background in digital/physical game design, medical device design, and bioinformatics . Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, she is the founder and CEO of Thinker-Tinker, the company behind Octobo, a smart toy learning platform with a built-in game controller and programmable content. Her works have been selected for the Experimental Gameplay Workshop in Game Developers Conference, alt.ctrl.GDC, E3, IndieCade, IndiePrize, and more.
Dr Kris Naudts trained as a medical doctor and psychiatrist in Belgium, with periods of study in South Africa, Israel and the UK. He began his career in academic psychiatry at the prestigious Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London and later assumed the role of medical director at a private psychiatric hospital in the capital. Kris holds five degrees - in medicine, general and forensic psychiatry and psychology, and a PhD in neuroscience - and has won several awards. He was included in the Marquis Who’s Who for contributions to the field of medicine and to the betterment of contemporary society.
Kris left the medical profession to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship, culture and creativity and founded Culture Trip, a travel, entertainment and media startup. After several years of bootstrapping, Kris raised more than $100m in funding to propel Culture Trip into its next phase of growth. He speaks (and reads) Dutch, English, French and German. When not working, you can find him reading, travelling or in a theatre, jazz club or art gallery.
Karlie is CMO at Startup Grind, based out of its headquarters in the Bay Area. As the company's second-ever hire, she has seen and been part of it's growth from 30 to 350 chapters to date. She now oversees all marketing and partnership initiatives and leads the production of Startup Grind's two flagship events - Global Conference every Feb in Silicon Valley + Europe Conference every June in London.
Benjamin Black is the Managing Director & Co-founder of Akkadian Ventures, investing in growth-stage technology companies and providing alternative liquidity solutions to entrepreneurs, angel investors, VC funds, and employees. Ben is a sixteen-year veteran of the private equity space, and has managed successful investments in Splunk, DocuSign, RocketFuel, Palantir, Cloudmark, Ooyala, Citizenhawk, The Villa, Automattic and Telephia. Prior to Akkadian, Ben co-founded New Cycle Capital with Josh Becker to bring socially responsible investing to sectors like clean energy and social finance with seed investments in Renewable Funding and Opower."
Alexa von Tobel, CFP® is the Founder and Managing Partner of Inspired Capital. She was the former Chief Innovation Officer of Northwestern Mutual and founded LearnVest, which was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in 2015, with the goal of helping Americans make progress on their money. Since the acquisition, she held leadership roles including Chief Digital Officer, where she helped to accelerate the company’s digital transformation. She was also the company’s first Chief Innovation Officer responsible for Northwestern Mutual’s Future Ventures and for identifying strategies, business opportunities and new technologies transforming the financial industry.
Before launching LearnVest, she served as the Head of Business Development at Drop.io, a technology-focused start-up backed by RRE Ventures and DFJ Gotham Ventures, which was acquired by Facebook. She started her career at Morgan Stanley as a trader in their internal hedge fund group.
Alexa is a sought-after financial expert; she has been a featured speaker at conferences and events including SXSW Interactive, New York University’s Stern Entrepreneurs Exchange Summit and Fortune Summit: Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. And, has appeared on several national television programs and publications—The Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek, among others, and has been featured on the cover of Forbes.
She has been included in Forbes Top 30 Under 30, selected as one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women and included in their 40 Under 40 list, named as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, listed on Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30, noted as one of ""18 Women Changing the World"" by Marie Claire, and received a ""Genius Award"" from Elle.
Alexa is The New York Times bestselling author of Financially Fearless and the forthcoming book Financially Forward (2019). She is also a columnist for Inc. Magazine and Vogue. She is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between celebrated American entrepreneurs, the White House and government agencies, including the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
A Florida native, she received a bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology from Harvard College and attended Harvard Business School. She was awarded Magna Cum Laude Plus for Harvard's first ever senior thesis on Bhutan. Alexa is married to Cliff and has two children.
Jayni is a principal at Accomplice where she focuses on early stage, consumer-leaning investments. She was previously an investor at Menlo Ventures. Jayni also spent several years at PayPal within the global corporate strategy group where she worked on various key strategic initiatives including the revamp of PayPal’s consumer wallet, the company’s spin-off from eBay, and the acquisition of both Braintree and Venmo. After the acquisition, she joined the Venmo team to focus on product and business operations. She began her career in investment banking at Deutsche Bank in New York. Jayni received her BA in political science and english from Wellesley College.
Ashlee Vance is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. He's written dozens of cover and feature stories and hosts the Emmy-nominated TV show "Hello World." Vance is also an author and wrote the recent best-selling biography on Elon Musk.
H.O. is the CEO of Pilosa, a Continuous Analysis platform enabling real-time, intelligent applications. Over 18,000 hours of engineering time has been spent developing and refining the core technology Pilosa, which creates knowledge representations of the underlying database. HO now spends his time riding the razor’s edge between offering the core technology to the wider developer community, while simultaneously offering it in a fully managed service called Molecula to enterprise customers.
Gary is a General Partner at Canvas Ventures. Gary led the firm’s investments in Folloze, Kinetica, Platform9 and Totango. He focuses on innovative software and services investments. Notable to recognize his board role on Mulesoft, who went IPO in 2017 and then was acquired by Salesforce in 2018 for $6.5B. Twice in the past six years, Gary has been named to the Forbes Midas List. Gary serves, or served on the board/board observer of Adara, Evernote, MuleSoft, Viewics, Lending Club, Practice Fusion and Sonatype. Prior to venture, Gary help several roles at Apple. Sun and IBM
As Partner Engagement Manager with Google for Entrepreneurs, Nicole works across their portfolio of partner organizations to connect Google resources to startups, and manage programs to help startups scale their companies. She also leads the team’s diversity and inclusion efforts, working to equip their global community with tools and resources to foster inclusive ecosystems.
Nicole joined Google in 2011, working as an administrative business partner with Google Ventures.
Prior to Google, Nicole worked for A&E Television Networks as an Associate Producer, running edit sessions for shows belonging to A&E and The History Channel, and delivering the final product across multiple platforms in the U.S. and abroad.
Nicole is based in San Francisco, California and received a degree in International Relations from Fairfield University.
Having experienced virtualization, IaaS and cloud-native industry transitions first hand, Sirish believes that open-source represents the future of enterprise hybrid clouds. Sirish is passionate about enabling IT Ops in large enterprises to be successful with their cloud initiatives — being able to easily adopt and manage VMs, Kubernetes, and Serverless at scale, across ANY infrastructure, with minimum management overhead and without breaking the bank. In addition, Sirish is focused on building Platform9 – across customers, employees and partners – as the industry leader in hybrid and multi-cloud. Prior to founding Platform9, Sirish was an early engineer at VMware who went on to technical and management roles. His work at VMware led to several products, features, and patents.Outside Platform9, Sirish follows cricket, makes his kids laugh, and builds his collection of fast lenses and unprocessed photos. His favorite books include the Harry Potter series, Blue Ocean Strategy, Inbound Marketing and Innovator’s Dilemma.
Michael Ross is a dynamic global entrepreneur and educator who is passionate about international business, scaling start-ups, crafting organizational strategy in complex regulatory environments, and leading teams to achieve extraordinary results. Michael has experience in business development, marketing, education, private equity, investor relations, finance, real estate, and diplomacy. Michael has a proven track record raising over $67 million from individual investors and managing a $323 million budget. Michael is a goal-oriented, driven, resourceful innovator who effectively empowers and leads with strong vision and creative thinking. He is a high-level, bilingual communicator with the expertise to build strong relationships at all levels of an organization.
Michael was honored to be the first recipient of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Global Citizen of the Year Award in 2013. Michael was selected from over 12,000 leading entrepreneurs across 53 different countries. This prestigious honor recognizes one member whose innovative and effective approach to entrepreneurship transcends borders, changes lives, and sets an example for others. Michael has visited more than 55 countries, many of which he has done work in and given back to the community. As an Eagle Scout, he believes in leaving places better than how he originally found them.
Karyl is the CEO and Cofounder of Transmute, a decentralized app engine for enterprise teams. In a world of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) purists, Karyl is a proud DLT pragmatist. By integrating enterprise cloud infrastructure and blockchain technologies, Karyl believes we can build better businesses and secure a more just collective future.
I make ventures happen with NDRC, and educate, inspire, and connect the Dublin ecosystem with Startup Grind. As an NDRC Venture Investment Lead I source, engage, guide and enable teams to transform the best ideas into globally scalable businesses.
An experienced executive, with a career spanning software engineering, public sector trade development, private sector business development - all built on a vocation as an evangelist for the Irish startup community.
I am a talented communicator and connector, with a unique understanding of the Irish and European startup ecosystems.
Chris is a C-level partner for digital startup and innovation initiatives with 20 years of experience in management consulting and digital business building.
He is a published thought leader and seasoned practitioner who helps companies win in the digital age by harnessing technology to conceive and commercialize innovative products, services and customer experiences that transform the business.
Recently, he has helped develop and launch digital products and businesses for large-scale enterprises like Nike, Samsung, Fossil Group, Volvo Cars, IBM, and Becton Dickinson.
He has helped 20 early-stage startups raise over $50m. He has also advised mature startups, like Facebook and AppNexus, through $1b+ pre-IPO valuation.
Chris is an expert in business model innovation, digital product strategy, branding and marketing.
He is also co-author of 'Connected By Design' - a strategy+business top business book of 2014 about digital age business model strategy (Jossey-Bass, May 2014).
Molie Glick is a book agent at Creative Artists Agency. Glick graduated from Brown University and began her career as a literary scout, advising foreign publishers regarding the acquisition of rights to American books. She then worked in the editorial department at the Crown imprint of Random House, before becoming an agent in 2003. Glick joined CAA in 2016, following eight years at Foundry Literary + Media.
Glick works in the New York office and represents many top authors and thought leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden (PROMISE ME, DAD); Senator Kamala Harris; Valerie Jarrett; Susan Rice; Communications Director for the UN Committee on Refugees, Melissa Fleming; Michelle Alexander; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller (A FALSE REPORT); MacArthur Grant-winning astrophysicist Sara Seager; and Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya. She also represent bestselling novelists Carol Rifka Brunt (TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME); Jonathan Evison (WEST OF HERE, THE REVISED FUNDAMENTALS OF CAREGIVING, LAWN BOY); Sarah McCoy (THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER, MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES); National Book Award-nominee Ali Benjamin (THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH); poet Patricia Lockwood (PRIESTDADDY); and New York Times bestselling self-help guru Mark Manson (THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK.)
Glick lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two young sons.
Zach is a Partner at Gradient Ventures. Previously, Zach led acquisitions and strategic investments as a member of Google’s Corporate Development team, with a focus on Google’s Cloud, Ads and Commerce businesses.
Prior to Google, Zach advised software and internet companies as an investment banker, strategizing and executing IPO, M&A, investment and financing opportunities. Zach started his career at a leading energy trading hedge fund, managing trading algorithms as a quant and data scientist.
Zach’s entrepreneurial efforts include co-founding a social media startup, as well as consulting a tech incubator’s portfolio startups on fundraising and legal issues.
Zach received his JD from the UCLA School of Law, and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He received his BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia.
Blessing Abeng is a multi-faceted entrepreneur driven by the need to create lasting solutions to key problems faced by individuals, and SMEs.
As a brand strategist, communications manager and entrepreneur, Blessing creates unforgettable experiences that reflect the personality of brands and converts a stranger to loyal customers.
She has created Einsteinette Limited – a branding and communications company for SMEs, and is currently developing Style Revamp Africa, an upcycling fashion brand tackling waste one at clothing item at a time.
She is currently the Codirector for Startup Grind Lagos, the cofounder of The Afropreneur, a mentor on the African Entrepreneurship Awards platform, a WIMBIZ associate and a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Alumni.
Kian is a seasoned business transformation and innovation leader with over 15 years of global experience in various industries.
He has held various leadership roles in companies such as RBC, City National Bank, GE, Accenture, TOSHIBA, Komfy Delgado, D+H, Mez & Associates Consulting, ROGERS, Belgacom, AT&T, BellSouth, Assurant, Cablevision, Vodafone, and TD Bank. Kian has been recognized in many of his roles for outstanding leadership, team building, and transformative strategy.
Kian holds a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in wireless communications from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. And an MBA from University of Toronto with focus on strategy, disruptive innovation, and foresight.
Kian is a member of the American Meteorological Society, and IEEE (Former Industrial Relations Chair at Queen’s University)
Jon Swartz is Barron’s senior writer based in San Francisco covering technology and Silicon Valley.
Previously, Swartz was USA Today’s San Francisco bureau chief. He has also written for Forbes, The (London) Independent, London Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has won numerous journalism awards and is a two-time finalist for the Loebs, the Pulitzers of business reporting. Additionally, he frequently appears as a panelist on Fox Business and NBC Bay Area’s Press:Here program.
He has been nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize. Swartz is co-author of “Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity” and sole author of “Young Wealth.
Mada leads strategy as a co-founder of Branch, the mobile growth platform for today's top companies, powering mobile linking and growth for over 50,000 apps and 2 billion monthly users around the world. Born and raised in Romania, Mada came to the US to study Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University and then earned her Masters of Engineering and MBA from Stanford. Mada enjoys playing the latest viral mobile game, binge-watching the hottest sci-fi show, and photographing Branch events.
Sue Kwon is the Head of Marketing & Communications at Comcast Ventures. Her passion for storytelling sparked as a journalist working at NBC, ABC and CBS stations around the West and in her hometown of San Francisco. Sue has held marketing and PR leadership positions at corporations like Gap Inc., Symantec, and Nokia. But, her favorite thing is to work with entrepreneurs, helping startups like Honor and Datafox and teaching Stanford GSB students the “Art of the Pitch – How to tell your story and get the media to love you.” At Comcast Ventures, Sue gets to be a kid in a candy shop - helping founders tell compelling stories, on the right channels, in a compelling way to grow business and positive feels.
Ilya Fushman joined Kleiner Perkins in 2018 as general partner and managing member. Prior to Kleiner Perkins, Ilya was a general partner at Index Ventures, where he led the firm’s investments and held board positions in companies such as Slack, Intercom, Optimizely, KeepTruckin, CultureAmp, Built, CoverWallet, Pilot, Scratch, and Nova Credit. Prior to Index, Fushman spent four years at Dropbox where he was one of the company’s first 75 employees. At Dropbox, he helped to build and run the company’s business and corporate development functions before taking on a product leadership role and building out the core Dropbox product, Dropbox for Business, and the developer platform. Previously, Fushman was a principal at Khosla Ventures and the Director of Technology at Solar Junction.
He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Physics from Caltech.
Hayley is the co-founder and COO of Lunchclub, a platform that makes mutually relevant in-real-life professional connections. She is also the founder of Lady in Tech, an award-winning tech and lifestyle platform for women, and co-founder of Female Founders Community—the largest online community of women entrepreneurs. Hayley writes a column for Forbes to drive inclusion in technology and product to improve the world.
For her inclusion and diversity advocacy work, she's been featured in ABC 7 News, BBC World Service, BBC 100 Women, Tech Forward, and OZY. She was named a ""Top Tech Influencer"" by IVY Magazine, ""Most Influential Women in Tech"" alongside Sheryl Sandberg and Katrina Lake, and included in 20 On The Rise 2018.
Priya Anand is a reporter for The Information, where she has broken news about Amazon and other ecommerce companies. She previously covered tech and transportation at BuzzFeed News, delving into Uber's finances, self-driving car program and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in the finance industry for MarketWatch. Priya's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico and the Houston Chronicle.
Michael is a founder, writer, and community builder. He's CEO of Truth Cartel, a marketing agency specialized in emerging technologies; Head of Growth at TrustToken, the first ever compliant stablecoin company now moving billions of dollars globally every month; and owner of The Crypto, Medium’s largest blockchain-focused publication.
Michael was Editor in Chief at Startup Grind and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for SOS Ventures. He runs San Francisco’s OneSalon community and previously co-directed Startup Grind Shenzhen and San Francisco. His written work includes two books on living and working in Asia, and columns in Inc and Fortune. He’s a speaker and moderator on topics of technology, marketing, and personal development.
A journalist and digital consultant, John Boitnott has worked at TV, newspapers, radio and Internet companies for 25 years. He's has written for Fast Company, NBC, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, USA Today and Venturebeat, among others.
Dan Rasmuson is the Co-Founder and CTO of Labelbox, the industry leading training data management software that is accelerating global access to artificial intelligence. He was previously an Engineering Manager at DroneDeploy where he started and grew their platform to more than 100 integrations. These integrations are now providing access to machine learning for aerial imagery all of the world. Dan is a technologist recognized in Forbes 30 under 30 and a youth national chess and ultimate frisbee champion.
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