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.
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 of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into 100 startup companies led by underestimated founders
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mathilde Collin is the co-founder and CEO of Front, the first shared inbox for teams. Front serves more than 4,000 companies around the world and has raised $79 million in venture funding from investors such as Sequoia Capital, DFJ, and Uncork Capital. Mathilde was recognized in 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Enterprise Tech list and 2018 Inc’s 30 Under 30 Rising Star list. She is based in San Francisco and originally from Paris, and earned her Masters in Entrepreneurship from the HEC School of Management in 2012.
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.
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.
As CEO, Philip leads Casper’s comprehensive business strategy, expansion, and vision for the future. He drives Casper’s goal of becoming the first end-to-end sleep brand. Philip and his co-founders recognized a paradox in 2014 — a generation of entrepreneurs and working professionals who were placing increasing value on their health and fitness were neglecting sleep. Casper is now reimagining the sleep industry from the ground up.
A serial entrepreneur, Philip has founded two previous startups, where he focused on evolving consumer and e-commerce trends. He launched his very first business out of his dorm room at the University of Texas, Austin, where he earned his B.A.
Philip has won numerous awards, including Forbes’ 40 under 40 and Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in New York. Casper is also among one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.
Katie Jacobs Stanton is an American executive. She is the CMO of Color Genomics. Prior to her role at Color, Stanton was the Vice President of Global Media at Twitter. She worked at Twitter from July 2010 through January 2016. Stanton sits on the Board of Directors for Vivendi and Time.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alex Chriss is SVP & Chief Product Officer of the Small Business and Self-Employed Group at Intuit. He focuses on serving the global population of small businesses and self-employed businesses of one. Alex has a proven track record of innovating inside Intuit - launching and leading Intuit’s self-employed business unit, as well as Intuit’s platform-as-a-service strategy and the QuickBooks App Store, all of which are thriving today. QuickBooks Self-Employed helps hundreds of thousands of self-employed individuals manage their expenses and tax obligations, the partner platform allows independent developers to create and deploy products that work in conjunction with QuickBooks, while the app store enables small businesses to discover and consume hundreds of apps that integrate with QuickBooks. He’s also led Intuit’s QuickBooks Financing business, providing lower rates, an easier application and faster delivery of capital to millions of small businesses. Prior to Intuit, he was a successful entrepreneur, founding two companies, including CollegeWeb, an online community for college students that was sold in 1999.
Four times named to Forbes Midas List, Rebecca is Co-founder and General Partner at Canvas Ventures. She's led investments in Lending Club (IPO in 2014), Check (acquired by Intuit) and FutureAdvisor (acquired by BlackRock), Vida Health, Honore, and Luminar Technologies.
Othman Laraki is co-founder and CEO of Color. He spent several years at Google, where he worked on Google’s performance infrastructure and client-side software, including the Google Chrome browser. Following Google, he co-founded MixerLabs, which was acquired by Twitter in 2009. At Twitter, Othman was the Vice President of Product, helping create the company's first revenue products and grow the user base from 50 to 200 million users. Othman holds degrees in computer science and management from Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Othman is a long-time investor and advisor to leading companies such as Pinterest, AngelList, Slack, Instacart and others.
Ian Siegel is CEO and co-founder of ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace, using AI-driven matching technology to connect millions of businesses and job seekers. Since its inception in 2010, over 300M job seekers have applied on the ZipRecruiter site while the company has helped more than 1.5M employers find their next great talent. 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 BA in sociology from Oberlin College and is based in Santa Monica, Calif.
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.
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.
Emily Melton is a partner at DFJ 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.
Henrique Dubugras is cofounder & CEO of Brex — the first of its kind credit card for startups. A Brazilian entrepreneur, Henrique built payments company Pagar.me — the Stripe of Brazil — when he was 16 years old before moving to San Francisco to co-found Brex.
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, an app that helps parents alleviate pain points such as finding quality child care, getting advice in a difficult moment, or choosing the right products for their child. 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. She lives with her daughter Bryn (and another daughter on the way) and her husband Eric in San Francisco.
Niko Bonatsos, managing director at General Catalyst, focuses on finding first-time technology founders with strong product instincts, robust appetites for learning, and a desire to create innovations with potential to benefit millions. He has been instrumental in GC’s investments in Snap (NYSE: SNAP), RealtyShares, ClassDojo and Paribus (acquired by CapitalOne).
Alice Bentinck MBE is cofounder at Entrepreneur First. EF supports the world’s most ambitious technologists to build their own tech startups from scratch - they have more investments in AI than any other fund in Europe. EF has £70m under management and has built more than 100 startups in London and Singapore. Significant exits include Magic Pony Technology ($150m to Twitter) and Represent ($100m to Custom Inc). EF’s investors include LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and Greylock Partners, alongside Mosaic Ventures, Lakestar and Founders Fund.
She also set up Code First: Girls, a not-for-profit that has taught 5,000 women to code for free while at university.
Alice started her career at McKinsey & Company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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). Paul’s early online gaming innovations in multi-player user experience from almost 20 years ago are the inspiration for several of the modern social gaming offerings. He is the holder of over a dozen core patents covering social networking and big data.
Prior to forming Bullpen, he was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, and uDemy. Paul founded Bullpen in 2010 and has led several of its key investments including FanDuel, Namely, Ipsy, SpotHero, Classy, and Airmap. Paul holds a BS in Mathematics from Lehigh University and a Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University.
Emilie Choi works at Coinbase as Vice President of Corporate and Business Development. She has more than 17 years of professional experience including overseeing more than 40 transactions at LinkedIn, including the acquisitions of Lynda, Bright, Newsle, Connectifier, Slideshare and Fliptop, as well as LinkedIn’s JV in China and strategic investments in Cornerstone On Demand and G2 Crowd; working in Corporate Development as well as Digital Business Strategy and Operations at Warner Bros., where she developed long-term strategies for the WBTVG digital businesses, including TMZ, Kids WB, Essence and The WB; and working in Corporate Development at Yahoo!, where she advised the senior management team and executed numerous transactions, including Flickr and Yahoo’s original investment in Alibaba.
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.
Talia Goldberg joined Bessemer in 2012 and is a Principal in the San Francisco office, where she focuses on consumer and software investments at the venture and growth stages. Talia is particularly interested in marketplaces, self-serve software platforms, networked communities and real estate. Talia is involved in the firms investments in ServiceTitan, Toss, Pinterest, Raise, Wikia, and Vidyard among others. She also serves as a Board Observer for many of these companies.
Talia graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of Pennsylvania where she created her own major between the Wharton School of Business and the College of Arts & Sciences. While in school, Talia was a founding partner of the Dorm Room Fund, First Round Capital's student run investment fund.
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.”
Jeff Queisser is a Co-founder and SVP Engineering at Box. He is responsible for Box's technical strategy and global oversight of all engineering development and operations teams. Jeff has been instrumental in developing Box's vision over the last eleven years while building and scaling Box's infrastructure to support it. He sold his first software at age ten and later formed Q-Squared, a successful computer consulting company based in Seattle. He studied at Western Washington University before joining Box in 2006.
Cristina is Senior Manager at Facebook leading multiple teams which build new product experiences powered by artificial intelligence.
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.
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.
Marianne is an experienced venture investor, startup executive and management consultant who has spent her career focused on bringing new technology to market. As President of GE Ventures, she is responsible for the company’s overall investment strategy spanning manufacturing and supply chain, energy and mobility, and healthcare and life sciences.
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).
Jason Nazar is co-founder/CEO of Comparably, a workplace culture and compensation career site. The platform launched in 2016, and now boasts close to 10 million ratings across 45,000 companies in the U.S. and is one of the most used SaaS solutions for employer branding. Comparably's workplace culture and salary studies, including its annual workplace culture and CEO awards, have been cited by nearly every major national news outlet.
Prior to Comparably, Jason was co-founder/CEO of Docstoc (acquired by Intuit in 2013), the premier content site to start, grow and manage small businesses. With 20M unique visitors per month and 50M registered members worldwide, Docstoc was one of the most visited sites in the world with the widest selection of professional documents and resources. Before starting Docstoc, Jason was a partner in a venture consulting firm in Los Angeles where he worked with dozens of startups.
Often credited with helping build the Silicon Beach tech scene, Jason created and hosted southern California's largest and longest-running monthly tech event, Startups Uncensored, with CEO fireside chats that brought out thousands of entrepreneurs, techies, and investors. He has received numerous awards and honors, most notably Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles in 2016-2017, appointed by Mayor Garcetti. During his tenure, Jason created and continues to host the annual TechFair LA, the largest tech job fair in Los Angeles. Additionally, he was named one of the “Most Respected CEOs in L.A.” by the Los Angeles Business Journal and Entrepreneur's “Top 50 Inspirational Entrepreneurs of 2017.”
Jason is a popular Forbes, Wall Street Journal, INC, and Fortune contributor, and has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, FOX Business, and more for his thought leadership. He’s a tech angel investor/advisor in over 20 companies, currently serving on the boards of Collab Studios, Wondery, and Flo. A native Angeleno, he holds a JD/MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA from UC Santa Barbara. For more information: www.jasonnazar.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justin Wu is a growth marketer & Information Architect. He is also co-founder of BlockchainNW, Seattle's First Blockchain Conference and has helped brands achieve over $3m in Kickstarter, 500k downloads in the app store and taken SaaS companies to over $100k MRR / $1MM ARR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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