A global community unlike any other.
Game-changers, curious investors, world-class speakers, the leading brands for startups - we’ve got it all.
Global 2020 is the most important event for startups, tech leaders, and big brands at the forefront of innovation. 10,000 people from around the globe converge on Silicon Valley for 2-days of nonstop education, inspiration, and invaluable networking spanning 10 stages, 100+ sessions, and social events. Whether you’re a large enterprise, a founder in the midst of the grind, or an innovator looking for what’s next - there’s something for everyone.
The community speaks for itself. The experience is one of a kind.
Founder + Managing Partner
Co-founder + CEO
Rent the Runway
Co-founder + CEO
Business Owner, Former Athlete, Broadcaster
Co-founder + CEO
Chief Data Officer
hims & hers
Founder + CEO
Walker & Company Brands
Founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Chief Product Officer
Co-founder + CEO
Cultural Leadership Fund
Co-founder + Author
Head of Google for Startups, US
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + Co-CEO
Co-founder + General Partner
Co-founder + CEO
Scale Venture Partners
Founder & Head of Strategy
Partner, Human Capital
Co-founder + COO
VP of Product
Co-founder + CEO
Head of Product Inclusion
Investor, Author, Board Director
Co-founder + CTO
Founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + Co-CEO
Head of Technology Policy
Co-founder + Partner
Co-founder + CEO
Founder + CEO
Generation Investment Management
Partner + Co-head, Growth Equity + Sustainable Solutions Fund
Vice President, Oracle for Startups
B Capital Group
Growth by Design Talent
Founder + Partner
EVP, Regulatory Affairs
Nu Skin Enterprises
Co-founder + CEO
Director of Content Marketing
CEO + Founder
CEO + Co-founder
Amy Jin Coaching
Bevy / Startup Grind
Co-Founder + CEO
Founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
Interim VP Innovation + Director, Outside Innovation
Co-founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
VP, Product Marketing and Global Insights
Head of Enterprise Design
Head, Global Startup Marketing
VP, Global Talent
Co-founder + CTO
Customer Advocacy Manager
Dell Technologies Capital
Co-founder + CEO
US Head of AI Growth, Startups + Venture Capital
Chief Communications Officer
Director of Product Management
Director of Customer Success
Co-founder + CEO
Founder + President
Executive Vice President
Community Team Manager
Founder + CEO
Founder + CEO, Author, Storyteller
VP of Community
Gallaher Edge, LLC
Founder + CEO
Co-founder + CEO
CSM Sport + Entertainment
Global Startup Advocate
Founder + President
Founder + CEO
Senior Marketing Manager
Manager, Client Strategy & Consulting
Oracle for Startups
Head of Global Marketing
Head of Industry, eCommerce
California State Assemblymember
Managing Director + General Partner
Director, Developer Technology & Evangelism
Cut + Sew
Founder + Partner
Head of Marketing
VP, Head of Talent
Co-founder + CEO
Chief Product Officer
VP of Marketing and Student Experience
CEO + Managing Director
SVP of Physical Product and Own Brands
Vision Venture Partners
VP, Marketing + Content
VP of Higher Education and Student Success
Head of International Relations
Streamer, Host + Producer
Startup Hansa/Grit Daily
Senior Community Lead
Community Manager of the Americas
San Francisco Business Times
Startup and Innovation Reporter
Stanford School of Medicine
Staff Product Designer
Chief Revenue Officer
Aileen is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund. They seek to back exceptional teams building technology that re-imagines work and personal life in large and growing markets - what they call "Life 2.0". She was formerly a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and the CEO of RMG Networks. A graduate of MIT, Aileen has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Justin Kan is the co-founder and CEO of Atrium, a full-service corporate law firm that uses modern technology to provide startups a legal experience that is fast, transparent, and price-predictable. Having been a repeat founder and investor both personally and as a Partner at Y Combinator for many years, Justin coins himself an involuntary user of legal services. With countless legal frustrations under his belt, he sought out to redefine the industry by removing the unknown barriers with transparency and operational efficiency to improve the delivery of services and inherently also the client-attorney relationship.
Justin previously founded many companies including: Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar; Justin.tv which later became Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired for $970mm by Amazon in 2014) and Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); and Exec, an on-demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014).
He’s personally invested in over 100 companies, including Zenefits, Ginkgo Bioworks, Cruise, and Alto Pharmacy. Justin graduated from Yale University with a degree in Physics and Philosophy.
Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the $1.7 trillion fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility in women's everyday lives.
Jay Williams – former No. 2 draft pick for the Chicago Bulls – is a trailblazing athlete who forged his own entrepreneurial path. In addition to being a partner in ESPN’s “The Boardroom” and co-owner of Simatree, Jay is an investor, ESPN host, NBA analyst and New York Times bestselling author of “Life is Not an Accident"
Geoff Ralston is the President of Y Combinator and has been with YC since 2011. Prior to YC, he built one of the first web mail services, RocketMail, which became Yahoo Mail in 1997. While at Yahoo, Geoff worked in engineering and ran a business unit before becoming Chief Product Officer. After Yahoo, he was the CEO of Lala, which was acquired in 2009 by Apple. In 2011, he cofounded Imagine K12, the first Ed Tech accelerator, which funded companies like ClassDojo and Remind, and merged with YC in 2016. He has an AB in Computer Science from Dartmouth, an MS in Computer Science from Stanford, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Steve Huffman is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, the "front page of the internet" and fourth most visited site in the U.S. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Hipmunk, the popular online travel company. Raised in northern Virginia, Huffman pursued his passion for programming from an early age and followed it through a computer science degree at the University of Virginia.
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.
Thuan Pham is Chief Technology Officer at Uber where he is responsible for scaling the company's technical teams and investments to meet global growth and performance. His organization includes thousands of engineers, data scientists, AI researchers, and technical program managers across five continents building everything from Uber's corporate infrastructure to the data platforms and machine learning engines to support a growing product portfolio. Previously, Thuan was Vice President of Engineering at VMWare, and led the engineering organizations at Westbridge and Doubleclick. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering and an M.S. in EE/CS from MIT.
Jaya Kolhatkar serves as Hulu’s Chief Data Officer, overseeing customer intelligence and all data and analytics related efforts at Hulu. In her role, Kolhatkar is responsible for elevating Hulu’s customer intelligence, implementing strong data governance and driving a culture of objective, data-driven decision making across the company. As CDO, Kolhatkar manages a team of more than 100 across strategic analytics, data engineering, data science and business intelligence.
Prior to joining Hulu, Kolhatkar served as SVP of Global Data and Analytics Platforms at WalmartLabs where she built data and analytic platforms that provided data and tools for making business decisions at Walmart Inc. Kolhatkar joined WalmartLabs in 2013 as part of the acquisition of predictive analytics firm, Inkiru, where she was the Chief Analytics Officer and co-founder.
Before WalmartLabs, Kolhatkar worked in analytics roles at PayPal, eBay and Amazon.
Kolhatkar holds a Masters of Business Administration from Villanova University and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Andrew is a Founder & CEO at Hims & Hers. He is also a Cofounder and General Partner at Atomic, a venture-builder in San Francisco backed by Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen and many of the leading venture funds in the world. He is serial founder, active angel investor and advisor to over two dozen startups. Andrew graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kirsten is the founder of Forerunner Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. She combines an experience and thesis driven approach, with a consumer centric view, to identify visionary entrepreneurs and compelling brand platforms. Through her work at Forerunner, she has partnered with some of the most promising companies in the current evolution of commerce. Representative investments include: Birchbox, Bonobos, Hotel Tonight, Nomi, Warby Parker.
Tristan is the Founder & CEO of Walker & Company Brands (merged with Procter & Gamble, December 2018), prior he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Andreessen Horowitz. Before his time at Andreessen Horowitz, he was the Director of Business Development for foursquare. In 2019, he was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 “World’s Greatest Leaders.” He has also been named a USA Today Person of the Year, Ebony Magazine's 100 Most Powerful People, Vanity Fair's "Next Establishment," and Fortune Magazine's “40 Under 40”. Tristan holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian, and a MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
David Rogier is the co-founder and CEO of MasterClass, where he is leading the company’s re-imagination of online education. Based in San Francisco, MasterClass is the platform that makes it possible for anyone to learn from the best. David grew up in Los Angeles where he became known for two things: entrepreneurship (he sold his first company, an Internet search engine, while still in middle school), and asking too many questions in class. David attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he met renowned tech investor Michael Dearing, whom he went to work for after graduation. After a year with Michael, David decided what he really wanted to do was rekindle his two favorite pastimes from his youth: entrepreneurship and question-asking, by starting MasterClass (Michael became his first investor).
Scott Belsky is an executive, entrepreneur, author, investor, and now serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer. Scott's passion is to make the creative world more productive, connected, and adaptive to new technologies. He founded Behance, the leading online platform for the creative industry to showcase and discover creative work, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012.
Scott actively advises and invests in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design, and help empower people. He is a Venture Partner with Benchmark, and is an early advisor and investor in Pinterest, Uber, sweetgreen, and Periscope as well as several others in the early stages. He is also co-founder and Chairman of Prefer, a referrals platform that empowers the careers of independent professionals (aka "Soloists”).
Through his work as a founder and investor, Scott has become an advocate for technology and community initiatives that empower creative people and help businesses leverage the creative potential of their people. He is the author of two national bestselling books, Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle, and Scott founded 99U, a publication and annual conference devoted to productivity in the creative world.
Jennifer Tejada is the CEO of PagerDuty (NYSE: PD), a leading real-time operations platform. She is a veteran software industry executive and business leader, and previously served as CEO of Keynote Systems and EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Mincom. She has led the global expansion of PagerDuty, as well as the significant growth in its workforce and customers, including over half of the Fortune 100. Jennifer currently serves as a board member of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL). She previously sat on the board of Puppet, Inc. and oOh Media. Jennifer holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan.
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).
Megan is a General Partner at Spark Capital, where she invests in growth-stage companies, including Slack, Glossier, and Niantic. She was formerly a partner at Kleiner Perkins. Prior to becoming an investor, Megan led the product development organization at Square and spent seven years at Google building Google Maps.
Chris Lyons is currently leading the Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) at Andreessen Horowitz. The goals of the CLF are to connect the great cultural leaders to the best new technology companies, and also enable more African Americans to enter the technology industry.
Chris was previously Chief of Staff at Andreessen Horowitz, working closely with Ben Horowitz; founder of restaurant technology startup PictureMenu; and also worked with Jermaine Dupri at SoSo Def as a music producer and engineer. He is a Kauffman Fellow graduate (Class 19); advisor to New Story Charity and The Black Economic Alliance; and member of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Yancey Strickler is a writer and the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter. He grew up in Clover Hollow, Virginia, and began his career as a music critic in New York City. His first book is called "This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World.
As Head of Google for Startups in the United States, Jewel Burks Solomon works to level the playing field for diverse startup founders and communities by connecting them with the best that Google’s products, connections, and best practice has to offer.
In addition to her role at Google, Jewel is an advocate for representation in and access to the technology industry. She currently serves as Managing Partner at Collab Capital, an investment fund to connect Black founders to the financial and social capital they need to build profitable businesses. From 2013 to 2016 Jewel was CEO and co-founder of Partpic, a startup that was acquired by Amazon, which streamlines the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision. Before founding Partpic, Jewel served in management, enterprise sales, and strategic diversity roles at McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply and Google, Inc.
Jewel is a native of Nashville, TN and graduate of Howard University. She is a member of the 2019 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Josh Reeves is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Gusto. He leads the company on its mission to create a world where work empowers a better life, and building Gusto to its full potential is a multi-decade mission for him. Gusto exists at the connection between employer and employee, helping over 100,000 companies across America with payroll, health insurance, employee on-boarding, HR, and more.
Josh was recognized as one of the “Most Admired CEOs” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2016, and he was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2012. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow and a recipient of the Terman Engineering award.
Eddy Lu is the co-founder and CEO of GOAT Group, the world’s largest marketplace for authentic sneakers. Eddy co-founded GOAT in 2015 to help solve the issue of counterfeit sneakers in the industry, and has since raised $200 million in venture capital, growing the business to over 12 million users and 600 employees. As CEO, Eddy has helped build GOAT into the most trusted source to discover, buy and sell authentic sneakers and oversees the business, vision, and strategy of the company. The platform offers the greatest selection of sneakers available globally through company-operated retail stores, e-commerce sites and mobile apps under the GOAT and Flight Club brands. Prior to GOAT, Eddy worked on various gaming apps, specialty food franchises and social dining app Grubwithus. Eddy holds a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and was part of Y Combinator’s Winter class of 2011.
Eric Sager is the COO of Plaid, the technology company powering the fintech ecosystem. At Plaid, Eric leads the company’s business strategy and operations as well as the go-to-market teams.
Eric joined Plaid from BlueVine, where he served as the CRO and led all revenue-related teams across the company to ensure a consistent and positive end-to-end client experience. Before BlueVine, Eric held multiple positions at Square. As the company’s Head of Sales, Eric helped sellers of all sizes leverage Square's products, features, and tools to improve their businesses. He also led the company’s efforts to optimize the end-to-end customer lifecycle experience as the Head of Growth and Retention.
Prior to Square, Eric was a Principal at Bain & Company based in San Francisco, London, and Johannesburg focusing on companies in technology, private equity, and financial services. He began his career in financial services as a business analyst at Capital One.
Eric holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Mississippi College.
Angela Strange is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she focuses on investments in financial services including insurance, real estate & increasing inclusivity. She is currently on the board of ADDI, Synapse and Tally, and is a board observer for the following Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies: Branch, Earnin, HealthIQ, Mayvenn, PeerStreet, and Point. Angela joined the firm in 2014.
Prior to joining a16z, Angela was a product manager at Google where she launched and grew Chrome for Android and Chrome for iOS into two of Google's most successful mobile products. Previously, she was the director of product management and business development at Ruba.com (acquired by Google) and a senior associate partner at Bay Partners where she focused on the consumer internet sector. Prior to that, Angela was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting in Toronto.
Angela is a proud Canadian and served as co-chair of the C100, a non-profit that bridges Canadian entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley, and on the Canadian Finance Minister Morneau's Economic Growth Council. Angela has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen's University, in Canada, and an MBA from Stanford. Angela is a world-class athlete and spent two years training professionally as a runner; she has won several marathons and achieved a seventh place national ranking in Canada.
Marco Zappacosta is the co-founder and CEO of Thumbtack, an online services marketplace enabling hundreds of thousands of local skilled professionals to build successful businesses by connecting them to millions of customers. From the beginning, Marco has been focused on building Thumbtack’s pro-community across the platform by inviting entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and skillsets to join and share their experiences.
In the last two years, After spending the last two years rebuilding his original business model, Thumbtack recently completed a fundraise of $150M led by Sequoia Capital, valuing the local services marketplace at $1.7 billion. This was one of the largest investments Sequoia has ever made - spanning all investment arms."
Austen Allred is the co-founder and CEO of Lambda School, a new model of higher education where the school invests in the students rather than the other way around. Lambda School's mission is to find untapped or underutilized talent, and to train that talent for the most in-demand jobs in the world. Founded in 2017, the school provides world-class education and career services to over a thousand students. Previously, Austen founded Grasswire, an open newsroom that Fortune called ""the Wikipedia of news."" Born and raised in Springville, UT, Austen now lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
Amy Pressman is co-founder of Medallia. Before starting the company, Amy worked as a consultant for Boston Consulting Group. Prior to that, she was a Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras.
David Heath is the co-Founder of BOMBAS. Prior to the launch in 2013, David dedicated two years to rigorous product testing and refinement to create the best performing and most stylish athletic-leisure socks available, while staying true to their mission of helping those in need. David holds a BA from Babson College with majors in Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship. Previously, he led business development as one of the founding employees at UrbanDaddy and served as Executive Director of Membership Opportunities at Vibe Media. As a true serial entrepreneur, David has invested and consulted on a range of start-up businesses from concept through launch and continued growth.
Heidi Zak is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ThirdLove, the bra and underwear company on a mission to build high quality, better fitting bras for every woman’s body. Zak has led the charge on inclusivity, inventing half-cups and offering more than 80 sizes and counting. She believes women should be celebrated exactly as they are, no improvements necessary. Zak has been recognized as Fortune’s 40 Under 40, Fast Company’s Most Creative People and Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. Since 2013, more than 13 million women have used ThirdLove’s innovative Fit Finder™ that uses data science and machine learning to recommend the best bra size. Prior to launching ThirdLove, Heidi was at Google, Aeropostale, McKinsey and Bank of America.
Tyson is a general partner at GV. He spent his career in enterprise technology, focusing on companies in the SaaS application and data center infrastructure spaces.
Prior to joining GV, Tyson was a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he was on the corporate development team and advised enterprise portfolio companies. He led acquisitions in the enterprise SaaS space for Oracle’s corporate development group, and worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, where he oversaw IPO and M&A transactions for a variety of cloud companies.
Tyson spent six years in the United States Navy, serving on submarines as both a nuclear propulsion officer and Navy scuba diver.
Tyson holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Stanford (with honors) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Cyan Banister is a partner at Founders Fund, where she invests across sectors and stages with a particular interest in augmented reality, fertility, heavily regulated industries and businesses that help people with basic skills find meaningful work. Prior to joining Founders Fund, Cyan was an active angel investor with a portfolio including Uber, Thumbtack, SpaceX, Postmates, EShares, Affirm and Niantic, creator of Pokémon GO.
A self-taught engineer and entrepreneur, Cyan has held a number of technical leadership positions throughout her career. As an early employee at IronPort, which was acquired by Cisco, Cyan oversaw support infrastructure and performance for a global customer base.
Cyan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Zivity. She has a passion for the arts and is a voracious film, documentary and media consumer.
David Sacks is co-founder and general partner at Craft. He has been a successful tech entrepreneur and investor for two decades. David was founder/CEO of Yammer, which was acquired by Microsoft for $1.2 billion in 2012. Previously, he was COO and product leader of PayPal during the famed “PayPal Mafia” founding era. He also served as interim CEO of Zenefits in 2016. David produced the award-winning independent movie Thank You For Smoking.
AngelList’s Naval Ravikant has called David “the world’s best product strategist.”
Investments include: Affirm, Airbnb, Bird, Facebook, Houzz, Opendoor, Palantir, Postmates, Slack, SpaceX, and Uber.
Since March 2015, Janine has led Zoom's corporate marketing initiatives including go-to-market strategies, brand awareness, communications, product marketing, lead generation, and customer marketing. Additionally, in 2018 she began leading Zoom’s online business unit.
Janine brings over 15 years of strategic marketing experience to Zoom, providing in-depth knowledge of SaaS business models. Prior to joining Zoom, Janine led the worldwide demand generation function for the collaboration business unit at Cisco. She built successful teams and transformative programs at both Webex (pre-acquisition) and Cisco, garnering a deep knowledge of both eCommerce and direct sales go-to-market models.
Janine graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Marketing.
Rory Cellan-Jones has been a reporter for the BBC for thirty years and has been Technology Correspondent since 2007. His weekly radio show Tech Tent on the BBC World Service is the essential guide to big tech news and trends
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.
Kat Manalac is a Partner at Y Combinator. She's been at YC since 2013 and has seen over 1,000 companies go through the program. Prior to YC, Kat was Chief of Staff to Alexis Ohanian, investor and co-founder of reddit. Before that, she was at WIRED Magazine. Kat graduated from Northwestern University and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chris Urmson is the co-founder and CEO of Aurora, the company building self-driving technology to deliver the benefits of the future of transportation safely, quickly, and broadly. Chris has been instrumental in instigating and advancing the development of self-driving vehicles and the industry for the last 15 years. Before founding Aurora, Chris helped start Google’s self-driving car program and served as CTO. Prior, Chris was a faculty member of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he worked with house-sized trucks, drove robots around in deserts, and was the technical director of the DARPA Urban and Grand Challenge teams. He earned his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and his BSc in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1998.
Stacey invests in business applications driving the Future of Work. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Aviso, Abstract, Demandbase, Extole, Lever, Namely, Narvar, Sailthru and Textio. Prior board positions include HubSpot, Bizible and Vitrue (Acq: Oracle). Stacey also originated investments in ExactTarget, acquired by Salesforce, and Omniture, acquired by Adobe.
Stacey is a founding member of AllRaise and an advisor to The University Growth Fund. Prior to ScaleVP, Stacey specialized in M&A within Bank of America’s Corporate Development Group, worked in equity research at Morgan Stanley and began her career as an account manager at Syntel.
Tony Donohoe is the CTO of SoFi. Before joining SoFi, he served as CTO of Brand Expedia where he led a global team responsible for all consumer, mobile and supplier platforms. He oversaw a multi-year transformation to a cloud native architecture and integration of multiple acquisitions onto a single platform. Prior to Expedia, Tony was a Managing Director at JP Morgan where he built large scale consumer finance platforms and analytics applications. Tony brings a passion for building learning organizations and products that delight the customer. Tony holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Dublin City University.
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.
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.
Jaime Bott is the Human Capital Partner at Sequoia Capital where she has spent the past 9+ years placing executive talent into startups ranging from seed to growth stage.
Kobie is a partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest and longest-running venture firm in Southern California. He joined the firm in 2016 and has led investments in companies including TheWaveVR, Cordial, Bevy, The Mighty and MetaCX. Kobie has deep experience in SaaS businesses, marketing technologies, and emerging technologies including VR and AR (he was an early personal investor in Oculus which was acquired by Facebook for $3BN). Kobie joined Upfront from Accel, where he was involved in investments including Campaign Monitor, UserTesting, AdRoll, and Invoca. Prior to Accel, Kobie was the Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion ecommerce players based in Los Angeles. 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.) Kobie received an AB in Economics from Harvard University where he was also captain of the track team and a multi Ivy League champion.
Frederic Kerrest is the Executive Vice Chairperson, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Okta. He is responsible for Okta's day-to-day operations, working with employees, partners and customers to deliver on the company's mission of leveraging the cloud to make people more productive and IT more secure. As a key member of management, Frederic helps set corporate priorities to drive success for the company and its customers. He currently serves as an advisor to early stage software companies and a mentor at the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and the Stanford StartX Accelerator program.
Passionate about reconnecting people to their creativity, Allison Swope heads VSCO’s product team. Allison joined VSCO from Facebook, where she led the development of Facebook Live and Facebook Mentions, and helped grow Facebook Messenger to more than 1.4 billion users. She puts her creativity to use every day at VSCO, building an environment where her team finds meaning developing new products.
Mike Jones is an internet executive, investor and strategic advisor and CEO of startup studio Science Inc. The firm, which has had $1.3B in aggregate portfolio company exits, launched Science Blockchain, the first incubator in the world to be funded by its own tokenized compliant securities offering (token: SCI).
Mike is Los Angeles’s most active angel investor with more than $2.5B in exits. His exits in 2016 alone included Science portfolio companies HelloSociety (acquired by New York Times), FameBit (acquired by Google) and Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever). He is also a long-time entrepreneur. He started his first company in college, and he was previously the CEO of Userplane (acquired by AOL), Tsavo (acquired by Cybermedia), PBJ (acquired by JB), MySpace (acquired by Specific Media), Myspace Japan (acquired by Softbank), and FIM (acquired by Rubicon Project).
Sarah Cannon invests in companies that define the future of work. She is most interested in productivity, analytics, data, and automation. Sarah works with Slack and Pitch. Previously, Sarah spent four years at Alphabet's CapitalG where she invested in Looker, MultiPlan, Oscar, and Care.com. Prior to CapitalG, Sarah was a policy advisor on the National Economic Council at the White House during the Obama Administration. Sarah received a B.A. in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale College, an M.P.A/I.D. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Chris Beals oversees all aspects of Weedmaps’ business and has been leading the strategy to expand the company's focus on B2B and SaaS solutions. Beals previously served as Weedmaps’ general counsel and, before joining the company, was Senior Vice President at Colbeck focusing on technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors.
David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup, the platform for finding and building local communities, owned by the We Company. He has over 20 years of experience as a technology and digital media executive leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth and traffic acceleration. Prior to joining Meetup, David was CEO of Investopedia and before that, President of Seeking Alpha. David holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Pace University where he teaches courses in Strategic Planning & Entrepreneurship.
Annie Jean-Baptiste is the Head of Product Inclusion, Research and Activation at Google. She leads Product Inclusion strategy across the company, including consultation, communications, scale and research. She is passionate about making the web and Google’s products work for underserved communities while ensuring that Google is a place where everyone shines for their differences.
She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with degrees in International Relations & Political Science.
She’s been covered in Essence, the Huffington Post, Vogue, the Root, the Boston Globe and Fortune Magazine and currently lives in San Francisco.
Henrik is the co-founder of BARK (makers of BarkBox) as well as Founding Partner of Prehype, a venture development firm headquartered in New York. Werdelin creates programs to make large companies entrepreneurial, methods to help good people build ventures, and products that make people (and dogs) happy. His experience – centered on solving problems at scale in creative ways – ranges from being Entrepreneur in Residence at Index Ventures to working with, advising, or investing in start-ups like HotPotato (now Facebook), GoTryItOn (now Rent the Runway), and ReadMill (now DropBox).
Steven Tristan Young is the Chief Marketing Officer at Poshmark, the leading US Social Commerce platform. Prior to Poshmark, Steven was the VP of Growth at Grubhub, the US leading online and mobile food ordering company. During his 7-year tenure, he managed the company’s customer and market level growth programs, driving double digit growth year over year. Steven has also held leadership positions at DIRECTV, American Express, Endurance International Group and Puma Sports. Steven received his undergraduate degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School
Allison Pickens is an internationally known thought leader on driving subscription revenue growth and scaling teams. As Gainsight's Chief Operating Officer, Allison is focused on generating excellence in company-wide strategy and execution, as well as new corporate development opportunities and evangelism.
Allison was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, one of the Top Women in SaaS, the Top 50 People in the Sales and Business Development industry, and a Top Customer Service Influencer. She is an international speaker, blogger, and the host of The Customer Success Podcast, with 100,000+ listens over two seasons. She also serves as a Board Director at SaaS companies RainforestQA and eCompliance and is an Advisor at Bessemer Venture Partners. She has a passion for working with companies to scale their go-to-market operations and to create exceptional Customer Success initiatives.
Allison built and scaled Gainsight’s post-sales functions, including a global team of more than 180 team members across Customer Success Management, Professional Services, Support, Customer Marketing, Value Consulting, and Customer Engineering. She also built Gainsight’s Corporate Development (M&A) function and is General Manager of Gainsight PX, an acquired business. Before that, she built Gainsight's Sales Development and Business Operations teams.
Allison started her career in management consulting for Fortune 500 companies while at Boston Consulting Group and later worked in private equity investing at Bain Capital. At both companies, she helped organizations drive change and revenue growth. Allison has a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University, as well as an MBA from Stanford University. On weekends you can typically find Allison contemplating political-philosophical questions while on a hike in the Marin Headlands.
Sam Yam is the Co-Founder and CTO of Patreon, a membership platform that makes it easy for creators to earn salaries directly from their biggest fans. Prior to Patreon, Sam co-founded AdWhirl, which was acquired by AdMob. Sam is also a YCE at YCombinator and has worked at Google, Yahoo, and Stanford's StartX. Sam graduated with a BS in CS from Stanford and is currently on leave from Stanford's Master's program in CS.
Sarah Nahm is the CEO and founder of Lever, an enterprise software company that is transforming the way companies hire. A passionate advocate for workplace diversity, Nahm has scaled Lever with a 50-50 gender ratio, 53% women in management, 40% women on its board, and is 40% non-white. Prior to Lever, Nahm began her technology career at Google after having graduated from Stanford University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in both Engineering and Product Design.
Peter Colis is the CEO and Co-founder of Ethos, the company building a wholly new model for life insurance, redesigning a broken system – from top to bottom – to close the nation-wide coverage gap and give millions of families the protection they need. Peter is a member of the Forbes Finance Council and holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Jordana Kier is the co-founder of LOLA, the first lifelong brand for your body. LOLA aims to address women’s reproductive health with a commitment to product transparency and a community built on candid dialogue about all of the things we don’t openly talk about. Before co-founding LOLA, Jordana received her MBA from Columbia Business School, during which she worked at Rent the Runway and Quidsi. She graduated from Dartmouth College and was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016. Jordana also serves on the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network Advisory Board.
Ali is responsible for ensuring the ICO can respond to complex societal challenges presented by emerging technology developments and the use of personal data. His expertise in AI, data and emerging technology is combined with a passion for understanding the impact of technology on society, and how technology can be used for innovation and social good.
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/.
Saam partners with entrepreneurs at the earliest stages and helps them navigate product-market fit and go-to-market scale. He is excited about enterprise software and focused on opportunities in data and machine learning infrastructure, applied AI, application software, and cybersecurity.
Saam joined Greylock in 2016. He’s a board director at Abnormal Security, Utmost and one unannounced company. He also works closely with Blend, Clockwise, Spoke and Notable Health.
Before Greylock, Saam co-founded Guru Labs and worked in product management at RelateIQ, which got acquired by Salesforce. Saam holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow.
Maren is an engineer turned operator and entrepreneur who has been building tech businesses for the past 15 years. Previously, she was CEO and Cofounder of LittleLane. Her operating experience also includes leadership roles at a health tech startups as well as leading consumer marketing for a $1B product at Genentech. She is a contributor at Forbes, an Advisor at Pearachute and a Mentor at Stanford StartX. She has an MBA from Stanford and an Engineering degree from Dartmouth.
Anish Acharya is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he invests in financial services. Prior to joining a16z, Anish held multiple roles at Credit Karma including the General Manager of Core Product and General Manager of U.S. Card, which he helped scale to over 80MM members and $680MM in 2018 revenue. Anish joined Credit Karma in 2015 via the acquisition of the company Snowball, a notifications startup he founded a year earlier.
Prior to creating Snowball, Anish founded SocialDeck, a social-gaming company that was acquired by Google in 2010. He then went on to both lead various product efforts in mobile and invest at Google Ventures. Anish graduated from the University of Waterloo and lives in the Bay Area with his family.
Iman is Incredible Health's resident health and business nerd. A former medical doctor, she's a McKinsey alumnus and led product management at AliveCor, a Khosla-backed health tech startup. She also fit in getting a Wharton MBA somewhere in-between.
As a doctor herself, she understands the importance of choosing the right stepping stones in a clinical career. It's what drives her belief in Incredible Health and its potential to reliably help clinicians find the right fit.
Tess is an investor at Bessemer Venture Partners primarily focused on frontier tech, specifically commercial space, drones, and autonomous vehicles. She currently serves as board director for Phantom Auto and Spire Global and board observer for Impossible Aerospace, Iris Automation, Rocket Lab, Velo3D, Forever Oceans, Crosschq, and Smule.
Previously, she was a mission manager at SpaceX where she worked with the government on integrating its payloads with the Falcon9 rocket. She also worked at Fictiv, a startup using 3D printing and CNC machining to democratize access to manufacturing.
Tess earned a Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from Stanford. She is passionate about space exploration and imagines a future where we all travel to space. She hopes to make the trip herself soon."]
Thomas founded Unison and leads the company’s overall strategic direction. He has more than twenty years of experience building large-scale consumer finance and investment management businesses at companies such as Barclay’s Global Investors, where he managed the $28 billion residential mortgage portfolio, built the first Fixed Income ETF (iShares) and developed Barclay’s Global Multi-Strategy and Credit Long/Short fund.
Thomas holds an Academy Economist degree from Niels Brock’s Academy of International Business in Copenhagen, Denmark. Thomas has been on the Board of Outward Bound. He is an avid sailboat racer and kite surfer, and launched the world’s first junior kite board race team.
Lila joined Generation in 2004 and is Co-Head and founding member of the Growth Equity business and Sustainable Solutions Fund. Her team is accelerating the transition to a sustainable economy through investment in mission-driven, high growth companies that are creating solutions consistent with planetary health and people health.
Prior to joining Generation, Lila served as Director of Finance & Development at VolunteerMatch in San Francisco and before that, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Southern Chile where she worked on community-based forestry and conservation projects.
Lila graduated with honours from Stanford University with a BA in English and Latin American Studies, received an MBA from the London Business School and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Lila serves as a Board Director for CiBO Technologies, Recyclebank, and Seventh Generation's Social Mission Board, as well as Board Observer for Optoro and Toast.
Jason Williamson is Vice President of Oracle for Startups and Oracle for Research reporting into the Office of the Founder. Oracle for Startups serves startups worldwide by enabling next-generation growth, business development, and driving cloud-based innovation for startups, our customers, and Oracle. Oracle for Research provides scientists, researchers, and university innovators with open communities; access to high-value, cost-effective, robust Oracle Cloud technologies; and startup and industry collaborations to find solutions to complex problems.
Prior to joining Oracle, Williamson created and led several key initiatives within the investment and startup community at Amazon Web Services (AWS). There he launched AWS’ Private Equity Program and Alliances with Bain, McKinsey, BCG, PwC and Deloitte. He has a background in both Fortune 500 firms (Capital One, GE, Amazon, and Oracle) and the startup world. Among his startup efforts, he cofounded the construction industry’s first CRM SaaS offering and an international NGO for entrepreneurial development.
Jason was an assistant professor for five years at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and has authored three books. He is currently is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. Jason serves on the Board of Visitors as North Carolina Central University’s School of Business, an HBCU in Durham, N.C. He has also proudly served his country as a United States Marine. Jason holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University and Masters in Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia. Jason lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Susan of 24 years, and four kids.
Karen Appleton Page is an investor, advisor, entrepreneur, and board member. She worked at Apple as a leader on the enterprise team and she was a founding executive at Box. She is currently focused on enterprise, fintech, and consumer marketplaces as a General Partner at B Capital Group.
Adam is a co-founder and Partner at Growth by Design Talent, a recruiting advisory firm that works with growth stage and mission driven startups. He spent 5 years Pinterest and served as the Global Head of Recruiting as the company grew from 200 to 2000. At Facebook, he was a Director of Recruiting leading global recruiting programs including building their university recruiting program. He spent 7 years at Qualcomm in a global leadership role focused on APAC recruiting and later university recruiting.
Morgan Sokol is Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for MedMen Enterprises, the nation’s preeminent cannabis company and the most recognized brand in the emerging marijuana industry.
Ms. Sokol manages MedMen's outreach and relationships with government entities, trade organizations and communities in support of the company's mission and the cannabis industry. Ms. Sokol works closely with stakeholders to make policy recommendations that are grounded on research and take into consideration all the complexities of the emerging cannabis industry, providing insights into political dynamics and the evolving regulatory landscape.
One of the founders of Nu Skin Enterprises, a 35 year old multibillion dollar global company with multi billion dollar annual sales. Products - personal care and nutrition. A family man.
Sargun Kaur is the CEO and co-founder of Byteboard, a startup that has recreated the technical interviewing experience to be more effective, efficient, and equitable through a skills-based, identity blind interview. Previously, she was a software engineer on Google Photos Android for two years, focusing on building features for the Gallery (home tab) and improving the Photos app experience for users in lower-connectivity areas around the world. Prior to that she was an engineer on Google MyMaps, a tool to help people communicate and discover information relevant to their world on a map.
John O’Farrell is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, John held Executive Vice President positions at Silver Spring Networks, Opsware and Excite@Home. Earlier in his career, John worked in the United States and Europe with MediaOne Group/US WEST, Booz Allen, Eircom (Ireland), the EU Commission, Digital Equipment and Siemens.
John has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering with First Class Honors from University College Dublin. He serves on five startup boards, namely Slack (NYSE:WORK), PagerDuty (NYSE:PD), GoodData, Factual and IFTTT. John also serves on the national board of UNICEF USA, as well as the advisory board of Doctors Without Borders/MSF USA. John speaks English, German, French and Portuguese.
Dylan Field is the CEO / co-founder of Figma, a collaborative interface design tool. Before starting Figma with the support of the Thiel Fellowship, Dylan was an intern at O'Reilly Media, LinkedIn and Flipboard.
Amy Elisa Jackson is Glassdoor’s Director of Content Marketing & Host of the podcast IN PURSUIT, overseeing global content, editorial and social media strategy. With 15 years of content and journalism experience, she has interviewed celebrities, policymakers and top executives about pressing topics in their lives, careers and beyond. Before Glassdoor, Amy Elisa developed content for global brands across print and digital media, including Facebook, People Magazine, Essence Magazine and more, and has appeared on Good Morning America, E! News and Inside Edition. An alum of Stanford University, Amy Elisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her chihuahua rescue, Beanie Jackson.
Peter Platzer co-founded Spire in 2012 with a vision to provide satellite-powered data solutions to problems on earth. The company’s audacious goal is to double global GDP growth by eliminating the negative economic impact from inaccurate weather forecasts in the era of Climate Change. Peter is now regarded as one of the pioneers in launching small form factor satellites into space.
Prior to launching Spire, Peter trained at CERN and the Max Planck Institute before turning to business with the Boston Consulting Group in Europe and Asia, and serving as a quantitative investment manager for almost a decade on Wall Street. Peter received an M.S. in Physics from the Technical University of Vienna, an M.B.A. from Harvard, where he was a Baker scholar, and an MSc cum laude in Space Science from ISU Strasbourg. He also serves as a Career Coach at Harvard Business School. His publications and patents span Computational Physics, Nano-satellite Technologies, and climate change adaptation.
Francesca is one of the founding partners of Ada Ventures, a seed fund focused on investing in overlooked founders and overlooked markets. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Diversity VC, a non-profit made up of interested individuals working in venture capital, who seek to increase diversity of thought in the venture and tech industry. She’s worked at Seraphim Capital, Downing Ventures and Techstars. Francesca was named 35 Under 35 in Management Today 2018 and Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2019.
Jason is co-founder/CEO of Comparably, a leading workplace culture and compensation monitoring site on a mission to provide more transparent and rewarding workplaces for job seekers and employers. With the most accurate and comprehensive data-driven insights from employees, it has become one of the fastest-growing SaaS products for employer branding and trusted third-party site for salary and workplace culture data -- including its annual “Best Places to Work” series. Credited with helping to build Silicon Beach over the past 15 years as a serial entrepreneur, Jason was appointed as the City of Los Angeles’ Entrepreneur in Residence from 2016-2018.
Amy is a leadership and pitch coach for founders. She uses mindfulness, psychology, and neuroscience to help founders unlock their superpowers and lead consciously. A passionate advocate for women, she is the co-creator and co-host of Straighten Your Crown, a podcast for female founders who want to take over the world. Previously, she led business development for Google Pay in EMEA, started a fashion brand in NYC, and broke sales records at OpenTable.
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.
Ram is a financial tech entrepreneur whose mission is to create products that make money work better for everyone. At his first company, Ram began helping his employees by writing them personal checks when they needed money before payday. This hack to bring flexibility to rigid paychecks laid the foundation for Ram's next venture, Earnin, which aims to reinvent the way people get paid and liberate the over $1 trillion held up every two weeks in the payroll system. Using the app, people are able to access a portion of the wages they've earned anytime they want, without waiting for payday. Earnin currently helps people from more than 25,000 companies access wages that would have otherwise been held up in the pay cycle. Ram holds an MMS from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and an MBA from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management.
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.
Phil obtained his Ph.D in organometallic chemistry from the University of Durham, UK in 2000 and subsequently joined P&G where he worked on new technology development for the hair colourant category. Phil then moved to RB in 2006 and has worked across a number of Innovation and Category R&D roles in the UK, Italy, Singapore and the US, becoming a director in 2010 and returning back to the UK based in RB HQ in April 2015. Phil currently leads the Global Health Innovation Team as well as the Outside Innovation team and has responsibility for delivering new and innovative solutions to the Health category pipelines. This can be anything from an ingredient in the product, through to products themselves, forging sustainable partnerships externally as well as being a strategic innovation partner for the senior category leadership within RB.
Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend, a service for securely sending and tracking documents that has over 10,000 customers. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup Pursuit.com, and has held roles at Dropbox, Microsoft, and Trulia. Russ holds a BS/MS in Computer Science from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Gleb is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nylas, the leading communications platform for email, calendar, and contacts APIs. Gleb studied physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology and founded and sold an IoT coffee company prior to starting Nylas.
Andrea Cutright is the VP, Product Marketing and Global Insights for the newly launched Disney+ streaming service. She is responsible for overseeing marketing intelligence, consumer insights, and product marketing touchpoints. Prior to working at Disney+, she spent nearly 3 years as the co-founder of DONE, a consumer insights company working with Uber, Samsung, Flipboard, BoosterFuels, ESPN, and others. She was co-founder and CEO of Foodily.com, acquired by IAC in 2015, where she also held executive-level positions supporting the acquisition and sale of start-ups.
Andrew spends much of his time helping companies of all sizes design high-return, technology-sound, digital products.
An avid drawer from a young age, Andrew earned his Degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University – the #1 ranked program by Architectural Record (Cal Poly).
Andrew's work has been featured in Wired, Forbes, and the Harvard Business Review. His mission is to accelerate diversity and inclusion in the global workforce and shape new paradigms in augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and the future of work.
Andrew mentors students at Designlab, serves as CEO of No Capital, and manages the global enterprise design P&L for Toptal.
Jory Des Jardins pioneered social marketing as Co-Founder and President of BlogHer, a media marketplace representing thousands of digital influencers, which reached 100 million monthly unique viewers at the time of its acquisition in 2014. She then advised dozens of consumer startups, from pre-seed to M&A stages. Today, she is leveraging her insights as a startup operator and scale marketer for the AWS startup ecosystem.
Kate is a fintech and payments reporter at CNBC in San Francisco. She was formerly a markets reporter and a producer at CNBC's New York offices. Kate went to Boston College for her undergrad degree and got her masters at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
Mike Podobnik serves as the Vice President of Global Talent at Confluent, the fastest-growing enterprise-subscription company in the Benchmark, Index Ventures, and Sequoia Capital portfolios. He also advises a small number of high-potential organizations, including Eightfold, GoodTime.io, CoInspect, and Teamable as well as advises within PeopleTech Partners, a network of business leaders investing time and money into people technology.
As Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of TripActions, Ilan Twig oversees the company’s product development and engineering teams. This is the second company Ilan founded with CEO and Co-founder Ariel Cohen — the most recent being StreamOnce, a business multimedia integration platform that was acquired by Jive Software. With almost two decades of experience in engineering, Ilan led large research and development teams at both Hewlett Packard Software and Rockmelt. Ilan earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv, Yaffo.
Summer ParkerPerry is a UC Santa Cruz alumna focused on the intersection of strategic content creation and technology. With expertise in localized marketing and a passion for helping small businesses, she helped spearhead field marketing initiatives for both Zoho and ManageEngine, and is now working with Zoho customers throughout North America on advocacy initiatives. If you have a great story about how Zoho helped your business, she wants to hear it!
Tyler Jewell is Managing Director at Dell Technologies Capital and is a board member at NS1 and Orion Labs.
Previously, Tyler was CEO of WSO2 and founder CEO of Codenvy (acquired by Red Hat). Tyler was also an angel and partner at Toba Capital where he lead $100M in DevOps investments including Cloudant (acquired by IBM), Sauce Labs, Sourcegraph, InfoQ, and ZeroTurnaround (acquired by Roguewave).
Tyler holds a BS in computer science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is based in Palo Alto, California.
Jacqueline Chen has been drawing motivational comics and animations since high school in 2010, cheering up millions of people along the way. When she’s not making art, she’s coding, designing, and playing video games. She loves ice cream and bubble tea a little too much.
And you’re correct, it’s pronounced “CHEE-bird”, rhymes with tea!
David Hua is the CEO and Co-Founder of Meadow, a software company built from the ground up for California cannabis and Y-Combinators first start-up to operate in the cannabis space. Meadow builds powerful POS and eCommerce software for cannabis retail and delivery; its easy-to-use SaaS system is designed to establish a smarter, faster, and fully compliant way for dispensaries to do business. Hua has partnered with dispensaries of all sizes across California, utilizing technology to scale with demand from legalization, maintain compliance with local and state regulations, and create operational efficiencies to thrive in the regulated cannabis industry.
Allie K. Miller is the Head of AI Growth for Startups and Venture Capital at Amazon, advancing the greatest AI companies in the world. Allie was recently named Forbes “AI Innovator of the Year”, LinkedIn Top Voice for Technology, and serves as National Ambassador for AAAS and Advancing Women in Product. Previously, Allie was the youngest-ever woman to build an AI product at IBM—spearheading development across vision, conversation, data, and regulation. Outside of work, Allie has spoken about AI and field diversity around the world, drafted national AI strategies, and created eight guidebooks on how to build successful AI projects.
Brian Rothenberg is a Partner at early stage venture capital firm, Defy. Previously Brian held leadership roles through every stage, from founding all the way through IPO. Most recently Brian was at Eventbrite for 6+ years from startup through public company, serving as VP of Growth and running a $100M+ revenue line as GM. Brian founded a VC-backed startup, SkillSlate, which was acquired by TaskRabbit (later acquired by IKEA). Brian has also been an angel investor and advisor to dozens of startups as part of Sequoia Capital's Scout program, First Round Capital's Angel Track + Expert Network, and Y Combinator's Growth Council.
Adrienne Palmer is a proven, accomplished entrepreneur. She frequently creates, manages and participates in global initiatives to unite entrepreneurs from around the world in the pursuit of increasing entrepreneurial success, job creation, economic stability and cross-cultural understanding. Adrienne founded Insite Interactive, one of Dallas’ leading digital agencies, in 1998. She served as President and CEO for 19 years. Since transitioning from an active management role, Adrienne continues as a Board Member and external Ambassador of the company. Adrienne served on the Global Board of Directors of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (2013-2016), a global organization representing over 14,000 members in 62 countries.
Ariel Kramer has been working with communications and marketing for the past 10 years. She founded her own boutique PR and Marketing firm, Klover Communications, in 2013 and has served as the Chief Communications Officer of CELLINK, the publicly traded leading 3D Bioprinting company since 2016. She was listed as one of the top 25 women in 3D Printing for her work with CELLINK. Kramer has worked with companies all over the world helping them raise their visibility and establish a strong brand. Aside from her work with communications and marketing, she currently writes for Business Insider and has written for The Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post.
Jeff Russakow is the CEO of Boosted, a leading provider of lightweight, portable, high-performance electric vehicles, and an innovator in fast, fun, simple “last-mile” transportation. The company is well-known for the Boosted Board and the Boosted Rev, premium electric skateboards and scooters used by riders worldwide to speed their commutes and daily trips about town. The company is now navigating the dual challenges of extraordinary hyper-growth and international expansion, while continuing to explore new and innovative ways to get folks where they need to be.
Jeff began his career as a PhD in robotics and autonomous systems; spent many formative years as a management consultant and then senior executive in large-scale companies including SAP, Adobe, Symantec, and Yahoo!; and in the last several years has been the CEO of three high-growth companies.
Nahid is Director of Product at Heroku, where she oversees Heroku's ecosystem, human interfaces, and product analytics. Prior to her current role, Nahid was the first product manager at Keen IO, a data analytics startup, and an early employee at Coinbase. She started her product career at Playdom, acquired by Disney, where she led mobile games from initial pitch through production. She's co-authored a book for aspiring PM’s, Get a Job as a Product Manager. She holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University.
Jennie Yang is a strategic and operational consulting leader with over 11 years of experience designing business strategies and driving organizational transformations for Fortune 500 companies and startups. Currently, she is Director of Customer Success at 15Five, a continuous performance management company on a mission to create the spaces where people become their greatest selves. Certified as a Master Practitioner in Transformational Neuro-Linguistic Programming (tNLP), Jennie is also a leadership coach and facilitator who helps unlock the potential of individuals, teams and organizations.
Imran Khan is co-founder and CEO of Verishop, an e-commerce platform that aims to be the elevated shopping destination for all your lifestyle needs and wants -- from women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, to home decor, beauty and wellness. Previously, he served as Snap’s Chief Strategy Officer, where he oversaw the company’s corporate strategy, revenue generation, business operations and partnerships. Under his leadership, Snap’s annual revenue run rate increased to $1.2 billion from zero in less than four years. Prior to that, Imran was Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, advising on more than $45 billion-worth of Internet M&A and financing transactions.
Annie Scranton is President & Founder of Pace PR. She has 8+ years experience as a TV producer at major networks including CNN, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC & ABC, where she booked guest appearances for popular shows like Good Morning America. For the past decade, Annie has been leveraging this experience and expertise to grow her own agency, Pace PR, where she focuses on getting her clients regular TV and media coverage to build their brands.
Tom is a partner in the Transactions Team at CMS, and a member of the Corporate Technology sector.
With established expertise in investments, group reorganisations and mergers and acquisitions, Tom advises a variety of clients (entrepreneurs / start-ups, established management teams and investment houses) across all aspects of the corporate lifecycle; from initial VC / Growth Capital investment rounds, through to more complex private equity fundraising and, ultimately, company disposals/exits.
Having acted for both management teams and investors, his 360-degree experience enables him to spot potential issues early, and project manage transactions efficiently and effectively.
As IWG’s Executive Vice President for the Western United States, Jim is responsible for building the North American portfolio of its operating brands, including Regus and Spaces. He oversees sales, operations, revenue and profitability of more than 300 locations.
Jim is a respected veteran of the flexible workspace industry and has more than 19 years of industry experience. He has seen the flexible workspace sector evolve and grow to what it is today with many companies wanting to transform their workspace strategies.
Jim earned his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and his BA from California Lutheran University.
Evan Hamilton leads the community team at Reddit, running programs that support over 330 million monthly users and drive engagement in over 138K active communities. He has been building communities professionally for over 13 years at companies like Coursera, UserVoice, and CMX. Evan has built conferences and meetups, superuser programs, support communities, moderator policies, and more. In his spare time he loves being a dad and playing music.
Salman Lakhani is the Founder and CEO of Cubix, a leading software development company that crafts software solutions using the latest technologies. Salman is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and holds a degree in BCS from Staffordshire University. Salman launches and nurtures business and has founded Cubix Global Inc. Direct Macro Inc. Happy Force, and Genius Global Inc.
Nicole Johnson works with entrepreneurs, startups, and global brands who crave to be leaders in their industries and connect more meaningfully to their target audiences. She is the CEO of NicJohn Media, a full-service digital marketing agency specializing in brand storytelling, thought leadership, content and digital marketing best practices. For over 15 years, Nicole has worked with founders, CEOs, authors, studio executives, and technology leaders in both emerging and large enterprises including BlackRock, Upwork, FindLaw, NPR, and Hearsay Social, helping to reshape how brands and consumers connect. She recently spoke with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) on The Importance and Power of Storytelling for Your New Venture.
Natalie Hwang is the Founder and Managing Partner of Simon Ventures, a growth stage fund with an active presence in Los Angeles and New York focused on funding companies that are innovating at the intersection of commerce, media and real estate.
Simon Ventures partners with the vanguards of consumer culture to drive innovative experiences. Investments include Bustle Media Group, Four Square, FabFitFun, MeUndies and Dirty Lemon, Brud and Verishop.
Natalie has been named on the Global Corporate Venturing's Powerlist of the Top 100 Corporate Venture Investors in 2019, 2018 and 2017. Prior to Simon Ventures, she was an executive at The Blackstone Group where she was involved with the firm's seeding platform for investing in early stage alternative asset and business class.
David Spinks is the Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy. CMX is the world's leading resource and community for community professionals. Bevy offers enterprise-grade software designed to help businesses build, grow and scale global in-person communities. Together they’re working to help businesses bring more meaningful communities to the world.
Dr. Laura Gallaher is an Organizational Psychologist, Speaker, Facilitator, and Executive Coach. She is the founder and CEO of Gallaher Edge, which she started in 2013. Her noteworthy career began after the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded upon re-entry in 2003, killing everybody aboard. Following the tragedy, NASA hired Laura and a team of organizational psychologists to change the cultural influences that were deemed to play a role in the accident. She worked for 8 years to positively influence culture, develop leadership capacity, and improve organizational performance at Kennedy Space Center. Laura is an expert teacher, trainer, speaker and consultant, particularly in the concepts of self-awareness, accountability, trust building and team cohesion.
Raz is passionate about the challenge and opportunity to make drinking water safe again while eliminating plastic waste. His new-tech water refill stations have saved 170 million single-use plastic bottles from entering the environment and can be found in more than 5,000 hotels, schools, corporations, and gyms across the country including Hyatt, Google, PlayStation, Alaska Airlines, and the Oakland Airport. He started his career in Fortune 500 companies before running multiple startups, including DealOn and MyTownPerks, transforming stagnant businesses into multi-million dollar acquisitions. In his spare time, you can find him spending time with his kids, working out, decompressing at yoga, and enjoying a green smoothie.
Christa Carone is as a trusted advisor to C-suites and boards of directors on revenue diversification, performance marketing, customer experience, reputation management, and brand building for Fortune 150 enterprises, privately held firms and start-up companies. Now an independent board member of Unison, Christa is President of CSM Sport and Entertainment and previously served as President of Group Nine Media. Prior roles include COO of WPP’s Group SJR, head of communications and brand marketing at Fidelity Investments and chief marketing officer of Xerox Corporation.
Mackenzie runs the Global Startup Advocate team where he mentors hundreds of startups every year. His time is spent meeting teams of all sizes who are leveraging AWS to revolutionize every imaginable industry. Mackenzie provides feedback and technical guidance by tapping into his 10+ years helping to grow a number of unicorn startups. Prior to joining AWS, Mackenzie was the Head of Technical Operations at Betterment, a robo-advisor FinTech startup in NYC which manages over $15B in assets. He was a founding engineer and Head of Technical Operations at Oscar, a health insurance startup, helping to grow the company from 10 to over 1,000 employees. His first jump into the startup world was when Mackenzie left MTV / Viacom to join Tumblr, helping to growing the site to over 20B page views a month and becoming the 9th most trafficked website in the USA. Mackenzie is a frequent keynote speaker at tech and startup conferences worldwide. He sits on a number of startup advisory boards and has a handful of angel investments across the US.
Jessica Nuñez is founder and president of TruePoint Communications, a PR and social media agency. TruePoint has ranked as an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. for two consecutive years. Jessica is also a co-founder of the Nike-funded Handsfree Labs, a pioneer in hands-free footwear technology, and its shoe brand KIZIK.
An expert in marketing communications strategy as well as crisis communications, Jessica provides counsel to propel brands forward, from Fortune 10 companies to start-ups. She mentors young professionals, female entrepreneurs and guiding leaders. Jessica is an active member-leader in Entrepreneurs’ Organization and founding member of Social Media Club of Dallas and One Hundred Shares Dallas. She graduated magna cum laude from UT San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
Kevin is the founder and CEO of Guideline, a modern and affordable retirement plan that automates all the heavy lifting involved in offering a 401(k). Under Kevin’s leadership, Guideline has grown to be the retirement plan of choice for more than 11,000 small businesses, amassing $2 billion+ in managed assets. Fast Company named Guideline one of the World's Most Innovative Companies and Forbes named it to its Fintech 50—a ranking of the companies shaping the future of money—twice. Kevin founded Guideline after seven years at TaskRabbit, the online and mobile labor marketplace that he co-founded, which was acquired by IKEA in 2017.
Elizabeth Kinsey is a Senior Marketing Manager at Slack, where she runs slackcommunity.com, the in-person Slack meetup community for developers, admins, and power users who want to get the most out of the Slack platform. Previously she was at Branch, where she helped co-found the Mobile Growth community and led field marketing and marketing operations. Elizabeth is an avid reader, a cribbage-player, and enjoys belting one out at karaoke. She lives in the East Bay with her partner and their two cats, Itchy and Scratchy.
John Rampton is an entrepreneur, investor, and startup enthusiast. He is founder of the calendar productivity tool Calendar.com.
Lukas works with high-growth technology companies to align their real estate strategy with their business goals by correlating KPIs and integrating best-of-breed technology solutions. Ultimately, his job is to help founders scale in a cost-effective manner. He also runs their startup partner program.
Tiffany Thompson heads up global Marketing at Oracle for Startups, a unique virtual acceleration program that enables mutually beneficial, business-building partnerships between startups, customers, and Oracle. She joined Oracle in 2012 via startup acquisition when Oracle bought Vitrue, a SaaS social publishing startup based in Atlanta. Previously, she ran her own marketing consulting business and was Director of National Accounts for the Canadian Tourism Commission
Andy Johns is a Partner at Unusual Ventures, leading and building its consumer portfolio. In particular, he’s interested in marketplaces, social and content products, and subscription services. Prior to Unusual, he spent 15 years working at consumer startups, including Facebook, Twitter, Quora, and Wealthfront, where he was president.
Jodi Goldberg leads a team at Google focused on Direct to Consumer and global marketplace brands providing them with insights into retail category trends and helping them develop and execute digital marketing strategies across Google and YouTube. Jodi is a Senior Fellow at Santa Clara University advising on disruptive retail practice and an advisor to CapitalG and to start ups in the GFS program. Prior to Google, Jodi held sales & marketing roles at Yahoo, WebMD, and Time Inc. Jodi is a retail enthusiast, a Bruce Springsteen fan, and excited about currently learning both the French language and Luxembourg history.
Paige Hendrix Buckner is the Program Director at Founder Gym [FG], the leading online program training underrepresented founders on how to raise money to scale their tech startups. FG has trained 385 founders in 20 countries, who've gone on to raise over $40MM. Throughout her career, Paige has operated at the intersection of education, entrepreneurship, and social justice. She is a well-respected leader in the Portland startup scene and has helped cultivate their ecosystem, including teaching entrepreneurship with the TiE Young Entrepreneurs Oregon Program, serving on the board of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and co-founding Xxcelerate to support women entrepreneurs.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly's 18th District in 2012, where he represents the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. He became the first Filipino American state legislator in California’s then 160-plus-year history. In the State Assembly, Bonta currently serves as the Assistant Majority Leader. He serves on the Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, Governmental Organization, and Health Committees. He promotes our California values of justice, inclusion, equity and opportunity. Bonta has authored significant cannabis legislation including the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. Bonta and his wife Mialisa live in Alameda with their three children.
Victoria is an operator turned investor with a track record of scaling revenue from first customer to hundreds of millions of dollars across enterprise, SMB and consumer sectors. Most recently, she was CRO at Kabbage where she built the GTM functions from the company’s beginning to grow revenue to over two hundred million dollars. At Felicis, Victoria is focused on the reinvention of financial services, health tech, marketplaces, vertical SaaS, and consumer sectors. Victoria led the firm’s investments in Hippo, SentiLink, Drum, NakedPoppy, and others. As an angel investor prior to Felicis, Victoria advised companies including Roofstock, Faire, HealthIQ, ZocDoc, Galileo, StimLabs, Roadie
Ian Massingham is the Director of Developer Technology & Evangelism at Amazon Web Services where he is responsible for driving the company’s developer engagement strategy. Ian draws on over two decades of expertise in Internet technologies, technology operations leadership, architecture, and software engineering to help developers around the world, and in organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to large enterprises, apply cloud computing technologies, solve business problems, and exploit market opportunities.
Matt is a creative strategist and dot connector guiding brands and individuals towards the intersection of sports, technology, media, and entertainment. Matt has spent time at some of the top entertainment companies in the world, with experience at Sony Music as well as Creative Artists Agency. Shortly after leaving CAA, Matt tapped back into his entrepreneurial roots and started Cut + Sew with Sean Maher and Devon Woodruff. He now has the opportunity to marry all of his unique experiences in talent management, business development, product marketing, and brand strategy. With 5+ years of agency and startup experience, Matt has worked with athletes and entertainers, as well as Fortune 500’s and startups alike.
Dasha is a Partner at Felicis Ventures, an early-stage VC firm that has backed 28 $1B+ companies, including Shopify, Twitch, Meraki, Plaid, Adyen and more. She leads the firm's Founder Success efforts and created the founder development pledge: a commitment to add 1% in non-dilutive capital on top of each first check Felicis writes for founders to spend on therapy, executive coaching and more. She previously worked at sweetgreen, a venture-backed, fast-casual restaurant chain. A native Russian, Dasha is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and started her career as a management consultant.
Passionate about creatively growing game-changing companies. Founding team member at Spin (acquired by Ford) and Yik Yak (acquired by Square). Built award-winning growth and marketing teams. Two-time entrepreneur. Awarded Techcrunch Crunchie: Fastest Rising Startup.
Darren currently serves as Vice President of Talent at FaZe Clan, North America's leading esports entertainment and lifestyle organization.
Before joining FaZe, he served as an Executive at United Talent Agency, where he oversaw operations of UTA Esports, a department created out of the acquisition of Everyday Influencers Management and Press X Agency, both of which Darren was a partner and co-founder.
Prior to that, he led all Entertainment and Social Influencer Partnerships at Maker Studios, who were acquired by The Walt Disney Company.
Pramod Raheja, is the CEO & Co-Founder of Airgility, Inc., a company focused on artificial intelligence and aerial autonomous systems based in the Washington DC Metro area. He is an entrepreneur of 20+ years and a longtime member and past president of the Entrepreneur's Organization of Washington DC, graduate of the Entrepreneurial Master's Program at MIT, He is a graduate/mentor of the Founder's Institute, and holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland. He describes himself at half geek and half sales guy.
JP Mangalindan is Contributing Editor for Protocol focused on large tech companies and tech culture. A seasoned tech journalist, Mangalindan most recently covered the intersection of business and technology as Yahoo Finance’s chief tech correspondent. His work has appeared in Fortune, GQ, Mashable and New York Magazine.
As Mailchimp’s Chief Product Officer, John Foreman develops Mailchimp’s product strategy and oversees the execution of the product roadmap. Before coming to Mailchimp, Foreman completed his graduate studies at MIT and worked on data modeling for the NSA, IRS, DoD, Coca-Cola, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and Royal Caribbean International. He’s also the author of the book, Data Smart.
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.
Nino Marakovic is CEO and Managing Director at Sapphire Ventures. He has more than 20 years of investing experience, and has participated in investments in more than 100 private companies and venture capital funds. He currently holds board seats at Brightfield, Integral Ad Science (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), Monday.com, OpenX, OpsRamp, and Reltio. Nino holds a bachelor’s in economics and psychology from Williams College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nino was born in Croatia and has lived in Austria, Italy, and Germany before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area more than 20 years ago.
Melinda Byerley is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer of growth marketing in Silicon Valley. For almost twenty years she has held B2B and B2C marketing and e-commerce leadership roles at companies such as eBay, PayPal, Linden Lab(Second Life), Checkpoint Software, Poll Everywhere, and PlantSense (sold to Parrot). In 2014, Melinda founded Timeshare CMO, one of the first location-independent digital marketing consultancies. Working with clients such as DVD Netflix, GitHub, Stack Overflow, Woodruff-Sawyer, LaunchDarkly, Peerlyst, and more; Timeshare CMO helps companies at all growth stages build heroic digital marketing teams that get measurable business results.
Jon is the SVP of Owned Brands at Grove Collaborative and has over 20 years of experience in the physical product space, ranging from food to home furnishings and housewares to consumer packaged goods. His career started in the kitchens of fine dining restaurants before making the transition to the retail world. Jon has a passion for how things are made and has spent countless hours inside hundreds of factories in more than 20 countries trying to further his understanding of how to bring innovation to product development. At Grove Collaborative, he leads development of new brands and new products across a broad spectrum; home cleaning, personal care and wellness. Grove has an eye on bringing sustainable innovation to the CPG space and Jon focuses on making sure Grove achieves those goals. Prior to joining Grove, Jon spent over 13 years at Williams-Sonoma as the Vice President of Strategic & Global Operations.
Ryan Caldbeck is the founder and CEO of CircleUp, an investment platform powered by technology. Ryan founded CircleUp (www.circleup.com) after seven years as an investor with consumer product and retail-focused private equity firms TSG Consumer Partners and Encore Consumer Capital. He was exposed to the inefficiency of private investing for emerging consumer companies and saw an opportunity to use technology to solve that problem. With machine learning technology, CircleUp is systematizing early-stage private investing with the vision of bringing transparency and efficiency to the market and the mission to help more entrepreneurs thrive. Ryan received his MBA from Stanford and a dual BA from Duke.
A modern-day global marketer, who leverages the power of actionable insights and data to develop compelling marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and iconic brands. Recognized for strategic thinking, building marketing alliances and operational excellence while creatively driving collaboration across teams and organizations. A trusted team leader who is a powerful communicator and builds relationships with executive leaders, partners and key stakeholders.
Christine Y. Cruzvergara currently serves as the VP of Higher Education and Student Success at Handshake, leading their efforts to deepen partnerships with the higher education community to ensure greater and more equitable student career success. She is recognized as a change agent within the field of career education and has diligently contributed thought pieces, led trainings, and consulted extensively with colleagues across the nation and internationally. She was most recently at Wellesley College as their Associate Provost and Executive Director for Career Education where she received national recognition for her forward-thinking work.
Lyndsey is a Principal at Better Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Oakland, California that backs mission-driven founders leveraging breakthrough innovations in science and technology to address significant challenges of our time across environmental sustainability, healthcare and access to opportunity.
Previously, Lyndsey spent over a decade in finance with UBS in Switzerland, Hong Kong and the US. She helped launch the first initiative bringing together the bank’s sustainable investing and social impact offerings, and led a global program sourcing financial solutions to support the Sustainable Development Goals. From corporates to early stage startups, she is passionate about the role companies can play in catalyzing significant and scalable positive impact in the world.
Nirav Shah is an experienced neurohospitalist and served as the stroke director of Swedish Neuroscience in Seattle, the largest stroke program in the Pacific Northwest. Nirav was inspired to create Sentinel while completing his fellowship in vascular neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he cared for patients with stroke and chronic hypertension in the emergency department and piloted the development of a stroke prevention wearable. He received a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed his neurology residency at the University of Miami.
Mariam is a natural communicator and believer that knowledge and innovation-driven economy can change the global scene!
She was named as a Woman Leader in Government, for her tremendous efforts in contributing to the Innovation Policy development.
Before her position as a Government Official, Deputy Chairperson at GITA, she was working at the World Bank, developing private sector and contributed in GITA’s establishment. During her 13 years of working experience, she worked for private sector, leading international trade, in earlier years was running NGO for graduate orphan’s employment and vocational education. Mariam was a developer, with BA in IT, MA in Diplomacy and currently working on her Phd work - Digital Silk Road and Role of IFIs.
Emily Canal is a staff writer at Inc. Magazine, where she covers entrepreneurial ecosystems and startups. Previously, she wrote for Forbes, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe.
Sydnee Goodman is an American television host and former content strategy lead for Buzzfeed. She is currently working as a host for IGN Entertainment’s website The Daily Fix ( a video game and entertainment media website). She is also a content producer, host and streamer on Twitch
Lauren Murrow is an editorial partner at a16z, overseeing written and audio content for the consumer tech and fintech teams. She was formerly a senior editor at WIRED, where she edited the Ideas and op-ed sections, as well as features. She was previously the market editor at New York magazine and the deputy editor at San Francisco magazine, covering technology and design.
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.
Anabel Pasarow is the tech writer at Refinery29, where she covers the intersection between tech, pop culture, and internet trends.
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.
John founded Finesse Media, a full service podcast agency for B2B tech brands. Before that he worked at Offrs.com, Startup Grind and Bevy
Cory Weinberg is a reporter for The Information, covering the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning and travel.
Brian Rinker covers startups and innovation, and sometimes health care, in the Bay Area.
Dr. Rasgon is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Rasgon has been involved in longitudinal placebo-controlled neuroendocrine studies for over two decades, and she has been involved in neuroendocrine and brain imaging studies of estrogen effects on depressed menopausal women for over 10 years.
In addition to her duties as a Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dr. Rasgon is also the Director of the Stanford Center for Neuroscience in Women’s Health and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Medicine. She has an extensive history of teaching and mentoring, and many of her trainees have secured independent faculty positions in academia.
Katie Chen is a Staff Product Designer at Slack. She’s also a co-founder of Red Pen, a design feedback tool that enables teams to collaborate quickly and effortlessly. At Slack, Katie leads the App Experience team which enables developers to build rich integrations onto Slack’s platform. Previously at Airbnb, Katie was responsible for design across Search, Guest Experience and Airbnb for Work. She is drawn to undefined problem spaces where thoughtful design can create a purposeful connection between a product and its end users.
Chirag invests in consumer-facing technology companies. He is on the board of directors of BentoBox and Loftium and is closely involved with Threshold’s investments in Front and LaunchDarkly. Prior to Threshold, Chirag was based in Los Angeles and was instrumental in establishing Pritzker Group’s west coast consumer practice. He led the firm's investments in Casper, The Honest Company, HelloGiggles (Time, Inc.), Hollar, PureWow (Vayner Media), Raden, and Retention Science. He also supported Pritzker's investment in Dollar Shave Club (Unilever).
He worked at CVC Capital Partners, Europe's largest private equity firm. Chirag started his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
He holds a BA in economics and diaspora studies from Swarthmore College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Los Angeles Times recognized Chirag as one of LA's top 10 innovators to watch. He is also a member of Swarthmore College's alumni council.
As Chief Revenue Officer at Unison, Bill Walker is responsible for all customer acquisition efforts, including cultivating direct response channels, sales operations, business development, growth marketing, brand, and communications. Bill brings over 20 years of financial services, consumer marketing and operations experience to Unison, ten of which were also in the real estate industry. Through his leadership, Unison grew customer acquisition by 100x since 4Q 2016, and he crafted Unison’s customer experience, core assets, and more from scratch. Bill most recently served as Senior Vice President of Customer Experience at Prosper Marketplace, and held executive positions at Barclaycard and MBNA before that.
Chief Marketing Officer
Co-founder + CEO
LinkedIn, Greylock Partners
Innovators Dilemma; HBS
Jelly Industries; Twitter
Stanford, Google Cloud
Bloomberg Technology; BROTOPIA
Founder + Partner
deeplearning.ai, Stanford, Coursera
Founder + CEO, Professor
As Google’s Chief Marketing Officer, Lorraine manages a global team responsible for telling the evolving story of Google’s brand, driving revenue growth, and bringing Google’s products to life for billions of users every day. Her teams focus on Google’s core products, including Search, Maps, Photos and the Google Assistant; Google’s Platforms, such as Android, Chrome, Play and YouTube, and support the company's new Hardware division. Lorraine was responsible for driving Google’s social impact focus on education, economic opportunity and inclusion, and for the company crisis response strategy. Previously, Lorraine led Marketing for Google in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Lorraine graduated from Dublin City University with a joint honors degree in International Marketing and Languages. She has been named Adweek’s Grand Brand Genius, Business Insider's Most Innovative CMO, one of the world’s 50 Most Powerful Moms, and most recently Cannes Creative Marketer of the Year. A native of Ireland, Lorraine lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.
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.
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.
Emily Chang is the anchor and executive producer of Bloomberg Technology, a daily TV show focused on global technology and Bloomberg Studio 1.0, where she regularly speaks to top executives, investors, and entrepreneurs. She was previously a CNN correspondent based in Beijing and London, and has won five regional Emmy awards for her reporting. She is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. Her new book, BROTOPIA: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley will be released February 6, 2018 from Portfolio/Penguin Random House.
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.
Dr. Andrew Ng is a globally recognized leader in AI (Artificial Intelligence). He was until recently Chief Scientist at Baidu, where he led the company’s ~1300 person AI Group and was responsible for driving the company's global AI strategy and infrastructure. He was also the founding lead of the Google Brain team. Dr. Ng is also Co-Chairman and Co-founder of Coursera, the world’s leading MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform, and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University's Computer Science Department. Dr. Ng has authored or co-authored over 100 research papers in machine learning, robotics and related fields. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and the University of California, Berkeley.
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