Global 2023 is the ultimate Startup Grind experience: an annual gathering of startup teams from around the world who are building the next big thing. If you are building, working with, or investing in startups, meet us in Silicon Valley April 11-12, 2023.
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Founder + Managing Director
Saysh, Crenshaw Ventures
Athlete, Track & Field Olympian; Co-Founder & President, General Partner
CEO + Founder
Group Partner + Managing Director, Early Stage
Co-Founder + Chief Writing Officer
Co-Founder + CEO
Chief Product officer
Entrepreneur + Author
Vice President of Community
CEO + Founder
CEO + Co-Founder
CEO + Co-Founder
Managing Director, Architect + Group Partner
ØPUS Intelligence Labs
Former EVP, Home Division
Bessemer Venture Partners
Evolve Management Agency, Saysh, Crenshaw Ventures
Founder + CEO, Co-Founder + CEO, General Partner
Advisor; Reforge Partner
CEO + Co-Founder
Bevy, Startup Grind
CEO + Co-founder
CEO + Founder
CEO + Co-Founder
CEO + Co-Founder
Partner + Founder
Global Technology Editor
Two Sigma Ventures
Executive in Residence
VP of Product
Chief Product Officer
Two Sigma Ventures
CEO + Co-Founder
Brick & Mortar Ventures
Chief Business Officer
CEO + Co-Founder
CEO + Founder
CEO + Founder
American Express Business Blueprint & Banking
Head of Enterprise, Architecture & Security
Dell Technologies Capital
CEO + Co-Founder
Seven Seven Six
CEO + Founder
Former Board Partner at Greycroft, Former Head of Corporate Development & Strategy at Pinterest
Sr. Partner Development Manager
Director of Communications
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Machine Learning Architect
CEO + Founder
Director of Startups
Seven Seven Six
Portfolio + Founder Outcomes Partner
Silicon Valley Editor/Founder
Ivan Zhao is the co-founder and CEO of Notion. In 2016, he and co-founder and CTO, Simon Last, launched the company with the goal of making software toolmaking ubiquitous. Notion has since become a $10B+ leader in the collaboration, productivity, and remote work fields. Before Notion, Ivan was a product designer at the educational publishing startup Inkling. He holds a degree in cognitive science from the University of British Columbia, awarded in 2016.
Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures which is focused on impactful technology investments.
Allyson Felix is a seven-time Olympic champion and a trailblazer for women in sports. She uses her platform to advocate for women's rights and has created a women's footwear company, Saysh, to empower women through fashion. Her business acumen, the brand she's built, and her athletic achievements make her an inspiration to many.
Doug Leone is a Partner at Sequoia Capital. From 2012 to 2022, he served as its Global Managing Partner. From 1996 to 2012, he served as Co-Head of the Partnership. He joined Sequoia in 1988 and became a Partner in 1993. He focuses on software and cybersecurity opportunities aimed at the enterprise market and fintech investments targeted at global consumers. He is a Director of ActionIQ, Cresta, Cyera, Island.io, Nubank, Soley Pharmaceutical, StrongDM, Trade Republic, and Wiz. Doug was involved with Sequoia’s investments in numerous companies including Aruba (ARUN), Hyperion/Arbor Software (HYSL), Infinity International (SDS), International Network Services (ALU), Medallia (MDLA), MedExpress (UNH), Netezza (NZ), Plangrid (ADSK), Rackspace (RAX), RingCentral (RNG), and ServiceNow (NOW).
Zach Perret is CEO and co-founder of Plaid, the technology platform powering the future of financial services. After realizing how difficult it was to build a personal finance application, Zach and his co-founder William Hockey started Plaid in 2013 to give developers easy and secure access to a financial data network capable of powering any digital financial service. To date, one in four people with a US bank account have used Plaid to connect to a financial application. Prior to founding Plaid, Zach was a consultant for Bain and graduated with degrees in Physics and Chemistry from Duke University.
Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006, three years after the first human genome was sequenced. Her goal was audacious: to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome and fundamentally change healthcare in the process. Prior to founding 23andMe, Anne spent a decade on Wall Street investing in healthcare and felt frustrated by a system built around monetizing illness instead of incentivizing prevention. She wanted to flip that model on its head and build a business that helps people prevent illness rather than profit from it. Anne focused on empowering people with direct access to genetic information so that they could use their data to make decisions that could lower their risks for disease. Under her leadership, 23andMe now provides the only personal genetic test with FDA authorization to deliver health information directly to consumers.
A pioneer in the direct-to-consumer DNA testing space, Anne’s vision and persistence have not only allowed 23andMe to provide millions with access to genetic information, but have powered an industry-first crowdsourcing approach to genetic research and drug development – yielding more than 200 scientific publications and two therapeutic programs in phase 1 clinical trials.
Anne graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology.
Michael is a Group Partner and Managing Director, Early Stage at YC. He was the cofounder and CEO Justin.tv and Socialcam. Socialcam sold to Autodesk in 2012 and under the leadership of Emmett Shear, Justin.tv became Twitch.tv and sold to Amazon in 2014. Before getting into startups, he spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate campaign and in 2005, Michael graduated from Yale University with a BA in political science.
Caryn Marooney is General Partner at Coatue. Prior to Coatue, Caryn spent over 8 years running communications at Facebook. She sat on the board of Zendesk for over 6 years and currently sits on the board of Elastic Search. Prior to Facebook, Caryn co-founded OutCast, a GTM and branding agency, where she worked with companies including Salesforce.com, Amazon, Netflix and VMware. Caryn focuses on enterprise and AI/ML investing at Coatue. Caryn is originally from New York City and holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Mark started his career as a software programmer then founded & led two SaaS software companies. Having sold to Salesforce.com he then became a VC and seeks to invest in & mentor the next generation.
Assaf Rappaport is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wiz, founded in 2020. Assaf has led Wiz to become the fastest-growing cybersecurity and software company in the world.
Previously, Assaf was co-founder and CEO of Adallom, a leading cloud access security broker (CASB) acquired by Microsoft in 2015. He led Microsoft’s Cloud Security group and served as the General Manager of Microsoft Israel’s R&D Center.
Assaf is a veteran Captain of the elite 8200 intelligence unit of the Israeli Defense Force. He holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and a B.Sc. in Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics from the Hebrew University.
Dieter Shirley brings more than 20 years of experience as a key player in dozens of successful software products for industry giants including Apple, BlackBerry, and Microsoft. His work includes co-founding CryptoKitties, the most successful collectibles game on the blockchain. He currently serves as the Chief Architect of the Flow blockchain, overseeing product design, architecting code, and sustainable development. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.
Tomer Cohen is the Chief Product Officer at LinkedIn, overseeing all teams responsible for building and creating LinkedIn products and experiences. In this role, Tomer is responsible for setting the company’s product strategy and overseeing product development, user experience design, business development, content creation, and customer operations. Since joining LinkedIn in 2012, Tomer has served in key leadership roles, helping launch and scale new innovative member and customer experiences. He previously led the growth and development of LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions portfolio and LinkedIn's consumer and mobile products.
Prior to LinkedIn, Tomer worked as an entrepreneur with Greylock Partners and founded a company in the personal CRM space. Tomer holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BSc in Communication System Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
Tim Draper founded Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. He funded Baidu, Tesla, Skype, SpaceX, Twitch, Hotmail, Focus Media, Robinhood, Athenahealth, Box, Cruise Automation, Carta, Planet, PTC and 15 other unicorns at the seed stage.
He is a supporter and global thoughtleader for entrepreneurs everywhere, and is a leading spokesperson for Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies, having won the Bitcoin US Marshall’s auction in 2014, invested in over 50 crypto companies, and led investments in Coinbase, Ledger, Tezos, and Bancor, among others.
He created viral marketing, a marketing method for exponentially spreading an electronic service from customer to customer, instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Skype and other applications, particularly effective for mail and communications applications. Arguably, social media, crowdsourcing and growth hacking are all outgrowths of viral marketing.
He is regularly featured on all major networks as a proponent for entrepreneurship, innovative governance, free markets and Bitcoin, and has received various awards and honors including the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s “Entrepreneur of the World,” and is listed as one of the top 100 most powerful people in finance by Worth Magazine, the top 20 most influential people in Crypto by CryptoWeekly, #1 most networked VC by AlwaysOn, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #48 most influential Harvard Alum. Global Guru listed Tim as one of the top 30 Startup Gurus in the world.
In promoting entrepreneurship, he created Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school based in San Mateo, Ca to help extraordinary people accomplish their life missions. The school has trained 1200 entrepreneurs, from 84 different countries, who have built 400 companies including NVision, and crypto leaders, QTUM, Spacecash, and DataWallet. He started Innovate Your State, a non-profit dedicated to crowdsource innovation in government, and BizWorld, a non-profit that teaches young children how business and entrepreneurship work.
He served on the California State Board of Education, and led a movement for Local Choice in schools culminating in becoming proponent for a statewide initiative for School Vouchers. He also led a statewide initiative to create competitive governance with Six Californias, followed by an initiative for Three Californias.
Tim Draper received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University with a major in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has two honorary doctorates from The International University and Trinity College of Dublin. He wrote the book, “How to be The Startup Hero.”
Elad Gil is a serial entrepreneur, operating executive, and investor or advisor to private companies including AirBnB, Pinterest, Square, Stripe. He was previously the VP of Corporate Strategy at Twitter and started mobile at Google. He was the Founder and CEO of Mixerlabs and Color, and currently serves on the Board of Color, a healthcare delivery platform. He is the author of High Growth Handbook.
Connie Chan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she focuses on investing in consumer technology. Connie joined the firm in 2011 as a deal partner on the investment team before becoming a general partner in 2018; she was the first GP to be promoted from within. She serves on the boards of Cider, Whatnot, and KoBold. Connie is well-known across Silicon Valley for her deep knowledge of the Chinese consumer technology landscape often tapped as an expert to translate how trends may move from Asia to the west.
Mike Vernal is a partner at Sequoia Capital. He loves partnering with companies starting at the earliest of stages and helping them scale over time. He has led investments in Notion, Rippling, Verkada, Statsig, Deno, Threads and more. Prior to joining Sequoia, Mike was a VP at Facebook where he led a variety of product and engineering teams.
Chetan Puttagunta is a General Partner at Benchmark. He currently serves on the boards of Elastic (NYSE: ESTC), Modern Treasury, Airbyte, Stytch, Duffel, Supaglue, and MindsDB. He previously led investments in and served on the boards of MuleSoft (NYSE:MULE, acquired by Salesforce), MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB), Acquia (acquired by Vista Equity), and Scout (acquired by Workday). Chetan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Daphne Koller is CEO and Founder of insitro, a machine-learning enabled drug discovery company. She is co-founder of Engageli and was a Computer Science Professor at Stanford, co-founder of Coursera, and Chief Computing Officer of Calico. Daphne was one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people and is a MacArthur Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the International Society of Computational Biology.
Ryan Neu is the CEO and co-founder of Vendr, where he leads a 350+ person team building the buy button for SaaS. Before founding Vendr, Ryan was a renowned B2B SaaS sales leader at both InVision and HubSpot, where he honed his SaaS trade and experienced the frictions that Vendr hopes to solve first hand. Ryan moved into B2B SaaS after a short stint in Accounting at KPMG and received his M.S. in Accounting from Boston College and his B.S. in Accounting from College of Charleston.
Barr Moses is CEO & Co-Founder of Monte Carlo, a data reliability company backed by Accel, GGV, Redpoint, and other top Silicon Valley investors. Previously, she was VP Customer Operations at Gainsight, a management consultant at Bain & Company and served in the Israeli Air Force as a commander of an intelligence data analyst unit. Barr graduated from Stanford with a B.Sc. in Mathematical and Computational Science.
Dalton is Managing Director, Architect and Group Partner at YC. He was the cofounder and CEO of imeem (acquired by MySpace in 2009), and the cofounder and CEO of App.net. He has a BS in Symbolic Systems and a BA in Psychology from Stanford University.
Maëlle Gavet, CEO of Techstars, has been a leading technology executive and entrepreneur for over 15 years. One of the tech industry’s brightest stars, Maëlle Gavet has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and was fifth among Time magazine’s List of the Top 25 ‘Female Techpreneurs’. After six years as a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group she went on to become CEO of OZON.ru, Russia’s largest e-commerce site, and executive VP of operations of the Priceline Group.
Mr. Johnson founded ØPUS Intelligence Labs, an enterprise software company, in October 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Johnson founded ØPUS United, a professional services company, in June 2017. Prior to the founding of ØPUS United, Mr. Johnson served as Vice President of Marketing at Apple Inc. from July 2014 to October 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Johnson served in various senior leadership roles at Beats by Dr. Dre, which was acquired by Apple Inc. in 2014, including as Chief Marketing Officer from October 2012 to October 2016 and Vice President of Marketing from October 2010 to October 2012. Mr. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Georgia State University and an M.B.A. from Emory University, Goizueta Business School.
Andrew Reed is a partner at Sequoia Capital. He focuses on product- and design-driven software and internet companies, including Bolt, Figma, Loom, Medallion, Productboard, Snapdocs, Sourcegraph, Tourlane, Vanta, and Zapier. Andrew was previously involved with Sequoia's investments in GitHub (Microsoft) and Robinhood.
Anthony has served as a co-founder & CEO of multiple tech startups with successful exits and was most recently executive vice president of Walmart’s Home Division.
Previously, Anthony served as SVP & GM of Entertainment at CBS Interactive where he advised the CBS board on a digital strategy to launch its first over-the-top streaming service and helped it grow into the largest online television network in the industry. He joined CBS with its acquisition of Dotspotter, where he served as co-founder and CEO. Anthony began his career at Apple as a product manager on the Macintosh PowerBook team.
Kobie has been a partner at Upfront since 2016, with a core investing focus in enterprise software and martech. His notable Upfront investments include Bevy, Wave, Cordial, Endgame and MetaCX. Over his two decade long investing career he has been an early investor in many billion dollar plus exits including Exact Target, Instructure, Oculus and Usertesting. He was also the Chief Marketing Officer at LA-based REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion e-commerce players. Kobie graduated from Harvard College where he was captain of the track team and an ivy league champion sprinter.
Crystal Huang is a partner at GV, where she concentrates on investments across SaaS, infrastructure, and fintech with a special interest in product and developer-led adoption strategies. Crystal’s investments include Omni Analytics, Pecan AI, Sardine, and Cacheflow. Previously, she was an investor at NEA and GGV Capital. She began her career in technology M&A at Blackstone. Crystal graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government and is currently enrolled in a Masters in Computing & Information Technology (MCIT) program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Talia Goldberg is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, investing across consumer internet and software businesses. She is especially passionate about networks and platforms that create new categories and progress the way we live and work.
Talia joined Bessemer in 2013 and later became the youngest elected partner in firm history. She has partnered with Discord, Lithic, Newfront Insurance, Papaya Global, Rupa Health, ServiceTitan, Shippo, Stubhub, Syndio, Teachable, and Toss, among others. Learn more about many of the entrepreneurs she has backed by listening to This is Series A. She was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 for Venture Capital.
Wes Felix, a successful businessman and entrepreneur is Evolve Management Agency's founder, which has built brands around some of the world's top female athletes. He has been instrumental in creating maternal protection for female athletes. He is the co-founder and CEO of Saysh, a women's footwear company, and he guided the company through two fundraising rounds and 100% year-over-year growth. He is committed to empowering women and underserved communities through his business ventures.
Casey an advisor at Eventbrite and Whatnot, and a Partner at Reforge. Previously, Casey was the Chief Product Officer at Eventbrite, Growth Advisor in Residence at Greylock Partners, Growth Product Lead at Pinterest,and first marketer at Grubhub. He has advised companies like Canva, Airbnb, Faire, Thumbtack, reddit, Hipcamp, Tinder and Pocket on scaling, growth, and product.
Sarika Garg is the Co-founder and CEO at Cacheflow, a deal-closing platform for SaaS. Cacheflow’s mission is to make the software selling (and buying) experience surprisingly simple and delightful. Previously, she was Chief Strategy Officer at Tradeshift, leading corporate strategy, product, and marketing. Sarika started her career at SAP and Ariba. Sarika is also a public board director at OneSpan. She attributes her success to living across the world, growing up in Africa, and studying and working in India and Germany. In addition, she actively mentors young and upcoming leaders.
Venkat is among the handful of people who pioneered the public cloud technology more than a decade back. He was an early engineer at Microsoft Azure, the first developer and founding member in Azure’s networking team. He wrote significant parts of Azure compute and network controller stack where he saw Azure grow from a hundred-odd servers to millions of nodes in just a few years. After leaving Microsoft he realized that such hyperscale automation techniques have not made their way outside of companies like AWS, Microsoft and Google. This led Venkat to form DuploCloud with a goal to bring the hyperscale automation techniques to main street IT.
Laura Behrens Wu is the CEO and co-founder of Shippo, a leading shipping platform designed for growing e-commerce businesses. Laura co-founded Shippo in 2013 to help commerce businesses succeed after experiencing difficulties with shipping for her own e-commerce store. Today, Shippo works with more than 120,000 merchants directly who rely on Shippo for day-to-day shipping.
Laura is passionate about making shipping easy and accessible for small businesses, empowering SMBs to be competitive in the marketplace, and has been recognized as part of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List, Inc.’s Female Founders 100 List and Entrepreneur’s 100 Women of Influence.
Vishal Sunak is founder & CEO of LinkSquares, the company behind the fastest-growing AI-powered contracting platform for legal teams. LinkSquares is trusted by more than 800 legal teams at mid-to-large companies, including Commvault, Fitbit, and Wayfair, to move their businesses forward faster.
Vishal was named to Boston Business Journal’s 2022 40 Under 40 list, and LinkSquares’ rapid growth ranks #10 in Massachusetts and #379 overall on the 2022 Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest-growing companies, landing a top spot for the second year in a row.
Vishal has a B.S. in Engineering from Northeastern University and an M.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Mark joined Index in 2015 and leads investments across fintech and software, from seed to pre-IPO stages. He's the board member or lead investor from Index in Plaid, Persona, Lithic, Pilot, Motive, Built, Pave, Intercom, and many others. He has been featured or quoted in the New York Times, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, The Economist, and other publications. Before becoming an investor, Mark was an early employee on the business team at Dropbox and helped the company grow tenfold during his tenure there. Mark is a graduate of Brown University and majored in International Relations. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and two young sons.
Steve joined Accel in 2016. He was formerly CEO and co-founder of RelateIQ, which became SalesforceIQ after being acquired in 2014 for $390 million by Salesforce. Steve led Accel's investments in and sits on the boards of Airkit, Ascend.io, Assembly, Clockwise, Ironclad, Monte Carlo, Productiv, Split.io, and Vivun. Steve is from Portland, Oregon and has a BA and MBA from Stanford University.
Jamin is a partner at Altimeter where he invests in early growth software businesses. Some of his investments include dbt Labs, Deel, MotherDuck, Airbyte, Clickhouse, Prisma, Personio and Starburst. Prior to Altimeter Jamin was an investor at Redpoint Ventures.
Prior to becoming the Chief Designer of Beats by Dre and founding Ammunition, Robert was a partner at Pentagram and an early Apple designer. As the Director of Industrial Design for Apple, he built its pioneering internal corporate design organization, Apple IDg. Before joining Apple, Robert co-founded design consultancy Lunar. Named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Robert’s work has received over 100 awards from organizations like the Smithsonian Design Museum, IF and Red Dot and his work is included in the permanent design collections of both the MoMA in New York and San Francisco.
Stephanie is a Partner at Portage – A global fintech and financial services investment platform investing in innovative financial technology companies. She is passionate about funding the next generation of financial services entrepreneurs and currently serves on the boards of Albert, Atomic Financial and Conquest Planning.
Prior to Portage, she led a team, which built and launched a leading digital advice platform in Canada, which now serves over 1.5M Canadians. Prior to that, she was an early employee at a payments startup – working on mobile banking solutions and a management consultant at the BCG, focused on financial services.
Stephanie holds a B.Comm. from Queen’s University.
Gil is the Co-Founder of Merge. After graduating from Columbia University, he was a software engineer at LinkedIn and Wealthfront before leading engineering at Untapped.
Harry McCracken is the global technology editor at Fast Company. Based in San Francisco, he spearheads tech coverage across the brand's print, digital, social, and event platforms.
Prior to joining Fast Company in 2014, Harry was an editor-at-large for Time magazine. He also founded Technologizer, an award-winning website and community, and was the editor of PC World, the world's highest-circulation technology publication.
Dusan directs Two Sigma Ventures investing efforts at the intersection of life science / healthcare and data science. He joined Two Sigma in 2007 to work on company growth strategy, and he has since helped the firm launch several new business units. Dusan also worked with research groups across the firm in discovering and evaluating new data sources, which are used in the firm’s investment algorithms. Before Two Sigma, he worked as a management consultant in healthcare/biotech, which he remains passionate about. He graduated from Princeton University with a BSE in Electrical Engineering (magna cum laude).
Joanna is an Executive in Residence at Reforge and former CMO of Skyscanner, where she helped scale the company to over 100M users a month, led a global rebrand, and launched new product initiatives such as hotels, car hire, and sustainability initiatives. Prior to that, Joanna was CMO at ClassPass for four years leading Marketing, Brand, Creative, Product Marketing, and key strategic initiatives like pricing updates, corporate communications, a global rebrand, and market expansion strategy. She's a public board director, board advisor, angel investor and marketing consultant for a range of consumer companies across all stages, and a variety of categories.
Alison joined Greycroft in 2019 and is based in Denver. She focuses on early-stage companies in fintech.
Alison has 20+ years of experience leading, structuring, and scaling high-growth businesses. She has managed teams throughout North America, Europe, Brazil, and Asia. Prior to Greycroft, Alison was the first Chief Marketing Officer at Stripe and worked to establish the marketing function, scaling the team 5x in one year and driving quantified growth. Prior to Stripe, Alison was Vice President of Marketing at LinkedIn. In her six years at LinkedIn, she had a broad impact on LinkedIn’s advertising business unit, with overall company annual revenue growing from $200 million at IPO in 2011 to over $5 billion just 5 years later.
Alison’s early career in technology started with the sale of Massive Incorporated, a venture-backed video game advertising business, to Microsoft, where she held marketing leadership roles at Microsoft Advertising. Prior to her career in technology, Alison was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, focused on media, entertainment, and consumer sectors. Her media background includes HBO and the CBS Television Network, where she held sales and programming roles.
Alison holds a BA in Communications from University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Anna Barber is a partner at M13, an LA-based venture capital fund investing in the future of consumer behavior. She is also a partner at the Fund LA and was previously the Managing Director of Techstars LA for four years. Anna's career is devoted to helping founders of early stage startups grow and thrive, with a focus on women and other underrepresented founders. She is a founding member of the Advisory Board for Pledge LA, a member of the Board of Directors of the SoCal Alliance for Innovation and a board member at portfolio companies WeeCare, AllVoices and Kindra.
Gautam focuses on investments in the consumer technology space including commerce, consumer-facing healthcare, education, software, and financial services businesses. He serves on the board of directors at Grow Therapy and Passport.
Most recently, Gautam was a Partner at M13 Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on consumer technology, where he led investments in marketplace, consumer subscription, and B2B2C models.
Gautam started his career at General Catalyst in 2004. He was initially an intern while in college and later became a member of the investment team. He left to launch NatureBox and, as CEO, helped build the company into a nationally recognized brand with millions of customers. Gautam has seen the highs and lows of entrepreneurship first-hand which greatly influences the collaborative way he works with founders.
Boris leads Vanta's product and design teams. Prior to joining Vanta, Boris led product teams at Flexport and was the Head of Product at MoPub, which was acquired by Twitter in 2013.
As Chief Product Officer at Checkr, Denise is responsible for leading the product vision, teams, and roadmap to deliver customer delight and innovation while advancing our mission of building a fairer future. Denise brings a relentless focus on customer success, adoption, and innovation to meet our customers’ needs. Prior to joining Checkr, she has held a number of leadership positions, most recently as the GM for Analytics at Workday where she launched 3 new products and grew the business from scratch to over $200M in ARR and over one thousand enterprise customers. She’s been building enterprise products for the last 21 years in a variety of companies such as Platfora, Salesforce, HSBC & AT&T.
Frances partners with founders who are building compelling technologies across B2B applications and infrastructure, applied AI and DataOps, FinTech, and vertical software around the future of work. She is passionate about leveraging new technologies and digital assets to redefine businesses and build new categories.
Prior to joining Two Sigma Ventures in 2018, Frances invested across early to late-stage technology and data-driven software companies at Comcast Ventures and Highland Capital. She began her career on the operating side as a data scientist and then product manager at mc10, a wearable computing company. Frances studied Applied Math and Economics at Boston College and received her master's from Harvard Business School.
Amir Tarighat is the CEO and Co-Founder of Agency. As an entrepreneur with a background in startups and fintech, Amir previously co-founded EquaMetrics, a financial software and technology company that specializes in algorithmic trading, raising $7.5 million while attending Harvard. He also served as CEO of Superdense, a technology consulting firm for financial services, healthcare, and pharmaceutical companies. He has an Advanced Computer Security certification from Stanford.
Kaustubh Pandya, P.E. is a Partner at Brick & Mortar Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm early stage venture capital firm focused on investing in companies changing the way we design, construct, and maintain our built world. Prior to Brick & Mortar Ventures, Kaustubh was with McKinsey & Company for over four years advising engineering & construction firms, investors, construction technology providers, and owners and co-authoring research in construction technology at McKinsey. He is passionate about helping founders build solutions for the built world - be it traditional SaaS, marketplaces, hardware, robotics, or a unique business model (e.g. tech-enabled service provider). He also manages the relationships with Brick & Mortar's corporate investors and helps navigate partnerships with startups with them.
Leif Abraham is co-founder and co-CEO at Public.com, the popular investing platform that allows everyone to invest in stocks, ETFs, crypto, and alternative assets, like fine art and collectibles—all in one place.
Prior to Public.com, he was co-founder and CEO of AND CO, which he grew to become the largest freelancing software company in the world. AND CO was acquired by Fiverr (NYSE: FVRR) in 2018. He also co-founded Pay with a Tweet, a first of its kind social payment system that was acquired by Hanse Ventures in 2012.
Leif is an investor in companies like Ro Health, Orum, and Catch, and an advisor to the seed investment fund Urban.us; previously, he was a partner at the venture studio Prehype.
-Asra was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, lived and worked in Dubai, Vancouver, San Francisco and now Austin. She can either speak, write or understand 7 languages. She leads Draper University as its CEO and manage their venture fund
- Previously was early employee at 3 venture backed companies. Built the first matchmaking service for Muslims and scaled it from 300 to 1.5M in 9 months. Led product and growth for the largest employment marketplace in Pakistan and KSA (investors: DJF, Reid Hoffman). Part of the core team that built and scaled HRMS and virtual events (vfairs) for governments in the MENA region.
- Deployed $20M in two emerging tech focused venture funds with 5X returns, which also made her the first female Pakistani VC
- First woman in her family to attend college, which she paid for by running an e-commerce business via Orkut and Myspace. Studied economics and mathematics and later dropped out of business school to pursue film and theater.
- She is a huge fan of Socratic learning and throw monthly Jeffersonian dinners.
As Chief Business Officer at OAK’S LAB, Andy leads 10 cross-functional product development teams providing product, design, and engineering for different startups ranging from idea-stage to Series B. With a background in enterprise sales, Andy is also an advisor and angel investor in multiple early-stage companies.
Rebecca is the CEO and Co-Founder of DealMaker, winner of Lexpert's Top 40 Under 40, a finalist for 2022's EY Entrepreneur of the Year and one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. After a decade of practicing securities law, she took an ambitious leap from her partnership at the world’s largest law firm and founded DealMaker to build a system that would combat the costly inefficiencies that plague the traditional capital raise process. With her vision and drive, Rebecca has become a leader and trailblazer at the intersection of the capital markets and tech.
Shensi Ding is the co-founder of Merge. Merge offers unified APIs that allow developers to integrate once to offer a full category of integrations.
Simon Hudson is the Founder and CEO of Cheeze, Inc, a creator economy platform helping brands active the businesses on chain. As a self-proclaimed paparazzi to daughter Lalia and with a passion for technology, Simon wanted to capture the moments in time by adding provenance to his photos. With that goal in mind, Cheeze launched a dedicated platform for content creators.
Nnamdi Okike is a venture capitalist with a track record of investing in leading software companies, with over $9 billion of exit value. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of 645 Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that partners with exceptional founders who are building iconic companies.
645 Ventures has $550m+ in AUM and is backed by leading institutional investors, including university endowments, funds of funds, and pension funds. The firm has over 50 active companies in its portfolio in the areas of enterprise SaaS, infrastructure software, and consumer technology. 645 portfolio
Somya Kapoor is the CEO and Co-Founder of TheLoops, an AI platform providing CX operations insights for SaaS companies, backed by Dell Ventures, Westwave Capital and Tidal.Based out of the Bay Area, Somya is an experienced entrepreneur with expertise on end-to-end Enterprise Software. Her entire career has revolved around building products within the machine learning and predictive analytics space and delivering them to market, previously at SAP and Servicenow. She is a recurring author for several publications and a speaker at numerous Enterprise Software conferences. She is a passionate advocate for women in technology particularly in the B2B space.
Founded & exited Streamlabs, Peanutlabs. Angel in 75+. Reducing Wealth Inequality by democratizing access to Private Assets such as Startup investing for everyone.
Clint Hill is Head of Enterprise, Architecture & Security for American Express Business Blueprint & Banking. Starting originally at Kabbage in 2013, Clint has helped develop and evolve Business Blueprint through various business phases – primarily by contributing strategic website development and technical expertise. Clint holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The Georgia Institute of Technology.
George Mathew is a Managing Director at Insight Partners, where he focuses on venture stage investments in AI, ML, Analytics, and Data companies as they are establishing product/market fit.
George has 20+ years of experience developing high-growth technology startups, including most recently being CEO of Kespry. Prior to Kespry, George was President & COO of Alteryx where he scaled the company through its IPO (AYX). Previously, he held senior leadership positions at SAP and salesforce.com. He has driven company strategy, led product management and development, and built sales and marketing teams.
Josh Constine is a venture partner at early-stage VC fund SignalFire ($1.7 billion rAUM). He leads the consumer seed team with a focus on social, collaboration, and the creator economy. Previously, Constine was Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch and was ranked the #1 most cited tech journalist 2016-2020 by Techmeme. Constine has moderated 200+ on-stage interviews and keynotes in 18 countries with leaders including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Senator Cory Booker, and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Constine graduated from Stanford University with a Master's degree he designed in Cybersociology, has been quoted in the NYT and WSJ, and is regularly featured on CNN.
Radhika is an investor with Dell Technologies Capital focusing on AI/ML, cloud infrastructure, and deep tech. She aims to lead investments in deeply technical founders who view the investor/founder dynamic as she does: a long-lasting relationship. Before making the move to venture, Radhika held engineering and product roles at two early stage startups, as well as at large tech companies including Amazon and Microsoft.
Radhika supports efforts to boost the number of women in technical and investing roles, belonging to organizations such as Women Who Code, All Raise and Women in VC. She holds a B.S. and M.Eng. from MIT in Computer Science and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Yana is CEO and Founder of Kraftful – an AI assistant that helps product teams build better products by listening to users at scale. Before starting Kraftful, she led product teams at multiple tech companies and personally experienced the challenge of trying to involve millions of users in the product development process. At Kraftful, she built a team of Meta, Slack, and IFTTT alumni, backed by Y Combinator, Google, Samsung, and other exceptional investors and entrepreneurs. Yana is also a Venture Partner at Pioneer Fund, a Stanford fellow, and has been invited to give talks at the White House, the UN Internet Governance Forum, Yale, NYU, and many product events and podcasts over the years.
Christine Esserman joined Accel in 2017 and focused on software, internet, and mobile technology companies. Since joining Accel, Christine has helped source and lead Accel's investments in Bumble, Dovetail, Ethos, Guru, Headway, Remote, and ThreeFlow
Prior to Accel, Christine worked in product and operations roles at a number of startups. Christine is from the Bay Area and graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in finance and operations.
Kevin Dunlap is co-founder and managing partner of Calibrate Ventures, a VC firm that partners with the most innovative founders in AI and automation. With a degree in mechanical engineering and a stint as an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Kevin loves figuring out how automation and AI technologies work. Kevin was previously a managing director at Shea Ventures, where he backed companies such as Ring, Solar City, and Chegg. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo and a MS in financial engineering from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
As Chief Executive Officer, Yancey drives the overall strategy for DigitalOcean leading the company through its next phase of profitable growth. He brings a wealth of technical, financial, and leadership experience and spent the last 15 years in senior executive roles at technology companies including SendGrid and DigitalGlobe. He also has extensive investment banking experience focused on mergers and acquisitions at JPMorgan, Lehman Brothers, and Thomas Weisel Partners.
During his career, he has advised on and executed over $50 billion of M&A and $4 billion in equity and debt raising transactions. He has previously served on several Boards of Directors of publicly-traded companies, currently serving on the board of directors of Ping Identity (NYSE:PING) where he is the Audit Committee Chair.
Chris Kauffman is an investing partner at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that partners with founders from seed through growth stages and beyond to build companies that withstand the test of time. At GC, Chris focuses on investments in late(r)-stage enterprise and artificial intelligence companies, including SonarSource, Arrcus, FarMart, Prosimo, and Highway 9 Networks. He is based in San Francisco.
Prior to joining GC, Chris was the Vice President of Finance at Ruggable LLC, where he focused on e-commerce. Previously, he was a Vice President in the Frontier Technologies sector at SoftBank Investment Advisers (SoftBank Vision Fund) and an Associate at Golden Gate Capital. He started his career with Bain & Company.
Chris received his BSc Business in finance and psychology from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. Away from the office, Chris can be found outdoors - either cycling or mountaineering - and in the local music scene. As a former drummer and bassist, he also actively supports local musicians in advancing their careers.
Grant Canary is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DroneSeed and its recently acquired subsidiary Silvaseed which together form the western US’s largest vertically integrated reforestation company.
Grant has focused his entire career on sustainability—working at Vestas wind energy in China, the US and Denmark, and for the US Green Building Council in its infancy. He spent close to a decade founding and building a prior company in Bogotá, Colombia that utilized food waste to feed insect larvae for use as industrial fish feed— alleviating pressure on overfishing of small fish, utilizing food waste, and providing a protein source for farming fish to increase world food supplies most efficiently.
Grant is a pacific NW native growing up in Oregon, who then attended Occidental College in LA, and followed with a masters degree at Politecnico di Torino Italy, and then Universidad de la Sabana in Bogotá. Grant is a Mulago Foundation Fellow and a climate tech Investor, and DroneSeed is a Techstars and Elemental Excelerator cohort company. DroneSeed was named the World’s Most Innovative Company in Robotics by Fast Company in 2021.
Katelin is Founding Partner at Alexis Ohanian's venture capital firm Seven Seven Six, managing the firm’s operations and actively investing in early stage tech companies. Having spent her early career at Pixar Animation Studios, she parlayed her culture-building skills to tech, dedicating over a decade to developing teams as a senior executive at some of the internet’s most influential startups, including Klout and Reddit.
As an investor, Katelin is committed to helping founders and the broader venture ecosystem evolve their diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging practices. She is passionate about funding and supporting the people-first companies that will shape the next chapter of technology, with a keen eye on Web3, HealthTech, ClimateTech, and the delicate balance that enables us to thrive.
Dheeraj Pandey is the founder, CEO & Chairman of DevRev.ai and was the founder, former CEO & Chairman of Nutanix (Nasdaq: NTNX), a global leader in enterprise cloud software and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. Dheeraj currently sits on the board of Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) and is a member of their Audit Committee.
Dheeraj co-founded Nutanix in 2009 and led as its CEO and Chairman for 11+ years. Boasting the largest software IPO in 2016, Nutanix is now a multi-billion dollar company with thousands of employees in over 60 countries.
Pandey has been recognized with prestigious industry awards, including Dell's Founders 50 and the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Silicon Valley.
Kamran has been a venture investor and operator for nearly 20 years in both Silicon Valley and New York, focused on fintech and commerce, at companies including Pinterest, Facebook, Venmo, Braintree, Acorns, and more. Kamran has been a Principal, Venture Partner, and Board Partner at Greycroft since early 2012. He was also, from 2015-2017, the Head of Corporate Development at Pinterest, the first, dedicated outside hire brought in to drive acquisitions & strategy and help scale Pinterest during its hyper-growth phase. Kamran began his career at McKinsey & Company, and holds a B.A. from Yale, and M.B.A and J.D. degrees from Stanford.
Robbie Randall is a member of the Intuit® National Accounts team. He has a decade of professional tax and accounting experience and a great passion for helping businesses thrive. As a small business owner, Robbie understands the heartaches, triumphs, and attention it takes to operate one. In his current role, he consults with the Top 100 U.S. accounting firms and enjoys sharing the insights he’s collected from some of the most successful cloud-based organizations. Connect with Robbie on Twitter or LinkedIn @smbizpro.
Emily leads communications at Samsung Next and advises portfolio companies on their communications and PR strategies across media, content, and social. A firm believer in the power of communications to create value for any organization, Emily is energized by the process of discovery in developing the clearest and sharpest stories. Prior to Next, Emily led agency teams consulting to a mix of Fortune 500 companies and early stage technology startups.
Niko Bonatsos is a managing director at the venture firm General Catalyst, partnering with founders from seed to growth stage and beyond to build companies that withstand the test of time. Niko focuses his investment strategy on finding first-time technology founders with strong product instincts, a robust appetite for learning, and a desire to create innovations with the potential to benefit millions. Niko is currently obsessed with partnering with young technical founders who are building products for themselves.
Niko’s portfolio of investments includes: Audius, Bounce, Celo, ClassDojo, Collective, Cover, Discord, Dubsmash (acquired by Reddit), Ecologi, Jadu, Hive, Livongo [acquired by Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC)], Medely, Microverse, Numerade, Paribus (acquired by CapitalOne), Remote, Saturn, Seafair, Sleeper, Snap (NYSE: SNAP), Superplay, Tempus Ex, Wag!, and ZestWorld, among others.
Prior to joining General Catalyst, Niko attended Stanford University as a Fulbright Scholar earning an MS in Management Science and Engineering. He has studied in several countries, earning additional degrees in Manufacturing Engineering & Management and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and worked as a part of the R&D team for Yokogawa Electric Corporation in Japan.
Jordan Nanos is a Machine Learning Architect and Master Technologist in HPE’s North America CTO Office. He spends his time helping HPE customers design and implement the technology platforms that power their most complex ML applications.
Katherine Tuluzova is the Executive Vice President of Sigma Software, bringing over 15 years of experience in the digital advertising industry. Her patient and strategic approach, combined with her approachable personality and quick wit, have earned her a reputation as a knowledgeable and trustworthy leader. Clients in the digital advertising industry turn to Katherine for her expertise in optimizing technology and driving growth. Her deep understanding of all aspects of what a successful business needs to be, and her passion for creative and innovative solutions, make her a valuable resource for digital advertisers. Katherine is known for her flamboyant personality, courage to tackle challenges head-on, and her commitment to excellence. She is dedicated to finding the best solutions for each client and has a proven track record of delivering results. Outside of work, Katherine enjoys running and learning new languages. She is a passionate and creative individual, who brings her unique brand of humor and wit to everything she does.
Rakesh Yadev is the founder and CEO of Aidaptive, a company on a mission to empower any sized eCommerce or hospitality brand with the power of enterprise-grade machine learning. With more than 14 years at Google leading teams that built out the ML platform for Google Ads and built and secured payment systems across Google product lines, Rakesh is uniquely positioned to build and scale the company to meet this goal. Rakesh holds an MS in computer science from Louisiana State University and a BS in information technology from Mumbai University.
Kim leads investing in areas where technology touches the physical world such as housing, mobility, climate and jobs. Prior to joining Initialized, she was a journalist for a decade, reporting for publications including TechCrunch, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. Paired with her investing history in entrepreneurs that are transforming how we live and work, she has a track record in converting ideas into political movements and new laws after being an early proponent of housing reforms that have led to more than a half-dozen new California state laws.
Wen Zhang is the founder and CEO of INNW Institute, a global accelerator for tech startups, supporting entrepreneurs who are challenged to secure funding, to get yes from investors and customers. She is also GP of FV Venture, an early seed VC fund supporting international founders in Austin.
She is a serial entrepreneur who has launched businesses, increased their presence in the global market, and managed a large-scale enterprise at a Fortune 100 company. Through her pitching and storytelling expertise, she has helped her clients achieve over 40 million dollars in funding.
Wen holds a Master's Degree in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University.
Nikola was born and raised in Croatia, studied in Italy, Switzerland and the UK where he graduated in international law. He started his career the public sector for the UN in Tanzania and continuing in Japan from 2011. Switching to tech he launched, ran, and exited a startup. Nikola then joined Nikkei, the world’s largest business media publisher and owner of the FT where he led partnerships. He is now a Director of Startups at Infobip, one of the few bootstrapped unicorns globally with 70+ offices globally, where he is running a startup program and investing in startups.
Rob Biederman is Managing Partner of Asymmetric, an early stage venture firm in NYC, SF and Boston. Prior to founding Asymmetric, Rob co-founded and was co-CEO for eight years of Catalant Technologies, the market leader enabling companies to frictionlessly deploy talent. He is currently Catalant’s Chairman. Prior to founding Catalant, Rob was an investor at Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital. Rob is also a Harvard Business School Executive Fellow and co-author of Reimagining Work: Strategies to Disrupt Talent, Lead Change, and Win with a Flexible Workforce. Rob graduated from Princeton University (Economics/Finance), and from HBS as a Baker Scholar.
Systems-thinking CX leader turned Venture Capitalist. Cristina values driving growth in people and organizations. To do that, she focuses on keeping the triple-bottom-line in balance – a company’s mission, people, and business outcomes. Born in Miami as the daughter of Cuban-Greek immigrants, Cristina witnessed early on the courage and resilience needed to go after a better life. Along her journey, she’s taken on many passion-lead jobs including small-business owner, jeweler, voice-over artist, executive coach, service designer, and co-founder of an e-learning SaaS platform.
Cristina's own founder experience as well as her hypergrowth start-up leadership roles have put her in a unique position to empathize with the business and emotional challenges early-stage founders face, and to craft their founder journey using a similar framework as a service designer would use to optimize a customer journey.
Loizos is the founder of StrictlyVC, a media company that publishes a daily tips sheet, a weekly podcast, and an event series focused on the people transforming the tech world and beyond. She is also the Silicon Valley Editor of TechCrunch, which she joined in 2015. She began reporting on the startup world at the original Red Herring magazine in the late '90s and has since worked for Time Inc., Dow Jones, Crain Communications, the San Jose Mercury News, and Reuters.
Brett manages the investment team and leads Initialized’s dev tools and crypto deals. Prior to joining Initialized, he cofounded the blog platforms Posthaven and Posterous (acquired by Twitter) and later wrote software for Y Combinator, building its essential internal software systems. He was also a founder of the social news platform Slinkset, which was funded by YC in 2008, and DrawHere, a browser drawing startup acquired by DeviantArt in 2006. He is fond of pinball.
Leigh Marie Braswell is a principal at Founders Fund. Before joining Founders Fund, she was an early engineer & the first product manager at Scale AI, where she originally built & later led product development for the LiDAR/3D annotation products, used by many autonomous vehicles, robots, and AR/VR companies as a core step in their machine learning lifecycles. Leigh Marie is originally from Alabama, graduated from MIT, and loves to play poker, run long distances, and scuba dive.
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