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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.
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.”
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.
Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures which is focused on impactful technology investments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony has served as a co-founder & CEO of multiple tech startups with successful exits and is currently 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.
Immad Akhund is the co-founder and CEO of Mercury, the company trusted by more than 100,000 startups for banking. Launched in 2019, Mercury has raised $163M from a16z, Coatue, CRV, and others for its intuitive product experience that helps founders manage their business with confidence. He was previously a part-time partner at Y Combinator and the founder of HeyZap (acquired by Fyber). He is an active angel investor with more than 300 investments in startups, including AirTable, Rappi, Papa, Deel, and Substack.
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.
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.
Ben Fletcher joined Accel in 2016 and focuses on software, internet services, and mobile technology companies. Since joining Accel, Ben has helped source and lead Accel's investments in Ada, BetterCloud, BrowserStack, Checkr, Galileo, Guru, Jellyfish, MessageBird, Merge, Opal, Podium, Webflow, World View, and UnitQ.
Prior to Accel, Ben worked on Google's corporate development team, where he helped manage mergers, acquisitions, and investments. Prior to Google, Ben worked in finance and partnerships at Apple. Ben is from Vienna, Virginia and graduated from Brigham Young 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.
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.
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