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Sam Bankman-Fried, known as SBF, is a crypto founder, investor and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of FTX.com, a global crypto exchange valued at $32B, and FTX.US, a US exchange valued at $8B. Sam is also a co-founder of the quantitative trading firm Alameda Research. Prior to founding FTX.com, and Alameda Research, Sam was a trader on Jane Street Capital’s international ETF desk, where he helped design their automated OTC trading system. Sam graduated from MIT with a degree in physics. He is a vegan and an effective altruist.
Devin Finzer (YC W18) is the co-founder and CEO of OpenSea, the world’s leading marketplace for NFTs. OpenSea is on a mission to help the world’s creators, collectors and collaborators own and shape their relationships directly, without gatekeepers. OpenSea is building the world’s most trusted and inclusive NFT marketplace with the best selection – making minting, purchasing and selling NFTs frictionless and friendly, and offering unmatched selection and multi-chain options for creators and collectors of all kinds.
Devin received a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Brown University, and has a background in software engineering, spending time at Pinterest, Google and more. Devin founded and sold his previous company, Claimdog, to Credit Karma. He and OpenSea's co-founder Alex Atallah.
Laura Shin is a crypto journalist and hosts the crypto podcast Unchained. Formerly a senior editor at Forbes, she was the first mainstream journalist to cover crypto full-time and is the author of the forthcoming book, The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze.
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Stanford University and has a master of arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Dylan Field is the co-founder and CEO of Figma, the collaborative design platform transforming how teams build products together. Before starting Figma, Dylan studied computer science and mathematics at Brown University where he and his co-founder Evan Wallace first saw the potential of browser-based design software: to break down silos in design, open up access and bring people together. Dylan was previously an intern at O'Reilly Media, LinkedIn, and Flipboard. He champions openness and access in technology development, so more people can use new software platforms. He tweets @zoink.
Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.
Prior to starting Black Girls CODE, Kimberly enjoyed a twenty year engineering and technical leadership career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries for various Fortune 50 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer.
Since 2011 Kimberly has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local grassroots initiative serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with fourteen chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has currently reached over 18,000 students and continues to grow and thrive.
Kimberly is a nationally recognized thought leader for her work to increase opportunities for women and girls in the technology industry and has received numerous awards for her work.. Kimberly has been awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area, named by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology,” and included in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists in 2013. Kimberly has been named one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People. In 2015, the White House honored her as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion , and she received an Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian Institute among many other awards and recognition.. She has spoken nationally and internationally on diversity, equity, and inclusion at conferences and is a thought leader in tech education for underserved students.
Sriram Krishnan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he invests in early stage consumer startups. Today, Sriram serves on the boards of Bitski, Hopin, and Polywork.
Prior to joining a16z, Sriram held numerous senior product roles. Most recently, he led core consumer teams at Twitter where he was responsible for products including the home timeline, new user experience, search, discovery, and audience growth. Before this, Sriram created and oversaw various mobile ad products for both Snap and Facebook, including Snap’s Direct Response ads business and the Facebook Audience Network, one of the largest networks in display advertising.
Sriram started his career at Microsoft where he touched numerous projects related to Windows Azure. He is the author of "Programming Windows Azure" published by O'Reilly.
Michelle Bailhe is a partner at Sequoia, where she focuses on crypto, software and Internet investments. Michelle is involved with Sequoia’s investments in FTX, Fireblocks, Pilot and more. Prior to Sequoia, Michelle worked at Hellman & Friedman, Google and McKinsey.
Alex Bouaziz is the co-founder and CEO of Deel, the fastest-growing global compliance and payroll solution that helps businesses hire anyone, anywhere. Founded in 2019, Deel’s technology offers payroll, HR, compliance, and benefits needed to hire and manage a global team. In just under three years, the company has grown to 700+ employees worldwide in 60 different countries and has 6000-plus customers, including Shopify, Coinbase, and Cloudflare.
Alex grew up in Paris and graduated from Technion and then MIT with a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to Deel he co-founded investment fund Sarona Ventures. In 2020 he was featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Finance list. Outside of Deel, Alex enjoys cheering on Paris Saint-Germain Football Club.
Alexandr Wang is the founder and CEO of Scale AI, the data infrastructure for AI. Alex founded Scale while at MIT, to help customers build long-term AI strategies by providing the highest quality AI data and tools. Prior to MIT, Alex worked at Quora and Addepar where he noticed the inefficiencies of developing AI infrastructure and recognized he could accelerate companies’ abilities to deploy AI. Under Alex's leadership, Scale has grown to a $7bn valuation serving hundreds of customers across industries from finance to e-commerce to U.S. government agencies.
Maria is a partner on the investment team at Electric Capital.
Prior to Electric, Maria was CTO and co-founder of a startup that helped SMBs easily create their supply chains with manufacturers around the world. Prior to that, she worked on search technology at Microsoft, with her features shipped to more than 1 billion devices.
Maria received her A.B. in Government from Harvard and M.Eng. in Computer Science from Cornell.
Anu Hariharan is managing director of YC Continuity. Previously, she was an investment partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where she worked with the management teams of companies including Airbnb, Instacart, Medium, OfferUp, and Udacity. Before that, Anu was a principal in BCG’s private equity practice, and a senior software engineer at Qualcomm. Anu has an MS in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Wharton. She led YC Continuity’s investments in Boom, Brex, Convoy, Faire, Groww, Gusto, Instacart, Monzo, Rappi, and Vouch, and sits on the boards of Brex, Convoy, Faire, Groww, Gusto, Monzo, Vouch, RevenueCat, and Whatnot.
Adam Jackson is the Co-founder of Braintrust, the first user-controlled talent network that provides enterprises with the highly skilled technical and design talent they need.
Prior to founding Braintrust, Adam co-founded Doctor on Demand, the popular video telemedicine provider, with daytime talk show personality Dr. Phil. Other notable ventures include DriverSide, a marketplace that connects car owners with mechanics, which was acquired by Advance Auto Parts in September of 2011 and MarketSquare, the first online local shopping destination on the Internet which was acquired by Intuit in September of 2006. Adam is a passionate Angel investor in 100+ companies including LTSE, SuperHuman, Filecoin, Binance, BlockFi, Automatic, Apero Health, Zenefits, and more.
Ali Rowghani is managing director of YC Continuity, where he built the team and fund from inception. He led YCC's investments in Stripe and DoorDash and is on the boards of several YC companies, including Checkr, Gusto, Ironclad, Deel, Pave, among others. He is also a Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH) board member. Ali served as COO of Twitter from 2012 to 2014 and was hired as the company's first CFO and served in that role from 2010 to 2012. Previously, Ali spent nine years in several roles at Pixar Animation Studios, including CFO and SVP of strategic planning. Ali holds a BA and MBA from Stanford.
Nina focuses on venture and growth investments in enterprise SaaS, vertical SaaS, and AI. She is excited by the combination of software and payments to help legacy industries transition from using pen and paper workflows to adopting more modern, vertical-specific solutions. Nina also believes that the combination of voice and AI is unlocking new business applications and soon will become the new system-of-record for enterprises. Previously, Nina was an FP&A Lead for Google’s AdSense team where she managed a multi-billion dollar book of business covering Amazon, IAC and eBay. Nina started her career as a high yield bond trader at Citigroup. She also started HIVE Ventures, the first seed venture fund focusing on Armenian entrepreneurs, where she invested in over 30 companies. Nina graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in government and is a recipient of the Michael C. Rockefeller Scholarship. Nina currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys watching football and Formula 1.
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Gaby is an investor at The Chernin Group, where she focuses on the firm’s investments at the intersection of consumer and crypto.
Before joining TCG, Gaby invested in early-stage consumer companies at both Bessemer Venture Partners and Chapter One. Outside of work, Gaby writes about web3 and digital culture on her Mirror publication, gaby.mirror.xyz.