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Wednesday, August 26

Kevin Gibbon

Shyp

Kevin started Shyp in 2013 to make shipping items anywhere in the world as easy as two taps on a smartphone. Under Kevin’s leadership, Shyp has raised over $60 million in venture capital from venerated investors including Kleiner Perkins and Sherpa Ventures, and gathered prestigious accolades like being named one of the 30 companies changing the world by CNN.

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Bastian Lehmann
Tuesday, September 15

Bastian Lehmann

Postmates

Bastian Lehmann is Co-founder + CEO of Postmates, the on-demand logistics company he co-founded in 2011. With partnerships with Chipotle, Starbucks and 7-Eleven, Postmates now operates the largest on-demand delivery fleet.

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