Before there was a Sheryl Sandberg or Susan Wojcicki, there was Carol Bartz.
Carol served at the helm of two high-profile tech companies, Autodesk and Yahoo!, in addition to serving on the boards of numerous corporations, including Cisco. Carol turned Autodesk into the company that it is today. During her time as the CEO, annual revenue rose from $300 million to $1.5 billion.
After Autodesk, Carol was given the challenge of taking over internet giant Yahoo! from its founder Jerry Yang in 2009. She served as CEO of Yahoo! until 2011. Carol has been a fearless builder who broke the gender glass ceiling and has led an exemplary life on how to be a leader, a board member and a friend. We’re excited to honor her through the GSV Hall of Fame.
Gordy Davidson is one of the most trusted advisors in Silicon Valley. His client list reads like a history of Silicon Valley: Cisco Systems, Oracle, Intuit, Electronic Arts, Macromedia, Facebook.
He has worked on over 50 public offerings and has represented boards of directors, audit committees and executives in numerous special investigations. He has also acted as lead counsel on over 100 mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $75 billion in the aggregate, including WhatsApp’s $19 billion sale to Facebook in 2012.
Gordy has been a leader and teacher at Stanford, Berkeley and many of the institutions where the next generation of talent has gathered. Gordy has also served on the boards of directors of non-profit organizations, including BayBio, Children’s Health Council and Pacific Community Ventures. We’re excited to honor him through the GSV Hall of Fame.
Ken Coleman has long been a trailblazer in the Valley. Despite working in an industry notorious for being dominated by white male executives, Ken has held some of the most senior positions in Silicon Valley. He was notably the Executive Vice President of Sales Service and Marketing of Silicon Graphics (where he hired Ben Horowitz as an intern), and is perhaps the most influential major African American leader in Silicon Valley.
Ken is Chairman of Saama Technologies, Inc., one of the largest pure-play analytics solutions and services companies in the Data Analytics market. He is currently a special advisor at Andreessen Horowitz, mentoring founders into CEOs and advising talented individuals on opportunities in Silicon Valley. He is also an advisor at Pinterest. In addition, he is a board member of CSAA, Entertainment Partners, and Procura.
Ken is noted by many in the Silicon Valley community not only as an important mentor to many leading CEOs and executives, but also a philanthropist, giving his time, knowledge and resources to people who have the most significant needs in the community.
Craig Venter, Ph.D., the man who led the private effort to sequence the human genome, is always hard at work with even more potentially world-changing projects. He is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Human Longevity Inc, a privately held genomics-based, technology company creating the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of whole genome, phenotype and clinical data to revolutionize healthcare.
Having been vice chair at SoftBank and chief business officer at Google (Alphabet), Nikesh Arora is one of the world’s top tech executives. Nikesh joined Google before its IPO in 2004 and was instrumental in building the company into the largest digital advertising business in the world. He joined SoftBank in 2014 and led its investments in leading global companies including Snapdeal, Ola Cabs, GrabTaxi, SoFi, Coupang, and Didi Chuxing. Nikesh worked closely with SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son on globalization and transformation strategies and to implement a sustainable long-term plan for SoftBank’s investments.
Ann is a Founding Partner at FLOODGATE, an angel fund, where her investment interests include innovations in e-commerce, security, big data and radical science. FLOODGATE backs the most important digital businesses of the future, before traditional VCs are ready to invest. Ann Miura-Ko has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes. FLOODGATE has invested in some of the most meaningful companies in business and consumer technology, with a combined market value exceeding $30 billion. Some of Ann’s investments with FLOODGATE include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Maker Media, Wanelo, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth.
John Donahoe has served as Chairman of the PayPal Board since July 2015. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay Inc. from March 2008 to July 2015, and a director from January 2008 to July 2015. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation and Nike, Inc.
John joined eBay in March 2005 as President of eBay Marketplaces, responsible for all elements of eBay’s global ecommerce businesses. In this role, he focused on expanding eBay’s core business, which accounts for the majority of the company’s revenues. John also oversaw a number of strategic acquisitions, including Shopping.com, StubHub and classifieds sites, such as Gumtree. During his three-year tenure as President of Marketplaces, revenues and profits for the division doubled.
Prior to eBay, John spent more than 20 years at Bain & Company, a worldwide consulting firm based in Boston. Starting as an Associate Consultant, John rose to become the firm’s president and CEO in 1999, overseeing Bain’s 30 offices and 3,000 employees.
John received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Joe Lonsdale, a founding partner of 8VC, will be speaking at the 2016 GSV Pioneer Summit. He will share lessons he learned while founding and building a multi-billion dollar software business at Palantir and a leading wealth management technology platform at Addepar, which he also founded. At the Pioneer Summit, Joe will talk about his experience with investing in ambitious entrepreneurs.
Bonny Simi is a JetBlue pilot and officer with over a decade of leadership experience holding talent, customer experience and other roles at JetBlue, and over 25 years in the airline industry. Simi also has deep roots in the Silicon Valley community as a graduate of both the Stanford Business and Engineering schools. Prior to her airline and venture career, Ms. Simi was a writer-reporter-producer for the ABC KGO-TV evening news in San Francisco, and is a three-time Olympian.
Lila Ibrahim is the Chief Business Officer of Coursera. She is also a strategic advisor at the prominent venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Previously, Lila had a diverse 18-year career with Intel Corporation holding multiple engineering and marketing roles including Chief of Staff to the former CEO and Chairman. Lila’s achievements have garnered international recognition, including her appointment in 2014 to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Other honors include: Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute (2011), Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2007), Women of Vision by the Anita Borg Institute (2010), and Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni by Purdue University (2010). Lila currently serves on the Board of Directors for Gannett Co., Inc. Lila is also co-founder and Executive Chair of Team4Tech, an education technology non-profit.
A. Charles Thomas, a 17-year data and analytics professional, is an executive vice president and head of the Enterprise Data & Analytics organization at Wells Fargo & Company. As the company’s Chief Data Officer, he is responsible for developing Wells Fargo’s approach to managing data, including the development of Enterprise Data Governance, Foundational Data, and a common data architecture. Thomas’s team acts as a hub collaborating with line of business data teams to ensure commonality of data, methods, techniques, tools, and governance.
Ron Johnson, the founder and CEO of Enjoy and creator of the Apple Store and Genius Bar, will return to the GSV Pioneer Summit in 2016. He is the former chief executive officer of J. C. Penney. He was responsible for a major rebrand of J. C. Penney, which later led to company shares declining 51% and his firing in 2013. Previously, he was the senior vice president of retail operations at Apple Inc., where he pioneered the concept of the Apple Retail Stores and the Genius Bar, and the vice president of merchandising for Target Corporation, where he was credited for making the store “hip.” He is currently the head of Enjoy, a startup company.
Todd is a lifelong technology executive with deep corporate experience in the mobile technology space. He is currently the CEO of Mozido, a mobile payment and engagement platform revolutionizing customer relations. Mozido has raised over $275M of institutional capital, expanded into China, Africa, and India, and has blue-chip clients providing access to their 1.5 billion subscribers. These achievements position Mozido to capture the enormous opportunity to digitize payment and marketing services using mobile phones, especially for the more than two billion unbanked adults worldwide.
Peter fell in love with startups after spending 10 years as an early employee at EMC, where he experienced firsthand how the right product, business model and innovation can kill a market incumbent. Ever since, he’s been working with the brightest minds in technology. As a general partner at Highland Capital, Peter focuses on companies in the information security, e-commerce, cloud infrastructure, mobile, enterprise software and communications industries. He is directly involved with Bitnet, Bromium, ClearSky Data,ENJOY, iddiction, INXPO, Leap Motion, LevelUp, NetentSec, Qumulo, RethinkDB,Violin Memory, VMTurbo and WePay. He is also a former board member of Desktone (acquired by VMware), Gigamon (NYSE: GIMO), Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell), RentJuice (acquired by Zillow) and Virtual Computer (acquired by Citrix).
If you’re looking for a master of all trades to advise your entrepreneurial journey, look no further than Randy Komisar, who has worn plenty of different hats in his career. Randy joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005 and focuses on the firm’s digital and sustainability practices. Earlier in his career, he was a co-founder of Claris Corp., served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, and acted as a “virtual CEO” for such companies as WebTV and GlobalGiving. Randy also served as CFO of GO Corp. and as senior counsel for Apple Computer, following a private practice in technology law.
Boris Sofman is a co-founder and CEO of Anki, an entertainment robotics company. He is an engineer and researcher with experience in building diverse robotic systems — from consumer products to off-road autonomous vehicles and bomb-disposal robots. Boris has made it his life’s work to create products that people would not expect to be possible and he is accomplishing this through his startup Anki. Anki is building technology to make the latest advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics accessible to everyone. It counts among its investors big names such as Andreessen Horowitz, J.P. Morgan, and Idea Ventures. Anki’s two flagship robots, Cozmo and Overdrive, have been featured in The Next Web, The Verge, and Fast Company.
You know someone’s an HR expert when they’re the head of HR for an HR company. Pat Wadors joined LinkedIn in January 2013 to lead its world-class talent team, overseeing hiring, retaining and inspiring top talent, and also managing all employee-related HR programs at LinkedIn.
If you wanted an exhaustive list of all the cat videos on Youtube, Andrew Ng would be your guy. He is an associate professor of computer science at Stanford, chief scientist of Baidu, and chairman and co-founder of Coursera. In 2011, he led the development of Stanford University’s main MOOC (massive open online courses) platform, and also taught an online machine learning class to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera. Today, Coursera partners with some of the top universities in the world to offer high quality online courses, and is the largest MOOC platform in the world.
Carlos is the founder and chief executive officer of OZY Media, an international online magazine that focuses on news, arts, and culture. The vision behind OZY is to deliver original, engaging content that focuses on the future to the “change generation.” Carlos is also the host of Point Taken, a weekly PBS program that seeks to use both Twitter and television to foster meaningful debate and conversations regarding today’s biggest issues.
Phil Jaber went on a quest 25 years ago to make a really great cup of coffee. In 2005, his son Jacob took the innovative Philz brand and expanded their one location in San Francisco to 35 locations across the country. Jacob Jaber will not only make you the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had, he will make you a firm believer in his family’s philosophy on life, quality, success, and the pursuit of great coffee.
When the word “startup” comes to mind, one tends to think of tech companies like Apple and Facebook. However, innovation is possible in any industry and Lauren Schulte and her startup The Flex Company stand as evidence of this. Lauren is an entrepreneur creating a new feminine hygiene product, Flex, a tampon alternative. The Flex Company is bringing innovation to the under-served market of women’s health and we are excited to hear about the possibilities in healthcare and entrepreneurship. Prior to The Flex Company, Lauren spent over a decade building consumer brands including Coca-Cola, Autodesk and IBM. Lauren frequently speaks on the topics of women’s health and entrepreneurship, and has been a featured thought leader in publications such as TechCrunch, OZY, The New Yorker, WIRED, The Wall Street Journal and NPR.
Lauren holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia State University. Follow her @LMSchulte
Abhay Gupta founded Bidgely with the mission to accomplish energy efficiency at a massive scale. As CEO of Bidgely, Abhay has led the company from concept to market leadership: Abhay sets the commercial and technical vision, strategy and leadership for Bidgely: to provide the platform of choice for proven energy engagement and savings for utilities and consumers. Prior to Bidgely, Abhay worked at a combination of energy and technology companies including Grid Net, Echelon and Sun Microsystems. He holds a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, M.S. from University of Southern California and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Alex Rosen is a Managing Director with IDG Ventures and has been working with early-stage technology companies as an active investor and advisor for over 20 years. IDG Ventures is a global family of venture funds with approximately $3.6 billion under management. He’ll be sharing insights from his two decades of work in technology investing at the 2015 GSV Pioneer Summit.
Ali Diab is doing something about the current state of the American healthcare system. it. As Collective Health’s CEO, Ali brings more than 15 years of technology startup and executive management experience to solving the problem of employee healthcare. He can directly relate to quality and cost issues of company-sponsored healthcare after experiencing a major health problem while employed at a growing technology company. Collective Health is revitalizing the healthcare insurance industry by providing a SaaS platform to streamline healthcare management. It counts Activision Blizzard, Palantir, and zendesk among its customers.
Dr. Amit Sinha is a skilled entrepreneur and technology leader who has driven the research and development of disruptive security and wireless technologies at both start-ups and market-leading organizations.
Prior to Zscaler, Dr. Sinha served as CTO for Motorola’s enterprise networking and communications business, which he joined via its acquisition of AirDefense where he held the same role. He has also served as Chief Technologist at Engim, which he co-founded.
Amit earned an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the President of India Gold Medal. He holds 27 US patents and has contributed to several books and dozens of conference and journal papers.
Prior to Vrenergy, Ana Luz worked as an Earthquake Engineer and was involved in the seismic design of critical structures including nuclear power plants, dams, levees, mines, landfills, embassies, and hospitals. She has also been involved in important Earthquake Engineering research projects at Berkeley and coauthored multiple research papers and guidance documents used in the engineering industry. Ana Luz earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geophysics, Master’s degree in Engineering Seismology, and Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley.
The founder and CEO of Aspiration, Andrei Cherny, will speak at this fall’s Pioneer Summit. The impetus behind Aspiration, which allows clients to choose the fees on their investment accounts, was to to bring the middle-class into the world of investments by letting them “pay what is fair.”
Andy came to Silicon Valley in 1983 to work for Regis McKenna and help Steve Jobs launch the Macintosh. When Steve left Apple to form NeXT and acquire Pixar, he chose Andy’s public relations agency, to represent him. She continued to work with Steve for several years and has developed marketing, branding and communication strategies for game-changing technologies and companies ever since.
When it comes to business in the modern era, it pays to have a global perspective. This is why we are so excited to hear from Angela Bao at our upcoming Pioneer Summit. Angela is a Beijing native currently living in San Francisco. She’s an investments manager at Idea Bulb Ventures with experience in U.S.-China cross-border investments, economic analysis, and journalism. Previously, she was a research analyst with the Rhodium Group in New York, where she co-authored a major study on China’s economic data and performance. Prior to that, she was a researcher for The New York Times in Shanghai, covering China’s economy and the technology sector.
As a director at the AT&T Foundation, Anne leads social innovation, and focusses on investments in education technology and on philanthropy empowers student success and career readiness. She is also the founder of The Augie Fund, which provides free glasses for Bay Area kids.
Anne will be on the “Leveraging Technology for Good” Panel at the Pioneer Summit.
Antina is the co-founder and CMO of Perseus Mirrors, a smart surface company that is developing the world’s first consumer smart mirror. Antina has a track record of bringing innovation and brands to life, drawing from 5 years of experience at P&G. She is excited about technologies that transform the way we interact with our environments.
As the Founder and CEO of Lumiata, Ash Damle drives the company’s mission of leveraging medical AI to enable organizations drive more precise risk and care management. At Lumiata, Ash has pioneered a first-of-kind medical graph based on current scientific research and clinical practice. The Lumiata Medical Graph combines multi-sourced health data with medical knowledge, analyzes the complex relationships between them, and provides precise, clinically-relevant, auditable analytics in real-time.
Ash is a technologist and data scientist deeply rooted in the application of big data to health and its intersection with design, and has worked with organizations in the United States, China, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, India and Japan. Over the last 15 years, he has researched, built and applied AI technologies with leading institutions and organizations, including the UCLA AI and Robotics Lab, MIT’s AI Lab, the MIT Media Lab, the US Navy and NASA. Ash graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in both Computer Science and Mathematics, has published numerous papers, and has received patents in real-time unstructured semantic analysis.
Imagine being an expert in the venture capital ecosystem of an entire country – that’s what Ash Lilani is, in a nutshell. Ash is the managing partner and co-founder of Saama Capital, a leading India-focused early stage venture fund with over 40 investments over three funds since 2006. Ash, who has been working with technology and venture capital globally for 25 years, was an early pioneer of the Indian venture capital ecosystem and has been investing in India since 2003. At Saama Capital, he has led investments in companies such as Mezi, Snapdeal, PayTM, Lending Kart, Chaipoint, EazyDiner, Sula Wines, Veeba Foods, Raw Pressery, Genesis Colors, SKS MicroFinance, Prizm Payments, Applabs, Shaadi.com, Vistaar Finance, Shubham Housing, Modern Family Doctor, Games2 Win and many others.
Ashley is the CEO and Cofounder of Joey, an online platform connecting travelers with locals over coffee or drinks. Joey gives travelers access to a global network of local insiders, who can tell travelers about everyday life in the destination and suggest unique ways to experience the culture. Before Joey, Ashley spent seven years building US-Middle East intercultural relations through policy, digital media, and travel. She previously launched two startups, and she holds an MBA from Berkeley-Haas and a BA from Stanford.
As a partner at Lux Capital, Bilal is attracted to startups that solve real, practical problems with technically ambitious solutions. They are often the first of their kind. They might address challenges around security by inventing advanced facial recognition software, improve air traffic management for drones, or build connected hardware devices that reshape our lives.
Before he became an investor, Bilal was an entrepreneur. He cofounded GEO2 Technologies, an advanced materials company that also spun out Bio2 Technologies, company that makes bone-graft materials, among other things. Earlier in his career, Bilal was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a visiting scientist at PNNL/DOE Labs.
Supersonic passenger flight is the goal of Blake Scholl, the CEO and founder of Boom. We are so excited to have him speak at the GSV Pioneer Summit about how technology can fundamentally change travel.
Brian is responsible for a wide range of companywide programs and initiatives that support drive and influence Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s diversity philosophy, strategy, goals, customer relationships and business results. In partnership with HP business leaders and employees across the world, Brian and his team focus on ensuring that HP continues to lead in creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment aligned with the new style of work, while expanding employee engagement and involvement at all levels.
Brian has over 2 decades of experience in the IT industry. He has a strong background and record of leadership in the fields of diversity, sustainability, and innovation. His previous role in HP was Global Real Estate (GRE) Director of Energy, Sustainability and Integrated Facilities Management (IFM). In this role Brian was responsible for Global Energy and Sustainability Management across HP’s global real estate portfolio. He also led the Global Integrated Facilities Management program.
Additionally, in his five years as a member of the Global Procurement Executive Leadership Team prior to joining GRE, Brian built a Supplier Diversity and Small Business program which enabled significant HP revenue by ensuring a globally inclusive supply chain, and focuses on delivering new value for HP from its top strategic suppliers through innovation and collaboration and awarding the coveted “HP Supplier of the Year” award.
A sought after speaker and thought leader in the fields of diversity and sustainability, Brian is a board member or advisor to several external organizations including Operation HOPE; California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance, and The Latino Coalition.
Brian is a visiting professor at several universities, including the Universidad Continental in Huancayo Peru. Brian earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of the Pacific, Mc George School of Law, in Sacramento, CA, and his Bachelor of Science (BS) from the University of San Francisco.
Chris has extensive expertise in designing and developing consumer operating systems and products. He joined Upthere in 2012 after spending more than 15 years at Apple. While at Apple, he led product marketing for OS X, shipping every release from the first OS X Public Beta to the final cat release, Mountain Lion. Before that, he managed Apple’s NetBoot Server product and an early version of Mac OS X Server.
Chris earned two BS degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Cristian Petschen, Founder/CEO: MBA-UC, BARCH & BFA Rhode Island School of Design. Cristian is an award winning and accomplished 6 time entrepreneur, CEO and design thinker, bringing 12 years of design/ build experience leading creative teams and engineers (as CEO & Design Principal) in complex multidisciplinary projects for large companies including Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and Hal Holding.
Dave Bell co-founded Actev Motors in 2014 to develop smart, electric vehicles for families. A long-time car and racing enthusiast, Actev Motors was the perfect way for Dave to combine his passions for cars and high-tech. With the debut of the company’s product, the Arrow Smart-Kart, the company is creating fun and safe children’s vehicles by leveraging technology found in today’s smartphones and most advanced cars.
Dave serves on the board of several high-tech startups, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
David Baszucki is the founder and CEO of ROBLOX. A pioneer in pushing the boundaries of the imagination, David has helped champion millions of young and up-and-coming developers in the video game industry via the ROBLOX platform. Working with some of the most talented minds in the business, his vision has given birth to a new genre of entertainment that seamlessly blends together learning, communication, and the latest technology advancements, such as virtual reality, into a cutting-edge platform that allows people of all ages to create fun, imaginative experiences for the entire world to enjoy.
David graduated from Stanford University as a General Motors Scholar in Electrical Engineering. He currently resides in Portola Valley, California with his wife, Jan Ellison, and their four children.
Debon is a co-founder and President of AKALA, an Ed-Tech startup focused on College Admissions and College Readiness.
Graduate of The Lawrenceville School and UPENN. Debon has over 10 years of experience in Urban Education working as an instructional coach and principal in both public schools and in the renowned KIPP charter school in NYC. He was also a founding member of three charter schools with Achievement First.
Denise Bevers is founder and COO of KindredBio. KindredBio is a pharmaceutical startup focused on saving and improving the lives of pets through revolutionary medicine. Denise is an expert in clinical operations, medical affairs, and scientific communications. She has over 20 years of pharmaceutical and research experience, including at Elan Pharmaceuticals, SkyePharma, Quintiles, and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation where she led product development and clinical research. She also previously served as President and was Founding Partner of SD Scientific.
Diane Flynn is Chief Marketing Officer of GSVlabs, a leading Silicon Valley-based accelerator for individuals, startups and corporations seeking growth and innovation. She is also Cofounder of the ReBoot Career Accelerator for women returning to the workforce after taking a work pause. ReBoot gets women current, connected, and confident to return by teaching essential workplace tech skills and providing a community of like-minded returners. ReBoot programs are offered in major cities throughout the US. She is passionate about helping women find meaning and purpose, and empowering them for social impact. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics, and an MBA from Harvard.
Diane is a forward-thinking pioneer hacking her way from one successful adventure to the next. She is fueled by challenges that people tell her is impossible. The combination of her software engineering background, marketing edge, and passion for changing the world propels her to build technology that will take the world by storm. She has developed software for about 5 years and has dabbled in marketing as well. Currently, she’s the co-founder of Breinify, an artificial intelligence startup which provides an API gateway for companies to enrich user data for real-time personalization. We are very pleased that Diane will be giving a “Founder Talk” at the 2015 Pioneer Summit.
Doug Galen has been building innovative and disruptive companies for some twenty years. He is currently the CEO of RippleWorks, a foundation that brings expert volunteers together with social businesses around the world. In addition, Doug is a lecturer for Stanford GSB’s StartUp Garage, in which he instructs 2nd year MBA students on the process of building companies. Prior to RippleWorks, he worked as Chief Revenue Officer at shopkick, a venture-backed company focused on leveraging the power of mobile to transform shopping. Doug has also worked at Shutterfly, eBay and E-LOAN.
Doug has served on the Board or Advisory Board of Ripple Labs, Voxeet, Edgemakers, Abe’s Market, Prosper, Adchemy, Zip Realty, HomeGain, Positive Coaching Alliance and Riley’s Place.
Ela Madej is a serial entrepreneur, impact investor and Y Combinator alum. She is currently a partner at Fifty.vc investing in “purpose+profit” businesses and runs impact.tech a meetup community of techies in San Francisco who are passionate about social impact. Ela is also a key figure in the Polish and European startup scene, founding an number of startups and organizing events to promote Ruby on Rails, entrepreneurship and innovation. We look forward to hearing more on social entrepreneurship and how startups can balance purpose and profit from Ela at our upcoming 2016 Pioneer Summit.
Emerson Spartz is one of the world’s leading experts on internet virality and has been featured in major media including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New Yorker, CBS, CNBC, and CNN. As the CEO of Dose, the company behind Dose.com and OMG Facts, he runs one of the world’s fastest-growing digital media companies with 50 million unique visitors per month.
Emily is the co-founder of Planet Murple, which creates games, entertainment, and experiences that help kids build happy and healthy relationships to food. Emily is the artist and strategist behind Murple, who looks at the intersection of art, business, and technology to change the way we engage with food. Emily has a background in organizational transformation and cultural change at firms like IBM and SY Partners, and has worked on numerous projects connecting consumers to sustainability.
Eric is co-founder and CEO of Biggerpan, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to reinvent the experience of the mobile web. Originally from Paris, France, Eric initially came to Silicon Valley in 2013 to research augmented web technologies. Previously employed in the finance industry, Eric has also been advising several French tech startups since 2008.
WHOOP™is pairing proprietary physiological monitors with an online health diagnostic initially targeting athletes. Our first product is a wrist-worn device designed to be worn continuously that provides analysis on Strain, Recovery, and Sleep. The mobile and web platforms allow for deeper insights, competition, and group optimization.
At WHOOP™, our mission as a culture and workplace mimics our mission as a product and service. We are creating a product that makes individuals and teams perform at a higher level through a deeper understanding of their bodies and daily lives. Our mission: Higher performance through accountability and knowledge. We are a team that owes to it to our customers, but even more so to ourselves, to be accountable.
Evolution is the motto behind Evobooks, which Felipe Rezende is the founder and CEO. “If games evolve year after year, becoming interactive super productions, why doesn’t educational content?”. Evobooks wants to make education as engaging as the best digital entertainment, but as educationally relevant as textbooks. The company is the creator of Edmersiv VR, the first platform for education to offer pedagogically structured contents to schools in virtual reality. Prior to founding Evobooks, Felipe was a consultant at Bain & Company, where he receive the Bain Results Challenge Award for high social impact. As the CEO of Evobooks, he has also received prestigious awards, such as the UNESCO World Summit Award.
Felix is founder, chairman and CEO of Viridis Learning, an educational technology company aimed at connecting colleges, students, and employers to streamline entry into the workforce for students. A serial entrepreneur, Felix has started several companies, including Visionary Trade & Export, a venture he founded at age 20 that led to multimillion-dollar deals. He was also recently appointed to the board of directors for the New York City Technology Development Corporation and serves on the board of directors for the Osborne Foundation.
While at Qualcomm Ventures, Gareth has helped define the investment thesis around UAVs and robotics, and led investments in companies such as 3D Robotics and Spire. Gareth started his professional career as an engineer, and spent many years in engineering roles before turning to the darkside. He’s also always super excited about robots and a Kauffman Fellow.
Gary Swart was on the leading edge of the gig economy. Before there was Uber, before there was TaskRabbit, there was oDesk, where Gary served as the CEO for almost nine years. During Gary’s tenure, oDesk had 10 million freelancers working for three million companies around the world. Gary is also widely known as a mentor to founders and emerging startups. It was this interest in helping startups thrive and grow that gradually brought him to the world of venture capital with Polaris Partners. We look forward having Gary at the GSV Pioneer Summit where he will lead a discussion on the future of work and how to hire and manage teams.
Gilonne is the Chief Development Officer at New Harvest, a non-profit organization accelerating breakthroughs in animal products made without animals.
Prior to New Harvest, she worked at Pegasus Capital Advisors, helping to raise a $1BN fund and to invest in sustainable and efficient products. Before Pegasus Capital Advisors, she helped deploy African and European operations at On Demand Books, launched IMG’s sustainability division and helped start their IMG and Diplomacy consulting sub-division, and worked at Citigroup where she designed one of the first impact bonds (the Finance Facility for Mine Action).
Gilonne has a BA from Brown in International Relations and Environmental Studies, an MA from SOAS in Geopolitics, an LLM from SOAS in International Environmental Law and International Criminal Law.
Years before the commercial drone industry was taking off (pun intended), Gretchen West was already at the forefront of the unmanned systems industry, advocating on behalf of the global community to reduce barriers to enable operations and use. As a senior advisor in the Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group, Gretchen’s focus on innovation and technology has helped clients navigate business and market entry strategies, find value-added capabilities to ensure successful operations, and understand the regulatory environment and associated challenges.
Prior to co-founding Piqed, Helen led the futures team in high frequency algorithmic trading at Chopper Trading, specializing in machine learning, large data analysis and low-latency optimizations. She holds a B.A. in Applied Math from Harvard and is a native of Virginia. Helen loves her maltese poodle Yoyo, piano, art museums, and real mimolette.
Iba Masood founded her first startup, Gradberry at 22 as a fresh college graduate in the United Arab Emirates. The initial goal was to connect recent grads in the Middle East to employers. Now, she and her team have transitioned Gradberry into TARA, which is an Artificial Intelligence platform for recruitment and project management.
Jaime Nack is the president of Three Squares Inc. and the founder and CEO of Three Square’s sister company One Drop Interactive. Three Squares is a sustainability consulting firm specializing in developing comprehensive sustainability plans for corporate entities, government agencies and academic institutions. One Drop is a cloud-based employee engagement and sustainability education platform. We are thrilled that Jaime will be speaking at the GSV Pioneer Summit about the business case for sustainability and its impact on the future of the global markets.
James is a pragmatic optimist who is more than a tad curious. With 8 years in working in startups and 9 years in corporate, he says “building ‘things’ has been my greatest challenge and my greatest reward.” He is a 2 time startup builder, investor, and currently a corporate strategist within SAP SE’s Global Office of the CEO. James has been honored to serve as a strategic advisor/mentor to startups in the New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago areas. A recognized public speaker and blogger, James has been quoted in Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Most recently, James co-founded a non-profit foundation for the advancement in technologies for children with pediatric heart defects.
As the CEO of Lytro, Jason Rosenthal is leading a movement that will revolutionize digital imaging as we know it. Using Lyto’s powerful light field platform, which allows for endless creative control, Lytro is poised to disrupt the entire imaging landscape in a way that hasn’t been done since the move from film to digital. We look forward to hearing from Jason on how to disrupt industries and build a profitable company around such an innovative technology.
Jay Chaudhry is a seasoned entrepreneur with a track record of success. He is an innovator and trendsetter who has founded and funded several successful companies including Zscaler, AirDefense, CipherTrust, CoreHarbor, Air2Web, and SecureIT. Chaudhry leverages more than 25 years of security industry expertise, including engineering, sales, marketing and management experience with leading organizations, such as IBM, NCR and Unisys. Jay’s current venture, Zscaler founded in 2008, is revolutionizing internet security with cloud-based security solutions for distributed and mobile enterprises. We are excited to hear about the newest trends in Internet Security Entrepreneurship from Jay at the Pioneer Summit.
Jeff Margolies is an influential IT security expert and business leader. His leadership, management and creativity were integral to the creation of a variety of security practices focused on the Communications, Media & Technology and Financial Services industries nationally and internationally. He is a Principal in Deloitte Advisory where he is taking his combination of the highest technical aptitude and effective client engagement to help clients manage their Cyber Risks.
As the Cloud Security Leader for Cyber Risk at Deloitte, Jeff is focused on helping clients solve one of the security industry’s key challenges — how to migrate a vast amount of data and compute outside of the protected enterprise to the public cloud while continuing to manage risks and remain secure, vigilant and resilient.
As a managing partner at GGV Capital, Jeff focuses on the Internet, Software and Mobile sectors, and currently sits on the boards of Appirio,Boxed, Percolate, Reebonz and Tile. Jeff led GGV’s investments in BlueKai (acquired in 2014 by Oracle), Buddy Media (acquired in 2012 by Salesforce.com), Citrus Lane(acquired in 2014 by Care.com), Evolv (acquired in 2014 by Cornerstone OnDemand),Flipboard, Quixey, HotelTonight and Spreecast, and is actively involved in GGV’s investments in 21ViaNet, DOMO, MediaV, Qunar, SocialTouch, Square and Wish.
Jeremy Johnson is the co-founder and CEO of Andela or, as CNN has called it, “The startup that’s harder to get into than Harvard.” Founded on the idea that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela aims to train 100,000 world-class software developers in Africa over the next 10 years. To do so, Andela has created a new model of education that funds itself through the work they do: training brilliant young software developers and placing them with top international companies. With a .6% acceptance rate, Andela is the most selective tech training program in Africa and has been featured by Wired, CNN, The Today Show, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and many others.
Joanna is a Managing Partner at West, partnering with inventive companies to design new markets, products, and services that change the way we live.
She is also a Senior Partner at the B Team, a not-for-profit dedicated to bringing forth a plan that will ensure business becomes a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit.
Prior to West, Joanna was a Managing Partner at VSP Capital and has extensive experience serving on the board of directors for various companies.
Joanna graduated from Duke University with a BS in Psychology and acquired an MBA from Columbia University.
Joanne is a partner at Foundation Capital where she supports the next generation of startups. As a child, Chen dreamt of becoming an astrophysicist, but she changed her mind for something even better and became an entrepreneur instead.
In 2010, Joanne co-founded a mobile educational gaming startup and after a enjoying her first taste in the world of entrepreneurism, she went on to build a career in advising other entrepreneurs and investors. Chen joined Foundation Capital in 2014 after completing her MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Prior to joining Foundation Capital, she worked at Probitas Partners where she focused on advising private equity and venture capital firms in the fundraising process and as an analyst at Jefferies & Company in the Technology, Media, and Telecom Group.
Chen, who began designing web pages at the age of 9, geeks out on drones, virtual reality and video games. Her personal enthusiasm for VR overflowed beyond the work day into her personal life where she produced a VR version of her wedding this past August.
Here’s someone who really puts his money where his mouth is. Joseph N. Sanberg is a public and private-sector entrepreneur and investor, harnessing the power of innovation to improve the quality of life for all. Combining his passion to open the doors of opportunity to everyone with his expertise in the financial sector, Sanberg co-founded Aspiration, the fastest growing mass-market financial services company in the United States, bringing investment and savings products to the middle class, powered entirely by the customers’ choice.
John Denniston is a Silicon Valley vet who is passionate about green technology. John is currently the chairman of Shared-X, an agribusiness startup pioneering a novel means of developing rural agricultural land in developing countries. Through this startup, John is on a mission to revolutionize agriculture with three goals: to generate attractive financial returns for investors, lift 12,000 people out of extreme poverty, and deploy sustainable agricultural techniques to the developing world.
As Chief Investment Officer and Social Impact GM, Jon’s role is to raise, manage and deploy the GSVlabs Investment Fund. He also sets the Impact strategy both within the GSVlabs community and externally for the brooder GSVlabs ecosystem.
Prior to joining GSVlabs, Jon was the founding CEO of Vendri and Markoza, and serves on the board of several startups. He spent 12 years leading sales, marketing, and customer success teams at high growth technology companies including Level 3 Communications, where he managed a $100 Million business unit focused on global network and business intelligence solutions. Jon received his BA in Economics and Statistics from the University of California, Davis, and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jonathan Mariner was appointed Chief Investment Officer of Major League Baseball by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. on December 4, 2014. In this capacity, Mariner will manage the industry’s Baseball Endowment fund, its pension assets and potential new strategic investments. He served as MLB’s Chief Financial Officer from 2002 until taking on his new role. On January 1, 2004, he was promoted from Senior Vice President to Executive Vice President, Finance by Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.
Julie Cordua is the executive director of Thorn, a non-profit aimed at addressing the technology-enabled exploitation of children. Thorn brings together some of the best minds in tech, who they call their “Digital Defenders,” to create products and programs to combat child exploitation. We are honored to have Julie speaking at the Pioneer Summit about how technology can help the world’s most vulnerable populations, even when it can be part of the problem.
Karl Mehta is a serial entrepreneur, author, investor, engineer, and civil servant with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and funding technology companies in the U.S. and international markets. He is currently Founder & CEO of EdCast Inc., a next-generation knowledge platform company and former venture partner at Menlo Ventures, a leading VC firm of Silicon Valley with over $4B under management.
Karl is founder of several non-profits including Code For India (http://CodeforINDIA.org) and Grassroots Innovation (http://grassrootsinnovation.org ). He is author of ‘Financial Inclusion at he Bottom of the Pyramid”(http://www.openfininc.org) –http://www.amazon.com/dp/1460
Katie brings a diverse background in traditional and social impact finance to her role as a director at Omidyar Network, where she helps to evaluate and select new investment opportunities across geographies and initiatives, manage the firm’s investment portfolio, and drive investment portfolio learnings for greatest impact.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Katie was an investment officer on the program related investments team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she oversaw investments across multiple Foundation priorities ranging from biotech to education technology companies. While at the Foundation, she was also a Board Observer at Acrobatiq and Bloomboard. Katie previously worked as the acting financial controller of a Ghana-based startup as part of the Acumen Global Fellows Program. Earlier in her career, Katie worked in investment banking with Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital in New York and Hong Kong, where she was focused on equity capital markets across industries. She was also a founding board member of Roots of Health, a Philippines-based nonprofit focused on providing holistic women’s health education and clinical services.
Katie received an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Japanese studies from Wellesley College.
Katy is a reporter and Bureau Chief at TIME Magazine. Her work has won various awards, including Outstanding Magazine Article Winner at the GLAAD Media Awards, the Mark of Excellence Award for Non-Fiction Magazine Article and the White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship. Since joining TIME in 2010, in addition to producing news features and articles, Katy was written for Swampland, NewsFeed, Healthland, Wednesday Words and more. Prior to TIME, she has contributed to the Guardian, Businessweek, and the Colombia Missourian.
Katy is a graduate of Columbia University and has done her graduate work at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Laura is the CEO and Founder of Atipica, a venture-backed startup providing powerful data driven platforms to streamline the job recruiting process with an emphasis on systematically encouraging diversity and ensuring compatibility between candidates and companies. Laura has worked in tech since she was seventeen and was a member of Twitter’s team in its early stages, where she was part of the initial international team. She was responsible for the expansion of Twitter en español then moved on to lead international product and localization of Twitter into nearly 50 languages. She has also worked Jawbone, YouTube, Google Brasil and AKQA London.
Lily Jamali is a New York-based financial journalist for Reuters TV covering Silicon Valley and the West Coast. In 2014, Lily was part of the Reuters team covering the Davos World Economic Forum in January and the Aspen Ideas Festival in July. At Reuters, she has discussed topics such as monetary policy, company news, the sharing economy and net neutrality.
Lily holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Prior to Reuters, she reported for NBC News Mobile (English and Spanish) where her work ran on NBC affiliates around the country. Lily spent three years at NY1 News where she covered breaking news before being assigned the police and national security beat. She’s also reported for WNYT (NBC affiliate) in Albany, NY and KRCR (ABC affiliate) in Redding, CA.
isa Kay Solomon is a well-known thought leader in design innovation with a focus on building the leadership skills required to ignite change and create lasting impact. Lisa is Principal Faculty and Managing Director of Transformational Practices at Singularity University a global community of smart, passionate, action-oriented leaders who want to change the world. In her work as an innovation advisor and scenario planner, she has worked extensively with executive teams from Citi Ventures, Herman Miller, Toyota Financial Services, the Kauffman Fellows Program for Venture Capitalists, PBS, ING Bank and the Wexner Foundation to bring innovation into everyday work and behaviors.
Lisa coauthored the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change (Simon & Schuster) with Deloitte Partner Chris Ertel, which Publisher’s Weekly called “a guide every frustrated meeting-goer should read, with advice they should all implement.” In it, she provides leaders the tools and frameworks to create strategic conversations and design team meetings that shape the future of their organizations.
Her new book, Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation, will be available in September, 2016 from Wiley Publishing. She and her co-authors Patrick van der Pijl and Justin Lokitz provide a full set of design tools, strategies and practices that allow individuals and organizations to be more flexible and resilient in the face of constant change.
Her articles and ideas have appeared in Forbes, Business Week, Medium, Inc., WSJ and the Huffington Post.
Ljuba Miljkovic is a scientist-turned-designer whose work spans hardware, software, and services. He’s the co-founder and head of design at Automatic Labs, a San Francisco-based connected car company. Before starting Automatic, Ljuba worked at Adaptive Path, an experience design consulting agency where he worked with myriad of organizations to imagine and realize the future. Ljuba holds a Bachelors’ of environmental sciences and Masters of information from UC Berkeley, and in a previous life he was an energy scientist at Stanford University, conducting research into technologies to fight climate change.
Lyon Wong is a Founding General Partner at Spectrum 28 Capital LLC. He has been at the firm August 2015. He is the Founder of three companies, ranging from SMB to Health-tech. He was Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder at Health Global Connect from 2009 till 2011. He has led several of the most critical areas of Microsoft Windows (Search and Storage). He was an Associate Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. His experience combines investing and entrepreneurship. He has venture capital experience across the spectrum, from angel investment team SV Angel, where he was an Investment Intern form January 2012 till June 2013, to late-stage investment team Meritech Capital Partners. Wong has mentored teams from Stanford, Waterloo, Berkeley, Google, Microsoft, and Palantir. He has over 30 product, design and algorithm patents in Data Search, Storage, Visualization, Transfer and Analytics.
Brazil is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and is ripe for innovation from startups. As a key figure in Brazil’s startup scene, Marcelo understands this fact perhaps better than anyone else. He is the co-founder of XP Investimentos, a startup that became the largest independent broker-dealer in Brazil using innovative strategies to compete against the traditional financial institutions. Recently Marcelo left XP to explore new industries and markets and to seek new investment opportunities in Brazil and the United States.
Maria Malavenda is the Founder and CEO of EVVEMI – the online beauty engine focused on the discovery and matching of premier products, services and people. Before founding EVVEMI, Maria catalyzed several award-winning high-growth ventures–including companies acquired by Microsoft, Bosch and IMG. Prior, she focused on Marketing, Strategy and Operations as a Fortune 100 executive (Johnson & Johnson, Inc) and a “Big 4” management consultant (Deloitte, EY), and immersed herself in the “digital data revolution” as head of strategy and corporate development for Monster.com and ZoomInfo. Maria’s love and passion for her community where she lives and works and for inspiring youth and adults alike is evident in her activities outside her normal work week as a Board member for YouthCities, Health Jump, Highr, and Broadway By The Bay. Maria is a graduate from Brown University and Harvard Business School. In her off hours she enjoys travel, dance, the arts, and of course keeping up with the newest beauty trends.
In 2010 Mark approached Vinod about setting up a fund to back companies serving “the other 3 billion people in the world,” those consumers and businesses that Silicon Valley and Wall Street didn’t typically pay attention to. A year later they set up Khosla Impact — a venture fund investing in early stage entrepreneurs that open up markets, increase human productivity and improve standards of living for people living and working in emerging economies.
Prior to Khosla Impact, Mark worked at DFJ Growth, Lok Capital, and Bank of America. He is an avid traveler, skier, and foodie.
As CEO, Marlon is charged with leading a team committed to solving society’s toughest problems. Prior to joining GSVlabs, Marlon served as a Director of Corporate Affairs at Hewlett Packard. His team implemented global community engagement programs, collaborating with the Stanford d.school on Ideathons and facilitating company-driven Hackathons in support of educational, health, and environmental innovation. Through his work and recognition at HP, KIPP Foundation, All Stars Helping Kids, and Playworks, Marlon remains devoted to driving community change and promoting diversity. Marlon received his BA in Political Science and MA in Sociology from Stanford University.
Starting his first business at the age of 11, Matt is a lifelong entrepreneur. After receiving his degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University and obtaining a law degree, Matt spent his career advising clients in intellectual property. In 2015, he quit life at a big law firm and cofounded Novel Effect to revolutionize interactive media. Novel Effect’s proprietary system pairs voice recognition with real-time special effects.
Matt is a founder and editor at Chatbots Magazine, which publishes various articles to help people learn about the various applications of the chatbot industry. Matt is also a co-founder and general partner at Dominate Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in emerging technologies. Additonally, he is co-founder and CEO of Zapchain, the fastest-growing network for Bitcoin professionals. At least one person from every major Bitcoin company, VC firm, and publication is on ZapChain.
Before DominateFund, Schlicht led product at Ustream, one of the largest video streaming services in the world. He created some of Ustream’s most popular features, including Social Stream, and was one of the first to integrate with Facebook and Twitter’s APIs. He was co-founder and CEO of Hipset, a YouTube network and monetization platform for artists and influencers. Schlicht has been twice-named to the Forbes 30 Under 30.
Matthew Vargas is the President and Co-founder of eSportsfanz, whose product known as Warpmeta aims at revolutionizing the amateur tournaments market in eSports. Warpmeta creates and organizes tournaments for gamers to win prizes, foster a community, and creates the next AAU for eSports.
Matthew has worked for startups over the past four years in a variety of different field, including advertising networks, educatio, and now eSports. He has experience in marketing, sales, operations, and management. Matthew received his BA in Economics from Colorado College.
Mehdi is currently Chairman & CEO of Vitagene, and also serves as an investor and advisor for various companies, including SpineZone, strongDM, and Swyft. Over the past 20 years, he has build four startups from the beginning to over $50 million in revenue. Previously, Mehdi was CEO of Rafter and BookRenter.com, and SVP of CafePress prior to BookRenter.com.
Medhi holds a master’s degree from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in EECS.
Michael is the co-founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of GSV Capital, as well as co-founder of GSV Asset Management and an advisor to GSV Advisors. Widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on growth investing, he authored the acclaimed book Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin Group). Michael has been an active investor in game changing companies such as Dropbox, Twitter, Lyft, Upwork, and Palantir.
Mike Collett is founder and managing partner of Promus Ventures in Chicago. He has invested in over 60 software/hardware startups, and is currently on the board of Spire, Layer, KurboHealth, Gauss Surgical, Dispatch, Enview, FirstLine, and Daylight Solutions. Mike is passionate about investing in early-stage software companies that are changing the world.
Mike is the COO and co-founder of Branch Metrics, which helps mobile app developers increase installs, conversions and engagement through deep linking. While building a mobile app company earlier in his career, Mike saw the challenges app developers face retaining users. There was a need for service that streamlined the user experience both inside and outside the app. Branch Metrics has raised $54M to help developers solve these problems.
Monisha is CEO and Co-founder at Lumo Bodytech, a movement intelligence company that uses sensor technologies and algorithms to help people move better for improved health, performance, and safety. Think posture, running, golf, yoga, ergonomics, physical therapy, and more. Their wearables platform includes the Lumo Lift and Lumo Back posture coaches, and the Lumo Run, which provide actionable feedback on running form to help people run faster and farther while reducing the risk of injury.
Monisha previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of TuitionCoach (acquired by SimpleTuition in 2009), where she oversaw the financing, launch, and general management of the start-up. After the acquisition, she stayed on with SimpleTuition as VP Products. Monisha has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Yale.
It’s 2016 and space is still vastly unexplored. However, technology is moving at an extremely fast rate, and thanks to innovators like Nadir Bagaveyev, it won’t stay that way for long. Nadir is the founder and chief designer of Bagaveev Corporation, a space startup specializing in launching nanosatellites to vastly reduce the barrier of entry and cost of space exploration.
Nathalie is the co-founder and CEO of EduKit – the UK’s leading service connecting schools with external educational and personal development support. Winner of numerous business awards, she worked as a Consultant at Accenture before gaining her MBA from INSEAD and ending up at Apple as a senior project manager in their EMEIA e-commerce team. Nathalie has always been passionate about giving back and has been actively involved in numerous youth development projects as a mentor and trustee. Fluent in French and Italian, Nathalie is excited about the opportunity to establish EduKit as a global brand, in a similar way to TripAdvisor.
Neville has spent more than a decade on management teams of high-growth startups, including a leading business information group in China, an early social network in the UK, and GLG, the dominant global expert network.
Prior to his time at Quid, Neville spent four years at McKinsey & Company where he worked with governments and financial institutions in the Middle East through the financial crisis. Neville originally trained in Fine Arts and received an MBA from the London Business School.
Perry is the CEO of AKALA, an Ed-Tech startup focused on College Admissions and College Readiness.
Perry is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School and Williams College. He co-founded the Princeton Education Network (PEN) in 2005. With over 12,000 students through the PEN program, he is an expert in College Admissions. He was also cofounder and CEO of a subscription-based social lifestyle tech startup that won Venture Beat’s DEMO conference.
Dr. Philippa Malmgren, is the real deal when it comes to navigating the waters of economics. Through her firm, DRPM Group, she helps companies, investors and policymakers better understand how risk and prices will move across the economic landscape. The clients of DRPM Group include many investment banks, fund managers and hedge funds as well as Sovereign Wealth Funds, pension funds, global corporations and family offices. She has an especially strong view on the importance of manufacturing in modern economies. She co-founded and is on the board of H Robotics, a manufacturing firm in the UK that builds non-weaponized drones.
Rand Hindi is the founder and CEO of Snips, a company building an AI assistant with an emphasis on privacy to make the complexity technology adds to our lives disappear. Rand started coding at the age of 10, founded his first startup at 14, and created a web development agency at 15 before starting his PhD at the age of 21. Rand has a passion for artificial intelligence and the potential it has to impact our interaction with technology.
Rebecca Kaden is a partner at VC firm Maveron, where she identifies emerging consumer-focused entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Southern California, and her hometown of New York City. In her role at Maveron, Rebecca identifies emerging consumer-focused entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Southern California, and her hometown of New York City. She also plays a leading role in their seed program, partnering with emerging consumer companies at their earliest stages. Rebecca is a board observer at August, Common, Darby Smart, Dolls Kill, Eargo, Earnest and General Assembly.
Richard Branning is the co-founder of Closetclicks, an online platform that allows consumers to mix and match their outfit from various retailers before purchasing.
Ryan Wang is Co-founder and General Partner of Outpost Capital, a SF based early stage VC fund focusing on VR/AR/new frontier technology with a strong tie to China. Ryan is known as a VR/AR expert who oversee VR/AR companies in the US and greater China, with solid insights and strong connections in both markets.
Prior to Outpost, Ryan was a Venture Partner at CLI Ventures – a boutique venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley. He led the TMT sector at CLI and had made a number of investments in VR/AR, Drones and Artificial Intelligence. Early in his career, Ryan has compiled a comprehensive and successful career as an investment banker at Citigroup and Societe Generale in New York City. Ryan is a snowboarder, world explorer and owner of many stylish hats.
As one of the top venture capitalists in the world, Sandy Miller has a truly outstanding track record. Having joined IVP in April 2006, he focuses on later-stage venture and growth equity investments in technology, Internet, and digital media companies. Sandy has more than 35 years of venture capital and technology investment banking experience and has served on over 25 boards, including five public company boards, and has led investments in AddThis, Carbonite, Care.com, Constant Contact, Data Domain, Datalogix, FleetMatics, Merchant e-Solutions, Ngmoco, OnDeck, Placeware, Prosper, SkyStream Networks, SoFi, Supercell, US Internetworking, Vonage, Zerto, and Zynga.
Savera Ahmad started ErrandZapp in 2015 with the vision to create a product that connects users with providers in an impactful time-saving way. For the past year Savera has been responsible for team building, business development and iterating on the product/market fit for ErrandZapp.
Savera has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics and a Masters in Economics. She has extensive work experience in research, workforce analytics and product market validation. Savera has an influential personality that has allowed her to assemble a well-rounded team that has been able to launch the initial product and continues to iterate it to realize the overall vision.
Savera is an avid reader, enjoys music and currently lives in San Francisco Bay Area.
Don’t we all want to understand people’s behaviors over IM? Shruti Gandhi did just that when she started out. She started working with machine learning algorithms while working on her master’s thesis in computer science from Columbia University on understanding user behavior on instant messaging platforms. Now she is a managing partner at Array Ventures bringing a strong mix of operating and investing experience.
Shwetank is a technology and a business leader with extensive experience building and commercializing products using cutting-edge technology. At Orbital Insight, he uses his expertise in building cameras for telescopes to build models to understand Earth at scale using state-of-the-art machine vision algorithms and data science. Most recently Shwetank was an engineering director for touch and sensors at Intel’s PC business unit and the founder and chief editor at the Universal Stylus Initiative. His work has been covered extensively in the technical press, including winning the CES Design and Engineering Award and being featured on the cover of Physical Review Letters. Shwetank holds over ten patents.
Spencer joined Allegis Capital in 2004 as a Managing Director. His focus has been security and enterprise SaaS related technologies. Spencer is an experienced seed and early stage investor, who assists young companies and their founders in recruiting and strategic relationships.
Prior to Allegis, he was co-founder of APV Technology Ventures, an early stage technology fund. He was also co-owner of Asia Pacific Ventures, a business advisory and consulting firm that focused on strategic relationships throughout Asia. During his tenure at APV, he worked with more than 50 companies in the USA, and consulted for large enterprises including Canon, Fujitsu, NEC, Sega, and Sony.
Stephanie Lampkin is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, merit-based matching, a mobile job matching app that uses a blind recruiting strategy to circumvent unconscious bias and thus facilitate diversity. With a 13 year career in tech spanning companies like Lockheed, Deloitte, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor, she is all too familiar with the difficulties faced when one doesn’t look like the prototypical engineer. Through technology and data, her mission is to reduce bias and challenge the assumption that homogeneous environments are a meritocracy. Stephanie holds a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Stephanie has been honored and featured in numerous publications including Forbes, NPR, NY Times, Tech Crunch, Huffington Post, Tech.Co and Black Enterprise. She has spoken publicly on a myriad of topics from the future of work to hacking unconscious bias at MIT Media Lab, Dreamforce, SXSW, and more. Most recently Stephanie graduated from Stanford StartX (a top 5 startup accelerator); the first Black woman founder/CEO accelerant in the program’s 5 year history. In response to the discovery that there are only 13 Black female startup founders in the world that have raised $1M or more in venture capital, Stephanie organized an elite cohort of Black female founders with high-growth ventures. Stephanie’s mission is to effectively demonstrate that investing in diversity yields positive returns socially, financially, and technologically.
Tim has over 12 years experience driving global product and business strategy for high-growth startups and brands such as Sony, Square, Expedia, Lumosity, Canon, Toys R Us, Nissan, Autodesk, Rakuten, Bonobos and more. As the VP of brand strategy at btrax inc, he works to bridge top companies with the startup ecosystem to accelerate the future. Tim is passionate about cross-border and cross-domain innovation, we look forward to hearing from him at our annual Pioneer Summit this fall.
Timothy Harris, co-founder and CEO of Swift Navigation, is focused on building a world-class organization that will power the next generation of GPS-enabled robots and autonomous vehicles. A proven leader in the high-accuracy GPS industry, Tim leads teams that are excited to drive innovation and challenge each other to achieve visionary change. Prior to Swift, he worked in supply chain consulting for OR Soft Jaenicke GmbH in Halle, Germany, and in corporate finance for Emerge Digital Group, where he oversaw M&A and strategic partnerships for a digital media holding company. Tim holds a JD degree from Boston University and a BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Tipatat has extensive experience creating both interactive VR/AR and 360 video. He became convinced of the power of virtual reality when he accidentally cured himself of his real life fear of heights while developing in VR. He has established himself as VR/AR industry spokesperson and thought leader, and with The Venture Reality Fund, he is building the future by funding innovative startups. The Venture Reality Fund’s portfolio companies use virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality to fundamentally change the way we interact with the world.
Upal has worked in the mobile and software technology industry for over 20 years. At Nokia Growth Partners, Upal leads the global connected enterprise investing theme, where he focuses on investments in mobile enterprise, artificial intelligence and internet of things. Some of his notable investments include Digital Lumens, Workfusion, Indix, RapidMiner, Quikr, and Netmagic.
Vivian Wu leads education venture investments for Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). In its commitment to unlock human potential and promote equality, CZI invests in innovative companies that are transforming education across the lifelong learning spectrum globally through entrepreneurship and technology, while building scalable, sustainable businesses. Vivian has led investments in such companies as Andela, where she serves on the board, as well as AltSchool, Bridge International Academies, Ellevation Education, Newsela, MasteryConnect and Volley Labs.
William Pomerantz is the Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the world’s first spaceline. He helps extend Virgin Galactic’s efforts beyond space tourism, developing efforts such as the LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle and the use of SpaceShipTwo as a research platform.
Zach is the co-founder of MetaProp NYC, which brings together entrepreneurs, technology, and investors to fund new real estate tech ideas. He has extensive experience in investments and real estate technology development.
Zach is also on the Board of Directors for The Lowline, on the Board of Trustees for The Tenement Museum, and a 40 under 40 Society Member of the Citizens Budget Commission.