We’re happy to have Allen & Company Managing Director Nancy Peretsman and Kleiner Perkins’ Chi-Hua Chien lend their judging expertise to our TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition. One of the most powerful women in New York business, Peretsman worked on Google’s IPO and the Aol Time Warner spin-off, among other things. And from the West Coast, rising star Chien has already worked at two top-tier VC firms and advises startups like Path, Twitter and Spotify.
And for those of you who haven’t been reading TechCrunch for the past two weeks, TechCrunch Disrupt New York kicks off tomorrow with a Hackathon and officially starts Monday with three days of some of the best of tech onstage at the Manhattan Center. Tickets are available here.
Peretsman and Chien join our list of Disrupt NY speakers, whicih currently includes Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley, Nasty Gal’s Deborah Benton, investors Roelof Botha, Chamath Palihapitiya, and, yes, Ashton Kutcher and hardware creator Limor Fried, with more still to be announced.
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Nancy Peretsman, Managing Director at Allen & Company LLC, has served as advisor to many of the world’s largest media, communications and consumer companies.
Since joining Allen & Co. in 1995, Nancy has provided advice and capital to over one hundred small high growth businesses, including Priceline.com, on whose board she continues to serve.
Prior to Allen & Co., Nancy worked as a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers, heading the worldwide media investment banking practice.
Over the last decade, Fortune has named her among the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Additionally, Ms. Peretsman serves on the Boards of Trustees at Princeton University and Institute for Advanced Study and on the Board of Directors at Teach For America.
She received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1976 and earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management in 1979.
Chi-Hua Chien joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2007. At KPCB he focuses on investments in consumer web and mobile. He serves on the Board of Directors or works closely with the teams at Booyah, Chegg, Erly, GOGII, Home Value Protection, Klout, Path, Reputation.com, Spotify, and Twitter. Prior to KPCB, Chi-Hua worked with Accel Partners as a Venture Advisor and Associate focusing on software as a service, consumer Internet, and online advertising infrastructure. Chi-Hua was instrumental in Accel’s investments in AdECN (acquired by Microsoft) and Facebook, while also working on the firm’s investments in BitTorrent, fbFund, Glam, Trulia, and YuMe Networks.
Previously, Chi-Hua was the Director of Marketing at hosted software provider Coremetrics, where he led the marketing and inside sales teams as the company grew from 20 to more than 200 customers. He also served as the company’s interim CFO through two rounds of venture funding. Chi-Hua’s prior roles include corporate development at Google, business development at start-up eCoverage, and investment banking with Morgan Stanley’s Technology Group.
Chi-Hua has an MS in Industrial Engineering, BS in Industrial Engineering, and BA in Economics, all from Stanford University where he was named a Mayfield Fellow and President’s Scholar. He also earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Chi-Hua was named one of the Top VCs Under 35 by VC Journal and a member of the Elite Eight VCs To Watch by Forbes.