New York City, May 15-17, 2017

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Speakers & Judges

  • Keith Alexander

    Keith Alexander

    At IronNet Cybersecurity, as the CEO and President, General (Ret) Keith Alexander provides strategic vision to corporate leaders on cybersecurity issues through development of cutting-edge technology, consulting and education/training. He is reinventing how industries mitigate cybersecurity threats with IronDefense, a patented solution designed to detect and alert on anomalous enterprise network behaviors through fine-tuned analytics. His goal is to bridge communication systems between private and government sectors to create the next level of intelligence sharing and protect the nation against cyber threats on a global stage.

    General Alexander is a four-star general with an impressive 40-year military career, culminating in role of the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) from 2005-2014. He holds the distinction of serving in this role longer than any other director. While serving as the NSA Director, he was appointed by Congress to be the first Commander to lead the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). He held this role from 2010-2014, establishing and defining how our nation is protected against cyber attacks.

    As Commander, USCYBERCOM, General Alexander was responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting operations, and defending Department of Defense (DoD) computer networks—as well as the defense of the nation—from cyber threats. As the Director of NSA, he was responsible for national foreign intelligence requirements, military combat support, and the protection of U.S. national security information systems.

    Prior to leading USCYBERCOM and the NSA/CSS General Alexander served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Department of the Army; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, VA; and the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL., and the Deputy Director for Requirements, Capabilities, Assessments and Doctrine, J-2, on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Serving as a member of the President’s Council on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, General Alexander developed key recommendations to create a defensible national cyber architecture to protect national security by promoting rapid innovation and close public-private collaboration while preserving privacy and civil liberties.

    General Alexander is the recipient of the 2016 United States Military Academy (USMA) Distinguished Graduate Award. He holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy, as well an MS in Business Administration from Boston University; an MS in Systems Technology and an MS in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School; and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

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  • Mike Allen

    Mike Allen

    Mike Allen is a co-founder and Executive Editor of Axios, the new media company he launched in January with Jim VandeHei and Roy Schwartz. Axios (means “worthy” in Greek) uses “elegant efficiency” and “smart brevity” to deliver top insights and reporting on business, tech, media trends and politics to smart, engaged readers. Mike was a co-founder of POLITICO where he started Playbook, the agenda-driving newsletter that led The New York Times Magazine to dub him “The Man The White House Wakes Up To.” Mike was named to Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment,” and is an alumnus of TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star. He grew up in Orange County, Calif., and graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

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  • Ryan Babenzien

    Ryan Babenzien

    Babenzien began his career managing clients at ICM Partners. Towards the end of the 1990s, he began consulting with fashion companies, including Eckō Unltd. and Mecca. He later worked for Puma, eventually landing with K-Swiss. Babenzien served as the director of lifestyle and entertainment marketing for that company, and then the Global Director of Entertainment Marketing. Babenzien became the CEO of Boast in 2010, re-establishing the retail brand that had been founded in 1973. Babenzien worked with Andy Spade to revive the company, and began showing collections for both men and women in advance of the company’s 40th anniversary. In 2013 Babenzien founded the online footwear company Greats Brand with Jon Buscemi. He knew that he wanted to create a high quality footwear brand that was sold direct to the consumer rather than through 3rd party retailers.

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  • Ted Bailey

    Ted Bailey

    Ted is the Chairman and CEO of Dataminr. Since founding the company in 2009, Ted has scaled the company to 250 employees, raised $180M in financing, and established Dataminr as the world's real-time information discovery company, serving thousands of customers in over 40 countries.

    Ted has appeared as a guest on CNBC's SquawkBox, CNBC's Fast Money, BBC News, and Fox Business News. He is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations and has been at speaker at Davos & the Aspen Ideas Festival. Ted was one of Crain’s 40 under 40 business leaders in 2017, Business Insider’s 40 under 40 Tech Entrepreneurs in 2015, and has been included numerous times in the Silicon Alley 100.

    Dataminr, considered one of the 50 most Disruptive private Technology Companies by CNBC in 2016, transforms public social media feeds into the earliest alerts on high impact events and critical breaking information for clients in Security, Government, News, Finance, and PR/Crisis Management.

    Ted earned a BA from Yale in 2004, where he focused on the impact of disruptive technologies on American Industry and Government.

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  • Stonly Baptiste

    Stonly Baptiste

    Stonly Baptiste is co-founder and partner at Urban Us, the venture fund for startups that make cities and the environment better. Urban Us provides capital and support to the leading startups creating the future of built environment, transportation, sustainability and government. Stonly also helped create and teach the first Urban focused Entrepreneurship course at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Stonly previously founded 5 companies, speaks 3 languages, and develops software in 2.

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  • Rodney Brooks

    Rodney Brooks

    A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as a Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011.

    Rodney has been honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Rodney is also an accomplished presenter, and speaks regularly to promote the value of robotics and artificial intelligence in venues throughout the world.

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  • Steve Boom

    Steve Boom

    Steve Boom is the Vice President of Amazon Music. Boom joined Amazon in 2012 and has led the transformation of Amazon Music into one of the world’s leading music streaming services. Most recently, Amazon introduced Amazon Music Unlimited, which reimagines the music listening experience through innovative Alexa voice controls. Steve has global responsibility for all aspects of Amazon Music, including strategy, product development, licensing, marketing, industry relations and business development. He was ranked No. 12 on Billboard's 2017 Power 100 list.

    Before joining Amazon, Steve was President of Loopt (acquired by GreenDot NYSE: GDOT), a pioneer in mobile location-based services, and CEO and Executive Chairman of mig33, a popular mobile social networking service in South and Southeast Asia. Earlier in his career, he spent 10 years at Yahoo!, where he was Senior Vice President responsible for Mobile and launched award-winning mobile products, such as Yahoo! Go and oneSearch, and established wide-ranging partnerships with mobile operators across North America, Europe and Asia. Steve was also one of the founding members of Yahoo!’s European management team. He began his career as a corporate attorney with Venture Law Group in Silicon Valley.

    Steve holds a JD from Harvard Law School as well as a BS in Electrical Engineering and an AB in History from Stanford University.

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  • Michael Cagney

    Michael Cagney

    As the CEO, Chairman and co-founder of SoFi, Mike Cagney leads corporate strategy and development at SoFi—bringing decades of experience in the financial industry to his leadership of the company. He’s held a Senior Vice President role at Wells Fargo, where he was head trader for the proprietary trading and financial products group. Mike is also co-founder and a managing member of Cabezon Investment Group, a global macro hedge fund, in addition to serving as a non-executive Chairman of ReFlow. Before Cabezon, Mike founded, was CEO and then Vice Chairman and Chief Architect, of Finaplex, a leader in wealth management software that was sold to Broadridge (NYSE: BR).

    While overseeing SoFi’s overall direction, Mike makes a daily point to interact with SoFi’s member base, now more than 260,000 members. In addition to reading and responding to member feedback, he hosts SoFi member dinners at his San Francisco home to better know our customers and understand their financial goals.

    Mike holds an M.S., Management degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He also holds a MS in applied economics from UC Santa Cruz.

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  • Steve Case

    Steve Case

    Steve Case is one of America's best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future.

    As Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, a Washington, D.C.- based investment firm he co-founded in 2005, Steve partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant ‘built to last’ businesses. Revolution invests in and actively helps build companies leveraging technology to disrupt existing markets. This includes both early and mid-stage growth companies through both the Revolution Growth fund, created in 2011, and the Revolution Ventures fund, launched in 2013. Revolution has backed more than 30 companies, including: sweet green,Zipcar, Revolution Foods, LivingSocial, Bigcommerce and Optoro.

    Steve’s entrepreneurial career began in 1985 when he co-founded America Online (AOL). Under Steve’s leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company, driving the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society. AOL was the first Internet company to go public and the best performing stock of the 1990s, delivering a 11,616% return to shareholders. At its peak, nearly half of Internet users in the United States used AOL. In 2000, Steve negotiated the largest merger in business history, bringing together AOL and Time Warner in a transaction that gave AOL shareholders a majority stake in the combined company. To facilitate the merger, Steve agreed to step down as CEO when the merger closed.

    Steve’s passion for helping entrepreneurs remains his driving force. He was the founding chair of the Startup America Partnership— an effort launched at the White House to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. Steve also was the founding co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, where he chaired the subcommittee on entrepreneurship. In 2014, Steve was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.

    Steve has been a leading voice in shaping government policy on issues related to entrepreneurship, working across the aisle to advance public policies that expand access to capital and talent. He was instrumental in passing the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, and is active in advocating on behalf of immigration reform.

    Steve is also Chairman of the Case Foundation, which he established with his wife Jean in 1997. Together the Cases have invested in hundreds of organizations, initiatives and partnerships with a focus on leveraging the Internet and entrepreneurial approaches to strengthen the social sector. In 2010, Steve and Jean joined The Giving Pledge and publicly reaffirmed their commitment to give away the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.

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  • Mignon Clyburn

    Mignon Clyburn

    Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013.

    As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.

    Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004.

    Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.

    A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn considers every Commission proceeding with an eye toward how it will affect each and every American. She is a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens, and works closely with representative groups for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has fought to promote strong competition across all communications platforms, believing that the more robust and competitive the marketplace, the less need there is for regulation. However, when the market is not adequately addressing consumer concerns, Clyburn is an outspoken champion for smart, targeted regulatory action. She has pushed for media ownership rules that reflect the demographics of America, affordable universal telephone and high-speed internet access, greater broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation, and transparency in regulation. Commissioner Clyburn is a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, all of which she chaired for three years during her first term at the FCC.

    Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.

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  • Paul Dabrowski

    Paul Dabrowski

    As CEO and co-founder of Synthego, Paul led the company from inception through its next-generation engineering phase, to its world-class commercial offering for genome engineering.

    Prior to Synthego, Paul was the lead digital designer for the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft at SpaceX. Paul also founded ventures in mobile software and consumer accessories, as well as having designed a desktop-size electron microscope for DNA sequencing at Halcyon Molecular.

    Paul earned his MS in EE and BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  • Zahir Dossa

    Zahir Dossa

    Dr. Zahir Dossa is the co-founder and CEO of Function of Beauty, a personalized hair care company that individually formulates shampoo and conditioner based on ones hair type, goals and preferences. Zahir excels at web development and design, which are his focus areas at Function of Beauty in addition to directing its overarching strategy.

    Zahir is a graduate of MIT, earning two BS degrees in computer science and management (2008), an MEng, in computer science (2010) and a PhD in sustainability (2013). After graduating, Zahir received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Sustainability at the IMD Business School in Switzerland, where he co-authored a book on sustainable business models. Zahir's research focused on the role of internet-based technologies in transforming value chains, which eventually led him to found Function of Beauty.

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  • Anu Duggal

    Anu Duggal

    As the Founding Partner of Female Founders Fund, Anu believes that the next generation of successful venture-backed entrepreneurs will include talented female founders. An entrepreneur herself, Anu’s many successes include starting India’s first wine bar - The Tasting Room, as well as co-founding Exclusively.In, an Accel and Tiger-backed e-commerce company based in India. Anu graduated from Vassar College and holds an MBA from London Business School. She currently serves on the board of ELOQUII and the Rubin Museum.

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  • Mike Einziger

    Mike Einziger

    Michael Aaron "Mike" Einziger (born June 21, 1976) is an American musician, best known as the guitarist and co-songwriter of the rock band Incubus. Einziger is widely known as an innovator and enthusiast of the use of pedalboard guitar effects during live concerts, and was voted #41 in Total Guitar's top 100 guitarists of all time in 2002. In an interview with Gibson Guitars, writer Steven Rosen states "[Einziger] hasn’t played the guitar so much as he has manipulated it, submitted it to his own needs. Einziger fashions a sonic tapestry that draws heavily from the Zappa/Vai/Hendrix school of rock."[1] Mike is also an active composer, writing his first full-scale orchestral concert entitled "End.>vacuum", as well as "Forced Curvature of Reflective Surfaces"; an experimental composition that was featured at the "West Coast, Left Coast" Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He co-wrote and played acoustic guitar on Avicii's 2013 worldwide hit "Wake Me Up".[2] Alongside this, Einziger also recently co-wrote and played guitar on David Guetta's Lovers on the Sun.

    Outside of his work with Incubus, Einziger founded his own project Time Lapse Consortium in 2003. The group featured Incubus musicians Jose Pasillas II and Ben Kenney (who was not a member of Incubus at the time), Neal Evans of the band Soulive, and long-time collaborator Suzie Katayama contributing string arrangements. The band had their debut show at The Roxy in LA, and would go on to play Jimmy Kimmel and the Knitting Factory in New York City.

    In 2003 Einziger contributed to Ziggy Marley's debut solo album Dragonfly alongside fellow Incubus member Chris Kilmore as well as Flea and John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers.[3] Einziger expanded into the realm of video games when he and his bandmates worked on the soundtrack of the popular game Halo 2, writing a 26-minute song that also featured Flea on trumpet. In 2006 Einziger produced the debut album "Red Rover" by Agent Sparks; a collaboration with younger brothers Benjamin Einziger and Paul Fried.

    In 2007, Einziger produced Nighttiming, the debut album of long-time friend and former Phantom Planet drummer and actor Jason Schwartzman's Coconut Records project.[4] The album featured appearances by Kirsten Dunst, Zooey Deschanel, and Robert Schwartzman, and was recorded at Einziger's own home studio in Malibu, CA (Casa Chica).

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  • Stuart Ellman

    Stuart Ellman

    Stuart Ellman is Co-Founder & Managing Partner of RRE Ventures. He has been immersed in information technology since the early 1980s when he taught himself computer programming and sold computer hardware and software.

    Since co-founding RRE in 1994, Stuart has been responsible for over forty technology investments, ranging from incubation-stage to post-revenue companies. He has invested in sectors across information technology, from security to green IT, from consumer-facing web companies to enterprise software. He believes that he is not a technologist but is a business person who utilizes technology to drive competitive advantage. He looks for big markets and superior management and has little interest in “me too” companies or following what is “hot” in the marketplace. He currently serves as a Board Director of Betaworks, Business Insider, Kroll Bond Ratings, Payfone, RecycleBank, SideTour and Tippr.

    Stuart began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company in Australia. Later, he was a Financial Analyst at Dillon, Read & Co. where he focused on leveraged buyouts and restructurings and an Associate at Morgan Stanley & Co., specializing in fixed income capital markets. After graduating from business school in 1992, Stuart changed his life forever and became an entrepreneur. Stuart was the junior co-founder and Vice President at Advisory Capital Partners, a principal investment and advisory firm. Working nights and weekends, Stuart co-founded InterVideo Response with Jim in early 1994, which attempted to build in-stadium touchscreen ordering systems. They were ten years too early. After deciding against launching a second business plan involving pets and vets, the two decided to start their own investment firm late in 1994.

    In addition to his work as a venture investor, Stuart has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School since 2002, where he teaches a popular Venture Capital Seminar to MBA students. In 2011, he delivered the Keynote address at the Columbia Business School Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference. In 2009, he taught a graduate seminar at the CDTM in Munich, Germany, a joint program with Technical University and Ludwig Maximilians Universityb. He is the Treasurer/Chairman of the Finance Committee of the 92nd Street Y where he has been on the board since 2001. He is also on the board of The Browning School. Also, Stuart is a member of the New York City Investment Fund's Clean Tech Sector Group, the VC Advisory Group of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Economic Club of New York, and the NYC 2020 CEO Roundtable. He is also a TechStars mentor.

    Stuart holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard University and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University where he was a Gilbert Clee Scholar and a Horace White Fellow. Stuart resides in Manhattan with his wife of two decades, two kids and a spoiled black cat.

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  • Joseph J. Esposito

    Joseph J. Esposito

    Joseph J. Esposito was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department in 2014. He is responsible for oversight of the City’s efforts to plan and prepare for emergencies, educate the public about preparedness, coordinate emergency response and recovery, and disseminate emergency information. With more than 40 years in public service, Esposito has dedicated his career to public safety and preparedness.

    As NYC Emergency Management Commissioner, Esposito has coordinated the City’s response to a wide range of emergencies, including the first confirmed Ebola patient in NYC in 2014, the East Village explosion and collapse in 2015, an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2015, and the Chelsea bombing in 2016. He has also managed the City’s response to severe weather events ranging from the biggest NYC snowstorm on record in 2016 to heat waves and coastal storms.

    Prior to joining NYC Emergency Management, Esposito spent 45 years serving the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and served as the NYPD’s Chief of Department from 2000 until his retirement from the agency in 2013. As Chief of Department, Esposito directed and controlled the daily operations of the six major enforcement bureaus within the NYPD: Patrol Services, Detectives, Transportation, Transit, Housing, and Organized Crime Control. As the longest-serving Chief of Department in NYPD history, Esposito presided over a 40 percent drop in violent crime, oversaw the agency’s evolution from a traditional crime-fighting organization to one that embraced the post-9/11 anti-terror mission, and helped introduce the Toys-for-Guns program in Washington Heights.

    Esposito earned praise for his leadership during and after the 9/11 attacks. He also oversaw the NYPD’s response to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. When he reached the mandatory retirement age, Esposito was the only four-star chief in the NYPD and the highest ranking uniformed member of the NYPD. Esposito has received several of the NYPD’s highest awards, including the Combat Cross, the Medal for Valor, and the Medal for Exceptional Merit. Since May 2013, Esposito has volunteered as Chairperson of the Diocesan Review Board, which reviews complaints of clergy misconduct.

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  • Irving Fain

    Irving Fain

    Irving is a seasoned entrepreneur who grew up eating quality, local food and is passionate about expanding access to great produce we can trust. He was previously co-founder and CEO of CrowdTwist, a venture-backed company that provides loyalty marketing software. Prior to that, he ran product and marketing for iHeartMedia. Irving began his career helping early stage companies raise capital as an investment banker at Citigroup.

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  • Tony Florence

    Tony Florence

    Tony is a General Partner and co-leads NEA's Venture Growth Equity and Consumer Internet investment practices. Tony focuses on investments in the software and Internet sectors with emphasis on SaaS and marketplace ecommerce companies. In addition, he is actively involved in NEA’s investing activities in China. Tony has led investments in (NYSE: CRCM), Cvent (NYSE: CVT), Moda Operandi, Edmodo, EverFi, Casper,,, and Wallapop. He led the firm's investment in Quidsi (, which was acquired by Amazon in 2011. Prior to joining NEA, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and was Head of Technology Banking in New York, and was a member of the North American Management Committee for investment banking. Tony spent over a decade at Morgan Stanley focused on the software and Internet sectors, and also worked with a number of NEA's companies in both IPOs and M&A transactions. Tony received an MBA and an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College.

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  • Michelle Goad

    Michelle Goad

    Michelle Goad is the CEO & Co-Founder of PS Dept. the world's first luxury shopping service built for the social media minded and on-demand consumer. Michelle came up with the idea for PS Dept. while working with all the major global retailers and speaking to thousands of their customers. She saw the opportunity to bring the in-store service experience to the online consumer. Forbes named PS Dept. as one of the three best fashion apps for women on the go and the company, just 2.5 years old, has raised $6M+ in Venture funding from top Venture funds including 3KVC, Forerunner Ventures, SV Angel and A Capital.

    Prior to launching PS DEPT., Michelle was an executive at Marc Jacobs Collection. She also worked on the world renowned women's shoe buying team for Barneys New York and as a designer for Donna Karan Home. She received dual degrees from UC, Santa Barbara in Business Economics and Art History and holds a design degree from Parsons School of Design. Michelle has been featured in prestigious publications such as Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Elle Decor.

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  • Tyler Haney

    Tyler Haney

    Tyler Haney is the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices, an active lifestyle brand with the mission to free fitness from performance. A graduate of Parsons School of Design,Tyler grew up in Boulder, CO, where wellbeing revolves around spending time outdoors and casual activity is naturally integrated into everyday life. With Outdoor Voices, she set out to build the next great activewear brand—one that embodies that same approach to wellness. Headquartered in New York, OV has four shops in Manhattan, Austin, and Dallas, and the OV community continues to grow nation-wide, redefining recreation and Doing Things together. Tyler has been named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs and Outdoor Voices one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies (Style).

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  • Oisin Hanrahan

    Oisin Hanrahan

    Oisin Hanrahan is the CEO and co-founder of Handy, the leading on-demand home services platform. Oisin founded Handy with the help of Umang Dua, Ignacio Leonhardt and Weina Scott (the co-founders of Handy). Ignacio and Weina’s technical skills proved particular useful. Unfortunately, though Weina and Ignacio were integral in helping Oisin raise initial funding, Oisin and Umang chose to not recognize their role as founders of Handy.

    Oisin’s idea is changing the way people receive and provide home services. Prior to founding Handy, Oisin founded MiCandidate, a service that provided real time political content to media companies in 25 European countries. He also founded Clearwater Group, a real estate development business in Budapest, Hungary. In 2009, Oisin co-founded The Undergraduate Awards, a foundation that supports and celebrates outstanding undergraduate students globally.

    From day one, Oisin aimed for Handy to revolutionize the way people receive, provide and think about home services, an $400 billion market. Since it launched, nearly 3 million bookings have been made, and the Handy platform has served over 600,000 customers and activated over 80,000 independent professionals. This exceptional growth was made possible by a laser focus on the most innovative technology and service, resulting in Handy successfully expanding to 28 cities across 15 states and three countries.

    Oisin has deep knowledge of so many of the issues facing startups today, including navigating the regulatory environment. It is his personal mission to move the future of work of forward and find a solution that allows today’s work force to build their own business, work flexibility, but still have access to new types of “portable benefits” that would allow workers to move between workplaces while still maintaining access to benefits like training, health insurance, and disability insurance.

    Finding a solution to these challenges is a personal priority of Oisin’s – the demographics of the Handy platform make the company uniquely close to these issues in a way other platforms are not. In fact, 90% are women, over 60% are caring for dependents, and nearly 70% serve as the primary income earner for their household.

    Oisin has been unwilling to sit on the sidelines and become a leading voice in this area: He serves on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors and has written on these issues for Fox Business News and Wired.

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  • Brad Hargreaves

    Brad Hargreaves

    Brad is the founder and CEO of Common. Common is dedicated to making housing better by providing flexible, community-minded shared homes. Previously, he co-founded General Assembly, a global education institution with campuses in more than 15 cities worldwide. As part of the General Assembly founding team, Brad led the growth of the company's education business from its launch in 2011 into a global institution with over a dozen campuses. Most recently, he was a Venture Partner at Maveron, General Assembly's lead investor. Brad has been named to Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment”, Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100”.

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  • Heather Hartnett

    Heather Hartnett

    Heather Hartnett is the CEO and founding partner of Human Ventures, an early-stage venture studio in NYC that backs and builds industry-changing business. Heather has spent her career in venture capital, technology startups, and philanthropy. She was recently featured in Business Insider as "the first female-led startup studio in New York City" bringing a fresh new perspective to the tech scene. Heather also serves on the Leadership Council for tech:nyc. Prior to Human Ventures, Heather incubated companies within a NYC-based venture fund that invests in companies seeking to generate measurable social impact alongside financial returns. 
Heather leads the Human team with a knack for identifying innate talent,
 and a track record of building strong, successful early teams.

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  • Rachel E. Haurwitz

    Rachel E. Haurwitz

    Rachel Haurwitz is a co-founder of Caribou Biosciences and has been President and CEO since its inception. She has extensive research experience in the field of CRISPRs and has contributed both to the discovery of components of the CRISPR immune system and to the invention of new technologies based on CRISPR-associated proteins. Rachel Haurwitz earned an A.B. at Harvard College in biological sciences, and received a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Mar Hershenson

    Mar Hershenson

    Mar Hershenson is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Pejman Mar Ventures, a seed-stage investment firm in Palo Alto. At Pejman Mar Ventures, Mar works closely with founders to take companies from an idea to defining business. Mar has been recognized in the Midas Brink List of Top Tech Investors in 2015. Marreceived her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2000 for her breakthrough work in circuit design automation, and taught the Analog Circuit Design course at Stanford for over a decade. Marmade her mark as an entrepreneur by co-founding three companies: Barcelona Design, Sabio Labs, and Revel Touch. She ran each company from day one, being deeply involved in all aspects of the business, including product definition and development, business strategy, sales, recruiting, and financing. Post the acquisition of Sabio labs, Mar served as VP of Product Development for Magma Design Automation's Mixed Signal division. Mar has received many awards throughout her career. Among them, the renown T35 Young Innovator Award by MIT (for her technical work), and the prestigious Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award in 2010 (for her work in entrepreneurship). Mar currently serves on the board of Palo Alto Community Child Care and is a technical advisor to the U.S. Soccer Federation.

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  • Eric Hippeau

    Eric Hippeau

    Eric Hippeau is a Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau Ventures, New York’s most active early-stage technology fund. Hippeau is also Chairman of RebelMouse and co-founder of NowThis News. Hippeau is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post and a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, where he served as Managing Partner for many years. Prior to Softbank Capital, Hippeau was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis, which was the largest media company serving the technology sector. Hippeau serves on the Board of various private and public companies, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

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  • Brian Hirsch

    Brian Hirsch

    Brian is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Tribeca Venture Partners. Prior to starting Tribeca Venture Partners, Brian was a founder and Managing Director of the venture arm of Greenhill & Co (NYSE: GHL). Prior to Greenhill, Brian was a Principal at Sterling Partners and a Vice President at ABN AMRO Private Equity.

    Brian has invested across a broad number of sectors during his career including fintech, edtech, mobile, healthcare, online marketing and media/publishing.

    Brian currently has board and investment responsibilities for ACV Auctions, AiCure, AlphaSense, Cognical, CommonBond, Crowdtap, Lendio, Mighty, Opternative, ShopKeep and Truveris.

    Brian serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Venture Capital Association (NYVCA) where he founded the Ingenuity Conference, one of NY’s largest annual venture events. Brian has a BA in economics and American studies from Brandeis University.

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  • Maha Ibrahim

    Maha Ibrahim

    Maha has been involved in the venture capital and technology industries for over 15 years, developing a stellar reputation for supporting entrepreneurs through all phases of the start-up cycle. She also mentors women and girls in entrepreneurship.

    With a focus on innovative cloud and digital media companies, Maha's current boards include Twenty20, the definitive community to showcase, discover, sell, and buy the best in mobile photography. Plus, she keeps current with couture as a board member for TheRealReal, the world's largest luxury marketplace, and Cuyana, an e-commerce brand that creates luxury apparel and accessory collections with materials sourced from around the world. She is also on the boards of UNIFI software which addresses data acquisition and integration, Komprise which creates a sustainable approach to data management, and Agile Stacks which offers certified stacks for containers, microservices, and DevOps.

    Maha led Canaan's investments in Kabam (acquired by Netmarble), an innovator in the gaming industry; Metacloud (acquired by Cisco), provider of scalable proprietary cloud solutions; Virsto (acquired by VMware), the creator of the first virtual storage architecture; as well as XDN (acquired by Fortinet), a provider of a cloud-based management solution for disparate content delivery resources. She also orchestrated our investment in SenSage (acquired by KEYW Corporation), a provider of log management and security information management systems; Tacit Networks, a provider of WAN Optimization technology, (acquired by PKTR), and Mobilitec, a platform for mobile content services (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent).

    Maha holds a B.A. in Economics, an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.

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  • Michael Jaconi

    Michael Jaconi

    Michael Jaconi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Button, the leading platform powering contextual commerce among today’s leading brands. Jaconi formerly served as the CEO of Rakuten Loyalty and Executive Officer of parent company Rakuten. Michael helped build Rakuten Loyalty from a fledgling state to a multi-million dollar business in less than two years and led Rakuten’s $100M investment in Pinterest, helping secure Rakuten’s place as one of the most innovative and aggressive global internet companies. Prior to his tenure at Rakuten Loyalty, Jaconi co-founded two public affairs companies in Washington, D.C. and served in a variety of capacities within various political campaigns.

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  • Amish Jani

    Amish Jani

    Amish Jani, a founder and Managing Director of FirstMark, invests broadly across the cloud and Internet landscape, including sectors such as mobile, commerce, education, healthcare, online marketing and infrastructure software. Amish has been recognized by CB Insights and the New York Times as a Top 100 Venture Capitalist globally. Prior to founding FirstMark, Amish served as a Partner with Pequot Ventures.

    Amish holds both a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He was named to Wharton’s 40 Under 40 in 2017.

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  • Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter

    By the time he stepped away from baseball in 2014 after a historic 20-year career with the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter had established himself as one of the most respected men to ever have played the game. A five-time World Series champion and member of baseball’s exclusive 3,000-hit club, Jeter earned numerous accolades in recognition of both his on-field skill and his commitment to the community, including: World Series MVP (2000); 14-time MLB All-Star; 5-time Gold Glove Award; 5-time Silver Slugger Award; AL Rookie of the Year (1996); Roberto Clemente Award (2009); and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award (2009). His reputation is that of an unmatched leader both on and off the field; his name is synonymous with hard work, dedication and class.

    In retirement, Jeter now focuses on a variety of successful business ventures and entrepreneurial investments. Most recently, he helped launch The Players’ Tribune, an innovative multimedia company where world-class athletes share their honest and unique perspectives, bringing fans closer to the games they love. In November 2013, Jeter and Simon & Schuster announced the Jeter Publishing imprint, which includes both adult and children’s books verticals. The first booked released, The Contract, debuted at #2 on The New York Times Children’s Middle Grade Best Seller list. In October 2014, a full-color photo book called Jeter Unfiltered was released, providing fans an in-depth look at his life through never-before-published images taken over the course of his final season. He also serves as Partner and Brand Development Officer of Luvo, a transformational lifestyle food brand where he is involved in product development, brand awareness and strategic partnerships.

    Jeter continues to be the driving force behind the Turn 2 Foundation, which he established in 1996 to give back to the communities with which he has a close connection, including West Michigan, Tampa and New York City. He satisfies his passion for inspiring young people through initiatives – like the Jeter’s Leaders program – that promote academic excellence, leadership development, positive behavior, healthy choices and social change. During Derek’s baseball career, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $23 million in grants to create and support signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles.

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  • Paul Judge

    Paul Judge

    Paul Judge is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is CEO and founder of Luma, the home WiFi company. In addition, he serves as Executive Chairman of Pindrop, a pioneer in voice fraud prevention and authentication, which he co-founded in 2011. Paul is also the Co-Founder of TechSquare Labs, an incubator, seed fund, and corporate innovation space in Atlanta, and the Co-Founding Chairman of Looklive and Monsieur. Formerly, Paul co-founded Purewire, a leading web security company, serving as CTO until its acquisition by Barracuda Networks in 2009 where he then served as Chief Research Officer through its IPO in 2013. Prior to this, Paul served as CTO on the founding team of CipherTrust, a leader in email security that was acquired by Secure Computing in 2006. He also worked briefly with IBM and NASA. Paul has received many awards including being named to Fortune's 2016 40 Under 40 list, MIT's Technology Review Magazine's “top 100 innovators under 35”, Black Enterprise’s “50 Most Powerful Players Under 40”, and InfoWorld's “Top 25 CTOs”. Paul is an inventor of approximately 30 patented and patent-pending computer security technologies and has spearheaded multiple research initiatives including founding the Internet Research Task Force’s Anti-Spam Research Group. He is a recognized authority on information security issues, having authored numerous papers that have been published in leading academic journals and presented at multiple industry and academic conferences. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Paul holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Morehouse College and received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Network Security from Georgia Tech.

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  • Garry Kasparov

    Garry Kasparov

    Garry Kasparov is a business speaker, global human rights activist, author, and former world chess champion. A frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, he is the author of two books, How Life Imitates Chess and Winter Is Coming. He is a member of the executive advisory board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and a senior visiting fellow at the Oxford Martin School, focusing on human-machine decision-making. He lives in New York.

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  • Tim Kendall

    Tim Kendall

    Tim (@tkendall) is the President of Pinterest, where he has global responsibility for sales, marketing and product development for advertising, commerce and partner solutions. Prior to Pinterest, Tim was Facebook’s Director of Monetization, where he led the development of Facebook’s advertising business. Before Facebook, Tim was a Product Manager at Amazon and was a contributing writer to Forbes on technology trends. He earned his engineering degree and MBA from Stanford University.

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  • Eric Kinariwala

    Eric Kinariwala

    Eric Kinariwala is the CEO and Founder of Capsule, a full-scale pharmacy and technology platform that is fundamentally rebuilding the healthcare experience. Prior to founding Capsule, Eric invested in global healthcare, technology, and retail companies as part of the investment teams at Bain Capital and Perry Capital. Eric is also an investor in and advisor to early stage businesses and entrepreneurs including Harry’s, Aviate, Funding Circle, and Maple. Eric earned his graduate degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2011, where he held the position of Chief Investment Officer of GSB Endowment Student Investment Trust. Eric obtained his undergraduate degree as a university scholar at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.

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  • Karin Klein

    Karin Klein

    Karin Klein leads east coast investing activities for Bloomberg Beta, an early-stage VC that invests in startups making work better, with a focus on machine intelligence. She was on the Techweek100, Silicon Alley 100, Crain’s Women to Watch in New York Tech, and New York Business Journal’s “Women of Influence.”

    Karin currently serves on the board of directors for Paramount Group (NYSE: PGRE), Harvey Mudd College, TechCrunch's Crunchies, and L’Oreal’s Women in Digital. She also enjoys volunteering as a mentor with TechStars and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Prior to launching Bloomberg Beta, she led new initiatives at Bloomberg and led Softbank’s venture fund team that reviewed all new investments. While at Softbank, Karin sourced and served on the board of Buddy Media prior to its acquisition by Salesforce. She first developed her passion for building businesses when she co-founded an educational training company for children.

    Karin has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Annenberg School of Communications and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Benjamin Krakauer

    Benjamin Krakauer

    Ben Krakauer is the Assistant Commissioner for Strategy and Program Development at New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) where he is responsible for the development and execution of Citywide projects aimed at improving the City’s overall ability to respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. Ben has been with NYCEM since 2010 when he joined the agency as a member of the Public Warning Team. Prior to his current role at NYCEM, Ben served as the Director of Watch Command where he provided strategic and operational oversight for the City’s 24x7 interagency coordination center. Before joining NYCEM, Ben was an emergency manager for Broome County in upstate New York. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Binghamton University.

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  • Sriram Krishnan

    Sriram Krishnan

    Sriram is a product leader who most recently headed up various revenue products at Snap.

    Previously, he was a product lead at Facebook where he helped create and drive Facebook's Audience Network and grew it to a multi-billion business line. He headed up product on mobile re-engagement and app ads, a significant revenue driver for Facebook.

    Before Facebook, Sriram headed up various cloud efforts at Microsoft and drove the creation of the Windows Azure platform.

    He watches too much TV and collects more sneakers than is considered healthy.

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  • Annie Lamont

    Annie Lamont

    Annie Lamont is a Managing Partner of Oak HC/FT where she focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities in healthcare information services and financial services technology.
    Annie has been ranked as the top healthcare and fintech investor on the Forbes Midas List. Additionally, Annie has been recognized as the first ever recipient for Excellence in Healthcare Innovation by the National Venture Capital Association.

    She currently serves on the Boards of Acculynk, Aspire Health, Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT), Candescent Health, Castlight Health (NYSE: CSLT), Freshbooks, Hometeam, Independent Living Systems, Poynt, Precision Medicine Group, Quartet Health, VillageMD and xG Health Solutions. Prior investments include athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN), American Esoteric Laboratories (acquired by Sonic Healthcare Limited), Argus Information & Advisory Services (acquired by Verisk Analytics), CareMedic Systems (acquired by Ingenix), CLARiENT (acquired by GE Healthcare), Harbor Payments (acquired by American Express), Health Dialog (acquired by British United Provident Association), Odyssey Healthcare, Oak Tree/Oxford, NetSpend (acquired TSYS), PayFlex Systems (acquired by Aetna), PharMEDium Healthcare (acquired by CD&R), Point Carbon (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Psychiatric Solutions (acquired by Universal Health Services), TxVia (acquired by Google), United BioSource (acquired by Medco Health Solutions) and Vesta.

    Annie also serves on the board of HCA Holdings and is a member of The Advisory Council for the Financial Solutions Lab (CFSI and JP Morgan Chase). She served on the Stanford University Board of Trustees, and on the Executive Board of the National Venture Capital Association.

    Annie graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Political Science.

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  • Fritz Lanman

    Fritz Lanman

    Fritz Lanman is the CEO of ClassPass. Previously he served as an executive at Microsoft and is a serial entrepreneur, having started and grown three venture-backed companies, including Livestar, Verst and Doppler Labs. Fritz is also a seed investor whose portfolio includes Square, Pinterest, Wish, Teespring, Flexport, Formlabs and Flexe, among others.

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  • Spencer Lazar

    Spencer Lazar

    Spencer Lazar is a partner at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in Boston, New York and Silicon Valley and approximately $3.75 billion in total capital raised. He is based in New York. His investment focus is on new service delivery models for both consumers and businesses, such as those at ClassPass, FundBox, Giphy, Lemonade and WayUp. He's particularly excited by entrepreneurs who use technology to democratize access to products and services that previously were available only to a few.

    The companies that interest him most offer services that leverage network effects driven by a community, a marketplace, or data. When a product can get better with each incremental user, customers win, competition suffers, and outcomes can be massive.

    Spencer started his venture career at Insight Venture Partners, where he sourced and managed growth stage investments in 3P Learning (ASX: 3PL), BeyondTrust (acquired by Veritas Capital), and GenArts. He also worked at Accel Partners in London where he gained broad international perspective, and sourced and worked with companies such as Birchbox, Bonobos, ForgeRock, Hailo, Lyst, Top10, and Qriously. After that, he built Spontaneously, an early iOS-based mobile calendar.

    Spencer graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics.

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  • Eddie Lim

    Eddie Lim

    Eddie Lim is the founder and CEO of Point, a home equity platform. Backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Ribbit Capital and Vikram Pandit, Point's first product enables investors to purchase equity stakes in owner-occupied homes and provides homeowners with an alternative to debt, i.e. no monthly payments. Before Point, Eddie was the co-founder of TrialPay (acquired by Visa), Yub (acquire by, Metails (acquired by, and TXN (backed by Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst). Eddie holds an AB in Computer Science from Harvard University.

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  • Josh Luber

    Josh Luber

    Josh Luber is the co-founder and CEO of StockX, the world’s first “stock market of things”. StockX is an online marketplace, initially focused on sneakers, which connects buyers and sellers using the same method as the world’s stock markets – an anonymous, transparent and authentic ‘bid/ask’ market. Before StockX, Josh founded Campless while working as an IBM consultant. Campless, which evolved into StockX, was a “sneakerhead data” company that tracked the secondary market for sneaker sales, a $6 billion global industry. Josh, with StockX and Campless, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, London Financial Times, ESPN and The Daily Show, among others. He delivered the world’s first TED Talk about the resell sneaker industry. Josh has collected sneakers for over 30 years. Prior to IBM, Josh founded and operated three startups after a brief stint as a bankruptcy attorney and earning his JD/MBA degree at Emory University in Atlanta.

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  • Bob Lord

    Bob Lord

    Bob brings more than 20 years of significant experience in the information security space, including most recently acting as the CISO in Residence at Rapid 7, and before that heading up Twitter’s information security program. As Twitter’s first security hire, he established Twitter’s efforts in compliance, application security, product security, and information security. Before that he held positions in product and information security at companies like Red Hat, AOL, Sun Microsystems, and Netscape. You can see some of his hobbies at

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  • Susan Lyne

    Susan Lyne

    Susan has had a long career in media, commerce and consumer products. She has held leadership positions at companies of all sizes and stages, from startups to public companies, often during periods of internal or external change.

    She began her career in the magazine industry, where she founded and led Premiere Magazine. She spent almost a decade at Disney, rising to President of Entertainment at ABC. She was the CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; CEO and then Chair of; and she led AOL’s Brand Group, overseeing such brands as TechCrunch, Engadget and Moviefone, immediately before launching BBG Ventures.
    She has four daughters, three sisters, and a wide circle of entrepreneur-advisees who give as much as they get. Her biggest wins have all come from listening to, building for and betting on women.

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  • Caren Maio

    Caren Maio

    Caren Maio is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nestio, one of the eleven companies in the first TechStars NYC class. Having become deeply acquainted with the nuances of apartment hunting, Caren and her co-founders created Nestio, the easiest way for landlords, brokers, and renters to manage and communicate information in real-time, all in one place. Prior to Nestio, Caren lent her business expertise to corporate sales positions at powerhouse brands Nike and The Wall Street Journal. Caren graduated from New York University with a dual-degree in Brand Building and Publishing. Caren is coming up on her 10th year living in Manhattan and currently renting her 750th apartment in this city. Okay, not really, but she’s moved a lot.

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  • Carine Magescas

    Carine Magescas

    Carine Magescas is a french-born Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist.
    In 2017 she was nominated "Angel Investor of the Year" at TechCrunch's 10th Annual Crunchies Awards.
    To date Carine invested in over 150 Startups through AngelPad, a seed-VC and Accelerator she co-founded in 2010. AngelPad is consistently ranked Top U.S. Accelerator by MIT/Rice University Annual Accelerator Rankings Project.
    Prior to AngelPad, Carine held executive roles in Engineering, Strategic Alliances and Marketing at pre-IPO startups, before founding an E-commerce Startup in 2003. Carine is also an accomplished Fine Art Photographer. Her work is represented by Art Galleries in the US and Europe and has been exhibited in New York, London & San Francisco.

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  • John McPheters

    John McPheters

    John McPheters founded SM Ventures, Inc in 2012 with Jed Stiller. His focus is on e-commerce/tech development and growth strategies.

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  • Shruti Merchant

    Shruti Merchant

    Shruti is the founder and CEO of HubHaus. She was enrolled in a direct-entry medical program with George Washington Medical University until her entrepreneurial background inspired the launch of her first startup. After moving to the Silicon Valley, she, like everyone else, was plagued with expensive housing and found it difficult to meet people. She noticed that despite shared housing being a clear solution, there were few good shared houses with real communities, due to the difficulties involved in setup.

    In early 2016, Shruti and a friend founded HubHaus: a community housing startup providing professionals convenient access to rooms in shared houses with curated communities. It provides landlords an easy way to rent out their homes and provides the members convenient access to rooms in shared houses with curated communities. They currently have over 200 members across over a dozen cities and are headquartered in Redwood City, CA.

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  • Jaymee Messler

    Jaymee Messler

    Jaymee Messler serves as President of The Players’ Tribune (, a first-of-its-kind digital media company dedicated to empowering athletes with the tools they need to tell their stories. In addition to firstperson essays, the platform features an array of video content, podcasts, and original photography. Messler co-founded The Players’ Tribune with Derek Jeter. She oversees the strategy and long-term vision of the business, industry relations, sales and marketing, and athlete relations. The site continues to break news with announcements and stories, and features a diverse collection of narratives with increasing impact and visibility. In two short years, TPT has cultivated an athlete community with more than 1300 contributors and has changed the sports media landscape by transforming how athletes share information. Prior to The Players’ Tribune, Messler was the CMO of Excel Sports Management, where she developed an industry-leading benchmark formula for player marketing that included client services, public relations, cause- related programs and community outreach, social media and digital programming, branded content and corporate partnerships. At Excel, she engineered partnerships and oversaw marketing for high-profile NBA and MLB clients including Paul Pierce, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler, Deron Williams, Jason Kidd, and Kemba Walker. In 2011, when leading MLB agent Casey Close joined Excel, she added Jeter and Clayton Kershaw to her marketing responsibilities. Messler also branched out into golf, working with veteran golf agent Mark Steinberg when he joined the firm in 2011, on representing Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Cheyenne Woods, Patrick Cantlay, and Justin Rose. She took the helm of all branding, corporate communications, and corporate relationships on behalf of the agency. She had the foresight about the emergence of digital into the marketing spend mix, and created Excel’s corporate digital strategy, website and social media presence, as well as oversaw the digital and social media strategies for the agency’s individual clients. This foresight has been the cornerstone for many initiatives that has brought millions to the athletes and great success to brand partners. In 2016, Messler was recognized on Variety’s New York Power of Women Impact List, AdWeek's 30 Most Powerful Woman in Sports, AdAdge's Women to Watch and was named a Top Woman in Digital by Cynopsis Media. She received a Media Award by NYU Tisch Institute and the NYU Sports Business Society and was also named a ‘Gamechanger’ in Sports Business Journal in 2015. Messler holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and resides in New York City.

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  • Raj Nair

    Raj Nair

    Raj Nair is executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer (CTO), effective Dec. 1, 2015. In this role, Nair has global responsibility for all aspects of the company’s design, engineering, research and product development. Since April 2012, he had been group vice president of Product Development and CTO.

    Prior to 2012 as vice president of Engineering for Product Development, Nair oversaw all engineering for car, truck and SUV vehicles for the Ford and Lincoln brands, and was responsible for delivering on Ford’s commitment to offer more new products faster than ever before by leveraging greater sharing and reuse of platforms and components globally. He also helped lead the development and implementation of the Ford brand DNA.

    Previously, Nair served for three years as vice president, Operations, Asia Pacific. In this position, he was responsible for Product Development, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Quality and Information Technology within the Asia Pacific region.

    Nair has held a number of senior positions in Manufacturing, Product Development and Purchasing and, besides North America, Nair has also worked on assignments in Europe, South America and Asia Pacific. He previously was executive director, Commodity Business Planning, where he led a cross-functional team responsible for improving Ford’s material cost competitiveness. Prior to that, Nair was executive director, North American Product Development, responsible for the engineering and development for all truck and SUV programs including the Ford F-Series, Explorer and Expedition.

    In 2000, Nair was appointed director, New Model Programs, Advanced & Manufacturing Engineering, Vehicle Operations. In this position, he was responsible for all Ford North American Vehicle Operations launches, oversaw the New Model Programs Development Center and helped reinstitute Ford’s Launch Quality Operating System.

    Nair joined Ford Motor Company in 1987 as a Body and Assembly Operations launch engineer and held various positions on more than 11 vehicle programs in 13 assembly plants. On assignment to Europe, Nair was the Vehicle Operations launch manager for the 1996 European Fiesta. He then became responsible for all Ford of Europe launches including the Focus, Transit and Mondeo.
    Born in 1964, Nair holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with an automotive specialty from Kettering University in Flint, Mich., and was named the recipient of the 2012 Kettering Alumni Award for Management Achievement. In 2014, he was named the Fortune Automotive Businessperson of the Year. In addition to his duties at Ford, Nair serves on the board of trustees of Kettering University.

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  • Adam Neumann

    Adam Neumann

    Adam Neumann is the Co-founder and CEO of WeWork, which provides workspace, community, and services to more than 60,000 members in more than 30 cities around the world. Adam, along with co-founder Miguel McKelvey, started WeWork in 2010 in the Soho neighborhood of New York City with the intention of creating a workspace environment centred around the idea of community, and the belief that people will achieve more together than they could on their own. Adam and team want to grow WeWork everywhere to serve everyone, expanding globally and focusing on building technology that connects members around the world so they are empowered to do what they love.

    Previously, Adam co-founded and ran Big Tent Inc., where he developed Egg Baby and Krawlers, well-known brands of children’s clothing.

    Adam lives in New York City. He is the proud father of four children, Elle, Loulou, Isaiah, and Elijah, and loving husband to his wife, Rebekah.

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  • Angelica Nwandu

    Angelica Nwandu

    Angelica Nwandu is the Founder/CEO of The Shade Room, an Instagram-based media company that primarily focuses on celebrity gossip. Nwandu has truly shaped and revolutionized the digital space, from being included on the Forbes “30 Under 30 List” in 2016 to being dubbed as “The TMZ of Instagram” by the New York Times. The site currently boasts over 8.5 million followers and pulls in an additional 100,000 every 10 days.

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  • Natalia Oberti Noguera

    Natalia Oberti Noguera

    Dubbed “The Coach” by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors that’s changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Newsweek, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company’s Co.Exist Change Generation series. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as’s “25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech.” Women’s eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Fortune highlighted her as one of the “55 most influential women on Twitter.” You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

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  • Brittany Packnett

    Brittany Packnett

    Brittany Packnett is an unapologetic educator, organizer, activist, writer, speaker, and national leader in social justice. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany has become a sought after voice in the work of social change and empowerment.

    A former teacher, policy expert, and non-profit executive director, has committed her life and career to justice. She currently plays many roles, all focused on freedom.

    Full time, Brittany serves as Teach For America’s Vice President of National Community Alliances, where she leads partnerships with communities of color and with them, is crafting the organization’s first civil rights and equity agenda. Beyond Teach For America, Brittany was a Ferguson protestor and continues in activism as, among other things, co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence.

    In 2015, at the height of national crisis, Brittany was appointed to the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Today, she continues to advocate for urgent systemic change at critical decision making tables and through national and international media.

    From New Zealand to London, across the United States, and at the White House, Brittany has travelled extensively to impart insight on movement building, effective social impact, liberatory leadership, and empowerment for women and girls-especially those of color. Her popular TEDx talk, “It’s About Time to Value Women of Color in Leadership” exemplifies the personal and provocative storytelling she shares with audiences.

    She has been named one of TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, LinkedIn’s Next Wave, received the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and shares the number 3 spot on Politico’s 2016 50 Most Influential list.

    Brittany is an alum of Washington University in St. Louis, American University in Washington, and is a current Aspen Institute Education fellow.

    Ultimately, Brittany is a proud Black woman who believes that freedom is within our grasp- as long as we unleash love, and build our power, because “power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.” (MLK)

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  • Deven Parekh

    Deven Parekh

    Deven Parekh is a Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners and joined the firm in 2000. Deven manages investments in application software, data and consumer internet businesses globally. Notable previous companies in Deven’s portfolio have included Buddy Media (acquired by SalesForce, NASDAQ: CRM), Chegg (IPO), Football Fanatics (acquired by GSI Commerce, later acquired by eBay), Media Mind (IPO and subsequent sale to DG Fast Channel), Procuri (acquired by Ariba, NASDAQ: ARBA), ECI Solution (sold to Carlyle), Russian Trading System (merged with MICEX), Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo!), Hayneedle (sale to, Syncsort (sale to Clearlake Capital), Alibaba (IPO), Twitter (IPO), (IPO), and Website Pros (IPO). Deven is a global investor, actively working with investments in China, Latin America, Europe and Russia.

    Deven serves as Board Chair for eVestment, DrillingInfo, Turnitin, Campaign Monitor, Ministry Brands and Appriss. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Fanatics, Diligent, 1stdibs, Vela, Chrono24, LetGo, and Wallapop. He represents the firms interests in Despagar, Automattic (WordPress), Yext, SkyTap and Zenefits.

    Deven was previously a Principal at Berenson Minella & Company, a New York based merchant banking firm where he served on the firm’s M&A Committee. Prior to Berenson Minella, Deven was with The Blackstone Group, where he was involved in both M&A advisory and principal activities.
    Deven was selected in 2014 by AlwaysOn as a Venture Capital 100 winner for his investments in Twitter and Chegg. He was also selected to be on the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Forbes Midas list. In 2016 he was selected as a Top 100 Venture Capitalist by CB Insights. In 2010 Deven was part of a US delegation of several investors, government representatives, and technology companies that visited Russia to explore investment and technology collaboration opportunities between the United States and Russia. He is a Member of the Technical Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which assists the Commission with developing informed technology policies supporting America’s competitiveness and job creation in the global economy. During the period 2010–2012, Deven served as a Member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Export-Import Bank which is the official export credit agent of the United States. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2016 to be on the Overseas Private Investment Corporation Board. In 2006, Deven was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, which seeks to develop the next generation of community spirited leaders.
    He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Publicolor (which he chaired from 2007 – 2012), a New York City based non-profit organization that focuses on inner city schools. He is a Member of the Board of the Tisch New York MS Research Center. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Deven was a member of the Greater NY Partnership, which pairs business executives with non-profit executive directors. The Partnership is an initiative of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Deven is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Economic Club of New York. Deven received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Deven Parekh is a Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners and joined the firm in 2000. Deven manages investments in application software, data and consumer internet businesses globally. Notable previous companies in Deven’s portfolio have included Buddy Media (acquired by SalesForce, NASDAQ: CRM), Chegg (IPO), Football Fanatics (acquired by GSI Commerce, later acquired by eBay), Media Mind (IPO and subsequent sale to DG Fast Channel), Procuri (acquired by Ariba, NASDAQ: ARBA), ECI Solution (sold to Carlyle), Russian Trading System (merged with MICEX), Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo!), Hayneedle (sale to, Syncsort (sale to Clearlake Capital), Alibaba (IPO), Twitter (IPO), (IPO), and Website Pros (IPO). Deven is a global investor, actively working with investments in China, Latin America, Europe and Russia.

    Deven serves as Board Chair for eVestment, DrillingInfo, Turnitin, Campaign Monitor, Ministry Brands and Appriss. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Fanatics, Diligent, 1stdibs, Vela, Chrono24, LetGo, and Wallapop. He represents the firms interests in Despagar, Automattic (WordPress), Yext, SkyTap and Zenefits.

    Deven was previously a Principal at Berenson Minella & Company, a New York based merchant banking firm where he served on the firm’s M&A Committee. Prior to Berenson Minella, Deven was with The Blackstone Group, where he was involved in both M&A advisory and principal activities.

    Deven was selected in 2014 by AlwaysOn as a Venture Capital 100 winner for his investments in Twitter and Chegg. He was also selected to be on the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Forbes Midas list. In 2016 he was selected as a Top 100 Venture Capitalist by CB Insights. In 2010 Deven was part of a US delegation of several investors, government representatives, and technology companies that visited Russia to explore investment and technology collaboration opportunities between the United States and Russia. He is a Member of the Technical Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which assists the Commission with developing informed technology policies supporting America’s competitiveness and job creation in the global economy. During the period 2010–2012, Deven served as a Member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Export-Import Bank which is the official export credit agent of the United States. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2016 to be on the Overseas Private Investment Corporation Board. In 2006, Deven was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, which seeks to develop the next generation of community spirited leaders.

    He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Publicolor (which he chaired from 2007 – 2012), a New York City based non-profit organization that focuses on inner city schools. He is a Member of the Board of the Tisch New York MS Research Center. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Deven was a member of the Greater NY Partnership, which pairs business executives with non-profit executive directors. The Partnership is an initiative of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Deven is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Economic Club of New York. Deven received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Diana Elianne Benitez Perera

    Diana Elianne Benitez Perera

    Diana Elianne Benitez Perera is Chief Marketing Officer for Knales, a Cuban startup that sells value added services, focused on making information accessible to the majority of Cuba's population via mobile messaging. Special focus is given to those lacking internet access. Among the custom Knales (channels) offered via SMS are: NBA, MLB and soccer league scoreboards, weather forecasts, notifiers when subscribers receive updates to their Nauta, Gmail or Facebook accounts, currency exchanges, news, classifieds, musical events, etc. Subscribers can also receive everything from beauty, cooking and childrearing tips to briefs on medicine or Cuban history.

    Diana has a degree in finance, accounting and social communications from the University of Havana. She previously worked in tourism and sales and also studied classical guitar. Diana and Knales won the 10X10KCuba competition, which provided the opportunity to take courses in start-up business management through Miami Dade College's Puente Program, and CIC Miami.

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  • Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of and He is an active Angel investor, and have invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo.

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  • Peter Rawlinson

    Peter Rawlinson

    Peter Rawlinson is the Chief Technology Officer and VP of Lucid. He leads the outstanding team developing Lucid’s premium electric vehicle. Peter has over 30 years of vehicle engineering experience and is best known for developing the Tesla Model S.

    Formerly Vice President of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla and Chief Engineer of the Model S, Peter led the engineering of the Model S from clean-sheet to production readiness while simultaneously building a world class engineering team. Peter conceived of and implemented an innovative product development methodology enabling this process to occur in just three years. As a hands-on engineer, he also holds a significant proportion of the Model S vehicle patents.

    Prior to Tesla, Peter was Head of Vehicle Engineering at Corus Automotive, Chief Engineer at Lotus Cars, and Principal Engineer at Jaguar Cars. In these roles, Peter developed key innovations for Alcoa, Aston Martin, BMW, Daimler, Ford, GM, Audi, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lockheed Martin, and Prodrive.

    Peter holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London.

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  • Bernardo Romero

    Bernardo Romero

    Bernardo Romero Gonzalez is CEO & founder of Cubazon, an online store for the Cuban diaspora that sells products from Cuba's private sector businesses for delivery to loved ones in Cuba. Bernardo is based in Havana, where he also has his software development team. Cubazon is Bernardo’s third startup, previously founding software development firm Ingenius and a firm focused on the installation and updating of operating systems, software and drivers.

    Bernardo earned an MBA via the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia in Spain and has a degree in engineering from the Technological University of Havana Jose Antonio Echeverria (CUJAE). He is an adviser on small business administration at the Cuba Emprende Project, was a winner of the 10X10KCuba initiative to select Cuba’s most promising tech companies, which provided him the opportunity to spend time at TechStars and Boomtown Accelerators in Boulder, Colorado. Bernardo has been quoted in Salon, The Washington Post, Daily Camera, Denver Business Journal, Colorado Public Radio, and other media.

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  • Mario Schlosser

    Mario Schlosser

    Mario Schlosser is the CEO and co-founder of Oscar, a health-insurance start-up that is using technology, design, and data to help humanize and simplify healthcare. Previously, he co-founded the largest social gaming company in Latin America, where he led the company's analytics and game design practices.

    At Bridgewater Associates, Mario developed analytical trading models as a Senior Investment Associate. Prior to Bridgewater, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in Europe, the U.S. and Brazil. As a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Mario wrote and co-authored 10 computer science publications, including one of the most-cited computer science papers published in the past decade, in which he developed an algorithm to securely compute trust in randomized networks.

    He holds a degree in computer science with highest distinction from the University of Hannover in Germany and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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  • Daniel Schreiber

    Daniel Schreiber

    Daniel is a tech leader whose passion for innovation took him from startups to the Fortune 500 (and back again). As President of Powermat Daniel oversaw its transformation into an industry standard and a default feature in the world's foremost smartphones (Samsung Galaxy), venues (Starbucks) and cars (GM). Prior to Powermat, Daniel served as SVP Corporate Marketing at Sandisk, with global responsibility for the company’s social media, press relations, 50 web and ecommerce sites and major rebranding. During the iPod's heyday, Daniel served as SVP andGM of Sandisk's Audio-Video business unit, attaining #1 market share worldwide after Apple, and outselling all other brands combined. Daniel joined SanDisk via the $1.6B acquisition of msystems, where he served as VP Marketing and BD. He was co-founder and CEO of Alchemedia Inc., a content security software company, and began his career as a corporate-commercial attorney.

    Today Daniel is CEO & cofounder of Lemonade, the insurance carrier built on AI and Behavioral Economics.

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  • Ed Sim

    Ed Sim

    Ed is founder and Managing Partner of boldstart ventures, an enterprise seed fund which has invested in over 50 startups in enterprise infrastructure. He loves to work with engineering driven founders with a laser sharp focus on product. Current investment focus includes Cloud Native Infrastructure, Intelligent Automation, Decentralized Computing and cybersecurity.

    Over 20 yrs has led many seed and first rounds and helped a number of entrepreneurs successfully scale from seed to market leader including big data pioneer Greenplum (sold to EMC, now Pivotal), LivePerson (Nasdaq: LPSN), GoToMeeting (acq. by Citrix), Divide (sold to Google), GoInstant (sold to, (sold to Akamai), and many others.

    Ed is currently on the boards of Kustomer, Hypr Biometric, Snyk, BigID, and Manifold. Founded BOLDstart Ventures and co-founded Dawntreader Ventures. Active blogger since 2003 at Ed has a BA in Economics from Harvard.

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  • Reshma Saujani

    Reshma Saujani

    Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Programs and Clubs, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

    Started in 2012, the organization has grown to reach 40,000 girls in every state by the end of 2016. This year, Girls Who Code will run 78 Summer Immersion Programs and 1500 Clubs. The results speak for themselves: 90 percent of alumnae have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science.

    Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013.

    Reshma’s TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection”, has more than one million views and has sparked a national conversation about how we’re raising our girls. She is also the author of the groundbreaking new book, Women Who Don’t Wait In Line. Reshma is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. She’s been named one of Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders, Fortune’s 40 under 40, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by the New York Daily News, CNBC's Next List, Forbes's Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People, Crain’s New York 40 Under 40, Ad Age's Creativity 50, Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, City & State's Rising Stars, and an AOL/PBS Next MAKER.

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  • Jessica Scorpio

    Jessica Scorpio

    Jessica Scorpio is the Founder and CMO at Getaround, the leading peer-to-peer carsharing community. Getaround was born when Jessica was challenged by Google's co-founder and CEO, Larry Page, to develop a technology that would address one of humanity's grand challenges. With over 1 billion cars on the planet, Getaround is dedicated to leveraging the cars already on the road to create cleaner, smarter, more sustainable cities.

    Jessica is passionate about the impact Sharing Economy companies can have on the lives of everyday people while helping to build sustainable, close-knit cities and communities, and has been recognized by numerous publications including Forbes, Fortune, Inc, Elle and CNBC for her work. She is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper and frequent speaker at events such as Google Zeitgeist, TechCrunch Disrupt, Big Omaha, TNW Conference and SXSW Interactive.

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  • Shivani Siroya

    Shivani Siroya

    Shivani Siroya is the founder and CEO of Tala, a mobile technology and data science company that is working to deliver financial access, choice and control to underserved people around the world. Tala’s smartphone app instantly evaluates customers for credit using only the data on their devices and delivers customized loans in minutes. Prior to founding Tala, Shivani held a variety of positions in global health, microfinance, and investment banking, including with the United Nations Population Fund, Health Net, Citigroup and UBS. Shivani is a 2016 Aspen Institute Finance Leader Fellow, 2016 WEF Young Global Leader, 2015 Senior TED Fellow and 2013 Ashoka Fellow. She is also on the board of She holds a M.P.H from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

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  • Dug Song

    Dug Song

    Dug Song is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Duo Security, a cloud-based secure access provider protecting thousands of the world’s largest and fastest growing organizations.

    Duo is one of the fastest growing software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers in the world. Dug and co-founder and chief technology officer, Jon Oberheide, led the company to $73 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR) in 2016, the fourth straight year Duo has more than doubled its ARR.

    Founded in 2010, Duo’s easy-to-use Trusted Access technology can be quickly deployed to protect users, data and applications from breaches, credential theft and account takeover.

    The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company has 400 employees with offices in San Mateo, California; Austin, Texas and London. Duo is backed by Benchmark, Google Ventures, Radar Partners, Redpoint Ventures and True Ventures.

    Dug is a renowned hacker and leading voice in the information security industry. He is often quoted on cybersecurity issues by international media, as well as onstage at industry events around the world.

    Prior to launching Duo, Dug spent seven years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting 80 percent of the world’s Internet service providers, and helping to grow the company to $120M+ annual revenue before its acquisition by Danaher. He also built the first commercial network anomaly detection system, acquired by Check Point Software Technologies.
    Dug is an active member of a2newtech, Tech Brewery, a2skatepark and the Entrepreneurs' Foundation of Ann Arbor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan.

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  • Dan Teran

    Dan Teran

    Dan Teran is the CEO and co-founder of Managed by Q, the platform for office management. Founded in 2014 with a vision for building the operating system for the built world, Q now powers office operations for thousands of top companies nationwide, ranging from fast growing start ups to the Fortune 500. Managed by Q has been recognized as a standard bearer of good jobs in the on-demand economy. The hallmark of Q’s business is its commitment to creating good jobs, and using technology to not only increase efficiencies, but economically empower communities. Dan has spoken about this business strategy at MIT Sloan, NYU, and Parsons School of Design, and has been recognized by the White House, Department of Labor, and others as a leading voice in the national conversation around the future of work.Prior to co-founding Q, Dan was a Partner at venture development firm prehype, co-creating startups with the world’s finest corporations and entrepreneurs. Dan has a background in community organizing and progressive politics in Baltimore, and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Mark Thompson

    Mark Thompson

    Mark Thompson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company on November 12, 2012. He is responsible for leading the Company's strategy, operations and business units, and working closely with the chairman to direct the vision of the company.

    Mr. Thompson has been instrumental in accelerating the pace of The Times’s digital transformation. Under his leadership, The Times became the first news organization in the world to pass the one million digital-only subscription mark. The company has also introduced a new era of international growth, launched an industry leading branded content studio and invested in virtual reality, producing some of the most celebrated work in this emerging medium.

    Before joining the Times Company, Mr. Thompson served as Director-General of the BBC from 2004, where he reshaped the organization to meet the challenge of the digital age, ensuring that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services such as the BBC iPlayer. He also oversaw a transformation of the BBC itself, driving productivity and efficiency through the introduction of new technologies and bold organizational redesign.

    Mr. Thompson joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee. He helped launch Watchdog and Breakfast Time, was an output editor on Newsnight, and was appointed editor of the Nine O'Clock News in 1988 and of Panorama in 1990. He became controller (programming and scheduling chief) for the TV network BBC2 and Director of Television for the BBC before leaving the BBC in 2002 to become CEO of Channel 4 Television Corporation in the United Kingdom.

    In the autumn of 2012, he was a visiting professor of Rhetoric and the Art of Public Persuasion at the University of Oxford. His book “Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?” which is based on the lectures he gave at Oxford, was published in the UK and US in September 2016.

    Mark Thompson was educated at Stonyhurst College and Merton College, Oxford.

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  • Matt Turck

    Matt Turck

    Matt Turck is a partner at FirstMark and invests across a broad range of early stage enterprise and consumer startups.

    Prior to FirstMark, he was a Managing Director at Bloomberg Ventures, the investment and incubation arm of Bloomberg LP, which he helped start. Previously, Matt was the co-founder of TripleHop Technologies, a venture-backed enterprise search software startup that was acquired by Oracle.

    Matt is passionate about building communities, and organizes two large monthly events: Data Driven NYC (which focuses on data-driven startups and Big Data) and Hardwired NYC (which focuses on the Internet of Things, 3D printing, and wearable computing).

    Matt graduated from Sciences-Po Paris and holds a master of laws (LL.M.) from Yale Law School.

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  • Yossi Vardi

    Yossi Vardi

    One of Israel’s early entrepreneurs, Yossi Vardi co-founded, led, funded and helped build more than 80 high-tech, energy, natural resources, and clean-tech companies. Many of them went public, including Tekem, Alon Energy, Granite Hacarmel,, scopus, International Lasers Technologies, epals, tocows, brightcove, other were acquired : Gteko (by Microsoft), Tivella (by cisco,) Airlink (by sierra wireless), Foxytunes (by yahoo),starnet (by IAC),Gift project (by ebay).

    As the founding investor ofMirabilis Ltd, -the creator of iCQ - Vardi co-pioneered instant messaging. ICQ was one of the internet’s earliest successes, later sold to AOL.
    Vardi was chairman of the board of trustees of Jerusalem Foundation, serves on the board of trustees of the technion and served on those of Weitzman Institute. Hebrew university, open university .he was advisor to the World Bank, United Nations Development Program , CEO’s of Amazon, AOL, Siemens Albis, and Allied–signal. member of the World Economic Forum, and Co-chairman of the EU-Israel business dialogue.

    Vardi had an extensive government and public career, hewas the director general of Ministry of Development and Ministry of Energy. was chairman of Israel National Oil Company, and Israel Chemicals. participated in the peace talks with Egypt, Palestinians, Jordan and Syria.

    He received Honorary Doctorates from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and the Ben Gurion university , the Prime Minister Hi-Tech Award for life achievements (twice); Best Internet Personality by TechCrunch Europe; Entrepreneur of the Year by Tel Aviv University , Europe’s 25 top techs by Wall Street Journal; and one of the 200 Greatest Israelis of all times by Ynet. was elected by Israel 21c to the top 10 icons of Israeli high tech - the pioneers, by The Algemeiner for the "jewish 100 - the top 100 people positively influenced jewish life " and by wired magazine (uk) as number 9 of the wired 2014 top 100 influential people in Europe

    Yossi Vardi sits on the advisory boards of 3i and Amdocs and has served on boards of numerous state and private corporations including Bezeq, Israel Electric, and the Bank of Israel.

    Yossi has also been an Advisor to the CEOs of AOL, Amazon, and Allied Signal.

    Yossi Vardi has received many awards, including the Prime Minister of Israel Hi-Tech Award for life achievements on two occasions, the Industry Prize, the Ramniceanu Prize and CEOs Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.

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  • Carlos Garcia

    Carlos Garcia

    Carlos Manuel García Vergara is the CEO & founder of Kewelta, the advertising network that for more than 11 years has advertised artistic events and Cuban artists. Started when Garcia was a student at the University of Havana, Kewelta operated for years without monetary gains. Nowadays, a new version of the platform is being developed which allows entrepreneurs to grow by sharing their ads for free in an offline and online environment. Carlos’s activity as an entrepreneur began while he was studying computer science, but he has learned most on his own.
    The Cuban startup scene is developing a wider vision, focused on how Cuban technology can be used abroad. Carlos' work has combined the Cuban reality with the international vision of people in adtech, mainly in Germany. The experience of living in an offline environment inspired Carlos and his development team to create a new platform to boost entrepreneurs and artists. Carlos presented Kewelta’s new app at SXSW. Via a digital bulletin board, users can post ads available for viewing at festivals, taxis, bars and other areas without full Internet access. Carlos’s vision is to make the technology available to airlines and cruise liners among others.

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  • Kevin Weil

    Kevin Weil

    Kevin Weil is the Head of Product at Instagram, overseeing consumer and monetization products. Prior to Instagram, Kevin was the SVP of Product at Twitter, overseeing product development and design across Twitter's consumer and ad products, as well as Vine and Periscope. Between 2010 and 2014, he led product development for Twitter's advertising platform, as well as the development of Fabric. Before joining Twitter in 2009, he was the first employee at web media startup Cooliris, working in user growth and analytics. He also worked worked at municipal wireless network provider Tropos Networks, Microsoft Research, and in a past life as a Physics Ph.D. Student, at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

    Kevin graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. In Mathematics and Physics, and holds an M.S. in physics from Stanford

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  • Emily Weiss

    Emily Weiss

    Emily Weiss is the founder and CEO of Glossier, a digitally native beauty brand inspired by real life. Emily is heavily involved in product development, creative and brand marketing, ensuring that all products and content are created with the signature Glossier voice. After founding Glossier in 2014, the company now has over 60 employees in its New York City headquarters and over $34M in venture capital funding. The company has been recognized as a top beauty brand by Allure, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Nylon, Women’s Wear Daily and Cosmopolitan, and won Women Wear Daily Beauty Inc.'s 2015 Digital Innovator of the Year award and is one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies of 2017. Emily has been included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 2015 and AdWeek Top 20 Content Creators 2016. Emily lives in New York City.

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  • Liz Wessel

    Liz Wessel

    Liz Wessel is the Co-Founder and CEO of WayUp, the leading marketplace for college students and recent grads to get hired. Founded in July 2014, WayUp is a venture-backed startup based in NYC, and was named by CNN as one of the 30 most innovative companies changing the world. WayUp's users represent over 5,300 campuses in the U.S., and WayUp has worked with companies of all sizes -- from startups to Fortune 500's like Google, Starbucks and Disney. Liz has been featured as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and has been named one of the 18 Coolest Women in Silicon Valley. Prior to founding WayUp, Liz worked at Google as a Product Marketing Manager in California and then in India.

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  • Ellie Wheeler

    Ellie Wheeler

    Ellie Wheeler is a Partner at Greycroft Partners and is based in the firm’s New York office.

    Prior to joining Greycroft, Ellie worked in a similar role evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital.Ellie also worked at Cisco in Corporate Development doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the unified communications, enterprise software, mobile, and video sectors. While at Cisco, she was involved in multiple acquisitions and investments, including PostPath, Jabber, Xobni, and Tandberg. She began her career in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners in Boston.

    Ellie graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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  • Pharrell Williams

    Pharrell Williams

    Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion and design to express his distinctive style. From his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach back in the early '90s through enough hits to earn him Billboard's Producer of the Decade in 2010 to his current status as multi-media superstar, Williams has never stopped creating.

    Starting his producing career as one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such classics as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)," Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U" and Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You."

    With over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like something no one else has thought of just yet. He's also created a new way of looking at established stars like Snoop Dogg, Madonna and even the Rolling Stones. Over four albums, Williams and Hugo along with Shae Haley created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the alt-rock/hip-hop group N.E.R.D.

    The music industry has honored Pharrell with seven Grammy Awards (including 2004's and 2014's "Producer of the Year") and ASCAP's prestigious Golden Note Award in 2012. He also received a 2014 Academy Award nomination for his original song "Happy" featured in the animated film Despicable Me 2. "Happy" remained atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 consecutive weeks, peaked at No. 1 on iTunes in 103 markets worldwide and is the lead single off of his newest album G I R L. Pharrell's second solo album G I R L, was released on March 3, 2014 to rave reviews.

    His prolific body of work also ranges from designing a sculpture with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to accessories and jewelry for luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton to T-shirts for Japanese mega-brand Uniqlo to adidas sportswear and to the forthcoming perfume collaboration with Comme des Garcons. Pharrell's work in the humanitarian field is an extension of his humble success. In 2008, he founded From One Hand To AnOTHER (FOHTA), a foundation focused on supporting the Pharrell Williams Resource Centers' learning programs for underserved youth in at-risk communities across the nation. This past March, Pharrell partnered with the United Nations Foundation to celebrate the International Day of Happiness inspiring individuals all over the globe to demonstrate their unique "happy."

    Now, with his latest venture i am OTHER - a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club; ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn and a dedicated YouTube channel - Williams's vision continues to push pop culture forward. This fall, Pharrell continued to spread this vision and happiness, having recently completed a 23-date "Dear G I R L" tour across Europe. He can currently be seen as a coach on Season 8 of The Voice.

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  • Ryan Williams

    Ryan Williams

    Ryan is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Cadre. Prior to founding Cadre, Williams worked at The Blackstone Group and Goldman Sachs, where he was involved in billions of dollars in transactions across multiple asset types. He also founded an institutional real estate fund to acquire, renovate and sell more than 300 single-family homes and 1,500 multi-family units throughout the U.S.

    Ryan holds an A.B. from Harvard College, where he graduated with honors.

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  • Joanne Wilson

    Joanne Wilson

    Joanne Wilson has had many careers. She started out in retail, eventually moving to the wholesale arena. She then transitioned to the media side of the technology world, before once again reinventing herself as an investor. She is currently an active angel investor with a portfolio of over 90 companies such as Food52, Sweeten, Vengo, Nestio, Phin and Phebes, Makers Row, Clutter, and Union Station.
    She has been involved in numerous real estate transactions from beginning to end and continues to make investments in that world. She is also an investor in a few restaurants in the New York area. In addition to these endeavors, Joanne has been involved in various education projects and served as chairperson at Hot Bread Kitchen, non-profit committed to increasing access to the culinary industry for woman and minority entrepreneurs. She also sits on the board of The Highline.

    Joanne has maintained her very popular blog, for over 11 years and has recently take her talents to the airwaves on her podcast, ""Positively Gotham Gal"". She loves to bake, cook, throw a good party, travel, read, collect art, do the crossword and stay on top of what's happening around the globe and in NYC.

    Her most successful venture is being married to her best friend, Fred and raising their three kids- Jessica, Emily and Josh

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  • Krishna Yeshwant

    Krishna Yeshwant

    Dr. Krishna Yeshwant is a physician, programmer, and entrepreneur who has been working with GV since its inception. He first joined Google as part of the New Business Development team.

    Prior to Google he helped start an electronic data interchange company that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard and a network security company that was acquired by Symantec. He also co-authored the business plan for Diagnostics For All, which won both the Harvard Business School and MIT $100k business plan competitions.

    Previously, Krishna published several book chapters and journal articles in the field of computer-guided surgery, completed research in tissue engineering, and developed and licensed multiple surgical devices. He has worked with the technology transfer offices of MIT, Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Krishna has a B.S. in computer science from Stanford University. He also earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA where he continues to practice.

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    All times EST
  • 9:10 am - 9:15 am

    Opening remarks with Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief)

  • 9:15 am - 9:40 am

    Direct messaging with Derek Jeter and Jaymee Messler of The Players' Tribune

  • 9:40 am - 10:10 am

    Taking stock with Stuart Ellman (RRE Ventures), Maha Ibrahim (Canaan Partners) and Amish Jani (FirstMark Capital)

  • 10:10 am - 10:30 am

    The media business isn’t dead and the NY Times is ONIT with Mark Thompson (NY Times)

  • 10:30 am - 10:50 am


  • 10:50 am - 11:10 am

    Inside Yahoo's massive data breach with Bob Lord (Yahoo)

  • 11:10 am - 11:30 am

    Making change in a digital era with Brittany Packnett (Campaign Zero)

  • 11:30 am - 11:50 am

    Cuentapropistas Cubanos with Bernardo Romero Gonzalez (Cubazon), Diana Elianne Benitez Perera (Knales) and Carlos Manuel García Vergara (Kewelta)

  • 11:50 am - 12:10 pm

    This data may save your life with Commissioner Joseph Esposito (NYC Emergency Management), Ben Krakauer (NYCEM), Masha Gindler (NYC Mayor’s Office) and Ted Bailey (Dataminr).

  • 12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

    Building silicon outside of the Valley with Steve Case (Revolution LLC)

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


  • 1:30 pm - 1:55 pm

    Shopping in the age of Instagram: Brands with digital savvy with Tyler Haney (Outdoor Voices) and Emily Weiss (Glossier)

  • 1:55 pm - 2:15 pm

    The insatiable wanderlust of WeWork with Adam Neumann (WeWork)

  • 2:15 pm - 2:35 pm

    Surviving Trumpcare with Mario Schlosser (Oscar Health)

  • 2:35 pm - 2:55 pm

    Ford's future focus with Raj Nair (Ford)

  • 2:55 pm - 3:10 pm


  • 3:10 pm - 3:15 pm

    How the Battlefield Works with Anthony Ha

  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition: Session One

    Battlefield Judges: Anu Duggal (Female Founders Fund), Paul Judge (Luma), Eric Hippeau (Hippeau Ventures), Yossi Vardi and Joanne Wilson (Gotham Gal)

  • 4:20 pm - 4:35 pm

    Founder Spotlight: Liz Wessel (WayUp)

  • 4:35 pm - 4:50 pm

    Founder Spotlight: Daniel Schreiber (Lemonade)

  • 4:50 pm - 5:05 pm

    Founder Spotlight: Shivani Siroya (Tala)

  • 5:05 pm - 6:05 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition - Session Two

    Battlefield Judges: Mar Hershenson (Pear Ventures), Sriram Krishnan, Spencer Lazar (General Catalyst) and Matt Turck (FirstMark Capital)

  • 6:05 pm - 6:10 pm


Tuesday, May 16

    All times EST
  • 9:00 am - 9:05 am

    Opening remarks with Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief)

  • 9:05 am - 9:25 am

    The story war with Instagram’s VP of Product Kevin Weil (Instagram)

  • 9:25 am - 9:45 am

    Clipping out cancer with Rachel Haurwitz (Caribou Biosciences)

  • 9:45 am - 10:05 am

    Making a modern motor company with Peter Rawlinson (Lucid Motors) and Jay Rogers (Local Motors)

  • 10:05 am - 10:30 am

    Who's digging the gig economy with Oisin Hanrahan (Handy) and Dan Teran (Managed by Q)

  • 10:30 am - 10:50 am


  • 10:50 am - 10:55 am

    How the Battlefield Works with Anthony Ha

  • 10:55 am - 11:45 am

    Startup Battlefield Competition: Session Three

    Battlefield Judges: Brian Hirsch (Tribeca Venture Partners), Dr. Krishna Yeshwant (GV), Carine Magescas (AngelPad), Natalia Oberti Noguera (Pipeline Angels) and Ed Sim (Boldstart Ventures)

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 am


  • 12:45 pm - 1:05 pm

    Commission impossible: Keeping the internet free with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

  • 1:05 pm - 1:25 pm

    Magic CRISPR robot arms with Paul Dabrowski (Synthego)

  • 1:25 pm - 1:45 pm

    Can inspiration be monetized with Tim Kendall (Pinterest)

  • 1:45 pm - 2:10 pm

    Fire kicks: Shaking up the shoe market from retail to resale with Ryan Babenzein (Greats), Josh Luber (StockX) and John McPheters (Stadium Goods)

  • 2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

    Fireside Chat with Michael Cagney (SoFi)

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition: Session Four

    Battlefield Judges: Stonly Baptiste (Urban Us), Tony Florence (NEA), Heather Hartnett (Human Ventures), Karin Klein (Bloomberg Data) and Fritz Lanman (ClassPass)

  • 3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

    Alexa, play my song with Steve Boom (Amazon Music)

  • 3:50 pm - 4:05 pm


  • 4:05 pm - 4:20 pm

    Founder Spotlight: Michelle Goad (PS Dept)

  • 4:20 pm - 4:35 pm

    Founder Spotlight: Eric Kinariwala (Capsule)

  • 4:35 pm - 4:50 pm

    Founder Spotlight: Michael Jaconi (Button)

  • 4:50 pm - 5:10 pm

    Reinventing the news with Mike Allen (Axios)

  • 5:05 pm - 5:30 pm

    Home is where the profits are with Eddie Lim (Point) and Ryan Williams (Cadre)

  • 5:30 pm - 5:50 pm

    Defending against political hacks with General Keith Alexander (IronNet Cybersecurity)

  • 5:50 pm - 5:55 pm


  • 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    After Party - Slate NY - 54 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

Wednesday, May 17

    All times EST
  • 9:20 am - 9:25 am

    Opening remarks with Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief)

  • 9:25 am - 9:45 am

    8.6 million followers can’t be wrong with Angie Nwandu (The Shade Room)

  • 9:45 am - 10:05 am

    Humanity's next move: Garry Kasparov talks AI (author of Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins)

  • 10:05 am - 10:20 am

    Startup Battlefield Alumni updates

  • 10:20 am - 10:30 am

    Passing the Disrupt Cup with Matthew Panzarino

  • 10:30 am - 10:55 am


  • 10:55 am - 11:00 am

    How the Battlefield Final Competition Works with Anthony Ha

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition Finals

    Battlefield Final Round Judges: Stuart Ellman (RRE Ventures), Annie Lamont (Oak HC/FT), Susan Lyne (BBG Ventures), Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch), Deven Parekh (Insight Venture Partners) and Reshma Saujani (Girls Who Code)

  • 12:30 pm - 1:40 pm


  • 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    Judah vs. The Machines: The Reveal with Judah Friedlander

  • 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

    The unbundling of VC with Naval Ravikant (AngelList)

  • 2:20 pm - 2:25 pm

    Hackathon Highlights

  • 2:25 pm - 2:45 pm

    Living for the city with Stonly Baptiste (Urban Us), Brad Hargreaves (Common) and Shruti Merchant (HubHaus)

  • 2:45 pm - 3:10 pm

    Rodney Brooks (Rethink Robotics) on robots, AI and getting to Commander Data

  • 3:10 pm - 3:25 pm

    Hardware Alley Demo

  • 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

    Founder Spotlight: Dug Song (Duo Security)

  • 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

    Founder Spotlight: Caren Maio (Nestio)

  • 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

    Founder Spotlight: Irving Fain (Bowery Farming)

  • 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

    Founder Spotlight: Zahir Dossa (Function of Beauty)

  • 4:20 pm - 5:00 pm


  • 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Incubus guitarist Michael Einziger is set to close the show on Wednesday, May 17th with a special musical presentation, featuring Pharrell Williams and Incubus, that will demonstrate the technology developed by his startup, MIXhalo.

  • 5:30 pm - 5:45 pm

    Closing Startup Battlefield Awards Ceremony

  • 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Closing Concert - Webster Hall - 125 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003


At the heart of the conference floor lies Startup and Hardware Alley where hundreds of early-stage companies showcase their talent and technology to attendees, investors and members of the press. With different companies exhibiting each day, Startup Alley hosts hundreds of exciting companies, many of which are launching for the first time. Don't miss the "Wild Card Winner" which is selected by a combination of audience and editorial votes and is awarded a place in the Startup Battlefield competition.

Showcase Stage Demos In Startup Alley

Stop by the Showcase Stage in the heart of Startup Alley to see startups in these fields demo their company’s innovations at 12:00pm each day of the conference.

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

  • Emoshape Inc – First Emotion Chip for AI and Robots – EPU (Emotion Processing Unit)
  • Alluvium – Mesh Intelligence platform delivers real-time operational insights to operations
  • Syndio – People analytics working at the intersection of HR, big data, machine learning, and relational analytics

E-Commerce & Retail

  • Lensabl – Easy-to-use online tool to get new prescription and custom lenses
  • TaxDrop – Provides more accurate filing by only using licensed Certified Public Accountants
  • TryPaas – People as a service

Fashion & Beauty

FinTech & Payments (includes Investment Platforms)

  • Medean – Monitor your spending against peers your age
  • – Makes insurance for emergencies accessible, simple, and easy to buy
  • Debitize – Combines the perks of credit cards with the discipline of a debit card

Food & Beverage (includes Delivery Services and Agricultural Innovation)

  • xtraCHEF – Invoice processing and a cost management solution for vendor payment in kitchens
  • WythMe, LLC – Companies give clients deals for going to specific restaurants
  • Tixel Labs, Inc. – Inventory management for restaurants

Hardware & IOT (includes Consumer Electronics)

  • TinyPCB – Allows circuit boards to take the shape of any device
  • Smart & Blue – Customer-facing smart solutions for water conservation & management.
  • MiniBrew – Remove the barriers to home brewing excellence

Health & BioTech (includes Women’s Health, Fitness, and Sports)

  • Quantac, Inc. – Wearable biosensor platform that can track alcohol consumption through the skin
  • Open Health Network – Enables rapid development of mobile health apps

Media, Gaming & Entertainment (includes Audio and Video Platforms)

  • Genvid Technologies, Inc. – The first broadcast suite for games, enabling developers to create their own channels
  • Cornea Entertainment – Interactive cinematic comic book episode
  • Overtime – Cross-platform tech startup that’s redefining high school and amateur sports through video

MarCom, SaaS & Advertising (includes communications, marketing, B2B)

  • Mazen – Designed to save SEO specialists time
  • Popwallet –Mobile Wallet Marketing Automation
  • onTarget – Visual collaboration solution for construction industry

Mobility & Transportation

  • MetroTech Net, Inc. – Smart City and Autonomous car focused traffic reduction platform
  • FlyOtto – Easier to charter flights
  • Journey – The impact travel collective

Security & IT

  • CyberCentric – Enterprise-focused cyber security platform
  • Security Platform Inc. – Device Security for IOT and connected devices
  • – Monitors the global Internet and finds the fastest internet routes available

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

  • Holojam – Developing technology that works with VR / AR headsets to enable groups of people who are in the same location to share a mixed reality
  • LightUp – Virtual tutor powered by augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to make a personalized education available to all
  • SpaceoutVR, Inc. – Integrates entertainment, gaming and communications into a personified VR App


We’ve opened up a new workshop area that provides founders actionable ideas and education-focused content for Disrupt NY ticketed attendees.



CrunchMatch is a program designed to introduce investors to entrepreneurs, based on curated analysis of which startups fit with a given investor’s profile. The goal is to improve the odds that investors and entrepreneurs make a super promising contact. The program is free to qualifying Disrupt attendees.

How it works: When an investor or a Startup Alley company registers for Disrupt, they receive an invitation to complete a questionnaire about their interests. When the TechCrunch team finds a strong match, we will propose that the parties connect at Disrupt. We help curate a meeting time and we provide a private meeting space. Questions? E-mail




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Journalists can apply for a media pass to Disrupt here.

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Check out our FAQ page for more details on the event and tickets! If you don’t see the answer to your questions on our FAQ page, you can email for general event questions or for questions about exhibiting as an early stage startup.


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  • Single Day Admission Conference Pass (Wednesday, May 17 only)
  • For Investors, Technologists and Later Stage Startups
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Ticket purchases cancelled by March 31, 2017 are subject to a $250 cancellation handling fee. Tickets cancelled April 1, 2017 and later are not eligible for a refund for any reason. Lost name badges at the conference are subject to a $500 replacement fee.

Student Tickets

Students currently enrolled in a college or university program are eligible for reduced admission ($300) to Disrupt NY. To apply for this rate, send a copy of your current transcripts showing your current enrollment status and a copy of your university identification card to Upon approval, you will be provided instructions on how to complete your registration.

Non-Profit Organization Tickets

Current full-time employees of non-profit organizations with 501(c) 3 designations can apply for the Non-Profit ticket rate to Disrupt NY for $995. To apply for the discount, you must email from your organizations email address and a copy of your organization’s 501(c) 3 designation.

Government/Military Tickets

Current full-time employees of federal, state or local government agencies, current full-time employees of international government agencies and active military employees only can receive an attendee ticket to Disrupt NY for $995.  To qualify for the discount, you must email from a valid .gov email address with a copy of your current, valid government ID. Additionally you must present your current, valid government identification card during registration check-in at Disrupt NY.  If you are unable to provide valid government identification at the event, you will be charged the general admission rate of $2,995.

The government discount cannot be combined with any other discount offers.

Government contractors, including contractors working on government “Cost Reimbursable Contracts”, are not eligible for the government discount.

Accepted government identification:

  • Government issued Visa, MasterCard or American Express
  • Government picture ID
  • Military picture ID
  • Federally Funded Research Development Corp (FFRDC) ID