San Francisco, Sept 21-23 2015

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TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies, and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties.


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Speakers and Battlefield Judges

  • Sam Altman

    Sam Altman

    Sam Altman is the president of Y Combinator and the co-chair of OpenAI. Sam also serves on the board of Boom and Reddit. He was cofounder and CEO of Loopt, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2005 and acquired by Green Dot in 2012. Sam also founded Hydrazine Capital. He studied computer science at Stanford, and while there worked in the AI lab.

    Prior to taking over as Y Combinator's president, Sam was a part-time partner at Y Combinator since 2011. You can read Sam's essays on startups and technology at his blog.

    Sam has consistently been recognized for his entrepreneurship. He was featured in Inc. Magazine's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 and BusinessWeek's Tech's Best Entrepreneurs.

    As an early innovator in mobile location services, Sam joined Apple CEO Steve Jobs on stage at WWDC 2008, presenting Loopt as one of the first applications in the iPhone App Store.

    Sam has been a valuable source for many media outlets including Charlie Rose, CNN, The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and numerous others.

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  • Isis Anchalee

    Isis Anchalee

    Isis is a passionate autodidact and platform engineer at OneLogin, an enterprise identity management company. As founder of the #iLookLikeAnEngineer movement she believes that external appearances do not put a limit on cognitive ability. When she is not writing code or advocating egalitarianism, you can expect her to be traveling the world, studying yoga, teaching hooping or taking hip hop dance classes. With an insatiable appetite for growth, she strives to integrate conscious mindfulness into every aspect of her life.

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  • Nikesh Arora

    Nikesh Arora

    Nikesh Arora. President and Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Group Corp. and CEO of SB Group US, Inc. (f/k/a SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc.). Nikesh Arora joined Google, Inc. in 2004 and held several positions within the company, including serving as its Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President until August 2014.

    He also previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the management board of T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG (a/k/a T-Mobile Europe). Nikesh Arora currently serves as a Representative Director of SoftBank Group Corp.

    Nikesh Arora previously served on the board of directors of Colgate-Palmolive Company.

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  • Gagan Biyani

    Gagan Biyani

    Gagan Biyani is CEO and co-founder of Sprig, whose mission it is to make eating well accessible to everyone. Open your phone when you're hungry, tap a button and get a healthy meal delivered in 15 minutes. Sprig has raised $57M from Greylock Partners and Social Capital Partnership and is available in San Francisco, Chicago and Palo Alto.

    Prior to founding Sprig, he was a Growth Advisor for Lyft where he led supply and demand acquisition for their launch in Los Angeles. Gagan was also co-founder and President of the education marketplace, Udemy, which has raised $113M and has over 7 million students worldwide.

    Gagan started the Growth Hackers Conference and mentors entrepreneurs at the Founder Institute and 500 Startups. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Andrew Bosworth

    Andrew Bosworth

    Andrew, or Boz as most know him, graduated from Harvard in 2004 before working as a developer on Microsoft Visio for almost two years. He joined former student Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook in January of 2006 where he created News Feed. He also created many early anti-abuse systems, some of which are still in production. After working briefly on site speed and site reliability Andrew created and ran a program called bootcamp to help grow the engineering team and maintain its culture. Following that he lead the integration of the Messages and Chat products and improving stability. He also directly led the Groups, Messenger and Video Calling teams. At different times, he has been the engineering director overseeing Events, Places, Photos, Videos, Timeline, Privacy, Mobile Monetization, and Feed Ads. He spent five years as VP of Ads and Business Platform overseeing the engineering, product, research, analytics, and design for Ads, Pages, Local, Events, Platform, and Marketplace; in this role he took the company from a $4B run rate to $40B and grew the team by over 10x. Today he leads the companies virtual reality, augmented reality, and consumer hardware efforts.

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  • Roelof Botha

    Roelof Botha

    Roelof F. Botha focuses on Internet, services and software investments. He is a Director of Eventbrite, Evernote,, MongoDB, Natera (NTRA), Plain Vanilla, Square (SQ), Unity Technologies, Weebly, and Whisper. He is also involved with Sequoia Capital portfolio companies including AssureX and Mapillary. Previously, he was a Director of (GOOG), Insider Pages (IACI), Meebo (GOOG), TokBox (Telefonica Digital), Nimbula (ORCL), Tumblr (YHOO), Jawbone, and Xoom (XOOM), and led Sequoia's investment in Instagram (FB). Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2003, Roelof served as the Chief Financial Officer of PayPal (PYPL), an online payments company. Earlier, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Roelof is a certified actuary (Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries) and holds a B.S. in Actuarial Science, Economics and Statistics from the University of Cape Town and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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  • Gregg Brockway

    Gregg Brockway

    Co-founder and president of TripIt. Co-founder of Hotwire. This fearless leader is constantly leaning forward and pushing us to do what seems impossible, but somehow manages to miraculously occur. He's a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, travel freak and former member of the 1980s US Ski Team (complete with Miami Vice-ish speed suit.) While his first love is turning good ideas into amazing products that become great companies, it turns out he also covets Palm Springs modern. Other current obsessions include Maker Faire, mountain biking and tangerine swivel chairs. Gregg earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Dartmouth College.

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  • Jon Callaghan

    Jon Callaghan

    Jon is an early stage venture capitalist and a founder of True Ventures. Jon has founded three of his own companies and has been in the venture capital business since 1991.Jon founded his first company, Mountain Bike Outfitters, Inc in 1986.Jon started his venture career as an associate at Summit Partners and then joined AOL’s Greenhouse, the venture capital/incubator for AOL.

    Jon joined the internet market early by joining CMGi’s @Ventures group in 1996. Before founding True, Jon was a Managing Director at Globespan Capital.First as founder and now as investor, Jon’s direct startup experience means that he has seen the world through an entrepreneur’s eyes, making him a confidant and therefore priceless resource for the startups in which he invests.Jon received a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.When he is not empowering the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, you can probably find him talking about airplanes or playing with his children.

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  • Troy Carter

    Troy Carter

    Troy Carter is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, an entertainment management company defining popular culture globally. As a digital and social entrepreneur, Carter has defined the careers of numerous recording artists, including multi-platinum, Grammy-Award winner Lady Gaga.

    Carter began his career in Philadelphia working for Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment, and joined Bad Boy Entertainment in 1995 where he worked with disruptors such as Notorious B.I.G. In 1999, Carter formed the boutique talent management company, Erving Wonder. Erving Wonder quickly became one of the preeminent artist management firms and was acquired by the Sanctuary Group in 2004.

    After founding Atom Factory in 2010, Carter and his Atom Factory artists began scaling the web’s largest social media audiences on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

    In 2011, to focus the potential of these distributed networks, Carter co-founded Backplane, a Silicon Valley start-up that unites people around affinities, interests and movements.

    The following year, Carter incorporated A \ IDEA, a product development and branding agency, as well as AF Square, an angel fund and technology consultancy that holds interest in more than 40 technology companies at various stages of growth.

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  • Wences Casares

    Wences Casares

    Wences Casares is an international entrepreneur who has founded successful technology and financial ventures in the US, South America and Europe. He founded Argentina’s first ISP before dropping out of college, and then went on to found Patagon, Latin America’s premier online brokerage, which was sold to Banco Santander for $750m. He later founded Banco Lemon, a Brazilian retail bank, as well as mobile payment companies Bling Nation and Lemon Wallet, which was acquired in 2013 for $50m.

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  • Sukhinder Singh

    Sukhinder Singh

    Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is Founder and Chairman of JOYUS. Before starting JOYUS in January 2011, she spent almost 20 years as a leading consumer internet and media executive at global and early stage companies including Google, Amazon, Polyvore, Yodlee, and News Corporation.

    In addition to her role at JOYUS, Sukhinder currently serves on the boards of TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Ericsson. She has previously served as an advisor to Twitter, on the Advisory Council for Princeton University's Department of Computer Science, and as a board member of J. Crew Group. Inc. Sukhinder is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

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  • Tracy Chou

    Tracy Chou

    Tracy is currently a backend/infrastructure software engineer at Pinterest.

    She was previously at Quora, where she joined as the second engineer.

    She holds an MS in Computer Science and a BS in Electrical Engineering, both from Stanford University.

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  • Phaedra Chrousos

    Phaedra Chrousos

    Phaedra Chrousos is the Chief Innovation Officer of Libra Group and joined in 2016. As CIO, the role of Phaedra Chrousos is to identify, pilot and help Libra Group subsidiaries adopt disruptive technology solutions.

    Prior to joining Libra, Chrousos served as a political appointee for the Obama Administration. In this capacity she was responsible for scaling some of the administration’s most successful digital initiatives, including: a 200 person digital services team, a $60M portfolio of technology products and programs, and the Presidential Innovation Fellowship program. During her time there, Phaedra Chrousos also co-founded the Technology Transformation Service, which serves as a foundation for the government’s ongoing digital transformation.

    Before entering public service, Phaedra Chrousos co-founded and led two technology companies. The first, a health 2.0 company that remodelled the way that doctors and patients communicate, was sold 10 months after launch. The second, a digital media company, was selected as an Endeavor company for its contribution to the Greek economy during the country’s recession. Chrousos also has several years of consulting experience with The Boston Consulting Group and The World Bank Group. Phaedra Chrousos received a BA from Georgetown University, an MSc from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She sits on several non-profit boards, and is a judge for Libra Group’s Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award. Chrousos was twice named one of the Federal Government's '50 Women in Technology' by FedScoop and one of Greece's '40 under 40' by Fortune Magazine.

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  • Ted Chung

    Ted Chung

    Ted Chung is media entrepreneur and visionary based in Los Angeles, CA. Chung is Snoop Dogg's business partner and co-investor in technology, media, film and entertainment ventures.

    An industry veteran, Chung is the Founder of Cashmere Agency, a lifestyle-marketing company specializing in identifying trends in popular culture, with a focus on multicultural millennials, and Founder of Stampede Management, an artist and producer management company.

    Ted graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in Entertainment Marketing. He is an avid traveler and enjoys collecting music memorabilia and hot sauces from around the world.

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  • Parker Conrad

    Parker Conrad

    Parker Conrad is co-founder and CEO of Zenefits, a free human resources platform that automates and eliminates all HR and benefits-related tasks for small and medium-sized businesses, allowing companies to focus on people, not paperwork. Parker has expanded Zenefits' reach to more than 10,000 companies across 48 states, serving over 100,000 employees, and disrupting the $18 billion health insurance brokerage industry along the way. Ranked #1 on Forbes’ “Hottest Start-Ups of 2014” list, the New York Times calls Zenefits “one of the fastest-growing companies in recent Silicon Valley history." Prior to Zenefits, Parker co-founded online stock research tools SigFig and Wikinvest. Parker graduated with a BA in Chemistry from Harvard University, where he was managing editor of the Crimson.

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  • Ronald Conway

    Ronald Conway

    Ronald Conway has been an active angel investor for over 15 years. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005) whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail.

    Ronald was previously with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions from 1973-1979, and Altos Computer Systems as a co-founder, President and CEO from 1979-1990. He eventually took Altos public in 1982 and served as CEO of Personal Training Systems (PTS) from 1991-1995. PTS went on to be acquired by SmartForce/SkillSoft.

    Ronald has served/serves on Boards/Advisory Boards including: Twitter, Digg, Brightmail, Ask Jeeves, Rupture (acquired by EA), Associated Content (acquired by Yahoo!), Facebook, RockYou, ScanScout, Zappos, Trulia, StumbleUpon, Plaxo (acquired by Comcast), Photobucket (acquired by Fox), and Anchor Intelligence (co-founder).

    Ronald was recently named #6 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top deal-makers in 2008 and is actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. Ronald is Vice Chairman of the UCSF Medical Foundation in SF, Board Member of The Tiger Woods Foundation, and SF Homeless Connect, and on the Benefit Committee of Ronald McDonald House, College Track, and the Blacked Eyed Peas-PeaPod Academy Foundation.

    Ronald is also featured in Gary Rivlin's book _The Godfather of Silicon Valley: Ronald Conway and the Fall of the Dot-coms, described as 'the man who has placed more bets on Internet start-ups than anyone else in Silicon Valley.

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  • Topher Conway

    Topher Conway

    Topher Conway is a Co-Managing Partner of SV Angel. At SV Angel, he works particularly close with Niche, URX, Bluebox, and Zenefits. He was included in Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in 2015. Prior to SV Angel, he worked at EQAL, Inc. At EQAL, he worked with the Business Development and Sales teams and lead efforts in creating new business opportunities. In his Sales position, he developed and maintained relationships with top ad agencies and brands. Prior to EQAL, he held positions at eCost and a 2004 summer internship in Google's Direct Sales Organization. Topher graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a degree in History. He is also a member of the UCLA VC Fund, helping foster entrepreneurship at the University. In addition to investing, Topher leads platform partnerships where he is responsible for establishing relationships with Corporate Partners and helping portfolio companies with Business and Corporate Development needs.

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  • Leslie Dewan

    Leslie Dewan

    Leslie Dewan graduated from MIT with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials. She also holds S.B. degrees from MIT in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering. Before starting her Ph.D., she worked for a robotics company in Cambridge, MA, where she designed search-and-rescue robots and equipment for in-field identification of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. Leslie has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship and an MIT Presidential Fellowship. She was named a TIME Magazine “30 People Under 30 Changing the World”, an MIT Technology Review “Innovator Under 35,” and a Forbes “30 Under 30” in Energy.

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  • Jacob DeWitte

    Jacob DeWitte

    Jacob DeWitte is CEO & Founder of UPower. UPower is building a very small nuclear power plant. The CEO and his co-founders are developing a transportable, solid-state nuclear generator that can generate 2 megawatts of power for 12 years without refueling, saving customers 90% on their energy bills. The reactor is also fuel agnostic, meaning it can run on uranium, thorium, even nuclear waste. In fact UPower's technology can turn existing stockpiles of nuclear waste around the world into almost a millennium of clean power.

    He is working on developing technologies to make the most of our incredible nuclear fleet, and advanced nuclear technologies that can make nuclear more competitive, available, and widespread than ever before. Named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in energy.

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  • Snoop Dogg

    Snoop Dogg

    For more than two decades, multi-platinum entertainment icon Snoop Dogg has raised the bar as a global entertainer and innovator. With more than 35 million albums sold worldwide, Snoop Dogg continues to pave the way in the entertainment industry, serving as a mentor to new and established artists.

    From his YouTube original series “GGN News,” to his investments in tech companies like Secret, Reddit and Robinhood, to his philanthropic work with the Snoop Youth Football League, Snoop’s successful ventures within music, film, fashion, television and technology set him apart as a cultural icon.

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  • John Doerr

    John Doerr

    John Doerr is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Since joining KPCB in 1980, John and his partners have backed some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, including Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt of Google; Jeff Bezos of, Scott Cook and Bill Campbell of Intuit; and Mark Pincus of Zynga. John’s passion is helping entrepreneurs create the Next Big Thing in mobile and social networks, greentech innovation, education and economic development.

    Ventures sponsored by John have created more than 200,000 new jobs.John serves on boards in the areas of Internet technologies and greentech, including Amyris, Bloom Energy, Coursera, Essence Healthcare, Flipboard, FloDesign Wind Turbines, Google, iControl, mCube, Quantumscape, Renmatix, Upthere and Zynga. He also led KPCB's investment in Twitter.

    John’s technology career began in 1974 at Intel, just as the chipmaker was inventing the groundbreaking 8080 microprocessor. During his Intel years, he held roles in engineering, marketing, management and sales. John also learned about operating excellence from Intel co-founder Andy Grove — insight that he continues to share with entrepreneurs today.He later founded Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and co-founded @Home, the nationwide broadband cable Internet service.

    Outside of KPCB, John supports entrepreneurs focused on the environment, public education and alleviating global poverty. These include,, the Climate Reality Project and earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also holds several patents for computer memory devices.John is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

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  • Pavel Durov

    Pavel Durov

    Pavel Durov is the CEO and founder of Telegram, a messaging application that attracted over 60 million active users in less than 2 years since its start in 2013. Before that, Pavel founded VK – the most popular social network in Russia and some other countries with over 100 million active users. Pavel left Russia and VK in early 2014 to focus on developing Telegram.

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  • Elliott Gansner

    Elliott Gansner

    Elliott has extensive executive experience at start-ups in the cleantech space as well as in private equity and consulting. He has a robust international tracked record, having worked and lived in 7 countries over the past 10 years. Before joining Liquidity, Elliott was the GM/President of sologico Inc. , an e-commerce start-up in the solar energy industry. While there, he prepared the company for its first VC round and led the company’s entry into North America. As GM he was responsible for all aspects of the business including business development, sales, marketing, supplier relations, and product management.
    Prior to entering the start-up world, Elliott was at Bain & Co. where he focused on private equity and corporate operations projects. He has a bilingual MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and a B.A., with honors, from Williams College.

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  • Helen Greiner

    Helen Greiner

    Helen Greiner commands a presence in the field of robotics. Co-founding iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT) in 1990, Helen Greiner served as president until 2004 and chairman until 2008. During her tenure, Helen Greiner guided iRobot into its position as a global leader with the release of the Roomba™, the PackBot™ and SUGV military robots. She built a culture of practical innovation and delivery that led to the deployment of 6,000 PackBots with our troops. In addition, Helen Greiner headed up iRobot’s financing projects, raising $35M in venture capital for a $75M initial public offering. Greiner holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Accolades – One of America’s Best Leaders, named by the Kennedy School at Harvard in conjunction with the U.S. News and World Report “Innovator for the Next Century” by Review Magazine Global Leader of Tomorrow and Young Global Leader by the World Economic forum Received prestigious Pioneer Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) DEMO God Award and DEMO Lifetime Achievement Award New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young Inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame Distinctions – A Trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston Museum of Science (MOS) On the Board of Visitors of the Army War College (AWC) and Army Science Board (ASB) Served as the elected President and Board Member of the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC) A Trustee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

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  • Mark Hatch

    Mark Hatch

    Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. In 2013, his book The Maker Movement Manifesto was released by McGraw-Hill Education. He has been recognized by San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs and by Popular Mechanics as one of 25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream. Mark has spoken at events such as SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative. A former Green Beret, Mark holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.

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  • Drew Houston

    Drew Houston

    Drew Houston is CEO and Co-Founder of Dropbox, and has led Dropbox's growth from a simple idea to a service used by millions around the world.Before founding Dropbox, Drew received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 2006. He took a quick leave from school to form Accolade, an online SAT prep startup, and also worked as a software engineer at various startups.

    After graduating, Drew was endlessly frustrated by carrying USB drives and emailing himself files. In early 2007, he teamed up with fellow MIT student Arash Ferdowsi and the two began working on the project that would eventually become Dropbox.In 2012, Drew was named to MIT Technology Review’s TR35 list honoring the world’s top innovators under 35. He was also included in Fortune’s “40 Under 40.

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  • Victor W. Hwang

    Victor W. Hwang

    Victor W. Hwang is Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, the world’s leading foundation for entrepreneurs. The Foundation supports entrepreneurs starting and building businesses, leaders seeking guidance in the innovation economy, and cities and communities growing competitive jobs and sustained business creation. This work includes education for entrepreneurs; investing in entrepreneurial programs that can scale and create impact; and investing in metropolitan areas to create vibrant ecosystems that help companies start and grow.

    Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Hwang was co-founder and CEO of Liquidity, a Silicon Valley venture-backed nanotech firm that makes filters for safe drinking water. He led the company through first product launch, early revenues, and winning the TechCrunch Disrupt startup competition. He was CEO and co-founder of T2 Venture Creation, a venture firm that built startup companies and designed the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation in dozens of countries and cities. In addition, Hwang was executive director of the Global Innovation Summit, a conference focused on building innovative ecosystems with delegates from over 50 nations. He is past president of Larta Institute, an organization that commercializes technology from key government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He was Chief Strategy Officer of Veatros, a video startup where he led the company’s acquisition by DivX. He practiced corporate and technology law with the firms of Mayer, Brown & Platt and Irell & Manella.

    Hwang is an alum of the Kauffman Fellows, a leadership society for venture investors. He is co-author of the book The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley, which explains how companies, communities and countries can foster systemic innovation at large scale. The book was awarded Book of the Year, Gold Medal, by ForeWord Reviews. He also wrote the follow-up book, The Rainforest Blueprint, a practical design guide for innovation ecosystems. He has been a contributing columnist to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and Entrepreneur. National Public Radio named his graduation address to Austin Community College one of the best commencement speeches ever. His opinions have been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, among others.

    Hwang serves on the board of Silicon Valley Forum, the largest and oldest not-for-profit organization in Silicon Valley. He was appointed to the California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology, and was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a program for emerging trans-Atlantic leaders.

    Hwang is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School.

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  • Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala is an NBA Champion and Finals MVP currently signed with the Golden State Warriors. He advises Twice, a startup acquired by eBay in 2015.

    Andre Tyler Iguodala is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The swingman was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. Iguodala won an NBA championship with the Warriors in 2015, when he was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was also a member of the United States national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal both times.

    Iguodala went to Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois before attending the University of Arizona. After completing two years, he declared for the 2004 NBA draft where he was drafted with the ninth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. Iguodala played in Philadelphia until the summer of 2012, when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a four team trade. He was acquired by Golden State in 2013. In 2014–15, he became a reserve for the first time in his career, but captured the Finals MVP after he returned to the starting lineup in the middle of series.

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  • Jonathan Jaglom

    Jonathan Jaglom

    Jonathan Jaglomis the chief executive officer with MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., and a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry. At MakerBot, Jonathan oversees the corporate direction and strategy for MakerBot’s global operations including sales, marketing, technology and products, with a focus on strategy, leadership, innovation and customers. Jonathan has been in the 3D printing industry for the majority of his career and prior to his role with MakerBot, spent ten years with MakerBot’s parent company Stratasys as general manager of Stratasys Asia Pacific and Japanand in several roles within Objet, which also merged with Stratasys in 2012. He was appointed chief executive officer of MakerBot in February 2015.

    While at Stratasys APJ, Jonathan managedthe overall operation pertaining to Stratasys in Asia, including strategy and growth, reporting directly to the CEO. His key objective while at Stratasys APJ was to lead a successful distribution model with more than 50 channel partners in 15+countriesand to ensure a leading and sustainable growth of the 3D printing business in the region. Under his leadership, the company’s business expanded significantly, laying the foundation and solidifying an infrastructure to support further growth. During his tenure, sub-regional entities were set up in Singapore, Korea, Beijing and India to capture the fast-growing opportunities. He also led several successful acquisitions in the region,which fueled revenue growth and led an overall average year-over-year increase of more than 50 percent.

    Jonathan started his career atObjet in 2005 as the regional manager of East Europe and also was vice president of Global Sales Operations, a role in which he led the global channel enablement efforts, setting up a channel development structure and succeeding in ramping up more than 250 channel partners worldwide after the merger between Stratasys and Objet. In his other capacities as business manager of Customer Support (2009 –2010), marketing director for Europe (2007 –2008) and territory manager of Eastern Europe (2005 -2007), Jonathan played an important role in formulating strategic alliances and setting up a 3D printing ecosystem in Europe.

    He holds a Bachelor Degree in Humanities (Literature and History, majoring in Philosophy of Language) from Tel Aviv University (Magna Cum Laude), and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Northwestern, Kellogg Business School of Management.

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  • Ron Johnson

    Ron Johnson

    Ron Johnson is the CEO of ENJOY, which he founded in 2014. Prior to ENJOY, Ron served as CEO of JC Penney. From 2000 to 2012, Ron was on the Executive Committee at Apple and led Apple Retail. Apple stores are widely recognized as the world’s most successful retail operation with nearly 400 locations in 13 countries.

    From 1984 to 2000 Ron worked for Target Corporation in a variety of merchandising leadership roles. As Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Ron worked to bring good design to Target, and is credited with establishing Target as the nation’s leading upscale discount store chain.

    Ron received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1984 and his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1980. Ron is an active volunteer serving as a Trustee at Stanford University, as Vice Chair of Stanford Health Care and as Co-Chair of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine. Ron is also a Board Member of The Melt, Nasty Gal, Honor and is an advisor to many startups in the emerging technology and retail spaces.

    Ron lives in the Bay Area with his spouse Karen and has two children.

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  • Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala is an NBA Champion and Finals MVP currently signed with the Golden State Warriors. He advises Twice, a startup acquired by eBay in 2015.

    Andre Tyler Iguodala is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The swingman was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. Iguodala won an NBA championship with the Warriors in 2015, when he was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was also a member of the United States national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal both times.

    Iguodala went to Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois before attending the University of Arizona. After completing two years, he declared for the 2004 NBA draft where he was drafted with the ninth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. Iguodala played in Philadelphia until the summer of 2012, when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a four team trade. He was acquired by Golden State in 2013. In 2014–15, he became a reserve for the first time in his career, but captured the Finals MVP after he returned to the starting lineup in the middle of series.

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  • John E. Kelly III

    John E. Kelly III

    Dr. John E. Kelly III is senior vice president and director of IBM Research. In this position he directs the worldwide operations of IBM Research, with approximately 3,000 scientists and technical employees at 12 laboratories in 10 countries around the world, and helps guide IBM's overall technical strategy.

    Dr. Kelly's top priorities as head of IBM Research are to stimulate innovation in key areas of information technology, and quickly bring those innovations into the marketplace to sustain and grow IBM's existing business; to create the new businesses of IBM's future, and to apply these innovations to help IBM clients succeed.

    Dr. Kelly also leads IBM's worldwide intellectual property efforts. IBM has led the world in U.S. patents for 20 consecutive years, generating more than 6,000 patents in 2012 and delivering approximately $1B per year in income to its intellectual property.

    Prior to beginning his current assignment in July of 2007, Dr. Kelly was senior vice president of Technology and Intellectual Property, responsible for IBM's technical and innovation strategies.

    Dr. Kelly joined IBM in 1980. Between 1980 and 1990, he held numerous management and technical positions related to the development and manufacturing of IBM's advanced semiconductor technologies. In 1990, he was named director of IBM's Semiconductor Research and Development Center. Between 1994 and 2000, Dr. Kelly held several VP and GM positions across IBM's businesses. In 2000, Dr. Kelly was named senior vice president and group executive for IBM's Technology Group, where he was responsible for developing, manufacturing and marketing IBM's microelectronics and storage technologies, products and services.

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  • Vinod Khosla

    Vinod Khosla

    Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor and technologist. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and technology companies. Vinod grew up dreaming of being an entrepreneur, despite being from an Indian army household with no business or technology connections. Since the age of 16, when he first heard about the founding of Intel, he dreamt of starting his own technology company.

    After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, Vinod failed to start a soymilk company to service the many people in India who did not have refrigerators. Instead, he came to the U.S. to further his academic studies and received a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Eventually, his startup dreams led him to Silicon Valley, where he received a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

    Upon graduation, Vinod co-founded Daisy Systems, the first significant computer-aided design system for electrical engineers. The company went on to achieve significant revenue, profits and an IPO. Then, driven by the frustration of having to design the computer hardware on which the Daisy software needed to be built, Vinod started the standards-based Sun Microsystems in 1982 to build workstations for software developers. As the founding CEO of Sun, he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. Sun Microsystems was funded by Vinod’s longtime friend and board member John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB).

    In 1986, Vinod joined KPCB as a general partner. While there, he played a crucial role in taking on Intel’s monopoly by building and growing semiconductor company, Nexgen, which eventually was acquired by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Nexgen/AMD was the only microprocessor to have significant success against Intel. Thereafter, Vinod helped incubate the idea and business plan for Juniper Networks to take on Cisco System’s dominance of the router market. He also was involved in the formulation of the early advertising-based search strategy for Excite. In addition to his many other contributions at KPCB, he helped transform the moribund telecommunications business and its archaic SONET implementations with Cerent Corporation, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 for $7.2 billion.

    In 2004, driven by the need for flexibility to accommodate four teenaged children, the desire to be more experimental and to fund sometimes imprudent “science experiments,” Vinod formed Khosla Ventures to focus on both for-profit and social impact investments. His goals remain the same: work and learn from fun and knowledgeable entrepreneurs, build impactful companies by leveraging innovation and spend time with a partnership that makes a difference. Vinod has a passion for nascent technologies that have beneficial effects and economic impact on society. While he only serves on the boards of a few select companies, he works closely with most KV companies as they face transitions or key decisions.

    Vinod’s greatest passion is being a mentor to entrepreneurs building technology-based businesses. He is driven by the desire to make a positive impact through scaling new energy sources, achieving petroleum independence and promoting a pragmatic approach to the environment. He also is passionate about social entrepreneurship with a special emphasis on microfinance as a poverty alleviation tool. He is a supporter of many microfinance organizations in India and Africa. He also has been experimenting with innovations in education and global housing.

    Vinod also is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals that was founded in 1992 and has more than 40 chapters in nine countries today. He is a founding board member of the Indian School of Business (ISB). Vinod holds a bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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  • Aileen Lee

    Aileen Lee

    Aileen Lee is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund. Cowboy Ventures seeks to back exceptional founders who are building technology products that re-imagine work and personal life in large and growing markets - what they call "Life 2.0". Cowboy-backed companies include August, Area 1 Security, DocSend, Dollar Shave Club, Guild Education, Lending Home, MassDrop, Product Hunt, and Textio.
    Prior to Cowboy, Aileen joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers in 1999, where she worked hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies. During that time she was also founding CEO of KPCB-backed RMG Networks, the leading digital out-of-home media network. She previously worked in various operating roles at Gap Inc. and as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. Aileen enjoys thinking about and writing about tech insights, including “Welcome to the Unicorn Club” and “Why Women Rule the Internet”.
    She has degrees from MIT, Harvard and Millburn High School. Aileen is also mom to 3 kids, chickens, fish, and a dog; and wife to the co-founder/CTO of a series-A startup, Renovo Motors.

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  • Bobby Lee

    Bobby Lee

    BTC China is the first and largest bitcoin exchange in China. With the most buyers and sellers, they offer the highest liquidity of all exchanges.

    Bobby was previously VP of Technology at Walmart, China e-Commerce; CTO and SVP at BesTV New Media, Shanghai Media Group (SMG); Director of Software Engineering at EMC, China Center of Excellence; Sr. Engineering Manager at Yahoo!; Software Engineer (Internship) at Silicon Spice; Software Development Engineer (Internship) at Microsoft; and Software Research Engineer (Internship) at International Business Machines.

    Bobby earned his B.S. in Computer Science at Stanford University in 1997. He earned his MSc in Computer Science at Stanford University in 1998. He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA), Global E-MBA at CEIBS in 2013.

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  • Jeremy Liew

    Jeremy Liew

    Jeremy Liew is a Managing Director at Lightspeed Venture Partners, joining the firm in 2006. He invests primarily in the Internet and mobile sectors with a particular interest in massive-scale social media, commerce, gaming, financial services, and methods for increasing monetization. He was named to Forbes’ Midas List in 2011 and 2012.

    Previously, Jeremy was with AOL, first as SVP of corporate development and chief of staff to the CEO, and then as general manager of Netscape. Jeremy joined AOL from InterActiveCorp (originally USA Networks), where he was VP of strategic planning. While there, he was responsible for acquisitions, divestitures and investments in TV Networks, consumer Internet companies and online travel companies.

    He started working in the consumer Internet industry as an early employee of CitySearch in 1996, where he held a variety of sales management, operational and business development roles. He was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

    Jeremy is currently a Co-Chair of the board of Trustees of Presidio Knolls School, a startup, progressive Mandarin-immersion school in San Francisco. It will take its first intake of Elementary School students in Fall 2012.

    Jeremy holds a BA/BSc from the Australian National University in Linguistics and Pure Mathematics and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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  • Richard Marks

    Richard Marks

    Richard Marks heads the PlayStation Magic Lab at Sony Interactive Entertainment. Magic Lab, which sits under the Research & Development group, was founded by Marks to push the boundaries of play by investigating how technology can be used to create new entertainment experiences.

    Marks joined PlayStation in 1999 to investigate the use of live video input for gaming and develop new interactive user experiences. He helped create the EyeToy and PlayStation Eye cameras and the PlayStation Move controller. Most recently, Marks and his team at Magic Lab have been involved with PlayStation VR.

    Marks received a Bachelor of Science in Avionics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in the field of underwater robotics from Stanford University.

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  • Melody McCloskey

    Melody McCloskey

    Melody McCloskey is co-founder and CEO of StyleSeat, the largest online marketplace for beauty and wellness services. In 2011, after feeling frustrated that there was no easy way to book beauty appointments, Melody founded StyleSeat with Dan Levine. More than 350,000 beauty professionals in nearly 16,000 cities use the platform today and customers more than 30 million appointments each year. Melody was named by Fast Company as one of its Most Creative People in Business 2014.

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  • Eric Migicovsky

    Eric Migicovsky

    Eric Migicovsky is the founder and CEO of Pebble Technology, the company behind the Pebble, Pebble Steel, Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel smartwatches for iPhone and Android. While studying engineering at the University of Waterloo, Eric began building smartwatches alongside a group of friends and created the first model, InPulse. In April 2012, Eric and his team launched the second generation, Pebble, on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, where it became the most successful crowdfunded project in Kickstarter’s history. And in February 2015, Eric and his team launched two more watches, Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, on Kickstarter, which became the fastest funded project in Kickstarter history.

    An engineer and entrepreneur, Eric is passionate about developing well-designed, creative products that integrate smoothly into daily life.

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  • Yuri Milner

    Yuri Milner

    Yuri founded Group in 1999 and under his leadership it became one of Europe’s leading internet companies. He took that business public in 2010 and founded DST Global to focus on global internet investments. DST Global became one of the world’s leading technology investors and its portfolio has included some of the world's most prominent internet companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Airbnb, Spotify, Alibaba, and others. Yuri lives in Silicon Valley with his family.
    Yuri graduated in 1985 with an advanced degree in theoretical physics and subsequently conducted research in quantum field theory. Yuri and his wife Julia, together with Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, launched the Breakthrough Prizes - the world’s largest scientific awards, honoring important, primarily recent, achievements in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. In July 2015, together with Stephen Hawking, Yuri launched the $100 million Breakthrough Listen initiative to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the Universe, and in April 2016 they launched Breakthrough Starshot - a $100 million research and engineering program seeking to develop a technology for interstellar travel.

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  • James Park

    James Park

    James Park is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating great products and companies. Fitbit is the third startup that he has founded.

    Previously, James was a Director of Product Development at CNET Networks, where he led product management, engineering, and design for Webshots.

    Before CNET, James was a co-founder of Windup Labs, which was acquired by CNET in 2005, and prior to Windup Labs, he was the co-founder and CTO of Epesi Technologies.

    James also worked at Morgan Stanley, where he helped develop trading strategies and software for a quantitative trading fund.

    James never quite finished his computer science degree at Harvard College.

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  • DJ Patil

    DJ Patil

    DJ Patil is the Chief Data Scientist at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Previously, he worked as the VP of Product at RelateIQ and Greylock Partners as Chief Data Scientist, Color Labs as Chief Product Officer, LinkedIn as Chief Scientist and Chief Security Officer, and eBay as their Director of Strategy, Analytics, and Product.

    Prior to that he focused on National Security issues on Counter Terrorism and Bioweapons Proliferation Prevention. In the academic community he is best known for his work in numerical weather prediction.

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  • Brian Pokorny

    Brian Pokorny

    Brian Pokorny is a General Partner of SV Angel. Prior to this, he was at Airbnb, where he joined via an acquisition of DailyBooth/Batch. DailyBooth was a venture backed social media start-up that Brian led for 3 years as their CEO. Before this, Brian was a partner at SV Angel with David Lee and Ron Conway upon the launch of the firm. Prior to SV Angel he was a founding team member and partner at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage investment firm. Before joining Baseline, Brian spent close to 4 years at Google within various positions in the Content Partnerships team and Direct Sales Organization. Before this, he had various roles within sales operations and finance at Juniper Networks, TIBCO Software, and Applied Materials. Brian graduated with a degree in Operations and Management Information Systems from Santa Clara University. Brian's first angel investment was in Twitter and he is also a personal angel investor in Square, OMGPOP (Acquired by Zynga), Tweetdeck (Acquired by Twitter), Milo (Acquired by eBay), Chomp (Acquired by Apple) and others. Brian has advisory positions with Ooyala (Acquired by Telstra), Rupture (Acquired by EA). At SV Angel, Brian has also originated investments in companies such as Instacart, Patreon, Mesosphere, Credit Karma, and foursquare.

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  • Nathaniel Popper

    Nathaniel Popper

    Nathaniel Popper is a business reporter at The New York Times and the author of Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money (HarperCollins, May 2015). Before joining The Times, he worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Forward. Nathaniel grew up in Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Harvard College. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

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  • Matthew Prince

    Matthew Prince

    Matthew is co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare. CloudFlare’s mission is to build a better Internet. Matthew wrote his first computer program at age seven when his mom would sneak him into university computer science courses. He went on to study English Literature and Computer Science in college before, oddly, skipping out on the first Internet boom to instead attend law school.

    After finishing law school, Matthew worked as an attorney for one day before joining a Chicago-based tech startup. He went on to co-found Unspam Technologies, an anti-spam startup where he continues to serve as Chairman. Since then, Matthew has been an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School and co-creator of Project Honey Pot, the largest open source community tracking online fraud and abuse. He started CloudFlare with Michelle Zatlyn, and Lee Holloway in 2009.

    In 2013, Matthew made the San Francisco Business Times’s 40 under 40 list and CloudFlare was named the most innovative internet and network company by the Wall Street Journal. He is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, winner of the 2011 Tech Fellow Award, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law. Along with being a regular contributor to TechCrunch and PandoDaily, Matthew has spoken at the RSA conference, Black Hat Summit, Web Summit, and is a frequent panelist for TechCrunch Disrupt.

    On the side, Matthew is a certified ski instructor, former mountain guide, and regular attendee of the Sundance Film Festival.

    Matthew holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, and earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago and B.A. from Trinity College.

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  • Paul Raphaël

    Paul Raphaël

    Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël are the co-founders and creative directors of Félix & Paul Studios. Based in Montreal, the company is dedicated to storytelling through the medium of live-action Virtual Reality (VR).

    In 2006, the two directors first joined creative forces to produce award-winning stereoscopic 3D films, multimedia installations and commercials across the globe. Today, Félix and Paul, alongside a fully-operating team of artists, software developers and engineers, have developed a proprietary 3D 360º camera with accompanying software, which set the industry standard for the highest-quality VR filmmaking. As producers of both original content or in collaboration with existing intellectual properties—audiences are invited into intimate, visceral and emotive cinematic experiences. This new kind of storytelling offers viewers a fully immersive sense of presence, time and space yet to be achieved on any other media platform.

    Recently, the studio announced a content creation partnership with Oculus, and directed and co-produced Jurassic World: Apatosaurus with Universal Studios and Inside the Box of Kurios alongside Cirque du Soleil Media.

    Félix & Paul Studios launched in 2013as a two-person venture and has since grown into a fully-operating team of twenty artisans.

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  • Ruchi Sanghvi

    Ruchi Sanghvi

    Ruchi Sanghvi was the VP of Operations at Dropbox. Prior to joining Dropbox, Sanghvi served as the co-founder and CEO of Cove, a collaboration, coordination and communication product for organizations and communities. Sanghvi holds the distinction of being the first female engineer at Facebook and was instrumental in implementing the first versions of key features such as News Feed. She then led product management and strategy for Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect. She was also responsible for core product areas such as privacy and user engagement.

    Sanghvi is also the recipient of the prestigious TechFellow award for engineer leadership and was interviewed by Huffington Post regarding the challenges of being a female engineer.She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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  • Alan Schaaf

    Alan Schaaf

    Alan Schaaf is founder and CEO of Imgur, the Internet's home for insanely entertaining visual stories created and curated by millions of people around the world. Launched in 2009 when Schaaf was still an undergraduate at Ohio University, Imgur has organically amassed a community of 150 million monthly active users and receives over 60 billion views of its images around the Internet each month. Imgur currently ranks among the top 50 sites in the world, and was recently called "the next big social network" by CNBC.

    Under Schaaf's leadership, the company was proudly bootstrapped and profitable for five years, scaling organically to millions of users before finally receiving $40 million in investment from Andreessen Horowitz in 2014. He brings over a decade of experience to Imgur as a professional coder with a focus on crafting beautiful user experiences. Schaaf has previously been a speaker at TEDxWellington, AWS re:Invent, and is a strong advocate in the battle for a free and open Internet.

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  • Sarah Schaaf

    Sarah Schaaf

    Sarah is the voice and champion of Imgur's community of over 150 million monthly active users, who are fondly called the Imgurians. Sarah and her team represent and support the Imgurians, ensuring that community feedback is represented and incorporated into Imgur's products.

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  • Bryan Schreier

    Bryan Schreier

    Bryan Schreier is a partner at Sequoia Capital.Bryan currently sits on the board of Dropbox, Hearsay, Qualtrics, MindSnacks, and Inkling and is a board observer for Trulia.Previously, Bryan was Senior Director of International Online Sales and Operations at Google. He also launched Google’s Europe headquarters and was interim President of Sales in China.

    Prior to Google, Bryan worked in Morgan Stanley’s Technology Investment Banking Group.

    Bryan has a B.A. degree in Computer Science from Princeton University.

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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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  • Beth Seidenberg

    Beth Seidenberg

    Dr. Beth Seidenberg is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers focused on life science investing. She works with entrepreneurs to develop companies with breakthrough technology for treating patients and improving health.

    Since joining KPCB in 2005, Beth has incubated five companies and serves on the board of directors of 3-V Biosciences, Armo Biosciences, Atara, Auxogyn, Breathe Technologies, Epizyme, iPierian, Redbrick Health and TESARO.

    Before joining KPCB, Beth was senior vice president of development and chief medical officer of Amgen, Inc.

    Earlier in her career, she was a senior executive in research and development at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Merck & Co., Inc. Under her leadership, 10 innovative products were developed and marketed globally and achieved more than 40 regulatory approvals.

    Beth received her B.S. degree from Barnard College and her M.D. from the University of Miami. She completed her post-graduate training at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Dana Settle

    Dana Settle

    Dana Settle is a Partner with GreyCroft Partners, and she heads the firm's west coast office.

    Prior to joining Greycroft, Dana spent several years as a venture capitalist and advisor to startup companies, first as a Venture Partner with Mayfield, where she focused on early stage companies in the mobile communications and consumer Internet markets, and later as a Partner with VSP Capital.

    As a venture capitalist, Dana invested in and advised several portfolio companies, including MobileStar (sold to TMobile), Revenue Science, Trigo (sold to IBM), Truveo (sold to AOL) and Doppelganger. Dana's additional experience includes investment banking at Lehman Brothers in the media and communications group and international business development at McCaw Cellular Communications.

    Dana holds a BA in Finance and International Studies from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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  • Ryan Smith

    Ryan Smith

    Ryan Smith co-founded Qualtrics in 2002 with the goal of making sophisticated research simple. As CEO, he has grown the company from a basement startup to one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world. Today, Qualtrics is a single system of record for all experience data, also called X-data™, allowing organizations to manage the four core experiences of business—customer, product, employee and brand experiences—on one platform. Over 8,500 enterprises worldwide, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 100 and 99 of the top 100 U.S. business schools rely on Qualtrics.

    In April 2017, Qualtrics announced an $180 million funding round at a $2.5 billion valuation, immediately following the launch of the Qualtrics XM Platform, a first-of-its-kind product that is revolutionizing the experience management (XM) industry. The $180 million round was led by Insight Venture Partners and Accel Partners, with participation from Sequoia Capital. This investment also makes Qualtrics the single largest aggregate investment in the history of the Accel's portfolio.

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  • Adi Tatarko

    Adi Tatarko

    Adi Tatarko is the CEO and co-founder of Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, bringing together both professionals and homeowners via mobile, local and social tools. Adi and her husband and cofounder, Alon Cohen, started Houzz out of challenges that they faced during their own remodeling process. Today, millions of homeowners and more than 1.5 million active home professionals connect through and its mobile apps every month, sharing their photos, advice and product recommendations. Earlier in her career, Adi founded a software company, which developed products and services for the high tech industry. She lives in Palo Alto, CA with her husband and three boys. In her spare time, she still enjoys looking at inspiring home design and renovating the rest of her own house one room at a time.

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  • Sarah Tavel

    Sarah Tavel

    Sarah joined Greylock as an investment partner in 2015. Her areas of focus include products, platforms, networks, and marketplaces that enable new forms of communication, media, and commerce.

    Prior to Greylock, Sarah was the product lead for search, recommendations, machine vision, and pin quality at Pinterest. As one of the first 35 employees, her first order of business was to launch Pinterest internationally and close the Series C financing. Sarah then moved into product, becoming Pinterest’s founding PM for search and discovery, and launching Pinterest’s first search and recommendations features. She also led three acquisitions as she helped the company scale through a period of hyper-growth.

    Sarah joined Pinterest in 2012 after co-leading the Series A investment while at Bessemer Venture Partners. She spent six years at Bessemer, investing in a wide range of businesses from e-commerce companies such as Quidsi [parent company of,,, and others] (Acquired by Amazon), Onestop Internet, and KupiVIP; to SaaS companies Mindbody Software (IPO), Cornerstone OnDemand (IPO), and Convertro (Acquired by AOL); to an enterprise software company, Metalogix (Acquired by Permira).

    Before Bessemer, Sarah worked as a strategy consultant and founded a general contracting business while in college. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Philosophy from Harvard, where she was captain of the women’s rugby team.

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  • Jesse Vollmar

    Jesse Vollmar

    Jesse Vollmar is co-founder and CEO of FarmLogs, the leading data science company focused on helping farmers make their fields more profitable. A pioneer in digital farm management, he launched FarmLogs in 2012 out of Silicon Valley's prestigious Y Combinator to transform the oldest and most important industry in the world with cutting-edge software and data science. In less than three years, Vollmar has grown the company to over $20 billion in crops under management and has raised $15 million in capital.

    Today, over 25 percent of U.S. row crop farms utilize FarmLogs to make real-time field-level decisions. Vollmar grew up on his family's fifth-generation farm in Michigan and graduated from Saginaw State University with a BS in Computer Information Systems. Vollmar was named to the Forbes “30 under 30” list in 2014.

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  • Peter Weijmarshausen

    Peter Weijmarshausen

    Peter Weijmarshausen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing service and marketplace. Prior to Shapeways, Peter was the CTO of Sangine, where he and his team designed and developed satellite broadband modems.

    Peter was also Director of Engineering at Aramiska, where he was responsible for delivering a business broadband service via satellite. Earlier in his career, Peter worked as ICT manager for Not a Number where he facilitated the adoption of the widely successful open source 3D software Blender. Peter was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to New York in 2010.

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  • Tim Westergren

    Tim Westergren

    Tim Westergren founded Pandora in January 2000 and now serves as its CEO. Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician, and a record producer with 20 years of experience in the music industry. He has recorded with independent labels, managed artists, owned a commercial digital recording studio, scored feature films, produced albums, and performed extensively. His main instrument is the piano, but over the years he has played the bassoon, drums, and clarinet. His musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music.

    Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology. A musician's musician, he is obsessed with helping talented emerging artists connect with the music fans most likely to appreciate their music. In addition to guiding Pandora's overall strategy and vision, Tim now spends most of his time as Pandora's chief evangelist - traveling the country to meet with listeners to collect feedback, research local music, and spread the word of the Music Genome Project.

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  • Nicholas Woodman

    Nicholas Woodman

    While the eight-person staff of GoPro was enjoying the success of their first HD HERO camera in 2009, founder and CEO Nick Woodman realized one thing: to support his vision, he was going to need a bigger staff. But before Woodman could think bigger, he had to start out small.

    After receiving a degree in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, Woodman founded an online promotions company, Fun Bug. In 2001, Woodman sold Fun Bug and took off surfing and traveling the world. The decision inspired more than the personal – Woodman’s passion for surfing sparked the idea to create the now-popular wearable and gear mountable camera and in 2002, Woodman founded GoPro. After years of research and planning, the company released its first product, the GoPro HERO, a 35mm film-based camera that was worn on the wrist.

    Made up of some of Woodman’s friends and family members, the early GoPro team established the company as a true innovator by continually iterating on the product, moving from a film-based camera to a digital still and video camera. A lifetime extreme sports enthusiast, Woodman was learning how to race cars when he was compelled to move the camera from his wrist to the top of his car. This simple idea led to an array of camera mounting devices – for everything from helmets to surfboards, and even dog collars.

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  • Tracy Young

    Tracy Young

    Tracy is the co-founder and CEO of PlanGrid. Tracy has a degree in Construction Engineering Management, and helped build several hospitals prior to founding PlanGrid. She likes to joke that she went from working for one superintendent to hundreds of thousands through PlanGrid.

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  • Michelle Zatlyn

    Michelle Zatlyn

    Michelle Zatlyn is the co-founder & Head of User Experience of CloudFlare, the web performance and security company. Michelle creates products people love. Prior to CloudFlare, she worked at Google and Toshiba and launched two successful startups. CloudFlare was selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology company two years running, and named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Today CloudFlare accelerates and protects more than 2 million web properties.

    Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a minor in Management, with Distinction, from McGill University. She also holds her MBA from Harvard Business School and was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. Michelle is an experienced public speaker, frequent panelist and sits on the Open Internet Advisory Committee for the FCC. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the Top Women to Watch in Technology by the Huffington Post and one of the Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine.

    Michelle has been named one of the top women to watch in technology by the Huffington Post and Inc. Magazine. She has spoken at numerous conferences including Women 2.0, Harvard Business School, Cloud Factory, The Canadian University Software Engineering Conference, GO Youth, Metabridge, and she’s a frequent panelist for TechCrunch Disrupt.

    In addition to being on the board of directors at CloudFlare, Michelle sits on the Open Internet Advisory Committee for the FCC, the NextGen Advisory Board for the Computer History Museum, and has been nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program.

    See Michelle Zatlyn's Crunchbase profile
  • Claude Zellweger

    Claude Zellweger

    Claude Zellweger is VP of design at HTC and oversees the design of the acclaimed HTC One smartphones as well as HTC’s emerging devices, most notably the industry defining VR system, the HTC Vive.

    Claude joined One & Co. as Partner and Creative Director in 2001, and helped to grow the firm to become one of the Bay Area’s dominant design forces. Industry leaders likeNike, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Sonyturned tohimto lead the development of their branding and design.In2008HTC acquired One & Co and its international team of innovators. As HTC’s creative director Claude played a central role in turning the brand into a global design powerhouse.

    Claude, who was born in Switzerland, believes that by making the complex simple, the designer is able to provide relief for tension. This point of view developed during Claude’s work for Silicon Valley firms IDEO and Pentagram Design. Claude has a degree in industrial design from Art Center College of Design.He is a regular lecturer and design spokesperson for HTCandcurrently lives in San Francisco

    See Claude Zellweger's Crunchbase profile
  • Jeff Clavier

    Jeff Clavier

    Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the original seed VC firms in Silicon Valley, having closed 190+ investments since 2004. An early angel investor in Web 2.0, Jeff and his team have backed successful startups like Mint (Intuit), Kongregate (GameStop), Brightroll (Yahoo), LiveRamp (Acxiom), Milo (eBay), Wildfire (Google), Bleacher Report (Turner), Gnip (Twitter), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), Eventbrite, Sendgrid, Poshmark, Hired, Postmates, Vungle, Shippo, Front and Molekule. The portfolio has also seen acquisitions by Groupon, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and AOL. The firm is currently investing out of its $100M Fund V, making on average 15 seed commitments of $1M per year in mobile/cloud saas, consumer services, connected devices, marketplaces and “frontier tech” (AI, AR/VR, autonomous vehicles, digital manufacturing and material science, space tech).

    Born, raised and educated in France, Jeff graduated with a MS in Computer Science and a degree in Distributed Computing. He joined Effix, a financial services startup, as one of the initial developers while still at school and eventually led it as CTO. After 5 years, Reuters acquired the company and Jeff expanded his remit to several product and development organizations in Europe and the USA. In 2000, he moved to Silicon Valley as General Partner for RVC, the $450M venture fund affiliated with Reuters.

    In 2004, Jeff left RVC to start SoftTech VC and invest in the early pioneers of Consumer Internet. Within a couple of years, he was being recognized in the media as one of the “super angels”, and in 2007, he subsequently raised one of the first micro-VC funds, $15M Fund II. After three years, and 60+ investments closed on his own, Jeff built a team and raised a larger, $55M Fund III that invested in 55 companies. In June 2014, the firm celebrated its 10-year anniversary, its move to San Francisco and the close of Fund IV. Two years later, the firm announced the closing of $150M across two funds, a $100M seed-focused Fund V and a $50M Plus fund that is making $3M to $5M investments in mature, existing portfolio companies.

    Jeff was appointed on the board of the National Venture Capital Association in 2015, a 4-year mandate. In the SoftTech portfolio, he sits on the boards of Handshake, DocSend, Molekule and a number of stealth investments. He is listed on the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists in the world.

    One of the early VC bloggers in 2004, Jeff is now a popular conference speaker and social media/TV commentator. When he is not spending time with SoftTech’s portfolio companies, Jeff enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, scuba diving, collecting wine and hanging out with friends and family.

    See Jeff Clavier's Crunchbase profile
  • Jess Lee

    Jess Lee

    Jess Lee is CEO and Co-Founder of Polyvore.

    Prior to co-founding Polyvore, Jess was a product manager at Google, where she worked on Google Maps and launched features like My Maps and draggable driving directions.

    Jess has a degree in computer science from Stanford University.

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  • Julie Sandler

    Julie Sandler

    Julie joined the Madrona team in 2011. She leads new investment opportunities for Madrona and serves on Madrona portfolio boards in both board director and board observer roles. She loves working with entrepreneurs tackling big problems and opportunities across consumer and enterprise software.

    Julie launched the Seattle Entrepreneurial Women’s Network, an informal forum for women entrepreneurs, startuppers, and aspiring entrepreneurs to connect in the greater Seattle area. Julie is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and teaches a popular MBA course on Entrepreneurship for which she has been named a UW “star teacher” several years running. Julie is very active in the startup community, frequently featured at national and regional events, on CNBC, radio, and industry conferences.

    In 2016, Julie was appointed by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to the Board of Directors of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, an innovative private-public partnership with the Washington State Legislature that has helped fund higher education for thousands of Washington State students annually in STEM fields.

    Julie was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar in 2016 by the Clinton Foundation, LBJ Foundation, and the two Bush Presidential Centers. She was voted Geekwire’s 2014 “Geek of the Year”, was selected to Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, and was named a Rising Star to Seattle Magazine 50th Anniversary Hall of Fame for her work with local entrepreneurs in 2016.

    Prior to joining Madrona, Julie was a senior product manager at Amazon on the Kindle team, where she managed digital marketing for Kindle’s ebook business, both in the US and internationally. She also led the definition, design, and technical implementation of new products for Kindle Content web and mobile shopping experiences. Earlier in her career, Julie worked at Accenture, where she launched worldwide Disaster Response operations for Microsoft Volume Licensing division, and at TeachStreet (acquired by Amazon in February 2012).

    Julie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with honors and distinction, and with both a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She also received an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

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  • Peter Pham

    Peter Pham

    Peter Pham is a Co-Founder at Science, a 4yr old technology studio that helps incubate companies co-building them alongside CEO's, with recent companies like Dollar Shave Club which sold to Unilever for $1B and leading marketplaces like DogVacay. More recently Science created created one of the top 100 iOSl Apps called Wishbone. He's also helped his portfolio raise over $350M in that time. Previously as an operator, he has been been a part of building companies like Photobucket handling its $300M acquisition in 2007 to Fox Interactive Media as well as CEO of BillShrink which which was acquired by MasterCard in 2012.

    See Peter Pham's Crunchbase profile
  • Cyril Ebersweiler

    Cyril Ebersweiler

    Entrepreneur, venture capitalist.

    Cyril is a Partner at SOSV and the founder/MD of HAX (HAX Accelerator/HAX Boost).

    He is a board member/advisor to a few startups including Leap Motion, Formlabs, Collaborate (ACQ: CISCO), Hackster (ACQ: AVNET) and Breather. He is the most experienced investor in the hardware space (200+) and has invested globally.

    Cyril is a popular speaker at international events (TC Disrupt, Pioneers, MIT Forum, etc...), has written dozens of articles and publishes regularly on topics such as technology, robotics, health and crowdfunding. He has been featured in The Economist, Popular Mechanics, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Wired, BBC and more.

    He is the organizer of the 10x10 Conferences held in Beijing and Shanghai, the GENERATOR Conferences in Shenzhen ( and A*Ware events in San Francisco.

    Best virtual places to find him: on Twitter @cebersweiler and @hax_co or on Quora/AL for a more personal touch.

    Specialties: startups, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, product management, e-commerce, venture capital, coconuts.

    See Cyril Ebersweiler's Crunchbase profile
  • Hans Tung

    Hans Tung

    Hans Tung joined GGV Capital in 2013 as a managing partner to focus on consumer mobile internet, cross-border ecommerce, IoT, and mobile social communication investments in both China and the US. Hans led GGV’s investment and serves on the boards of Wish, a fast growing cross border mobile commerce marketplace; Xiaohongshu, a leading active social community and recommendation app for cross-border shopping in China; Poshmark, a simple and fun way to buy and sell fashion; and GrubMarket, a marketplace for local farm goods. He has invested in mobile social communication companies such as, a popular user-generated music video-sharing app, Slack, which brings all your communication together in one place; Bustle, an online community providing a fresh spin on information and all subjects; and Curse, a social communication platform for gamers. Hans is a personal investor in leading Indian e-commerce companies Flipkart and Snapdeal. He is also actively involved with GGV portfolio companies Airbnb, Flipboard,DraftKings, and Yodo1.

    Hans was one of the earliest investors in, and a former board member of, Xiaomi. At GGV, he has backed several Xiaomi IoT ecosystem companies, e.g. Smartmi (air purifiers and other smart home appliances), Zimi (mobile wifi devices), 1More (headphones), and other IoT companies including Misfit, maker of wearable and smart home products. Hans has been ranked as a top VC on the Forbes Midas list since 2013 and was recognized by The Founder and CBN News magazines in the past as a Top 10 most entrepreneur-friendly VC in China.

    Hans’ prior work experience spans venture capital, internet startups, and tech investment banking over 18 years. He previously led investments in, or served on the boards of, startups that have since category leaders, including Xiaomi, Mafengwo Travel,, 51fanli, Domob Ads (sold to Blue Focus Advertising, Shenzhen Stock Exchange: 300058), Forgame (HKSE: 0484), and eHi Car Rental (NYSE: EHIC). He joined GGV from Qiming Venture Partners, where he focused on investment in China from 2007 to 2013. Previously, he was with Bessemer Venture Partners, where he helped global players such as Skype expand into China. Hans was also a founding member of two pan-Asian internet startups with roots in Silicon Valley that were subsequently sold to telcos, HelloAsia and Asia2B. He started his career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker focused on the technology sector. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

    See Hans Tung's Crunchbase profile
  • Topher Conway

    Topher Conway

    Topher Conway is a Co-Managing Partner of SV Angel. At SV Angel, he works particularly close with Niche, URX, Bluebox, and Zenefits. He was included in Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in 2015. Prior to SV Angel, he worked at EQAL, Inc. At EQAL, he worked with the Business Development and Sales teams and lead efforts in creating new business opportunities. In his Sales position, he developed and maintained relationships with top ad agencies and brands. Prior to EQAL, he held positions at eCost and a 2004 summer internship in Google's Direct Sales Organization. Topher graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a degree in History. He is also a member of the UCLA VC Fund, helping foster entrepreneurship at the University. In addition to investing, Topher leads platform partnerships where he is responsible for establishing relationships with Corporate Partners and helping portfolio companies with Business and Corporate Development needs.

    See Topher Conway's Crunchbase profile
  • Debbie Sterling

    Debbie Sterling

    Debbie Sterling is the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox. She never knew what engineering was until her high school math teacher suggested she pursue it as a college major. Debbie couldn't figure out why her math teacher thought she should be a train conductor! Nevertheless, she gave engineering a try during her freshman year at Stanford. Four years later, she graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering / Product Design. Bothered by how few women there were in her program, Debbie became obsessed with the notion of "disrupting the pink aisle" with a toy that would introduce girls to the joy of engineering at a young age.

    See Debbie Sterling's Crunchbase profile
  • Rob Hayes

    Rob Hayes

    Rob joined First Round as a partner in 2006, opening up the firm's San Francisco office. Over the past eight years, he has led investments in companies such as (acquired by Intuit), Gnip (acquired by Twitter), Square, Uber, and Planet Labs.

    Rob invests across categories, with his interests spanning financial tech, the sharing economy, meal delivery, and consumer hardware. He is constantly exploring new areas, and enjoys working with founders who push the boundaries of existing markets.

    Prior to joining First Round, Rob became the first venture investor at Omidyar Network, the investment firm started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. While there, he led most of the initial venture capital deals and later built and ran the technology investing group.

    Before that, Rob worked at Palm, where he product managed Palm OS during the heyday of Palm products (Palm III, Palm V, Handspring Treo). He also started the company's corporate venture fund and managed the strategic spinoff of PalmSource.

    Rob lives with his wife and two daughters in San Francisco. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking at home and traveling up and down the California coast with his family and two dogs. He has an MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

    See Rob Hayes's Crunchbase profile
  • 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.

    See Susan Lyne's Crunchbase profile
  • Brady Forrest

    Brady Forrest

    Brady is Vice President at Highway1, PCH's incubator program. A prolific speaker and maker on the geek scene, Brady can be found at speaking engagements around the world, inventing new forms of transportation at Burning Man, or creating in the Highway1 San Francisco workshop. Additionally, Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar, tracking changes in technology. Brady is the founder of Ignite, a geek event which has spread to over a hundred cities worldwide.

    See Brady Forrest's Crunchbase profile
  • Halle Tecco

    Halle Tecco

    Halle Tecco is an active angel investor and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School. Previously she founded and ran Rock Health, the first seed fund devoted exclusively to digital health companies, and worked at Intel and Apple.

    Tecco has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. She was named as one of Goldman Sach’s Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs and listed on the Forbes 30 under 30. Tecco has spoken at Aspen Ideas Festival, CES, SXSW, TechCrunch Disrupt and has guest lectured at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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  • Hunter Walk

    Hunter Walk

    Current: Partner @Homebrew. Seed stage venture fund serving founders who enable individuals and small biz to think big. Brewed in SF. Enjoyed nationwide. Find us at .Previously: Led consumer product management at YouTube, delivering billions of playbacks a day across computers, phones, tablets and TVs. Joined Google in 2003 managing product and sales efforts for Google’s contextual advertising business.

    Founding member of the product and marketing team at Linden Lab, the creators of online virtual world Second Life. Earlier, a management consultant and also spent a year at Late Night with Conan O’ Brien, broadcasting to an audience of insomniacs, truckers and college students. Grinded a BA in History from Vassar and an MBA from Stanford University.Got a wife, a daughter and a house in San Francisco. Life is good.

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  • Michelle Zatlyn

    Michelle Zatlyn

    Michelle Zatlyn is the co-founder & Head of User Experience of CloudFlare, the web performance and security company. Michelle creates products people love. Prior to CloudFlare, she worked at Google and Toshiba and launched two successful startups. CloudFlare was selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology company two years running, and named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Today CloudFlare accelerates and protects more than 2 million web properties.

    Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a minor in Management, with Distinction, from McGill University. She also holds her MBA from Harvard Business School and was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. Michelle is an experienced public speaker, frequent panelist and sits on the Open Internet Advisory Committee for the FCC. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the Top Women to Watch in Technology by the Huffington Post and one of the Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine.

    Michelle has been named one of the top women to watch in technology by the Huffington Post and Inc. Magazine. She has spoken at numerous conferences including Women 2.0, Harvard Business School, Cloud Factory, The Canadian University Software Engineering Conference, GO Youth, Metabridge, and she’s a frequent panelist for TechCrunch Disrupt.

    In addition to being on the board of directors at CloudFlare, Michelle sits on the Open Internet Advisory Committee for the FCC, the NextGen Advisory Board for the Computer History Museum, and has been nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program.

    See Michelle Zatlyn's Crunchbase profile
  • 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.

    See Matt Turck's Crunchbase profile
  • Alexandra Chong

    Alexandra Chong

    Alexandra is Founder & CEO of Lulu, the #1 private network for women. Focused on unleashing the value of girl talk, Lulu’s interactive platform is revolutionizing the mobile media and dating spheres. Nominated as TechCrunch's 2013 "Fastest Rising Startup," Lulu has hit over a billion plus profile views from millions of users in the United States, Brazil and Mexico. With its unique approach to reputation-backed dating, The New York Times wrote that Alexandra started a “take back the internet movement for young women.” Business Insider and AdWeek have recognized Alexandra as one of the top entrepreneurs in New York.

    Before Lulu, Alexandra served as Global Head of Marketing for Upstream, one of the world's largest mobile marketing companies.

    She holds a BSC and an LLB from the London School of Economics. Alexandra grew up in Jamaica, where she played tennis professionally and represented Team Jamaica at the Federation Cup and Commonwealth Games.

    See Alexandra Chong's Crunchbase profile
  • Sarah Leary

    Sarah Leary

    Sarah Leary is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Operations at Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods.

    A seasoned product and marketing professional, Leary started her career at Microsoft, where she worked for nearly five years as a product manager on the teams that launched the first three versions of Microsoft Office. In 1997, Leary left Microsoft to attend Harvard Business School and went on to work as an associate at Greylock Partners. She moved on to join Epinions where she served as Vice President of Product and Marketing, before the company relaunched as Sarah was the Vice President of Product at when the company went public in 2004, and was then acquired by eBay. She was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark before co-founding the company that became Nextdoor.

    At Nextdoor, Leary has spearheaded innovative marketing campaigns like Nextdoor's Public Agency Partnership strategy. Under Leary, Nextdoor has grown from a single neighborhood in California to more than 82,000 neighborhoods, representing nearly 50% of U.S. neighborhoods, in all 50 states.

    Leary is from Andover, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University with a BA and an MBA.

    See Sarah Leary's Crunchbase profile
  • Parker Harris

    Parker Harris

    Parker Harris founded along with Marc Benioff, Dave Moellenhoff and Frank Dominguez in the spring of 1999. As Executive Vice President, Harris oversees the development of all software for

    Prior to founding, Harris developed web application and salesforce automation expertise at Left Coast Software, a private consulting company he co-founded, as well as at Metropolis software, an early pioneer in field sales force automation subsequently acquired by Clarify.

    Harris has over twelve years of software engineering and management experience. He graduated from Middlebury College with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature.

    See Parker Harris's Crunchbase profile
  • Niko Bonatsos

    Niko Bonatsos

    Niko Bonatsos is a managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York and approximately $3.75 billion in total capital raised. Niko focuses his investment strategy on finding first-time technology founders with strong product instincts, a robust appetite for learning, and a desire to create consumer-focused innovations with the potential to benefit millions of users. In his first six years with the firm, he was instrumental in investments in Snap (NYSE: SNAP), RealtyShares, ClassDojo and Paribus (recently acquired by CapitalOne) among others. Prior to joining General Catalyst, Niko attended Stanford University as a Fulbright Scholar earning an MS in Management Science and Engineering. He has studied and worked in many countries including the U.S., Greece, the UK and, as a part of the R&D team for Yokogawa Electric Corporation, in Japan. Additionally, Niko holds an M.Phil. in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from the University of Cambridge and a Dipl.-Ing in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the National Technical University of Athens.

    See Niko Bonatsos's Crunchbase profile



Day 1

  • Registration Opens

  • Opening Remarks by TechCrunch

  • Fireside Chat with Ron Conway (SV Angel) and Topher Conway (SV Angel) | [Watch Video](

  • In Conversation with Parker Conrad (Zenefits) | [Watch Video](

  • Is It Time To Stick A Fork In Bitcoin?: Wences Casares (Xapo), Nathaniel Popper (NYT), and Bobby Lee (BTCChina) | [Watch Video](

  • Fireside Chat with Yuri Milner (DST Global) | [Watch Video](

  • Fireside Chat with Drew Houston (Dropbox) | [Watch Video](

  • Founder Stories with Helen Greiner (CyPhy Works) | [Watch Video](


  • In Conversation With Dr. John Kelly (IBM) and live demo of Watson | [Watch Video](

  • Money Talks: Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures), Jeremy Liew (Lightspeed Venture Partners), Dana Settle (Greycroft Partners) and Bill McGlashan (TPG Growth) | [Watch Video](

  • A New Perspective on Culture and Industry with Snoop Dogg and Ted Chung | [Watch Video](

  • Fireside Chat with Pavel Durov (Telegram) | [Watch Video](

  • In Conversation with Beth Seidenberg (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers) | [Watch Video](

  • Lunch

  • Virtual Reality Is The New Reality: With Claude Zellweger (HTC), Dr. Richard Marks (Sony), Paul Raphael (Felix and Paul Studios) | [Watch Video](

  • Startup Battlefield Hosted by Jason Kincaid // Battlefield Judges: Niko Bonatsos (General Catalyst), Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures), Pat Gallagher (CrunchFund), David Krane (Google Ventures) and Komal Mangtani (Uber)


  • Startup Battlefield Hosted by Jason Kincaid // Battlefield Judges: Jeff Clavier (Softech), Jess Lee (Polyvore), John Lilly (Greylock Partners), Peter Pham (Science) and Julie Sandler (Madrona Ventures)


  • Startup Battlefield Hosted by Jason Kincaid // Battlefield Judges: Topher Conway (SV Angel), Cyril Ebersweiler (chinaccelerator), Debbie Sterling (Goldieblox) and Hans Tung (GGV Capital)

  • After Party sponsored by Cheetah Mobile at Mighty, Showplace Square West, 119 Utah St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Day 2

  • Registration Opens

  • Opening Remarks by TechCrunch

  • Fireside Chat with Nick Woodman (GoPro) | [Watch Video](

  • Fireside Chat with Nikesh Arora (SoftBank) | [Watch Video](

  • The Nuke Kids On The Block: Jacob DeWitte (UPower) and Leslie Dewan (Transatomic Power) | [Watch Video](

  • Founders Stories with Adi Tatarko (Houzz) | [Watch Video](

  • Fireside Chat with Andrew (Boz) Bosworth (Facebook) | [Watch Video](

  • In Conversation James Park (Fitbit) and Jon Callaghan (True Ventures) | [Watch Video](

  • Break

  • Fireside Chat With Alan Schaff (Imgur) And Sarah Schaff (Imgur) | [Watch Video](

  • Founder Stories with Jesse Vollmar (Farmlogs) | [Watch Video](

  • Fireside Chat with Tim Westergren (Pandora) | [Watch Video](

  • In Conversation with Matthew Prince (CloudFlare) and Michelle Zatlyn (CloudFlare) | [Watch Video](

  • Fireside Chat with Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors) | [Watch Video](

  • Lunch

  • Fireside Chat with John Doerr (KPCB) and Colleen Taylor (Y Combinator) | [Watch Video](

  • Startup Battlefield hosted by Jason Kincaid // Battlefield Judges: Brady Forrest (highway1), Rob Hayes (First Round Capital), Susan Lyne (BBG Ventures) and Halle Tecco (Rock Health)


  • Startup Battlefield hosted by Jason Kincaid // Battlefield Judges: Alexandra Chong (Lulu), Matt Turck (FirstMark Capital), Hunter Walk (Homebrew) and Michelle Zatlyn (Cloudflare)


  • Startup Battlefield hosted by Jason Kincaid // Battlefield Judges: Parker Harris (Salesforce), Sarah Leary (Next Door), David Prager (The Assembly) and Sarah Tavel (Greylock Partners)

  • After Party sponsored by Intuit at Public Works, 161 Erie St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Day 3

  • Registration Opens

  • A Conversation About Diversity: Tracy Chou (Pinterest), Isis Archalee (OneLogin) and Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (Joyus) with Alexia Tsotsis | [Watch Video](

  • In Conversation with Bryan Schreier (Sequoia Capital) and Ryan Smith (Qualtrics) | [Watch Video](

  • Founders Stories with Gagan Biyani (Sprig) | [Watch Video](

  • Fireside Chat with Sam Altman (Y Combinator) | [Watch Video](

  • Founders Stories with Tracy Young (PlanGrid) | [Watch Video](

  • Fireside Chat with DJ Patil (White House) & Phaedra Chrousos (White House) | [Watch Video](

  • Break

  • In Conversation with Ron Johnson (Enjoy) | [Watch Video](

  • Break It Until You Make It: Gregg Brockway (MAKE), Mark Hatch (TechShop) and Peter Weijmarshausen (Shapeways) | [Watch Video](

  • Fireside Chat with Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures) | [Watch Video](

  • Founders Stories with Eric Migicovsky (Pebble) | [Watch Video](

  • Hackathon Highlights | [Watch Video](

  • Lunch

  • Fireside Chat with Troy Carter (Atom Factory) | [Watch Video](

  • Battlefield Alumni Update

  • Selecting The Order For Startup Battlefield Finals

  • Break

  • Startup Battlefield Finals Hosted by Jason Kincaid // Battlefield Final Judges: Troy Carter (Atom Factory), Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital), Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures), Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch), Brian Pokorny (SV Angel) and Ruchi Sanghvi (Dropbox)

  • Inside the Bazillion Dollar Club with Brady Forrest and Dave McClure

  • Passing The Disrupt Cup


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.


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