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Janica is Co-Founder and CEO of Naya Health. Naya is a consumer health company focused on building smart products for mothers and families the world over.
Janica brings years of experience to Naya from her work as a researcher and ops lead at top tier pharmaceutical companies. There, she lead efforts in the review and approval of oncology and HIV therapies by the FDA.
Marc Andreessen is a cofounder and general partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He is an innovator and creator, one of the few to pioneer a software category used by more than a billion people and one of the few to establish multiple billion-dollar companies.
Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser and cofounded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. He also cofounded Loudcloud, which as Opsware sold to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion.
Marc holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Marc serves on the board of the following Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies: Anki, Honor, Lytro, Mori, OpenGov, Samsara, and TinyCo. He is also on the board of Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, and MODE Media.
Tim Armstrong is CEO of AOL Inc., a leading global media technology company headquartered in New York City and operating in over 20 countries worldwide. Today, AOL serves nearly 400 million consumers every month across the globe, and maintains partnerships with thousands of the world's leading companies. AOL owns, builds and operates global media brands and provides technology and services to over 10,000 other brands and media companies. Under Tim’s leadership, AOL was acquired by Verizon for 4.4 billion dollars on May 12, 2015.
Prior to joining AOL, Tim spent almost a decade at Google, where he served as President of Google's Americas Operations and Senior Vice President of Google Inc. as well as serving on the company's global operating committee. Tim started in his career by co-founding a newspaper in Boston, MA before moving into the Internet industry, where he has worked as a team member, investor or co-founder at numerous companies, including Starwave (sold to Disney / ESPN / ABC Internet Ventures), Snowball (IPO), Associated Content (sold to Yahoo), and Patch (sold to AOL). Tim has also been an active investor in the start-up community, both on and offline.
Tim serves on the board of The Priceline Group, Inc., The Paley Center for Media, the New York regional board of Teach for America, the Waterside Charter School in Stamford, CT, as Chairman Emeritus for the Ad Council, and as a trustee for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He also acts as an advisor to the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm driven by former Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, General Stan McChrystal. Additionally, Tim is the chairman of the IAB Education Foundation, a new non-profit working to improve diversity and close the skills gap across the digital media and advertising landscape. An ardent champion of community service, Tim was honored by the Ad Council with their 60th Annual Public Service Award in 2013.
Tim is a graduate of Connecticut College and Lawrence Academy. He has served as a trustee for both.
A well-known and successful entrepreneur, technology maven and critical thinker, Cyan is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the controversial website Zivity.com, a subscription based social networking site for creators and fans of beautiful and tasteful glamour photography.
A prolific angel investor with her husband Scott Banister (Tagged, SpaceX, Uber and others), Cyan is a board member of a number of growing organizations, including Mimoco, best known for their MIMOBOT line of designer USB storage devices. She is also a sought-after business advisor, and a contributing writer for TechCrunch. She currently serves as the only female investing partner of Founders Fund.
Cyan has held many leadership roles throughout her career, from leading technical operations teams in an enterprise software company to helping women master technology as CTO of a nonprofit organization.
A co-founder of Signal Media Project, Cyan is a voracious film, documentary and media consumer, with little tolerance for spreading misinformation. Just as important, she donates money every year to the World Juggling Federation, women’s division.
DesiHits! CEO Anjula Acharia-Bath has built her career on bridging the pop culture gap between Bollywood and Hollywood. Following an initial stint as co-founder of search firm Merchant McKenzie, the U.K.-raised entrepreneur moved to the United States to launch the site DesiHits.com with her husband, Ranj Bath.
The online destination has since grown into a multimedia platform and Acharia-Bath has raised capital from investors, including Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine. She helped introduce Lady Gaga to Indian audiences by placing her on TV shows with 40 million viewers and helped guide Enrique Iglesias' tour of India in October. Using her contacts, Acharia-Bath now plans on flipping the cultural switch to bring Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra to U.S. audiences and other international markets.
Steering the company to global influence, Anjula creates and executes deals with US Major labels such as Universal, Warner and Sony, and South Asian/Bollywood film studios. Anjula’s pioneering efforts have led the company to some of the biggest names in music, Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, Britney Spears and Sonu Niiggam and AR Rahman have all been featured on their web property DesiHits.com and she has helped break many of these artists in new and emerging markets.
Most recently, Anjula partnered with Universal Music Group to create the first music label to nurture and develop global pop icons from South Asia and the large Diaspora, this made news headlines from New York to Mumbai. Anjula has received global press, radio and television recognition for her achievements.
Prior to Desi Hits! Anjula was leading strategy and delivery for emerging technologies practice at the Forsyth Group – Venture Search, California. She co-founded the media and entertainment search firm Merchant McKenzie where she placed C-level executives for companies such as Walt Disney Internet Group and Universal Pictures International. As a Director at TMP Worldwide, London, Anjula worked strategically with the CEO and Board to develop and guide direction for their online property Monster.com. Committed to the arts and media, she holds a B.A. with Honors in Theatre Arts and Communications from Middlesex University and is a published writer. Anjula just completed her first fiction novel that is a fun, provocative journey of two women and explores the second generation South Asian experience.
Scott Belsky is a General Partner at Benchmark. Previously, Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Millions of people use Behance to display their portfolios, as well as track and find top talent across the creative industries. For three years, Scott served as Adobe's Vice President of Products, rebooting Adobe's mobile product strategy and leading Behance, the leading online platform for creatives to showcase and discover creative work.
Over the years, Scott has pursued other projects to help organize and empower the careers of creative people. These include 99U, Behance's think tank and annual conference devoted to execution in the creative world. Scott is also the author of the international bestselling book Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio Imprint, Penguin Books, April, 2010).
Scott actively advises and invests in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design, and help empower people, among other criteria. Prior to joining Benchmark, Scott was an early investor and advisor in Pinterest, Uber, Warby Parker, and Periscope as well as several others in the early stages. Scott is also an investor and Board member of sweetgreen, a values-driven locally-sourced seasonal kitchen.
Prior to founding Behance, Scott helped grow the Pine Street Leadership Development Initiative at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Scott was especially focused on organizational improvement and strengthening relationships with clients. Scott serves on the Advisory Board of Cornell University's Entrepreneurship Program and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of Salesforce. One of the pioneers of cloud computing, Benioff founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand, information management service to replace traditional enterprise software technology. Under his leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into the fastest growing top ten software company in the world and the largest customer relationship management (CRM) company.
Salesforce’s mobile, social and connected cloud technologies help companies create deeper, more meaningful connections with their customers. For its revolutionary approach, Salesforce has been named the World’s Most Innovative Company four years in a row by Forbes Magazine. Fortune Magazine named Salesforce as the World’s Most Admired Company in the software industry two years in a row, and ranked the company #7 among the World’s Best Places to Work.
Benioff has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and pioneering innovation. He was named Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s, and he received The Economist’s Innovation Award. He served as co-chairman of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003–2005.
Throughout his career, Benioff has evangelized a new model of integrated corporate philanthropy. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce Foundation and established the “1-1-1 model,” whereby the company contributes one percent of product, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves globally. Today, the Foundation has inspired other leading corporations to adopt the 1-1-1 model. Benioff has focused his personal philanthropy on advancing children’s health care through UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.
Benioff is a 35-year veteran of the software industry. Prior to launching Salesforce, he spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15. He also worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division during his college years. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1986 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2014 from the University of Southern California.
He is the author of three books, including the national best-seller, Behind the Cloud.
Deborah Anderson Bialis is the co-founder and CEO of FertilityIQ. FertilityIQ is a platform for consumers to find information about fertility doctors and procedures. One third of all IVF patients now use the site to find their doctor and research costs and drug protocols.
Previously, Deborah led user experience at Rise. She holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and a B.A. from Williams College.
A computer scientist trained at IIT (India's MIT) and MIT, and a product leader with years of experience building and growing Google products like Search and YouTube, Aparna is the Head of Google Now.
With Google Now, Aparna is spearheading Google's big bet on making smartphones smarter and transforming how we'll get information and get things done in a mobile world.
In a recent milestone in the race to build the digital assistant of the future, Aparna announced new features at the keynote in Google I/O (Google's annual conference) which Bloomberg called "bombshell for the future of the company.”
Rafael is now a General Partner at CRV and brings operating and founding CEO experience from the world of early stage startups. He has led CRV's investments in Amino as well as two currently stealth companies. He also sourced CRV's investments in companies like PillPack and Airtable.
Before becoming an investing partner, he became a personal shareholder in the very first round of five startups: Instacart, Blockchain, Luxe, Webflow, and Clearbit.
Prior to CRV, he was the founding CEO of LearnBoost, a company which was acquired by WordPress as the largest of their first 12 acquisitions. His team's open source libraries have cumulatively been downloaded over 160 million times and helped popularize Node.JS
Morgan DeBaun started her career in Silicon Valley and is the CEO of Blavity. She is a serial entrepreneur passionate about building technology at the intersection of creativity and culture. Since founding Blavity, Morgan has been quoted in nationwide outlets like Forbes, NPR, TechCrunch and Huffington Post as a voice of her generation.
Diane Greene has served as a member of Alphabet’s board of directors since October 2015 and has served as a member of Google’s board of directors since January 2012. Diane has also been a member of the board of directors of Intuit Inc., a provider of business and financial management solutions, since August 2006 and serves on its audit and risk committee and nominating and corporate governance committee.
Diane co-founded VMware, Inc., a virtualization software company, in 1998 and took the company public in 2007. She served as Chief Executive Officer and President of VMware from 1998 to 2008, as a member of the board of directors of VMware from 2007 to 2008, and as an Executive Vice President of EMC Corporation, a provider of information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions and services, from 2005 to 2008.
Prior to VMware, Diane held technical leadership positions at Silicon Graphics Inc., a provider of technical computing, storage and data center solutions, Tandem Computers, Inc., a manufacturer of computer systems, and Sybase Inc., an enterprise software and services company, and was Chief Executive Officer of VXtreme, Inc., a developer of streaming media solutions. Diane is also a member of The MIT Corporation, the governing body of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Diane holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Science degree in naval architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont.
A neuroscientist by training, Meron Gribetz spent years studying how the human mind and body work. A flash of insight at a New York bar – where he watched people both fail and succeed in communicating with each other using their mobile devices – inspired a desire to build a new kind of “natural machine” that could better connect people to each other and the world around them.
Building on his research in both computer science and neuroscience at Columbia University, he developed the basic tenets that now underscore Meta’s Neural Interface design philosophy. Today, he leads as the founder of Meta, the first company to deliver augmented reality (AR) designed around the way people are built to experience the world.
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 Mint.com (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.
Mike Judge was born in 1962 in Ecuador, but raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended University of California at San Diego where he earned a degree in physics.
He worked as an engineer and played bass professionally before MTV picked up his 1992 animated short, _Frog Baseball_. MTV decided to spin off _Beavis and Butt-Head_ into a show of its own in the 1990’s, with Judge doing the voices of both characters as well as others.
His next project was _King of the Hill_ for FOX TV. Judge expanded into writing and directing his own live-action films, _Office Space_, _Idiocracy_ and _Extract_. He’s done voices for _South Park_, _Family Guy_, _Aqua Teen Hunger Force_, and acted in Robert Rodriguez’s _Spy Kids_ movies.
In 2012, Mike resurrected _Beavis and Butt-Head_ with twelve new shows for MTV.
Currently, Judge is a co-creator, executive producer, writer and director for the HBO’s new comedy series _Silicon Valley_, which debuts April 6.
Rana is is co-founder and CEO of Affectiva. As a research scientist at MIT Media Lab Rana spearheaded the applications of facial coding. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Wired, Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, CBS, TIME Magazine, Fortune and Reddit. She was recognized by Entrepreneur as one of the “7 Most Powerful Women To Watch In 2014”, inducted into the “Women in Engineering” Hall of Fame, a recipient of the 2012 Technology Review’s “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” Award and listed on Ad Age’s “40 under 40” and recipient of Smithsonian magazine's 2015 American Ingenuity Award for Technology. Rana holds a BSc and MSc in computer science from the American University in Cairo and a PhD from the computer laboratory, University of Cambridge.
Jeff is a serial inventor with over 15 years of entrepreneurial and product experience. Prior to co-founding Twilio, Jeff was Founder & CTO of NineStar, Founding CTO of Stubhub.com and Founder, CEO & CTO of Versity. He was also one of the original product managers for Amazon Web Services. At every business, Jeff identified the fundamental need for a platform for developers and companies to easily build communications-based business solutions. Jeff grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, started his first company in middle school, and earned his BS in Computer Science & Film/Video from University of Michigan.
Jenny Lefcourt has been an entrepreneur, board member, advisor, and operator of consumer or SMB Internet companies for over 15 years. She founded WeddingChannel.com (sold: KNOT) and Bella Pictures (sold: CPI). At both companies she led sales organizations and created game-changing partnerships with key market incumbents.
Alexander Macgillivray, also known as “amac,” is US Deputy Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining the federal government, Mr. Macgillivray had a variety of roles at Twitter, including General Counsel, head of Public Policy, Corporate Development, Communications, and Trust & Safety. Prior to Twitter, Mr. Macgillivray was Deputy General Counsel for Products and IP at Google and a litigator with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and is an affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He tweets, blogs, bakes bread, and sometimes codes.
Carine Magescas is a Partner at AngelPad, a seed-VC fund and Accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. AngelPad was ranked No.1 U.S Accelerator by the Seed Rankings Project of MIT/Rice University in 2015.
After a Master’s and a Post-Graduate Degree in Economics from Université Paris Dauphine, one of France’s Top Universities, Carine spent 15 years working for Tech Startups (some of which are now very large companies like Business Objects and Informatica) in a wide range of positions from Technical Sales Engineer and European Project Leader, to Strategic Partner Director and Marketing Director. In 2003, she pioneered E-commerce when she launched her own Startup in Home Design Furnishings, an entirely greenfield category back then.
Carine is also an accomplished Fine Art Photographer. Her work has been exhibited in New York, London, San Francisco, Nantucket and hangs in private collections worldwide.
David Marcus is the Head of Messaging Products at Facebook.
David was President of PayPal from April 2012 to July 2014, where he has overall responsibility for establishing PayPal as the leading global payment service and helping to drive the future of money around the world. A mobile payments entrepreneur and product innovator, David brings a wealth of experience creating products that engage and delight customers – both businesses and consumers alike. Most recently, David was PayPal’s vice president of mobile, where he led the company’s mobile business and product strategy, including the development and launch of PayPal Here.
David has more than 15 years of mobile and telecommunications experience worldwide and has a proven track record of starting and leading successful businesses. He joined PayPal in the company’s acquisition of Zong, a leading provider of payments through mobile carrier billing. Under David’s leadership as founder and CEO, Zong developed relationships with more than 250 carriers and more than 1,000 online merchants.
A native of France, David grew up in Paris and Geneva. At 23, he started his first company, GTN, which became one of the top three alternative carriers in Switzerland and was acquired by World Access in 2000. David first began learning how to become a technology entrepreneur at age 8, when he taught himself how to code on a PC.
Apoorva Mehta is founder and CEO of Instacart, the fast-growing [retail delivery](http://www.instacart.com/) service whose workers hand pick and deliver items from trusted local stores. Originally launched in San Francisco and since expanded into many other cities, Instacart has fundamentally changed the traditional [grocery delivery](http://www.instacart.com/) space by connecting customers with shoppers and drivers who shop for and deliver groceries and other items in as little as one hour. In January 2015, Instacart was named [“America’s Most Promising Company."](http://www.forbes.com/sites/briansolomon/2015/01/21/americas-most-promising-company-instacart-the-2-billion-grocery-delivery-app/)
An engineering graduate of the University of Waterloo, Apoorva worked as a design engineer at Blackberry and Qualcomm, then joined Amazon.com as a supply chain engineer before founding Instacart in 2012.
Sergio brings to NVP extensive operational and venture capital experience from a wide range of business and consumer technology companies. Sergio is focused on early and growth investments in ecommerce, consumerized SaaS, consumer finance, and educational technologies. His current investments and board seats include Adaptive Planning, Bionic Panda Games, Branchout, Gemvara, Motif Investing, and Rafter.
Sergio was previously on the board of The DealMap (acquired by Google), myYearbook (acquired by Quepasa), and StarCite (acquired by The Active Network). He is a board observer at InsightsOne and Lending Club.
Sergio started his career at Morgan Stanley, where he advised several companies on mergers and acquisitions. Sergio was also a marketing and business development manager at Portal Software (now part of Oracle) which had a successful Initial Public Offering in 1999, during his tenure.
Sergio was also the co-founder and first business development executive at Cymerc, which was a hosted SaaS solution for consumers and small-sized businesses. Sergio successfully raised two rounds of venture financing and grew Cymerc from inception to more than $15 million in sales.
From 2001 to 2005, Sergio was Director of the Mobile Electronics Categories at eBay, which he grew from $150 million to more than $500 in gross merchandise sales. Prior to NVP, Sergio was Vice President of Marketing at Photobucket, which was successfully sold to News Corp. for $300 million in 2007.
Sergio was born and raised in Latin America and has worked in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Sergio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of science degree in management sciences and engineering (industrial engineering) from Stanford University.
Stephanie Palmeri invests with micro VC fund SoftTech VC, where she leads deals in next-generation commerce & marketplaces, mobile services, SaaS, consumer health, and EdTech startups – including Poshmark True & Co, Clever, Handshake, Grovo, Panorama Education, Lantern, and ClassDojo. Stephanie currently represents SoftTech as board member for Chariot, Educents, and Fatherly and as board observer for numerous investments. She previously served as a board member for Niche (acquired by Twitter). Before moving to Silicon Valley from NYC in 2011, Stephanie spent a decade working at the intersection of marketing and technology with startups and seed funds/incubators (like Lot18 & NYC Seed) and large corporations (Accenture, Estee Lauder, SAP AG). Stephanie has an MBA from Columbia Business School Stephanie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with joint degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems. Follow her on Twitter @StephPalmeri.
Shervin Pishevar is a Managing Director at Sherpa Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm he co-founded with Scott Stanford in March 2013. Sherpa Capital is an investor in companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Munchery, ipsy, Shyp, Stance, Rent the Runway, Beepi, PillPack, Doctor on Demand, and Cue Health. Shervin is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at Hyperloop-one.
Shervin is a Strategic Advisor to Uber Technologies and served as a Board Observer at Uber from 2011-2015. Previously he was a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, a venture capital fund with over $4 billion under management. Shervin joined Menlo Ventures in 2011 and led investments such as Uber (Series B), Machine Zone, Warby Parker, Tumblr and Getaround. As an angel investor he personally seeded over 60 companies. Shervin founded and operated technology-enabled companies, including Webs.com (acquired by VistaPrint), Social Gaming Network (SGN), WebOS and HyperOffice. Companies he founded have reached an aggregate of over 100 million users.
In 2016, Shervin was selected as an Ellis Island Medal of Honor award winner. Shervin was appointed by the President of the United States to serve on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) in 2015. He was also chosen by the U.S. Government as an Outstanding American by Choice, one of the only 100 naturalized Americans to be chosen since the beginning of the award. He serves on the advisory board of Comscore, was one of the 10 members of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, serves as an entrepreneurial ambassador in several state department delegations to the Middle East and Russia, and was a keynote speaker at the President Obama’s Summit on entrepreneurship in Algeria.
Shervin is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, who holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, a published researcher in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) and Neuroscience Letters, and the author of several U.S. patents.
Brian Pokorny is a Managing 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 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](/financial-organization/baseline-ventures), a leading seed-stage investment firm. Before joining Baseline, Brian spent 3.5 years at [Google](/company/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 is an angel investor in Twitter, Square, OMGPOP
(Acquired by Zynga), Tweetdeck (Acquired by Twitter), DailyBooth (Acquired by Airbnb), Milo (Acquired by eBay), Posterous (Acquired by Twitter), Chomp (Acquired by Apple), Milk (Acquired by Google), Bump (Acquired by Yahoo), WiFast, Couple, Elepath, MessageMe, and has advisory positions with Ooyala, Stitcher, and Rupture (Acquired by EA).
Marc Raibert was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1986 through 1995. He is co-founder and President of Boston Dynamics Inc, (BDI), which is located near MIT in Cambridge.
Raibert's research is devoted to the study of systems that move dynamically, including physical robots and animated creatures. Raibert's laboratory at MIT, the Leg Lab, is well known for its work on systems that move dynamically, including legged robots, simulated mechanisms, and animated figures. The Leg Lab created a series of laboratory robots including one-legged hoppers, biped runners, a quadruped, and two kangaroo-like robots. Taken collectively, these robots travel along simple paths, balance themselves actively, climb a simple stairway, run fast (13.1 mph), run with several gaits, and do rudimentary gymnastic maneuvers. A couple of years ago two robots (and 3 students) appeared in Rising Sun with Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes. The Leg Lab also created On The Run, a computer generated cartoon in which all the characters were animated using simulation and control. Work at Boston Dynamics on automated characters and physics-based dynamic simulation are outgrowths of research done by Raibert's group at MIT.
Raibert received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1973, and a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. His Ph.D thesis, entitled "Motor control and learning by the state space model", used robotics techniques to model biological beahvior. He worked on robot sensing and control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech from 1977 through 1980. He was on the faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University Computer Science Department and the Robotics Institute from 1981-1986. He is author of Legged Robots That Balance published by MIT Press, is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Robotics Research, was guest editor of two issues of IJRR devoted to legged systems, and is a fellow of the AAAI. (http://www.ai.mit.edu/)
Jason Robins is the founder and CEO of [DraftKings]( https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/draftkings#/entity), a knowledge-based daily fantasy sports website. Prior to DraftKings, he was a team member of Setem Technologies.
Robins holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.
David O. Sacks is the Founder and CEO of Yammer, Inc. Sacks was previously the COO of PayPal until its acquisition by eBay. Subsequently, he founded Geni.com, a family tree building and networking website.
He also produced and financed the hit movie Thank You For Smoking. David recently sold Yammer to Microsoft for $1.2 billion.
David holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Christina Sass is the co-founder and COO of Andela, a company that recruits the most talented software engineers on the African continent and pairs them with global tech companies as full-time, distributed team members. Founded on the premise that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela has built one of the most selective engineering institutions in the world, with headquarters in Lagos, Nairobi, and NYC.
Christina has built education and employment programs in China, Gaza and the West Bank, Kenya, and Nigeria. Prior to co-founding Andela, she directed the Program department of the Clinton Global Initiative and advised the President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation, a $9B global foundation working to advance education and financial inclusion for youth in Africa.
Christina serves on the Advisory Council of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights and on the board of the non-profit Global Give Back Circle. She also serves as education topic expert for the Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting. Christina’s work has been mentioned by Forbes, CNN, The New Yorker, NBC, and WIRED. She has a BA in Ancient Philosophy from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs) and a MA in International Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School from Tufts University.
Emmett Shear is founder and CEO of Twitch (www.twitch.tv), the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. Mr. Shear is also co-founder of Justin.tv and a part-time partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator, where he advises fledgling startups on product and strategy. Mr. Shear graduated from Yale University in 2005 and in 2012 was included in Forbes Magazine on their 30 under 30 list. Twitch launched in 2011, and in 2014 The Wall Street Journal cited the brand as having the 4th largest peak internet traffic in the U.S.
In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation.
Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She most recently served as a Vice President at Google, first leading New Business Development -- where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing across Google’s global engineering and product teams for nine years -- and later serving as a VP in the leadership team at Google[x] -- where she co-created the company’s “SolveForX” innovation community project as well as its “WomenTechmakers” tech-diversity initiative and worked on a range of other projects. During her tenure she led the company’s acquisitions of major platforms such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Picasa, and also served as GM of Google.org during its engineering transition, adding Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, and Earth Outreach/Engine, and increased employee engagement.
Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web, where the team broke through many barriers and partnered closely with AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, and other major web players. Megan was part of designing early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan.
Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2000 miles across the Australian outback.
Megan has served on the boards of MIT, MIT Media Lab, MIT Technology Review, and Vital Voices; as a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid; and as an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. She holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.
Best known as the father of the Metaverse--the centerpiece of his novel SNOW CRASH--Neal Stephenson is the New York Times bestselling author of SEVENEVES, REAMDE, ANATHEM, CRYPTONOMICON, and other science and historical fiction, including the Hugo Award winning DIAMOND AGE.
Steeped in hard science and computers from an early age, Stephenson was a Member, Technical Staff at Blue Origin between 2000 and 2006 and a senior inventor at Intellectual Ventures Labs. His involvement with Magic Leap is built on a quest to blend storytelling and technology that stretches back thirty years.
Santi is a General Partner at Emergence Capital. Prior to joining Emergence, Santi founded, AXG Tecnonexo, a SaaS e-learning company in Latin America. He expanded the company to 150+ employees with operations across Latin America and the US. Santi is also a founding board member of Puente Labs, an organization that finds and selects the best founders of high potential growth companies from Latin America and helps them scale their businesses globally.
Santi currently serves on the Boards of Civitas Learning, CrunchBase, High Alpha, Quasar, Restorando, Tophat, Xapo and Zoom.
Santi received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and holds a BS in Economics from St. Andrew’s University in Argentina. He is Kauffman Fellow and an Endeavor Entrepreneur.
Outside of work Santi is passionate about traveling internationally. He spent 6 months backpacking around the world and continues to work on a personal goal of visiting at least 50% of the world countries. He is an avid opera and classical music follower and, like almost every Argentine, he is passionate about soccer.
Min-Liang Tan is the co-founder and CEO of Razer, where he directs and oversees the design and development of all Razer products. Mr. Tan was born in Singapore and resides in San Francisco. He graduated from the National University of Singapore Law School and was a lawyer before turning his passion for gaming into a 500-person global company.
Min-Liang Tan was recently elected to the board of the PC Gaming Alliance. In March 2012 he contributed $10,000 USD to the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter project, admitting it was to atone for pirating Wasteland when he was a child. (Wasteland designer and Interplay CEO Brian Fargo replied that Mr. Tan has more than made up for his piracy of the game.)
Min-Liang Tan has been named one of "The 25 Most Creative People in Tech" by the Business Insider together with Jonathan Ive and Gabe Newell. He has also been ranked one of the top 40 most powerful people in gaming by Kotaku in their "The Kotaku Power 40" list.
Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur.
He is the founder, chairman, and president of Udacity, whose mission is to democratize education. Udacity focuses on affordable, lifelong learning to give people the needed skills to get a new job or advance their career. Today, the company has over 4 million students worldwide and more than 11,000 enrolled in its Nanodegree program, which is built with companies like Google, Facebook, AT&T and GitHub, and whose graduates land jobs at world-leading employers.
Thrun is also the founder of X (previously Google X), where he led the development of the self-driving car, Google Glass, and other projects.
Thrun spent several years as a professor at Stanford University where he led the Stanford Racing Team, whose robot “Stanley” won the DARPA Grand Challenge. Stanley is now on display at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Thrun completed his education in Germany with a master’s degree and a PhD from the University of Bonn. While at Bonn, he led a team of roboticists who developed the mobile robot “Rhino,” which won second prize at an international robot competition organized by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
Thrun is the recipient of several awards including the inaugural Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Education in 2012. His work has also been highlighted in the “50 Best Inventions of 2010” by TIME magazine. Thrun was listed as the #4 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy and the 5th most creative person in business by Fast Company.
Ida Tin is the co-founder and CEO of Clue, a digital female health company based in Berlin, Germany whose Clue app is acclaimed as the most streamlined, user-friendly menstrual cycle tracking app available. Born in Copenhagen, Ida graduated from Denmark’s prestigious creative business school, KaosPilots. A lifelong entrepreneur, she previously led motorcycle tours around the world and published a book about her experience, “Direktøs” which became a Danish bestseller.
Kyle Vogt is the CEO and Founder of Cruise Automation, which develops self-driving car technology and was recently acquired by General Motors. Previously, Kyle was a Co-Founder at Justin.tv, Socialcam (acquired by Autodesk), and Twitch (acquired by Amazon). Kyle studied computer science and electrical engineering at MIT.
Marni Walden is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States, with responsibility for the company’s nationwide operations and delivery of industry-leading performance for consumer and business customers. A premier technology company, Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.
Prior to her current role, she was vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, responsible for all marketing initiatives and the management and development of mobile products and services. This included brand management, media buying, agency management and website integration across the entire corporation.
Walden also has served as president of the company’s Midwest Area, responsible for operations spanning 15 states. Previously, she was president of the Southern California Region, and president of the Desert Mountain Region.
She also has served as branch director for AirTouch Cellular in Colorado and Wyoming.
Walden has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, working for AT&T Wireless, McCaw Communications and General Cellular, as well as AirTouch and Verizon Wireless.
Brinkley Warren is a serial entrepreneur with experience in sectors such as advanced technology (AI, Genomics, Robotics), personalized health, and entertainment. In addition, he is the coordinator of Lean Startup Circle - Silicon Valley and serves as a lean startup advisor at Singularity University's graduate studies program at NASA Ames.
Padmasree Warrior has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2014. Ms. Warrior has served as Chief Technology Officer since March 2008 and Chief Strategy Officer since July 2012 at Cisco Systems, Inc., a networking equipment provider.
Prior to joining Cisco, Ms. Warrior served in various executive roles at Motorola, Inc., a telecommunications company, from 1998 to November 2007, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer from January 2003 to November 2007.
Ms. Warrior currently serves on the board of directors of The Gap, Inc., a retail apparel company. Ms. Warrior holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Ms. Warrior was selected to serve on our board of directors because of her extensive experience with technology companies.
Melonee Wise is the CEO of Fetch Robotics, which is delivering advanced robots for the logistics industry. The company introduced their robot system, including Fetch and Freight, in May of 2015. Prior to joining Fetch, Melonee was CEO and co-founder of Unbounded Robotics. Before then, Melonee was Manager of Robot Development at Willow Garage, where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware, including the PR2 and TurtleBot from Willow Garage. Melonee also has extensive experience in the growth of ROS as a research and commercial platform. Melonee is currently a Mentor in the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator.
Monique Woodard is an entrepreneur and marketing strategist who specializes in creating online experiences for consumers. At Brand Institute, she led brand name development projects for Avon, Starbucks, and Bayer. She has worked in product management and marketing for more than ten years with a focus on e-commerce and online entertainment. She has direct experience in affiliate marketing and consumer behavior.
Monique has deep insight into the future of technology and the social movements around them and is passionate about creating the next generation of consumer web and mobile products.
Monique Woodard is the CEO and Founder of Rebelle – a mobile company for lifestyle apps. Their first app, Speak Chic, teaches you how to correctly pronounce fashion brands.
Monique is also the co-founder of Black Founders, a networking organization for black tech professionals and startup executives. The group produces monthly networking and educational events that draw from more than 300 members in Silicon Valley and will be expanding nationally in 2012.
Monique was named one of the “Black Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter” by BlackEnterprise.com and has been interviewed on topics around startups and diversity for ZDNet tech blog, KPOO radio, Madame Noire, and Essence Magazine.
Monique Woodard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Miami.
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