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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.
Deborah Anderson-Bialis is a co-founder at FertilityIQ.
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.
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.
Scott Belsky has committed his professional life to help organize creative people, teams, and networks. Scott is Adobe's Vice President of Community and Head of Behance, the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Millions of people use Behance to display and find talent every month. Behance also powers portfolio display for LinkedIn, AIGA, AdWeek, School of Visual Arts (SVA), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and many other sites and curated galleries around the web —as well as 10,000+ personal websites via Behance's ProSite service. Behance also runs 99U, a think tank and annual conference for creative leaders focused on the execution of ideas.
He is a frequent contributor on MSNBC and has worked with leading companies and organizations including General Electric, Proctor & Gamble, and Facebook. In 2010, Scott was also included in Fast Company's list of "100 Most Creative People in Business." Scott is the author of the international bestselling book Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio, Penguin Books). He also serves as an advisor and investor in several early-stage companies including Pinterest, Uber, and Warby Parker. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
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.
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.
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
Jennifer A. Doudna is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research seeks to understand how non-coding RNA molecules control the expression of genetic information, and she has published extensively in the field of CRISPRs.
After serving as a member of the Yale University faculty for eight years, during which time she was promoted to Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, she joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 2002.
She has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator since 1997 and a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 2002.
She was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010.
Dr. Doudna holds a B.A. in biochemistry from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University.
Meron Gribetz is the CEO of Meta.
Meron previously worked in an elite technological unit in the Israel Defense Forces and has project-managed the creation of similar devices for the military.
He studied computer science and neuroscience at Columbia University.
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.
Reid Hoffman is a co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn and a partner at Greylock. Prior to that, he was the executive vice president at PayPal. He publishes essays related to entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, civics, politics, and philosophical topics on his official website.
The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age and The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career are two books co-authored by Reid.
Reid is a board observer at Airbnb, Gowalla, and Swipely; an advisor to Groupon; and a director at Zynga, Mozilla Corp., Six Apart, Shopkick, and Kiva.org. He is an angel investor in several internet companies, including Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, Ning, Six Apart, and Zynga.
Reid earned a Master's degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Bachelor's degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction.
In 2010 he received an SD Forum Visionary Award and was named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute. Reid Hoffman was born on August 5, 1967, and he lives in San Francisco, United States.
Rana is Chief Strategy and Science Officer and Co-founder. As a research scientist at MIT Media Lab Rana spearheaded the applications of facial coding. Her work has appeared in Reuters, Wired, Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The New Yorker.
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”.
Rana holds a BSc and MSc in computer science from the American University in Cairo and a Ph.D. from the computer laboratory, University of Cambridge.
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.
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.
A Silicon Valley native, Leslie Miley began his tech addiction programming on the Mac Plus and hacking set top boxes, to working and then leading engineering teams at the world’s most recognizable tech companies.
In between trying to make the perfect cup of coffee and chess boxing, Leslie formerly worked @Twitter working on Abuse, Safety and Security.
Besides going off the grid for a few years and building a straw bale house, Leslie has held various engineering leadership roles at Yahoo, Google, Apple and Modcloth.
Leslie has served on the board of advisors for The Center for Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy, at the Univ. of Texas at El Paso, and was a founder and speaker at the first Google Test Automation Conference. He attended the University of Kansas.
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 serial entrepreneur, leading venture capitalist, and angel investor. He is also a co-founder and managing director at [Sherpa Ventures](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/sherpa-ventures), a San Francisco-based venture capital firm.
Prior to founding [Sherpa Ventures](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/sherpa-ventures), Pishevar served as a managing director at [Menlo Ventures](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/menlo-ventures). While at [Menlo](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/menlo-ventures), he helped launch the [Menlo Talent Fund](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/menlo-ventures-talent-fund), [Menlo](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/menlo-ventures)’s $20M seed fund. Earlier in his career, Pishevar founded and operated technology-enabled companies, including Webs.com, [Social Gaming Network](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/social-gaming-network), and [HyperOffice](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/hyperoffice-com). Companies he founded have reached an aggregate of 100 million users and successfully raised an aggregate of $50 million.
As an angel and seed investor, Pishevar has invested in over 60 companies in the social commerce, search, and media sectors as well as in the Ad tech and mobile sectors.
Pishevar was 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](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/comscore), is 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 key note speaker at the President Obama’s Summit on entrepreneurship in Algeria.
Pishevar is a graduate from the [University of California](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/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).
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.
Christina Sass began building education programs in her home state of Georgia and has since started schools and youth programs in the U.S., China, The Palestinian Territories, Kenya, and Nigeria.
While directing the Program Department at The Clinton Global Initiative, she worked closely with President Clinton and his office to design and execute the annual CGI agenda. This involved driving Commitments to Action with corporations, NGOs, governments and philanthropies with a particular focus on scalable education solutions and empowerment of girls and women in developing countries. She then served as an advisor to the President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation on fostering collaboration among partners. The MasterCard Foundation is a global foundation with over $9 billion in assets working to advance youth learning and financial inclusion for youth in Africa.
In co-founding Andela, Christina has finally found a scalable way for bright but disadvantaged young people to receive training and employment without any debt and without leaving their home countries. She believes this model has the power to both close global labor gaps and launch lifelong careers for thousands of young people.
Christina has a Bachelor’s degree in Ancient Philosophy from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs) and a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at 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.
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.
Santiago "Santi" joins Emergence Capital Partners as a Senior Associate. Santi is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 8 years of operational experience in the IT sector.Prior to joining Emergence, Santi was an advisor at Aqua Capital Partners where he assisted with the due diligence process for new technology investments and developed detailed models to facilitate analysis of companies.
Before joining Aqua Capital Partners, Santi was a summer associate at Storm Ventures where he sourced opportunities and presented investment recommendations in the SaaS, enterprise software and consumer internet spaces.In 1999, Santi founded his own company, AXG Tecnonexo, the largest e-learning vendor in Latin America. He expanded the company from its inception to more than 150 employees with operations across Latin America and the US. The solutions offered included a Learning Management System (licensed or provided as a service), custom content development services, and consulting.
To accelerate the company's international growth, Santi designed and implemented a hybrid direct sales approach with a strong channel partner component to target large corporations. With this strategy AXG Tecnonexo was able to secure contracts with blue-chip clients such as Bank of America, Coca Cola, DirecTV and the World Bank. AXG Tecnonexo remains strong today, and is backed by institutional investors.
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 Finalist 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, as almost every Argentine, he is passionate about soccer.
Sebastian Burkhard Thrun is CEO of Udacity, a Google Fellow and VP, and a Research Professor at Stanford University. He has published over 370 scientific papers and 11 books, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering in the US.
Fast Company named Sebastian the fifth most creative person in business, and Foreign Policy touted him Global Thinker #4. Sebastian works on revolutionizing all of transportation, education, and mobile devices.
At Google, he founded Google X, which is home to projects like the Google self-driving car and the recently announced Google Glass. He and his team are trying to radically innovate, innovate, and innovate.
He says: "I am on a mission to learn from Google's amazing founders, Sergey and Larry". At Udacity, we are trying to democratize higher education. Udacity stands for: ‘we are audacious, for you, the student’. This is an audacious step, and it has been a thrill ride." He is an educator, programmer, robotics developer and computer scientist from Germany.
He is CEO and cofounder of Udacity, an institution he cofounded with David Stavens and Mike Sokolsky. He is a Google VP and Fellow, and a part-time Research Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. Sebastian led development of the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and which has since been placed on exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. His team also developed a vehicle called Junior, which placed second at the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007. Sebastian led the development of the Google self-driving car.
Sebastian is also known for his work on probabilistic programming techniques in robotics, with applications including robotic mapping. In recognition of his contributions, and at age 39, Sebastian was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and also into the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2007.
In 2011, Sebastian received the Max-Planck-Research Award and the inaugural AAAI Ed Feigenbaum Prize. Fast Company selected Sebastian as the fifth most creative person in business in the world.
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.
Bradley Tusk is currently the Founder of Tusk Strategies, which develops, manages and executes full-scale PR campaigns. When someone has a lot at stake - whether they are a Fortune 500 company, a major issue advocacy group, or a candidate for office - and they want someone to professionally manage their campaign for them, they hire Tusk. Using a holistic approach Tusk will develop the underlying strategy, help put together the team, and then will run the campaign through to completion.
Prior to founding Tusk Strategies, Bradley, helped New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with his re-election. Tusk was the Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers. and before that, Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois.
He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English Language and Literature/Letters.
He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School:
Doctor of Law (J.D.)
Kyle is the CEO and Founder of Cruise, a company building self-driving cars.
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.
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 will be delivering advanced robots for the logistics industry this year. 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.
Our Hackathons are crazy, exciting, exhausting events where hundreds of coders and developers come together to form teams which have just shy of 24 hours to build something amazing from the ground up.
2 Tickets for $1995
2 Tickets for $1995
Students currently enrolled in a college or university program are eligible for reduced admission ($300) to Disrupt SF. To apply for this rate, send a copy of your current transcripts showing your current enrollment status and a copy of your university identification card to email@example.com. Upon approval, you will be provided instructions on how to complete your registration.
Current full-time employees of federal, state or local government agencies, current full-time employees of international government agencies and active military employees only can receive an attendee ticket to Disrupt SF for $995. To qualify for the discount, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org from a valid .gov email address with a copy of your current, valid government ID. Additionally you must present your current, valid government identification card during registration check-in at Disrupt SF. If you are unable to provide valid government identification at the event, you will be charged the general admission rate of $2,995.
The government discount cannot be combined with any other discount offers.
Government contractors, including contractors working on government “Cost Reimbursable Contracts”, are not eligible for the government discount.
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TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco是世界上最具影响力的初创公司活动。活动最大特色就是聚集了硅谷最好的投资者和企业家以及来自创业竞技场（Startup Battlefield competition）的顶尖初创公司，包含人工智能和虚拟实现在内的各领域数百家参展初创公司。今年Disrupt在9月12日至14日旧金山码头48（Pier 48）举行。本次TechCrunch将会是第一次为华人访客提供更体贴及方便的服务。这里是我们将提供的特别服务：
我们期待您的加入。往届Disrupt的演讲者包括特拉维斯·卡兰尼克（Travis Kalanick）、马克·扎克伯格（Mark Zuckerberg），马克·贝尼奥夫（Marc Benioff）和伊隆·马斯克（Elon Musk）。我们的创业竞技场取得了巨大的成功。在过去的八年中，已有610家公司在该竞赛中成立。他们一共筹集到了总计61亿美元，并且有76家公司通过收购或IPO实现了投资退场。过去的参赛者包括DropBox、Mint、Yammer、Zenefits、Postmates和CloudFlare等公司。您可以在这里查看创业竞技场完整的公司列表。此外，在展会现场，还将有上百个优秀的创业公司参展，并且每天都由不同的参展的公司参展。