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Startup Battlefield brings the world's top early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors. The judges include TechCrunch editors as well as top VCs and entrepreneurs, and past winners include names like Dropbox, Mint, Yammer, Zenefits, and many more. Participation is free and open.
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Stewart Alsop is a cofounder and partner of Alsop Louie Partners, an early-stage technology venture capital firm founded in 2006 and located in San Francisco. The firm focuses on disruptive and innovative technologies, and has made investments in the areas of cyber security, predictive analytics, education, and entertainment. Some of the companies the firm has led investments in include Twitch (sold to Amazon), Netwitness, Keyssa, Cleversafe, Wickr, and Lookingglass Cyber Security.
Stewart started out as a business journalist and commentator, serving as editor at publications such as Inc. Magazine and InfoWorld. He later started his own newsletter, P.C. Letter, as well as two conferences, Agenda and Demo. In 1996, Stewart changed careers to become a venture capitalist, joining New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a top-tier venture capital firm. He was a general partner with NEA until 2005, and led the firm’s investments in companies such as TiVo, Portola Communications (sold to Netscape), Netcentives, Glu Mobile, and Xfire. Stewart wrote the “Alsop On InfoTech” column for Fortune magazine while at NEA, and later served as a member of the board of directors for Sonos, Inc. from 2005 to 2013.
Janica Alvarez is the co-founder and CEO of Naya Health, responsible for company leadership, product vision and strategy, and operations and manufacturing excellence. Beginning with reinventing the breast pump and bottle, Janica’s mission for Naya Health is to create better experiences for moms through a range of early-infant nutritional products and services.
Prior to Naya Health, Janica spent 10-plus years leading teams in healthcare and clinical research, including at biotech giants Genentech and Gilead Sciences. She was responsible for the launch and management of the review and approval by the FDA of a dozen revenue-generating oncology and HIV therapies in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Janica holds multiple patents and has a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Weber State University and studied Clinical Bioethics at Union Graduate College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
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.
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.
Anjula Acharia is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, pop culture enthusiast & angel investor in ClassPass, The Hunt (acquired by Pinterest), Mayvenn, Gobble, The Muse, Cue and Hooked – Telepathic. As a partner at Trinity Ventures, Anjula works to transform portfolio companies into truly global brands as well as work to further Trinity’s campaign for greater diversity in tech. Prior to joining Trinity, Anjula
co-founded Desi Hits!, which introduced mega-stars Lady Gaga, 50 cent and Britney Spears to India and launched Bollywood star, Priyanka Chopra with partner/investor Jimmy Iovine in the U.S. She has deep connections in the entertainment/music/tech world and was named as one of Billboard’s ‘International Power Players’ and ‘Top 40 Women in Music.” She is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs and bridging the gap between technology and entertainment and to this end was named on Vanity Fair’s ‘Next Establishment’ List as a “Titan disrupting media, technology and culture”.
Most recently Anjula was on ELLE’S List of 2016 “Women in Tech” and named as one of “The Top Women Executives of Indian Heritage” by Forbes Magazine.
Anjula also manages Priyanka Chopra.
Armstrong is CEO of AOL Inc., a leading global media technology company headquartered in NYC and operating in over 20 countries worldwide. Under Armstrong's leadership, AOL was acquired by Verizon for 4.4 billion dollars on May 12, 2015. Prior to joining AOL, Armstrong spent almost a decade at Google, where he served as President of Google's Americas Operations and SVP of Google Inc. as well as serving on the company's global operating committee. Armstrong 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). Armstrong has also been an active investor in the start-up community, both on and offline.
Cyan Banister is a partner at Founders Fund, where she invests across sectors and stages with a particular interest in heavily regulated industries, marketplaces, SaaS and businesses that help people with basic skills find meaningful work. Prior to joining Founders Fund, Cyan was an active angel investor with a portfolio including Uber, Thumbtack, SpaceX, EShares, Postmates and Affirm.
A self-taught engineer and entrepreneur, Cyan has held a number of technical leadership positions throughout her career. As an early employee at IronPort, which was acquired by Cisco, Cyan oversaw support infrastructure and performance for a global customer base.
Cyan has a passion for the arts and is a voracious film, documentary and media consumer. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Zivity, and the Co-founder of Signal Media Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes and facilitates the accurate portrayal of science, technology, and history in popular media.
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.
Roelof F. Botha focuses on Internet, services and software investments. He is a Director of Eventbrite, Evernote, Inside.com, 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 YouTube.com (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.
Prior to co-founding Leap Motion, Michael was the CEO of Zazuba.com, a business appointment service later acquired by a major national yellow pages company. Additionally, he ran the first deployment of computers to Madagascar with the One Laptop per Child program. Michael earned his dual Bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from George Washington University.
Ashton B. Carter is the 25th Secretary of Defense.
Secretary Carter has spent more than three decades leveraging his knowledge of science and technology, global strategy and policy as well as his deep dedication to the men and women of the Department of Defense to make our nation and the world a safer place. He has done so in direct and indirect service of eleven secretaries of defense in both Democratic and Republican Administrations. Whether in government, academia, or the private sector, Secretary Carter has been guided by pragmatism and his belief in the boundless opportunities of the United States and has worked tirelessly to contribute to the ideas, policies, and innovations that assure our global leadership.
Secretary Carter was Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013, serving as DoD’s chief operating officer, overseeing the department’s annual budget and its over three million civilian and military personnel, steering strategy and budget through the turmoil of sequester and ensuring the future of the force and institutional best practices. From 2009 to 2011, he was Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (ATL) with responsibility for DoD’s procurement reform and innovation agenda and successful completion of key procurements like the KC-46 tanker. In this capacity, Secretary Carter also led the development and production of thousands of mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles and other rapid acquisitions that saved countless service members’ lives. Determined to get the most for both the warfighters and the taxpayer, Secretary Carter instituted “Better Buying Power” for the first time guiding the department acquisition workforce to smarter and leaner purchasing. And from 1993-1996, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, where he was responsible for – among other issues – strategic affairs, nuclear weapons policy, and the Nunn-Lugar program that removed nuclear weapons from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. Secretary Carter also served on the Defense Policy Board, the Defense Science Board, and the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board.
Outside of his government service, Secretary Carter was most recently a distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a lecturer at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He also was a Senior Executive at the Markle Foundation, helping its Economic Future Initiative advance technology strategies to enable Americans to flourish in a networked global economy. Previously Secretary Carter served as a Senior Partner of Global Technology Partners focused on advising major investment firms in technology, and an advisor on global affairs to Goldman Sachs. At Harvard’s Kennedy School, he was Professor of Science and International Affairs and Chair of the International & Global Affairs faculty. He served on the boards of the MITRE Corporation, Mitretek Systems, and Lincoln Laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and as a member of the Draper Laboratory Corporation. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.
Secretary Carter earned his bachelor’s degrees in physics and in medieval history, summa cum laude, at Yale University, where he was also awarded Phi Beta Kappa; and he received his doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was a physics instructor at Oxford, a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University and M.I.T., and an experimental research associate at Brookhaven and Fermilab National Laboratories.
For his government service, Secretary Carter has been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, DoD’s highest, on five separate occasions. He received the Defense Intelligence Medal for his contributions to intelligence and the Joint Distinguished Service Medal from the Chairman and Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Secretary Carter is author or co-author of 11 books and more than 100 articles on physics, technology, national security, and management.
A native of Philadelphia, he is married to Stephanie Carter and has two grown children.
Gui Cavalcanti grew up watching science fiction movies and playing BattleTech and Mechwarrior, and dreamed of building real-life versions of those giant robots. He went to school at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, specializing in biologically-inspired robot design, then worked at Boston Dynamics as a robotics engineer and systems integrator on the LS3, PETMAN, and BigDog robots for 4 years. He founded Artisan's Asylum in 2010, Boston's largest makerspace, in order to have the tools and space he needed to work on the robots of his dreams. He then co-founded MegaBots out of the space with Matt Oehrlein in 2014.
Wesley Chan is a Managing Director at Felicis Ventures. He has led investment rounds and holds board or observer seats in Canva, CultureAmp and Dialpad.
Wesley was previously a General Partner at Google Ventures, where he led investment rounds and held board or observer seats in Angelist, Crittericism, iPerian (exited to Bristol Myers-Squibb), Cool Planet Energy Systems, and Switch Communications. Wesley also led investments in Optimizely, Vungle, DataPad (exited to Cloudera), Freshplum (exited to TellApart), Namo Media (exited to Twitter), and Parse (exited to Facebook).
As an early employee at Google, he founded and launched Google Analytics and Google Voice, which reach tens of millions of users worldwide. Wesley is a recipient of Google’s Founders Award–the company’s most prestigious recognition–for leading the development of Google’s early client efforts, which led to the development of Google Chrome. Wesley is an inventor with 15 US Patents, many from his work on building Google’s early advertising products.
Additionally, Wesley has held technical positions both at HP Labs and Microsoft. He holds both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT where he completed his graduate research at the Media Laboratory.
He was selected as a “Top 35 Under 35” innovator by Technology Review magazine in 2010. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and his story as an early product innovator at Google is covered by Steven Levy’s Google Book, “In The Plex.”
Aparna Chennapragada is a Director of Product Management at Google. She most recently led Google Now and related efforts to proactively bring information to users through the day. Having led multiple efforts across Google Search and YouTube over the years, she is excited about the potential of AI and algorithms in powering useful products. Aparna has over 15 years of experience in the tech industry, as a computer scientist, engineer and product leader, starting with helping build world's first content delivery services at Akamai technologies. She has a Masters in Management and Engineering from MIT, Masters in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.
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
The first unanimous MVP in NBA history, Stephen Curry is the starting point guard for the 2015 NBA Champions Golden State Warriors. Curry, who is a three-time NBA All-Star, holds the NBA record for the most 3-pointers in a season and in back-to-back seasons. The two-time NBA MVP is the only player in NBA history with at least 250 threes and 500 assists in consecutive seasons. Community and charity-minded, Curry serves as an ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, providing life-saving bed nets in Africa. Follow Curry on social media: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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.
Prior to joining BioRelix in October 2007, Dr. Dixon was a Vice President with Bayer HealthCare in West Haven Connecticut. In that position he led a multi-disciplinary organization of up to 130 employees that delivered state-of-the-art expertise in oncology biomarker discovery, new lead discovery, research drug formulation, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism to Bayer’s global R&D business.
In addition he held leadership roles in R&D licensing initiatives, strategic alliances and cross divisional collaborations in translational medicine. From 1998 – 2001 Brian directed Bayer drug discovery efforts in both the Osteoporosis and Oncology therapeutic areas, where his research groups advanced a number of drug candidates into pre-clinical development.
Brian was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral training at Harvard University.
Rana el Kaliouby, PhD, is co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, the pioneer in emotion-aware technology, the next frontier of Artificial Intelligence. She invented the company’s award winning, emotion recognition technology, that is built on an emotion AI science platform that uses deep learning and the world’s largest emotion data repository of nearly 4.5 million faces analyzed from 75 countries, amounting to more than 50 billion emotion data points. Prior to founding Affectiva, as a research scientist at MIT Media Lab, Rana spearheaded the applications of emotion technology in a variety of fields, including mental health and autism research. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Wired, Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, CBS, TIME Magazine, Fortune and Reddit. A TED speaker, 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, 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.
Josh is an investment partner at Greylock Partners, He invests in entrepreneurs building social networks and platforms, mobile apps, new media, and connected devices.
He joined the team in 2011 and invests in entrepreneurs building new consumer products and services. Josh specializes in designing, building, and scaling consumer products, having been part of multiple companies that have grown to more than 100 million users.
Before joining Greylock, Josh spent 15 years in product and engineering roles at leading companies in social, commerce, and media. Josh was the product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, growing Twitter’s active user base by nearly 10x. Prior to Twitter, Josh worked on the platform at Facebook and led the launch of Facebook Connect. Josh was an early employee at LinkedIn and helped establish early models for user growth and launched v1 of LinkedIn Jobs. Josh also held roles leading product management for Zazzle, and product and engineering for RealJukebox and RealPlayer at RealNetworks.
Josh currently serves on the boards of Medium, Meerkat, Operator, Discord, Musical.ly and Jelly. Josh also works closely with our investments in Nextdoor and Whosay. Josh led Greylock’s investment in SmartThings, which was acquired by Samsung in 2014.
Josh holds a BS in Symbolic Systems with a focus on Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.
Ilya Fushman is a Partner at Index Ventures. A former academic with both an operating and venture capital background, he is passionate about the frontiers of cutting-edge technologies and helping the next wave of startups and entrepreneurs build global businesses. Prior to joining Index, Ilya was the head of product at Dropbox. As one of Dropbox’s first 75 employees, he helped build and run the company’s business and corporate development functions, before taking on a product leadership role and building out Dropbox, Dropbox for Business and the developer platform. Before Dropbox, he was a principal at Khosla Ventures and the Director of Technology at the solar cell startup Solar Junction.
A deep technologist, Ilya holds a PhD in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he worked on quantum computing and biophysics and a B.S. in Physics from Caltech. Ilya holds a number of patents in the fields of software, photonics, and electronics. He currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys kitesurfing and skiing in his spare time.
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.
Arvind runs the SF office for SOSventures and brings over a decade of experience in helping startups and Fortune 50 companies launch new tech products. Formerly Design Director of Product Development and Strategy at IDEO and co-founder of fitness startup Starters (www.starters.com), he now plays a pivotal role in providing purpose-driven design expertise for SOSventures investments globally. In addition to driving the new SOSventures accelerator program (Leap Axlr8r ), Arvind will invest in and mentor hardware and software startup companies in the Bay Area and China.
Arvind first worked as an equity options Market Maker at the Pacific Exchange in San Francisco. During this time, Arvind became an avid BASE jumper, a sport that involves using a parachute to jump from one of four fixed objects; building, antenna, span, and earth. His passion for the sport compelled him to help understand the problem of canopy collapse during an object strike which could be fatal. This experience of working to solve a problem by blending science and art led Arvind to a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design.
Based on his experience of developing products in a variety of industries, Arvind is currently developing Adaptive Innovation, an approach to innovation that can deal with the speed of the emerging markets.
Arvind holds several US patents and has spoken at numerous conferences and events including at the SFMOMA and TEDx New Silk Road. A frequent author, his thought leadership has been published in journals ranging from Time to Design Observer to Rotman Magazine, and he has been the recipient of numerous international design awards for design and innovation including six IDSA IDEA awards.
Arvind holds a degree in Genetic Engineering form the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design from San Francisco State University.
As CEO, John leads Niantic, Inc., an innovative company dedicated to building “Real World” mobile gaming experiences that foster exploration, exercise and social interaction. Niantic has developed and released two games, Ingress and global phenomenon Pokemon GO. The company was originally founded as a start up within Google to explore the creation of new kinds of entertainment at the intersection of location, social, and emerging mobile devices. Niantic was spun out as an independent company in 2015 with backing from investors such as Google, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company.
Earlier in his career, John was a founder of Archetype Interactive, creators of one of the very first online massively multiplayer games, Meridian59, and then went on to co-found Keyhole, a company acquired by Google for the technology that lead to the creation of Google Earth. John was Vice President of Google's Geo division (overseeing projects including Maps and Street View) for seven years before founding Niantic.
John received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
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 joined Greylock Partners as an investment partner in 2009. He focuses on building products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects.
An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, Reid has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses, as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive, “blitzscale” growth.
Reid co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 400 million members around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing. He led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to LinkedIn, Reid served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was also a founding board member.
Reid is an accomplished investor. He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Convoy, Edmodo, Xapo, Linkedin, and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Mozilla Corporation, Endeavor, and Do Something. Prior to joining Greylock, he angel invested in many influential Internet companies, including Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, and Zynga.
Reid is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. His next book is focused on “blitzscaling”, based on his Stanford course of the same name.
Reid earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University. In 2010 he was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute. In 2012, he was honored by the Martin Luther King center’s Salute to Greatness Award. Also in 2012, he received the David Packard Medal of Achievement from TechAmerica and an honorary doctor of law from Babson University.
George Hotz is best known for being the first person to unlock the iPhone (original) from the AT&T network and allow the device to work on other cell carriers when he was 17. He hacked the Playstation 3 when he was 21. At 25, he was approached by Tesla to build them a car vision system for millions of dollars and said no. Today, at 26, he plans to bring consumers a self driving car, by the end of 2016, for under $1000.
Healthcare investor Wende Hutton brings 23 years of experience to identifying, investing in and building companies that are changing the practice of medicine. She has facilitated bringing over a dozen medical devices and drugs to market, and currently sits on the boards of Antiva Biosciences, Chrono Therapeutics, Glooko, OncoResponse, ReVision Optics and Theraclone Sciences. Prior investments include BiPar Sciences (acquired by Sanofi-aventis), Chimerix (CMRX), Dermira (DERM), Labrys Biologics (acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical) and Transcend Medical (acquired by Alcon/Novartis). Wende was recognized among Fierce Biotech’s 2014 "Fierce 15" women in biotech and honored as one of The Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2015 by The San Francisco Business Times.
Wende joined Canaan in 2004, and her life sciences track record includes seven IPOs and six acquisitions. She began her venture career at Mayfield Fund in 1993, where she incubated Heartstream (HPQ) and Northstar Neuroscience (NSTR). Earlier in her career, Wende held senior operational management positions at GenPharm International and Nellcor in business development and marketing.
Wende holds an AB in human biology from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. She is active with several community service groups including serving on the board of ReSurge International which provides reconstructive surgical care to the needy in developing countries.
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 cocreator, executive producer, writer and director for the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated comedy series, SILICON VALLEY, which debuted its third season in April, and is currently in preproduction for its fourth season.
Dr. Danny B. Lange is Head of Machine Learning at Uber where he leads an effort to build the world’s most versatile Machine Learning platform to support Uber’s rapid growth. With the help of this branch of Artificial Intelligence including Deep Learning, Uber can provide an even better service to its customers. Previously, Danny was the General Manager of Amazon Machine Learning - an AWS product that offers Machine Learning as a Service. Prior to Amazon, Danny was Principal Development Manager at Microsoft where he was leading a product team focused on large-scale Machine Learning for Big Data. Danny started his career at IBM Research and has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Denmark.
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.
Aileen has many years of experience helping startups build products customers love, and helping companies scale, both as an investor and an operator.She 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 - we call it Life 2.0. Cowboy-backed companies include August, Area 1 Security, DocSend, Dollar Shave Club, Lending Home, Product Hunt, Rise, Styleseat and True & Co.
Prior to Cowboy, Aileen joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers in 1999 where she was a Senior Partner and is now a Strategic Advisor. At KPCB she worked hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies including Bloom Energy, Blue Nile, Good Technology, One Kings Lane, Rent the Runway, Tellme, and Zazzle.
During that time she was also founding CEO of 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”, “Why Women Rule the Internet”, “Social Proof is the New Marketing” and “Why Your Next Board Member Should be a Woman”.
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.
Jenny Lefcourt is a partner at Freestyle, a $60M seed stage fund in San Francisco whose partners are all serial entrepreneurs. Jenny invests in next-gen commerce, marketplaces, real estate technology and SaaS. Freestyle has led investments in companies such as Intercom, Patreon, Apple Pie Capital and Digit. Jenny has personally led the firm’s investments in Narvar, BetterUp, Nestio, TrueFacet, Crexi,, Riffsy, and Giftbit.
Prior to joining Freestyle, Jenny cofounded WeddingChannel.com in 1998 (sold: KNOT), cofounded Bella Pictures (sold: CPI) and has personally invested and/or advised start-ups such as StyleSeat, Minted, and MainStreetHub. Jenny earned her BSE at Wharton and attended Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Susan Lyne is the founder and President of BBG Ventures, an early-stage investment fund for women-led tech start-ups.
The AOL-seeded fund is focused on next-gen consumer internet products, backing smart entrepreneurs who reflect and understand the consumers driving the fastest-growing areas of the internet.
Before launching BBG Ventures, Susan was CEO of AOL’s Brand Group, where she oversaw AOL’s unique content brands including AOL.com, TechCrunch, Engadget, Makers, StyleList, Moviefone and MapQuest.
From 2008 to 2012, Susan was CEO and then Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the innovative ecommerce company that pioneered flash sales in the United States. Prior to that she spent three decades in the media industry.
From 2004 to 2008 she served as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO). From 1996 to 2004, she held various positions at the Walt Disney Company and ABC, including EVP of Movies and Miniseries and later President of ABC Entertainment.
Before joining Disney she was Managing Editor of New Times and The Village Voice and created and launched Premiere Magazine, serving as Editor-in-Chief and Publication Director for eight years.
Susan previously served on the AOL Board of Directors from 2009 until March 1, 2013 and on the board of directors of CIT Group Inc. from 2006 until 2009. She currently serves on the board of directors of Gilt Groupe, Inc. and Starz, LLC.
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](http://angelpad.org), 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. See more of her work at [carinemagescas.com](http://carinemagescas.com)
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.
Dedicated to developing innovative technologies that improve learning, communication, and productivity, Jim Marggraff has founded/co-founded several successful companies, including Livescribe (inventor of the smartpen), Explore Technologies, and StrataCom. He has held a number of executive positions at LeapFrog Enterprises and invented LeapPad learning system, leading to sales of over $1 billion worldwide. Jim holds 36+ patents/apps and was Ernst &Young N. CA Entrepreneur of the Year, 2011. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
Jager McConnell is the CEO of Crunchbase, the leading platform used by millions of entrepreneurs and investors looking to discover innovative companies and the people behind them. Jager joined Crunchbase after it spun out from AOL, a move that was announced at TechCrunch Disrupt last year. Prior to joining Crunchbase, Jager spent 11 years at Salesforce in various roles across sales, marketing, and product development. In his last role at Salesforce, Jager was VP of Product in the Sales Cloud, where he oversaw the core salesforce automation product line.
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.
Leslie Miley is a Director of Engineering at Slack, he formerly held engineering leadership roles at Twitter, Apple, and Google. He serves as an adviser to several startups founded by women and minorities and is an investor in a fund dedicated to entrepreneurs who are POC, LGBT, and women.
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.
Since joining Trinity Ventures in 1999, Patricia has focused on funding companies launching innovative online consumer and business services. She is particularly interested in the impact of mobile, machine learning and crowd-sourcing on the next generation of Internet services.
Patricia has active investments in Eat Club, Kixeye, Mayvenn, Owler, Ruby Ribbon, ThredUp, and Turo, and was previously involved with Affinity Labs (acquired by Monster Worldwide), Care.com (CRCM), LoopNet (LOOP), MyNewPlace (acquired by RealPage), Sabrix (acquired by Thomson Reuters, TRI) and PayScale (acquired by Warburg Pincus).
Prior to Trinity Ventures, Patricia worked at McKinsey & Company, helping enterprises in technology, financial services, and retailing identify and address their strategic and operational issues. Previously, she also contributed to FORTUNE magazine and other publications on management best practices in technology companies.
Patricia received her M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her A.B. in Physics and Chemistry from Harvard 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.
Matthew Panzarino has been a retail jockey, founded a professional photography business and a news blog covering the Apple ecosystem. He has served as News Editor and Managing Editor at The Next Web and is now Editor-In-Chief at TechCrunch.
He has made a name for himself in the tech media world as a writer and editor, relentlessly covering Apple and Twitter, in addition to a broad range of startups in the fields of robotics, computer vision, AI, fashion, VR, AR and more.
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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.
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 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.
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 inRising 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.
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 Sacks is CEO of Zenefits. He is an Internet entrepreneur who was the founding CEO of Yammer and original COO and product leader of PayPal. He also produced the award-winning independent film Thank You For Smoking. He is an angel investor in tech companies like Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Houzz, SpaceX, and Palantir.
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.
Gary Swart is a General Partner at Polaris Partners. He was the former CEO of oDesk.
Gary is a thought leader in entrepreneurship; how best to hire and manage teams; and the future of work, including online work. He is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, fueled by his extensive experience working with startups and small businesses that use oDesk, as well as by mentoring entrepreneurs and business school students.
Gary has spoken at the Inc. Leadership Conference, The Economist’s Ideas Economy panel, South by Southwest, TechCrunch 50, TiECon, GigaOM’s Net:Work Conference in 2010 and 2011, and at Harvard Business School which teaches a case study on oDesk.
His commentary has appeared in a variety of publications including Forbes, TechCrunch and The Washington Post. He has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including BBC, National Public Radio, and the Fox Business program “After the Bell.”
Previously, he led SMB Sales for the Americas at IBM’s Rational Software Product Group, and prior to that served as VP of Worldwide Sales at Intellibank, where he was responsible for leading the sales organization.
Gary holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
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.
Hemant Taneja is a managing director of General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with approximately $3.75 billion under management. He launched the Palo Alto office the firm in 2011. Hemant focuses on founders with an authentic mission to change entire industries. His investment thesis, known as “economies of unscale,” describes how small, tightly focused companies leverage data and services to successfully take on much larger competitors. Taneja’s current investment portfolio ranges across the fields of energy, education, media, medicine, and finance, and includes companies such as Stripe, Snapchat, Gusto, Livongo Health, TuneIn, ClassDojo, Fundbox, Digit, Fractyl, Gridco Systems, and Highfive. Taneja is also deeply interested in the intersection of technology and policy. He serves on the board of directors of Khan Academy and co-founded Advanced Energy Economy, a public policy advocacy group. He holds five degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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 Diapers.com, Soap.com, Wag.com, 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.
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.
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 musical.ly, 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,Vancl.com, 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.
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.)
Ted Ullyot is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he leads Policy and Regulatory Affairs. He is also a cofounder of the Economic Innovation Group, which brings together leading entrepreneurs, investors, economists, and policymakers from across the political spectrum to address America’s economic challenges. From 2008 to 2013, Ted served as general counsel of Facebook where he built and ran the company’s legal and security teams from private, early-stage through IPO.
Ted spent most of his pre-Facebook career in a variety of positions in Washington D.C., including as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; as a litigation partner in the Washington office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP; and in the administration of President George W. Bush (as a deputy assistant in the White House, and later as chief of staff at the Justice Department under Attorney General Gonzales).
Ted graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, after doing his undergraduate work at Harvard. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three children.
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.
Padmasree Warrior is Chief Executive Officer of NextEV, U.S. She also serves as the Chief
Development Officer of NextEV, as well as a member of its Board of Directors. In these capacities, she is responsible for the brains of NextEV's autonomous, electric vehicles and the overall user experience. She is based in San Jose, CA where NextEV US is headquartered.
Previously, Warrior served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) for Cisco until
September 2015. In this capacity she was charged with aligning the company's technology and
business strategy to business results. She was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers,
acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic partnerships. Previous to that she was the GM for
Cisco Enterprise segment and co-led Cisco's worldwide engineering organization. Prior to joining
Cisco, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was
awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology.
Padmasree Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has
named her one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for three years running. In 2013, The
International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless". The Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award. India's National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM) named her the Global CTO Award winner. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of "50 Women to Watch." Fast Company included her among the "100 Most Creative People in Business." The Economic Times listed her as "the 11th Most Influential Global Indian."
Warrior holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of
Technology in New Delhi and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell
University. In addition to NextEV's board, Warrior serves on the board of Microsoft. She previously served on the board of Gap and Box.
Warrior is married and has a son. You can follow her on Twitter @Padmasree.
Diana Williams is a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group, the team charged with developing narrative cohesion narrative cohesion and connectivity within the Star Wars universe. She is also the creative development executive for ILMxLAB (http://www.ilmxlab.com/), a laboratory for immersive augmented and virtual entertainment. The recently launched division that combines the talent of Lucasfilm, ILM and Skywalker Sound, ILMxLAB focuses on compelling storytelling, technological innovation and world-class production that will reinvent the way stories are told and experienced.
Prior to Lucasfilm, Diana was a founder of Roller Coaster Entertainment. She produced critically acclaimed narrative films which include Our Song, documentaries Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible and Another First Step, webseries Awesome Asian Bad Guys and consulted on Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis for Starz Entertainment and Room 237. Diana also developed The Gatecrashers – a multi-media storyworld and comic book series created by Zach Mortensen; 5 Girls – southern gothic horror feature film; and Chinafornia – an animated comedy webseries created by Ellie Lee.
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.
Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube.
Previously, she was the Senior Vice President of Advertising & Commerce at Google. She oversaw the design, innovation and engineering of Google's advertising, commerce, and measurement platform products, including AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, Offers, and Google Analytics.
Susan joined Google in 1999 as the company's first marketing manager and worked on the initial marketing programs. She also led the initial development of several key successful consumer products including Google Images and Google Books.
Before joining Google, Susan worked at Intel, Bain & Company, and several start-ups. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master's in economics from the UC Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA.
Monique Woodard is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups where she invests in early stage startups and leads a $25M microfund that invests in Black and Latino founders and markets. She believes that shifting demographics combined with the current $2.5 trillion in Black and Latino purchasing power are creating the next big emerging market ‒ right here in the United States. Monique invests at the intersection of startups led by Black and Latino founders and companies focusing on high-growth categories that will be impacted by this demographic and economic growth.
Monique is also the Founder and Executive Director of Black Founders -- a nonprofit startup started by four tech friends in a San Francisco restaurant over shrimp and grits and jazz music.
Their hackathons at historically black colleges and universities and workshops and conferences for founders are designed to move entrepreneurs from idea to execution. With a mission to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech, the organization has cultivated a new generation of tech founders from Silicon Valley to New York City, Atlanta, Austin, and several HBCU campuses.
Previously, Monique served as one of the first Innovation Fellows for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office where she worked on the many ways that a city at the epicenter of innovation can use technology to transform workforce and other government services. During her fellowship term, she wrote the resolution on broadband and unlicensed spectrum which was adopted at the US Conference of Mayors and contributed to the City’s early strategy around community internet access and closing the digital divide in low-income and minority communities.
Monique was an entrepreneur before entrepreneurship was the new normal. She has built things big and small, including Speak Chic – a mobile app that teaches you how to correctly pronounce fashion brands. Speak Chic gained a loyal fashion-insider following and was featured in Harper’s Bazaar UK, Cosmopolitan, Essence, and InStyle.
Monique has been an advisor to for-proft startups and technology-focused philanthropic organizations including EveryoneOn.org and Startup Policy Lab. She regularly speaks, writes, and advises in the areas of consumer technology, diversity, and civic technology. She has been interviewed around entrepreneurship and investing for USA Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Buzzfeed, NPR, TheRoot, and Essence Magazine.
You can find out more at moniquewoodard.com and follow her on Twitter @moniquewoodard.
On Monday and Tuesday of the conference, come by the Showcase Stage in the heart of Startup Alley at 12:00pm to see startups in these fields demo their company’s innovations.
VR/AR Demo Companies – Monday, September 12 @ 12:00pm:
cognitiveVR | Analytics for Virtual Reality
Emerge | Recreates touch in mid-air
Lampix| Transform any surface into a smart surface
Sync-Think |SyncThink provides technology for rapid concussion assessment and monitoring
TheWaveVR |TheWave is a cross-platform virtual reality music experience.
AI Demo Companies – Tuesday, September 13 @ 12:00pm
Bazillion Beings | Platform for micro AIs as alternatives to apps
Seamless Planet | Mobile AI-assisted travel concierge service
Smart Moderation | Intelligence that protects your profiles from inappropriate content
The SaaS Co. | Email bot for sales people – Learning Intelligent Sales Agent (LISA)
Valossa | Video artificial intelligence
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.
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