San Francisco, Sept 12-14, 2016

See You At Disrupt SF


This is your hub for important information to make the most of your time at Disrupt SF. Keep checking back here as we will update with more information as it becomes available!




Doors open at 7:00am on Monday and 7:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday and programming begins at 9am each day.

REMEMBER: Print out your Universe ticket or pull it up on a mobile device for quick entry into Disrupt. Be sure to bring your photo ID every day as we will be checking it against badges throughout the event. Don’t forget your badge every day – there is a $500 reprint fee for lost or misplaced badges.

If you need to change the name on a ticket prior to September 11, please follow these instructions. If you need to change it after September 11, you will need to go to the Conference Help Desk at registration. Once your badge is printed at the venue, you will not be allowed to change the name.

If you are having trouble finding your ticket in your email inbox, search for “Universe”, our registration platform.


Pier 48
San Francisco, CA 94158


Disrupt SF’s location at Pier 48 is great because it is close to public transit and easily accessible via any shared ride service. Click on this map for parking lots and transit stop locations. We strongly encourage you to take transit or ride sharing service each day of the conference.

The Giants play at AT&T Park on Monday and Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoon. Lots B and E are located on South St between 3rd St. and Terry A Francois Blvd. It’s about a 12-15 minute walk to Pier 48 from those lots.

Lots B & E Pricing Per Day:
9/12: $16 all day if park before 12:00pm, $38 all day if park after 12:00pm
9/13: $16 all day if park before 12:00pm, $38 all day if park after 12:00pm
9/14: $38 all day

Parking will be at a premium and Lot A will be closed to Disrupt parking each day due to the games, so we urge you again to use public transportation or take a ride-share service if possible. The easiest way to transfer onto MUNI from BART is at Embarcadero BART Station; SF MUNI’s 2nd & King and 4th & King stops are both a 10 minute easy walk to Pier 48.

For those coming from the South Bay, CalTrain San Francisco Station is very close to the venue and an light 10 minute walk to Pier 48.

Things To Do

If this is your first time in San Francisco or if you are a local, here are a few of our favorite spots near Pier 48 for you to take advantage of.


Atwater Tavern (295 Terry A Francois Boulevard) – Get $2 off all draught and bottled beer, their famous Gin 209 mule, single liquor well mixed drinks and wine on draught when you show your Disrupt SF badge between 3PM-6PM on Monday and 11:30AM and 6:00PM on Tuesday and Wednesday. Happy hour food specials will be available starting at 3PM.

The Yard At Mission Rock (3rd St & Terry A Francois Blvd) – The Yard at Mission Rock is a pop-up shipping container village with select local food & drink retailers

  • Anchor Brewing – An undisputed icon, Anchor is America’s first craft brewery where beers are handmade in a traditional copper brewhouse from an all-malt mash.
  • Creperie Saint Germain – Crêperie Saint-Germain offers savory and sweet buckwheat crêpes stuffed with fresh, sustainable, organic ingredients and prepared according to the traditional, time-honored method used in kitchens across France.
  • Belcampo – Burgers, Dogs & More – Belcampo is a lot of things: a farm, a meat processing plant, a neighborhood butcher shop, a restaurant.

District (216 Townsend Street) – District brings together a menu of small, shareable plates, pizza and house-made charcuterie with one of the city’s most extensive wine by the glass offerings.

Public House (24 Willie Mays Plaza) -Public House, a modern sports pub is designed to be a year-round destination for great sports watching.

Umami Burger (242 King Street) – Enjoy a burger and fries on our patio or join us inside for a craft beer and to catch a game on one of our big screen TVs.


San Francisco Cable Car Museum – Houses a collection of historic cable cars, photographs, mechanical displays and gift shop run by the Friends of the Cable Car Museum – a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of cable car history.

San Francisco City Guides – City Guides is a non-profit organization with more than 200 trained volunteers who lead FREE history and architectural walking tours in San Francisco.

San Francisco Tourism Board

Hotel Accommodations

For those of you traveling to San Francisco, finding the right hotel can be extremely vexing. Our official Disrupt SF hotel partner, the Marriott Marquis San Francisco is a quick 10 minute drive to Disrupt SF’s Pier 48 location, and is right in the heart of San Francisco’s downtown SOMA district.

Book your hotel room here!

DISRUPT Mobile App

It’s here! The Disrupt Mobile app is now available to download in the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores! 

Use the mobile app during Disrupt SF to:

  • Find and chat with other Disrupt SF attendees
  • Vote for the Startup Wild Cards each day
  • View the complete agenda and speaker bios
  • Get reminders for the sessions you don’t want to miss
  • Discover all of the early stage startups in Startup and Hardware Alley and sponsors on the show floor
  • Stay on top of all the action with pushed event notifications
  • Watch the livestream and videos posted live from the event

As a registered attendee, you can log-in to the app to communicate with other attendees and get access to all of the content – have your Universe registration ticket ID or Universe account log-in.

Any questions? Email

Check out this quick video! 



Monday, Sept 12

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

    Opening Remarks

  • 9:05 am - 9:25 am

    Life Inside the Text Bubble with David Marcus (Facebook Messenger)

  • 9:25 am - 9:45 am

    Fantasy Fulfilled with Jason Robbins (DraftKings)

  • 9:45 am - 10:05 am

    Crunching Tech's Numbers with Jager McConnell (CrunchBase)

  • 10:05 am - 10:30 am

    Building Gov as a Service: Megan Smith and Alexander Macgillivray (United States Government)

  • 10:30 am - 10:50 am

    Reinventing Relevance with Morgan DeBaun (Blavity)

  • 10:50 am - 11:10 am

    From SMS to IPO Jeff Lawson (Twilio)

  • 11:10 am - 11:30 am

    Slacking Everyone with Leslie Miley (Slack)

  • 11:50 am - 12:10 pm

    Gaming the Gamers with Min Liang-Tan (Razer)

  • 12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

    Satire Valley with Mike Judge (HBO's Silicon Valley)

  • 12:30 pm - 1:40 pm


  • 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    Fitting Yahoo into Verizon with Tim Armstrong (Aol) and Marni Walden (Verizon)

  • 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition- Session 1

  • 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm


  • 3:30 pm - 4:40 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition- Session 2

  • 4:40 pm - 4:55 pm


  • 4:55 pm - 6:05 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition- Session 3

  • 6:05 pm - 6:10 pm

    Conference Wrap

  • 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

    After Party at Public Works, Sponsored by iTutor Group

Tuesday, Sept 13

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

    Opening Remarks

  • 9:05 am - 9:25 am

    Fireside Chat with Marc Benioff (Salesforce)

  • 9:25 am - 9:45 am

    Market-Driven Education with Sebastian Thrun (Udacity)

  • 9:45 am - 10:05 am

    The New Investment Climate with Reid Hoffman and Josh Elman (Greylock Partners)

  • 10:05 am - 10:25 am

    How to Work with Robots with Melonee Wise (Fetch Robotics)

  • 10:25 am - 10:55 am

    Redefining Defense with Secretary Ash Carter (U.S. Department of Defense)

  • 10:55 am - 11:10 am


  • 11:10 am - 11:30 am

    Tweets, Money, Power with Marc Andreessen (a16z)

  • 11:30 am - 11:55 am

    Eye of AI: Rana el Kaliouby (Affectiva) and Danny Lange (Uber)

  • 11:55 am - 12:20 pm

    Vital Ventures: Janica Alvarez (Naya Health), Deborah Anderson-Bialis (Fertility IQ) and Ida Tin (Clue)

  • 12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

    Fiction Tells Our Future with Neal Stephenson (Seveneves)

  • 12:40 pm - 1:40 pm


  • 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    Hunting Rare Pokemon with John Hanke (Niantic Labs)

  • 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

    Self-Made Smart Cars George Hotz (

  • 2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

    Looking Forward with David Sacks (Zenefits)

  • 2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

    When Google's the Underdog with Diane Greene (Google)

  • 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition - Session 4

  • 4:15 pm - 4:25 pm


  • 4:25 pm - 5:30 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition - Session 5

  • 5:30 pm - 5:50 pm

    Social activism with Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

  • 5:50 pm - 5:55 pm

    Conference Wrap

  • 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

    After Party at 1015 Folsom

Wednesday, Sept 14

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

    Opening Remarks

  • 9:05 am - 9:25 am

    Car Company Companions with Kyle Vogt (Cruise)

  • 9:25 am - 9:45 am

    Streaming the Future with Emmett Shear (Twitch)

  • 9:45 am - 10:05 am

    Feeding the News Feed with Adam Mosseri (Facebook)

  • 10:05 am - 10:30 am

    Are All Laws Meant to Be Broken?: Hemant Taneja (General Catalyst), Bradley Tusk (Tusk Holdings), and Ted Ullyot (Andreessen Horowitz)

  • 10:30 am - 10:50 am

    The New Shop with Apoorva Mehta (Instacart)

  • 10:50 am - 11:15 am


  • 11:15 am - 11:35 am

    Developers Untethered with Christina Sass (Andela)

  • 11:35 am - 11:40 am

    Hackathon Highlights

  • 11:40 am - 11:55 am

    Battlefield Alumni updates

  • 11:55 am - 12:00 pm

    Passing the Disrupt Cup: Video and Drawing the names for the order of the Startup Battlefield Finals Presentation with Matthew Panzarino and Sam O'Keefe

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


  • 1:00 pm - 1:05 pm

    Wild Card Demo

  • 1:05 pm - 3:00 pm

    Startup Battlefield Finals

  • 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm


  • 3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

    Canine Computing with Marc Raibert (Boston Dynamics)

  • 3:35 pm - 4:00 pm

    Building Virtual Worlds with Michael Koperwas and Diana Williams (ILMxLAB)

  • 4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

    Giant. Fighting. Robots. In conversation with Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein (Megabots)

  • 4:20 pm - 4:40 pm

    Virtually There with Michael Buckwald (Leap Motion) and Jim Margraff (Eye Fluence)

  • 4:40 pm - 5:00 pm

    Hype and Hope with Shervin Pishevar (Hyperloop One)

  • 5:00 pm - 5:20 pm

    Closing Ceremony

Disrupt SF Speakers & Judges

  • Janica Alvarez

    Janica Alvarez

    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.

    See Janica Alvarez's Crunchbase profile
  • Marc Andreessen

    Marc Andreessen

    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.

    See Marc Andreessen's Crunchbase profile
  • Tim Armstrong

    Tim Armstrong

    Tim Armstrong is the CEO of Oath, a global digital and mobile company that reaches more than one billion consumers and partners with the world’s leading global brands. Oath’s mission is to “build brands people love,” and the company owns more than 50 media brands, including Yahoo, AOL, HuffPost, TechCrunch, Tumblr, as well as ad-tech and distribution platforms that support thousands of partners across the globe. Oath launched in June 2017 as a Verizon-owned company, following Verizon’s acquisition of AOL Inc. in 2015, where Armstrong was chairman and CEO.

    Prior to Oath and AOL, Armstrong spent almost a decade at Google, where he finished as president of the Americas and a member of the global operating committee. Armstrong started in the media business after college by co-founding a newspaper in Boston and then moving to internet companies in Seattle, Silicon Valley and New York. These companies included Starwave (creators of,,, Disney Internet Ventures, Snowball (NYSE company), and America’s Health Network (acquired by News Corp). Armstrong also co-founded and seed-funded Associated Content (acquired by Yahoo) and Patch (acquired by AOL).

    Armstrong serves on the boards of Priceline Group, Tech:NYC as co-founder, iDiverse as chairman, Greenwich Academy for Girls, Connecticut College Athletic Club as co-founder, Waterside School, and as a trustee for the US Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He also serves as a loving husband and dad as well as lacrosse and basketball coach. A Massachusetts native, Armstrong is an avid New England sports fan — he is part Camel (Connecticut College) and part Trojan (Lawrence Academy).

    See Tim Armstrong's Crunchbase profile
  • Cyan Banister

    Cyan Banister

    Banister is a partner at Founders Fund, where she invests across sectors and stages with a particular interest in augmented reality, fertility, heavily regulated industries 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, Postmates, EShares, Affirm and Niantic, creator of Pokémon GO. 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 is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Zivity. She has a passion for the arts and is a voracious film, documentary and media consumer.

    See Cyan Banister's Crunchbase profile
  • Anjula Acharia Bath

    Anjula Acharia Bath

    Anjula Acharia is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, pop culture enthusiast and 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.. Anjula 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.”

    Anjula was on ELLE Magazine’s List of 2016 Women in Tech. She was named as one of ‘The Top Women Executives of Indian Heritage’ by Forbes Magazine, a recipient of the ADCOLOR 2016 CATALYST award, and most recently featured on AdWeek’s 2017 Disruptors List.

    Anjula also manages Priyanka Chopra.

    See Anjula Acharia Bath's Crunchbase profile
  • Scott Belsky

    Scott Belsky

    Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, and investor. 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. After Behance's acquisition, Scott served as Adobe's Vice President of Products, rebooting Adobe's mobile product strategy and leading Behance until 2016. He is now a Venture Partner at Benchmark, a venture capital firm based in San Francisco, an early-stage investor, and is co-founder and Chairman of a new marketplace product under development.

    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; and a popular line of organizational paper products that help organize creative people and teams.

    Scott is also the author of the international bestselling book Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio Imprint, Penguin Books, April, 2010).

    Scott is an advocate for technology and community initiatives that empower creative people and help businesses leverage the creative potential of their people. He is a frequent contributor on MSNBC and has worked with leading companies and organizations including General Electric, Proctor & Gamble, Facebook, and the United States Government. In 2010, Scott was also included in Fast Company's list of "100 Most Creative People in Business."

    Scott actively advises and invests in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design, and help empower people, among other criteria. In addition to Scott's work with Benchmark, he is an early investor and advisor in Pinterest, Uber, and Periscope (now part of Twitter) as well as several others in the early stages. Scott also served on the board and is the technology and design advisor for 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. Scott and his family live in New York City and San Francisco.

    See Scott Belsky's Crunchbase profile
  • Marc Benioff

    Marc Benioff

    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.

    See Marc Benioff's Crunchbase profile
  • Deborah Anderson-Bialis

    Deborah Anderson-Bialis

    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.

    See Deborah Anderson-Bialis's Crunchbase profile
  • Gui Cavalcanti

    Gui Cavalcanti

    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.

    See Gui Cavalcanti's Crunchbase profile
  • Aparna Chennapragada

    Aparna Chennapragada

    Aparna Chennapragada is currently a Senior Director of Product leading Google’s computer-vision-powered effort, Google Lens. Most recently, she worked for the CEO as his Technical Assistant, helping drive cross-company product strategy. Aparna also led Google Now, a proactive digital assistant effort, and many other efforts across Google Search and YouTube over the years. With over 18 years of experience in the tech industry as a computer scientist and product leader, she is excited about the potential of AI and algorithms to build products that improve everyday life. Aparna 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.

    See Aparna Chennapragada's Crunchbase profile
  • Rafael Corrales

    Rafael Corrales

    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

    See Rafael Corrales's Crunchbase profile
  • Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry

    The first unanimous MVP in NBA history, Stephen Curry is the starting point guard for the 2015 and 2017 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.

    See Stephen Curry's Crunchbase profile
  • Morgan DeBaun

    Morgan DeBaun

    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.

    See Morgan DeBaun's Crunchbase profile
  • Diane Greene

    Diane Greene

    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.

    See Diane Greene's Crunchbase profile
  • Meron Gribetz

    Meron Gribetz

    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.

    See Meron Gribetz's Crunchbase profile
  • Rob Hayes

    Rob Hayes

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

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

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

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

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

    See Rob Hayes's Crunchbase profile
  • Mike Judge

    Mike Judge

    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.

    See Mike Judge's Crunchbase profile
  • Rana el Kaliouby

    Rana el Kaliouby

    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.

    See Rana el Kaliouby's Crunchbase profile
  • Jeff Lawson

    Jeff Lawson

    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 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.

    See Jeff Lawson's Crunchbase profile
  • Jenny Lefcourt

    Jenny Lefcourt

    Jenny Lefcourt brings 20+ years of technology start-up experience to her role as General 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, consumer, enterprise and SaaS. Freestyle has led investments in
    companies such as Intercom, Narvar, Patreon, Airtable, Wag, BetterUp, Crexi, and Digit.

    Prior to joining Freestyle, Jenny cofounded 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.

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  • Alexander Macgillivray

    Alexander Macgillivray

    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.

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  • Carine Magescas

    Carine Magescas

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

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  • David Marcus

    David Marcus

    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.

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  • Apoorva Mehta

    Apoorva Mehta

    Apoorva Mehta is founder and CEO of Instacart, the fast-growing [retail delivery]( 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]( 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."](

    An engineering graduate of the University of Waterloo, Apoorva worked as a design engineer at Blackberry and Qualcomm, then joined as a supply chain engineer before founding Instacart in 2012.

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  • Sergio Monsalve

    Sergio Monsalve

    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.

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  • Adam Mosseri

    Adam Mosseri

    Adam Mosseri is a VP at Facebook and leads the product and engineering teams responsible for News Feed and Sharing. Before this role Adam was the PM director for News Feed and before that the design director for the Mobile product group, where he was responsible for the design of all of Facebook’s mobile apps. Prior to Facebook he worked at TokBox as the company’s first designer.

    Adam began his career founding a design consultancy in 2003 with offices in New York and San Francisco that focused on graphic design, interaction design and exhibition design. Adam holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Study from the Gallatin School of Interdisciplinary Study at NYU where he studied Information Design and Media. He and his wife Monica are proud parents of sons, Nico and Blaise

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  • Stephanie Palmeri

    Stephanie Palmeri

    Stephanie is a partner with Uncork Capital (formerly SoftTech VC), making investments in seed stage companies that empower individuals, families, businesses, and communities. She seeks passionate communities builders and businesses with natural network effects.

    Since 2011, Stephanie has led over 25 investments at Uncork in Consumer, Marketplaces, SaaS, EdTech, Health, and Hardware, including Poshmark, ClassDojo, Clever, Panorama Education, Survata, Thanx, Lantern, Phil, Fatherly, Pared, Wonderschool, and Carrot. She previously served on the boards of Chariot (acquired by Ford), Niche (acquired by Twitter), and Spoon University (acquired by Scripps Networks Interactive).

    Prior to joining Uncork Capital, Stephanie spent a decade working in New York City in roles that spanned technology, marketing, and startups. Stephanie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with joint BS degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems. She is a Lang Fund Board Member and sits on the Advisory Board for the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School.

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  • Shervin Pishevar

    Shervin Pishevar

    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 (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.

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  • Brian Pokorny

    Brian Pokorny

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

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  • Marc Raibert

    Marc Raibert

    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.

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  • Jason Robins

    Jason Robins

    Jason is Chief Executive Officer of DraftKings, the innovative sports-tech entertainment platform that is changing the way consumers around the world engage with and consume sports. Robins co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and oversees all of the company’s strategy and operations, while also driving funding and partnerships. Robins has quickly built a reputation for expanding DraftKings’ reach across numerous platforms through wide-ranging, forward-thinking partnerships. Under his leadership, DraftKings became the first DFS company to sign a league partnership, with Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2013. Since then, the company has signed three additional league-wide partnerships, including the National Hockey League (NHL) and NASCAR. DraftKings is also the exclusive partner of 12 National Football League (NFL) teams, seven National Basketball League (NBA) teams, 27 MLB teams and seven NHL teams. Robins attended Duke University, where he received his degree in Economics and Computer Science. He resides with his wife and sons in the Boston area.

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  • David Sacks

    David Sacks

    David Sacks is an Internet entrepreneur and investor. He was the original COO and product leader of PayPal and Founder/CEO of Yammer (acquired by Microsoft in 2012 for $1.2 billion). Sacks has invested in a number of successful tech companies, including Facebook, Uber, SpaceX, Palantir, Airbnb and Houzz.

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  • Christina Sass

    Christina Sass

    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.

    See Christina Sass's Crunchbase profile
  • Emmett Shear

    Emmett Shear

    Emmett Shear is founder and CEO of Twitch (, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. Mr. Shear is also co-founder of 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.

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  • Megan Smith

    Megan Smith

    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 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.

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  • Neal Stephenson

    Neal Stephenson

    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.

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  • Santi Subotovsky

    Santi Subotovsky

    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.

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  • Min-Liang Tan

    Min-Liang Tan

    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.

    See Min-Liang Tan's Crunchbase profile
  • Sebastian Thrun

    Sebastian Thrun

    Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. He is founder, chairman, and president of Udacity, whose mission is to democratize education by providing lifelong, on-demand learning to millions of students in more than 190 countries.

    He is also the founder of Google X where he led the self-driving car, Google Glass, and other projects. Earlier on, he led the Stanford Racing Team whose robot “Stanley” won the DARPA Grand Challenge.

    Sebastian continues as a research professor at Stanford University, and is the first recipient of the inaugural Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Education.
    Sebastian has set his sights on democratizing higher education with the founding of Udacity. Sebastian is a Research Professor at Stanford University, former Google Fellow, as well as inventor of the autonomous car and lead on various projects at Google X including Google Glass. Sebastian has been named the 5th Most Creative Person in Business (Fast Company), among the 50 Smartest People in Tech (Fortune), and highlighted in 50 Best Inventions of 2010 (Time).

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  • Ida Tin

    Ida Tin

    Ida is the CEO and co-founder of the leading female health tracking app, Clue. Born in Copenhagen, Ida graduated from Denmark's prestigious creative business school, the 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. She is recognized for coining the term "Femtech" to describe the sector of technology focused on improving women's health.

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  • Kyle Vogt

    Kyle Vogt

    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, Socialcam (acquired by Autodesk), and Twitch (acquired by Amazon). Kyle studied computer science and electrical engineering at MIT.

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  • Marni Walden

    Marni Walden

    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.

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  • Brinkley Warren

    Brinkley Warren

    Daring mightily, Brinkley Warren is a serial-entrepreneur, author, and creative producer. He has launched and co-founded multiple companies in a wide-range of industries including AI, health, innovation management, blockchain, media gaming and sports entertainment, music, advertising, robotics, genetics, mobile commerce, and publishing.

    Most recently he co-founded MegaBots ( – a new global sports league of giant robots, and Token Fest ( -- the largest blockchain conference in California. He also served as a founding partner at -- the world’s 1st crowdsourced hedge fund marketplace for algorithmic trading strategies.

    His first business was a music startup in college where he produced digital music products for over 300 performing artists, including 2 Grammy-award winners.

    Brinkley (MFA, MA) has won several awards including a ComputerWorld Honors Gold Laureate and Richard Branson's Extreme Tech Challenge, and he has been featured by CNN, CNBC, Forbes, Newsweek, Fast Company, NBC, Popular Science, Playboy, The Guardian, Top Gear, Discovery News, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal among others.

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  • Padmasree Warrior

    Padmasree Warrior

    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.

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  • Melonee Wise

    Melonee Wise

    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.

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  • Monique Woodard

    Monique Woodard

    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 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 and follow her on Twitter @moniquewoodard.

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

AI & VR/AR Demos at the Showcase Stage

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


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

How it works: When an investor registers for Disrupt, they receive an invitation to complete a questionnaire about their investment interests. Startups participating in Disrupt’s Startup Alley and Battlefield fill out a similar form. When the TechCrunch team finds strong matches, they will propose that the parties connect at Disrupt at a time and in a private space arranged by the events team.

Questions or want to participate? E-mail

Frequently Asked Questions

Are meals served during the conference?
Yes, a continental breakfast and box lunch are provided each day of the conference.

Can I give my namebadge to another person?
If you need to change the name on a ticket prior to September 11, please follow these instructions.

If you need to change it after September 11, you will need to go to the Conference Help Desk at registration. Once your badge is printed at the venue, you will not be allowed to change the name.

What forms of ID are acceptable?
We accept government issued photo ids such as an official driver licenses or passport.

I am having trouble locating my ticket in my inbox.
Search your inbox for the word “universe” that is the name of our ticketing platform.

Do you have a bag or coat check?
No, we do not provide bag or coat check.

Do you have a single day ticket?
We do not offer single day tickets. All tickets are for all 3 days of the conference.

Do the companies in Startup and Hardware Alley change?
Yes, each day of the conference there are completely new companies on the floor and each day features different verticals.

Is there an App?
Yes, you can find more information about our TechCrunch Disrupt App on Apple iTunes or Google Play.

Do you have a list of all attendees?
We do not provide a list of attendees. However, you can see all conference attendees through our TechCrunch Disrupt App.

I’ve lost my ticket what do I do?
There is a $500 reprint fee. Come to the registration desk and they can print you a new one once the fee is processed.

What’s the TechCrunch Disrupt Hashtag?

Do you sell tickets at the door?
Yes, tickets at the door are at general admission price.

Can regular attendees go to the After Parties?
All conference attendees who are 21+ can go to the After Parties. Make sure to bring your government issued photo ID and also your conference namebadge to get in.

Do you record the stage interviews and presentations?
Yes, all of our stage content is recorded.

Is there wifi at the conference?
Yes, there is wifi at the conference.

Do you have facilities for nursing mothers?
Yes, we have a private area for nursing mothers. Please come by the reception help desk if you would like to use the facility.

Do you have a recommended babysitting service?
Yes, we’ve partnered with UrbanSitter to offer you a $60 discount on your babysitting needs. Click here for more information.