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Speakers & judges

  • Heather Adkins

    Heather Adkins

    Heather Adkins is an 11-year Google veteran and founding member of the Google Security Team. As Manager of Information Security, she has built a global team responsible for maintaining the safety and security of Google's networks, systems and applications. The Google Security Team, now numbering in the hundreds, is involved in every facet of the business, including launching new products, mergers and acquisitions, building security infrastructure, responding to security threats, and evangelism.

    She has an extensive background in systems and network administration with an emphasis on practical security, and has worked to build and secure some of the world's largest infrastructure for web information systems. She now focuses her time primarily on the defense of Google's computing infrastructure and working with both the Google Incident Response Team and outside entities to tackle some of the industry's greatest security challenges.

    See Heather Adkins's Crunchbase profile
  • Sam Altman

    Sam Altman

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

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

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

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

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

    See Sam Altman'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.

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  • Vitalik Buterin

    Vitalik Buterin

    Vitalik Buterin is a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine who has been involved in the Bitcoin community since 2011, and has contributed to Bitcoin both as a writer and the developer of a fork of bitcoinjs-lib, pybitcointools and, as well as one of the developers behind Egora.

    Now, Vitalik's primary job is as the main developer of Ethereum, a project which intends to create a next-generation smart contract and decentralized application platform that allows people to create any kind of decentralized application on top of a blockchain that can be imagined.

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  • Jimmy Chen

    Jimmy Chen

    Jimmy is the CEO of Propel. Previously, Jimmy was a Product Manager at Facebook, where he led product for Facebook Groups. Before that, he worked at LinkedIn and studied Symbolic Systems at Stanford.

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  • Aparna Chennapragada

    Aparna Chennapragada

    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.

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  • Alon Cohen

    Alon Cohen

    Alon Cohen is the President and co-founder of Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, bringing together both professionals and homeowners via mobile, local and social tools. Alon and his wife and cofounder, Adi Tatarko, started Houzz out of challenges that they faced during their own remodeling process. Today, millions of homeowners and more than 1.5 million active home professionals connect through and its mobile apps every month, sharing their photos, advice and product recommendations. Earlier in his career, Alon was a Senior Director of Engineering at eBay, where he helped start eBay's developer APIs and manage technology teams responsible for eBay Stores, ProStores, advertising and analytics. Before that, he worked in various software development roles and founded a software company together with his wife. Alon lives in Palo Alto with his wife and three boys. He enjoys traveling the world and playing basketball with his sons, both of which he hopes to do more often.

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  • Julia Collins

    Julia Collins

    In 2015, Julia co-founded Zume Pizza, Inc where she serves co-CEO. Zume Pizza is a technology enabled food company whose mission is to make healthy food fast and accessible to every single person on earth. Zume’s patented cooking en-route technology makes it the first company to successfully cook pizza while it is being delivered to the customer so that the pizza arrives at the peak of flavor and freshness with no added sugar or harmful chemicals.

    Based in Mountain View, Zume Pizza has created a team of humans and robots that work collaboratively to create the safest possible environment for food production. Through its investment in automation, Zume Pizza is able to source 100% of its ingredients from local farmers that use sustainable agricultural practices and ethical farming methods. Unlike most food delivery companies, all of Zume’s workers are employees of the company with fully subsidized health insurance. Zume’s pizzas have no added-sugar, and on average contain 40% fewer calories, half the fat and half the cholesterol of competing pizza companies.

    As an African American entrepreneur, Julia’s professional focus is on building successful businesses in the food industry that provide great jobs to the communities in which they operate and great food to the people that they serve. After graduating from Stanford Business School, Julia joined Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, working on such brands as Shake Shack where she worked for the company’s future CEO, Randy Garutti.

    With a passion for entrepreneurship and building new concepts from the ground up, Julia partnered with two friends in 2010 to build a popular restaurant concept called Mexicue in New York City. The growing restaurant chain now includes four restaurant locations in New York City. Following her interest in business development in the restaurant space, in 2012, Julia became the Director of Food Service and Restaurant Development for Murray’s Cheese. Her projects included the restaurant Murray’s Cheese Bar and the growing quick-service concept, Murray’s Melts.

    Prior to founding Zume Pizza, Julia lead the management team of Harlem Jazz Enterprises as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, where her team won Best New Restaurant in America in 2014. She is still part of the ownership team that oversees the operation of two restaurants in Harlem: The Cecil, an award-winning Afro-Asian Brasserie and Minton’s an historic jazz supperclub.

    Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Julia Collins received her BA from Harvard College in 2001 and her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2009.

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  • Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Wayne Durant is a high-profile professional basketball player. After playing college basketball for only one season at the University of Texas, Austin, he was chosen second overall in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics.

    Durant’s success started with the PG Jaguars, an Amateur Athletic Union youth basketball team in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The team won two national championships during Durant’s tenure.

    During high school, he played for the National Christian Academy and Montrose Christian School, both in Maryland, and for basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, located in Virginia. After his senior year, he was named to Parade Magazine’s “First Team” list, and to USA Today’s “First Team All-American” list, capturing attention from major college basketball recruiters nationwide.

    Durant received offers from top Division I colleges, and although prompted by his friend, point guard Tywon Lawson, to join him and play with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, Durant signed with the University of Texas Longhorns in Austin. Russell Springman, a Longhorn assistant and Maryland native, had been in touch with Durant since his freshman year of high school.

    As a Longhorn, Durant started in every game during his freshman year of college, averaging 25.8 points per game (first in the Big 12, fourth in the nation) and 11 rebounds per game in 35 games. He scored 20-plus points 30 times, and put up 30-plus points 11 times. He was named the Big 12 Tournament’s Most Valuable Player after hitting a tournament record of 92 points and leading the Longhorns to the second round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship, where they lost to the University of Southern California.

    As a freshman, Durant received the Oscar Robertson and the Adolph F. Rupp awards, and was the first freshman to win both honors.

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game ThreeAfter just one year of college basketball, Durant declared himself eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft. In June of that year, he was chosen second overall in the first round by the Seattle SuperSonics. Around that same time, Durant signed a $60 million, seven-year endorsement deal with Nike.

    In his rookie season, Durant was selected as a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team and was named the NBA’s “Rookie of the Year.” After the 2007-08 season, the Seattle SuperSonics relocated the organization from Seattle, Washington to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, becoming the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Durant continues to thrive with the franchise. In 2013, Durant ended the season with a 51 percent shooting rate, a 41.6 percent three point shooting rate, and a 90.5 free throw shooting rate, Durant became the youngest player in NBA history to join the 50–40–90 Club. His 2013 campaign was called “one of the greatest shooting seasons in league history.” 

Durant has been named an NBA All-Star 5 times (2010-14) and to the All-NBA First Team 5 times (2010-14). He also led the league four times as NBA scoring champion (2010-12, 2013-14). During the 2013-14 season, Durant surpassed Michael Jordan’s record for the most consecutive 25+ point games with 41 games. He was named the NBA’s MVP for the 2013-14 season.

    Durant has also played internationally, and was named 2010 FIBA World Championship MVP by the International Basketball Federation. Additionally, he was chosen to play with the 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the U.S. basketball team took home the gold medal.

    In July 2016, Durant became a free agent & announced he would be joining the Golden State Warriors.

    The Golden State Warriors ended up winning the 2017 NBA Championship, while Kevin Durant received the Finals MVP Award.

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  • Anna Fang

    Anna Fang

    Anna Fang is the CEO and Partner of ZhenFund, an angel investment fund active in China's TMT sector. Anna oversees the fund's investments, portfolio management and operations. Since starting the fund in 2011 with Xu Xiaoping, Anna has managed the fund’s over 300 early stage investments. She also sits on the Boards of many of ZhenFund’s investments.

    Before joining ZhenFund, Anna worked at GE China in Corporate Business Development, responsible for GE’s M&A and BD efforts in China. Anna started her career as an investment banker with J.P. Morgan in the New York office covering consumer and retail companies.

    Anna is an Advisory Board member of Columbia University's East Asia Center and also serves on the Board of Visitors of Columbia College. Anna is also the co-head of Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Beijing Chapter.
    Anna received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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  • John Giannandrea

    John Giannandrea

    John Giannandrea is currently a Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google, where he leads the Search and Machine Learning teams. In this role, John is responsible for overseeing product and business development in these areas, as well as leading longer-term technology initiatives at the company.

    John joined Google in 2010 following the acquisition of Metaweb, a company that he co-founded with Danny Hillis, and whose technology became the foundation for the Google Knowledge Graph. Previously John was a co-founder and CTO of Tellme Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft Corporation in 2007.

    John is a native of Scotland and a graduate of the University of Strathclyde.

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  • Kirsten Green

    Kirsten Green

    Kirsten Green used a unique and unconventional blend of professional history and acquired investment experience to launch San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures in 2010, where she currently serves as Founder and Managing Director.

    Noticing that emerging purchasing processes were linear and ripe for improvement, Kirsten developed a pacesetter mentality and analytical eye to remain ahead of experience-driven retail trends and identify compelling brand platforms and visionary entrepreneurs.

    As a founder, Kirsten has lead efforts to raise over $250M from leading investors and has invested in more than 40 early stage companies. Forerunner Ventures is the only VC firm to invest in both Dollar Shave Club and, two of the biggest and highest-profile e-commerce exits in recent years, and counts Birchbox, Bonobos, Glossier, Hotel Tonight, Warby Parker and Zola among its portfolio companies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of several Forerunner portfolio companies including Glossier, InTurn, Outdoor Voices, Ritual and Rockets of Awesome among others.

    In an unpredictable consumer landscape, Kirsten’s 20+ years of evaluation and investment success stems from a combination of product savvy, retail acumen and a thesis-driven approach that has been the basis of all Forerunner investments — from pre-revenue startups to multi-billion-dollar enterprises- to date.

    Prior to Forerunner, Kirsten was an equity research analyst and investor at Banc of America Securities, formerly Montgomery Securities, covering publicly-traded retail and consumer stocks. Kirsten graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Business Economics, and earned a CPA license and a CFA certification.

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  • Theresia Gouw

    Theresia Gouw

    Theresia is an engineer, an experienced entrepreneur, and successful investor in the new mobility space, focused primarily on Consumer, Social Commerce, and Security opportunities.

    Prior to co-founding Aspect Ventures, Theresia was a partner at Accel for 15 years, with a number of successful exits, including IPOs for Imperva (IMPV), PeopleSupport (PSPT), Trulia (TRLA), and acquisitions of Kosmix (WMT), Xoopit (YHOO) and Zimbra (YHOO).

    Theresia serves on the boards of several private and public companies. She led the series A or seed rounds in several leading Mobile/Consumer Internet companies (Birchbox, HotelTonight, LearnVest, Trulia, Joyus) and Security Software companies (Imperva, ForeScout, TRUSTe).

    As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding VP of Business Development & Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry.

    Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as a product manager at Silicon Graphics. Theresia holds a ScB in Engineering from Brown University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Stanford University.

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  • David Hansson

    David Hansson

    David Heinemeier Hansson is a Partner in 37signals.

    He has been working with the Net with varying levels of success since 1996 — in the fields of game journalism, marketing, project management, design, and development.

    In July 2004, he released the framework Rails (also known as Ruby on Rails). It’s the infrastructure software that is used to build all the applications at 37signals and thousands of other popular sites.

    After graduating from the Copenhagen Business School and receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Business Administration.

    He moved from Denmark to Chicago, Illinois, U.S. in November 2005.

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  • Eyal Hertzog

    Eyal Hertzog

    Eyal has been a venture-backed technology entrepreneur for over 20 years. He was the Founder of MetaCafe, Israel's fastest growing video sharing site, reaching over 50 million unique users at its peak. Before that, Eyal founded Contact Networks, one of the first online social networks. Eyal has been an outspoken thought leader on cryptocurrency and the Internet long tail in Israel. He’s also a talented pianist and bass musician. Currently, Eyal is the architect of the Bancor protocol, the Bancor Network Token (BNT), and the suite of end-user products that utilize it.

    Mr. Hertzog got his start in the technology industry in the Israeli army, where he served four years as an IT department manager for the Intelligence Core. After leaving the military in 1997, he joined serial networking startup Class Data Systems as an application marketing engineer. The company was later sold to Cisco for $50 million, and Mr. Hertzog invested his windfall from the deal into his first startup, Contact Networks.

    In the rare break from spending long hours honing Metacafe's product strategy, meeting with partners and investors, or thinking about Metacafe's vision to become the highest-quality video destination site on the Internet, Mr. Hertzog plays in two bands. The accomplished musician plays bass guitarist for Israeli rock band, as well as Live Covers, which plays worldwide and has appeared on international television. He also studies psychology and practices windsurfing and snowboarding.

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  • Lisa Jackson

    Lisa Jackson

    Lisa Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Lisa oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources. She is also responsible for Apple’s education policy programs such as ConnectED, its product accessibility work, and its worldwide government affairs function.

    From 2009 to 2013, Lisa served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues.

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  • Steve Jurvetson

    Steve Jurvetson

    Steve Jurvetson has a reputation for investing in pioneering companies that create new sectors. Two early bets include Elon Musk-led companies, Tesla (Jurvetson owns its first sedan and second SUV) and SpaceX. Jurvetson holds board seats at both companies. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Planet, a company that has launched the largest constellation of Earth-observation micro-satellites, D-Wave, a quantum computing company which counts Google, NASA and Lockheed-Martin as customers, and Mythic, a provider of a local AI hardware and software platform that turns devices into secure and trusted intelligent assistants. He previously held a board seat at deep learning company Nervana, acquired by Intel in 2016. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford in electrical engineering in two-and-a-half-years, and became a name partner at DFJ within six months of joining. Jurvetson maintains a fascination for space and has turned DFJ's office into a museum showcasing his space artifact collection.

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  • Justin Kan

    Justin Kan

    Justin Kan is an internet entrepreneur and investor. Justin has founded various companies including: Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar;, a live video streaming platform; Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired by for $970mm by Amazon in 2014); and Exec, an on demand home cleaning service (acquired by Handybook in 2014). Justin also served as a Partner at Y Combinator from 2011-2017. During his time there, he impacted over 900 companies and funded more than 130. More recently he has founded Whale, a video Q&A app; and Atrium LTS, building technology to revolutionize the legal industry. He has personally angel invested in over 65 companies, including Zenefits, Cruise, and Wave. Justin graduated from Yale University with a degree in Physics and Philosophy.

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  • Rich Kleiman

    Rich Kleiman

    Rich Kleiman is currently the President at The Durant Company. Formerly he was Vice President at Roc Nation Sports, a global leader in the sports agency industry, founded by Jay-Z in April 2013. He began working at parent company Roc Nation as a music manager in 2008 producing “Fade to Black,” a documentary on Jay-Z. Kleiman has managed musical artists in the past, but he said since the launch of Roc Nation Sports he has been “out of music” and is working full time in sports. Roc Nation Sports currently represents many top athletes including Kevin Durant, Robinson Cano, Victor Cruz, Skylar Diggins and Dez Bryant. Rich also serves as Kevin Durant’s agent. Rich lives in Manhattan with his wife Jana and their children. Rich attended Fieldston HS (where he was a rival on the court with Ted Smith) and then attended Boston University.

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  • Brian Krzanich

    Brian Krzanich

    Brian Krzanich was appointed chief executive officer of Intel Corporation and elected a member of the board of directors on May 16, 2013. He is the sixth CEO in the company's history, succeeding Paul S. Otellini.

    Krzanich has progressed through a series of technical and leadership roles at Intel, most recently serving as the chief operating officer (COO) since January 2012. As COO, his responsibilities included leading an organization of more than 50,000 employees spanning Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Custom Foundry, supply chain operations, the NAND Solutions group, human resources, information technology and Intel's China strategy.

    His open-minded approach to problem solving and listening to customers' needs has extended the company's product and technology leadership and created billions of dollars in value for the company. In 2006, he drove a broad transformation of Intel's factories and supply chain, improving factory velocity by more than 60 percent and doubling customer responsiveness. Krzanich is also involved in advancing the industry's transition to lower cost 450mm wafer manufacturing through the Global 450 Consortium as well as leading Intel's strategic investment in lithography supplier ASML.

    Prior to becoming COO, Krzanich held senior leadership positions within Intel's manufacturing organization. He was responsible for Fab/Sort Manufacturing from 2007-2011 and Assembly and Test from 2003 to 2007. From 2001 to 2003, he was responsible for the implementation of the 0.13-micron logic process technology across Intel's global factory network. From 1997 to 2001, Krzanich served as the Fab 17 plant manager, where he oversaw the integration of Digital Equipment Corporation's semiconductor manufacturing operations into Intel's manufacturing network. The assignment included building updated facilities as well as initiating and ramping 0.18-micron and 0.13-micron process technologies. Prior to this role, Krzanich held plant and manufacturing manager roles at multiple Intel factories.

    Krzanich began his career at Intel in 1982 in New Mexico as a process engineer. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from San Jose State University and has one patent for semiconductor processing. Krzanich is also a member of the board of directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association.

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  • Sarah Kunst

    Sarah Kunst

    Sarah Kunst is an online business development professional who now runs business development for and their mobile app, Kaleidoscope. She has worked at Coty, Chanel, Red Bull and Apple in the corporate space. Guest of a Guest, and Abrams Media are several of the publishing companies she has worked with. Sarah Kunst lives and works in New York City and attended Michigan State University.

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  • Jenny Lefcourt

    Jenny Lefcourt

    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 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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  • Mike Lynn

    Mike Lynn

    After leaving the federal government, Dr. Lynn was a visiting scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. While at Stanford, he authored various opinion pieces on biosecurity, represented the university at the U.S. government’s TOPOFF 2 national bioterrorism exercise, and gave a keynote address on biosecurity at a Cambridge University intelligence seminar. He continues to support government agencies as required.

    Dr. Lynn graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine in 1995. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Alameda County Medical Center/Highland General Hospital, one of the premier emergency medicine teaching facilities in the U.S. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine since 2000, a member of the UCSF clinical faculty, and continues to teach and supervise medical students and residents from all over the country at Highland Hospital. In 1988, Dr. Lynn graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in history and received a Fulbright Scholarship in Sri Lanka. He used his Fulbright award to conduct research on epidemics related to leprosy and AIDS. He also volunteered with UNICEF to bring health resources to civilians struggling to survive a brutal civil war. He later received a Watson Fellowship and an Echoing Green Fellowship to support his work in medicine and public health in other parts of Asia, South America, and Africa.

    In addition to his role with Hound Labs, Dr. Lynn is a co-founder of the Hound Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2015 to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana. Mike is also an active cyclist. Dr. Lynn lives near Oakland, CA with his wife, Jenny, their four children, and a very big Swiss Mountain Dog, Stanley.

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  • Rebecca Lynn

    Rebecca Lynn

    Rebecca Lynn is a Co-founder and General Partner at Canvas Ventures, where she focuses on early-stage venture investments in fintech, digital health and artificial intelligence. She was named a Top-20 VC by the New York Times in 2016 and a Top-100 VC by Forbes in 2017, 2016 and 2015. Prior to co-founding Canvas, Rebecca led early-stage investments in Lending Club (NYSE: LC) and Check (acquired by Intuit), Doximity, and Practice Fusion. While at Canvas, Rebecca led investments in FutureAdvisor (acquired by BlackRock), Casetext, CrowdFlower, Luminar, HealthLoop, and Vida. She began her career at Procter and Gamble where she launched new products internationally. She then joined NextCard, the first issuer of online credit cards, and became VP of Marketing and head of customer acquisition. Rebecca has a degree in chemical engineering from University of Missouri and a JD/MBA from University of California at Berkeley.

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  • Moxie Marlinspike

    Moxie Marlinspike

    Moxie Marlinspike is the founder of Signal and Open Whisper Systems. He is a renowned cyber security expert and cryptographer. Moxie is known for his in-depth research of online privacy and anonymity issues. Moxie is also a member of the Institute for Disruptive Studies, and was formerly the Director of Product Security at Twitter.

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  • Cindy Mi

    Cindy Mi

    Cindy Mi is the founder and CEO of VIPKID, an education technology company that connects K-8 students in China with teachers in North America for online English immersion. Founded in 2013, VIPKID has become one of China’s leading education startups, growing 40% month over month and attracting investments from Northern Light Venture Capital, Innovation Works, Matrix Partners, Sequoia Capital, YF Capital, Learn Capital and Bryant Stibel. VIPKID, which offers a progressive pedagogy based on the Common Core curriculum, now serves over 600,000 students from all of China’s provinces. The company is regularly featured in the Chinese media and has won accolades from technology giants like Tencent.

    Ms. Mi, a lifelong entrepreneur, is passionate about the power of education to transform and empower students, parents and teachers. Prior to founding VIPKID, she was a classroom teacher and a co-founder of ABC English, a tutoring company, where she led business development and campus expansion across China. She serves on the advisory boards of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Alumni Association and Learn Lab, an education accelerator

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  • Yuri Milner

    Yuri Milner

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

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  • Dan Morehead

    Dan Morehead

    Dan founded Pantera Capital Management LP in 2003. He also co-founded and was CEO of Atriax, an electronic foreign exchange platform. Prior to that, he was head of macro trading and CFO at Tiger Management, global head of FX options at Deutsche Bank in London, and managed derivatives trading units and a global macro fund in North America and Japan at Bankers Trust. Dan began his career at Goldman Sachs as a mortgage-backed securities trader. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received the Carmichael Prize.

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  • Patricia Nakache

    Patricia Nakache

    Since joining Trinity Ventures in 1999, Patricia has focused on funding early-stage companies launching innovative online consumer and business services, particularly in the sharing economy, real estate and food tech sectors. She has had a strong investment theme around the “she-conomy” and is interested in the impact of mobile, machine learning and crowd-sourcing on the next generation of internet services. Patricia is also a resident voice on diversity and the importance of female representation in tech, Silicon Valley and Venture Capital.

    Patricia has active investments in Bevi, EAT Club, Kixeye, Mayvenn, Owler, Ruby Ribbon, thredUP, and Turo, and was previously involved with Affinity Labs (acquired by Monster Worldwide), (CRCM), LoopNet (LOOP), MyNewPlace (acquired by RealPage), PayScale (acquired by Warburg Pincus), and Sabrix (acquired by Thomson Reuters).

    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.

    See Patricia Nakache's Crunchbase profile
  • Herman Narula

    Herman Narula

    Herman is the co-founder and CEO of Improbable. This London-based technology startup is creating SpatialOS, a computation platform that enables developers to build large-scale, complex simulations running across thousands of machines in the cloud.

    Herman met CTO Rob Whitehead at a dissertation review at the Cambridge University Computer Lab. Their discovery of a mutual interest in multiplayer games and virtual worlds started them on the path to creating SpatialOS.

    Herman holds a computer science degree from Cambridge. He’s interested in the unprecedented impact that powerful, virtual worlds will have on how we think, play and make decisions – and particularly, in how they can improve lifestyles and welfare worldwide, from cures to pandemics and the impact of the upcoming AI revolution, to global food security and more.

    See Herman Narula's Crunchbase profile
  • Andrew Yanta NG

    Andrew Yanta NG

    Andrew Ng co-founded Coursera in 2012, served as the company’s Co-CEO until 2014, and is currently the Co-Chair of the Coursera Board. Most recently, Andrew was Chief Scientist at Baidu, a Chinese language search engine, where he was responsible for driving the company's global AI strategy and infrastructure. Andrew is an adjunct professor in the computer science department at Stanford University. In 2011 he led the development of Stanford's Massive Open Online Course platform and taught an online machine learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students - the initiative that led to the co-founding of Coursera. Previously, Andrew was the founding lead of the Google Brain deep learning project. Andrew has authored or co-authored over 100 research papers in machine learning, robotics, and related fields. In 2013 he was named to the Time 100 list of the most influential persons in the world. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, and the University of California, Berkeley.

    See Andrew Yanta NG's Crunchbase profile
  • Frida E Polli

    Frida E Polli

    Founder of Pymetrics.

    See Frida E Polli's Crunchbase profile
  • Keith Rabois

    Keith Rabois

    Mr. Rabois has a unique background as an entrepreneurial executive and investor. Since 2000, he has been instrumental in driving five startups from their early stages to successful IPOs. He has provided seed capital to another ten companies that are currently valued at over $1 B, including Airbnb, Lyft, YouTube, Wish, Yammer.

    Since March 2013, Keith Rabois has served as a senior partner at Khosla Ventures, a technology venture capital fund founded by Vinod Khosla. He specializes in funding early-stage companies with a primary focus in consumer, financial services and health care innovation. At the same time, Keith co-founded Opendoor, a startup which transforms the painful process of selling a home into delightful and immediate experience. At KV, Rabois has led investments in a broad array of startups including, DoorDash, Stripe, Thoughtspot, Affirm, Even Financial and Piazza.

    Over the prior decade, he forged several of the most important new social and commerce platforms. Keith began his career in the industry as Executive Vice President of Business Development & Public Policy at PayPal [NASDAQ: PYPL, later acquired by EBAY] and subsequently served in influential roles at LinkedIn [NYSE: LNKD] and as chief operating officer of Square [NASDAQ: SQ].

    As a board member, Keith guided Yelp [NYSE: YELP] and Xoom [NASDAQ: XOOM] from inception to successful initial public offerings.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Rabois served as a litigator at the pre-eminent Wall Street law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, specializing in antitrust, IP and complex commercial matters. He joined the firm after clerking for the Honorable Edith H. Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After leaving the practice of law, Keith served as policy director for former Vice President Dan Quayle.

    Mr. Rabois earned a bachelors degree Phi Beta Kappa in political science with distinction from Stanford University and a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School.

    See Keith Rabois's Crunchbase profile
  • Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of and He is an active Angel investor, and have invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo.

    See Naval Ravikant's Crunchbase profile
  • John Riccitiello

    John Riccitiello

    John Riccitiello was appointed Chairman and CEO of Unity Technologies in October 2014. He has served on Unity’s board since 2013.

    Aside from Unity, John serves on the boards of Telltale Games, Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley and the Board of Councilors for the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

    Until March of 2013, John served as the CEO of Electronic Arts. John originally joined EA in October 1997 as President and COO. In 2004 John left EA to become a founding partner and managing director of Elevation Partners, a private equity partnership. John returned to EA as CEO in 2007, reorganized the company and re-committed EA to leading the industry in quality and innovation.

    John holds a Bachelors of Science degree from University of California, Berkeley and lives in San Francisco, CA.

    See John Riccitiello's Crunchbase profile
  • Bozoma Saint John

    Bozoma Saint John

    Bozoma Saint John is the Chief Brand Officer at Uber, where she is tasked with making sure consumers love Uber's brand as much as they love Uber's service. Over the course of her career, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John has earned a formidable reputation as a trailblazing marketing and advertising executive. Most recently, Boz was the Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes. In the role, she spearheaded campaigns geared towards growing consumer brand recognition, loyalty and equity around the world. Boz stole the show at Apple’s keynote World Wide Developers Conference when she introduced the new interface for Apple Music. Following the presentation, Buzzfeed called her the "coolest person to ever go on stage at an Apple event.”
    Before Apple, Boz was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America, where she drove breakthrough consumer engagement plans for brands across the soda giant’s beverages portfolio by engaging tastemaker-consumers. Prior to Pepsi, Boz served as VP of Marketing for Ashley Stewart, a women’s fashion brand, as well as managed accounts at advertising agencies Arnold Worldwide and Spike Lee's SpikeDDB.

    Boz was born in Middletown, CT, but spent her early childhood in Nairobi Kenya, Washington DC, and Accra Ghana, before immigrating to Colorado Springs CO when she was 12 years old. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and African American Studies from Wesleyan University (at which she currently sits on the President’s Advisory Council).

    See Bozoma Saint John's Crunchbase profile
  • Neil Shen

    Neil Shen

    Neil Shen is a Founding Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China.

    Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, he served as President & CFO of International Limited (CTRP), the leading online travel company in China which he co-founded in 1999 and where he remains as a Director . Neil is also a Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Home Inns (HMIN), the leading economy hotel chain in China which was spun off from Ctrip in 2003. He was voted as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Asian Venture Journal in 2004 and one of the top ten economic figures of the year by CCTV in 2006.

    Prior to founding Ctrip, Mr. Shen was a Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets for China at Deutsche Bank where he worked from 1996 to 1999. Prior to 1996, he worked at Chemical Bank, Lehman Brothers and Citibank in various investment banking positions. He is also a Director of Focus Media Limited (FMCN).

    Neil is a Director of China Entrepreneur Forum (CEF) and a member of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO). Neil has a BS from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and an MA from the School of Management at Yale University.

    See Neil Shen's Crunchbase profile
  • Ben Silbermann

    Ben Silbermann

    Ben (@8en) grew up in Iowa, where he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Today, he helps millions of people collect and discover the things they love as co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Ben worked at Google on AdSense and studied at Yale. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.

    Previously, Silbermann worked at Google in the sales organization; however, after a short time with the company he left and started designing his own iPhone apps with a college friend, Paul Sciarra. After their initial application, Totte, failed to gain significant traction, the cofounders created a pinboard product and Pinterest was born. However, Pinterest saw a low user base and very little engagement in its early stages. Silbermann said the prospect of telling people he failed was too embarrassing so he and Sciarra continued to tinker and improve the site. Today, Pinterest claims over 20 million users.

    See Ben Silbermann's Crunchbase profile
  • Balaji S. Srinivasan

    Balaji S. Srinivasan

    Balaji S. Srinivasan is the CEO of and a Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. allows people to get paid in digital currency for reading and responding to email.

    Prior to running, Balaji was a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and the cofounder and CTO of Founders Fund-backed Counsyl. Dr. Srinivasan also teaches occasional CS and Statistics courses at Stanford, including a massively open online course (MOOC) that enrolled more than 200,000 students. He was named to the MIT TR35 and the Founders Fund F50, and won the Wall Street Journal's Innovation Award for Medicine.

    Counsyl won the Wall Street Journal's Innovation Award for Medicine, was named one of Scientific American's Top 10 World Changing Ideas, raised more than $65M in funding from Peter Thiel's Founders Fund among others, and has become one of the largest clinical genome centers in the world.

    He holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford.

    He was an NDSEG, NSF, and VIGRE fellow and has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, and Nature Reviews Genetics.

    See Balaji S. Srinivasan's Crunchbase profile
  • Todd Swidler
  • Adi Tatarko

    Adi Tatarko

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

    See Adi Tatarko'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).

    See Sebastian Thrun's Crunchbase profile
  • Dai Wei

    Dai Wei

    Dai Wei is the founder and CEO of Ofo, the world’s first “station-free” bike-sharing platform. Dai graduated from the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, where he served as the Chairman of Guanghua School Students’ Association and the President of Peking University Students’ Union. Dai co-founded ofo in 2014 when he was studying at Peking University. Ofo was created to provide a convenient, efficient and environmentally-friendly way to travel. Under Dai’s leadership, ofo achieved phenomenal growth in the past three years and became the world’s most valuable bike-sharing companies. In 2017, Dai was recognized by Fortune China as “40 Under 40 Business Elite” and “30 Under 30 Asia”. Dai has been very mindful of social responsibilities since he was a student. After college graduation, different from most graduates who chose to join big firms and earn a decent salary, Dai spent one year as a volunteer teacher in the poverty-stricken region in Qinghai, China. This experience made him believe that education is the only way to lift people out of poverty and change their destiny. Inspired by this volunteering experience, Dai launched two social campaigns called “West China Athletic Development” and “Chinese Engine of Dreams”, both focused on improving education in West China and helping alleviate poverty there.

    See Dai Wei's Crunchbase profile
  • Adrianne Weir

    Adrianne Weir

    Adrianne Weir helped grow Medolac from a startup to a global leader in milk banking. Adrianne manages related external matters: building partnerships and broader business relationships, thought leadership, as well as overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy, alongside Medolac co-founder and CEO, Elena Medo.

    See Adrianne Weir's Crunchbase profile
  • Anne Wojcicki

    Anne Wojcicki

    Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope was to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and to create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. Presently, 23andMe has built one of the world’s largest databases of individual genetic information. Its novel, web-based research approach allows for the rapid recruitment of participants to many genome-wide association studies at once, reducing the time and money needed to make new discoveries, and the company has created a proven and standardized resource for finding new genetic association and confirming genetic loci discovered by others. Under Anne’s leadership 23andMe has made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology. Getting access to and understanding her own genetic information had always been one of her ambitions.

    See Anne Wojcicki's Crunchbase profile
  • Bob Xu

    Bob Xu

    Bob Xiaoping Xu is the founder of ZhenFund and one of China's most celebrated angel investors. Established in 2011 as a joint fund with Sequoia Capital China, ZhenFund is China’s foremost angel fund. Managing USD 600 million, ZhenFund has 500 portfolio companies and offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Palo Alto. It has played a leading role in China’s rise as a “startup nation”, and is widely considered a beacon of light in China’s vibrant startup environment.
    Prior to founding ZhenFund, Mr. Xu co-founded China's largest private English training and test preparation group, New Oriental Education, along with Michael Yu and Victor Wang. New Oriental became listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2006 and currently has a market cap of USD 11 billion. The founders’ endeavors, which helped drive Chinese education toward a new global era, was featured in the box office hit “American Dreams in China”. The movie ranked as the #3 Chinese domestic box office hit in 2013. Mr. Xu’s success as an educator and an entrepreneur led him to angel investing, where he has pioneered a unique investment philosophy of investing in exceptional people. He became one of the most prolific patrons of entrepreneurship, as well as a leading mentor to young business leaders. Forbes Magazine has honored him on the Midas List as one of the World’s Top 100 Venture Capital Investors for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017). Mr. Xu currently serves as the Chairman of China Angel Investment Association. Mr. Xu has more than 11 million followers on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter. He is also a prolific author who has published seven books on career growth and education. His writings, speeches and interviews on entrepreneurship, investment and education have had an immense impact on China’s emerging business leaders, and particularly on those who have studied abroad. He is the president of Committee 2005, an institution that gathers the most influential Chinese overseas returnees, including the likes of Robin Li, Neil Shen and Lee Kai-fu. Mr. Xu is deeply committed to philanthropy. He is a founding donor and the Committee Acting President of the Future Science Award, an annual award of USD 1 million for scientists who have made significant contributions to life sciences and physical sciences in Greater China. Mr. Xu graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music, the Chinese equivalent of Julliard School of Music, with a bachelor’s degree in music. He received his master’s degree in music from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to that he was a counsellor at Peking University for five years.

    See Bob Xu's Crunchbase profile
  • Krishna Yeshwant

    Krishna Yeshwant

    Dr. Krishna Yeshwant is a physician, programmer, and entrepreneur who has been working with GV since its inception. He first joined Google as part of the New Business Development team.

    Prior to Google he helped start an electronic data interchange company that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard and a network security company that was acquired by Symantec. He also co-authored the business plan for Diagnostics For All, which won both the Harvard Business School and MIT $100k business plan competitions.

    Previously, Krishna published several book chapters and journal articles in the field of computer-guided surgery, completed research in tissue engineering, and developed and licensed multiple surgical devices. He has worked with the technology transfer offices of MIT, Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Krishna has a B.S. in computer science from Stanford University. He also earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA where he continues to practice.

    See Krishna Yeshwant's Crunchbase profile
  • David D. Zito

    David D. Zito

    David Zito is the co-founder and CEO of Miso Robotics, Inc. He is a 20 year technology startup veteran and passionate entrepreneur who is driven to develop innovative products that improve the daily life of individuals. Prior to Miso Robotics, Zito served as senior vice president of product and marketing at online homework resource Cramster, which was acquired by Chegg. Before that, he served as CTO and Head of Product at TrueX Media, which is now part of FOX Media. Zito also brings expertise from Yahoo where he served as Director of Engineering at the company’s Publisher Network group in addition to CTO and Head of Product at PayMyBills, which is now a service of Quicken. Zito is also credited as one of the inventors of the flameless candle, which is now more than a $1 Billion category. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Caltech and lives in Pasadena, CA.

    See David D. Zito's Crunchbase profile

Speaker Submissions

Speaker submissions for Disrupt SF 2017 are now closed.



Monday, September 18

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

    Opening Remarks: Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief

  • 9:05 am - 9:25 am

    Fireside Chat with Heather Adkins (Google)

    How a founding member of Google’s security team sees today’s security landscape after having kept the company’s data out of the hands of hackers for 15 years.

  • 9:25 am - 9:45 am

    Fireside Chat with Neil Shen (Sequoia Capital China)

    Reflecting on his over-a-decade long career in venture investing in China, Sequoia Capital China founding managing partner Neil Shen will discuss what the future holds for the country’s global tech companies.

  • 9:45 am - 10:10 am

    Understanding ICOs with Eyal Hertzog (Bancor Protocol), Dan Morehead (Pantera Capital), and Jun Hasegawa (Omise)

    A panel of cryptocurrency experts will discuss how token sales are changing the way startups are funded and how ICOs will affect venture capital.

  • 10:10 am - 10:20 am

    Founder’s Spotlight on Mother’s Milk as a Service

    Medolac‘s mother-daughter duo, Adrianne Weir and Elena Taggart Medo, walks us through the economics of selling shelf-ready human breast milk.

  • 10:20 am - 10:55 am


  • 10:55 am - 11:15 am

    In Conversation with Moxie Marlinspike (Open Whisper Systems)

    The CEO behind Signal will talk about how encryption schemes have reinvented communication and business and explain how the biggest change is still to come.

  • 11:15 am - 11:35 am

    Fireside Chat with Yuri Milner (DST Global)

    One of the world’s most noted investors and entrepreneurs will talk about investing across the globe and beyond.

  • 11:35 am - 12:05 pm

    Ethereum’s Future with Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum Foundation) and Naval Ravikant (AngelList)

    The co-founder of Ethereum will chat with noted investor and AngelList CEO and founder about Ethereum’s quest to balance decentralization and usability the right way.

  • 12:05 pm - 1:00 pm


  • 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

    In Conversation with Brian Krzanich (Intel)

    Intel’s CEO will sit down to talk about his company’s position within the landscape of artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomous driving.

  • 1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

    In Conversation with Ben Silbermann (Pinterest)

    Pinterest’s co-founder and CEO will explain how Pinterest grew to be a $12 billion visual discovery company while carving out a niche among the Snaps and Facebooks of the world.

  • 1:40 pm - 1:45 pm

    How the Startup Battlefield works with Anthony Ha

  • 1:45 pm - 2:35 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition – Session 1

    Judges: Rebecca Lynn (Canvas Ventures), Aparna Chennapragada (Google), Niko Bonatsos (General Catalyst), Shauntel Poulson (Reach Capital), Brian Krzanich (Intel), Ravi Mhatre (Lightspeed Venture Partners)

  • 2:35 pm - 2:55 pm

    Fireside Chat with Steve Jurvetson (DFJ)

    Legendary venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson has a penchant for seeing what’s next, as proven by his early investments in SpaceX, Tesla and Planet. We’ll talk with him about what’s coming next.

  • 2:55 pm - 3:15 pm


  • 3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

    Coming soon!

  • 3:35 pm - 3:55 pm

    Creating Virtual Worlds with Herman Narula (Improbable) and John Riccitiello (Unity Technologies)

    The CEOs of the top two technologies powering the most immersive VR and video games discuss how 3D simulations will change the way we work and play.

  • 3:55 pm - 4:15 pm

    Fireside Chat with Bob Xu (ZhenFund)

    The founder of ZhenFund and one of China’s most celebrated angel investors, Bob Xu will discuss his investment strategy and what he looks for when investing in China’s early-stage founders.

  • 4:15 pm - 4:55 pm


  • 4:55 pm - 5:45 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition – Session 2

    Anna Fang (ZhenFund), Patricia Nakache (Trinity Ventures), Shawn Carolan (Menlo Ventures), Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures), Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures), Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC)

  • 5:45 pm - 5:50 pm


Tuesday, September 19

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

    Opening Remarks: Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief

  • 9:05 am - 9:25 am

    Rise of the Robochefs with Julia Collins (Zume Pizza) and Dave Zito (Miso Robotics)

    The founders of Miso Robotics and Zume Pizza are set to chat about their companies’ plans to revolutionize food service through robotics.

  • 9:25 am - 9:45 am

    Coming soon!

  • 9:45 am - 10:05 am

    In Conversation with John Giannandrea (Google)

    Google’s artificial intelligence chief will discuss the company’s vision for AI and what that means for the future of Google (and humanity).

  • 10:05 am - 10:25 am

    Fireside Chat with Sebastian Thrun (Udacity)

    The legendary innovator and entrepreneur has plenty to talk about, including autonomous vehicles, AI’s impact on humanity and one of his latest ventures — an AI-based app that detects skin cancer.

  • 10:25 am - 10:35 am

    Founder’s Spotlight on a Startup Against Doped Driving

    Hound Labs CEO Mike Lynn reveals the origin of its marijuana breathalyzer, and the unexpected opportunities in pot legalization.

  • 10:35 am - 10:55 am


  • 10:55 am - 11:15 am

    In Conversation with Lisa Jackson (Apple)

    Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives will provide a look at the values that drive Apple’s mission.

  • 11:15 am - 11:35 am

    Fireside Chat with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman (Durant Company)

    The Golden State Warriors’ MVP and his agent and investment partner talk about what it means to be in control of your own brand — from investment, to management, to media.

  • 11:35 am - 11:55 am

    In Conversation with Alon Cohen and Adi Tatarko (Houzz)

    The married co-founders of Houzz explain how they turned their guilty pleasure of flipping through glitzy photos into a company worth billions.

  • 11:55 am - 12:15 pm

    In Conversation with Anne Wojcicki (23andMe)

    The founder and CEO of 23andMe will reveal how her company mapped the DNA of over 1 million humans while making peace with the FDA and aiding genetics research across the globe.

  • 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


  • 1:30 pm - 1:35 pm

    How the Startup Battlefield works with Anthony Ha

  • 1:40 pm - 2:30 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition – Session 3

    Judges: Lisa Lambert (The Westly Group), Tripp Jones (August Capital), Arvind Gupta (IndieBio), Nancy Pfund (DBL Investors)

  • 2:30 pm - 2:35 pm

    Special Announcement

    Citizen CEO Andrew Frame is joined on stage by former Washington, D.C. mayor and company investor Adrian Fenty for a special announcement.

  • 2:35 pm - 2:55 pm

    Tech as a Force for Good with Tiffani Ashley Bell (The Human Utility), Andrew Frame (Citizen), Rosanne Haggerty (Community Solutions) and Adrian Fenty

    The former mayor of Washington, D.C., Adrian Fenty, will lead a roundtable discussion on how the latest startups are tackling society’s toughest issues and creating systemic change.

  • 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

    In Conversation with Dai Wei (Ofo)

    This founder and CEO explains how Ofo became one of the largest bike-sharing companies in China and how bikes now have the potential to change transportation worldwide.

  • 3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

    Fireside Chat with Sam Altman (Y Combinator)

    The president of Y Combinator sits down to talk basic income, Silicon Valley’s culture wars and what California can do for the rest of the country.

  • 3:40 pm - 4:00 pm


  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition – Session 4

    Judges: Anjula Acharia (Trinity Ventures), Nina Kjellson (Canaan Partners), Anna Patterson (Gradient Ventures), Pejman Nozad (Pear Ventures)

  • 5:00 pm - 5:10 pm


  • 5:10 pm - 6:00 pm

    Startup Battlefield Competition – Session 5

    Judges: Jenny Lefcourt (Freestyle Capital), Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital), Jon Sakoda (NEA), Sam O’Keefe (Google Cloud)

  • 6:00 pm - 6:05 pm


  • 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    The Official Disrupt SF After Party

    Location: The Chapel and expect trivia, games, and plenty of friends

Wednesday, September 20

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

    Opening Remarks: Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief

  • 9:05 am - 9:25 am

    In Conversation with Cindy Mi (VIPKID)

    The co-founder and CEO of VIPKID is taking the stage to share how the company became a major player in the English as a second language market by employing thousands of fluent speakers as teachers.

  • 9:25 am - 9:45 am

    Fireside Chat with Kirsten Green (Forerunner Ventures)

    As a general partner at Forerunner Ventures, Green will lay out her views on making great bets and what it takes to build a new business from scratch. We’re also curious about where she put the VC of the Year Crunchie that she won earlier this year.

  • 9:45 am - 10:05 am

    In Conversation with Justin Kan (Atrium)

    Atrium LTS founder Justin Kan will discuss how technology can be used to improve the legal industry and build a next-generation law firm.

  • 10:05 am - 10:15 am

    Founder Spotlight on The Neuroscience Of Recruiting

    Pymetrics CEO Frida Polli explains how AI can use games to predict your career destiny.

  • 10:15 am - 10:35 am

    In Conversation with Balaji Srinivasan (

    The co-founder and CEO will talk cryptocurrency, government regulation and building a business with bitcoin.

  • 10:35 am - 10:55 am


  • 10:55 am - 11:15 am

    Coming soon!

  • 11:15 am - 11:35 am

    Combating Sexism and Harassment with Sarah Kunst (Proday) and Kim Malone Scott (Candor)

    Silicon Valley has turned into a hotbed for sexual harassment and scandal. Hear from the Proday founder and CEO and the Candor CEO about their experiences in tech and what’s needed to foster a better workplace.

  • 11:35 am - 1:00 pm


  • 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

    Fireside Chat with Andrew Ng (Coursera)

    After co-founding Coursera and leading AI teams at Google and Baidu, Andrew Ng is starting a mysterious machine learning shop of his own.

  • 1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

    In Conversation with Bozoma Saint John (Uber)

    Uber’s newly hired chief brand officer plans to change the public perception of Uber in light of sexual harassment allegations, lawsuits and changes in executive leadership. But how?

  • 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    Battlefield updates and passing of the Startup Battlefield Cup

  • 2:00 pm - 2:05 pm

    How the Startup Battlefield Final Competition works with Anthony Ha

  • 2:05 pm - 3:45 pm

    Startup Battlefield Final Competition

    Finals Judges: Theresia Gouw (Aspect Ventures), Kirsten Green (Forerunner Ventures), Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch), Krishna Yeshwant (GV), Ann Miura-Ko (Floodgate), Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures)

  • 3:45 pm - 4:05 pm


  • 4:05 pm - 5:05 pm

    Coming soon!

  • 5:05 pm - 5:25 pm

    In Conversation with Fritz Lanman (ClassPass)

    The investor and new ClassPass CEO is currently in leadership positions at ClassPass, Verst and Doppler Labs, and has had to make a few tough calls along the way.

  • 5:25 pm - 5:45 pm

    Startup Battlefield Closing Awards Ceremony



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. We'll also be selecting several startups to participate in our feature pavilions in the following categories - AR/VR, AI/Machine Learning, Blockchain/Cryptocurrencies, Health/Biotech, E-commerce/Marketplace, Enterprise, FinTech, Media (Entertainment, Film, TV, Music, Marcom & Advertising, Gaming), Robotics/Drones/Mobility or Security/Privacy.



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 to qualifying Disrupt attendees.

Find out how it works and how you can participate on our CrunchMatch page.



NEW for 2017 is our Off The Record sessions – moderated Q&A sessions and networking receptions with top founders and investors making waves within a certain hot category. At Disrupt SF we will hold Off The Record sessions in the following categories: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Cryptocurrencies/Blockchain, Biotech, Drones/Mobility, Privacy/Security and AR/VR. These sessions will be open to all Disrupt SF attendees! You can find out more on the Off the Record sessions page.



Bloomberg. CNBC. Financial Times. Mashable. Disrupt hosts hundreds of accredited reporters, bloggers and correspondents from around the world. Journalists can apply for a media pass to Disrupt here.


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.


Still have questions? Check out some answers at our FAQ site.



Email for general event questions or for questions about exhibiting as an early stage startup.

Early Bird Price - General Admission Ticket

Prices increase on August 18

Regular price $2995


  • Three Day General Admission Conference Pass Including After Parties
  • For Investors, Technologists and Later Stage Startups (more than 2 years old)
Startup Alley Exhibitor Package


  • Includes 1 day of exhibition in Startup Alley and 2 General Admission Conference Passes
  • One package per startup PLEASE NOTE: Startup Alley companies must be less than 2 years old and have less than $2.5M in funding (does not apply to Hardware companies)
  • Exhibition day to be assigned by TechCrunch


Ticket purchases cancelled by July 31, 2017 are subject to a $250 cancellation handling fee. Tickets cancelled August 1, 2017 and later are not eligible for a refund for any reason. Lost name badges at the conference are subject to a $500 replacement fee.

Student Tickets*

We do have a special student ticket rate of $300. Currently enrolled or soon to be enrolled students in a college or university program, high school students OR recent college/university graduates are eligible and can apply via the application below. Additional information can be found on eligibility via the application link.

Please complete this APPLICATION if you are interested in receiving a student ticket.

Questions? email

Non-Profit Organization Tickets

Current full-time employees of non-profit organizations with 501(c) 3 designations can apply for the Non-Profit ticket rate to Disrupt SF for $995. To apply for the discount, you must email from your organizations email address and a copy of your organization’s 501(c) 3 designation.

Government/Military Tickets

Current full-time employees of federal, state or local government agencies, current full-time employees of international government agencies and active military employees only can receive an attendee ticket to Disrupt NY for $995.  To qualify for the discount, you must email from a valid .gov email address with a copy of your current, valid government ID. Additionally you must present your current, valid government identification card during registration check-in at Disrupt NY.  If you are unable to provide valid government identification at the event, you will be charged the general admission rate of $2,995.

The government discount cannot be combined with any other discount offers.

Government contractors, including contractors working on government “Cost Reimbursable Contracts”, are not eligible for the government discount.

Accepted government identification:

  • Government issued Visa, MasterCard or American Express
  • Government picture ID
  • Military picture ID
  • Federally Funded Research Development Corp (FFRDC) ID

*All applications are approved on a case-by-case basis at TechCrunch’s discretion. Ticket cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. 

Volunteer Opportunities

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