San Francisco, Sept 18-20, 2017

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Craig Barry

    Craig Barry

    Craig Barry is Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer for Turner Sports. In this role, Barry oversees Turner Sports’ remote and studio productions, operations, technology and talent services for sports content airing on TNT, TBS and truTV including all productions in conjunction with the NBA, NCAA, MLB and PGA, along with all digital extensions. A 26-year Turner Sports veteran, Barry leads the creative direction of Turner Sports’ portfolio of sports properties, ensuring collaboration and integration of content and promotion across all platforms.

    Barry is also the executive responsible for the oversight of Turner Sports’ business interests surrounding ELEAGUE, the professional esports organization formed in partnership between Turner and WME | IMG. In this capacity, he leads every aspect of the linear and digital productions for ELEAGUE including working closely with Turner Studios in Atlanta to set the overall vision for the live competitive gaming experience. He also oversees brand image, multiplatform marketing initiatives, long-term business opportunities and the integration of ad sales and sponsorship efforts on behalf of the endeavor.

    Throughout his career, Barry has been associated with nearly every sports property in various roles. He has received numerous accolades including 25 Sports Emmy Awards and over 60 PromaxDBA awards. Barry is also credited with developing the Creative Services Sports Unit (CSSU) at Turner Sports, an internal creative agency that services the entire division and league partners.

    CSSU develops all creative broadcast packaging, graphic design, music, post-production, web design, multimedia content, promotion, creating marketing and sponsorships, and ad sales support for sports content across TBS, TNT, truTV, NBA Digital and

    Barry, a native of Southern California, played collegiate tennis while attending Menlo College in Silicon Valley. He graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He currently resides in Atlanta.

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  • Tiffani Bell

    Tiffani Bell

    Tiffani Ashley Bell is Founder and Executive Director of The Human Utility, a platform bringing people together from around the world to help people in Detroit and Baltimore with their water bills.

    Since its founding in July 2014, the organization has helped nearly 1,000 families and is a Y Combinator-backed not-for-profit.

    Tiffani is a 2017 Technology & Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was also a 2014 Code for America Fellow and previously, was the CEO + founder of Pencil You In, enabling businesses to accept appointments online.

    Tiffani is a developer working primarily with Ruby on Rails and iOS. She finished at Howard University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems & Computer Science.

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  • Niko Bonatsos

    Niko Bonatsos

    Niko Bonatsos is a managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York and approximately $3.75 billion in total capital raised. Niko focuses his investment strategy on finding first-time technology founders with strong product instincts, a robust appetite for learning, and a desire to create consumer-focused innovations with the potential to benefit millions of users. In his first six years with the firm, he was instrumental in investments in Snap (NYSE: SNAP), RealtyShares, ClassDojo and Paribus (recently acquired by CapitalOne) among others. Prior to joining General Catalyst, Niko attended Stanford University as a Fulbright Scholar earning an MS in Management Science and Engineering. He has studied and worked in many countries including the U.S., Greece, the UK and, as a part of the R&D team for Yokogawa Electric Corporation, in Japan. Additionally, Niko holds an M.Phil. in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from the University of Cambridge and a Dipl.-Ing in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the National Technical University of Athens.

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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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  • Shawn Carolan

    Shawn Carolan

    Shawn joined Menlo Ventures in 2002 as an Associate and was promoted to Managing Director two years later at age 30. Shawn focuses on consumer tech with particular interest in major technological shifts that improve users’ daily lives. He represents Menlo Ventures on the boards of IMVU, PlayPhone, Roku, TeleNav, and Uber. Prior investments include Siri, in which Menlo was the first investor, and largest shareholder when Apple acquired the company in 2010, PlaySpan (acquired by Visa), CinemaNow, acquired by Rovi, TeleNav and YuMe (NYSE: YUME). He is also the founder and CEO of Handle, the World’s First Priority Engine, and has been recognized for the last two years on the Forbes Midas List.

    Shawn was educated as an Electrical Engineer (BS/MS from the University of Illinois, Champaign where he graduated with highest honors) but was continually pulled into Computer Science. From his internships at Motorola to his DARPA-funded fellowship in computational electromagnetics, Shawn picked up the coding his fellow EE’s shunned. This led him to a ‘hot’ Chicago startup called Open Port Technology where he wrote wire protocols in C++ in the days before JSON and got his first patent. He loved it, but left after much deliberation in 2000 when he was accepted into the Stanford MBA program. Exercising his employee stock options on the way out constituted his first official write-off as an investor. Despite an entrance essay proclaiming aspirations to become a business savvy CTO, Shawn spent his MBA summer at Booz & Co and became a VC at graduation.

    For fun Shawn enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, motorcycling and hiking with his family. He also serves on the board of Rocketship Education and advocates Lean Startup principles, learned and honed with friends Steve Blank and Eric Ries at IMVU where the movement began to take hold.

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  • 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.

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  • Jeff Clavier

    Jeff Clavier

    Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the original seed VC firms in Silicon Valley, having closed 190+ investments since 2004. An early angel investor in Web 2.0, Jeff and his team have backed successful startups like Mint (Intuit), Kongregate (GameStop), Brightroll (Yahoo), LiveRamp (Acxiom), Milo (eBay), Wildfire (Google), Bleacher Report (Turner), Gnip (Twitter), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), Eventbrite, Sendgrid, Poshmark, Hired, Postmates, Vungle, Shippo, Front and Molekule. The portfolio has also seen acquisitions by Groupon, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and AOL. The firm is currently investing out of its $100M Fund V, making on average 15 seed commitments of $1M per year in mobile/cloud saas, consumer services, connected devices, marketplaces and “frontier tech” (AI, AR/VR, autonomous vehicles, digital manufacturing and material science, space tech).

    Born, raised and educated in France, Jeff graduated with a MS in Computer Science and a degree in Distributed Computing. He joined Effix, a financial services startup, as one of the initial developers while still at school and eventually led it as CTO. After 5 years, Reuters acquired the company and Jeff expanded his remit to several product and development organizations in Europe and the USA. In 2000, he moved to Silicon Valley as General Partner for RVC, the $450M venture fund affiliated with Reuters.

    In 2004, Jeff left RVC to start SoftTech VC and invest in the early pioneers of Consumer Internet. Within a couple of years, he was being recognized in the media as one of the “super angels”, and in 2007, he subsequently raised one of the first micro-VC funds, $15M Fund II. After three years, and 60+ investments closed on his own, Jeff built a team and raised a larger, $55M Fund III that invested in 55 companies. In June 2014, the firm celebrated its 10-year anniversary, its move to San Francisco and the close of Fund IV. Two years later, the firm announced the closing of $150M across two funds, a $100M seed-focused Fund V and a $50M Plus fund that is making $3M to $5M investments in mature, existing portfolio companies.

    Jeff was appointed on the board of the National Venture Capital Association in 2015, a 4-year mandate. In the SoftTech portfolio, he sits on the boards of Handshake, DocSend, Molekule and a number of stealth investments. He is listed on the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists in the world.

    One of the early VC bloggers in 2004, Jeff is now a popular conference speaker and social media/TV commentator. When he is not spending time with SoftTech’s portfolio companies, Jeff enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, scuba diving, collecting wine and hanging out with friends and family.

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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.

    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.

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  • Rob Coneybeer

    Rob Coneybeer

    Rob co-founded Shasta Ventures in 2004, and is passionate about anything with an engine, including robots, satellites, and new modes of transportation. He is particularly interested in connected hardware, automotive, and The Internet of Things. At Shasta Ventures, his investments include Nest (acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in 2014), Fetch Robotics, Eero, Vector Launch Systems, and Turo.

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  • David Cowan

    David Cowan

    As a venture capitalist with Bessemer Venture Partners in Silicon Valley, David Cowan (@davidcowan) has led early stage investments in Twitch, LinkedIn, Skybox, Twilio, Blue Nile, and 20 other startups that went IPO. Cowan also co-founded three cybersecurity companies: VeriSign, Good Technology (fka Visto), and Defense.Net. The Forbes Midas List of the top venture capitalists has included Cowan 13 times, ranking him as high as #6.
    Cowan wrote, directed, and performed in the acapella stage musical Lies in the Attic, which enjoyed a commercially successful run in San Jose in early 2016. He earned his BS (in C.S. and math) and his MBA degrees from Harvard University.

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  • Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is a 10-year NBA veteran player for the Golden State Warriors. He has won an NBA Championship & Finals MVP, NBA league MVP, four NBA scoring titles, 2 Olympic medals, the NBA All-Star Game MVP Award, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He’s also an 8-time NBA All-Star.

    Off the court, Durant is founder of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, which seeks to enrich the lives of youth from low-income backgrounds through educational and athletic programs, including the signature Build It And They Will Ball global court renovation project. He is also co-founder and president of The Durant Company, where his investments include Postmates, Acorns, The Players’ Tribune, JetSmarter, and many others. His Thirty Five Media brand serves as the creative arm of his business, with projects such as the launch of his YouTube channel in April 2017.

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  • Maureen Fan

    Maureen Fan

    Maureen is CEO and co-founder of Baobab Studios, the industry's leading VR animation studio. Started in 2015, the company's Emmy-award winning VR animation, INVASION!, starring Ethan Hawke, launched to substantial critical acclaim and become the top performing VR app. In a first, Hollywood is taking IP from VR to become a feature film: Roth Kirschenbaum Films (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to adapt INVASION! into a big screen feature film. Right out of the gate, Baobab Studios garnered laurels from film festivals globally including Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes. INVASION! is currently a top ranking download on major VR platforms including Oculus, VIVE, PSVR, Samsung, Within, Hulu and others. Baobab’s second film ASTEROIDS! starring Elizabeth Banks is an official 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival selection and won Best VR Experience at the Unity Vision Conference. Their latest Rainbow Crow, starring John Legend, Diego Luna, and Constance Wu premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and Cannes this year. Baobab has raised $31M to date making them one of the largest in independent VR studios today. Baobab’s vision is to create experiences with the empathy of film, the agency of games, and ultimately the motivation of real life.

    Maureen has held leadership roles in film, gaming and the consumer web. She was most recently vice president of games at Zynga, where she oversaw three game studios including the FarmVille sequel, which contributed to 40 percent of the company’s revenues. Previously, she worked on Pixar's “Toy Story 3” film and at eBay in product management and UI design. Her most recent collaboration, “The Dam Keeper,” directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, was nominated for the 2015 Oscar Best Animated Short. Maureen was also named one of ‘The Most Creative People of the Year’ by Ad Age for 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in an interdisciplinary program in computer science, art and psychology from Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her master’s degree in business from Harvard University.

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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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  • Adrian Fenty

    Adrian Fenty

    Adrian M. Fenty served as the fifth Mayor of the District of Columbia from 2007 to 2011, where he championed innovative solutions to challenges facing the Nation’s Capital. A visionary with intent focus on reform, Mr. Fenty became a recognized national leader in the areas of urban education reform, public safety, public housing, city revitalization, healthcare and increasing tourism.

    Since leaving office, Mr. Fenty has served as an advisor to Silicon Valley tech companies and venture capitalists. He sits on advisory boards of noteworthy companies such as, OpenGov and Neighborly. Mr. Fenty is a member of Perkins Coie’s Emerging Company Venture Capital practice. Mr. Fenty served as Special Advisor to Andreessen Horowitz for four years before joining MACRO Venture Investments as General Partner in January 2017.

    Mr. Fenty received his Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College (1992), his Juris Doctor from Howard University Law School (1996) and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.

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  • Michael Fertik

    Michael Fertik

    Michael Fertik founded with the belief that people and businesses have the right to control and protect their online reputation and privacy. He is credited with pioneering the field of online reputation management and generally recognized as the leading expert in digital privacy and reputation.

    Fertik is an industry commentator with guest columns in Harvard Business Review, Reuters, and Newsweek. He frequently appears on national and international television and radio, including the BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Phil, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. He is the co-author of two books, Wild West 2.0 (2010), and New York Times best seller, The Reputation Economy (2015).

    Michael is a NYT bestselling author, and his fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals.

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  • Ross Finman

    Ross Finman

    Ross is Cofounder and CEO of Escher Reality that builds the backend for Augmented Reality applications. Previously, Ross spent seven years researching object-based SLAM at MIT and has spent a decade working on robotic perception algorithms for scene understanding.

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  • Andrew Frame

    Andrew Frame

    Andrew Frame is the founder and CEO of Citizen, an app that helps people stay safe by notifying them of relevant, nearby crimes and emergency incidents in real-time on their mobile phones. New York City has around 10,000 911 calls each and every day. Citizen opens up these 911 calls and sends them to the Citizen app which gives users real-time crime and incident alerts. Users are given the option of live-streaming the incident creating complete transparency and fueling the creation of a global safety network whose aim is to create safety and protection for all citizens worldwide.

    Citizen launched a beta of its New York City only service in early 2017 and has grown rapidly as people use it to stay safe and informed by monitoring emergencies unfolding in their vicinity.

    At 24 years old, Andrew founded ooma, a consumer Internet phone company. As the founder and CEO for the first 5 years he built the vision, team, strategy, initial retail channels and under his leadership guided the company to a $25M revenue run-rate before hiring his replacement. The company is now publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange with an annual revenue of around $120M.
    Andrew moved to Silicon Valley at age 17 to join Cisco Systems, where as part of its Global Center of Expertise, he traveled across the world working with customers on large-scale, complex networking issues. Prior to being recruited by Cisco Systems, Andrew resigned from high school in 10th grade to build and run an ISP (Internet Service Provider), which later became the largest in Las Vegas.

    Andrew is also a member of Global Advisory Board of DocuSign, Inc. and has been an angel investor and advisor to various startups, including Facebook and Tinder.

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  • Patrick Gallagher

    Patrick Gallagher

    Pat has dedicated the past two decades to working with and investing in some of the most exciting technology startups in Silicon Valley. He co-founded CrunchFund in 2011 with Michael Arrington and has held the role of managing partner since the fund’s inception. Successful companies CrunchFund has invested in include Cruise, Digital Ocean, and, amongst more than 200 other leading early-stage startups.

    Prior to CrunchFund, Pat’s VC experience included VantagePoint Capital Partners and Morgan Stanley Venture Partners. He has invested across all segments of information technology and has been on numerous boards including Constant Contact (public), Plateau Systems (Board Observer, acquired by SuccessFactors), Immobilien Scout (acquired by Deutsche Telecom), and TouchTunes (acquired by Searchlight Capital).

    Patrick graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and literature.

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  • Heather Garozzo

    Heather Garozzo

    Heather Garozzo, known as sapphiRe in the esports space, is the Director of Fan Engagement for Team Dignitas. Heather is responsible for the development and execution of Team Dignitas' social media and broadcasting strategy, improving the team's web infrastructure and expanding its fan base. Her professional background began at Fleishman-Hillard as an Account Executive for gaming clients and then transitioned to the Fortune 500 company, Assurant, where she focused on Conversion Rate Optimization while also completing her MBA. As a veteran member of the Counter-Strike community, Heather competed in over two hundred tournaments since 1999, including winning the Women's World Cup in 2012. Her all-female CS:GO team, which she now manages at Team Dignitas, is ranked top three in the world. In addition to being an active streamer and long-time esports journalist, Heather is a world-renowned CS:GO Observer, billed on the talent line-up for prestigious esports events including ESL, IEM, ELEAGUE and MLG, among others. With seventeen years in esports as a competitor, journalist and marketer, Heather is devotedly passionate about the esports industry.

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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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  • Hilary Gosher

    Hilary Gosher

    Hilary Gosher is a Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, a global growth investor in software companies with $16 billion AUM. Hilary leads Onsite, the firm’s specialized due diligence team and growth experts who evaluate investments and help to drive scale at portfolio companies. She has worked with more than 200 tech companies, engaged with five IPOs and dozens of M&A transactions. Among these are Mimecast, Shutterstock, Cvent, Planview, eVestment and Primavera.

    Hilary is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she teaches entrepreneurship. From 2010-2015 she was an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. In 2015 she was listed on the TechWeek100 Tech Leaders in NY. Business Insider recognized Hilary as one of the Most Inspiring Women in Tech in New York City.

    In 2016, Hilary co-founded, and is currently on the board of Parity Partners, a firm focused on advocating, educating, and recruiting for diverse and inclusive talent in investment, asset management and tech industries.

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  • Theresia Gouw

    Theresia Gouw

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

    She recently co-founded Aspect Ventures, where she led the firm’s early investments in Cato Networks, Exabeam, ForeScout, The Muse, SelfScore, BirchBox, and BaubleBar. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Partner at Accel where she championed many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions: Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS), Kosmix (WMT). Theresia has been named to Forbes’ Midas List six times, most recently in 2017.

    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.

    Theresia serves as Treasurer of Brown University’s Corporation Board, vice-chair of and at Stanford co-teaches a course on Venture Capital at the GSB. She also serves on the GSB Advisory Council and DAPER investment fund.

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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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  • Arvind Gupta

    Arvind Gupta

    As a General Partner at SOSV, a $150 million venture capital fund, Arvind founded IndieBio, the world’s largest biotech program based seed fund. Blending scientific method and design, he funds deep technology startups that can impact over a billion people or address markets over a billion dollars.. At IndieBio, Arvind has invested in groundbreaking companies like Memphis Meats, Synthex, Medel.AI and Catalog, helping to jumpstart cellular agriculture and new biotech. He sits on the boards of numerous companies including Vivid Vision and Prellis.

    Beginning his professional life as an options market maker in the Pacific Coast Exchange in the Microsoft pit, Arvind left the pit in search of a career with deeper meaning. Attracted to design as a blend of art and science, Arvind joined IDEO. As a design director he led the team that designed the Samsung Galaxy Curve, and articulated "Adaptive Innovation" and received numerous international design awards.

    Arvind co-founded Starters, a personal fitness app that gained thousands of users in 98 countries. Joining SOSV in 2013, Arvind became a venture capitalist to invest in biotech and deep science technologies including life sciences, AR/VR and new user interfaces.

    He is a speaker at TEDx, Slush conference, Startup Iceland and SFMOMA among others. His writing appears in Nature, Rotman, Forbes and Design Observer. He has been awarded 8 US Patents and has had his work displayed in the SF Museum of Modern Art.

    Arvind received his B.S. in Genetic Engineering from UCSB and studied for his MA in Industrial Design at SFSU.

    Arvind is married with two daughters. He is a 2016 IBJJF world champion in No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has climbed El Capitan and other big walls, was a BASE Jumper and big wave surfer. He is currently trains MMA and BJJ.

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  • Rosanne Haggerty

    Rosanne Haggerty

    Rosanne Haggerty is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions. She is an internationally recognized developer of innovative, data driven strategies to end and prevent homelessness. Community Solutions helps communities design and build effective local housing systems through initiatives such as the 100,000 Homes and Built for Zero Campaigns that have engaged more than 200 US communities in housing more than 180,000 chronically homeless individuals and homeless veterans since 2010. Their work has been recognized with the World Habitat Award, the National Design Award and Jane Jacobs Medal, and has been featured in The New York Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review and on 60 Minutes among other media. Rosanne is a MacArthur Fellow, Ashoka Senior Fellow and Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur. Previously, Rosanne founded and led Common Ground Community, a pioneer developer/operator of permanent supportive housing.

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  • Arlan Hamilton

    Arlan Hamilton

    Arlan is an emerging venture capital fund manager, and tour manager to Atlantic Records recording artist Janine. Having founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine INTERLUDE, and toured extensively as a live music production professional, she enters the venture investing world from an unconventional path. Arlan is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. When she’s not writing about herself in the 3rd person, she enjoys yelling at teenagers from her porch, writing the ‘L Word’ fanfic twitter page @ModernLWord, and watching the hell out of some ‘General Hospital’. 👊🏾

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  • Jun Hasegawa

    Jun Hasegawa

    Jun is an entrepreneur and no stranger to the startup world. Prior to founding payments company Omise, he was involved in founding a series of tech companies in Japan mainly in the fields of e-commerce, life log and mobile payments. He has over 16 years of professional experience in web & product design and previously held several management positions with Alpha-do Inc. in Japan.
    Currently based in Bangkok, Jun is the full-time CEO of Omise, a multinational payments company currently present in Thailand (HQ), Japan, Singapore and Indonesia that has raised over USD 50M in funding. He has led the company through dramatic growth, from its launch in 2013 to its establishment as one of Southeast Asia's leading online payment platforms.

    In 2015, Jun's desire to stay on the pioneering edge of practical tech innovation led to Omise becoming one of the first companies, and the very first financial services company, to join the Ethereum community. In 2017, after over a year of research and development, this culminated in the launch of OmiseGO, the crowd-funded blockchain division of Omise tasked with creating the OMG network, an Ethereum-based public blockchain with the ambitious vision of enabling financial service equity by radically decentralizing value transfer and exchange.

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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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  • Diana Hu

    Diana Hu

    Diana is Cofounder and CTO of Escher Reality that builds the backend for Augmented Reality applications. Previously, Diana led data science teams to bring research projects into products for cloud television at Intel and Verizon Labs. She holds seven patents in computer vision and machine learning

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  • Charles Hudson

    Charles Hudson

    Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures, an early­stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies.

    Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at SoftTech VC. In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. In addition to his investment activities, he supports SoftTech portfolio companies on business and corporate development matters. He was also the Co­Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, an Android­focused mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA.

    Prior to joining SoftTech VC and co­founding Bionic Panda Games, Charles Hudson was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business until the company was acquired by Zynga in February 2010. Prior to Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Interactive, an online hangout and virtual world for teens. Prior to Gaia, Charles worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for early­stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e­commerce markets. Prior to joining Google, he was a Product Manager for IronPort Systems, a leading provider of anti­spam hardware appliances that was acquired by Cisco Systems for $830 million in 2007.

    Charles was also the founder of the Virtual Goods Summit and Social Gaming Summit, two of the leading conferences in the free­to­play games space.

    Charles spent several years working at In­Q­Tel, the strategic venture capital group for the Central Intelligence Agency. While at In­Q­Tel, he focused on identifying investment opportunities that could deliver significant value to the CIA and the commercial market in both the short and long term. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Stanford University.

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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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  • Tripp Jones

    Tripp Jones

    Tripp is a General Partner with August Capital and invests broadly in information technology companies, with a particular focus on consumer internet and enterprise applications software. Tripp also leads August’s Special Opportunities fund.

    Tripp led August’s investments in ADARA, Bark & Co, CommonBond, Compology, Hipcamp, Paperless Post, Rocketmiles, Quandl, Wattpad, and Yumi, and was involved in August’s investments in Avant, Ebates, Fastly, INRIX, Integral Ad Science, Mirantis, PubMatic, RJMetrics, Rockets of Awesome, and Zulily.

    Prior to joining August Capital, Tripp spent the previous four years at Menlo Park-based Spectrum Equity Investors. Earlier in his career, Tripp was an investment banker with JMP Securities and BMO Capital.

    Tripp is a graduate of Princeton University.

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  • Steve Jurvetson

    Steve Jurvetson

    Steve Jurvetson fosters companies at the forefront of technology. He looks for unconventional companies in deep learning, commercial space, synthetic biology, genomics, robotics, and sustainable transportation—purpose-driven companies that will transform massive industries.

    His current board responsibilities include D-Wave, Memphis Meats, Mythic, Planet, SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA). He was the founding VC investor in Hotmail (Microsoft), Interwoven (NASDAQ: IWOV), Kana (NASDAQ: KANA), and NeoPhotonics (NYSE: NPTN). Steve was also the first VC investor and board member at deep learning company Nervana, acquired by Intel in 2016.

    He always has a passion for the cutting edge of technology and the frontiers of the unknown. Steve has BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford, and he finished his undergrad studies in 2.5 years, graduating number one in his class. He went on to earn an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He then worked at leading companies like HP, Apple, NeXT Software, and Bain & Company.

    In 2017, Steve received the Visionary Award from SV Forum for his role in fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. In 2016, President Barack Obama announced Steve's position as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship at the Seventh Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University. Steve has also been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and as the Venture Capitalist of the Year by Deloitte. He was also chosen by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner as one of "the ten people expected to have the greatest impact on the Bay Area in the early part of the 21st century." Forbes has recognized Steve several times on the Midas List, and named him one of "Tech's Best Venture Investors."

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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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  • Phil Keslin

    Phil Keslin

    Phil Keslin is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Niantic, Inc., creators of Pokemon GO. Started in early 2011 and Incubated within Google, Phil led the engineering team in exploring the convergence of mobile, geo and social within a range of applications leading up to the launch of Ingress and FieldTrip.

    Prior to Niantic, Phil was a contributor to StreetView, GMail and Lively products while at Google. Additionally Phil was a GPU Architect at NVIDIA and a key contributor to the design and development several of their GPUS.

    In 2000, Phil joined up with John Hanke to found Keyhole. As its CTO, Phil led the development of the Earthviewer application which would later become Google Earth following the company's acquisition by Google.

    Phil received his MBA from Southern Methodist University and his Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • Nina Kjellson

    Nina Kjellson

    Nina Kjellson General Partner / West Coast Since 2015 Nina Kjellson invests in biopharmaceutical and digital health companies that aim to transform care for patients. She focuses on therapeutics for serious and underserved conditions such as cancer, autoimmune disease and life-threatening infections and IT-enabled transformation of healthcare delivery. As a leader of Canaan’s Women of Venture program, Nina is a vocal advocate for women entrepreneurs and investors. She serves as a mentor to Blueprint Health, a digital health incubator and Springboard Life Sciences, an accelerator for healthcare companies driven by women entrepreneurs. She is a member of the advisory board for the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center. Prior to Canaan, Nina was a General Partner at InterWest Partners where she had invested in healthcare start-ups since 2002. Before InterWest, she was an investment manager at Bay City Capital, a life sciences merchant bank, and a research associate at Oracle Partners, a healthcare-focused hedge fund. Nina began her career conducting health policy and survey research with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nina’s current investments include Annum Health, Cidara (CDTX), Dauntless Pharmaceuticals, Eiger Biopharmaceuticals (EIGR), Lycera Inc., Ocera (OCRX), Paratek (PRTK), Tesaro, Tizona Therapeutics and WellTok. She serves on the boards of Annum, Dauntless, Lycera, Ocera, Tizona and WellTok. Her previous investments include Labrys Biologics (acquired by Teva), Alt12 (acquired by Honest Company), Trius Therapeutics (TSRX; acquired by Cubist), CNS Therapeutics (acquired by Covidien), NovaCardia (acquired by Merck), and Aspreva (ASPV; acquired by Galenica). Nina was born in Scandinavia and grew-up in the Northeast. Nina received a B.A. in human biology from Stanford University (1997). She serves on the board of Essential Access Health and the California Leadership Council for the Nature Conservancy.

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  • Rich Kleiman

    Rich Kleiman

    Rich Kleiman is the Kein Durant’s manager, as well as his co-founder and partner in The Durant Company and Thirty Five Media. With the Durant Company, Kleiman oversees Durant’s investment portfolio, including Postmates, Acorns, The Players’ Tribune, JetSmarter, and many others. The duo’s latest venture, Thirty Five Media, is a media production and creative development company. Their work can be seen on Kevin Durant’s YouTube channel at
    Previously, Kleiman helped launched Roc Nation Sports, where he served as Vice President of the agency founded by Jay-Z and still works in partnership with the firm. Kleiman started with Roc Nation in 2008 as a music manager representing Solange, Wale, Mark Ronson, & many more. Kleiman has also served as executive producer on HBO’s The Offseason: Kevin Durant and Jay-Z’s Fade To Black.

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  • Nathan Kong

    Nathan Kong

    Nathan Kong is a co-founder and CEO of Beyond One, the holding company behind CurioPets. He just finished his freshman year at Stanford University where he is majoring in Materials Science & Engineering and Computer Science. He has a strong passion for making learning fun and engaging for students as well as making renewable energy resources more feasible. In his free time, Nathan enjoys building gadgets, cooking, and traveling the world.

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  • Brian Krzanich

    Brian Krzanich

    Brian M. Krzanich began his career at Intel in 1982 in New Mexico as a process engineer, and he still loves tinkering, whether it’s tweaking gear inside Intel’s chip-making plants or helping his daughters with their science projects. Progressing through a series of senior technical and leadership roles within Intel’s manufacturing organization, Krzanich was elected as the company’s sixth chief executive officer in May 2013, responsible for leading an organization of more than 50,000 employees. 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. He holds a B.A. in chemistry from San Jose State University and has one patent for semiconductor processing.

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  • Sarah Kunst

    Sarah Kunst

    Sarah Kunst is founder and CEO of Kunst an investor and entrepreneur who has worked at Apple, Red Bull, Chanel, Mohr Davidow Ventures and several venture backed startups. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire Magazine and hosted a podcast for Forbes. Her philanthropic interests include Venture for America and The US State Department's Tech Women program. She is also on the Foundation Board at Michigan State University, her Alma Mater.

    Kunst has been named a Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 and named a top 25 innovator in tech by Cool Hunting. She has been recognized for her work in Business Insider as a 30 under 30 Woman in Tech and Top African-American in Tech & Top Startup To Watch in 2017 and Marie Claire Magazine named her a Young Gun to watch. She has written for Techcrunch, Forbes, Wall St. Journal, Fortune and Marc Andreessen named her one of his 55 Unknown Rock Stars in Tech. is the leading sports media platform for those who don't 'stick to sports'. We cover the politics, style, fitness, nutrition and lifestyle of professional athletes.

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  • Lisa Lambert

    Lisa Lambert

    Lisa Lambert is a Managing Partner at the Westly Group responsible for investments in software, IOT, and the internet. Prior to joining the Westly Group, Lisa was a vice-president at Intel Capital and the Managing Director of Intel Capital’s Software and Services Fund and the Intel Capital Diversity Fund where she managed over 70 portfolio companies and a team of 8 investment professionals. During her career at Intel Capital, Lisa managed several investment funds including the Intel 64 Fund, the e-Commerce Fund, the Enterprise Software Fund, before becoming the Managing Director for the Software & Service Fund in 2006 and the Managing Director for the Diversity Fund in 2015. Lisa was a voting member of Intel Capital’s investment committee. She produced top decile returns during her 16-year career including 7 IPOs and 30 accretive M&A exits. Lisa is also on the board of directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).

    Prior to Intel Capital, she held a Product Marketing Management position with Intel’s Desktop Products Group with responsibility for the Pentium II, III processor family. Prior to joining Intel, Lisa worked as a Software Engineer and in senior roles in strategic planning, product marketing, and sales at Owens-Corning. Lisa sat on the board of directors for Silkroad Technology, Brit+Co, Mark One, and X+1. Lisa was most recently served as board observer for Urban Airship, Kaltura, Zend Technologies, CollabNet, and Fonality. Lisa has invested in and managed exits for VMware (IPO), MySQL (acquired by Sun), Endeca (acquired by Oracle), DATAllegro (acquired by Microsoft), JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), X+1 Solutions (acquired by Rocket Fuel), Joulex (acquired by Cisco), Financial Engines (IPO), TOA Technologies (acquired by Oracle), Revolution Analytics (acquired by Microsoft), Nexmo (acquired by Vonage), Kingsoft (IPO), Enjoyor (IPO), Tobesoft (IPO), Netposa (IPO), to name a few.

    Lisa was just named the #1 Rising Star on an elite list of corporate venture capitalists by Global Corporate Venturing, a 10,000 member global organization of the corporate venture capital industry. Lisa is also founder, chairman and CEO of UPWARD (, a professional not-for-profit organization focused on accelerating careers of female executives.
    Lisa has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University. Lisa was selected from the top 600 executives at Intel to participate in the Executive Education Accelerator Program at Stanford University. She graduated from that program in August 2015.

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  • Fritz Lanman

    Fritz Lanman

    Fritz Lanman is the CEO of ClassPass. Previously he served as an executive at Microsoft and is a serial entrepreneur, having started and grown three venture-backed companies, including Livestar, Verst and Doppler Labs. Fritz is also a seed investor whose portfolio includes Square, Pinterest, Wish, Teespring, Flexport, Formlabs and Flexe, among others.

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  • Jenny Lee

    Jenny Lee

    Jenny Lee joined GGV Capital in 2005 as a managing partner and was instrumental in setting up the GGV presence in China. As a self-professed geek, Jenny firmly believes that only the entrepreneurs who are passionate about products will be able to create new models and new products. Jenny is focused on partnering with disruptive technology companies that can change the traditional business models and create new value for users and enterprises.
    Previously, she gathered operational and finance work experience with Singapore Technologies Aerospace, Morgan Stanley and JAFCO Asia. Ms. Lee graduated from Cornell University (Masters and B.Sc EE) and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Kauffman Fellows, a leadership organization for innovation and capital formation.
    Since 2011, Jenny Lee has been recognized by the Forbes Global 100 VC Midas List of top venture capitalists, ranking as the #1 woman and #10 overall in 2015. In 2016, she was named to the Vanity Fair New Establishment list, Fast Company Most Creative People in Business list and was recognized by The New York Times and CB Insights among the top 100 venture capital investors worldwide.
    Selected Investments: Ms.Lee has led GGV’s investments in hiSoft (NASDAQ: PACT), 21Vianet (NASDAQ: VNET), SinoSun (SHE: 300333), YY (NASDAQ: YY) and successfully helped them go public. She has also served on boards of other innovative private companies, including eHang Technology, Keep, Kingsoft WPS,, Phononic, Xiaozhan (Education), 51zhangdan (Finance) and UCWeb until it was acquired by Alibaba.

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  • Aileen Lee

    Aileen Lee

    Aileen Lee is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund. Cowboy Ventures seeks to back exceptional founders who are building technology products that re-imagine work and personal life in large and growing markets - what they call "Life 2.0". Cowboy-backed companies include August, Area 1 Security, DocSend, Dollar Shave Club, Guild Education, Lending Home, MassDrop, Product Hunt, and Textio.
    Prior to Cowboy, Aileen joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers in 1999, where she worked hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies. During that time she was also founding CEO of KPCB-backed RMG Networks, the leading digital out-of-home media network. She previously worked in various operating roles at Gap Inc. and as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. Aileen enjoys thinking about and writing about tech insights, including “Welcome to the Unicorn Club” and “Why Women Rule the Internet”.
    She has degrees from MIT, Harvard and Millburn High School. Aileen is also mom to 3 kids, chickens, fish, and a dog; and wife to the co-founder/CTO of a series-A startup, Renovo Motors.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kim Malone Scott

    Kim Malone Scott

    Kim Scott is the author of the NYT & WSJ bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity. Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google and then joined Apple to develop and teach a leadership seminar. Kim has been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other tech companies.

    Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, a collaboration start-up, and led business development at Delta Three and Capital Thinking. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior policy advisor at the FCC, managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo, started a diamond cutting factory in Moscow, and was an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund. Kim received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Princeton University. She is the author of three novels; she and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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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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  • Elena Medo

    Elena Medo

    Elena Medo is the CEO of Medolac Laboratories, A Public Benefit Corporation which she co-founded with Adrianne Weir. Medo has dedicated her career to improving outcomes for preterm infants by using technology to increase access to lifesaving human milk. Medolac offers the first ready to feed, sterile, shelf stable human milk that can be shipped and stored at room temperature.

    Medo has raised over $35M for her last three life science startups, using disruptive innovation to achieve the goal of feeding the world’s 15 million preterm infants born each year. She holds numerous patents and her contributions to the space prior to Medolac include the development of the double breast pumping system, the first online milk bank, the first customized formulation of human milk to treat preterm infants and the first midrange IR human milk analyzer.

    Her innovative collaboration with Co-founder and daughter, Arianne Weir led to a massive redesign of the milk banking business model, including the founding of the Mother’s Milk Cooperative enabling healthy nursing mothers to transact the sale of surplus milk in a safe and secure environment. The mission of the Company is to make human milk available to all babies in need, regardless of their economic status.
    Medo has an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine where she also studied Computer Science and Developmental and Cell Biology as an Undergraduate.

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  • Ravi Mhatre

    Ravi Mhatre

    Ravi is a Partner of Lightspeed and focuses on investments in enterprise IT, mobility, and Internet and cloud-based services and applications. Ravi has 17 years of venture capital experience and before entering venture capital he ran a product management group at Silicon Graphics and also worked in management consulting at Booz Allen and as a software engineer for BDIS, a Silicon Valley biotech instruments manufacturer.

    His current investments include Nutanix, Appdynamics, Natera, Mulesoft, Sailpoint, Edgespring, TheFind and Kixeye. He has also served as a board member or board observer for numerous successful venture-backed companies including net.Genesis (NTGX), Verio (VRIO), Riverbed (RVBD), Lifeminders (LFMN), Kosmix (acquired by Walmart), TutorVista (acquired by Pearson), Virsa (acquired by SAP), Waveset (acquired by Oracle), Rapsphere (acquired by Appsense), Masergy (acquired by Abry) and Webspective (acquired by Inktomi), and has been recognized on the Forbes Midas List of top venture capital investors.

    Ravi has also served on the Board of Directors of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs Forum) in Silicon Valley, as a VC advisory board member to DeVenCI, the Department of Defense’s start-up technology acquisition forum, and as a judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

    Ravi holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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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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  • Ann Miura-Ko

    Ann Miura-Ko

    Ann Miura-Ko is a Partner at Floodgate. She has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Prior to co-founding FLOODGATE, she worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company.
    Some of Ann’s investments include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Maker Media, Wanelo, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth.
    Ann is known for her debate skills (she placed first in the National Tournament of Champions and second in the State of California in high school) and was part of a five-person team at Yale that competed in the Robocup Competition in Paris, France. She lives with her husband and 3 kids ages 8, 5 and 3.
    Interests: Piano, robots, and gastronomy.

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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 CEO at Tiger Management, global head of FX options at Deutsche Bank in London, and managed a global macro fund and derivatives trading units in North America and Japan at Bankers Trust. Dan began his career at Goldman Sachs as a mortgagebacked securities trader. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received the Carmichael Prize for an outstanding thesis. Pantera Capital is an institutional investment firm focused exclusively on Bitcoin, other digital currencies and companies in the space. As CEO of Pantera Capital, Dan is actively involved in providing investors exposure to Bitcoin in addition to digital currency startups. Bitcoin represents a quantum shift in the global financial landscape and will fundamentally transform the way finance and commerce is conducted around the world.

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  • Jacob Mullins

    Jacob Mullins

    Jacob is a Partner at Shasta Ventures focused on investing in Emerging Platforms, including AR/VR, AI, Computer Vision and Robotics, he is also the Organizer of the AR Kitchen and VR Tuesday meetups. Prior, Jacob has held a variety of positions around the startup ecosystem, including business development roles at VentureBeat, Microsoft, and is the Founder of, a software-powered platform for mergers & acquisitions. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, and is a Gates Millennium Scholar and a Kauffman Fellow.

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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.

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  • Herman Narula

    Herman Narula

    Herman Narula is the cofounder and CEO of Improbable, a London-based technology startup born out of Cambridge University. Improbable is creating SpatialOS, a distributed, cloud-based platform for game development that integrates with and augments existing workflows, engines, and tools.

    SpatialOS empowers developers to build, run and operate previously impossible online games, with unprecedented levels of scale, complexity and persistence.
    Improbable has investment from some of the world’s most admired venture capitalists. Improbable currently has a team of over 200 people in offices in London and San Francisco, including top software engineering talent from world-renowned academic institutions and companies such as Google, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Microsoft.
    Founded in 2012, Improbable received $20m in Series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz in March 2015, with a $30m follow-on led by Horizons Ventures in July 2015. In May 2017 Improbable announced a $502m Series B funding round, led by SoftBank and including Andreessen Horowitz and Horizons Ventures.

    Herman holds a computer science degree from Cambridge, and is interested in the potential impact that powerful, virtual worlds will have on how we think, play and make decisions.

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  • 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.

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  • Pejman Nozad

    Pejman Nozad

    Pejman Nozad is the Founding Managing Partner at Pear Ventures. Pejman has over 17 years of experience investing in early stage high tech start-ups. Pejman has invested in over 100 startups and has seeded several multi-billion dollar companies such as Dropbox, Lending Club, Gusto, Addepar, Danger. Pejman was named by Forbes in 2012 as "one of the most successful angel investors."
    Pejman co-founded Pear Ventures with Mar Hershenson, with the mission of helping exceptional entrepreneurs build category-defining companies. The firm embodies Pejman’s values of ambition and conviction, and hold integrity, humility, and trust as central tenets how it operates. Through Pear, Pejman has invested in companies such as DoorDash, Guardant Health, Gusto, Branch Metrics, and One Concern.

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  • Sam O'Keefe

    Sam O'Keefe

    Sam O'Keefe is currently the Head of Startup Programs at Google Cloud.

    Previously, Sam was an Director of Special Projects at TechCrunch where she managed the Startup Battlefield, the preeminent startup competition for seed stage companies and co-hosted TechCrunch Disrupt. Sam recruited, selected and coached over 300 startups to launch. Sam also launched Include, TechCrunch's diversity program where she worked to increase the presence of underrepresented groups participating in and speaking at TechCrunch events.

    Prior to TechCrunch, Sam founded MicroEval, an enterprise software company, and participated in Y-Combinator S12. In addition to her roles in tech, Sam is a writer and producer of South of Market; an annual musical parody of the tech industry.

    Sam serves on the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she received both her BS and MS degrees. She also is a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

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  • Anna Patterson

    Anna Patterson

    Anna is the Founder and Managing Partner at Gradient Ventures and oversees the fund’s investments and activities.

    As an accomplished leader in the field of artificial intelligence, Anna is a serial entrepreneur with a long history at Google. Most recently, Anna was Google’s Vice President of Engineering in AI, helping to integrate AI into products across Google.

    Previously, she led teams in Android scaling up the store to serve over a billion phones. She helped launch Google Play, the world’s largest digital goods marketplace, and eventually led the product’s search, infrastructure, recommendations horizontals, as well as the Books vertical. Anna was the principal architect and inventor of TeraGoogle, Google’s search serving system, which increased the index size over 10X at the time of launch. She also helped lead search ranking efforts through Google’s IPO to determine the top ten search results.

    Anna is the co-founder of Cuil, a clustering-based search engine, and wrote, the first keyword-based search engine and the largest index of the Internet Archive. She wrote “Why writing your own search engine is hard” in the ACM Queue detailing this experience. Prior to that, Anna co-authored a search engine at Xift, where she was a co-founder.

    Anna received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana then became a Research Scientist at Stanford University in Artificial Intelligence, where she worked with one of the founders of AI, John McCarthy, and his wife Carolyn Talcott.

    Anna resides in the Bay Area, where she wrangles her 4 kids, 2 horses and her Irish husband.

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  • Nancy Pfund

    Nancy Pfund

    Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner of DBL Part­ners, a ven­ture cap­i­tal firm whose goal is to com­bine top-​​tier finan­cial returns with mean­ing­ful social, envi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic returns in the regions and sec­tors in which it invests. Nancy is also the Founder of DBL Investors. As a lead­ing player in the grow­ing field of “impact invest­ing”, DBLhas helped to reveal the power of ven­ture cap­i­tal to pro­mote social change and envi­ron­men­tal improve­ment, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks fre­quently on this topic.

    Ms. Pfund cur­rently spon­sors or sits on the board of direc­tors of sev­eral com­pa­nies, includ­ing; SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) on both the audit and com­pen­sa­tion com­mit­tees, and is chair of the cor­po­rate gov­er­nance com­mit­tee; Farm­ers Busi­ness Net­work, Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions, Off-​​Grid Elec­tric, Primus Power, The Muse, and, prior to their pub­lic offer­ings, Tesla Motors and Pan­dora. Prior to found­ing DBL Investors, Ms. Pfund was a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor in Ven­ture Cap­i­tal at JPMor­gan, hav­ing started her invest­ment career at Ham­brecht & Quist in 1984. Pre­vi­ously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Cor­po­ra­tion, the State of Cal­i­for­nia, Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity and the Sierra Club.

    Ms. Pfund was recently fea­tured in 2016 Fast Company’s 100 Most Cre­ative Peo­ple in Busi­ness list; fea­tured #17 in the 2014 FORTUNE Inau­gural World’s Top 25 Eco-​​Innovators; is Chair of the Advi­sory Coun­cil of the Bill Lane Cen­ter for the Amer­i­can West at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity; a mem­ber of the Advi­sory Board of: the Lawrence Berke­ley National Lab­o­ra­tory (Berke­ley Lab); and the UC Davis Cen­ter for Energy Effi­ciency, and a Trustee of the National Geo­graphic Soci­ety. She has been a Lec­turer in Man­age­ment at the Stan­ford Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness and the Yale School of Man­age­ment; and is a C3E Ambas­sador to the U.S. Clean Energy Edu­ca­tion and Empow­er­ment Pro­gram, led by the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy. She is also a found­ing offi­cer and direc­tor of ABC2, a foun­da­tion aimed at accel­er­at­ing a cure for brain cancer.

    Ms. Pfund is the author, along with Ben­jamin Healey of the widely cited report on the his­tory of U.S. energy sub­si­dies enti­tled, “What Would Jef­fer­son Do? The His­tor­i­cal Role of Fed­eral Sub­si­dies in Shap­ing America’s Energy Future”, co-​​authored with Michael Lazar, “Red, White & Green: The True Col­ors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs”, co-​​authored with Noah Walker, “Ask Saint Onofrio: Find­ing What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources”, co-​​authored with Anand Chhabra, “Renew­ables Are Dri­ving Up Elec­tric­ity Prices: Wait, What?”, and co-​​authored with Kristofer Holz, “The 2017 Inau­gu­ra­tion: Empow­er­ing a Clean Energy Nation”.

    Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthro­pol­ogy from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and her MBAfrom the Yale School of Management

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  • Frida E Polli

    Frida E Polli

    Frida Polli is the co-founder and CEO of pymetrics, a company using neuroscience and AI to improve the efficiency and diversity of hiring. With global clients that include Unilever and Accenture, pymetrics has matched hundreds of thousands of people with their ideal jobs, while removing bias from the hiring process. Previously, Frida was a neuroscientist at Harvard and MIT where her work on cognitive and emotional brain function won numerous awards from the NIH, Harvard, MIT and private philanthropies.

    She has earned an MBA from Harvard, PhD from Suffolk and a BA from Dartmouth. She speaks four languages and lives in Manhattan with her husband, two daughters, and their frenchie.

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  • Shauntel Poulson

    Shauntel Poulson

    Shauntel Poulson is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Reach Capital, a $53M leading education technology fund, where she invests in early stage technology startups focused on issues of access and opportunity in education. Prior to Reach, Shauntel was a Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund and invested in over 40 early stage K-12 edtech companies through the NewSchools Seed Fund.

    Shauntel was featured on CNNMoney’s Upstart 30 list of game-changing companies and the entrepreneurs and investors behind them and LinkedIn’s Next Wave list of top professionals 35 & Under. She also received a 40 Under 40: Tech Diversity in Silicon Valley award.

    Shauntel was previously a Senior Engineer at Procter and Gamble where she developed product innovations, designed supply chains, and managed technology partnerships for the global laundry business. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.

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  • Kira Radinsky

    Kira Radinsky

    As the chief scientist and the director of data science of eBay, Dr. Kira Radinsky is building the next generation predictive data mining, deep learning and natural language processing solutions that will transform eCommerce. She co-founded SalesPredict, acquired by eBay in 2016, that was the leader in the field of predictive marketing building solutions leveraging large-scale data mining to predict sales conversions.
    One of the up-and-coming voices in the data science community, she is pioneering the field of Web Dynamics and Temporal Information Retrieval.
    Dr. Radinsky gained international recognition for her work at Microsoft Research, where she developed predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events, including political riots and disease epidemics. In 2013, she was named tothe MIT Technology Review’s 35 Young Innovators Under 35, in 2015 as Forbes 30 under 30 rising stars in enterprise technology, and in 2016 selected as "woman of the year" by Globes. She is a frequent presenter at global tech events, including TEDx and the World Wide Web Conference, and she publishes in the Harvard Business Review.
    Radinsky also serves as visiting professor at the Technion, Israel’s leading science and technology institute, where she focuses on the application of predictive data mining in medicine.

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  • 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.

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  • Alex Rodrigues

    Alex Rodrigues

    Alex Rodrigues is the co-founder and CEO at Embark.

    Embark is working to make the self-driving future a reality. While most of the spectacle has been around passenger vehicles, Embark is working to revolutionize $700 billion commercial trucking industry, the backbone of our economy. Commercial transport stands to reap untold benefits by deploying automated trucks - particularly during the “long haul” stretches.

    Alex studied Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

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  • Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers is co-founder and chief product officer at Nest, architect of the thoughtful home. Matt is responsible for product development, ranging from mechanical design to software to web services, and everything in between. Matt also serves on Nest’s board of directors. Prior to Nest, Matt was responsible for iPod software development at Apple, from concept to production. He was one of the first engineers on the original iPhone, and involved in the development of 10 generations of iPod, 5 generations of iPhone, and the first iPad. He earned his BS and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.

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  • 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).

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  • Jon Sakoda

    Jon Sakoda

    Jon joined NEA in 2006 and invests in consumer internet and enterprise software companies. He led the firm's investments in Aera, Blue Jeans Network, Brandless, DataVisor, Desire2Learn, HackerOne, Hearsay Social, OPOWER (NYSE: OPWR, acquired by Oracle), ScienceLogic, Snapchat, Swiftype, The Players' Tribune, ThirdLove, and Uber.

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  • Stratton Sclavos

    Stratton Sclavos

    Stratton Sclavos, Partner at VVP Stratton Sclavos is a Partner at Vision Venture Partners where he leads the Executive Operating Committee, providing management oversight, strategic planning and operational guidance to each of VVP’s portfolio companies. Prior to VVP, Stratton was a General Partner at Silicon Valley-based Radar Partners, where he invested in many successful early stage tech companies. Additionally, Stratton served as Chairman and CEO of internet security company VeriSign, which he led for over a decade as VeriSign grew into a NASDAQ-traded corporation with over 5,000 employees, $1.7 billion in annual revenues and a market value of over $25 billion. Stratton was also part of the ownership group of the San Jose Sharks professional hockey team for more than a decade and served as its CEO and Managing General Partner for many years. Stratton holds a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Davis and sits on the University of Southern California (USC) President’s Leadership Council.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Martin Sweeney

    Martin Sweeney

    Martin Sweeney is a San Francisco-based director, screenwriter, and commercial creative director.

    He has sold numerous feature screenplays to major studios, worked with comedy royalty Todd Phillips and Ben Stiller and has had at least one awkward conversation with George Lucas.

    His satirical short films FemtoManagement: A Micromentary and CI: A TEDD Talkumentary have played dozens of film festivals in three countries across the globe.

    During the Writers Guild strike of 2008 Martin founded BORRACHO, a creative agency specializing in content, branding, advertising for tech start ups. The vast majority of his clients are still in business.

    Martin graduated from with honors from The University of Michigan’s Residential College, where he won hundreds of dollars of prize money from prestigious college writing awards, then moved to New York City to pursue his twin passions of poverty and underemployment.

    Martin’s first big film industry break came in 1998 when optioned a script co-written with his sister Marjorie to indie film producing legend Ben Barenholtz. The project’s financing fell apart after a launch party on a yacht in Cannes that Martin was not invited to, an injustice he has been trying to set right for almost 20 years.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Carl Vause

    Carl Vause

    Carl is CEO of Soft Robotics. Prior to Soft Robotics, Carl held a variety of senior positions in technology and medical device companies, most recently as Vice President of Marketing at OmniGuide Surgical. Carl served as the Global Franchise Leader for the Joint Repair business at Smith & Nephew, with $500 million in annual revenues and also as Vice President of Global Marketing and Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Endoscopy Global Business Unit. Carl served as Manager of Strategic Planning at 3M and as Division Operations Process Manager at Nestle Waters North America. He began his career a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy, retiring from the Naval Reserve in 2013.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Luke Woods

    Luke Woods

    Luke Woods is the Head of Design at Facebook, Inc. where he leads the company’s design function overall. In this role, Luke and his teams have shipped products including Messenger, and Safety Check, while helping Facebook reach a community of over 2 billion people each day. Luke joined Facebook in 2011 and has been Head of Product Design since March 2015.

    Prior to Facebook, Luke spent three years at IDEO as Senior Interaction Designer. Before IDEO, Luke spent seven years studying with mentors at the University of Washington, the University of Cincinnati and studying abroad in Basel, Switzerland.

    Passionate about design and making products that work for people, in his spare time Luke enjoys running, cooking and photography. He received his BS in Digital Design from the University of Cincinnati and his MFA in Interactive Design from the University of Washington.

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  • Bob Xiaoping Xu

    Bob Xiaoping 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 PST
  • 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 Herman Narula (Improbable)

    One of the top minds behind VR and video games will sit down to discuss how 3D simulations will change the way we work and play.

  • 9:45 am - 10:10 am

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

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

  • 9:45 am - 11:15 am

    Security & Privacy Off the Record Session - WORKSHOP ROOM

  • 10:10 am - 10:20 am

    Founder’s Spotlight on Breast 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 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


  • 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Off the Record Session - WORKSHOP ROOM

  • 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), 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.

  • 2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

    China Cross Border Off the Record Session - BAYVIEW RECEPTION ROOM

  • 2:55 pm - 3:25 pm


  • 3:25 pm - 3:35 pm

    Special Announcement

    Jacob Mullins of Shasta Ventures joins us on stage for a special announcement.

  • 3:35 pm - 3:55 pm

    Fireside Chat with Luke Woods (Facebook)

    How is Facebook's style evolving for the age of visual communication? Head of Design Luke Woods will discuss what makes apps cool, how interfaces will evolve for AR and voice, and balancing innovation with proven patterns.

  • 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 - 4:35 pm

    Premiere of Bubbleproof

    An all too real comedy about our surreal industry – followed by a discussion with David Cowan (Bessemer Venture Partners), Michael Fertik (Heroic Ventures), and Martin Sweeney (Borracho Pictures).

  • 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

    Augmented & Virtual Reality Off the Record Session - BAYVIEW RECEPTION ROOM

  • 4:35 pm - 5:05 pm

    Augmented Reality Present and Future

    A discussion of the realities of AR at its turning point and its potential to be the next big platform with Cyan Banister (Founders Fund), Ross Finman and Diana Hu (Escher Reality), Phil Keslin (Niantic Inc.) and Nathan Kong (The CurioPets Company)

  • 5:05 pm - 5:55 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)

  • 5:55 pm - 6:00 pm


Tuesday, September 19

    All times PST
  • 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

    Fireside Chat with Jenny Lee (GGV Capital)

    GGV Capital’s Managing Partner will talk China’s homegrown trends and which players and innovations matter right now.

  • 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.

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Artificial Intelligence Off the Record Session - BAYVIEW RECEPTION ROOM

  • 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 / Thirty Five Media)

    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.

  • 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

    Drones, Mobility & Robotics Off the Record Session - WORKSHOP ROOM

  • 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 genotyped more than 2 million customers while making peace with the FDA and aiding genetics research across the globe.

  • 12:15 pm - 1:35 pm


  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Health & Biotech Off the Record Session - BAYVIEW RECEPTION ROOM

  • 1:35 pm - 1:40 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 (SOSV), Nancy Pfund (DBL Investors), Kira Radinsky (eBay)

  • 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 Maureen Fan (Baobab Studios)

    The CEO of Baobab Studios will talk about the outlook for the virtual reality industry and what’s on the horizon for immersive entertainment.

  • 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: Nina Kjellson (Canaan Partners), Anna Patterson (Gradient Ventures), Pejman Nozad (Pear Ventures), Pat Gallagher (CrunchFund), Jenny Lee (GGV Capital)

  • 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 PST
  • 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's 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

    Fireside Chat with Alex Rodrigues (Embark)

    What it takes to build the autonomous commercial transport of tomorrow.

  • 11:15 am - 11:35 am

    Combating Sexism and Harassment with Sarah Kunst (Proday), Kim Malone Scott (Candor), and Hilary Gosher (Insight Venture Partners)

    Silicon Valley has turned into a hotbed for sexual harassment and scandal. Hear from three seasoned Silicon Valley leaders about their experiences in tech and what’s needed to foster a better workplace.

  • 11:35 am - 12:05 pm

    Playing the Esports Industry with Craig Barry (Turner Sports), Heather Garozzo (Team Dignitas Ltd.) and Stratton Sclavos (Vision Venture Partners)

    Esports are already a massive industry, yet there’s still areas of opportunity and these three experts from different corners of the industry will speak to how startups and players alike can join the fun.

  • 12:05 pm - 12:15 pm

    Special Presentation with Carl Vause (Soft Robotics)

    Robots may be getting smarter, but Soft Robotics will demonstrate its low-tech grippers that may prove to be the real game-changer.

  • 12:15 pm - 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 - 1:55 pm

    Startup Battlefield Alumni Update

  • 1:55 pm - 2:00 pm

    Passing of the Disrupt 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 - 4:10 pm


  • 4:10 pm - 4:15 pm

    Hackathon Highlights

  • 4:15 pm - 4:35 pm

    Fireside Chat with Matt Rogers (Nest Labs)

    Nest's co-founder and Chief Product Officer talks about how Nest is upending the energy, safety and security spaces and what industry his company is aiming for next.

  • 4:35 pm - 4:55 pm

    In Conversation with Laurene Powell Jobs (Emerson Collective) and Ron Conway (SV Angel)

    Fueling innovation - how the tech community and students need each other to thrive and compete.

  • 4:55 pm - 5:15 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.

  • 5:15 pm - 5:35 pm

    Startup Battlefield Closing Awards Ceremony


WeChat, A Global Platform Developer Program

Monday, September 18
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Workshop Room

WeChat joins TechCrunch Disrupt SF to present their new developer tools to the US market for the first time. During this presentation, you will be able to learn about WeChat’s new Mini Programs, how your business can now leverage our Cross-Border Pay and Open Platform, discover VR messaging in WeChat and hear how brands like Duty Free Shops, Carnival Cruises, MoBike and others are using the power of WeChat to drive their business.




ELEVACAO Pitch Ready Interactive Workshop 

Tuesday, September 19
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Workshop Room

Do you want to pitch like an experienced and confident entrepreneur? Do you need to secure funding for your startup? Come join the ELEVACAO Pitch Ready interactive workshop. Our experts will help you refine and deliver a superior pitch that convey’s your story and creates an emotional connection with your audience.


Meggie Palmer, former Managing Editor at SBS Dateline, CEO at Sliding Door Media and founder at PepTalkHer

Marisa Warren, CEO & Founder at ELEVACAO Foundation



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, AR/VR and China Cross Border. These sessions will be open to all regular Disrupt SF ticket holders!

Find out more on the Off the Record sessions page.


Join TechCrunch on Tuesday night of Disrupt for an amazing evening of Disrupt SF After Party shenanigans at San Francisco’s iconic The Chapel – a historic 1914 mortuary stunningly renovated into an amazing event space.

This year, we’re hosting Trivia Throwdown – a fun tech-themed trivia night where you can form teams and compete for awesome prizes like an VISA gift cards, free roundtrip flight tickets, and Amazon Echo Shows

Find out more about the Disrupt After Party here.

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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.



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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


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