Alan Cline

Principal, Vista Equity Partners

Alan Cline

Principal

Vista Equity Partners

www.vistaequitypartners.com/

Alan Cline originally joined Vista Equity Partners in 2001. Mr. Cline is Co-Head of the Vista Foundation Fund and sits on the Vista Foundation Fund’s Investment Committee. Mr. Cline currently sits on the boards of Lithium, Main Street Hub, PayLease, Social Solutions, and Upserve. He was actively involved in the firm’s investments in Accruent, AGDATA, Aspect Communications, Autotask, BigMachines, Bullhorn, Kibo, Lone Wolf, MircoEdge, Mitratech, NEWSCYCLE Solutions, Relias Learning, and SRC Software.

Prior to rejoining Vista in 2008, Mr. Cline worked as a General Partner at Accretive, an innovative venture capital firm focused on high growth technology-enabled service companies. Before joining Vista in 2001, Mr. Cline co-founded and served as the General Manager of Fandango, an internet-based movie ticketing business. Prior to Fandango, Mr. Cline worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Mergers & Acquisitions and High Technology groups.

Mr. Cline received a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. from Stanford University. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children.

Alan Hahn

CEO, MycoTechnology

Alan Hahn

CEO

MycoTechnology

Alan Hahn is the VP of Worldwide Sales and a Co-founder at Scale. He has been in general management and sales leadership roles for over 20 years with consistent success and brings strategic and tactical planning from building and managing teams ranging in size from 25 to almost 1,300. Alan’s industry experience ranges from telecommunications to enterprise software solutions focused on the Fortune 1000.

Alan’s leadership experience encompasses start-up companies to major corporations. He has successfully grown a start-up from zero revenue to $200M per year, delivering a $1.1B return on a $40M investment. Alan has been a senior officer of a large $1.5B company.

As SVP/GM of the largest telecommunications distributor in North America, he had revenue responsibility of $450M. Alan is focused on team building and achieving success through the “Lens and Ram” leadership development program that he developed.

Source: www.crunchbase.com/person/alan-hahn#section-overview

Allison Keller

Executive Director and CFO, Keck Foundation

Allison Keller

Executive Director and CFO

Keck Foundation

Since 2007, Allison Keller has been the Executive Director and CFO of the W. M. Keck Foundation, a foundation focused primarily on supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medicine, and organizations that enrich the lives of children, youth and families. By funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, the Foundation is laying the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our understanding of the world.

From 2007 through 2016, Ms. Keller was also the President of Oakmont Corporation, a private investment firm and family office assisting multi-generational, high net worth extended families and related private foundations.  Previously, Ms. Keller was a corporate partner with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.  During the mid-1990s, Ms. Keller established and led the Los Angeles Business Attraction & Retention Program on behalf of Mayor Richard J. Riordan.

Ms. Keller’s philanthropic work includes board service in both public and private higher education and K-12 education and medical research and education. She has also performed pro bono legal work for multiple community organizations in Los Angeles.

Ms. Keller earned her A.B. from Princeton University and J.D. from UCLA.

Andreas Weigend

Author, Data for the People

Andreas Weigend

Author

Data for the People

@aweigend

http://weigend.com/

Dr. Andreas Weigend is interested in the impact of data on individuals, business, and society. He was the Chief Scientist of Amazon, now directs the Social Data Lab, and currently teaches at Stanford and UC Berkeley.

Andreas works with innovative startups and global companies alike, helping them ask the right questions, define relevant metrics, and understand their customers based on their data. He advises innovative Silicon Valley startups as well as larger companies including Alibaba, AT&T, BMW, Founders Fund, GE, IBM, Lufthansa, MasterCard, Tencent, Thomson Reuters, Walmart and the World Economic Forum.

Andreas studied electrical engineering, physics, and philosophy in Karlsruhe, Bonn, and Cambridge (UK). He received his Ph.D. from Stanford on neural networks for time series prediction, was a postdoc at Xerox PARC and taught at NYU and in China (Tsinghua and CEIBS). His career as a data scientist combined with his industry and startup experience allows him to successfully bridge the gap between academia and industry. He is currently writing a book on transparency and the new data refineries (Basic Books, 2016).

Andreas lives in San Francisco, Shanghai, and on weigend.com.

Andrew Nielsen

President/CEO, Everything But the House (EBTH)

Andrew Nielsen

President/CEO

Everything But the House (EBTH)

Andy Nielsen is President and CEO of EBTH. Since joining the company in 2012, Andy has led the company to more than 1,100% growth and been instrumental in raising $84.5 million in venture capital. Under his leadership, the company has expanded from 1 to 21 markets, has grown to 1,000+ employees and been named one of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Fast 55 and one of Inc.’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private companies. In 2014, Ernst and Young named Andy an Entrepreneur of the Year. Prior to EBTH, Andy helped launch Riverstone Development Group, a multi-family development and construction company. Andy holds an MBA from Xavier University and a BA from Miami University.

Favorite EBTH item of all time: A red 1973 VW camper with flame detailing.

Andy Bane

CEO, Element Analytics

Andy Bane

CEO

Element Analytics

As CEO, Andy oversees the vision and growth of Element Analytics. Previously, he held executive roles at enterprise software companies, from VC-backed startups to private equity-backed growth plays to business units of large-cap publicly traded companies. He served as EVP & Chief Strategy Officer for ABB Enterprise Software; was EVP of Product Mgmt. and CMO at Ventyx, a Vista Equity Partners company, acquired by ABB for over $1 billion; and was SVP of Product Mgmt. and Mktg. at P2 Energy Solutions. Andy earned his BA at University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s passionate about helping industrial organizations reach new levels of asset performance by using big data to solve complex problems. He and his wife Lisa, a veterinarian, enjoy being outdoors biking, golfing, skiing, hiking, and camping with their children.

Source: www.elementanalytics.com/about

Bill Byrant

Partner, DFJ

Bill Byrant

Partner

DFJ

Before the word “entrepreneur” had entered the vernacular, William (Bill) Bryant knew in junior high that he wanted to work on his own projects. He imported sunglasses with tiny AM radio earpieces, raised exotic tropical fish, and created a line of “fishing lure” earrings, while keeping copious lists of ideas to pursue. Fortunately, he encountered software in the 1980s and then the Internet in the 1990s, leading to founding roles with Visio (Microsoft), Netbot (Excite), Qpass (Amdocs), and Medio (Nokia).

His thesis as an investor is simple: start with an audacious, change the world idea that can attract and inspire an amazing team for the long haul. Even if the big idea doesn’t quite succeed, the fallback position is often fruitful.

From experience, Bill knows what it takes to succeed, and that even the most successful startup isn’t on a straight line path. He’s had instrumental roles in more than 25 leading software, Internet, mobile, and digital media companies as a founder, senior executive, investor, and board member. Today, he serves on the boards of Bright Computing, Chef, Pro.com, Remitly, Reflect, and Xealth, with recent exits at Ping Identity (Vista Equity), Z2live (King), and Varolii. Prior to joining DFJ, he was an active angel investor in Socrata, Swype, Liquid Planner, Limeade, Sensors in Motion, and Winshuttle, as well as two companies that went public, Isilon Systems and Loudeye.

Based in Seattle, he earned a degree in European history, an MBA, and a PhD candidacy in business strategy from the University of Washington. While he focuses primarily on startups in the Pacific Northwest, he has had recent portfolio companies in the Bay Area, Denver, and New York City. His personal sweet spot lies in enterprise applications and infrastructure, but he’s also supported consumer, media, and mobile endeavors.

Bill acknowledges that while Seattle will likely never eclipse Silicon Valley as a hotbed of technology, it’s home to a number of world-class software companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Expedia, Zillow, Tableau, Concur, and a growing host of others.

His advice to entrepreneurs: keep a pulse on the pace of innovation and have a prepared mind. The half-life where a company has truly proprietary insights into an opportunity that it can take full advantage of are fleeting. Most importantly, pick an investment partner you want to work with over the extended time it can take to fulfill your mission.

Source: www.dfj.com/people/william-bryant/

Bobby Franklin

President & CEO, National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

Bobby Franklin

President & CEO

National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

Bobby Franklin is the President & CEO of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) whose membership includes thousands of individuals that invest in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and guide the formation and growth of innovative startup companies.  With over 25 years of experience in advocacy and public policy in our nation’s capital, Bobby took the helm of NVCA in September of 2013 after nearly a decade at CTIA – The Wireless Association, where he first served as head lobbyist and then spent the next eight years as the association’s Executive Vice President.  Prior to joining CTIA, Bobby worked for wireless provider Alltel Corporation as both their lobbyist and then head of the company’s Washington office.  An Arkansas native, Bobby got his start in Washington working in the U.S. Senate for Senator David Pryor of Arkansas.

Bobby Lee

Co-Founder , BTCC

Bobby Lee

Co-Founder

BTCC

Bobby Lee is CEO and co-founder of BTCC (formerly BTCChina), the first bitcoin exchange in China and the leading bitcoin financial platform worldwide.

Before BTCC, Mr. Lee was Vice President of Technology for Walmart’s e-commerce business in China. Previously he was the CTO of SMG BesTV New Media, the largest IPTV operator in China with the most subscribers globally. He moved to Shanghai in 2007 and started off at EMC’s China Center of Excellence, as Director of Software Engineering, with responsibilities for Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage.

Mr. Lee started his career in Silicon Valley as a software engineer at Yahoo!, and led the development of the earliest online communities. He graduated from Stanford University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, and was a member of the Mayfield Fellows Program. He earned an EMBA degree from CEIBS in China.

Mr. Lee currently serves on the board of Bitcoin Foundation, a non-profit organization that fosters the adoption of bitcoin globally. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photography, watching movies, and playing poker.

Brad Weirick

Partner, Gibson Dunn

Brad Weirick

Partner

Gibson Dunn

Bradford P. Weirick is a partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in its Los Angeles office.  He is Co-Chairman of the firm’s Emerging Companies Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Corporations Department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment transactions and public and private securities offerings.

Mr. Weirick has substantial experience advising both acquirors/investors and target companies (both public and private) in connection with the negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, strategic transactions and financing transactions.  In the technology sector, during the past few years, Mr. Weirick has represented 20th Century Fox, Rubicon Project, Investcorp Technology Partners, ValueClick, Inc., TeleSign, Montgomery & Co., Condusiv Corporation, Idealab, Fleetmatics, Telepacific, Mulu, eSolar, Objectstar, Softek, Airwave Wireless, Praedicat, Metalogix, Search Optics and Technicolor in connection with acquisitions and strategic transactions; Rustic Canyon Ventures, L.P., Investcorp Venture Capital, Montgomery & Co., Intel Capital and Celerity Partners, L.P. in connection with numerous private equity/venture investments; and various private venture-stage companies in connection with general corporate matters, venture capital financings and acquisitions.

Mr. Weirick joined the firm in 1986 after earning his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.  Mr. Weirick did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.  He is a co-author of “Securities in the Electronic Age – A Practical Guide to the Law and Regulation,” published by Glasser LegalWorks, and he has written various articles on current developments in corporate and securities law.

Mr. Weirick has been listed in the 2008-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital Lawyer and named as a Southern California SuperLawyer for 2006-2015.  Mr. Weirick has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® since 2007 as a leading lawyer for Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Funds Law, Venture Capital Law and Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law; in addition, he was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© as the leading Los Angeles Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Lawyer of the Year.  The honor recognizes a single lawyer in each practice area and community with the “Lawyer of the Year” recognition after exhaustive peer-review surveys that examine the professional abilities, current practice, and experience of each lawyer.

Source: www.gibsondunn.com/lawyer/weirick-bradford-p/

Brett Kadesh

Senior Associate, Touchdown Ventures

Brett Kadesh

Senior Associate

Touchdown Ventures

@BKBK125

Brett Kadesh joined Touchdown Ventures in 2016 in their San Francisco office. Prior to Touchdown, Brett spent 5 years in start-up environments bringing technology-enabled products to market, after 5 years working in the financial sector. At the intersection of these two worlds is Brett’s current focus at Touchdown on consumer investment opportunities, with specific interests in commerce and consumer-packaged-goods (CPG).

Brett holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he earned the Easton Technology Management Certificate, and received a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was awarded an Entrepreneurship Certificate from the Technology Management Program.

Aside from professional life, Brett loves to explore the world. He’s traveled to over 40 countries across 6 continents, as well as most of the United States, and has a lifelong goal to visit all 196 countries in the world.

Source: www.touchdownvc.com/team-member/brett-kadesh/

Brian Lee

Co-Founder, BAM Ventures

Brian Lee

Co-Founder

BAM Ventures

@HonestLee888

Brian Lee brings with him an unparalleled expertise in launching successful e-commerce brands that leverage technology and social media to provide consumers with a highly customized, entertaining and informational Internet experience.

Formerly an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and a manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Brian co-founded LegalZoom in 2001. LegalZoom has since become the nation-wide leader in online legal services.

On the heels of LegalZoom’s success, Brian launched ShoeDazzle in 2008, an innovative subscription business model with more than 3 million highly engaged members and 2 million Facebook fans. Forbes Magazine ranked ShoeDazzle as number 21 on its Most Promising Companies 2011 list.

Brian was most recently CEO of The Honest Company which he co-founded with Jessica Alba in 2012. Filling a need in the market from parents who demand eco-friendly, non-toxic products for their families, the Honest Company presently boasts over 300 employees and is touted as one of the most promising e-commerce companies in California.

Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics/Business from UCLA and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He earned the distinction as one of the 25 Most Notable Korean-American Entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine in 2009. He is happily married to Mira Lee, and has two young children, Davis and Madison and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Brian Mitchell

Founder & CEO, Bright Greens

Brian Mitchell

Founder & CEO

Bright Greens

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry. Skilled in Food Processing, Food & Beverage, Operations Management, Customer Service, and Sales. Strong entrepreneurship professional graduated from Regis University.

Source: www.linkedin.com/in/brian-mitchell-48621bba/

Brian Sheth

Co-Founder and President, Vista Equity Partners

Brian Sheth

Co-Founder and President

Vista Equity Partners

www.vistaequitypartners.com

Brian N. Sheth co-founded Vista Equity Partners with Mr. Robert F. Smith. Vista currently manages equity capital commitments of over $30Bn and oversees a portfolio of over 45 software companies that employ over 55,000 people worldwide. Mr. Sheth is the President of Vista and Vice-Chairman of the Vista Private Equity Funds’ Investment Committee. Mr. Sheth is actively involved in all of Vista’s private equity investment activity. He is also focused on the development of Vista’s personnel and the executive leadership of Vista Private Equity Funds’ portfolio companies. Under his and Mr. Smith’s leadership, Vista was named in 2016, for the second year in a row, the world’s #1 performing private equity firm, according to the HEC-Dow Jones annual ranking. In 2015, Mr. Sheth was named in both Fortune and Forbes Magazines’ “40 Under 40” lists.

Prior to joining Vista, Mr. Sheth worked at Bain Capital, where he focused on leveraged buyouts of technology companies. Mr. Sheth also previously worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions groups of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Deutsche Morgan & Grenfell Group, where he advised clients in a variety of industries, including software, hardware, semiconductors, and online media.

Mr. Sheth is a leading voice in education and conservation philanthropy through his efforts with the Sangreal Foundation, an organization he founded with his wife Adria. In addition to his responsibilities at Vista, Mr. Sheth is also a Director at MarVista Entertainment, serves as Chairman of Global Wildlife Conservation where he devotes his energy and resources to biodiversity and wildlife conservation, and is also on the Board of Directors of The GRAMMY Museum where he’s been the driver of the “Saving the Planet through Song” initiative of The GRAMMY Museum.

Education

B.S. in Economics, Concentration in Finance, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Source: www.vistaequitypartners.com/team-member/brian-sheth/

Brita Rosenheim

Partner, Better Food Ventures

Brita Rosenheim

Partner

Better Food Ventures

@Baconista

At Better Food Ventures Brita brings 15 years of investment, M&A, and strategy experience within the food and food tech verticals. She is recognized as an expert on the food tech ecosystem and has advised start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors and institutions across her career. Her analysis on the Food Tech & Media sector is regularly used by participants in the space to understand the quickly evolving landscape. Previously, Brita founded the food tech advisory firm Rosenheim Advisors, and before that was an investment banker focused on the consumer and media industries at ThinkEquity Partners, SG Cowen & Co. and Robertson Stephens in San Francisco.

Carmine Di Sibio

Global Managing Partner - Client Service, EY

Carmine Di Sibio

Global Managing Partner - Client Service

EY

Carmine is responsible for global business performance, day-to-day operations of the organization and executing a global strategy in the market. In his role, he brings together geographies, service lines and markets functions to provide exceptional service to our clients.

He created EY’s Global Innovation Team in 2015 to focus on developing new technologies, strategies and services that will help EY to continue to evolve in response to disruption, while at the same time building a strong, distinctive brand in the market and with our clients.

Carmine is the senior advisory partner for many of our largest financial services clients and also serves as the co-chair of EY’s Global Diversity and Inclusiveness Steering Committee.

Previous experience
Carmine was a member of the Americas Executive since 2006 as Regional Managing Partner – Americas Financial Services Organization (FSO). During his tenure as Regional Managing Partner, Carmine built a business that is US-wide and strengthened our presence in the emerging markets with the creation of a dedicated advisory practice in Latin America. In 2011 Carmine was appointed Global FSO Leader.

He has also been the Americas Banking and Capital Markets Leader and the Americas Assurance and Advisory FSO Leader. Carmine has been both a member of, and the Presiding Partner of, the Americas Advisory Council.

Credentials
Carmine is affiliated with certain nonprofit organizations including as a board member of the Foundation for Empowering Citizens with Autism and Family Promise. He also serves on the Alumni Council for Colgate University.

Carmine has a BA in Chemistry with a minor in Economics from Colgate University. He has an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a practicing CPA in the states of New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Chris Girgenti

Managing Partner – Venture Capital, Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Chris Girgenti

Managing Partner – Venture Capital

Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Chris joined Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 1996 and has served as its Managing Partner since 1998. During this time, he has led the organization and capital formation for 7 technology venture funds and has led or overseen investments in more than 150 companies. For more than 20 years, Chris has assisted management teams in building businesses, including helping guide strategy, execution and overall value creation, and optimizing liquidity events. As an active investor and board member, Chris works closely with companies providing general management, finance and operational assistance.

His prior experience includes the corporate finance departments of two regional investment banking firms, The Chicago Corporation and Kemper Securities, Inc. As a banker, Chris focused on technology-related transactions including public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and financial advisory. Prior to becoming a banker, he worked in the merger and acquisition group of KPMG Peat Marwick where he coordinated business valuations and divestiture engagements.

Chris currently serves on the boards of Advantage Optics, BASELAYER Technology, and IO Data Centers.  In addition, Chris serves on several non-profit boards including, the Brown University Sports Foundation, the National Venture Capital Association as well as a Development Council Member for US Soccer Federation.  Chris also serves as a mentor and advisor to numerous accelerators, funds and individual entrepreneurs.  Chris received a ScB. degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.  He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Source: www.pritzkergroup.com/vc_team/chris-girgenti/

Chris Heaslip

CEO & Co-Founder, Pushpay

Chris Heaslip

CEO & Co-Founder

Pushpay

@ChrisHeaslip

In 2011 Chris co-founded Pushpay with Eliot Crowther, after realising there was an opportunity to improve payments by developing a mobile, non point-of-sale system that was simple, secure and easy to use.

Chris’​ belief that payment complexity was killing potential transactions whether they be purchases, or acts of generosity has been proven accurate.

Through Chris’​ direction, Pushpay has grown into a significant SaaS business that provides payment solutions to organisations across the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Although Pushpay as a product is applicable in many different arenas, of foremost interest to Chris has been the use of Pushpay in businesses in order to see payments made simple. Developing a product and service which makes payment easy for the customer and time/cost efficient for the business is a passion for Chris.

Pushpay has successfully attracted several rounds of investment, totalling over 30 million dollars in 4 short years. In part, due to Chris’s leadership, strategic direction and sound business thinking. In August 2014 Pushpay became publicly listed in NZ in order to further innovate and continue serving organisations.

Chris’ focus is to execute on Pushpay’s vision for payment simplicity by driving uptake in the enterprise vertical and expanding Pushpay’s faith and not-for-profit market share.

His current role as CEO at Pushpay and Director of eChurch (a subsidiary of Pushpay) is to set and drive, strategic direction and business planning, to drive Pushpay’s revenue goal to over $100m.

Prior to co-founding Pushpay, Chris was a CEO at Accounting Brands. Chris also holds a Masters Degree (Hons.) in Taxation Accounting (2005) from Auckland University.

He splits his time between the Pushpay operations base in Seattle, Washington and his former home town of Auckland, New Zealand.

Christopher Kai

Founder, GPS Online Program

Christopher Kai

Founder

GPS Online Program

Christopher Kai is founder and CEO of The Mathem Group, a Beverly Hills-based strategic-consultant firm that trains executives and entrepreneurs on how to become global speakers, branding experts, and online consultants. He is also the founder of the GPS Online Program which Forbes has stated “helps entrepreneurs become professional speakers.” Their clients are based in 90 cities, 18 countries, and 4 continents. As a global speaker and an Amazon #1 bestselling author of “Big Game Hunting: Networking with Billionaires, Executives and Celebrities,” he has given over 1,000 presentations to a global audience from 30 countries. His audiences include a U.S. Consulate sponsored-program and Fortune 500 companies like Google, New York Life and American Express. He has been featured on Forbes, ABC News, Fast Company, Huffington Post and Inc. Magazine has said he is a “networking expert” and referred to him as “the billionaire networker.” Christopher Kai also created Mondays at the Mission, the only homeless youth program of its kind in the world which teaches weekly career and life skills. Its participants like Elon Musk, John Paul DeJoria, and Diana Nyad have been profiled on over 100 publications like: CNN, People, The Ellen Show, Forbes, and Oprah. He is a former business strategist at American Express. His 6th and newest book “The Global Speaker: 7 Proven Strategies to Network Better, Secure New Clients and Inspire Millions” will be out this Christmas.

Source: www.christopherkai.com/

Damien Mahoney

CEO, Stackla

Damien Mahoney

CEO

Stackla

Mr. Damien Mahoney Co-founded Stackla Pty Ltd in 2012 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mahoney led Macquarie Radio Network into the digital age in 2007, assembling and managing a team of 20, before moving to the National Rugby League as a senior strategist. He was armed with 15 years of digital publishing and product management experience.

Source: www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=276186655&privcapId=269164020&previousCapId=269164020&previousTitle=Stackla%20Pty%20Ltd

Dana Settle

Co-Founder & Partner, Greycroft

Dana Settle

Co-Founder & Partner

Greycroft

@dsettle

www.greycroft.com

Dana Settle is a Founding Partner with Greycroft, and she heads the firm’s west coast office out of Los Angeles.

Prior to Greycroft, Dana spent several years as a venture capitalist and advisor to startup companies in the Bay Area, including six years at Mayfield, where she focused on early stage companies in the mobile communications and consumer Internet markets.

Dana currently serves or observes on the boards of Greycroft’s investments in AppAnnie, EBTH.com, Instantly, Steelhouse, TheRealReal, Clique Media Group, and WideOrbit. She also managed the firm’s investments in Maker Studios (sold to Disney), Viddy (sold to FullScreen), AwesomenessTV (sold to Dreamworks), Digisynd (sold to Disney), ContentNext (sold to Guardian Media), MoVoxx (sold to Motricity), Pulse (sold to LinkedIn), Sometrics (sold to American Express) and Trunk Club (sold to Nordstrom).

Dana also serves as a Board of Director to IMAX Corporation. Her additional experience includes business development at Truveo (AOL), investment banking at Lehman Brothers and international business development at McCaw Cellular Communications (AT&T).

Dana holds a BA in Finance and International Studies from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Source: https://www.greycroft.com/people/dana-settle/

Daniel Doctor

Managing Director, Dell Technologies Capital

Daniel Doctor

Managing Director

Dell Technologies Capital

Daniel Docter is Managing Director at Dell Technologies Capital, where he leads investments for Pivotal, Virtustream, and the Dell-EMC Enterprise Hybrid and Cloud Native Solutions Group.  Daniel’s responsibilities include sourcing, leading and managing investments in AI and ML/DL, big/fast data and data analytics, cloud management and orchestration, CI/CD, and serverless architecture.

Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Daniel was Director at Intel Capital where he led investment initiatives in Cloud (Open Data Center), Software Defined Networking, Data Center Services, and High Performance Computing. His investments covered services, infrastructure, management software, compute and storage systems, and ICs and include Switch SuperNap, Tier 3 (acquired by CenturyLink), Passave (acquired by PMCS), E2O Communications (acquired by JDSU), Cyoptics (acquired by Avago), Stratalight Communications (acquired by Opnext), Cortina Systems (acquired by InPhi), Overture Networks (acquired by Adva), Fulcrum Microsystems (acquired by Intel), Adaptivity (acquired by EMC), Virident (acquired by Western Digital), and Aspeed (IPO on Taiwan Stock Exchange). Dan also played a key role in several Intel acquisitions, including Fulcrum, New Focus tunable laser group, Stratos LW transceiver group) and the sale of the Optical Products Group to Emcore.

Before Intel Capital, Daniel was with Merrill Lynch as an adviser for technology company clients involved in IPOs and M&A transactions. Before Merrill Lynch, Daniel spent 11 years at AT&T Bell Labs and Hughes Research Labs working on optical and RF communications applications. He has more than 50 journal publications and 10 patents.

Daniel holds a PhD from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is based in Palo Alto, California.

Daniel represents Dell Technologies Capital on the board of directors of the following companies: BlueData, MongoDB, Cloud66, Packet Host, GraphCore, Redis Labs, Iguazio Systems, and Striim.

Darren Keogh

Executive Director, Macquarie

Darren Keogh

Executive Director

Macquarie

Darren is responsible for Macquarie Capital’s corporate advisory activities within the global telecommunications, media, entertainment and technology sectors, and within the Australia and New Zealand industrials sector.
Darren has over 20 years of corporate advisory experience, including 10 years in Europe. Darren has advised key clients in mergers, acquisitions and corporate advisory in Europe and Australia and has participated in many significant and complex transactions in all aspects of corporate finance and equity capital markets.

Dave Sanderson

Partner & Director, Bain & Company

Dave Sanderson

Partner & Director

Bain & Company

David G. Sanderson is a partner and director at Bain & Company. He joined the firm in 1989 and founded Bain Los Angeles in 1995. He is the global leader of Bain’s Media & Entertainment practice.

He has broad experience across the media and entertainment industry, including content businesses (film, TV, video games) and aggregation/distribution platforms (cable, satellite, Internet, home video, wireless, and print). He has also advised private equity investors focused on the media sector.

David has also worked across many technology and telecom segments. He has worked with clients to address issues ranging from corporate and BU strategy and operational improvement to M&A and organizational design.

David currently sits on the Boards of United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Ideaforest. Previously, he served as a member of UCLA’s Johnson Cancer Center Foundation Board and numerous start up boards.

He earned an MBA, with honors, from Stanford University, an MS in computer science from Syracuse University, and a BS in applied math and computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Source: www.bain.com/about/people-and-values/our-team/profiles/david-sanderson.aspx

Dave Welsh

Member & Head of TMT Growth Equity, KKR

Dave Welsh

Member & Head of TMT Growth Equity

KKR

http://www.kkr.com/

Dave Welsh (Menlo Park) is a Managing Director and is Head of TMT Growth Equity within KKR’s Private Equity platform, where he serves on the TMT growth equity investment committee.  Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Welsh was a Partner with Adams Street Partners, where he focused on technology growth investments.  Earlier in his career he was an executive vice president of corporate development and strategy at McAfee, Inc., a general partner at Partech Ventures and a vice president of corporate development at Portal Software.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Five9, ForgeRock and is a Board Member of SEO Scholars SF as well as being Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Athenian School.  He holds a B.A., cum laude, from UCLA and a JD, order of the coif, from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law Schools.

David Kalt

CEO, Reverb

David Kalt

CEO

Reverb

David’s background is a blend between entrepreneurship, building technology firms, and a passion for music and gear. David Kalt is the founder and CEO of Reverb.com, an online marketplace for used, vintage and handmade guitars and gear. Kalt is also the owner of the Chicago Music Exchange, one of the world’s largest vintage guitar dealers.

Prior to launching Reverb.com, Kalt was the cofounder and CEO of online broker optionsXpress (#10 on the 2005 Inc 500 list), which went public in 2005 and was sold to Schwab in 2008 for $1 billion.

Kalt was also the founder of ClientBASE, the first CRM solution for travel agents and tour group operators, which is now offered by the Sabre Travel Network.

Source: www.crunchbase.com/person/david-kalt#section-overview

David King

CEO, Foghorn

David King

CEO

Foghorn

@FogHorn_IoT

www.foghorn.io

David C. King is the CEO of FogHorn Systems, the leader in edge intelligence software for Industrial IoT. Prior to joining FogHorn, David co-founded AirTight Networks, Inc., a technology leader in secure cloud-managed Wi-Fi, where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2004-2015, leading the company through four successful up rounds of venture capital funding. Prior to AirTight, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Proxim Inc., a pioneer in WLANs and the first publicly traded Wi-Fi company, from 1993-2002. David led Proxim through a successful IPO in December 1993 and 20x revenue growth as a public company during his tenure as CEO.Before Proxim, David served as Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service for Vitalink Communications Corp., an early leader in wide area networking from December 1990 to November 1992. Prior to Vitalink, he was a senior manager and a practice leader in both the high technology and healthcare practices of McKinsey & Company from 1985 to 1990. In addition to his board positions at AirTight and Proxim, he served on the boards of Netopia, Inc., Cayman Systems and Mobilestar Inc., all pioneering companies in the broadband access and networking industries. David holds an BA in Economics, as well as MBA and JD degrees, all from Harvard University.

Dennis Berman

Managing Director-Financial Advisory, Lazard

Dennis Berman

Managing Director-Financial Advisory

Lazard

 Dennis K. Berman is a former Financial Editor for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, responsible for staff and coverage of finance and markets worldwide. He was previously Business Editor of The Wall Street Journal, where he ran staff and coverage of business around the globe. He also writes a column, “The Game,” which covers the future of business.Berman was previously deputy bureau chief for Money & Investing,

Diane Fraiman

Partner, Voyager Capital

Diane Fraiman

Partner

Voyager Capital

Diane serves as a Partner with Voyager and focuses on software and digital media investments in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon. With over 30 years of technology company experience in leading marketing, strategy and business development, Diane works with startups in the enterprise software, Internet/mobile/social, and security software industries throughout the West Coast.

Diane was previously Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Sanctum, a VC-backed startup providing Web application security software (acquired by Watchfire) and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for the database company Informix Software (acquired by IBM), both based in Silicon Valley. Prior to her move to Silicon Valley, Diane was Vice President of Marketing for Tektronix (acquired by Danaher) in their Video and Networking Division and a marketing executive with Sequent Computer (acquired by IBM), both based in Oregon. She previously spent 16 years in sales and marketing roles at Digital Equipment Corporation in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Diane is on the boards of Act-On Software, Stackery, TiE Oregon, University of Oregon Seed Fund Advisory Board, the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, and Providence Child Center.  She is also a board observer of Chirpify, Lytics, SheerID, and Vidder, and  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Engineering, and received an Executive MBA from Insead in Fountainebleau, France. Diane lives in Portland, Oregon.

Source: www.voyagercapital.com/team/diane-fraiman

Douglas Merrill

Founder & CEO, Zest Finance

Douglas Merrill

Founder & CEO

Zest Finance

@ZestFinance ‏

www.zestfinance.com/

Douglas Merrill is the founder and CEO of ZestFinance, a Los Angeles-based financial technology company that uses machine learning and data science to help companies make more accurate credit decisions. ZestFinance enables lenders to analyze vast amounts of non-traditional credit data to increase approval rates and reduce risk, particularly for thin-file and no-file borrowers like millennials. Zest’s platform also provides the ability to explain data modeling results to measure business impact and comply with regulatory requirements.

As the former CIO and VP of Engineering at Google, Douglas led an organization of 1,500, oversaw all aspects of internal engineering and technology, and drove multiple strategic efforts, including Google’s IPO auction in 2004. He also served as COO of New Music at EMI Group, as SVP of Infrastructure and HR Strategy at Charles Schwab, and as an Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation.

He holds a PhD in cognitive science from Princeton, and is the author of “Getting Organized in the Google Era: How to Get Stuff Out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right.”

Dr. Daniele Struppa

President, Chapman University

Dr. Daniele Struppa

President

Chapman University

Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D., is the President of Chapman University in Orange, California. Before assuming this title in 2016, he had served as Chapman University’s Chancellor (Chief Academic Officer) for ten years, and as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at George Mason University for nine years.

Dr. Struppa is a mathematician, whose expertise is in the field of Fourier Analysis; Dr. Struppa is the author of ten volumes, more than 200 peer reviewed publications, and holds several patents in the field of signal processing. Dr. Struppa has received numerous awards, including the 2016 Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences, and is a member of the National Academy of Inventors.
Dr. Struppa was born in Milano, Italy, in 1955, and came to the United States in 1978, to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland; after a few years in Italy, he came back to the United States as a professor of mathematics at George Mason University in 1988.

Dr. Irene Petrick

Director of Business Strategy for the Industrial and Energy Solutions Division, Intel’s Internet of Things Group

Dr. Irene Petrick

Director of Business Strategy for the Industrial and Energy Solutions Division

Intel’s Internet of Things Group

Dr. Irene J. Petrick received her Ph.D. in manufacturing and strategy in a joint degree from the Colleges of Engineering and Business at Penn State University in 1997. Petrick joined Intel in 2015 as Director of Business Strategy for the Industrial and Energy Solutions Division in Intel’s Internet of Things Group. Prior to that Irene was a faculty member at Penn State University in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (2003 – 2015) and the College of Engineering (2000-2003) where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in concurrent engineering, process quality engineering, digital design, corporate innovation strategy, information integration in the enterprise, and human factors engineering. Her research interests include technology forecasting, 3D printing and distributed production, collaborative innovation and business ecosystem development. She has been actively engaged with companies in their innovation and technology strategy activities for over two decades, including work with twelve Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. military, and a wide variety of small to medium sized enterprises. Petrick has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on projects totaling over $8.2M. She has been named a Boeing Welliver Fellow, a CSC Faculty Intern in India and has won both College and University teaching awards. Irene is author or co-author on more than 165 publications and presentations. (Irene.j.petrick@intel.com).

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

Chairman and CEO, NantWorks, LLC

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

Chairman and CEO, NantWorks

LLC

@DrPatSoonShiong

www.cancerbreakthroughs2020.org/

Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, a physician, surgeon, researcher, philanthropist and scientist, invented and developed the revolutionary drug Abraxane, which has received FDA approval for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, lung cancer and advanced pancreatic cancer. first line therapies across this broad spectrum of tumors in both the U.S. and E.U. Over the course of Dr. Soon-Shiong’s career, he has pioneered novel therapies for both diabetes and cancer, published over 100 scientific papers, and has been granted over 230 patents worldwide for groundbreaking advancements spanning myriad fields of technology and medicine. As a surgeon, Dr. Soon-Shiong performed the world’s first encapsulated human islet transplant, the first engineered islet cell transplant and the first pig to man islet cell transplant in diabetic patients.

In the early 1990’s, Dr. Soon-Shiong pursued the science of stem cell, microencapsulation and nanotechnology at NASA, performing experiments as part of the STS-95 Space Shuttle program. Soon-Shiong’s path to cancer research began while doing research for NASA that involved harnessing stem cells to make insulin.  In 1991, he founded a biotechnology company to develop a novel nanoparticle anti-cancer drug with the concept of using “the tumors biology against itself”.

From 1997- 2010, Dr. Soon-Shiong served as Founder, Chairman and CEO of two global pharmaceutical companies: American Pharmaceutical Partners and Abraxis BioScience.  In 2008, Dr. Soon-Shiong sold American Pharmaceutical Partners (NASDAQ: APP) to Fresenius for approximately $4.6 billion and in 2010, sold Abraxis BioScience to Celgene for approximately $3.8 billion.

In January 2016, Dr. Soon-Shiong announced the formation of Cancer Breakthroughs 2020, a comprehensive collaboration of researchers, insurers, academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies that seeks to accelerate the potential of combination immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer. The initiative has a goal of initiating Phase 2 trials in 20,000 cancer patients within the next four years in addition to launching a revolutionary molecular diagnostic test. Known as GPS Cancer, the test enables analysis of the whole genome and target proteomics, transcending genomics to the era of clinic proteomics in cancer.

Dr. Soon-Shiong currently serves as Chairman and CEO of NantWorks, an ecosystem of companies aiming to create transformative global health information and next-generation pharma development network. Under the NantWorks umbrella, Soon-Shiong also currently serves as Chairman and CEO of NantKwest (NK), a Nasdaq listed immunotherapy company focusing on Natural Killer cells, and Chairman and CEO of NantHealth (NH), a Nasdaq listed transformational healthcare company converging biomolecular medicine and bioinformatics with technology services to empower physicians, patients, payers, pharma and researchers to transcend the traditional barriers of today’s healthcare system.

Dr. Soon-Shiong is Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation and of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine, a non-profit medical research organization.  He co-chaired the CEO Council for Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center, was the Executive Director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute and a member of the Global Advisory Board of Bank of America. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at UCLA, a visiting Professor at the Imperial College of London, and a Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics and Professor of Bioengineering at the California NanoSystems Institute of UCLA.  The Friends of the National Library of Medicine has honored him with their Distinguished Medical Science Award.

In April 2016, Dr. Soon-Shiong received the Franklin Institute Award for his visionary leadership and commitment to advancing medical and scientific research and bringing new treatment options to cancer patients. Dr. Soon-Shiong was also honored at the Vatican in April 2016 and received the 2016 Pontifical Key Visionary Award. The award recognizes “medical innovators who change the course of history and reduce suffering on a global scale by blending visionary thinking with real action”. In June 2017, the Smithsonian Institute honored his work by placing Abraxane in the permanent exhibit at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Born and raised during apartheid in South Africa, Dr. Soon-Shiong resides in Los Angeles and is a citizen of the United States.

Dr. Robert W. Conn

President and CEO, The Kavli Foundation

Dr. Robert W. Conn

President and CEO

The Kavli Foundation

@KavliFoundation

www.kavlifoundation.org/

Robert W. Conn has been since 2009 President and CEO of The Kavli Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research, and supporting scientists and their work. It awards the Kavli Prize biennially, has established twenty endowed Kavli Institutes in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics, and has played a seminal role in several major science initiatives, most particularly the U.S. BRAIN Initiative. The Kavli Foundation, along with five other foundations, formed the Science Philanthropy Alliance to increase philanthropic support for basic science. Dr. Conn serves as Chair of its board.

Dr. Conn is recognized for his academic achievements, his leadership in education, research, and science philanthropy, and his experience in the private sector. He began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he became Romnes Faculty Professor of Engineering Physics, co-founded the University’s Fusion Technology Institute and served as the Institute’s first director. He moved to UCLA where he founded and led its Institute of Plasma and Fusion Research.

Dr. Conn has been a leading researcher in plasma physics, fusion energy, energy policy and materials science. He pioneered, beginning in the 1970’s, the study of potential fusion power reactors, identifying the major physics and engineering challenges facing the development of practical fusion energy. His theoretical and experimental research focused on plasma physics, the plasma boundary layer, surface science and chemical physics. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1987 for his pioneering research contributions to the fields of plasma physics and fusion energy.

Dr. Conn moved to UC San Diego in 1993 to become Dean of the Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering and Walter J. Zable Professor of Engineering Science. While Dean, he led the School through an unprecedented period of growth in faculty, students and reputation, resulting in the School’s naming and its current ranking among the top engineering schools in the country. Research centers established during his tenure include the Center for Wireless Communications, the Whitaker Institute for Biomedical Engineering and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He built partnerships between the university and industry and established the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Transfer.

Dr. Conn’s experience in the private sector includes co-founding Plasma & Materials Technologies, Inc. (PMT), a company that developed etching and thin film deposition equipment used to manufacture semiconductors. PMT had an initial public offering on NASDAQ and was later acquired. He has served on the Boards of public companies in the semiconductor space, and from 2002 to 2008 was a Managing Director at Enterprise Partners Venture Capital (EPVC), where he led investments in early stage high tech and IT companies.

Dr. Conn is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Nuclear Society. He is the recipient of the Ernest O. Lawrence Memorial Award, the McGraw Research Award of the American Association of Engineering Education, the Distinguished Associate Award of the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Distinguished Alumni Award of the California Institute of Technology. He has served on committees for the U.S. Government, the University of California, the National Academies of Science, Engineering , Medicine, and several national laboratories. Dr. Conn received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Pratt Institute, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology.

Source: www.kavlifoundation.org/robert-w-conn

Dr. Thomas F. Rosenbaum

President, CalTech

Dr. Thomas F. Rosenbaum

President

CalTech

www.caltech.edu/

Thomas F. Rosenbaum is the ninth president of the California Institute of Technology and Professor of Physics. He is an expert on the quantum mechanical nature of materials, conducting research at Bell Laboratories, IBM Watson Research Center, and the University of Chicago, where he served as Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory and then provost, before moving to Caltech in 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics with honors from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University. Rosenbaum is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Drew Oetting

Partner, 8VC

Drew Oetting

Partner

8VC

Drew focuses primarily on enterprise and consumer software investments.

He is a founding Board Director or Affinity Technologies, a stealth enterprise software company. Previously Drew served as chief of staff to Joe Lonsdale (Formation 8 Founding Partner). Drew serves as an Adviser to LivingOnOne, a non-profit impact production studio and WeAreThorn, a NGO which leverages technology to eliminate child trafficking.

Drew graduated with degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Claremont McKenna College. He was a Robert Day Scholar, two-time Bill Gates Investment Asset Management Fellow, CEO of the Student Investment Fund and served on the Board of Trustees. In college he played varsity golf and sang in a professional a capella group. Drew is originally from Iowa City, Iowa and enjoys tennis, golf, basketball, snowboarding, philosophy.

Source: www.formation8.com/team/drew-oetting/

Duncan Davidson

General Partner, Bullpen Capital

Duncan Davidson

General Partner

Bullpen Capital

Co-founder, Bullpen Capital, pioneer of Post Seed investing, an early A round for seed companies who exceed their milestones. Prior Managing Director at VantagePoint Venture Capital, a mega-fund that invested in Tesla, MySpace and Widfevine. Serial entrepreneur with four startups, two IPOs in the dot-com era. Assisted two Australian startups, including Xumii, the first mobile cloud app. Currently leading Bullpen in blockchain investments.

Elle Huerta

CEO & Founder, Mend

Elle Huerta

CEO & Founder

Mend

@ellenhuerta

www.letsmend.com

Ellen “Elle” Huerta is the CEO and founder of Mend, a company that is reinventing the way people mend broken hearts. The Mend app is a self care app for heartbreak, available in the App Store and featured on Apple’s first original series Planet of the Apps.

Elle built and launched Mend after developing a deep expertise in the love/relationships vertical as the founder of letsmend.com, a beloved content platform and community for authentic and research-based breakup advice.

Visit Mend online at www.letsmend.com or @letsmend.

Source: www.linkedin.com/in/ellenhuerta/

Erik Benson

Partner, Voyager Capital

Erik Benson

Partner

Voyager Capital

@ebenson

www.voyagercapital.com/

Erik focuses on working with early-stage technology startups in the Pacific Northwest. He is a member of the board of directors of Anova Data (wireline analytics), Chirpify (social loyalty), Lighter Capital (B2B online lender), Lytics (customer data platform), Make.tv (live video cloud), RioSEO (search marketing), SheerID (eligibility verification) and Shiftboard (workforce management). He’s also a board observer for Act-On Software (marketing automation) and Stackery (serverless computing).

Erik was previously responsible for Voyager’s investments in aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft in 2007), Blue Box (acquired by IBM in 2015), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL in 2008), Covario (acquired by Dentsu in 2014), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon in 2015), Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts in 2012), and Skyward (acquired by Verizon in 2017).

Prior to joining Voyager in 1998, Erik was president of Mimix Inc., a pioneer in the motion capture and animation software market. He started his career in New York advising and financing private equity transactions for Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase).

Erik has an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA with honors in economics from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). He currently serves on the board of regents of PLU and serves as chairman of the investment committee.

Frank Cordek

Director, DCS Advisory

Frank Cordek

Director

DCS Advisory

Frank has more than 15 years of investment banking, M&A advisory and consulting experience, primarily focused on Internet & Digital Media and Marketing Technology. He was instrumental in building out Signal Hill’s Internet & Digital Media practice that has closed over 30 transactions since 2012, and now co-leads the practice as a Director. Frank was recently recognized as an Emerging Leader by the M&A Advisor (formerly 40 Under 40).

Prior to joining Signal Hill, he was an Associate at Updata Advisors where he focused on transactions in the technology sector. Frank also founded an advisory group to provide consulting and investment banking services to entertainment companies, financial service providers and entrepreneurs. Throughout his career he has executed more than 25 sellside M&A, buyside M&A and private placement transactions for growth-oriented, middle market and private equity-backed companies. Frank began his career as an investment banking analyst at McGladrey Capital Markets.

Mr. Cordek earned an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Biology and a Secondary Field of Study in Business from The George Washington University.

Gabe Greenbaum

Partner, Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Gabe Greenbaum

Partner

Pritzker Group Venture Capital

@gabegreenbaum

Gabe is an investor with Pritzker Group Venture Capital, an early to growth stage venture capital firm. Gabe invests in B2B SaaS, Marketplaces and Emerging Tech (IOT, AI, etc). Some recent investments include: X.ai, Hightower, AICure, CultureIQ, Augury, SightMachine, OptionsAway and Upserve.

He is active with Northwestern’s NUVention Advisory Board and serves as a Board member of the Zell Scholars Program.

He helped co-found StudentSpace (leadgen brokerage firm) and SwiftIQ.

Angel investments include: Zozi, Avant, DialogueTech and Albert.io.

Source: www.linkedin.com/in/gabe-greenbaum-008167/

Gam Dias

Founder & CEO, First Retail Inc. & 1080bots

Gam Dias

Founder & CEO

First Retail Inc. & 1080bots

@gammydodger

www.1080bots.com

Gam Dias is the Founder and CEO of First Retail / 1080bots, a privately funded startup working to leverage semantic web technologies to help consumers regain some leverage in the matrix of online commerce. Dias was born in London, England, ran the Data Innovation Group at Aviva Insurance, and has spent the majority of his career working in enterprise technology at Oracle CRM, SuperValu, Walmart.com, and Hyperion Business Intelligence. Gam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Liverpool University and an M.B.A. from Warwick Business School. Gam travels, cooks and wonders a lot about his personal data.

George Kurtz

CEO & Co-Founder, Crowdstrike

George Kurtz

CEO & Co-Founder

Crowdstrike

@George_Kurtz

www.crowdstrike.com

Serial entrepreneur George Kurtz is the CEO and co-founder of CrowdStrike, a leading provider of next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence, and services. Kurtz is an internationally recognized security expert, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He has more than 23 years of experience in the security space, including extensive experience driving revenue growth and scaling small and large organizations. His entrepreneurial background and ability to commercialize nascent technologies has enabled him to drive innovation throughout his career by identifying market trends and correlating them with customer feedback, resulting in rapid growth for the businesses he has run. His prior roles at McAfee, a $3 billion security company, include Worldwide Chief Technology Officer and GM, as well as SVP of Enterprise.

Prior to joining McAfee, Kurtz started Foundstone in October 1999 as the founder and CEO responsible for recruiting the other six founding team members. Foundstone, a worldwide security products and services company, had one of the leading incident response practices in the industry, and was acquired by McAfee in October of 2004. Kurtz has been quoted or featured in many major publications, media outlets, and television programs including CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, Bloomberg, CNBC, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Network World, and may others. He also authored the best-selling security book of all time, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.

Hans Morris

Managing Partner, Nyca Partners

Hans Morris

Managing Partner

Nyca Partners

Hans Morris is managing partner of Nyca Partners. He is the chairman of the board of Lending Club, and a board member of KCG, AvidXchange, Boomtown, Payoneer, and SigFig. From 2010 to 2014 he was managing director and advisor at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm. From 2007 until 2010 he served as president of Visa Inc., and from 1980 until 2007, he worked at Citigroup in several operating and management roles,  including CFO and head of finance, technology and operations for Citi’s institutional businesses, COO of the investment bank, and head of the financial services group at Salomon Smith Barney.  Mr. Morris graduated from Dartmouth College, and serves as chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Hopkins Center for Arts at Dartmouth. He is also chairman of the board of MASS MoCA.

Hartmut Nevin

Engineering Director, Google

Hartmut Nevin

Engineering Director

Google

Hartmut Neven is an Engineering Director at Google. He is the founder and manager of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence lab. The objective of the lab is to fabricate quantum processors and develop novel quantum algorithms to dramatically accelerate computational tasks for machine intelligence. Previously, Hartmut was head of the Visual Search team. His team developed the visual search service which today is used by a large number of Google products including Image Search, Google Photos, YouTube, Street View and Google Goggles. His teams won a number of competitions designed to establish the best visual recognition software for faces (FERET 1996, FRVT 2002), objects (ImageNet 2014) and text (ICDAR 2013). Hartmut was also a co-founder of project Glass and led the team that built the first prototype. Prior to joining Google, Hartmut started two computer vision companies, the second one was acquired by Google in 2006. Hartmut obtained his Ph.D. in 1996 with a thesis on “Dynamics for vision-guided autonomous mobile robots”. Then he became a research professor for computer science and theoretical neuroscience at the University of Southern California.

Ira Rubenstein

Chief Digital and Marketing Officier, PBS

Ira Rubenstein

Chief Digital and Marketing Officier

PBS

www.pbs.org/

As Chief Digital and Marketing Officer, Ira Rubenstein leads digital consumer experiences and marketing for PBS. In this role, Mr. Rubenstein focuses on continuing PBS’ digital evolution through the development, implementation and scaling of world-class digital services and marketing content strategies. He also oversees the business intelligence group and leads comprehensive marketing programs to acquire, retain and engage audiences across platforms for the benefit of member stations.

Mr. Rubenstein joined PBS in 2014 as Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS Digital, and led the expansion of PBS’ general audience and children’s content to mobile devices, over-the-top (OTT) services and other digital platforms. His accomplishments include an updated PBS.org, which yielded dramatic growth in traffic to station websites and online station donations. He spearheaded the development of Passport, a video offering available through member stations that provides donors on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. He also led the expansion of PBS Digital Studios, PBS’ network of online-original content.

Mr. Rubenstein has more than 20 years of experience leading digital entertainment businesses. Prior to PBS, he was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for mobile media company MeeMee Media. Mr. Rubenstein also served as Executive Vice President, Digital Marketing for 20th Century Fox where he established the Digital Marketing organization and led the team behind ground breaking social and mobile campaigns for PrometheusChronicleRise of the Planet of the ApesX-Men: First Class, and other major motion pictures.

Before joining Fox in 2011, Mr. Rubenstein was Executive Vice President of Marvel Entertainment’s Global Digital Media Group. During his tenure, he led strategic global digital initiatives related to websites, digital comics, games, digital video distribution, and launched the award-winning Marvel Digital Comics iPad app.

Mr. Rubenstein joined Marvel after more than 12 years at Sony, most recently as Executive Vice President, Content Strategy and Acquisitions. In that position, Mr. Rubenstein led the organization’s acquisition of content for all Sony devices and negotiated global content deals with major networks, movie studios, game companies and music labels. While at Sony, he also developed worldwide digital marketing, product and distribution strategy for Sony Pictures, and oversaw the rapid growth of sonypictures.com, which ultimately became a top 10 entertainment site. In addition, he led the establishment of Movielink, a first-of-its-kind online, video on-demand service, and managed the digital growth of the studio’s most important brands, including Wheel of FortuneJEOPARDY! and Seinfeld.

Mr. Rubenstein holds a B.A. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego and has an M.F.A. from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. In addition to awards for his work from Clio, Promax, Key Art, the Webby Awards, and others, Mr. Rubenstein has twice appeared on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power 50” list and has also been featured on the PGA’s “Digital 50” list, which recognizes new media innovators.

J. David Harden

Partner, PLC Venture Capital

J. David Harden

Partner

PLC Venture Capital

David is the Los Angeles partner at PLC Venture Capital, a technology and media focused investment group based in Hong Kong. PLC was an early investor in Block.One (EOS), developer of an operating system for decentralized autonomous communities. David serves on the boards of We Are The Mighty, Superleague Gaming and Luxe City Guides. Previously, he founded and sold Coursemetric, wrote television and was the Ahmanson Fellow for Renaissance History at UCLA.

Jamie Montgomery

Managing Director, March Capital Partners

Jamie Montgomery

Managing Director

March Capital Partners

www.marchcp.com

Jamie Montgomery is a co-founder of March Capital Partners, and has 19-years of growth stage technology investment experience with multiple successful exits achieved. He was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Montgomery & Co, a leading Los Angeles-based investment bank for the support of technology focused growth stage companies.

Jason Maynard

SVP Marketing & Strategy Netsuite Global Business unit (Orcale), Oracle NetSuite

Jason Maynard

SVP Marketing & Strategy Netsuite Global Business unit (Orcale)

Oracle NetSuite

@jasonamaynard

As Senior Vice President of Strategy and Marketing at Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit, Maynard leads overall business strategy and marketing. Prior to Oracle’s acquisition of NetSuite, Maynard was NetSuite’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development and was in charge of strategy, marketing and corporate development. Maynard joined NetSuite in 2015, bringing 20+ years of software experience including founding an application startup and serving as a leading equity research analyst for Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch. He has an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and a B.S. in Business from California State University, Sacramento.

Source: www.netsuite.com/portal/company/management.shtml

Jeff Richards

Managing Partner, GGV Capital

Jeff Richards

Managing Partner

GGV Capital

@jrichlive

A Managing Partner at GGV Capital, Jeff joined the firm in 2008 after spending 13 years as an entrepreneur and operating executive in the US and Asia. Prior to joining GGV, Jeff founded two venture-backed companies, one a success and one a “huge failure” in his own words – “I learned a lot.” His background as an entrepreneur gives him a unique perspective on the challenges of starting and running a venture-backed company, and he works closely with the GGV Talent team on Founders + Leaders.

Jeff focuses on the Software and Internet sectors, and currently sits on the boards of or is a board observer at BigCommerce, one of the top ecommerce software platforms, Boxed, a rising star in the ecommerce space, Brightwheel, the leading SaaS provider for the early education vertical, Gladly, a next generation SaaS platform for customer care, Percolate, a leading marketing SaaS platform for global brands,PlushCare, a mobile platform for consumer healthcare, Reebonz, Southeast Asia’s leader in luxury ecommerce, Slice, a market network for the pizza industry, and Tile, the platform for location. Jeff also led GGV’s investments in Appirio (acquired in 2016 by Wipro), BlueKai (acquired in 2014 by Oracle), Buddy Media (acquired in 2012 by Salesforce), Citrus Lane (acquired in 2014 by Care.com), Evolv (acquired in 2014 by Cornerstone OnDemand), Flipboard, HotelTonight, ShiftGig, Voicera and Zylo, and has been actively involved in GGV’s investments in Domo, OpenDoor, Square and Wish.

Prior to joining GGV, Jeff founded two software companies: R4, a supply chain SaaS business acquired by VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN), and QuantumShift, a telecom software business backed by Texas Pacific Group (TPG). Earlier in his career, Jeff worked in Asia and Latin America with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Jeff graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year letterman on the basketball team and is on the Advisory Board for the Dartmouth Entrepreneur Network (DEN).

Jeff is a frequent guest on CNBC and often writes on topics like startup management and leadership, venture-backed IPOs and shifts in tech trends across the US and China.

Follow Jeff on Twitter @jrichlive or check out his LinkedIn profile for more information.

Jennifer Zanich

Founder, UNSW Business School Accelerator

Jennifer Zanich

Founder

UNSW Business School Accelerator

Jennifer is a senior corporate executive and start-up CEO. She was the number two executive in Microsoft Asia Pacific, responsible for growing revenues to $1B. Jennifer then spent 10 years in Silicon Valley and was the founder of 4 companies, leading two to exits.  Wedgetail Communications (enterprise security and identity management) was acquired by Vintela, and cloud-based mobile messaging pioneer Xumii, was acquired by Myriad Group.

Jennifer has expertise in mobile, platforms and marketplaces, and has executed go-to-market strategies in the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific, China and Latin America.  She is an active mentor and advisor to startups and a non-executive director to companies with digital transformation agendas. Jennifer has been an advisor to Bullpen Capital since it’s inception in 2010.

Source: www.bullpencap.com/jennifer-zanich/

Jim Armstrong

Partner, March Capital Partners

Jim Armstrong

Partner

March Capital Partners

@jimarmstrongvc

www.marchcp.com

A successful and experienced early stage venture investor in enterprise and consumer technology, Jim Armstrong has established himself as a leading investor based in Southern California. Jim has 19 years of technology investment experience, and has generated multiple large exits through IPOs or mergers and acquisitions from companies he either incubated or participated as the first institutional investor.

John Chambers

Founder & CEO, JC2 Ventures

John Chambers

Founder & CEO

JC2 Ventures

@JohnTChambers

John Chambers, Executive Chairman of the Board, is a working chairman with key areas of responsibility that include: focusing on country digitization and building relationships with government and business leaders, shareholders, and board members. He is an advisor to CEO, Chuck Robbins, on the company’s strategy, digital transformation, security and strategic partnerships, among other areas.

Chambers became President and CEO in 1995 and Chairman of the Board in 2006. He helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47 billion in FY15. In 2006, Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role. He served as Chairman and CEO from 2006 – 2015.

Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership over his past 20 years at the helm of Cisco, including being named the number two “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” in 2015 from Harvard Business Review, 2012 Bower Award for Business Leadership from the Franklin Institute, Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” one of Barron’s’ “World’s Best CEOs,” the “Best Boss in America” by 20/20, one of BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide,” “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive Magazine, the Business Council’s “Award for Corporate Leadership,” and “Best Investor Relations by a CEO” from Investor Relations Magazine three times. During his tenure as CEO, Cisco has been named to Fortune’s “America’s Most Admired Company” list since 1999 ranking number one in the Network Communications category eight times, BusinessWeek’s “Top 50 Performers” list six times, Forbes’ “Leading Companies in the World,” and is one of the top 10 places to work in the United States, China, Germany, France, India, UK, Australia, Singapore, and several other countries.

In addition, Chambers has been widely recognized for his and Cisco’s philanthropic leadership, including receiving the U.S. State Department’s top corporate social responsibility award (ACE) twice, from both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010 and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2005. He also received the first-ever Clinton Global Citizen Award from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, and the prestigious Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award, an award given by CEOs to their CEO peers.

Chambers takes an active role in corporate social responsibility initiatives worldwide. Recent partnerships include working with the Palestinian ICT sector growing ICT from .8% to over 5% of GDP in 2 years; Connecting Sichuan, an effort to help rebuild healthcare and education models in the Sichuan, China region impacted by the May 2008 earthquake. Chambers also cosponsored the Jordan Education Initiative, which Cisco has worked on in partnership with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and the World Economic Forum. Additionally, in late 2006, Chambers co-led a delegation of U.S. business leaders, in partnership with the U.S. State Department, to form the Partnership for Lebanon, helping provide critically needed resources for ongoing reconstruction in Lebanon. Chambers has also spearheaded several other education initiatives, including the 21st Century Schools initiative, to improve education and opportunity for children in the Gulf Coast Region affected by Hurricane Katrina.

He has served two American presidents, most recently as Vice Chairman of the President George W. Bush National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), where he provided industry experience and leadership to help protect the United States’ critical infrastructure. He also served on President George W. Bush’s Transition Team and Education Committee, and on President Bill Clinton’s Trade Policy Committee.

Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Operations. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent eight years at Wang Laboratories (1982-1990) and six years with IBM (1976- 1982). He holds a Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts degree in business and a law degree from West Virginia University and a master of business administration degree in finance and management from Indiana University.

John Preskill

Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, CalTech

John Preskill

Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics

CalTech

I am a theoretical physicist interested in quantum computing, quantum matter, and quantum gravity. My background is in particle physics and quantum field theory (subjects I still love), but in the 1990s I got excited about the possibility of solving otherwise intractable problems by exploiting quantum physics. I have proposed potential applications of quantum computers to quantum simulation and other hard problems, and I have developed methods for protecting quantum systems from decoherence using cleverly designed software and hardware. I am especially intrigued by the ways our deepening understanding of quantum information and quantum computing can be applied to other fundamental issues of physics, such as the classification of topological phases of matter, nonequilibrium quantum dynamics, the quantum properties of black holes, and the quantum structure of spacetime.

John Somorjai

EVP, Corporate Development & Salesforce Ventures, Salesforce Ventures

John Somorjai

EVP, Corporate Development & Salesforce Ventures

Salesforce Ventures

@jsomorjai

www.salesforce.com

John Somorjai is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development & Salesforce Ventures at

Salesforce. Since 2005, he has been leading the evaluation, deal execution and integration of Salesforce’s corporate strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, as well as investments.

Mr. Somorjai’s team has helped bring the company into significant new growth areas and onboarded a number of key leaders through acquisitions including Demandware, ExactTarget, Heroku, InStranet, Krux, MetaMind, Radian6, RelateIQ, Quip and SteelBrick.

Salesforce Ventures is now the third most active corporate venture program in the world and its portfolio includes more than 200 innovative cloud companies such as Anaplan, Box, Classy, DocuSign, Dropbox, Evernote, FinancialForce, GainSight, InsideSales, MuleSoft, Radius, Stripe, SurveyMonkey, Twilio and Xactly. Mr. Somorjai’s team has made investments in companies located in 14 different countries, The Salesforce Ventures portfolio has had 9 IPOs and more than 40 of its companies have been acquired.

Mr. Somorjai is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association.

Prior to Salesforce, Mr. Somorjai was Vice President of Business Development for Ingenio, which was acquired by AT&T. Prior to Ingento, John worked for Oracle Corporation where he was Senior Director, Corporate Development.

Mr. Somorjai holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Source: www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=22675564&privcapId=271995009&previousCapId=271995009&previousTitle=Salesforce%20Ventures

Julie Sweet

CEO - North America, Accenture

Julie Sweet

CEO - North America

Accenture

@JulieSweet2

www.accenture.com

Julie Sweet is Accenture’s chief executive officer – North America, responsible for leading Accenture’s business in the United States, the company’s largest market, and Canada. She is also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee. Prior to assuming her current position in June 2015, she served as general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer.

Ms. Sweet is a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable and chairs its Technology, Internet & Innovation Committee. She also serves on the Executive Council of TechNet, and is on the board of directors of the Bipartisan Policy Center, Catalyst and the National Center for Children and Families. In 2016, she was named to FORTUNE’s list of “Most Powerful Women.”

Prior to joining Accenture in 2010, Ms. Sweet was, for 10 years, a partner in the Corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Ms. Sweet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School.

Kara Nortman

Partner, Upfront

Kara Nortman

Partner

Upfront

@karanortman

www.upfront.com

Kara Nortman joined Upfront Ventures as a partner in November 2014. Kara is also co-founder of Seedling where she currently serves as Chairman. Prior to starting Seedling, Kara spent close to seven years at IAC where she acted as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Urbanspoon and Citysearch. Prior to Urbanspoon/Citysearch, Kara co-headed the M&A group at IAC where she lead some of their most successful acquisitions, notably Urbanspoon, Dictionary.com and Aston Hotels. While at IAC, Kara also served as a board member to Hatch Labs, IAC’s mobile technology incubator, where she recruited and advised Tinder. Kara also spent time at Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, and Battery Ventures. Kara received her AB in Politics from Princeton University and her MBA from Stanford University.

Karen Cahn

Founder & CEO, iFundWomen

Karen Cahn

Founder & CEO

iFundWomen

@KarenCahn

www.karencahn.com/

Karen Cahn is Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a company on a mission to increase access to capital for female entrepreneurs, empowering women to start and grow better businesses. iFundWomen drives funding to startups and small businesses through
a flexible crowdfunding platform with a pay-it-forward model, expert startup coaching, professional video production, and a private community for our entrepreneurs. iFundWomen is changing the business of how businesses launch.

Karen is a pioneer in the digital media space, and was an early Google employee where she spent 10 years leading various monetization teams in search, display and video. Most recently, Karen spent three years as General Manager of AOL Original Video, and was responsible for business strategy and strategic partnerships. In this role, Karen built AOL’s female creative economy in video and as a result, nabbed AOL it’s first-ever Emmy nod.

Prior to AOL, Karen spent ten years at Google and YouTube, where she held various leadership roles in video, search and display advertising. Most notably, Karen started the Branded Entertainment business at YouTube, where she concentrated on the marriage of big brands and video content.

Karen is on the board of advisors of Girl Rising, an organization dedicated to girl’s education in developing countries. She is also on the Springboard Media Council, a highly respected group of experts across the world of digital media, content management and discovery, TV, advertising and other media verticals who invest their “human capital” in Springboard and their pipeline of high-growth, women-led companies.

Karen holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double majoring in African-American Studies and US History. Originally from the suburbs of Boston, Karen migrated to New York City in 1998 to be a part of the early days of the digital media revolution with Salon.com. When she’s not working, Karen can be found in her kitchen in Montclair, NJ baking Toll House cookies with her kids (because there is no substitute for Toll House), or outside doing something sporty like playing golf, yoga, tennis, tetherball, or any sport involving a ball and maybe a bat.

Katherine Power

CEO & Co-founder, Clique

Katherine Power

CEO & Co-founder

Clique

@KatherinePower

www.katherinepower.com/

Katherine Power is a Fortune 40 Under 40 honoree and the co-founder and CEO of Clique a media, marketing, and consumer brands company recently named to Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list for 2017. Clique is the parent company of leading content properties Who What Wear (fashion), MyDomaine (lifestyle), Byrdie (beauty), Obsessee (a social-only network for Gen Z girls), The Thirty (wellness), and College Fashionista (a higher-education community for content creators). Among the company’s key offerings are Clique Studios (a next-gen marketing agency specializing in content, social distribution, and experiences), the INF Network (representing top social influencers), and Clique Brands (a consumer products division), including the successful Who What Wear apparel collection, sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide.

At Clique, Katherine drives all business operations, advertising, and brand partnerships, along with branded product development. In the past year alone, Katherine has led the charge on exciting new initiatives across the entire Clique portfolio, including: its first ever see-now, buy-now runway show during NYFW, the launch of a mobile shopping app, SHOP/ Who What Wear, and the opening of College Fashionista Clubhouse, a Manhattan, members-only clubhouse for the brand’s college-student community. Additionally, in 2017 Katherine brought Clique into the wellness space, both with the launch of digital wellness community The Thirty, and with the Clique’s second and most recent partnership with Target on their newest activewear line, Joylab. When she wasn’t working on these major breakthroughs, Katherine was also overseeing a Series C round of funding, with participation from investors such as Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo and Amazon.

Katherine is also the co-author of three books: Who What Wear: Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life (Abrams, September 2009); What to Wear, Where (Abrams, March 2011); and The Career Code (Abrams, May 2016).

Source: www.linkedin.com/in/katherine-power-2174715/

Kathleen Philips

CFO, Zillow Group

Kathleen Philips

CFO

Zillow Group

As chief financial officer, Kathleen oversees finance, treasury and accounting as well as legal operations and corporate development for Zillow Group and its portfolio of brands.

Kathleen joined Zillow in 2010 as general counsel, and served as chief operating officer from 2013 to 2015. Kathleen has played a pivotal role in all of Zillow’s key corporate finance initiatives including Zillow’s 2011 initial public offering, two follow-on equity offerings, and all 14 of the company’s acquisitions, including Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. As COO, she ran mergers and acquisitions, corporate development, human resources, legal and customer support.

Kathleen has received numerous awards including: Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2017 CFO of the Year for a large public company, Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2012 Outstanding Corporate Counsel of the Year, Seattle Business Magazine’s 2013 General Counsel of the Year, San Francisco Business Times’ 2013 Corporate Counsel of the Year finalist, and honoree in San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2014.
Before joining Zillow, Kathleen served as General Counsel of Hotwire, StubHub, Flip Video camera maker Pure Digital Technologies, and FanSnap.

Kathleen received her juris doctor with honors from University of Chicago Law School, and received her bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley. Kathleen is on the board of directors of Apptio and currently serves on the University of Chicago Law School Council.

Katlin Smith

Founder & CEO, Simple Mills

Katlin Smith

Founder & CEO

Simple Mills

@SimpleMillsCEO

www.simplemills.com/

Katlin Smith is the founder and CEO of Simple Mills, a Chicago-based company at the forefront of a clean food movement that is shaping the next generation of natural foods. Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, Smith launched Simple Mills in 2013 to provide a cleaner alternative to the natural baking mixes then on the market. Today, despite a crowded market space with long-established competitors, Simple Mills ranks as the #1 fastest-growing natural baking mix and cracker brand.  Additionally, Simple Mills ranks as the #1 natural baking mix, the #1 natural cracker, and #2 natural cookie brand by dollar sales, according to SPINS syndicated data.

Simple Mills products are currently distributed in more than 12,000 conventional and natural grocery stores including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Target, Kroger and Safeway as well as through Amazon and Thrive Market. All products are free of gluten, grain, dairy, soy, GMOs, excessive sugar, and artificial flavors and fillers, addressing consumer concerns about food sensitivities and the safety of the food supply chain. The current lineup includes baking mixes, frostings, almond flour crackers, sprouted seed crackers and ready to eat crunchy cookies.

Smith is a former Deloitte Consulting management consultant, winner of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business New Venture Challenge, recipient of the top prize in Chapman University’s California Dreamin’ Business Competition, and a columnist for Inc. magazine.

 

Kristine Di Bacco

Partner, Fenwick & West

Kristine Di Bacco represents emerging technology companies primarily in the consumer Internet, e-commerce, FinTech, digital health, consumer hardware and software sectors.

Her practice includes a broad range of corporate transactional matters, including the formation of new startup companies, venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions and public offerings. Kristine provides clients with practical and thoughtful advice to help solve their business and legal issues, and assists clients in structuring, negotiating and closing business transactions quickly and effectively. Kristine also represents and advises leading incubators, angel investors and venture capitalists investing in technology companies.

Kristine is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford University, the University of Southern California, New York University and Columbia University on technology entrepreneurship and venture capital topics.

Kristine is a founding partner of Fenwick’s New York office, which opened in June 2016. Prior to moving to New York, Kristine spent eight years in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Kristine worked for Torys LLP, a large business law firm with offices in Toronto, Canada and New York City.​​

Source: www.fenwick.com/professionals/pages/kristinedibacco.aspx

Kyle Ransford

CEO & Founder, Chef'd

Kyle Ransford

CEO & Founder

Chef'd

@kransford

Ransford is a proven entrepreneur who has successfully started several businesses, including Cardinal Investments and was Founder and Executive Chairman of Bank of Manhattan. He has extensive investment banking experience having previously worked at Hoolihan Lokey and Halcyon Asset Management, LLC. Mr. Ransford has been on the other side of the transaction as well as having successfully raised more than $50M for his own startup companies.

Source: www.crunchbase.com/person/kyle-ransford#section-overview

Lauren Steinberg

Founder, Queen V

Lauren Steinberg

Founder

Queen V

Founder of Queen V, a millennial focused feminine wellness company reinventing feminine hygiene products with better for you ingredients. The brand launches exclusively in Walmart April 2018.

Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis

Strategic Advisor , Redacted

Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis

Strategic Advisor

Redacted

After graduating from Allegheny College he was commissioned in 1980, received his wings in 1982, and was selected to fly the AV-8A Harrier. He served in VMA-231 deployed aboard the USS Inchon and served as an instructor in VMAT-203, as Weapons and Tactics Instructor and Operations Officer in VMA-223, as a Royal Air Force (RAF) exchange pilot with 3(F) squadron in Germany, and as a MAWTS-1 instructor (the Marine Corps  Aviations Weapons and Tactics Instructor Schoolhouse). From 1998 to 2000, he commanded VMA-223 – a AV-8B II+ squadron. He served as Commanding Officer of MAWTS-1 from 2004 to 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he served as the Deputy Commander — Network Warfare at Fort Meade, Maryland. He commanded the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing from 2010 to 2012. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command.  His last active duty billet was to serve as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps from 2014 to 2017.  He retired in 2017 from the Marine Corps after 37 years active duty service.

His staff billets include speechwriter and strategic analyst for General Krulak the 31st Commandant, the Junior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Assistant Air Operations Officer of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in OIF, and served as the Deputy Assistant Commandant for Aviation from 2008 to 2010.

He built and led the first Marine Corps Red Team in Al Anbar province in Iraq in 2004

He built and led the first ever Cyber Joint Interagency Task Force in 2006 at Fort Meade.

In the course of his military career he has flown over 4,300 mishap free hours in primarily the AV-8, but also in the F-5, FA-18, and every type model series tilt-rotor, rotary winged and air-refueler in the USMC inventory plus over 900 hours in general and experimental aviation aircraft.

He graduated with honors from The Basic School and was a Distinguished Graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He is a graduate of the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI), The School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW), and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He holds a Bachelor of Science from Allegheny College, a Master of Science from Marine Corps University and a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

He currently serves on the Rolls Royce North America GSC Board of Directors, on the advisory board of several defense start-ups (including adversary services and advanced design tilt-rotor).  He is a Trustee of Allegheny College, an advisory board member for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Old Crows Electronic Warfare Association, and is a member of the Bonner County Hospital Board.

He is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and Marine Corps Aviation Association

LtGen Davis has been happily married to Carol (a 1st grade teacher) since 1981.  They have two sons that are Marine officers and aviators (F-35 and FA-18), two daughter-in-law, and two grand-daughters.  His hobbies include family, serving, reading, flying, fishing and skiing.

 

Lou Kerner

Partner, CryptoOracle

Lou Kerner

Partner

CryptoOracle

Lou Kerner is a Founding Partner of CryptoOracle, a Crypto VC and Advisory firm focused exclusively on investing and advising entities leveraging, blockchain, cryptocurrency, smart contracts and decentralization.Lou has been a Crypto enthusiast, investor, public speaker and thought leader since 2013. Lou regularly hosts conference calls and Meetups with Crypto industry innovators attended by hundreds of Crypto enthusiasts and investors from around the world. Lou is currently ranked among the most influential Crypto bloggers on Medium, regularly keynotes major Crypto industry events, and often appears on TV or in print talking about Crypto.

Prior to CryptoOracle, Lou was a Partner at the decentralized VC, Flight, where he managed The Israel Founders Syndicate. Prior to Flight, Lou was the Managing Partner of The Social Internet Fund, which invested in shares of rapidly growing tech companies. Prior to SIF, Lou was an angel investor, best known for investing in Facebook and writing the first Wall Street style research report on the company in 2010. Before angel investing, Lou ran two digital companies, Bolt (the largest social network before MySpace), and .tv, which commercialized the top-level domain (.tv) licensed from the tiny island nation of Tuvalu. .tv was acquired by Verisign. Prior to .tv, Lou had a distinguished career as an equity analyst following media and tech companies for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

Lou has a B.A. from U.C.L.A. and an MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Marc Frons

CTO, News Corp

Marc Frons

CTO

News Corp

@marcfrons

http://marcfrons.com/

Marc Frons became Chief Technology Officer in May 2017. He joined News Corp in 2015 as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Mobile Platform and Deputy Head of Technology. In October 2016 he was named Interim Chief Technology Officer. Previously, he was Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Digital at The New York Times Co. At The Times, Mr. Frons led a major expansion in technology and product development, and played a principle role in devising and implementing the strategy and technology behind the Times’ Digital Subscriptions initiative, the company’s mobile products, and the redesign of its primary website, NYTimes.com. In the early 2000s, he was Chief Technology Officer of Consumer Media at Dow Jones & Co.

Mr. Frons started his career as a journalist, a background that gives him unique insight into the capabilities for digital publishers. He was a reporter and editor at Newsweek and a senior editor at BusinessWeek before leaving there in 1995 to start the financial Web site SmartMoney.com, where he held the title editor and chief technology officer. SmartMoney.com was an early pioneer in interactive journalism and data visualization, and won several awards for its innovative technology and design.

Mr. Frons has been a board advisor to technology and media companies, and serves on the board of the Dow Jones Foundation.

Source: newscorp.com/leader/marc-frons/

Matt Garratt

Managing Partner, Salesforce Ventures

Matt Garratt

Managing Partner

Salesforce Ventures

@mdgarratt

www.salesforce.com/company/ventures/

Matthew Garratt currently serves as the Managing Partner of Salesforce Ventures where he has completed over 100 Investments and Acquisitions in leading enterprise SaaS companies. Prior to Salesforce, he was a Vice President at Battery Ventures where he invested in early stage Enterprise Software and GreenIT companies. Matthew was also a Vice President of Plymouth Ventures, a late stage investment fund based in Ann Arbor Michigan. He has also worked for GE in their corporate strategy group, and has spent time in Africa monitoring energy and infrastructure investments for E+Co, a public purpose investment.

Matthew holds a BS from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan where he helped to develop The Frankel Cleantech Fund and was an Erb Fellow where he performed research for the UN.  He currently serves as a mentor and advisor to several startups and organizations including the Alchemist Accelerator and the Frankel Fund at the University of Michigan.

Matt McIlwain

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Matt McIlwain

Managing Director

Madrona Venture Group

Matt McIlwain is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Seattle, Washington. He has been a venture capitalist since 2000, and currently has a focus on companies in the Cloud, Machine Learning and Intelligent Apps space. Matt currently serves on several boards in the enterprise and big data arena including 2nd Watch, Apptio, Booster, ExtraHop, Igneous Systems, Qumulo, Smartsheet, and Skytap. Previously, Matt served on the boards of Isilon Systems (NASDAQ: ISLN, acquired by EMC for $2.4 billion), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), Mixpo, (acquired by Netsertive), PayScale (acquired by Warburg Pincus), Placed, (acquired by Snap), iConclude (acquired by Opsware), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive), Tier3 (acquired by CenturyLink Savvis) and Dato (acquired by Apple).

Matt is also a board member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Washington Policy Center and co-teaches a course on venture capital in the University of Washington Computer Science Department. Matt enjoys spending time with his family, debating public policy issues and trying out new technologies. He is also an avid runner and a major Sounders and Seahawks fan.

Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was Vice President of Business Process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology-driven sectors and prior to that worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Max Cunningham

Executive General Manager - Listings, Issuer Services and Investment Products, ASX

Max Cunningham

Executive General Manager - Listings, Issuer Services and Investment Products

ASX

@CunninghamMax

Max Cunningham is Executive General Manager Listings and Issuer Services at ASX. He has had extensive experience in capital markets both in Australia and overseas for 20 years.

Max joined ASX in April 2013 to run the Listings, Issuer Services & Investment Products business. Max has led the Capital Markets franchise to expand internationally and oversaw a new Listings framework for New Zealand companies that has seen NZ Listings go from 16 to over 50; expanded the Foreign Exempt Listing category and overseen listings of tech companies from Australia, NZ, USA, Singapore, Ireland and Israel. During this period Tech listings on ASX have doubled from 100 to 224.

Prior to ASX, Max was running the Goldman Sachs ECM Syndicate business in Australia. He has also worked for Goldman Sachs in New York and before that with Macquarie Group in both London and Sydney. In addition to capital markets he has extensive experience equities sales and working with corporates developing Equities Conferences and IR roadshow programs for ASX Listed companies marketing to global investors.

Melissa Widner

General Partner, NAB Ventures

Melissa Widner

General Partner

NAB Ventures

@melissawidner

www.nabventures.com

Melissa Widner is a General Partner at Nab Ventures. Through direct experience, she has a deep understanding of both the entrepreneur’s journey and the role of a Venture Capitalist. As CEO she led two companies to successful acquisitions that provided over a 10X return to investors. She co-founded and was the CEO of Silicon Valley based enterprise software company, 7Software (acquired by Concur Technologies NASDAQ: CNQR, acquired by SAP). Melissa was a general partner at SeaPoint ventures, a US based venture capital firm focused on mobile technologies and SaaS enterprise software solutions. She has served as a director on several US and Australian based venture-backed technology companies.

In 2009, Melissa relocated to Sydney with her Australian husband. She co-founded Heads Over Heels, an organisation that works with female entrepreneurs leading companies with high growth potential. She served on the Federal Government’s Venture Capital Committee and currently serves on the VCC of AVCAL, the Australian Venture Capital Association.

Michael Dolbec

Managing Director, Software Ventures, GE Ventures

Michael Dolbec

Managing Director, Software Ventures

GE Ventures

@mdolbec

www.geventures.com

Michael Dolbec leads investments for GE software focused on the Industrial Internet, big data, M2M and cyber security. Mike’s current investments include: Predixion, Maana, Ayasdi, and Mocana. Mike joined the GE team from LG Electronics, where he led venture capital and open innovation activities. Prior to that, Mike led the venture capital groups at Orange, 3Com, and IBM. Earlier, he co-founded an award-winning mobile internet startup which was sold to Earthlink. Mike began his investment career at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Greylock. His previous investments include: Juniper, Extreme, Epigram (acquired by Broadcom), Macromind (later Macromedia, acquired by Adobe), Trilogy, and Netezza. He has held operating positions in research, software engineering, sales, marketing, business development and M&A. Mike began his career at Xerox Palo Alto Research Laboratory. Mike holds an MBA from Wharton, as well as a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Stanford.

Source: www.geventures.com/teams/member/michael-dolbec

Michael Milken

Chairman, Milken Institute

Michael Milken

Chairman

Milken Institute

www.mikemilken.com

Named one of the ’75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century’ by Esquire magazine, Michael Milken is well into his fifth decade of driving social change with a consistent focus on disrupting – and improving – the status quo. He is recognized as an innovator in access to capital, medical research, education and public health. It was in 1972, three years after Milken began a legendary career on Wall Street, when his wife told him her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. That marked the beginning of his search for medical solutions, which has played as large a role in his life as his well-known innovations in finance. Decades after he began parallel careers in philanthropy and finance, Fortune magazine wrote, “No one had ever really pulled together the full picture of how – and how much – (Milken) has shaken up the medical establishment and saved lives.” Fortune corrected that with a 2004 cover story under the headline The Man Who Changed Medicine. Fortune stressed the changes he wrought, not just the checks he wrote. “Now thousands are living longer – and leaders everywhere are taking notice.”At the peak of his financial career in 1976, Milken was devastated to learn that his father’s previous diagnosis of melanoma was considered terminal. He immediately started making plans to move from the East Coast to Los Angeles so that his two young sons could get to know their grandfather in the time he had left. After many months of bi-coastal commuting, he moved his business to new offices in Los Angeles.LEADERSHIP
In 1982, Milken formalized his previous philanthropy by co-founding the Milken Family Foundation, which was to be endowed with several hundred million dollars. The Foundation has worked closely with more than 1,000 organizations around the world. Over a third of a century, it has supported extensive programs to help address difficult inner-city issues, assist families of children with life-threatening diseases and build youth programs. It has also supported worldwide research on pediatric neurology, nutrition, leukemia, brain cancer and breast cancer. The MFF’s most acclaimed program, the Milken Educator Awards, was established in 1985 and is now the largest teacher-recognition program in the U.S., operating in partnership with state departments of education across America. Dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, it has awarded tens of millions of dollars to honor thousands of K-12 teachers and principals. Each educator receives an unrestricted $25,000 prize and participates in an annual professional-development conference.The Milken Scholars program, which was established by Mike and Lori Milken, has provided support and lifetime mentoring for more than 400 outstanding college-bound students who have excelled academically, served their communities, and triumphed over obstacles.In recognition of this leadership, Forbes magazine showed Mike on a 2014 cover along with other education philanthropists, calling them “Best in Class – The Visionaries Reimagining our Children’s Future.” Noting Mike’s four decades of working on education, Forbes highlighted the Milken Scholars program, the Milken Educator Awards, Mike’s Math Club and the National Institute of Excellence in Teaching.In 2016, Mike and Lori Milken became Founding Donors of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the newest Smithsonian Institution museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The NMAAHC is “a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience … and how it helped shape this nation.” This follows more than four decades of Milken’s support of minority entrepreneurship.MEDICAL RESEARCH
In the mid-1980s, Milken endowed a chair at the Harvard Medical School/Dana Farber Cancer Center, was the primary benefactor of the Venice (Calif.) Family Clinic (which serves tens of thousands of people), and gave his time and resources to a wide range of medical causes. The Milken Family Medical Foundation provided grants to keep many young researchers in their labs when they were tempted to pursue more-lucrative clinical practices. Milken has said, “Of all the programs we’ve supported over the last generation, the biggest payoff in terms of social benefit has come from the awards to young investigators.”Among those who received awards in the 1980s were Dr. Dennis Slamon, who later discovered Herceptin, a revolutionary breakthrough in the treatment of one type of breast cancer; Dr. Steven Rosenberg, who reported a major breakthrough in the development of successful gene therapy that for the first time in history harnesses the body’s own immune system to shrink tumors; Dr. Bert Vogelstein, who did pioneering work on the incalculably important p53 gene whose mutant form is believed to be involved in more than half of human cancers; Dr. Owen Witte, whose subsequent work provided the basis for the development of the breakthrough drug Gleevec, now used as a frontline therapy for patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia; Dr. Lawrence Einhorn, the developer of a highly successful chemotherapy regimen for testicular cancer; Dr. Philip Leder, a pioneer in molecular biology who contributed to the deciphering of the genetic code; and many more.

Two decades ago, Milken began urging pharmaceutical companies to devote more resources to cancer, a disease that kills more than two million people annually. Traditionally, these companies had little incentive to research cancer cures precisely because so many people die from the disease. Chronic diseases like diabetes, atherosclerosis and arthritis are much more lucrative because people often live with them for decades. But eventually, Big Pharma came around. In 1998, only one of the top 30 prescription drugs treated cancer; a decade later, that had increased to five.

In 1995, Milken hosted the first Cancer Summit, an event that led to a 1998 March on Washington in support of increased funding of biomedical research. Over the five years following the March, Congress increased the resources of the National Institutes of Health from $14 billion per year to $27 billion. To date, that incremental increase represents approximately $210 billion in additional public funding above the 1998 baseline. The yield on that investment is accelerated scientific discovery that has saved, enhanced and extended millions of lives around the world. When funding increases slowed in 2003, Milken founded FasterCures, which works to remove bureaucratic and regulatory barriers to progress against all life-threatening diseases. Based in Washington, D.C., FasterCures evaluates the entire research process, identifies roadblocks, engages people and organizations, and proposes economic incentives and regulatory efficiencies to accelerate scientific discovery. Through Congressional testimony, conferences, reports and research, it is helping shape public policy on a broad range of health issues.

Because federal budget pressures threaten continued life-saving investments, Milken has called for a renewed national commitment to biomedical research and public health. In 2012, FasterCures hosted A Celebration of Science in Washington to honor scientific achievement and draw attention to its profound human, social and economic benefits. Senior members of Congress, from both parties, joined more than 1,000 leaders in medical research, bioscience, patient advocacy, industry, philanthropy and public policy. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed article on the opening day of the conference, Milken cited “an important role for government in fostering basic science.” In 2014, he reiterated this message in testimony before the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. That committee later approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a 51-0 bipartisan vote.Milken also founded the Prostate Cancer Foundation, whose competitive research grants to more than 1,600 programs at 200 research centers in 20 countries make it the world’s largest philanthropic source of funds for prostate cancer research. Those grants have led to major breakthroughs. One example is seen in the work of Dr. James Allison. In the mid-1990s, with a combination of federal and private foundation grants, Dr. Allison – then a professor of immunology at UC Berkeley – had been studying the process by which cancer spreads by turning off the body’s normal immune-system response. At a crucial point in his research, when an NIH grant had run out, his very promising research on a new antibody might have stopped. But Milken was convinced it was worth pursuing. An award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation kept it going long enough for him to demonstrate market potential to a commercial partner. After further development, Berkeley received an initial licensing payment of more than $87 million from Bristol-Myers Squibb for Allison’s antibody. These funds were plowed back into further research.

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration approved Yervoy, which had been developed from Allison’s “immune system off-switch blocker,” after clinical trials showing dramatically extended survival times for many patients with advanced melanoma. And because today’s precision medicine can identify the specific sub-type of a tumor anywhere in the body, Yervoy and similar immunology drugs, such as Keytruda and Opdivo, are now being used against several other types of cancer. As a result of this work, Allison won the 2015 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medicine Research Award, popularly known as the “American Nobel.”

A BusinessWeek cover story surveyed Milken’s “quest to cure cancer,” reporting that scientists “are convinced they’re close to unraveling [its] biological details. And Milken ‘has done more to advance the cause’ than anyone.” Charles Myers, M.D., president of the American Institute for Diseases of the Prostate, says simply, “Milken revolutionized the field.” The late Dominick Dunne wrote in Vanity Fair that one doctor told him Milken’s support “had advanced the study of the disease by 40 years.” In addition to raising hundreds of millions of dollars directly from the public for research, the PCF’s advocacy has produced many times that amount in government, academic and pharmaceutical industry programs.

In his 2005 publication, Dr. Peter Scardino’s Prostate Book, the eminent New York surgeon writes, “Through the Herculean efforts of Michael Milken and his dedicated colleagues at the Prostate Cancer Foundation, private research funding has made great strides…This remarkable organization with Milken at the helm has worked tirelessly and effectively to promote public awareness of the disease.” In the Foreword to A Call to Action, a book documenting the history of the PCF, the former Director of the National Cancer Institute says that “few people have done more to advance the fight against serious diseases than Mike Milken.” A 2004 article in Forbes said, “Prostate cancer, once a research backwater, is suddenly sexy thanks to the work of one patient: Michael Milken…’Milken is probably the single most effective layperson advocate for cancer research,’ says former National Cancer Institute director Samuel Broder…(his) foundation had a crucial early role in numerous drugs.” Milken has worked hard to raise awareness: In 1993, it was rare for men to get life-saving prostate-cancer screening tests; today, about 60 percent do. Partly as a result, the five-year survival rate increased from about 70% in 1993 to almost 100% today.

A 2012 article in Life Science Leader magazine said, “With its strong science-drive focus, tight research timelines and unique role as a community of academic and industry researchers, the PCF stands as a new model for other funding agencies in the life sciences.”

In 2007, Milken helped launch the Melanoma Research Alliance to accelerate research progress against fatal skin cancers. Soon after, Vanity Fair magazine called Milken “a force” against disease when they listed him as part of “The New Establishment.” The MRA has awarded approximately $80 million to medical investigators in 15 countries. These research programs are accelerating new therapeutic approaches for melanoma, improving existing treatments, developing new biomarkers and advancing understanding of melanoma risk factors. This MRA-funded research has played a key role in the development of 10 drugs and treatments approved by the FDA.

During a meeting of philanthropists at the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference, former California Governor Gray Davis said, “No private citizen on the face of the earth has done more to advance the life sciences than Mike Milken.”

Summing up Milken’s long involvement in medical research, CNN’s Larry King told his broadcast audience, “When they cure this disease [cancer] they’ll have to call it the Milken cure.” But Milken’s work is not limited to cancer – more than 50 disease-specific organizations, everything from Alzheimer’s Disease to Vascular Cures, are part of the FasterCures network.

PUBLIC HEALTH
As important as research is to finding medical solutions, Milken believes that it’s equally important to pursue prevention and wellness initiatives because preventing disease in the first place is as good as a cure. He convened national and international public health leaders at a 2014 conference at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That same year, the Institute announced the naming of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Click here to read about Milken’s lifetime of working on public health initiatives.

In 2016, the Milken Institute hosted the first-ever Public Health Summit in Washington, convening 500 deans of schools of public health, philanthropists, global health leaders, corporate CEOs, international diplomats, members of Congress and the Administration, disease-specific organizations, health providers and insurers. The goals? To increase bi-partisan collaboration among public health institutions; raise public awareness; demonstrate the social and economic benefits of public health; and reaffirm a global commitment to protecting and preserving health. Later in 2016, philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick announced a $25 million gift to what was renamed the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Public Health at the Milken Institute.

POLICY RESEARCH LEADERSHIP
Milken is also chairman of the Milken Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan economic think tank that seeks to create a more-informed public, more-thoughtful policymaking and improved economic conditions. The Institute’s research areas include global capital markets, regional and demographic studies, human capital and job creation, access to capital, intellectual property studies, health economics, energy security and enhanced understanding of economic issues. Institute scholars have held dozens of major conferences and published hundreds of influential books, monographs and research reports. More than 4,000 thought leaders and decision makers from some 50 nations attend the Institute’s annual Global Conference in Los Angeles. For more information, see globalconference.org. (The Institute also holds major annual conferences in New York, Washington, London, Singapore and more than 200 other yearly events around the world.)

Speaking at the 15th annual Global Conference in 2012, former President Bill Clinton said:

“Michael Milken asked me to come, so I’m honored to be here. I want to thank Mike and all the people who work with him for the wonderful work that’s been done in these last 15 years. For the focus that’s been put on bioscience and its promise to expand the length and quality of our lives. For providing a forum where people who have all different kinds of perspectives to know that that is not an overstatement – come together and talk about these things in a space where people feel actually free to say what they think.”

At the 2013 Global Conference, Milken was joined by Bill Gates, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, in bringing a new focus to progress in sub-Saharan Africa.A study by Weber Shandwick said the Global Conference is “one of the most sought-after speaking engagements in the world.”

Conferenza, a leading newsletter covering executive conferences, called the Global Conference a “must-attend event for companies on the leading edge of medical research and innovation in delivery of medicine and healthcare on a global basis.” It further noted that “like the World Economic Forum at Davos, it was impossible to walk away from the Global Conference without a better understanding of the problems plaguing our world. Unlike Davos, however, there was a strong focus at the event on actually trying to come up with ways that many of these problems can be solved, and some steps in ‘real time’ to facilitate doing so.” Following the 10th anniversary Global Conference in 2007, a comment in Conferenza read:

“The Global Conference has developed a reputation as a fast-paced jaunt in simultaneous panel sessions through some of the globe’s most challenging issues -healthcare, financing structures, politics, security threats, economics, investment, philanthropy and the like. This year’s anniversary session demonstrates convener Michael Milken’s energetic efforts to jolt the status quo to help find solutions. Despite plenty of discussion of troubling issues like global terrorism and nuclear proliferation, the overall temperament is constructive and optimistic. Literally rubbing shoulders with colleagues who may have been working on a problem in another level is a fabulous opportunity.”

Following the 2011 Global Conference, an article in RedHerring magazine said that “the event deserves its reputation as one of the most amazing platforms of the year. Hard economics and financial matters, public policy and trade, the role of China and Asia stand among the global-shaping topics addressed by the conference’s cadre of exceptional speakers. In less than a few years, the Milken Institute Global Conference has truly become the place to be.”

Barron’s calls the Global Conference “the equivalent of a three-day university with multiple seminars every hour.” The Los Angeles Times adds, “the conference is about expanding minds as well as wallets.” It is, says The Wall Street Journal, a “big-name confab” while The New York Times simply calls it “Davos with palm trees.” The Irish Times said it is is “like a star-studded Davos without the snow.”

A 2014 Huffington Post article on the best YouTube channels for leaders listed the Milken Institute ahead of the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum.

ACCESS TO CAPITAL
As a financier, Milken is often said to have revolutionized modern capital markets, making them more efficient, dynamic and democratic by expanding access to capital for thousands of smaller companies and by pricing and rewarding risk more efficiently. This financed much of the early growth of cable television, homebuilding, cellular phones and other industries. In a 2004 speech, Sir Harold Evans, author of the book, They Made America, said, “Michael Milken is a formidable innovator and we’ll all be in his debt for a long time.” In The New York Times, author Charles Morris wrote that Milken “helped blow away a corporate old boy network that had proved unable to cope with competitive challenges from Asia and Europe.” Without this, wrote Morris, “it is hard to imagine how America could have become the lean, mean, competitive machine that dominated the industrial world of the 1990s.” A Washington Post column said Milken “helped create the conditions for America’s explosion of wealth and creativity” in the late 20th century, a process that BusinessWeek said, “shook America’s defeatist establishment out of its gloom.” The Sunday Times of London said, “The restructuring job started by Mike Milken has been completed by the globalisation of many markets.” And Richard Lowry wrote in The National Review, “Financial innovators like Michael Milken punished inefficiency and stoked competition.”

Starting in 1969, when he joined the firm that would become Drexel Burnham Lambert, Milken helped finance thousands of companies. By 1976, the financial theories he developed in the 1960s had been proven in the world’s markets and now are considered mainstream. The Economist said his financial innovations “are credited with fueling much of America’s rampant economic growth by enabling companies with bright ideas to get the money they need to develop them.” He and his colleagues developed more than a dozen securities types at all levels of the capital structure to help thousands of entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create jobs. High-yield bonds – which some started calling “junk” in the 1970s – were often part of the mix, but rarely the entire story. He has noted that they are not always the right way to finance a growing company. Success through good times and bad depends on building a strong capital structure that limits risk where business conditions are volatile. In industries with predictable and stable revenue, higher levels of debt may be appropriate. But other businesses, such as technology, should finance growth primarily with equity. Getting the right balance requires deep understanding of social and regulatory trends, management competence, industry conditions, capital markets cycles and the economy.

Milken’s use of convertible bonds, preferred stock, high-yield bonds, collateralized loans, equity-linked instruments, securitized obligations and derivatives, among other instruments, helped create millions of jobs, leading a Time bureau chief to write, in 1997, “Milken was right in almost every sense.” This view was echoed by a December 2001 article in The New Yorker, which concluded, “In the end, Milken was right.” A Wall Street Journal editorial referred to “Mr. Milken’s contribution to the explosive economic growth experienced by the U.S. in the past 20 years.” Canada’s Globe and Mail called it “one of the greatest achievements of modern capitalism.”

Writing in the June 2005 issue of The American Spectator, the former senior economist of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, Stephen Moore, wrote: “Michael Milken and Drexel easily created more wealth for American shareholders single-handedly than all the trustbusters in American history combined.”

In his book How the Markets Really Work (Crown, New York, 2002), former Harvard Business Review editor, the late Joel Kurtzman wrote:

“Milken’s real contribution was far greater than simply to sell portfolios of bonds. His real contribution was to get investors to understand that the stock and bond markets were not really separate markets. Milken created a tremendous pool of liquidity and guided its use with surgical precision. He did it in a way that took an often bloated and ailing American economy and made it lean, mean and resilient. Much of the strength and resilience of the economy today – including its ability to rebound in times of adversity – is due to the way people using Milken’s financing vehicles remade ailing companies or put their entrepreneurial zeal to work.

JOB CREATION
Unlike many financial institutions in recent years, Milken’s organization did not use excessive leverage. Commenting in a 2008 television interview, Milken said, “There are several reasons we are in this financial crisis, but two issues have arisen periodically over the past 200 years. One is credit ratings, which don’t necessarily reflect credit risk. Second is the false belief that you can build a successful financial business through leverage instead of through unleveraged spreads. Hundreds of securities were rated triple-A that actually were never triple-A quality. But their ratings enabled the leverage that created the problem. People got comfortable with the rating rather than doing their own homework on credit quality.”

Milken’s most important work was financing entrepreneurs who had good ideas for building companies that became engines of job creation. These entrepreneurs had a great need for capital, but little access to bank financing. With Milken’s help, they became drivers of employment.

Based on his studies during the 1960s and his practical experience in the early 1970s, Milken was determined to focus, first, on future cash flow rather than the past as reflected in book value and reported earnings; and second, to consider human capital part of the balance sheet. He played this out by backing such pioneers as Bill McGowan (telecommunications), Ted Turner (cable television), Craig McCaw (cellular telephones), Steve Wynn (resorts), Len Riggio (book retailing) and Bob Toll (homebuilding) among many other leaders of the 3,000+ companies he financed. They earned Milken’s respect and backing because they had greater vision than the risk-averse managers who historically had counted on banks for financing. When banks ran into problems in the 1970s and turned off the capital spigot, Milken stepped forward and made capital available for thousands of dynamic, growing companies that created jobs and shareholder value. This was an epic decision that helped make the U.S. economy the envy of the world in the last quarter of the 20th century. A 2008 New York Times article said, “Mr. Milken helped create a new generation of companies and an entirely new way to finance nascent ideas that have helped fuel the global economy.”

Milken and his colleagues created what is today a major part of the structure of global finance based on their innovations in the 1970s. These innovations – now taken for granted and taught in business schools worldwide – powered job growth in America for a quarter century and are now moving around the world through the efforts of the Milken Institute. Before Milken, fixed income was essentially a binary world: investment-grade securities and everything else. Milken created a spectrum of risk matched to the needs of individual companies and investors.

In 1989, the government charged Milken with securities/reporting violations in a case that continues to engender controversy. He admitted conduct that resulted – during a brief period in his 20 years on Wall Street – in five violations. Although such conduct had never before (nor has since) been prosecuted criminally – a fact rarely mentioned in press reports – he resolved the case without a trial to prevent further impact on his family. After paying a $200 million fine and serving a one-year-and-10-month sentence, he resumed the philanthropic work he had begun in the 1970s. A few years later, 98 brokerage firms and banks charged with conduct similar to that in the Milken case were simply fined in civil actions.

MOVING TO A WORLD STAGE
Milken graduated from Birmingham High School, a Los Angeles public school, where he was on the basketball, tennis and track teams, and was president of the Service Honor Society. He was voted “friendliest” in his class by fellow students. Foretelling his future charitable initiatives, he received the Outstanding Young Man award from the Encino (CA) Junior Chamber of Commerce for greatest service to the community. He was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was president of his fraternity and graduated with highest honors. Milken received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he was a Joseph Wharton fellow. He has received honorary degrees from business, medical and public health schools; he writes frequently about public policy issues in major publications; and he is a widely sought-after speaker at conferences around the world. He and his wife, Lori, who have three children and nine grandchildren, have been married since 1968.

Milken has been welcomed by heads of state around the world, including six U.S. presidents (President-Elect Trump, Obama, G.W. Bush, Clinton, G.H.W. Bush and Carter) and the leaders of the United Kingdom, Russia, Georgia, Israel, Singapore, Mexico, Rwanda, Iceland and Albania. The Duke of York hosted a dinner in his honor at Buckingham Palace.

Mike and Lori Milken have joined with Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in The Giving Pledge, which commits them to give the majority of their assets to philanthropic causes during their lifetimes. Read their pledge letter.

In 2016, Milken joined with leaders of the International Finance Corporation (IFC – a member of the World Bank Group) and the George Washington University (GW) to create the IFC-Milken Institute Capital Markets Program at GW. The goal of this first-of-its-kind initiative is to create a network of practitioners – IFC-Milken Institute Fellows – in Africa and other emerging regions who will lead capital-market development in their countries. The Fellows who compete for admission to the program represent the brightest mid-career professionals from financial and regulatory institutions across developing and emerging economies. The first cohort of program Fellows are completing rigorous coursework at GW and obtaining hands-on work experience in the U.S. before returning to their home countries to implement what they’ve learned. “Investing in their knowledge and skills,” said Milken, “will plant the seeds for robust capital markets and job growth. Our goal is to bend the arc of history toward greater progress by helping the Fellows to become agents of change producing economic expansion and meaningful lives for a rising population.”

Summing up the reason for Milken’s profound impact in multiple fields, New York Times columnist David Brooks said (on CNN, April 24, 2011), “I was with Michael Milken recently and he’s one of those guys who just soaks you in. He just wants to learn everything from every single person he meets. That is a pretty valuable trait.”

Source: www.mikemilken.com/biography.taf

Monica Enand

CEO & Founder, Zapproved

Monica Enand

CEO & Founder

Zapproved

Monica brings extensive management experience and software expertise to the Zapproved team as chief executive officer. She has grown Zapproved into a leading cloud-based software provider for corporate legal departments. The Z-Discovery Platform returns power to in-house corporate legal teams and helps them navigate electronic discovery with minimal risk and cost, and it sets new standards for scalability and intuitive design. The company’s flagship product, Legal Hold Pro, is widely adopted by Fortune 500 and Global 2000 corporations. It won the Best E-Discovery Legal Hold Product at the 2015 Legaltech News Innovation Awards, in the 2014 and 2015 Best of the National Law Journal and the 2013 and 2014 Best of Legal Times. Zapproved was recognized in the 2014 Inc. 500 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. and was named as a “vendor to watch” in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery.

Source: www.linkedin.com/in/monicaenand/

Murray Grainger

Managing Director and Head, Honeywell Ventures

Murray Grainger

Managing Director and Head

Honeywell Ventures

Murray Grainger is the Managing Director and Head of Honeywell Ventures. Murray joined Honeywell in 2004, and has served in a number of leadership roles of increasing responsibility across Honeywell’s global business units.

Murray has a strong track record in general management, finance, business development, investor relations, and strategic marketing at Honeywell. He is a proven leader within many of Honeywell’s businesses and functions and has a thorough knowledge of the Company’s technology portfolio. Most recently, Murray led the integration of Intelligrated, a $1.5 billion acquisition completed by Honeywell in 2016, which was one of the largest deals ever completed by the Company. His deep expertise in evaluating operations, commercial opportunities and technology road maps gives him a keen ability to identify promising partnership opportunities for Honeywell Ventures.

Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Sydney and a master of business administration from Columbia University.

Nelson Griggs

Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Client Group, Nasdaq

Nelson Griggs

Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Client Group

Nasdaq

@NelsonGriggs

www.nasdaq.com/

Nelson Griggs is President, Nasdaq Stock Exchange. In this role, Mr. Griggs oversees Nasdaq’s new listings and capital market business as well as global business development and relationship management with the 3,500 companies listed on Nasdaq’s listing markets around the world. Mr. Griggs also serves as a board member of the Nasdaq Private Market, where he advises on strategy and operations.
Mr. Griggs oversees a team with representatives located in the U.S., China, Israel, India, Russia, Japan, South Korea, South America and the Nordic and Baltic regions.
Previously, Mr. Griggs served as Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets in the US and Asia for Nasdaq. During his time in this role Mr. Griggs attracted some of the highest-profile IPOs and transfers to Nasdaq.
Mr. Griggs joined Nasdaq in 2001 and has served the company in a range of leadership roles within its Listing Services unit including: Senior Vice President, Listing Services, where he was responsible for Nasdaq’s U.S. listings business and corporate solutions sales; and Head of Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Griggs worked at Fidelity Investments and a San Francisco-based start-up. He graduated from Denison University in Granville, OH.

Source: www.business.nasdaq.com/discover/nasdaq-leadership/nelson-griggs

Nicole Quinn

Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Nicole Quinn

Partner

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Whether it’s discovering tomorrow’s platforms, marketplaces, media or ecommerce companies, the founder insight and company brand are core in Nicole’s mind. She began working with brands in the mid 2000s, specializing in consumer behavior; the retail landscape, both in the US and Europe; and taking brands to the public market.

When she previously worked on branding and marketing at Nutmeg, a London-based fintech startup focused on online wealth management for millennials, Nicole experienced the importance of grit and focus for the founding team.

“Hard work, determination, and grit set apart the good from the great,” she says. “I want to work with founders who are willing to run through walls.”

Nicole was introduced to this mindset at an early age, by helping her father build an online pharmacy startup in the ‘90s. It was here that she first learned how hard startups can be.

When she’s not working one-on-one with founders, she’s researching potential investments, even if they take her on road trips to the middle of the country to meet the customer. “I don’t want to just invest in the bubble of Silicon Valley,” she says. “I want to listen to the core customer, and keep my eyes and ears open to new ideas.”

It’s one of the reasons she became involved in Planet of the Apps, the Apple-produced series that gives app developers a chance to receive funding from Lightspeed. “Getting into the mindset of the 99% is so important,” she says.

After earning a BSc in math and economics from York University, in England, and an MBA from Stanford, Nicole spent eight years on the equity sales and research side of Morgan Stanley. There, she worked on the IPOs for companies like Facebook, Groupon, and Pandora, which inspired her to become an angel investor and, later, a startup cofounder herself.

“All of this gave me an understanding of what exceptional founders look and act like,” she says. “They’re on a journey and I want to provide the support (in good and bad times), insight, empathy, and peripheral vision along that path.” Nicole is happiest when helping others realize their full potential and then amplifying it when needed.

Source: www.lsvp.com/?team=nicole-quinn

Pankaj Patel

Entrepreneur, Investor, and Board Member ,

Pankaj Patel

Entrepreneur, Investor, and Board Member

Pankaj Patel was Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Cisco Systems,Inc. Mr. Patel reported into the CEO as the Engineering head of the company’s $38 billion product and solution portfolio. He drove the business and technology strategy across Cisco’s Routing, Switching, Wireless, Security, Mobility, Video, Collaboration, Data Center and Cloud offerings delivered by a global team of over 26,000 engineers.

Mr. Patel is a proven results-oriented and seasoned technology leader with 25+ years of experience developing highly scalable products and services by building and leading large, high-performance global engineering organizations, setting clear vision, directing strategy and delivering against goals. He is passionate about translating strategy to execution, and delivering the best experience for the customer.

Mr. Patel retired from Cisco in October of 2016 and now serves on the Board of Directors of several startups. He is focused on incubating, investing, and advising startups with their strategy, product development, and go-to-market as well as helping them scale. Patel is also a mentor and sponsor to numerous employees throughout the industry.

Patrick Quinlan

CEO & Co-Founder, Convercent

Patrick Quinlan

CEO & Co-Founder

Convercent

@Convercent

www.convercent.com/

An entrepreneur at heart, Patrick Quinlan has a passion and skill for building companies from the ground up. Prior to leading Convercent’s executive team, Patrick served as Chief Executive Officer of Rivet Software, another technology firm operating in the governance, risk and compliance space. In just two years, he propelled Rivet’s quarterly revenue from $240,000 to $12 million – an achievement that earned the company a #6 placement on the 2011 Inc. 500 List among software firms and a #60 listing overall. A founding partner of Nebbiolo Ventures, Patrick has also served as CEO of ServiceSelect and Delta Translation, which was successfully sold to LFI in 1999.

Patrick has been recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s top “Forty Under 40” leaders, and in 2011 he was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Patrick has served as a board member of Youth on Record and Young Americans Center for Financial Education, the country’s only FDIC-insured bank designed with youth in mind.

Paul Barber

Managing General Partner, JMI Equity

Paul Barber

Managing General Partner

JMI Equity

Paul joined JMI Equity in 1998 and is co-managing general partner of the firm. He has been working with software companies for more than 25 years. Paul has served on over 20 private, public, and nonprofit boards. He is currently a director of Applied Systems, Healthx, Innovative Interfaces, and Kronos. Paul served as Chairman of the Board of ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) from its original funding in 2005 until 2016. Prior to joining JMI, Paul was a managing director and head of the software investment banking practice at Alex. Brown. He also worked in product marketing at Microsoft and in investment banking at Merrill Lynch & Co. Paul is a former member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees.

EDUCATION

Stanford University, AB in Economics
Harvard Business School, MBA

Paul Brody

Global Innovation Leader, BlockChain Technology, EY

Paul Brody

Global Innovation Leader, BlockChain Technology

EY

Paul Brody is Americas Strategy Leader, Technology Sector at EY. He is proficient in mobile finance strategy planning, technology of mobility and internet of things, with 20 years of consulting and strategy experience in mobile and electronics.

Prior to joining EY, he served as Vice President and Global Industry Leader of Electronics at IBM. He graduated from Princeton University and major in Economics and African Studies.

Source: www.sydney.blockchainworkshops.org/index.php/speaker/paul-r-brody/index.html

Paul Daugherty

CTO, Accenture

Paul Daugherty

CTO

Accenture

@pauldaugh

www.accenture.com

He founded and oversees Accenture Ventures, which is focused on strategic equity investments and open innovation to accelerate growth. He also leads the company’s large group of highly skilled, certified technology architects, who apply new technologies and architectural foundations in building solutions for clients across industries. In addition, Mr. Daugherty is responsible for managing Accenture’s alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships with leading and emerging technology companies, and runs Accenture’s Global CIO Council and annual CIO and Innovation Forum.

Mr. Daugherty has played a key role in evolving Accenture’s technology business to respond to the changes in the industry. He developed the Digital Business vision and helped shape Accenture’s early moves to establish its digital business leadership. He founded Accenture’s cloud computing business and was instrumental in launching Accenture’s SaaS, big data and open source businesses, and played a key role in the company’s technology business during the major transitions to client/server computing and internet-based computing.

Mr. Daugherty is a passionate advocate for gender equality in the workplace and sponsoring STEM-related inclusion & diversity initiatives. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on industry and technology issues, and has published articles in a variety of publications. He sponsors Accenture’s technology initiatives with the World Economic Forum. Mr. Daugherty also serves as chairman of the board of Avanade, the leading provider of Microsoft technology services. He is on the board of directors for Girls Who Code, Accenture Global Services Limited and the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. He is on the advisory boards for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan and Answer ALS, where he serves as its Infrastructure and Technology Committee Lead. Mr. Daugherty helped found the advisory board of the Academy of Information Technology, a non-profit that works to boost IT careers for youth. In addition, he sponsors Accenture’s partnership with Code.org which is focused on bringing Computer Science education to students around the world.

Mr. Daugherty was recently named as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017 for his extraordinary technology leadership. He was also recognized by The Institute for Women’s Leadership with the “Guys Who Get It Award” which honors business leaders who have supported diversity in the workplace and advancement of women, especially in the areas of technology and other STEM fields.

He is co-author of Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, a management guide to Artificial Intelligence, to be published by Harvard Press in early 2018.

Mr. Daugherty joined Accenture in 1986 and became a partner in 1999. He earned his bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.

Source: https://www.accenture.com/us-en/company-paul-daugherty

Peggy Johnson

Executive VP, Business Development, Microsoft

Peggy Johnson

Executive VP, Business Development

Microsoft

@PeggyJ

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/

As executive vice president of business development, Peggy Johnson is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and transactions to accelerate growth for Microsoft and its customers. Johnson works with external partners around the world, ranging from start-ups to large-scale enterprises, to identify areas of collaboration, drive innovation and unlock shared value. In this capacity, she also manages Microsoft’s relationship with the venture capital community and oversees strategic investments through the company’s corporate venture fund, Microsoft Ventures.

Prior to this role, Johnson spent 24 years at Qualcomm, where she served as a member of Qualcomm’s Executive Committee. During her time at Qualcomm, Johnson held various leadership positions across engineering, sales, marketing and business development, and ran the Qualcomm Internet Services business unit. Most recently, Johnson was executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president of global market development, where she was responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships for the company.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Johnson worked as an engineer for General Electric’s Military Electronics Division.

Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University. She serves on the board of directors for Live Nation Entertainment, Inc and the international non-profit PATH. She has been recognized by multiple organizations, including Business Insider (“#1 Most Powerful Female Engineer in 2017”), Silicon Republic (“40 Powerful Women Leading Tech Around the World”), Connected World Magazine (“2014 Women of M2M List”), Women in Technology International (“2013 Hall of Fame Award”) and STEM (“100 Women Leaders in STEM, 2012″).

Source: www.news.microsoft.com/exec/peggy-johnson/

Peter Farrell

Chairman and Founder, ResMed

Peter Farrell

Chairman and Founder

ResMed

Peter Farrell is founder, former long-term CEO and current Chairman of ResMed. Farrell has been Chairman and a director of ResMed since 1989, when the company began as a management buyout of sleep technology from Baxter Healthcare. Peter was previously Foundation Director of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering (1978-89) while simultaneously serving as Vice President of R & D for Baxter Healthcare in Tokyo (1984-89). Dr. Farrell is a director of NuVasive, Inc. (NUVA) a company focused on the surgical treatment of spine disorders. He is also on the board of trustees of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla and is Chairman of the Boston-based POC NMR diagnostic company, WaveGuide.

Dr. Farrell is a fellow or honorary fellow of several professional bodies, including the US National Academy of Engineering. He was inducted as 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, 2001 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year and 2005 US National Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences. In 1998, Peter joined the Sleep Medicine Executive Council at Harvard Medical School, served as vice chairman from 2000 to 2010 and then as chairman from 2010 until 2013. He is on various academic advisory boards including UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, where he was named the 2012 Gordon Fellow, UCSD’s Rady Business School and the MIT Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Council.

Peter holds a B.E. with honors in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney, an SM in chemical engineering from MIT, a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a DSc from UNSW for research which resulted in improved treatment for both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients.

Peter Garran

Partner, Great Hill Partners, LCC

Peter Garran

Partner

Great Hill Partners, LCC

Peter is responsible for originating and evaluating investment opportunities in the media, Internet, software, and business and consumer services sectors. Peter serves on the board of directors of YogaWorks, The Shade Store, Educaedu, SheKnows Media, PuppySpot, CliqStudios, The RealReal and Sugarfina. He formerly served on the board of Momondo.

Prior to joining Great Hill Partners, Peter was a vice president at J.P. Morgan, where he led J.P. Morgan’s East Coast Internet & Digital Media coverage effort and was responsible for originating and executing strategic advisory assignments, public and private equity, equity-linked and debt financings and capital structure advisory assignments for mid- and large-cap public Internet companies, diversified media companies, and high-growth private companies. Previously, Peter served as J.P. Morgan’s head of client strategy for its Americas investment banking business. He began his career as a technology investment banker with Hambrecht & Quist and J.P. Morgan in San Francisco and London, focusing on a broad range of sectors.

Peter earned a degree in history and literature from Harvard College, where he graduated cum laude.

Source: www.greathillpartners.com/team/peter-l-garran/

Premkumar Natarajan

Michael Keston Executive Director, Information Sciences Institute, Vice Dean of Engineering, USC Information Sciences Institute

Premkumar Natarajan

Michael Keston Executive Director, Information Sciences Institute, Vice Dean of Engineering

USC Information Sciences Institute

Premkumar Natarajan is Michael Keston Executive Director of ISI, a vice dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and a professor of computer science. At ISI, he leads managerial and technical directions Institute-wide, including research, development and the MOSIS electronic chip brokerage. He also heads teams in his areas of expertise: novel approaches to face, speech, handwriting and optical character recognition (OCR), along with other deep learning and natural language processing directions.

As ISI’s chief executive, Natarajan oversees nearly 300 faculty and staff researchers, post-doctoral and graduate students, and others across the Institute’s diverse scientific and technical spectrum. Primary research groups include advanced electronics, computational systems and technology, informatics systems, intelligent systems, internet and networked systems, and space technology and systems.

Natarajan joined ISI from Raytheon BBN Technologies, where he served as an executive vice president and principal scientist. As head of BBN’s speech, language, and multimedia business, he founded highly successful computer vision, speech-to-speech translation, and document image processing groups. Natarajan also launched foundational research efforts in computational social science and predictive analytics, along with initiatives that commercialized BBN research into marketable products.

His other leadership roles include serving as organizing chair, co-chair and committee member for major conferences in speech, biometrics and document image processing. His latest involvements include the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS), Interspeech, and the International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition.

Source: www.isi.edu/about/bio/prem_natarajan/

Rajan Raghavan

CEO & Co-founder, The Fabric

Rajan Raghavan

CEO & Co-founder

The Fabric

@rajan_raghavan

http://www.thefabricnet.com/

Rajan Raghavan is CEO and Co-founder of The Fabric. Rajan and The Fabric co-create, fund, and launch the cloud/IoT infrastructure companies.

The Fabric has a team of proven company creators who under one roof deeply collaborate with founders to help them grow from concept to company. 

In the last five years, The Fabric team co-created eight companies, and the first three got acquired: VeloCloud by VMware, Appcito by A10 Networks, and Perpsica by Cisco. 

This rate of success stands as a strong testimony to the value of The Fabric’s high touch co-creation approach. 

Before The Fabric, Rajan along with Prabakar Sundarrajan co-founded Ankeena, which was acquired by Juniper.

Rajan has also served as an adviser to numerous startups in the software, semiconductor, and systems space.

Rajan holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, MBA from Syracuse University, and Bachelors degree from the National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli.

Raven Jiang

Founding Engineer, Facebook

Raven Jiang

Founding Engineer

Facebook

To reinvent the world and imagine the future.

My favourite pastime is thinking about digital technology and the way in which it guides human behavior. Some recent topics I find interesting include: copyright reform, Internet censorship, increasing wealth disparity as a result of technology, liberation technology, Bitcoin, gender and racial equality, online education, and political fragmentation.

In my opinion, we are all products of our time whether we obey it, fight it, or ignore it. By understanding the era we live in, we see where we stand in the bigger picture.

Technology is a force of evolution that exerts selective pressure on our behavior, psychology, and physiology. This can be some as mundane as our odd habit of constantly swiping our thumbs over a piece of rectangular glass, or it can come in much more visceral forms, such as performance enhancing cybernetic augmentation.

When Google Glass becomes Google Lens, will privacy survive as a concept? As digital copyright enforcement becomes granular and instantaneous, will every act of expression require micro-payments? When our brains are eventually wired directly to the network, will we still be human? These are the questions through which I parse the growth of technology.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ravenjiang/

Rich Karlgaard

Publisher, Forbes

Rich Karlgaard

Publisher

Forbes

www.richkarlgaard.com/

Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard has a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business, innovation, and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes.

Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he writes a biweekly column, Innovation Rules, known for its witty and honest assessment of current business issues. He is a regular panelist on cable news’ most popular weekend business show, Forbes on FOX, and was a frequent guest analyst on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report. He’s also a successful entrepreneur and past winner of Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award.”

More than just a business journalist, Karlgaard as a private investor and board director understands firsthand the difficulties of navigating in today’s business climate and the opportunities available to those who have the courage to reach out for them. His assessment of the current business issues, trends and innovation culture gives audiences solid insights they can use to make better business and investment decisions.

Karlgaard has a remarkable ability to connect with his audience. He shows his quick mind and even quicker good sense of humor during lively, unscripted question and answer periods. Karlgaard is unfailingly gracious, putting his insights out for others to consider in a way that helps them see the events that are changing their world—including the impact of Washington politics on the environment for business and innovation.

His book on innovation culture, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success (April 2014), made the “best business books of 2014” lists of Inc., Time.com, Huffington Post and Forbes India. He is also the co-author of Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations (July 2015), which received advance praise from the CEOs of Microsoft, FedEx, Northwestern Mutual and XPrize, the COO of the Walt Disney Company, and the CMO of GE.

Source: www.goodmanspeakersbureau.com/speaker_info/speaker_bio/karlgaard_rich.pdf

Rory O’Driscoll

Co-Founder & Partner, Scale Venture Partners

Rory O’Driscoll

Co-Founder & Partner

Scale Venture Partners

@rodriscoll

www.scalevp.com

Rory O’Driscoll is a founding member and Partner at Scale Venture Partners. An active investor for the past 20 years, Rory is focused on early-in-revenue software companies benefiting from the move to Software as a Service and the wider transition of enterprise computing to the cloud. Rory currently sits on the boards of Bill.com, Box, Chef Software, DocuSign, DroneDeploy, Forter, Locus Robotics, OneLogin, Pantheon, Solvvy, TalkIQ, WalkMe and Wrike.

Prior investments include ExactTarget (ET; Acq: SFDC), Omniture (OMTR; Acq: ADBE), ScanSafe (Acq: Cisco), Frontbridge (Acq: MSFT), Placeware (Acq: MSFT) among others. Rory has been recognized by the Forbes Midas List and AlwaysOn Power Players in Venture Capital for his investments. Rory holds a BSc from the London School of Economics.

Source: www.scalevp.com/team/rory-odriscoll

Sallie Krawcheck

CEO and Co-Founder , Ellevest

Sallie Krawcheck

CEO and Co-Founder

Ellevest

@SallieKrawcheck

www.ellevest.com/

Financial feminist Sallie Krawcheck is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a recently launched innovative digital investment platform for women. She is the Chair of Ellevate Network, the global professional woman’s network, and of the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women. She is also the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.”

Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, of Smith Barney and of Sanford Bernstein.

During her career, Krawcheck has a history of turning around and growing troubled businesses, eliminating Wall Street conflicts of interest, and advocating a true client-centered business model. Fortune Magazine called her “The Last Honest Analyst” during her tenure at Sanford Bernstein, and noted that hers was the most influential voice for research quality and integrity.

Krawcheck has also been named among the top ten of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People” in business list, as well as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneurs to Watch. and she has also been referred to as one of the most successful and influential executives in financial services.

Krawcheck also lends her voice to social media, reaching a network of more 2,100,000 followers on LinkedIn and 53,000 on Twitter.

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Krawcheck attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the Morehead Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude in 1987. In 1992, she received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.

Sam Walker

Sports Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Sam Walker

Sports Editor

The Wall Street Journal

@samwalkers

www.wsj.com/

Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s leadership columnist. He is the author of the “The Captain Class,” named one of the best business books of 2017 by the New York Times, CNBC, Amazon.com, Strategy+Business, Sports Illustrated and the Globe and Mail. Previously at the Journal, Walker was deputy editor for enterprise—the unit that oversees in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former sports reporter and sports columnist, he was the founding editor of the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports coverage. His leadership column is set to debut in the spring of 2018,

Walker recently launched a consulting practice to help companies, sports teams and military units refine the way they identify, cultivate and support potential leaders in their ranks. He is the author of “Fantasyland,” a bestselling 2006 account of his attempt to win America’s top fantasy baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion). He attended the University of Michigan. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

LinkedIn: Sam Walker

Facebook: SamWalkerNY

Source: www.wsj.com/news/author/8606

Sanjay Uppal

VP & GM VeloCloud Business Unit, VMware Inc.

Sanjay Uppal

VP & GM VeloCloud Business Unit

VMware Inc.

@inetnut

www.velocloud.com/

Sanjay is VP and General Manager of the VeloCloud Business Unit in the Networking and Security business at VMware, after the acquisition of VeloCloud by VMware in December 2017. Prior to VMware  Sanjay was the CEO and co-founder of VeloCloud Networks and grew VeloCloud to be the leader in the fast-growing SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Networking) space. Earlier, Sanjay ran publicly traded OnMobile Global, serving as its President and COO. Sanjay also spent time at Citrix as VP of the Application Networking business through the acquisition of  Caymas Systems where he was President and CEO. In the past, Sanjay has served in executive roles at Webvan (Vice President of Engineering and Business Development) and at Hewlett-Packard, where ran the Internet Infrastructure Division as VP & GM prior to his departure in 1999. He holds an MS in the Management of Technology from Stanford University, an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison,  and a BS in Electrical Engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Sanjay enjoys cycling, trail running, making gadgets, watching cult movies (The Big Lebowski), and gardening with his family. While he is culinarily challenged he is frequently seen snacking on dark chocolate and crisp croissants.

Sarah Hindlian

Senior Software Analyst, Macquarie

Sarah Hindlian

Senior Software Analyst

Macquarie

Sarah has 15 years of experience in TMT, and joined Macquarie in late 2015. She began her career at Goldman Sachs in 2001 where she spent eight years in various capacities, and then joined R Suite, an early stage cloud computing start-up, as COO. More recently, Sarah spent four years at JP Morgan as the On-Desk TMT Analyst, before joining TMT Research at Brean Capital, covering Software & Social Media. Sarah sits on the Board of Directors of Barefoot Workshops, an NGO that documents conflicts across the globe, and a River Blue, a not-for-profit educating children in Uganda. She is also a member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Sarah graduated from Wellesley College Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Economics, and a concentration from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Business.

Sarah McBride

Reporter, Bloomberg

Sarah McBride

Reporter

Bloomberg

@mcbridesg

Sarah McBride news, political analysis, commentary, long-form features, polling, original video, interactive graphics, and more.

Source: www.techonomy.com/people/sarah-mcbride/

Scott Murcray

CFO/ COO, AirXpanders

Scott Murcray

CFO/ COO

AirXpanders

Scott Murcray is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of AirXpanders, Inc., where he has served in that capacity since June 2016. He has 25 years of finance and operations experience in various senior leadership and management roles with Nanometrics Incorporated, ZOLL Medical Corporation, and VNUS Medical Technologies, among others. Scott’s broad background includes managing finance and accounting, manufacturing operations, supply chain, sales operations, customer service, IT and human resources. In addition, he has led numerous rounds of debt, and public and private equity financings, as well as acquisitions and related integrations. Scott is a former audit manager of Arthur Andersen LLP. He is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.

Serena Saitto

Reporter, The Information

Serena Saitto

Reporter

The Information

@serenasaitto

www.theinformation.com

Serena is a reporter with The Information, covering venture capital. She has returned to journalism after a two-year break. She previously was a senior technology reporter for Bloomberg News, covering venture capital and tech startups and breaking news on Uber and Snapchat early rounds of financing at multibillion-dollar valuations. She joined Bloomberg News in August 2008 as part of the finance team, quickly leading the coverage of Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy for which she shared the 2009 Society of American Business Editors and Writers Awards for enterprise reporting. She also won the Silurians Society’s award for excellence in business reporting for an article on 2009’s Wall Street bonus furor. Before joining Bloomberg, she was a financial reporter for Dow Jones Newswires in Milan, Italy, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she often contributed to The Wall Street Journal and to CNBC TV. She previously worked for Ap.biscom in Rome, the Italian service of the Associated Press, where she covered International finance. Serena speaks five languages and earned a Master of Science in political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, after graduating from La Sapienza University of Rome with a degree in political sciences. She spends her free time skiing, biking, sailing and looking for the next outdoor adventure. In NYC she is a volunteer for NY Cares.

Sheri Bachstein

Global Head of Consumer Business, The Weather Company, an IBM Business

Sheri Bachstein

Global Head of Consumer Business

The Weather Company, an IBM Business

Sheri Bachstein leads the consumer division for The Weather Company, an IBM Business (Weather). This includes overseeing all aspects of The Weather Channel and Weather Underground consumer properties, including product management and design, content development and global expansion across the organization on Weather’s owned and operated properties.

Sheri has played a role on many different aspects of The Weather Channel digital properties since joining in 2007. Previously she was head of global audience growth and has also led international consumer product for weather.com and The Weather Channel apps. While leading web efforts, she moved weather.com to a fully responsive site, improved SEO efforts, optimized referral traffic, and oversaw engagement and lifestyle sponsorship efforts. As vice president of product operations, Sheri’s overseen monetization, operations and the agile team. She’s also worked as a leader for audience products, as well as in product management for weather.com and global products.

But this isn’t her first stint at The Weather Channel. She worked previously for the television network as a producer and as part of the “storm tracking” team that went into the field to cover storms (1997-2000). Before returning to Weather, Sheri served as vice president of product and content at RMS Networks in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In her career she has also worked as a producer for WGNX-TV, Atlanta’s CBS affiliate.

Sheri is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and has won multiple media awards, including an Emmy Award for breaking news coverage of the Atlanta Centennial Park bombing and an Associated Press Award for sports reporting.

An Atlanta native, Sheri received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Georgia
State University. She enjoys playing golf, traveling and cooking.

Sue Siegel

Chief Innovation Officer and CEO, GE Ventures

Sue Siegel

Chief Innovation Officer and CEO

GE Ventures

@_SueSiegel

www.geventures.com/

Sue Siegel is GE’s Chief Innovation Officer and CEO of GE Ventures, leading the development and acceleration of innovation across the company. An innovator and disruptor at heart, she is a seasoned executive focused on uncovering new and unconventional paths to growth. She has 30+ years of corporate, entrepreneurial and venture capital experience all geared at one thing: turning untapped potential into real value.

Sue helped launch GE Ventures, an innovation engine focused on accelerating promising start-ups, creating new business models, developing new markets, and nurturing ideas into scalable initiatives both inside and outside of GE. In this role, Sue and her team led the creation and launch of seven new companies including Avitas Systems, Vineti and Evidation Health, funded and accelerated growth for 100+ companies and led the creation of a novel licensing model for GE’s library of patents – connecting technology and ideas to create new avenues to growth.

Previously, as a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist at MDV, Sue led investments and served as Board member for companies in personalized medicine, digital health, and life sciences. Prior to that, Sue served as President and Board Member of Affymetrix (NASDAQ: AFFX), where she led the company’s transformation from a pre-revenue startup to a global, multi-billion dollar market cap genomics leader. She also led strategy, technology development, licensing, manufacturing, and new market creation and development at leading organizations including Bio-Rad, DuPont and Amersham.

Sue has been recognized in Fortune as one of “34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care” and as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” by Silicon Valley Business Journal. She is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and was featured as a “Multiplier” in the bestselling book: “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.”

Sue holds an M.S. from Boston University School of Medicine and a B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico.

Source: www.geventures.com/teams/member/sue-siegel

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Founder and Chairman, Joyus

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Founder and Chairman

Joyus

@sukhindersingh

www.theboardlist.com/

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a leading digital executive and entrepreneur with 20 years of leadership experience scaling and founding companies including Google (President, Asia Pacific & Latin America) , Amazon ( Business Development for Marketplace) , Yodlee (Founder & SVP Business Development), Joyus (Founder & CEO) and Polyvore (CEO). She is currently Founder and Chairman of theBoardlist. Sukhinder also serves as a public board director at Ericsson, TripAdvisor and Urban Outfitters and has previously served as a board member at J.Crew, Stitchfix and an Advisor to Twitter.

In June 2015, Sukhinder founded theBoardlist (http://www.theboardlist.com), a Benefit corporation and premium talent marketplace aimed at connecting highly endorsed women leaders with board opportunities in the tech industry. Supported by a community of over 1300 leading CEOS, senior executives and venture capital firms, to date 2000+ senior women leaders who have been nominated to serve on boards, 380+ board searches have been launched and over 100 board seats have been successfully filled leveraging the theBoardlist platform. theBoardlist has been profiled in numerous publications including : Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, NYT, Bloomberg, Wired, TechCrunch, Fast Company, and USA today.

For her work in the Internet industry, Ms. Singh Cassidy has been profiled in numerous publications globally, including Fortune, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the New York Times, Bloomberg, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Techcrunch, AllthingsD, Ad Age and several leadership books, including: “How Good Leaders Learn”, “Innovation Nation” and “Geek Girl Rising”. She has been named one of the Most Creative People in Business By Fast Company (2017), one of the Top 100 People in the Valley by Business Insider (2016, 2012); a “Woman to Watch” by Forbes (2014), Fortune (2008) and Ad Age (2010); Techcrunch’s first General Management Fellow (2009); and one of the Top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley (2016,2014,2010).

Sumant Mandal

Managing Director, March Capital Partners

Sumant Mandal

Managing Director

March Capital Partners

Sumant Mandal has 12-years of technology investment experience, and has generated multiple meaningful exits in companies he has either incubated or been the first institutional investor. Sumant has supported numerous companies’ attainment of market dominance, including The Rubicon Project (NYSE:RUBI), the world’s largest display advertising company, and BillDesk, India’s leading electronic payments company.

T.M. Ravi

Managing Director and Co-Founder, The Hive

T.M. Ravi

Managing Director and Co-Founder

The Hive

hivedata.com/

T. M. Ravi is Managing Director and Co-founder of The Hive that works with entrepreneurs to help create businesses and that leverage data. Ravi has a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur and operational executive.

Most recently, Ravi was Chief Marketing Officer for Iron Mountain, a provider of information management services. Ravi joined Iron Mountain through the acquisition of Mimosa Systems, the leader in enterprise content archiving, where he was founder and chief executive officer.

Before Mimosa, Ravi was founder and CEO of Peakstone Corporation that provided performance and capacity management solutions based on Bayesian approaches. Prior to his role at Peakstone, Ravi was vice president of marketing at Computer Associates (CA), where he was responsible for the core line of CA enterprise management products, including CA Unicenter as well as the areas of application, systems and network management, software distribution, help desk, security, and storage management. Ravi joined CA through the $1.2 billion acquisition of Cheyenne Software, the market leader in backup solutions. At Cheyenne Software, he was the vice president of the company’s successful Windows NT business with products including ARCserve backup and InocuLAN antivirus. Prior to Cheyenne, Ravi founded and was chief executive officer of Media Blitz, a provider of Windows NT storage solutions that was acquired by Cheyenne Software.

Earlier in his career, Ravi worked in Hewlett-Packard’s Information Architecture Group, where he did product planning for client/server and storage solutions. Ravi earned a MS and PhD in Computer Science from UCLA and a Bachelors of Technology in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India.

Ravi serves on the board of Capacitor, a San Francisco based dance + circus group, as well as the Montalvo Art Center based in Saratoga, California.

Source: hivedata.com/tm-ravi/

Thomas M. Siebel

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, C3 IoT

Thomas M. Siebel

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

C3 IoT

@TomSiebel

https://c3iot.com/

Tom Siebel is the chairman and CEO of C3 IoT, a fast-growing computer software company that delivers a comprehensive platform as a service (PaaS) for rapidly developing and operating big data, predictive analytics, AI, and IoT applications.
As founder of Siebel Systems, one of the fastest-growing software companies, Siebel built the foundation of the CRM market. Siebel Systems became a leader in application software with revenue exceeding $2B before merging with Oracle in 2006.
Siebel is the Chairman of the Siebel Energy Institute, and serves on the College of Engineering boards at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and UC Berkeley. He is a director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Siebel received a B.A., MBA, and M.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Tim Draper

Managing Director, Draper Associates

Tim Draper

Managing Director

Draper Associates

@TimDraper

Tim Draper founded Draper Associates in July, 1985, which when joined by John Fisher and Steve Jurvetson became the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (now  DFJ). Investments include Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, Baidu, Theranos, and Overture, and others. With Draper Associates, investments include Twitch.TV, YeePay, Indiegogo, Docusign, Parametric Technology and AngelList. He founded the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture funds who work together to improve service to entrepreneurs, covering 30 cities around the world. He has been listed as #46 of the most outstanding Harvard alumni, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, #1 Most Networked Venture Capitalist by Always On, and #98 on the 2014 Worth Magazine 100 Most Powerful People in Finance.

Vincent Letteri

Managing Director, Private Equity & TMT Growth, KKR

Vincent Letteri

Managing Director, Private Equity & TMT Growth

KKR

Vincent E. Letteri (Menlo Park) is a member of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry team for KKR’s Private Equity platform. He focuses primarily on growth equity TMT investments in the Americas. Mr. Letteri originally joined KKR Capstone in 2007 before becoming a part of KKR’s TMT team in 2015. While at KKR Capstone he worked across a number of KKR portfolio companies including US Foods, Oriental Brewery, MMI, Yageo, and First Data. Mr. Letteri transferred to the Hong Kong office from 2009 to 2011 to assist in developing KKR Capstone’s Asia operations and to work with portfolio companies in the region. He also co-led KKR’s Green Portfolio Program from 2009 to 2012. Prior to KKR Capstone, Mr. Letteri worked for Nike, Inc., and McKinsey & Company in Boston, where he focused on private equity, retail, and consumer goods companies. He holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Mr. Letteri currently sits on the Board of Directors at Jitterbit, Calabrio, and Cherwell.

Yuval Rooz

COO, Digital Asset

Yuval Rooz

COO

Digital Asset

www.digitalasset.com/

Yuval was part of the founding team of Digital Asset. Yuval managed an electronic algorithmic trading desk for more than three years and has held positions at DRW Trading Group and Citadel. He has experience investing in successful startups and has significant experience managing large teams of developers in financial products and operations.

Yvonne Wassenaar

CEO, Airware

Yvonne Wassenaar

CEO

Airware

@ytechdata ‏

www.airware.com/en/

Yvonne Wassenaar empowers companies to envision their future and ensure continued relevance in an ever-changing world. Her blend of strategy consulting and corporate leadership gives her unique perspective on what it takes to craft and successfully guide executive teams through transformational change. For over 25 years, Yvonne has engaged with leaders to scale and diversify their businesses through internal innovation and acquisition. She is a thought leader in cloud, big data analytics, and business digitization with deep expertise in how to innovate with these technologies while mitigating the associated risks. Her ability to ask the right questions and help leaders articulate clear strategies that stakeholders will embrace makes Yvonne a powerful leader and C-level advisor in the digital age.

She is currently writing the new CIO playbook enabling innovation and distributed empowerment without sacrificing security, compliance, or customer experience. Yvonne is an active member of the CIO/ CTO community and has been quoted in major publications such as: the GE Global Innovation Barometer, the Forbes CIO Transformation Survey, and the WSJ. Yvonne is part of the WSJ CIO Network and has been recognized as one of the top Influential Women of 2016 by the SF Business Times.

An advocate for more diversity in tech, Yvonne serves on New Relic’s Executive Diversity Council, Board of Trustees for Harvey Mudd College and the Board of Directors for the Athena Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in technology and leadership through boardroom diversification.

Yvonne thrives in complex and ambiguous situations and loves working with other talented individuals who share her commitment to making a difference.

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