Talks & Interviews

The Montgomery Summit talks, interviews, and panels feature global thought leaders sharing crucial insights about trends in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Talks & Interviews from the 2019 Montgomery Summit are listed below.
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Our talks and interviews unfold in a unique space set as a café-style venue for up to 50.

We host talks and interviews on subjects related to innovation, creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship—covering a range of topics, including design innovation, emerging markets, the changing nature of relationships, healthcare, corporate venturing, and innovation in corporate M&A. Our hosts—nationally recognized experts and journalists—introduce our resources, who give talks or interviews for 15-20 minutes, followed with discussion and interaction with participants.

Salon: Changing the Way America Eats
Wednesday, 3/6; 8:30 AM, Blue Room

Participants

Nick Green, CEO, Thrive Market
Nick Stone, Founder & CEO, Bluestone Lane
Matt Higgins, Co-Founder & CEO, RSE Ventures

Moderator

Josh McClung, Director of Cleantech Strategy & Investments, Cox Enterprises

Description

Enjoy a “Millennial’s Breakfast” of avocado toast and açai bowls as you discover how America’s obsession with food continues to create new business opportunities. The CEOs of Thrive Market (Nick Green) and Bluestone Lane (Nick Stone) will discuss how their young companies are benefitting from the evolving tastes of American eaters while Josh McClung of Cox Enterprises shares how and why the iconic 121-year-old conglomerate is betting much of its future on emerging trends in food production and consumption.

Salon: Providing Financial Accessibility for the “Unbanked”
Wednesday, 3/6; 9:30 AM, Blue Room

Participants

Ram Palaniappan, Founder & CEO, Earnin
Shivani Siroya, Founder & CEO, Tala
Jimmy Chen, Founder & CEO, Propel
Angela Galardi Ceresnie, CEO, Climb Credit

Moderator

Hans Morris, Managing Partner, Nyca Partners

Description

2 billion people are still unbanked globally. This presents major challenges to those individuals—and a massive untapped market opportunity for fintech innovators. The CEOs of Earnin (Ram Palanianppan), Tala (Shivani Siroya), Propel (Jimmy Chen), and Climb Credit (Angela Ceresnie) will explore how companies can make a positive impact by serving the unbanked in this discussion with fintech expert Hans Morris of Nyca Partners.

Keynote Interview: Fireside Chat with Adena Friedman, Nasdaq
Wednesday, 3/6; 10:30 AM, Starlight (Presented by Nasdaq)

Participants

Adena Friedman, President & CEO, Nasdaq

Moderator

Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute

Salon: Subscribed with Tien Tzuo
Wednesday, 3/6; 11:30 AM, Blue Room

Participants

Tien Tzuo, Founder and CEO, Zuora, Inc.

Moderator

Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes

Description

Tien Tzuo helped bring the SaaS model into the mainstream as CMO and then CSO of Salesforce. As founder and CEO of Zuora, he built a platform that allows companies of all sizes to provide subscription offerings. Learn how the subscription model has evolved over the past 20 years—and why it may be the key to sustainable growth in companies across industries. Book signing to follow.

Fireside Chat: Thomas M. Siebel, C3
Wednesday, 3/6; 12:00 PM, Wedgewood (Presented by EY)

Participants

Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman and CEO, C3

Moderator

Nehal Raj, Partner, TPG

Introduced by

David Jolley, Americas Growth Markets Leader, EY

Salon: Accenture Technology Vision 2019: The Post-Digital Future
Wednesday, 3/6; 2:00 PM, Blue Room (Presented by Accenture)

Participants

Michael Redding, Managing Director, Accenture Ventures

Moderator

Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes

Description

Innovations are useless if they aren’t introduced to the right people and companies at the right times. Accenture helps drive meaningful innovation by partnering with emerging companies to bring their products and technologies to market. Get a look at the “Post-Digital” future envisioned by Accenture Venture’s Mike Redding in this discussion with Forbes’ Publisher and innovation guru, Rich Karlgaard.

Future of Venture Capital
Wednesday, 3/6; 3:00 PM, Blue Room (Presented by March Capital Partners)

Participants

Joe Landy, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Warburg Pincus
Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder & Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Nik Rizal Kamil, Executive Director, Investments, Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Moderator

Sumant Mandal, Managing Director, March Capital Partners

Description

Decacorns. Megafunds. “Super-giant” funding rounds. The VC world is in a state of flux, especially when it comes to later-stage investments. Highly knowledgeable and exceptionally qualified VC investors will share their perspectives on how VC investing will continue to evolve and how you can position yourself to benefit from these developments.

Building a True Brand with Rothy’s
Wednesday, 3/6; 3:30 PM, Blue Room

Participants

Stephen Hawthornwaite, Founder & CEO, Rothy’s

Moderator

Nicole Quinn, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Description

Rothy’s incredibly popular women’s shoes are comfortable, washable, and—to many consumers’ surprise—made from recycled single-use plastics. Rothy’s Founder & CEO Stephen Hawthornwaite will share how he’s aligned positive environmental impact with business success in a discussion with Nicole Quinn of Lightspeed Venture Partners, one of the company’s earliest investors.

Panel: Building a Successful Technology Company
Wednesday, 3/6; 4:10 PM, Starlight Ballroom

Participants

Deb Kilpatrick, CEO, Evidation Health
May Habib, Co-Founder & CEO, Qordoba
Liz Maida, Co-Founder & CEO, Uplevel

Moderator

Niloo Howe, Technology Investor, Executive, & Entrepreneur

Building a Consumer Brand
Wednesday, 3/6; 5:00 PM, Starlight Ballroom

Participants

Jennifer Yen, Creator/CEO, purlisse | YENSA beauty
Jill Layfield, Co-Founder & CEO, Tamara Mellon Brand
Trina Speer, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, FIGS

Moderator

Nicole Quinn, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Closing Remarks
Wednesday, 3/6; 5:55 PM, Starlight Ballroom

Participants

Niloo Howe, Technology Executive, Entrepreneur, & Investor
Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder & Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Meredith Finn, Partner, March Capital Partners

Salon: Unlocking the Potential of 5G
Thursday, 3/7, 8:30 AM, Blue Room

Participants

Mo Katibeh, Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Business

Moderator

Pankaj Patel, Senior Advisor, March Capital Partners

Description

Who wouldn’t want more G’s? 5G technology has potential to disrupt everything from consumer entertainment to industrial manufacturing with decreased latency and increased network capacity. Mo Katibeh, CMO of AT&T Business, will explore this evolution as moderator Pankaj Patel, former head of development for Cisco Systems and current advisor to March Capital Partners, helps cut through the hype to extract actionable insights.

Salon: Investing in New Paradigms of Computing
Thursday, 3/7; 9:30 AM, Blue Room (Presented by Dell)

Participants

Daniel Docter, Managing Director, Dell Technologies Capital
Jeffrey Black, Director, Verizon Ventures
Dave Johnson, Managing Director, Intel Capital
Michael Redding, Managing Director, Accenture Ventures

Moderator

Jonathan Shieber, Senior Editor, TechCrunch

Description

Computing has long been one of the world’s fastest-changing industries, and the pace of change has only increased. How can legacy computing companies maintain competitive advantage in this dynamic environment? Find out how corporate venture investors help some of world’s best-established computing companies stay on the technological cutting edge by investing in emerging technologies with transformative potential.

Keynote Panel: Frontiers of Cybersecurity Innovation
Thursday, 3/7; 10:00 AM, Wedgewood

Participants

Ellison Anne Williams, Founder & CEO, Enveil
Karim Hijazi, Founder & CEO, Prevailion
Terry Dunlap, Co-Founder & CTO, ReFirm
Gregg Smith, Co-Founder & CEO, Attila

Moderator

Bob Ackerman, Founder & Managing Director, AllegisCyber

Salon: Future of Wellbeing and Technology
Thursday, 3/7; 11:30 AM, Blue Room

Participants

Deepak Chopra, MD, FACS, Founder, The Chopra Foundation

Moderator

Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute

Description

Michael Milken is a global leader in finance, medical research, and philanthropy. Join Michael as he discusses major issues facing investors in the innovation economy, from human capital challenges to the free enterprise system, in this intimate discussion with Forbes’s Rich Karlgaard.

Lunch Keynote: Martin Schroeter, IBM
Thursday, 3/7; 12:30pm – 2:00pm (Lunch), Starlight

Audience Entrance & Seating: 12:30 pm – 12:55 pm

Introductory Remarks: 12:55 pm – 1:00 pm

Fireside Chat with Martin Schroeter – 1:00 pm – 1:45pm

Participants

Martin Schroeter, Senior Vice President, Global Markets, IBM

Moderator

Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes

Salon: Entertainment, Sports, & esports
Thursday, 3/7; 2:30 PM, Blue Room

Participants

Noah Whinston, Executive Chairman, Immortals
Peter Levin, President, Interactive Ventures, Games & Digital Strategy; Co-Chairman, Immortals
George Pappas, Vice President, Global Partnerships, AEG

Moderator

Gregory Milken, Managing Director, March Capital Partners

Description

Let’s get ready to rumble! Already the undisputed entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles has solidified its position as one of the most important global hubs for the rapidly-growing, billion-dollar market. Senior leaders from LA’s biggest eSports team (Immortals), the world’s largest sports events and arenas company (AEG), and a traditional content producer staking a claim in eSports (Lionsgate) will explore emerging business opportunities in a discussion led by one of LA’s most prominent e-sports investors, Gregory Milken of March Capital Partners.

Fireside Chat with Mike Milken
Thursday, 3/7; 3:00 PM, Blue Room

Participants

Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute

Moderator

Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes

Description

Debates over the safety of football have gained increased attention in recent years. How can amateur and professional leagues maintain the spirit of the sport while ensuring players’ wellbeing? Industry leaders will dive headfirst into the future of the sport and some of the potential technological solutions for this major problem.

Salon: Future of InsurTech
Wednesday, 3/6; 9:00 AM, Blue Room

Participants

Jamie Hale, CEO & Co-Founder, Ladder Life
Wayne Peacock, Head of Insurance, USAA
Mike Kalen, CEO, Covr Financial Technologies
Akshay Naheta, Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisors

Moderator

Alex Niehenke, Partner, Scale Venture Partners

Description

Sci-fi seems to be becoming reality quicker than ever with increased adoption of AI, analytics and connected devices (IoT)—all resources that insurance companies can leverage. Learn how new entrants and legacy providers make the most of emerging technologies to reshape the consumer insurance landscape.

Keynote Interview: Fireside Chat with Dan Schulman, PayPal
Wednesday, 3/6; 10:00 AM, Starlight

Participants

Dan Schulman, President & CEO, PayPal

Moderator

Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute

Salon: Innovation in Payments
Wednesday, 3/6; 11:00 AM, Starlight Ballroom

Participants

Larissa Maranhão, Community and Growth, Brex
Richie Serna, CEO & Co-Founder, Finix Payments
Paresh Patel, Founder & CEO, PayRange

Moderator

Dana Stalder, General Partner, Matrix Partners

Description

Non-cash transactions exceed $500B globally. In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, consumers and corporations have grown to expect and rely upon seamless online transactions. Executives from leading technology companies will share how they are increasing capital accessibility and decreasing business friction through novel approaches to payments.

Salon: More Than Just Money: Innovation Through Market Based Management
Wednesday, 3/6; 12:00 PM, Blue Room

Participants

Jason Ilian, Managing Director, Koch Disruptive Industries
Mark Johnson, Co-Founder & CEO, Descartes Labs
Will Freiberg, President & COO, Mesosphere

Moderator

Drew Oetting, Partner, 8VC

Description

Koch Industries’ philosophy of “Market Based Management” is the cornerstone of the conglomerate’s approach to growth and innovation. Learn how this concept has shaped Koch Disruptive Technologies’ investment thesis and allowed the firm to add value to cutting-edge technology companies. Jason Illian, Managing Director of Koch Disruptive Technologies, will join us from Wichita with portfolio company Mesosphere (Will Freiberg) and business partner Descartes Labs (Mark Johnson) in a conversation moderated by Drew Oetting from 8VC.

Lunch Keynote: Fireside Chat with John Chambers, JC2 Ventures & Carmine Di Sibio, EY
Wednesday, 3/6; 12:30pm – 2:00pm (Lunch), Starlight (Presented by EY)

Audience Entrance & Seating: 12:30 pm – 12:55 pm

Introductory Remarks: 12:55 pm – 1:00 pm

Fireside Chat with John Chambers & Carmine Di Sibio 1:00 pm – 1:45pm

Participants

Carmine Di Sibio, Global Chairman and CEO-elect, EY

Moderator

John Chambers, Founder & CEO, JC2 Ventures

Demystifying Asia
Wednesday, 3/6; 2:30 PM, Blue Room (Presented by DC Advisory)

Participants

Gen Isayama, General Partner & CEO, World Innovation Lab (WiL)
Richard Madden, CEO, DC Advisory
Oskar Miel, Managing Partner, Rakuten Capital

Moderator

Scott Wieler, Chairman, DC Advisory

Description

Over 4.5 billion people live in Asia, representing nearly 60% of the world’s population and the only two countries with over 1 billion citizens. How can investors and entrepreneurs tap into the extraordinary opportunities presented by these markets? Experts with decades of experience investing and operating in these markets will tell you where to start.

Fireside Chat: ASAPP with John Chambers, JC2 Ventures
Wednesday, 3/6; 3:30 PM, Wedgewood (Presented by March Capital Partners)

Participants

Gustavo Sapoznik, Founder & CEO, ASAPP

Moderator

John Chambers, Founder & CEO, JC2 Ventures

Welcoming Comments and Introductions
Wednesday, 3/6; 4:00 PM, Starlight Ballroom

Participants

Meredith Finn, Partner, March Capital Partners

Fireside Chat: Changing the Way America Eats
Wednesday, 3/6; 4:35 PM, Starlight Ballroom

Participants

Katlin Smith, Founder & CEO, Simple Mills

Moderator

Kerry Dolan, Assistant Managing Editor, Forbes

Keynote Fireside Chat: Wag!
Wednesday, 3/6; 5:35 PM, Starlight Ballroom

Participants

Hilary Schneider, CEO, Wag!

Moderator

Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder & Partner, Scale Venture Partners

Breakfast Salon: Corporate Venture X.0
Thursday, 3/7; 7:30 AM, Blue Room (Presented by March Capital Partners)

Participants

Phoebe Peronto, Principal, Salesforce Ventures
James Cross, Vice President of Strategy, Workday
Leo de Luna, Managing Director, M12
Zain Gulamali, Venture Investor, Amazon Alexa Fund
Matt Nerlinger, Corporate Development and Ventures, ServiceNow

Moderator

Meredith Finn, Partner, March Capital Partners

Description

Corporate VC investments reached an all-time high of $53B globally in 2018, up almost 50% from the record set in 2017. How has this impacted corporate strategy, traditional VC investing, and fundraising? Leaders from Salesforce Ventures, Microsoft’s M12, Amazon’s Corporate Development and Venture group, ServiceNow, and Workday will share their insights in a session moderated by former corporate VC and current partner at March Capital Partners, Meredith Finn.

Salon: Private Company Liquidity
Thursday, 3/7; 9:00 AM, Blue Room (Presented by Carta)

Participants

Andrea Lamari, Liquidity Solutions, Carta
Rob Ackerman, Director and Co-Founder, Founders Equity Partners
Larissa Maranhão, Community and Growth, Brex

Moderator
Description

You’ve got a unicorn, but do you know how to milk it? Venture-backed companies are staying private for longer—and at higher valuations—than ever before. This evolution, facilitated by the rise of superfunds and a decline in private company IPOs, has radically changed investment dynamics and exit timelines. Experts will share their perspectives on how founders, investors, and employees can secure much-needed liquidity while continuing to act as responsible stewards of their companies’ futures.

Keynote Panel: Societal Implications of AI
Thursday, 3/7; 10:00 AM, Starlight (Presented by EY)

Participants

Keith Strier, EY Global and EY Americas Advisory Leader for AI, EY
Amir Husain, Founder & CEO, SparkCognition
Priya Vijayarajendran, CTO & Vice President – Applied AI, IBM Global Business Services
Gustavo Sapoznik, Founder & CEO, ASAPP

Moderator

Quentin Hardy, Head of Editorial, Google Cloud

Description

Countless books and movies have touched on what society might look like as AI emerges or even ‘takes over’. Experts actually developing these technologies will tell you about the real impacts AI will have on business and culture.

Salon: Exit Alternatives: The Current Landscape
Thursday, 3/7; 11:00 AM, Blue Room (Presented by Vista Equity Partners)

Participants

Alan Cline, Principal, Vista Equity
Jeffrey Thomas, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services business unit, Nasdaq
Matt Nerlinger, Corporate Development and Ventures, ServiceNow

Moderator

Tej Shah, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

Description

Fewer companies are seeking IPOs, PE activity continues to increase, and global M&A activity has reached all-time highs. Will these trends continue or will a new exit status quo emerge? More importantly, what’s the best route for your company to take?  Experts will share their perspectives on how to achieve favorable exits in this new investment landscape.

Salon: The Reading Mind in the Digital Age
Thursday, 3/7; 12:00 PM, Blue Room

Participants

Maryanne Wolf, Director, UCLA Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice

Moderator

Pat McGovern, Director, McGovern Foundation

Description

Has the digital revolution changed the way we think? As the reading brain adapts to the realities of a digital-first world, what will happen to our capacities for critical thought, deep reading, and sustained focus? Anyone with children at home should be especially interested in this discussion with Maryanne Wolf, Director of UCLA Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice and Pat McGovern, Director of the neuroscience and technology-focused McGovern Foundation. Book signing to follow.

Salon: Quantum: The Next Frontier
Thursday, 3/7; 2:00 PM, Blue Room

Introduced By

Jed Leidheiser, Partner, March Capital Partners

Participants

Ilyas Kahn, CEO & Co-Founder, Cambridge Quantum Computing
Carl Dukatz, Quantum Computing Program Lead, Accenture
Harmut Neven, Engineering Director, Google (Confirmed)
Terence Rudolph, Co-Founder, Psi Quantum (Confirmed)

Moderator

Shaun Maguire, Partner, GV

Description

Imagine everything you can do online today—from shopping to email to banking—disappearing overnight. Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize our relationship with technology, destroying the digital status-quo while presenting incredible new opportunities. The question is no longer if but when—and how—quantum computing will become viable. Join us for an informative session on the frontiers of quantum with guests including Ilyas Kahn, CEO of Cambridge Quantum Computing, and Shaun McGuire, Partner at GV (f.k.a. Google Ventures).

Salon: Innovation Across America: Non-Traditional Locations for Venture Investing
Thursday, 3/7; 3:30 pm, Blue Room

Participants

Tim Draper, Managing Director, Draper Associates
Chris Olsen, Partner, Drive Capital
Jase Wilson, CEO, Neighborly

Moderator

Sarah McBride, Reporter, Bloomberg

Description

We’ve all heard about Silicon Valley, Alley, and Beach.  However, if the world is as accessible and interconnected as everyone claims, why are a handful of cities—or neighborhoods—sucking up such a large proportion of venture funding?  It’s time to rethink the geography of your investment strategy, especially as tax incentives including Opportunity Zone designations have enhanced the appeal of investing in less “traditional” areas.

Keynote: Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike
Thursday, 3/7; 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Starlight

Participants

Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder & CTO, CrowdStrike

Moderator

James Montgomery, Managing Director, March Capital Partners

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