Alon Amit -- Co-Founder & VP of Product, Origami Logic

Alon has been working with huge data sets long before "big data" became a thing. His career led him from pioneering the use of data for bioinformatics and pharmaceutical development at Compugen to Google, where he led Product Management for the machine learning system powering Google's search ads.

After Google, and prior to founding Origami Logic, Alon moved on to Facebook as the lead Product Manager for the entire ads backend, where he oversaw the launch of core products such as Feed Ads and Optimized CPM.

 

Joseph Ansanelli (W'92) -- Partner, Greylock

Joseph is a Partner at Greylock focused on investing in enterprise applications, security and storage as well as new emerging mobile applications.Prior to joining Greylock, Joseph spent the majority of his career as an entrepreneur.  He was CEO and co-founded several companies including Vontu, which was acquired by Symantec in November 2007 for $350 million. Prior to Vontu, Joseph co-founded and was CEO of Connectify which was acquired by Kana and subsequently went public in 1999. Joseph also worked at Macromedia and Apple which acquired his first company, Trio Development.

Joseph is currently on the Board of Directors of LookoutSumo Logic, andTrifacta. Prior to Greylock, Joseph has individually invested and actively helped several companies including Lookout, Smartling, Pipewise, and MobileIron.  Joseph has testified before Congress on issues of consumer data security and privacy and served on the Board of the Homeless Prenatal Program, a non-profit helping homeless families to have healthy children and find permanent housing. Joseph received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he is currently a member of the Wharton Undergraduate Executive Board.  

 

Steven Bengston -- Director, Emerging Company Services (ECS) group, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Steve is Director of the Emerging Company Services (ECS) group at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  ECS acts as “mentor capitalists” for young, high potential companies.Before joining PwC, Steve had 20 years of experience in a variety of marketing, business development and general management roles at several high tech companies in the Bay Area.  Most recently, he was Pres/CEO of ynot.com, a leading international emarketing and greeting card company.   Previously, he was VP Marketing & Business Development at Worldview Systems, an Internet travel pioneer.  At Worldview, Steve helped launch and market Travelocity with Sabre Interactive. Steve has a BA in Economics and MBA from Stanford University.  He works closely or sits on the Advisory Board at Churchill Club, SVASE,  Life Science Angels,  Bay Bio, and the Stanford/MIT Venture Lab, has taught classes on start ups at UC Berkeley, San Jose State,  Santa Clara Law School, Hastings Law School, and Stanford,  and is active in a variety of other organizations in the Bay Area targeting entrepreneurs and investors. He is a frequent moderator/panelist at both university and industry sponsored events.

 

Mark Gainey -- Co-founder and CEO, Strava

Mark Gainey is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strava, a San Francisco-based technology company focused on creating an online network to connect the global community of athletes. Since its founding in 2009, Strava has grown from a handful of users to a brand that is loved by millions of athletes around the world. Most recently Mark was chairman of the company’s board of directors. Prior to Strava, he co-founded Kana Software, an enterprise software firm delivering Internet CRM solutions. He served in various capacities as CEO, president and chairman. Mark serves on the Board of Directors of Clari, OCSC and The Woodside Priory.

 

 

Christian Gheorghe -- Founder & CEO, Tidemark

Always seeking to maximize the value to users from technology innovation, Christian Gheorghe has wide-ranging entrepreneurial experience in the design, architecture, development, and deployment of enterprise performance management software. Gheorghe was formerly senior vice president and chief technology officer at SAP, where he drove the technology direction of SAP's EPM and GRC business units before, during, and after the acquisition of Business Objects. Gheorghe joined SAP from OutlookSoft, where he significantly expanded the vision of OutlookSoft's unified application platform with the release of OutlookSoft 5 and the subsequent acquisition of OutlookSoft by SAP. His successful track record of building and leading companies led to the sales of Saxe Marketing (marketing analytics), Customer Insight (customer relationship management), TIAN Software (business activity monitoring), and OutlookSoft (corporate performance management).

 

Michael Goguen -- Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital

Michael L. Goguen has been a Managing Partner at Sequoia Capital for over 17 years, where he focuses on infrastructure and technology investments. He is a Director of Cellworks, Click Security, Clickatell, Elevate, Infoblox (BLOX), OpenDNS, Quantenna, R2 Semiconductor, Tula Technologies, Versa Networks, and vIPtela. Michael led Sequoia's investments in Ardent (CSCO), Avanex (AVNX), Cumulus Networks, LitePoint (TER), LogLogic (TIBX), MaxComm (CSCO), Monterey Networks (CSCO), Navini (CSCO), Netiverse (CSCO), NetScreen (JNPR), Pipelinks (CSCO), Redback Networks (RBAK), Spatial Wireless (ALU), Springbank (CacheFlow), ThinkFinance, Versatile (VTSS), Virident (WDC), VitalSigns (ALU), Yago Systems (Cabletron), and many others. Before joining Sequoia Capital in 1996, Michael spent 10 years in various engineering, research and product management roles at DEC, SynOptics and Centillion and was a director of Engineering at Bay Networks (Nortel). Michael also served as a Technical Chairman of the ATM Forum. Michael holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

 

Jeff Grabow--US Venture Capital Leader, EY

Jeff has more than 25 years of experience with high technology startup companies in Silicon Valley. As the firm’s West Region Venture Capital Leader, Jeff works directly with rapidly growing, venture-backed companies and venture capitalists. Jeff is frequently quoted in the press regarding trends in venture capital and the IPO market.

In addition to a wealth of knowledge for emerging and start-up companies, Jeff brings expertise in relationship building, business development and relationship management with a focus on high growth enterprises. His expertise includes a concrete knowledge of Silicon Valley and the needs of its entrepreneurs. 

Jeff brings his industry insights to bear in the EY Silicon Valley Contract CFO roundtable series, which focuses on venture finance, privacy and security, founder’s liquidity, exit readiness and other topics critical to the success of high growth company CEOs and CFOs. He is passionate about providing early stage companies opportunities to exploit global markets and promote rapid growth.

 

Thomas Y. Lee -- Assistant Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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Thomas Lee served as an Assistant Professor at the Wharton School from 2002 - 2009. He moved to San Francisco in 2009 and teaches courses on Web innovation and product design at Wharton's San Francisco campus. He conducts research on information and communication technologies to support innovation and new product development. Specifically, he develops and applies text and data mining methods to user-generated content. His goal is to discover and select opportunities for product and service innovation. Recent research has mined the text of online customer reviews to induce market structure and mined electronic medical records to redesign emergency department healthcare service processes.

He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from MIT's Engineering Systems Division and B.A. and B.S. degrees in Political Science and Symbolic Systems (Artificial Intelligence) from Stanford University. He has served as a visiting scientist at the Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a research engineer at the MITRE Corporation, and as a contractor for DynCorp-Meridian supporting the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency doing research on Internet privacy and security.

 

Leonard M. Lodish -- Samuel R. Harrell Emeritus Professor, Marketing, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Leonard M. Lodish is the Samuel R. Harrell Emeritus Professor in the Marketing Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Leader of the Wharton Global Consulting Practicum (GCP) that has subsidiary partnerships with leading business schools in Israel, Chile, Peru, China, Taiwan, India, UAE, and Spain.  Through the GCP program, groups of Wharton MBA's work with MBA students at the partner institution on real projects to help a foreign client company leverage a relationship with North America or a North American firm leverage a relationship with the partner country. Len was the initial Vice Dean for Wharton’s San Francisco campus from 2001-2009 and is currently Senior Advisor in San Francisco. He was also the first Wharton Vice Dean for Social Impact from 2009-2012.

In 1995, he initiated, developed, and currently teaches Wharton’s Entrepreneurial Marketing MBA Course and wrote Entrepreneurial Marketing: Lessons from Wharton’s Pioneering MBA Course, with Howard L. Morgan, and Amy Kallianpur, published in 2001 by John Wiley. In 2007 Wharton Publishing published Marketing that Works: How Entrepreneurial Marketing can Add Sustainable Value to Any Sized Company, written by Len, Howard Morgan, and Shellye Archambeau.  He has published over 60 articles, is active as an editor in leading Marketing and Management Science Journals, and is the author of The Advertising and Promotion Challenge: Vaguely Right or Precisely Wrong, published by Oxford University Press. Len is also the co-founder and co-director of the Wharton-INSEAD “Leading the Effective Sales Force” executive program which is delivered each year in Singapore, Fontainebleau, and Philadelphia.

Professor Lodish's primary research and consulting areas are in entrepreneurial marketing, strategic and tactical marketing resource planning, marketing decision support systems, and applications in firm/marketing strategy, sales force, advertising, and promotion planning.  In 1987 he led a team that won the Franz Edelman Award for Management Science Practical Achievement from the Institute of Management Sciences for a sales force sizing and deployment model responsible for a sales increase of $25 million annually at Syntex Laboratories.

He has been a Corporate Director of public company: J&J Snack Foods, Inc since 1992. He also is or was a director or advisory board member of private companies – Compete.com,  DVtel, Diapers.com (now Quidsi and part of Amazon), Milo.com (now part of Ebay), Notehall Inc (now a subsidiary of Chegg, Inc.)., Oxicool, Inc., Sight Machine, InfoScout, Realfood Works, and Powergetics,Inc, (now STEM)., as well as an advisor to First Round Capital, Vintage Venture Funds, Mentor Tech Funds, Lumia Capital, and the Jerusalem Global Venture Funds.  Len was the first outside director of Diapers.com which was the fastest growing Internet retailer for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and was sold to Amazon.com for over $500 million in 2011. Len was also the first outside director of Milo.com that was sold in 2010 to eBay for over $70 million after only 2 years in business. Professor Lodish has consulted with many major firms world wide, including Procter and Gamble, Anheuser Busch, Syntex Laboratories, Merck and Company, McNeil Consumer Products Company, the Campbells Soup Company, Bentley Systems, Inc., Merrill Lynch, the Coca-Cola Company, and Walsh/PMSI.

Len received a Ph.D. (Marketing and Operations Research) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management in 1968 and an A.B. (Mathematics) from Kenyon College in 1965.

In 1996 Len and his wife Susan pedaled their tandem bicycle across the U.S., and since then have done long distance bicycle rides each year which have raised over $1,300,000 for the A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association .  Len is a licensed sailplane pilot and ardent bicycle commuter.

 

Fred Reid -- Senior Advisor to LEK Consulting & Founding CEO, Virgin America

Fred Reid is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. During his career of over twenty-five years in the aviation industry, he has earned an international reputation as a leader who has grown and strengthened businesses, with particular focus on customer service, brand-building and complex global operations.From the mid-1970s to early 1990s, Mr. Reid held marketing and management positions with Pan American World Airways and American Airlines. He was the first U.S. national to lead a major international airline when he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Lufthansa German Airlines. Mr. Reid developed strategic international alliances for Lufthansa and helped to privatize the airline and return the company to profitability.During his tenure as president of Delta Airlines, Mr. Reid led the creation of the airline's low-fare 'Song'- branded airline and headed Delta Connection, the world's largest fleet of regional jets. He also built SkyTeam, regarded as the most integrated global airline alliance, and directed the successful acquisition of regional carriers ASA and Comair by Delta.Mr. Reid's executive management background includes experience at four of the world's major airlines, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America. He joined Virgin in 2004 and shaped America's next generation airline from the ground up. On August 25, 2008 Mr. Reid joined Bombardier as President of Flexjet and Skyjet U.S.

 

Heidi Roizen -- Operating Partner, DFJ

Heidi Roizen is Operating Partner at DFJ. She has spent her life immersed in the Silicon Valley ecosystem as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, educator and member of the boards of directors of private and public companies, trade associations and nonprofit institutions.

After receiving her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University, Heidi co-founded T/Maker Company (an early personal computer software company) in 1983, where she served as CEO from inception through its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation in 1994. In 1996, Heidi joined Apple as Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations. From there, Heidi entered the venture capital world, serving as a Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital from 1999 to 2007.

Heidi is also a Fenwick and West Entrepreneurship Educator in the Department of Engineering at Stanford University, where she teaches the course Spirit of Entrepreneurship. Heidi is a member of the boards of directors DMGT (LSE:DMGT), ShareThis and XTime, and serves on the advisory boards of Springboard Enterprises and the National Center for Women in Information Technology.

 

Dan Rosensweig -- President and Chief Executive Officer, Chegg

As a tireless advocate for empowering students, Dan Rosensweig joined Chegg where the transformation of learning is in motion. Dan identified an opportunity to extend student success, by creating a disruptive force for good, within the $1 trillion dollar U.S. education market. As Chairman and CEO of Chegg, Dan commits the company to fulfilling its mission of putting students first and helping them save time, save money and get smarter. Under Dan’s direction, Chegg is the Student Hub, the leading student-first connected learning platform that brings together people who want to learn with the tools and resources that accelerate achievement of their educational goals. Prior to his success in leading high growth consumer businesses, which includes being CEO of Guitar Hero and COO of Yahoo!, Dan received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York. When Dan isn't attending a Springsteen concert or enjoying quality time with his wife and two college-aged daughters, he sits on the Board of Trustees of Colgate University, participates on the Advisory Board of the non-profit DonorsChoose.org, contributes as member of the Executives in Residence program at Columbia University and resides on the Board of Directors of Rent the Runway, Adobe Systems, Inc. and Reputation.com.

 

Carl Showalter -- General Partner, Opus Capital

Carl Showalter is investing in data center, cloud, wireless and enterprise SaaS startups and brings more than 12 years of operating experience to Opus. Previously, Carl was a General Partner with Lightspeed Venture Partners.Prior to this Carl served as Vice President of Marketing at Juniper Networks, where he built and led a global marketing and product management organization. Before Juniper, Carl was Vice President of Dial and Broadband Services for UUNET, overseeing the 300-person, $1B revenue division.

He also held various sales and management positions at ANS, an AOL company, where he helped build AO's modem access network and then helped launch hardware-based firewalls and IP VPNs in the mid 1990s. Carl began his career at Bellcore, focusing on network security and data service delivery. At Bellcore, Carl performed logical and physical attacks on phone company infrastructure, helping them fix these vulnerabilities. Carl holds a BS degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MS degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.

 

Davis Smith (WG'11 G'11) -- Founder and CEO, Cotopaxi

Davis Smith is the founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear company with a humanitarian mission. Davis was previously the founder and Co-CEO of Baby.com.br and Dinda.com.br, Brazil's leading e-commerce retailer in the baby space and "Startup of the Year 2012."

In 2004, he co-founded PoolTables.com, America's largest pool table retailer, which he later sold.

Davis is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BA) and the University of Pennsylvania's Lauder Institute (MA) and Wharton School (MBA).

 

Doug Tomlinson (WG'99) -- CEO, Vino Volo

Doug Tomlinson serves as Chief Executive Officer of Vino Volo. Mr. Tomlinson has over 16 years of career success in launching and spinning off new businesses. He has helped several Fortune 500 clients start new businesses or divisions and has been featured as a cover author in Harvard Business Review.  Previously, he was a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting and earned his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Randy Williams -- Founder & CEO, Keiretsu, Forum

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Randy Williams founded Keiretsu Forum in September 2000 to provide a disciplined and structured approach to angel investing. Mr. Williams’s passion for investing and bringing together like-minded community leaders has created a powerful and giving environment for entrepreneurs. With over 1,100 angel investor members throughout 34 chapters on 3 continents Keiretsu Forum is the largest angel investment community in the World.

Mr. Williams is also the founder of the Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation. Since its inception in 2001, 114 deserving charities have been granted sizable donations. The goal of the Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation is to grant $250,000 annually, to worthy local charities throughout the Keiretsu Forum regional chapters.

Mr. Williams has 30 years of experience in finance, real estate, and marketing including in various alternative asset classes. Mr. Williams was co-founder and Director of Diablo Valley Bank. Mr. Williams was President of Pacific Union Commercial Brokerage, founder of the LaMorinda Bank, and Managing Director of Kennedy-Wilson International, an international real estate investment company.

Mr. Williams is a frequent guest speaker at investment conferences, leading universities, and business schools on alternative asset investment and entrepreneurialism. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters degree from St. Mary’s College of California.

 

Karen White -- President and COO, Addepar

As President and COO, Karen is focused on scaling operations and expanding globally, managing sales, marketing, business development, finance, operations and human resources. Karen has spent over 25 years in the technology industry as a successful operating executive and investor focused on enterprise and business software.

Karen was most recently CEO and Chairman of Syncplicity, where she grew the company to more than 30,000 business customers over 3 years, leading to its acquisition by EMC. Previously, Karen led worldwide corporate and business development at SolarWinds, a high growth network management software company. She joined the team while they were still privately held and the company debuted it's successful IPO in May 2009. Before SolarWinds, Karen served as managing director at Pequot Ventures, a private equity firm with $1.8 billion under management, where she established and led the software investing team in Silicon Valley.

Karen was senior vice president at Oracle from 1993-2000, most recently heading worldwide business development. In her seven years at Oracle, she held a variety of executive management positions reporting to CEO Larry Ellison and President Ray Lane, including senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

 

Ann Winblad -- Co-founder, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and over 30 years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.

Ann began her career as a systems programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1976 Ann co-founded Open Systems, Inc., a top selling accounting software company, with a $500 investment. She operated Open Systems profitably for six years and then sold it for over $15 million. Prior to co-founding Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Ann served as a strategy consultant for prestigious clients such as IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. In addition, Ann has co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications. Ann received a BA in mathematics and in business administration from the College of St. Catherine, as well as an MA in education and international economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of St. Thomas.

Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies and currently serves as a director of Ace MetrixMuleSoftSonatypeVoltage Security and OptiMine. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas and a Board member of the Richard Schulze Family Foundation. Ann is an advisor to numerous entrepreneur groups, as well as former Chairperson of SV Forum.