Jennifer Carolan, General Partner, Co-Founder, Reach Capital
Jennifer Carolan is General Partner and Co-Founder at Reach Capital. Jennifer began her career in teaching and soon became interested in differentiated learning and technology tools. After studying at the Stanford School of Education, where she also taught, Jennifer joined NewSchools in 2006 and co-founded the Seed Fund in 2011. She has led over 40 investments and sits on the boards of six edtech companies. Jennifer developed a math camp for her kids and their friends, scuba dives with her daughter, and learns piano with her sons.
Ankur Jain, Co-founder, VAMA
Ankur has 15 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur and operational executive. Ankur is co-founder of VAMA, a company that develops new generation of targeted products for insect control. Prior to that, Ankur was a venture investor at Nexus Ventures, an international venture capital firm with $1B under management. Previously, Ankur was with Blumberg Capital, another venture capital firm with $300M under management. Ankur has been a board member or observer for over a dozen companies and helped them with strategy, business development, hiring, exit planning and financing. Prior to that, Ankur did strategy consulting at Accenture across a range of verticals including healthcare, financial services and technology. Earlier, Ankur led product teams at Andiamo Systems and later Cisco which acquired Andiamo in 2004. Prior to that, Ankur held engineering roles at Softaware Networks and later at Digital Island which acquired Softaware Networks in 2000. Ankur holds a Bachelors in in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Delhi, an Masters in Computer Science from UCLA, and an MBA in Management from the Wharton School where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. Ankur is also a co-inventor for five technology patents.
Dr. Vik Bakhru, Chief Operating Officer, First Opinion
Dr. Vik Bakhru is currently the Chief Operating Officer of First Opinion, Inc., a venture backed, mobile health start-up based in San Francisco. Before First Opinion, Vik served as Chief Medical Officer for Abercrombie & Kent Global Health, a Fortress Investment Group portfolio company that facilitates high quality, affordable medical travel. In addition, Vik worked as a Director at New York Presbyterian Hospital/The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New York City where he managed an annual spend base of approximately $600 million for the purchase of all clinical goods and services. Prior to his role at NYP, Vik worked with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), a non-profit he founded while completing his medical degree at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Washington, DC. FIMRC (www.fimrc.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing health care access to children in underserved areas of the developing world. FIMRC now boasts a team of over 3,000 full-time staff and volunteers who work hard to further develop FIMRC's self-sustainable revenue model and the world's first non-monetary model of micro-health insurance. Vik earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The George Washington University as part of the Seven-Year Integrated Medical Program. After his undergraduate and medical education in Washington, DC, Vik pursued a surgical residency in Philadelphia and subsequently earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Vik serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Nanubhai Education Foundation (www.nanubhai.org), Aspire Global Health (www.aspireglobalhealth.org) and FIMRC. Vik’s professional affiliations include membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Medical Association.
Stephanie Marrus, Director, Entrepreneurship Center, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Stephanie Marrus is Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the leading graduate healthcare/life science and medical institution in the US. Her mission is to help start companies from UCSF inventions and to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University. Since joining in 2012, she has built a robust series of courses and programs that is creating a vibrant entrepreneurial community on Campus. During a 25-year plus business career, she has worked with hundreds of companies in science- and technology-based industries as a corporate executive, business consultant and mentor, many with their technological roots at MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford and UCSF. In addition to her business career, she served as Deputy Secretary of Economic Affairs for a Massachusetts governor where she led economic development, business policy and chaired an environmental cleanup fund board. She has been president of a medical research foundation and serves on the advisory board of a social venture startup accelerator. Stephanie has had roles as CEO, COO and VP Business Development for public and private companies, led business development and M&A transactions, headed corporate development, strategy, marketing, communications and investor relations. Her sector experience is in technology, life sciences/healthcare and consumer products. She has translated her business experience to the classroom and teaches experiential courses in entrepreneurship globally. In addition to holding the title of Lecturer at UCSF and teaching at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, she has lectured in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. She has been affiliated with Stanford University’s Technology Ventures Program and UC Berkeley’s entrepreneurship programs. She has partnered with educator Steve Blank under a National Science Foundation program to create Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences/Healthcare at UCSF, a course now adopted by the National Institutes of Health. Her academic titles have included Faculty at UC Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Entrepreneur –in-Residence for the Global Entrepreneurial Marketing Course at Stanford, Adjunct Professor, St. Petersburg State University Graduate School of Management, Russia; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Lecturer at UCSF. She has been regular faculty at the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo Startup Academy in Russia and Silicon Valley. She has been a guest speaker in Saudi Arabia under the sponsorship of Princess Sitah Bint Abdullah Al-Saud, daughter of King Abdullah; the US Consulate General and the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce. She has taught at Tsinghua University, Beijing, at ESADE Business School, Barcelona, in Argentina, Chile and Mexico. She participated in the 2nd Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Istanbul and attended the US Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission meeting on innovation in Moscow. Stephanie is the author of a book on strategic planning published by John Wiley and sold worldwide. Her views on entrepreneurship in emerging markets have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Moscow News and AmericaEconomia.
Howie Xu, EIR, Greylock Partners
Howie is an Executive In Residence at Greylock Partners. Prior, he was a senior engineering executive at Cisco, Big Switch Networks, and VMware. During his decade long tenure at VMware, Howie helped to scale the company from a start-up with ~10 developers/~nil revenue on server virtualization to an software giant with $4B in revenue and 14,000+ employees. He led the VMware's networking team that invented the disruptive network virtualization technology, which led to the creation of new markets including Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).
BV Jagadeesh, Managing Partner, KAAJ Ventures
BV Jagadeesh is Managing Partner at KAAJ Ventures. He has successfully invested and guided companies such as NetMagic Solutions (acqd: NTT), Ocarina Networks (acqd: Dell) and Ankeena (acqd: Juniper) to name a few. Before founding KAAJ, BV Jagadeesh served as a founding investor and CEO of NetScaler. NetScaler pioneered the concept of Application Delivery and was successfully sold to Citrix for $325M and served as Group VP and GM for Citrix's Application Networking division. Prior to Netscaler, he co-founded and served as CTO of Exodus communications in 1993 that pioneered the concept of Internet data centers. He was instrumental in the successful IPO of Exodus in 1998.
Joe McDonough, VP Marketing & Sales, ArtistWorks
Andy Raskin, Strategic Messaging & Positioning, Storytelling, Acting CMO
Andy helps entrepreneurs tell more effective stories — for fundraising, sales, marketing, recruiting and culture-building. His clients include companies backed by a16z, KPCB, First Round Capital and other top venture investors. He also leads workshops on strategic storytelling. To learn more and get in touch, connect with him at http://andyraskin.com.
Michael Monteiro, CEO, Wylei
Mike is co-founder and CEO of Wylei, a leader in the marketing automation and real-time machine learning space. Wylei’s cloud-based Predictive Content™ solution automates the A/B testing process with predictive analytics, automatically delivering the best message to each individual, in each context, in the instant before it’s viewed. Wylei is based in Lancaster, PA and works with leading national brands such as Marriott, Dell, Adidas, and Time, Inc.Prior to co-founding Wylei, Mike was an Associate at Osage Venture Partners, where he evaluated Series A investment opportunities in Mid-Atlantic enterprise SaaS startups. Prior to joining Osage, Mike was a product executive at APT, the world’s largest cloud-based predictive analytics company, where he held overall responsibility for their Test & Learn product and led analytic research and development of advanced data mining techniques. Mike holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics in Computer Science from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics
Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition, and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace. Andra is Director of Industry & Startup Relations at Robohub.org, the global site for news and views on robotics.
Adrian Druzgalski, CTO and Co-Founder, Radius
Adrian Druzgalski is the CTO and Co-Founder of Radius, which delivers predictive marketing software that revolutionizes the way B2B marketers discover, target, and acquire customers. Prior to Radius, Adrian was pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC Irvine. He holds dual degrees in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. He also advises and invests in innovative science and technology companies.
Alexandria Lafci, COO and Co-Founder, New Story
Alexandria is the COO and Co-Founder of New Story, a Y-Combinator portfolio company. New Story is a crowdfunding platform focused on transparent giving and building homes for displaced families in impoverished communities. In the first 9 months, New Story raised over $732,000 in donations, funding 122 new homes in Leveque, Haiti and was featured ringing the opening bell at Nasdaq in honor of the occasion. Alexandria has been focused on social impact for the entirety of her career, which includes teaching middle school in inner city District of Columbia, working on land reform policy with 6 African presidents, consulting major NGOs, and capacity building for micro-enterprises in Latin America. She graduated with a B.A. from Boston University and a Master of Education from George Mason University. Alexandria has served communities across five continents which afford her to opportunity to scuba dive across the world.
Charles Zedlewski, Vice President, Products, Cloudera
Charles (@zedlewski) joined Cloudera from SAP where he held various management roles in product strategy, management and operations. During his time at SAP Charles led the development of a half a dozen new and follow-on releases for products that supported some of SAP’s major growth initiatives in GRC, Sustainability, and EPM. Many of these products received substantial critical acclaim and collectively generated more than a hundred million dollars in new product revenues. Prior to SAP Charles held product roles at BEA Systems and venture backed software startups. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and an MBA from MIT.
Adrian Cockcroft, Battery Ventures, Tech Fellow
Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He’s always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. At Battery, he advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence. Before joining Battery, Adrian helped lead Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform. Prior to that at Netflix he managed a team working on personalization algorithms and service-oriented refactoring. Adrian was a founding member of eBay Research Labs, developing advanced mobile applications and even building his own homebrew phone, years before iPhone and Android launched. As a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems he wrote the best-selling “Sun Performance and Tuning” book and was chief architect for High Performance Technical Computing. He graduated from The City University, London with a Bsc in Applied Physics and Electronics, and was named one of the top leaders in Cloud Computing in 2011 and 2012 by SearchCloudComputing magazine. He can usually be found on Twitter @adrianco.
Mitchell Hashimoto, CEO, Hashicorp
Mitchell is the founder and CEO of HashiCorp. He is the original creator of all of the HashiCorp tools: Vagrant, Packer, Serf, Consul, Terraform, and Vault. Today, these tools are used by the world's largest websites. Mitchell is also an O'Reilly author and professional speaker. He is one of the top GitHub users by followers, activity, and contributions. Self-described as "automation obsessed," Mitchell finds problems and uses software to automate the solution. While currently Mitchell is automating datacenter and application delivery problems, he has a prior history of introducing automation to improve an industry.
Muddu Sudhakar, PhD, Splunk, VP/GM
Muddu Sudhakar is currently VP & GM Security Markets, Splunk (www.splunk.com ). Before that Muddu was CEO of Caspida (www.caspida.com) and Caspida is leader in next-generation Cyber Security & Threat detection using Machine leanring. Muddu Sudhakar is a seasoned and successful entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley. Muddu was VP & GM at VMware (www.vmware.com) and Pivotal (www.pivotal.io ) from 2012 to 2014 for Big Data Analytics and Cloud Services. Muddu was co-founder and CEO of Cetas (www.cetas.net) which was acquired by VMware in 2012. At EMC (www.emc.com) Muddu was Chief Strategy Advisor, VP & GM for Cloud Information Services. Muddu was CEO & Founder of Kazeon from 2003 to 2010 (www.kazeon.com) which was acquired by EMC (www.emc.com ) and Kazeon is leader in Enterprise Information Management. Muddu was Co-founder & President of Sanera Systems, a next-generation SAN technology company which was acquired by McData (Brocade) in 2003. Muddu holds a PhD and MS in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles and a BS in Electronics & Communications Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Ravi Poli, President & CEO, CloudFuze
Ravi has 15 years of high-tech industry experience that includes software development, business management and the launch and growth of start-up ventures. He is a serial entrepreneur and also experienced in leading software development projects for larger companies. Prior to CloudFuze, Ravi was a Principal at Exinent LLC which he founded and grew from $0 to $1 million in sales in 3 years. Prior to Exinent, Ravi held product development, solutions architect and technical consulting roles at Cisco, IBM, Johnson Controls and Miracle Software Systems. In these roles, he gained significant experience in enterprise integration, architecture and cloud computing.
Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO, Girls in Tech
Adriana Gascoigne is the Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a non-profit organization, launched in February 2007 devoted to empower, educate, and mentor women in the tech industry across 30 countries internationally. No stranger to growing brands and building amazing companies, Adriana has also served in Executive roles at RxMatch, (VP of Product Marketing) and QwikCart, (CMO), Ogilvy & Mather (VP of Digital - Intel), and SecondMarket (VP of Marketing) , the largest secondary trading platform, where she was responsible for branding strategy, event production and digital media efforts. Gascoigne has not only worked in the technology start-up space for companies like, Indiegogo, Roost, Algentis, Democracy.com, Swyft, ImpulseFlyer, Poliwogg, hi5 (Tagged), SocialGamingNetwork (SGN), Jambool’s SocialGold (Google) and GUBA, but also serves as a Strategic Advisor. Jetway, StartupStockExchange, Involver (Oracle), Numiyo Technologies, Palindrome Advisors, CharityBlossom, DooChoo, and Change.org are some of the organizations she has had her hand in. In 2009, Adriana launched SmittenWithMittens, which is now The YOUniform Project, a philanthropic program providing fair trade uniforms and educational resources to children in developing countries. She is also the founder of HelpLearn.Asia, an eLearning platform for small and medium-sized businesses in Singapore. Adriana holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Economics from the University of California at Davis, received a certification from El Tecnologico de Monterrey in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and participated in Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Adriana is also fluent in Spanish.
Armin Ebrahimi, Co-Founder and CEO, ShoCard
Armin Ebrahimi is the Co-Founder and CEO of ShoCard. He is a well known industry veteran and has an extensive background in advertising and online services. Most recently, he was CEO of Advertising.com Dynamic Retargeting (formerly Buysight), and AOL company. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President of Platform Engineering at Yahoo!, with engineering responsibility for Yahoo!’s registration and anti-fraud platform services, as well as premium services including Yahoo! Small Business, large partnerships including AT&T and Verizon, Yahoo! front doors, including My Yahoo! and Yahoo! front page. Armin founded and was CEO of TRIicon Solutions, Inc, acquired by Tandem Computers. Armin has a Ph.D. in Organizational Management from Capella University and B.S. and M.S. from California State University – Chico.
Al Chang, CTO, Xignite
Al Chang is a software engineering and technology industry leader with experience leading engineering and professional services organizations in high-growth software companies and start-ups. Prior to joining Xignite, Al was head of engineering for partner solutions at Google, where he enabled global strategic partnerships by extending Google’s core product offerings and by establishing a 24x7 production operations infrastructure. As VP of Product Development for Advent Software, Al led the creation of an integrated portfolio management, accounting, and CRM solution built on a scalable Web architecture. Before Google and Advent, Al held senior management positions in engineering and professional services at TenFold Corporation, an enterprise applications company that he co-founded, reached nearly $100M in revenue, and went public. Al’s career began at Oracle in software engineering. He holds an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Biology, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mihir Shah, CEO, Drobo
Mihir is currently the CEO of Drobo, a leading edge data storage company for consumer/prosumers and SMBs. Mihir is a seasoned technology executive and investor. Before joining Drobo, he was the CEO of BlueFin Technologies, a technology company focused on cloud deployments. Prior to joining Bluefin, Mihir was a part of the executive leadership team at Brocade. While at Brocade, Mihir was the Managing Director and VP of the Corporate Development & Strategy organization. Prior to Brocade, Mihir held senior level roles in Corporate Development, Finance, and Sales at IBM. Prior to IBM, Mihir spent the early part of his career in investment banking and private equity. He has completed over 50 acquisitions and investments in his career that total more than $5B USD in value. Mihir has a Bachelor’s in Science from University of Southern California and an executive MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and has completed additional postgraduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Q Zhao, Founder, 2RedBean
Q Zhao is the founder of 2RedBeans, the largest dating site for Chinese diasporas. 2RedBeans, JDate for Chinese people, focuses not only common language but also the specific dating attributes of its target audience. She was named as one of the “13 Badass Immigrants In Technology” by 2013 Business Insider and represented the sole female entrepreneur on the list. 2RedBeans is incubated out of StartX and Founder Institute. The company has raised $2.1 million in funding and is advised by Will Bunker, co-founder of the online dating service that became Match.com. Q earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information and Telecommunications from Xian Jiaotong University in China at age of 19 and a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, San Diego. When she is not enabling romances, Q enjoys spending time hiking, backpacking, and salsa dancing.
Tuhin Ghosh, CIO, Motif
Tuhin serves as the Chief Investment Officer for both Motif Investing and Motif Capital, the firm’s institutional business. He was one of the first team members at Motif and co-invented several of the methods used to build and trade motifs - the next generation of investment products. Prior to joining Motif, Tuhin led the development of high–frequency algorithmic trading strategies for index and commodity futures and ETFs at Ronin Capital, LLC. Previously, he was a Quant Strategist within a long–short equity fund at Barclays Global Investors (subsequently acquired by BlackRock) where he worked on the development and testing of alpha signals. His prior experiences include Intel Corporation and Los Alamos National Labs. Tuhin holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering & Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi and is also a CFA Charterholder.
Dan Steere, Co-founder, CEO, stealth mode startup
Dan is a serial entrepreneur, having helped launch seven startups in fields ranging from Enterprise applications, robotics, mobile electronics, data analytics, and semiconductors, with companies including Intel, pcOrder, Redwood Robotics and IPI (both acquired by Google), SanDisk, GreenRoad, and Matrix Semiconductor (acquired by SanDisk). Dan received an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Computer Science from Harvard. In addition to tech startups, Dan is a passionate proponent of youth sports and positive coaching.
Alex Rosenberg, Vice President, Graphiq
Alex is Vice President at Graphiq, where he leads the company's distribution business. Previously, he ran New Products (Real Estate, Corporate Research, Genealogy, Sports, Government & Public Data) and Corporate Development. Alex joined the company in October 2011 after working as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Co. in San Francisco, where he worked within Bain's Technology, Media and Telecommunications group, along with Bain's Private Equity Group. Alex is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he received degrees in political science, finance, and economics & strategy.
Regis Vincent, Associate Director, SRI International
Dr. Vincent received his Ph.D. from the University of Nice and INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France in 1997. His research interests are real-time artificial intelligence, from scheduling, planning to negotiation.
Currently he is leading the commercial team in the AIC. One of his project is (Karto). Before joining SRI, he has worked for 5 years at the University of Massachusetts as Senior Research Fellow at the Multi Agent System Lab with Professor Victor Lesser.
Dr. Vincent has been a reviewer for the following journals: IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Autonomous Agents and multi-agent systems Journal and the Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems.
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