Robin Johnston, Deputy Chief Innovation and Partnerships Officer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Working with the IPO Chief Technology Transfer Officer, Robin plans and executes strategies for industry partnerships, intellectual property management, licensing, and entrepreneurship training with the goal of accelerating the commercialization of Lab technologies. She manages Berkeley Lab’s participation in the DOE Lab-Corps program, based on the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps). Lab-Corps offers Berkeley Lab researchers tools and training to help transition energy-related technologies into products that benefit society and the national economy. Robin is building on Lab-Corps to establish a technology-to-market training program for Lab researchers as part of IPO’s broader Berkeley Lab Innovation Corps initiative.
Previously, Robin served as Director of Commercialization for the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a DOE Lab-University consortium for developing cellulosic advanced biofuels. She developed and executed a strategic plan for technology transfer and partnerships that resulted in JBEI exceeding the top three US universities in inventions and licenses, per funding dollar. At JBEI she facilitated venture formation and negotiated partnership and licensing deals with dozens of companies, including Total Gas and Oil, Bridgestone, Abengoa, POET, COFCO, and FuturaGene.
Robin also created the Lab’s Cleantech to Market (C2M) program, which was adopted by the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business as a formal course. C2M is a partnership between students, researchers, and energy professionals to translate clean tech research into market opportunities.
Her work history includes extensive experience in conflict mediation and reporting on science, technology and the environment for The Christian Science Monitor.
B.A., Chemistry, minor in Philosophy, University of Virginia
M.S., Science, Technology, and Public Policy, George Washington University
Ursheet Parikh, Partner, Mayfield
Ursheet brings 15 years of enterprise product and leadership experience to Mayfield, as a repeat entrepreneur, and former executive at Microsoft and Cisco.
Prior to joining Mayfield, he was a co-founder & CEO of StorSimple and then a GM at Microsoft. StorSimple was the leading cloud-integrated storage company that was acquired by Microsoft. StorSimple was the largest acquisition among the first generation of cloud IaaS/PaaS technology companies and has been highlighted by Microsoft as one of its most successful acquisitions. At Cisco he took the WAN acceleration product line from concept to $100M/quarter and market leadership in 2008. Ursheet joined Cisco through the acquisition of Andiamo Systems, where he held a product management role for the storage networking product line.
Ursheet focuses on innovation that is redefining the application and infrastructure stacks in cloud, mobile, enterprise technologies, genomics and digital health.
His current investments include CloudGenix, a software-defined enterprise WAN, Rancher Labs, a container infrastructure provider, and Versa Networks, a network function virtualization provider and stealth investments in companies in micro services analytics and AI applied to healthcare. Ursheet’s pre-Mayfield investments include Memoir Systems, a memory acceleration company (acquired by Cisco Systems in September 2014) and Xpliant, a 10/40/100Gbps Switching company (acquired by Cavium in July 2014).
Ursheet holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a computer science and engineering graduate of IIT Bombay. In 2015, IIT Bombay awarded Ursheet with the Young Alumni Achiever Award 2015 for contributions to development of network and storage technologies.
Greg MacGuire, PhD, CSO, Founder Bioregenerative Sciences
Dr. Greg Maguire is a former professor of neuroscience and ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. His graduate training was at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Houston, University of Texas, The Marine Biological Labs, Woods Hole, MA, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY. He was visiting associate professor of physiology at Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan, visiting assistant professor of molecular neurobiology at the University of Washington, and a visiting scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), at Harvard University. Awarded a prestigious Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Maguire managed his NIH funded laboratory at UCSD studying tissue degeneration and regeneration, and the role of stem cell released molecules(SRM) through paracrine and autocrine actions to maintain, repair, and regenerate human tissues. His NIH funded studies of systems biology and reverse engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and stem cell biology at UC San Diego led to the development of adult stem cell-based S2RM technology for the development of therapeutics and medical procedures. Dr. Maguire has over 100 publications and is currently working on his book entitled, “Spontaneous Stem Cell Healing.” He is co-founder of the SRM Living Foundry at UCSD in San Diego, and is Chief Scientific Officer & Founder of BioRegenerative Sciences, Inc.
Camila Noordeloos, Sr. Manager of the Portfolio of Investments, GE Ventures
Camila Noordeloos is currently the Sr. Manager of the Portfolio of Investments at GE Ventures, the Corporate Venture Capital arm of General Electric. In this role, she provides portfolio analysis and guidance, driving strategic oversight to the organization.
Prior to joining GE Ventures team in 2013, Camila held several finance roles at GE’s headquarters in Connecticut. She’s also a big supporter of GE’s Women’s Network affinity group and previously held leadership roles in its Bay Area steering committee.
Originally from Salvador, Brazil, she holds a Bachelors degree in business administration from the Universidade Federal da Bahia, and is a MBA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School.
Girish Muckai, PhD., Sr. Director, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Juniper Networks
Girish is part of the Corporate Development & Strategy organization at Juniper and drives partnership and business development initiatives to enable Juniper's customers to offer innovative and cutting-edge solutions driven by a strategy for profitable growth. Girish has been instrumental in establishing strategic partnerships with Pulse Secure, Ruckus Wireless, Aerohive Networks, Aruba Networks, Gainspeed, Nokia Networks, Hitachi, IBM and equity investments in partners for market access as well as divestiture initiatives. Prior to Juniper, Girish held leadership positions in business development, strategy, marketing and product management in the cloud, mobile, cable, telco and semiconductor industries – most recently at Reliance Industries where he helped develop strategy and partnerships for the IaaS cloud services using OpenStack as well as inking partnerships in the data center, colocation and global fiber connectivity for the 4G network. Girish is deeply involved in the non-profit sector serving as the Board President at CALICO Center, which brings healing and justice to child abuse victims and was a board member of Sankara Eye Foundation, USA – one of the largest community eye care initiatives in the world. Girish holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. from Boston University and B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Dharmesh Thakker, General Partner, Battery Ventures
Dharmesh joined Battery Ventures in 2015 to focus on early-venture and growth-equity investments in areas including cloud infrastructure, big data, security and next-generation enterprise applications. He is actively involved with Battery Ventures portfolio companies Agari, JFrog, Narvar, Reflektion and StreamSets. Prior to Battery, Dharmesh was a managing director at Intel Capital, where he led the firm’s global cloud and big-data practice and made early- and later-stage investments in companies globally. He also assisted in long-range strategic planning for Intel’s $14 billion datacenter group. At Intel Capital, Dharmesh was an active board member or investor with companies including: BlueData; DynamicOps (acquired by VMware); ElasticBox (acquired by CenturyLink); Enlighted; Guavus; Maginatics (acquired by EMC); Mirantis; MongoDB; Movidius (acquired by Intel); Saffron Tech (acquired by Intel); ScienceLogic; Vexata; and Yottaa. Before joining Intel Capital, Dharmesh worked as an enterprise-focused venture capitalist at Advanced Technology Ventures, where he supported investments in Qumu (NASDAQ; QUMU) and Actifio. Prior to that, he spent almost a decade working in the enterprise-software industry in go-to-market and channel-expansion roles. At Keynote Systems, a pioneer in the application-performance management market, he launched several mobile, web and video-management products and helped drive annual SaaS revenue from zero to $20 million. He was also an early team member at InterNetwork (acquired by FinePoint) and Peakstone (acquired by Entrust), where he managed strategic relationships with cloud-computing pioneer Exodus Communications and industry leaders H-P and IBM. In 2016, Dharmesh was named to the Forbes Midas Brink list of up-and-coming venture capitalists. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a BS in electrical engineering, Dharmesh also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Laura Oliphant, Former Director, Intel Capital
Laura Oliphant served as Director, Intel Capital from 2001 until her retirement in 2016. As a Corporate Venture Capital investor, Laura brought over $1B in strategic and financial value to Intel through her investments and was awarded Intel’s highest award, the Intel Achievement Award, for her contributions to Intel.
When she was part of Intel Capital, Laura made investments worldwide in semiconductor capital equipment, manufacturing robotics, new device, and software as a service (SaaS) companies. Laura directly managed her portfolio companies, providing strategic direction and advice to the company and its Board of Directors. In addition to her investment responsibilities, Laura built strategic relationships with Fortune 500 CEO’s and influencers to bring knowledge of market trends and opportunities to bear on internal corporate strategic discussions.
Laura is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, where she received the Pen and Sword Award and is a member of Tau Beta Pi. Laura also has a AA in Photography with High Honors from Foothill College. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where her thesis research was centered on candidate batteries for electric cars. As part of her qualifying exam for the PhD, Laura developed research topics in the drug delivery area. Laura and her husband live in Emerald Hills, CA and have two daughters.
Karthik Sethuraman, Co-Founder & CEO, SimplyCredit
Karthik Sethuraman is the Co-Founder & CEO of SimplyCredit and is focused on radically simplifying everyday consumer finance products.
Prior to founding SimplyCredit, Karthik was the Head of Analytic Solutions at Kaggle, where he brought cutting-edge machine-learning and data science solutions to Fortune 500 & Global 500 companies and outperformed industry standards by over 40%-300%. Previously, he was a Senior Director at FICO, where he developed underwriting and pricing algorithms for major banks and credit card issuers worldwide, generating over $200MM in additional profit and a billion dollars in revenue.
He has Masters in Operations Research from UC Berkeley.
Mike Dauber, General Partner, Amplify
Prior to joining Amplify as a General Partner, Mike spent over six years at Battery Ventures, where he most recently lead early stage Enterprise investments on the West Coast. Most recently, Mike sat on the Boards of Cask, Duetto, Interana and Platfora. Mike also lead Battery's investment in a stealth security company which is also in Amplify's portfolio. Mike previously invested in Splunk and RelateIQ, which was recently acquired by Salesforce. He was named to Forbes' Midas Brink List earlier this year. Mike is a frequent speaker at conferences and is on the Advisory Board of both the O'Reilly Strata Conference as well as SXSW. Mike began his career as a hardware engineer at a start-up and later held product, business development, and sales roles at Altera and Xilinx. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
Deirdre Olynick, PhD, MBA, Staff Scientist, Molecular Foundry
Dr. Olynick straddles the boundary between basic and applied research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She recently graduated the Wharton School, San Francisco with a major in Entrepreneurial Management. At the Molecular Foundry, a Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Center, she works with industry, academic, and government R&D labs to mature state-of the-art research. In addition to R&D, her work includes technology strategy, business development, and program management. She works across technologies which include clean energy, nanobio and photonics. In addition, she works intimately with the semiconductor and storage industries to make future generation technologies a reality.
Tim Young, Founding General Partner, Eniac Ventures
Tim focuses on mobile enterprise software and mobile consumer Internet. He has had three exits as an entrepreneur and over 18 years of experience advising and investing in 100+ early stage startups. In 2001, Tim founded Bridge, an enterprise software company focused on corporate training in Beijing, China, which he led to an 8-figure exit. Prior to Bridge, Tim led product at Quoteship, a B2B marketplace for logistics, which exited to Logistics.com (NASDAQ: ICGE). Tim began his career at WebYes, an industry pioneer ASP acquired by Breakaway Solutions (NASD: BWAY) in 1999. He also spent time at ExxonMobil as a developer, and at Mofo where he advised startups on IP and financing. Tim earned his BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Bristol-Myers Squibb award for his work in cancer research, and holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of California and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Mihir Maniar, Vice President of Security Products and Strategy, Juniper
Mihir Maniar is Vice President of Security Products and Strategy at Juniper and joined in April 2015. In this role, Mihir is responsible for driving business growth on the SRX portfolio, virtualization and cloud security services, and the Security management/orchestration systems.
Mihir is a seasoned business and technology leader and prior to joining Juniper he was at Cisco for 16 years in various Executive management roles with most recently being the Senior Director of Product Management/Marketing for the Network Software group. Mihir was responsible for Cisco's Software Strategy across Datacenter/Cloud, Enterprise, Service Provider Business Groups, L4-L7 network services and SDN contributing to $20B+ in annual revenue. Mihir is a big-picture, results-proven leader focused on building high-performance teams and transforming market disruption as well as customer issues into highly successful, profitable products. Mihir has lead diverse multibillion-dollar product groups at Cisco with #1 or #2 market share dominance from infancy to success.
Previous to Cisco, Mihir was at Zeitnet, an early stage tier-1 VC funded startup with a successful acquisition exit.
Miriam Rivera, CoFounder and Managing Director, Ulu Ventures
Miriam Rivera is CoFounder and Managing Director of Ulu Ventures, a top decile performing seed stage venture fund focused on information technology startups that make the enterprise useful and relevant to current and future employees, customers and users. Rivera is also the co-founder and former co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an "open source network" of Stanford alumni investors and entrepreneurs. Miriam has taught in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in the School of Engineering on start-up board issues, as a mentor in entrepreneurship at the Stanford GSB, and as an advisor to the Rock Center on Corporate Governance Venture Capital Director's College. She is also a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital. As a first generation college student and scholarship recipient, Miriam graduated from Stanford University where she earned the AB, AM, and JD/MBA degrees.
Prior to Ulu Ventures, Rivera was Vice President/Deputy General Counsel at Google, which she joined in 2001 as the second attorney and where she built and led an award-winning, global legal department of 160 while Google grew from 160 to 15,000 employees and contractors. Every major deal and every dollar of revenue generated by Google from $85M to $10B used an agreement crafted or approved by Rivera during that time. Rivera has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School, Stanford University’s Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is currently on Stanford's Lead Council, which is charged with mentoring the next generation of leaders in the Stanford community.
Prior to joining Google, Rivera worked for Ariba as counsel, after having co-founded angel and then venture-backed Outcome Software. Previously, Rivera worked as a strategy consultant for Accenture and as an associate at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Rivera’s early career was in higher education administration at the University of California Santa Cruz and Stanford, in addition to stints at the Ford Foundation’s Higher Education Program and the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District.
Miriam has also served on a number of private company and other nonprofit boards and has fiduciary experience with governance issues faced by public companies. She served as Assistant Secretary to the board of Google Inc., as a member of their disclosure committee, Secretary to the board of the Google Foundation, and legal lead for Google's Sarbanes-Oxley and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act efforts.
Justin Hovey, Co-leader, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pillsbury
Justin Hovey is co-leader of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions group and is located in the San Francisco office. He focuses on startup formation, venture and seed financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate and securities matters.
Mr. Hovey's practice includes advising entrepreneurs and start-up companies, venture capital and seed financings, mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings as well as counseling public companies in securities and compliance matters. Mr. Hovey’s startup practice focuses primarily on companies in the gaming, social media, online advertising and entertainment space.
Brian Griedel, PhD, JD, Vice President, View, Inc.
Brian manages all aspects of intellectual property including patent and trademark portfolio, patent litigation, freedom to operate, partnering and investment due diligence, patentability assessments, managing outside patent counsel and internal information flow, developing patent strategy, building value in patent assets, teaming with scientists/engineers and management on IP related goals, BD efforts, licensing, procurement and IP asset transactions.
Specialties: working closely with R&D to guide both R&D and develop IP in parallel, Experience in: electrochromic materials, controls, BOS, small molecule therapeutics, advanced materials, solar energy, semiconductor fabrication, cutting edge battery technology
J.D., Practicing Patent Practitioner since 2000
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Post Doctorate with Professor Scott Denmark, 6 years industrial experience as medicinal chemist in drug design
Monisha Sharma, Director Innovation & Business Development, Manulife - John Hancock
Monisha is passionate about creating innovative solutions that address industry frictions. She has a broad experience across several financial service verticals including mutual fund investments, insurance, infrastructure financing and private equity. She has expertise in helping large financial services organizations pivot given environmental forces of change. She has successfully led multi-million dollar programs launching new products, developed national omni-channel strategies that focus on integrated human / digital interaction to support the future of retail banking and conducted 'soup to nuts' ideation and development of core transformational ideas for the financial services industry. In her previous role she oversaw the growth of RBC Mutual Funds Assets under Management from 100Bn to 170Bn and led a 19 people team to successfully formulate and deliver on strategy that enabled RBC to win in a period of disruptive demographic, competitive and regulatory change.
In her current role at Manulife – John Hancock, Monisha brings new ideas to life by leveraging in-house incubators and partnering with start-ups. She holds a Bachelor in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and graduated as a Palmer Scholar with her MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Rajneesh Chopra, Vice President of Products, Netskope
Rajneesh Chopra is the VP of Products at Netskope since the company’s inception, helping create a new market and building it up to be the market leader that is production at some of the largest F2000 companies. Prior to Netskope, he was responsible for the entire network security portfolio at Cisco including the firewall portfolio, web and endpoint security products. At Juniper, he most recently led product management for the advanced security in hyper scale datacenter following several other strategic and product roles. He holds an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the NITK, India.
Eric Severson, Co-CHRO and Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Gap, Inc
Eric Severson is a 25-year service industry veteran known for building leading edge, evidence-based systems to manage talent and drive organizational performance. The talent innovations Eric led over 15 years at Gap Inc. include the Fortune 500's first performance management system based on mindset psychology and neuroplasticity; the largest implementation of the Results Only Work Environment in the world; the first publication of gender pay statistics by a Fortune 500 corporation; and Gap's status as the first major apparel retailer to raise its minimum wage in the U.S. to $10.00.
Coverage of the leading edge talent practices Eric and his team implemented at Gap have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and in the books Future Work, The Diversity Advantage, Pull: The Power of Magnetic Leadership, The True Happiness Recipe: How to Stop Your Job From Killing You and Create Work-Life Harmony Everyday, Why Work Sucks and What to Do About It, and Why Managing Sucks and What to Do About It.
In addition to his role as Co-CHRO of Gap Inc., during his 15 years at the company, Eric held the positions of Senior Vice President of HR & Communications for Gap Brand, Vice President of HR & Communications for Gap Inc. Outlet, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, and Director of Employee Relations. Prior to his service at Gap Inc., Eric spent 8 years in various leadership roles at Macy's, including Manager of Labor & Employee Relations, Regional HR Manager, and Home Store Group Support Manager.
Eric is also Director on the Board of the Felton Institute, San Francisco’s oldest and largest non-sectarian non-profit. In his 13 years at Felton, Eric helped lead a robust people strategy that includes an annual CEO evaluation process, employee engagement survey, leadership competencies, a talent review and succession planning process, 360 degree evaluations, and management training. In 2008, Eric won the Gap Inc. Founder’s Award for his work with Felton’s breakthrough early psychosis prevention and recovery program, PREP.
In addition to his leadership at Felton Institute, Eric is a Director on the Board of Human Resources People & Strategy (HRPS), the executive arm of the Society of Human Resources Management. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for Brighter (www.brighter.do), a multichannel communication platform designed to dramatically improve employee engagement.
Based on his track record of innovation in talent management, in 2014 Eric was appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to a 2-year term on the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE).
Eric, holds a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in English from Arizona State University.
Balaji Sivasubramanian, Product Marketing Leader | Enterprise Software
Balaji Sivasubramanian is a product marketing and strategy executive with over 15 years experience in the IT industry. His current area of focus is on cloud native microservices applications delivered via containers. Balaji has held senior management positions and managed many successful products at Cisco and Big Switch Networks. Balaji is a prolific speaker in various industry forums and author of 2 books published by Cisco Press. Balaji has Bachelor and Masters in Computer Engineering and MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Abby Adlerman, CEO, Boardspan
Abby Adlerman brings more than 25 years of governance and board experience to Boardspan. She was part of the senior leadership team at Russell Reynolds Associates, the global executive search & assessment firm. Abby led the 45-person San Francisco office growing its revenues and improving margins substantially. She also ran the Asia Pacific Private Equity (PE) business, living in Singapore for two years, and before that the North America PE business.
Abby previously served as CEO of a venture-backed e-commerce business, and she spent 15 years on Wall Street advising board & C-suite clients on a range of corporate finance and M&A strategies and transactions. Abby has served on numerous boards, both corporate and non-profit. She brings significant board and CEO experience to Boardspan and her clients.
Boardspan’s vision is simple: Better boards for a better world. The job of board members has become increasingly challenging as accountabilities, visibility and liability have gone up over the last decade. Yet until now, boards have had a paucity of tools, analytics and insights to help them succeed. Boardspan addresses this gap with its cloud-based SaaS platform designed to help boards and board members be well informed, better connected and more effective.
Greg Smith, Managing Director, FT Partners
Greg Smith is a Managing Director at FT Partners and has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining FT Partners, Greg spent the majority of his career as an award-winning equity research analyst at Merrill Lynch, J.P Morgan and other firms covering companies across the financial services and FinTech landscape. Throughout his career, Greg has played a senior role in numerous investment banking transactions spanning financings, M&A and IPOs. Greg has long been a thought leader in FinTech and has frequently been quoted in the press and appeared often on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.
Raj Bharti, Product Marketing, Strategic Alliances Leader
Raj Bharti is a seasoned marketing strategy & product management leader with deep experience in leading traditional & digital marketing, demand generation, product management, and Omni-channel development. He led multiple global partner-facing programs for Microsoft by collaborating with leading OEMs, chip-makers, and retailers, such as, HP, Dell, Intel, AMD, and Carrefour across the United States, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Turkey. Prior to Microsoft, Raj worked with Wall Street’s top banking & brokerage firms, including Citibank, Prudential Securities, and American Express to lead their strategic technology and business programs. He also co-founded Urban Spoils, an aggregator of daily deals from Groupon, Living Social, Tippr, and 20 other flash-buying vendors. Raj earned his MBA from the Wharton School with a double-major in Marketing and Operations.
Shayna Modaresi, General Partner, Lodestar Ventures
Shayna Modarresi is General Partner at Lodestar Ventures, a seed and early stage venture fund. She also oversees deal flow for the Band of Angels and is an Advisory Board Member at Correlation Ventures. Previously, Shayna was a Venture Partner at XG Ventures where she helped back nearly 40 early stage companies, predominantly in the technology sector. Some of the 16 startups in XGs portfolio have been acquired, by the likes of Google, Twitter, Facebook, Box, and Groupon. Prior to XG, Shayna managed DLA Piper's Venture Group where she focused on making investment recommendations and enhancing the funding prospects of early and growth stage companies as well as actively managing portfolio companies. Prior to DLA, Shayna was with Probitas Partners and CMEA where she advised on and was responsible for raising more than $3B from institutional, venture, and strategic investors for ventures funds like Scale Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures, BCE Ventures, and IDG Ventures. While at Probitas, Shayna also advised on the firms secondary activities. Prior to joining Probitas Partners, Shayna spent approximately six years as an Investment Banker, advising numerous multinational and regional corporate clients on merger & acquisitions and private placement transactions. She started her career in Investment Banking at Lazard in New York. Shayna was named a Women of Influence in Venture Capital by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and is an advisor to Portugal Ventures Call for Entrepreneurship Program. Shayna attended the University of California at Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds degrees in Molecular Cell Biology and Business.
Paul La Londe, Associate, Transmedia Capital
Paul is an Associate at Transmedia Capital. Paul joined the firm in 2016 from SV Angel, a leading seed stage venture capital firm where he worked closely with eShares, Fictiv, Instawork and Theorem, among others. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs where he invested capital on behalf of a select group of families and institutions. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Paul worked for Seven Hills Partners, a boutique investment bank. During his time at Seven Hills he advised early stage technology companies on a broad range of strategic alternatives including mergers, acquisitions and capital raising. Paul is currently working towards his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University.
Philipp Stauffer, Co-Founder and General Partner, FYRFLY Venture Partners
Philipp is Co-Founder and General Partner at FYRFLY Venture Partners. Philipp is investor, operator, entrepreneur and consultant for more than 20 years in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He brings convergent technology, market and innovation experience across many core technology areas. Prior, Philipp was co-founder of Dropimpact, a digital innovation catalyst and investment firm, in Silicon Valley as well as co-Founder and CEO of Onor Inc., a native & immersive digital marketing platform. Prior, Philipp was a Senior Executive at Adchemy, a search technology start-up co-founded by Prof. Rajeev Motwani, an early advisor to Sergey Brin and Larry Page. He has been strategic advisor to many leading Fortune 500 and emerging companies in their global growth and innovation efforts. Philipp was a Founding and Managing Partner at Accenture Interactive (now Accenture Digital), now a Practice with more than 4,000 professionals in digital and quantitative marketing and design. Philipp was also part of Accenture Technology Venture Team, contributing to both the deal and operational aspects of venture value creation. Prior to Accenture, Philipp was at Interpublic (IPG) in Europe, one of the leading advertising, marketing and design firms globally. Prior to IPG Philipp was with Vontobel Asset Management, part of a leading Swiss Private Bank. Philipp is an active investor, board member, and advisor for start-ups such as Playspan (acquired by Visa), Appstores (acquired by InMobi), SourceDNA (acquired by Apple), Angellist, Philz Coffee, TraceUp, Beekeeper, Speakr, Doky, Marsec, data.world, Pubmatic and others.
Philipp holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Micro Economics, University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland.
Phil Montgomery, VP Marketing, Pulse Secure
Phil Montgomery joined Pulse Secure in early 2016 and is responsible for all Pulse Secure Marketing, bringing more than 20 years of industry experience. At Pulse Secure, Montgomery leads Corporate Marketing, as well as Product and Solutions Marketing. Prior to joining Pulse Secure, Montgomery served as Executive Vice president and Chief Product Office of Identiv, Inc, where he was responsible for the company’s product strategy and execution. Montgomery also spent three years with VMware running Product Management for their end-user computing group, and seven years with Citrix Systems, launching the Citrix Secure Gateway (CSG) and the rollout of companywide security marketing strategy. Montgomery graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a bachelor of business degree in operations management and end-user computing.
Dr. Aeron Hammack, Chief Operations Officer, Cofounder, and a Director of EpiBiome.
Dr. Hammack is Chief Operations Officer, Cofounder, and a Director of EpiBiome. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from The University of California at Berkeley, his PhD in Physics from UCSD, and was a postdoctoral fellow at LBNL. Dr. Hammack has more than 20 peer-reviewed publications in topics ranging from superfluidity, polymers, and surface chemistry to plasmonics and photonics. Before founding EpiBiome, he was a Research Staff Member at HGST where he developed nanoscale optical characterization techniques. In his current role at EpiBiome, he brings expertise in programming and data analysis, and oversees the bioinformatics program. Dr. Hammack is also an expert in microscopy and spectroscopy.
Sunil Kurkure, Director, Intel Capital
Sunil is Director at Intel Capital focusing on investments for Software and Services including cloud infrastructure, vertical industries, and next-generation enterprise applications. He sits on the board of directors for Intel Capital portfolio company LISNR and provides support for Mark One. Prior to joining Intel Capital, Sunil led investments at Mirador Capital and Charter Ventures and has worked in product strategy in the Client Computing Group at Intel. Sunil has held board or advisory roles at Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI), Deem, Sumo Logic, Snowflake Computing, Xensource (NASDAQ: CTXS), Clear Standards (NYSE: SAP), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), DATAllegro (NASDAQ: MSFT), Solidcore (NASDAQ: INTC), TeleNav (NASDAQ: TNAV), Winery Exchange, and SysteamUS.
Previously, Sunil spent several years with Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse in M&A and equity financing working with leading technology companies including Cisco, Yahoo, HP, Oracle and Applied Materials, among others. Sunil holds a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
Angel Saad Gómez, Venture Partner, Oak Investment Partners
Angel Saad Gómez, Venture Partner, began with Oak in 2011 and became a Venture Partner in 2014. He currently focuses on Oak’s strategic opportunities in key emerging markets.
Angel has a wide range of industry experience in technology, energy, consumer internet, finance, logistics, communications, and consumer packaged goods. He works closely with several Oak portfolio companies including eSolar, NowThis, Airspan, Mimosa Networks, Limelight Networks (NSDQ: LLNW), FRS, and on an ad hoc basis with other portfolio companies. Angel has a finance and consulting background, having advised Fortune 500 and technology companies, and family offices.
A native of Mexico, he has served in several advisory capacities to the Mexican Government and with Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM), a top international research institution, in their ecosystem development initiatives. Angel actively contributes to developing ecosystems in key emerging markets around the world. Angel holds a BA from Stanford University, where he rowed for Stanford’s Crew team.
Kayvon Pourmirzaie, Entrepreneur & Patent / Startup Law Attorney
Kayvon is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded two VC backed startups and is also a practicing patent and startup law attorney. Kayvon holds a BS in Bioengineering from UCSD, a JD (cum laude, intellectual property concentration) from the University of San Diego School of Law, and is a MBA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School. As an active IP attorney, Kayvon has prosecuted hundreds of patents for Fortune 100s and startups across a wide range of industries including software, telecommunications, healthtech, and wearables. In addition to his legal insights, Kayvon has a wealth of fundraising and entrepreneurial experience, having previously co-founded 1) a software startup that raised ~$2.5M in seed funding, had over 20 employees, and was awarded an initial Facebook FBFund grant and 2) a medtech startup that raised ~$3.5M in grants and venture funding and garnered FDA clearance on a groundbreaking medical device product.
Michael Fernandez, Founder, Entrepreneurs Summit
I founded the Entrepreneurs Summit to help entrepreneurs learn from successful entrepreneurs and get introductions to quality investors. I’m passionate about bringing people together to create and implement ideas that improve society. I bring leaders from different sectors together at annual leader summits to explore: 1) How to address our nation's infrastructure problems (p3summit.com); 2) How to create jobs and improve national productivity through entrepreneurship (entrepreneurs-summit.com); and 3) How to improve the economy through improved corporate performance, governance, and capital markets (capital-summit.com). I’m dedicated to social justice and change through my work at Tides; music education through my work Little Kids Rock, and medical research through the Veterans Health Research Institute. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how companies and countries can create cultures and policies attracting top talented women, minorities, and immigrants to join and stay. I've worked at all stages of a business from early stage to Fortune 500 and have experience launching, building, and selling businesses.
To serve my country, I joined the US Army and trained in small team leadership, distributed networks, and special operations. To serve my community I co-founded Little Kids Rock (www.littlekidsrock.org) to revitalize and restore music education. Little Kids Rock is a national non-profit restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. We've served over 500,000 kids across 29+ cities across the US. Little Kids Rock has been featured in Forbes and Rolling Stone.
I currently lead Summit Pioneer, a boutique digital media company. My team is focused on helping companies increase engagement with prospects and clients through the use of engaging video content.
I’m also working with researchers from UCSF to launch a company focused on diagnostic testing to detect early stage kidney disease while it is still reversible.
I find this work and people involved to be inspiring, and our goals are ambitious. We’re on a mission to change the world. You can find me on LinkedIn.
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