Speakers & Expert Judges

DEMO Fall 2013 line-up

Jonathan Abrams
Founder & CEO
Jonathan Abrams is the founder & CEO of Nuzzel, the super-easy way to see news from your friends. Jonathan is also co-founder and Managing Partner of Founders Den, a shared office space and private club for experienced entrepreneurs and their friends. Previously, Jonathan was the founder & CEO of Socializr, Friendster, and HotLinks.
Dalton Caldwell
Founder & CEO
Dalton Caldwell is Founder/CEO of App.net as well as a part-time partner at Y Combinator. Previously he was the founder/CEO of imeem.
Rohini Chakravarthy
New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
Rohini Chakravarthy is a Partner at NEA and focuses on information and energy technology investments. She is on the boards of Aerospike, Agni, Aquantia, EnVerv, Kaazing, LiveLoop, Luxtera, NetCitadel, Pinnacle Engines and VuClip, and works closely with Aerohive, Storvisor, SuVolta plus other NEA portfolio companies. Her prior board involvements include Plusmo (acquired by AT&T) and Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO). Prior to joining NEA, Rohini’s career included investment, management, and engineering positions with Cisco Systems, Intel Capital and Bay Networks. She received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MSEE from Case Western Reserve University and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology–Madras, also in electrical engineering.
Suranga Chandratillake
President and Chief Strategy Officer
A technology entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in next-generation search, Suranga Chandratillake founded blinkx in 2004 and launched the company in 2005. After early success, Suranga took the company public on the London Stock Exchange in May 2007. Prior to founding blinkx, Suranga was U.S. CTO of Autonomy Corporation and held roles in technology, sales and marketing at Morgan Stanley, netdecisions and anondesign. Named a Young Global Leader Honoree in 2009 by the World Economic Forum, Suranga has been recognized as one of the top 10 leaders in Science and Innovation by The Observer's Future 500 list, and one of Digital Media Wire's "25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment".
Dr. Michael Chui
McKinsey Global Institute
Dr. Michael Chui is a principal of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm, where he leads research on the impact of information technologies and innovation on business, the economy, and society. Michael has led McKinsey research in such areas as Big Data, Web 2.0 and collaboration technologies, and the Internet of Things. Michael is a frequent speaker at major global conferences, and his research has been cited in leading publications around the world. His PhD dissertation, entitled "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For: Web Searching as Query Refinement," examined Web user search behaviors and the usability of Web search engines.
Jeremy Conrad
Founding Partner
Lemnos Labs
Jeremy Conrad is a founding partner at Lemnos Labs, a hardware startup incubator based in San Francisco. Lemnos invests in early stage companies ranging from Aerospace and Robotics to Consumer Electronics. Prior to founding Lemnos Jeremy spent five years as an officer in the US Air Force working on weapons grade lasers for missile defense. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from MIT.
Di-Ann Eisnor
Head of U.S. Operations
Di-Ann Eisnor, VP of Partnerships & Platform, runs US operations and is crafting the cartography of “live mapping” for the crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic start-up, Waze. Diann is also founder and chairman of Platial, and founded Eisnor pioneer and serial entrepreneur Interactive which was bought by Omnicom back in 2001. Di-Ann is a neogeography employing all means to increase the world’s citizen mappers.
Josh Elman
Greylock Partners
Josh joined Greylock in 2011 and invests in entrepreneurs building new consumer products and services. His focus includes social networks and platforms, mobile apps, new media, and marketplaces. Josh specializes in designing, building, and scaling consumer products, having been part of multiple companies that have grown to over 100 million users. Before joining Greylock, Josh spent 15 years in product and engineering roles at leading companies in social, commerce, and media. Most recently, Josh was the product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, growing Twitter's active user base by nearly 10x. Earlier in this career, Josh worked at Facebook and LinkedIn.
Deborah Estrin
Cornell NYC Tech
Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech (http://tech.cornell.edu/deborah-estrin), Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, and co-founder of Open mHealth (http://openmhealth.org/). Deborah was previously at UCLA directing the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. She is a pioneer in networked sensing, using mobile and wireless systems to collect and analyze real time data about the physical world and the people who occupy it. Her current focus is on mobile health and small data, leveraging the pervasiveness of mobile devices and digital interactions for health and life management (see TEDMED https://smalldata.tech.cornell.edu/). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
Ash Fontana
VP Fundraising Products
Ash Fontana leads fundraising products at AngelList that drive more than $50M per month to startups through online investing, syndicates, funds and matchmaking. Previously, Ash co-founded and sold Founders Fund-backed Topguest, a company that built marketing technology for the biggest hotel (IHG), airline (United) and gaming (Ceasars) companies in the world. Professionally, Ash was the top-ranked analyst in private equity, investment banking and equity research at Macquarie Capital. Academically, Ash graduated with first class honors and various prizes in law and finance from the University of Sydney, his hometown.
Jon Fortt
Technology Correspondent
Jon Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC’s Silicon Valley Bureau. He covers the companies, startups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry. Fortt also contributes to the blog “Tech Check” on CNBC.com. Fortt came to CNBC from Fortune magazine, where as a senior writer he covered both large technology companies such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, and trends including cloud computing and the smartphone revolution. He appeared regularly on KNTV’s Press:Here technology show and analyzed tech trends on CNNi’s Quest Means Business. Along with a Fortune colleague, he conceptualized Techmate, a video series and column that appeared on Fortune.com and in the magazine’s technology section. Before joining Fortune in 2007, Fortt was a senior editor at Business 2.0 magazine where he produced the What Works section. From 1999 to 2006, Fortt wrote and edited at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s hometown newspaper.
Malay Gandhi
Chief Strategy Officer
Rock Health
Malay Gandhi is the Chief Strategy Officer at Rock Health. He works closely with Rock Health portfolio companies to develop early customers and to design sustainable business models. In addition, he leads Rock Health’s open source and proprietary research efforts in the digital health space. Prior to joining Rock Health, Malay was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting, where he advised numerous U.S. payers and global pharmaceutical companies on a wide range of growth and innovation issues, addressing the impact of consumerism, healthcare reform, and evolving care delivery models.
Nicole Glaros
Managing Director
Nicole Glaros has been a Managing Director for Techstars since 2009. During our Spring program in New York City starting in April 2013, she is based in there and is Interim Managing Director at Techstars in NYC. Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. From there, she founded three startups including Property Management Shop, all of which are still operating. She has spent nearly a decade working to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado through leadership roles at various organizations and incubators such as CTEK, Investor Avenue, CleanLaunch, and the Advance Colorado Center.
Claudia Granda
Strategy Manager
American Airlines
Claudia is the Startup, Small and Mid-Sized Business Strategy Manager at American Airlines. She and the team share the passion of supporting startups and small businesses throughout the journey of growing their companies. Claudia joined American in January of 2011 and during her first year she worked in the AAdvantage team, where she handled American Airlines’ credit card partnerships with banks in Latin America. Before joining the airline industry, Claudia worked at Pecan Deluxe Candy Co., a family-owned company, where she led the ideation, development and scale up of ingredients for various aspects of the food industry.
Christine Herron
Intel Capital
Christine Herron invests in Internet and digital services companies. At Intel, Christine has led investments including betaworks, E la Carte, Goldbely, Jelli, Movable Ink, and Storenvy. She previously was an investor at First Round Capital and Omidyar Network, working with companies such as Double Verify, Get Satisfaction, Mint, and Common Sense Media. At Geocapital Partners, Christine funded Netcom and AXON Networks, two key builders of Internet infrastructure. She was also a hands-on operator at Mission Research and NetObjects, and was the founder and CEO of e-commerce SaaS vendor Mercury2. Christine works as an active catalyst for startup teams, and is an enthusiastic advisor to both 500 Startups and StartX.
Jody Holtzman
Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership
Jody Holtzman has more than two decades of experience helping companies develop and implement competitive strategies and achieve their strategic market goals. At AARP, he leads the Thought Leadership group, where his focus is to stimulate innovation in the market that benefits people over 50. This involves areas such as the future of technology and the 50+, technology design for all, and 50+ entrepreneurship. It also involves developing partnerships with non-traditional players for AARP, such as the venture capital community, and the consumer electronics and technology industries. Previously, Jody led AARP’s Research and Strategic Analysis group. Jody has a graduate degree in international political economy from the University of Chicago.
Nabeel Hyatt
Venture Partner
Spark Capital
Nabeel Hyatt has led Spark’s investments in Thalmic Labs (Myo), Picturelife, and assists with Oculus. Prior to Spark, Nabeel spent 15 years as a startup founder, CEO and head of product at the confluence of design and technology. Most recently, Nabeel served as General Manager at Zynga, joining pre-IPO. Previously, he was Founder, CEO of Conduit Labs, creators of a new category of fast growing social music games, acquired by Zynga in 2010. Before that he was an early member and VP Product at MIT Media Lab spinoff Ambient Devices, where he was a nominee for Top Innovators Under 30 by MIT Technology Review. Earlier, Nabeel was founder, product lead, and executive in a series of media companies, starting with founding Soccerspot.
Steve Jang
Co-founder & CEO
Steve is Co-Founder and CEO of SoundTracking. SoundTracking is a social network for music lovers and gives people a fast, easy and expressive way to share and discover music using their mobile phone. Millions of people around the world are capturing, sharing and listening to music moments using the social music application which is available on iOS, Android and the Web. Prior to SoundTracking, Steve worked in product, marketing and design roles at imeem, EMI Music, Xuma, and Salon.com. Steve also serves as an early advisor and/or investor to companies such as Animoto, Blue Bottle Coffee, StumbleUpon, WillCall, StackMob and Uber.
Steven John
Strategic Chief Information Officer
Steven John works closely with Workday customer CIOs and IT groups to help them realize the full benefits of Workday and cloud computing. Steven was most recently the CIO at H. B. Fuller Company. Prior to H. B. Fuller, Steven held IT positions with Agriliance, the Society for Information Management, First Health, CIGNA, Unisource Network Services, and Transora, Inc. For six years, Steven has served as a facilitator for the Society for Information Management’s Leadership Forum. In addition, he is a founding member of the CIO Executive Council, a mentor in the CIO Executive Council’s Pathways program, and a contributing writer to CIO magazine.
Jason Krikorian
General Partner
Jason Krikorian brings an entrepreneur's perspective to DCM and its portfolio companies. Before joining DCM, Jason co-founded Sling Media, the pioneering digital media and device company. Among its many accolades, Sling Media received an Emmy Award for the Slingbox, the device that first introduced the world to the concept of placeshifting. As Co-Founder of Sling Media, a DCM portfolio company, Jason headed many functions across the organization. Jason acted as EVP of Business Development, EVP of Marketing, and CFO at various points in the evolution of Sling Media. Among other things, Jason led the establishment of distribution and development partnerships with global television, broadband and mobile operators.
Ethan Kurzweil
Bessemer Venture Partners
Ethan Kurzweil, a partner in Bessemer’s Menlo Park office, joined the firm in 2008. He focuses on investments in consumer web, mobile and developer platforms. Ethan has led investments for Bessemer in the consumer/social web (Zoosk, Reputation.com, Twitch), developer platforms (Twilio, SendGrid, Crowdflower), and advertising technology (adap.tv). He is also actively involved in Bessemer’s investments in Lifelock, Smule, Truaxis, Delivery Agent, and MashLogic. He currently serves on the board of directors of Twitch, Piazza, Crowdflower and Sweet Labs. Prior to joining Bessemer, Ethan worked on new customer acquisition and user retention at Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life.
Jason Lemkin
Jason M. Lemkin served as CEO and co-founder of EchoSign, the web’s most popular electronic signature service, from inception through its acquisition by Adobe Systems Inc. in 2011He then served as Vice President, Web Services at Adobe, where he oversaw the growth of EchoSign and Adobe Document Services to $50,000,000 in ARR in 2012 (and a projected $100,000,000+ ARR in 2013). Prior to EchoSign and Adobe, he co-founded one of the only successes in nanotechnology, NanoGram Devices, which was acquired for $50m 13 months after founding. The technology, built into implantable power cells, has gone on to help extend the lives of thousands.
Mara Lewis
Co-founder and CEO
Mara Lewis is the Co-founder and CEO of StoppedAt, a social platform for curating and discovering collections of the best sites, services and apps. Mara is also the Managing Director at Upstart, an accelerator for female tech founders, as well as the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Start Co. She also mentors startups from the medical device accelerator, Zero to 510. Previously, Mara was the founder and CEO of FAQtv, a peer-to-peer tutoring network for college students, and SpeedFeed, a live video chat platform for affinity groups.
Phil Libin
Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote, the service that's helping millions of people worldwide remember everything of value in their daily lives. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world. CoreStreet was aquired by ActivIdentity, now owned by HID Global, in 2009. Previously, Phil was founder and CEO of Engine 5, which was acquired by Vignette Corporation (VIGN) in 2000.
Deborah Magid
Director, Software Strategy
IBM Venture Capital Group
Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $25 B software business in the company’s 12-year old Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries. Deborah is responsible for sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world. She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market. As a director of strategy in IBM Software Group, she also brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies. Deborah is responsible for fueling the ecosystem pipeline in strategic areas related to building a “smarter planet” and contributes to filling out the IBM product portfolio through M&A.
Hilary Mason
Data Scientist in Residence
Accel Partners
Hilary Mason is a Data Scientist in Residence at Accel, Scientist Emeritus at bitly, co-founder of HackNY, co-host of DataGotham, and member of NYCResistor. She believes technology should give us superpowers and currently spends the bulk of her time investigating these superpowers and building new things. As a Scientist Emeritus, she advises an amazing team that studies attention on the internet in realtime, doing a mix of research, exploration, and engineering. She co-founded HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City.
Mike McClaskey
DISH Network Corp.
Mike McClaskey is responsible for enterprise information technology strategy and operations at DISH. Before joining DISH in 2007, he spent 12 years at Perot Systems, where he served as Vice President of Infrastructure Solutions and Chief Information Officer. Under the direction of McClaskey, DISH’s IT department received CIO Magazine’s 25th annual CIO 100 award for undertaking a massive enterprise-wide information technology overhaul that advances DISH’s ability to deliver customer service and manage its national operations. This initiative resulted in the largest billing conversion in U.S. telecommunications in many years, the largest cloud-based mobile workforce management system implementation in North America, new IVR and customer care systems, and a new state-of-the-art data center and optical network. Mike is also Denver Business Journal's 2013 CIO of the Year.
John McIntyre
Managing Director
Citrix Startup Accelerator
John McIntyre Managing Director, Citrix Startup Accelerator John McIntyre leads Citrix’s open innovation program, the Citrix Startup Accelerator, which builds independently successful companies focused on solving today’s enterprise problems with new approaches from emerging startups. John’s career has focused on spearheading programs that create ecosystems that link entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors. John co-founded InnerWorkings that creates interactive learning content for software engineers. John also spent 13 years at Intel Corporation where he helped fund early stage startups.
Ayr Muir
Clover Foods
Ayr left McKinsey to toast frozen burgers at Burger King and warm frozen soup at Panera with visions of the future of (an anti-frozen) Clover. Before Clover Ayr worked at McKinsey and Company (‘04-08) advising the CEOs and CMOs of the world’s top consumer and retail companies. Prior to that he worked with Patagonia (’04) on marketing. Ayr holds an MBA from HBS (’04), a Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science from MIT (’00, ’01). Before Clover Ayr worked at McKinsey and Company (‘04-08) advising the CEOs and CMOs of the world’s top consumer and retail companies. Prior to that he worked with Patagonia (’04) on marketing. Ayr holds an MBA from HBS (’04), a Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science from MIT (’00, ’01)
Andrew O'Brien
Special Representative
Global Partnerships
Andrew O’Brien is the Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the Secretary of State’s Office of the Global Partnership Initiative. Previously, Special Representative O’Brien had served as Secretary Kerry’s Massachusetts State Director in the Senate since 2007, reprising a role he had served in from 2003 to 2005. In this position, O’Brien played a lead role in all major policy and legislative deliberations affecting Massachusetts in the United States Congress, and is particularly proud of his work with small businesses, organized labor, the LGBT community, youth, veterans groups and new immigrants on behalf of then-Senator Kerry. In the past several years, he has lectured on politics and government at the city, state and national levels.
Brian O'Malley
General Partner
Battery Ventures
Brian leads Battery’s Seed & Early Stage practices, while focusing on investments in eCommerce, online marketplaces and internet applications. During his tenure at Battery, he has invested in Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV), Brightedge, Coupa, H.BLOOM, Insitu (acquired by Boeing), J. Hilburn, Joor, HotelTonight, Loosecubes, Peerflix (acquired by Live Universe), Serena & Lily, Skullcandy (NASDAQ: SKUL), Sociable Labs, Sosh, TradeKing, Viddy and World Golf Tour. He prides himself on finding unique companies and new markets before other investors recognize the opportunity. Prior to Battery, Brian spent time at Bowstreet, Inc. (acquired by NYSE: IBM) and earlier, he assisted teams at Matrics, Inc. and Compoze Software with go-to-market strategy and initial fundraising activities.
Trevor Oelschig
Bessemer Venture Partners
Trevor Oelschig is a partner in Bessemer’s Menlo Park office, where he focuses primarily on software and the consumer web. Trevor led Bessemer’s investments in Shopify, Zopa, Instructure, 2U and Knewton. His historical investments include Hunch (acquired by eBay), Smilebox (acquired by Perion Network) and Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco). Prior to joining Bessemer, Trevor was with JPMorgan Partners, where he was closely involved with Tidal Software (acquired by Cisco), Sierra Logic (acquired by Emulex), Aristos Logic (acquired by Adaptec), and Vyatta (acquired by Brocade).
James Park
CEO & Co-founder
James Park is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating great products and companies. Fitbit is the third startup that he has founded. Previously, James was a Director of Product Development at CNET Networks, where he led product management, engineering, and design for Webshots. Before CNET, James was a co-founder of Windup Labs, which was acquired by CNET in 2005, and prior to Windup Labs, he was the co-founder and CTO of Epesi Technologies. James also worked at Morgan Stanley, where he helped develop trading strategies and software for a quantitative trading fund. James never quite finished his computer science degree at Harvard College.
Satya Patel
Satya Patel is co-founding Partner of Homebrew, a venture capital firm focused on providing seed capital and operational assistance to entrepreneurs enabling the Bottom Up Economy. Satya was previously VP Product at Twitter, building and leading the Product Management and User Services teams. Before Twitter, Satya was a Partner at Battery Ventures, where he co-led the seed and early stage investing practices. Satya joined Google in 2003 and was responsible for AdSense product management and partnerships. Before heading to Silicon Valley for Google, Satya worked for DoubleClick, in venture capital and as a strategy consultant. He earned his degrees from The University of Pennsylvania.
Megan Quinn
Megan Quinn is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She joined the firm in 2012 and focuses on consumer Internet investments. Megan specializes in designing, building and scaling transformative consumer products and companies. Megan joined KPCB from Square, the company revolutionizing payments for buyers and sellers. As Square’s director of products she led strategy and development of the company’s products across merchant and consumer audiences. Prior to that, Megan spent seven years at Google where she held various leadership positions in communications, business development and product management. She oversaw the development and marketing of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps. Megan also previously worked at Genentech.
Renata Quintini
Felicis Ventures
Renata, native Brazilian, focuses on e-commerce and education opportunities at Felicis. She has led investments in Baby.com.br, Bonobos, and Dollar Shave Club, among others. Renata brings over a decade of experience in investments and corporate transactions. Previously, she was an investor at the Stanford Management Company, helping manage the endowment's VC portfolio and build out its small funds VC exposure. Prior to that, she worked at JPMorgan's Tech, Media and Telecom group, where she focused on consumer Internet companies. She started her career as a tech M&A attorney. Renata holds a Law degree from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, an LL.M from Stanford Law School and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Terrence Rohan
Index Ventures
Having joined Index Ventures in 2010, Terrence now leads Index’s US seed efforts from the San Francisco office. In 3 years, Index seed has made 70 investments and Terrence manages a portfolio of 30 companies. Prior to Index, Terrence had a long career at Google and YouTube in both product marketing and product development roles across the US and Europe. He was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and also holds an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Matt Rosoff
Editorial Director
Matt Rosoff is the editorial director of CITEworld. He comes from Business Insider, where he established the company's West Coast bureau, initiated enterprise technology coverage with the launch of SAI Enterprise, and helped direct the new BI Intelligence research service. Prior to joining Business Insider in 2010, Matt was an analyst at Directions on Microsoft for 10 years and blogged about digital music for News.com. He got his start in 1995 as a writer and editor at CNET.com. He's also a musician (electric bass) and the father of two children who (luckily) take after his beautiful wife.
Adam Sager
Founder and CEO
Adam is the co-founder & CEO of Canary, a startup transforming the security industry with the world’s first smart home security device for everyone. Founded in 2012, Canary has recently become the most successful crowd-funded connected home device, ever. Adam’s 15 years of security experience brought him from California to the Israel Defense Forces to building physical, operational and technical security programs for Fortune 100 companies. Adam also co-founded the nation’s largest security not-for-profit organization, working with local police departments to secure hundreds of schools, organizations and communities.
Erick Schonfeld
Executive Producer
Erick Schonfeld is a technology journalist and the executive producer of DEMO. He is also a partner at bMuse, a product incubator in New York City. Schonfeld is the former Editor in Chief of TechCrunch. At TechCrunch, he oversaw the editorial content of the site, helped to program the Disrupt conferences and CrunchUps, produced TCTV shows, and wrote daily for the blog. Prior to TechCrunch, he was Editor-at-Large for Business 2.0 magazine. He also launched an online video series with CNN/Money and hosted regular panels and conferences of industry luminaries. Schonfeld started his career at Fortune magazine in 1993.
Robert Scoble
Glass Explorer
Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, author, and the Startup Liaison Officer for Rackspace. Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, will come out in Q4 of 2013), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people. He is an early Glass user who has vowed never to take the device off his face.
Dr. Vishal Sikka
Member of the Executive Board, Products & Innovation
Dr. Vishal Sikka is a member of the Executive Board of SAP AG leading all SAP products and innovation. Sikka has global responsibility for all product development and delivery globally. Sikka has led the development of SAP’s breakthrough in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and drives HANA as the foundation for SAP’s entire portfolio and its ecosystem of customers, partners and developers. Sikka authored "Timeless Software," which represents the renewal of products without disruption to customer environments and underpins SAP’s innovation strategy. Sikka holds a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University, and his experience includes research in artificial intelligence, intelligent systems and programming languages and models – at Stanford, at Xerox Palo Alto Labs, and as founder of two startup companies.
Neal Silverman
Senior Vice President & General Manager, DEMO
Neal Silverman brings more than 20 years’ media and sales experience to his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of IDG Enterprise’s DEMO—world-renowned launchpad for emerging technology. In his current role Silverman oversees sales, marketing and business development, for the DEMO brand and participates in the selection of the companies that present. Neal has led the expansion of the DEMO brand to China, Singapore, Africa, India, Russia and Brazil. Neal also sits on the Executive Committee for IDG Enterprise and the Board of Storage Network World. Prior to joining IDG Enterprise, Silverman held executive management positions at Fast Company Magazine, US News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal.
Kara Sprague
McKinsey & Company
Kara Sprague is a Principal with McKinsey’s Business Technology Office in San Francisco. Kara co-leads McKinsey’s global Cloud Practice and is a leader in McKinsey’s Software and Services Practice. Her work on 8 Technology Trends to Watch is one of the McKinsey Quarterly’s top-rated publications of all time. Prior to joining McKinsey in 2004, Kara was a member of the technical staff at Oracle Corporation and held several positions in engineering at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies. Kara has three degrees from MIT: B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and M.S. in Technology and Public Policy.
Jeremy Stoppelman
Co-founder and CEO
Jeremy founded Yelp in 2004 with Russel Simmons, a former colleague at PayPal. Jeremy continues to drive the vision and product experience for the company, personally overseeing product development among other aspects of the business. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy completed his first year of Harvard Business School, but dropped out after founding the company. Before attending business school Jeremy was VP of engineering at PayPal. He holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.
Hemant Taneja
Managing Director
General Catalyst Partners
Hemant has spent the last 12 years partnering with great entrepreneurs to build technology companies with aspirations to transform industries. His portfolio includes Stripe (payments platform), TuneIn (world's radio), GridCo Systems (utility infrastructure), SynapDx (Autism diagnostics), Virtual Instruments (infrastructure monitoring), Arc Energy (LED manufacturing), Sand9 (wireless MEMS), Sunborne (solar projects in India), Parlay Labs (video collaboration), and Class Dojo (behavioral education). Before joining General Catalyst in 2002, Hemant was the founder and CEO of Isovia, an acquired mobile software tools company. Hemant is co-founder and Chairman of Advanced Energy Economy, a national non-profit platform focused on influencing public policy to enhance the adoption of affordable, secure and clean energy. He also serves on the board of the Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley.
Keith Teare
CEO, just.me and Founding Partner, Archimedes Labs
Keith Teare is a founder at the Palo Alto incubator, Archimedes Labs. He is also CEO of just.me. Previously Keith was co-founder of TechCrunch, the founder of RealNames, a Palo Alto based company specializing in Internet navigation and search technologies; co-founder of 'The EasyNet Group', a leading pan-European broadband supplier to businesses; co-founder of CYBERIA, the world's first Internet Café; and founder of cScape, a UK based systems integration specialist dating back to 1983. Keith seed funded NetNames, the first domain name reseller in the world, where he was also Chairman of the Board of Directors. He also sat on the Advisory Board of VeriSign's Naming & Directory Services division.
Shanna Tellerman
Google Ventures
Shanna is a partner on the investing team at Google Ventures. Her career has focused on the intersection between design and technology, especially in the realm of 3D technology platforms. Shanna was the founder and CEO of of Sim Ops Studios (Wild Pockets), a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University that focused on democratizing 3D game development. Sim Ops was acquired by Autodesk in 2010, and Shanna worked there as a product line manager responsible for launching the cloud platform and Autodesk 360 applications. In 2009 Shanna was named one of BusinessWeek's best young entrepreneurs, and in 2012 she was featured in the book “Creating Innovators” by Harvard education expert Tony Wagner.
Ingrid Vanderveldt
Dell, Inc.
Entrepreneur, investor and media personality, Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV) has made “Empowering a Billion Women by 2020”(EBW2020) her mission. By leveraging her business, policy, and media initiatives, Vanderveldt strives to guide motivated women to success and help make their visions a reality by providing the tools, technology & resources. In business, she is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence (“EIR”) for Dell Inc. and the Creator/Curator of the $100M Dell Innovators Credit Fund (DICF) to power entrepreneurs worldwide. Leader of the Dell Founders Club and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs, Vanderveldt oversees the program that provides access for Dell’s 10M small business customers. Her resources and expertise helps entrepreneurs worldwide build and grow their companies.
Angela Yochem
Global CIO
BDP International
Angela Yochem is the Global CIO of BDP International, a leading privately-held global transportation and logistics management firm. Angela joined the high-growth company in 2013 to drive expansion through innovative technology. Prior to BDP, Angela was the global CTO at AstraZeneca, where she built unconventional partnerships to accelerate business advantage while making a meaningful difference to patient health. Angela built a track record of driving transformation, profitability and agility in complex environments in senior roles at Dell, Bank of America, SunTrust, UPS, and IBM. Angela serves on several boards, focusing on technology as an enabler of break-through advances for society.
George Zachary
General Partner
Charles River Ventures
George led Charles River’s early stage investments in Twitter, Yammer (enterprise social networking)(acquired by MSFT 6/2012 for $1.2B), Millennial Media (mobile advertising)(IPO March 2012; NYSE MM), Geni (social networking based on genealogy)(acquired by MyHeritage Ltd.), Udacity, Pebble, Crushpath, and CoTap. In addition, he led CRV’s investment in Metaplace (acquired by Disney/ Playdom) and in Jambool (acquired by Google) and has sponsored many seed investments through the CRV’s industry leading seed program. George joined Charles River in 2004, bringing more than 20 years of operating and investing experience in computing and consumer technology. Previously, he was a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), and on the board of directors of numerous technology companies.