Speakers & Expert Judges
Listed below are some of the speakers and expert judges joining us at DEMO Fall. Please check back often, as we will continue to add to the program!
Deepak Aher
Head of Global Market Enablement
SAP Startup Focus
Deepak Aher is business development leader and sales management executive with 19+ years of direct sales experience focused on Startups, Enterprise Software and IT Outsourcing services industry. With the SAP Startup Focus program, he helps Big Data and Predictive Analytics startups to create go-to market sales strategies, generate pipeline, and execute revenue opportunities for SAP and Startups.
 
Irene Au
Operating Partner
Khosla Ventures

Irene Au is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with portfolio companies to make their design great.  Irene previously ran Product Design at Udacity after leading User Experience at Google for six years, where her team was responsible for design and research for all of Google’s products worldwide.  Before that, Irene established and led the User Experience and Design team at Yahoo! for eight years, and began her career as an interaction designer at Netscape Communications.

 
Kent Bennett
Partner
Bessemer Venture Partners

Kent Bennett, a Partner in Bessemer's Cambridge, Mass. office, joined the company in 2008. Kent focuses on investments in the "big data", data-infrastructure sectors as well as tech-enabled consumer service models. At Bessemer, Kent has been involved in investments including data-management companies Endeca (acq. by Oracle), Streambase (acq. by TIBX), Vertica (acq. by HP), Hadapt, Infinio Systems, Netuitive and Portrait Software; mobile-communications companies BroadSoft (IPO), Millennial Media (IPO) and Enforta; as well as in Blue Apron a subscription food business, Club W a wine producer and subscription business, and Goal.com (acq. by Perform Group) the world's largest soccer portal. Prior to joining Bessemer, Kent was a creative executive for an entertainment-production company, where he developed and sold original material including a network television pilot and a feature film.  He began his career with Bain & Co., where he worked on projects in industries spanning IT, retail, consumer products, healthcare and biotech.


 
Stephan Biller
Chief Manufacturing Scientist
GE

Stephan Biller is GE’s Chief Manufacturing Scientist, responsible for the company’s global advanced manufacturing strategy and the development of GE’s Brilliant Factory initiative across GE businesses to increase speed and productivity. Prior to being named to this position in April 2012, he was a Technical Fellow & Global Group Manager for Manufacturing Systems at General Motors’ R&D. Stephan received a degree in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has been granted nine patents, developed 22 trade secrets, and co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

 
Stewart Butterfield
Co-founder & President
Slack

Stewart Butterfield is the CEO and co-founder of Slack, the platform for team communication which has taken the technology world by storm. Prior to Slack, Stewart co-founded and led Flickr from its inception in late 2003 through its 2005 acquisition by Yahoo! and until 2008 by which point it was one of the largest web services in the world with over 50 million users and billions of photos.In nearly two decades working on the web, Stewart has had a distinguished career as a designer, entrepreneur, and technologist. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, BusinessWeek's Top 50 Leaders, and been featured in interviews and articles by hundreds of publications and broadcasters including the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, The New York Times, CNN, the Financial Times and has appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine.

 
Ansgar Chorhummel
Head of Innovation & New Technology Strategy (Office of the CTO)
Dell
Ansgar Chorhummel is the Head of Innovation & New Technology Strategy at Dell leading the Dell Client Services Technology Strategy team. He drives innovation and strategies around endpoint, digital and solutions and his team is responsible for strategies around major emerging topics like IoT across all business units. Prior to Dell, Ansgar was a consultant been focused on technology strategies at BCG, was part of the leadership team in hardware (WiPower) and digital services related start-ups and worked in corporate strategy of a media company. Ansgar holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
 
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.

 
Thomas Debass
Managing Director
U.S. Department of State

Thomas Debass serves as the Managing Director of the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State. Thomas is responsible for managing the office and provides leadership on partnerships related to economic growth, global finance, entrepreneurship, and technology programming. Prior to joining State Department, he was Lead Economist with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); and served as a Senior Technical Advisor with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C. Thomas holds a BA in Economics and MA in Applied Economics from Virginia Tech as well as an Executive Certificate in International Business Management from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Follow him @debass.

 
Stephen Elliott
Vice President, Cloud and IT Infrastructure
IDC

Stephen Elliot, Vice-President of IDC's IT Infrastructure and Cloud practice, advises enterprise IT organizations on DevOps, private and hybrid clouds, automation, virtualization, IT operations, and software-defined datacenters. Prior to IDC, Stephen was Vice-President of Strategy for CA Technologies' Infrastructure Management and Data Center Automation business unit, providing direct strategic and tactical support to customers accelerating their path toward the cloud, software-defined datacenters, and Dev/Ops. He also led product management for CA’s VCE partnership, helping customers better understand the business value of converged fabric.

 
Benedict Evans
Partner
Andreessen Horowitz

Benedict Evans is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz. As a long-time mobile analyst, Benedict has been working in the media and technology industries for 15 years. He first entered the industry as a sell-side equity analyst for investment banks before moving on to strategy and business development roles at Orange, Channel 4 and NBC Universal. Benedict writes about and discusses strategic and operating issues around consumer technology, ecosystems and mobile platform on his blog, and on Twitter @BenedictEvans.

 
Nir Eyal
Author, "Hooked"; Co-founder
AdNectar

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Nir is also an advisor to several Bay Area start-ups , venture capitalists, and incubators. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir is a contributing writer for Forbes, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.

 
Kobie Fuller
Principal
Accel Partners

Kobie Fuller joined Accel with more than 10 years of experience in funding and building software companies, and adds highly specialized marketing technology expertise to the investment team. At Accel he helps identify and work with entrepreneurs who are building category-defining companies. Prior to Accel, Kobie spent two years as the Chief Marketing Officer of REVOLVEclothing, a leading online fashion retailer, where he built the marketing team and instituted automation and analytics across his department. Prior to that, he spent nearly a decade as an investor focused on identifying, funding and building leading software companies, such as Oculus VR (acquired by Facebook), Exact Target (acquired by Salesforce), Monetate, Instructure and Loyalty Lab (acquired by Tibco). He was a founding member of OpenView Venture Partners, where he helped lead the initial fund formation and raised over $240 million in committed capital. Prior to OpenView, Kobie was an investor at Insight Venture Partners.

 
Max Gazor
Partner
CRV

Max is an early-stage venture capital investor at CRV, focused on the areas of cloud, big data, security, enterprise software and IT infrastructure. CRV was an early investor in Netezza, Qubole, Platfora,Yammer, Twitter, Zendesk and others. Max was selected by Forbes for the 2014 Midas Brink List, named one of the top up-and-coming venture capitalists.Max joined CRV from Cisco Systems, where he worked on investments and acquisitions across data center and emerging technologies in Corporate Development. Max started his career at Oracle, in Business Development for the Server Technologies division. At Oracle, Max was centrally involved in the acquisition of numerous software companies and established major technology, channel and strategic partnership relationships.

 
Philip Gerskovich
Senior Vice President of New Growth Platforms
Zebra Technologies Corp.
Philip Gerskovich has been a Senior Vice President of New Growth Platforms at Zebra Technologies Corp. since September 2011. Mr. Gerskovich served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development at Zebra Technologies Corp. since March 10, 2005. Mr. Gerskovich joined Zebra with a respected career in business transactions, imaging, and technology. He came directly from the Eastman Kodak Company, where he completed several acquisitions for the imaging and printing giant. Most recently, he served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager of publishing services in graphics communication. He joined Kodak as corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for digital and applied imaging division. Prior to Kodak, Mr. Gerskovich held positions of increasing responsibility and scope at Data General Corp. (now EMC Corp.), Dell Computer, IBM Corporation, and Sun Microsystems. He serves as a Director of Midwest Board at TechAmerica. He holds a BS degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.
 
Bobby Goodlatte
Angel Investor

Bobby Goodlatte is a product designer and angel investor in over 20 startups. He was previously on Facebook's product design team, where he led design for growth (2008-2010) and Facebook Photos (2011-2012). He has made several investments in Bitcoin companies, including Coinbase and Buttercoin.  Bobby graduated from Duke University in 2008, where he received his B.A. in Computer Science.

 
Ron Guerrier
VP & CIO
Toyota Financial Services
Ron Guerrier is vice president and chief information officer for Toyota Financial Services (TFS).

Guerrier leads the Business Technology Solutions (BTS) department, and is responsible for defining and driving an information technology agenda that supports business performance and enhances the customer experience. These responsibilities include overseeing the management of existing technologies, development of new technologies and innovative solutions, and insuring appropriate value for IT spend. Guerrier is a member of the TFS Management Committee, the Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) Global Information Technology Steering Committee (GITSC), and the North America Information Technology (NAIT) Group. He reports to Julia Wada, group vice president of Human Resources, Business Technology Solutions, Real Estate & Facilities.

Guerrier joined Toyota at the Chicago TMCC Branch in 1996 as an assistant customer account representative, performing various collections and customer service activities. After joining Toyota Motor Sales Information Systems (TMS IS)in 1998, Guerrier held various roles; from Central Region IS Supervisor, supporting TMS, TMCC, North American Parts Center, Kentucky (NAPCK), and Toyota Logistics Services (TLS); to the Western Customer Service Center Technology Manager. In 2004, Guerrier returned to TMCC as the national manager, Enterprise Support Services, responsible for the Service Desk, Data Center Operations and Service Management. He moved to the Business Relationship & Application Development Team in 2007, and was promoted to Corporate Manager & Division Information Officer in 2009. Guerrier championed the creation of the TFS Innovation Lab in 2011, which received CIO Magazine’s CIO100 Award for promoting innovation and collaboration via the use of technology.

Guerrier is an executive sponsor for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Advantage Program, which mentors, prepares, and inspires young women and underserved communities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. He also raises awareness and donations for the reconstruction and self-sufficiency of Haiti, and enjoys volunteering for a variety of organizations.

Guerrier received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & Economics from the University of Illinois, and his Master’s Degree in Management from North Park University in Chicago. He has also earned Executive Education Certificates in Information Technology from the University of Chicago, University of California Berkeley, Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 
Austen Heinz
CEO
Cambrian Genomics

Austen J. Heinz is CEO of Cambrian Genomics. Cambrian Genomics makes the first hardware/systems for laser printing DNA. Presently, researchers in academia and industry order or clone greater than $1 billion/year of DNA. Cambrian Genomics plans to deliver high quality sequence verified DNA to buyers in this existing/growing worldwide market.

 
Catherine Hoke
Founder & CEO
Defy Ventures

Driven by her hatred for injustice and love for the underdog, Catherine left behind a career in venture capital and private equity to pursue her calling. At age 27, she founded the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) in Texas. PEP was nationally recognized for its groundbreaking results. In 2010, Catherine founded Defy Ventures in NYC after being given her own second chance to lead.
Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character training program that recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs. Defy “transforms the hustle” of formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, startup funding, and incubation. Leveraging technology, Defy introduced a new blended learning model in 2014 that combines online learning with in-person mentoring and training. Through this model, Defy is now serving EITs in 9 states including California.
Since its founding, Defy has raised $4 million and engaged 2,500+ executive volunteers. Defy has incubated and financed 80 of its graduates’ companies. Defy has been showcased in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Richard Branson’s blog, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes.com, and The Harvard Business Review.

 
Stephen Ibach
VP, Digital Partnerships and M&A
Inmar, Inc.

Stephen Ibach is Inmar’s Vice President, Digital Partnerships and M&A. Steve brings 15 years of experience in investment banking, e-Commerce, and technology research. Prior to joining Inmar, Steve held a number of senior leadership positions with Credit Suisse Steve was Vice President, Internet Sector Strategist in Equity Research. In this role, he focused on the key themes across the digital landscape. Steve also served as the head of Product Strategy and Innovation, at Credit Suisse HOLT.

 
Alex Ince-Cushman
Associate Principal
McKinsey & Company
Alex Ince-Cushman is an Associate Principal in McKinsey's Silicon Valley Office and is co-lead of the West Coast Software practice. Alex has worked extensively in the high tech sector with a focus on software and strategy as well as serving non-tech companies on software development topics. He has extensive experience writing production software for image processing and tomography applications and has a PhD in Plasma Physics from MIT.
 
Moderator: Cory Johnson
Anchor & Editor-at-Large
Bloomberg Television

Cory Johnson is an anchor and editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television. He appears daily on "Bloomberg West," Bloomberg TV's weekday program that covers innovation, technology and the future of business from the network's studio on the West Coast. Johnson provides in-depth coverage of Internet companies, social media, cloud computing and other developments in technology, media and entertainment. Cory brings significant experience in technology, finance and investigative journalism to his role at Bloomberg Television. Prior to joining Bloomberg in October 2010, Johnson was a hedge fund manager and private investor. As a portfolio manager at Kingsford Capital Management and an analyst at Cannell Capital LLC, he focused on value investing, short selling, forensic accounting and covering neglected equities in technology, industrials, oil and gas and other sectors.

 
Philippe Kahn
CEO
Fullpower

Philippe is the CEO of Fullpower, the creative team behind the MotionX 24/7 wearable technology platform. Philippe is a technology innovator and entrepreneur and a wearable technology pioneer. The Fullpower MotionX 24/7 technology platform is at the core of solutions by Nike and Jawbone among others. Philippe is credited with creating the first complete camera phone solution, sharing pictures instantly on public networks. Philippe's photo from the birth of his daughter, taken and instantly shared on June 11, 1997, is the first known publicly transmitted and shared camera-phone picture. Philippe has founded four successful technology companies: Fullpower Technologies (Wearable 24/7 MotionX) , LightSurf (The Camera-Phone), Starfish (Wireless Synchronization) and Borland (Professional Development Tools). Philippe is the co-author of several dozen technology patents covering wearable, sensing, eyewear, smartphone, mobile, imaging, wireless, synchronization and medical technologies.

 
Aiaz Kazi
SVP, Products & Innovation Platform Strategy and Adoption
SAP
Aiaz Kazi is the Senior Vice President of Products & Innovation Platform Strategy and Adoption. He is responsible for the platform technology vision, business strategy, platform adoption, and new platform initiatives. His areas of coverage are centered around SAP HANA, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP HANA Marketplace and across all of SAP's Products and Innovation Platform portfolio including In-Memory technologies, Mobile, Analytics, UX, Integration, and Application Development. He is also focused on driving adoption across a broader ecosystem of startups, strategic ISVs, venture capitalists, incubators, universities, students, and developers. He has over 24 years of experience building and marketing enterprise software solutions, at SAP, TIBCO, WebMethods, BEA, Advent Software, and TCS. Aiaz has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Bombay.
 
Linda Kozlowski
Vice President, Worldwide Operations
Evernote
Linda has more than 20 years of experience in international marketing, business development, operations, public relations and customer service. At Evernote, she leads Worldwide Operations, including sales, customer support, global expansion, regional office management, localization and development, marketing, and partnerships. Linda is also responsible for operations around Evernote Business. Prior to Evernote, Linda was based out of Hong Kong and led global marketing, business development and customer service for Alibaba.com. Linda has held leadership positions in communications firms including Fleishman-Hillard, Text 100, and Schwartz Communications. Linda holds a Master's degree in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in Corporate Communications from Elon University.
 
Mara Lewis
Managing Director
Start Co.

Mara Lewis is a serial tech entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Start Co., a seed stage accelerator and investment fund. Mara is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and sits on the SXSW V2V Advisory Board. She has been quoted in the media as a thought leader for women in technology, and in 2013, helped launch Upstart, one of the nation's first accelerators for women-led tech startups. Mara is passionate about supporting founders through mentorship, capital, and technical assistance. She resides in San Francisco, California with a secondary residence in Memphis, TN to engage startups outside of Silicon Valley.

 
John Lilly
Partner
Greylock Partners

John joined Greylock as a partner in 2011. John is currently on the Board of Directors of MessageMe, Clearslide, Citrus Lane, Code for America, and several unannouced investments. He leads Greylock's investment in Dropbox and led our investments in Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo in 2013) and Instagram (acquired by Facebook in 2012). John previously served on the boards of directors of TripIt (acquired by Concur in 2011), CenterRun (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2003), and Reactivity (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007). Prior to Greylock, John was CEO of Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, an open source Web browser used by more than 450 million people. John also co-founded Reactivity, an enterprise security infrastructure company acquired by Cisco in 2007, where he served as founding CEO and later CTO. Earlier in his career, John held positions on the executive team at Trilogy Software and as a Senior Scientist in Apple's research labs. He is a co-inventor on seven United States patents.

 
Kathy Lord
Vice President, Sales & Customer Success
Intacct
Kathy Lord leads sales activities and operations, supporting both the direct sales team and the channel partners. She brings to Intacct nearly 20 years of sales management experience at startups and major software companies. Prior to Intacct, Kathy developed and managed the corporate sales organization at Proofpoint, a leading email security provider. At Biz360, Kathy doubled revenue within the first year. She was also instrumental in building the customer base at Trading Dynamics, a web-based procurement and spend management software company that later became part of Ariba. She also successfully managed Arbor Software's corporate sales team, leading it through its merger with Hyperion. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
 
Armando Mann
VP Sales and Customer Success
Relate IQ
 
Dave McClure
Founding Partner
500 Startups
Dave uses his uncanny ability to function without sleep and frequent flyer miles to uncover geeks around the world. His ominous past includes work at Founders Fund, Facebook fbFund, PayPal, Mint.com, & Simply Hired.
 
J. Kelly McGowan
CIO
American Securities

Kelly McGowan joined American Securities in 2007 as the director of information systems & technology to implement and help execute complex IT strategies to enhance the growth of our portfolio companies. Previously, he was chief information officer at Fresh Direct. He was also a founding partner of Oceanview Consulting, where he worked extensively with American Securities' portfolio company, Press Ganey Associates, helping them build a world-class IT capability. In addition, Kelly served as CIO of Cowen & Co. and Societe Generale.

 
Joe Megibow
Chief Digital Officer & SVP
American Eagle Outfitters

Joe Megibow is the SVP/Chief Digital Officer at American Eagle Outfitters. In his role, Joe is responsible for digitally enabled customer experiences across all channels and touchpoints, including P&L responsibility for the American Eagle and Aerie direct businesses, omni-channel customer-facing technology, online marketing, analytics, and customer service.  Prior to American Eagle, Joe was VP and General Manager of Expedia.com, where he had P&L responsibility for the US with direct ownership of marketing, merchandising, and operations. Joe also held the role of VP, Mobile and eCommerce Optimization, with global product management responsibilities of search, checkout, and all mobile initiatives, as well as ownership of analytics, optimization, and site experimentation. Joe joined the Expedia, Inc. family in 2006, heading up Online Marketing and Customer Experience for hotels.com.

 
Emily Melton
Partner
DFJ
Emily Melton is a Partner at DFJ and has spent more than a decade working with early stage companies. She has deep respect and enduring empathy for those who pursue an entrepreneurial path.  Emily's primary areas of interest include consumer and mobile technology, healthcare technologies and marketplaces. She serves on the Board of Directors for Wellframe. Emily started her career at DFJ and spent eight years at the firm where she sourced and became actively involved in consumer and enterprise investments including Meebo (acquired by Google), Flux (acquired by MTVNetworks), Kudo (acquired by Google), Redfin, ShareThis and RichRelevance. Emily spent a year with Mayfield Fund where she was involved in creating the firm’s mobile and consumer investment strategy.
 
Kaustav Mitra
Global Vice-President
SAP Startup Focus
Kaustav joined SAP in 2011 after 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur launching, growing and selling a managed IT services firm. Prior to heading SAP’s global startup initiative he was a member of SAP’s Chairman Projects team where he led a variety of strategic projects for SAP Executive Board Member Vishal Sikka. Kaustav has a Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Mathematics from BITS, Pilani in India and a Master’s degree in Economics from USC.
 
Danielle Morrill
CEO & Cofounder
Mattermark

Danielle is CEO & Cofounder of Mattermark. Mattermark provides intelligent sourcing, research and tracking tools to help investors measure signals of growth for more than 200,000 startups from around the world. She is a Summer 2012 graduate of Y Combinator, and was formerly Director of Marketing and the first employee of Twilio, the cloud communications company.

 
Bradley Mossman
Vice President
Convergence CT
Prior to co-founding the company, Mr. Mossman served as President of Strategy Pacifica, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in financial and market feasibility analyses and policy management. Mr. Mossman also served as Director of Corporate Planning for Pihana Pacific, Inc. As Deputy Director of the State of Hawaii's Department of Business and Economic Development and as Director of the State's Office of Planning, Mr. Mossman played a key role in the state's successful efforts to revitalize its economy and to grow its high technology industry. Mr. Mossman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Hawaii, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.
 
Adam Nash
President & CEO
Wealthfront

Adam is a proven advocate for development of products that go beyond utility to delight customers. Adam joined Wealthfront from Greylock Partners, where he was an Executive-in-Residence. Prior to Greylock, he was VP of Product Management at LinkedIn, where he built the teams responsible for core product, user experience, platform and mobile. Adam has held a number of leadership roles at eBay, including Director of eBay Express, as well as strategic and technical roles at Atlas Venture, Preview Systems and Apple. Adam holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.

 
Matt Ocko
Managing Partner
Data Collective

Matt Ocko has three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur and VC, in the US and globally. His prior investments include Cotendo (AKAM), Zynga (ZNGA), Facebook (FB), XenSource (CTRX), UltraDNS (NSR), FlashSoft (SDNK), Fortinet (FTNT), Aggregate Knowledge (NSR), Virtuata (CSCO), DataMirror (IBM), Couchbase, Ayasdi, Kenshoo, D-Wave Systems, MetaMarkets, Uber, AngelList, and many others, including multiple additional acquisitions by Google, Facebook, Netapp, and other Fortune 1000 tech companies. Matt founded Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering e-mail software vendor with over 1 million users world-wide prior to its acquisition. He is an inventor on over 40 granted or in-process patents in areas as diverse as enterprise hardware and social games. He holds a degree in Physics from Yale University and has been active in helping develop China's venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades.

 
Steve Papa
Founder and Venture Capitalist
Parallel Wireless

Steve Papa is an active founder and venture capitalist. As founder of Parallel Wireless he is making the deployment of the carrier-grade LTE RAN as easy as deploying enterprise Wi-Fi. As investor, he is active both as a founding investor and a board partner for Andreessen Horowitz. Previously he founded and led the big data database company Endeca until it was Oracle's largest private company acquisition, reported at $1.1 billion when announced in 2011. Endeca launched at Demo 2001 and pioneered the now ubiquitous faceted search and query. He got his high-tech career started at Inktomi where he created the company's carrier class caching business and then helped launch Akamai. Steve studied at Princeton and Harvard where is an advisor to both their respective entrepreneurship programs.

 
Jay Parekh
Director, Business Development
Braintree
Jay is a Director of Business Development at Braintree, based in SF, where he focuses on deals with key partners and driving merchant adoption of key strategic initiatives. He has worked extensively on key consumer-facing Braintree product partnerships including Venmo Touch, One Touch PayPal, Apple Pay, and Coinbase. Prior to Braintree, Jay was a Lead Product Manager at Zynga, where he led teams developing original entertainment IP for web and mobile devices.
 
Stephen Plumlee
Global Chief Operating Officer & EVP
R/GA

Stephen Plumlee has been the Global Chief Operating Officer of R/GA Media Group, Inc. since 2006. During that time, he has overseen the company’s dramatic growth and expansion to fifteen cities around the world. Stephen is responsible for managing R/GA’s global operations including P&L management, strategic growth plans for R/GA’s international operations, financial tracking, and business continuity planning. He also negotiates all client engagement agreements and oversees corporate legal matters, trademarks, patents, IP, real estate, and IT, among other responsibilities. Stephen joined R/GA in 1998. (www.rga.com) In 2013, Stephen led the establishment of R/GA Ventures, which he manages, and the R/GA Accelerator. The 2013 and 2014 classes of the R/GA Accelerator have focused on the Internet of Things and Connected Devices. (www.rgaaccelerator.com)  Stephen is on the Board of Directors of BRIC Arts l Media l Bklyn, which presents contemporary art, performing arts, and community media programs that reflect Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity. BRIC also provides resources to launch, nurture, and showcase artists and media makers. Stephen has served as BRIC’s Treasurer since 2011. (www.bricartsmedia.org)

 
Keith Rabois
Partner
Khosla Ventures

Keith Rabois joined Khosla Ventures in March 2013. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Square from August 2010 until January 2013 where he lead the company’s business operations including marketing, communications, business development, distribution, human resources and risk management. Keith specializes in transforming early-stage startups into successful businesses and has deep expertise in the financial services industry and government affairs. An accomplished executive, entrepreneur and angel investor, Keith has held leadership roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and began his career practicing law at Sullivan & Cromwell. Keith was an early investor in several high-profile Internet companies including YouTube, served on the Board of Yelp (NYSE: YELP) from 2005 to Jan 2014, and currently serves on the board of directors of Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM).

 
Scott Robinson
FinTech Director
Plug and Play

Scott leads the FinTech initiative at Plug and Play, a global startup accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. Additionally, Scott is co-organizer of the Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup, the world’s first Bitcoin Job Fair, and an investor in startups including 37coins, Purse.IO, Holy Transaction & Blockscore. Scott graduated from UCLA in 2008, where he received his B.A. in History.

 
Matt Rogers
Founder & Engineering
Nest Labs

Matt was responsible for iPod software development at Apple, from concept to production. He is passionate about mobile products, loves team building and rapid productization. Matt earned his BS and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.

 
Lior Ron
CVP, Product Management
Motorola Mobility

Lior is leading the new devices group at Motorola, incubating new device categories including the recently introduced Moto 360. Previously, Lior held various leadership positions at Motorola, including leading Product Management and the Moto device family.
Before joining Moto, Lior was the product lead for Google Maps and Google’s local efforts. He spent twelve years innovating in the geo industry where he was the CTO of the Israeli Intelligence mapping and search unit, product manager at Yahoo and part of the Google geo leadership team. He holds an MBA from Stanford GSB, BSc and MS from the Technion – the Israeli institute for technology. He’s also involved in the emerging private space industry as an investor and advisor as well as product lead for Google’s space products (sky, moon).

 
Alex Rosen
Managing Director
IDG Ventures

Alex Rosen is a Managing Director with IDG Ventures. He focuses on companies at the intersection of consumer and enterprise technologies, including SaaS, cloud, marketplaces, and ad tech. Alex serves on the boards at Expect Labs (enabler of voice-based digital assistants), Krux (data management platform), Minted (design-driven marketplace), Smartling (translation management SaaS), Vidible (video syndication platform), Vouch (social lending), and We Heart It (mobile social network). He also led IDG Ventures' investments in Fastly, Indiegogo, Watchguard, and Flowdock (RALY). Previously, he was a General Partner at Sprout Group, where he was head of the Internet and Software group. He holds BS degrees in electrical engineering and economics from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University.

 
Ryan Sarver
Partner
Redpoint Ventures

Ryan is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures where he focuses on consumer Internet, mobile, social, local and platform investments. Prior to joining Redpoint, Ryan was a Director at Twitter where he oversaw the Twitter Platform and its ecosystem of companies. Before Twitter, Ryan was Director of Consumer Products at Skyhook Wireless where they pioneered the Wi-Fi and cell tower triangulation technology that powered the the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and Macbook. He was also responsible for conceiving of and driving the W3C Geolocation standard that is now used in most modern browsers.

 
Joshua Schacter
Independent Angel Investor
Joshua is an active angel investor. He is also the Founder of Tasty Labs (Acquired by Walmart) and Delicious (Acquired by Yahoo.).  Follow him on twitter @joshu.
 
Erick Schonfeld
Executive Producer
DEMO

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.

 
Eric Setton
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
TangoMe, Inc.

Eric Setton is the Co-Founder and CTO of Tango one of the leading mobile messaging services with over 200 million members worldwide. At Tango, Eric leads the areas of Growth and Analytics and Marketing. Previously, he was the first key technologist of the company and established its leading position as the first mobile video calling service. He served for 3 years as the first VP of Product of Tango. Prior to Tango, Eric co-founded Dyyno, a video streaming and distribution company, and served as CTO and VP of Product. He also worked as a research scientist at HP Labs where he was one of the world’s leading experts in peer-to-peer video streaming and video compression, notably writing the first book on the subject, Peer-to-Peer Video Streaming, in 2007. Eric has contributed to more than 30 research papers in his field and holds over twenty patents either granted or pending.

 
Hiten Shah
Co-founder
KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg

Hiten Shah is the co-founder of KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg. He's been creating and growing both self-funded and venture backed SaaS analytics businesses since 2005. As an advisor, investor or service provider he's helped dozens of companies with marketing, product and growth initiatives. Hiten helped coin the term growth hacker which has helped to define the evolving role of marketing. He is a sought after mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs and their 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.

 
Emma Sinclair
Co-founder
EnterpriseJungle

Emma Sinclair holds the distinction of being the youngest person to float a company on the London Stock Exchange, having done so at 29. She has worn a number of hats during her career, covering anything from M&A banker to parking geek and techie. And no bio of hers would be complete without mentioning the five stars she gained at 16, at McDonalds. She recently sold Target Parking, a car park and facility management business, to focus on enterprise software company EnterpriseJungle. EJ sits on enterprise platforms to find experts, knowledge and opportunities for the workforce. Imagine a Q&A where you can ask any question: Their technology not only has the intelligence to understand the question but can also present it to the person most likely to answer it. The product suite is all based off this capabilities platform. Emma is also active within the world of health: A firm believer that it is too often overlooked, she co-founded Wakeman Road, a health and wellbeing members’ club. She contributes to a number of newspapers having launched her twice weekly business column in the Telegraph’s Wonder Women section in 2012. Follow her on Twitter @ES_Entrepreneur.

 
Moderator: Redg Snodgrass
Founder & CEO
Wearable World

Redg Snodgrass is a hybrid entrepreneur / corporate executive who understands how big companies can partner with and strategically leverage innovative startups. He has been a lean mean branding positioning junkie, beating competitors with larger resources and deeper experience most of his career.  Unlike most corporate mavericks, he’s maintained the respect of his colleagues, and works to raise the bar so that everyone shares in the victory, and gets equal praise. Currently Redg serves as CEO of Wearable World, Inc., a San-Francisco based incubator / accelerator that has created the first self-sustaining technology ecosystem that generates deal flow and revenue for clients. He also sits on the board of several startups, managing their go-to-market strategies.

 
Marc Strohlein
Adjunct Research Advisor
IDC

Marc Strohlein, an adjunct research advisor for IDC's Research Network, focuses on digital business transformation. With over 25 years of experience in CIO, CTO, SVP of operations, and COO roles, Marc brings experience in business and technology operations and strategy, change management and organizational transformation, digital product innovation and development, agile product development, product marketing and management, social media and enterprise collaboration, and information publishing and content technologies. He authored The Energized Enterprise, a book that helps team leaders, managers, and executives tap hidden energy and performance in their organizations. He is currently the principal at Agile Business Logic, a consultancy that helps businesses and nonprofits optimize their strategies, people, processes, and technologies to improve operational and business performance.

 
Shanna Tellerman
Partner
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 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.
Shanna holds a BFA and a master’s degree in entertainment technology from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2009 she 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.

 
Peter Thiel
Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist

Mr. Thiel earned a B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University in 1989 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1992. After Stanford, he began his career in law and finance. In 1998, he made e-commerce easier, faster, and more secure by co-founding and leading PayPal, which now has 137 million active financial accounts. In 2002, he sold PayPal to eBay and founded a global macro fund, Clarium. In 2004, he co-founded Palantir Technologies, which helps governments and large companies solve some of the world’s most sensitive data challenges. In the same year, he made the first outside investment in Facebook. In 2005, he co-founded Founders Fund, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital fund. In 2012, he co-founded Mithril Capital Management, a premier international technology investment fund. He established and funds the Thiel Foundation, which promotes freedom in all its forms. He also created the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship to nurture the tech visionaries of tomorrow. He occasionally teaches on technology, globalization, and sovereignty at Stanford. He lives in San Francisco.

 
James Thomason
CTO
Dell Cloud Marketplace
James Thomason leads the vision, technology strategy, and product roadmap for Dell Cloud Marketplace, an online platform that makes it easy for businesses to compare, consume, and control cloud services. Mr. Thomason joined Dell through the acquisition of Gale Technologies in 2012, where as CTO he headed the product roadmap, architecture, and engineering of the company’s flagship cloud and converged infrastructure automation software, GaleForce. Prior to joining Gale Technologies, Mr. Thomason was the CTO and Founder of Virtiv, a San Francisco cloud automation startup focused on Linux virtualization, acquired by Gale Technologies in 2011. For over 17 years, as a specialist in distributed systems and large-scale infrastructures, Mr. Thomason has been an entrepreneur and innovator at a number of notable Silicon Valley start-ups, including Exodus Communications, Digital Island, Netli, NetVMG, Netscaler, 3Leaf Systems, and Ning.
 
Tomasz Tunguz
Partner
Redpoint Ventures

Tomasz Tunguz is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures where he focuses on software investments. He works with Looker, Expensify, Axial, Electric Imp and ThredUp. Prior to joining Redpoint, Tomasz was the Product Manager for Google's Social Media monetization team, including the Google-MySpace partnership. In addition, he managed the launches of AdSense into six new markets in Europe and Asia. He blogs at tomtunguz.com.

 
Tien Tzuo
Founder & CEO
Zuora

Tien Tzuo is widely recognized as one of the thought leaders in the software-as-a-service industry and founded Zuora in 2007. As Zuora's CEO, Tzuo has not only built one of the fastest growing SaaS companies, he's also evangelized the shift to subscription based business models and the complex billing structures they inherit, coining the phrase Subscription Economy. In an effort to empower this new Subscription Economy, Tzuo has spent over six years working with the best companies in the world to build an award-winning platform powerful and flexible enough to fuel any subscription business. Before Zuora, Tzuo was one of the 'original forces' at salesforce.com, joining as employee number 11. In his 9 years atsalesforce.com, Tzuo built salesforce.com's original billing system and held a variety of executive roles in technology, marketing, and strategy organizations, including building out the product management & marketing organization, serving as Chief Marketing Officer for two years, and most recently as Chief Strategy Officer.

 
Trae Vassallo
General Partner
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Trae Vassallo is an independent investor, board member, and entrepreneurial advisor. She was most recently a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and still works with her remaining KPCB portfolio company, Enlighted. Over 10 years at KPCB, Trae invested in number of leading companies including Nest Labs, Dropcam and Opower. A "design thinker" and engineer at heart, Trae thrives at the intersection of great products and big markets.

 
Alison Wagonfeld
Operating Partner
Emergence Capital
Alison Wagonfeld is an Operating Partner at Emergence Capital. She is part of the investment team and she works with the Emergence portfolio companies on marketing, strategy, talent/recruiting, and resource development. She is also responsible for Emergence's marketing efforts, including content strategy, social media, public relations, business development, and events. In 2014, Alison was named one of the "Most Influential Women in the Bay Area" by the San Francisco Business Journal. Prior to joining Emergence, Alison was the Executive Director of the Harvard Business School California Research Center located in Menlo Park, California. In this role, she was responsible for developing and writing over 100 business case studies and research materials about West Coast companies, with a particular focus on new ventures and software. From 2009-2013, she helped design and lead a Silicon Valley immersion program for Harvard students. Prior to Alison’s role with HBS, Alison worked at Intuit, where she co-founded the company’s home-loan business, QuickenLoans. Alison was also the 2nd employee and senior vice president of marketing and business development at Greenlight.com, an online car sales company, incubated by Kleiner Perkins, which was later acquired by CarsDirect (Internet Brands). Alison has worked in the mergers & acquisitions group at Morgan Stanley (in New York and Hong Kong), and she worked as a product manager at Microsoft. Alison received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.
 
Peter Weed
General Manager, 'Fast Growth Tech' Practice
McKinsey & Company
Peter is co-leading and building McKinsey’s new 'Fast Growth Tech' Practice, serving innovative, growth-stage tech companies that are shaping the future. The practice is delivering real and lasting impact through a range of approaches that fit smaller companies — including strong counseling relationships, powerful knowledge assets such as SaaS Growth Benchmarking, published insights (www.SaasRadar.com), and rapid growth focused projects. In the last year the practice has built 100s of successful relationships with the C-Suite and investors (VC and growth PE) and successfully delivered our expertise in over 30 projects scoped for startup speed, teams, and fees. Prior to his current role, Peter spent nearly 8 years as a leader in McKinsey's 'Tech, Media, and Telecom' Practice, focused on serving leading technology companies on growth strategy in his core knowledge leadership areas (Cloud/SaaS, mobility, consumer tech/media, and IoT) and the related operational and execution topics across the product pipeline (e.g., design, pricing, COGS, and GTM).
 
Marcus Weller, Ph.D
CEO
Skully Systems

Marcus attended the University of Minnesota, where he assisted research on Intelligent Transportation Systems and developed his lifelong passion for Human Factors Engineering and Industrial Psychology. After years of working in the automotive and semiconductor industries, a motorcycle accident inspired him to found SKULLY in 2013. Marcus holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology and is a motorcycle fanatic with an obsession for human-centered technology and design.


 
Steve Wozniak
Co-founder, Apple Computer
and Chief Scientist, Fusion-io

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak's Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for “single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.” After leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak was involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he “adopted” the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his New York Times Best Selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” and season eight of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”.

 
Rick Yang
Principal
NEA

Rick Yang joined NEA in 2007 and is focused on information and financial technology investments. He also co-manages NEA's seed practice. Rick is currently on the board of mNectar, Pure Energies Group, and TabbedOut, and works closely with Euclid, Fyusion, GoEuro, Olio Devices, Plaid, Soraa, and Stride Health. He was historically involved with Braintree (acquired by PayPal), and Gaikai (acquired by Sony). Prior to joining NEA, Rick advised on and executed a number of strategic financing initiatives for leading public and private tech companies in the Credit Suisse Technology Group. He is currently a member of the Startup Showcase Advisory Board for SXSW and a mentor at Plug and Play Startup Camp.

 
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.
 
Bilal Zuberi
Partner
Lux Capital

Bilal Zuberi is a Partner at Lux Capital, based in the firm's Palo Alto office. Bilal partners with entrepreneurs working across the hardware/software/data/analytics spectrum. Bilal manages Lux’s investments in Evolv Technology (security), CyPhy Works (robotics), LensBricks (computational imaging), Orbital Insight (big data analytics), and AltSpace (virtual reality). Previously Bilal was an investor at General Catalyst Partners in Boston where he invested in companies like CyPhy Works, GridCo, SynapDx, Arc Energy, SunBorne and CleaResult. Bilal is passionate about first-time entrepreneurs and co-founded RoughDraft.vc, a venture firm focused on student startups, is a founding Board member of StartLabs.org, and co-founded the annual University Research and Entrepreneurship Symposium. Bilal was a co-founder of GEO2 Technologies, an advanced materials company that also spun out Bio2 Technologies, and was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.