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Sarah Bird

CEO Moz

Lu Zhang

Founder & Managing Partner Fusion Fund

Neal Sales-Griffin

Managing Director Techstars

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder Wellville

Chris Savage

CEO & Founder Wistia

David Siegel

CEO Meetup

Christi Olson

Head of Evangelism for Search Microsoft

Rand Fishkin

CEO SparkToro

Dayle Hall

CMO SnapLogic

Nick Huzar

CEO & Co-Founder OfferUp

Rita McGrath

Angelica Carr

M&A Integration Expert Aim Business Coaching

David Pakman

Partner Venrock

Latané Conant

CMO 6sense

Andy Annacone

Managing Partner TechNexus

Diego Berrio

Managing Partner, CIO 13 Ventures

Katya Kohen

Managing Partner 13 Ventures

Nathan Latka

Founder GetLatka

Rob Pegoraro

Journalist Yahoo Tech

Sean Sheppard

VC & Co-Founder GrowthX

Vani Rao

Vice President of Product Lighter Capital

Andrew Tarvin

Mark Loranger

Co-Founder Braavo Capital

Amos Schwartzfarb

Managing Director Techstars

Jordan French

Founder & Executive Editor Grit Daily

Loralyn Mears, PhD

Tech Writer Grit Daily

Michael Zhu

Founder & Managing Partner Accathon Capital

Precious L. Williams

Suzanne Borders

CEO & Founder BadVR

Jennifer Mercer

CEO Metazoa

Julien Meyer

Managing Director NorthStar Venture Partners

Jackson Jeyanayagam

Vice President & General Manager The Clorox Company

Matt Epstein

CMO Rippling

Matt Cameron

CEO & Founder SaaSy Sales Leadership

Jeff Davis

CEO & Founder JD2 Consulting Group

Theresa Bassett

Jeremey Donovan

Head of Sales Strategy & Sales Operations SalesLoft

Shannon J. Gregg

Matt Heinz

President & Founder Heinz Marketing

Sydney Thomas

Senior Associate Precursor Ventures

Nick Larson

CRO & Co-founder Contento

Whitney Sales

Managing Partner Acceleprise Ventures

Nora Peterson

Co-Founder Halo Incubator

Ashley Faus

Content Strategy Lead Atlassian

Vanessa Liu

Vice President SAP.iO

Kenneth Goodwin

Senior Managing Principal & Founder Jeanensis Capital Markets

Sunil Sharma

Managing Director Techstars

Shelley Golan

Program Director StartEd EdTech Accelerator

Slawek Potasz

CEO & Founder InMotion Labs

Kellie Wagner

Founder & CEO Collective

Keith Cline

Founder VentureFizz

Karen Walker

President & Principal Consultant ONE TEAM

Elaine Gilde

Managing Director GroveStreet

Mary D’Onofrio

Vice President Bessemer Venture Partners

Elizabeth Yin

Co-Founder & General Partner Hustle Fund

Krysten Copeland

Patrick Campbell

Founder & CEO ProfitWell

Scott D. Anthony

Senior Partner Innosight

Mark Roberge

Managing Director Stage 2 Capital

Bill Macaitis

Advisor & Board Member Macaitis Advisory

Nate Smith

Founder & CEO Lever

Akiko Fujita

Reporter & Anchor Yahoo Finance

Dennis Fois

CEO Copper

Ed Lee

Sarah Bird

CEO Moz
Sarah Bird serves as the CEO of Moz, the world leader in Search Engine Optimization software. With Sarah’s leadership, the company has grown to over 34,000 customers, 150 employees, $60+mm annual revenue, raised $30mm venture capital, launched multiple software products, and created a beloved marketing brand. Prior to Moz, Sarah practiced law and travelled the world. She regularly speaks about entrepreneurship, business models, search marketing, women in tech, and fostering an inspiring company culture. She has served on the boards of Sitrion, a private company, and the Washington Technology Industry Association. Sarah was named a Henry Crown Fellow, Geekwire CEO of the Year Finalist three times, Role Model of the Year, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, a Top 100 Women in Tech.

Lu Zhang

Founder & Managing Partner Fusion Fund
Lu Zhang is the Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund, a renowned Silicon Valley based investor, a serial entrepreneur and a Stanford Engineering alumna. Fusion Fund is active in supporting early-stage entrepreneurs who are looking to build globally disruptive companies using innovative technologies to drive systemic change originating from the U.S market. For the past couple of years, Lu leads the Fusion Fund team funnels exits of multiple portfolios’ IPO and M&As. Lu received the title of 2018 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos). She has also garnered other accolades including the Featured Honoree in VC of Forbes 30 Under 30 (2017), Silicon Valley Women of Influence (2018), Town & Country 50 Modern Swans – Entrepreneurship Influencer (2017) and Top 10 All America Chinese Youth (2018). Prior to starting Fusion Fund, Lu was the Founder and CEO of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012). Lu is active in the entrepreneur and investor communities and serves as a board member and 2020 president for Youth Council of Future Forum.

Neal Sales-Griffin

Managing Director Techstars
Neal Sáles-Griffin is an entrepreneur, teacher, and nonprofit leader. He co-founded the first beginner-focused in-person coding bootcamp, and most recently ran for mayor of Chicago. He's currently the Managing Director of Techstars Chicago, serves as co-chair of the School of the Art Institute's MakeWork council, and is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering where he teaches entrepreneurship.

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder Wellville
Esther Dyson(@edyson) is executive founder of Wellville(@WaytoWellville), a 10-year nonprofit project (2015-2024) to nudge society towards long-term and equitable thinking by showing the social and financial value of investing in health for all. She is also an active angel investor, focusing on human capital and health (more than “care”), space travel and a variety of useful innovations in areas such as agtech and logistics. She started her career as a proofreader, journalist, Wall Street analyst and finally editor/publisher/conference manager (Release 1.0 and PC Forum - 1982-2007). In 1996, she wrote the best-seller “Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age (Broadway Books). In addition to a Harvard BA in economics, she earned a certificate of completion from the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (2009) outside Moscow, for her six months of training as a backup cosmonaut.

Chris Savage

CEO & Founder Wistia
Chris Savage is the co-founder and CEO of Wistia, a web-based software solution that helps marketers turn viewers into brand advocates to grow their businesses. After graduating from Brown University, Chris and his co-founder Brendan Schwartz, started Wistia in Brendan’s living room in 2006. They founded the company with the goal of helping businesses effectively market their products or services more creatively through video. Recently, Savage and Schwartz turned down an offer to sell Wistia and took on $17.3M in debt instead, which allowed them to buy out their investors, gain full control of Wistia, and take the path less traveled in the tech industry. Now, more than 500,000 businesses across 50 countries depend on Wistia's products to build their brands and their businesses, including HubSpot, MailChimp, Sephora, Starbucks, and Tiffany & Co.

David Siegel

CEO Meetup
David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup, the leading social media platform dedicated to online groups that meet in person. He has over 20 years of experience as a technology and digital media executive leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth and traffic acceleration. Prior to joining Meetup, David was CEO of Investopedia and before that, President of Seeking Alpha. David holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Pace University where he teaches courses in Strategic Planning & Entrepreneurship.

Christi Olson

Head of Evangelism for Search Microsoft
Christi is the Head of Evangelism for Bing at Microsoft, and since 2015 has been annually recognized by PPC Hero and her peers as one of the 25 Most Influential PPC Experts. For over a decade she has managed digital marketing and analytics teams across Enterprises, Agencies and Start-Ups. Her love for digital and expertise in search has led her to keynote and speak at hundreds of conferences globally, including at over 80 conferences in 2018. She is a contributing author about all things search, conversational AI, and digital marketing across the web at Entrepreneur, TheNextWeb, MarketingProfs, Search Engine Land, and Search Engine Journal.

Rand Fishkin

CEO SparkToro
Rand Fishkin is the cofounder and CEO of SparkToro. He’s dedicated his professional life to helping people do better marketing through his blogging, videos, speaking, and his book, Lost and Founder. When Rand’s not working, he’s most likely to be in the company of his partner in marriage and (mostly petty) crime, author Geraldine DeRuiter. If you feed him great pasta or great whisky, he’ll give you the cheat code to rank #1 on Google.

Dayle Hall

CMO SnapLogic
Dayle Hall is the CMO at SnapLogic, where he is responsible for leading the company’s marketing organization, developing go to market strategy, creating product marketing differentiation, and building the demand generation function. Dayle is a seasoned marketing leader, bringing over 20 years’ experience in building and leading high-performance marketing teams. He previously worked at People.ai, where he built marketing from the ground up, and Lithium Technology, where he grew the company and market position. Previously, he built his comprehensive marketing skill set through experience across many marketing functions and disciplines at Aruba Networks, Cisco, and Oracle. He holds a Business Information Studies degree from Teesside University.

Nick Huzar

CEO & Co-Founder OfferUp
Nick Huzar is co-founder and CEO of OfferUp, a Seattle-based unicorn and the largest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers in the U.S. As a new father, he realized a massive opportunity in the mobile marketplace when he needed to sell his belongings to make room for his newborn, with very limited online options. A pioneer in reinventing local commerce, Nick revolutionized the industry and launched OfferUp in 2011 to create the simplest, most trustworthy way for people to buy and sell in their communities. With more than 90 million downloads, OfferUp has become a top three lifestyle shopping app in the U.S. with 44 million annual users. Nick holds a B.A. in Management Information Systems from Washington State University. Earlier this year, OfferUp announced its $120M investment led by OLX and its acquisition of LetGo.

Rita McGrath

Rita McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. As a consultant to CEOs, her work has had a lasting impact on the strategy and growth programs of Fortune 500 companies worldwide.   Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). Her new book is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). She has written three other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed. She is a highly sought-after speaker at exclusive corporate events around the globe, such as the Global Peter Drucker Forum.   She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.  Follow Rita on Twitter @rgmcgrath. For more information, visit RitaMcGrath.com.

Angelica Carr

M&A Integration Expert Aim Business Coaching
Angelica Carr, a Merger & Acquisition (M&A) specialist, is a highly-qualified business coach who helps executive individuals and teams prepare for M&A integration. She has lived and worked in Sweden, USA, France and the UK. She is a trained and certified global executive business coach by Rosinski and Co, the School of Coaching, and certified in M&A integration by Pritchett. Angelica has a degree in Management Studies and French from Kings College, London. Angelica’s articles have been published worldwide and she is a global speaker. She recently spoke at the Thomson Reuters Global Mergers and Acquisitions Conference and Dubai’s Business Women Council.

David Pakman

Partner Venrock
A serial entrepreneur turned investor, David spent 12 years as an internet entrepreneur as cofounder of MyPlay and Apple’s Music Group, Vice President of N2K, and CEO of eMusic. He currently serves as Partner to Venrock and was named to the Top 100 Venture Capitalists by CB Insights in 2017 and 2018. David has led early stage investments in Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever for $1 billion), Misty Robotics, Amino Apps, and YouNow, which after traditional funding did an ICO, and oversaw Venrock’s investment in Nest (acquired by Google for $3.2 billion). He also currently invests in blockchain technology; he led the Series A Dapper Labs (creators of CryptoKitties) and has a partnership with CoinFund.

Latané Conant

CMO 6sense
Latané was instrumental in aligning sales and marketing in her previous position as CMO of Appirio, resulting in 5x more effective field marketing programs and a 300% increase in inbound leads. Now as the Chief Market Officer of 6sense, Latané empowers revenue teams to compete and win in the age of account based buying through 6sense’s solution — allowing them to uncover, prioritize, and engage with demand by uniting one common, AI-powered platform. This allows them to know everything they need to know and do anything they need to do, ultimately generating 40% more opportunities, closing deals 2x faster, and winning 2x more often.

Andy Annacone

Managing Partner TechNexus

Diego Berrio

Managing Partner, CIO 13 Ventures
Diego is an investor with extensive experience (10 years +) in Venture Capital, Private Equity, Private lending, Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning. He has worked both in developed (US and France) and emerging (Lain America) markets. He has excelled in fundraising, capital deployment, team formation as well as in financial management and strategic advisory. Diego created his Family Office, focusing on CPG investments. As a Portfolio Manager at Bricapital, a Hospitality-centric Private Equity fund, he focused on investing in Hospitality and e-Learning. In 2017, he became the EIR for Hardware Club, a Venture Capital fund with offices in Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo. 13Ventures carries Consumer brand focus and excellence in its DNA.

Katya Kohen

Managing Partner 13 Ventures
Katya Kohen, Managing Partner 13 Ventures. Katya is on a mission to bring innovation to the people by providing capital and other resources to entrepreneurs. Katya invests in growth-stage consumer-facing products or solutions through VentureBoxTM and provides alternative investment options with double-digit returns to investors through 13 Ventures. With over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience in the startup ecosystem and corporate world, Katya loves sharing her experience to mentor fast-growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Katya draws from her experience as the Co-Founder and Partner at Starta Ventures, which has amassed a portfolio of 100+ early-stage startups with $90M in VC funding and crypto assets.

Nathan Latka

Founder GetLatka
Nathan Latka is the founder of GetLatka, a database featuring saas companies and their key metrics. Latka's podcast features daily interviews with CEO's and has passed 10m downloads. His most recent book was #3 WSJ Bestseller worldwide with 30k copies sold.

Rob Pegoraro

Journalist Yahoo Tech
Rob Pegoraro writes about computers, gadgets, telecom, the Internet, apps, and other things that beep or blink. You can find him covering policy issues at Yahoo Finance, answering consumer-tech questions at USA Today, offering telecom guidance at Wirecutter and showing up at various other online and (sometimes) print outlets. He has met most of the founders of the Internet and once received a single-word e-mail reply from Steve Jobs.

Sean Sheppard

VC & Co-Founder GrowthX
Sean is a serial entrepreneur VC and co-founder of GrowthX and GrowthX Academy, with three successful exits, who has successfully grown dozens of early-stage companies across a wide variety of products and markets. He's considered one of the world's foremost experts in Product-Market Fit and was recently named the #2 Online Sales Influencer and contributor at The Huffington Post. He’s now committed to working with countries, companies, entrepreneurs and those who want to work with them on building startup ecosystems and developing the next generation of leaders for the innovation economy.

Vani Rao

Vice President of Product Lighter Capital
Vani Rao is the Vice President of Product at Lighter Capital. Before moving into Product Management, Vani was a Director on Lighter Capital’s Investment Team. Prior to her time at Lighter Capital, Vani spent 13 years in the banking sector working in Interest Rate Risk Management with BBVA and KeyBank. Vani is a CFA Charterholder and has a Master’s Degree in Financial Engineering from Kent State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from New York University.

Andrew Tarvin

Andrew Tarvin is the CEO of Humor That Works, a leadership development company that teaches professionals how to use humor to achieve better business results. He has partnered with top organizations--including IBM, the UN, and the FBI--to solve human challenges with humor solutions. A best-selling author, Andrew has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc, and FastCompany, and was named a ‘Visionary Under 40’ by the P&G Alumni Network. His TEDx talk on the skill of humor has been viewed more than six million times, only half of which were his mother. He loves chocolate and tweeting puns.

Mark Loranger

Co-Founder Braavo Capital
Mark Loranger is the co-founder and COO of Braavo Capital, the global leader in non-dilutive financing solutions for mobile apps and games. Since launching in 2015, Braavo had deployed over a quarter billion dollars to fuel sustainable, predictable growth for the $300B app economy. Throughout his career, Mark has operated at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and finance - aiming to design solutions to efficiently start, build and scale technology organizations. He previously held roles as COO at Updater and VP at Square 1 Bank.

Amos Schwartzfarb

Managing Director Techstars
Amos Schwartzfarb is the Managing Director of Techstars Austin and author of the best selling book for startup sales, Sell More Faster - The Ultimate Sales Playbook for Startups. Amos began his career as an entrepreneur in the mid 90’s in the Bay Area at Shoreline Mountain Products and HotJobs.com. In 2004 after moving to Los Angeles, Amos founded Work.com which was eventually merged with Business.com where he was VP of Sales. Business.com sold in 2008 and in 2009 Amos moved to Austin and founded mySpoonful with Stacy Horne. mySpoonful was sold in 2012 and Amos joined Blacklocus shortly after. A year later Blacklocus was sold to Homedepot. Amos then went on to found Joust and become a mentor for Techstars in 2013. In 2015, Amos took on the role of Managing Director of the Techstars Austin program where he has run 5 programs and invested in 49 companies through the Techstars Austin Accelerator. In his spare time, Amos loves to hang out with his family, mountain bike and play in the mountains.

Jordan French

Founder & Executive Editor Grit Daily
Jordan French is the Founder and Executive Editor of Grit Daily, a top New York-based news outlet that covers brands and how we interact with them. An award-winning journalist, he is also on the editorial staff at TheStreet.com and a Fast 50 and Inc. 500-ranked entrepreneur. He is the founder of “top shelf” consultancy, Notability Partners, and the co-founder of BNB Shield, Lisbon Hill Farms, Status Labs (sold), BeeHex, BlockTelegraph, and Grit Daily. A biomedical engineer and intellectual-property attorney, French is the author of upcoming book, The Gritty Entrepreneur.

Loralyn Mears, PhD

Tech Writer Grit Daily

Michael Zhu

Founder & Managing Partner Accathon Capital
Michael Zhu is an experienced serial entrepreneur, seasoned investor, international speaker, and cross-border innovator. Michael founded Accathon Capital, a family office backed cross-border innovation & investment firm headquartered in New York City with offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Michael leads Accathon Capital to invest globally in emerging Venture Capital Funds as well as in sector & location agnostic ambitious founders looking to expand businesses into Asia. Michael also build reputable cross-border innovation programs to infuse the collaboration between large corporations and global startups in the cross-border market. Prior Accathon Capital, Michael co-founded a cross-border innovation hub - Lair East in 2015, which is the first “Tech & Culture” themed collaborative co-working space and global entrepreneur communities on the East Coast connecting work, leisure, and knowledge for global entrepreneurs in the business of disrupting technology and shaping cross-border communications. Through Lair East, Michael worked with and advised over 100 startups, facilitated over 15 cross-border programs, and spearheaded international expansions for multiple organizations. Michael was also an LP investor at Palm Drive Capital and Lair East Labs, whose portfolio includes Boom, Jet.com, Zenefits, Clover Health, WeLab, Catalyte, and, b8ta, and supported Eximchain in a post-program $20MM fundraising. Michael is serving as the Advisory Board member in multiple startups and an advisor at the NYC Chinese Entrepreneur Organization. He was also named as one of the “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in Northeastern America” by Mandarin Quarterly. Michael holds an M.S. in Investment Management from Pace University. In 2018, as the only Asian representative, Michael also sat in the Host Committee of Cela (f.k.a. Accelerator Awesome), the first-ever accelerator conference connecting top innovation organizations such as Techstars, 500 Startups, Dreamit, SAP, Verizon, NUMA New York, Google, and more.

Precious L. Williams

Have you ever met the full-figured diva who has taken the business world by storm and won BIG? Well now you have! Precious L. Williams, also affectionately known as the #KillerPitchMaster, can help you #slayallcompetition with her “killer” elevator pitches, media pitches, and investor pitches. Precious is a world class master communicator who works with successful entrepreneurs and speakers and helps them take their professional pitching and speaking skills to the next level. With over 25 years of experience in creating unique speaking and public speaking techniques, Williams is also known for her innovative training programs and services to her clients and sales teams at Fortune 100 companies. These companies include Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, eBay, etc. As a 13-time national business elevator pitch champion, Williams has been on top television shows and publications for her pitching, branding, and professional speaking skills. She was featured on Season 8 of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Forbes Magazine, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, the movie, “LEAP,” as well as several others around the world. She is also the author of a #1 bestselling business book and has been featured on top podcasts and stages around the world. The philosophy of her “killer” pitch is evident in the strategic and personalized creative communications and presentations solutions Williams puts forth. As serial entrepreneur, international professional speaker, and corporate trainer, Williams is equipped to bring life, authenticity, strategy, and boldness to all your oral and written communication needs. Williams is a graduate of Spelman College and Rutgers School of Law. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Suzanne Borders

CEO & Founder BadVR
Suzanne is the CEO & founder of BadVR, the world's first immersive data analytics platform. She previously led product design and UX at 2D analytics companies including Remine, CREXi, and Osurv. A recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, and Magic Leap, Suzanne is passionate about the intersection of product design, immersive technology, and data. Suzanne was named a rising entrepreneurship star by IEEE in 2019 and is a published TechCrunch author. In her spare time, she travels for inspiration (78 countries and counting), is an award-winning poet and former punk.

Jennifer Mercer

CEO Metazoa
Jennifer is a serial entrepreneur and current CEO of Metazoa where she applies her extensive experience in B2B enterprise SaaS. Prior to founding Metazoa, Jennifer co-founded and exited DreamFactory Software where she launched half a dozen Salesforce AppExchange products and built a RESTful API Platform for mobile application developers. DreamFactory raised over $20 million in capital and culminated in a successful exit.

Julien Meyer

Managing Director NorthStar Venture Partners
Julien Meyer, MBA is a career entrepreneur. Founder of collegeTKTS, CollegeStack and formerly CEO @ BlurtBox (Entrepreneur Magazine, 2016), Meyer has been running companies his whole career. With two successful exits under his belt as well as a failure, as he anticipated his next career move, Meyer realized that working to fix how founders interface with investors and ultimately exit companies was his passion. To get started down this path, Meyer published, “First Money In” (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, 2018), a guidebook for entrepreneurs looking to raise their first $50k in capital and founded the Startup Financial News Podcast (Apple, 2017). Meyer then went on to found and become a partner at NorthStar Venture Partners, a financial services firm that focuses exclusively on helping startups with early stage growth strategies and financing, all the way through to M&A activity and exits. Meyer was recently rated as one of the Top 10 Venture Capital consultants for 2018 and NorthStar Venture Partners is up for a of awards in the M&A ecosystem. Additionally, Julien holds an MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, a dual BSfrom the University of Central Florida and a Corporate Finance Certificate from Harvard Business School. He has been featured in Small Business Today, the Orlando Sentinel, Entrepreneur Magazine, multiple business journals and the Ambitious Academy. Meyer continues to speak at entrepreneurship programs across the globe educating entrepreneurs on the opportunities available to them as well as the pitfalls associated with financially over-leveraged startups.

Jackson Jeyanayagam

Vice President & General Manager The Clorox Company
Jackson is currently Vice President and General Manager of the Direct-to-Consumer businesses at The Clorox Company which includes full P&L responsibilities, including supply chain; & fulfillment; engineering; product; R&D; growth marketing; and analytics & data science. Prior to Clorox Jackson was the Chief Marketing Officer for e-commerce startup Boxed, where he oversaw growth, performance media, brand, above the line, CRM & loyalty, creative, SEO, CSR, Communications, CX and trade marketing. In 2018, Jackson was named to the Forbes CMO Next 2018 list -- identifying the 50 CMO's redefining the role and shaping the future. Previously, Jackson was Head of Digital for Chipotle responsible for leading all digital marketing efforts including mobile, social media, content, CRM & loyalty, analytics and e-commerce integration. Before that Jackson was SVP, Digital at Taylor where he built and oversaw the digital marketing practice and supported a number of brands including Diageo, P&G, Jordan Brand, NASCAR and Starwood. At Citizen Paine, Jackson led social media integration and influencer marketing for Old Spice as well as Dentyne, working closely with each brand team and their collective agencies to create and implement through the line campaigns. Jackson started his career at Waggener Edstrom working with brands such as Microsoft and T-Mobile. There, he helped manage the launch of several high-profile products, including the first ever Android-based phone and all of the T-Mobile Sidekick products. Personally, Jackson serves on the Board of Directors for Goodwill International as well as Peace Direct. In the past he has been a board member for the University of Oregon Alumni Association and The Arts & Business Council of New York. He is currently also an advisor for three high-growth startups: Dynamic Signal, BounceX and Miles. 20 years of experience with specialties in: cross-functional team building, people development, brand marketing, digital brand building, revenue growth, e-commerce, mobile, advertising, performance marketing, CSR, content strategy, social influencer, analytics, CRM & loyalty, sports marketing, PR, budgeting and public speaking.

Matt Epstein

CMO Rippling
Matt Epstein is Chief Marketing Officer at Rippling where he's responsible for the company's brand, growth and marketing strategy. Previously, as the first employee and Head of Marketing at Zenefits, Matt created a leading HR brand and helped grow the company from $0 to $65M ARR. He's a self-described former D-List YouTube celebrity who loves storytelling and hockey stick growth curves. He splits his time between New York and San Francisco.

Matt Cameron

CEO & Founder SaaSy Sales Leadership
Matt Cameron is the CEO and founder of SaaSy Sales Leadership, Silicon Valley's SaaS go to market leadership development organization. A regular speaker and columnist on the topic of SaaS sales leadership, Matt has been a 2X VP of Sales, the WW Head of Corporate Sales at Yammer and RVP A/NZ Enterprise Sales for Salesforce.com. His vision is that all employees realize their potential through world class leadership, based on equity, inclusion & belonging.

Jeff Davis

CEO & Founder JD2 Consulting Group
Jeff Davis is an international keynote speaker, consultant, and author of the award-winning book "Create Togetherness." He specializes in helping B2B organizations optimize revenue growth through strategically aligning their marketing and sales activities. He pulls from his over 15 years of experience in marketing, sales, and business development at Fortune 100 companies to early-stage startups. Jeff has worked with companies such as Salesforce, LinkedIn, Oracle, and Seismic.

Theresa Bassett

As CEO of The Diamond Group, Theresa gets to do what she loves best: grow companies. Originally from Royal Oak, Michigan, Theresa grew up in a family familiar with hard work, creativity, and a get-it-done attitude. After a decade of sales and marketing training in Fortune 500 in the new home industry, she transferred her  business development acumen and her passion for professional and personal development into her own coaching agency in 2006. In 2014, she blended her family and her business life in a new chapter, joining her husband as CEO in their own marketing and advertising agency. Theresa now resides in Wilmington, NC and enjoys coaching entrepreneurs and strategically helping scaling small businesses grow. Having created over $140M in sales personally, she specializes in creating double-digit growth with a proprietary system for sales and marketing.

Jeremey Donovan

Head of Sales Strategy & Sales Operations SalesLoft

Shannon J. Gregg

Matt Heinz

President & Founder Heinz Marketing
Prolific author and nationally recognized, award-winning blogger, Matt is President and Founder of Heinz Marketing with 20+ years of marketing, business development and sales experience from a variety of organizations and industries. He is a dynamic speaker, memorable not only for his keen insight and humor, but his actionable and motivating takeaways. Matt was recently named one of the Top Sales World Top 50 keynote speakers. Matt’s career focuses on consistently delivering measurable results with greater sales, revenue growth, product success and customer loyalty. He has helped organizations such as Amazon, Seagate, Morgan Stanley, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and many others create predictable, repeatable sales & marketing engines to fuel growth. Matt is a repeat winner of Top 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management and Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers. He renovated his 105-year-old historic farmhouse in Kirkland, Washington with his wife, Beth and enjoys it with their three young children, dog, two rabbits, two cats, and seven chickens.

Sydney Thomas

Senior Associate Precursor Ventures
Sydney is the Senior Associate at Precursor Ventures. At Precursor she focuses on identifying and supporting startups Pre-Seed companies. Her focus is on companies democratizizing access to products and services that give the mass market more agency over their businesses and lives. To increase knowledge of these types of companies, she founded and hosts the Be About It podcast,where she profiles companies that fit this thesis. She also participates in several extracurricular activities to increase diversity in tech and level the playing field more broadly. She is the creator of The Interrupters - a list that highlights investors committed to investing in black and LatinX founders. She serves on the marketing committee of All Raise. She serves on the Advisory Board of Invanti - a startup generator in the midwest. In 2019, she was honored to join the HBCU.vc 31 under 31 in VC list. In 2020, she was honored to receive the Champion of Justice Award from Esq. Apprentice, a nonprofit she supports that creates alternative pathways to the legal career. Before joining Precursor, Sydney gained experience working in technology startups in business development and product marketing. She has done everything from writing federal SBIR grants to managing customer success teams. Prior to her work in tech, she served in the Bloomberg Administration in NYC. Over the course of her tenure, she drafted federal legislation, negotiated a multi-million dollar contract and received a full-ride scholarship to her business school of choice. Sydney graduated from Berkeley with her MBA and Duke with her BA.

Nick Larson

CRO & Co-founder Contento
Nick Larson is a 6x serial entrepreneur with a passion for people, technology, and surfing. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, he has a significant track record of building and scaling mission driven companies. Currently CRO & Co-founder @ Contento (backed by Google, Green Park Ventures). Nick is also a startup mentor at Europe's top Accelerator, the imec.istart program. He also serves on the board of HackCancer, W.E.D. (Women's Entrepreneurship Day, United Nations) and AR2C (A Real 2nd Chance) which gets non-violent convicts technology jobs, from IT to AI.

Whitney Sales

Managing Partner Acceleprise Ventures
Whitney Sales is a Managing Partner at Acceleprise Ventures, a B2B SaaS accelerator and Seed fund and creator of The Sales Method. Prior to Acceleprise, Whitney was instrumental in bringing four companies, LoopNet, Joby, Meltwater, and SpringAhead, to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list.

Nora Peterson

Co-Founder Halo Incubator
Nora Peterson is the co-founder of Halo Incubator, a startup incubator focused on providing resources, educational programming and mentorship to early stage women entrepreneurs. Nora is also an adjunct instructor at NYU where she teaches an accelerator program in the Sports Management Program. She's had a career in marketing, business development and operations roles in Insurance, Media, Fintech and Technology. She is currently heading account strategy and operations for DXC Technology, a $20B company focused on IT outsourcing and digital transformation. With COVID-19, she underwent going virtual with Halo's spring cohort of founders, NYU's spring semester class as well as undergoing a massive shift at DXC Technology as 130,000 employees around the world transitioned to a virtual workplace.

Ashley Faus

Content Strategy Lead Atlassian
Ashley Faus is a marketer, writer, and speaker by day, and a singer, actor, and fitness fiend by night. She works at Atlassian, a collaboration software maker on a mission to unleash the potential in every team. Her work has been featured in TIME, Forbes, and The Journal of Brand Strategy, and she's shared insights with audiences at Harvard Business Review, INBOUND, and MarketingProfs. Follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Vanessa Liu

Vice President SAP.iO
Vanessa is the Vice President of SAP.iO, the early stage venture arm of SAP which invests in and accelerates startups in enterprise technology. She oversees SAP.iO’s North American Foundries which helps startups integrate with SAP solutions, collaborate with SAP customers, and become part of SAP’s ecosystem of partners delivering the intelligent enterprise. Before SAP, Vanessa was the Chief Operating Officer at Trigger Media Group, a digital media incubator. In her role, she co-founded, incubated and oversaw business operations and strategic initiatives of Trigger’s portfolio companies: InsideHook and Fevo. Previously, Vanessa was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Media and Entertainment Practice, based in Amsterdam, London and New York. She was responsible for serving clients in a variety of media and high-tech sectors on issues of digital strategy, emerging market strategy, growth and innovation. Vanessa graduated magna cum laude with an AB in psychology from Harvard University and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. She serves as Vice President of the Harvard Alumni Association and is also a Non-Executive Director of Appen Ltd.

Kenneth Goodwin

Senior Managing Principal & Founder Jeanensis Capital Markets
Ken is the Senior Managing Principal and President of Jeanensis, LLC (Jeanensis). He has 20 + years of banking and capital markets experience and is widely sought after for impacted results on digital transformation investment, big data, innovation and technology and risk management. Ken is a 10 to Know Global Game Changer, U.S. White House Business Council/Forward member, Aspen Institute Nakasone and Mike and Maureen Mansfield Fellow and speaker on Digital Transformation, Blockchain, FinTech, RegTech, AI, U.S. and Japan central banking and risk management. He's been broadcasted on NYSE, NASDAQ and several radio outlets in the US , Europe, Carribean, Japan and Asia.

Sunil Sharma

Managing Director Techstars

Shelley Golan

Program Director StartEd EdTech Accelerator
Shelley Golan is a serial founder and startup advisor specializing in EdTech, AgTech & New Media. She has launched and operated EdTech Accelerators in NYC, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles, and headed the successful transition to virtual programming in response to COVID-19. She is the Vice President of The NYC Agriculture Collective, a non-profit dedicated to AgTech advocacy, and is the Producer of industry event NYC AgTech Week. Her work revolves around building and leveraging sustainable, diverse networks within the founder, investor and enterprise community.

Slawek Potasz

CEO & Founder InMotion Labs

Kellie Wagner

Founder & CEO Collective
Kellie Wagner is a consultant, speaker, and the founder of Collective, a NYC-based diversity and inclusion consultancy and research lab that is shifting how millennial-driven organizations build, engage, and retain diverse teams in today’s workforce. After nearly a decade working at fast-paced startups like Meetup and DoSomething.org, Kellie decided to leverage her lived experiences as a woman of color in tech to help companies address the common culture problems hindering their diversity efforts. Kellie's work has been featured in Forbes, AlleyWatch, and Like A Boss Girls, and has been asked to speak at Culture Amp'sCulture First conference, Namely’s HR Redefined, The Muse, The Wing, and other high-impact media platforms. She’s a graduate of NYU's Managing Workplace Diversity & Inclusion program, holds an MFA from The New School, and sits on the board of Experience Camps.

Keith Cline

Founder VentureFizz
Keith has spent the last 20 years helping grow vibrant technology and startup communities. He founded VentureFizz to help people stay connected to their local ecosystem and discover all the amazing companies and opportunities. Today, VentureFizz is the leading authority for jobs and careers in tech with a top job board featuring thousands of job opportunities and lots of content which gives readers the inside look at a company, its people, and culture. In 2002, Keith founded Dissero, a progressive recruiting firm focused on early to mid-stage venture-backed technology companies, where he conducted many search level searches for high growth tech companies. Keith has contributed to leading publications on topics related to entrepreneurship and recruiting, including Inc., Forbes, Fox Business News, The Boston Globe, and Boston Business Journal.

Karen Walker

President & Principal Consultant ONE TEAM
Karen Walker is an executive coach and consultant who advises CEOs and senior leaders on thriving in hyper-growth. She has worked with many Inc. 500 startups, as well as clients including Aetna, AWS, Pfizer, JPMorganChase, and BMC Software. Karen is also a board advisor, keynote speaker, and the author of No Dumbing Down: A Guide for CEOs on Organization Growth. As employee104 at Compaq, Karen helped lead the then-fastest growing company in American history, growing it from $0 to $15 billion in revenue. She is a contributor to Forbes and to Harvard Business Review’s Ascend, and has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The San Francisco Chronicle. Karen has a B.S. degree in engineering from Texas A&M University and graduated from the ODHRM program at Columbia University. She has served in an advisory capacity to startups, Rice University, Texas A&M University, and on the executive board of The Alley Theatre. She resides in Jupiter, FL, although – until recently - she could most often be found aloft in seat 2C.

Elaine Gilde

Managing Director GroveStreet

Mary D’Onofrio

Vice President Bessemer Venture Partners
Mary is a vice president based in Silicon Valley and joined Bessemer to start the firm’s growth investment practice. She primarily focuses on growth investments in cloud software, with recent investments including LaunchDarkly, Hyperscience, HashiCorp, and BigID. She is a board member or observer for Hyperscience, BigID, Reputation, GetInsured, Tile, and Retail Solutions, and is also involved with Bessemer portfolio companies Guild Education, Zapier, and nCino. Mary actively tracks both private and public cloud software and is one of the key architects behind the BVP Nasdaq Emerging Cloud Index (^EMCLOUD), which serves as a benchmark for public cloud companies. She also developed Bessemer’s Cash Conversion Score and is an author of the 10 Laws of Cloud. Previously, Mary worked in Equity Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and graduated cum laude with an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.

Elizabeth Yin

Co-Founder & General Partner Hustle Fund
Elizabeth Yin is a co-founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund, a pre-seed fund for software entrepreneurs. Previously, Elizabeth was a partner at 500 Startups where she invested in seed stage companies and ran the Mountain View accelerator. In a prior life, Elizabeth co-founded and ran an adtech company called LaunchBit (acq 2014). Elizabeth has a BSEE from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Krysten Copeland

Krysten Copeland is an award-winning communications strategist and founder of KC & Co Communications, a small but mighty PR and marketing consultancy based in Washington, DC and Brooklyn, NY. She manages firm operations along with strategic and tactical planning for clients within the tech, real estate, lifestyle and political arenas. Her clients have included Yvette Clarke for Congress, Kim R. Ford for Congress, Michael Blake (DNC Vice Chair), Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, Transdev North America, Campaign Legal Center, Manna Inc, HGTV star Ati Williams and other candidates and businesses committed to effecting change. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Oakwood University, Krysten served as Communications Manager for DC Home Buzz, a boutique real estate firm in Washington, DC. Her strategic planning and tactical approach to integrated comms directly resulted in over $50M in real estate transactions within a one year period, up nearly 70% from the previous year. In 2014, Krysten joined Delucchi Plus as a Digital Marketing Manager where she led digital marketing efforts across social media for a portfolio of real estate clients worth around $5M. Since launching her consultancy in 2015, Krysten's clients have included local, national and multinational companies and figures. Due to her nimble, yet scrappy approach, her clients been featured in a variety of top-tier and niche publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, O! Magazine, Forbes, Techcrunch, NPR, Wired, NBC News, The View and Essence Magazine, to name a few. In addition to her work, she serves on the board of Pine Forge Academy, one of the four remaining African American boarding schools in the U.S., and volunteers with Reading Partners, a children's literacy nonprofit. Additionally, she is regularly tapped as a speaker, panelist, and instructor. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her dog, Minnie.

Patrick Campbell

Founder & CEO ProfitWell
Patrick Campbell is the Founder and CEO of ProfitWell, the suite of tools that plug right into your subscription management system and provide turnkey solutions to reducing your churn, optimizing your pricing, and ensuring your revenue recognition is audit proof. ProfitWell's flagship metrics product also powers the subscription financial metrics for over twenty thousand subscription companies (it's free and takes less than five minutes to setup - seriously). Prior to ProfitWell Patrick led Strategic Initiatives for Boston based Gemvara and was an Economist at Google and the US Intelligence community.

Scott D. Anthony

Senior Partner Innosight
Scott D. Anthony is a Senior Partner at Innosight, the strategy and innovation practice of Huron Consulting Group. Based in the firm’s Singapore offices since 2010, he has led Innosight’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region as well as its venture capital activities (Innosight Ventures). In 2019, Scott was recognized as the #9 most influential management thinker by Thinkers50, a biannual ranking of global business thinkers. In 2017, he was awarded the Thinkers50 Innovation Award, which recognizes the world’s leading thinker on innovation. Scott is one of Harvard Business Review’s most prolific contributors and is the coauthor of forthcoming book, Eat, Sleep, Innovate: How to Make Creativity an Everyday Habit Inside Your Organization (October 2020). His also the coauthor, most recently, of the articles “Breaking Down the Barriers to Innovation,” “Unite Your Senior Team” as well as dozens of digital articles for the magazine. He is the coauthor of the book Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today’s Business While Creating the Future (April 2017), a blueprint for how successful companies can leverage disruptive change to fortify today’s business and create tomorrow’s growth engine.

Mark Roberge

Managing Director Stage 2 Capital
Mark Roberge is Managing Director at Stage 2 Capital, the first venture capital firm run and backed by 125+ sales and marketing leaders. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School where he teaches courses on sales, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Prior to these roles, Mark served as SVP of Global Sales and Services at HubSpot (NYSE: HUBS) where he scaled annualized revenue from $0 to $100 million and expanded his team from 1 to 450 employees. Mark was ranked #19 in Forbes' Top 30 Social Sellers in the World. He was also awarded the 2010 Salesperson of the Year at the MIT Sales Conference. Mark received his MBA from MIT. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Boston Globe, TechCrunch, Harvard Business Review, and other major publications for his entrepreneurial ventures. Mark is the author of the bestselling book The Sales Acceleration Formula: Using Data, Technology, and Inbound Selling to go from $0 to $100 Million.

Bill Macaitis

Advisor & Board Member Macaitis Advisory
Bill Macaitis has led marketing and growth for the three of the fastest ever growing SaaS companies. At Slack he served as the CRO leading up the marketing, sales, success and support teams. Before that he served as the CMO of Zendesk taking the company through a successful IPO. Before that he served as SVP of Marketing for Salesforce where he helped grow revenues to $3B. Currently Bill serves as board advisor and independent board member to aspiring unicorns and decacorns. He enjoys helping companies build world class marketing teams, modern tech stacks and customer-centric marketing strategies.

Nate Smith

Founder & CEO Lever
Nate is Founder and CEO of Lever, one of the most recognized brands in recruiting software for startup, mid-sized, and enterprise companies. He is passionate about enterprise software’s potential for business transformation, user experience, and human connection. Prior to Lever, Nate was a product manager on Google Analytics and the Google Search team. He led the first major redesign of Google’s image search UI, which launched in July 2010. Nate received a degree in electrical and computer engineering from Olin College, at which he was a member of the school’s second ever graduating class.

Akiko Fujita

Reporter & Anchor Yahoo Finance
Akiko Fujita is a reporter and anchor for Yahoo Finance, where she covers the intersection of geopolitics and tech. With more than a decade of experience, Akiko has covered some of the biggest stories across the U.S. and Asia. Prior to joining Yahoo Finance, Akiko was an anchor at CNBC International, where she hosted “Squawk Box Asia” out of Hong Kong. In that role, she interviewed some of the top newsmakers in business and politics, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Prior to her time at CNBC, Akiko was a Correspondent at ABC News, where she covered news across the Asia Pacific region.

Dennis Fois

CEO Copper
Dennis Fois is the CEO of Copper, the leading CRM for G Suite. Copper is his latest stop in an international career spanning over 25 years in various countries across Europe and the U.S. During this time, Dennis has developed and led high-performing multicultural teams at both startups and public companies in the technology and financial services sector. Most recently, Dennis was the CEO at NewVoiceMedia, where he led the company to accelerate international growth and ultimately an acquisition by Vonage. Before NewVoiceMedia, Dennis was the CEO at Rant & Rave. He’s also held senior leadership positions at eGain, Barclays, Solera and ADP. Since joining Copper as CEO, Dennis has accelerated Copper’s growth journey by leading its expansion into Canada.

Ed Lee

Ed Lee is a pricing expert and CEO of HelloAdvisr, a growth consultancy working with startup leadership teams to design high-impact pricing strategies. HelloAdvisr works with startups on pricing across growth stages and draws on experience from industries including eCommerce/retail, software, and consumer goods. Previously, Ed held leadership roles with LG Electronics and Simon-Kucher & Partners, a global management consulting firm, where he advised leading global companies and brands on pricing strategy. Ed is regularly invited to teach and speak at leading academic institutions including UCLA and Oxford University. He serves as a mentor and advisor to startup accelerators including Techstars and Backstage Capital, and is a resident expert at the Oxford Foundry (the venture accelerator of Oxford University). Ed received his MBA from Oxford University, two Masters (MSc) from the London School of Economics, and BA from UCSD.

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