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2020 Speakers

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

Rob Pegoraro

Journalist Fast Company

Sean Sheppard

VC & Co-Founder GrowthX

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

Kenneth Goodwin

Senior Managing Principal & Founder Jeanensis Capital Markets

Sunil Sharma

Managing Director Techstars

Shelley Golan

USA Managing Partner Rinnovation AgTech Accelerator

Slawek Potasz

Founder & CEO 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

Former CMO of Slack & Zendesk Macaitis Advisory

Nate Smith

Founder & CEO Lever

Adeo Ressi

Akiko Fujita

Reporter & Anchor Yahoo Finance

Henry Schuck

CEO & Co-Founder Zoominfo

Dennis Fois

CEO Copper

Jan Arendtsz

Founder & CEO Celigo

Perry Light

Market Connect Lead Oracle for Startups

Marcus Wagner

CEO & Founder AcctTwo

JD Weinstein

Kevin Frechette

Co-Founder & CEO Fairmarkit

Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal

Head of Partnerships StartEngine

Matt Graney

VP Product Management Celigo

Mark Simon

Head of Strategy Celigo

Doryn Fine

Account Executive StartEngine

Josh Amster

VP of Sales StartEngine

Tyler Lessard

VP Marketing Vidyard

Alec Wright

Chief Innovation Officer GSV Labs

Adam Brown

Sr. Transformation Manager and Head of the Digital Garage (Procurement) BT

Alex Champagne

Director of Sales Empire Flippers

Mark Kilens

VP of Content & Community Drift

Reva Pellerin

Business Development Manager Vidyard

Diane Albano

Chief Revenue Officer Globalization Partners

Rich Sansone

Senior Sales Executive Globalization Partners

Jess Dodge

Vice President, Global Sales Operations & Enablement Globalization Partners

Vanessa Liu

Vice President SAP.iO

SaLisa Berrien

Founder & CEO COI Energy

Ed Lee

Ryan Leslie

Founder & CEO SuperPhone

Cheryl Contee

Jason VandeBoom

Founder & CEO ActiveCampaign

Adam Jones

VP of Sales Thinkific

Stephan Little

CEO & Managing Partner Zero Limits Ventures

Peter Boyce II

David Berkowitz

Principal Serial Marketer

David Teten

Tamara Steffens

Managing Director M12

Steve Sarracino

Founder & Partner Activant Capital

Karen Appleton Page

General Partner B Capital Group

Vasco Pedro

Co-Founder & CEO Unbabel

Elisa Garcia Anzano

Head of Market Development M12

Michael Dermer

Founder & CEO The Lonely Entrepreneur

Dan Frohnen

CMO Sendoso

Justin Welsh

Bryan Ciambella

Partner Antler

Brendan Scher

Associate Escalate Capital

Kate Adams

VP of Marketing Drift

Andrew Corn

Sumeet Shah

Portfolio Support Associate Swiftarc Ventures

Austin Belcak

David Segura

Co-Founder & CEO Glassbox Media

Jamie Shanks

Eric Rosenblum

Managing Partner Tsingyuan Ventures

Kathy Chiu

Managing Partner DeepWork Capital

Jiun Kimm

Head of Diversity & Inclusion Samsung NEXT

Raza Shaikh

Managing Director Launchpad Venture Group

Lucas Nelson

Danny Carvajal

Head of Product Enablement Samsung NEXT

Kenan Rappuchi

Founder & Chief Growth Officer Sellerant

Brian Mac Mahon

Founder Expert Dojo

Robert Sweeney

Founder & CEO Facet

Udi Ledergor

CMO Gong

Jeff Stewart

Managing Director Global Public Offering Fund

Elizabeth Caven

Managing Director OnRamp

Rachel Krug

VP of Growth Operation business.com

Mel Shakir

Managing Director, SecureTech Dreamit

Matthew Salloway

Karin Odell

Sr. Digital Marketing Manager EZ Texting

Taylor McLemore

Managing Director Techstars

Brendan Rogers

Co-Founder 2 a.m. Ventures

Deb Kemper

Managing Partner Golden Seeds Ventures

Ekta Dang

Thad Simons

Co-Founder & Managing Director The Yield Lab

Kyle Welborn

Managing Director The Yield Lab

Philip Michael

Founder NYCE

Toan Huynh

Partner Baylane Capital

Rania Nasis

Director SoPE

Sergio Marrero

Managing Partner Rebel One

Max Altschuler

VP of Marketing Outreach

Amaryllis Liampoti

Partner & Director BCG Digital Ventures

Kris Rudeegraap

Co-Founder & CEO Sendoso

Allison Williams

Director of NVP Labs Newark Venture Partners

Adrian Mendoza

Founder & General Partner Mendoza Ventures

Christopher Zock

Managing Director Sandbox Insurtech Ventures

Alon Alroy

Co-Founder Bizzabo

Jeff Reekers

CMO Aircall

Michael Asch

Founder & President Anniston Capital

Frederick Adler

Venture Capital Investment Associate Antler

Saba Karim

Global Startup Pipeline Manager Techstars

Aaron Kellner

Director SeedInvest

Jeff Hausfeld

Chairman of the Board & Chief Medical Officer BioFactura

Kokila Lozano

Associate Escalate Capital

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 executives 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. She was also recently selected as the speaker for an event as part of a collaboration of four European-American chambers of commerce helping startups survive and thrive through COVID-19.

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
Andrew Annacone has led a multi-faceted career spanning venture capital, corporate strategy & finance, and management consulting. Throughout his career working with companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500, Andrew built deep experience in innovation and growth strategy, business model design and venture investing. In addition, through his extensive and focused work with new ventures, Andrew developed a differentiated expertise in the economics of innovation and venture development. Committed to broadening understanding of venturing, entrepreneurship and business incubation, Andrew serves as advisor and consultant to scores new ventures, acts as mentor to growing businesses as part of the Junto Institute, and leads workshops/discussions at Depaul's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and EPIC Charter Academy high school.

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.

Rob Pegoraro

Journalist Fast Company
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.

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
I'm a "messager." What that really means is that I'm an author of two books, including a 2018 Gold Medal Award winning book (One Sip at a Time: a Memoir) and my new book, a hard-science thriller, "COVID-19 The Battle for Humanity." I'm also the founder of an #edTech startup with an active marketing and scientific writing consultancy practice. Most notably, I've been named to the Top 1% of UpWork freelancers which now total nearly 13 million. I'm a "translator" in content marketing, speaking science, technology and business producing whitepapers, journal articles, brand positioning and go-to-market strategies that lead to commercial success. I translate complex scientific and technical concepts into content that can be broadly understood by a lay audience or expertly written for the professionals and regulatory compliance officers in the field. You can also call me a dot-connector: I can stitch together concepts to create compelling stories and content. I've spent my career on the commercial side (marketing & sales) working for Fortune 100s and numerous startups. I support Bio-IT, Saas, Tech, LifeSci, HealthSci and companies big and small with effective B2B & B2C marketing strategies and content that generates leads - and revenues. I've launched a dozen products, I've ghost-written countless blogs and I'm a columnist for Grit Daily News. How can I help YOU get your story told?

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

Sales productivity expert. Sales tech geek. Sales operations fanatic. Salesforce obsessed. • Aficionado of sales technology to increase efficiency in the sales process; early adopter and adoption influencer for sales technology systems, particularly Salesforce.com and technology that integrates with the Salesforce platform. • Change agent, particularly in M&A environments (VC/PE); successful track record of integrating process, product/service pricing and pricing methodologies, and notably, global teams, with cultural sensitivity. I'm the President of Cloud Adoption Solutions, a woman-owned Salesforce consultancy focused on change management and user adoption. Visit CloudAdoption.Solutions or call 724-510-SELL. I also provide keynote talks and workshops on sales productivity and time management. Visit www.ShannonGregg.com or call 724-510-SELL. Check out my book, "It's About Time: How to do More of What Matters in the Time You Have," available on my website or via http://a.co/j1lWT5V (PM me for free autographed copies for your nonprofit fundraiser event).

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.

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

USA Managing Partner Rinnovation AgTech 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

Founder & CEO 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

Former CMO of Slack & Zendesk 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.

Adeo Ressi

Adeo Ressi is CEO of the Founder Institute, a startup launch program that operates in over 200 cities worldwide, and he is a recognized mentor for fast growing technology businesses. He has pioneered innovations in the protection of founder rights, the raising of early stage capital and the scaling of new businesses. Previous to the Founder Institute, Adeo has helped to create nearly $2 billion in shareholder value by founding or running nine businesses, including TheFunded, Game Trust, Xceed and Total New York. In addition, the Founder Institute has helped to create approximately $35 billion more in shareholder value by launching over 4,000 technology companies that have raised an estimated $1 billion from investors. Adeo previously served on the Board of the X Prize foundation to pursue his interests in space exploration and techniques to motivate human achievement. He studied architecture and spent time living on a commune to explore his interests in designing better ways to live. Adeo is passionate about inspiring people to achieve greatness.

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.

Henry Schuck

CEO & Co-Founder Zoominfo
Henry Schuck is the founder and CEO of DiscoverOrg and ZoomInfo, the leading sources of business information driving the go-to-market initiative of over 15,000 companies worldwide.

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.

Jan Arendtsz

Founder & CEO Celigo
Jan Arendtsz is a veteran of the software industry with more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, product development, and customer success. He founded Celigo with the goal of simplifying how companies integrate business applications together for a connected enterprise. He is responsible for overseeing all company operations. Prior to Celigo, Jan was a Director at NetSuite, the leading cloud-based ERP platform, where he launched their integration platform. Prior to that, Jan worked for Cambridge Technology Partners, where he implemented complex business solutions for a multitude of customers ranging from Internet startups to Fortune 500 companies. Jan holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Perry Light

Market Connect Lead Oracle for Startups
Perry has broad experience with firms ranging from world-leading software and hardware organizations to privately-held, start-up firms. He leverages experience in direct sales and partnerships to enable startups to reach their business expansion goals. As Customer Connect lead for Oracle for Startups in North America, he creates meaningful connections between startups and Oracle’s global sales teams, facilitating mutually beneficial connections with enterprise customers.

Marcus Wagner

CEO & Founder AcctTwo
Marcus Wagner is the Founder and CEO of AcctTwo, a finance and accounting technology and services provider with a heavy focus on SaaS companies. He has over 25 years of experience in finance and accounting, auditing, internal controls and risk management, system implementation, process design and re-engineering, finance transformation, outsourcing and shared services. Prior to founding AcctTwo, he was a Co-Founder, Partner and Advisory Practice Leader at Calvetti, Ferguson & Wagner, P.C., a Houston-based accounting firm. He started his career at Price Waterhouse LLP (now PwC) where he spent 11 years in audit and consulting and left as a Senior Manager. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and 3 children.

JD Weinstein

JD Weinstein helps startups scale through Oracle’s rich enterprise ecosystem, cloud solutions, & global customer network. He previously served as Principal of WPP Ventures, the strategic venture capital fund for WPP, the world’s largest marketing communications company. He focused on venture investments in tech-enabled companies in MarTech, big data & market intelligence, RetailTech, AdTech, and content. Prior to WPP, JD worked with Capital Factory as a Venture Associate, where he was responsible for deal sourcing & due diligence for the CF Accelerator & venture fund. Prior to Capital Factory, JD worked with the UT Horizon Fund, the strategic market-driven venture fund for the University of Texas System. JD received his BS in Political Communication and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. Outside of the startup ecosystem, JD is a certified paddleboard yoga instructor and diehard Texas Longhorn Basketball fan.

Kevin Frechette

Co-Founder & CEO Fairmarkit
Kevin Frechette is the CEO and Co-Founder of Fairmarkit, the intelligent sourcing platform. He’s spent the last 3 years meeting with hundreds of procurement and supply-chain executives from every industry to learn how they view and approach tail spend management. His core focus is on understanding how procurement can be transformed using data, automation, analytics, AI, and machine learning.

Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal

Head of Partnerships StartEngine

Matt Graney

VP Product Management Celigo
Matt Graney is a seasoned product management leader with over 15 years experience in the discipline across B2B software enterprises and startups. At Celigo, Matt is responsible for the company’s overall product vision, strategy and roadmap. Prior to joining Celigo, Matt held senior product management roles at Axway, an integration middleware vendor, where he was responsible for the global portfolio strategy. Before that, Matt led product management for strategic products at Borland Software and Telelogic (now part of IBM Rational). Matt began his career as a software engineer in the defense and telecommunications industries in Australia. Matt holds a B.E. in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Mark Simon

Head of Strategy Celigo
Mark comes to Celigo having spent the last 21 years in technology. He started his career as a software developer in 1997, building e-commerce applications and custom integrations for several years. He then co-founded and led technology and operations as CTO for Evo, a successful e-commerce company that grew from $0 to $13M in revenue in three years… While at Evo, Mark got his first exposure to the NetSuite ecosystem 15 years ago when he selected and oversaw the implementation and integration of NetSuite for internal use. He then moved on to start a career in consulting with Explore Consulting, an award-winning Solution Provider and VAR in the NetSuite ecosystem. Mark spent the last 13 years at Explore, where he specialized in NetSuite and custom software development, including the last eight years leading the professional services practice as the EVP of Services & Technology before their acquisition by RSM. Mark has worked with clients across several industries including multiple software clients and publicly traded companies pre and post IPO. His efforts for software clients included designing and developing automated processes for sales order processing, subscription management, and provisioning among others.

Doryn Fine

Account Executive StartEngine

Josh Amster

VP of Sales StartEngine
Josh joined StartEngine in early 2016 as one of the first sales people on the team. Since then, Josh has helped build the sales and service departments for the company, a group that is primarily responsible for having raised over $195m for 350+ companies. Josh excels at developing business and relationships, and uses his competitive and fun-spirited attitude to achieve tremendous results. Before joining StartEngine, Josh excelled as a sales and business development executive at the sports and entertainment conglomerate, AEG. A Los Angeles native, Josh studied and played collegiate football in Vermont at Middlebury College.

Tyler Lessard

VP Marketing Vidyard
Tyler is a marketing executive with a passion for creative storytelling, data-driven marketing, and creating exceptional customer experiences. As VP of Marketing at Vidyard, he’s spent 6+ years immersed in the world of online video and content marketing, helping to define and share best practices for businesses of all shapes and sizes. He’s a frequent speaker and author on topics spanning video marketing, content marketing, B2B sales, and account-based marketing, and is the host of the Creating Connections podcast and Video in Focus show.

Alec Wright

Chief Innovation Officer GSV Labs
I connect entrepreneurs to experience and help the world's largest corporations drive digital innovation, because nothing is more exciting than transformative technology. I'm always excited to work on solving big problems with a whiteboard, chat tech or discuss the coming digital renaissance .

Adam Brown

Sr. Transformation Manager and Head of the Digital Garage (Procurement) BT
Adam started his career in research at BT as part of a Masters programme which ultimately lead to launching an award winning CDN startup in 2000 with backing from BT and Softbank. After this, Adam moved back into BT, first as a consultant for the large corporate outsource business, and then in transformation for BT’s Global Services unit, specialising in mobility. A further move to procurement resulted in Adam leading the procurement technology and management information teams, before once again becoming involved in transformation, this time focusing on delivering the Procurement digital transformation and heading up the Procurement Digital Garage. Over the years Adam has been involved in several start-ups, currently sits on the board of Pelipod (BT Final Mile business) as a non-executive Director as well as being an avid snowboarder and early adopter of all tech.

Alex Champagne

Director of Sales Empire Flippers
Alex is a seasoned entrepreneur who likes solving problems and learning new things. After founding a web design & marketing company, he has successfully consulted companies ranging from startups to billion dollar oil and gas companies on how they can grow revenue online. Since then he has founded multiple other ventures. At Empire Flippers, he uses his experience to help buyers find and acquire online assets that best fit their goals. As the Director of Sales, he’s responsible for overseeing all deals done between buyers and sellers at Empire Flippers. Alex is from Houston, Texas and refuses to stop talking about just how great he thinks it is.

Mark Kilens

VP of Content & Community Drift
Mark Kilens is VP of Content and Community at Drift where he leads the content, community and learning and development teams. He oversees Drift's content strategy, Drift Insider (30,000+ members), L&D functions, and Drift’s RevGrowth and HYPERGROWTH events. Prior to joining Drift, he served as VP and founder of HubSpot Academy. As an enthusiastic former customer, Mark joined HubSpot in 2010 as an Inbound Marketing Consultant, where he spent two years working with thousands of HubSpot customers to scale their inbound strategy. From there, he went on to build HubSpot Academy from the ground up, and in doing so, educated millions of people and created a best-in-class hub for marketing and sales content and training. When he’s not at Drift, Mark enjoys plenty of steak and lobster, a round of golf or two, and loves being on snow or in the ocean. Go fast, take chances!

Reva Pellerin

Business Development Manager Vidyard
B2B sales professional with over 9 years of experience. I am currently at Vidyard, helping B2B organizations leverage video as a way to tell their story and humanize interactions in an increasingly automated world. I enjoy learning about how the B2B buying process is changing and how I can adapt to this change to best support people going through evaluations, which are often new to them. When I'm not working, I'm spending time with my husband, daughter and dogs in Guelph, reading, creating and learning more about low-waste living.

Diane Albano

Chief Revenue Officer Globalization Partners
Accomplished sales and marketing leader with a history of record-breaking results through the development of high-performing teams in organizations ranging from start-up to multi-billion-dollar enterprises. Skilled in building new and profitable distribution channels for technology, SaaS, and business intelligence. Deep international experience in establishing and growing global markets, including EMEA, APAC, and LATAM. Adept at sales organizational design, strategy, and structure. Line management experience includes full P&L responsibility for business units ranging in size from $40M to $500M. Trusted advisor to CEO, Board of Directors, and other members of executive management teams. P&L Strategic Leadership: Results-oriented leader who has built and scaled businesses, including Ipswitch, from $70M to $85M, and SmartBear, from $48M to $62M, while maintaining appropriate cost structure and high EBITDA growth. Energetic and innovative thinker who is able to assess situations quickly to seize opportunities and create competitive strategies and growth plans to optimize outcomes. Sales Execution: Creator of metric-driven sales models and builder of high-performance sales teams. Demonstrated track record of shortened sales cycles, through improved conversion rates. Strategic and predictive sales forecasting through “waterfall” or sales cycle analysis. Marketing: Led all aspects of marketing, including lead generation, branding, product development/introduction, demand generation, marcom, events, and social media marketing. Recognized by Channelomics for Ipswitch's unique International PartnerSynergy Program. Specialties: Sales Management and Leadership, Marketing expertise, SaaS solutions, Cloud Computing, Security Expertise, Strategic Account Management, & Compensation planning. My passion is leading and developing organizations to achieve success and to drive exponential growth, while having fun and motivating with integrity and inspiration.

Rich Sansone

Senior Sales Executive Globalization Partners

Jess Dodge

Vice President, Global Sales Operations & Enablement Globalization Partners

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.

SaLisa Berrien

Founder & CEO COI Energy
SaLisa L. Berrien, Founder and CEO of COI Energy, has over twenty-five years of experience in the electric power and smart grid space. From working at electric utilities to Smart Grid, Clean Tech, and Big Data Analytics companies, SaLisa has had a diverse career in the energy space. In her early career, she sold the first electric vehicle (G-Van) in the NE region while at PPL. She later went on to help EnerNOC move to #1 Demand Response company in the industry. SaLisa practices the Platinum Rule in all that she does, "Do unto your customer as they would have you to do unto them.” SaLisa is also the Founder and Board Chair of STRIVE Inc. A 501c3 charitable organization founded in Allentown, PA in 1995 which focuses on STEM leadership development training for students in 3rd thru 12th grades. In 2013, she established COI Ladder Institute to focus on delivering leadership and empowerment services to millennials and women to elevate their careers or businesses to the next level. Annually in August, COI Ladder Institute hosts a Female Founders’ Leadership Retreat Conference in Martha’s Vineyard. Since 1996, SaLisa established several scholarship funds for high school and college students. Her first scholarship was named in honor of her ancestors (Jackson-Stephens Excellence Award and Talibah M. Yazid Academic Excellence Award) for paving the way so that she might have a better chance at life. In 2004, she established the Karl H. Lewis Engineering Impact Alumni Endowment at the University of Pittsburgh for minority students enrolled in Engineering. SaLisa holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an Executive MBA from Saint Joseph’s University. She’s been a guest speaker at various conferences and events including SXSW, NSBE, the University of Pittsburgh, Florida’s Women in Energy Leadership Forum, American Society for Engineering Education, Move the Dial, William Allen High School, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Microsoft’s Women Speaker Series, SAP’s Catalyst Summit, JLL AABN Florida, CREW Tampa Bay and Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable Futures Summit to name a few. In 2019, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees at the University of Pittsburgh. One of SaLisa's core values is philanthropy. She believes that to whom much is given, much is required. Her mission in life is to positively impact the space she occupies by leaving it better than she found it.

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.

Ryan Leslie

Founder & CEO SuperPhone
Ryan is a Grammy nominated recording artist, multi-platinum music producer, and avid technologist. In addition to logging studio time with Madonna, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyoncé, he is the architect and ultimate case study for his company Disruptive Multimedia’s simple CRM for creators, a Twilio-enabled product called SuperPhone. Bravely opting to remove his latest album from iTunes, he used an inbound SMS campaign to drive over $2MM in gross revenue by selling an album D2C to just 15K fans. He holds a BA in Government from Harvard and splits his time between New York, LA, Paris and Miami.

Cheryl Contee

Cheryl Contee is the award-winning CEO of the digital agency Do Big Things, a diverse team that is using new narrative and new tech for causes and campaigns to create global change in a new era. Cheryl is the author of Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success, available on Amazon. Previously, Cheryl was CEO of Fission Strategy, which brought Silicon Valley startup culture to the world’s leading causes and campaigns. She’s the co-founder of Attentive.ly, the first tech startup with a black female founder to be acquired by a NASDAQ company, the National Board Chair for Netroots Nation, and a proud co-founder of #YesWeCode. Learn more: www.dobigthings.today

Jason VandeBoom

Founder & CEO ActiveCampaign
Jason VandeBoom is the Founder and CEO of ActiveCampaign. ActiveCampaign's category-defining Customer Experience Automation Platform helps over 100,000 businesses in 170 countries meaningfully engage with their customers. The platform gives businesses of all sizes access to hundreds of pre-built automations that combine email marketing, marketing automation, CRM, and machine learning for powerful segmentation and personalization across social, email, messaging, chat, and text. Jason has been named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list and was a 2019 Midwest finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year program. He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Economic Club of Chicago, and serves on the board of the Future Founders Foundation.

Adam Jones

VP of Sales Thinkific
Practical, energetic, results-driven Sales leader specializing in SaaS with 12+ years experience, leading the Sales Team at Thinkific, as we look to help companies make an impact through education. I pride myself on fostering a strong sales culture, and working with my teams to create an environment in which they can succeed, but also enjoy themselves whilst doing so. Prior to beginning my career in Sales leadership, I was a leading Account Executive for multiple marketing and software organizations, continuously exceeding Sales Quotas. I personally believe it's important for Sales Leaders to maintain their Selling skills and keep up to date with the newest technology and trends, but believe in the fundamentals of successful Sales. Key focus areas: SaaS, E-learning, Fintech, Startups, SMB Sales, FinTech, Leadership, Culture building, Digital Marketing, Strategy, Growth, Scalability, Process.

Stephan Little

CEO & Managing Partner Zero Limits Ventures
Steve Little is an acclaimed serial entrepreneur, venture investor, philanthropist, and mergers and acquisitions expert well known for generating accelerated value growth and high exit multiples for his clients. He sold his first company at age 15 for a significant 6-figure sum and never looked back. He’s led 6 successful startups of his own to private acquisitions of over $100 million each, and provided explosive growth and lucrative exits for many dozens more – first with top tier Silicon Valley venture firms and in the past several years as Founder and Managing Director of Zero Limits Ventures (ZLV). At ZLV he spots unique opportunities for valuation growth where others don’t, whether triple bottom line “evolved enterprise” / “Impact” models, social engagement strategies or other vehicles beyond simple revenue and earnings growth.   Steve has also raised more than $1B in startup and growth funding for 11 different businesses in multiple industries. And he led the buy-side M&A team for a major technology innovator, acquired and successfully integrated 9 companies in less than 12 months. Known as the “The Activator”, Steve has personally taught, coached and mentored hundreds of business owners, corporate executives and entrepreneurs, helping his clients overcome the myriad of complex challenges to develop breakthrough strategies for peak individual and team performance and conscious leadership to generate astounding financial returns. Steve is also a 4-time champion body-builder and power-lifter, an accomplished musician, and a dedicated and loving father to two amazing and talented daughters.

Peter Boyce II

Peter Boyce II is a partner at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in Boston, New York, Palo Alto, and San Francisco, and approximately $5.0 billion in total capital raised. Peter co-leads the firm’s seed program. He co-founded and oversees Rough Draft Ventures (RDV), through which General Catalyst has invested in upwards of 100 student-founded startups, expanding access to capital and mentorship for student entrepreneurs across the country. Peter joined General Catalyst in 2013 as one of the first two investment professionals based in the firm’s NYC office. He is focused on early-stage investments and works closely with portfolio companies including Cadre, Major League Hacking, Mark43, Ro, and Rebag. Other investments he has supported include Circle, Freebird, Giphy, Jet.com (acquired by Walmart), and Workflow (acquired by Apple).

David Berkowitz

Principal Serial Marketer
David Berkowitz is the principal of the Serial Marketer consultancy where he generates demand for growth-mode B2B startups. Prior roles include running marketing for video production marketplace Storyhunter, leading strategy at social listening firm Sysomos, serving as CMO of Publicis agency MRY, and co-founding the emerging media division of Dentsu agency 360i. He has contributed more than 600 columns to outlets such as Advertising Age, MediaPost, VentureBeat, and Adweek, and he has spoken at 350 events globally. Beyond consulting, he publishes the Serial Marketer Weekly newsletter and runs the 1,300-member Serial Marketers community on Slack.

David Teten

David Teten is CEO of S.O.P. Ventures, a venture capital fund. SOP has particular interest in fintech (especially investment technology and alternative data), sales tech, and edtech. He was previously a Managing Partner with HOF Capital and Partner for 6 years with ff Venture Capital, one of the best-performing seed- and early-stage venture capital firms in the U.S. He has served on the boards of Authorea (sold to Wiley), Earnest Research (Observer), Ionic Security, Signup.com, and Whisk (sold to Deem). David also has advised clients such as Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners, Birch Hill Equity Partners, Orascom TMT Investments, and other institutional investors. He earlier was a serial fintech entrepreneur with two exits. David holds a Harvard MBA and Yale BA, both with honors.

Tamara Steffens

Managing Director M12
Tamara Steffens, Managing Director, M12, Microsoft’s venture fund Tamara leads investing and VC partnerships for M12 in North America. She is an experienced operator and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley at both startups and large tech companies. Her last startup was Acompli, a mobile productivity app, where she led Sales and BD. Microsoft acquired Acompli (now Outlook Mobile) in 2014, after which Tamara went on to lead Business Development for the broader Office 365 organization. Prior to Acompli, Tamara successfully helped lead several start-ups to either IPO or acquisition, including Software.com, Boingo, Fusion One and Path. She began her tech career at Sun Microsystems and Silicon Graphics, and has deep industry expertise across financial services, telecom, education and mobile. As a serial entrepreneur she understands fundraising from the perspective of the entrepreneur, and is a valuable go-to-market advisor. She has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Michigan State University.

Steve Sarracino

Founder & Partner Activant Capital
Steve founded Activant Capital in 2012, and is a Partner on the investment team. Steve has a long track record of investing in disruptive technology companies, and has extensive experience as a board director in high-growth B2B platform businesses. Steve places a particular emphasis on data-heavy businesses that can act as the source of truth for large industries. As Activant’s founder, he sees the importance of investing in outstanding people, both founders and the Activant team. Prior to founding Activant, Steve was a founding member at Serent Capital, a leading lower-middle market private equity firm focused on investing in high growth service and technology businesses. Previously he helped open the technology investing office at American Capital Ltd. in Palo Alto. Steve also worked at McKinsey & Co. in their Hong Kong office. He began his career in mergers and acquisitions at Robertson Stephens in San Francisco, CA. Steve has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He attended Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, where he received a BBA in Finance with a minor in History.

Karen Appleton Page

General Partner B Capital Group
Karen Appleton Page is an entrepreneur, advisor, investor and board member. A respected business leader, Karen worked at Apple on the enterprise team, leading the commercial channel, strategic partners, the Mobility Partner Program and the industry team. She was one of the earliest employees (#7) and a founding executive at Box, leading GTM activities, defining Box’s approach to partnerships and business development, cultivating C-level relationships, strategic initiatives, and founded Box.org. She is on the board of Deputy, Plastiq and Pickit, and a trustee at the Computer History Museum and Thorn. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Karen has built a portfolio of high impact angel investments that include Werk, Elliot, Strype, EverLoved, RDMD, HarperWilde, The Riveter, Mutiny and DogSpot.

Vasco Pedro

Co-Founder & CEO Unbabel
Vasco Pedro is the co-founder and CEO of Unbabel. Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Vasco holds a Ph.D. in Language technologies from Carnegie Mellon University and is a faculty member of Singularity University. Vasco has played a key role in strengthening the Portuguese tech ecosystem, through mentorship initiatives including Beta-i, Startup Portugal, and the Founders Initiative. Under Vasco’s leadership, Unbabel has raised a total of $91 million in funding to enable enterprises to serve customers in their native languages, with always-on, scalable translation across digital channels.

Elisa Garcia Anzano

Head of Market Development M12
Elisa leads Market Development for M12, Microsoft’s venture fund. Her team manages a three-sided marketplace composed of: M12 portfolio companies, venture capital partners, and Fortune 500 corporations. Market Development aims to build M12's innovation ecosystem, serve as the point of contact between Microsoft and Silicon Valley, and identify major trends in real-time. Prior to joining M12, Elisa led strategic enterprise deals for Office 365 with major large-cap technology corporations. She has executed over 150 business development deals working across Microsoft Madrid, Redmond, and San Francisco. Her areas of expertise include quantum computing, productivity applications, cloud computing, AI, mobile app development, IoT, SaaS and new business model creation. Elisa earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Publica de Navarra and an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.

Michael Dermer

Founder & CEO The Lonely Entrepreneur
Michael Dermer is an entrepreneur authority, lawyer, speaker and author of The Lonely Entrepreneur® and a voice for the soul of the entrepreneur. Michael did not just found a company – he invented an industry – the industry to reward people for being healthy. The Lonely Entrepreneur was born from Michael's harrowing experience of living through the "perfect storm" – watching the company he built from scratch to over 500 people over 10 years – the first to reward for being healthy – nearly get destroyed overnight by the 2008 financial crisis. Not only did they survive, they sold the company to a health innovator and are considered the pioneer of the health rewards industry. No one knows more about the journey from struggle to success than Michael. Today, Michael leads The Lonely Entrepreneur through both its for-profit and non-profit 501c3 organizations to serve the mission to help entrepreneurs turn their passion into success. Michael is a frequent contributor to Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Authority, Thrive Global and regularly appears in national and international media outlets (MSNBC, CBS, ABC, Telemundo). Michael is also the recipient of the prestigious “Force for Change” Award in 2020 from Leading Women Entrepreneurs recognizing the most innovative leaders of the next decade. Michael is a sought after authority and speaker and has keynoted and acted as judge in over 100 events serving entrepreneurs in the United Sta, Mexico, China, India, the UAE, Croatia, Singapore, Spain, Israel, and other countries throughout the world.

Dan Frohnen

CMO Sendoso
Dan Frohnen brings more than 15 years of experience across marketing and sales to his current position as Chief Marketing Officer at Sendoso, the leading Sending Platform. Prior to Sendoso, Dan spent a decade in B2C and B2B marketing positions at Alfred Music Publishing, ultimately serving as head of marketing. He found that blending a traditional marketing mix of print advertising, events, and direct mail with CRM, email, social, and digital created a modern mix that maximized investments and deepened audience connections. Dan has brought his passion for marketing technology to leadership positions with Relevate, Apttus, Skedulo, and now, Sendoso. As an active member of the revenue community, Dan is a part of the Forbes Communication Council and Revenue Collective

Justin Welsh

Justin Welsh is an SMB SaaS advisor, executive mentor, and operator with 10+ years of revenue leadership experience. He recently led LA-based PatientPop from $0 to $50M+ in ARR in four short years. Justin specializes in SMB SaaS sales and his sweet spot is GTM strategy for SMB SaaS companies. He partners with early-stage founders to craft the sales story and achieve scale. Prior to PatientPop, Justin was the 10th employee at NY-based ZocDoc, where he held multiple revenue leadership roles over nearly five years.

Bryan Ciambella

Partner Antler
Bryan Ciambella, US Based Partner at Antler, is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Over the last 15 years he has invested in over 25 global venture backed companies & founded 3 companies that have had successful exits. Previously, Bryan was leading venture growth B2B and B2B2C investments at B Capital ($1.4B AUM) in the US and Europe. At IAC/InterActiveCorp he led the investment in Minsk based Apalon, a top 10 iOS worldwide iOS app publisher. He started Amped Fantasy (acquired by the Global Gaming Network), Hello Fresh in the US with Daniel Treiman & Pit Karbe (Global IPO) and the World Championship of Ping Pong (acquired by Matchroom Sports).

Brendan Scher

Associate Escalate Capital
Prior to joining Escalate, Brendan was an investment banking associate at PJ Solomon. Before business school, he was an assistant vice president in debt capital markets at Deutsche Bank and an associate director at Fitch Ratings. In these capacities, Brendan has spent over a decade developing an expertise across the credit, capital markets, and M&A spectrums. Brendan received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS from The College of New Jersey. Brendan is a CFA charterholder.

Kate Adams

VP of Marketing Drift
Kate Adams, Vice President of Demand Generation at Drift, brings more than 15 years of tech marketing experience building strong businesses within different stages and industries. She is passionate about bringing businesses to life in the hearts and minds of prospects and customers by creating amazing customer experiences across the entire customer life cycle.

Andrew Corn

Andrew Corn is the CEO of E5A Integrated Marketing, a systematic, data-driven investor acquisition firm. They specialize in raising assets for money managers and capital raises for real estate and emerging growth companies through Reg CF, RegA+, and Reg D. He is an angel investor and has built and sold four firms. He can be contacted at acorn@e5aim.com

Sumeet Shah

Portfolio Support Associate Swiftarc Ventures
Sumeet Shah has an over 11-year career spanning the private equity, venture capital, and startup worlds, managing business development and partnerships for various sizes of consumer-facing organizations as well as investing in the next generation of brands. Currently, he handles deal sourcing and portfolio operations at Swiftarc Ventures, an brand new early-stage consumer-focused venture capital firm led by a team of seasoned veterans launching, scaling, investing in, and merging some of the most successful consumer startups, privately-backed companies, and Fortune 500 conglomerates. Prior to Swiftarc Ventures, Sumeet previously handled sourcing and new investments as a Principal at Brand Foundry Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on low-tech and high-tech consumer products and devices. He also assisted in the creation of XRC Labs, a consumer and retail accelerator run by Kurt Salmon and Parsons, as the Program Manager for their inaugural class and Head of Strategic Partnerships for their second class. Prior to Brand Foundry, Sumeet ran new business strategies at Gist Digital, a mobile and app development studio, and handling business development and project work at Gotham Consulting Partners, a private equity focused consulting firm. Sumeet graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a concentration in Biomechanics.

Austin Belcak

Austin is the founder of CultivatedCulture.com where he helps people land jobs they love without traditional experience and without applying online. Austin’s job search system stems from his personal experience transitioning from a new grad with a biology degree, a 2.58 GPA, and a job in healthcare to landing interviews and offers at Microsoft, Google, and Twitter. His strategies have been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Fast Co, and Inc. and he has helped thousands of job seekers land jobs at places like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Tesla, SpaceX, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, ESPN, the NFL, and more -- without applying online.

David Segura

Co-Founder & CEO Glassbox Media
David Segura is an accomplished Entrepreneur & Investor with experience in a wide variety of industry verticals including AdTech, Media, FinTech, and Consumer categories among others. He has developed a reputation for being a Founder Friendly investor who adds value to company operations. A cross selection of current investments include Eaze, Grove Collaborative, Hawthorne, Mogul, Peer5, and many more. David previously founded Giant Media, where he served as the CEO from inception through the acquisition. The company was an early Video Advertising platform that included Toyota, American Express, L'Oreal, and Dollar Shave Club as clients among others. Launched in 2009, Giant Media was successfully acquired in 2014 by Adknowledge, an AdTech platform funded by TPG, JMI, and Nokia. David is currently serving as the CEO and Co-Founder of Glassbox Media, a new podcasting network based in New York. He is a proud graduate of the University of Chicago.

Jamie Shanks

Jamie Shanks is the CEO of Sales for Life, the world's largest Digital Selling training program for mid-market and enterprise companies. Sales for Life has trained over 250,000 sales and marketing professionals, in dozens of industries. Jamie's workshops have been delivered across 6 continents, for brands such as Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Oracle, American Airlines & Intel.

Eric Rosenblum

Managing Partner Tsingyuan Ventures
Eric Rosenblum is Managing Partner, Tsingyuan Ventures (a $100M AUM early stage technology-focused venture capital firm). His career has spanned China and the US, as an entrepreneur, strategist and product manager. Before joining Tsingyuan Ventures, Eric was a leader on Palantir’s Product Management team, where he was responsible for cyber security products, fraud and anti-money laundering products, among others. Prior to Palantir, Eric was COO and VP, Product for Drawbridge (a big data analytics adtech company, acquired by LinkedIn in 2019), and Product Director for Google. Eric started his career in China in 1992, as a consultant for BCG. He was founder and CEO of one of China’s first private payment companies, smartpay.com.cn, which was sold to Ping’an Group in 2011. He is a graduate of Harvard University and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MBA).

Kathy Chiu

Managing Partner DeepWork Capital
Kathy Chiu is a founding partner at DeepWork Capital, a Florida based venture capital firm focused on early stage tech and life science companies. Previously, Kathy worked at a wireless technology venture capital firm, was a quantitative analyst in an economic consulting firm, held various strategy and product management roles in technology companies, and advised client companies in business development issues and new market entry. Prior to embarking on the business career, Kathy was an electrical engineer. She has an BS and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jiun Kimm

Head of Diversity & Inclusion Samsung NEXT
Jiun is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Samsung Next. In her role, she strengthens internal support and programs for underrepresented groups, and leads strategy and thought leadership to increase Next’s engagement with underrepresented founders, empowering a global tech ecosystem that is more diverse and inclusive. Prior to Next, Jiun created and led the first diversity investment strategy with the foundation at Two Sigma and was most recently the D&I Lead at Squarespace, where she designed the company's first global employee resource group retreats. Jiun is a trained coach and social justice facilitator, and began her career as an educator in Harlem.

Raza Shaikh

Managing Director Launchpad Venture Group
Raza Shaikh is Managing Director at Launchpad Venture Group, he is an angel investor, an operating founder and co-host of the On Boards Podcast. Launchpad is one of the largest and most active angel groups in the country investing in early stage companies in Boston and New England area.

Lucas Nelson

Proud geek; hacker turned VC. Lucas is a Partner at Lytical Ventures focusing on early-stage companies in the corporate intelligence space: cybersecurity, data analytics, and AI. He brings over a decade of investment, operational, and entrepreneurial experience to his role. Prior to joining Lytical Ventures, Lucas was a Principal at Evolution Equity and a Principal at Gotham Ventures. Lucas was also a Venture Partner at Antecedent Ventures working as part of the investment team. He co-authored The Art of Software Security Testing and chaired DefCon – the largest hacking convention in the US – for 10 years. He has been a member of the NY tech community since 1999. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU teaching the class “Entrepreneurship for Hackers”. Lucas holds an MBA fromly Dartmouth and a BS in computer science from Purdue University. He is also a Kauffman Fellow (Class of 2015).

Danny Carvajal

Head of Product Enablement Samsung NEXT
Danny is the Head of Enablement for the Samsung Next Product team. He is focused on cultivating a strong and healthy product development organization. His team provides program and project management support, agile coaching, and streamlines our portfolio management operations. Danny has led teams at both large Fortune 100 corporations as well as hyper growth startups. He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in management.

Kenan Rappuchi

Founder & Chief Growth Officer Sellerant
Kenan Rappuchi is the Founder and Chief Growth Officer of Sellerant, a B2B startup growth accelerator founded in 2007. Kenan created the Sellerant Kickstart℠ Program to validate market fit and accelerate startup growth with less cost, burden and risk. A 2019 MassChallenge Top Expert, Kenan is a mentor, growth advisor and sales coach for global B2B startups from launch through scaleup stages. For early stage customer acquisition, Kenan developed a turn-key growth readiness toolkit including a custom sales forecasting app that uses synthesized target market feedback and sales development KPI’s to calculate and defend ‘real-world’ revenue win goals in successive 3-month sprints. In addition to actively operating Sellerant and serving its clients and partners, Kenan supports the global startup ecosystem through growth strategy workshops with accelerators including Alchemist and MassChallenge. In his spare time, Kenan and his wife Victoria enjoy motorcycling, cooking, film and road trips.

Brian Mac Mahon

Founder Expert Dojo
Brian Mac Mahon is a serial entrepreneur as well as the most active and aggressive startup investor in Southern California who has owned companies in over 35 countries. He is also the owner of Expert DOJO, the largest International early-stage startup accelerator in Santa Monica. Brian specializes in helping entrepreneurs to become more successful in their businesses by using all the tools available to him as the owner of the largest peer to peer peak performance academy in the world. Brian is committed to investing in founders from all backgrounds and industries based on the merit of the execution of their value proposition only. In 2018 & 2019, he brought 400 companies through his startup accelerator program and made a total of 42 investments. During the Covid-19 crisis and after, he intends to make more startup investments and help more entrepreneurs from all over the world push forward and succeed.

Robert Sweeney

Founder & CEO Facet
Robert Sweeney is the Founder and CEO of Facet, a modern take on technical recruiting. Facet uses data to match jobs to the right candidate. Technical professionals can define the types of jobs they are interested in and passively and discreetly search for their next job. Prior to Facet, Robert was the Founder and CEO of Numetric, a high-growth, VC backed SaaS analytics platform, where he raised over $16M in funding. Robert was also software engineer at Microsoft and Netflix and shipped software to billions of people. While at Netflix he made Netflix automatically play the next episode of the show you are watching and is credited as the inventor of binge-watching.

Udi Ledergor

CMO Gong
Udi Ledergor is the CMO at Gong. He is a 5-time VP Marketing with 20 years of industry experience heading world-class marketing teams for public and private companies across a variety of industries. He's also the author of The 50 Secrets of Trade Show Success, a popular public speaker, and start-up adviser.

Jeff Stewart

Managing Director Global Public Offering Fund
Jeff Stewart is a Managing Director at the Global Public Offering Fund, investing in visionary Founders who want to accelerate their aspirations to disrupt and dominate global industries. The New York Based Fund invests in rapidly scaling, growth-stage global tech firms whose strategy can substantially benefit from access to international capital markets. Prior to co-founding the Global Public Offering Fund, Jeff founded several venture backed technology companies which combined operated in over 25 countries.

Elizabeth Caven

Managing Director OnRamp
Elizabeth Caven invests in insurtech, fintech and enterprise startups through her work as Managing Director of the OnRamp Insurance Accelerator, a partnership between gener8tor, Allianz Life and Securian Financial. A seasoned entrepreneur herself, Elizabeth has received international recognition as a stand-out startup leader by leading tech publications, the Small Business Administration, and APEC. Outside of work, volunteering and her new-found passion for esports, she spends time with her husband and four young children in Minneapolis.

Olga Afanasyeva

Olga Afanasyeva serves as the CEO of the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA). She was appointed as Ukraine’s Ambassador of Women in Venture Capital. Olga is also the co-organizer of Ukraine House Davos (2018-2020), as well as Ukrainian Pavilion at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for 4 years - biggest tech show with 200k attendees. Olga is a co-organizer of VC ChatrOOm, a real-time vlog with global VC industry leaders. VC ChatrOOm aims to help the market to get insights first-hand on how the capital markets and innovations will develop during and after the COVID-19 outbreak. Olga holds a Ph.D. in Finance and is an author of more than 50 scientific papers, researches, and 3 books on finance, investments and banking. She was nominated in Top-50 Business Women in Ukraine according to multiple ratings during the last years, as well as Financial Times and Google nominated Olga as a “Digital Changemaker New Europe 100”

Rachel Krug

VP of Growth Operation business.com
Rachel Krug is a strategic sales and marketing leader and business operator who is working to inspire growth at business.com. As the VP of Growth Operations, Rachel is the operational leader of the Commercial team, driving pre- and post-sales strategy, marketing, customer experience, and cross-functional initiatives. Previously, Rachel was the GM of Transaction Pro, a data import/export application for Quickbooks. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an MBA from NYU Stern.

Mel Shakir

Managing Director, SecureTech Dreamit
As the Managing Director of Dreamit’s Securetech Vertical Mel’s job involves working with cybersecurity startups from around the world to realize their full potential - refining their positioning and go-to-market strategy, scaling their sales operations and mapping out their capital needs. Mel is a recognized leader in cybersecurity and SIEM technology. Prior to joining Dreamit, Mel spent the prior 15 years developing and bringing innovative cybersecurity solutions to market. Mel started his career in cybersecurity as CTO of Incache, a database security solution, which he founded in 2004 that culminated in an acquisition first by RippleTech and later by NitroSecurity (where he served as CTO) and finally McAfee. More recently, Mel served as Director of Product Management at RSA Netwitness and at Securonix as the SVP of Product Development where he was responsible for development and go-to-market strategy for the Next Generation Cloud SIEM solution. Mel also continues to serve on Securonix’s advisory board and operates a website PrivacySteward.org aimed at empowering families with the information and tools they need for taking charge of their digital rights and protecting their families privacy. Mel received a MS in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

Matthew Salloway

Matthew Salloway is an international business executive, venture capitalist, investor, and attorney. He serves as the CEO of GSI Ventures, a top 50 Global Family Office, with a focus on venture capital and cross-border business development for portfolio company market expansion to the MENA region. Mr. Salloway is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SIP Global Partners, an international performance venture fund investing in global technology companies. SIP Global Partners is anchored by a top five telecommunications company and has offices in New York and Tokyo. Mr. Salloway was the Founder and Managing Partner of Salloway Law Group PC, an international law firm based in Manhattan, representing members of family offices, private equity firms, royal families, professional athletes, investors, celebrities, media companies, and other high-net worth individuals. Previously, he was an Associate at the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he practiced law in their Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Fund, and Corporate Law Groups. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Salloway was a consultant with McKinsey & Company and a research associate at Harvard Business School. Mr. Salloway is also a successful film producer with some of his credits including: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker; The Ides of March, starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling; Worth, starring Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci, and The War with Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro. Mr. Salloway holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Karin Odell

Sr. Digital Marketing Manager EZ Texting
Karin is a Sr. Digital Marketing Manager based in Silicon Beach who joined EZ Texting to accelerate growth for the leading SMS Marketing Platform. Backed by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, Investor AB, and ROCA Partners, EZ Texting is a SaaS company that delivers the fastest, easiest, and most reliable way to connect. Previously, Karin worked at B2B SaaS companies FirstRain and Velocify, as well as The Walt Disney Company. She holds a Master’s in International Business from Hult and a Bachelor’s from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. Text KARIN to 313131 to get in touch.

Taylor McLemore

Managing Director Techstars
Taylor is a venture builder, scale operator, community connector, and investor. He is the Managing Director of the Techstars Workforce Development Accelerator. Previously, he was Managing Director of Able, a venture and product studio. Taylor was responsible for Able’s new venture and investing practice and all finance, legal, operations, and human resources functions for three offices on two continents while the company achieved 15x+ growth. While at Able, he was a co-founder and investment lead for Codeable, a coding school in Latin America. Taylor serves on the Colorado Banking Board. Taylor is the founder and a board director for Patriot Boot Camp, a nonprofit that supports military veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs. Patriot Boot Camp programs have worked with more than 1,000 military veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs to build technology companies of impact and scale. These companies have raised more than $110 million in venture capital and created more than 2,000 jobs. Prior to that, Taylor worked in investment banking assisting in the arrangement of more than $12 billion in financing for leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions. Taylor worked as a Vice President at Bank of America analyzing the more than $500 million of annual real estate occupancy expense for the Global Operations Council. Early in his career he was a venture capital analyst and hedge fund analyst. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish, Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College.

Brendan Rogers

Co-Founder 2 a.m. Ventures
Brendan Rogers is currently the Co-Founder of Founder 2 a.m. [Ventures] an early-stage cross border US/India Fund (More to come!) Previously, Brendan Co-Founded Wag! the mobile dog walking app that disrupted the global pet service space. Wag! has raised over $360 million in venture capital, most recently $300 million from Softbank's Vision Fund. Brendan is an active advisor and mentors many companies, accelerators, and universities in the LA/Silicon Valley/South Korea. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, a speaker at national conferences, and has appeared on some of the top podcasts in the industry. Before Wag!, Brendan co-founded a social discovery service to meet new people, which grew to over 50 million users in over 10 countries and was acquired by IAC in 2014.

Deb Kemper

Managing Partner Golden Seeds Ventures
Deb Kemper is a managing partner of Golden Seeds Venture Fund, focused on investing in early stage enterprise B2B and medtech companies. She formerly led the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds, a national angel investor group. Prior to launching Golden Seeds Venture Fund, she built a portfolio of over two dozen early stage investments via Libra Global Partners, LLC. Deb is an active investor and mentor to early stage start-up companies. She is also a member of Clean Energy Venture Group and on the Advisory Board of Red Bear Angels. She is a Board Member at Day One Response, and a Board Observer at DayZero Diagnostics and 99DegreesCustom. She was an advisor to Grokstyle until their recent acquisition. Deb serves on several non-profit boards including the Council of Advisors of USA Girl Scouts Overseas. Deb was a consultant with McKinsey & Company where she served clients in the energy, electronics, and healthcare sectors. Her functional experience spans manufacturing, product development, operations, strategy, and leadership development. She has provided leadership support to organizations in China, Peru and the United States. Deb earned her MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where she was named an Edward Tuck Scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell, where she graduated With Distinction and was a member of the Varsity Women’s Crew. As an alumna, she is serves on the Engineering College Council and Entrepreneurship@Cornell advisory board.

Ekta Dang

Dr Ekta Dang is the Founder and CEO of U First Capital which provides Venture Capital as a Service to mid-size and large Corporations. She is also an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the University of California San Diego Chancellor's office and on the Grants Approval Committee of the University of California Davis. Ekta has solid experience both in Venture Capital and on the Operating side at Intel. She has been a successful Corporate Executive, Speaker and Writer in Silicon Valley for almost two decades. She brings a stellar network from the Venture Capital and Corporate world to the startups. She has been a mentor at Alchemist Accelerator, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Google Launchpad, etc. ​ She has been a member of US- level Technology Policy Advisory Committee. She is an invited Speaker at several top Venture Capital/Startup conferences, like TiECon, Silicon Valley Open Doors, etc. She has a PhD in Physics and is a graduate of UC Berkeley Haas School's Venture Capital program. She has published several research papers in IEEE and other reputed international journals.

Thad Simons

Co-Founder & Managing Director The Yield Lab
Thad Simons is the founder and Managing Director of The Yield Lab. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Novus International, Inc. Thad currently serves on various non-profit boards including Maryville University, Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, The Yield Lab Institute (President), and the Advisory Board of the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. Thad has also previously served on the boards of Nine Network of Public Media, Grand Center Inc. (Vice-Chair), the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis Zoological Association, United Way of St. Louis, Corporate Council on Africa, National Chicken Council, American Feed Industry Association and International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (President). Thad also serves on the board of several AgTech startups e.g. Ascus Biosciences, Ecto. Inc. and Probiotic Holdings, LLC. Thad’s awards and recognitions include International Businessperson of the Year, World Trade Center of St. Louis, 2001; International Visionary Award, Boeing Institute of International Business, 2007; Heroes of the Planet Award, St. Louis Business Journal, 2009; Entrepreneur of the Year, Central Midwest-Bioscience, Ernst & Young, 2010; Entrepreneur of the Year, National Distribution and Manufacturing, Ernst & Young, 2010; and Agribusiness Leader of the Year, National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), 2013. https://www.linkedin.com/in/thadwsimons

Kyle Welborn

Managing Director The Yield Lab
Kyle is a Managing Director at the Yield Lab where he focuses on making AgriFood Tech investments. He serves as the board chair at NanoGuard Technologies, and a board member at Eiwa Ag. He is also a board observer at ChefHero and Label Insight.

Philip Michael

Founder NYCE
Philip is an award-winning entrepreneur, author and real estate developer. He’s built an eight-figure development portfolio since 2017.

Toan Huynh

Partner Baylane Capital
Toan(Twan) Huynh is an investor and board advisor in early stage enterprise SaaS for financial services, B2B fintech, and insurtechs. Toan has been active in the North American technology ecosystem for the past 21 years and was recently the US-based Partner for Information Venture Partners, a mid-sized North American fund making Series A+ investments into B2B companies that are relevant to the financial services industry.Toan also spent over 20+ years in innovation leadership roles within Financial Services as a bank executive and as Fortune 500 operator. She served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for a Citi Ventures, is active in the startup investing space, and is a mentor for women in venture and tech with startups like Declare, which looks to close the gender gap in finance, venture, and technology and Joonko.ai and leads the Fintech Group for several active member-led angel funds. Prior to formally joining the venture world, Toan had been actively investing in a number of early stage fintech startups as well as having had a successful exit in a company she founded. In 2008, Toan co-founded GlobalOne, a global cloud software and advisory firm, which was subsequently re-branded to Cloud Sherpas and acquired by Accenture in 2015. As part of the Accenture CloudFirst leadership, Toan then help to lead the Financial Services and Insurance digital practices and ran Fintech Innovation Lab with the Partnership Fund for NYC. Toan currently serves as an independent/non-executive director and observer on a several company boards, including a prior public board serving on the Audit and Compliance Committees and Chair of Compensation Committee. In addition, Toan has served as a board advisor/observer to several high-tech SaaS firms and is currently the Fintech Subject Matter Expert within well-respected angel investor consortiums. Toan is active in mentoring women and diverse founders in tech and venture and seeks to link the arts as a bridge to a common language, volunteering with OpeningAct.org, WordswithoutBorders.org, and Lincoln Center Innovation Center.

Rania Nasis

Director SoPE
Rania is a physician entrepreneur and seasoned operator with a passion for building companies to address unmet needs in healthcare. She is the founder of Starlings, an advisory firm that works with early stage healthcare startups on strategy, operations and product-market fit. She is also a Director of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE), a non-profit global biomedical and healthcare innovation network. She has a wide breath and depth of experience across a multitude of areas in healthcare, including digital health, aging tech, biotech, life sciences, devices, and diagnostics. She has previously held senior leadership roles within multiple healthcare startups. She received her MD from New Jersey Medical School, MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California at Irvine and BS from Drexel University.

Sergio Marrero

Managing Partner Rebel One
Sergio Marrero is a serial entrepreneur, founder, investor, and coach who graduated from the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked at PepsiCo, Teach For America, and the Deloitte Consulting Strategy Operations group. While in graduate school he conducted his thesis on venture studios and accelerating impact innovation at the intersection of business and government. He set up operations for two funds each raising $100M, produces an investor and CEO LiveStream Series called RBL1 Live, and is Managing Director of Rebel One - a double bottom line investing fund and investor network accelerating rebels innovating for a better world.

Max Altschuler

VP of Marketing Outreach
Max Altschuler is as passionate about the sales profession as they come. He created the premier B2B Sales media company for all things sales innovation, Sales Hacker, and ramped them up to over 150,000 monthly visitors before joining Outreach through acquisition. At Outreach, he leads all things marketing, along with the continued evolution of the Sales Hacker community. Max is a highly regarded sales thought-leader published by Forbes, Time, Inc, Harvard Business Review, and Quora. He wrote the book on modern sales called Hacking Sales: The Playbook For Building A High Velocity Sales Machine, which was published by Wiley. A salesperson at heart, Max brings a deep understanding of our customers and the Sales Engagement space to Outreach. Outside of work, Max is an avid traveler who's been to over 80 countries. He also loves to spend time hiking with his two surprisingly active King Charles Cavalier dogs, Brie and Tini.

Amaryllis Liampoti

Partner & Director BCG Digital Ventures
Amaryllis is a senior leader with a track record in driving scalable growth for B2B and B2C businesses. With a passion for data driven marketing and product development and a truly global perspective, Amaryllis has honed a wide breadth of skills in her more than 15 years of working in digital. Today Amaryllis serves as Partner and Director of Growth at BCG Digital Ventures. She focuses on scale-ups and growth acceleration for digital businesses. Amaryllis came to DV with a diverse background in founding and scaling technology driven businesses and in key leadership roles at innovative companies across Europe. Notably, she served as Vice President of Marketing at Rocket Internet SA, where she led the development of growth strategies, from seed phase to market leadership for new and existing ventures of the German incubator. She was also part of the founding team at Campsy.com, where she oversaw the company's growth in her role as co-founder and CMO.

Kris Rudeegraap

Co-Founder & CEO Sendoso
Kris Rudeegraap is the co-founder and CEO of Sendoso, the leading Sending Platform. Kris has more than a decade of sales experience and has spent time at Talkdesk, Yapstone, and Piqora. During that time, he discovered that creating meaningful engagements through direct mail and gifting was an effective way to drive demand and increase sales—which helped inspire the idea for Sendoso. Kris is a California native and CSU-Chico alum currently residing in the Bay Area.

Allison Williams

Director of NVP Labs Newark Venture Partners
Allison Williams is a former entrepreneur with CEO and COO experience with early-stage software technology companies. As founder and CEO at Yarly, a photo cloud-storage platform, Allison assembled a talented technical team, directed cross platform product development, established a nationwide distributed salesforce and achieved profitability. In mid-2015, Yarly was acquired by YesVideo, a top competitor which powers over 30,000 retail locations, and Allison was retained as an advisor. Since then, she has been COO of a multinational marketing technology software company serving clients such as L'Oreal and Heineken as well as Head of Strategy for a sports live streaming platform. Allison began her career as an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers. Today, Allison leads NVP Labs, the Pre-Seed investment arm of Newark Venture Partners. Allison led development of the program's unique offering which combines capital investment with in-house execution support focused on sales and marketing. Labs is quickly becoming one of the most competitive programs in the country with a less than 1% acceptance rate. Allison graduated with her B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) and received her M.B.A. from Columbia University. Allison proudly serves on the NJ board of the national nonprofit All Stars Project which promotes student career readiness with skills developed via the performing arts.

Adrian Mendoza

Founder & General Partner Mendoza Ventures
Adrian Mendoza is the Founder and General Partner of Boston based Mendoza Ventures. After having two VC-funded startups in Boston, Adrian started Mendoza Ventures to address the funding gap in the pre-seed investment stage. He launched his firm in 2016 with investments in AI, Fintech, and Cybersecurity companies. The firms focus is on an actively managed approach to venture capital along with an extensive due diligence process before any investment is made. Mendoza Ventures consists of the most diverse group of general partners in a VC firm as well the only VC firm in the Northeast founded by a latino. The firm is currently raising its second fund.

Christopher Zock

Managing Director Sandbox Insurtech Ventures
The Sandbox Insurtech Fund is an insurance-focused, stage-agnostic investment fund. I greatly enjoy working with entrepreneurs to grow businesses and our insurance company partners to solve problems.

Alon Alroy

Co-Founder Bizzabo
Alon is the Co-Founder of Bizzabo, the world's fastest growing event technology platform for hybrid, virtual and in-person events. Bizzabo is helping marketers and event organizers from world leading brands to promote, manage and maximize their professional events, to create memorable and impactful experiences. Alon has built Bizzabo's business operations from the ground up and is now overseeing its marketing, strategy, and customer success teams. Alon began his career in the Israeli Air Force, where he served as a team commander for 6 years. Prior to founding Bizzabo, Alon was a senior startups analyst at ISP Financials. He graduated with high honors from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, where he did his BA in Business and LLB in Law. He was selected to participate in the prestigious Zell Entrepreneurship program, and in New York's exclusive Venture Fellows Program. Alon was named as: The Meetings industry's "40 under 40 young leaders" by Collaborate Magazine Top 10 Israeli CMOs by Geektime Magazine 100 most influential People in The Event Industry By Eventex

Jeff Reekers

CMO Aircall
Building Aircall. I believe in setting stretch goals and hitting them. Life's too short for less.

Michael Asch

Founder & President Anniston Capital
Michael Asch has been Founder and President of Anniston Capital, Inc., a private merchant banking firm engaged in mergers & acquisitions advisory services and private equity investments, since 1992. Since its formation in 2019, he has been Chairman of the Advisory Board and a Member of the General Partner of Keneh Ventures Fund II, an ancillary cannabis investment fund. Michael has served since 2019 as Senior Advisor to Silver River Capital Advisors, an emerging markets hedge fund. Since 2008, he has been Managing Member of MARS Capital Technologies, LLC, a private investment partnership. From 2013 until selling his ownership in 2017, he was Managing Member of Anodes Partners LLC, a technology licensing sales company. Michael was President, COO, CFO and a Director of Rexx Environmental Corporation, an American Stock Exchange listed company, from 1997 until 2000, when it completed a merger to become Newtek Business Services Corp., a Nasdaq listed BDC. From 1993 until 1996, he was CFO and a Director of Oak Hill Sportswear Corporation, a Nasdaq listed company. Prior to founding Anniston Capital in 1992, Michael was an Associate in the investment banking division of Robert Fleming, Inc. and a Corporate Finance Analyst with Wertheim Schroder & Co. Incorporated. He has also served on the board of numerous privately held companies and non-profit organizations. Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

Frederick Adler

Venture Capital Investment Associate Antler
Venture Capital Associate, MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School | Pre-MBA Experience: Corporate Development and Strategy in Entertainment and Professional Services

Saba Karim

Global Startup Pipeline Manager Techstars
Based out of Denver, Colorado, Saba Karim is the Global Startup Pipeline Manager of Techstars, the global platform of investment and innovation - responsible for sourcing about 30% of the 500 startups from across the world that are accepted into its distinguished accelerator. Saba is a public speaker, often delivering workshops on Pitching, Growth Marketing and Fundraising, and is called upon as a judge at startup pitch competitions such as Web Summit in Lisbon (considered the largest tech conference in the world), Denver Startup Week (the largest free event of its kind) and many more. Prior to Techstars, Saba was on the founding team of; Evolve - the world’s first dating CRM, which went on to be acquired by Hubspot (NYSE:HUB), and, Orai - an AI powered public speaking app (backed by Comcast and Menlo). Additionally, Saba loves coaching founders; serving as a growth advisor to a number of consumer / B2C startups most commonly in the fields of Future of Work, Marketplaces, Mobile Apps and Retail, and through the recent creation of the Saba Says Podcast.

Aaron Kellner

Director SeedInvest
Aaron serves as a Director at SeedInvest, currently overseeing its Capital Markets and Customer Experience teams, serving as a permanent member of the company’s Investment Committee, and managing two internal venture capital funds. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Aaron co-founded a mobile app company. He quickly recognized the problems associated with raising money for a twenty-first century startup within a twentieth-century regulatory framework. Aaron's positive entrepreneurial experience and desire to help small companies with their own fundraising hurdles led him to SeedInvest. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs as an analyst on the firm's NYSE Designated Market Maker desk. There he provided situational advice to traders and developed pitch books for prospective issuers resulting in wins worth over $100 billion in aggregate market capitalization. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he worked as a private equity analyst at a small-cap fund where he was primarily responsible for analyzing investment opportunities and conducting due diligence. He graduated summa cum laude from NYU's Stern School of Business.

Jeff Hausfeld

Chairman of the Board & Chief Medical Officer BioFactura
Since retiring from active medical practice I have been involved in the syndication of real estate and other commercial ventures and I am constantly on the look-out for new and innovative entrepreneurial opportunities. I am presently developing assisted living facilities specializing in Alzheimer's and memory care and mixed use retail/medical centers. I serve as a consultant to several healthcare/life science startups in diagnostics, devices and Health IT. I am the Managing Director of FMS Financial Solutions, a national debt collection and debt acquisition firm specializing in medical and multi-family housing debt collection. By applying sound business practices to this viewpoint, along with an awesome IT team, I have been able to create innovative, value-oriented programs that medical and dental professionals can take advantage of. The notion of actively managing account receivables is no longer a taboo or ignored topic in medicine. To learn more about the products and services offered by this company for both the medical and business sectors, please visit www.FMSfinancialsolutions.com. The exciting thing about life after the practice of medicine is that now I am able to draw upon the diversified fields of medicine, business, and organizational psychology, and implement novel solutions that have an immediate impact on the client’s bottom line. I am the Chairman and Founder of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (www.sopenet.org ), a global network focused on educating healthcare and life science professionals in Bioentrepreneurship and Innovation. My involvement with SoPE has broadened my interests and network with future thinking, creative individuals, dedicated to improving healthcare delivery.

Kokila Lozano

Associate Escalate Capital
Kokila joins Escalate after almost a decade of working in the investment management industry, focusing on investment due diligence and portfolio analysis. Before Escalate, Kokila was at Sendero Wealth Management, where she focused on manager due diligence across long-only and alternative strategies, asset allocation, and portfolio management. Kokila began her career at FactSet Research Systems as an investment management consultant. She received a BBA in Finance and a BA in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Kokila is also an investment committee member of the alumni endowment at The University of Texas at Austin and is a CFA charterholder.

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