Matt is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VentureBeat. In the fall of 2009 he also took on the role of Executive Producer of DEMO, the premiere launchpad event for emerging technologies. Prior to starting VentureBeat, Matt covered the venture capital beat for the San Jose Mercury News from 2001 to 2006. He significantly expanded the newspaper’s coverage of venture capital during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat. Matt was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002, and the James Madison Freedom of Information award in 2003. These awards were for a series of articles he wrote in conjunction with two successful Mercury News lawsuits, in part instigated by Matt, against California’s public pension fund (CalPERS) and the University of California. As a result of these laws suits, public employees now have full access to information on the performance of their retirement investments. Matt was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 through 1998. In 1999 he wrote a book while in Germany, “The Bank: the Birth of Europe’s Central Bank and the Rebirth of European Power” (Random House, 1999). He has also written for the Washington Post and several other publications. Matt holds a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.
Richard Snee is chief marketing officer at Pivotal. He is also cofounder and advisor at Data Science Central, an online community for Big Data practitioners.
Prior to Pivotal, Snee served as vice president of marketing at Greenplum, where he led Big Data initiatives including the creation of the first Data Scientist Summit in Las Vegas, May 2011. Prior to Greenplum, he led the marketing efforts at IronPort, bringing the email and web security company from a startup in 2001 to a company acquired by Cisco for $830 million in 2007. Richard has held additional leadership positions at Silicon Graphics and IBeam, where he drove market development and technology adoption in the media industry.
Dan is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, a top tier VC dedicated to investing in early stage entrepreneurs. Dan founded Flurry, the leading user analytics platform for mobile applications. Prior to Flurry, Dan began his career as employee number two at Wily Technology (acquired by CA) where he built the first version of the company’s application performance management product and then helped sell it to many of Wily’s Fortune 500 clients. Dan also worked at SVB Capital where he made venture investments in software and Internet services companies. He was dubbed “Cloud Father” at the inaugural Cloud Mafia event, a meet-up originally organized by four of Dan’s cloud portfolio companies, New Relic, Loggly, DotCloud and StackMob. TrinityVentures has invested in leading cloud companies including these companies as well as Cloudability, CloudScaling and Aryaka Networks.
Dan received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. In Computer Science from Dartmouth College.
Deepak is a Principal General Catalyst Partners, where he focusses on helping entrepreneurs with disruptive ideas in big data, cloud computing, data center infrastructure, cybersecurity and clean energy. He has been with General Catalyst since 2010, first in Boston and later in the firm’s Palo Alto office. He specializes in incubating and launching big data and cloud computing startups. Deepak has been closely involved in General Catalyst’s investments in DataGravity, Virtual Instruments, ParElastic, Push Computing and Sunglass.io. He frequently represents General Catalyst in speaking at industry events and judging at startup competitions.
Prior to joining GC, Deepak led Sun Microsystems’ high performance computing practice in the Asia-Pacific region. He has the distinction of being a key architect of a few top 10 supercomputers in the world. He was also in intern at the Yale Investments office. Deepak is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, earning a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering; the Singapore-MIT Alliance, earning a S.M. in Computer Science; and the Yale School of Management, earning an M.B.A.
Bruno Aziza is a recognized leader in the Big Data Analytics World. Aziza has held management positions at Apple Inc., Business Objects (SAP), AppStream (Symantec), Decathlon and Microsoft. At Microsoft, he built the company’s Data and Analytics Business. Over the last 7 years, Aziza shipped over 10 products spanning across Analytics, Collaboration, Cloud & Social Media. He currently runs Marketing Worldwide at SiSense – a Big Data Analytics startup.
He has keynoted events in front of 5,000 people+ alongside Stephen Elop (Nokia’s CEO) & Jeff Raikes (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s CEO).
He is the author of Drive Business Performance, a best-seller on “enabling a Culture of Intelligent Execution”. He is a Fellow at the Advanced Performance Institute. Drs. Kaplan & Norton, of Balanced Scorecard fame, praise Aziza for moving “the field of performance management forward in important new directions.”
Aziza also guest lectured at Stanford University in the US and the Cranfield School of Management in the UK. Aziza was educated in France, Germany, the UK and the US and completed Executive Education programs from Harvard Business School , the Kellogg School of Management and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He holds a Masters degree in Business and Economics and speaks French, German and English.
Matt, along with Zachary Bogue, co-founded Data Collective in 2011 and recently closed DCVC’s 2nd fund. Some notable DCVC investments are Parse (acq. FB), Kaggle, MemSQL, Moleculo (acq. ILMN) and Prism Skylabs.
Matt has nearly three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur, operating executive and venture capitalist, with over 20 patents granted or pending in areas as diverse as hardware systems and social games. He still reads C++ code but admits to occasional struggles with Erlang.
During his venture capital tenure, he has invested in and/or helped grow a variety of companies including XenSource (CTRX), Zynga (ZNGA), Impermium, Verisign (VRSN), Facebook (FB), Virtuata (CSCO), Akimbi Systems (VMW), Cotendo (AKAM), Tango.me, MetaWeb (GOOG), FlashSoft (SNDK), DataMirror (IBM), UltraDNS (NSR), Kenshoo, Metamarkets, Fortinet (FTNT), SupportSoft (SPRT), Alantro (TXN), CouchBase, Spool (FB), BranchOut, On-Ramp Wireless, and many others.
He holds a degree in physics from Yale University and has been active in helping develop China’s venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades. Whiteboards and deep tech discussions make him happy.
Michael Driscoll is a serial entrepreneur who has built data platforms in life sciences, online retail, and digital media over the past decade. Michael began his career as a software engineer for the Human Genome Project, and later founded CustomInk.com, an early pioneer in customized apparel. More recently, Michael conceived and led Dataspora, where he remains Chairman, helping deliver data science to telcos, insurance firms, and retail banks. He is the CEO and co-founder of Metamarkets, a big data Saas solution. Michael holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Boston University. He enjoys speaking and writing about big data and analytics.
Paul Miller is an analyst and consultant, based in the East Yorkshire (UK) market town of Beverley, but working with clients world-wide. He mainly helps clients understand the opportunities (and pitfalls) around cloud computing, big data, and open data, but also podcasts and writes for a number of channels. His background includes public policy and standards work, several years in management at a UK software company… and a Ph.D in Archaeology.
Roman is a passionate entrepreneur and industry thought leader, with over 20 years of high-tech experience. His latest company, GoodData, was founded in 2007 with the mission to monetize big data and disrupt the legacy business intelligence space. Prior to GoodData, Roman was Founder and CEO of NetBeans, the leading Java development environment (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999) and Systinet, a leading SOA governance platform (acquired by Mercury Interactive, later Hewlett Packard, in 2006).
Zack, along with Matt Ocko, co-founded Data Collective in 2011 and recently closed DCVC’s 2nd fund. Some notable DCVC investments are Parse (acq. FB), Kaggle, MemSQL, Moleculo (acq. ILMN) and Prism Skylabs.
Zack has over a decade of experience in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, lawyer, angel investor and advisor for big data startups. Zack also is a cofounder and managing partner of Founders Den, a shared workspace for experienced technology entrepreneurs. As an angel investor, he has invested in startups such as Square and Metamarkets. Previously, Zack cofounded Montara Capital Partners, a real estate private equity fund, he was the managing partner. He was previously an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and a law partner at Virtual Law Partners, where he worked with numerous start-ups and their founders, and developed expertise in technology law and Silicon Valley business practices. Zack serves on the boards of the East Palo Alto Charter School, the Tipping Point Community, the UCSF Foundation and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Zack graduated with honors from Harvard University in Environmental Science and earned his JD with honors from Georgetown Law School, where he was executive editor for The Tax Lawyer.