Mr. Young Sohn is President and Chief Strategy Officer of Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. He oversees global innovation and new business creation for Samsung, by leveraging Samsung’s strategy & innovation centers located in global innovation hotspots and building open ecosystems through research & development, investments, strategic alliances and M&A. In addition to his current role at Samsung, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and NativeX. He also serves on the MIT Sloan School NA Board, is a Senior Advisor to Silverlake and serves on the ARM Asia Pacific Advisory board.
Paul has spent the past 16 years building businesses in and around the wireless technology and media industries. As a founder, corporate executive, investor, industry leader and entrepreneur, Paul’s work has had a profound impact on the growth of the mobile media industry. Paul is responsible for leading the company’s growth and industry leadership. He has guided the company from startup to its current position as the leading mobile advertising network in the US by focusing on the needs of advertisers, innovative technologies and industry growth.
Jeremy is the co-founder & CEO of Yelp. He co-founded Yelp Inc. in July 2004 with former colleague and friend Russel Simmons. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy was the VP of engineering at PayPal. He left PayPal in the summer of 2003 to attend the Harvard Business School. Upon completing his first year at HBS, Jeremy joined an incubator started by Max Levchin (co-founder of PayPal) for a summer internship. It was there that he was reunited with his old colleague Russel Simmons and the two teamed up to create a vibrant community around local information. Jeremy holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.
Maykel Loomans is a product designer at Instagram. His skillset ranges from design and prototyping, to actually writing code that ships.
Originally hailing from Maastricht, The Netherlands, he now lives in San Francisco. Here he enjoys exploring and photographing the beautiful spaces within and outside of the city.
Before Instagram, he was a freelancer focused on solving product design problems for small Dutch start-ups. He was co-founder and Creative Director at a small local studio that focused on web and mobile.
Dave Engberg is a technology entrepreneur with a background in building systems that can scale to support massive numbers of users. This includes both high-volume mobile/embedded solutions as well as back-end service infrastructures.
Dave joined Evernote in July 2007, where he led the technical design and implementation of the service and APIs. The Evernote web service was launched in February 2008 along with synchronizing clients on three operating systems. Today, Dave oversees Operations, IT, R&D, Analytics, and Partner Integrations at Evernote.
Before Evernote, Dave was the founder and CTO of CoreStreet, Ltd, where he designed and built digital credential validation systems used widely across the US Government and elsewhere. Prior to CoreStreet, he served as the CTO of Driveway, Inc., an online data storage service with over ten million subscribers, and VP of Engineering for JSource, which built smart card virtual machines used in tens of millions of phones in Europe. Dave also served as architect and developer at Gemplus, Taligent, and Stanford Medical School.
Deep Nishar has more than 20 years’ experience helping to build and grow successful software and Internet businesses. He joined LinkedIn in January 2009, and as the Senior Vice President of Products and User Experience, he is responsible for setting and executing the company’s global product strategy. He also oversees product management, data analytics, online sales and customer operations, as well as the user experience and web design teams. Deep has been credited with simplifying and modernizing LinkedIn’s product portfolio, as well as revamping the LinkedIn mobile platform to further drive member engagement. Before LinkedIn, Deep worked at Google from 2003 to 2009, where he headed product strategy for the Asia-Pacific region, led the company’s mobile initiatives, and built the systems used for managing Google’s global customer base. Previously, Deep was the founder and vice president of products at Patkai Networks. Deep holds an MBA (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, a MSEE from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B. Tech with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology. Deep has co-authored seven patents and is also a recipient of the Google Founders Award, which is given to employees who made extraordinary contributions to the company.
As senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Qualcomm Incorporated, Anand Chandrasekher oversees global marketing and external communications.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Chandrasekher was senior vice president at Intel Corporation in charge of the Ultra Mobility Group and the Intel Atom™ processor family. During his 24 year tenure at Intel, Chandrasekher held a variety of roles including co-head of Intel’s Mobile Platforms Group; Worldwide Sales and Marketing Group; and, the Workstation Platforms Group. He is best known for his pioneering efforts on the Intel Centrino™ platforms which helped usher in the modern era of mobility.
Chandrasekher received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Cornell University, his master’s in operations research from Cornell University; and, his Master of Business Administration from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management. Chandrasekher is a board member on Cornell’s College of Computing and Information Sciences; a member of the advisory board for Rutberg Wireless; and, a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).
Joanna Lambert is a senior business leader at American Express. She is charged with developing, articulating and driving the global strategy for the company’s Enterprise Growth Group, formed in 2010 to focus on business opportunities beyond the traditional card and travel realms. Jo is responsible for identifying new digital capabilities and partnerships that can serve emerging consumer needs, including mobile and alternative payment services. Her team works with leaders across American Express to drive commerce initiatives that attract new customers and open new sources of revenue for the American Express franchise.
Before moving to Enterprise Growth in 2011, Jo was Vice President of Corporate and Financial Affairs for American Express. She served as the company spokesperson on corporate and financial activities, counseled the company’s executive team and led efforts to raise American Express’ visibility as an innovative, customer-focused and socially responsible service provider. Jo joined American Express in 2002 in Sydney as part of the Australian Corporate Affairs team and relocated to the company’s New York City headquarters in 2006.
Earlier in her career, Jo was a communications consultant, advising clients primarily in the banking, finance, venture capital, and professional service industries. She also managed media for sponsors of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Jo received a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology.
With more than 25 years of technology experience that spans the military, the academic world, business consulting, and enterprise platforms and infrastructure, PayPal chief technology officer James Barrese is uniquely qualified to lead the company’s efforts to transform payments with innovative products and services for consumers and businesses.
A graduate of Stanford, James served as a high-frequency communications specialist for the U.S. Army Signal Corp, spent time as a programmer at Stanford, worked for Andersen Consulting, and then joined the e-philanthropy company Charitableway as vice president of engineering. In 2001, James joined eBay. Leading a number of strategic technology initiatives, he last served eBay as the vice president in charge of delivering the open platforms, infrastructure, systems software, analytics and site operations running the world’s largest marketplace at scale.
In 2011, James moved over to PayPal, first as vice president of global product development, and, beginning in 2012, as chief technology officer. With his mobile-first approach and his commitment to creating customer experiences that make things simpler and easier, he heads the world-class teams of technologists who are creating the products, platforms and technology infrastructure to power PayPal’s innovative payment services for tens of thousands of merchants and millions of account holders around the world.
Vijay Sankaran has just accepted the position of Chief Technology Director. His most recent responsibilities as Director, Application Development at Ford Motor Company, included global application development, delivery of major programs and projects, innovation and advanced technology research, and enterprise application architecture initiatives. Prior to this, Vijay was Director, Infrastructure Operations where his responsibilities included operational support for servers, storage, networks, e-mail, mainframe and Ford’s largest data centers in North America. Previously, Vijay was Senior Manager of Ford’s Enterprise Technology Group where his group focused on bringing pervasive computing to Ford through solutions focused on seamless mobility, high fidelity collaboration, RFID and sensor technologies, in-vehicle connectivity, and pattern recognition and analytics. Vijay has held many roles at Ford Motor Company including those in the areas of IT Security and Controls, In-Vehicle Software, and Vehicle Quality systems. Prior to joining Ford, Vijay was a consultant with both Ernst & Young LLP and Headstrong where he focused heavily on analytical systems. Vijay holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Outside of work, Vijay enjoys playing tennis and basketball, spending time with his family, and cheering for his Michigan Wolverines. Vijay lives with his wife, Anuja, and two boys, Chakor and Kabir in Ann Arbor.
Omar Hamoui is an entrepreneur with deep roots in the mobile industry. He joined Sequoia in June.
After earning a degree in Computer Science at UCLA, Omar founded and ran several companies in mobile software and services. At the time, he was frustrated by the lack of available options when it came to promoting and monetizing mobile products.
While working towards his MBA at the Wharton School, Omar began to think more seriously about the untapped potential of mobile advertising, and created AdMob to address this growing opportunity. Omar served as AdMob’s CEO and a member of the company’s board of directors from January 2006 through the company’s acquisition by Google in May 2010.
During his time at Google, Omar was a VP of mobile ads, responsible for the development and innovation of Google’s mobile advertising products. After Google, Omar founded Churn Labs to incubate new startup teams and ideas. One of the teams which emerged from Churn Labs formed Maybe, Inc., a company focused on helping people make better decisions. This team became a part of LinkedIn in 2013.
Michal Levin, Senior User Experience Designer at Google, has extensive practice in UX design for web, mobile, and TV. Since joining Google in 2009, Michal has been responsible for the UX design of a variety of product areas including data analytics, data visualization, search, and business applications. She is the author of a new O’Reilly book Designing Multi-Device Experiences: An Ecosystem Approach to Creating User Experiences Across Devices, and has presented at leading international UX conferences on the concept of ecosystem design, as well as designing for different screen sizes.
Prior to Google, Michal worked as Senior UX expert at TZUR, a leading UX design consultancy in Israel, and as UX specialist at Modu, a start-up company that developed an innovative type of mobile ecosystem. She holds two bachelor degrees from Tel Aviv University in Psychology & Business Management and Communication.
Mark Curtis served as the Chief Executive Officer at Handmade Mobile Entertainment Limited. Mr. Curtis co-founded Fjordnet Limited in 2004. He has a strong track record in media innovation (for clients such as Yell, RAC & Allied Domecq). Mr. Curtis was a Partner at Fjord, building cross platform and mobile products for Nokia & Orange. Prior to that, he served as a Global Executive Vice President for Razorfish, responsible for 1500 staff. Together with a Partner, he set up CHBi in 1994 to develop interactive technology solutions for marketing clients. Prior to becoming involved in digital media, Mr. Curtis set up Curtis Hoy. Mr. Curtis is the author of Distraction – Being Human in the Digital Age (Futuretext 2005).
Brian M. Pearce is Senior Vice President, Head of Retail Mobile Channel and Digital Innovation for Wells Fargo’s Digital Channels Group. His team is responsible for the Wells Fargo retail mobile strategy and managing the company’s retail mobile presence, including wf.com, downloadable apps (iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Palm) and the Text Banking service (short code 93557 – WELLS). The company has nearly 10mm active customers using mobile devices to access their accounts.
Over his 20-year career in financial services, Brian has garnered much success by leading a variety of business development, product and project management, business analysis and product operations functions. Brian’s career with Wells Fargo began in 2001 in the Investment Internet Services group and continued in Online Payments in 2005. Throughout his tenure, Brian and his teams have led large, multi-channel efforts including P2P payments, InterFI Transfers, Transfer Scheduling, Bill Pay scalability, and the launch of the online brokerage platform. Prior to Wells Fargo, he worked for both industry leaders such as First Data Corporation and Andersen Consulting as well as Internet startups.
Mikkel Svane founded Zendesk in 2007 with the goal of making customer service not suck anymore. Today, the company is the epicenter of a customer service revolution, with more than 15,000 organizations worldwide, from Groupon to Hulu to Tumblr, using Zendesk to build tight relationships with their customers.
Pete co-founded Trulia.com in 2005 while he was a graduate student at Stanford University. Trulia.com is now one of largest and fastest growing real estate websites in the US with more than 31.4 million monthly unique users. Trulia has moved beyond the desktop real estate search and has become a top resource for homebuyers, sellers. Trulia’s website and 14 mobile apps is now a go-to destination for consumers craving real estate data and local information. Trulia is a public company and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under TRLA.
Prior to starting Trulia.com, Pete was part of the initial launch team of lastminute.com, where he spent 5 years and was responsible for Interactive Marketing and Business Development. lastminute.com is a leading European online travel site and was acquired in 2005 for over $1Bn in cash by Travelocity/Sabre Holdings. Pete has also worked for IBM, JP Morgan, Battery Ventures and News Corp. Pete holds a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and his MBA from Stanford University. He was born in London and now lives in San Francisco.
Dr. Tony Salvador, Senior Principal Engineer, currently directs research in the Experience Insights Lab within Intel Corporation. His team’s role is to identify new, strategic opportunities for technology based on an understanding of fluctuating, global socio-cultural values. Tony leads a team of social scientists and business analysts to look for, find and develop viable opportunities to create local, sustainable value with new high tech products, services and infrastructures. His ongoing research interests concern disruptive innovation practice, development and new market creation with an ethnographic perspective.
Previously, he directed research for the Emerging Markets Platforms Group and was instrumental in the research and design of the Intel powered classmate PC. Prior to that he was a research scientist and co-founder of Intel’s People & Practices Group.
Tony received his bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Experimental Psychology at Tufts University in Boston. He has over 50 published papers and patents in academic journals as well as more popular venues.
Tim Lee is a partner at Sequoia Capital. Tim works with mobile, cloud and software companies.
Previously, Tim worked at Google where he managed European marketing and product launch strategy. While at Google, he also conceived the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Prior to Google, Tim worked at McKinsey & Company in London and at microprocessor IP company, ARM, in Cambridge UK. Tim has a Masters in Electrical and Information Engineering from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Prashant leads Flurry product management and innovation functions for the company. Prior to Flurry, Prashant was an Executive in Residence at Mayfield Fund and lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Prashant brings a decade of product management experience from Facebook and Google. At Facebook, Prashant led the product team for Facebook Ads and subsequently managed commerce products, including Facebook Credits. At Google, he managed all of Google’s products for the Asia-Pacific region, led its global billing & payments product efforts, and served as an early member of the AdWords product team. Prashant holds a PhD and MA in Business, a PhD Minor in Operations Research and an MS in Statistics, all from Stanford University. Before joining Stanford, Prashant studied at IIT Delhi, where he was awarded the President’s Gold Medal, which is the highest academic award.
Rich Riley joined Shazam with more than 17 years experience as an entrepreneur and leading Internet executive. Most recently, Rich was EVP Americas for Yahoo! where he was responsible for billions of dollars of revenue and managed a team of thousands, overseeing sales, account management, ad operations, B2B marketing, research and business development across the US, Canada and LatAm. Prior to that, Rich held a variety of roles including MD & SVP of the EMEA Region, SVP of the Small & Medium Business Division as well as corporate and business development roles.
B. Bonin Bough is Vice President of Global Media and Consumer Engagement at Mondelēz International. In this role, Bough is responsible for all forms of media, including leading and developing the partnerships, internal capabilities and strategies across all forms of consumer connections, including digital, TV, print and outdoors. Since joining Mondelēz International, Bough has been the driving force behind Mobile Futures, a first-of-its-kind program that partners the company’s brands with leading mobile startups. He has also played an integral role within the teams behind OREO Daily Twist and the OREO Super Bowl commercial and real-time activations. Bough has been recognized as one of business’ hottest rising stars in lists that include Fortune’s 2011 “40 under 40”, Fast Company’s 2011 100 Most Creative People in Business, Ebony’s Power 100 and The Internationalist’s 2012 Internationalists of the Year.
Prior to joining Mondelēz International, Bonin spent three and a half years at PepsiCo where he oversaw company-wide digital strategy and the implementation of social media tools across PepsiCo’s portfolio of food and beverage brands. Bough was instrumental in integrating digital media into PepsiCo’s overall brand vision and growth strategy, helping to make them one of the most innovative companies in the world as recognized by Fast Company in their 2011 “Most Innovative Companies” issue. He is credited with bringing PepsiCo to SXSW and helping launch the groundbreaking PepsiCo10 and Pepsi Refresh programs, as well as creating Gatorade Mission Control and the Women’s Inspiration Network.
Previous to his work with PepsiCo, Bough was the Executive Vice President and Director of Weber Shandwick’s global interactive, social and emerging media practice, leading a global team of over one hundred people. He led strategic programming for the agency’s top clients, including MasterCard, Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers, BestBuy, Electrolux, Ambien, MAC Aids Fund, and Honeywell. Prior to this, Bough was a founding member and Senior Vice President at Ruder Finn Interactive (RFI) where he ran the interactive strategy unit and led the roll-out of the Europe and Asia digital practices.
Bough’s achievements in the world of interactive marketing have won him numerous awards, including a Webby, Stevie, Golden Pencil, Sabre, Big Apple, Com Arts, and SXSW Viewer’s Choice for MrPicassoHead.com. Bough also taught for five years at NYU’s Center for Publishing, leading courses on the principles and applications of online publishing. He is the co-author of the 2010 book Perspectives on Social Media Marketing, and is a board member of the Mobile Marketing Association’s Executive Marketing Advisory Board, the Digital Collective and the Social Media Advisory Council. Bough attended Hartwick College, earning degrees in Physics and Political Science.
Tom Conrad leads the Pandora product organization, which includes product management, user interface design, software development, and network operations. Over the years, Tom has led numerous engineering and product design teams across a wide range of applications – from operating systems and enterprise software to video games and consumer web sites. Before joining Pandora, Tom was the Vice President of Engineering at Kenamea, Inc. where he led the teams responsible for the design and development of an award-winning Internet-scale messaging system. Tom previously was the Technical Director for the successful video game series “You Don’t Know Jack.”
Past experience also includes engineering management positions at Berkeley Systems, Relevance Technologies, Documentum, Pets.com, and Kenamea. Tom began his career at Apple Computer developing user interface elements for the Mac OS. Tom holds three U.S. patents and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Tom holds both technology and music close to his heart. His personal music collection includes more than 1000 CDs – many from artists that others on the Pandora team have never heard of. He likes to say the only instrument he plays well is his stereo.
Before New Relic, Bill was Vice President of Alliances at Solidcore Systems, a leading provider of enterprise-class change control and enforcement technology.
Earlier, Bill spent nearly seven years as the Director of Business Development at Wily Technology, which he joined as employee number 13. While at Wily, he built partnerships with BEA Systems, IBM, HP, Oracle, and others. Bill holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an AB from Dartmouth College.
Manish Chandra is the founder and CEO of Poshmark, the leading mobile marketplace for fashion which makes it simple and fun for anyone to shop the most fashionable closets across the country and sell directly from their own. Manish has always been passionate about building communities and founded the first social shopping company, Kaboodle, which was acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2007. With Poshmark, Manish has applied his understanding of technology to change the way women think about shopping, building a passionate community based around people’s love for each other and their closets. Manish received a BTech from IIT Kanpur, MS from UT Austin, and an MBA from Haas School of Business.
Tim is a proven venture investor and experienced global executive, known for his thought leadership in Gamification, Quantified Self, and Behavioral/Social Science-led Design. He has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors, as one of CNET’s 12 Most Influential Tech Investors and as a Power Player West, Digital Media and Mobile Power Player by Always On. Tim invests in the mobile, social, adtech, and health 2.0 themes. Tim’s investments include Moat, a brand analytics SaaS platform, Zirtual, a virtual assistant services marketplace, Basis, a wrist-based health tracker and online personal dashboard, BranchOut, a career networking application on Facebook, and HealthTap, an interactive health network that virtualizes the doctor-patient experience. Tim’s prior investments include Badgeville (gamification as a SaaS platform) and Lumos Labs (brain wellness games).
Brent Hieggelke is the CMO of Urban Airship, which enables the world’s top brands to earn and maintain a presence on their customers’ mobile devices through mobile relationship management solutions. Previously, he spent a decade helping brands optimize digital marketing initiatives in executive marketing posts at WebTrends, TouchClarity and Omniture. Most recently, Brent started and ran Second Porch, the first Facebook-integrated social vacation rental site sold to HomeAway, Inc. in May 2011. Early in his career, Brent co-founded New City, a media company in Chicago. Brent has been awarded multiple marketing awards, and is a frequent speaker at both marketing and digital conferences.
Jeff Drobick is Chief Product Officer at Tapjoy, responsible for delivering cutting-edge products that extend our leadership position in mobile advertising & monetization. Tapjoy is the leading value creation engine for application publishers – engaging users and delivering compelling results for advertisers.
Jeff brings to the team rich experience in advertising, digital media and eCommerce marketplaces. Previously, Jeff was President and CEO of Geeknet Media, a publisher in B2B technology with over 40 million IT professionals.
Prior to Geeknet, Jeff spent nearly 12 years with eBay in technology / product. As VP of Customer Service Technology Solutions, Jeff was responsible for the global CS product initiatives critical to improving eBay’s end-to-end service experience. Jeff was also VP of Information Management & Delivery and Product Development – responsible for analytic infrastructure, marketing, merchandising and advertising technology in one of the most dynamic and rich information environments in the commerce space. Simply put, his group charter was to be eBay’s information engine, delivering data rich killer applications.
Prior to eBay, Jeff spent nearly eight years at Accenture in their Global Technology Information Services practice. Jeff served clients in: products, government, utilities, food service, and eCommerce.
A travel-obsessed serial entrepreneur, Sam previously founded and was CEO of DealBase.com, a travel deals search engine, and was CEO of TravelPost.com, a hotel reviews site. SideStep acquired TravelPost.com and Sam stayed on as VP of business development until its fortunate acquisition by Kayak. Sam also worked in comparison shopping at Excite, CNET and NexTag. Not at all surprisingly, he was an assistant to Wes Craven on the film Scream. He HotelTonights at the Ace New York.
Clive Downie is the CEO for the leading mobile entertainment company DeNA. As CEO, he oversees DeNA’s mobile social game platform Mobage West. Mobage West operates worldwide, excluding the key Asian territories of Japan, Korea, and China. Downie also manages DeNA’s Western third-party business and first-party studios. Downie joined DeNA in 2009.
Prior to his current role, he helmed all third-party and firstparty game development at DeNA’s San Francisco office, and managed DeNA’s internal studios throughout North America and Europe. Prior to that, Downie led marketing, live teams and revenue creation for the company. Downie spent more than 15 years at Electronic Arts where he served as Vice President of Marketing, managing the FIFA Soccer business in both North America and Europe and the Need for Speed franchise in Europe. Downie also worked on leading videogame properties including Medal of Honor and Command & Conquer. Additionally, Downie held management positions at Mattel, Inc where he led Hot Wheels Motorsports marketing with a specific focus on Formula One.
Steph Habif, Founder, Habif Health – Dr. Stephanie Habif is a Bay Area health behavior scientist with 10+ years of experience leading corporate and start-up teams through user-centered design processes to achieve behavior change. She has led projects for companies such as Whole Foods Market, Aetna Inc, and Boeing by conducting in-depth user research, teaching behavior design workshops, and coordinating events that bring industries together to improve healthcare systems.
Dr. Habif currently teaches at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (also known as: the d.school). Courses she has led in 2013 include “d.compress: designing calming technologies” and “the consumer mind and behavior design.” She has held teaching appointments at Columbia University, University of North Carolina, Washington University at St. Louis, and Victoria University of Technology. Dr. Habif is an affiliate of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab.
She earned her doctorate in Health Behavior Science at Columbia University, her masters in Psychology at Springfield College, and her bachelors at Washington University in St. Louis.
Ari Mir brings over ten years of entrepreneurial product leadership experience in the areas of social, mobile and e-commerce to his role at Pocket Change. He co-founded GumGum.com, the world’s largest In-image Ad-network, which reaches over 100 million unique visitors per month. Ari also co-founded MoJungle which was acquired by ShoZu. He has held senior product roles at BizRate/ShopZilla and LowerMyBills. He holds an undergraduate degree from University of Southern California.
Daniel has more than a decade helping startups with product design. He co-founded Canadian web agency Silverorange, where he worked with clients including Ning, the Canadian government, Bebo, Revision3, and Mozilla, where he helped design the Firefox brand. Daniel went on to Digg.com where he spent five years as Digg’s creative director. He also co-founded the social network Pownce with Kevin Rose and served as director of design for gaming startup Tiny Speck.
Daniel also co-founded the mobile incubator Milk, which was acquired by Google. Daniel led mobile user experience for Google+ before becoming a partner at Google Ventures.
The leader of Ticketfly’s technology group, Matthew has built software and managed teams at companies like PeopleSoft, Siebel Systems, Oracle, and, most recently, as SVP of Engineering and Operations at Conductor. A graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, he loves the open source movement, and building scalable and innovative enterprise software solutions. At Ticketfly, Matthew is excited to use technology to improve the live event experience, and to help fellow performers, venues, and fans.
As Chief Operating Officer, Edward Hieatt oversees all operational aspects of Pivotal Labs’ consulting business including engineering, client services and the company’s open source product strategy. In this role, he drives revenue growth and performance, and is responsible for managing all regional offices across the US and overseas.
Edward ensures that Pivotal’s development teams identify, anticipate and exceed client expectations for their products. His engineering organization is acclaimed for delivering rapid, high-quality, sustainable, iterative development services.
With experience as a software developer and an engineering leader responsible for delivering web and mobile applications as well as large-scale enterprise infrastructure projects, Edward brings deep insights to the COO position. After joining Pivotal as Principal in 2003, Edward was responsible for leading dozens of client engagements, and was instrumental in defining Pivotal’s development process and methodologies. Edward was promoted to Vice President, Engineering in 2008, and subsequently oversaw Pivotal’s expansion into the New York and Boulder, CO, markets. Edward was also a key contributor to the development of Pivotal Tracker, the agile project management and collaboration tool used by thousands of software developers worldwide.
Edward holds a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University, England.
Co-founding CloudOn was a natural decision for Milind due to his strong entrepreneurial passion – why settle for a job, when one can take a more exciting path of potentially changing the world?
As CEO, Milind is focused on building a company that he can be proud of while also serving the needs of people like him – someone with way too many devices but the desire to be productive on all of them at any given time, anywhere.
While he is busy leading the mobile productivity revolution, Milind also finds time for some of his other passions — traveling with his family, watching movies that channel his inner action hero (think Neo from The Matrix), cooking up a feast, playing a round of golf, or catching a San Francisco Giants game.
Aunkur Arya is General Manager for Braintree’s mobile business, where he drives growth for the company’s payments platform across the fast growing mobile commerce ecosystem, leading all business development and marketing efforts. Prior to Braintree, Aunkur was Head of VAS Partnerships for Google Wallet. Aunkur joined Google in May 2010 as part of the company’s acquisition of AdMob, where he was a member of the core business team and led all partnership efforts with mobile app ecosystem, helping build a network of nearly 20,000 publishers by the time the company was acquired. Prior to AdMob, Aunkur spent several years working for Accel and Sequoia-backed startups in various operating roles. Aunkur holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Guy Horrocks is the CEO and co-founder of mobile brand accelerators, Carnival Labs. In this role Guy has provided strategy and helped launch over 100 mobile applications for leading brands such as OREO, Coke, CNN, Time Magazine, DreamWorks Animation, Intel, Inbev etc.
Carnival has developed an enterprise mobile marketing platform for brands. It helps unify apps and provide content and campaign creation tools to drive user actions. This was used on the 2012 US elections by CNN and Time Magazine to deliver push notification polls, competitions for Coke Zero for March Madness and deliver fake face time calls for One Direction’s 2013 North American Tour.
Guy previously co-founded the first iPhone application company in the world, Polar Bear Farm, a pioneer of the “Jailbreak market” in 2007. This was a year before the Apple iTunes App Store launched. At one point an astonishing 6 million of the first 10 million iPhones in the world ran Polar Bear Farm’s apps. Polar Bear Farm contracted in as the first developers at Tapulous helping launch the first mobile Twitter app called Twinkle prior to Tapulous’ sale to become Disney Mobile.
Guy was a finalist for the “Hi Tech Young Achiever of the Year” and won the “Most Innovative Mobile Technology” Award at the 2013 NZ Hi Tech Awards. Carnival was named in the Top100 at the Amazon AWS Startup Challenge and continues to pick up leading industry awards for the work it performs for the world’s best brands. These include: The Mobile Marketing Association Award for Overall Excellence (Kraft Foods), Best use of HTML5 (Intel), Most Innovative use of HTML5 (Trojan) and The Advertising Age’s Top10 Best Branded Apps across all platforms for 2010. Carnival’s apps have been featured by Apple over 70 times, appeared on 3 Apple TV Commercials and have reached the number 1 app store spot on numerous occasions.
Anthony is the Manager, Global Brand Activation and Global Lead for mobile marketing with Wyeth Nutrition, which is a part of Nestlé S.A. In Pfizer Nutrition / Wyeth Nutrition, Anthony pioneered the use of interactive marketing materials on the iPad by the global field force organization to healthcare professionals – one of the first global rollouts of its kind in the Pharmaceutical and Nutrition industries. Currently, Anthony is overseeing mobile web optimization and consumer app projects worldwide.
Anthony Toguchi has more than 13 years of successful diverse management experience spanning the technology, healthcare, and sports industries. Early in his career, Anthony was the founder of Tsource, Inc., an Internet medical transcription start-up company which catered to award-winning and well-respected doctors throughout the US. At Ricoh, Anthony led new product launches including mobile business solutions and integration to app enabled devices. He has global expertise in developing native app and mobile web solutions for Smartphones and Tablets. In his career, Anthony launched mobile solutions in over 30 countries, including established and emerging markets.
Sarah Rotman Epps is a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research based in San Francisco. She studies the evolution of personal computing: how devices are changing, the new consumer behaviors they produce, and the industries they disrupt. She advises marketing and strategy leaders on how to capitalize on these trends through Forrester’s syndicated research, consulting, public speaking, and blogging.
Sarah’s research is quoted frequently in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, and other leading publications. She has appeared as an expert on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and NPR. She is a guest blogger on Forbes.com, ReadWrite.com, Ars Technica, PaidContent.org, AdAge, and All Things D. Sarah is a sought-after speaker at industry events.
Jake has helped over 50 startups with design, including About.me, CustomMade, and HubSpot. Before Google Ventures, Jake was Google’s design strategy vigilante. He led product design sprints for Google Search, Chrome, Ads, Gmail, Apps, Google X, and led internal startup projects that became Google Hangouts and Gmail Priority Inbox.
Long ago, Jake grew up on a rural island in Washington State, began his design career at Oakley, and led product design on Microsoft Encarta.
Alex Bard is a passionate entrepreneur who has been part of the founding team of 4 internet startups,including eShare Technologies (Customer Service Software, 1996-1999), eAssist Global Solutions (Customer Service Software, 1999-2004), Goowy Media (Widget Analytics Platform, 2004-2008) and Assistly (Customer Service Software, 2009 – 2012).
Most recently Alex was the CEO ofAssistly, which was acquired by salesforce.com in September of 2011. Currently Alex is the SVP & GM of desk.com and Service, a salesforce.com company, which provides social and mobile CRM services for SMB businesses.
Alex has lived all over the worldincluding New York, Toronto, London, Los Angeles, and currently splits timebetween San Francisco and San Diego.
Dave is a consumer-focused inventor specializing in mobile, convergence and digital entertainment. He has worked at the startup stages of projects like boxee, Slingbox and is an inventor of the CueCat consumer bar code reader.
Always tinkering, he has 70+ U.S. patents granted or pending and has appeared as a technology expert or host on some 300 television shows. Dave has written for PC Mag, is a founding contributor of O’Reilly’s MAKE and other consumer-tech outlets as well as industry publications.
After the dot-com bubble burst, he was tapped by the Chairman of RadioShack to help re-kindle the spirit of innovation within the retail giant. Through his efforts, several products made it to market and many technologies were created with the help of his Asian and US based teams.
Dave began connecting computers to cellular phones in the early 1990′s and created some of the first mobile data solutions for carriers all over the nation. He has developed communication focused retail superstores and the products that go within, as well as routing technologies, supply chain management and back-end database infrastructure.
Dave is a frequent public speaker, technology expert for broadcast media outlets and sits on the advisory board of several early stage companies.
After experiencing first-hand the difficulty developers face in accepting payments for their online creations, John Collison co-founded Stripe in 2010 with the ambitious goal of building the payment infrastructure for the Internet.
Stripe is John’s second company. In 2007, he co-founded Auctomatic, an auction and marketplace management system for sellers. Auctomatic was acquired in 2008 by Canadian company Live Current Media.
John grew up in Ireland where he started building websites when he was 14. Before launching Stripe, John studied physics at Harvard.
Jeremy Liew is a managing director at Lightspeed Venture Partners, joining the firm in 2006. He invests primarily in the Internet and mobile sectors with a particular interest in massive-scale social media, commerce, gaming, financial services, and methods for increasing monetization. He was named to Forbes’ Midas List in 2011 and 2012.
Jeremy’s current investments include OpenCoin, Snapchat, Whisper, Slice, LivingSocial, Bonobos, Kixeye, PetFlow, Slice, ShoeDazzle, The Honest Company and Zest Finance. He was also responsible for several Lightspeed investments which have had successful exits including Playdom (acquired by Disney), Flixster (acquired by Warner Brothers), Kongregate (acquired by GameStop) and Serious Business (acquired by Zynga).
Previously, Jeremy was with AOL, first as SVP of corporate development and chief of staff to the CEO, and then as general manager of Netscape. Jeremy joined AOL from InterActiveCorp (originally USA Networks), where he was VP of strategic planning. While there, he was responsible for acquisitions, divestitures and investments in TV Networks, consumer Internet companies and online travel companies.
He started working in the consumer Internet industry as an early employee of CitySearch in 1996, where he held a variety of sales management, operational and business development roles. He was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Jeremy is currently a Co-Chair of the board of Trustees of Presidio Knolls School, a startup, progressive Mandarin-immersion school in San Francisco. It took its first intake of Elementary School students in Fall 2012.
Jeremy holds a BA/BSc from the Australian National University in Linguistics and Pure Mathematics and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
John China is head of relationship management for Silicon Valley Bank and SVB Financial Group and he is a member of the company’s executive committee. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the company’s relationships within the venture capital and private equity communities in five key areas:
- Venture Capital Relationship Management: managing the company’s network of relationships with venture capital and private equity firms and their partners.
- Entrepreneur Services Group: supporting emerging technology, life science and cleantech companies by engaging founders and CEOs with networking and educational events to offer the benefit of SVB’s years of experiences during their development stages
- Venture and Private Equity Services: providing banking services to venture capital and private equity clients.
- Private Banking: focusing solely on the unique financial needs of the partners at VC and PE firms.
SVB Capital: oversees the company’s venture capital investing business, which includes fund of funds and direct investment funds exceeding $1.2 billion under management.
Previously, China held a variety of commercial banking leadership positions at SVB.
China earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the advisory board for DEMO, is a board member of ASTIA and the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, and he previously served on the advisory board for the Executive Roundtable of New York City.
Josh Williams is president and chief science officer at Kontagent, where he is responsible for driving Kontagent’s world-class proprietary data processing, analysis platform and algorithms into new verticals and markets. A serial entrepreneur, Josh has led two successful startups to two large exits: 1) as CTO at an early big-data firm in automated real-time financial securities analysis which was acquired in 2003; 2) as CEO and CTO at a leading game technology company which was acquired in early 2007. Josh is an investor and loves helping other entrepreneurs however he can.
Anil Dharni is the SVP of Studio Operations at GREE International, Inc. which includes overseeing all Marketing, PR, Events, Business Intelligence, QA, and Customer Service teams. He was the President & COO of Funzio – which was acquired by GREE in May 2012 – and before that he co-founded mobile game company, Storm8. He oversaw Storm8′s business operations including marketing, customer support, business development, legal, and human resources. Pervious to that, Anil was the VP of Products and UED at hi5 Networks, Inc., where he drove the product roadmap and key product initiatives including hi5 coins (virtual currency), games, and platform.
Jules Maltz joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in August 2008 and has over ten years of venture capital and startup experience. He focuses on later-stage venture investments in rapidly-growing Internet and software companies. Jules was recognized by AlwaysOn as one of the top 100 venture capitalists by his inclusion in the AlwaysOn 2012 VC 100 List.
Jules led IVP’s investments in Buddy Media (CRM), Dropbox, RetailMeNot, and TuneIn, and was actively involved in IVP’s investments in LivingSocial, Marketo, Ngmoco (DeNA), Spiceworks, Sugar, Twitter, and Yext. Jules currently serves on the Board of Directors of RetailMeNot, TuneIn, and Yext.
Prior to IVP, Jules worked for 3i, a leading global venture capital firm. He evaluated early and later-stage Internet, mobile, and software investments, and he completed transactions for companies such as BlueLithium, Fotolog, Omniture (ADBE), and Trovix.
Jules also worked in business development for AdMob, a mobile advertising provider, and co-founded AdNectar, a social media advertising startup. Earlier in his career, Jules was in technology investment banking with Robertson Stephens and Bank of America Securities.
Jules has an M.B.A. from Stanford University, where he was a Siebel Scholar and an Arjay Miller Scholar. He also graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.
Dominik von Jan is the Senior Director of Digital at Interbrand. He’s a marketing expert and digital strategist with strong consulting background in business modeling, branding, user research, digital media, and wireless communications. With 14+ years of international work experience, Dominik is a creative and strategic thinker with a passion for disruptive technologies in the wireless and digital space. Additionally, he’s a thought leader in market strategy development based on ethnographic research.
Curtis Peterson is VP of Operations at RingCentral, a company that pioneered the consumerization of the business phone system by moving it to the cloud and mobile devices. Since 2002, Curtis has developed, launched and operated cloud business communications solutions for hundreds of thousands of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms. With more than 20 years of data and telecommunications experience, Curtis has built world-class teams that develop highly scalable networks while directing systems with ever-increasing mobile, compliance and security requirements.
Matt brings over 25 years of experience in marketing, product management, engineering, business development, and sales in a wide range of technologies to Norwest Venture Partners. Matt has appeared on the Forbes Midas List as a top 100 investor for three years and was recently recognized by Business Insider as one of the “19 Best Enterprise Tech Venture Capitalists.”
Matt focuses his efforts on mobile, security, rich media, cloud based services/applications, networking and storage sectors. He currently serves on the boards of Avere Systems, Bitglass, Blue Jeans Network, ConteXtream, Exablox, Hadapt, MobileIron, Morta Security and Pertino Networks. Previously, Matt was on the board of Airespace (acquired by Cisco Systems), Omneon (acquired by Harmonic), Reconnex (acquired by McAfee), Retrevo (acquired by Shopzilla), Skystream Networks (acquired by Tandberg Television), SpectraLinear (acquired by Silicon Laboratories), Spinnaker Networks (acquired by Network Appliance), Summit Microelectronics (acquired by Qualcomm), Swan Labs (acquired by F5 Networks) and Webstacks (acquired by Extreme Networks). He was a board observer with FireEye, Veraz Networks (Nasdaq: VRAZ), Yipes (acquired by Reliance/Flag Telecom) and ZettaCom (acquired by IDT). He previously served on the board of the Wireless Communications Alliance (WCA).
Erika Trautman is passionate about the evolution of online storytelling. With successful careers as a writer, producer, editor, and director, she deeply understands the importance of story in any communication, and yet has been disappointed with online video’s inability to rise to its potential. So she started FlixMaster to change all of that, and in under two years she has built and grown a business that is positioned at the top of emerging video technologies, shared the stage with folks like Sheryl Sandberg, and solidified partnerships with powerhouse companies like HBO, Honeywell, Maybelline and Philips.
Before FlixMaster she founded and ran an Emmy Award Winning Production company, Outlier Films, and worked as an award-winning documentary filmmaker, including a stint alongside legendary investigative reporter, Lowell Bergman. Her work has aired on major networks, cable and PBS, and been shown at various film festivals.She has a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University, where she studied theater and biology and a Master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley.
Matt Vlasach is Unwired Revolution’s Director of Mobile Product and Integration Services. Over the past three years, Matt has assisted enterprises with the integration of iOS and Android devices into their mobile computing environment. His deep understanding of key mobile technologies – including MDM, networking, security, and even app development – has enabled Matt to help customers rapidly adopt functional and scalable solutions that satisfy their requirements. In the past year, Matt has helped lead the design and development of DocLink, a secure and turn-key content distribution solution for enterprises that have data “trapped” behind the corporate firewall. With an unwavering focus on user experience – namely around performance, reliability, and design – Matt hopes to achieve his vision of a consumer-friendly enterprise app through DocLink. Previous to Unwired Revolution, Matt was CEO of Pacific Swell Networks, a VoIP and SMB IT consulting and integration company. He holds a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mikael Berner is the CEO of EasilyDo Inc., a company that re-imagines a simpler and more useful virtual assistant – a smart assistant. As EasilyDo’s resident “Do Hacker,” Mikael is constantly working the EasilyDo Team to push the boundaries of the technology and functionality of the app. The user experience is also one of Mikael’s focuses, as he is passionate about aligning EasilyDo’s overall vision and goals with the day-to-day operations. He is a successful entrepreneur, technology industry executive, and one of the leaders driving innovation in the enhanced voice services industry, holding 9 patents in wireless and speech technologies. In 1999, Mikael co-founded BeVocal, which delivered hosted speech-automated customer service for enterprises, and led the company through its acquisition by Nuance Communications in 2007. Following the sale, he served as the SVP of Nuance’s Enterprise Division, where he grew Nuance On Demand to become the world’s largest speech automation network.
Jay Zaveri is the VP of Product for CloudOn, Inc., a mobile productivity platform where users can create, edit and share documents across any mobile device. With almost 20 years of experience in starting and growing technology companies from ground up, Jay brings product, design and business skills to CloudOn.
Starting his career at the young age of nine, Jay created his very own version of the game Breakout on a Commodore 64 and his love of building technology has only grown over the years. He founded his first technology company, Future Thought at age 22. In 1998, Jay founded clubgreetings.com with an investment from Softbank and News Corp. clubgreetings was a huge success, gaining four million unique users a month. Eventually, the company was acquired by eUniverse (now Fox Interactive).
Jay’s love of cartoons and experience with flash animation from clubgreetings, led him to start the first fully digital 2d animation studios in the world. He won 18 awards including the Hollywood Film Festival for Best Animated Short.
Now, Jay uses his vast experience in start-ups and new technology to spearhead CloudOn to become the fastest-growing productivity app in the market, hitting over 5.5 million downloads and 4 million registered users in under 18 months.
At play, Jay finds time for some of his other passions – biking and star gazing with his two kids.
Eric is cofounder and Chief Technology Officer at Tango where he oversees all areas of product development and leads the technical direction of the company. As the company’s key technologist, he leverages his expertise in multimedia communication, peer-to-peer networks, and video compression to connect people around the world through video calling.
Prior to founding Tango, Eric co-founded and served as CTO and VP of product of Dyyno, a video streaming and distribution company, and also worked as a research scientist at HP Labs. Eric is one of the world’s leading experts in peer-to-peer video streaming and video compression and even wrote the first book on the subject, Peer-to-Peer Video Streaming, in 2007. Eric has contributed to more than 30 research papers in his field and holds six patents either granted or pending.
Eric holds a B.S. degree from Ecole Polytechnique, France, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
“SVB Accelerator is the early stage technology group for Silicon Valley Bank where we focus on banking, venture debt, and making meaningful connections for both entrepreneurs and startups. In my role, I lead teams focused on consumer Internet, digital media, FinTech, payments and software startups throughout Silicon Valley. I also spend time advising on SVB’s payments strategy and solutions.
Previously, I was a part of SVB’s Private Equity Services group for over five years where I was the banker for a number of venture capital and private equity firms, including: A16Z, Marlin Equity Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Vector Capital. In that role, I also led the group’s expansion into and efforts in Southern California. In 2003, I started at SVB in our asset-based lending group where I helped early and growth stage technology companies leverage A/R to improve cash flows.
I earned a B.Sc. in Finance and Economics from Santa Clara University in 2003.”
Marcos Sanchez is the VP of Global Corporate Communications at App Annie, the industry leader in app store analytics and market intelligence for the global app economy. Before joining App Annie, Marcos served as the Director of Marketing at Egnyte, a leading enterprise file sharing company. Marcos, who was on the founding team of iBand, which was later acquired by Macromedia — has more than 16 years of experience working with startups. Previously, Marcos served as a Communications Strategist at Clarabridge and has held various positions in marketing and product management, including as Spokesperson for the launch of Macromedia’s Shockwave product and as Lead PR Strategist for launches of VeriSign, CyberSource, Software.net and Quote.com.
Martin Destagnol is the creator of Folders, an iOS application designed to give people easy, intuitive access to all their files on their iPhone and iPad, which was purchased by Box. Martin has been an active entrepreneur and software developer for many years. He started programming on an HP48 calculator when he was 13 years old, got his first PC when he was 15 and managed to develop a program that crashed it after only three days. He loved hacking code since then. Before creating Folders, he created a web agency and developed a location-based application called Plyce, which attracted funding from Marc Simoncini, the founder/CEO of Meetic, and Xavier Niel Founder/CEO of Free Telecom. In May 2012, Plyce was folded into CheckAndTake as part of a $2M financing round, with Martin leaving to focus on Folders.
Martin graduated from ESIEA, the computer science engineering school and from HEC Paris. He comes from an artistic and creative family.
He is currently serving as a Senior Technical Advisor to Box, leading the team integrating the Folders technology into Box’s next-generation mobile applications.
Partner and CEO at HasOffers. Peter joined HasOffers before the company launched their first product in 2009. With more than six years of experience in online marketing, Peter has a skilled knowledge of SEO, Display Advertising, PPC, CRO, Retargeting, Social Ads, Social Marketing, PR, Email Marketing, and Usability.
Pierre-Luc Simard is CTO of Mirego, a leading mobile strategy & development company that helps businesses accelerate their organisational changes and reach new customers with the help of outstanding mobile applications.
Pierre-Luc is a professional with over 15 years of strategy and software development experience in industrial and consumer applications. He has worked extensively with embedded and mobile platforms in different environments and can quickly grasp the different challenges an organisation faces with mobility. Prior to joining Mirego, Pierre-Luc has worked as CIO, team leader and senior developer. He is deeply motivated by the opportunity to help his clients make a difference in the lives of their customers and employees.
Raj Singh is a mobile industry veteran having worked across the space over the past 12 years. Raj is the Founder and CEO of VC-backed Tempo AI focused on developing a day assistant. Tempo AI was spun-out of SRI (Stanford Research Institute) where Raj served as an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence). Previously, Raj was the founding Vice President of Business Development for Skyfire, a mobile browser that supports full Flash rendering. Prior to Skyfire, Raj co-founded venture-funded Veeker, NBC’s mobile video citizen journalism service and ToneThis, CNET’s top downloaded ringtone creation product.
Raj has also worked in product management, engineering, strategy and consulting roles for Kodak Mobile, Dell Mobile, Cellmania, MobiTV, PlayPhone, Tellme, Samsung, Turk Telekom, IGT, Hungama Mobile, Vlingo and Antenna Software. Raj’s personal projects include GameChalk, an SMS multi-player game service, Pubwalk, an LBS bar-hopping service and Wired Mashup of the Year winner in 2006 and YumYum Labs, an Android recipe voice search application and Sprint App 4G Challenge winner. Raj is also a mobile advisor to numerous companies including Movoxx, Nearverse, TinyTube, LocalResponse, Textopoly, Knocking Video and also an investor via ENIAC Ventures.
Raj is a regular mobile writer and speaker including formal and guest blogging for GotoMobile, Venturebeat, O’reilly Emerging Telephony and VisionMobile. Raj is a mentor at 500 Startups and Founder Labs and has also made contributions to a number of mobile user and expert groups including the JCP, MMA and the Bluetooth SIG. For more information, please see http://www.rajansingh.com.
Rakesh Agrawal is a product strategist focused on helping companies build the best consumer experiences that incorporate the appropriate social, mobile and Internet technologies.
Agrawal has been working on Internet technologies since 1993 and mobile technologies since 1999. His background spans product management, product marketing, usability and business development. He has led product launches at Microsoft, Tellme, Aol and washingtonpost.com.
He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg Television and VentureBeat. He has also been widely quoted in media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek, China Central TV and Radio New Zealand.
As Chief Creative Officer for Nuance Communications, Gary Clayton holds a unique role that sits at the intersection of strategy, innovation and design. Spanning the mobile, healthcare, consumer and enterprise markets, Gary drives an innovative team of engineers and creative designers that interpret technology trends through a design lens and attempt to create next-generation user experiences. Prior to joining Nuance, Gary was the vice president of speech strategy for Yahoo!, where he led the Company’s efforts in creating next-generation speech applications including speech-enabled, unconstricted web search. Before Yahoo!, He was the Chief Creative Officer for Tellme Networks, a division of Microsoft where he oversaw many applications including Tellme Search. Prior to Tellme Gary was the founder and president of Clayton Multimedia. Gary holds five US patents and applications, is a Grammy Award nominee, and his innovations have been acclaimed by a number of associations and journals, including the Wall Street Journal Innovation Awards.
Jason is a Product Manager at Yammer, where he focuses on building out new features for the leading enterprise social network. Prior to Yammer, Shah founded INeedAPencil.com, an education technology company that was acquired by CK12 in 2011.
Jason holds an AB with honors from Harvard College with degrees in sociology and computer science.
Jef leads Basis leveraging his years of consumer technology experience. Prior to joining Basis in 2011 he was CEO at wireless photo start-up, Eye-Fi, taking the company through its 2007 launch to the international retail distribution of its device and cloud service. Before that, he was GM of audio and gaming at Logitech, where he also worked in U.S. and EMEA marketing. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Communications.
Richard joined Accel as a Partner in 2006. Rich led Accel’s investment in Angry Birds (Rovio) and serves on the boards of Atlassian, the leader in software for streamlining product development; SunRun, the leading provider of residential solar power; MoPub, a leader in mobile ad platforms; Qwilt, a provider of video optimization technology, among others. Rich previously led Accel’s investment and served on the Board of Admob (acquired by Google), as well as 3LM – Three Laws of Mobility, an Android enterprise startup (acquired by Motorola Mobility).
Prior to Accel, Rich was SVP/GM of Products at Openwave While at Openwave, Rich founded and chaired the Messaging Anti Abuse Working Group, a consortium of ISPs and technology providers working together to combat internet abuse. Previously Rich was the Chief Marketing Officer at Covad Communications, the DSL provider. Preceding Covad, he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, focusing on software and consumer technology. Rich started his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble.
Sam Lawrence is CEO and co-founder of Crushpath, a platform for connecting small businesses with big audiences. Previously Sam was the founding CMO for Jive Software where he pivoted the company from small Discussion Forum vendor to Social Business Software leader (NASDAQ: JIVE). He has held executive positions at Dell, CNET, 3COM, and McCann Erickson.
Scott Davis is Chief Technology Officer for VMware’s End User Computing Business Unit and core staff member in VMware’s Corporate Office of the CTO. He is involved in driving product and technology strategy spanning the breadth of VMware’s product lines, from Desktop to Data Center and Cloud initiatives. He has also served as VMware’s Chief Data Center Architect/Storage CTO. A recognized expert in virtualization, clustering, operating systems, file systems and storage, Scott has held senior engineering and business management roles with both startup ventures and established industry firms. Prior to joining VMware, he was a strategic consultant to Fidelity Investments and President, CTO and Founder of Virtual Iron Software, which was acquired by Oracle and became the core of OracleVM. Prior to co-founding Virtual Iron, he was Chief Technology Officer at Mangosoft, an Internet software and storage company with pioneering peer-to-peer clustering, caching and file system products. Earlier, Scott was Technical Director for Digital’s industry acclaimed VAXCluster and VMS Volume Shadowing products, as well as DEC’s Windows NT clustering technology (later sold to Microsoft as the genesis of Microsoft ‘Wolfpack’ Cluster Server). Scott holds 16 US patents for clustering, storage and virtualization technologies and his products have won awards at Comdex, Demo and LinuxWorld.
Sean is a Venture Partner with Emergence Capital Partners. He joined Emergence Capital after being an executive and advisor at portfolio companies YouSendIt and Doximity, respectively. In addition to being a sales and alliances executive in the technology enabled services space for thirteen years, he is co-founder and co-President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels, the largest university-affiliated angel group in the world.
As VP of Worldwide Alliances at YouSendIt, a cloud collaboration solution with over 30 million users, the company ranked the 55th fastest growing company in North America on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 with a 4-year revenue growth of 2291%. Prior to YouSendIt, he was VP of Channel Management at Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), a human capital management software-as-a-service provider, which had an IPO in March 2011. Sean helped grow the company from $7 million to $75 million in revenue and 300,000 subscribers to over 7.5 million, the second most of any software-as-a-service company in the world. Before his tenure at Cornerstone OnDemand, Sean was VP Sales and Partner Development at WageWorks (WAGE), a leading provider of consumer-directed spending solutions, which had an IPO in May 2012 and grew from $3 million to $82 million in revenue during his tenure. Prior to WageWorks, Sean was at Elance, the world’s largest marketplace of contractors. He has also held finance positions at Major League Baseball and The Prudential Realty Group.
Sean has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he’s on the HBS Alumni Board, and a BBA in Marketing, Finance, and International Business from University of Wisconsin. He’s competed in 2 marathons and 12 triathlons, including Escape from Alcatraz three times and the Kona half ironman.
Tyler Bell is a geotechnologist with broad interests in open source and place-based information systems. As Director of Product at Factual, Inc., he is leading the company’s product efforts to provide an accessible, global coverage of local businesses and POI data for developers and publishers. Tyler previously led the Geo Technologies team at Yahoo, conceiving and launching the Placemaker and GeoPlanet geo-enrichment platforms. A former archaeologist specializing in landscape analysis and the semantic integration of heterogeneous data, Tyler gained his doctorate at the University of Oxford before founding a spatial technology spin-out from the University in 2001.
Tracy Sun is Co-Founder and VP of Merchandising at Poshmark, a mobile marketplace for fashion which dramatically simplifies how fashion is bought and sold today. In her current role, she is responsible for driving engagement and monetization initiatives for the company. Prior to Poshmark, Tracy founded a social commerce startup, Established Today, and was VP of Merchandising at Brooklyn Industries, a lifestyle apparel retailer in NYC. She received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and today is an advisor, consultant, and investor to several Bay Area start-ups and incubators. Nir’s last company received venture funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and was acquired in 2011. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir is a contributing writer for Forbes, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.
Erik Loehfelm is the Executive Director of User Experience at Universal Mind. In this role, Erik leads the design team responsible for developing new, immersive experiences for a variety of devices.
Erik supports his team in the creation of applications that are both engaging for end users and also reflect the brand values of Universal Mind’s clients. With a deep knowledge of the ways humans interact with technologies, Erik understands user experience is about elegant design, usability, performant development and physical context and how these elements come together to create a holistic experience for people. Erik oversees interaction design, user testing, UI design, and vision prototyping at Universal Mind and determines where the company should make investments to deliver highly immersive experiences for its customers.
Erik has more than 18 years of experience in design. He began his career in New York and became an award-winning editorial designer and studio owner, transitioning his focus from print to web design in the mid 90’s. Erik is also an adjunct professor at the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Erik earned his B.S. in Aviation at The Ohio State University in the early 90’s. Taking his inspiration from nature, he enjoys the outdoors with his wife and four daughters. He credits his teamwork and leadership skills to over 25 years as a volleyball player and coach.
Brenden Mulligan is a design-focused, product-oriented entrepreneur. He’s currently working on Cluster, the best way to relive shared experiences with your friends and family by creating collaborative photo albums of your favorite moments.
Previously Brenden created Onesheet, TipList, and several Instagram-based projects including Webbygram, MorningPics and PhotoPile. He previously founded ArtistData, which was acquired by Sonicbids in 2010. He advises entrepreneurs through 500 Startups.
Chris runs the Mobile and Wireless research practice, which covers hardware, software, and services for both enterprise and consumer mobility markets. Chris’ research focuses on enterprise mobility management supporting smartphones and tablets in business. He is primarily interested in the shift in enterprise computing from desktop to mobile.
Prior to joining 451 Research, Chris covered worldwide smartphone trends for IDC. He focused on the convergence of mobile air interface technologies and advances in device component technologies which impacted the designs and capabilities of smartphones in both consumer and enterprise markets.
Chris has been quoted on mobile technology issues by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CBS, ComputerWorld, Fox Business, InformationWeek, Investors Business Daily, MacWorld, TheStreet, Reuters and Wired. He sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for Mobile Enterprise Magazine. Chris has presented and moderated panels at numerous events such as CES, CTIA, venture capital tech days, as well as serving as director for 451’s Client Conference.
Chris earned his MBA and MS in Information Systems from Boston University. During his graduate course work, Chris conducted market research for Lucent Technologies, leading a team in the development of a demand creation strategy for 3G data services. Chris also received a BS in business from University of Richmond with a concentration in finance.
Suzan Pickett is Manager of Systems Engineering for Columbia Sportswear headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Columbia Sportswear Company, now in its 75th year, is a global leader in the design, sourcing, marketing, and distribution of active outdoor apparel.
Early 2010, Suzan and her team began using virtualization and cloud computing to begin implementing a Software Defined Data Center to leverage technology to enable the business to “Try Stuff”.
Highly virtualized at 98% of their server workloads, Suzan is now turning her attention to the mobile worker by increasing efficiency and enabling productivity and agnostic device platforms by utilizing virtualization and application delivery portals to deliver IT as a service to the business.
Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip, which was named one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2013 and has raised $15.4 million in funding. After skipping four K-12 grades, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, and shortly after became one of the youngest people to ever receive venture capital funding. He has been named to Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, 30 Under 30 in Advertising and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising; and Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012.
Jeff was recently appointed to run UM’s San Francisco office after serving as UMSF’s Lead Client Business Partner for the past two years. Before joining UM, Jeff was the Co-founder and CMO of the PBJS Advertising Agency from 2003-2008. At PBJS, Jeff headed up marketing, sales and the on-line advertising business which included clients such as AT&T, MSNBC, Smart Balance, Experian, CDW and Microsoft. PBJS advertising focused on the marriage of world-class creative and back-office optimization. Jeff was also on the forefront of creating new models for branded entertainment that provided both innovative advertising opportunities and stand-alone content vehicles. PBJS was sold to the Publicis Group in August of 2008.
Prior to PBJS, Jeff spent 6.5 years (1997-2003) at the Microsoft Corporation all within the MSN division, rising to Director of MSN Ad product Planning and Industry Development. Among his team’s responsibilities were developing the advertising business strategies for all of MSN’s on-line properties, creating innovative advertising technologies and driving the productization of data and audience segmentation. During his tenure, Jeff chaired the IAB Ad Sizes Committee which released the Universal Ad Package, providing the industry with much needed standards in creative implementation.
Jeff started his career at BBDO NY (1994-1997) where he co-founded the BBDO Interactive Group (later to become Atmosphere), and helped introduce brands such as VISA, Federal Express, M&M Mars, General Electric, Pepsi and Pizza Hut to the Internet. He has lectured at the Kellogg School of Business management as well as spoken at several industry conferences including AD Tech, IMedia and the IAB National Conference.
He is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he majored in Political Science. He now resides in Menlo Park, California with his wife and three daughters.
John joined the Evernote team in 2010 to lead Group Accounts, where he is responsible for the Education and Enterprise verticals. Evernote helps you remember everything, has won multiple awards in the productivity space, and was named as Inc Magazine’s company of the year in 2011. Majoring in computer science at Dartmouth College, John has been a leader in various technology roles in the financial services, utilities, security, and consumer software businesses.
Jolie O’Dell is a journalist and is fascinated by the development and business of technology. She started out in print journalism, transitioned to blogging at ReadWriteWeb and Mashable, and now writes for VentureBeat, the finest technology publication in the land. Since her focus is on developers and the more technical side of tech, she also studied computer science and programming, the better to understand topics like the mobile web and Node.js. O’Dell lives in San Francisco with her neckbeard engineer husband.
Lee has more than 10 years of consumer internet experience, with a focus on growing online media businesses, user communities, and subscription-driven monetization. Prior to working at Trulia, Lee served as Senior VP of Product Management and GM of Direct Revenue at social game and entertainment site, IMVU. During his time at IMVU, the company doubled its active user base, attained profitability, and increased revenue fivefold to more than $50 million in 2011. He also has extensive experience with Yahoo! where he led product management for Yahoo! Personals and Yahoo! Groups. Lee rounds out his diverse experience as co-founder of a music-focused social networking startup and as a corporate strategy consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Lee earned a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Amherst College, an M.B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Paul is an award-winning mobile strategist who leads the Tier I publisher and demand-side business at MoPub. Prior to MoPub, he was the Vice President and Founder of the mobile practice at Razorfish. He joined Razorfish, the #4 ranked agency by Ad Age’s prestigious A-List, in 2007 as an MBA intern. By 2011 Razorfish was listed #2 by Ad Age for agency mobile revenue. The mobile practice’s service offering includes integrated strategy engagements, app and site design and development, messaging, media planning and buying, search and ad creative. Paul’s passion for mobile and leadership has led to an unrelenting output of groundbreaking mobile work for over 70 clients. The mobile practice has created many of the most successful sites and apps, including 17 apps that were listed in the iTunes App Store, the top branded application of 2008, a top ranked free iPad application, a top grossing iPad application and a commerce experience that generated over $8 billion in transactions. Paul’s
success has not gone unnoticed. He was the youngest executive to receive Mediaweek’s Media All-Star award. The practice was recognized by Forrester as a mobile marketing agency Industry Leader, their top rating. His clients have won mobile marketer of the year, luxury mobile marketer of the year and a Cannes Lion. Paul’s groundbreaking work and point of view have been sought out by and received press in the New York Times, the WSJ, Adweek, Ad Age, Fast Company, Mashable, Wired, Contagious, SAI, MediaPost, Digiday & Mobile Marketer. Recent conference speaking engagements include Television Upfront, SXSW, Mobile Upfront, IAB, Advertising Week, OMMA, Proxxima (Brazil) & MMA, The Mobile Show (Dubai), INMA, Digiday, DMA, Digital Hollywood, SEMPO, Admonsters, SAI, Wharton and Harvard. Paul is also an advisory board member for several companies.