Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box.net, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box.net was launched from Aaron’s dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box’s product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software. He has spoken about content and collaboration tools at events such as Accenture Global Summit, South by Southwest, and Svase.
Other than spending most of his free time passionately debating the next step for Box with his CFO, Aaron enjoys pretending he can play the piano. He studied business at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before taking a leave of absence.
David Christopher is chief marketing officer for AT&T’s wireless unit, responsible for all aspects of marketing direction and execution.He leads marketing strategy, wireless advertising and media, customer lifecycle management, product management, national promotions and pricing.Prior to his role as chief marketing officer, he served as vice president of Product Management for voice products, devices and affiliate services for AT&T’s wireless unit. His responsibilities included developing and managing the company’s portfolio of voice products and enhanced services, and driving the company’s strategy and selection of devices to better integrate voice and data services for a simple and enhanced user experience.Before joining AT&T, Christopher worked at Palm, serving most recently as vice president – Product Marketing and Management with responsibility for the team that defines, develops and manages all Palm-branded product lines worldwide from concept through end of life.A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Humphrey D. Chen is Executive Director of New Technologies Development for Verizon Wireless and is focused on accelerating the commercialization of innovative Venture-backed technologies amidst the increasingly competitive market dynamics within the wireless world. Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Humphrey was responsible for driving the Google and Microsoft strategy for Avaya in the area of Enterprise Unified Communication
Jay Wright is responsible for developing and driving Qualcomm’s augmented reality commercialization strategy. In this role, he manages the Company’s partnerships with innovators in industry and academia, and leads Qualcomm’s efforts to enable augmented reality within the mobile ecosystem.
Wright brings nearly 20 years experience in developing software and services for mobile and wireless devices to his role at Qualcomm. Prior to joining the Company, Wright was CEO of SingleTap Inc., a company focused on simplifying the discovery, purchase and installation of software directly from Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices. Through his leadership, SingleTap established partnerships and product distribution deals with a variety of leading consumer and automotive companies, allowing them to distribute personalized mobile applications and content to thousands of consumers and employees.
Previously, as founder and CEO of Wright Strategies Inc., Wright led the development of tools and software infrastructure that enabled Windows solution providers to develop and deploy PDA applications capable of synchronizing data with enterprise data sources. Under his strategic direction, the company’s FormLogic software platform was used to deploy tens of thousands of devices for name-brand consumer products companies.
An inventor and software engineer, Wright holds three patents – two of which encompass data synchronization between mobile devices and have been regarded as landmark patents in the field of wireless email.
Wright earned a Bachelor of Arts in quantitative economics and decision sciences from the University of California, San Diego.
Jim Goetz is a General Partner at Sequoia Capital. He has helped create and grow a number of technology companies and product lines to market leading positions both as an entrepreneur and as an investor. He currently serves on the board of Appirio, Barracuda, Clearwell, eMeter, Jive, Metaswitch Networks, Nimble Storage, Palo Alto Networks, Sencha and Widgetbox. He was previously on the boards of AdMob (Google), Dash (RIM), PeakStream (Google), Peribit (Juniper), Rhapsody (Brocade) and involved with Timetra (Alcatel) and TopSpin (Cisco). Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Jim served as a General Partner at Accel Partners. In 1996, he co-founded VitalSigns Software (Lucent) where he assembled and led the team that pioneered end-user performance management with Net.Medic and application and network performance market with VitalSuite. Within four years, VitalSigns grew into the market leader in network and application performance management software with $100M in bookings and 25M+ agents deployed. Prior to VitalSigns, Jim was the Vice President of Network Management for Bay Networks (Synoptics) where business segment revenues increased from $80 million to $396 million, Optivity’s market share grew to a dominant 51% and their embedded RMON market share grew to 43%. Prior to Bay and Synoptics, he held various product and marketing positions at AT&T and Digital Equipment. Jim has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Donovan is chief technology officer for AT&T. In this role, he oversees the company’s global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations. Mr. Donovan previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign Inc., a technology company that provides Internet infrastructure services. At VeriSign, Mr. Donovan was responsible for leading VeriSign’s global sales organization, driving the expansion of broad solutions offerings, and integrating a global professional services capability. Before that, he was chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., where he helped shape strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe. Previously, Mr. Donovan was a partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he was the Americas Industry Practice director for telecom. He is a director of the board of 2Wire and services as chairman of the board of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). He has authored two books, The Value Enterprise, published in January 1998, and Value Creating Growth, published in 1999. Mr. Donovan received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame and earned an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Minnesota.
Marissa Mayer is Vice President of Location & Local Services at Google. She oversees search products & user experience, and leads the product management efforts web search, images, groups, news, Froogle, the Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Labs, and more. She joined Google in 1999 as Google’s first female engineer and led the user interface and webserver teams at that time. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google’s search interface, internationalizing the site to more than 100 languages, defining Google News, Gmail, and Orkut, and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design.
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.
Matt Murphy is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where he manages the iFund at KPCB, an initiative with Apple and the iPhone platform, that focuses on defining applications for the mobile internet. Previously, Matt was a board observer at Google and a Director at Peakstream and Dash Navigation. Matt has also worked at Sun Microsystems as a business development leader for the Network Systems Group and Product Line Manager for networking platforms. He also has experience in strategic and technical consulting with Booz Allen & Hamilton and Accenture. Matt holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Michael is Twitter’s Vice President of Engineering. Previously, he lead the application platform and services development for Palm’s next-generation Palm webOS platform. He has extensive experience in building technically challenging web-based applications and services.
Before joining Palm, Michael was the general manager of .NET Online Services at Microsoft, where he led efforts to deliver a services platform that enabled the development of large-scale Internet-based services. Prior to Microsoft, he co-founded Passenger Inc., where he served as chairman and led the development of the company’s consumer marketing SAAS platform. Michael also founded Composite Software, creator of industry-leading enterprise information integration software, where he served as the CEO/CTO.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. at the University of Washington.
Michael Shim is the Vice President of Mobile Partnerships at Groupon. He is responsible for developing the company’s partnerships with wireless operators, OEMs, mobile platforms and developers worldwide. Previously, Michael served as Vice President, Mobile Partnerships and Business Development at Yahoo. Michael has held business development and strategy positions at AOL and was a corporate lawyer with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Michael holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Mike Schroepfer is the Vice President of Engineering at Facebook. Mike is responsible for harnessing the engineering organization’s culture of speed, creativity and exploration to build products, services and infrastructure that support the company’s users, developers and partners around the world.
Before coming to Facebook, Mike was the Vice President of Engineering at Mozilla Corporation, where he led the global, collaborative, open and participatory product development process behind Mozilla’s popular software, such as the Firefox web browser.
Mike was formerly a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems where he was the Chief Technology Officer for the data center automation division (“N1”). He was also the founder, Chief Architect and Director of Engineering at CenterRun, which was acquired by Sun. Mike worked with several startups at the outset of his career, including a digital effects software startup where he built software that has been used in several major motion pictures. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University and has filed two U.S. patents.
Nagraj Kashyap is vice president of Qualcomm Ventures. In this role, Kashyap is the global head of the group and oversees the Company’s strategic investments in wireless-industry ventures. In addition, he provides direction and guidance to the Qualcomm Innovation Network team and oversees business development activities for R&D programs such as Augmented Reality, Indoor Positioning and Personal Area Networking.
Before being promoted to vice president, Kashyap was a senior director of Qualcomm Ventures where he served as the global head of the group and expanded the team’s presence to India and Israel. Prior to that, Kashyap was a director, leading the North America operations for the Ventures group. Kashyap joined Qualcomm in July of 2003
as a senior manager in business development.
Prior to Qualcomm, Kashyap was a manager at PRTM, a management consulting company and had direct client engagements with Nextel, Motorola, DuPont, Caterpillar, Michelin, Bell Mobility and ADC. Prior to PRTM, Kashyap was a senior product marketing manager at Motorola. He has also held engineering positions at 3Com/US Robotics and Nortel.
Kashyap serves on the boards of Avaak, Brain Corporation and Zeebo. He is a board observer at Livescribe, Location Labs, Obopay and Sotera Wireless. Kashyap has also contributed to the successful acquisitions and IPOs of companies such as Airvana (IPO:AIRV), Bitfone (acquired by H-P) and Novarra (acquired by Nokia).
Kashyap graduated from University of Mysore in India with a Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Science degree. He then earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin, followed by a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Nicola Palmer is Vice President-Network for Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the country. The company has the largest and most reliable 3G wireless network and, in December 2010, launched its 4G LTE network, the fastest and most advanced 4G network in the country.
Nicola is responsible for Verizon Wireless’ network support, including overall systems performance and quality assurance. In addition, she is responsible for implementation of new products and services within the network, along with transport interconnect, supplier management and ensuring regulatory compliance.
Previously, Nicola served as Vice President of Video Services, where she was responsible for broadcast and on-demand content operations, ad insertion and franchising negotiation, and overall video program management and performance assurance.
Prior to that assignment, Nicola served as executive director – Video Network Operations – where she was responsible for Video Operations Planning, Linear & Non-Linear Content Management, Video Programming & Ad Insertion, and Video Operational Systems Management. Nicola was involved in the Fiber to the Premises initiative since its inception. She has held various positions of increasing responsibility in Verizon Operations, Engineering, and Staff. She has been with Verizon since 1990.
Nicola graduated from Penn State University with a BS Degree in Industrial Engineering and from The Wharton School with a Masters in Business Administration. Her office is based at the company’s headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Peter Marx is vice president of Business Development and Digital Studio at Qualcomm. In this role Marx handles the commercialization of augmented reality and other emerging technologies on behalf of Qualcomm’s Corporate Research and Development Group.
Before joining Qualcomm, Marx was vice president of the Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc., where he helped deliver branded digital and online experiences to many millions of consumers on behalf of the world’s largest toy company via online, interactive and other digital platforms. During his tenure, the Mattel websites were the recipient of a Webby award, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
Previously, Marx managed Analog Protocol, a small consultancy specializing in leading-edge technologies for media and entertainment and whose clients included Fox, Viacom, Paramount Pictures, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon and Qualcomm. One MTV initiative in virtual worlds won an Emmy for innovation.
Marx also served as the chief technology officer for Vivendi-Universal Games and vice president of Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios from 2000 to 2005. A variety of projects under his direction won awards during this time, including one for best videogame of E3.
Prior to Universal Studios, Marx held engineering and producer positions at Electronic Arts working across a variety of franchises, including Madden Football, Knockout Kings and others, as well as across various media, including online. Before entering the entertainment industry he was an engineer on a variety of telemedicine, digital video, radiological imaging and biomedicine applications at UCLA, Apple Computer and 3M Company.
He serves as an adjunct professor for the Peter Stark Producing Program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts teaching digital media and entertainment to graduate film and TV students. Marx graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA.
Russ is a leading strategist and visionary in the telecom industry. As VP of strategy for Sprint, he is responsible for developing the strategic vision and framework for the $40B+ telecommunications giant. Prior to joining Sprint, Russ was Chief Strategy Officer for TeleChoice. In this role he guided top executives from established and start-up telecom companies in developing core business and market strategies to leverage their capabilities into sustainable market positions. Additionally, he has been a regular columnist for Network World, Business Reform, and Success magazines. He is also the author of The Power of Mobility, a book about how businesses can prosper in the next technology revolution.
Mr. Choudhury is responsible for web technologies software as it pertains to the Qualcomm’s UMTS and CDMA2000 chipsets. He led the business team activities from inception through handset launches of Qualcomm’s partnerships with Microsoft on Windows Mobile, and Google on Android. His current responsibilities are focused on the implementation and optimization of all aspects of mobile web technologies such as web browsers, Ajax runtime environments, and driving key partnerships such as that with Adobe on Flash Player. Prior to Qualcomm, Mr. Choudhury led product management and business development activities for the Consumer Electronics & Wireless markets for Wind River Systems. He started his career as an embedded software and system-level hardware engineer, originally receiving his BSEE from the SUNY at Buffalo.
Simon has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience bringing successful consumer and enterprise products to market. Prior to Flurry, Simon was President and CEO of Vernier Networks, a network security company; President and CEO of Volera, the leading content and video distribution company; VP and GM at Novell; Founder, President and CEO of JustOn, the leading Internet file-sharing service; and Founder, VP of Marketing at Worldtalk, an e-mail and content security company. Simon holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master of Engineering from Syracuse University.
Sundar Pichai serves as Senior Vice President of Chrome at Google Inc. Previously, Mr. Pichai lead the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s search and consumer products, including iGoogle, Google Toolbar, Desktop Search and Gadgets, Google Pack, and Gears. He joined Google in 2004. Before joining Google, he held various engineering and product management positions at Applied Materials, and was a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company for … a variety of software and semiconductor clients. He has more than 12 years of experience developing high-tech consumer and enterprise products. He serves as a Member of Board of Advisors at Ruba, Inc. Mr. Pichai received a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology and was awarded an Institute Silver Medal. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.
Tom Gillis is the vice president and general manager for the high-growth Security Technology Business Unit (STBU) at Cisco, where he is tasked with leading many of Cisco’s mobile initiatives. He leads the company’s businesses for security management, appliances, applications, and endpoint services. Formerly vice president of product management for the Cisco STBU, Gillis was promoted to the VP/GM position after significantly growing its security business and market share. During this time, Gillis successfully led the Cisco product management team and outbound marketing, technical marketing engineering, technical publications, and training organizations. Prior to his role at Cisco, Gillis was part of the founding team at IronPort Systems and served as senior vice president of marketing when the company was acquired by Cisco. Under his guidance, IronPort grew an average of 100 percent year-on-year for seven years. During his tenure, IronPort rose to become the leading provider of antispam, antivirus, and antimalware appliances for organizations ranging from small businesses to the Global 2000. Before joining IronPort, Gillis worked at iBEAM Broadcasting, Silicon Graphics, and Boston Consulting Group. Gillis is a recognized leader in the dynamically charged and high-growth Internet security industry, with in-depth knowledge of the challenges surrounding secure network infrastructure. As an author, speaker, and industry executive, he has made invaluable contributions to the security technology community. He has presented at major conferences and events ranging from Gartner Symposiums to Fox News Live. Gillis is also the author of two books, Get the Message and Upping the Anti, a business guide to messaging security. Gillis holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.S.E.E. degree from Northwestern University and a B.S.E.E. from Tufts University.
Wallace Pai is Vice President of Motorola Mobility, Inc. and manages Motorola Mobility Ventures, the company’s strategic investment arm responsible for identifying and executing minority-equity investments (at early and later stages) in start-up firms. His role includes working actively with entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to accelerate access to new technologies, new markets and new talent for all Motorola Mobility businesses. His areas of specific focus include software and mobile services, Internet and new media, wireless and computing devices.
Wallace is a member of the leadership team that restructured Motorola. He was involved in developing the strategy to re-launch the handset business and establish Motorola Mobility as an independent entity encompassing both the Mobile Devices and Home businesses. In addition, Wallace has led a number of strategic acquisitions key to establishing competitive differentiation for the new company. These included acquisitions in software platform, tools, location-based services, context aware, enterprise security and multi-screen cloud-based media sharing.
Prior to joining Motorola, Wallace worked at Qualcomm in a number of leadership roles, including leading global business development for 3G and strategic planning for the company’s wireless chipset portfolio. He has also worked as a consultant for McKinsey and Company, and at Heidrick and Struggles. Early in his career, Wallace led product development and was a microprocessor designer at Intel Corporation.
Wallace holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BSEE from Boston University.