San Francisco, Sept 21-23 2015

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  • Sam Altman

    Sam Altman

    Sam Altman is the co-founder and CEO of OpenAI. Sam is also the Chairman of Y Combinator, a leading silicon valley startup accelerator.

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  • Nikesh Arora

    Nikesh Arora

    Nikesh Arora. President and Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Group Corp. and CEO of SB Group US, Inc. (f/k/a SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc.). Nikesh Arora joined Google, Inc. in 2004 and held several positions within the company, including serving as its Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President until August 2014.

    He also previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the management board of T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG (a/k/a T-Mobile Europe). Nikesh Arora currently serves as a Representative Director of SoftBank Group Corp.

    Nikesh Arora previously served on the board of directors of Colgate-Palmolive Company.

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  • Gagan Biyani

    Gagan Biyani

    Gagan Biyani is CEO and co-founder of Sprig, whose mission it is to make eating well accessible to everyone. Open your phone when you're hungry, tap a button and get a healthy meal delivered in 15 minutes. Sprig has raised $57M from Greylock Partners and Social Capital Partnership and is available in San Francisco, Chicago and Palo Alto.

    Prior to founding Sprig, he was a Growth Advisor for Lyft where he led supply and demand acquisition for their launch in Los Angeles. Gagan was also co-founder and President of the education marketplace, Udemy, which has raised $113M and has over 7 million students worldwide.

    Gagan started the Growth Hackers Conference and mentors entrepreneurs at the Founder Institute and 500 Startups. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Roelof Botha

    Roelof Botha

    Roelof F. Botha has spent over 15 years building companies in Silicon Valley. He began within the walls of nascent PayPal, where he joined in March 2000 while completing his MBA at Stanford. He became CFO in 2001 and led the company through both its IPO in early 2002 and the subsequent acquisition by eBay. Roelof joined Sequoia Capital in 2003 to help founders build enduring businesses.

    In addition to leading the US office and serving as one of three Stewards of the global Sequoia Partnership, Roelof focuses on internet, services and software investments. He is a Director of 23andMe, Bird, Ethos, Eventbrite, Evernote,, MongoDB, Natera, Square, Unity Technologies, and Pendulum. Previously, he was a Director of companies that include YouTube, Tumblr, Xoom and AssureX. He also led Sequoia's investment in Instagram.

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  • Jon Callaghan

    Jon Callaghan

    Jon is an early stage venture capitalist and co-founder of True Ventures. He has been in the venture capital business since 1991 and built three companies of his own. His first was Mountain Bike Outfitters, Inc., which he created at age 18. Jon started his venture career as an associate at Summit Partners and then joined Greenhouse, AOL’s venture capital investment group and incubator. He entered the internet market early by joining CMGI’s @Ventures group in 1996. Before founding True, Jon was a managing director at Globespan Capital Partners.

    First as a founder and now as an investor in early-stage technology companies, Jon’s direct startup experience has allowed him to see the world through an entrepreneur’s eyes. Jon’s career has been driven by a deep belief in the power of human creativity to improve our world.

    Jon received a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College and an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. He was recently the Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. When he is not empowering the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, you can find him talking about airplanes or hanging out with his wife and four boys.

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  • Troy Carter

    Troy Carter

    Troy Carter is the founder and CEO of Q&A, a technology and media company focused on powering the business of music via distribution, services, and data analytics. Formerly, Troy was the founder and CEO of Atom Factory, where he rose to prominence, nurturing the careers of global superstars, including Lady Gaga and John Legend. He most recently served at Spotify as its Global Head of Creator Services, overseeing the company’s growth strategy for artists and record labels. In 2017, Troy was also named Entertainment Advisor to the Prince Estate.

    His interest in the intersection of technology and culture resulted in the formation of AF Square Investments. Early investments include Uber, Lyft, Dropbox, Spotify, Warby Parker, theSkimm, Blavity, Gimlet Media, Thrive Market, PlayVs, and FazeClan.

    Troy currently serves as a trustee for The Aspen Institute, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and CalArts.

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  • Wensceslao Casares

    Wensceslao Casares

    Wences Casares is a technology entrepreneur with global business experience specializing in technology and financial ventures. He is an advocate of the Bitcoin revolution and he has said he believes that Bitcoin will be bigger than the internet.

    He is the founder and CEO of Xapo, a Bitcoin wallet startup based in Palo Alto, California. Xapo is said to be the largest custodian of bitcoin in the world. Xapo has raised $40 million from leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms.

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  • Sukhinder Singh

    Sukhinder Singh

    Sukhinder Singh Cassidy has founded and successfully built and scaled technology companies at the intersection of media and commerce throughout her career. As SVP and President of StubHub, she is advancing global expansion and championing technology innovation to deliver a superior fan experience. Sukhinder and the StubHub team advocate for fans in search of the best choice, providing open access to live events and connecting fans with their favorite teams, shows and artists around the world.Prior to StubHub, Sukhinder was founder of theBoardlist, a talent marketplace that matches women leaders with board opportunities. She was also founder and CEO of Joyus, CEO of Polyvore and co-founded Yodlee. Sukhinder also held senior leadership positions at Google, including serving as President of its Asia Pacific and Latin America business.

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  • Tracy Chou

    Tracy Chou

    Tracy Chou is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and diversity advocate. She spent five years at Pinterest as an engineer and tech lead and was an early engineer at Quora prior to that.

    She is a co-founder of Project Include, a non-profit working with tech startups on diversity and inclusion, and #MovingForward, a movement working with VC firms to establish and publish anti-harassment policies; and an investment scout and advisor for several Bay Area VC firms. In her latest venture she is CEO of Block Party, with a mission to solve online harassment and abuse.

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  • Parker Conrad

    Parker Conrad

    Parker Conrad is co-founder and CEO of Zenefits, a free human resources platform that automates and eliminates all HR and benefits-related tasks for small and medium-sized businesses, allowing companies to focus on people, not paperwork. Parker has expanded Zenefits' reach to more than 10,000 companies across 48 states, serving over 100,000 employees, and disrupting the $18 billion health insurance brokerage industry along the way. Ranked #1 on Forbes’ “Hottest Start-Ups of 2014” list, the New York Times calls Zenefits “one of the fastest-growing companies in recent Silicon Valley history." Prior to Zenefits, Parker co-founded online stock research tools SigFig and Wikinvest. Parker graduated with a BA in Chemistry from Harvard University, where he was managing editor of the Crimson.

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  • Ronald Conway

    Ronald Conway

    Ronald Conway has been an active angel investor for over 15 years. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005) whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail.

    Ronald was previously with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions from 1973-1979, and Altos Computer Systems as a co-founder, President and CEO from 1979-1990. He eventually took Altos public in 1982 and served as CEO of Personal Training Systems (PTS) from 1991-1995. PTS went on to be acquired by SmartForce/SkillSoft.

    Ronald has served/serves on Boards/Advisory Boards including: Twitter, Digg, Brightmail, Ask Jeeves, Rupture (acquired by EA), Associated Content (acquired by Yahoo!), Facebook, RockYou, ScanScout, Zappos, Trulia, StumbleUpon, Plaxo (acquired by Comcast), Photobucket (acquired by Fox), and Anchor Intelligence (co-founder).

    Ronald was recently named #6 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top deal-makers in 2008 and is actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. Ronald is Vice Chairman of the UCSF Medical Foundation in SF, Board Member of The Tiger Woods Foundation, and SF Homeless Connect, and on the Benefit Committee of Ronald McDonald House, College Track, and the Blacked Eyed Peas-PeaPod Academy Foundation.

    Ronald is also featured in Gary Rivlin's book _The Godfather of Silicon Valley: Ronald Conway and the Fall of the Dot-coms, described as 'the man who has placed more bets on Internet start-ups than anyone else in Silicon Valley.

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  • Topher Conway

    Topher Conway

    Topher Conway is a Co-Managing Partner of SV Angel. At SV Angel, he works particularly close with Niche, URX, Bluebox, and Zenefits. He was included in Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in 2015. Prior to SV Angel, he worked at EQAL, Inc. At EQAL, he worked with the Business Development and Sales teams and lead efforts in creating new business opportunities. In his Sales position, he developed and maintained relationships with top ad agencies and brands. Prior to EQAL, he held positions at eCost and a 2004 summer internship in Google's Direct Sales Organization. Topher graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a degree in History. He is also a member of the UCLA VC Fund, helping foster entrepreneurship at the University. In addition to investing, Topher leads platform partnerships where he is responsible for establishing relationships with Corporate Partners and helping portfolio companies with Business and Corporate Development needs.

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  • John Doerr

    John Doerr

    John Doerr is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Since joining KPCB in 1980, John and his partners have backed some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, including Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt of Google; Jeff Bezos of, Scott Cook and Bill Campbell of Intuit; and Mark Pincus of Zynga. John’s passion is helping entrepreneurs create the Next Big Thing in mobile and social networks, greentech innovation, education and economic development.

    Ventures sponsored by John have created more than 200,000 new jobs.John serves on boards in the areas of Internet technologies and greentech, including Amyris, Bloom Energy, Coursera, Essence Healthcare, Flipboard, FloDesign Wind Turbines, Google, iControl, mCube, Quantumscape, Renmatix, Upthere and Zynga. He also led KPCB's investment in Twitter.

    John’s technology career began in 1974 at Intel, just as the chipmaker was inventing the groundbreaking 8080 microprocessor. During his Intel years, he held roles in engineering, marketing, management and sales. John also learned about operating excellence from Intel co-founder Andy Grove — insight that he continues to share with entrepreneurs today.He later founded Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and co-founded @Home, the nationwide broadband cable Internet service.

    Outside of KPCB, John supports entrepreneurs focused on the environment, public education and alleviating global poverty. These include,, the Climate Reality Project and earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also holds several patents for computer memory devices.John is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

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  • Pavel Durov

    Pavel Durov

    Pavel Durov is the CEO and founder of Telegram, a messaging application that attracted over 60 million active users in less than 2 years since its start in 2013. Before that, Pavel founded VK – the most popular social network in Russia and some other countries with over 100 million active users. Pavel left Russia and VK in early 2014 to focus on developing Telegram.

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  • Helen Greiner

    Helen Greiner

    Helen Greiner commands a presence in the field of robotics. Co-founding iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT) in 1990, Helen Greiner served as president until 2004 and chairman until 2008. During her tenure, Helen Greiner guided iRobot into its position as a global leader with the release of the Roomba™, the PackBot™ and SUGV military robots. She built a culture of practical innovation and delivery that led to the deployment of 6,000 PackBots with our troops. In addition, Helen Greiner headed up iRobot’s financing projects, raising $35M in venture capital for a $75M initial public offering. Greiner holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Accolades – One of America’s Best Leaders, named by the Kennedy School at Harvard in conjunction with the U.S. News and World Report “Innovator for the Next Century” by Review Magazine Global Leader of Tomorrow and Young Global Leader by the World Economic forum Received prestigious Pioneer Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) DEMO God Award and DEMO Lifetime Achievement Award New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young Inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame Distinctions – A Trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston Museum of Science (MOS) On the Board of Visitors of the Army War College (AWC) and Army Science Board (ASB) Served as the elected President and Board Member of the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC) A Trustee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

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  • Mark Hatch

    Mark Hatch

    Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. In 2013, his book The Maker Movement Manifesto was released by McGraw-Hill Education. He has been recognized by San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs and by Popular Mechanics as one of 25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream. Mark has spoken at events such as SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative. A former Green Beret, Mark holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.

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  • Drew Houston

    Drew Houston

    Drew Houston is co-founder and CEO of Dropbox. Since founding the company in 2007 with Arash Ferdowsi, Drew has led the company’s growth from a simple idea to a service used by over 600 million people around the world.

    Drew received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2006. After graduating, he turned his frustration with carrying USB drives and emailing files to himself into a demo for what became Dropbox. Today, Dropbox is one of the world's leading business collaboration platforms, with 15 million paying subscribers and nearly 3000 employees across 12 global offices.

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  • Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala is an NBA Champion and Finals MVP currently signed with the Golden State Warriors. He advises Twice, a startup acquired by eBay in 2015.

    Andre Tyler Iguodala is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The swingman was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. Iguodala won an NBA championship with the Warriors in 2015, when he was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was also a member of the United States national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal both times.

    Iguodala went to Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois before attending the University of Arizona. After completing two years, he declared for the 2004 NBA draft where he was drafted with the ninth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. Iguodala played in Philadelphia until the summer of 2012, when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a four team trade. He was acquired by Golden State in 2013. In 2014–15, he became a reserve for the first time in his career, but captured the Finals MVP after he returned to the starting lineup in the middle of series.

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  • Jonathan Jaglom

    Jonathan Jaglom

    Jonathan Jaglomis the chief executive officer with MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., and a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry. At MakerBot, Jonathan oversees the corporate direction and strategy for MakerBot’s global operations including sales, marketing, technology and products, with a focus on strategy, leadership, innovation and customers. Jonathan has been in the 3D printing industry for the majority of his career and prior to his role with MakerBot, spent ten years with MakerBot’s parent company Stratasys as general manager of Stratasys Asia Pacific and Japanand in several roles within Objet, which also merged with Stratasys in 2012. He was appointed chief executive officer of MakerBot in February 2015.

    While at Stratasys APJ, Jonathan managedthe overall operation pertaining to Stratasys in Asia, including strategy and growth, reporting directly to the CEO. His key objective while at Stratasys APJ was to lead a successful distribution model with more than 50 channel partners in 15+countriesand to ensure a leading and sustainable growth of the 3D printing business in the region. Under his leadership, the company’s business expanded significantly, laying the foundation and solidifying an infrastructure to support further growth. During his tenure, sub-regional entities were set up in Singapore, Korea, Beijing and India to capture the fast-growing opportunities. He also led several successful acquisitions in the region,which fueled revenue growth and led an overall average year-over-year increase of more than 50 percent.

    Jonathan started his career atObjet in 2005 as the regional manager of East Europe and also was vice president of Global Sales Operations, a role in which he led the global channel enablement efforts, setting up a channel development structure and succeeding in ramping up more than 250 channel partners worldwide after the merger between Stratasys and Objet. In his other capacities as business manager of Customer Support (2009 –2010), marketing director for Europe (2007 –2008) and territory manager of Eastern Europe (2005 -2007), Jonathan played an important role in formulating strategic alliances and setting up a 3D printing ecosystem in Europe.

    He holds a Bachelor Degree in Humanities (Literature and History, majoring in Philosophy of Language) from Tel Aviv University (Magna Cum Laude), and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Northwestern, Kellogg Business School of Management.

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  • Ron Johnson

    Ron Johnson

    Ron Johnson is the CEO of ENJOY, which he founded in 2014. Prior to ENJOY,Ron served as CEO of JC Penney. From 2000 to 2012, Ron was on the Executive Committee at Apple and led Apple Retail. Apple stores are widely recognized as the world’s most successful retail operation with nearly 400 locations in 13 countries.

    From 1984 to 2000 Ron worked for Target Corporation in a variety of merchandising leadership roles. As Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Ron worked to bring good design to Target, and is credited with establishing Target as the nation’s leading upscale discount store chain.

    Ron received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1984 and his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1980. Ron is an active volunteer serving as a Trustee at Stanford University, as Vice Chair of Stanford Health Care and as Co-Chair of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine. Ron is also a Board Member of The Melt, Nasty Gal, Honor and is an advisor to many startups in the emerging technology and retail spaces.
    Ron lives in the Bay Area with his spouse Karen and has two children.

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  • Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala is an NBA Champion and Finals MVP currently signed with the Golden State Warriors. He advises Twice, a startup acquired by eBay in 2015.

    Andre Tyler Iguodala is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The swingman was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. Iguodala won an NBA championship with the Warriors in 2015, when he was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was also a member of the United States national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal both times.

    Iguodala went to Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois before attending the University of Arizona. After completing two years, he declared for the 2004 NBA draft where he was drafted with the ninth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. Iguodala played in Philadelphia until the summer of 2012, when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a four team trade. He was acquired by Golden State in 2013. In 2014–15, he became a reserve for the first time in his career, but captured the Finals MVP after he returned to the starting lineup in the middle of series.

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  • Vinod Khosla

    Vinod Khosla

    Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor and technologist. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and technology companies. Vinod grew up dreaming of being an entrepreneur, despite being from an Indian army household with no business or technology connections. Since the age of 16, when he first heard about the founding of Intel, he dreamt of starting his own technology company.

    After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, Vinod failed to start a soymilk company to service the many people in India who did not have refrigerators. Instead, he came to the U.S. to further his academic studies and received a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Eventually, his startup dreams led him to Silicon Valley, where he received a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

    Upon graduation, Vinod co-founded Daisy Systems, the first significant computer-aided design system for electrical engineers. The company went on to achieve significant revenue, profits and an IPO. Then, driven by the frustration of having to design the computer hardware on which the Daisy software needed to be built, Vinod started the standards-based Sun Microsystems in 1982 to build workstations for software developers. As the founding CEO of Sun, he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. Sun Microsystems was funded by Vinod’s longtime friend and board member John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB).

    In 1986, Vinod joined KPCB as a general partner. While there, he played a crucial role in taking on Intel’s monopoly by building and growing semiconductor company, Nexgen, which eventually was acquired by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Nexgen/AMD was the only microprocessor to have significant success against Intel. Thereafter, Vinod helped incubate the idea and business plan for Juniper Networks to take on Cisco System’s dominance of the router market. He also was involved in the formulation of the early advertising-based search strategy for Excite. In addition to his many other contributions at KPCB, he helped transform the moribund telecommunications business and its archaic SONET implementations with Cerent Corporation, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 for $7.2 billion.

    In 2004, driven by the need for flexibility to accommodate four teenaged children, the desire to be more experimental and to fund sometimes imprudent “science experiments,” Vinod formed Khosla Ventures to focus on both for-profit and social impact investments. His goals remain the same: work and learn from fun and knowledgeable entrepreneurs, build impactful companies by leveraging innovation and spend time with a partnership that makes a difference. Vinod has a passion for nascent technologies that have beneficial effects and economic impact on society. While he only serves on the boards of a few select companies, he works closely with most KV companies as they face transitions or key decisions.

    Vinod’s greatest passion is being a mentor to entrepreneurs building technology-based businesses. He is driven by the desire to make a positive impact through scaling new energy sources, achieving petroleum independence and promoting a pragmatic approach to the environment. He also is passionate about social entrepreneurship with a special emphasis on microfinance as a poverty alleviation tool. He is a supporter of many microfinance organizations in India and Africa. He also has been experimenting with innovations in education and global housing.

    Vinod also is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals that was founded in 1992 and has more than 40 chapters in nine countries today. He is a founding board member of the Indian School of Business (ISB). Vinod holds a bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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  • Aileen Lee

    Aileen Lee

    Aileen is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund. They seek to back exceptional teams building technology that re-imagines work and personal life in large and growing markets - what they call "Life 2.0". She was formerly a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and the CEO of RMG Networks.

    A graduate of MIT, Aileen has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

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  • Bobby Lee

    Bobby Lee

    BTC China is the first and largest bitcoin exchange in China. With the most buyers and sellers, they offer the highest liquidity of all exchanges.

    Bobby was previously VP of Technology at Walmart, China e-Commerce; CTO and SVP at BesTV New Media, Shanghai Media Group (SMG); Director of Software Engineering at EMC, China Center of Excellence; Sr. Engineering Manager at Yahoo!; Software Engineer (Internship) at Silicon Spice; Software Development Engineer (Internship) at Microsoft; and Software Research Engineer (Internship) at International Business Machines.

    Bobby earned his B.S. in Computer Science at Stanford University in 1997. He earned his MSc in Computer Science at Stanford University in 1998. He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA), Global E-MBA at CEIBS in 2013.

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  • Jeremy Liew

    Jeremy Liew

    Jeremy joined Lightspeed in 2006 as the firm’s first consumer specialist, focusing on massive-scale social media, commerce, new media, and financial services. Like many in the industry, he was drawn to venture capital for its forward-looking approach to business.
    “I was an operator for a long time,” he says. “And as an operator, you focus on making the month, the quarter, the year. With venture, you’re looking toward the horizon rather than the ground.”
    This perspective has proven fruitful. Jeremy has funded several companies that have since been acquired or gone public, most notably Snapchat, where he made the first investment. It’s a track record that has landed him on the Forbes Midas List several times.
    In addition to completing an MBA at Stanford, Jeremy spent the ‘90s and early 2000s working for web pioneers such as Netscape, AOL, CitySearch, and Interactive Corp. It was then that he learned to view the world through the eyes of the mass market—not just the digerati—and how to spot patterns in user behavior.
    “VCs are editors, not writers,” he says. “Our job is not to predict the future but to recognize an exciting present that can continue to scale. A lot of that is about keeping an open mind, about not rushing to judgment.”

    With Snapchat, for example, he recognized a fundamental shift that created opportunity for a disruptor. Conventional wisdom held that the post-Facebook social media landscape was too crowded to accommodate another platform. Yet Snapchat went on to shape popular culture. Why?

    Jeremy saw that users on Facebook and Instagram posted mostly highlight reels of their lives, leading to performance anxiety—and less posting. Users worried, “Will I get enough likes?” Conversely, Snapchat’s disappearing photos, and the absence of likes and follower counts, removed the perceived risk of posting a photo. People could be themselves.
    “Today, people express themselves through Snapchat stories, gifs, and stickers,” he says. “Before that, it was emojis and emoticons. Before that, it was their AIM Buddy icon or their ASCII signature on Usenet. The same core driver — people seeking individuality — is being instantiated in different ways, through different media.”
    Outside of Lightspeed, Jeremy was a founding trustee at Presidio Knolls School, a startup, progressive Mandarin-immersion PreK-8 school in San Francisco.

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  • Richard Marks

    Richard Marks

    Richard Marks heads the PlayStation Magic Lab at Sony Interactive Entertainment. Magic Lab, which sits under the Research & Development group, was founded by Marks to push the boundaries of play by investigating how technology can be used to create new entertainment experiences.

    Marks joined PlayStation in 1999 to investigate the use of live video input for gaming and develop new interactive user experiences. He helped create the EyeToy and PlayStation Eye cameras and the PlayStation Move controller. Most recently, Marks and his team at Magic Lab have been involved with PlayStation VR.

    Marks received a Bachelor of Science in Avionics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in the field of underwater robotics from Stanford University.

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  • Eric Migicovsky

    Eric Migicovsky

    Eric Migicovsky is a Partner at Y Combinator. He founded Pebble Technology (YC W11), which was acquired by Fitbit in 2016.

    While studying engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2008, Eric began building smartwatches with a group of friends. In April 2012, Eric and his team launched Pebble on Kickstarter, where it became the most successful crowdfunded project in Kickstarter’s history. Pebble sold over 2,000,000 watches.

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  • Yuri Milner

    Yuri Milner

    Yuri founded Group in 1999 and under his leadership it became one of Europe’s leading internet companies. He took that business public in 2010 and founded DST Global to focus on global internet investments. DST Global became one of the world’s leading technology investors and its portfolio has included some of the world's most prominent internet companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Airbnb, Spotify, Alibaba, and others. Yuri lives in Silicon Valley with his family.
    Yuri graduated in 1985 with an advanced degree in theoretical physics and subsequently conducted research in quantum field theory. Yuri and his wife Julia, together with Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, launched the Breakthrough Prizes - the world’s largest scientific awards, honoring important, primarily recent, achievements in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. In July 2015, together with Stephen Hawking, Yuri launched the $100 million Breakthrough Listen initiative to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the Universe, and in April 2016 they launched Breakthrough Starshot - a $100 million research and engineering program seeking to develop a technology for interstellar travel.

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  • James Park

    James Park

    James is our Co-founder and has served as our Chairman since May 2015, as a member of our board of directors since March 2007, and as our President and CEO since September 2007.

    Previously, James served as a Director of Product Development at CNET Networks, as the President and a Co-founder of Wind-Up Labs, Inc. (an online photo-sharing company acquired by CNET Networks in April 2005). He was also CTO and Co-Founder of Epesi Technologies, Inc., a software company.

    James attended Harvard College where he studied Computer Science. He was selected to serve as a member of our board of directors due to the perspective and experience he brings as our Co-Founder, President, and CEO.

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  • DJ Patil

    DJ Patil

    DJ Patil is the Chief Data Scientist at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Previously, he worked as the VP of Product at RelateIQ and Greylock Partners as Chief Data Scientist, Color Labs as Chief Product Officer, LinkedIn as Chief Scientist and Chief Security Officer, and eBay as their Director of Strategy, Analytics, and Product.

    Prior to that he focused on National Security issues on Counter Terrorism and Bioweapons Proliferation Prevention. In the academic community he is best known for his work in numerical weather prediction.

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  • Brian Pokorny

    Brian Pokorny

    Brian Pokorny is a General Partner of SV Angel. Prior to this, he was at Airbnb, where he joined via an acquisition of DailyBooth/Batch. DailyBooth was a venture backed social media start-up that Brian led for 3 years as their CEO. Before this, Brian was a partner at SV Angel with David Lee and Ron Conway upon the launch of the firm. Prior to SV Angel he was a founding team member and partner at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage investment firm. Before joining Baseline, Brian spent close to 4 years at Google within various positions in the Content Partnerships team and Direct Sales Organization. Before this, he had various roles within sales operations and finance at Juniper Networks, TIBCO Software, and Applied Materials. Brian graduated with a degree in Operations and Management Information Systems from Santa Clara University. Brian's first angel investment was in Twitter and he is also a personal angel investor in Square, OMGPOP (Acquired by Zynga), Tweetdeck (Acquired by Twitter), Milo (Acquired by eBay), Chomp (Acquired by Apple) and others. Brian has advisory positions with Ooyala (Acquired by Telstra), Rupture (Acquired by EA). At SV Angel, Brian has also originated investments in companies such as Instacart, Patreon, Mesosphere, Credit Karma, and foursquare.

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  • Nathaniel Popper

    Nathaniel Popper

    Nathaniel Popper is a business reporter at The New York Times and the author of Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money (HarperCollins, May 2015). Before joining The Times, he worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Forward. Nathaniel grew up in Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Harvard College. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

    See Nathaniel Popper's Crunchbase profile
  • Matthew Prince

    Matthew Prince

    Matthew is co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare [NYSE: NET]. Cloudflare’s mission is to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world's largest networks, which spans more than 194 cities in 90 countries.

    Matthew is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, winner of the 2011 Tech Fellow Award, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law.

    Matthew holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and awarded the Dubilier Prize for Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, and earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago and B.A. in English Literature and Computer Science from Trinity College. He’s also the co-creator of Project Honey Pot, the largest community of webmasters tracking online fraud and abuse.

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  • Alan Schaaf

    Alan Schaaf

    Alan Schaaf is founder and CEO of Imgur, the Internet's home for insanely entertaining visual stories created and curated by millions of people around the world. Launched in 2009 when Schaaf was still an undergraduate at Ohio University, Imgur has organically amassed a community of 150 million monthly active users and receives over 60 billion views of its images around the Internet each month. Imgur currently ranks among the top 50 sites in the world, and was recently called "the next big social network" by CNBC.

    Under Schaaf's leadership, the company was proudly bootstrapped and profitable for five years, scaling organically to millions of users before finally receiving $40 million in investment from Andreessen Horowitz in 2014. He brings over a decade of experience to Imgur as a professional coder with a focus on crafting beautiful user experiences. Schaaf has previously been a speaker at TEDxWellington, AWS re:Invent, and is a strong advocate in the battle for a free and open Internet.

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  • Sarah Schaaf

    Sarah Schaaf

    Sarah is the voice and champion of Imgur's community of over 150 million monthly active users, who are fondly called the Imgurians. Sarah and her team represent and support the Imgurians, ensuring that community feedback is represented and incorporated into Imgur's products.

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  • Beth Seidenberg

    Beth Seidenberg

    Beth Seidenberg is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers focused on life science investing. She works with entrepreneurs to develop companies with breakthrough technology for treating patients and improving health.

    Since joining KPCB in 2005, Beth has incubated five companies and serves on the board of directors of 3-V Biosciences, Armo Biosciences, Atara, Auxogyn, Breathe Technologies, Epizyme, iPierian, Redbrick Health and TESARO.

    Before joining KPCB, Beth was senior vice president of development and chief medical officer of Amgen, Inc.

    Earlier in her career, she was a senior executive in research and development at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Merck & Co., Inc. Under her leadership, 10 innovative products were developed and marketed globally and achieved more than 40 regulatory approvals.

    Beth received her B.S. degree from Barnard College and her M.D. from the University of Miami. She completed her post-graduate training at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Dana Settle

    Dana Settle

    Dana Settle is a Founding Partner with Greycroft, and she heads the firm’s west coast office out of Los Angeles.

    Prior to co-founding Greycroft, Dana spent several years as a venture capitalist and advisor to startup companies in the Bay Area, including six years at Mayfield, where she focused on early stage companies in the mobile communications and consumer Internet markets.

    Dana currently manages Greycroft’s investments in Anine Bing, AppAnnie, Bird, Clique, Comparably, Goop, Happiest Baby, Seed, Thrive Market, Versed and WideOrbit. She also managed the firm’s investments in Awesomeness TV (acquired by Dreamworks), Maker Studios (acquired by Disney), Pulse (acquired by LinkedIn), TheRealReal (IPO), Trunk Club (acquired by Nordstrom), Sometrics (acquired by American Express), Viddy (acquired by Fullscreen), and Voicea (acquired by Cisco).

    Dana also serves as a Board of Director to IMAX Corporation. Her additional experience includes business development at Truveo (AOL), investment banking at Lehman Brothers and international business development at McCaw Cellular Communications (AT&T).

    Dana holds a BA in Finance and International Studies from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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  • Adi Tatarko

    Adi Tatarko

    Adi Tatarko is the CEO and co-founder of Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, bringing together both professionals and homeowners via mobile, local and social tools. Adi and her husband and cofounder, Alon Cohen, started Houzz out of challenges that they faced during their own remodeling process. Today, millions of homeowners and more than 1.5 million active home professionals connect through and its mobile apps every month, sharing their photos, advice and product recommendations. Earlier in her career, Adi founded a software company, which developed products and services for the high tech industry. She lives in Palo Alto, CA with her husband and three boys. In her spare time, she still enjoys looking at inspiring home design and renovating the rest of her own house one room at a time.

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  • Jesse Vollmar

    Jesse Vollmar

    Jesse Vollmar is co-founder and CEO of FarmLogs, the leading data science company focused on helping farmers make their fields more profitable. A pioneer in digital farm management, he launched FarmLogs in 2012 out of Silicon Valley's prestigious Y Combinator to transform the oldest and most important industry in the world with cutting-edge software and data science. In less than three years, Vollmar has grown the company to over $20 billion in crops under management and has raised $15 million in capital.

    Today, over 25 percent of U.S. row crop farms utilize FarmLogs to make real-time field-level decisions. Vollmar grew up on his family's fifth-generation farm in Michigan and graduated from Saginaw State University with a BS in Computer Information Systems. Vollmar was named to the Forbes “30 under 30” list in 2014.

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  • Peter Weijmarshausen

    Peter Weijmarshausen

    Peter Weijmarshausen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing service and marketplace. Prior to Shapeways, Peter was the CTO of Sangine, where he and his team designed and developed satellite broadband modems.

    Peter was also Director of Engineering at Aramiska, where he was responsible for delivering a business broadband service via satellite. Earlier in his career, Peter worked as ICT manager for Not a Number where he facilitated the adoption of the widely successful open source 3D software Blender. Peter was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to New York in 2010.

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  • Tim Westergren

    Tim Westergren

    Tim Westergren founded Pandora in January 2000 and now serves as its CEO. Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician, and a record producer with 20 years of experience in the music industry. He has recorded with independent labels, managed artists, owned a commercial digital recording studio, scored feature films, produced albums, and performed extensively. His main instrument is the piano, but over the years he has played the bassoon, drums, and clarinet. His musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music.

    Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology. A musician's musician, he is obsessed with helping talented emerging artists connect with the music fans most likely to appreciate their music. In addition to guiding Pandora's overall strategy and vision, Tim now spends most of his time as Pandora's chief evangelist - traveling the country to meet with listeners to collect feedback, research local music, and spread the word of the Music Genome Project.

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  • Nicholas Woodman

    Nicholas Woodman

    While the eight-person staff of GoPro was enjoying the success of their first HD HERO camera in 2009, founder and CEO Nick Woodman realized one thing: to support his vision, he was going to need a bigger staff. But before Woodman could think bigger, he had to start out small.

    After receiving a degree in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, Woodman founded an online promotions company, Fun Bug. In 2001, Woodman sold Fun Bug and took off surfing and traveling the world. The decision inspired more than the personal – Woodman’s passion for surfing sparked the idea to create the now-popular wearable and gear mountable camera and in 2002, Woodman founded GoPro. After years of research and planning, the company released its first product, the GoPro HERO, a 35mm film-based camera that was worn on the wrist.

    Made up of some of Woodman’s friends and family members, the early GoPro team established the company as a true innovator by continually iterating on the product, moving from a film-based camera to a digital still and video camera. A lifetime extreme sports enthusiast, Woodman was learning how to race cars when he was compelled to move the camera from his wrist to the top of his car. This simple idea led to an array of camera mounting devices – for everything from helmets to surfboards, and even dog collars.

    See Nicholas Woodman's Crunchbase profile
  • Tracy Young

    Tracy Young

    Tracy Young co-founded PlanGrid, construction productivity software, in 2011 with Ralph Gootee, Antoine Hersen, Kenny Stone and Ryan Sutton-Gee. PlanGrid grew from 5 co-founders to 450 people, and helped build over 1m construction projects around the globe before it was acquired by Autodesk in 2018 for $875m.

    Prior to PlanGrid, Tracy helped build hospitals in the Bay Area.

    See Tracy Young's Crunchbase profile
  • Michelle Zatlyn

    Michelle Zatlyn

    Michelle Zatlyn is Co-founder and COO of Cloudflare, a leading Internet security, performance, and reliability company that was named to CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List, selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology Company for two successive years, and named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

    Before co-founding Cloudflare, Michelle held positions at Google and Toshiba and launched two successful startups. She holds a BS degree, with distinction, from McGill University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship.

    Michelle has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. magazine, and a 40 Under 40 leader by San Francisco Business Times. She was also featured as one of the Women Who Rule Silicon Valley in an issue of ELLE magazine.

    See Michelle Zatlyn's Crunchbase profile



Day 1

  • Registration Opens

  • Opening Remarks by TechCrunch

  • Fireside Chat with Ron Conway (SV Angel) and Topher Conway (SV Angel)

  • In Conversation with Parker Conrad (Zenefits)

  • Is It Time To Stick A Fork In Bitcoin?: Wences Casares (Xapo), Nathaniel Popper (NYT), and Bobby Lee (BTCChina)

  • Fireside Chat with Yuri Milner (DST Global)

  • Fireside Chat with Drew Houston (Dropbox)

  • Founder Stories with Helen Greiner (CyPhy Works)


  • In Conversation With Dr. John Kelly (IBM) and live demo of Watson

  • Money Talks: Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures), Jeremy Liew (Lightspeed Venture Partners), Dana Settle (Greycroft Partners) and Bill McGlashan (TPG Growth)

  • Special Guests

  • Fireside Chat with Pavel Durov (Vkontake)

  • In Conversation with Beth Seidenberg (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)

  • Lunch

  • Virtual Reality Is The New Reality: With Claude Zellweger (HTC), Dr. Richard Marks (Sony), Paul Raphael (Felix and Paul Studios) Drew Olanoff Romain

  • Startup Battlefield Hosted by Jason Kincaid


  • Startup Battlefield Hosted by Jason Kincaid


  • Startup Battlefield Hosted by Jason Kincaid

  • After Party sponsored by Cheetah Mobile at Mighty, Showplace Square West, 119 Utah St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Day 2

  • Registration Opens

  • Opening Remarks by TechCrunch

  • Fireside Chat with Nick Woodman (GoPro)

  • Fireside Chat with Nikesh Arora (SoftBank)

  • The Nuke Kids On The Block: Jacob DeWitte (UPower) and Leslie Dewan (Transatomic Power)

  • Founders Stories with Adi Tatarko (Houzz)

  • Fireside Chat with Andrew (Boz) Bosworth (Facebook)

  • In Conversation James Park (Fitbit) and Jon Callaghan (True Ventures)

  • Break

  • Fireside Chat With Alan Schaff (Imgur) And Sarah Schaff (Imgur)

  • Founder Stories with Jesse Vollmar (Farmlogs)

  • Fireside Chat with Tim Westergren (Pandora)

  • In Conversation with Matthew Prince (CloudFlare) and Michelle Zatlyn (CloudFlare)

  • Fireside Chat with Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors)

  • Lunch

  • Fireside Chat with John Doerr (KPCB) and Colleen Taylor (Y Combinator)

  • Startup Battlefield hosted by Jason Kincaid


  • Startup Battlefield hosted by Jason Kincaid


  • Startup Battlefield hosted by Jason Kincaid

  • After Party sponsored by Intuit at Public Works, 161 Erie St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Day 3

  • Registration Opens

  • A Conversation About Diversity: Tracy Chou (Pinterest), Isis Archalee (OneLogin) and Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (Joyus) with Alexia Tsotsis

  • In Conversation with Bryan Schreier (Sequoia Capital) and Ryan Smith (Qualtrics)

  • Founders Stories with Gagan Biyani (Sprig)

  • Fireside Chat with Sam Altman (Y Combinator)

  • Founders Stories with Tracy Young (PlanGrid)

  • Fireside Chat with DJ Patil (White House) & Phaedra Chrousos (White House)

  • Break

  • In Conversation with Ron Johnson (Enjoy)

  • Break It Until You Make It: Gregg Brockway (MAKE), Mark Hatch (TechShop), Jonathan Jaglom (Makerbot), and Peter Weijmarshausen (Shapeways)

  • Fireside Chat with Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)

  • Founders Stories with Eric Migicovsky (Pebble)

  • Hackathon Update

  • Lunch

  • Fireside Chat with Troy Carter (Atom Factory)

  • Battlefield Alumni Update

  • Selecting The Order For Startup Battlefield Finals

  • Break

  • Startup Battlefield Finals Hosted by Jason Kincaid

  • Passing The Disrupt Cup


At the heart of the conference floor lies Startup and Hardware Alley where hundreds of early-stage companies showcase their talent and technology to attendees, investors and members of the press. With different companies exhibiting each day, Startup Alley hosts hundreds of exciting companies, many of which are launching for the first time. Don't miss the "Wild Card Winner" which is selected by a combination of audience and editorial votes and is awarded a place in the Startup Battlefield competition.


Bloomberg. NPR. Wall Street Journal. Financial Times. Disrupt hosts hundreds of accredited reporters, bloggers and correspondents from around the world. Journalists can apply for a media pass to Disrupt SF here.


Our Hackathons are crazy, exciting, exhausting events where hundreds of coders and developers come together to form teams which have just shy of 24 hours to build something amazing from the ground up.


General Admission


  • All-inclusive conference pass for all three days
Startup Alley

Exhibitor package

2 TICKETS FOR $1,995

  • Two General Admission Conference Passes
  • One day to exhibit in Startup Alley
  • One package per startup. Companies must be: less than 2 years old and have less than $2.5M in funding.
Hardware Alley

Exhibitor package

2 TICKETS FOR $1,995

  • Two General Admission Conference Passes
  • One day to exhibit in Hardware Alley
  • One package per startup. Hardware Startups only.