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  • Brian Pinkerton

    Brian Pinkerton

    CTO

    Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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    Brian Pinkerton

    CTO

    Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

    As CTO, Brian is leading the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's efforts to build a world-class technology team that will help tackle the greatest challenges in science, education and other areas of social impact. Prior to CZI, Brian served as Vice President of Search at Amazon and General Manager of Amazon's search and ad technology group.

    He has been working on important technology problems for 20 years, including building software and tools for the Department of Molecular Biology and building the first ever internet search engine, Web Crawler, while he was in his PhD program at the University of Washington.

  • Jennifer Dulski

    Jennifer Dulski

    President

    Change.org

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    Jennifer Dulski

    President

    Change.org

    Jennifer Dulski is president of Change.org, the world's largest social change platform, with more than 175 million users in 196 countries who start, support and win campaigns on causes that matter to them. Change.org is a Certified Benefit Corporation, a new class of companies dedicated to positive impact.

    An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, with more than 17 years of experience in both successful startups and big-brand internet companies, Jennifer was an early Yahoo! employee, holding a number of roles over her 9-year tenure there, ultimately serving as Group VP and General Manager of Local & Commerce, one of Yahoo’s six business units. In 2007, Jennifer left Yahoo! to become co-founder and CEO of The Dealmap, a mobile, location-based deals company that Google acquired in 2011, making Jennifer the first female entrepreneur to sell a company to Google. She stayed at Google for nearly 2 years as a senior executive leading the global business for Google Shopping & Product Listing Ads.

    Jennifer also currently serves on the boards of TEGNA (NYSE:TGNA), Little Passports and She++.

  • Matt Merrifield

    Matt Merrifield

    CTO

    The Nature Conservancy

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    Matt Merrifield

    CTO

    The Nature Conservancy

    Matt Merrifield is responsible for developing technology solutions to The Nature Conservancy’s conservation strategies. He joined the Conservancy in 2000 and has more than 20 years of experience using geospatial technologies (think: google maps, smartphones and drones), which can have big impacts for conservation. With a focus on marine fisheries, Matt is the creator and technical architect of eCatch, a mobile application that allows fishermen to capture, visualize, and share catch information, leading to more sustainable fishing practices.

    Previously, Matt was the Director of Geographic Information Systems at Space Imaging Corporation, where he worked on a variety of natural resource mapping projects and developed spatial models to determine fire risk for the Insurance Services Office. He currently leads a team that applies novel geospatial data science, technology and design to conservation science issues in California.

  • Yoky Matsuoka

    Yoky Matsuoka

    CTO

    Nest

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    Yoky Matsuoka

    CTO

    Nest

    Yoky Matsuoka is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Nest, and the former Vice President of Technology at Nest where she was in charge of UX and the learning aspects of the Nest Thermostat.

    Previously, she worked at Apple and was an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, director of that university's Neurobotics Laboratory, and director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. She is also a 2007 MacArthur Fellow.

  • Astro Teller

    Astro Teller

    Captain of Moonshots

    X, Alphabet

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    Astro Teller

    Captain of Moonshots

    X, Alphabet

    Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees X, Alphabet's moonshot factory for building magical, audaciously impactful ideas that through science and technology can be brought to reality. Before joining Google / Alphabet, Astro was the co-founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital, Inc, an investment management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed, and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning.

    Astro was also the co-founding CEO of BodyMedia, Inc, a leading wearable body monitoring company. Prior to starting BodyMedia, Dr. Teller was co-founding CEO of SANDbOX AD, an advanced development technology incubator. Before his tenure as a business executive, Dr. Teller taught at Stanford University and was an engineer and researcher for Phoenix Laser Technologies, Stanford's Center for Integrated Systems, and The Carnegie Group Incorporated.

    Dr. Teller holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University, Masters of Science in symbolic and heuristic computation, also from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the Hertz fellowship. Through his work as a scientist, an inventor, and as an entrepreneur, Teller holds many U.S. and international patents related to his work in hardware and software technology. Astro is also a successful novelist and screenwriter.

  • Sebastian Thrun

    Sebastian Thrun

    Founder and President

    Udacity

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    Sebastian Thrun

    Founder and President

    Udacity

    Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. He is founder, chairman, and president of Udacity, whose mission is to democratize education by providing lifelong, on-demand learning to millions of students in more than 190 countries.

    He is also the founder of Google X where he led the self-driving car, Google Glass and other projects. Earlier on, he led the Stanford Racing Team whose robot “Stanley” won the DARPA Grand Challenge. Sebastian continues as a research professor at Stanford University, and is the first recipient of the inaugural Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Education.

  • Dr. Ashwin Ram

    Dr. Ashwin Ram

    Senior Manager, AI Science

    Amazon Alexa

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    Dr. Ashwin Ram

    Senior Manager, AI Science

    Amazon Alexa

    Dr. Ram is a distinguished artificial intelligence (AI) researcher and entrepreneur. He currently serves as the Senior Manager of AI Science for Alexa, the intelligent agent that powers Amazon Echo and other devices. He leads R&D initiatives to create advanced technologies for conversational agents, including the university-facing Alexa Prize competition.

    He managed the Interactive Intelligence research area at PARC, and was a professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and director of the Cognitive Computing Lab. He has co-founded multiple startups, including OpenStudy, an online social learning network, and Enkia, which developed AI software for social media applications.

    He is a closet anthropologist and loves travel, people and culture.

  • Vishal Makhijani

    Vishal Makhijani

    CEO

    Udacity

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    Vishal Makhijani

    CEO

    Udacity

    Vish Makhijani is CEO of Udacity, based in Silicon Valley. He oversees all company operations to democratize education around the world. He has been instrumental in the development of Udacity's Nanodegree program.

    Prior to joining Udacity in 2013, Vish held leadership positions at high-growth companies, including Zynga and Yandex, where he scaled the business to millions of users. Previously, he was senior vice president of Yahoo's Search and Marketplace businesses, and general manager at Inktomi until it was acquired by Yahoo. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the New York and Silicon Valley offices, serving Fortune 500 and startup clients.

    Vish is currently on the boards of both Prosperworks and Pepperdata.

  • John Mannes

    John Mannes

    Writer

    TechCrunch

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    John Mannes

    Writer

    TechCrunch

    John Mannes writes about machine learning and AI for TechCrunch. He maintains a longstanding interest in the venture capital funding landscape and the ways in which it incentivizes macro innovation. His work has also been featured in The Washington Post and Education Week.

    Previously, John consulted startups and VC associations on development and growth. In 2012, John was elected to a seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education (MD), the nation's 17th largest school district, where he advocated technology modernization across over 200 schools. For his public service work, John was honored by members of the U.S. Congress.

  • Steve Blank

    Steve Blank

    Entrepreneur, Author & Professor

    Stanford University

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    Steve Blank

    Entrepreneur, Author & Professor

    Stanford University

    Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank is credited with launching the Lean Startup Movement, and revolutionizing the practice and teaching of entrepreneurship and innovation. He has redefined how to build successful startups by teaching entrepreneurs how to rapidly search for a successful business model by using customer development and agile engineering.

    Working in Silicon Valley since 1978, Blank has been part of or co-founded eight startups. E.piphany, an enterprise software company; a supercomputer firm, Ardent; Macintosh graphics supplier, SuperMac; a military intelligence systems supplier, ESL; video game developer, Rocket Science Games, and two microprocessor companies, Zilog and MIPS.

  • Dr. Steven Abrams

    Dr. Steven Abrams

    VP of Developer Advocacy

    IBM Watson

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    Dr. Steven Abrams

    VP of Developer Advocacy

    IBM Watson

    Dr. Steven Abrams is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Vice President of Developer Advocacy in IBM Watson. In this and in prior roles including the Director of Technology for the Watson Ecosystem, his focus has been on nurturing and growing the universe of companies, students, and developers building solutions on top of Watson.

    Prior to this, he led Watson Life, a team of scientists, engineers, and designers tasked with understanding the role of cognitive systems in the lives of everyday consumers, delivering apps such as Chef Watson. In addition, he has had a wide variety of technical leadership roles across IBM Research and IBM Software group in areas as diverse as programming languages, models, and tools; human-computer interaction; computer music; robotics; computational geometry and more.

  • Maureen Fan

    Maureen Fan

    CEO and Co-Founder

    Baobab Studios

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    Maureen Fan

    CEO and Co-Founder

    Baobab Studios

    Maureen is CEO and co-founder of Baobab Studios, the industry's leading VR animation studio and has held leadership roles in film, gaming, and the consumer web. The company's first VR animation, Invasion!, launched to widespread critical acclaim, with Roth Kirschenbaum Films signed on to adapt it into a feature film.

    Before founding Baobab, Maureen was vice president of games at Zynga, where she oversaw three game studios including the FarmVille sequels, which contributed to 40% of the company's revenues. Previously, she worked on Pixar's "Toy Story 3" film and at eBay in product management and UI design. Her most recent collaboration, "The Dam Keeper," was nominated for the 2015 Oscar Best Animated Short.

  • Dr. Rana Kaliouby

    Dr. Rana Kaliouby

    CEO and Co-Founder

    Affectiva

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    Dr. Rana Kaliouby

    CEO and Co-Founder

    Affectiva

    Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is CEO and Co-founder of Affectiva, the leader in consumer emotion sensing and analytics on a global scale. She invented the company's award winning, automated facial coding technology, Affdex, used by over 1.400 brands and one third of the Fortune Global 100 today.

    As a research scientist at MIT Media Lab Rana spearheaded the applications of facial coding. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Reuters, Wired, Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The New Yorker. She was recognized by Entrepreneur as one of the “7 Most Powerful Women To Watch In 2014”, inducted into the “Women in Engineering” Hall of Fame, a recipient of the 2012 Technology Review's “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” Award and listed on Ad Age's “40 under 40”.

  • Peter Lubbers

    Peter Lubbers

    Senior Program Manager

    Google Developer Training

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    Peter Lubbers

    Senior Program Manager

    Google Developer Training

    Peter Lubbers is a Senior Program Manager at Google in charge of all aspects of Developer Training. In 2010, he started the San Francisco HTML5 Developer Group–the world's largest HTML5 developer meetup with 14,000+ members. He is the author of “Pro HTML5 Programming” (Apress, 2011) and he was instrumental in developing and delivering cutting-edge HTML5 training curriculum at Kaazing.

    Previously, Peter worked as an information architect at Oracle, where he wrote the award-winning Oracle Application Server Portal Configuration Guide. Peter also architected and developed the internationalized Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Testing Framework.

    A native of the Netherlands, Peter served as a Special Forces commando in the Royal Dutch Green Berets. You might see him running triple marathons around Lake Tahoe or jumping out of a plane and, yes, he does own that HTML5 license plate!

  • Gayle Laakmann McDowell

    Gayle Laakmann McDowell

    Founder and CEO

    CareerCup

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    Gayle Laakmann McDowell

    Founder and CEO

    CareerCup

    Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the founder/CEO of CareerCup.com and the author of Cracking the *interview books (Cracking the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview, and Cracking the Tech Career).

    Her background is in software development, with a BSE/MSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School. She previously worked as a software engineer at Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

    In addition to running CareerCup and writing books, she consults with tech companies on their engineering hiring process and with startups to help them through acquisition interviews. She can be found online at twitter.com/gayle, facebook.com/gayle, and gayle.com.

  • Greg Estes

    Greg Estes

    VP, Developer Marketing

    NVIDIA

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    Greg Estes

    VP, Developer Marketing

    NVIDIA

    Greg Estes is NVIDIA's vice president of developer marketing. Prior to joining NVIDIA, he was vice president of marketing and client services for Mozes, a startup providing a mobile platform for music labels, sports teams and consumer brands.

    Previously, Greg was the chief marketing officer of Avid Technology and, earlier, vice president of worldwide marketing at Silicon Graphics.

    A sought-after speaker and writer, Greg has been published in a variety of trade journals, been a presenter at a number of conferences and appeared on numerous television shows, including as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

  • Fred Vogelstein

    Fred Vogelstein

    Author/Writer

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    Fred Vogelstein

    Author/Writer

    Fred Vogelstein is a long-time author and magazine writer in Silicon Valley having spent two decades at Wired, Fortune and U.S. News & World Report.

    During that period, he authored some of the seminal stories about Silicon Valley's transformation from a computer industry hub into ground zero for the most powerful companies on the planet. They include some of the earliest investigations into Bill Gates' fear of Google, the mess at Yahoo, the rise of Facebook, and the revolutionary impacts of the iPhone and Android phone. He's been a finalist for The Gerald Loeb Award, business journalism's top prize.

    His 2013 book titled Dogfight: How Apple and Google went to War and Started a Revolution was published in 17 countries.

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