Co-Founder & General Partner
Co-Founder & General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Marc Andreessen is a Co-founder and General Partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He is an innovator and creator, one of the few to pioneer a software category used by more than a billion people and one of the few to establish multiple billion-dollar companies.
Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser and co-founded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. He also co-founded Loudcloud, which as Opsware sold to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion.
Marc sits on the boards of eBay, Facebook, and Hewlett-Packard, among others, and holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian
Aubrey Blanche is Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Atlassian. There, she works with teams across the business to enhance access to technical education, recruiting, retention, and career mobility for underrepresented minorities. She believes that leading with empathy is the key to creating highly effective teams. Aubrey also serves as an advisor to the SheStarts accelerator and is co-founder of Sycamore, a community aiming to close the funding gap for underrepresented founders. Follow her on Twitter at @adblanche.
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & CEO, Voyage
Oliver is the Co-founder and CEO of Voyage, a leading autonomous vehicle startup based in the Bay Area, CA. Voyage is working to create safer, more comfortable and more affordable automotive options—powered by autonomous driving technology—for communities all across North America. Oliver previously led the development of Udacity’s self-driving car and machine learning classes, in addition to the Udacity open source self-driving car project.
AI Research Engineer
AI Research Engineer, Facebook
Soumith is a Research Engineer at Facebook AI Research. He works on high performance deep learning.
Founder & Chairman of Executive Committee
Founder & Chairman of Executive Committee, Intuit
Scott Cook co-founded Intuit Inc. in 1983 and now serves as the chairman of the Executive Committee. Before founding Intuit, Cook managed consulting assignments in banking, foodservice, and technology for Bain & Company, a corporate strategy consulting firm. He previously worked for Procter & Gamble, the household products giant, in various positions, including brand manager, for four years.
Cook is a member of the board of directors of Procter & Gamble; the Harvard Business School Dean's Advisory Board; the Center for Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin; and the Intuit Scholarship Foundation.
Cook earned an MBA from Harvard University and received a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Southern California.
Executive Advisor, GV
Shernaz is a leading marketing and business executive. She has over 20 years of experience building brands and consumer perception; advising executive management; scaling operational teams; and developing global businesses to accelerate growth and mindshare.
Over her career, Shernaz has worked with companies such as Udacity, Netflix, Walmart, Polyvore (Yahoo), Baidu, Khan Academy, Zynga, Guardant Health, Motorola, Indiegogo, Red Hot Labs (Google), Opsware (HP), Samsung, Truveo (AOL), Savvis (CenturyLink), Nokia, Metaplace (Disney), and MetaMarkets (Snap). She serves as an advisor to several companies including Baobab Studios, Passage, Paysa, and Voyage.
Head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world
Head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world, X, the moonshot factory
Obi leads early stage projects at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory. X is a team of inventors and entrepreneurs working on projects like self-driving cars (Waymo), drone delivery (Wing), and internet from balloons (Loon). Obi is responsible for getting early stage X projects from the lab into the real world, or ensuring they fail fast. Previously she was Director of Consumer Marketing for Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa, which sounds like the easiest job in the world until you consider that Google has 100+ products in a region of 120+ countries as diverse as Germany, Russia, Egypt, and Kenya. Before Google, Obi launched the ecommerce business of a major UK retailer, worked as a strategy consultant, and led eToys.com's (unsuccessful) expansion to Germany during the first dotcom era.
Obi is a startup mentor and angel investor, with a focus on women entrepreneurs. She set up Campus London, a Google-funded space for tech entrepreneurs. She is on the board of Shift, a charity designing products to address social problems like youth mental health. She is also on the board of Picasso Labs, a tech startup offering real-time image analytics based on machine learning algorithms.
Obi grew up in Berlin and saw the wall come down. She has a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Oxford University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband (a beekeeper/triathlete), son (an inventor/clown) and daughter (too early to tell, but high hopes that she'll be a rocket scientist/diva). She loves yoga, bicycling, travelling, contemporary art and design, cooking, eating, and her family.
Chief Strategy Officer
Chief Strategy Officer, Kheiron Medical
As Chief Strategy Officer of Kheiron Medical, Sarah is working with an incredibly talented deep learning team to improve the detection and treatment of breast cancer. She also continues to help patients connect to clinical trials in her ongoing role as an advisor to Antidote. Other recent career highlights include collaborating with the Cancer Moonshot team at the White House and co-founding a grassroots collaboration called Precision Medicine for Me to help patients navigate this new era of cancer medicine.
Before moving back to London, Sarah lived in Silicon Valley for 15 years where she was privileged to work with some of the great inventors of our age. Her films have been distributed worldwide and won many awards, including a Peabody and an Emmy nomination. In 2017 she made a short film about the last few days of the tech team at the White House under President Obama. Her new feature documentary, General Magic, will have its global premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Founder and Chair Exponential Medicine
Founder and Chair Exponential Medicine, Singularity University
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. Kraft has served as Faculty Chair for Medicine & Neuroscience at Singularity University since its inception, and founded and is chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Daniel is a graduate of Brown University, Stanford Medical School and completed his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Daniel founded RegenMed Systems, has multiple digital health, medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents and served on faculty at Stanford and UCSF. He is an Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow, and a Kauffman Fellow.
VP of AI and Machine Learning
VP of AI and Machine Learning, Unity Technologies
Dr. Danny Lange is Vice President of AI and Machine Learning at Unity Technologies where he leads multiple initiatives in the field of applied Artificial Intelligence. Unity is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. Previously, Danny was Head of Machine Learning at Uber, where he led the efforts to build a highly scalable Machine Learning platform to support all parts of Uber’s business from the Uber App to self-driving cars. Before joining Uber, Danny was General Manager of Amazon Machine Learning providing internal teams with access to machine intelligence. He also launched an AWS product that offers Machine Learning as a Cloud Service to the public. Prior to Amazon, he was Principal Development Manager at Microsoft where he led a product team focused on large-scale Machine Learning for Big Data. Danny spent 8 years on Speech Recognition Systems, first as CTO of General Magic, Inc., and then as founder of his own company, Vocomo Software. During this time, he was working on General Motor’s OnStar Virtual Advisor, one of the largest deployments of an intelligent personal assistant until Siri. Danny started his career as a Computer Scientist at IBM Research.
Danny holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University of Denmark. He is a member of ACM and IEEE Computer Society and has numerous patents to his credit.
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & CEO, interviewing.io
Aline is the co-founder and CEO of interviewing.io. Before that, she wrote code, ran hiring at Udacity. Her data-driven posts about how typos matter more than pedigree, how resumes are a low-signal filtering tool, and how technical interviewing performance is arbitrary have reached millions of people, and her work on the subject has appeared in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company.
Vish Makhijani is CEO of Udacity, based in Silicon Valley. His 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. Prior to joining Yandex, 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 has held board positions on several public and private companies, and is currently on the board of both Prosperworks and Pepperdata.
Vish holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut.
VP of Careers & People Ops
VP of Careers & People Ops, Udacity
Kathleen Mullaney is VP of Careers & People Ops at Udacity. She joined Udacity in 2011 as one of its first employees. She is a frequent speaker at education and technology conferences, and recently spoke on adult learning at SXSWedu and diversity in hiring at SXSW Interactive.
Prior to Udacity, Kathleen was a data analyst working on Google Maps where she created tools to help improve team processes and map data quality. Kathleen holds an undergraduate degree in Geography and Spanish from UCSB.
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO, VenueNext
John Paul is the CEO and Founder of VenueNext. Prior to VenueNext, Paul spent over 35 years as a founder, CEO, or executive leader of product and engineering teams at startups and major technology companies.
Most recently, Paul was Senior Vice President at Dish Digital where he created an Internet-based next generation video distribution service, a continuation of his award-winning work at Sling Media, with the Slingbox product line, which was acquired by Dish in 2007. In 2002, Paul founded and created one of the first photo sharing services named Our Pictures Inc., which was acquired by Simple Star Inc. in 2005.
Prior to that, Paul was Senior VP and General Manager of the Server Division of Netscape, which was sold to Sun Microsystems for $1bn. After AOL’s acquisition of Netscape, Paul remained at the company as Executive Vice President. Paul was recently named one of the 60 Most Powerful People in Sports by Worth Magazine for his innovative contributions to the industry.
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & CEO, Numina
Tara is co-founder and CEO of Numina, which makes cities more responsive. Numina provides an end-to-end solution that uses computer vision to measure all kinds of activity in the public right-of-way, and provides the API for streets to support applications for city agencies, mobility companies, and other enterprises.
In addition to her work with Numina, Tara has led city-scale data projects with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Code for America, Living Cities, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Clinton Foundation, and others. Prior to civic tech, Tara worked in public health/urban design research, radio and print media, and arts administration. She is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, a former Next City Vanguard, a 1776vc fellow, an alumna of URBAN-X and 500 Startups, a winner of the $50,000 Globalhack hackathon, and organizer of Sloup, a monthly soup dinner that crowdfunds grassroots creative projects, one bowl of soup at a time.
VP of Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition
VP of Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition, Bertelsmann
Nico Rose has studied general psychology at WWU Muenster (Germany) and obtained a doctoral degree in business sciences from EBS University (Oestrich-Winkel, Germany). Additionally, he has completed the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). He’s the Vice President for Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition at Bertelsmann, Europe’s leading media corporation. Additionally, Nico has been working as a management coach and keynote speaker since 2008. He has published more than 60 articles in professional magazines, e.g. for the German edition of Harvard Business Manager. Nico is married and a father of two. When he´s not working or spending time with his family, you’ll most likely find him head-banging at some metal concert, e.g., Iron Maiden.
Technical Advisor, Alphabet
Eric Schmidt is Technical Advisor to Alphabet Inc., where he advises its leaders on technology, business, and policy issues.
Eric joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001-2011, and as chairman from 2011-2017. Prior to Google, Eric held leadership roles at Novell and Sun Microsystems, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Eric is Chairman of the Department of Defense’s Innovation Board and was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Public Service by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
He is the co-author of The New Digital Age and How Google Works, and serves on the boards of the Mayo Clinic and the Broad Institute. He’s a Gulfstream pilot, and his philanthropic efforts through The Schmidt Family Foundation focus on climate change, including support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education, specifically cutting-edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering.
Assistant Professor in Robotics
Assistant Professor in Robotics, University of Toronto
Angela is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), and an Associate Director of the Center for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE) at the University of Toronto.
Co-Founder, NOW Ventures & Malala Fund
Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, investor, and advocate. She is passionate about leveraging philanthropy, venture capital, technology and the media to drive scalable social impact.
Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO. She is now focused on supporting mission-driven startups whose financial success makes the world a better place through her VC Fund and Platform, NOW Ventures. Shiza is also the host of social justice TV show ASPIREist, which airs on USA Network. Shiza grew up in Pakistan as a vocal advocate for social change. She graduated from Stanford University with University Distinction. She was a business analyst with McKinsey & Company. She is also a graduate of Singularity University where she studied how to apply technology towards the goal of solving gender inequities.
Shiza has received many awards for her work including Times 30 under 30 World Changer, Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur, WEF Global Agenda Council, Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator. She has been featured in multiple publications including Forbes, Fast Company, Elle, Glamour, Town and Country, The Edit, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC and others.
Shiza is a prominent speaker on social innovation and impact, human rights and women’s rights. She speaks frequently at major international convenings including Aspen Ideas Fest, Milken Global Institute, Forbes Women, Fortune Most Powerful Women, Inc Women, Women Moving Millions, World Economic Forum and others.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer, Udacity
Clarissa Shen is the Chief Operating Officer for Udacity. She joined as Udacity’s first business hire leading all business functions. Prior to Udacity, she co-founded a K-12 start-up, led digital change at Apollo Group, and advised Fortune 500 and government clients throughout Greater China, Asia, and Europe as a management consultant with Deloitte/Monitor Group.
Clarissa has also managed a Google Top 10 digital marketing team, and led an internationally-renowned touring contemporary dance company. Clarissa graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Williams College, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Founder & Chairman
Founder & Chairman, 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 X (formerly 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.
Head of Data Policy
Head of Data Policy, World Economic Forum
Anne Toth is the Head of Data Policy at the World Economic Forum and is a member of the leadership team at the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining the Forum, Anne was the Vice President of People & Policy for Slack Technologies, Inc. She joined Slack as the 50th employee and first woman executive hired at the world’s fastest-growing business enterprise software company.
Anne was the Head of Privacy for Google's social products and was Yahoo!'s Chief Trust Officer overseeing privacy, data policy, data governance, child safety, community standards, and content policy, and other policy-related areas. She testified before Congress about online privacy and behavioral advertising, and before the Article 29 Working Party in Europe on search data retention policies.
Anne is a graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in Economics. She attended the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Co-Founder & Managing Director, defy.vc
Trae Vassallo is a Co-founder and Managing Director of Defy, an early stage venture capital firm. She is an engineer, an entrepreneur, and an investor, and her passion is collaborating with the world’s best entrepreneurs. Trae was previously a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Over her 14-year investing career, Trae invested in a number of leading companies including eero, Nest Labs, Dropcam, Aggregate Knowledge, and Opower.
Before joining KPCB, Trae was a Co-Founder of Good Technology, a KPCB portfolio company that provides end-to-end wireless email services to the enterprise. Trae began her career at IDEO, where she developed groundbreaking products for companies including Palm and Dell. Trae holds 13 patents across a broad array of technologies and disciplines.
Trae earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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