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The Speakers

  • Marc Andreessen
    Marc Andreessen

    Co-Founder & General Partner

    Andreessen Horowitz
  • Marc Andreessen
    Marc Andreessen

    Co-Founder & General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

    Marc Andreessen is a cofounder 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 cofounded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. He also cofounded 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.

  • Aubrey Blanche
    Aubrey Blanche

    Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion

    Atlassian
  • Aubrey Blanche
    Aubrey Blanche

    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.

  • Oliver Cameron
    Oliver Cameron

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Voyage
  • Oliver Cameron
    Oliver Cameron

    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.

  • Scott Cook
    Scott Cook

    Founder & Chairman of Executive Committee

    Intuit
  • Scott Cook
    Scott Cook

    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.

  • Obi Felten
    Obi Felten

    Head of Moonshots

    X
  • Obi Felten
    Obi Felten

    Head of Moonshots, X

    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.

  • Sarah Kerruish
    Sarah Kerruish

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Kheiron Medical
  • Sarah Kerruish
    Sarah Kerruish

    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.

  • Aline Lerner
    Aline Lerner

    Co-Founder & CEO

    interviewing.io
  • Aline Lerner
    Aline Lerner

    Co-Founder & CEO, interviewing.io

    Aline is the co-founder and CEO of interviewing.io. Before that, she wrote code, ran hiring at Udacity, and wrote a lot of angry stuff on the internet. 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
    Vish Makhijani

    CEO

    Udacity
  • Vish Makhijani
    Vish Makhijani

    CEO, Udacity

    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.

  • John Paul
    John Paul

    Founder & CEO

    VenueNext
  • John Paul
    John Paul

    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.

  • Tara Pham
    Tara Pham

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Numina
  • Tara Pham
    Tara Pham

    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 enterprise.

    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.

  • Nico Rose
    Nico Rose

    VP of Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition

    Bertelsmann
  • Nico Rose
    Nico Rose

    VP of Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition, Bertelsmann

    Nico is the Vice President for Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition at Bertelsmann, Europe's leading media corporation. Since 2008, Nico also works as a management coach and keynote speaker. He published more than 60 articles in professional magazines, including the German edition of the Harvard Business Review.

    Nico studied general psychology at WWU Muenster, holds a master’s degree in Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania, as well as a PhD in Business Science from EBS University in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.

    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.

  • Eric Schmidt
    Eric Schmidt

    Technical Advisor

    Alphabet
  • Eric Schmidt
    Eric Schmidt

    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.

  • Angela Schoellig
    Angela Schoellig

    Assistant Professor in Robotics

    University of Toronto
  • Angela Schoellig
    Angela Schoellig

    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.

  • Sebastian Thrun
    Sebastian Thrun

    Founder & Chairman

    Udacity
  • Sebastian Thrun
    Sebastian Thrun

    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 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.

  • Anne Toth
    Anne Toth

    Head of Data Policy

    World Economic Forum
  • Anne Toth
    Anne Toth

    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.

  • Trae Vassallo
    Trae Vassallo

    Co-Founder & Managing Director

    defy.vc
  • Trae Vassallo
    Trae Vassallo

    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 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 ground-breaking 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.

More Speakers to Come...

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