SPEAKER BIOS

 

FIRESIDE CHAT // ADDRESSING POWER IMBALANCES IN VC FUNDRAISING

GINNY FAHS / #MOVINGFORWARD / CO-FOUNDER

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Ginny Fahs is a software engineer, writer, and activist committed to making technology’s next chapter more human and inclusive. She lives in San Francisco, where she works as a backend engineer at Uber. In March, Ginny co-founded #MovingForward: a social movement that rallies VC firms to publish their external discrimination/harassment policies and reporting contacts on VentureMovingForward.org. Over 100 VC firms have joined the movement, including a16z, Sequoia, Greylock, First Round, GV, Benchmark, Accel, and others.


PANEL DISCUSSION // FRONTIER OF CRYPTOASSETS

FRANK CHAPARRO / THE BLOCK / SENIOR CORRESPONDENT

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Frank Chaparro, 23, leads editorial efforts for The Block, the go-to source of trustworthy information and news on cryptocurrency, blockchain, and decentralized technologies, as its senior correspondent.

Chaparro started his career at Business Insider, where he specialized in the intersection of digital assets and Wall Street, market structure, and financial technology. He has received numerous accolades for his work and maintained the position as one of the most well-read fintech reporter through his time there, breaking stories on firms such as Fidelity, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Nasdaq.

Soon after joining Business Insider out of Fordham University, Chaparro was interviewing top finance and tech executives, including billionaire Mark Cuban, “Flash Boys” star Brad Katsuyama, Cboe Global Markets CEO Ed Tilly, and New York Stock Exchange President Tom Farley.

In 2018, he become a sought after reporter in the crypto world, interviewing luminaries such as Tyler Winklevoss, the cofounder of Gemini, Jeremy Allaire, the CEO of Circle, and Fundstrat head Tom Lee. He joined The Block to dive deeper into his specialty and is responsible for investigating the most powerful figures and firms in the cryptocurrency market and unearthing market moving news.

 

MAS NAKACHI / AXONI / VP STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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As VP of Strategy and Business Development, Mas oversees all of Axoni’s client engagement personnel and acts as a core contributor to the firm’s broader business strategy. He was previously Vice Chairman and CEO at OpenGamma, most recently leading the company through the close of their $14.3mm Series D investment round. Prior to OpenGamma, Mas worked at Calypso for more than nine years as the Director of Business Development for the rates, fixed income, and credit business.

 

RICHARD DULUDE / UNDERSCORE VC / COFOUNDER

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Richard leads our investments in blockchain technologies; as a programmer (turned entrepreneur, turned VC). Richard enjoys digging in alongside the entrepreneurs in the portfolio to help them create value for their customers and realize their vision for what the company could be. Richard started his career as a quant at Goldman Sachs, built out a skunkworks team that launched the D2C E-commerce Business at Procter & Gamble, before starting his own machine learning startup to mine insights from social media for brands. Richard spent the earlier part of his venture career at Founder Collective before founding Underscore VC.

 

 

 

 


PANEL DISCUSSION // DIVERSITY IN TECH

ANDY ZELLEKE / HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL / SENIOR LECTURER

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Andy Zelleke is the MBA Class of 1962 Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, where he is a member of the General Management unit. At HBS, he has taught a leadership development course known as “FIELD” since its inception in 2011, including leading “FIELD Global Immersion” MBA cohorts in Mumbai, Chennai, Beijing, Jakarta and Manila. For the past two years, he also developed and taught a course on comparative corporate governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Dr. Zelleke was a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School, teaching courses on general management and negotiation, and serving for two years as Co-Director of its Center for Public Leadership. Previously, he taught negotiation at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and served as Project Director and a Steering Committee member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Corporate Responsibility initiative. Dr. Zelleke was co-editor of Restoring Trust in American Business (MIT Press, 2005). His articles on topics in leadership, corporate governance and foreign policy have been published in Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Directors & Boards, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The Diplomat, and ForeignPolicy.com. Formerly a practicing business lawyer, Dr. Zelleke received his A.B., J.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is a member of the State Bar of New York and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2016, he received the Greenhill Award for outstanding service to the Harvard Business School community.

 

JULIA PAIGE / YOUTUBE / DIRECTOR, SOCIAL IMPACT

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Julia Paige has been at Google for a total of nine years, and she currently serves as the Director of YouTube Social Impact. In this role, Paige is responsible for leading YouTube’s global efforts for social good, as well as initiatives that focus on the engagement and empowerment of Social Impact Influencers. While building YouTube’s social impact presence globally, Paige has been leading the development of the YouTube Giving program, and YouTube’s global crisis response and crisis prevention efforts. In her previous role as Google’s Director of Creative Content, Paige led a team that used experiential storytelling and technology to build admiration across many of Google’s key products. Prior to joining Google, Paige was the Executive Producer of Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference which she transformed into one of the most dynamic and influential gatherings of its kind. Paige also served in California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration as Deputy Chief of Staff to First Lady Maria Shriver. During her time there, Paige worked to create Connect California, a program that connected working families with untapped public and private financial resources. Connect California remains a successful program today. Paige has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She considers being the mother of five year-old triplets and the wife of a chef & restaurateur her greatest accomplishments.

 

JESSIE WUSTHOFF / CLOVER HEALTH / DIVERSITY & INCLUSION MANAGER

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Jessie Wusthoff is the Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Bay Area healthcare technology company Clover Health. With a background in organizational behavior and learning & development, and an MBA with a focus in Organizational Behavior from UC Davis, she focuses on creating safe space dialogues to increase comfort around difficult workplace conversations. Jessie serves on the leadership team for Diversity Advocates and has had the pleasure of speaking at various organizations and conferences, including Box, Goodwill’s Autism Advantage program, iab's iDiverse program, CultureAmp inclusion conference and many more. A proven advocate of, and catalyst for, change Jessie has dedicated more than a decade to supporting women in leadership, creating awareness around the impact of unconscious bias and increasing the recognition of disability and intersectionality in the greater diversity and inclusion conversation.

 

MATT WALLAERT / CLOVER HEALTH / CHIEF BEHAVIOR OFFICER

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Matt Wallaert is a behavioral scientist working at the intersection of technology and human behavior, designing products and programs that help people live happier, healthier lives and teaching others to do the same. An advocate for behavior change as the outcome of everything, he has a checkered past: academia, building and selling two successful startups, Microsoft's first behavioral scientist, director at Microsoft Ventures. He is currently the industry's first Chief Behavioral Officer at Clover Health, a Medicare Advantage insurance company focused on health outcomes. Wallaert sits on the board of a variety of startups and non-profits, prioritizes underrepresented founders and audiences, and continues to build side products like GetRaised.com, which has helped underpaid women ask for and earn over $2.3B in salary increases. He's the proud father of a son named Bear.

 

TORY VOIGHT / GOOGLE AR/VR / ENGINEERING PROGRAM MANAGER

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Tory focuses on feature development for the augmented reality app, Google Lens, and was previously involved in virtual reality with Google Cardboard and Tilt Brush. Before AR VR, she was an Associate at Google.org for disaster relief grants and the Global Impact Challenge. Prior to Silicon Valley, Tory was part of the 2008 Obama campaign, Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and the Obama Administration. She is a proud first generation college graduate of Wellesley College, and is committed to increasing inclusion in tech. At Google, she works with the Tech Exchange, Women@Google efforts, and community outreach projects supporting diversity in STEM.


PANEL DISCUSSION // FINTECH

REBECCA LIEBMAN / LEARNLUX / CO-FOUNDER & CEO

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Rebecca Liebman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnLux, a financial technology company that helps people learn personal finance skills through online learning tools and connects them to the resources they need to take action. Her company’s last round of funding was led by Ashton Kutcher’s fund, Sound Ventures and Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff. She is on the board of HubSpot, a publicly traded company based in Boston. She was on the 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30” list for education and has had many incredible experiences for someone of her age. Rebecca has a passion for startups, education, and the amazing things that happen when they are combined. She loves to work with dedicated, excited, and passionate people and brings them together to make great things. Rebecca loves public speaking, the word "plethora," and motivating people, especially on Mondays.

 

JON SCHLOSSBERG / EVEN RESPONSIBLE FINANCE / FOUNDER & CEO

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Over half of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Even is a mission-driven company working to fix that, by building new financial services that make it easier to make ends meet, pay down debt, and save money. Even’s CEO Jon Schlossberg has a background in behavioral and cognitive psychology, which has fundamentally informed the product and business decisions of Even. Prior to founding Even, Jon was HUGE’s first product designer, and worked on redesigns of Target.com, Cnn.com, and other highly trafficked websites. Following HUGE, Jon founded an app development company that made “Knock”, a mobile app used to replace computer logins with gesture controls, which was #1 on the app store in 152 countries. Jon was also employee #7 at Bonobos."

 

MICHAEL FALOON / NEIGHBORLY / CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

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Michael is Chief Strategy Officer at Neighborly responsible for working with CEO to develop and deliver on the firm's vision and mission. Michael joined Neighborly from Standish Mellon Asset Management where he served as Chief Operating Officer of the $150 billion investment firm. Michael has 19 years of experience holding various roles at Standish including head of risk management, municipal bond portfolio manager and municipal credit analyst. He was responsible for also implementing Standish's sustainable fixed income philosophy and process. Michael served as a member of the Green Bond Principles Executive Committee and is board member of Our Katahdin, a community-based crowdsourcing platform. Michael is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals and holds a Financial Risk Manager certification. He has a Masters in Financial Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Michael has an M.S.F. from Northeastern University and a B.S. from the University of Maine, holds the CFA designation.

 


DAVID JEGEN / F-PRIME / PARTNER

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Prime Capital and leads the firm’s early-stage tech fund. He is focused on FinTech and data analytics and has led investments in Kensho (acquired by S&P Global), FutureAdvisor (acquired by BlackRock), Flywire, Cloudant (acquired by IBM), Toast, EVEN Financial, Quovo, and Axoni. David was a co-founder of Sensoria, Inc. and VP of Services at Into Networks, a Fidelity Ventures and Venrock-backed company acquired by Softricity. Most recently, David was a senior executive at Cisco Systems. He held early positions with J.P. Morgan & Co. and The Boston Consulting Group."

 


BORIS VALLEE / HBS / MODERATOR

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Boris Vallée is an assistant professor in the Finance Unit. He teaches the Finance II course in the MBA required curriculum. Professor’s Vallée’s research traces the motives behind and the effects of financial innovation in recent decades. He pursues this line of inquiry through empirical studies of corporate finance, household finance, public finance, and financial institutions, developing novel data sets and measures. His work has been cited by Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. He holds a Ph.D. in finance and a M.Sc. in management, both from HEC Paris, and is a CFA Charterholder.


PANEL DISCUSSION // NATIONAL DEFENSE

A.J. BERTONE / IN-Q-TEL / PRINCIPAL

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A.J. Bertone is a Principal at In-Q-Tel, the strategic investor for the U.S. Intelligence and Defense Communities. A.J. joined In-Q-Tel in 2017 and primarily focuses on investments in enterprise software companies. Prior to joining In-Q-Tel, A.J. was a consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco, CA. Originally from Southern California, A.J. graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point and also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

 

SANA FATHIMA / LOCKHEED MARTIN VENTURES / INVESTMENT MANAGER

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Sana Fathima is an investment manager at Lockheed Martin Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Her areas of focus are advanced software companies, including in autonomy / AI, and nextGen materials and manufacturing. She previously worked as a fund and financial sector specialist at the IFC, World Bank Group. Prior to that, Sana invested with Atomico. Sana started her career as a quantitative analyst at Goldman Sachs. She is an active mentor to startups and women investors as an investor in 37 Angels, a network of venture investors focused on educating women in investing. Sana holds a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from The College of New Jersey, has a Ph.D. background in computer vision from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

 

ORIN HOFFMAN / DIUX / AUTONOMY & ROBOTICS HQE

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Before joining DIUx as a civilian HQE, Orin served as the Chief Technologist at Endeavor Robotics and previously at iRobot Corporation. During that time, Orin lead the development and urgent fielding of multiple tactical robotic systems, deploying on several occasions as an embedded technologist to both OIF and OEF. He has significant commercial product development experience and has worked within the DoD to accelerate development and acquisition. Prior to joining iRobot, Orin was a senior lecturer in Robotics at Mount Holyoke College. Orin holds several patents as well as industry awards including NDIA’s Robotics Innovator of the Year award in 2017. Orin holds a BA from Amherst College and an MS in Electrical Computer Engineering from UMass.


PANEL DISCUSSION // TECH ETHICS

DEX TORRICKE-BARTON / BRUNSWICK GROUP / DIRECTOR

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Over the last decade Dex Torricke-Barton has advised some of the world’s most influential leaders and organizations on communications, public policy and thought leadership. After beginning his career as speechwriter and spokesperson for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon from 2008-10, Dex became Google’s first executive speechwriter, where he supported Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page and other senior leaders. From 2012-16, Dex led executive communications at Facebook, including serving as speechwriter to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. Subsequently, he led communications for Elon Musk at SpaceX. Before joining Brunswick Group in July 2018, Dex served as an independent strategic communications adviser for major tech companies, US and UK political leaders. He is a frequent public speaker on issues around global connectivity, and the social and economic implications of connected technologies. He is a New York Times-bestselling ghostwriter.

 

DAVID RYAN POLGAR / ALL TECH IS HUMAN / FOUNDER

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David Ryan Polgar is a pioneering tech ethicist who paved the way for the hotly-debated issues around Facebook, privacy, ethical design, digital wellbeing, and what it means to be human in the digital age. He is often featured in the media, including CBS This Morning, Fast Company, SiriusXM, Washington Post's "Can He Do That?" podcast, and many others. David is the founder of All Tech Is Human, an initiative to better align technology with the human interests of users that is holding an ethical tech summit in NYC on October 20th. With a background as an attorney and educator, he is an advocate for incorporating a greater diversity of background and experiences with the creation and deployment of technology. David is the co-host of the podcast & NYC live show Funny as Tech, where he is paired with UCB comedian Joe Leonardo to tackle the thorniest issues in tech--inside a comedy theater. He is a frequent writer (Quartz, IBM thinkLeaders, Dell Perspectives) and global speaker (3-time TEDx, The School of The New York Times, The Next Web). David is currently working on a digital citizenship class for adults (Skillshare) and works with Two Hat Security to better protect online communities. He is an advisor for Hack Mental Health and #ICANHELP

 

JAKE SHAPIRO / RADIOPUBLIC / CO-FOUNDER & CEO

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An early innovator who has helped shape the podcast and public radio industries, Jake Shapiro is the co-founder and CEO of RadioPublic, a mobile listening platform and marketplace for podcasts. RadioPublic is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) - founded in partnership with PRX and backed by investors including Project11, The New York Times, WGBH, and Bose Corporation - with the mission to help listeners discover, engage with, and reward the creators of podcasts. Shapiro co-founded and is the former CEO ofPRX, the award-winning distributor of independent audio content, including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour and the Radiotopia podcast network. While at PRX Shapiro also helped found Matter Ventures, the accelerator and investment fund for mission-driven startups. Shapiro is a senior fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at HarvardUniversity, and a fellow at Ashoka, the global network of social entrepreneurs.

Shapiro has been featured in leading media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Fortune and the Boston Globe, and shares his insightsas a featured speaker at Internet and media industry events. Shapiro is an accomplished musician on guitar and cello, with numerous independent and major label recording appearances. He holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University, and lives in Lexington MA.


PANEL DISCUSSION // VC

ANSAF KAREEM / LIGHTSPEED / PARTNER

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Ansaf is a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm focused on both enterprise and consumer sectors. Lightspeed manages over $4 billion of committed capital and has backed more than 250 companies globally, including Snapchat, Nest, Honest Company, Nutanix, Nimble Storage, MuleSoft, and many other leading companies. Prior to Lightspeed, Ansaf worked on the product team at RelateIQ, an enterprise SaaS company based in Palo Alto acquired by Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) in August 2014 for ~$400M. Previously, Ansaf worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York. He led teams and advised clients globally in the financial services, technology, and public sectors in a host of functions from strategy to operations. Ansaf Kareem did his undergraduate from Stanford University and received a Master in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

NIMI KATRAGADDA / BOXGROUP / PARTNER

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Nimi Katragadda is a Partner at BoxGroup where she focuses on investments in healthcare, financial tech, and marketplaces. Prior to BoxGroup she worked in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan and later as an Associate Product Marketing Manager at Google. Nimi holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2017, Nimi was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Venture Capital. At BoxGroup, Nimi has led investments in companies including pharmacy benefits partner SmithRx, tech-enabled integrated kidney care provider Cricket Health, fertility test maker Modern Fertility, co-working marketplace Spacious, and in-home connected fitness platform Mirror, amongst others.

 

DAVID PAKMAN / VENROCK / PARTNER

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David has been a Partner at Venrock since 2008 and focuses on early stage consumer and enterprise internet companies. Before Venrock, he spent 12 years as an internet entrepreneur. David was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. Prior to joining eMusic, David co-founded Myplay in 1999 in Redwood City, CA, which introduced the “digital music locker” and pioneered the locker category. In 2001, Myplay was sold to Bertelsmann’s ecommerce Group. Before Myplay, he was Vice President at N2K Entertainment, which created the first digital music download service. He also was the co-creator of Apple’s Music Group and worked at Apple for five years. David is a graduate and a former Overseer of University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He serves on the Board of Part Of The Solution in The Bronx, loves tennis, and plays drums. In 2017 & 2018, David was named one of the Top 100 Venture Capitalists by CB Insights.

 

RUDINA SESERI / GLASSWING VENTURES / CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER

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Rudina Seseri is Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in the next generation of AI-powered technology companies. With over 16 years of investing and transactional experience, Rudina has led technology investments and acquisitions in startup companies in enterprise SaaS, IT software and data, marketing technologies and robotics. Rudina’s portfolio of investments include Celtra, CrowdTwist, Inrupt, SocialFlow and Talla. Rudina served as Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Harvard Business School for 4 consecutive years and has most recently been named to the 2018 HBS inaugural group of Rock Venture Capital Partners. She is also a Member of the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College. Rudina serves as Advisor for GSK Consumer, L’Oreal USA Women in Digital, and on the Philanthropy Board for Boston Children’s Hospital. She has been named a 2017 Boston Business Journal Power 50: Newsmaker, a 2014 Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech and a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree for her professional accomplishments and community involvement. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and International Relations and with an MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS). She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.

 

LISA MARRONE / PRINCIPAL / AUGUST CAPITAL

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Lisa is a Principal at August Capital. Prior to joining August Capital, Lisa worked short stints at the White House for President Obama’s National Economic Council, and as director of strategic marketing for Lyndra, a biotechnology company in Massachusetts. Earlier in her career, she spent three years at Bain & Company in New York City. Lisa earned a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and a BA in Biology and Economics from Yale. She is a proud alumna of TJHSST and the Research Science Institute at MIT.


FIRESIDE CHAT // 3D PRINTING

MAX LOBOVSKY / FORMLABS / FOUNDER & CEO

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Max Lobovsky is co-founder and CEO of Formlabs, leading efforts to build the world’s largest professional desktop 3D printing company. Formlabs pioneered the new category of professional desktop 3D printing in 2012 when it launched the world’s first
affordable, powerful desktop stereolithography 3D printer. Today Formlabs sets the benchmark in professional desktop 3D printing as the industry leader in designing and manufacturing powerful and accessible 3D printing systems. Prior to starting Formlabs, Lobovsky led the efforts at Fab@Home, one of the industry’s earliest open-source 3D printing projects which has been instrumental to setting up labs in schools worldwide. A Forbes’ 30 Under 30 recipient, Lobovsky holds a B.S. in Applied Engineering and Physics from Cornell University and a M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.

 

TOM CLAY / XTALIC CORPORATION / CEO

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Tom Clay (HBS-97), CEO of Xtalic Corporation in Marlborough MA, specializes in the commercialization of advanced technology in design, manufacturing, and materials. Xtalic develops high performing metal alloys that address large, high-value problems in mobile electronics and other fields. His primary interests include sourcing and commercializing advanced technologies and building leading businesses around these technologies. Tom is also interested in education and workforce development to ensure we are prepared to maintain leadership in these fields.

Before joining Xtalic, Tom was CEO of Z Corporation, one of the early players in 3D Printing. Tom has served as an advisor and board member to a number of companies in 3D printing.  Tom served as a US Army Ranger before attending HBS and received his AB in mathematics from Princeton. 

Tom currently serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Rock Center at HBS, specializing in commercialization of technology.


PANEL DISCUSSION // AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

AMANDA RORAFF / PLANETM / OPERATIONS MANAGER

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Amanda Roraff is PlanetM Operations Manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In her role, Amanda develops and nurtures relationships with key mobility stakeholders, including auto OEMs, suppliers, startups, investors, academia, NGOs, municipalities, government agencies, and philanthropy. In addition, she develops grant programs to support the deployment of new mobility technologies and to make Michigan’s testing sites more accessible for mobility startups. She also supports other mobility deployments by creating and seeding public-private partnerships statewide, and directly manages the Project Kinetic program, a public-private partnership between PlanetM, City of Detroit, General Motors, Lear Corp., DTE Energy, Quicken Loans Community Fund, Bedrock Detroit, New Economy Imitative, and the Boston Consulting Group, aimed at identifying mobility challenges and solutions for residents and visitors to Detroit, and deploying the resulting six pilots. Amanda also oversees the PlanetM Landing Zone, a 100-desk collaborative workspace for global mobility startups, OEMs, and suppliers. Previously, Amanda was vice president at NextEnergy, where she served on the senior leadership team, developed strategic partnerships, and led federal, state, philanthropic and industry funded programs to advance its mission of accelerating mobility technologies that transform the way energy is used for a more sustainable future. During her tenure, she served as director of marketing and communications, and program consultant to NextEnergy, leading various efforts for the industry services and venture development teams from where she helped drive millions of dollars in new investment in supplier diversification efforts.

Amanda is a graduate of the Leadership Detroit Class XXXVII (2016), a transformational leadership program hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber. She serves on the CompTIA Smart Cities Advisory Council (2018), which focuses on providing vision and guidance in matters relating to the creation, delivery and support of community technology initiatives. Amanda is a board member for the non-profit organization, Our Global Kids (2011), which supports educational programs and activities for youth. She served as the treasurer for the International Association for Expositions and Events, Michigan Chapter (2007-2010) and on a range of other committees that benefit her community. Amanda holds a B.A. from the James Madison College at Michigan State University. When not tending to her two teenage children and husband, Amanda rescues, fosters and adopts stray dogs in and around the City of Detroit.

 

MICHAEL FRANK SCHMIDT / CRUISE AUTOMATION / HEAD OF TECHNICAL OPERATIONS

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Mike is the current Head of Technical Operations at Cruise Automation, where he has been for the past year. After graduating with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Mike was the cofounder and CMO of Waylens, a VC-backed startup, where he successfully led product development and developed their go-to-market strategy. He was in charge of scaling a global team to 40 employees with offices in Boston and Shanghai. Mike has successfully managed multiple products across a wide
range of industries from machine learning algorithms on wind turbines to automotive camera technology and inspection software. Mike holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

BERT KAUFMAN / ZOOX / HEAD OF CORPORATE AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS

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Bert has over a decade of experience starting, building, and running successful organizations and initiatives across academia, the federal government, and the private sector. Prior to joining Zoox, Bert advised Revolution, the Case Foundation, and Glassdoor, Inc. From 2013 through early 2016, he served as Senior Advisor in Secretary Penny Pritzker's office at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he helped lead the Secretary's overall strategic engagement with the business community domestically and internationally. He also directed and built the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative, working with 20 of America's most celebrated entrepreneurs and across multiple federal agencies to promote entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Bert served as Executive Director at Business Forward, an organization he launched in 2009, which fosters partnerships between business leaders and policymakers. Concurrent with Business Forward, he served as Vice President at Portico Policy Advisors, where he advised tech and auto industry clients and venture-backed start-ups on strategic positioning and policy. In 2011, he helped launch Unreal Candy, with Boston entrepreneurs Michael and Nicky Bronner and Adam Melonas. He is a founding board member of Press Pass Mentors, an educational non-profit where Washington Post journalists mentor inner-city high school students. He is also on the NextGen Board of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Ca. Before attending law school, Bert worked for CNN in Washington, D.C., and London. While in law school, he helped create an interdisciplinary academic center to produce scholarship and programming on the relationship between courts, politics and the press. Following law school, he clerked in U.S. District Court (Middle District of Louisiana). He has a B.A., M.S., and J.D. from Syracuse University. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and lives in Palo Alto, Ca. and Washington, D.C.


PANEL DISCUSSION // CONSUMER PRODUCTS

MAYKEL LOOMANS / GLOSSIER / PRODUCT DESIGNER

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Maykel Loomans is a digital product designer, investor and advisor. Originally from The Netherlands, he is now based in San Francisco. He cares deeply about the interplay of vision, research and design in the product creation process. Until recently, Maykel was at Facebook. Here he spent his time leading and supporting a few different teams. Most notably he worked on the redesign of Facebook Search, and internal product experimentation tools. Before Facebook, Maykel was one of the first designers at Instagram.

 

CONNIE YANG / COINBASE / DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

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Connie Yang is the Director of Design at Coinbase. Prior to joining Coinbase, she spent more than four years as a product designer at Facebook, shaping the digital profiles of over 1 billion people. Her work as a designer has spanned advertising, gaming, social networks, and is now focused on building a new and more secure open financial system for the world.

 

RACHEL LAMBERT / FACEBOOK MESSENGER / PRODUCT MANAGER

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Rachel is a Product Manager at Facebook, working on Messenger Growth. Her teams are building Messenger for people who do not have Facebook accounts, and growing close friend & family connections. At Facebook, she previously worked on Instagram Growth, Facebook's Preloads Program, Marketplace, Oculus, and Ads Growth. Outside of work, she enjoys playing & coaching soccer, traveling (most recently to the Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan), and long hilly runs. Rachel holds a degree in Science, Technology & Society, with a minor in Human Biology from Stanford University.

 

CESAR BREA / BAIN / PARTNER

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Cesar Brea is a partner in Bain & Company's Boston office. He is a leader in Bain's Advanced Analytics Group, focused on marketing.

He has extensive experience helping CEOs and CMOs make better use of data to improve marketing performance and build associated capabilities.

Cesar returned to Bain in 2017, having previously served as a manager. Over the last decade, he founded and ran Force Five Partners, a marketing analytics consulting firm serving CMOs at large multi-channel advertisers across multiple industries, including financial services, retail, pharmaceuticals, education and media. Earlier, he helped to build and sell two internet software firms, was SVP for sales and marketing at Razorfish, the global digital advertising agency, and was global practice leader for another global consulting firm's digital media and marketing practice.

Cesar earned an MBA from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School, where he was named an Edward Tuck Scholar. Cesar received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College with honors in Social Studies.

Cesar and his wife Nan Leonard have triplets, including a son with severe developmental disabilities. Nan and Cesar helped to start and build Nashoba Learning Group, a school and day program for children and adults with autism and related disabilities, which now serves 160 people and continues to expand.


PANEL DISCUSSION // EMERGING MARKETS

BRENNAN LAKE / CUEBIQ / SENIOR DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS

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Brennan Lake is Senior Director of Research Partnerships at Cuebiq, a location intelligence platform. Through his role at Cuebiq, Brennan works with researchers and NGOs around the world to leverage big data towards improving quality of life in underserved communities, natural disaster response and smart city development. Prior to Cuebiq, Brennan Lake served as Co-Director of the Technology Exchange Lab, a nonprofit organization that drives the adoption of innovative technology solutions to problems of poverty. Brennan is also Co-Founder of Wobiz, a SaaS platform that democratizes e-commerce for small businesses in Latin America. Outside of work, Brennan is a social entrepreneurship mentor, and is pursuing an Executive MBA at Cornell University.

 

ANDREW WONG / NOMURA GROUP / HEAD OF MARKETING

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Andrew is currently the head of marketing at 8 Securities (Nomura Group); a leading mobile investing service in Japan and Asia. A veteran of the technology space; Andrew has more than 10 years of both B2B and B2C marketing experience at Yahoo! Japan and Yahoo! Asia and Yahoo! Inc (USA) where he was responsible for marketing, sales planning, product strategy, and driving revenue and profitability across Yahoo! entire portfolio of ad products across 10 countries. Before Yahoo!, Andrew was an corporate financial analyst at UBS Technology investment banking group. Originally from Silicon Valley, Andrew speaks Japanese and is a graduate of NYU STERN school of business. He also served as a part-time MBA lecturer at the University of Mannheim in Germany on consumer internet business, marketing strategy and platform disruptions.


PANEL DISCUSSION // LAW AND TECHNOLOGY

PAUL MARTINO / BULLPEN CAPITAL / GENERAL PARTNER

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Paul is the founder of four companies including Ahpah Software (a computer security firm acquired by InterTrust); Tribe (one of the world’s first social networks), and Aggregate Knowledge (a big data advertising attribution company acquired in 2014 by Neustar). Paul’s early online gaming innovations in multi-player user experience from almost 20 years ago are the inspiration for several of the modern social gaming offerings. He is the holder of over a dozen core patents covering social networking and big data. Prior to forming Bullpen, he was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, and uDemy. Paul founded Bullpen in 2010 and has led several of its key investments including FanDuel, Namely, Ipsy, SpotHero, Classy, and Airmap. Paul holds a BS in Mathematics from Lehigh University and a Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University.

REBECCA LEVENTHAL / HIGHER GROUND LABS / SENIOR ADVISOR

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Rebecca focuses on mobilizing capital to drive social progress. She is a Senior Advisor to Higher Ground Labs, a progressive political technology incubator; Higher Ground invests in and advises companies that help political candidates win electoral and policy victories. Rebecca was on the founding team of Social Finance, Inc., an impact investing firm that uses outcomes-based financing to fund solutions to complex social challenges. She is in the early stages of building a new civic technology platform.  Rebecca lives in Boston and is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

 

JESSICA FJELD / HARVARD LAW SCHOOL / LECTURER

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Jessica Fjeld is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and the Assistant Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her legal practice touches on diverse areas including intellectual property, media and entertainment, and free expression. She is a member of the Board of the Global Network Initiative. Before coming to Harvard, Jessica worked in Business & Legal Affairs for WGBH Educational Foundation and as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School,; an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts; and a BA from Columbia University.


FIRESIDE CHAT // TECH AND PUBLIC PROBLEM SOLVING

ANNIE RITTGERS / 17A / FOUNDER

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Annie Rittgers runs 17a, a boutique consulting firm focused on improving public service delivery. 17a has expertise in out-of-the-box solution design in public problem areas - including launching a fund focused on early-stage investment in tech that has the potential to improve addiction services...quickly. Prior to 17a, Annie worked at McKinsey & Company. She holds a JD/MBA from Harvard and a BA from Dartmouth college - and most importantly, is an alum of Section C!


PANEL DISCUSSION // MACHINE LEARNING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

DR JENNIFER KLOKE / AYASDI / VP PRODUCT INNOVATION

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Dr. Jennifer Kloke is the VP of Product Innovation at Ayasdi. For the last three years, she has been responsible for the automation and algorithm development for the entire Ayasdi codebase and led many efforts to development cutting edge analysis techniques utilizing TDA and AI. Jennifer also served five years as a Senior Data Scientist analyzing a wide variety of data including point cloud, text, and networks from diverse industries including large military contractors, finance, bio-tech, and electronics manufacturing. Her work includes developing prediction algorithms for reducing the number of false alarms for a large military jet manufacturer as well as developing and deploying a predictive program management application at a large government contractor. Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford University with an emphasis on topological data analysis.

 

 BRANDON TSENG / SHIELD AI / COO & COFOUNDER

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Brandon proudly served in the US Navy for seven years prior to Shield AI. He served as a Navy SEAL with two deployments to Afghanistan and one to the Pacific Theater. In that role he did lots of great stuff, but will not write about it. Previously, he was the assistant chief engineer aboard the USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and deployed to the Persian Gulf. He earned his mechanical engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

MEGH GUPTA / ELEMENTAI / DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

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In his role as Director of Corporate Development at Element AI, Megh Gupta is responsible for developing the go-to-market strategy of the company along with leading its partnership and investment initiatives. Prior to joining Element AI, Megh spent four years as a venture capitalist at OMERS Ventures, Canada’s largest venture capital fund. During his tenure, he focused on developing an investment thesis around commercializing applications of AI, leading three early-stage investments, and helping to actively manage the fund’s portfolio companies. Previously, Megh spent three years in the Strategy and New Ventures team at Torstar Digital, helping to develop, launch and lead online businesses in the personal finance and mobile retail shopping sectors. He also helped manage the company’s corporate venturing initiatives and strategic planning activities. Prior to Torstar Digital, Megh worked in private equity, management consulting, and briefly dabbled in entrepreneurship in India. Megh graduated summa cum laude with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and also received an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He holds a CPA accounting designation.

 

AJAY KAMAT / PEARVC / PARTNER

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Ajay is a partner at Pear and has a strong background in consumer mobile growth and strategy. He previously founded, ran and sold the Pear funded startup Wedding Party. He is passionate about building great products and product teams and has led teams that built products which scaled to millions of users.

 

PROFESSOR BAVITZ / HLS / MODERATOR

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Christopher T. Bavitz is the Wilmer Hale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is also Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Chris's research and related work at the Berkman Klein Center addresses intermediary liability and online content takedown regimes as well as regulatory, ethical, and governance issues associated with algorithms, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.


PANEL DISCUSSION // IS TECH EATING REAL ESTATE? THE FUTURE OF PROPTECH

ANGELIA MULLER / CARBYN / PARTNER

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Angelia co-founded Carbyn, an innovation product studio based in NYC with a focus on technology's augmentation of human behavior, the future of work and living. Angelia previously built accelerators and venture funds in NY, SF, and HK.

 

RADHIKA CHOPRA / CONVENE / CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

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Radhika works with Convene’s management team to drive all strategic and corporate development projects. She helps execute on strategic partnerships and M&A activity, among other initiatives. Convene partners with Class A landlords to create the best places to meet and work, humanizing the built world. Radhika holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

RODRIGO NIÑO / THE PRODIGY NETWORK / FOUNDER

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Rodrigo Niño is the founder of Prodigy Network and The Assemblage one of the largest crowdfunded real estate projects. He is revolutionizing ownership across industries, enabling individuals from around the world to invest in specific developments that were once solely accessible to the very wealthy.

 

LEILA COLLINS / METAPROP / SENIOR ASSOCIATE

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MetaProp NYC is a PropTech venture capital fund, accelerator and advisory business. Leila leads leads all of the accelerator activities, investments and supports MetaProp Venture. Leila received a BA from Johns Hopkins University where she double-majored in Anthropology and Political Science.

 

CHRIS LOONEY / MACQUARIE GROUP / MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Chris is a managing director at Macquarie focusing on commodities trading and technology innovation. Previously, Chris was in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs.


PANEL DISCUSSION // BLOCKCHAIN

DENNIS GRISHIN / NEBULA GENOMICS / CO-FOUNDER

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Dennis is the Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Nebula Genomics. In addition, Dennis is the Boehringer Ingelheim Ph.D. Fellow in Genetics and Genomics at Harvard University. He has previously been a research associate at the Harvard Medical School, at RIKEN, and at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, where he has collaborated in various microbiology studies. He is a recipient of the German National Academic Foundation Fellowship. Dennis holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Harvard Univesity, as well as Bachelor's Degrees in Molecular Medicine and Microsystems Engineering from the University of Freiburg.

 

JINAL SURTI / RIPPLE / DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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Jinal joined Ripple almost three years ago and built the go-to-market strategy for Ripple's enterprise solution for banks. His previous experience includes managing pricing at a SaaS company and Management Consulting.

 

DENNIS PORTO / ANGEL INVESTOR

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Dennis Porto first invested in bitcoin in 2013 and has since been an angel investor for blockchain and tech startups. A Harvard graduate, Dennis is writing a Harvard Business School case for use in the MBA curriculum on the medical record applications of blockchain. He is a physician by training and continues to practice skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatology. He completed medical school with the highest academic percentile in his class and has published dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters. He was the Lewis W Hackett award recipient at Harvard where he also collaborated with Deloitte to identify blockchain use cases within healthcare. He has been featured in the popular press including the USA Today, Business Insider, and the Daily Mail.


PANEL DISCUSSION // CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL

DEBORAH ZAJAC / TOUCHDOWN VENTURES / DIRECTOR

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Deborah is a director at Touchdown Ventures, where she leads corporate venture capital funds for Fortune 500 companies. Touchdown Ventures has started, invested, and operated the most corporate venture capital funds to date, including those of Kellogg’s, 20th Century Fox Film Studios, Aramark, Allegion, and TEGNA. Prior to Touchdown, Deborah spent a decade at GE Ventures and Corporate investing in and building “what’s next” across stage, sector, and geo, and launched startups from GE and Columbia University’s research labs. Deborah’s first experience with startups was at Celarix.com. She began her career in management consulting at Andersen and ran businesses inside of GE. Deborah earned her Master of Business Administration from NYU Stern School of Business and both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University on full scholarship, where she has served two terms as Trustee.

 

LEO DE LUNA / M12 VENTURES / MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Leo leads M12 (Microsoft’s Venture Fund) in the Bay Area and New York. He has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, investment banking, and business development. Previously, Leo was a principal at Split Rock Partners focused on investing in entrepreneurs building leading software and cloud-based service companies. He’s also held positions with Saints Capital, AMD, St. Paul Venture Capital, and Lehman Brothers, and he served as a lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces. Leo holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

GREGG ADKIN / DELL TECHNOLOGIES CAPITAL / MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Gregg Adkin is Managing Director of Dell Technologies Capital, where he leads strategic investments for the Client Solutions Group and the Infrastructure Solutions Group. Gregg’s responsibilities include sourcing, leading and managing investments in Storage, Servers, Networking, Converged Infrastructure, Data Protection, Next Generation Memory Technologies, Data Fabric, FPGA Acceleration, IoT, and AR/VR. Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Gregg led Business Development for EMC’s Storage Division, where he was responsible for Strategy, M&A and Partnerships. He has extensive experience in venture capital, business development, M&A and operations. Gregg joined EMC in 2010 from Valley Ventures, where he was a General Partner responsible for managing IT investments. Prior to Valley Ventures, Gregg held multiple executive leadership roles at Intel in sales, marketing and Intel Capital. Gregg holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and is based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

 

LISA MARRONE / PRINCIPAL / AUGUST CAPITAL

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Lisa is a Principal at August Capital. Prior to joining August Capital, Lisa worked short stints at the White House for President Obama’s National Economic Council, and as director of strategic marketing for Lyndra, a biotechnology company in Massachusetts. Earlier in her career, she spent three years at Bain & Company in New York City. Lisa earned a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and a BA in Biology and Economics from Yale. She is a proud alumna of TJHSST and the Research Science Institute at MIT.


PANEL DISCUSSION // HUMAN AUGMENTATION

CHRISTOPHER BADAOUI / CARBYN / PARTNER

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Chris Badaoui is a Partner at Carbyn, an innovation platform for human augmentation, the future of work, and living. Previously, Chris sourced leading tech companies from across the globe for investments from some of the world's largest accelerators and venture funds.

 

RODRIGO NIÑO / THE PRODIGY NETWORK / FOUNDER

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Rodrigo Niño is the founder of Prodigy Network, Assemblage and Fundamental, a global crowdfunding project for Alternative Mental Health Therapies & Psychedelic Research. He is working to bring about a collective conscious evolution for personal & professional transformation.

 

GERI KIRILOVA / LACONA CAPITAL GROUP / INVESTOR

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Geri is an investor at Laconia Capital where she leads early stage B2B software investments that modernize legacy industries and free up time for work that matters. Previously, Geri worked with startups internationally at Techstars (NYC), Credo Ventures (Prague), and LAUNCHub (Sofia).

 

FREDO DARLING / APREX BIOTECH / FOUNDER & CMO

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Fredo is the co-founder of ApreX BioTech. The Boston-based Biotech company uses origami to create artificially enhanced organ tissues for drug development and transplantation. In his spare time, he hosts a STEM history podcast and mentors young artists and entrepreneurs.

 

CURTIS O’DELL / EMBER / CO-FOUNDER

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Ember co-founder, Curtis O’Dell, is best known for creative ideas and integrating technologies for the betterment of human interaction. Ember is focused on connecting people with places for unusual curated experiences. Curtis has worked in hospitality, fitness, and co-working spaces allowing for a deep understanding of what makes an experience memorable. 


PANEL DISCUSSION // MOONSHOTS

JJ RAYNOR / HEAD OF STRATEGIC FINANCE / BOOM

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JJ is Head of Strategic Finance at Boom, the Denver-based startup building supersonic passenger airliners. Before joining Boom, J.J. served as a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council, where she led work on the Obama Administration’s innovation and manufacturing portfolios. Prior to the White House, J.J. worked at McKinsey and Co. advising private- and public-sector clients on disruptive technologies, innovation, and growth. J.J. is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Malaysia, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

DAN NEVIUS / CO-FOUNDER & COO / ANALYTICAL SPACE

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Dan Nevius is a Co-Founder and COO of Analytical Space, a Boston-based startup building a network of small satellites that use optical communication to provide a data relay service for remote sensing satellites. Before starting Analytical Space, Dan was the Director of Special Projects at Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, where he worked on business development and strategy for the CERES constellation, a network of hyperspectral remote sensing satellites, and the company’s long term vision of asteroid prospecting. Dan also briefly worked at BCG in the London Office and interned at the Space and Science Branch of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

 

Dan graduated from HBS in 2017 and earned his MSc in Space Science and Engineering from UCL in London, an MPhil in Engineering from the University of Cambridge where he researched methods for 3D printing large structures on the moon using local materials, and a BS in Engineering and Astrophysics from Harvard University.


PANEL DISCUSSION // YOUNG FOUNDERS

MATT POLEGA / MARK43 / CO-FOUNDER

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Matt Polega is the Co-Founder and VP of Operations at Mark43, where he currently works to scale internal processes and teams alongside explosive client growth. Matt developed the earliest iteration of Mark43 RMS, and remains deeply connected to the mission and what it takes to build effective public safety technology. In 2015, Matt was named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 for Enterprise Technology. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Computer Science from Harvard University, where he was also captain of the Division I Track and Field team.

 

KABEER CHOPRA / BURROW / COFOUNDER

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Kabeer is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Burrow, a direct-to-consumer company that designs and manufactures uncompromising furniture and other nice things for modern life at home. Burrow was a part of Y Combinator's Summer 2016 class and raised a $14 million series-A round in March 2018. Kabeer is passionate about the intersection of retail and technology and sets the vision for the brand and product at Burrow. Previously, he co-founded an in-store mobile experience platform and has also launched e-commerce and mobile applications for several start-ups. Previously, he had managed global retail analytics for Michael Kors and played a pivotal role in their digital innovation team. Kabeer received a B.Eng from McGill University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

KYLE LUI / DCM / PRINCIPLE

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Kyle is an entrepreneur and product guy. As a Principal at DCM, Kyle helps entrepreneurs scale their companies and focuses on consumer internet and enterprise software. Kyle’s investments include Lime, Eaze, Shift, Tapingo, Wrike, and TravelBank. Kyle also serves as a board member for BitTorrent (acquired by Tron) and SavingStar (acquired by Quotient), and is actively involved with SoFi, SigFig, and Matterport. Prior to DCM, Kyle was the co-founder and CEO of ChoicePass, an enterprise perks and rewards SaaS company backed by prominent angel investors, and acquired by Salesforce.com and Rypple. At Salesforce, Kyle served as Director of Product Management on the founding product team for Work.com. Kyle has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of CA, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

 

LARISSA MARANHAO ROCHA / BREX / CO-FOUNDER & CEO

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Larissa Maranhao was the first employee at Brex — the first of its kind credit card for startups. She was deeply involved in the early iterations of the company, working on everything from recruiting an international workforce to developing sales strategies, helping customers along their journey to financial modeling. She attended Harvard, where she studied economics under the leadership of her thesis advisor and mentor to Sheryl Sandberg, Larry Summers. The daughter of a sugar mill supervisor, Larissa is the first person in her state to attend the university. At Harvard, she served as President of Eliot House and President of The Brazil Conference - where she interviewed and engaged with countless world leaders - including Warren Buffett.

 

STEVE LE ROUX / FOUNDER / ENVEL.AI

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Steve Le Roux, founder and CEO of Envel, a revolutionary new AI driven digital retail bank that works autonomously using true AI to control the management of peoples money in real-time with zero effort on their part.

Whilst studying towards a Masters in Finance at Harvard University, Steve invented a new way of banking based on the intersection of ethics and Artificial Intelligence to fully address behavioural economic challenges. Steve also recently graduated from Oxford Saïd Business School’s renowned Fintech Programme.

Steve is a Visionary, Innovator and FinTech/Tech Entrepreneur with 2 exits and has been successful leading game changing innovation within Government, Financial Services, NGOs and FTSE 100 companies.


FIRESIDE CHAT // SPATIAL COMPUTING AND MAGIC LEAP

RACHNA BHASIN / MAGIC LEAP / CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER

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Rachna is responsible for strategic business and corporate development at Magic Leap. She most recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at SiriusXM Radio, where she led teams focused on identifying, developing and executing new business initiatives, as well as the company’s business plans. She has also served as General Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Personalization with Dell, Inc. and as Vice President of Business Development at EMI Music, North America. Rachna is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where she received a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration with Honors. She also received a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Rachna serves on the board of Ryman Hospitality Properties and the Strategic Advisory Council for MOUSE.

 

KATHY WANG / MAGIC LEAP / DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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Kathy is the Director of Product Strategy & Business Development at Magic Leap, where she helps lead strategic and content partnerships, company and product-level strategy, and M&A, among other initiatives. Prior to Magic Leap, Kathy worked briefly as a Sr. Product Manager at Amazon Video in Seattle and helped with the division's launch in India. Before that, she was an investor at Andreessen Horowitz based in the Bay Area and focused on consumer internet startups, including digital marketplaces and ed-tech companies. Kathy started her career in tech and media investment banking at Allen & Company in New York, where she advised various internet companies including Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Yelp. Kathy holds a B.S. in Finance and Political Science from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. When she's not thinking about the future of mixed reality, Kathy likes to get outside and enjoys alpine hiking and skiing, getting lost in museums and all things food-related.