TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
PANEL DISCUSSION // CRYPTOCURRENCY
RICHARD DULUDE / UNDERSCORE VC / COFOUNDER
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.
JINAL SURTI / RIPPLE / DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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.
PANEL DISCUSSION // FINTECH
JON SCHLOSSBERG / EVEN RESPONSIBLE FINANCE / FOUNDER & CEO
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."
DAVID JEGEN / F-PRIME / PARTNER
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
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 // VC
ANSAF KAREEM / LIGHTSPEED / PARTNER
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
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
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 where he received a BSE in Computer Science Engineering. He serves on the Board of Part Of The Solution in The Bronx, loves tennis, and plays drums. In 2017 and 2018, David was named one of the Top 100 Venture Capitalists by CB Insights.
PANEL DISCUSSION // LAW AND TECHNOLOGY
PAUL MARTINO / BULLPEN CAPITAL / GENERAL PARTNER
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.
MATT MCKENNA / GREENBRIER / COFOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
For over 7 years, Matt McKenna served as spokesperson and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Family, and the Clinton Foundation. He also ran Communications for Uber North America and has advised diverse corporate and philanthropic organizations such as The Carlyle Group, lululemon athletica, WilliamsWorks, and the NFL on a range of issues including, executive communications, crisis management, acquisitions, lawsuits, and the hiring and firing of CEOs. Matt has also worked in various capacities on campaigns and for public leaders such as US Senator Jon Testor, Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana, Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Gov. Tony Knowles of Alaska. A native of Bozeman, Montana, Matt is an avid mountain and road cyclist. He currently lives between Montana and San Francisco with his dog, Pablo.
PANEL DISCUSSION // MACHINE LEARNING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
DR JENNIFER KLOKE / AYASDI / VP PRODUCT INNOVATION
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.
MAR HERSHENSON / PEARVC / MANAGING PARTNER
Mar Hershenson is passionate about soccer but mostly about FC Barcelona. More than 20 years after immigrating to the U.S. from Spain, she enjoys few things more than watching Blaugrana prevail in a close match with Real Madrid. As a co-founder and managing partner at Pear Ventures, she brings operational and technical expertise to the investment team. After earning a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1999, she had developed a ground-breaking technique for optimizing the design of analog semiconductors.
BRANDON TSENG / SHIELD AI / COO & COFOUNDER
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.
PROFESSOR BAVITZ / HLS / MODERATOR
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 // CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL
LEO DE LUNA / M12 VENTURES / MANAGING DIRECTOR
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
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.
VIN TANG / SAMSUNG NEXT Q / COFOUNDER
Vin Tang is the cofounder of Samsung Next Q, a venture fund focused on AI startups. Previously, he was with Clarapath/New York Genome Center, after earning his degree from Carnegie Mellon. He has been an invited guest speaker on AI at institutions such as Columbia, Stanford, and Northwestern University. In his spare time, he mentors at Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), NYU's AI NexusLab, 37 Angels, and TechStars. He and his wife Michelle, along with their two turtlebots, live in Brooklyn NY.
PANEL DISCUSSION // YOUNG FOUNDERS
SCOTT CROUCH / MARK43 / COFOUNDER
Scott Crouch is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mark43. In 2012, Scott and his co-founders, then college juniors, were tasked with building a network analysis tool for local law enforcement. Having experienced the outdated technology officers and detectives relied on first hand, they decided to create Mark43 — a cutting-edge, cloud-based platform for public safety data management. Now working with dozens of agencies, Scott and the team have since delivered efficiency gains of up to 80% for police report writing times, and are now focused on dispatch and evidence systems. Scott has been included in Forbes 30 Under 30 2015, Inc Magazine’s 35 Under 35, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, and one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs for three consecutive years. He graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
KABEER CHOPRA / BURROW / COFOUNDER
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.