The Future of Retail Speakers
Chieh Huang is Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed, a company that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Founded by Huang and three others in 2013, Forbes Magazine recently named Boxed one of the next "billion dollar startups." The company currently delivers anywhere in the Continental US, offers free two-day shipping on most orders, has raised over $150 million in funding, and is known for its creative employee perks. In 2015, Huang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, announced he would be personally paying for the college tuition of all of his employees' children. Prior to founding Boxed, Huang served as the CEO of Astro Ape, which was subsequently acquired by Zynga. Huang's personal honors include being named to Goldman Sachs' list of 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs (2016), to National Retail Federation's list of People Shaping Retails Future (2017), and as one of Crain's 40 Under 40 (2017). Huang is a 2003 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and received his JD from Fordham University in 2007.
Pano Anthos (Moderator)
Title: Founder/Managing Director
Company: XRC Labs
Pano leads XRC Labs as its Founder and Managing Director. Having founded 4 startups around key platform shifts, he saw the seismic shift coming to retail and with the right vision and timing recruited Parsons School of Design and Kurt Salmon to be founding sponsors. Now with 18 accelerated startups, 10 active world-class retail sponsors, 60+ business mentors, Pano has built a world-class ecosystem for retail and consumer goods innovation at XRC Labs. He speaks regularly at NRF national and regional meetings, Shoptalk and RILA executive conferences. He leverages a deep startup network in Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston to fuse leading technology, E-commerce, and user experience innovations to existing customer-oriented businesses.
Title: Managing Partner / Co-Founder
Company: Fifth Wall Ventures
Brendan Wallace is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall. Brendan was Co-founder & CEO of Identified, a data & analytics company focused on workforce optimization that raised $33 million of venture capital and was acquired by Workday (WDAY) in 2014. Brendan co-founded Cabify, the largest ridesharing service in Latin America. Brendan has been an active angel investor and manages one of the largest syndicates on AngelList, having led over 60 angel investments including Bonobos, Dollar Shave Club, Earnest, Philz Coffee and Zenefits. Brendan started his career at Goldman Sachs in investment banking in the real estate, hospitality, and gaming group where he worked on $22 billion in M&A Advisory work. Brendan also worked at Goldman Sachs’ CMBS and structured finance group where he worked on over $10 billion in commercial real estate debt originations and securitizations. He then worked at The Blackstone Group in real estate private equity where he worked on the $26 billion acquisition of Hilton Hotels and the $39 billion buyout of Equity Office Properties, the 3rd largest leveraged buyout in history. Brendan is from New York, NY, and graduated from Princeton University where he received his BA in political science and economics. Brendan received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Title: CEO / Co-Founder
Nick Rellas is the co-founder and CEO of Drizly, Inc., the largest online marketplace for alcohol in the United States.
Since its inception in 2012, Drizly has raised $37 million in funding, expanded from one to 40 major metropolitan markets, grown from three to 68 full-time employees, and facilitated over a million orders across the country. Rellas was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and the Boston Globe’s “25 Under 25” lists for changing the way consumers purchase alcohol.
Before Drizly, Nick Rellas was a Boston College student working for New England Coffee Co, one of the largest coffee manufacturers in the country. During his tenure there, Rellas focused on strategy, plant efficiency, and SKU profitability while reporting directly to the COO. It was during this time that Rellas noticed the lack of technology surrounding a regulated industry and asked himself: "Why do regulated industries and technology not mix well?” That question, combined with his newfound love for Uber in 2011, lead him to look at how mobile could transform other regulated industries, most notably alcohol. The rest, as they say, is history.
Rellas got an early start on his professional career, securing work as commercial photographer throughout the eastern seaboard while still in high school. After studying Advertising Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology for two years, Rellas transferred to Boston College, double majoring in Finance and Corporate Reporting & Analysis. The switch in career paths was facilitated by close to 10 years of financial derivative trading and a passion for financial markets.
Title: CEO / Founder
Susan Tynan is the founder and CEO of Framebridge, the simple way to custom frame everything you love. Susan founded Framebridge in 2014 when she realized she avoided buying art – even travel souvenirs – because she couldn’t find a way to affordably or easily frame it. Now, Framebridge, based in Washington DC, operates two manufacturing facilities in Maryland and Kentucky, employees 150 people, and has framed hundreds of thousands of art and photos. Prior to founding Framebridge, Susan held senior product, ops, and business development roles in several consumer technology startups. At LivingSocial, Susan launched and managed three business lines, including the home services business. Other startup experience includes Taxi Magic/Curb and Revolution Health. Susan worked for the Obama White House as a management advisor on technology and customer service issues. She began her career at Accenture. Susan earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia.