Andy Ellis   Akamai  Chief Security Officer

Andy Ellis

Chief Security Officer

Andy Ellis is Akamai’s Chief Security Officer, and his mission is “making the Internet suck less.” Governing cybersecurity, compliance, and safety for Akamai’s planetary-scale cloud platform since 2000, he has also designed and brought to market Akamai’s TLS acceleration network, its DDoS defense offerings, and several of the core technologies behind its security solutions. Andy has also guided Akamai’s IT transformation from a flat password-based network to a distributed, zero-trust enterprise based on strong authentication.

Andy is a graduate of MIT with a degree in computer science, and has served as an officer in the United States Air Force with the 609th Information Warfare Squadron and the Electronic Systems Center. Also active in Internet policy and governance circles, Andy has supported past and present Akamai CEOs in roles on the NIAC and NSTAC, as well as serving on the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council. He is an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, and a guest lecturer in executive education at MIT and the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a frequent speaker on topics of Internet security, anthropocentric risk management, and security governance; and occasionally blogs at

He can be found on Twitter as @csoandy, where he discusses security, wine, American football, and hairstyling. Andy is also an Advisor to YL Ventures’ YLV3 Fund, Uptycs, and Vulcan Cyber. Andy has received The Spirit of Disneyland Award, The Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence (as The Arlington Inn), the US Air Force Commendation Medal, and the CSO Compass Award.


Kim Scott   Author, Radical Candor

Kim Scott

Author, Radical Candor

Kim Scott is the author of the NYT & WSJ bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity and the co-founder of Radical Candor LLC. Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google and then joined Apple to develop and teach a leadership seminar. Kim has been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other tech companies. Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, a collaboration start-up, and led business development at Delta Three and Capital Thinking. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior policy advisor at the FCC, managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo, started a diamond cutting factory in Moscow, and was an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund. Kim received her MBA from Harvard Business School (Section I:) and her BA from Princeton University. She is the author of three novels; she and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Additional information is available at Follow her on Twitter @kimballscott



Ethan Bernstein   Harvard Business School  Professor, Organizational Behavior

Ethan Bernstein

Harvard Business School
Professor, Organizational Behavior

Ethan Bernstein (@ethanbernstein) is the Edward W. Conard Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School. He teaches the second-year MBA course in Managing Human Capital, the HBX Live course on Developing Yourself as a Leader, and various executive education programs. He previously taught the first-year MBA course in Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD), an MBA immersive field course in Tokyo on Innovation and Leadership through the Fusion of Digital and Analog, and a PhD course on the craft of field research.

In an era when the nature of work is changing, Professor Bernstein studies the impact of workplace transparency—the observability of employee activities, routines, behaviors, output, and/or performance—on productivity, with implications for leadership, collaboration, organization design, and new forms of organizing.


Latoya Peterson  Owner / Editor

Latoya Peterson
Owner / Editor

Latoya Peterson lives at the intersection of emerging technology and culture. Named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 rising stars in media, she is best known for the award winning blog – the intersection of race and pop culture.

Currently, she is working on projects involving virtual/augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. In 2018, she is launching a collaborative art project that explores the future of artificial intelligence and predictive policing through a hip-hop lens.

She is currently on the advisory board of the Data & Society Institute and the board of visitors for The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships. She is a US-Japan Leadership Foundation Delegate for 2018 (Seattle) and 2019 (Tokyo). She was a John S. Knight Journalism 2012-2013 Fellow at Stanford University focusing on mobile technology and digital access. She served as a Harvard Berkman Center Affiliate, a Poynter Institute Sensemaking Fellow, and one of the inaugural Public Media Corps fellows. She is also part of the selection committee for the Museum of Play’s World Video Game Hall of Fame.


David Fialkow   General Catalyst  Co-Founder, MD

David Fialkow

General Catalyst
Co-Founder, MD

David Fialkow is a co-founder and managing director of General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in Boston, New York and Silicon Valley and approximately $3.75 billion in total capital raised.

David's focus areas include travel, financial services and e-commerce, as well as leading General Catalyst’s XIR program. His portfolio of investments includes: Catalant; CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic); Datalogix (acquired by Oracle); Datto (acquired by Vista Equity Partners in December 2017); Highwinds; Index; Outdoor Voices; TrueMotion; and Vitrue (acquired by Oracle). Before going into business,

David studied film at Colgate University, earned a law degree from Boston College and made documentary films. Over the last few years, he has raised millions in dollars in philanthropy to support kids’ programs by biking, running, climbing and rowing. He and his wife, Nina, still make documentaries focused on healthcare and social justice (three premiered at Sundance in 2017; one of the three, Academy Award winning Icarus, sold at Sundance in 2017 in one of the largest deals for non-fiction films in Sundance’s history).

His non-profit boards include Facing History and Ourselves, as well as serving as chairman of the board of The Pan-Mass Challenge. David also is on the board of The Boston BeerCompany (Sam Adams) and is chair of the Investment Advisory Committee of The Engine.

Select Current Investments Catalant, Elysium, Index, Outdoor Voices, PathAI, and TrueMotion

Alumni Investments BBN Technologies (acquired by Raytheon), CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic), Datalogix (acquired by Oracle), Datto (acquired by Vista Equity Partners in December 2017), Highwinds (acquired by StackPath in July 2017), Rue La La (acquired by GSI Commerce), Vitrue (acquired by Oracle)



Brian Halligan   Hubspot  Co-Founder & CEO

Brian Halligan

Co-Founder & CEO

Brian Halligan is co-founder and CEO of HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot, Brian was a Venture Partner at Longworth Ventures and VP of Sales at Groove Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft. Previously, Brian was a Senior VP of Sales at PTC.

He has co-authored two books, "Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs" with Dharmesh Shah, and "Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead" with David Meerman Scott and Bill Walton. Recently, he's been writing about how to turn your startup into a scale-up.

He was named a Top-Rated CEO by Glassdoor in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Brian was also listed by Comparably as one of the Top 5 Best CEOs for Women and for Diversity in 2018. He was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of the Year in 2011 and an Inc. Founders 40 in 2016.

Brian is a senior lecturer at MIT's Sloan School Of Management where he teaches Course 15.392 called "Scaling Entrepreneurial Ventures."

In 2017, Brian donated $1.6 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center for Jerry Garcia's guitar to support two things he cares deeply about: social justice and music. Around his hometown of Boston, his favorite charity is Camp Harbor View, serving over 1,000 youths from Boston's at-risk neighborhoods through summer camp on Boston Harbor.

He has a BSEE from the University Of Vermont and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School Of Management.

In his spare time, he practices his guitar, plays tennis, and follows the Red Sox.