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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam leads product management and development for the Wayfair Homepage, Media Advertising Solutions, Global Site Navigation, and Shop The Look. Prior to joining Wayfair in November 2015, Adam spent 8+ years at Yahoo Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA, most recently leading product development for the Yahoo Homepage. Adam graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, NY, and currently lives with his wife and daughter in Wellesley, MA.
Rachael Vegas is the Chief Merchant at Brandless, a new online store that makes better stuff at fairer prices available to everyone. She leads the merchandising team in creating and curating an amazing assortment of products across food, health and wellness, beauty and home goods. Prior to joining Brandless, Rachael spent over a decade at Target in a variety of buying, sourcing and merchandising roles. She was most recently the Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Center Store Grocery, and previously held leadership roles in Household Cleaning, School & Office, The One Spot, Snacks & Beverages, Toys & Sporting Goods, and Apparel & Accessories. Rachael began her career at Hannaford Supermarkets, where she served as an Assistant Store Manager before becoming the youngest Store Manager in Hannaford’s 100+ year history. She then joined Hannaford’s parent company, Delhaize, as a category manager in beauty. Rachael holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University and an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She lives in St. Louis Park, Minn., with her husband and two daughters.