Mentors

Dennis Wong
Managing Partner, DNA Foundation
Chris Yeh
General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures
Jeff Abbott
General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures
Scott Johnson
Managing Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures
Katherine Glassey
General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures
Andy Tang
Investment Partner, Draper Dragon Fund
Alan Lobock
Co-Founder, SkyMall
Tim Taylor
Strategic Business Development, Wine.com
Ben Casnocha
Entrepreneur, Investor, Author
Rich Hua
Evangelist, Innovator, Engineer, Leader
Ramit Sethi
Founder, IWT
Frans Johanssen
CEO, The Medici Group
Rodrigo de Alvarenga
Scaling Partner, Global Scaling Academy
Tim Villanueva
Tech Executive
Eric Marcoullier
Experienced Startup Product Executive
Barry James Folsom
Strategic Marketing and Operational Executive
Sally Thornton
Founder & CEO, Forshay & WorkLabAccelerator
Rob Castaneda
Founder/CEO, ServiceRocket
David Feinleib
Founder & CEO, Content Analytics
Stephane Panier
Founder & CEO, BetterManager
David Sturtz
CMO, Dealer-FX Group
Nate Gilmore
Coaching & Investment
Kashi Tahir
Entrepreneur, Product Strategist
Noah Barasso
Real Estate Advisor for Entrepreneurs
Micah Baldwin
Founder, Graphicly
Larry Kane
Partner, Orrick's Emerging Company
Scott Kraft
CEO, Gadfly
Stephen D. Torres
Lecturer, UC Berkeley
Gigi Wang
Program Chair, UC Berkeley, SCET
Gregor Berkowitz
Co-Founder and President, MOTO
Jason Johnson
CEO, August Smart Home
Ben Werdmuller
Director of Investments, Matter.
Mike Kyriacou
CEO, Strattica Labs
Mehul Agarwal
Director, WinWire Technologies
Jon Vlassopulos
Founder & CEO, Tribalist
Amal Dokhan
Director, Babson Global Center
Mesut Celebi
Co-Founder, Startupbootcamp NY
Duygu Öktem Clark
Business Development Leader, EIF
Selcuk Atli
CEO, Gameroom
Baris Karadogan
CEO, Endless Solutions
Victor Tan
Director, SGInnovate
Jeff Colvin
Executive Consultant
Brian Vowinkel
Chief Revenue Officer, VRstudios
Gregory Pal
Chief Business Officer, Automat
Lorenzo Franchini
Founding Partner, ScaleIT Capital
Karae Lisle
CEO, My Digital TAT2
Erik Larson
CEO, Cloverpop

Managing Partner, DNA Foundation

Dennis Wong

Dennis Wong is a currently an investor, advisor and mentor with various tech startups focusing on the Fintech, eCommerce and Cloud Computing verticals.  He is a 25-year internet technology and business veteran who has held executive roles at Alibaba, eBay, PayPal, Yahoo!, HP and various tech startups.  Dennis possesses in-depth operational knowledge and experience across functions like Engineering/Operations/Program Management and Business Development.  He ran large-scale technology programs that had direct significant impact on companies’ top and bottom lines.

  • At Alibaba, he was a founding member of Aliyun, Alibaba Cloud Computing, heading product strategy. He served as Chief Liaison in maintaining the strategic relationship with Yahoo!, and concurrently served as International BD Director managing key relations with strategic partners like Softbank.
  • At Yahoo!, Dennis headed the technology partnership program with Alibaba Group, managing resources across multiple business units and developing core products for Alibaba’s business.
  • At PayPal, Dennis was Head of Global API program that managed product development, budgeting, planning, and rollout of core Developer API’s that were responsible for more than $100B of TPV for the company. Prior, he was Lead SDLC architect and helped revamp PayPal’s enterprise development process.
  • At eBay, He also led the technology integration of acquisition of various companies like PayPal, Verisign Payments, Braintree and Eachnet.
  • At Loudcloud, he managed the Business Process Management group that accelerated the hyper growth of Loudcloud from 50 employees and no revenue, to IPO with 800 employees in less than 3 years.

Dennis holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures

Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh is a co-founder of Global Scaling Academy and General Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures.

Along with Reid Hoffman, Chris is the co-author of Blitzscaling, originally taught at Stanford University. He an entrepreneur who has founded, invested in or advised more than 200 technology-based startups.

Chris was the first CEO of Ustream, sold to IBM in 2016, the VP of Marketing at PB Works, Product Manager at DE Shaw and Co LP, CMO at TargetFirst Corporation, Director of Marketing at Symphoniq. He is partner at Allied Talent, an organizational consulting firm focused on advising fast-growing companies. He is also board member at Silicon Valley Forum, Silicon Guild and Women’s Startup Lab, and a General Partner at Wasabi Ventures. Along with Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, he is the author of NYT bestseller “The Alliance” and with Reid Hoffman of “Blitzscaling,” to be published in October 2018.

He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures

Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott is co-founder and Managing Partner of Global Scaling Academy and General Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures.

Jeff is an experienced international marketer, general manager and strategy and innovation executive who was Founding Director of E-Commerce at GE Appliances, where he built and scaled Latin America’s largest online appliance store, Tienda Mabe, to over $20M in sales in its first year.

He founded AIM, a Hubspot partner agency,was Marketing leader for navigation startup Metropia, VP Business Development for fast-scaling healthcare company Passport Health, CEO of Louisville Stoneware and Director of Corporate Strategy at Brown-Forman Corp.

As Director of the Venture Accelerator at Arizona State University, ranked #1 in the US for innovation, he developed the startup curriculum and managed an accelerator with 125+ startups and 600+ mentors. He is also General Partner of Wasabi Ventures Global, Chief Mentor at European Innovation Academy, and co-author of two books.

Jeff holds a BA from University of Illinois and MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has lived and worked in Europe and Latin America.

Managing Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson is a co-founder of Global Scaling Academy and Managing Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures, our investment fund.

Scott is a lifelong Venture Capitalist specializing in information technology with specialties Digital Health, Digital Marketing, and Enterprise SaaS.

He is Managing Director of New Atlantic Ventures, Managing Director of DFJ New England, and investor / advisor to BrandYourself, YieldBot, Truveris, Everyscape Corporation,circulate.com, Pontiflex, Fashion Playtes, Maptuit Corporation, Image Space Media, ContextWeb, EnerNoc, and numerous others.

Scott earned a BS from Cornell University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures

Katherine Glassey

Katherine is a co-founder of Global Scaling Academy and General Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures.

Katherine is a highly accomplished CEO, marketer, entrepreneur and general manager with a strong track record of success in growing revenue and creating liquidity events on behalf of innovative technology companies serving both consumer and business markets.

She was Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Brio Technology and lead that company through a successful IPO, Founder and CEO Aurora SFC Systems, CEO of gForce Software, CEO / Founder – LightScan Technologies: Medical Device Technology Transfer, Vice President Marketing (Software)- Hewlett Packard, COO – Cruzin (Sharing Economy Startup) and has been a Mentor and Advisor for Wasabi Ventures Global, Women’s Start-up Lab, and Detection Group.

Katherine holds a BS from Cornell University.

Investment Partner, Draper Dragon Fund

Andy Tang

Andrew Tang is currently serving a dual role as the CEO of Draper University, and investment partner at Draper Associates and Draper Dragon Fund. Draper Associates is a global early-stage venture fund, while Draper Dragon invests in US companies curious about the China market. He is looking for extraordinary entrepreneurs who want to change the world. He is privileged to be part of the Draper University platform that helps accelerate people along a steeper career trajectory. Draper University provides education, incubation, venture capital investments, fund raising advice and corporate development. Draper University offers a complete ecosystem for entrepreneurs: a residential education program for 18-28 year-old aspiring entrepreneurs; Hero City, a co-working space for top founding teams with business plans; and, Draper Venture Network for early stage venture capital. DU also offers an online program DraperTV, executive education for internal innovation within large corporations, and an invite-only VCx program to educate family offices about venture investing.

Co-Founder, SkyMall

Alan Lobock

Co-founder of SkyMall, Inc., the company whose merchandise catalog is available on most US commercial aircraft

Co-founder of Convrrt, Inc., a SaaS focused on quick and economical landing page creation and optimization to improve conversion of leads into sales

Recognized for advising fast-growing companies wishing to move from crisis management/inefficient management to a management framework and practices that facilitate and scale with growth.

Serving several startups as an Advisory Board member

Named a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru

Strategic Business Development, Wine.com

Tim Taylor

Leading business development at Wine.com, Tim has launched dozens of successful marketing partnerships with Retailers, Wine Regions and brands that value access to the world class assortment of passionate wine drinking consumers that frequent the site. Tim has also developed a successful third party distribution business at Wine.com focused on getting premiere e-tailers, like Omaha Steaks and Hickory Farms, to expand their share of wallet with their current customers.

For over 20 years, Tim Taylor has created compelling communications and executable strategies for entrepreneurial leaders. Tim shifts leaders’ perspectives by asking the right questions to get to the “right question” and turning complex businesses into compelling and understandable content for investor presentations. He is the primary pitch coach for the Band of Angels.

Tim received his MBA from Wharton and has worked for companies including KPMG & Charles Schwab. His main priority is: “I do the right thing. I won’t push something that doesn’t fit, even if it means delaying a transaction or business partnership. I always make sure it’s mutually beneficial when the time is right.”

Entrepreneur, Investor, Author

Ben Casnocha

Ben Casnocha is a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, author, executive, and venture capitalist.

He is co-founder and partner at Village Global, an early stage venture capital firm backed by some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

He is coauthor of the New York Times bestselling management book The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age (with LinkedIn chairman Reid Hoffman and entrepreneur Chris Yeh). He is also coauthor of the New York Times bestselling career strategy book The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career (with Reid Hoffman).

As entrepreneur and executive, he has started and scaled several ventures, including an e-government SaaS company that delivers CRM solutions to hundreds of local governments in America, an online education business, and a top tier boutique management training business.

Recently, he helped conceive, then built up and ran a new organization to amplify and extend Reid Hoffman’s strategic priorities. He worked out of the LinkedIn and Greylock Partners offices for two years. Lessons learned here: http://www.casnocha.com/Reid-Hoffman-lessons

Finally, He regularly deliver keynote speeches on business and globalization. He has spoken in a dozen countries in front of tens of thousands of people. He has appeared on the CBS Early Show, CNN, Charlie Rose, CNBC, and other media outlets.

Evangelist, Innovator, Engineer, Leader

Rich Hua

Proven leader with extensive experience in leading large, complex and globally distributed organizations. Developed and implemented innovative expansion strategies and groundbreaking programs across two continents. Possesses outstanding skill in evangelizing ideas, mentoring empathically, building teams and leading change initiatives, which transformed multiple organizations from bottom tier performers to top tier performers. Globally respected speaker with audiences as large as 10,000.

Consistent track record of exceeding expectations for customer-engaged revenue and achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Spearheaded training programs to evangelize Oracle cloud solutions, both with internal audiences and with external customers. Regularly commended by customers and colleagues for ability to add value through technical knowledge, communication skills and mentoring expertise. Provided emotional intelligence training to 700+ people within the sales organization – from new hires to managers – enabling their professional, personal and interpersonal success.

Highly refined ability to synthesize information and communicate insights and solutions. Utilized this skill to earn a perfect score of 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Earned a Bachelor’s of Science with Honors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Awarded the university’s most prestigious distinction, the Regents’ & Chancellor’s Scholarship.

Founder, IWT

Ramit Sethi

CEO and author of New York Times best-selling author of “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”

Founder of IWT, which hosts over 1 million readers/month on business, careers, negotiation, psychology, money.

Focus on behavioral change, combining tactical recommendations with insights from social influence and persuasion

Deep experience in psychology, online education, marketing, pricing, and premium content.

CEO, The Medici Group

Frans Johanssen

Author, entrepreneur, and acclaimed international speaker, Frans Johansson has inspired readers and audiences worldwide with his ideas on leadership and success, innovation, and diversity. Innovation legend Clay Christensen cited Frans’s debut book THE MEDICI EFFECT as “one of the most insightful books on managing innovation that I have ever read,” while his follow up, THE CLICK MOMENT, was hailed by Fast Company as the book that challenges traditional business-school thinking, and has been charged with destroying the 10,000 hour rule. Since its publication in 2004, THE MEDICI EFFECT has become the definitive book on diversity driving innovation, influencing numerous industries and fields such as architecture, design, economic development, education, and investing.

In his role as thought leader and CEO of The Medici Group, Frans has advised executive leadership at Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, IBM, ESPN and Nike. Frans has been featured on ABC, CNN, CNBC, the PBS Newshour, and National Public Radio. He has spoken to audiences on six continents, in virtually every industry and across disciplines, from creatives to engineers, financiers to scientists, and politicians to humanitarians.

Raised in Sweden by his African-American/Cherokee mother and Swedish father, Frans has lived all his life at the intersection. He has written articles on healthcare, information technology, and the science of sport fishing. Frans founded a software company, an international healthcare firm, and a hedge fund.

Scaling Partner, Global Scaling Academy

Rodrigo de Alvarenga

Tech Executive

Tim Villanueva

Tim Villanueva is the CTO of Ustream.tv. Tim was previously GM of the PayPal Platform and Developer Network at eBay/PayPal. Previously, he was VP/GM at Yahoo HotJobs. He initially joined HotJobs.com as the Chief Technology Officer. Villanueva came to HotJobs.com from a nine-year tenure with Intuit where he served a variety of roles, including Chief Architect and Director of Business Development & Product Management. He was one of the original engineers of the best-selling Quicken personal accounting software.

Experienced Startup Product Executive

Eric Marcoullier

Since dropping out of college in 1995, Eric has co-founded a number companies. Some were successful, some not so much. They include IGN (IPO), MyBlogLog (acquired by Yahoo!), Gnip (acquired by Twitter) and OneTrueFan (acquired by BigDoor).

He also invest in and advise early-stage startups, including Chromatic, CitizenNet (acquired by Condé Nast), Foodzie (acquired by Joyus), Gigwell, Intense Debate (acquired by Automattic), Ubooly (acquired by Cartwheel Kids), Zemanta (acquired by Outbrain) and Zynga (IPO).

He is a product guy at heart. He speaks for the people not in the room. He brings the fire.

Strategic Marketing and Operational Executive

Barry James Folsom

Barry James is a visionary strategist and operational executive who alters the game by using ‘unfair advantages’ as the basis for delivering sustaining profitable growth and consistently improving margins. He has been CEO of public and private companies.

Barry James has over 35 years of executive management and strategic marketing experience in digital media, internet and high tech with a successful track record of rapidly growing divisions and companies into billion $ category leaders.

Barry James has played pivotal roles in 4 major game changing market categories: PCs, Workstations, Internet Data Centers and Web Conferencing. He has extensive Internet, entertainment, digital media, cloud computing services, collaboration, connected consumer devices (mobile, home), and computing devices (desktops/servers) experience. Barry James’ teams have sold over $2B of products & services.

As a respected company leader, Barry James was Frost & Sullivan’s 2002 CEO of the Year. Also in 2002, PlaceWare was the 4th fasting-growing private company in Silicon Valley. In 1997, Exodus was ranked one of the Silicon Valley’s top 10 fastest growing private companies by The San Jose Business Journal for 2 years in a row.

He is a frequent speaker at venues such as Ad:Tech, Media Summit, Digital Hollywood, & Digital Connections.

Specialties: Visionary, Strategy & Strategic Marketing, Game Changer Who Has Run Profitable Growth Businesses as CEO, including multiple successful turnarounds. Experience in providing innovative products and services in the Internet, Media, Mobile and Professional/Industry Productivity Tools segments, both to consumers and to businesses.

Founder & CEO, Forshay & WorkLabAccelerator

Sally Thornton

An instigator on how to thrive in the future of work, Sally is the CEO of Forshay, a firm that focuses on how people can do their best work through executive recruiting, project-based work, and improving the system of work through increased diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Forshay was awarded #290 on the Inc. 5000 “Fastest-Growing Private Companies” list for 2015. Prior to founding Forshay, Sally co-founded and was CEO of Flexperience. Under her leadership, Flexperience grew into a nationally acclaimed firm, and was awarded “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” in 2010 by the San Francisco Business Times.

A recent speaker in two TEDx talks, Sally is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work, women in leadership, the science of work/life blend, applying design thinking to make work better, harnessing the value of a multi-generational workforce, and talent recruitment and engagement strategies. Sally has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Forbes, YahooFinance, Huffington Post, KQED radio, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, among numerous other media publications.

Sally co-founded WorkLab in 2015, a design thinking community of action committed to making work better, based on her work with Stanford’s “Redesigning and Redefining Work” project. She is committed to prototyping new workplace strategies and systems that align with the lives of today’s workforce so companies can better harness talent for mutual success. Sally lectures regularly at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She serves on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the educational partner of LeanIn.org.

Founder/CEO, ServiceRocket

Rob Castaneda

Rob Castaneda found his passion for technology and training as a 17-year old, working on the Sydney helpdesk of a Silicon Valley software company. Within three years he had worked in various departments of the company, ranging from pre-sales, training, support and research & development. In 2000, Rob moved to Silicon Valley to work for a startup, and also contributed and co-authored several books and publications related to Enterprise Java. In 2001, Rob started his company ServiceRocket, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and has grown to more than 170 employees worldwide with offices in the U.S., Australia, Chile, and Malaysia. Rob’s leadership style of thinking team and sharing knowledge is part of what has helped him build a successful global company, completely boot-strapped, having no received no VC funding, and has most recently landed him a spot in the Silicon Valley’s Top 40 under 40.

Founder & CEO, Content Analytics

David Feinleib

David Feinleib is Founder and CEO of Content Analytics, the Control Center for ECommerce. Prior to Content Analytics, David was Managing Director of The Big Data Group, where he produced the well-known Big Data Landscape. Previously, David was a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. David co-founded Consera Software, which was acquired by HP; Likewise Software, which was acquired by EMC; and Speechpad, a leader in web-based audio-video transcription. He began his career at Microsoft. David holds a BA from Cornell University, graduating summa cum laude, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. The author of Why Startups Fail (Apress, 2011) and Big Data Bootcamp (Apress, 2014), David is an avid violinist and four-time Ironman finisher. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Nicole.

Founder & CEO, BetterManager

Stephane Panier

• 20+ years of management experience across the USA, Europe and Asia; in plant operations, management consulting and technology
• Executive roles at Google, GoodData and Inkling (VC backed start-ups)
• MME Arts et Metiers Paris Tech, MBA Harvard Business School
• Located in California

CMO, Dealer-FX Group

David Sturtz

David a feisty entrepreneur with executive, strategic and operating experience in automotive SaaS companies. He has worn many hats, started several companies and am always looking for new challenges. Today he is helping Dealer-FX define and grow its industry leading customer experience management platform throughout North America and the world. He is also helping ALVA transform the commercial lighting market with its gorgeous LED fixtures.

Specialties: transformative strategy, complex product design, technical brand & product marketing, business development, team-building, execution, fundraising.

Coaching & Investment

Nate Gilmore

Nate helps high-growth SaaS startups to supercharge their sales, recruit and build amazing marketing and sales teams and hit revenue plans on budget by providing proven leadership and mentorship.

He is an operations executive with 18 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and fundraising. He coaches and invest via my growth velocity program Up To The Right. He is also an attorney, but he focuses his legal expertise on providing direction and speed to growth through partnership, business development, and sales acceleration.

He works with;
• High-growth B2B and SMB Software companies
• Larger companies that need C-Level startup growth leadership
• Startup CEOs, startup accelerators, and building teams
• Venture capital companies
• Platforms, Infrastructure, Marketplaces, Ecommerce, Telecom, Logistics, Marketing Software

He understands growth and is focused on team building, service delivery, customer experience, and ensuring that the strategic direction is implemented. He is skilled in balancing competing priorities across operations, customer support, sales, HR, and product, and I’ve built entire ecosystems of partnerships to support growth strategies. He actively invests in startups, have coached growth for multiple months with 50+ companies, and he is a team player and culture builder.

He’s had a lot of experience and some good success. He’s grown a company from 0-$100M in sales (Shipwire); had an exit to a huge company (Ingram Micro); restructured two divisions (Ingram & Concentric).

Entrepreneur, Product Strategist

Kashi Tahir

+ Founder, CEO
Now: Building Workr, a consumer internet company to help workers save time and do great work.
Previously: Built Envictus, a national social entrepreneurship which helped 1 million students get into college.

+ Technology
Specialize in building web-based applications to solve large-scale social problems.

+ Award-Winning
Featured: TIME magazine, Washington Business Journal, other.
Multiple Awards & Recognition: Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship (PPIA), BMW Foundation, AIP, other.

Real Estate Advisor for Entrepreneurs

Noah Barasso

A well-respected tenant advisor, Noah Barrasso helps local and global tenants achieve their real estate objectives, going above and beyond for each of them and doing everything in his power to help them. His clients choose to work with him because he really listens to them and puts their needs ahead of his own, and because he takes the necessary time to craft and implement unique real estate solutions to solve both short- and long-term real estate challenges. He is also very good at leveraging his extended network to service his clients in ways not inherently obvious.

Prior to joining Keyser, Noah was a founding member of the LSAG (Legal Sector Advisory Group) specialty group at the largest privately held commercial real estate firm in the world, Cushman & Wakefield. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Noah started his career at Colliers International in the research department where he developed many of the research and analytical skills he uses today.

Founder, Graphicly

Micah Baldwin

Michah is currently CEO and co-founder of Graphic.ly.

Micah was previously VP, Business Development and chief evangelist for Lijit Networks, where he led publisher acquisition efforts, growing the publisher base from 1,000 to 12,000 and pageviews from 11mm/monthly to more than 350mm/monthly.

Prior to Lijit, Micah founded Current Wisdom, a full-service interactive agency. In early 2007, Current Wisdom was acquired by Indigio, a Denver interactive agency.

He has spent most of his career working with startups, including: Kozmo.com, MyPersonal (now Synacor) – IPO and ServiceMagic (Acquired by IAC). In addition, Micah has started several startups over the years.

Micah writes a blog at http://learntoduck.com where he covers “success through failure,” focusing on startups, entrepreneurship and his personal life.

Partner, Orrick's Emerging Company

Larry Kane

Larry Kane is a partner of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Kane represents clients in several areas including capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, and private and public offerings of securities. For 12 years, Kane served as volunteer head coach of the wrestling team at Galileo Academy of Science, where he has led hundreds of wrestlers to both athletic and academic success.

Kane serves as Director of GreatSchools, Inc. Kane also serves on the San Francisco Library Commission and ran for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education in 2004. Kane earned his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law and his B.A. from Columbia University.

CEO, Gadfly

Scott Kraft

Scott Kraft serves as Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Consultants and helps clients optimize their marketing investments and create lasting business value. Kraft served as an Executive Vice President of Marketing of Six Apart Ltd. He has over 20 years experience developing strategies and campaigns for leading brands such as Vodafone, Citigroup, Viacom, Nike, General Electric, NewsCorp, IAC, Microsoft, and SBC.

He served as Global Vice President of Branding and Advertising at Sun Microsystems. He served as Principal in branding and strategic marketing consultancies of Nicholson NY and was its Executive Vice President of Interpublic agency. He created many groundbreaking marketing campaigns including an one of the world’s most recognized integrated e-culture advertising campaign for IBM. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Gadfly Inc. and Managing Partner of Sterling Group. He serves as Member of board of advisor at buySAFE, Inc. He served as Director of Buysafe Inc.

Kraft is an award-winning expert in branding and marketing. His work has been awarded the top honors in the marketing and advertising industry, including the Cannes Lions Grand Prix, the Grand Clio, and the AdClub’s Golden Pencil.

Lecturer, UC Berkeley

Stephen D. Torres

Stephen D. Torres studied in University of California majoring Organizational behavior and finished his MBA at Cornell university. Stephen Torres founded and actively managed PV Solar report between the years 2011-2014. Stephen dedicated his business life to clean energy industry. Continued his career in Sunbible and Domino. Currently, Stephen Torres is managing “Berkeley leadership network while lecturing at the university of California.

Program Chair, UC Berkeley, SCET

Gigi Wang

Gigi Wang serves as Venture Partner of iGlobe Partners. She serves as a Senior Advisor on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Mobility Ventures LLC. As the Managing Partner at MG-Team, Wang leads a team which provides strategic marketing and international business development services for corporations, start-ups, and governments with clients in the United States, Europe and Asia.

She served as a Senior Vice President of Marketing and Alliances and Vice President for Marketing at July Systems Inc. She headed the marketing for July Systems with an international background in sales and marketing for telecom and Internet services, both consumer and enterprise.

She also launched Pacific Internet, along with holding sales and business development positions at InterNex (acquired by XO Communications) and Pacific Bell (acquired by SBC). Wang is the Chair Emeritus and Board Member MIT/Stanford Venture Lab and Board Member and Co-Chair of the LBS SIG for the Wireless Communications Alliance. She serves on the Advisory Board of the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab.

Wang holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Co-Founder and President, MOTO

Gregor Berkowitz

Gregor A. Berkowitz co-founded MOTO Development Group, Inc. in 1991 and serves as its President. He leads MOTO’s services for startups and has driven key product development for startups including Pure Digital (Acquired by Cisco), Livescribe, Cepheid, Omnicell, SkyPilot.

He has over eighteen years experience working across Asia, creating successful development partnership with companies from Japan, to Taiwan, China, Malaysia and South Asia. His understanding of cultural context, influences, and values has helped MOTO establish a reputation for building long-term relationships and ongoing partnerships with Asian suppliers and clients. Berkowitz serves as Fund Advisor at Q Venture Partners. He serves on the Board of advisors for multiple startups including Twenty20 and JimmyJane.

Berkowitz authors the Design Review column for CNET, sharing insights into how and why form meets function in consumer electronics. Berkowitz holds six US and international patents in area including mechanism design and cloud computing. Berkowitz received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and contributed to research at both the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute (computer vision systems), and the Carnegie Mellon Engineering Design Research Institute (space vehicle design).

CEO, August Smart Home

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson is a Silicon Valley technologist and entrepreneur with nearly twenty years of technology expertise. He is currently the CEO of August. Jason is also a managing partner of startup incubator Founders Den and the chairman of the Internet of Things Consortium. Jason co-founded mobile security software company AirCover (acquired by M Dream, HK:8100).

Previously he was vice president of Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB), vice president of Global IP Solutions (acquired by Google) and was the co-founder and CEO of InterQuest (acquired by Darwin Networks). Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Pepperdine University and currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his wife and son.

Director of Investments, Matter.

Ben Werdmuller

Ben invests in early-stage media entrepreneurs who are helping to build a more informed, inclusive, and empathetic society.

Previously, he was an open source startup founder, engineer, and web product strategist, driven by a belief that connecting people and letting them share their stories would help create a more peaceful world.

He co-founded Elgg, one of the first white-label social networking platforms, which was used by hundreds of universities, non-profits like Oxfam, Fortune 500 companies like Hill & Knowlton, startups like Minds.com, and the governments of at least three nations. He was also the CTO and first employee at Latakoo, which empowers video news delivery from the field for outlets like NBC News.

With Known, he built a social product that helped organizations bring social engagement back to their own websites, instead of yielding control to the likes of Facebook and Twitter. And he was also a Senior Engineer at Medium, working on tools that supported publishers like ThinkProgress and The Ringer.

At its best, the internet is a movement that transcends gatekeepers and creates new democratic opportunities. At its worst, we now know it can empower regressive movements, harm vulnerable communities, and sew distrust. In a world where the internet has found its way into every major industry and facet of our lives, building tools ethically is now a moral imperative. That’s what he wants to help people to do.

CEO, Strattica Labs

Mike Kyriacou

Mike designed systems, crunched data, invested in ventures & projects, entertained crowds, raised capital, created ground-breaking pervasive games, and assembled successful LBO teams. Now based in Silicon Valley he crafts new technologies, advise multiple ventures, and participate as a value-added investor..

He has a passion for strategy, product development, new ideas and innovative problem solving.

Before starting Strattica Capital, Mike helped design the Caltrain ticketing system, wrote a University Robotics Course, hosted a radio show, won a script-writing prize, consulted to Venture Capital & Private Equity firms, designed parking, bio-electronic, rail, financial, medical and signal processing systems – and once held the campus title for office-chair racing…

At the age of 30, his venture Strattica Group provided returns that allowed him to completely focus on building Commercially-Oriented Social Experiences..

Director, WinWire Technologies

Mehul Agarwal

Mehul is a Customer Success, Business Development and Marketing expert working with both users and creators of technologies to achieve their Engineering & Technology goals.

Mehul has worked with several startups, mid-size and large companies from the Valley and outside especially in the FinTech, Medical Devices, Connected Devices amongst others. He has generated over $45 Mil in revenue in the last couple years building one of the largest customer accounts for one of the companies he has worked with.

He mentors startups from around the world around Sales, Strategy, Growth & Marketing both as part of accelerator programs and independent companies.   

On the education front, he has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Economics from Pune University and also a Master’s in Customer Relationship Management from Symbiosis University.

Founder & CEO, Tribalist

Jon Vlassopulos

Now focused on building industry leading consumer startups and investing in the best female founders.

 

Recognized Mobile, Music, TV and Advertising thought leader with 17 years global experience in UK, Asia and the US. Proven track record of turning companies around, helping companies launch new divisions, grow into new areas of business, create new revenue streams and establish a market leadership position. Continued tangible results have delivered multiple industry firsts in the areas of Music, Television, Gaming, Online, Advertising and Mobile. Fascinated by people and what people want, need or don’t know they need yet. Always looking for new business models, new technology and new partnerships that can help facilitate amazing and engaging experiences that delight consumers.

 

Specialties: Business development, Brand sponsorships, branded entertainment, wireless content production, licensing and distribution, mobile content, company structuring, music marketing, sales, publishing, M&A, deal making and corporate partnerships, TV production, sales and distribution, Interactive Television, IPTV, managed carrier and handset services, mobile marketing, mobile advertising, mobile application, brand development, online video and hiring.

Director, Babson Global Center

Amal Dokhan

Amal is a passionate professional in designing experiences, guiding corporates and startups to innovation and customer centric design, providing creative solutions, achieving mastery in service industry, manipulating the tools of marketing to evoke customers emotions. She is also immersed in working on corporate innovation to instill the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing social and business environment leading to great rewards and returns.

Throughout her career Amal gained a diversified range of experience in management and marketing related roles particularly in education and consultancy. Previously, Amal was part of the Entrepreneurship Center in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in a number of roles including the New Ventures Acceleration and Corporate Innovation program. Prior to that she worked in the KAUST Seed Fund where she developed marketing and events, while also providing a range of services to startup clients. Amal has previously managed an educational organization; during that time she designed programs and started several innovative initiatives to be implemented by the educators to improve the mindsets in order to foster creativity in the work place and the educational tools.In parallel to this she started her own business, which organized sports events and offered commercial consultancy to large organizations.

During her masters degree research period in the University of Wollongong she managed to be exposed to large organizations and built marketing strategies to several entities such as Dubai government departments, Kempinsky hotel, Infiniti Cars and other service providers. She was also involved in a joint venture with another start up in Dubai focused on creating media and production services to other agencies including Starcom Dubai, Yahoo Dubai and many others. She also co authored two business articles focused on services marketing during her masters .

Co-Founder, Startupbootcamp NY

Mesut Celebi

Serial entrepreneur and mentor, best in scaling startups and guiding corporates in digital transformation. Mesut is cofounder of multiple enterprises both in EU and USA. He mentors startup teams globally, cofounded Startupbootcamp- and Innoleaps USA. Together with The Talent Institute, these three make up the “We Empower Innovators” (WEI) family.

Every year, the programs of the WEI family accelerate hundreds of startups in 12 different industries, jet-fuel corporate innovation and agile business acceleration, and unlock the potential in thousands of individuals. Working with these different stakeholders, provides the unique advantage of seeing innovation process explored and utilized in every form. With this Mesut is able to connect the worlds of Startups and Corporates, and help them leverage the skills, tools and mindsets that allow innovation to thrive.

Business Development Leader, EIF

Duygu Öktem Clark

Duygu Oktem Clark is a Business Development Leader at the European Investment Fund where she leads early stage tech startup investments. Concurrently she is the Founder of DO Consultancy LLC, a boutique consultancy company based in San Francisco that is focused on corporate innovation. Prior to that, as an Intrapreneur, she founded and ran Turkey’s first corporate-run startup accelerator where she led 22 early stage investments. Before that, she was a Founding R&D Manager at Turk Telekom where she oversaw more than 40 R&D projects with an overall budget of +$100M. Prior to that, she worked for the EU Office of Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey where she sustained partner channels between European and Turkish organizations for more than 100 R&D projects with an overall budget of +$300M and contributed to Turkey’s national R&D Policies.

In the past 5 years he has mentored hundreds of startups and served as a jury member and mentor to many startup programs including the Chobani Startup Program, Founder Institute Silicon Valley, United Nations Clean Tech, Telefonica Wayra UK and Startup Bootcamp IStanbul. She is a Computer Engineer with Master Degree in Technology Management.

CEO, Gameroom

Selcuk Atli

He is CEO of Gameroom, a mobile platform for live gaming over video chat.

He is also a partner at Z1, a startup studio that builds new companies, an alumnus of YCombinator, an Endeavor entrepreneur and a Fulbright scholar.

Most recently – He was EIR and Venture Partner at 500 Startups, where he helped invest in startups in the San Francisco accelerator program and helped run growth programs for later state startups.

Prior to that, he co-founded Boostable. Based in San Francisco and funded by notable silicon valley investors like YCombinator, SVAngel and 500 Startups, Boostable helped online marketplaces offer digital marketing services to their sellers. Boostable was acquired by Metric Collective.

Before Boostable, he founded SocialWire (later renamed Manifest) that helped some of the largest retailers automate their products ads. Funded by First Round Capital, SofttechVC and 500 Startups, Manifest was a recipient of Facebook’s innovation awards in 2013. Manifest was acquired by Rakuten Marketing.

He also co-founded Nomadic Mentors, a non-profit that connects top mentors in silicon valley with founders in emerging tech hubs around the world. Nomadic Mentors was acquired by The Family, one of the most successful accelerators in Europe.

He was recognized by Endeavor as a global high impact entrepreneur (endeavor.org) and was the recipient of an innovation award from the World Bank (infodev.org).

He frequently speaks, advise and consults on topics including tech startups, advertising technology, online marketplaces and personalization.

CEO, Endless Solutions

Baris Karadogan

Experienced tech CEO for 10+ years, having successfully sold one company and acquired two others. Previously a venture capitalist for 10 years, investing in a range of companies from digital media to semiconductors, and communications. Current angel investor, with an MS in Engineering and an MBA, both from Stanford.

Director, SGInnovate

Victor Tan

– Passionate advocate and developer of the Asian tech industry with a strong network of international and regional contacts

– Aspiring builder of the Deep Tech ecosystem via strategic venture investments and talent network development in Singapore and the US

– Entrepreneurial experience in setting up and running a startup in China

– Adept at working across cultures; familiar with North American, Chinese and Indonesian markets; effectively tri-lingual in English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Bahasa Indonesia

– Highly effective communicator and influencer; a creative and enthusiastic team player

Executive Consultant

Jeff Colvin

Credentials and credibility:
• Consultant, Mentor, Change Agent (present) – translating wisdom and experience to value, growth, and success for others
• Managing Partner (IPS Learning) and Master Trainer supporting Stanford Advanced Project Management (SAPM) (11 years) – traveled the world (20+ countries) learning, growing, and sharing knowledge
• Principal of Management Consulting Company, Link (9 years) – learning to run a business and cultivating and leading others
• Management Consultant (Leemak) in Silicon Valley (10 years) – mentoring from and to all levels of fast track managers
• Supervisor in a union manufacturing (Frito-Lay) facility (2 years) – school of hard knocks learning management and leadership

Offerings:
• Strategy Execution workshops/training (leadership, stakeholder management, team development, execution)
• Mentoring/Coaching (networking and relationships, performance and accountability, leading self and others)
• Off-Sites and Retreats (design, develop and deliver/guest speaker/team building)
• Performance based consulting (cost reduction, process improvement, new product introduction, project management)

Chief Revenue Officer, VRstudios

Brian Vowinkel

Chief Business Officer, Automat

Gregory Pal

Greg is Chief Business Officer at Automat. He got his start with large-scale, cloud-based conversational systems at Tellme Networks. Across a range of product, marketing, and strategic planning roles, Greg helped grow Tellme to over $100M in revenue. Tellme was subsequently acquired by Microsoft for (a rumored) $800M and parts of Tellme’s technology later became part of Cortana. After two adventures in cleantech at LS9 (acquired by REG) and Opower (went public and was later acquired by Oracle), Greg returned to conversational systems to lead marketing, strategy, and business development for a division at Nuance where he led a strategic shift towards cloud- and AI-based solutions. Greg has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Greg is a Tough Mudder and Spartan Race competitor who is both proud and slightly embarrassed that his teenage sons regularly beat him.

Founding Partner, ScaleIT Capital

Lorenzo Franchini

Entrepreneur in the venture investing arena, investor and advisor. Founder of ScaleIT Capital and Senior Advisor @ LVenture Group, I have invested in 20+ startups internationally. In 2007 I co-founded the angel group Italian Angels for Growth and managed the group as managing director till 2014. Some of my investments are Musement, Tok.tv, Biobeats, Gipstech, Spreaker, Agroils, Biogenera, Angiodroid. Previously I was VP Marketing @ Gialloviaggi.it and Stage Entertainment and Manager @ Iveco. Graduated with honour in Economics and Commerce @ the University of Florence, I had executive education @ Stanford and Cranfield. I’m part of several national and international start-up selection committees and have been lecturer on angel investing in many Italian Universities.

CEO, My Digital TAT2

Karae Lisle

Progressive career growth in technology leadership roles; customer facing; software focus. Consistent community service in Board of Director service and other volunteer roles with community and international nonprofits.

Mid-career pivot from tech sector to nonprofit leadership role (ED and CEO); Experience with complex operations, substantial fund raising , combined with sophisticated grant/funding management and compliance- strong fundraiser. Merger experience to form $20M human services organization.

CEO, Cloverpop

Erik Larson

Cloverpop is a product of Erik’s desire for people to be happy at work, his passion for building great things and his curiosity about how our brains create our minds, our minds perceive our world, and our world becomes what we decide it to be. An Illinois farm boy turned MIT rocket scientist and Harvard MBA, Erik spent the past decade launching a dozen v1.0 SaaS products at Adobe and Macromedia. He’s also happily married to a wonderful wife with two cute kids and two dazzling dogs. On the weekends you’ll find them hiking, biking and skiing around Northern California.