Global Technology Symposium 2018

22/10/2018 - 23/10/2018 • Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA / Hotel Nia, Menlo Park, CA
The Global Technology Symposium has long been Silicon Valley’s leading ideas conference. Get ready for a rejuvenated Symposium with an exciting new format in October 2018! A tidal wave of new technologies, and new business models, is upending not only established industries, but Silicon Valley itself. The Economist recently asked whether we have reached “peak Silicon Valley.” GTS 2018 will explore how Silicon Valley navigates disruption. It will prepare you for a brave new world where Silicon Valley is everywhere. Day One of the Symposium (October 22, 2018) marks the return of a GTS favorite: the Global Innovator Competition, which gives investors a chance to hear pitches from hot new startups. Day Two (October 23, 2018) – global business executives engage in stimulating panel discussions about our exciting shared future and megatrends that will disrupt global business: breakthrough business models, the dawn of “digital natives,” innovation by incumbents, redefining leadership, and much more. Join us on Day Two to learn about emerging possibilities for your businesses – and how to galvanize your business to action in response. Reminisce about previous years at Parking at Skadden & Arps is validated with pick slip. Parking at Hotel Nia is $10.00 flat fee for GTS participants.
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  • 22 October
  • 23 October

Pitch Master Class (Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA)

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Ravi Belani

Global Innovator Competition Part I (Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA)

11:00 AM 01:00 PM

Global Innovator Competition Part II (Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA)

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Reception (Nia Hotel)

05:00 PM 07:00 PM

Continental Breakfast (Nia Hotel)

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

Generations: Where We Have Been, Where We are Going (Nia Hotel)

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Alexandra "Sasha" Johnson

Franklin Johnson

Pitch Johnson

Waverly Long

Rustam Minnilkhanov

Esther Wojcicki

Forces of Change (Nia Hotel)

11:30 AM 12:30 PM

Micha  Benoliel

Nichol Bradford

Mark Milian

Luncheon keynote: Navigating Disruption (Nia Hotel)

12:30 PM 01:30 PM

Steve Jurvetson

The Changing Face of Entrepreneurship (Nia Hotel)

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Michael Geer

Alex Goryachev

Reese Jones

Deborah Magid

Sheila Puffer

Rana Sarkar

Pick Us! (Nia Hotel)

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Orest Byskosh

Daniel Cawrey

Kyle Ellicott

Keith Koo

Peak Silicon Valley? Investors from Inside and Outside Valley (Nia Hotel)

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Ira Ehrenpreis

John Fogelsong

Norm Fogelsong

Awards and closing remarks (Nia Hotel)

05:00 PM 05:15 PM

Reception (Nia Hotel)

05:15 PM 07:00 PM


Alumni Speakers

Pitch Johnson

Asset Management Ventures
Franklin “Pitch“ Johnson graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1946, received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in 1950, and an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1952. He served as a maintenance officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954, and was an open hearth production supervisor for Inland Steel Company from 1954 to 1962.
Mr. Johnson was co-founder in 1962 of Draper and Johnson Investment Company, and became an independent venture capitalist in 1965 as the founder of Asset Management Company. Mr. Johnson has been a director of several public companies, and was a director of Amgen until July 2006. He is a past director of the National Venture Capital Association, a past president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, and was an elected trustee of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District for 12 years. He developed and taught a course in entrepreneurship and venture capital at Stanford Business School from 1979 to 1990, and was a founding member of the SIEPR advisory board in 1982.
Mr. Johnson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Venture Capitalists. In September 2005, Mr. Johnson was inducted into the Dow Jones Private Equity Hall of Fame and, in June 2006, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution presented Mr. Johnson the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. In 2009, Mr. Johnson received the Gold Spike award from the Stanford Associates.

23 October

Brook Byers

Senior Partner
Kleiner Perkins
Brook Byers is a founding member of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. A venture capital investor since 1972, Brook has been closely involved with more than 60 new technology-based ventures, many of which have become public companies. He formed the first life sciences practice group in the venture capital profession in 1984 and led KPCB to become a premier venture capital firm in the medical, healthcare and biotechnology sectors. KPCB has invested in and helped build more than 110 life sciences companies that have developed hundreds of products to treat underserved medical needs for many millions of patients.
Brook is on the Board of Overseers of the University of California San Francisco medical campus and hospitals. In 2007, UCSF awarded Brook the UCSF Medal, its honorary degree equivalent. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. In 2008, Brook was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Venture Capital Association. In 2010, he received an honorary Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Patricia Cloherty

Chairman and CEO
Delta Private Equity
Chairman and Co-Managing Partner of Delta Private Equity Partners, LLC, Patricia Cloherty is manager of the U.S. Russia Investment Fund and Delta Russia Fund, L.P., two venture capital funds. Prior to that, she was Co-Chairman, President and General Partner of Apax Partners, Inc., a $10 billion private equity company.
Patricia is a past President and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association of the U.S. In 1981, she was the founding President of the Committee of 200, a prestigious organization of the country’s leading women entrepreneurs and corporate executives. The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia named her Businessperson of the Year 2004.
She is a director of Columbia University, The U.S.-Russia Business Council, Vesch! (Russia) and DeltaLeasing (Russia). Patricia earned a B.A. from the San Francisco College for Women, and an M.A. and M.I.A. from Columbia University. A first-generation Irish-American whose father came from Kilkieran, Connemara, County Galway, Patricia served in the Peace Corps in Brazil from 1963 through 1965.

Reid Dennis

Reid Dennis has been an active individual investor and a corporate venture capital investor since 1952. As an individual venture investor, Reid was personally involved with early-stage investments in Acurex, American Microsystems, Ampex, California Microwave, Coherent Radiation, Measurex, and Ultek. As a corporate executive, Reid was responsible for the successful entry of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, and then the American Express Company, into the venture capital field. He represented them as a member of the Board of Directors at Recognition Equipment Inc., The Reed Tool Company, and Storage Technology Corporation. While at American Express, Reid resigned from American Express in order to form Institutional Venture Associates in 1974 and, subsequently, Institutional Venture Partners in 1980.
Reid was an early investor in and a Director of Exabyte Corporation, Seagate Technology, Sequent Computer Systems (acquired by IBM), and Stratus Computer (acquired by IBM). Reid currently serves as a General Partner of IVP on a part-time basis.
Reid is a past Chairman and President of the National Venture Capital Association (“NVCA”) and a past President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (“WAVC”). In April 2000, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the NVCA. Reid was also a founder and an original alumni investment manager of both the Stanford Business School Trust and the Stanford Engineering Venture Capital Fund. He served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera Association for 42 years, including 14 years as Chairman.
Reid earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Donald Dixon

Co-founder and Managing Director
Trident Capital
Don has been a technology investor for almost three decades and investing in cybersecurity since 1988. During his career, he's exited 36 companies. He is currently on the Boards of IronNet Cybersecurity, Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS), 2Checkout, Advanced Payment Solutions, Amprius, Odyssey Logistics, SivaPower, Tiandi Energy and Top Image Systems (TISA). He has been on the Boards of Neohapsis (acquired by Cisco), Signio (acquired by Verisign), and Sygate Technologies (acquired by Symantec).
Don’s past directorships include companies AccountNow (acquired by Green Dot), Affiliated Computer Services (Acquired by Xerox), Anasazi Inc. (acquired by Pegasus Solutions), Bank of America Merchant Services (BPI), BlueStar Solutions (acquired by ACS), ByteMobile (acquired by Citrix), CSG Systems (CSGS), eGistics (acquired by Top Image Systems), Epicor Software Corporation (EPIC), Epoch Partners (acquired by Goldman Sachs), Evolving Systems (EVOL), Infotrieve (acquired by Copyright Clearance Corporation), InfoUSA (IUSA), Merchant e-Solutions (acquired by Cielo), Pegasus Systems (PEGS), Unison Software (acquired by IBM) and XRS Corp. (acquired by Omnitracs).
In addition to his board work for Trident, Don is Co-Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and serves on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership.
Don Dixon founded Trident Capital in 1993. Previously, from 1988 to 1993, Don was Co-President of Partech International, a private equity fund associated with Banque Paribas. Before Partech, he was a Managing Director of Alex. Brown & Sons. Earlier in his career, Don was a Vice President of Morgan Stanley & Co. and a Senior Account Officer at Citibank, N.A.

Tim Draper

Founding Partner
Tim Draper is the founding partner of Draper Associates and DFJ. Tim’s original suggestion to use viral marketing as a method for spreading a software application from customer to customer was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail, Skype, and others.

Tim has been recognized as a leading supporter of entrepreneurship with numerous awards and honors. He was listed as #46 of the most outstanding Harvard alumni, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, #1 of the Most Networked Venture Capitalists by Always On, and #98 in Worth Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful People in Finance. Tim also received the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s “Entrepreneur for the World” in 2015.

Tim received a BS from Stanford University with a major in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

He served on the California State Board of Education in 1998-1999, and currently leads an initiative to create six new states in California (Six Californias) to encourage competition and choice in government.

In 1994, he created a non-profit for young children to learn about business and entrepreneurship called BizWorld. In 2011, he created Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school to help extraordinary young people meet their entrepreneurial goals.

Dick Kramlich

Dick is Co-Founder of NEA and is currently Chairman of the NEA Management Company. He was Managing General Partner of the firm through NEA VII when he turned the reins over to Peter Barris and became a General Partner. During the 20 years Dick was the Managing General Partner of NEA, the partnership achieved top quartile returns for its Limited Partners. Dick began his venture career in 1969 as a General Partner with Arthur Rock and Co. after nine years in general management as Manager of Financial Planning at the Kroger Co. and in investment management as Executive Vice President at Gardner & Preston Moss Company in Boston. In 1977 Dick was an early investor in Apple Computer for his own account. Since co-founding NEA in 1978, he has been involved in ten companies that have grown from start-up or near start-up stage to companies with market value in excess of $1 billion

Kate Mitchell

Scale Venture Partners
Kate is a co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based firm that invests in early-in-revenue technology companies that are looking to scale. She and the ScaleVP team have backed successful, high growth companies including ExactTarget (Salesforce), RingCentral (NYSE:RNG), HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS), Box (NYSE: BOX), DocuSign, and Omniture (Adobe).

Kate is past chairman and board member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and is active in policy matters that impact entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation and inclusion. She co-authored the IPO section of the 2012 JOBS Act and is currently working on additional legislation to help small company IPOs. In 2014, Kate co-founded the NVCA Inclusion & Diversity Task Force (now calledVentureForward), which focuses on advancing opportunities for women and minorities across the venture ecosystem. Mitchell received the NVCA Outstanding Service Award in 2013 for her policy work on behalf of the venture industry.

She currently serves on the board of SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB), Fortive Corporation (NYSE:FTV) and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and she is a charter member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (Silicon Valley). Kate is also a KauffmanFellows mentor, a member of the NASDAQ Private Market Advisory Board, and a commentator on technology trends for CNBC Squawk Alley.

Don Valentine

Sequoia Capital

Founded Sequoia Capital in 1972 and was one of the original investors in Apple Computer (AAPL), Atari,Cisco Systems (CSCO), LSI Logic (LSI), Oracle (ORCL) and Electronic Arts (ERTS).

Norm Fogelsong

Managing Director
Norman A. Fogelsong joined IVP in March 1989. Norm subsequently founded IVP’s Later-Stage & Public Market Investment Group in October 1994. With more than 38 years of high-tech investment experience, he currently emphasizes investments in private high-growth companies and in select public market opportunities. Norm has led investments in Artisan Components (ARTI), Aspect Communications, Compaq Computers (CPQ), Concur (CNQR), Convex Computers (CNVX), Cortina Systems (IPHI), Danger (MFST), Dataminr, InphoMatch (SAP), Integrated Circuit Works (CY), Lam Research (LRCX), Marketo (MKTO), MINDBODY (MB), MobileIron (MOBL), Platinum Software (PSQL), Polycom (PLCM), SkyStream Networks (ERIC), TelCom Semiconductor (TLCM), and Websense (WBSN).
Norm also actively participated in venture capital investments in Akamai (AKAM), Amgen (AMGN), At Road (TRMB), Applied Biosystems (ABI), Chordiant (CHRD), ComScore (SCOR), Cypress Semiconductor (CY), Digital River (DRIV), Genentech (DNA), Linear Technology (LLTC), LoopNet (CSGP), LSI (LSI), MIPS Computer Systems (MIPS), Qadium, Quantum (QTM), Silicon Graphics (SGI), SuccessFactors (SFSF), SupportSoft (SPRT), Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR), 3COM (COMS), Verisity (VRST), and Zynga (ZNGA). Norm was recognized by AlwaysOn as one of the top 100 venture capitalists by his inclusion in the AlwaysOn 2013 VC 100 List.
For Cortina Systems, Norm arranged a $132 million investment syndicate, and the proceeds were used to buy a $100 million division that was being spun out of Intel. His more recent investments include Marketo, the leader in marketing automation software, MINDBODY, the largest global provider of online business management software for the health, wellness and beauty industries, and Dataminr, a real-time information discovery company.
Norm began his career as a computer programmer at Hewlett-Packard. He then worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company where he specialized in strategic planning. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). He has also served the local community as the Treasurer of the Children's Health Council, the Secretary of the Churchill Club, the Founder of the Kona Jazz Festival and as a member of the Major Gifts Committees at Menlo School and Stanford University.
Norm earned a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

23 October

Ann Winblad

Founding Partner
Ann Winblad is a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a venture capital firm she co-founded in 1989. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national and international business publications.
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners was the first venture firm focused exclusively on software. In her 30-year career as a venture capitalist, Ann’s firm has launched over 160 enterprise software companies and led investments that pioneered successful companies across the enterprise software sector: Business Intelligence, Analytics, Software Development, Integration, Data Center Optimization, Cloud Computing and Security.
Ann began her career as a systems programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. In 1976 Ann co-founded Open Systems, Inc., a top selling accounting software company. After the acquisition of Open Systems by UCCEL(a NYSE company), Ann served as a strategy consultant for clients including IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. In addition, Ann has co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications.
Ann received a B.A. in Mathematics and in Business Administration from the St. Catherine University, as well as an M.A. in Education focused in International Economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of St. Thomas.
Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies including Hyperion, Mulesoft, The Knot, Net Perceptions and Liquid Audio. She currently serves as a director of Ace Metrix, OptiMine, and Sonatype. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas and a Board member of the Richard Schulze Family Foundation. Ann is also a member of CNBC’s Platinum Group.

Deborah Magid

IBM Venture Capital Group
Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $25 B software business in the company’s 12-year old Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries.

Deborah is responsible for sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world. She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market. As a director of strategy in IBM Software Group, she also brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies. Deborah is responsible for fueling the ecosystem pipeline in strategic areas related to building a “smarter planet” and contributes to filling out the IBM product portfolio through M&A.

Deborah’s relationships are global and extend into emerging geographies. Deborah is a frequent spokes-person on topics of relevance to entrepreneurs and investors. She is Chairman of the Board of SVForum, the Silicon Valley emerging technology network; on the advisory board of White Bull, serving the European entrepreneurial and venture communities; and on the Steering Committee of the California Sustainability Alliance.

Previously, Deborah held positions in product management, marketing, and user-centered design at Taligent, GE Information Services and AT&T.

Deborah holds degrees in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Connecticut.

23 October

Ira Ehrenpreis

Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner
DBL Part­ners
Ira Ehren­preis is Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner of DBL Part­ners. Ira is a rec­og­nized leader in both the ven­ture cap­i­tal indus­try and the energy inno­va­tion sec­tor. In 2007, Ira was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influ­en­tial Men Under 45″ and in 2014 was inducted into the Inter­na­tional Green Indus­try Hall of Fame. For many years, Ira led Tech­nol­ogy Part­ners’ ven­ture prac­tice invest­ing in energy inno­va­tion opportunities.
In the ven­ture com­mu­nity, Ira has served on the Board and Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the National Ven­ture Cap­i­tal Asso­ci­a­tion (NVCA), was Chair­man of the 2010 NVCA Annual Meet­ing, and serves as the Pres­i­dent of the West­ern Asso­ci­a­tion of Ven­ture Cap­i­tal­ists (WAVC). Ira also serves as the Co-Chairman of the VCNet­work, the largest and most active Cal­i­for­nia ven­ture cap­i­tal organization.
In the energy inno­va­tion sec­tor, Ira is the founder and Chair­man of one of the most promi­nent annual indus­try events, the World Energy Inno­va­tion Forum (“WEIF”), which con­venes the who’s-who in the indus­try to dis­cuss the impor­tant issues and oppor­tu­ni­ties of our time. In addi­tion, Ira has served on sev­eral indus­try Boards, includ­ing the Depart­ment of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Effi­ciency and Renew­able Energy Advi­sory Com­mit­tee (ERAC), the National Renew­able Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (NREL) Advi­sory Coun­cil, the Clean-Tech Investor Sum­mit (Chair­man in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013), the Renew­able Energy Finance Forum (REFF) West (Co-Chairman in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), the Clean­tech Ven­ture Net­work (Past Chair­man of Advi­sory Board), ACORE(Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Renew­able Energy), the Energy Investors Forum (Past Con­fer­ence Chair­man), the Energy Ven­ture Fair, and the Cal­i­for­nia Cli­mate Change Advi­sory Board.
Ira has invested in a wide range of com­pa­nies, includ­ing SpaceX, and serves on the board of Tesla Motors, Map­box and numer­ous other companies.
Ira is an active leader at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, where he has served on the Board of Vis­i­tors of Stan­ford Law School and has been an advi­sory board mem­ber of the Stan­ford Global Cli­mate and Energy Project (GCEP). Ira has also been a guest lec­turer at Stan­ford, includ­ing help­ing to teach a course on Ven­ture Cap­i­tal. In addi­tion to the fore­go­ing, Ira served for many years on the Advi­sory Board of the Forum for Women Entre­pre­neurs (FWE) and served as Co-Chairman of the Sil­i­con Val­ley Tech­nol­ogy and Entre­pre­neur­ship Forum (SVIEF).
Ira received his JD/MBA from Stan­ford Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness and Stan­ford Law School, where he was an Asso­ciate Edi­tor of Stan­ford Law Review. He holds a B.A. from the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les, grad­u­at­ing Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.

23 October

John Fogelsong

Managing Director
Glynn Capital
Mr. John Fogelsong is a Managing Director at Glynn Capital Management. Mr. Fogelsong joined Glynn Capital Management in 2011 and focuses on investments in e-commerce, information technology, and alternative financial services. Prior to joining Glynn Capital Management, Mr. Fogelsong made private, early-stage investments in Addepar, Exactuals, Facebook, Halcyon, Palantir, Progreso Financiero, RoboteX, and He was the Co-Founder and served as Chief Executive Officer at WearIt. Mr. Fogelsong began his career with the marketing team at, where he managed customer acquisition and retention through distribution partnerships, email marketing, and onsite merchandising. He serves as a Board Observer at GoFormz, Inc., He was also a Member of Tau Beta Pi. He earned the Terman Engineering Award for graduating in the top 5% of the engineering class at Stanford University. Mr. Fogelsong received his M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business from 2010 to 2012 and undergraduate degree with honors in Computer Science from Stanford University from 2001 to 2005.

23 October

Daniel Cawrey

Pactum Capital
Daniel earned his BS in Information Science from Central Michigan University. His background is information science, including work in power systems for Consumers Energy, a public utility providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents. Daniel first became involved with blockchain technology in 2013 as Contributing Editor for CoinDesk, the largest information resource for the blockchain and digital currency industry. He also co-wrote the Velocity whitepaper, a decentralized derivatives concept that was prototyped on the Ethereum protocol.

23 October

Kyle Ellicott

ReadWrite Labs
Founder and CEO
Mr. Kyle Ellicott serves as Venture Partner at Indicator Ventures. He also serves as Chief Labs Officer at ReadWrite Labs. He has an experience in Venture Capital, mobile apps, big data. Mr. Ellicott studied Computer Information systems from Eastern Michigan University in the year between 2005 and 2007. Mr. Ellicott also studied Computer Information system transfer and computer security from Washtenaw Community College in the year between 2003 and 2006.

23 October

Craig Barrett

Craig Barrett is the retired CEO and chairman of semiconductor giant Intel Corp., where he rose through the company’s ranks to become president in 1997 and CEO a year later. He was chairman from 2005 to 2009.
Barrett joined the company in 1974 after 10 years on the faculty of Stanford Engineering’s Materials Science and Engineering Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and PhD at Stanford.
Barrett is co-author of the textbook “Principles of Engineering Materials.” Today, he is an advocate for improving education and a champion of technology as a path to higher social and economic standards worldwide.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, and author best known as the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook. She currently sits on Facebook's board of directors as its first female member. She is also the founder of and the co-author of two books, ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’ with Nell Scovell, and ‘Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy’ with Adam Grant. Before joining Facebook, she was the vice president of global online sales and operations at Google and helped launch its philanthropic arm She also served as the chief of staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers, who was her professor at Harvard and her mentor. She has been invited as a keynote speaker at various events and delivered the TED speech titled “Why we have too few women leaders”. In 2012, she was named in the ‘Time 100’, ‘Time’ Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and currently ranks fourth on ‘Forbes’ list of most powerful women.

Alex Goryachev

Managing Director
Cisco Innovation Centers
For more than 20 years, I’ve made it my business to turn disruptive concepts into emerging businessmodels. Some people call me an entrepreneurial go-getter. I like to take risks, think ahead, and make wayfor innovation. It’s all about my passion to create a strategy and then drive it home to “get things done.”...

23 October

George Schultz

Former U.S. Secretary of State
George Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, in academia, and in business. He held four different cabinet posts, he taught at three of this country’s greatest universities, and he was president of a major engineering and construction company.

Mr. Shultz graduated from Princeton University in 1942 with a B.A. in economics and then began his service to the nation as a Marine. He resumed his studies at MIT and earned a Ph.D. in industrial economics in 1949. Early in his career, he served as a senior staff economist on President Eisenhower’s Council of Economic Advisors. He taught at MIT and The University of Chicago, where he served as dean of the business school. He resumed public service under President Nixon as Secretary of Labor, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Secretary of the Treasury. Mr. Shultz left government service in 1974 to become president and director of the Bechtel Group, Inc.

Mr. Shultz held two key positions in President Reagan’s administration: Chairman of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-1982), and Secretary of State (1982-1989). His many awards include the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, and the Seoul Peace Prize. He has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, since 1989.

Bill Perry

Former US Secretary of Defense
William Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University. He is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hoover Institution, and serves as director of the Preventive Defense Project. He is an expert in U.S. foreign policy, national security and arms control. He was the co-director of CISAC from 1988 to 1993, during which time he was also a part-time professor at Stanford. He was a part-time lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Santa Clara University from 1971 to 1977.
Perry was the 19th secretary of defense for the United States, serving from February 1994 to January 1997. He previously served as deputy secretary of defense (1993-1994) and as under secretary of defense for research and engineering (1977-1981). Dr. Perry currently serves on the Defense Policy Board (DPB). He is on the board of directors of Covant and several emerging high-tech companies. His previous business experience includes serving as a laboratory director for General Telephone and Electronics (1954-1964); founder and president of ESL Inc. (1964-1977); executive vice-president of Hambrecht & Quist Inc. (1981-1985); and founder and chairman of Technology Strategies & Alliances (1985-1993). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
From 1946 to 1947, Perry was an enlisted man in the Army Corps of Engineers, and served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1948 and was a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves from 1950 to 1955. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 and the Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1998. Perry has received a number of other awards including the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1980 and 1981), and Outstanding Civilian Service Medals from the Army (1962 and 1997), the Air Force (1997), the Navy (1997), the Defense Intelligence Agency (1977 and 1997), NASA (1981) and the Coast Guard (1997). He received the American Electronic Association's Medal of Achievement (1980), the Eisenhower Award (1996), the Marshall Award (1997), the Forrestal Medal (1994), and the Henry Stimson Medal (1994). The National Academy of Engineering selected him for the Arthur Bueche Medal in 1996. He has received awards from the enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, and the Air Force. He has received decorations from the governments of Albania, Bahrain, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Poland, Slovenia, and Ukraine. He received a BS and MS from Stanford University and a PhD from Pennsylvania State University, all in mathematics.

Rana Sarkar

Consul General of Canada
Mr. Rana Sarkar was appointed as Consul General of Canada in San Francisco | Silicon Valley in 2017, with accreditation for Northern California and Hawaii. He is also a member of Canada’s NAFTA Advisory Council.
Mr. Sarkar previously served as National Director for High Growth Markets at KPMG Canada, and co-chairman of the advisory board at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. From 2009 - 2013, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada-India Business Council.
In 2005, Mr. Sarkar co-founded Content Partners, a global content agency (sold in 2009), and, in 2001, the advisory firm Rawlings Atlantic Limited. He began his career as a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in London and Munich and helped establish Roland Berger in India. He also served as a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics and the CASS Business School at the University of London.
He attended the London School of Economics, Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, and the INSEAD Executive Program in France. He is a member of the advisory council of the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation, Canada2020, and The Literary Review of Canada and a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Mr. Sarkar is married to lawyer and author Reva Seth. They live in San Francisco with their three children and oversized labradoodle.

23 October

Alexandra "Sasha" Johnson

Global Technology Symposium
Founder and Managing Director of the Global Technology Capital and President of the Global Technology Symposium, a premier investor conference on global emerging markets held annually in Silicon Valley since 2003.
Alexandra is an experienced investor in early stage companies and was one of the first female partners in the VC community starting her first fund in 2003.
She is a board member of several science-enabled tech companies, based In Silicon Valley.
Prior to that, Alexandra was a Managing Director of DFJ VTB Capital Aurora, a venture group specializing in investments in the developing world. Alexandra invests in a broad range of companies targeting enterprise, material science, social network, and industry innovation and has grown a variety of product and services start-ups and emerging technology companies.
She was a private sector Co-Chair of the U.S. – Russia Innovation Working Group and has spent her career connecting Bay Area investors with companies in emerging markets, supporting international cooperation and global talent.
Previously Alexandra was CEO of Libritas, Inc., a venture backed provider of Information Technology (IT) products and managed telecom services for small, medium and Fortune 500 Corporations. Libritas was acquired in 2001.
Ms. Johnson was named among Top 20 most influential men and women in Bay Area finance (Worth)
Alexandra has an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley

23 October

Rustam Minnilkhanov

The Republic of Tatarstan

23 October

Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki, affectionately called Woj by many, heads up Creative Commons and is the driving force behind the country's largest high school journalism program. Over 600 kids in Palo Alto are electing to take journalism. Why? Esther believes in student press rights, encourages students to believe in themselves, and gives them the 21st century tools to do that. Her former student, actor James Franco said, She showed me that I could take my dreams as seriously as I wanted.

23 October

Mark Milian

Technology Editor
Bloomberg technology writer-editor. Formerly at CNN and the Los Angeles Times.

23 October

Steve Jurvetson

Future Ventures
Steve Jurvetson is an early-stage venture capitalist with a focus on founder-led, mission-driven companies at the cutting edge of disruptive technology and new industry formation. Steve was the early VC investor in SpaceX, Tesla, Planet, Memphis Meats, Hotmail, and the deep learning companies Mythic and Nervana. He also led investments in startups that were acquired for $16 billion, and five that went public in successful IPOs.
Before co-founding Future Ventures and DFJ, Steve was an R&D Engineer at Hewlett-Packard, where seven of his chip designs were fabricated. He also worked in product marketing at Apple and NeXT and management consulting with Bain & Company. He completed his undergraduate Electrical Engineering degree at Stanford in 2.5 years, graduating #1 in his class, and went on to earn a MSEE and MBA from Stanford.
In 2017, Steve received the Visionary Award from SV Forum. In 2016, President Barack Obama appointed Steve as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. Steve has also been honored as one of "Tech's Best Venture Investors" by Forbes, and as the “Venture Capitalist of the Year” by Deloitte.

23 October

Sheila Puffer

Northeastern University
University Distinguished Professor
Sheila M. Puffer is University Professor and Cherry Family Senior Fellow of International Business at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. She is also a fellow at the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University, and has served as program director of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America at Northeastern. She has been recognized as the #1 scholar internationally in business and management in Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe according to a 2005 Journal of International Business Studies article analyzing 13 leading academic journals from 1986-2003. She also ranks as the #1 most published author (tied) in the Journal of World Business from 1993-2003. She has been ranked in the top 5 percent of authors worldwide who published in the leading international business journals from 1996-2005, according to a Michigan State University study. She was also ranked among the top 100 authors who published in Administrative Science Quarterly from 1981-2001. Dr. Puffer has more than 140 publications, including over 65 refereed articles and 11 books. She served as the editor of The Academy of Management Executive as well as a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors from 1999-2002. She worked for six years as an administrator in the Government of Canada and has consulted for a number of private and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Puffer earned a degree from the executive management program at the Plekhanov Institute of the National Economy in Moscow, and holds BA (Slavic Studies) and MBA degrees from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley. 

23 October

Reese Jones

Singularity University
Reese Jones has 25 years in innovation, entrepreneurship & patents. As a venture strategist Reese has engaged in a dozen company's innovation, start up, financing, development, IPO, boards, mergers and acquisitions.
Activities include Netopia, Farallon, Convergence, C-Core, Mediabolic, Rotani Wireless, RCDb, WatchWith, Self Health Network, Genome Compiler, Cambrian Genomics, Dulcetta, Focus@Will, SU Labs and Singularity University; also Venture Partnerships including Accel, August, Telesoft, Current Group LLP, Definitive Partners, and others.
Reese has academic experience in biophysics and human brain research at UC Berkeley, LBL, and UCSF. Jones supports public education via UC Berkeley, Wikipedia, Chabot Space Science Center, Genetics Advisory Counsel at Harvard Medical School, Trustee at Singularity University at NASA Ames and Trustee at Santa Fe Institute.

23 October

David Yang

David Yang grew up in Yerevan, Armenia, and is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Faculty of General and Applied Physics. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Physics. In 1989, while still in university, David founded his first company, ABBYY, which today is a leading developer of document recognition, data capture and linguistic software.
The company has offices in a range of countries around the world and sells its products in more than 150 countries. In 1998, David founded Cybiko, Inc. with an idea to develop peer-to-peer (P2P) RF networking technologies for mobile hand-held devices enabling communication, shared data and access to external resources.

Micha Benoliel

At age 8, Micha taught himself how to code on a flight simulator in Basic on a Zenith PC that his father was using for accounting purposes. Subsequently, he wrote his first games on a Texas Instrument TI 99 4A, ATARI 512ST and Amiga 500. Micha has been a pioneer in VoIP and launched several telecommunications services in the past decade. He enabled Skype to start SkypeIn and SkypeOut, the innovation that scaled up its monetization and other premium Skype services. In 2011, Micha co-founded Open Garden to build a new generation of mobile network leveraging the smartphone infrastructure. Open Garden is the creator of FireChat, the first off-the-grid messaging app, leveraging peer-to-peer mesh networking.

23 October

Nichol Bradford

The Transformative Technology Lab
Nichol Bradford is fascinated by human possibility and how technology can help individuals expand beyond their perceived limits to develop and transform themselves to the highest level.

She spent the last decade exploring these ideas in the online game industry, serving as a senior executive with responsibility for strategy, operations and marketing for major brands that include: Activision Blizzard, Disney, and Vivendi. Most recently she managed the operations of Blizzard properties, including World of Warcraft, in China.

Now, as the CEO of the Willow Group and Executive Director of the Transformative Technology Lab, Nichol is applying those same skills to the realm of elevating psychological well-being. Willow is a transformative technology company focused on employing rigorous scientific research to develop training protocols, hardware and software that can produce a reliable and positive change in the human experience. TTL is the nexus point for Transformative Technology for the academic, industry, and public sectors.

Nichol is a graduate of Singularity University GSP15, has an MBA from Wharton School of Business in Strategy, and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston. She is a fellow of the British American Project, currently serves on the board of the Brandon Marshall Foundation for Mental Health, and is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

23 October

Franklin Johnson

AB candidate
Stanford University
Franklin is a senior at Stanford majoring in Computer Science, specializing in AI. He has interned at tech startups Grid Dynamics and Nebbiolo Technologies, and also DHVC (Digital Horizons), a tech VC with global prominence in blockchain investments. Raised in a VC family, Franklin has a natural passion for the field.

23 October

Waverly Long

Palo Alto High School
Waverly Long, age 17, is a senior at Palo Alto High School and an editor-in-chief of The Campanile, the student-run newspaper. Waverly and the other four editors have led The Campanile’s staff to produce three issues of the paper so far this year. Last year, Waverly’s articles received recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Journalism Education Association of Northern California, and the California Press Women.

She is also an aspiring author. Last summer, Waverly studied in the creative writing department of the California State Summer School for the Arts, and she is currently writing a novel.

In addition to being a writer, Waverly is a violinist and violist. She is concertmaster of Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) and co-founder and co-president of Paly Chamber Musicians (PCM). She has performed at Carnegie Hall with her string quartet, won PACO’s concerto competition, and is a two-time soloist. Aside from performing on the stage, Waverly loves busking downtown, playing in senior centers, and coaching younger musicians.

23 October

Ravi Belani

Managing Director
Alchemist Accelerator
Ravi Belani is Fenwick & West Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Stanford University, and Managing Director of the Alchemist Accelerator, an enterprise seed accelerator backed by Cisco, DFJ, Khosla Ventures, Salesforce, Sapphire Ventures, and USVP. Alchemist grads include MightyHive, Rigetti Quantum Computing, and Zipongo. Ravi formerly spent six years as part of the investment team at Draper Fisher Jurvetson's Menlo Park global headquarters, where he led investments and served on the boards as the first institutional investor in companies such as Justin.TV & Twitch (acquired by Amazon for $970m), Pubmatic, Vizu (acq’d by Nielsen), and Yield Software (acq'd by Autonomy). Ravi formerly worked in product management at two Kleiner Perkins enterprise startups, and as a consultant in McKinsey and Company's San Francisco office. Ravi is a Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi graduate of Stanford University, holding a BS with Distinction and MS in Industrial Engineering. Ravi also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

22 October

Michael Geer

Chief Strategy Officer
Michael Geer is the Chief Strategy Officer of AnchorFree, the largest internet security and freedom platform with 650 million installs of their security and anti-censorship technology on devices around the world. He has been on the founding teams and helped build several +100 million user networks. He is also the cofounder of which passionately advocates for the idea that for-profit businesses should be a positive change agent in the world. MG personally works every day to leverage technology to deliver more power and a better life to individuals worldwide.

23 October

Keith Koo

Managing Partner
Guardian Insight Group
Keith is a Founder and Managing Partner of Guardian Insight Group a Technology Risk advisory services firm dedicated to identifying, assessing, controlling and mitigating the risks associated with doing business with technology companies and vendors such as: financial, blockchain, pricing/cost, cyber, information security, business resiliency, disaster recovery, regulatory and compliance. Keith also serves as a mentor and advisor to a number of companies, technology startups and incubators.
Before starting Guardian Insight Group, Keith was the Managing Director and Head of the Third Party Risk Management program for the Mitsubishi Financial Group (MUFG) and was responsible for ensuring that the Bank had the proper framework, policies and controls to meet regulatory standards for effective oversight of third parties/vendors.

Previously he held Senior Leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard and other technology and financial service companies in Mergers and Acquisitions, Divestitures, Technology and Risk Management.
Keith holds a B.A. in Organizational Behavior from the University of California and advanced certifications from Stanford, the University of California, and George Washington Universities.

23 October

Orest Byskosh

Head of Resear
Ausum Ventures
Orest Byskosh has been involved with and investing in cryptocurrencies for the past five years. He has published many articles relating to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, including one of the first analyses on the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) that achieved over 300,000 views within two months of publishing. Orest started his investment career with cloud mining contracts then became involved in ICO investing over two years ago with notable positions including Golem and Current. He has consulted various companies in the space on their backend structure as well as token economics and launched his own Ethereum point of sales company. Orest has a formal background in mathematics and economics and joined Ausum as head of research: leading the due diligence process for the firm.

23 October

Ak Bars Bank

General Sponsor

Astound Commerce

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Da Vinci Capital

General Sponsor

Pitch Master Class (Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA)

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA


Global Innovator Competition Part I (Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA)

11:00 AM 01:00 PM Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA

Global Innovator Competition Part II (Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA)

01:00 PM 04:00 PM Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA

Reception (Nia Hotel)

05:00 PM 07:00 PM Nia Hotel

Continental Breakfast (Nia Hotel)

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

Generations: Where We Have Been, Where We are Going (Nia Hotel)

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Nia Hotel


Forces of Change (Nia Hotel)

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Nia Hotel


Luncheon keynote: Navigating Disruption (Nia Hotel)

12:30 PM 01:30 PM Nia Hotel


The Changing Face of Entrepreneurship (Nia Hotel)

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Nia Hotel


Pick Us! (Nia Hotel)

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Nia Hotel

Venture capital firms pitch to the top three companies selected on
Day One. Moderated by Keith Koo.


Peak Silicon Valley? Investors from Inside and Outside Valley (Nia Hotel)

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Nia Hotel


Awards and closing remarks (Nia Hotel)

05:00 PM 05:15 PM Nia Hotel

Presentation of Global Innovator Award

Reception (Nia Hotel)

05:15 PM 07:00 PM Nia Hotel