October 24-27, 2017       Silicon Valley

#GTS2016 Speakers

  • Adrian Fenty

    Adrian Fenty | Perkins Coie and former Washington DC mayor

    Adrian Malik Fenty is a member of the business development team at Perkins Coie LLP and a special advisor at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of three nonprofits: Genesys Works-Bay Area, College Track and Fight for Children. He has also embarked on a career as a paid speaker and part-time college professor. Previously, Fenty served as the sixth mayor of the District of Columbia and a council member for six years. A Washington, D.C. native, Fenty is a graduate of Oberlin College and Howard University Law School.

  • Alan Eustace

    Alan Eustace | Engineer/Stratospheric Explorer

    Alan Eustace retired as Senior Vice President of Knowledge in April 2015 after 13 years with Google. In his last three years at Google, his 20% project was to work with the world class StratEX team to build and test a scuba-like system for the exploration of the Stratosphere. In the final test of this system, Alan and the StratEX team set three new world records for the highest exit altitude (135,899 feet), distance of fall with drogue (123,435 feet) and vertical speed with drogue (820 mph).

  • Alana Aldag Ackerson

    Alana Aldag Ackerson | Signum Investments

    Alana is Managing Partner and President of Signum Investments. Most recently, she served as CEO of The Thiel Foundation, where she led the organization’s efforts to support the next-generation of entrepreneurs and to promote radical scientific and technological innovations through more effective approaches to venture philanthropy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Alana served as President and founding Partner of Cabezon Investment Group. Alana has also served as VP, Social Engagement for SoFi, a peer-to-peer student loan platform, and as a Partner of the private equity firm Farmland LP. Previously, Alana was a Director at the global macro investment firm Clarium.

    Alana is a member of the Board of Governors for Opportunity International, sits on the Board for the Association of Women in Alternative Investing and serves on the Leadership Council for the Classy Awards. She has sat on the Executive Committee of Breakout Labs and the SF Organizing Committee for the International Justice Mission. Alana holds a B.A. with Honors in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University. She received her M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Alana earned a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Ministry degree.

  • Alex Freedland

    Alex Freedland | Mirantis Inc.

    Alex Freedland is Mirantis’ co-founder and CEO. With more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience, Alex brings a unique combination of business acumen and intimate understanding of the OpenStack community and technology. Alex serves on the Board of the OpenStack Foundation and was recently recognized by Business Insider as one of the “Most Important People in Cloud Computing”.

    A serial Entrepreneur, Alex co-founded RSI Group, Inc., one of the world’s principal providers of Receivables Management Software, which sold to London Bridge Software PLC (now part of Fair Isaac Corporation-NYSE: FICO) at 800% return to the investors. Alex’s previous experience includes a wide range of technical and management positions with Tektronix, IBM, ADP, Netscape, and KLA-Tencor. .

    He holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University in California.

  • Alex Gurevich

    Alex Gurevich | Javelin Venture Partners

    At Javelin, Alex is a generalist, looking for disruptive opportunities across a variety of sectors, including digital media, marketplaces, e-commerce , education, mobile, and enterprise SaaS. He is a board director or board observer for Engrade (acquired by  McGraw-Hill ), FEM, KitchIt, KopoKopo, Pixalate, Plug. DJ, Spotsetter (acquired by Apple), Skytree, Telerivet, TheHunt (acquired by Pinterest), Thumbtack and Weddington Way.

    Prior to joining Javelin, Alex was a Principal at DFJ Aurora, where he helped establish one of the first venture capital funds focused on high tech investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to DFJ, Alex was the first employee at ooma, a  venture-backed company in the consumer electronics, VoIP (voice over IP) space, where he led the company’s initial product roll out, customer acquisition, and retail distribution strategy in product management and business development roles. Alex was also co-founder of  Say-Hey-Hey .com, one of the web’s first free video dating sites, where he was in charge of all product development, fundraising, and business development efforts. Alex serves as a key advisor to several Silicon Valley early stage start-ups , including Sifteo (acquired by 3DRobotics) and PointSourcePower, as well as the Global Technology Symposium — the premier investor conference on emerging markets.

    Alex holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was co-President of the Venture Capital Club, a leader of a Global Study Trip, and a Board Fellow. He also holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering, a B.A. in International Relations, and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. During his time at Stanford, Alex was a Mayfield Fellow and led major technology centered research projects at General Motors and IBM for Stanford’s Center for Work, Technology, and Organization. When he’s not working in SF, Alex spends a lot of his free time in LA, chasing his welsh corgi around various dog parks and beaches. He’s an avid basketball fan and global explorer.

  • Alexandra "Sasha" Johnson

    Alexandra "Sasha" Johnson | GTS Conferences, LLC

    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.

    She is a board member of several tech companies, including Grid Dynamics, VisionLabs, and Rolith.

    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, alternative energy, and industry innovation and has grown a variety of product and services start-ups and emerging technology companies in the U.S, Russia and the CIS.

    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 a founder and managing director of Landbridge Capital LLC, an investment firm targeting U.S.-based companies commercializing Russian technology. Prior to forming Landbridge Capital, Ms. Johnson 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.

    Alexandra was named among Top 20 most influential men and women in Bay Area finance in 2015 (Worth).

    Alexandra received an M.A. with honors from the Far Eastern State University, Vladivostok and a Ph. D. from University of St. Petersburg. She also has an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley

  • Alexandra Suich

    Alexandra Suich | The Economist

    Alexandra Suich is The Economist’s US Technology Editor. Previously she served as Media Editor, based in London and New York, where she wrote about the television, film, newspaper, music and marketing businesses worldwide. Her feature stories on media include a special report about marketing and technology, called «Little Brother», and an essay on the future of books, «From Papyrus to Pixels». Alexandra has also served as The Economist’s Finance Correspondent and wrote about hedge funds, private equity and insurance. She started writing for The Economist in 2008, and has also published articles with Newsweek International, Slate, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Nation. Alexandra was named Britain’s Young Financial Journalist of the Year 2012 by the Wincott Foundation. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale, where she double-majored in history and African studies.
  • Allen Taylor

    Allen Taylor | Endeavor Catalyst

    Based in San Francisco, Allen leads Endeavor’s efforts to connect its portfolio of 700+ high-growth companies with US-based mentors and investors. He oversees the Endeavor Investor Network — a program he launched in 2011 to connect US-based venture capital and growth equity investors with high-impact entrepreneurs and local investment partners across Latin America, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. Since joining Endeavor in 2006, Allen has facilitated thousands of mentoring connections, and helped Endeavor companies raise more than $600M in equity capital.

    Allen also serves as the Managing Director of Endeavor Catalyst, an innovative co-investment vehicle through which Endeavor can invest into its portfolio companies. Launched in January 2012, Endeavor Catalyst has raised $35M in philanthropically donated and invested capital, and invested over $17M into 30 Endeavor companies in 12 countries. To date, Endeavor Catalyst has co-invested alongside a number of leading venture capital and growth equity funds, including Accel Partners, General Atlantic, NEA, Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global. Investments include Globant (NYSE: GLOB) in Argentina; Yemeksepeti.com (acquired by Delivery Hero) in Turkey and Ruma in Indonesia.

    A native Californian and travel enthusiast, Allen has studied, worked and traveled in over 75 countries. A graduate of Princeton University, he has been recognized as a Fulbright Scholar, a Kauffman Fellow, and one of the “Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders." He is married and lives in Woodside, California.

  • Andy Tsao

    Andy Tsao | Silicon Valley Bank (2016 GIC Head Judge)

    Andy Tsao is a Managing Director and leads SVB’s Global Gateway, which assists innovation companies in the emerging markets with their US and international market expansion. In addition, Tsao leads SVB Global Private Equity Services, working with SVB’s international private equity and venture capital clients, particularly those in the emerging markets. He brings more than 20 years of experience banking dynamic companies in technology industries worldwide. In his roles, Tsao manages SVB’s relationships with venture capital and private equity firms outside the U.S., and also helps emerging market companies as they seek U.S. market entry and U.S. companies as they seek to expand abroad. In both capacities, Tsao provides these firms with strategic advice and banking services, including debt financing, based on a deep understanding of their needs. Previously, Tsao led and helped found SVB’s U.K.-based operation, SVB Financial Group UK Ltd, which was established in 2004. Tsao is a TiE Silicon Valley Charter Member and Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) Silicon Valley Co-President and Charter Member, and serves on the West Coast Advisory Board for Colgate University. Tsao earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA from Boston University.

  • Ben Davis

    Ben Davis | Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of ILLUMINATE

    Ben Davis envisions art in places and ways most others don’t. Fueled by a passion for infrastructure-he seeks to illuminate the wisdom that we do better when we work selflessly toward a shared meaningful purpose. For more than a quarter century, he has led communication teams on civic mega projects promoting public safety, public health, public transit, the environment, urban revitalization and public art. Ben has helped name and brand infrastructure projects totaling more than $15b in civic investment. He has edited and published EVERYTHING INDICATES: Bay Bridge Poems & Portraits. He is the artist behind Pi In The Sky, a featured work of the 2012 ZERO1 Art & Technology International Biennial and SXSW 2014.

  • Bill Reichert

    Bill Reichert | Garage Technology Ventures (#GIC2016 Judge)

    Bill Reichert is Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a leading seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund, based in Silicon Valley. Garage makes seed investments in promising early stage technology companies and works intensively with them to help them to the next step. Some of Garage’s most successful startups include Pandora, Tripwire, LeftHand Networks, Coremetrics, Hoku Scientific, Kaboodle, WhiteHat Security and Simply Hired.

    Bill has spent most of his career as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Prior to joining Garage in 1998, Bill was a  co-founder and senior executive at several early-stage , venture-backed technology companies, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, Infa Technologies, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, Bill worked at McKinsey & Co. in Los Angeles, the World Bank in Washington, DC, and Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York. Bill earned his BA from Harvard University and his MBA from Stanford University.

  • Bradley Rotter

    Bradley Rotter | WatershipBlue Inc.

    Bradley began investing in Hedge funds in 1982 (before they were really called that) and pioneered making venture equity investments in emerging managers (seeding) beginning in 1985. He has been a catalyst in a number of new asset classes including financial futures, options, life settlements, the internet and digital currency. He has launched companies and satellites and traded everything from oil tankers to rare coins.

    As a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, Rotter was instrumental in the launch of numerous financial futures contracts and traded in the pits.

    Since 2006, Bradley has focused his energy and capital on enterprises that impact the security of the homeland, which led to his focus on the severe water crisis facing CA, Fla and the Southwest as well as significant other areas of the planet.

    Bradley has been investing in technology and alternative assets from his base in San Francisco for the last 30 years.

  • Claudia Fan Munce

    Claudia Fan Munce | Board Member Bank of the West/BNP & Venture Advisor, NEA

    Claudia joined NEA in 2016 after 30 years of service with IBM where she held many technical and business leadership positions. She founded the Venture Capital Group within IBM, where she served as its Managing Director and Vice President of Corporate Development. The Venture Capital Group is a unit in IBM that drives non-organic growth through partnerships and M&A activities globally, focusing on growth markets, and disruptive technology and business models. Prior to that position she headed the licensing and commercialization group in the IBM Research Lab.

    Claudia is a board member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), chairwoman of the board of the Global Corporate Venturing, Advisor to the American Advancement of Science Lemelson Fellowship, board member of Bank of the West / BNP Paribas, and advisory board member of other global venture capital organizations, including Latin American Venture Capital Association, Women in Leadership in Private Equity in China, Canadian Innovation Exchange, Savannah Fund in Africa, and others.

    Claudia is frequently cited as a pioneer and leader in the corporate venture community and contributed to many articles on corporate venture innovation published in Business Week, WSJ, NYT, and others. In the March 2015 issue of The Worth Magazine, she was named as one of the 20 most powerful players in Silicon Valley.

    Claudia was born in Taiwan and grew up in Brazil. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Santa Clara University School of Engineering, and a master’s degree in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

  • Colleen Cutcliffe

    Colleen Cutcliffe | PhD, Whole Biome

    Co-founder and CEO of Whole Biome, an early stage microbiome company. Colleen has over a decade of experience managing and directing fundamental biology research teams in the academic, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Prior to starting Whole Biome, Colleen served as the Senior Manager of Biology at Pacific Biosciences, a Scientist at Elan Pharmaceuticals and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. Colleen received her Ph. D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in Biochemistry from Wellesley College.

  • Danetha Doe

    Danetha Doe | Money & Mimosas

    Danetha Doe is a business strategist and the founder of Money & Mimosas, the #1 accounting resource for women business owners. A former accountant, she is a mentor at the StartupBootCamp Fintech, President of Future of Accounting events, and the millennial brand ambassador for Xero. In 2015, Danetha was named one of the Top 40 under 40 accounting professionals by CPA Practice Advisor and is a sought after speaker on the “Future of Accounting”. You can learn more about her at www.danethadoe.com

  • David Goldsmith

    David Goldsmith | Serial Entrepreneur, Author (#GIC2016 Judge)

    David Goldsmith is Co-founder and President of New York, Hong Kong based Goldsmith Organization, and Buzd, LLC a San Francisco based patent development and funding company, Head of Strategy for Innosect a Silicon Valley innovation analytics, big data, and advisory company, Partner of Slice 3 a Johannesburg big data and consulting company, an award-winning author of Paid to THINK, engaging keynote speaker, patent holding inventor, former 12-year professor at New York University, serial entrepreneur, advisor to tech startups, and groundbreaking business thought leader.

    Mr. Goldsmith, touted by experts as the Deming and Drucker of our time, is a leading authority on strategy, innovation, and forecasting. Mr. Goldsmith has received a number of prestigious awards for his professional and community achievements such as The Citizens Foundation Central New York Entrepreneur of the Year and the Central New York 40 under 40 Leadership Award. His contributions have placed him on the Board of Directors of a number of community oriented organizations and his accomplishments have appeared in media around the world, including Bloomberg Media, Forbes, Fortune, WSJ, the Japanese version of Entrepreneur Magazine, and the Financial Times.

    The demand for Mr. Goldsmith's insights and rapid ability to transform organizations takes him 300,000 miles around the globe each year to advise CXOs on how to create opportunities and innovatively drive business. Clients include profits (including FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies), and not-for-profit, government, military and educational organizations.

    One of the projects Mr. Goldsmith is currently leading is to advance human space exploration and to create a space based economy with NASA.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey

    Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey | National Geographic Explorer

    Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cultural technology and intelligence.

    Based on more than 30 years of research in the world’s most remote regions, this is the synthesis of her work:

    “Beyond one’s thought system is a reservoir of untapped intelligence. Most people lack the ability to access that reservoir deliberately.“

    Her keen and relevant insights make her a much sought-after advisor to world leaders. She serves on numerous boards, including the Tibet Fund for the Dalai Lama.

    Dr. Lindsey is the first Polynesian Explorer and female Fellow in the history of the National Geographic Society.

    Her speaking engagements include Oxford University, Google, Harvard University, TED, and the YPO/WPO.

    United Nations Visionary Award. 2010.

    Woman of the Year, Hawaii. 2004.

    A humanitarian and philanthropist with scholarships in SE Asia and the Pacific, Lindsey is a former Miss Hawaii and an award-winning filmmaker.

  • Dr. Keith Weiner

    Dr. Keith Weiner | Gold Standard Institute USA

    Keith Weiner is president of the Gold Standard Institute USA in Phoenix, AZ, and CEO of precious metals fund manager Monetary Metals. He created DiamondWare, a technology company that he sold to Nortel Networks in 2008. He speaks and writes about free markets, money, credit, and gold.

  • Ellen Huet

    Ellen Huet | Bloomberg

    Ellen Huet is a reporter at Bloomberg and Bloomberg Businessweek, where she covers startups and Silicon Valley. Before that, she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine and a breaking news and business reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Eric Benhamou

    Eric Benhamou | Benhamou Global Ventures

    Eric Benhamou has 40 years of experience in the IT industry, including 13 years of active venture capital experience. He founded Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV) in 2003 where he served as Managing Director and made active investments in early stage information technology Silicon Valley firms focused on global enterprise and telecommunications markets. BGV invested in Swan Labs (F5), Dasient (TWTR), Voltaire(MLNX), Finjan(FNJN), Contextream (HP) and Load Dynamix. Eric currently serves on the boards of Grid Dynamics and Ayehu, both recent investments of BGV’s fund II.

    Prior to BGV, Eric Benhamou was the first 3Com CEO to formalize a corporate investment strategy and started 3Com Ventures, a $250 million corporate venture fund in 1998.

    Eric Benhamou has extensive corporate governance experience, having served on more than 25 corporate boards, including 10 publicly traded companies such as 3Com, Palm, Netscape, Legato and Real Networks. He continues to serve on the boards of Cypress Semiconductors (CY), as Director of Silicon Valley Bank (SVBFG) and of Finjan Holdings (FNJN). Through his career, Eric Benhamou participated in 7 IPO’s and 35 M&A’s.

    Prior to his venture capital experience, Eric Benhamou built and operated several IT companies and experienced all the stages of growth from start-up to Global Fortune 500. Principally, he served as CEO of 3Com from 1990 to 2000 and grew revenues 25 fold during his tenure. In his last year as CEO, 3Com was ranked 294 in the Fortune 500 rankings. He also served as CEO of Palm until 2003, and subsequently as Chairman of the Board. Both 3Com and Palm were sold to HP in 2010. Prior to 3Com, Eric Benhamou was a founder of Bridge Communications, an early networking pioneer which he helped take public on NASDAQ in 1985. He started his career as a software engineer at Zilog in 1977.

    Eric Benhamou has been teaching entrepreneurship in various business schools around the world for the past 10 years, principally at INSEAD, Stanford and IDC’s Herzliya’s Arison School of Business, where he is was a visiting professor. He is also active in several non profit organizations. He chairs the Israel Venture Network and the American Friends of Arts et Métiers. He also served on the Advisory Board of Stanford’s school of Engineering and of Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

    Eric Benhamou, 60, has an MS from Stanford University’s School of Engineering, a Diplôme d’Ingénieur and a Doctorate from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, Paris. He also holds several honorary doctorates and international awards.

  • Fred Thiel

    Fred Thiel | Theil Advisors

    Fred Thiel has over 30 years of experience leading and advising companies and investors in the technology, data communications, Internet, IoT/M2M (Internet of Things/machine to machine), automation, Big Data, digital media and software industries. He has repeatedly helped drive rapid growth and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in shareholder value through a focus on transformational value creation, innovation and a keen understanding of how trends and disruptive technologies affect businesses and industries.

    Fred is a technology and industry visionary and frequent keynote speaker on the Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on the future of our daily lives, business models, industries and society at global events as well as corporate and industry conferences (see partial list below). He is also a guest lecturer to MBA classes at both the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business and the University of San Diego (USD) on the topics of innovation, strategy, disruption and transformational growth.

    Fred has helped companies transform their business models and leverage the disruptive trends affecting industries globally. He works with management teams and helps boards of directors evaluate, develop and execute strategies to transform operating businesses and product lines, drive innovation initiatives and create new product lines and business models that drive growth and create value.

    He has developed visionary concepts and products with a recent focus on helping companies develop and execute strategies for collaborative autonomous systems, intelligent sensor systems, predictive maintenance solutions, and intelligent fleet and asset management solutions.

    He has also helped clients develop and evaluate investment strategies and target companies as part of their M&A operations.

    Areas of focus:

    • Corporate strategy and execution
    • Product, market and channel strategy and execution
    • Technology strategy and execution
    • Marketing strategy and execution
    • M&A and investment strategy and execution

    Fred’s clients include product manufacturers, service providers, software developers, as well as private equity/venture capital firms and their portfolio companies.

    Partial List of Speaking Engagements:

    • Keynote speaker: CIO & IT Leadership Conference — Puerto Rico Information
    • Technology Cluster (“PRIT-C”) hosted conference for CIOs from 800 of the top companies across Latin America and Caribbean
    • Keynote Speaker: YPO/WPO World Technology Summit, Santa Monica, CA
    • Keynote speaker: M2M Global Summit – Global conference for IoT/M2M technology
    • leaders, Dusseldorf, Germany
    • Speaker: Cisco Fog Computing Conference – San Jose, CA
    • Speaker: ID Tech Expo Conference – San Jose, CA
    • Keynote Speaker: Southern California CTO Forum, Los Angeles, CA
    • Speaker: Borrell Local Online Advertising Conference, New York, NY
    • Speaker: Roth Capital Conference, Dana Point, CA
    • Speaker: SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Internet and Digital Media Conference, San Francisco, CA
    • Speaker: Rodman & Renshaw Global Investment Conference, New York, NY
    • Panelist: OCTANe Technology Investors Forum, Newport Beach, CA
    • Panelist: StreetFight.Org Conference, San Francisco, CA
    • Panelist: Siemer Summit, Los Angeles, CA
  • Frode Odegard

    Frode Odegard | Lean Systems Institute

    Frode L. Odegard is the founder of the Lean Systems Institute (LSI), a research and consulting firm working with leaders to design beautiful organizations. Originally from Norway, Frode moved to Silicon Valley after founding his first software company in high school. He subsequently founded four additional companies, including LSI in 2004. Frode led LSI’s decade-long effort of reinventing Lean for modern knowledge work, resulting in the Lean Systems Framework. The methodology has been used in larger organizations such as Lockheed, Honeywell and Schibsted as well as in smaller firms across many industries. For this contribution Frode was made a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society.

    Frode’s second major contribution goes beyond Lean to the heart of the dramatic disruption from exponential technologies that we see today. Researching 10,000 years of human organizations, he concluded that the disruption goes beyond technology and economics; we are transitioning to a new post-industrial civilization. Frode developed Post-Lean, a new approach to innovation and organizational design for this new era. Outside of work, Frode’s biggest passions are philosophy, history, mathematics, historical linguistics and Aikido. He resides in Silicon Valley.

  • George Ugras

    George Ugras | Managing Director, IBM Ventures

    George Ugras is Managing Director — IBM Ventures. Based at IBM’s offices in San Francisco,
    Dr. Ugras will lead IBM Ventures, whose mission is to engage with innovators globally to enable
    entrepreneurial activity that is relevant to IBM. He will focus on strategic relationships that
    drive innovation and maximize growth tied to IBM’s strategic imperatives, including: cloud,
    analytics/cognitive computing, mobile, social and cybersecurity.

    According to Kevin Reardon, IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Development, «George will be a
    valued member of IBM’s Venture organizations, bringing years of expertise in strategic areas
    such as big data, analytics and cloud. In addition to his work with the VC community, George
    will extend IBM’s reach into the global community of entrepreneurs and unleash new
    opportunities that drive growth and innovation for IBM.»

    Dr. Ugras joined IBM from ACM, an early stage venture fund, where he was General Partner
    managing investments across big data infrastructure, cloud computing and analytics. He has
    founded and run start-ups during his career and served as advisor and director to a number of
    venture-backed companies. He is the founder of a life science company — CyteGen. Dr. Ugras
    started his investment career at Apax Partners, a global investment firm where he invested in
    early stage technology companies. Prior to Apax Dr. Ugras was with McKinsey & Co. in
    New York advising Fortune 500 companies on growth strategy.

    Dr. Ugras has lectured on Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon, UCLA and Stanford, as well as
    advising faculty on technology spin-offs at various other universities. He also provided
    oversight on the Space Electronics Group at CalTech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
    Dr. Ugras holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Fairleigh Dickinson and a Ph. D. in Applied
    Physics from Yale. He was a research fellow at CalTech in Physics.

  • Ingrid Sanders

    Ingrid Sanders | PopExpert

    Ingrid Sanders is CEO and Founder of popexpert.com. popexpert is backed by some of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley, New York and beyond, including Learn Capital, Capricorn Investment Group, Structure Capital, Box Group, Expansion Venture Capital and Summit. popexpert works with thousands of expert teachers, coaches and consultants to create high quality, on demand learning experiences around the topics that matter most in life and at work. Created once and in-house , our classes are syndicated across multiple touch points; from subscription access to hundreds of classes on demand, to custom enterprise portals to train and upskill employees from any industry. After 10 years experience working primarily in technology, Ingrid spent six months on sabbatical traveling and studying topics related to mindfulness and well being. During this time she received certification as a Jivamukti Yoga Instructor and studied as a health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. popexpert was inspired by the time she spent on sabbatical in 2012 studying directly with experts in yoga, meditation, nutrition, relationships and ukelele. The popexpert mission is to inspire and enable lifelong learning by making it easy to find a trusted expert for topics that help you get better at life, work and play. Ingrid has been featured on Huff Po, Entrepreneurs Magazine, Women 2.0 and beyond.

  • Jeany Stein

    Jeany Stein | Panotip

    Jeany Stein is a serial entrepreneur and has successfully created and grown several companies. Presently, Jeany is the CEO & Founder of Panotip www.panotip.com, an interactive knowledge-based platform that enables immediate, efficient connection between people seeking advice and experts offering customized, personal assistance as well as online education.

    Jeany is also founder and chairman of Select2gether. Jeany also founded Design Universe to replace written paper forms with electronic ones through Mobile tablets. Design Universe created the world’s leading software that could convert handwritten meeting notes, reports, and forms into computer automatic text forms, and Design Universe also makes these forms sharable through mobile communications devices.

    Prior to founding companies, Jeany was a researcher and scientist, holding numerous patents related to her work in hardware and software technology, including 3D display and interactive toolbars. There, she worked for the German Ministry of Research, coaching and mentoring students in achieving their master degrees and authoring publications and giving talks at Stanford, MIT, Caltech, and Berkeley among other universities on topics ranging from interactive computer graphics to artificial intelligence, machine learning, genetic algorithms and brain studies. Jeany regularly gives invited talks for national and international technology and business forums on the subject of the future of intelligent and disruptive technologies. Presently, she is an advisor and mentor to many women in Tech and she is an investor in several startups. She is interested in Deep Learning, artificial intelligence, big data, wearable technology, longevity and access to on-demand knowledge and expertise.

    Jeany has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating to few charitable organizations and scientific research programs. She is creating a foundation to empower leadership in women and men in Silicon Valley.

  • Jeffrey Hayzlett

    Jeffrey Hayzlett | The Hayzlett Group, C-Suite Network

    Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV, and business radio host of All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett on CBS on-demand radio network Play.It. He is a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most powerful network of C-Suite leaders. Hayzlett is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of two bestselling business books, The Mirror Test and Running the Gauntlet. His third book, Think Big, Act Bigger, released in September 2015. Hayzlett is one of the most compelling figures in business today.


    Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and C-Suite executive who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.

  • Jeremy Fiance

    Jeremy Fiance | The Berkeley Fund (#GIC2016 Judge)

    Jeremy Fiance is a pre-seed and seed stage investor. While a student at UC Berkeley, Jeremy prototyped Berkeley’s startup potential co-launching several campus initiatives, including Kairos Society Berkeley and Free Ventures, that have sparked over 100 startups. As an entrepreneur, Jeremy started a health data science startup called Dropsense and actively advises several Berkeley startups, including Lily. As an investor, Jeremy was the youngest ever Associate at Keiretsu Forum, Managing Partner at Dorm Room Fund Berkeley, and an Associate at CrunchFund.

  • Jerry Weissman

    Jerry Weissman | Power Presentations Ltd.

    Jerry Weissman is the world’s number one corporate presentations coach. The author of five bestselling books, his private client list reads like a who’s who of the world’s best companies, including the top brass at Yahoo!, Intel, Intuit, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Dolby Labs, and many others. Jerry founded Power Presentations, Ltd. in 1988, with an early success as the coach of the Cisco Systems IPO road show. Since then Jerry has coached over 600 other IPO road show presentations, raising hundreds of billions of dollars. He has also helped thousands of companies develop and deliver a multitude of winning business presentations.

  • Juan Enríquez

    Juan Enríquez | Excel Venture Management

    Managing Director, Excel Venture Management, bestselling author, Co-Founder , Synthetic Genomics and multiple start ups.

    An active investor in early stage private companies in the life sciences and big data sectors, Juan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic code. He is the co-author of Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Shaping Life on Earth (Penguin; March 2015) which describes a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, themselves, and other species. He is also the author of the global bestseller As The Future Catches You and of The Untied States of America, and co-author of Homo Evolutis. Juan writes, speaks, and teaches about the profound changes that genomics and other life sciences will cause in business, technology, politics and society. He is one of the TED all-stars . He and Bill Gates were the first outside guest curators for TED. He was the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project and is on the Harvard Medical School Advisory Council. He has published papers and articles in a wide variety of forums including The Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Science, Nature, and the New York Times.

  • Kevin Hartz

    Kevin Hartz | Eventbrite

    Kevin is responsible for guiding the vision for Eventbrite and driving key strategic decisions. Kevin was previously Co-Founder and CEO of Xoom Corporation (NASD: XOOM), an international money transfer company, servicing more than 30 countries worldwide. He has served as an  early-stage investor and advisor to successful start-ups including the likes of PayPal, Pinterest, Lookout, Flixster, Airbnb, Trulia, andYammer.

  • Kira Kimhi

    Kira Kimhi | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (#GIC2016 Judge)

    Kira Kimhi is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she focuses on business transactions driven by the development, licensing, acquisition, or divestiture of intellectual property and technology. Her practice also includes intellectual property and commercial matters in mergers, acquisitions, initial public offerings, venture and private equity financings, and other complex strategic transactions.

    Kira's clients range from start-ups and mature private companies to large public companies in various technology-driven industries, including software, hardware, semiconductors and electronics, clean technologies, video gaming (including free-to-play and MMOG), social media, e-commerce, and Internet. Her involvement in a company's lifecycle from day-to-day operations to major transactions provides a unique value-add to her clients.

    Kira brings extensive international experience. She has worked in Russia and Italy and routinely advises international clients doing business in the U.S., primarily focusing on companies and investors from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Israel, and Italy. Kira is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and Italian.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kira practiced in New York City, where she specialized in entertainment, media, and corporate law.

  • Lily Sarafan | Home Care Assistance

    Co-founder and CEO of Home Care Assistance, the fastest growing company in the $100B in-home (health)care industry. From startup to  venture-backed growth company and now, industry champion, HCA has grown to 6,000+ employees across 120 global markets. The company is consistently recognized as an employer of choice and best-in-class consumer product, and Lily as a featured expert on digital health and the future of aging at the White House and conferences around the world.

    Lily is also an investor and advisor to startups, mentor for 500 Startups and StartX, and co-founder of a healthcare technology venture. She serves on the boards of several high-impact organizations including the Stanford Alumni Association, the BerkeleyHaas Center for Entrepreneurship and Development, and the National Iranian American Council. Across various public and private sector initiatives, Lily has played a leadership role to advance economic development, civil society, and interdisciplinary approaches to business and social impact.

    One of Silicon Valley’s 40 Under 40, Lily has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and Inc. She holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and B.S. in Science Technology and Society with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from Stanford University, where she was Eben Tisdale Fellow and Class President.

  • Lizette Chapman

    Lizette Chapman | Bloomberg Business

    Lizette Chapman writes about venture capital and startups for Bloomberg. She previously covered the same topics for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal. With nearly two decades of experience, she has written extensively on the dot com implosion, the rise of Web 2.0 companies, the on-demand economy, fin-tech , gaming, robotics and the politics of fundraising.

  • Magdalena Nam

    Magdalena Nam | NYSE

    Magdalena Nam focuses on business development for NYSE Capital Markets with a focus on the Financial Technology and Internet sectors. Mrs. Nam is responsible for advising and managing relationships with corporate clients and IPO prospects, as well as the VC, investment banking, private equity and legal communities. Mrs. Nam was involved with the listings of leading technology and consumer brands including Lending Club, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pandora, Workday, the Container Store and Restoration Hardware.

    Prior to joining the NYSE, Mrs. Nam had over 8 years of experience as a technology investment banker in Silicon Valley, in the technology practice of Credit Suisse. She has advised clients in the semiconductor, hardware, clean technology and internet sectors on over $10 billion of M&A and capital raising transactions, including IPOs, equity and convertible financing, bond financing, and structured products.

    Mrs. Nam received her B.A. in Economics and French from Middlebury College.

  • Naoko Okumoto

    Naoko Okumoto | World Innovation Lab (WiL)

    Naoko Okumoto is a Partner at World Innovation Lab (WiL). WiL is a venture capital firm with a mission of bridging US startups and large Japanese corporations. Funded by leading Japanese enterprises from various industries, WiL provides investment capital and incubates new businesses by leveraging IP assets and resources from large Japanese corporations, facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Naoko brings deep experience as a  senior-level business development & product management executive with a proven track record in building and nurturing a portfolio of new businesses within Silicon Valley-Japan-APAC corporate setting, having managing large multifunctional teams across multiple countries.

    Naoko was previously the Vice President of International Product and Business Management at Yahoo Inc. leading executive leadership responsibilities over Yahoo Inc.’s joint ventures — Yahoo Japan (JV with SoftBank) and Yahoo 7 (JV with Seven West Media, the leading, listed national multi-platform media business based in Australia). Naoko held P/L responsible for advancing and executing Yahoo’s goals through these strategic partnerships, joint product development, product integration, content/technology licensing deals, and the pursuit of diversified revenue streams via new product initiatives. Naoko was an active member of Yahoo’s Asia Pacific Management team, dedicated to  pan-regional coordination and formulation of Yahoo’s Asia Pacific strategy.

    Prior to Yahoo, Naoko held senior management positions at TIBCO Software and Microsoft with P/L management experience driving Asia Pacific/Japan market entry strategy and execution.

  • Nicola Corzine

    Nicola Corzine | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center (#GIC2016 Judge)

    Nicola Corzine serves as the Executive Director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs. As Executive Director, Nicola is responsible for strategic and operational leadership, working closely with the Entrepreneurial Center’s President and board of directors to drive and implement program planning, fundraising, and business operations.

    Nicola brings over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought leadership programming experience to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, most recently in her role leading Band of Angels investments, a position she held since 2004. Nicola is also a Partner in the 2009 Acorn fund which includes investments in Practice Fusion, Niveus Medical, Materna, CrowdOptic and Flywheel, one of the biggest names in the E-hailing industry and acquired companies, 100plus (acquired by Practice Fusion) and nScaled (acquired by Acronis).

    Prior to Band of Angels, she was the founder and executive director of Financing Partners, an organization offering specific programs designed to help entrepreneurs and investors reach their mutual objectives. Nicola has a broad background in investor relations and marketing at both startup companies, such as Digital Integrity, and financial institutions, including Credit Suisse First Boston and Fundraising Forum. She has served as Board Observer to Flipora, a unique search engine for your Web Memory, Meteor Solutions and Flywheel.

  • Norm Fogelsong

    Norm Fogelsong | Institutional Venture Partners (#GIC2016 Judge)

    Norman A. Fogelsong, is a General Partner at Institutional Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley later-stage venture capital firm that invests in leading technology and media companies. IVP was formed in 1980 and has $4.0 billion of committed capital. The firm has had 101 portfolio company IPO’s, including Juniper Networks, LSI Logic, Netflix, Tivo, Twitter and Zynga. IVP’s most recent investments include Dropbox, MobileIron and Snapchat. With over 35 years of high-tech experience, Norm has led investments in such companies as Aspect Communications, Compaq Computers, Concur Technologies, Convex Computers, Integrated Circuit Works, Lam Research, Marketo and Polycom. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association.

    After beginning his career as a computer programmer at Hewlett-Packard, Norm worked as a strategy consultant with McKinsey before joining the venture capital business in 1980. His education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University (1973), an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1976) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1978). Norm has also served the local community as the Treasurer of the Children’s Health Council, the Secretary of the Churchill Club and as the founder of the Kona Jazz Festival.

  • Pascal Finette

    Pascal Finette | Singularity University

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    VP SU Labs, Entrepreneurship Chair & Global Evangelist @ SingularityU. Formerly eBay, Mozilla, Google. Also Coach, Speaker & TheHeretic.org

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    Pascal is the VP SU Labs, Entrepreneurship Chair and Global Evangelist at Singularity University. Prior he founded and invested into startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm, led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s accelerator, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into impact organizations globally at Google.org.

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    Pascal heads up everything Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, including the Startup Program, Global Expansion and the Entrepreneurship Track where he inspires, educates and empowers entrepreneurs tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.

    Pascal has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes the Internet can deeply impact the betterment of mankind. He got started on the Net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and has invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. He also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the “GyShiDo” (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, which is read by ten of thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe.

    He frequently speaks and writes about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact. As a trained Co-Active executive coach Pascal works with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. But most of all – Pascal loves to work with entrepreneurs who are making things better and go from zero to one.

  • Patrick Renvoise

    Patrick Renvoise | SalesBrain, Author of “Neuromarketing”

    Patrick has 3 passions in life: science, marketing and the human brain. For years as a specialist in complex business development transactions, he felt that the world was missing a more scientific, step by step model to explain how customers use their brain to make buying decision. So he spent 2 years researching and formalizing the first, 100% science-based persuasion model- NeuroMAP™. in 2002 Patrick and his business partner Dr. Christophe Morin co-authored the first book on Neuromarketing and published NeuroMAP™. This proprietary, award winning methodology has been used for the past 14 years to help over 6,000 companies worldwide scientifically CAPTURE, scientifically CONVINCE AND scientifically CLOSE more business.

    Prior to  co-founding SalesBrain Patrick was in charge of Business Development first at Silicon Graphics then as Executive Director of Business Development at LinuxCare. In the course of closing over $4B of business transactions and selling multi-million-dollar super-computers to NASA, Boeing, Shell, Canon, BMW, Airbus and more, Patrick met with some of the smartest people on earth and became fascinated by how the human brain processes decision. This started his scientific quest to NeuroMAP™, a map leading to the buy button inside the brain.

    Patrick received a Masters in Computer Science from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (Lyon, France). He is currently serving as Chief Neuromarketing Officer of SalesBrain. To get a diagnostic on the impact of your sales and marketing strategy on the brain of your customers, contact Patrick at: patrick@salesbrain.com

    About SalesBrain

    SalesBrain, the world’s first neuromarketing agency, uses neuroscience discoveries to radically transform your sales and marketing performance by targeting the decision making part of your customer’s brain. Using the proprietary NeuroMap™ persuasion model, SalesBrain customers CAPTURE, CONVINCE and CLOSE more business with scientific research, messaging, creative and training services.

    Founded in 2002, SalesBrain has helped over 6,000 companies worldwide and has trained over 100,000 executives of 24 different nationalities.


    • In 2008 Patrick received the Vistage “Above and Beyond” speaker award. Vistage is the world’s largest CEO membership organization.
    • In 2009 NeuroMAP received the “Next big thing in marketing” award from the American Marketing Association. The 2007 recipients of this award was Youtube.
    • In 2011 and 2014 SalesBrain received the “Innovation Research Distinction” Award from the ARF (Advertising Research Foundation).
  • Pitch Johnson

    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.

  • Puneh Ala'i

    Puneh Ala'i | Gratitude Reciprocates

    Founder of For The Unseen. She is a great example to anyone that anything is possible if you have determination backed with passion and faith. Puneh is a product of immigrant parents who was raised with the belief that “Mankind is One” and service is a key factor in one’s contribution to this life. Puneh’s vision to create For The Unseen was ignited in a small war-torn corner of the world — Syria. If you had asked her then, she would have never imagined she would be the founder of a 501c3 organization who has provided thousands of dollars of medical aid, food, toys, and even schooling to the Syrian refugees. Puneh has worked with children since she can remember. Her heart was stolen forever by the Syrian refugee children who showed her that even in the midst of war, despair, loss, and nothingness, purity and love can shine threw and prevail. It was with this flame of love and hope in her heart that Puneh established For The Unseen. Her goal as a Board Member is to reach out throughout the world and help serve those in despair with food, shelter, medical support but most of all love and hope. Puneh believes that in the path of service in whatever form, love and hope will heal wounds and give the underserved people of the world the strength to overcome whatever challenges they are faced.

  • Reese Jones

    Reese Jones | Investor, Advisor

    Broadband internet plumbing infrastructure: for Telco, CABLE, Wirelesses, Smarter Power Grid, Global Carrier Grade Platform Management. Media infrastructure technologies (voice, data, video, photo, music, print, virtual, distribution, stream/conference, related context databases: media, health, DNA, & genome transactions). Human interface monetization (phone/internet, TV/internet, sensor/grid/internet, context attention tracking & flow). Biometric interfaces: mobile, media, attention & transactions, voice (semantic) internet, limbic internet, building an “empathic social internet”

    Wireless infrastructure: for mobile transactions, entertainment, health, communications, mobile security, drones, VTOL robots, mobile sensor/matter networks, hyper-spectral , mobile cellular, mesh, grid & high density wireless traffic efficiency. Lawful surveillance, security tracking, profiling, policy, pattern forecasting & monetization. Power Grid infrastructure modernization (smarter grid for efficiency, communications, reliability & monitoring). High traffic density WiFi, power conserve WiFi, “internet of everything”.

    Synthetic biology infrastructure for sequence, synthesis, structure, design tools, bioinformatics, “DNA LaserPrinter” by Cambrian Genomics & open market for (read/write design, CAD biology, components, DNA libraries, genetics, biome, health), iGEM, DIYbio, longevity prize, glowing plant, de-extinction , policy, security, risk mitigation & education. Living organisms as applications platforms for “internet of living things”.

    Evolutionary theory, culture, policy, theology and bioethics. Innovation history, exponential technologies, Wikipedia, Wikinomics, disruption & dematerialization. Human lifestyle health optimization & high density urban living sustainability. Connected community living, integrated health & theory. Astrobiology, open source public education & international public policy. Infinite game theory & evolution.

  • Richard Horning

    Richard Horning | ReedSmith, Silicon Vikings

    RICHARD ALLAN HORNING practices law as a member of the Emerging Growth / Venture Capital Group in the Silicon Valley office of Reed Smith LLP, a global law firm. Honored by his peers as a Northern California “IP Super Lawyer” and recognized in the International Who’s Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers 2009 as the “most highly nominated lawyer in the US”, Richard has been representing technology companies in Silicon Valley, and globally, since 1970. He works with a wide spectrum of clients, from the classic “garage-based” start-up to Fortune 500 multi-nationals . He specializes in counseling high technology companies in all stages of development on domestic and international issues, including venture capital financing, venture fund formation, corporate governance, international growth and development, securing, protecting and licensing intellectual property rights, supply and distribution relationships including antitrust and unfair competition considerations, and dispute resolution affecting technology driven industries. De Facto, a Finnish publication covering the Nordic legal community, labeled him “Mr. Consigliere” in recognition of his work as a close adviser to venture backed start-ups .

    He has been a guest lecturer at Universities of Lausanne, Modena, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), University of San Francisco Graduate School of Management, Fuqua Graduate School of Busi ness at Duke University, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Chalmers University Center for Intellectual Property (Goteborg), Webster University (Geneva), Swedish Institute of Management Executive Program (Stanford), Uppsala Executive MBA Program (Stanford), Catholic University of Argentina (Buenos Aires), International Institute for Innovation Journalism (Stanford), Center for American Legal Studies (Seoul) and the Center for International Legal Studies (Sal zberg). He has also spoken at and chaired programs at a wide variety of industry conferences, such as the RSA Data Security Conference, SD Forum, SVASE, Tech Coast Angels Forum, Central Coast Angel Network, IP Society, Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development, Swedish Venture Capital Association, Danish Venture Capital Society, Silicon Valley Association Switzerland, Chalmers University Innovation Centre, Danish Innovation Centre, Uppsala University Innovation Centre, I nnovati onsbron, Finnpro, Wireless Alliance, Seoul National University Technology Innovation Network, Instituto de Tecnologia de Software (Sao Paolo), Handong Law School International Conference, California State Bar Association, Computers Freedom and Privacy Forum, ABDI, I FCLA, A I PLA, AEA, WI PO, ICC, IBA, ABA and the International Technology Law Association.

    He is a Past President of the International Technology Law Association, served on the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California, and has served on the Advisory Boards of Chalmers University Center for Intellectual Property, BNA Electronic Information & Policy Law Reporter, Vinnova-Stanford Center for Research in Innovation Journalism, International Institute for Innovation Journalism, MentoNet, the Technology Innovation Network at Seoul National University, and H5 Technologies.

    He serves as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Estonia in Silicon Valley.

    He has authored numerous articles on Venture Capital Funding, including “Flipping Into the Silicon Valley Venture Capital Market”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY LAW ASSOCIATION TWELFTH CONFERENCE BERLIN (2010); Internet law, including “Legal Recognition of Digital Signatures: A Global Progress Report”, 20 COMM/ENT 101 (2000), “Contracting Over the Internet” in ELECTRONIC COMMERCE IN PRACTICE: THE WORLD BUSINESS AGENDA FOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE (ICC 1997), “The Enforceability of Contracts Negotiated in Cyberspace," 5 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 109 (1997), and “Has HAL Signed a Contract: The Statute of Frauds in Cyberspace”, 12 SANTA CLARA COMPUTER AND HIGH TECHNOLOGY LAW JOURNAL 253 (1996); and international arbitration, including “The Use of New Means of Communication in Aid of the Acceleration of International Arbitration”, IMPROVING INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION: THE NEED FOR SPEED AND TRUST (ICC 1998), “Interim Measures of Protection: Security for Claims and Costs; And Commentary on the WIPO Emergency Relief Rules (In Toto)”, 9 AMERICAN REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION 155 (1998), “Interim Relief in International Intellectual Property Arbitration”, 22 NEW MATTER [No. ½] 32 (1997), and “Deferral of Enforcement of New York Convention Awards for Prudential Reasons”, [1997] INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION LAW REVIEW No. 1.

  • Rick Rasmussen

    Rick Rasmussen | Concordia Ventures (#GIC2016 Judge)

    Rick Rasmussen is a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur with several lifetimes worth of experience and accomplishment. He operates flawlessly across disciplines including startups, the corporate world, government and education. He is a sought-after speaker and has keynoted many conferences around the world.

    He is currently serving as Managing Director at Concordia Ventures, a leading education and advisory firm focused on International Business Development. He is a Silicon Valley native with entrepreneurial, executive, government and academic experience focusing on startups and growth stage companies.  He works extensively with governments and economic development agencies looking to connect with Silicon Valley.  

    Rick advises accelerators and government-led economic development initiatives for a number of countries including Canada, Korea, Austria, Armenia, Brazil, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Mexico and China. Prior, Mr. Rasmussen served as the Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade with responsibility for linking Canadian IT companies to the Valley.  

    He is an active member of the Sand Hill Angels investment group. He served as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) for the semiconductor and equipment sectors. He is an active mentor with a pool of five to ten companies at a given point in time. He serves as a Director of CritterPix, an animated feature film startup in Marin County, CA. and LionSharp, a presentation-based gesture control company in Yerevan, Armenia.

    Rick has developed a full set of graduate-level curricula covering the range of startup development from inception through exit. This material has been extensively taught at leading accelerators and international universities as well as UC Berkeley, Stanford University and MIT.

    His corporate career spans the semiconductor and networking industries and has ben a member of the executive teams of five companies that staged Initial Public Offerings including LSI Logic, C-Cube Microsystems, @Road, Sage and Intellon. All have since been acquired at an aggregate price of $10B.

    Mr. Rasmussen earned an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a dual MBA degree from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and Columbia's Graduate School of Business in New York City with honors.

  • Robert Scoble

    Robert Scoble | Video Blogger, Rackspace, Author

    Robert Scoble (born January 18, 1965) is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his now-defunct blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43 promoting breakthrough technology and startups. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger.

  • Robert Strong

    Robert Strong | Sorcerer

    It all started when young Robert Strong visited Baltimore. A magician in the Amphitheater mesmerized him. At that moment Robert vowed to be the best magician ever. His parents considered therapy, but magic lessons were cheaper.

    Robert continued training at Tannen’s Magic School in New York and Towson University in Maryland. He then studied with touring stand-up comedians, Cirque du Soleil choreographers, Ringling Brothers circus clowns, Broadway directors, and world-class jugglers.

    Because Robert has worked all over the world, he has mastered performing for multi-lingual audiences. His shows are very visual. Robert has starred in a number of national television commercials, and made appearances on every major network! Wherever Robert goes, he still carries that sense of wonder and passion for magic that he first experienced as a youngster in Baltimore, but now he is the one doing the entertaining!

  • Romain Serman

    Romain Serman | BPI USA

    At BPI, the French largest investment fund with $25B under management, Romain is building a bridge between France and the US market. He is looking for the best French tech founders and bring them to California to support their global expansion. BPI is providing debt, bank loan guarantees and direct equity investments from seed to growth, in all sectors. BPI’s strategy is to build strong and global businesses along distributed models, with R&D in France and marketing/sales/business development in the US market. BPI already invested in 126 companies, with 3 IPOs in the US with Criteo (adtech), Cellectis (biotech) and DBV Technologies (biotech). BPI has also a dynamic fund of funds activity. It has become the largest LP in French VC firms with more than $600M committed every year. BPI has started to invest in US VC firms as well, as a strategic LP.

    Prior to joining BPI, Romain served as a diplomat. He was the Consul general of France in San Francisco from 2010 to 2014. He also served as diplomatic advisor for Africa to the President of France from 2007 to 2009.

    Romain graduated from the National School of Administration in Paris, France, from the Law School at the University of Nancy, France, and from the Institute for Political Studies in Paris where he  double-majored in Law and Economics.

  • Tatiana Saribekian

    Tatiana Saribekian | Domain Venture Capital (#GIC2016 Judge)

    Tatiana Saribekian is a Chief Executive Officer of Domain Russia Investments (DRI) (since 2012), a subsidiary of Domain Associates, a leading US-based life sciences venture capital firm. Tatiana has been cooperating with Domain Associates since 2005, when she supervised clinical trials of Domain portfolio companies in the Russian Federation. In 2010 Ms. Saribekian initiated the development and execution of a complex joint project between Domain and «Rosnano» OJSC with total estimated investments over USD 700 million and was substantially involved in that project’s implementation. Ms. Saribekian acted on behalf of Domain when negotiating the transaction and subsequently was named head of the newly-incorporated SPV established for the project management from Domain’s side. She also site on the Board of Directors of «NovaMedica» LLC, a joint venture of Domain and «Rusnano» OJSC, a pharmaceutical company created to produce and market innovative next-generation products for the Russia and CIS market. In that role she has been instrumental in the development and performance of transactions on the transfer of pharmaceutical intellectual property rights from Domain portfolio companies (such as Marinus, Syndax, NovaDigm, Lithera, Revision Optics and others) to Russia.

    Tatiana Saribekian has more than 25 years of business experience. At the beginning of her professional career she was with the Moscow Commercial Land Bank and participated in the management of Lescomcenter (a government corporation formed after the dissolution of the Ministry of Lumber Industry). Subsequently, Ms. Saribekian was co-founder and vice president of one of the first private vertically-integrated lumber companies in Russia, Lespromservice, with the firm quickly becoming one of the 10 largest exporters of Russian lumber.

    Tatiana Saribekian holds a law degree from the Moscow State Law Academy and bachelors and masters (MBA) degrees from San Diego State University, with a specialization in entrepreneurship. Ms. Saribekian is a 2012 graduate from the prestigious Kauffman Fellows program for venture investors.

    Ms. Saribekian is a frequent speaker at events around the globe on the topic of  cross-border partnerships in the life sciences.

  • Tatyana Kanzaveli

    Tatyana Kanzaveli | Open Health Network

    Tatyana Kanzaveli has gone from a programmer to senior executive at Big 5 to founder and CEO of a startup company along her 20 year career, recognized as a thought leader, mentor for her ability to guide Fortune 500 and startup companies through business challenges. She’s worked for major companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Fujitsu and startups in the early days of the Web. Tatyana has personally helped companies jump from 0 to millions in revenue even during the toughest economic times. She opened new verticals and markets. Today she is the founder and CEO of Open Health Network, the startup in a Big Data/Healthcare space. She is a mentor at 500Startups and Richard Branson Entrepreneurs Centre and serves on boards for private companies. She also is licensee and organizer of highly notable TEDxBayArea conferences, she is a frequent speaker at US and International conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Tatyana has been featured in the White House blog, spoke at the United Nations, presented at the first White House Demo Day hosted by the President Obama. Tatyana has been recognized as one of the top 10 Influential Women in Healthcare IT in 2015.

  • Timothy Draper

    Timothy Draper | Draper Associates

    Venture Capital

    Tim Draper founded Draper Associates in July, 1985, which when joined by John Fisher and Steve Jurvetson became the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (now DFJ). Investments include Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, Baidu, Theranos, and Overture, among many others. With Draper Associates, investments include Twitch. TV, YeePay, Indiegogo, Docusign, Parametric Technology and AngelList. He is the creator of viral marketing, a marketing method for spreading a software application from customer to customer, instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Skype among hundreds of others including Gmail and Yahoo!mail. He founded the DFJ/Draper Network, a global network of venture funds who work together to improve service to entrepreneurs, covering 30 cities around the world. He has been listed as #46 of the most outstanding Harvard alumni, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, #1 Most Networked Venture Capitalist by Always On, and #98 on the 2014 Worth Magazine 100 Most Powerful People in Finance. He has won numerous awards and honors and is regularly featured in the press as a leading supporter of entrepreneurship.

    Education and Spreading Entrepreneurship

    Tim Draper received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University with a major in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

    He served on the California State Board of Education in 1998–1999, and led a movement for Local Choice in schools culminating in becoming proponent for a statewide initiative for School Vouchers in November, 2000. He currently leads an initiative to create six new states in California (SixCalifornias) 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, a 501c3. In 2011, he created Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school based in San Mateo, CA to help extraordinary people accomplish their life missions.

  • Toby Lewis

    Toby Lewis | Global Corporate Venturing

    Toby Lewis is the chief analytics officer of Global Corporate Venturing, managing the development of our fast-growing GCV Analytics platform. Before moving to head the data business, Toby was editor of Global Corporate Venturing, having joined the media publication in 2011. Lewis has served as one of the three executive directors on Mawsonia’s board since joining the publishing company of Global Corporate Venturing, Global University Venturing and Global Government Venturing. He was previously news editor at Private Equity News, part of Dow Jones. He was published regularly in The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Financial News, Private Equity News and across the Dow Jones network. He has also written as a freelancer for top trade titles including Legal Week, Global Pensions, Real Deals and numerous other titles. Before moving to Private Equity News, he was a reporter at Private Equity International.

  • Yobie Benjamin

    Yobie Benjamin | World Economic Forum 2015 Tech Pioneer

    Currently CTO of Token.io — providing software to banks that enables them to issue a new payment type designed specifically for use in the digital era. Senior advisor the CEO and Board of Directors — AstroDigital.com (satellites and space imagery, satellite communications), CambrianInnovation.com (clean water and clean power), Stilla (wearables), and Wonderloop (video), WildlifeWorks.com (forest and wildlife conservation/carbon credits), WearableWorld (IoT accelerator), Moni.com (payments/fintech)

    As  co-founder of Avegant, Yobie has advanced the development of a next generation wearable device — Avegant Glyph — The Smart Headphone and raised $1.5MM on Kickstarter, $9.4MM on Series A and A1 and $24MM on Series B. As an senior advisor for Skully, Yobie has raised $3.4MM via crowdfunding and $11MM on a Series A.

    Yobie was a volunteer civilian advisor for NASA AMES Collaboration Labs.

    Previously, Yobie was Global Chief Technology Officer at Citigroup ICG/GTS and Chairman of GTS Research Development Innovation & Learning Centres at Citigroup | Institutional Clients Group / Global Transaction Services, with a focus on projects such as Citi Commerce Server, the backend to Google Wallet and Apple Pay.

    He was the Founder & CEO and coder of a progressive e-commerce company, GoodStorm.com and served as GoodStorm Brand President and SVP of Business Development at Zazzle.com.

    Yobie is a former Partner and Chief of Global Strategy at Ernst & Young LLP and former Chief Knowledge Officer and Director of Enterprise Security Services at Cambridge Technology Partners' Management Labs.


    • CNN Top 10 Technology Products of 2014:
      • Avegant Glyph
      • Skully Systems AR1 Helmet
    • 2015 Technology Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum

    Additional Highlights: Successful venture investor; innovator in the technology, retail and consumer products space; fintech; restaurateur; consumer product design; next generation KYC/AML and anti-fraud systems; systems architect; writer; social activist

    Personal Interests: Synthetic biology, games and game theory, all things food and wine, progressive politics, technology, music, social justice, getting people to vote

    Portfolio companies: Token.io, Avegant, Skully, Skyport, Gusto, Indie Bio, Wearable World, Wildlife Works.

    Volunteer — Vote.org, Amnesty International

See #GTS2016 Program.