Speakers

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  • Tim Chang
    Tim Chang
    Managing Directory, Mayfield
    Tim Chang is a proven investor and tri-lingual technology executive who has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors. He invests in early-stage companies that leverage the drivers of mobile, social, and SaaS/adtech and is an advocate of behavioral insights, gamification, & quantified self. Some of his notable investments include ngMoco (acquired by DeNA), Playdom (acquired by Disney), and Iridigm (acquired by Qualcomm). He holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and plays guitar in two bands.
  • Wen Chu
    Wen Chu
    Founder, GWC
  • Sheng Fu
    Sheng Fu
    CEO, Cheetah Mobile
  • Ron Gutman
    Ron Gutman
    Founder & CEO, HealthTap
  • Victor Ho
    Victor Ho
    Co-Founder & CEO, FiveStars
  • Jack Jia
    Jack Jia
    Founder & CEO, Trusper
    Jack Jia is an accomplished entrepreneur who has founded and led several successful technology companies. He is currently a founder and CEO of Trusper, a mobile marketplace for lifestyle tips with 20 million users.

    Jack was the founding CEO of Baynote, Inc., a leading recommendation software company. Before founding Baynote, Jack was the founding CTO at Interwoven (NASDAQ: IWOV, now part of HP), a leading software company that pioneered content management space and valued at $7 billion. Prior to Interwoven, he was a founder and CEO of V-max America. Earlier in this career, Jack led Unix kernel development at Sun, SGI, Stratus, and NASA.

    Jack holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, an MSEE from NYU-Poly, and a BSEE/MSCE from Beijing Jiaotong University.

    Jack has received many honors during his business career including the 2012 Top 10 Chinese Business Leaders – the highest business recognition in China. He is also a board member and former president of Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA).

  • Chuan Jiang
    Chuan Jiang
    VP of Mobile Business, JD.com
  • Jenny Lee
    Jenny Lee
    Managing Partner, GGV Capital

    A Managing Partner at GGV Capital, Jenny joined the firm in 2005 and was instrumental in setting up the GGV presence in China. A self-professed Geek and product investor, Jenny is focused on finding and partnering with disruptive technology companies that can change the traditional business models and create new value for users and enterprises. Jenny’s areas of focus are on Consumer Internet and SAAS companies especially those in the Mobile Social, IOT, Finance and Education sectors. Jenny led GGV’s investments in hiSoft (NASDAQ: PACT), 21Vianet (NASDAQ: VNET), SinoSun (SHE: 300333), YY(NASDAQ: YY) and successfully helped them go public since 2010. Jenny also serves on the board of other innovative private companies, including eHang Technology, Zepp, Chukong Technologies, Kingsoft WPS, Yingying Finance, 51zhangdan (Finance), and Xiaozhan (Education), and UCWeb until it was acquired by Alibaba.

    Jenny’s previous operating and finance work experience with Singapore Technologies Aerospace, Morgan Stanley and JAFCO Asia enhanced her role as a preferred board mentor and investor to many entrepreneurs in China. Jenny graduated from Cornell University with a Masters and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys golf, outdoor activities, testing out new gadgets and hanging out with entrepreneurs.Jenny has been recognized by Forbes magazine in four consecutive years since 2011 in the Global Top 100 VC Midas list and most recently in 2015 as the top female venture capitalist. She was #10 on the 2015 Midas list, the first time a woman has broken the top 10 and the highest ranking ever for a woman in the history of the list.

  • Karl Mehta
    Karl Mehta
    Founder & CEO, EdCast

    Karl Mehta is a serial entrepreneur, author, investor, engineer, and civil servant with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and funding technology companies in the U.S. and international markets. He is currently Founder & CEO of EdCast Inc., a next-generation knowledge platform company and former venture partner at Menlo Ventures, a leading VC firm of Silicon Valley with over $4B under management.

    Previously, he was the Founder & CEO of PlaySpan Inc., acquired by Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), the world’s largest payment network. Karl also served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, selected by the Obama Administration during the inaugural 2012-13 term. He was recently appointed by Governor Brown to the Workforce Investment Board of the State of California. In 2010, Karl won the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Ernst & Young for Northern California. Karl is on the boards of Simpa Networks and on the advisory board of Intel Capital and Chapman University’s Center of Entrepreneurship.

    Karl is founder of several non-profit’s including Code For India, Skill Up India and Grassroots Innovation. He is author of the upcoming book, Financial Inclusion at the Bottom of the Pyramid

  • Bubba Murarka
    Bubba Murarka
    Partner, DFJ

    Bubba Murarka is a partner at DFJ, where his current responsibilities include leading early stage investments in consumer internet and mobile technology companies. Bubba currently serves on the boards of Circle CI, Highlight, Kiwi, and Twin Prime.

    Prior to joining DFJ, Bubba led product development for Facebook for Android and started the Facebook Home project. At Facebook, Bubba also led business development deals with key strategic partners including Microsoft, Netflix,Yahoo, Dentsu and Terra Networks. Previously, Bubba spent seven years in technical and product roles at Microsoft, where he acted as group program manager for Bing’s Bay Area development team, delivering components of Windows, MSN Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search and early versions of Bing Social. He started his career at Microsoft in Seattle as part of the original threedegrees team focused on social products.

    Bubba holds BS and MS in computer science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he served as the sole student member of the California State University Board of Trustees, and he continues to focus philanthropic efforts on increasing access to education.

  • Andrew Ng
    Andrew Ng
    Chief Scientist, Baidu
  • John Sculley
    John Sculley
    Co-Founder Obi Mobiles
  • Maverick Shih
    Maverick Shih
    BYOC BG President, Acer
  • Hans Tung
    Hans Tung
    Managing Partner, GGV Capital
    Hans Tung is a managing partner at GGV Capital, where he focuses on mobile internet, cross-border ecommerce, online education, and gaming industry investments. Hans led GGV’s investment and serves on the board of Wish, a fast-growing cross border mobile commerce company, Curse, a popular gaming platform, FlightCar, the world’s first peer to peer car sharing company at airports, Totspot, a mobile marketplace for moms, GrubMarket, a marketplace for local farm goods, Xiaohongshu, an active social community and recommendation app for cross border shopping, Misfit, maker of wearable and smart home products, and Xiaomi ecosystem companies Zimi and 1More. He is also actively involved with GGV portfolio companies Flipboard, Draftking, and Yodo1. Hans’ prior work experience spans venture capital, internet startups, and tech investment banking over 18 years. He led investments in or served on the boards of startups that have since becom e category leaders, including Xiaomi (where he was involved in attracting Hugo Barra, the former Head of Android Product Management at Google), Mafengwo Travel, Vancl.com, Domob Mobile, 51fanli, Forgame (HKSE: 0484), which went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in October 2013, and eHi Car Rental (NYSE: EHIC), which went public on the NYSE in November 2014. Hans joined GGV from Qiming Venture Partners where he focused on investment in China from 2007 to 2013. Previously he was with Bessemer Venture Partners, where he helped global players such as Skype expand into China. Hans was also a founding member of Taipei-based Crimson Asia Capital and HelloAsia, a pan-Asian focused consumer Internet startup based in Silicon Valley. He started his career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker focused on the technology sector. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. Hans has been ranked as a top VC on the Forbes Midas list the past three years (2013, 2014, and 2015).
  • Max Ventilla
    Max Ventilla
    Founder & CEO, AltSchool
  • David Whelan
    David Whelan
    Founder, Stemp
    G-Startup Competition 2014 Winner
    David J. Whelan (@djwhelan) is a strategy consultant, interim executive, and advisor building businesses and inspiring entrepreneurs at the intersection of technology, health, and wellness. He is currently developing two digital health ventures, the STEMP Smart Temperature Patch (@getstemp) (2014 GMIC Silicon Valley G-Startup winner) and a stealth data analytics company. Recent engagements include a multi-year strategic and financial plan for a leading synthetic biology organization and a commercialization strategy for a hospital-developed cancer diagnostic. He helped launch New York Genome Center, a unique not-for-profit scientific research institute. He was part of the team at 24 Hour Fitness that introduced an early consumer fitness wearable. A former retained executive search consultant, Dave began his career with a biotechnology incubator in San Francisco. Dave holds an MBA with Honors from the UCLA Anderson School and a BS in Symbolic Sy stems from Stanford University. He also studied at London Business School and Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Tom Willerer
    Tom Willerer
    Chief Product Officer, Coursera
    Tom Willerer is the Chief Product Officer at Coursera overseeing engineering, design, product management, and data analytics. He is responsible for building a world-class product that makes learning deeply satisfying and motivating for learners around the world. Tom joined Coursera after having served for six years at Netflix, Inc., where he became one of the company’s most highly regarded leaders in his role as Vice President of Product Innovation. Tom co-led the product management team at Netflix and was responsible for setting the vision and managing the teams responsible for Product Marketing, Messaging, Social and Individual Profiles. Among his accomplishments during his time at the company, Tom pioneered ways for members to exchange recommendations with friends, and helped Netflix grow from 8 million U.S.-only subscribers to 40 million subscribers in 41 countries. Tom holds a business degree from Indiana University, where he was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team, and received his Masters in New Media Studies from DePaul University.
  • HongJiang Zhang
    HongJiang Zhang
    CEO, Kingsoft

Big Data Big Data

  • Bonnie Barrilleaux
    Bonnie Barrilleaux
    Data Scientist, LinkedIn
    Bonnie Barrilleaux is a data scientist at LinkedIn who partners with the product team working on the desktop and mobile news feed. Her experience includes experimentation to test new product features, developing tracking and metrics to evaluate new mobile apps, and deep-dive analysis to inform long-term strategy. She received her PhD from Tulane University and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis.
  • Kendall Hulet
    Kendall Hulet
    SVP of Product, Ancestry
  • Danielle Levitas
    Danielle Levitas
    SVP Research & Analysis, App Annie
    Danielle leads the research and analysis team at App Annie. She has 20 years of experience as an industry analyst and market research executive working with many of the world’s leading technology companies advising them on product development and marketing, consumer behavior and customer segmentation, and corporate strategy. Most recently, Danielle was the group vice president and GM of IDC’s Mobility, Digital Media & Consumer research team where she developed new research offerings, built analyst teams, and advised industry executives. Danielle graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a bachelors in finance.
  • Athani Krishna
    Athani Krishna
    Founder & Chief Strategy, Officer ServiceMax
    Athani Krishna is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at ServiceMax, the market leader in field service technology for the enterprise, where he leads the company’s product vision and constructs the strategy roadmap. Drawing from more than 20 years of experience in the IT world, Athani has a deep understanding of customers’ needs and industry technology trends. He’s a seasoned expert in advising companies how to drive growth and differentiation in their markets, and working with technology solutions in ERP, CRM, and Field Service Management.
  • Richard Robinson
    Richard Robinson
    Co-Founder & President, Yolu
  • Jeannie Yang
    Jeannie Yang
    Chief Product & Design Officer, Smule Inc
    As Chief Design Officer, Jeannie guides Smule’s projects from concept through completion. Prior to joining Smule, she worked at Yahoo! where she helped start up their first social media research lab, as well as launched 7 public research prototypes and 3 public web services. At Yahoo! Brickhouse, she assisted in the launch of the first open location brokering platform, Fire Eagle. Jeannie joined Smule in 2010 after realizing her passion lies in startups and helping make things happen with small teams that dream big. Concurrently, Jeannie is a house music DJ. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Information from UC Berkeley.

IoT & Wearables IoT & Wearables

  • Ben Bajarin
    Ben Bajarin
    Principal Analyst, Creative Strategies
    Ben Bajarin is a principal analyst and head of primary research at Creative Strategies. He studies the global landscape for consumer technology and leads Creative Strategies, primary research practice which studies and searches for trends in over 30 global markets. He has a strong focus on global trends in smartphones, tablets, social media, software (local and global, and consumer services.
  • Scott Budman
    Scott Budman
    Reporter, NBC

    Scott Budman is an Emmy Award winning reporter and anchor who hosts the station’s long-running weekly technology program Tech Now! and reports on business and technology for NBC Bay Area.

    Born and raised in Oakland, Scott has been with NBC Bay Area since 1995. He began his broadcasting career in radio as a business reporter for KMNY radio in Anaheim. He then spent some time as a general assignment reporter and business anchor/producer at the Orange County News Channel. Before joining NBC Bay Area, Scott was a reporter and weekend anchor at KEYT in Santa Barbara.

    Scott has won many awards including a national Iris Award for a documentary about gays in the military. He also received Golden Mike Awards from the Southern California Radio and Television News Directors Association.

    Weekday afternoons, Scott reports on business for KNBR Radio. He is a regular blogger for Forbes as well as several other online publications.
    In addition to his busy schedule at NBC Bay Area, Scott is a devoted volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Clara County. He also supports the Second Harvest Food Bank.

    Scott has a degree in political science from UCLA.

    Scott enjoys tennis and basketball. He loves reading and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

  • Cyril Ebersweiler
    Cyril Ebersweiler
    Founder, HAXLR8R
    Cyril is the founder of HAXLR8R (“HAX”), the first accelerator building “lean hardware startups”. An entrepreneur and early stage investor with over a decade experience in China and Japan, he also founded the first mentorship-driven seed funding program in China, Chinaccelerator. Cyril has been invited to keynote in numerous conferences and featured in media such as Forbes, BusinessWeek, WIRED and more.
  • David Friedman
    David Friedman
    CEO & Co-founder, Ayla Networks

    Dave founded Ayla with the mission to enable manufacturers to create successfully connected products quickly, and securely. Dave’s insights were spurred by his prior experience as Vice President of Business Development for ZeroG Wireless, a company providing low-power Wi-Fi products to the embedded market.

    In his role developing the strategy and establishing the channel partnerships for ZeroG, he gained an appreciation for the complexity behind adding Internet connectivity for products not designed with computing, networking and communications in mind. He became passionate about providing manufacturers a platform to build connected products and use the data feedback loops resulting from connectivity to improve their offerings and provide end users with a better experience.

    Before ZeroG, which was acquired by Microchip in 2010, Dave was an early employee of Matrix Semiconductor (acquired by SanDisk), which developed the world’s first three-dimensional integrated circuits. At Matrix, he began as Product Manager, moved to business development and eventually ran the European sales operation. Earlier in his career, he helped drive pricing strategy and strategic marketing at Intel, and he was an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Chase Bank.

    Dave earned a BA in History from Colgate University and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He holds five issued U.S. patents related to semiconductor system technology.

  • Asit Goel
    Asit Goel
    SVP & GM, Business Line Monitoring & Control, NXP
  • Eric Klein
    Eric Klein
    Partner, Lemnos Labs
    Eric’s passion is building, marketing, and funding innovative hardware products. Eric is a partner at Lemnos Labs, the premiere early-stage hardware investment fund and incubator based in San Francisco. He previously enjoyed executive and product roles at Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Real Networks, Palm, and Apple. He also played an early role in a number of successful startups including Bungie, the developers of the Halo game franchise, and Dash Navigation, the world’s first connected GPS device.
  • Matthew Michael
    Matthew Michael
    Sr. Director Product Management, Qualcomm
  • Ed Ruth
    Ed Ruth
    Director, Verizon Ventures
  • Danny Shapiro
    Danny Shapiro
    Senior Director on Automotive, nVidia
  • Kanwalinder Singh
    Kanwalinder Singh
    SVP of BD, Qualcomm
    Kanwalinder Singh is senior vice president of business development for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He is responsible for driving Qualcomm’s chipset business in the “Internet of Everything” (IoE) space, with a focus on automotive. Singh is responsible for QCT’s strategy, relationships and business development in this domain, solutions development with Qualcomm’s Automotive chipset customers and partners, and Automotive chipset and reference design roadmaps. Under his leadership, QCT has established a leadership position in LTE-based connected car programs and entered the Infotainment space with Snapdragon Automotive Solutions.
    Singh joined Qualcomm in 2004 as president of Qualcomm India and South Asia. He was instrumental in creating a focus on emerging markets and enabling affordable wireless broadband devices. 3G auctions in India, which led to HSPA deployments in 2010, was a highlight during his tenure. Under Singh’s leadership, Qualcomm made a winning bid in India’s BWA spectrum auction in 2010 to secure top markets including Delhi and Mumbai, and established LTE TDD as the 4G roadmap for operators in India. He extended Qualcomm’s partnerships beyond operators to the Open Market and private brands in India, and championed commercialization of the CDMA Open Market Handset (OMH) initiative. Singh also developed successful ecosystem relationships and expanded Qualcomm Ventures’ portfolio to India.

    Between 2000 and 2004, Singh was chief technical officer with Lucent Technologies India Ltd. Prior to that, he held various technical and managerial positions in Bell Laboratories and other product units during his 11-year tenure at Lucent Technologies in New Jersey.

    Singh completed a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA and Ph.D. coursework in computer and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Wharton School of Business, Pennsylvania.

  • Brandon Tinianov
    Brandon Tinianov
    SVP of BD, Qualcomm
    Kanwalinder Singh is senior vice president of business development for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He is responsible for driving Qualcomm’s chipset business in the “Internet of Everything” (IoE) space, with a focus on automotive. Singh is responsible for QCT’s strategy, relationships and business development in this domain, solutions development with Qualcomm’s Automotive chipset customers and partners, and Automotive chipset and reference design roadmaps. Under his leadership, QCT has established a leadership position in LTE-based connected car programs and entered the Infotainment space with Snapdragon Automotive Solutions.
    Singh joined Qualcomm in 2004 as president of Qualcomm India and South Asia. He was instrumental in creating a focus on emerging markets and enabling affordable wireless broadband devices. 3G auctions in India, which led to HSPA deployments in 2010, was a highlight during his tenure. Under Singh’s leadership, Qualcomm made a winning bid in India’s BWA spectrum auction in 2010 to secure top markets including Delhi and Mumbai, and established LTE TDD as the 4G roadmap for operators in India. He extended Qualcomm’s partnerships beyond operators to the Open Market and private brands in India, and championed commercialization of the CDMA Open Market Handset (OMH) initiative. Singh also developed successful ecosystem relationships and expanded Qualcomm Ventures’ portfolio to India.

    Between 2000 and 2004, Singh was chief technical officer with Lucent Technologies India Ltd. Prior to that, he held various technical and managerial positions in Bell Laboratories and other product units during his 11-year tenure at Lucent Technologies in New Jersey.

    Singh completed a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA and Ph.D. coursework in computer and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Wharton School of Business, Pennsylvania.

  • Sonny Vu
    Sonny Vu
    Founder & CEO, Misfit
  • Nate Williams
    Nate Williams
    CMO, August
  • Paul Williams
    Paul Williams
    VP of Product, Control4
    Paul Williams is a VP of Product at Control4, the largest home automation provider in the world. Paul’s responsibility is to drive the development and support of strategic programs in key business and product areas. In his more than 10 years with the company, Paul has overseen product divisions including lighting, comfort, security and communications, as well as served as VP for support services, hospitality, and operations.
    Prior to joining Control4, Paul was Vice President of Utah Operations for SonicWall and Phobos (acquired by SonicWall) and spent 14 years with Harman Music Group in various management positions, including Director of Operations. Paul is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience in operational management in high-tech industries.
  • Julie Woods-Moss
    Julie Woods-Moss
    CEO Global Nextgen Business, CMO Tata Communications
    Paul Williams is a VP of Product at Control4, the largest home automation provider in the world. Paul’s responsibility is to drive the development and support of strategic programs in key business and product areas. In his more than 10 years with the company, Paul has overseen product divisions including lighting, comfort, security and communications, as well as served as VP for support services, hospitality, and operations.
    Prior to joining Control4, Paul was Vice President of Utah Operations for SonicWall and Phobos (acquired by SonicWall) and spent 14 years with Harman Music Group in various management positions, including Director of Operations. Paul is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience in operational management in high-tech industries.

Mobile Security & Enterprise Mobile Security & Enterprise

  • John Aisien
    John Aisien
    SVP, Marketing and Corporate Development, Mocana
    John leads corporate development and marketing at Mocana. He brings a wealth of relevant experience as a successful enterprise software go to market executive, spanning roles in strategy & IT consulting, and successful stints running marketing & business development functions in both fledgling & large enterprise software firms. John was most recently VP Product Management for Oracle Fusion Middleware, which encompasses solutions for mobile application security & platform services for IoT applications, amongst other application platform technologies. John joined Oracle as part of its acquisition of Thor Technologies, an enterprise identity and security management software leader, in November 2005. At Thor, he ran marketing, product management & business development, was instrumental in re-engineering its branding & positioning, and in establishing & managing its partnerships with RSA Security & Accenture, amongst others. Prior to Thor, John also completed stints as a strategy & IT consultant at Deloitte Consulting & Gemini Consulting.
  • Tim Bajarin
    Tim Bajarin
    President, Creative Strategies

    Tim Bajarin is recognized as one of the leading industry consultants, analysts and futurists, covering the field of personal computers and consumer technology. Mr. Bajarin has been with Creative Strategies since 1981 and has served as a consultant to most of the leading hardware and software vendors in the industry including IBM/Lenovo, Apple, Xerox, Hewlett Packard/Compaq, Dell, AT&T, Microsoft, Polaroid, Lotus, Epson, Toshiba, Panasonic, Toshiba, Intel, Qualcomm, nVidia, Marvel and numerous others. His articles and/or analysis have appeared in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time and Newsweek magazines, BusinessWeek and most of the leading business and trade publications. He has appeared as a business analyst commenting on the computer industry on all of the major television networks and was a frequent guest on PBS’ The Computer Chronicles. Mr. Bajarin has been a columnist for US computer industry publications such as PC Week and Computer Reseller News and wrote for ABCNEWS.COM for two years and Mobile Computing for 10 years. His columns have appeared in Asia Computer Weekly, Personal Computer World (UK), and Microscope (UK) as well as Mobile Enterprise Magazine. His various columns and analyses are syndicated in over 30 countries. He is currently a columnist with PC Mag and TIME magazine and contributes his perspectives and insight on Techpinions.com.

    Mr. Bajarin is known as a concise, futuristic analyst, credited with predicting the desktop publishing revolution three years before it hit the market, and identifying multimedia as a major trend in written reports as early as 1986. He was one of the first analysts to identify Digital Home Networks and Digital TV’s as a key growth opportunity. His writing and analysis has been on the forefront of the digital revolution and he is considered one the leading experts in the field of technology adoption cycles. He has worked on various industry studies on PC, portable computing, pen based computing, desktop publishing, multimedia, computing, Connected TV’s, wearables and the Digital Home.

  • Jeremy Bennett
    Jeremy Bennett
    Consumer Chief Architect, McAfee
    Jeremy Bennett has been building security software and hardware for nearly two decades. He is currently the Chief Architect for McAfee’s consumer business unit where he leads the architecture and technical roadmap of McAfee’s OEM and direct line of consumer security and privacy products on desktop, mobile, and emerging technologies. Prior to McAfee Jeremy was Chief Platform Architect for WebOS at HP. Jeremy was responsible for the architecture of the operating system that ran on phones and tablets as well as advanced projects to bring the OS to other form factors. Jeremy has held executive, management, architecture, and development positions at companies such as Aruba Networks, Symantec, Hewlett-Packard and Sega.com. He earned a degree with honors in computer science from the University of Michigan.
  • Rodger Desai
    Rodger Desai
    CEO, Payphone

    Rodger Desai is Chief Executive Officer of Payfone, Inc. Previously, Rodger served as co-founder and CEO of Rave Wireless, Inc. Rave’s location-based safety service is now deployed at over 1,000 universities, towns and cities.

    Prior to Rave Wireless, Rodger was co-founder and CEO of the Vettro Corp., an innovator in mobile banking and brokerage, location-based dispatch and J2ME applications.

    Rodger started his career as an executive in Accenture’s telecom practice after engineering management positions at ExxonMobil and GE. He has also assisted in initiatives that leverage the use of mobile phones in emerging markets for social causes, such as disease surveillance in Iraq, and micro-finance programs in Asia. Rodger currently serves as an adviser to Inmar, Inc. and Kik Interactive, Inc.
    Rodger graduated from RPI and attended the Harvard Business School.

  • Kirk Schell
    Kirk Schell
    VP & GM, Commercial Client Solutions, DELL

    Kirk Schell is vice president of Dell’s Commercial PC, Tablet and Chrome Product Group. In this role he is responsible for the strategy, planning, product management and overall business performance for Dell’s commercial PC products, tablets, Chromebooks and related offerings.

    Kirk has held multiple leadership roles in his 17 year career at Dell. Previously, he led the Commercial and Consumer Marketing organization and was responsible for the sustaining of the Latitude, OptiPlex, Inspiron, XPS, Alienware and Dell Precision brands. Kirk has also served in Shanghai, China, as director of the Vostro Product Group for Dell’s Small and Medium Business (SMB) division, where he was responsible for the Vostro desktop and notebook product line and Emerging Market products in Dell’s portfolio of SMB products worldwide.

    Before joining Dell, Kirk served as an officer in the United States Navy in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program. He also served as the United States Navy Liaison to Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in Devon, England. Kirk holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from The University of Michigan.

  • Arun Mathew
    Arun Mathew
    Principal, Accel Partners
  • Bob O’Donnell
    Bob O’Donnell
    President, TECHnalysis Research

    Bob O’Donnell is the president, founder and chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research, a technology market research and consulting company whose clients include major technology firms all over the world. Prior to founding TECHnalysis Research, O’Donnell served as Program Vice President, Clients and Displays for industry research firm IDC. In addition, O’Donnell is the author of “Personal Computer Secrets,” and for 10 ½ years he also hosted “O’Donnell on Technology,” which was selected as the Best Computer Audio program in the country.

    O’Donnell writes a weekly column/blog for Tech.pinions.comthat’s also published on re/code, TechSpot, SeekingAlpha and LinkedIn, and writes a biweekly column for the Tech section of USAToday. He also writes occasional guest columns for engadget and other digital publications. In addition, he participates in a weekly podcast for Tech.pinions.

    O’Donnell is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. You can follow him on Twitter @bobodtech.

  • Chris Rouland
    Chris Rouland
    Founder & CEO, Bastille
    Chris Rouland founded Bastille Networks in 2014 after more than 25 years in the information security industry. Most recently, Chris founded Endgame Systems, which provides cyber security solutions to the defense, civilian and national security communities.

    As founder and CEO of Endgame, in just three years, he grew the company from his basement to nearly 100 employees with offices in Washington, Atlanta and San Antonio and from revenues of $0 to more than $10 million. Chris also put together a world-class team of investors and board of directors investing over $58 million in venture capital – making Endgame a name brand in cyber security. His innovation and leadership combined with Endgame’s rapid growth, earned Chris the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Business Person of the Year in 2011.
    Prior to founding Endgame, Chris served as chief technology officer at Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) where he was responsible for the overall technical direction of its product and services portfolio. In 2006, IBM Corp. purchased ISS, where Chris remained CTO and was appointed an IBM Distinguished Engineer.

    From 1994 to 1998, Chris served as vice president of distributed technology at Lehman Brothers. A noted information security expert, Chris is a sought after speaker and has been featured in national publications, including Forbes and Wall Street Journal.

  • Mark Weinstein
    Mark Weinstein
    CEO & Founder, MeWe

Mobile Marketing and Growth Mobile Marketing & Growth

  • Vassilis Bakopoulos
    Vassilis Bakopoulos
    Head of Industry Research, Mobile Marketing Association
  • Manish Chandra
    Manish Chandra
    Founder & CEO, Poshmark
    Manish Chandra is the CEO and founder of Poshmark, the largest community marketplace for fashion where millions of women come to buy, sell and share their style – all right from their phones. With over 800,000 sellers and over 2 million dollars worth of inventory being uploaded every day – Manish has created the world’s first fashion marketplace that seamlessly combines a vibrant social network with a commerce platform.Here’s a quick video on Poshmark.
  • Rebecca Fannin
    Rebecca Fannin
    Founder & Editor, Silicon Dragon News
  • John Gargiulo
    John Gargiulo
    SVP, Bus Dev & Marketing, BlueStacks
  • Aurelie Guerrieri
    Aurelie Guerrieri
    VP, Global Marketing Solutions, Cheetah Ad Platform
    As VP Global Marketing Solutions, Aurelie drives Cheetah Ad Platform’s brand messaging and corporate communication strategy and serves the international needs of advertisers and publishers worldwide. She also heads up Product Marketing and Business Development worldwide.
    Aurelie spent the past 12 years building digital businesses in the US. Most recently, Aurelie was Founder & President of Akila One, a company enabling fast growing mobile and online businesses to scale. Prior to that, she was EVP, Corporate Development and CMO at SendMe, a $100M+ mobile entertainment company. Previously, she was a VP & GM at QuinStreet, a $300M+ online marketing company, helping the company grow from 50 to 500 employees in her 6 years there. Aurelie started her career in strategy management consulting with McKinsey & Company.
  • Ashley Higgins
    Ashley Higgins
    Mobile Growth, Reddit
    Ashley Higgins is a mobile marketing and monetization consultant and the Business Development Lead at Reddit, focusing on partnerships, mobile growth and marketing strategy for the upcoming official Reddit app. Previously, she developed the strategy for and managed global ad monetization for SEGA’s portfolio of mobile games, featuring such iconic IP as Sonic the Hedgehog, Crazy Taxi, and Super Monkey Ball. There, she helped to establish SEGA’s internal cross-promotion network, driving installs to keep players within its portfolio of apps. She’s spent time on both sides of the mobile advertising ecosystem, previously as a product manager and ad operations lead at Pocket Change, a rewards-based mobile ad network.
  • Brandon Hill
    Brandon Hill
    CEO, btrax, Inc.
    Founder and CEO of San Francisco based Creative Agency, btrax, Inc. btrax specializes in helping global brands serve in the US and Asian market by providing branding and marketing services including Strategy & Consulting, Cross-Cultural Branding, and Intergraded Marketing. Some of its major clients are Expedia, SONY, Toys R’ Us, Kikkoman, Bandai, Square, Dentsu, and DAC.

    Brandon is active in the digital marketing field for over ten years. His notable contributions include:

    • Guest Speaker at Social Media Week Tokyo (Twice)
    • Keynote Speaker at SF Japan Night (6 times)
    • Design Mentor to Startup Weekend
    • Guest writer to Nikkei
    • Contributor to TechCrunch Japan
    • Guest Speaker at UC Berkeley Asia Business Conference
    • Guest Speaker at 500Startups Japan Day
    • Guest Speaker at ad:tech Tokyo 2014
    • Guest Speaker GMIC Tokyo 2015
    • Guest Speaker at ad:tech Tokyo International 2015
  • Chen Levanon
    Chen Levanon
    CEO, ClicksMob
    Chen Levanon is a former Wall Street financier who worked at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc’s Investment Banking Division and then as the Chief Knowledge Officer at Israel Financial Levers (IFL), Ltd. prior to being appointed as the CEO of ClicksMob by 4 male founders who understood she could run the company better than they could. She is also a former European champion hurdler (a great metaphor for everything she’s had to overcome to succeed as a woman in the traditionally male-dominated field of mobile ad-tech. Chen has led ClicksMob’s growth since being founded in 2013 as the company has taken the model of affiliate marketing and made it uniquely relevant to the new and ever-evolving world of mobile – providing a marketplace for advertisers and publishers to buy and deliver mobile traffic for ROI positive monetization and user acquisition. ClicksMob was recently ranked #28 in Forbes Magazine’s list of America&rsq uo;s Most Promising Companies for 2015.
  • Charles Manning
    Charles Manning
    CEO, Kochava
  • Beth Murphy
    Beth Murphy
    CMO, Deezer

    Beth leads global marketing, brand and communications for Deezer, the leading music streaming service in over 180 countries and 6 million paid subscribers. She was most recently Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Product at Zinio, the world’s largest digital magazine newsstand, where she led marketing, business development and product for the mobile first company. Beth has held product and marketing leadership roles at Travelocity, Yahoo, Visa, Intuit, Clorox, Digg and Stitcher. She started her career as a management consultant with Accenture, and holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and BA from Northwestern University.

    Beth enjoys riding her bike around town and hiking San Francisco’s hills with her dog, Quincy.

  • Sasha Norkin
    Sasha Norkin
    VP Marketing and Communications, edX
    Sasha Norkin is vice president of marketing and communications for edX, leading edX marketing initiatives and partnerships. Prior to joining edX, Sasha was vice president of marketing at Barnes and Noble for five years, launching the NOOK digital reading brand and responsible for all retail, channel online and off-line marketing and CRM for NOOK and digital content. Most recently, she consulted for J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore. Previously, she was a founding team member at various startups and held key management roles, including chief revenue officer at Gifts.com and vice president of strategic partnerships at AnyDay.com, which was acquired by Palm. Sasha also spent nearly two decades in higher education as an associate professor at Boston University in the College of Communication. Sasha holds a M.S. from Boston University and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
  • James Peng
    James Peng
    Head of Mobile App Acquisition, The Match Group
    James Peng heads mobile app user acquisition for The Match Group’s portfolio of iOS and Android titles. The Match Group is home to a global online dating portfolio that comprises over 40 brands around the world, including leading properties such as Match, OkCupid, Tinder, and Meetic. Previously, he headed global user acquisition for Storm8’s complete portfolio of 45+ iOS and Android titles. Prior to joining Storm8, James worked as an investment associate for H.I.G. Capital, a $18 billion private equity fund, and as an investment banker for Lazard, advising on M&A and restructuring deals.
  • Ethan Smith
    Ethan Smith
    VP of Growth, Yummly
    Ethan Smith is the VP of Growth at Yummly, where he leads growth including general marketing and SEO, and product management. He is also growth and product advisor to Mucker Labs and various other companies. Ethan has over 9 years of experience leading new technology and marketing in a variety of online and offline roles. Prior to Yummly, he managed marketing and product at Wize.com (acquired by Nextag).
  • Brian Suthoff
    Brian Suthoff
    Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Localytics
    “Brian is a Localytics Co-Founder and oversees our product strategy and success of our strategic accounts and partners. Brian has been working in mobile since 2000 in a diverse range of technology companies including data networking, performance management and advertising.

    Before Localytics, Brian held senior roles in Business Development and Product Management at startups and Fortune 1000 companies including Third Screen Media (now AOL), Alcatel, Watercove Networks, Brix Networks, Newbridge Networks, Linguateq and Sprint. Brian has an MBA in International Business from The George Washington University School of Business and earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Finance and Economics from Rockhurst University.”

  • Miriam Warren
    Miriam Warren
    VP of New Markets, Yelp
    Miriam joined Yelp in 2007 as the company’s first Community Manager in Washington, D.C. After being promoted to oversee the East Coast Community Management team, she moved to London to establish Yelp’s Europe beachhead as the Vice President of European Marketing. Now, as Vice President of New Markets, she oversees the company’s expansion efforts internationally including recent launches of Yelp in France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark. Prior to joining Yelp, Miriam worked in executive search and talent acquisition, most recently at McKesson. Miriam holds a B.A. in ethnic studies from Mills College.
  • Dave Westin
    Dave Westin
    President & Co-Founder, Mobile UA Fellowship

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  • Sukrutha Bhadouria
    Sukrutha Bhadouria
    Sr Software Engineer, Salesforce
    Sukrutha is the Managing Director of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, hosting dozens of sold-out networking events for women in technology. After getting her M.S. in Electric Engineering from USC, Sukrutha was a senior software test engineer at Citrix and currently works as a Senior MTS at Salesforce.com. She is also a regular contributor to the Women in Tech blog internationally at Salesforce. She was named Named in Business Insider’s “30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech” list for 2014.
  • Gina Helfrich
    Gina Helfrich
    Co-Founder, recruitHER
    Gina Helfrich, Ph.D. is Co-Founder of recruitHER, a women-owned, full-service agency committed to connecting technology companies with diverse, qualified candidates. Gina has been actively involved in promoting women’s leadership, diversity, and inclusion for over 12 years. She earned her doctorate in philosophy with a certificate in women’s studies from Emory University and is the former Director of the Harvard College Women’s Center at Harvard University. In 2014, Gina moved to Austin to take a position at an award-winning enterprise tech startup and subsequently founded a number of initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in technology. Gina is also Founder and Principal Consultant at Third Coast InnovateHER, a management and HR diversity consulting firm, and Founder of Feminist Hack, a community organization for people of all genders to work together towards a more women-friendly technology industry. Gina is a passionate advocate for women in male-dominated fields and specializes in addressing challenges facing women in technology and engineering.
  • Anica John
    Anica John
    Founder, Famtech
    Anica John is a globally recognized, federal-level litigator-turned-entrepreneur with deep experience advising tech start-up founders on problems at the intersection of law, technology, and business. Her expertise spans concrete business strategy and operations, including project financing models and product market fit analyses, to corporate consulting services, including C-level negotiation tactics and legal risk mitigation strategies. Anica’s tailored insights and support to founders helps them to achieve strategic business and legal goals, so that they can focus on unleashing breakthrough ideas and bringing technological innovations to market. Anica has been a featured expert at prestigious global forums including TED, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, and the Bil Conference. She is also a regular contributor to NPR’s digital health blog, where she covers the legal implications of emerging healthcare technologies. Anica founded two technology companies, and most recently served as interim Chief Operating Officer of an infant wearables startup.
  • Meera Kaul
    Meera Kaul
    Managing Partner, Germanium Ventures

    Meera Kaul, the Managing Partner of Germanium Ventures is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of 4 multi-million dollar exits .At Germanium, she manages a portfolio of investments valued at half a billion dollars across North America, Asia, Africa and Middle East with headquarters in Menlo Park, California with offices in Hong Kong, Nairobi and Dubai. Germanium has a very unique venture financing model for provisioning its investments through flexible financing models, scalable technical human resources, marketing services, channel strategy development & execution, warehousing and logistics in 6 locations worldwide as well as access to a marquee global customer base.

    Meera was voted one of the Top 50 women in telecom space; Entrepreneur of the year 2013 and 2015, apart from being the Executive of the Year over consecutive years. Meera is also the winner of the Asia and The Pacific Entrepreneurship Award 2015 under the Outstanding Category. She recently has been nominated as a Semi-Finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Award. Besides being an accomplished technology geek, Meera has a degree in International Taxation and Financial Law from TJSL, and is also an Alumni of the Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Rachel Myrow
    Rachel Myrow
    Silicon Valley Reporter, KQED

    From KQED’s Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow’s mandate is to cover politics, economics, technology and culture in a region that stretches from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. She also covers food and its relationship to health, happiness and public policy, and blogs for Bay Area Bites. Her posting in Silicon Valley follows more than seven years serving as the daily host of KQED’s California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state. She has also guest hosted The California Report Magazine and Forum and hopes to continue to do so in the years to come.

    Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC. In addition to KQED, she files for NPR and PRI’s The World.

    Rachael’s work has won her awards from the LA Press Club, the Radio and Television News Association, the Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California and Nevada, the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Southern California, the Northern California RTNDA, SPJ Northern California Chapter, the San Francisco Peninsula Club Greater Bay Area and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

  • Tina Lee
    Tina Lee
    Founder & CEO, MotherCoders

    Tina is a technologist whose diverse professional experience includes management consulting, technical recruiting, government, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. After the birth of her second daughter in 2013, Tina founded MotherCoders a non-profit, social enterprise that’s creating a more inclusive economy by on-ramping moms who can help drive economic growth and innovation to careers in technology. Through its nine-week, Saturday-only tech orientation program with on-site childcare, MotherCoders provides students with the skills, knowledge, and peer and mentor support they need to start building products and services that diversify the marketplace.

    Tina is an alum of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, where she obtained an M.A. in Learning, Design & Technology in 2010. She also holds a B.A. in Political, Legal and Economic Analysis from Mills College, as well as an MBA from its Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business.

  • Carly Lutz
    Carly Lutz
    SVP of Family Experience, Shuddle
    Carly is a seasoned brand and marketing professional with a passion for and track record of developing iconic lifestyle brands. Carly joined Shuddle Inc. in June 2015 after 12+ years at CLIF Bar and Company. Carly attended UC Berkeley and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and has worked for Hal Riney & Partners, Procter and Gamble, Pfizer, and CLIF Bar and Company.

    Carly is a mom of three [Cecelia (8), Sean (6) and Colin (3)], half-marathoner, sometimes yogi, and lapsed mountain biker. When she’s not busy trying to help solve the transportation needs of busy Bay Area families, she can be found on the trails of Tilden Park, the baseball and soccer fields of Berkeley, the beaches of West Marin, and at Fairfax Scoop in Fairfax, CA.

  • Ayori Selassie
    Ayori Selassie
    Sr Solution Engineer, Salesforce
    Meet Ayori Selassie, Senior Solution Engineer & Platform Specialist for Commercial Business at Salesforce. Selassie leverages over 17 years of technology and consulting experience to serve as a trusted adviser for Salesforce’s most innovative customers. For the past 7+ years at Salesforce she has contributed to the success of Fortune 500 companies, top emerging businesses and non-profits by aiding in data acquisition, management and analytics strategy for Mobile & Internet of Things. She also founded and serves as President of Boldforce which is an Employee Resource Group at Salesforce where she leads a charter to drive business results through diversity, inclusion & philanthropy. For philanthropic endeavors she founded Pitch Mixer Entrepreneur Forum & strategically contributed to the success of startups reaching valuations of $56 Million by targeting women and people of color. Ayori is known for doing it all but she prides herself on doing it well and making a difference by doing good. Her next philanthropic mission takes her to Cuba to advise on how internet & modern technology can best advance their society.
  • Telle Whitney
    Telle Whitney
    CEO, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
    Dr. Telle Whitney has held senior technical management positions with Malleable Technologies and Actel Corporation, and co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. She serves on the advisory boards of Caltech’s Information Science and Technology, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and Illuminate Ventures. She has received ACM Distinguished Service award and the A. Nico Habermann Award for her role in founding and sustaining NCWIT. Dr. Whitney received her Ph.D. from Caltech, and her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah, both in Computer Science.
  • Kathryn Rotondo
    Kathryn Rotondo
    Host, Motherboard Podcast

    Kathryn Rotondo is an interactivist working to create positive change in the tech industry. She created and hosts the Motherboard podcast, a series of conversations exploring the crossroads of work and family life as it relates to attracting and retaining women in tech. Her email newsletter, Ally as a Verb, offers weekly insight into the experiences of underrepresented groups, and suggests concrete ways to take action. She has written about the intersection of gender and the tech workforce since 2011 at her blog, Equalitism.

    An award-winning mobile developer, Kathryn speaks internationally (O’Reilly Fluent, AltConf, Mobile Central Europe), co-wrote Adobe AIR in Action, and has taught interactive development at RISD|CE. Her mobile app to help young children understand and cooperate with their daily routines won first place at the Berlin Geekettes Hackathon in 2013. Kathryn lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

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  • Japheth Dillman
    Japheth Dillman
    Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, YetiZen
    Japheth Dillman began making games over 25 years ago, taking collegiate courses in programming at the wee tender age of 10 in order to learn to program his own games. You can blame the Atari 2600 he received for his sixth birthday for sparking and igniting the fire; he was hooked. Starting out on his Tandy 500 and Apple III he was making adventure games (using ASCI art) and MUDs (text based multi-user dungeon) games. The grown-up version of Japheth is equal parts Producer, Designer, and Evangelist. He is a veteran to the game space, having worked as an Executive Producer and Lead Designer at numerous studios such as Digital Chocolate, Flying Wisdom Studios, BigPoint, Chugulu, Aftershock Innovations. A product visionary, Japheth drives feature roadmaps and design in fast paced startups.Finding enormous success in mobile and social games and web, Japheth now has co-founded the YetiZen Accelerator program as Chief Creative Officer, along with his business partner Sana Choudary, to help other startups find monumental success. YetiZen ensures success through mentorship, team building, partnerships in the game and interactive space, and investment opportunities. Japheth is also a seasoned speaker at numerous industry events. Finally, through YetiZen he also leads and co-organizes the YetiZen Speaks Workshop series.
  • Terence Fung
    Terence Fung
    Chief Strategy Officer, Storm8
    Terence is Chief Strategy Officer at leading mobile game network Storm8. He leads Storm8’s commercial strategy and development, including partnerships, user acquisition, PR and marketing. Terence has nearly 20 years experience in technology and digital media. Most recently, Terence was VP of Corporate Development at Zynga where he accelerated company growth in new genres and technologies, driving 35+ transactions in five years. Terence began his career as an investment banker at Lazard and Deutsche Bank where he advised clients on acquisitions, investments and financings with an aggregate value of over $40 billion. Terence graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Shirley Lin
    Shirley Lin
    VP Global Business Development, YeahMobi
    Shirley is the VP, Global Business Development at YeahMobi, a leader in the mobile advertising network and platform. Based in San Francisco, she joined YeahMobi in May, 2014 and is responsible for the international expansion including US, Europe and Latin America.

    Previously she served as VP, Business Development at iConsole.tv, building the next generation of Android game console as a multi-functional device designed for the high performance chips and deliver superior quality to the consumers.

    She was Executive Managing Director of 800 Birds, a platform to connect resources for early stage technology startups, based in Silicon Valley, and grown to be a very interactive and engaging startup community of 1800 more global members. Prior to that, she was EVP, Business Development at Beintoo, an Italy mobile advertising platform.

    Shirley has been advising various startups in Silicon Valley and those in China, Israel, Greece, Italy, etc. She is a mentor at Pitme.com, a startup accelerator in San Francisco focused in facilitating the Africa and Mid-Eastern startups.

    She is a highly regarded speaker and moderator and has been invited to speak or moderate panels in many international conferences.

    She started her career working as an aerospace programmer on the Space Shuttle program at NASA in Houston and also a developer/manager in the Non-stop OS group at HP. She holds a M.S. in Computer Science/Math/Statistic from Texas A&M and a B.A. in History from National Taiwan University.

  • Rick Liu
    Rick Liu
    Chief Revenue Officer, PlayPhone
    Rick Liu has over 20 years experience in mobile, social, gaming, and digital marketing. He is founder team member of Gameview Studios, a leading publisher of free-to-play games for iOS and Android mobile platforms most notably known for its Tap Fish franchise, acquired in 2010 by Japan’s DeNA, one of the world’s most successful mobile internet companies with games and community products that reach over 100 million consumers. In the summer of 2015, Rick Liu joined GungHo’s PlayPhone part of Softbank group. Rick Liu is fluent in four languages and cultures: Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese Mandarin, and English. His international assignments have taken him to Eastern and Western Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia. He was responsible for NativeX Asia Pacific and Latin America business, Siemens Mobile and Networking business, Motorola’s Satellite Communications business in Greater China, Motorola’s Mobile Broadband business in Latin America, and early Intel’s mobile business development. Rick Liu attended the Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and the Mergers and Acquisitions Executive Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Columbia University in New York City.
  • Jamil Moledina
    Jamil Moledina
    Games Strategic Partnerships Lead, Google Play
    Jamil leads games strategic partnerships on the business development team for Google Play. This includes setting outreach and support strategy for key game segments on the store, and managing direct points of contact for game developers. The scope of the team’s support includes technical resources, best practices, and editorial featuring. Jamil also manages the games portfolio for Android TV, and works across teams on future store iterations and improved discovery. Jamil has been in games for over a decade, having headed a game studio, led BD for Funzio through its acquisition, signed publishing deals at EA, and managed the GDC.
    Jamil is also an advisor to various startups, the writer of Tearing the Sky, a science fiction novel, and is currently working on a new writing project. For Google Play updates, game industry commentary, and general geekery, follow Jamil on Twitter @jmoledina.
  • Kent Wakeford
    Kent Wakeford
    COO, Kabam

    Kent Wakeford is Chief Operating Officer for Kabam, a world leader in AAA mobile free-to-play games. Kent joined Kabam full-time in February 2011 after serving as a company advisor since February 2009. He has been instrumental in shaping the company’s game portfolio, adding talented development teams, and navigating all legal areas for the company. Currently, he is responsible for the legal department, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and governance, partnerships for third party game development, and licensed intellectual property.

    Kent has sourced and structured Kabam’s relationships with Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for The Hobbit mobile and web games, and NBCUniversal for the Fast & Furious 6 mobile game. Kent facilitated Kabam’s acquisitions of Gravity Bear, Fearless Studios, WonderHill, Wild Shadow Studios, Balanced Worlds, Exploding Barrel Games, Phoenix Age, TapZen and Magic Pixel Games. In addition, he assisted in raising more than $100 million in capital investments for Kabam from venture and strategic investors including Google Ventures, SK Telecom, Pinnacle Ventures, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Canaan Partners, Intel Capital and Redpoint Ventures. Kent also played an integral role in Alibaba’s $120 million investment in Kabam, which increased the company’s valuation to more than $1 billion.

    Kent began his digital career at Netscape and spent more than five years at AOL as a Vice President, facilitating more than 250 partnerships across AOL web properties as well as Time Inc., Turner, and Warner Bros. Prior to joining Kabam, he was SVP at AddThis social sharing platform and co-founded the media valuation and ad verification company Integral Ad Science. Kent began his career as a corporate attorney at O’Melveny & Myers representing movie studios, record labels, and media companies.

    Kent graduated order of the coif from University of Southern California Law School, achieving awards for highest scholarship and excellence in the field of entertainment law, and participated on Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Ryan Weber
    Ryan Weber
    Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, NativeX
    Ryan Weber is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at NativeX, the premiere ad technology choice of top charting mobile games & apps. Boasting an expert team of data scientists, engineers, and designers, NativeX has been quickly established as a leader in effective Monetization and User Acquisition, as well as an innovator in re-defining native advertising for mobile games and apps. Ryan is an entrepreneur and Internet pioneer having led NativeX through 12 consecutive profitable years.
  • Jim Ying
    Jim Ying
    VP Games, Tango
    Jim Ying is Vice President of Game Publishing at Tango, where he signs and publishes games through the Tango platform. Before joining Tango, Ying was VP of Publishing & Partnerships at GREE International, where his team managed GREE’s Partners Fund, relationships with developers and partnerships with mobile ad vendors in addition to driving discussions with game publishers and platforms in China and Korea. Leading up to that, he served as SVP of Publishing and led the US office at 6waves, a publisher of social and mobile games, where he managed the product, marketing and bizdev teams. Earlier in his career, he held positions at RealNetworks Gamehouse, Microsoft Xbox and Monitor Consulting. Jim holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.
  • Neil Young
    Neil Young
    Founder & CEO, N3TWORK
    Neil is the founder & CEO of N3TWORK. Prior to founding N3TWORK, Neil was the founder & CEO of ngmoco, the leading social mobile games company, and served on the board of Japanese internet company DeNA, which acquired the startup in November of 2010. Following the acquisition, Neil oversaw DeNA’s western business, product development and publishing operations. Before he founded ngmoco, Neil served as group general manager & vice president at Electronic Arts. During his tenure at EA, Neil was responsible for EA’s Los Angeles, Maxis, Origin & Blueprint Studio groups that produced some of EA’s most successful game franchises including The Lord of the Rings, The Sims, Medal of Honor and Command & Conquer amongst others.

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  • Dr. Cory Kidd
    Dr. Cory Kidd
    CEO & Founder, Catalia Health

    Dr. Cory Kidd is the founder and CEO of Catalia Health, a healthcare technology company focused on delivering effective behavior change. The company develops a hardware and software platform that uses a combination of psychology and artificial intelligence to successfully engage patients through interactive conversations. These conversations happen through mobile, web, and interactive robotic interfaces; together these interfaces create a relationship that can reach patients at any time they need support. The data reported back through the system gives Catalia Health’s customers valuable information to understand the daily activities and needs of their patients.

    Dr. Kidd is a serial entrepreneur who has been working in healthcare technology for nearly two decades. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in human-robot interaction and his B.S. in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Jiawei Gu
    Jiawei Gu
    Design & Research Lead of Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), Baidu Research
    Jiawei Gu is a Design & Research Lead, leading the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) team at Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), Baidu Research. Currently he is responsible for directing a team to design, prototype and create novel digital experience, industrial design and nature user interface (NUI) for intelligent paradigms (including wearable device, intelligent transportation, home automation, robotics, IoT) utilizing technologies of artificial intelligence, deep learning and big data, project includes BaiduEye, BaiduBike. Previously he worked in Microsoft Research, mainly focus on tangible and embodied I/O interfaces and solutions for next generation Microsoft products, including Windows Surface, Xbox Kinect and Windows 10, meanwhile he has been awarded 22 US invention patents and more than 120 domestic patents, acting as corporation instructor of Stanford ME310 Global New Product Design Innovation Program. His experience and interest lies at the intersection between user-centered design and applied research.
  • Yu Hu
    Yu Hu
    SVP and Director of Research, iFLYTEK
    Yu Hu, a Doctor in Signal and Information Processing form USTC, professor level senior engineer, expert with the State Council special allowance, the senior vice president of iFLYTEK and the director of iFLYTEK Research, Professor & Supervisor of PhD Candidates of USTC. Dr.Hu is also the vice director of National Engineering Lab for Speech and Language Information Processing. In 1999, Dr.Hu became a Research Engineer with iFLYTEK Ltd. as a cofounder, working on Mandarin speech synthesis and speech prosody analysis. He was one of researchers who built the first few generations of iFlytek Mandarin speech synthesis engines. Since 2004, he began to work on the iFLYTEK Mandarin speech recognition system.Since1997, Dr.Hu has participated in several national projects, natural science fund, major Anhui Provincial, Ministerial projects and got great achievements. He obtained two Second Class Prizes of The State Scientific and Technological Progress Award, two major Technological Invention Award in Information Industry. And he repeatedly won the Anhui provincial, ministerial, Hefei Municipal Science and Technology Award.
  • Zhifei Li
    Zhifei Li
    CEO & Fouder, Mobvoi
  • Tim Tuttle
    Tim Tuttle
    CEO & Founder, Expect Labs
    Tim Tuttle drives strategic direction at Expect Labs and develops a portion of core technologies used in the company’s principal product, MindMeld. His career began at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, where Tim received his PhD. Tim was also a member of the research staff at MIT and Bell Labs. A serial entrepreneur, Tim has built several successful companies over the years and has sold them to leading technology companies, such as AOL.
  • Anis Uzzaman
    Anis Uzzaman
    General Partner & CEO, Fenox Venture Capital

    Anis Uzzaman, Ph.D is the General Partner and founding member of Fenox Venture Capital. He serves as the Chief Executive of the company, overlooking overall management and operations.Located in Silicon Valley, USA, Fenox Venture Capital provides early stage and final round funding. With several multi-million dollar funds under management, Fenox Venture Capital focuses its investment in IT, Health IT, Consumer Internet, Cloud, Big Data, Mobile, Social, Payment Systems and Next Generation Technologies.

    As a leader of the IBM and Cadence Management Teams, Anis led numerous strategic investments in the software development, microelectronics, and e-commerce space. A serial entrepreneur in the retail and technological sectors, Anis provides mentorship in fundraising, operations, and exit strategy to entrepreneurs.

    Anis has invested in over 50 startups in the United States, Japan, and South East Asia. Some of the prominent USA startups in the Fenox portfolio include Sidecar, Genius, LARK and ShareThis. Anis is also an investor and board member of Tech in Asia, the largest tech media blog in Southeast Asia. Anis also sits on the board of directors of Lark, Jetlore, DLE, Infoteria, and IACC.

    He holds a B.Eng. degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, an M.S. in Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D in Computer Engineering from Tokyo Metropolitan University in Tokyo, Japan. Anis is an honored guest speaker in international conferences, workshops and seminars, has published more than 30 technical papers, and is the author of the “Startup Bible – The Silicon Valley Way of Developing Success” that launched in Japan; “Startup Success – The Six Steps To Building A Successful Startup” that launched in Korea; and “Startuppedia – Guide To Build Startup – Silicon Valley Way” that launched in Indonesia.

  • Jeff Yu
    Jeff Yu
    Founder & CEO, Turing Robot
    Jeff Yu is the Founder & CEO of Turing Robot with more than 10 years of research experience in Artificial Intelligence. He has published several academic research papers about Artificial Intelligence during his bachelor. After college, he was invited to develop the world’s earliest Mobile Machine Translation in ChinaSoft International. He gave up the registered residence of Beijing and developed “Wormhole Voice Assistant”, which has more than 40,000,000 of users within 2 years. In November of 2014, his team released “Turing Robot” as the most intelligent robot brain in Chinese Natural Language Processing. So far, Turing Robot has more than 70,000 of partners and 100,000,000,000 of responding to requests.

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  • Matt Apfel
    Matt Apfel
    VP of Creative Content & Strategy, Samsung
  • Yev Galper
    Yev Galper
    Head of Mobile Competency Center, EPAM
  • Andrew Garkavyi
    Andrew Garkavyi
    CEO, Stanfy

    Andrew is CEO of Stanfy – a development and UX/UI design studio specializing in software solutions for mobile, wearable devices and IoT.

    He has helped number of customers succeed with their software products for the last 10 years. Is directly responsible for managing all facets of the company’s business initiatives, and is tasked with driving the organization’s strategic objectives. He made his way from an engineer in enterprise software to leading software development business.

    Andrew lead software products through different stages of their creation whether it was an evolution of idea, UX design or high quality engineering. He is focused on constant improvement of software development process, being agile enthusiast and keeps his technical skills up to date.

    Currently is an active mentor at Alchemist accelerator.

  • Tim Merel
    Tim Merel
    Founder/Managing Director, Digi-Capital
    Tim Merel is Managing Director of Silicon Valley based tech advisor Digi-Capital, advising mobile, augmented/virtual reality, games and digital companies in America, China, Japan, South Korea and Europe on M&A (sell-side and buy-side), management consulting (strategy) and industry reports (mobile, AR/VR, games)
  • Vikram Natarajan
    Vikram Natarajan
    SVP of Global Partnerships & Distribution, Cyanogen
    Vikram Natarajan drives strategic partnerships and distribution for the Cyanogen OS and related products and services. Most recently he was the VP of Business Development at MediaTek, a market leader chipset platform provider for mobile and TV markets. Vik also held various leadership positions at Broadcom.
  • Jenny Tong
    Jenny Tong
    Google Cloud Platform Developer Advocate, Google

    Jenny is a Developer Advocate on Cloud at Google. In this role she helps developers build cool stuff on all sorts of platforms. Previously she worked in a wide variety of software roles from robotics at NASA, to developer advocacy for Google Glass.

    She is passionate about education, especially on the subjects of technology and science. If she’s away from her laptop, she’s probably skating around a roller derby track, or hanging from aerial silk.

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  • Nathan Millard
    Nathan Millard
    Founder & CEO, G3 Partners
    Nathan Millard Founded G3 Partners, Asia’s first PR & Global agency for startups, to help entrepreneurs effectively communicate beyond their domestic borders. With offices in Seoul and Kuala Lumpur, G3 serves clients across Asia and supports Global startups with Asia market entry. Before G3, Nathan was Korea’s most active writer about the local startup scene in English. In that role he also led overseas acceleration programs for Asian startups to Singapore, the USA and Europe and taught entrepreneurship as a guest lecturer at Yonsei University in Seoul.When Nathan is not busy getting G3’s clients get featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal or other global publications, he’s coaching them on social media and content strategy or helping them meet fundraising goals. He is a Google Campus mentor and a Partner at Accelerate Korea, Korea’s newest transnational accelerator. He believes East & West have immence opportunity for increased collaboration and is on a mission to facilitate it.
  • Tim Chang
    Tim Chang
    Managing Director, Mayfield Fund
  • Wen Hsieh
    Wen Hsieh
    Partner, KPCB

    Wen Hsieh joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2006. He focuses on enterprise IT infrastructure (data storage, networking, compute), disruptive digital hardware (IoT/wearables, mobile, consumer electronics), drones/UAVs, semiconductor innovations and green technology incubations and investments – in both North America and Greater China. Wen also leads KPCB’s Low Power Everywhere initiative.

    He has worked closely – as board director/observer or advisor – with the entrepreneurs at Ambiq Micro, Amprius, Amyris (AMRS), Aquion Energy, Bloom Energy, Crossbar, HiWiFi, LuxVue Technology (acquired by Apple), mCube, Qumulo, Spatial Photonics (acquired by Himax Display), TiDAL Systems and Voltafield.

    Before joining KPCB, Wen was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company San Francisco and a leader of McKinsey’s Asia semiconductor practice. During his five years at McKinsey, Wen focused primarily on serving leading companies across the global semiconductor value chain. His clients included EDA companies, IC design houses, wafer fab equipment vendors, automated test equipment suppliers, test solution providers, wafer foundries, logic and memory IDMs, PC and server OEMs and electronic component distributors. His secondary focus at McKinsey was on the North America biopharma sector, where his clients were small companies in the anti-viral, generics and specialty pharma segments. Earlier in his career, Wen founded OnChip Technologies, a startup developing MEMS microfluidic biochips. The company’s target market was high-sensitivity and high-throughput peptide separation and identification applications.
    Wen earned a B.S. with honors, an M.S., and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, plus a Ph.D. minor in biology, all from the California Institute of Technology.

  • Rebecca Kaden
    Rebecca Kaden
    Partner, Maveron
    Rebecca Kaden is a partner in Maveron’s San Francisco office. In 2015, Forbes named Rebecca to its annual list of top “30 under 30” in venture capital, and Craig Newmark named Rebecca one of “5 Women Investors You Need to Know.” At Maveron, Rebecca identifies consumer-focused entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Southern California, and her hometown of New York City. She also plays a leading role in the firm’s seed program, partnering with emerging consumer companies at their earliest stages. She’s a Board Observer at Aria, August, Darby Smart, Dolls Kill and General Assembly. In a prior life, Rebecca was a journalist—for the Economist in London and as special projects editor at Narrative, an online platform devoted to bringing great literature into the digital age. Now she brings her skills and passion for understanding how stories come together to help identify potential breakout consumer brands. Rebecca earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford.
  • Christopher Klundt
    Christopher Klundt
    Founder & CEO, StudyBlue
    Christopher Klundt is founder and CEO of StudyBlue, a fast-growing learning app used by more than 9 million students. While studying computer science and biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Chris was frustrated with the lack of innovative technology specifically for students and determined to find a solution. He developed a crowdsourced, personalized learning app that allows students to create, study and share notes on any subject. StudyBlue now has the largest and fastest-growing library of user-generated study material in the world, covering every topic from Portuguese to Pilates, and users on every campus in the country.
  • Noah Lichtenstein
    Noah Lichtenstein
    Partner, Cowboy Ventures

    Noah is a Partner at Cowboy Ventures. He has been helping build start ups in Silicon Valley for over a decade, and is passionate about turning ideas into products and businesses that customers love.

    Prior to joining Cowboy, Noah was a founding member of HomeRun, a leading social commerce platform that reached over 100 million consumers at its peak (acquired by Rearden Commerce). Before HomeRun, Noah led consumer business development at the Climate Corporation (acquired by Monsanto (MON)), was the Co-Founder & President of Annuvia, and served as a wildland firefighter in rural Oregon.

    He attended Stanford University and serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Bay Area.

  • Bubba Murarka
    Bubba Murarka
    Partner, DFJ
  • Shuchi Rana
    Shuchi Rana
    Co-Founder, America Innovates
    Shuchi Rana has 15 years of Startup experience primarily in the Technology space, in Silicon Valley and India. She is a Co-founder of America Innovates, an initiative to accelerate innovation districts across the United States, with a focus on investment into high value job creation and social impact. As a VP of Customer Success for Trivium Corporate Solutions, she has managed due diligence for the fund raising of Startups that have collectively raised over $100M and several acquisitions. Shuchi has been instrumental in setting up international operations in India, Israel & China for US based startups. She is well versed with the entire life cycle of a startup – inception thru exit.
  • Edith Yeung
    Edith Yeung
    Partner, 500 Startups
    Edith Yeung is a Partner at 500 Mobile Collective Fund, focusing on investing in mobile apps and consumer internet startups. Prior, Edith was the VP of marketing & business development for Dolphin Browser. Dolphin Browser is a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. She also founded RightVentures – seed stage investment firm focusing on mobile and consumer internet companies. Some of her investments include Fleksy, Mighty Text, Pack, Bounce.io etc. She is also an advisor to Strikingly. Before all the startup world, she worked with companies like AT&T Wireless, Oracle, Siebel, Autodesk, Cisco, Telstra and Hungary Telecom. You can also find some of her work on CNBC, CBS , NPR, Techcrunch, Next Web, Mashable, Read Write Web, Fora, etc. She frequently speaks on mobile, and international growth. And she loves dogs. :)
  • Heidi Yu
    Heidi Yu
    Founder & CEO, Boostinsider.com
    Heidi Yu was born an entrepreneur: she has created three startups, competed in three business plan competitions, and launched three Kickstarter projects. She is all of the following: a product designer, a business person, a nerd, and an effective team leader.

    Heidi is currently the CEO & Founder of Boostinsider, an influencer marketing startup based in San Francisco. Boostinsider was created with the idea that everyone has social influence and that brands should be spending their advertising budgets on rewarding real consumers who can act as their influencers. Boostinsider currently has over 70,000 influencers who are getting paid to recommend products they like.

    Boostinsider’s successes include promoting a Kickstarter project that raised more than $800K and an iOS app that was featured by the App Store after a week of promotions.

    Boostinsider is currently looking for talented people to join the team.

The Edge The Edge

  • Jim Geison
    Jim Geison
    SVP Business and Corporate Development, Sweetlabs
    Jim runs all things business for SweetLabs. Jim has over 15 years of experience in business development and product management across consumer electronics, licensing, and advertising technology from startup to public companies in U.S. and global markets. Prior to joining SweetLabs, Jim was with BlackBerry and Dash Navigation in strategic partnerships and business development. SweetLabs is a homecoming for Jim where he gets to rejoin his friends from his days at DivX where he was VP and GM of the consumer electronics licensing business.
  • Darren Berkowitz
    Darren Berkowitz
    Co-Founder, Telesign
    Darren develops strategic partnerships and accounts, executes company-wide strategy and evangelizes TeleSign within the industry. He focuses his time working with consumer Web properties and mobile apps, helping them fully leverage the capabilities of mobile identity.
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