VatorSplash
October 2, 2013 – 3:30 pm to midnight – Café Du Nord, San Francisco

Keynote Speakers


Keith Krach, Chairman and CEO, DocuSign

Keith Krach is currently chairman and CEO of DocuSign, the industry leader and global standard in electronic signature. Keith also serves as chairman of the board at Angie's List and chairman of the board of trustees at Purdue University.

Keith has a long history of technology leadership, starting with being GM’s youngest-ever vice president at the age of 26 after earning his B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and MBA from Harvard University. After 10 years with GM, Keith joined the founding team of Rasna Corporation. Keith helped lead Rasna to be recognized as #3 on the Inc. 100 list of Fastest-Growing Companies. The company was sold in 1995 to Parametric Technologies for $500 million.

Keith co-founded Ariba in 1996, serving as CEO and chairman of the board for seven years. Keith took Ariba public, achieving a market capitalization of $34 billion. Ernst & Young named Keith the 2000 National Entrepreneur of the Year, the same year in which he was honored at the World Economic Forum with the Technology Pioneer Award.

Following Ariba, Keith founded 3Points, an investment holdings firm, where he was CEO. Keith has served as an executive and a member of the board of directors for numerous companies.

 

Jared Simon, Co-founder and COO, HotelTonight

Jared Simon is a co-founder and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of HotelTonight, the world’s first made-for-mobile hotel booking app. Famous for giving users the ability to book a hotel in less than ten seconds and four taps, HotelTonight offers the best pricing for last minute deals at top hotels vetted personally by HotelTonight staff and is available for free in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

At HotelTonight, Jared manages all supplier relations as well as customer support and all back-end operations and is proud to be part of the team that is making the world a bit more spontaneous.

Prior to HotelTonight, Jared led partner development and served on the founding executive team at online video production and distribution pioneer TurnHere, with clients such as Intercontinental Hotels, Orbitz and Travelocity. Jared previously worked at online travel agency Orbitz, serving on the launch team for the hotel product and eventually taking over as General Manager of the company’s Lodging.com brand. He began his career as an investment banker at Wall Street firm CS First Boston (now Credit Suisse.)

Jared has a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Speakers


Rob Coneybeer, Founder, Shasta Ventures

Rob has always loved building things that go fast. He started his career as an aerospace engineer and auto engine tester, then became an investor in early stage technology companies. In the depths of a tech downturn, Rob took a risk to launch a new venture firm, Shasta Ventures. Over the years Rob has supported more than 100 founders in their quests to build lasting businesses that deliver breakout products and services.

Rob is looking to work closely with entrepreneurs who are creating disruptive approaches to mobile and networked devices, as well as technology applications that leverage novel infrastructure technologies. He is particularly interested in high-risk startups that are rapidly scalable, impact the lives of millions of people and connect the "real world" to the Internet, whether via smart phones, low-cost sensors, or other devices.

Rob is passionate about anything with an engine, including robots, satellites, and new modes of transportation. He is particularly interested in smartphone-based businesses, collaborative consumption and The Internet of Things.

Before co-founding Shasta in 2004, Rob was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates, where he led 15 early-stage investments in companies spanning the semiconductor, software and networking industries, including Growth Networks (Cisco), Astral Point (Alcatel) and Xros (Nortel). His current companies include Nest, Mocana and RelayRides.

 

Tony Conrad, Founding Member & Venture Partner, True Ventures

Tony Conrad is a founder & CEO of about.me (acquired by Aol in 2010), and a founding member & Venture Partner at True Ventures. Prior to about.me, Tony co-founded Sphere (acquired by Aol in 2008) with Toni Schneider.  Early in his career, Tony spent nine years abroad, working in India, France, and Indonesia with Groupe Danone, focusing on brand extension opportunities through mergers and acquisitions in Southeast Asia. He then joined VSP as a general partner where he led consumer-tech and marketing software and services investments in Oddpost (acquired by Yahoo!), Iconoculture (acquired by Corporate Executive Board), MusicNow (acquired by Circuit City), and Centive (acquired by Xactly). Tony also played an active role managing investments in Post Communications (NASDAQ: NTVS) and Stonyfield Farms (acquired by Groupe Danone).

Tony adds deep market development and management expertise to True Ventures. He holds a BS in Telecommunications from Indiana University and a BA in Economics from Indiana University. When he is not seeking out new opportunities for investment, you can find him communicating en français, traveling, or getting lucky with enviable good parking karma.

 

Jenny Fielding, Head of Digital Ventures, BBC Worldwide

Jenny Fielding heads up New Digital Ventures for BBC Worldwide as well as BBCW Labs. Previously, she was CEO of fourforty Inc, the company that developed Wenzani for Lonely Planet. Jenny has a long history in the tech industry, co-founding start-ups such as Switch-Mobile, a disruptive VoIP mobile software company, that was acquired in 2008. She has also been the COO of Wodan Capital, a VP at JP Morgan, and a lawyer at Wieden & Kennedy, where she started her career.

Jenny sits on the Board and advises several companies and organizations including Founder Labs, Texting.ly, and Astia. Jenny is based in Silicon Valley.

 

Howard Hartenbaum, Investor, August Capital

Howard Hartenbaum joined August Capital in 2008. 

Prior to joining, he served as a General Partner at Draper Richards LP where he was the founding investor in Skype and a former member of the board of directors where his achievement resulted in his joining the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists.

Before entering the venture capital field, Howard was at Hughes Electronics, where he was responsible for supporting business development, marketing and sales of satellite, information security and automotive technologies developed by HRL Laboratories. He also worked in engineering positions in ergonomics and user experience at Honda Motor Company and manufacturing at Teledyne Relays.

 

Charles Hudson, Venture Partner, SoftTech VC

Charles Hudson is a Venture Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. He is focusing on mobile and gaming investments, and supporting SoftTech portfolio companies on business/corporate development matters. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA.

Charles is also the founder of the Virtual Goods Summit and Social Gaming Summit, two of the leading conferences in the free-to-play games space.

Charles spent several years working at In-Q-Tel, the strategic venture capital group for the Central Intelligence Agency. While at In-Q-Tel, he focused on identifying investment opportunities that could deliver significant value to the CIA and the commercial market in both the short and long term. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Stanford University.

 

Jed Katz, Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners

Jed Katz is a Managing Director at Javelin Venture Partners, and is Javelin's board member for BoostCTR, Engrade, Famo.us, Netpulse, Smartzip, Thumbtack and Yap.tv.  Prior to forming Javelin, Jed was a Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures in New York. Jed is also a 4-time entrepreneur, including starting Rent Net, the Internet's first rental and relocation guide. Rent Net was acquired by Cendant, and subsequently, Jed used its infrastructure as the starting point for the formation of Move.com, one of the Internet's largest real estate sites. Move.com was acquired by Homestore for over $900 million.
 

Lars Leckie, Partner, Hummer Winblad


Lars Leckie played a key role in Hummer Winbald’s investments, such as in Aria Systems (SaaS billing and customer management) and vKernel (Virtualization Infrastructure).

Prior to joining Hummer Winblad Venture Partners in 2006, Lars was involved in founding and operational roles at start-up companies. He was a co-founder of AutoFarm (now Novariant), a company focused on GPS and robotics. Lars has also been involved with the founding team of SportBug, a GPS and Internet fitness company. While Lars spends less time programming now, he started his technical career coding and hacking computer games. He is the holder of several US patents.

 
Rick Lewis, General Partner, US Venture Partners

Rick Lewis sees it as a great privilege to work with entrepreneurs. “Successful venture investing requires attracting and partnering with entrepreneurs who have the knowledge and imagination to envision disruptive new businesses, as well as the talent and determination to bring those businesses to fruition. This business is all about the people, and you have to earn the right to work with the best.”

Rick is a two-time software entrepreneur with a deep technical background. “While in my twenties, I was co-founder of two software companies; one failed, and one went on to be successful. Via those experiences I developed an abiding respect for entrepreneurs and an understanding of the inevitable sacrifices and challenges associated with entrepreneurship. It makes a big difference to be able to tell an entrepreneur, `I know what you’re going through’.”

Rick joined USVP in 2004 and is a General Partner in the firm. At USVP, Rick focuses on software (enterprise SaaS and security) and consumer services (mobile and e-commerce). In software, Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors at Act-On Software, Skytree, ThreatMetrix, Victrio, and Wayin, and he was instrumental in USVP’s investment in Trusteer. In consumer services, Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors at EasilyDo, Hooked Media Group, HotelTonight, ScoreBig, and Trunk Club. Rick previously managed numerous USVP investments that have seen successful exits, including Intermolecular (IMI), Instantis (acquired by Oracle), myYearbook (MEET), and Yammer (acquired by Microsoft).
 

Ben Ling, Investment Partner, Khosla Ventures

Ben is an investment partner at Khosla Ventures focused on mobile, Internet and ecosystem businesses.

Ben is an accomplished executive and angel investor, with senior operating roles at Google, YouTube and Facebook, as well as angel investor and advisor, with investments in Fab, Square, Palantir, Quora, and PracticeFusion and advisory roles at Pinterest and Pulse.

At Google, he was Google’s Senior Director of Search Products and Local Business Products, including overseeing Images, Videos, Books, News and Finance. At YouTube, he was Senior Director of Partnerships and Platform, responsible for Music, Movies, Sports, News, as well as Mobile, TV, and API partnerships. In his first role at Google, Ben was the founder and GM of Google’s Commerce group, including Google Wallet and Shopping.

At Facebook, Ben was Director of Facebook Platform overseeing the Facebook developer ecosystem, and led product, marketing, developer operations, partner solutions, and helped build Facebook Connect, which has helped Facebook grow across the web. 

 

Charles Moldow, General Partner, Foundation Capital

Charles joined Foundation Capital in 2005, with a background in general management, sales, marketing, product management, and business development. Before coming to Foundation Capital, he was part of two teams that successfully built companies from early start-up through greater than $100 million in sales and exits near or above a billion dollars. Charles has made fourteen investments since joining Foundation, of which five have been acquired: PowerSet to Microsoft; Xoopit to Yahoo!; Adwhirl to Google; Weblistic to Spot Runner; and, Therative to Phillips. Charles' current portfolio includes: BancBox, CloudOn, Copious, Everyday Health, Fanhood, HomeRun, LendingClub, Luminate, Motif Investing, Revel Touch, and SunRun.

Charles' entrepreneurial penchant dates back to 1989 when he co-founded OnTime Guide—which replaced the OAG Pocket Flight Guide as the must-have resource for frequent business travelers—and PrimeTime Partners, which attempted to establish a new category of self liquidating promotions on behalf of advertisers and direct marketers. Prior to that, Charles spent three years in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice at Merrill Lynch.

 

Rick Moss, Founding Director, Hub Ventures

Rick Moss is Founding Director of Hub Ventures, a startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building a better world. Previously, Rick led acquisitions and alliances for Oracle’s Java Group, where he focused on mobile and embedded software. Rick also led corporate development for Sun Microsystems’ software business unit. His accomplishments include the acquisitions of MySQL, innotek, Q-Layer and venture investments in Greenplum (acquired by EMC) and Infobright. Rick began his career with Computer Sciences Corporation in management consulting and with Salomon Brothers in investment banking. Rick’s entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding and running The ModemShop, and business development for Kleiner Perkins-backed WineShopper.com (acquired by Wine.com).

Rick holds an undergraduate degree from Trinity College and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. 

 

Rory O’Driscoll, Partner, Scale Venture Partners

Rory O’Driscoll is a founding member of Scale Venture Partners (ScaleVP) and has been an active investor at ScaleVP or its predecessor funds since 1993. His primary focus is on software companies benefiting from the move to software-as-a-service and the wider transition of enterprise computing to the cloud. He currently sits on the boards of Axcient, Box, DataSift, DocuSign, ExactTarget (ET), Livescribe, and Vantage Media.

Prior investments include Omniture (IPO:OMTR; Acq: ADBE), Net Genesis (IPO: NTGX; Acq: SPSS), ScanSafe (Acq: Cisco), Frontbridge (Acq: MSFT), Zone Labs (Acq: CHKP), Placeware (Acq: MSFT), OuterBay (Acq: HP) among others. The automation of marketing in the Internet era has been a theme of his investments from NetGenesis in the 1990′s, to Omniture in 2005, and ExactTarget today.

Rory was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2012 and 2013 and was also named one of the “power players” of venture capital by AlwaysOn in for the past three years. Prior to ScaleVP, he was the CEO of a manufacturing company in the UK. Rory holds a BSc from the London School of Economics.

 
Lisa Maki , CEO & Co-Founder, PokitDok

Lisa Maki started her technology career in 1989 at a plucky upstart where the dress code consisted of jeans and t-shirts and the employees were annoyingly happy about going to work every day. Thinking that sounded like something she could handle, she convinced them -- or they convinced her -- she could definitely learn how to turn on a computer and a career at Microsoft was born. After a successful stint as their Director of Program Management for Consumer Products she took a break to learn landscape design, teach snowboarding in Utah and co-found BeliefNetworks, a predictive analytics and semantic intelligence start up (sold to Benefitfocus in 2010). After recovering from a serious back injury, Lisa and her business partner Ted Tanner founded PokitDok, a social health marketplace where people can find information, share experiences, get recommendations and buy a treatment or service for a price they can live with. And along the way she did learn out how to turn the computer on.
 

Bambi Francisco Roizen, Founder and CEO, Vator

Bambi Francisco Roizen is founder and CEO of Vator, one of the largest business networks dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs, and VatorNews, which provides news and information on innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to Vator, Bambi was an award-winning journalist at Dow Jones MarketWatch where she was the lead columnist/correspondent focusing on Internet trends and investments, appearing online and on TV.

She was a morning business anchor for KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco and made frequent appearances as an expert on technology on CNBC, Fox Business News, and CBS.

 
Ezra Roizen, Digital Media Investment Banker, Ackrell Capital 
 

Ezra Roizen is a digital media investment banker with Ackrell Capital,  a boutique investment bank. He is also an advisor and commenter on emerging ventures. He focuses on digital media, e-commerce and mobile companies. Prior to banking, Ezra co-founded and was CEO of Montclare Technologies Inc. He also co-founded and was director of business development for Convoy, which is now part of Sybase. Ezra is the Chair of the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business Alumni Council.

 

Andrew Ross, Director & Valuation Practice Leader, Grant Thornton

Andrew Ross leads Grant Thornton’s Bay Area Valuation Practice and provides a range of services to entrepreneurial and venture backed companies, including both those that are raising their Seed round and those that are ready for an IPO or sale. His team addresses valuation, capital structure, compensation, and operational issues including compliance with tax and financial reporting requirements. They work with companies across the technology spectrum, including social networking, cloud computing, software, and hardware. They also have developed a focus in CleanTech.

Prior to Grant Thornton, Andrew had similar roles with Huron Consulting Group, Sutter Securities, and KPMG. He also took a turn as a start-up CFO at MagnetPoint, an early stage communications software company and has lead family office investments, including ChartWare, an electronic medical records star-up. In a prior career he worked in construction management where he helped build tangible things, including the Santa Clara County Jail (which he hopes is relatively unknown to the Vator community).

 
Dave Samuel, Founder, Freestyle Capital

David Samuel is a seasoned entrepreneur, internet pioneer and enabling investor.  Currently co-founder of Freestyle Capital, a seed-stage investment firm with a portfolio currently numbering 36+ strong with 10 exits, David was previously founder/CEO of Spinner.com, the largest web 1.0 music streaming service (acquired by AOL in 1999 for $320MM), and founder/President of Crackle.com, a web 2.0 video platform (acquired by Sony in 2006 for $65MM). A 6.1 MIT graduate, David’s technical background and ability to assemble strong, talented, happy teams has resulted in the creation of a number of transformational B2C products, through both his direct management and via his entrepreneur-centric investment style.

 
Ted G. Wang, Partner, Fenwick & West

Mr. Wang represents emerging companies, venture capitalists and investment banks involved in a wide range of technologies with a focus on consumer Internet, e-commerce and software sectors.

His practice ranges from the formation of new start-up companies through venture capital financings to public offerings, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, where he has counseled companies with acquirers including CBS, eBay, Fox Interactive, Google and Zynga. Mr. Wang has also counseled a number of Chief Executive Officers on employment agreements.

Mr. Wang is a leader in efforts to standardize financing documents and is the curator of the Series Seed Documents.

Mr. Wang is a former law clerk for the Honorable Samuel Conti, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.

 

 Rick Lewis, General Partner, US Venture Partners

Rick joined USVP in 2004 and is a General Partner in the firm. At USVP, Rick focuses on software (enterprise SaaS and security) and consumer services (mobile and e-commerce). In software, Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors at Act-On Software, Skytree, ThreatMetrix, Victrio, and Wayin, and he was instrumental in USVP’s investment in Trusteer. In consumer services, Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors at EasilyDo, Hooked Media Group, HotelTonight, ScoreBig, and Trunk Club. Rick previously managed numerous USVP investments that have seen successful exits, including Intermolecular (IMI), Instantis (acquired by Oracle), myYearbook (MEET), and Yammer (acquired by Microsoft). 

 

Online Judges


Alan Chiu, Partner,  XSeed Capital

Alan Chiu is a Partner at XSeed Capital, with over 15 years of product development expertise in enterprise software and data storage. Alan was previously Director of Product Management at Bycast (acquired by NetApp), an object storage software company with a global customer base that included some of the largest digital content repositories in the world. At Bycast, Alan and his team drove the product roadmap, managed OEM relationships with IBM and HP, and developed strategies to enter new vertical markets.

Prior to Bycast, Alan served as an engineering manager at a network security start-up, and helped develop the market-leading digital prepress workflow system at Creo, which was acquired by Kodak for $1B in cash.

Alan holds a BASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, as well as an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions.
 
Deepak Gupta, Mentor, 500 Startups

Deepak is a mentor at 500 Startups and Rock Health.  Prior to being a mentor, Deepak was with BBVA Ventures and focused on data analytics and security & fraud.   

Prior to BBVA, Deepak worked at Hercules Technology Growth Capital (AMEX: HTGC), a public company in the field of investment in Palo Alto, CA.  At Hercules, he was an investment professional working closely with technology and cleantech companies.  Deepak has also co-founded and seeded a company, Urbanindo.com in May 2011.  The company received series A funding in March 2012.  Prior to Hercules, Deepak has rich and diverse experience working in multiple startups with responsibilities spanning R&D, operations, sales, field support and finance.   

Deepak holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an M.B.A. from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 
 Erin Håkansson, Investment Banker, Ackrell Capital

Erin Hakansson is an early stage startup advisor with over 12-years experience in business and corporate development for internet brands including Travelocity, Epicurious, Concierge.com, Wired and Style.com. Prior to joining Ackrell, she worked in M&A and corporate development for the online division of Condé Nast, where she sourced premium content, disruptive technologies and new monetization opportunities, vetted over 300 companies and worked on the acquisitions of Reddit, ArsTechnica, HotelChatter, Jaunted, HotWired and WebMonkey. Prior to Condé Nast, Håkansson spent four years at Travelocity, incubating and leading the business development efforts for the highly acclaimed activities product line. 
 

Keith McCurdy, Investor

Keith McCurdy’s career has spanned more than 20 years in the digital media industry where he has held numerous executive positions at industry leader Electronic Arts and at innovative private companies backed by leading venture capital firms. Mr. McCurdy’s career has consistently been focused on innovation in products, business models, technology and distribution, and leading the creation of new interactive, online, and mobile businesses.

Currently Mr. McCurdy is a board member (see Work and Companies sections), CEO adviser, entrepreneur, financial adviser, and investor adviser working with several companies and a variety of projects.

Most recently Mr. McCurdy was CEO and co-founder of Vivaty, a web based 3D virtual world platform company. The Vivaty platform enabled a high level of user generated avatar personalization and environment customization and was fully integrated within a community, social network, or a branded web site. Vivaty investors included top tier VCs Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mohr Davidow Ventures. Vivaty was acquired by Microsoft.
 

 

Alex Roizen, Advisor, Ackrell Capital


Alex Roizen is an advisor to digital media, e-commerce and mobile companies in the areas of M&A, finance and strategy. He works for Ackrell Capital, a San Francisco based investment bank but lives in San Diego, splitting time accordingly.

 
 

Toby E. Stuart, Professor, Haas School of Business

Leo Helzel Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Faculty Director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship
Chair, Management of Organizations Group
PhD, Graduate School of Business Stanford University

Research:
   - Corporate Strategy
   - Entrepreneurship
   - Innovation
   - Social Networks

Publication Highlights:
-  "The Impact of Academic Patenting on the Rate, Quality, and Direction of (Public) Research Output," with Azoulay, Pierre and Waverly Ding, Journal of Industrial Economics, forthcoming.
-  "Board Interlocks and the Propensity to Be Targeted in Private Equity Transactions," with Soojin Yim, Journal of Financial Economics, 97, no. 1, July 2010.
-  "Bringing the Context Back In: Settings and the Search for Syndicate Partners in Venture Capital Investment Networks," with Sorenson, Olav, Administrative Science Quarterly, 53, no. 2, June 2008.

 

Jules Walker, Director, KPMG LLP

Jules Walker has been working in a  variety of business development roles in the Bay Area for close to 20 years.  With career stints in banking, consulting and recruiting, Jules has been an insider in the rise, fall and rise again of this great region we call Silicon Valley.

In his role as a Director in the Venture Practice of KPMG, Jules is tasked with identifying and assisting the next group of great companies to emerge from the incubators and seed rounds.  Prior to KPMG, Jules was a Principal with the Ravix Group providing part-time and interim help in finance and HR to young companies aspiring to reach the next level of success.

Jules received his MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and his BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut.

Musicians


Ethan Beard 

Ethan Beard was the Director of Business Development at Facebook. In March, 2008, Beard left his position as the Director of Social Media at Google to take the position at Facebook. Before working for Google, Beard served as Director of Business Development for MTV/VH1 Interactive, as well as Silicon Alley Venture Partners, Fountainhead Capital, and Bank of America.

 
Tim Chang, Managing Director, Mayfield Fund

Tim Chang is a proven venture investor and experienced global executive. He was named on the 2011 Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Dealmakers, was featured by The Deal as one of five emerging VCs to watch and by the AlwaysON Hollywood IT List recognizing technology leaders in the digital entertainment industry.

Tim began his career in venture capital in 1999 during his time at Stanford Business School as part of the founding team of CTR Ventures, a venture accelerator in Tokyo focused on seed and early-stage mobile consumer applications for the Japanese market.
 

Prashant Fuloria, Chief Product Officer, Flurry

Prashant Fuloria brings a decade of product management experience from Facebook and Google, and as EIR, will work with the Mayfield team to evaluate investment opportunities and share insights with the portfolio. At Facebook, Prashant led the product team for Facebook Ads and subsequently managed commerce products, including Facebook Credits. At Google, he managed all of Google’s products for the Asia-Pacific region, led its global billing & payments product efforts, and served as an early member of the AdWords product team.
 

Philip Kaplan, Founder and CEO, ADHD Labs

Philip Kaplan is an entrepreneur in San Francisco, California. Philip has founded several companies, including TinyLetter (email service provider, acquired by MailChimp), Blippy (a venture-backed social shopping company), AdBrite (a large ad network), F-dcompany.com, PK Interactive (software development company), and others.  

In 2010, Philip was entrepreneur-in-residence at Charles River Ventures. Philip is the bestselling author of F'd Companies: Spectacular Dot-com Flameouts (Simon & Schuster). He is an active angel investor and advises several companies.  Philip is on the board of advisors of Syracuse University. 

 

Raj Kapoor, Venture Partner,  Mayfield Fund

Raj Kapoor  is an entrepreneur , Internet industry pioneer and blogger (vcinme.typepad.com) . He invests in the online advertising, e-commerce, consumer internet/digital media and internet infrastructure services and software segments.

Prior to joining Mayfield, Raj was co-founder and CEO of Snapfish, a leading global online photo service. Raj orchestrated the sale of Snapfish to Hewlett-Packard in March 2005.

 

Kristian Segerstrale, Initial Capital

Kristian Segerstrale is the EVP Digital at Electronic Arts, spearheading the digital transformation of the worlds largest computer games company.

Prior to EA, he was CEO and co-founder of Playfish, one of the largest and fastest growing social games companies, acquired by EA in 2009 for $400M. Kristian was a co-founder of Glu Mobile Europe (Macrospace Ltd) in 2001 and built the company through a successful $350M IPO in 2007. Kristian also served on the board of LOVEFiLM, a leading European digital film subscription service until its acquisition by Amazon in 2011 for $350M.
  

The Mule


The Mule started playing bagpipes at the age of 9. In 2003 he competed in the World Pipe Band Competition in Glasgow, Scotland as a member of the Sir James McDonald pipe band. They won 3rd place in the "Youth Pipe Band" category that year. Since then he has received a MA in Music, Science, and Technology from Stanford University and CCRMA, and BS in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami. He once visited 34 Apple stores in one week and was kicked out of graciously removed from 17 of them. Other random talents include, unicycling, moon walking, talkboxing, and the ability to say the ABC's backwards in under 4 seconds.