VentureShift
July 20, 2011 – 4pm to midnight – CafĂ© Du Nord, San Francisco

Speakers


Peter Thiel is an American entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, libertarian and venture capitalist. With Elon Musk and Max Levchin, Thiel co-founded PayPal and was its CEO.

He currently serves as president of Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund with more than $2 billion under management, and a managing partner in The Founders Fund, a $275 million venture capital fund he launched with Ken Howery and Luke Nosek in 2005. He was an early investor in Facebook, the popular social-networking site, and sits on the company’s board of directors.

 
 Laurence Albukerk  is the Managing Partner of EB Financial Group, LLC. For the past 20 years Mr. Albukerk founded, managed and invested in multiple venture-backed companies. In 1999, Mr. Albukerk pioneered the concept of private company exchange funds as a means to achieve diversification and liquidity of highly concentrated, illiquid private stock.  He has also advised dozens of entrepreneurs on secondary and other financing transactions totaling over $100 million.  Most recently, Larry created two Special Purpose Entities (“SPEs”) which had four closings on nearly 1 million Facebook shares.

Outside of EB Financial Group, Mr. Albukerk serves as an advisor to the X Prize Foundation on matters of private equity donations.  He is also the inventor and/or owner of several U.S. patents.  Mr. Albukerk is a frequent lecturer and recognized expert on topics including Founder Liquidity and Start-up Capital Structure.

Before founding EB Financial Group, Larry’s experience included:

    - Founder: 3 VC-backed companies since 1993;
    - Investor: In over a dozen companies, angel, and secondary;
    - Executive: CEO, Board member, and executive of several VC-backed companies;
    - Inventor: Invented, bought, sold, licensed and litigated patent portfolios.

Mr. Albukerk earned an MBA in 1992 from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BSBA from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Larry lives in San Francisco with his wife, two daughters and son.

 
Brian Andersen is a seasoned strategy, corporate development and mergers and acquisitions executive and anchors LUMA’s west coast presence from its Palo Alto office.  With a decade on the “buy-side” of acquisitions, Brian has extensive experience setting strategy, executing acquisitions and successfully integrating acquired companies.

Prior to LUMA, Brian was Vice President, Corporate Development for Omniture, the leading web analytics and web optimization company, responsible for all mergers and acquisition activities (acquired by Adobe for $1.8 billion).  Prior to Omniture, Brian was Vice President, Corporate Development at Interwoven, a leader in web content management and document management (acquired by Autonomy for $775 million).  Before Interwoven, he was a member of the executive staff at Phoenix Technologies, where he was responsible for corporate development, government affairs and special projects for the CEO.  Brian was also formerly with Robertson Stephens, a technology-focused investment bank, in its mergers and acquisitions group.

 Brian received a Bachelors of Science degree in mechanical engineering from UC Davis and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.
 

Alex Bard is a passionate entrepreneur who has been part of the founding team of 4 internet start ups including eShare Technologies (Customer Service Software, 1996-1999), eAssist Global Solutions (Customer Service Software, 1999-2004), Goowy Media (Widget Analytics Platform, 2004-2008) and Assistly (Customer Service Software, 2009 - Now).

He has held executive roles including VP Customer Solutions - eShare, VP Sales / Marketing - eAssist, CEO - Goowy, VP Products AOL, and is currently the CEO of Assistly. Alex is also an advisor / investor in several start-ups including Watercooler inc, Offandaway, Foodzie, Irata labs (acquired by IGN), etc.

Alex has lived all over the world including NY, Toronto, London, LA, and currently splits time between San Francisco and San Diego.

 

Phil Black is a Founding Partner of True Ventures. He serves on the Board of Automattic (WordPress), Kurtosys, Assistly, Inventables, Syncplicity and led our investment in about.me.

Prior, he founded Blacksmith Capital, an early stage seed investment fund. He has also been a General Partner at ABS Ventures and Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners (now Lightspeed Ventures).

He is a product of Oklahoma, a Stanford alum, I love art, travel and have been known to consume a Burgundy or three.

 
Jeff Bloom is the Chair of the Venture Capital and Private Equity Fund Formation group at Fenwick & West. His practice focuses on all aspects of the representation of venture capital, private equity and similar private investment funds. Jeff's practice also includes technology joint ventures, incubators, and technology transfer vehicles.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Mr. Bloom held a range of management level operating and internal general counsel roles at various institutional private equity funds, including Senior Advisor at Capital Dynamics, a globally diversified fund-of-funds based in Switzerland, Managing Director, CCO and General Counsel at HRJ Capital, a globally diversified fund-of-funds acquired by Capital Dynamics in 2009 and CFO at Storm Ventures, a telecommunications and Internet focused venture capital fund.

Prior to his experience in the financial services industry, Mr. Bloom was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and prior to that, a tax attorney at Paul, Weiss New York.

Mr. Bloom has also been a regular speaker on legal and business development issues of interest to the venture capital community. He served on the board of directors of Chestnut Medical Technologies from 1994 to its acquisition in 2009 by EV3.

 

Leah Busque, Founder and CEO of TaskRabbit

A true visionary, Leah originated the phrase, "service networking," a now industry-wide term describing the productive and service power of a web-based social networked community. In the fall of 2008, while trying to figure out how to juggle dinner out with her husband, Kevin, and buying dog food for her 100-pound yellow labrador retriever, Kobe, Leah’s flash of inspiration resulted in her registering the RunMyErrand.com domain name from her iPhone, and mapping the entire business model in her head prior to their meal. Eighteen months later, the company is flourishing, and has expanded and evolved into TaskRabbit.com.

In 2001, Leah graduated magna cum laude from Sweet Briar College, earning a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science. At Sweet Briar, Leah served as the Student Government Association president, and after graduating, was honored to serve as a Young Alumna Trustee on the Board of Directors of the College for a three-year term.

Immediately after graduation, Leah started a career at IBM, Westford, MA, as a Software Engineer, working in the Messaging and Collaboration Software Development group. There she focused on engineering software that millions of people around the globe use daily, securing patent applications for software algorithms, speaking at annual conferences, and publishing in technical journals.

A Boston native, Leah is a volunteer math tutor for the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and returns often to Sweet Briar College as a guest lecturer for women and entrepreneurship. Leah enjoys theater, dance, and spending time with her husband, Kevin, and 100lb yellow lab Kobe.


 
Jeff Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. Since 2004, Jeff has invested in close to 100 consumer internet startups (Fund I, Fund II, Fund III)  in areas like social media, monetization, search, gaming or B2B/B2C web services. These investments are typically located in Silicon Valley, New-York and Boulder. With over 20 years of operational, entrepreneurial and venture capital experience, Jeff is able to  add relevant perspective and value to his companies as they grow from inception to maturity, and hopefully, success.

In 2007, Jeff was recognized as one of the 13 “Web 2.0 King Makers” by (late)Business 2.0. BusinessWeek named him one of "The 25 Most Influential People on the Web" in 2008, and one of the "Top 25 Angels in Tech" in 2010. He was also nominated in the "Best Angel" category at the Crunchies in 2009 and 2010. He is often noted for his investments in categories such as “passion-centric communities” or online gaming, or for having sold a number of his Web 2.0 startups to the likes of Yahoo, AOL, Intuit or more recently Twitter and Groupon.

 

Duncan Davidson is a serial entrepreneur who spent the past six years as a managing director at a major venture fund, VantagePoint Venture Partners, before forming Bullpen. At VantagePoint, Duncan focused on digital media and mobile. His deals include Widevine, the leading provider of digital rights management and adaptive streaming for online video, and Livescribe, the maker of an innovative digital smartpen that has received many awards for innovation.

In 1996 he founded Covad Communications, the leading independent DSL provider. On less than $12M of venture investment, Covad raised over $2B in debt and equity and went public in 1998, reaching a $9B market value.In 1997, he joined InterTrust Technologies as SVP Business Development, and led the IPO in 1999 and the secondary in 2000, reaching over $8B market value at the peak. InterTrust was the inventor of digital rights management and after the IPO was bought by Sony and Philips.In 2001 he formed SkyPilot Networks, developer of a robust outdoor wireless mesh system, which was sold to Trillium in 2009 for connectivity to smart meters.In 2007 he helped form Xumii, Inc, which provides mobile social network technology to carriers. In 2009, Xumii was bought by Myriad Labs, a European mobile software provider.

Prior to starting companies, Duncan ran Regis McKenna’s consulting firm, and before that was VP at Gemini Consulting, the management consulting arm of Cap Gemini. His clients included Apple, AMD, ATT, Disney. Intel, Hughes (DirecTV), Motorola, Nokia, and Tandem.

He began his career as a lawyer, and in 1983 joined a small venture fund, Cambridge Venture Partners, first as a deal attorney and later as a deal partner.  In 1986 he went to Strategic Planning Associates to help with LBO advisory work. He received an Sc.B. in physics/math from Brown University, with Honors, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Michigan Law School, were he was Order of the Coif and a member of the Law Review.

 

Chris Douvos joined The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF) in 2004 to co-head its private equity division and founded its Palo Alto, California office in 2008.  At TIFF, Chris has been jointly responsible for approximately $1 billion in capital commitments to private equity funds.  He sits on over a dozen advisory boards of venture capital and LBO partnerships.

Prior to joining TIFF, Mr. Douvos worked on Princeton University's endowment team, where his duties included selection and evaluation of external managers, risk analysis, and asset allocation modeling.  Previously, he was a strategy consultant at Monitor Company working with clients in the financial services, healthcare, and telecommunications sectors and as an analyst for Monitor’s principal investing activities.

Called "their favorite occasionally dyspeptic LP blogger” by the Wall Street Journal's Private Equity Beat, Mr. Douvos authors a blog in his spare time, www.SuperLP.com, that examines topics in institutional investing and human nature.  Mr. Douvos also regularly contributes to industry conferences and frequently lectures at business schools.

A CFA charterholder, Mr. Douvos received his BA with distinction in history from Yale College and his MBA from the Yale School of Management.  He has served on the Alumni Council of Phillips Academy and is a member-elect of the board of the Palo Alto Community Fund and the investment committee of the Castilleja School.

 

Bambi Francisco 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.

 

Neal Hansch brings over fifteen years of experience in venture capital, technology operations and investment banking. Before joining Rustic Canyon in 2005, Neal worked in the Corporate Development group at Macromedia, where he was responsible for executing worldwide M&A transactions and strategic equity investments.

Prior to Macromedia, Neal was at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he focused on investments in the software, networking infrastructure and e-commerce industries. He has also worked in Product Marketing at webMethods (Nasdaq: WEBM), a leading enterprise application integration company, and co-founded WebAssist.com, a start-up that provides popular software extensions for Web development tools. Neal began his career as a financial analyst in the Software Group at Robertson Stephens, where he worked with clients such as BEA, BroadVision, HNC, Hyperion, Informatica and Intuit.

Neal received his M.B.A. with distinction from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was a Deutschman Venture Fellow. He also received bachelor degrees in Economics and Psychology from Duke University.

 

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.

 

Rob Hayes joined First Round Capital in 2006.  Rob came to First Round Capital from Omidyar Network where he was their first venture investor.  He led most of Omidyar Network's initial venture capital deals and later built and ran the technology investing group. Prior to joining Omidyar Network in 2004, Rob was at Palm where he started up their corporate venture fund.  While in that role he also managed the strategy effort around Palm OS that led to the spinout of PalmSource. 

Rob started at Palm as product manager for the initial device-independent releases of Palm OS.  During this time, Rob was responsible for the versions of Palm OS on dozens of devices including the initial Treo products.  Rob previously spearheaded complex, system-level product development efforts at companies such as Geoworks and Go Corp where he focused on building products for the Japanese market. He began his career with the Japan External Trade Organization, studying international trade issues and building relationships between US and Japanese businesses, at a time when trade friction between the two countries was at its peak.

Rob has an MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.

 
Victor Hwang concentrates on originating, valuing and managing secondary direct investment opportunities in venture backed technology companies.  Victor was the founder and Managing Partner of Agile Capital Partners, where he had focused on opportunistic investments in growth oriented technology companies.  He successfully invested in and exited MyPerfectSale.com (sold to Sugar Media), StepUp Commerce (sold to Intuit) and Simple Star (sold to Sonic Solutions). Prior to founding Agile Capital Partners, Victor was an early, pre-IPO member of Internet Capital Group (ICG) where he was a Managing Director, Acquistions.  Victor led the build out of ICG's Greater China operations as the CEO and Vice Chairman of ICG Asia, which was publicly-traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and jointly owned by ICG and Hutchison Whampoa.  Victor began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs where he helped build its Internet investment banking business by leading the IPOs for eBay, GeoCities and Yahoo!.

Victor previously held board or advisory board seats with MyPerfectSale.com, StepUp Commerce, Simple Star, Nexxo Financial, Centrimed (sold to GHEX), ICG Asia and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board.

Victor received his BA from Stanford University and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar.

 

Raj Kapoor is a partner at Mayfield. He is an entrepreneur, Internet industry pioneer and blogger. 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. Raj received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. with honors in mechan.

 

Jed Katz is the Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners an early-stage venture capital firm in San Francisco.  One of the pioneers of Internet commerce, Jed has spent his 19-year career developing, advising and investing in early stage technology ventures. Jed also served on the Technology, Telecom & Media advisory group for President Barack Obama's campaign. Prior to joining Javelin Venture Partners, Jed was a Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York.

Prior to DFJ Gotham, Jed was the COO of Yamcon, the developer of the highly acclaimed "SkyScout", one of the best selling astronomy products of all time.  Prior to Yamcon, Jed was the COO and Founder of Rent Net, the Internet's first rental and relocation guide. Rent Net achieved 95% market penetration and became one of the first profitable Internet companies. It was acquired by Cendant, and three years later, 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 grew to 360 employees and was acquired by Homestore (NASDAQ: MOVE) for over $900 million. 

Jed holds a B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. from The Haas School of Business at the University of California – Berkeley, where he was awarded the Price Fellowship from the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, of which he is currently on the advisory board.

 

Michael Kim is the founder and Managing Partner of Cendana Capital, a next generation fund-of-funds investing in private equity. Michael is a member of the LP Advisory Boards of IA Ventures, PivotNorth Capital and Freestyle Capital. Prior to the founding of Cendana Capital, Michael was one of the original partners of Rustic Canyon Partners, a venture capital firm with approximately $1 billion under management. Michael currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Rustic Canyon.

In March 2004, Michael was appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco to a 5 year term as a Trustee of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, a $15 billion pension fund, and served as the President of the board and the Chairman of the Investment Committee. Formerly an investment banker, Michael was with Morgan Stanley's Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Group in Menlo Park. Michael was directly involved with 27 announced transactions worth over $77 billion for such clients as Hewlett-Packard, Ciena, Seagate, Bay Networks, Netscape and Texas Instruments. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Michael was an associate at The Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC and also worked at IBM.

He is an honors graduate of Cornell University, where he presently serves on the Cornell Council, has an MS from the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Michael formerly served on the boards of Lead21, an organization that enables entrepreneurs to advocate free market public policy, and the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank that champions freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free market policy solutions. He is a Trustee of the Asian Art Museum Foundation, where he serves on the Investment Committee, and the former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Symphonix League of the San Francisco.

 
Randy Komisar joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005 as a partner. For several years prior, Randy worked with entrepreneurs creating businesses with leading-edge technologies. He was a co-founder of Claris Corporation, served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, and acted as a "virtual CEO" for such companies as WebTV and GlobalGiving. He is a founding director of TiVo and serves on the Advisory Board of Roadtrip Nation, and the Global Advisory Board for the UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency. Earlier, Randy served as CFO of GO Corporation and Senior Counsel for Apple Computer, following a private practice in Technology Law.

Randy holds a BA in Economics from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is a lecturer on entrepreneurship at Stanford University and author of the best-selling book The Monk and the Riddle, as well as several articles on leadership and entrepreneurship. He is also the co-author of a book on managing innovation, Getting to Plan B. Randy frequently speaks here and abroad on such topics.
 

Thomas Korte is an angel investor and advisor to early-stage internet startups. In 2010 he founded AngelPad a startup incubator in San Francisco.

Prior, Thomas worked at Google for 7 years. His roles there included International Product Marketing Manager, European Search Agency Business Lead and most recently Google Evangelist. He is the co-author of several patents related to improving efficiencies in search advertising and local search results.

 

Manu Kumar is the Founder and Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures - a seed stage micro-VC fund that provides funding and support for tech startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously founded, grew, and sold two successful startups. He was the Founder, President and CEO of SneakerLabs, a company which developed software and services for web-based customer interaction. After the successful acquisition of SneakerLabs (March 2000), Manu served as the Vice-President of Interactive Technologies for E.piphany. He then served as the Chairman and CEO of iMeet, a provider of web-conferencing services.

After the merger of iMeet with Boston-based Netspoke (August 2002), Manu served on the Board of Directors of Netspoke until its acquisition by Premiere Global Services (August 2005).  He holds a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering with University Honors and a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University; and a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a Distinction in Teaching from Stanford University. Manu has invested in several technology startups including Lytro, CrowdFlower, Twilio, DNAnexus, CardMunch (acquired by LinkedIn), Zimride, BackType (acquired by Twitter), IndexTank and others.

 

Michael Levit is a serial entrepreneur and managing partner at the Founders Den where he advises startups and works on Spigot Inc., his fifth startup that he co-founded in 2008.  Prior to Spigot Michael ran the business side of Vendio, an eCommerce platform, where he grew transactions to $1.5+ billion/ year before selling the business to Chinese giant Alibaba. Michael’s previous experience includes starting AOL’s Broadband division, running sales and marketing at Hearme and Paltalk, co-founding and overseeing Business Development at Bluelight.com a venture between Softbank, Martha Stewart, Kmart and Yahoo, and working in Accenture’s technology and strategy consulting practice where he co-founded the Internet Center in Palo Alto some 16 years ago. 

Michael is an active advisor and angel investor and he is the co-creator of TEDxSF, an organization dedicated to the sharing of ideas.

 

Paul Martino is the founder of four companies and active early stage investor. He was most recently the CEO and founder of Aggregate Knowledge. In 1990, Paul started his first venture which was an online gaming company. In these pre-internet, bulletin board days, he was one of the original innovators to bring to life the multi-player user experience. Paul’s early games from almost 20 years ago are the inspiration for several of the modern social gaming offerings. In 1997, Paul founded Ahpah Software, a computer security firm that was the result of his work as a Ph.D. student at Princeton University.

Paul’s tools for reverse engineering and obfuscation were first used by the premier security lab, the Princeton Secure Internet Programming Lab (SIP). In 1999, Ahpah Software was split into two companies and one half was acquired by InterTrust Technologies. Paul went to InterTrust as part of the acquisition and moved into roles in business development, strategic alliances, and mergers & acquisitions. In 2003, Paul formed Tribe Network, one of the first social networks, with Mark Pincus, Chris Law, and Valerie Syme. Tribe’s lead investors were Mayfield, The Washington Post, and Knight Ridder. Tribe’s assets were acquired by Cisco and are the cornerstore of Cisco’s Entertainment Operating System (EOS).

Paul is the inventor of several core patents related to social networking. In 2005, Paul and Chris Law formed their second venture together, Aggregate Knowledge. Aggregate Knowledge was the natural product of their early work in social networking. The key insight being that the data produced by such networks would be highly valuable for predictive modeling and targeting. Aggregate Knowledge has raised over $35 million in financing from First Round Capital, Kleiner Perkins, DAG, and OVP. Paul is a limited partner in First Round Capital and has been doing angel investing for almost a decade. Some of his investments include Zynga, PayNearMe, and Zvents.

Paul holds a BS in Mathematics from Lehigh University and Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University.

 

Dave McClure is a greedy venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally help or invest in their startups if they are foolish enough to let him.

Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Mint, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Twilio, Simply Hired, O'Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft. Years ago he used to do real work like coding or marketing or running conferences, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like sending lots of email, blogging, and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.

Dave also likes to play ultimate frisbee when his knees don't hurt.

 

Richard Melmon is a physicist who somehow ended up starting companies. Before starting his own, he helped a few along the way, including Intel, Apple, VisiCorp ( the first spreadsheet), Adobe, Stratacom, Frame, Sun Microsystems, and others. Richard started Electronic Arts with Trip Hawkins in 1982.

 In 1985 he started the high tech ad firm Melmon Tawa & Partners, which launched many of the companies and products of Silicon Valley of the late 1980’s. The agency was sold in 1990 to Livingston and Co., a large Seattle based advertising firm. He then started Objective Software which launched Spreadbase in 1990. The company was sold to Assymetrix in 1993.

Richard joined with Duncan Davidson and Regis McKenna at the McKenna Group in 1995, specializing in advising high tech Japanese firms about the coming of the Internet.
He became a serious seed investor beginning in 1995, formalizing the role with the founding of NetService Ventures in early1999. Early successes included Commerce One, Broadware, and BigFix. More recent portfolio companies (pre Bullpen) include Aggregate Knowledge, Tubemogul, Zvents, 3Jam, Superfish, Shortform, and Vextec. NSVG also helps Japanese high tech companies understand and utilize Silicon Valley entreprenurial practices to restructure and modernize their businesses.

Richard has a BA in Physics from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from Stanford University. His early career in physics focused on xerographic technologies, where he holds two patents.

 

Geoff Ralston has been an investor in, board member of, and advisor to a variety of start-up companies, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Most recently, Geoff was the Chief Executive Officer of Lala Media, Inc., an innovative cloud music start-up in Palo Alto which was purchased by Apple in December of 2009. Geoff worked at Yahoo! from 1997-2005 after their 1997 acquisition of Four11 Corp.  At Four11 Geoff was the VP of Engineering and led the creation of Yahoo! Mail's predecessor, RocketMail. 

At Yahoo! Geoff was Senior Vice President and general manager of the Communications Business Unit and then served as the company's Chief Product Officer from 2003-2005.  Prior to Four11, Geoff was the creator of the popular LookUP! Internet white pages and do-it-yourself home page service. 

Geoff holds a BA in Computer Science from Dartmouth College , an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University , and an MBA from INSEAD, the European Institute of Business Administration.



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.


Jeff Thomas is a Senior Vice President with SecondMarket, the largest marketplace for alternative assets.  Mr. Thomas leads the business development team for the Private Company Market from SecondMarket's San Francisco office.  He and his team are focused on creating liquidity solutions for private companies.

Prior to SecondMarket, Mr. Thomas was a Vice President at Gerson Lehrman Group, where he helped private equity and venture capital investors source deals, perform due diligence, and manage their portfolio companies by leveraging the GLG Councils, a worldwide network of subject matter experts.  Before GLG, Mr. Thomas was a Sales Manager at Altera Corporation, where he led the worldwide technical account team for Cisco Systems.

Mr. Thomas graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and received a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering.  He currently holds the Series 7, 63, and 24 licenses.  He is a frequent speaker at conferences on trading alternative assets and liquidity options for private companies.
 

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David Ebersman  is the Chief Financial Officer of Facebook, where he leads the finance, facilities and information technology teams. Prior to joining Facebook in 2009, David worked at Genentech Inc., a leading biotechnology company, most recently as its Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. David joined Genentech in 1994 and served in a number of roles at the company including Senior Vice President, Product Operations, Vice President, Product Development, and Director, Business Development. Prior to Genentech, David worked as a Research Analyst at Oppenheimer & Company Inc.

He serves on the Board of Directors at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and was selected as a Fellow in the Henry Crown Fellowship Program. David holds a Bachelor’s in Economics and International Relations from Brown University.

 

 

Prashant Fuloria currently manages monetization products at Facebook,including Facebook Ads and Facebook Credits. Prior to joining Facebook, Prashant worked at Google for over six years in several product management capacities, including early contributions to AdWords, building out Google's billing and payments products and managing all Google's products (search, ads, apps) for the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to Google, Prashant was an early employee at Closedloop Solutions, a provider of web-based financial planning and forecasting products that was subsequently acquired by Lawson Software (LWSN).

 

Philip Kaplan is co-founder and president of Blippy. Prior to Blippy, Philip was founder and CEO of AdBrite, one of the largest Internet ad networks, and remains chairman.  Philip founded and sold several other businesses including Fuckedcompany.com and PK Interactive, a software company that developed web-based applications for Fortune 500 clients.

Philip is the bestselling author of F’d Companies: Spectacular Dot-com Flameouts (Simon & Schuster). He advises numerous companies and has been on the Board of Advisors of Syracuse University's School of Information studies since 2006.

 

Raj Kapoor is a partner at Mayfield. He is an entrepreneur, Internet industry pioneer and blogger. 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. Raj received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. with honors in mechan.

 

Jay Webster has more than 20 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience in advertising and technology. He currently serves as Chief Product Officer for Sharethrough, a unique social media company focused on delivering solutions for viral video.

Previously, Jay has held executive positions with BlueLithium, Yahoo!, Adteractive, Fathom Online, USWeb/CKS, and Cybernautics.