Past Speakers

Stacey Abrams

Board Chair,
Fair Fight Action

Stacey Abrams is the two-time New York Times bestselling author of Our Time is Now and Lead from the Outside, an entrepreneur, and political leader.

Biz Stone

Twitter + Future Positive

Biz is a co-founder of Twitter, Medium, and Jelly. Biz has been recognized as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and is a Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Tamar Yehoshua

Chief Product Officer,

Tamar Yehoshua oversees product strategy and development, design and research at Slack. Previously, Tamar was a Vice President at Google.

Geoff Ralston

President,Y Combinator

Geoff Ralston is the President of Y Combinator and has been with YC since 2011. Prior to YC, he built one of the first web mail services, RocketMail, which became Yahoo Mail in 1997.

Jeff Lawson

Founder + CEO,

Jeff Lawson is the founder and CEO of Twilio. A serial entrepreneur and a software developer, Jeff co-founded Twilio in 2008.

Michelle Zatlyn

Co-founder, President + COO, Cloudflare

Michelle Zatlyn is co-founder, President and COO of Cloudflare, the Internet security, performance, and reliability company on a mission to help build a better Internet.

Henry Ward


Henry Ward is the CEO and co-founder of Carta, a company that continues to revolutionize the way founders, investors, and employees manage equity and ownership.

Benoit Dageville

Co-founder + President of Product, Snowflake

Benoit co-founded Snowflake and currently serves as President of the Product division.

Lucy Liu

Co-founder + President,

Lucy Liu is President and Co-founder at Airwallex. She is responsible for the company’s branding and operations.

Parker Conrad

Co-founder + CEO,

Parker Conrad launched Zenefits in 2013, the first all-in-one HR platform that allowed businesses to sign up and manage payroll and benefits online.

Melissa Alvarado


Melissa serves as chief marketing officer of Chime, overseeing analytics, brand and growth marketing. Prior to joining Chime, Melissa held senior-level roles at mobile banking app PageOnce (now part of Intuit), and advertising technology firm Adchemy.

Markus Villig

Founder + CEO,

Markus Villig is the founder and CEO of Bolt, the leading European mobility platform that’s focused on making urban travel more affordable, convenient and responsible.

Noah Kerner


Born in New York City’s east village, Noah Kerner is the CEO of the micro-investing app Acorns and co-founder of Say.

Hayley Barna

First Round Capital

Hayley Barna is a Partner at First Round Capital based in New York. She co-founded and scaled Birchbox, the leading beauty and grooming retailer seed.

Harry Stebbings

The Twenty Minute VC

Harry Stebbings is the Founder of The Twenty Minute VC, the world’s largest media asset in Venture Capital with over 16m downloads per month, partnerships with Mattermark and ProductHunt and guests from over 2,500 leading VC’s including Sequoia, Founders Fund, Y Combinator, Benchmark, Accel and Index.

Eren Bali

Co-founder + CEO,
Carbon Health

Eren Bali is the CEO and co-founder of Carbon Health. He leads the Carbon team towards his vision to democratize healthcare and make quality care accessible for everyone.

Sriram Krishnan

General Partner,
Andreessen Horowitz

Sriram Krishnan is an experienced product leader and investor. He has lead core product at Twitter and previously revenue products at Snap and Facebook. He writes at

Hernan Kazah

Co-founder + Managing Partner, Kaszek Ventures

Hernan Kazah is a Managing Partner and cofounder of Kaszek Ventures, the largest early stage venture capital firm in Latin America, having raised over $1B in five different funds.

Alda Leu Dennis

General Partner,
Initialized Capital

Alda brings over a decade of investing and legal experience to Initialized Capital. Prior to Initialized, she was a managing partner at 137 Ventures where she led investments in Planet Labs, Wish, Coupang, CourseHero, and Work Market.

George Arison

Co-Founder + Co-CEO, Shift

George Arison is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Shift, an online marketplace innovating the car sales industry. Previously, he co-founded Taxi Magic (now known as Curb), the first on-demand mobile transportation booking technology, and worked at Google and BCG.

Alexi Robichaux

Co-founder + CEO,

Recognized as a leadership and development innovator, Alexi is the co-founder and CEO of BetterUp, the first leadership development platform to connect coaching to sustainable behavior change.

Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Magma Partners

Claire Diaz-Ortiz is an author and startup investor who was an early employee at Twitter. Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, she has written nine books that have been translated into 10 languages.

Prakash Janakiraman

Co-Founder + Chief Architect, Nextdoor

Prakash began his career as a software engineer at Excite@Home in 1996 before moving into engineering management at and Epinions.

Jean-Denis Greze

Head of Engineering,

Jean-Denis Greze oversees Plaid’s global engineering and design teams and sets the technical vision of the company. Prior to joining Plaid, Jean-Denis was Director of Engineering at Dropbox.

Rebecca Kaden

Union Square Ventures

Rebecca Kaden is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. She began her career as a journalist and prior to USV was a General Partner at Maveron, a consumer-focused early stage fund.

Paul Bassat

Co-founder & Partner,
Square Peg Capital

Paul Bassat is a co-founder and investor at Square Peg. Square Peg is a venture capital fund with a purpose to empower the exceptional.

Alexa von Tobel

Founder + Managing Partner, Inspired Capital

Prior to Inspired Capital, Alexa founded LearnVest in 2008 with the goal of helping people make progress on their money. After raising nearly $75 million in venture capital, LearnVest was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in May 2015 in one of the biggest fintech acquisitions of the decade.

Byron Deeter

Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Byron Deeter is a leading investor in SaaS and Cloud. He co-authors Bessemer’s iconic 10 Laws of Cloud Computing and the annual State of the Cloud Report.

KR Sridhar

CEO, Founder + Chairman, Bloom Energy

Prior to founding Bloom Energy, Dr. Sridhar was Director of the Space Technologies Laboratory at the University of Arizona, where he created technology to convert Martian atmospheric gases to oxygen for propulsion and life support.

Tien Tzuo

Founder + CEO,

Tien Tzuo is the world’s foremost authority on the “The Subscription Economy.” He is CEO of Zuora (NYSE: ZUO), the leading subscription management platform company, which he founded after 11 years at Salesforce, having served as the company’s chief marketing officer and chief strategy officer.

David Cohen

Co-founder, Managing Partner, Techstars

David Cohen is the Founder and Managing Partner at Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. David has been an entrepreneur and investor for his entire life.

Aviad Pinkovezky

Chief Product Officer,

Aviad Pinkovezky is the Head of Product at Hippo Insurance, where he joined the company in 2016 as employee number one. Prior to Hippo, Aviad served as Senior Product Manager at LinkedIn, spearheading the growth of its Company Page ecosystem by nearly 300%.

Ali Parsa

CEO + Founder,

Dr Ali Parsa is a British-Iranian healthcare entrepreneur and engineer. He’s the founder and CEO of Babylon, the revolutionary AI and digital health company.

Sonja Gittens Ottley

Head of Diversity + Inclusion, Asana

Sonja Gittens Ottley is Head, Diversity & Inclusion at Asana, where she’s responsible for crafting the company’s strategies for recruiting employees from underrepresented groups and creating an inclusive environment that allows them to thrive.

Job van der Voort


Job is the CEO and co-founder of Remote, the company making global employment accessible for businesses of all sizes.

Emily Melton

Co-founder + Partner,

Emily Melton is a partner and co-founder of Threshold. Her portfolio includes BetterUp, Brightline, Elation Health, Imagen, Livongo.

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau

CEO + Publisher, MIT Technology Review

Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. As CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review Elizabeth facilitated a massive transformation from a niche print magazine to a global, multi-platform media brand.

Alvin Graylin

HTC China

Mr. Graylin is the China President at HTC, leading all aspects of HTC’s business in the region (Vive/VR, phone, content platform, partnerships and investments) and the company’s SW business globally.

Gary Stewart

Founder + CEO,

Gary is the founder and CEO of FounderTribes, an innovative learning platform that empowers you to raise capital and upskill your business.

Michele Romanow

Co-founder + President,

Tech titan Michele Romanow is a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the Co-founder and President of Clearbanc.

Kamran Elahian

Founder + Chairman,
Global Innovation Catalyst

High Tech Entrepreneur with 3 Unicorn IPOs, Kamran is Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC and advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil-based economies to sustainable innovation economies.

Russ Heddleston

Co-founder + CEO,

Russ Heddleston is the CEO and co-founder of DocSend, which he started in 2013 with Tony Cassanego and Dave Koslow.

Shishir Mehrotra

Co-founder + CEO,

Shishir Mehrotra is the cofounder and CEO of Coda, a new doc for teams that combines documents, spreadsheets, and applications into a single canvas.

Sujeet Kumar


Sujeet Kumar is a co-founder of udaan. He founded udaan in 2016 with Vaibhav Gupta and Amod Malviya, who were both former senior executives at Flipkart.

Maya Horgan Famodu

Founder + MD,
Ingressive Capital

Maya Horgan Famodu is Founder & MD at Ingressive Capital, a $10 Million VC Fund I and $50 Million Fund II targeting early stage startups across Sub-Saharan Africa’s key tech markets.

Laura Holliday

Marketing Expert, Depop

Laura Holliday is the former CMO of successful startups Zola and Rent the Runway, and held senior marketing roles at Ralph Lauren and J.Crew.

Amandine Lobelle

Head of Business Operations, Paystack

Amandine is currently Head of Business Operations at Paystack, an online payments company based in Lagos, Nigeria, which helps merchants to collect payments from their customers.

Liana Douillet Guzmán


Liana Douillet Guzmán is the Chief Marketing Officer at Skillshare. As CMO, Liana helps to set Skillshare’s long-term strategy and drives its growth and retention through brand, acquisition, communications, partnerships and sales.

Brian Brackeen

General Partner,
Lightship Capital

Brian Brackeen is a General Partner at Lightship Capital, the $50 million dollar Cincinnati-based VC firm dedicated to backing underrepresented entrepreneurs in the Midwest.

Stephen McIntyre

Founding Partner,
Frontline Ventures

Stephen McIntyre, is Founding Partner at Frontline Ventures where he leads Frontline X, an $80M growth-stage fund for US B2B companies eyeing Europe expansion, specialising in backing Series B+ SaaS firms on the road to IPO-path.

Áine Kerr

Co-Founder + COO,

Áine Kerr is a serial risk taker and trailblazer with more than 10 years’ experience in the specialist cross-over space between journalism and technology.

Anis Uzzaman

General Partner + CEO,
Pegasus Tech Ventures

Anis Uzzaman, Ph.D. is the General Partner, and Founder of Pegasus Tech Ventures. He serves as the CEO of the company, overlooking overall management and operations.

Allison Robinson

Founder + CEO,
The Mom Project

After having her first child in 2015, founder Allison Robinson identified how universally challenging it can be for American mothers to juggle the demands of motherhood with a full-time career.

Albrey Brown

Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion, Airtable

Albrey is a former founder and software engineer. Albrey is passionate about understanding how technology companies can affect systems of oppression.

Mae Karwowski

Founder + CEO,

Under her leadership since she launched the agency in 2014, Obviously has become the global standard of influencer marketing by providing the best full service client experience, managing complexity and scale of influencer work, and using data analysis to inform all strategies.

Javier Mata

Founder + CEO,

Javier Mata is the founder and CEO of Yalo, the leading conversational commerce platform in emerging markets. The platform helps enterprises optimize critical processes and improve relationships with customers through messaging applications such as Whatsapp.

Luke Anear

Founder + CEO,

Former covert surveillance private investigator who built an international multi-million dollar business from his suburban garage in Townsville.

Ashley Brucker-Stepien

VP, Marketing,

Ashley has led numerous marketing organizations and guided companies through their greatest stages of growth and in most cases, successful exits.

Chris Giovanniello

Co-Founder + SVP, Products + Marketing, Menlo Micro

Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the electronic systems and semiconductor industries. Chris oversees all aspects of Menlo’s product roadmap, leading product development, product marketing, and developing go-to-market strategies.

Shuo Wang

Co-Founder + Chief Revenue Officer, Deel

Shuo Wang is a technology entrepreneur most notable for co-founding Deel, the market-leading international compliance and payments platform that automates international hiring and payroll for companies of all sizes.

Courtney McKlveen

Group VP, Head of Sales, Convoy

Christina Cacioppo

Co-founder + CEO,

Christina Cacioppo is a cofounder and the CEO of Vanta, a YC-backed security and compliance startup. She was previously Dropbox Paper’s lead PM and cofounded a mobile startup; she started her career in venture at Union Square Ventures.

Dan DeFrancesco

Associate Finance Editor, Business Insider

Dan is an associate finance editor at Business Insider, based in New York. He covers financial technology and market structure.

Aaron Jacobson

New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

Aaron Jacobson invests in entrepreneurs seeking to build, scale and secure the next-generation of SaaS applications, big data platforms, cloud infrastructure, and robotics.

Songe LaRon

Co-founder + CEO,

Songe is the CEO and co-founder of Squire, the all-in-one point-of-sale and business management platform for barbershops.

Eric Rea

Co-founder + CEO,

Eric Rea is a Canadian entrepreneur and Co-founder and CEO of Podium, the leading communication and payments platform for local businesses.

Rashmi Gopinath

General Partner,
B Capital Group

Rashmi Gopinath is a Partner at B Capital Group where she focuses on investments in cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, devops, and artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Mike Radice

Director of Recruiting, Toptal

As Toptal’s Director of Recruiting, Mike is responsible for leading our elite team of recruiting professionals to identify and hire high-impact resources across the full breadth of Toptal’s growing organization.

Tsune Shirota

World Innovation Lab

Tsune focuses on investing in mid-to-late stage, high-growth technology companies. He led World Innovation Lab investments in Asana, Auth0, Kong, and TransferWise.

Sarah Shewey

Founder + CEO,

Sarah Shewey is an experience economy pioneer with a background in film and tech. She is the Founder & CEO of Happily, a network of over 50,000 sustainable event producers, technologists and creatives who produce world-class virtual and live events.

Wayne Berger

CEO of IWG Americas, International Workplace Group (IWG)

Wayne Berger is the CEO of IWG Americas: United States, Canada and Latin America, the global coworking and workspace leader.

Ian Gardiner

Innovation Bay

Ian is co-founder of Innovation Bay. He is also an active investor as a partner at Jelix Ventures. Prior to this he spent four years at AWS as Head of Startups for Australia & NZ.

Blessing Abeng

Director of Communications, Ingressive for Good

Blessing has worked with brands across industries in unique capacities globally, including Seedstars, Facebook, Taeillo, Diageo, Heritage Bank, Dark and Lovely, Bolt, Lemi Ghariokwu, Victor Ehikhamenor, QuickCheck and more.

Jason Williamson

VP, Oracle for Startups & Oracle for Research

Jason Williamson is Vice President of Oracle for Startups and Oracle for Research reporting into the Office of the Founder.

Christina Galbato

Christina Galbato LLC

Christina Galbato is a social media influencer, online educator, and digital marketing expert.

Stephen Hamm

Author, Stephen Hamm Freelance LLC

I am a freelance writer and documentary filmmaker. I co-authored with Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman the book Rise of the Data Cloud.

Jaime Schmidt

Founder, Investor + Author,
Schmidt's Naturals/Color Capital

Jaime Schmidt is an entrepreneur and the founder of Schmidt’s Naturals, a brand of natural personal care products that she started in her kitchen in Portland, Oregon in 2010.

Alec Wright

Chief Innovation Officer,

Alec is the Chief Innovation Officer & Managing Director at OneValley and OneValley Ventures, where he leads Acceleration, Ventures and Enterprise Innovation efforts.

Adi Engel

Chief Marketing Officer,

As Chief Marketing Officer, Adi is responsible for leading vcita’s strategic thinking and global marketing objectives in supporting micro and small businesses on their journey to success and digital transformation.

Jomaree Pinkard

Co-founder + CEO,
Hella Cocktail

Jomaree Pinkard is a native New Yorker who graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and also earned his MBA from The Wharton School of Business.

Vieje Piauwasdy

Director of Equity Strategy,

Vieje leads the Equity Advisory team at Secfi where we help startups and their employees make informed decisions to get the most value out of their equity.

Andrew Lee

Initialized Capital

Andrew is a former founder/executive dedicated to solving the world’s inefficiencies with technology.

Christine Feng

Senior Managing Director, Blackstone

Christine Feng is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone. Ms. Feng focuses on technology investing for Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and Blackstone Credit.

Kyle Lui


Kyle is a Partner at DCM, an early-stage global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing and Tokyo.

Derek Andersen

Co-founder + CEO,
Startup Grind / Bevy

For the past 15 years Derek has been building communities. He is the Co-founder/CEO of Bevy, a SaaS product that helps companies like Salesforce, Atlassian, Google, Snowflake, and Adobe build virtual and in-person communities. He co-founded Startup Grind, a community of 600 Chapters in 125 countries educating, inspiring, and connecting startup people.

Alexa Hall

Startup Program Manager, Google Cloud, Google

Alexa Hall is a California native interested in economic development, arts & culture and travel. She holds a Masters degree in Management and has more than 10 years of experience at high value organizations.

Rajiv Nathan

Startup Hypeman

Known as the Heavyweight Champion of Story, Rajiv ‘RajNATION’ Nathan is Founder of Startup Hypeman, helping growing companies not suck at telling their story so they stand out to their audience, stand apart from competitors, and break through in their category.

Hubert Palan

Founder + CEO,

Hubert Palan is Founder and CEO of Productboard. Driven by a passion for building excellent products, he started the company quietly and built a small team in Prague before launching at TechCrunch Disrupt.

Kristin Stoller

Staff writer, Careers,

Kristin is the Careers reporter at Forbes. Previously, she covered the world’s richest people as a member of Forbes’ wealth team.

Randall LaVeau

CRO Founder of BOSS Capital Partners + CEO BOSS Stratup Science

Randall has over 15 years of experience developing scalable growth programs that range from Exit Strategy Development to scalable Go-to-Market Development.

Madeline Ulivieri

Chapter Lead,
Startup Grind

Madeline first joined the Startup Grind community over three years ago as Co-Director of the Chicago Chapter. Her involvement with the organization grew deeper over time and Madeline now serves as Chapter Lead for the startup grind community where she oversees the growth and management of Chapters, events and sponsorship.

Lauren Kolodny

Founding Partner,
Acrew Capital

Lauren is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Acrew Capital where she leads the firm’s fintech investing practice.

Tyler Lessard

Chief Video Strategist,

Tyler is a truly engaging, dynamic and entertaining thought leader in the areas of B2B marketing, content marketing, video marketing and video selling.

Kirsten Billhardt

Marketing Director,
Dell Technologies

Kirsten is a global marketing director at Dell Technologies and has been working in and around edge technologies for over seven years.

Josh Constine

Principal investor,

Josh Constine is a Principal investor at venture capital fund SignalFire, backing early stage startups with a focus on the creator economy, social apps, remote work, and telehealth.

Marian Gazdik

London Chapter Director, Startup Grind

Mandeep Patel


ElecTrip was created to advance the adoption of electric vehicles(EVs). ElecTrip offers regional travel in EVs by allowing current owners to rent out their vehicles.

Mary Ann Azevedo

Senior Reporter,

Mary Ann Azevedo is currently a senior reporter at TechCrunch, covering startups and investing. Previously, she was managing editor of FinLedger, a fintech focused publication.

Luca Bocchio


Darrell Etherington

Science Editor,

Darrell is a writer and editor with a diverse background in business, literary, and artistic fields. He is also an English and writing educator as well.

Connie Loizos

Silicon Valley Editor/Founder, TechCrunch/StrictlyVC

Connie Loizos is the Silicon Valley Editor of TechCrunch and founder of StrictlyVC, the daily e-newsletter and events series.

Jason Pressman

Managing Director,
Shasta Ventures

Jason Pressman is a Managing Director at Shasta Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with more than $1 billion under management.

Vlad Magdalin

Co-founder + CEO,

Vlad Magdalin is a designer and front-end developer who is passionate about creating tools that push web design forward.

Chris Wang

Co-founder + CEO,

A gifted engineer and spirited entrepreneur, Chris graduated with a PhD in CS from Carnegie Mellon University in two years at the age of 22 (holding the record for the quickest person to ever receive a CMU CS PhD).

Phil Chen

General Partner,
Race Capital

Phil Chen is General Partner at Race Capital, a Silicon Valley software venture fund that invests in what matters for the future of humanity.

Pablo Lascurain

Mexico Chapter Director, Startup Grind

Mandela SH Dixon

Founder + CEO,

Mandela SH Dixon is a founder, investor, and startup ecosystem leader, who has trained hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world on how to build successful businesses.

Jameela Jackson

Hollywood Chapter Director, Startup Grind

Wale Ayeni

Acting Global Head, Disruptive Technologies + VC Investments, IFC

Wale Ayeni has over 18 years of global technology experience spanning several roles including microprocessor & chip design, product development, entrepreneurship, tech investment banking, financing and venture capital.

Fred Destin


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