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The Speakers

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Brian Abrams   |  Neeraj Agrawal   |  Jason Andris   |  Lawrence Aragon   |  Bill Aulet   |  Alex Bangash   |  Katherine Barr   |  Greg Bohlen   |  Mark Boslet   |  Marc Brown   |  Narayan Chowdhury   |  Dan Ciporin   |  Beezer Clarkson   |  Lee Counselman   |  Court Coursey   |  Anne Dinneen   |  David Ethridge   |  Jeff Fagnan   |  Rod Favaron   |  Eric T. Fitzgerald   |  Michael Fitzgerald   |  David Frankel   |  Diana Frazier   |  John Furrier   |  Joanna Glasner   |  Alastair Goldfisher   |  Michael Greeley   |  Trey Hart   |  John Harthorne   |  Eric Hippeau   |  Holly Holtz   |  Lee Hower   |  Amish Jani   |  Peter Kehrli   |  Michael Kim   |  Serguei Kouzmine   |  Suraj Kumar Rajwani   |  Scott Kupor   |  Peter Lacaillade   |   Cheryl Maliwanag   |  Adam Marcus   |  Scott Maxwell   |  Dave McClure   |  Howard Morgan   |  Michael Moy   |  Matt Oguz   |  Georganne Perkins   |  Peter Pham   |  Shervin Pishevar   |  Jason Pontin   |  Mahendra Ramsinghani   |  Bijan Sabet   |  Sunil Sharma   |  J Sider   |  Mark Suster   |  James S. Tybur   |  Christopher Walker   |  David York   |  Shari Young   |  Georges van Hoegaerden
Brian Abrams, Alternative Investments, Alcatel-Lucent Investment Management Corporation

Brian S. Abrams is the Director of Alternative Investments for the Alcatel-Lucent’s Pension Fund where he is responsible for developing and implementing the investment strategies for the fund’s global private equity and real estate portfolios. Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent, Mr. Abrams was the Director of Alternative Investments for FINRA’s Investments Office where he oversaw the global private equity, real estate and hedge fund portfolios. Before FINRA, Mr. Abrams was a Manager for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute where he helped manage the private equity and real estate portfolios. Prior to joining Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Mr. Abrams was the Real Estate Portfolio Manager where he oversaw the real estate program for the DuPont Pension Fund.

Mr. Abrams holds a CFA, has an M.B.A. in Finance from George Washington University and a B.S. from Syracuse University. Mr. Abrams has been a member of the Board of Editors of the Institutional Real Estate Letter, the Urban Land Institute, NAREIT, and Association of Investment Management Research.

Neeraj Agrawal, General Partner, Battery Ventures

Neeraj Agrawal is a venture capital investor in enterprise software/SaaS, technology-enabled services and Internet companies. He was a founding investor in BladeLogic and has also invested in Applimation, Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV), Brightree, Consona, Glassdoor, Guidewire Software (NASDAQ: GWRE), Internet Brands, LifeMed Media, Marketo, Mass Relevance, Omniture, RealPage (NASDAQ: RP), Sprinklr, Tealium, VSS Monitoring, and Wayfair. Neeraj is a Charter Member of TiE, an active advisor to local entrepreneurs, and was named to the Forbes Midas List, which ranks the top 100 venture capitalists around the world.

Prior to Battery, Mr. Agrawal worked as a product manager at Real Networks, an operating executive at SkyTV, and a management consultant with Booz-Allen. He holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Jason Andris, Managing Director , VIA Funds

Jason P. Andris is a managing director and member of the General Partner of the Venture Investment Associates funds having joined the firm in 2000. He is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee and has responsibility across all facets of the firm, i.e., the management of relationships with the funds' managers and its limited partners, as well as, the identification and development of new relationships for the firm.

Previously, Jason worked at Robertson Stephens and Co. as an Analyst in the investment banking group and subsequently was promoted to Associate. He was involved in all facets of corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions transactions working with many emerging growth companies and completing over a dozen transactions including the execution of two private placements, with aggregate value totaling over $1.4 billion.

Following his time at RS&Co., he served as Manager of Financial Analysis and Planning with one of his investment banking clients, Global Vacation Group, Inc. (NYSE: GVG), a consolidator of value-added travel services companies. With GVG, he participated in the acquisition and integration of nine businesses, two equity offerings, and oversaw treasury investments, a share-repurchase program, and investor relations. His responsibilities also included reporting directly to the CEO and CFO of the company, assisting them with general management responsibilities.

Jason received an A.B. in history with a minor in economics from Hamilton College, where he was elected to Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. He received his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. While at Tuck, he worked with the Center for Private Equity in performing a survey and analysis of valuation practices in the private equity industry. Separately, he researched the impact of secondary offerings and the end of insiders’ lockup periods on companies’ stock prices.

Jason is a Trustee of the Morris Land Conservancy and serves as Treasurer of the Lamington Conservancy.

Jason is a Trustee of the Morris Land Conservancy and serves as Treasurer of the Lamington Conservancy. He is the founder and chair of the Friends of Hamilton Crew, and is a St. Paul’s School Form Agent.

Lawrence Aragon, Digital Editor, Reuters Deals Group

Lawrence Aragon is the Digital Editor for Reuters Deals Group. Mr. Aragon has been a business journalist and editor for more than 19 years, and has covered venture capital and technology startups since the early 1990s. Before joining Thomson Reuters, he was VC Editor for Red Herring magazine. Prior to that, Mr. Aragon was a writer for VAR Business, PC Week and the San Jose Business Journal. His work has won awards from American Business Media, the Computer Press Association and CMP Media.


Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, MIT

Bio to come...

Alex Bangash, Managing Director, Rumson Group

Alex Bangash is the founder of Trusted Insight, Inc and Rumson Consulting Group. LLC. Trusted Insight is an institutional investor relational marketplace and social network for Alternatives, with over 10,000 members. Rumson is an advisor to institutional investors focused on venture capital and emerging markets. Since 2003, Rumson has helped clients invest over $1.0 billion in more than 50 funds, including some of the very best VC funds backing the marquee companies of last decade. Rumson clients include top ten foundations, endowments, pensions, and sovereign wealth funds. Prior to Rumson, Mr. Bangesh held various positions at Bell Labs, AT&T, Lucent in Optical and Wireless Networking and Supply Chain. He also worked in the ecommerce division at General Electric.

Mr. Bangesh has been a mentor and Lecturer of entrepreneurship at Wharton School since 2004.

Mr. Bangesh holds an MBA from The Wharton School, an MENG in Operations Research and a triple major BA in Computer Sciences, Eng. Lit., and Economics, both from Cornell University.


Katherine Barr, Managing Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

A General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, Ms. Barr focuses primarily on investments in web and mobile consumer and business services. She has a particular interest in retail and commerce innovation; data analytics that enable automation, optimization and personalization of the digital experience; next generation media; familytech; and novel ways that mobile devices are disrupting large markets.

Ms. Barr sits on the boards of PunchTab, BandPage and Ruby Ribbon, is a board observer for Ticketfly, sponsored the seed investments in Retention Science and Storefront, and is responsible for the investments in Visible Measures, Massive Health and Infusionsoft. Prior to Mohr Davidow, she held various senior management roles in product development, marketing and negotiation.

Ms. Barr is an advisor to Samasource, Co-Chair of C100, an advisor to 500Startups, and a founding sponsor of Startup2Startup. She also guest lectures a yearly negotiation session at Stanford.

Founded in 1983, Mohr Davidow Ventures has more than $2B under management. The firm is currently investing out of Fund IX, which is a $670M fund.

Greg Bohlen, Managing Director, Venture Capital, Private Assets, Morgan Creek Capital

Greg Bohlen is a Managing Director for Morgan Creek Capital. He joined Morgan Creek in 2011 to extend Morgan Creek’s venture exposure. Mr. Bohlen’s experience and relationships in the venture capital and investment banking communities have been developed over the past 30 years, and he has successfully invested in over 50 venture backed companies, including names as diverse as Sourcefire (FIRE) and Neurogesx (NGSX). During his tenure at Wasatch Advisors, he was the leader in developing and building one of the top venture fund of funds. Prior to Wasatch, Mr. Bohlen was the Chief Financial Officer and an investing professional at The Aurora Funds in North Carolina. His previous work experience also includes a significant tenure in investment banking, most recently with UBS AG as the Director for the Private Equity Coverage Group from 2001 to 2003 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Bohlen is also a published author and currently lives on an orchard in Chapel Hill that he and his family built over the past decade.

Mr. Bohlen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois. You can follow a bit of his unusual life at WWW.Bohlenfarms.com.


Mark Boslet, Senior Editor, Venture Capital Journal

Mark is a long time technology and financial journalist, and currently a senior editor at Thomson Reuters’ Venture Capital Journal and peHUB. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the San Jose Mercury News, The Industry Standard, Greentech Media and newspapers nationwide. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Mr. Boslet was a bureau chief and senior writer at Dow Jones. He has received several awards for his industry coverage, including a Society of American Business Editors and Writers 2008 Best in Business award. Prior to covering technology, Mr. Boslet served as a business and general-news reporter at newspapers including The Times Union of Jacksonville Florida and The Waterbury (CT) Republican-American.

Marc Brown, Managing Director, Corporate Development, Global Head of M&A & Strategic Investments, Microsoft Corp.

Marc Brown has been a member of Microsoft’s Corporate Development Group since joining the company in January 2000. Currently he is a General Manager, Corporate Development and Global Head of M&A and Strategic Investments.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Brown practiced corporate law at a firm in Boston, was a high school teacher and coach and an investment banker in New York.

Mr. Brown holds a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA in finance from New York University and a bachelor of arts in economics from Colgate University.


Narayan Chowdhury, Managing Director, Franklin Park Associates

Narayan is Co-Founder of Franklin Park. At Franklin Park, Narayan is responsible for the analysis and evaluation of private equity investment opportunities, monitoring clients' portfolios and conducting industry research. He is also involved in the development and implementation of Franklin Park's technology platform, and regularly interacts with clients on investment and portfolio matters. Prior to Franklin Park, Narayan worked with Hamilton Lane and Public Financial Management. He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. Narayan received a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Bucknell University.

Dan Ciporin, General Partner, Canaan Partners

Dan Ciporin is committed to building innovative businesses that make the Internet a more engaging place for consumers. Mr. Ciporin joined Canaan's Connecticut office in 2007 to invest in emerging leaders in ecommerce, fin-tech and digital media in the New York corridor. Mr. Ciporin brings two decades of executive-level operational experience to Canaan. He was the former Chairman and CEO of Shopping.com, the pioneer in online comparison shopping, where he oversaw growth from zero to over $100 million in revenues in just five years, culminating in the company's IPO in October 2004 and later acquisition by eBay in 2005.

Previously, Mr. Ciporin served as chairman of the Internet Lab, a US-Israeli incubator for early-stage consumer Internet startups, and as Senior VP of MasterCard International, where he was responsible for the marketing and product management of all online global debit products. At Canaan, Mr. Ciporin sits on the boards of Lending Club, an innovative online lending community where people borrow and lend money, bypass the banks, and get better rates; OpenSky, a social shopping platform that helps consumers discover and buy great products that fulfill their interests in food, style & beauty, healthy living and home & design; Gemvara, a web-based service that is revolutionizing the jewelry market by empowering consumers and independent jewelers to design fully personalized, high-quality jewelry; Borro, a personal asset lender providing short-term loans against fine art, jewelry, luxury watches, prestige cars, fine wine and more; and ShopKeep POS, an iPad point of sale system in the cloud, helping retailers make smarter business decisions. He also serves as chairman of the board of FiftyOne, the global ecommerce enabler that lets US retailers sell outside the US as though it were the 'fifty-first' state.

Mr. Ciporin earned an AB from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and an MBA from Yale University.


Beezer Clarkson, COO & Managing Director, SAP Ventures

Beezer Clarkson is responsible for the worldwide operations of SAP Ventures and leads investment activities for the SAP Hana Real-Time Fund. The SAP HANA Real-Time Fund invests in early stage fund managers in the US and internationally. Most recently she was a Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. There she managed the DFJ Global Network, which consisted of 16 venture funds around the world representing some $7B of capital under management and over 400 active portfolio companies. Prior to this, she was an Investment Manager at Omidyar Network where she focused on investments (both direct and fund investments) in the financial services and technology sectors in emerging markets. Beezer began her investment career 18 years ago in Morgan Stanley's Global Infrastructure Group. Beezer has a BA in Government from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Wesleyan University, and the Advisory Board of InVenture.

Lee Counselman, Managing Director - Global Technology Mergers & Acquisitions, Deutsche Bank

Lee Counselman is a Managing Director in Deutsche Bank's East Coast Technology Investment Banking group specializing in M&A. Since joining Deutsche Bank in 2005, Lee has executed more than $25 billion in M&A over 20 transactions. He has also been instrumental in sourcing and leading many franchise financing events at Deutsche Bank. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he worked in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions with Merrill Lynch. Mr. Counselman also worked at The Carlyle Group in its Real Estate buy-out group. He holds an MBA in finance from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a BS in business administration with special attainments in commerce at Washington and Lee University. Lee is also a CPA.


Court Coursey, Managing Partner, TomorrowVentures

Bio to come...

Anne Dinneen, Director of Investments, The James Irvine Foundation

Anne Dinneen is the Director of Investment for The James Irvine Foundation. She has been with the Foundation since 2004 and manages the endowment in its entirety as a generalist. In collaboration with the Chief Investment Officer and other investment staff, Ms. Dinneen is responsible for the sourcing, evaluation, recommendation and monitoring of the Foundation's investment managers, investment opportunities and portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Dinneen worked with Barclays Global Investors as a quantitative portfolio manager on the Advanced Active Equities team. She also held equity research positions with Thomas Weisel Partners and Banc of America Securities. Ms. Dinneen has a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


David Ethridge, Senior Vice President, NYSE Capital Markets Group, NYSE Euronext

Prior to joining NYSE Euronext, Mr. Ethridge worked for 20 years in global banking firms developing strategic and capital raising plans for corporate clients across industries. Most recently, he managed the clean technology investment banking team at Cowen and Company that included bankers in New York, San Francisco and Shanghai. Prior to that, Mr. Ethridge helped lead the IPO of Cowen, as well as run the firm’s private placements group and financial sponsor coverage.

Mr. Ethridge’s banking career has included over 10 years as a senior banker at Cowen and Company, 7 years in equity capital markets and corporate finance at JP Morgan and two years prior to business school at Bank of America.

Mr. Ethridge is a 1988 graduate of Davidson College where he received a BA in Economics. He followed his undergraduate studies with a year of study in Indonesia, India and Egypt as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1993.

Jeff Fagnan, Partner, Atlas Venture

Jeff Fagnan is a partner in the technology group and focuses on emerging companies in enterprise and Internet infrastructure. Mr. Fagnan is well known as a founding investor and has worked with many companies since inception. Mr. Fagnan incubated Bit9, angel funded and seeded AngelList, and co-founded Abine and Veracode. He is responsible for leading the initial seed rounds in Chill, InsightSquared, LuckyLabs, Snapguide, Keas, and Songbird. In addition, Mr. Fagnan sits on the board of DataXu, Grockit, Hopper, and Kalido, and has been instrumental in developing many portfolio companies’ initial business plans and go-to-market strategies. Prior to joining Atlas in 2004, Mr. Fagnan was a partner with Seed Capital Partners where he focused on spinning innovation out of MIT and Harvard. While at Seed Capital, Mr. Fagnan was the lead and founding investor in several companies including DataPower Technology (acquired by IBM) and Polychromix (acquired by ThermoFisher). Before venture, Mr. Fagnan worked for Booz Allen & Hamilton and Nortel Networks. Mr. Fagnan is founder and president of TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good), a non-profit foundation harnessing “crowd-sourced philanthropy” to catalyze social innovation in New England. Mr. Fagnan was also a founder of Koffee for Kids, a non-profit company in Rochester, New York. He is a prominent speaker on innovation. In 2012, Mr. Fagnan was voted to the “Power 50″ list of most influential Bostonians in the Boston Business Journal and was also named to its “40 under 40″ list in 2009. Mr. Fagnan received an MBA, with distinction, from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and a BS from the University of Alaska. An adventure athlete and environmental enthusiast, Mr. Fagnan is a frequent mountain climber and recently completed his first IRONMAN.


Rod Favaron, President & CEO, Spreadfast

Rod Favaron is responsible for overall company operations and long-term strategic direction. Prior to Spredfast, Rod guided Lombardi Software from an early start-up into a global leader in BPM solutions acquired by IBM in 2010. Prior to joining Lombardi, Rod served as CEO of Mediaprise, Inc., a brand asset management software company; SVP Sales & Marketing for pcOrder.com, a pioneer in e-commerce software and internet content services; and as General Manager at Mentor Graphics Corporation. Mr. Favaron earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University, and an MBA from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. Mr. Favaron serves on the board of Bypass Lane, Perception Software, the Austin Technology Council and is a mentor to many technology entrepreneurs.

Eric T. Fitzgerald, Director - Alternative Investments, MetLife Investments

Eric T. Fitzgerald is responsible for MetLife’s private equity fund commitments in venture capital, growth equity, power and energy, and infrastructure. Mr. Fitzgerald has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been involved in the private equity investment community for the last eleven years. Over the course of his private equity career, Mr. Fitzgerald has sourced, closed and managed over $1 billion in fund investment opportunities. He joined MetLife from Thomas Weisel Partners in 2008, where he was a partner responsible for their private equity fund of funds program. The program focused exclusively on venture capital and growth equity fund opportunities. Prior to his role with TWP, Mr. Fitzgerald was a senior analyst for Liberty Mutual's private equity markets group, which focused exclusively on private equity fund commitments, covering venture capital, buyout and special situation fund opportunities. Prior to his private equity career, Mr. Fitzgerald spent nine years with Fidelity Investments. Mr. Fitzgerald holds a B.S. in Economics from Union College and an M.B.A from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.


Michael Fitzgerald, Contributing Editor, MIT Sloan Management Review

Michael Fitzgerald writes about innovators and their impact on our world. A contributing editor for MIT Sloan Management Review, he’s also written for The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, Fast Company, the Venture Capital Journal and many other publications. An award-winning writer and editor, he was a 20011 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University and a 2007 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion.

David Frankel, Managing Partner, Founder Collective

David Frankel is co-founder & Managing Partner of New York and Boston based Founder Collective & has led FC’s investments in companies such as Seatgeek, Coupang & Paddle8. Previously, Mr. Frankel was the CEO & co-founder of Internet Solutions, the largest ISP in Africa (sold to NTT Didata). In 2008, Mr. Frankel and his partners led the $250m “New Dawn” African satellite project together with Intelsat.

Companies in which Mr. Frankel has personally provided the first term sheet or substantial seed capital include: Siteadvisor (sold to McAfee), Brontes (sold to 3M), Getmein (sold to Ticketmaster), Context Optional (sold to Adobe), hunch (sold to eBay), OPower, MediaRadar, bigthink and olo.com. Mr. Frankel serves as a non-executive director on the board of Rand Merchant Bank. He is a founding board member of Endeavor South Africa. In 2000, David was voted the South African Technology Achiever of the Century. The World Economic Forum later selected him for the Global Leader of Tomorrow (GLT) program. David holds an honors degree in Electrical Engineering (Wits) and, post selection for the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program, earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard.

Mr. Frankel lives with his wife Tracey and their 4 daughters in Boston.


Diana Frazier, Managing Partner, FLAG Capital Management

Diana H. Frazier is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of FLAG Capital Management, a fund-of-funds for individuals, families, foundations and educational endowments investingonly in top-tier venture capital, private equity, international, and real assets funds with $4.4 billion under management. She is a Board member of the National Venture Capital Association, a Charter Member of the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College, member of the MIT Sloan School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council and recipient of the FWA 2005 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. Ms. Frazier has also been Managing Director of Kapor Enterprises, Inc., an executive at BancBoston Ventures, becoming president in 1988, Director of NASBIC, and a Founding Advisor to the Institute for Private Investors.

John Furrier, Editor, CEO & Founder, SiliconAngle Media

John Furrier is founder, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief of SiliconANGE.com, a new media company covering the intersection of computer science and social science.

SiliconANGLE combines the best in publishing, webTV, data science, and research to provide the best Breaking Analysis on the most important trends in technology business.

John is the cohost of the popular new techTV program theCUBE which broadcasts live commentary and analysis from the top technology events around the world.

In addition to SiliconANGLE John runs Broadband Developments a private incubator and investment firm for creating new startups. John lives in Palo Alto California with his wife and four kids. You can find John on Twitter @Furrier or on Linkedin http://www.linkedin.com/in/furrier


Joanna Glasner , Senior Editor, peHUB.com

Joanna Glasner is a senior writer at Reuters, where she is a regular contributor to Venture Capital Journal and peHub.com. Her areas of focus include venture capital and private equity fundraising, startup investment trends, M&A and the IPO market. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Glasner has been covering business and technology news for more than a decade, previously at Wired as well as numerous online and print publishers. Ms. Glasner received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree with a concentration in literature from New College of Florida.

Alastair Goldfisher, Editor in Chief, Venture Capital Journal

Alastair Goldfisher heads up Venture Capital Journal, a Thomson Reuters publication that covers the VC industry. He also contributes to peHUB.com as a blogger and as an editor. Mr. Goldfisher primarily reports on venture capital and startups, touching upon such topics as fundraising, investments trends, personnel moves and other news related to the VC industry.

Mr. Goldfisher has worked in business journalism as an editor and a reporter since 1994. In addition to writing about the venture capital community, he also has covered marketing, cleantech, transportation and the business of sports. He has been at Thomson Reuters since 2003. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Mr. Goldfisher was the founding editor of California CEO and before that he was a reporter with the San Jose Business Journal. You can reach him on Twitter, as well as on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn and numerous other social networking sites. Mr. Goldfisher now has a growing interest in social media as a means to communicate and interact with readers and sources.


Michael Greeley, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

Bio to come...

Trey Hart, VP, Northern Trust

Trey Hart is a Vice President at Northern Trust and currently performs due diligence for both fund and direct investments. Previously, Mr. Hart was an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the private equity group, focusing on private equity fund formation. Prior to this experience, he worked at New Enterprise Associates. Mr. Hart is a magna cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University where he earned his degree in Politics and a magna cum laude and Order of the Coif graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Maryland Law Review. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois. Mr. Hart currently serves as a member of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra board of trustees and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Alumni Board, where he teaches a seminar on venture capital and entrepreneurship


John Harthorne, Founder & CEO, MassChallenge

John Harthorne is the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge, the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition. Startups participating in the 2010 and 2011 MassChallenge accelerator have raised over $250M and created over 2,000 jobs. The 2012 MassChallenge competition received over 1,230 applications from 36 US states and 35 countries. In January of 2011, President Barack Obama identified MassChallenge as one of America’s most effective startup accelerators.

Mr. Harthorne received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, John received Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT. He also led the 10th annual MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) held in Trondheim, Norway. In September 2011, the Boston Business Journal identified Mr. Harthorne as one of Boston's 50 Most Influential Business Leaders, alongside the CEOs of Akamai Technologies, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Boston Celtics.

Mr. Harthorne is a life-long Massachusetts resident and an avid Red Sox fan. He currently lives in Somerville with his wife Natalia, their 6-year old son Max and their 2-year old girl Yulia.

Eric Hippeau, Managing Director, Lerer Ventures

Eric Hippeau is a Managing Director at Lerer Ventures. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post. He is also a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, a U.S. based venture capital firm, making investments in early stage technology and digital media companies. Softbank Capital is an early investor in the The Huffington Post and Mr. Hippeau began serving on the board in August, 2006. Prior to joining Softbank Capital, Mr. Hippeau was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis. He serves on the boards of several public and private companies, including Starwood Hotels, The Huffington Post,Thumbplay and Buddy Media.


Holly Holtz, Managing Director, Shinrun Advisors

Holly Holtz is Managing Director at Shinrun Advisors, an alternative investments advisory business. A former Senior Director at TIAA-CREF, Ms. Holtz has a 15-year track record (1997-2012) building a diverse multi-billion dollar portfolio in private equity (funds and co-investments), direct mezzanine debt and timber. In private equity, she covered the spectrum of fund categories including mid-market and large-cap buyouts, venture capital and distressed and turnaround strategies. She represented TIAA-CREF on numerous LP advisory committees and as an observer on co-investment company boards. Her background includes structuring and negotiating private placement debt workouts at TIAA-CREF (1992-97) and providing financing for leveraged buyouts at several New York money-center banks (1984-92). Ms. Holtz holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and BA from the University of Michigan.

Lee Hower, Partner, NextView Ventures

Lee Hower is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has spent his entire career as an entrepreneur and investor in early-stage software and internet startups.

Mr. Hower started his career as an early employee of PayPal in product and business development roles, through the company's 2002 IPO and sale to eBay. After PayPal, Lee was a co-founder of LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) and served as head of corporate development.

Mr. Hower entered the VC world as a Principal at Point Judith Capital, a Boston-based early-stage VC firm, where he helped to build the firm's internet investment practice. At Point Judith Capital Lee led investments in Multiply (acq. by Naspers) and FanIQ (acq. by Datran Media), and was actively involved in the firm's investments in Sittercity and NABsys.

Mr. Hower graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Management & Technology program, with a BAS in Systems Engineering and a BS Economics from the Wharton School. He was selected as Wharton's Commencement Speaker.


Amish Jani, Founder & Managing Director, FirstMark Capital

Bio to come..

Peter Kehrli, Senior Manager, Rothstein Kass

Peter Kehrli is an audit senior manager based in Rothstein Kass’ San Francisco, California office. He is a leader in the Firm’s Venture Capital Group specializing in audit and tax services for domestic and offshore alternative investment vehicles, specifically venture capital funds, fund of funds and related investment funds.

Mr.Kehrli began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he specialized in Sarbanes Oxley reviews and internal control analysis. His interests and entrepreneurial drive led him to Rothstein Kass, where he has been integral in the exponential growth of the San Francisco office.

Mr.Kehrli assists venture capital clients with the implementation and maintenance of proper accounting procedures and internal controls. He also reviews and provides commentary on fund documents. After fund formation, Mr.Kehrliacts as a trusted advisor to clients; providing ongoing consultation regarding organizational structure, audit process and the management of operational and tax matters. Internally, he participates in a number of initiatives, including the implementation of the Firm’s core values and membership in Best Practice and Thought Leadership groups for venture capital funds and Fair Value policy. Mr.Kehrli is at the forefront of the Firm’s venture capital and secondary fund growth initiative.

Mr.Kehrli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and economics from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was also active in a number of community outreach programs. He continues his efforts to make a difference in his community by mentoring the next generation through the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco. Peter is an avid world traveler; he enjoys golf and snow sports. His professional affiliations include membership with CalCPA and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is a certified public accountant in California.


Michael Kim, Managing Partner, Cendana Capital

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 Forerunner Ventures, Founder Collective, Freestyle Capital, IA Ventures, K9 Ventures, Lerer Ventures, PivotNorth Capital and SoftTechVC. 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. 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 served on the Cornell Council, has an MS from the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, where he serves on the MSFS Advisory Board, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Serguei Kouzmine, Managing Partner, Quantum Wave Fund

Serguei Kouzmine is the Managing Partner of the Quantum Wave Fund, a global venture capital firm focused on assisting with the growth of private companies with breakthrough quantum technology-based products and services.

Mr. Kauzmine has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience. Mr. Kauzmine founded Nonolet, Russia-based PC manufacturer and distributor who introduced one of the first Russian computer brands. As CEO of Ritzio Entertainment Group, Mr. Kauzmine led the company from $40 million in revenues in 2002 to $1.25 billion in 2006. As General Partner of the Russian Investment Solution Fund, he successfully navigated the Fund through the Russian default to a profitable exit.


Suraj Kumar Rajwani, Co-founder & Partner, DoubleRock

Suraj Kumar Rajwani is a co-founder and partner of DoubleRock. He has over seven years of management, investment and mergers and acquisitions experience in Silicon Valley, China and India. He was previously the Managing Director of the Global Network Entrepreneurs Network Organization (GENO), an entrepreneur organization with over 27 chapters worldwide. As head of sales and marketing, he grew GENO's footprint to over 23 countries and led product expansion into new areas such as enterprise pricing and enterprise incentive management. He has advised on mergers and acquisitions in multiple industries including IT, financial services, real estate, and construction. During his tenure at GENO, he developed the GENO Venture Connect framework which served as a platform for entrepreneurs to meet with potential investors which led to the birth and expansion of many successful enterprises.

His expertise in online branding and marketing has seen him broker internet domain names for global companies such as Salesforce, Yahoo, IBM, RackSpace and many other online brands worth in excess of $50m. He has advised companies on brand positioning online and how to differentiate oneself with premium domains. In this capacity, he has assisted in negotiations for many organizations such as HireCloud, Catch.com, Wireless Inc, Data.com (owned by Salesforce)

Suraj has accumulated invaluable experience in the online media sector and internet sector both in Silicon Valley and in the Greater China region. Over the past three years, Suraj has been providing capital fundraising consulting services to startups such as ShowNearby, Powerset, Cloud9, CloudFlare.

Suraj has also partnered with incubators in China to launch TechChina, an incubator developed to attract the best engineering talent in Beijing and Shenzhen to build China’s future innovative companies. TechChina, which now holds networking events, will be a fully operational incubator by 2012.

He has also been invited as a speaker to many conferences including the World HRD (Human Resource & Development Congress) and the World Entrepreneur Summit by Ernst & Young sharing his views on entrepreneurial leadership in Bahrain and Monte Carlo. He has also coached and advised entrepreneurs through his involvement with the Kauffman Foundation.

Scott Kupor, Partner & COO, Andreessen Horowitz

As managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz (http://a16z.com/), Mr. Kupor is responsible for running the firm. He previously worked as VP and GM, Global Customer Support & Software-as-a-Service at Hewlett Packard.

Mr. Kupor joined HP in 2007 as part of the $1.6 billion acquisition of Opsware, where he was senior vice president of Customer Solutions. In this role, Mr. Kupor had global responsibility for the company¹s professional services, technical pre-sales and customer support organizations.

Mr. Kupor held numerous executive management positions at Opsware including vice president, financial planning and vice president, corporate development. He led the company¹s private financing activities as well as its IPO in 2001. Mr. Kupor also started the company¹s Asia Pacific operations via strategic partnerships with NEC, NTT and Samsung and led the execution of the company¹s acquisitions of Tangram, Rendition, Creekpath and iConclude. Prior to Opsware, Mr. Kupor represented software companies in both financing and M&A transactions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Kupor graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with abachelor¹s degree in public policy with honors and distinction. He also graduated Order of the Coif and with distinction from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California Bar Association.


Peter Lacaillade, Director, Private Equity, SCS Financial Services

Peter Lacaillade joined SCS Financial Services in 2011. Prior to SCS, Peter was an Associate at HarbourVest Partners in its Secondary Group. At HarbourVest, Peter analyzed venture capital, growth equity and buyout investments at the fund level and the direct level across a wide range of industries. Before HarbourVest, Mr. Lacaillade worked in investment banking at First Albany Capital (now Gleacher & Company). Mr. Lacaillade focused on the Healthcare and Clean Technology sectors. Peter also worked at NGP Energy Technology Partners, a $500M private equity firm that focuses on growth equity and small buyout investments in the Clean Technology and Energy Services areas. Mr. Lacaillade earned a B.A. in English from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Cheryl Maliwanag, Director, Pathway Capital Management

Ms. Maliwanag has enjoyed a 20-year career in private equity. She has spent the past 15 years at Pathway Capital Management. Pathway was established in 1991 and has grown into one of the largest, most experienced and stable global private equity fund of funds managers in the world, with $25B AUM. Pathway maintains a rich and varied client list, ranging from large, multi-national financial institutions and public pension funds, to smaller family offices, endowments and foundations. Similarly, Pathway invests in a variety of private equity funds, both large and small, and comprising a broad range of strategies. Pathway and its predecessor firm have consistently invested in private equity funds for almost 30 years and Pathway maintains a database of 8,000 funds that have come to market during this time, providing Pathway unique perspective on the asset class.

As a director in Pathway’s California office, Ms. Maliwanag leads due diligence on investment opportunities and monitors existing fund investments, including serving on fund advisory boards and valuation committees. Ms. Maliwanag also assists in client servicing and fund development. She is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences to share her insights on the evolution of the industry, best practices, and current issues impacting the private equity asset class.

Prior to joining Pathway, Ms. Maliwanag was at BankAmerica Ventures, where she originated and evaluated direct venture investments. Prior to joining BankAmerica Ventures in 1993, Ms. Maliwanag was an active certified public accountant and held corporate and public accounting positions. Ms. Maliwanag serves on the board of directors of The Girl Scouts of Orange County.


Adam Marcus, Managing Director, OpenView Venture Partners

Adam Marcus is a managing director at OpenView Venture Partners, a Boston-based venture capital firm that invests in expansion-stage technology companies. Prior to joining OpenView in 2009, he worked at Battery Ventures, focusing on investments in SaaS, e-commerce, and digital media. While at Battery, Adam was on the board of J. Hilburn, a board observer at ExactTarget (NYSE: ET), and was actively involved with Cortera. Prior to Battery, he was director of corporate development for The Boston Celtics, where he led strategic initiatives for the team. He also worked at Lycos (sold to Telefonica), where he was responsible for M&A, private equity and joint venture investment within North America, Europe, and Asia. Earlier in his career, Adam worked in business development atGamesville.com (sold to Lycos) and at Tripod.com, which was an early innovator in the online community space (sold to Lycos). He earned a BA in psychology and Spanish from Franklin and Marshall College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Scott Maxwell, Senior Managing Director & Founder, OpenView Venture Partners

Scott Maxwell began his career as a venture capitalist in 2000, working as a senior managing director at Insight Venture Partners. In 2006, he founded OpenView Venture Partners, a Boston-based venture capital firm that invests in expansion-stage technology companies, where he is currently the senior managing director. He has spent more than a decade developing and communicating the vision that VC firms can, and should, offer meaningful value beyond the capital that they invest. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Mr. Maxwell held senior positions Putnam Investments, Lehman Brothers, and McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Maxwell graduated from MIT with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science in management from the MIT Sloan MBA program. He also holds a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis.


Dave McClure, Founding Partner, 500 Startups

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Howard Morgan, Partner, First Round

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Michael Moy, Managing Director, Pension Consulting Alliance

Michael Moy is a Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors with Pension Consulting Alliance, Inc. (PCA) where he specializes in private equity. He has conducted strategic reviews of the CalPERS and New York City Pension Plans private equity programs and has been involved in several projects for the New York State Common Retirement Fund. He serves as the Lead on PCA’s strategic private equity consulting relationship with the Investment Committees of CalPERS and CalSTRS. He is the co-lead on the total private equity relationship with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Employees’ Retirement Plan and the Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System. He also works with other clients on investment policy development, portfolio structuring, manager due diligence and specialized research.

Previously, Mr. Moy was a Managing Director at Pacific Corporate Group, Inc. where he was a member of the Board of Directors and co-leader of the group responsible for evaluating, recommending, and monitoring private equity investments for public institutional clients (CalPERS, Oregon PERS, Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, and the Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado).

Mr. Moy is a certified public accountant (inactive) who spent twenty-nine years with KPMG LLP where he was the regional leader of an acquisition advisory practice and the Managing Partner of several offices. He has also been the acting CFO for several troubled private equity fund portfolio companies.

Mr. Moy received his Bachelor of Business Administration from St. John’s University.

Matt Oguz, Founding Partner, Palo Alto Venture Science

Matt Oguz comes from a professional background in ecommerce, analytics, behavioral economics and decision sciences. Earlier in his career, he built big data solutions for a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Dow Corning, Coca Cola and General Electric. Restarting his career as an entrepreneur in 2003, his tenure covers ecommerce, negotiation management and revenue optimization related startups. In 2006, Matt wrote DealCup, a negotiation management software platform for car dealerships. In 2008, he built TheBuyList, an independent stock rating platform that extracts large buy and sell transactions of mutual funds and calculates stock ratings based on this information. An angel investor since 2005, Matt is an active mentor in a number of Silicon Valley incubators and hackathons such as Microsoft TechStars and AngelHack. Matt founded Palo Alto Venture Science in 2012, a new generation venture capital fund which applies analytical methods to venture investing.

A national physics high school scholar having scored in the top 100 students out of the entire graduating class of 1.2 million high school students in Turkey, Matt graduated from Bogazici University in Istanbul with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. With full scholarship, he then earned an MBA degree in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University Robinson College of Business. With strong ties on the east coast, he provides guest lectures at Georgia Institute of Technology business school in entrepreneurial finance and supply chain management."


Georganne Perkins, Managing Director, Fisher Lynch Capital

Georganne Perkins is Managing Director of Fisher Lynch Capital. Fisher Lynch is a private equity firm with $1.9B assets under management investing in buyout funds, venture capital funds and sponsored co-investments. Prior to joining Fisher Lynch in 2006, she was Director of Private Equity at the Stanford Management Company which was formed to manage the investment assets of Stanford University. As Director, she was responsible for investments in both venture capital and buyout funds and held numerous advisory board positions. Prior to joining the Private Equity team in 1990, she held various other positions at Stanford since 1982. Georganne is a Trustee of the YMCA Retirement Fund, a member of the Investment Committee for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Chair of the Endowment Management Committee for Saint Francis High School (Mountain View, CA). Georganne earned her BA in Fine Arts at University of California Irvine.

Peter Pham, Co-Founder, Science Inc.

Peter Pham is a Co-Founder & Partner at Science in Santa Monica, CA. A technology studio that has been a part of building & investing in companies like Dollar Shave Club, DogVacay, & Ellie. Mr. Pham started his career with 8 years in the enterprise hardware and software space. Having success in building companies ranging from solid state storage to SAS businesses Mr. Pham then focused his time in the consumer internet space, moving to Silicon Valley in 2005 building companies like Photobucket. As Vice President of Business Development at Photobucket he was the 5th employee and was responsible for driving growth to 61M users and leading its $300M acquisition in 2007 to Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corporation. Peter then turned his energy in helping people save money as CEO of BillShrink from inception to their 1st Million users in a little over a year. BillShrink became TruAxis which was acquired by MasterCard in 2012.

Continuing the journey of building early stage companies Mr. Pham was the Co-Founder & President of Color exploring the future of mobile and social interactions through proximity. Most recently he spent time as a 2nd time Entrepreneur In Residence at Trinity Ventures.


Shervin Pishevar, Co-CEO, Sherpa Foundry, and Venture Advisor, Menlo Ventures,

Shervin Pishevar, Co-CEO, Sherpa Foundry

Shervin is the co-founder and co-CEO of Sherpa Foundry, a newly-minted startup foundry and fund, and a venture adviser at Menlo Ventures. He was a managing director at Menlo from 2011 to 2013. He has worked closely with the teams at Uber (where he is a strategic adviser), Fab, Warby Parker, Cinemagram, Getaround, Poshmark, Baby.co.br andled Menlo's investment in Tumblr. He helped launch the Menlo Talent Fund, Menlo's $20m seed fund, in September 2011. Prior to joining Menlo, Shervin was chief application officer and GM at Mozilla after a career as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He founded Webs.com (sold to Vistaprint for $117.5m in cash), Social Gaming Network (merged with Mindjolt) and Hyperoffice and is a co-founder of 1% Of Nothing. He has angel invested in over 40 companies including Taskrabbit, Klout, Milo.com (sold to ebay), Aardvark (sold to Google), Socialcam (sold to Autodesk), Blackjet, Science, Dollar Shave Club and Rapportive (sold to LinkedIn). Shervin serves on the advisory board of Comscore (NASDAQ: SCOR).

Shervin is one of 10 members of the UN Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council, serves as an Entrepreneurial Ambassador on several State Department delegations and at the President's Summit on Entrepreneurship. Shervin was chosen by the US Government as an Outstanding American by Choice - one of only 100 naturalized Americans to be chosen since the beginning of the award. Giving back is very important to Shervin and is the reason he dedicates time to traveling abroad to Africa to volunteer with Invisible Children and charity:water. Shervin is a graduate of the University of California (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major), a published researcher in JAMA and Neuroscience Letters and the author of several US patents.

Named "Bill Gates' Worst Nightmare" by the Financial Times, Shervin is a visionary technology entrepreneur, angel investor, published researcher, start up advisor and incubation expert and startup visa activist. Shervin has raised over $50m in venture funding for his start ups and invested in over 40 startups. Shervin is the founder and CEO of SGN, one of the leading social and mobile gaming companies, and over 30 million installs on the iPhone and tens of millions of users on Facebook with titles such as F.A.S.T., Skies of Glory, Exo-Planet, iBowl, iGolf, iBasketball and (fluff)friends. SGN was acquired by Mindjolt, a leading social gaming company on Facebook and the web. Shervin raised a $15m Series A for SGN from such investors as Greylock Capital, Founders Fund, Bezos Expeditions, Columbia Capital and Novak Biddle Venture Partners. Shervin was founding President and COO of Webs (formerly Freewebs), one of the largest social publishing communities in the world with over 40 million members and adding 25,000 users a day. Shervin raised $12m for Webs from Novak Biddle and Columbia Capital. Shervin currently serves on the Board of Directors of both SGN and Webs. Shervin has also cofounded companies such as Hyperoffice, a leading SAAS provider for small businesses, and formerly WebOS (Web Operating Systems) Inc.

Shervin was a member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) policy working group that helped create the Obama Technology and Innovation Plan in 2008 and a Co-Chair of Tech for Obama in 2012 where he helped organize and host 8 roundtables with President Obama and entrepreneurs. Shervin has an extensive track record for technology innovation and his achievements have been highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, LA Times, CNN and CNBC.

Shervin's research accomplishments include co-authoring a seminal article in JAMA when he was 21 years old that helped lead to the Istanbul Protocol, the first set of international guidelines for documentation of torture. It became a United Nations official document in 1999. Shervin independently invented a patented new method for lysing Malaria-infected erythrocytes while an undergraduate at UC-Berkeley (Patent Number 6,384,015) along with 3 other allowed patents. His malaria research was a continuation of his high school research project on the magainin peptide. Shervin's published research with peer-reviewed articles published include his JAMA article along with an article in Neuroscience Letters when he was 19 years old linking glucocorticoids treatments to seizures. His patents are in such fields such as distributed computing, dynamic replication of applications, data and servers and collective commerce.

Shervin founded his first company, WebOS (myWebOS), in 1997 when he was 23 years old and raised over $10 million for that venture from such investors as Adam Dell's Impact Venture Partners and Grotech Capital. WebOS created the world's first distributed operating system (patents pending) that heralded the dawn of a new era in advanced on demand windows-like web applications complete with a set of powerful API's for developers. Shervin pioneered the concept of 'On Demand Services' through WebOS- a vision that is now being acknowledged with ushering in a new era of web computing. Shervin is most proud of having assembled the greatest minds in the WebOS space from Erik Arvidsson, Dan Steinman, Dan Savarese and Dr. Amin Vahdat all in one company.

Subsequently, Shervin advised such venture funds as the Vanderbilt University Technology Company (VUTC), the venture fund of Vanderbilt's $2.3 billion endowment fund, on their portfolio companies as well as serving as a Director of Seges Capital, a multi-university venture consortium. In 2001 he founded Ionside Interactive, a leading award winning PocketPC software company, Application Corporation, creators of the Hyperoffice messaging and groupware suite, advised Elipse Networks. Products Shervin has created have won awards such as the 2002 Top 100 Technology Award by Computer Shopper Magazine (Ionside's Argentum), Top 5 Web Applications (Hyperoffice) by CNET and the NY Times Advertising Design Award Finalist (Elipse's Evian Design).

Shervin worked previously as a Research Associate at Kaiser Permanente, Presidential Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and Summer Research Fellow at M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center. He also founded and was the Editor-in-Chief of Berkeley Scientific, the first peer reviewed undergraduate research journal in the nation and recruited a premier editorial board including Nobel Laureate Glenn Seaborg.

Shervin is a former elected member and Vice President Pro Tempore of the Montgomery County Board of Education (Maryland) where he helped direct and manage one of the largest and highest quality school systems in the nation with over 120,000 students, 15,000 teachers and an annual budget over $1 billiond. He held memberships in such national and regional educational organizations as the National School Boards Association (NSBA), National Federation of Urban-Suburban School Districts (NFUSSD), American Association of School Administrators (AASSA) and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE).

Shervin has been interviewed numerous times on National Television shows like Powerlunch on CNBC and Fox News seeking his opinion on such topics as the Microsoft case, the Internet and distributed computing. He has also been featured or interviewed in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and Newsweek.

Shervin received his B.A (Interdisciplinary Studies) from the University of California at Berkeley. Shervin completed over a year of graduate course work in Health Economics at the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health with a 4.0 GPA.

Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief & Publisher, MIT Technology Review

As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company's annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005.

From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio.

Mr. Pontin was born in London and raised in Northern California. He was educated in England, at Harrow School and Oxford University.


Mahendra Ramsinghani, Managing Director, First Step Fund

Mahendra Ramsinghani manages First Step Fund, a micro investment fund with investments in 45 start-ups in greater Detroit area. He is the author of “The Business of Venture Capital” (Wiley Finance, 2011) and co-author (with Brad Feld) of Startup Boards (Wiley, 2013). He articles have been published in pehub.com, Forbes, MIT Technology Review and Huffington Post. His educational background includes a BE (Electronics) and MBA (Finance and Marketing) from University of Pune, India.

Bijan Sabet, General Partner, Spark Capital

Bijan has been a General Partner at Spark Capital since the firm’s inception. He led the investment in Twitter in early 2008 and served on their board from 2008-2011. Bijan also led investments in Tumblr, Stack Exchange, RunKeeper, Foursquare, Boxee, OMGPOP(acquired by Zynga) and thePlatform (acquired by Comcast).

Prior to joining Spark, Bijan was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at GameLogic (acquired by Scientific Games Corp) after serving as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Charles River Ventures (CRV).

Before CRV, Bijan was VP, Business Development and Product Management at Moxi Digital (acquired by Digeo) where he was responsible for establishing and managing strategic relationships with cable and satellite operators as well as driving product strategy.

Previously, Bijan was an early employee at WebTV networks which was acquired by Microsoft for over $425,000,000 and now serves as MSN TV as well as the platform for Microsoft’s TV distribution platforms, Cable TV Foundation and IPTV.

Bijan Sabet holds a B.S. degree from Boston College.


Sunil Sharma, Managing Director - Chief Connector, Extreme Startups

Sunil Sharma is Managing Director and "Chief Connector" for Extreme Startups, a world-class venture-backed tech accelerator based in the heart of downtown Toronto. Backed by 5 of Canada's premier VC funds (OMERS Ventures, Relay Ventures, BDC Venture Capital, Rho Ventures and Extreme Venture Partners), Extreme Startups looks to fund, connect and help grow Canada's next generation of technology companies. With a rigorous program of mentorship, corporate partnership and hands-on coaching, Extreme Startups has become a sough-after program for early-stage companies in the internet, social media, mobile, software, gaming, e-commerce domains and other sectoral domains.

Prior to joining Extreme Startups Mr. Sharma was the International Director of Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) where he has been active in helping connect the Canadian venture capital and private equity industry with international funding partners and institutional investors. While working with the CVCA (Sunil still maintains an active role with the organization), Sunil was on assignment from Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he served as a member of Canada's Foreign Service. Most recently Mr. Sharma was appointed Head of Consulate at Canada's Consulate in San Diego, California.

J Sider, CEO & Founder, BandPage

J Sider is the Founder & CEO of BandPage, which is the leading service for musicians to engage their fans across the web. He has been honored on Billboard's and Forbes' 30 Under 30 for the last 3 years in a row. J is a veteran in the business of managing bands and venues around the country, and working day-to-day in the music business opened his eyes to the practical needs of the music community in the digital era. Out of this realization J founded BandPage to provide simple and honest solutions for the musicians he worked with, that would broadly apply for all musicians.


Mark Suster, Partner, GRP Partners

Mark Suster joined GRP Partners in 2007 after having worked with GRP for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Most recently Mr. Suster was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com (NASDAQ: CRM) following its acquisition of Koral, where Mr. Suster was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mr. Suster was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, the largest independent global content collaboration company focused on the engineering and construction sectors, which was acquired by SWORD Group (PARIS: SWP). Earlier in his career, Mr. Suster spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.

Mr. Suster received a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He grew up in the U.S. and is also a citizen of the UK.

In the current portfolio, Mr. Suster sits on the Boards of Ad.ly, Awe.sm, Burstly, GumGum and Ring Revenue and is a Board Observer of Qualys.

James S. Tybur , Principal, Performance Equity

Mr. Tybur is a Principal of Performance Equity. Prior to joining Performance Equity in 2010, Mr. Tybur was a Principal at Trinity Ventures, an early stage technology focused venture capital fund based out of Silicon Valley. There, he was responsible for direct investments in early stage software and internet companies. At Trinity Mr. Tybur led successful realized investments in Bix.com (acquired by Yahoo!, YHOO) and CubeTree (acquired by SuccessFactors, SFSF). He also actively participated in over 50 new investments made by the firm during his five year tenure. Prior to joining Trinity, Mr. Tybur worked for three venture capital backed software and internet companies, VERITAS Software (acquired by Symantec, SYMC), PolyServe (acquired by HP, HPQ) and About.com (acquired by New York Times, NYT). Mr. Tybur started his business career at the Boston Consulting Group in Atlanta and Singapore. He received his undergraduate engineering degree with honors from the University of Virginia and his MBA from Harvard Business School.


Christopher Walker, Principal, HarbourVest

Chris Walker joined the Firm in 1998 as an associate in the secondary partnership group. In 1999, he joined the primary partnership group and has focused most of his efforts on U.S. venture capital and buyout investments. He became a vice president during 2003 and a principal in 2007. Mr. Walker also has extensive experience working on the healthcare sector, as well as primary partnerships in Canada. He currently serves on the advisory committees for partnerships managed by Caltius Capital Management, Camden Partners, Columbia Capital, Enterprise Partners, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, Galen Associates, Mission Ventures, Sanderling Ventures, Valhalla Partners, Vector Capital, and The Wicks Group.

Prior to graduate school, Mr. Walker served as a pilot in the United States Navy for 11 years, flying the P-3 Orion aircraft, and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Mr. Walker received a BS in Finance from Providence College in 1986 and an MS in Finance from the Carroll School of Management Program at Boston College in 1998.

David York, Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners

David York is Managing Director of Top Tier Capital Partners. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm, and the development and growth of its funds of funds and co-investment offerings. Mr. York currently serves on the advisory committees for ten venture capital firms. Prior to the formation of Top Tier, Mr. York was a Managing Director with Paul Capital, overseeing the firm’s venture capital fund of funds offerings. Before joining Paul Capital, Mr. York was Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets Trading Services at Chase H&Q, which provided exit strategies to the worldwide private equity community. Prior to H&Q, he managed Volpe Welty & Company’s Corporate and Venture Services Group, and founded the Specialty Equity Transaction group at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. York began his career as an Executive Consultant at Paine Webber. He received his B.S.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


Shari Young, Senior Private Equity Consultant, Hewitt EnnisKnupp

Shari Young is a Senior Consultant in the Private Equity group at Hewitt EnnisKnupp and is a member of the Investment Committee. She consults on the private equity programs for numerous public and corporate pension plans, endowments, and foundations. Ms. Young has sourced and conducted due diligence on funds and co-investments across the full spectrum of private equity.

Prior to joining Hewitt EnnisKnupp, Ms. Young focused on growth stage venture capital investments at Chicago Venture Partners and was a Summer Associate at Sterling Venture Partners. Previously, Ms. Young was an investment banking analyst for ThinkEquity Partners and senior analyst at First Annapolis Consulting, a boutique strategic consulting and M&A advisory firm focused on financial services.

Ms. Young holds a B.B.A. with distinction in finance and marketing from Emory University Goizueta Business School and an M.B.A. in finance, accounting, and entrepreneurship from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Georges van Hoegaerden, Managing Director, The Venture Company

Georges van Hoegaerden is an entrepreneur, venture catalyst, serial-CEO, venture capitalist turned innovation economist (by fate). He runs The venture Company (venturecompany.com) as an advisory firm today.

Mr. van Hoegaerden has built the strategy and growth of a four-person startup to a nine-digit exit and has been the CEO, and board director at three other early-stage companies he raised money for, and turned into high gear.

Mr. van Hoegaerden became deeply familiar with the inner-workings of venture capital as a part-time venture partner, driving the growth of startups, alongside his advisory to some of Silicon Valley's most well-known established technology companies. While inside "the kitchen" of venture capital, he discovered the root-cause of the systemic incompatibility between outlier-innovation and the investor-socialism deployed by its arbitrage, and Mr. van Hoegaerden has since set out to free the american dream from the stronghold of its subprime suitors.

With renewable economics as the subject of his upcoming book, Mr. van Hoegaerden will outline new methods by which economic systems can be aligned to stimulate and control the performance of our brightest assets.

Mr. van Hoegaerdens' unique insight have been generously lauded, and his blog is frequently covered in major publications and trade media, such as The Wallstreet Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters PEHub, AltAssets, Pensions & Investments, Investors' Business Daily, Portfolio and others.