Rodrigo is a digital native venture capitalist, formerly a strategy consultant, serial entrepreneur, and business angel. After earning his Computer Science Engineering degree at EPITA in Paris, France, he started his career working with industrial, banking, retail and media clients for two large consultancies (KPMG Consulting, Gemini Consulting) co-creating the Internet security, Internet strategy and online marketplaces practices. In the following 10 years, Rodrigo also led a number of digital strategy assignments as a free-lance consultant for public multi-billion revenue companies working closely with both the executive committees and CEOs, with clients such as AOL Europe, Capgemini and Darty. After getting two MBAs (from the Sorbonne University, and later at INSEAD and The Wharton School), he co-founded in 2002 and later ran Glowria, a video-rental and VOD service, that quickly became #1 in France and #2 in Germany. In 2005, he also co-founded and ran vpod.tv, an award-winning multimedia content management software aimed at Fortune 500, with operations in France and Spain. Both had significant venture-capital financing and were acquired. In 2009, he became an active business angel and startup mentor with a strong focus on consumers investing in companies such as Amiando, Trigami, GetAround, RecargaPay, ManifestCommerce, Tribe, Holberton School, Attach.io, etc. He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide, a regular jury member at startup competitions and occasional lecturer in top graduate schools. Rodrigo has also participated in over 300 podcasts in the past 10 years (“French Connection” at LCI Radio, “On Refait Le Mac”), always commenting on the business side of technology. In his spare time, Rodrigo is an avid traveler, B&W photographer, genealogist, wine enthusiast and enjoys opera, fine dining, biking and snowboarding. Rodrigo is a Chilean national, fluent in French, English and Spanish, and has working knowledge of German, Italian and Thai.
Vinny Lingham is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Office at Civic. He is a Co-Founder and serves as a General Partner at Newtown Partners. He serves as an Advisor at Blockchain Capital. He is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded the digital gift card platform, Gyft, which was acquired by First Data Corporation in 2014. After over a decade of experience in e-commerce, he realized that no-one had a universal solution to tackle identity fraud for consumers. He also serves as General Partner in crypto-token fund Multicoin Capital.
Jon Vlassopulos is the founder and CEO of Trailerpop, where he leads a mission to revolutionize the way people discover entertainment and engage with advertising. Jon has spent the last 17 years building businesses in and around the mobile, entertainment and advertising industries and as a founder, senior executive, investor and advisor, his work has driven hundreds of millions of dollars worth of innovation and delighted tens of millions of consumers. Prior to founding Trailerpop, Jon has served as CEO of award winning mobile entertainment studio skyrockit, where he managed major US carrier content platforms for companies like Sprint and built innovative branded entertainment products and experiences for companies like GAP, Intel, Coca Cola, Kraft and Zippo. Dubbed a digital media and advertising visionary by The Hollywood Reporter, Jon has created successful industry firsts in the areas of mobile, games, advertising, TV and music. Before skyrockit, Jon was the SVP of digital media and branded entertainment for Endemol, the world’s largest independent production company, where he was responsible for its worldwide digital & advertising business. Jon is credited with launching interactive TV in the US with shows like Deal or no Deal and 1 vs. 100 and with creating some of the first live, multi-platform game formats for networks like BET and TBS. He also produced games that were successful on multiple platforms including Xbox, online, and mobile and sold and produced some of the first online web series. Jon served as senior director of business development & strategic partnerships at AT&T Wireless, establishing the first phase of messaging and mobile data. At AT&T Jon ran the mobile content business and mobile marketing where he established the first mobile marketing campaigns with major brands and led the youth marketing team responsible for tracking and implementing new applications and business models Early in his career Jon was at Bertelsmann, where he helped to create BMG’s global digital strategy and held multiple executive positions with other Bertelsmann divisions in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Jon has served on the board of NATPE, the Producer’s Guild and was a founding member of the Mobile Marketing Association. He holds a degree from Durham University and is fluent in French, Spanish and Mandarin. Jon got his start as a DJ and radio host, from where he nurtured his love of music & entertainment, building a career that blended interests in original content, emerging platforms and marketing innovation.
Norwest Venture Partners
Sergio brings to NVP extensive operational and venture capital experience from a wide range of business and consumer technology companies. Sergio is focused on early and growth investments in ecommerce, consumerized SaaS, consumer finance, and educational technologies. His current investments and board seats include Adaptive Planning, Bionic Panda Games, Branchout, Gemvara, Motif Investing, and Rafter. Sergio was previously on the board of The DealMap (acquired by Google), myYearbook (acquired by Quepasa), and StarCite (acquired by The Active Network). He is a board observer at InsightsOne and Lending Club. Sergio started his career at Morgan Stanley, where he advised several companies on mergers and acquisitions. Sergio was also a marketing and business development manager at Portal Software (now part of Oracle) which had a successful Initial Public Offering in 1999, during his tenure. Sergio was also the co-founder and first business development executive at Cymerc, which was a hosted SaaS solution for consumers and small-sized businesses. Sergio successfully raised two rounds of venture financing and grew Cymerc from inception to more than $15 million in sales. From 2001 to 2005, Sergio was Director of the Mobile Electronics Categories at eBay, which he grew from $150 million to more than $500 in gross merchandise sales. Prior to NVP, Sergio was Vice President of Marketing at Photobucket, which was successfully sold to News Corp. for $300 million in 2007. Sergio was born and raised in Latin America and has worked in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Sergio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of science degree in management sciences and engineering (industrial engineering) from Stanford University.
Ilya Sukhar serves as a General Partner at Matrix Partners. He also serves as Advisor at Xenon Ventures. He was a Board Member at Open Listings. Prior to joining Matrix in 2016, he worked on three startups, all of which were acquired. Most recently, he was the co-founder and CEO of Parse, a cloud platform for mobile developers that was acquired by Facebook in 2013. In addition to running Parse as a semi-independent subsidiary, Ilya led the teams responsible for all of Facebook's developer-facing products and worked on Messenger. He's an active angel investor and was a part-time partner at Y Combinator. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University. He invests across a variety of sectors, but is particularly interested in products that leverage hard technical underpinnings to become indispensable to consumers or developers. He's excited to work with hackers who are building mission-driven and engineering-centric companies.
Sandy was a co-founder & CTO of Meebo, a consumer Internet company that helped consumers and publishers connect socially. She led Meebo’s engineering team and eventually joined Google’s social team after Meebo was acquired in 2012. She co-founded Honor in 2014, a company dedicated to helping older adults age at home.
Dalton Caldwell is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of [Mixed Media Labs](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/mixed-media-labs), a position he has held since February 2010. [Mixed Media Labs](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/mixed-media-labs) is a startup that was founded in 2010 and its first product is [picplz](http://www.crunchbase.com/product/picplz), a photo broadcasting application for [iPhone](http://www.crunchbase.com/product/iphone) and [Android](http://www.crunchbase.com/product/android) mobile devices. Dalton Caldwell co-founded [Imeem](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/imeem) in 2004 and served as its CEO, responsible person for [Imeem's](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/imeem) strategic vision, and supported its overall production process. Under Dalton Caldwell's guidance, [Imeem](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/imeem) pioneered and helped popularize the advertising-supported streaming music model. In 2007, the company signed landmark agreements with the world's four major record companies, becoming the first company to offer music to U.S. consumers to freely stream and share with the costs supported by advertising. That innovation and Dalton Caldwell's leadership helped [Imeem](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/imeem) become one of the world's leading online music services, reaching millions of people each month through the its website and its network of embedded music and video playlists. Dalton Caldwell graduated from [Stanford University](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/stanford-university) with dual degrees in Psychology and Symbolic Systems. He currently resides in San Francisco.
Dario Meli has been quietly, you could say, making a big impression on the ways we consume, create and disseminate content. For the past 15 years, the co-founder of Invoke, Foodee, Brightkit and Hootsuite has worked with and within some of the biggest names in the realms of technology and startups. With Quietly the message is loud and clear: quality content makes for happy consumer campers. With that thought front-of-mind, Dario helps brands and publishers fill their distribution channels with exceptional evergreen content backed by strategy, data, distribution and (proprietary) analytics. At the end of the equation, businesses increase their traffic, reach and revenue while consumers are provided with added value in the form of enriching and meaningful content. And if anyone knows a thing or ten about adding value, it’s Dario. “There’s been so much turmoil in publishing and media but one thing that’s never changed is the insatiable need for great content.” Dario on Vancity Buzz
As Chief Product Officer, Transpera founder Frank Barbieri oversees the company's product marketing strategy. Barbieri founded Transpera with the vision of fostering pure, undivided attention between consumers and brands, via the most vital screen in consumers' lives â their mobile devices. Barbieri formerly ran media products at InfoSpace and prior to that, ran the Windows Mobile Media Device and Services group at Microsoft. He also held a senior position at Onvia, a company he helped take public, and MSNBC where he drove the online video distribution business and interactive content division. Barbieri has most recently worked in the private equity industry doing mobile and entertainment strategy and portfolio company support. He started his career as a photojournalist documenting the plight of refugees globally.
Mr. Song brings over 20 years of technology vision and entrepreneurial leadership with a focus on products that deliver life-enhancing value to education, business and consumers. He has founded and operated several start-up ventures with an inherent talent and track record for turning ideas into viable products and sustainable businesses. He is also active angel investor through his own investment vehicle, Booga Ventures and Big Basin Capital as a venture partner. He founded and currently is Chief Executive Officer of NComputing group. Prior to co-founding NComputing, Mr. Song was also the founder and CEO of DoubleSight Displays, a company that delivered affordable and cost-effective dual displays to businesses and consumers and successfully acquired by Erae Inc, TV and Monitor company in South Korea. In addition, Mr. Song co-founded and was vice president of product marketing for eMachines, a pioneer in bringing affordable computing to consumers. eMachines went NASDAQ in 3 years and acquired by Gateway Computer. He began his career as marketing director for both TriGem America Corporation and TriGem Computer, Inc. Mr. Song holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He is also an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Palo Alto with his family.
Rameet Chawla is widely recognized as an authority on mobile technology and a player in the global technology scene. He’s the founder of Fueled, an award-winning technology product consultancy, the Fueled Collective, a socially-driven event space and incubator home to 35 of New York’s fastest growing startups, and Spare Change, a nonprofit that incentivizes consumers to round up their purchases for the benefit of local food banks. He is a Co-Chair of FWD.us, an organization that harnesses the best of advocacy campaigns and the technology sector to tackle tough political problems and issues critical to the United States knowledge economy. He was also a founding member of General Assembly and The Summit Series Mountain Project. Rameet was selected as member of the 2013 venture fellows class by the NYCEDC and has participated in delegations with Bloomberg to foster collaboration between New York and Israel’s technology ecosystems. In 2013, The Next Web named Rameet one of the “50 NYC Tech Entrepreneurs You Need to Know About”. Rameet has spoken at schools like London Business School and conferences like Catalyst Week and Northside Festival about psychology and technology, digital business models, futurism, mobile evolutions and entrepreneurship. In 2014, Rameet launched Lovematically, a mobile app and social experiment into the psychology of the “Like”. After a big splash in the press, Lovematically, as predicted, was quickly shut down by both Facebook and Instagram. Often acknowledged as a thought leader, Rameet is a regular contributor for Forbes, Inc., UX Magazine, VentureBeat, and more. A frequent conference speaker, in 2014 alone Rameet has led talks at Google, the London Business School, the Island Innovators, Tech Open Air Berlin, Techweek, Northside Innovation and more.
Laura Sachar is a Founder and Managing Partner of StarVest Partners, a New York City based venture capital firm founded in 1998 a New York-based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management that is funding technology-enabled business services companies throughout the US. StarVest gained national recognition in 2007 as the lead venture capital firm in NetSuite, whose December 2007 initial public offering opened with a $1.6 billion market capitalization, the highest market capitalization of any venture capital-backed technology IPO since Google. Laura is an experienced entrepreneur and private equity investor. She has founded three successful entities, was an early identifier of the growth in digital media and has invested for over a decade in technology-enabled business services companies. As a founding partner of StarVest, in addition to serving on the board of Switchfly, she has been active with StarVest's investments in Connected Corporation (acquired by Iron Mountain in 2004), MessageOne (software-as-a-service company acquired by Dell Computer in 2008), Newgistics (acquired by a PE firm in 2013), iCrossing (acquired by Hearst in 2010), Fieldglass (acquired by Madison Dearborn in 2010), ideeli (acquired by Groupon in 2014), PrecisionDemand (acquired by AOL TimeWarner in 2014), Veracode (leading on-demand SaaS software security platform), NewComLink (a payment network platform that connects retail consumers) and RetailNext (leading data and analytics company within retail). Laura was the Founding Chairman of the New York New Media Association Angel Investors Program. Laura has a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, a MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and she is a member of WPO and a former member of YPO (Young President's Organization.
Freedom Financial Network. LLC
Brad Stroh is a serial entrepreneur and reformed venture capitalist. Before launching Bills.com, Brad first founded Freedom Financial Network and a variety of related specialty financial services companies with his close friend and business partner, Andrew Housser. Brad has also worked for three venture capital and private equity firms, where he sat watching from the outside while many great businesses were being built. Currently, Brad is a Board member, advisor, and investor in several start-ups where he's working hard to continue to bring transparency and empowerment, in a simple way, to consumers. In his free time, he's a husband and dad, where he's the most junior person on the totem pole.
Alexis Normand is head of the Embleema Blockchain Consortium bringing together patients, their advocacy groups, life sciences companies and regulators to set a new standard for sharing Real World Evidence (RWE). As former Head of B2B at Nokia Digital Health & VP of Healthcare at Withings, Alexis has been at the forefront of the connected health revolution for more than 10 years in a career that spans public policy, hospital operations and product management. He currently leads Withings’ ongoing strategy in driving adoption of digital devices in healthcare with consumers, employers, medical providers and life sciences. In 2013, he founded and headed the B2B division of Withings to promote sales and use of smart devices and data in preventative health services for employers, distance health monitoring for healthcare providers, and real-world evidence studies for life sciences and academic institutions. He has developed eHealth solutions for hospitals in North America and Europe and is a leading industry advocate, having served as a member of the GDPR working Group on eHealth for the EU commission. Alexis is also a regular keynote and panel speaker at industry events and has spoken at conferences including Connected Health, HIMSS, AHA and OECD. Alexis has also written extensively on issues relating to connected health as an author, media commentator and co-investigator for peer reviewed publications. His book, “The Revolution of eHealth” was published in 2017 and his writings and comments have appeared in media all over the world including the Wall Street Journal, Les Echos and Le Monde. In addition, as part of his work with Withings, he has co-authored multiple studies involving connected health devices and data in peer reviewed publications including The American Journal of Hypertension, The Journal of Internet Medical Research and The Journal of Physical Activity Research. Alexis is a graduate of HEC (Msc.), Sciences-Po (MPA) and La Sorbonne in philosophy (Ba) and currently lives in Boston.
Richard Sussman is a veteran venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive with 20 years’ experience as a founder, board member, advisor and investor. His background spans numerous VC-funded, early stage and globally-traded companies all with market caps above $100M. Sussman is a proven builder of big business whose passions include monetization, transformative innovation, and disruptive content, products, services and technologies that change the way consumers interact with brands, companies and devices. Among his previous ventures include executive roles with The Nielsen Co., IPG Mediabrands, TiVo / Rovi Corporation and Tribune Media / Gracenote. Earlier in his career, Sussman was CEO and founder of GorillaExchange, Inc., a web 2.0 social entertainment, virtual currency platform, as well as CEO and co-founder of two .com 1.0 ventures: StreamExchange, Inc. and Quickflicks.com. StreamExchange was the first technology service provider that enabled global advertisers to embed television-style commercials into targeted streaming content over the Internet and Quickflicks.com was the first streaming content search engine with 30,000+ video titles. All entities had respectable exits. Sussman is often interviewed and profiled on the state of technology by media publications such as Los Angeles Business Journal, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, CNBC and The Los Angeles Times. He is often seen speaking at industry events such as the Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group, Digital Hollywood, Digital Analytics Association, Venture Capital Symposiums and the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). He also speaks at various Private Equity firms and is an occasional Guest Lecturer at UCLA's Anderson School of Management MBA program. He is a recipient of numerous industry awards, including the two-time recipient of ARF’s Great Mind Award, Nielsen’s Best of the Best Award. Sussman is originally from London, England. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1990. He was raised in Los Angeles, studied and worked in Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Sussman is a graduate of The Harvard Business School and a devoted husband and father of two children who enjoy spending time together skiing and traveling. Board member to: SHIFT, Inc. - Los Angeles - Sold to Brand Networks Weblife, Inc. - Los Angeles - Sold to Proofpoint BIScience, Inc. - Tel Aviv Blip Technologies Inc. (Carblip) - Los Angeles EYP Ventures, Inc. (Exploringyourpotential.com)