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Sunil Nagaraj


Sunil Nagaraj is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ubiquity Ventures, a seed-stage institutional venture capital firm that invests in “software in the real world” startups, primarily around smart hardware and machine intelligence applications. Prior to founding Ubiquity Ventures, Sunil spent six years as an investor with Bessemer Venture Partners where his work included investments in Auth0, Defense.Net (acquired by F5 Networks), Rocket Lab, Spire, Tile, Twitch (acquired by Amazon), and Zapier. Before being an investor, Sunil was founder/CEO of Triangulate, a VC-backed online dating startup using machine learning and behavioral data to improve accuracy. He has also worked at Bain & Company, Cisco, and Microsoft. Sunil holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves on several non-profit boards: NextGen Partners (a Bay Area VC networking organization), Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the Harvard Business School California Research Center. He is also an Alumni Advisor to the Harvard MS/MBA program. In his free time, he enjoys coding, piano, sailing, stargazing, and family time with his wife and 3-year old daughter.

Thiago Olson

Engage Ventures

Thiago is the Managing Director of Engage, a venture fund and platform established in partnership with 11 leading Fortune 1000 corporations including names such as Goldman Sachs, Invesco, AT&T, UPS, and The Home Depot. Thiago is a Venture Partner at Tech Square Ventures focused on early-stage tech investments and is a also board member of Venture Atlanta, the largest venture capital conference in the Southeast. Previously, Thiago served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech. Prior, he was the co-founder and CEO of Stratos, a connected hardware and mobile payment company which was acquired in 2015. Thiago has served in various roles in Venture, Think Tank and Engineering Program Management at the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Sandia National Laboratories. Thiago also worked overseas in research capacities at the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. A resident of Atlanta, Thiago holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Vanderbilt University. He also was a fellow in the National Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences at Princeton University. Thiago first came into the national spotlight as a teen for his research in plasma physics; successfully building a fusion reactor in his home in Rochester, Michigan.

Battle Born Venture

Battle Born Venture is a venture capital program, overseen by the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development under the auspices of the US Treasury's State Small Business Credit Initiative. Battle Born makes equity and equity-like investments in early stage, high-growth Nevadan enterprises in the aerospace and defense, agriculture, energy, healthcare, information technology, logistics and operations, manufacturing, mining, tourism, gaming and water sectors. The firm was founded in 2013 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Matt Cutts


Matt Cutts joined Google as a Software Engineer in January 2000. Before Google, he was working on his Ph.D. in computer graphics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has an M.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and B.S. degrees in both mathematics and computer science from the University of Kentucky. Matt wrote SafeSearch, which is Google's family filter. In addition to his experience at Google, Matt held a top-secret clearance while working for the Department of Defense, and he's also worked at a game engine company. He claims that Google is the most fun by far. Matt talks about webmaster-related issues on his [blog](

Compass Partners

Compass Partners is a merchant banking and investment advisory firm founded in 1997. Compass focuses on investing in middle market companies and corporate restructuring. The firm has an interest in investing in global infrastructure, aerospace and defense, capital goods, industrial and consumer products, retail and business services. Compass has built a transatlantic franchise with transactions in excess of $2.7 billion, of which $1 billion represents secondary directs. Deals typically include at least three businesses and deal size ranges from $100 million to $800 million. The first Compass fund focused on European industrial assets and deployed $850 million in seven investments (comprising 15 transactions) and returned $1.6 billion to its investors.

Stuart Landesberg

Stuart Landesberg is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer and as a Board Member at Grove Collaborative. He is also an angel investor. Grove, which has been a B Corp since its founding, serves hundreds of thousands of households in the U.S. Stu was previously an investor at TPG Growth, where he was involved in over $400 million in consumer and technology investments. Stu serves on the National Resource Defense Council's SF Council and is a frequent startup advisor and investor.

John Gargasz

John Gargasz serves as the Managing Director at Nanocomp Technologies. He is also an angel investor. Gargasz is also a Partner at 10X Venture Partners. Earlier in his career, Gargasz focused on the growth of defense/federal high-tech businesses. After a successful exit in 2005, Gargasz has invested both financially and operationally in start-up companies, even joining the staff to provide hands-on, day to day guidance. Past positions include VP of Business Development and Strategic Planning at DRS Codem Systems, member of the business development team at SoneSys and Director of Business Development at Innovative Wireless Technologies.

Mark Friedman

Mark L Friedman MD FACEP FACP is the Chief Medical Officer of First Stop Health. He was formerly Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, Chief of Emergency Medicine at St Elizabeth's Hospital of Boston, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois, and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Benedictine University. Dr Friedman has been President of The Brighton Group, a medical billing and consulting company, CEO of National Medical Claims Analysts, CEO of Premium HealthCare Services and President of i-Health Technologies Inpatient Claims Review Services. He is a nationally recognized expert in DRG claims analysis and medical cost containment. He has helped design programs to prevent medical errors as well as malpractice litigation. He has served as an adviser to the government on medical billing fraud and abuse, as a member of medical malpractice tribunals and as a defense expert for medical liability insurers. Dr. Friedman is a frequent speaker and the author of numerous articles and books on medically related topics.

Andrew Levy

Andrew Levy is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Apteligent. Previously, he co-founded AdThrow. Levy was a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Crittercism. Levy is also the co-founder of, an insurance marketing and lead generation company. Previously, Levy was an HP engineer working on enterprise data warehousing software. At HP he led teams specializing in agile programming methodologies and advocating rapid product iterations. Prior to HP, Levy worked for FedCentric, a government consulting startup in the defense and intelligence space, Silicon Graphics Federal, Northrop Grumman, and Computer Sciences Corp. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Semil Shah

Semil Shah serves as a Venture Partner at GGV Capital. He also serves as an Investor of BirdEye. He is the Founder and serves as a General Partner of Haystack, which invested in more than 70 companies, including Instacart, Hired, and DoorDash. He serves as the Venture Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. He serves on the advisory boards of The Alpha Network and StrictlyVC. He is also a former consultant for several venture capital firms, including General Catalyst, Trinity Ventures, and GGV Capital, among others. His notable AI investments include AirMap, an airspace services provider that focuses on providing accurate airspace information for building unmanned aircraft, drones, and applications; Iris Automation, which helps industrial drones avoid collision; and SkySafe, which provides drone defense and airspace control solutions. Semil holds a bachelor's degree from University of Michigan and a Master's degree from Harvard University.

David Cowan

David Cowan serves as Partner, Investments at Bessemer Venture Partners. He is a Member of board of directors at Impossible Aerospace. He is a Board Member at Iris Automation. He is a Board Member at CyberGRX and Bastille Networks. He is also a Board Member of Team8. His historical portfolio includes Ciena, Hotjobs, Blue Nile, LinkedIn, LifeLock, PSI-Net, Qualys and over a dozen other IPOs, as well as many large acquisitions such as Twitch, Postini, Cyota, Tripwire, Netli, Playdom, Dropcam and Skybox Imaging. His current portfolio - spanning startups founded in the U.S., Argentina, Singapore, Israel, New Zealand and Scotland - includes Getinsured, Smule, Twilio, Rocket Lab, iSight Partners, Spire Global, Endgame, Auth0, Zapier and Zoosk. During his tenure at BVP. He co-founded three cybersecurity companies incubated in our offices: VeriSign (IPO), where he served as initial Chairman and CFO; Good Technology (fka Visto, acquired by Blackberry) where he served as CEO, and (acquired by F5). Forbes ranked him #6 on the Midas List and tied for 4th in the Midas List of Hall of Fame. He is a Trustee of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. You can read his blog at WhoHasTimeForThis?, follow him on twitter (@davidcowan) or see him perform with his men's a capella singing group Voices in Harmony. He also serves as a Board Member at Claroty and an Advisor at Reef Capital Ventures. Cowan earned an A.B. in math and computer science and an MBA degree, both from Harvard University

Adi Sharabani

Skycure acquired by Symantec

Adi Sharabani is the CEO and co-founder of Skycure. A world-renowned security expert with years of experience in enterprise software, Adi was formerly the leader of security for IBM software products. He came to IBM through the acquisition of Watchfire, a market leader in the field of application security, where Adi built and led its security and research group. Adi holds more than 25 patents in the security space, and his works, presentations and keynotes are regularly given the highest accolades at prestigious conferences. Adi earned a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from Tel Aviv University, and is a fellow in Professor Yuval’s workshop for science, technology and security. Committed to cyber security education, Adi has been a teacher and education advisor, playing a key role in the vision and implementation of the cyber defense curriculum for high school students in Israel majoring in cyber security. After compiling decades of leadership in cyber security, Adi co-founded Skycure with the central idea of improving mobile security with a more proactive and predictive Mobile Threat Defense solution. In an interview for the RSA Conference blog, Adi notes, “Organizations [need] the ability to evolve to address the changing nature of [mobile security] attacks… for the most part, devices are simply running naked.” Adi embraces cyber security research and development, realizing that only through targeted research and continuous innovation can mobile security evolve into intelligent and highly active security for organizations.

The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group is a private equity firm and business development company that originates, structures and acts as lead equity and debt investor in leveraged buyouts, management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups and growth capital financing. The company focuses on a wide range of sectors which includes aerospace and defense, automotive and transportation, consumer and retail, energy and power, healthcare, industrial, technology and business services, and telecommunications and media. It was founded in 1987 and is based in Washington, District of Columbia with additional offices across North America, South America, Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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