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Elad Gil

Dr. Elad Gil is a Co-Founder & serves as the Chairman at Color Genomics. He served as Chief Executive Officer at Color Genomics. He served as the Vice President of Corporate Starategy for Twitter. He was also co-founder and served as Chief Executive Officer at Mixer Labs / GeoAPIBefore GeoAPI.com Gil has a long standing interest in location based services and mobile. Gil co-founded Google's Mobile Team where he was the first PM on Google Mobile Maps and was involved with the Android acquisition. Prior to Google, Gil worked at 3 venture backed startups and at McKinsey. He has a Ph.D. from MIT. He is currently an investor and advisor to a number of mobile and social media startups. He serves as an Advisor at Bitwise.


John Hanke

John Hanke is the Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Niantic. He also serves as Vice President at Google. He is the Director of SourceTrace Syste He's also a Co-founder and served as a President and the Chief Operating Officer at Big Network. He leads an innovative "startup" within Google called Niantic Labs. Niantic was founded by Hanke as an independent group within Google to explore new kinds of mobile applications at the intersection of mobile, location, social, and with eye towards an emerging class of wearable devices. The group has launched two very well received products to date - Field Trip, a guide to the hidden secrets and amazing places of the world, and Ingress, a mobile app that turns the entire world into an interactive, multiplayer game. Hanke began his business career in 1994 when he left the foreign service and moved to California to attend the MBA program at UC Berkeley with the dream of reconnecting with his childhood passion for technology. While at Berkeley Hanke joined with a classmate who was founding a company to create a new kind of online computer game. The startup (Archetype Interactive) created one of the first 'massively multiplayer' Internet games. It was acquired by 3DO in 1996. The next step happened when Hanke met a group of former software executives from Silicon Graphics and Disney. Together they founded 'Keyhole' and created a new kind of map - a digital earth. Hanke led the team as CEO which launched the first ever online 3D globe based on satellite imagery and mapping data. The company agreed to be acquired by Google in 2004. The team relaunched Keyhole as "Google Earth" (an application that has been download by more than a billion users). Hanke eventually became the VP of the 'Geo' group at Google which launched a number of innovative projects including scaling up Maps and Earth to cover the entire world, launching a fleet of Street View cars, creating an innovative aerial photography platform, creating Google's own global basemap, and many more. Hanke received his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 1996 and has a BA in Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin.


Steven Benson

Badger Maps

Steve Benson is the co-founder at Badger Mappings. His passion for mapping developed at the University of Wisconsin, where he majored in Geography. A native of Chicago, after receiving his MBA from Stanford, Steve worked in software at both IBM and Autonomy before coming to Google where he worked with Maps and Earth from 2008 - 2012. Steve lives in San Francisco and spends his free time training for triathlons, camping, and snowboarding.


Shaun Rajewski

Epic Web Studios

Founder and COO at Epic Web Studios & ASAPmaps


Steven Benson

Badger Maps. Inc.

Steve Benson is the co-founder at Badger Mappings. His passion for mapping developed at the University of Wisconsin, where he majored in Geography. A native of Chicago, after receiving his MBA from Stanford, Steve worked in software at both IBM and Autonomy before coming to Google where he worked with Maps and Earth from 2008 - 2012. Steve lives in San Francisco and spends his free time training for triathlons, camping, and snowboarding.


Guru Chahal

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Guru focuses primarily on investments in the information technology infrastructure area with particular emphasis on networking. His areas of interest include security, cloud, virtualization, data analytics and infrastructure management. Guru brings over a decade of operational experience, and a deep understanding of technology, to the Lightspeed team. During his operational career, he has been part of three product lines as they’ve gone from inception to over a billion dollar run rate. Guru leverages his product expertise and extensive network in the infrastructure space in helping entrepreneurs through funding and beyond. Before Lightspeed, Guru was Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems working on the Unified Computing System. UCS is Cisco’s entry into the x86 computing space. At Cisco, Guru helped define the product strategy and roadmaps, and was instrumental in increasing UCS traction in some of Cisco’s largest enterprise accounts. Before Cisco, Guru held operational roles at Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco Systems), and Tropos Networks. Guru holds an MS(EE) from Purdue University, a BE(EE) from Punjab University, and a GMP from Harvard Business School. He holds several patents in network infrastructure.



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