Sharad Sharma is a Co-founder and serves as Governing Council Member at iSPIRT. Sharma is also a Co-founder and serves as a Governing Council Member at iSPIRT. He also serves as an Advisor at YourNest Capital Advisors. He is also a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at BrandSigma. He also serves as an Advisor at Pi Ventures. He also served as Board Member at Indian Angel Network. He also serves as a Board Member of Vayavya labs. Sharma previously led Yahoo! India R&D where he was responsible for product engineering for all emerging markets and for several global products including image search, search monetization and HotJobs. Sharma has years of global experience in the Internet, enterprise software and infrastructure markets and will help strengthen Canaan's global presence and focus on the Cloud Computing market. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Sharma was the India General Manager and VP of Product Operations with Symantec (formerly VERITAS Software) and was responsible for the turnaround of VERITAS operations in India. He was also a co-founder and CEO of Teltier Technologies, a New Jersey based wireless infrastructure start-up that is now part of Cisco. Sharma has managed product development teams at Lucent Technologies in both the U.S. and India and he established AT&T's and later Lucent's R&D organization in India when offshore product development was just beginning. He serves as Board Member at Aurus Network Infotech. He also serves as Advisor at LetsVenture Online.
Doug Hurd is a Co-Founder and serves as Board Member and Executive Vice President of Business Development at clypd. He leads by example with extensive experience striking deals with customers and partners that help fuel the company's growth. Previously Doug was Director of Business Development at PayPal Mobile where he was responsible for executing strategic partnerships to accelerate PayPal's off-line mobile payment initiative by expanding the penetration of PayPal's mobile products across devices, platforms and POS solutions. Prior to PayPal Doug was VP of Business Development at WHERE, Inc. which was acquired by PayPal in April 2011. Doug had the privilege of spearheading the early corporate development efforts that eventually lead to the sale of the company. At WHERE, he was responsible for forging partnerships across the mobile ecosystem to embed WHERE in mobile devices and managing the 3rd party content partnerships with a particular emphasis on monetization through subscription, search, advertising and mobile commerce. This effort included strategic partnerships with Tier 1 wireless carriers and OEM's. These partnerships grew WHERE's top line revenue from $2M to $28M in less than three years. Prior to joining WHERE, Doug worked for Tele Atlas-now a division of TomTom-where he played an instrumental role in the growth of the company's consumer wireless and Internet business. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont's School of Business Administration.
Max Ventilla is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at AltSchool. He serves as Venture Partner at Xfund. He Co-Founded The Mechanical Zoo in 2007. Ventilla came from Google where he focused on strategy for Google's marketing and monetization initiatives around Adsense and web applications. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development for Trader Classified Media and founded Krypteian Systems (acquired by Corporate Smarts), an enterprise email datamining tool powering expertise and contact directories. He has a BS in Math and Physics and an MBA from Yale. He also serves as Advisor at SignalFire. Max is a Venture Partner with Xfund.
Abrar Ahmad, Managing Partner at Travel Capitalist Ventures since 2010, has led investments in 6 countries with 5-person travel startups to 300-person, $100M per year travel companies. He also leads the firm’s co-investor relationships with leading sovereign wealth and global PE funds. With over 15 years in the travel industry, he is an expert in identifying travel trends to leverage discerning companies to invest in and tactically shaping a company’s expansion strategy. He is a well-known, sought after speaker on emerging travel and technology trends, travel monetization and growth strategies, and travel-focused investments. He has spoken at numerous international events, including The Economist Magazine’s “Future of Travel Summit” in Madrid; the IATA World Passenger Symposium; Singapore’s Web in Travel, the largest travel conference in Asia; at Dubai Tech Nights, the leading technology group in the UAE; and, at in5 Innovation Hub, a leading Dubai incubator. He has also lectured on entrepreneurship to the graduating MBA classes of both Tulane University and Loyola University in the United States.
Housri is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Mednet. He served as a Principal at Rho Ventures. He joined Rho in 2010 with a broad range of experience in digital media that spans operations, technology and strategy. Most recently, he was part of EMI Music's global business development team where he drove the launch of EMI's ad-supported video platform. He was also involved in all aspects of digital content licensing and distribution, including contract negotiations, technical implementation and monetization. Prior to EMI, Samir served as a management consultant with Bain & Company where he worked on strategy for technology and media clients. He started his career as a software engineer for Major League Baseball and was a key member of the team that built MLB.com. He earned his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University.
Sarah joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2018 and primarily invests in early- to mid-stage companies across a range of sectors including consumer, SaaS, mobility, and marketplaces. Her current active investments include Lime and Perksy. She is based in Palo Alto and spent the last decade in leadership roles at Facebook and Quora while also seed investing with micro-funds Graph Ventures and F7. Most recently, Sarah was VP of Sales and Operations at Quora, the knowledge sharing network. She led the launch of monetization and also ran HR and recruiting, scaling the company from 40 to 200+ employees. She built the HR and operations teams responsible for company culture, compensation, benefits, equity refreshers, performance reviews, HRIS/ATS implementation, people development, policy enforcement, and content moderation. From 2008 to 2012, Sarah was in various regional and global leadership roles at Facebook. As Director of Online Operations, she launched teams including the Austin office, mid-market account management, and the SMB growth team. Her team grew revenue to $1 billion ARR while reducing churn and increasing customer satisfaction. Before Facebook, Sarah also held positions with Swish Marketing, Sylvan Learning Centers, and Madison Metropolitan Public Schools. Sarah enjoys helping founders grow and scale. She is an active member of All Raise and is passionate about inclusion, encouraging the development of underrepresented groups in leadership and entrepreneurship. Sarah has her MBA from Stanford and undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She loves playing board games and collecting wine with her husband Kyle.
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Ali Diallo is an American entrepreneur, author and marketing executive focused on global innovation, Venture Capital, thought leadership and mobile data monetization. He manages the business startup operations of AdVoice, a programmatic Telecom advertising platform based in Dubai. He is a Partner at United+, a global investment network for Venture Capitalists and venture studios based in Los Angeles and in Silicon Valley He founded Media Investment Tech Ventures (MIT Ventures), a company based in Senegal and in Silicon Valley that builds transformative ventures in the US and in West Africa. Through MIT Ventures, he co-founded multiple companies operating in the mobile money, trade finance, digital, cloud enterprise, publishing and real estate investment sectors. He served as Vice President, Operations of Quake Marketing, a leading marketing company with offices in Manhattan and Las Vegas.
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)