Brendan is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, the largest & most active venture capital fund investing in Built World technology (real estate, hospitality/travel, construction, infrastructure & Smart City technology). Brendan was previously Co-founder & CEO of Identified, a data & analytics company focused on workforce optimization that raised $35M of venture capital and was acquired by Workday (WDAY) in 2014. Brendan was also involved in the founding of Cabify and was its first investor alongside Adeyemi Ajao. Brendan has personally invested in over 75 companies, including early investments in DollarShaveClub, SpaceX, Coinbase, Bonobos, Zenefits, Cabify, Philz Coffee, OpenDoor, Clutter and many more.Brendan began his career at Goldman Sachs in investment banking and The Blackstone Group in real estate private equity. Brendan received an MBA from Stanford University & graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University. Brendan was born in New York City, Brendan is 33 years old and an avid skier, kiteboarder, triathlete & mountaineer. Brendan is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Tech Entrepreneur with work in Telecom Business, IOT, Optimization, Blockchain and Business Network
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor with broad experience in Cloud Computing, Digital Media, Data Driven Advertising, E-Commerce, and Online Marketplaces. Passion - Love to solve hard and valuable problems (with great software ;-) Speciality - Starting from scratch and turning ideas into sustainable businesses. Key Skills - Business Development, Corporate Development, Product Management, Marketing & Sales Funnel Optimization, Growth Hacking, Fund Raising, M&A.
Founder @simplerelevance • Worked at @ibm, Founding Team @icontact • Studied at @kellogg-school-of-management, @university-of-north-carolina-chapel-hill. Patent in Data Optimization & experience closing 9-figure deals.
VC Travel - Venture Capital Travel. Investors & Advisors
Silicon Valley based international executive with over 20 years internet industry experience in a range of sectors including travel, banking, broking, home design and telecommunications. Worked for a range of organizations from startups to Fortune 100's including directorship and head of roles, managing annual gross sales lines exceeding $1.5 billion. Qualified lawyer with experience as an in-house counsel, about 7 years with online financial services pioneer, E*TRADE dating back to the late 90s with senior roles in product, marketing and alliances. Just over a year at Barclays with global divisional responsibility for their ecommerce operations. 8 years with the world's largest online travel business Expedia Inc. Currently the Senior Global Business Development lead at Houzz for Consumer Partnerships. I've also established and delivered consistent revenue growth and profits from my own personal start-up travel business. 25 years experience using the internet and it's earlier incarnations (circa 1989). Built my first ''world wide web homepage'' 20 years ago. And an intimate knowledge of Google, Bing, Yahoo!, MSN, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Inbound Marketing & Social Media. Top strengths: * Innovation, creativity, resourceful and analytical * Sales and negotiation skills * Ability to deal effectively at all levels * Strong commercial acumen... But.. most of all, 'figuring out what good looks like' + 'making goodness, happen @ speed'. Specialties: Business Development, Commercial Negotiation, Account Management, Campaign Management, Online Marketing, Account Acquisition, Internet Industry, People Management, User Experience, Conversion Optimization, Corporate Development, Strategic Change, Solution & Value Selling. Open to any thoughts, ideas, concepts, no matter how zany you think they are :-) Contact me: bryan [at] vctravel.com
Chris Hulls is a Co-Founder and serves as Board Member & Chief Executive Officer at Life360. Before doing the whole startup thing, he did a stint in banking at Goldman Sachs and spent a few years in the Air Force. He went to college at UC Berkeley, and was about to start class at Harvard Business School when he had a last minute change of heart and decided to pioneer the trend of being an ivy league pre-dropout. In his time off, Chris likes to do anything that involves machines that move--like building drones, driving cars, flying planes, and piloting hovercraft. He is also widely credited with coining the term App Store Optimization. He holds BS (Bachelor of Science) in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley.
Michael Katz is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at mParticle. He is responsible for creating and overseeing the execution of mParticle's vision of becoming the premier mobile data solution. Prior, Michael was a VP of Optimization & Analytics at Yahoo where he came via the acquisition of interclick, the company he founded. As former CEO & Co-founder of interclick, Michael led the business as it grew organically to $140M in revenue, while expanding gross margin % and EBITDA before its sale to Yahoo for $270 million in 2011. Michael was also responsible for building and maintaining analyst, auditor, and investor relationships. Prior, he was an Analyst at Accenture and ZEFER. He holds Syracuse University Degrees in Finance and Economics.
Nicolas is a firm believer of “culture-first” companies and am focused on building just that at Algolia where team empowerment is how they accomplish their goals. Prior to co-founding Algolia with Julien, he spent over 12 years working on information retrieval at Exalead and Thales. At Algolia they believe every website and app deserves great search! they offer a hosted Search API that helps developers deliver an instant and relevant search experience. We’ve seen that search is a great touch point to optimize – they regularly see double digit increases in engagement on sites when they improve their search UX. When they founded Algolia in 2012 it was originally going to be a local SDK for mobile app search. They changed direction and realized that they needed to offer search as a hosted SaaS service, but it was those early mobile optimizations that gave us their unique advantage. They are one of the few search solutions that has been developed from scratch, and they never would have gone that direction if they hadn’t originally been focused on mobile search. His focus has been first and foremost on making Algolia a great place to work. They have a unique culture here that values ownership as its pillar. They want to create a company where every team member takes initiative, gets out of their comfort zone, is empowered to make decisions; in short: be free to be their best. He is recently spoken at SaaStock on the challenges of running a company based in both Paris and San Francisco. His priority lately has been on scaling their growth and ramping up their team size.