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Nikhil Kalghatgi

Partner6 Investment Group

Nikhil is CEO of CoVenture Crypto and Partner at CoVenture. CoVenture Crypto is a multi-strategy cryptocurrency asset management firm backed by SBI Holdings and a group of former Goldman Sachs Partners. CoVenture is an alternative asset manager, focused on emerging technology-driven asset classes. CoVenture executes this theme across three principal investment platforms: Venture Capital, Speciality Lending and Cryptocurrency. Nikhil was previously a Partner at Vast Ventures, led early stage investments at SoftBank Capital, Founded Partner 6 Investment Group, a hedge fund in Boston and then joined the founding team of Localytics, a mobile application analytics provider. Nikhil is a recovering engineer with several years of experience in front-end design and development focused on mobile and web UX before completing his MBA at Harvard Business School.


Clint Chao

Moment Ventures

Clint Chao is a founding General Partner of Moment Ventures. Moment is an early-stage VC firm investing in the Infrastructure of Everything: startups that are connecting digital and physical networks. Moment looks for companies in 3 primary areas: (1) Innovations in traditional IT, (2) New Device Ecosystems and (3) People-Based Platforms. Some of our investments include Soha, Skyward, Payable, Netsil, Swing Education, Call9, Copia, Viptela, World View and Nodeprime (acquired by Ericsson). Prior to Moment, Clint was a co-founding Managing Director at Formative Ventures, an early-stage VC firm. During his time at Formative, Clint invested a third of the fund's capital in early-stage technology startups, focusing on software infrastructure, web services, cloud computing applications and advanced semiconductors. Clint's investment and board leadership experience include Mashery (acquired by Intel), SOASTA, Silicon Clocks (acquired by Silicon Labs), Vungle and Zyray Wireless (acquired by Broadcom). Clint is an experienced technology executive who brings more than 20 years of start-up operating experience including marketing, sales and business development to Formative Ventures. Prior to co-founding Formative Ventures, Clint served as the first Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Business Development at SkyStream Networks (acquired by Tandberg TV), a leading provider of video routing solutions. Under his leadership, SkyStream became the worldwide leader in MPEG routing solutions to the broadcast, networking and enterprise markets. Prior to joining SkyStream, Clint served as Senior Director of Marketing at C-Cube Microsystems where he was responsible for marketing for the PC Division, a group he co-founded and grew to run rates exceeding $50M in sales annually. Clint began his tenure at C-Cube as the first Salesperson for the company, where he created the company’s sales representation network around the country. While there, C-Cube became the dominant supplier of digital video and imaging compression chips to the consumer electronics, computing and communications markets. Before joining C-Cube, Clint held numerous sales and sales management positions at Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector, where he was recognized as one of the company’s top salespeople. Clint earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.


Robert Siegel

Robert Siegel serves as Partner at XSeed Capital. He is the Advisor at Pixlee. He serves as Board member at Sparta Science. He served as Advisor at K5 Ventures. His investment areas include enterprise software, business operations where computational technology helps automate / improve company performance, and computing platforms that shape both business and consumer behaviors. He sits on the Board of Directors of Zooz, Lex Machina, Cape Productions and DropThought, and he led XSeed's investments in CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks - NYSE: PANW), Chatous, Dispatcher, Breezeworks, The League, Teapot, Smart Coffee Technology, Neon, Pixlee, Caller Zen and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest), and also supports other portfolio companies such as Citrine Informatics. He is currently on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, Formation of New Ventures, The Industrialist's Dilemma and Entrepreneurial Finance. In these classes he has led research and written cases on companies including Google, Box, AngelList, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Wikimedia Foundation, Zuora, Minted, 500 Startups, TrueCar, Axel Springer, General Electric and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others. Robert is the Co-President of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community, as well as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech in Vienna, Austria. He has co-authored several articles for California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Forbes and VentureBeat. Prior to joining XSeed, Robert was General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. Robert was also Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Robert was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world's first digital picture frame, and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices. Robert served in various management roles at Intel Corporation, including an executive position in their Corporate Business Development division, in which he invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel's vision. Previous to Intel, Robert was promoted to a series of senior sales and marketing positions at GeoWorks, which went public in 1993. Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, is the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove's book Only the Paranoid Survive.


Ed Fernandez

Naiss

Mission driven, curious, self-made, determined, resilient, ENTP personality, highly functional, nerd, hyperactive and extreme multitasker. 44, married, father of two, I live in Palo Alto. California. I like ideas. I like shaping them, building and architecting around them, turning them into practical businesses, and helping others to grow or improve their businesses to make an impact (no matter at what scale). Early stage VC. Advisor. Analyst. Entrepreneur. Mobile industry veteran with over two decades of experience combined. Member of the Young Presidents' Organization, a worldwide non-for-profit association of leaders and entrepreneurs under 45. I have been working in the technology mobile domain for almost two decades: with focus on smartphones, mobile platforms and value added services primarily. Co-founded Naiss.io, a venture capital boutique focusing on technology start ups and early stage companies, preparing them for IPO in alternative markets, currently devoting the majority of my time to it. I'm also a mentor at Singularity University SU LABS here in the Bay area.I'm currently based in downtown Palo Alto, California. I am an early stage investor and VC partner at MapaMundi, a $10Mn Start Up venture fund with 12 companies in portfolio. I'm also board observer/advisor to some of them. I am a proud telecom engineer, post-grad at University of Chicago Booth School of Business and IE Business School. Also graduated from Global Engineering Leadership Program at Berkeley's University Center for Technology & Entrepreneurship. Served also as interim MD at ScrOOn, a social media tools creator, throughout its acquisition by BlackBerry in 2013. As an entrepreneur led different start up initiatives since 2001 with the advent of early mobile ecosystems, and remain adviser to some. In the corporate world and in my latest tenure I worked as VP for BlackBerry. Joined BlackBerry back in 2007, overseeing SouthWest territories in EMEA. Moved to US to head LATAM north markets in my last assignment. Previously, I spent 9 years at Nokia with different roles in sales, marketing & business development. Received Nokia Circle of Excellence award back in 2005. As for extra-curricular affiliations:I am a fellow member of the Internet Society Club (Spain) and belong to the scientific committee of El Ser Creativo.Member of High IQ societies EPL & TenIQ and (as mere anecdote & just for fun) made it to the World Genius Directory this year, 2015 (with IQ 150-SD15). In the academic front, I am a visiting lecturer at Menendez Pelayo University - UIMP, the Digital Economy Institute ICEMD-ESIC and the master program in Business & Telecom Law of the firm Cremades&Calvo Sotelo in Spain. My first computer was a Commodore 64 back in the 80s, a 64Kb RAM machine running on a 1 MHz CPU. Avid assembler programmer I became an amateur hacker at that time. Hyperactive and extreme multitasker, I am proud finisher of Madrid's marathon, blogger, analyst and regular contributor to CNBC in US, also author at publishing house Plataforma Editorial. I live with my family in downtown Palo Alto, California.I can always be reached in real time at @efernandez


Robbie Allen

Robbie Allen serves as Chief Executive Officer at Infinia ML. He also is an Angel Investor. He is also the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Automated Insights. Allen is the Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Automated Insights. Robbie Allen oversees all aspects of Automated Insights as well as leads the software development and information technology teams for the company. Prior to founding Automated Insights, Robbie was a Distinguished Engineer, IT at Cisco where he worked for 13 years. During his time at Cisco, Robbie led large-scale IT architecture projects that involved overhauling Cisco's internal infrastructure to a cloud-based solution. He managed teams from 5 to 40 people that developed complex network management software. Just before leaving the company, Robbie designed advanced protocols for Cisco's core router platforms. Before Cisco, Robbie worked at IBM in the Networking Hardware Division and at Lucent in a variety of software engineering positions. Robbie received a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Math from East Carolina University (magna cum laude). He has Masters degrees from MIT in Engineering Management and Civil & Environmental Engineering. He is the author of ten books on a variety of technical topics from O'Reilly, Apress and Addison-Wesley. Robbie has been very active in the startup community for over ten years. He's served as an advisor and mentor to numerous startups and entrepreneurs.


Chris Redlitz

Kicklabs

Chris is a founding partner of Transmedia Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on capital efficient companies that provide technology and services for digital media, entertainment, content publishing, gaming, mobile apps and online advertising. Recent investments include: Wish, Domo, Percolate, Snap, Genius, Scan, TalkIQ, Kickback, Alpha, Superphone, Lively, Mystery Science and Facebook. Chris was also the founder of KickLabs, one the top rated technology accelerators in the world. Chris has been on the forefront of emerging technologies since the commercialization of the web. In 1997 he co-founded AdAuction, the first online media exchange; the precursor to auction based and dynamic pricing platforms for online media. Chris was instrumental in restructuring business strategies for marketing and lead generation companies GetRelevant (acquired by Lycos), and Aptimus (acquired by Apollo LLC). He launched the first online independent yellow page directory, automated coupon platform, RSS advertising and content syndication system, and helped develop the first peer to peer ad delivery system. He received Ad Age's prestigious i20 award for his contributions to the development of interactive marketing and advertising. Chris has been an active adviser and investor in emerging companies for the past twenty years. He was a seed investor in Omniture, the webs leading analytics company (IPO 2006), acquired by Adobe in 2009. Chris spent more than ten years at Reebok International where he held management positions in sales and marketing and also owned one of the first sports retail chains in Southern California. For twenty years, Chris was distance runner completing multiple marathons and ultra marathons. Today he is a fitness junkie, golfer, and skier. Chris co-founded The Last Mile with his wife Beverly, a program that helps bridge the gap between the nation's penal system and the technology business sector. The Last Mile was first launched at San Quentin State Prison, and is in multiple correctional facilities throughout California. Chris lives in San Francisco, with his wife and business partner, Beverly. They are focused on fitness and a sustainable lifestyle. They are GS Warrior fans and spend their chill time in Jackson Hole, WY.


BioCrossroads

BioCrossroads is a venture capital firm invests in life sciences industry based in Indiana. The firm operates early-stage life sciences venture funds investing in early-stage biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic, agtech, biotech and health information technology products and platforms.


William Guttman

YieldStreet

Over the past twenty-five years, Bill has held leadership roles – often as founder or chief executive – in dozens of institutionally backed early stage companies. He has been involved in over 150 financing and M&A transactions, with more than 100 co-investors (including Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Comcast, Emerson Collective, Formation8, Founders Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Mayfield, Pritzker, Qualcomm, and Union Square Ventures). Bill is the longtime chairman of Axioma, a leading risk analytics provider to financial institutions and regulators. He has also been the lead institutional investor in an array of notable technology startups as a general partner of three early-stage venture capital firms. Earlier, he co-founded and served as chairman and chief executive of CMU-spinout Panopto, one of the world's leading video content management platforms. Panopto has been named a ''Leader''​ in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for video content management every year since 2014. Panopto was also designated #61 among the 500 fastest growing technology companies in America by Deloitte, and one of the ''Top 10 Most Innovative Education Companies'' by Fast Company. Previously a professor of economics at CMU, Bill served on the cybersecurity committee of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and co-founded CMU's Cylab, one of the world's largest security research centers. Before entering the private sector, Bill led projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the IMF, and the OECD. He earned master's and doctoral degrees in international relations at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he was a British Council Scholar.


Vic Singh

NearVerse

Vic Singh is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor as a founding GP of Eniac Ventures. Vic has a deep passion for building product experiences that scale. He previously founded 3 venture-backed startups in mesh networking, communications and developer platforms. Most recently Vic was founder and CEO of Kanvas, which he led to a successful exit by AOL, where he served as GM and steered Kanvas through its ultimate transition into the leading developer platform for creative self-expression. Vic previously founded Tracks, a venture-backed consumer social network for collaboration around experiences and NearVerse, a platform for proximity-based mesh networking. Before he was a founder, Vic was a venture capitalist at RRE Ventures where he focused on consumer, cleantech, deep tech and fintech. He started his career building large scale enterprise systems as a full stack developer at the height of the dot-com boom. Vic holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from Columbia Business School where he was a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow and a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania where he earned the National Science Foundation Fellow for his work in Micro-electro Mechanical Systems.


Shyam Kamadolli

Shyam Kamadolli serves as Managing Partner, AVG Blockchain at Alumni Ventures Group. He is an Angel Investor. Shyam has been a technology entrepreneur, investor, and dealmaker for over 20 years. Until recently, he led business development at Tactai, a leading-edge startup focused on haptics for virtual reality and mobile computing. Previously, Shyam was with Fidelity Investments' Eight Roads and F-Prime Capital platforms, where he led venture capital investments in technology across three funds that spanned the US, Europe, and Asia. His operating experience also includes leading worldwide business development for the data security division of RSA Security. Shyam received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Bombay, a Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, and MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and London Business School. He also serves as Advisor at Kae Capital.


Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer at Salesforce. A pioneer of cloud computing, he founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create a new kind of enterprise software company, with a new technology model based in the cloud, a new pay-as-you-go business model and a new integrated corporate philanthropy model. Under his leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a Fortune 500 company, the fastest-growing top ten software company in the world and the largest CRM company. For its revolutionary approach, Salesforce has been named one of the World's Most Innovative Companies five years in a row by Forbes Magazine, one of Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies in the software industry four years in a row, and a Fortune Best Company to Work For eight years in a row. He has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and pioneering innovations. He has been named one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune, Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron's and received The Economist's Innovation Award. Benioff is also a member of the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees. He also serves as an Investor of BirdEye. He created the 1-1-1 model of philanthropy, which leverages the resources of Salesforce to improve communities around the world: donating 1% of Salesforce's product, 1% of its equity and 1% of employees' time to help nonprofits achieve their missions. Today, more than 700 companies have adopted the 1-1-1 model through the Pledge 1% movement. Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have focused their personal philanthropy on children's health, including building UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as on public education, homelessness and other social issues. Benioff believes that businesses are the greatest platforms for change in the world. He has embraced World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab's multistakeholder approach to leadership, serving not only shareholders but all stakeholders--including customers, employees, partners, communities and the environment to make the world a better place. Benioff is also inspiring fellow business leaders to do the same. He led a group of CEOs and business leaders in opposing state legislation that discriminated against LGBTQ communities and instituted a company-wide salary assessment at Salesforce to ensure men and women were being paid equally for comparable work. Benioff is a 35-year veteran of the software industry. Prior to launching Salesforce, he spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15. He also worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer's Macintosh Division. Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1986 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2014 from the University of Southern California. He is the author of three books, including the national bestseller, Behind the Cloud. He is also an Angel Investor. He also served as Advisor at Datawallet and DoubleRock.


Vamsi Sistla

Vamsi Sistla serves as Advisory Partner at Laconia Capital Group. He is an innovative technologist with over 18 years of experience in the Television, Digital Media & Financial industries. He has built various enterprise quality software and technology (Web and Mobile) platforms. Vamsi currently serves as CTO for OfferBoard and Technical Advisor to various early stage startups. Previously, Vamsi co-founded - Telvetto (2nd Screen Social TV Platform), Mogozz (Mobile Events Platforms) and Captivision Networks (iTV Educational Channel). Vamsi is an active Angel investor in ARC Angels, Eniac Ventures (1 & 3) and TIE SV Angels. He is also active in social & impact enterprises as a mentor (Microsoft Ventures, The Unreasonable Institute, TechStars London IoT Spring 2013 Session, 37Angels and Americas Amazing Teens Project), advisor to various early stage startups and a board member (The Good Life Organization & Chaupal India).


Jon Vlassopulos

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.


SOSV

SOSV is an accelerator and a global venture capital firm that focuses on investing around four key verticals: hardware, biotechnology & biodesign, food, and China/Asia internet and e-commerce. The firm operates four accelerator programs that provide funding, mentoring and training in these areas: HAX, Chinaccelerator, Food-X Accelerator and IndieBio. HAX is an accelerator that specializes in the hardware, manufacturing, startups, product development, positioning, marketing and prototyping sectors. Chinaccelerator is the longest running accelerator in China (2010), based in Shanghai, and investing in companies focused on internet and e-commerce platforms for the China/Asia market. FOOD-X is focused on launching food-related ventures, located in New York. IndieBio focuses on entrepreneurs building technologies in or around the fields of biotechnology, biodesign and synthetic biology, offering seed funding and lab space as well as mentorship to start-ups, located in San Francisco and Cork, Ireland.


Clinton Foy

Crosscut Ventures

Clinton Foy is a Managing Director at CrossCut Ventures focusing on seed and early stage venture capital investments in IT, mobile, social, cloud, e-commerce, blockchain, digital health, frontier tech, and the video game space. Clinton leverages 15 plus years of experience as an operating executive and business counsel to startups, entrepreneurs, and leading video game, technology, mobile, and internet companies. As COO, General Counsel, and head of business development for Square Enix, a $2 billion video game publisher, he recruited a top-tier team and built the mobile, social, and online business in North and South America. He managed licensing and strategic partnerships for SPACE INVADERS, FINAL FANTASY, and TOMB RAIDER franchises. In seven years he oversaw more than one hundred product launches across a dozen platforms and grew annual revenues to more than $300 million. Before Square Enix, Clinton practiced law with the Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group in Seattle, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley representing clients including Microsoft, Sony, and Yahoo. Clinton earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame, JD from University of Washington School of Law, and MA from Stanford University Graduate School.


Doug Hurd

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.


Boz Bundalo

Boz has built his reputation designing/developing some of the richest web experiences for Hollywood and Fortune 500 companies in the past 15 years. With his award winning creative talent, in-depth knowledge and experience in engaging front-end interfaces, back-end coding as well as deep understanding of mobile platforms, Boz brings important technological value to Venture51 and portfolio companies. Boz loves to spend time with his closest friends grilling steaks, drinking beer, laughing and rocking games. He's a home theater geek, who loves building crazy overpowered computers while constantly thinking about new startup ideas.


DayRiver

DayRiver is an investment firm that invests venture capital and growth equity into companies and public-private platforms. It invests in the food and beverage, agtech and technology sectors. The firm is based in based in Canterbury, United Kingdom and was established in 2012.


BioAccel

BioAccel is a non-profit organization and an accelerator that provides funding and business expertise to develop early stage life science technologies that drive local economic development efforts. The firms invests in life sciences and research and technology companies focusing on biomedical, medical devices, tools, diagnostic platforms and service sectors. It is based in Phoenix, Arizona.


Stefan Koenig

Stefan Koenig is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Hull. An engineer by training, Stefan worked his way through multiple engineering and technical roles before shifting his focus to business operations. Most recently, he led the North American launch of two European tech companies, which ultimately merged and were acquired by SAP, fueling SAP's cloud strategy. Upon realizing that making extraordinary customer experiences online was needlessly difficult, Stefan co-founded Hull to simplify customer engagement and allow companies to build unified customer experiences across devices, campaigns and platforms to obtain immediately actionable insight.


Shruti Gandhi

Shruti Gandhi is the Founder and serves as Managing Partner at Array Ventures. She is an Angel Investor. Shruti brings a strong mix of operating and investing experience. Previously, Shruti was an early stage venture capital investor at True Ventures, Samsung Electronics, Lightbank, HighBAR Partners, and the i2A Fund. Shruti started working with Machine Learning algorithms while working on her master's thesis in computer science from Columbia University on understanding user behavior on instant messaging platforms. While at IBM she worked on self learning algorithms that detected user location based on IP addresses, which she later incorporated into the Lotus Sametime product. Later, her company Penseev helped users make better connections with their friends based on social data. When not investing, she is hacking on some app or thinking about ways she can be in many places at one time. Shruti also has an MBA from the University of Chicago, where she polished her finance skills before making the switch from engineer/founder to investor.


Creathor Venture Management GmbH

Creathor Venture invests in technology-oriented, fast-growing companies in all stages of their development, especially in the fields of Specialized Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Industry Tech and Enabling Platforms. The regional focus is on Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and the Nordics. From its offices in Bad Homburg (Frankfurt), Zurich and Stockholm, the team of 17 staff actively support more than 30 ICT and life science companies in development, growth and internationalization. Creathor Venture’s management team consists of the Managing Partners Dr Gert Köhler, Karlheinz Schmelig and Cédric Köhler, and the Partners Christian Leikert, Dr Christian Weiss and Christian Weniger. The team has been investing successfully in start-ups for over 30 years and has conducted more than 20 international IPOs during that time. Creathor Venture currently manages funds of more than EUR 220 million. As the largest investor in its funds, the management underlines its entrepreneurial orientation.



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