Rodrigo is a digital native venture capitalist, formerly a strategy consultant, serial entrepreneur, and business angel. After earning his Computer Science Engineering degree at EPITA in Paris, France, he started his career working with industrial, banking, retail and media clients for two large consultancies (KPMG Consulting, Gemini Consulting) co-creating the Internet security, Internet strategy and online marketplaces practices. In the following 10 years, Rodrigo also led a number of digital strategy assignments as a free-lance consultant for public multi-billion revenue companies working closely with both the executive committees and CEOs, with clients such as AOL Europe, Capgemini and Darty. After getting two MBAs (from the Sorbonne University, and later at INSEAD and The Wharton School), he co-founded in 2002 and later ran Glowria, a video-rental and VOD service, that quickly became #1 in France and #2 in Germany. In 2005, he also co-founded and ran vpod.tv, an award-winning multimedia content management software aimed at Fortune 500, with operations in France and Spain. Both had significant venture-capital financing and were acquired. In 2009, he became an active business angel and startup mentor with a strong focus on consumers investing in companies such as Amiando, Trigami, GetAround, RecargaPay, ManifestCommerce, Tribe, Holberton School, Attach.io, etc. He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide, a regular jury member at startup competitions and occasional lecturer in top graduate schools. Rodrigo has also participated in over 300 podcasts in the past 10 years (“French Connection” at LCI Radio, “On Refait Le Mac”), always commenting on the business side of technology. In his spare time, Rodrigo is an avid traveler, B&W photographer, genealogist, wine enthusiast and enjoys opera, fine dining, biking and snowboarding. Rodrigo is a Chilean national, fluent in French, English and Spanish, and has working knowledge of German, Italian and Thai.
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.
Eric Wiesen is a General Partner at Bullpen Capital. Eric joined Bullpen in 2015 from RRE Ventures, where he was a General Partner. Current areas of focus include financial services and technology, consumer products and manufacturing, real estate/proptech and travel. Much of his investing philosophy and approach is informed by his experiences as a two-time founder, first in the 3D Graphics hardware space and later in the enterprise software/ERP sector. Eric is also an attorney, and practiced in the corporate group at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. As an undergraduate, he was an intern in the only very famous White House internship class. Eric holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia.
Co-founder & Managing Partner @indicator-ventures. Co-founder Apex Exposure, (acquired by Big Fuel/Publicis). Co-founder MadTravelers.
Kerry Rupp is General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage VC fund investing in women-led businesses in the consumer health and sustainability sectors. She also teaches for NSF’s I-Corps program. Kerry was previously CEO at DreamIt, a top-ten US startup accelerator and VC fund, with HealthTech, EdTech, Minority & Women-focused programs. She was the founder of Holiday Golightly, a group travel service for women, and held VP positions at AllRecipes, Jobster, Classmates and LexisNexis. Kerry holds an MBA from HBS and a BA from Duke.
Gregg Brockway is a Co-Founder and also serves as Chief Executive Officer at Chairish. He also is an Angel Investor. He is a Co-Founder of Hotwire. Brockway served as the Chief Executive Officer of Maker Media. He is a Board Member of TurnKey Vacation Rentals. Brockway co-founded TripIt and served as its President. Prior to Tripit, Brockway served at Classic Vacations and was responsible for driving its future growth strategy, overseeing all operations, and maintaining relationships within the travel-agency community. Prior to Classic, he served as Chief Product Officer of Hotwire Inc. (formerly, Hotwire.com) and led development and enhancement of its five core travel products: airline tickets, hotel rooms, car rentals, vacation packages and cruises. Brockway is one the four founding members of Hotwire. In October 2000, Brockway helped launch the site with the financial backing of six major airlines: American, America West, Continental, Northwest, United and U.S. Airways. Before Hotwire, Brockway founded Brainstormers, a consulting organization providing Internet strategy, partnership and operations consulting. Additionally, he was a director at Hellman & Friedman, a leading private equity firm where he focused on growth investments in technology and consumer service businesses. Brockway also worked at Morgan Stanley & Company in the Merchant Banking Group as a Private Equity Analyst. Brockway is a regular speaker at numerous industry conferences, including TravelCom, Internet World, eTravel, EyeForTravel and others on the topics of travel, e-commerce and revenue management. A former member of the United States Ski Team, Brockway graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is an Advisor at Groupize. He is also a Board Member at Insightly.
Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, Seed/Venture Investor, Co-founder, Chairman, mentor and advisor. Obsessed with the infinite realm of possibility in the digital transformation of the world. Focused on innovation and disruption in digital media/marketing, big data, machine learning, cybersecurity & blockchain. CEO of Kubient. Kubient's full stack audience advertising platform is a single point of entry for advertisers and publishers to know, reach and optimize audiences. Kubient's audience advertising platform optimizes the advertising supply-chain. Giving advertiser and media partners the data-driven power to connect their audiences, increasing return on ad-spend and inventory yield. In a transparent environment with artificial intelligence powered pre-bid ad fraud prevention. Prior to Kubient Mr. Bordes was a co-founder of oneQube, the leading digital Audience Management Platform [AMP] to build, manage and market to digital audiences. Prior to oneQube Mr. Bordes was a founder, CEO & Chairman of MediaTrust the leading real-time performance marketing exchange. During his tenure as CEO the company was the 9th fastest growing company in the United State in 2009, and he was a founding member and Chairman of the Performance Marketing Association. Mr. Bordes spent much of his career in banking and venture capital and was a founder of Mason Cabot investment bank, which specialized in early stage media and technology financing. Active angel investor and entrepreneur mentor. Ranked in the top 100 most influential angel investors in the United States and social media. Member of the Thiel Foundation 20 Under 20 Mentor Program. Founder Trajectory Capital and TruVest real estate. Serves on the Board of Directors and Advisor Boards of media and technology companies Member of the Board of Directors Beasley Media - Beasley Broadcast Group (BBGI: NASDAQ) is a public media and digital broadcast company offering music, news, sports information and entertainment to over 19 million listeners a weekly from 63 stations in 15 radio markets across the United States. Fraud.Net - The leading real-time collective intelligence fraud analytics. Eliminating e-commerce fraud with artificial intelligence big data analytics. Vice Chairman Ocearch.org - Educate. Inspire. Enable. World leader in scientific data related to tracking and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks. Chairman HoobieApp - Sync all of your social and content in one place to enhance the human connection through technology. Advisor Job.com reinventing recruiting on the blockchain. New York City Father who loves adventure travel, skiing and fishing with his son Pablo.
@Get_Convey CEO, @BlackLocus Pres, @TrueCar GM, @CapitalFactory Partner, @Techstars Mentor, angel investor, cyclist, runner, traveler, husband, father.
Skilled entrepreneur of 20 years with experience from start-up to growth level with a focus on Travel e-commerce & B2B Traveltech. Co-founder of Holiday Velvet, a worldwide vacation rental booking site & Rentals United, an innovative SaaS vacation rental software leader. Currently CEO of Rentals United with a keen focus in making the complex more simple through the use of technology. I've been around the block and back again. Early entry to the vacation rentals sector, I've seen some incredible changes over the last 15 years and Rentals United has definitely contributed to how the market is shaped today. Im looking forward to another 15 years!
Conor Stanley is a web entrepreneur and technology investor. He is co-founder of Tribal.vc, a new early stage venture fund, and co-location hub in Dublin. Founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Tribal is bridging Ireland and US tech communities & risk capital, partnering with top tier US VC's, advisors and innovators. Conor is an established investor with notable Irish & US tech startups including Intercom (CRM); Boxever (Big Data); PropelAd (AdTech); PageFair (AdTech); Cityhook (Travel); Phorest (SaaS); Visible Thread (SaaS); Balcony TV (Content) and LikeCharity (Payments). He was the lead investor and a board member of Jolt Online Gaming, which was a pioneering social games publisher in Europe and was acquired by GameStop corporation in 2009. In 2000, Conor co-founded and was CEO of Clearscape, a leading digital agency based in Dublin. The company was later acquired in 2008.
Pete Flint is a Managing Partner of NFX, an early stage Bay Area based Venture Capital fund, focused on Network Effects. Prior to NFX, Pete founded Trulia, a leading online real estate company. He was its CEO and Chairman from inception to acquisition by Zillow for $3.5B. Prior to Trulia, Pete was part of the founding team at lastminute.com, a leading European online travel company that was acquired for over $1Bn. He is a founding Board member of New Story Charity, a technology platform focused on building sustainable communities globally, and also a founding board member of GBx, the leading British technology community in Silicon Valley. He received a Master's and First Class Degree from the University of Oxford, and MBA from Stanford GSB.
Dan Martell skydives and snowboards and believes running is among the secrets to a fruitful life. But the 29-year-old Moncton, N.B., native insists business is his sport. With a background in computer programming but no formal business training, Dan's passion for technology and business has meant he has had a hand in launching several companies to date. Dan has been described as not having a ''knowing-doing gap.'' At 25, and just 10 months into his 2004 start-up, Spheric Technologies Inc., the Canadian firm was landing so many deals south of the border that instead of seeking visa sponsorships for his traveling employees, he moved quickly to set up a U.S. office. Growing by an average of 152% per year, Spheric raked in three business awards before the economy forced the company to effectively close in early 2009. An award winning Entrepreneur, Dan recently co-founded Flowtown, a company focused on providing web-based tools that allow small businesses to measure their online marketing efforts. Now living in San Francisco, Martell spends the majority of his time looking at ways to build a bridge between Silicon Valley and New Brunswick. As an informal angel investor, he is active in advising entrepreneurs using metric-based marketing tactics to gain market adoption. An avid reader who dreams of remaining a lifelong student, Dan invests in startups whose opportunities and ideas he can get excited about. His philosophy is to build companies that solve the business problems he faces. He takes risks in work and life and focuses on the journey over the reward. Martell is relentless in his work ethic — if a job has to get done, he'll do it right away.Martell is a board member of Propel ICT and also volunteers his time working with youth battling addictions at Portage NB. He is passionately involved in facilitating micro-lending to entrepreneurs in developing countries through the non-profit, Kiva.org.
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Steve is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures, where he is responsible for the firm’s capital markets activities as well as coverage of the sports and media technology sector. Other areas of technology interest for the firm include consumer hardware, automotive technology and legal technology. Steve has served as a board director for Recommind and currently serves as a board observer for Tonal and Fevo. Steve is a founding partner of the firm’s early-stage sports, media and entertainment technology investing initiative, Sapphire Sport. Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures, Steve was a managing director in technology investment banking at Deutsche Bank, UBS and Jefferies, where he led more than 100 financings and M&A transactions. Earlier in his career, Steve was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and worked in technology corporate finance at Robertson Stephens. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with highest honors, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a JD from Stanford Law School. During his time at Stanford, Steve was a fellow at the Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation and worked for the San Francisco 49ers on salary cap modeling. He also serves on the Bay Area Leadership Council for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Steve is based in our Palo Alto office. He has also lived in London, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and traveled extensively throughout Europe and China.
Nat Friedman is an Angel Investor. He was a Co-Founder and served as the Chief Executive Officer at Xamarin. An entrepreneur and developer, Nat is passionate about building products that delight developers. Nat has a BS in Math and Computer Science from MIT and has been writing software for 27 years. In 1997, Nat co-founded and served as chairman of the GNOME foundation. In 1999 he co-founded Ximian with Miguel. At Novell, Nat ran engineering for a $110M product and was CTO of the Linux business. Nat is an avid traveler who visited 20 countries in 2010, an active angel investor, and a private pilot.
I started rebelling against my parents when I was nine years old by staying up all night to game, hack, and program a new computer. A few years later, I taught myself 3D computer graphics and IP networking while working for EPRI and Stanford University, the local hub for the Internet’s precursor, the NSFNET. At 19, I helped start GlobalCenter, one of the first web hosting providers, with initial customers such as CNN, Netscape, Playboy, and Yahoo! More recently, I was a General Partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, from April 2012 to November 2014. During my tenure I started the seed practice and led investments in Lytro, Periscope.io, Quora, and Ravel Law, in addition to co-founding Coolan. Prior to NBVP, I worked at Facebook, where I led global infrastructure, site architecture, and internal systems as VP Infrastructure & Technical Operations, from 2007 until 2012. During that time Facebook grew from 35 million to over 800 million users. Facebook witnessed unprecedented scale and velocity, one of our most impactful decisions was defying the status quo and sharing our lessons learned in infrastructure with the world through 100+ open source projects, consequently, forming the Open Compute Project. Before that, I held executive engineering roles at Wal-Mart and Danger (acquired by Microsoft). I also spent several years as Chief Operating Officer for Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP). Earlier in my career, I co-founded and was CTO of GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s venture capital group. While scaling GlobalCenter, we saw an opportunity to build the world’s first native-optical IP network. When others were adopting ATM, we chose the path less traveled with a novel approach. I currently serve on the board of directors of Webmonsters, in addition to Vertex portfolio companies PerimeterX, CloudAcademy, and SpaceIQ. I have individually invested in and actively help several companies, including Cloudera, Coravin, Diffbot, Dropbox, Square, and ThousandEyes.
Mike Volpe is the CEO at Lola.com, a SaaS company in the travel and expense industry. Previously he was CMO at Cybereason, a cybersecurity SaaS company, where he helped the company grow revenue by 5 times during his tenure. Mike was also part of the founding team at HubSpot, where he spent 8 years growing the company from 5 people to over 1,000 employees, $175m in revenue, and a successful IPO. Mike is an angel investor in more than 30 companies and has been active as a member of the board of directors of Validity, Privy, Repsly, and Attend, as well as an advisor to Drift, OnShape, Crayon, and TinyPulse.
John left HomeAway in the spring of 2012 to help co-found TurnKey Vacation Rentals. He began his career after graduating with a BBA in Finance from Wisconsin in traditional travel at Northwest Airlines. He started in revenue management and was later tapped to work for the Amsterdam-based KLM/NWA alliance. After graduating with an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Banczak joined Accenture’s Strategic Services group in San Francisco, specializing in eCommerce and business strategy for clients such as Microsoft and FedEx. After working at the Bay Area based lodging start up Worldres.com, Banczak was recruited to Hotwire, where he ran the company’s Airline, GDS and Car Rental operations groups. Shortly after Hotwire was acquired by Expedia, Banczak moved to BedandBreakfast.com, eventually becoming President. Banczak helped dramatically grow the company’s revenues and managed the acquisition of the company by HomeAway in 2010. Subsequently, Banczak ran the HomeAway Software for Professionals groups, leading the post-merger acquisitions of Instant Software and Escapia.
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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
Namek is a Founder and Managing Partner of Silicon Badia. Namek’s experience ranges from technology development, product management, business development, and global venture investing. Namek graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Carnegie Mellon University. Namek resides between Jordan and New York and enjoys sports, reading, music and traveling.