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.
David Arcara is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Laconia Capital Group. He serves as a Board Member at Ocrolus. He served as a Member at New York Angels. He is the co-managing member of the General Partner and the Management Company. Arcara has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. Arcara has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as part of the founding team, nearly $100 million dollars of angel and venture funding. In 2010, Arcara founded Rubber Soul Ventures to contribute his personal capital and operational expertise to emerging digital technology companies and entrepreneurs. Rubber Soul Ventures currently has a portfolio of over a dozen early stage ventures based primarily in the Northeast corridor including LeagueApps, LocalVox, Page Science and Wymsee. Arcara was also the co-founder of TalkSix, a consumer facing interactive streaming video start-up with a significant B-to-B component. Arcara has also served as General Manager of Imaginova Corporation's digital publishing division, including the flagship property Space.com, founded by CNN's Lou Dobbs and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Earlier in Arcara's career, he co-founded Alliance Custom Communications, to create custom content for marketers seeking to enhance their brands' customer engagement. Arcara was ultimately approached by Random House Publishing to re-launch and lead the business as Random House Custom Media. Arcara was also a co-founder of UGO Networks, which ultimately consisted of over 500 independent affiliate web publishers reaching over 15 million users a month and became one of the nation's largest 18 to 34 male-targeted online entertainment content networks. The UGO founding team was among those pioneering the concept of an online ad-supported publishing network. Arcara served as UGO's Executive Vice President and led multiple operating functions including affiliate network development, sales, and marketing. UGO was purchased by Hearst Corporation in 2006 for approximately $100 million. In 1992, Arcara formed DJA Media, Inc., which focused on turning around underperforming radio stations by improving product and sales. In 1996, DJA Media formed Radio Enterprise, Inc., a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications, through which Clear Channel provided financing to allow Radio Enterprise to expand to a total of four stations under Arcara's leadership. Radio Enterprise was sold to Clear Channel in 1998 after more than doubling its asset value at the peak of government-deregulated consolidation. Arcara is a member of New York Angels, one of the country's leading angel investor organizations, as well as Harvard Business School Angels. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, and holds his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Manish Singhal serves as Co-Founding Partner at Pi Ventures. He was a Board Member at Witworks. He served as an Executive at P39 Capital. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO at IndiePitch Solutions. He is an entrepreneur and an angel investor with deep technology background. He brings in over 23+ years of operating and advisory experience across different sectors. Previously, he Co-Founded LetsVenture.com and led it to become the leading marketplace for startups and early stage investors in India within a very short span of time. Recently he was rated as one of the top angel investors in India by VC Circle. After doing his engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1992, he has been instrumental in building several products and teams in different startups and established organizations like Sling Media, Ittiam Systems and Motorola. He was a contributor to MPEG-4 standard and has video technology patents to his name. With his technology background and wide exposure to startups, he helps startups in getting to product-market fit in a lean way and get them investment ready.
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.
Ryan is a seed stage technology investor & founder of Pathbreaker Ventures. Prior to starting Pathbreaker, Ryan was a deal lead on the corporate development team at Facebook where he spent time working with product and engineering teams to landscape technology ecosystems and execute acquisitions in pursuit of Facebook's mission. Acquisitions worked on include Oculus, PrivateCore, LiveRail, Teehan Lax, and NimbleVR. Areas of focus included virtual reality, security, artificial intelligence, video, and product design. Prior to Facebook, Ryan worked in both an investing and operating role at Azure Capital, an early stage venture capital firm with $750 million under management. In addition to series A & B investing, he worked within portfolio companies as VP of Business Development & Partnerships at Telly, the video discovery & content network, and at Convercent, the SAAS leader in employee governance, risk, and compliance. Ryan is the co-founder of H.E.R.O. for Children, the first non-profit focused on quality of life care for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Ryan built HERO to $1M in revenue and 2,000 volunteers. In 2018, HERO celebrates its 15th Anniversary where Ryan continues to serve on the Board. Ryan earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he focused on finance, entrepreneurship, and early stage tech investing. At Chicago, he and his team won the International Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) out of 56 MBA programs. Ryan speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian and is learning robotics programming.
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.
Adam is the founder and CEO of Articulate. Adam is also an angel investor in innovative companies such as Getaround, DoubleDutch, Unbounce, Movable Ink, Contently and many others. Adam serves on the boards of Embedly and Videolicious. Adam is based in Sagaponack, NY.
Act One Ventures LP
Alex Guerrero is a Principal at Act One Ventures, a community focused, early-stage micro-vc fund based in Los Angeles. Previously, Alex was the co-founder & CEO of Uniq Apps, Inc., a SaaS platform for encrypted work messaging. Prior to Uniq, he was the co-founder of Live Entertainment Network, an HTML5 interactive video player platform that helped artists monetize live shows on a “premium-content-only” destination. He has over 10 years of experience in strategy, business, product development, digital media, start-ups and music.
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.
Nir Eyal is a writer at Nir and Far, a blog that cover aspects of psychology, technology, and business in relation to user experience design, behavioral economics, and neuroscience. On Nir and Far, Eyal writes to help companies create behaviors that benefit their users, while educating people on how to build healthful habits in their own lives. He also writes for TechCrunch, Forbes, and Psychology Today, and is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and Fortune 500 companies. Eyal is the author of “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” and lectures at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Design School. His prior work experience includes his time in the video gaming and advertising industries. Eyal holds a degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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.
Serial Entrepreneur turned Venture Partner. Silicon Alley Venture Partners, NYC Alpha Venture Partners, NYC Advisor to NYC early stage companies: Altruik, Dotsub, Headliner (investor), NPower, Mobile Commons, PageKicker, SiiTV, Tagasauris. Past investor in Kamoon, Whale, BRM. Formerly Founder of Preclick (seattle - sold to Smilebox), Actioneer (san francisco/cambridge), Dynodex (cupertino - sold to DaytoDay). Formerly CEO, Product, Marketing & Bus Dev operating roles at 1ClickCharge (sold to CMGi), 3Path (sold to Cadmus), Dotsub, Knovel (sold to Reed-Elsevier), Smilebox, Tremor Video. Analyst at Booz & Co. Database developer. Co-author of five collaboration software patents. Bike Racer. Sea Kayaker. Primary School Parent.
[Creandum](http://www.creandum.com) is a leading early-stage venture capital firm investing in innovative and fast-growing technology companies. The Creandum Advisory team is based in Stockholm, Berlin and Palo Alto. The Creandum funds have invested in over 50 companies including being first institutional investor in companies such as Spotify, Vivino, Cint, Edgeware, IPtronics, iZettle, Videoplaza, Xeneta and many more.
Ryan is the co-founder and managing partner of Venture51. He began his career working for a private family office managing investments across North America. In 2004, he co-founded a media company that had an innovative approach to delivering online video content. In 2008, Ryan co-founded Republic Project (a rich media ad-tech platform), which was acquired in 2013 by DG Media Mind (Nasdaq). Ryan sits on the boards of Life360, Space Monkey, Betable, Game Golf and Urban Remedy. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, surfing, golf, poker and concerts.
Corsa Ventures is a venture capital firm which specializes in early-stage investments. The firm is based in Austin, Texas and was founded in 2011. It invests in the information technology, online video, cloud, software, internet, social network and e-commerce sectors.
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.
Bulldog Innovation Group
VP/ GM Logitech Video Collab biz; 3-time serial entrepreneur
Michael Perone is a Co-Founder and serves as Board Member at Barracuda Networks. He is responsible for worldwide communications and marketing strategies, including corporate brand management and identity. He has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry, and was a pioneer in delivering free Internet access to users worldwide. Perone co-founded and served as President and Board Member for Address.com, a leading free email and Internet access service that reached more than 3.5 million users (acquired by WhitePages). He also co-founded Spinway Inc. (acquired by Kmart Corporation). Additionally, Perone co-founded Affinity Path, a private-label ISP that powered and supported thousands of ISPs throughout North America. He also has held systems engineering positions with GE Aerospace. In 2007, he was named by Ernst & Young a "Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California" award recipient and today serves on the Board of Directors of Perch, the first hands-free video communication app designed to bring families together regardless of where they are located.
Dan Borok has more than 10 years of experience as a venture capital investor and as a corporate finance professional. At Millennium, Dan focuses on Internet and software investments. Dan has led Millennium's investments Tremor Video (TRMR), Yodle, MarkLogic, SugarCRM, Watchdox, and Janrain, where he serves on the Board of Directors. He is active in managing Millennium's investments in eHarmony, Facebook, LiveOps and WildTangent. Dan was also involved in prior Millennium realizations including HauteLook (acquired by Nordstrom), PlaySpan (acquired by Visa), DataPipe, Requisite Technology (acquired by Click Commerce), Tellme Networks (acquired by Microsoft), and Zappos (acquired by Amazon). Prior to joining Millennium, Dan had extensive experience in digital media, advertising, and services. He was one of Google's early employees in its New York City office. Prior to Google, Dan worked in the media division at DoubleClick. He began his professional career in the digital advertising group at J. Walter Thompson in New York. Dan received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School with Dean's List honors and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont. He is a founding steering committee member of the New York City Venture Connection (NYCVC), the premier organization for venture professionals in New York.
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.
Brendan Iribe serves as Co-Founder at Oculus VR. He oversees PC-based VR. He formerly served as the Chief Executive Officer at Oculus VR. He was the Chief Product Officer at Gaikai, the innovative GPU cloud streaming company that was acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment in July 2012. Prior to Gaikai, Brendan spent a decade as Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Scaleform, the suite1 user interface technology provider in the video game market, which was acquired by Autodesk. Under his leadership, the Scaleform SDK was adopted by thousands of video game developers worldwide.