Ceo Summit

NGP Capital is hosting its third annual CEO Summit for a day of thoughtful, interactive discussions with 60 Founders and CEOs who are remaking our Connected World. 

We have assembled a distinguished group of technology leaders who will speak on and moderate topics of critical importance for growth stage companies.

Agenda

Registration
9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Sales execution for growth stage to going public

Tom Marth and Peter Lee
Moderator: John Gardner

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Artificial intelligence: building an AI first company

Norman Winarksy and George John
Moderator: Upal Basu

10:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
Board Governance: best practices from the trenches

Homaira Akbari, Teresa Barger, and Phil Koen
Moderator: Paul Asel

11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Selling a Company – perspectives from serial acquirers and entrepreneurs

Michael Daly, Charles Carmel, Ben Jacobs, and Shaun Ritchie
Moderator: Bo Ilsoe
(In session lunch)

12:55 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Break
1:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cocktails with Nokia CEO and dinner at Arguello Restaurant
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Speakers

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Charles Carmel

Managing Partner, Goldsky Capital

Charles Carmel

Managing Partner, Goldsky Capital

Charles Carmel is a seasoned technology investor, executive, and advisor with a career spanning private equity, venture capital, corporate development and investment banking.

He is a recognized deal leader with over $25 billion in transaction experience investing in and acquiring technology companies across all stages of maturity.

Charles is currently the Managing Partner of Gold Sky Capital, a technology investment group backed by a strategic network of family offices.

He is active as an investor, advisor and board member at several emerging growth companies and investment firms including Euclid Analytics, Prumentum, NGP Capital, and Spider Capital.

Previously, Charles was a Partner and Managing Director at Warburg Pincus where he led the firm’s investing efforts in growth companies across the Enterprise and Communications technology sectors.

Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 2011, Charles was the Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Cisco where he managed a global team responsible for driving Cisco's worldwide acquisition and venture capital strategy. During his 10 years at Cisco, Charles led more than 30 acquisitions totaling over $20 billion including some of Cisco’s most successful transactions such as Webex and Tandberg.

Charles was also responsible for Cisco’s $2 billion global venture capital portfolio that spanned across segments and stages creating significant strategic and financial returns.

Before joining Cisco in 2001, Charles was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs where he was involved with over $2.5 billion of financings and M&A transactions across a diverse set of industry leading technology companies.

Charles holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Tufts University.

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Ben Jacobs

Head of Ventures, Mars Petcare

Ben Jacobs

Head of Ventures, Mars Petcare

Ben serves as Head of Ventures for Mars Petcare, helping accelerate startups from the global leader in petcare.

His efforts include the $100M Companion Fund and Leap Venture Studio for early stage companies. Ben joined Mars via the acquisition of Whistle, an NGP Capital backed company that catalyzed a connected devices category and today leads with its Whistle 3 pet tracker & activity monitor.

Prior to founding Whistle, Ben served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and investment professional with DCM Ventures evaluating startups from seed to growth stages and as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked across technology, private equity and consumer goods.

He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Yale University.

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Michael Daly

Vice President and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Nokia

Michael Daly

Vice President and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Nokia

Mike is a results-driven management executive with over 20 years’ experience building and leading successful international transaction teams through both high-growth and industry consolidation cycles.

He has managed over $35 billion of complex transactions including tax-free mergers, auctions, public tender offers, bankruptcy asset purchases, and difficult joint venture unwinds. Mike has extensive global transaction experience including in North America, China, Russia, Germany, France, Finland, and Great Britain. He is specialized on complex transaction structures and negotiations. Mike is based in New Jersey, US.

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Homaira Akbari

President and Chief Executive Officer, Aknowledge Partners

Homaira Akbari

President and Chief Executive Officer, Aknowledge Partners

An award-winning thought leader in the security, Internet of Things, mobile, and software sectors, Homaira founded AKnowledge Partners in 2012 with the goal of providing C-level executives, companies, and private equity firms with unique and proprietary investment theses, and building and implementing adaptive growth or investment strategies.

Drawing on an international track-record that includes nine years working in Paris, London, Beijing, and Cape-Town for global organizations, Homaira brings extensive leadership experience, entrepreneurial drive, operational skills, and deep domain knowledge to create customized solutions for the unique needs of each client.

Homaira serves on the Boards of Directors of four publicly-traded companies: Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), Veolia (Euronext: VIE), Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), and Gemalto N.V. (Euronext: GTO). She also serves on the Advisory Board of several fastest growing tech and last-mile delivery companies.

Homaira has held senior executive roles in Fortune 500 companies including: Microsoft, Thales, SA, and, TruePosition, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions. Under her leadership, SkyBitz had record performance and was successfully sold to Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS) in 2012.

Homaira holds a Ph.D. with honors in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. She is the author of numerous scientific and industry articles, two patent-pending inventions, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Throughout her life, Homaira has been active in and a contributor to many non-profit organizations. She currently serves as the Chair of Johns Hopkins University Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council. Together with her husband, they have established Akbari-Mack Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Phil Koen

Chief Executive Officer, Intermedia

Phil Koen

Chief Executive Officer, Intermedia

Philip Koen joined Intermedia, a mobile and integrated business cloud services company, in May 2011 as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Intermedia, from February 2010 to May 2011, Koen served as Chief Executive Officer of Montero Partners, an advisory services company.

From March 2006 to January 2010, Koen served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Savvis, Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises.

Before joining Savvis, from July 1999 to March 2006, Koen served in several executive positions with Equinix, Inc., a provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, including as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and as its Chief Financial Officer at the time of the company’s initial public offering.

Koen’s professional experience also includes senior executive roles from May 1997 until March 1999 with PointCast Inc., an Internet news delivery company, culminating in his appointment as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Koen currently serves on the Board of Directors for Jive Software, a leading provider of modern communication and collaboration solutions company, and has served on the Board of a number of private tech companies.

During the past five fiscal years, Koen has served on the Boards of Infinera Corp., an optical networking company (from February 2010 to April 2014), Proofpoint, Inc., a cloud-based email security company (from October 2010 to June 2014), and Savvis (from March 2006 to January 2010).

Koen holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

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Teresa Barger

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cartica

Teresa Barger

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cartica

Teresa C. Barger is a Co-founder and CEO of Cartica.

Barger spent 21 years at the International Finance Corporation investing in emerging markets companies in nearly all regions of the world. Almost all of her investments were in equity with a few debt investments.

At IFC, among other positions, she was Division Manager for Africa, Deputy Director of Credit/Investment Review, and Director of Private Equity and Investment Funds.  In that post she created the first index for EM private equity and co-founded the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA).

Barger also developed the first two corporate governance funds in the Emerging Markets, for Korea and Brazil. She was subsequently Director of Corporate Governance and Securities Market Development. In this position she was responsible for the governance aspects of IFC investments and using governance as a value addition strategy. She also created the innovative Gemloc bond fund, index, and market development program for local currency bonds.

Before joining IFC, Barger was with McKinsey & Company.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of EMPEA, American University in Cairo, and Gazelle Finance (an SME fund for Eurasia).  She also serves on the Advisory Councils for the Pacific Pension and Investment Institute and the Global Corporate Governance Forum.

Barger received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.  She did post-graduate work at the American University in Cairo. She speaks Arabic and French.

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Peter Lee

Chief Executive Officer, Rapidminer

Peter Lee

Chief Executive Officer, Rapidminer

As RapidMiner’s President & Chief Executive Officer, Peter is responsible for the strategy and operations of the company. He is also on the Board of Directors.

Before joining RapidMiner, Peter advised growth companies disrupting established markets such as Attivio, BlogTalkRadio, Ektron, Infomatix, Novus, NOPSEC, Reonomy, SecurityScoreCard, and others as Co-founder of Mister Wolf & Associates.

Previously, Peter served as Executive Vice President of TIBCO where he was responsible for the Analytics/Big Data, B2B, Cloud, CXM and SIEM product groups. Peter joined TIBCO when it acquired DataSynapse, where he served as CEO and Co-founder.

Peter began his career as a strategy consultant for Deloitte International and as an investment banker for J.P. Morgan & Co.

Peter earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, an MA in International Affairs from The University of Pennsylvania and graduated AB cum laude from Harvard University.

He serves as Chairman of the Board of Attivio and as an Independent Member of the Investment Committee of the Advanced Finance & Investment Group. He has previously served on the Boards of Ektron (acquired by Accel-KKR, merged with EpiServer) and Upwardly Global.

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Tom Marth

Prior Regional Vice President, Workday

Tom Marth

Prior Regional Vice President, Workday

Tom is a 25-year experienced executive leader in the software industry.  After 15 years at Oracle leading Enterprise resource planning sales teams across the Midwest and North America, Tom joined Workday as a pre-IPO company. 

Working on the Senior leadership team,  Tom helped Workday grow from pre-IPO to a 20 B market capitalization leading sales teams focused on the largest accounts in the Central US. 

Tom is a graduate of Miami University.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Evans Scholarship Foundation, and Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. 

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Norman Winarsky

President, Winarsky Ventures

Norman Winarsky

President, Winarsky Ventures

Norman Winarsky is Advisor to Ventures Groups, Consultant, Author, and Angel Investor. He is past President of SRI Ventures, and has been responsible for creating SRI's highest value venture and license opportunities.

He is a founder of SRI's venture process, which includes venture and license incubation, seed funding, the Entrepreneur-In-Residence program, and the nVention venture forum.

Norman was Co-founder and board member of Siri, which was spun out from SRI in January 2008 and acquired by Apple in 2010. Siri has now been incorporated into all Apple iPhones.

He is author of "If You Really Want to Change the World: A Guide to Creating, Building, and Sustaining Breakthrough Ventures."

Norman is a Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Venture Partner at Relay Ventures, and an Advisor to Health2047.

He helped found over 50 ventures and has a particular focus on natural language, computer vision, and artificial intelligence. 

He was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford, Chairman of the University of Chicago Visiting Committee for the Physical Sciences, and a member of the National Academy Committee on Forecasting Future Disruptive Technologies. He was also a National Science Foundation Fellow, an invited member of the mathematics department of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and an Assistant Professor at SUNY at Albany.

In 2000, Norman and his team received an Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in technological advancement. In addition, he has received RCA's highest honor, the Sarnoff Award.

Norman graduated with a B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and was awarded Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
In addition he was awarded the Paul J. Cohen award for the outstanding student in Mathematics.

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George John

Investor and Board Member, WorkFusion and LoopMe

George John

Investor and Board Member, WorkFusion and LoopMe

George has been at the forefront of applications of data and artificial intelligence for the last 25 years, starting with his PhD at Stanford and R&D roles at NASA and Lockheed, and evolving into product, sales, and executive and board roles at IBM, Epiphany, salesforce.com, Yahoo, and Rocket Fuel.

After founding Rocket Fuel to focus on AI in advertising and leading it as CEO and Chairman for almost 8 years through nearly half a billion in fundraising including an IPO, almost a billion in total revenues, over 1000 employees around the globe, and near-total penetration of the top US advertisers, George moved on to focus on broader applications of AI and helping the next generation of leaders with investment, advice, and support on boards of directors.

Prior to Rocket Fuel, George led groups at IBM, E.piphany, salesforce.com, and most recently Yahoo!, where he managed behavioral targeting, recommendations, and click fraud. The combined IPO’s of E.piphany, salesforce.com, and Rocket Fuel created over $65 billion in peak value for shareholders.

As a kid, George was overly influenced by “Star Trek,” which led to a short-lived interest in model rocketry (his eyebrows grew back after the explosion) and a lifelong interest in Artificial Intelligence.

George earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Stanford, specializing in AI. During his graduate studies, he won a National Science Foundation fellowship and worked at NASA, earning his “rocket scientist” credentials.

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Shaun Ritchie

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Teem Technologies Inc

Shaun Ritchie

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Teem Technologies Inc

Shaun Ritchie is Co-founder and CEO of Teem Technologies Inc., the creator of tools that dramatically improve the productivity, efficiency, and happiness of organizations by providing the platform to optimize how people, places, and technology work together. Teem is setting the standard for Workplace Experience (WX) software across all industries. 

Shaun previously ran, a two-time Inc. 500 company, which was twice named one of Utah's Best Companies to Work For. In 2014, Shaun was named one of Utah's "40 Under 40" by Utah Business Magazine and was a 2012 finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. He is currently a board member at Neutron Interactive, where he held the position of President, Chief Financial Officer, and Co-founder for six-and-a-half years.

Shaun holds an MBA from the University of Utah and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Advertising from Brigham Young University.


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