November 14, 2018

World of Connections
Digital Transformation

World of Connections is an invitation-only event gathering together 300 entrepreneurs, innovators, VCs, and technology leaders. This year the focus is on Digital Transformation.

Golden Gate Club, The Presidio
San Francisco

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business. The most disruptive startups today are Data First companies. They are leveraging cloud, sensors and intelligence to remake industries and augment our digital lives. 

With Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, digital transformation changes fundamentally everything: how businesses operate and deliver value to customers, how CEOs rethink strategy and management, and what kind of organizational culture thrives companies to success. 

For businesses across all industries, Digital Transformation is both an opportunity and a threat: change and grow or be disrupted. 

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Program 2018

Our speakers will explore the impact of Digital Transformation through three lenses:

Smart Mobility

How do autonomous vehicles, shared transport, and intelligent networks change commute patterns and city landscapes? As the economics of product and service delivery are altered, which sectors benefit or are threatened? See the schedule.

Digital Health

How do companies leverage preventative care and wellness programs to improve productivity and reduce healthcare costs? How do employees stay productive longer with extended lifespans? How does the healthcare industry cope? See the schedule.

Intelligent Enterprise

How will people and machines interact? In what areas will human expertise be augmented or obviated? Which industries and sectors will benefit or be threatened by AI/ML? See the schedule.

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speakers

Selected Speakers 2018

More to be announced

Rajeev Suri
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Rajeev Suri

CEO, Nokia

Rajeev Suri

CEO, Nokia

Since April 2014, as Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, Rajeev has been the driving force behind Nokia's recent transformation, including its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, its successful expansion into enterprise vertical markets, the creation of a standalone software business, and the return of the Nokia brand to mobile phones.

In his previous role as CEO of Nokia Solutions and Networks he also delivered a complete turnaround, increasing the value of the company from approximately €1 billion to more than €10 billion.

In his more than 28 years of international experience Rajeev, has developed deep expertise across a range of technology areas that will be critical in the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including telecommunication networks and devices, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, digital health, big data analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, enterprise digitalization, and internet business models.

He has held senior business roles leading major Nokia accounts and various business units and regions. He has rich business experience working across a range of functions including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, product marketing, sales, account leadership, and regional and business unit leadership. As a successful global leader, he has lived in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

With broad global experience, Rajeev is a commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission, as well as a member of the Digital Communications Industry steering committee and the stewardship board of the Health and Healthcare System Initiative at the World Economic Forum.

Rajeev holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering (Electronics and Communications) from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. Rajeev was born in India in 1967, went on to become a Singaporean citizen, and is based in Espoo, Finland.

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Amit Zavery

Executive Vice President, Oracle

Amit Zavery

Executive Vice President, Oracle

Amit Zavery is Oracle’s Executive Vice President for cloud platform and middleware products. He is responsible for product vision, strategy, development, and go-to-market initiatives for Oracle Cloud Platform and the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family.

Zavery and his team are focused on building the most modern, open, comprehensive, and easy-to-use cloud platform that provides capabilities for cloud-native and mobile development, application integration, big data, data integration, content management, identity management, and security.

He is also responsible for enhancing Oracle Cloud Platform with new and emerging technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and bots.

Since joining Oracle in 1995, Zavery has held various positions in product development, management, strategy, and consulting.

Zavery holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, graduating with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a master's degree in information networking from Carnegie Mellon University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Smart Mobility

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Dragos Maciuca

Technical Director, Research and Innovation, Ford

Dragos Maciuca

Technical Director, Research and Innovation, Ford

Dragos Maciuca is the Technical Director and Senior Technical Leader at Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

He is an experienced engineer and management professional, with more than 15 years of professional experience in Silicon Valley spanning a breadth of industries including automotive (BMW and Nissan), consumer electronics (Apple), semiconductor manufacturing (KLA-Tencor), and aerospace (Lockheed Martin). He has extensive experience advising startups, developing and commercializing products, collaborating with universities, and leading cross-functional teams.

Dragos holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Haas School of Business.

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Lior Ron

Head of Uber Freight, Uber

Lior Ron

Head of Uber Freight, Uber

Lior Ron has been at the helm of some of the most exciting technological developments of the past decade. He began his career as the Chief Technology Officer for Israeli Army Intelligence before joining Google in 2007. There he became the product lead for Google Maps, helping to scale the business from 10 million to 1 billion users, as well as launch products including My Maps, Google Map Maker, and Google Local.

After Google acquired Motorola in 2011, Lior was the first Google employee recruited to transform Motorola products, launching the award-winning Moto X and Moto 360 product lines.

In 2016, Lior co-founded Otto, a self-driving truck company that was later acquired by Uber. Today, Lior is the Head of Uber Freight, Uber’s logistics on demand business, connecting shippers and trucking companies across the US.

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Toby Sun

Co-Founder and CEO, Lime

Toby Sun

Co-Founder and CEO, Lime

Toby Sun is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Lime, a leading micro-mobility company founded in California backed by GV, Alphabet, Uber, A16Z, Coatue, GIC, Fifth Wall, IDG, DCM, GGV, Franklin Templeton, Kevin Durant, etc. Lime provides electric scooter and bike sharing across US and Europe.

Lime was founded in 2017 and has raised $335M from the last round, $467M in total. Lime is operating in over 70 markets and are serving millions of users.

Prior to LimeBike, Toby was the Investment Director with Fosun Kinzon Capital where he focused on consumer internet and IoT investments. Prior to Fosun, Toby was a senior consultant at Monitor Group and Deloitte Consulting's San Francisco Office. Toby has also worked at PepsiCo as a Product and Marketing Manager for many years, where he launched Gatorade in China and grew the business to market share leader in 11 months; he also led 7up business and managed $300M annual sales.

Toby holds an MBA from UC Berkeley-Haas where he served as the co-president of Asia Business Club.

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Ulrich Quay

Managing Partner, BMW i Ventures

Ulrich Quay

Managing Partner, BMW i Ventures

Ulrich has been Head of BMW i Ventures since July 2011. BMW i Ventures initially invested out of a EUR 100m commitment from its New York office in the areas of Mobility Services (e-mobility, navigation, parking, car sharing, and intermodal mobility solutions).

In summer 2016, BMW i Ventures launched a EUR 500m fund and opened an office in Mountain View in addition to Munich. BMW i Ventures invests in autonomous driving, digital car and automotive cloud, e-mobility, artificial intelligence and data, Industry 4.0, shared & on-demand mobility, customer digital life, and energy services.

BMW i Ventures’ team of 10 investment professionals has invested in 33 portfolio companies. Ulrich is on the board of Chargepoint, Ridecell, Fair, Scoop, Caroobi, Shift, and an undisclosed enterprise software start-up.

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Joshua Switkes

CEO, Peloton

Joshua Switkes

CEO, Peloton

Joshua Switkes is Chief Executive Officer of Peloton Technology, bringing safety and efficiency to trucks through connectivity and automation.

He has been working on systems to make driving safer and more efficient for the last 15 years. 

After his work at Stanford University on vehicle dynamics and control, Josh developed production control systems for Volkswagen, Audi, and Tula Technology. 

He has brought together a world class team of engineers, investors, and advisors to bring groundbreaking safety and efficiency to trucking through the application of modern sensing, control and communications. 

By augmenting the abilities of human drivers, Peloton is bringing these advanced solutions to today’s trucking operations.

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Greg Moran

Co-Founder and CEO, Zoomcar

Greg Moran

Co-Founder and CEO, Zoomcar

Greg has dedicated his entire career to sustainable development across the globe. Over the past six years, Greg worked in various financial, operational, and strategic roles within the international energy and infrastructure sectors. During this time, Greg was involved with projects on six continents, totaling over $12 billion. His primary focal areas within the sector included solar power, wind power, and energy storage. Greg previously held positions in investment banking, private equity, corporate business development, and energy policy formulation with Fieldstone Private Capital Group, Cerberus Capital, International Power, and the City of New York respectively.

Prior to co-founding Zoomcar with David Back, Greg studied at USC's Marshall School of Business, where he was the Founder and President of the USC Energy Club, Southern California's largest such club. Greg is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he holds a degree in International Relations.

While he's not busy Zooming, Greg enjoys playing piano and hitting the golf links. He is also deeply passionate about competitive eating and he remains hopeful that someone will take him up on a dosa eating competition sometime soon.

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Sune Stilling

Head of Growth, Maersk

Sune Stilling

Head of Growth, Maersk

Sune Stilling was appointed head of Growth in January 2017. Following an early career in the IT industry, Sune joined the Maersk Group in 1999 as a trainee and has gained 17 years of experience within a broad spectrum of corporate disciplines in the group’s transportation, logistics, and energy divisions.

Sune has held MD/CEO and senior leadership roles focused on radical turnaround, transformation, divestment, and profitable growth in emerging-and developed markets across a number of regions and countries.

Prior to assuming the position as Head of Growth, Sune was the CEO of Egyptian Drilling Company (EDC), a leading joint stock oil field services company in the MENA region.

Sune holds a Graduate Diploma in Economics (HD/U) from Copenhagen Business School, an MA in Information and Communications Technology from AU, an MSc in Applied Finance from Singapore Management University (SMU) and an MBA (honors) from IMD.

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John Larkin

Managing Director, Stifel

John Larkin

Managing Director, Stifel

John Larkin joined Legg Mason (later sold to Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.) in October 2001 to form and lead the firm’s entry into the transportation markets. Larkin led Stifel’s transportation and logistics research effort for 17 years.

In January of 2018, Larkin transitioned from Stifel’s Research Department to Stifel’s Investment Banking team. Over the years, Larkin has been recognized as an all-star analyst by Institutional Investor magazine numerous times, a Wall Street Journal All-Star analyst on several occasions, and has been awarded multiple Starmine stock picking and earnings estimate accuracy awards.

Previously, Larkin has served as: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RailWorks Corporation, Managing Director with Alex, Brown and Sons' transportation team, AVP - Planning and Analysis at CSX Transportation, Inc., Systems Engineering Consultant with Day & Zimmermann, Inc., and a Research Associate at the Center for Transportation Research (at the University of Texas at Austin).

Larkin earned his MBA from Harvard University in 1984, a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1977.

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Chris Thomas

Co-Founder, Detroit Mobility Lab

Chris Thomas

Co-Founder, Detroit Mobility Lab

Chris is a Co-Founder of Detroit Mobility Lab and a former Founder and Partner of Fontinalis. Prior to Fontinalis, he served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq and the United States. Before joining the military, Chris worked as an Investment Banker at UBS within its Technology and Energy groups in New York and San Francisco.

Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors of one Fontinalis portfolio company, Karamba Security.

He previously sat on the Board of Directors of nuTonomy (acquired by Delphi in October 2017). He also currently serves as a Board Observer of four of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Ouster, Life360, SmartKargo, and SQLstream. Additionally, Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Regional Chamber and as a Senior Advisor to the COMMIT Foundation. He is a member of both the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel and the Techweek Detroit Executive Advisory Board. He is also a Co-owner of Buddy's Pizza, the birthplace of original Detroit-style pizza, and an avid angel investor in the mobility space. Chris has previously served as the Chairman of Read to a Child, a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit and as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems.

Chris earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management. While at Yale he served on the Honor Committee and graduated with distinction in former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s seminar on Faith and Globalization. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Chris is a resident of the City of Detroit and a staunch advocate of smart cities, early childhood literacy, and the doctrine of the strenuous life.

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David Sobie

Co-Founder and CEO, Happy Returns

David Sobie

Co-Founder and CEO, Happy Returns

David is CEO & Co-Founder of Happy Returns, a service for shoppers and retailers that is solving the #1 pain point of online shopping: returns.

Happy Returns does this by providing a comprehensive solution of software, services, and logistics that gives shoppers the frictionless returns experience they want and retailers the low-cost and efficient service they require. Happy Returns operates a national network of more than 250 Return Bar locations in 50 metro areas for online shoppers to return in person. Return Bars are staffed by friendly, well-trained Returnista™ return specialists and located in premier shopping centers, national retailers, independent stores, and boutiques and college campuses. The company is based in Santa Monica, California, and its investors include USVP, Upfront Ventures, and Lowercase Capital.

Prior to Happy Returns, David was Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVE, leading all online and offline marketing, branding, acquisition, and business development. Earlier in his career, David led Marketing and Business Development for HauteLook, a flash sale pioneer acquired by Nordstrom, and held senior roles at eBay Motors.

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Idriss al Rifai

Founder and CEO, Fetchr

Idriss al Rifai

Founder and CEO, Fetchr

As Founder and CEO of Fetchr, Idriss Al Rifai leads one of the fastest growing start-ups in the Middle East. A firm believer in the power of technology, he has championed the introduction of disruptive innovations in traditional supply chain and logistics.

His goal is to solve the ‘no address’ problem in the GCC and other emerging markets, making delivery a seamless and hassle-free experience for customers. Under his leadership, Fetchr has grown 400% from 2014 to 2018 and has expanded services to 6 markets – UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Oman, and Jordan – with a launch imminent in Kuwait.

With ‘Customer First’ as one of the company’s cornerstone values, he has inspired his team of more than 3000 employees to work towards putting a smile on the customer’s face.
Despite facing numerous challenges when he first started Fetchr - from attracting and making clients think ahead of the curve, to making sure the product and software improved at the right pace as well as sourcing quality talent and fundraising, he has persevered and spearheaded the new age of revolution in Middle Eastern logistics.

Armed with determination and a clear long-term vision, Fetchr became the first Middle Eastern company to raise Series-A funding from a top Silicon Valley VC – New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the world’s largest Venture Capital fund – in 2015. Two years later, the company raised a Series-B funding of $41M led by both NEA and regional powerhouse, Majid Al Futtaim Group. Having secured funding from other famous names such as Nokia Growth Partners and Beco Capital, and been decorated with several awards, Idriss has made sure Fetchr remains a forerunner for Middle Eastern start-ups to grow and secure
capital from across the world.

Previously, Idriss headed operations for MarkaVIP, the then second largest e-commerce player in the MENA region, where he built an in-house logistics department for the company to expedite deliveries.

From 2002 to 2008, he worked with the French Ministry of Defence in various capacities and received several accolades for his leadership roles in Asia and Africa. He was part of the French U-19 National Basketball team from 1999 to 2003.

Idriss holds an MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He is also a Rath and Fulbright scholar and an Endeavour entrepreneur.

He aspires to make addresses obsolete and empower the more than 2 billion people that live without structured addresses to receive anything, anywhere on the go.

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Lidia Yan

Co-Founder and CEO, NEXT Trucking

Lidia Yan

Co-Founder and CEO, NEXT Trucking

Lidia Yan is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at NEXT Trucking, an ambitious Sequoia-backed startup that develops technology to address lack of capacity for the growing volume from global shippers and underutilization in the U.S. trucking industry.

Through NEXT Trucking, Lidia brings together her expertise in product development, marketing and operations. Her work with NEXT Trucking has earned her the Stevie Award for Startup of the Year. She was also named a finalist for both EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women Council and Awards.

Prior to NEXT Trucking, Lidia was a marketing executive at top 10 ecommerce retailer, Newegg. At Newegg, Lidia managed a $22 million marketing budget while keeping the cost of overall sales under one percent. Before Newegg, she founded 9luxe, a leading flash sale site in China. Lidia launched 9luxe without any venture funding, managed the distribution of over 40 luxury brands, and led the company to profitability within its first six months.

Lidia holds an M.A. in Communications from the University of Southern California. She grew up in Shanghai, China, and now calls Southern California home. When she isn’t busy managing her company and mentoring employees, Lidia enjoys relaxing at home with her husband, parents, and her three-year-old Border Collie, Toby.

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Marc Weiser

Founder and Managing Director, RPM Ventures

Marc Weiser

Founder and Managing Director, RPM Ventures

Marc Weiser is Founder and Managing Director of RPM Ventures, a seed and early stage venture firm focused on investing in Enterprise Software & Marketplaces (emphasis on Insurance, Real Estate Tech, and Fintech) and has a specialty in the Automotive and Transportation sector.

He currently is on the boards of BountyJobs, a contingency recruiting marketplace; Mobi, a machine learning, multi-modal, dynamic route planning system for smart mobility; and Polysync, a platform for delivering safe and reliable autonomous vehicles. 

Prior investments include: OpenLane (NYSE: KAR), Automatic (NASDAQ: SIRI), Carlypso (NYSE: CVNA), and Xtime (acquired by Cox Automotive Group).

Prior to forming RPM, Weiser was an internet and software entrepreneur. He co-founded QuantumShift and was an early employee at MessageMedia where he pioneered some of the original methods for e-commerce and helped lead the company’s IPO.

In addition to his board roles for RPM is a member the National Advisory Council, Science Committee for NASA and is on the board of the James Beard Foundation. He and his wife led the creation of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center at the University of Michigan. This Center provides national leadership in food allergy research and a path to a cure for those that suffer from food allergies.

Marc Weiser is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BSE in aerospace engineering and a MBA. 

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Laurie Yoler

Board Director and Strategic Advisor, Zoox

Laurie Yoler

Board Director and Strategic Advisor, Zoox

Laurie Yoler is an experienced board director and strategist skilled in advising companies and founders in imagining, building, and scaling disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

She is known for taking a holistic, enterprise-wide view to quickly assess and shape technology into new, differentiated products and services. She is savvy in fundraising, M&A strategy, and negotiations, intellectual property strategy, and in devising complex, unconventional strategic alliances.

Yoler has served on the boards of public, private, and non-profit organizations. Most notably, she served as a Founding Board Member of Tesla Motors, serving on the board of directors from the earliest days, and on the board of advisors through taking the company public. She also served on the board of Interactive Investor International in London, through taking the company public, and until its acquisition by AMP Bank.

She currently serves on the board of directors of Bose, Church & Dwight (CHD), Zoox, Noon Home, and the Computer History Museum, and on the advisory boards of Accenture, Platform Science, Precise.ly, AI4All, and the Washington State Frank Fellows Entrepreneurship Program. She is also an active angel investor with Broadway Angels and HealthTech Capital.

Yoler has been an integral part of the development and launch of many new innovations and products, both from within large companies like Qualcomm, Visa, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture, and as one of a small group of founders/investors of a new entrepreneurial venture with a radical idea like Tesla Motors, DNA Direct, and Packet Design.

Most recently, Yoler was President of Qualcomm Labs and SVP of Business Development for Qualcomm, driving new internal innovation, and exploring and closing new strategic partnerships and joint ventures.

Previously, Yoler was a founding managing director at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, advising entrepreneurs in building strategic alliances, completing M&A transactions, and raising capital.

Yoler graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. She completed a semester in the international business program at the University of Copenhagen and later completed executive management programs at Kellogg, Stanford, and INSEAD.

Yoler has been very active in continuing her education at Stanford in board governance, biotechnology, biochemistry, neuropsychology, neuroscience, and geology.

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Sanne Manders

Chief Operating Officer, Flexport

Sanne Manders

Chief Operating Officer, Flexport

Sanne joined Flexport in 2014, soon after the company's start. As COO, he is responsible for operations, procurement, and carrier relations across all modes of transportation.

Before Flexport, he was at BCG, a global management consultancy, leading customer relations in logistics and supply chain practice.

He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University.

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Yona Shtern

CEO, Parkwhiz

Yona Shtern

CEO, Parkwhiz

Yona is the Chief Executive Officer of ParkWhiz and an entrepreneur with an expertise in building and managing successful global brands in e-commerce, telecommunications, and fashion retail.

Prior to ParkWhiz, he was Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond the Rack, recognized as Consumer Brand of the Year in Canada by Strategy for 2014 and the fastest growing e-retailer in North America by Internet Retailer Magazine in 2011.

Yona is also an active angel investor and serves on several advisory boards to start-up companies. He acts as a mentor to entrepreneurs at Founder Fuel and Founders Institute (technology accelerators), is a board member of Startup Canada, and routinely lectures to college and university students on entrepreneurship. Yona is a frequent speaker at international marketing, startup, and technology conferences.

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Alex Davies

Transportation Editor, WIRED Magazine

Alex Davies

Transportation Editor, WIRED Magazine

Alex Davies manages, edits, and writes for WIRED's transportation section, whose launch he oversaw in January 2016. His work focuses primarily on autonomous vehicles, but he and his team cover everything in this fast-changing space, from street design to infrastructure funding to the science of the presidential motorcade. 

He wrote WIRED's February 2016 cover story about how General Motors beat Tesla in the race to build the affordable, long-range electric car, and is writing a book about the origin and evolution of the self-driving car industry, to be published by Simon & Schuster.

Before joining WIRED in May 2014, Alex was a reporter for Business Insider. A New York native and a graduate of Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota, he lives in Berkeley and has learned to love taking the bus to work. 

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Tim Higgins

Reporter, The Wall Street Journal 

Tim Higgins

Reporter, The Wall Street Journal 

Tim Higgins is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering the future of cars. He focuses on electric cars, self-driving vehicles, and what traditional auto makers are doing in Silicon Valley. He previously reported on Apple and spent almost a decade in Detroit covering the automotive industry, which included reporting on the bankruptcy of General Motors and breakup of DaimlerChrysler. He can be found on Twitter @timkhiggins.

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Jim Scheinman

Managing Director, Maven Ventures

Jim Scheinman

Managing Director, Maven Ventures

Jim has achieved 5 ‘unicorn’-level successes over the past 20 years as a founder, executive, and investor. His top performers include Cruise ($1B sale to GM), Zoom ($1B valuation), Bebo ($850M sale to AOL), Tango ($1B+ valuation), and NBCi ($6B IPO). Jim is one of the leading growth experts in Silicon Valley, a TED speaker, and a frequent presenter and judge at many startup conferences and events. Jim has a BS in Neuropsychology from Duke University and earned a JD at the University of California Davis School of Law. Jim has startup in his blood. He’s been a serial entrepreneur dating back to his high school and college days.

Immediately prior to founding Maven Ventures, Jim was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Charles River Ventures (CRV), a leading venture firm where he helped source, vet, and advise their consumer portfolio companies. Jim is one of the early pioneers of the social networking phenomenon as one of the first employees and the former head of business development and sales at the first social networking site, Friendster. In 2005, Jim left Friendster to join co-founders Michael and Xochi Birch to launch Bebo as the first employee and Board member. Prior to his internet career, Jim practiced corporate and intellectual property law at a leading Silicon Valley law firm for 3 years.

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Mona Siddiqui

Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mona Siddiqui

Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mona Siddiqui is the Chief Data Officer for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services where she is driving the strategy to connect the nation’s healthcare data. 

She is leading an effort to implement the first HHS enterprise wide data sharing platform and governance structure.

Prior to this role, Siddiqui was at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation advancing rapid cycle testing for payment models. 

She has also led the health portfolio for the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (“nudge” unit) during the Obama administration. 

She has a MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a masters in quantitative methods from the Harvard School of Public Health and management/engineering from the Stanford School of Engineering.

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Robert Wachter

Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Robert Wachter

Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Robert Wachter, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he is the Holly Smith Distinguished Professor in Science and Medicine and the Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine. The department leads the nation in NIH grants and is generally ranked as one of the nation’s best.

Wachter is author of 250 articles and six books, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is often considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the U.S. government’s leading website on patient safety and has written two books on the subject, including Understanding Patient Safety, the world’s top selling safety primer.

In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. Twelve times, Modern Healthcare magazine has ranked him as one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S.; he was #1 on the list in 2015. His 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, was a New York Times science bestseller. He recently chaired a blue-ribbon commission advising England’s National Health Service on its digital strategy.

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Stephanie Tilenius

Co-Founder and CEO, Vida Health

Stephanie Tilenius

Co-Founder and CEO, Vida Health

After many successful years at Google, PayPal, Ebay and KPCB, Stephanie Tilenius is working to wipe out chronic disease by placing personal healthcare in the pocket of the consumer.

Stephanie is the Founder and CEO of Vida, a next-generation mobile continuous care platform for preventive health and chronic health conditions deployed at Fortune 500 companies and large national payers and found in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Kip Webb

Managing Director and Chief Clinical Innovation Officer, Accenture

Kip Webb

Managing Director and Chief Clinical Innovation Officer, Accenture

Webb has over 35 years of broad-based health care experience, including 10 years of clinical practice. Since coming to Accenture, Webb has previously served as the Global Leader of our Clinical Transformation Practice and as the Leader of our North American Provider Practice.

Prior to coming to Accenture, Webb served on the faculties of Stanford University and Tufts University Medical Schools. His academic work concentrated on clinical decision analysis, pharmacoeconomic, and medical outcomes research. He has worked with leading academic research institutions around the World and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the author of several peer reviewed articles and has been a contributor to Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics.

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Philipp Roesch-Schlanderer

CEO, e-Gym

Philipp Roesch-Schlanderer

CEO, e-Gym

The inspiration for eGym came to Philipp Roesch-Schlanderer in a tired gym at Columbia University in New York. Why, he wondered to himself, can’t working out be more fun? And why aren’t we harnessing the potential of the Internet and smartphones to train more effectively?

He founded eGym at the end of 2010 in Germany, together with his friend Florian Sauter, and since then has been consistently implementing the idea of using digitalization to make gyms and their members more successful.

Philipp studied business administration in Munich, Aarhus, and New York, before going on to complete a post-graduate course in Technology Management at the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM).

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George Ugras

Managing Director, AV8 Ventures

George Ugras

Managing Director, AV8 Ventures

George is a Managing Director at AV8 Ventures based in Silicon Valley. AV8 is an early stage venture fund with offices in Palo Alto and London.

Prior to AV8, George led IBM Ventures. Prior to IBM he was a financial venture investor for over 15 years. He has founded and run start-ups during his career and served as advisor and director to a number of venture-backed companies.

George started his investment career at Apax Partners, a global investment firm. Prior to Apax he was with McKinsey & Co. in New York. Ugras has lectured on entrepreneurship and advised on technology pin-offs at various universities. He has served on the boards of Corporate Venturing arm of NVCA and visiting committee for NASA. Ugras holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale and was a research fellow at CalTech.

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Sarahjane Sacchetti

SVP, Marketing, Collective Health

Sarahjane Sacchetti

SVP, Marketing, Collective Health

Sarahjane brings more than 15 years of marketing, communications, and political campaign experience to the Collective Health team. Her experience driving results through focused brand, growth, and communications campaigns is applied to Collective Health’s efforts to build awareness and adoption across the United States.

Before joining Collective Health, Sarahjane worked as a marketing consultant launching and building awareness for several high-growth startups as diverse as consumer mobile app Luxe, advertising technology innovator Quantcast, and solar energy leader SunPower.

Earlier in her career, Sarahjane was responsible for driving public relations campaigns at an award winning PR agency where she worked to simplify the stories of enterprise technology companies, and before that she managed political campaigns resulting in the passage of over $800 million in funding for healthcare and school districts in California.

A graduate of New York University with a major in political science and communications, Sarahjane lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two year old son, Oden.

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Andy Ellner

Co-Founder and CEO, Firefly

Andy Ellner

Co-Founder and CEO, Firefly

Andy was the founding Co-Director of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Center
for Primary Care and Founding Director of the HMS Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change. He holds an MD from HMS and an MSc from the London School of Economics. He also teaches at HMS and is a practicing primary care physician.

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Martin Felsenthal

Managing Partner, Health Velocity Capital

Martin Felsenthal

Managing Partner, Health Velocity Capital

Marty has worked exclusively with innovative, disruptive, and rapidly growing healthcare software and services companies for more than 20 years.  

He was previously a partner at two leading venture and growth capital firms focused on this sector – Salix Ventures and HLM Venture Partners – and also worked with Madison Dearborn Partners earlier in his career. 

He has led investments in and/or served on the Boards of Directors of companies such as TelaDoc (NYSE:  TDOC); Change Healthcare (acquired by Emdeon); Aperio (acquired by Leica Biosystems); Titan Health (acquired by United Surgical Partners); US Renal Care (acquired by Leonard Green);  Payerpath (acquired by Misys/Allscripts); Vantage Oncology (acquired by McKesson); NovoLogix (acquired by CVS Health); VeriCare (acquired by MedOptions); OnShift; ClearData Networks; and Infusion Express. 

Marty serves as an adviser to the California Healthcare Foundation Innovation Fund and on the board of BioEnterprise, a not-for-profit focused on sponsoring healthcare innovation and creating job growth in Northeast Ohio. 

Marty received his AB from Princeton University and his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Intelligent Enterprise

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Bhaskar Gorti

President, Nokia Software

Bhaskar Gorti

President, Nokia Software

Bhaskar oversaw Alcatel-Lucent’s business units that developed technologies for cloud-based networking and virtualization, including network functions virtualization (NFV), as well as Communications and Collaborations suites, Operational Support Systems (OSS), Charging/Policy/Payments portfolio, Customer Experience Management, Network Performance and Intelligence, and the Cyber-Security monitoring and prevention software platforms.

Previously, Bhaskar was Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Oracle Communications Global Business Unit. He had been with Portal Software since 2002 and led the sale to Oracle in 2006 to form the Communications business at Oracle.

Prior to Oracle, Bhaskar had extensive experience in the Software and ICT Industry at Chordiant/OnDemand, Hewlett Packard, and Alcoa.

Bhaskar holds a Master of Science graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, USA and a Bachelor’s in Technology, Electrical Engineering, from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India.

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Georg von Wichert

Head of Research Group, Autonomous Systems & Control, Siemens

Georg von Wichert

Head of Research Group, Autonomous Systems & Control, Siemens

Georg von Wichert heads the Autonomous Systems & Control research at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich Germany.

The groups research focuses on advanced algorithms for cognitive systems including artificial intelligence to control robots and other technical systems and processes.

Applications areas are advanced automation, robotics, autonomous systems, and vehicles, sensor data and information fusion, and human-machine interaction.

Siemens Corporate Technology is the central research and development unit of Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich), a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability, and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation, and digitalization.

Georg holds a PhD in Robotics and Control Engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. He joined Siemens Corporate Technology in 1998.

As a researcher, he developed intelligent systems for numerous application scenarios across the vast portfolio of Siemens, ranging from autonomous vehicles (intralogistics, trains, and automobiles) to autonomous robots for personal and professional use.

In addition to his position at Siemens Corporate Technology, Georg is a lecturer at Technische Universität München, Germany. Furthermore, he is a Rudolf Diesel Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study of Technische Universität München, and a member of the research council advising the National German Platform Industrie4.0.

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Timothy Chou

Lecturer, Stanford University, Board Member at Blackbaud and Teradata

Timothy Chou

Lecturer, Stanford University, Board Member at Blackbaud and Teradata

Chou started his career at one of the original Kleiner Perkins startups, Tandem Computers. His commercial career includes serving as the President of Oracle On Demand and today as a board member at Blackbaud and Teradata.

He’s invested in and been a contributor to a number of startups, some you’ve heard of like WebEx, and others you’ve never heard of but were sold to companies like Cisco, Workday, and Oracle.

Recently he became the Chairman of the Alchemist Accelerator and has invested in a select group of young companies including Yotascale, Oomnitza, Atomiton, and Lecida.

In parallel with his commercial career he started teaching computer science at Stanford University in 1982, before there was a bachelor’s program. He launched cs309a.stanford.edu, Stanford’s first course on cloud computing. Now in its 12th year the class has featured guest lectures by nearly 100 public company CEOs.

Timothy has delivered keynote speeches on all six continents and recently launched another book, Precision: Principals, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things. The prime minister of Vietnam has called the book a “roadmap for the future of the Vietnamese economy”.

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Sam Srinivas

Product Management Director, Google Cloud

Sam Srinivas

Product Management Director, Google Cloud

Sam Srinivas and his team work on various aspects of Security & Identity for Google Cloud Platform. Sam represents Google at the industry-wide FIDO Alliance which is advancing standards for strong authentication and also serves as the alliance President.

Prior to Google, Sam was Chief Technologist in the Security Business Unit at Juniper Networks. He went to Juniper through the $400M acquisition of a startup he co-founded, Neoteris, which established the SSL-VPN remote access category.

Earlier in his career Sam worked for Microsoft Research, Web MD and Rockwell Research. Sam has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Jon Gelsey

CEO, Xnor.ai

Jon Gelsey

CEO, Xnor.ai

Jon Gelsey is Chief Executive Officer of Xnor.ai, a computer vision and ML spinoff of the Allen Institute for AI and UW funded by Madrona.

Before Xnor, he was CEO of Auth0, an industry-leading identity-as-a-service platform, which he grew from five employees to nearly 300 over four years.

His previous experience includes responsibility for acquisitions and investments at Microsoft and being a venture investor at Intel Capital.

Jon started his career as a supercomputer designer at Convex Computer, acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 1995 as the high end of their server product line.

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Tal Zamir

Co-Founder and CEO, Hysolate

Tal Zamir

Co-Founder and CEO, Hysolate

Tal is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of
Hysolate. A passionate entrepreneur and veteran R&D leader with 15 years of experience in the cyber and IT domains, Tal had been building and hacking software for decades.

Tal started his official career in the Israeli Ministry of Defense, in which he pioneered multiple mission-critical cyber products. He then joined the leadership team of Wanova – a desktop virtualization startup that was later acquired by VMware.

Tal spent several years in VMware’s CTO office, inventing and building enterprise-grade software. He holds multiple US patents as well as an M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Technion.

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Shimon Elkabetz

Founder and CEO, Climacell

Shimon Elkabetz

Founder and CEO, Climacell

Shimon served in the Israeli Air Force for eleven years in several managerial and commanding positions. Multiple near-death weather-related experiences during his service stoked a fascination with the weather, which brought him to start ClimaCell. 

ClimaCell is on a mission to map all of the weather data in the world, building the ultimate weather engine by pioneering the use of new weather sensing technologies, and combining them with the best existing sources of data. ClimaCell's engine is the microweather™ platform of the emerging technology economy, powering autonomous cars, drones and other mobility, and on-demand businesses as well as providing life-saving information to communities across the globe.

Shimon holds a BA in economics from Ben Gurion University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Sri Subramanian

VP of Product Management, Arceo.ai

Sri Subramanian

VP of Product Management, Arceo.ai

Sri feels fortunate to live at the intersection of Technologies, Peoples, and Businesses. She helped create a secure co-processor now on every intel motherboard, the #1 ssl vpn, the most used identity management product, the first set of products on Oracle Cloud, the fastest adopted high school counselor platform, and the fastest growing Cloud Firewall.

She has been a Founder and Chief Executive Officer, early employee, acting Chief Technology Officer, Product Manager, and executive with responsibility for multiple products, and is currently advising various early stage startups.

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Nikunj Mehta

Founder and CEO, Falkonry

Nikunj Mehta

Founder and CEO, Falkonry

Nikunj founded Falkonry after realizing that very valuable operational data produced in industrial infrastructure goes mostly unutilized in the energy, manufacturing, and transportation sectors. Nikunj believes hard business problems can be solved by combining machine learning, user-oriented design, and partnerships.

Prior to Falkonry, Nikunj led software architecture and customer success for C3 IoT. Earlier, he led innovation teams at Oracle focused on database technology and led the creation of the IndexedDB standard for databases embedded inside all modern browsers.

He holds both Masters and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of  Southern California, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai. He has contributed to standards at both W3C and IETF, and is a member of the ACM.

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Prasad Akella

Founder and CEO, Drishti

Prasad Akella

Founder and CEO, Drishti

Prasad Akella transformed manufacturing in the 1990s as leader of the General Motors team behind the world’s first collaborative robots (“cobots”), projected to be a $12 billion market by 2025.

With cobots, Akella advanced robotics to safely amplify workers’ physical capabilities.

With Drishti, Akella returns to the factory to again enhance workers’ capabilities—this time, by driving advances in computer vision and AI.

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Joseph Dews

Partner, AGC Partners

Joseph Dews

Partner, AGC Partners

Joe is a Partner at AGC Partners focused on IoT and Big Data Analytics, as well as Cybersecurity solutions for Energy, Industrial, and Manufacturing environments. 

AGC Partners, now in its 16th year of business, closed a record 32 transactions in 2017 and 48 transactions in the last 18 months.

AGC has outstanding relationships with entrepreneurs, strategic buyers, and private equity professionals across North America, Europe, and Asia. Since AGC Partners’ inception in 2003, it has completed 346 technology M&A and growth equity transactions.

In addition to 25 years of investment banking experience, Joe has been an FAE in the semiconductor industry, Vice President of Corporate Development in the software industry, on the board of directors of a public capital equipment company, received a B.S. in Applied & Engineering Physics from Cornell University, and is a passionate supporter of Liverpool FC.

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Dmitry Aksenov

Founder and CEO, DigitalGenius

Dmitry Aksenov

Founder and CEO, DigitalGenius

Dmitry is a technology entrepreneur whose passion and expertise lies in enterprise software and artificial intelligence. 

He has founded DigitalGenius, where he is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer. The company develops artificial intelligence products for customer service automation in the enterprise.

DigitalGenius is on a mission to facilitate the entry of major Fortune 500 companies into the new era of cognitive computing and enable them to provide a better, more personal service to billions of their customers and employees. Dmitry supervises the high growth of the company in EMEA and North America. 

Dmitry’s enthusiasm for the world of artificial intelligence has been a lifelong one. He built his first autonomous robot at the young age of seven; since then he has won multiple national and international robotics and AI competitions.

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Errette Dunn

Co-Founder and CEO, Rever

Errette Dunn

Co-Founder and CEO, Rever

Errette Dunn is Rever’s Co-Founder and CEO. For the last decade, he has helped teams and companies in 17 countries to become more accomplished by developing a culture of non-stop improvement. 

Errette learned about Lean and Kaizen at the source: during his work at Toyota Motor Company. He then joined Airbus Group to lead the development of these practices in different business areas: Manufacturing, Engineering, Sales, Maintenance, and Business Support functions. Errette entered the tech scene in Silicon Valley when he joined Wrike, an online Work Management platform, as Principal Consultant.

After coaching managers that oversee five to 70,000 employees across a dozen industries, one pattern always remained the same: the best ideas for improvement always came from the frontline employees. This reality is what drives Rever to become a catalyst for Frontline Innovation.

Errette earned his MBA from IESE Business School and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Panamericana. He’s fluent in English and Spanish, and his French is getting a bit rusty (but not as much as his guitar-playing). He lives in Mountain View with his wife and five kids.

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Ronjon Nag

Inventor and Entrepreneur

Ronjon Nag

Inventor and Entrepreneur

Ronjon Nag is an Inventor and Entrepreneur and a Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute Teaching Fellow, where he teaches a popular artificial intelligence course in the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

Ronjon has deployed artificial intelligence systems for mobile devices over three decades, working on neural networks at Cambridge, where he received a PhD in engineering; at Stanford, where he was a Harkness Fellow; and at MIT, where he received an MS. At the Royal Institution, he received the Mountbatten Medal from the Institution of Engineering and Technology for his contributions to the modern mobile phone industry.

As a board member, his company Bounce Imaging won the $1m Verizon Powerful Answers prize. Companies he has co-founded or advised have been sold to Motorola, BlackBerry, and Apple.

He has been a pioneer of smartphones and the 'app stores' they depend on. He has worked on neural networks, touch screens, mobile search, voice recognition, text prediction, and handwriting recognition.

He has numerous firsts including:

• First laptop with speech recognition built-in (with Apricot, 1984)

• First selling cursive handwriting recognition (with Lexicus, 1991)

• First speech recognition phones (with Lexicus/Motorola, 1996)

• First large-vocabulary Chinese speech recognition (with Lexicus/Motorola, 1996)

• First Chinese predictive text system on a phone (Lexicus/Motorola, 1997)

• First predictive text systems in 40 languages on Motorola phones, (Lexicus/Motorola, 1997) 

• First touch screen mobile phone with handwriting recognition (Lexicus/Motorola, 1999)

• First combined mobile search engine and directory (with Cellmania, 2000)

• First private label downloadable operator billable apps store (Cellmania, 2000)

• First BlackBerry Operator Billing apps store (Cellmania,2010)

• First Neural Network Artificial Intelligence System in the Cloud (Ersatz Labs, 2014)

• First Throwable 360 Ball Camera (Bounce Imaging, 2015)

• First Android powered smart light switch (Brightswitch 2017)

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John Andrews

CEO, Celect

John Andrews

CEO, Celect

John has spent the last two decades helping retailers, distributors, and brands optimize their omni-channel strategies and operations.

Prior to Celect, John was Vice President of Product Management & Strategy for Oracle Commerce, coming to Oracle via the Endeca acquisition where John was VP of Marketing & Product Management.

John started his career within Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice.

John holds a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Boston College and received his master’s degree from the Harvard Business School.

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Alex Yampolskiy

Co-Founder and CEO, SecurityScorecard

Alex Yampolskiy

Co-Founder and CEO, SecurityScorecard

Alex Yampolskiy is a recognized expert in the security field. He is CEO of SecurityScorecard, the leader in security ratings, used by hundreds of customers like GE, McDonalds, Pepsi, AllState, AIG, Bank of NY Mellon, and others.

Before founding Security Scorecard, he was the CISO at Gilt Groupe, and has held lead technologist and security roles at Goldman Sachs, Oracle, Cinchcast, and Microsoft. Yampolskiy is a published author and active speaker in the security and software development communities.

He has a Ph.D. in Cryptography from Yale University.

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Bruce Sinclair

Publisher, iot-inc.com

Bruce Sinclair

Publisher, iot-inc.com

Bruce Sinclair started in the business of IoT in 2008 as CEO of a networking company that sold a smart home–enabling platform to Internet service providers.

His career began as a mathematician and then programmer who quickly found his way to business through marketing. He worked his way through product marketing and brand management to be Vice President of Marketing for a large Microsoft subsidiary. Since then Bruce has been CEO of companies in the visual computing and IT industries.

Bruce’s book, IoT Inc: How Your Company Can Use the Internet of Things to Win in the Outcome Economy, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2017. It is the best selling IoT book and is being translated into Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.  His IoT Inc Certified IoT Professional(ICIP) online training & certification program was released in 2018.

Today Bruce is the publisher of www.iot-inc.com and advises brands, manufacturers and vendors on their IoT strategies. He also conducts workshops for managers and executives on how to build IoT businesses and product lines.

Bruce is known in the industry from his podcast, video series, and meetup, and is a featured author for publications such as Computerworld, Forbes, Network World, and ZDNet. He speaks publicly about IoT around the world and has been the opening keynote speaker of the industry’s largest event: Internet of Things World.

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Alexandre Leclerc

Co-Founder and CEO, Poka

Alexandre Leclerc

Co-Founder and CEO, Poka

Alexandre Leclerc is CEO and Co-Founder of Poka. In this role, Alex oversees the business operations of the company and helps drive product development priorities based on continuous feedback from clients. The idea for Poka was born out of Alex’s experience as the Director of Continuous Improvement for Leclerc Foods, a leader in the snack manufacturing industry.  He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Masters in International Business from Hult International Business School. 



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Gaurav Banga

Founder and CEO, Balbix

Gaurav Banga

Founder and CEO, Balbix

Gaurav Banga, PhD is the Founder and CEO of Balbix, and he also serves on the boards of several companies. Before founding Balbix, Gaurav was the Co-Founder and CEO of Bromium and led the company from its inception for more than five years.

Earlier in his career, Gaurav served in various executive roles at Phoenix Technologies and Intellisync Corporation.

He was also Co-Founder and CEO of PDAapps, which was acquired by Intellisync in 2005.

Gaurav started his industry career at NetApp. He has a doctoral degree in computer science from Rice University. He is a prolific inventor with more than 50 patents.

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Swapnil Jain

Co-Founder and CEO, Observe.AI

Swapnil Jain

Co-Founder and CEO, Observe.AI

Swapnil is the Founder and CEO of Observe.AI, a Call Center AI company backed by Nexus Venture Partners and Y Combinator. Before starting Observe.AI in 2017, Swapnil had a long stint with Twitter as a Technical lead for the growth Team where he played an instrumental role in growing Twitter user base from 200M to 300M users.

In 2015, he moved to India to set up Twitter India engineering office where he helped with Product strategy for India.

Swapnil has a Bachelors in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Agenda

Breakfast and Registration

Sponsored by Square 1 Bank

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Welcome

Digital Transformation: The Rise of Data First Companies

Paul Asel
Managing Partner, NGP Capital

Ventana Ballroom

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote

TBA

Ventana Ballroom

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

TBA

Upal Basu,
Partner, NGP Capital

Ventana Ballroom

9:45 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

The Digital Transformation: Accelerating the Future

Rajeev Suri
CEO, Nokia

Ventana Ballroom

9:50 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

Experience 5G

Monisha Jain
Head of Special Projects, 5G SmartLab, Nokia

Ventana Ballroom

10:20 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.

Transition to Tracks

10:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

Breakout sessions I

Choose from:

Smart Mobility: Hawthorne

Digital Health: Cypress

Intelligent Enterprise: Ventana Ballroom

10:40 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Lunch

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Breakout sessions II

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Smart Mobility: Hawthorne

Digital Health: Cypress

Intelligent Enterprise: Ventana Ballroom

1:15 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Networking break

2:40 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.

Breakout sessions III

Choose from:

Smart Mobility: Hawthorne

Digital Health: Cypress

Intelligent Enterprise: Ventana Ballroom

3:05 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Industry Transformation: Propelling the Industry Forward

Closing Keynote: Amit Zavery
Executive Vice President, Oracle

Ventana Ballroom

Amit will discuss industries which are most likely to be transformed by software, and factors that are most likely to drive rapid adoption.

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception and Networking

Sponsored by Foley & Lardner

Foyer, Patio and Ventana Ballroom

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Snapshots from previous events

Tom Siebel, CEO of C3IoT, on what makes an IoT company

KK Wong, co-founder and Vice President of Xiaomi, shares how they built the world’s largest IoT ecosystem

Smart transportation panel with Lyft, the City of San Francisco, and Moovit

Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of Nokia, talks about why every company will be affected by Machine Learning in the future

Chris Stenzel of Kaiser Permanente and Dr. Molly Joel Coye on the need to change the U.S. healthcare structure

Michael Capellas’ learnings on company building from his experience at Compaq, HP, SAP, Cisco, and Oracle

Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs, discusses network latency as an enabler of all vertical industries

Previous speakers

Capellas
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Michael Capellas

Founder and CEO, Capellas Partners

Michael Capellas

Founder and CEO, Capellas Partners

Michael is the Founder and CEO of Capellas Partners, a strategic technology advisory firm.

He currently serves on the Board of Flex (Chair), Cisco, MuleSoft (Independent Lead Director), JDA (Chair), and Solace Systems. He is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone and also on the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank and Kony.

A four-time corporate CEO, Michael’s career as a global technology leader has spanned from innovative technology start-ups to large corporate turnarounds. He spent the first decade of his career at Schlumberger, followed by positions at software leaders, Oracle and SAP.

He graduated from Kent State University and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Risto Siilasmaa
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Risto Siilasmaa

Founder, F-Secure and Chairman, Nokia

Risto Siilasmaa

Founder, F-Secure and Chairman, Nokia

Chair of the Board of Directors of Nokia Corporation. Board member since 2008. Chair since 2012. Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee.

Siilasmaa is one of the most respected and successful high-tech entrepreneurs in Finland. He has been actively involved in assisting the Finnish government to create a data security strategy, implement security policies, and establish a legal framework related to computer crimes.

Master of Science (Eng.), Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

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Tom Siebel

CEO, C3IoT

Tom Siebel

CEO, C3IoT

Tom Siebel is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of C3 IoT. He was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Siebel Systems, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems became a leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion.

Siebel is also Chairman of the Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research for the public domain.

Siebel serves on the boards of advisors for the Stanford University College of Engineering, the University of Illinois College of Engineering, and the UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.A. in history, an M.B.A, and an M.S. in computer science.

Amy Wilkinson
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Amy Wilkinson

Author, Creator's Code

Amy Wilkinson

Author, Creator's Code

Amy Wilkinson is CEO and Founder of Ingenuity, lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and author of The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs. She advises executives and emerging leaders around the world on how to master the skills that underlie entrepreneurial success.

Wilkinson’s career spans leadership roles at McKinsey & Company, J.P. Morgan and as Founder of Alegre, a foreign-based export company. She has also served in the White House as a senior policy advisor to the United States Trade Representative and a White House Fellow.

She is an expert for The Wall Street Journal. Wilkinson and her work have been featured by CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV & Radio, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Inc. TIME, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

Wilkinson earned a BA, MA, and MBA from Stanford University.

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KK Wong

Co-Founder and Vice President, Xiaomi

KK Wong

Co-Founder and Vice President, Xiaomi

Kong Kat Wong is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Xiaomi Technology. KK graduated from Purdue University, which ranks 6 in America’s Best National Universities. KK was working in Microsoft from 1997 to 2010. During 13 years' career in Microsoft, he was mainly responsible for the high-performance data analysis system of business server, Biztalk automatic logistics distribution system of B2B system in Microsoft, project research and development of the multi-media, browser and instant messaging of Windows Mobile, Windows Phone7 in Microsoft China successively.

In 2010, KK had met Lei Jun for the first time. After four and a half hours’meeting, KK determined to leave Microsoft and begin his pioneering work. Then he became the Co-Founder and Vice President of Xiaomi. Since then he has been responsible for the development of the MiTalk, MiRouter, and MiCloud business.

Marcus Weldon
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Marcus Weldon

President, Bell Labs and Corporate CTO, Nokia

Marcus Weldon

President, Bell Labs and Corporate CTO, Nokia

As President of Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Marcus Weldon is responsible for coordinating the technical strategy across the company and driving technological and architectural innovations into the portfolio.

Marcus is considered one of the luminaries in our industry in terms of the clarity, depth and breadth of his vision, and his track of picking the right technological disruptions and opportunities, from vectoring for copper access, to the evolution to LTE overlay and Small Cells, to the emergence of virtualization and SDN as profound industry changing forces and the movement towards edge cloud architectures. He combines this vision with the power of Bell Labs, to create a unique innovation engine whose goal is to ‘invent the future’ of the networking and communications industry.

Marcus holds a B.S in Chemistry and Computer Science from King’s College, London, and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University. In 1995, he joined the Physics Division at AT&T Bell Labs as a post-doctoral researcher, before becoming a Member of Technical Staff in the Optical Materials Division. He won a series of scientific and engineering society awards for his work on electronic and optical materials.

Nir Erez
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Nir Erez

Co-Founder and CEO, Moovit

Nir Erez

Co-Founder and CEO, Moovit

Nir Erez, a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience leading technology startups, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Moovit. Prior to Moovit, Nir was also Founder and CEO of both ActionBase and Eyron Software Solutions.

Nir is also co-owner and co-Founder of Eyron Group which invests in early-stage software companies. Nir graduated from the Mamram Academy and holds a degree in Physics.

Max Yankelevich
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Max Yankelevich

CEO, WorkFusion

Max Yankelevich

CEO, WorkFusion

Max founded WorkFusion in 2010 out of MIT’s CSAIL and now spearheads the company's work combining artificial intelligence and robotics to build products such as the Smart Process Automation, RPA Express and Chatbots.

An evangelist for the emerging field of Intelligent Automating and a dynamic speaker, Max has changed the perception of work automation among decision makers. Max attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied computer science and mathematics. He is a seasoned technology entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in large-scale cloud computing, and start-up technology companies with a focus on business. Max is also Founder/Chief Architect at Freedom OSS.

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Jay Walder

CEO Motivate

Jay Walder

CEO Motivate

Jay H. Walder is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Motivate.

Motivate is the global leader in bike share powering over 56,000 bikes on four continents.

Motivate operates many of the largest bike share programs in the nation including Citi Bike, Divvy, Capital Bikeshare, Hubway. Ford GoBike will join these programs as the second largest bike share in the United States by the end of 2018.

Mr. Walder was recruited to Motivate in October 2014 as the company was acquired by new investors.

Mr. Walder has enjoyed a distinguished international career in the public transportation sector, which includes 30 years working in the rail industry in the United States and the United Kingdom. Before joining Alta Bicycle Share, Mr. Walder was the Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation in Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest rail and property companies. Prior to that, Mr. Walder was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. From 2007 to 2009, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company London where he was the global leader of the firm’s Infrastructure Practice. Between 2001 and 2007, he was Managing Director, Finance and Planning at Transport for London and prior to that he was a Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Mr. Walder holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with Honors from Binghamton University, Harpur College, and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also completed the Executive Programme in Strategic Leadership from Templeton College at the University of Oxford.

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Marianne Wu

Managing Director, GE Ventures

Marianne Wu

Managing Director, GE Ventures

Marianne leads Energy and IoT investing at GE Ventures.

She is passionate about new business models and the opportunity for new technologies to transform industry. She is particularly interested in the intersection of digital and physical and the opportunity for digital technology to transform our industrial sector.

Her team focuses on IoT, energy, smart cities, smart buildings, automotive, and interesting industrial applications of data. The portfolio includes: Bit Stew Systems (acquired by GE), Sensity (acquired by Verizon), Solar Edge (SEDG), TPI (TPIC), Stem, Sonnen, Resin, TTTech, Rigup.

Marianne is an experienced venture investor, start-up executive, and management consultant, and has spent her career focused on bringing new technology to market. Prior to joining GE, she was a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures where she invested in leading technology and energy companies. Previously, she was VP Marketing at ONI Systems and consultant at McKinsey & Company. Marianne started her career as a development engineer.

Marianne holds a Ph.D. EE from Stanford University and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, where she is also on the Advisory Board. She has been named one of SV Women of Influence, top 10 Women in Cleantech, CVC Rising Star and has been frequently cited in the press.

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Jens Kramer Mikkelsen

CEO of CPH City & Port and former Lord Mayor of Copenhagen

Jens Kramer Mikkelsen

CEO of CPH City & Port and former Lord Mayor of Copenhagen

Jens Kramer Mikkelsen is CEO of CPH City & Port, which develops the areas in Ørestad, Nordhavn, and Copenhagen Harbour and also responsible for port operations in Copenhagen Harbour. He previously held the position of Managing Director of Ørestad Development Corporation, which was responsible for the construction and operation of the Copenhagen Metro and for the planning and development of the all-new urban area of Ørestad – an extension of the city of Copenhagen.

Jens Kramer Mikkelsen was the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Municipality from 1989 to 2004 and altogether, he was a member of Copenhagen City Council for 26 years (1978-2004). For two decades, Jens Kramer Mikkelsen transformed Copenhagen from being a deeply indebted, stagnating city into a growing metropolis with continuous development.

Since 2004, Jens Kramer Mikkelsen has worked to maintain and safeguard growth and urban development in Copenhagen, in which he has been highly successful. Jens Kramer Mikkelsen has a number of honorary positions which include Chairman of the Board at FN-Byen P/S (UN City), Chairman of the Advisory Board of Copenhagen Goodwill Ambassador Corps, Member of the Board at DGI-Byen, Chairman of the Board at Danish Fitness & Health Organization (DFHO).

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Sam Adams

Distinguished Engineer, IBM Research

Sam Adams

Distinguished Engineer, IBM Research

Currently co-leading the Aging Strategic Initiative in IBM Research, Sam Adams was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 1995, and in 1996 appointed as one of IBM’s first Distinguished Engineers.

After helping to found the first Object Technology Practice in the IBM Consulting Group, he led a study on Self Configuring Systems that foreshadowed IBM’s Autonomic Computing initiative. Sam co-authored IBM’s XML Technical Strategy, focusing on machine-to-machine communication which became the core of IBM’s Web Services strategy, coining the term “Service Oriented Architecture” and defining the Publish-Find-Bind triangle model for SOA in 1998.

In 2000, Mr. Adams led the Joshua Blue project, resulting in a number of breakthroughs in the field of Artificial General Intelligence, including the Superstition and Forgetfulness model for autonomous learning. Later, Sam developed the first internet mash-up technologies at IBM and led IBM’s Research’s Enterprise 2.0 Initiative. In 2013 he served as CTO for Contextual Computing in IBM Research, leading the exploration of peta-scale graph-based analytics and programming systems across IBM Research’s global labs.

Over the last 5 years he has helped drive a number of Global Technology Outlook topics in IBM Research, each of which has had a profound impact on IBM's strategic direction. Today, Sam is applying Cognitive Computing to eldercare, addressing the cross-industry impact of the global Aging Boom.