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Number of Investments
Number of Exits
Location
Full Description
Number of Portfolio Organizations
Number of Lead Investments
Fabrice Grinda
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New York, New York, United States
Fabrice Grinda is among the world’s leading Internet entrepreneurs and investors. He has over $300 million in exits and 150 angel investments. Fabrice has served as CEO for three multinational companies and has an impressive track record as an early investor in Alibaba, Lending Club, Delivery Hero and Brightroll. Fabrice is currently investing in startups and building companies through FJ Labs, which he cofounded with business partner Jose Marin. Fabrice is also co-founder and executive chairman of Beepi, a next generation used car marketplace. Beepi recently raised $60 million in series B funding. Prior to FJ Labs and Beepi, Fabrice was co-founder and co-CEO of OLX, one of the largest websites in the world with over 200 million unique visitors per month. The company operates in 40 countries and has over 1,200 employees. OLX is the largest classifieds site in India, Brazil, Pakistan, Poland, Ukraine, Portugal and many other emerging markets. Before OLX, Fabrice was co-founder and CEO of Zingy, one of the largest wireless media companies in the Americas. Fabrice successfully grew the business to $200 million in sales in four years. Fabrice started his entrepreneurial journey in 1998, at 23, when he co-founded and was CEO of Aucland. Soon after, Aucland grew into one of the largest auction sites in Europe. Before his entrepreneurial endeavors, Fabrice worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Fabrice holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1996, and was awarded the Halbert White prize, given to the most distinguished economics student, as well as The Wolfe Balleisen memorial prize, awarded for best thesis. In his free time, Fabrice likes to travel the world, kitesurf, play tennis, and blog about his personal and professional life at www.fabricegrinda.com.
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Edward Lando
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16
San Francisco, California, United States
Edward Lando is the Managing Partner at Pareto Holdings.
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Naval Ravikant
210
60
San Francisco, California, United States
Naval Ravikant is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com) and Vast.com. He is an active Angel investor, and have invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo.
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Mark Cuban
204
30
Dallas, Texas, United States
Mark Cuban is the founder of Fireside.
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Jason Calacanis
193
48
San Francisco, California, United States
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Daniel Curran
191
35
San Francisco, California, United States
57%+ / yr. liquid returns >>> https://danielcurran.substack.com/ Forbes #7 rank: bit.ly/2Oh7XhF **Only interested in start ups OVER $40k MRR w/o competition! Eqvista #5 rank: https://eqvista.com/top-100-active-angel-investors-list-for-startups/ Media/PR: https://billionairechronicle.com/daniel-curran-super-angel/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvAUJzDCa3Q&t=2s https://angelconnect.libsyn.com/investor-connect-episode-122-daniel-curran-of-silicon-valley https://thesyndicate.vc/angel-investor-hit-4-unicorn-companies-using-simple-investment-framework-super-angel-daniel-curran/ https://borsen.dk/soeg/daniel%20curran Bad Ass x-Rocket Scientist Rock Star! Read my 110+ Founder recommendations below. We share deal flow with billionaire Family Offices, Midas List VC's, and other Forbes superangels. Passions: stopping/reversing human aging/immortality/parabiosis, bci, brain emulation/download, quantum teleportation, & cryonics. CustEx launches website/app soon to help Biden Admin get voters' demands right. Benefits corp innovation, BLM, prevents civil unrest, as THE place for ads and co-creation. 2020 EBRD-led B round: https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/31/allset-series-b/ 2017 Greycroft deal: bit.ly/2ylWbLB 2016 A16Z deal: bit.ly/2d67xJc Fortune 500 $16B WDC pivot from $2.20 to $114/share! Relentless, visionary Tech entrepreneur builds $B companies that improve world. Founded 14 startups, invested cash in 178+, created 1k+ jobs, personally netted investors $170M in exits. Startups I endorse get oversubscribed by top vc's fast! As Angel Investor: $1B+ cash exits < 1 year @decacorn Cruise @DollarShaveClub: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/daniel-curran https://angel.co/dcurran-custex-com https://fundersclub.com/danielcurran/ Claims to Fame: -Founder/CEO, USLab NASDAQ IPO in 1998: raised $130M -VP & acting COO@Western Digital Silicon Valley sub [$40M sale to Brocade/PMCS/Snap, 2001], -Founder/CEO of 1st company [AlaStor, 2003] to converge IP+FC SAN, adopted by Cisco Systems [Andiamo], -Founder/CEO of CustEx Internet Platform [2012] Experienced ramping up companies using innate ability to quickly size up a company’s position & execute pro-customer action + cash-flow results. Began career at large companies as a software engineer and morphed into a business entrepreneur/CXO at startups with responsibility for up to 250 teammates Made sales ramp from $2M to $100M in 8 months as VP & acting COO of Western Digital’s Silicon Valley Connex Unit. Earned multiple top eng. school master's degrees (Illinois-PhD dropout, USC-cert, Penn State)
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Kunal Shah
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9
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Founder: @CRED_club ; Nomad
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Marc Benioff
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40
San Francisco, California, United States
Marc Benioff is Chair, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing. Under Benioff's leadership, Salesforce is the #1 provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software globally. Benioff was named “Innovator of the Decade” by Forbes and is recognized as one of the World’s 25 Greatest Leaders by Fortune, one of the 10 Best-Performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review and as the CNN Business CEO of 2020. For his leadership on equality, Benioff has been honored by GLAAD, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and Variety Magazine with its EmPOWerment Award. A member of the World Economic Forum ("WEF") Board of Trustees, Benioff co-founded 1t.org — the global movement to conserve, restore and grow one trillion trees — and the WEF Friends of Ocean Action. He also serves as the inaugural Chair of WEF's Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. Benioff is the owner and co-chair of TIME, and the founder of TIME Ventures — a leading investment firm with over 200 investments. Benioff is author of the New York Times bestseller Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change. Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where he is on its Board of Trustees.
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Paul Buchheit
164
62
Mountain View, California, United States
Paul Buchheit co-founded social network aggregator [FriendFeed](/organization/friendfeed), along with three other former [Google](/organization/google) employees. He is also an investor in FriendFeed and participated in a $5 million Series A round in February 2008. He was the 23rd employee at Google, where he created [Gmail](/product/gmail) and implemented many of its innovative features. He developed the original prototype of [Google AdSense](/product/google-adsense), and was responsible for Google's famous "Don't be evil" motto in a meeting.
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Charlie Songhurst
160
17
Greater Seattle Area, Washington, United States
Charles Songhurst is a founding partner of Katana Capital, a long-short equity hedge fund. He also runs the Songhurst Group, which holds assets in a variety of private companies. Charles ran corporate strategy for Microsoft and focused on partnering and M&A. He was involved in the Yahoo acquisition and commercial deal, and the Skype acquisition. Before running corporate strategy, Charles was focused on the emergence of Google and the growth of the search industry. Prior, Charles was an analyst at McKinsey & Company in London. Charles received a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in politics, philosophy, and economics.
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Alexis Ohanian
158
42
San Francisco, California, United States
Alexis Ohanian, born April 24, 1983, is an entrepreneur and investor in Brooklyn, NY, best known as the co-founder and executive chair of reddit, a platform for online communities to share links and have discussions. While he learned his earliest lessons in leadership and web design from his high school Quake 2 clan and Everquest guild, Alexis continued his official studies at the University of Virginia, where he met his future co-founder Steve Huffman during freshman year move-in day. This would lead to the founding of reddit, which he recounted along with many lessons for entrepreneurs, in his national bestseller, Without Their Permission. At UVA, Alexis majored in business and history with a minor in German. Though he had originally planned to become an immigration lawyer, he experienced an epiphany in his junior year (while sitting in a Waffle House) that led him to the realization that he didn't want to practice law. Instead he convinced his best friend Steve to start a company with him. The pair traveled to Cambridge, MA during their senior year spring break to hear Paul Graham give a talk titled "How to Start a Startup." After the lecture, Alexis invited Graham out for a drink so he and Steve could pitch Graham on their business idea. Graham agreed, loved the idea, and suggested they apply to a new seed stage venture firm he'd launched called Y Combinator. Alexis and Steve's original plan was to build an infrastructure that would allow people to order food from their cell phones. Though the idea was rejected, Alexis and Steve were invited to join the first class of Y Combinator, on the condition that they'd come up with a new concept. The next idea they pitched to Graham would become reddit.com.
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Scott Belsky
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28
New York, New York, United States
Scott Belsky joined Adobe as Chief Product Officer, Executive Vice President - Creative Cloud in 2017.Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, and investor. Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Millions of people use Behance to display their portfolios, as well as track and find top talent across the creative industries. After Behance's acquisition, Scott served as Adobe's Vice President of Products, rebooting Adobe's mobile product strategy and leading Behance until 2016 when he became a full-time venture capitalist as a General Partner at Benchmark. Scott returned to his love for the creative world, and building products and teams full-time, as Chief Product Officer and EVP of Creative Cloud, at Adobe in late 2017. He continues to work with Benchmark as a Venture Partner, as well as several other early stage venture firms. Scott also manages a portfolio of over 150 private companies from his early investments and product advisory roles in companies including Pinterest, Uber, Carta, Flexport, Airtable, sweetgreen, and many others in the early stages. Scott is also the author of the bestselling books Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle (Portfolio Imprint, Penguin Books, April, 2010 and Oct 2018, respectively). Scott is also the founder of the 99U conference for leaders in the design world, and is an advocate for technology and community initiatives that empower creative people and help businesses leverage the creative potential of their people. In 2010, Scott was also included in Fast Company's list of "100 Most Creative People in Business." Prior to founding Behance, Scott helped grow the Pine Street Leadership Development Initiative at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Scott was especially focused on organizational improvement and strengthening relationships with clients. Scott serves on the Advisory Board of Cornell University's Entrepreneurship Program and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Scott and his family live in New York City and San Francisco.
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Shervin Pishevar
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58
San Francisco, California, United States
Shervin Pishevar is the Co-Founder at Virgin Hyperloop.
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Wei Guo
148
21
San Francisco, California, United States
Wei Guo, managing partner of UpHonest Capital and founder of Wei Fund, was recognized in the 2016’s Top 20 Global Cross-Border Early Stage Chinese Investors by China Venture and one of the Most Active Silicon Valley Chinese Angel Investors by China Angel Investing Summit in 2016. Washington Post called him one of “China Whispers.” Over the past three years, Wei Fund has invested in 120+ Silicon Valley startups, including six exits, and more than half have secured the next round of financing. Investors of Wei Fund include institutions such as Banyan Capital, New Horizon Fund, iResearch, LeBox Capital, Pagoda Investment and NCM China, and individual investors such as Sheng Fu, Shanyou Li, and executives from Tencent and Alibaba.
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Scott Banister
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51
San Francisco, California, United States
Scott is an American entrepreneur and angel investor. He is best known as a co-founder of IronPort and an early advisor and board member at PayPal. Scott Banister started his career as a pioneer in the email business. He was Founder and VP of Technology at ListBot, the largest ASP for business email list hosting. ListBot was acquired by Microsoft. After ListBot, Scott spent his time working with other start-ups as a board member and investor. These start-ups include eVoice, creator of the first email-enabled home voicemail service, which was acquired by AOL in 2001. He served as VP of Ideas at idealab!, where he contributed numerous innovations, including the unique bid-for-placement search engine model that powers Overture. In December 2000, with Scott Weiss, Banister co-founded IronPort, an email appliance provider that was acquired in 2007 by Cisco for US$830 million. Scott Banister is co-founder and Chairman of [Zivity](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/zivity), a social networking site co-founded with his wife, [Cyan Banister](http://www.crunchbase.com/person/cyan-banister). He was an early investor in [Powerset](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/powerset), a startup building a natural language search engine, and sits on the company's Board of Directors. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Slide, a start-up founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin. Other private equity investments include Zappos.com, LiveOps, Facebook, Hi5.com, Tagged.com, iLike, and Causes.com. Banister attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from which he dropped out in 1996 to move to Silicon Valley. He currently lives in Half Moon Bay, California with his wife Cyan.
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Gokul Rajaram
133
6
San Francisco, California, United States
Gokul Rajaram is the Product and Business Helper at Doordash and currently in Pinterest and Coinbase as board member.
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Chris Adelsbach
131
3
London, England, United Kingdom
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Elad Gil
128
18
San Francisco, California, United States
Elad Gil is a serial entrepreneur, operating executive, and investor or advisor to private companies including AirBnB, Pinterest, Square, and Stripe. Previously, Elad was the VP of corporate strategy at Twitter, as well as ran various product teams (Geo, Search). He also spent many years at Google, where he started the mobile team and was involved in all aspects of getting the team up and running. He was involved with 3 acquisitions (including the Android team) and was the original product manager for Google Mobile Maps and other key mobile products. Prior to Google, Elad had product management and market seeding roles at a number of Silicon Valley companies. Elad holds a Ph.D. from MIT and has degrees in mathematics and biology from UCSD.
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Justin Mateen
123
8
United States, North America
Justin Mateen is the Founder of Tinder, the world's largest dating platform. Founded in 2012, Tinder is the highest grossing app on Apple's app store since 2017 and was valued at over $40 Billion dollars in 2021. In 2021, Business Insider ranked Mateen as the best early stage investor in the US, placing him at the number 1 spot on the top 100 list of US Seed Investors. In 2020, Forbes included Mateen on their list of the decade's top 10 tech entrepreneurs. Fast Company has listed him as one of the most creative people in business.
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Esther Dyson
120
28
New York, New York, United States
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Louis Beryl
108
25
San Francisco, California, United States
3X Founder of Earnest, SolidEnergy, and now working on the next one. Formerly a16z and YC. Active angel investor and board member.
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Clark Landry
101
25
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Clark Landry is the Managing Partner of Clover Leaf Ventures. Most recently, Clark was co-founder and COO at CESPPA, a cybersecurity company. Formerly, Clark was co-founder and COO at Maple Media (raised $30 million from private equity investors), co-founder and executive chairman at SHIFT (acquired by Brand Networks), co-founder and CEO at Top Level Domain Holdings (now Minds + Machines - publicly-traded on the London Stock Exchange's AIM), co-founder and CMO at TagWorld (acquired by Viacom). Clark was a founding investor of Gradient X, a mobile DSP (acquired by SingTel), Traffic Marketplace, an advertising network (acquired by Vivendi), Adconion Media Group, a provider of digital media advertising solutions (acquired by Amobee), Conversion Logic, an advertising attribution company, and CREXi, a commercial real estate marketplace. Clark holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Yale University.
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Max Levchin
100
29
San Francisco, California, United States
Max Levchin is an investor and advisor to emerging technology companies. He was previously the chairman and chief executive officer of HVF, a startup lab focused on extracting insights from recordable information. Levchin co-founded Confinity Inc. in December 1998, and served as the Chief Technology Officer and a director. He also founded NetMeridian Software, a developer of early Internet applications Levchin also serves as chairman of the boards of directors of Yelp Inc. and Kaggle Inc., and as a director of Evernote Corporation.
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Ronald Conway
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58
San Francisco, California, United States
Ronald Conway has been an active angel investor for over 15 years. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005) whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail. Ronald was previously with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions from 1973-1979, and Altos Computer Systems as a co-founder, President and CEO from 1979-1990. He eventually took Altos public in 1982 and served as CEO of Personal Training Systems (PTS) from 1991-1995. PTS went on to be acquired by SmartForce/SkillSoft. Ronald has served/serves on Boards/Advisory Boards including: Twitter, Digg, Brightmail, Ask Jeeves, Rupture (acquired by EA), Associated Content (acquired by Yahoo!), Facebook, RockYou, ScanScout, Zappos, Trulia, StumbleUpon, Plaxo (acquired by Comcast), Photobucket (acquired by Fox), and Anchor Intelligence (co-founder). Ronald was recently named #6 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top deal-makers in 2008 and is actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. Ronald is Vice Chairman of the UCSF Medical Foundation in SF, Board Member of The Tiger Woods Foundation, and SF Homeless Connect, and on the Benefit Committee of Ronald McDonald House, College Track, and the Blacked Eyed Peas-PeaPod Academy Foundation. Ronald is also featured in Gary Rivlin's book _The Godfather of Silicon Valley: Ronald Conway and the Fall of the Dot-coms, described as 'the man who has placed more bets on Internet start-ups than anyone else in Silicon Valley.
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Simon Murdoch
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21
London, England, United Kingdom
Simon set up online bookstore Bookpages in 1996 and sold it to Amazon in 1998. As VP Europe for Amazon, he managed huge growth from start-up through to multimillion turnover and hundreds of staff. As an Angel investor, he has invested in Shazam, been chairman of VideoIsland (now merged with and renamed LoveFilm, and purchased in Feb 2011 by Amazon.com), Zoopla! and Shutl (currently chairman). Simon founded and funded FriendsAbroad.com, a social network for developing language skills and contacts abroad which was successfully sold to Lesson Nine GmbH, operators of language learning site Babbel.com. Simon is currently CEO of StormForward, an e-commerce conversion consultancy which helpsonline retailers to increase their online sales and profits.
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Cyan Banister
98
23
San Francisco, California, United States
Cyan Banister is a partner at Founders Fund, where she invests across sectors and stages with a particular interest in augmented reality, fertility, heavily regulated industries and businesses that help people with basic skills find meaningful work. Prior to joining Founders Fund, Cyan was an active angel investor with a portfolio including Uber, Thumbtack, SpaceX, Postmates, EShares, Affirm and Niantic, creator of Pokémon GO. A self-taught engineer and entrepreneur, Cyan has held a number of technical leadership positions throughout her career. As an early employee at IronPort, which was acquired by Cisco, Cyan oversaw support infrastructure and performance for a global customer base. She has a passion for the arts and is a voracious film, documentary and media consumer.
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Tim Draper
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19
San Francisco, California, United States
Timothy Draper is founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates and DFJ. Tim's original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and other web-based email providers and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses. Tim launched the DFJ Global Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in over 30 cities around the globe. Tim founded or co-founded DFJ ePlanet (global), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC), Zone Ventures (LA), Epic Ventures (Salt Lake City), Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara), DFJ Vina Capital (Vietnam), Draper Nexus (Tokyo), and DFJ DragonFund (Shanghai). Tim recently launched "Six Californias," a statewide initiative to create six new states and dissolve a failed one in California. Previously, Tim served on the California State Board of Education. In November of 2000, Tim launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election. Tim was a Member of Singapore's International Economic Council and Ukraine's Orange Circle. Tim was on the Board of U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Tim was ranked 52 on the list of the 100 most influential Harvard Alumni, and seven on the Forbes Midas List. Tim was named Always-On #1 top venture capital deal maker. Tim was awarded the Commonwealth Club's Distinguished Citizen Award for achievements in green and sustainable energy. To further encourage entrepreneurship, Tim started BizWorld.org, a non-profit for children to learn entrepreneurship, Draper University of Heroes, a school for entrepreneurs 18-28 and he leads SixCalifornias, an initiative to improve the governance of California. Tim has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Kevin Mahaffey
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20
San Francisco, California, United States
Kevin Mahaffey began building (and breaking) software at eight years old and it has been a love affair ever since. Currently, he is CTO and Founder of Lookout. Recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, Lookout is a cybersecurity company that protects mobile devices for tens of millions of individuals and more than 150 enterprises globally. Kevin was featured as one of Inc. Magazine's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 and is a frequent presenter at technology and industry events, including: Blackhat, DEFCON, RSA, Web Summit, CeBIT, and the World Economic Forum. An active investor, Kevin has invested in more than 60 startups, focusing on enterprise software and technology-driven transformation of large markets. When he’s not helping build startups, he’s an avid kitesurfer, photographer, and snowboarder.
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Taavet Hinrikus
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6
London, England, United Kingdom
Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder and CEO of TransferWise. Prior to starting TransferWise, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. One of the World Economic Forum's Tech Pioneers, Taavet is an adviser to Prime Minister of Estonia on the digital agenda. He’s also a mentor and angel investor; his investments include Tweetdeck, Mendeley, OMGPOP, Property Partner, Sunrise, Improbable and Mapillary.
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Peter Thiel
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18
San Francisco, California, United States
Peter Thiel Is The Member, Board of Directors At Facebook. Founder at Breakout Labs.
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David Tisch
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46
New York, New York, United States
David Tisch is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City-based early stage investment fund. BoxGroup is an investor in over 200 seed-stage companies, including Vine, Blue Apron, Sunrise, Warby Parker, Harry’s, Oscar, Behance, Handy and more. David is also the co-founder and Chairman of Spring, a mobile marketplace where customers shop directly within the app from a curated community of brands. Spring was named by Apple as one of the Best Apps of 2014. In 2014, David was named Head of Startup Studio at Cornell Tech, the University’s New York City-based graduate campus focused on digital technologies and the information economy. He is also Entrepreneur in Residence for Wharton’s Entrepreneurship Program. David is the co-founder of TechStars NYC and has served on numerous boards, including Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology, the Investor Board of Venture for America, and the Entrepreneurship board at NYU. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law, and currently lives in New York City
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Bashar Hamood
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2
United Arab Emirates, Asia
Bashar Hamood is a result oriented professional with versatile experience across diverse organizational domains. He is well versed in the development of marketing strategies, branding, direct marketing, new products/brands launches, analysis, reporting, and positioning. He is an entrepreneur and self-starter with expansive experience in brand awareness and development, community outreach. Bashar is a versatile business manager with proven competencies in optimizing team dynamics uniting diverse agenda to common goal and harnessing strategic and operational drivers to deliver results. He has a strong analytical mind with rigorous study for each case and the output of each variation for each parameter. Bashar loves to take risk and new challenges.
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Xavier Niel
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15
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Xavier Niel is the Iliad Group's majority shareholder and founder. He has been involved in the data communications, Internet and telecommunications industry since the late 1980s. In 1993, before dedicating himself full-time to developing the Group, he founded Worldnet, the first Internet service provider in France, which was sold to Kaptech (LDCom Group) in December 2000. He has been responsible for the Group's major strategic developments, from the launch of the ANNU service and the development of Internet access services based on France Télécom’s repayment scheme as a financial model to the launch of the Freebox project.
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Kevin Lin
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2
San Francisco, California, United States
Lin is the COO of Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. He was instrumental in the 2011 launch of the platform when he joined Justin.tv in 2008. His role included attracting the site’s largest broadcasters and building out the partnership team among other activities which have helped grow the Twitch brand. Currently more than 100 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast live video, watch and chat about gaming, making the platform an industry leader.
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Kevin Hartz
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18
San Francisco, California, United States
Kevin is the Co-Founder & Chairman of Eventbrite and an EIR & Venture Partner at Founders Fund. Prior to joining the firm, Kevin was Co-Founder and CEO of Eventbrite. Kevin was previously Co-Founder and CEO of Xoom Corporation, an international money transfer company servicing more than 30 countries worldwide. Xoom went public in 2012 and was acquired by PayPal in 2015. Kevin has served as an early-stage investor and advisor to successful start-ups including Airbnb, Lookout, PayPal, Pinterest, Skybox Imaging, Trulia, Uber, and Yammer.
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Wayne Chang
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23
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Wayne Chang (born August 3, 1983) is an American entrepreneur, angel investor, film producer, and philanthropist. He is best known for founding Crashlytics, which in little over a year was acquired by Twitter for over $100 million in 2013 (later valued at $259.5 million at Twitter's IPO), creating i2hub, a popular filesharing network, his seed investments that include companies like JetSmarter, Draftkings, and Gusto, and his lawsuit against the Winklevoss brothers, who were famously depicted in The Social Network movie.
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Kevin Moore
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19
Dallas, Texas, United States
Kevin Moore has 10 years experience as an angel/opportunity investor and operator. Prior to that, he has over 15 years of progressive technology i-banking, corp dev, and CFO experience at startups and $Bn corporates.
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James Sowers
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9
Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
James Sowers is a Korean-American businessman and philanthropist. He is a former singer/songwriter who was abandoned at birth who had his music career tragically ended by a reckless driver in a car accident. He is currently a Director @ the GreaterGoodSociety . James is An experienced ICO and blockchain advisor.He has angel invested in over 40 startups and initial coin offerings. He is also a contributor to Known Blockchain publications and has been featured in other well known financial publications. James has already made a very positive impact on the project, his vision and professionalism along with his great personality traits complement the SafeCrypt.io team in a very positive way.
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Hesham Zreik
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hesham has been ranked #39 out of top 50 investors (Forbes 2018) based on investment and successful exits. Hesham has invested in +100 startups. He has co-founded more than 40 startups. He has a passion for building innovative start-ups around the principle of developing simple solutions to challenging problems. He is multilingual and can speak, read and write Arabic, English, French. He has also some good knowledge in German and Spanish. Hesham is a founder and CEO of FasterCapital. FasterCapital is an online incubator who has border-less reach. Hesham has already co-founded (as a technical cofounder) and invested as an angel investor in more than 40 startups and has helped expand FasterCapital to have more than 1000 regional partners, a network of 1000 mentors, +500 offices worldwide and more than 400 startups. Hesham has invested and helped improve and refine the product in each of the 40 incubated startups. During his work at FasterCapital, Hesham has co-founded: - co-founded Edunoor.com: online learning platform with social components. - invested in Dooet.com: a discovery and search engine for mobile applications and other content. - invested in Letuscloud.com: Bridging the gap between enterprises and virualization - invested in abcmob.com: Mobile business application. 18 sectors already covered. - invested in Mobayle.com: an instant AppStore creator and customizer - invested in Meody.com: Cross platform messenger with focus on enterprises and operators. - invested in TVlize.com: a platform for social and engaging TV - He also cofounded and invested in Nakkeb.com, BeamGift.com, PickTaxi.com, MobAdv.com, Bazarmaker.com, puttag.com, fulhost.com, Entablet.com, PinProfile.com, mp3ready.com, BookThatbook.com Newsanalyse.com, B2Butterfly.com and many more. He is also a mentor for more than 50 companies. Hesham started his first company ZGroup Mobile in 2002 with less than $20/month and grow it to reach a valuation of $2.5-$3.25 million in 2005 by Public company Incagold plc (it would have been the first company in MENA region to be acquired by a public company). ZGroup Mobile is a developer and publisher of mobile content (mobile games, mobile apps, mobile music, mobile videos) and services. He has been ranked 7th in Baccalaureate tests among 200,000th participants. He has completed his engineering degree at HIAST then he has done an MBA at Edinburgh business school and a Master in computer information science at AABFS.
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Lachy Groom
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San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
i did some stuff at stripe. chairman of Compound.
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Auren Hoffman
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San Francisco, California, United States
Auren Hoffman is the CEO of LiveRamp (sold to Acxiom for $310 million on 2014). Previously, he founded and sold three Internet companies before age 30: BridgePath (sold in 2002), Kyber Systems (sold in 1997), and GetRelevant (sold in 2002). He's an active angel investor or advisor in over 70 companies. Auren holds a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the UC Berkeley. He writes a blog called Summation.
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Chris Sang
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Co-Managing Partner, Chief Technology Officer, Venture Advisor, Global Investor
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Reid Hoffman
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San Francisco, California, United States
Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. He focuses on building products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects. An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, Reid has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses, as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive, “blitzscale” growth. Ranging from Linkedin to PayPal, from Airbnb to Convoy to Facebook, Reid invests in businesses with network effects and collaborates on building their product ecosystems. Reid co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 500 million members around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing. He led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to LinkedIn, Reid served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was also a founding board member. Reid is an accomplished investor. He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Aurora, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Gixo, Microsoft, Nauto, Xapo and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub and Do Something. Prior to joining Greylock, he angel invested in many influential Internet companies, including Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, and Zynga. Reid is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. His next book is focused on “blitzscaling”, based on his Stanford course of the same name. Reid is the host of the podcast, Masters of Scale. Reid earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University. In 2010 he was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute. In 2012, he was honored by the Martin Luther King center’s Salute to Greatness Award. Also in 2012, he received the David Packard Medal of Achievement from TechAmerica and an honorary doctor of law from Babson University. In 2017, Reid was appointed as a CBE by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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Mark Pincus
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San Francisco, California, United States
Mark Pincus is founder and Executive Chairman of the Board. He has served as our Chairman from April 2007 to March 2016 and our Executive Chairman since March 2016. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer from April 2007 to July 2013 and from April 2015 to March 2016, and as Chief Product Officer from April 2007 to April 2014. In 2014, he founded superlabs, a San Francisco-based product lab focused on developing products that connect and empower people, which was acquired by Zynga in 2015. Pincus also founded Zynga.org in 2009, a non-profit organization dedicated to using social games for social good. From 2003 to 2007, Pincus served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Tribe.net, a company he launched and one of the first social networks in the industry. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Chairman of Support.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRT), a help desk automation software company he founded, and he served as Chief Executive Officer and President from December 1997 to July 1999. From 1996 to 1997, he served as Chief Executive Officer of FreeLoader, Inc., a web-based news company he founded. Pincus also made founding investments in Napster, Twitter and Facebook. Pincus graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an angel investor in multiple Silicon Valley startups and regularly gives lectures to aspiring entrepreneurs.
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Eduardo Ronzano
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Eduardo Ronzano is the Founder of KelDoc.
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Bill Gates
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Seattle, Washington, United States
Bill Gates is founder, technology advisor and board member of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. He served as chairman of the board until Feb. 4, 2014. On June 27, 2008, Gates transitioned out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He shares his thoughts about the foundation and other topics on Gates Notes, a website launched in January 2010. Gates continues to serve on Microsoft’s Board of Directors and as an advisor on key development projects. Born on Oct. 28, 1955, Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. Their father, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. Their late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School. There, he discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13. In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer. While at Harvard, Gates developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer – the MITS Altair. In his junior year, Gates left Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft, a company he had begun in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Guided by a belief that the computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home, they began developing software for personal computers. Gates’ foresight and his vision for personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and the software industry. Under Gates’ leadership, Microsoft’s mission has been to continually advance and improve software technology, and to make it easier, more cost-effective and more enjoyable for people to use computers. The company is committed to a long-term view, reflected in its industry-leading investment in research and development each year. In 1999, Gates wrote Business @ the Speed of Thought, a book that shows how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways. The book was published in 25 languages and is available in more than 60 countries. Business @ the Speed of Thought has received wide critical acclaim, and was listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and on Amazon.com. Gates’ previous book, The Road Ahead, published in 1995, was at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for seven weeks. Gates has donated the proceeds of both books to non-profit organizations that support the use of technology in education and skills development. In addition to his love of computers and software, Gates founded Corbis, which is developing one of the world’s largest resources of visual information – a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the globe. He is also a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which invests in companies engaged in diverse business activities. Philanthropy is very important to Gates. He and his wife, Melinda, started a foundation in 2000 to help reduce inequities in the United States and around the world. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports philanthropic initiatives in the areas of global health and learning, with the hope that in the 21st century, advances in these critical areas will be available for all people. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.gatesfoundation.org Gates was married on Jan. 1, 1994, to Melinda French Gates. They have three children. Gates is an avid reader, and enjoys playing golf, tennis and bridge.
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Sam Altman
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San Francisco, California, United States
Sam Altman is the co-founder and CEO of OpenAI. Sam was previously the Chairman of Y Combinator, a leading silicon valley startup accelerator.
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Jon Oringer
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New York, New York, United States
Jon Oringer is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of the popular microstock photography site Shutterstock. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Computer Science from Stony Brook University, and completed his Master's degree in Computer Science at Columbia University. Oringer pioneered the subscription based microstock photography business model when he created Shutterstock in 2003. Jon Oringer originally founded the company to sell his own images, but soon recognized that his work alone would not satisfy his customers' demand. In response, Jon Oringer decided to become an agent as well, so he could offer other people's work as a complement to his own. By combining a personal interest in photography with a first hand knowledge of the demand for diverse and compelling imagery in today's marketplace, Jon Oringer set out to provide high quality photographs in a way that he thought would make sense to his customers. The company has enjoyed robust growth since its inception; it grew from 30,000 royalty-free stock images in 2003 to over 11 million in February 2010, and over 18 million in April, 2012. In 2009, Oringer was selected 41st on the Silicon Alley 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential entrepreneurs, investors, executives, and technologists in Manhattan.
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Rajan Anandan
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India, Asia
As part of the leadership team at Sequoia Capital India, Rajan is focusing on developing its early-stage program Surge, into the world's top scale-up program for startups by acting as an investment advisor and mentor to the programme's founders. Surge aims to engineer rapid early progress for startups, by enabling disproportionate access to capital, talent, network and decades of company-building knowledge. Rajan's deep understanding of technology, operating expertise and a track record of growing tech businesses across the region will help Surge's founders scale and build the businesses of tomorrow. Prior to Sequoia, as Head of Google India and Southeast Asia, Rajan played a key role in expanding the regions internet ecosystem while accelerating Google's innovation and growth units. He is also a prolific angel investor who has backed a large number of successful startups at very early stages. Rajan also led Microsoft and Dell in India and was earlier a Partner at McKinsey & Company in Chicago.
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Lee Linden
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San Francisco, California, United States
Lee is an entrepreneur and early stage investor. Previously, he lead Facebook's emerging initiatives in commerce, including Gifts and the Facebook Card. Lee founded Karma, a breakthrough mobile commerce platform which allowed smartphone users to instantly send real gifts to others without the burden of physical mailing addresses. Karma was acquired by Facebook in early 2012. Prior to Karma, Lee founded Tapjoy and piloted the company to it's position as a leading mobile advertising platform which today touches more than 1 billion devices. He began Tapjoy by co-creating multiple top mobile games for iOS/Android and subsequently unraveling the potential of mobile advertising and app distribution at scale. Earlier, Lee worked for venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and helped launch the iFund, a $100M investment vehicle focused on smartphone application platforms. Lee originally began his career working in product development at Microsoft, where he co-created the Windows Home Server division and shipped the first version of that product to market. Lee holds a MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and a BA in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and today lives and works in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. Lee has been a featured speaker at universities, conferences, and panels worldwide and has received numerous awards for his work including 30 under 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Businessweek 2012, 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2012, and The Silicon Valley 100 by Business Insider 2013.
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Benjamin Ling
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Menlo Park, California, United States
Ben Ling is a founder and partner at Bling Capital. Previously he was an Investment Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he is focused on mobile and Internet, marketplace, consumer health and data businesses. He is an accomplished executive and angel investor, with senior operating roles at Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Badoo. His personal investments include Square, Palantir, Quora, and PracticeFusion, Fab, DogVacay, and he holds advisory roles at Pinterest and Pulse. Ben currently serves on the board of Wattpad, Tapingo, Academia.edu, TheHunt, Quantopian, and Pymetrics. At Google, he was Google’s Senior Director of Search Products and Local Business Products, including overseeing Images, Videos, Books, News and Finance. At YouTube, he was Senior Director of Partnerships and Platform, responsible for Music, Movies, Sports, News, as well as Mobile, TV, and API partnerships. In his first role at Google, Ben was the founder and GM of Google’s Commerce group, including Google Wallet and Shopping. At Facebook, Ben was Director of Facebook Platform overseeing the Facebook developer ecosystem, and led product, marketing, developer operations, partner solutions, and helped build Facebook Connect, which has helped Facebook grow across the web. Ben holds a Ph.D. and Master’s in Computer Science from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering / Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. Ben is a Department of Defense Fellow and recipient of UC Berkeley’s Bechtel Achievement Award (Top graduating senior in College of Engineering).
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Joanne Wilson
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New York, New York, United States
Joanne Wilson has had many careers. She started out in retail, eventually moving to the wholesale arena. She then transitioned to the media side of the technology world, before once again reinventing herself as an investor. She is currently an active angel investor with a portfolio of over 90 companies such as Food52, Sweeten, Vengo, Nestio, Phin and Phebes, Makers Row, Clutter, and Union Station. She has been involved in numerous real estate transactions from beginning to end and continues to make investments in that world. She is also an investor in a few restaurants in the New York area. In addition to these endeavors, Joanne has been involved in various education projects and served as chairperson at Hot Bread Kitchen, non-profit committed to increasing access to the culinary industry for woman and minority entrepreneurs. She also sits on the board of The Highline. Joanne has maintained her very popular blog, www.gothamgal.com for over 11 years and has recently take her talents to the airwaves on her podcast, ""Positively Gotham Gal"". She loves to bake, cook, throw a good party, travel, read, collect art, do the crossword and stay on top of what's happening around the globe and in NYC. Her most successful venture is being married to her best friend, Fred and raising their three kids- Jessica, Emily and Josh
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Bryan Rosenblatt
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New York, New York, United States
Bryan Rosenblatt (born July 4, 1989 in New York, New York, United States) is an American Venture Capitalist and entrepreneur. He is a Partner at Craft Ventures, a venture firm with over $2 billion AUM started by David Sacks. He is also a founder of Riverside Ventures which he started in 2017.
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Justin Kan
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San Francisco, California, United States
Justin Kan is a Content Creator at YouTube.
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Bradley Horowitz
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Palo Alto, California, United States
Bradley Horowitz is an Advisor and Vice President of Product Management at Google. Most recently he helped create Area 120, Google's incubator for internally-sourced innovation. He's led a large number of products, programs and initiatives at Google - including Google for Startups, Google Photos, Gmail, Google Voice, blogger, and Google News. Before joining Google in February 2008, Horowitz was Yahoo's vice president of Advanced Development where he drove the acquisitions of Flickr and MyBlogLog, launched the Brickhouse incubator and developed new products like Yahoo! Pipes. Additionally, he was responsible for the company's initiative to open up its platform which included overseeing the Yahoo Developer Network (YDN).Previously, he was co-founder and CTO of Virage, where he oversaw the technical direction of the company from its founding through its IPO and eventual acquisition by Autonomy. Horowitz was a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab. While at the Media Lab, he worked on a number of topics related to computer vision, graphics and image processing, which resulted in a patented new technique for the recovery of structure, motion and camera parameters from video sequences. Horowitz holds an MS in Media Science from MIT and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
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Nadav Ben-Chanoch
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Chief of Staff at Pareto Holdings
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Gary Vaynerchuk
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New York, New York, United States
Gary Vaynerchuk is the chairman of VaynerX, a modern-day media and communications holding company, and the active CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency servicing Fortune 100 clients across the company’s 4 locations. In the late 90s, after identifying “the internet” as a land-grab opportunity, Gary transitioned his father’s local liquor store into one of the first wine e-commerce platforms resulting in growing the family business from $3-60MM in sales during a 5-year period. During his time in the family business, Vaynerchuk also started one of the first long-form episodic video shows on YouTube in 2006 called WineLibraryTV, filming 1,000 episodes over a 5-year window. Gary’s wine knowledge, charisma, and uncanny ability to engage with his community landed him appearances on national television with Ellen Degeneres and Conan O’Brien, as well as establishing him as one of the most followed people on social media during its nascent years. Not only did Gary leverage content creation and the rise of social media for his personal brand, but it was the seed which would become the pillar to his now 9-year old advertising agency VaynerMedia, servicing brands with an ever-expanding variety of offerings. Outside of being the Chairman and CEO of his own companies, Gary is a highly sought after public speaker, a 5-time New York Times bestselling author, as well as a prolific angel investor with early investments in companies such as Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo, and Uber. Gary is currently the subject of DailyVee, an online documentary series highlighting what it’s like to be a CEO and public figure in today’s digital world, as well the host of The GaryVee Audio Experience, a top 50 global podcast, and host of #AskGaryVee, a business and advice Q&A show which can be found on both YouTube and Facebook. Gary also appeared as judge in Apple’s first original series “Planet of the Apps” alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Will.i.am on In addition to VaynerMedia, VaynerX also houses The Gallery, a new publishing company started after acquiring leading women’s lifestyle property PureWow in January 2017. In addition to running VaynerMedia, Gary also serves as a partner in the athlete representation agency VaynerSports and restaurant reservations app Resy. Gary is a board/advisory member of Ad Council and Pencils of Promise, and is a longtime Well Member of Charity:Water.
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Joshua Schachter
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San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
Joshua Schachter is an organizer at Self Racing Cars. He was the CEO of Tasty Labs and the founder of [delicious](/organization/delicious), a popular bookmark-sharing service founded in late 2003, acquired by [Yahoo](/organization/yahoo) in 2005, and acquired by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen's [AVOS Systems](/organization/avos) in 2011. Joshua has also worked for [Google](/organization/google) and he created [geoURL](/organization/geourl), a location-URL reverse directory, and was a co-creator of Memepool.
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Ramakant Sharma
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Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Ramakant plays a central role in driving all technological innovations that form the backbone of Livspace while also leading our operations team. Before founding Livspace, Ramakant was a core team member and Vice President of Engineering at Myntra, a leading fashion eCommerce startup in India (acquired by Flipkart). Ramakant, graduated from IIT Kanpur, and holds an MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
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Kunal Bahl
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
Kunal is the co-founder and CEO of Snapdeal Private Limited, India's largest no-frills, value focused marketplace. Previously, he has also worked at companies such as Deloitte Consulting and Microsoft in the US. Kunal is an engineer from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a business degree from The Wharton School. He loves backpacking through remote parts of the world, savoring unique cuisines and studying development politics in India.
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Anupam Mittal
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Anupam started his entrepreneurial journey by founding People Group - A New Media & Entertainment group, which includes businesses such as Shaadi.com, Makaan.com, Mauj Mobile and People Pictures. Today the group is recognized as one of the most innovative enterprises in the country. Besides his operational roles, Anupam is also one of India’s most active angel investors.   Anupam Mittal has been voted by BusinessWeek as one of India’s 50 Most Powerful People. He has also been on the list of one of the 25 people to watch out for by one of India’s most reputed magazines,‘The Week’.
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Brendan Wallace
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Brendan Wallace is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, where he guides the firm’s strategic vision. Prior to starting Fifth Wall, Brendan co-founded Identified, a workforce optimization data and analytics company that raised $33 million of venture funding and was acquired by Workday (NYSE: WKDY) in 2014. He also co-founded Cabify, the largest ridesharing service in Latin America, and has been an active investor, leading more than 60 angel investments including Bonobos, Dollar Shave Club, Lyft, SpaceX, Clutter, and Philz Coffee. Brendan started his career at Goldman Sachs in the real estate, hospitality, and gaming group before joining The Blackstone Group’s real estate private equity practice. Brendan is from New York City and currently lives in Venice. He graduated from Princeton University, where he received his BA in political science and economics. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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Shane Neman
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Miami, Florida, United States
Founder of EZ Texting and JoonBug. Serial entrepreneur and investor in Tech, Real Estate & Hospitality.c A forward-thinking problem solver, consummate optimist and serial entrepreneur, Shane Neman is the prototypical businessman of our modern era. His experience and expertise in business span numerous industries, from technology and telecommunications to real estate and hospitality. After leaving NYU Medical School early, he started three industry-shifting tech startups (two of them – EZ Texting and JoonBug – acquired) with hundreds of employees and tens of thousands of customers. As an insightful startup backer, Shane’s portfolio includes companies such as Convoy, Prose, Impossible Foods, Universal Standard, Apostrophe, MeetMindful, MapAnything, VinePair and Smylen. Shane is also a prolific real estate developer and investor. From commercial shopping and industrial centers to residential buildings, he owns more than two dozen large-scale properties across the U.S. He holds a degree in Computer Science from New York University, where he received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater scholarship and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.
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Jeremy Yap
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Singapore, Central Region, Singapore
Jeremy is a full time angel from Singapore who invests in the Europe, North America, and Israel.
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Tom Williams
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Brad Flora
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San Francisco, California, United States
Brad Flora is a Visiting Partner at Y Combinator. He is a former Co-Founder and CEO of Perfect Audience. Mr. Flora received a BA from Princeton University in English and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern.
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Ashton Kutcher
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Ashton Kutcher is an actor, investor, entrepreneur, producer and philanthropist. Kutcher has been named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” as well as being honored by Vanity Fair ‘s “New Establishment List,” which identifies the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies and entrepreneurs. Twice, Kutcher was named one of Forbes magazine’s “World’s Most Powerful Celebrities,” as well as one of Fast Company magazine’s “Most Creative People.” Kutcher has been investing in technology for over a decade, both as an angel investor and a founding partner of A-Grade Investments and Sound Ventures. His fund portfolio includes Airbnb, Uber, Flexport, Brex, Robinhood, Bird, Airtable and Affirm among others. Kutcher is also the co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children (www.thorn.org). Thorn drives technology innovation to fight the sexual exploitation of children. Kutcher currently stars in the Netflix original series, The Ranch. He also serves as Executive Producer. Until 2015, Kutcher starred in the CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men. The show ranked as the second most-watched comedy on all of network television. Kutcher first gained recognition as Michael Kelso on the Fox series That 70’s Show, and went on to star in a variety of box office hits on the big screen – including What Happens In Vegas with Cameron Diaz, The Guardian with Kevin Costner, No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman and the cult hit Dude, Where’s My Car. Kutcher served as co-creator and producer of MTV's hit series, “Punk'd,” and The CW's reality series “Beauty and the Geek” and “True Beauty.” He has also produced films such as No Strings Attached, Killers and The Butterfly Effect. Additionally, Kutcher co-founded APlus, a digital media company devoted to spreading the message of positive journalism, a kind of storytelling that focuses on our shared humanity. In 2016, APlus was purchased by Chicken Soup for the Soul.
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Arjun Sethi
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Farzad (Zod) Nazem
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Palo Alto, California, United States
Farzad (Zod) Nazem has been a prolific angel investor and advisor to tech startup companies since his retirement from Yahoo! in 2007. He has invested in more than 60 early stage companies, and sits on the boards of Hand Foundation, and The Nueva School. His area of investment is about two thirds Big Data and Cloud platforms, and one third Health and Medical. He was the Executive Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer of Yahoo from 1996 to mid 2007. He helped acquire and integrate over 50 companies and managed over six thousand engineers representing half of the company's employees. Between 1985 and 1996, Mr. Nazem held various software development and management positions at Oracle Corporation culminating in his role as Vice President of Media and Web Server Division. His tenure at Oracle also included membership in the company's Product Division Management Committee, which set overall strategy for Oracle products. Previously, Mr. Nazem was recruited from California Polytechnic State University by Rolm Corporation to be a software engineer in the VLCBX division. At age 19, he earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science with highest honors.
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Nat Turner
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12
New York, New York, United States
Before co-founding Flatiron, Nat was Co-Founder and CEO of Invite Media, an advertising technology company based in NYC. Invite Media built the industry's first enterprise advertising platform for buying and optimizing online media in real-time. Invite Media was acquired by Google in 2010. Prior to Invite Media, Nat started numerous internet companies and also worked at Say Media and First Round Capital. An active angel investor, Nat has invested in over 30 technology startups throughout the country, including Bell Biosystems, Breakthrough, Care at Hand, DocPhin, Doctor Evidence, Genomera, Meddik, Oscar, and Predilytics. Nat earned a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Economics with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In his spare time, Nat is an avid golfer and tries to trick trout with fake bugs.
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Binny Bansal
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Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Binny Bansal is an Indian software engineer and Internet entrepreneur. In 2007 he co-founded the e-commerce platform Flipkart with Sachin Bansal (not related) and was serving as the Chief Operating Officer until 11 January 2016 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. In January 2017 he was promoted to Group CEO of Flipkart. Binny is from Chandigarh and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
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Spencer Rascoff
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Spencer Rascoff is the Co-Founder and the Chairman of Board at Pacaso.
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Garry Tan
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22
San Francisco, California, United States
Garry is a designer, engineer, and founder turned early stage investor, co-founding Initialized Capital in 2012. The firm has invested at the earliest stages of companies like Coinbase, Flexport, Instacart, and Cruise. Prior to Initialized, Garry spent nearly 5 years as a partner at Y Combinator, advising and funding more than 1,000 companies and founders. He was co-founder of YC-backed blog platform Posterous (acquired by Twitter in 2012) and previously worked at Palantir as a founding member of the engineering team. He also designed Palantir’s logo. Garry holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University.
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Dave Morin
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San Francisco, California, United States
Dave is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of Offline Ventures. He was Founder & Partner Emeritus of Slow Ventures. A leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm that champions long term thinking and innovation. Slow serves a community of over 200 of the most innovative entrepreneurs and companies in the world. Including Slack, Pinterest, Evernote, NextDoor, Postmates, Blue Bottle and more. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of Path which was acquired by Kakao in 2015. He co-founded Path with the mission of being a source of happiness, meaning, and connection through simplicity, quality, and privacy in technology and design. Path continues to serves tens of millions of people each month to this day. Dave has had a lifelong passion for technology, entrepreneurship, culture, design, photography, nature, skiing, and improving society. He served both Apple and Facebook for several years during periods of rapid innovation and growth. Today, he serves on the Board of Directors of Eventbrite, Dwell, and Hinge. And, on the Boards of three Non-Profit Organizations, the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and Montana ExplorationWorks. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He grew up under the big sky of Montana where he was ranked as one of the top downhill ski racers in America. Today, he lives and works in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Brit, son Ansel, and dog Pixel.
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Erik Peterson
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
Erik Peterson is the Founder at DormTrader.
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Balaji Srinivasan
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San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
Balaji S. Srinivasan is the CTO of Coinbase and cofounder of Counsyl, Earn, Teleport, and Coin Center. He was previously CEO at Earn.com, which was recently sold to Coinbase. Prior to taking the CEO role at Earn.com, Dr. Srinivasan was a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to joining a16z, he was the cofounder and CTO of Founders Fund-backed Counsyl, where he won the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Medicine and was named to the MIT TR35. Dr. Srinivasan holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. He also teaches the occasional class at Stanford, including an online MOOC in 2013 which reached 250,000+ students worldwide.
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Thibaud Elziere
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Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium
Thibaud Elzière is the Founder at Efounders.
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Will Brooks
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5
London, England, United Kingdom
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Zach Weinberg
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13
New York, New York, United States
Before co-founding Flatiron, Zach was Co-Founder, President and COO of Invite Media, an advertising technology company based in NYC. Invite Media built the industry's first enterprise advertising platform for buying and optimizing online media in real-time. Invite Media was acquired by Google in 2010. Prior to Invite Media, Zach co-founded EatNow.com which was privately acquired. An active angel investor, Zach has invested in over 30 technology startups throughout the country, including Bell Biosystems, Breakthrough.com, Care at Hand, DocPhin, Doctor Evidence, Genomera, Meddik, Oscar, and Predilytics. Zach studied economics and entrepreneurship at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Dharmesh Shah
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Dharmesh Shah is co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot, he was founder and chief executive officer of Pyramid Digital Solutions, a software company, which was acquired by SunGard Data Systems in 2005.In addition to co-authoring Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs, and Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online, Dharmesh founded and writes for OnStartups.com, a top-ranking startup blog with over 350,000 members in its online community.In 2013, Dharmesh published HubSpot’s Culture Code, which has garnered over 1 million views on SlideShare. He is an active member of the Boston area entrepreneurial community, an angel investor in over 40 startups, and a frequent speaker on the topic of startups and inbound marketing. Dharmesh holds a BS in Computer Science from UAB and an MS in the Management of Technology from MIT.
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Rohit Bansal
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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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Keith Rabois
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San Francisco, California, United States
Keith Rabois is the General Partner at Founders Fund. He has a unique background as an entrepreneurial executive and investor. Since 2000, he has been instrumental in driving five startups from their early stages to successful IPOs. He has provided seed capital to another ten companies that are currently valued at over $1 B, including Airbnb, Lyft, YouTube, Wish, Yammer. Since March 2013, Keith Rabois has served as a senior partner at Khosla Ventures, a technology venture capital fund founded by Vinod Khosla. He specializes in funding early-stage companies with a primary focus in consumer, financial services and health care innovation. At the same time, Keith co-founded Opendoor, a startup which transforms the painful process of selling a home into delightful and immediate experience. At KV, Rabois has led investments in a broad array of startups including, DoorDash, Stripe, Thoughtspot, Affirm, Even Financial and Piazza. Over the prior decade, he forged several of the most important new social and commerce platforms. Keith began his career in the industry as Executive Vice President of Business Development & Public Policy at PayPal [NASDAQ: PYPL, later acquired by EBAY] and subsequently served in influential roles at LinkedIn [NYSE: LNKD] and as a chief operating officer of Square [NASDAQ: SQ]. As a board member, Keith guided Yelp [NYSE: YELP] and Xoom [NASDAQ: XOOM] from inception to successful initial public offerings. Earlier in his career, Keith Rabois served as a litigator at the pre-eminent Wall Street law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, specializing in antitrust, IP, and complex commercial matters. He joined the firm after clerking for the Honorable Edith H. Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After leaving the practice of law, Keith served as policy director for former Vice President Dan Quayle. Keith Rabois earned a bachelor's degree Phi Beta Kappa in political science with distinction from Stanford University and a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School.
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Avichal Garg
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Stanford, California, United States
Avichal is Managing Partner at Electric Capital. He is a serial entrepreneur and technology executive. Avichal sold two companies and was most recently Director of Product at Facebook, which acquired his company Spool in 2012. He previously worked at Google on search ranking and ads ranking, is part-time at YCombinator, and an active angel investor. Avichal's firm, Electric Capital, focuses on cryptocurrencies that are rooted in technological utility. Electric performs deep technological diligence, such as compiling code, profiling nodes, and analyzing blockchains with in-house software. The founders of Electric have started and sold five companies, have been investing in cryptocurrencies since 2013, and are investors in Anchor, Bitwise, Chia, Coda, dYdX, Dfinity, Oasis, Thunder and many other crypto projects.
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Jose Marin
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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Jose Marin started his professional career as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. In 1999 he co-founded DeRemate.com (eBay model for Latin America). The company raised 75 M USD, did a partial cash-out sale to Terra and later merged with Mercado Libre that went Public in Nasdaq . Currently Jose is co-Founder and co-CEO of IG Expansion. IG takes successful internet business models into emerging markets (main focus Brazil). IG builds one project per year and will not build more than 6 (investing the first 3 to 5 M USD per project). 5 of the 6 are already operating being Viajanet (Expedia for Latam) its biggest success. Jose is also founder of Serendipity Investments, company that has invested in >70 start-ups. Before this, Jose invested in projects such as Bazee (auctions sold to eBay in 2005) and eDreams (European Travel site sold to TA Associates in 2006) obtaining top tier returns. Jose is a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer and holds an MBA and an MA in International development Economics from Stanford.
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Will Herman
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Will Herman is an active angel investor, corporate director, author, and startup mentor. He was previously a serial entrepreneur, having started five companies, taking two of them public. Will is an adviser at the hardware incubator, Bolt, and a mentor at TechStars. He lives and works mostly in the Boston area.
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Nitesh Banta
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New York, New York, United States
Nitesh Banta is the Co-Founder & CEO at B12.
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Will Martin
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Yusuke Sato
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Japan, Asia
Yusuke Sato is a COO at FreakOut.
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Dave McClure
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San Francisco, California, United States
Dave McClure is the founder of Practical Venture Capital and has been an investor and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for over twenty-five years. Previously he was the founding partner of 500 Startups, a global VC firm and startup accelerator with over $500M in assets under management. Dave has invested in hundreds of companies around the world, including more than 15 unicorns and 5 IPOs. He was named by Forbes as one of the top VCs in the world in 2016 and 2017 (Forbes Midas List). Before 500 Startups, Dave worked at Founders Fund and PayPal, and he graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1988 with a BS in engineering and applied mathematics.
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Mitchell Kapor
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San Francisco, California, United States
Mitchell David Kapor is the founder of [Lotus Development Corporation](/organization/lotus-development-corporation) and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3, the "killer application" often credited with making the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. He is known as an entrepreneur, investor, social activist, and philanthropist. Kapor has been the Chair of the [Mozilla](/organization/mozilla) Foundation since its inception in 2003. He founded the Mitchell Kapor Foundation to support his philanthropic interests in environmental health. He also co-founded, and is on the board of, the Level Playing Field Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to fairness in education and workplaces. Kapor is also Chair of the Board of Directors of [Linden Lab](/organization/secondlife), a [San Francisco-based](/maps/city/San%2520Francisco) company which created the popular virtual world [Second Life](/product/second-life), and a member of the Advisory Board for the [Wikimedia Foundation](/organization/wikimedia-foundation). In 1990 Kapor's new company On Technology introduced their new product On Location, an application designed for the Macintosh that contained an indexing system that permit quick retrieval and display of text on the Mac's hard disk. "We think we're being cagey by bringing it out on the Mac first," Kapor said. "It's a richer medium than MS-DOS, and if we have a hot product in the Mac market, it will be easier to get into the PC market." In 2001, Kapor founded the Open Source Applications Foundation, where he is now working on Chandler, a modern personal information manager built using open source tools and methods. In 2006, Kapor founded his latest startup, [Foxmarks](/organization/foxmarks), based in San Francisco.
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Kotaro Chiba
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Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kotaro Chiba is the founder of ChibaDojo Fund. Kotaro Chiba attended Keio University.
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George Burke
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San Francisco, California, United States
Passionate problem solver specializing in blockchain, cryptocurrency, health & wellness tech, biohacking. Product manager, marketer, & executive with a proven ability to recognize and capitalize on commercial opportunities. Conceived, launched and successfully exited three companies. 13+ years of experience in consumer product development & growth marketing.
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Rick Marini
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San Francisco, California, United States
Rick Marini is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Catapult Capital.
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Dylan Field
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San Francisco, California, United States
Dylan Field is the CEO / Co-founder of Figma, a design and prototyping platform for teams who build products together. With the support of the Thiel Fellowship, Dylan dropped out of Brown University to start Figma with his TA Evan Wallace (who became Figma’s CTO). They built Figma on the web in the hopes of tearing down the walls around the siloed design process. Dylan champions open, accessible design and believes such tooling must evolve for a cloud-based, collaborative world. He tweets @zoink
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Eric Ries
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San Francisco, California, United States
Eric is the author of New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup, The Startup Way, and The Leaders Guide (funded by one of the top Kickstarter book campaigns of all time). He's also the creator of the Lean Startup methodology, practiced by individuals and companies around the world and the inspiration behind the LTSE. He has founded a number of startups, including IMVU, where he served as CTO, and has advised on business and product strategy for startups, venture capital firms, and large companies across many industries.
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David Helgason
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Iceland, Europe
David is a technologist, the founder of Unity Technologies, non-exec director to others, and a restless entrepreneur with a passion for creating feedback loops between innovation and teams and products, applying new and old business models to changing industries, and pushing people to do the very best they can do. David's background is in programming, an assortment of university dabbling, creating companies, and helping entrepreneurs. He served as CEO of Unity Technologies since co-founding it in 2003 and until October 2014, with an unflinching vision to democratize game development, and to develop technology and business models for the next phase of the games industry.
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Ali Omar
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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
Ali is a passionate angel investor who will get your company on growth journey.
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Dylan Taylor
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Denver, Colorado, United States
Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration industry as a CEO, investor, commercial astronaut thought leader and futurist. Currently, Dylan serves as Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space, a multi-national space exploration firm that acquires and integrates leading space exploration enterprises globally. Dylan has been cited by Harvard University, SpaceNews, the BBC, Pitchbook, CNBC, CNN and others as having played a seminal role in the growth of the private space industry. As an early-stage investor in more than 50 emerging ventures, including Accion, Kepler, York, Astrobotic, LeoLabs, Relativity, and Planet, Dylan is widely considered the most active private space investor in the world. On December 11th, 2021 Dylan became just the 606th human to go to space as part of the crew of Blue Origin’s NewShepard Mission 19. Accordingly, Dylan earned his commercial astronaut wings with the FAA. Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure within his industry. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. As a writer and columnist, he has written several widely read pieces on the future of the space industry for SpaceNews, ROOM, The Space Review, Apogeo Spatial and Space.com. As a speaker, Dylan has keynoted many of the major space conferences around the world and has appeared regularly on Bloomberg, Fox Business, and CNBC. dylan-taylor-headshot-1 Dylan Taylor Chairman & CEO Voyager Space Dylan has extensive global business experience as both a board director and CEO. He previously served as a Director for UMB Bank, a Fortune 500 company based in Kansas City and as a mutual fund director for the Jackson Funds where he oversaw assets of $8B across 130 distinct funds. Dylan has been a Fortune 1000 CEO with P&L responsibility in excess of $3B and operations encompassing 16,000 employees in 60 countries. In addition, Dylan has participated in 4 IPOs over the course of his career. Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The historic item is now housed in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Dylan has also had an extensive philanthropic impact on the space industry. In 2017, Dylan founded the nonprofit and social movement, Space for Humanity, which seeks to democratize space exploration and develop solutions to global issues through the scope of human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. Additionally, Dylan is the Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which seeks to promote the growth of commercial space activity. Additionally Dylan serves as a strategic advisor for both the Archmission and the Human Spaceflight Program. Dylan is the founder and Chairman of Multiverse Media, parent company of the popular space philosophy website 2211.world as well as the Ad Astra Dinners, a Jeffersonian styled dinner series featuring some of the world’s leading influencers discussing the future of humanity in space. Another subsidiary of Multiverse Media, Multiverse Publishing, publishes books by leading authors including Frank White, Isaac Asimov and Gerard K. O’Neill. It is also the executive producer of the documentary film, The High Frontier. For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to creating a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with numerous personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. In 2020, Dylan was recognized by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation with their top honor for business and finance, following in the footsteps of 2019’s inaugural winner, the late Paul Allen. Dylan Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona, where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and in 2018 was named Alumnus of the year. In 2013, he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University. Dylan and his family live in Denver where he is active locally with Colorado Concern and the Colorado Spaceport. In his spare time, Dylan enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons and spending time outdoors. He is married to author Gabrielle V. Taylor and has two teenage daughters.
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Raymond Tonsing
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San Francisco, California, United States
Raymond Tonsing is a San Francisco based venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He founded Caffeinated Capital, an early stage venture capital firm, and now serves as its managing director. Raymond holds a bachelor's degree in Arts from University of Colorado Boulder.
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Jitendra Gupta
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Jitendra Gupta is the Founder of Jupiter.
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Shlomo Kramer
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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Shlomo is co-founder and CEO of Cato Networks. He is a network security expert and a serial entrepreneur. Shlomo has co-founded Check Point Software, who created the first commercial Firewall, and Imperva, the innovator of the Web Application Firewall. Shlomo has made early investments in successful cybersecurity companies including Palo Alto Networks, Trusteer, and numerous others. He was named CEO of the Year by SC Magazine in 2008, one of “20 luminaries who changed the network industry” by Network World in 2006, and was inducted into the InfoSec Hall of Fame in April 2013. Shlomo holds a master’s degree in computer science from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Tel Aviv University.
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Jeff Seibert
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San Francisco, California, United States
As Senior Director of Product at Twitter, Jeff has led the company's consumer, developer, and publisher facing products, including Twitter for iOS, Android, and the Web, Fabric, Crashlytics, Answers, Digits, Twitter Kit, TweetDeck, Twitter's Publisher Platform, and Gnip. Previously, Seibert was Twitter’s Director of Developer Platform where he led Fabric, the company’s suite of mobile developer tools, as well as its enterprise Data Platform and Content Syndication efforts. Seibert was the co-founder and CEO of Crashlytics, an award-winning crash analysis service for iOS and Android apps. Crashlytics was acquired by Twitter in 2013 and has become an essential piece of the mobile developer toolchain - today powering over a million apps across well over two billion devices worldwide. Seibert co-founded Increo in 2007 and served as its COO and lead architect until its acquisition by Box in 2009. He subsequently oversaw the integration of Increo’s document preview and annotation technologies into Box’s cloud content platform. Seibert gained experience at Apple in both marketing and engineering capacities and led Stanford University's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders seminar series as Co-Coordinator. He was selected as a Mayfield Fellow in 2007 and received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2008. Seibert is a frequent presenter on both entrepreneurship and technical topics and has lectured at Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and Tufts, as well as keynoted Twitter Flight, AppsWorld, AnDevCon, EclipseCon, and others. Find him on Twitter at @JeffSeibert.
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Bradley C. Harrison
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New York, New York, United States
Brad is an entrepreneur and seasoned business development executive with a passion for technology, media, entertainment and lifestyle. Brad has a great deal of experience launching new ventures. While attending MIT, he worked as a Partner in a seed stage venture fund, ITU Ventures, and helped launch a joint MIT-Harvard incubator. During this experience, Brad worked at the earliest stages with many dynamic companies including Endeca Technologies. While serving as Director of Media Strategy and Development at AOL, Brad co-authored 3 patents in search, geo-tagging, and personalization, with Edmund Fish, Senior Vice President and General Manager at AOL. Following AOL, Brad helped raise $40M in venture funding for a contextual online advertising network. Prior to launching his business career, Brad was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the United States Army for five years, earning both Airborne and Ranger qualifications before retiring as Captain. He resides in Tribeca with his wife, Angie, his son, Elvis and his daughter, Scout.
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Oliver Jung
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London, England, United Kingdom
Oliver is a global investor and entrepreneur based in Tel Aviv. Oliver is investing in US and China based companies and helps them to go international. Previous projects include airbnb, houzz and hoteltonight.
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Yuri Milner
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Los Altos Hills, California, United States
Yuri founded Mail.ru Group in 1999 and under his leadership it became one of Europe’s leading internet companies. He took that business public in 2010 and founded DST Global to focus on global internet investments. DST Global became one of the world’s leading technology investors and its portfolio has included some of the world's most prominent internet companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Airbnb, Spotify, Alibaba, and others. Yuri lives in Silicon Valley with his family. Yuri graduated in 1985 with an advanced degree in theoretical physics and subsequently conducted research in quantum field theory. Yuri and his wife Julia, together with Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, launched the Breakthrough Prizes - the world’s largest scientific awards, honoring important, primarily recent, achievements in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. In July 2015, together with Stephen Hawking, Yuri launched the $100 million Breakthrough Listen initiative to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the Universe, and in April 2016 they launched Breakthrough Starshot - a $100 million research and engineering program seeking to develop a technology for interstellar travel.
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Anand Chandrasekaran
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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Anand Chandrasekaran is an Executive Vice President, Product Management at Five9. Anand brings a passion for product, deep mobile ecosystem expertise, and entrepreneurial success to Storm. He currently drives mobile product management within the search product group at Yahoo! Prior to Yahoo!, Anand was Director of PM at Openwave (Nasdaq: OPWV) driving new product incubation and day to day product management of the mobile mediation product line which touched 200+M subscribers daily through 70+ mobile operators. Before Openwave, he was CTO and head of product at MorfMobile, a platform that specialized in mobilizing premium content and services. Earlier, Anand was with MyToday SMS (India), a mobile content publisher with over 17M monthly mobile users and 12 billion+ SMS messages sent annually. Previously, Anand co-founded and helped build Aeroprise, and under his leadership, Aeroprise’s mobile personalization solutions became the most-deployed mobility tool worldwide for service management and was acquired by BMC Software (NYSE: BMC). He holds a M.S. in Electrical Engg. from Stanford University, a Bachelors in Engg. from PSG College of Technology (India) and has completed the Global Leadership and Policy Program at Harvard University. In 2010, Anand was selected by World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and in 2011 he was named one of Silicon Valley's 40 rising stars.
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Marco Valta
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Marco Valta is an Entrepreneur and Investor with over 12 years experience in the tech/web industry. As an internet investor, Marco has a portfolio of more than 150 companies including Appnexus, Soldo, Revolut, Prima, Bolt, Flexport, Deliveroo, Space X, Brex, Fabfitfun, Cloudkitchens, Raya, Playco, Public, Coinbase, Pacaso, Relativity, Monthly.
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Matt Mullenweg
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Houston, Texas, United States
Matt Mullenweg is a co-founder of WordPress, an open-source blogging platform on the web. He is also the founder of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and Jetpack, and Audrey Capital, an investment and research company. Matt got his start in technology working at CNET Networks as a senior product manager. He went on to found Global Multimedia Protocols Group, an experimental metamemetics company, to develop open data formats. He has been recognized for his leadership and success by Forbes, BusinessWeek, INC., PC World, and Vanity Fair. Matt is originally from Houston, Texas, where he attended the high school for the performing and visual arts and studied jazz saxophone. In his spare time, Matt is an avid photographer.
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Justin Waldron
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10
San Francisco, California, United States
Justin Waldron is Co-Founder & President of Playco, and previously Co-Founder / EVP of Product of Zynga, the world's largest mobile game company. Zynga IPO'd in 2011 with a $10 billion valuation and over $1b in annual revenue. Justin is an angel investor in Lambda School, Substack, and 60+ other companies. He mentors young entrepreneurs at The Thiel Foundation's Thiel Fellowship program.
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Michael Birch
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San Francisco, California, United States
Michael Birch is the Co-founder of Bebo and Birthday Alarm. Birch was raised in North London, England, went to Imperial College, London in Central London (where he met Xochi, his wife), then worked in West London. After finally deciding that he had done London, Michael moved to San Francisco in 2002. Michael and Xochi Birch sold Bebo to AOL in March 2008 for USD 850 million. Their combined 70% stake yielded a profit of $595 million from the deal. In June 2008, Michael invested in, and joined the board of MyStore.com along with Julian Lennon and Gordon Crawford. He is also an investor in Goodreads, a book oriented social network. Having worked in a number of not-so-exciting computer related jobs, he relished the chance to set up an Internet based family business with his wife, Xochi and brother, Paul. Remembering birthdays was never his strong point, much to his embarrassment, so what could be better than something he could use himself. Michael was responsible for developing the original Birthday Alarm website back in 2001, but is no longer involved in its development.
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Vijay Shekhar Sharma
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the Founder and CEO of Paytm.
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Ratan Tata
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Houston, Texas, United States
Heading the Tata Group since 1991, Ratan Tata is the Chairman of Tata Sons, holding company of the Tata Group and major Group companies including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power and more. He is also Chairman of two of the largest private sector promoted philanthropic trusts in India. During his tenure, the Group has further expanded its global reach, with its revenues growing over eleven-fold to around USD$70 billion, after the most recent acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover. Tata joined the Tata Group in December 1962. After serving in various companies, he was appointed the Director-in-Charge of the National Radio & Electronics Company Limited (Nelco) in 1971. In 1981, he was named Chairman of Tata Industries, the Group's other holding company, which he was responsible for transforming into the Group's strategy think-tank and a promoter of new ventures in high-technology businesses. He is associated with many organizations in India and abroad in varying capacities, some of which are the government of India’s Investment Commission, the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry, South Africa’s International Investment Council, several prestigious universities and several philanthropies. Tata received a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1962, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975. The government of India honored Tata with one of its highest civilian awards, the Padma Vibhushan, this year.
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Daren Cotter
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Daren was the Founder and CEO of InboxDollars, an online marketing company that connects consumers and advertisers in a way that benefits both. He founded the company as a Freshman in college in 2000 and bootstrapped the company to more than $25 million in annual revenues. InboxDollars was acquired by Prodege in 2019. Daren is active in the MN start-up community as an investor, advisor and mentor.
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Steve Chen
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San Francisco, California, United States
Steve Chen was an internet entrepreneur and the co-founder and previous Chief Technology Officer of YouTube. Born in August 1978 in Taiwan. Raised in Taiwan, Chen and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 15. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chen worked at PayPal, where he met Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim. In 2005, the three founded YouTube, a website designed to simplify video sharing online. Chen was named one of the "The 50 people who matter now" by Business 2.0 magazine in 2006. That year, he and Hurley sold YouTube to Google, Inc. for $1.65 billion in stock. Chen most recently co-founded AVOS Systems with YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley.
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Walter Winshall
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Walter A. Winshall serves as a Principal in Collaborative Seed and Growth Partners, LLC, an investment firm specializing in the commercialization of early-stage technology. Previously, he was a co-founder and Chairman of SilverPlatter International, NV, a company providing information services for libraries, which was acquired by the Dutch publishing company Wolters Kluwer in 2001. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of AgaMatrix, Inc., HealthCare IT, Inc., and MOCA Systems, Inc. He graduated from MIT in electrical engineering and from the Harvard Law School. At AgaMatrix, Walt provides guidance in corporate development strategy.
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Jaan Tallinn
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Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
Jaan Tallinn is the Co-founder of Future of Life Institute.
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Paige Craig
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17
Los Angeles, California, United States
Paige Craig Is The Partner at Outlander.He attend to the United States Military Academy at West PointUnited States Military Academy at West Point 1992.
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Ryan Petersen
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San Francisco, California, United States
Ryan Petersen is the CEO and Founder of Flexport. Prior to starting Flexport to fix the user experience in global trade, Ryan was co-founder and CEO of ImportGenius.com, a data-as-a-service business for global shipping. He holds a degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University.
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Constance Freedman
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
Constance Freedman is the Member Board Of Directors at Equity LifeStyle Properties.
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David Sacks
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16
San Francisco, California, United States
David O. Sacks Is The Co-Founder At Craft Ventures.
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Baron Davis
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Baron Davis is the Founder at Baron Davis Enterprise.
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Blaine Vess
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Dr. Cornelius Boersch
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Cornelius (“Conny”) Boersch is an entrepreneur, business angel and founder of numerous technology companies. Conny is considered one of the bestconnected networkers in the tech and start-up scene. He is the founder of the global company builder Mountain Partners as well as the global co-investment company Conny & Co. Conny initiated the Entrepreneurs Day at the Tegernsee, one of the most exclusive conferences in Europe and regularly holds speeches at universities or tech events all over the world. As a business angel, he has invested in more than 300 companies since 1995 and was voted “European Business Angel of the Year” in 2009. He is a European Investment Fund (EIF) - certified super angel, which means that, subject to certain restrictions, the EIF matches all of his startup investments 1 to 1. As an entrepreneur, Conny previously founded the stock-listed RFID-based companies ACG, Smartrac and Identiv as well as the cashless payment systems provider Sandpiper. For his activities he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2000. Politically, Conny acted as advisor to Dr. Guido Westerwelle, former president of the German Liberal Party, FDP, Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany from 2009 to 2012. He studied at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Essen with a thesis on venture capital and investing. He later also acted as honorary professor and held lectures at the University of Essen.
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Ullas Naik
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San Francisco, California, United States
Ullas Naik is the Founder & General Partner at Streamlined Ventures.
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Aaron Levie
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San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
Aaron Levie is Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder and Chairman at Box, which he launched in 2005 with CFO and cofounder Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind the Box product and platform strategy, incorporating the best of secure content collaboration with an intuitive user experience suited to the way people work today. Aaron leads the company in its mission to transform the way people and businesses work so they can achieve their greatest ambitions. He has served on the Board of Directors since April 2005. Aaron attended the University of Southern California from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to found Box.
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Güimar Vaca Sittic
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New York, New York, United States
Güimar is a tech entrepreneur and angel investor. Venture Partner at FJ Labs. Investor in +75 seed stage startups. Previous: Co-CEO & co-founder Merlin (acq. Commure), Partner at FJ Labs. Board member Instacarro.
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Eric Kwan
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Thomas Glocer
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New York, New York, United States
Tom Glocer joined BlueVoyant as Executive Chairman and Founder in 2017.
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Amrish Rau
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Singapore, Asia
Amrish Rau is the CEO of Pine Labs.
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Hadi Partovi
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Bellevue, Washington, United States
Hadi Partovi is an entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education non-profit Code.org. In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit Code.org which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. Code.org has established computer science classes in 15% of US classrooms, created the most popular curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students. A computer science graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he was Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer. In a second stint at Microsoft, he was General Manager of the MSN portal, delivering its first year of profit. As an entrepreneur, Hadi was on the founding teams of Tellme Networks and iLike, which were acquired by Microsoft and MySpace, respectively. Hadi has served as an early advisor to numerous startups including Facebook and Dropbox, and as a tech investor his portfolio also includes airbnb, Uber, Zappos, IndieGogo, Change.org, and others. Aside from his investments, Hadi also serves as a Director on the boards of TASER International and Convoy.
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Jonathan Weiner
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New York, New York, United States
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Eric Schmidt
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Mountain View, California, United States
Eric Schmidt has served as the Executive Chairman of Alphabet’s board of directors since October 2015. He has served as the Executive Chairman of Google’s board of directors since April 2011 and as a member of Google’s board of directors since March 2001. From July 2001 to April 2011, Eric served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer. He was the chairman of Google’s board of directors from March 2001 to April 2004, and again from April 2007 to April 2011. Prior to joining Google, from April 1997 to November 2001, Eric served as chairman of the board of directors of Novell, Inc., a computer networking company, and, from April 1997 to July 2001, as the Chief Executive Officer of Novell. From 1983 until March 1997, Eric held various positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc., a supplier of network computing solutions, including Chief Technology Officer from February 1994 to March 1997, and President of Sun Technology Enterprises from February 1991 until February 1994. Eric was previously a director of Apple Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of personal computers and related products, from 2006 to 2009. Eric holds a Doctoral degree and a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University.
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Sandeep Nailwal
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Biz Stone
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San Francisco, California, United States
Biz is a co-founder of Twitter, Medium, and Jelly. A progenitor of social media, and early Google employee, Biz has been developing large scale systems that serve the global conversation for twenty years. As an investor, Biz has backed Square, Pinterest, Slack when it was called Speck, Nest, Intercom and Beyond Meat (where he remains on the board as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee), among others. In 2016, Stone's Jelly, a "human in the loop" AI search service, was acquired by Pinterest. After the sale, Twitter requested Biz return full time to lead the company's strategic vision, brand, and internal culture objectives alongside co-founder Jack Dorsey. Biz has been recognized as INC Magazine Entrepreneur of the Decade and one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also an author, filmmaker and Fellow at both Oxford University and Berkeley.
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Immad Akhund
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San Francisco, California, United States
Immad Akhund is the CEO and Founder of Mercury.
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Serge Chiaramonte
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Georges Harik
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13
San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
Georges Harik was Director of Googlettes, a start-up incubator that operated inside Google, and a Distinguished Engineer at Google. As Director of Googlettes, his team was responsible for the product management and strategy efforts surrounding many starting Google initiatives including Gmail, Google Talk, Google Video, Picasa, Orkut, Google Groups and Google Mobile.
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Erhan Bilici
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1
New York, New York, United States
Risk Management professional, experienced in Stress Testing and Capital Planning. Economist, Investment Analyst, Financial Consultant. Interested in FinTech.
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Sujeet Kumar
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1
New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Jaffray Woodriff
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12
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Angel Investor located in Charlottesville, VA
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Jeremy Stoppelman
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13
San Francisco, California, United States
Jeremy Stoppelman joined Yelp as CEO in 2004.
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Boon Hwee Koh
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4
Singapore, Central Region, Singapore
Boon Hwee is the founding partner of Credence and Chairman of the investment committee. Concurrently, Boon Hwee is a member of Agilent Technologies Inc, Chairman of AAC Technologies, Yeo Hiap Seng Limited, and Sunningdale Tech Limited. Boon Hwee began his career in 1977 at Hewlett Packard ("HP") and rose to become its Managing Director in Singapore, a position he held from 1985 to 1990. Boon Hwee's other previous positions include: Chairman of Singapore Telecom Group ("SingTel") and its predecessor organisations for 17 years Chairman of Singapore Airlines Limited ("SIA") for 4 years Chairman of Development Bank of Singapore ("DBS") for 4 years Director on the Board of Temasek Holdings Private Limited for 15 years (Boon Hwee also served as a member of the Executive Committee from January 1997 to September 2010) Chairman of the Wuthelam Group for 10 years Boon Hwee was named the Outstanding Manager of the Year in 1991 by Business Times and DHL Worldwide. He was conferred The International Herald Tribune Visionary and Leader Honour in January 2003. Boon Hwee contributes actively to non-profit organisations, and is the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University and a Director of the Hewlett Foundation in the United States. Boon Hwee obtained his Bachelor's Degree (First Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London in 1972 and his MBA (Distinction) from the Harvard Business School in 1976.
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Ariel Poler
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13
San Francisco, California, United States
Ariel Poler is the Co-Founder at Reveri Health.
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Angel Investor
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Jason Finger
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12
New York, New York, United States
Jason Finger is the founder of Salvo Health.
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Jeff Weiner
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5
Mountain View, California, United States
Jeff Weiner is the executive chairman of LinkedIn, where he continues to help LinkedIn realize its vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. He'll also continue to mentor and coach the leadership team, advise on key strategic initiatives, and help to represent the company externally. In addition to his ongoing work at LinkedIn, Jeff is focused on investing, coaching and his philanthropic work, including helping to ensure that compassion is taught and practiced in every primary school in the U.S. Prior to becoming executive chairman in June 2020, Jeff was the CEO of LinkedIn. During his 11-year tenure, LinkedIn grew its membership base from 33M to more than 690M, increased its revenue from $78M to over $7.9B and expanded the team from 338 employees to over 16,000. Also, presently resides on the board of directors for Intuit, Donorschoose.org and Everfi, an ed tech company with which he co-founded The Compassion Project, a non-profit whose mission is to ensure compassion is taught in every elementary school in the U.S. Additionally, an active early and growth stage investor through his Next Play Ventures fund and separately, the newly created Concrete Rose Capital fund, focused on investing in diverse founders, start-ups serving underserved communities and/or building diverse teams. Prior to LinkedIn, was an Executive in Residence at Accel Partners and Greylock Partners. Primarily focused on advising the leadership teams of the firm's existing consumer technology portfolio companies while also working closely with the firm’s partners to evaluate new investment opportunities. Previously served in key leadership roles at Yahoo! for over seven years, most recently as the Executive Vice President of Yahoo!'s Network Division managing Yahoo's consumer web product portfolio, including Yahoo's Front Page, Mail, Search, and Media products.
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Theo Osborne
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4
San Francisco, California, United States
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Ayataro Nakagawa
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1
Japan, Asia
2011 At university, participated in the founding period as a director of Atcole Co., Ltd., and started the web service experience.2012 Founded Peroli Co., Ltd., which operates a curation platform for women "MERY" .2014 Founded Peroli Co., Ltd. Sold to DeNA 2015 Jointly established Tokyo Founders Fund as an angel investor and started investing in startups in Japan and overseas 2019 Appointed outside director of FIREBUG Co., Ltd.
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Charlie Cheever
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10
San Francisco, California, United States
Charlie Cheever is the co-founder of [Quora](/organization/quora), formerly Alma Networks. Before founding Quora Charlie worked as an engineer and manager at [Facebook](/organization/facebook), where he oversaw the creation of Facebook Connect and the Facebook Platform. Prior to joining Facebook, Charlie served as a Software Development Engineer at [Amazon](/organization/amazon). Charlie graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Computer Science.
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Paul Forster
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2
Greater Boston Area, United States, North America
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Kingsley Advani
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6
San Francisco, California, United States
Kingsley Advani is a British investor. He started investing in 2013, funding 50 companies, 4 funds and donating to non-profits including: SENS Foundation, Methuselah Foundation, Stanford University, National University of Singapore. He is particularly interested in regenerative medicine for age-related disease. Investments: Oisin, Turn Bio, Oncosenx, Monzo, Robinhood, Abra, Coinbase, Momentus, Demonpores, 64-x, Nectome. Investment areas: biotechnology, neurotechnology, longevity, space, fintech.
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George Godula
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4
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Cross-border angel / early stage investor with portfolio of 40+ startup companies and as of currently 4 exits, 4 unicorns & counting. George invests in companies helping people lead a longer, healthier and happier life - keywords sustainability, ESG, impact investing. In addition to investing he likes to be hands-on in his portfoliocompanies, either helping China / SEA based teams to internationalize or global teams to break into China / SEA or support them in outsourcing, sourcing and manufacturing. Typically angel, seed and occasional Series A stage investments. Industry focus and selected startups in his portfolio: - E-Commerce e.g. Web2Asia, Grana, Mercato - SaaS e.g. Jimdo, Blush, Anduin Transactions - Marketplaces / crowdfunding Republic.co - Education / Training e.g. Vantage Point, Dexter, - IoT e.g. Mila, Cafe-X, Lyte charging, The Light Phone, Density.io - Fitness e.g. FitXR, Trainersvault, Overhand Fitness, Salut, Guavapass (exit via sale to ClassPass) - Health / Nutrition e.g. NutriSense, Blue Mesa Health (exit via sale to Virgin), Compass Therapeutics (exit via IPO) - Insurtech e.g. The Care Voice - Medtech / Biotech e.g. Life Biosciences, Sequencing.com, MycoWorks - Sustainability / Infrastructure e.g. Blokable, U.S. Bitcoin Corp, Hardt Hyperloop - Deep tech / frontier tech e.g. Rain Neuromorphics, ZaiNar, Massive, Protocol Labs (Filecoin) - On-demand / sharing economy e.g. Yassir, Truck it in, misterbnb, Delivery Hero Austria & China (exit via sale / IPO)
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Errol Damelin
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6
London, England, United Kingdom
Errol Damelin is the Founder, CEO, chairman, or original investor and backer of over 70 digital and tech companies around the world, including in the US, the UK, most of Europe, Israel, Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, and Nigeria. He concentrates his efforts on SaaS, fintech, crypto, and digitization models as well as on health and wellness. He is also a technologist and has three granted patents to his name with another four pending. Among the companies co-founded by Damelin are groundbreaking fintech company Wonga, SME banking startup Tide, and digital home ownership and mortgage broker Habito. His early investments include Wise, Cazoo, Purplebricks, K Health, YuLife, Sure, Demyst, Zoe, Farewill, CityMapper, Modifi, UnBabel, Thimble, HiBob, Modifi, Elliptic, Lendingkart, and VivaReal. Using his own personal equity, Damelin continues to invest early on in the next generation of entrepreneurs so that he can help them succeed. He is not an institutional VC fund and does not maximize the assets under his management. He best describes his approach as Riding Shotgun. Damelin's success as a founder has been recognized by The Guardian, which named him Digital Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011; by Ernst and Young, which named him the UK's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 as well; and by TechCrunch, which named him Founder of the Year in 2010.
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Yu Akasaka
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Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
During Hosei University student, and intern at Hakuhodo C & D. After joining the Image-net, I do media monetization of EC site as a media planner. Then, new business, engaged in Alliance. Launched a crowdsourcing site "MILLION DESIGNS" of design in the individual, sold to Ransazu Corporation. Established the Eureka Co., Ltd., was appointed Representative Director CEO.
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Sunmeet Jolly
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9
San Jose, California, United States
Founder and Patent holder - GROTU mobile app @ 101 Islands LLC. Angel investor in 40 pre-IPO technology startups. Frequently invited by accelerators and angel forums to Judge startup competitions and discuss technology innovation. Former IT Consulting industry executive who sold hundreds of millions of dollars in consulting services to Fortune 500 companies working for Cap Gemini, HCL, L&T, NTT data.
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Nasir Jones
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9
New York, New York, United States
Nas, byname of Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, also called Nasty Nas, (born September 14, 1973, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.), American rapper and songwriter who became a dominant voice in 1990s East Coast hip-hop. Nas built a reputation as an expressive chronicler of inner-city street life. Nasir Jones, the son of a jazz musician, grew up in public housing in Queens, New York. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade and searched for a creative outlet, finally settling on hip-hop. His breakthrough came in 1992, when his song “Half Time” (credited to Nasty Nas) appeared on the sound track to the film Zebrahead. Columbia Records soon signed him to a contract. His debut recording as Nas, Illmatic (1994), drew widespread acclaim for its poetic narration of hard-edged inner-city life. The more pop-oriented approach of It Was Written (1996) helped that album reach an even wider audience than its predecessor but ignited a recurring tension in Nas’s career between the appetite of the pop audience and the demands of hip-hop purists. He maintained his commercial appeal with I Am... (1999), although by that time he had also become embroiled in a public feud with fellow rapper Jay-Z over which of the two was the preeminent voice in East Coast hip-hop. The schism inspired Stillmatic (2001), which many fans considered a return to form. The two rappers publicly settled their differences in 2005, and shortly thereafter Nas signed with Def Jam, of which Jay-Z was president at the time. Nas’s penchant for provocation marked Hip Hop Is Dead (2006) and an untitled follow-up (2008), while Life Is Good (2012) struck an introspective tone. He also notably collaborated with reggae musician Damian Marley (the youngest son of Bob Marley) on the album Distant Relatives (2010). Nas also made occasional film appearances, notably in Belly (1998), a crime drama in which he starred opposite rapper DMX, and Black Nativity (2013), an adaptation of Langston Hughes’s gospel play.
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Jason Warner
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2
San Francisco, California, United States
Jason Warner is the MD at Redpoint. Jason cares deeply about the future of technology, developer experience, and growing companies. He is a people-oriented product technologist, who is passionate about building both the technical and human systems needed for scale and growth. Prior to joining GitHub, Jason was Vice President of Engineering at Heroku, the world’s leading PaaS and one of the largest cloud computing providers in the world. Before Heroku, Jason worked to make Linux accessible to everyone by leading product engineering for Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Phone at Canonical. Jason is also an active speaker, writer, and advisor on cloud computing, technology and leadership. His activities include formally and informally advising startup and established executives, as well as active coaching and mentoring future product and technology leaders. Jason graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Computer Science, and Rensselaer University with an MS in Computer Science. He lives with his family in Victoria, British Columbia, where he writes, sketches and enjoys the water as much as possible.
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Girish Mathrubootham
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6
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Girish Mathrubootham founded Freshdesk in 2010, and as the CEO, has been setting the vision and direction for the company since inception. Prior to founding Freshdesk, Girish was the VP of Product Management at ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corp, where he was responsible for setting worldwide product strategy and overseeing product marketing, product management, and customer support. In addition to the pedigree of having some of the happiest customers in the world, he is also the reigning in-house Foosball champion.
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Andreas Mihalovits
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1
Marbella, Andalucia, Spain
Andreas is a German serial entrepreneur and angel investor having invested in more than 150 international startups. Andreas co-founded his first internet company Omniga in 1999 and, after reaching profitability within 2 years, grew it to a venture builder focused on B2C subscription models with more than 200 employees when he stepped back from his active roles in 2012. In the same year Andreas started investing in startups and later also got engaged in the Spanish ecosystem as the founder of Marbella Tech Angels, a network of more than 160 investors, founders & mentors living around Marbella. Andreas is also co-founder of the Global Super Angels Club, a platform for angel investors usually investing six-figure euro amounts in startups, supporting its more than 70 members to improve their deal flow and speed up their search for like-minded co-investors. Andreas received several awards incl. the Best European Early Stage Investor 2018 award from the European Business Angel Network (EBAN) and the Best Business Angel 2020 award at the Spanish National Business Angel Conference.
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Kishore Ganji
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10
Marlboro, New Jersey, United States
Kishore Ganji is the Angel Investor & Mentor at Astir Ventures.
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Chris Sacca
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21
Truckee, California, United States
An accomplished venture investor, company advisor, and entrepreneur, Chris manages a portfolio of over seventy consumer web, mobile, and wireless technology start-ups as well as an array of mature enterprises through his holding company, Lowercase Capital. He is partnered in this venture with his wife, Crystal English Sacca. While primarily known for its investments in seed and early stage technology companies like Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter, Lowercase has quietly grown to be one of the larger venture funds in the United States.
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Nihal Mehta
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10
New York, New York, United States
Co-Founder at The100kPledge. Founding General Partner at ENIAC Ventures & India Internet Group.
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Private Investors
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1
United States, North America
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Sina Afra
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12
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Sina is a Serial Entrepreneur. His latest endeavor is Tiko which he founded and serves as CEO. Before that he was the Founder of Markafoni, the first Online Fashion site of Turkey. Markafoni became also the first Turkish internet company expanding beyond the borders of Turkey: Markafoni launched sites in Australia, Ukraine, Greece and Poland between 2009 and 2011. Sina served until 2014 as Chairman and CEO. The Naspers Group acquired in July 2011 a majority stake at Markafoni and signed for one of the biggest deals in the Turkish internet. Sina is also an active Business Angel and invests in early stage start-ups. He is the President of the Entrepreneur Foundation and Endeavor Turkey Board (2013-2017). Sina has been elected as the “Internet Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Business Angel of the Year” in Turkey. Markafoni won several awards: “Best Web Start-up 2011” and “Best Online Fashion Site in 2011, 2012 and 2013”. The Wired UK magazin elected in 2012 and 2013 Markafoni to the hottest 100 companies in Europe. Sina was also selected (2014 & 2015) to the Top 100 most influential tech people Europe. In 2016 he was selected as one of Top 100 most influential tech people in the World (Wired Magazine). Forbes Magazin elected him to the "Brightest Minds" alive in Turkey (2019). Prior to Markafoni, Sina spent more than 5 years with eBay and 12 years with KPMG. Sina received a "Diplom Kaufmann" from Münster University and joined later Harvard Business School. He speaks five languages. His passion goes with his family and esports where he is the President of "1907 Fenerbahçe esports” team - a professional esports team in the TCL. He shares his thoughts on eCommerce in his personal blog www.sinaafra.com and on twitter (sinaafra).
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Tom McInerney
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14
United States, North America
Tom McInerney advises and invests in early stage Internet companies.
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Allen DeBevoise
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16
Los Angeles, California, United States
Allen DeBeviose started Third Wave in 2014 after more than 30 years experience incubating and investing in digital media companies. He has invested in over 70 digital media companies and has co-founded several of the most important digital media brands including Machinima, StyleHaul, DanceOn, INDMusic, Mitu, and Tubular Labs. Prior to founding Third Wave, Allen built a strong track record as an Angel Investor in the digital media sector and has had over 15 high-multiple exits/NAVs. Allen is currently the Chairman of Machinima and sits on several digital media company boards including StyleHaul, MiTu, Tubular Labs, DanceOn, INDMusic, and Mondo Entertainment. He was an early investor and outside board member for several companies. LowerMyBills.com and Dealer.com are examples of two companies that had highly successful exits. He was featured on the Hollywood Reporter's Digital Power List 2009 and on Digital Media Wire's 2010 List of "25 Executives to Watch” and dubbed the Godfather of Online Video. Allen is a frequent speaker at major digital media conferences and considered an important leader in the rapidly growing Silicon Beach venture capital community. Allen has been engaged on the leading edge in the digital media / interactive arena for over three decades including working on the first uses of computer animation in entertainment ("Tron"), the first interactive video on the Mac ("Guernica"), the first interactive television trial (Time Warner Orlando) and the first broadband cable Internet prototype ("@Home"). Allen has an A.B. in Mathematics and an MSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Adam D’Angelo
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10
Palo Alto, California, United States
Adam D’Angelo is a Founder and CEO of Quora. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer at Facebook, where he oversaw new product development and managed the engineering team. In addition, he guided the site’s architecture and infrastructure to ensure scalability as the site expanded. Prior to serving as CTO, Adam led the Facebook Platform team and, as an engineer, built the initial infrastructure for news feed, ad targeting and delivery, and worked on scalability and optimization. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology.
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Michael Lazerow
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16
New York, New York, United States
Michael Lazerow is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Velvet Sea Ventures.
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Bill Tai
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8
Palo Alto, California, United States
Bill Tai started in VC in 1991 and has had 22 IPOs from his early stage investments. He has served a Board Director for 8 publicly listed companies as a result. He is founding investor and Chairman of Treasure Data (acquired by ARM / Softbank in the largest all cash acquisition in their history), Founding Chairman of IPinfusion, Founding Chairman and CEO of iAsiaWorks (listed on NASDAQ through Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs). He is among the original seed investors in Zoom Video, Canva, SafetyCulture, and Wish.com, and early angel in ColorGenomics, Tweetdeck/Twitter. He supports conservation and economic empowerment via ACTAI Global, a 501(c)3 he founded and Chairs. Originally trained as a computer chip designer (BSEE, Honors, Illinois), he joined LSI Logic, a seminal Silicon Valley startup formed by the CEO of Fairchild Semiconductor, then completed an MBA at Harvard. He was was issued badge #A001 at TSMC (NYSE:TSM), now a $250 Billion leader in semiconductors. He also holds a HonD PhD from, and is an Adjunct Professor of 'Innovation and Economic Development' at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
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Johann "Hansi" Hansmann
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8
Vienna, Wien, Austria
Johann 'Hansi' Hansmann is Co-Founder, Partner, and Advisor at whatchado.
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Ali Partovi
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21
San Francisco, California, United States
Ali Partovi heads Neo, a mentorship community and VC fund that brings together tech veterans to invest in the diverse leaders of tomorrow. Ali invests in people smarter than himself and has backed Airbnb, Dropbox, Facebook, & Uber. He co-founded Code.org (Hour of Code) to bring Computer Science to classrooms. Ali grew up in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, attended Harvard, and sold his first startup, LinkExchange, in 1998. He's passionate about sustainable food and loves climbing, guitar, puzzles, and family.
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Josh Buckley
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2
San Francisco, California, United States
Josh Buckley is the CEO of Product Hunt.
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Alexander Edward Chesterman
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London, England, United Kingdom
Alex Chesterman is the founder and CEO of Cazoo. He was the Founder & CEO of ZPG Plc, a FTSE-250 listed company. Previously Alex co-founded Lovefilm, Europe's leading digital movie rental business, which was successfully sold to Amazon. Alex is also one of the UK's most active tech angel investors having backed dozens of early stage digital startups and was awarded an OBE for services to services to digital entrepreneurship in 2016.
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Edith Yeung
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5
San Francisco, California, United States
Edith is a venture capitalist, technology executive, and creator of the China Internet Report, and Silicon News. Edith is a General Partner at Race Capital - an early-stage Silicon Valley venture capital fund. A few sectors we are particularly interested in infrastructure, fintech, and deep tech verticals. She has invested in over 50 startups including Agora.io (Nasdaq: API), Lightyear/Stellar (valued $1.2B), Silk Labs (acquired by Apple), Chirp (acquired by Apple), Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), Solana, Oasis Labs, Hooked, DayDayCook, AISense, and many more. Prior to Race Capital, Edith was a partner at 500 Startups, the world's most active early-stage fund and incubator invested in Twilio, Credit Karma, Grab, and 2000 more companies. Before 500, Edith was the general manager at Dolphin Browser, a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. Edith also worked with many Fortune 500 companies such as Siebel, AMS, AT&T Wireless, and Autodesk. She frequently speaks on China and Silicon Valley technology and the investment landscape. She is also a frequent guest lecturer at Berkeley and Stanford and commentator on BBC, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, SCMP, Techcrunch, etc.
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Thomas Lehrman
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13
New York, New York, United States
Thomas D. Lehrman is the Board Director at Gerson Lehrman Group.He is a Co - Founder and former Co - Chief Executive Officer of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. Thomas Lehrman most recently served as Director of the Office of WMD Terrorism at the U.S. Department of State and previously as a member of the professional staff on the President's WMD Commission. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Financial Analyst at Tiger Management. He is also a Co - Founder & Board Member of the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School and the Hillhouse Scholars Program. Thomas Lehrman is a Chartered Financial Analyst and graduated from Duke University and Yale Law School.
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Ben Davenport
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14
Palo Alto, California, United States
Ben Davenport is The Venture Partner at Blockchain Capital.
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Hidetoshi Takano
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1
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Joined Intelligence in 1999. Established Key Players Inc. in 2005. Consultation with more than 3,000 managers and career counseling for more than 10,000 individuals. In addition, we have invested in more than 55 outside directors, advisors and angels in Silicon Valley and Bangladesh in Japan. Over 100 lectures on careers, entrepreneurship and startups.
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Jared Leto
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10
Los Angeles, California, United States
Jared Leto is a musician, actor, director, entrepreneur, and artist. His two decades of work as an actor have encompassed a host of intense and transformative performances. Leto’s recent performance as the transgender AIDS patient Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club earned him both an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as honors from nearly 60 critics’ organizations. Leto is set to play legendary villain, The Joker, in the upcoming supervillain film Suicide Squad (2016). Leto was honored with a Gotham Independent Film Award and Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice Award for his debut documentary feature, Artifact. Mr. Leto directed Artifact under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins, the same alias under which he directs the award winning music videos for the multi-platinum-selling rock band, Thirty Seconds to Mars. Leto is the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist for the band, which has released four albums, including the recent Love Lust Faith + Dreams (2013). Notorious for their relentless touring, they have circled the globe playing sold-out arenas since 1998 and in support of the album This Is War, they played over 300 shows in nearly 60 countries on six continents to 3 million people, thereby breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest-ever concert tour by a rock band. Thirty Seconds to Mars has sold over ten million albums worldwide and their music videos have received more than a billion views on YouTube. The group has received numerous awards worldwide, including over a dozen MTV Awards; a Billboard Music Award; and honors from NME, Kerrang!, and Fuse. They were nominated for three 2013 MTV VMAs, including best rock video, which they won. Additionally he is deeply entrenched in tech as both an investor and founder. Leto has made over fifty tech investments (Uber, Nest, Airbnb, Stripe, Slack, Zenefits) and serves as advisor for several start-ups. He is the founder of Adventures In Wonderland, The Hive, VyRT, and A Sharp Knife.
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Michael Ovitz
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4
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Michael Ovitz co-founded Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 1974 and served as its Chairman until 1995. Over that 20-year period, he grew the agency from a start-up organization to the world’s leading talent agency, representing more than 1,000 of the most notable actors, directors, musicians, screenwriters and other personalities in the entertainment industry including Martin Scorsese, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Steven Spielberg, David Letterman, Meryl Streep, Barbara Streisand, Michael Crichton and Michael Jackson. In his journey from the mailroom to media mogul, Mr. Ovitz launched the most powerful agency in the world (to date), sold three major Hollywood studios, executed all marketing and advertising for The Coca-Cola Company (including creating the Polar Bear Campaign) and was at the forefront of the digital revolution, making alliances with Intel Corporation and other early Silicon Valley companies. Mr. Ovitz also served as President of the Walt Disney Company, from October 1995 to January 1997. In 2010, Mr. Ovitz founded the venture capital fund Broad Beach Ventures LLC, a portfolio of over thirty companies. He has been a senior advisor to Palantir Technologies for over 10 years and has invested in and advised companies from startups to black swans. He was instrumental in the creation of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and frequently consults for Founders Fund, 8VC and many other firms. In 2018, Mr. Ovitz wrote and published his memoir Who Is Michael Ovitz?, which was on the long list for The Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Mr. Ovitz is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles and helped rebuild the UCLA Medical Center in 1997 while serving as its Chairman for over a decade. Mr. Ovitz is also a notable art collector and serves on The Board of Trustees at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
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Matt Robinson
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2
London, England, United Kingdom
Matt Robinson is the CEO and a co-founder at Nested, a property technology company. Prior to this, he founded GoCardless in 2010 and remains on the board of the recurring payment company.
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Toivo Annus
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6
Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
Active individual investor in flying drones, also looking at payments and ecommerce.
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Shu Duan
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10
Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
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Marc Andreessen
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San Francisco, California, United States
Marc Andreessen was the Co-founder of LoudCloud Systems.
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Anne Wojcicki
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San Francisco, California, United States
Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope was to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and to create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. Presently, 23andMe has built one of the world’s largest databases of individual genetic information. Its novel, web-based research approach allows for the rapid recruitment of participants to many genome-wide association studies at once, reducing the time and money needed to make new discoveries, and the company has created a proven and standardized resource for finding new genetic association and confirming genetic loci discovered by others. Under Anne’s leadership 23andMe has made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology. Getting access to and understanding her own genetic information had always been one of her ambitions.
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Lee Fixel
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New York, New York, United States
Lee Fixel is the founder of Addition, an investment firm focused on early and growth stage companies. Fixel was previously a Partner at Tiger Global Management, LLC, where he was head of the firm’s private equity business. He has backed companies including Flipkart, Stripe, Freshworks, Warby Parker, Peloton, MercadoLibre, Facebook, Spotify and LinkedIn. Fixel earned a B.S. in business administration, finance and accounting from Washington University in St. Louis and is a CFA charterholder. He serves on the board of trustees of his alma mater and is a director of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Fixel was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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Jacob Gibson
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San Francisco, California, United States
Co-founded NerdWallet. Without any outside funding, helped it grow from 2 guys into a world-class, mission-driven team, working to build the future of personal finance. I stepped down in early 2014 and am now using that experience to help other entrepreneurs and small businesses in any way I can.
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Jack Altman
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San Francisco, California, United States
Jack Altman is the founder and CEO of Lattice.
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Kensuke Furukawa
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Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Kensuke Furukawa was born in June 2, 1981. He graduated Waseda University majoring Political Science and Economics, and in 2000, he launched "Milkcafe", a student community, which has grown to a site with 10 million PV per month. In 2004, he became the CEO of Media Clip, which operates a rental bulletin board service "Shitaraba BBS". After that year, he had transfer "Shitaraba BBS" to Livedoor, and took charge of starting up the Consumer Generated Media sector. In 2006, he joined Recruit, and took charge of starting up a new business at Business development sector. In June of 2009, he left Recruit, and became the CEO of nanapi (formerly Rocket Start), which operates the How-to Site "nanapi".
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Will Neale
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London, England, United Kingdom
Founder (Grabyo, Fonix). Investor.
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Gaurav Munjal
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India, Asia
Gaurav Munjal is the Co-Founder and CEO at Unacademy.
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Stani Kulechov
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Como, Lombardia, Italy
Stani Kulechov is the founder and CEO of Aave and ETHLend. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with extensive experience developing technology in the crypto, blockchain, and fintech space. Stani is also a mentor to many founders and advisors of ICOs and blockchain projects and has spoken at numerous FinTech, Blockchain and cryptocurrency events, particularly on topics related to Ethereum Smart Contracts.
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Brian Lee
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Brian Lee is an entrepreneur. He is co-founder and former president of LegalZoom.com, co-founder and former CEO of ShoeDazzle.com, and co-founder and former CEO of The Honest Company. Formerly an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, Brian co-founded LegalZoom in 2001. LegalZoom has since become the nationwide leader in online legal services.
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Jonathan Milner
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Having worked in the life sciences industry for over ten years as an academic researcher, Jonathan identified the market opportunity for supplying high quality antibodies to support protein interaction studies and, in 1998, founded Abcam with David Cleevely and Professor Tony Kouzarides. Jonathan is a Non-Executive Director of Horizon Discovery Group plc, The Evolution Education Trust, GeoSpock Ltd and Sydicate Room Group Ltd. He is also Chairman of Axol Bioscience Ltd, PhoreMost Ltd, Repositive Limited, Definigen Limited and Cambridge Allergy Ltd. Jonathan holds an executive director position at Meltwind Limited, being a designated member of Meltwind Advisory LLP. Jonathan is an experienced entrepreneur and investor and is passionate about supporting UK life science and high-tech start-ups. He has provided considerable investment and support to over 30 companies and has assisted three AIM IPOs.
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Ankur Nagpal
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New York, New York, United States
Ankur Nagpal Founder of Fedora and Co-Founder of Vibe VC. He attended University of California, Berkeley in 2006.
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Fritz Lanman
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New York, New York, United States
Fritz Lanman is the CEO of ClassPass. Previously he served as an executive at Microsoft and is a serial entrepreneur, having started and grown three venture-backed companies, including Livestar, Verst and Doppler Labs. Fritz is also a seed investor whose portfolio includes Square, Pinterest, Wish, Flexport and Formlabs, among others.
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Othman Laraki
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San Francisco, California, United States
Othman Laraki, MS, MBA, is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Color, a health technology company building public health infrastructures such as scaled and efficient testing to contain the COVID-19 pandemic or using genomics for population health. Previously, Othman co-founded Mixer Labs and developed its GeoAPI platform, a powerful location engine for developers. After the company was acquired by Twitter in 2009, he served as the social media network’s Vice President of Product and helped expand its user base from 50 to 200 million unique accounts. Before this, Othman spent several years at Google, where he played an integral role developing front-end products, including the Chrome browser. Othman is a long-time investor and advisor to leading companies such as Pinterest, AngelList, Slack and Instacart, and serves as a board member for ESI Group and Frontier Medicines. He holds degrees in computer science and management from Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Julien Codorniou
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London, England, United Kingdom
Julien is an investor at Felix Capital where he focuses on SaaS (Worktech in particular) and gaming investments. Before joining Felix, Julien Codorniou spent 11 years at Facebook where he led the global platform partnerships team, helping Facebook partners to build, grow and monetize their mobile apps and games. From 2016 to 2021, he has been serving as Vice President of Workplace. Under his leadership, Workplace went from 0 to 9 million paid subscribers at companies like Walmart, Grab, GSK, Nestlé, Chevron, MercadoLibre, ServiceNow, Astrazeneca, Lixil, Spotify, Save the Children and many more globally. Julien started his career in finance and before Facebook he was Director of Business Development at Microsoft Corp. Since 2012, Julien has served on the board of the French media group Le Monde. He is the co-author of the book: "The Kelkoo.com success story"published by Pearson in 2005. His former investments, as business angel include companies like TripleDot Studios, Bloom & Wild, Pigment, Xentral, Homesome, Olio, Peanut, Nabla, Curio, Linktree, Airlift Technologies and Sunday. He grew up in France and now lives in London with his wife and their two boys.
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Alan Howard
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Johrenk7@gmail.com
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Darian Shirazi
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San Francisco, California, United States
Darian is a Partner at Gradient Ventures. At the age of 15, he interned at eBay as a code tester working on the third version of Sell Your Item. In early 2005, he joined Facebook as a Software Engineer reporting to Mark Zuckerberg as one of the company’s first outside hires. At Facebook, he contributed to several components of the social network’s products and the early versions of its mobile products. After Facebook, Darian studied Philosophy and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley for nearly two years before dropping out to work full-time on startups. After leaving Berkeley, Darian began advising and investing in many startups including becoming the first investor in Udemy, the online education marketplace. He then founded Radius, the leading B2B Customer Data Platform, and served as the company’s CEO for more than seven years, growing the company to more than one hundred employees, raising more than $100MM of venture capital from top tier firms, and serving dozens of Fortune 500 customers. In addition to these accomplishments, Darian is an early investor in the following companies: Lyft, Lending Club, Carbon Health, Palantir, Osaro, Casetext, Alloy.ai, Loft, and many others. In 2012, he was recognized as one of Forbes’ top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 at the age of 24 and has been a guest of CNBC’s Squawk Box, Forbes’ Braintech at the Aspen Institute, Web Summit, and several other well-known conferences and events. Darian lives in San Francisco with his wife and two cats and enjoys skiing, kitesurfing, and Civilization VI.
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Michael Seibel
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San Francisco, California, United States
Michael Seibel is a Partner at YC and CEO of YC's startup accelerator. He was the cofounder and CEO Justin.tv and Socialcam. Socialcam sold to Autodesk in 2012 and under the leadership of Emmett Shear, Justin.tv became Twitch.tv and sold to Amazon in 2014. Before getting into startups, he spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate campaign and in 2005, Michael graduated from Yale University with a BA in political science.
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