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Influential technology leaders who help guide Alpha events and membership

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Boston

Rob Go

Rob Go

NextView Ventures

Rob is a co-founder and Partner at NextView. His main focus is on seed and pre-sed stage companies that use software to deliver transformative consumer experiences to end users.

Prior to founding NextView, Rob was at Spark Capital and focused on early stage investments in consumer web and mobile. Before joining Spark Capital, Rob held product roles at Ebay, Fidelity investments, and BzzAgent and was a management consultant at The Parthenon Group.

Rob attended Duke University and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Steve Papa

Steve Papa

Parallel Wireless

Founder/CEO/board/founding team: Endeca (Oracle $1.1B acquisition ecommerce/bigdata), Akamai (AKAM), Toast (~$500M capital raised SAAS for restaurants), Desktop Metal (~$500M capital raised for 3D metal printing), Parallel Wireless (accelerating 5G globally), Kandou (silicon), Shoobx (bringing leverage to tech entrepreneurs), and more.

Jennifer Lum

Jennifer Lum

Forge

Jennifer Lum is an entrepreneur and investor. She co-founded Forge.AI and Adelphic (acquired by Time). She was an early team member at Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign) and WebHosting.com (acquired by AT&T).

Habib Haddad

Habib Haddad

E14 Ventures

Managing Partner at E14 Fund the early stage deep tech MIT Media Lab fund. E14 works closely with scientists helping them commercialize their science. Before that, he was the founding CEO Wamda, a platform and a fund to support and invest startups across the MENA region. Before Wamda, Habib founded Yamli a linguistic startup focused on right to left languages., Yahoo! bought the technology in 2009, the World Economic Forum recognized Habib as a Young Global Leader.

Katie Rae

Katie Rae

The Engine

Katie serves as the CEO and Managing General Partner of The Engine. She is also co-founder and Managing Director of Project 11 Ventures. She serves as a Board Member at Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Form Energy, Via Separations, and Cellino. She has advised hundreds of founders and invested in nearly 100 companies at the earliest stages of formation. Key investments include Pillpack (acquired by Amazon for $1 billion), Bevi, GrabCad, Synack, Zagster, NBD Nano, Neurala, and Amino.

Katie has experience in managing startup accelerators and business-innovation programs — several of which she co-founded including Techstars Boston and Startup Institute. In addition to her extensive investing career, she has over 20 years of experience in management & operations including holding management positions at Microsoft, Eons, AltaVista, RagingBull, Zip2, and Mirror Worlds. She holds an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Biology from Oberlin College.

Rebecca Leibman

Rebecca Leibman

LearnLux

Rebecca Liebman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnLux, a financial wellness company, helping employees navigate their biggest financial decisions. She is on the advisory board of HubSpot and was on the 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30” list. Before starting LearnLux, Liebman lived in Kenya and studied microfinance and worked at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.

Chicago

Rober Liew

Roger Liew

Impact Engine

Jennifer Carr-Smith

Jennifer Carr-Smith

Groupon

Jennifer Carr-Smith is a seasoned senior operating executive who thrives in organizations undergoing rapid growth and transformation. She has a proven track record of building, scaling and transforming businesses across sectors, including: CPG, Fashion/Apparel, Food/Grocery, Retail and Internet. Ms. Carr-Smith has more than 20 years' experience in digital and has built a reputation as a strong, effective leader who is strategic, passionate, curious and transparent. With a diversity of experience including early stage start-up, high growth, mid-sized and large global businesses, she has demonstrated her range and versatility leading businesses of all sizes: from $5M to $1B+ revenue and organizations spanning 20 to more than 3,000 associates. Jennifer has worked across business models and possesses broad management experience across functions, including: Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Finance, E-commerce IT, Analytics, Supply Chain and Customer Experience. Her strengths include: developing strategy, building & leading teams, building & scaling businesses, simplifying complexity, developing talent and delivering results. 

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Relativity

Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence

SpotHero

Sonia Nagar

Sonia Nagar

Pritzker Group

Sonia joined Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 2016. She is responsible for sourcing, diligence and oversight for the firm’s investments in consumer, enterprise and emerging technologies. Most recently, Sonia was vice president of product and head of mobile apps for RetailMeNot (NASDAQ: SALE), responsible for cross-platform strategy and leading an app redesign that earned a 2015 People’s Voice Webby Award for Best Shopping App.

Sam Yagan

Sam Yagan

Shoprunner

Los Angeles

Shamin Walsh

Shamin Walsh

BAM Ventures

Shamin Walsh has over 10+ years as an active angel investor who gained experience in the consumer space through her early investments in companies such as Sweetgreen, Flexport, Outdoor Voices, and Sir Kensington’s.

Will Coffield

Will Coffield

Riot Ventures

Brett Brewer

Brett Brewer

Crosscut Ventures

Brett Brewer is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at CrossCut Ventures. Prior to co-founding Crosscut Ventures, Brett was a serial entrepreneur who has built, operated, and sold a number of Internet media companies. In 1998, he co-founded Intermix Media, which launched several online businesses including Myspace.com. Brett sold Intermix to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in 2005 for $680M. After leaving News Corp, Brett became President and Vice Chairman of Adknowledge, and helped grow the business from $40M to $300M in revenue over the span of seven years. Brett is an active angel investor and a pillar in the SoCal tech community. He has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events including Bear Sterns Internet Roundtable, Goldman Sachs Internet Conference and the Montgomery Technology Conference. Brett received a B.A. in Business and Economics from the University of California Los Angeles.

Chris Ovitz

Chris Ovitz

Workpop

Dustin Rosen

Dustin Rosen

Wonder Ventures

Dustin Rosen is founder of Wonder Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on funding LA-based startups at the earliest stages. Previously, Dustin founded a mobile startup, Pose, and as CEO, led the company through development, growth and three rounds of venture capital funding before an acquisition in 2013. He received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.

Erik Rannala

Erik Rannala

Mucker Capital

Prior to forming Mucker Capital, Erik was most recently at Harrison Metal Capital, where he helped lead one of the original "micro-VC" firms in Silicon Valley. Before Harrison Metal, Erik was VP of product at TripAdvisor and GM of eBay’s premium features business. He began his career as a software developer at Accenture and holds a BS from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Duke University.

Imran Khan

Imran Khan

Verishop

Kara Nortman

Kara Nortman

Upfront Ventures

Michael Dubin

Michael Dubin

Dollar Shave Club

Molly Schmit

Molly Schmidt

Joymode

Robin Ward

Robyn Ward

FounderForward

Robyn Ward is a 20+ year veteran of the tech startup space.  She is a former operator and VC who, in 2016, started FounderForward, a coaching, training and development company.  Robyn also teaches Venture Capital at USC and is a champion of diversity and equality in the technology industry. She has been named a Top Woman in LA Tech by DigitalLA and a Top LA Tech Ambassador by TechWeek.

New York

Hayley Barna

Hayley Barna

First Round

Hayley Barna is a Partner at First Round Capital based in New York. Prior to joining First Round she co-founded and scaled Birchbox, the leading beauty and grooming retailer seed funded by First Round in 2010. Since joining First Round in 2016, Hayley has led investments across many industries and business models including healthcare, consumer, tech-enabled hardware and marketplaces among others.

Linda Kozlowski

Linda Kozlowski

Blue Apron

Sutian Dong

Sutian Dong

Female Founders Fund

Liz Wessel

Liz Wessel

WayUp

Liz is Co-Founder & CEO of WayUp, a platform that transforms how employers recruit students and recent grads. Liz has been featured in Forbes 30U30, the “18 Coolest Women in Silicon Valley” by Business Insider & NY Business Journal’s “Most Influential Women.” Liz has been a speaker at TedX, TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW & more. Prior to WayUp, Liz worked in Marketing at Google in Mountain View & India.

Stephanie Palmeri

Stephanie Palmeri

Uncork Capital

Stephanie Palmeri is a partner at Uncork Capital, investing in Marketplaces, SaaS, Consumer, and Hardware. Investments include Poshmark, ClassDojo, Panorama Education, Merlin, Pared, Wonderschool, Carrot, and Chariot (Ford). Prior to joining Uncork in 2011, Stephanie’s decade in NYC spanned technology, marketing, and startups. She has an MBA from Columbia and is an All Raise founding member.

Philip Krim

Philip Krim

Casper

Taylor Greene

Taylor Greene

Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Prior to Collaborative Fund, Taylor Greene was a Partner at Lerer Hippeau, a New York focused early stage venture capital fund where he invested in Allbirds, Giphy, Casper, Soylent and Transfix among others. Previously, Taylor served as an advisor and angel investor to several seed stage startups and ran sales and business development at Altruik, acquired by Searchdex. Taylor has also held operating and finance roles at Time Warner and at The Synapse Group, an integrated marketing firm acquired by Time Warner in 2005. Taylor received his BA from Wesleyan University and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Hadley Harris

Hadley Harris

Eniac

Hadley is a Founding General Partner of Eniac Ventures, a SF & NYC based venture capital firm that leads seed rounds in bold founders who use code to create transformational companies.  Before founding Eniac in 2019,  Hadley was a two time venture backed entrepreneur, helping growth Vlingo and Thumb until both were acquired.  Hadley lives in NYC but also spends quite a bit of time in the bay area.

San Francisco

Bradley Horowitz

Bradley Horowitz

Google

Charles Hudson

Charles Hudson

Precursor Ventures

Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures, an early­ stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies.

Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at Uncork Capital (formerly known as SoftTech VC). In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. In addition to his investment activities, he supported SoftTech portfolio companies on business and corporate development matters. He was also the Co­Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, an Android­-focused mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA.

Prior to joining SoftTech VC and co­founding Bionic Panda Games, Charles Hudson was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business until the company was acquired by Zynga in February 2010. Prior to Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Interactive, an online hangout and virtual world for teens. Prior to Gaia, Charles worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for early ­stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e-­commerce markets. Prior to joining Google, he was a Product Manager for IronPort Systems, a leading provider of anti-­spam hardware appliances that was acquired by Cisco Systems for $830 million in 2007. Before IronPort Systems, Charles worked at In-Q-Tel, the venture capital fund backed by the Central Intelligence Agency, where he invested in early-stage hardware and software companies.

Charles graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and Spanish. Charles holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Edith Harbaugh

Edith Harbaugh

LaunchDarkly

Edith is CEO & Co-Founder of LaunchDarkly, the leading feature management platform.

Edith has more than 20 years of experience in product, engineering and marketing with both consumer and enterprise startups. Most recently she was Product Director at TripIt and Concur. She holds two patents in deployment from her time in engineering at Vignette. She is a contributing writer to DZone, DevOps.com, and ReadWriteWeb; and cohosts the “To Be Continuous” Podcast with Paul Biggar, CircleCI founder. Edith earned a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Hunter Walk

Hunter Walk

Homebrew

Hunter cofounded Homebrew, a seed stage venture fund, in 2013 with his friend and former colleague Satya Patel. Prior he led product management at YouTube after originally joining Google in 2003, managing product and sales efforts for AdSense, Google‘s contextual advertising business. Hunter's first job in Silicon Valley was as the founding product and marketing guy at Linden Lab, creators of the innovative virtual world Second Life. Earlier in his career he was a management consultant and also spent a year at Late Night with Conan O‘ Brien. His parents are proud of his BA in History from Vassar and MBA from Stanford University.

Jeff Clavier

Jeff Clavier

Uncork Capital

Founder of Uncork Capital (formerly SoftTech VC), one of the original micro-VC firms in the US. Invested in 200+ startups since 2004, including FIT, SEND, EB, Postmates, Front, Molekule.

John China

John China

SVB

Karl Jacob

Karl Jacob

LoanSnap

Karl Jacob is a serial entrepreneur who has been building, advising and investing in companies for the last 20 years. During his career Karl has raised 23 rounds of financing from a wide range of investors, including True Ventures, Baseline Ventures, Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, Microsoft, eBay, Integral Partners, Norwest Ventures, Greylock, Benchmark Capital, FT Ventures, Ignition Partners and Vulcan Ventures. Many of Karl’s companies have been successfully acquired, including Dimension X, acquired by Microsoft; Keen/Ingenio, acquired by AT&T; Cloudmark, acquired by ProofPoint; and Coveroo, acquired by Zazzle. Across his various tenures as a start-up CEO, Karl has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in investor returns and up to $150 million in revenue per year. In 2005 he joined Facebook as one of its first advisors and has gone on to advise several other companies. Karl is also a prolific angel investor and mentor for start-up companies including Mayvenn, June, Healthtap, Everlane, Skillshare, Rescale, Memsql, Haven, Shippo and many others. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California’s Engineering School, where he sits on its board of counselors.

Rob Hayes

Rob Hayes

First Round

Rob joined First Round as a Partner in 2006, opening up the firm’s San Francisco office. Over the past twelve years, he’s led multiple landmark investments, including Uber, Square, Planet Labs,Mint.com (acquired by Intuit), Gnip (acquired by Twitter), and Bowery.

Russ Fradin

Russ Fradin

Dynamic Signal

Sandra Oh Lin

Sandra Oh Lin

Kiwi Crate

Sandra Oh Lin is the Founder and CEO of KiwiCo. KiwiCo inspires young innovators by designing and delivering seriously fun and enriching hands-on experiences. Before KiwiCo, Sandra was GM of eBay Fashion and a founding member of PayPal Mobile. Sandra’s early career began in R&D at Procter & Gamble. Sandra has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Shawn Merani

Shawn Merani

Parade Ventures

Shawn Merani is the Founder and Managing Partner of Parade Ventures, a business-to-business themed pre-seed & seed stage venture capital firm.

Previously, Shawn was a co-founder and partner at Flight Ventures, investing in early stage software, internet and mobile companies across a variety of sectors. He has also made select later stage investments. Shawn’s investments include Cruise Automation, Dollar Shave Club, HOOKED, Sapho, Plastiq, Madison Reed, Stance, Inkbox, Pillow, Managed by Q and more.

As an operator, Shawn was a founding partner of Liquidnet’s Private Shares marketplace, which enabled over 750 of the world’s leading asset managers to invest in high-growth, pre-IPO companies. Prior to Liquidnet, Shawn was Senior Director of Business Development at ReachLocal. Shawn has a BA in Economics and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Shawn enjoys spending time with his family, riding his Peloton, fantasy sports and supporting the Cal Bears.

Tim Young

Tim Young

Eniac

Tim Young is a Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures with two exits as an entrepreneur and over 20 years of experience advising and investing in 100+ early stage startups. Tim has been fascinated by technology since his mother taught him to code in Fortran at the age of 10. He went on to study engineering and become a patent attorney and tech entrepreneur.

Tim Kendall

Tim Kendall

Moment

Tim Kendall is the CEO of Moment, an app that helps people use their phones in healthier ways. Tim is the former President of Pinterest -- at various points, he led product, engineering, marketing and sales. Prior to Pinterest, Tim was Facebook’s Director of Monetization. Tim serves on the board of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He earned his engineering degree and MBA from Stanford University.

Nicole Quinn

Nicole Quinn

Lightspeed

Seattle

Heather Redmond

Heather Redman

Flying Fish Partners

Heather is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics companies. She serves on the boards of Beneficial State Bank (Lead Independent Director and member Audit & Technology Committees), Yesler, Inc., Coldstream Holdings Inc., Greater Seattle Metropolitan Chamber (immediate past Chair), Washington Technology Industry Association (Chair), Technology Alliance, Forterra and as a Regent of the Washington State University.  She serves on the executive committee of the Global EIR Coalition, the governing advisory board of the Hawthorn Club, the Connector Board of NCWIT, the advisory board of iInovate and as a mentor at Techstars. She was named a 2019 Director of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Heather is also very active in local and national policy. Prior to her current roles, Heather was Executive and Senior Vice President at each of Indix, Summit Power, Atom Entertainment, Getty Images and PhotoDisc and General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company. Heather’s law degree is from Stanford and her BA is from Reed.

Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson

M12

Lisa leads portfolio development activities for M12. Additionally, she also leads investment activities in the Pacific Northwest, VC engagement for Microsoft and marketing strategy and execution for the fund. Lisa’s been with Microsoft for several years in a variety of roles across business development and finance. She most recently served as chief of staff for the EVP of Business Development where she helped identify, pursue and support new areas of growth for Microsoft through key strategic partnerships, investments, and M&A. Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor in Business Administration – Finance and Statistics from the University of Washington.

John Lauer

John Lauer

Zipwhip

Liz Pearce

Liz Pearce

Fresh Chalk

Liz Pearce is the CEO of Seattle-based Fresh Chalk, a social network that helps you find professionals that your friends recommend. Prior to that, Liz was with LiquidPlanner for 11 years, starting as the company's marketing contractor and working her way up to COO in 2011 and ultimately to CEO in 2012. Before LiquidPlanner, she held marketing roles at Amazon, Google, and PlayStation and ran an independent marketing consulting business. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from The George Washington University.

Kristen Hamilton

Kristen Hamilton

Toronto

Ameet Shah

Ameet Shah

Golden Ventures

Ameet Shah is a Partner at Golden Ventures. He has 13 years of product development and sales experience, wearing many hats in both early-stage startups and large enterprise. As an investor, Ameet has worked with a number of successful startups including Brightwheel, ChefHero, Hush, Inkbox and Skywatch.

Prior to joining Golden, Ameet spent some years living in the Bay Area before returning to Toronto in 2005 to co-found Five Mobile, a premier product design and development firm. Zynga later acquired the company in 2008, where he became a GM, overseeing the operations in Toronto. Key responsibilities included managing the P&L of several live games, launching the mobile ad platform and kickstarting many of the machine learning initiatives for the company.

He also was one of the first employees at Tira Wireless and became the Director of Systems Engineering and Strategic Accounts after moving to San Francisco. He also worked as a software engineer at both IBM and Grey Interactive.

Ameet attended the University of Toronto and graduated with a B.Sc Hons in Computer Science and Economics. He has been an active mentor, advisor, and angel investor in the community.

Andrew Macdonald

Andrew Macdonald

Uber

Andrew Macdonald is the Senior Vice President for Uber's operations globally. Prior to this role, he served as the Vice President for Uber's Americas Operations and Global Business Development.

Uber is a continuation of Andrew’s start-up ambitions, as he founded 2 start-ups in the years before his time at Uber. Prior to entrepreneurial pursuits, Andrew was a management consultant with Bain & Company, covering clients in technology, financial services, and manufacturing.

Originally from Toronto, Andrew is passionate about giving back to the local tech community. He sits on the Advisory Council of Ryerson DMZ, Canada's top university business incubator, and advises a number of other local start-ups.

Candice Faktor

Candice Faktor

Faktory Ventures

Candice runs Faktory Ventures, a firm investing in globally ambitious founders leveraging exponential technologies. Candice also sits on the Board of one of Canada's largest enterprise AI companies, Coveo. Candice has played many roles in the tech ecosystem in her career including Global Head of Business and GM at Wattpad, Co-Founder of TorStar Digital (corporate venture and innovation arm), CEO and founder of Ourfaves.com and Strategy Consultant at DeloitteMonitor. Candice has a passion for helping founders scale global companies and advancing the Toronto tech ecosystem and is an Associate at CDL, a Board member at Alpha, a founding partner of #MovetheDialStories and of ElevateTech Festival.

Eva Lau

Eva Lau

Two Small Fish Ventures

Prior to co-founding Two Small Fish Ventures, Eva was the former Head of Community at Wattpad, who helped nurture and scale its storytelling community from its infancy to tens of millions of monthly users around the world. With a sharp focus on investing companies with strong network effect, Eva created the ASSET framework that many startups have adopted in their developing business strategies.

Joanna Griffiths

Joanna Griffiths

Knixwear

Alumni

Aileen Lee

Aileen Lee

Cowboy Ventures

Aileen has many years of experience helping start ups build products customers love, and helping companies scale, both as an investor and operator.

Kirsten Green

Kirsten Green

Forerunner

With over 15 years of investment experience, spanning public and private companies, Kirsten combines an experience and thesis driven approach, with a consumer centric view, to identify visionary entrepreneurs and compelling brand platforms. Her ability to draw connections between large and small companies ensures a well-rounded perspective on successful business models, operational and market issues, and consumer trends. Through her work at Forerunner, she has actively supported dozens of innovative companies, investing in some of the most promising companies in the current evolution of commerce.

Michael Neril

Michael Neril

Spider Capital Partners

Michael has been working with technology startups for two decades as an advisor, investor, co-founder or operator. In 2015, Michael founded Spider Capital, a seed-stage venture capital firm. Spider invests in technology driven companies that are building enterprise cloud, software as a service (SaaS) platforms which are transforming business productivity.

Semil Shah

Semil Shah

Haystack

Semil is a GP @ Haystack (seed) & a Venture Partner @ Lightspeed. Haystack is a proud early investor in Instacart, DoorDash, Hired, Hashicorp, eShares, Giphy, OpenDoor, Chariot, Managed By Q, and many other companies.

Peter Pham

Peter Pham

Science

Peter is the co-founder of startup studio/incubator Science, which was behind Dollar Shave Club ($1B exit to Unilever), where they co-build these companies with founders in Santa Monica, CA. The companies they've built has had over $500M in follow on financing with acquisitions from NY Times & Google . Science also has a $75M venture fund. Science also has a blockchain incubator - Science Blockchain, the first incubator to do an ICO, and one of only 3 SEC regD tokens. They build companies on the blockchain, do ICO coordination for companies as well as actively invest in ICO's

Jason Nazar

Jason Nazar

Comparably

Jason Lawrence Nazar is an active tech entrepreneur, investor, and writer. Jason is the Co-founder and CEO of Comparably, the online platform to understand compensation and culture. He was the co-founder and CEO of Docstoc (Acquired by INTUIT), the premier content site to start, grow and manage small businesses. Docstoc hosts the best quality and widest selection of professional documents and resources including articles, videos, & productivity tools to make every small business better. Docstoc has over 50 million registered users.

Oren Michels

Oren Michels

Board Member

Oren is an entrepreneur, investor, board member, and advisor to technology startups in the US and Europe. He co-founded Mashery in 2006 and served as CEO until Intel acquired the company in 2013. When it was acquired, Mashery-powered APIs were used by over 350,000 active developers in over 100,000 active applications, and counted among its customers many of the largest e-commerce, media, and data companies in the world. Oren has made angel investments in several successful companies including Uber, Pebble Post, Addy, Navdy, and eero. He also invests as an LP in several early- and mid-stage VC funds. He served as an outside (non-executive) director of Aepona, an Irish software company, from 2011 through its acquisition by Intel in 2013. He was also an early advisor to the founder of Gnip, which was acquired by Twitter.

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