Bloomberg Technology Conference Speakers
Co-founder and CEO
Micha Benoliel is the cofounder and CEO of San Francisco based, Open Garden, the creator of FireChat, the first off-the-grid messaging app that leverages peer-to-peer mesh networking. Micha has been a pioneer in VoIP and launched several telecommunications services in the past decade. He enabled Skype to start SkypeIn and SkypeOut, the innovation that scaled up its monetization and other premium Skype services. At age 8, Micha taught himself how to code on a flight simulator in Basic on a Zenith PC that his father was using for accounting purposes. Subsequently, he wrote his first games on a Texas Instrument TI 99 4A, ATARI 512ST and Amiga 500.
Co-founder and CTO
Nathan is the co-founder and CTO at Airbnb. He oversees the technical strategy of the company, and is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Airbnb at the forefront of the industry. Nathan became an entrepreneur early on running a business while he was in high school, selling to clients in more than 20 countries. He received a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and held several engineering positions with Microsoft, OPNET Technologies and Batiq before becoming a co-founder at Airbnb.
Founder and CEO
The vision for revolutionizing how work gets done led Leah Busque to pioneer the concept of “Service Networking,” forging a leading role in the Collaborative Consumption movement. Since bootstrapping TaskRabbit in 2008, Leah has expanded the company internationally, raised nearly $40 million in venture funding, and inspired legions of startups to launch in the Collaborative and Service Networking space.
Selected as a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum in 2014 and named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” her achievements have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Time. Under her leadership, TaskRabbit was named “The Next Big Thing in Tech” by the New York Times. Prior to founding TaskRabbit, Leah was a Software Engineer at IBM, working in the Messaging and Collaboration Software Development Group. Leah lives in San Mateo, CA with her husband, TaskRabbit’s VP of Technology Kevin Busque, her daughter, and a cuddly black lab named Emerson. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sweet Briar College, where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Before co-founding Radar Partners, an early stage venture capital partnership, Kevin was a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful high technology venture capital firms for almost twenty years. Kevin and his partners invested in many of the most powerful and high profile start-ups over the past 30 years, including Google, America On-Line, Compaq Computers, Lotus Development, Sun Microsystems, Intuit, VeriSign, Tandem Computers, Genentech, Citrix Systems, Netscape Communications, Amazon.com, and Juniper Networks. These companies employ over 300,000 people, have annual sales in excess of $100 billion and carry a public market value in excess of $300 billion.
Kevin has been featured in many technology publication, has been profiled in Fortune, Forbes and Inc. Magazine, and has been ranked as one of the top Venture Capitalists in the world over the last decade. The Forbes “Midas Touch” ranking of top investors has names Kevin as one of the top private investors in the world on numerous occasions ranking him in the top ten three times.
Outside of work Kevin enjoys family time, playing hockey and working with youth sports. His passion for sports extends into the professional sports arena as well. Kevin was the co-owner of the National Hockey League San Jose Sharks, the American Hockey League Worcester Sharks and Sharks Sports & Entertainment from 2001-2012.
Senior EVP - AT&T Technology and Operations
John Donovan, Senior Executive Vice President—AT&T Technology and Operations (ATO), is responsible for AT&T’s global network and its best-in-class mobile broadband network along with creating a modern, software-defined, and cloud-based technology ecosystem to support them.
Mr. Donovan is driving AT&T’s global leadership position in the technological transition to separate hardware and software and virtualizing network elements to the cloud. His responsibilities also include oversight of the company’s global information, software development, network technology and Big Data strategy; IT and digital planning, engineering, implementation and operations; network planning, construction and operations including security; field operations, installation and maintenance; global supply chain; and corporate fleet operations.
Donovan previously served as Chief Technology Officer for AT&T, overseeing the company’s global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations.
Under Donovan’s leadership, AT&T has turbo-charged its innovation programs and now is recognized as an industry leader in working with application developers and others to make AT&T’s network open to collaboration and innovation.
Donovan previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at VeriSign Inc., a technology company that provides Internet infrastructure services. At VeriSign, Donovan was responsible for leading its global sales organization, driving the expansion of broad solutions offerings, and integrating a global professional services capability.
Before that, he was chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., where he helped shape strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe. Previously, Mr. Donovan was a partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he was the Americas Industry Practice director for telecom.
Donovan serves on the Board of Directors for Palo Alto Networks. He has authored two books, The Value Enterprise, published in January 1998, and Value Creating Growth, published in 1999. Donovan received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame and earned an M.B.A. in finance from the
Writer and Programmer
Paul Ford is a writer and programmer and founding partner of Postlight, a software platform development firm in New York City. His book about the Web will be published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
VP, E-Commerce Development
Kelly Garcia has been Vice President – E-Commerce Development for Domino’s Pizza, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery and ordering technology innovation, since July 2012.
Kelly leads Domino’s Digital Commerce Department, which is responsible for development of the brand’s e-commerce and mobile commerce software and for filling Domino’s emerging technology innovation pipeline. Under Kelly’s leadership, Domino’s has introduced a number of digital ordering platforms, including the voice app, Dom, which is the only voice app that allows customers to conduct a full retail transaction.
Other innovations led by Kelly and his team include ordering via the pizza emoji through Twitter, ordering through Samsung smart televisions, Android Wear and Pebble smart watches, and the Ford Sync system. In 2015, ordering through Domino’s digital platforms accounts for 50% of sales, or approximately $2 billion.
Kelly joined Domino’s from RL Polk, where he was vice president of business intelligence and North American operations. While at Polk, Kelly served in a number of global application development and support roles. He was instrumental in bringing the Agile and Scrum methodologies to Polk’s B2B and BI product development processes. He was also jointly responsible for Polk’s North American product profitability, with revenues in excess of $100 million.
Prior to joining RL Polk, Kelly was manager of consulting services in the technology and supply chain sector of Capgemini, based in Chicago. While there, he provided consulting services for Ford Motor Company and Visteon.
Kelly is a graduate of The Ohio State University, and holds a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. Kelly and his wife Amy have two daughters, and they reside in Northville.
Ben Golub is a serial entrepreneur and start-up CEO, and the current CEO of Docker, the company behind the Docker open source platform, and the chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship, run and orchestrate distributed applications. . Prior to Docker, Golub was CEO of Gluster, the open source, scale out storage company, which was successfully acquired by Red Hat in 2011. Prior to Gluster, Golub was CEO of social media pioneer Plaxo, which was acquired by Comcast in 2008.Prior to Plaxo, Golub spent eight years at VeriSign, Inc., serving as Chief Marketing Officer, as Senior Vice President of the security and payments business, and as General Manager of VeriSign’s managed security services business.
Chief Information Officer
Shabab Gruberg is the CIO of Good360. He developed the largest online product philanthropy platform, GivingPlace, connecting charities, companies, and people who care. Think 4 million diapers, 10,000 mattresses, and 8,000 cartons of apparel in 2014 alone. His passion is solving problems, and there is no problem too big or small. He has consulted over 150 nonprofits, optimizing their business development, developed a system and process to take off-line medical offices online over a weekend, and spent years teaching community college students Linux.
Co-founder and CTO
Orion Hindawi co-founded Tanium in 2007 and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Orion leads product strategy and development of the Tanium Platform, in addition to all customer-facing technical operations and management functions. A technology visionary and accomplished inventor, Orion has led the development of enterprise-scale endpoint security and management platforms for the past 18 years at BigFix, Inc. (acquired by IBM in 2010) and Tanium, in addition to holding multiple software patents in the areas of network communications and systems management. Orion works closely with Tanium customers on a daily basis in the pursuit of inventing new approaches for solving the significant challenges IT departments face securing and managing large, global enterprise environments. Orion also serves on the Tanium Board of Directors.
Founder and CEO
Inspired by the opportunity to create a truly personalized shopping experience by blending the best of the brick and mortar retail experience with an innovative approach to data and technology, Katrina Lake founded Stitch Fix while she was a student at Harvard Business School. Since 2011, Katrina hired a world-class executive team with experience from major companies including Netflix, Walmart.com, Nike and lululemon, and has grown the company to over 1,500 employees across the country.
Field Innovation Team
Desi Matel-Anderson is the Chief Wrangler of the Field Innovation Team (FIT), 501(c)3, and CEO of the Global Disaster Innovation Group, LLC. Desi is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator. During her tenure at FEMA, she led the first innovation team down to Hurricane Sandy to provide real-time problem solving in disaster response and recovery and ran think tanks nation-wide to cultivate innovation in communities. Her emergency management experience began when she volunteered in Northern Illinois University’s Office of Emergency Planning. She then worked with the Southeast Wisconsin Urban Area Security Initiative, and the City of Milwaukee Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office. In addition to her regional emergency management duties, she worked as an assessor of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program, nation-wide.
She has since worked on numerous emergency management projects with agencies, communities, organizations, and companies. She also lectures on innovation at Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley and several other universities across the country and serves as consultant on innovative practices and infrastructure for agencies and governments, nationally and internationally. Desi attended the National Preparedness Leadership Institute at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health in 2011, served on the Advisory Board of Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Institute in 2013, and holds a faculty position at the Harvard Kennedy School. She obtained a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 2009.
In her present role as FIT’s Chief Wrangler, she works with a team of individuals and organizations. FIT’s volunteer subject-matter-experts range from additive manufacturers to educators to artists to engineers to community justice workers to filmmakers to roboticists, and beyond. They come to work with FIT by way of a mutual desire to craft collaborative and unique solutions that assist survivors. FIT has deployed teams to several disasters including the Boston Marathon Bombings, assisting at the scene with social media analysis; the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, leading the mobile registration effort and coding solutions; the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan, through the building of cellular connectivity heat maps; and the Oso, Washington mudslides, with unmanned aerial system flights , which resulted in a 3D print of the topography for incident command. The team also deploys to humanitarian crises, including two deployments to perform exponential thinking and community building programmatic work for undocumented migrant children on the US/Mexico border.
Founder and CEO
Apoorva Mehta is founder and CEO of Instacart, a service that allows customers to order groceries online from their favorite grocery stores and have them delivered to their door within 1 hour. An engineering graduate of the University of Waterloo, Apoorva worked as a design engineer at Blackberry and Qualcomm, then joined Amazon.com as a supply chain engineer before founding Instacart in 2012.
Research Programmer II
The Scripps Research Institute
Max Nanis (b. 1990, Philadelphia, USA) is a conceptual artist, programmer, and computational biologist. He studied biology, chemistry and sculpture at Bennington College. Max logged onto the Internet when he was three years old and has never signed off.
Working with 10x Management for over two years, he helps companies develop new ventures and solve hard problems. He’s also the founder of General Research Lab, a chemically oriented creative software and animation studio. His work has been covered by The New Yorker, The Association for Computing Machinery, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, and others.
At The Scripps Research Institute, Max works to improve the academic publishing model, visualize genetic information, perform novel therapeutic discovery through crowdsourcing efforts, and ensure biological knowledge is easily accessible.
His artwork uses algorithmic approaches to narrate messages of persistence, fragility, and industry, often through the revelation of biological data. His pragmatic mediums are executed by robotically aided production processes. His work is exhibited in numerous public and private collections including The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Intrexon Corporation, and The American Chemical Society.
Serving on the board of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, he works to promote and provide free, live, secular organ music to the city of San Diego. When not working, eating, sleeping or dancing to Taylor Swift songs, Max runs marathons.
He is @TermsOfService on Facebook and hopes Mark Zuckerberg reads this.
SVP, Engineering & Operations
Kevin Scott is responsible for software engineering at LinkedIn. Kevin’s 20-year career in technology spans both academia and industry as researcher, engineer, and leader. Prior to joining LinkedIn in February of 2011, Kevin oversaw mobile ads engineering at Google, including the integration of Google’s $750 million acquisition of AdMob. Prior to its acquisition by Google, Kevin was responsible for engineering and operations at AdMob, the world’s leading platform for mobile monetization. Before joining AdMob in 2007, Kevin held numerous leadership positions at Google in search and ads engineering, and was deeply involved with the company’s early efforts establishing remote engineering centers, leadership development programs, and faculty outreach to top CS and engineering departments. Kevin is the recipient of a Google Founder’s Award, an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship, and an ACM Recognition of Service award. Kevin was a founding member of the ACM Professions Board and sits on the technical advisory boards for a number of startups. Kevin is the co-inventor on a number of pending and issued patents, and is the author or co-author of several peer reviewed scholarly publications. Kevin holds an MS in Computer Science from Wake Forest University and a BS in Computer Science from Lynchburg College.
Founder and CEO
Clara Shih is CEO and founder of Hearsay Social and member of the Starbucks Board of Directors. A pioneer in the social media industry, Clara developed the first social business application in 2007 and is a New York Times-featured bestselling author. She has been named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Fast Company’s Most Influential People in Technology, and Businessweek’s Top Young Entrepreneurs.
Hearsay Social provides social business software for relationship managers to attract, retain, and grow customer relationships using popular social networks. Clara previously served in a variety of technical, product, and marketing roles at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com. Clara graduated #1 in Computer Science at Stanford University, where she also received an MS in Computer Science – User Experience and Design. Clara also holds an MS in Internet Studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a U.S. Marshall Scholar.
Godfrey R. Sullivan
Chairman, CEO and President
Godfrey R. Sullivan has served as Splunk’s President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of its board of directors since 2008, and as its Chairman since 2011. Prior to joining, Mr. Sullivan was with Hyperion Solutions Corporation, a performance management software company acquired by Oracle Corporation, from 2001 to 2007, where he served in various executive roles, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the board of directors from 2004 until 2007. Mr. Sullivan has served as a member of the board of directors of Citrix Systems, Inc., an enterprise software company, since 2005. Mr. Sullivan holds a B.B.A. from Baylor University.
Bob Tennant is the Chief Executive Officer at Recommind, where he is responsible for all operational and strategic business initiatives. Prior to joining Recommind he served as the managing director of Swiftsure Capital and in senior positions in the Java Software division of Sun Microsystems, where he
led the marketing of the Java platform into consumer lectronics. Mr. Tennant came to Sun through the acquisition of Beduin Communications, “one of Canada’s hottest start-ups” in the Fall of 1998. Mr. Tennant was a co-founder of Beduin and served as CEO and President until its acquisition.
Mr. Tennant is a board member of several successful young companies and a graduate of the University of Victoria, the University of California at Berkeley, and Columbia University, from which he has an MBA.
Chairman and CEO
Glen Tullman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Livongo Health™. Tullman is also a successful entrepreneur and co-founder and Managing Partner of 7wire Ventures, a Chicago-based investment firm focused on healthcare and education. Tullman most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX), the leading global provider of Electronic Health Records, Practice Management and Electronic Prescribing systems. He led Allscripts’ IPO and secondary offerings. Under his leadership, revenues grew from $30 million in 1997 to more than $1.4 billion in 2012. Tullman stepped down in December 2012.
Prior to joining Allscripts, Tullman was CEO of Enterprise Systems, a leading healthcare-information services company providing resource-management solutions to large, integrated healthcare networks. Tullman led its IPO and secondary offerings. Enterprise was sold to McKesson HBOC (NYSE: MCK).
Tullman has founded or co-founded a number of ventures including one of the country’s leading solar energy companies, SoCore Energy, recently sold to Edison Ventures, and a digital education company, digedu, and holds investments in several ventures focused on mobile and cloud-based health solutions. A strong proponent of philanthropy, he serves as a Chancellor to the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Padmasree Warrior is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape and lead major market transitions. She helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, investments, mergers and acquisitions, the integration of new business models, the incubation of new technologies and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.
In her previous roles, Warrior served as Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) and also co-led Cisco’s worldwide engineering organization. As Senior Vice President, Engineering, she was responsible for core switching, collaboration, cloud computing and data center/virtualization, security and architectures for business transformation.
Warrior joined Cisco in 2008. Prior to that, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology.
Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award, Silicon Valley’s SVForum honored her with the Visionary Award, the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin gave her the Excellence in Engineering, Science and Technology Award and the International Museum of Women presented her with the Innovator Award for Women in Technology. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Wireless,” the Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award, India’s National Association of Software & Service Companies named her the Global CTO Award winner, and CloudNOW recognized her with the first Top 10 Women in Cloud Award. The Wall Street Journal has called Warrior one of “50 Women to Watch,” Fast Company included her among the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and The Economic Times listed her as “the 11th Most Influential Global Indian.”
Warrior has served on government initiatives, industry advisory boards as well as charitable and community organizations. She received the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence Award and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award. In 2007, she was inducted into the Women in Information Technology International Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Cornell University and serves on the Board of Directors for Box and Gap Inc. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Thorn (formerly DNA Foundation).
Warrior holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.
President and CEO
Jim Whitehurst is President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services. With a background in business development, finance, and global operations, Whitehurst has proven expertise in helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and business environments. Since joining Red Hat in 2008, Whitehurst has grown the company, and its influence on a variety of industries, by reaching key milestones—the most notable in 2012 when Red Hat became the first $1 billion revenue open source software company.
Under Whitehurst’s leadership, Red Hat has been recognized on Forbes’ “Fastest-Growing Technology Companies” list in 2011, ranked 7th on Investor’s Business Daily’s “Top 10 New American Companies” list in 2011, and ranked on Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2012 and 2014. Red Hat was selected for inclusion in the Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 500 stock index in 2009, and named by Glassdoor in 2014 as one of the best places to work.
Red Hat’s product portfolio has expanded through several strategic acquisitions since Whitehurst joined the company, including Qumranet, Inc. (virtualization), Makara (Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)), Gluster (storage), FuseSource (middleware), Polymita (middleware), ManageIQ (cloud management), Inktank (storage), eNovance (OpenStack), and FeedHenry (middleware). By incorporating these technologies, Red Hat has become the only open source company that can offer an open source cloud stack that includes an operating system, middleware, and virtualization. The company also revealed its open hybrid cloud technology vision for the future of IT, including plans for building and managing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and PaaS public and private clouds.
As its portfolio grows, Red Hat continues to influence the future of technology by supporting open source projects like OpenStack, Fedora, and GlusterFS, and by defending patent law legislation, including amicus submissions to the U.S. Supreme Court. Open Source for America, a coalition advocating for open source software in government, also launched in 2009, with Red Hat as a founding member. In 2010, Red Hat unveiled opensource.com, a website that explores the role of open source in business, government, law, and life, and brings the open source message to a much broader audience.
Whitehurst continues to advocate for open, non-proprietary data and technology. He speaks at conferences throughout the world, including Open Source Business Conference, and top research universities including Duke and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jim is often asked to appear as a guest on programs including CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business.
Whitehurst began his career in 1989 at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Chicago, Illinois, and held several corporate development leadership roles at the firm. Over the next decade, Whitehurst worked in BCG’s Chicago, Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, and as a partner in the Atlanta office with numerous clients across a wide range of industries. He was named partner at BCG in 2000.
On September 11, 2001, the Delta Air Lines leadership team asked Whitehurst to serve as its acting treasurer. That same week, he led the company’s secured debt offering, winning the Thomson-IVR “Deal of the Year” for reopening the capital markets. In 2002, he joined Delta full time as Senior Vice President–Finance, Treasury, and Business Development, and was promoted again in 2004 to Chief Network and Planning Officer–a position from which he drove significant international expansion. He was named Chief Operating Officer in 2005, overseeing all aspects of airline operations, including sales, marketing, operations, and strategy.
Whitehurst graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and computer science. He also attended Fredrick Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, and holds a General Course degree from the London School of Economics. He received his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard in 1994. In 2007, while COO of Delta Airlines, Jim was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In March 2014, Jim was honored with the William C. Friday Award – an annual award presented by the senior class of Park Scholars, North Carolina State University’s merit scholarship program, honoring Friday’s dedication and excellence in leadership, scholarship, service and character.
Whitehurst lives in Durham, N.C., with his wife and twins. He is a member of the Board of Directors of DigitalGlobe, Inc., Duke University Health System, and The Conservation Fund. He also serves as
Managing Partner and Chief Economist
Manhattan Venture Partners
Max Wolff is Managing Partner, Chief Economist at Manhattan Venture Partners. Over the last 12 years, Max has been an economist and strategist in alternative assets and has been the first to initiate pre-IPO coverage on Twitter, Square, Spotfiy, and Jive. Prior to launching Manhattan Venture Partners, Max was Chief Economist at Citizen VC, Inc., a financial technology and investment firm. Prior to joining Citizen VC, Max spent 4 years building the research and strategy practices at GreenCrest Capital. While at Greencrest, Max authored or co-authored research reports on numerous private technology companies, including the first published equity research report on Facebook. Max is widely sought after for his commentary and insight on global trends in consumer and financial technology. Max has made hundreds of appearances and published articles in leading media outlets including Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox News, The Financial Times, CBS Evening News, ABC News, BBC, and The Wall Street Journal.
Roy Bahat is the head of Bloomberg Beta, a new $75 million venture fund capitalized by Bloomberg L.P. that backs and builds breakthroughs. Bloomberg Beta believes the best investors are entrepreneurs and vice versa. Headquartered in San Francisco with a presence in New York, Bloomberg Beta is focused on investments in areas broadly of interest to Bloomberg L.P., and invests purely for financial return.
Bloomberg Beta’s initial focus areas are producing insights from data (data, technology platforms, content discovery, media distribution) and making the experience of work better (networks and communities, human-computer interaction, and radically new organizational models). For details visit www.bloombergbeta.com.
Roy is also chairman of OUYA, a startup creating a new kind of game console, where he was the first investor. He is a lecturer at UC Berkeley, where he teaches the media course at the Haas School of Business and the School of Information.
Roy spent five years leading News Corporation’s IGN Entertainment, an online media company with a monthly audience of 70 million people, a top 10 YouTube channel, and the leading website in its category in almost every major market around the world. Roy served on the board of Revision3, an online video startup (acquired by Discovery) and was a board observer at Flixster before Warner Bros. acquired it. He is a mentor for several startup accelerators and incubators.
Before joining News Corp., Roy was in the public sector, both in the office of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and at New York’s 2012 Olympic bid. Roy graduated from Harvard College, where he ran the student public service nonprofit. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
Sarah Frier is a Bloomberg technology reporter focusing on social media companies including Facebook and Twitter. She is a regular contributor to Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Businessweek. Frier is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Tom Giles is the managing editor of US companies at Bloomberg News. He previously served as the team leader for US technology news. Tom was also the editor of Businessweek.com’s award-winning Technology channel, based in Silicon Valley.
Before joining Businessweek.com in August 2005, Giles was deputy technology team leader at Bloomberg News, where he spent more than eight years and was a finalist for a Loeb Award. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and a B.A. from Princeton University.
Fixed Income Analyst
Jeff Marshall is a data analyst in Bloomberg’s Global Data department in Princeton, New Jersey, where he maintains databases of fixed income securities for the Bloomberg Terminal and other Bloomberg products.
Mr. Marshall is a virtual reality enthusiast and developer. He has been developing software for the medium since its re-emergence after Oculus’s successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign. Recently, he has been building a program to help Bloomberg employees practice their public speaking in virtual reality.
Prior to Bloomberg, Mr. Marshall attended Arizona State University, where he graduated as valedictorian with degrees in Journalism and Finance.
Brad Stone joined Bloomberg Businessweek in August, 2010 as a senior writer covering technology. He has written cover stories on the Chinese search engine Baidu, Facebook’s advertising system, the medical leave of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and the ascendance of Larry Page to Google’s chief executive.
Brad joined Businessweek from the New York Times, where he had been a reporter since December 2006. He covered Internet trends, as well as technology companies like Google, Amazon and Apple from the newspaper’s San Francisco bureau. In addition to writing for the paper, he regularly contributed to the Times’ technology blog, Bits and wrote a column, Ping, for the Sunday business section.
From 1998 to November 2006, Brad served as the Silicon Valley Correspondent for Newsweek magazine, writing for the technology and business sections of the magazine and authoring a regular online column.
Brad graduated from Columbia University in 1993 and is originally from Cleveland, Ohio.
Founder and CEO
Gina Bianchini is the founder and CEO of Mightybell, a software platform and partner for companies and enterprises to create specialized professional networks for their customers and markets. For example, Mightybell and Intuit have partnered with a new professional network for the self-employed.
Since publicly launching in April 2014, tens of thousands of organizations have begun to build professional networks on Mightybell focused on learning faster and making better decisions with peers, including Intuit, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, American Express and LeanIn.org.
Before Mightybell, Bianchini and Marc Andreessen co-founded Ning (www.ning.com), the largest social platform for communities of interests online. Bianchini serves on the board of directors of Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which owns HGTV, The Food Network, The Travel Channel, The Cooking Channel, The DIY Network, and Great American Country.
Gina has been featured as one of TechCrunch’s “40 Over 40″, Upstart Business Journal’s “Upstart 100”, NPR’s “5 Nerds to Watch in 2013,” Marie Claire’s “New Guard,” Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40,” Huffington Post’s 10 technology “Ultimate Game Changers,” and 7×7 magazine’s “Hot 20” list. Gina and Mightybell have been featured in Fast Company, Inc., Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She has also appeared on Charlie Rose, CNBC, and CNN.
She was raised in Cupertino, California, graduated with honors from Stanford University and received her M.B.A from Stanford Business School.
Senior Research Scientist
Erin is a Sr. Research Scientist at Autodesk, Inc. where she researches the future of computer-aided design, and has managed user-experience teams across several of Autodesk’s engineering and design products. Her research currently focuses on generative design, which applies computation to solve against the multiple, often competing objectives that characterize today’s complex design and engineering projects. Before Autodesk, Erin consulted for start-ups in the 90s designing cloud storage and recommendation systems, and she partnered on research in social computing with scientists at IBM, Boeing and AT&T.
Erin has also conducted numerous software ethnographies. She’s observed architects designing skyscrapers from 3D virtual studios, studied children programming gravity engines with the XBOX from their couch, and documented aeronautical engineers designing emergency landings for the space shuttle.
Erin has a B.S. in Cognitive Science, and a PhD in Information & Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine. Erin’s academic research focused on the effects of communication technology on interpersonal behaviors such as persuasion, deception, and trust. She has published in the fields of human-computer interaction and computer-aided design, and has filed as co-inventor on three software patents.
Tracy Chou is a software engineer and tech lead at Pinterest, currently on the monetization team. Before Pinterest, Tracy was an early engineer at Quora. She graduated from Stanford with an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, where she was a Terman Scholar and Mayfield Fellow and elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. With initiatives in the workplace and the community, Tracy works actively to promote diversity in the tech industry and has pushed for greater transparency and discussion on the topic with a Github project crowdsourcing data on women in software engineering.
Dick Costolo (COS-tow-low) is the CEO of Twitter, where he is responsible for the growth and management of the global business. Since he became CEO in 2010, the global active user base has quadrupled to more than 288 million monthly active users; the company has tripled in size, and has opened offices around the world. Under Dick’s leadership, Twitter introduced “Promoted Tweets” — contextual advertising based on user interests displayed in Tweets — to increase revenue for the company. Besides its growing effectiveness as a business, Twitter is today renowned as a real-time platform that enables people and organizations to publicly share brief messages instantly around the world, a vital tool in an increasingly global society.
Dick joined Twitter in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for both monetization and day-to-day operations. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of FeedBurner, a digital content syndication platform that was acquired by Google in 2007. Prior to that, Dick founded two digital media companies in Chicago: SpyOnIt, a web page monitoring service, and Burning Door Networked Media, a web design and development consulting company. He was also an improv performer with the acclaimed Annoyance Theater. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Computer Science and has been recognized by UM with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He is @dickc on Twitter.
President, Integrated Network Solutions
Caroline Dowling is president of Integrated Network Solutions at Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX), a $26B, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 end-to-end supply chain solutions company with a global workforce of 200,000 and operations in over 30 countries. In this role, she leads an $11 billion dollar business unit comprised of an international team focused on design, manufacturing and services providing end-to-end solutions worldwide for the telecom, networking, server and storage markets. Additionally, she is responsible for fulfilling corporate growth strategies through Flextronics’ NOVO organization, involving the cultivation of strategic partnerships for business growth purposes, oversight of mergers and acquisitions and the expansion of the overall business for the Company. Ms. Dowling joined Flextronics through the acquisition of The Dii Group, where she held various management roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of Europe, director of European business and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) manager. Prior to these roles, Ms. Dowling was director for OEMs at Alps Electronics. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Kris Gale has 17 years of software development and engineering leadership experience across several industries. He is the co-founder of Clover Health, a new insurance plan that is using technology and interventions to drive down costs by improving health outcomes for its’ members. Prior to Clover Health, Kris was part of the original engineering team at Yammer and was the VP of Engineering through the acquisition by Microsoft.
Lori Goler is the Vice President, People at Facebook. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of Facebook’s people strategy including hiring, developing and retaining Facebook’s global team of 9,000 people across more than 50 offices in 30 countries. During Lori¹s tenure, the Facebook team has grown nearly 20x and Facebook has been recognized as a leading place to work, earning the #1 spot in Glassdoor’s annual Best Place to Work in 2011 and 2013.
Lori joined Facebook in 2008 after five years at eBay, where she held a variety of marketing and general management roles that included leading consumer marketing strategy, brand management, and consumer promotions for the eBay brand.
Prior to joining eBay, Lori was a founding member of the executive team at estyle (babystyle.com ) where she led operations and merchandising. Lori started her career at The Walt Disney Company focused on strategy and business planning for Disney’s consumer products businesses.
Lori currently serves on the board of Stanford Healthcare which includes the Stanford hospital, clinics and school of medicine, where she chairs the IT Committee, and serves on the Audit, Compensation, and Quality & Service committees.
Lori holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. She earned an MBA at Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard¹s Kennedy School. She currently lives in Palo Alto with her husband and three children.
Mike Gregoire is Chief Executive Officer of CA Technologies, a $4.5 billion global software company. CA Technologies is helping companies seize the opportunities of the application economy – a world where software is crucial to global business and application development is the engine of innovation.
Before Taleo, Mike spent five years at PeopleSoft as executive vice president of its Global Services Group, with responsibility for consulting, education, hosting and maintenance worldwide. Mike started his career at as an architect and technical project leader at EDS, and rose to run a number of its operations and businesses, including its Global Financial Markets Group.
Mike is widely recognized as a strategic thinker in the information technology industry. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s IT Governors Steering Committee, the Business Roundtable’s Information and Technology Committee, and the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council. He also serves on the Executive Council of TechNet, an organization of CEOs that represents the technology industry in policy issues critical to American innovation and economic competitiveness. In addition, he sits on the Board of Directors of ADP, one of the world’s largest providers of human resources business processing and cloud-based solutions.
Mike exemplifies CA’s commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. During his tenure, CA has strengthened its engagement with the communities where its employees live and work, with an emphasis on advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning for underserved youth. Mike is on the Board of NPower, a nonprofit that enlists and trains low-income young adults and veterans to become IT professionals. An avid cyclist, he also manages to compete in several races a year, many of which are fundraisers he rides in wearing the CA jersey.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Computing from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and a Master of Business Administration degree from California Coast University.
Co-founder and Partner
Altay Guvench studied monkeys and neurobiology at Harvard; made holograms and submarine antennas at MIT; recorded dozens of albums as an audio engineer, producer, and bass player; toured as the opener for the Indigo Girls; and is a two-time alum of Y Combinator.
In 2010, Altay met the founders of Brick Wall Management, a boutique artist-management firm based in NYC. Realizing that a talent agency’s services for musicians might be of use to him as a tech consultant, Altay hired Brick Wall to negotiate his next freelance programming contract. Soon, they joined forces to found 10x Management, the first talent agency for technology. Today, 10x represents over 70 top-notch freelance tech consultants with expertise ranging from web and mobile development, to data science, to branding and communications, to hardware and bioinformatics. 10x has helped build technology for startups including FundersClub and Academia.edu, large companies including eBay and Live Nation, and educational institutions including UC Berkeley and the London School of Economics. 10x has also been featured in national media ranging from The New Yorker and The New York Times to NPR and ABC News.
When he’s not working, Altay likes to learn new instruments (recent obsessions include the cello, drums, and musical saw), hack music-responsive LEDs with Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and meditate in sensory deprivation tanks.
Michael B. Johnson
Lead, Studio Tools R&D Department
Dr. Michael B. Johnson has been at Pixar for over 20 years – he started as an intern in 1993 while working on his PhD at the MIT Media Lab.
He’s a lead in Pixar’s Studio Tools R&D department, where he has led groups responsible for the design, implementation and support of the pre-production pipeline for Pixar features and shorts. These areas includes Story, Editorial, Art, Production Management, and the Review process. His teams worked directly with the directors, editors, producers, production designers, art directors, artists and production groups who start the process of bringing Pixar stories to the screen.
As an individual contributor, Dr. Johnson wrote tools for all of Pixar’s feature films (and many of their short films), including storyboarding, pre-viz, layout, animation, modeling, lighting, rendering, and editorial tools.
Before that, he led an early effort at Pixar in the Interactive Division to explore possibilities for storytelling and character construction.
Prior to Pixar, he attended the University of Illinois where he earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering. He studied abroad for a year in Swansea, Wales and also worked for NCSA, Thinking Machines, IBM and MIT’s Media Lab.
He completed his Masters of Science in Visual Studies and his PhD in Computer Graphics and Animation at the MIT Media Lab, where Dr. Edwin Catmull (founder of Pixar) was on his thesis committee. He lives in Oakland CA with his wife and daughter.
Task Manager, FINDER
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
James Lux is the Task Manager for FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response), a victim detection radar that detects the breathing and heartbeat of the victims developed for the Department of Homeland Security. He is leading JPL’s development of non-contact microwave techniques for mobile device user authentication and the remote sensing of human vital signs. Mr. Lux is the JPL Principal Investigator for NASA’s SCaN Testbed, including three Software Defined Radios (SDRs), installed on the International Space Station in 2012. He participated in developing the NASA standard for SDRs and was responsible for delivering the first flight qualified standards compliant Operating Environment: the software infrastructure for a SDR. Previous work at JPL includes an adaptive phased array antenna with distributed processing and metrology, a ground station for on-orbit calibration of radar, and a variety of other radio and communications projects.
Before joining JPL in 1998, Mr. Lux developed products for a physical special effects company as well as making it rain on command, lighting really big fires, making household appliances fly through the air, and creating the world’s largest artificial tornado. He has run a software consulting company, and developed equipment to monitor communications and radar systems. He’s worked on a variety of software development projects in both embedded and enterprise scale environments with real-time needs, such as the LAPD ECCCS dispatch system.
Mr. Lux is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, has received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, 6 NASA Group Achievement Awards, and over 20 technology development awards from NASA. He holds two patents and has won several entertainment industry technical awards for the development of novel motion picture effects.
CEO and President
Marissa Mayer is President & CEO of Yahoo. Since July 2012, Marissa has led Yahoo’s focus on being a guide to informing, connecting, and entertaining our users.
Prior to Yahoo, Marissa was Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services at Google. During her 13 years at Google, Marissa held numerous positions, including engineer, designer, product manager, and executive, and launched more than 100 well-known features and products. She played an instrumental role in Google search, leading the product management effort for more than 10 years, a period during which Google Search grew from a few hundred thousand to well over a billion searches per day. Previously, Marissa worked at the UBS research lab in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a MS in Computer Science.
Marissa serves on the board of directors of Walmart. She is also on the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Ballet.
Thomas Middleditch can currently be seen staring as the lead character in Mike Judge’s critically acclaimed HBO series, Silicon Valley. Thomas’ performance as the shy, entrepreneur “Richard Hendricks” garnered him a nomination for a 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Award for “Best Actor in a Comedy Series” and the show received nominations for an Emmy Award in 2014 and Golden Globe Award in 2015. The show’s second season will premiere on April 12th, 2015.
Thomas will next be seen on the big screen in The Bronze opposite Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, and Sebastian Stann. The film, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, was written by Melissa Rauch and produced by the Duplass Brothers. It sold to Relativity and will be released later this year. It. Additionally, Thomas will lend his voice to the DreamWorks animated feature, Captain Underpants, along with Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, and Kevin Hart.
In 2013, Thomas appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. He also appeared in Jay Roach’s The Campaign opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
Thomas’ other credits include: NBC’s television series The Office as Dwight Schrute’s (Rainn Wilson) brother as well as films such as The Kings of Summer, The Brass Teapot, Fun Size, Being Flynn, and Splinterheads.
Thomas is a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and is a member of The Improvised Shakespeare Company improve group. He also regularly creates and performs comedy shorts with College Humor.
Co-creator and Executive Producer
"Parks and Recreation" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Michael Schur is co-creator and executive producer of both the critically-acclaimed NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” and the Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Prior to “Parks” he spent four years as a writer-producer on the Emmy Award-winning NBC hit “The Office,” where he was individually nominated twice, for writing the episodes “Christmas Party” and “The Negotiation.” His first TV writing job was at “Saturday Night Live,” where he spent seven seasons, including three as the producer of “Weekend Update” with Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon. Fans of “The Office” may also know him as Dwight Schrute’s ghoulish, bearded, beet farming cousin Mose Schrute.
Schur currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, J.J. Philbin, and their two children.
Dr. Beth Seidenberg
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Dr. Beth Seidenberg focuses on life science investing in digital health and biotech and works with entrepreneurs to develop companies with breakthrough technology for treating patients and improving health. Since joining Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005, Beth has incubated five companies and was the founding CEO of two. She serves on the board of directors of 5 Digital Health Companies: Auxogyn, Mango Health, RedBrick Health, Practice Fusion and Spruce Health and 9 Biotech Companies: 3-V Biosciences, ARMO Biosciences, ACIR Biosciences, Breathe Technologies, Flexus and True North, including 3 publicly traded companies: Atara Bio (ATRA), Epizyme (EPZM) and Tesaro (TSRO)
Before joining KPCB, Beth was senior vice president of development and chief medical officer of Amgen, Inc. Earlier in her career, she was a senior executive in research and development at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Merck & Co., Inc. Under her leadership, 10 innovative products were developed and marketed globally and achieved more than 40 regulatory approvals.
Beth grew up in New York and received her B.S. degree from Barnard College and her M.D. from the University of Miami. She completed her post-graduate training at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and the National Institutes of Health.
Outside of work, Beth loves to bike and can often be found on the weekends climbing Old La Honda Road in the hills near the office. She also enjoys golf, hiking, reading historical novels, and playing with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Mattie-May. She and her husband, a retired labor lawyer, have two grown sons and a beautiful daughter-in-law.
Andy Stern is the former president of the 2.2-million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest union of health care, doctors, nurses, janitors, security officers, childcare, home care, hospital, and state workers, and the fastest- growing union in North America. As a labor leader Stern led efforts for all workers to produce solutions on major issues confronting American workers, most importantly universal health care and comprehensive immigration reform, and living wages.
Called a “courageous, visionary leader who charted a bold new course for American unionism,” Mr. Stern has been featured on 60 Minutes, CNN and on the covers of the New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Businessweek, as well as being named the Fox Power Player of the Week. Under his tenure as president, SEIU bucked the trend and through its signature national and global organizing campaigns SEIU grew by more than 1.2 million workers, turning traditionally underpaid service work into jobs that can help support a family and lift up a community. Mr. Stern began working as a social service worker and member of SEIU Local 668 in 1971. He served as Organizing director for SEIU before his landmark election as president in 1996. After launching a national debate about the fundamental change needed to unite the 9 out of 10 American workers who have no organization at work, Mr. Stern led SEIU out of the AFL-CIO and transformed the national labor landscape by founding the Change to Win labor federation with six other major unions in 2005. He retired from SEIU in 2010.
Mr. Stern was a Presidential Appointee on the Simpson-Bowles Commission has been or is a board member of the Broad Foundation, the Aspen Institute, it he Open Society Foundation, the Economic Policy Institute, been the President of the Kaiser Permanente Partnership, and is a Senior Fellow at Columbia University. His first book A Country That Works was published in 2005, and he is currently working on a second on the future of work.
Co-founder and CEO
Nina Tandon is CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. She is the co-author of Super Cells: Building with Biology, a book that explores the new frontier of biotech. She is a TED Senior Fellow, a Staff Associate Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union. She has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union, a Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering from MIT, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA from Columbia University. Her PhD research focused on studying electrical signaling in the context of tissue engineering, and has worked with cardiac, skin, bone, and neural tissue.
Tandon spent her early career in telecom at Avaya Labs and transitioned into biomedical engineering via her Fulbright Scholarship in Italy, where she worked on an electronic nose used to “smell” lung cancer. After completing her PhD, she consulted at McKinsey and Company, but since 2010 she has continued her work in tissue engineering. Nina has published 10 journal articles (cited > 300 times, H = 9) and six book chapters, and she has three patents. She’s been published in Nature Protocols and Lab on a Chip, has spoken three times at TED, and was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.
A. Charles Thomas
Chief Data Officer, Technology and Operations Group
Wells Fargo & Company
A. Charles Thomas, a 15-year data and analytics professional, is an executive vice president of the Technology and Operations Group for Wells Fargo & Company.
As the company’s Chief Data Officer, he is responsible for developing Wells Fargo’s approach to managing data including the development of Enterprise Data Goverance, Foundational Data, and a common data architecture. Thomas’s team acts as a hub collaborating with line of business data teams to ensure commonality of data, methods, techniques, tools, and governance. This “hub and spoke” model allows Thomas to leverage his team’s data management and analytical skills to provide more consistent information, more effectively identify and manage risk, provide better customer experiences, and more efficiently develop and deliver technology solutions for the company.
Thomas is a member of the Wells Fargo Management Committee, and is based in San Francisco.
Prior to Wells Fargo, Thomas was the chief data and analytics officer for the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) in San Antonio. He also has held data analytics leadership positions at Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing, Hewlett Packard, and Reliant Energy.
Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in history from Baylor University, a master’s degree in sociology with a concentration in Applied Social Research from Baylor, and a doctorate in sociology with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Quantitative Methods from Yale University.
Co-founder and CEO
Chris Wanstrath is a software developer and entrepreneur who co-founded GitHub in 2008 to make it easier to share software code and collaborate on software projects, both in the open source community and within companies. Today, GitHub is the largest code host in the world, with a community of 9M people building software together.
As the CEO of GitHub, Chris is focused on defining GitHub’s vision and strategy, and leading the company to realize GitHub’s most ambitious goals. Prior to becoming CEO in January 2014, Chris led product development for GitHub. Before founding GitHub, Chris ran a Ruby on Rails consultancy where he helped launch startups, scale websites, and identify the problems that GitHub would eventually solve. He also worked as an engineer at CNET Networks.
EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, Petco
As Petco’s chief merchant, Brad Weston oversees all merchandising activities, including buying, merchandise operations, merchandise planning & inventory, sourcing, private brand, store design, as well as Petco’s marketing and e-commerce. As President of Unleashed by Petco, he is also responsible for the company’s smaller-format, neighborhood store brand.
Brad and his teams play a critical role in helping to ensure that Petco is well-positioned to deliver on our brand promise to nurture powerful relationships between people and pets.
Prior to joining Petco in 2011, Brad was Senior Vice President & Chief Merchandising Officer for Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy.
Previously, he was Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for May Merchandising Company in St. Louis, and Robinsons-May in Los Angeles.
Brad graduated from the University of California Berkeley earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Co-founder and CEO
Dan Widmaier is CEO and co-founder of Bolt Threads, a new San Francisco Bay Area-based company harnessing proteins found in nature to create versatile and sustainable high performance fibers. In 2004, as a graduate student at the University of California, San Francisco, Dan’s research led him to a fascination with spider silk, where he set out to recreate the proteins found in natural silk. Five years later, Bolt Threads was founded to make spider silk without the spiders – Engineered Silk fibers. Dan has used his passion and expertise to lead the company from lab bench to commercial scale manufacturing; expansion of the company from three to 50+ employees; and securing venture financing totaling $40 million. He earned his doctorate in chemistry and chemical biology from UC San Francisco, where his graduate research involved designing genetic circuits to control microbial organelles. Dan lives in the East Bay with his wife, a fashion designer, and their 16-month-old son.
Chairman and CEO
Chairman and CEO
Christy Wyatt is the Chairman and CEO of Good Technology. With more than 15 years of executive management and leadership experience in the high-tech and enterprise industry, Christy has served in a variety of roles with globally recognized business and technology brands.
Previously, Christy served as Global Head of Citi’s Consumer eBusiness and Mobile Technology where she led the technology teams responsible for leading-edge, high-volume, consumer-facing applications for the Internet, mobile and ATM channels for Citi’s entire consumer banking businesses globally.
Before Citi, Christy was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Motorola Mobility’s Enterprise Business Unit where she interfaced with customers as well as representatives of the telecommunications industry around the world to create and distribute industry leading mobile enterprise products and services globally. Prior to joining Motorola, Christy served as Worldwide Developer Relations Director at Apple Computer
where she was responsible for partners, global alliances and evangelism.
Ahead of her role at Apple, Christy spent four years directing OS Licensing at Palm. She has also held a variety of leadership roles at Sun Microsystems, JavaSoft and ESRI.
Anchor, "Bloomberg West"
Emily Chang is anchor of “Bloomberg West,” Bloomberg Television’s daily technology program which airs every day at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT from the network’s San Francisco studio.
Chang regularly speaks to top tech executives, investors and entrepreneurs. Her notable interviews include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey, Disney CEO Bob Iger, and Alibaba Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma.
She is also the host of Bloomberg Television’s interview series, Studio 1.0, where she’s interviewed Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen, author Malcolm Gladwell, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom while he was under house arrest at his New Zealand mansion, among others.
Before joining Bloomberg in 2010, Chang served as an international correspondent for CNN in Beijing. There, she reported on a wide range of stories, including the 2008 Olympics, President Obama’s first visit to Asia and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Prior to joining CNN in 2007, Chang served as a reporter at KNSD, NBC’s affiliate in San Diego, California. She started her career as a news producer at NBC in New York.
Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, Chang graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.
Correspondent, Bloomberg TV
Anchor, Bloomberg Radio
Cory Johnson covers technology, innovation and the future of business throughout the day on Bloomberg Television. He also anchors “The Advantage” on Bloomberg Radio with Carol Massar, daily from 7am to 11 am PT/ 10am to 2 pm ET.
Johnson provides in-depth coverage of Internet companies, social media, cloud computing and other developments in technology, media and entertainment.
Prior to joining Bloomberg in October 2010, Johnson was a hedge fund manager and private investor. As a portfolio manager at Kingsford Capital Management and an analyst at Cannell Capital LLC, he focused on value investing, short selling, forensic accounting and covering neglected equities in technology, industrials, oil and gas and other sectors. Prior to his work in finance, Johnson served as CNBC’s first-ever Silicon Valley correspondent, where he covered the H-P/Compaq merger, Google’s IPO and fraud investigations at Global Crossing, Tenant Healthcare and Worldcom. Before joining CNBC in 2001, Johnson served for over ten years as a magazine writer and editor, covering business, crime and sports. He was a founding reporter for TheStreet.com and founded TheStreet.com’s West Coast Bureau. Additionally, Johnson served as a writer-reporter at Time Inc., a senior editor at Vibe magazine and served as the founding editor-in-chief of the hip hop basketball magazine SLAM. He was featured in Houghton Miflin’s “The Best American Sportswriters.”
Johnson received his undergraduate degree from New York University and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Senior Writer, Bloomberg Businessweek
Managing Editor, Bloomberg Digital Video
Senior Writer, Bloomberg Businessweek
Managing Editor, Bloomberg Digital Video
Sam Grobart joined Bloomberg as a senior correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek in August 2012. He covers technology, innovation and other subjects for Bloomberg Media’s multi-platform brands, and serves as Managing Editor of Bloomberg digital videos.
In 2013 Sam was a co-host of Bloomberg Television’s weekly program “Bloomberg Brink,” which profiled the innovative people and ideas that will shape our future. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Sam served as the personal technology editor at The New York Times since 2008. He founded The Times’s first personal technology blog, “Gadgetwise,” and “Toolkit,” a personal tech column, which he also wrote. Sam hosted a weekly live webcast and produced videos about tech.
While at the New York Times, Sam was a SABEW winner and a Loeb finalist. He contributed to a series on distracted driving which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Sam has also been a writer and editor at The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Esquire and Money. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1996 and lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife and two children.
Editor, Bloomberg LIVE
Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg Businessweek
Editor, Bloomberg LIVE;
Editor-at-large, Bloomberg Businessweek
Stephanie Mehta is Editor of Bloomberg LIVE and Editor-at-large for Bloomberg Businessweek. She most recently served as the deputy editor of FORTUNE, where she helped set the overall direction of the magazine, with a special focus in technology, international news and policy coverage. She helped reinvent Fortune’s annual Brainstorm Tech conference, and spearheaded the international expansion of the title’s Most Powerful Women summit. Mehta joined FORTUNE in 2000 from The Wall Street Journal, where she was an assistant news editor, reporting and editing technology stories. Prior to joining the Journal, she worked as a business reporter for the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. She received a B.S. in English and an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University. A Chicago-area native, she now lives with her husband and two daughters in Scarsdale, New York.
Ashlee Vance is one of the most prominent technology writers today and the author of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. After spending several years reporting on Silicon Valley and technology for the New York Times and the Economist, Vance joined Bloomberg Businessweek, where he has written dozens of cover and feature stories for the magazine on topics ranging from cyber espionage to DNA sequencing and space exploration.