Tim Draper DFJ
Tim Draper is founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates and DFJ. Tim's original suggestion to use viral marketing in web-based email to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail, YahooMail, and Gmail and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by thousands of businesses. Venture successes include Skype, Overture, Baidu, Tesla, Theranos, Parametric Technology, Hotmail, Digidesign, Twitch.tv, and hundreds of others.
Neal Dempsey Serial Investor / Bay Partners
Neal was one of the founding Investor in Starbucks - just one of many great decisions he has made based upon an intuitive sense of which entrepreneurs have the right DNA for success. Recently joining the Forbes Midas List, with 3 IPOs in 2012 alone (Eloqua - acquired in 2012 by Oracle for $871 million; Enphase Energy for $242 million; and Guidewire Software at market cap: $2.09 billion) along with a slew of other coups over his career, Neal's adventurous spirit has also taken him atop six of the seven tallest summits in the world.
Dale Butland has 35 years of professional experience in politics, government and communications. After graduate work in international relations at George Washington University and the University of Chicago, Dale worked briefly at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations before accepting a position in the U.S. Commerce Department under President Carter.
Ken Morse Entrepreneurship Ventures
Ken has been a high performance leader in global high tech sales and sales management for 35 + years.
Ken Morse was a co-founder of six high-tech companies, together with MIT friends and classmates. Five of these ventures had successful IPOs or mergers; one was a disaster. They included 3Com Corporation, Aspen Technology, Inc., a China Trade Company, a biotech venture, and an expert systems company. Ken was either the CEO or responsible for part or all of the Sales organization in each of these new enterprises.
Benedict Rodenstock ASTUTIA
is founder and CEO of ASTUTIA. He is an expert for the development of start up companies. In his professional carreer, he worked as a consultant for corporations and assisted the development of new businesses on company side and on investor’s side. Amongst others he worked for Hubert Burda Media, WEB.DE and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Benedict Rodenstock got his MBA at the University St. Gallen; he studied internet technologies at New York University, and at the University Bologna he aquired a degree in history.
Andrew Romans Rubicon Venture Capital
Andrew Romans is the co-founder and general partner of Rubicon Venture Capital (formerly Georgetown Angels), a VC fund and angel group. Romans also founded The Founders Club, a venture capital equity exchange fund that also provides liquidity solutions for founders, investors & employees with over 40 VCs on the advisory board in the US, Europe and Israel.
Greg Mortenson CAI / Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute www.ikat.org , founder of Pennies For Peace www.penniesforpeace.org , and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea www.threecupsoftea.com , and author of the bestsellerStones into Schools www.stonesintoschools.com .
Roxanne Varza Microsoft
Roxanne Varza currently runs some of the startup-related initiatives at Microsoft in Europe.
Prior to Microsoft she worked for several European startups and was the former Editor of TechCrunch France (2010-2011). She has also contributed to other publications, including The Telegraph, The Kernel, Betakit and Business Insider.
She also co-founded the French and British chapters of Girls in Tech and is the co-organizer of the Failcon Paris conference.
Marcel E. Smit AppMobi
Marcel has one of the industry's most impressive track records for taking companies over the threshold of success, with two Exits (and three companies) since 2010. He is now Chief Executive Officer of Service2Media - Multi-platform App Development Platform, Aligning Business & IT.
Marcel was previously CEO of Mirror42, the cloud and mobile business visualization software company that enables businesses to implement performance management.