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Pascal Finette

Pascal is the Managing Director of Singularity University’s Startup Lab, where we grow startups which solve the most intractable problems in the world. He previously led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, and invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. Pascal also created the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good, POWERUP and The Coaching Fellowship.

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Boris Wertz

Boris Wertz is the founder of version one ventures, an early-stage fund that has made over 35 investments in consumer internet, SaaS and mobile companies across North-America. Previously, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of AbeBooks.com, the world's largest marketplace for new, used and rare and out-of print books which got sold to Amazon in 2008. 

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Mark Suster 

Mark Suster is a 2x entrepreneur and an investor. He joined Upfront Ventures in 2007 as a General Partner after selling his company Koral to Salesforce.com. He focuses on early-stage technology companies. 

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Fred Wilson 

Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.

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Babak Nivi

Babak Nivi is a co-founder of AngelList and Venture Hacks. Previously, he was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Bessemer Venture Partners and Atlas Venture. He has worked on startups including Songbird, Grockit, and Kovio. He went to school at MIT where received 2 patents and published in Science.

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Brad Feld

Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. He is currently a Managing Director at Foundry Group. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.

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Brad Feld

Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. He is currently a Managing Director at Foundry Group. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.

In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of UP Global. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution, and Ask the VC.

Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 23 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states. 

 

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Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon is an investor at Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously the Co-Founder/CEO of Hunch, Co-Founder of Founder Collective, and Co-Founder/CEO of SiteAdvisor.

 

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Scott Britton 

Scott Britton is a startup enthusiast, blogger, and Skillshare teacher based in New York City. He is a former business development and marketing executive for SinglePlatform and writes about business development, networking, and personal development at Life-LongLearner.com.

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Holger Luedorf

Holger Luedorf works at Foursquare as Vice President, Head of Business Development. Prior to Foursquare, Holger worked at Yahoo Mobile as a Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships. Holger joined Yahoo! in 2005 after heading Portal & Partner Management at T-Mobile International in Europe. Holger is an expert in understanding mobile data and digital media business opportunities. His expertise in multi-million dollar deal-making and handling complex partner relationships makes him a well-rounded business development and product marketing executive.

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Simeon Simeonov

Simeon Simeonov is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is the founding CTO of Swoop, a startup that brings the power of search advertising to content. Sim invests in passionate entrepreneurs through FastIgnite and helps them build great companies.

Sim was the founding CTO at Evidon, the online advertising industry's first privacy compliance platform, and Thing Labs, a social media startup acquired by AOL. Sim used to be executive in residence at General Catalyst Partners and technology partner at Polaris Venture Partners. Before his days as an investor, Sim was vice president of emerging technologies and chief architect at Macromedia (now Adobe). Earlier, he was a founding member and chief architect at Allaire, one of the first Internet platform companies whose flagship product, ColdFusion, ran thousands of sites such as Priceline and MySpace.

Sim has a master's degree in computer science from Boston University and bachelor degrees in computer science, economics and mathematics from Macalester College. He was named one of MIT Technology Review's top young innovators.

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Eric Ries 

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business.

He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. Previously he co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2009, he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership. The Lean Startup methodology has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review,Inc. (where he appeared on the cover), Wired, Fast Company, and countless blogs. He lives in San Francisco.

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Hunter Walk 

Hunter Walk is a Partner at Homebrew, a seed stage venture fund. Previously, he led consumer product management at YouTube, delivering billions of playbacks a day across computers, phones, tablets and TVs. Hunter joined Google in 2003 managing product and sales efforts for Google’s contextual advertising business. He was a founding member of the product and marketing team at Linden Lab, the creators of the online 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. Hunter received a BA in History from Vassar and an MBA from Stanford University. 

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David Lee

David Lee is a Founder and Managing Partner of SV Angel. Prior to SV Angel, David was at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage venture firm. He was a founding member of Google’s New Business Development team and led business development at StumbleUpon prior to its sale to eBay. He also was a corporate attorney at leading technology law firms. David has an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow; a J.D. from NYU; and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. 

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Sean Ellis

Sean Ellis is the CEO of Qualaroo. Prior to Qualaroo, Sean held marketing leadership roles with several breakout technology companies including Dropbox, LogMeIn, Uproar, Eventbrite and Lookout. At two of these companies, he ran marketing through NASDAQ IPO filings. He holds a degree in International Relations from UC Davis.

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Hilary Mason

Hilary is a Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners. She is also a Scientist Emeritus at bitly, co-founder of HackNY, co-host of DataGotham, and member of NYCResistor.

Previously, Hilary served as Chief Data Scientist for bitly. She also served on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Technology and Innovation Advisory Council.

Additionally, Hilary currently serves as an advisor to several NY startups including knod.es, collective[i], MortarData as well as DataKind, a non-profit that brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations. She has served as a mentor to Betaspring, the Providence Rhode Island-based start up accelerator, and TechStars New York. Hilary earned her BA in Computer Science from Grinnell College.

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