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Chris Heiser
Chris Heiser

Co-Founder and CEO
Renovo
http://Renovo.auto

Chris Heiser is the co-founder and CEO of Renovo, leading the company’s development of software platforms to accelerate the innovation and adoption of automated mobility on-demand (AMoD) systems. In addition to serving as a founding advisor of San Francisco’s Self Racing Cars Series, Chris is a die-hard gearhead with a passion for motorsports, engineering and technology. He was previously the Director of Product Management at LightSurf—pioneer of the camera phone—before the company was acquired by Verisign. Heiser graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Twitter - @renovo_auto

Episode: 4/16/2018 @4:00 PM


Joel Flory
Joel Flory

Co-Founder & CEO
VSCO
https://vsco.co/

As the co-founder and CEO of VSCO, Joel leads the company on its mission to equip, educate, and inspire anyone on the journey toward reaching their creative potential. Joel and his co-founder Greg Lutze combined their passions for photography and technology to build VSCO in 2011. Prior to founding VSCO, Joel was a successful commercial and wedding photographer. A born entrepreneur, he came up with a number of ideas for products before ultimately founding VSCO to serve the creative community. Joel is a Bay Area native, is deeply involved in the local Oakland community, and an Oakland A’s superfan.

Twitter - @joeldflory

Episode: 4/16/2018 @4:00 PM


Marisa Sharkey
Marisa Sharkey

President and Co-Founder
Birdies Slippers
https://birdiesslippers.com/

Marisa Sharkey is the President & Co-Founder of Birdies. Marisa is a corporate strategy leader with a 20 year track record of leadership across retail and merchandising organizations as the Group Vice President of Strategy at Ross Stores and as a Senior Manager at Bain & Company. Marisa received her MBA from The Wharton School and her BS from Cornell University. Marisa lives in Sacramento with her husband and two daughters.

Twitter - @birdiesslippers

Episode: 4/9/2018 @8:00 PM


Bianca Gates
Bianca Gates

CEO and Co-Founder
Birdies Slippers
https://birdiesslippers.com/

Bianca Gates is the CEO and Co-Founder of Birdies. Prior to her role at Birdies, Bianca was a Sales Executive at Facebook and Instagram where she led retail partnerships for 5.5 years. Bianca graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a B.S. in International Studies and lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children. Bianca is a self described terrible cook but loves to entertain friends and family at home.

Episode: 4/9/2018 @8:00 PM


Chris Tsakalakis
Chris Tsakalakis

CEO
Vivino
https://www.vivino.com

Chris is currently the CEO of Vivino, the world's largest online wine marketplace and most downloaded wine app. He also acts as an advisor to several startup technology companies.

Before Vivino, Chris was as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. Prior to that, Chris served as President of StubHub, the world's largest online ticket marketplace. Under his nearly 8 years of leadership, StubHub grew the value of tickets sold from $400 million to $3.1 billion while doubling customer satisfaction and increasing brand awareness by over 50%. Because of StubHub’s influence on the entertainment industry, Chris was named to the Sports Business Journal’s 2011, 2012 and 2013 lists of the 50 most influential people in the sports business, the Billboard 2012 and 2013 Power 100 lists and the 2010 and 2011 Huffington Post Sports Game Changer lists.

Chris led the acquisition of StubHub by eBay and began running StubHub in 2007, when the acquisition was finalized. Chris was an(Show Full Bio) eBay Marketplaces executive from 2003 to 2014. Prior to StubHub, Chris managed the Advanced Solutions Group which provided solutions for advanced buyers and sellers and included eBay Stores, ProStores, Trading Platforms, Seller Marketing and Tools, the eBay Developers program and Shipping.

Prior to joining eBay, Chris was a managing partner at Trefo, a consulting firm focused on high-technology startup companies. Prior to Trefo, he held management positions at two e-commerce startups, and was also a consultant with Bain & Company. He started his career in technology in 1996.

Chris graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is chairman of the San Francisco Greater Bay Area Division of the American Heart Association and in his spare time is a fitness and automotive enthusiast.

Episode: 4/9/2018 @7:00 PM


Adam Braun
Adam Braun

CEO; Founder; New York Times Best-selling Author
MissionU; Pencils of Promise
http://www.missionu.com

Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the CEO & Co-Founder of MissionU, a debt-free college alternative for the 21st century that CNN called "perfect for young people who are eager to launch their career." MissionU's first class in San Francisco received nearly 5,000 applicants for the first 25 spots, and will expand into additional cities to meet demand in 2018. Prior to MissionU, he founded and led Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has built 400+ schools across the world and raised more than $45M.

He has been featured as a speaker at The White House and named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Business Insider’s 40 Under 40 as well as Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World. His book, "The Promise of a Pencil," debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to become a #1 national bestseller.

Twitter - @MissionU

Episodes: 4/2/2018 @7:00 PM, 11/6/2017 @4:00 PM


Heidi Patel
Heidi Patel

Partner; Lecturer
Rethink Impact; Stanford Graduate School of Business
http://www.rethinkimpact.com

Heidi is a Partner at Rethink Impact, an early stage venture capital firm focused on companies with gender diverse leadership teams that are using technology to create positive social and environmental impact at massive scale. Previously, she was President of New Island Capital Management, an institutional-scale and 100% impact-focused investment advisor to a single ultra high net worth family. Prior to this, Heidi was an Acumen Fund Fellow working with D.light Design India and a Director at Pacific Community Ventures, a double bottom-line private equity fund and non-profit organization focused on local economic development. Previously, she was a founding member of AOL Time Warner Ventures. Heidi co-teaches the course on institutional impact investing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she also serves on the Investment Committee for the Stanford GSB Student Impact Fund. Heidi serves on the board of directors of Univfy, Ketos, Savonix, and Seedling and is a board observer(Show Full Bio) for Angaza Design. She is also on the board of Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties. Heidi earned an AB in Political Economy from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford GSB.

Twitter - @HeidiPatelSF | @rethinkimpact

Episodes: 4/2/2018 @8:00 PM, 11/6/2017 @5:00 PM


Jon Sobel
Jon Sobel

CEO and Founder
Sight Machine
http://sightmachine.com

Jon has served on the management teams of several companies in pioneering industries, including Tesla Motors, SourceForge, and in its early years, Yahoo! Jon holds an AB from Princeton, a JD from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Wharton.

Sight Machine is the developer of the world’s leading manufacturing analytics platform. Sight Machine transforms machine, sensor, and part data into actionable insights, helping manufacturers address critical challenges in quality and operations. Sight Machine provides real-time production, quality, and supply chain monitoring; retrospective analysis of product variation and failures; predictive analytics to support process improvement; and benchmarking on the contractor, factory, line, and tool levels.

What problem does Sight Machine solve?
Manufacturers generate more data than any other industry. There’s enormous potential in that data that’s gone untapped because it’s been difficult to analyze it all. By applying techniqu(Show Full Bio)es developed by consumer big data technologies and applying them to the unique characteristics of the manufacturing industry, Sight Machine delivers insight and control that have never before been possible.

Episodes: 3/26/2018 @7:00 PM, 4/11/2016 @7:00 PM


Tammy Sun
Tammy Sun

CEO, Co-founder
Carrot
https://www.get-carrot.com/about/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tammysun1/

Episode: 3/26/2018 @8:00 PM


Wade Chambers
Wade Chambers

CTO & SPV of Engineering
Grand Rounds
http://www.grandrounds.com

Wade oversees all aspects of engineering and technology innovation at Grand Rounds. With more than 25 years of engineering leadership experience, he has deep technical domain expertise and a successful track record of scaling leaders, market-defining technology innovations and business growth for companies of all sizes including Twitter, TellApart, Yahoo, and Opsware.

Before Silicon Valley, Wade served in the military and the White House Situation Room.

Twitter - @wadechambers

Episode: 3/19/2018 @8:00 PM


Lisa Alderson
Lisa Alderson

Co-Founder & CEO
Genome Medical, Inc.
http://www.GenomeMedical.com

Lisa Alderson has 20 years experience building early-stage companies with a focus on technology, consumer and life sciences businesses. She is a seasoned founder, board member, investor and advisor.

Ms. Alderson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Genome Medical, Inc., a digital health company bringing genetics to everyday life. Through its nationwide genomics telehealth service, Genome Medical provides expert genetic healthcare for individuals and their families to improve health and well being.

Prior, Ms. Alderson served as the Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Invitae (NYSE: NVTA), a rapidly growing genetic information company. She was also the former CEO and president of CrossLoop Inc., a marketplace for technical services (acquired by Nasdaq: AVG). Prior to that, she was part of the start-up team at Genomic Health Inc. (Nasdaq: GHDX), president of Cinema Circle Inc., (acquired by Nasdaq: GAIA) and the former manager of strategic planning at The Walt D(Show Full Bio)isney Co. Lisa is also a board member and advisor with a track record of creating, funding and managing high-growth ventures. She has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Colorado State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Twitter - @GenomeMed

Episode: 3/19/2018 @7:00 PM


Michael Lock
Michael Lock

CEO
Aviso
http://www.aviso.com/

Michael Lock, CEO of Aviso, is a lifelong sales person and a passionate advocate for the use of Artificial Intelligence for sales organizations. Michael helped start Google Cloud, and was part of the team that built the business from its infancy to over $1B in ARR.

Twitter - @MichaelAtAviso | @AvisoInc

Episodes: 3/12/2018 @7:00 PM, 9/25/2017 @7:00 PM, 7/17/2017 @4:00 PM


Carol Broadbent & Tom Hogan
Carol Broadbent & Tom Hogan

Founders and Principal; Authors of "The Ultimate Start-Up Guide: Marketing Lessons, War Stories, and Hard-Won Advice from Leading Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors"
Crowded Ocean
http://www.crowdedocean.com/

Carol Broadbent and Tom Hogan are the founders and principals of Crowded Ocean, a Silicon Valley marketing agency that has launched 46 startups, with 10 of those companies being either acquired or going public.

Carol Broadbent was VP of Corporate Marketing at SynOptics/Bay Networks, Aspect and Director at Sun Microsystems. Carol was at two Kleiner Perkins-funded startups: VP Marketing at Asera and Director of Market Development at GO Corporation, an early innovator in mobile. For a four-year period, Carol served as virtual VP Marketing for global public and early-stage companies such as IPHighway, Cad.Lab, NetFRAME, Centigram.

Tom Hogan has worked as Interim VP of Marketing for Sequoia, Accel and Benchmark portfolio companies, helping launch over 20 startups. Tom was Oracle’s original Creative Director, creating such programs as ORACLE Magazine, Oracle OpenWorld, and directing all Corporate Marketing programs. He has also served as VP of Corporate Marketing for such firm(Show Full Bio)s as Lucent, Borland and VitalSigns.

Twitter - @crowdedocean
Book - https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Start-Up-Guide-Marketing-Capitalists/dp/1632650738

Episodes: 3/12/2018 @8:00 PM, 9/25/2017 @8:00 PM, 7/17/2017 @5:00 PM


Andre Haddad
Andre Haddad

CEO
Turo
http://www.turo.com

Andre loves cars, the consumer web, and the environment, and Turo brings all three of his passions into perfect harmony. Before joining Turo as CEO in September 2011, Andre was CEO of Shopping.com, the leading online comparison-shopping network that eBay acquired in 2005 for $600 million. Prior to Shopping.com, he was Senior Vice President, Product at eBay, where he was responsible for product management, design, and research at eBay’s global marketplace business. Andre played several roles during his time at eBay, including GM in Europe, VP, International Operations, and VP, User Experience and Design.

Before his eBay days, Andre co-founded iBazar, a leading European auction marketplace, which was acquired by eBay in 2001 for $140 million. Andre was COO at iBazar, overseeing Product, Marketing, Operations, and International. Prior to iBazar, he was a brand manager at Procter & Gamble and a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton. He graduated from HEC Paris.

Twitter - @Andre(Show Full Bio)_Haddad; @Turo

Episode: 3/5/2018 @8:00 PM


Kara Goldin
Kara Goldin

Founder, CEO
Hint Water
https://www.drinkhint.com

Entrepreneur Kara Goldin is founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francsico-based company which produces the leading unsweetened flavored water. hint® also recently launched a sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free and scented with hint fruit essence.

Kara has been named among Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes' 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.

Further accolades include EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Northern California (one of), SF Business Times Most Influential Woman (one of), Fast Company Most Creative People in Business (one of), EY Winning Woman 2012, Fortune Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink 2015, the Gold Stevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Amex OPENforum's Women to Watch and the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building, Small Company.

Previously, Kara was Vice President of Shopping and E-commer(Show Full Bio)ce Partnerships at AOL, where she helped lead the growth of its startup shopping business to a $1 billion enterprise.

Episode: 3/5/2018 @7:00 PM


Russ Fradin
Russ Fradin

CEO & Co-Founder
Dynamic Signal
https://dynamicsignal.com

Russ is a digital media industry veteran with more than 15 years of experience in the online marketing world. He co-founded and was CEO of Adify, which was acquired by Cox in 2008, and he also co-founded SocialShield. Russ was also SVP of Business Development at Wine.com, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at comScore, and was among the first employees at Flycast, which was acquired by CMGi in 2000. He is an active angel investor in the digital world and currently sits on a number of boards.

Episode: 2/26/2018 @5:00 PM


Karim Galil
Karim Galil

Founder of Mendel.ai
Mendel.ai
http://mendel.ai

Karim is co-founder and CEO of Mendel.ai. He has received his MD and medical residency in Cairo, Egypt. Karim is also an entrepreneur by spirit, his first company Kryptonworx led health tech in the MENA region with customers like Pfizer and Ministry of Health in UAE. Karim has also helped many companies in the field of medical image processing like Sirona, Straumann and 3D Diagnostix. At Mendel, Karim continues to innovate AI-powered solutions to real-world healthcare challenges.

Episode: 2/26/2018 @4:00 PM


Dennis O'Malley
Dennis O'Malley

President
Caliva
http://www.gocaliva.com

Dennis leads all go to market strategy, including product development & management,wholesale and retail sales, as well as all technology, marketing and customer support initiatives. Previous to Caliva, he was Co-Founder and CEO of ReadyPulse, the leader in social influencer marketing, working with clients like Nike, Red Bull, GoPro, Adidas, The North Face. ReadyPulse was purchased by Experticity in 2016. Before ReadyPulse Dennis held executive positions at Moxie Software and Gartner. Dennis has an MBA and an undergrad degree from Santa Clara University and spends any spare time coaching his daughters in youth sports.

Instagram - @gocaliva

Episodes: 2/19/2018 @7:00 PM, 7/10/2017 @7:00 PM


Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson

Co-founder and CEO
3D Robotics
https://3dr.com/

I'm the CEO of 3DR, founder and chairman of the Linux Foundation's Dronecode Project, and founder of the DIY Drones and DIY Robocars communities, including the ArduPilot autopilot project. From 2001 through 2012 I was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired I was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York.

I'm the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.

Awards include: Editor of the Year by Ad Age (2005). Named to the "Time 100," the newsmagazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2007). Loeb Award for Business Book of the Year (2007). Wired named Magazine of the Decade by AdWeek for my tenure (2009). Time Magazine's Tech 40 -- The Most Influential Minds In Technology (2013). Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013)

I founded GeekDad, BookTour and a few other companies now lost in the mists of time.

My bac(Show Full Bio)kground is in science, starting with studying computational physics and doing research at Los Alamos and culminating in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science.

Episodes: 2/19/2018 @8:00 PM, 7/10/2017 @8:00 PM


Dan Widmaier
Dan Widmaier

Co-Founder, CEO
Bolt Threads
https://boltthreads.com/

Dan is fascinated by finding the right conditions to grow things, whether he’s cultivating the broccoli in his vegetable garden, yeast in his microbrews or the people at Bolt Threads. He’s carefully tended the growth of Bolt Threads since 2009, using his passion and expertise to lead the company through technology development, expansion, and financing. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from UC San Francisco, where his graduate research involved designing genetic circuits to control microbial organelles.

Episode: 2/12/2018 @7:00 PM


Danny Leffel
Danny Leffel

CEO & Founder
Crew
https://www.crewapp.com/

Danny is the founder and CEO of Crew, a fast growing communication service designed for the millions of workers who aren’t in offices all day, including store clerks, restaurant managers, pharmacists, nurses, baristas and emergency medical technicians. A serial entrepreneur, Danny draws from his experience founding and building technology companies that create useful products for the mass market, including Crew and Yardsellr, with the operating skills acquired from five years at eBay where he developed and scaled multiple auction categories. Since founding Crew in 2015, Danny is excited about building a new service that uses technology to dramatically simplify and improve communication for teams, giving everyone the opportunity to have a successful day at work.

Twitter - @crew_app

Episode: 2/12/2018 @8:00 PM


Mike Strasser
Mike Strasser

Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder
Motiv
https://mymotiv.com/

Mike Strasser is cofounder and head of product of Motiv Inc., a San Francisco-based company that’s reinventing the wearable with its first product, Motiv Ring. In this role, he has successfully assembled a forward-thinking team of individuals—with different yet complementary skills—that takes a user-centric design approach to product development. Strasser values team first and foremost, while fostering an environment of collaboration, inspiration and calculated risk-taking to ensure innovation.

An accomplished consumer technology executive, Strasser has over 20 years of product development experience. He has worked at a wide variety of companies such as NASA, Apple, BMW and IDEO, where he spearheaded various projects—including the launch of the first digital book, the SoftBook, and the Palm 5 PDA. Strasser also founded design firm Think2Build based on the need to bridge the gap between design and manufacturing, a concept that is often forgotten during product development. This (Show Full Bio)core belief has positively shaped and impacted the way Motiv designs and manufactures its products today.

Holding a Master of Science degree in Product Design from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, Strasser is on more than two dozen patents for products ranging from medical devices to cell phones. He has worked on products such as the first Apple optical mouse, printer technology for HP, the BACtrack blood alcohol tester, and a variety of implantable medical devices.

Twitter - @mstrasser

Episode: 2/5/2018 @7:00 PM


June Bower
June Bower

Marketing Consultant
http://www.leadspace.com

Bower started her marketing career at Apple where she marketed software and then became the consumer marketing manager for the Macintosh when it launched. She had the opportunity to work with Steve Jobs and learn directly from the marketing master. It was there that she learned to market and saw the power of telling customer oriented stories to persuade. From Apple she went to 3Com where she ran the marketing efforts. She worked at Adobe as VP of Brand marketing and in a variety of marketing leadership roles at Cisco including head of their WebEX business. She has held other marketing leadership positions including CMO at Openwave, VP of Marketing at Alcatel-Lucent and CMO of Financial Engines. She also did a stint in Venture Capital for Lightspeed Venture Partners where she worked with their start ups to help kickstart and build their marketing programs.

Today Bower consults with CEOs and marketing teams to drive marketing efforts that make a difference.

She has co-autho(Show Full Bio)red a book, Computer Confidence (Acropolis).

Episode: 2/5/2018 @8:00 PM


Hilmon Sorey
Hilmon Sorey

Managing Director
ClozeLoop
http://clozeloop.com

Hilmon has trained salespeople and consulted with management teams at Salesforce.com, Box, SurveyMonkey and many other fast-growth companies in Silicon Valley for 10 years. He has also co-authored two books, Sales Development and The Sales Enablement Playbook.

Episode: 1/29/2018 @7:30 PM


Fahad Jalal
Fahad Jalal

CEO and Founder
SitterFriends
https://sitterfriends.com/

Fahad is the Founder and CEO of SitterFriends, founded in June of 2016 to help busy parents find trusted childcare, instantly. Before SitterFriends, Fahad worked on three other products/companies - search engine, supercomputer and Android smartphone. These businesses generated in excess of $1B in equity for its shareholders and profits. Fahad holds a BSC in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, an MSC in Computer Science from Stanford and an MBA from the Wharton school of business.

Episode: 1/29/2018 @8:30 PM