Recent Guests

Abe Sher
Abe Sher

Technology Entrepreneur
http://www.Energetico.com

Abe M. Sher is a technology entrepreneur who has been instrumental in numerous successful technology company ventures for over the past 20 years. Mr. Sher has extensive business experience on 5 continents and has concluded successful transactions with many of the world’s leading technology and financial companies and entrepreneurs. He has launched, led, managed, arranged financing, acquired key intellectual property rights, conducted global business development, and has been involved in the sale of numerous private and public companies.

Mr. Sher has worked closely with a universe of “outside the box” investors, advisors and contacts spanning the globe, including leaders of industry, Royal Family members and disruptive technologists. He has been personally invited to be a key speaker by the King of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority at several annual Global Competitiveness Forums, as well as being personally invited by the King of Morocco to be (Show Full Bio)a speaker at the Conference of Nobel Laureates in Fez, Morocco. Mr. Sher has been on the Board of Directors, served as CEO, Managing Director, General Counsel and/or advisor to several publicly traded and privately held technology and telecommunications firms. His experience spans numerous industries including water, environmental, software, semi-conductor, entertainment & media, medical, among others.

Mr. Sher founded Slingshot Ventures and is currently the Managing Partner of Energetico Ventures, a boutique investment and advisory firm, and is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Aqua Sciences, Inc., a Delaware corporation involved in the development, manufacture and sale of advanced water technology products and services. Under Mr. Sher's leadership, Aqua Sciences has developed and markets innovative water-driven technologies including atmospheric water generators that will generate drinking water virtually anywhere on the planet, including deserts. Contracts spearheaded by Mr. Sher include those with the Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, the United States Army, and the United States Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), among numerous other key domestic and international deals.

Further, under Mr. Sher's tenure, Aqua Sciences' proprietary technology has received numerous international accolades and awards, including Time Magazine's Best Medical Invention, The Wall Street Journal's Innovations Awards (Top Prize, Environmental category, Silver Prize Overall), Going Green-KPMG Top 100 Private Companies and Artemis Prize for Top 50 Global Water Company. Aqua Sciences has also been covered by major international and local media outlets including CNN, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Investor's Business Daily, among numerous other coverage.

Mr. Sher has had an active role in transactions with value in excess of $1B during his career. Mr. Sher was on the Board of Directors of Magfusion, Inc., a world-leading MEMS (micro electromagnetic switch) technology company in Chandler, Arizona, (sold to a major international electronics firm). Mr. Sher also advises several other technology companies including a revolutionary semiconductor firm. Mr. Sher personally spent a year negotiating directly with the founders of Skype Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis to acquire their interest in an online peer-to-peer file-sharing program, structuring a transaction that afforded them early capital for the development of Skype. Further, Mr. Sher identified and acquired rights to key intellectual property relating to the identification and transfer of files over the internet which became foundational in several technology transactions and in connection with massive litigation concerning file sharing disputes with the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In the last few years, Mr. Sher introduced and helped to negotiate financing for a leading environmental technology company that resulted in approximately $100M in financing from a single private equity fund for that company over the past 5 years. Mr. Sher is also the Founder of ZeroPhone.com, a telecommunications platform technology company and a Co-Founder of SuperEye, a Company engaged in the development of advanced technologies relating to “Neural Reality”, the technological leap beyond virtual reality and augmented reality. Mr. Sher co-founded SuperEye with Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg, currently the Chairman of Opthamology at Stanford University Medical School, and Daniel Bock, a seasoned and successful technology entrepreneur.

Recently, under Mr. Sher’s guidance, Energetico acquired the xSides intellectual property portfolio that involves providing a dedicated secure communications from the core of the Internet cloud directly to a display. This IP portfolio was sold to Ostendo, where Mr. Sher is on the Advisory Board.

Mr. Sher began his career in the private practice of law in Los Angeles, California with leading technology and entertainment clients.

Aqua Sciences - www.AquaSciences.com
Energetico - www.Energetico.com

Episodes: 4/17/2017 @7:00 PM, 1/23/2017 @7:15 PM


Jonathan Swanson
Jonathan Swanson

Co-founder & President
Thumbtack
http://Thumbtack.com

Jonathan Swanson is the Co-founder and President of Thumbtack. In this role he built and is responsible for Thumbtack’s operations teams based in San Francisco, Salt Lake City and the Philippines. Jonathan was an economic policy analyst at the White House for three years covering financial markets, entitlements and health care. He worked in the West Wing during the financial crisis of 2008, creating market reports for the president and his economic advisers. Prior to the White House he founded and ran a nonprofit in Washington DC that advocated for entitlement reform. He studied ethics, politics and economics at Yale University, earning a Bachelor of Arts and graduating cum laude with distinction. Born and raised in the Midwest, he and his partner live in San Francisco. His favorite personal Thumbtack project completed was a muralist he hired to write his favorite Carl Sagan quote (Pale Blue Dot) across his apartment wall.

twitter - @thumbtack

Episodes: 4/17/2017 @7:45 PM, 2/13/2017 @7:15 PM


Tim Chen
Tim Chen

Founder & CEO
Nerdwallet
https://www.nerdwallet.com/

Tim Chen is CEO and co-founder of NerdWallet, where he sets the strategic vision and is determined to give consumers clarity around all of life’s financial decisions. In addition to leading NerdWallet toward its ambitious vision, Tim sits on the Consumer Advisory Board of the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), and was recently appointed to the board of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). Before founding NerdWallet, Tim was a hedge fund analyst at Perry Capital investing in payment processing firms, credit card networks and technology companies. He also worked as an equity analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University. Since 2009, he has helped NerdWallet evolve from a simple credit card comparison tool to what CNNMoney named as one of the Top 20 Best Money Sites in 2010. Tim was also recently featured as a financial role model in Bobbi Rebell’s new book, “How to Be a Financial Grownup.”

Facebo(Show Full Bio)ok - https://www.facebook.com/NerdWallet

Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/2029368/?pathWildcard=2029368

Twitter - @NerdWallet

Episodes: 4/17/2017 @8:30 PM, 2/13/2017 @8:15 PM


Pete Flint
Pete Flint

Managing Partner
NFX Guild
http://www.nfx.com

Pete Flint is a Managing Partner of NFX Guild, an innovative Bay Area based Venture Capital fund. Prior to NFX Guild, Pete founded Trulia, a leading online real estate company. He was its CEO and Chairman from inception to acquisition by Zillow for $3.5Bn. Before founding Trulia, Pete was part of the founding team at lastminute.com, a leading European online travel company that was acquired for over $1Bn. He received a Master's and First Class Degree from the University of Oxford, and MBA from Stanford University.

website - www.nfx.com

Episode: 4/10/2017 @4:00 PM


Ben Davis
Ben Davis

CEO and Founder
Phizzle
http://www.phizzle.com

After a decade in enterprise sales with Fortune 500 companies such as Xerox, Parametric Technology and EMC, Ben left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, following his passion for sports and technology.
In 2003, Ben co-founded Pixiem, which was among the first of its kind as a developer and publisher of mobile video games. The company’s customers included ESPN Networks and Wimbledon. In 2005, Pixiem was acquired by WinWin Gaming.
Ben co-founded Phizzle in 2006. Formerly a professional basketball player in Europe, he currently resides in San Francisco. Ben is a graduate of Walsh University with a BA in Business.

website - www.phizzle.com

Episode: 4/10/2017 @5:00 PM


Agnes Rafalko
Agnes Rafalko

Founder & CEO
Glycomine
http://www.glycomine.com

Agnes Rafalko is the founder and CEO of Glycomine, Inc. She founded Glycomine to focus on research and development of therapies for rare genetic disorders of protein glycosylation and misfolding. She directs the strategic as well as daily operations across scientific and business initiatives at Glycomine. Agnes led the company’s fundraising efforts for Seed and Series A raising nearly $13M to-date. Prior to Glycomine, she was a Scientist at BioMarin, Intrexon, and Pfizer. Agnes received a B.S. in Chemistry from University of Saint Joseph and a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a focus on Proteomics and Nanomedicine at Northeastern University.

website - www.glycomine.com

Episode: 4/3/2017 @7:00 PM


Seth Sternberg
Seth Sternberg

Co-founder & CEO
Honor
http://www.joinhonor.com

Seth Sternberg is the Co-founder & CEO of Honor, a service modernizing the home care market and making it easier for older adults to remain in their homes with joy, comfort, and grace. Since launching Honor service in 2015, Sternberg has grown Honor to hire Care Pros and service families in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Dallas-Fort Worth.
The company has been recognized with several honors including the TechCrunch Crunchie for 2016 Best New Startup, Business Insider 25 Hottest Startups to Watch, and Business Journals CIO of the Year.
Prior to Honor, Seth was the Co-founder & CEO of Meebo, a web communications platform that reached $50M in revenue and close to half of the US internet population before being acquired by Google for $100M. At Google, Seth became a Product Director working on the Google+ Platform and GoogleX.
Sternberg’s inspiration for Honor came after a visit to see his Mother who lives on the East Coast. He’s a husband, father, and avid cyclist and enjoys(Show Full Bio) working with entrepreneurs in his free time.

website - www.joinhonor.com

Episode: 4/3/2017 @8:00 PM


Rick Climan
Rick Climan

Partner
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
http://www.weil.com/people/richard-climan

Richard E. Climan is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group in the Silicon Valley office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. He focuses on negotiating and advising clients on acquisition transactions and related matters, including mergers, divestitures, tender offers, defensive strategies, going-private transactions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, leveraged buy-outs, cross-border transactions and corporate governance matters. He has handled some of the most prominent acquisitions in the technology and life sciences sectors over the past two decades.

Among the matters Mr. Climan has handled are:
• Oracle’s acquisition of Responsys for approximately $1.5 billion
• Illumina’s successful defense against Roche’s $6.2 billion hostile takeover attempt
• the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to a buyout group led by Guggenheim Partners and Magic Johnson for more than $2 billion
• the purchase by Synopsys of Magma Design Automation for more than $500 million and (Show Full Bio)Coverity for approximately $375 million
• the sale of Blackboard to a private equity group led by Providence Equity Partners for more than $1.6 billion
• Dell’s acquisition of Compellent Technologies for approximately $1 billion
• Gilead Sciences’ acquisitions of Myogen for approximately $2.5 billion and CV Therapeutics for approximately $1.4 billion

As a member of the adjunct faculty at UCLA School of Law and UC Berkeley School of Law, Mr. Climan has co-taught, with Chief Justice Leo Strine of the Delaware Supreme Court, a course entitled “Real World M&A.”

Mr. Climan was included in The National Law Journal’s list of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. In 2014 and 2011, he was named one of the ten most highly regarded M&A lawyers in the world by The International Who’s Who of Merger and Acquisition Lawyers. He was also named one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal and has been included in the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.

Episodes: 3/27/2017 @8:00 PM, 2/13/2017 @8:00 PM, 1/23/2017 @8:00 PM, 12/19/2016 @8:00 PM, 11/14/2016 @8:00 PM, 10/24/2016 @8:00 PM, 8/22/2016 @7:45 PM, 6/20/2016 @7:00 PM, 2/29/2016 @7:00 PM, 1/11/2016 @8:00 PM, 12/14/2015 @7:00 PM, 10/26/2015 @7:00 PM, 8/31/2015 @7:00 PM, 7/20/2015 @5:00 PM, 6/22/2015 @7:00 PM, 3/2/2015 @5:00 PM, 1/12/2015 @7:00 PM


Jeremy Dann
Jeremy Dann

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship; Founding Director, Case Development Program
USC Marshall School of Business
http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/directory/jeremydann

Jeremy Dann has served as an innovation consultant from 2000 to the present, working with such companies as Daimler-Benz, Levi Strauss, Spalding, Lockheed Martin, Guidant and General Electric. His work has focused primarily on new product development, creative marketing strategies and effective organizational practices for encouraging innovation.

Jeremy has collaborated closely with Harvard Business School professor and innovation authority Clayton Christensen—author of The Innovator’s Dilemma—on many research, case development and consulting projects. He also launched Harvard Business School Publishing’s Strategy & Innovation periodical and has been a contributor to major publications such as Technology Review and Business 2.0 and CBS’ online property Bnet.com. Earlier in his career, Jeremy spent several years as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and served as the Manager of Sponsorship Development for the Atlanta Olympic Games.

Before taking on his current post at USC,(Show Full Bio) Jeremy served for four years as a Lecturer on Marketing and Innovation at UCLA, teaching Corporate Entrepreneurship, New Product Development and Marketing Strategy. He is the author or co-author of nearly 30 case studies used in MBA instruction around the world. Jeremy has led innovation mini-courses and seminars at Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley (in association with the Berlin School of Creative Management), The Sorbonne in Paris, CESA in Bogota, Colombia and Kazakh British Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Jeremy also has experience in the creative realm. He has been the editor of two internationally distributed periodicals. Jeremy is the author of a published novel and two staged musicals.

Jeremy graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Government and East Asian Studies in 1992 and received his MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School in 1998.

Episodes: 3/27/2017 @7:00 PM, 8/22/2016 @7:00 PM, 3/2/2015 @5:30 PM


Sara Margulis
Sara Margulis

Co-founder and CEO
Honeyfund
http://www.honeyfund.com/

Sara applies her extensive background in online marketing to her current role as CEO. After starting her marketing career with a wine-industry dot-com, Sara continued honing her skills while working at a private San Francisco University. There, she handled many aspects of the online marketing program, including search engine optimization, e-mail marketing and website content. Additionally, Sara earned her MBA in marketing from Golden Gate University in 2004.

Today, Sara is considered an expert on wedding gift etiquette, crowd gifting, entrepreneurship and women in leadership roles. She also enjoys speaking to inspirational topics like charitable giving, work-life balance, enjoyable productivity and business ethics.
Causes Sara Cares About: Mental Health, LGBT Rights, Global Development, Wealth Equality

Favorite Charities: Greater Good Science Center, NAMI, The Trevor Project, FINCA, The Nature Conservancy, The Center for Public Integrity

Twitter - @saramarg

Episode: 3/27/2017 @8:00 PM


Wenyi Cai
Wenyi Cai

Found & Managing Partner
Polymath Ventures
http://website - http://www.polymathv.com/

Wenyi is Founder & Managing Partner of Polymath Ventures, a company builder focused on creating scalable ventures that serve the middle class in emerging markets. Before founding Polymath, Wenyi was COO of Milo.com, a consumer internet startup that sold to eBay in 2010. Prior to Milo, Wenyi was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, working primarily in telecom, banking, and innovation clusters. Wenyi graduated cum laude from Harvard College, and studied philosophy and physics.

website - http://www.polymathv.com/

blog - http://www.polymathv.com/blog/

Episode: 3/27/2017 @7:00 PM


Christine Lemke
Christine Lemke

President and Co-founder
Evidation Health
http://www.evidation.com/

Christine is the co-founder and President of Evidation Health. Previously, Christine was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Sense Networks, developers of the first machine learning platform for mobile phone activity data (exited to YP.com). She has also held roles at 3iGroup (Paris), Microsoft XBOX and co-founded Chicago-based Channel IQ, a product analytics platform. Christine has a BA from the University of Washington and an MBA from HEC Paris.

website - http://www.evidation.com/

Episode: 3/20/2017 @7:00 PM


Sajith Wickramasekara
Sajith Wickramasekara

Founder & CEO
Benchling
http://www.benchling.com

Sajith is the Founder and CEO of Benchling, the next-generation life sciences software R&D company. Sajith led the adoption of Benchling to over 55,000 scientists worldwide and has raised $13M in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, and Y Combinator. Prior to Benchling, he conducted research in functional genomics and synthetic biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was a Grand Winner of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, and was named in the Forbes' 30 under 30 list.

website - www.benchling.com

Episode: 3/20/2017 @8:00 PM


Curtis Lee
Curtis Lee

Co-Founder, CEO
Luxe
http://www.luxe.com/

Before Lee became an entrepreneur, Lee worked in venture capital and financial services for six years. Lee spent two years as a M&A analyst for Broadview International after graduating from Berkeley. After that time, he worked at private equity firm, Summit Partners and venture capital firm, Advanced Technology Ventures both in Palo Alto.
After graduating from Wharton, he worked at Google as a Product Marketing Manager on AdWords and later as a Product Manager at YouTube. In 2009, he joined early-stage social gaming startup, Zynga as Director of Product Management for one of their franchise games, Mafia Wars, where he invented many of the company's monetization techniques[2] that helped catapult it to its $7 billion IPO in 2011.

Lee left Zynga in 2012 to join Groupon as their VP of Consumer Products.[3] He left Groupon to pursue his entrepreneurial pursuits founding WorkStory an early stage workforce analytics company backed by Accel Partners. Lee folded WorkStory to pursue (Show Full Bio)his idea to transform the parking industry. An idea that would turn into Luxe.

In 2013, Lee cofounded Luxe, a mobile application that allows customers to have their car parked, fueled, washed, charged, serviced or driven home. Luxe was born out of Lee's frustration with finding a parking space where he lived in San Francisco.[5] Luxe is credited as being an early pioneer in the on-demand economy, along with peers Uber, Lyft and Instacart, having invented the parking on-demand segment. Lee was listed in the Silicon Valley 100 list and was also awarded NPA's 40 under 40 award in 2015.

Episodes: 3/13/2017 @7:00 PM, 2/6/2017 @7:00 PM


Dennis Yang
Dennis Yang

CEO
Udemy
http://www.udemy.com

Dennis is an entrepreneur focused on the intersection of education and technology who’s passionate about unleashing human potential and removing barriers to upward mobility. He has a proven track record leading high-growth organizations and considerable experience in mobile technology and software with both consumer and enterprise companies, including Good Technology and Siebel.

Dennis is a regular speaker at top industry events, such as the Fortune Global Forum and Global Education and Skills Forum, and is featured frequently in media outlets, including Bloomberg Business, the Wall Street Journal, and Fortune. He received his MBA from Stanford University and BS from Northwestern University.

Episodes: 3/13/2017 @8:00 PM, 2/6/2017 @8:00 PM


Janica Alvarez
Janica Alvarez

Co-Founder
Naya Health
http://www.NayaHealth.com

Janica Alvarez is the co-founder and CEO of Naya Health, responsible for company leadership, product vision and strategy, and operations and manufacturing excellence. Beginning with reinventing the breast pump and bottle, Janica’s mission for Naya Health is to create better experiences for moms through a range of early-infant nutritional products and services.

Prior to Naya Health, Janica spent 10-plus years leading teams in healthcare and clinical research, including at biotech giants Genentech and Gilead Sciences. She was responsible for the launch and management of the review and approval by the FDA of a dozen revenue-generating oncology and HIV therapies in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Janica holds multiple patents and has a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Weber State University and studied Clinical Bioethics at Union Graduate College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Twitter - @JanicaAlvarez3

Episodes: 3/6/2017 @7:00 PM, 1/9/2017 @4:00 PM


Jeff Alvarez
Jeff Alvarez

Co-Founder
Naya Health
http://www.NayaHealth.com

A medical device industry leader, Jeff has over 12 years of experience in fast paced medical device startups, including highly technical field of surgical robotics. Most recently Jeff co-founded Naya Health, a company focused on both digital and hardware consumer medicine solutions for families.

Jeff was also instrumental in starting and building Auris Surgical Robotics where as the Director of Product Development, he evolved a pre-seed idea into a VC backed, clinical utilized surgical robotic platform. His responsibilities included procedure development, surgeon training, championing product & both building and leading a development team of 8 engineers. Jeff was a technical and project lead at Hansen Medical (HNSN), the world leader in flexible robotics. Jeff holds an MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Twitter - @AlvaJeff

Episodes: 3/6/2017 @7:00 PM, 1/9/2017 @4:00 PM


Jerry Hum
Jerry Hum

Co-Founder and CEO
Touch of Modern
http://www.touchofmodern.com

Jerry Hum is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Touch of Modern, the curated, online shopping destination for men to discover unexpected products, fashion brands and accessories to elevate their lifestyle. Jerry and his three co-founders started the company in 2012 as a place to showcase one-of-a-kind, in-season products from well-known brands and up-and-coming designers that men can’t easily find in mainstream retailers or at better prices. Today, the site is one of the most popular men’s lifestyle destinations, with more than seven million registered customers.

Recently named (along with his Touch of Modern co-founders) one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” for 2015, Jerry plays a key role in determining which products, brands and designers are featured on Touch of Modern. Trained in architecture and with a strong background in design, Jerry applies a systematic approach to curation, evaluating each proposed item against a strict set of criteria to meet customer demand a(Show Full Bio)nd brand standards. Jerry is also a self-taught coder and when Touch of Modern launched, he handled all the front-end design and development.

Prior to starting Touch of Modern, Jerry was an architect with Swanke Hayden Connell Architecture. He received his architectural degree at Cornell University, where he focused on how the use of technology influences space and experience. A native of New York, Jerry now resides in San Francisco, where Touch of Modern is headquartered.

Episodes: 3/6/2017 @8:00 PM, 1/9/2017 @5:00 PM


Kunal Ghosh
Kunal Ghosh

Founder and CEO
Inscopix Inc.
http://www.inscopix.com

Kunal Ghosh is founder and CEO of Inscopix, Inc. Prior to founding Inscopix, Kunal was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Biology at Stanford. Kunal received his M.S. and Ph.D., both in Electrical Engineering, from Stanford in 2006 and 2010, respectively. It was during his Doctoral and Postdoctoral work that the disruptive miniature, integrated microscope technology was developed and demonstrated for usage in various biomedical imaging applications. Kunal has previously worked at Agere Systems (now LSI) and McKinsey & Company, a global management consultancy. He graduated summa cum laude from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. from the Wharton School. When he used to have free time, a concept he is less and less familiar with these days, he’d enjoy an afternoon out on the golf course or sailing the waters of the beautiful San Francisco Bay.

Episodes: 2/27/2017 @4:00 PM, 2/9/2015 @7:00 PM


Duncan Logan
Duncan Logan

Founder and CEO
RocketSpace
http://www.rocketspace.com

Duncan opened RocketSpace in 2011 in San Francisco to provide speed and direction for tech startups. Since then, he's had 18 unicorns (startups valued at $1B or more) come through RocketSpace - Uber, Spotify, Blippar among others. This year, Duncan and team are expanding RocketSpace to London, China and Australia.

Twitter - @duncanlogan @RocketSpace

Website - www.rocketspace.com

Episode: 2/27/2017 @5:00 PM


Boris Sofman
Boris Sofman

Co-Founder and CEO
ANKI
http://www.anki.com

Boris Sofman is a co-founder and CEO of Anki, an entertainment robotics company. As an engineer and researcher, Sofman has extensive experience in building diverse robotic systems from off-road autonomous vehicles to bomb-disposal robots. Sofman is making it his life’s mission to push the boundaries of entertainment to create consumer products that people would not expect to be possible, all powered by robotics and artificial intelligence. He earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.

Episodes: 2/20/2017 @8:00 PM, 12/12/2016 @8:00 PM


Suzanne Cryer
Suzanne Cryer

Theater, Film, and Television Actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0190550/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Theater, film, and television actress Suzanne Cryer may well be best known to audiences as SEINFELD’s infamous “yada yada” girl. She was lucky enough to land this role soon after receiving her MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama. She is currently playing the role of LAURIE BREAM on HBO’s award winning comedy SILICON VALLEY, which is now entering its fourth season. Cryer also has a recurring role on Freeform TV’s critically acclaimed series, “The Fosters” in the role of Jenna. She recently appeared in the hit film, “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

Her love of theater led her to perform at regional theaters around the country. She created the role of Lisa in Donald Margulies' award winning play, COLLECTED STORIES at South Coast Repertory and then went on to be featured in the West Coast premiere of Tom Stoppard’s ARCADIA at the Mark Taper Forum. While performing ARCADIA in the evenings, she was shuttling to and from Barry Levinson’s WAG THE DOG which she was filming days. It was rig(Show Full Bio)ht after this that she was fortunate enough to fulfill a lifelong dream of starring on Broadway where she originated the role, to critical acclaim, of Josie in Neil Simon’s PROPOSALS directed by Joe Mantello.

Cryer went on to star in the ABC comedy TWO GUYS A GIRL AND A PIZZA PLACE with Ryan Reynolds. She has also had recurring roles on FRASIER, THE STARTER WIFE, SHAMELESS, DEXTER, and IT’S LIKE YOU KNOW where she was reunited with Seinfeld producer Peter Mehlman. She has also been featured on THE CLOSER, CRIMINAL MINDS, NIP/TUCK, CSI, MEDIUM, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, and GREY’S ANATOMY among many other shows. Her film work includes WAG THE DOG, HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION, FRIENDS AND LOVERS, SEX AND THE
CITY, TEEN BEACH MOVIE, the Academy Award-winning short film MY MOTHER DREAMS THE SATAN’S DISCIPLES with Helen Stenborg, and George Hickenlooper and Billy Bob Thornton’s original short SOME FOLKS CALL IT A SLING BLADE which later became the feature film SLING BLADE.

While pursuing her undergraduate degree in Literature at Yale University in New Haven, Cryer volunteered in the public school system and became interested in helping address the disparity between schools in affluent and underserved communities. For this reason, after completing her BA, Cryer taught 6th grade in the New York public school system. Although she left teaching to pursue a career in theater, she remains committed to supporting elementary education in public schools, and addressing the decline of arts education in the school system particularly in Los Angeles where she resides. Now a mother of three school age children, she is heavily involved in her local schools not only as an advocate for arts education but as a grant writer. As funding for her local Title 1 public schools in east LA has dwindled, she has helped create greening programs and various arts and music supplements for k-6 students through successful grants and volunteer efforts. She also spends much of her time working in classrooms assisting with visual arts projects and drama programming. She collaborated yearly with a local teacher in order to bring Shakespeare to 3rd graders, integrating this ambitious project with the new common core mandates. She edited and directed a production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ROMEO AND JULIET and ALICE IN WONDERLAND at the school and created a website www.midsummernightsdreamforkids.com as a resource for elementary school teachers hoping to introduce Shakespeare into their classrooms.

Twitter: @IamSuzanneCryer

Episodes: 2/20/2017 @7:00 PM, 12/12/2016 @7:00 PM


Parry Bedi
Parry Bedi

Co-Founder, CEO
GlimpzIt
http://www.glimpzit.com

Parry is Cofounder and CEO of GlimpzIt – your AI marketing assistant. Being a big believer in behavioral economics and finance, Parry cofounded GlimpzIt with the vision of enabling AI to realize it’s true potential - namely to move beyond information processing, which is quantitative or rational in nature, and step into the qualitative or creative realm. Today GlimpzIt’s AI technology is able to draw out human level insights from unstructured data, enabling brands to build personalized offerings that resonate with their customers on a truly emotional level.
Parry has a Masters in CS from Technical University of Denmark, an MBA from Wharton and previously worked at MSFT focusing in areas of AI and predictive modeling. Parry’s fun fact is that he is fluent in 4 human and 8 programming languages.

Episodes: 2/13/2017 @7:00 PM, 12/19/2016 @7:00 PM, 11/14/2016 @7:00 PM


Jonathan Swanson
Jonathan Swanson

Co-founder & President
Thumbtack
http://Thumbtack.com

Jonathan Swanson is the Co-founder and President of Thumbtack. In this role he built and is responsible for Thumbtack’s operations teams based in San Francisco, Salt Lake City and the Philippines. Jonathan was an economic policy analyst at the White House for three years covering financial markets, entitlements and health care. He worked in the West Wing during the financial crisis of 2008, creating market reports for the president and his economic advisers. Prior to the White House he founded and ran a nonprofit in Washington DC that advocated for entitlement reform. He studied ethics, politics and economics at Yale University, earning a Bachelor of Arts and graduating cum laude with distinction. Born and raised in the Midwest, he and his partner live in San Francisco. His favorite personal Thumbtack project completed was a muralist he hired to write his favorite Carl Sagan quote (Pale Blue Dot) across his apartment wall.

twitter - @thumbtack

Episodes: 4/17/2017 @7:45 PM, 2/13/2017 @7:15 PM


Tim Chen
Tim Chen

Founder & CEO
Nerdwallet
https://www.nerdwallet.com/

Tim Chen is CEO and co-founder of NerdWallet, where he sets the strategic vision and is determined to give consumers clarity around all of life’s financial decisions. In addition to leading NerdWallet toward its ambitious vision, Tim sits on the Consumer Advisory Board of the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), and was recently appointed to the board of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). Before founding NerdWallet, Tim was a hedge fund analyst at Perry Capital investing in payment processing firms, credit card networks and technology companies. He also worked as an equity analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University. Since 2009, he has helped NerdWallet evolve from a simple credit card comparison tool to what CNNMoney named as one of the Top 20 Best Money Sites in 2010. Tim was also recently featured as a financial role model in Bobbi Rebell’s new book, “How to Be a Financial Grownup.”

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Episodes: 4/17/2017 @8:30 PM, 2/13/2017 @8:15 PM