Recent Guests

Payam Banazadeh
Payam Banazadeh

CEO
Cappella Space
http://www.capellaspace.com/

Payam Banazadeh is the Co-Founder & CEO of Capella Space, a venture backed Silicon Valley company building nano-satellites capable of imaging earth throughout the day and night in all weather conditions. Capella Space plans to provide monitoring services of key areas of interest around the world including but not limited to ports, shipping lanes, pipelines, infrastructures, war zones, big cities, etc.

Payam was born and raised in Tehran, Iran before immigrating to U.S. at the age of 16. Payam graduated Manga Cum Laude with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and received the 2012 Texas Outstanding Scholar & Leader Award for his superior academic performance and exceptional leadership while pursuing an engineering degree . Immediately after his graduation Payam started his professional career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as a young systems engineer. In less than 2 years after his employment he received the NASA Mariner Award for hi(Show Full Bio)s leadership on two multi-million dollar missions and NASA Discovery Award for his outstanding performance in formulating new concepts and projects for NASA.

After his career at JPL Payam left to receive his graduate business degree from Stanford University. At Stanford University he was selected to be a fellow of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as the DFJ Entrepreneurial Leader. Payam Co-Founded Capella Space while still a full-time student in his Stanford dorm room. Since then, Capella has raised millions of dollars, employs tens of engineers, and is on its way to launch their first satellite in 2017. Payam was selected as a “30 under 30” in 2017 by Forbes business magazine.

Twitter - @payamban

Episode: 7/24/2017 @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.

Episode: 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. @crowdedocean
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(Show Full Bio) firms as Lucent, Borland and VitalSigns.

Twitter - @crowdedocean

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

Episode: 7/17/2017 @5:00 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

Episode: 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.

Episode: 7/10/2017 @8:00 PM


Michael Dearing
Michael Dearing

Founder
Harrison Metal
https://www.harrisonmetal.com/

"I think it’s weird when people write their own bios in the third person. So I am trying this instead. I founded Harrison Metal in 2006 (unofficially) and in 2008 (for real in the legal sense). I started the business because I love helping people productize new technology, take those products to market, and then make those products into businesses.

While building Harrison Metal, I was fortunate to work at Stanford University. From 2006 through 2014, I was a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering, teaching classes in Mechanical Engineering, Management Science & Engineering, and the d.school. With some out-of-this-world colleagues, I got to design and teach some of the most popular courses in entrepreneurship and management in the University — including Launchpad, Management in Complex Organizations, Creative Product Marketing, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Creating Infectious Action. When I finished my work at Stanford, I decided to continue (Show Full Bio)teaching at Harrison Metal. Today Harrison Metal is a center for teaching and investing in exceptional people.

Prior to Stanford and Harrison Metal, I spent six-and-a-half years at eBay, where I had tours of duty in category management, corporate strategy, U.S. marketing, and finally as Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager for eBay.com. Before eBay, I worked at Industrial Shoe Warehouse (COO then CEO), The Walt Disney Company (corporate strategy), Filene’s Basement (operations at the Downtown Boston store), and Bain & Company (Associate Consultant). I earned an AB in Economics, with a focus in economic history, from Brown University, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School."

Twitter - @mcgd

Episodes: 7/3/2017 @7:00 PM, 5/1/2017 @7:00 PM


Sami Inkinen
Sami Inkinen

Founder, CEO
Virta Health
https://www.virtahealth.com/

Sami Inkinen is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Virta Health, a specialty medical clinic that reverses type 2 diabetes safely and sustainably, without the risks, costs, or side effects of medications or surgery.

A data-driven technology entrepreneur and expert in building category-leading companies, Mr. Inkinen's personal connection to diabetes and passion to advance health on a global scale was the motivation behind Virta Health and its innovative approach to diabetes care.

Previously, Mr. Inkinen was the co-founder of the leading online real estate marketplace Trulia, serving as its COO and president and board member until its IPO and eventual sale to Zillow Group. He also worked on Microsoft's strategy team for MS Office, and as a consultant for McKinsey & Company within the software, telecommunications, and government sectors.

As a venture partner at Obvious Ventures, Mr. Inkinen also invests in and advises other health care IT companies.

T(Show Full Bio)o raise awareness about the dangers of sugar, during the summer of 2014, Mr. Inkinen and his wife rowed across the Pacific Ocean for 45 days, completely unsupported from California to Hawaii for 2,750 miles. He is also a triathlon age group world champion and 8 hour 24 minute Ironman with seven Hawaii Ironman finishes.

A physicist by training, Mr. Inkinen started his career as a radiochemist at a nuclear power plant and holds a Master of Science in engineering physics from the Helsinki University of Technology. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. He thinks his greatest luxury today is a small vegetable garden at his San Francisco Bay area home.

Episode: 7/3/2017 @8:00 PM


Josh Leslie
Josh Leslie

CEO
Cumulus Networks
https://cumulusnetworks.com

Josh is a seasoned technology executive who brings over eighteen years of industry experience to Cumulus Networks. He was previously at Instart Logic where he was their first Sales Executive and was responsible for helping sign and cultivate Instart's first 150 enterprise customers, participating in over $50M of venture capital fundraising and growing the company from 30 to over 130 employees. Prior to Instart, Josh spent six years at VMware and held leadership roles in both sales and business development as the company scaled from less than $100M to more than $1B in sales. Before VMware, Josh was a field rep for CommVault Systems. He began his career as an analyst and associate in investment banking where he advised technology companies on financing and M&A strategies. A Bay Area native, Josh received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Episode: 6/26/2017 @7:00 PM


Andrew Maas
Andrew Maas

Co-Founder & Co-Chief Scientist
Roam Analytics
http://RoamAnalytics.com

Andrew graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2015, advised by Andrew Ng and Dan Jurafsky. His research focuses on large scale deep learning to solve some of the most challenging problems in data analytics and forecasting, speech recognition, natural language processing, and computer vision. Andrew has consulted for Coursera, where he built biometric classifiers; for other clients he has developed recommendation systems for TV content and unsupervised similarity discovery algorithms for legal patents. Andrew received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon in 2009. In 2017, he was voted by Forbes as a top 30 UNDER 30 in Enterprise Technology.

Episode: 6/26/2017 @8:00 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

Episodes: 6/12/2017 @8:00 PM, 4/3/2017 @8:00 PM


Gary Beasley
Gary Beasley

Co-Founder,CEO
Roofstock
https://www.roofstock.com/

Gary has spent most of his career building businesses in the real estate, hospitality, and tech sectors. Immediately before Roofstock Gary was co-CEO of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE: SWAY), one of the leading Single-Family Rental companies in the US. In addition to striving to build great companies, he enjoys skiing with his family, running with his golden retriever (and office mascot) Bode, and trying not to break any bones while mountain biking.

Episodes: 6/12/2017 @7:00 PM, 5/8/2017 @7:00 PM


Gregor Watson
Gregor Watson

Co-Founder, Chairman
Roofstock
https://www.roofstock.com/

Gregor is a serial entrepreneur who most recently founded two companies in the Single-Family Rental space, 643 Capital and Dwell Finance. Gregor is considered one of the early pioneers of the Single-Family Rental space, raising some of the first institutional capital in the sector. Having played collegiate baseball earlier in life he is always an early pick for company softball games, and is a stylish (if not always effective) ping pong player. Bonus points to anyone who gets the “643” reference.

Episodes: 6/12/2017 @7:00 PM, 5/8/2017 @7:00 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

Episodes: 6/5/2017 @7:00 PM, 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

Episodes: 6/5/2017 @8:00 PM, 4/10/2017 @5:00 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/

Episodes: 5/29/2017 @7:00 PM, 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

Episodes: 5/29/2017 @8:00 PM, 3/20/2017 @8:00 PM


Rick Climan
Rick Climan

Partner
Hogan Lovells, LLP
https://www.hoganlovells.com/en/climan-richard

Richard E. Climan is a leading M&A lawyer who has handled some of the most prominent and industry-changing acquisitions in the technology and life sciences sectors over the past three decades. He has been described as "one of the best legal minds in M&A" and a "gold-standard transactional lawyer."
Recognized as of one of the seven most highly regarded M&A lawyers in North America and one of the 10 most highly regarded corporate governance lawyers in the world by Who's Who Legal, Rick excels at negotiating and advising multinational clients on all types of acquisition transactions and related matters. In Chambers USA, he has an enviable Band 1 ranking, being described by clients as "the dean of M&A."

As a member of the adjunct faculty at UCLA School of Law and a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, Rick has co-taught, with Chief Justice Leo Strine of the Delaware Supreme Court, a course titled "Real World M&A."

For more than 20 years, Rick has also been an active memb(Show Full Bio)er of the American Bar Association Business Law Section's M&A Committee, a group with more than 4,000 members internationally. He served as Chair from 2002 to 2006 and is currently a member of the Committee's Executive Council. He also co-Chairs the ABA's annual National M&A Institute, now in its 21st year, and was former Chair of the Securities Regulation Institute, presented by Northwestern School of Law in Coronado.

Rick lectures around the world on M&A-related matters and has participated in M&A-related presentations at Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and University of Virginia law schools.

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: 5/22/2017 @8:00 PM, 4/24/2017 @5:00 PM, 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


Paul Charney
Paul Charney

Co-Founder, CEO
Funworks
http://www.howfunworks.com

Paul is the CEO and co-founder of Funworks. Prior to that, he was Creative Director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for seven years, and also worked at SF advertising agency Black Rocket. And before all that - Paul founded a sketch comedy troupe in San Francisco called Killing My Lobster which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. What’s with the name? Paul believes it’s easier to remember something funny than not funny. It’s also more fun. Paul graduated from Brown University.

Episode: 5/22/2017 @7:00 PM


Erica Fortescue
Erica Fortescue

Creativity Architect
Funworks
http://www.howfunworks.com

Erica Fortescue is Funworks’ Creativity Architect. Erica uses research about creativity from neuroscience and psychology to design Funworkshops. She helped launch the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, where she serves as Faculty. She holds degrees from Brown and Stanford and collaborates with creativity researchers from prestigious universities around the globe. She has delivered trainings and speeches on creativity and innovation for Disney, the American Library Association, Project Zero at Harvard and Maker Media.

Episode: 5/22/2017 @7:00 PM


Alex Lubinsky
Alex Lubinsky

CEO
Rentberry
http://www.rentberry.com

UC Berkeley graduate and successful entrepreneur who spend most of the time as investment banker working for a number of financial institutions.

Episode: 5/22/2017 @8:15 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: 5/15/2017 @7:00 PM, 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

Episodes: 5/15/2017 @8:00 PM, 2/27/2017 @5:00 PM


Gary Beasley
Gary Beasley

Co-Founder,CEO
Roofstock
https://www.roofstock.com/

Gary has spent most of his career building businesses in the real estate, hospitality, and tech sectors. Immediately before Roofstock Gary was co-CEO of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE: SWAY), one of the leading Single-Family Rental companies in the US. In addition to striving to build great companies, he enjoys skiing with his family, running with his golden retriever (and office mascot) Bode, and trying not to break any bones while mountain biking.

Episodes: 6/12/2017 @7:00 PM, 5/8/2017 @7:00 PM


Gregor Watson
Gregor Watson

Co-Founder, Chairman
Roofstock
https://www.roofstock.com/

Gregor is a serial entrepreneur who most recently founded two companies in the Single-Family Rental space, 643 Capital and Dwell Finance. Gregor is considered one of the early pioneers of the Single-Family Rental space, raising some of the first institutional capital in the sector. Having played collegiate baseball earlier in life he is always an early pick for company softball games, and is a stylish (if not always effective) ping pong player. Bonus points to anyone who gets the “643” reference.

Episodes: 6/12/2017 @7:00 PM, 5/8/2017 @7:00 PM


Barrett Cohn
Barrett Cohn

Co-Founder, CEO
Scenic Advisement
http://scenicadvisement.com/

Barrett Cohn is co-founder and CEO of Scenic Advisement, the first investment bank to meet the capital needs of late-stage private companies, their employees and investors Before co-founding Scenic Advisement, Barrett was a venture advisor with venture-capital firm Maveron, the consumer focused venture fund founded by Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks. Barrett served for more than two years as CEO of The Juno Company, a digital media company focused on educational mobile content for children. He also worked in Private Investment Management at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, and in Private Client Services at Stone & Youngberg.

Episode: 5/8/2017 @8:00 PM