Recent Guests

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


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: 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


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

Episode: 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

Episode: 2/13/2017 @8:15 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


Chris Tsai
Chris Tsai

Co-Founder
Celery

Before leading the Celery team, Chris drove Groupon’s Asia expansion plan and held numerous roles building and investing in financial technology companies. Chris studied Marketing at the Wharton School and Computer Science at MIT. At Celery, Chris gets to do what he is truly passionate about: helping makers bring their products to life. Chris’ favorite part about working at Celery is watching great ideas turn into great businesses.

Episodes: 1/30/2017 @7:00 PM, 7/18/2016 @7:00 PM


Manish Chandra
Manish Chandra

Founder and CEO
Poshmark

Manish Chandra, Founder and CEO, Poshmark; Manish Chandra is the founder and CEO of Poshmark, the largest community marketplace for fashion where anyone can come to buy, sell and share their personal style. Manish has always been passionate about building communities and founded the first social shopping company, Kaboodle, which was acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2007. With Poshmark, Manish has applied his understanding of technology to change the way we think about shopping, building a passionate community based around people’s love for fashion and each other. Manish received a BTech from IIT Kanpur, MS from UT Austin, and an MBA from Haas School of Business.

Episodes: 1/30/2017 @8:00 PM, 7/18/2016 @7:00 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: 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


Jim Wunderman
Jim Wunderman

President and CEO
Bay Area Council
http://www.bayareacouncil.org/

Jim Wunderman is president and CEO of the Bay Area Council since 2004. He has honed the council’s regionalist approach to advocacy in the key areas that impact the Bay Area’s economy and competitiveness including business climate, education, transportation, land use, water and cybersecurity. Wunderman led the council’s efforts to promote the Bay Area’s global leadership that included the opening of its first overseas office in Shanghai. He also leads the region’s business community in the effort to make the economy a primary driver of planning and regional sustainability efforts.

Wunderman served as chief of staff to San Francisco Mayor Frank M. Jordan from 1992—1995, following five years of work for Mayor Dianne Feinstein. From 1997—2004, he served as SVP for external affairs at Providian Financial Corp. He serves on the University of California Business Executive Council, the State of California’s International Trade and Investment advisory council, and California-China Trade (Show Full Bio)and Investment advisory board, among others.

Wunderman is a visiting professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He graduated from San Francisco State University, majoring in political science, and received an associate’s degree in business administration from Kingsborough College, City University of New York.

Episodes: 1/23/2017 @8:30 PM, 1/11/2016 @7:00 PM, 10/26/2015 @8:00 PM, 7/20/2015 @7:00 PM, 4/13/2015 @7:00 PM


Sami Kaipa
Sami Kaipa

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

Sami is Cofounder and CTO of GlimpzIt, an AI marketing platform. As an entrepreneur adept at Product Dev, Marketing, Sales and Operations, Sami is passionate about the customer understanding space and has brought his computer science pedigree to task in solving the industry’s biggest challenges. Sami holds a Bachelor’s degree in CS from Stanford University, an MBA from Wharton, and previously worked in IBM’s services organization providing enterprise software solutions to Fortune 5000 companies.

Episode: 1/23/2017 @7:00 PM


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

Episode: 1/23/2017 @7:15 PM


Alexander García-Tobar
Alexander García-Tobar

Co-Founder, CEO
ValiMail
http://www.valimail.com

ValiMail is the world’s only provider of automated email authentication services. Alex has deep roots in the email authentication and cybersecurity space as a global executive and advisor at Agari, ValiCert, and Sygate. A veteran entrepreneur, he has held various positions at high tech companies such as Lattice3D, SyncTV, and Individual. Prior to that he worked at leading research and consulting firms such as The Boston Consulting Group and Forrester Research.

Episodes: 1/16/2017 @7:00 PM, 11/21/2016 @7:00 PM


Joanna Strober
Joanna Strober

Founder, CEO
KURBO HEALTH
https://kurbo.com

Joanna Strober is the Founder and CEO of Kurbo Health, the first mobile and online platform to help kids, teens and their families eat healthier and lose weight. Over 85% of the people who have used Kurbo have reduced their BMI.

Joanna has 20 years of experience in direct private equity and venture capital investing, venture capital fund of funds investing, business development, marketing and fundraising. Joanna has advised and invested in successful consumer Internet companies such as BlueNile, Babycenter, eToys, Flycast, and Gloss.com.

She is also the co-author of Getting to 50/50, a Random House book on women and leadership. As an experienced public speaker, Joanna has given many talks on this topic TV, including the Today Show, and to corporations and educational institutions.

Episode: 1/16/2017 @8:00 PM