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Tony Xu
Tony Xu

CEO and Co-founder
DoorDash
http://doordash.com

Tony Xu is the CEO and Co-founder of DoorDash. Prior to co-founding DoorDash, Tony worked in product management at Square, led special projects for the CEO and CFO at eBay, and began his career at McKinsey and Company. He holds a B.S. with High Honors in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Episode: 3/26/2018 @5:00 PM


Dan Widmaier
Dan Widmaier

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

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

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


Danny Leffel
Danny Leffel

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

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

Twitter - @crew_app

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


Mike Strasser
Mike Strasser

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

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

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

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

Twitter - @mstrasser

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


June Bower
June Bower

Marketing Consultant
http://www.leadspace.com

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

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

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

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


Margot Schmorak
Margot Schmorak

CEO and Co-Founder
Hostfully
http://hostfully.com

Margot is CEO and Co-Founder of Hostfully, a venture-funded startup in the vacation rental space. Hostfully helps companies save valuable time and make more money from their properties with best in class business tools. Founded in 2015, Hostfully’s customers have created content 40,000 times on the platform, and span across 80 countries.

Prior to Hostfully, Margot was Head of Marketing and Strategy for the $200M business unit at ServiceSource (NASAQ: SREV). Before that, she launched the iPhone Developer Launch at Apple in 2008. She was also on the founding team of Coveroo, a venture-funded startup acquired by Zazzle in 2012.

Margot graduated from Vassar College and holds an MBA with Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is originally from Minnesota, and now lives in San Francisco with her two kids and husband Ari.

Episodes: 1/29/2018 @7:00 PM, 4/11/2016 @7:00 PM


David Jacoby
David Jacoby

CEO and Co-Founder
Hostfully
http://www.hostfully.com

David Jacoby is a seasoned entrepreneur and business executive. Having graduated Wharton, David joined WellCall, a healthcare startup. He grew to EVP of Business Development, overseeing sales, account management, and marketing. He then became Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all aspects of operations and finances. WellCall was sold to HealthAdvocate, and Mr. Jacoby stayed on board to integrate services and scale the WellCall division among a larger client base.

David is also an active home-sharing / short term rental host, having hosted over 80 guests in his home in San Francisco over the past two years. He has also traveled the world staying in people's homes in 27 countries, including Guatemala, Peru, Israel, Egypt, Rwanda, and Thailand. David is married to Kim Jacoby, and they have two kids, Maxwell and Olivia.

David and Margot met because their kids go to the same pre-school.

Twitter - @hostfully_ and @davidjacoby

Episodes: 1/29/2018 @7:00 PM, 4/11/2016 @7:00 PM


Joanne Jiang
Joanne Jiang

Business Head
LadyMarry
http://services.ladymarry.com

LadyMarry is a premier wedding planning and design company focused on creating customizable, unforgettable, and hassle-free weddings. Launched in 2015, we have maintained an unsurpassed commitment to service and quality standards.

Joanne is the advocate for what we stand for: Weddings. She married, yes, her beloved husband three times! #movieworthy

Joanne got married in Stanford Memorial Church and has personal experience for the importance of wedding coordination.

Twitter - @GetLadyMarry

Episode: 1/29/2018 @8:00 PM


Cory Bray
Cory Bray

Managing Director
ClozeLoop
http://clozeloop.com

Cory has built high-performing sales teams in multiple industries for the last 10 years and co-authored two books, Sales Development and The Sales Enablement Playbook.

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


Hilmon Sorey
Hilmon Sorey

Managing Director
ClozeLoop
http://clozeloop.com

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

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


Fahad Jalal
Fahad Jalal

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

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

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


Rich Grant
Rich Grant

Founder & Managing Director
Touchdown Ventures
http://www.touchdownvc.com

Rich has spent the past 17 years in roles focused on corporate growth and innovation across a wide variety of industries including media, technology, retail, food and education.

Rich is a founder and managing director at Touchdown Ventures, a firm that partners with leading corporations to help manage their corporate venture capital activities. In this role, Rich works closely with several corporate partners and is involved in all aspects of the investment process including identifying, evaluating, executing and managing venture investments. Additionally, Rich supports the firm’s corporate partners and their portfolio companies on strategy and business development.

Rich founded Touchdown Ventures after seven years in venture capital and strategic development at Comcast. As a principal at Comcast Ventures, Rich focused on a variety of sectors ranging from enterprise software to consumer internet and was involved in more than dozen investments included Dollar Shave Club, H(Show Full Bio)ouzz, DocuSign, Quantifind, and NinthDecimal among several others.

Prior to Comcast Ventures, Rich spent 10 years in operating roles for media and technology companies. Most recently, Rich was senior director of strategy & development for Comcast Interactive Media. Prior to that, Rich worked in corporate development for Sony Pictures. Earlier in his career, Rich worked in investment banking for Lehman Brothers.

Rich graduated with highest honors from UC Santa Barbara and received an MBA from The Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar.

Episode: 1/22/2018 @7:00 PM


Chris Slowe
Chris Slowe

Chief Technology Officer
Reddit, Inc.
https://about.reddit.com/

Chris is CTO and Founding Engineer of Reddit. Though a software engineer by vocation, his first attempt at a career started with his finishing a PhD in experimental physics at Harvard where he learned about the importance of modeling, critical thinking, statistics, and (honestly) welding. He uses the first three skills regularly. The final years of his PhD were concurrent with him breaking into startups and getting accepted to the first YCombinator class, where he subsequently met Steve and Alexis and became Reddit's first employee five months into the company. After five years at Reddit, he left with Steve to work on Hipmunk as Chief Scientist. He's been back at Reddit for 18 months and has just transitioned to CTO after a year as Director of Engineering.

Episode: 1/22/2018 @7:30 PM


Denise Bevers
Denise Bevers

Co-Founder & COO
KindredBio
http://www.KindredBio.com

Denise Bevers is an expert in clinical operations, medical affairs, and scientific communications. As co-founder and chief operating officer at KindredBio, she oversees clinical operations, data management, pharmaceutical development (CMC), commercial operations, investor relations, human resources, and IT. KindredBio is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on saving and improving the lives of pets. Its mission is to bring to pets the samekinds of safe and effective medicines that human family members enjoy.

Along with KindredBio’s CEO, Denise has raised approximately $150 million in public offering to bring the very best science and medicine to animal companions. KindredBio identifies drugs, biologics, and targets that have been validated in humans and develops animal versions for pets. By leveraging the research and development investment in the existing human pharmaceuticals, KindredBio substantially increase the likelihood of success and decreases the cost a(Show Full Bio)nd time required to develop breakthrough therapies for animal family members.

KindredBio’s world-class team is experienced in both human and veterinary medicine, and is focused on lean development. As a result, the company develops drugs and biologics for between $3 million to $5 million and in only 3 to 5 years. KindredBio had two drugs under review with the FDA within four years of the company’s founding, versus an average of 15 years in human drug development. They are currently anticipating FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) approval and launch of ZimetaTM (dipyrone injection), a pyrazolone anti-inflammatory drug with a unique mechanism of action for the control of pyrexia (fever) in horses and MiratazTM (mirtazapine 2% topical ointment) for the management of weight loss in cats. Both are planned for launch in 2017.

Denise previously worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Quintiles, and SkyePharma. Most recently, she was President and Founding Partner of SD Scientific, a full-service medical affairs and communications company.

Denise has over 25 years of pharmaceutical and research experience, and has managed dozens of products and development programs from Phase I through Phase IV. She has also served as a mentor for many women in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, helping them navigate the changing landscape. Denise received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from University of California San Diego, Clinical Trials Design and Management certificate from University of California San Diego Extension, and her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Twitter - @KindredBio

Episodes: 1/15/2018 @7:00 PM, 10/2/2017 @7:00 PM


Gregory Bell
Gregory Bell

CEO
Corelight
http://www.corelight.com

'Greg Bell is CEO of Corelight, a cybersecurity startup based in San Francisco. Corelight is commercializing a popular open-source software framework for network analysis, originally created at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The company recently closed a Series-A funding round, and its customers include over 10% of the Fortune 50. Before joining Corelight as CEO, Greg served in leadership roles at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Chief Technology Architect in the Office of the CIO, Division Director for Scientific Networking, and Director of the US Department of Energy's high performance mission network ESnet.

As ESnet Director, Greg oversaw deployment of the world's first 100G network at continental scale, the world's first 400G production link, and many other innovations in support of DOE’s scientific and nuclear security missions. Greg also sits on the board of CENIC, the high-performance public network interconnecting 20 million Californians (including the vas(Show Full Bio)t majority of K-20 students) and vital public-serving institutions. Greg has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and an A.B. from Harvard. His introduction to computing came at the age of 10 when he learned 6502 machine language to create music and (predictably) play games.

Twitter - @corelight_inc
CENIC - cenic.org

Episodes: 1/15/2018 @8:00 PM, 10/2/2017 @8:00 PM


Suhail Doshi
Suhail Doshi

Co-Founder, CEO
Mixpanel
http://www.Mixpanel.com

Suhail Doshi is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder at Mixpanel, which he launched in 2009 with co-founder Tim Trefren. Recognizing that technical products were being built with outdated metrics or no data at all, Suhail invented the first product analytics solution that could grant deep insight into what users are doing.

He leads vision and strategy at Mixpanel, as the company continues to transform how product leaders build and measure innovative technologies across the web, the mobile space, and the internet of things.

Twitter - @Suhail

Episodes: 1/8/2018 @7:00 PM, 9/18/2017 @7:00 PM


Jeff Russakow
Jeff Russakow

CEO
Boosted
https://boostedboards.com

Jeff Russakow is CEO of Boosted, a leading provider of lightweight, portable, high-performance electric vehicles, and an innovator in fast, fun, simple “last-mile” transportation . The company is well-known for it’s first commercial product, the Boosted Board, a premier electric longboard used by riders worldwide to speed their commutes and daily trips about town. The company is now navigating the dual challenges of extraordinary hyper-growth and international expansion, while continuing to explore new and innovative ways to get folks where they need to be.

Jeff began his career as a PhD in robotics and autonomous systems; spent many formative years as a management consultant and then senior executive in large-scale tech companies including SAP, Adobe, Symantec, and Yahoo!; and in the last several years has been the CEO of three high-growth companies.

Twitter - @BoostedBoards

Episodes: 1/8/2018 @8:00 PM, 9/18/2017 @8:00 PM


New Year's Day Marathon
New Year's Day Marathon

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Episode: 1/1/2018 @7:00 PM


Christmas Day Marathon
Christmas Day Marathon

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See You Next Week!
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Episode: 12/25/2017 @7:00 PM


Peggy Chang
Peggy Chang

Co-Founder, CEO
ActivityHero.com
http://www.activityhero.com

Peggy Chang is Co-Founder and CEO of ActivityHero.com, a website that makes it easy for busy parents to find and book the right class or camp that fits their schedule and budget. Peggy brings the product management experience that she gained in senior positions at Intuit, Arzoon, Excite@home and Charles Schwab to now help parents with activity planning. Peggy has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University.

Episodes: 12/18/2017 @7:00 PM, 12/5/2016 @7:00 PM


Vlad Tenev
Vlad Tenev

Co-Founder, Co-CEO
Robinhood
http://Robinhood.com

Vlad Tenev is the co-founder and co-CEO of Robinhood. A first-generation immigrant from Bulgaria, Tenev earned his B.S. in Math at Stanford University before starting two finance companies in New York City, selling trading software to hedge funds. In 2014, Tenev launched Robinhood, a financial services company focused on making the markets available to everyone. The company is already the fastest-growing brokerage with $66 million in funding from NEA, Index Ventures, and others.

Episodes: 12/18/2017 @8:00 PM, 12/5/2016 @8:00 PM


Steve Polsky
Steve Polsky

Founder and CEO
Juvo
http://juvo.com

Steve Polsky founded Juvo Mobile with the goal of providing basic financial services to people worldwide. He leveraged the ubiquity of mobile service and the rapid adoption of smartphones to address the challenges of financial inclusion – enabling hundreds of millions of consumers to build financial identities and gain access to basic financial services. Steve’s career has centered on founding, launching and managing early stage technology ventures, including Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes, Amber Networks, VoicePlex Corporation and Edusoft. Steve is a lecturer for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate course in Entrepreneurship, and he holds five patents in telecommunications network architecture. Steve is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Management and Technology Program with degrees in Computer Science from the Moore School of Engineering and Finance from the Wharton School.

Episode: 12/11/2017 @8:00 PM


Leslie Berlin
Leslie Berlin

Project Historian, Silicon Valley Archives
Stanford University

Leslie Berlin is Project Historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and served on the advisory committee to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Leslie was a “Prototype” columnist for The New York Times and has commented on Silicon Valley for
the Wall Street Journal, NPR, PBS, The Atlantic and Wired.

Former Google chairman Eric Schmidt called publication of Troublemakers, her book exploring how Silicon Valley during the 1970s set the stage for our modern high-tech world, “a landmark event.” The Washington Post said that The Man Behind the Microchip, her definitive biography of microchip co-inventor and Intel co-founder Robert Noyce, “should be required reading for today’s entrepreneurs and executives.”
She received her PhD in History from Stanford and her BA in American Studies from Yal(Show Full Bio)e. She has two college-age children and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, whom she has known since they were both twelve years old.

Twitter - @leslieberlinSV

Episode: 12/11/2017 @7:00 PM


Dan Springer
Dan Springer

CEO
DocuSign
http://www.docusign.com

Daniel Springer serves as CEO of DocuSign where he leads more than 2,000 employees worldwide to empower organizations of every size and industry to achieve their digital transformations, helping them make every agreement 100% digital. Springer has more than 25 years of executive leadership and experience in driving innovation and hyper growth across technology and, specifically, the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industry.

Prior to DocuSign, Springer served as Chairman and CEO at Responsys for ten years where he transformed and scaled the business from private start up to the leading cross-channel marketing automation platform globally as a publicly traded company. Springer then led the sale of Responsys to Oracle for $1.6 billion. During his tenure, Springer was honored as both a Bay Area Most Admired CEO and Best CEO.

Previously, he was Managing Director of Modem Media and also served as CEO at Telleo, Inc., CMO at NextCard, and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He sta(Show Full Bio)rted his career at DRI/McGraw-Hill and Pacific Telesis. Springer holds an MBA from Harvard University and an AB in Mathematics and Economics from Occidental College.

Springer serves or has served as a board member at both public and private companies, including iCIMS, Ansira, YuMe, ELOAN (Banco Popular), Heighten, Persado, and eGroups (Yahoo!), as well as at nonprofits, including YearUp, The Urban School, Shop.org, AdTech, The Randall Museum and The San Francisco Friends School.

Twitter - @DanDSpringer

Episode: 12/4/2017 @8:00 PM


Ray Zinn
Ray Zinn

Investor, Author
Tough Things First
http://www.toughtthingsfirst.com

Raymond D. “Ray” Zinn is an inventor, entrepreneur, and the longest serving CEO of a publicly traded company in Silicon Valley. Zinn is known best for conceptualizing and in effect inventing the Wafer Stepper, and for co-founding semiconductor company Micrel (acquired by Microchip in 2015), which provides essential components for smartphones, consumer electronics and enterprise networks. He served as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of its Board of Directors and President since the Company’s inception in 1978 through to its acquisition in 2015.

Zinn led Micrel profitably through eight major downturns in global chip markets, an impressive achievement. Many chip companies weren’t able to make it through one downturn and very few have survived through all the major downturns. Micrel, however, was profitable from its very first year, aside from one year during the dot-com implosion.

Zinn holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Brigham Young University and a M.S. in Busine(Show Full Bio)ss Administration from San Jose State University. Ray Zinn holds over 20 patents for semiconductor design.

In November, 2015, Ray Zinn published his first book with McGraw Hill: Tough Things First, Lessons On Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurialism from Silicon Valley’s Longest Serving CEO. He publishes regular columns about entrepreneurship and building enduring businesses on Entrepreneur, Forbes Tech Council, FORTUNE and CIO.

Twitter - @Ray_Zinn_

Episode: 12/4/2017 @7:00 PM