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Karthik Sridharan
Karthik Sridharan

Co-Founder and CEO

Karthik Sridharan is co-founder and CEO of Kinnek, the marketplace for small business purchasing. He finds it incredibly rewarding to be building a platform that champions small business owners and helps them succeed in the face of pretty daunting challenges. Karthik is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was part of the Fisher Program in Management & Technology. He lives in New York City, and in his spare time, he enjoys being a connoisseur of breakfast cereals.

Twitter - @KinnekCareers

Episode: 3/28/2018 @8:30 PM

Andrea Vazquez
Andrea Vazquez

Co-Founder & CEO

Adriana is a product developer with a keen sense of listening to users and understanding their needs. She received her Masters in Integrated Product Design at the University of Pennsylvania (2016) and a BS degree from MIT in Math with Computer Science (2011). She has experience in Project Management and Software Development at Morgan Stanley, algorithmic research at BMW and UX Design at an NYC Health and Lifestyle startup.

Twitter - @wearlilu

Episode: 3/28/2018 @7:30 PM

Craig Walker
Craig Walker


Craig is the Founder and CEO at Dialpad. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of GrandCentral Communications (now Google Voice) and prior to that, ran Yahoo! Voice as the Senior Director of VoIP at Yahoo!

Twitter - @dialpadhq

Episode: 3/28/2018 @7:30 PM

Jeffrey C Smith Ph.D
Jeffrey C Smith Ph.D

Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO

Dr. Jeffrey C. Smith, PhD, is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Smule. Jeff has a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and a PhD in computer-based music theory and acoustics (“Correlation Analyses of Encode Music Performance”) from Stanford’s CCRMA. For the past twenty-five years, Jeff has served as the CEO of businesses he co-founded, including Envoy (acquired by Novell ’95), Tumbleweed (NASDAQ listing in ’99), Simplify Media (acquired by Google in ’10), and for the past nine years, Smule.

Episode: 3/21/2018 @7:00 PM

JR Hildebrand
JR Hildebrand

Professional Indycar Driver; Lecturer at Stanford

National Guard Panther Racing driver JR Hildebrand, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, burst onto the open-wheel scene last season after a dramatic runner-up finished in the 100th Anniversary of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The 24-year-old Californian returns to drive Panther's No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet in 2012 after a promising rookie campaign.

Hildebrand led three different races in 2011 and finished his rookie season with two Top Five and five Top Ten finishes. Outside of his second-place finish at Indy, JR scored an oval-best fourth-place finish at Iowa Speedway and finished seventh in the road course event at Twin Ring Motegi. Hildebrand drove most of the 2011 season with a torn left ACL, which he suffered at an off-track event in June.

Hildebrand, the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights champion, made his IndyCar Series debut with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in 2010 at Mid-Ohio as a replacement for the then-injured Mike Conway. In his only other start with (Show Full Bio)the team, he posted the fastest race lap at Infineon Raceway, located just miles from his home of Sausalito, California.

Hildebrand was accepted to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) but was allowed to defer his acceptance to pursue his motorsports career.

Twitter - @JRHildebrand

Episode: 3/21/2018 @8:00 PM

Frank Robles
Frank Robles

Vice President of Global Operations; President, Services Division
DigitalTown Inc.; Got.Law

Frank is a highly accomplished Corporate Officer and Entrepreneur with more than more than 30 years of success in the telecom, software development and Internet technology industries. Leveraging his extensive experience working to solve the seemingly unsolvable and most intractable problems, Frank is a valuable asset to companies seeking expert assistance with scaling businesses for growth and solving logistical challenges (physical and electronic). Some key areas of business expertise include business development, governance, and financing. The theme of his experience has been one of building and launching technology-based products, and the services and companies that provide them. He is a widely recognized thought leader in the IT and Communications industry with a depth of hands-on practical experience seldom found.

Throughout his executive career, Frank has held leadership positions with several innovative and successful companies; including CEO, CTO, Board Member, VP Corp. (Show Full Bio)Development, VP Network Operations, President and Board Secretary.

One of the most impactful companies was YIPES Communications/NanoSpace as Founder. YIPES was the first Metro Ethernet over Fiber Communications Carrier, with approximately 384 employees and $50M revenue. Though this was an extremely controversial communications method at the time, it is now standard and represents a $60B market. Most communications today use his network architecture and leverage his patents. Yipes was sold for $300M in 2004.

Frank is an excellent communicator, quoted extensively in Internet Week, Network Magazine, Business Communications Review, and Palo Alto Daily, among others. He has more than 20 International speaking engagements to his credit. Frank has held board seats at several organizations; YMCA of Greater San Antonio – Director, Marketing Committee Chair and IT Committee Chair (2011-present); Neopolitan Networks - Secretary and Director;?San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative - Director; HeavyMail - Director; Yipes /NanoSpace - Secretary and Directors;?Seven different subsidiaries of Yipes - Secretary and Director; AgileMedia – Director;?Ascencia – Director; and YY Software - Advisory Board Member. He was awarded “Most Innovative CLEC Award”– Interop 2000, and Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars: award 2006.

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Twitters - @frankrrobles, @Digi_Town, @Got_Law

Episodes: 3/14/2018 @7:00 PM, 11/1/2017 @7:00 PM

Ben Einstein
Ben Einstein

General Partner
Bolt Innovation Management

Ben Einstein is an experienced product designer, venture capitalist and outspoken advocate for the hardware startup community. Ben is currently a founding General Partner at Bolt, a pre-seed fund focused on companies at the intersection of hardware and software. Prior to founding Bolt, Ben ran Brainstream Design, a product design and development consultancy in Massachusetts. Ben has been directly responsible for bringing a long list of products to market covering diverse sectors including consumer electronics, high-performance audio, sporting goods and green energy.

Twitter - @BoltVC

Episodes: 3/14/2018 @8:00 PM, 11/1/2017 @8:00 PM

Ajay Anand
Ajay Anand

Rare Carat

Ajay is the Founder of Rare Carat, a jewelry marketplace likened to 'Kayak' for diamonds, and Systmapp, an enterprise software company used by the United Nations in 50 countries. He also runs business development for Millennium Software and Staffing, a global IT firm with over 1000 employees. He previously worked as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group and as an actor and musician. Ajay holds degrees from Wharton, Penn, Michigan, and Strasberg. His photography from travels to over 100 countries can be found at

Episodes: 3/7/2018 @8:00 PM, 10/25/2017 @8:00 PM

Joey Zwillinger
Joey Zwillinger

Co-Founder + Co-CEO

Joey has long been passionate about making things from renewable resources, which led him to start Allbirds and begin tackling sustainability issues in the footwear industry. Prior to co-founding Allbirds, he spent six years at biotech firm Terravia (formerly Solazyme, Inc.) leading its renewable chemical business, developing and selling high performance algae-based chemicals into various industries such as CPG, personal care, and industrials. Previously, Joey worked in advisory and investment roles at Industry Ventures, Deloitte Consulting and Goldman Sachs. He sits on the Board of education nonprofit Stiles Hall, as well as the Advisory Board of Wharton's Baker Retail Center. He earned an MBA from Wharton with honors, and a BS in industrial engineering from UC Berkeley.

Episodes: 3/7/2018 @7:00 PM, 10/25/2017 @7:00 PM

Sara Mauskopf
Sara Mauskopf

Co-Founder and CEO

Sara Mauskopf (CEO, co-founder) has a background in consumer technology and product management, having worked at Postmates, Twitter, YouTube, and Google. She graduated with a Computer Science and Engineering degree from MIT. She lives with her daughter Bryn and her husband Eric in San Francisco.

Twitter - @winnie | @sm

Episodes: 3/7/2018 @8:30 PM, 10/25/2017 @8:30 PM

Norman Liang
Norman Liang

Vice President
WI Harper

Norman Liang is a Vice President with WI Harper, a global, early-stage, cross-border technology venture capital firm investing in the US and Greater China markets. At WI Harper, Norman focuses on connected consumer hardware and software companies using AI, cloud, and robotics. Prior to WI Harper, Norman was the head of International for Sungy Mobile (NASD:GOMO) where he led the growth and partnerships for the Go Series of Apps installed on over 1 billion devices today. Norman previously worked at Photobucket, a part of Fox Interactive Media where he led business development, mobile and platform teams and at Nokia, and IBM where he worked on consumer devices including the Playstation and Nokia smartphones.

Twitter - @normanliang

Episodes: 2/28/2018 @7:30 PM, 10/18/2017 @7:30 PM

Andrew Trader
Andrew Trader

4-time Founder & Investor
Early Impact Ventures

* Madison Reed: With Amy Errett (previously a Trinity EIR). Raised $45m from True, Norwest and Comcast Ventures.
* Zynga : NASDAQ: ZNGA.
* Acquired by Cisco.
* Coremetrics : Acquired by IBM for $377M.

Venture Capital:
* Early Impact Ventures: Seed stage VC with Jon Soberg and Yash Doshi. Portfolio summary attached. LPs include Chris Michel, Jeff Weiner, Mark Pincus, Auren Hoffman, Maurice Werdegar (WTI), and Divesh Makan (ICONIQ).
* Maveron: EIR & Venture Partner.

* KIXEYE: 2012-2015.
* Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship.
* Cendana Capital.

Education & Activities:
I’ve earned two Wharton degrees (BSE '91, MBA '99). I love outdoor adventures: road biking, backcountry skiing and rock climbing. I’ve climbed peaks on 4 continents.

Episodes: 2/28/2018 @8:00 PM, 10/18/2017 @8:00 PM

Ariel Seidman
Ariel Seidman

CEO and Co-Founder

Ariel was Director of Products at Yahoo Search and Maps. He then was CEO and co-founder of Gigwalk, a Fast Company Top 10 Mobile Innovation Company of 2013. Gigwalk was a pioneer in the mobile gig-economy.

Currently, Ariel is Founder and CEO of Hivemapper, a modern mapping company. Hivemapper makes airborne cameras smarter by turning video feeds into a 3D map. The world’s most important organizations count on Hivemapper.

Episodes: 2/28/2018 @7:00 PM, 10/18/2017 @7:00 PM

Monica Martinez
Monica Martinez

Don Bugito

Monica Martinez is an industrial designer and educator whose creative work explores ideas about food production, storage, and economics. Her work includes sculptures, installations, mixed media drawings, architectural designs, dinners and food offerings. She is the founder of Don Bugito, an edible insects farm, and enterprise established on 2009 which recently was chosen to be part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations paper on edible insects and food security. Her work has been reviewed by Nova PBS, PRI’s The World, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Twitter - @DonBugitoSF

Episode: 2/21/2018 @7:30 PM

Saksham Karwal
Saksham Karwal


Saksham is a Co-founder of SeenIt - the popular fashion Q&A app. He graduated with Dual Degrees in Engineering & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Saksham has lived in 6 cities across 3 continents and traveled to more than 20 countries. He is a keen sports enthusiast and a self-confessed Nutella addict!

Twitter - @sakshamkarwal

Episode: 2/21/2018 @7:00 PM

Nick Tommarello
Nick Tommarello


Nick Tommarello is founder and CEO of Wefunder, the largest platform for Regulation Crowdfunding. Wefunder is a Public Benefit Corporation with a mission of defending the American Dream.

Twitter - @nicktommarello

Episode: 2/21/2018 @8:00 PM

Eric Heil
Eric Heil

CEO, Co-Founder; Adjunct Professor, Healthcare Management Dept, The Wharton School

Eric is the co-founder and chief executive officer of BehaveCare, Inc. In early 2017, Eric partnered with Brad Bennett and BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners (“Sandbox”) to form BehaveCare, a technology-enabled healthcare services company committed to improving outcomes and reducing costs for high-risk, high-need patients.

Prior to BehaveCare, Eric was co-founder and CEO of RightCare Solutions, Inc, an evidence-based technology organization specializing in hospital care transitions and readmission management. RightCare was a venture-backed company founded in 2011 with Dr. Kathy Bowles, a leading researcher from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. RightCare was successfully acquired in late 2015 by naviHealth, a Cardinal Health Company. In 2016, Eric served as the Chief Commercial Officer Software Solutions at naviHealth and assisted in the acquisition and integration of Curaspan, a discharge planning software company. Together with the RightCare and Curaspan te(Show Full Bio)chnologies, naviHealth has become the industry leader in care transitions nationwide with over 690 hospitals nationwide and over 10,000 post-acute care agencies connected on the network.

From 2008-2012, Eric had been a venture capitalist at Domain Associates, LLC, a leading life-science venture capital fund with over $2.7 billion under management, and serviced as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence from 2012-2014, while launching RightCare. While at Domain, Eric assisted with the review of new investment opportunities, helped existing Domain portfolio companies with financing strategies and would take an active role in business development processes. From late 2008- February 2010 at Domain, Eric also served as Director of Business Development for Corthera, a Domain portfolio company, which was acquired by Novartis in February 2010 for $620 million. In particular, Eric was involved in Domain's public equity investment in Achillion Pharmaceuticals and private investments in Adynxx and Afferent Pharmaceuticals. Prior board observer positions included Adynxx, Afferent Pharmaceuticals (sold to Merck), Corthera (sold to Novartis), TargetRx (merged with ImpactRx), and Celator Pharmaceuticals (sold to Jazz Pharmaceuticals).

Prior to Domain, Eric was an equity research analyst and a member of an institutional investor top-ranked team at Bear Stearns covering the managed care sector. Previous to that, he was a consultant with Easton Associates (formerly The Wilkerson Group), a management consultancy dedicated to the medical industry. He earned a BSE in systems engineering with a focus in healthcare management from the University of Pennsylvania, was a member of the men’s varsity basketball team. Eric also completed his MBA from Wharton's MBA Program for Executives at the University of Pennsylvania. Eric currently teaches healthcare entrepreneurship as an Adjunct Professor in the Healthcare Management Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Episode: 2/14/2018 @8:00 PM

Andrew Rachleff
Andrew Rachleff

President & CEO

From 1995 until 2004 Andy was a co-founder and General Partner of Benchmark Capital. Upon his retirement from Benchmark, Andy joined the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business to teach a variety of courses on technology entrepreneurship. In 2011 he co-founded Wealthfront Inc. where he now serves as President & CEO. Prior to his 10 years at Benchmark Capital, Andy spent 10 years with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre (MPAE).

Andy serves as trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of its executive committee and Chairman of its endowment investment committee. He also sits on the board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation with whom he and his wife partnered to provide funding for early career investigators to conduct high risk/high reward research to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Twitter - @arachleff

Episodes: 2/14/2018 @7:00 PM, 9/6/2017 @4:00 PM

Richard Perlman
Richard Perlman

Executive Chairman
ExamWorks Group Inc.

Richard Perlman is the founder and Executive Chairman of ExamWorks Group, Inc. the global leader in the independent medical exam industry. ExamWorks provides evidence-based medical evaluations to the property and casualty market for workers compensation, automotive and general liability injury claims. Since its founding in 2008, the company has grown revenues to 1 billion dollars and is the market leader in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

Prior to that Perlman was Executive Chairman of TurboChef Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OVEN), the world leader in speed cook technology, of which he acquired control in 2003 and sold to Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ:MIDD) in 2008, PracticeWorks, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRWK), the world leader of dental practice management software and digital radiography, which he sold to Eastman Kodak (NYSE:EK) in 2003, and AMICAS (NASDAQ:AMCS) a leading medical practice management software company which was sold to in two transactions to Cerne(Show Full Bio)r Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) and Merge Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRGS).

Prior to Perlman's involvement in the public markets, he acquired several private companies in the home furnishings, automotive replacement parts and real estate industries where he was the controlling shareholder and Chief Executive.

Throughout his 45 year career, Perlman has acquired 140 companies.

Perlman is also the Chairman of Compass Partners, LLC a merchant banking firm specializing in middle market companies which he founded in 1995. Perlman sits on the boards of various private companies in which Compass has invested.

Perlman is the donor of the Perlman Grand Prize for the Wharton Business Plan Competition and serves on The Executive Advisory Board of The Wharton Undergraduate School, The Wharton Entrepreneurial Advisory Board, is a Trustee of The James Beard Foundation, and a board member of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota.

Perlman is a 1968 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from The Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1972.

Episode: 2/14/2018 @8:00 PM

Daniel Nevius
Daniel Nevius

Analytical Space, Inc.

Dan is a cofounder and COO at Analytical Space, a Boston-based startup developing a network of laser-comm data relays satellites that will provide the in-orbit telecom infrastructure that will enable remote sensing satellite constellations to create the data needed for planet-level analytics. He started his career developing methods for lunar additive manufacturing at Harvard and working on NASA policy at the White House OMB. He worked in the London office of the Boston Consulting Group before joining Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, as Director of Special Projects. At Planetary Resources he worked on asteroid mining strategy and helped design Ceres - a remote sensing satellite constellation. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Sciences and Astrophysics from Harvard, an M.Phil. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Twitter - @lasercomm, @dnevius

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

Reilly Brennan
Reilly Brennan

General Partner
Trucks Venture Capital

Reilly P. Brennan is a founding partner at Trucks, a seed-stage venture capital fund for entrepreneurs changing the future of transportation. Trucks investments focus on autonomous, connected and shared vehicle technologies.

Reilly holds a teaching appointment at Stanford University, where he teaches twice per year in the School of Engineering and the His influential newsletter FoT is a radar for what’s happening in transportation.

Prior to Trucks, Reilly was Executive Director for Stanford’s automotive research program, Revs. He was a member of the Le Mans-winning factory Corvette C5-R program. His personal land speed record is 168 mph, behind the wheel of a Chaparral 2E.

Twitter - @reillybrennan

Episode: 2/7/2018 @8:00 PM

Olaf Sekkers
Olaf Sekkers

Maniv Mobility

Olaf joined Maniv Mobility in 2014, playing an instrumental role in shaping its investment strategy and growing the first fund to $45M AUM and its portfolio to 18 of the leading global mobility startups. Olaf is regarded as one of the leading researchers of autonomous vehicles, writing about topics such as a business model disruption in the automotive industry and appearing at numerous conferences and summits worldwide to speak about the impact of autonomous vehicles and related technologies.

Olaf also compiles Maniv's popular newsletter, a monthly summary, and commentary on key industry developments which is read by a large portion of the key executives in the industry. Olaf served in the IDFs Foreign Liaison department and holds a B.A. from Princeton University.

Twitter - @osakkers

Episode: 1/31/2018 @8:30 PM

Alex Roy
Alex Roy


Alex Roy, entrepreneur & angel investor, has set numerous endurance driving records in the internal combustion, EV, 3-wheeler & Semi-Autonomous Classes, including the infamous Cannonball Run record.

Roy is also Editor-at-Large for The Drive, co-host of The Autonocast and /DRIVE on NBC Sports, author of The Driver, and Founder of Noho Sound.

Roy has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Fox News, Wired, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Verge, Car & Driver, Automobile and the documentary APEX: The Story of the Hypercar. He has spoken at TED, MIT, Stanford, Google, the FBI, SXSW, BMW, SAE, and was kicked off of Letterman for asking Dave about his speeding tickets.

Twitter - @alexroy144

Episode: 1/31/2018 @8:00 PM

Brogan BamBrogan
Brogan BamBrogan

Co-Founder, CEO

Brogan started his career in the automotive industry as a contract engineer for Chrysler. He transitioned to the aerospace industry and spent 5 years at Northrop Grumman developing satellite and propulsion technologies. He then joined SpaceX as one of it's earliest engineers and helped the company develop the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles as well as the Dragon spaceship, which successfully docked with the International Space Station and returned safely to earth. A technology and business leader in the hyperloop space, he is now working with a world-class group of engineers and mobility professionals to end traffic.

Twitter - @ArrivoLoop
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Episode: 1/31/2018 @7:00 PM

Gaspard de Dreuzy
Gaspard de Dreuzy

President & Co-Founder

Gaspard de Dreuzy is the President and Co-Founder of Pager. His passion for using technology and design to disrupt old business models and empower consumers has led him to start business ventures in the gaming and finance industries – and now in healthcare. After producing games for the Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo consoles, Gaspard co-founded NYC-based fintech startup Kapitall, the first online broker for Millennials, and TradeIt, the leader in retail brokerage APIs. With Pager, Gaspard wants to make healthcare more convenient and affordable for all, pioneering the on-demand care delivery model.

Episode: 1/24/2018 @7:30 PM