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Here’s a sneak peek of who’s stepping on stage this year.

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Doug Leone

Global Managing Partner, Sequoia

Doug Leone is Global Managing Partner at Sequoia Capital. He focuses on software investments aimed at the enterprise market. He is a Director of ActionIQ, Cyera, Island, Nubank, strongDM, Trade Republic, and Wiz. Doug was involved with Sequoia’s investments in numerous companies including Aruba (ARUN), Hyperion/Arbor Software (HYSL), Infinity International (SDS), International Network Services (ALU), Medallia (MDLA), MedExpress, Netezza (NZ), Plangrid (ADSK), Rackspace (RAX), RingCentral (RNG), and ServiceNow (NOW).

Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1988, Doug held sales and sales management positions at Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Prime Computer. Doug holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, an MS in industrial engineering from Columbia University and an MS in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Sequoia
Founded: 1972  |  HQ: United States  |  Stage: Seed-Growth

Loreanne Garcia

Co-founder and Chief People Officer, Kavak

Loreanne García Ottati is Co-founder and Chief People Officer of Kavak, the first Mexican unicorn and one of the most valuable startups in Latin America. Loreanne founded Kavak with a focus on ensuring that Kavak has the best talent and is capable of working as a disruptive and high-performing team.

Under her direction, the company has scaled to more than 8,500 people in March 2022. In addition, Loreanne has led the internationalization of its personnel structure in its global expansion, which includes more than 50 operating centers in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, to expand to the rest of Latin America and other continents.

About Kavak
Founded: 2016 |  HQ: Mexico  |  Funding: $1.6bn |  Industry: E-commerce

Nikolay Storonsky

Co-founder and CEO, Revolut

Nik is the Co-founder and CEO of Revolut. The mission of Revolut is to transform the way we spend and transfer money abroad. Launched in 2015, Revolut is one of the Europe’s highest ever valued tech companies.

Since its inception, Nik has put Revolut on the path to becoming the world’s first truly global bank, changing the way we do all things money. Prior to launching Revolut, Nik worked as an equity trader.

About Revolut
Founded: 2015 |  HQ: United Kingdom  |  Funding: $1.7bn |  Industry: Fintech

Mette Lykke

CEO, Too Good To Go

Mette is CEO of Too Good To Go. She is driving impact at scale on the issue of food waste, which is responsible for 10% of all GHG emissions. Too Good To Go is the world’s largest marketplace for surplus food, and more than 130 million meals have been saved in 17 countries by 55 million users.

A founder in her own right, Mette co-founded fitness and training community Endomondo in 2007, acquired by Under Armour in 2015. In 2017, she joined Too Good To Go, drawn by the mission to lead her second company.

About Too Good To Go
Founded: 2015 |  HQ: Denmark  |  Funding: $75m |  Industry: Social Impact

Jessica Schultz

Partner, Northzone

Jessica is Partner at Northzone, where her main focus is DTC and consumer internet. Her portfolio includes Red Points, Na-Kd, Matsmart, Klarna, Outfittery, Flink and Fyndiq.

Prior to joining Northzone, Jessica co-founded and was CMO of market-leading meal-kit service HelloFresh, spearheading the global marketing operations.

She started her career in consulting at LEK, and holds an MSc, Economics and Business from the Stockholm School of Economics.

   

About Northzone
Founded: 1996  |  HQ: United Kingdom  |  Stage: Seed-Series B

Max Rhodes

Co-Founder and CEO, Faire

​​Max is Co-founder and CEO of Faire. As a former small business owner, Max is passionate about the positive impact of local commerce on society, and has made it his mission to help independent retailers and brands build thriving businesses and grow stronger communities.

Prior to co-founding Faire, Max was Founding Member at Square Capital and Early Product Lead at Square, where he worked on Cash App, a product that helped more than 230,000 merchants access capital to grow their businesses.

Max holds a BA in history from Yale.

   

About Faire
Founded: 2017  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: $1.5bn  |  Industry: E-Commerce

Andrey Khusid

Co-founder and CEO, Miro

Andrey is Founder and CEO of Miro, the world’s most popular visual collaboration platform, funded by leading investors like Accel, Iconiq and others. Miro has more than 1400 employees in 11 offices across the globe, over 30 million registered whiteboarding fans. It is used by 99% of Fortune 100 companies for brainstorming & ideation, research & design, agile ceremonies and much more.

Prior to Miro, Andrey was Founder of Vitamin Group, an award-winning creative agency.

   

About Miro
Founded: 2011  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: $476M  |  Industry: Enterprise Software

Sofia Nunes

Co-founder and Mentor, Mambu

Sofia Nunes is Co-founder and Mentor of Mambu. Sofia has been instrumental in building Mambu’s unique and diverse company culture through scaling over the last decade from three to nearly a thousand Mambuvians. She focused on creating an environment where employees can thrive and become their best selves. She is now on a one year break from Mambu, having built its people function from day 1.

Sofia holds a master’s degree in human-computer interaction and she is passionate about using experience design in building high performing, healthy and supportive workplaces.

About Mambu
Founded: 2011 |  HQ: Netherlands  |  Funding: $427m |  Industry: Fintech

Alex Bouaziz

Co-founder and CEO, Deel

Alex Bouaziz is Co-founder and CEO of Deel, the automated international compliance and payment platform. Deel helps businesses of all sizes hire and pay their international teams and has grown to 400 employees in just 2 short years.

Alex was born in 1993, the same year as the World Wide Web (coincidence?). After graduating MIT with a Master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering, he co-founded Lifeslice and Sarona Ventures. In 2020, he was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Enterprise Tech in 2020. When Alex is not managing all things international hiring, he enjoys playing video games and cheering on PSG.

 

About Deel
Founded: 2018  |  HQ: US  |  Funding: $629M  |  Industry: Jobs & Recruiting

 

Michael Gronager

Co-founder and CEO, Chainalysis

Michael Gronager is Co-founder and CEO of Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company. As CEO, Michael is responsible for running all facets of the business in order to provide leading anti-money laundering and investigative services for government agencies, cryptocurrency businesses, and financial institutions.

Prior to founding Chainalysis, Michael was the Co-founder and COO of Kraken, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges. Michael holds a PhD in Quantum Mechanics from the Technical University of Denmark.

About Chainalysis
Founded: 2017 |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: $537m |  Industry: Crypto Fraud Detection

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John Collison
Co-founder & President of Stripe

John Collison

Co-founder & President of Stripe

John Collison is the President and Co-founder of Stripe, the software company that is expanding internet commerce by making it easy to process transactions from anywhere. John and his brother Patrick Collison started Stripe in 2010 while John was studying physics at Harvard. Their goal was to make accepting payments online simpler and more inclusive, after learning firsthand how difficult it was. Today, the 1500-person (and growing) Stripe team powers online businesses around the world.

   

About Stripe
Founded: 2010  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: €89B  |  Industry: Financial Services

Renate Nyborg
CEO, Tinder

Renate Nyborg

CEO, Tinder

Renate Nyborg is CEO at Tinder. With over 15 years experience building mobile and subscription businesses, Renate joined Tinder in 2020 to lead its European operations. Now Renate is the first female CEO at Tinder.

Renate joined Tinder from Headspace, where she built and led its first international product and marketing team. She previously spent four years at Apple, where she led the App Store subscription business in Europe. Renate is also the founder of Pleo, a human-centric app design studio, and was the first-ever Global Director of Mobile at Edelman.

Renate is of Norwegian and Dutch origin and has worked in London, Silicon Valley, Stockholm, Paris, and Switzerland. She is a Philosophy graduate from the University of Cambridge. Renate currently lives in Europe with her husband, whom she met on Tinder and her three stepkids. She loves food, her piano, and music, and can often be found hiking or Nordic skiing around the Alps.

   

About Tinder
Founded: 2012  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: €682M  |  Industry: Social Media

Tony Xu
Co-founder and CEO, DoorDash

Tony Xu

Co-founder and CEO, DoorDash

Tony is Co-founder and CEO of DoorDash, the market-leading food delivery company in the United States. DoorDash is passionate about transforming local businesses and dedicated to enabling new ways of working, earning, and living. The goal of DoorDash is to build the largest local commerce marketplace and platform globally.

When Tony grew up he was inspired by local business owners like his mom: people who hustle daily to create as much a livelihood for their families as they do meaning in their community and life. By building the last-mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time.

DoorDash announced on November 10th that they will acquire the Finnish food delivery company Wolt and continue their mission to become the largest local commerce and marketplace platform globally.

   

About DoorDash
Founded: 2013  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: Post IPO |  Industry: Delivery

Luciana Lixandru
Partner, Sequoia

Luciana Lixandru

Partner, Sequoia

Luciana Lixandru is Partner at Sequoia, where she focuses on enterprise and consumer technology companies across Europe. Luciana works closely with companies like Xentral and Getir, and is passionate about helping founders at all stages to unlock their potential and think on a global scale.

Prior to becoming Sequoia’s first partner in Europe, Luciana worked at Accel for eight years, where she led investments in UiPath, Deliveroo, Miro and Hopin. She has also held positions at Summit Partners and Morgan Stanley.

Luciana holds a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from Georgetown, and currently resides in London.

 
   

About Sequoia Capital
Founded: 1972  |  HQ: United States  |  Stage: Seed–Growth

 

Tony Fadell
iPod and iPhone Inventor, Principal at Future Shape

Tony Fadell

iPod and iPhone Inventor, Principal at Future Shape

Tony is Principal at Future Shape, an investment and advisory firm coaching deep tech startups. Currently, Future Shape is coaching over 200+ startups innovating game-changing technologies.

Tony is an active investor and entrepreneur with a 30+ year history of founding companies and designing products that profoundly improve people’s lives.

He is the founder and former CEO of Nest, the company that pioneered the “Internet of Things.” Tony was the SVP of Apple’s iPod Division and led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. Throughout his career Tony has authored more than 300 patents. In May 2016, TIME named the Nest Learning Thermostat, the iPod and the iPhone as three of the “50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time.”

   

About Future Shape
Founded: 2014  |  HQ: France  |  Stage: Series A–Series B

April Koh
Co-founder and CEO, Spring Health

April Koh

Co-founder and CEO, Spring Health

April Koh is Co-founder and CEO of Spring Health, a comprehensive mental health benefits platform for employers.

April has received honors from the American Psychiatric Association and has been featured in numerous news outlets such as Forbes 30 under 30. She is also a Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Fellow.

 
   

About Spring Health
Founded: 2016  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: €269M  |  Industry: Health

Michael Moritz
Partner at Sequoia Capital

Michael Moritz

Partner at Sequoia Capital

Michael Moritz is a partner at Sequoia Capital, which he joined in 1986. He has helped Sequoia adjust to the profound changes in global technology and was one of the co-founders of its business in China and India as well as Sequoia Global Growth, a global technology fund; Sequoia Heritage, the firm’s single pool of globally diversified, long-term assets; and Sequoia Capital Global Equities, a public market fund. Michael has represented Sequoia on the boards of a number of companies including Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, LinkedIn, and Kayak; and younger businesses such as Instacart, Klarna and Stripe.

Prior to joining Sequoia, Michael co-founded Technologic Partners and was a correspondent for Time, where he was the San Francisco bureau chief. Michael graduated from Christ Church, Oxford in 1976 with a MA in History and is an Honorary Student of the College. Together with his wife, Harriet Heyman, he has made a series of major donations to educational causes. He received a knighthood from the Queen of England in 2013.

About Sequoia Capital
Founded: 1972  |  HQ: United States  |  Stage: Seed growth

 

Margrethe Vestager
Commissioner for Competition, EU

Margrethe Vestager

Commissioner for Competition, EU

Margrethe Vestager is EU Commissioner for Competition. She previously served as Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior (2011-14) and Minister for Education (1998-2001) of Denmark, and as President of the ECOFIN Council during the Danish EU Presidency (2012). She was Political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party (2007-14), and has worked for the Danish Ministry of Finance (1993-95). Ms. Vestager holds an MSc in Economics (University of Copenhagen).

 

Al Gore
Chairman, Generation Investment Management

Al Gore

Chairman, Generation Investment Management

Former Vice President Al Gore is a co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors. Gore is also chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization devoted to solving the climate crisis.

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years.

He is the author of the best-sellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and, most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.

He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and a new film premiering in July 2017, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Gore is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change”.

   

Julia Hartz
Co-Founder & CEO, Eventbrite

Julia Hartz

Co-Founder & CEO, Eventbrite

As Co-Founder and CEO of Eventbrite, Julia Hartz has helped drive the company from an innovative ticketing solution to a comprehensive event technology platform that today powers millions of events around the world. Since the company launched operations in 2006, Eventbrite has generated more than $10 billion in gross ticket sales.

Under Julia’s leadership, company culture and workplace performance has remained an integral part of Eventbrite, which now boasts over 1,000 employees in 11 countries across the globe. Eventbrite has been recognized multiple times on Fortune’s Best Workplaces lists, including the Bay Area (2017 and 2018), Women, and Millennials and was also named a best company to work for in San Francisco by the San Francisco Business Times the past nine years running. In the years since founding Eventbrite, Julia has been honored as one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 business leaders (2015 & 2017), Inc.’s 35 under 35 (2014),  Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs (2013), and has been profiled for her leadership and impact in top publications around the world.

Julia landed in Silicon Valley via Hollywood where she began her career as a development executive at MTV and FX Networks. In today’s digital age, Julia believes that real-life, human experiences lead to individual happiness and strong global communities. This belief continues to fuel her passion while running Eventbrite today.

   

About Eventbrite
Founded: 2006  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: €521 8M  |  Industry: Event Management

Daniel Ek
Founder, Spotify

Daniel Ek

Founder, Spotify

Daniel Ek is the Chairman and CEO of Spotify, where he sets the company’s overall vision. Daniel oversees Spotify’s business and product strategies and is responsible for building a progressive, forward looking global organization. Daniel was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden where he founded Spotify in 2006.

   

About Spotify
Founded: 2006  |  HQ: Sweden |  Funding: €1.96B  |  Industry: Audio Streaming & Media Services

Sonali De Rycker
Partner, Accel

Sonali De Rycker

Partner, Accel

Sonali De Rycker joined Accel in 2008 and invests in consumer internet, software and fintech businesses.

Sonali led Accel’s investments in Avito (acquired by Naspers), Lyst, Spotify (NYSE: SPOT), Wallapop, Calastone, Monzo, Shift Technology, Letgo (acquired by Naspers), Kry/Livi, Soldo, Hopin, and Sennder. Prior to Accel, Sonali was with Atlas Venture (now Accomplice). She also previously served on the board of Match.com (NASDAQ:MTCH).

Sonali is from Mumbai and graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Harvard Business School.

   

About Accel
Founded: 1983  |  HQ: United States |  Industry: Venture Capital

Cal Henderson
Co-founder & CTO, Slack

Cal Henderson

Co-founder & CTO, Slack

Cal Henderson is the co-founder and CTO of Slack. He led the technical development of Flickr from its founding, pioneered the use of APIs, and created the basis for oAuth and oEmbed, now used by YouTube, Twitter, and may others. Cal has a Computer Science degree from the University of Central England.

   

About Slack
Launched: 2013  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: €1.31B  |  Industry: Business Communication

Lila Ibrahim
COO, DeepMind

Lila Ibrahim

COO, DeepMind

Lila Ibrahim is COO at DeepMind, a London-based research community building safe AI systems. At DeepMind, Lila oversees both technology and organizational infrastructure including Engineering, Operations, and People.

Originally a microprocessor engineer, Lila has helped grow some of the world’s leading technology companies including Intel, venture firm Kleiner Perkins, and Coursera, where she was the first executive hire.

Lila is Co-founder and Chair of education technology non-profit Team4Tech. She has previously served on the Board of Gannett, helping it become the largest US print media company. Her exceptional impact has been recognized by a Henry Crown Fellowship from the Aspen Institute and the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact.

 
   

About DeepMind
Founded: 2010  |  HQ: United Kingdom  |  Funding: Acquired by Google  |  Industry: Enterprise Software

Mark Pincus
Founder, Zynga

Mark Pincus

Founder, Zynga

Mark Pincus is a serial entrepreneur, best known for founding Zynga in 2007 and taking the company public in 2011. Zynga is one of the most successful mobile social gaming companies in the world. To-date, more than one billion people around the world have played Zynga’s games, including the world’s largest social poker game, Zynga Poker; the world’s most popular mobile word game, Words With Friends; and the #1 Top Grossing Mobile Racing Game, CSR Racing 2. Zynga is also at the forefront of emerging chat-based platforms such as Facebook Messenger Instant Games and Apple iMessage Games, exploring new ways to engage audiences on these highly social platforms. Pincus currently serves as Zynga’s executive chairman.

In 2014, Pincus founded superlabs, a San Francisco-based product lab focused on developing products that connect and empower people, which was acquired by Zynga in 2015. Pincus also founded Zynga.org in 2009, a non-profit organization dedicated to using social games for social good.

Pincus also founded Tribe.net, a company he launched in 2003 and one of the first social networks in the industry, Support.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRT), a help desk automation software, in 1997, and FreeLoader, Inc., a web-based news company, in 1996.

In addition to founding his own companies, Pincus is an active early stage investor in startups. He was an early investor in some of the Internet’s largest and most successful companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, JD.com, Xiaomi, and Napster.

Pincus’ latest project is called Win the Future, a virtual political party that empowers people to choose their leaders and set the agenda, which he set up with Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn.

   

About Zynga
Founded: 2007  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: €2.2B  |  Industry: Gaming

Juliet de Baubigny
Partner, Bond

Juliet de Baubigny

Partner, Bond

Juliet de Baubigny joined Kleiner Perkins in 2001 as one of Silicon Valley’s first venture capital partners focused on leveraging the firm’s broad network and deep relationships to help entrepreneurs recruit the best talent and build iconic companies. Juliet is sought after by entrepreneurs for her expansive global network and strategic guidance in the areas of human capital strategy including executive leadership, talent, recruiting, compensation, corporate governance and team building.

Throughout her career, Juliet has contributed to building high-performance management teams at companies including Google, Amazon, DocuSign, Bloom Energy, Shazam, Chegg and One Kings Lane. At Kleiner Perkins, Juliet has led the development of several key initiatives including Kleiner Perkins Women Leaders (KPWL), an initiative aimed at mentoring and developing the next generation of female entrepreneurs, and the Kleiner Perkins Fellows Program, a program that brings the most talented engineering, design, and product management students into Kleiner Perkins portfolio companies. Juliet is a frequent contributor to Fortune as a Fortune Most Powerful Women Insider. She also appears often on Bloomberg TV, where she is an expert on Silicon Valley’s “War for Talent” as well as on millennials in the workplace, women in technology, and developing cultures of innovation.

Before joining Kleiner Perkins, Juliet was a managing director of Ramsey Beirne Associates, a leading provider of executive searches to high-growth, leading-edge companies. Earlier in her career, Juliet was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm where she led CEOand VP level searches. Juliet began her career with Procter & Gamble in the United Kingdom.

Juliet earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, where she also serves as a member of the Advisory Board. Juliet is also a passionate champion of innovation in philanthropy, contributing to leading organizations such as Product (RED), acting as an advisory board member for the Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE Girls’ and Women’s Committee, serving as co-chair for both CHIMEHACK and CHIMEHACK II, and most recently, co-founding Beyond Type 1, an organization focused on finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

   

About Bond
Founded: 2018  |  HQ: United States

Sebastian Siemiatkowski
Co-founder & CEO of Klarna

Sebastian Siemiatkowski

Co-founder & CEO of Klarna

In 2005, Sebastian Siemiatkowski co-founded Klarna in order to provide safe and smooth online payments. He currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Over the past decade, he has overseen the company’s rapid growth across Europe and North America. Klarna is a now fully licensed bank with over 60mn consumers, 130,000 retail partners and 2500 employees. Sebastian has received multiple awards for his leadership and holds a master’s degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.

   

About Klarna
Founded: 2005  |  HQ: Sweden  |  Funding: €3.47B  |  Industry: Fintech

Caterina Fake
Co-founder of Flickr and Co-founder & Partner at Yes VC

Caterina Fake

Co-founder of Flickr and Co-founder & Partner at Yes VC

Partner & Co-founder of Yes VC. Board member, Public Goods, Sundance. Formerly Co-founder of Flickr, Chairman of Etsy. Advocate for online community, social software, art, literature, myth and poetry.

   

About Flickr
Launched: 2004  |  HQ: Canada  |   Industry: Image & Video Hosting

Justin Rosenstein
Co-founder, Asana

Justin Rosenstein

Co-founder, Asana

Justin Rosenstein is the co-founder of Asana, the fast-growing work tracking app for teams. Asana’s mission is to help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly. He’s also a featured author in Wavelength, an online publication for teams who aspire to do great things together—through a mindful, purposeful approach.
Justin has driven the development of products that billions of people use daily.

At Facebook, he co-invented features such as the Like Button and Facebook Pages. At Google, he managed several products in the communication/collaboration division including Google Drive, and helped create GChat. At Asana, he’s helped build one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies, most recently valued at $900M in Series D funding led by Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management.

Justin majored in Math and got part way through a Master’s in Computer Science at Stanford. He is a devoted student of yoga, meditation, and cats.

   

About Asana
Founded: 2008  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: €428M  |  Industry: Software

Michele Romanow
Co-founder & President of Clearbanc

Michele Romanow

Co-founder & President of Clearbanc

Michele Romanow is Co-founder and President of Clearbanc: the fastest, most affordable way for founders to fund their business. Recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Michele is a prolific investor who plans to invest $1 billion into 2,000 businesses this year and will continue to fund 8X more female-founded companies than traditional VC firms. As a “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den (Canada’s Shark Tank), Michele started five companies before her 33rd birthday and exited two before her 30th. She previously co-founded SnapSaves (acquired by Groupon) and was also Co-founder of Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors including Shop.ca and WagJag. 

   

About Clearbanc
Founded: 2015  |  HQ: Canada  |  Industry: Lending firm

Vinod Khosla
Founder, Khosla Ventures

Vinod Khosla

Founder, Khosla Ventures

Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. Mr. Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, assisting entrepreneurs and helping them build technology based businesses. Mr. Khosla is driven by the desire to make positive impact through scaling alternative energy, achieving petroleum independence, and promoting a pragmatic approach to the environment. He is also passionate about Social Entrepreneurship. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

   

About Khosla Ventures
Founded: 2004  |  HQ: United States  |  Industry: Venture capital

April Underwood
Founding Partner of #Angels

April Underwood

Founding Partner of #Angels

April Underwood is a founding partner of the angel investing collective #Angels and a member of the board of directors for Zillow Group. Until 2019, April was the Chief Product Officer at Slack Technologies, Inc., a cloud-based software company that builds professional collaboration tools. Prior to joining Slack, April was Director of Product at Twitter from 2010 to 2015. Previously, April has held product, partnerships, and engineering roles at Google, Travelocity, and Intel.

April holds a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and Business Honors from The University of Texas at Austin (2001), and an M.B.A. from The University of California at Berkeley (2007). April has received numerous honors, including Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” (2015), Fortune’s “40 Under 40″ (2016), and the highest alumni honor for professional achievement from The University of Texas at Austin, the “Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award” (2019).

   

About #Angels
Founded: 2015  |  HQ: United States  |  Industry: Venture capital

Guillaume Pousaz
Founder and CEO, Checkout.com

Guillaume Pousaz

Founder and CEO, Checkout.com

Guillaume Pousaz, is Founder and CEO of Checkout.com, the leading payments technology firm he launched in 2012. Driven by the belief that financial complexity is a barrier to innovation—and, therefore, economic prosperity—he founded Checkout.com to cut through the complexity and empower businesses to change the world.

Checkout has since become one of the most valuable private fintech companies in the world. Its customers include Shein, Patreon, Moonpay, and Grab, as well as many of the largest fintech companies such as Wise, Tansfergo, and Curve.

   

About Checkout.com
Founded: 2012  |  HQ: United Kingdom  |  Funding: €755M  |  Industry: Fintech

Rebecca Kaden
Partner, Union Square Ventures

Rebecca Kaden

Partner, Union Square Ventures

Rebecca Kaden is a Partner at Union Square Ventures. She began her career as a journalist and, prior to USV, was a Partner at Maveron, a consumer-focused early stage fund. Rebecca was born in New York City. She studied English and American Literature at Harvard and received her MBA from Stanford.

   

About Union Square Ventures
Founded: 2003  |  HQ: United States  | Industry: Venture capital

Cameron Adams
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Canva

Cameron Adams

Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Canva

Cameron Adams is Chief Product Officer and Co-founder of Canva, an online design and publishing tool which makes graphic design simple for everyone.

Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown to over 15 million users across 190 countries, with more than 1 billion designs created – that’s over 33 designs per second! Today Canva is growing from strength to strength, with over 600 team members working together on a mission to empower everyone to create beautiful designs.

Cameron is responsible for heading up the design and product teams, as well as playing a key role on future product directions and innovations.

Prior to joining Canva, Cameron ran his own successful design consultancy, before joining Google, where he found himself working closely with Lars and Jens Rasmussen (co-founders of Google Maps) to realise the design vision for Google Wave.

He then moved on to build email startup Fluent, before meeting Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht and deciding to bring Canva to the world.

With a strong design background, Cameron has also authored five books on web design and regularly speaks at conferences around the globe.

In his spare time, Cameron enjoys spending time with his two kids, playing music or DJing. And you’re also likely to find him relaxing with a nice cup of hot chocolate!

   

About Canva
Founded: 2012  |  HQ: Australia  |  Valuation: $40B