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John Lilly
John Lilly is a Partner at Greylock since 2011.John is currently on the Board of Directors of MessageMe, Clearslide, Citrus Lane, Code for America, and several unannouced investments. He leads Greylock's investment in Dropbox and led our investments in Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo in 2013) and Instagram (acquired by Facebook in 2012). John previously served on the boards of directors of TripIt (acquired by Concur in 2011), CenterRun (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2003), and Reactivity (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007). Prior to Greylock, John was CEO of Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, an open source Web browser used by more than 450 million people.John also co-founded Reactivity, an enterprise security infrastructure company acquired by Cisco in 2007, where he served as founding CEO and later CTO.Earlier in his career, John held positions on the executive team at Trilogy Software and as a Senior Scientist in Apple's research labs. John holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and an MS in Computer Science with a focus on Human Computer Interaction, both from Stanford University. He is a frequent contributor at Stanford's d.school, and an advisor to both the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and StartX, Stanford's start up accelerator.John is a co-inventor on seven United States patents.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/john-lilly
Investor
2012-04-01 00:00:00
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SoftBank
Jason Chudnofsky
For over three decades Jason Chudnofsky has been at the core of the ever-expanding technology events business launching flagship trade shows and expositions in venues across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. Jason served as President of the Interface Group, Comdex Events World Wide, and the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. He has served on the Boards of Directors for: Folio Exhibits, Inc., Tech Corps, SOFTBANK Japan, Inc., Ziff Davis, Inc., Key3Media Group, Quantum Clicks, Logo Wire, Hook Media, Pulver Media, Next Step Technology, Visiting Nurses Association, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Museum of Science. Chudnofsky is a nationally known sales and management training consultant. Born in Boston, Chudnofsky holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from Northeastern University. He and his wife Judy have two daughters and two grandchildren and make their home in Needham, MA.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/jason-chudnofsky
Member of the Board of Directors
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SoftBank
Ken Miyauchi
Ken Miyauchi is Director at Yahoo! JAPAN.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/ken-miyauchi
Member of the Board of Directors
1988-02-01 00:00:00
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SoftBank
Sunil Bharti Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises which has interests in telecom, retail, realty, financial services, agri-products and renewable energy. Bharti Airtel, the group’s flagship company, is the world’s third largest global telecommunications company by customer base with over 300 million customers across South Asia and Africa. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: Singtel, SoftBank, AXA and Del Monte. Bharti Enterprises has acquired a minority stake in OneWeb with an aim to provide affordable internet access to all Sunil is currently the First Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He also serves on the Prime Minister of India’s Council on Trade & Industry, Chairman - World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Telecom Steering Committee and Member of International Business Council - WEF, Telecom Board of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Commissioner of the Broadband Commission and the Singapore Prime Minister’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council. He is the Co-Chair of the India-Africa Business Council and India-Sri Lanka CEO Forum as well as member of the India-US, India-UK and India-Japan CEO Forums. Earlier, he served as the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII, 2007-08), the premier industry body in India. Sunil is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards. He has also been awarded the INSEAD Business Leader for the World Award 2011 and the NDTV Profit Business Leadership Award 2011 for “Corporate Conscience”. Earlier, he received the Global Economy Prize 2009 by The Kiel Institute, Germany and the US-India Business Council also honored him with the ‘Global Vision’ Award 2008. Sunil has received the GSM Association Chairman's Award for 2008. He is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Sunil is on Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, Board of Dean’s Advisors of Harvard Business School and Governing Board of the Indian School of Business. He is also a Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Foundation Endowment. Sunil believes that a responsible corporate has a duty to give back to the community in which it operates. This belief has resulted in the Bharti Foundation, which operates 254 schools as well as remedial centers and renders quality support to government schools, providing holistic education to over 50,000 under-privileged children in rural India. Sunil was ranked among the Top 25 Philanthropists in the World in 2009 by the Barron’s Magazine. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Qatar’s Education Above All Foundation, an initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/sunil-bharti-mittal
Member of the Board of Directors
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Xiaomi
Duane Kuang
Duane is a founding partner of Qiming. Duane has close to 20 years of IT industry operational and investment experience. Prior to founding Qiming, Duane was the Director of Intel Capital China. During his 6 year tenure at Intel Capital, Duane was in charge of all of Intel Capital's investment activities in China. Prior to Intel Capital, Duane spent over 5 years at Cisco Systems in China, holding various senior management positions in the sales and marketing organizations. Duane was instrumental in building up Cisco's presence in Southern China and later in the telecom and service provider sector. Before returning to China in 1994, Duane had a successful engineering and management career in both startup and large global companies in Silicon Valley. Duane started his career in 1988 as a software engineer at 3Com Corporation, and 3 years later joined Kalpana Inc, a Silicon Valley startup company later acquired by Cisco as an engineering manager. Duane was born in China and educated in America.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/duane-kuang
Board Member
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Xiaomi
Tuck Lye Koh
Mr. Koh is co-founder and CEO of Shunwei Capital, a China-focused venture fund that manages over US$2 billion in funds as of 2017. Mr. Koh has extensive investment experience, spanning early to growth stage investments in multiple industries, including TMT, manufacturing, retail & consumer and logistics. At Shunwei Capital, Mr. Koh is responsible for overall investment and management, and has led the firm’s investments in mobile internet, IoT, Internet+, deep technology and rural internet. Mr. Koh’s representative investments include Xiaomi, 17zuoye, Dingxiangyuan, Patsnap, iSpace, Onemore, Kingsoft (3888.HK), Actions Semiconductor (ACTS) and Xingda (1899.HK). He is currently a board member of Xiaomi and multiple companies. Before co-founding Shunwei Capital, he held various management positions in several international institutions including C.V. Starr, GIC, AIG and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Koh graduated from the National University of Singapore and Stanford University.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/tuck-lye-koh
Member of the Board of Directors
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Industry
Matt Cecil
Founder at Industry.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/matt-cecil
Board Member
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SpaceX
Antonio Gracias
Gracias serves as Valor's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Investment Committee. His duties include overall responsibility for the Firm's management, operations, and investing. These include but are not limited to: human resources, management of the Firm's board, raising capital, limited partner communication, deal generation, investment selection, investment strategy, investment committee management, transaction structuring, and portfolio company management and improvement. Gracias has over 15 years experience investing in a variety of sectors including private equity, public equity, and real estate transactions. Gracias is Valor's Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Valor in 2001, Gracias served as Founder and Managing Member of MG Capital from 1995 through 2000. MG Capital was a private equity firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. As the lead transaction principal, Gracias sourced investments in nine middle market manufacturing companies where MG Capital played the role of lead equity sponsor. He also sourced three non-lead investments in a diverse set of industries. Gracias served as the Chief Executive Officer of MG Capital's electronic connector holdings, Connector Service Corporation. He managed the company through growth from $10 million to $125 million in revenue before exiting the investment in 2001. In addition, Gracias served as Chief Executive Officer of Industrial Powder Coatings, Inc., a $65 million revenue supplier to the auto parts and appliance sectors. Prior to MG Capital, Gracias was an Associate with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York where he served the firm's institutional clients in the International Equity Division. Gracias is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Victoria Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology, a member of the Board of Directors of The Economic Club of Chicago, a Trustee of the Field Museum, and a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Chicago Law School. Gracias received the 2008 Immigrant & Refugee Contributions Award for Entrepreneurial & Business Leadership from Changing Worlds, an educational arts non-profit organization. Gracias is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow, an Aspen Institute program designed to engage the next generation of leaders in the challenge of community-spirited leadership. He is also a member of several Valor portfolio company boards. Gracias holds a joint B.S. and M.S.F.S. (honors degree) in International Finance and Economics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He also studied corporate structures and economic development at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to completing his Masters, Gracias returned to Japan as a Nikko Securities Fellow. Gracias holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Portuguese, and has a working knowledge of Japanese.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/antonio-j-gracias
Member of Board of Directors
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SpaceX
Luke Nosek
Luke Nosek is a co-founder of PayPal and served as the company's Vice President of Marketing and Strategy. While at PayPal, Luke oversaw the company's marketing efforts at launch, growing the user base to 1 million customers in the first six months. Luke also created "Instant Transfer," PayPal's most profitable product. Prior to PayPal, Luke was an evangelist at Netscape. Luke has also co-founded two other consumer Internet companies, including the web's first advertising network, and has made a number of venture investments since 2000. Luke received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/luke-nosek
Member of the Board of Directors
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SpaceX
Mark Bailey
Mark Bailey is a Co-Founder and Partner at DFJ Growth. Mark has been with DFJ since 2002 serving as a Venture Partner for DFJ ePlanet Ventures (investors in Baidu [BIDU] and Skype) focusing on growth stage investments prior to co-founding DFJ Growth in 2006. Mark has over 29 years of experience with entrepreneurial deal making in both investment and operating roles. Mark has served as a high impact executive in both private and public high technology companies. Mark has played an integral role, as an executive and officer, in building two billion dollar public companies: Symantec Corporation [SYMC], where he led the M&A effort through most of the 1990s and Healtheon/WebMD [WBMD] where he led the early M&A effort pre and post-IPO. Mark also co-founded WebPartner and served as an executive at Portal Software. Mark's investment experience includes interning as one of the first associates at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (during which time he first met Tim Draper and John Fisher while they were at Alex. Brown & Sons) and serving as a general partner at Venrock Associates. Over the course of his career, Mark has served as a board-member and advisor to numerous companies. Mark graduated Cum Laude with a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/mark-bailey
Member of the Board of Directors
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Techstars
Adam Singolda
Prior to founding Taboola in 2007, Singolda served as an officer in an elite mathematical unit of the Israeli National Security Agency. Singolda, an honored alum of the Israeli Defense Force's elite computer science training program, graduated first in his class at the Officers Academy of the IDF, and was named one of Israel's top 30 under 30 business managers by TheMarker. He has spoken on stage at TEDx, Kaltura Connect, Advertising Week, 360i Marketing Summit, Web Summit, Streaming Media, NAB, NewTeeVee, ELEVATE, Meetup, MIT (Sloan), Bloomberg West, and others.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/adam-singolda
Mentor
2011-01-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Bob Pasker
Bob Pasker has been building successful technology companies and products for over 25 years. His deep understanding of the software, hardware, and networking industries has led him to design and develop numerous innovative, award winning products, most notably WebLogic, where he was a cofounder, as well as the principal developer and chief architect of the WebLogic Application Server. At Kenamea, Bob was a pioneer in the real-time web and AJAX space when, in 1999, he developed one of the first internet pub/sub and Rich Internet Application systems. At Tribe Computer Works, he led the team which developed the first embedded web-based device management system. Bob has also held technology leadership positions at Azul Systems, BEA Systems (Now Oracle), and Digital Equipment. As a technology advisor, he consults with hardware and software start-ups to develop and implement long-term business strategies and provides direction on product development, fund raising, sales and marketing, and business development. Bob has been an active angel investor for 10 years (including Mint.com, which sold to Intuit for $170MM in September 2009), and is Mentor for Techstars NYC. He also served as the CTO-in-Residence and Venture Advisor at Azure Capital Partners from 2006-2010. Bob graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from San Francisco State University and holds a Masters degree from Brown University.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/bob-pasker
Mentor NYC
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Techstars
Ching-Har Wong
A consumer marketing leader with a strong track record in driving high performance and growth for startups as well as established global brands. Currently a marketing consultant/interim CMO helping large and small businesses address challenges in fast-moving strategic areas. Mentor and Advisor.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/ching-har-wong
Mentor
2015-06-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Chris Hollindale
Chris Hollindale CTO & Co-Founder Prior to founding Zesty, Chris was a Mentor at TechStars London and a Consultant at CHP Consulting. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a Masters in Mathematics.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/chris-hollindale
Mentor
2013-05-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Claire Wadlington
Claire joined FA Technology Ventures in 2002 from Cayman Systems, Inc. (a Charles River Ventures backed telecommunications company) where she was a senior management team member. In that position, in addition to significant operating responsibilities overseeing manufacturing, finance and IT, she helped position the company ultimately resulting in its sale to Netopia, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTPA). Prior to Cayman, she was CFO of two related specialty publishing companies Parent’s Plus and LocalMom.com. Claire joined the companies to expand them and to evaluate a roll up of similar print businesses. She subsequently helped execute a sale of Parent’s Plus to a subsidiary of United Business Media (LSE: UBM). Previous to these operating and executive roles with entrepreneurial companies, Claire was a senior investment banker for eleven years, including working with Ken Mabbs for five years at Gleacher where she focused on equity financings and strategic alliances for high growth technology companies. Her prior investment banking experience was at Lazard Freres & Co. and CS First Boston. She serves as a TechStars Boston mentor, a Pipeline Fund mentor (NYC) and as an expert for the Mass Technology Leadership Council’s “unconference.” Claire serves as a Director and is a Past Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, the leading forum for the advancement of entrepreneurship in the Boston area. She serves on the Investment and Finance Committees of Crittenton Women’s Union, a non-profit which develops replicable programs to help women who cannot support their families achieve economic self-sufficiency. She also serves on the WGBH Community Advisory Board. Claire has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/claire-wadlington
Mentor for Boston Program
2001-01-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Dana Wright
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/dana-wright
Mentor
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Techstars
Eliot Durbin
Passionate & chronically curious early stage investor. Eliot is a early stage technology investor @ BOLDstart Ventures in NYC. His investments include; GoInstant (acq. Salesforce.com), Rapportive (acquired by LinkedIn), SpinBack (acquired by Buddy Media), Blaze.io (acquired by Akamai), Look.io (acquired by LivePerson), Enterproid, IndieGoGo, LocalResponse, Klout, ThinkNear (acquired by TelNav), YieldMo, Anchor Intelligence (sold to Comscore), YourKarma, PlainVanilla, ShowMe, Yipit, Playhaven, and also invested in Numberfire, Roqbot, TechStars (NYC), & Amplify.LA. Prior to BOLDstart, Eliot cofounded Penny Black in 2008; a private investment firm managing venture / PE investments for multiple family offices across multiple countries. He oversaw more than 300 transactions in 6 years and conducted business in South America, Middle East, China, and Europe. Eliot previously founded Templates.com, an online software retailer that was acquired 2002. He subsequently worked at the Permal Group, a multi-billion dollar global fund of hedge funds (acquired by Legg Mason in 2006). Eliot is a graduate of Georgetown University with post-graduate study at Columbia University. He enjoys surfing and lives downtown, NYC. Favorite Quote; "The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in everything he does, leaving others to determine whether he is at work or at play. To him, he is always doing both." -- Zen Buddhist Text
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/eliot-durbin
Investor
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Techstars
Fil Guijarro
Fil Guijarro has spent the last nine years in the start-up scene in Berlin, working to internationalize companies once they had found success in the German market. From his point of view, internationalization is – 5% localization, 95% sales! Today Fil specializes in helping digital companies to acquire, train, and manage multinational B2B sales teams. As a sales expert, he is delivering workshops to empower founders to start up sales efforts and to build sales structure. For some clients he is also acting as an interim sales director. Fil Guijarro is a graduate of the Mendoza College of Business of the University of Notre Dame.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/fil-guijarro
Mentor
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Techstars
George Berkowski
George is currently the CPO at GoCompare, and Founder of DeepAR.ai Formerly CPO for HAILO - the international Taxi App (acquired by Daimler) Co-founder and CPO of dating site WooMe.com (acquired by Zoosk.com) Head of Internet Strategy & eCommerce at BT.com VP Marketing and Business Development at MirCorp (facilitated the first 2 space tourist flights with Rosaviakosmos). Has a masters from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris Rocket science @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology. George is the author of the new best-selling book (Little, Brown), 'How to Build a Billion Dollar App'.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/george-berkowski
Mentor
2011-06-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Gianluca Carrera
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/gianluca-carrera
Mentor - Techstars
2015-01-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Greg Gomer
With a reputation for driving conversations that connect communities of entrepreneurs, Greg has been a founding team member with Chase and Kevin at Pinyadda, Streetwise Media, and VentureApp. A systems analyst at Fidelity Investments prior to these ventures, Greg is now heavily involved in the local startup community and advisor to Flybridge Capital Partners. At VentureApp, Greg conducts the teams and processes that connect founders and businesses with custom business solutions from premium vendors across the country. Greg received his BS in entrepreneurship and management information systems from Babson College.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/greg-gomer
Mentor
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Techstars
Javier Saade
Javier Saade is Venture Partner at Fenway Summer, a venture capital firm backing companies at the intersection of tech and finance. He serves on the Board Of Advisors of Harvard’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Board of Advisors of Univision Communications and Board of Advisors of DocuSign, Inc. Javier also holds a seat on the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy and the Board of Trustees of The Pan American Development Foundation. Previously, President Obama appointed him to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Associate Administrator and Chief of Investment & Innovation. Since inception, the multi-billion dollar programs Javier ran have collectively invested $126 billion in over 330,000 high-growth companies. He worked with the White House on a broad economic policymaking agenda and held a seat on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Advisory Committee on Small & Emerging Companies. Before public service, he spent 20+ years in various executive, investing, entrepreneurial and advisory roles and worked at organizations that include McKinsey & Company, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Bridgewater Associates, Abbott Laboratories and Air America which he co-founded. Javier also held three concurrent roles as Executive in Residence @ Columbia University's Columbia Technology Ventures, Senior Fellow @ Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, and Mentor @ Stanford University's Latino Leadership Entrepreneurship Initiative. He is a Mentor at Techstars and frequently writes and speaks about financial inclusion, technology, diversity, social innovation, venture capital, digital finance, impact investing, civic participation, STEM-driven transformation, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Javier holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MS in Operations & Technology from Illinois Institute of Technology, and BS in Industrial Management from Purdue University.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/javier-saade
Mentor
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Techstars
Jessica Piha
Partner at Strange Brew Strategies
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/jessica-piha
Mentor
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Techstars
Jonathan Reichhold
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/jonathan-reichhold
Mentor
2013-09-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Julia Austin
Julia Austin is an innovation leader in the technology industry. She has a passion for working with super smart, good humans to create disruptive new products and companies. Julia is a board member, advisor and angel investor to several early stage companies and is often called upon as a leadership coach with a focus on the engineering process, staffing and business operations. Most recently, Julia was the CTO at DigitalOcean. Prior to DigitalOcean, Julia was the VP of Innovation and the Cambridge Site Director for VMware, Inc., the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies and has held technical management and consulting positions at several other startups and mature companies. She also serves as a Trustee for the Becket Chimney Corners YMCA and is a volunteer for both BUILD and Year Up in Boston. Julia received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a graduate of Boston University's School of Business where she received her Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer on the faculty of Harvard Businesses School in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit where she teaches a two semester, experiential, course on Product Management to second-year MBA students.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/julia-austin
Mentor
2014-01-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Matteo Franceschetti
Matteo is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Eight (formerly known as Luna), a proprietary technology reinventing the way people sleep. Eight graduated from Y Combinator in the summer 2015 and from Stanford’s StartX program in May 2015. Prior to Eight, Matteo co-founded and led two clean-tech companies – Global Investment Renewable in the US and Global Investment in the Europe. The companies were acquired in 2014 and 2012, respectively. Matteo is a Co-Chair at FWD.us, a non-profit organization founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates to advocate for immigration reform in the US. He has been a Mentor at Techstars, Microsoft Bizpark and the NYU Summer Launchpad Program. He continues to actively mentor and invest in early stage startups in the tech space. Matteo graduated magna cum laude with a Law degree from the University of Ferrara, and was a member of the Italian Bar Association while working as a lawyer in the finance practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy, both part of the Magic Circle of British’s elite law firms.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/matteo-franceschetti
Mentor
2013-07-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Naveen Gupta
Naveen Gupta is an entrepreneur, innovator, executive with experience building startups and growing $100M+ P&Ls. Naveen is currently Co-founder CEO at BirdEye, the next-generation business reputation and customer experience platform that reimagines how customer feedback is used to acquire and retain connected customers. Prior to BirdEye, Naveen was Chief Product Officer at RingCentral the #1 cloud communications company backed by Sequoia and Khosla; he grew the company to 300K customers, $120M revenue, until IPO in 2013. Naveen was Vice President of Sales at Monster Worldwide. He joined Monster's executive team as part of $225M HotJobs acquisition from Yahoo. Naveen spent 5 years at Yahoo, where he ran P&L for $100M business unit. He launched several industry leading, innovative products across recruitment advertising, consumer search, social media, listings, monetization. Filed 4 patents. Naveen was part of startup leadership team at UTStarcom, the fastest growing company in 2000, that grew revenue from $200M to $2.9B in 5 years. He ran strategic sales and marketing for Broadband BU ($1B) in US and Europe. Naveen is on the Advisory Board of many Bay area startups. He holds an MBA, Finance from NYU Stern and London Business School; Executive Education from Harvard Business School; and BS in Electrical Engineering from BITS Pilani, India. He lives in Sunnyvale with his wife and 2 kids, loves to play table tennis and an avid NBA (Lakers) fan.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/naveen-gupta
Board of Directors
2012-01-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Navid Nathoo
Nav Nathoo is a thought leader in developing innovation through disruptive technology. He is currently the Director of Alchemist X, an internationally recognized accelerator program delivered within large enterprises to catalyze innovation internally. Previous to this role, he was the founder and CEO of Airpost, which was acquired by Box (NYSE:BOX), the world's leading enterprise platform for content collaboration. He is an alumnus of leading startup organizations including TechStars, The Alchemist Accelerator, AngelHack and The Accelerator Centre.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/navid-nathoo-2
Alumni
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Techstars
Peter Weingard
Award-winning digital executive innovating at the intersection of media and technology. Entrepreneurial, collaborative style with a rare blend of creative and analytical skills. Track record of driving growth at both startups and large public market companies. - Top 40 Digital Marketers 2017 (Campaign US) - CMO of the Year 2017, Content Engagement (CMO Club) - TechStars New York mentor - Judge at IAB MIXX, Webbys, Effies and DMA - Invited speaker at Digiday, Advertising Age, Innovation Congress, IBM Think Leaders, iMedia, etc. Currently the Chief Marketing Officer at New York Public Radio - the #2 podcast studio with over 33 million monthly downloads and among the top 15 of all US streaming audio properties. ● Built the 2nd-largest dining platform in the US, CityEats, seating over 10M customers in the first 18 months through tight integration with product and a data-driven audience development program. ● Led marketing for $200M+ advertising technology pioneer, Collective, with over 30% consecutive annual revenue growth, cited as one of Business Insider​’s 100 Most Valuable Private Companies. ● Conceived and launched "Times on Air," the multi-million dollar in-flight video advertising program with JetBlue and The New York Times. ● Grew About.com to a ComScore Top-3 position in five key advertising verticals. ● Built and led Clear Channel Entertainment's digital direct marketing (CRM) program, growing to handle over $400M in annual ticket sales. Strategic Specialties: Digital Transformation and Marketing Innovation, Executive Management, Corporate Strategy, Data Driven Marketing, Startups, SaaS, Ad tech, Research and Analytics, Consuner Research, Brand Management, Advertising, News Media, Audience Development, PR & Communications, Live Entertainment, Content Marketing, Social Media, Sponsorship, Sales Marketing, New Business Development and Marketing Partnerships, Event Marketing and Launching New Products and Business Lines.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/peter-weingard
Mentor
2015-01-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Philipp Schroeder
Philipp started his first venture capital company right after graduation in 1999 and since then has supported dozens of technology companies from seed until exit. Philipp is one of the founding partners of Active Venture Partners since its inception in 2002. He discovered his passion for technology companies when working for a software company specialised in the technology transfer industry. From 1999 to 2002 Philipp ran his own venture capital service company in Germany called VCMORE. There he gathered extensive experience in the venture capital industry through carrying out several larger investments in early stage companies on behalf of a private investor network and as an official advisor of one of Germany's biggest public subsidies initiatives for technology companies (Kfw-Mittelstandbank). Before his venture capital endeavours, Philipp worked in investment banking, software and logistics sector in New York, London and Hamburg. Philipp currently serves on the boards of Adjust, Yieldr, Userzoom, Oferton, prior boards seats and observer roles include BuyVIP, Telemedicine Clinic, Smartimpression and Storevision. Philipp was born in Germany and has lived and worked in Germany, England, United States and Spain. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish. Philipp graduated from the City University Business School London in 1999.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/philipp-schroeder
Mentor
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Techstars
Raymond Lau
Co-Founder & CEO at Leapfin
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/raymond-lau
Mentor
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Techstars
Rebecca Lovell
Rebecca Lovell is the City of Seattle's Startup Liaison, working to connect startups to resources, expand opportunities in entrepreneurship , and measure and promote our success. She also serves as a mentor for Techstars, 9 Mile Labs, and Founder Institute, and is an instructor on venture capital investing in the UW Foster MBA Program. She is on the advisory board of LikeBright as well as the UW Foster Employer Advisory board, and has coached, screened and mentored hundreds of startups in Seattle. Prior roles include Program Director, Alliance of Angels, Executive Director, Northwest Entrepreneur Network, Chief Business Officer, GeekWire and interim CEO for Vittana. She brings 20 years of operating and management experience to her leadership roles in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Recognized as of the top 100 women in Tech from the Puget Sound Business Journal (2009), was Tech Flash's "Do Gooder of the Year" in 2010, she is endlessly devoted to entrepreneurship and karaoke.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/rebecca-lovell
Mentor
2010-08-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Robert Pease
Robert Pease leads the CMO Practice at Heinz Marketing, a Seattle-based B2B sales and marketing consulting firm helping companies improve marketing execution and customer acquisition activities. He is an advisor and member of the investment committee at the Cascade Angels Fund. A startup veteran, he was previously CEO of LoopFuse (sold to Salesfusion), Vice President of Marketing at Gist (sold to Blackberry), and has held a variety of senior marketing and product roles in four other venture-backed technology startups. He began his career as a management consultant with Accenture’s Global Communications and Technology practice based in Washington, DC. He holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/robert-pease
Mentor
2011-01-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Sal Matteis
Sal Matteis is a CEO & Co-Founder of Milkster and investor in PARKEAGLE.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/sal-matteis
Mentor
2014-03-03 00:00:00
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Techstars
Saurabh Sharma
Saurabh is an experienced operator & investor with diverse experiences in tech investing, product management, data science & investment banking. Prior to Jump Capital, Saurabh held various roles at Groupon including Head of Marketing & Special Operations for Ideel - Groupon’s fashion & lifestyle business, and Head of Relevance Strategy where he led optimization efforts for Groupon’s core product that drives customer personalization and real-time relevance. Before Groupon, Saurabh was an investor with Lightbank – an early stage venture capital fund where he evaluated investment opportunities in consumer tech, ed tech and digital health. Prior to Lightbank, Saurabh was an Investment Banker at Barclays Capital and and Algo Trader at Lehman Brothers in their New York & London offices . Saurabh started his career as a High-Performance Computing researcher at French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA) in Paris where he focused on Compiler Optimization research for mission-critical computing. Saurabh holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/saurabh-sharma-2
Mentor
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Techstars
Shereen Shermak
Shereen is a Boston-based angel investor and entrepreneur who works with Flybridge Capital Partners and its general partners as an advisor to support and broaden the firm’s investment activities in the Boston region. Shereen served as a Fund Manager and CEO at Launch Angels, a Boston-based seed stage VC firm. She co-founded BuysideFX, where she led Product and was a member of the management team, and held a similar role at Boston-based Currensee (acq. Oanda). Her earlier career consisted of launching internal fintech ventures for large financial services firms, after joining the technology strategy firm DiamondCluster (acq. PWC) in its early days. Shereen also spent six years working as an environmental engineer after graduating from Duke University’s School of Engineering. Shereen received her M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School and holds an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Big Brothers Big Sisters Massachusetts Bay.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/shereen-shermak
Investor, TechStars Boston
2011-01-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Simon Andrews
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/simon-andrews-3
Mentor
2014-05-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Steve Farsht
Steve is a Co-Founder of Corazon Capital. Steve was previously a Board Member of Techstars Chicago and co-managed the accelerator in 2013 and 2014. Steve was Chief Operating Officer of Tap.Me, which was sold to MediaMath in 2012. Previously, Steve was a General Partner with Norwest Equity Partners. Over his 9 years with the firm, Steve invested $280 million of equity in 13 management buyouts and growth capital investments across a variety of industries. His platform companies completed 9 add-on acquisitions. Steve served on 8 boards and led the sale of several companies to strategic and financial buyers. Steve is a Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management where he also received his MBA. Steve has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/steve-farsht
Board Member
2013-02-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Steve Karmeinsky
Steve Karmeinsky is a mentor at CyLon (Cyber London) and previously he was worked with IPM Holborn EIS Fund as a Advisor.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/steve-karmeinsky
Mentor
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Techstars
Theo Osborne
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/theo-osborne-2
Mentor
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Techstars
Vikram Dendi
Vikram Dendi runs business strategy and product planning for the Microsoft Translator group. In addition, he also runs the design team that is responsible for the various front-end properties that are delivered by the group. Prior to his current role as Director with the Advanced Strategies and Research division, he was responsible for building up an emerging markets focused incubation group for which he traveled extensively. Vikram also was involved in defining the mobile and location based services strategies for Microsoft. Before Microsoft, Vikram played a key role in bringing world class multimedia frameworks to Linux and other unix based platforms. He was one of the founders of the Helix Player project. He was also responsible for the Mac product portfolio at Real Networks, including the award winning Real Player for Mac. Vikram graduated with Honors from California Institute of Technology, and was a 2002 Graduate Entrepreneurial Fellow of the Caltech-ArtCenter-UCLA program to train and support technology entrepreneurs.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/vikram-dendi
Mentor
2013-01-01 00:00:00
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Techstars
Virginia Miracle
Virginia is focused on Spredfast customer success at every stage of the partnership journey. She leads the team dedicated to the customer experience including account management, strategic services, training, and enablement. Prior to Spredfast, Virginia was EVP of Digital Strategy at Ogilvy PR Worldwide where she led the North American arm of their social media and word of mouth marketing (WOMM) practice (now [email protected]). She has over a decade of experience in providing social media and marketing strategy to leading enterprise brands. She has held positions in corporate strategy, consumer marketing and WOMM at Dell, Inc., Brains on Fire, and Trilogy Software. Virginia is a TechStars mentor and is on the Steering Committee for [email protected] She holds a B.A. in English from Princeton University.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/virginia-miracle
Mentor
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Netflix
Anne Sweeney
Anne Sweeney serves as co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group, where she is responsible for The Walt Disney Company's entertainment and news television properties globally. She was promoted to this role in April 2004. Ms. Sweeney oversees the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment, news and kids programming to viewers via 228 affiliated stations across the U.S. in addition to other technological platforms. ABC series, many of which are produced by ABC Studios, are distributed to more than 200 territories across the globe by Disney-ABC Worldwide Television. Disney-ABC Television Group also comprises Disney Channels Worldwide, which includes 27 Disney Channels, 10 Playhouse Disney Channels, nine Toon Disney Channels and 19 Jetix/GXT Channels, as well as Radio Disney and Walt Disney Television Animation, a TV animation studio. Today Disney Channel programming reaches more than 500 million individuals in 127 countries. Ms. Sweeney also manages cable networks ABC Family and SOAPnet, as well as Disney's publishing imprint, Hyperion, and the company's equity interest in Lifetime Entertainment Services and A&E Television Network. During her tenure, Disney-ABC Television Group's properties have experienced tremendous growth. With the help of hit series "Grey's Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives" and "Dancing with the Stars," ABC's primetime audience has grown consistently from the 2003-04 TV season to present. ABC Studios has expanded its creative product output from 11 series in 2004 to more than 20 currently across broadcast and cable television. Popular series such as "Lost" have found new audiences across a variety of platforms, including VOD, broadband and mobile, in addition to the internet. ABC News' "World News with Charles Gibson" has also moved into a lead position among the nightly newscasts, while forging into the 24-hour digital space, with content available throughout the day on ABCNews.com and an afternoon webcast that is downloaded by millions. Consistently ranked as basic cable's No. 1 network in primetime among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14, Disney Channel has continued to develop branded programming and franchises with worldwide appeal, utilizing popular series like "Hannah Montana," the CG animated "My Friends Tigger & Pooh" and Disney Channel Original Movies like the smash hit "High School Musical 2" to continue its ratings momentum and expand into additional markets around the world. ABC Family, available in more than 95 million U.S. homes, also continues to grow its core audience with exciting, hip programming like "Greek" and "Kyle XY." With more than 100 general-interest fiction and non-fiction titles introduced in 2007, Hyperion is home to numerous bestsellers, including David Halberstam's The Coldest Winter, Gary Troup's Bad Twin and the New York Times No. 1 Bestseller, Mitch Albom's For One More Day. From October 2000 to April 2004, Ms. Sweeney served as president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channels Worldwide. Under her leadership, Disney Channel more than quintupled its subscriber base with its mix of original series and movies and acquired programming. It is now available on basic cable in more than 95 million homes in the United States. Ms. Sweeney also oversaw the successful launch of the 24-hour animation channel Toon Disney in April 1998, and built it to its current reach of more than 67 million homes in the United States. Less than two years later, in January 2000, she oversaw the launch of SOAPnet, the 24-hour soap opera network now available in more than 68 million U.S. homes. Ms. Sweeney joined The Walt Disney Company in February 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Previously she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc., since 1993. During her tenure there, she presided over the launch of two basic cable networks, FX, an entertainment network representing the most successful basic cable launch in history, and FXM: Movies from Fox, Hollywood's first studio-based movie network. Before joining Fox, Ms. Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite in various executive positions, most recently as senior vice president of Program Enterprises. Among many accomplishments, she oversaw Nickelodeon's international expansion, including launching the channel in the United Kingdom, resulting in a joint venture with British Sky Broadcasting. Active in organizations both within and outside the television industry, Ms. Sweeney is a board member of Lifetime Television, the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of TV & Radio), the American Film Institute, the Special Olympics and an honorary chair of Cable Positive. Since assuming her current role as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group, Ms. Sweeney has repeatedly been named the "Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment" by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune and one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes. She was honored with the Golden Mike Award for Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting by the Broadcasters Foundation of America in February of this year and the Matrix Award for television from New York Women in Communications, Inc. in April. In May, Ms. Sweeney will receive the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. Ms. Sweeney was inducted into the Cable Center's Hall of Fame in October 2007 and recognized by the Producers Guild of America in 2006 with the President's Citation for her efforts on behalf of diversity across the Disney-ABC Television Group. In 2005 she was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable "Hall of Fame," and in 2004 received the Muse Award from New York Women in Film & Television. She has been honored repeatedly by Women in Cable & Telecommunications -- as Executive of the Year in 1994, Woman of the Year in 1997, and in 1998 as the recipient of the Advocate Leader Award from WICT's Southern California chapter. In 1995 she received the prestigious STAR Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She was inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Achievement in 1996. In 2002 she received Women in Film's esteemed Lucy Award and has been awarded the Cable Television Public Affairs Association's President's Award. Ms. Sweeney earned a BA degree from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. degree from Harvard University. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, attorney Philip Miller, and their two children.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/anne-sweeney
Board of Directors
2015-03-01 00:00:00
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Netflix
Charles Giancarlo
Charles Giancarlo has served on the Vectra Networks board of directors since April 2014 and was previously an advisor to the company. Giancarlo is a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake Partners and was previously Managing Director and Head of Value Creation. He previously served as a senior executive at Cisco Systems, most recently as executive vice president and chief development officer. At Cisco, he led the company’s overall product development and management activities and was responsible for over 80 percent of the company’s revenue. Giancarlo serves on the boards of Accenture, Arista, Blue Jeans Network, Imperva, ItsOn, ServiceNow and Soraa, and is the chairman of the board of Avaya. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brown University where he serves on the board of trustees, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley where he serves on the board of advisors, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/charles-giancarlo
Member of the Board of Directors
2007-04-01 00:00:00
2012-05-01 00:00:00
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Netflix
John Occhipinti
John is a Partner at Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile software. John has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software technology, marketing, and sales. Previously he was Managing Director of Woodside Fund where he focused on ventures in cloud computing, online advertising technology and software. John presently sits on the boards of Appcelerator, PubNub, Rally, and advises Graffiti Labs. Prior to joining Woodside Fund, John was an early executive at Netscape Communications. Initially, John led a team that drove the company’s first significant revenues, helping launch Netscape through its initial public offering. Later, John ran Netscape’s Electronic Software Distribution and Strategic Channel groups. During his tenure at Netscape, John worked closely with hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs helping build web-based e-commerce and enterprise software applications. Prior to Netscape, John worked at Oracle Corporation, marketing and selling large-scale enterprise database technologies. John has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, and a BA from the University of California Berkeley. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Trinity School. John is based in our Menlo Park, CA office.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/john-occhipinti
Board Member
2000-01-01 00:00:00
2003-01-01 00:00:00
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Netflix
Timothy Haley
Timothy Haley has served as one of the Company's directors since June 1998. Haley is a co-founder of Redpoint Ventures, a venture capital firm, and has been a Managing Director of the firm since October 1999. Haley has been a Managing Director of Institutional Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, since February 1998. From June 1986 to February 1998, Haley was the President of Haley Associates, an executive recruiting firm in the high technology industry. Haley currently serves on the board of directors of several private companies. Haley holds a B.A. from Santa Clara University.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/tim-haley
Member of the Board of Directors
1998-06-01 00:00:00
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Tencent Holdings
Chris Huskey
I am passionate about global, high-impact technology companies and venture capital: about working with and investing in incredible, talented people with world-changing ideas. I love brilliantly simple products, foreign policy, rugby and well-written music that stirs the soul.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/chris-huskey
Investment and M&A
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Twitter
David Rosenblatt
David Rosenblatt is the CEO of 1stdibs.com. From 2004 through 2008, Rosenblatt served as the CEO of DoubleClick, the leading provider of digital marketing technology and services. Prior to becoming CEO, Rosenblatt held several executive positions at DoubleClick, including President from 2000 – 2005. Following Rosenblatt's sale of the company to Google in 2007 for $3.2 billion, he served as Google's President of Global Display Advertising until 2009. He is currently Chairman and co-founder of Group Commerce, Inc. David is also a board member of Twitter and Narrative Science, Inc..Rosenblatt graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/david-rosenblatt
Member of the Board of Directors
2010-12-01 00:00:00
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Twitter
Ev Williams
Williams is one of our founders and has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2007. From October 2008 to October 2010, Williams served as our President and Chief Executive Officer, from July 2009 to March 2010, as our Chief Financial Officer and from February 2008 to October 2008, as our Chief Product Officer. Since April 2011, Williams has served as Chief Executive Officer of Medium, an online publishing platform, and since October 2006, as Chief Executive Officer of The Obvious Corporation, a technology systems innovator. Williams was selected to serve on our board of directors because of the perspective and experience he brings as one of our founders and as one of our largest stockholders, as well as his extensive experience with technology companies.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/evan-williams
Member of the Board of Directors
2007-05-01 00:00:00
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Twitter
Jack Dorsey
Jack Dorsey is the creator, co-founder, and Chairman of Twitter and co-founder & CEO of Square.Originally from St. Louis, Jack's early fascination for mass-transit and how cities function led him to Manhattan and programming real-time messaging systems for couriers, taxis, and emergency vehicles. Throughout this work, Jack witnessed thousands of workers in the field constantly updating where they were and what they were doing; Twitter is a constrained simplification designed for general usage and extended by the millions of people who make it their own every day.Jack was recognized as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people and was named an "outstanding innovator under the age of 35" by MIT's Technology Review.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/jack-dorsey
Chairman of the Board of Directors
2007-01-01 00:00:00
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