Co-founder, Binary Capital
Jonathan co-founded Binary Capital, a venture capital firm specializing in very early stage consumer technology. He’s also an advisor at Gen Y Capital Partners and SparkLabs, and serves as a venture advisor at General Catalyst Partners where he helps explore emerging models for consumer products. Prior to General Catalyst, Jonathan was a principal at Benchmark Capital, where he initiated early investments in Twitter, Eucalyptus Systems and Instagram. As an engineering team manager, Jonathan was an early member of the strategy and business operations group that defined Google’s international R&D expansion strategy. Jonathan has an MS from Stanford University and BS in Electrical Engineering from Sydney University.
Co-owner of Sacramento Kings
Chris Kelly is a Silicon Valley-based attorney who represents innovative companies on privacy, security, safety and regulatory affairs. Most recently, Chris was a democratic candidate for attorney general of California. As Facebook’s first chief privacy officer, general counsel, and head of global public policy, Chris helped build the company from its college roots to a service for everyone and worked with attorneys general in all 50 states to develop effective safeguards protecting children from online sexual predators.
Lloyd A. Carney
CEO, Brocade Communications Systems
Lloyd joined Brocade in January 2013 as CEO of one of the largest data and storage networking product providers in the U.S. He also serves as an advisor for the digital delivery company Technicolor SA. In over 30 years working in high tech, Lloyd has held senior leadership roles in the top networking and semiconductor companies. He was CEO of Xsigo Systems (until its purchase by Oracle in 2012), GM of Netcool Products (IBM), CEO of Micromuse, COO of Juniper Networks, division president at Nortel Networks and EVP/GM at Bay Networks. Lloyd holds an MS in applied business management and a BS in electrical engineering.
Director of Product, Ads and Pages, Facebook
Rob is a technology entrepreneur, husband, dad, student, seeker, raconteur, and hanger-on. He spends most of his time building technology companies: he’s the founder and CEO of Threadsy, the world’s first integrated communication client; co-founder and board member at Geodelic Systems, a platform for geo-mobile applications; and an advisor for several startups. He currently works for Facebook.
Ed Ojdana is a digital media entrepreneur and investor. He founded ConsumerInfo (known as freecreditreport.com) in 1995. He served as chief executive officer of Experian Interactive, and vice chairman and president of consumer services (until August 2001) and chief information officer at eNeighborhoods, Co. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Notre Dame University, a master’s in engineering from Ohio State and a master’s in business administration from the University of Dayton. He holds a doctorate in marketing and business economics from the University of Southern California.
CEO, Burning Man
Marian has dedicated many of her waking hours to Burning Man, the annual gathering of tens of thousands of people devoted to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. She has worked as communications director, operations manager, legal liaison, government representative, owner and clean up crew at the festival. In her spare time, she oversees the infrastructure that keeps legions of participants and fans informed of preparations for the following Burning Man. Marian holds a BA in creative writing from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland and an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Founder and CEO, Farient Advisors
Robin is the founder and CEO of Farient Advisors, an independent executive compensation and performance advisory firm. She’s the author of the book Fair Pay, Fair Play: Aligning Executive Performance and Pay. With more than 30 years of consulting experience, Robin has advised clients in the areas of business and talent strategies, executive compensation, value management, and performance measurement. Prior to forming Farient in 2007, she was president of the Human Capital business of Mercer, a business which included talent and compensation consulting, software, and data services globally. She’s the author of numerous articles, a frequent presenter for prominent organizations, quoted regularly in national publications, and has testified before a congressional sub-committee in Washington, D.C. regarding the salary of the president of the United States. In 2003, Robin received the 2003 WorldatWork Distinguished Service Award. She was also named to the 2013 NACD Directorship 100, the prestigious list of the most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom, making her a three-time recipient of this award.
Founder & Chair, New Leaf Paper
Jeff leads product innovation at New Leaf Paper, whose mission is to drive a fundamental shift toward sustainability in the paper industry. A longtime member of the leading green business organizations Business for Social Responsibility, Social Venture Network, and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, he actively works to support the growth of the socially responsible business community. Jeff regularly speaks at business schools and green business conferences, sharing his insights on the integration of a true commitment to sustainability in a successful business.
Partner, Tandem Capital
Dan started his first company while he was still in high school. He started his second company, an international VC-backed soccer website, as an undergraduate. His third company, Couchsurfing, was launched while he worked as a management consultant, and grew while he pursued strategy roles at NEC Corporation and Siebel Systems. After business school, Daniel joined Symantec, where he eventually led product management for one of their consumer (Norton) divisions. Daniel joined Couchsurfing full-time in 2010 as CEO, and transitioned the company from non-profit to for-profit. Daniel has appeared on the cover of Inc. Magazine and has been featured on the front page of the Boston Globe. He has also appeared on ABC Nightline, NBC News, the New York Times, NPR, BBC, Time Magazine and others. He has guest lectured at multiple business schools, including Harvard, Stanford, Kellogg and Haas. Daniel earned a BA at Harvard in philosophy and an MBA at Columbia Business School.
Professor, Columbia University
David teaches buddhism and philosophy at Columbia University. His courses include Technology, Religion, Future; Interpreting Buddhist Yoga; and Contemporary Civilization. He is also the president of the Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of New York and has translated books and articles about buddhism, religion and law, most recently interpreting the Vajra Rosary and Pha Dam pa Sangs rgyas’s One Hundred Spiritual Instructions to the Ding ri People. Formerly a trial and civil rights lawyer, federal bankruptcy trustee, and SEC receiver, David has written and lectured on the subject of compassionate lawyering. David founded and is currently heading the Bard College/Children’s Village Harlem Clemente Course for the Humanities, serving Harlem’s underprivileged community.
CEO, Lonely Planet
In 2009, Matthew took on leadership of Lonely Planet, the world’s most successful travel guide company. As Lonely Planet’s steward, Matthew has been able to combine his love of travel with a passion for all things media, even if it meant relocating his family from New York to Melbourne. His background is about as varied as the locations listed in a Lonely Planet travel guide. It includes careers as SVP of digital strategy & operations at Dow Jones, leader of business operations at Wall Street Journal and a new media business developer at Bertelsmann.
Joseph “Yos” Goodman
Yos provides advisory services, financial oversight, seed capital and business loans as a value-added investor. Since 2004, he has helped launch and expand several businesses, including a gluten-free bakery (CraveBakery), a dog training and boarding center (ComeSitStay), a light-industrial real estate complex (ImperialPlaza), a media enterprise (GreenBuilderMedia), and a few internet-exclusive ventures (8tracks, Sparked, NomadYogi). Yos earned his MBA in corporate social responsibility from the University of Denver. He also has a background in music. In 2000, he created an event coordination and promotions company. He also founded Colorado’s first academy for electronic dance musicians.
Owner, Find Your Light
Christine McHugh is a life coach and organizational trainer. From teaching improvisation to children to training adults within organizations in everything from communication skills to innovation, Christine loves the process of aiding people in becoming more effective in their lives. She has over 25 years experience in organizational development in roles such as an in-house trainer with Catholic Healthcare West and as a consultant with companies like Ask.com, Genentech, Chevron, eBay and many others.
Technologist and Investor
Marc Bejarano was born in Puerto Rico and claims it as his spiritual home. He thinks he went to the best school in the known universe: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He has been involved with startups in the Boston and SF Bay Areas since shortly after graduating from MIT in ’94. His most recent pay stub came as the VP of IT for CogoLabs. He considers himself good at finding a balance between work and play and is currently enjoying his third mini-retirement in Oakland, CA. He loves to ride his motorcycle in the surrounding hills.
Principal, New Earth Retreats
David is principal at New Earth Retreats, where he’s leading the global rollout of a new wellness and healing brand. New Earth retreats will be fully sustainable, conscious wellness retreats that serve as a platform to educate the greater world on how to raise their consciousness through experiential learning. Prior to his position at New Earth, David worked in real estate development and finance in New York and San Francisco.
Instructor Evangelist, General Assemb.ly
Mustafa Khan is an instructor evangelist at General Assemb.ly. Previously, he worked as a consultant for Innovation Endeavors and in platform operations & marketing at Facebook. Mustafa’s side projects include the Daybreaker events, the Mistletoe Drone, and What Rhymes With Hug Me?. Mustafa holds an M.S. degree in management from Delft University of Technology.
Founder, V2E Strategic Consulting
Jim has over 25 years of marketing experience in the consumer electronics industry, having served as president at ReplayTV and vice president of marketing (computer products) at Sony Corp. He also served as senior vice president at Gracenote.
Dan Aronson is a software guy, but his real interest is in using technology to solve people’s problems. An expert in startups, system architecture, and programming, Dan has served as advisor and investor at Trufina, and as a board member at Slim Devices, Inc. and City CarShare. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Partner, DLA Piper
Matt represents both privately held and publicly traded deal-intensive technology companies. He counsels emerging growth companies in all phases of the corporate life cycle and has represented numerous venture capital and private equity investors. He advises many Fortune 100 technology and medical device companies in mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments. He has a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and a BA from Yale University. Before entering private practice, Mr. Oshinsky served in the White House and the US Agency for International Development.
CEO, The Guild Hall
Clegg Ivey is a serial entrepreneur with a background in IP/antitrust law and computer programming. Legal career highlights include the Microsoft Case, the 1st MP3 case, as well as patent counseling for Google and acquisitions for Hasbro. Clegg has also served as outside counsel and lead negotiator for several tech firms in negotiations with big partners like IBM, Microsoft, Symantec, and EMC. He has founded or helped the early stages of several startups, and his business plans and pitches have raised over $71 million from VCs like Crosspoint and Mayfield in the last fifteen years. His portfolio of startups includes Voxeo (acquired in 2013 by Aspect Communications for $150M); Tropo (recently acquired by Cisco); Redux Beverages; Forge (X); The Guild Hall, Quickit; The Chromatic Dragon; and other two businesses in stealth mode. He was instrumental in guiding the development of a number of other startups, including CDP, Routergy, and Cyberspy.