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    Guy Kawasaki

    Guy Kawasaki

    • Organizations advised: Coghead
    Guy Kawasaki (born August 30, 1954) is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, bestselling author, and Apple Fellow. He was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984. He is currently a Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, and has been involved in the rumor reporting site Truemors and the RSS aggregation Alltop. He is also a well-known blogger. Guy Kawasaki was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he attended the Iolani School. He cites his AP English teacher Harold Keables as a major influence, who taught him that “the key to writing is editing.” He graduated with B.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 1976. After attending Stanford, he went to law school at UC Davis, where he lasted one week before realizing that he hated law school. In 1977, he enrolled in the UCLA Anderson School of Management, from where he received his MBA. His first job was at a jewellery company, Nova Stylings; in regards to this, Kawasaki said “the jewelry business is a very, very tough business — tougher than the computer business... I learned a very valuable lesson: how to sell.” In 1983, Kawasaki got a job at Apple through his Stanford roommate,
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    Esther Dyson

    Esther Dyson

    • Organizations advised: Zedo
    Esther Dyson (born 14 July 1951) is a former journalist and Wall Street technology analyst who is a leading angel investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and commentator focused on breakthrough innovation in healthcare, government transparency, digital technology, biotechnology, and space. Dyson is currently focusing her career on preemptive healthcare and continues to invest in health technology. On 7 October 2008, Space Adventures announced that Dyson had paid to train as a back-up spaceflight participant for Charles Simonyi's trip to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-14 mission which took place in 2009. Esther Dyson's father is the physicist Freeman Dyson; her mother is mathematician Verena Huber-Dyson; and her brother is digital technology historian George Dyson. In childhood she received, for alliterative purposes only, the nickname "Dodo" (pronounced dough-dough); there does not appear to be, however, significant use of this nickname beyond her primary school experience. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in economics, she joined Forbes as a fact-checker and quickly rose to reporter. In 1977, she joined New Court Securities as "the research
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    Leslie F. Kenne

    Leslie F. Kenne

    • Organizations advised: Isilon
    Leslie F. Kenne is a retired Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force, a rank she attained in 1999, and the first woman to attain that rank in the Air Force. She is currently on the board of directors of SRI International, Harris Corporation, Oshkosh Corporation and Unisys Corporation. Kenne also serves on the Air Force Studies Board, part of the National Academy of Sciences. A graduate of Auburn University, Kenne served in a variety of roles, including director of three major programs: the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared System for Night, the F-16 and the F-35. She has won numerous awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal. In 1970, Kenne graduated from Auburn University with a degree in aerospace engineering and had participated in Auburn's ROTC program, and in 1971, she entered the Air Force. She served as a flight line maintenance officer in operations, and attended the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 1974. She would later attain a master of science in procurement management from Webster University. After graduating from
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    Vincent Martin

    Vincent Martin

    • Organizations advised: Amyris Biotechnologies
    Professor Martin is a founder of Amyris and an expert in the field of microbial biosynthesis and biotransformation of terpenes. His research led the development of the isoprenoid over-producing microbial strain currently under development at Amyris. Professor Martin brings to Amyris many years of experience in microbial genetics, metabolism and the production of small molecules. These skills will be central to the development of Amyris’ next generation of microbial biocatalysts.
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    Marten Mickos

    Marten Mickos

    • Organizations advised: SpikeSource
    Mårten Gustaf Mickos (born November 6, 1962 in Espoo, Finland) was chief executive officer (CEO) of MySQL AB. He served as chief executive officer from January 2001 to February 2008, when Sun Microsystems bought MySQL Inc and MySQL AB. He served as senior vice president of the database group at Sun Microsystems until March 2009. In February 2008 he was announced as member of the board of Mozilla Messaging; in May 2009, he also joined the board of directors at RightScale. In September 2009 venture capital firm Benchmark Capital hired Mickos as their Entrepreneur In Residence. In March 2010, Mårten was named CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, the company behind the Eucalyptus open-source infrastructure for the implementation of cloud computing on computer clusters. Mårten also was a co-founder and CEO of MatchON Sports Ltd. Previously, he was CEO of Sonera subsidiary Intellitel Communications Inc, and has held sales and marketing positions at Solid Information Technology Ltd and other growth-oriented software companies. Marten Mickos is also an angel investor in Enterprise 2.0 start-up Tradeshift. Mickos has a Master's degree in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland
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    Curtis Sasaki

    Curtis Sasaki

    • Organizations advised: UGOBE
    Curtis Sasaki is vice president responsible for Sun's webproperties. His team is responsible for the strategy, businessdevelopment, content, and execution for Sun's global web presence. Prior to this role, Sasaki was vice president of engineering forDesktop Software Solutions at Sun Microsystems. He was responsiblefor managing the development of Sun's core desktop software,including GNOME, Mozilla and StarOffice/OpenOffice as well ascommunications client solutions for both the integrated Linuxdesktop, a client solution that eliminates the expense of traditionaldesktops while significantly bolstering security and authenticationas well as for Sun Ray desktop. >Prior to his current position, Sasaki was in the Corporate Strategyand Planning looking at investments and acquisitions in web servicesand mobile markets. Before this he was Director of TechnologyAdvocacy and drove worldwide evangelism for Sun's emergingtechnologies in the enterprise, wireless, digital television,residential gateways and automotive industries. Leveraging his vastexperience in consumer electronics, wireless and software, Sasaki wasinstrumental in the adoption of the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition(J2ME) by major handset and embedded device manufacturers around theworld. >Previously, Sasaki was director of marketing for Sun's consumertechnologies where he led the definition and business strategy behindJ2ME, Jini Network Technology, PersonalJava and Embedded Javaplatforms, as well as the channel partner strategy.Before joining Sun in 1996, Sasaki served in various seniormanagement positions at General Magic, NeXT Computer and Apple Computer.
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    Donald Kennedy

    Donald Kennedy

    • Organizations advised: Align Technology
    Donald Kennedy (born August 18, 1931) is an American scientist, public administrator and academic. Donald Kennedy was born in New York and educated at Harvard University (A.B.; Ph.D., Biology, 1956). He has spent most of his professional career at Stanford University, which he joined as a faculty member in 1960 and where he was chair of the Department of Biology from 1964–1972, then director of the Program in Human Biology from 1973-1977. Kennedy is on the board of directors of the Lucile and David Packard Foundation. For 26 months he served as Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration during the Carter Administration. Having been appointed by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Joseph Califano, in April 1977, in the next two-plus years Kennedy and the FDA dealt with issues such as the fallout from the attempt to ban saccharin and worked on provisions of the proposed Drug Regulation Reform Act of 1978. After stepping down from the FDA in June 1979, Kennedy returned to Stanford where he served as provost. In 1980 he became president of Stanford University and served in that position until 1992. From 2000 until 2008, he was editor-in-chief of
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    Ze Frank

    Ze Frank

    • Organizations advised: Bazaarvoice
    Ze Frank ( /ˈzeɪ/; born Hosea Jan Frank on March 31, 1972) is an American online performance artist, composer, humorist and public speaker based in Los Angeles, California. Frank was born to German-American parents and raised in a suburb of Albany, New York. He graduated from Brown University in 1995 where he studied neuroscience. Information given in the show indicates that he was educated at a Montessori school and also has a sister, who is a painter. Beginning at Brown, Frank played guitar and sang lead vocals for a funk/jam band called Dowdy Smack, along with Blues Traveler bassist Tad Kinchla, until its dissolution in 1998. Frank married his longtime girlfriend Jody Brandt in 2003. They met at Brown University and dated for five years before getting married. Jody is a licensed psychologist. She also officiated at the wedding ceremony of Frank's band mate Tad Kinchla in 2009. Frank and Brandt moved from Brooklyn Heights, NYC, to Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, at the end of 2008. In 2001, Frank created an online birthday invitation and sent it to seventeen of his closest friends. Forwarded wildly, the invitation soon generated millions of hits and over 100 gigabytes of daily web
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    Matt Bishop

    Matt Bishop

    • Organizations advised: Fortify Software
    Dr. Bishop is a professor at the University of California at Davis. He is author of “Computer Security: Art and Science,” (Addison-Wesley, 2002) – the touchstone textbook for the theory and practice of computer security. Dr. Bishop is a frequent author for IEEE Security and Privacy, and remains one of America's preeminent computer security educators.
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    John Mashey

    John Mashey

    • Organizations advised: Transitive Corp.
    John Mashey (born 1946) is a computer scientist, director and entrepreneur. Mashey holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Pennsylvania State University, where he developed the ASSIST assembler language teaching software. He worked on the PWB/UNIX operating system at Bell Labs from 1973 to 1983, authoring the PWB shell, also known as the "Mashey Shell". He then moved to Silicon Valley to join Convergent Technologies, ending as director of software. He joined MIPS Computer Systems in early 1985, managing operating systems development, and helping design the MIPS RISC architecture, as well as specific CPUs, systems and software. He continued similar work at Silicon Graphics (1992–2000), most recently contributing to the design of the NUMAflex modular computer architecture, ending as VP and chief scientist. Mashey was one of the founders of the SPEC benchmarking group, was an ACM National Lecturer for four years, has been guest editor for IEEE Micro, and one of the long-time organizers of the Hot Chips conferences. Additionally, he has chaired technical conferences on operating systems and CPU chips, and has given more than 500 public talks on software engineering, RISC design,
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    Ira Winkler

    Ira Winkler

    • Organizations advised: Securify
    Ira Winkler, CISSP, is President of the Internet Security Advisors Group and vice president of marketing for the Information Systems Security Association. He is best known for identifying common trends in the way information and computer systems are compromised. He does this by performing espionage simulations, where he physically and technically "breaks into" the largest companies in the world (at their request) in order to assess their security vulnerabilities. Winkler is an in-demand independent security analyst and noted author of "Spies Among Us", "Corporate Espionage" and "Through the Eyes of the Enemy". Winkler's career took shape during his time with the National Security Agency where he served as an intelligence and computer systems analyst. Mr. Winkler is also an Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame inductee.
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    Robert Lefkowitz

    Robert Lefkowitz

    • Organizations advised: FivePrime Therapeutics Inc.
    Robert Joseph Lefkowitz (born April 15, 1943) is an American physician-scientist best known for his work with G protein-coupled receptors, for which, with Brian Kobilka, he was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Lefkowitz was born on April 15, 1943, in New York City to Jewish parents Max and Rose Lefkowitz. Their families had immigrated to the United States from Poland in the late 19th century. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science in 1959, he attended Columbia College from which he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1962. He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1966 with an M.D. Degree. After serving an internship and one year of general medical residency at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, he served as Clinical and Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health from 1968 to 1970. From 1970 to 1973 he was at the Harvard University affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he completed his medical residency, research and clinical training in cardiovascular disease. Upon completing his medical residency and research and clinical training in 1973, he was appointed
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    Thomas W. Kenny

    Thomas W. Kenny

    • Organizations advised: SiTime
    Thomas W. Kenny received the B.S. degree in physics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1983 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987 and 1989, respectively. From 1989 to 1993, he worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where his research focused on the development of electron-tunneling high-resolution microsensors. In 1994, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, and directs MEMS-based research in a variety of areas including resonators, wafer-scale packaging, cantilever beam force sensors, microfluidics, and novel fabrication techniques for micromechanical structures. Professor Kenny is a founder of Cooligy, Inc., a microfluidics chip cooling components manufacturer. He is presently the Stanford Bosch Faculty Development Scholar and the General Chairman of the 2006 Hilton Head Solid State Sensor, Actuator, and Microsystems Workshop. Professor Kenny has authored and co-authored over 200 scientific papers and holds 40 patents.
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    Tien Wu

    Tien Wu

    • Organizations advised: Spatial Photonics, Inc.
    Dr. Tien Wu is currently Chief Operating Officer of ASE Group, and the •Board of Directors, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. Dr. Tien Wu is also the Chief Executive Officer, ISE Labs Inc (An ASE Test Company), and a •Board of Directors, Fabless Semiconductor Association, Backend Suppliers.   Since joining ASE, Dr. Tien Wu has played a vital role from defining and mapping ASE’s execution path to continuously charting the company’s growth. By 2003, ASE emerged to be number one in the semiconductor packaging and test service provider market.  In his current role as COO, Dr. Tien Wu seeks to align ASE’s manufacturing, service & technology arms to create greater synergy with the field sales teams.   Prior to joining ASE, Dr. Tien Wu held several management positions within IBM, in areas including R&D, process development, manufacturing, application and ASIC design, marketing, and sales in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.   Dr. Tien Wu has a BSCE degree from Taiwan University, and also earned MS and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.
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    Peter Lim

    Peter Lim

    • Organizations advised: NorthStar
    Peter Lim has over 18 years experience designing and building large, enterprise systems. He has 18 patents in the areas of data replication, mobility and CRM, including several pending patents around the use of SOA in enterprise applications.  Peter worked at Siebel Systems for over 12 years and held positions including Vice President Core Technology and Group Vice President, Engineering.  He was responsible for delivering the Siebel platform and infrastructure to all 5,000 customers. He assembled and led the engineering team that developed Project Nexus (Siebel’s next generation SOA suite on J2EE and .NET) in tight collaboration with IBM, Microsoft and BEA. Peter also architected and wrote Siebel’s mobile replication solution, which is in use by hundreds of thousands of field sales and services users today. Prior to Siebel, Peter worked for seven years as an Engineering Manager at Oracle in the Applications Division. Peter worked on nine releases of Oracle Applications, built the team that ported Oracle’s eBusiness Suite to 18 platforms, and for 4 years also administered Oracle’s internal production financial systems. Peter has a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
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    Richard Bartle

    Richard Bartle

    • Organizations advised: Areae
    Richard Allan Bartle (born 10 January 1960 in Ripon, England) is a British writer, professor and game researcher, best known for being the co-creator of MUD1 (the first MUD) and the author of the seminal Designing Virtual Worlds. He is one of the pioneers of the massively multiplayer online game industry. Bartle received a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the University of Essex, where he created MUD1 with Roy Trubshaw in 1978. He lectured at Essex until 1987, when he left to work full time on MUD (known as MUD2 in its present version). Recently he has returned to the university as a part-time professor and principal teaching fellow in the Department of Computing and Electronic Systems, supervising courses on computer game design as part of the department's degree course on computer game development. In 2003, he wrote Designing Virtual Worlds, a book about the history, ethics, structure, and technology of massively multiplayer games. Bartle is also a contributing editor to Terra Nova, a collaborative blog that deals with virtual world issues. Bartle did research on player personality types in massively-multiplayer online games. In Bartle's analysis, players of massively
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    Jay Keasling

    Jay Keasling

    • Organizations advised: Amyris Biotechnologies
    Professor Keasling is a founder of Amyris and serves as the head of the Scientific Advisory Board. The research in the Keasling Laboratory focuses on the metabolic engineering of microorganisms for degradation of environmental contaminants or for environmentally friendly synthesis. To that end, the Keasling lab has developed a number of new genetic and mathematical tools to allow more precise and reproducible control of metabolism. These tools are being used in such applications as synthesis of biodegradable polymers, and degradation of chlorinated and aromatic hydrocarbons, biodesulfurization of fossil fuels, complete mineralization of organophosphate nerve agents and pesticides, and production of supply limited drugs. Professor Keasling brings to Amyris a deep understanding of both synthetic biology and the downstream chemical engineering required to utilize the engineered organisms.
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    Sid Ganju

    Sid Ganju

    • Organizations advised: Yap
    Sid Ganju is the President of Teleprises, Inc., an M&A and Telecom consulting company. Prior to founding Teleprises, Sid was Executive Director of Corporate Development for BellSouth Corporation (now AT&T) in Atlanta, where he was responsible for initiating, structuring, negotiating and closing strategic joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. In this role, he executed over twenty large wireless transactions including the formation of Cingular Wireless Joint Venture between BellSouth and SBC (Enterprise Value - $50 B) in October 2000. Besides the Corporate Development and Planning area, Mr. Ganju has also held leadership positions in the areas of business development, strategy, finance, business planning, project management and marketing, both in and outside the United States. He has been involved with the wireless businesses, including paging, cellular, PCS, mobile data and broadband wireless, in the United States and internationally, for approximately 20 years. Sid holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and master’s degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (C.F.A.) charter since 1993.
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    Bill Bradley

    Bill Bradley

    • Organizations advised: Jaman
    William Warren "Bill" Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American hall of fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party's nomination for President in the 2000 election. Bradley was born and raised in a suburb of St. Louis and excelled at basketball from an early age. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, did well academically and was an all-county and all-state basketball player in high school. He was offered 75 college scholarships, but declined them all to attend Princeton University. He earned a gold medal as a member of the 1964 Olympic basketball team and was the NCAA Player of the Year in 1965. After graduating in 1965, he attended Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, delaying a decision for two years on whether or not to play in the NBA. While at Oxford, Bradley played one season of professional basketball in Europe, and eventually decided to join the New York Knicks in the 1967–68 season, after serving six months in the Air Force Reserve. He spent his entire ten-year professional basketball career playing for the Knicks, winning two championship titles. Retiring in 1977, he ran
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    Drew Endy

    Drew Endy

    • Organizations advised: Codon Devices
    Drew Endy (born 1970) is a synthetic biologist. He was a junior fellow for 3 years and later an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT. In September 2008, he moved to Palo Alto to become an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University. Silicon Valley's concentration of computer scientists and engineers, in addition to Stanford's broad focus on engineering as well as ethics and the humanities, are believed to be the main reason for his move according to press reports. His wife Christina Smolke moved from the California Institute of Technology to Stanford in January 2009. With Thomas Knight, Gerald Jay Sussman, and other researchers at MIT, Endy is working on synthetic biology and the engineering of standardized biological components, devices, and parts, collectively known as BioBricks. Endy is one of several founders of the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, and invented an abstraction hierarchy for integrated genetic systems. Endy is also known for his opposition to limited ownership and support of free access to genetic information. He has been one of the early promoters of open source biology, and helped start
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    Jay Dominick

    Jay Dominick

    • Organizations advised: Yap
    Dr. Jay Dominick is Assistant Vice President and CTO responsible for strategy, planning and operations for Wake Forest University’s highly regarded information technology efforts. Wake Forest University is consistently ranked as a leader in the use of information technology in the teaching and learning process. As CTO, his responsibilities include networking, computer operations, help desk, telecommunications, programming and systems development. He was responsible for the implementation and support of the ubiquitous laptop computing project at Wake Forest, which helped establish a new model for technology deployment in higher education. Jay's current research interests include super mobile computing and electronic textbook systems. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University.
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    James Gosling

    James Gosling

    • Organizations advised: Agitar Software
    Dr. James A. Gosling, OC (born May 19, 1955 near Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a computer scientist, best known as the father of the Java programming language. In 1977, Gosling received a B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary. In 1983, he earned a Ph.D in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and his doctoral thesis was titled "Algebraic Constraints". His thesis advisor was Bob Sproull. While working towards his doctorate, he wrote a version of Emacs (gosmacs), and before joining Sun Microsystems he built a multi-processor version of Unix while at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as several compilers and mail systems. Between 1984 and 2010, Gosling was with Sun Microsystems. He is known as the father of the Java programming language. On April 2, 2010, Gosling left Sun Microsystems which had recently been acquired by the Oracle Corporation. Regarding why he left, Gosling cited reductions in pay, status, and decision-making ability; change of role; and ethical challenges. He has since taken a very critical stance towards Oracle in interviews, noting that "During the integration meetings between Sun and Oracle, where we were being grilled about the
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    William W. Crouch

    William W. Crouch

    • Organizations advised: Isilon
    General William Wright Crouch (born July 12, 1941) is a retired United States Army four star general, and former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army. Crouch was born on July 12, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. He attended the San Diego Army and Navy Academy and graduated from Claremont Men's College with a degree in Civil Government. He holds a Master's Degree in History from Texas Christian University. Crouch commanded soldiers at every level from platoon through army. He began his service in 1963 as a cavalry platoon leader in the 5th Infantry Division. He went on to command four companies, two of which were cavalry troops in combat. His subsequent commands included a cavalry squadron, the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 5th Infantry Division, where he had started as a platoon leader. He also served as Commanding General of the Eighth United States Army and Chief of Staff United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea. He assumed command of U.S. Army Europe on December 19, 1994, and assumed command of Allied Land Forces Central Europe (LANDCENT) on February 15, 1996, and was its first American since its establishment in 1993. He
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    Dries Buytaert

    Dries Buytaert

    • Organizations advised: NowPublic Technologies, Inc.
    Dries Buytaert (born 19 November 1978 in Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium) is an open-source software programmer notable as founder and lead developer of the Drupal CMS. Buytaert defended his PhD dissertation in Computer Science on 27 January 2008 at Ghent University in Belgium. From 1999-2000 he was the maintainer of the Linux-WLAN FAQ. On 1 December 2007, Dries announced, together with co-founder Jay Batson the launch of a start-up called Acquia. Acquia is a commercial open-source software company providing products, services, and technical support for Drupal. Acquia wants to be to Drupal what Red Hat has been to Linux. In 2009, Acquia helped re-launch Whitehouse.gov on Drupal. On 31 March 2008, Dries launched Mollom, a service dedicated to stopping website spam: "Mollom's purpose is to dramatically reduce the effort of keeping your site clean and the quality of your content high. Currently, Mollom is a spam-killing one-two punch combination of a state-of-the-art spam filter and CAPTCHA server." Over 15,000 websites are protected by the Mollom service, including all of Netlog's messages. In 2008, Buytaert was elected "Young Entrepreneurs of Tech" by BusinessWeek. He was also named to
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    Brian Behlendorf

    Brian Behlendorf

    • Organizations advised: SpikeSource
    Brian Behlendorf (born March 30, 1973) is a technologist, computer programmer, and an important figure in the open-source software movement. He was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Group, which later became the Apache Software Foundation. Behlendorf served as President of the Foundation for three years. Behlendorf has served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003. Behlendorf, raised in Southern California, became interested in the early development of the Internet while he was a student at the University of California, Berkeley in the early 1990s. One of his first projects was an electronic mailing list and online music resource, SFRaves, which a friend persuaded him to start in 1992. Behlendorf was an early participant and the chief technology guru for the Burning Man festival, and also founded a large online resource devoted to electronic music and related subcultures. In 1993, Behlendorf, Jonathan Nelson, Matthew Nelson and Cliff Skolnick co-founded Organic, Inc., the first business dedicated to building commercial web sites. While developing the first online,
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    Kevin O'Leary

    Kevin O'Leary

    • Organizations advised: IQzone
    Kevin O'Leary (born 9 July 1954) is a Canadian entrepreneur, venture capitalist, investor, and television personality. O'Leary was born in Mount Royal, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, to a salesman father and seamstress mother. His father was Irish and his mother was of Lebanese descent. O'Leary's parents divorced when he was young, and his father died shortly thereafter. His mother later re-married. He spent part of his childhood in Cyprus. He studied for two years at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean followed by the University of Waterloo, where he received an Honours Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and Psychology. In 1980, he earned an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario. O'Leary started a software company in the basement of a small Toronto home along with partners John Freeman and Gary Babcock. His mother provided the seed investment of $10,000, which he used to start software publisher SoftKey. Softkey products typically consisted of software intended for home audiences, especially compilation discs containing various freeware or shareware game software packaged in a "jewel-case" CD-ROM. By 1994, Softkey had become a
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    Frank Moss

    Frank Moss

    • Organizations advised: Mazu Networks
    Frank Moss is a researcher, technology and biotechnology entrepreneur, academician and author. Moss was the director of the MIT Media Lab from 2006 to 2011. He remains a professor of the practice and the principal investigator for the New Media Medicine research group, which he founded. He is the author of The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives, published in 2011. From 2007 to 2011, Moss was a trustee of Princeton University, where he served as Chairman of the Alumni Affairs Committee; currently, he is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is also a member of the advisory council of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. Moss was born Franklin Moss on April 20, 1949 in Baltimore, Maryland, where he attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. His father was Sam Moss, a local radio personality who had a weekly radio show, The Sam Moss Show, in Baltimore for 30 years. He is the middle child of older brother Billy, a retired successful restauranteur; and younger sister Ivy. As a teenager, Moss became enthralled with
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    James Currier

    James Currier

    • Organizations advised: Affinity Labs
    James Currier is the Founder and President of Tickle, Inc. James graduated from Princeton in 1990. He worked for GTE New Ventures in Hollywood until 1992, funding broadband service startups in the entertainment industry. He then worked at STAR TV in Hong Kong. Beginning in 1994, he was an associate at Battery Ventures funding early stage software and communications companies. He received his MBA from Harvard in 1999, graduating with distinction.
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    Ken Rudin

    Ken Rudin

    • Organizations advised: NorthStar
    Ken Rudin is Co-founder and CEO of LucidEra, where he focuses on redefining the reporting and business analytics market by providing a complete Business Intelligence On Demand solution. Before founding LucidEra, Ken held executive positions at Siebel Systems, where he created and was Vice President and General Manager of Siebel’s CRM OnDemand business unit. Ken was also the Vice President and General Manager of Siebel’s flagship Sales Force Automation product line, and was Vice President of Marketing for Siebel Analytics. Prior to Siebel, Ken was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Products for Salesforce.com, where he spearheaded all product development and product marketing functions for the first release of the company’s groundbreaking hosted CRM solution. Before that, Ken was CEO and co-founder of Emergent Corporation, which was acquired in 1999 by Keane, Inc. Ken is a sought-after speaker for on-demand /“Software as a Service” and business intelligence topics. In addition, he has co-authored information technology books and has written more than 50 articles appearing in leading industry publications. He was also one of the original 12 faculty instructors for the prestigious Data Warehousing Institute. Ken holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Harvard University and a master's degree in Business Administration from Stanford University.
    7.25
    4 votes
    46
    8.33
    3 votes
    47
    Hans van Rietschote

    Hans van Rietschote

    • Organizations advised: Transitive Corp.
    Hans van Rietschote has more than 25 years of management experience in Advanced Technology, Account Management, International Business Development, software engineering research, market management, technical support, international sales, services management, customer training, and embedded software product development, at companies such as Lucent, AT&T, Philips, Origin, TNO research and VERITAS Software. Hans expertise areas are in Storage, Telecommunication, IT infrastructure and embedded software solutions. He has an extensive track record in creating "bridges" between different companies, different (country) cultures and between (software) technology and business.
    At Origin he successfully established an embedded software services activity in Santa Clara California, and setup an Independent System Integrator (ISI) relationship with Philips TriMedia. Prior to that he was responsible for international business development of embedded software services. He also established the first ever AT&T 5ESS account in the newly created country of Ukraine. Hans has both an MS in mathematics and an MBA in telecommunication. He spent more than 10 years working at AT&T Bell Labs in the Netherlands and has successfully out-sourced a group of (embedded) Software Process consultants from Philips Research to Origin. Hans has written and published many articles on Telecommunication, Computers and Audiology and has over 15 software patents in his name. Today he is a director in the Advanced Technology Group of VERITAS Software in Mountain View California. In this role he scouts out 3rd party technologies, this work has led to the acquisition of both Jareva and Ejasent by VERITAS.
    8.33
    3 votes
    48
    8.33
    3 votes
    49
    Rajeev Motwani

    Rajeev Motwani

    • Organizations advised: Agitar Software
    Rajeev Motwani is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Berkeley in 1988. His research has spanned a diverse set of areas in computer science, including databases and data mining, web search and information retrieval, robotics, computational drug design, and theoretical computer science. He has written two books - Randomized Algorithms published by Cambridge University Press in 1995, and an undergraduate textbook published by Addison-Wesley in 2001. Motwani has received the Godel Prize, the Okawa Foundation Research Award, the Arthur Sloan Research Fellowship, the National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the Bergmann Memorial Award from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and an IBM Faculty Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and serves on the editorial boards of SIAM Journal on Computing, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. Motwani serves on various industry boards and advisory boards, including Adeosoft, Agitar, Centrata, Coral8, DotEdu Ventures, Flarion, Google, Green Border, Jareva, Jumpstartup Ventures, Meru Networks, Mimosa Systems, Revenue Science, Sanera, Vhayu, and Xambala. He is a charter member of TIE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs) and on the board of BASES (Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students).
    6.20
    5 votes
    50
    Moira Gunn

    Moira Gunn

    • Organizations advised: Genius.com Incorporated
    Moira Gunn is host of the public radio program Tech Nation and its regular segment BioTech Nation. It airs on the National Public Radio. 24-hour program stream, the NPR Now channels at SiriusXM Satellite Radio, American Forces Radio International, and public radio stations, among other venues. Tech Nation episodes are normally based on an interview with the author of a science or technology book. BioTech Nation is based on interviews with significant people in the field of bio-technology, as well as regular discussions with science journalist David Ewing Duncan. Tech Nation interviews and BioTech Nation segments are published as podcasts by IT Conversations. Gunn's early career included work at NASA on large-scale scientific computation and global communications, with special emphasis in infrared satellite image processing, computational fluid dynamics, and global climate and weather modeling. She also did work in robotics engineering at IBM, Morton Thiokol, United Technologies/Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed-Martin, Rolls-Royce, and the US Navy. Gunn was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, where she also earned an M.S. in computer science.
    9.50
    2 votes
    51
    Richard Purcell

    Richard Purcell

    • Organizations advised: Claria Corporation
    Richard Purcell ranks among the original chief privacy officers in the U.S. He created the position at Microsoft in the late ‘90’s, becoming a leading voice in addressing consumer privacy and data protection, domestically and internationally. As Microsoft’s chief privacy officer, Richard designed, developed, implemented and oversaw one of the world’s largest and most advanced privacy programs, spanning software development, Web deployment, infrastructure management, workforce management, and consumer data handling practices. He developed and monitored a distributed team of privacy managers throughout the corporation and its global subsidiaries. Richard was a leading advocate of the Platform for Privacy Preferences, or P3P, publicly committing Microsoft’s support in 2000 and working closely with the Internet Explorer development team on incorporating the specification into IE v6. In 2003, Richard left Microsoft to form Corporate Privacy Group, an independent privacy consulting firm focused on establishing sustainable, affordable privacy programs in corporations, agencies and institutions. Privacy Directions™, a training curriculum for corporations designed to institutionalize privacy awareness, practices, and compliance throughout their organizations is a notable early offering. Richard is the immediate past chairman of the Board of Directors for TRUSTe, an independent trust authority for privacy on the Web. He was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee in 2005. Richard advises Fortune 100 corporations, leads privacy training seminars, and lectures extensively. He is a former member of the Int'l Association of Privacy Professionals, or IAPP, and on their Advisory Board for Privacy Certification. Richard is an IAPP-certified information privacy professional. He is a founding member of the Conference Board's Council of Chief Privacy Officers and served on the Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security.
    9.50
    2 votes
    52
    Robert Hirshon

    Robert Hirshon

    • Organizations advised: Avvo
    During Hirshon's term as president of the American Bar Association from Aug. 2001 to Aug. 2002, he focused on making the legal profession more accessible to consumers, particularly those with lower incomes. During his presidency, Hirshon was spokesperson for the world's largest professional association and led the legal profession's response to 9/11 and its assessment of corporate governance issues. He also took part in negotiations with the SEC and Congress, including discussions relating to Sarbanes-Oxley and the USA Patriot Act. Hirshon has 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney representing individuals, corporations and associations. From 1988 to 1993 he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine Law School. Bob received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. He has also received honorary degrees from Suffolk University School of Law, Willamette College of Law and the University of Denver School of Law.
    9.50
    2 votes
    53
    7.00
    4 votes
    54
    7.00
    4 votes
    55
    Bruce Schneier

    Bruce Schneier

    • Organizations advised: Arcot Systems
    Bruce Schneier ( /ˈʃnaɪər/; born January 15, 1963) is an American cryptographer, computer security specialist, and writer. He is the author of several books on general security topics, computer security and cryptography, and is the founder and chief technology officer of BT Managed Security Solutions, formerly Counterpane Internet Security, Inc. A son of Martin Schneier, a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge, Bruce grew up in Flatbush, attending P.S. 139 and Hunter High School. After receiving a physics bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester in 1984, he went to the American University in Washington, D.C. and got his master's degree in computer science in 1988. He was awarded an honorary Ph.D from the University of Westminster in London, England in November 2011. The award was made by the Department of Electronics and Computer Science in recognition of Schneier's 'hard work and contribution to industry and public life'. In 1994, Schneier published "Applied Cryptography", which details the design, use, and implementation of cryptographic algorithms. More recently he published "Cryptography Engineering", which is focused more on how to use cryptography in real systems and less on
    7.00
    4 votes
    56
    Charles Moldow

    Charles Moldow

    • Organizations advised: Snapfish
    Charles Moldow is a general partner at Foundation Capital. He joined Foundation on the heels of successfully building two companies from early start-up through greater than $100 million in sales. Most notably, Charles led Tellme Networks in raising one of the largest private financing rounds in the country post Internet bubble, adding $125 million in cash to the company balance sheet during tough market conditions in August, 2000. Prior to Tellme, Charles was a member of the founding team of Internet access provider @Home Network. In 1998, Charles assisted in the $7 billion acquisition of Excite Network. After the merger, Charles became General Manager of Matchlogic, the $80 million division focused on interactive advertising.
    7.00
    4 votes
    57
    Erez Ofer

    Erez Ofer

    • Organizations advised: Simply Continuous
    Erez joined Greylock in 2005.

    Erez has been the visionary behind some of the most strategic moves of EMC Corporation - one of today's most admired technology firms, including EMC's transition from a mainframe focus to open systems, and, the entry of EMC into the software business.

    Ofer formerly served as executive vice president in charge of technology strategy for EMC Corporation, reporting to president and CEO Joe Tucci. In this role Ofer defined EMC's future technology directions, advised the CEO and played a major role in the technical direction of the company's strategic partnerships and merger & acquisition activities.

    Erez currently serves on the Board of Camero, eSnips and Illuminator.

    Previously, Ofer served as EMC's executive vice president of open software, a business that grew from one product line to a multi-hundred million dollar level. During his eleven-year tenure at EMC Ofer also held various R&D roles, he oversaw development efforts with strategic partners, and established EMC's first R&D presence in California and India. A holder of more than 30 storage-related patents, Ofer also served in various development and project management roles at Silver Arrow in Israel and the U.S., as well as with the Israeli Air Force.

    He holds engineering undergraduate and Masters degrees from The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts
    7.00
    4 votes
    58
    7.00
    4 votes
    59
    7.00
    4 votes
    60
    Allen J. Gula, Jr

    Allen J. Gula, Jr

    • Organizations advised: NorthStar
    Al currently serves as an advisor to Franklin Resources, a $425 billion global asset management company. He also serves as a consultant and board member to several privately held companies, assisting in strategy development, operational scalability, and financing. Additionally Al is an investor in a number of technology-based businesses. Al has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial technology and services industry. Prior to his current advisory role with Franklin Resources, Al served as the Co-president and Chief Information Officer of Franklin Resources. Previously Al was Executive Vice President at KeyCorp, board member of KeyBank NA, KeyBank USA, and MasterCard USA, and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Key Services Corporation. Along with his wife, Lynn, he founded The Mountains of Hope Foundation, a non-profit trust primarily dedicated to funding metastic breast cancer research. Al received his MBA from Case-Western Reserve University.
    6.00
    5 votes
    61
    Barney Pell

    Barney Pell

    • Organizations advised: Krillion
    For over 15 years Barney Pell (Ph.D. Computer science, Cambridge University 1993) has pursued groundbreaking technical and commercial innovation in A.I. and Natural Language understanding at research institutions including NASA, SRI, Stanford University and Cambridge University. In startup companies, Dr. Pell was Chief Strategist and VP of Business Development at StockMaster.com (acquired by Red Herring in March, 2000) and later had the same role at Whizbang! Labs. Just prior to Powerset, Pell was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Mayfield, one of the top VC firms in Silicon Valley.
    6.00
    5 votes
    62
    8.00
    3 votes
    63
    6.75
    4 votes
    64
    Peter Hirshberg

    Peter Hirshberg

    • Organizations advised: Goodmail Systems
    Peter Hirshberg is an entrepreneur and marketing innovator who has led emerging media and technology companies at the center of disruptive change for more than 20 years. He is a Trustee of The Computer History Museum and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Peter earned his bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College and his MBA at Wharton.
    6.75
    4 votes
    65
    6.75
    4 votes
    66
    6.75
    4 votes
    67
    Ashfaq Munshi

    Ashfaq Munshi

    • Organizations advised: Transitive Corp.
    Ashfaq Munshi is the CEO and Chairman of the Board at Radiance Technologies. Ash brings a unique mix of 20 years of entrepreneurship, engineering, marketing, and management experience to Radiance. In addition to Radiance, Ash has founded three other Silicon Valley companies: Vivecon (where he currently serves on the Board), SpecialtyMD (acquired by Ventro), and Commerce Engine (became Ariba). Earlier in his career, Ash served as a corporate vice president at Applied Materials, where he was responsible for the software arm of the company. Prior to Applied Materials, Ash was Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Business Unit at SGI. Ash began his executive career at Oracle Corporation where he was director of development and marketing. Ash is on the Dean's Leadership Council for the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he frequently lectures about entrepreneurship and start-ups. He also has a very strong background in Compilation Technologies. Ash holds an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard. He has completed graduate work in computer science at Brown and UCSC and is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
    9.00
    2 votes
    68
    Lip - Bu Tan

    Lip - Bu Tan

    • Organizations advised: Cortina Systems
    Lip-Bu Tan is Chairman and founder of Walden International and has been active in the venture capital industry for the past two decades. Additionally, he introduced and pioneered the U.S. venture capital concept in Asia and contributed towards the promotion of early-stage technology investing in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to WI, he was Vice President at Chappell & Co. and held management positions at EDS Nuclear and ECHO Energy. Lip-Bu is a board member of Cadence Design (NASDAQ: CDNS), Creative Technology (NASDAQ:CREAF), Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX), ISSI (NASDAQ: ISSI), MindTree Consulting (BSE: MTCL IN; NSE: NMTCL IN), Sina (NASDAQ: SINA), SMIC (NYSE:SMI / HKSE:981), the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), A member of the VC Advisory Board of Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA), a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a trustee of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and a member of the Committee of 100. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco for 9 years. Lip-Bu holds a B.S. in Physics from Nanyang University in Singapore, an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco.
    9.00
    2 votes
    69
    Martin Hellman

    Martin Hellman

    • Organizations advised: Arcot Systems
    Martin Edward Hellman (born October 2, 1945) is an American cryptologist, and is best known for his invention of public key cryptography in cooperation with Whitfield Diffie and Ralph Merkle. Hellman is a long-time contributor to the computer privacy debate and is more recently known for promoting risk analysis studies on nuclear threats, including the NuclearRisk.org website. Hellman graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. He went on to earn his Bachelor's degree from New York University in 1966, and at Stanford University he earned a Master's degree in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1969, all in electrical engineering. From 1968–1969 he worked at IBM's Watson Research Center where he encountered Horst Feistel. From 1969–1971 he was an assistant professor at MIT. He joined Stanford in 1971 as a professor, serving until 1996 when he became Professor Emeritus. Hellman and Whitfield Diffie's paper New Directions in Cryptography was published in 1976. It introduced a radically new method of distributing cryptographic keys, which went far toward solving one of the fundamental problems of cryptography, key distribution. It has become known as Diffie–Hellman key exchange. The article also
    9.00
    2 votes
    70
    Todd John Galda

    Todd John Galda

    • Organizations advised: Zerofootprint
    Todd John (TJ) Galda (born April, 1976) from Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian animator who has worked on 2 Academy Award-nominated films and 5 Emmy Award winning projects. TJ Galda has distinguished himself in the field of film, animation, and video games since the 1990s. Most notably, TJ is recognized for being one of the 2006 Autodesk Maya Master Award recipients, as well as having earned a Lifetime Achievement award from the Ontario Government and appearing in McLean’s Magazine, by the age of 29. Currently, he is the CG Supervisor for Technicolor Creative Services, the company who brought color to film over 90 years ago. Working out of their North American VFX Headquarters, he helps to guide their visual effects department across multiple feature films. An expert in his field, is asked to speak at round-table discussions, and has received several notable accolades. His noteworthy work includes helping with the creation of DreamWorks' newest animated logo, and working on award-winning feature films and television shows such as: Shark Tale, Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda, Fantastic Four, Rolie Polie Olie, and Rescue Heroes. His projects have accumulated a total of five Emmy Awards
    9.00
    2 votes
    71
    7.67
    3 votes
    72
    Bill Coleman

    Bill Coleman

    • Organizations advised: NorthStar
    Bill Coleman has more than 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial leadership experience. Prior to Cassatt, he founded and was the first chairman and CEO of BEA Systems, the world’s leading infrastructure software company. Under his leadership, BEA became the fastest software firm ever to exceed $1 billion in annual revenue. Before BEA, he served as vice president of system software at Sun Microsystems, where his team transformed SunOS into the commercially successful Solaris operating system. While at Sun he also founded Sun’s Professional Services Division and co-founded Sun’s Federal Division. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from Stanford University. He also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado.
    7.67
    3 votes
    73
    Bryan Eisenberg

    Bryan Eisenberg

    • Organizations advised: Bazaarvoice
    Bryan Eisenberg is co-founder of Future Now, Inc., publisher of GrokDotCom, and also co-founder and Chairman of the Web Analytics Association. He is the inventor of Persuasion Architecture, a process for persuading customers when they ignore marketing.
    7.67
    3 votes
    74
    7.67
    3 votes
    75
    Li Gong

    Li Gong

    • Organizations advised: Fortify Software
    Dr. Li Gong is Chairman and CEO of Mozilla Online Ltd., a China–based subsidiary of the Mozilla Corporation that is well known for the Firefox browser. He was previously Managing Director of Microsoft/MSN in China, and General Manager of Sun Microsystems’s software group in China. Prior to that, he was a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Java Security Architect at JavaSoft, and was an active member of the security research community having served as program chairs of IEEE S&P, IEEE CSFW, and ACM CCS. He holds 11 US patents and is a graduate of Tsinghua University in Beijing with a PhD from Cambridge University.
    7.67
    3 votes
    76
    7.67
    3 votes
    77
    Arno Allan Penzias

    Arno Allan Penzias

    • Organizations advised: Leapstone Systems
    Arno Allan Penzias (born 26 April 1933) is an American physicist and Nobel laureate in physics. Penzias was born in Munich, Germany. At age six he was among the Jewish children evacuated to Britain as part of the Kindertransport rescue operation. Some time later, his parents also fled Nazi Germany for the U.S., and the family settled in the Garment District of New York City in 1940. In 1946, Penzias became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1951 and received a bachelor's degree from the City College of New York in 1954. From Columbia University, he received his Master's degree in 1958 and his Ph.D. in 1962. He went on to work at Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey, where, with Robert Woodrow Wilson, he worked on ultra-sensitive cryogenic microwave receivers, intended for radio astronomy observations. In 1964, on building their most sensitive antenna/receiver system, the pair encountered radio noise which they could not explain. It was far less energetic than the radiation given off by the Milky Way, and it was isotropic, so they assumed their instrument was subject to interference by terrestrial sources. They tried, and then
    10.00
    1 votes
    78
    10.00
    1 votes
    79
    Gary McGraw

    Gary McGraw

    • Organizations advised: Fortify Software
    Gary McGraw is a recognized authority on software security. He is an author of many books and over a 100 peer-reviewed publications in this field, authors a monthly security column for informIT, and is an editor of Addison-Wesley Software Security series. In addition, Gary McGraw serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Informatics of Indiana University, and produces the monthly Silver Bullet Security Podcast for IEEE Security & Privacy magazine (syndicated by informIT). Gary is the Chief Technical Officer at Cigital Inc. In addition, he serves on the advisory boards of several companies, including Dasient, Fortify Software, Invincea, and Raven White. He holds dual PhD in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from Indiana University. In the past, Gary McGraw has served on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors.
    10.00
    1 votes
    80
    Geoffrey Moore

    Geoffrey Moore

    • Organizations advised: Genius.com Incorporated
    Geoffrey Moore is a Silicon Valley based high technology consultant, venture partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures and author. His books are derived from his Silicon Valley consulting work at The McKenna Group and The Chasm Group (which he founded), and earlier work by Everett Rogers on adopter categories and diffusion of innovations. Prior to working with The McKenna Group, Moore was a sales and marketing executive at Rand Information Systems, Enhansys, and Mitem. He is currently a Venture Partner with Mohr Davidow Ventures and Managing Director of TCG Advisors. Moore received a bachelor's degree in American literature from Stanford University (1967) and a doctorate in English literature from the University of Washington (1974). Moore began his professional life as an English professor at Olivet College in Michigan, before moving his family to California where he took a job as a corporate trainer and executive assistant at a technology company. Moore and his wife Marie have three adult children, Margaret, Michael and Anna. Contributions to the Technology Adoption Life Cycle and the High Tech Marketing Model One of Moore's key insights is that as one progresses through the technology
    10.00
    1 votes
    81
    Joe Marengi

    Joe Marengi

    • Organizations advised: Sipera Systems
    Mr. Marengi’s industry experience includes 10 years with Dell, Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL), where he was SVP and general manager of Dell Americas, responsible for all of Dell’s operations in the America’s region, including sales, marketing, manufacturing, and service. His focus was on the corporate and public institution customer base. Prior to Dell, he was president and COO of Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL). As president, he was responsible for strategy and day-to-day operations of the company. He joined Novell in 1989 moving through several successive promotions to become the Executive VP of Sales and Worldwide Field Operations for the five years preceding his appointment to the president’s role. As EVP, he was responsible for setting up the major account licensing, channel and consulting programs, and overseeing the company’s International expansion. Mr. Marengi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California.
    10.00
    1 votes
    82
    Miles R. Gilburne

    Miles R. Gilburne

    • Organizations advised: ChoiceStream
    An accomplished senior executive, Miles Gilburne has more than twenty-five years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, venture capital, and technology law.  From 1994 to 1999, he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development of America Online (AOL), where he was responsible for strategic planning and major corporate acquisitions, joint ventures, and alliances.  Prior to joining AOL, Mr. Gilburne was a founding partner of The Cole Gilburne Fund, an early stage venture capital fund, and a founding partner of technology and media law firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  He is currently a managing member of ZG Ventures, LLC, a private investment firm.Mr. Gilburne holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University and a law degree from Harvard University.  He serves on the boards of Pharmacyclics, Inc. and Revolution Health Group. He is also a member of the board of directors of Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Mr. Gilburne is a co-chairman of ePALS, a Washington, DC-based company that creates and distributes learning programs and services, as well as a suite of  collaborative technologies, designed specifically for K-12 school and home markets.
    10.00
    1 votes
    83
    Norman Winarsky

    Norman Winarsky

    • Organizations advised: Radar Networks
    Dr. Norman D. Winarsky joined SRI in 2001 after more than 20 years with Sarnoff Corporation, formerly RCA Laboratories and now an SRI subsidiary. At Sarnoff, Winarsky served as Vice President of the Information Technology Division and later as Senior Vice President of Information Technology Ventures and Licenses. At SRI, Winarsky leads Ventures and Strategic Programs, which includes venture development, SRI's internal Commercialization Board, and nVention, a partnership with the venture capital community that develops early-stage investment opportunities. Winarsky also works with SRI's business units to identify and develop market opportunities and value propositions for clients, and he leads the development of high-leverage strategic programs to realize those opportunities. Winarsky has helped found more than ten ventures, has published more than 50 papers, holds three patents, and has given hundreds of invited talks, lectures and presentations worldwide. He is a cofounder of the National Information Display Laboratory (NIDL), a center of excellence for the government in information processing and display technologies. The NIDL grew to become the National Technology Alliance, which is run by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in partnership with Rosettex, a joint venture of Sarnoff and SRI International. Winarsky is on the board of directors of PacketHop (an SRI spin-off company) and is Chairman of the University of Chicago Visiting Committee for the Physical Sciences Division. Winarsky received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and was awarded the Paul R. Cohen Award for the highest achieving student in the mathematics department. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow and an invited member of the mathematics department of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and was an Assistant Professor at SUNY at Albany. Winarsky has received more than ten RCA awards, including RCA's highest honor, the Sarnoff Award. Winarsky and his team received an Emmy Award in 2000 for outstanding achievement in technological advancement. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.
    10.00
    1 votes
    84
    Phil Schlein

    Phil Schlein

    • Organizations advised: UGOBE

    Phil has been advising entrepreneurs since he joined USVP in 1985. As President and CEO of Macy's California for 11 years, he has focused his investments in the retail sector—from pure retailing plays to the consumer Internet. For example, he guided USVP's investments in PetsMart and Fresh Choice. Phil serves on the boards of Auction Drop, Catalist, Sound ID, and Specialtys .

    Phil is a guest lecturer in graduate classrooms at Stanford and Santa Clara University. He has two children, four grandchildren, and a 300-year old elder he looks up to: Emily, a magnificent oak in the center of his Napa Valley property. He has a vineyard where he grows mostly Cabernets. Phil is on the boards of the California College of Art, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and the diRosa Preserve, a project in the Napa Valley that is seeking to create a public museum to show Rene diRosa's private collection of California artists.

    10.00
    1 votes
    85
    6.50
    4 votes
    86
    Avi Rubin

    Avi Rubin

    • Organizations advised: Fortify Software
    Aviel (Avi) David Rubin is an expert in systems and networking security. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, Technical Director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins, Director of ACCURATE, and President and co-founder of Independent Security Evaluators. In 2002, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the USENIX Association for a two-year term. Rubin is credited with bringing to light vulnerabilities in Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold Election Systems) Accuvote electronic voting machines. In 2006, he published a book on his experiences since this event.
    8.50
    2 votes
    87
    Bill Price

    Bill Price

    • Organizations advised: Transera Communications
    Bill Price has a proven track record building successful software companies. As ZoomInfo's chief financial officer, he is responsible for the overall financial health of the organization, as well as managing human resources, legal and investor relations. Prior to ZoomInfo, Price's most recent positions were SVP and CFO of MarketSoft, where he helped the company raise venture capital and emerge as a leader in the Enterprise Marketing Management space with consecutive quarterly revenue growth. Before MarketSoft, Price was CFO of NextPoint Networks, a VC-backed software developer of Internet-based network management solutions, where his leadership was instrumental in the organization's growth and ultimate acquisition by NetScout Systems. He has also served as CFO at MediQual Systems, a medical software developer of clinical information management systems, where he led an IPO and sale to Cardinal Health. Price was also a senior audit manager at Arthur Andersen serving Fortune 1000 organizations with audit, tax and financial consulting services. Price earned his Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern University and is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts.
    8.50
    2 votes
    88
    Eric Alterman

    Eric Alterman

    • Organizations advised: FORA.tv
    Eric Alterman (b. January 14, 1960) is an American English teacher, historian, journalist, author, media critic, blogger, and educator. His political weblog named Altercation was hosted by MSNBC.com from 2002 until 2006, moved to Media Matters for America until December 2008, and is now hosted by The Nation. He earned a B.A. in History and Government from Cornell University, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Stanford University. Alterman began his journalism career in 1983, freelancing originally for The Nation, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, Harper's, Le Monde diplomatique, and later, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others, while working as a senior fellow for the World Policy Institute in New York City and Washington, DC. He published his first book, Sound & Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy, which won the 1992 George Orwell Award, while studying for his doctorate in US history in Stanford in 1992. Shortly after that he became the Washington Correspondent for Mother Jones, and soon thereafter Rolling Stone, before returning to The Nation as a columnist in 1995. Alterman
    8.50
    2 votes
    89
    Gene Kim

    Gene Kim

    • Organizations advised: Blue Lane Technologies
    Mr. Kim is the CTO and co-founder of Tripwire, Inc. In 1992, he co-authored Tripwire while at Purdue University with Dr. Gene Spafford. Although he is widely published on computer security, operating systems and networking in SANS, Usenet, ACM and IEEE publications, he is continually fixated on the problems of process integrity issues in Operations and Security. He is currently actively working on a series of projects with the Software Engineering Institute and Institute of Internal Auditors to capture how "best in class" organizations have Security, Operations, Audit, Management, and Governance working together to solve common objectives.

    Mr. Kim holds a M.S. in computer science from University of Arizona and a B.S. in computer sciences from Purdue University.
    8.50
    2 votes
    90
    Hau L. Lee

    Hau L. Lee

    • Organizations advised: TrueDemand Software
    Hau Lee’s research focuses on supply chain management, work that addresses how to get products or services to their destination by managing the flow of materials, information, and money. His research has resulted, among other things, in the building of computer models for industrial implementation, as well as in the development of strategies and operational concepts for practitioners. Hau L. Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His areas of specialization include supply chain management, information technology, global logistics system design, inventory planning, and manufacturing strategy. He is the founding and current Codirector of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum, an industry-academic consortium to advance the theory and practice of global supply chain management. Professor Lee has published widely in journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Supply Chain Management Review, IIE Transactions, and Interfaces, etc. He has served on the editorial boards of many international journals, such as Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Supply Chain Management Review, Sloan Management Review, and the Journal of Production and Operations Management. From 1997-2003, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Management Science. Professor Lee received the Harold Lardner Prize for International Distinction in Operations Research, Canadian Operations Research Society, 2003. He was elected a Fellow of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, INFORMS, 2001; Production and Operations Management Society, 2005; and INFORMS, 2005. In 2005, he was President-Elect of the Production and Operations Management Society. His article, “The Triple-A Supply Chain,” was the Second Place Winner of the McKinsey Award for the Best Paper in 2004 in the Harvard Business Review. In 2004, his coauthored paper in 1997, “Information Distortion in a Supply Chain: The Bullwhip Effect,” was voted as one of the 10 most influential papers in the history of Management Science. Professor Lee has consulted extensively in the public and private sectors. He is a cofounder of several supply chain and price optimization software companies: NON-STOP Solutions, DemandTec, SignalDemand, and TrueDemand. He is on the board and advisory board of several logistics services and supply chain software companies. He has also given executive training workshops on supply chain management and global logistics in Asia, Europe, and America. Professor Lee obtained his BSocSc degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Hong Kong in 1974, his MSc degree in Operational Research from the London School of Economics in 1975, and his MS and PhD degrees in Operations Research from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.
    8.50
    2 votes
    91
    Howard Greenstein

    Howard Greenstein

    • Organizations advised: Swatchbox Technologies
    Howard is the former Sr. Director of Non-Degree Business Continuing Education at NYU SCPS. He also is an NYU SCPS Adjunct Lecturer. A former Microsoft Technical Evangelist and co-founder of the first web user group in America (WWWAC.org in 1994), Mr. Greenstein recently wrote “Web 2.0 Meets the Enterprise” for Optimize Magazine and “Web 2.0 for Your Business” for the NY Enterprise Report. He has guest-lectured and chaired panels at NYU’s Stern School of Business, The New School, the New York Software Industry Association, NYNMA, MeshForum, NAB, and for Microsoft in Canada and Brazil. A former radio personality and current podcaster, Howard enjoys creating social media whenever he can. He is on the advisory boards of Swatchbox Technologies, and Coburn Ventures and on the Board of Directors of the New York Software Industry Association. Howard Greenstein will be co-facilitating these workshops:
    8.50
    2 votes
    92
    John Hagel

    John Hagel

    • Organizations advised: NorthStar
    Presently an independent consultant and author, John has published articles in a broad range of business publications, including the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and Business 2.0, and written several books, including "Net Gain" and "Net Worth." His most recent book, "Out of the Box," published by the Harvard Business School Press, provides distinctive insights and strategies for CEOs and senior executives seeking to harness the business value of Web Services and other next generation software technologies. Prior to writing, John was a Principal with McKinsey & Company and a Global Leader of McKinsey's Electronic Commerce Practice and Strategy Practice. At McKinsey, John spent 16 years working for a broad range of clients across many industries on e-commerce issues, with a particular focus on strategic management and operational performance improvement. His distinctive expertise involves perspectives on the emergence and evolution of new business models enabled by the Internet, restructuring opportunities created by e-commerce and new approaches to strategy under high uncertainty. Prior to joining McKinsey, John served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning at Atari and as Founder and President of Sequoia Group, a systems house selling turnkey computer systems to physicians. John also worked as a consultant with Boston Consulting Group. In 1999, Business Week named John one of the e.biz 25 most influential people in electronic business and he was designated one of Upside's Elite 100 Most Influential People in the Digital World. John received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School. He also has a graduate degree (BPhil) from Oxford University, as well as a BA from Wesleyan University.
    8.50
    2 votes
    93
    Toru Murakami

    Toru Murakami

    Toru Murakami has been a force in the Japanese Web industry since the early days working as an Executive VP and Founding Member at IMJ in Japan and Korea.

    Today, he is a professor at Digital Hollywood, Japan’s first College designed for digital content authoring. Mr. Murakami’s influence has certainly helped sculpt Zooomr into a strong player for the Japanese Market. His understanding for talent and ideas goes much further than his deep qualifications; We thank Mr. Murakami for his time and welcome him to our advisory board.
    8.50
    2 votes
    94
    Yoav Shoham

    Yoav Shoham

    • Organizations advised: ForeScout
    Yoav Shoham is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.
    8.50
    2 votes
    95
    Joel N. Orr

    Joel N. Orr

    • Organizations advised: Yedda
    Dr. Joel N. Orr is a futurist, speaker, and writer, specializing in engineering automation and computer technologies. He is part of Cyon Research Corporation, a publishing and consulting firm. Much in demand as a keynote speaker, Joel has addressed conferences, companies, and associations around the world, often sharing the platform with speakers such as Tom Peters, George Gilder, Jack Kemp, and others. Orr was also co-founder and president of the NCGA (National Computer Graphics Association) and president of the Virtual Worlds Society. Autodesk Corporation named Orr a “Distinguished Fellow” for a three-year period that ended in 1993. From 1997 to 2001, Bentley Systems, Inc. designated him their “Engineering Laureate.” Dr. Orr’s most recent book is "Every Man a Hero, Every Woman a Coach," published in September, 2005. The one before it is “Structure is Destiny: The Dandelion Paradox,” published in April, 2004. Many of the Fortune 500 manufacturers see Dr. Orr as a major resource in the areas of business restructuring, automation, and the future of technology. He counts among his clients Ford, IBM, Chrysler, Lockheed, Xerox, Apple, General Foods, Dow Corning; Becton-Dickinson, US Surgical, the US Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Army, NASA, government agencies in several countries, and many other organizations. Orr has frequently served as an expert witness in matters relating to computer graphics, CAD, computer software, systems design, collaborative software, and more. Dr. Orr’s PhD is in abstract math, from SUNY, 1973. He is listed in “Who’s Who,” and is internationally known as a speaker. He lives in Mountain View, California.
    7.33
    3 votes
    96
    7.33
    3 votes
    97
    Lewis T. Williams

    Lewis T. Williams

    • Organizations advised: FivePrime Therapeutics Inc.
    Rusty Williams is the founder of FivePrime, serves as its Executive Chairman and leads its research and development efforts. Prior to founding FivePrime, Dr. Williams was Chief Scientific Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Chiron Corporation and President of Chiron Technologies. Prior to joining Chiron, Dr. Williams was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of California, San Francisco. Earlier in his career he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Williams is a co-founder of COR Therapeutics, Inc., and served as a member of its Board of Directors. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Williams received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University.
    7.33
    3 votes
    98
    7.33
    3 votes
    99
    6.25
    4 votes
    100
    Clay Shirky

    Clay Shirky

    • Organizations advised: Wesabe
    Clay Shirky (born 1964) is an American writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He has a joint appointment at New York University (NYU) as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Assistant Arts Professor in the New Media focused graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). His courses address, among other things, the interrelated effects of the topology of social networks and technological networks, how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. He has written and been interviewed extensively about the Internet since 1996. His columns and writings have appeared in Business 2.0, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review and Wired. Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and wireless networks that provide alternatives to the wired client–server infrastructure that characterizes the World Wide Web. He is a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Advisory
    6.25
    4 votes
    101
    Richard Wong

    Richard Wong

    • Organizations advised: Plaxo
    Richard Wong joined Accel Partners in 2006, with a focus on mobile and broadband services software, as well as messaging and security applications. Rich currently serves on the board of AdMob, the leading mobile advertising company, and Sana Security. Through pre-Accel associations, Rich also serves as a board advisor to Plaxo, Simplicita, and 4thMedia. Some of Rich’s writing on key trends in the mobile industry can be found here.

    Prior to Accel, Rich was SVP/GM of Products at Openwave. In this capacity, Rich launched several of OPWV’s most successful new products such as the Edge security gateway (anti-abuse), integrated messaging, and location-based services. Rich was previously GM of Messaging Products, growing the business from $50MM to $180MM from 2003 to 2005, and Chief Marketing Officer from 2001 to 2003.

    While at Openwave, Rich founded and chaired the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group, a consortium of ISPs and technology providers working together to combat internet abuse.

    Previously Rich was the Chief Marketing Officer and EVP/GM of Value-Added Services at Covad Communications, the DSL provider. During his time Covad revenue grew from $5MM to $250MM. Preceding Covad, he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, focusing on software and consumer technology. Rich started his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble

    Mr. Wong holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    Rich remains active as an EVP of the MIT Club of Northern California, Board Member of the MIT CNC - Entrepreneurship Program, and the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus.

    Copies of Rich’s recent presentation on Future of Digital Media & Advertising, or presentation on wireless from the MIT C3 Wireless event, can be downloaded here.
    6.25
    4 votes
    102
    Enzo Micali

    Enzo Micali

    • Organizations advised: Securify
    Enzo Micali joined the 1-800-Flowers.com in 2000 as Senior Vice President of Information Technology. He was named Chief Information Officer in 2004. He is responsible for overseeing all of the Company's technology plans and programs. Prior to joining 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Mr. Micali served as Chief Technology Officer for InsLogic, a business-to-business infrastructure player supporting financial institutions and Internet portals serving the insurance industry. Prior to joining InsLogic, Mr. Micali spent approximately 12 years with Chase Manhattan Bank, where he played a key role in the technology transition during Chase's merger with Chemical Bank. While at Chase, he also helped launch that company's online banking capabilities and guided other consumer outreach projects.
    5.40
    5 votes
    103
    Ronald M. Evans

    Ronald M. Evans

    • Organizations advised: Ligand
    Ronald M. Evans (born April 17, 1949, Los Angeles) is an American professor and biologist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. His research focuses on the function of nuclear hormone signaling and metabolism. He received his Bachelor of Science and PhD degrees from UCLA, followed by a postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University wiith James E. Darnell He became a faculty member at the Salk Institute in 1978 and Adjunct Professor in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience at UCSD (1985, 1989, 1995). He was named March of Dimes Chair in Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology at the Salk Institute in 1998. In 2003 he was awarded the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, and in 2004 he received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. He is also recipient of the Harvey Prize (2006), the Gairdner Foundation International Award (2006), the Albany Medical Center Prize (2007) and the Wolf Prize in Medicine (2012). He has an h-index in the top ten of living biologists and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1989).
    5.40
    5 votes
    104
    7.00
    3 votes
    105
    7.00
    3 votes
    106
    7.00
    3 votes
    107
    Ives Faroudja

    Ives Faroudja

    • Organizations advised: Spatial Photonics, Inc.

    Ives Faroudja is a well-known engineer and inventor in display technology, with expertise in the field of video design, emphasizing high image quality.   Ives and his team at Faroudja Laboratories, now a division of Genesis, Inc., have significantly contributed to the improvement of television image quality, and the transitioning to digital processing, HDTV and Flat Panel Display technology.    Today, many of his circuitries and algorithms are being incorporated in a large number of TV sets and recorders, most notably in the Asia market.

    Faroudja holds over sixty U.S. and foreign patents, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards, Charles F. Jenkins Life Time Achievement Award and the prestigious David Sarnoff Gold Medal.

    Faroudja is an M.S. graduate of Paris University, Ecole Superieure d'Electricite. He is a Life Fellow of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers. 

    7.00
    3 votes
    108
    Jawed Karim

    Jawed Karim

    • Organizations advised: YouTube
    Jawed Karim (born in 1979, East Germany) is a Bengali-German American technologist and co-founder of the popular video sharing website YouTube. Many of the core components of PayPal, including its real-time anti-fraud system, were also designed and implemented by Karim. Karim was born in East Germany, but crossed the Berlin Wall and grew up in West Germany. He moved to the United States with his family in 1992, two years after German reunification. He graduated from Central High School in Minnesota and he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He left campus prior to graduating to become an early employee at PayPal, but continued his coursework, earning his Bachelor of Science in computer science in 2004. While working at PayPal, he met Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. The three later founded the YouTube video sharing website in 2005. YouTube's first video, Me at the zoo, was uploaded by Karim on April 23, 2005. After co-founding the company and developing the YouTube concept and website with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Karim enrolled as a graduate student in computer science at Stanford University while acting as an advisor to YouTube. When YouTube was acquired by
    7.00
    3 votes
    109
    Joseph L. Goldstein

    Joseph L. Goldstein

    • Organizations advised: FivePrime Therapeutics Inc.
    Joseph L. Goldstein (born April 18, 1940) from Kingstree, South Carolina is a Nobel Prize winning biochemist and geneticist, and a pioneer in the study of cholesterol metabolism. Dr. Goldstein received a BS in chemistry from Washington and Lee University in 1962 and his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1966. In 1985 he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (together with Michael S. Brown) for his research on the metabolism of low density lipoprotein (LDL), and has won numerous other awards for his contributions related to genetic diseases. Returning to the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas in 1972 (now called UT Southwestern Medical Center) Goldstein and his close colleague Brown researched cholesterol metabolism and discovered that human cells have low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors that extract cholesterol from the bloodstream. The lack of sufficient LDL receptors is the cause of familial hypercholesterolemia, which predisposes heavily for cholesterol-related diseases. In addition to explaining the underlying pathology of the widely-observed link between high levels of circulating cholesterol as LDL and coronary
    7.00
    3 votes
    110
    Paul Graham

    Paul Graham

    • Organizations advised: TextPayMe
    Paul Graham (born 1964) is a programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist. He is known for his work on Lisp, for co-founding Viaweb (which eventually became Yahoo! Store), and for co-founding the Y Combinator seed capital firm. He is the author of On Lisp (1993), ANSI Common Lisp (1995), and Hackers & Painters (2004). Graham has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Cornell University (1986). He then attended Harvard University, earning Master of Science (1988) and Doctor of Philosophy (1990) degrees in Applied Sciences with a specialization in computer science. He has also studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. In 1995, Graham and Robert Morris founded Viaweb, the first application service provider (ASP). Viaweb's software, originally written mostly in Common Lisp, allowed users to make their own Internet stores. In the summer of 1998 Viaweb was sold to Yahoo! for 455,000 shares of Yahoo! stock, valued at $49.6 million. At Yahoo! the product became Yahoo! Store. He has since begun writing essays for his popular website paulgraham.com. They range from "Beating the Averages", which compares Lisp to other programming
    7.00
    3 votes
    111
    Wendy Seltzer

    Wendy Seltzer

    • Organizations advised: FON
    Wendy Seltzer is an American attorney and currently a fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School as well as being a staff member at the World Wide Web Consortium. She was previously with Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. Seltzer is also a Fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she founded and leads the Chilling Effects clearinghouse, which is aimed at helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats related to intellectual property and other legal demands. Seltzer sits on the board of directors of the Tor Project, and of the World Wide Web Foundation. A former At-large Liaison to the ICANN board of directors, she has advocated for increased transparency of the organization of, and for increased protection of, the privacy of Internet users. Previously, she was a visiting assistant professor at the Northeastern University School of Law and Brooklyn Law School. Before that, she was a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in intellectual property and free speech issues. Seltzer has an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She
    6.00
    4 votes
    112
    Andre Durand

    Andre Durand

    • Organizations advised: Imprivata Inc.
    Andre Durand is a twelve year veteran of the enterprise software industry, a recognized leader in the identity industry and a pioneer behind the concepts of the digital identity network. In addition to his role as CEO of Ping Identity, Mr. Durand co-founded and co-chairs Digital ID World, the official identity industry conference and magazine. Prior to Ping Identity, Mr. Durand founded Jabber, Inc., a leading global provider of in instant messaging and presence management platforms serving both the carrier and enterprise markets. While at Jabber, Mr. Durand supported the incubation of the Jabber Software Foundation, a non-profit setup to facilitate growth of the Jabber Open Source project, where he served as chairman for 18 months, helping to drive adoption of Jabber's innovative hybrid open source and commercialization strategy. Prior to Jabber, Inc., Mr. Durand founded Durand Communications, a provider of client/server solutions for online databases and applications, where served as CEO for five years before selling the company to Webb Interactive in 1998 for $10 million.
    8.00
    2 votes
    113
    Bill Joy

    Bill Joy

    • Organizations advised: Ocarina Networks
    William Nelson Joy (born November 8, 1954), commonly known as Bill Joy, is an American computer scientist. Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Andy Bechtolsheim, and served as chief scientist at the company until 2003. He is widely known for having written the essay "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us", where he expresses deep concerns over the development of modern technologies. He played an integral role in the early development of BSD UNIX while a graduate student at Berkeley, and he is the original author of the vi text editor. Joy was born in the Detroit suburb Farmington Hills, Michigan to William Joy, a school vice-principal and counselor, and Ruth Joy. Joy received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979. Joy's graduate advisor was Bob Fabry. As a UC Berkeley graduate student, Joy worked for Fabry's Computer Systems Research Group CSRG in managing the BSD support and rollout where many claim he was largely responsible for managing the authorship of BSD UNIX, from which
    8.00
    2 votes
    114
    8.00
    2 votes
    115
    Steve Russell

    Steve Russell

    • Organizations advised: StumbleUpon
    Steve "Slug" Russell is a programmer and computer scientist most famous for creating Spacewar!, one of the earliest videogames, in 1961 with the fellow members of the Tech Model Railroad Club at MIT working on a DEC Digital PDP-1. While there is some debate over priority regarding the concept of computer-based games in general, Spacewar! was unquestionably the first to gain widespread recognition, and is generally recognized as the first of the "shoot-'em' up" genre. Steve Russell wrote the first two implementations of Lisp for the IBM 704. It was Russell who realized that the concept of universal functions could be applied to the language; by implementing the Lisp universal evaluator in a lower-level language, it became possible to create the Lisp interpreter (previous development work on the language had focused on compiling the language). He invented the continuation to solve a double recursion problem for one of the users of his Lisp implementation. Steve Russell is an alumn of Dartmouth College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    8.00
    2 votes
    116
    Alex Aiken

    Alex Aiken

    • Organizations advised: Black Duck Software
    Alex Aiken is the Alcatel-Lucent Professor in Communications and Networking at Stanford University.
    9.00
    1 votes
    117
    Andy Bechtolsheim

    Andy Bechtolsheim

    • Organizations advised: Mobilygen
    Andreas "Andy" von Bechtolsheim (born September 30, 1955) is an electrical engineer who co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 and was its chief hardware designer. He later became an investor, writing the first major check to fund Google, and starting several computer networking companies. Bechtolsheim was born near Ammersee, in the German state of Bavaria. He grew up on a farm with the Alps in the distance, the second of four children. Since the isolated house had no television and distant neighbors, he experimented with electronics as a child. In 1963 the family moved to Rome, Italy and then in 1968 to Nonnenhorn on Lake Constance in Germany. When he was only 16, he designed an industrial controller based on the Intel 8008 for a nearby company. Royalties from the product supported much of his education. As an engineering student at University of Technology Munich Bechtolsheim entered the jugend forscht contest for young researchers, and after entering for three years, won the physics prize in 1974. Bechtolsheim received a Fulbright Award and moved to the US in 1975 to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his master's degree in computer engineering in 1976. In 1977
    9.00
    1 votes
    118
    9.00
    1 votes
    119
    Craig Sherman

    Craig Sherman

    • Organizations advised: MyHeritage.com
    Prior to joining Gaia Interactive, the world's largest virtual world for teens as CEO, Craig was an Entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark Capital.
    9.00
    1 votes
    120
    Doug Galen

    Doug Galen

    • Organizations advised: Glam Media, Inc.
    Doug Galen is Senior Vice President of Business & Corporate Development responsible for driving Shutterfly’s high growth initiatives, including strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Doug brings more than 20 years of experience in building successful alliances to support corporate planning and strategic development. Doug joined Shutterfly from Fourth Fleet Financial, where he served as President and oversaw strategic corporate development. Prior to that he served as Vice President & General Manager of New Ventures for eBay, where he was responsible for building and launching eight emerging business units including Tickets & Experiences and Real Estate. Prior to eBay, Doug was Vice President of Sales and Business Development for E-LOAN, Inc. As the third employee, he helped grow the company to $150 million in revenue. During his tenure, he developed more than 70 corporate alliances, joint ventures and acquisitions. Doug serves on the Board of Directors for the Positive Coaching Alliance. He earned his MBA in Real Estate & Finance and BA in Economics from University of California, Berkeley. Doug and his wife fight over their Canon 20D on who gets to snap the photos. Doug’s most proud pictures have been of Machu Picchu in Peru, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe and of his young daughter anywhere and everywhere.
    9.00
    1 votes
    121
    9.00
    1 votes
    122
    Jonathan Kraft

    Jonathan Kraft

    • Organizations advised: matchmine
    Jonathan A. Kraft (born March 4, 1964 in Brookline, Massachusetts) is an American businessman, the president of the New England Patriots, owner/investor of the New England Revolution, and both president and chief operating officer of The Kraft Group. He is one of four children of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his late wife Myra Kraft. Kraft attended the Belmont Hill School for high school. In 1986, Kraft graduated from Williams College with a bachelor's degree in history. He currently serves on Williams' board of trustees. After working as a consultant at Bain & Company for two years, Kraft earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990. Since his family's purchase of the team in 1994, Kraft has held the titles of Vice President (1994–1999), Vice Chairman (2000–2005) and President (2005–present), and thus has overseen the management of each department in the organization. Some have given Kraft credit for drafting quarterback Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft. It was Kraft who instructed Bobby Grier to scout Tom Brady. Within the National Football League, Kraft serves on two owners' committees. In March 2006, when the National Football League Players Association and
    9.00
    1 votes
    123
    Michael Goldberg

    Michael Goldberg

    • Organizations advised: Cemaphore Systems
    Michael Goldberg has served as a director of Genomic Health since October 2001. In January 2005, Mr. Goldberg joined Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture capital firm, as a general partner. From October 2000 to December 2004, Mr. Goldberg served as the Managing Director of Jasper Capital, a management and financial consultancy business. In 1995, Mr. Goldberg founded OnCare, Inc., an oncology practice management company, and served as Chairman until August 2001 and as Chief Executive Officer until March 1999. Previously, Mr. Goldberg was the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Axion Inc., a cancer-focused healthcare service company. Prior to Axion, Mr. Goldberg was a partner at the venture capital firm Sevin Rosen Funds, and was director of Corporate Development and a member of the Operating Committee at Cetus Corporation. He is also a director of several privately held companies. Mr. Goldberg holds a BA in Philosophy from Brandeis University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
    9.00
    1 votes
    124
    Noga Alon

    Noga Alon

    • Organizations advised: ForeScout
    Noga Alon (Hebrew: נוגה אלון‎; born 17 February 1956) is an Israeli mathematician noted for his contributions to combinatorics and theoretical computer science, having authored hundreds of papers. Alon is a Baumritter Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science in Tel Aviv University, Israel. He received his Ph. D. in Mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1983 and had visiting positions in various research institutes including MIT, The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, IBM Almaden Research Center, Bell Laboratories, Bellcore and Microsoft Research. He serves on the editorial boards of more than a dozen international journals, since 2008 he is the editor-in-chief of Random Structures and Algorithms. He has given lectures in many conferences, including plenary addresses in the 1996 European Congress of Mathematics and in the 2002 International Congress of Mathematicians, and a lecture in the 1990 International Congress of Mathematicians. Alon has published more than four hundred research papers, mostly in Combinatorics and in Theoretical Computer Science, and one book. Alon is the principal founder of the Combinatorial Nullstellensatz which has many
    9.00
    1 votes
    125
    Robert W. Frick

    Robert W. Frick

    • Organizations advised: oDesk
    Robert (Bob) Frick has served as a director of Vontu since its founding. Bob previously served as the Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Financial Officer and head of the World Banking Group for Bank of America, as Managing Director of BankAmerica International, and as President of Bank of America's venture capital subsidiary. Now retired, he previously served as a director of Connectify, Inc. from its founding to acquisition by KANA and currently serves on the boards of directors for five private companies. Bob holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
    9.00
    1 votes
    126
    9.00
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    127
    6.67
    3 votes
    128
    6.67
    3 votes
    129
    F. Thomson Leighton

    F. Thomson Leighton

    • Organizations advised: ForeScout
    Frank Thomson "Tom" Leighton is a professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as the head of the Algorithms group at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory since 1996, and co-founded Akamai Technologies with student Daniel Lewin in 1998. In 1974, while a senior in high school, he was named one of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search Finalists (now the Intel STS). Leighton received his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1978, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT in 1981. He was the first winner of the Machtey Award in 1981 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2008, he was appointed as a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences. He has an Erdős number of 2. His brother David T. Leighton is a full professor at the University of Notre Dame, specializing in transport phenomena. He also serves on the Society for Science & the Public's board of trustees.
    6.67
    3 votes
    130
    John Seely Brown

    John Seely Brown

    • Organizations advised: NorthStar
    John Seely Brown (also known as JSB) is a researcher who specializes in organizational studies with a particular bent towards the organizational implications of computer-supported activities. His research interests include the management of radical innovation, digital culture, ubiquitous computing, autonomous computing and organizational learning. JSB is also the namesake of John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society, held at the University of Michigan School of Information. The first JSB symposium in 2000 featured a lecture by Stanford Professor of Law Lawrence Lessig, titled "Architecting Innovation," and a panel discussion, "The Implications of Open Source Software," featuring Brown, Lessig and the William D. Hamilton Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems at SI, Michael D. Cohen. Subsequent events were held in 2002, 2006 and 2008. Brown graduated from Brown University in 1962 with degrees in physics and mathematics. In 1972 he received a PhD from the University of Michigan in computer and communication sciences.
    6.67
    3 votes
    131
    Ken Goldman

    Ken Goldman

    • Organizations advised: EchoSign
    Kenneth A. Goldman has been a member of Infinera's board of directors since February 2005. From August 2000 until March 2006, Mr. Goldman served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Siebel Systems, Inc., a supplier of customer software solutions and services. Prior to joining Siebel Systems, he held Chief Financial Officer positions at Excite@Home, Sybase, Cypress Semiconductor, and VLSI Technology.  From December 1999 to December 2003, Mr. Goldman served as an advisory council member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Advisory Council. Mr. Goldman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
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    Tim O'Reilly

    Tim O'Reilly

    • Organizations advised: SpikeSource
    Tim O'Reilly (born June 6, 1954) is the founder of O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates) and a supporter of the free software and open source movements. Born in County Cork, Ireland, O'Reilly moved to California with his family six weeks after he was born. O'Reilly was initially interested in literature upon entering college, yet after graduating from Harvard College in 1975 with a B.A. cum laude in Classics, he became involved in the field of computer user manuals. He defines his company not as a book or online publisher, nor as a conference producer (though the company does all three), but as a technology transfer company, "changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators." O'Reilly serves on the boards of directors of two companies, CollabNet and MySQL AB, and served on the board of Macromedia until its 2005 merger with Adobe Systems. He also serves on the board of directors for the public-service organization Code for America. In February 2012 he joined the UC Berkeley School of Information Advisory Board. In 1996, O'Reilly fought against a 10-Connection Limit on TCP/IP NT Workstations, writing a letter to the United States Department of Justice, Bill
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    Vinod Dham

    Vinod Dham

    • Organizations advised: Sequence Design
    Vinod Dham (Gurmukhi: ਵਿਨੋਦ ਧਾਮ) is an inventor, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is popularly known as the Father of the Pentium chip, for his contribution to the development of highly successful Pentium Processors from Intel. He is a mentor, advisor and investor; and sits on the boards of many companies including promising startups funded through his India based fund – Indo US Venture Partners, where he is the founding Managing Director. Vinod Dham was born in 1950. His father was a civilian in the army who had moved from Rawalpindi to India during the Partition of India. Dham completed his graduation in Electrical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering in 1971 at the age of 21. He has three brothers and a sister. At the age of 25, he left his family in New Delhi to get a graduate degree in the U.S., arriving with just $8 in his pocket. He is married to wife Sadhana and has two sons. After graduation in Electrical Engineering (with an emphasis in Electronics) from Delhi College of Engineering (Now renamed Delhi Technological University), Delhi University in 1971, he joined a Delhi-based semiconductor company called Continental Devices. In 1975, he left this job
    6.67
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    Carl Uminski

    Carl Uminski

    • Organizations advised: Krillion
    Carl spent 2 years exploring the future of mobile search in Sunnyvale, California. Before this, Carl was a co-founder and CTO of Overture Europe. Overture acquired AltaVista and Alltheweb before being bought out itself by Yahoo! in 2003. He's also a die hard Watford fan...yes, that's right...WATFORD.
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    David Wagner

    David Wagner

    • Organizations advised: Fortify Software
    David A. Wagner (1974) is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and a well-known researcher in cryptography and computer security. He is a member of the Election Assistance Commission's Technical Guidelines Development Committee, tasked with assisting the EAC in drafting the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. He is also a member of the ACCURATE project. Wagner received an A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1995, an M.S. in Computer Science from Berkeley in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Berkeley in 2000. He has published two books and over 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers. His notable achievements include:
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    Eugene McCabe

    Eugene McCabe

    • Organizations advised: Interlace Systems
    As Executive Vice President for Worldwide Operations, Eugene McCabe runs Sun's supply chain, manufacturing and logistics programs, which are recognized by the industry for delivering high quality and cost effective product execution to Sun's global customer base. Previously, as Vice President for High End Operations, McCabe was responsible for overseeing the manufacturing, supply chain management and operations engineering for the company's flagship Enterprise server and network computing product lines. In this capacity, Eugene introduced important innovations in the way in which Sun provides Customer Ready Systems, or customized solutions that integrate hardware and software to individual customer requirements. Since joining Sun in 1999, Eugene has received numerous recognitions for his unique contributions, including being named one of seven distinguished recipients of the 2002 Sun Leadership Award and participation in the inaugural class of Sun's Leadership Institute. Prior to Sun, Eugene spent more than a dozen years with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and later (post-acquisition) with Compaq. His early experience at DEC Europe spanned from network and system product design (including hub and router design, secure systems, low-cost servers) to field engineering support. As vice president of Manufacturing for Alpha Systems and of Manufacturing Technology, Eugene led major advances in process simplification and cost reduction in manufacturing.
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    Peter Fader

    Peter Fader

    • Organizations advised: Bazaarvoice
    Peter Fader is the Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the academic Co-Director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, an academic research center focused on the development and application of customer analytic methods. Fader's research is based on the analysis of behavioral data to understand and forecast customer shopping and purchasing activities. He works with firms from a wide range of industries, such as consumer packaged goods, interactive media, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. Many of these cross-industry experiences led to the development of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, a research center launched in 2011 that serves as a matchmaker between academic researchers and companies that depend on granular, customer-level data for strategic decisions. WCAI is an expansion of Fader's earlier research center, the Wharton Interactive Media Initiative, which dealt with issues related to interactive media and its impact on broader business matters. For example, one of WIMI's projects involved partnering with ESPN to develop a predictive model to project multichannel media
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    6.33
    3 votes
    144
    Chi-Hua Chien

    Chi-Hua Chien

    • Organizations advised: Accel Partners
    Chi-Hua Chien joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2007. Prior to KPCB, Chi-Hua worked with Accel Partners as a Venture Advisor and Associate focusing on digital media, software as a service, consumer Internet, and online advertising infrastructure companies. Chi-Hua was instrumental in Accel's investments in AdECN (acquired by MSFT) and Facebook, while also working on the firm's investments in BitTorrent, fbFund, Glam, Trulia, and YuMe Networks.Previously, Chi-Hua was the Director of Marketing at hosted software provider Coremetrics, where he led the marketing and inside sales teams as the company grew from 20 to 200 customers and also served as interim CFO. During his tenure, he successfully launched multiple generations of the Coremetrics platform and helped the company achieve a leadership position in the ecommerce web analytics market. Chi-Hua's prior roles include corporate development at Google where he covered the digital video market and coordinated the company's first acquisition in China, business development at start-up eCoverage, and investment banking with Morgan Stanley's Technology Group.Chi-Hua has an MS in Industrial Engineering, BS in Industrial Engineering, and BA in Economics, all from Stanford University where he was named a Mayfield Fellow and President's Scholar. He also earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Chi-Hua remains involved with Stanford and co-teaches the fall quarter installment of the Engineering School's undergraduate entrepreneurship class (E145).
    6.33
    3 votes
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    Keith Rabois

    Keith Rabois

    • Organizations advised: ThinkCash
    Keith Rabois is currently the General Manager of Square. Keith was formerly Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for Slide, where he was responsible for Slide’s corporate strategy and partnerships. Prior to Slide, Keith served as Vice President of Business & Corporate Development at LinkedIn. Earlier in his career, Keith served as Executive Vice President of Business Development and Policy for PayPal, and is said to be the only person who owns equity in every VC-financed consumer Internet company founded by former PayPal employees. He currently serves on the board of directors of Yelp, Xoom, Vendio, and FanIQ. He was an early investor in YouTube and LinkedIn, and is a limited partner at Sequoia Capital. Keith also practiced at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell.
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    6.33
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    Trae Vassallo

    Trae Vassallo

    • Organizations advised: GloriOil
    Trae Vassallo is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Since joining the firm in 2002, Trae has put her technical and entrepreneurial background to work with new portfolio companies across several areas including wireless, consumer media, security, and green technology. Trae works closely with the management teams of Aggregate Knowledge, a stealth energy company, Digital Chocolate, Podshow and 3vr among others. Currently, Trae focuses primarily on new opportunities in consumer media, mobility, and green technologies.

    Prior to KPCB, Trae was a co-founder of Good Technology, a KPCB portfolio company (acquired by Motorola) that provides an end-to-end wireless corporate email solution. While at Good, Trae helped orchestrate the development of the G100 handheld device. Prior to Good Technology, Trae worked as a design engineer at IDEO Product Development where she developed a range of products including the PalmV, the Dell Latitude Docking station, and many others. Trae holds 13 patents.

    Trae earned a Bachelor's and Master's in Mechanical Engineering with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Trae is passionate about new technology, good design, and spending time with her husband and two children.
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    Wesley Clark

    Wesley Clark

    • Organizations advised: Ustream.tv
    Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr. (born December 23, 1944) is a retired general of the United States Army. Graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1966 at West Point, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master's degree in military science. He spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000. Clark joined the 2004 race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination as a candidate on September 17, 2003, but withdrew from the primary race on February 11, 2004, after winning the Oklahoma state primary, endorsing and campaigning for the eventual Democratic nominee, John Kerry. Clark currently leads a political action committee—"WesPAC"—which was formed after the 2004 primaries, and used it to support numerous Democratic Party candidates in the 2006 midterm elections. Clark was
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    Dale Carey

    Dale Carey

    • Organizations advised: Yap
    Dale Carey is the President and COO of Shared Access, an owner and operator of active and passive wireless infrastructure. Prior to founding Shared Access, he was the president of Wireless at American Tower/SpectraSite Inc., an NYSE listed wireless tower operator. Dale had full P&L responsibility for annual $350+ million revenue (90% of the company), $225 million of EBITDA, and 300 employee division. He held executive management accountability for sales and marketing, co-location, property management, finance, building solutions, legal, human resources, and technology and network optimization. Dale previously served as the President of SpectraSite’s Building Division, where he pioneered the neutral host distributed antenna system model. He started his SpectraSite career as the SVP of Services and Operations responsible for the oversight of a 500 per year cell site build plan. Prior to SpectraSite, he spent 11 years with AT&T Wireless/Vanguard Cellular Systems, serving the last four years as its Vice President and General Manger for the Mid Atlantic Region. Dale holds a B.A. from Temple University and A.S. from York College.
    8.00
    1 votes
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    Frank Slootman

    Frank Slootman

    • Organizations advised: LogLogic
    Frank Slootman has served as a member of our board of directors and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2003. Prior to joining us, Mr. Slootman served as an executive at Borland Software Corporation from June 2000 to June 2003, most recently as Senior Vice President of Products. From March 1993 to June 2000, Mr. Slootman held management positions for two enterprise software divisions of Compuware Corporation. Mr. Slootman earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
    8.00
    1 votes
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    Harold L. Vogel

    Harold L. Vogel

    • Organizations advised: TransMedia
    Harold L. Vogel is the author of Entertainment Industry Economics: A Guide for Financial Analysis (Sixth edition, 2004) and of the companion volume, Travel Industry Economics: A Guide for Financial Analysis (2001), both published by Cambridge University Press. He was ranked as top entertainment industry analyst for a record ten years by Institutional Investor magazine and was the senior entertainment industry analyst at Merrill Lynch for seventeen years. A chartered financial analyst (C.F.A.), Mr. Vogel served on the New York State Governor's Motion Picture and Television Advisory Board and as an adjunct professor of media economics at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He is currently a venture capitalist and fund manager specializing in early stage investments in media and entertainment and aviation and is based in New York. He is also a corporate director of NearWare Networks and is on the advisory boards of Rightsline, TransMedia, and several other companies.
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    J.D. Lasica

    J.D. Lasica

    • Organizations advised: NowPublic Technologies, Inc.
    J. D. Lasica is the byline of Joseph Daniel Lasica, a social media consultant, online journalist and blogger. He is the author of Darknet: Hollywood's War Against the Digital Generation (ISBN 0-471-68334-5) (2005), a book about the copyright wars and the future of media. Lasica was born in Passaic, New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University, where he holds a BA in communication. He began working in journalism as a reporter for the Passaic Herald News, then held several editing positions at the Sacramento Union and Sacramento Bee in California. He left newspapers in 1997 when he joined Microsoft's Sidewalk.com city guide as copy chief and managing editor. In 1999 he joined BabyCenter.com, a site for new and expectant parents in San Francisco, as managing editor and then editorial director. He worked briefly as Director of Content and Production for iVendor in Sunnyvale, California, before the Silicon Valley startup folded in late 2000. From 1997 to 2005, Lasica wrote dozens of free-lance articles for publications such as the American Journalism Review, where he was its first new media columnist; the Online Journalism Review, where he was its chief columnist; and the
    8.00
    1 votes
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    James Cameron

    James Cameron

    • Organizations advised: Multiverse Network
    James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian film director, film producer, deep-sea explorer, screenwriter, visual artist and editor. His writing and directing work includes The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), Dark Angel (2000–02), and Avatar (2009). In the time between making Titanic and Avatar, Cameron spent several years creating many documentary films (specifically underwater documentaries) and co-developed the digital 3D Fusion Camera System. Described by a biographer as part-scientist and part-artist, Cameron has also contributed to underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. On March 26, 2012, Cameron reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, in the Deepsea Challenger submersible. He was the first person to do this in a solo descent, and only the third person to do so ever. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards overall and won three for Titanic. In total, Cameron's directorial efforts have grossed approximately US$2 billion in North America and US$6 billion worldwide. Not adjusted for inflation, Cameron's Titanic and Avatar are
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    1 votes
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    Philippe Courtot

    Philippe Courtot

    • Organizations advised: 41st Parameter
    Philippe Courtot (August 26, 1944) is best known as a serial entrepreneur who turned several small startups into multimillion companies. Currently he is the chairman and CEO of Qualys, Inc. He spent his early days in France. He holds a Master's Degree in Physics from the University of Paris. Philippe Courtot moved to the United States of America in 1981 and has been in the Silicon Valley since 1987. Before his current tenure with Qualys, Philippe was the chairman and CEO of Signio. In 2000, VeriSign acquired Signio. After which, Philippe served as President and CEO of Verity. Philippe Courtot is also responsible for the success of cc:Mail, e-mail platform providers. Philippe has also served as CEO of Thomson CGR Medical, a medical imaging company. In 1986 he was awarded for his role in creating a nationwide advertising campaign promoting the life-saving benefits of mammography. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for The Internet Society, an international non-profit organization that fosters global cooperation and coordination on the development of the Internet.
    8.00
    1 votes
    156
    Rich Skrenta

    Rich Skrenta

    • Organizations advised: Topix
    Richard "Rich" Skrenta (b.1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a computer programmer and Silicon Valley entrepreneur who created the search engine blekko. In 1982, as a high school student at Mt. Lebanon High School, Skrenta wrote the Elk Cloner virus that infected Apple II machines. It is widely believed to be the first large-scale self-spreading personal computer virus ever created. Skrenta graduated from Northwestern University. Between 1989 and 1991 he worked at Commodore Business Machines with Amiga Unix. Between 1991 and 1995 he worked at Unix System Labs and from 1996 to 1998 with IP-level encryption at Sun Microsystems. He later left Sun and became one of the founders of the Open Directory Project. He stayed onboard after the Netscape acquisition, and continued to work on the directory as well as Netscape Search, AOL Music and AOL Shopping. After his stint at AOL he went on to cofound Topix LLC, a Web 2.0 company in the news aggregation & forums market. In 2005, he and his fellow cofounders sold a 75% share of Topix to a newspaper consortium made up of Tribune, Gannett, and Knight Ridder. Currently, he heads the startup company Blekko Inc, an internet search engine, which
    8.00
    1 votes
    157
    Rick Anderson

    Rick Anderson

    • Organizations advised: Momentous
    Rick Anderson is a Canadian political strategist, public affairs commentator and businessman. Anderson, a native of Montreal and Valleyfield, Quebec, was initially drawn to the Liberal Party of Pierre Elliott Trudeau. His first campaign experience was in the 1974 federal election, working in Ottawa West for Lloyd Francis, the Liberal candidate and past MP who won re-election that year. As a young Liberal, Anderson subsequently worked at the national headquarters of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1974–1976, during the tenure of Senator Gil Molgat as party president and Blair Williams as National Director. In 1976 Anderson moved to Parliament Hill as a special assistant to cabinet minister Judd Buchanan of London West, and then worked on Prime Minister Trudeau's election tour in the 1979 election. Anderson remained actively involved in the Liberal Party on a volunteer basis throughout the 1980s, assisting in several campaigns including those of Ontario Liberal leader Stuart Smith and Ontario Premier David Peterson. Anderson served as campaign manager for the 1984 Liberal leadership campaign of Don Johnston, assisted with Prime Minister John Turner's 1984 campaign, and supported
    8.00
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    Erik Blachford

    Erik Blachford

    • Organizations advised: TVtrip
    The former Chief Executive Officer of Expedia, Inc., Erik Blachford was most recently CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp's travel division, including online travel businesses Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Classic Custom Vacations and Interval International. Erik is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
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    Howard Hartenbaum

    Howard Hartenbaum

    • Organizations advised: ShangBy
    Howard Hartenbaum focuses on investments in enterprise and consumer software and services, wireless network solutions, and peer-to-peer technology. His current directorships include LucidPort, NearbyNow and Zimbio. He led the founding investment in Skype (acquired by eBay), and was also a former member of the board of directors where his achievement resulted in his joining the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists for the years 2006-2007. Prior to joining Draper Richards, Mr. Hartenbaum held positions at Hughes Electronics, where he was responsible for supporting business development, marketing and sales of satellite, information security and automotive technologies developed by HRL Technologies. He has also worked in engineering positions at Honda Motor Company and Teledyne Relays. Mr. Hartenbaum has worked overseas for a total of ten years in Luxembourg and Japan, is professionally fluent in Japanese and a graduate of M.I.T.
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    Kristinn R. Thórisson

    Kristinn R. Thórisson

    • Organizations advised: Radar Networks
    Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson is an Icelandic artificial intelligence researcher, and co-founder of Mindmakers.org and CADIA. Thórisson is one of the leading proponents of artificial intelligence systems integration. Other proponents of this approach are researchers such as Marvin Minsky, Aaron Sloman and Michael A. Arbib. Kristinn R. Thórisson is co-founder of semantic web startup company Radar Networks, and served as chief technology officer in 2003. The Constructionist Design Methodology, or CDM, was pioneered by K.R. Thórisson and his students at Columbia University and Reykjavik University for use in the development of cognitive robotics, communicative humanoids and broad AI systems. The creation of such systems requires integration of a large number of functionalities that must be carefully coordinated to achieve coherent system behavior. CDM is based on iterative design steps that lead to the creation of a network of named interacting modules, communicating via explicitly typed streams and discrete messages A collection of selected publications can be found on K.R. Thórisson's MIT website, including an online version of the A.I. Magazine publication detailing the Constructionist
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    Taher Elgamal

    Taher Elgamal

    • Organizations advised: Blue Lane Technologies
    Dr. Taher Elgamal (Arabic: طاهر الجمل) (born 18 August 1955) is an Egyptian cryptographer. Elgamal is sometimes written as El Gamal or ElGamal, but Elgamal is now preferred. In 1985, Elgamal published a paper titled A Public key Cryptosystem and A Signature Scheme based on discrete Logarithms in which he proposed the design of the ElGamal discrete log cryptosystem and of the ElGamal signature scheme. The latter scheme became the basis for Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) adopted by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as the Digital Signature Standard (DSS). He also participated in the 'SET' credit card payment protocol, plus a number of Internet payment schemes. Elgamal earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cairo University in 1977, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Martin Hellman was his dissertation advisor. He joined the technical staff at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in 1984. He served as chief scientist at Netscape Communications from 1995 to 1998 where he was a driving force behind SSL. He also was the director of engineering at RSA Security Inc. before founding Securify
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    Howard Rheingold

    Howard Rheingold

    • Organizations advised: NowPublic Technologies, Inc.
    Howard Rheingold (born July 7, 1947) is a critic, writer, and teacher; his specialties are on the cultural, social and political implications of modern communication media such as the Internet, mobile telephony and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing). Rheingold was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, from 1964 to 1968. His senior thesis was entitled "What Life Can Compare with This? Sitting Alone at the Window, I Watch the Flowers Bloom, the Leaves Fall, the Seasons Come and Go." A lifelong fascination with mind altering and its methods led Rheingold to the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Xerox PARC. There he worked on and wrote about the earliest personal computers. This led to his writing Tools for Thought in 1985, a history of the people behind the personal computer. Around that time he first logged on to The WELL - an influential early online community. He explored the experience in his seminal book, The Virtual Community. Also in 1985, Rheingold coauthored Out of the Inner Circle: A Hacker's Guide to Computer Security with former hacker Bill Landreth. In 1991, he published Virtual Reality: Exploring the Brave New
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    Josh Kopelman

    Josh Kopelman

    • Organizations advised: MerchantCircle
    Joshua Kopelman is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist. Kopelman is best known as the founder of Half.com, a fixed price marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of used books, movies and music products. In 2000, Kopelman sold Half.com to EBay for US $350 million. Kopelman was born in Great Neck, New York. He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1992, during his sophomore year, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Kopelman left Infonautics in 1999 to found Half.com. After selling Half.com to eBay, Kopelman remained with eBay for three years. In 2001 Josh and his wife created the Kopelman Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on angel philanthropy to provide “start-up” grants to social entrepreneurs. In 2002 the Kopelman Foundation funded a project to digitize and host the complete text of the Jewish Encyclopedia online. In 2005, together with Adnan Aziz and Jay Minkoff, Kopelman founded First Flavor, a taste marketing company. He is now on the board of directors for First Flavor. Kopelman is currently Managing
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    William Randolph Hearst III

    William Randolph Hearst III

    • Organizations advised: Jaman
    William Randolph Hearst III (born June 18, 1949) became president of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation in early 2003. Son of William Randolph Hearst, Jr. and grandson of William Randolph Hearst, Hearst is also director of the Hearst Corporation. Hearst has a son, William Dedalus Hearst, and three daughters, Adelaide, Caroline and Eliza. Hearst graduated from Harvard University in 1972 with an AB degree in mathematics. He spent years as an employee of the Hearst Corporation, eventually as editor and publisher of the San Francisco Examiner. His grandfather had also headed that paper, though his father had been publisher of the New York Journal American. In some television commercials Hearst III was shown having a conversation with his grandfather's portrait. (In fact, he was only two when his grandfather died.) In 1976 he left the company to become the managing editor of Outside magazine which was then being started by the Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner. Hearst returned to the company and newspaper work in 1980. In 1992 he again left his job at the company, remaining on the board of directors. The following year he succeeded his father as a trustee of the trust that
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    Loïc Le Meur

    Loïc Le Meur

    • Organizations advised: FON
    Loïc Le Meur (born July 14, 1972) is a French entrepreneur and blogger. He served as Executive Vice President EMEA at software company Six Apart after merging French blogging company Ublog with Six Apart in July 2004. In late 2006 Le Meur became a public backer of French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and joined Sarkozy's campaign team as an advisor on Internet-related topics. In 1996, Loïc Le Meur founded his first company, interactive agency B2L. He also founded RapidSite France with his wife and made it the leading web hosting company for small businesses in France. In 1999, he sold RapidSite to France Télécom where it became part of Wanadoo. In 2000, he founded application service provider Tekora. In 2003, he got involved with French weblog hosting company Ublog which he purchased from its founder, fellow Breton Stéphane Le Solliec in October 2003. He then grew Ublog and merged the company with Six Apart where he became Executive Vice President in 2004. He held his role as EVP EMEA until March 2007 when he handed his job over to long-time business partner Olivier Creiche. Le Meur remains Honorary Chair of Six Apart Europe. Le Meur's personal weblog has been one of the
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    Norman J. Ornstein

    Norman J. Ornstein

    • Organizations advised: FORA.tv
    Norman J. Ornstein is a political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington D.C. think tank. His books include It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, co-written with Thomas E. Mann. Ornstein was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1948 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1974. Ornstein studies American politics and is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and many magazines. He has written a weekly column for Roll Call since 1993, and is currently co-director, along with Thomas E. Mann, of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project. He helped draft key parts of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, also known as the McCain-Feingold Act. Ornstein considers himself a centrist. Ornstein is a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of American Democracy Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan foundation in partnership with Yale University Press and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies "dedicated to research and education aimed at renewing and sustaining the historic vision of American democracy". He also serves on the
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    Robert Kraft

    Robert Kraft

    • Organizations advised: matchmine
    Robert K. Kraft (born June 5, 1941) is an American business magnate. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kraft Group, a diversified holding company with assets in paper and packaging, sports and entertainment, real estate development and a private equity portfolio. His holdings include the National Football League's New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution, and Gillette Stadium. Kraft attended Brookline High School in his hometown, graduating in 1959. He is a 1963 graduate of Columbia University, which he attended on scholarship, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1965. While at Columbia, Kraft played on the school's lightweight football team. He began his professional career with the Rand-Whitney Group, a Worcester-based packaging company owned by Hiatt. He still serves as this company's chairman. In 1972, he founded International Forest Products, a trader of physical paper commodities. The two combined companies make up the largest privately held paper and packaging companies in the United States. International Forest Products is consistently among the top 100 US exporters/importers and in 2005 was No. 45 on the
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    Christopher D. Brennan

    Christopher D. Brennan

    • Organizations advised: LogLogic
    Mr. Brennan came to LogLogic in 2004 with 22 years of operating experience in both startups and large-scale multinational companies. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Banter. Prior to Banter, he was president, CEO, and member of the board of directors of Mobileum, Inc., now called Roamware, where he recruited a strong management team, raised $45 million in funding, and secured a long list of partners, including BEA, TIBCO, Sun, Lucent, Sybase and Genesys. He also landed many large customers, including Schwab, VISA, Honda, APL and Merrill Lynch as initial customers. He guided Mobileum’s merger with UnwiredSoft to become Roamware. Before Mobileum, Brennan served as senior vice president and CFO of Genesys Telecommunications, a contact center software company with $140 million in revenue. He was instrumental in repositioning Genesys and later completed two acquisitions before the company was itself acquired by Alcatel. Mr. Brennan has also served in executive positions with Diamond Lane Communications, Newbridge Networks, and Tandem Computers, and in management positions with Digital Equipment Corporation, WANG Laboratories and Atari. He holds a B.S. degree in Commerce from the University of Louisville, where he remains a National Visiting Committee member to the College of Business and Public Administration.
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    Cory Doctorow

    Cory Doctorow

    • Organizations advised: Wesabe
    Cory Efram Doctorow (/ˈkɒri ˈdɒktəroʊ/; born July 17, 1971) is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the weblog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics. Born in Toronto, Canada, to Trotskyist teachers, Doctorow's parents were "techno-utopians" and "sort of quasi-doctrinaire Trotskyist school teachers" His father was born in a refugee camp in Azerbaijan, and Doctorow became involved with nuclear disarmament activism and as a Greenpeace campaigner as a child. He received his high school diploma from the SEED School, an anarchistic "free school" in Toronto, and attended four universities without attaining a degree. He later served on the board of directors for the Grindstone Island Co-operative in Big Rideau Lake in Ontario. In 1992, Doctorow went on a volunteer visit to Costa Rica with Youth Challenge International (YCI), which he found "profoundly good and profoundly enriching". In June 1999,
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    Jon Feltheimer

    Jon Feltheimer

    • Organizations advised: JumpTV
    Jon Feltheimer (born 2 September 1951 in Brooklyn, New York) is the Chief Executive Officer of Lions Gate Entertainment and has held that position since 2000. Feltheimer's has led Lionsgate to grow into the leading Canadian independent filmed entertainment studio. Feltheimer received a BA in economics with honors from Washington University in St. Louis. Jon has 4 children. He also has many nephews who live in the outskirts of L.A.
    6.50
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    181
    Kathy Sierra

    Kathy Sierra

    • Organizations advised: Wesabe
    Kathy Sierra (born 1957 in California) is a programming instructor and game developer. She is the co-creator of the Head First series of books on technical (primarily computer) topics, along with her partner, Bert Bates. The series, which began with Head First Java in 2003, takes an unorthodox, visually intensive approach to the process of teaching programming. Sierra's books in the series have received three nominations for Product Excellence Jolt Awards, winning in 2005 for Head First Design Patterns, and were recognized on Amazon.com's yearly top 10 list for computer books from 2003 to 2005. Sierra attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a major in exercise physiology and spent 10 years working in the fitness industry. She changed careers after attending programming classes at UCLA, later returning to teach a course on "new media interactivity" for UCLA Extension. She also led the new media team at Mind over Macintosh, a Los Angeles training center that provided training to the many advertising, entertainment and corporation adapting digital technologies in the mid 1990s. She says that her interest in cognitive science was motivated by her epilepsy, a condition for which she
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    Thomas Quertermous

    Thomas Quertermous

    • Organizations advised: XDx, Inc.
    Thomas Quertermous is the William G. Irwin Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University.
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    Ethan Zuckerman

    Ethan Zuckerman

    • Organizations advised: FON
    Ethan Zuckerman is an American media scholar, blogger, and Internet activist. He is the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media. He is a graduate of Williams College, spent a year in Accra, Ghana on a Fulbright scholarship, and currently resides in Lanesborough, Massachusetts with his wife Rachel Barenblat. Zuckerman is on the board of directors of Ushahidi, Global Voices, and the Ghanaian journalism training nonprofit, PenPlusBytes. Zuckerman was one of the first staff members of Tripod.com, one of the first successful "dot com" enterprises, and later founder of Geekcorps and Global Voices Online. He won the MIT Technology Review "Technology in the Service of Humanity" award in 2002 for his work on Geekcorps Ethan has been a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he is also a long-time fellow. His work at the Berkman Center has included research into global media attention, as well as the co-founding of Global Voices in collaboration with Rebecca MacKinnon. For some years he was also a contributing writer for Worldchanging.com, where he served as president of the board of directors. In January 2007, he joined the inaugural Wikimedia Foundation
    5.33
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    186
    Brian Wandell

    Brian Wandell

    • Organizations advised: Pixim
    Brian A. Wandell is the Isaac and Madeline Stein Family Professor at Stanford University, where he was a former Chair of the Psychology Department. His work in visual neuroscience uses both functional MRI and computational modeling to understand the action of the visual portions of the brain. His laboratory has worked to develop methods for identifying and measuring visual field maps in visual cortex. Recently, he and members of the laboratory have measured the reorganization of maps and cortical function following brain injury. The Wandell lab is also studying human brain development. Specifically, they are measuring the responses in visual cortex of children, aged 8–12, as the children become skilled readers. He and his group are hoping to understand how visual signals and structures must develop to permit rapid, skilled reading. This work includes an array of techniques, including (functional MRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), anatomical imaging, and behavioral testing. Wandell authored the vision science textbook Foundations of Vision. Wandell has won various academic honors, and he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2003. Along with Laurence Maloney, he was
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    187
    Greg Dougherty

    Greg Dougherty

    • Organizations advised: Picarro
    Greg Dougherty was most recently the chief operating officer (COO) of JDS Uniphase, after having served as COO of the company's amplification and transmission business group. Greg joined JDS Uniphase through its merger with SDL in February 2001. He was appointed COO of SDL Inc. in 1998, and held this position concurrently with that of president, SDL Optics. He had previously been appointed vice president, components group, and vice president, communications and information products, after joining the company as vice president of corporate marketing and sales and vice president of the communications business unit. Prior to joining SDL, Greg was director of product management and marketing at Lucent Technologies microelectronics in the optoelectronics strategic business unit, and he earlier held marketing and sales positions at Laser Diode, Inc. Greg received a B.Sc. degree in optics from Rochester University in 1983.
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    Greg Morrisett

    Greg Morrisett

    • Organizations advised: Fortify Software
    Dr. Morrisett earned his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Richmond and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He spent about seven years on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Cornell University. In 2002-03, he took a sabbatical at Microsoft's Cambridge Research Laboratory, and in January of 2004, he moved to Harvard University.
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    Jason Cong

    Jason Cong

    • Organizations advised: eASIC Corporation
    His research interests include physical and logic synthesis for high-performance low-power VLSI circuits, design and optimization of high-speed VLSI interconnects, and design, synthesis, and compilation for programmable/reconfigurable architectures. He has published over 180 research papers and led over 30 research projects in these areas. He served as the General Chair of the 1993 ACM/SIGDA Physical Design Workshop, the Program Chair and General Chair of the 1997 and 1998 Int'l Symp. on FPGAs, respectively, Program Co-Chair of the 1999 Int'l Symp. on Low-Power Electronics and Designs, Program Co-Chair of ASPDAC'2003, and on program committees of many major conferences, including DAC, ICCAD, and ISCAS. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on VLSI Systems and ACM Trans. on Design Automation of Electronic Systems. Dr. Cong received the Best Graduate Award from the Peking University in 1985, and the Ross J. Martin Award for Excellence in Research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. He received the NSF Young Investigator Award in 1993, the Northrop Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award from UCLA in 1993, the IEEE Trans. on CAD Best Paper Award in 1995
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    190
    Louis Monier

    Louis Monier

    • Organizations advised: Clearwell Systems
    Louis Monier (born March 21, 1956) was a founder of the Internet search engine AltaVista. After he left AltaVista, he worked at eBay and then at Google. He left Google in August 2007 to join Cuil, a search engine startup. He was Vice President of Products at Cuil. One month after the launch, he left Cuil, citing differences with the CEO. He also was the co-founder and CTO of Qwiki with Doug Imbruce. Qwiki won the TechCrunch Disrupt Award in 2010. Monier received a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Paris XI, France in 1980 and worked at Carnegie Mellon University, Xerox PARC, and DEC's Western Research Laboratory. Louis currently is the Chief Scientist of Proximic.
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    Matt Mullenweg

    Matt Mullenweg

    • Organizations advised: Sphere
    Matthew Charles "Matt" Mullenweg (born January 11, 1984 in Houston, Texas) is an online social media entrepreneur, web developer and musician living in San Francisco, California. He is best known for developing the free and open source web software, WordPress, which powers 15% of the web and is now managed by The WordPress Foundation. Mullenweg attended the University of Houston and majored in Political Science before he dropped in 2004 to pursue a job at CNET Networks. In late 2005, he quit his job at CNET Networks and founded Automattic, the business behind WordPress.com (which provides free WordPress blogs and other services), Akismet, Gravatar, VaultPress, IntenseDebate, Polldaddy, and more. His professional blog is ma.tt, a domain hack. Since 2005 Mullenweg has been a frequent keynote/speaker conferences/events, including Canada's Northern Voice,global WordCamp events, SxSW, BlogWorld Expo, Greek Blogger Camp, Yahoo TechDev Talk, Web 2.0 Submit, YCombinator's Startup School, Le Web, etc. Mullenweg attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where he studied jazz saxophone. Mullenweg is also a Dvorak Keyboard user and can type over 120wpm. In June 2002
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    Mike Raab

    Mike Raab

    • Organizations advised: Silicon Valley Bank

    Mike joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner.  He specializes in healthcare investments focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.  Current board memberships include Amicus Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FOLD), Intarcia, CellGate, Novacea, Hyperion and Macroflux.  Mike is also actively involved with 23andMe, Trine Pharmaceuticals, Liquidia and Vitae Pharmaceuticals.  As well, Mike is a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Board for Silicon Valley Bank.  Prior to joining NEA, Mike was most recently Senior Vice President, Therapeutics and General Manager, of the Renal Division at Genzyme Corporation.  Prior to that, Mike was Vice President of Business Development for the Therapeutics Division, responsible for the identification and in-licensing of new therapeutic product opportunities.  He gained extensive international experience while building a commercial operation in Latin America for the Therapeutics and Surgical Products groups for the company.  Mike was also Product Manager for Ceredase and was instrumental in the worldwide launch of Cerezyme, Genzyme’s $1 Billion therapies for Gaucher Disease.  Mike also spent two years with Genzyme’s Diagnostic products and services division.  Previous to Genzyme, Mike held sales and marketing positions at Repligen and Bristol-Myers.  Mike received his BA from DePauw University. 

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    Tom Gruber

    Tom Gruber

    • Organizations advised: Radar Networks
    Tom Gruber is an innovator in technologies that extend human intelligence. Building on early work in computer-mediated learning and artificial intelligence, he focuses on creating environments for collective intelligence. He co-founded RealTravel, which aspires to be the best place on the web to share knowledge and experiences about travel. RealTravel.com provides an environment for a community of travel enthusiasts to create beautiful travel journals of their adventures, share them with friends and family, and find other like-minded travelers. People looking for information about where to go, where to stay, or what to do in their travels can learn from the authentic experiences of those who have been there. Previously he was co-founder and CTO of Intraspect Software, which creates environments for professional people working together on line. Intraspect applications help people collaborate in large distributed communities, learn from each other, and continuously contribute to a collective body of knowledge. Intraspect is used by hundreds of corporate customers in Financial Services, Marketing Services, Professional Services, High Technology, and other globally distributed enterprises. He is also a founder and Chief Scientist of Consider Solutions, a consultancy that helps Global 2000 companies to design and implement coordinated systems of technology, processes, and human organizations to maximize organizational effectiveness.

    At Stanford University in the early 1990's, Gruber was a pioneer in the use of the Web for knowledge sharing and collaboration. He established the DARPA Knowledge Sharing Library, a web-based public exchange for ontologies, software, and knowledge bases. Gruber also led the Stanford team that invented and deployed the first Virtual Document applications on the web that generate natural language explanations in response to questions.

    With colleagues at Stanford, Xerox PARC, and SRI, he designed systems that provide shared virtual spaces for collaborative work, agent-based collaborative engineering, and collaborative learning. To support the collaborations of the WWW research community, Gruber created HyperMail. HyperMail turns ordinary electronic mail into a web-based organizational memory. HyperMail was used as the archive and public forum for some of the key discussions that defined the emerging ideas of the early Web. Tom is an advisor to interesting companies in financial services (Wall Street), enterprise collaboration (SocialText, Consider), social networking (LinkedIn), semantic web (Radar Networks), Natural Language Search (Powerset), mind mapping (Mindjet), life story sharing (OurStory), social compensation (OpenYear), social entrepreneurship (ChangingThePresent.org), and open content (the Internet Archive).
    6.00
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    195
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    Anthony Zinni

    Anthony Zinni

    • Organizations advised: Mu Security
    Anthony Charles Zinni (born September 17, 1943) is a retired four-star General in the United States Marine Corps and a former Commander in Chief of United States Central Command (CENTCOM). In 2002, he was selected to be a special envoy for the United States to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. While serving as special envoy, Zinni was also an instructor in the Department of International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute. Currently, he is an instructor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, a public speaker, and an author of two best-selling books on his military career and foreign affairs, most recently Battle for Peace. He also is involved in the corporate world, joining M.I.C. Industries as its president for International Operations in 2005. Zinni also serves on the advisory boards of eight different companies, including the security testing firm, Mu Dynamics, based in Sunnyvale, California. He joined Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy in Spring 2008 as the Sanford Distinguished Lecturer in Residence and taught a new course in the Hart Leadership Program. Since September 2011, he has served as Chairman of the Board of
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    Dan Ariely

    Dan Ariely

    • Organizations advised: StylePath
    Dan Ariely (born April 29, 1967) is an Israeli American professor of psychology and behavioral economics. He teaches at Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight. Ariely's talks on TED have been watched 2.8 million times. He is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, both of which became New York Times best sellers. Dan Ariely was born in New York City while his father was studying for an MBA degree at Columbia University. The family returned to Israel when he was three. He grew up in Ramat Hasharon. In his senior year of high school, he was active in Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed, an Israeli youth movement. While preparing a ktovet esh (fire inscription) for a traditional nighttime ceremony, the flammable materials he was mixing exploded, causing third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body. Ariely is married to Sumi, with whom he has two children, a son and a daughter. Ariely was a physics and mathematics major at Tel Aviv University, but transferred to philosophy and psychology. However, in his last year he dropped philosophy and concentrated solely on psychology, in which he received his B.A. He also holds an M.A. and a
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    2 votes
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    Eric Hertz

    Eric Hertz

    • Organizations advised: Medio Systems
    As Zumobi's CEO, Eric brings 30 years of mobile industry experience, entrepreneurial vision and seasoned management skills to the Zumobi team. Most recently, Eric was Chief Operating Officer of Western Wireless, a successful high-growth wireless voice and data company with presence in 19 states and 11 countries. Eric also has held senior management roles at BellSouth, McCaw Cellular and AT&T Wireless. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

    Eric is a private pilot and he's looking forward to Tiles that let him track inbound weather fronts (his wife is looking forward to a Tile to keep track of his flight plans).
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    Jonathan Rosenberg

    Jonathan Rosenberg

    • Organizations advised: Goodmail Systems
    Jonathan Rosenberg (born November 27, 1973) is the webcomic artist responsible for Goats, Scenes from a Multiverse and megaGAMERZ 3133T. Rosenberg has been producing webcomics since 1997, making him one of the original webcomic artists. When the National Cartoonists Society added a new category, Online Comic Strips, in 2011, Rosenberg was the first winner. Rosenberg graduated from Cornell University in 1995 with a major in biology. Before working full-time as a webcomic artist, he also worked as a website design consultant. On January 19, 2003, Rosenberg married graphic designer/printmaker and fellow Cornell alum Amy Melnikoff. In August 2006, the Rosenbergs moved from their Manhattan apartment to a house in Westchester County, New York. Because he was living in Manhattan at the time, Rosenberg's early work also tended to be set predominantly in this location. Later works branched off into real and imagined locations vastly disjointed from his previous comics. Rosenberg has occasionally appeared as a character in other webcomics, particularly as Mr. Jon Rosenberg in Jeffrey Rowland's Overcompensating. That incarnation of Rosenberg's comic alter ego apparently has jewelry in his
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    Andrew Keen

    Andrew Keen

    • Organizations advised: FORA.tv
    Andrew Keen (born circa 1960) is a British-American entrepreneur and author. He is particularly known for his view that the current Internet culture and the Web 2.0 trend may be debasing culture, an opinion he shares with Jaron Lanier and Nicholas G. Carr among others. Keen is especially concerned about the way that the current Internet culture undermines the authority of learned experts and the work of professionals. Keen was born in Hampstead, North London. He attended the University of London, studying History under Hugh Seton-Watson, a British historian and political scientist. Keen earned a bachelor's degree in history and then studied at the University of Sarajevo in Yugoslavia. Having been influenced by Josef Škvorecký, Danilo Kiš, Jaroslav Hašek and especially the writings of Franz Kafka; Keen relocated to America, where he earned a master's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, studying under Ken Jowitt. After Berkeley, Keen taught modern history and politics at Tufts University, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He currently lives in Berkeley, California, with his family. Keen returned to Silicon Valley
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    Deborah L. McGuinness

    Deborah L. McGuinness

    • Organizations advised: Radar Networks
    Dr. Deborah McGuinness is the acting director and senior research scientist at the Knowledge Systems, (KSL) Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford University. She is a leading expert in knowledge representation and reasoning languages and systems and has worked in ontology creation and evolution environments for over 20 years. Most recently, Deborah is best known for her leadership role in semantic web research, and for her work on explanation, trust, and applications of semantic web technology, particularly for scientific applications. Deborah is co-editor of the Ontology Web Language which has emerged from web ontology working group of the World Wide Web (W3C) semantic web activity and has now achieved W3C Recommendation status. She helped start the web ontology working group out of work as a co-author of the DARPA Agent Markup Language program's DAML language. She helped form the Joint EU/US Agent Markup Language Committee which evolved the DAML language into the DAML+OIL description logic-based ontology language. She is a co-author of one of the more widely used long-lived description logic systems (CLASSIC) from Bell Laboratories. Her work on languages (including OWL, DAML+OIL, OIL, CLASSIC, etc.) is aimed at providing languages that enable the next generation of web applications moving from a web aimed at human consumption to the semantic web aimed at machine consumption in support of intelligent assistants and web agents. Deborah is a leader in ontology-based tools and applications. She is a co-author and technical leader of the Stanford KSL ontology evolution environment. She also consulted to help VerticalNet design and build its Ontobuilder/Ontoserver ontology evolution environment. She also provided technical leadership for the Stanford project to help Cisco systems form its ontology evolution plan for its meta data formation work.
    Deborah's main research thrusts are in languages, tools, and environments for the semantic web. Deborah leads the Stanford Inference Web (IW) effort. IW provides a framework for increasing trust in answers from heterogeneous systems by explaining how the answers were derived and what they depended on. Inference Web supports this goal by providing infrastructure and an implemented web-based environment for storing, exchanging, combining, annotating, comparing, search for, validating, and rendering proofs and proof fragments provided by reasoners and query answering systems. Inference web is being used as an infrastructure for explanations in a number of DARPA, DTO, and NSF projects and in a few demonstration systems including the Explainable Semantic Discovery Service and the KSL wine agent. Deborah led the wine agent project as an early semantic web services demonstration system that integrates explanation (via Inference web), semantic web languages (via DAML+OIL and OWL), semantic web query languages (via OWL-QL), and web services (via OWL-S).
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    Jim Breyer

    Jim Breyer

    • Organizations advised: Glam Media, Inc.
    Jim Breyer has been responsible for Accel Partner's investments in over twenty-five companies that have completed public offerings or successful mergers. Jim is currently on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (WMT), where he is the Lead / Presiding Independent Director, and Chairman of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee.
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    1 votes
    205
    Rick Smolan

    Rick Smolan

    • Organizations advised: Glam Media, Inc.
    Rick Smolan is an American photographer. He is CEO of Against All Odds Productions. Smolan is a 1972 graduate of Dickinson College. He has worked for TIME, LIFE and National Geographic. Smolan created the best-selling 'Day in the Life' photography series and is CEO of Against All Odds Productions, which specializes in the design and execution of large-scale global photographic projects that combine compelling story-telling with state-of-the-art technology. Fortune Magazine selected Against All Odds as "One of the 25 Coolest Companies in America". Eight of the company's projects have been featured on the covers of Fortune magazine, Time magazine, Newsweek and US News & World Report. Spanning a three year period from the tumultuous campaign, through Obama’s first 100 days, The Obama Time Capsule captures the challenges and opportunities facing America’s 44th President as he takes his place on the world stage again. America at Home and UK at Home were published in April 2008. For these books, 150 of the world's top photojournalists and tens of thousands of amateur photographers fanned out around the United States and the United Kingdom to shoot digital photos of the most important
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    206
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    207
    Avi Shechter

    Avi Shechter

    • Organizations advised: Yedda
    Avi Shechter is Former Co-General Manager of ICQ and VP at AOL, and nowadays Venture Partner and consultant.
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    208
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    209
    Jim Garrity

    Jim Garrity

    • Organizations advised: Yap
    Jim Garrity has worked for three Fortune 50 companies in his career in sales and marketing positions. His career began with IBM in sales in the Tri-State (NY-CT-NJ) area. After 14 years in sales and sales leadership roles, he transitioned into Marketing & Communications. Jim held a number of marketing and communications positions, the last one being Director of Advertising, IBM US, the position he held when he left IBM in 1992, At that time, he went to work for Compaq in Houston where he held two positions, the last being Vice President of Communications. From 1997- 2007, he served as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at First Union in Charlotte, NC, which today goes to market under the Wachovia brand as a result of the First Union-Wachovia merger in 2001. Accomplishments include development and launch of new advertising campaigns at IBM 1988-1992 which significantly increased awareness and consideration for the IBM masterbrand as well as the specialized business unit offerings spanning business and consumer markets. At Compaq, Jim led the rebranding and repositioning effort to drive awareness that a) Compaq was much more than a premium-priced product company with only high end products and b) a company that was bringing highly innovative products to the consumer market (a new market for Compaq in the mid 90's). At Wachovia, he led the efforts to transform a virtually unknown brand (Wachovia) into a national financial services powerhouse, virtually building a Fortune 50 brand, “from scratch." He also developed a highly regarded marketing ROI measurement system that ultimately led to moving the marketing investment decision making mode from intuitive and anecdotal to fact-based decision making. Jim retired from Wachovia in July, 2007 after ten years there as CMO. Today, he is advising a small number of technology startups with business models that he finds to be exciting and personally engaging. He also enjoyed a long and deep relationship with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and served as a member of the ANA board of directors from 1995-2007. In 1998, he served as Chairman of the Board of the ANA. From 1995- 2007, he served as founder and chairman of the ANA's New Technology Committee - a group focused on emerging developments in marketing and marketing communications techniques and technologies. From 1996-2007, Jim also served as a director of the board of the AdCouncil. For the past several years, he has been teaching MBA classes at Wake Forest University's Babcock School of Business. In addition, Jim has taught undergraduate and MBA classes at Stamford, University of California, Berkeley, University of North Carolina, and Duke.
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    Clayton Heathcock

    Clayton Heathcock

    • Organizations advised: Amyris Biotechnologies
    Clayton Heathcock is an organic chemist, Professor of Chemistry, and Dean of the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Heathcock is well known for his accomplishments in the synthesis of complex polycyclic natural products and for his contributions to the chemistry community. In 1995 he became a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Clayton Heathcock received his B.Sc. in chemistry in 1958 from Abilene Christian University and a Ph.D in organic chemistry in 1963 from the University of Colorado. His graduate work was carried out under the direction of Alfred Hassner and dealt with the synthesis of steroidal heterocycles. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Gilbert Stork at Columbia University. In 1964, he joined the faculty at UC Berkeley where he is currently Professor in the Graduate School and Dean of the College of Chemistry. Heathcock is known for tackling the chemical synthesis of complex, polycyclic natural products, often possessing unusual biological activity including Daphniphyllum alkaloids, altohyrtin, zaragozic acid, spongistatins, and many others. He has also developed novel methodology for organic synthesis such
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    215
    John C. B. LeGates

    John C. B. LeGates

    • Organizations advised: TransMedia
    John C. B. LeGates joins TransMedia after a distinguished career as strategist, entrepreneur and executive in the computer and computer networking industries. Since 1973 he has been Managing Director and cofounder of Harvard's Program on Information Resources Policy; and President and cofounder of The Center for Information Policy Research. In that role he has been a policy and strategy advisor at the most senior levels to the major companies and governments in "the information age". As executive director of the Educational Information Network at EDUCOM, he headed the development of nationwide academic computer networks and was a member of the ARPANET NWG, the Internet's first design team. As cofounder and vice president of Cambridge Information Systems, Inc., Mr. LeGates headed the team that built the first hospital integrated-information system. He was a founding member of Computer Advisory Services to Education, Inc. and Cambridge Information Systems, Inc. At Bolt, Beranek & Newman, Inc. he pioneered the use of computers in schools. Mr. LeGates has served on panels of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council and on the board of the National Telecommunications Policy Conference. He was the US delegate to the First World Conference on Computer Communications (Amsterdam, 1970). He has testified many times before both houses of Congress, before state legislatures and regulatory commissions, and before their counterparts abroad. He has authored or managed the authoring of numerous books on the information technology industry, its forces, trends and issues. Mr. LeGates is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B. mathematics) and Phillips Exeter Academy.
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    Joi Ito

    Joi Ito

    • Organizations advised: FON
    Joichi "Joi" Ito (伊藤 穰一, Itō Jōichi, born June 19, 1966) is a Japanese-American activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Director of the MIT Media Lab. Ito has received recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded, among other companies, PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He maintains a blog, a wiki and an IRC channel. Ito is the Chairman of Creative Commons, on the Board of Trustees of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, on the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company as well as of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and General Partner of Neoteny Labs. Ito was born in Kyoto, Japan. His family moved to Canada and then when Ito was about age 3 to a suburb of Detroit, Michigan in the United States where his father became a research scientist and his mother a secretary for Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., now Ovonics. Company founder Stanford R. Ovshinsky was impressed with Ito, whom he thought of almost as his son. Ovshinsky helped Ito develop his interests in technology and social movements, and at age 13 gave him work with scientists, saying, "He was not a child in the
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    Ronny Kohavi

    Ronny Kohavi

    • Organizations advised: Trusted Opinion
    Ronny is Trusted Opinion's scientific advisor and is one of the leaders in the knowledge discovery and data mining fields. Ronny is a partner at Microsoft and serves as a General Manager, Experimentation Platform @ Windows Live. He was previously the director of data mining and personalization at Amazon.com. Features introduced during his tenure were estimated to be worth several hundred million dollars in incremental revenue. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Business Intelligence at Blue Martini Software. Ronny managed the MineSet project at Silicon Graphics and led the Machine Learning library (MLC++) effort at Stanford University and at SGI. Dr. Kohavi received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1995. He was the general chair for KDD 2004. No one knows for sure, but evidence suggests Ronny's IQ is somewhere between 500 and 1000.
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    Adam Bosworth

    Adam Bosworth

    • Organizations advised: MySQL AB
    Adam Bosworth was a Vice President of Product Management at Google Inc. from 2004–2007; prior to that, he was senior VP Engineering and Chief Software Architect at BEA Systems responsible for the engineering efforts for BEA's Framework Division. Bosworth had co-founded Crossgain, a software development firm acquired by BEA in 2001. Crossgain's "Cajun" project developed into BEA's WebLogic Workshop product. At BEA, Bosworth also developed the Alchemy intelligent caching framework in a team consisting of Bosworth and his son, Alex. Alchemy was a software layer used by Internet Explorer to communicate with a corresponding software layer on the web server allowing both upload and download data to be cached when the browser was disconnected from the network. Architecturally, this approach is similar to the design of the Google Web Accelerator although that product only performs server-side caching, rather than client-side caching. Known as one of the pioneers of XML technology, Bosworth previously held various senior management positions at Microsoft, including General Manager of the WebData group, a team focused on defining and driving XML strategy. While at Microsoft, he was
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    Ben T. Smith, IV

    Ben T. Smith, IV

    • Organizations advised: Mesmo TV
    Ben T. Smith, IV is the co-founder of MerchantCircle and Spoke. MerchantCircle is the largest social network of local business owners. After 2002, Smith helped found Spoke Software with USVP and helped raise funds from Sierra, Partech, DCM, creating one of the early social networks and being a patent co creator in the social network area.
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    Christina Smolke

    Christina Smolke

    • Organizations advised: Codon Devices
    Christina Dawn Smolke is Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University
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    Hamilton O. Smith

    Hamilton O. Smith

    • Organizations advised: BioCryst Pharmaceuticals
    Hamilton Othanel Smith (born August 23, 1931) is an American microbiologist and Nobel laureate. Smith was born on August 23, 1931, and graduated from University Laboratory High School of Urbana, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but in 1950 transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his B.A. in Mathematics in 1952 . He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1956. In 1975, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship he spent at the University of Zurich. In 1970, Smith and Kent W. Welcox discovered the first type II restriction enzyme, that is now called as HindII. Smith went on to discover DNA methylases that constitute the other half of the bacterial host restriction and modification systems, as hypothesized by Werner Arber of Switzerland. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1978 for discovering type II restriction enzymes with Werner Arber and Daniel Nathans as co-recipients. He later became a leading figure in the nascent field of genomics, when in 1995 he and a team at The Institute for Genomic Research sequenced the first bacterial genome, that of Haemophilus influenzae. H.
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    Herbert A. Hauptman

    Herbert A. Hauptman

    • Organizations advised: BioCryst Pharmaceuticals
    Herbert Aaron Hauptman (February 14, 1917 – October 23, 2011) was an American mathematician and Nobel laureate. He pioneered and developed a mathematical method that has changed the whole field of chemistry and opened a new era in research in determination of molecular structures of crystallized materials. Today, Hauptman's direct methods, which he has continued to improve and refine, are routinely used to solve complicated structures. It was the application of this mathematical method to a wide variety of chemical structures that led the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to name Hauptman and Jerome Karle recipients of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was born in New York City, the oldest child of Israel Hauptman and Leah Rosenfeld. He was married to Edith Citrynell since November 10, 1940, with two daughters, Barbara (1947) and Carol (1950). He was interested in science and mathematics from an early age which he pursued at Townsend Harris High School, graduated from the City College of New York (1937) and obtained an M.A. degree in mathematics from Columbia University in 1939. After the war he started a collaboration with Jerome Karle at the Naval Research Laboratory in
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    Jerry Michalski

    Jerry Michalski

    • Organizations advised: Radar Networks
    From 1987 to 1998, Jerry was a technology analyst, focusing not on quarterly earnings but rather on which technologies would be useful and which would be distractions, what trends and forces create new potential, and where all these forces might take us over a 20-year timeframe.

    For the last five years of that period, Jerry was the Managing Editor of Esther Dyson's monthly tech newsletter Release 1.0, as well as co-host of her annual conference, PC Forum.

    Since 1998, Jerry has been an independent consultant, doing business as Sociate, a name he coined because he is skilled at associating ideas and people, and also because he believes that the social changes that we are going through as a result of all the new connectivity (e.g., Internet, cell phones, inexpensive cameras, podcasting) will be more profound than the structural and economic changes we have already seen.
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    Rami Lipman

    Rami Lipman

    • Organizations advised: Yedda
    Rami Lipman, Business Strategist and Master Coffee Blender, recognized for his creative entrepreneurship, execution and leadership abilities, with many scars and even more medals from his frequent involvement in early stage companies.
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    Richard Barton

    Richard Barton

    • Organizations advised: TripHub

    In addition to serving as a venture partner at Benchmark, Rich is Chairman and CEO of Zillow Inc., an online real estate service dedicated to providing home buyers and sellers with valuable tools and information.

    Prior to Zillow, Rich founded Expedia within Microsoft. In 1999, he led the spin-off of Expedia from Microsoft and served as the company’s president and CEO until March, 2003, by which time Expedia had grown to become the world’s largest online travel retailer.

    Prior to founding Expedia, Rich worked in various product management roles on Windows and MS-DOS at Microsoft.

    Board Seats: Rich serves as a director of Avvo and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX).

    Education: Rich holds a BS degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University.

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    Seymour Stein

    Seymour Stein

    • Organizations advised: JumpTV
    Seymour Stein (born 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an entrepreneur in the music industry who has been a part of the business since getting his first job as a clerk for Billboard magazine in 1958. Stein is a vice president of Warner Bros. Records and a co-founder of Sire Records. In 1966 Stein and record producer Richard Gottehrer founded Sire Productions, which led to the formation of Sire Records, the label under which he signed pioneer artists such as the Ramones and Talking Heads in 1975, the Pretenders in 1980 and Madonna in 1982. Other acts signed by Sire include Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Ice-T, The Undertones and Echo & the Bunnymen. Such was Stein's influence in signing and promoting the "New Wave" genre of music that he is sometimes credited with coming up with the name as an alternative to the term "punk", which he found derogative. The term had previously been used to refer to the French New Wave film movement of the 1960s. To date, Stein remains the President of Sire Records and is also Vice President of Warner Bros. Records with which he has had a marketing and distribution deal from 1976 to 1994 and again since April 2003. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
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    Bill Campbell

    Bill Campbell

    • Organizations advised: Tellme Networks
    William "Bill" V. Campbell is the current Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Intuit Inc., and a board director at Apple, Inc. He formerly worked for Apple Inc. (as VP of Marketing), Claris (as CEO), and GO Corporation (as CEO). Son of a local school official, Campbell was born and raised in Homestead, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. He attended Columbia University where he played football under coach Buff Donelli from 1959 to 1961. His senior year he was named to the All-Ivy Team. He graduated in 1962 with a bachelor in economics. He also obtained a master's degree from Columbia. He was head coach of Columbia's football team, the Columbia Lions from 1974 to 1979. Prior to this he was an assistant at Boston College for six years. He met his wife, the former Roberta Spagnola, while she was the assistant dean in charge of Columbia's undergraduate dormitories. He joined J. Walter Thompson, the advertising agency, then Kodak where he rose to run Kodak's European film business. Hired by John Sculley he became Apple's VP of Marketing, then ran Apple's Claris software division. When Sculley refused to spin Claris off into an independent company, Campbell and much of the Claris
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    Brent Hoberman

    Brent Hoberman

    • Organizations advised: Viagogo
    Brent Hoberman, together with Martha Lane Fox, founded Lastminute.com in 1998, an online travel and gift business that floated at the peak of the dot-com bubble and managed to survive the subsequent burst of the bubble. After building revenues more successfully than his peers, Hoberman was a survivor of the bubble and remained as CEO of Lastminute.com Ltd. The company was acquired by Sabre who purchased the company’s equity and bond debt for £577 million (including additional gross debt of approximately £79 million and estimated cash at bank in hand of approximately £72 million). In 2006, Hoberman handed over the CEO position to Ian McCaig, although he remained as Chairman and Chief Strategic officer until 2007. Brent Hoberman remained CEO of lastminute.com through 2005, until April 2006 when he handed over the CEO position to Ian McCaig and took the position of Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer. He stepped down as Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman in January 2007. Hoberman founded VC-backed internet startup, mydeco.com, an online furniture and interior design site providing 3D technology for consumers to design their own rooms online in 2007 and the website launched in
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    Chris Messina

    Chris Messina

    • Organizations advised: Get Satisfaction
    Chris Messina (born January 7, 1981 in USA), aka FactoryJoe, is an open source and open standards advocate currently residing in San Francisco. Messina was formerly employed as an Open Source Advocate at identity company Vidoop and before that was the co-founder of marketing agency Citizen Agency. Currently he is working with Google as an Open Web Advocate. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 with a BA in Communication Design. Messina is best known for his involvement in helping to create the BarCamp, Spread Firefox, and coworking movements. Messina is an active proponent of microformats and OAuth. Messina co-founded Citizen Agency, a company which describes itself as "Internet consultancy that specializes in developing community-centric strategies around product research, design, development and marketing" with Tara Hunt and Ben Metcalfe, who has since left the company. Messina was featured with Hunt, also his ex-girlfriend, in "So Open it Hurts", in San Francisco Magazine (August, 2008). The article detailed their very public and open relationship shared on the internet, and the lessons they derived from that experience. Messina is an advocate of open-source,
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    David Breashears

    David Breashears

    • Organizations advised: ChoiceStream
    David Breashears (born December 20, 1955) is an American mountaineer and filmmaker. In 1985, he became the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest twice. He is perhaps most famous for guiding Richard Bass to the summit of Everest, thus completing Bass's ascent of the seven highest summits on each continent. He has worked on feature films including Seven Years in Tibet and Cliffhanger, as well as on the award-winning documentary Red Flag over Tibet. In 1983 he transmitted the first live pictures from the summit of Mount Everest and in 1985 he became the first American to reach its summit more than once. He is the recipient of four Emmy awards for achievement in cinematography. Breashears has made eight expeditions to Everest, reaching the summit five times. He has climbed to the summit of 24,494 ft (7,466 m) Ama Dablam in the Himalayas, and is known in climbing circles for free climbing some of the most technically challenging rock walls in Colorado as a young man. In 1996 he co-directed, photographed, and co-produced the acclaimed IMAX film Everest and contributed still photos to the best selling book Everest: Mountain Without Mercy. In 1998 he was a director and
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    Francis Ford Coppola

    Francis Ford Coppola

    • Organizations advised: Pixim
    Francis Ford Coppola (English pronunciation: /ˈkoʊpələ/, Italian pronunciation: [ˈkɔppola]; born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is widely acclaimed as one of Hollywood's most innovative and influential film directors and he epitomized the group of filmmakers known as the New Hollywood, that includes Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, Robert Altman, Woody Allen, William Friedkin, Philip Kaufman and George Lucas, who emerged in the early 1970s with unconventional ideas that challenged contemporary film-making. He co-wrote the script for Patton (1970), which won him an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay). His directorial fame escalated with the release of The Godfather (1972), a film which revolutionized movie-making in the gangster genre, earning praise from critics and public alike. It won three Academy Awards, including his second for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (with Mario Puzo), Best Picture and Best Actor (for Marlon Brando) and a nomination for Best Director and was instrumental in cementing his position as a prominent American film director. Coppola followed it with a critically successful sequel, The Godfather
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    Fred Schneider

    Fred Schneider

    • Organizations advised: Fortify Software
    Dr. Schneider is a professor of Computer Science at Cornell University and the Director of Cornell’s Information Assurance Institute. Dr. Schneider is also a Fellow of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to Fortify Softwa
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    Halsey Minor

    Halsey Minor

    • Organizations advised: Swivel
    Halsey McLean Minor (born 1964 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA) is a technology entrepreneur who founded CNET in 1993 (initial plans for the company began in 1992). Minor attended Woodberry Forest School and the University of Virginia, where he was a member of St. Elmo Hall and received a degree in anthropology. After graduation, he worked at Merrill Lynch, before moving on to start his own company. Minor ran CNET for 8 years during which time it became one of the Internet's first companies to achieve profitability. From 1999 to 2001, CNET was a member of the NASDAQ-100 index. CNET was purchased by CBS for $1.7 billion in 2008 and is now CBS Interactive. Minor also developed 2 other spin-off companies which independent of CNET became public entities: Vignette Software and Snap/NBCi. Minor is currently investing in new companies in a broad range of fields via Minor Ventures. One such example is the service Google Voice, which was developed by Minor Ventures and then sold to Google. Minor co-founded and was the largest financial investor and second largest shareholder in salesforce.com, one of the most successful technology companies of the decade and a pioneer in "cloud
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    Murugan Pal

    Murugan Pal

    • Organizations advised: SpikeSource
    Murugan Pal (full name: Murugan Palaniappan) is a serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, Bay Area, USA. Murugan is currently the co-founder & President of the CK-12 Foundation, a non-profit organization launched in 2006, that aims to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the US and worldwide. Before joining CK-12 Foundation, Murugan was an EIR with Foundation Capital. Previously, Murugan was the founder and CTO of SpikeSource. Before founding SpikeSource, Pal was an entrepreneur-in-residence with venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. Previously, he was a Founding Engineer of e-business software company Asera, Inc. Before Asera, Pal was a principal developer at Oracle Corporation in the Application Server division and was part of the company's early XML initiatives. Prior to Oracle, he was one of the lead developers of Versant Corporation's Object Database. Pal has worked on real-time enterprise technologies, composite applications, service-oriented architecture runtimes, relational databases, object databases, and robotics and manufacturing automation. Pal holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Thiagarajar
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    Niren Hiro

    Niren Hiro

    • Organizations advised: mig33
    Niren Hiro is responsible for Admob's strategic partnerships worldwide. He has 17 years of international experience at top Internet, Mobile and Media companies including Yahoo!, CBS Sportsline, MTV Networks, Plus Channel, & BPL Mobile (a France Telecom JV). Prior to AdMob, Niren led the investment & operating strategy for the Yahoo! Mobile Asia business unit and the integration of Yahoo! Japan & Vodafone KK (Softbank Mobile). At the age of 21 Niren founded a highly successful processed foods company in Japan, where he was born & raised. Niren is an angel investor in several promising mobile startups on different continents and enjoys being around innovators in the turbulent media & entertainment industries. Niren has a BS in Finance and a MBA, both from Boston University.
    Email: niren at admob dot com.
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    Richard Moran

    Richard Moran

    • Organizations advised: New Vine Logistics
    Richard A. Moran is a San Francisco based business leader, venture capitalist, social scientist, author and evangelist for organization effectiveness. He is best known for his series of humorous business books beginning with bestselling, Never Confuse a Memo with Reality that started the genre of "Business Bullet Books." Moran currently serves as the CEO and Vice Chairman at Accretive Solutions, a national professional services firm solving problems in Accounting and Information Technology. In his previous lives he was a Partner at Venrock, Chairman of the Board at Portal Software and a Partner at Accenture. Moran has served on the Boards of Glu Mobile Games, TurnHere, Crossloop, r4gs, Winery Exchange, Integreon, and Mechanics Bank. He currently serves on the boards of EASi and PerfectForms. He also serves on The Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the Chair of the Audit Committee at the Noyce Foundation, serves on the National Board of Visitors at the Indiana University School of Education, and serves as a Regent at Saint Ignatius Prep. In the quest for improved outcomes, he often works with corporate boards to improve effectiveness and clarify roles. He
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    Rob Stavis

    Rob Stavis

    • Organizations advised: Yodle
    A Managing Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, Rob focuses on investments in the financial services sector as well as in emerging software technologies. Since joining BVP, Rob has led the firm’s investments in and sits on the boards of independent research companies Gerson Lehrman Group and Soleil Securities, CRM software developer Portrait Software (formerly AIT Group, LSE-AIM: PST), financial marketplace Zopa, independently produced video distributor Revver, home network management software provider Pure Networks, and the stock loan focused Broker/Dealer financial services company Quadriserv. Rob was closely involved in BVP’s investment in Motilal Oswal Financial Services, an India-based financial services and brokerage company. Rob entered private equity after a 15-year career at Salomon Smith Barney, where he became co-head of global arbitrage trading. He was a member of Salomon’s operating and risk management committees, and chaired the recruiting committee, in addition to managing a $100 billion balance sheet. Rob holds degrees from the Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Management.
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    Ron Conway

    Ron Conway

    • Organizations advised: Plaxo
    Ron Conway is an American angel investor, often described as one of the "super angels". Conway is recognized as a strong networker and is based in Silicon Valley. A former salesman who had made a fortune in the computer business, Conway knew little about technology on his first entry to the business. Ron Conway graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Conway previously worked with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions (1973–1979), Altos Computer Systems, as a co-founder, President and CEO, (1979–1990) and Personal Training Systems (PTS) as CEO (1991–1995). PTS was acquired by SmartForce/SkillSoft. As founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, he was an early stage investor in Google, Ask Jeeves and PayPal. He began investing independently in 2005, and by 2006 had already achieved sixth place in the Forbes Magazine Midas list of top "dealmakers". Conway's first fund, Angel Investors I, raised and invested in 1998, generated a 7 times return, and his second, raised and invested during 1999, saw a 1.5 times return. Ron invests with SV Angel, his investment firm. Some Valley observers, notably
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