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On September 8, 2012, Jennifer Brown took the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts stage. Although she entered to strains of opera music, the classically trained opera singer was not there to sing. A series of vocal injuries had long since dashed that dream. … READ MORE
People who live in cities have a lot of stuff – but not always enough space to store or park it all. That’s why Bonnie Lai (who goes by “Bon”) and her business partner Jonathan Gillon co-founded roost.com in March 2014. … READ MORE
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Cristian is a strategic thinker, business advisor, and entrepreneur, working at Salesforce in Global Business Planning and Strategy. He is a Civil Engineer & Life Coach with an MBA from Hult International Business School. He is passionate about technology and human behavior.
Alan is a marketing athlete with over 8 years of experience driving communications and demand generation programs for consumer and enterprise products. He co-founded two startups, and has driven over 1 million app installs per day for leading app developers.
Brian is a first-generation Vietnamese-American from Houston, Texas. In 2015, he joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers as their first Designer in Residence. He’s currently hosted by Edge, KPCB’s seed stage fund, focusing on shipping products for portfolio entrepreneurs.
Chris is an Internet and philanthropic trailblazer. In 1994, at Cisco Systems, he pioneered the B2B Internet with cisco.com identifying, articulating and helping create a new business paradigm, the Global Networked Business. In 2000, as an early driver of digital philanthropy, he saw that as the Internet changed the way business was done, it had could change the way people helped each other.
Using the power of the Internet for good, Chris Co-Founded NetAid innovating with online volunteering and the first mobile app for donations on the Palm VII. Chris was a founding board member of the ePhilanthropy Foundation, founded Cisco’s ePhilanthropy office, and was Co-Founder and Founding President & CEO of Network for Good raising $1B for nonprofits.
He’s served on boards with local nonprofits, Internet startups, and produced a documentary. While Board Chair at StartOut he helped professionalize and scale the organization to 12,000 members, opening chapters in Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Dave Schreiber is a mobile developer and startup entrepreneur. A veteran of several startups, including the Y Combinator-backed Loopt, he is currently doing freelance full-stack mobile development and working on a new startup. Dave lives in Mountain View.
Jesse Lee Eller, CEO & Founder at Studio 5 Consulting, a creative design firm based in San Francisco that specializes in learning and development. The international firm is recognized for their innovation and positive disruption of the learning and development industry.
Joe is a co-founder and Director of StartOut and founder and CEO of Regroup. In 2006, Joe founded Regroup, the leading mass messaging solution for large organizations. Regroup provides mass messaging for cities, companies, and schools, such as San Francisco, Hitachi, and Stanford.
Joe completed his BA at Harvard and MBA at Stanford. In a former life, Joe was a competitive figure skater and official for US Figure Skating.
Martin is the Marketing and Business Operations Manager at Ivory Consulting Corporation. Prior to joining Ivory, he was CFO and co-founder the concert production company Our House Records. He received an MBA and BS in Finance from SFSU.
Matt’s the Founder / CEO of a FinTech startup, siyea. He’s dedicated to fostering a professional, supportive, & inclusive LGBT entrepreneur community in San Francisco / Silicon Valley. When he’s not working or triathlon training, he’s at the park with his pup.
Michael Belkin is the Founder and CEO of Distinc.tt, the world’s largest and most active network of LGBT youth. In 2016 he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Belkin holds an MBA Harvard and a BA from Cornell.
Simma Lieberman, “The Inclusionist,” is a internationally recognized authority on diversity and inclusion culture strategy in organizations. She is the co-founder of the new video project, “Everyday Conversations on Race for Everyday People.” Simma has authored three books on diversity and one on personal resilience.
Tom has twenty-three years of experience in the American and Australian IT/Telecommunications industry. Before co-founding Red Oxygen in 2001, he was the Country Manager for InterVoice in Australia/ New Zealand. Tom holds a BA from SMU, Dallas majoring in marketing and anthropology.