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Doug Leone

Partner, Sequoia

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

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

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

Mar Hershenson

Founder and Managing Partner, Pear VC

Mar is Pear’s Founding Managing Partner. As Pear’s co-founder and managing partner, Mar brings operational and technical expertise to the investment team.

After earning a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Mar developed a groundbreaking technique of optimizing the design of analog semiconductors. Since then, she has accrued over 13 years of founder experience, co-founding three startups in mobile/ecommerce, enterprise software and semiconductor industries and has registered 14 separate patents.

Mar is based in the Bay Area and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She has been recognized by MIT Technology Review as a Top Innovator Under 35, named a Champion of Innovation by Fast Company, awarded the Digital Automation Conference’s Marie R. Pistil Achievement Award, and currently #29 on the Forbes Midas List.

   

About Pear VC
Founded: 2013  |  HQ: United States  |  Stage:  Seed-Growth

Ev Williams

Co-founder, Obvious Ventures, Twitter, Medium and Blogger

Ev is co-founder of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium. For the last twenty years, he has helped shape the modern internet.

Starting in January 1999, Ev co-founded Pyra Labs, which created the blog-publishing service Blogger (and coined the term “blogger”) and was acquired by Google in early 2003. He then co-founded Odeo and Obvious Corp, which gave birth to Twitter in 2006. Ev was Twitter’s co-founder, lead investor, and former CEO.

In 2011, Ev, along with Biz Stone and Jason Goldman, restarted Obvious Corp and began a mix of start-up investing and incubation. His investments have included Beyond Meat (IPO May 2019), Blue Bottle Coffee (acquired by Nestle), and others. Ev co-founded Obvious Ventures in 2014 with James Joaquin and Vishal Vasishth.

Ev started Medium, in 2012 and served as CEO until 2022. He is currently the Chairman of Medium.

Ev grew up on a farm in Clarks, Nebraska.

   

About Obvious Ventures
Founded: 2014  |  HQ: United States | Stage: Seed-Growth

Katherine Ryder

Founder and CEO, Maven Clinic

Kate Ryder is Founder and CEO of Maven, the largest virtual clinic for women’s and family health. Maven offers virtual care and services across fertility, maternity, and pediatrics, and operates the largest women’s and family health telehealth network globally. With Maven, employers and health plans can see improved maternal outcomes, lower costs, and attract and retain more parents in the workforce. Maven has raised more than $200 million in capital from investors, including Sequoia Capital, Oak HC/FT, Dragoneer Investment Group, and Lux Capital.

Kate founded Maven in 2014, reimagining healthcare for women and families from the ground up after seeing first hand how the lack of access to care impacted those starting a family and returning to work as new parents. Prior to founding Maven, Kate worked in venture capital and as a journalist, writing for The Economist from Southeast Asia, New York and London and for The New Yorker. In 2009, she worked with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, helping him write his memoirs about the financial crisis.

Kate has been named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 and to Fast Company’s “Most Creative People.” Kate received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her MSc from the London School of Economics. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and three children.

About Maven Clinic
Founded: 2014 |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: $197m |  Industry: Healthcare

Nikolay Storonsky

Co-founder and CEO, Revolut

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

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

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

Loreanne Garcia

Co-founder and Chief People Officer, Kavak

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

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

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

Olivier Pomel

Co-founder and CEO, Datadog

Olivier is Co-founder and CEO of Datadog, the monitoring platform for cloud applications. Datadog went public in 2019, reaching a market cap of nearly $60bn at its height.

Prior to founding Datadog, Olivier Pomel built data systems for K-12 teachers as a VP, Technology for Wireless Generation, where he grew the development team from a handful of people to close to 100 of the best engineers in New York until the company’s acquisition by News Corp.

Before Wireless Generation, Olivier held software engineering positions at IBM Research and several internet startups.

   

About Datadog
Founded: 2010  |  HQ: United States | Industry: Enterprise Software

Edith Harbaugh

Co-founder and CEO, LaunchDarkly

Edith Harbaugh is Co-founder and CEO of LaunchDarkly, the leading feature management platform. LaunchDarkly serves 2,000+ global customers like IBM, Atlassian, and Intuit.

Edith has more than 15 years of experience in engineering, product, and marketing with both consumer and enterprise startups, including TripIt and Concur. She is co-host of “To Be Continuous”, a podcast on software trends.

She holds two patents in deployment. Edith earned a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

   

About LaunchDarkly
Founded: 2014  |  HQ: United States |  Funding: $330m | Industry: Software

Andrey Khusid

Co-founder and CEO, Miro

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

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

   

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

Cristina Fonseca

Co-founder, Talkdesk

Cristina Fonseca is General Partner at Indico Capital Partners. She started her professional career as an entrepreneur co-founding Talkdesk in 2011, the first cloud native Call Center solution which raised $500M from top global investors. In 2018, Cristina co-founded Cleverly.ai, an Artificial Intelligence automation startup that got acquired in 2021 by Zendesk, Inc the global leader in customer service software.

Indico Capital Partners focuses on technology and ocean related companies, targeting investments at Pre-Seed to Series B level. Founded in 2017, the team at Indico were previously behind the majority of the Portuguese global tech success stories, including 6 unicorns, as investors and entrepreneurs.

Appointed as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2021, she holds a degree in Computer Engineering and Telecommunications from Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon). Cristina is a non-executive member of Galp’s Board of Directors and member of Galp’s Sustainability Committee and also a member of the Singularity University Portugal and a member of the General Council of the University of Lisbon.

About Indico Capital Partners
Founded: 2017 |  HQ: Lisbon  |  Stage: Seed

Max Rhodes

Co-Founder and CEO, Faire

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

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

Max holds a BA in history from Yale.

   

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

Amrapali Gan

CEO, OnlyFans

Amprapali Gan is CEO of OnlyFans. She oversees OnlyFans’ mission to revolutionize creator and fan connections by building the world’s safest social media platform where creators can maximize control over and monetize their content. Before taking over as CEO, Gan served as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer as OnlyFans experienced exponential growth. Gan is focused on leading OnlyFans and providing unparalleled opportunities for its community.

Gan’s background is with rapid growth companies and fast-moving consumer industries. She was Head of Brand Communications with unicorn Quest Nutrition, and worked for Red Bull Media House. More recently, she helped launch the first cannabis restaurant in the US as Vice President of Marketing.

She currently resides in Miami with her rescue dog, Fox.

About OnlyFans
Founded: 2016 |  HQ: United Kingdom  |  Funding: – |  Industry: Social Media

Alex Bouaziz

Co-founder and CEO, Deel

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

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

 

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

 

Arianna Simpson

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Arianna Simpson is General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she invests in crypto. Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, Arianna founded Autonomous Partners, an investment fund focused on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. She also helped launch Crystal Towers Capital, an early-stage fund investing primarily in YC companies, in 2015. Arianna previously spent time working in sales and product roles at Facebook and BitGo, an enterprise security company for bitcoin and other digital currencies.

Arianna earned dual degrees in International Politics and Spanish from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University. She grew up in Milan, Italy.

About Andreessen Horowitz
Founded: 2009  |  HQ: United States  |  Stage: Seed-Growth

Jay Kreps

Co-founder and CEO, Confluent

Jay Kreps is a co-founder of Confluent and has served as CEO since its founding in September 2014. Prior to founding Confluent, Jay spent seven years at LinkedIn, where he was one of the original creators of Apache Kafka and served as an engineer, engineering manager, and software architect from 2009 to 2014.

He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from UC Santa Cruz.

About Confluent
Founded: 2014 |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: IPO |  Industry: Enterprise Software

Linnéa Kornehed

Co-founder and CMO, Einride

Linnéa Kornehed is Co-founder and CMO of Einride, a Swedish company focusing on all-electric autonomous transport vehicles. Their mission is to design and develop intelligent technologies for movement. Einride has worked with several companies such as Coca-Cola, Oatly, Lidl and Electrolux, helping them switch to sustainable transport.

Einride has been recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies according to Fast Company.

Prior to founding Einride, Linnéa worked as a Business Solutions Consultant at Forefront Consulting. Linnéa has twice been on Forbes’ prestige list of Europe’s hottest entrepreneurs and is also a TEDx speaker.

 
   

About Einride
Founded: 2016  |  HQ: Sweden  |  Funding: $152M  |  Industry: Transportation

Arik Shtilman

Co-founder and CEO, Rapyd

Arik Shtilman is Co-founder and CEO of Rapyd, a global fintech partner that simplifies and advances commerce in every market.

Arik is a cloud services advocate and a serial entrepreneur who is experienced in building high-growth technology companies that leverage cloud computing to scale and meet global customer demand. Prior to Rapyd, Arik founded ITNAVIGATOR, which was acquired by Avaya in 2013.

Rapyd was launched in 2016 and is one of the world’s fastest-growing global fintechs. Rapyd has offices in London, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Reykjavik, Singapore, Dubai, Miami, Denver, and Mexico City.

   

About Rapyd
Founded: 2016  |  HQ: United Kingdom  |  Funding:  $770m |  Industry: Fintech

Garima Kapoor

Co-founder and COO, MinIO

Garima Kapoor is the Co-founder and COO at MinIO. Prior to this role, Garima served as the company’s CFO. Garima is an active investor and advisor to emerging technology companies in Silicon Valley.

Garima holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Accounting and Finance from Nirma University, a Masters in Economics from Banasthali Vidyapith, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Delhi University.

About MinIO
Founded: 2014 |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: $146m |  Industry: Enterprise software

Eric Glyman

Co-founder and CEO, Ramp

Eric is Co-founder and CEO of Ramp, a finance automation platform designed to help companies save time and money. He started Ramp in 2019 after observing that much of the traditional financial services industry offered points and rewards programs that were misaligned with customers’ goals. Eric and his Co-founders sought to build products that would help companies and their employees save time and money. Today, Ramp is the fastest growing corporate card and bill payment software in America, and comes standard with best-in-class integrated expense management, reimbursement, accounting automations, and more.

Prior to Ramp, Eric co-founded Paribus, a price-tracking app to help consumers save money on their everyday online purchases. Paribus was acquired by Capital One where Eric then led the savings automation team. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Eric now lives in New York City, where he is an active angel investor.

   

About Ramp
Founded: 2019  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding:  $670m |  Industry: Fintech

Sophia Amoruso

Founder and CEO, Business Class

Sophia Amoruso is Founder of Business Class, a comprehensive 10-week digital course for entrepreneurs, creatives, and freelancers, which has built a community of over 2,000 founders across the globe.

Sophia made her mark when she founded Nasty Gal, raising $60 million and scaling the business to over $100 million in annual revenue. In 2014 she wrote the 18-week NYT Bestselling book #GIRLBOSS, which became a NETFLIX series produced by Charlize Theron.

She is an active angel investor in Public, Pipe, Superhuman, Kindbody, Popshop Live, Base, Eight Sleep, and 16 other companies.

   

About Business Class
Founded: 2020  |  HQ: United States

John W. Thompson

Venture Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

John W. Thompson is Venture Partner at Lightspeed Ventures. John joined the Microsoft board in February 2012, and is the lead independent director.

Thompson brings over 40 years of experience in the technology industry. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer and director of Virtual Instruments. Before this, he was the chairman and chief executive officer of Symantec for 10 years, during which time he helped transform the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management solutions. Thompson also held several leadership positions during his 28 years at IBM in the areas of sales, marketing and software development, and he also served as general manager of IBM Americas.

Thompson serves on the board of directors for Illumina, Rubrik and Inexption.

Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida A&M University, and a master’s degree in management science from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, and Florida A&M University.

About Lightspeed
Founded: 2000  |  HQ: United States  |  Stage: Seed-Growth

Julianna Lamb

Co-founder and CTO, Stytch

Julianna Lamb is the Co-Founder and CTO of Stytch. Stytch is the platform for user authentication. Prior to founding Stytch, Julianna was a software engineer at Plaid and Strava and a product manager at Very Good Security.

Julianna and her co-founder Reed McGinley-Stempel both worked on fraud and authentication at Plaid. They were frustrated with the tools out there for developers when it came to building user authentication. To solve this, they built Stytch, a developer-first platform that focuses on passwordless authentication to help companies elevate both their security and user experience.

Julianna graduated from Standford University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with History as a minor.

About Stytch
Founded: 2020 |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: $126m |  Industry: Enterprise software

Nicolas Cary

Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Blockchain.com

Nic is the Co-founder and Vice Chairman at Blockchain.com where he is responsible for ensuring we continue to bring new adopters into the cryptocurrency ecosystem. In 2015, Nic was named the European Digital Leader of the year. Nic is the Founding Commissioner of the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development and Co-Authored The Future is Decentralised. Nic is trilingual, and has a deep passion for positive digital disruption. He’s also the Co-Founder and Chairman of SkysTheLimit.org, the leading non-profit digital business accelerator.

Prior to Blockchain.com, Nic was a founding Partner at PipelineDeals.com where he focused on product development and management. Nic is a proven leader, investor, public speaker, and brand ambassador. He’s deeply focused on designing performant cultures that persevere in adverse markets.

About Blockchain.com
Founded: 2011 |  HQ: United Kingdom  |  Funding: $490m |  Industry: Crypto and defi

Eléonore Crespo

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Pigment

Eléonore Crespo is Co-founder and Co-CEO of Pigment, the multidimensional business planning platform. Pigment’s mission is to allow businesses everywhere to make better, faster decisions in a changing world – drawing on data analysis, intuitive design and sophisticated modelling to help leaders spend more time thinking and less time number-crunching.

Prior to Pigment, Eléonore was an investor at Index Ventures, working side-by-side with entrepreneurs and spearheading investments in Alan, Spendesk, Swile and Slite. Before Index she worked as a senior analyst at Google, reporting directly to the EMEA president and CFO on matters of strategy and planning.

Eléonore studied quantum physics and engineering at the École Normale Supérieure and the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines, two of the most competitive institutions of higher education in France.

 

About Pigment
Founded: 2019  |  HQ: France  |  Funding: $99M  |  Industry: SaaS

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Bill Magnuson

Co-founder and CEO, Braze

Bill Magnuson is Co-founder and CEO of Braze, a leading comprehensive customer engagement platform that powers interactions between consumers and brands they love. With Braze, global brands can ingest and process customer data in real time, orchestrate and optimize contextually relevant, cross-channel marketing campaigns and continuously evolve their customer engagement strategies.

Bill began his journey in mobile at Google working on App Inventor for Android and is continuously looking for ways to humanize the relationships between brands and customers to create stronger, more sustainable, and valuable relationships utilizing technology. He was named a 2019 Digiday Future Leader and one of Inc.’s 2017 “30 Under 30 Brilliant Young Entrepreneurs.”

   

About Braze
Founded: 2011  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding:  $150m |  Industry: CRM

Jessica Schultz

Co-founder, HelloFresh

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

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

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

   

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

Michael Gronager

Co-founder and CEO, Chainalysis

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

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

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

Sofia Nunes

Co-founder and Mentor, Mambu

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

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

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

Niklas Zennström

CEO and Founder, Atomico

Niklas is CEO and Founding Partner at the London-headquartered venture capital firm Atomico, investing in gamechanging tech companies at Series A and beyond.

Niklas is an experienced technology investor and entrepreneur, having previously co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa and Joltid. He currently sits on the boards of Lilium, Pipedrive, Oden Technologies and Varjo. In 2007, he co-founded Zennström Philanthropies with his wife, Catherine. They invest strategically in two areas: human rights and the environment. Niklas also sits on the international advisory board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

   

About Atomico
Founded: 2006  |  HQ: United Kingdom

Mette Lykke

CEO, Too Good To Go

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

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