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Doug Leone is Global Managing 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.
Founded: 1972 | HQ: United States | Stage: Seed-Growth
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.
Founded: 2016 | HQ: Mexico | Funding: $1.6bn | Industry: E-commerce
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.
Founded: 2015 | HQ: United Kingdom | Funding: $1.7bn | Industry: Fintech
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
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.
About Too Good To Go
Founded: 2015 | HQ: Denmark | Funding: $75m | Industry: Surplus Food
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.
Founded: 2017 | HQ: United States | Funding: $1.5bn | Industry: E-Commerce
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.
Founded: 2016 | HQ: Sweden | Funding: $152M | Industry: Transportation
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.
Founded: 2011 | HQ: United States | Funding: $476M | Industry: Enterprise Software
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.
Founded: 2000 | HQ: United States | Stage: Seed-Growth
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.
Founded: 2020 | HQ: United States | Funding: $126m | Industry: Enterprise software
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.
Founded: 2018 | HQ: US | Funding: $629M | Industry: Jobs & Recruiting
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.
Founded: 2014 | HQ: United States | Funding: $146m | Industry: Enterprise software
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.
Founded: 2011 | HQ: Netherlands | Funding: $427m | Industry: Fintech
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.
Founded: 2017 | HQ: United States | Funding: $537m | Industry: Crypto Fraud Detection
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.
Founded: 2016 | HQ: United Kingdom | Funding: – | Industry: Social Media
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.
Founded: 1996 | HQ: United Kingdom | Stage: Seed-Series B
Ivan Soto-Wright is Co-founder and CEO of MoonPay, a fintech company that builds payments infrastructure for crypto. He is also Founder and General Partner of HODL.vc, a venture development studio that builds, stakes and invests in crypto and blockchain projects. Previously, Mr. Soto-Wright was the Chief Executive Officer at ‘Saveable Limited,’ an automated savings and FCA-regulated fintech business, which was acquired by Plum Fintech Limited.
Ivan has also acted as an investment advisor to large financial institutions at Redington, where he provided critical advice on investment strategy, strategic asset allocation, risk management and governance. While at Redington, Ivan completed the CISI Capital Markets Programme, and now holds Level 3 Certificates in Principles of UK Financial Regulation, Financial Derivatives, and Securities. He also achieved Level I of the CFA exam in December 2014.
Ivan graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with Special Honors. He also studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford.
Founded: 2019 | HQ: United States | Funding: $642m | Industry: Fintech
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 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.
Founded: 2014 | HQ: United States | Funding: IPO | Industry: Enterprise Software
Cristina Fonseca started her professional career as an entrepreneur, having co-founded 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.
Cristina is currently an investor and board member of several companies as part of the founding team of Indico Capital Partners, the leading venture capital tech and sustainability focused firm, based Portugal. 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
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.
Founded: 2011 | HQ: United Kingdom | Funding: $490m | Industry: Crypto and defi
Sophie is the Co-founder & CEO of The Garden, a community for the curious that enables anyone, anywhere to engages with the world’s greatest minds and each other through live Talks & conversations. The Garden was founded in 2021.
Prior to The Garden, Sophie co-founded Multiverse scaling the company as its President. Multiverse is a leading Future of Work scale up building an outstanding alternative to university. She has also been an Entrepreneur in Residence at Index Ventures.
About The Garden
Founded: 2021 | HQ: United Kingdom | Funding: private | Industry: Education
Johannes is Co-founder and CEO of Kry/Livi, Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider. Sitting alongside Stockholm-founded alumni such as Spotify, Klarna and iZettle, Kry/Livi is revolutionisng the way people access primary and secondary care by combining medical expertise with state-of-the-art technology.
Currently available in Sweden, France, Germany, the UK, and Norway, the business has pioneered digital healthcare by enabling people to see a medical doctor, a nurse or a psychologist via on-demand video consultations. To date, Kry/Livi has delivered over 6 million appointments.
Founded: 2014 | HQ: Sweden | Funding: $561m | Industry: Healthcare
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.
Founded: 2019 | HQ: France | Funding: $99M | Industry: SaaS
Job van der Voort
Job is Co-founder and CEO of Remote, the company making global employment accessible for businesses of all sizes.
Job previously worked as a neuroscientist before leaving academia to become the VP of Product at GitLab, overseeing product as the company grew from 5 to 450+ employees, and became worth $1.1B. During his time at Gitlab, the world’s largest all-remote company, he hired talent from 67 different countries.
Job is the dad of two children.
Founded: 2019 | HQ: United States | Funding: $496M | Industry: Recruiting Platform
Kat Borlongan is Chief Impact Officer of Contentsquare, an emerging giant in UX analytics. Kat is one of the first Chief Impact Officers on a unicorn executive team. She also sits on the board of the European Innovation Council.
Previously, she served under the Macron administration for over 3.5 years as Director of La French, a government-led mission built to bolster France’s startup ecosystem. During her tenure, they created the world’s most open tech visa, the French Tech Next40/120 program, a €25M meta-accelerator for underprivileged founders, and supported thousands of startups at the onset of the Covid crisis.
She is also co-founder of the open innovation agency Five by Five (acquired by Cap Gemini). Older hats include Director of the Open Data Institute Paris, Techstars Paris Entrepreneur-in-residence and Managing director of Reporters Without Borders Canada.
Founded: 2012 | HQ: France | Funding: $812m | Industry: Analytics, Sales Automation
Nicolas is co-founder and Co-CEO of Ankorstore, the first marketplace that connects brands and creators with shops all over Europe. He has dedicated his professional life for helping independent business owners thrive through technology.
Before co-founding Ankorstore, Nicolas co-founded A Little Market, a marketplace allowing handcrafters to sell their creations online. After the company was acquired by Etsy, he led Etsy in continental Europe and invested in 10+ marketplaces (one of which isBackMarket where he still serves at the board) with always the same vision: provide great tools to independent business owners to help them compete with the big players.
Founded: 2019 | HQ: France | Funding: $417m | Industry: B2B Marketplace
John is a General Partner who helped set up and launch TCV’s London office in 2012. He focuses on investments in software, internet, and FinTech companies. John’s current investments include Believe (Euronext Paris: BLV), Brex, Dream Sports, FlixMobility, Klarna, Mambu, Miro, Mollie, Qonto, Razorpay, Redis Labs, RELEX Solutions, Revolut, Sportradar (NASDAQ: SRAD), SuperVista AG, TourRadar, The Pracuj Group (WSE: GPP), Trade Republic, and Zepz.
John’s current investments include Believe (Euronext Paris: BLV), Brex, Dream Sports, FlixMobility, Klarna, Mambu, Miro, Mollie, Qonto, Razorpay, Redis Labs, RELEX Solutions, Revolut, Sportradar (NASDAQ: SRAD), SuperVista AG, TourRadar, The Pracuj Group (WSE: GPP), Trade Republic, and Zepz.
John was previously an investor at Summit Partners, where he focused on investments across software, internet, and financial technology. John started his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in both London and New York.
Founded: 1995 | HQ: United States | Stage: Growth
Sabina is Creandum’s first female Partner based in Stockholm. She spent four years working at the Creandum funds’ portfolio company Kry. At Kry, Sabina held different senior management positions ranging from Director of Business Operations, Chief Commercial Officer, and most recently, Chief Strategy Officer. As the nineteenth employee at Kry, Sabina played an essential role in scaling the company to become today’s European digital health category leader. She joined Kry shortly after spending a couple of years in Creandum’s team as an Investment Manager from 2015 to 2017.
Prior to Kry and Creandum, she was with McKinsey in San Francisco, supporting some of the large tech companies there. Sabina is an active Angel investor and her passion for social change has driven her to work with social ventures as an advisor to the entrepreneurs on the side of her normal work.
Sabina holds a M. Sc. in Industrial Engineering. Sabina lives with her husband and child in Stockholm, has a special favor for Digital Health and Climate Tech companies but works in different industries all across Europe.
Founded: 2003 | HQ: Sweden | Stage: Seed-Growth
Christian is a Co-founder of Watershed, a software platform that helps businesses get to net zero carbon, fast. Christian studied mathematics and physics at Harvard before building and running engineering teams at Stripe. While there, he helped launch Stripe’s climate program, and experienced first-hand the pain of tracking, compiling, and structuring the carbon data needed to make everyday business decisions.
Watershed was founded to make it easier to meaningfully reduce emissions using modern tools. At Watershed, Christian leads teams of data scientists and engineers who develop the systems and models that power Watershed’s carbon data engine. He lives in San Francisco, where Watershed is dual-headquartered alongside its London office.
Founded: 2019 | HQ: United States | Funding: $85m | Industry: Enterprise software
Christine de Wendel
Christine de Wendel is Co-founder and CEO US of sunday, the fastest way to pay in restaurants.
Prior to sunday, she was Chief Operating Officer of ManoMano, one of France’s fastest growing tech companies and Europe’s leading online platform for home improvement. Before ManoMano, Christine spent seven years at Zalando, Europe’s largest online fashion retailer, where she built up Zalando’s French business. Christine is passionate about the European tech industry and has become an expert in scaling start-ups.
Christine holds a BSc in International Affairs from Georgetown University, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.
Founded: 2021 | HQ: France | Funding: $124m | Industry: Payments
Julian Teicke is the Founder and CEO of wefox, which is a full-stack digital insurance company driven by a single purpose: to make people safe by reinventing insurance at scale through technology.
Founded: 2015 | HQ: German | Funding: $912m | Industry: Fintech
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is Founder and Co-CEO of Jennis, a fem-tech app that helps women understand their own bodies and maps movement to their unique hormonal cycles. Through hormone-intelligent AI Jennis offers advice to improve their health at every life stage.
She is one of the greatest British track and field athletes of all time. A specialist Heptathlete whose pinnacle of her athletic career came in 2012, when she claimed Olympic gold in London and captured the hearts of a nation in the process. Jessica won three world titles (2009, 2011, 2015) and was European champion in 2010. Displaying extraordinary resilience, Jessica won the heptathlon world title in Beijing, just fifteen months after giving birth to her son Reggie.
Jessica balances the demands of being Co-CEO of Jennis with BBC Sport TV punditry on athletics and raising her two young children.
Founded: 2019 | HQ: United Kingdom | Funding: $1.3m | Industry: Health Tech
Harry Nelis is Partner at Accel. He joined the fund in 2004 and focuses on software, fintech and consumer internet companies.
Harry led Accel’s investments in Carto, KAYAK (NASDAQ: KYAK; acquired by Booking.com), Showroomprive (EPA: SRP), Funding Circle (LON: FCH), Callsign, Celonis, CHECK24, Instana (acquired by IBM), Miro, Taxdoo and Zepz.
Harry started his career in Silicon Valley as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard before founding a venture-backed software company. Harry is from the Netherlands and graduated from Harvard Business School and Delft University of Technology.
Founded: 1983 | HQ: United Kingdom | Stage: Seed-Growth
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Ravi is Partner at Sequoia Capital, where he focuses on consumer, fintech, mobile and internet investments. He serves on the boards of Acelerate, Faire, Noom, Remote and Vise, and is also involved with our investments at Fireblocks, Front and Instacart.
Prior to joining Sequoia, Ravi served as COO and CFO of Instacart from 2015 to 2019. Before joining Instacart, Ravi also spent a decade at KKR after starting his career at McKinsey.
Ravi holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University and lives in Woodside with his wife and three sons.
Founded: 1972 | HQ: United States | Stage: Seed-Growth
Dr Ali Parsa is a healthcare entrepreneur, engineer and former investment-banker. He is the founder and CEO of the revolutionary AI and digital health company, Babylon, and the founder and former CEO of hospital operator, Circle. Ali has a PhD in engineering physics.
During his studies at UCL, Dr Parsa co-founded Victoria & Gilan (V&G), a media promotion company for which he won the Royal Award for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1993. He later sold V&G to pursue a career in investment banking.
Founded: 2013 | HQ: United Kingdom | Funding: $979m | Industry: Health
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John Collison is the President and Co-founder of Stripe, the software company that is expanding internet commerce by making it easy to process transactions from anywhere. John and his brother Patrick Collison started Stripe in 2010 while John was studying physics at Harvard. Their goal was to make accepting payments online simpler and more inclusive, after learning firsthand how difficult it was. Today, the 1500-person (and growing) Stripe team powers online businesses around the world.
Founded: 2010 | HQ: United States | Funding: €89B | Industry: Financial Services
Renate Nyborg is CEO at Tinder. With over 15 years experience building mobile and subscription businesses, Renate joined Tinder in 2020 to lead its European operations. Now Renate is the first female CEO at Tinder.
Renate joined Tinder from Headspace, where she built and led its first international product and marketing team. She previously spent four years at Apple, where she led the App Store subscription business in Europe. Renate is also the founder of Pleo, a human-centric app design studio, and was the first-ever Global Director of Mobile at Edelman.
Renate is of Norwegian and Dutch origin and has worked in London, Silicon Valley, Stockholm, Paris, and Switzerland. She is a Philosophy graduate from the University of Cambridge. Renate currently lives in Europe with her husband, whom she met on Tinder and her three stepkids. She loves food, her piano, and music, and can often be found hiking or Nordic skiing around the Alps.
Founded: 2012 | HQ: United States | Funding: €682M | Industry: Social Media
Tony is Co-founder and CEO of DoorDash, the market-leading food delivery company in the United States. DoorDash is passionate about transforming local businesses and dedicated to enabling new ways of working, earning, and living. The goal of DoorDash is to build the largest local commerce marketplace and platform globally.
When Tony grew up he was inspired by local business owners like his mom: people who hustle daily to create as much a livelihood for their families as they do meaning in their community and life. By building the last-mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time.
DoorDash announced on November 10th that they will acquire the Finnish food delivery company Wolt and continue their mission to become the largest local commerce and marketplace platform globally.
Founded: 2013 | HQ: United States | Funding: Post IPO | Industry: Delivery
Luciana Lixandru is Partner at Sequoia, where she focuses on enterprise and consumer technology companies across Europe. Luciana works closely with companies like Xentral and Getir, and is passionate about helping founders at all stages to unlock their potential and think on a global scale.
Prior to becoming Sequoia’s first partner in Europe, Luciana worked at Accel for eight years, where she led investments in UiPath, Deliveroo, Miro and Hopin. She has also held positions at Summit Partners and Morgan Stanley.
Luciana holds a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from Georgetown, and currently resides in London.
About Sequoia Capital
Founded: 1972 | HQ: United States | Stage: Seed–Growth
Tony is Principal at Future Shape, an investment and advisory firm coaching deep tech startups. Currently, Future Shape is coaching over 200+ startups innovating game-changing technologies.
Tony is an active investor and entrepreneur with a 30+ year history of founding companies and designing products that profoundly improve people’s lives.
He is the founder and former CEO of Nest, the company that pioneered the “Internet of Things.” Tony was the SVP of Apple’s iPod Division and led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. Throughout his career Tony has authored more than 300 patents. In May 2016, TIME named the Nest Learning Thermostat, the iPod and the iPhone as three of the “50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time.”
About Future Shape
Founded: 2014 | HQ: France | Stage: Series A–Series B
April Koh is Co-founder and CEO of Spring Health, a comprehensive mental health benefits platform for employers.
April has received honors from the American Psychiatric Association and has been featured in numerous news outlets such as Forbes 30 under 30. She is also a Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Fellow.
About Spring Health
Founded: 2016 | HQ: United States | Funding: €269M | Industry: Health
Michael Moritz is a partner at Sequoia Capital, which he joined in 1986. He has helped Sequoia adjust to the profound changes in global technology and was one of the co-founders of its business in China and India as well as Sequoia Global Growth, a global technology fund; Sequoia Heritage, the firm’s single pool of globally diversified, long-term assets; and Sequoia Capital Global Equities, a public market fund. Michael has represented Sequoia on the boards of a number of companies including Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, LinkedIn, and Kayak; and younger businesses such as Instacart, Klarna and Stripe.
Prior to joining Sequoia, Michael co-founded Technologic Partners and was a correspondent for Time, where he was the San Francisco bureau chief. Michael graduated from Christ Church, Oxford in 1976 with a MA in History and is an Honorary Student of the College. Together with his wife, Harriet Heyman, he has made a series of major donations to educational causes. He received a knighthood from the Queen of England in 2013.
About Sequoia Capital
Founded: 1972 | HQ: United States | Stage: Seed growth
Margrethe Vestager is EU Commissioner for Competition. She previously served as Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior (2011-14) and Minister for Education (1998-2001) of Denmark, and as President of the ECOFIN Council during the Danish EU Presidency (2012). She was Political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party (2007-14), and has worked for the Danish Ministry of Finance (1993-95). Ms. Vestager holds an MSc in Economics (University of Copenhagen).
Former Vice President Al Gore is a co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors. Gore is also chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization devoted to solving the climate crisis.
Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years.
He is the author of the best-sellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and, most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.
He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and a new film premiering in July 2017, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Gore is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change”.
As Co-Founder and CEO of Eventbrite, Julia Hartz has helped drive the company from an innovative ticketing solution to a comprehensive event technology platform that today powers millions of events around the world. Since the company launched operations in 2006, Eventbrite has generated more than $10 billion in gross ticket sales.
Under Julia’s leadership, company culture and workplace performance has remained an integral part of Eventbrite, which now boasts over 1,000 employees in 11 countries across the globe. Eventbrite has been recognized multiple times on Fortune’s Best Workplaces lists, including the Bay Area (2017 and 2018), Women, and Millennials and was also named a best company to work for in San Francisco by the San Francisco Business Times the past nine years running. In the years since founding Eventbrite, Julia has been honored as one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 business leaders (2015 & 2017), Inc.’s 35 under 35 (2014), Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs (2013), and has been profiled for her leadership and impact in top publications around the world.
Julia landed in Silicon Valley via Hollywood where she began her career as a development executive at MTV and FX Networks. In today’s digital age, Julia believes that real-life, human experiences lead to individual happiness and strong global communities. This belief continues to fuel her passion while running Eventbrite today.
Founded: 2006 | HQ: United States | Funding: €521 8M | Industry: Event Management
Daniel Ek is the Chairman and CEO of Spotify, where he sets the company’s overall vision. Daniel oversees Spotify’s business and product strategies and is responsible for building a progressive, forward looking global organization. Daniel was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden where he founded Spotify in 2006.
Founded: 2006 | HQ: Sweden | Funding: €1.96B | Industry: Audio Streaming & Media Services
Sonali De Rycker
Sonali De Rycker joined Accel in 2008 and invests in consumer internet, software and fintech businesses.
Sonali led Accel’s investments in Avito (acquired by Naspers), Lyst, Spotify (NYSE: SPOT), Wallapop, Calastone, Monzo, Shift Technology, Letgo (acquired by Naspers), Kry/Livi, Soldo, Hopin, and Sennder. Prior to Accel, Sonali was with Atlas Venture (now Accomplice). She also previously served on the board of Match.com (NASDAQ:MTCH).
Sonali is from Mumbai and graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Harvard Business School.
Founded: 1983 | HQ: United States | Industry: Venture Capital
Cal Henderson is the co-founder and CTO of Slack. He led the technical development of Flickr from its founding, pioneered the use of APIs, and created the basis for oAuth and oEmbed, now used by YouTube, Twitter, and may others. Cal has a Computer Science degree from the University of Central England.
Launched: 2013 | HQ: United States | Funding: €1.31B | Industry: Business Communication
Lila Ibrahim is COO at DeepMind, a London-based research community building safe AI systems. At DeepMind, Lila oversees both technology and organizational infrastructure including Engineering, Operations, and People.
Originally a microprocessor engineer, Lila has helped grow some of the world’s leading technology companies including Intel, venture firm Kleiner Perkins, and Coursera, where she was the first executive hire.
Lila is Co-founder and Chair of education technology non-profit Team4Tech. She has previously served on the Board of Gannett, helping it become the largest US print media company. Her exceptional impact has been recognized by a Henry Crown Fellowship from the Aspen Institute and the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact.
Founded: 2010 | HQ: United Kingdom | Funding: Acquired by Google | Industry: Enterprise Software
Mark Pincus is a serial entrepreneur, best known for founding Zynga in 2007 and taking the company public in 2011. Zynga is one of the most successful mobile social gaming companies in the world. To-date, more than one billion people around the world have played Zynga’s games, including the world’s largest social poker game, Zynga Poker; the world’s most popular mobile word game, Words With Friends; and the #1 Top Grossing Mobile Racing Game, CSR Racing 2. Zynga is also at the forefront of emerging chat-based platforms such as Facebook Messenger Instant Games and Apple iMessage Games, exploring new ways to engage audiences on these highly social platforms. Pincus currently serves as Zynga’s executive chairman.
In 2014, Pincus founded superlabs, a San Francisco-based product lab focused on developing products that connect and empower people, which was acquired by Zynga in 2015. Pincus also founded Zynga.org in 2009, a non-profit organization dedicated to using social games for social good.
Pincus also founded Tribe.net, a company he launched in 2003 and one of the first social networks in the industry, Support.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRT), a help desk automation software, in 1997, and FreeLoader, Inc., a web-based news company, in 1996.
In addition to founding his own companies, Pincus is an active early stage investor in startups. He was an early investor in some of the Internet’s largest and most successful companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, JD.com, Xiaomi, and Napster.
Pincus’ latest project is called Win the Future, a virtual political party that empowers people to choose their leaders and set the agenda, which he set up with Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn.
Founded: 2007 | HQ: United States | Funding: €2.2B | Industry: Gaming
Juliet de Baubigny
Juliet de Baubigny joined Kleiner Perkins in 2001 as one of Silicon Valley’s first venture capital partners focused on leveraging the firm’s broad network and deep relationships to help entrepreneurs recruit the best talent and build iconic companies. Juliet is sought after by entrepreneurs for her expansive global network and strategic guidance in the areas of human capital strategy including executive leadership, talent, recruiting, compensation, corporate governance and team building.
Throughout her career, Juliet has contributed to building high-performance management teams at companies including Google, Amazon, DocuSign, Bloom Energy, Shazam, Chegg and One Kings Lane. At Kleiner Perkins, Juliet has led the development of several key initiatives including Kleiner Perkins Women Leaders (KPWL), an initiative aimed at mentoring and developing the next generation of female entrepreneurs, and the Kleiner Perkins Fellows Program, a program that brings the most talented engineering, design, and product management students into Kleiner Perkins portfolio companies. Juliet is a frequent contributor to Fortune as a Fortune Most Powerful Women Insider. She also appears often on Bloomberg TV, where she is an expert on Silicon Valley’s “War for Talent” as well as on millennials in the workplace, women in technology, and developing cultures of innovation.
Before joining Kleiner Perkins, Juliet was a managing director of Ramsey Beirne Associates, a leading provider of executive searches to high-growth, leading-edge companies. Earlier in her career, Juliet was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm where she led CEOand VP level searches. Juliet began her career with Procter & Gamble in the United Kingdom.
Juliet earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, where she also serves as a member of the Advisory Board. Juliet is also a passionate champion of innovation in philanthropy, contributing to leading organizations such as Product (RED), acting as an advisory board member for the Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE Girls’ and Women’s Committee, serving as co-chair for both CHIMEHACK and CHIMEHACK II, and most recently, co-founding Beyond Type 1, an organization focused on finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Founded: 2018 | HQ: United States
In 2005, Sebastian Siemiatkowski co-founded Klarna in order to provide safe and smooth online payments. He currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Over the past decade, he has overseen the company’s rapid growth across Europe and North America. Klarna is a now fully licensed bank with over 60mn consumers, 130,000 retail partners and 2500 employees. Sebastian has received multiple awards for his leadership and holds a master’s degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Founded: 2005 | HQ: Sweden | Funding: €3.47B | Industry: Fintech
Partner & Co-founder of Yes VC. Board member, Public Goods, Sundance. Formerly Co-founder of Flickr, Chairman of Etsy. Advocate for online community, social software, art, literature, myth and poetry.
Launched: 2004 | HQ: Canada | Industry: Image & Video Hosting
Justin Rosenstein is the co-founder of Asana, the fast-growing work tracking app for teams. Asana’s mission is to help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly. He’s also a featured author in Wavelength, an online publication for teams who aspire to do great things together—through a mindful, purposeful approach.
Justin has driven the development of products that billions of people use daily.
At Facebook, he co-invented features such as the Like Button and Facebook Pages. At Google, he managed several products in the communication/collaboration division including Google Drive, and helped create GChat. At Asana, he’s helped build one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies, most recently valued at $900M in Series D funding led by Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management.
Justin majored in Math and got part way through a Master’s in Computer Science at Stanford. He is a devoted student of yoga, meditation, and cats.
Founded: 2008 | HQ: United States | Funding: €428M | Industry: Software
Michele Romanow is Co-founder and President of Clearbanc: the fastest, most affordable way for founders to fund their business. Recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Michele is a prolific investor who plans to invest $1 billion into 2,000 businesses this year and will continue to fund 8X more female-founded companies than traditional VC firms. As a “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den (Canada’s Shark Tank), Michele started five companies before her 33rd birthday and exited two before her 30th. She previously co-founded SnapSaves (acquired by Groupon) and was also Co-founder of Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors including Shop.ca and WagJag.