A diverse group of leading innovators, job creators, business owners and founders from the tech community.
Aditya Agarwal, Vice President of Engineering at Dropbox
Aditya is Vice President of Engineering at Dropbox. He oversees the different engineering teams including new product development, infrastructure, platform and operations. Aditya came to Dropbox via the acquisition of Cove, a company he co-founded that was focused on improving group collaboration and communication.
Prior to Cove, Aditya was the Director of Product Engineering at Facebook where he oversaw the development of core products such as News Feed, Search, Photos, Profile and Applications. Aditya was one of the first engineers at Facebook and played an important role in helping to design and build core parts of the Facebook engineering infrastructure.
Jim Breyer, Partner at Accel Partners
Jim is passionate about social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy. He is a Partner at Accel and is the President of Accel Management Company. Jim has been an investor in over 30 consumer Internet, media, and technology companies that have completed public offerings or successful mergers. Several of these investments have returned over 100 times their initial cost and many of these investments have returned over 25 times their cost to investors.
In 2012 and 2011, Jim was ranked #1 in Forbes' Midas List of top technology investors. Fortune Magazine also named Jim the smartest investor in technology, and one of the 10 smartest people in all of technology. In December, 2012, he was named the AlwaysOn Venture Capitalist of the Year. In February, 2013, Jim was elected a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, Harvard University's senior governing board.
Matt Cohler, General Partner at Benchmark
Matt is a General Partner at Benchmark, where he has partnered with entrepreneurs as a board member at Instagram, Quora, Asana, Domo, Edmodo, Couchsurfing, Peixe Urbano, ResearchGate, and 1stdibs; as a board observer at Uber, Baixing and Zendesk; and as an investor at Dropbox.
Prior to joining Benchmark, Matt served as Vice President of Product Management at Facebook, where he was the company's seventh full-time employee, and as Vice President and General Manager at LinkedIn, where he was a member of the company's founding team. Matt also serves on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee at the San Francisco Symphony and actively supports non-profits and NGOs including Women For Women International, Tate Americas Foundation, UCSF, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Tipping Point Community, and GiveDirectly.
Ron Conway, Special Advisor to SV Angel
For the past 15 years, Ron has been passionate about angel investing in Silicon Valley technology start-ups. During this time, he has been fortunate to invest in - and work closely with - hundreds of startups including: Google, Facebook, Zappos, Square, Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, foursquare, and Twitter.
Ron was included in Vanity Fair's 100 most influential people in the Information Age in 2010. He was awarded Best Angel at the 2009 TechCrunch Crunchies Awards, and was named #13 on Forbes Magazine's Midas list of top "deal-makers" in 2011. Philanthropically, Ron is a Board Member of the Salesforce.com Foundation, Sandy Hook Promise-Newtown CT, and Americans for Responsible Solutions-Gabby Giffords.
John Doerr, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
John Doerr joined Intel in 1974 just as they invented the famous “8080” 8 bit microprocessor. At Intel he held various engineering, marketing and management assignments, and was one of their top-ranked sales executives.
In 1980 he joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and sponsored a series of investments including Compaq, Cypress, Intuit, Netscape, Lotus, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, S3, Sun Microsystems, Amazon.com, Symantec and Google. John was the founding CEO of Silicon Compilers. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Google and Zynga and on privately-held company boards including Miasole and Bloom Energy.
Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft and Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by a belief that the computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home, Bill founded Microsoft in 1975. He began developing software for personal computers, and his foresight and vision for personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and the software industry.
Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focuses on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. In 2000, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Joe Green, President and Founder of FWD.us
Joe Green is the President and Founder of FWD.us, which organizes the tech community around public policies to promote a knowledge economy. Joe's vision for FWD.us is rooted in his unique hybrid experience as a tech entrepreneur and in political campaigns. Joe founded Causes, the largest platform for charity and activism, and co-founded NationBuilder, the leading software for community organizing. These two genre-defining companies combine the best of traditional organizing with a socially enabled web, making the tools of democracy more widely available and empowering people to become leaders.
Joe started in local politics by winning election to his local school board. He went on to work on several other political campaigns at the local, state and national level, including John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. He is a board member of Causes, NationBuilder and the Salesforce Foundation.
Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn
Reid is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn and Partner at Greylock. An accomplished entrepreneur, executive and investor, Reid has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal, where he was executive vice president and founding board member.
Today, he is a director at Airbnb, Zynga, Mozilla, Shopkick, Wrapp, Edmodo and Kiva.org. He is also co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. He studied symbolic systems at Stanford University and philosophy at Oxford University.
Drew Houston, Founder and CEO of Dropbox
Drew Houston is the CEO and cofounder of Dropbox, and has led Dropbox's growth from a simple idea to a service relied upon by millions around the world. Prior to starting Dropbox, Drew studied computer science at MIT, during which he also founded Accolade, an online SAT prep startup.
After graduating from MIT, Drew recognized that people needed a way to bring their files with them without sending email attachments or carrying USB drives. He began writing a solution to this problem in 2007, before demoing an early version to Arash Ferdowsi in Boston. The two of them then began working on the project that would eventually become Dropbox. Drew has been named one of the top "Twentysomething Entrepreneurs" by Businessweek. He was also included in Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list and Inc. Magazine's “30 Under 30”.
Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership
Chamath is a highly-successful Bay Area based entrepreneur, and an original member of the Facebook management team. He has been a prominent figure in the venture capital business and a multitude of successful online ventures during their formative stages.
He is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership, a venture fund focused on investing in highly disruptive ideas in healthcare, education, financial services and the internet. He is also an avid sports fan and is Owner and Director of the NBA's Golden State Warriors.
Sean Parker, Managing Partner at the Founders Fund
Sean is a serial entrepreneur. As one of the three founders of Napster, Sean helped architect and manage the peer-to-peer file sharing application to become one of the largest on the net. He subsequently helped found and manage Plaxo, a contact management application company.
More recently, Sean worked as the Founding President of Facebook before moving on to join up with Peter Thiel at The Founders Fund, a seed-stage venture capital firm. Parker also led the move to launch Causes, a new developer application that organizes individuals’ charitable giving on Facebook, as well as contributing as an investor at Spotify.
Ruchi Sanghvi, Vice President of Operations at Dropbox
Ruchi is the Vice President of Operations at Dropbox. Prior to joining Dropbox, she served as the co-founder and CEO of Cove, a collaboration, coordination and communication product for organizations and communities.
Ruchi holds the distinction of being the first female engineer at Facebook and was instrumental in implementing the first versions of key features such as News Feed. She then led product management and strategy for Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect. She was also responsible for core product areas such as privacy and user engagement. Ruchi is the recipient of the prestigious TechFellow award for engineer leadership.
Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook
Mark is the Founder and CEO of Facebook, which he founded in 2004. Mark is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the design of Facebook's service and development of its core technology and infrastructure. Mark studied computer science at Harvard University before moving the company to Palo Alto, California.
Tim Armstrong, CEO and Chairman of AOL, Inc.
Armstrong is the CEO and Chairman of AOL, Inc., a position he has held since 2009. Previously, Mr. Armstrong worked at Google, where he was president of American operations.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft
Steve joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager. Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software, and vice president of marketing.
Ballmer and the company's business and technical leaders focus on delivering devices and services that people love and businesses need. Under his leadership, Microsoft has more than tripled revenue and doubled profits since 2000.
Steve Chen, Co-founder of YouTube
Born in in Taiwan, Steve is an internet entrepreneur who co-launched YouTube in 2005. He immigrated to the US when he was 15, and studied computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
After graduation Steve was an early employee at Facebook and PayPal, and then went on to start YouTube, which quickly became one of the most popular websites in the world. After selling YouTube to Google in 2006, Chen and Chad Hurley co-founded AVOS Systems.
Brian Chesky, CEO and Co-founder of Airbnb
Brian drives Airbnb’s vision, strategy and growth. Always pushing the status quo, he aims to disrupt the industry with ideas that change the way people live. To grasp the full impact and experience of Airbnb, Brian rid himself of an apartment and has been living in the homes of the Airbnb community since June of 2010.
Before Airbnb, Brian ran an industrial design shop in Los Angeles; even these days he is rarely seen without a drafting pen and sketch book in hand. Brian believes that what sets Airbnb apart is the access to space that would otherwise be off limits, and, haunted or not, he would be honored to someday stay in the Lincoln Bedroom through the site.
Chris Cox, Vice President of Product at Facebook
Chris is responsible for organizing Facebook’s product strategy and overseeing the product management and design functions. He joined Facebook in 2005 as a Software Engineer and was instrumental in implementing the first versions of several key Facebook features. He then became Director of Human Resources where he drove the development of Facebook’s mission, values, and people strategy.
Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC
InterActiveCorp (IAC) is a leading media and internet company focused in the core areas of search, applications, online dating, local and media. Before leading IAC, Barry served as chief executive for a number of companies engaged in media and interactivity, including Fox, Inc. and the Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Barry serves on the boards of The Washington Post Company and The Coca-Cola Company. He is a trustee of New York University and serves on the Executive Board for the Medical Sciences at UCLA and the Board of Councilors for the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. Barry is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Stanley F. Druckenmiller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Duquesne Family Office LLC
Stan founded Duquesne Capital Management in 1981, which he ran until he closed the firm at the end of 2010. From 1988 to 2000, he was a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management, where he served as Lead Portfolio Manager of the Quantum Fund and Chief Investment Officer of Soros, and had overall responsibility for funds with a peak asset value of $22 billion.
Early on in his career, Stan worked at Pittsburgh National Bank and The Dreyfus Corporation. Stan is Chairman of the Board of the Harlem Children's Zone; a Board member for Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Environmental Defense Fund, and is a member of the Investment Committee of Bowdoin College.
John Fisher, Chairman of the Board, KIPP
Fisher chairs the board of the non-profit KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation, which oversees the national network of KIPP public charter schools. He is also co-chair of Charter School Growth Fund with fellow FWD.us supporter Greg Penner. Fisher is the son of Gap, Inc. founders Doris and Donald Fisher.
Paul Graham, Co-founder of Y Combinator
Paul is a programmer, writer, and investor. In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first software as a service company. Viaweb was acquired by Yahoo in 1998, where it became Yahoo Store. In 2001 he started publishing essays on paulgraham.com, which in 2012 got 20 million page views.
In 2005 he and Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris, and Trevor Blackwell started Y Combinator, the first of a new type of startup incubator. Since 2005 Y Combinator has funded over 500 startups, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe and Reddit. Paul has also published several books on programming.
Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix
Reed has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Netflix since September 1998, and Chairman of the Board since inception. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Pure Atria Software, a maker of software development tools, from its inception in October 1991 until it was acquired by Rational Software Corporation, in August 1997. Reed currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Facebook.
Chad Hurley, Co-founder and CEO of AVOS
Chad was one of the co-founders of YouTube. After its start, YouTube quickly became one of the web's fastest-growing sites, and was ranked as the 10th most popular website just a year after its launch. In October 2006 he, along with the other founders, sold the company to Google. There are reportedly 100 million clips viewed daily on YouTube, with an additional 65,000 new videos uploaded every 24 hours.
Prior to YouTube he worked in eBay’s PayPal division, where he primarily focused on user interface and helped design the original PayPal logo.
Josh James, Founder and CEO of Domo
Josh founded Domo in 2010 to transform the way CEOs and other executives manage their business and to help drive value from the tens of billions of dollars spent on traditional business intelligence systems. Prior to Domo, Josh served as CEO of Omniture, a SaaS-based web analytics company that he co-founded in 1996 and took public in 2006.
An active member of Utah's business community, Josh is the founder of Silicon Slopes, a private-sector initiative to advance the interests of Utah's high-tech industry. He has also served as an advisor on technology and startups to Utah's two most recent governors, Governor Jon Huntsman and Governor Gary Herbert. Josh serves on the boards of Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world, and Rakuten, a publicly traded, $5 billion revenue company that is the leading e-commerce company in Japan.
Dick Kramlich, Co-Founder of NEA and currently serves as Chairman of the NEA Management Company
Dick Kramlich is Co-Founder of NEA and currently serves as Chairman of the NEA Management Company. Since co-founding NEA in 1978, he has been involved in ten companies that have grown from start-up or near start-up stage to companies with market value in excess of $1 billion.
Max Levchin, Co-founder of PayPal, Chairman of Yelp
Max co-founded and was CTO of PayPal, and is the Chairman of Yelp. He also founded and was CEO of Slide, which created and distributed web applications on Facebook. Google acquired Slide in 2010.
Max is currently working on HVF, which stands for solving hard, valuable and fun problems. It is an umbrella project for his data-focused undertakings. The mission of HVF is to be the catalyst of a transformation where we make better use of data to yield enormous productivity gains, create efficiencies where none existed before, and meaningfully improve lives.
Joe Lonsdale, Partner at Formation 8
Joe is a Partner at Formation 8, a fund which invests in top Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and connects them with Asian conglomerates in order to give innovation a global impact. Before that, Joe co-founded Palantir Technologies, a multi-billion dollar software company which develops mission-critical analysis systems used by government and financial organizations around the world. He is also the founder of Addepar, a leader in private wealth management technology.
Previously, he worked with the financial arm of PayPal while still a student, and then joined as an early executive at Clarium Capital, and was a key player in growing Clarium into a $5-billion AUM global macro hedge fund. On the side, Joe is Chairman of ONEHOPE Inc., a charity-focused wine brand, and is on the board of California Common Sense.
Andrew Mason, Co-founder of Groupon
Andrew Mason served as founder and CEO of Groupon from 2008 to 2013. In 2010, Forbes called Groupon the fastest-growing company ever; Groupon reached a $1 billion valuation faster than any company other than YouTube. Mason graduated from Northwestern University. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently lives in San Francisco.
Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Yahoo!
Prior to Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer was Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services at Google where she oversaw product management, engineering, design and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products. During her 13 years at Google, Marissa held numerous positions, including engineer, designer, product manager, and executive, and launched more than 100 well-known features and products.
Prior to joining Google, Marissa worked at the UBS research lab in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. Marissa serves on the board of directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She is also on the board of various non-profits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet, and the New York City Ballet.
Mary Meeker, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Mary focuses on investments in KPCB’s digital practice and helps lead the Digital Growth Fund, targeting high-growth Internet companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. She serves on the boards of Square, Lending Club, DocuSign and Quirky.
Mary previously worked at Morgan Stanley and served as managing director and research analyst. Since beginning her career as a securities analyst in 1986, Mary has focused on discovering and understanding emerging technology trends, building relationships with visionary entrepreneurs and supporting category-defining companies.
Dave Morin, Co-founder and CEO of Path
Dave is an entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Path. He co-founded the company with the mission of bringing people closer together. Through design, mobile, and social technology Path serves millions of people each month with an award winning, five-star rated experience.
Dave has had a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship, technology, culture, design, skiing, and improving society. He served both Apple and Facebook for several years during rapid innovation and growth. Today, he serves on the Board of Directors of Eventbrite and on the Boards of two Non-Profit Organizations, the United States Ski and Snowboard Foundation and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and grew up under the big sky in Montana.
Jon Oringer, Founder and CEO of Shutterstock
Jon Oringer is a New York City-based entrepreneur and the founder of the popular stock media website Shutterstock. The company has enjoyed robust growth since its inception, growing from 30,000 royalty-free stock images in 2003 to over 28 million as of October 2013. Shutterstock has also recently launched Skillfeed, an online marketplace for learning and Offset, a high-end image marketplace.
Hadi Partovi, Co-Founder and President of Code.org
Hadi is an entrepreneur and investor, and also co-founder of education non-profit Code.org. As an entrepreneur, he was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike. As an angel investor and startup advisor, Hadi’s portfolio includes Facebook, Dropbox, airbnb, Zappos, Indiegogo, OPOWER, and Bluekai.
A graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he was Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer. After the release of IE 5.0, Hadi co-founded Tellme Networks. Tellme was acquired by Microsoft for a reported $800 million. Hadi was General Manager of MSN.com, where he delivered 30% annual growth and incubated Start.com.
Greg Penner, General Partner of Madrone Capital Partners
Penner has been a General Partner of Madrone Capital Partners, an investment management firm, since 2005. Previously he held various senior executive positions with Walmart Japan and Walmart.com. He is a director of Baidu, Inc., Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and Walmart Stores, Inc. where he chairs the Technology and eCommerce Committee.
Alison Pincus, One Kings Lane Co-Founder and Chief Partnership Officer
A digital media veteran, Alison was inspired to co-create One Kings Lane to converge her passion for online shopping and design. In addition to serving as spokesperson and evangelist for One Kings Lane, Alison oversees business development and strategic partnerships. In this role, she and her team drive alliances with web upstarts, media properties, e-commerce entities, and talent.
Previously, Alison held digital marketing and business-development positions at The Walt Disney Company, NBC, and Hachette Filipacchi. Alison received her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and her BS from UC Berkeley. She also serves on the boards of One Kings Lane, the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado.
Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Product Officer of Zynga
Mark is the founder, CEO and chief product officer of Zynga. He founded the company in 2007 with a mission of connecting the world through games, and in founding zynga.org, he also believes that games can do good.
On his way to creating Zynga, Mark started three companies. In 2003, he launched Tribe.net, one of the first social networks. Before that, he founded Support.com, a pioneer in automating tech support, and took it public. In 1995, he launched FreeLoader, the first web-based consumer push company. Mark also made founding investments in Napster, Brightmail, Twitter and Facebook and regularly gives lectures to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Keith Rabois, Partner at Khosla Ventures
Keith Rabois joined Khosla in March 2013. He served as the COO at Square from 2010 until January 2013, where he lead the company’s business operations. He specializes in transforming early-stage startups into successful businesses and has deep expertise in the financial services industry and government affairs.
An accomplished executive, entrepreneur and angel investor, Keith has held leadership roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, and Slide, was an early investor in several high-profile Internet companies including YouTube, and currently serves on the board of directors of Yelp and Xoom.
Hosain Rahman, CEO and Founder of Jawbone
Hosain is the CEO and founder of Jawbone, a developer of popular products and services for the mobile lifestyle, and one of the largest venture capital-backed consumer electronics companies in the world.
Jawbone’s premium Bluetooth headsets have disrupted the headset market, and its JAMBOX wireless portable speaker is the best-selling speaker in North America. Now it's UP product is leading the next wave of wearable computing innovation around consumer health. Hosain is passionate about bringing innovative, intuitive, and elegantly designed products to market that let consumers get the most out of their mobile experience.
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google
Since joining Google in 2001, Eric has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.
Prior to joining Google, Eric was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. He is member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the U.K. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007. He also chairs the board of the New America Foundation, and has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey since 2008.
Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft
Brad Smith is Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads the company's Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), which has approximately 1,100 employees located in 55 countries and is responsible for the company's legal work, its intellectual property portfolio and patent licensing business, and its government affairs and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft's corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer.
Kevin Systrom, CEO and Co-Founder of Instagram
In 2010, Kevin co-founded Instagram which is used by over 100 million people every month worldwide. Currently, Kevin works at Facebook along with the Instagram team which was acquired by Facebook in 2012.
Kevin got his first taste of the startup world when he was an intern at Odeo, which later became Twitter. He spent two years at Google - the first of which was spent working on Gmail, Google Reader, and other products, and during the latter he worked on the Corporate Development team. Kevin has always had a passion for social products that enable people to communicate more easily, and, combined with his passion for photography, Instagram was a natural fit.
Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Cisco
Padmasree Warrior is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions. She helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, the integration of new business models, the incubation of new technologies, and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.
In her previous role, Warrior served as CTO and also co-led Cisco’s worldwide engineering organization. As Senior Vice President, Engineering, she was responsible for core switching, collaboration, cloud computing and data center/virtualization, security, and architectures for business transformation.
Fred Wilson, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures and Founder of Flatiron Partners
Fred has been a venture capitalist since 1987, helping people start and build technology companies. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. He also writes a popular blog, AVC.com.