Speaker Lineup
In addition to presentations from over 50 of the leading high growth tech companies, SEVC features several dozen industry experts speaking on the latest topics and best practices in the world of high tech entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Additional speakers are added daily, so check back regularly for the latest updates.

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Dave McClure | Founder, 500 Startups

Dave McClure

Dave McClure is the founding partner of 500 Startups, a venture capital firm and startup incubator in Silicon Valley founded by PayPal and Google alumni, with over $150M under management. He has been an investor in hundreds of companies around the world such as Credit Karma, Twilio, MakerBot, Wildfire Interactive, Viki, Mashery, SendGrid, Mint.com, and SlideShare, among others.
Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for twenty-five years as a developer, entrepreneur, blogger, investor, and internet marketing nerd. He has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio, Mint.com, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft. Dave also likes to play ultimate frisbee when his knees don’t hurt.

Marty Moe | President, Vox Media

Marty Moe

Marty Moe is responsible for the strategic direction and all editorial and advertising operations of Vox Media’s content brands. He is also Co-Founder of The Verge and Polygon. Before joining AOL in 2001 as Senior Vice President of all content publishing, Marty served as Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, and earlier practiced corporate law for five years at Skadden Arps in Washington, DC. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after graduating Magna Cum Laude from NYU School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review.

Alan Davidson | Director of Digital Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Alan Davidson

Alan Davidson is the first Director of Digital Economy at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce. Prior to joining the department, Alan was director of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also was a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), where he was a co-founder of the new MIT Information Policy Project and a Fellow at the Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business. Until 2012, Alan was the Director of Public Policy for Google in the Americas. He opened Google’s Washington, D.C. office in 2005, and led the company’s public policy and government relations efforts in North and South America.

Bobby Franklin | President & CEO, National Venture Capital Association

Bobby Franklin

Bobby Franklin is the President & CEO of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) whose membership includes thousands of individuals that invest in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and guide the formation and growth of innovative startup companies.  With over 25 years of experience in advocacy and public policy in our nation’s capital, Bobby took the helm of NVCA in September of 2013 after nearly a decade at CTIA – The Wireless Association, where he first served as head lobbyist and then spent the next eight years as the association’s Executive Vice President.  Prior to joining CTIA, Bobby worked for wireless provider Alltel Corporation as both their lobbyist and then head of the company’s Washington office.  An Arkansas native, Bobby got his start in Washington working in the U.S. Senate for Senator David Pryor of Arkansas.

Joseph Brantuk | Vice President, Global Corporate Client Group

Joe Brantuk

Joseph Brantuk is Vice President of the Global Corporate Client Group at NASDAQ OMX (NASDAQ: NDAQ), the world’s largest exchange company.  In this role, Mr. Brantuk manages NASDAQ’s new listings efforts in domestic listings across all sectors. He brings over ten years of experience within the exchange field, to bear on his work in guiding companies and their legal financial advisors on the process of listing on the U.S.’s largest electronic market.

Dayna Grayson | Partner, NEA

Dayna Grayson

Dayna Grayson is a partner at NEA and invests in companies the provide day to day productivity and utility to consumers and businesses alike. Specific areas if interest include SaaS, vertically integrated eCommerce, media, and on demand consumer services. Dayna is a Board Director of Onshape, Desktop Metal, Fiftythree, APX Labs, Pocket, and Curalate, among others. Dayna’s 10 year investment career was preceded by a career in product development and design. She has a BS in Systems Engineering from UVA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Christine Kelleher | Managing Director, Avec Capital

Christine Kelleher

Christine Zapotoczky Kelleher is a managing director with Avec Capital, a boutique investment advisory and placement firm, responsible for investment sourcing and evaluation, guiding the firm in anticipating institutional investors’ allocation priorities, and monitoring the partners’ investments. She is an experienced institutional portfolio manager who brings a global perspective to asset allocation and risk management, previously serving as senior investment officer for Georgetown University overseeing the school’s endowment and retirement plan. In 2012, Christine was named one of aiCIO’s Chief Investment Officer Forty [mostly] under Forty.

Tim Jenkins | CEO, 4INFO

Tim Jenkins

4INFO CEO Tim Jenkins is a seasoned Silicon Valley veteran with extensive experience in developing profitable strategies and scaling companies. He has more than 25 years in senior operational and executive roles at several tech companies including Apple and Stratacom (acquired by Cisco). Tim was also the CEO of Simpata, a SaaS based HR and benefits platform. He founded Creative Wonders, a joint venture between Electronic Arts and Cap/Cities ABC later sold to The Learning Company/Mattel.

Ross Fubini | Venture Partner, Canaan Partners

Ross Fubini

A Venture Partner in the Menlo Park office, Ross joined Canaan Partners in 2012, and looks for investment opportunities with companies that have the capacity and desire to build a loyal and enthusiastic fan base. Ross is also an active board member for the Level Playing Field Institute, a nonprofit committed to supporting underrepresented individuals in achieving success in science, technology, engineering and math.

Jeffrey Black | Director, Verizon Ventures

Jeffrey Black

Jeffrey Black joined Verizon Ventures in 2012. Prior to Verizon Ventures, Jeffrey joined Verizon in 2009 and was involved in numerous M&A and strategic investment transactions. Previously, he worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, structuring debt, equity, and M&A transactions. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he worked in the corporate finance department at Delta Air Lines. Jeffrey received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Dustin Freckleton | CEO, BSX Athletics

Dustin Freckleton

Dr. Dustin Freckleton received his MD/MBA from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and has an extensive background in digital health and human performance. He currently serves as CEO of BSX Athletics, a predictive health/fitness technology company based out of Austin, TX. He is a named inventor on multiple patents and is an instructor at the USATF National Education Project. In November 2015 BSX released the second generation of its flagship product – BSXinsight, the industry’s leading real-time muscle monitor. It is the first and only device that measures exactly how hard your body is working and what it’s capable of.

Bob Hower | Co-Founder, G20 Ventures

Bob Hower

Bob is a 13-year VC vet twice named to the Forbes “Midas List,” having led investments in great ideas and great teams including Acme Packet (APKT, acquired by Oracle), AppIQ (acquired by HP), Channel Advisor (ECOM), Actifio, [x+1], Evergage and Thinking Phone Networks. Before becoming a Venture investor, Bob held senior marketing, product management, and sales positions at Lotus Development, Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, General Mills, and Priority Call Management. Today Bob is on the Boards of Channel Advisor, Actifio, [x+1], and Thinking Phone Networks. He remains a GP at Advanced Technology Ventures.

Natalie Buford-Young | Business Development Executive, Deloitte

Natalie Buford-Young

An accomplished corporate executive, entrepreneur, and company advisor with a background in the broadcast and technology industries, Natalie Buford-Young is a Senior Business Development Executive with Deloitte’s Emerging Growth Company Practice for the Southeast US and Austin. She is an active leader in the entrepreneur community and serves as Executive Director for Deloitte’s Tech Venture Center of Greater Washington which provides programs and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and other services providers. Recently named to the list of Power Women in Tech by Bisnow, she is a tireless advocate for the tech scenes in the markets she serves including, DC, Carolinas, Atlanta and Austin. Natalie is a highly active board member of The Vinetta Project which provides uplift for women business founders to the investor community.

Matthew Delloroso | Co-Founder & CEO, WealthForge

Matthew Dellorso

Mat is an inspired innovator and entrepreneur in financial technology. As a progenitor of online private capital markets, Mat is a frequent speaker and is a recognized thought leader having been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the New York Times on market trends and changes in private investment regulation. Mat through co-founding and leading WealthForge, a financial technology company powering the next generation of private capital markets, has worked directly with FINRA and the SEC toward Regulation D, A and JOBS Act securities legislation and the importance of investor protections in an emerging market. At WealthForge, Mat’s leadership has been instrumental to position WealthForge, as an industry leader with his focus on corporate development, product strategy, capital strategy, and identifying market opportunities. As a Managing Principal of WealthForge Securities, LLC, Mat holds his FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 79 and 99 licenses. Mat received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Information Technology from the University of Richmond.

Ryan Moore | Partner, Accomplice

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore is a founder of Accomplice and focuses on emerging web service companies. At Accomplice Ryan seeded Button, clypd, DraftKings, Joist and Plastiq; and was the initial investor in Rocketmiles, Ubersense (acquired by Hudl) and OYO Sportstoys. He serves on the boards of MOO, OwnerIQ, Secret Escapes, The Currency Cloud, Valore and Globoforce. Before Accomplice Ryan co-founded and was a managing partner at GrandBanks Capital, where he invested in WHERE (sold to PayPal), Enpocket (sold to Nokia), Nexage (sold to Millennial Media), Savored (sold to Groupon), and Vela Systems (sold to AutoDesk).

Atul Rustgi | Partner, Accolade Partners

Atul Rustgi

Atul Rustgi is a Partner at Accolade. Prior to joining Accolade in 2007, Atul worked at McKinsey & Co., a leading strategy consulting firm, where he advised senior management on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations. Before McKinsey, Atul worked at the Robin Hood Foundation, a venture philanthropy that funds and supports innovative poverty-fighting organizations in New York City. Atul holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Gary Callaghan | Managing Director, Protiviti

Gary Callaghan

Gary is a Managing Director in Protiviti’s Metro DC office and leads Protiviti’s Mid-Atlantic Finance and Accounting Excellence practice. He has helped numerous clients make process, technology, and organizational improvements within all areas of the finance function. With 21 years of management consulting experience, including eight years at Arthur Andersen, he has led engagements in such areas as financial process improvement, financial close optimization, due diligence, merger integration, system selection and implementation, internal controls, and SOX regulatory compliance. From an initial assessment through to post implementation support, he has helped clients along a broad continuum of services. Gary has done work for both Fortune 500 and small firms across diverse industries. He regularly serves as a subject matter specialist for improvements within Finance.

Steven Kaplan | Partner, Pillsbury

Steven Kaplan

Steve Kaplan is a partner in Pillsbury’s law firm’s Corporate & Securities – Technology group. Mr. Kaplan helps entrepreneurs build businesses. From entity formation and early-stage capital raises, to corporate governance and general legal matters faced by growing companies, though later stage venture capital and private equity financings, Mr. Kaplan guides clients through the legal issues entrepreneurial businesses encounter as they grow. Ultimately, Mr. Kaplan uses his diverse mergers and acquisition experience to counsel his clients as they reach the sale of their business or other liquidity event. Mr. Kaplan’s practice focuses on a wide range of industry sectors including, enterprise software, web-services, cyber security, intelligence and defense, e-commerce, online gaming, life sciences, information technology and government contracting.

Alex Estevez | Venture Partner, Accel Partners

Alex Estevez

Mr. Estevez helps Silicon Valley-based Accel Partners with portfolio companies and investment opportunities based in the eastern United States. Accel is a global leader in venture capital, having invested in companies such as Atlassian, Dropbox, Dropcam, Etsy, Facebook, Lynda.com, Slack, Squarespace and Spotify. Mr. Estevez is currently on the advisory board of BetterCloud and Grovo, both New York-based Accel investments. Prior to Accel, Mr. Estevez worked in San Francisco as CFO of Atlassian (Nasdaq: TEAM), a global leader in team collaboration software. During these three years, Mr. Estevez helped triple bookings to nearly a $300 million runrate, and he helped grow shareholder value from $400 million to $3.3 billion via minority investment with T. Rowe Price.

Lee Wang | COO, WeddingWire

Lee Wang

Since 2006, Lee has served as Chief Operating Officer of WeddingWire and is responsible for overseeing business operations and driving revenue growth and retention strategies. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Lee held the post of Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Parature Inc, a software­as­a­service company in the customer support and service industry. At Parature, Lee led the efforts to evangelize and convert the commercial industry to adopt cloud based software solutions. Preceding Parature, Lee co­founded Blackboard Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: BBBB) in 1998 which was sold to Providence Equity Partners for $1.64B in 2011. Lee holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering in Operations Research/Finance from Cornell University.

Amanda Jackson | Senior Director, SRS Acquiom

Amanda Jackson

Amanda has been building relationships for SRS Acquiom within the private equity, venture capital, legal and M&A communities in the Eastern U.S and Europe for the past five years as senior director of business development. She works with prospective clients and outside counsel to streamline the process of engaging SRS Acquiom, and provides guidance on our role in handling post-closing issues such as purchase price adjustments, indemnification claims, escrow funds and payments.

Matthew Hartman | Director of Seed Investments, betaworks

Matt Hartman

Matt Hartman is director of seed investments at betaworks, a startup studio & venture investor focusing on the consumer Internet products. Matt began his career designing the technology platform for Trammell Crow Company (acquired by CBRE) before joining Hot Potato (acquired by Facebook) and building ReferBoost, a profitable business. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Northwestern University. He is inventor of patent 8189781, a process for obfuscating digital images. You can listen to Matt’s podcast about profitable businesses at http://hrt.mn/podcast.

Logan Bartlett | Venture Capital Investor, Battery Ventures

Logan Bartlett

Before joining Battery, Logan was at Spurrier Capital Partners, a boutique merchant bank focused on the technology sector. There, he sourced application-software deals with a focus on companies in the marketing-automation sector as well as sales force automation, human-capital management, work management/collaboration, front-office analytics and data-services companies. Prior to that, Logan served as an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank focusing on financial technology.

Oisin Hanrahan | Co-Founder & CEO, Handy

Oisin Hanrahan

Oisin Hanrahan is the Co-Founder & CEO of Handy, an online platform for booking household services. Prior to founding Handy, Oisin founded MiCandidate, a service that provided real time political content to media companies in 25 European countries. He also founded Clearwater Group, a real estate development business in Budapest, Hungary. In 2009, Oisin co-founded The Undergraduate Awards, a foundation that supports and celebrates outstanding undergraduate students globally.

Roland Reynolds | Managing Director, Industry Ventures

Roland Reynolds

Roland Reynolds is responsible for sourcing and evaluating primary commitments and early secondary and is also actively involved in fundraising and maintaining limited partner relationships. He is on the investment committee for the Industry Ventures Partnership Holdings funds. Previously, he was the founder and managing partner of Little Hawk Capital Management LLC which was acquired by Industry Ventures. He also spent five years as a Principal with Columbia Capital, a leading communications and information technology venture capital firm with $2.0 billion under management. Earlier in his career, Roland was an investment banker for four years with JP Morgan & Co. in New York.

Scot Wingo | Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, ChannelAdvisor

Scot Wingo

Scot is an e-commerce industry thought leader, contributing regularly to several ChannelAdvisor blogs and speaking often at industry events. Scot’s newest venture is Get Spiffy, Inc an on-demand car wash and detailing business that is growing rapidly. Scot received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Masters of Computer Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. Scot has received numerous awards including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Triangle Business Journal’s Businessperson of the Year.

Denise Garcia | Managing Director, ICR

Denise Garcia

Denise works with ICR’s Internet and eCommerce clients as Managing Director. She has been recognized for her thought leadership as an Internet industry analyst and senior sell-side analyst. Prior to ICR, Denise held several senior-level positions within Internet media companies following experience as an Internet analyst at W.R. Hambrecht, A.G. Edwards and industry analyst at Gartner.

Rosalyn Lemieux | CEO, Attentive.ly

Rosalyn Lemieux

Roz Lemieux is CEO of Attentively and partner at Fission Strategy. She served as the ED of the New Organizing Institute. She has won awards including a 2014 Stevie and 2012 Campaigns & Elections Innovator. She serves on the boards of National Priorities Project, Turing School, and Chattahoochee Hills Charter School Foundation.

Rohyt Belani | Co-Founder & CEO, PhishMe, Inc.

Rohyt Belani

Rohyt has over 13 years of experience in the information security industry with prior roles including – Co-founder & CEO of Intrepidus Group (acquired by NCC Group), Managing Director at Mandiant, Principal Consultant at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee), and Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and is a contributing author for Hack Notes – Network Security and Extrusion Detection: Security Monitoring for Internal Intrusions. Rohyt holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bombay University, and a Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Nick Assad | SVP of Business Development, CirrusMD

Nick Assad

Nick is the SVP of Business Development for CirrusMD where he specializes in working with large health systems, insurance companies and provider groups to implement integrated value-based telemedicine applications for immediate impact on population health and shared risk contracts reducing healthcare costs while empowering physicians. Nick works with the health system to separate telemedicine from their fee for service business that continues to operate under common medical direction and the health systems shared risk contracts to maximize profits while at the same time driving adoption of population health and value based care within the community.

Peter Levin | CEO, Amida

Peter Levin

Peter L. Levin is the founder and CEO of Amida Technology Solutions, an information technology firm that focuses on data interoperability and digital platform strategies. Previously, Peter served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he led their health record modernization initiative and led the inter-agency development of the Blue Button Initiative. Prior to joining the Administration, he was executive director of the open source network security company Astaro (acquired by Sophos), the lead investor and board member of the electronic design automation (EDA) company NeoLinear (acquired by Cadence), and co-founder of the GPS-based cybersecurity company Zanio (acquired by Boeing).

Logan Soya | Founder & CEO, Aquicore

Logan Soya

Logan Soya is the Founder and CEO of Aquicore, the emerging leader in connected environments – using Internet of Things technologies to transform real estate environments. An expert in data management and analysis, SaaS architecture, and energy management solutions, Logan founded Aquicore in 2013 to help real estate leaders build smarter cities using real-time data. Current clients include Under Armour, Vornado, Brookfield Asset Management, Cushman & Wakefield, and MRP Realty. Logan received his MBA at Georgetown University and London Business School, a MS in Systems Management, and a BS in Physics.

Jason Caplain | General Partner, Bull City Venture Partners

Jason Caplain

Prior to co-founding BCVP, Jason co-founded Southern Capitol Ventures. Previously, he spent two years at Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), the world’s premier open source and Linux provider. There, he directed the company’s global budgeting process, provided financial analysis for the successful IPO in August 1999 and performed due diligence on many of the company’s acquisitions. Prior to Red Hat, Jason was at Harrison Hurley and Company, an investment banking and business-consulting firm headquartered in Providence, RI.

Carolyn Parent | CEO, LiveSafe

Carolyn Parent

Carolyn Parent is a leader in building digital and mobile communications data solution organizations, with more than 20 years’ experience as a successful entrepreneur, sales leader and team builder for small, mid-cap and Fortune 500 private and public companies. As LiveSafe’s chief executive officer and president, she is directing the mobile safety communications firm’s expansion into corporate enterprise security serving many industries including global media corporations, sports and entertainment venues as well as healthcare facilities. She will also grow what is now the leading safety solution for colleges and universities.

Mark Modica | CEO, Vyance, Inc.

Mark Modica

Mark is currently the CEO of Vyance, Inc. a venture-backed startup that has developed and deployed a big data platform that uses targeted video connected to machine data to give enterprises complete visibility into critical assets, operations and their customers. Mark has over 25 years of experience in sales, operating and finance with private and public technology companies in the early and lower middle markets in industries including cloud computing, big data analytics, mobility and security. He has he led investments in StoredIQ (acquired by IBM), Trust Digital (acquired by McAfee), Digital Sandbox (acquired by Haystax) and most recently Pivot3, a pioneer in hyper-converged infrastructure.

Peter Harrison | CEO, Snagajob

Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison is the CEO at Snagajob. He works to position the company to hourly job seekers and employers as a strategic partner that is helping transform the marketplace for on-demand hourly workers through mobile technology. Peter has more than 30 years of experience building and operating global technology enabled services companies. From 2001 to 2012, Peter served as CEO of GlobalLogic building the company from 20 employees to more than 6,000. Prior to GlobalLogic, Harrison was SVP of Field Operations at Versata where he led the growth of revenue from $1 million to $56 million in four years, culminating in an IPO in 2000, which at the time ranked in the top 25 best openings of all time.

Matt Fates | General Partner, Ascent Venture Partners

Matt Fates

Matt joined the Ascent team in 2002 to continue his work with innovative early stage enterprise IT companies. Matt loves seeing common problems solved using new technology and was attracted to venture capital because it enables him to work closely with management teams over a longer time frame, developing strong relationships. Over the last decade at Ascent, Matt has focused on investments in data analytics (Interactive Supercomputing – acquired by Microsoft and Cymfony – acquired by TNS), cloud business services (HubCast, StrikeIron – acquired by Informatica) and security (Fidelis – acquired by General Dynamics, and PerspecSys – acquired by Blue Coat Systems).

Charles Soranno | General Partner, Protiviti

Charles Soranno

Charles Soranno is a managing director with Protiviti, a global consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. He is a leader of Protiviti’s Public Company Transformation practice, and regularly advises pre-IPO and newly public companies in support of their accounting and regulatory compliance initiatives. Also a leader in the firm’s internal audit practice, Charles has provided assistance to companies experiencing significant reconciliation and restatements, business combination activity, divestitures and carve out / separation initiatives, external auditor and regulatory inquiries, and difficulties in implementing new accounting pronouncements.

David Drahms | Partner, Osage Venture Partners

David Drahms

David joined Osage in 2005 and, together with founding partner Bob Adelson, helped close Osage’s initial early stage fund and build the foundation for Osage Venture Partners. David has led or played a supporting role in each of OVP’s investments. He covers a broad range of verticals within enterprise software and leads OVP’s investing efforts in healthcare IT. David serves on the Board of Directors of 51Maps, Halfpenny Technologies and Identropy, and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Automated Insights (acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2015) and Ceptaris (acquired by Actelion in 2013 for $250M).

Kristin Gunther | Vice President, Revolution Growth

Kristin Gunther

Kristin Gunther is a Vice President at Revolution Growth. Kristin brings over 10 years of experience in private equity, finance, and operations to Revolution Growth. Prior to joining Revolution, she spent five years at Perseus LLC, most recently as Vice President, where she worked with portfolio companies and management teams on growth strategies, operating and finance matters, and exit planning. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Rothschild Inc. in New York, NY and as a research associate at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, CT. Kristin received a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University and earned her M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Rik Vandevenne | Director, River Cities Capital Funds

Rik Vandevenne

Rik Vandevenne joined River Cities in 2004 to focus on information technology and healthcare investment opportunities. He brings to River Cities a strong background in strategy and business management at high-growth companies. Rik is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities and working with executives in portfolio companies on marketing, sales execution, product development and strategy.

Brian Rich | Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Catalyst Investors

Brian Rich

Brian Rich is responsible for the general management and investment policy of Catalyst Investors. He monitors all of the firm’s investment opportunities and provides counsel for all portfolio companies. A veteran investor, he has more than 20 years of experience in the business services, technology and wireless sectors.

Bill Siegel | Head of Private Market, NASDAQ

Bill Siegel

Bill Siegel is the Head of NASDAQ Private Market, the premier equity services provider to private companies. NASDAQ Private Market’s solutions enable private companies to digitize, integrate, and control all of their equity-related functions, including cap table management, shareholder liquidity, and investor relations. Mr. Siegel joined NASDAQ Private Market as part of the acquisition of SecondMarket Solutions, of which he was CEO. Prior to joining SecondMarket, Mr. Siegel was the SVP and Head of Corporate Finance at The Receivables Exchange, a marketplace for working capital finance transactions. Prior to his time at The Receivables Exchange, Mr. Siegel worked at SAC Capital, a global multi-strategy hedge fund, where he managed a high yield debt portfolio.

Shellie Davis | Senior Director of M&A, The Coca-Cola Company

Shellie Davis

Shellie Davis is Director, Mergers & Acquisitions for The Coca-Cola Company, working in Atlanta, USA. The Coca-Cola Company’s M&A department is responsible for traditional M&A work, Business Development opportunities, as well as Corporate Venturing. In her current role, Shellie supports Coca-Cola’s Marketing and Technical functions globally across all three areas of M&A. Shellie has worked at Coca-Cola for over 20 years in a variety of Finance and IT roles, in both Canada and the USA. She is a graduate of both the University of Western Ontario and the University of Windsor and is a Chartered Accountant.

Holly Maloney McConnell | Principal, North Bridge Growth Equity

Holly Maloney McConnell

Holly joined North Bridge Growth Equity in 2010. She makes investments in disruptive, growth-stage technology and technology-enabled companies out of the firm’s $1.1 billion in dedicated assets for growth equity. She helps lead investing efforts in software, open source, communications, infrastructure, and on-demand services. She has partnered with entrepreneurs at companies such as BrightTALK, Dyn, erecruit, Spoonflower, and WP Engine.

Dan Mindus | Founder, NextGen Venture Partners

Dan Mindus

Dan Mindus is the Founder and Managing Partner of NextGen Venture Partners, a network-driven venture firm that brings together hundreds vof young entrepreneurs and innovators to fund and support exceptional entrepreneurs. Dan has been included twice in Washingtonian magazine’s list of 100 DC Tech Titans. He holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mike Becker | Managing Partner, Vocap Investment Partners

Mike Becker

Mike loves the entrepreneurial process and has over 20 years of investing, technology and operations experience, much of it working with growth stage companies. He works with entrepreneurs in a variety of sectors, including marketing technology, supply chain management software, health care IT, and education technology. Mike current serves in a Board or Board observer capacity with Blue Ridge Solutions, Social123, Routehappy, Firsthand, and Array Health. Prior to joining Vocap, Mike served as the COO of Triton Digital’s Applications & Services Division. Mike has served as a Partner with Summit Investors, an investment partnership focusing on private and public investment opportunities. He also held positions with Kurt Salmon Associates and Andersen Consulting. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Adam VeVerka | Director of Business Development, NewSpring Capital

Adam VeVerka

Mr. VeVerka is Director of Business Development for NewSpring Capital. He focuses his time on new deal origination, including managing relationships with NewSpring’s proprietary partner network and NewSpring’s company outreach initiatives. Most recently, Mr. VeVerka was an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse. In this role, he assisted on several transactions in the financial institutions and financial technology sectors where his primary responsibilities were financial modeling, due diligence and deal marketing. Prior to Investment Banking, Mr. VeVerka worked in Credit Suisse’s Information Technology division, where he worked closely with the Chief Technology Officer evaluating new technologies for the firm. While completing his degree, Mr. VeVerka spent two summers at Goldman Sachs and worked on the Chairman’s staff at American Financial Group / Chiquita Brands. Mr. VeVerka graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s honors business program with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology and minors in Finance and Real Estate.

Allen Gannett | CEO, TrackMaven

Alan Gannett

Allen Gannett is the CEO and Founder of TrackMaven. TrackMaven is a content and social marketing analytics company based in Washington, D.C. that has raised over $25M in institutional capital. Allen also serves as a General Partner at Acceleprise Ventures, where he invests in early-stage SaaS companies. Previously he was CEO of Splash Networks. Allen lives in Washington, D.C. and was once a very pitiful runner-up on Wheel of Fortune.

Marc Lederman | Co-Founder & General Partner, NewSpring Capital

Marc Lederman

Mr. Lederman has an extensive background in finance, investing, consulting and accounting. He currently serves on the boards of 3Pillar Global (Product Development Services), Exegy (FinTech), Snagajopb (Human Capital MGMT), VelociData (Big Data) and VidSys (Physical Security Information Management). Mr. Lederman was selected as one of the Philadelphia region’s “Outstanding Directors” in 2014 and “40 Under 40” business leaders in 2005. He received a B.S. in Accountancy from Villanova University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Joel Hwang | VP, HarbourVest

Joel Hwang

Joel Hwang joined HarbourVest in 2008. He makes direct investments into operating companies with a focus on growth stage technology and software. Joel serves as a board member at FiveStars Loyalty and has also been involved with several other investments, including Appriss, Intelex Technologies and TeamViewer. Previously, Joel worked in technology investment banking at Citigroup and also spent time at Cisco in corporate development. Joel received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Calhoun | Managing Partner, Valor Ventures

Lisa Calhoun

Lisa has coached nearly 100 tech startups toward liquidity events. She’s helped entrepreneurs create over $1B in value by influencing marketing and positioning strategy. Before forming Valor, Lisa founded Write2Market, ranked among the Top 10 Agencies for Startups in the United States. In 2012, Lisa was nationally recognized as an Entrepreneur of the Year by the American Business Awards. She writes a column for Inc. on entrepreneurship and publishes the online magazine FemaleEntrepreneurs. Her MBA is from the University of Texas and her undergraduate work was completed at Baylor University.

Nic Poulos | Principal, Bowery Capital

Nic Poulos

Nic is a Principal at Bowery Capital based in New York. Prior to forming Bowery Capital, Nic was an Associate at AOL Ventures where he helped drive investment in and support of over 20 companies, primarily in the enterprise software space. Before AOL Ventures, he served as a Manager at Advertising.com, leading various business development initiatives focused around ad tech and sales. Earlier, Nic worked as a technology investment banking analyst at GCA Savvian Advisors in the firm’s Internet group. While there, he participated in the acquisitions of Broadband Enterprises and Register.com, as well as various early- and mid-stage private financings. Nic holds an A.B. in History from Princeton University.

Ted Ridgway | COO, Kit Check

Ted Ridgway

Ted is the COO of Kit Check a digital health company in DC, where he runs finance, accounting, operations and account management. Prior to Kit Check, Ted was CFO of SunLink Corporation (working for the inimitable Chris Tilley), a leader in the commercial solar racking industry, providing for utility and commercial installations. He was also interim Head of Sales. Prior to SunLink, he acted as the CFO at Credit.com, a leading internet consumer credit and finance destination. Prior to Credit.com, he was CFO and COO of Impact Displays, an internet-based trade show display company. Also, prior to Impact Ted was VP/GM of the $200m carrier equipment business unit at RadiSys and VP of Business/Corporate Dev (working for inimitable Scott Grout).

John Backus | Co-Founder & Managing Partner, NAV.VC

John Backus

John is a co-founder and Managing Partner at NAV.VC, an innovative venture capital firm with several early stage funds investing in cybersecurity, ecommerce, mobile, higher education, digital media and the business of healthcare. We are also about to reinvent VC with our PROOF Fund. I’m based just outside Washington DC and have been investing nationally for two decades, both within the DFJ network and through the firm we started in 2006. I serve on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI), Invincea, Spotflux, BrandYourself, PokitDok and the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation.

Ashton Newhall | Co-Founder & Managing General Partner, Greenspring Associates

Ashton Newhall

Ashton co-founded Greenspring Associates in 2000, and manages the Firm’s office in Owings Mills, Maryland. Ashton is a third-generation venture capitalist. Before co-founding Greenspring Associates, he was at T. Rowe Price Associates (“T. Rowe Price”), where he was one of the youngest marketers of the firm’s investment management services to both institutions and high net worth investors. Specifically, he marketed T. Rowe Price investment management services to the general partners of venture capital funds and entrepreneurs in both the United States and abroad. Ashton graduated from Elon College. He also studied via exchange programs at the University of Legon in Accra, Ghana and Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

Jonathan Perl | General Partner, Boulder Ventures

Jonathan Perl

Jonathan Perl joined the Mid-Atlantic office of Boulder Ventures in 2002. For more than 18 years he has had the privilege of investing with awesome entrepreneurs building enduring early-stage software companies. He currently sits on the boards of Zenoss, Intellinote, Surfwatch Labs, Terrago Technologies, ReverbNation, Adwerx and MAVA. In addition, he manages investments in Clarabridge and MediaMath. Mr. Perl holds an MBA from Dartmouth College and a BA from Tufts University.

Clay Martin | Attorney, Wyrick Robbins

Clay Martin

Clay’s practice focuses on public and private offerings, securities law reporting and compliance, venture capital financings, and mergers & acquisitions. He advises start-ups, public companies, and venture capital funds in matters ranging from initial formation and general corporate finance to corporate governance and securities law disclosure. A native of Raleigh, Clay received his J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. While in law school, Clay served as a staff member and editor of the North Carolina Law Review. Clay earned his B.A. in Economics, with a second major in History, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Don Rainey | General Partner, GroTech Ventures

Don Rainey

Don Rainey is a venture capitalist with a long and active relationship in the academic arena as both a professor and mentor. He works with the state of Virginia, the federal government and others to assist in technology transfer from public and academic institutions to the commercial sector. Don’s area of investment expertise centers around Internet and social media-related startups. He is a prolific blogger and frequent contributor to various business and VC trade publications including BusinessInsider and VentureBeat.

Steve Murray | Partner, Revolution Growth

Steve Murray

Steve joined the Revolution Growth team as a partner in 2016 with over 25 years of experience with high growth technology businesses. He joined Revolution from Softbank where he worked effectively for nearly 20 years with some of the most important technology companies of our generation including Yahoo, Etrade, GeoCities, Ziff Davis, GSI Commerce, Buzzfeed, Criteo, Fitbit, xAd, Kabbage and many others. Steve started his career at the international accounting & consulting firm, Deloitte, and graduated from Boston College with a degree in Accounting.

Florent Peyre | Co-Founder & President, Placemeter

Florent Peyre

Florent Peyre is Co-Founder and President of Placemeter. Previously, Florent started Casahop, and prior to that he served as Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for Gilt City, member of the Gilt Groupe. Florent holds an MA in International Law from Sorbonne University and a Master’s from Sciences Po Paris.

Sean Barkman | Vice President, Ballast Point Ventures

Sean Barkman

Prior to joining Ballast Point Ventures in 2011, Sean was part of the Technology Investment Banking Group at Raymond James. Sean holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Central Florida, where he graduated summa cum laude, and an MBA from Rollins College.

Steve Vintz | CFO, Tenable

Steve Vintz

Steve Vintz is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of financial, operational and strategic planning experience working with growth companies in the technology industry. As CFO of Tenable, Steve oversees finance, legal, human resources, corporate communications and information technology worldwide.

Courtney Tellefsen | Founder & CEO, The Produce Box

Courtney Tellefsen

Courtney Tellefsen is the founder/CEO of The Produce Box. For the past 9 years, she has led a team of 200 stay-at home moms and dads, creating a food system that sends local produce to 10,000+ NC residents. She is also currently trying to survive life with two middle schoolers in the house….

Frank Ambrose | EVP – Platform & Customer Operations, Rally Health, Inc.

Frank Ambrose

Frank leads the team responsible for operating the platform that services enterprise clients and end users of Rally Health’s suite of solutions for driving consumer health engagement. Frank has more than 20 years of experience in infrastructure, product and IT engineering and operations at companies including MCI Telecommunications, AOL and Linden Lab.

Brian Goldsmith | Principial, Bain Capital Ventures

Brian Goldsmith

Brian joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2012, and is a Principal in the firm’s Boston office. He invests in companies across a variety of industries, with a focus on application software and data companies. His portfolio and board responsibilities includes EverTrue, Hireology, Booker, RDC, JustWorks, LogicSource, and Dynamics.

Zvi Band | Co-Founder/CEO, Contactually

Zvi Band

Zvi Band is the co-founder and CEO of Contactually, which helps professionals generate more business by staying engaged with their key relationships. Founded in 2011, Contactually has grown to over 60 employees, thousands of customers, and $12 million in venture funding. In addition, Zvi is also heavily involved in fostering a strong startup community by running ProudlyMadeInDC and the DCTechMeetup, as well as mentoring startups at 1776 and 500Startups. He is a three time Washingtonian Tech Titan.

Alexander Howard | Independent Writer & Editor

Alexander Howard

Alexander B. Howard is an independent writer and editor. Until January 2016, he was the first senior editor for technology and society at the Huffington Post. Previously, he was a columnist at TechRepublic and a frequent contributor to TechPresident. Howard has held research fellowships at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and the Networked Transparency Policy Project in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2013, he founded e-pluribusbunum.org a blog focused on open government and technology.

Trevor Kienzle | Managing Director, Correlation Ventures

Trevor Kienzle

As a founder and Managing Director of Correlation Ventures, Trevor helps lead the firm, manages its Bay Area office, and leads its Information Technology, Consumer, and Business Services investment practices. Trevor began his venture capital career in 1997. Prior to Correlation, Trevor was a Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital fund headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, he led investments in the technology sector, including in such companies as MetaLINCS (acquired by Seagate) and Onaro (acquired by NetApp). Previously, Trevor was Vice President at GE Equity, the $2 billion venture capital arm of GE Capital, most recently as co-head of the Software Group. He had responsibility for a team of investment professionals managing 26 portfolio companies. He led GE Equity’s investments in Okena (acquired by Cisco), Secureworks (acquired by Dell), and RSA Security (RSAS) (successful PIPE investment, acquired by EMC) and co-led its investment in Netscreen (NSCN, acquired by Juniper). Trevor also was co-founder and CFO of Loans USA (acquired by Mariner Finance).

Aymerik Renard | Director, SanDisk Ventures

Aymerik Renard

Aymerik joined SanDisk in 2014 to head SanDisk Ventures’ activities in the Americas, out of the larger Corporate Business Development organization that also spearheads M&A. Sandisk Ventures targets investments across the spectrum of flash storage—from companies with solutions that enhance enterprise storage applications to companies that develop consumer products, including IoT, wearable, mobile, and drone technologies. Aymerik has over 20 years of business development and venture capital experience, 14 of which he spent as a corporate investor for the Orange-France Telecom Group in North America, investing in start-ups involved in enterprise, consumer, and carrier technologies spanning hardware, software, and services. Aymerik earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Information & Decision Systems, with an additional major in Policy & Management, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Saar Yoskovitz | CEO & Co-Founder, Augury

Saar Yoskovitz

Saar, an avid entrepreneur, has extensive experience in Machine Learning, Signal Processing Algorithms, and System Architecture. Prior to founding Augury Systems, Saar worked as an Analog Architect at Intel. Saar holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion). During his studies, Saar initiated a voluntary project called “Select – Students for Technological Advancement,” for which he received the Israel’s Council of Higher Education (MALAG) award for social involvement.

Derek Harp | Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, NexDefense

Derek Harp

A serial entrepreneur and pre-seed investor in technology companies, Derek has founded, led, and advised new enterprises for more than 20 years. In addition to his current role with NexDefense, Derek helped launch and provides leadership to the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity Business at the SANS Institute. He is also a founding steering committee member and co-manager of the Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) certification, which launched globally in 2013. A Navy veteran, Derek served as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer tasked with physical security, combat information management, communications security and intelligence responsibilities.

Ryan Darnell | Partner, Basset Investment Group

Ryan Darnell

Ryan is a Principal at Basset Investment Group, an early-stage venture firm in NYC. His early-stage investments include Boxed Wholesale, Zoomcar India, Eloquii, Button, Le Tote, AlphaDraft, Drone Racing League and over a dozen other early-stage companies. Prior to Basset, Ryan was an investor at Modern Holdings, a small market private equity group in Summit, NJ. Prior to Modern Holdings Ryan was at FLO Thinkery, an incubator, where he helped launch multiple consumer-facing start-ups. Ryan started his career at Ingram Industries where he held Business Development and Operational positions.

David Jones | General Partner, Bull City Venture Partners

David Jones

Prior to co-founding BCVP, David was (and continues to be) a partner with Southern Capitol Ventures. David was with the Deloitte Consulting practice in Washington, DC where he managed strategic technology projects for the newly formed Department of Homeland Security. David recently received the Triangle Business Journal’s “40 under 40” leadership award and is a frequent guest lecturer at UNC Kenan Flagler Business School. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the US Naval Academy, his MS in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Virginia and his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill.

Stuart Wall | Founder & CEO, Signpost

Stuart Wall

As the CEO and founder of Signpost, Stuart oversees all aspects of strategy, operations and product development. Stuart launched Signpost in 2010 and has since led the company through initial funding from Google Ventures and Spark Capital to the large, growing business Signpost is today. Stuart writes a blog on the local advertising space for the Huffington Post, VentureBeat, Business Insider and CNBC.

Mike McClure | Managing Director, Bespoke Strategies

Mike McClure

Mike McClure leads private investment strategy for the Bespoke Strategies. He oversees manager selection for buyout, growth equity, venture capital, and real assets strategies. Previously, Mike was a Director of Private Markets Investments at the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO). He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tim Hwang | Founder & CEO, FiscalNote

Tim Hwang

Tim Hwang is a technology entrepreneur and Senior Advisor for Government Innovation with experience building early-stage organizations and understanding complex policy issues. He currently serves as the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a tech company that utilizes open data and artificial intelligence to create next-generation legal software.

Joshua Chodniewicz | CEO, Fundify

Joshua Chodniewicz

Josh is co-founder of Art.com, Inc. and served as CEO for 10 years, and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He has in-depth knowledge of the Internet, e-commerce and art industries. His passion for creating new businesses with aspiring entrepreneurs led him to found Fundify.com, a platform which simplifies startup funding by connecting startups, investors, and expert advisors.

Tom Roberts | General Partner, Harbert Venture Partners

Tom Roberts

HVP is a leading emerging growth stage firm focused on tech and healthcare companies from the Midatlantic to Texas. Tom serves on the boards of ControlScan, Iconixx, Invincea, Ledbury, the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and Mobile Posse and oversees HVP’s investment in Clarabridge. He and his partners are actively seeking new investment opportunities in HVP IV.

Eklavya Saraf | Managing Director, Nasdaq

Eklavya Saraf

Eklavya Saraf leads Nasdaq’s new listings efforts in the southeastern U.S. In his role, he advises companies on the process and benefits of listing on Nasdaq, as well as the liquidity options Nasdaq can provide. Eklavya helps develop Nasdaq’s relationships with venture capital, law firms, and other capital markets constituents. He earned his B.S. in Finance from Boston University.

Drew Ladner | President & CEO, Pascal Metrics

Drew Ladner

Drew Ladner is founding Chairman & CEO of Pascal Metrics, whose real-time patient safety and risk solutions benefit healthcare organizations worldwide. Previously, he was General Manager at JBoss, the leading open source middleware leader and, immediately prior, CIO of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. His background also includes early stage ventures such as Netscape, large corporations such as AOL Time Warner, strategy consulting with a Bain & Company spinoff in emerging markets, and helping launch a micro- enterprise bank in East Africa. He served on the bipartisan Markle Foundation (“9-11”) Task Force on National Security and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship.

Rusty Greiff | Managing Director, 1776 Ventures

Rusty Greiff

Rusty Greiff is the managing director for 1776’s education ventures. Most recently, Rusty served as Chief Strategy & Development Officer and co-founder of SF-based Learnist, one of the fastest growing social learning and curation companies in the country with over 25 million global users. With the same venture team and investors including Benchmark Capital and GSV Partners, Rusty was a founding executive team and Board member of Grockit, a pioneering social and adaptive learning company serving over 5 million students globally. He currently advises and serves on Boards of private and publicly traded Higher Education and edtech companies, foundations and non-profits, and is a frequent presenter at national forums on disruptive learning and design, social entrepreneurship, and global public-private partnerships.

Tony Palcheck | Managing Director, Zebra Technologies Ventures

Tony Palcheck

Tony Palcheck is a managing director at Zebra Ventures, based in Lincolnshire, Illinois. In this role, he is responsible for identifying and executing strategic, minority-equity investments in start-up firms to accelerate access to new technologies, future markets and emerging talent for all of Zebra’s businesses.

Josh Roberts | Managing Director & Team Lead, The PrivateBank

Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts is Managing Director & Team Lead, Technology Banking, at The PrivateBank. Previously, Josh was a technology investment banker with RBC and Wachovia. At PrivateBank, he provides middle market independent and sponsor-backed technology firms with customized financing and banking solutions. He holds a BS from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Tom Hawkins | Founder & Managing Partner, Forté Ventures

Tom Hawkins

Tom is the founder and Managing Partner of Forté Ventures, a multi-stage venture capital firm focused on collaborating and co-investing with corporate strategic partners nationally across diversified industry segments. Prior to Forté Ventures, Tom co-founded the Venture Capital line of business at Arcapita Bank in 2005 and raised a $200 million growth stage venture capital fund in 2006. Prior to Arcapita, Tom was an Investment Partner at Siemens Venture Capital, the $850 million venture capital arm of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI).