People

Advisor

Alfred Lin

Sequoia Capital

Partner

If you are an entrepreneur who has the courage to do what seems impossible, the insights to credibly connect the dots between the realities of today to the seemingly impossible future, and the ambition to build an enduring business around those insights, the Sequoia…

Author

Ben Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz

Co-Founder/General Partner/Partner

Mr. Benjamin A. Horowitz, also known as Ben, is a Co-Founder, General Partner, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz LLC. Mr. Horowitz serves as an Advisor of Asana, Inc., Ceros Inc. and TinyCo, Inc. He co-founded Usermind, Inc. in 2013. He co-founded Opsware Inc. (Loudcloud) in…

Investor

Bill Gurley

Benchmark

General Partner

Bill Gurley has spent over 10 years as a general partner at Benchmark, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. His current investments and board seats include Brighter, DogVacay, GrubHub, Linden Lab / secondlife, Nextdoor, OpenTable, Sailthru, Scale Computing, Stitch Fix,…

Influencer

Bill Gurley

Benchmark Capital

General Partner

Bill Gurley has spent over 10 years as a General Partner at Benchmark Capital. Prior to Benchmark, Bill was a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst,…

Influencer

Dave McClure

500 Startups

Founding Partner

I’m a geek, an investor, former software developer, entrepreneur, occasional blogger and internet marketing nerd. I’ve lived in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and I’m passionate about startups & entrepreneurship. I’ve invested in hundreds of companies all over the world. I’m the founding…

Investor

David Hornik

August Capital

General Partner

David is a General Partner with August Capital (www.augustcap.com) and the creator and Executive Producer of The Lobby Conference (www.thelobbyconference.com). He invests broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on consumer facing software and services, enterprise applications and infrastructure software. He is the…

Author

Eric Ries

The Lean Startup

Author

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business”, published by Crown Business. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and…

Influencer

Jack Dorsey

Square, Inc.

CEO

Mr. Jack Dorsey Co-founded Square, Inc. in February 2009 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Dorsey serves as an Adviser of Thrive Capital. He has extensive experience with technology companies. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Twitter, Inc. from…

Influencer

Jeff Weiner

LinkedIn

CEO

Internet executive with over 19 years of experience, including general management of mid to large size organizations, corporate development, product development, business operations, and strategy. Currently CEO at LinkedIn, the web’s largest and most powerful network of professionals. Prior to LinkedIn, was an Executive…

Advisor

John Doerr

Kleiner Perkins

Partner

John Doerr joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1980 and has since backed some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, including Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt of Google; Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, and Scott Cook and Bill Campbell of Intuit. John’s…

Advisor

Marc Andreessen

Andreessen Horowitz

General Partner

Marc Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. Andreessen is the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used web browser; co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation; and co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz. Netscape was acquired by…

Influencer

Marissa Mayer

Yahoo!

President & CEO

Marissa Mayer, born on May 30, 1975, in Wausau, Wisconsin, was appointed CEO of Yahoo in 2012. Prior to joining Yahoo, she spent 13 years at Google, where her work in product development largely contributed to the site’s unique look and feel. At the…

Influencer

Matt Howland

Lab45 Inc.

Technologist & Advisor

Matt Howland most recently was CEO of Loyalty Lab, a customer relationship management platform that integrates on-demand loyalty programs for online travel retailers and service companies. After the startup’s $23 million acquisition to TIBCO Software in late 2010, Matt took on an executive role…

Influencer

Matt Schlicht

ZapChain

CEO

I design social experiences that connect millions of people. Tracks.by (2011-2013): Viral product used by celebrities with a combined 500 million fans. Ustream (2008-2011): At Ustream I lead all Social and Interactive Products, creating engaging social experiences that distributed live broadcasts virally across the…

Influencer

Nancy Hayes

Moolahoop

Co-founder

Nancy has more than 30 years of experience as a business leader and mentor, in for-profit, non- profit and academic organizations. Most recently, Nancy served as the Dean of the College of Business and subsequently as Vice President/CFO, Finance & Administration, at San Francisco…

Investor

Peter Thiel

The Founders Fund

Managing Partner

As a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Peter has been involved with some of the most dynamic companies to emerge from Silicon Valley in the past decade. Peter’s first start-up was PAYPAL, which he co-founded in 1998, and led as Chairman and CEO. Peter’s tenure culminated…

Influencer

Pierre Omidyar

Omidyar Network

Founding Partner

Mr. Pierre M. Omidyar is a Co-Founder, Founding Partner, and Director at Omidyar Network. Mr. Omidyar co-founded Omidyar Network in 2004. As an entrepreneur and innovator, Mr. Omidyar guides Omidyar Network with his strategic vision, values, and fresh approach to the field of philanthropy….

Influencer

Rick McConnell

Akamai

President and General Manager of Web Division

Rick McConnell is President of Akamai, the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, and General Manager of the company’s Web Division. As general manager, he is responsible for leading the Web Division’s core functions of engineering and product development, product management, sales,…

Investor

Scott Kupor

Andreessen Horowitz

Managing Partner & COO

Scott Kupor is a Partner and COO at Andreessen Horowitz. Scott previously worked as Vice President and General Manager of Software-as-a-Service at Hewlett Packard. Kupor joined HP in 2007 as part of the Opsware acquisition, where he was senior vice president of Customer Solutions….

Influencer

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook

Chief Operating Officer

As the COO at the helm of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg juggles the tasks of monetizing the world’s largest social networking site while keeping its users happy and engaged.

Influencer

Tim Cook

Apple, Inc

CEO

Timothy Donald “Tim” Cook (born November 1, 1960) is an American business executive, and is the CEO of Apple Inc. Cook joined Apple in March 1998 as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Worldwide Operations—he also served as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Worldwide Sales…

Advisor

Tim Draper

Draper Associates/DFJ/Draper University

Founder

Tim Draper is founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates and DFJ. Tim’s original suggestion to use viral marketing in web-based email to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail, YahooMail, and Gmail and…

Investor

Wayne Sutton

BUILDUP.vc

General Partner

Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and general partner at BUILDUP.vc. Wayne has over 14 years experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne was recently recognized as one of the Silicon Valley 100 coolest people in tech, one of the 52 hottest new…

Influencer

Yishan Wong

Artisinal

CEO

Mr. Yishan Wong served as the Chief Executive Officer at Reddit.com until November 2014. Mr. Wong oversaw reddit.com, redditgifts.com, and reddit.tv. Since leaving the social network he has been consulting for startups such as mobile payment company Square. Mr. Wong serves as an Advisor…

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