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Yves Béhar is a designer and entrepreneur who believes that integrated product, digital, and brand design are the cornerstones of any business. He is the founder and chief designer of fuseproject founded in 1999; he is also the Chief Creative Officer of Jawbone and the co-founder of August, the next generation home entry system. Over the last twenty years, Béhar has also pioneered design as force for positive social and environmental change. His humanitarian work includes the One Laptop Per Child, which has given 2.5 million laptops to children in developing countries, See Better to Learn Better, which distributes 500,000 free corrective eyeglasses to schoolchildren in Mexico and California every year. For each of these he was honored with the INDEX Award, making him the only designer to have received the award twice. He also worked with the Bloomberg administration on the NYC Condom, and is currently spearheading SPRING, an accelerator supporting African entrepreneurs focused on social and economic change in East Africa. His collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, Movado, Puma, Issey Miyake, Prada, SodaStream, Samsung, Swarovski, Canal+, British Gas, Nivea and many others have received international acclaim. He is widely recognized for products and experiences that establish new categories such as the One Laptop Per Child, the breakthrough Jambox wireless speaker, the first sleep and fitness tracker on the wrist Jawbone UP, the widely successful Herman Miller Sayl task chair, and the Sodastream Source. Béhar's works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou and the Art Institute of Chicago. Béhar is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability, technology and entrepreneurship; he has given talks at TED, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Béhar was selected as the artist trustee of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has garnered over 300 awards, including the Design Miami/ 2015 Design Visionary Award, the London Design Museum’s Design of the Year, Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award, IDSA Design of the Decade Award, IDA Design of the year and Conde Nast Traveller Designer of the Year. Yves Behar was named a Top 25 Visionary by TIME Magazine, and was recently named “Most Influential Industrial Designer in the World” by Forbes.


Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Tom is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Krux. Before starting Krux, Tom served as General Manager in Microsoft's Advertiser and Publisher Solutions (APS) group. Prior to Microsoft, Tom was CEO of Rapt Inc. from its founding in 1999 to its acquisition by Microsoft in 2008. Before Rapt, Tom worked as a systems architect at Sun Microsystems and as a researcher at the Rockwell Palo Alto Science Lab.

He holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Philosophy from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University, where he was a NASA Doctoral Fellow.He serves on the boards of industry and nonprofit organizations, with particular interest in education, immigration, and entrepreneurship.


Managing Director

Sean invests in mobile-enabled consumer Internet and enterprise software companies. He looks to partner with entrepreneurs who have a passion for pixel-perfect products and magical customer experiences. His aim is to become an entrepreneur’s trusted advisor; not to run the company, but rather to provide a thoughtful and balanced perspective for all of the important decisions they face.

He currently serves on the board of directors for secure enterprise messaging company TigerText, mobile digital archive Timehop, as well as video rights and marketing company ZEFR, the online learning bootcamp Bloc, and payments and analytics company Swipely. He also led the firm’s investments in the anonymous social network Whisper, Dollar Shave Club and Simple (acquired by BBVA). Sean joined Shasta after working at Yahoo!, most recently as a senior director of business development and business operations, where he focused on growing the company's communication and messaging products such as Yahoo! Mail, Messenger, Groups and Flickr. Previously he launched Yahoo's premium voice services as a product manager.

Prior to Yahoo, Sean was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, where he advised technology, telecom and media companies in New York and Singapore. Sean holds a BA in economics from Brown University. Outside of working with great entrepreneurs, he has a passion for skiing, traveling to faraway places, and getting outdoors with his wife and three young children.


Chief Technology Officer

Ralph joins Rodan + Fields with more than 25 years of experience driving the information technology strategy for major brands. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at R+F, he defines and advances our technology strategy and infrastructure to support our significant growth momentum and deliver user-friendly digital experiences. Most recently, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Enterprise and Global Sales Operations at Hewlett-Packard (HP), where he led business intelligence, operations and customer relationship management teams in identifying market opportunities and implementing go-to-market strategies. Prior to HP, Ralph spent several years as Senior Vice President and CIO of The Clorox Company, implementing technology initiatives to support the company's overall growth. Earlier in his career, he held technology leadership roles at Cisco, Symbol and AT&T Bell Laboratories, among others. He has received numerous industry awards, including Computerworld's 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders and Consumer Goods Technology's 2013 CIO of the Year, and currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.

Ralph holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from St. Joseph's College.

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Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Nino is responsible for the overall investment strategy, execution, operations and performance of Sapphire Ventures. After nearly 20 years in various investing and operating capacities, Nino has participated in investments in more than 100 private companies and has held numerous board seats. Currently, he is a board director/observer at Integral Ad Science, Krux, OpenX, Recommind and Tidalscale. He is furthermore closely involved with investments in Box, Feedzai, iovation, MuleSoft, Scytl and Square (SQ).

Before Sapphire Ventures, Nino was a partner with meVC Draper Fisher Jurvetson and IVF Ventures. Prior to venture capital, Nino worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Robertson Stephens. He has a BA in economics and psychology from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nino was born in Croatia, is an Austrian citizen and has also lived in Italy and Germany before settling in the San Francisco Bay area more than 15 years ago.



Eden Shochat is an equal partner At Aleph VC. Aleph is an early stage $150 million venture capital fund focused on serving Israeli entrepreneurs who want to build large, scalable, global businesses. Aleph has invested in 10 companies including Wework, Meerkat, Lemonade, Windward and Honeybook.

Prior to founding Aleph, Shochat was a general partner at Genesis where he focused on seed-stage investments, was a co-founder of face.com, the world leader in massive, web-scale face recognition in social networks, which was acquired by Facebook in 2012. He was also co-founder and CTO of Aternity, where he led the strategic product direction for its dominant user-experience monitoring platform (recently acquired by Riverbed).

Eden follows a "hands-off unless requested" approach to investing. If asked, he has hands-on experience with massively scalable Internet applications, networking, financial algorithms & platforms, client-side 2D/3D graphic engines, software-as-a-service and traditional enterprise software.

Passionate about entrepreneurship, Eden founded The Junction which was voted as the #1 startup program in Israel, is one of the organizers of the annual Geekcon conference and teaches entrepreneurship at the IDC (Herzeliya interdisciplinary center).


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Glen Tullman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Livongo Health. He is also a successful entrepreneur and co-founder and Managing Partner of 7wire Ventures, a Chicago-based investment firm focused on healthcare and education. Tullman most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX), the leading global provider of Electronic Health Records, Practice Management and Electronic Prescribing systems. He led Allscripts’ IPO and secondary offerings. Under his leadership, revenues grew from $30 million in 1997 to more than $1.4 billion in 2012. Tullman stepped down in December 2012.

Prior to joining Allscripts, Tullman was CEO of Enterprise Systems, a leading healthcare-information services company providing resource-management solutions to large, integrated healthcare networks. Tullman led its IPO and secondary offerings. Enterprise was sold to McKesson HBOC (NYSE: MCK).

Tullman has founded or co-founded a number of ventures including one of the country’s leading solar energy companies, SoCore Energy, recently sold to Edison Ventures, and a digital education company, digedu, and holds investments in several ventures focused on mobile and cloud-based health solutions. A strong proponent of philanthropy, he serves as a Chancellor to the International Board of the JDRF.


Managing Director

Rami leads Sapphire Ventures’ market development efforts, where his team of business development and marketing professionals work closely with portfolio companies to provide strategic support across a range of topics, including go-to-market, business development and other functional areas.

Rami has nearly 20 years of experience in tech in a variety of roles. Most recently, he was CEO of Numenta, an innovator in machine learning. Previously, he served as managing director of SAP Labs North America, where he led its revitalization by focusing on innovation and integration with Silicon Valley’s rich culture of entrepreneurship. Rami also served as a senior vice president at SAP SE, where he led the software partnerships and business development organization, and held field and product leadership positions at TopTier Software, which was acquired by SAP for $400 million in 2001.

Rami currently serves as a board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and as a director of the Churchill Club, Silicon Valley’s premier thought leadership organization. He holds a BA from Hofstra University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and an MBA in information systems and finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Rami also served in the Israeli Defense Forces, Infantry Communications and Electronics branch, where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award.


Chief Information Officer


Chief Scientist

Kristian Hammond is a Professor of Computer Science at Northwestern University and co-founder of the transformative startup Narrative Science. Prior to Northwestern, Kris founded the University of Chicago’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Kris’ training and research is centered on artificial intelligence, machine-generated content and context-driven information systems.

His primary focus of late has been on the development of advanced Natural Language Generation technologies. His mission is the democratization of information rich data and crafting a future in which machine generated language drives interactive communications and the emerging field of conversation as interface.

Kris recently sat on a United Nations panel working on shaping the policy and regulation of the weaponization of autonomous devices. He is also an active faculty member of the International Institute for Analytics.

In September 2015, he was named the Illinois Technology Association’s Technologist of the Year and was recently included in Crain’s Tech 50 for 2016.

Kris received his PhD in Computer Science from Yale University.


Pesident and Chief Operation Officer

George Mathew is President and Chief Operating Officer of Alteryx, where he oversees marketing, products, and strategy for the company. His broad experience in product management and market strategy is helping to further accelerate exponential growth at Alteryx, while the business enjoys the highest customer success rate in the industry. His insights into the rapidly changing customer requirements within the analytics software market are also helping Alteryx and its growing community of users to achieve unprecedented improvements in operational efficiencies and returns on investment.

Prior to joining Alteryx in 2011, George was the Group Vice President and General Manager for Business Intelligence (BI) at SAP BusinessObjects, the fastest growing business in SAP's diverse portfolio. During his leadership tenure at SAP, George led the BusinessObjects Explorer team, introducing pervasive, in-memory analytics to the market. Prior to this achievement and through SAP's acquisition of Business Objects, he managed SAP's portfolio strategy in the Office of the CEO.

Prior to SAP, George was an early member of Salesforce.com where he focused on technical account management, M&A, and field services. Early in his career, he was a founding member of Fort Point Partners, a management consultancy that delivered large-scale e-commerce systems to leading consumer retail & financial services institutions. This intellectual capital eventually became the A/B testing & optimization product for Omniture (an Adobe company).

George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology from Cornell University, plus a Master of Business Administration from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar.


Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Steve Stoute is the Founder and CEO of the innovative and industry-leading marketing firm Translation. Steve founded Translation in 2004, with the belief that Fortune 500 companies were missing an opportunity to create a deeper connection with consumers—a connection rooted in the idea that a consumer’s demographic is less important than their psychographic.

Geared with that understanding, Steve has become a premier innovator in contemporary brand marketing. For more than a decade, he has worked to identify and activate a new generation of consumers on behalf of iconic brands like State Farm, Jeep, Apple Music, National Basketball Association, and the National Football League—helping them thrive in the changing cultural landscape.

Steve was recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2014 and named Executive of the Year by Advertising Age in 2013. In 2009, the American Advertising Federation inducted Steve into the Advertising Hall of Achievement.

In 2011, Stoute added author to his list of accomplishments with the release of his critically acclaimed book, The Tanning of America. In this NY Times Best Seller, Steve builds on his philosophy of a global shift towards a “shared mental complexion,” by teaching corporate America how to understand and engage with today’s young adult market. Since its publication, the book has been made into a four-part VH1 documentary, “The Tanning of America” which aired in February 2014, and an audiobook narrated by Kerry Washington, which was released in April 2014.

Steve has been the keynote or featured speaker at many noted conferences including the NBA All-Star Tech Summit, the Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), and Google Zeitgeist. He has also appeared on the main stage at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2013 and 2014.

As a thought-leader in culture and marketing, Steve has been invited to share his views on a number of television programs such as The Today Show, Nightline and Morning Joe, as well as in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider and Fast Company.

Before founding Translation, Steve spent ten years as a senior executive at a series of leading music labels – first as President of Urban Music at Sony and later as Executive Vice President of Interscope Geffen A&M Records. During his time at Sony, Steve produced albums for Mariah Carey and Nas, and executive produced the soundtrack for the motion picture, Men in Black. At Interscope, Steve led the production efforts for albums by Gwen Stefani, Enrique Iglesias, and Eminem. He also executive produced the Academy Award–winning 8 Mile film and soundtrack with Jimmy Iovine and Brian Grazer, and was honored with an American Music Award.


Chief Executive Officer

Melonee Wise is the CEO of Fetch Robotics, which is delivering advanced robots for the logistics industry. The company introduced their robot system in May of 2015. Prior to joining Fetch, Melonee was CEO and co-founder of Unbounded Robotics. Before then, Melonee was Manager of Robot Development at Willow Garage, where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware, including the PR2 and TurtleBot from Willow Garage. Melonee also has extensive experience in the growth of ROS as a research and commercial platform.

Melonee was a 2015 recipient of Technology Review's TR 35 -- an award for the leading technology innovators under the age of 35. Also, she was previously a mentor in the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator program.


Chief Executive Officer

Prior to Accompany, Amy led Google’s Advertiser Measurement & Reporting efforts. Under her direction, Google Analytics grew from 1% to over 70% of Alexa Top 1 Million sites worldwide. She serves on the boards of Splunk, served on Informatica's board from 2012-2015, when it was taken private for $5.1 Bn, and Target's Digital Advisory Council from 2013-2016. Early in her career, she ran product for paid search and affiliates at eBay and worked as a consultant at McKinsey.

She's an advisor to Hubspot, Optimizely, ClearSlide, BloomReach, Skyhigh Networks, Origami Logic, Kanjoya and Datorama, and holds a BSEE and MSEE in hardware and network systems from Stanford University.



Aneesh Chopra is the President of NavHealth, an open data intelligence service launched by Hunch Analytics, a “hatchery” he co-founded incubating ideas that improve the productivity of health and education markets.

From 2009-2012, he served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer and prior to that, as Virginia’s 4th Secretary of Technology. His public service focused on better public/private collaboration as described in his book, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government.”

In 2011, he was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue.

He is a Member of the Council on Virginia’s Future, earned his master's degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School in 1997 and his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.


Managing Director

Doug joined Sapphire Ventures in 2008 and is currently a board director/observer at Black Duck, Convercent, iYogi, Jibe, Localytics, Return Path, SAVO and Spring Mobile Solutions. He is interested in next-generation mobile and enterprise SaaS solutions, including applications focused on CMOs, CRO and CHROs.

Doug has worked for a venture-backed startup as well as for one of his entrepreneurial heroes, George Lucas. He launched the business development group for Lucasfilm, creating strategic partnerships for Star Wars prequels. Doug started his career in investment banking, with a focus on technology, at Robertson Stephens. More recently, he managed the Intel 64 fund at Intel Capital. Doug has lived in Madrid, Spain, Santiago, Chile and Walker, Minnesota. He graduated with a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, both with high honors.


Editor in Chief and Publisher

As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company's annual flagship conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, the MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005.

From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer, and makes regular appearances on NPR, CBS, Bloomberg, WGBH and C-SPAN television and radio.

Mr. Pontin’s editorial insight and expertise are widely sought after by media organizations and technology companies and conferences around the world, including emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East. He attends TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the World Economic Forum at Davos regularly. In 2013 he gave a famous TED talk on “How Can Technology Solve Our Big Problems,” which is still the focus of many conversations today.

Mr. Pontin was born in London, UK and raised in Northern California. He was educated in England, at Harrow School and Oxford University.


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