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vENTURE CAPITAL, aRTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, CONSUMER TECH, AND MORE
It's that time of the year again. This February 9th will showcase the latest cutting edge research and technology in development at MIT, TED-style talks and Fireside Chats (and even some debates) among leaders and pioneers in VC, technology and innovation.
We sold out last year and tickets are going fast; reserve your seat before it's too late!
MIT Sloan School
Samberg Conference Center
50 Memorial Drive
Friday, February 9, 2018
2018 Conference Agenda
8 AM - Breakfast
9 AM - Morning SessionS
- IBM AI Fireside Chat (Alexander Gray, Jackie Snow)
- Metrics and Strategies to Successfully Raise Capital from VCs (Tracy Chadwell)
- Building, Not Betting - Launch Lessons from a VC and Entrepreneur (Krishna Gupta, Shakeel Avadhany, Ed Pease)
- Design Thinking in Venture Investing (Steve Vassallo)
- Teaching Coding through Knitting (Lindiwe Matlali)
- The Money Behind the Money - LPs & VCs (Ken Shimberg, Michael Rainey, Philip Rotner)
- Ethics of AI - Bias in Algos and Statistics (Kathryn Hume)
- Venture Outlook for Investors and Entrepreneurs (Peter Boyce, Kyle Adkins, Jennifer Lum, Allan Jean-Baptiste)
12:30 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Afternoon Sessions
- Outsourcing Innovation - Corporate and Strategic VCs (Yair Shoham, Daniel Hullah, Diane Brady)
- Why Can't a Woman be More Like a Woman? (Gerry Laybourne)
- Targeted Innovation (Angeliki Rigos)
- Evolution of Start-Up Investing (Geoff Ralston)
- Future of Blockchain Debate (Jamie Goldstein, Vanessa Grellet)
- VCs & Academia (Erin McCafferty, Alain Hanover, Cainon Coates)
4:15 PM - Startup WORLD CUP Pitch Competition
- Eight startups compete for a chance to move on to the Startup World Cup Final with a $1M Grand Prize
5:30 PM - Networking Reception
Compete in the Startup World Cup
$1 Million Grand Prize
Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition that brings together the top startups, VCs, entrepreneurs and world-class tech CEOs. Eight startups will be selected for the MIT VC + Innovation Conference. The winner will be flown out to Silicon Valley for the final competition for $1 million on May 11th, 2018.
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Jennifer Lum is an entrepreneur and angel investor. Jennifer is a Co-founder and COO of Forge.AI, a data company that creates fuel for intelligent machines. Prior to Forge, Jennifer helped build four startups through to acquisition by public companies - Adelphic (acquired by Time Inc), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), and WebHosting.Com (acquired by AT&T).
Jennifer has been recognized in AdAge’s “10 Digital Marketers You Should Know”, Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising,” and Boston Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40”.
Geoff has been a partner at Y Combinator since 2012. In 2011 Geoff co-founded the world’s first educational technology accelerator, Imagine K12 which funded dozens of edtech companies including ClassDojo, Remind, and Panorama Education. Imagine K12 merged with YC in 2016. Geoff is a prolific angel investor and is the author of Angelcalc, which is a free, online conversion calculator for the convertible securities used by startups and investors.
Earlier in his career, Geoff ran engineering at internet startup Four11, where they built RocketMail, one of the first web mail services, which in 1997 became Yahoo! Mail. At Yahoo! Geoff worked in engineering, then ran a business unit, then became Chief Product Officer. After Yahoo! he was CEO of Lala, which was acquired in 2009 by Apple. Geoff has an AB in Computer Science from Dartmouth, an MS in Computer Science from Stanford, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Geraldine Laybourne is a serial media entrepreneur. She founded Oxygen Media, a 24-hour cable television network for young women, where she served as Chairman and CEO until she sold it to NBC Universal in 2007. She is currently Chairman and co-founder of Katapult Studio, a technology start-up company for the creative generation. Gerry was a cable programming pioneer in the 80’s and 90’s: she led the team that created Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. She also served as president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks (from 1996-1998) where she ran cable programming for the Walt Disney Company and its ABC subsidiary. Ms. Laybourne has been singled out for her many contributions to the industry. She was ranked No. 1 among the 50 most influential women in the entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter in 1996 and named one of the 25 most influential people in America by Time magazine that same year.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Symantec Corporation, 9 Story, and Betaworks. She is on the Board of Trustees of Vassar College and on the Board of Vital Voices. She and her husband Kit, a teacher, producer, and author, have two children and four grandchildren.
Ken joined Mercer in 2015 as Chief Investment Officer of its Not-for-Profit client group. He leads the delegated (OCIO) endowment and foundation investment process and manages the portfolio investment team. As Chair of the Endowment & Foundation Investment Committee, Ken oversees asset allocation and manager selection decisions that drive delegated client portfolios and provide direction to advisory client relationships.
Prior to Mercer, Ken was a Managing Director at the Brown University Investment Office. He managed marketable securities and private investment portfolios and recommended strategic asset allocation and tactical adjustments for the endowment. He joined Brown in 2001 as its first director of private investments and led the development of the University's private equity portfolio. During his tenure at Brown, Ken served as Interim Chief Investment Officer and led the 19-member investment office team managing the University’s $3 billion endowment.
Ken is a member of the Board of The Wheeler School and serves as Chair of its Investment Advisory Committee. He is also a Board member of Rhode Island Public Radio. Ken is a former investment committee member of Lifespan Hospitals.
Ken earned a B.S. in Management Science with a concentration in Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a CFA Charterholder and member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
Yair is an investment director focusing on investment opportunities related to Israel. Yair joined Intel Capital in 2012 after more than 13 years as a General Partner with Genesis Partners, one of Israel’s premier venture capital funds, where he focused on communication and consumer products investments. Yair was selected by the Israeli entrepreneurial community and the Israeli High-Tech Association as one of the top five VCs in Israel for the years 2006 through 2009. From 1996 to 2006, Yair was a member of the board of directors of M-Systems, a worldwide pioneer in flash data storage solutions, and was actively involved in the $1.55B sale of the company to SanDisk. Prior to joining Genesis Partners, Yair was a co-founder and managed the business development of two Israeli start-ups, Butterfly Communications (sold to Texas Instruments) and VDOnet (sold to Citrix Systems). Yair began his career practicing securities and corporate law, first in the US, and then in Israel, where he was a partner at Israel’s largest law firm. Yair holds a JD from Loyola University School of Law and a BA from Haifa University.
Vanessa Grellet is a Global Executive with over 17 years of expertise in the Financial Services and Tech industry. At ConsenSys she focuses on Enterprise and Strategic initiatives including the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the Accounting Blockchain coalition (ABC) and leads the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC). Prior to Joining ConsenSys she was the CEO of IIH a Wealth Management firm, a key member of PwC’s global wealth management team and served as a corporate strategy executive for the NYSE managing a portfolio of strategic projects, partnerships and M&A focusing on Derivatives, Cash markets, Clearing, Listing, Market data and Regulatory reform. She is a former securities lawyer and worked for various regulators. She chairs the Nexus Working Group on Impact Investing, dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting Next-Gen impact investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. Vanessa is an Advisory Board member of Cornerstone Capital, an ESG asset manager, sits on the Advisory Board of The Resolution Project dedicated to activating young leaders through social entrepreneurship and is a Partner at Acumen fund focused on impact investing. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader and a Young Leader Board member of the Off the Record lectures series (OTR) affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association. Mrs. Grellet graduated Cum Laude from Law School (Paris II Assas) and Business School (HEC).
Krishna K. Gupta is the founder and managing partner of Romulus Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm that focuses on building, not betting on, technology and science-enabled companies. Krishna founded Romulus from his MIT dorm room in 2008, and today the firm manages approximately $200M. Krishna has helped build several companies with MIT origins, including Cogito, Humanyze, Ginger.io, ClassPass, and E la Carte.
Shakeel Avadhany is CEO and co-founder of ClearMotion, a technology company focused on improving the quality of time in cars. ClearMotion designs and builds road-sensing software and hardware that delivers unmatched levels of comfort, handling and safety. Shakeel is responsible for aligning company vision, product strategy and customer engagement. He received an S.B. degree from MIT and was named one of ‘30 under 30’ technology leaders by Forbes.
Peter Boyce II is an investor at General Catalyst, an early-stage venture capital firm headquartered in Cambridge, MA with offices in Palo Alto, SF and NYC.
In addition to his work at GC, he also co-founded & manages Rough Draft Ventures: a program to support technology entrepreneurship on college campuses.
Since joining General Catalyst in 2013 as one of the first two investment professionals based in their NYC office, he works closely with portfolio companies including: Cadre, Mark43, Outdoor Voices, Roman, Jet.com (acquired by Walmart), Rebag, Major League Hacking, Workflow (acquired by Apple), and Freebird.
Through his work at the university level leading Rough Draft Ventures, he supports a community of 130+ early stage teams started out of universities including: Kryptco, Pagedraw, Rocketvisor, Getaway, TetraScience, Cobalt Robotics, Instabase, Pavlov, and Legalist.
Prior to his time at GC, he worked for online education marketplace Skillshare, helped launch GoGirl Finance (an online community for personal finance education), worked in media at Bad Boy Entertainment, and co-founded Harvard Ventures & HackHarvard.
Peter is a graduate of Harvard University, earning a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and a Secondary in Computer Science, with focus on Behavioral Economics & Network Theory. He grew up in New York City, where he graduated from Stuyvesant High School.
Tracy has over 15 years experience in venture capital and private equity. Prior to 1843 Capital, she spent 5 years investing in early stage companies with a female founder through her personal entity Coyote Capital. Tracy was Partner of a growth capital fund - Baker Capital which had more than $1 Billion under management. As a frequent speaker and startup competition judge, Tracy has developed a broad network in the female founder community. She recently was a speaker on women in venture at the Wonder Woman Summit, and a speaker on Augmented Reality at High Court. Most recently she was a judge for Refinery/Uber Pitch, the Cornell (Johnson) Business School Women in Tech Competition, and a Mentor at MentorHerNYC. She is featured in a chapter of the book “The Internet of Women” by Nada Anid, Laurie Cantileno, Monique Morrow, and Rahilla Zafar and included in the documentary “Dream, Girl about female entrepreneurs. She is a member of Women in VC, Private Equity Women Investor Network, and Boost. A trusted board member, she serves on the boards of Marstone and Sachs Insights. Her philanthropic work includes the Advisory Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Executive Advisor for the Echoing Green Foundation and formerly a Board Member of the YWCA of Chicago, She is an attorney and earned her JD at Loyola University of Chicago. Tracy speaks conversational Japanese and restaurant French.
Lindiwe Matlali is the Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks, a non-profit organisation teaches children how to code. She holds a Bcom degree from the University of Cape Town and recently completed a General Management Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She is currently studying towards MS in Technology Management from Columbia University in New York as well as a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Stanford University.
Her numerous accolades includes Young Business awards top 3 finalist, Mail & Guardian Top young South Africans 2014 , Top 3 Finalist for MTN Women in ICT 2017 Innovator category, TechWomen Fellow 2017, Innov8tive Magazine Top 50 Visionary Women in #Tech To Watch in 2017, Destiny Magazine Power of 40 a list of South Africa's powerful women under 40 and Named one of the Top 50 most inspiring women in tech 2017. Lindiwe also gave a Tedx talk at TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston Massachusetts. Ms Matlali is also the CEO of Prompt Research Insights (PRI). PRI is an award winning black female-owned and managed research and strategy consulting firm. Since its inception in 2008, PRI has set itself apart as an innovative company that stretches the boundaries to give its clients business intelligence with a high information yield.
Twitter: @LindiweEM and @africateengeeks
Steve launched his first startup when he was 13 years old. His snow blowing service taught him what it meant to be entrepreneur — and to grasp every opportunity he found, even if his hands got cold and numb in the process. That kid grew up to be an entrepreneur who works at the intersection of business, technology, and design. Steve’s innovations have won him over 77 patents and several design awards, including the Business Week Design of the Decade Award, red dot design award 2009, IDEA99 Gold and Bronze Awards, NeoCon Gold and Most Innovative New Product Awards. Steve came to Foundation Capital in 2007 from Ning, a social platform he helped launch in 2004 and where he was Vice President of product and engineering. Before Ning, Steve was Director of Engineering at Immersion [IMMR], which pioneered tactile feedback and human touch technology. Previously, Steve was a project leader and design engineer at IDEO, where he developed more than a dozen successful products for companies including Cisco, Nike, BMW, Steelcase, McDonalds, and Caterpillar. Today, Steve is on the board of directors of Sunrun [RUN], Sentient Energy, Pocket, Mode Analytics, Bolt Threads, and AutoGrid. Past investments include Control4 [CTRL] and PrivateCore, which was acquired by Facebook. Steve is the convener and host of Product Minds, a Foundation Capital series of conversations with industry leaders about the art, science, and drive that go into building great products.
Kathryn Hume is Vice President Product & Strategy for integrate.ai, a SaaS startup applying AI to drive growth and customer satisfaction for large enterprises, and a Venture Partner at ffVC, a seed- and early-stage technology venture capital firm, where she advises early-stage artificial intelligence companies and sources deal flow. As the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Fast Forward Labs (Cloudera), Kathryn helped Fortune 500 companies accelerate their machine learning and data science capabilities. Prior to that, she was a Principal Consultant in Intapp's Risk Practice, focused on data privacy, security, and compliance. A widely respected speaker and writer on AI, Kathryn excels at communicating how AI and machine learning technologies work in plain language. She has given lectures and taught courses on the intersections of technology, ethics, law, and society at Harvard Business School, Stanford, the MIT Media Lab, and the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She speaks seven languages, and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University and a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Throughout most of her career, Erin has managed a wide range of investments in venture, private equity, buyouts, and more at the senior level. Prior to joining the Yard Ventures, she was a Senior Investment Officer at Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM). There she was responsible for the management and investment of a $9B portfolio of private equity and private debt investments, including venture capital, growth equity, buyout, co-investments, and distressed debt. In this capacity, she sat on numerous boards of top VC & PE firms.
Prior to PRIM, Erin was a VP at Bank of America Capital Advisors, investing across the private equity and real estate landscape. In addition, she held positions at Silicon Valley Bank in commercial finance and Citi Group in sales and trading.
Erin has an AB in Economics from Harvard with honors, where she was an All-American lacrosse player. Erin also has an MBA from Tuck, where she was an Edward Tuck Scholar with distinction.
In May 2010, Mr. Rotner joined Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) as its first Chief Investment Officer and established the organization’s investment office. He and his team are responsible for directly overseeing the investment assets of the BCH Endowment and Pension Plan. Mr. Rotner has built an active global investment program for BCH and he and his team represent BCH’s interests on numerous advisory boards.
Prior to joining Children’s Hospital Boston, Mr. Rotner was a Managing Director in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company (MITIMCO). MITIMCO is responsible for the management of MIT’s investment assets. He was primarily responsible for evaluating and investing in private equity opportunities globally, as well as for overseeing other manager relationships, for the MIT Endowment and the MIT Retirement Plan. These responsibilities included representing MIT’s interests on numerous advisory/valuation boards.
Mr. Rotner was also President of the MIT Private Equity Fund. The MIT Private Equity Fund invested alongside the MIT private equity program in new relationships.
Prior to joining MIT in 1992, Mr. Rotner was previously employed as a Vice President in Bank of Boston's Corporate Finance Department and as a Lending Officer with Bank of Tokyo Trust Company.
Mr. Rotner also sits on the Investment Committees of MA PRIM and the Pingree School.
Mr. Rotner received a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from Amherst College and a MBA from the University of Chicago.
Alain has over 30 years of experience as a venture capitalist, angel investor, CEO, serial entrepreneur, Board Member, and mentor/advisor. Among the highlights of his extensive career, he was Co-founder of Common Angels, New England’s leading investment group; Managing Director and CEO of Navigator Technology Ventures (NTV), a high-tech VC firm funded by Draper Lab; and CEO of Viewlogic, a startup delivering innovative chip design software. In an advisory role, Alain has mentored over 100 MIT high-tech, early stage spinoff companies and served on the MassTech Board through the terms of six governors. He has been honored as Inc Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year and saw NTV named as one of Entrepreneur Magazine's top 100 VC firms during his tenure as CEO.
Alain has BSEE and BS Math degrees from MIT, an SM Computer Science from Harvard, and an OPM degree from the Harvard Business School
Dr. Angeliki Diane Rigos is a scientist, educator, and consultant interested in working across disciplines to promote sustainable solutions to global problems. She is the Executive Director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design.
Dave Welsh, based in Menlo Park, is a Member of TMT Growth Equity within KKR's Private Equity platform, where he serves on the TMT growth equity investment committee. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Welsh was a Partner with Adams Street Partners, where he focused on technology growth equity investments. Earlier in his career he was an EVP of corporate development and strategy at McAfee, Inc., a general partner at Partech Ventures and a VP of corporate development at Portal Software. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Atlantis Computing and Five9 as well as being Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Athenian School. He holds a B.A., cum laude, from UCLA and a JD, order of the coif, from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law Schools.
Jackie Snow is MIT Technology Review’s associate editor for artificial intelligence. She covers stories about where AI is currently, where it’s headed, and what’s wrong with the hype around the technology. Her stories don’t have the word “Terminator” anywhere near them. Previously she worked for Fast Company and have been published by the New York Times, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, and others.
Kyle is a Principal at Savano Capital Partners where he focuses on growth-stage enterprise technology companies, infrastructure software and data-driven businesses. Kyle joined Savano in 2016 and is based in Washington, DC where he is currently involved with investments in Jobcase, Vestmark, Lotame, Everquote, and ScienceLogic.
Before joining Savano, Kyle worked at both Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco and The Halifax Group in Washington, DC. He began his career at J.P. Morgan in their Technology, Media, and Telecom group in New York.
Kyle earned a S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with minors in Management and Political Science.
Ed Pease is a corporate lawyer at WilmerHale who represents entrepreneurs and emerging companies in the technology and financial services industries from formation to exit. He has a substantial practice working with local and national clients, advising founders, startups and venture-backed companies, venture capital funds and buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Pease has successfully represented clients in a variety of complex transactions in the corporate sector.
Cainon currently leads investments at Castor Ventures, an MIT focused venture capital fund. Cainon has a background in finance and entrepreneurship, having worked at Boston Consulting Group and PBM Capital Group as well as five startups. At BCG, he conducted due diligence across the semiconductor, transportation, and medical device industries. He also worked with the World Economic Forum to publish a report on the Future of Work, Education, and Gender. At PBM (a $500M healthcare-focused venture capital firm), he led the due diligence process and worked as an operating partner within portfolio companies (including Human Design Medical, Revive Pharmaceuticals, and Triangle Research Labs).
Cainon is a co-founder of UbicaBus and was previously the founder and CEO of University Laundry (acquired by Proctor & Gamble). He has an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management, and a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems Engineering.
Allan Jean-Baptiste is a Principal at KKR’s growth equity fund launched in 2016. At KKR, Allan focuses primarily on software, cyber security, and consumer marketplace investments and is involved with KKR’s investments in ForgeRock and FanDuel. Prior to joining KKR, Allan was with CapitalG (formerly Google Capital), where he was involved with investments in Glassdoor, CrowdStrike, ZScaler and SurveyMonkey. Previously, he was also a member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications team at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Allan is a graduate of Harvard University, earning an A.B with honors in Economics and a Secondary in Global Health and Health Policy.
Diane Brady is an award-winning business journalist, author, and media consultant who is working on new ways to connect ideas and people through compelling conversations, content, and partnerships. She has interviewed many of the world's leading business and political figures, and is frequently asked to speak about the global business landscape.
Diane has led teams, launched new ventures, and reported worldwide for Bloomberg Businessweek,The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, Maclean’s magazine in Toronto, and UNEP in Nairobi. She continues to work with media brands and is a regular contributor to BBC.
Diane created a newspaper column 15 to meet her favorite band and has been asking questions ever since. Her book"Fraternity" was named one of Amazon’s best books of 2012 and has been optioned for a movie. She is currently collaborating on another book. She also teaches debating, advises start-ups, and is passionate about helping a new generation of thought leaders develop the storytelling, content, and connections to have their voices heard on critical issues.
Natalie oversees partnerships for LPs and portfolio companies, as well as marketing and brand strategy at Fifth Wall Venture.
Previously, Natalie was Vice President of Digital Strategy and Partnerships at ID, where she built and ran digital partnerships and strategy for consumer and entertainment brands, and talent.
Natalie started her career as a trend forecaster and connector, bringing together innovators and creating new ecosystems across technology, entertainment, media and consumer brands. She’s been honored as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 under 35, Fast Company's MCP1000, Variety's New Leaders, and Forbes 30 Under 30, among many other accolades.
Natalie grew up just outside of Washington, DC in Virginia and lives in Los Angeles. She has worked with a variety of philanthropic organizations including Stand Up To Cancer, JPHRO & Omaze and currently co-chairs the NextGen board of the Motion Picture Television Fund.
Alexander Gray is Vice President of AI Science at IBM. Alexander formerly served as CTO and later CEO of Skytree, after previously serving as a tenured Associate Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. A theme of his work has been the goal of speeding and scaling up machine learning in order to help realize the widespread use of massive datasets in science and industry. His current efforts lie in the formalization and automation of “data science” toward mass enablement of high-quality applications of machine learning. He has won or been nominated for a number of best paper awards in statistics and data mining and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a National Academy of Sciences Kavli Scholar. He holds B.S. degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jamie Goldstein, Founder and Managing Director of Pillar Venture Capital. Jamie is an experienced founder and investor in early stage companies. Prior to Pillar, Jamie was an investing partner for 18 years at North Bridge Venture Partners. His active investments include, Actifio, Plexxi, Layer3 TV, and O3b Networks. Prior to Northbridge, Jamie co-founded PureSpeech, a venture-backed speech recognition software and applications company that was acquired by Voice Control Systems [NASDAQ: VCSI] and subsequently sold to Nuance [NASDAQ: NUAN]. Jamie also co-founded WattsUp?, a company that sells consumer electricity meters, and remains in business today. Jamie grew up in the Boston area and is a graduate of MIT in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the Harvard Graduate School of Business
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MIT Startup Exchange maintains a propriety database of over 1,500 MIT-connected startups with roots across MIT departments, labs, and centers; it hosts a robust schedule of startup workshops and showcases, and facilitates networking and introductions between startups and corporate executives.
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