Speakers

Speakers

Patrick Kenealy

Founder and Managing Director at Ridge Ventures,
Patrick Kenealy

Founder and Managing Director at Ridge Ventures,

Pat Kenealy is a Founder and Managing Director at Ridge Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco with $350 million under management.  Ridge's new $150 million Fund IV invests in broadly in enterprise software and selectively in marketing automation and ecommerce.

Pat joined Ridge in 2006 after a 20-year career at media giant International Data Group (IDG), where he managed print and online media businesses and was a General Partner and Limited Partner in IDG's multi-billion dollar venture family.  Pat was Founder and CEO of IDG's Digital News Publishing subsidiary, Publisher and CEO of its PC World Communications subsidiary, and finally CEO of IDG itself overseeing media, market research and event businesses in more than 50 countries.

Pat was Founder and Managing General Partner of IDG Ventures San Francisco, and a  Founder and General Partner of IDG Ventures Atlantic in Boston and IDG Ventures  Europe in London.  Pat has led more than a dozen early-stage IT and new media investments which have collectively returned more than six times their committed  capital. Some of Pat's board and observer seats have been at Andromedia, BabyCenter, Fresh Planet, FutureTense, ServiceMetrics, and Spinner,com.  Pat currently sits on the board of nWay, and is a Board Observer at Yesware and Espresa.  Early in his career, Pat held publishing and editorial management positions at Ziff-Davis Publishing and Cahners Publishing, and earned a BA from Harvard University.

San Fransisco

Jack J. McCauley

Former co-founder and Chief Engineer at Oculus VR, sold to Facebook
Jack J. McCauley

Former co-founder and Chief Engineer at Oculus VR, sold to Facebook

Jack McCauley is an American engineer, hardware designer, inventor, video game developer and philanthropist. Jack is best known for designing the guitars and drums for the Guitar Hero video game series. Jack was also co-founder and chief engineer at Oculus, where he designed and built the Oculus DK1 and DK2 virtual reality headsets. Jack holds numerous U.S. patents for inventions in software, audio effects, virtual reality, motion control, computer peripherals, and game controllers.  Jack also co-authored the Universal Serial Bus specification and is the inventor of the scrolling mouse.

San Fransisco

Rana Gujral

CEO Behavioral Signals
Rana Gujral

CEO Behavioral Signals

Rana Gujral is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor and the CEO of Behavioral Signals, an enterprise software company that delivers a robust and fast evolving emotion AI engine that introduces emotional intelligence into speech recognition technology. Rana has been awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Month’ by CIO Magazine and the ‘US China Pioneer’ Award by IEIE, he has been listed among Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017 by Huffington Post. He has been a featured speaker at the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Silicon Valley Smart Future Summit, and IEIE in New York. He is a contributing columnist for TechCrunch and Forbes.

In 2014, Rana founded TiZE, a cloud software for specialty chemicals, and held the role of CEO until his exit in 2016. Prior to TiZE, He was recruited to be a part of the core turnaround team for Cricut Inc. At Cricut, Rana led the initiative to build a first of its kind, innovative product for the DIY community and prompted the turnaround of Cricut’s EBITDA position from bankruptcy to profitability within a span of 2 years. Previously, Rana held leadership positions at Logitech S.A. and Kronos Inc., where he was responsible for the development of best-in-class products generating billions in revenue and contributed towards several award-winning engineering innovations.

San Fransisco

Gideon Marks

Anchor Mentor at Google Launchpad
Gideon Marks

Anchor Mentor at Google Launchpad

Gideon Marks is a seasoned executive in high tech companies with strong background in finance, business & corporate development.
During his career Gideon took 3 companies public on NASDAQ and led 4 others to successful M&A transactions,
been involved in building numerous companies, growth initiatives, funding from venture capital funds and the public.
Successful private investor in startup companies.
Currently a lead mentor at Google Launchpad, Plug and Play, Mind the Bridge, Japan, Korea and other organizations.
In his spare time helping his children with their initiative to help dogs and dog owners through an app called DogLog - tracking your pets activities. www.doglog.app

San Fransisco

Roger King

Founder of Bay Angels
Roger King

Founder of Bay Angels

Roger King founded Bay Angels in 1998.  They are now one of the oldest and most active Angel groups in Silicon Valley.  Bay Angels has helped launch a number of well know companies, including OpenTable, Photobucket, and Pinn.AI.

Roger is the Founder and CEO of ChiefPeople, an executive & technical recruitment firm.  He’s an active angel investor, board member, and advisor to a number of tech start-ups, including Manage, Pinn.AI, and TRPZ.

He’s been published in Forbes and Fortune magazine and has appeared on CNN News as a subject matter expert (start-ups/recruiting).

San Fransisco

Adhrita Nowrin

Managing Partner of Avant Ventures
Adhrita Nowrin

Managing Partner of Avant Ventures

Adhrita Nowrin is an entrepreneur with a blend of experience between Technology, Real Estate and Investment. She is the founder of Avant Ventures Tech which focuses and invests in early stage technology startups and scale up businesses. (Industry: AI/Machine Learning, PropTech, CyberSecurity and Satellite business). She works closely with the next generation tech companies to assist them in growing and driving forward their strategies and vision. Avant Ventures currently have operations in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Asia.

London

Apostolos Apostolakis

Co founder at VentureFriends.vc
Apostolos Apostolakis

Co founder at VentureFriends.vc

Apostolos is an entrepreneur turned investor in the technology sector. He began his internet career by cofounding e-shop.gr, the first e-tailer in Greece. Subsequently he was involved in Beat where he served on the board until the sale of the company and was also a cofounder at e-food.gr, that exited to Delivery Hero group, and at doctoranytime.
As an angel investor, Apostolos has invested in many startups globally including Blueground, shift, nurx, Spotahome, Booksy and Instashop.
In 2015 he cofounded Venturefriends a Venture capital fund that has raised 70 mil euros over 2 funds. VentureFriends has supported 20+ startups mostly in Europe including Welcome Pickups, Stasher, Plum and invests at seed stage mainly in software B2C and SaaS sectors.

Athens

Litsa Panayotopoulos

Co-founder and CEO of E.VI.A, Secretary General of American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and President of InnovaGreece
Litsa Panayotopoulos

Co-founder and CEO of E.VI.A, Secretary General of American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and President of InnovaGreece

Litsa is committed to continuously supporting, promoting and creating opportunities for entrepreneurship and other innovative activities.

She also participates in international events as a judge, moderator and speaker. She is active in the organizational development of innovative companies alongside CEOs and boards of directors in order to turn their business strategies into action and profit.

She is a Board Member of the NED Club (Non-Executive Directors’ Club), the Greek-Serbian Business Council, Citizens Movement (Kinisi Politon) and is on the Business Advisory Council of the AUEB International MBA and Managing Directors Club (MD Club)

Her career has been built in major international systems and projects in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa in large multinational companies, Control Data et.al. She developed and managed the following companies: Geranos SA (a subsidiary of Commercial Bank of Greece being responsible for the 20 affiliates of the bank); Oracle in Greece (subsidiary of Oracle corporation) creating subsidiaries in S.E. Europe and Cyprus, and OTE Academy, the largest professional training organization in Greece, amongst others.

Litsa is also Honorary President of SEN/Junior Achievement Greece, the Hellenic Management Association (EEDE), f. President and founder of its Hellenic Institute of Information (EIP), BoD member of IOBE(Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research), Friends of IOBE and EASE (Association of Chief Executive Officers), f. President and Board Member of ALBA Business University and President of InnovaGreece.

She holds a BSc and MSc in Computer Science and Management from London University.

Athens

Eliav Alaluf

Founding Partner, Follow(the)seed Fund
Eliav Alaluf

Founding Partner, Follow(the)seed Fund

An early stage Algo-Venture Capital Fund focused on Habit Forming Technologies, Products and Services. (see more here: http://followtheseed.vc/).
Follow [the] Seed is a post-seed venture capital fund, using a unique predictive analytical model known as Raving Fans® to identify the next $1 Billion+ ventures.
We're based in Sydney, Australia, San-Francisco, USA, Tel Aviv, Israel & Beijing, China. We have decades of combined experience building and/or investing in over 100 companies.
Oh, and we truly love entrepreneurs and innovation.

Tel Aviv

Enis Hulli

Partner at 500 Startups Instanbul
Enis Hulli

Partner at 500 Startups Instanbul

Enis Hulli is a Partner at 500 Startups Istanbul with a focus on helping Turkish and Eastern European entrepreneurs to succeed at the global stage.

Istanbul

Amir Eldad

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder
Amir Eldad

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder

Amir helps corporations, universities & governments to achieve their growth objectives through internationally-connected entrepreneurial ecosystems. Currently working with Boston-HQ Analog Devices (corporate venture team member), UK-HQ Johnson Matthey (Ecosystem partner in Israel & beyond) and Melbourne-HQ Monash University (Strategic Adviser and Ecosystem Builder for Monash Biomedical Imaging and the Australian Center of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function)

Kfar Monash, Israel

Christopher W. Richardson

CEO Linius — Entrepreneur, Technologist, Philosopher
Christopher W. Richardson

CEO Linius — Entrepreneur, Technologist, Philosopher

Chris Richardson is a global entrepreneur and investor. Currently, Mr. Richardson is the CEO of Linius Technologies Limited (ASX:LNU), a technology startup working on revolutionising the on-line video ecosystem. In addition, Mr. Richardson sits on the board of directors of Mirovoy Sales, a sales outsourcing company based in Prague, CZ; The Ibis Network Limited, a content marketing agency based in Hong Kong, CN; and is a partner in C.W. Richardson & Associates, a management consulting firm focused on small technology businesses around the world.

With over 20 years of sales, marketing, and operations management experience, Chris brings Silicon Valley best practices to technology companies around the world.

Previously, Chris worked with KIT digital where he drove global, industry-specific go-to-market strategies that resulted in 29% organic growth, and propelled the company from $100 million to over $250 million in 2012 revenue while simultaneously achieving profitability for the first time.

Before joining KIT in 2011, Chris spent 10 years in Silicon Valley as a senior marketing executive for several start-ups. Most notably

  • U4EA Wireless, where he implemented formal product life-cycle process which enabled a product team spanning the US East and West coasts and India, to bring the world’s first SMB Wi-Fi products to market, attacking a burgeoning $1+ billion industry; and
  • NextHop Technologies, where he led the product management organization in the development of carrier grade networking software. Through his efforts in leading the development of off-the-shelf software suitable for deployment in carrier networks, NextHop acquired all of the marquis names in the space as customers (Hitachi, Huawei, Ericsson, Juniper, HP, IBM, Sun, etc…)  before its successful exit through acquisition.

Prior to working in Silicon Valley, Chris was with Merit Networks where he was an active evangelist for the Internet in developing countries, lecturing both at ISOC Developing Countries Workshops and at the All-Russia Telematics Conference, where he was the first foreign speaker, presenting his current research on Internet routing: Мультикастинг в IP-Сетях: Современный Уровень и Перспективы Развития; К.Ричардсон, С.Харес, А.Ю.Глебовский (IP Multicast: Current Practices and Research Directions, C. Richardson, S. Hares, A.Yu.Glebovsky)

Chris was a Bychinsky scholar in mathematics, and recipient of the Branstrom Prize,

Alexandros Eleftheriadis

Partner, Big Pi Ventures
Alexandros Eleftheriadis

Partner, Big Pi Ventures

Alexandros Eleftheriadis is an entrepreneur, investor, musician, and ex-academic in electrical engineering.

He is currently Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Vidyo, Inc., a US-based global leader in interactive video communication systems, as well as a founding member of the investment team at Big Pi Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on Greece.  He is also Co-Chair of the Real-Time Communications Subgroup in the Alliance for Open Media, a group founded by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Netflix, among others, and which develops a new open source and royalty-free video codec for the Internet called AV1.

Prior to that he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia, as well as a Marie Curie Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Athens. He holds more than 140 patents internationally, several of which are used in digital video and television standards such as H.264, HEVC, and Blu Ray.