The 100 Most Influential People
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Paul Graham was Co-founder of Y Combinator, an innovative startup incubator. Prior to this, he was Co-founder of Viaweb, the first SaaS company, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998 and became Yahoo Store. A programmer, he also published the Lisp dialect Bel in 2019 and has written books on programming.
Mark Andreessen is Co-founder and General Partner at the Silicon Valley VC fund Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), managing $16.5 billion in assets across enterprise, healthcare, fintech and crypto, including $1.4 billion in biology/healthcare funds. They support innovative technology companies and connect readers across technology ecosystems. Prior to this, he co-founded Netscape (acquired by AOL for $4.2 billion) and Opsware.
Sam Altman is Co-founder and CEO at OpenAI. Prior to this, he was President of the major startup accelerator Y Combinator and YC Group. He was also Co-founder and CEO at Loopt (acquired by Green Dot Corporation for $43.4 million) and Co-founder and Managing Director of the VC firm Hydrazine Capital.
Ben Horowitz is Co-founder and General Partner at the Silicon Valley VC fund Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), which manages $16.5 billion in assets, including $865 million in crypto and the Cultural Leadership Fund helping African Americans get into tech. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and CEO of Opsware (acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion). He is an NYT bestselling author.
Chamath Palihapitiya is Founder and CEO of Social Capital, a VC fund bringing capital, technology, and philanthropy together to create positive change. He is also Co-founder and Executive Chairman at Athos (performance tracking technology for athletes), and owner of the Golden State Warriors. Prior to this, he was in VP roles at Facebook.
Peter Thiel is the Founder and President of Clarium Capital Management and a Managing Partner of The Founders Fund, a very early-stage VC fund providing seed money, mentorship, and marketing assistance. The author of “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future,” he is on Facebook’s Board of Directors and was an early investor in LinkedIn.
Ron Conway is Founder and Managing Partner at Angel Investors LP Funds, a 25-year-old seed capital fund that maintains relationships and the technology ecosystem while leveraging inflection points to drive growth. He is also CEO of Axon JuriMed Group. Prior to this, he was CEO of PTS (Personal Training Systems) and President and CEO of Altos Computer Systems.
John Doerr is Chairman at the VC firm Kleiner Perkins, with nearly 40 years of experience. He wrote “Measure What Matters,” a handbook for goal setting and innovation, and served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board following the Great Recession. Prior to this, he was an original investor and on the board of Google and Amazon.
Michael Seibel is Managing Director and Group Partner at Y Combinator, the influential early-stage startup incubator that launched companies including Reddit, Airbnb, Stripe, Coinbase, Cruise Automation, DoorDash, Instacart, Twitch, and Dropbox. Prior to this, he was a Co-founder and CEO of Justin.TV and Socialcam. A Y Combinator project, Socialcam was acquired by AutoDesk for $60 million.
Roelof Botha is Partner at Sequoia Capital, an investment fund working with successful founders including Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Larry Ellison, Jan Koum, and Jack Dorsey. The value of Sequoia-funded companies collectively makes up 20%+ of the value of NASDAQ. He is on the Board of Directors of 23andMe, MongoDB, Square, Unity Technologies, Natera, Eventbrite, Evernote, and Inside.com.
Kevin Rose is Partner at True Ventures. Prior to this, he was General Partner at Google Ventures (investing in Blue Bottle, Medium, and Next Door) and an angel investor in Facebook, Twitter, and Square. He also founded the apps Oak and Zero and the media site Digg. He hosts the podcasts Foundation and the Kevin Rose Show.
Om Malik is Partner at True Ventures. Prior to this, he founded the GigaOM, a technology and business research and analysis firm with 2 million monthly unique visits. He was also a technology reporter published in outlets including Forbes, Red Herring, and Business 2.0. He also writes a blog and newsletter.
Naval Ravikant is Managing Partner at Hit Forge, an early-stage investment fund for social media. He is also Founder, CEO, and Chairman at Vast.com, a platform for making complex, high-risk decisions using large datasets and AI to serve both consumers and large enterprises. He also writes a blog about investing, self-development, and other subjects.
Reid Hoffman has been a Partner at Greylock for more than ten years, where he funds consumer internet, mobile, gaming, enterprise 2.0, payments, SaaS, online marketplace, and social networking companies at both the seed and growth stages. He serves on the boards of Microsoft, Airbnb, Convoy, Aurora, Entrepreneur First, Nauto, Blockstream, and Xapo.
Fred Wilson is Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures, a venture capital firm based in NYC with $1+ billion in funds, and Founder and Managing Partner at the fund Flatiron Partners. He has been in venture capital since 1986 and he writes a blog about technology, investing, and personal interests.
Jason Calacanis is an author, entrepreneur, and angel investor who has invested in startups including Uber, RobinHood, Wealthfront, Thumbtack, and Calm. He is CEO and Founder of Inside.Com and hosts This Week in Startups and ANGEL Podcast. He is active in the startup community, wrote a blog and “The ANGEL Book,” offers online courses, and mentors founders.
David Cohen is Co-founder, Managing Partner, and Board Member at Techstars and on the Advisory Board of the Techstars Foundation, which works to increase diversity and inclusion through entrepreneurship. He founded Pinpoint Technologies (acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation) and earFeeder (acquired by SonicSwap). He has invested in companies including Uber, SendGrid, Twilio, Classpass, FullContact, and Pillpack.
Tony Conrad is Partner at True Ventures, an early-stage and high-growth technology fund, leveraging his experience as a founder and investor. His investments include WordPress, Slack, Blue Bottle, and the Tony Hawk Foundation. Prior to this, he founded Sphere and about.me, which were both acquired by AOL, and was President Obama’s T40 National Co-Chair of Technology.
David Krane is CEO and Managing Partner at Google Ventures, investors in technology companies such as Uber, CircleUp, Nest, and Urban Engines. He has spent 20 years at Google and was in senior leadership as Google grew from a startup to a global megacorporation. He also worked at Apple, Four11 (which is now Yahoo! Mail), and QUALCOMM.
Yuri Milner is Founder of DST Global, a top technology investment fund. He also founded the Breakthrough Prize Foundation (with Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, and Anne Wojcicki) to recognize science and mathematics research and fund space programs. With Stephen Hawking, he launched Breakthrough Initiatives and Breakthrough Starshot, two $100 million initiatives to reinvigorate space research and travel.
Christine Tsai is CEO and Founding Partner at 500 Startups, an early-stage fund and accelerator aiming to uplift people and economies. As 2019’s most active fund and with $600 million under management, they have invested in 2400+ companies in 75+ countries, including Talkdesk, Grab, Credit Karma, Intercom, Canva, Gitlab, and Twilio. Prior to this, she worked at Google and YouTube.
David Sacks is Founder of Craft Ventures, an early-stage VC fund, and Founding Chairman of Harbor, Inc., creators of blockchain Regulated Token Standard ("R-Token"). Prior to this, he founded two unicorns (Geni and Yammer), funded 20 unicorns, produced the film “Thank You for Smoking,” and was Chief Operating Officer of PayPal. He writes a blog on Bottom-Up SaaS.
Elad Gil is Founder of Color Genomics, a clinical genomics and personalized health services company. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and CEO of Mixer Labs (acquired by Twitter). He was also VP at Twitter, overseeing growth from 90-1500 employees, and he started Google’s mobile team. He invested in or advises companies including Airbnb, Coinbase, Instacart, Pinterest, Square, and Stripe.
Alexis Ohanian Sr. is Founder of Seven Seven Six, a VC fund prioritizing wellbeing and community to “reimagine how we identify, support, and scale greatness” through commitments like earmarking 2% of funding for founders’ personal development and caregiving. Prior to this, he was Co-founder of Reddit, Partner at Y Combinator, and Co-founder and Managing Partner at Initialized Capital.
Dave McClure is Founder and Managing Partner at Practical Ventures and 500 Startups. Prior to this, he was a Venture Capitalist at Founders Fund and Director of Marketing at PayPal. In both 2016 and 2017, he was one of Forbes’ Top 100 VCs and he has invested in 15 unicorns and 5 IPOs.
Brad Feld is a Co-founder of Techstars and a VC at Foundry Group, an early-stage technology fund investing in USA and Canada. Prior to this, he was Co-founder at Mobius Venture Capital and Founder of Intensity Ventures, and his investing career spans 30+ years. He has written numerous books in the Startup Revolution series.
Mark Suster is General Partner at Upfront Ventures, Los Angeles’s largest and longest-running VC fund, with $1+ billion in investments—50% in technology companies based in Southern California. They have backed ventures including Maker Studios, TrueCar, Overture, and Suster’s two previous companies. He founded Koral (acquired by Salesforce) and BuildOnline (acquired by the Sword Group).
Chris Fralic is Board Partner at First Round, focusing on advertising/marketing technology, eCommerce, travel, social/mobile, gaming, and internet of things. He has worked with companies such as Invite Media (acquired by Google), Ring (acquired by Amazon), Flurry (acquired by Yahoo!), and Hotel Tonight (acquired by Airbnb). He has 35 years of experience in tech and helped launch TEDTalks.
Geoff Lewis is Founder and Managing Partner at Bedrock, a VC fund managing $500 million in two funds and investing in technology companies that are “incongruent with the storyline.” He was an early investor in companies including Lyft, Wish, Tilray, RigUp, and Nubank. Prior to this, he was Partner at Founder’s Fund.
David Brown is Founder and CEO at Techstars. Prior to this, he was President of ZOLL Technologies, helping it grow from a startup to 250 employees. He also founded Pinpoint Technologies (now part of ZOLL). He wrote “No Vision All Drive: What I Learned from My First Company” and he writes about entrepreneurship and scaling up businesses.
Chris Dixon is a partner at a16z, focusing on cryptocurrency and blockchain. He is also Co-founder of the VC fund Founder Collective and has invested in Pinterest, Kickstarter, Stripe, Stack Overflow, Flatiron Health, Zipline, and Warby Parker. Prior to this, was Co-founder of Hunch, a recommendation engine acquired by eBay for $80 million, and Co-founder of SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee).
Vinod Khosla is Founder and Partner at Khosla Ventures, managing $5 billion in areas including enterprise, advertising, consumer, education, financial services, health, big data, sustainable energy, agriculture, food, semiconductors, and robotics, and advised by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Prior to this, he was Co-founder of Sun Microsystems and invested in microfinance initiatives in India.
Bill Gurley is General Partner at Benchmark. Prior to this, he was Partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. A former leading research analyst focused on personal computers, he was lead analyst on the Amazon IPO and a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team. He invested in companies including Grubhub, Zillow, Uber, StitchFix, Nextdoor, and Glassdoor.
Anthony Pompliano is Co-founder at Morgan Creek Digital Assets, a multi-strategy investment firm focused on blockchain and digital assets. Prior to this, he was Managing Partner at Full Tilt Capital and worked at Facebook and Snapchat. He hosts a top finance and technology podcast (the Pomp Podcast) and writes a daily newsletter on Bitcoin, finance, and business.
Jessica Verrilli is General Partner at Google Ventures (GV) and Founding Partner of #ANGELS, an investment collective. She has invested in companies including Instacart, Gusto, Homebound, The Wing, Forward, Literati, Threads, Coinbase, and Color Genomics. Prior to this, she was VP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Twitter, helping them grow from 34 employees to several thousand and leading acquisitions.
Howard Lindzon is General Partner at Social Leverage, which invests in and advises emerging web businesses, funding 100+ early-stage companies. He is also Co-founder and Chairman of Stocktwits, the social network for traders and investors called one of the “50 best websites” by Time and “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by Fast Company.
Hunter Walk is Partner at the seed-stage venture capital fund HomeBrew, with a portfolio including ShieldAI, The Skimm, Primary, Bowery Farming, Cruise, and Managed By Q. Prior to this, he was Product Lead at Google, YouTube, and SecondLife, and his products now generate $1+ billion in annual revenue and 1+ billion daily views.
M.G. Siegler is a General Partner at GV (previously Google Ventures), funding innovative companies and providing them access to the world’s best talent in fields including enterprise technology, consumer products, life science, and frontier technologies. They have funded companies including Uber, Slack, Flatiron Health, Nest, One Medical Group, and Duo Security. He is a writer and former journalist at TechCrunch.
Steven Sinofsky is Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, advising numerous Silicon Valley companies including Everlaw, Tanium, and Box. Prior to this, he was in senior roles at Microsoft. He is Co-author of “One Strategy: Organization, Planning, and Decision Making.” He also writes as a LinkedIn influencer and for his blog “Learning by Shipping.”
Ryan Hoover is Leader and Investor at Weekend Fund, an early-stage investment fund proving $75,000-200,000 investments “backing your next favorite thing.” He is also Founder of Product Hunt. He writes a blog about business, technology, new products, and personal development and contributed to the book “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products”
Josh is Founding Partner at the seed-stage technology fund First Round Capital, which has funded 350+ tech startups. Newsweek ranked him one of the USA’s top ten Angel Investors and Business 2.0 called him one of “Tech's New Kingmakers.” Prior to this, he Co-founded Half.com (acquired by eBay), TurnTide (acquired by Symatec), and Infonautics Corporation (IPO 1996).
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Katie Jacobs Stanton is Founder and General Partner at Moxxie Ventures, a seed-stage fund backing entrepreneurs who improve life and work. She is also Founding Partner of #ANGELS and on the board of Vivendi. Prior to this, she was Chief Marketing Officer at Color Genomics and worked at Time Magazine, Twitter, Google, and the White House.
Chetan Puttagunta is a General Partner at Benchmark, an early-stage VC firm that has funded 250+ startups with a value of $100+ billion, including eBay, MySQL, OpenTable, Yelp, Inc., Zillow, Instagram, Dropbox, Uber, Twitter, Zipcar, and Asana. He is on the board of Elastic, MongoDB, and MuleSoft (acquired by Salesforce for $6.5 billion).
Jeff Clavier is Founder of Uncork Capital (previously SoftTech VC), supporting and funding companies in their first 18 months. They have funded 200+ startups, including Mint (acquired by Intuit for $170 million), Brightroll (acquired by Yahoo for $640 million), and Wildfire (acquired by Google for $540 million). Prior to this, he was Chief Technology Officer at Effix (acquired by Reuters).
Assad Tannous is Founder and Senior Trader at Asenna Wealth Solutions, an advisory firm using new technologies to advise investors and traders in the Australian market. Prior to this, he was Founder and s Funds Manager for Oracle Absolute Return Fund, which had top 10 finishes in both the 2007 and 2008 CMC Trading competitions.
Arlan Hamilton is Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, (which she founded while she was homeless). They invested $10+ million in 130+ technology startups with founders who are POC, women, or LGBTQ. She also co-founded four Backstage Studio accelerators. She wrote “It's About Damn Time” and appeared on the cover of Fast Company.
Josh Constine is Principal Investor and Head of Content at SignalFire, investing in seed-to-A round startups focusing on creators, communication, and social networks. He advises portfolio companies on PR and writes content. The former Editor-at-Large at TechCrunch, he has written 3,000+ blog posts, spoken in 18 countries, and appeared on The Today Show, NPR, and China Central Television.
Tomasz Tunguz is Partner and Managing Director at Redpoint. He writes a blog and is the Co-Author of “Winning with Data” about the impact of big data on business. He is on the board of Gremlin, Kustomer, StackRox, Chorus.ai, Dremio, and ThredUp. Prior to this, he was Product Manager for Google AdSense.
Jason M. Lemkin is Trusted Advisor to SaaStr, the largest community for business software, with 500,000+ founders and executives involved in founding and funding B2B startups. He was also Co-founder and CEO at EchoSign, an on-demand sales tool for contract signing serving clients including Google, American Express, Facebook, Dow Jones, and Twitter, which was acquired by Adobe.
Semil Shah is Founder and General Partner at the institutional seed-stage venture capital firm Haystack, who invested in companies including Instacart, Carta, Figma, DoorDash, Opendoor, and Ironclad. He is also a Venture Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and appeared on Forbes’ Midas Brink List 2017. Prior to this, he worked at several startups and consulted with VC firms.
Josh Wolfe is Co-founder at Lux Capital, an early-stage venture fund focused on emerging science, technology, and “iconoclastic inventors.” He is on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, a complex systems and science research center, and is on the board or an investor in Kallyope, 3Scan, Matterport, Compass, Kymeta Corporation, and others.
Aileen Lee is Founder and Managing Partner at the seed-stage fund Cowboy Ventures, helping them build products and scale, focused on enterprise and customer-centric technology startups. Prior to this, she was a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She was one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and coined the investment term “Unicorn.”
Erik Torenberg is Co-founder and Partner at Village Global, an early-stage VC fund investing $100 million and proving community support to startups. He is also Founder and Chairman of the talent platform On Deck and Co-founder and Chairman of Volt Capital. As an Angel Investor, his portfolio includes 80+ companies such as AI, Lattice, Nurx, Carrot, and Kite.
Mike Cannon-Brookes is Co-founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian, makers of project management tools including Confluence and Jira. He is also Venture Partner at the Australian venture fund Blackbird Ventures and an investor at companies including Ninjablocks, Shoes of Prey, Tyro Payments, Homethinking, and Startmate. He is interested in technological history, tech startups, and software companies.
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Mike Maples, Jr is Co-founder and Partner at Floodgate, a venture fund. Fortune called him one of 8 Rising Stars and he coined the term “Thunder Lizards,” describing “the tiny number of truly exceptional companies that are wildly disruptive capitalist mutations.” Prior to this, he was Co-founder of Motive (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent) and Director at Tivoli Systems (acquired by IBM).
Brent Beshore is Founder and CEO at Permanent Equity, investing without selling in family-held companies in North America. They manage $300 million in companies in aerospace, professional services, construction, manufacturing, distribution, recruitment, and consumer products. He wrote “The Messy Marketplace: Selling Your Business in a World of Imperfect Buyers.” He was also Founder and CEO of the VC fund adventur.es.
Albert Wenger is Managing Partner at the early-stage venture capital fund Union Square Ventures, focused on disruptive networks. They have funded companies including Twitter, Kickstarter, Tumblr, Etsy, and Foursquare. He is also Director at goTenna, BlockStack, Shippo, Skillshare, Clue by Biowink, Code Climate, and others. Prior to this, he was President of del.icio.us (acquired by Yahoo) and founded several companies.
Kim-Mai Cutler is Partner at Initialized, a $700 million early-stage seed venture capital fund founded by startup engineers, designers, and product experts. Their investments include Coinbase, Patreon, Cruise, Plangrid, and Flexport. Prior to this, she was a technology reporter at TechCrunch and Venture Beat, as well as a Founding Writer and Analyst at Inside Mobile Apps (Inside Network).
April Underwood is Venture Partner at Obvious Ventures (focused on startups solving problems related to health, wellness, climate, and working conditions) and Co-founder of #ANGELS. She is also Founder and CEO at Local Laboratory Corp. She has backed 20+ companies. Prior to this, she worked at Twitter and Slack as they each grew 10x larger.
Bobby Goodlatte is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Form Capital, a design and seed fund partnership for startups. He has invested in companies including Coinbase, Envoy, Expo, Artsy, Guesty, Hodinkee, QuillChat, Supercast, and Gowalla. Prior to this, he was Product Designer at Facebook and Designer in Residence at Greylock Partners.
Harry Stebbings is Founder at Stride.VC, a seed-stage fund focused on UK companies and managing £40 million. He is also Founder of the most popular venture capital podcast, Twenty Minute VC, with 100,000+ regular listeners, and a part of the Official Saastr Podcast. He is a board observer at Northflank and on the board of Forward Health.
Cyan Banister is Owner at Banister Capital and Partner at Founders Fund, a science/technology fund managing more than $3 billion in investments backing companies including Facebook, SpaceX, Airbnb, and Palantir. She has extensive experience in tech and recruiting and is working on her book “The Ugly Duckling,” about her journey from “being homeless to becoming a VC.”
Satya Patel is partner at Homebrew, a seed-stage venture capital fund serving entrepreneurs in the “Bottom Up Economy.” Prior to this, he was Partner at Battery Ventures, co-leading early-stage, digital media, and internet. He was also Vice President of Product at Twitter and Product Manager at Google for AdSense.
Matthew Ball is Managing Partner of Epyllion Industries, a pre-seed and seed fund, incubator, and corporate advisory. He is also Venture Partner at Makers Fund. Prior to this, he was Head of Strategy at Amazon Studios. He writes about technological disruption, investment, and growth and has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, Bloomberg, and The Economist.
George Zachary is a General Partner at CRV, a top investor in high-growth tech startups. They have funded 400+ companies, including Twitter, Hubspot, Yammer, and Zendesk. He is also Director of the founders’ community StartX and General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, an early-stage technology fund whose portfolio includes Agile, Genomatica, Infusionsoft, Rally Software, and Shutterfly.
Jeff Bussgang is Co-founder and General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, as well as Managing Director and Founder of The Graduate Syndicate, their micro-seed fund investing in startups by Harvard Graduates. A former entrepreneur and veteran of startups including Upromise (acquired by Sallie Mae) and Open Market, he wrote “Entering StartUpLand” and “Mastering the VC Game.”
Rob Go is Co-founder and Partner at NextView, a seed-stage VC fund investing in companies that refine the “everyday economy” where people spend most of their lives, like food, housing, wellness, and consumer products. Prior to this, he was a VC at Spark Capital and the North America Business Unit owner for “Finding” at eBay.
Fred Destin is Founder of Stride.VC, a seed-stage fund managing £100 million. Prior to this, he was General Partner at the funds Accomplice (Atlas Ventures) and Accel Partners. His investments include Pillpack (acquired by Amazon for $1 billion), Lagoa (acquired by Autodesk), PriceMinister (acquired by Rauken), and he is on the board of Unibuddy, Impala, Cazoo, WeGift, and other companies.
Katherine Wu is Principal Investor at Notation Capital, a pre-seed round fund investing in technology startups creating innovative combinations of software and data. Prior to this, she was Director of Business Development at Messari, an open-source data library and advisory for cryptoassets. She holds weekly virtual “office hours” to meet people and assist them with brainstorming and new ideas.
Charlie O'Donnell is Founder and General Partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, a pre-seed fund managing $23 million and investing in startups that have raised less than $750,000. Prior to this, he was Union Square Ventures’ first analyst and Principal at First Round Capital. Their portfolio included GroupMe (acquired by Skype), Moat (acquired by Oracle), and SinglePlatform (acquired by Constant Contact).
Scott Kupor is Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital fund managing $16.5+ billion. He is on the board of Foursquare, Cedar, NYU’s Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance, Berkeley Center for Law and Business, and Snaplogic, and he advises health care organizations. He wrote “Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It.”
Steve Jurvetson is Co-founder of Future Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, focusing on early-stage ventures with disruptive potential to create new industries. He was an early-stage investor in Tesla, SpaceX, Hotmail, Planet, and Mythic. Prior to this, he was a Research and Development Engineer at Hewlett-Packard and worked at Apple and NeXT. He was Obama’s Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.
Roger Ehrenberg is Managing Partner at IA Ventures, a $475 million seed-stage venture firm focusing on customer-centric software companies. Prior to this, he was an angel investor and a trader at Citibank and Deutsche Bank. He is Director of Transferwise, Ethyca, Gospel Technologies, Octane Lending, and Mighty (having led or co-led their seed rounds).
Jeff Jordan is Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and he serves on the boards of Airbnb, Instacart, Pinterest, Accolade, and others. Prior to this, he was CEO and Executive Chairman of Open Table, overseeing the company’s rapid growth and IPO. He was also Senior Vice President and General Manager at eBay North America, leading their acquisition of Half.com and PayPal.
Turner Novak is General Partner at GeltVC, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in all sectors (aside from blockchain, crypto, and biotechnology) in both Europe and North America, with initial investments from $50,000-200,000. Prior to this, he was an Investment Analyst at Van Andel Institute. He blogs and tweets about investing and technology.
Manu Kumar is Founder and Investor at KR Ventures, a pre-seed fund focused on technology. His investments include Lyft, Twilio, Osmo, Carta, and Lucidchart. When investing, he leverages his experience as a startup founder and entrepreneur. Prior to this, he was Founder at SneakerLabs (acquired for $100 million) and iMeet (merged with Netspoke and acquired by Premiere Conferencing).
Sarah Guo is General Partner at Greylock, an early-stage VC fund. Appearing in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Midas Brink List, and Linkedin’s Next Wave, she bridges the gap between business needs and creative technology. She advocates for diversity in tech and more equal distribution of technology’s benefits, and she hosts the podcast #WorkFromAnywhere about the impact of Covid-19.
Steve Jang is Founder and Managing Partner at Kindred Ventures, a small seed fund “supporting world-changing startups” and inspired by his passion for helping other founders. His early investments include Blue Bottle, Coinbase, and Postmates. Prior to this, he founded four startups, including imeem (acquired by MySpace), SoundTracking (acquired by Rhapsody), and the cryptoasset wallet SDK provider Bitsky.
Eric Paley is Managing Partner at Founders Collective, a seed-stage fund. He is Board Director of The Trade Desk and Contently and an investor in Uber, Cruise, and Airtable. He also appeared on the Forbes Midas List from 2016-2020. Prior to this, he was Co-founder, CEO, and General Manager at 3M Brontes Technologies and Co-founder and CEO of Abstract Edge.
Cristoph Janz is Partner at Point Nine Capital, focusing on SaaS investments. Prior to this, he Co-founded Pageflakes (acquired by LiveUniverse) and DealPilot.com (acquired by Shopping.com). His portfolio includes startups such as Zendesk, FreeAgent, Algolia, Contentful, Geckoboard, and Typeform, as well as online marketplaces like Brainly, StarOfService, and DocPlanner. He blogs about SaaS, internet startups, and early-stage investing.
Josh Felser is an Angel Investor at 50 High, focusing on companies in green industries such as urban development, energy management, and sustainability. He is also Co-founder at Freestyle Capital. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and President of Spinner (acquired by AOL for $320 million) and Co-founder and CEO of Grouper/Crackle (acquired by Sony for $65 million).
Kirsten Green is Founder and Managing Partner at Forerunner Ventures. She has 20+ years of experience in investment and serves on the board at Glossier, Ritual, Nordstroms, and others. She was on Forbes’ Midas List from 2017-2020 and one of their 100 Most Powerful Women, TechCrunch’s 2017 VC of the Year, and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.
Jeremy Liew is Partner at Lightspeed and was their first consumer specialist. He was Snapchat’s first investor; his portfolio includes Giphy, Affirm, Blockchain.com, Honest, Cheddar, and Rothys; and he has been featured repeatedly on Forbes’ Midas List. Prior to this, he worked at companies including AOL and Netscape, experience that gave him a keen sense of consumer behavior.
Josh Stein is Managing Partner and Co-founder at Threshold Ventures. He received Deloitte’s Fast 500 Venture Capitalist of the Year award and was named a Top VC investor twice by the New York Times/CB Insights. He is on boards including Chartbeat, LaunchDarkly, Talkdesk, and Databook, and his prior investments include Yammer (acquired by Microsoft) and Swell (acquired by Apple).
Arjun Seth is Co-founder and Partner at the venture capital firm Tribe Capital, focused on product and data science. He serves on boards including Bolt, Mati, Shiprocket, Instabase, Muze, Carta, and Relativity Space, and he was an Angel Investor at companies including Otherinbox (acquired by Returnpath), Kicksend (acquired by Lyft), Famous (acquired by Postmates), and Snowball (acquired by Credit Karma).
Bilal Zuberi is Venture Capital Partner at Lux Capital, managing $2.5 billion. He serves on the board of numerous companies including Ironclad Inc., Fiddler, Commure, Meter, SkySelect, Desktop Metal, Orbital Insight, Salindrone, Airmaps, and Nozomi Networks. He is interested in ambitious, breakthrough technology, big markets, and how entrepreneurship can improve society.
Elizabeth Yin is Co-founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund, a pre-seed software fund. Prior to this, she was Partner at 500 Startups and head of their Mountain View accelerator. She has reviewed 20,000+ pitches and raised hundreds of millions of dollars, and her work has appeared in outlets including Forbes and TechCrunch. She co-founded LaunchBit (acquired by BuySellAds).
Sarah Kunst is Managing Director at Cleo Capital, an early-stage (pre-seed and seed) fund. She is also Contributing Editor at Marie Claire Magazine. She has received numerous recognitions, including appearing in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, being called a Future Innovator by Vanity Fair, and named a Top Woman in Venture Capital by The Wall Street Journal.
Matt Turck is Managing Director at FirstMark Capital, a fund investing in early-stage technology startups in the US and Europe. He also organizes the data and emerging technologies communities Data Driven NYC and Hardwired NYC. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of Bloomberg Ventures, Senior Director of Oracle, and Co-founder, President, and COO of TripleHop Technologies (acquired by Oracle).
Alexa von Tobel
Alexa von Tobel is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Inspired Capital, an early-stage technology fund managing $200 million. Prior to this, she founded LearnVest after raising $75 million in venture capital, (acquired by Northwestern Mutual for $250 million). She wrote the bestsellers “Financially Fearless” and “Financially Forward” and appeared on the cover of Forbes.
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Merci Victoria Grace is Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, specializing in growth, engagement, and design. Prior to this, she was Slack’s first Head of Product and Director of Product, as their user base grew from 500,000 daily users to 6 million. She founded the social gaming company GameLayers and the Women in Product community of 13,000+ women.
Rob Moffat is Partner at Balderton Capital, a London-based venture capital firm. He focuses on fintech and insurtech, and worked with companies including Zego, Carwow, Dream Games, Wooga, PlayPlay, Primer, Wagestream, Cleo, and Mojiworks. Prior to this, he was Manager in European Strategy and Operations at Google and was a consultant at Bain.
Zak Kukoff is Principal and Early-stage Investor at General Catalyst, an early-stage fund that has invested in companies including Airbnb, ClassPass, The Honest Company, Hubspot, Kayak, Stripe, and Warby Parker. Prior to this, he was an investor at Emergence Capital, a fund managing $100+ billion in companies including Zoom, Veeva, Salesforce, Box, and Yammer.
David Frankel is Co-founder of the seed-stage fund Founder Collective, aiming to be the “most aligned VC for founders.” Their investments include PillPack (acquired by Amazon), Firebase (acquired by Google), SeatGeek, Olo, Big Think, and BuzzFeed. Financial Mail called him South African Technology Achiever of the Century and he is in The World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow program.
Zach Weinberg is Co-founder of Flatiron Health, a health technology and services company expanding cancer research that was acquired by Roche for $1.9 billion. Prior to this, he was Co-Founder at Invite Media, a media buying platform acquired by Google for $81 million. As a VC, he invests in 50+ technology startups annually.
Mamoon Hamid is Partner at Kleiner Perkins and an early investor in innovative companies including Slack, Figma, Yammer, Box, Intercom, and Netskope. Prior to this, he was Founder and General Partner at Social Capital and was a Partner at U.S. Venture Partners. He serves on the board of Coda, Handshake, Rippling, Modern Health, and other companies.
Andrew Reed is a General Partner at Sequoia Capital, a major fund comprising 20% of the value of NASDAQ and investing on behalf of nonprofits such as MIT, Mayo Clinic, and Ford Foundation. He is an investor and board member at Figma, RobinHood, Github, and other companies. Prior to this, he was an Analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Jeff Richards is Managing Partner at GGV Capital, a $6.2 billion VC firm. He led investments in companies including HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb), BlueKai (acquired by Oracle), Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce), and Appirio (acquired by Wipro), and is part of their investments in Square, Domo, Opendoor, and Wish. Prior to this, he founded R4 (acquired by VeriSign) and QuantumShift.
Ethan Kurzweil is Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, specializing in the future of media, consumer internet and mobile, online video, and developer platforms providing exceptional developer experience (DX). His investments include Twilio and SendGrid. Prior to this, he worked at Dow Jones & Co and Linden Labs, and was Co-founder of the web accessibility company SSB-Bart Group (now Level-Access).
Alex Marshall is a VC at First Round Capital, Co-founder at Latinx VC, and Director of Platform at the VC firm investing in underrepresented founders Backstage Capital. Prior to this, she founded the innovative data-driven health insurance company Health IQ, which rewards people for their healthy lifestyles with affordable insurance.
Vijay Pande is General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz (founding investor in their Bio fund). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University, and he focuses on healthcare, biology, and pharmaceutical investment. He is on the board of Devoted Health, Ciitizen, Asimov, Freenome, and others. Prior to this, he founded the [email protected] Distributed Computing Project for disease research.