CEO, 3D Robotics; Founder, DIY Drones; former WIRED editor
Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was the Editor in Chief of WiredMagazine. Before Wired he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York.
He wrote the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as the new Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.
Neil M. Ashe
President and CEO of Global eCommerce, Wal-Mart
Neil Ashe is president and CEO of Global eCommerce for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He
was appointed in January 2012 to lead Walmart’s Global eCommerce Division, which
develops strategies, platforms and applications that combine the latest in online
innovations with physical stores to give Walmart’s customers a unique and seamless
Prior to his current role, Neil was president of CBS Interactive, where he led online
properties and drove development of innovative methods to distribute programming.
Websites included CBS.com, CNET.com, CBSNews.com, and CBSSports.com.
As president of CBS Interactive, Neil led the interactive content business with
operations in the U.S., Europe and China. After leading the successful integration of
CNET Networks with CBS, he and his team ramped up CBS entertainment content
distribution online, making CBS.com the largest television network site in the industry.
Veteran Tech Reviewer; Co-Executive Editor, Re/code
Walt Mossberg was the author and creator of the weekly “Personal Technology” column in the Wall Street Journal, which appeared for 22 years, from 1991 to 2013. Before turning his attention to technology, Walt spent 18 years covering national and international affairs in the Journal’s Washington bureau.
Veteran Tech Journalist and Co-Executive Editor, Re/code
Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column, “BoomTown,” originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at WSJ.com.
Zulily Chairman and former Blue Nile CEO
Mark Vadon co-founded zulily and serves as Chairman of the Board. Prior to zulily, Mark founded Blue Nile where he served as CEO until 2008 and Chairman of the Board until 2013. From 1992 to 1999, Mark was a consultant for Bain & Company, a management consulting firm. Mark holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Mark also serves on the Board of Home Depot.
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, SherpaVentures
Scott Stanford is the co-founder and a Managing Partner of SherpaVentures. He has been focused on the Internet/technology sector for 20 years in the capacity of advisor, operator and investor. Until March 2013, Mr. Stanford co-headed Goldman Sachs’s Global Internet Investment Banking business based in San Francisco. In his twelve years at Goldman he advised clients on $80 billion of equity and debt financings and strategic transactions and was deeply involved in making approximately $1.6 billion of principal investments in technology-enabled companies including Facebook, Uber, DST/Mail.ru and LinkedIn. Prior to Goldman, Mr. Stanford was an early employee of LookSmart, helping build the company from a start-up to a publicly traded NASDAQ company.
Adventurer and National Geographic contributor specializing in drone photography
Chad Copeland is an adventure and natural history photographer. A contributor to
National Geographic, Men’s Journal and numerous other periodicals, he has covered
stories from the air, land and underwater all over the globe. He’s been shooting for
more than two decades. In 2011 Chad began developing Unmanned Aircraft Systems
so that he could fly a variety of cameras into remote locations. His expertise, leadership
and skills as a pilot, 10 years of military service, commercial air traffic controller
and lifelong outdoor adventurer combine to provide deliverable media from air, land
or sea. Chad prepares for all expeditions with rigorous Copeland Scenario Training
(CST) in anticipation of all challenges. These strengths and strategies have earned him
CEO of Rover and former GM of ad marketplaces at Microsoft
Aaron brings 15 years of tech-industry experience to Rover, which was named 2014 Startup of the Year by GeekWire.com. Aaron is a 2014 EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner for the Pacific Northwest. He was also recently named a “40 under 40” recipient by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Aaron’s four-pound Pomeranian, Caramel, is a frequent visitor to Rover’s headquarters.
Before Rover: Aaron was a general manager at Microsoft, where he managed advertiser marketplaces worth $3 billion.
Education: Aaron received his undergraduate degree in economics, with honors, from Harvard College.
Founder & CEO of Postmates
Bastian is CEO of Postmates, the on-demand delivery company he co-founded in 2011. The idea for Postmates was originally conceived in 2005 when Bastian was relocating from Munich to London and he struggled with finding a simple solution for moving goods around a city. He later pursued this notion of “ride-sharing for stuff” through AngelPad in San Francisco, where he met his co-founders Sean Plaice and Sam Street. Postmates now operates in 12 cities.
Prior to Postmates, Bastian co-founded Curated.by, a real-time tweet curation platform based in London. Before that, at 12snap, he managed marketing budgets for Adidas and Lufthansa and helped many European startups in product related roles. A native of Germany, Bastian now lives in San Francisco.
Principal, Madrona Venture Group
Julie joined Madrona in 2011 and is a principal on the investment team. She pursues new investment opportunities, and is actively involved in Madrona’s portfolio companies and the firm’s activity in the startup community. She led Madrona's investment in Julep, and is also a board observer for several of Madrona’s portfolio companies, including buuteeq, Evocalize, Jintronix, Maxpoint, Rover.com, and SNUPI Technologies. She launched the Seattle Entrepreneurial Women’s Network (SEWN), an informal forum for women entrepreneurs, startuppers, and aspiring entrepreneurs to connect in the Greater Seattle area. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington where she teaches a course on Entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business. Prior to Madrona, Julie worked at Amazon as a senior product manager on the Kindle team.
U.S. Chief Information Officer
Steven VanRoekel is the second Chief Information Officer of the United
States, appointed by President Obama on August 5th, 2011. Prior to his
position in the White House, Mr. VanRoekel held two positions in the
Obama Administration: Executive Director of Citizen and Organizational
Engagement at the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) and Managing Director of the Federal Communications Commission
Mr. VanRoekel worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2009, most recently as
a Senior Director in the Windows Server and Tools Division.
CEO of Couchsurfing
Jennifer Billock is CEO of Couchsurfing, an 8-year-old company that matches travelers and adventure seekers with lodging and authentic experiences. The company — backed by Benchmark, General Catalyst Partners, Menlo Ventures and Omidyar Network — boasts more than 8 million members in 120,000 locations across the globe. Prior to Couchsurfing, Billock worked in product design and development at Kontiki, Listen.com and Digitas. Based in San Francisco, Billock also has worked as a yoga and meditation teacher.