Contributors

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Aditya Agarwal

VP, Engineering, Dropbox

Aditya is the vice president of engineering at Dropbox. He oversees the different engineering teams including new product development, infrastructure, platform and technical operations. Aditya came to Dropbox via the acquisition of Cove, a company he co-founded that was focused on improving group collaboration and communication. Prior to Cove, Aditya Agarwal was the Director of Product Engineering at Facebook where he oversaw the development of core products such as News Feed, Search, Photos, Profile and Applications. He holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Aditya Narayan

CEO, TurnToTech

Aditya is a technology entrepreneur with a deep interest in solving problems related to education. His other interests include artificial intelligence, physics, mathematics, and biology. Aditya studied physics at IIT Kanpur in India. Aditya has co-founded a few companies and also worked for a some Fortune 100 companies. For the past three years, he's been running TurnToTech, an education-focused venture in New York City.


Adrian Winn

President, Eagle Social Technologies

Adrian is a passionate and polarizing human who seeks the truth and is determined to push the world forward via something called a social computer. Having worked with computers, gadgets, and the internet his whole life, Adrian has found himself creating popular Snapchat stories that highlight his imperfections as well as their counterintuitive tendency to grant his friends and him access to more resources and stronger relationships with people in power. Most recently, a company that Adrian created in Canada sold for $20m to a popular Bay Area startup. Adrian proudly profited $0 on the deal because he took Steve Jobs' statement of "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" far too seriously.


Ajay Tewari

CEO, smartData Enterprises

Ajay is currently Chief Executive Officer of smartData Enterprises. He earned his B.Tech. from the University of Liverpool, U.K. and a Bachelor of Nautical Sciences from Bombay University, India. Ajay has been running smartData for over ten years and since, the company has grown from 50 employees to more than 700 under his leadership. He has played a key role in expanding smartData sales and travels frequently to the U.S., U.K. and Australia to meet its global clients. He is an avid sports lover and follows all sports closely. He also served as the president of TIE Chandigarh Chapter for the 2015-2016 term.


Alan d'Escragnolle

GM, Tandem Studio, Tandem Capital

Alan is currently leading Tandem Capital's Go-To-Market Studio helping companies craft business strategies, build brands, acquire customers and extend distribution channels. Prior to joining Tandem, Alan was leading the business and revenue teams at Omniata consisting of sales, customer success, marketing and finance. Omniata was acquired by King (Activision) in January of 2017. Prior to joining Omniata Alan served on the management team at SugarSync leading growth, corporate development and business development. SugarSync was acquired by J2 Global Communications in March of 2015. Before that he spent time hanging out in the corporate lands of Intuit and Google.

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Alan Hall

Technology Communications Manager, Ford Motor Company

Alan is Ford Motor Company’s communications manager for Ford technology, research and innovation. He is responsible for leading launch and communications strategies for Ford technology products and Ford smart mobility research programs, including management of media relations for the vice president of Ford research and advanced engineering, and the director of connected vehicle and services.


Alan Todd

Founder & CEO, CorpU

Alan is the founder and CEO of CorpU. He is regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent authorities on strategy, leadership and change. His insights are routinely solicited from CEO’s and business leaders at the world’s leading companies, like Walmart, Coca-Cola, Boeing, and Johnson & Johnson. His technical innovations in strategy activation are powering global growth for companies with combined annual revenues of over $1 trillion. He is a co-founder of Harrisburg University and a past trustee or advisor to Dickinson College, Penn State University, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Graduate School of Education. He completed his master's and doctoral studies at both Wharton and Penn GSE.


Albert Azout

Partner, Cota Capital

Albert was senior director of product and applied engineering at AOL, where he was charged with leading a variety of AOL’s efforts in bidding and optimization. Prior to AOL, Albert was the founder and CEO of Velos, a machine learning software platform, which Verizon/AOL acquired in 2015. Albert was also a co-founder of StyleCaster, which was sold to SheKnows Media via leading private equity firm Great Hill Partners, and is now the largest media company in lifestyle. Albert has invested in and advises a variety of companies, with a focus on the disruptive utilization of artificial intelligence and machine learning in products and services. Albert received a B.A. in finance and economics at Babson College.

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Alberto Forchielli

Chairman, Mandarin Capital Partners

Alberto received an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s cum laude in economics from the University of Bologna. Originally from Bologna, Italy, in addition to being special advisor to the Italian Minister of Defence, to the Italian Minister of Budget and Southern Italy and to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, he has decades of experience working and living in diverse parts of the world: Singapore and Kuala Lumpur with Finmeccanica; Washington, D.C. with the World Bank; Luxembourg with the European Investment Bank; Rome with the IRI Group; Boston, London, Santiago, Lima, and Milan with the Mac Group; and Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Munich with Mandarin Capital Partners.


Alex Algard

CEO, Hiya

Alex is the CEO of Hiya. Previously, he founded and ran Whitepages.com over a 20-year period, and he is currently the executive chairman of Whitepages. He began his career in investment banking with the Goldman Sachs High Technology Group and was selected as software entrepreneur of the year, PNW by Ernst & Young. Alex holds a B.A. in economics and a M.S. in mechanical engineering (product design), both from Stanford University.


Alexander Baumgardt

Partner, Futuredraft Inc

Alexander is an award-winning design leader, educator, and coach with 20 years of experience in creating integrated brand, product, and service experiences ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Alexander is heavily influenced by systems of thinking and design. He has built up a unique portfolio of human-centered design work, often blurring the lines between physical and digital product.


Alexander Li

Enterprise Sales, App Annie

Alexander has spent the past three years at App Annie, where he is currently on the enterprise sales team leading revenue efforts with New York-based clients. He has built a strong foundation in data-driven decision making and analytical rigor within roles in corporate and startups. Separately, he may have set the record for most free snacks eaten at startups.


Alexandre Giess

Client Partner, Quantifind

​Alexandre is helping others make better decisions through the thoughtful use of intuition and technology​.​ ​He is recognized by peers, direct reports and ​executives as the go-to-guy to tackle edge cases​.​ ​Alexandre is fueled by an insatiable curiosity and relentless focus on improving his colleagues' and client's workflows.


Alexandre Roche

Co-founder and CEO, WearToday

Alexandre is the co-founder and CEO of WearToday, an online fashion community. He was previously a product designer at Facebook, where he worked on products such as music, questions, friend lists, and privacy. Alexandre also built technical frameworks to help engineers make better design decisions. He is based in San Francisco.

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Alex Atienza Casas

Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis, Netflix

Alex is currently at Netflix supporting growth in the LatAm region. He previously worked on the new Euro market launches. He holds an MBA from Berkeley-Haas. Alex is a former investment banker and equity analyst at Citigroup. He's passionate about entertainment technology, digital media and content delivery, and he speaks five languages.