Director of Product, Facebook
Adam leads the News Feed product team at Facebook. Before this role, Adam was the design director for Facebook’s mobile product group. Before Facebook he worked at TokBox as the company’s first and only designer in 2007 and 2008. Adam began his career by founding a design consultancy in 2003 with offices in New York and San Francisco.
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Adam is the CEO and co-founder of NS8 Inc, a cyber security company that protects online business from fraud and abuse and enables them to provide optimal user experiences for their customers. He has founded a number of SaaS companies. Adam began his online endeavors as a programmer for Vegas.com where he was quickly elevated to the CTO position. Upon a successful exit from Vegas.com he founded Load, an early SaaS provider. Load provided white labeled services for many large web properties in the late 90's and early 2000's. Adam is originally from Las Vegas.
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 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.
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.
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.
Founder & CEO, Kaaenaat
Akbar is an inventor and business creator who's equally at ease creating new tech or making a sales pitch. His latest venture, Kaaenaat, builds autonomous tech for the crazy cities of emerging economies in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. Akbar has a M.S. from Georgia Tech and he's had stints at Honeywell & Wipro prior to embarking on his entrepreneurial career.
Head of LinkedIn India
Akshay leads LinkedIn's operations in India, which is the second biggest market (after the U.S.) with around 40 million members. Previously, he co-founded Pulse, which was a media startup that LinkedIn acquired in 2013. Pulse today powers a lot of what you see on the LinkedIn feed. Akshay is proud to be an alumnus of Purdue and Stanford University.
Managing Director, Series-A Partners
Alan has more than 20 years of experience working in technology and finance. He possesses the unique perspective of having worked within numerous early stage startups, in corporate M&A at Advent Software, investment research (covering software at Citi), as well as a technology-focused investment banker at Financial Technology Partners, where he led the Capital Markets team. Over the past 20 years, Alan has analyzed hundreds of business plans and met with numerous startups and established companies, helping them refine their business focus, formulate revenue generation strategies, as well as advise on M&A, cap raises, and fairness opinions. He has built up an extensive network across the U.S., Africa, and the Middle East.
Product Manager, Linux Foundation
Alana manages product at the Linux Foundation. Her career focus has been communications technology and information strategy at organizations in the nonprofit/foundation/B Corp world. Alana spoke at ROFLCon on the culture of the animated gif, hosted a World of Warcraft podcast, and currently resides in Oakland, California.
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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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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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.
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.
Founder, Fortress Productions
Alex is a producer, investor, and fundraiser for commercial theater, film, and art projects. His company, Fortress Productions, seeks to develop, exploit, and distribute intellectual property for the stage and screen. Alex also serves on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) New York's Young Leadership Committee, and is actively involved with a number of performing arts non-profits in New York. Alex graduated from Columbia University with a double major in Financial Economics and Political Science.