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AUGUST 15, 2024
SAN FRANCISCO

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For over a decade, Step has been the catalyst of startup ecosystems, establishing itself as a leading force by hosting Dubai and Riyadh’s most impactful tech & startup festivals. Now, we’re bringing that same energy to San Francisco, building a global startup ecosystem, east to west, and bridging Silicon Valley with emerging markets.

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Robert Scoble

Scobleizer

Robert Scoble

Scobleizer

Robert Scoble is an expert in Spatial Computing strategies and research, which merges AI, augmented reality (AR), robots, and autonomous vehicles. He’s known for his famous blog and video show in Silicon Valley, where he introduced technologies like Siri, Tesla, and Instagram.

Sriram

Andreessen Horowitz

Sriram

Andreessen Horowitz

Sriram Krishnan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he invests in early stage consumer startups. Today, Sriram serves on the board of Hopin. Prior to joining a16z, Sriram held numerous senior product roles. Most recently, he led core consumer teams at Twitter where he was responsible for products including the home timeline, new user experience, search, discovery, and audience growth. Before this, Sriram created and oversaw various mobile ad products for both Snap and Facebook, including Snap’s Direct Response ads business and the Facebook Audience Network, one of the largest networks in display advertising. Sriram started his career at Microsoft where he touched numerous projects related to Windows Azure.

Allen blue

Linkedin

Allen blue

Linkedin

Allen Blue is a product innovator and generalist, focused on early-stage social internet projects. He’s an experienced product executive, manager, and designer, with broad technical and design skills. His greatest strengths lie in large-scale, integrative problem-solving. Allen is interested in enabling users to grow, succeed, and contribute, while building powerful products at the center of successful businesses.

Jeremiah Owyang

Blitzcaling Ventures

Jeremiah Owyang

Blitzcaling Ventures

VC of Blitzscaling AI Fund, Speaker, Event Host in Silicon Valley

Courtney Powell

500 Global

Courtney Powell

500 Global

Courtney Powell is the COO of 500 Startups. Courtney is tasked with helping 500 scale globally and explore new opportunities across both new and existing markets. She is responsible for driving day-to-day operations across the team to pursue 500’s mission. Courtney was co-founder and CEO of PublikDemand in Batch 4 of 500’s Seed Accelerator. She went on to become CEO of Agent Pronto, one of the largest real estate agent referral services in North America, which was acquired by Fidelity National Title Group. Most recently, Courtney was the Head of Corporate Development at Keller Williams, the largest real estate franchise in the world, with over 170,000 agents doing more than $330 billion dollars in gross sales volume during 2018 alone. During her tenure, she established the company’s first corporate innovation program and worked with Keller Capital to invest and acquire tech companies in the real estate space. Courtney also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the SXSW International Interactive, Film, and Music Festival since 2016, became a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council in 2017 and is a contributing author for Forbes and the Huffington Post. Courtney received the Twilio Doer Award in 2013, was named to the Forbes Top 30 Under 30 CEOs in 2014, and became a Google Business Leader in 2015. Courtney attended the University of Texas at Austin and studied French Language and Corporate Communication.

Amjad Massaad

Replit

Amjad Massaad

Replit

Amjad Masad is a Jordanian American entrepreneur and engineer. He is the founder and CEO of Replit, the world’s leading online programming environment and community. Before Replit, Amjad worked at Facebook, overseeing the JavaScript infrastructure team and building some of the world’s most popular open-source developer tools. Before that, he was a founding engineer at Codecademy, the world’s leading online coding school.

Kat Cole

Athletic Greens

Kat Cole

Athletic Greens

Seasoned executive and leader with deep expertise in building global brands, consumer businesses, and high-performing teams. Board member, investor, and advisor with broad experience in leading consumer brands, food, retail, and scaling franchise organizations through various stages of growth. Growth leader who has built businesses at the intersection of Main Street and Wall Street, connecting big brands and businesses with small and mid-sized independent business owners. Seasoned President and COO with experience in strategy, operations, culture & communications, crisis management, development, M&A/reorganization, change management, integrating digital and physical brand expressions and communities, multi-channel brand extensions, consumer brands, marketing, PR & media, licensing, strategic alliances & partnerships, domestic and international franchising & operating model pivots.

Henrique Dubugras

Brex

Henrique Dubugras

Brex

Henrique Dubugras is Co-Founder & CEO of Brex — the first of its kind corporate card for startups. A Brazilian entrepreneur, Henrique built payments company Pagar.me — the Stripe of Brazil — when he was sixteen years old. In just three years, Pagar.me grew to $1.5 billion in volume of transactions processed. In the fall of 2016, Henrique sold Pagar.me and enrolled at Stanford University. After eight months, he left school and founded Brex, which raised $215M in funding across three rounds in its first 18 months and was the fastest U.S. business-to-business company to be valued at over $1bn.

Sidra Qasim

Atoms

Sidra Qasim

Atoms

Sidra Qasim is a co-founder of Atoms, a Brooklyn based brand that makes the ideal everyday shoes and masks. At Atoms, Sidra leads the brand’s product development and operations. Prior to that, Qasim co-founded Markhor, a Y Combinator startup that worked with indigenous craftsmen in Pakistan to make high-end leather products. In response to the COVID-19, Sidra led the Atoms Mask project, designing and developing what WSJ said is the “Best Materials Mask” and donating half a million in the US. The popular blog Humans of New York did an in depth story on Sidra’s personal journey of growing up in rural Pakistan and building her startups. Originally from Okara, Sidra now lives in New York City.

Ricky Ray Butler

BEN

Ricky Ray Butler

BEN

Influencer marketing pioneer Ricky Ray Butler is the CEO of Branded Entertainment Network (BEN), a company that specializes in using AI to deliver cross-platform brand integrations for TV, film, streaming, digital influencers, music, and more. With over a decade of experience in entertainment advertising, Ricky Ray is a passionate advocate for brand integration as the way forward in connecting brands and communities in meaningful ways. He was named to AdAge’s 40 Under 40, and was listed as one of the top 100 people in influencer marketing by Influence Directory. At BEN, Ricky Ray loves helping brands increase engagement, establish product credibility and build active brand advocate communities through the power of product integration. Under his leadership, BEN became the first entertainment company to leverage deep learning neural networks that are backed with four decades of proprietary campaign data for client successes. Rather than simply matching brands with content opportunities, BEN’s AI – now core to the company’s business model – has been trained to provide its clients with predictive analytics that drive actual campaign results. Prior to joining BEN, Ricky Ray founded Plaid Social Labs, a social media creator and influencer product integration company, which was acquired by BEN in 2015. Ricky was one of the earliest entrepreneurs in the influencer space, representing brands and helping them partner with content creators to reach relevant audiences. Ricky Ray and his wife, Dascia, are dedicated to supporting their local community through working with charities such as The Lighthouse via Ventura County Rescue Mission.

WHAT GOES ON

What goes on

Talks & Panels

Our engaging talks and panels cover cutting-edge AI, SaaS, Startups, and Investments topics. Gain fresh perspectives from industry leaders and participate in thought-provoking discussions that will propel you forward.

Startup Programming

Our dedicated startup program offers a comprehensive package designed to empower your venture. Get a full-day showcase booth, connect with investors & partners, and maximize your funding chances.

Exhibition Areas

Gain high-impact exposure for your brand alongside leading companies. Connect directly with potential customers, partners, and investors eager to discover cutting-edge solutions

 

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