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AUGUST 15, 2024
SAN FRANCISCO

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2024 Participating Speakers

Jack Selby

Thiel Capital LLC

Jack Selby

Thiel Capital LLC

John R. Selby (Jack) is a technology and finance entrepreneur. His primary role is as Managing Director at Peter Thiel’s family office, Thiel Capital, based in Los Angeles. Jack also founded and manages AZ-VC, the largest venture capital fund in Arizona. As a “PayPal Mafia” member, Jack co-founded, along with Peter, Clarium Capital Management, a macro hedge fund after selling PayPal to eBay in October 2002. At PayPal, Jack joined as an original employee and later served as a Corporate Officer/Senior Vice President, overseeing the company’s international and corporate operations. As an active technology investor and advisor, Jack’s involvements include notable companies such as SpaceX, Palantir, Affirm, Blend, Paradox, Myeloid Therapeutics, Kisbee Therapeutics, Convergence Bio, and many more. Jack also founded and manages High Frequency Entertainment, an independent film production company. His credits include The Summer Book (Glenn Close), Memory (Jessica Chastain), His Three Daughters (Natasha Lyonne), Windfall (Lily Collins), Silk Road (Jason Clarke), Freeheld (Julianne Moore), Bernie (Matthew McConaughey), Act of Valor (Navy SEALs) as well documentaries Fastball (Kevin Costner), Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope (Morgan Spurlock) and many more.

Sara Rona

Silicon Valley Bank

Sara Rona

Silicon Valley Bank

Managing Director for Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Head of UK/Europe, Middle East North Africa (Turkey, Egypt, UAE, and Jordan) and Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) where she manages a global portfolio of tech startups and venture capital firms who are expanding stateside and need cross-border banking services as they scale, providing value beyond banking and being their bridge into the US. Sara joined SVB in 2018 and has been in finance for the last 15 years at a variety of different financial institutions including HSBC, IFC-World Bank and Deutsche Bank and has an MBA in international business. She’s spent time living in Dubai, Bangkok, Paris, London, and the US. By way of background, Sara is from France and Afghanistan.

Calvin Chin

E14 Fund

Calvin Chin

E14 Fund

Calvin Chin is Managing Partner at E14 Fund, the early stage venture capital fund affiliated with MIT that invests in deep tech companies from the MIT community. Previously, Calvin has been an operator and founder at deep tech companies Transist, Qifang, SMIC and others.

Lisa Yu

99VC

Lisa Yu

99VC

“Lisa Yu is an Investor, Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor, Executive Coach, Podcast Host, Event Host, and Speaker. She specializes in AI strategy, pitch coaching, and has helped numerous companies launch, fundraise, and scale. Lisa is a General Partner at 99VC, an AI & Exponential Tech fund, former founder and CEO of Officebook, the Airbnb for Offices, and a former coach for FEDTECH, a deep tech accelerator. She is an expert on Go-To-Market strategy, data strategy, AI implementation, and growth. She is also a community builder and super connector in the startup ecosystem and hosts pitch competitions, thought leadership panels, networking events, and investor/founder private dinners, etc. Lisa has been featured on LA Weekly, Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, and shipped award-winning tech featured on Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, CNET, Mashable, Fast Company, The Verge, and other press outlets. She has spoken at CES, TechCrunch, SXSW, StartupGrind, AILA, AIVibes, Madhats AI Conference, V5 Venture Summit, Tokenize, CoinAgenda, Web3 Expo, NFT San Francisco, Chainlink, UCLA Blockchain Forum, FEMTech Berkeley, International Women’s Day, Unit Venture’s Global Unconference, Draper University, IVY: The Social University, Digital Lifestyle Conference, Cr3eative X, HERStories, a conversation with Women in Tech & Entertainment, and many more. Lisa is an advocate for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.”

Omar Shaya

MultiOn

Omar Shaya

MultiOn

“Omar Shaya is the founder of MultiOn, an AI company that develops autonomous agents. Prior to this, he led product management for Core Product Ranking at Meta and worked on product management at the Microsoft Search, Assistant, and Intelligence (MSAI) organization. Omar holds an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also has a Computer Science background, holding BS and MS degrees with a focus on AI from Göttingen University in Germany. He holds several patents in AI applications.”

Dr. Wardah Inam

Overjet

Dr. Wardah Inam

Overjet

Dr. Wardah Inam is the Co-Founder and CEO of Overjet, the leading AI technology provider for the dental industry. Previously, she led product development at Q Bio, a healthcare startup focused on biomedical imaging. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, working on remote biomedical sensing with machine learning. Dr. Inam holds a PhD from MIT, where she developed AI-powered microgrid technology recognized by National Geographic. She has worked at GE and Apple and received the MIT Graduate Women of Excellence Award. She has been named one of the 32 most influential people in dentistry by Incisal Edge, one of the Top 100 Female Founders by Inc. Magazine, and received the Shils Innovator Award in 2022. Dr. Inam is also a member of the Santa Fe Group’s Strategic Advisory Council.

Jon Chu

Khosla Ventures

Jon Chu

Khosla Ventures

Jon is a Partner at Khosla Ventures passionate about machine learning and its impact on enterprise infrastructure, applications, and developer tools. Prior to KV, Jon built a career in technology as a founder, early employee, and organizational leader across a variety of engineering and product roles. He began his career as an early engineer at Palantir (PLTR), helping scale it from 200 to 1800 employees and founded and sold KoalityCode to Docker, where he created and led Docker’s enterprise division. At Opendoor (OPEN), Jon held roles as both Head of Product for Growth and Head of Engineering for Core Machine Learning helping scale the company to IPO. Most recently, Jon spent time at Facebook leading international engineering organizations in both VR & ML. Jon holds a B.S. in Computer Science with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University.

Edith Yeung

Race Capital

Edith Yeung

Race Capital

Edith Yeung is a General Partner at Race Capital – an early-stage Silicon Valley venture capital fund investing in all things infrastructure. Edith is the seed investor in Solana (has been dubbed one of the best venture investments of all time), Lightning Network, Agora.io, Placer.ai, RapidAPI, and 60 other amazing startups. Prior to Race Capital, Edith was a partner at 500 Startups, the world’s most active early-stage fund and incubator which invested in Twilio, Credit Karma, Grab, and 2000 more companies.

Bilal Zuberi

Lux Capital

Bilal Zuberi

Lux Capital

For nearly two decades, Bilal has been investing in founders that want to solve big, important problems with technically ambitious solutions, across industries (enterprise software, deeptech, healthcare, national security, climate) and stages (from seed to growth). He wants to partner with good human beings who are driven to build responsible, ethical companies, and believes technology can not only help address some of the world’s largest problems, but also make humans lives significantly better. Bilal brings 20 years of experience to Board roles. Bilal led Lux’s investments in Applied Intuition, Ironclad, OpenSpace, Nozomi Networks, Commure, Tendo Health, DesktopMetal ($DM), Evolv ($EVLV), Aurora Solar, Kyra Health, Saildrone, Cloaked, Happiest Baby, Zededa, Fiddler, Copia Automation, Kinetic, Nominal, and others. Prior to joining Lux, Bilal was a VC at General Catalyst. Before that he was a technical founder/entrepreneur. Earlier in his career, Bilal was a strategy consultant at BCG. Bilal earned a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (under Prof. Mario Molina, Nobel laureate, 1995). He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Lemelson Foundation. He is an immigrant citizen in this country, and thankful every day for opportunities that he has been afforded here.

Mohammed Almeshekah

Outliers

Mohammed Almeshekah

Outliers

“Mohammed is the Founder and General Partner at Outliers; an operator-led fund backing Outlier founders at the earliest stage in the US & MENA. Previously, he worked as a security engineer at Google and Mozilla, and later founded TSI, a MENA-based cybersecurity company scaling it to multi-million dollars of revenue. Prior to founding Outliers, Mohammad was an investor, advisor and board member to a number of public and private organization. He has also held several leadership positions, including Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Chief Information Security Officer of the National Digitization Unit and Leading Digital Transformation at the Ministry of Justice. He is Kauffman Fellow, and holds a PhD in Computer Science from Purdue focused on the intersection of Cybersecurity, Machine Learning and Cognitive Psychology.”