Bill Gurley, GP at Benchmark Capital Andrew Vilcsak, Mobile Engineering Lead, Airbnb Damien Patton
Founder and CEO of Banjo
Marc Prioleau
Managing Director of Prioleau Advisors
Cory Johnson, Editor at Large, Bloomberg TV Don Dodge
Developer Relations, Google
Nirav Tolia, CEO & Co-Founder, Nextdoor Andrew Mason CEO, Founder, Groupon
Ankit Agarwal founder,CEO, Micello” Holger Luedorf
VP, Head of Business Development of foursquare
Bastian Lehmann
CEO and Co-Founder of Postmates
Neil Crist
Founder and CEO of Venuelabs
Michael Rubin,
Executive Director, Business Development, YP
Emily Eberhard
Head of Marketing Communications, Wildfire Interactive
Greg Sterling
Senior Analyst, Opus Research
Jeremy Geiger
CEO and Co-Founder, Retailigence
Nathan Pettyjohn
Founder and CEO, Aisle411
Peter Farago
VP, Marketing, Flurry
Rob Coneybeer
Managing Director, Shasta Ventures
Sam Liang
CEO, Co-Founder, Alohar
Rob Reed
Founder and CEO of MomentFeed
Drew Breunig
Director of Product, PlaceIQ
Marc Ruxin, CEO, TastemakerX Lee Clancy, VP of Consumer Products, Trulia
Chris Fagan, CEO, Key Ring Chris Yeh, VP,Operations,Box, Cormac Conroy
VP, Engineering, Products, Qualcomm
David Staas, President, JiWire
Phil Hendrix, immr & GigaOm Pro Analyst Rujul Zaparde, CEO, FlightCar Ryan Graves, Global Head of Operations, Uber Travis Boatman, SVP, Mobile, Zynga
Vishy Gopalakrishnan, VP, Mobility, SAP Alex Rask, VP & GM, Brand Relationships, Shopkick E.B. Boyd, SF-based Tech Journalist Dave Mathews, Founder, NewAer
Brandon Pierce, Director Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook Fred Neil, VP, CRM at The Home Depot Robert Gourdine, Senior Director, Global Head of Regional Marketing Lindsey Thomas, VP, Westfield Labs
Matt Doherty, Director of Mobile & Shopper Marketing, FRWD Joseph Huang, CEO, Co-Founder, WiFiSLAM


Joseph Huang

CEO, Co-Founder, WiFiSlam
Joseph Huang has an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University with expertise in robotics, A.I., and computer perception. Joseph has past industry experience in computer vision, software/web development, integrated circuits, finance, telecom, and embedded systems. He currently works on signal-strength based localization and mapping at WiFiSLAM.

At WiFiSLAM we believe that all physical spaces should be as interactive as online, and are bringing the latest breakthroughs from the field of robotics to the world of mobile phones.
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Matt Dohrety

Director of Mobile & Shopper Marketing, FRWD
Matt Doherty serves as Director of Shopper Marketing and Mobile for FRWD out of Minneapolis, MN. FRWD acquired Matt’s previous LA based mobile agency, BrandinHand, in September 2011. BrandinHand was the Mobile Agency of Record for P&G for 5 years leading up to FRWD acquisition. Since then, Matt has been focused on helping FRWD clients like 3M & General Mills develop their approach to mobile CRM and shopper marketing. His experience with CPG in mobile is setting FRWD up to be a key agency to watch as more brands invest in mobile as an in-store purchase driver. He has also been consulting for a number of Fortune 500 companies as they work to define what their holistic approach to mobile marketing should be.
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Chris Fagan

CEO, Key Ring
Chris Fagan is the founder and CEO of Key Ring which was recently acquired by Gannett Inc (GCI). Key Ring is a top shopping app with over 6 million users that use it to scan and store their loyalty cards on their phone, receive exclusive location based coupons, and opt into new loyalty programs. Chris specializes in working with mid-market and big box retailers from across the US and has a unique perspective in the convergence of loyalty programs, coupons, location based services, and smartphones.
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Lindsey Thomas

VP, Westfield Labs
Lindsey Thomas is a part of the newly created Westfield Labs team in San Francisco focused on driving the development and adoption of innovative technology for Westfield Group’s shopping centers globally. Lindsey has spent her career managing Marketing Communication teams focused on PR initiatives, event strategy, “go to market” product launches, and creative ways to build a strong brand in Silicon Valley. Most recently, she was running MarComm at JiWire, a start-up location-based advertising company. Previously Lindsey worked for BlueLithium (acquired by Yahoo!) and Jumpstart (acquired by Hearst Media).Back 


Robert Gourdine

Senior Director, Global Head of Regional Marketing, DigitalGlobe
Mr. Robert Gourdine is currently the Senior Director of Global Customer Marketing at DigitalGlobe, Inc. He was previously Director of Marketing at NAVTEQ, a Nokia company, and also has held a variety of marketing and product management positions at Motorola, Ameritech and One point Communications. Mr. Gourdine holds an MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. In his career Mr. Gourdine has been responsible for creating such innovative programs as the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge, has been one of the earliest and most vocal evangelists of LBS and is holder of two telecommunications patents.
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Fred Neil

VP, CRM, The Home Depot
Fred Neil, vice president of CRM and customer analytics for The Home Depot, is responsible for developing customer contact strategies that drive profitable growth from across Pro and Consumer segments.Prior to joining The Home Depot, Fred served as global head of CRM at Dell where he was responsible for strategy and execution of the company’s global CRM practice. He also held marketing leadership positions at Dunnhumby, CDW Corp.
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Brandon Pierce
Director, Marketing Solutions, Facebook
Brandon Pierce joined Facebook in 2008. He has held a variety of roles including leading a regional sales team that worked with the leading brands and agencies to evangelize the company’s advertising solutions. Currently he is focused on building partnerships for Facebook in the mobile vertical. Prior to Facebook, Brandon worked in Microsoft’s MSN Division as a Regional Sales Manager for the West Coast. Previously, he worked in a variety of positions at Yahoo including Sales, Business Development and Strategic Account Management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Saint Mary’s College and a Master’s degree from Boston University.
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Dave Mathews

Founder, NewAer
Dave is a lifelong inventor with more than 60 granted patents. He’s been on the early stage teams of Boxee, Slingbox and developed a game for Tapulous that went to #1 in two days, before the company was bought by Disney.His current company, “new air” has just received investment from Intel Capital and makes your smartphone truly smart, by monitoring the radio waves in a room, then executing actions based upon their change. Imagine your phone reminding you where you parked your car, or auto-dialing you when your child strays in a park. These are some of the examples that this proximity platform can enable for networks and third-party apps with their elastic location action engine.
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Alex Rask
VP & GM Brand Partnerships, Shopkick
In July 2012 Alexis Rask joined shopkick as its new Vice President and General Manager of Brand Partnerships. As the head of shopkick’s newest business unit, Rask is tasked with leading and further developing shopkick’s relationship with major brands in the CPG, consumer electronics, entertainment, toy/game, financial services and automotive verticals.Rask will play a key role in extending the shopkick Partner Alliance which currently includes more than 50+ major brands including Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Intel, HP, Pfizer and Revlon, and a dozen national retailers: American Eagle Outfitters, Best Buy, Crate and Barrel, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Old Navy, Simon Property Group, The Sports Authority, Target, Toys“R”Us, west elm and The Wet Seal.
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E.B Boyd
San Francisco-based Tech Journalist
E.B. Boyd is a San Francisco-based journalist who writes about tech. Most recently, she covered Silicon Valley for FastCompany.com, and she is currently a contributing writer at San Francisco magazine. She has also had a second career working on product teams at tech startups and Fortune 1000s. Her work has appeared in Fast Company, BusinessWeek.com, PCWorld.com, Reuters, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Previously, Boyd was a producer for CNN in their Jerusalem bureau, and she has reported from the Middle East, China, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Afghanistan.

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Chris Yeh

VP, Operations, Box
Chris Yeh is Vice President of Platform at Box, where he is responsible for platform product strategy, partner ecosystem development and third-party innovation.Chris joined Box from Yahoo!, where he was the product lead for Yahoo! Groups, Delicious and other community products. Chris was also formerly the head of the Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN), the company’s third-party developer program. Prior to Yahoo!, Chris was VP of Marketing at Tacit Software, which was acquired by Oracle in 2008, VP of Product Management at Blue Martini Software, and a principal at strategy consulting firm Mercer Management Consulting. A long time ago, Chris was employee 9999 at Oracle.Chris holds an MBA from Wharton and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
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Cormac Conroy
VP, Engineering & Product Management Location and Location Products & Technology
Cormac is VP Engineering and Product Management Location Products and Technology
Cormac Conroy received the PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1994 from UC Berkeley, and worked at multiple companies in Silicon Valley. In 2001, he co-founded Berkäna Wireless – a company developing highly integrated RF CMOS transceivers for cell phones. Berkäna was acquired by Qualcomm in 2006 and its technology was widely deployed across Qualcomm mobile phone platforms. Cormac is currently Vice President at Qualcomm, and leads the technology and product development, as well as associated product management and business development, for all of Qualcomm’s GPS/GNSS and end-to-end location technology and products. He is based in Santa Clara, California.
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David Staas
President, JiWire
David Staas, President of JiWire, brings thirteen plus years of marketing and product leadership in the advertising and mobile industries, leading teams at companies such Ad Infuse, Openwave, and Software.com. David served as JiWire’s interim CEO for the past six months and as SVP of marketing and product management for the past three years; his roles included leading the company’s corporate and strategic marketing, and product management teams. David was previously VP of marketing at Ad Infuse, a leader in mobile advertising, where he built a premium mobile network and a global mobile ad platform. Prior to that, he led the global product marketing team at Openwave Systems, the company that pioneered the mobile internet.
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Bastian Lehmann
CEO and co-founder of Postmates
Bastian Lehmann is the Co-Founder and CEO of Postmates, a San Francisco-based startup at the intersection of urban logistics and local commerce. With Postmates’ iOS app, Get It Now, customers can have virtually anything in the city purchased and delivered in under an hour.Bastian originally formulated the idea for Postmates while moving from Munich to London and later built the product and team through AngelPad in San Francisco.Prior to Postmates, Bastian co-founded Curated.by, a real-time curation platform in London and San Francisco. He grew up in Germany and has spent the last few years in London and San Francisco.
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Cheryl Cheng
Operating Partner of BlueRun Ventures
Cheryl drives marketing strategy, messaging and business development for BlueRun Ventures. Cheryl works closely with the entrepreneur community to identify investment opportunities that are a strategic fit for both BlueRun and the entrepreneur. She also supports BRV portfolio companies in their marketing strategy, execution and business development needs and focuses primarily on the mobile and consumer internet ecosystems. Cheryl brings new products and brand marketing experience from Clorox and Sharper Image to help entrepreneurs develop their go to market strategy and plans. Cheryl has a B.A. from Stanford University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
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Neil Crist
Founder and CEO of Venuelabs
Neil is founder and CEO of Venuelabs. A product manager by trade, Neil has been the driving force behind the company’s vision and growth, providing storefront listening and analytics to many of the world’s most well known brands. Neil’s experiences from leading companies large and small provide Venuelabs with a balanced approach to how the company operates and grows – including Andersen Consulting, Microsoft, Ignition Partners, Recruiting.com, Verdiem and US Army Intelligence. In addition to being an active community volunteer, Neil is a Board Member of the Location Based Marketing Association, and was honored in 2011 as a Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40.
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Drew Breunig
Director of Product, PlaceIQ
Drew Breunig leads product efforts at PlaceIQ, guiding PlaceIQ’s technology and data to address the diverse needs of marketers, making mobile and hyperlocal more insightful and manageable.Drew’s passion for mobile development and media helps him stay on top of this moving marketplace, investigating and assessing underlying APIs and datasets to enable new mobile and location products, matching technology to real world objectives.Drew Breunig joins PlaceIQ after spending the better part of a decade crafting brand and media strategies for advertising agencies and their clients, including HP, Glaxo Smith Klein, EA, and Boost Mobile.
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Bill Gurley
GP at Benchmark Capital
Bill has served as a general partner at Benchmark Capital for over 10 years. His current investments include Brighter, Nextdoor, GrubHub, Linden Lab, Opentable,Uber, Zillow and Scale Computing. Previously, as a Wall Street research analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston, he covered personal computer hardware and software companies and was twice ranked an Institutional Investor All-American analyst. Prior to his investment career, Bill spent several years in the technology industry. A chartered financial analyst, Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Florida, and an MBA from the University of Texas.
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Marc Ruxin
CEO, TastemakerX
Marc is the Founder/CEO of TastemakerX, a social game for music discovery that allows users to express tastes and preferences by building virtual portfolios of the artists they love, and connect with like-minded music fans.Prior to founding TastemakerX, Marc was the Chief Innovation Officer at Universal McCann and McCann Erikson, and worked with media companies on cutting edge brand integrations, and developed cross-platform programs with emerging media start-ups to create scalable digital marketing opportunities for clients. Before joining UM/McCann, Marc was COO of The Mill Group, VP of business development at iVast, VP of business development at Eveo, as well as WPP Group, and EMI Records.Marc is serial start-up advisor and has BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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Cory Johnson
Editor at Large, Bloomberg TV
Cory Johnson is an editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television appearing daily on “Bloomberg West,” covering innovation, technology and the future of business.Before joining Bloomberg in October 2010, Johnson served as a portfolio manager at Kingsford Capital Management and an analyst at Cannell Capital LLC. Prior to his work in finance, Johnson served as CNBC’s first-ever Silicon Valley correspondent, where his coverage ranged from Google’s IPO to fraud investigations at Global Crossing. Before joining CNBC, Johnson served for more than 10 years as a magazine writer and editor, covering business, crime and sports. He was a founding reporter for TheStreet.com and founded TheStreet.com’s West Coast Bureau.Previously, Johnson served at TIME, Vibe and the hip hop basketball magazine SLAM.
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Jeremy Geiger
CEO and Co-Founder, Retailigence
Jeremy is a seasoned global executive with a proven track record of quickly building new businesses and entering new markets while establishing measurable results. As Managing Director and Board Member of Real-Time Technology Asia-Pacific (subsidiary of RTT) Jeremy built the organization up to 50 employees and grew revenue ten-fold in under four years.Earlier in his career, Jeremy held executive positions at CDC Software including VP of Business Development, General Manager and interim CEO for the Business Intelligence division. His first start-up experience was with LA-based Supply Chain Management company Adexa, where he was heavily involved in their global expansion, which accounted for 50% of Adexa’s global revenue when he left. Jeremy started his career in Management Consulting at PriceWaterhouse and KPMG.
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Sam Liang
CEO and Co-Founder, Alohar
Sam Liang is the CEO and Co-Founder of Alohar Mobile Inc, the leading mobile Ambient Intelligence company, based in Palo Alto, California. Previously, Sam was the platform architect and lead of Google Location Server for near four years, which powers thousands of mobile applications on a spectrum of platforms, including Android and iOS. Sam also architected Google’s location API and Google Latitude. Sam held a number of patents in wireless and mobile technologies. Sam has Ph.D in EE from Stanford University, specialized in Internet systems. He also has BS in CS from Peking University. Sam has been featured many times on Wall Street Journal, Forbes, TechCrunch, GigaOm, etc, for Alohar’s pioneer work on creating the infrastructure enabling a new category of context-aware mobile apps.
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Don Dodge
Developer Relations, Google
Don Dodge is a Developer Advocate at Google helping developers build new applications on Google platforms and technologies. Prior to joining Google Don was a startup evangelist at Microsoft. Don is also a veteran of five start-ups including Forte Software, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, and Groove Networks.Don has been in the software business for more than 25 years. He started his career with Digital Equipment, in the database group. He was part of the leadership team of five software start-ups. Forte Software was the first multiplatform object oriented development environment. AltaVista was the first search engine on the web. Napster was the first P2P file sharing network. Bowstreet was the first web services development environment. Groove Networks was the first secure P2P collaboration platform.
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Ryan Graves
Global GM & VP of Operations, Uber
Ryan Graves is Global GM and VP Operations at Uber. Ryan has driven Uber’s rapid expansion across the US and Europe. Uber is ‘Everyone’s Private Driver’. They’re changing transportation in the world’s best cities by capturing the luxury of a private driver and delivering it to the masses. Ryan also sits on the Board of the Miami University Institute for Entrepreneurship. Previously, Ryan held a number of roles at GE Healthcare and holds a BS in Economics from Miami University.
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Michael Rubin
Executive Director, Business Development, YP
With over twelve years of industry experience, Mr. Rubin is responsible for YP’s mobile ad-network business development initiatives. This includes working with mobile application publishers who take advantage of YP’s reach across local to help them monetize their mobile applications.Mr. Rubin also leads the bushiness development efforts for YP’s mobile local ad solutions which include distribution of YP local ads across mobile applications.Focused on meeting the local search needs of advertisers, YP products and services enable consumers to discover, connect and transact with businesses across the devices and interactive including online, mobile, and YP.com, YP’s flagship web property, attracts over 30 million monthly online unique visitors and is also accessed by millions of users each month via the mobile web.
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Andrew Vilcsak
Mobile Engineering Lead, Airbnb
Andrew Vilcsak is the Mobile Engineering Lead at Airbnb. Andrew put his Computer Engineering degree from the University of Alberta, Canada on hold to take a full-time position at Airbnb, a global community marketplace for space. With the experience of shipping over twenty apps for both internal, enterprise use as well as public consumption on the iTunes App Store, he led the mobile team at Airbnb to create some of the most full-featured travel applications on the iTunes App Store and Google Play, allowing guests and hosts to browse, book and manage listings from over 30,000 cities and 192 countries around the world directly from their mobile device.
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Phil Hendrix
Managing Director, immr & GigaOm Pro Analyst
Dr. Phil Hendrix is founder and Director of immr (http://immr.org), a research and consulting firm helping clients bring innovative new products and services to market, and an analyst with GigaOm Pro. As an analyst, Phil focuses on mobile, M-commerce, location, big data and related topics. As a consultant, Phil helps clients uncover customer needs, optimize product/service features, achieve competitive differentiation and accelerate market acceptance. Recent reports cover Mobile Advertising; Consumers’ Digital Signals; SoLoMo and Shopping; Tablets; and Location-based Innovation. Before founding immr, Phil was a partner with DiamondCluster (now PwC Advisory) and principal with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). Phil has been a professor at Emory University and the University of Michigan.
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Travis Boatman
SVP, Mobile, Zynga
Travis Boatman is SVP of Mobile for Zynga, Inc. Travis is responsible for overseeing the expansion of Zynga’s mobile social game portfolio including the production of next generation titles across multiple platforms and devices. Travis is a Silicon Valley native with almost 20 years of experience working in the videogame industry where he has worked on PC, console, and over 12 years in mobile. Prior to joining Zynga, Travis grew JAMDAT Mobile Studios from a start-up to a publicly traded global leader before being acquired by Electronic Arts. He continued on at Electronic Arts for over six years where he led their global studios and oversaw production of more than 150 mobile titles spanning genres such as sports, action and adventure, board games, and racing.
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Lee Clancy
VP, Consumer Products, Trulia
Lee is VP of consumer products for Trulia the site that gives home buyers, sellers, owners and renters the inside scoop on properties, places and real estate professionals. Lee has more than 10 years of consumer internet experience, with a focus on growing online media businesses, user communities, and subscription-driven monetization. Prior to working at Trulia, Lee served as Senior VP of Product Management and GM of Direct Revenue at social game and entertainment site, IMVU. He also has extensive experience with Yahoo! where he led product management for Yahoo! Personals and Yahoo! Groups. Lee rounds out his diverse experience as co-founder of a music-focused social networking startup and as a corporate strategy consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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Nirav Tolia
CEO & Co-Founder, Nextdoor
Nirav Tolia is CEO and Co-Founder of Nextdoor, a consumer Internet startup that is dedicated to helping neighbors create happier and safer neighborhoods. Nextdoor is funded by Benchmark Capital, where Nirav served as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Prior to Benchmark, Nirav was COO of Shopping.com, a company created through the merger of DealTime and Epinions, where Nirav was CEO and Co-Founder. Prior to Epinions, Nirav was an early employee at Yahoo!. He graduated from Stanford University and is originally from Odessa, Texas.
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Sam Liang
Co-Founder and CEO of Alohar Mobile
Sam Liang is the CEO and Co-Founder of Alohar Mobile Inc, a mobile ambient intelligence company, based in Palo Alto, CA. Alohar creates a new persistent sensing and mobile behavior analytics platform that enables a new class of mobile apps. Previously, Sam was the architect and lead of Google Location Server for near four years, which powers thousands of mobile applications on a spectrum of platforms, including Android and iOS. Sam also architected Google’s location API and Google Latitude. Sam held a number of patents in wireless and mobile technologies. Sam has a Ph.D in EE from Stanford University, specialized in Internet systems. He also has a MS in CS from University of Arizona and BS in CS from Peking University.
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Holger Luedorf
VP, Head of Business Development of foursquare
Holger is VP, Head of Business Development foursquare. He has held positions in internet and mobile services since 1998. Before joining foursquare, Holger worked at Yahoo Mobile as a Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, responsible for all of Yahoo’s strategic partnerships with global OEMs. Prior to Yahoo Mobile, Holger worked at T-Mobile International and Red Message. Holger holds a German Diplom in Business and Japanese from Hochschule Bremen and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
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Rujul Zaparde
CEO of FlightCar
Rujul dropped out of Harvard to start FlightCar, the Airbnb of car rentals at airports. FlightCar allows vehicle owners parking at the airport to rent their cars out to incoming travelers to the same airport. Owners make money, renters save, and everything’s insured up to $1m.A few years ago, Rujul founded Drinking Water for India, a non-profit that builds wells in rural India, with FlightCar COO, Kevin Petrovic. Together, they’ve brought clean water to over 80,000 villagers. Drinking Water for India was named one of the top 5 student-run volunteer organizations in the country by Prudential.Rujul has also published a history paper in an academic journal and knows both Latin and Ancient Greek. In his free time, he enjoys squash and the Tabla.
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Rob Coneybeer
Managing Director, Shasta Ventures
Rob Coneybeer is a veteran venture capitalist who approaches start-up investing from a product perspective. At Shasta Ventures, the Sand Hill Road firm he co-founded in 2004, Rob focuses on mobile and wireless startups. Rob started his career working in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta, where he helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft. Some of Rob’s recent, notable investments include smart-thermostat company Nest; Relay Rides, the leading peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace; Mocana, which provides security for smart devices; and Red Robot Labs, a leading developer of location-based mobile games. Rob earned a master of science in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia.
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Vishy Gopalakrishnan
VP, Mobility, SAP
Vishy is responsible for supporting strategic customers opportunities and market development initiatives across the mobility portfolio at SAP. Prior to SAP, Vishy was with AT&T Business Solutions where he launched and scaled a nationwide specialist sales force focused on mobile application platforms, mobile device management, and location based services. He has held prior roles spanning technology consulting, solution development, portfolio management, and alliances at Nokia, Capgemini, and Motorola. Vishy is also the co-author of “Work Goes Mobile” (Wiley, 2006).
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Greg Sterling

Senior Analyst, Opus Research
Greg Sterling is an analyst for Opus Research, an advisory service from Opus Research. Sterling is also a contributing editor for Search Engine Land, the leading online publication about the search marketplace. And he is the founder of Sterling Market Intelligence, focused on the Internet’s impact on offline consumer behavior.Until leaving in 2006, Sterling ran BIA/Kelsey’s Interactive Local Media program. Before that he was a producer at TechTV; and prior to TechTV Sterling was a founding editor at AllBusiness.com. Way back in the 1990s, Sterling was a practicing attorney.He is frequently cited and quoted in leading US publications regarding the search, local and mobile markets.
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Damien Patton

Founder and CEO of Banjo
Damien Patton, Banjo Founder and CEO, is a serial entrepreneur and problem solver who developed Banjo in 2011. Not satisfied with the hurdles that hinder people from connecting across social networks on a mobile phone, he felt he had no choice but to tackle the problem himself. A trailblazer in the mobile industry, Damien speaks frequently at conferences on subjects ranging from social media to location-based technology and is currently serving as a mentor for the Harvard Innovation Lab Silicon Valley Immersion Experience Program (IXP). Damien’s diverse background includes NASCAR Chief Mechanic, Desert Storm veteran and crime scene investigator (no joke). He cruises the Bay Area on his Harley, loves Boston and never misses a chance to see the Dropkick Murphys.
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Marc Prioleau

Managing Director of Prioleau Advisors
Marc is the Managing Director of Prioleau Advisors. Whether through brilliant foresight or lack of imagination, he has worked in the location and local services market for over 15 years. He enjoys the recent surge in interest in LBS because it makes him more interesting at parties. Prioleau Advisors provides strategic and M&A advisory services for the location and local search markets. The core tenet of Prioleau Advisors is that successful M&A is rooted in deep understanding of the market dynamics, strategies and people involved. We are surprised to find these elements frequently lacking in M&A and try to fix that in our space. Prior employers have included Trimble Navigation, SiRF, deCarta and CloudMade.
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Ankit Argwal

CEO of Micello, Inc.
Ankit is the CEO of Micello, Inc. which he founded in 2007. Micello is building the worlds largest collection of indoor maps. He is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. Micello’s customers include mobile carriers, mapping and navigation companies, retailers, hospital groups and application developers. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale (USA) and has offices in Tokyo (Japan), Ahmadabad (India) and Chennai (India). Ankit attended the University of California, Davis and studied chemical engineering.
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Rob Reed

Founder and CEO of MomentFeed
Rob Reed is Founder and CEO of MomentFeed. The company offers a unified solution for managing Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, and Instagram across hundreds or thousands of locations. Rob’s background is in journalism and marketing. He spent 10 years writing about snowboarding, luxury travel, and automotive culture for magazines like National Geographic Adventure, Elite Traveler, and Men’s Journal. He authored The Way of the Snowboarder (2005) and later started MaxGladwell.com, a leading independent blog on social media, sustainability, and geolocation. Rob also worked in cleantech for several years as SVP of Marketing for Earth Biofuels, a publicly traded energy company. He collaborated with Julia Roberts, Willie Nelson, and Morgan Freeman to promote biodiesel fuel as a clean alternative to petroleum, specifically in our nation’s school buses.
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Emily Eberhard Pereira

Head of Marketing of Communications, Wildfire Interactive
Emily Eberhard Pereira is the Head of Marketing Communications for Wildfire, a division of Google.
A 14-year veteran in tech and media, Emily has been an external “voice” of two public companies, and a trusted advisor to many others. Combining this with her passion for travel and culture (she’s lived on four continents), Emily has a distinctive ability to understand, influence, and communicate with vastly different audiences.As a content marketing, social media and pr expert, she enables companies to successfully navigate market awareness and perception challenges, and to establish thought leadership. The impact of Emily’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, TechCrunch, and Mashable.
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Nathan Pettyjohn

Founder and CEO, Aisle411
Nathan is the Founder and CEO of aisle411, the leading indoor location data and navigation platform, which includes some of the world’s top retailers and consumer brands as clients and partners. Nathan has over 11 years experience in consumer product goods (CPG) marketing, advertising and sales into major retailers. In 2008, Nathan founded aisle411 with Co-Founder Matthew Kulig to create a mobile platform to collect, organize and monetize in-store product and indoor shopper location data.
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Andrew Mason

CEO, Founder, Groupon
Andrew Mason is the founder and CEO of Groupon, the daily deals platform that features deals on the best stuff to do, see, eat and buy in 48 countries. Andrew graduated with a degree in music from Northwestern University. After graduation he developed Policy Tree, a policy debate visualization tool, and won a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy in 2006. He dropped out after receiving an unexpected offer to fund the idea that would become The Point in 2007, the collective action platform from which Groupon was born. One year later, Andrew founded Groupon, leveraging the collective buying technology of The Point to make it easier (and cheaper) to experience all the great stuff in Chicago.
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Peter Farago

VP, Marketing, Flurry
Peter leads all marketing and corporate communication functions for Flurry. Prior to Flurry, Peter led worldwide product marketing for mobile game maker, Digital Chocolate. He joined Digital Chocolate from Electronic Arts, where he led product management for The Sims franchise, the #1 PC game of all-time. Peter spent the first seven years of his career in consumer packaged goods as head of marketing for Pacific Sun, a foods manufacturer. Peter earned an undergraduate business degree from University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School.
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