Lee is an entrepreneur and early stage investor. He founded Tapjoy and piloted the company to its position as a leading mobile advertising platform touching more than 1 billion devices. He then founded Karma, a mobile commerce platform that was acquired by Facebook after the 2012 IPO. Today, he leads Facebook’s emerging initiatives in commerce, including Gifts and the Facebook Card. Earlier, Lee worked for venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and helped launch the iFund, a $100M investment vehicle focused on smartphone application platforms. He originally began his career working in product development at Microsoft, where he co-created the Windows Home Server division. Lee has received numerous awards for his work including 30 under 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Businessweek 2012, 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2012, and The Silicon Valley 100 by Business Insider 2013.
Aza is the founder of Massive Health, a company that aims to make healthy living and better science available to all through great design and intuitive technology. Massive Health was acquired by Jawbone in April 2012. He’s founded several companies, including Songza, a music streaming company, and Bloxes, which makes building blocks out of cardboard. But he is perhaps best known in Silicon Valley as the former head of user experience at Mozilla Labs. In other words, he helped “shape and ship” Firefox to nearly half a billion people. The son of Apple software pioneer Jef Raskin, he brings a keen interest in human interface design to everything he does.
Philip is the founder of DistroKid, a service that lets musicians upload music to iTunes. Philip also founded Fandalism, the world’s largest social network for musicians, which has over 600,000 members. Philip previously founded AdBrite, an internet advertising company with $30M+ annual revenue. He founded and sold several other companies including TinyLetter and tech blog Fuckedcompany.com. Philip was entrepreneur in residence at VC firm Charles River Ventures, and is the bestselling author of F’d Companies: Spectacular Dot-com Flameouts (Simon & Schuster). He’s an investor and advises several companies.
Roger Dickey is an angel investor and serial entrepreneur on his 3rd startup venture. In 2008, a Facebook apps company he founded was bought by Zynga. As a GM at Zynga, Roger launched Mafia Wars, Fishville, and five other titles. Since leaving Zynga, Roger has invested in and advised several companies. He has also started a new company in San Francisco.
Rebecca has spent the past few years as CEO of San Francisco based YouNoodle, which helps run competitions among technologists and entrepreneurs. YouNoodle’s online service Podium is leveraged by such companies as the Intel Foundation, to run business-plan competitions in Latin America and Europe. The government of Chile has used it to solicit requests for funding from entrepreneurs. YouNoodle is one of many ways Hwang, who was born in South Korea and raised in Argentina, has tried to link far-flung people or ideas. As an MIT undergrad she studied chemical engineering; at Stanford she cofounded the Cleantech Open business accelerator, now the largest cleantech competition in the world
Chris is the CEO and Co-Founder of NextDigest, the fastest growing media company in the technology industry worldwide. He is a Mentor & Board of Advisor for SSE Labs (Stanford Venture Fund), led social media strategy for TEDx Silicon Valley, organized Geeks on a Plane Tokyo 2009, led the entrepreneurial programs at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and started Innovation Quest’s incubator, a Cal Poly alumni initiative. As a sought-after speaker in US, Asia, and the Middle East, Chris is recognized worldwide for radically new ways about thinking about startup events as an entry point to a life of entrepreneurship and realizing the full potential of the human spirit.
Stephen Forte is the Chief Strategy Officer of the venture backed company, Telerik, a leading vendor of developer and team productivity tools. He is the founder and executive director of Mach5, a Silicon Valley based startup accelerator and co-founder of AcceleratorHK, Hong Kong’s first startup accelerator. Involved in several startups, he was the co-founder of Triton Works, which was acquired by UBM (London: UBM.L) in 2010 and was the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Corzen, Inc., which was acquired by Wanted Technologies (TXV: WAN) in 2007. Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City (acquired by Google in 2011) and also was co-founder of the New York-based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. Stephen is also a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Professional, PMP, and also speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development. Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York. Stephen is also a board member of the Scrum Alliance. An avid mountain climber, Stephen leads a trek in the Mt. Everest region every fall to raise money for charity. After several years as an ex-pat in Hong Kong, Stephen now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife. @worksonmypc