Nazila Alasti
Nazila Alasti
Company: Jooners
Position: Founder and CEO
www.jooners.com
 

Nazila Alasti is the Founder and CEO of Jooners.com. Jooners is an easy-to-use volunteer management system that eliminates the tedious back-and-forth inherent in organizing group activities and events. Jooners delivers flawless activities, relaxed organizers and easy volunteering via online sign-up sheets, easy payment collection (for club dues or uniforms) and volunteer coordination (for fundraisers, phone banks, school plays, performances etc.).

Prior to Jooners, Nazila spent 15 years in engineering, product management and business development roles in companies such as Apple and Javasoft. She has founded and participated in the successful exits of two companies (Collation/IBM and eCircles/UnitedOnline) and has spent a number of formative years as an associate at Glenwood Management, an early stage venture fund.

A mother of two daughters, Nazila is a passionate advocate of increasing women's power in the workplace by finding creative solutions. She is a docent at the SFMOMA and speaks four languages fluently.

Nazila holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Michael Arrington
Michael Arrington
Company: TechCrunch
Position: Founder and Editor
www.techcrunch.com
 

J. Michael Arrington is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of TechCrunch, a blog covering startups and technology news.

Michael practiced as a corporate and securities lawyer at two law firms: O'Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His clients included idealab, Netscape, Pixar, Apple and a number of startups, venture funds and investment banks. He also co-authored a book on initial public offerings.

In 1999, he left WSGR to join RealNames as VP Business Development and General Counsel. In 2000 he cofounded Achex, an online payments company. Achex was acquired by First Data Corp in 2001 for $32 million. Achex is now the back end infrastructure to Western Union online.

Arrington worked in an operational role at a Carlyle backed startup in London, founded and ran two companies in Canada (Zip.ca and Pool.com), was COO to a Kleiner backed company called Razorgator, and consulted to other companies, including Verisign.

He founded TechCrunch on June 11, 2005 and, in May 2008, Time Magazine named Michael Arrington as one of the world's 100 most influential people.

Michael attended Claremont McKenna College (BA Economics, 1992) and Stanford Law School (JD, 1995).

Lane Becker
Lane Becker
Company: Get Satisfaction
Position: Co-Founder and President
www.getsatisfaction.com
 

Lane Becker is co-founder and President of Get Satisfaction, a web startup dedicated to fostering new methods of communication and collaboration between companies and their customers.

Lane is a co-founder of Adaptive Path and currently sits on the Board of Directors. Adaptive Path is a user experience strategy, research, and design consultancy, known for, among other things, coining the technology terms "blog" and "ajax." While with Adaptive Path, Lane ran the consulting business and, as the creator of the New Ventures program, developed strategic partnerships with early-stage startup companies to provide them with long-term support for their product ideation, design, and launch strategies.

As a consultant specializing in organizational strategy and team development, Lane has worked with companies as varied as NPR, PBS, Princess Cruises, McGraw-Hill, the National Gallery of Art, and the United Nations. As a speaker, Lane has provided training and direction to numerous organizations, including Sun Microsystems, the Bank of America, The Washington Post, Visa, and Cathay Pacific Airlines, as well as speaking at conferences such as O'Reilly's Open Source Conferences, the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business >Play conference, and South by Southwest Interactive.

Lane graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Radio-Television-Film and a BA in Liberal Arts.

Mike Cassidy
Mike Cassidy
Company: Ruba
Position: Founder and CEO
www.ruba.com
 

Mike Cassidy has been the Co-Founder and CEO of four start-ups: Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus Innovation. Ruba, a visual travel guide and tour site, helps travelers share their favorite places and is the leading escorted tour review site. Xfire helps gamers play online with their friends much more easily. Xfire is also an instant messenger and peer-to-peer file download system designed just for gamers. Xfire has over 15 million registered gamers in over 100 countries. Viacom/MTV acquired Xfire for $110 million. Direct Hit was a revolutionary Internet search engine whose customers included MSN, Lycos, AOL, and dozens of others. Ask Jeeves acquired Direct Hit for $500 million. Stylus Innovation's flagship product was the award winning computer telephony software Visual Voice.

Mike is on the Board of Advisors of Jazz at Lincoln Center and is on the Visiting Committee Board of the MIT Media Lab.

Mike studied jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music. Mike has a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Gurbaksh Chahal
Gurbaksh Chahal
Company: gWallet
Position: Founder and CEO
www.gwallet.com
 

Gurbaksh Chahal started his first company, ClickAgents, in January 1999 at the age of 16. ClickAgents was one of the first ad networks focused around performance-based advertising. Eighteen months later he sold it for $40 million to ValueClick.

In January 2004, he launched his second company, BlueLithium. The company was focused on data, optimization, and analytics and became a pioneer of behavioral targeting. BlueLithium was named one of the top 100 private companies in America three years in a row by AlwaysOn, and in 2006, it received highest honor as Top Innovator of the Year. Yahoo! acquired BlueLithium in 2007 for $300 million.

In September 2009, Gurbaksh launched gWallet, a virtual currency platform for social media.

He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bonnie Hunt, EXTRA, Neil Cavuto, among others, and has been profiled in such publications as The New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Gurbaksh is also an international bestselling author of The Dream, the true to life inspirational tale of his entrepreneurial journey.

Robert M. Fell
Robert M. Fell
Company: Pricelock, Inc.
Position: Founder and CEO
www.pricelock.com
 

Robert Fell is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in a host of startups and buyouts, including, but not limited to, Pricelock, Inc. (where he is currently CEO); Silicon Gaming (purchased by International Game Technology, Inc.); and Premiere Radio (acquired by Clear Channel Communications, Inc.).

Bob also serves as Chairman of Eaturna, LLC and is a limited partner and co-investor in many Silicon Valley VC firms. Bob is past Captain of the U.S. Open National Polo Championship team.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Wharton Graduate School of Business.

Peter Frykman
Peter Frykman
Company: Driptech
Position: Founder
www.driptech.com
 

Peter Frykman is the Founder and CEO of Driptech, Inc. Driptech produces low cost drip irrigation systems for use by small farmers in developing countries. The innovative design and proprietary, automated manufacturing system improves upon current drip systems by eliminating a large number of parts, reducing installation time and dramatically lowering costs. It has the potential to become the most cost effective and easily used drip irrigation system for small plot farmers in developing nations. Through pilot tests with farmers in India, Driptech has gained valuable insight into how to help the developing world's rural farmers produce food for consumption and sale in the face of water scarcity. Through novel manufacturing and distribution, Driptech can profitably reach the hundreds of millions of people who have been unable to use drip irrigation until now, and in the process, save tremendous amounts of water.

Peter is vitally concerned with the challenge of water scarcity, especially in developing countries. His professional interests include mechatronics, medical devices, and design for extreme affordability. He is an avid rower and two-time national champion for Stanford.

He received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he focused on manufacturing and design.

Steve Hoffman
Steve Hoffman
Company: ThinkHuge
Position: Founder
www.thinkhuge.com
 

Steve Hoffman is a founding member of the Academy of Television's Interactive Media Group and the founder of the San Francisco Chapter of the Producers Guild of America. Prior to starting ThinkHuge, he was the CEO of RocketOn, a venture-funded virtual world and social media startup. He was also the COO and co-founder of Zannel, a large-scale mobile media-messaging platform.

Before that, Hoffman was the North American Studio Head for Infospace, where he ran the North American mobile games publishing and development group. From 1998 - 2002, he was the Chairman & CEO of Spiderdance, Hollywood's leading interactive television studio, whose customers included NBC, Viacom, Time Warner, TBS, GSN and A&E. He also consulted for R/GA Interactive, designing projects for Kodak, Disney, Intel, AdAge, and Children's Television Workshop.

In the 1990s, Hoffman was CEO of LavaMind, a developer and publisher of computer games and entertainment websites. In Japan, he worked as a game designer for Sega, generating new concepts and designs for games and amusement rides. Prior to Sega, he was a Hollywood development executive at Fries Entertainment, where he managed TV development.

He is also the co-author of Game Design Workshop published by CMP in 2004.

He graduated from the University of California with a BS in Electrical Computer Engineering and earned a Masters in Film & Television from the University of Southern California.

Lee Linden
Lee Linden
Company: Tapjoy
Position: Co-Founder
www.tapjoy.com
 

Lee Linden is the co-founder of Tapjoy, a platform offering mobile publishers solutions for application discovery, rich advertising, and virtual good sales. Lee previously worked in product development at Microsoft, helping engineer both enterprise and consumer offerings. He also co-founded ContestMachine.com, a self-service online promotional marketing service with thousands of small business customers.

Lee studied computer engineering at the University of Michigan and has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jorn Lyseggen
Jorn Lyseggen
Company: Meltwater Group
Position: Founder and CEO
www.meltwater.com
 

Jorn Lyseggen is a Norwegian entrepreneur and patent inventor with four start-ups, two trade sales and one IPO behind him. In 1995, Jorn started Eunet Media AS, an IT consultancy that he sold two years later for $5 million. In 1998, Jorn joined Mogul AS as CEO, growing the company and selling it in 1999 to Optosoft for $30 million.

Jorn then became CEO of Mogul Group AB, which became a consulting group of 400 IT consultants in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and UK. The company was listed on the Swedish Stock exchange in 2000 at a valuation of $150 million.

In 2001, with a starting capital of $15,000, Jorn established Meltwater Group, a B2B online media monitoring company. Since inception, Meltwater has grown to 50 offices, 600+ employees, and 19,000 corporate clients across Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North and South America. It has evolved into a Software as a Service (SaaS) company for SMEs and enterprise clients worldwide. The company has grown organically, without debt or external funding.

Jorn also started GenKey, introducing patented game-changing technology to convert biometrics (such as fingerprints) into a public-private cryptographic key-pair, making biometrics viable for a whole range of new applications.

Jorn has applied entrepreneurial ideas to the nonprofit segment, creating the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, Ghana; MEST gives its trainees the tools to start new software companies, generating jobs and wealth on a local level. MEST's first trainee class graduated in 2009 and will enter incubators supported by Meltwater Foundation in Accra, Oxford and San Francisco.

Kevin Reeth
Kevin Reeth
Company: Outright.com
Position: Co-Founder and CEO
www.outright.com
 

Kevin Reeth is Co-Founder and CEO of Outright.com, a dead-simple online bookkeeping web site for self-employed individuals.

Kevin has been creating software applications for more than 14 years, many of them while working for companies like Intuit, Yahoo! and eGroups. He is also a successful entrepreneur, having started multiple businesses of his own throughout the years. Prior to founding Outright.com, Kevin was President of Esomnie, a full service web application development firm.

In running his own small businesses, and working with smaller clients and a number of independent contractors, Kevin has seen and experienced first-hand how challenging it can be to work for yourself, and how technology can be used to better enable individuals to compete with bigger players.

Kevin received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kristin Groos Richmond
Kristin Groos Richmond
Company: Revolution Foods
Position: Founder and CEO
www.revfoods.com
 

Kristin Groos Richmond is the Founder and CEO of Revolution Foods, an organization that delivers tasty and healthy meals and nutrition education to schools and programs across the country.

Prior to founding Revolution Foods, Kristin's career spanned from education reform to corporate finance. She began her career on Wall Street as an investment banker at Citigroup. After spending four years in corporate finance, Kristin moved to Nairobi to co-found the Kenya Community Center for Learning (KCCL), one of the first special education schools in East Africa. Kristin led fundraising and development, operations and finance for KCCL and also taught physical education, geography and life skills. She remains an active board member of KCCL. Kristin also served as a Vice President at RISE, a nonprofit dedicated to recruiting and retaining quality teachers in public schools. While at RISE, Kristin helped schools serving low-income students implement strategies to locate, attract and retain the best and brightest teachers. She also played a large role in expanding the organization from the San Francisco Bay Area to Chicago and Los Angeles.

Kristin is an Aspen Institute Entrepreneurial Leader in Public Education Fellow and an Education Pioneers Fellow.

Kristin has a BS from Boston College and an MBA from The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley where she serves on the Board of the Global Social Venture Competition.

Cyriac Roeding
Cyriac Roeding
Company: shopkick, Inc.
Position: Co-Founder and CEO
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www.causeworld.com
 

Cyriac Roeding is the Co-Founder and CEO of shopkick, Inc., focused on bridging the mobile and the physical retail worlds. shopkick's first mobile application, CauseWorld, turned into one of the most used mobile retail applications on the iPhone App Store and on Google Android within days after launch. Cyriac spent a year at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as an EIR to identify next-generation cross-platform mobile and online venture concepts.

Prior, Cyriac was Founder and EVP of CBS Mobile, launching CBS Corporation's mobile businesses across CBS Entertainment, CBS Sports, CBS News and the CW Network. He created U.S. industry firsts such as location-based mobile advertising, mobile video breaking news and sports alerts, and avatar-based mobile games tied to major TV shows. He grew CBS Sports Mobile into one of the Top Ten highest traffic ad-supported mobile websites in the U.S.

Cyriac was the Co-Founder of 12snap, a European mobile marketing and entertainment company with clients such as Coca-Cola, McDonald's, L'Oreal, adidas and MTV Europe. He also developed growth strategies at McKinsey & Company for global media, software and high-tech firms.

Cyriac was awarded the first Lion Awards for mobile concepts at the Cannes Lion Festival in France and he and his team received the only Emmy Award nominations for Mobile. For 2007, he was elected as Global and North American Chairman of the MMA, with 600 member companies worldwide.

Cyriac received a master's degree summa cum laude in engineering and business administration from Germany's Technical University of Karlsruhe, and studied Japanese management at Sophia University in Tokyo.

Tod Sacerdoti
Tod Sacerdoti
Company: BrightRoll
Position: Founder and CEO
www.brightroll.com
 

Tod Sacerdoti is the CEO and founder of BrightRoll, the world's largest branded video advertising network. Under Tod's direction, BrightRoll has grown from conception into the premier video advertising network, having served billions of ads on behalf of the world's leading agencies and their clients and executed campaigns on more than two-thirds of the top 100 online media properties in the United States. A recognized expert on online advertising, Tod is a regular guest columnist for AdAge and MediaPost and is widely quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and ClickZ, among others.

He has previously held senior roles at Plaxo (acquired by Comcast), Spoke Software, and covered Internet marketing as an investment banker at Robertson Stephens.

Tod holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Anu Shukla
Anu Shukla
Company: Offerpal Media
Position:Founder
www.offerpalmedia.com
 

Anu Shukla is a serial entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Offerpal Media, a leader in virtual currency monetization for online games, virtual worlds and social networks. The company's turnkey payment platform gives consumers the opportunity to earn or buy virtual currency by completing targeted advertising offers or by purchasing it through direct, global payment options. Since its launch in 2007, Offerpal has issued hundreds of billions of virtual points to over 150 million consumers across 2,000 publishers and 190 countries.

Prior to Rubric, Anu held a variety of executive roles including the VP of Marketing and Product Strategy at Versata (VATA), and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Product Management at Compuware/Uniface Corporation (CPWR).

Anu has served on the Board of Directors of the International Museum of Women and the Advisory Board for the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. She was named to the Computer Industry "Dream Team" by Business 2.0 magazine in 2004, awarded the YSU Distinguished Alumni award in 2005, and the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Washington D.C. based Dialogue on Diversity organization in 2005.

In 2007, Anu was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from her Alma Mater Youngstown State University in recognition of her business achievements.

Julio Vasconcellos
Julio Vasconcellos
Company: Experience Project
Position:VP of Business Development
www.experienceproject.com
 

Julio Vasconcellos joined Experience Project as their second employee to head the company's non-technical functions, including marketing, business development, product development, and operations. Today, he focuses primarily on monetization and product marketing, which allows him to oversee most of the company's use of social media.

While at Experience Project, Julio helped the company become the world's largest community for connecting people over shared life experiences. Julio grew traffic by leveraging search engine optimization (SEO) and social media campaigns that included viral videos (some with 1MM+ views), Twitter (creating an account with over 500,000 followers), applications on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, and OpenSocial, and driving millions of visitors through Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon. Julio also helped establish a revenue model that leverages an optimization system for ad networks, direct sales for large brands, and a freemium subscription model.

A native of Brazil, Julio writes the startup blog for one of Latin America's largest newspapers (O Globo), and maintains English-language blogs on entrepreneurship and SEO. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Stanford GSB and Stanford School of Engineering.

Prior to Experience Project, Julio launched and sold the first application directory built on the Facebook Platform. While at the GSB, he co-founded and co-produced iinnovate, a podcast on entrepreneurship and innovation that grew to become the #1 podcast in this category on iTunes worldwide.

Julio graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, majored in Finance and Marketing, and received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.