Managing Partner, Wocketfone
Experienced Technology Product Executive with over 20 years in High Technology/Mobile/Digital IoT world. Excellent reputation for resolving problems, improving customer satisfaction, and driving overall scale of operational execution. Consistently saved costs while increasing profits and building great teams. Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to capture voice-of-customer while balancing product direction.
His primary experience is in wireless, applications, mobile payments and cloud architecture for both startups and large companies. He has entrepreneurial experience from both, founding or running venture-backed startups, as well as senior management positions (Intel, Nokia, Seven Networks).
He has deep working knowledge in the following: Internet of Things, Mobile Applications, Mobile Payments, Digital Media, Scalable Cloud based delivery platforms for the Enterprise and Social + Messaging solutions.
Currently he his working on products and strategy for the Internet of Things.
Director, Intelligent Edge Solutions, Intel
Carol is a 30+ yr high tech veteran, currently working within the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corporation. She has broad software development experience ranging from weapon control systems on submarines to web based kids games to data center applications. She’s held many roles in her career including: Software Engineer, Engineering Manager, Business Development, Technology Marketing, Brand Management, Operations, Product Management and Planning. She’s worked in several technology startups and learned that success is “all about the people”. It’s this understanding that brings her to the OpenStack community and drives her community engagements.
Managing Partner & COO, Alchemist Accelerator
Software Engineer, NIO
Senior Associate, Unusual Ventures
Megan was born and raised in Montgomery, AL. She earned her BA in Sociology from Clark Atlanta University and an MA in Sociology from the University of Houston. She began working in nonprofit to use her research background to help create better metrics to more efficiently measure outcomes and impact. Prior to her MBA, she worked as the Program Director for All Stars Helping Kids. In this role, she managed All Stars’ nonprofit incubator program in which new nonprofits were given funding and support with board governance, fundraising and programming. Now in her second year at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Megan is translating her love for incubating & accelerating nonprofits into a more business-focused path to support high-growth startups through venture capital. She has held investment internships at Omidyar Network, Foundation Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Megan is also a Co-President of Stanford’s Black Business Student Association and founded a venture capital blog, A Black Girl in Venture.
VP of Product, Pure Storage
Meghna is a business-focused product leader with a strong engineering background and demonstrated ability to build world-class products from the ground up. Over the past 16 years, she has led innovative SaaS and mobile products in early stage startup as well as large corporate environments. Her compulsive customer-focus and strong people skills enable her to consistently deliver products that delight users while accelerating growth. A hands-on leader, she is equally comfortable being the sole product manager or leading large teams with 25+ product managers.
Managing Director, KPMG
Mihir Jobalia leads KPMG Corporate Finance’s Technology practice in Silicon Valley. As a leader in Corporate Finance, Mihir serves and expands relationships with clients in the Technology sector with a focus on M&A advisory services and private capital raises. He has over 16 years of experience in executing mergers and acquisitions, private placements, divestitures, recapitalizations, IPOs, follow-on offerings, and delivering fairness opinions. Mihir received his MBA degree from the University of Chicago.
Hyperledger Fabric Open Source Developer, Intel
Managing Partner, Acceleprise
Whitney Sales is a business leader with over ten years of sales experience, and yes, in a twist of a self-fulfilling prophecy, Sales is her actual surname. It has served her well - Whitney has transitioned from leading sales organizations to consulting on how to build successful sales teams and get products to market faster for startups, early-stage stealth organizations, and enterprises.
Early in her sales career, Whitney helped four companies gain entry to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list, including LoopNet, Joby, Meltwater, and SpringAhead. At LoopNet, she launched her first two products, one of which hit its annual target in only three months. At Joby, Whitney helped the company scale from a couple hundred thousand in revenue to $9M in a year. Having launched dozens of products, Whitney began researching, developing, and applying her process-driven approach, The Sales Method. The Sales Method is Whitney’s winning analytical process that looks at Sales-Market fit and Sales-Marketing blend to appeal to a target market’s buying process, and ultimately helps companies scale to market faster.
A native Californian, Whitney has been in the Bay Area for over a decade. She shares her deep sales knowledge as a general partner at Acceleprise Ventures and mentor for Stanford University’s StartX and Alchemist Accelerator. When not at work, Whitney can be found studying neuroscience and sociology, traveling the world, enjoying a yoga class or creating interactive art experiences.