Dave Blakely leads the Technology Strategy practice at IDEO, which explores the business opportunities created when emerging technologies are linked with customer needs. As a Senior Director based in Palo Alto, Dave manages various strategic business relationships and advises executives of technology-focused companies. Much of his advisory work involves helping IDEO clients — from Silicon Valley executives to NASA officials — build cultures of innovation and develop products and services to maintain market leadership.
Dave also conducts innovation workshops, speaks to academic and business groups, and serves on several advisory boards. He is particularly proud to serve on the board of University of California, Berkeley’s College of Engineering, where he assists his alma mater in adjusting its engineering curriculum to the needs of a rapidly changing global economy, and as a faculty adviser at Singularity University, a new academic institution that strives to educate and inspire people how to develop technologies to address broad challenges to humanity.
Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s in mechanical engineering with a controls specialization from UC Berkeley. In his free time, he tries to keep up with his two teenage sons.
Sir Alan Collins
Sir Alan is a former British diplomat and brings to Nair & Co. a wealth of experience in international trade and investment particularly in the U.S., Asia and the Commonwealth countries. His association with various international industry bodies and government organizations provides invaluable political and economic insight to the company's strategies and operations. Sir Alan is currently serving as Director General/Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC).
Previously, he has been the Ambassador to Singapore and the Philippines, Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia and the Director General of the British Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan. He was also the Director General Trade and Investment USA and Consul General New York, where he worked extensively to attract high-value inward investment to the UK.
During his time in Singapore, Sir Alan was part of the delegation that won the Olympics for London in 2012. He is also working as the Olympics Ambassador for the UK and is directing international business-related work from the London 2012 Games aiming at outcomes worth over $1.5 billion to the UK economy.
Kelly L. Dempski is the director of research for Human-Computer Interaction at Accenture Technology Labs.
Professional Coach; Partner, Enabling Thought Leadership
Esther Dyson is an active investor in a variety of start-ups, focusing on technology. Her portfolio of private space and air travel investments includes XCOR Aerospace, Space Adventures/Zero G, Icon Aircraft, Coastal Aviation Software and Airship Ventures. She has flown weightless on Zero-G four times, but hopes to go up again soon.
She is also the organizer of Flight School, an executive workshop for start-ups in air and space. It's in hiatus for 2008, but will resume in 2009.
On the IT side, her investments have included Flickr and del.icio.us, both sold to Yahoo! and Medstory, sold to Microsoft. Currently, she sits on the boards of 23andMe, Meetup, WPP Group, Eventful.com, Evernote, Boxbe and Yandex, the leading Russian search company.
Dyson sold her business EDventure Holdings, along with its Release1.0 newsletter and PC Forum conference, to CNET Networks in 2004; PC Forum and Release 1.0 played key roles in the early development of the PC software marketplace and the commercial Internet. Dyson left CNET at the end of 2006 and (with permission) has resumed doing business under the name of EDventure Holdings.
John Hagel III is an author and former consultant who specializes in the intersection of business strategy and information technology. In 2007, Hagel, along with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison, founded the Deloitte Center for the Edge Innovation. Hagel is also involved with a number of other organizations, including the World Economic Forum, Innovation Exchange with John Seely Brown and Henry Chesbrough, the International Academy of Management, and the Aspen Institute.
Richard Hanley is the Principal-in-Charge of KPMG's Bay Area and Pacific Northwest Advisory Practices.
Mr. Hans Haringa is an international petroleum engineer with some 29 years on the "Shell clock." Mr. Haringa has held a range of diverse roles, from some that were "very technical" to others that were very "nontechnical". Hans, who took on his current role in January 2010, manages an exciting innovation portfolio of disruptive ideas at the forefront of the Shell innovation process. He believes that "it is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers," as American author, cartoonist and humorist James Thurber said. He subscribes to the Jedi Master Yoda way-of-living: "Do, or do not. There is no try."
Jonathan joins North Bridge Venture Partners from Facebook, where he was VP of Technical Operations from 2007 until 2011, as Facebook grew from 35 million users to over 800 million. Heiliger brings to North Bridge his passion for creating and scaling solution-focused technology companies as an active advisor, investor or executive. Jonathan will focus on identifying companies that are attempting to solve problems of significant scale and scope and is based in California.
At Facebook, Jonathan oversaw global infrastructure, site architecture and internal systems. Prior to Facebook, Jonathan held executive technical operations roles at Walmart and Danger (acquired by Microsoft). He also spent several years as Chief Operating Officer for Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP). Earlier in his career, Jonathan co-founded and was the CTO of Frontier GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s corporate venture capital group.
Jonathan’s investment portfolio encompasses more than 30 companies, including Cotendo, Last.fm (acquired by CBS), Sonus Networks, SpringTide (acquired by Lucent), Talaria, Tango and Qumranet (acquired by RedHat).
Jonathan currently serves on the board of directors of DuPont Fabros, Jive Software and Webmonsters, and advises a select group of early-stage technology companies that include Box.net, Cloudera, Redwood Systems and Square.
Salim Ismail is a sought-after speaker, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries.
Salim spent the last three years building Singularity University based at NASA Ames and before that built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010.
He has a unique perspective and track record on how to innovate, how to turn cutting edge ideas into thriving startups and how to apply leading edge thinking to invigorate entire industries.
Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and a technology pioneer. He is founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, Intelius and InfoSpace. Jain is trustee of the board at X Prize Foundation and Singularity University. He is a member of Pacific Council on International Policy and Explorer Club. Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the Albert Einstein Technology Medal for pioneers in technology, Top 20 Entrepreneurs and Life Time Achievement Award for Contribution to Technology and Entrepreneurship by Red Herring, Light of India Award for Business Leadership by The Times Group, Most Admired Serial Entrepreneur by Silicon India, and Six People Who Will Change the Internet by Information Week.
As President and CEO of MBRDNA, Johann Jungwirth is responsible for all Mercedes-Benz Research & Development activities in North America, including Infotainment & Telematics, Customer Research & HMI, and Society & Technology. He fulfills these responsibilities using his past experience as the head of development for Mercedes-Benz's "New Telematics Generation 2.5" head-units, and overall more then 17 years of experience at Mercedes-Benz R&D and Daimler.
Who put the "J" in DFJ? A top venture man, around Silicon Valley, he's like a kid in a candy store, transforming science fiction into fact with such enterprises as NeoPhotonics, SpaceX, and Synthetic Genomics. Steve was the first kid on his block to own a Tesla Model S electric car. Actually, he was the first one in the world: he's on Tesla's board, too. Favorite hobby? Rocketry.
Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes, the nation's highest-circulation business publication, and editor of Forbes ASAP, a magazine covering the major developments, trends and implications of the Information Age. Before starting ASAP, Karlgaard co-founded and edited Upside magazine, a monthly publication covering the computer industry and high-tech investments. Karlgaard also co-founded the 2,500 member Churchill Club, a nonprofit public affairs organization in Silicon Valley. For this effort, he was named a Northern California winner of the 1997 Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award. In 1997, Karlgaard co-founded garage.com, a leading Web-based startup capital firm. He is a regular guest on CNN/FN's "Digital Jam" and has written several Manager's Journal columns for The Wall Street Journal. He earned his degree at Stanford.
Vinod Khosla is the president and CEO of Khosla Ventures. In 1986, he became a general partner Kleiner Perkins, where he took on Intel's monopoly with Nexgen/AMD.
In 2004, Khosla started Khoslaventures in order to create technologies that can have a beneficial effect and economic impact on society. Khosla assists or serves on the boards of a number of technology based companies.
He is also a charter member of TIE, a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, and a founding board member for the Indian School of Business.
Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box.
Avery Lyford is responsible for assessing investment opportunities at Signal Lake Ventures. Prior to this he was the CEO of Linuxcare, which delivers software that manages Linux in the corporate data center. Prior Mr. Lyford was part of McKinsey&Co's business building practice. His early career was at IBM where he was initially part of IBM's personal computer independent business unit and later was responsible for product planning, business development, and strategy for the Intel based server product line as it grew from $475M to $1.4B.
Michael S. Malone
Michael S. Malone is an award-winning journalist who has reported on Silicon Valley since the early 1980s. He has written 15 books, including The Microprocessor: A Biography. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, an associate fellow at Said Business School and a blogger at Forbes.com.
Scott McNealy is co-founder and former chairman & CEO of Sun Microsystems.
Michael Moon is Director of The Moon Agency. He knows how to tell a story. Iconic brands like Disney, Microsoft, Nestle, Chevron, Intel, Google and Humana, to name a few, have called on Michael to help develop compelling brand narratives. He has also worked with the United Nations/International Peace Institute, formerly the International Peace Academy, to modernize their presence through telling their story.
Geoffrey Moore is a best selling author and chairman emeritus at TCG
Advisors. His most recent book is Escape Velocity: Free Your Company's
Future from the Pull of the Past published in September of 2011.
Geoffrey has made the understanding and exploitation of disruptive
technologies the core of his life's work. His other books, Crossing the
Chasm, Inside the Tornado, The Gorilla Game, Living on the Fault Line,
and Dealing with Darwin are best sellers and required reading at leading
Hasso Plattner is a cofounder of software giant SAP AG. Today he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP AG.
Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur/ futurist and co-founder and CEO of Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx), a privately funded lunar transportation and data services company
competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition. Bob will outline how a carefully planned private Moon mission could set in motion the technological, political, legal and regulatory precedents that will allow humanity to peacefully embrace and develop the Moon as the world's eighth continent.
Dr. Vishal Sikka is member of the Executive Board of SAP AG and the Global Managing Board, heading technology and innovation for the company. Sikka has responsibility for technology and platform products, including database and technology especially the industry break-through in-memory database - SAP HANA, as well as analytics, mobile, application platform and middleware. He drives emerging technologies and advanced development for the SAP next-generation technology platform, applications and tools. He also oversees key technology partnerships, customer co-innovation, and incubation of emerging businesses. He has global responsibility for the SAP Research organization, academic and government relations.
Amit Singhal is a software engineer at Google Inc., a Google Fellow, and the head of Google's core ranking team.
Laura D'Andrea Tyson is an American economist and former Chair of the US President's Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. She also served as Director of the National Economic Council. She is currently a professor at the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley.
A prolific filmmaker, game developer, lecturer, writer, and philanthropist.
Owns and operates Chizuru Games, an educational game company.
Executive Director of GameDesk, a nonprofit organization reshaping K-12 education through games and game development.
Director & Writer - Vattel Films
Dick Williams joined Shell in 1980 after receiving his Electrical Engineering degree from Penn State. He worked in a variety of Shell Pipeline's regions as an Engineer. After returning to Houston for several positions in the business and leading the Commercial Development effort of a major restructuring, Dick served three years as the Commercial Manager for Shell Distribution NA and was appointed President, Shell WindEnergy, Inc. in 2008. Shell’s Wind activities include operating 10 wind farms, eight in North America and two in Europe, with a capacity of 1000 MW and developing new projects in North America. Dick was one of the founding Chairmen of The Wind Alliance, a consortium or academia, government, and industry established to focus on the long term safety, operational, and technical success of the Wind Industry and is Chairman of the Houston Technology Center.