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A seasoned communications specialist, official TEDx speaker and writer with both B2B and B2C experience, April is as creative as she is strategic. With nearly 20 years of experience representing Fortune 100 companies and their executives at leading public relations agencies including Weber Shandwick, Edelman, Spong and Rubenstein Public Relations, she is skilled at developing targeted communications programs that convey strategic messaging, compelling narratives, intangible brand attributes and subtle points of differentiation. April is an official member and contributor of the Forbes Agency Council, Entrepreneur and Newsweek. She is also a co-host of The PR Wine Down podcast, HypeBusters and TR: The Podcast, as well as national mentor for SEED SPOT and OneValley Startup.
Javy is a serial entrepreneur, startup advisor, and philanthropist. He is the CMO, Director of Events and Host for Kamp - the go-to startup experience for any early stage founders looking to launch or scale their startup. Javy also founded The Single Parent Family Foundation, which provides family support programs & resources to single parent families in Dallas county who are living at the federal poverty level. Javy is a Venture Partner and Dallas Chapter Director for Founder Institute Texas. He is also the Co-Founder of Javannah Capital International and Sports Media Promotions which is the parent company behind Dallas Cowboys Player Talk Show "Inside The Huddle" where also serves as the Executive Producer.
Julia Valentine is a solution-focused FinTech Advisor to boards and management teams. Throughout her executive career, Ms. Valentine has held leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase, D. E. Shaw and Mousse Partners, one of the largest family offices in the world. Julia serves on the Board of Directors - Operations & Technology and Financial Crimes Compliance Committees - of the Apple Bank. She's an advisor to startups, and is currently CTO & COO at AlphaMille.
CTO of a $10B public company running a successful product with a team of love 1500 people growing at 30% + Ran engineering for Atlassian and helped them scale the offering for Jira, confluence and trello. Led the knowledge engineering revolution at Intuit to make Turbotax smarter. Helped scale netflix's engineering and infra.
Lasse Andresen is a serial entrepreneur and a 20+ year digital identity veteran. In his most recent startup venture, Lasse is founder and CEO of IndyKite, co-founder and CTO of indyRIOT and joon. Previously Lasse founded identity and access management company, ForgeRock, which became a publicly traded company in September of 2021. He led as CEO through the startup phase, achieving 100% year-over-year growth and securing top-tier venture funding totaling $230 million. He continued in leadership as CTO, growing the company to over 750 employees in offices around the world, and establishing a customer base of over 1300 Global Fortune 5000 companies. When he's not dreaming up the next big thing in identity, Lasse is a passionate keyboard player and cyclist, and has toured countries around the world.
Experienced Chief Technology Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Scrum, Embedded Software, Object Oriented Design, SQL, and Medical Devices. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Master of Science (MS) focused in Product Development from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Omar Zenhom is co-founder and CEO of WebinarNinja, and host of the popular podcast The $100 MBA Show. With over a million webinar attendees to date, WebinarNinja has grown rapidly since its founding in 2014; Academy Ocean named WebinarNinja one of the fastest growing SaaS companies of 2018. The $100 MBA Show consistently ranks among the best business podcasts in over 30 countries, with over 100 million downloads over 1,400 + episodes.
Andrei leverages his 20+ years of experience in the industry to help tech startups bolster their teams with agile product development services on demand. His vision of custom software development & management can reduce time to market by up to 30% with 40% in savings compared to in-house teams.
Kelly Peng is the founder, CEO & CTO of Kura Technologies, a company that is making the best performing augmented reality glasses and platforms for global telepresence. Kura's first product Kura Gallium - is solving the biggest industry mass adaption bottleneck through a performance of 150° field of view, 95% see-through, high brightness, 8K resolution, and comes in a compact form factor. Kura's performance is achieved through a series of inventions, innovations, and designs for the manufacturing process, that includes fully customized displays (Micro-LED), multiple customized ASICs, customized optics, system integrations, and ergonomic design. She's also an inventor with 10+ patents. Kura has 40 people on the team now, HQ in Bay Area, and is a winner of both CES 2022 Innovation Award, and the Best of CES award.
Joseph Reth is the Founder & current CEO/CTO at RethDigital, one of the nation's fastest-growing digital agencies represented by TheMachine (Ranked 7th most trending marketing company in the US in October of 2020 by Crunchbase)
Ali Salhi is a creative engineer specializing in scalable systems, serverless infrastructure, data engineering, big data and machine learning systems. He is the Chief Technology Officer at LOOP (ridewithloop.com), an insurance technology company that leverages AI and data to create more fairly priced auto insurance products for all. Prior to LOOP, Ali was the Head of Product at Ometry where he married innovation with risk management; developing a process to efficiently produce risk scores for roads. This complex system, combined multiple data sources and predicted the probability of a crash both geospatially and temporally.
Konstantin Vilk, CXO and Founder of QuSecure, is an Information systems executive who is an experienced CEO, COO, CISO, CTO. He has created and sold award-winning companies in addition to teaching university-level courses in information technology. He loves working with people and is passionate about helping companies create incredible products, amazing brands, powerful marketing stories, and high-performance teams. Kosta has extensive experience in Quantum Computing, Quantum Cryptography, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Cloud, Innovation, Marketing, Sales, M&A, in addition to a wide background in the implementation of enterprise-wide systems.
IT Evangelist for value added technology investments in K-20. Visionary, resourceful and service-oriented enterprise technology architect and CIO/CTO with diverse experience ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. Founder @ www.mycollife.com - World's First Student Social Relationship Management (SRM) Service. MyColLife (MCL) stands for My Life.My Choice.My Education.
Aman is Founder and CEO of Regrello where he is building an operating network of manufacturers to solve supply chain problems. He was previously an External Advisor to McKinsey in data science and supply chain. Before McKinsey, Aman was CTO of Demandbase, where he helped grow the company to over 120M+ in revenue while serving Fortune 500 clients. Prior to Demandbase, he was co-founder and CTO of Spiderbook, one of the earliest AI-driven B2B startups. Aman has a MS in Computer Science and MA in Public Policy, both from Stanford University.
Preet Raj is the CTO & Co-founder of Bakstage. He’s a seasoned engineering leader, an industry speaker & a wall-street tech veteran having worked with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley & JP Morgan. He was recently featured as one of the Top 10 CTOs to Watch in 2022 by Entrepreneur Magazine. He’s an expert in building technology that reaches millions. He has headed engineering for Fin-tech, Consumer tech and SaaS startups, scaled teams from 2 to over 20+employees, & helped generate multi-million dollars in revenue.
Founded a Travel Tech SaaS company, raised >$1M pre-seed funding with GC as lead investor. Experience managing and leading several teams as a Project/Product Manager, helping create data driven policies and laws in Massachusetts. Architected the SaaS offering for an up and coming medical device company. Led a successful hackathon event, attracting 600+ participants
6x Start-up Founder with 14 years of digital growth experience Originally from Washington, DC, Living in Denmark for the last ~6 years. CEO of the Award Winning Digital Agency, KlintMarketing.com and Online Masterclass with 6500+ Grads, GrowthSecrets.org. VP of Marketing for WeGro - Complimentary Alternative Medicine Crypto Project 100+ Keynotes over the last 3 years. Finalist - Ecosystem Hero of the Year - 2020 Denmark (Nordic Start-up Awards). Built and scaled the marketing behind 4 start-up exits in 5 years. Crypto and Web3 Expert, Start-up Junkie, Growth-Hacker, CEO, Founder, Corporate Innovator, Digital Marketing Agency Owner, Angel Investor, and Mentor.
Jenna is a software tester and product owner with over a decade of experience. They've spoken at a number of dev and test conferences and is passionate about risk-based testing, building community within agile teams, developing the next generation of testers, and A11y. When not testing, Jenna loves to go to punk rock shows and live pro wrestling events with their husband Bob, traveling, and cats. Their favorite of which are the 2 that share their home, Maka and Excalipurr.
Jacqueline is a Boston-based content strategist in the health and life sciences sector at The Bliss Group. She is formerly of Oliver Wyman, where she was a healthcare editor and journalist. She is also a board member at World Unity Inc. Jacqueline is an ordained revered and host of the Enough-ism Podcast about meditation, mindfulness, and having enough already just the way you are. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with an A.B. in English and Theatre Arts, Fairleigh Dickinson University with an M.A.T in education, and The University of Metaphysical Sciences with a master’s in metaphysical sciences.
Troy Sandidge is an award-winning marketing strategist who has spent over 12 years building sustainable strategies and scalable systems, generating millions in revenue growing Startups, SMBs, B2Bs, and Fortune 500.
I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Empowered Fathers in Action, a 501c3 organization dedicated to strengthening the father - son bonding process through a sustainable solution process to build future leaders in the home, communities, and business from a place of higher self-confidence & esteem. This process resolves the root cause to limited beliefs for both for parents and their children as not to repeat the cycle over again that leads to dysfunction, miscommunication, and problems within the family, community and businesses.
Mike Ham is a Sales Executive with Fidelity National Title Group, the nation's largest group of title companies and title insurance underwriters. Throughout his career Mike has been a constant networker, forming the "Next Generation of New Jersey" networking group to give young professionals of all industries an opportunity to connect, network, collaborate, and grow together. Mike started "The Morning Spotlight" in 2020 as a daily LinkedIn video series where he would interview networking partners, clients, and friends in an effort to give everyone an opportunity to speak to his network.
Former derivatives trader who made the leap from quantitative finance to quantitative marketing. Focused on helping businesses grow through a revenue focused, data driven approach to advertising. Drove 8mm in ARR at Opascope with zero paid advertising. Growth leader at Opascope, a multidisciplinary marketing agency solving complex business problems and managing more than 100mm in paid media spend across search, social, television and outdoor for clients ranging from industry leading cloud providers to political organizations and everything in between.
Shirish Nadkarni is a serial entrepreneur with proven success in creating multiple consumer businesses that have scaled to tens of millions of users worldwide. Shirish was the co-founder of Livemocha, the world’s largest language learning site with 15+ million registered members from over 200 countries. Livemocha was acquired by RosettaStone in 2013. Prior to Livemocha, Shirish was the founder of TeamOn Systems, a mobile wireless e-mail pioneer that was acquired by BlackBerry in 2002. The TeamOn technology served as the core foundation for Blackberry Internet E-mail which serviced over 50 million BlackBerry users. Shirish started his career at Microsoft where engineered the acquisition of Hotmail and launched MSN.Com which became a leading web portal in the early days of the internet. Shirish is the author of "From Startup to Exit - An Insider's Guide to launching and scaling your Tech business".
Paddy Padmanabhan is the Founder and CEO of Damo Consulting Inc., a digital transformation and growth advisory firm focused on the healthcare sector. He is an award-winning business leader and entrepreneur with deep experience in healthcare technology markets. He is the author of the best-selling book Healthcare Digital Transformation - How Consumerism, technology and Pandemic are Accelerating the Future (Taylor and Francis, Aug 2020). Paddy has had a distinguished career in leadership roles with global organizations such as GE and Accenture and has been a founding member of startups that had successful exits. Over the past 20 years, he has worked extensively as a technology strategist and trusted advisor to C-suite executives in large health systems and digital health firms.
Gabriel sold his first website at age 13. In 2011, as an engineering student, he started his first business during class. After graduating in 2013 he created his second company, Le Vin de France, a wine marketplace for french winegrowers. He will sell the company in 2016 after 3 years of growth. He received in 2013 the award « best digital startup » by Paris Town Hall. Since then, he has been a private investor and business angel. His group of investors Leonis Investissement has invested more than 21M$ in high growth startups in Silicon Valley.
Jennifer R Glass is the CEO of Business Growth Strategies International. She is a business growth expert who works with small to medium-sized businesses to help them find the money they are leaving on the table. Because of the work that Ms. Glass has done over the last 15+ years, she has been featured in numerous media outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox, recognized as a leader in business by more than 1,000 organizations, the Small Business Development Center and SCORE. Ms. Glass is the author of multiple works including her “It’s the Bottom Line that Matters” series (with a podcast under the same name) and her “Building a Winning Mindset” book. She has also contributed to several other books from leading thought leaders. Business Growth Strategies International provides a robust and best-in-class solution for business owners looking to grow their business and revenues.
As Chairman of Birthing of Giants, the highly regarded fellowship program held 2 times a year at MIT (April) and Oxford University (Sept), I enjoy bringing thought leaders together with engaged, proactive business owners to make this year their best year ever. Connect with me if you own a business that has revenues over $5 million per year and want to learn more about our strategic planning community and CEO peer group.
Mr. Nabil Kabbani is a global CEO in Fintech and a multidisciplinary global leader with a distinguished career in technology-enabled business services. He started his career in banking, and card issuing. He then spent twelve years at Western Union, in key Executive roles where he helped to grow to a multi-billion-dollar public company working from various locations in the U.S., Beirut, Dubai, Paris and Brussels. Nabil has subsequently led a venture capital funded money transfer startup which grew through nine acquisitions to become a major player in the fintech industry. Nabil was CEO of a payment processing company in e-commerce prior to joining ACT Holdings.
Accomplished and energetic marketing leader with a solid history of achievement in leading teams, corporate marketing, product marketing and growth strategy. I lead with agile marketing processes, and a scrappy roll-up-your-sleeves attitude. My Clifton Strengths Finder test results say I'm a futurist. Areas of expertise include strategic growth planning, branding, podcasting, video marketing, collaboration with product teams, and building creative, curious and happy marketing teams.
Sandy Agnos is a global commercialization leader with both breadth and depth in B2B marketing, product marketing, strategy, product leadership, and business development for emerging technologies (Robotics/SW, AI, IoT). She has introduced and scaled robotic solutions to multiple verticals such as retail, healthcare, commercial floor care, hospitality, and manufacturing around the world. Sandy has grown and supported a robotic fleet into the thousands. Customers have included Walmart, Kroger, C&W and Softbank Robotics.
Author, Colonial Life Benefits Counselor, Speaker, Vision Board Mastermind University Founder, What If U Global, Benchmarking Reverend Russell Conwell. Retired Merrill Lynch VP Junior Achievement Board member, past president President Men’s Group, 1st Presbyterian Church. Wilkes University graduate, Urban Affairs, 1974 USMC ’68-’70, Viet Nam, Purple Heart Recreation.
Jorge is a former attorney who was voted a Rising Star in Employment Law (an honor bestowed on the top 2.5% of practicing attorneys under 40). Jorge then left the law to work in tech sales. His most recent position was VP of Growth at Doorkee where he managed a sales team of six. Jorge was the first sales hire at Doorkee and his team brought the company from $0 to $1.1 million ARR, and is poised to be acquired.
Carol Tran is a growth executive, 3x entrepreneur, and a change agent for suboptimal business conditions. She partners with company leadership, acting as a guide to reveal inefficiencies and grow the business using limited resources. Her growth hacking combines tactics and theory, examining the business holistically. She uses historical data to build a growth engine, using repeatable, scalable processes to understand user behavior, translate findings with product visionaries, and implement marketing automation to find and nurture leads, close more deals, and maximize ROI.
Co-founder and CEO at Glorium Technologies. Andrei leverages his 20+ years of experience in the industry to help tech startups bolster their teams with agile product development services on demand.
His vision of custom software development & management can reduce time to market by up to 30% with 40% in savings compared to in-house teams.