Please find a few select speaker profiles included below…
Professor Danielle Wood leads the Space Enabled Research Group within MIT’s Media Lab. Her work seeks to advance justice in earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space. Prof. Wood is a scholar of societal development with a background that includes satellite design, earth science applications, systems engineering, and technology policy. In her research, Prof. Wood applies these skills to design innovative systems that harness space technology to address development challenges around the world. Prior to serving as faculty at MIT, Prof. Wood held positions at NASA Headquarters, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Aerospace Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. Prof. Wood studied at MIT, where she earned a PhD in engineering systems, SM in aeronautics and astronautics, SM in technology policy, and SB in aerospace engineering.
Jordan cofounded Relativity Space in 2016 with the goal of bringing rapid 3D metal printing advances to the field of space exploration. He serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer and chief engineer, leading launch vehicle and additive-manufacturing technology development while guiding the company’s technical strategy and vision. Before founding Relativity, Jordan worked as a development engineer for SpaceX, where he developed propulsion system components used in test flights, and at the USC Rocket Propulsion Lab, where he led two spaceshot attempts and was the world’s first student to obtain an FAA launch license to fly a rocket to space. He’s been honored on “30 Under 30” lists at Business Insider, Forbes, and Inc. Magazine, and holds a patent for his developments in real-time adaptive control of 3D manufacturing.
Karl is Co-Founder and CEO of nuTonomy, Inc., the leading developer of autonomous vehicle software. Karl is an authority on robotics and autonomous vehicles whose opinion and commentary has been published and broadcast worldwide on Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC, and many other media outlets. As former Director of the Robotic Mobility Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his research resulted in more than 150 technical publications, 50 issued or filed patents, and numerous edited volumes, including books on the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions. Karl has been designated a member of the “Recode 100” list of technology influencers and nuTonomy has been named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Karl holds MS and PhD degrees from MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow.
Scott is the Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he is responsible for all operational aspects of running the firm. He has been with the firm since its inception in 2009 and has overseen its rapid growth, from three employees (Marc, Ben, and him) to 150+ and from $300 million in assets under management to more than $7 billion. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with honors and distinction. Scott also holds a law degree with distinction from Stanford University and is a member of the State Bar of California. Scott is cofounder and co-director of the Stanford Venture Capital Director’s College; co-founder and co-director of the Stanford Rock Center’s Guide to Venture-Backed Board Membership; and is a Lecturer at Stanford Law School. Scott has also served as Chairman of the Board of the National Venture Capital Association. He is the author of the forthcoming book (June 2019), Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It.
Katie serves as the CEO and Managing General Partner of MIT’s The Engine. She serves as a Board Member at Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Form Energy, Via Separations, Boston Metal, and Cellino. Katie brings over 20 years of experience as an investor and tech executive helping build Boston into a thriving tech hub. She has advised hundreds of founders and invested in nearly 100 companies at the earliest stages of formation. Key investments include Pillpack (acquired by Amazon for $1 billion in 2018), Bevi, GrabCad, Synack, Zagster, NBD Nano, Neurala, and Amino. Katie has experience in managing startup accelerators and business-innovation programs — several of which she co-founded including Techstars Boston and Startup Institute.
Habib is a serial entrepreneur and an early stage investor. He is currently the Managing Partner of the MIT Media Lab’s E14 Fund that invests in spin-offs from MIT. Haddad has founded a number of tech companies including Wamda, Yamli (tech acquired by Yahoo!), and YallaStartup among others. He has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and was named as a top innovator under 35 (TR35) by the MIT Technology review. He previously served as the Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum council on entrepreneurship and currently sits on the Global Future Council on Systems and Platforms.
Erik is a general partner at Google Ventures, where he manages GV’s operations in New York and is part of the enterprise investing team. Prior to joining GV in 2010, Erik led the development of Google’s next generation display ad serving system. He helped with the acquisition and technical integration of DoubleClick (DCLK) and led a team that built statistical and machine learning models for Google’s ad businesses. Erik was also a developer on Google’s core infrastructure, creating a distributed file system that Google.com and Gmail rely on today. Erik studied computer science and engineering at MIT and completed his graduate research at CSAIL, where he focused on unique data extraction and disk forensics.
Lex Fridman is a research scientist at MIT, working on deep learning approaches in the context of semi-autonomous vehicles and more generally human-centered artificial intelligence systems. His work focuses on learning-based methods that leverage large-scale, real-world data. Before joining MIT, Lex was at Google working on deep learning approaches to large-scale behavior-based authentication.
Max launched a successful career as an entrepreneur and startup founder by age 25. As a master’s student at MIT’s Media Lab, Lobovsky worked with two of his friends to create the first small-scale, affordable 3D printer for “prosumers,” or professional consumers, and thus was born Formlabs. Once they had a prototype, called the Form 1, Lobovsky and his co-founders began a Kickstarter campaign, using the power of crowdsourced funding to finance the production of commercial models and raising over $1 million in a week. Formlabs recently passed the $1 billion valuation mark.
Kathryn Hume is passionate about building companies and products that unlock the commercial value of emerging technologies. Prior to joining Borealis AI as Director, Business Development, Kathryn held leadership positions at integrate.ai and Fast Forward Labs (Cloudera), where she helped large Fortune 500 companies apply machine learning to increase revenue and operational efficiency. A widely respected speaker and writer on AI, Kathryn holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. She speaks seven languages and has taught courses on enterprise adoption of AI, law, and ethics at Harvard, MIT, and Stanford among others. She also serves as a Venture Partner at ff VC.
Parul is a UX developer and Product Manager turned Seed Stage VC at Founder Collective, one of the first seed stage venture firms in the country. There she focuses on early stage investments across a wide range of industries, including enterprise SaaS, analytics, and digital health. Before joining Founder Collective, she founded a learning analytics company out of the MIT Media Lab. Parul is deeply involved in the startup ecosystem in Boston and in building support networks for entrepreneurs at every level. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and earned her MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Jennifer Lum is the COO and Co-Founder of Forge.AI, a data company that creates fuel for intelligent machines. Prior to Forge, Jennifer helped build four startups and products to acquisitions by public companies - Adelphic (acquired by Time Inc), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), and WebHosting.Com (acquired by AT&T). Jennifer is an investor, board member, and advisor to startups and venture capital firms. Jennifer has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, TechCrunch, Business Insider, and the Boston Globe.
Lily has a background as a founder, investor, and operator in mobile technology. She came to Underscore VC from Facebook, where she worked in Business Development and Mobile Partnerships, focused on connectivity projects and the international growth of core products including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. Building off her experience in mobile and social, Lily helps drive Underscore’s Trusted Cloud Intelligence thesis, with a specific focus on top of stack SaaS apps, AI/ML, AR/VR, MarTech, Commerce, and beyond. Lily earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her MBA from Stanford GSB.
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Krishna founded Romulus Capital while an entrepreneurial undergrad at MIT. Almost a decade later, the original values that sparked the genesis of Romulus remain present in the firm’s DNA: Krishna and the team focus on building, not betting on, technology-enabled businesses that have the capability to transform entire industries. He sits on the boards of Aila Technologies, Allurion Technologies, Ceres Imaging, Cogito, Cohealo, Humanyze, PetaGene, Placester, Presto, Vyome Biosciences, and ZeroCater, and has additionally led investments into a number of noteworthy MIT startups including ClassPass and Ginger.io.
Payal is the Founder and Executive Chairman of ClassPass, a monthly membership program that provides people of all fitness levels access to the best boutique fitness classes and gyms across the US and internationally. Since its launch in 2013, ClassPass has facilitated over 60 million reservations across 15,000+ studios in 80 markets globally. Payal is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sa Dance Company, founded in 2009 with the mission to increase awareness of Indian Dance in the mainstream and serve as a platform for expressing the Indian-American identity through movement. Payal holds a degree in Operations Research from MIT and has been featured on the Forbes “30 under 30” list, Fortune “40 under 40” list, and Marie Claire’s “50 Most Influential Women in America” list among many others.
Arianna Huffington is the Founder of The Huffington Post and the Founder and CEO of Thrive Global. In 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Arianna graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in Economics. She serves on numerous boards, including Uber, Onex, and Global Citizen. She is also the author of 15 books, including the international bestseller, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.
Evan Spiegel is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Snap, Inc. In 2011, he started the company while still a student at Stanford University. By 2013, Evan had turned down an offer from Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to buy the company for $1 billion, then a second time for $3 billion. Today, Snap has over 186 million users and is valued at many times that number.
Snap Inc. is a camera company. Per its mission statement, “we believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world and have fun together.”