Jun 14, 2016 Annaleena Kuronen
Arielle Zuckerberg is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which is one of the most appreciated VCs in the world. They have invested in companies such as Google, Magic Leap, Slack and Uber. Zuckerberg joined KPCB in 2015, and her focus is on early-stage investments in the firm’s digital practice as part of the venture team. Before joining KPCB, she worked for Humin, where she led product for the company’s mobile apps. She started her career as a product manager by day and Hackathon host by night at Wildfire Interactive, Inc., which was acquired by Google in 2012. After the acquisition, Arielle worked as a product manager on social ads at Google. Outside of KPCB, Arielle has made several angel investments across the food tech and health sectors.
Akiko Naka is the founder and CEO of Wantedly Inc., a rapidly growing social networking service for businesses that want to change the entire working life. The whole point of Wantedly is to connect employers with employees through the vision and passion of the company, rather than through salaries or benefits. “Already, the world is moving more and more towards working based on intrinsic motivation, driven by passion and curiosity, rather than salary. Although it may take time, we want Wantedly to become the infrastructure that supports this new way of working,” explains Naka. Following its official launch in February 2012, Wantedly grew to have one million monthly active users and 16,000 corporations, and has become the leading professional social networking service in Japan. Prior to Wantedly, Naka was a growth coordinator at Facebook Japan, contributing to the marketing and product development of Facebook in Japan, and worked at Goldman Sachs in equity sales.
Danny Cabrera, 23 years old, is the CEO and Co-Founder of BioBots, a life science startup based in Philadelphia. BioBots was founded in 2014 to help design and engineer biology to cure diseases, eliminate the organ waiting list, revert climate change, and live on other planets. Its first product, BioBot 1, is a desktop 3D bioprinter that builds three-dimensional living tissues out of human cells. Cabrera himself describes the 3D bio-printer as the first step in the process of building tools to empower people to build life. The product is already used by biotechnology researchers all around the world and the company has received recognition. In 2015, BioBots was a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist and was rewarded The Company of the Year by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Before founding BioBots, Cabrera studied computational biology at University of Pennsylvania’s Engineering School.
Lisa Barnett is a Partner at Sherpa Foundry. Founded in 2013, the San Francisco-based group helps narrow the gap between the digital divide of older companies and tech startups. They help innovation and technology reach unprecedented scale by finding the most disruptive founders and startups and enabling them to partner with the world’s top corporations. Lisa had already built an impressive resume prior to joining Sherpa Foundry. She led e-commerce and digital innovation for the Estee Lauder Companies, and re-thought traditional business models for beauty brands by sourcing and working with transformational technologies and new companies that would bring the Estee Lauder brands into the digital era. Lisa also spent time at the Boston Consulting Group working with top retail and healthcare technology clients. While pursuing her Wharton MBA, Lisa worked as an investor at Maveron, a consumer tech fund, and at Dorm Room Fund, where as Partner, she sourced and invested in student-run startups.
There has been growing interest in investing in emerging markets, especially in Southeast Asia. Our speakers, Kay-Mok Ku (Gobi), Soo Boon Koh (I-Globe), Kaspar Hadiyat (Koro Partners) were joined by Jorel Chan, who is the head of Investment Operations for Slush. Their discussion ranged from: personal insights, their experiences, as well as how Southeast Asia has […]
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