For more than 35 years, Dixon has influenced and guided entrepreneurs, investors and executives in the computer, communications, and internet industries. Dixon was named to the Forbes Midas List for four consecutive years and received the 2013 Special Achievement Award in VC from the International Business Forum. He was elected to the Board of the National Venture Capital Association in 2005 serving on the Executive Committee and as Chairman in 2008/9. Under Dixon’s leadership, the NVCA developed a widely embraced set of recommendations (NVCA 4-Pillar Plan) to stimulate liquidity in the U.S. venture capital industry. This plan resulted in bipartisan Congressional support for new job creation legislation and simplification of the IPO process for young emerging companies. Known as the JOBS Act, President Obama signed it into law in 2012. Dixon led DCM Ventures' investments in About.com (Acquired by The New York Times Co.), @Motion (Acquired by Openwave), Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR), Coradiant (Acquired by BMC), Force10 Networks (Acquired by Dell), Foundry Networks (Nasdaq: FDRY), Internap (Nasdaq: INAP), Ipivot (Acquired by Intel), and Neutral Tandem (Nasdaq: TNDM). He is the past Chairman of Network Equipment Technologies (NWK) and serves on the Board of Directors of DIRECTV (DTV). Prior to co-founding DCM Ventures, Dixon launched the venture capital industry’s first fund focused solely on telecom, investing in such noteworthy companies as Alantec, Bridge Communications, Centillion Networks, Network Equipment Technologies, Optilink, Picturetel, Polycom and UUNet. He also founded and ran a strategic technology consulting firm, served on the faculty of the IBM Systems Research Institute in New York City for 10 years and published a seminal text Data Communications which was adopted as course text by more than 60 universities worldwide. Dixon has traveled extensively to six continents to serve on advisory boards and give highly sought after presentations on entrepreneurship, technological trends, job creation, government policy and innovation. He also serves on the Executive Committee and Advisory Board for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Institute (SIEPR) and is on the Board of Overseers at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. His non-profit activities also have included serving as Chairman of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum and as a trustee at the University of San Francisco where he currently chairs the Investment Committee.
David Lee CO-FOUNDER/PARTNER, REFACTOR CAPITAL
David Lee is co-founder/partner of Refactor Capital, a U.S.-based venture capital firm. Previously he was Managing Partner of SV Angel, a U.S.-based venture capital firm with investments in Airbnb, Snapchat, Twitter (IPO), Pinterest, and Slack. David holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins, an M.S.E.E. from Stanford and a J.D. from New York University.
Craig Sherman MERITECH CAPITAL PARTNERS, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Prior to Meritech, Craig was Chief Executive Officer of Gaia Interactive, which he grew from a 1/2 million to over a 20 million monthly visitor pioneer in social games and online communities. Prior to joining Gaia, Craig served as an EIR at Benchmark Capital. Previously, Craig was Chief Operating Officer of Ancestry.com (ACOM), where he helped lead the company’s pivot from a free family social network to a family history subscription service and grew the company from under $10 million to $150 million in sales and from tens of millions in losses to tens of millions in profits. Before Ancestry.com, Craig held senior positions at AIG: he was head of marketing and internet for all of AIG's Japanese and Korean divisions totaling over $5 billion in sales; and the general manager of AIG's property management software subsidiary, a $90 million sales company whose growth rate quadrupled during Craig's tenure. Previous to AIG, Craig was Chief Executive Officer of Cendant Japan, a joint venture startup he founded with Cendant and Mitsubishi Corporation that he helped grow from inception to over $20 million in sales and profitability. Before that, he worked in product, marketing, finance and operations roles at Cendant during its growth from less than a $1billion to over a $40 billion public company.
Vishal co-founded Obvious Ventures with Evan Williams, co-founder of Blogger and Twitter, and James Joaquin. The fund strategy is to back inspiring entrepreneurs building world positive startups across three themes: Sustainable Systems, Healthy Living & People Power. Prior to Obvious Ventures, Vishal was a founding partner at SONG Investment Advisors. He also previously served as a senior executive at Steve Case’s Revolution LLC, and as Chief Strategy Officer at Patagonia. Vishal holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is also a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute and a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly.
REBECCA LYNN GENERAL PARTNER, CANVAS VENTURES
Rebecca is a Co-founder and General Partner at Canvas Ventures, where she focuses on early-stage venture investments in fintech, digital health and mobile. Named a Top-20 VC by the New York Times in 2016 and a Top-100 VC by Forbes in 2016 and 2015, Rebecca led an early-stage investment in Lending Club (NYSE: LC), which was the largest US tech IPO of 2014. She also led investments in Check (acquired by Intuit), FutureAdvisor (acquired by BlackRock), RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce), Doximity, Practice Fusion, Viewics, CrowdFlower, and HealthLoop, and serves as a board observer of Socrata. She began her career at Procter and Gamble where she launched new products internationally. She then joined NextCard, the first issuer of online credit cards, and became VP of Marketing and head of customer acquisition. Rebecca has a degree in chemical engineering from University of Missouri and a JD/MBA from University of California at Berkeley.
FUYUKI YAMAGUCHI Representative Director & Chief Investment Officer, Mistletoe, Inc.
He started his professional carrier as a management consultant at Bain & Company, since he got interested in corporate management during his study at Graduate School of Science at University of Tokyo. He managed tends of consulting projects such as strategy formulation, management reform, and M&A for the clients in TMT and manufacturing sectors. He got excited at VC and PE funds while he worked at Bain San Francisco and studied at US. In 2005, he joined MOVIDA group led by Taizo Son, a serial entrepreneur in Japan, and was engaged in venture investment and incubation. After working as a founding member (partner) at a PE fund which supports small cap companies and a management consultant at Roland Berger, he started Mistletoe with Taizo in 2013. Mistletoe has invested in and supports startups with unique technologies and products which innovate real world, and recently defines itself as a Social Impact Studio to co-found startups to solve social issues. In addition, he leads Japan team for Visionnaire Ventures, the Mistletoe’s affiliated VC originally founded in Silicon Valley in 2014.
TIM CHANG MANAGING DIRECTOR, MAYFIELD
Tim is a proven venture investor and experienced global executive. He has been named to the Forbes Midas list, as one of “12 Most Influential Tech Investors” by CNET, an Always On Digital Media & Mobile Power Player, and received the Gamification Summit award for Special Achieve-ment in the Industry.Tim leads Mayfield’s consumer investing practice which focuses on areas such as the Internet of Things, consumerized health & wellness, crowd-sourcing, collaborative consumption, mobile-first service and product marketplaces, vertical communities, and enabling platforms and ser-vices.Tim’s has over a decade of investment experience with firms such as Norwest Venture Partners & Gabriel Venture Partners. His operational experience includes working in Japan for Gateway Inc and as a trilingual Engineer for General Motors, where he led project teams in China, Korea, and Japan. Tim’s notable investments include:AdChina(acquired by Alibaba);Basis(acquired by Intel Corporation), a wrist-based health tracker and online personal dashboard;ngmoco(acquired by DeNA);Playdom(acquired by Disney), leaders in mobile & social gaming;Iridigm Display Corporation(acquired by Qualcomm), MEMS-based reflective display provider. Tim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an MS in Electrical Engineering/System Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Tsuchikawa Vice President of Corporate Development, Sony
Gen leads Corporate Development at Sony and is also in charge of Sony Innovation Fund as CIO, newly formed CVC by Sony in summer 2016. In addition to those, he serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Sony Mobile Communications. Before joining Sony in 2004, Gen was a director at Merill Lynch's Investment Banking Division, specializing in M&A and covering TMT sector. Prior to Merill Lynch, at the Industrial Bank of Japan, he engaged with multiple disciplines, including tier 1 financing and corporate development. Gen holds BA from Hitotsubashi University's faculty of Law and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Rob Theis Garnett Theis Capital, Managing Partner
Rob joined with Terence Garnett, Partner at Garnett & Helfrich and formally General Partner at Venrock to form Garnett Theis Capital, a private equity firm specializing in venture buyouts & spin outs of business units from large public technology companies.
Previously, he was a Managing Director with Scale Venture Partners, investing in SaaS, Technology Infrastructure, Cloud Applications, Mobile and Digital Media. While at Scale, Rob was a Board Member of the following companies: BrightRoll (Acq: Yahoo), HubSpot (NYSE), PeopleMatter, RingCentral (NYSE), SailThru and invested in DocuSign and Vitrue (Acq: Oracle). Prior to joining Scale in 2008, Rob was a General Partner with Doll Capital Management (DCM) and invested in leading companies such as Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), Jaspersoft (Acq: Tibco), NeoPath Networks (Acq: Cisco), PGP Corporation (Acq: Symantec), Roamware, VanceInfo (NYSE: VIT), Tapulous (Acq: Disney) and SigFig. Before joining DCM, Theis served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of New Era of Networks (NASDAQ: NEON), where he grew the company to $200 million in revenues and led NEON through a successful IPO. Prior to NEON, Rob spent 10 years in executive roles at Sun Microsystems, including Sun’s over $1 Billion success in the Financial Services Industry sector. Rob’s previous experience includes launching Silicon Graphics’ workstations and selling timesharing services for McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). Rob holds a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. In his spare time, Rob is a Sheriff cliff/mountain rescue specialist and rescue diver.
ERIC FENG PARTNER, KLEINER PERKINS CAUFIELD & BYERS
Eric rejoined Kleiner Perkins in 2015, and focuses on consumer Internet investments and incubations. Eric was previously at KPCB in 2010, when he worked across the sustainability and digital practices and was Chief of Staff to Former Vice President Al Gore. Before returning to KPCB, Eric was the CTO at KPCB portfolio company Flipboard (raised more than $200MM in funding) and incubated Erly (funded by KPCB and acquired in 2012). Before joining KPCB, Eric was the founding CTO and Head of Product at Hulu, a joint venture of NBC Universal, News Corp. and The Walt Disney Company.
ETHAN KURZWEIL PARTNER, BESSEMER VENTURE PARTNERS
Ethan Kurzweil is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he focuses on investments in consumer technology and developer platforms. He is particularly excited about consumer video start-ups and companies “developerizing the enterprise,” his phrase for companies that provide non-technical business users with powerful tools without requiring them to code. Ethan invested early in a number of successful consumer tech companies, including Twitch (acq. by Amazon), Periscope (acq. by Twitter), Dropcam (acq. by Google) and Playdom (acq. by Disney) and developer platforms, Twilio (TWLO), Intercom, PagerDuty, npm, and Sendgrid. Reach him @ethankurz.
SHINICHI (SHIN) TAKAMIYA PARTNER /CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER, GLOBIS CAPITAL PARTNERS
Shin leads consumer internet investments at Globis.His expertise lies in digital media, mobile services, digital contents and e-commerce. He takes a hands-on approach to his portfolio companies initiating strategy development, organization/process development, partnership development, and global expansion. His track record includes; IPO Kayac, Aucfan, and istyle; M&A nanapi, and Shimauma Print System etc. Prior to joining Globis, Shin led global management consulting projects at Arthur D. Little.Shin received a BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo (graduation thesis with Honors Award) in Japan and an MBA from Harvard Business School (Second Year Honors).
Balaji S. Srinivasan
Balaji S. Srinivasan is the CEO of 21.co and a Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to taking the role of CEO at 21, Dr. Srinivasan was a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He was named to the MIT TR35, was the cofounder and CTO of Founders Fund-backed Counsyl, and taught a MOOC with 200k students at startup.stanford.edu. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.
SOICHI KARIYAZONO MANAGING PARTNER, GLOBIS CAPITAL PARTNERS, CHAIRMAN OF JAPAN VENTURE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION (JVCA)
Soichi Kariyazono is a managing partner at Globis Capital Partners. Having co-founded GLOBIS VC in 1996, Mr. Kariyazono has led internet service and software deals. His major track records are Gree, Works Applications and Netage Group. Prior to joining GLOBIS, he worked for the Management Consulting Division of Sanwa Research Institute Corporation. Mr. Kariyazono has authored four books on entrepreneurial strategy. Mr. Kariyazono serves as the chairman of Japan Venture Capital Association (JVCA) since July 2015. He received a BA in Law from Keio University in Japan and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business.
GEN ISAYAMA CO-FOUNDER & CEO, WIL
Gen has extensive experience in venture capital, finance, and entrepreneurship. He founded his first company, a web design consultancy, as a third year student at Tokyo University. Before he co-founded WiL, Gen was a partner at venture capital firm DCM, specializing in Internet media, mobile, and consumer services. Then, at the Industrial Bank of Japan, he led efforts across multiple disciplines, including corporate finance and market risk management. In addition to his work at WiL, Gen authors columns for the Techology section of the Nikkei Newspaper’s digital edition and the Toyo Keizai Online. He is also a popular speaker on venture and innovation. Gen holds a BA from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law and an MBA from Stanford Business School.