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Entrepreneur Media: Jake Hudson

Jake is the CTO at Entrepreneur Media. While the business is best known for its magazine, they are a complete digital publishing company. His primary role is to oversee the engineering for all of their digital products. Entrepreneur Magazine is a national business publication based in Irvine, California. For nearly 40 years, Entrepreneur has been the definitive guide to all the diverse challenges of business ownership. Published 12 times a year, the magazine is available by subscription...


OSIsoft: Richard Beeson

As CTO, Richard focuses on long term strategic planning, business and technology alignment, strategic customer and partner relationships, alliances and the research and innovation programs. Looking at today's challenges, Richard is exploring the benefits of employing operations information technology for societies, communities and industry to better understand and manage their relationship with resources, industries and commerce with the goal of helping these greater systems to...


Lyft: Nilka Thomas

Nilka Thomas is the VP of Talent & Inclusion at Lyft, where she serves as a strategic business partner to senior leadership focused on a broad-based and transformational talent agenda designed to recruit, develop and retain the very best innovative talent in the business and build a world-class organizational culture. In this role, she oversees global talent acquisition, employee relations and inclusion, ensuring that Lyfts’ diversity efforts are seamlessly integrated from the earliest...


Zendesk: Kim Lenox

Kim leads teams that conquer tough design challenges with enthusiasm—and whether working with other senior executives or operating in complex organizations across departments, she combines strategies with operational excellence. Known in the office as a ruthlessly optimistic leader and catalyst for change. With over 24 years' of design and UX expertise, from reviewing and directing projects, to leading large, innovative design departments—her passion is to bring clarity to...


Northwell Health: Dr. Purna Prasad

Clinical Information Technology Leader and Executive Career-long record of accomplishment spanning IT/CT / biomedical program development, infrastructure / architecture planning, solution engineering, and enterprise-wide integration Repeated success delivering innovative, ground-breaking clinical information technology systems, solutions, and infrastructure models to enable dramatic expansion of clinical services, biomedical capabilities, and patient service capacity. Direct...


The Climate Corporation: Avery Moon

Avery is a leader and engineer with a proven track record of shipping market-leading products and building high-performing teams in transformative companies. Over 400M people and the Fortune 500 use products built by his teams. He has strong hands-on technical expertise in high-volume consumer Internet, growth engineering, data-driven products, and statistics / analytics / machine learning. Avery is happy doing everything from leading teams to writing code. He helped build successful...


Qualcomm Research: Dr. Rajesh Pankaj

Dr. Rajesh Pankaj is a senior vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Research. He currently oversees Qualcomm Research’s Systems Engineering and Systems Integration and Test departments in San Diego. He also directs Qualcomm Research’s international offices in Austria, China, Germany, India, and Korea. In this role, Dr. Pankaj leads the operational efforts for a broad portfolio of research projects with topics ranging from next-generation wireless networks to innovative technologies...


Pantheon: Josh Koenig

As Pantheon's Head of Product, Josh is focused on making the Open Web a first class platform for delivering results. Championing the value of the developer experience, and the need to demonstrate impact with data, his work combines the visionary ideals of Open Source with the pragmatic utility of the agile approach. Prior to founding Pantheon, Josh was part of the team that drove the first high-profile public Drupal use-case with the Howard Dean campaign in 2003. He also founded the Drupal...


Entrepreneur & Investor: Dave Cole

Dave has taken on a dizzying variety of challenges that range from building an enterprise product from scratch to acquisition (Foundstone) to transforming a consumer product line (Norton). He was Chief Product Officer of CrowdStrike when it had a handful of small customers and established its product line as a disruptive force in the industry which has fueled the company’s explosive growth. Most recently, he was CPO of Tenable where he steered the team through an aggressive expansion,...


Neilsen: Stacie de Armas

Stacie M. de Armas is a storyteller, consumer behaviorist, thought leader and subject matter expert on the Hispanic market. She is Vice President in Nielsen’s Diversity & Inclusion practice, and responsible for researching, uncovering and sharing insights on the power of the Hispanic consumer. She is the recipient of many industry awards for excellence and was most recently named one of the most powerful and influential Latinos in entertainment by Imagen Foundation.


Mesosphere: Tobi Knaup

Tobi is an experienced Software Engineer focusing on large scale systems and machine learning. He helped scale Airbnb to millions of users worldwide as technical lead. Research work on Internet-scale sentiment analysis using online knowledge, linguistic analysis, and machine learning. Tobi co-founded a company at the age of 15. Specialties: Distributed Systems, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Fraud Detection, Security, JVM, R, Ruby on Rails


Ruth Crowley

Ruth Crowley joined Lowe’s in 2016 as Vice President, Customer Experience Design. Using Human-centered design methodology, she was responsible for leading her team’s efforts to create cohesive customer experiences that are emotionally and seasonally relevant and aligned with strategic company objectives.


SmartRecruiters: Rafal Szczepanski

Rafal builds delightful, innovative products and ignites passion in others to do the same. He builds his engineering team's culture, growing people and supporting them at different stages of their careers. Rafal's engineering experience spans from building SMB products to large enterprise software. His leadership & managerial experience includes building teams from scratch and managing other managers.


Impact: David Yovanno - Collision 2019

A seasoned technology executive, Dave joined Impact in February 2017 and has been providing strategic leadership to premier SaaS companies in the technology space for more than 20 years. Dave is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of performance in turnaround and fast-paced global marketing services and SaaS organizations, including in public company settings. Before joining Impact, Dave was CEO of Marin Software, a San Francisco-based global leader in paid search...


Eargo: Christian Gormsen - Collision 2019

Christian Gormsen is the CEO of Eargo, the health tech company destigmatizing hearing loss through consumer-driven innovation, where he brings more than 20 years experience in hearing health to bring a new form factor and modern approach to hearing aids.


Digital Asset: Shaul Kfir - Collision 2019

Shaul is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Digital Asset where he is responsible for the company’s overall technology strategy, including the architecture and engineering of its distributed ledger and DAML, Digital Asset’s smart contract modeling language. Shaul is a software engineer with more than 15 years of experience leading diverse professional teams that develop cutting edge technologies. Prior to Digital Asset, he was the CTO of Bits of Gold, the largest crypto...


Bamboo HR: Ben Peterson

Ben Peterson is co-founder and CEO of BambooHR, one of the world’s most successful HR software companies serving over 15,000 small and medium businesses. Among other awards, BambooHR was recently ranked #10 in Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Workplaces in Technology. Entrepreneur, Fortune, Glassdoor and more continue to recognize BambooHR’s company culture and software as one of the world’s best. Ben brings more than 20 years of industry experience and a clear focus on building people first. He...


Box: Tim Smith - Collision 2019

Tim leads Box’s Global Services organization which includes consulting, education and product support. Prior to Box Tim lead Avanade’s Collaboration Service Line for North America, in addition to spending at Accenture, Microsoft and IBM.


Citi: Yasaman Hadjibashi - Collision 2019

Yasaman Hadjibashi is Head of Data and Analytics for Citi’s Global Consumer Technology (GCT) organization, a team dedicated to leveraging tech innovation and services that enable growth and reduce pain points for more than 110 million Citi customers around the world. Yasaman leads the establishment of new data and analytics capabilities, drives maturity and efficiency across analytics and Machine Learning, and manages data initiatives across Citi’s Global Consumer Bank.


Blend: Kallol Das

Kallol Das is the Head of Engineering for Blend. He has held engineering and product leadership roles at startups and large enterprises, creating both consumer and enterprise products. Before Blend, he led the engineering teams at Invoice2go, an invoicing and payments product for small businesses. Prior to Invoice2go he led the engineering, product and design teams at Path, a social network. Earlier on in his career, Kallol led the engineering teams for Salesforceʼs two largest revenue...