2015 Silicon Valley Keynotes & Featured Speakers

Keynote Speakers

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Guy Kawasaki squareGuy Kawasaki | Chief Evangelist, Canva

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College. @GuyKawasaki


Jack Andraka squareJack Andraka | Teen Innovator & Citizen Scientist

Jack Andraka was just a fifteen year old Maryland high school sophomore when he invented an inexpensive early detection test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. After a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer, Andraka became interested in finding a better early-detection diagnostic test. He learned that the lack of a rapid, low-cost early screening method contributed to the poor survival rate among individuals with pancreatic cancer. Still a teenager, Andraka’s groundbreaking results have earned him international recognition, most notably a 2014 Jefferson Award, the nation’s most prestigious public service award, 1st place winner in the 2014 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, and Advocate Magazine’s 40 under 40 award. He speaks to audiences of youths and adults all across the globe about his personal story, research, and his ideas for STEM education reform. @jackandraka www.JackAndraka.com

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Austin Meyer, Karrah Phillips & Jon Proctor | Co-Founders, Collective Capital

What if you already had everything you needed to succeed? At Collective Capital, a company started by six Stanford graduates, we believe that the main obstacle teams face is not a lack of skill or creativity but an inability to fully activate their creative potential. Through improvisation and design-based exercises, we give groups the tools they need to unlock their best work, collaborate, and solve the problems that matter most to them.

Featured Speakers

robbie baxter photo squareRobbie Kellman Baxter | Strategy Consultant, Coach & Author

Robbie Kellman Baxter is the author of The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue and coined created the popular business term “Membership Economy”. She is the founder of Peninsula Strategies LLC  a strategy consulting firm. Her clients have included large organizations like Netflix, SurveyMonkey and Yahoo!, as well as smaller venture-backed startups. Over the course of her career, Robbie has worked in or consulted to clients in more than twenty industries. Before starting Peninsula Strategies in 2001, Robbie served as a New York City Urban Fellow, a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, and a Silicon Valley product marketer.Robbie has been quoted in or written articles for major media outlets, including CNN, Consumer Reports, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. @robbiebax

Photo Chou Tim smTimothy Chou | Lecturer, Stanford University; Former President/CEO, Oracle Business Online

Timothy Chou has held executive leadership positions at prominent hardware and software companies including Oracle and Tandem Computers. A lecturer at Stanford University for over 25 years, he authored two books, Cloud: Seven Clear Business Models and The End of Software, based on his lectures. He has been invited to speak to corporate leaders around the world. He also serves on the board of Blackbaud and is a mentor for the Alchemist Accelerator. In addition, Tim serves as the chairman of Cloudbook, a next generation CRM company, as well as Bustorm, which has developed a specialized big data application to assist enterprises in the move to cloud computing.

Photo Costello Trish smTrish Costello | CEO, Portfolia

Trish Costello is CEO and Co-Founder of Portfolia, which creates social networks of engaged investors around entrepreneurial companies. Trish is recognized internationally for her pioneering work in educating and preparing venture capitalists through the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program which she co-founded and led for 12 years.  Trish also served as the Founding President of CVE Capital Corp, a holding company affiliated with a $780 million Fund of Funds created to endow the Kauffman Fellows Program. Previously, Trish served as the Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College, rated #1 for entrepreneurship for 20 straight years by US News and World Report.  She has held advisory or board positions with Springboard Enterprises, National Venture Capital Association, and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and various start-ups, universities, incubators and non-profit organizations.

pascal squarePascal Finette | Managing director – Startup Lab, Singularity University

Pascal Finette heads up the Startup Program at Singularity University where he grows startups tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies. He loves technology and believes that the Internet is deeply impacting mankind. Pascal’s diverse professional experience includes multiple technology start-ups, leading eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe and Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, launching a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, and coaching, speaking and writing on entre  He also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good, POWERUP and The Coaching Fellowship. He frequently speaks and writes about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact. @pfinette

Sydnie Kohara squareSydnie Kohara | Media Strategist

After more than 20 years as an award-winning broadcast jornalist, Sydnie Kohara now develops media strategies for companies and individuals, taking their stories from scripts to screen and beyond. Before returning to the Bay Area and on-air positions at CNET and CBS and Asia for CNBC. IN demand as a multimedia host and moderator for executive leadership programs and corporate webcasts, she has also hosted Link TV’s “LinkAsia” program and served as news anchor for KQED Public Radio. www.sydniekohara.com

Aglaia Kong | CTO/VP, IOE Solution, Cisco 

Aglaia Kong is the CTO for IOE (Internet of Everything) solution and VP of Technology leading solution innovation for IOE. IOE is about connecting things (IOT) together for different verticals. In this role, she will work closely with partners and industrial experts to create new solutions for verticals like oil & gas, manufacture, energy, smart cities/nations and healthcare. Prior to Cisco, Aglaia was CTO for Storage & Availability Management Group in Symantec and held the honorable title of Symantec Fellow. She has over 12 patents and many publications.

lisa lambert photoLisa Lambert | Vice President & Managing Director – Diversity Equity Fund at Intel Capital

Lisa Lambert is a vice-president of Intel Capital and the managing director of the Software and Services Group. Lisa is a voting member of Intel Capital’s investment committee. Lisa also leads Intel Capital’s Diversity Fund investing in women and minority led technology companies. Lisa joined Intel Capital in 1999. Prior to that, she held a Product Marketing Management position with Intel’s Desktop Products Group with responsibility for the Pentium II, III processor family. Prior to joining Intel, Lisa worked as a software engineer and in senior roles in strategic planning, product marketing, and sales at Owens-Corning. Lisa is on the board of directors for Silkroad Technology and is the founder and executive director of UPWARD (www.upwardwomen.org), a professional non-profit organization focused on accelerating careers of senior professional women. Lisa has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS/MIS from Pennsylvania State University.

Photo Dhaya L smDhaya Lakshminarayanan | Former VC, Comedian & Storyteller

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is former venture capitalist turned comedian, storyteller, and television host. She has sold-out live shows in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. She was the host of the Emmy Award winning television series “High School Quiz Show”. She was a featured performer on KQED. She is a favorite at stand-up comedy festivals including the Boston Comedy Festival and San Francisco Sketchfest. She is a regular contributor to The NPR Show, “Snap Judgment”. Prior to becoming a comedian, storyteller, & TV personality, Dhaya worked at Omidyar Network and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dhaya is also a proud nerd, graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Bonnie Marcus squareBonnie Marcus, M.Ed | Certified Executive Coach, Speaker, Writer & Self-Promotion Expert

Bonnie Marcus is the author of The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead, she assists professional women successfully navigate the workplace and get the promotions they deserve. An award winning entrepreneur, Forbes and Business Insider contributing writer, Bonnie is a certified executive coach and President of Women’s Success Coaching. In addition to Forbes and Business Insider, Bonnie has been published in Entrepreneur, Women in HR, Daily Worth, and Central Valley Business Times. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Fortune, Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Diversity MBA, and CIO Magazine@selfpromote

rmcd squareRichard McDougall | CTO, VMware

Richard McDougall is VMware’s CTO for Storage and Big Data. He leads the technical strategy and advanced development of innovative solutions for VMware’s storage products. He is the founder of VMware’s Big Data product and strategy. He is recognized as thought leader and scaling and virtualizing high performance systems and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences including VMworld, Apachecon and Usenix. He is the author of several authoritive books on the topics of Operating Systems design and Systems Performance. Richard holds several patents in the area of performance optimization, algorithms and distributed file system technologies.

Sue Zwinger squareSusan Zwinger | VP, GM of Global Systems Support Innovation & Technology Office, Oracle

Sue leads Oracle’s GSS Innovation & Technology office, which is responsible for accelerating innovation for the support of Oracle’s Server, Storage and Solaris customers worldwide. Her career spans numerous high tech companies, including Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, Cray Research, Supercomputer Systems Inc., ETA Systems, 3M and Control Data. Sue has served on the Board of Directors for San Diego North Chamber of Commerce and on the CalPoly National Development Council, she now resides in Nevada. She has received numerous awards for her vision and leadership, including the YWCA’s Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award, Sun’s Vision of Quality award and most recently, Sue was recognized as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women of California” by the California Diversity Council.