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Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. He was instrumental in bringing viral marketing to web-based e-mail to geometrically spread the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and
the practice has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by countless businesses and organizations. Draper launched the DFJ Global Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in over 30 cities
around the globe. He also serves on the boards of Skype, SocialText, Project Y, MailFrontier and Chroma Graphics. He was an original investor in Parametric Technology (PMTC), Tumbleweed Communications (TMWD), Overture.com (OVER),
Digidesign (AVID), Preview Travel (TVLY), Four11 (YHOO), Combinet (CSCO), and Redgate (AOL). He also founded or co-founded Wasatch Ventures (Salt Lake City), Zone Ventures (LA), Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg),
Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC) and DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara). Draper has been recognized as a leader in entrepreneurship and venture capital through numerous
awards and honors, and he has frequent TV, radio, and headline appearances. He was number seven on Forbes? Midas List and number 52 on the list of the most influential Harvard Alumni. He was also named AlwaysOn Magazine?s number one top
venture capital dealmaker for 2008. Tim is the course creator and Chairman of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from
Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jeff Hawkins is the Founder of Numenta, but he is also well known as the co-founder of two companies, Palm and Handspring, and as the architect of many computing products, such as the PalmPilot and the Treo smartphone.
Throughout his life Hawkins has also had a deep interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex. His interest in the brain led him to create the non-profit Redwood Neuroscience Institute (RNI), a scientific organization focused on
understanding how the human neocortex processes information. While at RNI, Hawkins developed a theory of neocortex which appeared in his 2004 book, On Intelligence. Along with Dileep George and Donna Dubinsky, Hawkins
founded Numenta in 2005 to develop a technology platform derived from his theory. It is his hope that Numenta will play a catalytic role in creating an industry based on this theory and technology. Jeff Hawkins earned his B.S. in
electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1979. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.
Prior to Good Technology, Mr. Shader served as a Vice President and General Manager at Amazon.com, which he joined upon the company's acquisition of Accept.com, a company he co-founded and led as CEO. Accept.com was the
first consumer-to-consumer, Internet-based, payment services provider. Mr. Shader's involvement in both Accept.com and Good Technology resulted from his two experiences as an entrepreneur-in-residence with Kleiner Perkins Caufield &
Byers and Benchmark Capital. Previously, he served as Vice President of Partner and Developer Relations at Netscape Communications Corporation, where he also built Netscape's international marketing team. Before joining Netscape, he served
as Vice President of OEM Sales and Business Development at Collabra Software, Inc., which Netscape acquired, and worked for GO Corporation, a pioneer in pen computing. Mr. Shader received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations
Research from University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Joe Liemandt has guided Trilogy's growth since the company's inception defining products and target markets, and building long-term relationships with customers. In 2000, he conceptualized Trilogy's current strategy of
delivering 100% customer success through industry-specific offerings, which unlock transformational business value. Consistent with this strategy, Joe has pioneered innovative customer partnering arrangements, tied directly to delivering
success: "If we don't help an automobile manufacturer improve their success rate when they're selling cars, they don't pay...if we and our customers are focused on delivering value for their business, then good things happen for both of
us." (Newsweek, June, 2002) Joe's visionary leadership has differentiated Trilogy from its competitors. His industry-leading approach to customer success has been featured not just in Newsweek, but also Fortune Magazine, Harvard Business
Review and on CNN. Joe has also innovated in the area of organization development and culture, recruiting and training a world- lass team through unorthodox approaches highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Businessweek. Prior
to founding Trilogy, Joe attended Stanford University, where he majored in Economics. Courtesy of http://www.trilogy.com/leadershipteam.html and http://www.fortune.com/fortune/ecorp/articles/0,15114,372913,00.html.
Geoff Davis is the founder and CEO of Unitus. For the last nine years, Geoff has worked with microfinance programs worldwide, beginning with a program he founded in central Mexico. He was an early employee at Grameen
Foundation USA, a global microfinance leader, and has spoken widely on microfinance, including speeches and lectures at the International Monetary Fund, on National Public Radio, and at Harvard, Stanford and Brigham Young Universities. He
has also been a speaker on microfinance topics at conferences in Chile, Switzerland, Bangladesh and elsewhere. In addition, Geoff is an entrepreneur, having worked at numerous startups and formed several companies earlier in his career.
Geoff holds a B.A. in international relations from Brigham Young University and a master's degree in development economics and public policy from Harvard University.
Evan Williams co-founded Pyra Labs in 1999 and led the team that created Blogger, a major player in helping pioneer the blogging phenomenon. In early 2003, Williams sold Pyra Labs to Google, where he led the Blogger
group until October 2004. Prior to Pyra, in 1994, Williams started an early internet company in Nebraska, his native state, and later worked for O'Reilly Media, Intel, and HP as a web application developer. He now resides in San Francisco
and is co-founding a new startup, Odeo, which is helping democratize media in new ways.
Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of Facebook, a networking tool used by college students to meet people, reconnect with old friends and arrange events. The company just redesigned its Web site and received venture capital.
Founded as Thefacebook in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, and Dustin Moskovitz at Harvard, the website spread across campus and, within a few weeks, over half the undergraduate population had registered. The website then
expanded to allow students from Columbia, Stanford, and then other Ivy League colleges to register. It became something of a network phenomenon, spreading rapidly to other schools, despite some competition from similar, local websites.
Courtesy of http://www.accel.com/people/index.php, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6596533/site/newsweek, and http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/09082005/biz_nati/61811.htm.
Lonnie Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Intuitive Surgical. Mr. Smith joined Intuitive in June 1997 from Hillenbrand Industries, where he was Senior Executive Vice President. Mr. Smith joined
Hillenbrand in 1978 and during his tenure he was also a member of the executive committee, the office of the president and the board of directors. Mr. Smith has also held positions with The Boston Consulting Group and IBM. Mr. Smith
received his BSEE from Utah State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
As CEO of SpikeSource, Kim Polese is responsible for guiding the company's business vision: to make open source safe for the enterprise. Prior to SpikeSource, Kim co-founded Marimba in 1996, and as President and CEO she
led the company through a successful public offering and to profitability. She then served as Chairman until Marimba's acquisition by BMC Software in April 2004. Before co-founding Marimba, Kim worked at Sun Microsystems and was the
original product manager for Java, leading its launch in March 1995. Prior to Java, Kim worked in Sun's software division on object-oriented development environments. Previously, she worked at Intellicorp Inc., helping Fortune 500 firms
implement expert systems. Kim earned a Bachelor's degree in Biophysics from U.C. Berkeley and studied Computer Science at the University of Washington, Seattle. Kim serves on the executive council of TechNet, a bipartisan coalition of
executives focused on the growth of the technology industry and economy, on the board of the Global Security Institute, and the University of California President's Board on Science and Innovation. She is a Fellow at Carnegie Mellon
University's Center for Engineered Innovation. Courtesy of http://www.spikesource.com/management.html and http://www.osbc2004.com/live/13/events/13SFO05A/keynotes.
Frank Ricks is a founding principal of Looney Ricks Kiss Architects. Since its inception in 1983, the firm has evolved into a multi- disciplinary design firm with offices in seven cities. He leads the firm's search for
opportunities to create places of purpose, ranging from individual buildings to entire neighborhoods. As managing principal of the firm, Frank has helped shape and maintain the firm's culture of creativity, leadership and collaboration. In
recent years Frank has begun to look for ways to involve LRK and its staff in roles of civic leadership and entrepreneurship. Frank is a graduate of the University of Memphis. Courtesy of LRK
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