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Agility First! Convenes C-Level Executives of Disruptive, Advanced Early- and Mid-Stage Companies and VCs Who Fund Them to Collaborate On and Advance More Powerful Execution Strategies.

Never has strong execution—or, as recent events have shown, lack thereof—come into greater focus in the startup world. Notable execution failings of late by high-profile startups range from epic (Theranos), to cultural (Uber), to financial (Lily Robotics), to regulatory (Zenefits). If nothing else, the varying degrees of execution missteps by these startup companies—all too often preoccupied with rapidly achieving Unicorn status, putting them on pace to then go public—reinforce what veterans of the startup world already know: that disruption without consistent execution isn’t a sustainable growth strategy, or a path to profitability, no matter how big your brand.

In 2016, startup funding saw a pull back by venture capital firms, with total investment hitting $67.8 billion—a 15 percent decline from the prior year, according to PitchBook data. The total number of deals struck also dropped, by 25 percent, to 7,841 deals, as did initial public offerings, 105 of which occurred, marking a drop of 38 percent from the prior year.

But given the enthusiasm for Snap’s IPO (the biggest since Alibaba in 2014), more offerings expected from Uber, Airbnb, WeWork and Palantir, and the market’s rise since Donald Trump was elected, 2017 could very well prompt a bump up in VC funding. The availability of money for startups is not the issue—there’s plenty to go around; funding this year comes with a much bigger caveat for startup executives than in prior years: growth matters, but so do the economics.

Whether you call it a reality check or a reset, startup executives and the VCs behind them are looking more closely at what it takes to execute across all areas of their companies, effectively scaling their businesses and generating more revenue and, ultimately, profits. Union Squares Ventures managing partner Fred Wilson uses a compelling basketball metaphor—playing small ball, a “style of play that sacrifices size/height for speed and shooting”—to make the case for how entrepreneurs and VCs should look at their business: “In an era when VCs and entrepreneurs are going for bulk, I really like the opposite approach which favors speed and agility over pounding it inside.”

It’s hard to argue with Wilson’s approach. For fast-growing, highly disruptive companies, success is, in the end, less about timing and more about consistent execution by management in product development and innovation, sales and marketing, customer retention, finance and M&As, talent recruitment and management, corporate culture and legal/regulation.

Agility First! is a peer community and forum that’s solely dedicated to sharing and developing powerful, proven execution and operational best practices for founders and C-level executives of highly disruptive advanced early- and mid-stage companies and the venture capitalists who fund them.

In its first two years, speakers at Agility First! included:

  • Jet.com CEO Marc Lore
  • FirstMark Capital managing director Matt Turck
  • Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck
  • First Round Capital founding partner Howard Morgan
  • Symphony CEO David Gurle
  • Greycroft Partners managing director Alan Patricof
  • Sidewalk Labs chairman and CEO Dan Doctoroff
  • SeatGeek CEO Russell D'Souza
  • Bessemer Venture Partners’ Alex Ferrara
  • Conductor CEO Seth Besmertnik
  • Venrock partner David Pakman
  • Casper co-founder and CEO Philip Krum
  • POPSUGAR EVP of Marketing Anna Fieler
  • Fortune business writer Erin Griffith
  • Union Square Ventures general manager Nick Grossman
  • Facebook head of global creative strategy Ricky Van Veen
  • Hummer Winblad Venture Partner co-founder Ann Winblad
  • The New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta
  • AlphaPrime Ventures managing partner Alessandro Piol
  • Blippar chief commercial officer Ariff Quli
  • IDG Ventures managing director Pat Kenealy
  • Vida Health CEO Stephanie Tilenius
  • EDventure Holdings and HICCup chairman Esther Dyson
  • Inc. editor James Ledbetter
  • Milestone Venture Partners co-founder Edwin Goodman
  • Keep.com president MaryAnn Bekkedahl
  • Milestone Venture Partners’ Richard Dumler
  • Pixability Chief Revenue Officer Art Zeidman
  • NYC Seed founder Owen Davis

  • Reuters Breakingviews columnist Jeffrey Goldfarb
  • Yahoo Finance correspondent Nicole Sinclair
  • ff Venture Capital partner David Teten
  • Lyft director of government affairs Robert Grant
  • Mashable senior business reporter Seth Fiegerman
  • Hantman Strategies founder and CEO David Hantman
  • DJI VP of public policy Brendan Schulman
  • Fast Company senior writer Daniel Terdiman
  • SBA Associate Administrator Office of Investment and Innovation Mark Walsh
  • Attitude LLC president John Patrick
  • Sketchfab co-founder and CEO Alban Denoyel
  • NextNews Ventures partner Gordon Crovitz
  • dB Omnimedia founder Diane Brady
  • Spanfeller Media Group CEO Jim Spanfeller
  • The New York Times business and economics writer Steve Lohr
  • Collective[i] co-founder and chairman Heidi Messer
  • Littlstar CEO Tony Mugavero
  • 1871 CEO Howard Tullman
  • InsiteVR CEO Angel Say
  • Inc. publisher Rich Russey
  • Litmus Health CEO Daphne Kis
  • Mashable business editor Heidi Moore
  • Cureatr CEO Joseph Mayer
  • Crowdnetic CEO Luan Cox
  • Kitchensurfing co-founder Borahm Cho
  • Shoptiques CEO Olga Vidisheva
  • Vitals founder and chairman Mitch Rothschild
  • Kindling CEO Timothy Meaney

Disrupt. Execute. Repeat.Think you’re moving fast? Check out the latest news, insight, commentary and interviews with other disruptive players
and see what they’re doing and how they’re faring with their companies.

Moving Quickly, Doubling Down on Execution at Agility First!, March 1-2, 2016

If there is a reckoning coming in 2016 (and there is), then it’s clear that discipline and execution have never been more important for founders and executives of fast-growing, advanced early- and mid-stage startups looking to raise more funding, scale their companies and improve their overall financial and operational performance. On March 1 and 2, venture capitalists and C-level executives of hot startups pushing the bounds of what’s possible gathered at The Union League Club in New York to talk vision, speed and execution.

Agility First! Forum 2016: Hacking Leadership in Execution

Agility First!’s roster of speakers includes some of the biggest thinkers and boldest leaders in the venture community: Jet.com CEO Marc Lore, Symphony CEO, David Gurle, Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff, Greycroft Partners co-founder Alan Patricof, Union Square Ventures general manager Nick Grossman, Vida Health CEO Stephanie Tilenius, Blippar chief commercial officer Ariff Quli, Collective[i] chairman Heidi Messer, Milestone Venture Partners co-founder Edwin Goodman, POPSUGAR EVP of marketing Anna Fieler, Pixability chief revenue officer Art Zeidman, Spanfeller Media Group CEO Jim Spanfeller, NextNews Ventures partner Gordon Crovitz, Attitude LLC president John Patrick, Lyft director of government affairs Rob Grant, SBA Office of Investment and Innovationassociate administrator Mark Walsh and so many others.
Agility First! Forum

AGILITY FIRST! FORUM 2016

Hacking Leadership in Execution:
Big, Bold, Best-to-Next Practices for Powerful Growth

Agility First! isn't just any conference. It's a peer forum to hack leadership best practices from some of the most disruptive founders, CEOs and venture capitalists who know that strengthening management capabilities in sales, marketing, brand management, engineering, product innovation and development, customer acquisition and retention, talent recruitment and finance is critical to successfully scaling a company.

Speed is everything. With a highly interactive format, executives of fast-growing startups can interact with bold leaders whose best-to-next execution practices have accelerated their company’s growth and financial performance.

We’ve lined up some awesome speakers for Agility First! 2016. Check out our agenda and schedule for a look at who’s participating.

The exclusive program is strictly intended for C-level executives of highly disruptive advanced early- and mid-stage startups and venture capital firms that fund such companies.




Agility First! 2016 Schedule

March 1: Registration/Check In

*Agility First! VIP, Premium, Single Day (March 1-only) or GP Venture Dinner Ticket purchase is required for Day 1.
The ‘Public Good’ Wars: Disrupters on Faster Tech Acceleration and Its Impact on the Future of Policy and Law

The ‘Public Good’ Wars: Disrupters on Faster Tech Acceleration and Its Impact on the Future of Policy and Law

Disruptive companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Tesla, TaskRabbit, Google, Amazon and others find themselves at war with city, state and federal regulators and policymakers who argue that their innovations pose a threat to the “public good,” citing safety, widespread unemployment and economic stability as concerns.

The battles are front-page news everyday. For good reason: There’s a lot of capital–venture, reputational and political–at stake. As the pace of technology innovation accelerates and disrupters reimagine existing markets and create entirely new ones, the gap between disrupters and regulators will only widen, presenting either vast social and economic opportunities, or potentially greater chaos, depending on which side of the argument you’re on.

Panelists weigh in on the most creative ways disrupters are responding to the law and policy wars, how the strategies are working and where they’re falling short, the social and economic impact and why lagging regulation is not in the interest of the public good.

Moderator:
Heidi Moore, business editor, Mashable
Panelists:
Robert Grant, director of government affairs, Lyft
Nick Grossman, GM / Head of Public Policy, Union Square Ventures
David Hantman, founder and investor, Disruptive Strategies
Brendan Schulman, VP of public policy, DJI

Genesys Partners XXII Annual Venture Reception

Genesys Partners Dinner XXI Genesys Partners caps off the first day of Agility First! with its annual Venture Reception, now in its 22nd year. The private gathering that brings entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investment bankers, economists, academics, brand ambassadors, regulators and the media together with one thing in mind: talking shop, toasting successes and trading sharp opinions on what 2016 will bring.
Genesys Partners XXII Annual Venture Dinner

Genesys Partners XXII Annual Venture Dinner

Genesys Partners Dinner XXI The Genesys Partners Venture Dinner is a private event within Agility First! that brings entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, deal makers, brand ambassadors, media players, economists and academics together to enjoy an evening decidedly focused on the individuals, companies, issues and opportunities dictating the future and what market forces will have the biggest impact on the global economy. The evening was filled with thought-provoking talks from some of the industry’s boldest thinkers.

Keynote Dan Doctoroff
Keynote: Dan Doctoroff, chairman and CEO, Sidewalk Labs

The GP Venture Dinner begins with a keynote from Dan Doctoroff, one of the world’s leading urban visionaries and a champion of leveraging technology and data for social change. Dan is now chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company founded in conjunction with Google and devoted to improving city life for residents, businesses and city governments, in particular by developing and incubating civic technologies.

Prior to Sidewalk Labs, Dan was CEO of Bloomberg LP, where he led the company through the financial crisis, nearly doubling company revenue in seven years, diversifiying into new products and markets and dramatically increasing the size and influence of its news organization. Before that, Dan led a wholesale reimagining of New York City’s physical and economic landscape as the City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding. He spearheaded the effort to revive New York after the attacks of 9/11 through a five-borough economic development strategy which included the most ambitious land-use transformation in the city’s modern history; the largest affordable housing program ever launched by an American city; and the creation of PlaNYC, New York’s pathbreaking sustainability plan, which has become a model for integrated urban planning around the world.

Plus Special Remarks From:
Mark Walsh
Mark Walsh, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, SBA

Up Close: David Gurle, Founder and CEO, Symphony

David Gurle and Jeffrey Goldfarb
Keynote: David Gurle, CEO, Symphony

David Gurle’s career and reputation are built on the sanctity of private communications. With two decades of experience in building and managing consumer and enterprise communication and messaging systems at Skype, Thomson Reuters and Microsoft, David is now going after Wall Street, long dominated by Bloomberg’s terminal business.

The 2015 launch of Symphony, a secure cloud-based communications platform based in part on Gurle’s predecessor company, Perzo Inc., has generated big interest and even bigger money. Fourteen Wall Street investment banks—including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Bank of New York Mellon—initially invested $66 million in the company. Another round—this time for $100 million, with participation by Google, Lakestar, Natixis, Societe Generale and UBS—soon followed, much of it earmarked for sales and marketing efforts.

David sits down with Reuters Breakingviews’s Jeffrey Goldfarb to talk about secure, cloud-based communications, his intended global expansion of Symphony, including beyond Wall Street and into the health care and legal markets, and what it’s like to be David taking on Goliath while contending with regulators.
March 2: Registration/Check In

March 2: Registration/Check In

*Agility First! VIP, Premium or Single Day (March 2-only) Ticket purchase is required for Day 2.

Breakfast Reception/Networking

Agility First! kicks off Day 2 with an informal breakfast reception that allows for plenty of peer interaction.
Keynote: Marc Lore, Founder and CEO, Jet.com

Keynote: Marc Lore, Founder and CEO, Jet.com

Marc Lore’s reputation as a disruptor is well known; so is his penchant for shopping deals. That Jet.com might join the Unicorn club in record time just adds to the excitement surrounding the shopping club. After the co-founder and former CEO of Quidsi sold it to Amazon for $550 million, Lore began working on Jet.com. He intends to take on Amazon and Costco, relying on total sales volume—not paid annual membership—to meet his revenue goals. So what’s the draw for consumers? The ability to compare pricing while shopping, rack up instant “smart cart” savings, get free shipping on orders over $35 and earn digital Jet Cash from shopping its Jet Anywhere portal featuring partner companies.

Critics of Jet say it’s a losing financial proposition, from sourcing, to shipping, to product inventory. His venture backers feel differently, giving Lore $220 million and a current $600 million valuation well. And more capital is rumored to be in the offing, which would take Jet.com’s valuation beyond $1 billion.

Marc sits down with Fortune’s Erin Griffith to talk specifics of what makes Jet.com different from its rivals, how the company is handling rapid growth while redefining the online shopping club and how Lore is aligning his vision with smart execution to put a serious (and profitable) dent in Amazon’s dominance. Audience Q&A follows.
Next-Stage Leadership: Disrupting the Founding Management Team with Veteran Experience to Drive Scale

Next-Stage Leadership: Disrupting the Founding Management Team with Veteran Experience to Drive Scale

Venture capitalists bank on the founder’s vision as the lifeblood of the company, giving it the soul, knowledge, drive and ambition it needs to grow in its early years and through several funding rounds. But as growth accelerates and the company faces expansion opportunities and competition from unexpected rivals, what’s required of the management team to scale an organization is less about vision and more about the finer points of multidiscipline execution.

Whether it is who’s leading the company, the sales organization, engineering and product development or talent recruitment, what’s required of the management team post-B, C and D funding rounds often means going outside to bring on the right mix of talent whose veteran experience, capabilities and skills can more rapidly position the company for strong later stage growth and financial performance. Hear from leaders on why they see disrupting the management team as critical to the company’s future success and how they went about it.

Moderator:
Seth Fiegerman, senior business reporter, Mashable
Panelists:
Gordon Crovitz, partner, NextNews Ventures
Edwin Goodman, co-founder and general partner, Milestone Venture Partners
Pat Kenealy, managing director, IDG Ventures
Up Close: Anna Fieler, EVP of Marketing, POPSUGAR

Up Close: Anna Fieler, EVP of Marketing, POPSUGAR

Anna Fieler is a marketing veteran in the digital startup and agency worlds. At POPSUGAR, Anna oversees marketing for its portfolio of brands, including fashion shopping platform ShopStyle, lifestyle media property POPSUGAR and monthly subscription business Must Have, all of which collectively attract a global audience of 85 million users and drive +$1 billion in annual retail sales. Anna is the former CMO of ItsOn and Stella & Dot, and led marketing at Tiny Prints where she grew the brand from a niche player to a household name that resulted in an acquisition by Shutterfly Inc. She cut her teeth in Silicon Valley at eBay during its hyper-growth period, leading strategic marketing initiatives that contributed to the company’s growth from $430M to $7.5B in revenue.

Anna sits down with Yahoo! Finance correspondent Nicole Sinclair to share her insights on what she’s found most effective in measuring and building on the customer experience; how CMOs of fast-growing startups can prioritize their marketing initiatives to secure serious traction in users, revenues and expansion into new markets; how technology and social media trends such as advocacy, life-cycle and viral content marketing are changing how chief marketers engage with consumers; and how to develop and execute against a marketing strategy that leverages the sum of the customer experience across channels and touchpoints over the life cycle of the customer relationship.
Urban Resilience: How the Tech Sector is Reacting to the Social Imperative of Urban Life

Urban Resilience: How the Tech Sector is Reacting to the Social Imperative of Urban Life

Data is playing an increasingly vital role in defining urban living for businesses and residents. Resilience in cities is usually thought of in terms of resistance to crises, climate change and terrorism. Yet what architects and designers should be thinking about is a city’s latent capacity for development in a social, environmental and economical way. Planning and design for cities has failed to account for urban complexity and its viability and vitality. This is changing, as vast amounts of data can now be used in architecture and computational modeling to produce virtual design prototyping that accounts for urban richness and complexity.

A look at the technology sector in New York and how integrated data models point to this sector’s “swarming” behaviors in where they rent and why that matters, all based on definable / dimensional distance from specific amenities including public transport, hospitality, parks and such, as well as the measurable qualities of the urban grain characteristics of the areas they occupy. The models quantify the work/lifestyle aspirations—“how they think” in making these choices. This creates a model for a community in both space and “social” structure. This nexus between space and social systems can be reversed engineered to design complex spatial and socio-economic systems as the new basis for urban design.

Ross Donaldson, executive chairman, Woods Bagot
Keynote: Ricky Van Veen, Co-Founder, CollegeHumor / CEO, Notional

Keynote: Ricky Van Veen, Co-Founder, CollegeHumor / CEO, Notional

Ricky Van Veen isn’t your normal corporate executive, but, then, neither are the businesses for which he’s responsible. Ricky is co-founder of comedy brand CollegeHumor, which he started in college, and video-sharing site Vimeo and is CEO of Notional at IAC. He has helped grow CollegeHumor and its network of sites into the largest comedy property on the web and the most-viewed comedy channel on YouTube, with 11 million subscribers. In 2006, Ricky and his partners sold the properties to IAC, where he now works overseeing its TV, film, and digital initiatives. His recent projects include CollegeHumor’s first feature film “Coffee Town" and hit TV shows “Adam Ruins Everything” on TruTV and “Chopped" on The Food Network.

Ricky sits down with The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta to talk about what’s required to take an-already successful startup and position it for rapid growth, when to court buyers and what it takes to make the leap from startup entrepreneur to corporate exec running myriad new TV, film and digital projects, each of which must meet or exceed expectations on much tighter timetables.
Money and Momentum: Building a Collaborative, Kick-Ass Sales Team

Money and Momentum: Building a Collaborative, Kick-Ass Sales Team

The challenge of installing a collaborative, repeatable, scalable sales process within a sales organization is a recurring and urgent theme for companies. It’s not enough to have a few sales stars hit plan. Sales organizations can only thrive if their cultures are collaborative, and if there are indicators that reliably show how team members are performing.

The top three things to consider when building a scalable sales organization to drive revenue growth: taking a longer term view of the sales pipeline and process, building on a continuous customer and sales rep feedback loop, and creating performance metrics and standards based on rate and frequency of customer engagement relative to close ratio.

Sales leaders talk about the steps they took to create a sustainable sales process, going in depth on their collaborative selling strategies, performance metrics and financial results their changes have produced.

Moderator:
Rich Russey, publisher, Inc.
Panelists:
Art Zeidman, Chief Revenue Officer, Pixability
David Teten, partner, ff Venture Capital
Jim Spanfeller, founder and CEO, Spanfeller Media Group
Smart Finance: Raise More Money, Buy, Sell or Go Public? A Playbook for Funding Your Company’s Expansion.

Smart Finance: Raise More Money, Buy, Sell or Go Public? A Playbook for Funding Your Company’s Expansion.

Money for advanced early- and mid-stage companies is easy to come by in today’s market—at times, really stupid amounts of money. In the Age of Unicorns, where young, disruptive companies with billion-dollar valuations are increasingly common, it’s easy to see why the venture community is swept up in the tidal wave of the next-big-thing. More than 100 startups have raised funding rounds in excess of $100 million globally this year.

All founders and CEOs have a vision for where they want to go, and all VCs are keenly focused on successful exits. The best CEOs think about the options available to them to fund the expansion of their companies, including if and when to raise more money, buy a company, sell or if/when to go public.

CEOs and VCs discuss when it’s time to raise another round and at what cost, why aligning capital with specific growth/traction milestones is important, when to entertain overtures from potential buyers and why waiting to go public can be a good thing for your company.
Moderator:
Steve Lohr, business and economics writer, The New York Times
Panelists:
Philip Krim, co-founder and CEO, Casper
Alan Patricof, co-founder Greycroft Partners
Stephanie Tilenius, CEO, Vida Health
Ann Winblad, founding partner, Hummer Winblad
CEO as Recruiter in Chief: The Priority of Finding and Keeping Top Talent

CEO as Recruiter in Chief: The Priority of Finding and Keeping Top Talent

With venture capital washing around the globe in search of the next-big-thing, hot, fast-growing startups are getting intense media attention and hitting Unicorn status at an unprecedented pace. This means that talented employees have their pick of companies in which to invest their time and focus. The fight to find, lure and retain top talent is fiercer than ever, so it’s essential that CEOs and their managers cultivate the right skills and capabilities to recruit and keep extraordinary talent.

The best predictor of a fast-growing startup’s success: the ability of the CEO to recruit talented colleagues with whom he or she has successfully worked with on other startups and to identify candidates whose experience brings added management depth and whose networks open up access to new top talent.

Even more, the CEO and management must devise more meaningful employee benefits, and compensation isn’t always the answer. More and more CEOs are looking at ways to enrich their employees’ lives and those of their families, from helping them pay down their student debt to paying for their employees’ children’s education expenses.

Top CEOs and VCs talk about the changing nature of talent recruitment; what tools and processes they use to supplement their personal recruiting efforts and what factors beyond compensation are most important to counter stiff competition for talent.
Moderator:
Diane Brady, journalist and author, dBmedia
Panelists:
Heidi Messer, co-founder and chairman, Collective[i]
Howard Morgan, co-founding partner, First Round Capital
Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871
Dueling Realities: Arguing the Merits and Real Impact of Virtual vs Augmented Reality

Dueling Realities: Arguing the Merits and Real Impact of Virtual vs Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies have had many false starts, but the markets are experiencing a frenzied rebirth, with experts forecasting they will hit $150 billion in revenues by 2020. No surprise: An influx of disruptive companies and established tech giants are laying the groundwork for the wild possibilities and real-world applications. And serious backing from companies like Facebook, Sony, HTC and Microsoft helps.

Just as the technologies themselves differ, so does opinion as to where the potential for real traction and money lie. Will AR be seamlessly integrated into everyday tasks, changing how people work and live? And how will VR take its new form in the market, this time as a means through which life can be enhanced—not replaced—giving people access to things outside of their physical reach?

Founders, evangelists and VCs weigh in on the two technologies, where things stand, how the differences between the two coexist and whether they are finally ready for primetime in the consumer and business worlds.
Moderator:
Daniel Terdiman, senior writer, Fast Company
Panelists:
Ariff Quli, chief commercial officer, Blippar
Alban Denoyel, co-founder and CEO, Sketchfab
Tony Mugavero, founder and CEO, Littlstar
Angel Say, co-founder and CEO, InsiteVR
Cocktail Party

Cocktail Party

March 1: Registration/Check In

*Agility First! VIP, Premium, Single Day (March 1-only) or GP Venture Dinner Ticket purchase is required for Day 1.
The ‘Public Good’ Wars: Disrupters on Faster Tech Acceleration and Its Impact on the Future of Policy and Law

The ‘Public Good’ Wars: Disrupters on Faster Tech Acceleration and Its Impact on the Future of Policy and Law

Disruptive companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Tesla, TaskRabbit, Google, Amazon and others find themselves at war with city, state and federal regulators and policymakers who argue that their innovations pose a threat to the “public good,” citing safety, widespread unemployment and economic stability as concerns.

The battles are front-page news everyday. For good reason: There’s a lot of capital–venture, reputational and political–at stake. As the pace of technology innovation accelerates and disrupters reimagine existing markets and create entirely new ones, the gap between disrupters and regulators will only widen, presenting either vast social and economic opportunities, or potentially greater chaos, depending on which side of the argument you’re on.

Panelists weigh in on the most creative ways disrupters are responding to the law and policy wars, how the strategies are working and where they’re falling short, the social and economic impact and why lagging regulation is not in the interest of the public good.

Moderator:
Heidi Moore, business editor, Mashable
Panelists:
Robert Grant, director of government affairs, Lyft
Nick Grossman, GM / Head of Public Policy, Union Square Ventures
David Hantman, founder and investor, Disruptive Strategies
Brendan Schulman, VP of public policy, DJI

Genesys Partners XXII Annual Venture Reception

Genesys Partners Dinner XXI Genesys Partners caps off the first day of Agility First! with its annual Venture Reception, now in its 22nd year. The private gathering that brings entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investment bankers, economists, academics, brand ambassadors, regulators and the media together with one thing in mind: talking shop, toasting successes and trading sharp opinions on what 2016 will bring.
Genesys Partners XXII Annual Venture Dinner

Genesys Partners XXII Annual Venture Dinner

Genesys Partners Dinner XXI The Genesys Partners Venture Dinner is a private event within Agility First! that brings entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, deal makers, brand ambassadors, media players, economists and academics together to enjoy an evening decidedly focused on the individuals, companies, issues and opportunities dictating the future and what market forces will have the biggest impact on the global economy. The evening was filled with thought-provoking talks from some of the industry’s boldest thinkers.

Keynote Dan Doctoroff
Keynote: Dan Doctoroff, chairman and CEO, Sidewalk Labs

The GP Venture Dinner begins with a keynote from Dan Doctoroff, one of the world’s leading urban visionaries and a champion of leveraging technology and data for social change. Dan is now chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company founded in conjunction with Google and devoted to improving city life for residents, businesses and city governments, in particular by developing and incubating civic technologies.

Prior to Sidewalk Labs, Dan was CEO of Bloomberg LP, where he led the company through the financial crisis, nearly doubling company revenue in seven years, diversifiying into new products and markets and dramatically increasing the size and influence of its news organization. Before that, Dan led a wholesale reimagining of New York City’s physical and economic landscape as the City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding. He spearheaded the effort to revive New York after the attacks of 9/11 through a five-borough economic development strategy which included the most ambitious land-use transformation in the city’s modern history; the largest affordable housing program ever launched by an American city; and the creation of PlaNYC, New York’s pathbreaking sustainability plan, which has become a model for integrated urban planning around the world.

Plus Special Remarks From:
Mark Walsh
Mark Walsh, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, SBA

Up Close: David Gurle, Founder and CEO, Symphony

David Gurle and Jeffrey Goldfarb
Keynote: David Gurle, CEO, Symphony

David Gurle’s career and reputation are built on the sanctity of private communications. With two decades of experience in building and managing consumer and enterprise communication and messaging systems at Skype, Thomson Reuters and Microsoft, David is now going after Wall Street, long dominated by Bloomberg’s terminal business.

The 2015 launch of Symphony, a secure cloud-based communications platform based in part on Gurle’s predecessor company, Perzo Inc., has generated big interest and even bigger money. Fourteen Wall Street investment banks—including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Bank of New York Mellon—initially invested $66 million in the company. Another round—this time for $100 million, with participation by Google, Lakestar, Natixis, Societe Generale and UBS—soon followed, much of it earmarked for sales and marketing efforts.

David sits down with Reuters Breakingviews’s Jeffrey Goldfarb to talk about secure, cloud-based communications, his intended global expansion of Symphony, including beyond Wall Street and into the health care and legal markets, and what it’s like to be David taking on Goliath while contending with regulators.
March 2: Registration/Check In

March 2: Registration/Check In

*Agility First! VIP, Premium or Single Day (March 2-only) Ticket purchase is required for Day 2.

Breakfast Reception/Networking

Agility First! kicks off Day 2 with an informal breakfast reception that allows for plenty of peer interaction.
Keynote: Marc Lore, Founder and CEO, Jet.com

Keynote: Marc Lore, Founder and CEO, Jet.com

Marc Lore’s reputation as a disruptor is well known; so is his penchant for shopping deals. That Jet.com might join the Unicorn club in record time just adds to the excitement surrounding the shopping club. After the co-founder and former CEO of Quidsi sold it to Amazon for $550 million, Lore began working on Jet.com. He intends to take on Amazon and Costco, relying on total sales volume—not paid annual membership—to meet his revenue goals. So what’s the draw for consumers? The ability to compare pricing while shopping, rack up instant “smart cart” savings, get free shipping on orders over $35 and earn digital Jet Cash from shopping its Jet Anywhere portal featuring partner companies.

Critics of Jet say it’s a losing financial proposition, from sourcing, to shipping, to product inventory. His venture backers feel differently, giving Lore $220 million and a current $600 million valuation well. And more capital is rumored to be in the offing, which would take Jet.com’s valuation beyond $1 billion.

Marc sits down with Fortune’s Erin Griffith to talk specifics of what makes Jet.com different from its rivals, how the company is handling rapid growth while redefining the online shopping club and how Lore is aligning his vision with smart execution to put a serious (and profitable) dent in Amazon’s dominance. Audience Q&A follows.
Next-Stage Leadership: Disrupting the Founding Management Team with Veteran Experience to Drive Scale

Next-Stage Leadership: Disrupting the Founding Management Team with Veteran Experience to Drive Scale

Venture capitalists bank on the founder’s vision as the lifeblood of the company, giving it the soul, knowledge, drive and ambition it needs to grow in its early years and through several funding rounds. But as growth accelerates and the company faces expansion opportunities and competition from unexpected rivals, what’s required of the management team to scale an organization is less about vision and more about the finer points of multidiscipline execution.

Whether it is who’s leading the company, the sales organization, engineering and product development or talent recruitment, what’s required of the management team post-B, C and D funding rounds often means going outside to bring on the right mix of talent whose veteran experience, capabilities and skills can more rapidly position the company for strong later stage growth and financial performance. Hear from leaders on why they see disrupting the management team as critical to the company’s future success and how they went about it.

Moderator:
Seth Fiegerman, senior business reporter, Mashable
Panelists:
Gordon Crovitz, partner, NextNews Ventures
Edwin Goodman, co-founder and general partner, Milestone Venture Partners
Pat Kenealy, managing director, IDG Ventures
Up Close: Anna Fieler, EVP of Marketing, POPSUGAR

Up Close: Anna Fieler, EVP of Marketing, POPSUGAR

Anna Fieler is a marketing veteran in the digital startup and agency worlds. At POPSUGAR, Anna oversees marketing for its portfolio of brands, including fashion shopping platform ShopStyle, lifestyle media property POPSUGAR and monthly subscription business Must Have, all of which collectively attract a global audience of 85 million users and drive +$1 billion in annual retail sales. Anna is the former CMO of ItsOn and Stella & Dot, and led marketing at Tiny Prints where she grew the brand from a niche player to a household name that resulted in an acquisition by Shutterfly Inc. She cut her teeth in Silicon Valley at eBay during its hyper-growth period, leading strategic marketing initiatives that contributed to the company’s growth from $430M to $7.5B in revenue.

Anna sits down with Yahoo! Finance correspondent Nicole Sinclair to share her insights on what she’s found most effective in measuring and building on the customer experience; how CMOs of fast-growing startups can prioritize their marketing initiatives to secure serious traction in users, revenues and expansion into new markets; how technology and social media trends such as advocacy, life-cycle and viral content marketing are changing how chief marketers engage with consumers; and how to develop and execute against a marketing strategy that leverages the sum of the customer experience across channels and touchpoints over the life cycle of the customer relationship.
Urban Resilience: How the Tech Sector is Reacting to the Social Imperative of Urban Life

Urban Resilience: How the Tech Sector is Reacting to the Social Imperative of Urban Life

Data is playing an increasingly vital role in defining urban living for businesses and residents. Resilience in cities is usually thought of in terms of resistance to crises, climate change and terrorism. Yet what architects and designers should be thinking about is a city’s latent capacity for development in a social, environmental and economical way. Planning and design for cities has failed to account for urban complexity and its viability and vitality. This is changing, as vast amounts of data can now be used in architecture and computational modeling to produce virtual design prototyping that accounts for urban richness and complexity.

A look at the technology sector in New York and how integrated data models point to this sector’s “swarming” behaviors in where they rent and why that matters, all based on definable / dimensional distance from specific amenities including public transport, hospitality, parks and such, as well as the measurable qualities of the urban grain characteristics of the areas they occupy. The models quantify the work/lifestyle aspirations—“how they think” in making these choices. This creates a model for a community in both space and “social” structure. This nexus between space and social systems can be reversed engineered to design complex spatial and socio-economic systems as the new basis for urban design.

Ross Donaldson, executive chairman, Woods Bagot
Keynote: Ricky Van Veen, Co-Founder, CollegeHumor / CEO, Notional

Keynote: Ricky Van Veen, Co-Founder, CollegeHumor / CEO, Notional

Ricky Van Veen isn’t your normal corporate executive, but, then, neither are the businesses for which he’s responsible. Ricky is co-founder of comedy brand CollegeHumor, which he started in college, and video-sharing site Vimeo and is CEO of Notional at IAC. He has helped grow CollegeHumor and its network of sites into the largest comedy property on the web and the most-viewed comedy channel on YouTube, with 11 million subscribers. In 2006, Ricky and his partners sold the properties to IAC, where he now works overseeing its TV, film, and digital initiatives. His recent projects include CollegeHumor’s first feature film “Coffee Town" and hit TV shows “Adam Ruins Everything” on TruTV and “Chopped" on The Food Network.

Ricky sits down with The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta to talk about what’s required to take an-already successful startup and position it for rapid growth, when to court buyers and what it takes to make the leap from startup entrepreneur to corporate exec running myriad new TV, film and digital projects, each of which must meet or exceed expectations on much tighter timetables.
Money and Momentum: Building a Collaborative, Kick-Ass Sales Team

Money and Momentum: Building a Collaborative, Kick-Ass Sales Team

The challenge of installing a collaborative, repeatable, scalable sales process within a sales organization is a recurring and urgent theme for companies. It’s not enough to have a few sales stars hit plan. Sales organizations can only thrive if their cultures are collaborative, and if there are indicators that reliably show how team members are performing.

The top three things to consider when building a scalable sales organization to drive revenue growth: taking a longer term view of the sales pipeline and process, building on a continuous customer and sales rep feedback loop, and creating performance metrics and standards based on rate and frequency of customer engagement relative to close ratio.

Sales leaders talk about the steps they took to create a sustainable sales process, going in depth on their collaborative selling strategies, performance metrics and financial results their changes have produced.

Moderator:
Rich Russey, publisher, Inc.
Panelists:
Art Zeidman, Chief Revenue Officer, Pixability
David Teten, partner, ff Venture Capital
Jim Spanfeller, founder and CEO, Spanfeller Media Group
Smart Finance: Raise More Money, Buy, Sell or Go Public? A Playbook for Funding Your Company’s Expansion.

Smart Finance: Raise More Money, Buy, Sell or Go Public? A Playbook for Funding Your Company’s Expansion.

Money for advanced early- and mid-stage companies is easy to come by in today’s market—at times, really stupid amounts of money. In the Age of Unicorns, where young, disruptive companies with billion-dollar valuations are increasingly common, it’s easy to see why the venture community is swept up in the tidal wave of the next-big-thing. More than 100 startups have raised funding rounds in excess of $100 million globally this year.

All founders and CEOs have a vision for where they want to go, and all VCs are keenly focused on successful exits. The best CEOs think about the options available to them to fund the expansion of their companies, including if and when to raise more money, buy a company, sell or if/when to go public.

CEOs and VCs discuss when it’s time to raise another round and at what cost, why aligning capital with specific growth/traction milestones is important, when to entertain overtures from potential buyers and why waiting to go public can be a good thing for your company.
Moderator:
Steve Lohr, business and economics writer, The New York Times
Panelists:
Philip Krim, co-founder and CEO, Casper
Alan Patricof, co-founder Greycroft Partners
Stephanie Tilenius, CEO, Vida Health
Ann Winblad, founding partner, Hummer Winblad
CEO as Recruiter in Chief: The Priority of Finding and Keeping Top Talent

CEO as Recruiter in Chief: The Priority of Finding and Keeping Top Talent

With venture capital washing around the globe in search of the next-big-thing, hot, fast-growing startups are getting intense media attention and hitting Unicorn status at an unprecedented pace. This means that talented employees have their pick of companies in which to invest their time and focus. The fight to find, lure and retain top talent is fiercer than ever, so it’s essential that CEOs and their managers cultivate the right skills and capabilities to recruit and keep extraordinary talent.

The best predictor of a fast-growing startup’s success: the ability of the CEO to recruit talented colleagues with whom he or she has successfully worked with on other startups and to identify candidates whose experience brings added management depth and whose networks open up access to new top talent.

Even more, the CEO and management must devise more meaningful employee benefits, and compensation isn’t always the answer. More and more CEOs are looking at ways to enrich their employees’ lives and those of their families, from helping them pay down their student debt to paying for their employees’ children’s education expenses.

Top CEOs and VCs talk about the changing nature of talent recruitment; what tools and processes they use to supplement their personal recruiting efforts and what factors beyond compensation are most important to counter stiff competition for talent.
Moderator:
Diane Brady, journalist and author, dBmedia
Panelists:
Heidi Messer, co-founder and chairman, Collective[i]
Howard Morgan, co-founding partner, First Round Capital
Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871
Dueling Realities: Arguing the Merits and Real Impact of Virtual vs Augmented Reality

Dueling Realities: Arguing the Merits and Real Impact of Virtual vs Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies have had many false starts, but the markets are experiencing a frenzied rebirth, with experts forecasting they will hit $150 billion in revenues by 2020. No surprise: An influx of disruptive companies and established tech giants are laying the groundwork for the wild possibilities and real-world applications. And serious backing from companies like Facebook, Sony, HTC and Microsoft helps.

Just as the technologies themselves differ, so does opinion as to where the potential for real traction and money lie. Will AR be seamlessly integrated into everyday tasks, changing how people work and live? And how will VR take its new form in the market, this time as a means through which life can be enhanced—not replaced—giving people access to things outside of their physical reach?

Founders, evangelists and VCs weigh in on the two technologies, where things stand, how the differences between the two coexist and whether they are finally ready for primetime in the consumer and business worlds.
Moderator:
Daniel Terdiman, senior writer, Fast Company
Panelists:
Ariff Quli, chief commercial officer, Blippar
Alban Denoyel, co-founder and CEO, Sketchfab
Tony Mugavero, founder and CEO, Littlstar
Angel Say, co-founder and CEO, InsiteVR
Cocktail Party

Cocktail Party



AGILITY FIRST! 2016 SPEAKERS

Marc Lore

Founder and CEO
Jet.com

Marc raised more than $220 million to launch Jet, which promises radical price innovation in ecommerce by optimizing the underlying economics of online shopping and unbundling the embedded retail costs that drive up price. He is the former CEO of Quidsi, parent of Diapers.com, Soap.com and Wag.com, which he co-founded in 2005 and sold to Amazon in 2011 for $550 million. Marc also co-founded The Pit, Inc., a market-making collectible company set up as an alternative to eBay. It was sold to the Topps Co.

David Gurle

Founder and CEO
Symphony

David has a passion for communication. With more than 20 years of experience building and managing consumer and enterprise communication and messaging systems, he brings a rich history to his role at Symphony, originally founded as Perzo in 2012. Previously, David was VP at Skype, where he ran its enterprise business division; global head of collaboration services at Thomson Reuters, where he provided strategy for Reuters messaging tool; and director of program management at Microsoft, where he helped develop Microsoft Lync.

Dan Doctoroff

Chairman and CEO
Sidewalk Labs

Dan founded Sidewalk Labs with Google to develop products, services and platforms at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds to help make cities more efficient, responsive, resilient and greener. Previously, Dan was CEO of Bloomberg L.P. He led the company with an aggressive strategy of investment, expanding into enterprise products and services, creating new businesses in government, law and energy and building its news operations. In that time, Bloomberg’s organic revenues nearly doubled. Dan also served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding for NYC.

Nick Grossman

GM, Head of Public Policy
Union Square Ventures

In addition to investing and working with USV portfolio companies, Nick leads USV's efforts on public policy and regulatory issues that impact open innovation the health of the web. Previously, he led an incubator for technology and media businesses at OpenPlans, which pioneered the open311 web standard, founded the largest open source project in the public transit space, and built NYC’s real-time bus data API. Nick is on a number of advisory boards, including the Data & Society Institute. (photo by Joi Ito)

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and CEO
Techonomy

David is a journalist and commentator on technology. Techonomy’s annual conference brings together leaders from tech, business, academia and government to discuss the role of tech in progress. He also hosts Techonomy Bio (life sciences and tech), Techonomy Policy (intersection of tech advances and government's reaction) and Techonomy Detroit (U.S. economic and business implications of a technologized age). His work also appears in Forbes and Vanity Fair, and he is a contributing editor at Bloomberg Television. He wrote the bestseller “The Facebook Effect” and is a 25-year Fortune vet.

Erin Griffith

Business Writer
Fortune

Erin is a journalist at Fortune covering technology, startups and venture capital. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, BBC, Time and Entrepreneur. Prior to joining Fortune, she worked as a staff writer for PandoDaily, Adweek and Buyouts magazine.

David Hantman

Advisor / Founder
Airbnb / Disruptive Strategies

David is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor who helps early stage and established companies navigate public policy. From 2012-15, David built and ran Airbnb’s 75-person public policy team, helping Airbnb into one of the world’s largest hospitality companies. Prior to that, David was Yahoo!’s deputy general counsel and VP for global public policy. David also served as chief counsel to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, staff director to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, and chief of staff to Sen. Charles Schumer.

Daniel Terdiman

Senior Writer
Fast Company

Daniel is a San Francisco-based technology and culture journalist. He is a senior writer at Fast Company and is a veteran of CNET and VentureBeat. His work also has appeared in Wired, The New York Times, Time and many other publications. Daniel covers cool and emerging technology such as drones, virtual reality, robotics, private space exploration, 3D printing and more. He broke the Google Barge story in 2013, and for years produced the annual CNET Road Trip series. His appearances include speaking at SXSW and the Game Developers Conference.

Ariff Quli

Chief Commercial Officer, NA
Blippar

Ariff is responsible for the North American operations and commercial strategy of Blippar,one of the world’s leading visual browser and fastest-growing augmented reality player. Previously, Ariff was a Vibrand Media founding team member and president of the Americas, where he helped evolve it into a global native advertising platform with over 6,500 premium publishers reaching more than 250 million unique monthly users. With his deep media experience, Ariff has played a significant role in the growth of CNET Networks, IDG, PC Mall and MicroWarehouse.

Justin Kintz

Dir., Americas Public Policy Planning and Strategy
Uber

Justin heads Uber’s Americas public policy planning and strategy and manages relationships with North and South American Attorneys General. Prior to joining Uber, Justin managed government affairs at Orbitz Worldwide, focusing on global legislative and regulatory matters, corporate public relations and corporate social responsibility. He also held public policy and communications roles at the European-American Business Council and served in the administration of President George W. Bush, as a Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Heidi N. Moore

Business Editor
Mashable

Heidi is the business editor for Mashable. Previously, she was finance and economics editor for The Guardian (U.S.) and New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for American Public Media’s “Marketplace.” She was also lead writer for The Wall Street Journal's award-winning Deal Journal online and daily newspaper column, U.S. bureau chief for the London-based, Dow Jones-owned newspaper and website, Financial News and a senior writer covering Wall Street banks and power brokers for The Deal magazine.

David Teten

Partner
ff Venture Capital

David’s firm has made 245 investments in 76 companies. He has advised Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners, Birch Hill Equity Partners and other institutional investors. David led or co-led the first studies on disruption of the investing industry; PE and VC deal origination; and how VCs create portfolio company value. His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor and Journal of Private Equity. He is chairman emeritus of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York and serves on the board of Whisk.

Jeffrey Goldfarb

U.S. Editor
Reuters' Breakingviews

Jeffrey is the U.S. editor of Breakingviews, the financial commentary arm of Reuters. Based in New York, he coordinates coverage in the region, while frequently writing about M&A, tech, private equity, Wall Street and the media industry. Before becoming a columnist in 2007, Jeff reported on banking, mergers, international trade, healthcare and the Internet for Reuters and BNA. From London, he led the European corporate finance team for Reuters News and coverage of the continent's media sector.

Ken Auletta

Author and Columnist
The New Yorker

Ken has written the Annals of Communications column and profiles for The New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of 11 books, including 5 national bestsellers: Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way; Greed And Glory On Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman; The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Super Highway; World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies; and Googled, The End of the World As We Know It.

Howard Morgan

Co-Founder and Partner
First Round Capital

With more than 30 years of experience involving 200+ high-tech entrepreneurial ventures, Howard has seen his share of startups, and he's got plenty to say about what leads to good or truly great companies. Howard is on the boards of Idealab, CloudHelix.com, PublicStuff, Memsql and Augury. One thing this VC veteran believes: great ideas can come from anywhere, at anytime.

Annabel Chang

Director of Public Policy
Lyft

Annabel oversees policy and strategy for some of Lyft’s most mature and newly launched west coast markets. She has also brokered Lyft's first-ever statewide Temporary Operating Agreement with Virginia and shepherded the passage of favorable legislation in Illinois. Before joining Lyft, she prosecuted cases for the San Francisco District Attorney’s office and litigated at Morrison & Foerster. Prior to her law career, Annabel was a legislative staffer for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and was a Jesse Unruh California State Assembly fellow.

Jim Spanfeller

Founder and CEO
Spanfeller Media Group

Jim's leadership of SMG, a profitable, VC-backed digital company, includes TheDailyMeal.com, the web's fastest-growing food site, and The Active Times, a site for all things active. An award-winning media exec, Jim was CEO of Forbes.com, reaching 25 million business leaders, investors and affluent consumers each month. He was also a member of the Office of the Chairman, along with Steve Forbes and Timothy Forbes. Jim sits on the boards of MediaSmith LLC, HotTopics.com and The We Are Family Foundation.

Ann Winblad

Co-Founding Partner
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

With more than 30 years of experience, Ann brings it all to the table: software entrepreneur, strategy advisor, technical author and venture capitalist. Hummer Winblad focuses exclusively on enterprise software investing, manages over $1 billion in cumulative capital and has launched over 100 new software companies since its founding.

John R. Patrick

Author and President
Attitude LLC

John is the president of Attitude LLC and is the author of Net Attitude (2016) and Health Attitude (2015). Prior to founding Attitude LLC, he was vice president of Internet technology at IBM and was a founding member of the World Wide Web consortium at MIT. John is a Fellow of the IEEE and holds degrees in electrical engineering, management, law and health administration.

Steve Lohr

Technology, business and economics writer
The New York Times

Steve is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered technology, business and economics for The New York Times for more than 20 years. He was also a foreign correspondent for a decade and served as an editor. He has written for magazines including The New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic and the Washington Monthly. Steve is the author of Data-ism, published in 2015, which examines the field of data science and decision-making, and Go To, the history of software and computer programming.

Howard Tullman

CEO / General Managing Partner
1871 / G2T3V

Howard is a serial startup entrepreneur, investor and advisor and has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies. He is also general managing partner of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners. He is a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago NEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils; the Innovate Illinois Advisory Council; the Illinois Arts Council; a member of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s New Media Council and an adjunct professor at Kellogg.

Jillian Manus

Managing Partner
Structure Capital

An architect of change for women and an early-stage investor with a unique focus, Jillian's multifaceted career spans VC, finance and media. Prior to Structure, she served as Director of Media Acquisitions for Credit Suisse, Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros Studios, TV agent for ICM and Senior Strategic advisor for VantagePoint Venture Capital. Jillian founded Broad Strategy and also sits on boards including Box.org, Center for Investigative Reporting, Iggbo, Flyp, and College Track.

Ricky Van Veen

Co-Founder / CEO
CollegeHumor / Notional

Ricky is co-founder of comedy brand CollegeHumor and video-sharing site Vimeo and is CEO of Notional at IAC. He has helped grow CollegeHumor and its network of sites into the largest comedy property on the web and the most-viewed comedy channel on YouTube, with 11 million subscribers. In 2006, Ricky and his partners sold the properties to IAC, where he now works overseeing its TV, film, and digital initiatives. His recent projects include CollegeHumor’s first feature film “Coffee Town" and hit TV shows “Adam Ruins Everything” on TruTV and “Chopped" on The Food Network.

Stephanie Tilenius

Co-Founder and CEO
Vida Health

Stephanie co-founded and leads Vida Health, a next-generation mobile health expert marketplace for consumers and businesses.Prior to Vida, she was an Executive-in-Residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, primarily focusing on companies within its Digital Growth Fund; VP of global commerce and payments at Google, where she oversaw commerce, product search and payments; and SVP of eBay.com and global products. She co-founded PlanetRx.com. Stephanie sits on the boards of Coach Inc. and Seagate Technology.

Diane Brady

journalist, author, media consultant
dBmedia

Diane is an award-winning journalist, author and media consultant. She’s interviewed many of the world's leading business and political figures and is often asked to talk about the global business landscape. As senior editor/content chief of Bloomberg Businessweek, Diane wrote cover stories, oversaw corporate coverage and penned the Hard Choices column while initiating partnerships, events and cross-platform ventures. She also worked at The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and Maclean’s in Toronto. Her book Fraternity was named a hot pick by Vanity Fair and one of Amazon’s best books of 2012 and was nominated for a 2013 NAACP

Mark Walsh

Associate Administrator
Office of Investment & Innovation / U.S. Small Business Administration

Mark oversees the SBA’s equity capital, long-term loans and management assistance to qualifying small businesses through its SBIC program and its SBIR/STTR program to help entrepreneurs successfully commercialize their products and services and boost technological innovation in the public and private sectors. A seasoned entrepreneur, executive and investor, he previously held leadership positions at HBO, GE, AOL, Verticalnet and GeniusRocket.com.

Tracy DiNunzio

Founder and CEO
Tradesy

One day, years ago, Tracy stared into the messy expanse of her closet and realized that it was full of things she never used. Suddenly, she was compelled to simplify her life, so she set out to connect women’s closets. She worked at her kitchen table, slept on the couch and rented her bedroom on AirBnB to finance early development. In 2012, with Tracy as CEO and a newly formed team, Tradesy officially launched. Today, it serves millions of the world’s coolest customers and are well on our way to changing the way people buy and sell fashion.

Edwin Goodman

Co-Founder and General Partner
Milestone Venture Partners

A co-founder of the early-stage venture capital fund, Ed is active with startups in some of the most vital markets that benefit from his more than 35 years of experience. Prior to MVP, he was Patricof & Co. (now Apax Partners), where he invested in Apple Computer’s final private financing round and raised the first substantial fund that included money from ERISA institutional investors. As CEO of Hambros America, he invested in over 100 companies, including Petsmart, Staples and Telematics. He currently sits on the board of SmartAnalyst, Inc. He supervises Milestone’s investments in Medidata Solutions, Inc.; ExpertPlan,

Art Zeidman

Chief Revenue Officer
Pixability

Based in New York, Art leads a nationwide team that works with global agencies, brands and media companies to drive video advertising results across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Prior to Pixability, Art built and ran the U.S. operation for global social video distributor Unruly Media; in 2006, he was recruited by Google to help drive its agency business. Art has held a number of senior sales and sales management roles in media, including positions at Clear Channel, Univision and CBS.

Pat Kenealy

Managing Director
IDG Ventures

Pat rejoined IDG Ventures in 2006 after a 20-year career at International Data Group where he managed media and VC operations. Pat was founder and CEO of IDG's Digital News Publishing, Publisher and CEO of PC World Communications, and CEO of IDG. Pat has invested in more than a dozen early-stage IT and new media investments which have collectively returned more than 7 times their committed capital. He is on the boards of Olive Media, ParkMe and is a Board Observer at Yesware.

Gordon Crovitz

Co-Founder
NextNews Ventures

Gordon brings broad experience as a corporate executive, investor and advisor to startups and their boards on how digital technology will continue to accelerate and transform business sectors and markets. His expertise includes content, e-commerce, social media, SaaS and applying complex data to business decisions. As CEO, Gordon is best known for transforming The Wall Street Journal from print to digital and for co-founding Press+, a global digital subscription software company. He sits on the boards of Business Insider, Blurb, Marin Software and Dow Jones.

Brendan Schulman

VP of Policy and Legal Affairs
DJI

Brendan sets DJI's corporate policies relating to regulatory and legal issues, and advocates for reasonable and balanced policy outcomes for drone operators at the federal and state levels, and internationally. Previously, he was head of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems practice at the law firm of Kramer Levin, where he handled some of the field’s landmark cases and regulatory proposals. He has represented Fortune 500 companies, tech startups, robotics companies, investment firms and educational institutions in the development and use of drones. Brendan is on the board of advisors of the international Humanitarian UAV Network, and served on the FAA's

Rob Grant

Director of Government Affairs
Lyft

Rob spearheads Lyft's legislative and policy priorities throughout the U.S. Prior to joining Lyft, he served as senior counsel to the U.S. Senate and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. In his 10 years in the Senate, Rob played an integral role in addressing some of the most complex issues faced by the Senate Banking and Judiciary Committees, including the Dodd-Frank Act. Rob also worked as an economist for the Department of the Treasury, and spent three years as an attorney with Nutter McClennen & Fish. He has also served as the President of the Board of Directors of the

Heidi Messer

Co-Founder and Chairman
Collective[i]

Heidi is the co-founder and chairman Collective[i], the first network using data and technology to provide business users with on-demand enterprisewide analyses developed and curated by the world’s leading data scientists. Prior to Collective[i], she and her brother, Stephen, founded, built and managed LinkShare Corp. until its sale to Rakuten for $425 million. Heidi is a frequent speaker, has received several honors including being selected as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs. She is on the advisory boards of Dell, NBC Universal and American Express OPEN and is on the board of AllianceBernstein.

Philip Krim

Co-­Founder and CEO
Casper

Philip leads Casper’s vision, strategy and expansion to realize Casper’s goal of becoming the first end-to-end sleep brand. In 2014, Philip recognized a paradox: a generation of entrepreneurs and professionals who were placing increasing value on their health and fitness were neglecting sleep. Casper is now reimagining the sleep industry from the ground up. He launched his first business out of his University of Texas, Austin dorm room and has founded and led two other startups in the consumer and e-­commerce market. His work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and on CBS

Nicole Sinclair

Correspondent
Yahoo Finance

Nicole provides analysis and commentary on companies, the stock market and the broader economy and conducts interviews with CEOs, strategists, newsmakers and business leaders. She joined Yahoo Finance from Bloomberg TV, where she served as senior producer and was part of the launch of "What'd You Miss?" Prior to Bloomberg TV, Nicole was research director for CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer and worked on CNBC’s "Squawk on the Street." Before she began her media career, she was a Goldman Sachs investment banking analyst.

Anna Fieler

EVP of Marketing
POPSUGAR

Anna oversees marketing for POPSUGAR, which attracts a global audience of 85M and drives +$1 billion in annual retail sales. She has a passion for building disruptive, venture-backed businesses and has served as CMO of ItsOn and Stella & Dot, the latter of which helped reinvent the direct-selling industry for the digital age. Anna also led marketing at Tiny Prints where she grew the brand from a niche player to a household name, resulting in a successful exit via acquisition by Shutterfly, and held various leadership positions at eBay during its hyper-growth era. Anna began her career on Madison

Seth Fiegerman

Senior Business Writer
Mashable

Seth covers the cultural and business impact of today's biggest and most innovative startups and technology companies. Before joining Mashable, Seth covered all things Apple as a reporter at Silicon Alley Insider, the tech section of Business Insider. He has also worked as a staff writer at TheStreet and as an editor at Playboy. Seth has been interviewed by the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Marketplace, USA Today and The Huffington Post. He was also profiled once by Smithsonian Magazine, though he's still not exactly sure how that happened.

Tony Mugavero

Founder and CEO
Littlstar

Tony is an experienced tech entrepreneur and executive with a media, business and computer engineering background. He is the founder and CEO of Littlstar, a premium cinematic Virtual Reality network that puts people at the center of experiences using immersive technologies. Littlstar has the best VR content in the world from companies like Showtime, Nat Geo, Discovery, PBS, Red Bull, Virgin, Disney, and more.

Alban Denoyel

Co-­Founder and CEO
Sketchfab

Alban is co-founder and CEO of Sketchfab, the leading platform to publish and find the best user-generated 3D and VR content, anywhere online. Sketchfab integrates with all major 3D creation tools and publishing platforms, and is natively supported in Photoshop, Facebook and Microsoft HoloLens. Prior to Sketchfab, Alban launched a web agency, and worked in the 2D world of photojournalists. His passion for sculpture and for making things led him to explore the 3D space, that’s how he started the Sketchfab adventure in 2012. Alban is also co-organiser of the NYC European Tech Meetup. He holds a business degree

Angel Say

Co-Founder and CEO
InsiteVR

Angel leads InsiteVR, a company building a platform for architects and designers to easily create virtual reality presentations from their 3D designs. After winning 1st place for its prototype at the 2014 TechCrunch Disrupt NY 24-hour hackathon, Angel quit his job to explore the impact that VR could have on the architecture industry. InsiteVR joined Y-Combinator's Winter 2015 batch as one of its first VR investments. After just a year, InsiteVR has enabled some of the top U.S. architecture firms and home builders to start presenting VR designs and is becoming a leader in enterprise VR software. From offices

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James Kollegger

AF! Founder / CEO

Founder and CEO of Genesys Partners, Inc. and German Accelerator New York. Over more than 20 years, Jim helped to launch, fund and advise dozens of early-stage companies including Wave Systems, Hollywood Stock Exchange, Courtroom Connect and Enkata. He was founder and CEO of EIC/Intelligence, which pioneered online systems in high-tech markets such as environment, energy, biotech, artificial intelligence and telecommunications. He was awarded SIIA’s first "Entrepreneur of the Year" and also its Peter Jackson Innovation Award. 



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AF! Co-Founder

Founder and CEO of Percepta Partners LLC, an advisory firm that helps technology-based businesses develop and implement market growth strategies in the B2B information and enterprise software space. Gerry works with VC and private equity-backed businesses and helps established companies to develop bold, yet realistic plans to revitalize existing businesses and build new ones. He was CEO of PerTrac Financial Solutions and divisional President/CEO at Reuters, Thomson Financial, Gartner and FAME Information Services.

Holly Sraeel

AF! Co-Founder / GM & Chief Content Officer

Award-winning business journalist and media executive, Holly is founder and CEO of New York Ventures, a media consultancy that provides content and brand strategy, development and execution services for digital B2B and B2C2B communities. Prior to founding NYV, Holly was an executive with SourceMedia, where she was founder, President and Editorial Director of The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance Community, Group Editorial Director of Banking Magazines, and SVP of Brand Management.

Craig Kollegger

AF! Co-Founder / CTO

Craig Kollegger is founder of START 7, a global collaboration consultancy that provides small- and mid-stage startups with just-in-time expert advisory services to advance technical, sales and marketing, legal and globalization strategies. An expert in product development, workflow optimization, team management and execution strategies, Craig has worked closely with founders and entrepreneurs to help bring their vision to life and ideas to market.

James Cornehlsen

AF! Co-Founder

Managing director of FutureSearch LLC, a boutique executive search firm that works with investment groups and CEOs to help build management capacity in rapidly growing digital businesses. Prior to that, Jim ran the global Media and Information Services practice at Heidrick & Struggles. He has extensive experience in publishing, information services and the convergence of media/technology and held various consumer and business media roles at GE, McGraw-Hill, CBS and Las Americas. Jim was a founding board member of the Software Information Industry Association.

Wendy Liles

AF! Head of Sales

Wendy Liles has extensive experience creating and executing innovative, cross-channel marketing plans for high-profile Fortune 1,000 clients. She is a strategic thinker who works with clients to build their brands, forge creative alliances and broker innovative partnerships to increase their customer base, sales and brand equity. Wendy has led sales and business development in various roles at SourceMedia, Time, Inc., Trinity Mirror PLC and at digital technology start-ups Pictela, Arkadium and Oddcast.

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