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Make Data Work
Feb 17–20, 2015 • San Jose, CA

Where’s the Puck Headed?

Michael Dauber (Amplify Partners), Matthew Ocko (Data Collective), Max Gazor (Charles River Ventures), Cack Wilhelm (Scale Venture Partners), Arif Janmohamed (Lightspeed Venture Partners)
4:50pm–5:30pm Thursday, 02/19/2015
Business & Industry
Location: LL20 BC
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)

To anticipate who will succeed and invest wisely, investors spend a lot of time trying to understand the longer-term trends within an industry. In this panel discussion, we’ll consider the big trends in Big Data, asking top-tier VCs to look over the horizon discuss the visions they have two or more years in the future.

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Michael Dauber

Amplify Partners

Michael Dauber is a general partner at Amplify Partners. Previously, Mike spent over six years at Battery Ventures, where he led early-stage enterprise investments on the West Coast, including Battery’s investment in a stealth security company that is also in Amplify’s portfolio. Mike has served on the boards of a number of companies, including Continuuity, Duetto, Interana, and Platfora. Mike’s investments include Splunk and RelateIQ, which was recently acquired by Salesforce. Mike began his career as a hardware engineer at a startup and held product, business development, and sales roles at Altera and Xilinx. Mike is a frequent speaker at conferences and is on the advisory board of both the O’Reilly Strata Conference and SXSW. He was named to Forbes magazine’s 2015 Midas Brink List. Mike holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

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Matthew Ocko

Data Collective

Matt Ocko has three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur and VC. Over his career, he has invested in Cotendo, Zynga, Facebook, XenSource, UltraDNS, FlashSoft, Fortinet, Aggregate Knowledge, Virtuata, DataMirror, Couchbase, Ayasdi, Kenshoo, D-Wave Systems, MetaMarkets, Uber, AngelList, and many others, including multiple acquisitions by Google, Facebook, Netapp, and other Fortune 1000 tech companies. Matt has been active in helping develop China’s venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades. He is the founder of Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering email software vendor with over 1 million users worldwide prior to its acquisition, and holds over 40 granted or in-process patents in areas as diverse as enterprise hardware and social games. Matt has a degree in physics from Yale University.

Max Gazor

Charles River Ventures

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Cack Wilhelm

Scale Venture Partners

Cack Wilhelm is a principal at Scale Venture Partners, where she focuses on investments in early-stage software companies, with an eye toward those helping businesses better utilize data, automate workflows, incorporate AI, and build more resilient software. Looking further ahead, Cack is watching closely as platforms such as virtual reality and augmented reality take shape. Cack cut her teeth selling 11g databases at Oracle and Hadoop clusters at Cloudera in the months before Hadoop reached Version 1.0. Cack has since transferred that operational and go-to-market experience into helping Scale portfolio companies such as Treasure Data, Realm, and CircleCI. Cack was initially drawn to the technology and software sectors while at Montgomery & Company, where she helped advise on software acquisitions and capital raises. Cack holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Princeton University. She is also a dedicated runner, racing professionally for Nike for two years at the 5,000m distance and competing in 12 of 12 athletic seasons at Princeton (cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track). While at Princeton, she was named the Princeton Female Athlete of the Year and was a seven-time All-America recipient.

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Arif Janmohamed

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Arif joined Lightspeed in 2008 and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of cloud and datacenter technologies, as well as enterprise mobile and SaaS solutions.

Arif is currently working closely with the teams at Avi Networks, Memoir Systems, Netskope, Nutanix, Pertino Networks, Qubole, Xova Labs and Virtual Instruments. He was also involved in several Lightspeed investments which have had successful exits including Edgespring (acquired by Salesforce.com), IO Turbine (acquired by Fusion-io), RAPsphere (acquired by AppSense) and StreamOnce (acquired by Jive Software).

Prior to joining Lightspeed, Arif worked in the Corporate Business Development group at Cisco Systems where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategy, and investments in the Unified Communications, Enterprise Collaboration, Mobile, and SaaS market segments. Before joining Cisco Systems, he was with Novitas Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm.

Earlier in his career, Arif worked in technical development and product management roles at WebTV (acquired by MSFT), Andes Networks (acquired by SUNW), and Sun Microsystems.

Arif is a charter Member and member of the Organizing Committee for the C100, a non-profit, member-driven organization that supports Canadian technology entrepreneurship through mentorship, partnership and investment. He also founded WVP Ventures, a student-run venture capital fund, while in business school.

Arif holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.