This is a day to learn about the data innovations that have the potential to blindside even the most careful organizations. Aimed at decision makers, the Innovation + Growth program focuses on how data-oriented startups, academics, and venture capitalists approach innovation and the potential to disrupt incumbent business models.
Session topics include AI, Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and beyond, across a number of industry segments. Attendees can expect an expansive program providing lessons and insights into what’s possible and how to embrace innovation.
Roger Magoulas is the vice president of O’Reilly Radar. Previously, Roger was the research director at O’Reilly, where he and his team built the company’s analysis infrastructure and provided analytic services and insights on technology-adoption trends to business decision makers at O’Reilly and beyond. He and his team found what excites key innovators and use those insights to gather and analyze faint signals from various sources to make sense of what others may adopt and why.
Roger Chen is cofounder and CEO of Computable and program chair for the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference. Previously, he was a principal at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where he invested in and worked with early-stage startups primarily in the realm of data, machine learning, and robotics. Roger has a deep and hands-on history with technology. Before startups and venture capital, he was an engineer at Oracle, EMC, and Vicor. He also developed novel nanoscale and quantum optics technology as a PhD researcher at UC Berkeley. Roger holds a BS from Boston University and a PhD from UC Berkeley, both in electrical engineering.
Ari Gesher is the founding director of software engineering at Kairos Aerospace, a startup building and operating the next-generation of airborne and spaceborne sensors for monitoring oil and gas infrastructure. Ari also serves as consulting architect for Jupiter, a company productizing high-quality datasets that describe the long-term effects of climate change. Previously, he was a very early engineer at Palantir Technologies and later served as Palantir’s engineering ambassador to the tech community at large; before Palantir, he was the maintainer of the SourceForge.net open source archive. Ari is the coauthor of The Architecture of Privacy, which explains how to responsibly hold data about people while preserving their privacy to the greatest extent possible. Ari is a frequent speaker on various topics, including the need for modern, high-leverage engineers to work on substantive problems, human-computer symbiosis as system design aesthetic, the limits of automated decision making, and privacy architectures for a world where everything is recorded.
Hilary Mason is vice president of research at Cloudera Fast Forward Labs and data scientist in residence at Accel Partners. Previously, Hilary was chief scientist at Bitly. She cohosts DataGotham, a conference for New York’s homegrown data community, and cofounded HackNY, a nonprofit that helps engineering students find opportunities in New York’s creative technical economy. She’s on the board of the Anita Borg Institute and an advisor to several companies, including SparkFun Electronics, Wildcard, and Wonder. Hilary served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology Advisory Board and is a member of Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor.
Eva Ho is a General Partner at Susa Ventures, an early stage technology fund investing in companies that leverage the power of data to create market-leading platforms, tools, and analytics with inherent network effects. Eva is a serial entrepreneur and founder, most recently a founding executive at Factual, a leading location data provider in Los Angeles. Prior, she was a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Google and Youtube for 5 years. Prior to Google, she was the head of marketing for Applied Semantics, a company that sold to Google in 2003. She also co-founded Navigating Cancer, a health startup, in 2008 which is now based in Seattle. She is deeply involved in supporting entrepreneurs in her role as advisor/mentor at WebFWD, MuckerLab, Common Crawl, and newMe Accelerator. She is also active in the non-profit sector, serving on the boards of First Descents, Iridescent and Whole Child LA. Eva holds an MBA from Cornell and a BA from Harvard.
Matthew Tamayo-Rios is founder and CEO of Kryptnostic, a team of determined optimists united by the belief that individuals and organizations can safely leverage their data in the cloud. Previously, Matthew has worked at Microsoft on the OS Security team and at Palantir on the government side of the business. He studied mathematics and computer science at RPI and applied mathematics at the University of Washington. His initial foray into computer security was at the early age of nine, hacking his mother’s point-of-sale retail system to adjust the ice cream inventory.
Ann Johnson is cofounder and CEO of Interana, the experts in event data analytics, where she has created a community of all-star talent working to make data-informed decisions a natural extension of everyone’s workflow. Previously, Ann served as a new product manager and integration engineer at Intel. Ann received an MS in electrical engineering from Caltech, where she was selected for the Intel Scholarship program and subsequently offered a leadership position at Intel.
A scientist, best-selling author, and entrepreneur, Gary Marcus is currently professor of psychology and neural science at NYU and CEO and cofounder of the recently formed Geometric Intelligence, Inc. Gary’s efforts to update the Turing test have spurred a worldwide movement and his research on language, computation, artificial intelligence, and cognitive development has been published widely in leading journals such as Science and Nature. He is also the author of four books, including The Algebraic Mind, Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind, and the New York Times best-seller Guitar Zero, and contributes frequently to the the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gary’s most recent book, The Future of the Brain: Essays By the World’s Leading Neuroscientists, features the 2014 Nobel Laureates May-Britt and Edvard Moser.
Shivon Zilis is a venture capitalist and founding member of Bloomberg Beta, where she focuses on early-stage data and machine-intelligence investments. Shivon has led 12 investments since launch. One, Newsle, was acquired by LinkedIn; others include Context Relevant, Alation, and InfluxDB. She recently released a report on the current state of machine intelligence that analyzed thousands of companies and put forward predictions on where the industry is headed. Shivon’s previous experience includes building startups at Bloomberg Ventures, the firm’s incubator, and developing cloud core banking solutions for microfinance institutions at IBM. She is a C100 charter member and was named to Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 list in venture capital.
Jacomo Corbo is the chief scientist for QuantumBlack, a visual analytics firm that helps clients meet the analysis challenges of big data to make better decisions. Corbo is also the Canada Research Chair in Information and Performance Management at the University of Ottawa, and a Wharton Clayright Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. His research has been funded by grants from the National Research Council, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Wharton Mack Center for Technological Innovation, the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, as well as by companies such as GE Finance and IBM.
Between January 2006 and June 2008, Corbo served as race strategist and subsequently as chief race strategist for the Renault F1 Team Ltd.
Corbo holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at Harvard University, an S.M. in Applied Mathematics from the Harvard Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
Peter Brodsky is a middle school dropout, a college graduate, and a PhD dropout. Peter built and sold his first company and is now building second company.
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.
Alex Rice is a cofounder and chief technology officer at HackerOne, which provides a platform that enables organizations to build strong relationships with a community of security experts. Alex is responsible for developing the HackerOne technology vision, driving engineering efforts, and counseling customers as they build world-class security programs. Previously, Alex worked at Facebook for over six years, where he founded the product security team, built one of the industry’s most successful security programs, and introduced new transport layer encryption used by more than a billion users. Alex also serves on the board of the Internet Bug Bounty, a nonprofit organization that enables and encourages friendly hackers to help build a more secure Internet.
Chris Wake is the head of business operations for Spire, the satellite-powered data company. He joined Spire as its first non-founder in early 2013, and has worked on many areas of its development from initial customer identification to expansion abroad. Prior to joining Spire, Wake spent time working in venture capital, and assisted a selection of early stage technology companies in scaling. He holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, and his work has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Wired, among others.
Harper Reed is a hacker/engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same. Harper loves using the enormity of the internet to bring people together, whether as CTO of Obama for America, CTO at Threadless.com, or on his own projects. Harper and his team created Dashboard, a site that connects volunteer teams and acts as an online component of the field office. Harper can often be found playing with new technology, looking for something to hack, or enjoying life in Chicago with his amazing wife. Currently Harper is focusing on defining the future of commerce with the awesome team at Modest.com.
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Rajiv Maheswaran is CEO of Second Spectrum, an innovative sports analytics and data visualization startup located in Los Angeles, California. His work spans the fields of data analytics, data visualization, real-time interaction, spatiotemporal pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, decision theory, and game theory. Previously, Rajiv served as a research assistant professor within the University of Southern California’s Department of Computer Science and a project leader at the Information Sciences Institute at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He and Second Spectrum COO Yu-Han Chang codirected the Computational Behavior Group at USC. Rajiv has received numerous awards and written over 100 publications in artificial intelligence and control theory. Rajiv won the 2014 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Use-Inspired Research Award as well as both the 2014 and 2012 Best Research Paper (Alpha Award) at the renowned MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. He is a frequent speaker at marquee technology conferences and events around the world. Rajiv holds a BS in applied mathematics, engineering, and physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and both an MS and PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jessica Stauth is managing director of research at Quantopian, a crowdsourced quantitative investment firm, where she and her team are responsible for selecting algorithms from the Quantopian community for the company’s portfolio. Previously, Jessica was an equity quant analyst at the StarMine Corporation and director of quant product strategy for Thomson Reuters.
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