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 and discuss the visions they have two or more years in the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jerry Chen is a partner at Greylock where he invests in new enterprise applications and in all aspects of cloud and application infrastructure. Prior to joining Greylock, Jerry was vice president of cloud and application services at VMware, where he was part of the executive team that scaled the company from 400 to over 15,000 employees and $5B in revenue. During his nine years at VMware, he launched dozens of products including several “1.0” releases, and started two new business units for VMware including the Cloud Application Platform and the Enterprise Desktop business units. In particular, Jerry enjoys the challenge of creating and defining new product categories. As part of the team that created Cloud Foundry, he ran the product management and marketing teams responsible for all of VMware’s application infrastructure products including vFabric, Spring, and its big data projects. Prior to the Cloud Application Platform, Jerry created and coined the term “VDI” for virtual desktop infrastructure as part of the creation of VMware’s enterprise desktop and application virtualization businesses. Jerry received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.
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