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 a panel discussion, top-tier VCs look over the horizon and consider the big trends in big data, explaining what they think the field will look like a few years (or more) down the road. Join us as Bloomberg Beta’s Shivon Zilis, Scale Venture Partners’s Cack Wilhelm, Amplify’s Michael Dauber, Ignition Partners’s Kristina Bergman, and IVP’s Roseanne Wincek talk about trends that everyone is seeing and areas for investment that they find exciting.
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.
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.
Roseanne Wincek joined IVP in March 2015. She focuses on investing in later-stage, high-growth consumer and enterprise companies. Roseanne actively works with IVP portfolio companies Compass and PopSugar. Roseanne was previously a principal at Canaan Partners, a leading early-stage venture firm, where she completed transactions for companies such as Beckon, Stayful, Metacloud (acquired by Cisco), RelayRides, and UNIFi Software. Roseanne’s tech career started when she cofounded imthemusic and built music apps on the early Facebook platform while still a student at UC Berkeley. She has been a product manager in both the consumer and enterprise sectors for companies such as NextBio and Wiser You, and she was also an associate with McKinsey & Co in New York. Roseanne holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well an MS in biophysics and a BS in chemistry, both from the University of California, Berkeley.
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