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 to hear about the 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.
Sarah Guo joined Greylock in 2013. Previously, Sarah was at Goldman Sachs, where she invested in Dropbox, helped take Workday public, and advised pre-IPO private technology companies (as well as public clients including Zynga, Netflix and Nvidia) on strategic and financial issues. Earlier in her career, Sarah worked with Casa Systems, a venture-funded startup that enables cable operators to meet growing demand for broadband services. She is an advocate for STEM education for women and the underserved, as well as education more generally, has taught marketing in the Wharton undergraduate program, and served as a teaching fellow in lower-income high schools for the Philadelphia World Affairs Council. She is also interested in drones, the connected home, wearables, robotics, 3-D printing, and software innovations in the healthcare and financial industries. Sarah holds four degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania and is a Lauder Institute fellow and a graduate of the Huntsman Program.
Sam Pullara is a managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures, where his current directorships include Boxer, FoundationDB, and Wavefront. He is also responsible for a number of the firm’s other investments, including Tomfoolery. Sam joined Sutter Hill Ventures from Twitter, where he was a senior infrastructure engineer and remains a technology advisor. He came to Twitter via the acquisition of Bagcheck in 2011, where he was cofounder and CEO. Previously, Sam was chief technologist at Yahoo responsible for technology strategy across the audience organization and platform team and chief architect at Borland after the acquisition of Gauntlet Systems, where he was also a cofounder and CEO. Sam came to Silicon Valley to work at WebLogic, where he was the first server engineer after the founders, and stayed on through the acquisition by BEA Systems. He holds an MS in physics from Northwestern University and a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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