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.
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.
Sarah Catanzaro is an investor at Canvas Ventures, where she focuses on analytics, data infrastructure, and machine intelligence. Sarah has several years of experience in developing data acquisition strategies and leading machine and deep learning-enabled product development at organizations of various sizes. Most recently, she led the data team at Mattermark to collect and organize information on over one million private companies. Previously, she implemented analytics solutions for municipal and federal agencies as a consultant at Palantir and as an analyst at Cyveillance. She also led projects on adversary behavioral modeling and Somali pirate network analysis as a program manager at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies. Sarah holds a BA in international security studies from Stanford University.
Katherine Boyle is a principal on the investment team at General Catalyst. She focuses on frontier technologies and companies in highly-regulated sectors, including healthcare, computational biology, defense, aerospace and financial technology. Before entering venture capital, she was a general assignment reporter at The Washington Post covering creative industries, government accountability and retail. In 2016, she received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was research assistant to Dr. Condoleezza Rice for her course and upcoming book, “Managing Political Risk.” Katherine is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a masters degree in public advocacy from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Lisha is a principal at Amplify Partners. She invests in technical founders solving ambitious problems. From compute substrate to the creative process, medicine to manufacturing, she is excited to be investing at a time when machine intelligence and data-driven methods have such incredible potential for impact. Investments she has been involved with include Embodied Intelligence and Primer. Lisha completed her PhD at UC Berkeley focusing on deep learning and probability. While at Berkeley she also did statistical consulting, advising on methods and analysis for experimentation and interpretation, and interned as a data scientist at Pinterest and Stitch Fix. She was the lecturer of discrete mathematics, as well as the graduate instructor for probability and computer science theory. Other things she has dabbled in include acting (unionized in Canada) and dance (was an artist with a modern dance company). A fun turn of events one summer visiting Paris as a research mathematician, Lisha found herself the subject of the short films “A Portrait of a Mathematician lady” and “Sizes of Infinity” by filmmaker Olivier Peyon that ties some of these eclectic interests.
Sandeep Bhadra is a partner at VertexVentures, where he focuses primarily on cloud infrastructure, data-driven business applications, and cybersecurity. Previously, Sandeep was a principal at Menlo Ventures, where his investments included Platform9, Signifyd, Unravel Data, and Clarifai; served on Cisco’s corporate development team, focusing on Cisco’s investments in MapR, Platfora, and Moogsoft and its acquisitions of Metacloud, tail-f, and Memoir Systems; and worked at Texas Instruments’s R&D Center, where he designed protocols for 4G/LTE wireless networks and later led a small team to spec out the first software-defined network switch chip. Sandeep holds a BTech from IIT Madras and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, both in electrical engineering, and an MBA from INSEAD.
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