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 a principal at Amplify Partners, where she focuses on investing in high-potential startups that leverage machine intelligence and high-performance computing to solve real-world problems. Previously, Sarah co-led investments in Kinetica, Platform9, and Fluxx at Canvas Ventures. 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: As head of data at Mattermark, she led a team to collect and organize information on over one million private companies; as a consultant at Palantir and as an analyst at Cyveillance, she implemented analytics solutions for municipal and federal agencies; and as a program manager at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, she directed projects on adversary behavioral modeling and Somali pirate network analysis. Sarah holds a BA in international security studies from Stanford University.
Katherine Boyle is a principal at General Catalyst, a bicoastal venture capital firm with $5B under management. She focuses on early-stage investments in frontier technology and highly regulated industries, including aerospace, defense, computational biology, robotics, and autonomous mobility. Before becoming an investor, she was a staff reporter at the Washington Post, where her features and investigations appeared in every section of the paper (except Sports). Katherine holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was research and teaching assistant to Condoleezza Rice and Amy Zegart for their course and newly released book Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity. She’s a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a master’s degree in public advocacy from National University of Ireland, Galway, where she was George J. Mitchell Scholar.
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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