Building successful enterprise data companies is hard. They’re capital intensive; the technology takes a long time to develop; and the founders frequently have little or no experience selling to big enterprise companies. But Silicon Valley VCs are finally waking up to what many of us have known for decades: traditional venture capital doesn’t work for enterprise data companies. This panel brings together investors at leading data-centric VC firms and accelerators and founders of up-and-coming enterprise data startups to discuss how we can help create the next generation of successful enterprise data companies.
Chris Neumann is a venture partner at 500 Startups focused on big data, machine learning, and AI. Previously, Chris was the founder and CEO of DataHero (acquired by Cloudability), which brought to market the first self-service cloud BI platform, and the first employee at Aster Data (acquired by Teradata), where he helped create the big data space.
Carla Holtze is the cofounder and CEO of digital identification SaaS company Parrable. Previously, Carla worked at the BBC, the Economist’s Intelligence Unit, and Lehman Brothers in both New York and Hong Kong. Carla serves on the advisory board of the San Francisco Symphony’s Sound Box and Symphonix and mentors emerging entrepreneurs and technology companies through Startup Mexico (SUM). She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MS in journalism from Columbia University, and a BS from Northwestern University.
Bradford Cross is a founding partner at DCVC, a leading machine learning and big data venture capital fund. Previously, Bradford founded Prismatic, which used machine learning for personalized content ranking and natural language processing for topic classification, and FlightCaster, which used machine learning to predict the real-time state of the global air traffic network using FAA, carrier, and weather data. A hedge fund investor and a venture investor, Bradford started his career working on statistical value and momentum strategies at O’Higgins Asset Management and was a founding partner of Data Collective. He was also a systems engineer and worked on distributed systems at Google. Bradford studied computer engineering and finance at Virginia Tech and mathematics at Berkeley.
Kyle Wild is the CEO at Keen IO, which he cofounded as a part of the first class of Techstars Cloud, and sits on the company’s board of directors. Previously, he held positions in product management, software engineering, game design, and distributed systems scalability, working in the areas of API design, brand marketing, developer community evangelism, finance, organizational design, and recruiting. Kyle is a small-time angel investor and startup advisor and has spearheaded several rounds of financing from angel investors, seed funds, and large venture capital funds. He holds a BS in general engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and knows quite a bit about analytics.
Tasso Argyros is the founder and CEO of ActionIQ, an enterprise software company that aims to bridge the gap between marketing and data for the Global 2000. He is also a venture partner at First Mark Capital and a cofounder of DataElite Ventures, a San Francisco-based seed-stage fund focused on big data companies. Previously, Tasso cofounded big data pioneer Aster Data (acquired by Teradata), after dropping out of the PhD program at Stanford, and served as copresident and general manager of Teradata’s Big Data Division. Tasso has received several awards and recognitions, including Businessweek’s best young tech entrepreneur for 2009, the World Economic Forum’s technology pioneer in 2010, and Forbes’s next-gen innovator in 2013. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University and a diploma in computer engineering from the Technical University of Athens.
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