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 an investor at General Catalyst, an early-stage venture capital firm with $3.7B under management, where she focuses on investments in highly regulated industries, including government, defense, aerospace, and autonomous mobility. Previously, she was a staff reporter at the Washington Post, covering creative industries, consumer retail, government accountability, and weird subcultures—the latter preparing her most for a career in venture capital. Katherine holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where she was research assistant to Condoleezza Rice for her course and upcoming book Managing Political Risk. She’s a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a master’s degree in public advocacy from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Lisha Li is an investor at Amplify Partners, where she focuses on companies that leverage machine learning and data to solve problems. She is excited to be investing at a time when algorithmic and data-driven methods have such incredible potential for impact. Lisha holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, where her research, under David Aldous and Joan Bruna, focused on deep learning and probability applied to the problem of clustering in graphs. While at Berkeley, she also did statistical consulting, advised on methods and analysis for experimentation and interpretation, and interned as a data scientist at Pinterest and Stitch Fix. She was also a lecturer in discrete mathematics and a graduate instructor in probability and statistics and intro CS theory. Lisha holds an MS with highest distinction in mathematics from the University of Toronto, where she was advised by Balazs Szegedy and worked in the area of graph limits. Lisha is the recipient of the prestigious NSERC CGS fellowship.
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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