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Not Your Typical VC Panel

Moderated by:
Michael Dauber (Amplify Partners)
Panelists:
Renee DiResta (New Knowledge), Jake Flomenberg (Accel Partners), Matthew Ocko (Data Collective), Ross Fubini (Canaan Partners)
Connected World
Mission City M
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)

A group of VCs who invest from very early, through later stage investments talk about all things Big Data. There will be no “3 Vs” discussion here. The Panelists are committed to making this a lively discussion about topics ranging from the typical (what sectors do they want to invest in) to the atypical (what’s out there that they don’t like? Which Hadoop Distros are in trouble? Should any entrepreneur care about Data Scientists?).

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Michael Dauber

Partner, Amplify Partners

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.

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Renee DiResta

Director of Research , New Knowledge

Renee DiResta is Director of Research at cybersecurity company New Knowledge and a Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation, and Trust. She investigates the spread of disinformation and malign narratives across social networks, and has advised the Congress, the State Department, and senior executives on how to understand and respond to influence operations.

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Jake Flomenberg

Partner, Accel Partners

Jake joined Accel in 2012. He has over a decade of experience building innovative software products. He focuses on early stage investments in next generation infrasture and data-driven services and is part of the team responsible for Accel’s Big Data Fund. Jake currently sits on the board of Origami Logic, provider of a visual Big Data analytics platform for marketers, Trifacta, creator of radical productivity software for data preparation and analysis, and Sumo Logic, a cloud-based log management and analytics solution. Prior to Accel, Jake was Director of Product Management at Splunk where he was responsible for Splunk’s user interface and Big Data strategy. Previously, he worked at Cloudera where he helped the founding team tackle a broad array of sales, marketing, and product issues. Earlier in his career, Jake was a member of Lockheed Martin’s Engineering Leadership Development Program and held several roles ranging from software development to business strategy and M&A. Jake holds a B.S.E. in Computer Science, Electrical Computer Engineering, and Economics from Duke University, an M.S.E in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Matthew Ocko

Managing Partner, Data Collective

Matt Ocko has three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur and VC. Over his career, he has invested in Cotendo, Zynga, Facebook, XenSource, UltraDNS, FlashSoft, Fortinet, Aggregate Knowledge, Virtuata, DataMirror, Couchbase, Ayasdi, Kenshoo, D-Wave Systems, MetaMarkets, Uber, AngelList, and many others, including multiple acquisitions by Google, Facebook, Netapp, and other Fortune 1000 tech companies. Matt has been active in helping develop China’s venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades. He is the founder of Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering email software vendor with over 1 million users worldwide prior to its acquisition, and holds over 40 granted or in-process patents in areas as diverse as enterprise hardware and social games. Matt has a degree in physics from Yale University.

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Ross Fubini

Venture Partner, Canaan Partners

Ross Fubini joined Canaan Partners’ Menlo Park office in 2012 as a Venture Partner. He focuses on the firm’s enterprise, consumer, and healthcare IT investment efforts.

Before joining Canaan, Ross was a partner at seed-stage technology investment firm Kapor Capital, where he led investments across consumer, enterprise, and health technology. He currently serves as an advisor to Kapor Capital, Palantir Technology, Facebook Causes, and other early stage technology companies.

Previously, Ross was a successful entrepreneur who co-founded and grew CubeTree, a Gartner Visionary enterprise social collaboration company which is used by the Fortune 100 including SAP, Intuit, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. CubeTree was acquired by SuccessFactors (NASDAQ:SFSF) in 2010 where he then served as a vice president.

Prior to that, Ross was Sr. Director of Engineering at Symantec, where he owned product development for Symantec/Brightmail Messaging Security anti-spam, anti-virus, and content filtering product lines serving 70,000 customers, protecting 100s of millions of email boxes, and delivering $300M+ revenue/year. Before joining Symantec, Ross held technical leadership roles at BEA/Plumtree, TellMe Networks, and Netscape.

Ross is also an active board member of the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI), a non-profit that promotes innovative approaches to fairness in education and the workplace. He is an avid triathlete, marathon runner, and Ironman competitor. He holds a B.S. in engineering and art from Carnegie Mellon University.