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Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY

What are VCs Really Looking For?

Michael Dauber (Amplify Partners), Renee DiResta (New Knowledge), Matt Turck (FirstMark Capital), James Cham (Bloombergdata), Jake Flomenberg (Accel Partners)
1:45pm–2:25pm Friday, 10/17/2014
Business & Industry
Location: 1 E14/1 E15
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 5 ratings)

The Big Data market is busy, with sky-high valuations and a rapid pace of innovation. This panel of data-focused Venture Capitalists will look at how they think about investing in and around the Big Data space—from the kind of deals they’re after, to how they like to work with entrepreneurs and founders.

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Michael Dauber

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

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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Matt Turck

FirstMark Capital

Partner at FirstMark Capital. Previously, Managing Director at Bloomberg Ventures and before that, co-founder of enterprise search software company TripleHop, acquired by Oracle. Organizes Data Driven NYC (largest Big Data monthly event on the East Coast) and Hardwired NYC (largest Internet of Things/3D printing monthly event on the East Coast).

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James Cham


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Jake Flomenberg

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.