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 this panel discussion, we’ll consider the big trends in Big Data, asking top-tier VCs to look over the horizon discuss the visions they have two or more years in the future.
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.
Sunil Dhaliwal is a General Partner with Amplify Partners. He has over 16 years of experience as an early-stage investor and mentor to entrepreneurs. His current portfolio includes AppNeta, BlueData, Conjur, Continuuity, Datadog, Fastly, Wibidata, and a number of unannounced early-stage projects. Prior to founding Amplify Partners in 2012, Sunil was a General Partner at Battery Ventures where he invested in category-defining IT infrastructure companies such as Opscode, Netezza (acquired by IBM), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), CipherTrust (acquired by Secure Computing) and @stake (acquired by Symantec). He has been named to the Forbes Midas List, which ranks the top 100 venture capitalists around the world, and the AlwaysOn Top 100 list of VCs.
Shivon Zilis is a venture capitalist and founding member of Bloomberg Beta, where she focuses on early-stage data and machine-intelligence investments. Shivon has led 12 investments since launch. One, Newsle, was acquired by LinkedIn; others include Context Relevant, Alation, and InfluxDB. She recently released a report on the current state of machine intelligence that analyzed thousands of companies and put forward predictions on where the industry is headed. Shivon’s previous experience includes building startups at Bloomberg Ventures, the firm’s incubator, and developing cloud core banking solutions for microfinance institutions at IBM. She is a C100 charter member and was named to Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 list in venture capital.
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.
Sam Pullara is a managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures, where his current directorships include Boxer, FoundationDB, and Wavefront. He is also responsible for a number of the firm’s other investments, including Tomfoolery. Sam joined Sutter Hill Ventures from Twitter, where he was a senior infrastructure engineer and remains a technology advisor. He came to Twitter via the acquisition of Bagcheck in 2011, where he was cofounder and CEO. Previously, Sam was chief technologist at Yahoo responsible for technology strategy across the audience organization and platform team and chief architect at Borland after the acquisition of Gauntlet Systems, where he was also a cofounder and CEO. Sam came to Silicon Valley to work at WebLogic, where he was the first server engineer after the founders, and stayed on through the acquisition by BEA Systems. He holds an MS in physics from Northwestern University and a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.