Founder & CEO | Rocket Lawyer
Charley is the Founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer. His experience as an attorney representing startups exposed him to both the high cost and high value of great legal advice. So, he started Rocket Lawyer to deliver high value legal services at a price nearly everyone can afford. Today, Rocket Lawyer is one of the most widely used legal services in the world. Charley has been as an attorney at Venture Law Group in Menlo Park. He represented Yahoo!, WebTV, and Cerent Corporation, and was the founder of Onstation Corporation (acquired by The Cobalt Group). Charley graduated from the US Naval Academy (BS) and the UC-Berkeley Law School. He served as a U.S. Naval officer and is a Gulf War veteran. Charley resides in San Francisco with his wife Monique and their three children.
Chairman | Grammy Foundation
Rusty is a co-founder of Tech4America. He is a prolific startup advisor and investor, and serves on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards. He was CEO of SNOCAP through the sale of the company to imeem, Inc. in 2008. He also served as EVP, HR at Electronic Arts (EA); during his tenure, EA was named one of the “100 Top Places to Work For” by Fortune magazine. Rusty and his wife Patti are dedicated patrons of the arts; Rusty has been Chairman of the GRAMMY Foundation and was a Barack Obama appointee to the Advisory Committee for the Arts at the Kennedy Center. The Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University is named for them.
SVP | Salesforce
Jim is a co-founder of Tech4America and SVP of Government and Public Affairs at Salesforce. Jim founded and led Tech4Obama in 2012, working very closely with tech community to organize and leverage the broad support of the community around the President’s successful reelection. In the past, Jim worked as a finance consultant, fundraising throughout California and the Northwest for candidates, non-profits, and trade associations. Jim lives in San Francisco with his wife Cammy and their two children.
Founder | Flip Video
Jon is the Founder of several companies, including Flip Video, portable digital cameras that preceded smartphone cameras, and The Melt, a chain of fast casual restaurants based in San Francisco. In 2008, Jon was named one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web by Businessweek. Among many philanthropic activities, Jon is on the board of Education Superhighway and established the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chief Corporate Relations Officer | Zillow
As chief corporate relations officer at Zillow Group, Dawn oversees the company’s corporate communications, government & community relations and investor relations. Prior to joining Zillow Group, Dawn led communications, investor relations, government and public affairs and other reputation programs for numerous brands, including Chevron, eBay, and Amtrak. Most recently, Dawn served as chief reputation officer & senior vice president of corporate affairs at Glassdoor, a job listing and company review site. She is also founder and senior advisor of LyonSHARE Communications Group, a strategic communications consultancy.
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Founder & Managing Director | Pier 70 Ventures
Miller is the Founder & Managing Director at Pier 70 Ventures. He is also Managing Director at Triad Capital Partners. In the past, Miller has been VP Global R&D Strategy at The Boeing Company and president of Boeing Phantom Works Investments, Inc. through which he was responsible for a venture capital investment and due diligence program resulting in investments in 32 venture capital funds world-wide. He has also made numerous personal angel-investments in technology companies. He was also GC and EVP for Corporate Affairs at Integral Systems, Inc., the world leader in satellite command and control systems. Miller holds a BA from Seattle University and a JD from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). He holds U.S. Government Top Secret Clearance.
Founder | craigslist & Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, speaker, and one of America’s most recognized nerds. In 1995 he founded craigslist, which to date has seen more than 5 billion classified ads posted. In 2012 he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. In 2015 he created the Craig Newmark Philanthropies, a private foundation to promote philanthropy and civic engagement through a number of initiatives. He was born in Morristown, New Jersey and received degrees in computer science from Case Western Reserve University. He now lives in San Francisco.
CTO | Zillow
David is the Chief Technology Officer at Zillow. In this role, he manages the Technical Engineering team and is responsible for all website, mobile and internal product development, corporate IT, and datacenter operations. Previously, David was one of the initial members of the Expedia team, and held many leadership roles in product development during his 10-year tenure there. David began his career as a software design engineer in 1992, and before his Expedia years, David worked at Microsoft in the handheld computing group. David is a recognized leader in the tech industry and was named as Puget Sound Business Journal’s Most Innovative CTO in 2012. David lives in Seattle with his wife and kids.
Managing Partner | Incept, LLC
Fred is is the Managing Director of Incept LLC, a health sciences and technology development company. Incept focuses on the unmet needs in the medical device industry and then creates valuable medical device companies from these needs. Fred is a Silicon Valley medical device entrepreneur who has co-founded eight medical companies and held senior management positions in both large and small enterprises. He is either the author or co-author on over 40 issued or filed patent applications, involving unique and novel medical devices. Fred lives in Mountain View, California, with his wife Flora.
CEO & Founder | Subspace
Bayan is the CEO & Founder of Subspace and former CEO & Co-Founder of Flowroute. Subspace is revolutionizing how humans and machines communicate. Flowroute provides telecom services to businesses and developers. Bayan has a strong entrepreneurial background with expertise in telecom regulation, software architecture, information security, vulnerability development, and telephony.
Co-founder | Men's Wearhouse
Richie is the co-Founder of Men’s Wearhouse (now retired). He is widely recognized as the marketing mastermind of MW, from his insistence on using TV as the main form of advertising as far back as 1975, to his careful nurturing and managing of the MW brand and image as the company expanded from one part of the country to another. In January of 2009, Richie released his book, Luck by Design Certain Success in an Uncertain World. The book, aimed at the children of Baby Boomers, received praise from educators, fellow authors, and reviewers. It won “Best General Non-Fiction” at the San Francisco Book Festival in 2009 and was a Finalist in the Self-Help: Motivational category at the National Best Books 2009.Richie graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English.
Managing Director | Tiedemann Advisors
Erik has spent the majority of his career working in leadership positions with technology companies innovating new ways of doing business. He is an active investor in real estate, cyber security, wearables, clean tech, medical devices and other technology (software and service) start-ups. Erik holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard. Erik lives in San Francisco with his wife Alissa and their two children.
Founder & CEO | Glassdoor
Robert is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glassdoor, the jobs and recruiting community helping people find jobs and companies they love. Before creating Glassdoor, Robert was President of Hotwire, a leading discount travel site and division of Expedia, Inc. He was also one of the original team members of Expedia, a company designed to bring greater transparency to the travel industry, and was part of the executive team that took it public in 1999. Robert started his career at Microsoft and worked as a software developer in a range of areas from Windows 95 to interactive television to online games. Robert holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University.