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Martha E. Pollack is the fourteenth president of Cornell University and professor of computer science, information science, and linguistics. She took office on April 17, 2017. She was previously provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. A computer scientist with research expertise in artificial intelligence, Pollack is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
I'm a builder of and investor in startups. I've been a part of three startups with varying degrees of success. The latest, Parse, was a cloud platform for mobile developers. We sold the company to Facebook in 2013 and operated a semi-independent unit for a few years. On the investing side -- I'm an active angel investor, was a part-time partner at Y Combinator, and am now investing full time as a General Partner at Matrix Partners.
Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Vista currently manages equity capital commitments of over $30Bn and oversees a portfolio of over 35 software companies that employ over 45,000 people worldwide. Under Robert's leadership, Vista has exclusively focused on the enterprise software, data and technology enabled solutions sectors. He is a proud graduate of Cornell Engineering.
Rent the Runway is a fashion company co-founded by Jennifer with a technology soul that is disrupting the way women get dressed. In her role, she sets strategic priorities and leads company growth in all areas of the business, including marketing, technology, product, and analytics. Since 2009, her company has raised over $190 million in venture capital, growing the business to over 6 million members, 1,100 employees and 450 designer brands.
Steve Hindy, cofounder and chairman of The Brooklyn Brewery, is a former Middle East Correspondent for The Associated Press. He is a longtime member and past chairman of the board of directors of the Brewers Association and coauthor of BEER SCHOOL: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery and The Craft Beer Revolution.
Stefanie Kasselakis Kyles is CEO, President and a member of the Board of Directors of John A. Vassilaros & Son, Inc., a family business focused on roasting and distributing coffee to foodservice establishments since 1918. Stefanie left a successful corporate career to lead her family's business and brings to the company a strong background in international law and corporate finance combined with a keen operational expertise. Stefanie joined Vassilaros to structure and guide the company through the challenges of an unplanned leadership succession. Since then, she has rapidly improved the company's performance while also building upon its rich heritage with a focus on the future.
JJ Ramberg is the founder of Goodshop, the maker of Gumdrop which automatically finds you the best deals and coupons when you shop online. She is also the host of the MSNBC program Your Business and the author of the bestselling book It's Your Business.
Jon founded Shutterstock in 2003 with thousands of his own digital photographs. A serial entrepreneur, he recognized the need for licensable images at an affordable cost and created the first global subscription image marketplace. Since then, Shutterstock has grown into a portfolio of brands serving businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world with all the creative and editorial assets needed.
Recently named President of Jet.com, Liza Landsman leads the firm's Management Committee and is a member of Walmart's US Ecommerce leadership team. Prior to joining Jet, she was Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Executive Committee at E*TRADE Financial.
Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, and investor. He founded Behance in 2005, which was subsequently acquired by Adobe in 2012. He was also an angel investor in Uber, Pinterest, and Periscope among other early stage companies. He is currently a venture partner for Benchmark and co-founder of a new company.