Speakers

Winter-Spring 2011 Speakers and Guests
(please check back as we will be confirming other speakers in the coming weeks)

2/19 Workshop
Alexandra Bernadotte, Founder and CEO of Beyond 12
Jennifer Carolan, Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund
Michael Horn, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Innosight Institute
Peter Pham, Co-Founder and President, Color

3/17 Yelp Event
Jeremy Stoppelman, Co-founder, Yelp Inc.

3/19 Workshop
Gina Bianchini, Former Founder and CEO of Ning
Jon Bischke, Entrepreneur in Residence, Battery Ventures
Charles Hudson, Venture Partner, SoftTech VC
Thianh Lu, Co-Founder and Head of Product, LearnBoost

4/16 Workshop
Alan Louie, angel investor, Co-Founder of Imagine K12
Carl Sjogreen, Lead Product Manager-Facebook Platform, Facebook, Co-Founder of nextstop.com
Gabriel Adauto, Co-Founder, Motion Math

4/28 Dogpatch Labs Event
Ryan Spoon, Principal, Polaris Venture Partners

Speaker Bios (alpha order)

Gabriel Adauto, Co-Founder, Motion Math
Gabriel recently completed a Master’s degree in the Learning, Design, and Technology program at the Stanford School of Education. After receiving his B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford, Gabriel developed his engineering expertise in enterprise software development, providing stable, scalable, and user-friendly infrastructure for many large institutions worldwide. Recognized for his high coding standards, Gabriel performed roles such as Product Release Lead and Architect. He simultaneously spent four years teaching technology classes, including Video Game Design, to children in the Bay Area and Sweden. Motion Math combines his technical skills with his passions for education and video games.

Alexandra Bernadotte, Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
Alex, Founder & CEO, has more than 15 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Before creating Beyond 12, she served as an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she oversaw the firm’s work to build community and share knowledge among its entrepreneurs, and also guided the organization’s efforts to ensure that its portfolio organizations prepare students to not only attend college, but to persist and graduate. In 2009, Alex became an Entrepreneur in Residence at NewSchools, where she developed the business plan for Beyond 12. Alex’s previous professional experience includes serving as executive director of The Princeton Review’s Silicon Valley office, co-founder and vice president of marketing and online strategy at educational travel startup Explorica, director of operations at EF Education, and operations manager at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she coordinated the… efforts of an international youth substance abuse prevention foundation. Alex was also the executive director of Foundation for a College Education (FCE), a nonprofit in East Palo Alto, California, whose mission is to increase the number of students of color who enroll in and graduate from college. She recently completed a 3-year term as president of the FCE board of directors, currently serves on the FCE advisory board and is a volunteer mentor for a group of FCE college students. Alex received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master’s degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from the Stanford University School of Education.

Gina Bianchini, Founder, Ning
Gina Bianchini is the founder of Ning, the largest social platform for the world’s organizers, activists, and influencers to create unique social experiences online. She led Ning as CEO from its inception in 2004 to March 2010 as an exponentially growing top 100 global website and one of the most valuable start-ups in Silicon Valley with close to 50 million registered users and touching 90 million people around the globe each month. Gina has been featured on Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40,” Huffington Post’s 10 technology “Ultimate Game Changers,” and 7×7 magazine’s “Hot 20” list. Gina and Ning have been featured in Fast Company, Wired, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. She has also appeared on Charlie Rose, CNBC, and CNN., Founder of Ning

Prior to founding Ning, Gina was Co-Founder and President of Harmonic Communications, an early advertising tracking, measurement, and optimization software company backed by Sequoia Capital and acquired by Dentsu. She also ran acquisitions, equity investments, and new business unit development for CKS Group, a marketing software and services company that went public in 1995. She started her career at Goldman Sachs & Co. as a financial analyst in its High Technology Group. Gina graduated with honors from Stanford University and received her M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2000. She is an advisor to The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University; The List Project, a non-profit to resettle Iraqi allies in the U.S.; and She Writes, the largest social network for women writers globally.

She is currently working on a new company.

Jon Bischke, Entrepreneur in Residence, Battery Ventures
Jon Bischke is an experienced entrepreneur focused on the intersection of education and technology. He has been on the founding team of four companies, three of which have been acquired (two by publicly-traded companies) and a fourth that was bootstrapped to profitability. Jon’s most recent company, eduFire.com, is a leading video platform for online education and was acquired in June of 2010. Jon has a Bachelor of Science in Business in Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In addition, Jon is also a co-founder of The Legacy Foundation and Unleashed, two organizations that strive to empower the world’s most promising entrepreneurs.

Jennifer Carolan, Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund
Jennifer Carolan is an Associate Partner in NewSchools Venture Fund’s West Coast office, where she focuses on sourcing new entrepreneurial opportunities, due diligence and management assistance for the firm’s portfolio ventures. Before joining NewSchools, Jennifer was a secondary history teacher and a curriculum differentiation coach. While teaching in the public schools, Jennifer was involved in staff development, writing curriculum and sharing best practices. After seven years in the classroom, Jennifer developed a stronger theoretical foundation in curriculum and teacher education at the Stanford University School of Education. Jennifer is active in the Bay Area education community: she serves as an Advisory Board member for Aspire’s East Palo Alto Charter School, is a Challenge Success school coach, and has co-taught “No Teacher Left Behind: Rethinking the Traditional Teaching Career,” a class at Stanford School of Education/Design School. Jennifer has also published on differentiated instruction for Educational Leadership. Jennifer has a teaching certificate and BA in Political Science from Loyola University, and an MA in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and her daughter attends a charter school.

Michael Horn, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Education, Innosight Institute
Michael B. Horn is the co-founder and Executive Director, Education of Innosight Institute, a not-for-profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to problems in the social sector. He is the coauthor of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (McGraw-Hill: June 2008) with Harvard Business School Professor and bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson, president of the Citistates Group. BusinessWeek named the book one of the 10 Best Innovation & Design Books of 2008, Strategy + Business awarded it the best human capital book of 2008, Newsweek named it as the 14th book on its list of “Fifty Books for Our Times,” and the National Chamber Foundation named it first among its 10 “Books that Drive the Debate 2009.”, , Co-Founder and Executive Director, Education, Innosight Institute

Disrupting Class uses the theories of disruptive innovation to identify the root causes of schools’ struggles and suggests a path forward to customize an education for every child in the way she learns. Horn has been a featured keynote speaker at many conferences including the Virtual School Symposium and Microsoft’s School of the Future World Summit. Tech&Learning magazine also named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education.

Prior to this, Horn worked at America Online during its aol.com re-launch, and before that he served as David Gergen’s research assistant, where he tracked and wrote about politics and public policy. Horn has written articles for numerous publications, including Education Week, Forbes, the Boston Globe, and U.S. News & World Report. In addition, he has contributed research for Charles Ellis’ book, Joe Wilson and the Creation of Xerox (Wiley, 2006) and Barbara Kellerman’s Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters (Harvard Business School Press, 2004).

Horn earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Yale University, where he graduated with distinction in History.

Charles Hudson, Venture Partner, SoftTech VC
Charles is a Venture Partner at SoftTech VC and the CEO and Co-Founder of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games company based in San Francisco, CA. Until February 2010, he was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business, a leading producer of social games for the social web. Zynga acquired Serious Business in February of 2010. In addition to working at Serious Business, he also produce technology conferences focused on the intersection of gaming and social media. The two flagship conferences we produce are the Virtual Goods Summit and the Social Gaming Summit.

Charles also work with Justin Smith from Inside Social Games / Inside Facebook on a series of research reports on the virtual goods market. You can check out our research at Inside Virtual Goods. Prior to joining Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Online, a leading online hangout for teens and young adults. Prior to Gaia, Charles worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for early-stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e-commerce markets. Prior to joining Google, he was a Product Manager for IronPort Systems, a leading provider of anti-spam hardware appliances that was acquired by Cisco Systems for $830 million in 2007.

Charles also spent several years working at In-Q-Tel, the strategic venture capital group for the Central Intelligence Agency. While at In-Q-Tel, he focused on identifying investment opportunities that could deliver significant value to the CIA and the commercial market in both the short and long term. Charles holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Stanford University. He is also on the Advisory Board for BizWorld, a nonprofit that educates students about business, and the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, a nonprofit connecting entrepreneurs, ideas, and capital.

Alan Louie, Co-Founder, Imagine K12
Alan has a deep interest in the future of education and learning. Prior to Imagine K12 he worked at Google managing special projects such as strategic deal development and negotiation, internal cross-functional troubleshooting and managing tricky partners.  He helped guide Google.org during its formation and made its initial set of grants.  Prior to Google he played early roles in sales and business development at start-ups (at the time) Netscape, Infoseek, Shutterfly and Network Computing Devices, all of which went public, and Kontiki, which was acquired by VeriSign.  In prior lives he was a science researcher and software engineer working on high speed parallel computing, radio astronomy and high energy physics at NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab and the California Institute of Technology; a software analyst for advanced aeronautics at Lockheed and Cray Research; and a systems engineer at Sun Microsystems.  Alan has a B.A. in Physics from Occidental College.

Thianh Lu, Co-Founder and Head of Product, LearnBoost
Thianh Lu is one of the co-founders of LearnBoost and is responsible for product development, UX and design. LearnBoost allows teachers to manage their classroom in one place by keeping track of student grades, creating lesson plans, tracking attendance, viewing reports and analytics, while seamlessly integrating with Google Apps. LearnBoost was recently named a Top 10 Startup of 2010 by ReadWriteWeb. Previously, Thianh was a product manager at two other startups (Zecco and Poken) where he built some best in class features and web apps.  Thianh has an MBA from Boston College as well a BBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

Peter Pham, Co-founder and President, Color
Peter was the former CEO of Billshrink.com and Vice President of Business Development at Photobucket.com. which was acquired in 2007 by Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corporation for $300M. Both companies were funded by Trinity Ventures. Prior to Photobucket, Peter was in the enterprise space for over 8 years being involved in multiple startups in areas such as mid-range server computing, software as a service, solid state storage, and mobilization of enterprise software. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Business Management from the University of California, Irvine., President of Color

Carl Sjogreen, Lead Product Manager-Facebook Platform, Facebook, Co-Founder of nextstop.com

Ryan Spoon, Principal, Polaris Venture Partners Inc.
Ryan Spoon is a principal in San Francisco at Polaris’ Dog Patch Lab. He focuses on investments in internet, technology and digital media. Ryan blogs at http://www.ryanspoon.com. Prior to joining Polaris, Ryan worked at Widgetbox as Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. Ryan spent 2003-2007 at eBay Inc. As part of the internet marketing team, Ryan focused on user acquisition, search engine optimization and social content properties like eBay MyWorld and Reviews & Guides. Most recently, Ryan launched and managed the Kijiji.com business. In 2000, as a collegiate swimmer for Duke University, Ryan founded beRecruited – a sports recruiting platform for high school athletes and college coaches. beRecruited was acquired by RVS Ventures in 2007 and Ryan currently serves on the board of directors. He also is the founder and president of sfEntrepreneurs – an organization of Bay Area investors and operators – which first launched InGameNow.com. Ryan holds a B.A. from Duke University.

Jeremy Stoppelman, Co-founder, Yelp Inc.
Jeremy co-founded Yelp Inc. in July 2004 with former colleague Russel Simmons. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy was the VP of engineering at PayPal. He left PayPal in the summer of 2003 to attend Harvard Business School. He joined a start-up incubator in the Summer of 2004 and left Harvard to launch Yelp. Jeremy holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois.

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