Our Masterclasses events this year will host a line-up of inspirational speakers from Silicon Valley addressing topics taking over the world of technology. We are delighted to announce an impressive list of speakers, including Obi Felten, the Director of X Foundry - the team behind self-driving cars, self-flying delivery vehicles, energy kites and Internet from balloons. Other prominent speakers include Crystal Hutter, Found of Edmodo, and David Hornik of August Capital. Through panel discussions, our speakers will offer advice and tips for building a talented team, scaling a company globally, and financing a business.
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Obi Felten - Director, Google X
Obi works at X, the team behind self-driving cars, self-flying delivery vehicles, energy kites and Internet from balloons. As director of X Foundry, she is responsible for getting early stage X projects from the lab into the real world (or ensuring they fail fast). Previously she was director of consumer marketing for Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa, which sounds like the easiest job in the world until you consider that Google has 100+ products in a region of 120+ countries as diverse as Germany, Russia, Egypt and Kenya. Obi is a startup mentor and angel investor, with a focus on women entrepreneurs. She set up Campus London, a Google-funded space for tech entrepreneurs. She is on the board of Shift, a social enterprise designing products to address social problems like youth obesity and depression. She is also on the board of Picasso Labs, a tech startup.
Crystal Hutter - Co-Founder and Advisor, Edmodo
Crystal Hutter is an accomplished leader, entrepreneur, advisor, and impact investor based in Silicon Valley. She is a co-founder of Edmodo, the number one K-12 social learning network in the world, where she served as COO and CEO until the beginning of 2015. In addition to her ongoing advisory work with Edmodo, Crystal supports several companies in the education technology and social media spaces. Prior to Edmodo, Crystal made investments in microfinance, mobile banking, and education ventures for Omidyar Network. Previously, she was a senior engineer at Oracle Corporation where she worked in Oracle’s government, education, and healthcare software groups. Crystal has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
David Hornik - General Partner, August Capital
For the last 20 years, David has worked closely with technology companies to help them grow and prosper. David joined August Capital in 2000 to invest in a broad range of software companies. Since that time, he has invested in dozens of companies across the software spectrum, including a number of enterprise software and SaaS, consumer services, and payments related businesses. Along with colleagues at August Capital, David started the first venture capital blog, VentureBlog, and the first venture capital podcast, VentureCast. He is the creator and executive producer of the The Lobby and Lobby: Enterprise, August Capital’s annual gatherings of the thought leaders across digital media and enterprise/SaaS software. David also serves as the Tech Curator for the TED Conference in Vancouver and is the co-creator and host of TEDxStanford. He received Deloitte’s 2013 Venture Capitalist of the Year award and has been honored by Forbes Magazine as a member of its Midas List of top Venture Capitalists.
Hillary Mickell - Head of Global Partner Marketing, Udacity
Hillary is currently the Head of Global Partner Marketing at Udacity, the company allowing you to get a new job or advance your career with courses built by industry leaders like Google, Amazon and Facebook. Hillary is also the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Foodily Inc, founded in 2010. Foodily is the world’s largest recipe search engine, offering a new way to search for recipes ‘from big name chefs to up and coming bloggers’. She has previously worked at PayPal, Yahoo!, Shutterfly, Netscape, and Microsoft. She holds a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston University.
Rahul Vohra - Founder & CEO, Superhuman
An entrepreneur at heart, Rahul Vohra has been involved with a number of startups, headed up the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs while attending college there, and is now co-founder and CEO of Rapportive. Rahul is most well known as a computer scientist, gamer, and entrepreneur.