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I am Ish, founder of Tars. I have been working on startups/products for the last 5 years now. Have seen both B2B and B2C. Very bullish about the future of SaaS and how you can build profitable bootstrapped companies.
CEO of Ruby on Rails Full Stack and DevOps
Studied Marketing & Mass Comm in the US. Transferred to Int. Business in NL. Started in biz dev on market intelligence products. Transitioned into management consulting. Later and for the longest in political consulting. Interest of social processes and information dissemination led to consent.io startup. 2 failed starts, bad timing, not right team. Now third time lucky and going strong for 2 years.
The CEO and co-founder of Float.com, the resource scheduling app helping agencies, studios and firms keep track of who's working on what and when. Float.com is bootstrapped, profitable and 100% remote, with Glenn currently based in Melbourne, Australia, where he has ready access to a good flat white.
Studied Computer Science at UCLA and Stanford. Founded Ronin (roninapp.com) in 2008, sold to GoDaddy in 2013 (since reacquired). Founded Reamaze in 2012.
Co-founder/CEO of Freshdeal, and previously Fruitspot, leading Agtech start-ups focused on the Produce Industry. He has built and led digital businesses worth +$2 billion for leading brands like P&G, Google, Nike, Coke, and Diageo.
Jose has +15 years of experience in business strategy, digital, and marketing. As Director of Strategy at Hugeinc.com, and while developing through the ranks at P&G and Booz&Co., Jose has led business worth +$2B for brands like Procter & Gamble, Google, Nike, Coke, and Diageo.
Michael Chasin is the co-founder and CEO of the legal tech company, Lexicata, the world's #1 client intake and CRM software for lawyers. With thousands of law firms on the platform across 20+ countries, Lexicata helps bridge the technology gap many law firms face as more and more professional services move online to the cloud.
Prior to Lexicata, Chasin founded LawKick in 2012, a leading online marketplace for seamlessly connecting clients to the perfect lawyer for their needs. After running LawKick for several years, Chasin became intimately familiar with the fact that lawyers often struggle to manage their leads effectively. As such, Lexicata was born in 2014 and has been helping law firms grow ever since.
Before running two successful businesses, Michael attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning his dual degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, before moving onto Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School to earn his M.B.A. and J.D., respectively. Michael currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he spends his free time surfing and playing golf and basketball
Jake Diner is an innovation and technology expert with two decades of experience in product management. He graduated from MSU with a degree in computer science.
After working for over a decade in corporate leadership roles, including positions at Belkin and Dell, Jake decided to use his experience to build start-ups with a focus on those serving the insurance industry. After exiting from his first InsureTech venture-backed startup he co-founded seven years ago, he currently serves as CEO of Elafris, a San Francisco-based company that has built artificial intelligence-powered chatbot technology designed to help insurers meet the engagement expectations of today’s consumer.
Atul Poharkar is the Founder and CEO of Plobal.ai. In 2016, Atul realised that even though mobile apps were the default future, the technology was limited to just the bigger players. That's when Plobal was born. He and his team built a platform for developing mobile apps and setting up the mobile commerce success journey for businesses without compromising on any tech abilities.
Today, Plobal powers mobile commerce for hundreds of fast growing Shopify and Shopify Plus stores and has partnered with some of the biggest tech companies, including Google (Instant Apps), to bring the most cutting edge tech to their businesses. The team is building towards putting m-commerce on autopilot viz. autonomous commerce.
Atul's future plans include roaming around the globe, gaining new experiences while serving as a bartender at local watering holes.
Robert Frederick, founder and CEO of Sirqul, has been focused on connected communities of devices, people, and businesses since 1993. He was inspired by the boundless future potential of smart connected devices and leveraged this passion to attend MIT, to work on projects in the MIT Media Lab, and to join one of the first startups focused on standards that would later be called BlueTooth in the late nineties. The startup’s licensed product, DeviceTalk.com, was a central server running Intelligent Agents that used event-based logic to complete actions on behalf of its users via simple commands and conditional triggers. Identity and Presence were important then and still tends to be important now. Amazon acquired the company in 1999, and Robert led the internal team, Amazon Anywhere, that focused on making it possible to interact with Amazon Anywhere, Anytime, on Any device. After becoming the technical co-founder of Amazon Web Services and setting the stage for Amazon to become profitable leveraging the Cloud, Rob started Sirqul to create an Intelligence of Things (IoT) ecosystem on top of the cloud that also works at the edge. Sirqul has numerous partners that span Retail, Smart Buildings, Autonomous Vehicles, and Robotics.
Dave is an entrepreneur specializing in high-growth tech businesses, and a video insight evangelist with global ambitions for growth and adventure. As CEO at Voxpopme, he has redefined the possibilities of video for market research and customer feedback. The solution Voxpopme has built provides an end-to-end software solution for video research, enabling researchers to capture video feedback at speed, analyze it at scale and share it with ease. With Voxpopme, video is now truly agile.
Max Kolysh is a serial entrepeneur and investor. After graduating early from MIT with a degree in Computer Science, Max started Zinc.io (YC W14), a 20 person startup in SF which now powers tens of thousands of ecommerce companies around the world.
An early fascination with Google Adwords and analytics at the age of 18, lead me to start Data Nerds in early 2014. We have dabbled in digital marketing and optimization in several domains albeit real estate had us hooked. Our first product was a Carfax for Homes which landed us in the prestigious Techstars Boulder 2017 program. Fast forward less than a year and we are now backed by Foundry Group and Techstars Ventures. We are primarily focused on bringing transparency, accuracy, and education to the vast and segmented real estate industry.
Lalit is an enterprise mobility veteran with 17 years of experience building over 150 products. He invented hybrid mobile programming and has a patent in visual merchandising using image recognition. His 6+ years of sales force automation experience with FMCG market leaders has resulted in Bizom being at the forefront of digital sales transformation in India, helping over 250 enterprises achieve data driven transformation via automation and analytics!
John Nardone is the CEO of Flashtalking. A first-generation ad tech pioneer, Nardone served as a founding board member of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB). Throughout his career he earned recognition within the advertising community for his ground-breaking work at Pepsi, Modem Media and Marketing Management Analytics (MMA), culminating in his receiving the Ad:Tech Industry Achievement Award in 2012.
Entrepreneurial leader and team motivator with the ability to proactively identify market opportunities and solve challenging business problems. Keen sense of time-to-market and the bottom-line.
Passion for new product/service innovation, startups, helping entrepreneurs, driving business acceleration and business execution.
Experienced in Business Development, Product Management, Marketing, and Business Mgt & Operations in ecommerce and Marketing Systems, Mobile, Print-on-Demand, IPTV, 3D Printing and Automotive Telematics.
Simeon has lived in 6 countries and 11 cities. Having helped sell real estate all over the globe, he now runs Spark, a software platform for new development projects with a team of 20 based out of Vancouver. His goal is to change the way new real estate is sold and marketed.
Matthew Glotzbach is the CEO of Quizlet. He joined Quizlet from 12 years at Google, where he was most recently VP Product Management at YouTube. Prior to YouTube, he was on the founding team of Google Apps. Matthew studied mechanical engineering at Cornell and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Abhinav Ansthana started Postman a side-project in 2012 to simplify API development. Postman has grown to become an industry standard API Development Environment with more than 5 million users and is used in every country and every industry sector, bringing API developer collaboration to enterprises and individuals alike.
Founder & CEO of ClearMetal
Venky Balasubramanian is the co-founder and CEO of Plivo, a cloud-based communications platform that simplifies how businesses integrate communications into their applications. Today Plivo has grown to over 200 employees across 3 offices globally and has been profitable since 2015. Plivo has expanded exponentially over the last few years serving over 70,000 customers and now handles billions of voice calls and SMS every year from businesses around the world.
Prior to founding Plivo, Venky has had a number of years of telecom industry experience working in technical capacities with global telecom giants like Huawei Technologies.
Reggie Aggarwal is the CEO and Founder of Cvent, the leader in meetings, events and hospitality software. A lawyer by trade, Aggarwal founded Cvent in 1999 as a two-person startup, with the goal of making meeting planning easier for his peers in the business community.
Sharon Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of Omny Studio – an advanced audio-on-demand platform built for enterprise audio publishers. With over a decade of leadership experience in the technology industry, at Omny Studio she drives awareness of podcasting around the globe - working with radio networks and podcasters to navigate and excel in the space.