Monique is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups investing in black and Latino entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of Black Founders — a national community of entrepreneurs whose mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Previously, she was one of the first Innovation Fellows for the City of San Francisco and has helped cities use technology to innovate workforce and other civic services. She has more than 15 years of entrepreneur and operating experience in consumer, e-commerce, and civic tech. She likes art, fashion, and fly things.
CEO, The Amplify Lab
Joanna Bloor, CEO of The Amplify Lab, is a people accelerator, scalability junkie and belief agent for brave and curious women.
A veteran in the media space, Joanna has almost 20 years experience in digital media, broadcast television and radio. Working in leadership roles at OpenTable, CBS Interactive and Pandora, Joanna is an established expert in strategy, sales training, team development, and ad operations. Joanna knows how to develop people, grows brands and scale businesses.
Joanna is passionate about helping people identify their personal goals, unique skills and setting a path to attain them. In 2015, Joanna embarked on a new idea that leveraged her business acumen around media, her curiosity about 3D printing and her personal struggles with weight loss. The result? 3D L.I.L.A. was born. L.I.L.A. – Late in Life Athlete – is a weekly podcast that chronicles how Joanna is using 3D printing and a love of a running to win the weight loss battle. Joanna shared her 3D L.I.L.A. story at the TED 2016 Dream Conference.
Joanna is a frequent speaker and panel moderator at various industry events including Watermark, Dreamforce and many others. In addition, she has delivered motivational speeches, created customized sales training, team building and personal career development programs for a host of business and organizations including Microsoft, Ernst & Young, and Dentsu Aegis.
Cofounder and CEO, Cricket Health and Investor
Arvind is Cofounder and CEO of Cricket Health, a health care company in San Francisco on a mission to eliminate the burden of kidney disease. Before Cricket Health, Arvind spent six years at LinkedIn, in a variety of senior leadership roles, including leading LinkedIn's entry into new markets all over the world, and developing the company's China strategy. Prior to joining LinkedIn, he spent nine years (five as CEO) at Grassroots Enterprise, a technology and services firm that built online grassroots marketing and influencer programs for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and issue campaigns.
Managing Director, WestRiver Group
Lisa Stone is an investor, co-founder and c-level entrepreneur with extensive experience working successfully across sales, product, engineering, marketing, content and community to design platforms, programs, pricing and partnerships that activate millions of people and achieve defined business goals. As a social media pioneer, Lisa has used technology to create scale consumer movements and communities (25-127 million monthly uniques) on topics ranging from lifestyle to enterprise (BlogHer, Ellevest, Law.com, Women.com Networks, Fortune 100 clients, various advisory boards). Specialties: Storytelling with data, putting millions of dollars in the pockets of women, and advocacy for inclusivity in tech. Awards and honors include Fortune’s MPW Entrepreneur Award, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University.
General Partner at Center Electric
Andy is a General Partner at Center Electric, LLC, a Seed Stage venture capital firm focused on the Internet of Things. He brings deep industry experience around consumer electronics, ingredient tech, social media and IoT. With deep roots as a venture/mentor, guest lecturer and experienced operator, Andy provides a perspective on innovation that few can match.
For over 20 years, Andy served as an executive leading teams at Dolby Labs, BIGWORDS, LiquidWit, Intel, Analysis Group, Polaroid, Integral Inc. and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In 2010, he co-wrote The Dragonfly Effect, an actionable guide to driving impact through customer insight and highly effective, measurable social marketing strategies. While working with companies to create Dragonfly Effects of their own, he advised and supported technical and social ventures with guidance in customer strategy, marketing and technology.
Andy is a Venture Mentor in both Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad class (Berkeley and Columbia) and at Eric Ries’ Lean Startup Conference. He has lectured at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business on social technology, growth hacking, and brand building, with a focus on applying technology to address real problems. He contributes to Fast Company, First Round Review, GOOD Magazine, and blog at Psychology Today exploring ideas and businesses that embrace and integrate both meaning and innovation. Andy also appears on radio and TV, speaks at events including SXSW, The 140 Characters Conference, Social Media Breakfast, World 50, Marketing Week, TechCoire and Interbrand. He is on boards of Accompani, Ziploop, Publet, 140 Proof, LIF Brands, Avanoo, and One Family One Meal.
Andy earned his MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School and holds an Economics degree from Pomona College.