Duncan is the founder and CEO of RocketSpace, a technology campus and accelerator headquartered in the heart of San Francisco. Since 2011, RocketSpace has helped tech entrepreneurs, startups and corporate professionals bring the future to market. The company offers accelerator-like services to its members including consulting, tech events, access to capital and office-as-a-service, which together create the perfect ecosystem for innovation to thrive. RocketSpace has fueled the success of more than 800 startups, including 17 unicorns who have raised more than $20B, such as Uber, Spotify and Leap Motion. In 2017, RocketSpace will open campuses in London and China.
RocketSpace’s Corporate Innovation Services team has helped more than 100 brands worldwide – including Schneider Electric, Converse, Tata Communications, Royal Bank of Scotland, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Samsung, and ABinBev – transform into modern corporations. RocketSpace clients create new opportunities from inside, and outside, their organizations to ensure they are leading the disruption in their industry, not being disrupted. With access to nearly 200 startups on its San Francisco campus and to thousands around the world, its Corporate Innovation Services team specializes in helping its clients learn about, work with, and work like startups.
RocketSpace investors include China’s HNA Group. In August 2016, it was announced that the multinational Fortune 500 powerhouse invested $336M toward RocketSpace’s global expansion and other strategic programs designed to help people bring disruptive technologies to market.
Duncan was born and raised near St. Andrews, Scotland and began his professional career working in derivatives at Swiss Bank Corporation in London. At 24, he started his first company, CITYPRO International. He built it to $8 million in revenue over a three year period, before selling to ASAP Plc in 2000, where he went on to become group managing director. In 2002, Duncan joined MessageLabs, an early SAAS security company, which he helped to build until it was sold to Symantec in 2008 for $700 million. Duncan made the move to San Francisco in 2008.z
Jeremy has been on the forefront of cloud computing and brings over 20 years of experience building highly available and scalable technology platforms to support global commerce operations. He is an expert on engineering methodology and productivity, developing software as a service (SaaS) technology platforms, and presentation layer frameworks.
Before joining Walmart, Jeremy spent three years at LiveOps as executive vice president of technology. At LiveOps, he guided Fortune 500 companies to migrate their services to the cloud, embrace crowd sourcing in the enterprise, and adopt highly available and secure SaaS platforms.
Prior to that, Jeremy was vice president of engineering and software development at eBay. During his tenure, he led the team that selected and implemented the next-generation application platform “V3,” ran engineering teams for trading and fraud systems, launched eBay in seven new countries, opened development centers in China and India, and was a key member of the PayPal integration team. He also spent time as the founding engineering leader for Petopia.com and ran web technologies for Bay Networks.
Jeremy King is executive vice president and chief technology officer for all U.S. Walmart stores and eCommerce. His organization consists of U.S. retail technology, @WalmartLabs, and Jet technology – including a global presence in infrastructure, cloud, and data platforms. Their charter is to create a seamless shopping experience so customers can save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices.
Jeremy has a bachelor’s degree in information technology from San Jose State University. He is an advisory board member for the CTO Forum, an organization that brings together senior leaders across the technology industry to discuss and collaborate on key issues facing the industry and accelerate innovation across organizations.
Adeo Ressi is CEO of the Founder Institute, an idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program with chapters in over 120 cities worldwide. The Institute’s mission is to Globalize Silicon Valley and help create 1 million new jobs.
Mr. Ressi has also pioneered a number of advances in the field of venture capital and fundraising. He developed “convertible equity” along with Yokum Taku, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which is a financing vehicle that provides all of the flexibility of convertible debt without hindering a company with loans. It is estimated that as much as 50% of early stage angel deals use this structure.
Priya Rajan is currently the Director of Early Stage Banking at Silicon Valley Bank, exclusively focused on the innovation sector and engages with founders as they start their journey to build a company. She enjoys the early stage ecosystem and mentoring entrepreneurs as they dream, build and inspire to disrupt the status quo.
Prior to joining SVB, she held financial management roles at various institutions including Charles Schwab. She has an MBA from Cornell University and a California CPA. She also serves on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bay Area, an organization truly close to her heart.
Rathi Murthy is Senior Vice President and CTO for Gap, Inc.. In her current role, Rathi has used her extensive experience in platforms and products to develop an end to end technology strategy for Gap inc’s broad portfolio of brands. Her expertise lies in her ability to manage engineering teams and drive change.
Prior to Gap, Rathi was CIO for Enterprise Growth, at American Express. She managed end-to-end platform technology, infrastructure and operations for the suite of American Express pre-paid products. While at American Express, Rathi was named Top Woman in Cloud Innovation in 2014, and Most Influential Women in Payments in 2015.
Prior to American Express, Rathi had over 19 years in increasingly senior technology leadership roles at some of the world’s best technology companies. Rathi worked as the Senior Director of Engineering for eBay Inc., where she was responsible for ensuring a high quality, reliable customer experience for eBay Marketplaces. She managed a team of 250+ software engineers, significantly improving site quality and speed to market. Rathi also previously served at Yahoo!, Inc., where she grew an engineering organization from 5 to 100+. Her leadership dramatically reduced release cycle time and increased efficiency of Quality Assurance, build and release management. Rathi has held positions at several other technology firms including Sun Microsystems and WebMD.
Rathi has extensive technology and engineering experience and has spent most of her career developing and building platforms and products for emerging technologies. Her expertise lies in her ability to manage engineering teams and drive change.
She is also an Art of Living Teacher and has a passion to help spread Peace in the community.
Rathi holds a Masters in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University, California.
Brienne Ghafourifar is a young, full-stack entrepreneur on a mission to radically transform the way technology helps people interact. While she acknowledges that it might be physically impossible to meet every person on the planet, she is more than willing to try. Brienne co-founded Entefy—a Palo Alto tech startup in the digital communication and data intelligence space—with her brother, Alston. She set a world record at the age of 17 by becoming the youngest college graduate to raise $1 million in venture funding; that figure has since grown to $17.7 million.
Brienne holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Santa Clara University. As a leader among young entrepreneurs, she has been covered by international media including Fast Company, CNN Money, Forbes, NBC, and The Huffington Post, among others. With a deep passion for entrepreneurship and courageous innovation, Brienne actively participates in conferences and workshops that encourage more people to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. She is being featured in an upcoming documentary film, “She Started It,” highlighting women tech founders in the U.S. and Europe.
Amy Bunszel is a thought leader with over 20 years of experience innovating software products across the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) and manufacturing industries. She displays the unique ability to inspire innovative strategy while driving large-scale agile software development around the globe. Amy’s roots as a start-up co-founder, combined with her deep product management knowledge and large-scale product execution expertise, make her a powerful leader and advisor in this age of digital growth.
Amy currently serves as Vice President of Digital Engineering Products at 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software company Autodesk. In this role, Amy manages a team of over 700 focused on product strategy and execution, and champions a user experience practice that goes beyond usability to include qualitative and quantitative research, visual design, and analytics. Using this philosophy, Amy transformed Autodesk’s largest product, AutoCAD, from an outdated, unwieldy program to its current iteration – a modern multi-platform offering that serves as the backbone of Autodesk’s license-to-subscription business model transformation. Amy’s product lines (AutoCAD, Inventor, Alias, VRED, ReCap) have led the company’s transition to a subscription based business model, while adding new cloud-based capability.
Before joining Autodesk, Amy co-founded Linius Technologies in 1996. The company delivered wire harness design software to the manufacturing industry. Its technology was integrated with Autodesk’s Inventor 3D mechanical design software when Autodesk acquired the company in 2003.
Amy holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amy is a member of the Athena Alliance, the President’s Council for Cornell Women, and an advisor for the Entrepreneurship Program at Cornell.
Paula Dieli is currently Vice President of Program Management at Zendesk, which builds software for better customer relationships. Her team of talented Program Managers drives complex, cross-functional programs to successful completion.
Prior to joining Zendesk, Paula held engineering and engineering management roles as well as product and program management roles at various software companies in the U.S. and Europe, including Adobe, Macromedia, and Hewlett-Packard
Anu Shukla is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of high-tech industry experience. She is the Founder& CEO of RewardsPay Inc. Formerly, she was the founder and CEO of Offerpal Media ( aka Tapjoy, Inc.) She was the Founder and former CEO and Director of MyBuys Inc. (formerly Rubiconsoft) a venture backed company she started in 2002.
Prior to RubiconSoft, she was founder and CEO of Rubric, Inc, a Silicon Valley software company that pioneered the explosive new category of Enterprise Marketing Automation systems to collaborate, plan, execute, manage and measure marketing campaigns. Rubric eMA is used by F500 and e-commerce companies to drive revenues and build “sticky” customer relationships. Rubric, was acquired for $366 million in February 2000.
Prior to founding Rubric, Ms. Shukla was the VP of Marketing and Product Strategy at Versata (VATA) .As the COO at mFactory, Inc., Ms. Shukla raised significant growth capital and helped it make a successful transition from a technology start-up to ongoing commercial concern. The company was acquired by Quark.
Ms. Shukla was Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Product Management at Compuware/Uniface Corporation (CPWR), where sales grew from $10 million to more than $85 million . She played a major role in Compuware’s $433 million acquisition of Uniface.
Ms. Shukla served on the Board of Directors of FWE&E (Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives) , International Museum of Women ( IMOW.org) and the Advisory Board for the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. She was named to the Computer Industry “Dream Team” by Business 2.0 magazine in 2004, awarded the YSU Distinguished Alumni award in 2005, and the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Washington D.C. based Dialogue on Diversity organization in 2005. Ms Shukla served as the commencement speaker and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from her Alma Mater YSU in 2008.
Specialties: CEO, Entrepreneur, Marketing, Internet Advertising, Virtual Currency Monetiztion, Social Networking, Social Games
Mark Weiss has a penchant for startups and has spent more than 17 years executing strategic partnerships that have helped take them to successful IPOs and acquisitions. His career has spanned several marquee Internet start-ups and three IPO’s starting with HotJobs.com in 1999 which went public and was acquired by Yahoo in 2002. After joining Yahoo’s Local team he led business development for several young start-ups including Federated Media Publishing and Eurekster where he secured partnerships with Forbes, Time Inc, Gartner and others. In 2008, Mark joined Trulia as an early employee leading Business Development with the real estate industry, and played a pivotal role forming Trulia’s MLS Advisory Board and creating many of Trulia’s largest relationships. Trulia went public in 2012 and was later acquired by Zillow. After almost 5 years with Trulia, Mark joined Locu as Head of Business Development leading Locu’s Publisher Platform. Locu was acquired by GoDaddy, where he was Sr. Director of Corporate & Business Development.
Mark is currently Ecosystem GM, at RocketSpace. He is an advisor for several startups and a mentor for Founder Institute as well as Alchemist Accelerator, rated the top 5 accelerator in the U.S.
Marcus Segal is a General Partner at Upshift Capital, a seed stage investment fund. Marcus has 17 years of experience working as strategist and operations executive in Silicon Valley. Segal spent over 7 years in total with Zynga serving in a number of roles including the SVP Global Operations, Chief Operating Officer [COO] of Game Studios, and COO of Business Operations. Segal was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the game studios, CIO and CTO functions as well as the development of the International Production, Community, QA, and Central Art teams.
Prior to joining Zynga, Marcus co-founded and served as the CFO for Vindicia Inc., a technology company focused on providing advanced billing and risk solutions for digital merchants (sold to Amdocs). Before Vindicia, Marcus was the COO of eMusic.com [Nasdaq EMUS] where he led the organization through their acquisition by Universal Music Group in 2003.
Marcus serves on the Board of Crowdfunder and is mentoring start-ups through Nomadic Mentors, Google Launchpad, and Y-Combinator.
Before starting his career in technology, Marcus worked in TV and film as the Executive in Charge of Production for The Documedia Group producing the Emmy Award nominated series “Sworn to Secrecy” for The History Channel and as a pyro-technician on one of the world’s true film classics, “Beastmaster 3.”
June leads the Foundation’s technology for social impact strategy. She
created the Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project, a competition
seeking the best wireless technology solutions to address critical
social issues around the world; it’s identified innovations in digital
health monitoring, diagnosis, data collection, financial literacy, and
June enjoys the challenge of creating alignment between corporate
strategy, philanthropy and CSR; supporting incubation of social
innovation start-ups; stimulating technology funding by developing
funder & nonprofit education programs; searching innovative ways to
harness mobile data for nonprofits to serve the community better,
faster, safer while considering privacy and security.
Her recent efforts are focused on diversity in the workplace, women
and girls in STEM and creating employee programs. Listed in 40 Women
to Watch Over 40, June has served on advisory and board capacities at
Northern California Grantmakers, Foundation Center San Francisco,
Vodafone Group Foundation & United Nations Foundation Technology
Partnership and others.