Leonard Grayver, Greenberg Whitcombe Takeuchi Gibson & Grayver LLP
Lara Druyan, RBC
Peter Weed, McKinsey & Company
Partner, Global Co-head 'Growth Tech' Practice
Simeon Nestorov, Connected Venture Capital
Veronika Kapustina, VK Strategies
Veronika is a Managing Partner at VK Strategies LLC, an early-stage venture capital firm and consultancy that focuses on operational and financial best practice in startups. After spending nearly a decade in investment banking, Veronika has shifted her focus to applying the best practice and winning business models used by top public and private technology firms in early stage companies, offering expert advice on areas such as capital structure management, business model design, financial planning and reporting.
Veronika has extensive experience with venture and public equity financings, private and public debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs. As an investment banker, she has represented numerous companies in internet, software, communications, ad-tech and clean-tech segments of technology, many of which are household names. Her experience totals over 40 transactions, with approximately $40Bn in value created for her clients.
As an early-stage investor and advisor, Veronika has worked with companies in a range of technology verticals including e-commerce, sharing economy, machine learning, blockchain, and hardware.
Jay Bhatti, BrandProject
Jill Fishbein, Carr&Ferrell, LLP
Jill is partner and co-chair of the Corporate Practice Group of Carr & Ferrell. Jill’s practice focuses on corporate and securities work for both public and private companies, as well as venture capital firms and other financial institutions, with particular emphasis on the representation of growth technology and life science companies.
Jill has extensive experience with venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and domestic and international joint ventures. She is also one of the firm’s foremost attorneys focused on the developing areas of clean technologies. Jill has represented numerous companies in the fields of Internet, e-commerce, software, multimedia and data communications.
Chance Barnett, Crowdfunder.com
Serial entrepreneur now revolutionizing fundraising & investing in startups. Catalyst in equity crowdfunding legislation & JOBS Act.
Danielle Strachman, 1517 Venture Fund
In 2010, during the founding of the Thiel Fellowship, Danielle joined to lead the design and operations. She is the visionary behind the Thiel Summit series that has been attended by some 2000 young entrepreneurs. Previous to her work with Peter Thiel, Danielle founded and directed Innovations Academy in San Diego, a K-8 charter school serving 350 students, with a focus on student- led project based learning and other alternative programs.