speakers + BIOS = <3:
Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Messaging, Facebook
Stan Chudnovsky is Head of Product for Messaging at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Stan was VP of Growth and Global Strategy at PayPal after a company he co-founded, IronPearl, was acquired in 2013. Stan also co-founded several other successful companies including Jiff, NFX, Ooga Labs, and Wonderhill. Before that, Stan was building Tickle Inc., one of the first social media companies, and grew it to become one of the largest websites in the world by 2003. Originally from Moscow, Stan got his engineering degrees back in Russia and has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1994.
Phil Libin, Managing Director, General Catalyst
Phil Libin served as CEO of Evernote from 2007 to 2015, and currently serves as Executive Chairman. In September 2015, Libin joined General Catalyst Partners as its fourth general partner in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world. Previously, Phil was founder and CEO of Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation in early 2000, where he went on to serve as principal architect and chief technologist for applications.
Veronica Belmont, Product Manager, Growbot
Veronica is a bot-obsessed product manager in San Francisco. She works for Growbot, helping to make sure employees get the recognition they deserve on their teams! She also helps to admin Botwiki.org and Botmakers.org, a huge community of bot creators and enthusiasts. As a writer, producer, and speaker, her primary goal has been to educate both savvy and mainstream audiences about how technology can improve and enhance their lives. Through the years this love of innovation has also lead to advising many startups on product, communications, and marketing, including Goodreads (acq. Amazon), about.me (acq. Aol), Daily Drip, Soundtracking (acq. Rhapsody), Milk (acq. Google), WeGame (acq. Tagged), Forge, ChicCEO, and more.
Lauren Kunze, Principal, Pandorabots
Lauren Kunze built her first chabot at age fifteen, and is now Principal at Pandorabots: the world’s leading platform for building and deploying chatbots. She is a published author and graduate of Harvard College, where she studied Literature and Language, and Neuroscience.
Ethan Bloch, Founder & CEO, Digit
Previously Ethan was Co-founder and CEO of Flowtown which was acquired by Demandforce (Intuit) in October 2011 (http://techcrunch.com/2011/10/13/marketing-startup-flowtown-gets-swooped-up-by-demandforce/). Ethan started his first company selling electronic imports in 1999. He was an early adopter of social media, attracting an audience for his groundbreaking hit internet TV show on WSYK, later syndicated by Revision 3. He studied international business in Spain, and guest lectures at Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Always intense and spirited, he loves snowboarding.
Eugenia Kudya, Founder & CEO, Luka
Eugenia Kuyda is a co-founder and CEO at Luka. Prior to starting Luka, she founded a branding agency where her clients consisted of Formula One teams and large banks. She also led a banking project built on top of a telecommunications company where she developed an SMS bank assistant. Prior to that, she began working as a journalist at age 12 for Novaya Gazeta (nationwide newspaper) where she had her own column. She also wrote for Sport Express, GQ and Tatler, and worked as a line producer for Bazelevs, published two books and finally became editor-in-chief at Afisha, a popular lifestyle magazine. She holds an MBA from the London Business School.
Stephanie Volftsun, Co-Founder & CEO, Bubby
Bubby is an AI-powered matchmaker that gets to know you, learns what you're looking, and sets you up on curated, compatible dates. Bubby uses a combination of machine intelligence and human intuition to help you find love.