Dr. Alain Braincon

Dr. Alain Briancon, VP Data Science of Cerebri AI,  is a serial entrepreneur and inventor (over 230 patents worldwide) with a vast experience in wireless, electronics, IoT, and enterprise software, and domains that have experienced growth through ecosystem approaches. When at Motorola he was responsible for  standards at WAP Forum , FIPA, VoiceXML, MeXE, IETF, W3C, Bluetooth, Home RF, Java SIGs, ETSI. At InterDigital, he directed work on 4G, LTE, IoT, security, and privacy. Through difference startups, Alain has applied AI to IoT predicting appliance failures, electioneering management in state races, food and diet management, and now creating next best actions for Fortune 500 companies. 



Allison Clift-Jennings

CEO and Founder



Allison Clift-Jennings is the co-founder and CEO of Filament since 2012. With an engineering background in both hardware and software as well as experience with startups in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City, she is well suited with both the business and technical aspects of Filament’s industrial IoT platform. Allison also serves on the Computer Science Engineering advisory board at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her personal interests lie in systems theory, permaculture, and analog music synthesizers.



Ankit Jain
Partner and Founder
Gradient Ventures

Ankit is a Founding Partner at Gradient Ventures and a Director of Engineering at Google. Previously, he was the Vice President of Product at SimilarWeb, which he joined via the acquisition of mobile intelligence startup Quettra that he founded and led as CEO. Prior to Quettra, Ankit was the Head of Search, Discovery and Infrastructure for Google Play, which he joined through the acquisition of Cuil. At Cuil, he helped build several parts of web, real time and social search engines from scratch. Ankit received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (Cal) and his MS in Computer Science with a focus on Parallel and Distributed Computing also from Cal. He received a Certificate in Management of Technology from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at Cal.


  Barmak Meftah
President - CyberSecurity

Barmak Meftah is president of AT&T Cybersecurity Solutions and CEO of AlienVault, an AT&T. Barmak is a veteran of the technology industry with a passion for building and leading great teams. Most recently he served as vice president of the Enterprise Security Products division at HP. Prior to HP, Barmak was vice president of Engineering and Product Management at Sychron and had served in several senior management roles at Oracle Corporation. Earlier in his career, Barmak served as a managing principal consultant at Price Waterhouse LLC in the Management Consulting Services group. Barmak graduated from the University of San Francisco with bachelors and masters degrees in computer science. He also serves on several boards. Barmak is also a limited partner and advisor to several venture capital funds.
  Ben Marcus
Cofounder and Chairman

Ben Marcus is an aviation expert and executive. Prior to AirMap, he co-founded and was CEO of jetAVIVA, the world’s largest light business jet sales company. He started his career as a flight instructor and later became a flight test engineer. Ben currently serves on the board of Angel Flight West. He is an FAA-certified Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor with over 4,500 hours of flight experience and ratings in airplanes, helicopters, seaplanes, gliders, and six types of jets.


Bert Kaufman
Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs


Bert has over a decade of experience starting, building, and running successful organizations and initiatives across academia, the private sector and the federal government.  Prior to joining Zoox in 2016, Bert advised Revolution, the Case Foundation, and Glassdoor, Inc. From 2013 through early 2016, he served as Senior Advisor in Secretary Penny Pritzker's office at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Bert served as Executive Director at Business Forward. He also worked for CNN, has clerked in U.S. District Court and helped create an interdisciplinary academic center to produce scholarship and programming on the relationship between courts, politics and the press. He has a B.A., M.S., and J.D. from Syracuse University. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.

  Christy Wyatt
DTex Systems

Christy is CEO of Dtex Systems and serves as a member of the board.  Most recently Christy was Chairman, CEO and President of Good Technology the global leader in mobile security across the Global 2000. During her tenure at Good she led the company through significant transformation, and aggressive growth, and Good’s subsequent acquisition by Blackberry in 2015. Prior to Good, Christy has held leadership positions across both consumer and enterprise at Citigroup, Motorola, Apple, Palm and Sun.  In 2015 Christy was named one of Inc. Magazines Top 50 Women Entrepreneurs in America. Christy serves as a member of the board for Centrify, a leader in Identity and Access Management, as well as Abilities United, non-profit organization focused on enriching the lives of individuals and families with developmental disabilities.


Chetan Sharma
Chetan Sharma Consulting


Chetan Sharma is CEO and founder of Chetan Sharma Consulting and is one of the leading strategists in the mobile industry. Executives from wireless companies around the world seek his accurate predictions, independent insights, and actionable recommendations. He has served as an advisor to senior executive management of several Fortune 100 companies in the wireless space and is probably the only industry strategist who has advised each of the top 6 global mobile data operators. Chetan is the author or co-author or editor of 12 best-selling books on mobile and over 150 articles related to mobile. He serves on the advisory boards of Telefonica, Ericsson, Kymeta and other stealth startups.

  Chuck Davis
Cofounder and CTO
Element Data

As CTO of Element Data, Charles Davis is responsible for the product vision, strategy, technology, and execution. With more than 25 years of experience, Charles is regarded as a pioneer in the area of behavioral biometrics, online measurement and computational behavioral modeling. He is the holder of several key patents in the behavioral biometric field, including the ability to positively establish individual identity from keystroke patterns alone, and the development of the first quantitative model to determine emotional content in digital communication. Davis has successfully exited five companies and had such roles as: CTO of BarPoint, Co-Founder/CTO of Arista Knowledge, acquired by DigitalThink (now Convergys), Co-Founder of a consultancy company, which was acquired by Millward-Brown (which became MB Interactive) where he served as CTO.


Dr. Cory Kidd

CEO and Founder

Catalia Health


Dr. Cory Kidd is the founder and CEO of Catalia Health. Dr. Kidd has been working in healthcare technology for nearly two decades. The focus of his work has been applying innovative technologies towards solving large-scale healthcare challenges. His previous company, Intuitive Automata, created interactive coaches for weight loss. Prior to this, Dr. Kidd received his M.S. and Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in human-robot interaction. While there, he conducted studies that showed the psychological and clinical advantages of using a physical robot over screen-based interactions.


Doug Suriano

SVP and GM

Oracle Communications


As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Oracle Communications, Doug Suriano is responsible for managing strategic planning, product development, sales, service, and support for Oracle Communications products. He joined Oracle in 2013 as Vice President of Products for Oracle Communications following the Tekelec acquisition where he served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering. Prior to Tekelec, Suriano was the Vice President of Engineering at dynamicsoft, Inc. and Chief Information Officer for QAD, Inc. Before QAD, he managed the information technology division for the United States Marine Corps.

  Erin Rapacki
Founder and CEO
Machine Inbound

Erin is the founder/CEO of Machine Inbound and has worked with Industry 4.0 and robotics organizations for over 10 years. She has her MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University. Erin enjoys bringing disruptive technologies to market as a product marketer and strategist.

Helen Ojha

Cofounder and EVP of Strategy

Colliner Networks


Helen co-founded Collinear Networks in late 2013.  Presently she leads Collinear’s Strategy and Corporate Development activity, with responsibility for “over the horizon” strategic perspective and planning. Helen has been a senior executive in large management services and financial institutions, such as Cisco, Charles Schwab, Arthur D. Little, and Coopers and Lybrands. She was one of the four founding members of Arthur D. Little’s first practice in Applied Artificial Intelligence and national leader of Advanced Technology Group at Coopers and Lybrand. Helen has advanced degrees in Political Science and International Political Economy from the University of Pittsburgh and Cologne University, and has taught the same at Boston University.


Ina Fried

Chief Technology Correspondent



Ina Fried is a senior editor at Recode, where she covers wireless issues and devices, including tablets, smartphones and even some phones of average intelligence. Before helping launch Recode, Ina covered mobile at All Things Digital where she also co-produced the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. She spent a decade at CNET where she covered, among other things, Microsoft and Apple. Prior to joining CNET in May 2000, she covered chips for Bridge News and was a writer at the Orange County Business Journal and Orange County Register. She graduated from Miami University in Ohio.


James Thompson


Dr. James H. Thompson serves as EVP, engineering for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and chief technology officer. In this role he is responsible for global research and development activities associated with all wireless chipsets in QCT, Qualcomm’s semiconductor business, as well as overseeing the companywide technical and product roadmaps across all business areas. Additionally, Thompson has oversight for CR&D and corporate engineering. Thompson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Jason Hoffman
CEO and Founder
MobiledgeX, A Deutsche Telekom Company

Jason Hoffman is the Chairman and CEO of MobiledgeX, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary focused on edge computing. Previously he was a CTO at Ericsson AB and was P&L responsible for their cloud and datacenter infrastructure business. Prior to Ericsson, he was a founder and the CTO at Joyent (now owned by Samsung). He is considered to be one the pioneers of large scale cloud computing, in particular the use of container technologies, asynchronous, high concurrency runtimes and converged server, storage and networking systems.  Jason is also an angel investor, strategy and execution adviser, venture and private equity adviser and has served on the boards of companies and foundations. Jason has a BS and MS from UCLA and a PhD from UCSD.

  Dr. Jennifer Hadlock, MD
Associate Professor
Institute of Systems Biology

Jennifer researches the integration of clinical information into systems biology at scale. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute of System Biology, focused on analyzing patient-centered phenotype data to gain insight into transitions between wellness and disease. She is also the founder and CEO of Avaz Decisions, and helped establish the nation’s first certification criteria for patient decision aids. Previously, she worked at Microsoft as a Principal Engineering Manager, responsible for shipping software used by hundreds of millions of people. Jennifer has degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, and earned her MD at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

  John Aisien

John is the CEO of Blue Cedar. He brings a wealth of relevant experience as a successful enterprise software product and go-to-market executive, spanning roles in strategy & IT consulting, and successful stints running multiple functions in emerging, high-growth & large enterprise software firms. He was most recently the President & COO of Mocana. Before that, he was the VP of Product Management for Oracle Fusion Middleware, which encompasses solutions for mobile application security & platform services for IoT applications, among other application platform technologies. 


Mohamed Kande

Vice Chairman and Advisory Leader



Mohamed Kande serves as the Advisory Leader. Previously he was PwC’s US and Global Advisory Leader for the technology, media, telecoms, and hospitality industry sectors. His expertise spans the areas of operational strategy, technology development, mergers and acquisitions, and operations management. Before joining PwC in August 2011, Mohamed was the managing partner of PRTM Management Consultants’ Europe, Middle East and South Asia business. Prior to joining PRTM, Mohamed worked for Motorola in Chicago, and for DTI Telecom in Canada deploying and launching telecommunications networks in the USA, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Montreal, and a BS in electrical engineering from Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Génie Electrique in France.

  Karen Weise
New York Times

Karen Weise is a writer for New York Times. She covers Seattle Technology Players. Previously, Weise was with Bloomberg. Her work has been recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Investigative Reporters and Editors, and was named Longform’s Best Business story of 2015. Weise has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and came to journalism from a business background after graduating from Yale University.


Karl Rauscher

Chairman of the Advisory Board



Karl Frederick Rauscher serves as Chairman of CloudMinds' Strategic Advisory Board. Karl has over 30 years of business experience in the communications and Internet industry, including 15 years of chief executive and board experience with responsibilities spanning profit and loss, cost center and hybrid business models. Karl is a Commissioner, and the Managing Director and CEO of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), a federation of Chairmen and CEOs affiliated with the world's leading Internet companies with a reach of nearly 200 countries and with aggregate annual revenues exceeding $500 billion. Previously, Mr. Rauscher was appointed as Vice Chairman of U.S. President George W. Bush's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) Industry Executive Committee. Mr. Rauscher previously served as Bell Labs Executive Director and has received its highest recognition as a lifetime Bell Labs Fellow.


  Liren Chen
SVP - Engineering, Legal Counsel
Qualcomm Technology Licensing

Liren Chen is a Senior Vice President of Engineering, Legal Counsel of Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL).  In this role, Chen leads a team of engineers, product managers and business strategists, to define and manage QTL’s product strategy and technology roadmap, strengthen its core licensing programs, and expand into new technology and business areas. Chen has served multiple engineering, R&D and legal leadership roles at Qualcomm since joining the company in 1996.  Chen has been an active inventor with over 120 granted and pending patent applications worldwide.  Prior to joining Qualcomm, Chen worked as a software engineer at Suntendy Software Inc. Beijing. Chen received a bachelor’s degree in Automation from Tsinghua University, Beijing China, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine, a M.B.A. from San Diego State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He is a licensed member of California Bar.

  Lo Toney
Advisor, Google Ventures
Founder, Plexo Ventures

Lo Toney was an investing partner at GV and Comcast Ventures. He specializes in consumer technology investments, with an emphasis on mobile messaging, marketplaces, and e-commerce. Lo has held executive roles at both startups and global consumer brands. He was the general manager of Zynga Poker, the gaming company’s largest franchise, and held operating positions at Nike.com and eBay. Lo received his MBA from the Haas School of Business (University of California at Berkeley), where he completed the Management of Technology program, a joint curriculum program with the College of Engineering. He received his B.S. from Hampton University in Virginia.



Neville Ray


T-Mobile USA

Neville R. Ray serves as our Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of T-Mobile USA. Mr. Ray joined T-Mobile USA (then VoiceStream) in April 2000 and since December 2010 has served as its Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the national management and development of the T-Mobile USA wireless network and the company’s information technology services and operations. Prior to joining T-Mobile USA, Mr. Ray served as Network Vice President for Pacific Bell Mobile Services. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance, a mobile telecommunications association of mobile operators, vendors, manufacturers and research institutes, and as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of 5G Americas, a mobile telecommunications association of mobile operators, vendors, and manufacturers. Mr. Ray is an honors graduate of City, University of London and a member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Pratik Soni

Founder and CEO

Omnichains Solutions


Pratik is an investor and a global executive with a career spanning the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. A born entrepreneur with a track record for founding and scaling business operations, Pratik brings a wealth of expertise in supply chain design, implementation, technology and business strategy.  With more than 15 years of experience, he has held leadership positions for Fortune 500 companies like i.am+, Apple, Beats Electronics, 20th Century Fox, and Native Instruments. Pratik also holds board and advisory positions for various startups like Arlians, Venzee and others. In 2013, Pratik was nominated for Forbes 30 under 30 in the Consumer Tech category.  As founder & CEO of Omnichain Solutions, Pratik is helping enterprises digitize their end-to-end supply chains by leveraging Blockchain to drive transparency, trust and accountability from source-to-shelf. 



Rob Coneybeer


Shasta Ventures


Rob is a founder of Shasta Ventures and a 22-year veteran of the Silicon Valley venture capital industry. At Shasta Ventures, Rob focuses on investing in emerging platforms – Robotics, Space, the Connected Home and AR/VR. His investments include Nest (acquired by Google), Eero, Fetch Robotics, Turo and Vector Space Systems. Rob earned an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.

  Rob Topol
GM - 5G Advanced Technologies

Rob Topol is the General Manager of 5G Advanced Technologies in TSCG (Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group) of Intel Corporation.  He is responsible for business and ecosystem development for pre-standard, pre-product wireless pathfinding activities at Intel, including 5G and future unlicensed technologies.  Rob also sits in the Corporate Strategy Office, supporting the Olympics program office to deliver innovative wireless technologies for the Olympic Games, partners and organizing committees. Rob earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah, and Masters in Business Administration from Brigham Young University.

Dr. Sailesh Chutani




Sailesh has 25 years of experience in creating successful new businesses and products. Prior to joining Amazon, Sailesh was founder and CEO of Mobisante, a pioneering startup in the area of diagnostic healthcare. Prior to Mobisante, he managed $100m worth of exploratory research investments in emerging technologies to identify and seed new businesses at Microsoft. He has had business and technical leadership roles in companies such as WebTV, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Transarc – a startup acquired by IBM that became a billion dollar business. Sailesh has championed cell phone technologies in healthcare since 2005 and he co-authored the book, “Technology at the Margins.” Sailesh has a PhD from Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, a Master’s degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor in Technology from IIT, Kanpur in India, all in Computer Science.


  Samir Kumar
Managing Partner
Microsoft Venture Fund

Samir is managing director, providing technical leadership for the recently announced AI Fund. He will also lead investment activities in other key frontier technology areas such as quantum computing and autonomous vehicles. Prior to this, he was senior director for business development and product management in Qualcomm’s corporate R&D division. In this role, he led early stage product validation, partnerships, acquisitions & strategy for embedded/on-device deep learning. Samir started his career at Microsoft and spent several years in Redmond leading product management/product planning efforts for enterprise mobility before heading to Palm, Samsung, and Qualcomm. He holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

  Dr. Sarjoun Skaff
Cofounder and CTO
Bossa Nova

Sarjoun is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Bossa Nova Robotics. He is responsible for the development of Bossa Nova technology, from long-term robot autonomy to data analytics and AI. He has spent the last twenty years bringing robots to people's lives, from commercializing half a million robotic toys to deploying robots that navigate retails aisles alongside shoppers. Sarjoun holds a PhD and a Masters in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. He holds multiple patents and has received awards including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Western Pennsylvania (2011), the FEA Distinguished Young Alumni (2011) and the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Top 50 in Tech (2009).
  Dr. Scott Saponas
Director - Medical Devices

Scott Saponas is a Principal Architect and Director of Medical Device Research at Microsoft. His research spans cardiovascular health, human-computer interaction (HCI) and ubiquitous computing (UbiComp). He is most known for his work on the concept of Always-Available Computing: the idea that computing can and should be at our fingertips no matter where we are or what we are doing. Scott’s recent work is in creating a genre of medical devices that open a new window into our body’s inner working throughout the day. Scott holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington.


Dr. Seizo Onoe


DoCoMo Technologies


Seizo Onoe became Chief Technology Architect of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in June 2017 after his 5 years tenure as CTO, while retaining the position of President of DoCoMo Technology, Inc since 2015. Prior to his current position, he was named Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President and a Member of the Board of Directors in June 2012. Mr. Onoe became a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the R&D Strategy Department in June 2008. He has been responsible for leading initiatives in the research and development of the analog cellular system, the digital cellular system, W-CDMA/ HSPA, LTE, LTE-Advanced and 5G. He is working on the research and development of radio access networks, core networks, consumer devices and cloud services. He has worked for NTT and NTT DoCoMo since 1982, acquiring more than 30 years of experience. Mr. Onoe has a master’s degree in electronics from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering.


Dr. Shahin Farshchi


Lux Capital


Shahin empowers entrepreneurs aiming to accelerate humanity towards a brighter future through feats of engineering. He is passionate about artificial intelligence, robots, space, cars, and engines—pretty much anything you might find in an episode of Star Trek. He led Lux’s investments in Silicon Clocks (NASDAQ:SLAB), SiBeam (NASDAQ:SIMG), Planet, Plethora, Flex Logix, and Nervana. Previously, Shahin co-founded Vista Integrated Systems, which built wireless vital sign monitors based on a neural interface technology he developed during his PhD at UCLA. Shahin also developed hybrid electric vehicles for GM in Detroit, worked as a software developer in several Silicon Valley startups, and researched new techniques for semiconductor manufacturing. He earned his Bachelor’s in EECS at UC Berkeley.


  Stacey Kinkead
Chief Product Officer
Multiscale Networks

Stacey Kinkead is maverick startup product builder who excels at aligning teams and unlocking technical innovation at the intersection of solving customer needs and real-world problems. Stacey began her technical career in 1997 at Amazon, then a fledgling startup. While there she was part of the team responsible for readying emerging technologies for market, including early versions of AWS. Stacey continued the entrepreneurial path, eventually founding her own firm, and later leading multiple startups including serving as CEO of Rivet & Cuff, a retail-technology startup focused on reinventing the online buying experience. Now Stacey has turned her sights on healthcare, where she and her team are using advanced technology to democratize data access in yet another industry.


Thaddeus Arroyo


AT&T Business

Thaddeus was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Business in December 2016. He is responsible for the company's integrated global Business Solutions organization, which serves more than 3 million business customers in nearly 200 countries and territories, including nearly all of the world's Fortune 1000 companies.

  Vishal Gupta

Vishal Gupta is SVP and CTO at Unisys. Gupta joins Unisys from Symantec Corporation, where he served as SVP of Engineering. Prior to that, Gupta served as Chief Products and IoT Officer in Silent Circle LCC. Vishal has focused on enhancing our Cyber Security and helping Enterprises and Service Providers move to more secure, convenient, and integrated solutions. Prior to Silent Circle, Vishal was a VP/GM for IoT with Cisco and led Cisco’s global efforts to transform Healthcare, Banking, and Retail. Vishal has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from BITS Pilani in India, an MS in computer engineering from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from The Wharton Business School

  Warren Ratliff
CEO and President

Warren Ratliff leads MDmetrix’s mission to empower clinicians with the outcomes information they need to transform patient care. Most recently, Warren was co-founder and chief operating officer of Caradigm, a leading population health management company acquired by GE Healthcare. Prior to Caradigm, Warren served as vice president for GE Healthcare Enterprise Solutions. Earlier, Warren held several executive roles across McKesson’s provider and payer technology divisions. Before focusing on healthcare, Warren supported technology businesses as an attorney. After clerking with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Warren joined, and later co-chaired, the technology practice at Farris, Warfield & Kanaday. Warren holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Duke University, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.


Wilson Rothman

Personal Tech Editor



Wilson Rothman has been the Journal's Personal Technology Editor for nearly 5 years. Prior to that, he was the Tech & Science Editor at NBCNews.com. He previously covered tech for Time, the New York Times and others, and was Features Editor at Gizmodo, the gadget blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @wjrothman.


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