Previous TOA Speakers
Adam D’Angelo is the co-founder and CEO of Quora, the Q&A platform that empowers people to share and grow the world’s knowledge. Since 2009, Quora has grown serve over 100 million monthly unique visitors from around the world. He previously served as chief technology officer at Facebook, where he oversaw new product development and managed the engineering team. In addition, he guided the site’s architecture and infrastructure and started the company’s growth team. Prior to serving as CTO, he led the Facebook Platform team and, as an engineer, built the initial infrastructure for news feed and the first generation of the company’s advertising targeting and delivery systems. Adam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology.
Building a venture capital fund from the ground up is hard enough – but Arlan Hamilton managed it while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT.
Boyan is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, the foundation that develops advanced systems to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. In February 2013, he decided that the future of our oceans was a more pressing issue than his aerospace engineering degree, and now he dedicates himself full-time to managing the rapid growth of the organization, while also overseeing the team’s technology developments.
As Chief Decision Scientist at Google Cloud, Cassie Kozyrkov advises leadership teams on decision process, AI strategy, and building data-driven organizations. She is the innovator behind bringing the practice of Decision Intelligence to Google, and has personally trained over 15,000 Googlers. Prior to joining Google, Cassie worked as a data scientist and consultant. She holds degrees in mathematical statistics, economics, psychology, and neuroscience.
Caterina Fake is an American businesswoman and entrepreneur and is best known as the co-founder of Flickr, the popular photo sharing site. Flickr ushered in the so-called Web 2.0 integrating features such as social networking, community open APIs, tagging, and algorithms that surfaced the best, or more interesting content. Flickr was bought by Yahoo! in 2005. After Yahoo! Fake co-founded Hunch, a search and discovery engine. Hunch sought to build the ”taste graph”” of the Internet, mapping every user on the Internet to every entity, and their affinity for that entity. It was acquired by eBay in 2011. She is currently the Founder and CEO of Findery, a social mobile application for places. Findery’s members post notes around the world, telling stories about locations on a host of subjects such as personal history, local news and world history.
Gavin is founder and current director of Parity Technologies Ltd. He has pushed the state-of-the-art in analysis tools and programming languages, as well as co-founded several technology startups, including Grid Singularity and Ethereum. He is the co-designer of the Ethereum Protocol and author of its formal specification, he created and wrote the first functional Ethereum implementation, designed and stewarded the Solidity language, was the project chief of the IDE, and designed and implemented the Whisper protocol.
Self-produced, independent, engaged, Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums, Heap has developed a strong collaboration with her loyal following both on and offline in recognised, pioneering ways. Her graceful tunes such as signature track Hide & Seek populate movies and TV shows, accompany dance and theatre performances. A respected ‘artist’s artist’, Heap’s penned songs with Taylor Swift, Mika, Josh Groban and Deadmau5 among others.Heap’s been nominated for 5 Grammys, winning one for engineering and another for her Taylor Swift’s contribution on the album 1989. In her self built home studio also sits an Ivor Novello award, The Artist and Manager Pioneer award and an honorary Doctorate of Technology. Her studio and stage work along with a team of engineers. The project has attracted worldwide attention from artists to Universities and within the press for humanising music tech in performance.Becoming a mother in 2014, combined with being free of labels and management for the first time in her 20 year career, she released her song Tiny Human, as an experiment for Mycelia: her vision for a sustainable music industry ecosystem. Wishing to explore potentials for new business models in light of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts, Heap released the song complete with a rich set of metadata to empower services to think differently and invite them to collaborate with her for further development of their services. From her first thoughts in Forbes to appearing at the WEF, Davos this year, Mycelia continues to inspire.Imogen has also written the entire score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which has set new standards in Theatre.
Jawed Karim (born 28 October 1979) is a German-American Internet entrepreneur, who co-founded YouTube and was the first person to upload a video on it. The video he released was named ‘Me at the zoo’ and as of 2016 has reached 34 million views. Many of the core components of PayPal, including its real-time anti-internet fraud system, were also designed and implemented by Karim.
Jeanette J. Epps (Ph.D.) was selected as an astronaut in 2009. She has been assigned to her first spaceflight, Expedition 56/57, scheduled to launch in May 2018. Her training included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalk training, robotics, T-38 flight training and wilderness survival training. The New York native was a NASA Fellow during graduate school and authored several journal and conference articles. Dr. Epps worked for Ford Motor Company where she received both a provisional patent and a U.S. patent. After leaving Ford, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Technical Intelligence Officer before becoming an astronaut.
Mathias Döpfner started his career as a musician, and segued into music journalism in 1982. Since Mathias became CEO of Axel Springer SE in 2002, he has focused firmly on digital transformation – and it’s worked. Revenues from digital activities increased from €117m to €2.5bn, and EBITDA from digital went up from €-12m to €582m. Mathias is also on the Board of Directors of Time Warner and Warner Music.
Early 2017 Ralf took on the role of Chief Strategy Officer for Delivery Hero, in which he is responsible for group strategy, investor relations and corporate comms. Ralf is the founder and former CEO of the foodpanda group, that was acquired by Delivery Hero. Prior to this, he was COO at London based Skrill Holdings, and before SVP Business Development at Jamba.
Sarah is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Operations at Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods. Sarah started her career at Microsoft, and served as the Vice President of Product and Marketing at Epinions and Shopping.com. Under Leary, Nextdoor has grown from a single neighborhood in California to more than 185,000 neighborhoods in 5 countries.