As Founder and CEO of inDinero, Jessica loves helping entrepreneurs run better businesses. She has grown the company from zero to multi-million dollar revenues with over 100 employees and has been featured in the Forbes and Inc 30 Under 30 Lists. Jessica left high school at age 15 to attend Bard College at Simon’s Rock, studied computer science at U.C. Berkeley, went through Y Combinator, and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Her passions and hobbies include mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs, encouraging young girls to go into STEM, and flying airplanes. She holds a commercial pilot license and loves flying her Cirrus SR22T on the weekend.
Arum Kang, Coffee Meets Bagel
Arum loves being in the consumer space. She has experience working at Avon Products as well as Amazon, leading efforts to understand consumer needs and behavior to deliver superior product experiences. After obtaining her MBA degree from Harvard Business School, Arum cofounded Coffee Meets Bagel with her sisters Soo and Dawoon. She is excited to lead a business that leverages technology to bring something truly valuable to consumers worldwide. Arum has given many talks about the intersection of dating and technology in the startup scene, including a recent TEDx talk on ‘Redefining Normal’.
After completing her BSE in Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania—The Wharton School, Arum Kang focused on delighting customers in the consumer product space. She has worked with a variety of companies including Lord and Taylor, Avon, and Amazon. After obtaining her MBA degree from Harvard Business School, Arum cofounded Coffee Meets Bagel with sisters Soo and Dawoon. As CEO, Arum creates and executes the vision of Coffee Meets Bagel. Over the past three years, she has built a team that shares her passion for bringing people together. With her various roles, her overarching goal is to always make sure that the users’ needs are heard and that they receive a superior product experience. In addition to her daytoday work, Arum has given many talks about the intersection of dating and technology in the startup scene, including a recent TEDx talk on ‘Redefining Normal’.
Neha Narkhede, Confluent
Shruti Merchant, Hubhaus
Heidi Zak, Third Love
Heidi Zak is the Co-Founder/Co-CEO of ThirdLove. Prior to ThirdLove, Zak cut her teeth in retail at Aeropostale where she quickly rose to Director of the retail giant, launching and running the International Division, before becoming a marketing executive at Google. Zak holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from MIT Sloan. In her free time she loves spending time with her two kids, breaking a sweat in boot camp class, and cooking with ingredients from San Francisco’s farmers markets.
Zak has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People, Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, Business Insider’s 30 Female-Founded Startups to Watch, and SF Business Times 40 Under 40.
Sarah Leary, Nextdoor
Felicia Curcuru, Binti
Felicia Curcuru is the CEO of Binti. Felicia was first introduced to the world of adoption many years ago when her sister adopted two children. Years later, Felicia began volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster youth in San Francisco. Through these experiences and coming from a technology background, she saw a lot of opportunity where technology could improve the outcomes of families and children in the foster care and adoption world. She co-founded Binti and has dedicated herself to that since.
Prior to starting Binti, Felicia had a career in business and technology. She was previously an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. She was later the first employee, Head of User Experience and Director of Business Development at FundersClub, a leading online venture capital firm and Y Combinator graduate. Felicia graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a guest blogger on Huffington Post, SF Globe and Adoption.net. She is an avid traveler who has lived in 7 countries and speaks 3 languages. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, dancing, cooking and hiking.
Follow Felicia on Twitter at @feliciacurcuru
Mada Seghete, Branch
Mada is a co-founder at Branch and leads the company’s Marketing efforts. Born and raised in Romania, Mada came to the US to study Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University and then earned her Masters of Engineering and MBA from Stanford University. Mada enjoys playing the latest viral mobile game, binge watching the hottest sci-fi show and photographing Branch events. She was included in Linkedin’s Next Wave, 150 top professionals in 15 industries all 35 & under, and sits on the board of the App Developer’s Alliance.
Shannon Spanhake, LUCY
Shannon Spanhake is the Founder and CEO of LUCY, an intelligent and responsive platform that helps humans make and grow little humans in healthy and meaningful ways. Shannon has led engineering and marketing teams at various companies, one of which was founded with her patented technology that she was named as “100 Women Innovating Science and Technology” for. Additionally, she holds Expert status with the United Nations, where she serves as an economic and labor policy advisor to UNDESA.
Alice Zhang, Verge Genomics
Alice has been at the forefront of systems biology research for over seven years, at the National Cancer Institute, the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, and UCLA. During this time, she has co-authored four peer-reviewed papers in high profile journals such as Cell and Neuron. She graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude with high honors in Molecular Biology and is a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. In 2010, she began training in the UCLA-Caltech MD/Ph.D. program, with a focus in neuroscience, where she spent five years investigating gene networks involved in neuro-regeneration. She was recently named as a Forbes 2017 30 Under 30 Featured Honoree.
Alyssa Ravasio, Hipcamp
Alyssa is the founder and CEO of Hipcamp, an online platform that brings the sharing economy to one of the planet’s most plentiful resources—land. Hipcamp partners with private landowners to unlock create to new places for people to camp, increasing to the outdoors while providing sustainable revenue to protect nature. She has a degree from UCLA in Digital Democracy and her deepest passion is helping shape how the internet impacts our humanity and our planet
Anna Couselman, Upstart
Anna led Gmail Consumer Operations for 5 years as it scaled from 150 million to 450 million users and launched the global Enterprise Customer Programs team. She also held a variety of operations roles at McMaster Carr and several other startups. Anna graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University with a BA in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Anna received a White House Champion of Change award and was recognized as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 under 40.
Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Instrumental
Anna-Katrina is the CEO and founder of Instrumental, a manufacturing data company that uses machine learning to find anomalies on consumer electronics assembly lines. She has two degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and went on to work as a Product Design Engineer at Apple. During her six years there, she designed mechanical components for three iPods and led system product design for the Apple Watch Series 1. After spending over 300 days in China finding and fixing issues on manufacturing lines, she started Instrumental to build an intelligent quality system to modernize manufacturing. Instrumental customers range from startups to Fortune 500s and span consumer electronics, apparel, and more.
Caren Maio, Nestio
Caren Maio is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nestio. Nestio is the industry’s leading leasing and marketing software for multifamily professionals. Prior to Nestio, Caren lent her business expertise to corporate sales positions at powerhouse brands Nike and The Wall Street Journal. Caren graduated from New York University. She was recently named one of the 3 Female Entrepreneurs to Look Out For by Metro and one of the 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc.com.
Christine Su, Pasturemap
Christine is the co-founder and CEO PastureMap, which is is building a climate smart meat supply chain, by helping ranchers make profits while building healthy grasslands. Our first product is a smartphone and web platform that helps ranchers combine grazing records with soil and rainfall analytics to increase productivity per acre. We’re connecting their data through the supply chain to achieve a triple bottom line: 1) traceable, healthy beef that’s better for consumers, 2) profitable rancher and farmer livelihoods, and 3) building soil carbon and healthy grasslands.
Diane Loviglio, Boon and Gable
Diane Loviglio is the Co-Founder & CEO of Boon + Gable. Boon + Gable is solving the inefficient and frustrating process of shopping for clothes by combining algorithms with in-person Style Experts. Clark, their proprietary recommendation engine system, mobile-enabled Style Experts, retail stores doubling as their warehouses, and real-time local product availability allows them to scale efficiently. Boon + Gable is the in-home selling channel for physical retailers.
Boon + Gable was born from her frustration as a shopper who wanted to ditch the hectic & stressful in-store shopping experience and create a solution for dressing her best and saving time. Before founding Boon + Gable, Diane worked as Mozilla’s first qualitative User Experience Researcher and co-founded the first conference to focus on tech failures, FailCon, when failure was still a taboo topic. Her expertise in sustainable design originally led Diane to the Bay Area, where she designed a public green roof featured in National Geographic. But since architecture moved too slow for Diane, she started Wattbot, an online recommendation service that helped homeowners save money on their energy bills. She received her Bachelor of Humanities and Arts in Architecture and Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University and when not being a CEO she can often be found in her favorite pair of AG jeans and playing with her 3 year old daughter.
Afton Vechery, Modern Fertility
Afton is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Fertility, a women’s health company focused on making fertility information more accessible for women everywhere. Modern Fertility offers the first comprehensive test you can take at home to check in on fertility and is the fourth health company that Afton has had a hand in launching. Before Modern Fertility Afton worked in healthcare private equity, strategic operations / product at various health tech startups. She most recently led the consumer tools division at 23andMe.
Jessica Scorpio, Getaround
Ilana Stern, Weddington Way
Ilana Stern is the founder and General Manager of Weddington Way, which was acquired by Gap Inc. in December 2016. Weddington Way is a digital-first fashion brand that focuses on creating a personal and connected shopping experience for millennials during special occasions.
Weddington Way launched in 2012, pioneering collaborative commerce. With Stern at the helm, the brand has grown to become exactly what millennial consumers asked for – a new way to shop for bridesmaid dresses and special events. As a vertically-integrated, seamless shopping experience defined by personalized and connected customer engagement and offering exclusive, high-quality merchandise at the right price point, Weddington Way has disrupted an age-old shopping process and infused it with joy.
Now with the scale and power of the Gap Inc. portfolio, Stern and her team are poised to take the brand to new heights. Stern recently led a partnership with Banana Republic, strategically leveraging Banana Republic store real estate to open 13 Weddington Way shops (eight of which were opened in eight weeks) in key markets across the country.
The shop experience, which has been featured in WWD and on People.com, has not only resulted in improved revisits, conversion, and revenue for Weddington Way, but has also introduced new customers to Banana Republic, which offers complimentary products like jewelry, shoes and suiting. And with a Net Promoter Score averaging at 80, customers are excited to recommend Weddington Way to their friends.
Stern is an advocate for women in leadership, which is reflected in Weddington Way’s female-led Silicon-Valley based team. Stern has an MBA from Stanford GSB and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career in NYC as a buyer for Bloomingdale’s where she spent most of her time in women’s ready-to-wear. Identified as an “Accelerator” by WSJ and a member of the leadership team for Gap Inc.’s Customer & Strategy division, Stern approaches the Weddington Way business, and its contribution to Gap Inc., with unwavering focus and industry-changing boldness.
Jasmine Nachtigall-Fournier, Govinvest
Jasmine Nachtigall-Fournier is the Co-Founder and President of GovInvest Inc., an actuarial technology company that’s mission is to help governments better manage their unfunded pension and OPEB liabilities, while bringing actuarial analysis out of the dark ages. Jasmine founded GovInvest in 2014 and has grown the company nationally to serve hundreds of public agencies, including the State of California. Prior to GovInvest, Jasmine served as the Development Director of California Common Sense, a non-profit dedicated to opening government to the public, developing data-driven policy analysis, and educating citizens about how their governments work.
Since 2005, Jasmine has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for disaster relief and other charitable efforts. Jasmine was a finalist at Miss California in 2010 and served as an Olympic Torchbearer during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jasmine earned a BA in Economics from Stanford University.
Jen O'Neal, Tripping
Jen O’Neal is the Founder & President of Tripping.com, the leading search engine for vacation rentals. Under her leadership, Tripping.com has raised $55MM and offers over 12 million property listings worldwide. She started her career as the 5th employee at StubHub and helped build venture-backed companies in Europe and Central America before founding Tripping. Jen graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley and lives in San Francisco.
Jessica McKellar, Pilot
Jessica McKellar is a founder and the CTO of Pilot, a bookkeeping firm powered by software. Previously, she was a founder and the VP of Engineering for a real-time collaboration startup acquired by Dropbox, where she then served as a Director of Engineering. Before that, she was a computer nerd at MIT who joined her friends at Ksplice, a company building a service for rebootless kernel updates on Linux that was acquired by Oracle.
Jessica is also a former Director for the Python Software Foundation and PyCon North America's Diversity Outreach Chair. For her outreach efforts in the Python community, she was awarded the O'Reilly Open Source Award in 2013.
Fun fact: Jessica is a technical advisor to the HBO show Silicon Valley.
Julie Nguyen, Go Methodology
Julie is a nutrition and wellness expert focused on providing products and services that help the modern woman live the life she’s always dreamed of. Growing up, Julie suffered from anxiety, asthma, eczema, insomnia, acne, seasonal allergies, and binge eating and cured herself — and moved off all prescription drugs — with food. Taking all that she’s learned, she co-founded Methodology. Julie is a huge believer that transformation isn’t the result of large dramatic changes but the result of small, simple habits done consistently every day.This belief is the foundation of Methodology, a nutrition program and meal prep service that delivers high-quality, sustainable, ready-to-eat whole foods, making it effortless to eat well no matter how busy you are and heal your body from the inside out. Prior to founding Methodology Julie joined a venture-backed tech startup as the 15th employee and was eventually promoted to VP Marketing. She helped scaled their user base to over 20 million members and their team to 150 employees. Julie began her career doing institutional sales at JPMorgan and received her BA in Economics at Stanford University. She’s also a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. In her free time she hibernates in bed and reads, averaging two books a week. She has no athletic skills whatsoever and is still grieving over the idea that she’ll never become an Instagram “fitness girl.”
Laura Behrens Wu, Shippo
Laura Behrens Wu is a co-founder and the CEO of Shippo, a shipping platform for marketplaces, warehouses, and e-commerce businesses. Laura co-founded Shippo after personally experiencing the obstacles businesses face when setting up shipping operations for her own online retail business. In 2017, she was named to Forbes and Inc. 30 under 30 lists.
Lauren Schulte, Flex
Lauren Schulte is the founder & CEO of The Flex Company. Lauren has spent over a decade building leading consumer brands for companies including Coca-Cola, Autodesk, and IBM. Lauren frequently speaks on the topics of women’s health and entrepreneurship and has been featured in TechCrunch, OZY, The New Yorker, WIRED, The Washington Post and NPR.
Lisa Falzone, Revel Systems
Lisa Falzone was the co-founder and CEO of Revel Systems POS, an iPad point of sale company, which created the first enterprise iPad point of sale solution to transform brick and motor commerce. She grew it from from 0 to 20,000 plus deployed terminals throughout the world in restaurants, retail shops, and grocery. She grew the company from inception to over 750 employees spanning The US, Australia, The UK, Singapore, & Lithuania. Lisa has been recognized through Fortune ’40 Under 40’, Forbes ’30 Under 30,’ the Business Insider “30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech.” and the San Francisco Business Times ’40 Under 40. Lisa sold her company in 2016 and is working on her next big idea.
Lucinda Duncalfe, Monetate
Lucinda Duncalfe is President & CEO of Monetate. Monetate is a venture capital backed SaaS company that powers multi-channel personalization for the world’s best brands. Lucinda founded and/or led six technology companies including Destiny Software (an Inc. 500 winner, TurnTide (acquired by Symantec), Cuts.com (acquired by RiffTrax), ClickEquations (acquired by Channel Intelligence), Real Food Works. She has won many awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Enterprise Awards CEO of the Year, and was one of Consulting Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Consultants in 2001. She has served on a number of private company and not for profit boards. She has a BA from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School, has attended the Aspen Institute and is an Eisenhower Fellow.
Mackenzie Barth, Spoon University
Mackenzie Barth cofounded Spoon University, next-gen food media platform, while she was in undergrad at Northwestern in 2013. Now, Spoon exists on more than 270 college campuses all over the world, with more than 5,000 active student contributors. After going through the Techstars accelerator program and raising $2.5M in funding, Mackenzie helped grow the team to 28 people and recently sold Spoon to Scripps Networks Interactive to help reach the next generation of consumers. At Spoon, Mackenzie focuses on strategy and development for sales, content and marketing.
Maren Kate Donovan, Recruit
Maren Kate is an entrepreneur, writer and pigeon fancier. Her first venture-backed startup grew to over 400 people before she turned 30, but then, due to perfect storm of missteps, was forced to shut down overnight. This very public and painful failure taught Maren a variety of lessons, most notably the importance of bringing the right people onboard. She now uses her unique experiences as managing partner at Recruit, a firm dedicated to creating a world where good help isn’t hard to find.
Natalie Gordon, Babylist
Natalie Gordon is the founder and CEO of Babylist, a baby registry, product recommendation destination and e-commerce store serving new parents. Natalie leads the Babylist team of 40 from their Oakland, CA HQ. Natalie holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and previously was a Software Engineer at Amazon. She is also mom to Max (7) and Ben (3). Natalie is passionate about e-commerce and technology targeted at a female audience.
Rachel Katz, Able Health
Rachel Katz is CEO of Able Health, a San Francisco-based healthcare technology company helping providers participate in value-based contracts. Rachel's mission at Able Health is to use technology to ease the administrative burden of new healthcare payment models, so that providers and patients can flourish in the new era of healthcare. Previously, Rachel was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she served clients in the healthcare and technology sectors. Rachel holds a B.A. from Brown University was a 2010 United States Fulbright Scholar to China.
Robyn Exton, HER
Robyn is the founder of HER, the world’s largest community of lesbian, bisexual and queer people. With over 3 million users in 55 countries, HER connects queer women through their mobile app and events running in 30 cities.
Suzanne Xie, Hullabalu
Suzanne Xie is the founder and CEO of Hullabalu, the makers of Lightwell software. Lightwell is a pro creative tool to empower everyone to make mobile apps through visual coding. Before this, Suzanne founded one of the largest online fashion communities for street style bloggers, which was acquired by Google. Previous to Weardrobe, Suzanne worked at Goldman Sachs and UBS, and graduated from University of Chicago.
Dawoon Kang, Coffee Meets Bagel
Dawoon’s work spans from strategy & business development to marketing, research and investing/finance. She started her career at Avon Products as Analyst for U.S. Strategy & Business Development in New York. In this role, she worked closely with the U.S. senior leadership team to lead & execute strategic initiatives designed to support company’s short and longterm growth targets.
After receiving her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2009, she went on to J. P. Morgan’s Global Special Opportunities Group in Hong Kong. She worked as Vice President of North Asia Investment team, which covered all investments in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, from distressed debt to growth equity opportunities.
In 2012, Dawoon cofounded Coffee Meets Bagel along with her sisters Arum and Soo. As COO & Head of Marketing, Dawoon oversees the company’s overall vision, strategy, branding, and marketing. She has given numerous talks about dating and tech to groups such as Women 2.0, The Korea Society in New York and including a recent TEDx talk with Arum in San Francisco on the theme Redefining Normal.
Tracy Lawrence, Chewse
Tracy Lawrence is the CEO and co-founder of Chewse, creating a superior eating experience for offices. She was recently named Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2018. Tracy has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California where she was awarded 2011 Student Entrepreneur of the Year.
After starting her business in a college dorm room and she has since raised $15M in financing for the company. Chewse is feeding thousands of employees delicious meals from local San Francisco and Los Angeles restaurants daily. Tracy indulges in an unhealthy love of farmers markets, pita + hummus, and surfing. She loves helping and mentoring entrepreneurs, since she wants to give back to the virtuous cycle that got her here today.
Yunha Kim, Simple Habit
Yunha Kim graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 2011. She began her career in investment banking and built her first startup Locket when she was 23-years-old. To help manage the stress of startup life, Kim began to meditate.The idea to build a more diverse, practical meditation app came to Kim when she was pursuing her MBA at Stanford. She dropped out of Stanford after one semester to build Simple Habit into the leading meditation and mindfulness platform for busy, stressed-out people. Simple Habit is a 5-minute meditation app for every situation. The company is backed by Y Combinator, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and many other prominent CEOs in Silicon Valley including Dropbox’s CEO Drew Houston and Gusto’s CEO Joshua Reeves. In 2017, Kim was honored by Forbes 30 Under 30 and Marie Claire’s 2017 New Guard.