Aaron is a Partner at YC. He was cofounder of Tutorspree, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2011. Before Tutorspree he worked at Bridgewater Associates, where he managed product and operations for an analytics group. He has an AB in History and Literature from Harvard.
Aarti Shahani is a Silicon Valley correspondent for National Public Radio and the author of Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares. She was born in Casablanca, Morocco to parents of Indian heritage. Aarti attended the University of Chicago, where she was an honors graduate in anthropology in 2002. She received her master's in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. While she was growing up, her father and uncle ran afoul of immigration requirements. She spent the better parts of nine years in an effort eventually successful to avert her father's deportation. She drew on these experiences with immigration-related bureaucracies and courts systems to establish and lead Families for Freedom, a non-profit which assists families that have members who are under threat of deportation. Her advocacy efforts have been publicized on National Public Radio, in numerous newspaper articles, and through commentary and bills that were addressed in Congress.
Adora is a Partner at YC. She was cofounder and CEO of Homejoy, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2010. Before that, she ran product at Slide. She has a bachelor’s in computer science from Clemson University and is an economics PhD dropout at the University of Rochester.
Design, Business, Co-Founder of http://Strategyzer.com, and http://businessdesignsummit.com
Aleksandra (Olenka) Kacperczyk’s research covers entrepreneurship, innovation, social responsibility and mobility, and labor markets. She has written papers on entrepreneurship versus intrapreneurship, the impact of stakeholder orientation on innovation, and how trade secrets affect a firm’s value. Away from her research, Aleksandra is Associate Editor of Management Science and Organization Science, and an editorial board member of Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Management Journal.
Alex Blumberg is an American entrepreneur, radio journalist, a former producer for public radio and television, best known for his work with This American Life and Planet Money. He is the co-founder and CEO of the podcast network Gimlet Media. Blumberg received a B.A. from Oberlin College and is currently an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University. From 1999-2014 he was the producer for the public radio show This American Life and his stories were regularly featured on the show. From 2007-2009 he was the executive producer of the television version of This American Life. Prior to This American Life, he worked as a freelance radio reporter, contributing to This American Life, the Savvy Traveller, and Chicago Public Radio. In 2008 he collaborated with National Public Radio economics correspondent Adam Davidson to co-host the Planet Money podcast, which posts new episodes twice weekly. In August 2014, he started Gimlet Media along with Matthew Lieber. Initially pitched as the American Podcasting Corporation (APC), Gimlet Media is a podcasting business. Blumberg documented the startup process in the first season of a podcast hosted on Gimlet Media, titled StartUp. The second season follows "Dating Ring", another startup company. Apart from StartUp, Gimlet Media has launched several other podcasts, including Mystery Show, Surprisingly Awesome, and Reply All. The company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding. After raising most of its initial capital from investment firms Betaworks, Lowercase Capital, and Knight Enterprise Fund, Gimlet invited the listeners of its shows to help raise the last $200,000 through crowdfunding platform Alphaworks. In December 2015, Gimlet closed a Series A round of funding that raised $6 million at a $30 million valuation.
Alex Goldman is a producer for On the Media and the co-host/creator of TLDR
Dr. Alexander (Alex) Osterwalder is a leading author, entrepreneur, and in-demand speaker whose work has changed the way established companies do business and how new ventures get started. Ranked No. 4 of the top 50 management thinkers worldwide, Osterwalder also holds the Thinkers50 Strategy Award. He invented the Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, and Business Portfolio Map together with Yves Pigneur – practical tools that are trusted by millions of business practitioners from leading global companies. His books include the international bestseller Business Model Generation, Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want, Testing Business Ideas, and The Invincible Company, to publish in spring 2020.
Alex Wilhelm is Senior Editor at TechCrunch. He previously worked for Crunchbase News as Editor in Chief as well as The Next Web, TechCrunch, and Mattermark.
Alice M. Agogino is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and is affiliated faculty at the Haas School of Business, Energy Resources Group and Women & Gender Studies. She is currently Chair of the Graduate Group in Development Engineering and Education Director at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. She has served as Chair of the UC Berkeley Academic Senate and Associate Dean of Engineering. She works with over 100 companies and nonprofits on research and educational projects in product design, design for impact, and sustainability. She has supervised 156 MS projects/theses, 46 doctoral dissertations and numerous undergraduate researchers. Agogino has authored over 280 peer-reviewed publications and has won numerous teaching, mentoring, best paper and research awards. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and has served on a number of committees of the National Academies.
Ali Rowghani is CEO of Y Combinator Continuity, where he invests in and advises growth-stage startups. Ali directly contributed to the growth of two great companies -- at Twitter, as CFO then COO, and at Pixar as CFO and SVP of Strategic Planning.
Alternate ROOTS is a regional* arts service organization with 44 years of history. As a member-driven national resource for artists and cultural organizers, we seek to champion social and economic justice and the work of people in our field. Alternate ROOTS provides the connective tissue for a distinct segment of the arts and culture field – artists who have a commitment to making work in, with, by, for and about their communities, and those whose cultural work strives for social justice. The nature of this work spreads us far and wide from each other, so collaboration, peer sharing and combined impact can be a challenge. Alternate ROOTS helps us sustain our artistic development, increased visibility, and stability as activist artists and cultural organizers.
Amazon.com, Inc., is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle that focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies, along with Google, Apple, and Microsoft.
Anand Mohanrangan is a Senior Expert in McKinsey's West Coast Office. He thrives in solving complex problems at the intersection of business and technology to help clients realize their Digital aspirations. He helps clients understand how to modernize and stabilize their legacy technology while simultaneously adopting modern technologies. He works closely with his clients, not just to design their IT architecture and infrastructure, but also to improve the efficiency of their technology operations. In parallel, he works with technology companies to define product and market strategy. He serves clients globally, with a focus on financial services, utilities and high-tech.
Financial Services Executive with marketing and general management experience in retail banking including credit cards, distribution networks, delivery channels and corporate strategy. Partnership Development and Management in the Financial Services, Payment Network and Enterprise Software industries. Management consultant experience with a strong record of delivering results in both large and small organizations.
Drew Jones is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Climate Interactive, the climate change think tank that created the user-friendly climate simulations used by thousands of climate analysts around the world. An expert on international climate and energy issues, his interviews and op-eds have appeared in multiple media, including the New York Times, U.S. News, and NPR’s Morning Edition. Jones has written two op-eds in the Sunday New York Times — one on building grounded hope and another in the form of an interactive simulation. Trained in system dynamics modeling at Dartmouth College and a M.S. at MIT, Jones has worked at Rocky Mountain Institute and served dozens of clients ranging from the CDC to Harley Davidson. Jones co-accepted the 2008 "ASysT Prize" for “a significant accomplishment achieved through the application of systems thinking to a problem of U.S. national significance." He co-accepted the System Dynamics Society’s 2013 award for the best real-world application of modeling. He won Dartmouth College’s Ray W. Smith award for the most significant contribution to the status of the College. He teaches System Dynamics and Sustainability at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Professor Andrew A. King is a leading authority on environmental performance and innovation. His research established whether and when firms can find ways to profitably reduce their impact on the environment. His empirical tests of the efficacy of industry self-regulation helped change both private and public policy. His research now explores open source innovation and knowledge sharing.
Sastry explores practical aspects of organizational and managerial effectiveness in settings facing complex challenges and pressing needs, where her grounding in system dynamics offers insights for innovation and improvement. Her study of practical management approaches for improving healthcare delivery in resource-limited markets connects management, strategy, systems approaches, and design thinking with global health and action learning. She is also a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School.
Anna specializes in answering big questions for clients about their business and their customers. With expertise in product strategy, product management, and research, Anna asks the right questions to guide product design strategy, and works alongside our design teams to help make our clients’ visions real. She is also a cohost of the Better Product Podcast, using her product skills to help other people tell their product stories. Anna is energized when a client’s vision is brought to life and the deliverable is better than they could have imagined. She conducts user research and leads innovation workshops for companies across multiple industries. Anna helped Hero Power bring their product to life, and 120Water and Ntracts define a vision for their products. Anna thrives at solving difficult problems and answering tough product questions.
Anna is a PhD student in political economy at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where she’s researching emerging technologies, manufacturing systems, and the roots of rising inequality with the Work of the Future taskforce. She has worked with the Fab Lab network, Autodesk, international policy-makers, and grassroots innovators across 60+ countries to foster creative problem-solving and sustainable development.
An expert in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and organizational economics, Schoar researches venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate diversification, governance, and capital budgeting decisions in firms.
Archana Kalegaonkar has experience with core brand management and innovation at PepsiCo and Kellogg, across North America and India. She has strong experience in growing new categories, building emotional brands, and leading strong teams.
The Atlanta History Center was founded on the big ideas and relentless fascination of 14 Atlantans who were emphatic about our city’s historical relevance in society. In a sense, our organization was created by Atlanta’s biggest fans, and we love that detail. In 1926, these founding members introduced the Atlanta Historical Society into the world with one mission: to help preserve Atlanta’s history. In 1990, after decades of collecting, researching, publishing and celebrating the early stories of our great Southern community, the Atlanta Historical Society and all of its holdings officially became the Atlanta History Center.
Austin Peek founded RiverStone RECAP, a commercial real estate mortgage brokerage firm in Jacksonville, FL. Their commercial real estate lenders include: Life Insurance companies, CMBS lenders, GSEs, Banks, Cooperatives, and Credit Unions. He manages the origination, underwriting, and placement of mortgages for RiverStone RECAP. Prior to this company, he was responsible for originating commercial real estate loans at Capital Advisors. Austin also previously worked at Corinthian Real Estate where he assisted in financial underwriting, market research, and investment packaging.
Professor Chacar is an expert on Global Business Strategy. She studies the impact of institutions on global business strategy, firm performance, leadership, and value appropriation. She is the chairwomen of the Academy of Management International Management (IM) Division and a member of the Executive Committee (Board). She also serves on the board of the Journal of International Business Studies, the Global Strategy Journal and Industry & Innovation. Previously she was an Assistant Professor at the London Business School, and had visiting appointments at INSEAD, H.E.C., Ohio State University, the University of Utah and Balamand University. Professor Chacar earned her PhD from UCLA. Her research has been published in top journals and has been featured in a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell. It has also received numerous accolades including the Best Paper Award from both the Academy of International Business and the Academy of Management International Management Division. Her PhD students have also won best paper and proposal awards. She has received awards and grants including awards from CIBER and the Kauffman Foundation. Aya Chacar has taught in various face-to-face and online executive and graduate programs and company-specific programs and has received the Best Course Award.
Behind the Brand is a show about innovators, entrepreneurs and the stories behind their success. It's like a backstage pass inside the minds, companies and lifestyles of some of the smartest and most interesting people on the planet. Each episode, I talk with successful people from eclectic areas like those who build big businesses and brands, to athletes, celebrities, artists and more, so that YOU can learn their secrets. Prior guests include bestselling author Seth Godin, pro skateboarding legend, Tony Hawk, outspoken entrepreneur, Gary Vaynerchuk, journeyman actor Mike Rowe, The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, motivational coach, Tony Robbins, surfer and shark attack survivor, Bethany Hamilton and many more.
Betty Tsakarestou is an Associate Professor and Head of Advertising and Public Relations Lab at the Dept. of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University. She serves as the Branding Chair and European Research Liaison for International Communication Division at AEJMC. She worked as an External Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, Dept. of Intercultural Communication and Management (2013-2016). She has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of CSR and Business Ethics at the part-time MBA Program of the University of Cyprus (2007-2011).
Beverly Parenti is a serial entrepreneur, specializing in the advancement of innovative technologies. Along with longtime business partner and husband, Chris Redlitz, she launched their non profit, The LastMile (TLM), in 2010, at San Quentin State Prison which she currently directs. The goal of TLM is to provide education and training inside prison, resulting in gainful employment for returned citizen graduates, thereby reducing recidivism. TLM has become one of the most requested prison education programs in the United States. It is the first program to offer a computer programming curriculum that teaches men and women to become software engineers. TLM is in five California prisons (including two women’s facilities) and will open it's first out of state program at the Indiana Women's Prison. All TLM “Returned Citizen Graduates” are prospering personally and professionally with 0% recidivism. Beverly’s professional experience includes digital media, online payment solutions, e-commerce, financial services, advertising, tech incubators, and consumer products. She transitioned into technology as a founding member of First Virtual Holdings, the first secure online payment system that she helped take public. She enjoys being a mentor to aspiring women entrepreneurs and is a proud silver medal recipient of the 2016 Jefferson Award. Other awards include the Lynn Ingham Community Service Award, San Quentin News Excellence in Leadership Award, and CalPIA’s Community Partnership Award for providing Second Chances for California’s reformed workforce. Speaking engagements include: TedX, Stanford, Dartmouth, University of Michigan, Dent, EOC Annual Conference, Unreasonable Institute, The White House and NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center. TLM panel discussions have been featured at various conferences including The White House South by South Lawn, TechCrunch Justice, and SXSW.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, BCRI reaches more than 150,000 individuals each year though award-winning programs and services.
Brandi Rickels is a team member at Stanford eCorner who believes in the powerful combination of evidence and imagination. Their mission: create content that helps entrepreneurs bring bold ideas to life and supports educators in developing thoughtful innovators.
Former Director of Digital Currency at the MIT Media Lab & Former White House Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation.
Brittany is a producer and host at Gimlet. In her spare time, she co-hosts For Colored Nerds, an independent podcast about race, news and pop culture. She hails from Farmington Hills, Michigan and is a very proud graduate of Howard University. Brittany is a compulsive Twitterer/ Tumblrer and she has well-documented love-hate relationships with Kanye West, Washington, DC, and most technology, but she has never met a Twilight Zone episode or Beyoncé performance she didn’t like. In addition to food, fashion and film, Brittany is passionate about media representation, public access to art and working with young people.
Our Mission-Vision is to Engage, Educate, and Empower 7 Billion Systems Thinkers to solve everyday and wicked problems.
I’m an English literature Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on 19th century American gothic literature and contemporary horror films. I’m currently working on my dissertation, which traces a thread between early American gothic fiction and contemporary American horror films through the dual lens of 19th century American liberalism and present-day American neoliberalism. In particular, I’m interested in the ways that these two modes of reasoning depict what it means to be American, as well as the ways that 19th-century American gothic texts and contemporary American horror films challenge, support, and subvert these depictions through the deployment of repeated figures and environments. Outside of my academic life, I’m a podcast aficionado, tea addict, and novice yogi. Some of my favorite days are spent going to the theatre.