Nayan Patel – Founder & CEO @ H2
Jeff Merkel - Founder & Board Member @ H2; Chief Revenue Officer @ Issuu
Thomas Clayton – Network Development Lead @ H2; VP of International Operations @ Houzz
Michael McBride – Partner Programs Lead @ H2; Vice President, Platform @ Lookout
Dilawar Syed – Content Lead @ H2; President @ Freshdesk
Deborah Uri - Co-Founder & VP of Marketing & Operations @ Ruby Ribbon
Paulo Lemgruber - VP of Business Development & Strategy @ Hearst Digital
Nayan Patel – Founder & CEO @ H2
Jeff Merkel – Founder & Board Member @ H2; Chief Revenue Officer @ Issuu
Previous & Founding Chapter Chairs:
- Beijing: William Bao Bean (2013-14), Richard Robinson (2012-13, Founding), Andy Tian (2012, Founding)
- Berlin: Gerrit Mueller (2012-14, Founding)
- India: Samir Bangara (2012-15, Founding), Anupam Mittal (2012-15, Founding)
- London: Stephen Taylor (2012-13), Claude London (2012-13), Martin Ott (2012), Jane Thompson (2011), Christian Hernandez (2010-11, Founding), Kevin Eyres (2010-11, Founding)
- New York: Jesse Hertzberg (2013-14), Rabin Yaghoubi (2013-14, Founding), Teymour Farman-Farmaian (2013, Founding)
- Sao Paulo: Paulo Veras (2013-14), Fabricio Bloisi (2012-13, Founding), Daniel Heise (2012, Founding)
- Singapore: Tom Clayton (2012-14), Mark Britt (2010-11, Founding), Robbie Hills (2010-11, Founding)
- Tokyo: Gen Kanai (2013-15), Koji Fukada (2012-14, Founding), Tak Miyata (2012-13, Founding)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Josh Becker is CEO of Lex Machina, where he leads strategy and operations and is a thought leader on intellectual property trends and leveraging technology to improve the practice of law. Josh was part of the Founding team of Dice.com (NYSE:DHX) and ran corporate development at Agile Software (sold to Oracle). He was a Venture Capitalist at Redpoint Ventures and then a Founding General Partner of New Cycle Capital. Previously, he also worked at McKinsey & Co. and Netscape. Josh runs Startup2Startup, an entrepreneur dinner/discussion group and is active with the Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs. He Chairs the Full Circle Fund, a coalition of technology and business leaders that collectively funds and supports leading social entrepreneurs. Josh earned a joint J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Williams College.
Ellen Levy is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation.” Additionally, she actively manages a portfolio of roughly 25 startups either as an angel investor or advisory board member. Ellen spent much of the last decade working with LinkedIn, including having served as VP of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development and member of the Executive Team, and her original role as Advisory Board member when the company was founded. Over her career, Ellen has held roles in venture capital (Softbank; NeoCarta; Draper Fisher Jurvetson), startups (WhoWhere; Softbook Press; LinkedIn), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple; PriceWaterhouse Coopers), and universities (Harvard University; Stanford University). She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and MA/PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University.
Nayan Patel is CEO of H2, where he leads global strategy and operations working with its global chairs team across ten chapters spanning the US, EMEA, APAC, and LATAM regions, and its global core team based in its Silicon Valley headquarters. He has over fifteen years operating experience in growth-oriented leadership positions across product management, business development, and international operations with high growth, global companies including LinkedIn, Google, and Yahoo!. Prior to H2, he held early lead roles at LinkedIn with its international operations and corporate/business development teams, and previously at Google with its product management and syndication partnerships teams. Nayan received his MBA from Santa Clara University, and his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Jeff Merkel joined Issuu as CRO in 2014 and is responsible for managing sales and business development. He joined from Google where he was director of global Android partnerships. Jeff joined Google as part of the company’s acquisition of AdMob, where he was vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific. Earlier in his career, Jeff was director of media solutions for Motorola where he was responsible for sell in, commercialization, and marketing of media solutions and services. He also held the positions of marketing manager at Apple Computer, a business development manager for a wireless payment startup in Singapore and a management consultant for Price Waterhouse in the U.S. and Europe. Jeff holds bachelor's degree from Taylor University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Our global advisory board consists of leaders within the industry, investor, and academic communities.
Reid Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock, and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn. Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. His areas of focus include consumer Internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. Reid likes to work with products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects. An accomplished entrepreneur, executive and angel investor, he has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive growth. Reid co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003 and led it through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to LinkedIn he served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member.
Joi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab and board chair of Creative Commons. Joi was the CEO of the first commercial ISP in Japan, PSINet Japan, which was later sold to Cable and Wireless. He went on to set up Infoseek Japan, which was acquired by Disney and then Rakuten. He also co-founded one of the first web companies in Japan, Digital Garage. Previously a board member of the Open Source Initiative, ICANN and a variety of other non-profits, he currently holds positions at Keio University and is CEO of Creative Commons, a board member of Digital Garage, and board member of the Mozilla Foundation and an international advisor to Twitter. Joi also set up Neoteny, an incubator in Japan which had worked with Singapore’s Kent Ridge Digital Labs, and was the first investor in Six Apart, the largest independent blog software company. As an angel investor, he was an early investor in Flickr, Last.fm, Kongregate and other firms. His firm Digital Garage is an investor in Twitter.
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund & incubator program headquartered in Mountain View, CA. He has been working in Silicon Valley for over twenty years as a software developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor & investor, blogger, and in internet marketing. Dave’s passion is helping startups with product & marketing strategy, and he is a vocal & notable industry speaker on lean startup metrics. He has invested in over 100 startup companies including: Mint.com (acquired by Intuit), CreditKarma, Crowdflower, KissMetrics, Mashery, Sendgrid, Simply Hired, SlideShare, TeachStreet, Twilio, and Wildfire Interactive, among others. He also runs conferences and events on technology, marketing, design, & entrepreneurship such as SMASHsummit & WarmGun and leads a travel group called GeeksOnaPlane to promote cultural exchange & education for tech entrepreneurs around the world.
Gokul Rajaram is Product Engineering Lead at Square. He oversees Square Register, the point-of-sale system that the startup designed for small and medium businesses to use from tablets and smartphones. Previously he was Product Director, Ads at Facebook. In this role, he drove the product roadmap and execution for Facebook’s advertising products.Before Facebook, Gokul was Co-Founder and CEO of Chai Labs, a semantic technology startup he grew to profitability and a multi-million dollar annual revenue run-rate before its acquisition by Facebook. Earlier in his career, Gokul was Product Management Director for Google AdSense. He helped conceive and crystallize the product in early 2003, and played a key role in its launch and growth from 2003 onwards into a multi-billion dollar product line. Gokul was also product lead for a number of acquisitions for Google, including DoubleClick (display advertising/ad serving), AdScape (in-game advertising) and dMarc (radio advertising). Gokul holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, a MS in CS from UT Austin, and a B. Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, where he received the President's Gold Medal for being Class Valedictorian.
Charles Hudson is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Internet and mobile startups. He focuses on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. In addition to his investment activities, he supports SoftTech portfolio companies on business and corporate development matters. He was also the Co-Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, an Android-focused mobile games startup. Prior to joining SoftTech VC and co-founding Bionic Panda Games, Charles Hudson was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business until the company was acquired by Zynga in February 2010. Prior to Serious Business, he was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Interactive, an online hangout and virtual world for teens. Prior to Gaia, Charles worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for early-stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e-commerce markets. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Stanford University.
Peng T. Ong is a Founding Partner at Monk's Hill Ventures, a technology venture fund. He sits on the boards of YY Inc. and Singapore University of Design & Technology; and, also on the advisory board of the Chancellor of the University of Illinois. Until recently, Peng was also on the boards of SingTel and Singapore's National Research Foundation; and, chaired Infocomm Investments. Peng founded Match.com (now part of IAC), Interwoven (now part of HP), and Encentuate (acquired by IBM). The businesses he created now generate annual revenues that total more than US$1 billion. He has a master's in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BSEE from University of Texas at Austin. Peng is also an avid audiophile.
Sherry Coutu is a former CEO and angel investor who now serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She is a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press, Artfinder and Duofertility. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Linkedin.com, Care.com and Tyze.com. As an angel investor, she loves working as a product strategist with great entrepreneurs to solve problems that matter and specialises in consumer internet, information services and education. She has made angel investments in more than 40 companies and holds investments in 2 venture capital firms. Sherry was voted by TechCrunch as the best CEO mentor / advisor in Europe in Nov 2010 and in May 2011 was voted by Wired magazine as one the top 25 ‘most influential people in the wired world’, and one of the top ten most influential investors and women.
Reshma Sohoni is a founder of and Partner at Seedcamp, an early stage mentoring and investment program she co-manages and helped start in 2007. Her investment focus is on B2B, Fashion, Gaming, Travel, and Financial Services. During her tenure, she has managed companies like Mobclix (acquired by Velti), Zemanta, and Ubervu. Earlier in her career, Reshma spent over 3 years at Vodafone in their Commercial Strategy team, working across the Europe and Japan footprints in marketing strategy and pricing functions. Her venture capital career started with eVentures India where she actively supported companies like Make My Trip (NASDAQ – MMYT), Contest2Win, and Clubgreetings. Reshma started her career in the US in investment banking with Broadview (now part of Jefferies). She has a MBA from INSEAD and dual undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Business from the University of Pennsylvania.