Our global advisory board consists of leaders within the industry, investor, and academic communities.
Reid Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock and Co-Founder of LinkedIn. Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. He focuses on building products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects. An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, Reid has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. Reid co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003 and led the company through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer. Reid is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. His next book is focused on “blitzscaling”, based on his Stanford course of the same name. Reid is the host of the podcast, Masters of Scale. Reid earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University.
Nirav Tolia is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods. Nirav began his entrepreneurial pursuits as an early employee at Yahoo! before co-founding and serving as CEO of Epinions, a website devoted to user-generated product reviews. Epinions was acquired by Shopping.com, and Nirav was COO before the company went public on Nasdaq and was subsequently acquired by eBay. Nextdoor was founded in 2010 and is actively used in thousands of neighborhoods across the U.S. Under Nirav's leadership, Nextdoor has raised $210 million in funding from Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Tiger Global Management, Allen & Company, Google Ventures, and others. Tolia grew up in Odessa, Texas, and graduated from Stanford University.
Josh Becker (Founding Board Director @ H2) 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 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 (former Board Director @ H2) is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation.” Additionally, she actively manages a portfolio of ~25 startups either as an angel investor or advisory board member. Ellen spent much of the last decade working with LinkedIn, including as VP of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development and member of the Executive Team, and her original role as Advisory Board member. Over her career, Ellen has held roles in venture capital (Softbank; NeoCarta; Draper Fisher Jurvetson), startups (WhoWhere; Softbook Press; LinkedIn), think tanks (Interval), large corporations (Apple; PwC), and universities (Harvard; Stanford). She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and MA/PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University.
John China is Head of Technology Banking at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). In this role, John delivers best-fit solutions, insights and connections for SVB’s technology clients and the groups that support them. He is constantly and enthusiastically making connections between entrepreneurs, investors, the Fortune 500, bankers and even winemakers. John is a member of the company’s executive committee and he manages SVB’s eight U.S. regions specializing in software and hardware. He also oversees venture capital and private equity services, corporate venturing, early stage banking services, SVB’s Global Gateway program, credit solutioning and corporate finance activities, in addition to the premium wine division. John is a member of the advisory boards of DEMO and H2 and serves on the boards of BUILD and the California Israel Chamber of Commerce. John earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University and he is learning to kite surf.
Kayvan Baroumand is the Founder and former Chairman/CEO of GSV Labs, and is widely recognized in Silicon Valley and beyond as a leader in global entrepreneurship. Prior to GSV Labs, Kayvan spent five years as the founding COO of Plug and Play Tech Center, an incubator based in Silicon Valley. After leaving Plug and Play in 2010, he served as the President of Always On, a premier media company that covers all aspects of innovation ecosystem and hosts events to connect industry and thought leaders in the Global Silicon Valley. He has over 15 years of management and international business experience in the technology, manufacturing and distribution sectors as well as a strong network in the venture capital and angel investment community. Kayvan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UC Irvine.
Bedy Yang is Managing Partner at 500 Startups, a seed and accelerator fund in Silicon Valley with investments in over 50 countries. At 500 Startups, she is responsible for Brazil and Spanish-speaking investments, the Insider’s Guide to Silicon Valley Investing global investor training program (www.500.vc) and the women investment syndicate. Bedy is also founder of +INNOVATORS, an organization bringing together a network of over 10,000 people. Bedy was most recently featured in Forbes Brazil and America’s Quarterly as a leading innovator. She is also member of the Kauffman Fellowship Program. Her portfolio includes Talkdesk, ClubW, ContaAzul, VivaReal, Descomplica, companies that she seeded and has seen grow to series B. Prior to starting her career in tech, she worked with income generation for women tribes in Brazil and South-West China, and also consulted for global companies on go-to-market strategy in Brazil.
Jill Williams is Communications Partner at Naspers Ventures where she provides strategic counsel to Naspers portfolio companies around the globe. Jill opened the first U.S. office for Naspers in 2015, focused on Ventures investments. Prior to Naspers, Jill ran global corporate communications for eBay’s classifieds group, focusing on consumer PR, reputation management, crisis communications and internal communications. Before eBay, she advised executives on their communications strategies working at a global PR agency, from startups to Fortune 50 companies, including companies like IBM, eBay, ARM, Palo Alto Research Center and more. She began her career as an engineer at NASA Kennedy Space Center working on the Shuttle Program, followed by igniting her passion around public affairs working in the Space Station Program.
Beezer Clarkson leads Sapphire Ventures’ fund investment program investing in early stage venture firms globally. She began her career in financial services 20 years ago at Morgan Stanley in its global infrastructure group. Since, she has held various direct and indirect venture investment roles, as well as operational roles in software business development at Hewlett Packard. Most recently, Beezer managed the day-to-day operations of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Global Network, which then had $7 billion under management across 16 venture funds worldwide and 400 active portfolio companies. Beezer earned a BA in government from Wesleyan University, where she recently served on the board of trustees, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Born in London, she has dual U.S. and EU citizenship and has also lived in Boston, New York, Honolulu and Spain. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996. In 2014, Beezer was named to the Forty Over 40 list of women to watch.
Gil Penchina is a serial entrepreneur and prolific angel investor. He is the founder of Flight.vc which manages over 25 investment syndicates supported by over 3,000 other angels via AngelList. He is a co-founder of Fastly, and Vouch Financial. Previously he was CEO of Wikia, now a top 50 website and was a member of the pre-IPO team at eBay. Before eBay, Gil worked at General Electric, Bain & Co. and started two small technology companies. He has a Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Kellogg. In addition, Gil has been an active angel investor in 70 companies over the last 12 years including firms such as Linkedin, Paypal, Beepi, Zirx, AngelList, AltSchool, eShares, Joist, Boost Media, Switch.co, Wealthfront, Indiegogo, Datanyze, Songpop and many others.
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 into a multi-billion dollar product line. Gokul was also product lead for a number of acquisitions for Google, including DoubleClick, AdScape and dMarc. 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.
Anupam Mittal (Founding Chapter Chair @ H2 India) is Founder & CEO at People Group and started his entrepreneurial journey by founding People Group, which includes category leading businesses such as Shaadi.com, Makaan.com and Mauj Mobile, collectively drawing 40+ million people every month. Besides his operational role, Anupam is also an active angel investor with over 75 investments such as Interactive Avenues, Ola Cabs, Druva, Fab Hotels, PipeMonk, Pretty Secrets, Ziffi, PropTiger, Limo, The Porter, Ketto, InstaLively, Intelligence Node, Just Ride, TrueBil, Lets Venture and others. He is an advisor and LP in some of the leading VC firms in India. He is passionate about entrepreneurship & innovation and is well regarded for his understanding and views of the same. Anupam Mittal has been voted by Business Week as one of India’s 50 Most Influential People and is consistently ranked amongst top Icons of India’s Digital Ecosystem.
Fabricio Bloisi (Founding Chapter Chair @ H2 Sao Paulo) is Founder & CEO at Movile and has led the company from a startup in a garage in Brazil into a global player in mobile marketplaces. Currently, Movile has over 1500 employees, 15 offices – based in 6 different countries – and serves monthly more than 100 million mobile customers worldwide. Bloisi majored in Computer Science at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and concluded a Master degree in Business Administration at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV/EAESP) – his thesis gathers High-Growth startups, Innovations and Strategy. Bloisi has also concluded the Executive Program for Growing Companies, Strategy, Finance, Leadership for companies in the growth phase at Standford Graduate School of Business. His dream is to create a company that make's 1 billion lifes better through our Apps.
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.
Shinichi (Shin) Takamiya is General Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Globis Capital Partners, a leading Tokyo based VC focusing on IT, Core Tech and Service industries. He takes a hands-on approach to his portfolio companies initiating strategy development, organization/process development, partnership development, and global expansion. His track record includes IPO iStyle (ticker TSE 3660), Aucfan (3674), Kayac (3904), and Pixta (3416); M&A Shimauma Print System (acquired by CCC), and nanapi (acquired by KDDI) and portfolio includes Lancers, Viibar, Mercari, and Tsukuruba etc. Shin received BA in Economics from University of Tokyo (graduation thesis with Honor), and MBA from Harvard Business School (Second Year Honor). Shin has 8+ years of overseas experience in England, Holland and the US. Shin enjoys his life as a VC integrating his personal interest in internet and creativity with innovation and entrepreneurship.
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.
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.