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Peter Clarke - Advisory Board Member @ H2; Talent Partner @ Accel: Peter joined Accel in 2013 and leads Accel’s talent efforts - focused on building high value relationships across our network of amazing people and helping our entrepreneurs build high performance teams. Prior to Accel, Peter was VP of Executive Talent at Greylock. He joined Greylock from True, a boutique retained executive search firm, where he was a founding partner. Before shifting into the world of entrepreneurs and executive talent, he was a software architect for Boeing, and one of the last projects he worked on was the comprehensive services system that would support Boeing's newest airplane. Peter is a native Californian who also spent a good chunk of his life on the East coast. He graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Computer Science, and he holds a Masters in Software Development from CMU.
Bedy Yang - Advisory Board Member @ H2; Managing Partner @ 500 Startups: Bedy 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.
Beerud Sheth - Advisory Board Member @ H2; Co-Founder & CEO @ Gupshup: Beerud is the co-founder and CEO of Gupshup. Gupshup enables better customer engagement through conversational messaging. Gupshup is the leading conversational messaging platform, powering over 6 billion messages per month. Across verticals, thousands of large and small businesses use Gupshup to build conversational experiences across marketing, sales and support. He previously founded and led Elance (now Upwork, a publicly listed company), the pioneer of online freelancing and the gig economy. Before that, he worked in the financial services industry at Merrill Lynch and Citicorp Securities. His graduate research, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, involved developing autonomous learning software agents for personalized news filtering. He earned an M.S. in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology & a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Bombay, where he was awarded the Institute Silver Medal.
Patrick Sullivan - Advisory Board Member @ H2; Founder & CEO @ Bonsai: Patrick is Founder & CEO at Bonsai, a new online platform virtually pairing students and young professionals with mentors in professional fields. He is a New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx, and an experienced leader who is deeply passionate about building companies. He is the former Founder & CEO of Source3 (acquired by Facebook), a data driven company in the copyright licensing space, enabling both physical & digital product creations around intellectual property. He also founded RightsFlow, a data driven enterprise music licensing and royalty company acquired by Google in 2011. As part of Google, RightsFlow became an integral part of YouTube’s music monetization allowing for a substantial expansion of the scale of Content ID. Patrick is a mentor and frequent lecturer for TechStars, IMPACT, DreamIt, Google IO, Google for Entrepreneurs, Cornell Tech and his alma mater, NYU.
Jorge Espinel - Advisory Board Member @ H2; Chief Business Devlopment Officer @ Lemonade: Jorge Espinel is the Chief Business Development Officer at Lemonade, a technology company he joined in 2018 focused on reinventing the insurance industry. Prior to joining Lemonade, he was the Vice President of Global Business Development at Spotify, the leading global music streaming service, for five years. Previously, Mr. Espinel was at News Corporation's Digital Media Group, now 21st Century Fox, serving as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development. In addition, Mr. Espinel served as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions at America Online. Mr. Espinel started his career at Booz Allen & Hamilton as a management consultant focused on media, entertainment & technology. Mr. Espinel holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, magna cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania’s The Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Kelly Graziadei - Advisory Board Member @ H2; Founder & General Partner @ F7: Kelly is Founder & General Partner at F7 and brings 20 years of leadership experience in tech and consumer internet with companies ranging from 3 people to 200,000. She spent 7 1/2 years at Facebook in leadership positions in sales, product marketing and media. Kelly joined Facebook in 2010 and built and led its Mid-Market Sales & Account Management team in North America. Later during her tenure at Facebook, she led Monetization Product Marketing for the Direct Response Ads & Commerce business globally. In 2018, Kelly became a founding partner of F7, a seed investment fund comprised of seven female leaders who met during their tenure at Facebook. With expertise in product, engineering, sales, marketing, partnerships, HR, and operations, F7 invests in and helps bold founders grow and scale at their earliest stages. Kelly attended the University of Colorado on a full ride academic scholarship and graduated from the School of Journalism with Honors.
Andy Tsao - Advisory Board Member @ H2; Managing Director @ Silicon Valley Bank: Andy is a Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank and leads its Global Gateway, which assists innovation companies in the emerging markets with their US and international market expansion. He brings more than 20 years of experience banking dynamic companies in technology industries worldwide. In his roles, Tsao manages SVB’s relationships with venture capital and private equity firms outside the U.S., and also helps emerging market companies as they seek U.S. market entry and U.S. companies as they seek to expand abroad. Previously, Tsao led and helped found SVB’s U.K.-based operation, SVB Financial Group UK Ltd, which was established in 2004. For six years, he was responsible for building senior debt relationships with high-growth technology, life sciences and clean technology companies in the U.K. and Europe. Tsao earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA from Boston University.
Josh Becker - Advisory Board Member @ H2; California State Senator: Josh is a California State Senator serving Silicon Valley and the 13th State Senate District. Previously, Josh was Chairman and former CEO of Lex Machina, where he led 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.