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Phil Boyer, Senior Associate Crosslink Capital. Phil has been a technology investor for nearly a decade, with a focus on early stage venture capital. He joined Crosslink in 2014, where he focuses primarily on investments in enterprise software and connected hardware startups. While at Crosslink, Phil has made investments in companies such as NodeSource, Molekule, Descartes Labs, Weave, BetterUp, PreNav, and Verodin. Prior to joining Crosslink, Phil was an investor with Tenfore Holdings, an early stage venture capital firm based in New York City. Previously, he was an Internet analyst for Credit Suisse and RBC. Phil holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ashley Bittner, Principal Owl Ventures. Ashley has played a leading role across a variety of education organizations, ranging from schools, to a school district, to startups, to the Federal government. Before joining Owl, Ashley served as a White House appointee to the U.S. Department of Education where she worked in the Office of Innovation and Improvement to support the development and scaling of innovative approaches to improving student outcomes across the country. Specifically, Ashley led the Department’s efforts to expand access to early college experiences for over 20,000 low-income students per year. Ashley has also worked as a Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, where she advised retail companies, philanthropic institutions and conducted due diligence for private equity funds. Ashley began her career as a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher in the Bronx through Teach for America. Ashley earned a MBA from the Wharton School and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a BA in Political Science and History, with minors in economics and Latin American Studies, from the University of Florida Honors Program. Ashley is a Truman Scholar for the state of Florida (2006).
Moderator: David Spark is a veteran tech journalist and founder Spark Media Solutions, a content marketing firm for the B2B technology industry. Spark has reported on the tech scene for more than 20 years in more than 40 media outlets. and he now reports predominantly at trade shows for companies such as HP, IBM, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Dice, Citrix, and Juniper Networks. Read Spark’s musing on his Spark Minute blog or listen to him and his co-host weekly on the Tear Down Show podcast.