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Chris McCann General Partner Proof of Capital, entrepreneur, and community builder. Prior, Chris founded and led the community program at Greylock Partners, a San Francisco based venture capital firm with $3.5 billion under management which led investments in Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Coinbase, among others. Chris has an angel portfolio of over twenty investments within the fintech and blockchain verticals including: Binance ($2.8B market cap), Solana (valued at $250M), among others. Before he joined the firm, he was the co-founder of StartupDigest (acquired by Techstars), and was an early advisor for the Thiel Fellowship & StartX at Stanford University. He also created RelayNode, covering the blockchain & fintech sectors and reaches 15,000 entrepreneurs, engineers,
Adam Carson Operating Partner Point72 Ventureson the FinTech team based out of San Francisco. Prior to joining Point72 Ventures, Adam worked at JPMorgan Chase as the Head of Digital / FinTech Strategy, Innovation and Partnerships with a focus on advising Chase’s lines of business (Consumer Banking, Business Banking, Merchant Services, Card Services, Auto Lending and Home lending) and functions (Digital, Marketing, Operations, Risk and Technology) through their digital transformation. Earlier in his career Adam worked at eBay, Bain & Company and Morgan Stanley. Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Adam attended Duke University and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He has lived / worked in New York, London and Hong Kong before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area
Nima Wedlake Principal Thomvest Ventures, supporting portfolio companies and evaluating new investment opportunities across the firm’s areas of focus, including financial and real estate technology. His background is in management consulting, advising both startups and large enterprises on issues related to go-to-market strategy, product-market fit, and sales forecasting. Prior to joining Thomvest, Nima was a consultant at ZS Associates, assisting a wide range of clients in the software and biotech industries. Nima is originally from the Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
David Blumberg Founder/Managing Partner Blumberg Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco. David is an authority on early stage investing with David is the founder and managing partner of Blumberg Capital. David is an authority on early stage investing with decades of experience. He founded Blumberg Capital in the early 1990s and launched its first venture-backed fund in 2001. Prior to Blumberg Capital, David managed international investments with the Bronfman Family Office, Adler & Co, APAX Partners and at T. Rowe Price. He also launched business development for Check Point Software Technologies as one of its top four executives. David earned his A.B. in Government, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD. David speaks French and is proficient in Hebrew and Spanish. David serves on the boards of Apester, Credorax, Deep Instinct, DoubleVerify, EarnUp, EasKnock, FeeX, IntSights, Jassby, Lendio, SigOpt, SupplyPike, Roam, Trulioo and Wunder.
Moderator: Michael Gold Editor The Economist Intelligence Unit in the thought leadership team based in San Francisco, which is a sister organization to The Economist magazine. His main areas of focus include the intersection of technology and society and major innovation trends in business. Michael joined The Economist Group in October 2015 in Hong Kong and previously worked as a technology correspondent for Reuters in Taipei and as an editor and reporter for the Global Times in Beijing. A native of Silicon Valley, Michael speaks fluent Mandarin and is always on the lookout for good running routes in the Bay Area.