Linda Avey is co-founder and CEO of Precisely, a San Francisco-based precision health company utilizing an intelligent agent technology that automates preventive health. They are initially focusing on the health system of India, where population growth is out-pacing clinical capacity. In 2006 Linda envisioned and co-founded 23andMe, which has become the world's largest consumer interactive genetics research platform. The idea stemmed from her work at Affymetrix and Perlegen Sciences, early tech providers in the genetics industry. Her involvement with patient communities cemented the idea that people would be willing to share their data in order to make progress in understanding their diseases. Today, millions of individuals are participating in 23andMe research studies, providing statistical power needed to make significant progress not feasible through academic models.
Luis von Ahn is an entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who is considered one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is known for co-inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow and selling two companies to Google in his 20s.
He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, a language-learning platform created to bring free language education to the world. With over 300 million users, it is now the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world.
Luis has been named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular Science Magazine, one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover, one of the Top Young Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review, and one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine.
Pooja Sankar’s life story begins in a village in India. She became a computer scientist and started Piazza to solve the problems she had as one of only three women in her classes. She holds an undergraduate Computer Science degree from IIT, India, a Masters Computer Science degree from University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Piazza Q&A is now the premier social learning platform, helping more than 5 million students learn beyond the traditional classroom in more than 2,000 universities spanning 90 countries. Students use Piazza to work together collaboratively despite differences in learning levels, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, and instructors address their questions as they arise. While Piazza Q&A enables inclusive learning, the Piazza Network opens up career opportunities.
Qasar Younis is CEO at Applied Intuition and most recently was the COO at Y Combinator. Prior to YC, Qasar's second startup was funded by YC and acquired by Google Maps. Before startups, Qasar was an automotive engineer at GM and Bosch. He has a Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute and an MBA from Harvard Business School. As the foremost enabler of autonomous vehicle development, Applied Intuition equips engineering and product development teams with software that makes it faster, safer, and easier to bring autonomy to market. Applied’s suite of products, focused on simulation and analytics, delivers sophisticated infrastructure built for scale. Industry leading companies of all sizes use Applied to comprehensively test and rapidly accelerate their autonomous vehicle development.
Aileen is founding Partner at Cowboy Ventures, a team that backs seed-stage technology companies re-imagining work and life through technology, what they call “life 2.0”. Cowboy Ventures works with a wide range of startups from modern enterprise oriented companies like Guild Education and Lightstep to new consumer digital native brands like Dollar Shave Club and Tally. Prior to Cowboy, Aileen was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for over a decade, was founding CEO of digital media company RMG Networks and worked at Gap Inc in operating roles. She has degrees from MIT and HBS, is mom of 3 and wife to a startup founder, and is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and co-founder of the non-profit All Raise, aiming to accelerate success for women in the technology ecosystem.
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