Square, Chief Financial Officer
Amrita Ahuja has served as Square’s Chief Financial Officer since January 2019. She previously spent 8 years at Activision Blizzard in four different roles, including Chief Financial Officer of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Vice President, Finance and Operations and Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. Prior to that, she was a Director of Business Development at Fox Networks Group, served in Strategic Planning at The Walt Disney Company and Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. from Duke University.
Female Founders Fund, Partner
Anu is the Founding Partner of Female Founders Fund, an early-stage fund investing in technology companies started by women. Female Founders Fund has invested in some of the fastest growing female-led start-ups nationwide including: Eloquii, WayUp, Tala, Zola, Primary, Thrive Global, WinkyLux, Billie and more. In 2018, Anu was included in Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list, and she has been praised for her impact in diversifying venture capital with additional distinctions including Business Insider’s “Ultimate List of Female Startup Investors,” and “Top 4 Venture Firms Investing in Women.”
a16z, General Partner
Connie Chan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she focuses on investing in consumer technology. Connie joined the firm in 2011 as a deal partner on the investment team during which time she worked on sourcing and diligence for numerous consumer tech deals including micro-mobility company Lime. Since becoming a general partner in 2018, she has led the firm’s investments in online events platform Run the World and audio learning platform Knowable. She also serves on the board of KoBold.
Connie is deeply familiar with the Chinese consumer technology landscape and often tapped as an expert to translate how trends may move from Asia to the west.
Before joining Andreessen Horowitz, Connie worked at HP leading its webOS efforts in China. She started her career as a private equity investor at Elevation Partners, investing in media and entertainment.
She has been named to LinkedIn NextWave Top Professional 35 and Under, Wired’s Next 20 Tech Visionary, and Fast Company Most Creative People 2017. Connie won a Sidney award for her writing on WeChat and is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Connie received her B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Lightspeed Ventures, Managing Director
Jeremy joined Lightspeed in 2006 as the firm’s first consumer specialist, focusing on massive-scale social media, commerce, new media, and financial services. Like many in the industry, he was drawn to venture capital for its forward-looking approach to business.
“I was an operator for a long time,” he says. “And as an operator, you focus on making the month, the quarter, the year. With venture, you’re looking toward the horizon rather than the ground.”
This perspective has proven fruitful. Jeremy has funded several companies that have since been acquired or gone public, most notably Snapchat, where he made the first investment. It’s a track record that has landed him on the Forbes Midas List several times.
In addition to completing an MBA at Stanford, Jeremy spent the ‘90s and early 2000s working for web pioneers such as Netscape, AOL, CitySearch, and Interactive Corp. It was then that he learned to view the world through the eyes of the mass market—not just the digerati—and how to spot patterns in user behavior.
“VCs are editors, not writers,” he says. “Our job is not to predict the future but to recognize an exciting present that can continue to scale. A lot of that is about keeping an open mind, about not rushing to judgment.”
With Snapchat, for example, he recognized a fundamental shift that created opportunity for a disruptor. Conventional wisdom held that the post-Facebook social media landscape was too crowded to accommodate another platform. Yet Snapchat went on to shape popular culture. Why?
Jeremy saw that users on Facebook and Instagram posted mostly highlight reels of their lives, leading to performance anxiety—and less posting. Users worried, “Will I get enough likes?” Conversely, Snapchat’s disappearing photos, and the absence of likes and follower counts, removed the perceived risk of posting a photo. People could be themselves.
“Today, people express themselves through Snapchat stories, gifs, and stickers,” he says. “Before that, it was emojis and emoticons. Before that, it was their AIM Buddy icon or their ASCII signature on Usenet. The same core driver — people seeking individuality — is being instantiated in different ways, through different media.”
Outside of Lightspeed, Jeremy was a founding trustee at Presidio Knolls School, a startup, progressive Mandarin-immersion PreK-8 school in San Francisco.
Michelle Lee is the Editor in Chief of Allure—named 2017 Editor of the Year by Adweek.
Since taking the helm at Allure in 2015, Lee has been committed to championing diversity and expanding the definition of beauty. Lee and her staff declared the “End of Anti-Aging” in their September 2017 issue and took an oath to remove the term “anti-aging” from their own lexicon. It was a bold statement that challenged readers and brands to look at and speak about aging in a more positive way — and it has made ripples in the beauty industry and beyond.
She was named Adweek’s 2017 Editor of the Year while Allure won Magazine of the Year for their groundbreaking covers, such as the July 2017 This Is American Beauty cover featuring model Halima Aden in her hijab. Since then, Allure has helped increase AAPI representation through covers with Gemma Chan, Naomi Osaka, Priyanka Chopra, and their June 2018 cover featuring three Asian models: Soo Joo Park, Fei Fei Sun, and Fernanda Ly.
Lee was previously the Editor in Chief and Chief Marketing Officer at NYLON. Prior to those positions, she was Co-Founder and Chief Content and Strategy Officer at branded content agency Magnified Media and held senior positions at Mademoiselle and Glamour.
She is a Board member of Colorcomm, a member of Adweek’s Advisory Council and was named to the Gold House A100 of most influential Asians in 2018 and 2019, Digiday’s Glossy 50, and Create & Cultivate’s Creative 100 in 2017.
3.1Phillip Lim, Co-Founder & Chief Creative
Phillip Lim was born in Thailand in 1973 to Chinese immigrants who later fled to Southern California to escape Cambodia’s civil war, where his mother found work as a seamstress and his father became a professional poker player. While his mother clearly had an early influence on his ethos, Lim didn’t fantasize of being a designer. Instead he studied finance for three years at California State University of Long Beach, but soon found himself switching to a degree in home economics.
Phillip Lim debuted his eponymous brand, 3.1 Phillip Lim, in the fall of 2005, with business partner and friend, Wen Zhou, bucking the ostentatious runway trends of the time. His line of youthfully elegant wardrobe classics with a twist, was an instant sensation and adored by critics, fashion editors and customers alike. Widespread recognition of Lim’s talent and accolades quickly followed, including the 2006 Fashion Group International Women’s Designer ‘Rising Star’ Award, the 2007 CFDA Swarovski Award in Womenswear, the 2012 CFDA Swarovski Award in Menswear, and the 2013 CFDA Award for Accessories Designer of the Year.
After nearly fifteen years in business, Lim as creative director and co-founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim, finds himself at the helm of a pioneering modern luxury brand, designing women’s, men’s, accessories, and footwear – making him one of the most talented and successful young designers today.
Prabal Gurung, CEO
PRABAL GURUNG LAUNCHED HIS EPONYMOUS COLLECTION IN FEBRUARY 2009 WITH A PHILOSOPHY ENCOMPASSING MODERN LUXURY, INDELIBLE STYLE AND AN ASTUTE SENSE OF GLAMOUR.
Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. After beginning his design career in New Delhi, he moved to New York to finish his studies at Parsons The New School for Design. Upon graduating, Gurung spent two years with Cynthia Rowley’s design and production teams. Soon after, he was appointed design director at the iconic Bill Blass, a post he held for five years until launching his own collection, PRABAL GURUNG.
A focus on quality and innovation has placed Gurung at the forefront of American fashion with designs worn by leading ladies including First Lady Michelle Obama and The Duchess of Cambridge, to name a few. Notable accolades include the 2010 Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award, 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner up, USA Network’s Character Approved Award recipient in 2011, named goodwill ambassador of Maiti Nepal, a finalist of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, recipient of the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear and was honored in 2015 with the inaugural Creativity Award from The Drawing Center. Gurung was the official 2013 designer collaborator for Target, launched a product collaboration with MAC Cosmetics in 2014, collaborated on a collection with TOMS to support Shikshya Foundation Nepal in 2016, launched a capsule with Lane Bryant in February 2017 and was named the Global Creative Director of Tasaki in September 2017. In November 2019, Gurung was named the first ever Honorary Designer of the National Portrait Gallery Celebration at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and published his first coffee table book.
Prabal Gurung chooses to manufacture in New York city to uphold standards of quality while supporting the local community. With over 80% of the collection made in New York, Prabal Gurung is committed to sustaining domestic employment and income. The brand recognizes the importance of domestic production, particularly in respect to the quality of the finished product and helps to bring this awareness to an international audience.
Umai Hospitality Group, Founder; Caviar, Co-Founder
Shawn is a proud Chinese-American immigrant who grew up in the Los Angeles area. He is an alumnus of UC Berkeley class of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Minor in Sustainable Design. During his senior year, he joined his college friends to start a daily deals company called Munch On Me (YC class of S11) and dove into the tech startup industry. He later co-founded a food delivery company, Caviar, in early 2012. Caviar was acquired by Square, now a public company, in 2014 and then acquired again by DoorDash in 2019. He is currently a Co-Founder and General Partner of Beluga Capital which has invested and advised in several food tech startups, restaurants, and numerous other companies. He is also currently a Senior Advisor at Grishin Robotics. Besides tech, Shawn is the founding partner of Umai Hospitality Group, a restaurant group invested in major franchises like The Halal Guys and Bonchon Fried Chicken, along with local brands like Rooster and Rice.
Somesh Dash joined IVP in March of 2005. He focuses primarily on later-stage investments in Internet, software, wireless, and technology-enabled services companies. Somesh was recognized by The New York Times and CB Insights in 2019 as one of the top 100 venture capitalists.
Somesh actively participated in IVP’s investments in AddThis (ORCL), Akamai (AKAM), Amplitude, AppDynamics (CSCO), At Road (TRMB), Ayasdi, Brex, Business Insider (Axel Springer), CafePress (PRSS), Care.com (CRCM), ComScore (SCOR), Datalogix (ORCL), Danger (MSFT), Digital River (DRIV), Discord, Dropbox (DBX), FleetMatics (FLTX), Gaia Online, Hipmunk (SAP), Humu, Klout (Lithium), Lime, Loopnet (CSGP), MotoSport (LINTA), MySQL (ORCL), Netflix (NFLX), Personal Capital, Pindrop, Pure Storage (PSTG), Expanse, Qubole, Quigo (TWX), Rubrik, Shazam (AAPL), SoundCloud, Tanium, Thrive Global, TuneIn, Uber (UBER), Uproxx (WMG), Walker & Company (PG), ZEFR, and Zynga (ZNGA).
Prior to joining IVP, Somesh was an Analyst in the Corporate Finance Division of Credit Suisse’s Technology Investment Banking Group. While at Credit Suisse, Somesh focused on strategic financing initiatives for a number of public and private technology companies. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Somesh worked for Luxmi Capital, an early stage venture capital fund focused on digital media investments. He also worked for the Corporate Development Division of Sony Entertainment Television (SET) in Mumbai, India.
Somesh is currently a member of the Management Board at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the Advisory Board of Malaria No More. He’s a former member of the Advisory Board of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, the Haas Alumni Board and the Haas Development Board at UC Berkeley. He’s also formerly served on the Tech Advisory Group of UCSF and the Advisory Board for Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). Somesh is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Somesh earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Stanley Tang, Andy Fang, Tony Xu
Stanley Tang is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of DoorDash. DoorDash launched in Palo Alto and, as of May 2019, had expanded to more than 4,000 cities and offered a 340,000 selection of stores across the US and Canada. DoorDash has raised more than $700 million over several financing rounds from investors including Charles River Ventures, SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, SoftBank, GIC, and Kleiner Perkins. The company is currently valued at more than $13 billion and is the largest third-party delivery service in the world.
Tang grew up in Hong Kong, and was an Amazon Best-Seller at the age of 14 years old when he authored a book called ‘eMillions,’ interviewing 14 of the world’s most successful Internet marketers about their rags-to-riches stories. He then moved to the Bay Area to study Computer Science at Stanford, where he met his co-founders Andy Fang and Tony Xu.
Tang works on moonshot projects at DoorDash, and passionate about topics that revolve around robotics, design, cities, and transportation. In his free time, Tang angel invests in various start ups, and started Bearcat Content with his partner Gloria Zhu to invest in unscripted content, documentaries, and entertainment companies.
Andy Fang is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of DoorDash. DoorDash launched in Palo Alto and, as of May 2019, had expanded to more than 4,000 cities and offered a 340,000 selection of stores across the US and Canada. DoorDash has raised more than $700 million over several financing rounds from investors including Charles River Ventures, SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, SoftBank, GIC, and Kleiner Perkins. The company is currently valued at more than $13 billion and is the largest third-party delivery service in the world.
Fang grew up in the Bay Area, and holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he met fellow co-founders Stanley Tang and Tony Xu.
Fang leads the engineering team, and is responsible for the overall product vision, technology roadmap and architectural direction of the DoorDash platform. His free time is dedicated to basketball.
Tony Xu is the co-founder and CEO of DoorDash. Starting with restaurants, DoorDash is building the infrastructure and logistics platform to allow any local merchant to deliver. DoorDash launched in Palo Alto and, as of May 2019, had expanded to more than 4,000 cities and offered a 340,000 selection of stores across the US and Canada. DoorDash has raised more than $700 million over several financing rounds from investors including Charles River Ventures, SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, SoftBank, GIC, and Kleiner Perkins. The company is currently valued at more than $13 billion and is the largest third-party delivery service in the world.
Xu’s family came to the U.S. from China in 1989 and settled in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. Xu’s mother ran a Chinese restaurant to build up the funds to go to medical school. Xu’s father waited tables at a University of Illinois on-campus restaurant to defray the costs of his aeronautical engineering studies. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.S. with High Honors in Industrial Engineering and a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Xu worked as a business analyst for McKinsey & Co., as a corporate strategy consultant for EBay and PayPal, in business development at technology firm RedLaser, and spent time at Square before founding DoorDash.
Susie has lived in 10 cities in three countries and has had three different professions, but she considers Minneapolis her hometown and advertising her career. Susie began in journalism, following the presidential campaign trail, then studied and practiced urban planning in London before landing in advertising, first with Fallon, then with Droga5 in 2009. As Droga5’s COO, Susie drives key client relationships and new business while ensuring business operations, systems and culture support and scale for growth and breakthrough ideas. She serves on ADCOLOR’s Board of Directors and is an Executive Advisor to Droga5’s diversity and inclusion initiatives D+iQ and S/he.