Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Hardeep co-founded Motif Investing to create an intuitive way to invest conceptually. He spent more than six years at Microsoft, where he was General Manager of the company's enterprise services business, and prior to that was a Director of Corporate Development and Strategy, helping to oversee Microsoft's investments and acquisitions. He started his career at The Boston Consulting Group. Hardeep holds a BS in Economics and Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses in the securities industry, has served as a member of FINRA’s Small Firm Advisory Board, serves on FINRA's Technology Advisory Committee and contributes frequently to Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business and Forbes.
Arthur Levitt Jr.
Former S.E.C. Chairman
Arthur was the 25th chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, serving as its longest-tenured chairman from 1993 to 2001. Throughout his tenure, he worked to educate, empower and protect investors. He created the Office of Investor Education and Assistance and established a website to allow the public free and easy access to corporate filings and investor education materials. After leaving the SEC, Arthur joined The Carlyle Group in 2001 as a senior advisor. He also serves as a policy advisor to Goldman Sachs and as a director of Bloomberg LP. Arthur graduated from Williams College before serving two years in the Air Force. His best-selling book, TAKE ON THE STREET: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know/What You Can Do to Fight Back was published by Pantheon Books in October, 2002.
CEO J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Kelly is CEO of J.P. Morgan's Private Bank. She is a member of the Global Wealth Management Operating Committee at J.P. Morgan and also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Asset Management Women’s Network. Prior to that, Kelly spent 23 years at J.P. Morgan's Investment Bank. She earned her bachelor's degree in International Affairs and French from Lafayette College and holds an M.S.F.S. in International Business and Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Past President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
Carl founded Carl W. Stern Associates LLC after his retirement from Goldman Sachs, where he served as vice chairman of the Investment Banking Division. Prior to Goldman Sachs he spent 37 years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he served as president and CEO for six years and chairman for eight years. Carl serves on the boards of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and the World Food Program – USA. He is a trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Rush University Medical Center, and a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago and the Chicago Club. Carl served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant and earned his BA cum laude in economics from Harvard in 1968 and his MBA from Stanford in 1974.
Joseph Chen is the founder of Renren Inc. and has served as its Chairman and CEO since its inception in 2005. Before founding Renren, Mr. Chen was co-founder, Chairman & CEO of ChinaRen.com, a first-generation SNS in China and one of China's most visited websites prior to being acquired by Sohu.com in 2000. Joe holds a BS in physics from the University of Delaware, a master's in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Stanford University.
John joined Ignition as a partner in 2005. He invests principally in business software and services. Prior to joining Ignition, John spent sixteen years at Microsoft Corporation in several strategic roles, including SVP of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of the Worldwide Enterprise Group, and Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). John is a board member of companies including Nike, AppSense, FiREapps, Scout Analytics, Datasphere, Korrio, Motif Investing, Splunk, Parse, Tier 3, Heroku which was acquired by Salesforce.com in 2010, and Xensource which was acquired by Citrix in 2007. John received his BA in accounting from the University of Montana, from which he also received the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Charles joined Foundation Capital in 2005 and since then he has made fourteen investments, including PowerSet to Microsoft, Xoopit to Yahoo! and Adwhirl to Google. Prior to joining Foundation, Charles spent five years with Tellme Networks, where he led the company in raising $125 million in cash, one of the largest private financing rounds in the country post-internet bubble. Prior to Tellme, Charles was a member of the founding team of internet access provider @Home Network. After the company went public, he assisted in the $7 billion acquisition of Excite Network. Earlier in his career, Charles spent three years in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice at Merrill Lynch. Charles holds a BS degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from Harvard University.
Norwest Venture Partners
As partner at Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), Sergio is focused on early and growth investments in the digital media, mobile, and social areas. Sergio was previously on the board of The DealMap (acquired by Google), myYearbook (acquired by Quepasa), and StarCite (acquired by The Active Network). He is also on the board of Bookrenter, and active with Branchout and Bionic Panda. Prior to NVP, Sergio was VP of Marketing at Photobucket, which was successfully sold to News Corp. for $300 million in 2007. Earlier in his career, Sergio held key positions at Morgan Stanley, Portal Software (acquired by Oracle), and eBay. He also co-founded Cymerc, a hosted SaaS solution for small and medium-sized businesses, where Sergio successfully raised two rounds of venture financing and grew Cymerc from inception to more than $15 million in sales. Sergio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS degree in Management Sciences and Engineering from Stanford University.
Global Head Principal Strategic Investments Goldman Sachs
Darren is the global head of Principal Strategic Investments (PSI) in the Securities Division. The team is responsible for leading the division’s investments in financial technology, developing market structure strategies across regions and commercializing technology assets. Darren first joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 and was an executive director in Investment Research in London, covering the software and technology services sector until 2004. He rejoined the firm in 2007 and was named managing director in 2010 and partner in 2014. Prior to rejoining the firm, Darren was a senior analyst at Calypso Capital Management, where he covered the technology sector and generated investment ideas for a long-short equity hedge fund. Darren has served on the boards of BATS, Kensho, Motif Investing, NYSE Amex Options, Pico Quantitative Trading, REDI, Redline Trading Solutions and Symphony.
Ben is Chief Investment Officer of Wicklow Capital, Inc., the family office of Daniel Tierney, co-founder and former co-CEO of GETCO (now KCG), and board member of KCG Holdings, Inc., one of the world's leading technology-enabled market makers and agency execution service providers. Ben has specific experience in both financial markets and entrepreneurial finance. Previous to Wicklow Capital, Inc. Ben served as Managing Director at RoundKeep Capital Advisors, Portfolio Manager at Balyasny Asset Management, Head Trader at Blue Ridge Capital, and Trader at Goldman Sachs. Ben graduated from Harvard University.