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Shu is a Managing Partner at SoftBank, co-leading SoftBank’s new $5B Latin America-focused technology growth fund and SoftBank’s $100M Opportunity Fund for Founders of Color.

Before these roles, Shu was a founding member of SoftBank Group’s Silicon Valley investment team, and subsequently the SoftBank Vision Fund. He has made investments spanning a variety of sectors including fintech, mobility, hospitality, media, semiconductors, software infrastructure, machine learning, genomics, robotics and autonomous driving, in the US, Europe, India, China and Latin America.

Prior to joining SoftBank, Shu was an investment banker with JPMorgan, a consultant with McKinsey and a singer/songwriter. Shu received a BA from Harvard College, and an MSc. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

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Chinedu Echeruo left his job at JP Morgan to build HopStop, the pioneering travel app that helped millions of users navigate public transportation around the world. Apple acquired HopStop in 2013 and subsequently incorporated much of HopStop’s functionality into Apple Maps.

He also co-founded, a digital platform which connects consumers with specialized travel professionals, later sold to American Travel and navigation company, Rand McNally.

He then founded the networking platform MindMeet which operates on passion economy where one can sell expertise and advice in exchange for monetary payment and a pledge to support the expert’s chosen charity.

Today, Chinedu is operating his Love & Magic Company, a start-up studio that co-builds companies with innovative organizations. Forbes has named him 1 of the 10 most powerful people in Africa.

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Sean is currently the Global Head of Technology Business Development (TechBD) focusing on technology strategy, vendor relationships, and transformation. Prior to TechBD, Sean was the Global Head of End User Product Management where he was responsible for the vision, strategic planning, and management of 400+ products across Workspace, Mobile, Content Management, Social, and Multimedia technologies.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Sean spent ten years at Credit Suisse working in a variety of leadership roles across development, engineering, operations, and product management.

In addition to the above, Sean has acted in advisory and partnership capacities for a number of companies including Actian, Citrix, DynamicOps (prior to VMWare acquisition), Proofpoint, Slack, Splunk, and Zoom. TYPE BIO

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Dawn W. Dickson is a serial entrepreneur and inventor with over 19 years of experience in marketing and business development. She launched four successful cash flow positive companies since 2002, her most recent ventures Flat Out of Heels (rollable flats for women to get relief from painful heels) and PopCom after identifying a need develop a software solution to make vending machines more intelligent.  

Dawn has received numerous awards and accolades for her business savvy and pitching skills, and has been invited to speak on numerous panels and workshops and featured in countless media outlets including Forbes, Black Enterprise, Fortune, Fast Company, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Miami Herald, CNBC/Yahoo series ‘The Biz Fix’ with Marcus Lemonis, and MSNBC ‘Your Biz’ Elevator Pitch. Dawn has an expertise in raising traditional and non-traditional business capita, having raised millions of dollars for her ventures since 2001l. In 2019, Dawn became the first female CEO globally to raise a secure token offering (STO) over $1 million using equity crowdfunding under Reg CF the JOBS Act. In 2020, Dawn raised a second fully subscribed equity crowdfunding campaign bringing her total to $2.3M raised from 4,800 investors.

A recognized leader in entrepreneurship and technology, Dawn was in invited to testify before a Congressional Committee on Small Business in March 2020 in a hearing titled “Building Blocks of Change: The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for Small Businesses”. Dawn is a graduate of the 2019 Nasdaq Milestone Maker program, she was featured on the cover of the June 2018 Black Enterprise Magazine, she was honored as one of the National Urban League Young Professionals ‘Heroes in the Movement’, featured as INC Magazine Top 100 Female Founders, featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus, Who Who’s in Black Atlanta, honored as one of Legacy Miami’s Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in South Florida, and listed among the ‘50 Young Visionary Women Leaders to Watch’ by Innov8tiv Magazine.

Dawn received her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University and studied technology at DeVry University. Dawn is a Techstars alumni, completing the program with PopCom in 2017. Additionally, Dawn is the host of the BARS! Podcast on Apple and Spotify where she shares her key learning as an entrepreneur over a hip-hop soundtrack. Dawn is a seasoned professional speaker and continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s top retail tech entrepreneurs.

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Doug is Founder of AnnexTech Partners, a divestment & joint venture studio for SaaS software. Speight was formerly Executive Director for American Underground, a campus for entrepreneurs in Durham, NC and home to over 250 tech startups. He has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Google and CODE2040 and the GIGTANK venture accelerator. Speight has served as co-founder and/or founder for five tech startups, in addition to leading technology transfer and IP commercialization divisions for NC A&T State University, NASA and the Department of Energy and holds several patents for additive manufacturing technology. Speight is a graduate of NC A&T State University and earned a MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

AnnexTech Partners is a divestment & joint venture studio based in Durham, NC. AnnexTech helps enterprise saas software companies to create economic impact by divesting of non-core SaaS software product lines, from which it launches new startups owned, led and staffed by diverse and underrepresented leaders. AnnexTech Partners' deep commitment to Diversity & Inclusion and global work to diversify tech ecosystems, feeds their passion and strategy to close the “Three Gaps”: the Salary, Wealth and Leadership Mobility Gaps for women and people of color within the tech industry. 

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Jean-Philippe (JP) is a well tenured system architect and an enterprise performance management and intelligence expert. He has a professional history spanning 20 years of software development for major organizations mostly in financial services and telecommunications. He was the lead developer on one of Vodafone’s first mobile credit card payment platforms and is the creator and owner of MOBIP, a popular enterprise mobile payment system in France. He also ran his own boutique enterprise software consulting company for many years. 

JP is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of fintech startup, Fundr, a smart seed investing marketplace that funds disenfranchised entrepreneurs with world changing ideas and provides impact investing opportunities for angel investors. He is also a senior technologist at Axway Software, a leading global provider of enterprise software tools, Enterprise Application Integration, mobile application development and API management. 

His clients and preivous employers include the following companies: eFront, Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, Banque de France, BNP Paribas, Exane SA, Banque Héritage SA, La Banque Postale, Groupe BPCE, Caisse d'épargne, Bolloré Africa Logistics, SFR (La Défense), Orange Business Services (Lausanne), and Maroc Telecom (Rabat).

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Moaz is a mission-driven technologist and strategist, solving for the future of jobs and medicine, and the role of Robotics and AI. He is founder and CEO of mvmtAi (move•ment a.i.), a health tech startup. Moaz is an advisor for SoftBank Robotics, and serves as a member of the Robotics Working Group  for the Consumer Technology Association.

Moaz serves as advisor and mentor to many startups including seed stage startups at Yellow Accelerator by Snap Inc. He is also Chair of the advisory board for Startup Boost.

He previously served as General Manager and Partner with Google, and before it with Microsoft. Early in his career he cut his teeth in investment, strategy, and the launch of HTC, as well as the launch of many other global brands, like, Skype, BullGuard, Sonim, Neo, and SouthWing.

After the successful launch of HTC, Moaz also helped lead investment and strategy of many other smartphone companies, like, Palm, Samsung Mobile, and Sony (Ericsson) Xperia with Microsoft, and later on their transition to Android and Chrome OS with Google.

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Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at MaC Venture Capital (formerly known as Cross Culture Ventures), which finds the entrepreneurs who are building the future for the rest of America. He’s a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital, with an extensive background in technology, private equity, media and entertainment. Marlon’s unique eye for global trends and shifts in consumer behavior has helped him capture many high-potential investments, which include Gimlet Media, MongoDB, Thrive Market, Fair, LISNR, Mayvenn, Blavity, Wonderschool, and other companies that reflect overlooked markets. He serves on the board of directors for Ajua, Blavity, Kauffman Fellows Program, LISNR, Ryff and Wonderschool.

Marlon is the recipient of MVMT50’s SXSW 2018 Innovator of the Year award, a 2018 nominee of the ADCOLOR in Tech award, Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award, was named Pitchbook’s 25 Black Founders and VCs to Watch in 2018 and 2019, was a TechWeek 100 winner and was named one of Silicon Republic's 26 VC professionals spearheading change.

He’s been featured on TechCrunch Fortune, Blavity, and NBC, and is an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship and venture capital at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University

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Rebecca Danta is the Managing Director of Miami Angels, the largest and most active angel network in Florida, which funds Seed and Series A technology companies with early traction across various sectors.

Miami Angels has deployed $14.2M into 33 companies since 2014, and Rebecca built a sustainable, independent business model for the organization.

Prior to joining Miami Angels, Rebecca managed global campus operations for General Assembly in New York City, the first accelerated learning provider, and the "Top Most Innovative Company in Education" per Fast Company. General Assembly had a successful exit in 2018. Prior to that, Rebecca worked at Macy's in their Executive Development Program.

Rebecca is a Miami native and passionate about investing into markets and teams that are often overlooked in traditional venture capital. She serves on the board of the Florida Venture Forum and is a Class XI member of Miami Fellows.

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Ian Folau is the managing director of LMI Ventures where he leads investments, startup partnerships and technology strategy for LMI, a federal government consulting firm. He is also leading a new initiative at LMI, the Forge, which is building technology products for use by LMI’s consultants for their clients. Before LMI, Ian founded a venture-backed tech company that identified and governed software vulnerabilities and compliance for large enterprises. The company was acquired by a large NYC-based tech firm in 2018. Ian also served a decade in the US Army as a military intelligence officer and taught as an assistant professor for German literature and media at West Point.

Ian is a U.S. Army veteran, a bronze-star recipient, and holds an engineering BS from the United States Military Academy (West Point), an MBA from Cornell University (Johnson-Cornell Tech), and an MA in Intercultural Communications from Middlebury College. Ian has also coached D1 collegiate rugby and continues to coach youth rugby for the Austin Huns rugby club. Ian volunteers as a city leader for BunkerLabs (a non-profit helping military veterans/spouses in entrepreneurship) in Austin, TX and has served on the board of CyberUp (a non-profit training disadvantaged populations on cybersecurity and placing them into entry-level jobs). 

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Kai Bond is a Partner at Courtside Ventures, the leading venture capital fund focused on early-stage sports, fitness, and gaming companies. The fund is backed by Dan Gilbert (Founder, Quicken Loans / Cleveland Cavaliers), Tony Ressler (Ares / Atlanta Hawks), John Burbank (Passport Capital / Golden State Warriors) and WPP, the world’s leading advertising services company.

Kai has two decades of experience working across venture funds, Fortune 100 enterprises and early stage startups. Most recently, he was an Investor at Comcast Ventures, leading the gaming/esports investments for their flagship fund and also ran their Catalyst Fund ($20M fund focused on underrepresented founders).

Prior, Kai has held product roles at Microsoft in mobile and gaming, corporate development at IAC and was an early member of the team at Gerson Lehrman Group.  Kai is a repeat founder with deep expertise in gaming and interactive media.  He was co-founder of SwitchGames, a marketplace for used video games.  His second startup was incubated at Hatch Labs, where he held the dual role of General Manger for Hatch and was CEO of CashPlay Games.  CashPlay was a gaming platform that matched chance-based games like slots, dice and roulette to a sweepstakes engine where users could win cash prizes.  Hatch Labs was responsible for launching 6 mobile startups in gaming and media, including Tinder.  His third startup, pixietv, was an interactive streaming platform that delivered custom content overlays to Smart TVs.  pixietv was acquired by Samsung in 2014 where he then led the successful productization of pixietv globally. 

Kai is a guest lecturer at Wesleyan University (Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship) and at Stanford GSB (Building Diverse and Inclusive Organizations).  In addition to these roles, Kai is a mentor at Sports Tech Tokyo, Techstars, Rough Draft Ventures, and Dorm Room Fund. 

Kai is a graduate of Wesleyan University.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his son Miles and wife Erica, who is a lawyer that has held advisory roles for the Mayor's office in New York City and currently resides on the CCRB as a Mayoral appointee. In his spare time, Kai can be found in the kitchen or in front of the grill, experimenting with new recipes.

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Brian Brackeen is a General Partner at Lightship Capital, the Cincinnati-based VC firm dedicated to backing underrepresented entrepreneurs in the Midwest. As General Partner, Brian oversees fund operations, leads the AI development team, and serves on the investment committee.

Prior to Lightship, Brian founded the Miami-based face recognition innovator, Kairos. His leadership saw the company selected by Wall Street Journal as one of the top 25 startups in the country and positioned Kairos alongside tech giants like Microsoft and Face++ as one of the world’s foremost face recognition software providers. Kairos has processed nearly a billion faces and has raised more than 15 million dollars from investors. Under Brian’s leadership, Kairos took a strong stand against the government use of facial recognition and worked hard to eliminate racial bias in its datasets.

Prior to founding Kairos, Brian served as a Senior Project Manager for Apple Inc. and as Senior Managing Consultant at IBM.

In addition to his work at Lightship, Brian lectures extensively around the world on entrepreneurship, code, the digital economy, AI and machine learning — and participates in mentorship programs for organizations like Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code and The School District of Miami.

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Rodney Williams is the CoFounder & Chief Commercial Officer of LISNR, the leading Ultrasonic Data Platform, powering payments across a number of commerce experiences. Williams has inspired an entire enterprise technology market as LISNR leads the use of ultrasonic technology for mobile payments. Rallying up over 60 industry awards, LISNR has landed major partners like Visa, Synchrony Financial, Ticketmaster, Intel, and Target as they drive a better payment tool for merchants and consumers. 

Rodney has been recognized with numerous awards, including Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 in 2012; the Ernst & Young EDGE Award in 2013; Cannes Gold Lion award in 2015; Tech Entrepreneur of the Year by Black Enterprise, 2016; 25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs Under 40 by Entrepreneur Magazine 2016; Entrepreneur of the Year in Connected Communications by EY in 2017; Ebony’s Power 100 in 2018 and CNBC Disruptor 50 List in 2015, 2016, 2018 & 2019. 

Rodney attended West Virginia University, where he earned his BBA in finance, his BA in economics, and his MS in integrated marketing communications. Rodney also holds an MBA in finance & supply chain management from Howard University. Outside of LISNR, he’s been actively building the next group of technology leaders, co-founding one of the fastest growing fin-tech start-ups, SoLo Funds, where he serves as the board’s chair. He is also a member of the 2019 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

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Nasir Qadree is the Founder and Managing Partner of Zeal Capital Partners, a new Washington, DC-based inclusive investment vehicle focused on partnering with exceptional management teams with diverse backgrounds and skillsets bridging America’s Wealth and Skills gap.

Most recently, Nasir served as Venture Partner for Pier 70 Ventures, responsible for investor relations and sourcing high growth business opportunities in alignment with the fund's impact investing strategy.In 2017, Nasir joined AT&T as the Associate Director of Social Investments investing in early-stage education and employment technology businesses that empower students, workers' success and career readiness. Before joining AT&T, Nasir led Village Capital’s Economic Opportunity portfolio, finding, developing, and investing in high growth businesses solving pressing challenges in Education, Health, and Financial Wellness. Nasir also served as Village Capital’s Global Head Education practice and investments.

In 2014, Nasir was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Education at the Connecticut State Department of Education and Education Pioneer Data Analyst Fellow, focusing on improving digital learning and infrastructure to empower teachers and school leaders to improve Connecticut’s persistently low-performing school districts. Nasir began his career as an investment professional at Goldman Sachs and later worked as a Senior Associate at State Street Corporation.

In 2018, Nasir was appointed by Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve on the Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council, Chairing it’s K12 Engagement committee. Nasir remains personally engaged in education in Washington, DC serving on the boards of Center City Public Charter School, LearnFresh Education, and Center Point Education Solutions.

He’s also committed to completing 51 full marathons, in all 50 states and Washington, DC, having already completed 18 to raise $1 million in scholarship funding for first-generation college students across America. Nasir is a 2018 Washington Business Journal 40 under 40 recipient. The Atlanta native resides in the Navy Yard community in Washington, DC and graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University. 

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Latchkey kid from Indianapolis. Anthony Ware and his two younger brothers were raised by his dad. First toilets for his dad's janitorial business.

Anthony jumped from the corporate ladder to launch startups. He ignored his scarcity mentality until it broke him in November 2010, he had to live in a car in New Orleans after his third startup failed.

Two months later, thanks to mentors and yoga teacher training, Anthony was a phoenix. Eight years later, Anthony’s business helps underestimated startup founders use their mental wealth and company culture to leapfrog business norms, and create new generational wealth.

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Growing up in Florida, Ryan Robinson’s interests skewed heavily towards literature, poetry, and the beach. Yet in his early high school years, he developed an affinity for mathematics and difficult computations. Growing up during the “Internet Boom” and seeing first-hand the rise of tech giants, such as Apple, was inspiring and ultimately influenced his decision to apply his arithmetic abilities to pursue hard sciences and solve the world’s most challenging technological problems like Apple’s late CEO, Steve Jobs. It was with these thoughts in mind that he applied and was accepted to MIT. After studying mechatronics and completing the curriculum content in a two-year period, he transitioned to studying information theory and quantum computing under Professor Seth Lloyd – who famously wrote the first paper on how to build a quantum computer. Under the guidance of Professor Lloyd, Ryan created his own major: “Quantum Engineering” – a unique cross-disciple combination of computer science, information theory, quantum computing, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials, systems, and design.

Ryan became the world’s first MIT-trained “Quantum Engineer,” and he continued to pursue graduate level computer science and Big Data coursework, while adding a degree in literature before graduating in 2017. In addition to these studies, Ryan possessed a keen interest in the business aspects of technology and was inspired to compete DECA’s International Business Competition, where he placed in the top 99th percentile in Economics and the top 99th percentile in Marketing Management. Ryan’s professional experience includes startup businesses and commercial banking that focus on creating a positive impact in the world. Ryan has lectured MiT and Carnegie Hall about his work in quantum computing and cryptocurrency. Ryan has made history twice.

He made history the first time by becoming the world's first quantum engineer. Ryan made history again by creating Conduit, the World's First Collective Computer. Conduit combines the processing power of devices all across the world to tackle problems that even supercomputers have a hard time solving such as drug design, weather forecasting, and quantum computing simulation. Currently, Conduit is working with the White House to create a cure for COVID19 using quantum engineering in a fashion never seen before in the history of Mankind.

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Kevin is the founding Executive Director of Black Angels Miami. His goal is to connect an expansive network of Black investors in South Florida. 

Kevin is a startup industry veteran and technology leader. A founder of multiple startups and former technology executive with multiple Fortune 50 companies. His experience spans a wide spectrum from bootstrapped start-ups to global corporations.

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Solomon is a Principal at Tusk Ventures and is responsible for sourcing opportunities, evaluating potential investments, and executing transactions. 

Before joining Tusk Ventures, Solomon was an M&A Analyst at Lazard. While at Lazard, Solomon worked on a variety of advisory assignments. Solomon received a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 2015. He is based out of our New York office.

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Andre is an Engineering Manager at Venmo. He has 15+ Years of experience as a Systems Engineer and Engineering Leader, solving complex systems engineering problems and guiding teams. He has also worked with UNIX and Windows Systems focusing on Performance, Scalability, Network Engineering and Software Development.

He has Internet and Enterprise Infrastructure, Healthcare IT and Agile Software Development

Specialties: Storage and Server Virtualization, UNIX Systems, Scalable Storage, High Performance Infrastructure and Networking. 

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Raul Moas joined Knight Foundation as Miami program director in March 2018. Prior to joining Knight, Moas served as the managing director of Miami Angels, Florida’s largest angel investor collective which brings together exceptional entrepreneurs and accredited investors to fuel success.

Moas served as the executive director of Roots of Hope, an international non-governmental organization focused on youth empowerment in Cuba. Moas led the creation of programs like StartUp Cuba, which supports emerging entrepreneurs from the island in gaining valuable and practical skills, and social ventures like Discover Cuba, a B-Corp subsidiary which has facilitated hundreds of socially conscious trips and family reunifications. Moas is passionate about Greater Miami and deeply involved in making his community a better place. As a founding member of the Global Shapers Miami Hub, the young professional arm of the World Economic Forum, he focused on promoting more equitable and inclusive economic development. Moas is also a member of Class VIII of the Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellows program.

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Bryan works at the intersection of business and technology. He has worn many hats over the years in corporate and consulting organizations, leading strategic initiatives focused on harnessing digital transformation to improve business performance.

He has worked with senior executives at a range of companies - from small organizations to multi-billion dollar global conglomerates - on defining a technology vision and strategy to grow core capabilities, products, and services. His experience spans industries, including Travel, Tech, Telecom, Media, Healthcare, Financial Services, and Consumer Goods.

Most recently, Bryan was a Director of Digital Strategy and Go-To Market at Royal Caribbean Cruises. Previously he was a Director and Principal in Strategy& unit of PwC and an Engagement Manager at Booz & Co. He started his career as a Software Systems Engineer at Verizon.

Bryan advises organizations seeking to integrate technology into their core business. He is a holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida. 

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Keegan manages East Coast Account Management units at PitchBook Data. He is passionate about helping organizations grow and improve their business by harnessing the opaque data of private markets. 

Prior to PitchBook, Keegan worked at Ernst & Young and completed undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Albany. 

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Jim Gibbs is the CEO & Co-founder of Meter Feeder, a low cost payment and enforcement solution for small to mid-sized governments. Jim's startup is modernizing the way that people pay for parking and has already been through Y Combinator in the winter of 2016.

Before Meter Feeder, Jim was a software engineer at USA Today, American Eagle Outfitters, and at Brander, a development firm known for building digital platforms for many popular consumer brands. He attended the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. 

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Gregory focuses making cities work for the people in the digital age. He has nearly a decade of experience in helping organizations achieve better digital service experiences leveraging cloud computing, agile methodologies, and user-centered design.Gregory spearheads digital transformation and tech implementation for public-private sector partners focused on cloud, data governance, and IoT efforts.

By day, he works at Microsoft Philanthropy leading Civic Innovation and Technology for TechSpark Miami. By night, he organizes open-source projects and leads Code for South Florida. Gregory is an alum of Florida International University 

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Anthony's main focuses include: start ups, marketing, advertising, psychology, business strategy, technology, debate, building things/disrupting things, consulting, career coaching, sales, Business development, power broker, production, humor, and Food.

Anthony is a Sr. Product Manager at Amazon for Prime Video Central and Prime Video Direct, where he is esponsible for defining and building products that empower digital video providers worldwide, ranging from independent filmmakers to large studios such as Sony, Disney, and Warner Bros. He works cross-functionally with engineering, project management, UX design, operations, finance, legal, business development, content acquisition, and executive teams to bring products to market, develop and grow business opportunities, and enhance our customer experience for video providers around the world.

Anthony was a Senior Product Brand Manager at Google where he advised major media teams and advertising agencies. He is a Lead at Xooglers, a network of current and former Google employees in Miami, FL.

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Eric is the Director of Investments at Florida Funders, a hybrid of a venture capital fund and a syndicate investing in early-stage tech companies. According to CB Insights, Florida Funders is currently the most active early-stage investor in Florida.

Prior to Florida Funders, Eric was the Director of Operations at NEXUS, a statewide network of angel investors.

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O’Shea is the CEO and Founder of Null Hat Security, a New England based cyber security firm. His passion is cyber security and he focuses on incident response, threat hunting and malware analysis. He strongly believes that the future of infosec will be based around high rates of awareness to detection of threats, pounding against web applications, awesome automation to respond/detect security threats and great DIFR practices.

He is a Board Member of the Information Systems Security Association of New England. 

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Ryan is the CEO and Founder of Certus Cybersecurity, a provider of industry-leading information security services. Certus Cybersecurity currently serves Fortune 100 enterprises, leading global law firms, and innovative, high-growth businesses worldwide.

Prior to Certus, Ryan served as an Information Technology and Cybersecurity Officer in the US Army. He was a Director at Visa and holds a joint Executive MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School.

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Richard is the Chief Executive Officer AIR Tech, which he founded with the vision of marrying the immense power and scalability of modern cloud databases with cutting-edge software to overcome technological challenges faced by enterprises today. 

With more than 20 years of experience directing the development of world-class institutional financial systems and pioneering the next generation of "cloud" technology, Richard is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost IT architects in the financial industry.

Prior to AIR Tech, Richard was Chief Information Officer for Incapture Technologies, a Director and systems designer/architect for Blackrock, and a Director at Barclays Global Investors (BGI). His many achievements include designing the Enterprise Barclays Capital Derivatives and Trading Platforms, directing the development and implementation of BGI's fixed-income asset management system and creating front-office tools for Aladdin.

Richard attended Cornell University for a program in Mathematics and Applied and Engineering Physics. Master Programs in computer science at NJIT and Master Financial Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. 

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Joe leads the Access Management, Identity Governance & Administration (IGA) and Privileged Identity Management (PIM) PM teams in Microsoft's Identity division.

He prides himself on using technology to solve human problems. He embraces the opportunity to solve new problems while learning and applying his experience.

Joe believes most problems are solved in a team setting. He leads teams where groups of people brainstorm, work together and bring their expertise to solve problems using data.

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Team leader and Software Engineer with over 10 years of industry experience. Stéphane is currently a the head of Analytics for Business Applications at Microsoft. As part of his job, he leads a team of software engineers, program managers and data scientists building advanced analytics solutions using big data, machine learning models with the goal of enhancing customer experience, customer engagement and assess new opportunities in the business application space.

He has worked on various projects in the cloud and big data space. He has worked on a variety of V1 projects as well as multi-billion dollars business as a software engineer leader. Some notable projects include Power BI, Excel 2013, SQL Server 2014 and Windows 10.

He is passionate about coaching, mentorship as well as building highly effective teams.

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Jay Jackson is the Co-Founder and CTO of GeoCloud, a location intelligence company that aggregates and optimizes location data to deliver real-time value to create location-based social experiences for our users.

Jay believes location data and intelligence adds significant value to both businesses and the average user. With 9+ years of corporate experience and 17+ years of software engineering experience, Jay plans on building what is next in product and business innovation.

Jay is a developer and entrepreneur living and working in the Bay Area of California. He holds a Systems and Computer Science degree from Howard University. After graduating, he worked as a consultant, developer and business system analyst at some great companies like Bloomberg, Bluewolf, Uber and Google. He discovered his passion for technology at the young age of 12 and has been deep in the industry ever since. He enjoys learning new things and building cool products through design, architecture and business analysis.


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