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Tom Chi
Tom Chi

Former UX Lead at Google X

Tom Chi

Tom Chi

Former UX Lead at Google X

Tom has worked in a wide range of disciplines from astrophysical research to F500 consulting to developing new hardware and software (web & client) products and services. He’s worked on large projects of global scale (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search), and scaled new projects from conception to significance (Yahoo Answers from 0 to 90 million users).

Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and data-driven design that has allowed him to both get new things off the ground and move large organizations at unprecedented speeds. Tom describes this rapid innovation process to create the earliest iterations of Google Glass in this TEDx talkhere.

Paul Polak
Paul Polak

Helped lift over 20M people out of poverty

Paul Polak

Paul Polak

Helped lift over 20M people out of poverty

Dr. Paul Polak is Founder and CEO of Windhorse International and Paul Polak Enterprises, two corporations that will serve as a platform for the formation of new frontier multinationals. Dr. Polak is starting these new social ventures with the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day, combining radically affordable technology with radically decentralized supply chains to earn profits serving bottom billion customers.
The first division of Windhorse International, Spring Health Water (India), sells affordable safe drinking water to rural Indians through local kiosk owners using a simple electro-chlorination technology. Spring Health aims, within ten years, to reach at least 100 million customers who live on less than $2 a day.
The first division of Paul Polak Enterprises is SunWater, a company that is lowering the cost of photovoltaics by 80% in order to develop a solar pumping system that is competitive with 5 hp diesel pumps of which there are about 20 million currently used in India alone.
Prior to founding Windhorse International and Paul Polak Enterprises, Dr. Polak founded D-Rev: Design Revolution, a non-profit design incubator for technologies that serve customers living on less than $4 a day. In 1981, Dr. Polak founded International Development Enterprises (IDE), a non-profit organization that has brought nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty by making radically affordable irrigation technology available to farmers through local small-scale entrepreneurs, and opening private sector access to markets for their crops.
Dr. Polak has been recognized by Scientific American as one of the world’s leading 50 contributors to science, he was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the western states, and received the Florence Monito Del Giardino award for environmental preservation in 2008. His work has been featured in articles in Business Week, the Economist, the New York Times, Forbes, and National Geographic. In 2009, he was named one of the world’s “Brave Thinkers by Atlantic Monthly, along with Barack Obama and Steve Jobs, for being willing to “risk careers, reputations, and fortunes to advance ideas that upend an established order.”
Dr. Polak’s first book, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, has become a renowned resource for practical solutions to global poverty. His second book, The Business Solution to Poverty, published in 2013 with co-author, Mal Warwick has been adopted as a leading guide to profitable solutions to ending poverty on a truly large scale. Bill Clinton called The Business Solution to Poverty “one of the most hopeful propositions to come along in a long time.”
Nicole Glaros
Nicole Glaros

Partner, Techstars

Nicole Glaros

Nicole Glaros

Partner, Techstars

Nicole is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring, supporting, and investing in entrepreneurs for over 15 years. Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. While earning her masters degree at the University of Florida, Nicole co-founded a tech startup that retailed products to the property management industry. It was there she developed her lifelong passion for supporting tech entrepreneurs.

She took her learnings of how to scale and applied it to CTEK, an incubator in Colorado supporting tech startups in 2002, before accelerators existed.  She helped grow CTEK from 1 to 5 offices across the state, and was an early catalyst in developing the startup ecosystem in Colorado. Most recently, she is a Partner at Techstars – a global network and investor in early-stage web software startups. She’s been with the company since it’s earliest days, helping build the company around her and rising through from a Managing Director to Chief Innovation Officer and most recently, partner.  She has been instrumental in its growth from one office in Boulder, CO to a global powerhouse, featuring investment offices in 18 cities worldwide, events in over 500 cities globally, with $265M in capital under management and a market cap of over $5B. Through Techstars she’s invested in over 90 startups, most of which she still supports to this day.

In addition to her role at Techstars, she’s also on the board of PanaSimple Energy, the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the Leeds Board of Alumni and Friends at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Previously she’s been on the boards of Owlet, the Application Developer’s Alliance, and Pledge1Percent Colorado,  She was named one of the Coolest People in New York Tech and an Extraordinary Woman in New York Tech by Business Insider, Marie Claire named her one of the NewGuard, and Entrepreneur Magazine named her One of the Most 7 Powerful Women to Watch and featured in the Denver Business Journal. She’s been featured on CNBCInc.com, and Huffington Post, and her talks have been featured at SXSW, TEDx, WebSummit, Pioneers Festival, Arctic festival, the University of Colorado, Real Leaders@WomenatForbes Mentoring Moments, and many, many more.

Nicole blends the strategic with the tactical and loves pushing her own limits and the limits of those around her. She’s been a competitive swimmer, triathlete, and boxer. She’s summited Mt. Rainer, is a NOLS graduate, has guided adventure travel trips, and knows enough about backcountry medicine to make her dangerous, She loves traveling to places radically different than home and mourns the spread of the western culture across the globe. She lives the mantra #GiveFirst and does one philanthropic thing every year, and is always looking for new ways to learn, grow, and help others.

When not working with startups, you’ll find Nicole smothering her husband and two kids with kisses, or hiking, biking, skiing, reading, and lamenting how little time there is to do everything she loves.

Ime Archibong
Ime Archibong

VP Partnerships, Facebook

Ime Archibong

Ime Archibong

VP Partnerships, Facebook

Ime is focused on unlocking new business opportunities and driving Facebook’s product strategy through product/platform integrations and global programs. In this role, Ime has supported a variety of Facebook initiatives, including the Developer Platform, Music and Video products, Messenger, Internet.org, and Facebook’s K-12 and CS Education efforts. Prior to joining Facebook, Ime was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM. He started his career at IBM as a software engineer in the Systems and Technology Group, before doing a stint on the corporate strategy team, and eventually settling in business development. Ime holds a Bachelor¹s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jane Miller
Jane Miller

Former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Jane Miller

Jane Miller

Former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Jane Miller is a 30-year food industry executive with experience working with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. She is also the founder of Janeknows.com, a career advice website geared towards young leaders starting their careers. She is the author of Sleep your Way to the Top(and other myths about business success), a sassy business book targeted at Millennials.

Currently, Jane is the CEO of HannahMax Cookie Chips and recently, Jane was the CEO and President of ProYo, a high protein natural food and ingredient start-up. Previously, she was the CEO and President of Charter Baking Company, a private-equity backed rollup of organic and natural bakeries.

Over the course of her career, Jane was part of an executive team that brought Hostess out of bankruptcy, worked for HJHeinz as the Chief Growth Officer and then the President of the UK & Ireland Division, and she ran the Western division of Bestfoods Baking. The first fourteen years of her career were at PepsiCo, where she rose to be the President of the Central division of Frito-Lay.

Jane currently serves as a board member at the University of Colorado Leeds Business School, Eldorado Springs Artesian Water and Madhava Sweeteners.  Her involvement as a mentor for young professionals and start-ups resulted in her being named the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for the Denver Business Journal in 2013, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Women Who Light the Community in 2015 and the Naturally Boulder Industry Leader Award in 2016. In 2015, Jane established the Jane Knows Scholarship Fund at Leeds supporting students who are the first in their family to go to college.

Jane has a Russian Studies degree from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where she received a 2017 Alumni Achievement Award, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Kevin Starr
Kevin Starr

Director, Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr

Kevin Starr

Director, Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr directs the Mulago Foundation and is the founder and director of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program. Mulago spends its money to drive forward the most promising ideas in health, development, and conservation in poor countries. The Foundation is unabashedly obsessed with impact: designing for it, measuring it, investing in it, and taking it to scale. The Rainer Arnhold Fellows program is an outgrowth of the Foundation, and works with the best emerging social entrepreneurs with solutions for the less-than-$2-a-day world. The Program uses a clear understanding of impact and behavior change as the raw material to drive a systematic process of design for maximum scalability (see www.rainerfellows.org). Kevin’s stint in Cambodian refugee camps at age 19 propelled him on the path to his current work. He had a perfectly good career in medicine and international health when he stumbled into philanthropy in the early 1990’s. Since then, he’s gotten deep into dozens of projects ranging from forest conservation by monks in Tibet to micro-franchise clinics in Kenya to one-acre farming in Burma. He still practices medicine (very) part-time.

Jennifer Dulski
Jennifer Dulski

President, Change.org

Jennifer Dulski

Jennifer Dulski

President, Change.org

Jennifer Dulski is president of Change.org, the world’s largest social change platform, with more than 150 million members in 196 countries who start, support and win campaigns on causes that matter to them Change.org is a Certified Benefit Corporation, a new class of companies dedicated to positive impact. The company has raised more than $50 million in investment, from a group of tech and business luminaries, including Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and the founders of eBay, Twitter and Yahoo!, among others.

An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, with more than 17 years of experience in both successful startups and big-brand internet companies, Jennifer was an early Yahoo! employee, holding a number of roles over her 9-year tenure there, ultimately serving as Group VP and General Manager of Local & Commerce, one of Yahoo’s six business units. In 2007, Jennifer left Yahoo! to become co-founder and CEO of The Dealmap, a mobile, location-based deals company that Google acquired in 2011, making Jennifer the first female entrepreneur to sell a company to Google. She stayed at Google for nearly 2 years as a senior executive leading the global, business for Google Shopping & Product Listing Ads.

A thought leader in Silicon Valley, Jennifer is featured regularly in the media including CNN, The New York Times, Forbes, Businessweek, and The Wall St. Journal and writes frequently about leadership, management, and entrepreneurship for LinkedIn Influencers, Fortune, Huffington Post, and other outlets. She also currently serves on the boards of TEGNA (NYSE:TGNA), Little Passports and She++.

Ray Weston
Ray Weston

VP of International Business at Yum Brands

Ray Weston

Ray Weston

VP of International Business at Yum Brands

As an international lawyer and business executive at a Fortune 500 company, Ray’s experience centers upon licensing, franchising, intellectual property, M&A, and launching/growing international businesses, including the use of joint ventures and other M&A to launch and expand businesses in developing countries (Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Nigeria) and developed countries (U.S., Canada, Belgium, France, England). For ten years Ray coached licensees in Latin America, Eastern & Western Europe, Israel, and Africa how to start, operate, and grow businesses in support of global US brands.

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