Mark Straub CEO/CoFounder Smile Identity a leading provider of digital KYC and authentication services across Africa. Smile’s facial recognition SDK and ID validation APIs enables banks, telecoms and fintechs to confirm the true identity of any smartphone user with just a Smartselfie™. Previously, Mark led the Khosla Impact Fund, with investments in payments, solar, lending and ecommerce across Africa and India (Flutterwave, BBOXX, Branch, Kopo Kopo, Supermart.ng). Mark began his career in investment banking at Bank of America with later roles at DFJ in Menlo Park and Lok Capital in India. He is passionate about the power of technology and entrepreneurship to transform emerging markets.

Pemo Theodore

Pemo Theodore is a Media Publisher & Event Producer and a great people connector.. She is Founder/CEO Silicon Valley TV which has served the San Francisco Bay Area for 11 years! She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups for 9 years. Pemo loves to video interview venture capitalists & founders to engage the human behind the success stories.. She has been Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley for 5 years, organizing twice monthly FinTech talks & panels in San Francisco & Palo Alto. She believes in learning through a great discussion with experts in the domains. Pemo has a talent to bring the right people together and is an incredible networker. Pemo's events have been seen as supporting Venture Capitalists & Angels in sourcing great deal flow from startups who attend her events. Many founders have received funding through meeting investors at her events. Her favored medium is visual media and she has built up a great body of work of videos of panels & interviews in Silicon Valley.startup ecosystem.

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