Chris McCann General Partner Proof of Capital, entrepreneur, and community builder. Prior, Chris founded and led the community program at Greylock Partners, a San Francisco based venture capital firm with $3.5 billion under management which led investments in Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Coinbase, among others. Chris has an angel portfolio of over twenty investments within the fintech and blockchain verticals including: Binance ($2.8B market cap), Solana (valued at $250M), among others. Before he joined the firm, he was the co-founder of StartupDigest (acquired by Techstars), and was an early advisor for the Thiel Fellowship & StartX at Stanford University. He also created RelayNode, covering the blockchain & fintech sectors and reaches 15,000 entrepreneurs, engineers, and investors on a weekly basis.
Adam Carson Operating Partner Point72 Ventures on the FinTech team based out of San Francisco. Prior to joining Point72 Ventures, Adam worked at JPMorgan Chase as the Head of Digital / FinTech Strategy, Innovation and Partnerships with a focus on advising Chase’s lines of business (Consumer Banking, Business Banking, Merchant Services, Card Services, Auto Lending and Home lending) and functions (Digital, Marketing, Operations, Risk and Technology) through their digital transformation. Earlier in his career Adam worked at eBay, Bain & Company and Morgan Stanley. Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Adam attended Duke University and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He has lived / worked in New York, London and Hong Kong before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area
Michelle Killoran Principal OMERS Ventures In her role as Principal at OMERS Ventures, Michelle Killoran is responsible for researching and executing on investment opportunities in the real estate and health tech sectors. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Michelle was a Senior Associate in Financial Advisory at Deloitte. As a part of the Valuations group, she provided valuation services to both public and private companies related to mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, tax, and litigation. Michelle is a Chartered Accountant (CA), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. In 2020, Michelle was named one of Venture Capital Journal’s “40 Rising Stars under 40” in the global venture community.
David Blumberg Founder/Managing Partner Blumberg Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco. David is an authority on early stage investing with David is the founder and managing partner of Blumberg Capital. David is an authority on early stage investing with decades of experience. He founded Blumberg Capital in the early 1990s and launched its first venture-backed fund in 2001. Prior to Blumberg Capital, David managed international investments with the Bronfman Family Office, Adler & Co, APAX Partners and at T. Rowe Price. He also launched business development for Check Point Software Technologies as one of its top four executives. David earned his A.B. in Government, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD. David speaks French and is proficient in Hebrew and Spanish. David serves on the boards of Apester, Credorax, Deep Instinct, DoubleVerify, EarnUp, EasKnock, FeeX, IntSights, Jassby, Lendio, SigOpt, SupplyPike, Roam, Trulioo and Wunder.
Moderator: Michael Gold Editor The Economist Intelligence Unit in the thought leadership team based in San Francisco, which is a sister organization to The Economist magazine. His main areas of focus include the intersection of technology and society and major innovation trends in business. Michael joined The Economist Group in October 2015 in Hong Kong and previously worked as a technology correspondent for Reuters in Taipei and as an editor and reporter for the Global Times in Beijing. A native of Silicon Valley, Michael speaks fluent Mandarin and is always on the lookout for good running routes in the Bay Area.