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Laura Behrens Wu

Laura Behrens Wu is co-founder and CEO of Shippo, the multi-carrier shipping platform. Laura founded Shippo after personally experiencing the obstacles businesses face when setting up shipping operations for her own ecommerce store. Today, Shippo powers shipping for platforms, marketplaces, warehouses, and ecommerce businesses. From one place, companies are able to instantly access multiple shipping carriers for real-time rates, shipping labels, international paperwork, package tracking, and return logistics. Under Laura's leadership, Shippo processes millions of shipments for more than 15,000 customers around the world. Shippo’s investors include Union Square Ventures, SoftTechVC, 500Startups, FundersClub and many others.

Morgan DeBaun

Morgan DeBaun is the co-founder and CEO of Blavity. Morgan is a serial startup entrepreneur who is passionate about building technology at the intersection of creativity and culture. Blavity is one of the fastest growing digital media startups and a top destination for black youth culture. She is one of only 12 Black women to raise over $1 million dollars in venture funding and her list of accolades include the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, SXSW Black Innovator of the Year, The Root 100, Silicon Alley Top Women in Tech and finalist for 2016 TechCrunch Founder of the year.​

Diane Greene

Diane Greene leads Google Cloud, a major Google business that is partnering with companies as they digitally transform their cultures and businesses. Diane is also a member of the Alphabet board, and Intuit’s and MIT’s boards. Diane co-founded and was CEO of VMware from 1998-2008, she took the company public and to a $2B run-rate. Before that, she co-founded and was CEO of a low-bandwidth streaming video company, VXtreme. She has held engineering and management positions at SGI, Tandem, and Sybase, ran engineering for Windsurfing International, and worked as a naval architect designing ships and large ocean structure deployment systems. Diane's degrees include a B.S. in mechanical engineering, an M.S. in naval architecture, and an M.S. in computer science from the University of Vermont, MIT, and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. Diane is married, has two children, and was the 1976 National Women's Sailing Dinghy Champion.

Elizabeth Iorns

Dr. Elizabeth Iorns is the Founder & CEO of Science Exchange, the Co-Director of the Reproducibility Initiative, and a part-time partner at Y Combinator. Elizabeth has a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the Institute of Cancer Research (UK), and before starting Science Exchange in 2011 was an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. Elizabeth has received a range of honors and recognition, including the Kauffman Foundation Emerging Entrepreneur Award, one of Nature Magazine’s ‘Ten People Who Mattered’, and one of WIRED’s '50 Women Who Are Changing The World'. Elizabeth is focused on the development of innovative models to promote the quality and efficiency of scientific research.

Erika Jensen

Erika Jensen is the co-founder of The Flex Company, a leader in innovation for feminine care. She spent 7 years running e-commerce for consumer businesses, including sexual health and wellness company, Jimmyjane. Erika frequently speaks on the topics of women's health, sex and relationships, and body positivity. She has been featured in publications like TechCrunch & New York Magazine and was included in Forbes 30 Under 30.

Aileen Lee

Aileen Lee is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund. Cowboy Ventures seeks to back exceptional founders who are building technology products that re-imagine work and personal life in large and growing markets - what they call "Life 2.0". Cowboy-backed companies include August, Area 1 Security, DocSend, Dollar Shave Club, Guild Education, Lending Home, MassDrop, Product Hunt, and Textio.

Prior to Cowboy, Aileen joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers in 1999, where she worked hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies. During that time she was also founding CEO of KPCB-backed RMG Networks, the leading digital out-of-home media network. She previously worked in various operating roles at Gap Inc. and as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. Aileen enjoys thinking about and writing about tech insights, including “Welcome to the Unicorn Club” and “Why Women Rule the Internet”.

She has degrees from MIT, Harvard and Millburn High School. Aileen is also mom to 3 kids and wife to the co-founder/CTO of a series-B startup, Renovo Motors.

Avni Patel Thompson

Avni Patel Thompson is the founder and CEO of Seattle-based Poppy, a YC W16 company. Poppy’s mission is to make villages within reach for every family. Poppy is building the technology to match families with trusted and qualified childcare providers and schedule effortlessly, all via SMS text. Prior to taking the entrepreneurial leap, Avni led a successful career building consumer brands at P&G, BCG, adidas and Starbucks. Avni holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Vanessa Torrivilla

Vanessa Torrivilla is the co-founder and Chief Creative Office of Goldbely. Goldbely lets you discover the most iconic regional foods from around the country, like NYC’s Momofuku Milk Bar, Lou Malnati’s Pizza from Chicago, Austin’s Salt Lick BBQ and Café Du Monde in New Orleans, and get them delivered directly to your doorstep. Vanessa leads Goldbely’s design, branding, consumer experience and marketing teams. Prior to founding Goldbely with Joe Ariel, Trevor Stow and Joel Gillman, Vanessa began her career as a programmer before finding her true passion in design. You can see her work on or @Goldbely on Instagram. Vanessa currently resides in New York City and has a Computer Science degree from the University of South Florida.

Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior is Chief Executive Officer of NIO USA. She also serves as the Chief Development Officer of NIO, as well as a member of its Board of Directors. In these capacities, she is responsible for the brains of NIO's autonomous, electric vehicles and the overall user experience. She is based in San Jose, CA where NIO USA is headquartered. Prior to NIO, Warrior held senior executive leadership positions at Cisco and Motorola. In addition to the company’s board, Warrior serves on the board of Microsoft. She held previous board seats for Gap and Box.

Emily Weiss

Emily Weiss is the founder and CEO of Glossier, a digitally native beauty brand inspired by real life. Emily is heavily involved in product development, creative and brand marketing, ensuring that all products and content are created with the signature Glossier voice. After founding Glossier in 2014, the company now has over 60 employees in its New York City headquarters and over $40M in venture capital funding. The company has been recognized as a top beauty brand by Allure, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Nylon, Women’s Wear Daily and Cosmopolitan, and won Women’s Wear Daily Beauty Inc.'s 2015 Digital Innovator of the Year award. Emily has been included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 2015 and AdWeek Top 20 Content Creators 2016. Emily lives in New York City.