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West Coast Editor, The Financial Times
Richard Waters is the West Coast Editor for the Financial Times. His beat covers the technology industry. Before moving to the West Coast, Mr Waters was based in the FT's New York office for nine years. His roles there included Wall Street reporter, New York bureau chief, and the FT's first information industries editor, overseeing global coverage of technology, telecommunications and media. He previously worked at the FT in London where he held a number of positions, including editor of international capital markets, securities industry correspondent and accountancy and taxation correspondent.
Before working for the FT, Mr. Waters worked as a reporter and editor for several financial magazines. He also worked for two years at Lloyd's Bank International and lived in Chile, also working as a teacher. In 2004, he was awarded Corporate Finance Reporter of the Year for his coverage of Google's IPO. He was shortlisted for the Business & Finance Reporter of the Year award at the British Press Awards in 2003 and won the award in 1992 as part of a team covering the BCCI scandal. In 1988, he was named Accountancy Journalist of the Year. He appears regularly on the BBC, CNBC, MSNBC, CNNfn and NPR.
Mr. Waters received his Bachelor's degree from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University
Partner, Pegasus Tech Ventures
Bill Reichert is a Partner at Pegasus Tech Ventures, managing investments in the US from the Silicon Valley headquarters. He has helped manage Pegasus investments in AI, robotics, quantum computing, neuromorphics, space, and other sectors. He is also the Chief Evangelist for Startup World Cup, a platform that connects and supports startup ecosystems all over the world.
Bill started his investment career as the co-founder and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, and has served on the boards of many startups. He also has several years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and operating executive. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology companies, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, Bill worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. He has authored many articles and delivered many speeches on entrepreneurship, venture capital, innovation, and other topics.
Bill holds a B.A. degree from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught Venture Finance. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and is a former Chairman of the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley. He is a Beachheads Advisor for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, and is also an Advisor to the Women's Startup Lab, Nordic Innovation House, and the Korea Innovation Center.
Head of Platform, GGV Capital
Jen Holmstrom joined GGV in 2016 and leads the firm's talent and recruiting efforts. To support founders as their companies scale, she created Founders + Leaders, a leadership development platform that provides training, mentorship, global network, and more.
Prior to joining GGV, Jen was a Talent Partner at Highland Capital Partners and a leader on the executive search team at Facebook. Jen's career has been focused on team building in fast-growing companies. Before Facebook, Jen was a Director at San Francisco-based Riviera Partners, an executive search firm focused on recruiting engineering and product leadership for fast-growing venture-backed technology companies, and she also worked with SPMB, a technology-focused talent search firm. Jen received an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a B.S. from Boston College.
Vice President of Capital Formation, B Capital Group
Ronan Kennedy serves as B Capital Group?s Vice President of Capital Formation, partnering with portfolio company leadership on their financing and transactional needs while helping to develop financial rigor.
Ronan joined B Capital from Microsoft's venture fund, M12, where he built a team focused on partnering with growth equity and buyout investors.
He previously served as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs and as an Associate at JPMorgan Chase. After undergrad, Ronan spent five years in the United States Army, where he led soldiers on the front lines of Iraq.
Senior Trade and Investment Office for Venture Capital, British Consulate General San Francisco
Hilary Shannon is the Senior Trade and Investment Officer for Venture Capital at the British Consulate General in San Francisco. In this role she manages relationships with US Venture Capital firms on behalf of the British Government to encourage an increase in the deployment of early and growth US capital into the UK. She works to connect VCs with British founders in sectors of strategic significance to the future growth of the UK economy, such as life sciences, clean tech, cyber security, artificial intelligence, space and quantum technology.
Hilary’s background is in management consulting at KPMG Australia where she managed teams in the Operations practice, with a specific focus on food and agriculture sustainable trade and investment advisory. During this time she led engagements for a range of private and public sector clients across the food and AgriTech sector, with a focus on export supply chains, trade policy and digital transformation.
Hilary holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Liberal Studies from the University of Sydney.