The Alliance annually hosts the Bay Area Capital Connections conference to showcase the brightest and most diverse talent in the Bay Area and thought leaders in the field. Check out some of the past speakers who have shared their visions with us on stage.
- Sramana Mitra, Founder of One Million by One Million. Sramana Mitra has been an entrepreneur and a strategy consultant in Silicon Valley since 1994. Her fields of experience span from hard core technology disciplines like semiconductors, cloud computing to sophisticated consumer marketing industries including fashion and education. In 2010, Sramana founded One Million by One Million (1M/1M), the world’s first and only global virtual incubator/accelerator, to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach a million dollars in annual revenue, build $1 trillion in global GDP, and create 10 million jobs.
- Ari Eisenstat, Founder of DRÆM VENTURES. Ari Eisenstat is the 27-year old CEO and Founder of DRÆM VENTURES, an idea-stage impact venture fund with the mission of funding the next generation of socially, environmentally, and technologically conscious entrepreneurs. DRÆM VENTURES takes the micro-finance model and applies it to venture capital principles The company’s vision is to invest in 1,000 companies by 2020. Reflecting a life mission to develop a new generation of conscious businesses and entrepreneurs devoted to impact investing, Ari regularly delivers the DRÆMATHON Social Venture Creation Workshop to students to some of the world’s leading universities, such as Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, MIT and NYU.
- Alisa Cordesius, Manager of Social Innovation & Design, Indiegogo. Alisa is an international development practitioner turned manager of social innovation at Indiegogo, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way people fund what matters to them. She is responsible for building partnerships and empowering social entrepreneurs in education tech, environmental tech, and health tech to leverage crowdfunding for social good. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in International Development Studies and most recently from NYU Wagner with a Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management.
- Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Venture. Bill Reichert has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems.
- Mary Lou Song, CEO Fuel451. Mary Lou is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, product strategist and community developer (and self-proclaimed “Start-Up Addict”). Mary Lou started her entrepreneurial adventure after realizing the corporate PR scene wasn’t for her. Fast forward to a Saturday night where she found herself talking to a nice fellow named ‘Jeff’ about his new start-up – a little online company called “eBay.” Jeff was looking for talent, and for Mary Lou it was a no brainer. She joined eBay as employee #3 and after heading product for 6 years, she left the company which had grown to a whopping 40 million users.