Noted innovator and creator Marc Andreessen is a co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that provides seed, venture, and growth-stage funding to technology companies. The firm manages $2.7 billion in three funds, with portfolio holdings that include Airbnb, Actifio, Box, Fab.com, Facebook, Foursquare, GitHub, Jawbone, Lytro, Pinterest, Silver Tail Systems and Twitter. Previously, he co-created the pioneering Mosaic Internet browser and co-founded Netscape, now part of AOL. He also co-founded Loudcloud, which as Opsware became part of Hewlett-Packard. He serves on the boards of eBay, Facebook, Glam Media, Hewlett-Packard, Bump, Kno, Rockmelt, and TinyCo.
John Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to record revenues of $46 billion in FY12. In 2006, Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role. Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership over his past 17 years at the helm of Cisco, including the 2012 Bower Award for Business Leadership from the Franklin Institute, Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," one of Barron's' "World's Best CEOs," the "Best Boss in America" by 20/20, one of BusinessWeek's "Top 25 Executives Worldwide," "CEO of the Year" by Chief Executive Magazine, the Business Council's "Award for Corporate Leadership," and "Best Investor Relations by a CEO" from Investor Relations Magazine three times. During his tenure as CEO, Cisco has been named to Fortune's "America's Most Admired Company" list since 1999 ranking number one in the Network Communications category eight times, BusinessWeek's "Top 50 Performers" list six times, Forbes' "Leading Companies in the World," and is one of the top 10 places to work in the United States, China, Germany, France, India, UK, Australia, Singapore, and several other countries.
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Peter Diamandis is a key figure in the spaceflight industry and co-founder of the Singularity University. His X PRIZE Foundation creates "radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity" through awards of $10 million; one of these, the Ansari X Prize, resulted in the first private-sector manned spaceflight. He spurs innovation in technology through intelligent risk-taking, maverick thinking, and environments where failure is allowed and celebrated. His presentations show how organizations can incentivize breakthroughs for new products and strategies and reinvent their industries. Diamandis holds a graduate degree in aerospace engineering from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School.
Carlos Dominguez is a Senior Vice President at Cisco Systems and a technology evangelist, speaking to and motivating audiences worldwide about how technology is changing how we communicate, collaborate, and especially how we work. Carlos gives humorous, highly-animated presentations full of deep insight into how technology, and the right culture, can create winning companies. Drawing from his 20 years at Cisco, he talks about how technology is changing the rules of business and how to not get left behind. Carlos addresses many questions about collaboration including what motivates people to collaborate, how to establish rewards for collaborating, how to find the right experts both inside and outside your company, and how to keep people coming together – online and in person.
In his roles as chief futurist for Cisco, and senior director and chief technologist of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Innovations Practice, Dave Evans is equal parts blue-sky prognosticator and hands-on builder and tester. On any given day, he might be pondering the social implications of people living to be 200 ("Your 401[k] would surely run out," he muses) or demonstrating a drag-and-drop car dashboard that could be in dealer showrooms in just a few model years.
A.G. Lafley is Procter & Gamble's former chairman of the board, CEO, and president, serving from 2000 to 2010. There he led the firm in a turnaround during which sales doubled, profits quadrupled, its market value increased by more than $100 billion, and its portfolio of billion-dollar brands grew from 10 to 24. Lafley currently is a special advisor at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice; a director at General Electric and Legendary Pictures; and a chairman at Hamilton College. His lectures are focused on helping audiences understand the challenge of achieving sustainable growth. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
As President, Development and Sales, Robert Lloyd is responsible for Cisco's development and sales efforts, as the company creates tighter connections between customer requirements and innovation, along with ensuring greater speed-to-market. Lloyd's organization manages the alignment and acceleration of Cisco's technology innovation to enable a faster response to market transitions, increased customer relevance, and growth. Lloyd is also a member of the Cisco Executive Committee, which sets strategic direction for each of Cisco's market segments.
Justin Lyon is founder and CEO of Simudyne, an enterprise simulation firm that builds places where decisions can be made, tested, and understood. Lyon developed and then sold his first business while still in college, and subsequently joined Agency.com in its Strategy practice. After pursuing graduate studies in system dynamics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he worked as an independent consultant and applied simulation methods to topics such as launching a new fabric conditioner in an Eastern European country, analyzing the growth of radical Islamists in Afghanistan, and studying the conflict and subsequent restoration of peace in Sierra Leone.
Edzard Overbeek is Senior Vice President for Cisco Services. He manages the Cisco services business portfolio, which delivers unique and strategic consulting, platform, advanced and technical services solutions to customers and partners worldwide. His focus is to help our customers transform their businesses through intelligent networked-based service offerings that support their business goals and increase their competitiveness, as well as ensuring efficient business and technical operations throughout the lifecycle of the network.
Howard Park is an expert in visualization, analytics, and modeling with 17 years of management consulting and operational experience. In a distinguished career, he has implemented several emerging technology applications, including neural-network systems, system dynamics, Monte Carlo simulations, 3D visualization, agent-based models, and other tools used to solve complex business and management problems. Previously, Park was Managing Director of Model Answers, acquired by Simudyne, and has also worked with Fortune 500, private, and nonprofit clients including Amway, BP, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Coca-Cola Foods, Halliburton, HP, Manpower, Shell, Sysco, and Taiwan National Semiconductor.
Chris Rezendes, President of Inex Advisors, has nearly 22 years of experience analyzing, advising, and operating mission-critical technology businesses. Throughout his career, he has worked with some of the largest and most respected companies in the industrial, embedded, defense, infrastructure, and information technology industries. His clients have included nearly three-fourths of the Electronics Business Top 100 OEMs, most of the Information Week 100, every tech-focusedmember of the Fortune 500, and dozens of early stage companies.
Cisco Chief Technology & Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape and lead major market transitions. Warrior helps drive technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships; mergers and acquisitions; the integration of new business models; the incubation of new technologies; and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.