2016 Mr/Ms Silicon Valley Pitch Competition Judges
Adeo Ressi | CEO, Founder Institute
Adeo Ressi is co-founder of Expansive Ventures, a next generation global venture firm with a network based venture capital model developed by an experienced team that leverages the collective intelligence of the largest incubator in the world. Adeo is also the CEO of the Founder Institute, an idea-stage incubator for aspiring entrepreneurs with chapters in over 85 cities worldwide. The Institute will launch over 1,000 companies worldwide in 2014, and the Institute's mission is to help create 1 million new jobs.
Jonathan Teo | Co-Founder, Binary
Jonathan is the co-founder of Binary Capital, a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage investments in consumer technology.
Prior to Binary, Jonathan was Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners and Principal at Benchmark Capital, where he originated and led the rounds of investments in Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram. Jonathan also managed several engineering teams at Google and was an early member of its Strategy and Business Operations group, which focused on international expansion of research and development. Jonathan received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Sydney University, and earned a Master's Degree from Stanford University.
Charles Michael Yim | Breathometer
Charles was one of the winners from our inaugural Mr/Ms Silicon Valley Competition where he pitched Breathometer, the world's first smartphone breathalyzer. He is also the founder of CMY Ventures, a stage agnostic venture firm. Charlies is a 3x serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, that is passionate about inventing and building innovative products that consistently delight customers. He is best known for being a Reality TV Star on ABC's Emmy Award winning show Shark Tank where he convinced all 5 celebrity Sharks to invest $1M together into Breathometer. Being the Founder and CEO of Breathometer, Charles is responsible for overall direction and product strategy.
Christine Herron | Director at Intel Capital and Co-Lead, Intel Capital Diversity Fund
Christine earned an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Columbia University. She is a founding advisor to both 500 Startups and StartX, and currently serves on Alonzo King's LINES Ballet Board of Directors. Christine is active on social media at @christine and a frequent speaker.
In 2010, Christine joined Intel Capital, where she co-leads Intel Capital’s Diversity Fund, and leads investments in early-stage companies. She is responsible for diversity investing across Intel Capital sectors, to support technology companies founded or run by women and underrepresented minorities.
Previously, Christine was an investor with seed stage venture fund First Round Capital, working with Better Finance, Double Verify, Get Satisfaction (ACQ: Sprinklr), Mint (ACQ: INTU), and Xobni (ACQ: YHOO). At Omidyar Network, she developed the Media practice strategy and led deals such as Common Sense Media and Socialtext.
Monique Woodard | Venture Partner 500 Startups
Monique is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, investing in black and Latino entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of Black Founders — a national community of entrepreneurs whose mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Previously, she was one of the first Innovation Fellows for the City of San Francisco and has helped cities use technology to innovate workforce and other civic services. She has more than 15 years of entrepreneur and operating experience in consumer, e-commerce, and civic tech. She likes art, fashion, and flying things. Monique frequently speaks on topics around diversity, consumer technology, and civic tech. She’s spoken at SXSW, Dreamforce, Women 2.0, and been a mentor or judge for several hackathons. She’s been interviewed around entrepreneurship and diversity for MSNBC, The Daily Beast, New York Times, Buzzfeed, NPR, TheRoot, and Essence Magazine.
Dave McClure | Founding Partner 500 Startups (http://500.co)
Dave’s a geek, investor, former coder & entrepreneur, occasional blogger and internet marketing nerd. He’s lived in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and is passionate about startups & entrepreneurship. He’s invested in hundreds of companies all over the world.
500 startups is a global venture capital firm with ~$250M under management. They’ve invested in over 1,500 companies across 50+ countries including: Credit Karma, Grab, Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), SendGrid, Udemy, Ipsy, TalkDesk, Intercom, MakerBot (acq SSYS for $400M), Wildfire Interactive (acq GOOG for $350M), and Viki (acq Rakuten for $200M).
Previously, he was on the investment team at Founders Fund (2008-2010), and led the Facebook fbFund incubator (2009). He was Director of Marketing at PayPal (2001-2004) before IPO and after acquisition by eBay.
500 Startups invests in companies building consumer and business internet services. Their headquarters are in Silicon Valley, & the team speaks 25 languages and is all over the world, including San Francisco, New York, Miami, LA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, UK, Norway, Germany, Turkey, and the Middle East. In addition to investment, we help startups with product and marketing, customer development, design and usability, online distribution, business metrics, and fundraising.