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Dennis Cail, Co-founder & CEO of Zirtue
Dennis is a FinTech technology executive, investor and Navy Veteran with over 20 years of successful entrepreneurial experience along with a distinguished Multi-National Cross-Border M&A track record across leading FinTech, SaaS, business applications, and technology-enabled companies. Dennis led the M&A Delivery Team at PwC where he served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Application Integration. Prior, Dennis was Co-Founder and CEO of Uptown Financial Group where he oversaw the launch and scale of three business applications before successfully exiting. Dennis received a BS in Computer Science and MBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.
Kate Bradley Chernis, Co-founder & CEO of Lately
Kate Bradley Chernis is the Founder & CEO of Lately, which uses AI to automatically learn what sales and marketing messaging your customers are most likely to engage with so you can STOP GUESSING. It then builds a writing model, based on this data, to transform longform content like blogs, podcasts and videos into DROVES of targeted, pre-vetted social posts – in multiple languages.
Matthew Barnett, Founder of Bonjoro
Matt launched Bonjoro as a sales hack for his first agency, where he would send every new lead a personal video to delight and surprise them whilst taking a boat to work. What started as fun over a few beers quickly snowballed into a high growth, funded company and the team are now spread across 6 countries, headquartered out of Sydney Australia. As a design led founder, Matt’s love of building great products is only surpassed by his total commitment to building great business culture. Bonjoro’s goal is to be the next Zappos, to be most loved brand in the world.
Shripriya Mahesh, Partner at Spero Ventures
When we founded Spero Ventures in 2018, we thought about what people might want in the future. We kept coming back to the idea that no matter what happens, people will always care about the basics: health and wellness; work and a sense of purpose; and human connection. So that’s what we decided to invest in.
Before starting Spero, I ran Emerging Tech investing at Omidyar Network. I loved the sense of purpose of bringing more opportunity to more people. We decided to spin out of Omidyar Network in order to invest in for-profit companies that shared the same purpose.
Prior to Omidyar Network, I worked with Pierre Omidyar to launch First Look Media. Before that, I worked at eBay, which Pierre founded in 1995. eBay’s mission — to enable economic opportunity around the world — felt like the ultimate purpose for the internet. I led the global product team and later I led US product marketing. Before eBay, I led product at a startup called NextCard.
In the midst of my tech career, I decided to pursue a new adventure and moved to New York to study film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I made a few shorts and a collaborative feature-length film, where I got the chance to direct Oscar-nominated actors. The experience has given me a broader perspective of life outside Silicon Valley. I also learned that making a tech product and making a movie have a lot in common: You come up with an idea and spend a lot of time thinking about your audience and what they care about. Then you put together a talented team to create something you hope will resonate.
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