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Sila Kiliccote is the Co-founder and CEO of eIQ Mobility. eIQ Mobility is building a trusted platform and a set of key enablers that drive vehicle fleets into a smart, electric, and cost-effective future. The key enablers include planning and operational software that finds the least cost deployments, tracks performance over time and enables the sharing of infrastructure and vehicles over time thus gaining efficiencies at each trip.
Marissa West is currently the Chief Engineer of the GMC Sierra Heavy Duty and the Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty Truck programs. As Vehicle Chief Engineer, West is leading the launch of GM’s all new heavy duty pick-up trucks which entails leading a large team of engineers across multiple functions to design, engineer and bring to market an incredibly important product with volumes of almost 300,000 units annually.
AI for Earth and the Environment
How can AI and machine learning be leveraged to mitigate the impact of human activities on earth’s natural systems? Learn about data science tools and strategies being used to safeguard our water supply, feed the worldwide human population, and promote greater biodiversity and global sustainability.
Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft
In 1999, Ravi Mhatre founded Lightspeed Venture Partners, a VC firm that has focused on enterprise IT, mobile, and internet and cloud-based services and applications. The firm’s investments have since spurred more than a dozen companies to acquisition and five to IPO. Recently, Mhatre has broadened his horizons to invest in consumer businesses like Cheddar and Stitch Fix.
Mark Gainey is the co-founder and executive chairman of Strava, which launched in 2009 as a web platform that allowed cyclists to track their rides via GPS devices. Two years later, Strava had only around 5,000 members, but soon the rise of GPS-enabled mobile phones and wearable fitness trackers kicked the company into high gear. A decade later, propelled by six fundraising rounds that have brought in $41.9 million, Strava has grown into a platform where more than 40 million athletes around the world communicate, track their workouts and compare their stats.
Backed by corporate investors that included Cisco, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce, Omar Tawakol founded Voicea in 2017, and served as the company’s CEO until its acquisition by Cisco in September 2019. Voicea’s core offering is EVA, the most widely adopted in-meeting AI assistant. EVA records and transcribes meetings, generates highlights, and pushes relevant meeting content to productivity tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams.
Kulveer Taggar is the co-founder and CEO of Zeus Living, a tech-driven property management company focused on disrupting the corporate housing market. The company raised a $55 million Series B round in December 2019, and has already hosted more than 17,000 residents in its furnished units.
Drawing on her experience starting and leading health companies like CardioDx and ParAllele, Melinda Thomas co-founded Octave Bioscience in 2014. Octave is developing a care management platform for neurodegenerative diseases, starting with multiple sclerosis. The company aims to improve patient management decisions and create better outcomes while also lowering costs.
Campus Demo Day is the largest on campus event that StartX hosts each year. Here, Stanford's top students interested in entrepreneurship hear from founders both in and out of the StartX community and take time to consider how they might want to be involved with startups in the near future.
Lineup:CEO SpeakersPitchesStartX Founder Panels10 Year Exhibition of StartX company innovations
STVP Sparks are workshops on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation.