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CANCELED - Lightspeed Venture Partners Founding Partner Ravi Mhatre @ ETL

In 1999, Ravi Mhatre co-founded Lightspeed Venture Partners, and the firm’s investments have since spurred more than 100 companies to acquisition or IPO. Mhatre has focused on enterprise IT, mobile, and internet and cloud-based services and applications, but has also taken an interest in the firm's consumer investments, like Cheddar and Stitch Fix. 

Strava Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Mark Gainey @ ETL

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 five fundraising rounds that have brought in $72 million, Strava has grown into a platform where more than 50 million athletes around the world communicate, track their workouts and compare their stats.

Voicea Founder Omar Tawakol @ ETL

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. 

Octave Bioscience Co-Founder and COO Melinda Thomas @ ETL

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.

Patreon Co-Founder and CTO Sam Yam @ ETL

In 2013, Sam Yam teamed up with his former Stanford roommate Jack Conte to create Patreon, a platform that connects content creators with members who provide recurring revenue. As co-founder and CTO, Yam has built Patreon into a service that has funded more than one hundred thousand creatives, channelling an estimated one billion dollars to musicians, podcasters, and artists of all kinds. 

Quick Bytes: Crucial Conversations

In this session, we will examine how conversations become difficult when the stakes are high, emotions escalate and we fear damage to relationship or other negative consequences. We will explore how to decide whether or not to engage in a difficult conversation, how to look for a beneficial purpose to frame a conversation more helpfully, as well as how to stop falling into the trap of avoiding difficult conversations that really matter.

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