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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. 

Fellows Forum: Communicating Effectively with Your Advisor

Your relationship with your faculty advisor is an essential part of your graduate school experience. Learn practical skills and discover resources to help you communicate effectively and resolve issues with your faculty advisor.

Helen J. Doyle, PhD, associate vice provost for graduate education, VPGE

READ HELEN'S BIO

This interactive workshop will be followed by dinner and networking.

Negotiation Matters: Session 2

Mastery of negotiation is a life skill. We all negotiate every day with colleagues, bosses, partners, friends, clients, and many others. This workshop is a dynamic mix of theory, demonstration, skills exercises, and role play practice intended to increase your confidence and effectiveness in any negotiation you undertake.

Participation in both sessions is required. The workshop is highly interactive and experiential and participants are expected to be on time and prepared for each session.

Negotiation Matters: Session 1

Mastery of negotiation is a life skill. We all negotiate every day with colleagues, bosses, partners, friends, clients, and many others. This workshop is a dynamic mix of theory, demonstration, skills exercises, and role play practice intended to increase your confidence and effectiveness in any negotiation you undertake.

Participation in both sessions is required. The workshop is highly interactive and experiential and participants are expected to be on time and prepared for each session.

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