Alexandra Zatarain

Alexandra Zatarain

Co-Founder - Eight Sleep
Y Combinator Alum

Eight Sleep
Y Combinator

Alexandra Zatarain is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Brand and Marketing at Eight Sleep, the world's first sleep fitness company. Eight Sleep solves sleep's most pressing issues through innovation and cutting-edge technology. The Pod, its best-selling product, has a cult-like following among business leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and professional athletes. Among many others, the Pod is the preferred sleep accessory of CrossFit 2021 and 2022 champion Justin Medeiros and the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team. The company has raised $160 million from investors such as General Catalyst, 8VC, Founders Fund, Craft Ventures, and Khosla Ventures among others. Alexandra was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in Consumer Tech in 2017, and to Inc.'s Top 100 Female Founder's list in 2020.

Raised $160m+
Forbes 30 Under 30
CrossFit
Formula 1
Inc. Top 100
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Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh

Partner - Blitzscaling Ventures
Co-author of Blitzscaling

Blitzscaling Ventures
Harvard Business School

Chris Yeh is a writer, investor, and entrepreneur who has been in the world of startups and scale-ups since 1995. Co-author of the bestselling book Blitzscaling together with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Chris offers advice and mentorship on on how to build and scale your business. Hundreds of companies, from garage-dwelling startups to Fortune 50 titans have tapped his knowledge and insights to accelerate and transform their businesses. As the Founding Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures, he helps founders rapidly scale their companies, fundraise and figure out how to crack new markets. Prior to his investing journey, he was the CMO of Target, and started his career as a PM at D.E. Shaw in the 90s.

NYT bestseller
CMO Target
Venture Capitalist
Harvard MBA
Blitzscaling Academy
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Bryan Wilcox

Bryan Wilcox

Co-Founder & CTO - Tovala
Hardware Expert

Tovala
Y Combinator

Bryan Wilcox is a co-founder and the former CTO of Tovala, a food-tech company that saves people time with a smart oven and paired meal service. Tovala has raised $70M in venture funding from Y Combinator, Comcast Ventures, Interplay, Origin Ventures and Left Lane Capital. Prior to Tovala, Bryan worked with GE, John Deere, and Whirlpool before earning his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. Bryan founded 2 other companies, including The Product Manufactory, where he still consults on product development. He advises startup founders on business leadership, company culture, and developing great technology products.

Raised $70 m+ in funding
Building hardware
Y Combinator alum
PhD Mechanical Engineering
Product-driven growth
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Jacob Jaber

Jacob Jaber

Co-Founder & Chairman - Philz Coffee
Retail Expert

Philz Coffee
TPG

Jacob Jaber is the Co-Founder & Chairman of Philz Coffee. As CEO for nearly two decades, Jacob grew Philz from the original coffee shop in San Francisco's Mission District to more than 70 locations across the country. Jacob has raised more than $100 million in funding from investors. Jacob is also a renowned investor and advisor and was named Forbes' 30 Under 30. Jacob is a pro in the consumer space, specializing in product, design, customer experience, retail, consumer technology, team building, org culture and more.

Philz Coffee
Raised $100M
Angel investor
Retail expansion
Food & Beverage
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T Zhu

T Zhu

Co-Founder & CEO - Tellus
Fintech & Proptech Expert

Tellus
Zazzle

T Zhu is the co-founder of Tellus, a smart savings platform powered by real estate backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Alumni Ventures and Decent Capital. He previously founded and scaled a number of companies, including Sodacan, a social consumer mobile app startup that released Sip, an anonymous, location-based photo sharing app (top 50 on the US App Store), and More Corn (acquired by Answers.com) a Facebook apps company that was the seventh largest developer on the Facebook Platform. Zhu is a Stanford University graduate who enjoys assisting both technical and operational founders with their day-to-day, scaling/growth, cultural, and execution challenges.

Raised $25M
a16z
Top 50 App Store
More Corn (acq.)
Stanford University
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Liz Tsai

Liz Tsai

Founder & CEO - HiOperator
Y Combinator Alum

HiOperator
Y Combinator

Liz Tsai is the founder and CEO of HiOperator, a customer service-as-a-service solution company that allows businesses to handle client customer service tickets faster and more accurately through AI, backed by Y Combinator, 43North and HearstLab. Liz spent several years working in the physical commodities trading industry in Geneva and Singapore after completing her bachelor's and master's degrees at MIT. Liz is a big believer in ruthlessly defining MVPs, sales-led growth, and intentional fundraising.

Scaled to $50m+ in revenue
Y Combinator alum
Commodities trading
SaaS company scaling
MSc MIT
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Michael Litt

Michael Litt

Co-Founder & CEO - Vidyard
GTM & Generative AI Expert

Vidyard
Y Combinator

Michael Litt has established a notable presence in the business world as a Founder, CEO, and Investor. He successfully raised $85 million in funding for Vidyard while leading a team with over 300 members. His dedication to Go-to-Market (GTM) strategies and sales technology is reflected in the numerous Generative AI products developed at Vidyard. In addition to his role at Vidyard, Michael also serves as an investor at Garage Capital, a firm that has backed more than 150 companies, with 12 of them achieving valuations surpassing $1 billion.

CEO Vidyard
Raised $85M
Partner Garage Capital
Y Combinator
Angel Investor
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Roy Chung

Roy Chung

Co-Founder - Apollo.io
SaaS Expert

Apollo
Y Combinator

Roy Chung is the co-founder and former COO of Apollo.io, a $1.6B unicorn sales automation startup backed by Sequoia Capital, Y Combinator, and Bain Capital, among others. Roy is also a General Partner at JoyFund and LP in multiple VC funds like Pioneer, GTM, and LionHeart. Before founding Apollo.io (YC W16), Roy was on the founding team at Doblet (YC S14) and previously worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. A two-time Y Combinator alum, Roy also holds an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Founder Apollo
Valued at $1.6B
Y Combinator
McKinsey & Co.
UC Berkeley MBA
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Achelle Richards

Achelle Richards

VP of Product - Onyx Brands
Beauty & CPG Expert

LimeLife
Foundermade

Achelle Richards has over 18 years of CPG senior leadership experience. She was one of the founding five employees that grew the e.l.f. Cosmetics brand from an entrepreneurial startup to a $1.2B valued publicly traded company and top loved beauty brand amongst Gen Z’s. She has since launched PYT Beauty, a clean and sustainable beauty brand utilizing first to market bio technologies while also helping other CPG brands build their business. Achelle offers an array of advice on how to scale businesses as a trend identifier, strategist, brand builder, product innovator, marketer, and more.

Onyx Brands
Alcone
LimeLife
CTZN
Angel investor
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Jason Feifer

Jason Feifer

Editor - Entrepreneur Magazine
Media Executive

Entrepreneur
Men's Health

Jason Feifer is the editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine, and a widely recognized authority on business and how people navigate change. He is the author of the best-selling book Build For Tomorrow, a startup advisor, and host of the podcasts Help Wanted and Problem Solvers. LinkedIn named him a “Top Voice in Entrepreneurship“. On Mentorcam, many people book Jason to talk about media/PR, branding, writing, podcasting, and other communications strategies.

Entrepreneur Magazine
Getting press
Crafting newsworthy content
Business development
Personal branding
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