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Jake Kassan dropped out of college to pursue his dream of shaking up the watch industry, which manifested into a global success — MVMT. Jake has scaled one of the fastest-growing watch and lifestyle brands in the world, catching the attention of the The New York Times, Entrepreneur and Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 list.
Maria Molland is the CEO of Thinx, the feminine hygiene company behind the eponymous leak-proof underwear brand. Maria was previously an advisor to eBay’s CEO, as well as Chief European Officer at Fab.com. Prior to Fab, Maria held global executive roles at corporations like Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, Yahoo, and Disney. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Tom Montgomery is a co-founder at Chubbies, and leads their efforts in Marketing, eCommerce, Digital Products, and Data & Analytics. Prior to co-founding Chubbies, Tom was an associate at IDG Ventures US, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage technology investing. Tom graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a degree in engineering.
Selena Kalvaria is the VP of Brand Marketing at Away, a global lifestyle brand that’s working to transform the entire travel experience. Prior to Away, she worked at Diageo and later joined Anheuser-Busch. Selena received a B.A. in art and archaeology and a certification in finance from Princeton University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jeff Silverman is the Global eCommerce President of Steve Madden. In addition to selling a business to Steve Madden and becoming its president, Jeff has worked on projects for Timberland, New Balance and Levi's. Jeff also founded a company at age 22, which grew to $20 million in sales and was acquired by Genesco, a large publicly traded company.
Rachel Blank is the cofounder of Rory, the women's health service from digital health clinic Ro. Rory provides high-quality, personalized care to guide women through the biological changes of midlife and beyond. Prior to Rory, Rachel was an investor at General Catalyst. She is also a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Loren Padelford is the General Manager of Shopify Plus and a Corporate Vice President at Shopify. Loren began work on Shopify Plus in 2014, after recognizing the need for a solution at the mid-market and enterprise level. In addition to leading Shopify Plus, Loren is responsible for Shopify's regulated products team, providing solutions for industries like cannabis, alcohol, and more.
Magdalena Kala is a vice president in the Consumer, Retail, & Dining vertical on the North American Private Equity team at Bain Capital Private Equity. Her portfolio involvement includes Sundial Brands (exited to Unilever), and Virgin Voyages (in collaboration with Richard Branson and the Virgin Group). She writes a weekly newsletter about consumer behavior & the future of commerce, Retales.
Griffin Thall is Co-founder and CEO of Pura Vida Bracelets. Since its launch in 2010, Griffin has helped grow Pura Vida into a multi-million dollar company with over 1.6 million followers on Instagram. Pura Vida provides jobs to more than 650 artisans around the globe & has raised more than $1.7 million for charitable causes. In 2015, Griffin was included in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list.
Peter Boyce II is an investor at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and transformational investments. Since joining in 2013, he's worked closely with portfolio companies including: Cadre, Mark43, Outdoor Voices, Ro, and Rebag. Peter also co-founded & oversees Rough Draft Ventures, through which General Catalyst invests in promising university entrepreneurs.
Tomer Tagrin is the CEO and Co-founder of Yotpo. Thousands of leading brands including Steve Madden, Glossier, Quip, and UNTUCKit partner with Yotpo to accelerate business growth by enabling advocacy and maximizing customer lifetime value. Tagrin was a chip designer for Intel before co-founding Yotpo, and a software engineering major at Tel Aviv University before that.
Lauren Thomas is a reporter for CNBC covering retail and retail real estate. That includes covering everything from the ongoing wars between Walmart, Target, and Amazon, to how shopping malls are changing, to the strategies of Lululemon and Nike, to the growth of digitally native brands like Outdoor Voices and Warby Parker. Thomas was named the No. 1 retail contributor on LinkedIn in 2018.
Web Smith serves as the founder of 2PM, the premium B2B commerce source for industry executives. He was the cofounding CMO of Mizzen+Main, the performance menswear brand. He’s also managed commerce on the digital publishing side as the Director of eCommerce at Gear Patrol. He is currently an angel investor through 2PM and venture scout for GGV Capital.
Ann-Marie Alcántara is a tech reporter at Adweek, focusing on eCommerce, retail and digitally native brands. She was previously the assistant tech editor at Popsugar, writing about consumer tech and internet culture. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, BuzzFeed and more.
Paul Munford is the founder of Lean Luxe, a three-year-old platform and newsletter charting the modern brand economy and the new HENRY (“High Earner, Not Rich Yet”) consumer. He's also an advisor and investor in several new DNVBs, including Great Jones, Parade, and Italic.
Hilary Milnes is the retail editor at Digiday. She joined as its first retail reporter in March of 2015, covering in-store retail, Amazon, and the rise of D2C brands. In 2016, Hilary helped launch Glossy, Digiday Media’s first sister publication covering the intersection of fashion, beauty and technology, and served as its managing editor. She currently hosts the Glossy Podcast.