ICON 4TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017
OFJCC, PALO ALTO
One of the most powerful and controversial figures in the business of American moviemaking since the early 1980s, Jeffrey Katzenberg was the CEO of DreamWorks Animation and a principal partner in DreamWorks. Under his watch, DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation released some of the most successful films of the 1990s and 2000s, including three consecutive Oscar winners. Prior to his tenure at DreamWorks, Katzenberg was in charge of motion pictures at Walt Disney Pictures, where he reversed the venerable animation studio's declining fortunes and shepherded some of the biggest hits in its history. He also brokered the deal to bring Pixar Studios and Miramax into the Disney fold.
Jeff Weiner is the CEO of LinkedIn. Jeff joined LinkedIn in December 2008, and under his leadership LinkedIn has grown its membership from 33 million to more than 467 million, increased its annual revenue from $78 million to $3.7 billion. Before LinkedIn, Jeff was an executive in residence at Accel Partners and Greylock Partners, where he advised the firms’ consumer technology portfolio companies and evaluated new investment opportunities. Previously, Jeff served as executive VP of Yahoo!'s Network Division, a business that generated $3 billion in annual revenue with more than 3,000 employees and had responsibility for many of the company’s consumer-facing and industry-leading products.
Breakfast and Registration
Alan Feld, Co-Founder & Managing Partner. Vintage Investment Partners “Research on The Trends in The Israeli Venture Market and Where Investors are Making Money and Not”
Amir Faintuch. Senior VP and General Manager, Intel Corporation. “A Journey to 2030 - Innovations and Disruptions - an Intel Perspective". Moderated by Michael Porat, Corporate Development & Cisco Investments, Cisco.
Roundtable Discussions - High Noon Sessions
Session 1A // AI Fireside Chat:
What in the world could the senior AI champions at nVidia and Intel – each reporting to their respective CEOs directly -- agree on besides ‘AI will sell lots of chips’? What ‘grand challenges’ lay beyond the hardware capacities of either company and need to be addressed for human welfare? Come see the founder of disruptive chip startup Nervana, Naveen Rao, now at Intel post their Nervana acquisition, and Jeff Herbst, who helped build nVidia from scratch and now also oversees their venture program, discuss these topics with Matt Ocko, Managing Partner of notable AI and deep tech investor DCVC (Element AI, Nervana, Mythic, Planet Labs, Karius, Rigetti Quantum Computing)
Session 1B // Cloud:
In an astonishingly short period of time, cloud computing has gone from a curiosity to the predominant and preferred computing model for virtually all startups, a rapidly growing number of startups, and a majority of new applications. Now that the security, availability, and feasibility of cloud have been proven, a new set of questions arise. Are there meaningful areas where cloud won't extend? Is hybrid real, or just a pipe dream of the legacy IT companies. Is there going to be a role for the legacy IT companies in a few years? Is there a viable path for enterprise startups in the age of AWS?
Lead by: Ben Golub. Founding CEO, Docker | Ariel Maislos. Founder & CEO, Stratoscale | Iri Trashanski. SVP, Hitachi | Eyal Manor. VP Engineering, Google
Session 1C // E-Commerce:
Competing in e-commerce in an Amazon world. Amazon has become the all mighty to fear from throughout so many industries - the main one is retail and e-commerce. As traditional retailers are struggling and in many cases declining, Amazon is taking market share and expanding its reach across categories, most recently adding a physical footprint to expand even further. Is it the end of retail as we know it? How did we get here in the first place? Is Amazon a foe or an actual friend? What should brands and retailers do to stay relevant, and what are the blind spots for growth? And where do technology and service companies fit in this ecosystem to help fuel growth and success.
Lead by: Sarah Tavel. General Partner, Benchmark | Noam Paransky. SVP, Gap Inc | Natarajan Subbiah. GPM, Yelp | Eric Hutchinson. Founder & CEO, InspiredMe
Moderated by: Roy Erez. Co-Founder & CEO, Loop Commerce
Session 1D // IoT:
With billions of devices getting connected over the internet by 2020 and beyond, IoT had emerged as the most exciting area for new startup creation, venture investments and acquisitions. In this session, we will investigate two industries that are at the forefront of IoT adoption – Connected Car and Agriculture Technology. We will do a bit of crystal ball gazing to predict where VCs are going to invest in the future. We will also debate the question - What is the right business model to make money in IoT – Services or Hardware product? Come prepared to participate.
Lead by: Amit Chaturvedy. Head of IoT Venture Investing, Cisco Investments | Charles Baron. Co-Founder, Farmers Business Network | Amir Faintuch. Senior VP and General Manager, Intel | Nate Williams. EIR, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Keynote: Jeff Weiner. CEO, Linkedin. Moderated by Tomer Cohen. VP of Product, LinkedIn
Roundtable Discussions - Afternoon Sessions
Session 2A // Growth -
Every founder knows that they are accountable for growth, but how do you build the type of reliable, repeatable growth that your business needs to succeed long-term? This session will cover current strategies and perspectives on growth & retention for both consumer and enterprise startups.
Lead by: Ken Rudin. Head of User Growth and Analytics, Google | Adam Nash. Executive in Residence, Greylock Partners
Session 2B // HR -
The value of a company is measured by the quality of the talent. The Human Resources function is a company's strategic advantage in a competitive talent marketplace. During the session, we will have an open discussion on recruiting and retention, building the right culture, and how to build and leverage your HR team.
Lead by: Melissa Taunton. Partner, NEA | Arnnon Geshuri. Former VP of Human Resources, Tesla Motors | Oz Alon. Founder & CEO, HoneyBook
Session 2C // Raising Startup Capital: VCs & Other Options -
While the venture capital industry does an excellent job of marketing itself, it's only one fundraising option for today's founders. We'll discuss what VCs look for in a startup and why other sources of capital - including crowd funding, ICOs, and corporate strategic funds - can be promising alternative paths.
Lead by: Hunter Walk. Partner, Homebrew | Howard Lindzon. GP, Social Leverage
Session 2D // Security -
With the move to cloud, the entire software stack in the enterprise is becoming agiler, but this creates new emerging threats to enterprises. How are the large cyber security companies coping with the changes? Where are there opportunities for startups to create large new standalone companies? The panel will also discuss where there are real security problems to be solved versus hype.
Lead by: Asheem Chandna. Partner, Greylock Partners | Ken Elefant. Managing Director, Sorenson Capital | Richard Noguera. CISO, Gap | Izhar Armony. General Partner, CRV | Roger Hale. CISO and VP of Information Security, Informatica
Closing Keynote: Jeffrey Katzenberg. Former CEO of Dreamworks, CEO of WndrCo. Moderated by Ori Birnbaum. Co-founder, Bkstg
Happy Hour. Sponsored by Bank Leumi and Deloitte