Batch 8

1:1 Sessions 

November 11 - November 22, 2019



Throughout the program, you will get a chance to attend group talk with Investors and prominent Industry leaders, before/after these talks we have arranged 1:1's that will give you a chance to get advice that is relevant to your startup. 

1:1's are Optional and require registration.

The 1:1 will be approximately 15 min. so there won't be time for everyone to attend all the sessions

Please read and learn and see which 1:1 is relevant for you and sign up ONLY for relevant ones. 



November 13, 2019

Operating Partner, Bessemer Venture Capitol


The former CFO of Oracle and DoubleClick, works with Bessemer portfolio company CFOs and CEOs to share and implement best practices.

He leads the Bessemer Venture Partners CFO Advisory Board, where over 100 BVP portfolio company CFOs meet in person and online to help each other learn and improve their effectiveness and performance.

He specializes in marketplaces, B2B cloud software and advertising technology companies.  He teaches the Lean Launchpad class at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Engineering with Steve Blank.  He serves on the Boards of Directors of Kaiser Permanente, The Priceline Group, Shutterstock, Twilio, Global Eagle Entertainment and several private companies.


Alumni feedback - Jeff comes from a strong Operations & Finance background. I think he is a good match for anyone seeking to understand which growth metrics are relevant to focus on and get advise on how to boost performance. I found the session with him useful, and he also introduced me to another company in the Valley - now in initial talks and exploring collaboration.


Joydeep Bhattacharyya

November 13, 2019

Operating Partner, Bessemer Venture Capitol


Joydeep leads investments in enterprise and cloud platforms with a focus on the security and the mobile-first world. His experience is rooted in the founding days of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Skype for Business, where he ran cross-functional teams including R&D, IT Operations and Customer Support. Immediately prior to joining Canaan, Joydeep led enterprise investments at Shasta Ventures. Joydeep received an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was a CRTI fellow, and a B.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Jadavpur University.



November 13, 2019

Vice President, Product at Dropbox


Adam Nash has been an advocate for the development of innovative and user-friendly consumer products in Silicon Valley for over 20 years. He is currently an Executive in Residence at Greylock Partners. Before Greylock, as the President & CEO of Wealthfront, Nash helped usher in a new category of automated investment services. Before Wealthfront, Nash served as Vice President of Product Management at LinkedIn, where he was responsible for core product, user experience, search, mobile & platform. Prior to LinkedIn, Adam held technical & leadership roles at eBay, Atlas Venture, Preview Systems & Apple Computer. Adam is an active angel investor, and has backed over 40 companies including Acorns, Gusto, OpenDoor, Kabbage, Firebase & PeerStreet. Adam also served on the board of directors of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto from 2011-2017.


the product, understanding and playing on the users' motivations to get others on board and managing the communication between the users to one another. Adam can also help when it comes to understanding which are the elements in your product that are key to your users, how to emphasize them and how to use them to differentiate yourself from competitors. He also randomly throws a lot of great tips and examples for marketing hacks from his experience you will promise yourself you'll remember (or write). In addition, Adam also knows the SV ecosystem from both an investor's point of view and a CEO's point of throughAlumni feedback - When you're looking to make sure every dollar you spent on marketing is making the most impact, Adam is great to consult with. Adam will give you great advice when it comes growth, community "engineering" view, and can share a lot of insights which could save a lot of time.


November 14, 2019

Michael Porat joined the Cisco Corporate Development team in 2012 and is responsible for Cisco’s investment and acquisition efforts in the Data Center and Storage arenas. Prior to this, Michael led Cisco’s investment and acquisition activities in Mobile Wireless including acquisitions such as Intucell, Ubiquisys, and Broadhop. He began his career at Intel managing a global team re-engineering business processes. He then moved into an operational role as ECI Telecom’s Chief of Staff, where he was a key contributor in facilitating a leveraged buyout of the then public company. Before joining Cisco, Michael was a Principal at Genesis Partners, an Israel-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments.

Michael earned a BA in Economics from Yale University.


Alumni feedback - Michael Porat is a senior executive at Cisco investments. He is extremely well connected with the investment community in the valley. Michael's forte is in B2B businesses specifically around Storage, Data and Infrastructure. Michael has a very extensive background in investments and M&A so can really help with your pitch in whatever stage you are in. He knows what investors in the valley are looking to see, what story they want to hear for the seed to A to B round and what numbers are to be expected. Michael is extremely busy but will also meetup and help you after the 2 week ICON is over, just make sure to come by and know exactly what connections you need or where you need his expertise help. He doesn't always answer the first email but don't be shy about following up, he will answer eventually.



November 15, 2019

Managing Director, Sierra Ventures

Experienced Venture Capitalist and ex-entrepreneur. Managing Director of Sierra Ventures with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital industry with entrepreneurs looking to build world-beating companies. Experienced in helping 'see the bigger picture', positioning, hiring, sales acceleration, business development and fundraising strategies



November 15, 2019

Managing Partner at NFX Guild


James is one of Silicon Valley’s foremost experts in growth and network effects. He's a four-time serial entrepreneur. He is also a pioneer of user-generated models, viral marketing, a/b testing, crowdsourcing, and myriad other growth techniques now followed by nearly all technology companies. 

Because of his expertise in these critical areas of company growth, he's been fortunate to invest in, advise, and mentor many of technology's definitive startups, and has revolutionized the trajectory of today’s leading internet companies


Alumni feedback - Focused on B2C with strong emphasize on network effect. Lots of experience and a killer instinct on whether you have a business case. Don’t expect sugar-coating or sweet talk, you’ll get a direct and to the point feedback. We have spoken with mainly on the business case and monetization. Didn’t reply to any of our emails after the session – so make the most of the time you have.


November 18, 2019

Corporate Storyteller and Pitch Alchemist for Start-Ups


November 19, 2019

Bruce Fram serves as Strategy and Marketing Consultant to technology companies and is a professional company starter, Bruce served as the CEO of Aerospike, Bruce has more than 25 years in a wide variety of roles in a range of companies including computer networking, enterprise software, storage, financial services, and data management. He has held line positions in marketing, sales, and research and development, and he serves as the CEO of five companies ranging from concepts on slides to $200 million in revenue.


November 19, 2019

Amir Ashkenazi is a three-time entrepreneur that pioneered comparison shopping, programmatic advertising and now AI recruiting, and is responsible for over $1 billion of value created. 

Currently the Founder & CEO at Uncommon, previously Amir founded and was the CEO of  Adap.TV which was acquired by AOL. He previously worked as the founder and CTO of, which was purchased by eBay in 2005.


Alumni feedback - Super experienced hands-on entrepreneur (, really understand your stage and your challenges. If you are pre-A and looking to raise funds in SV (Probably everyone :) he is a great contact about what is important for you to do on top of executing your business well. He did a consumer business but also led a B2B business. he is probably a guru for ad-tech and e-commerce but less knowledgeable in the "harder tech" fields like robotics, VR etc.


November 21, 2019

Dovi Frances is a financial services entrepreneur and Founding Partner of Group 11. Over the course of his career, Dovi has invested over $130 million in many of Silicon Valley’s most prominent and disruptive financial technology companies. Dovi led the firm’s investments in SoFi, Addepar, Tipalti, TripActions, HomeLight, SunBit, Next Insurance and others. Before becoming an investor, he worked for a decade in the financial services industry having managed SG, an independent financial advisory firm to high net worth clients and as a Vice President at Deutsche Bank AG Private Bank (NYSE: DB).

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