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Keynote Speakers | JMP Securities: 2019 Technology Conference

Keynote Speakers

Dan Springer

Chief Executive Officer

Monday, February 25
11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.,
Salon I

As the CEO of DocuSign, Dan leads employees to empower organizations of every size and industry to achieve their digital transformations by helping them make every agreement 100% digital.

Dan has almost 30 years of executive leadership and experience driving innovation and hyper-growth across the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industry. Prior to DocuSign, Dan served as Chairman and CEO of Responsys (MKTG), where he led the sale of the company to Oracle in 2013 for $1.6 billion. Previously, he was Managing Director of Modem Media and also served as CEO at Telleo, CMO at NextCard, and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Dan holds an MBA from Harvard University and an AB in Mathematics and Economics from Occidental College.

Ira Ehrenpreis

Founder & Managing Partner
DBL Partners

Monday, February 25
4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.,
Salon I

Ira Ehrenpreis is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners. Ira is a recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the energy innovation sector. In 2007, Ira was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45″ and in 2014 was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame. For many years, Ira led Technology Partners’ venture practice investing in energy innovation opportunities.

In the venture community, Ira has served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), was Chairman of the 2010 NVCA Annual Meeting, and serves as the President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC). Ira also serves as the Co-​​Chairman of the VCNetwork, the largest and most active California venture capital organization.

In the energy inno­va­tion sec­tor, Ira is the founder and Chair­man of one of the most promi­nent annual indus­try events, the World Energy Inno­va­tion Forum (“WEIF”), which con­venes the who’s-who in the indus­try to dis­cuss the impor­tant issues and oppor­tu­ni­ties of our time. In addi­tion, Ira has served on sev­eral indus­try Boards, includ­ing the Depart­ment of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Effi­ciency and Renew­able Energy Advi­sory Com­mit­tee (ERAC), the National Renew­able Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (NREL) Advi­sory Coun­cil, the Clean-​​Tech Investor Sum­mit (Chair­man in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013), the Renew­able Energy Finance Forum (REFF) West (Co-​​Chairman in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), the Clean­tech Ven­ture Net­work (Past Chair­man of Advi­sory Board), ACORE(Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Renew­able Energy), the Energy Investors Forum (Past Con­fer­ence Chair­man), the Energy Ven­ture Fair, and the Cal­i­for­nia Cli­mate Change Advi­sory Board.

Ira has invested in a wide range of com­pa­nies, includ­ing SpaceX, and serves on the board of Tesla Motors, Map­box and numer­ous other companies.

Ira is an active leader at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, where he has served on the Board of Vis­i­tors of Stan­ford Law School and has been an advi­sory board mem­ber of the Stan­ford Global Cli­mate and Energy Project (GCEP). Ira has also been a guest lec­turer at Stan­ford, includ­ing help­ing to teach a course on Ven­ture Cap­i­tal. In addi­tion to the fore­go­ing, Ira served for many years on the Advi­sory Board of the Forum for Women Entre­pre­neurs (FWE) and served as Co-​​Chairman of the Sil­i­con Val­ley Tech­nol­ogy and Entre­pre­neur­ship Forum (SVIEF).

Ira received his JD/​MBA from Stan­ford Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness and Stan­ford Law School, where he was an Asso­ciate Edi­tor of Stan­ford Law Review. He holds a B.A. from the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les, grad­u­at­ing Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.

Rich Barton

Chief Executive Officer
Zillow Group, Inc.

February 26
10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.,
Salon I

Rich Barton has a long history of founding and advising successful companies, with a focus on those that bring “power to the people” by innovating on behalf of the consumer. Rich co-founded Zillow in 2005 and was its CEO until 2010, when he became the company’s executive chairman. Before Zillow, Rich founded Expedia within Microsoft in 1994 and successfully spun the company out as a public company in 1999. Rich served as president, CEO and board director of Expedia from 1999 until 2003. He also co-founded and served as non-executive chairman of Glassdoor from its 2007 creation through its acquisition in 2018.

Rich was a venture partner at Benchmark, a venture capital firm that has been an early-stage investor in companies like Netflix, Instagram, WeWork and Zillow, from 2005 until 2018. He has served on many public company boards, and continues to be a board director for Netflix, where he has served since 2002; Qurate, a holding company that runs several digital commerce businesses and was formerly called Liberty Interactive Corp., since 2016; Artsy, an online collection and resource for art collectors, since 2017; and Zillow Group. He holds a B.S. in General Engineering: Industrial Economics from Stanford University.

Josh Switkes

Founder & CEO
Peloton Technology

Tuesday, February 26
1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.,
Salon I

Josh Switkes is CEO of Peloton Technology, bringing safety and efficiency to trucks through connectivity and automation. He has been working on systems to make driving safer and more efficient for the last 15 years. After his work at Stanford University on vehicle dynamics and control, Josh developed production control systems for Volkswagen, Audi, and Tula Technology. He has brought together a world class team of engineers, investors and advisers to bring groundbreaking safety and efficiency to trucking through the application of modern sensing, control and communications. By augmenting the abilities of human drivers, Peloton is bringing these advanced solutions to today’s trucking operations.