Swipe Out Hunger is an organization leading the charge in addressing hunger among college students. Rachel started the company with a few friends at UCLA, and has since grown it 30 universities, serving 1.3 million meals. Rachel's work within the organization has been recognized by The Obama White House, The New York Times, and landed her on the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Yelp
Rachel graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in psychology and immediately embarked on a recruiting career path that gave her the opportunity to help scale teams for companies like Peet's Coffee, SolarCity, ClearSlide, and now Yelp. Her current role gives Rachel a platform to advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Rachel is well-respected for her work demonstrating the impact of these values, and is a key member of Yelp's internal growth initiatives.
Co-Founder at Linjer
Jennifer Chong left her job as a management consultant to co-found Linjer, a brand making minimalist, high-quality bags and watches without the luxury markup. Their ambition is to elevate the standard of affordable luxury. She and her partner started Linjer with $20,000 in savings, and they launched their first collection with a crowdfunding campaign. Since then they've crowdfunded more than $2 million for new collection launches, and their products are often sold out with thousands of back-orders. In the company's early days, Jennifer held a full-time job at Square while working on Linjer on nights and weekends. Read more about her here.
Director of Engineering at Airbnb
Surabhi leads Engineering for Airbnb's Homes business. Her teams are responsible for guest and host growth, improving search and pricing, and onboarding tools to help new hosts find success on Airbnb. She started Airbnb's women in tech group, Nerdettes, and helped start Airbnb's women in tech events program, Taking Flight. Prior to Airbnb, she was a software engineer at Google where she worked on web search ranking and predictive search.
Founder & CEO at PlateJoy
Christina Bognet is the founder and CEO of PlateJoy, a personalized nutrition company aimed at powering disease prevention through food. Christina first came up with the idea for PlateJoy during her own experiences in finding dietary changes that worked for her health goals. In 2017, Christina was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Consumer Technology. Prior to PlateJoy, Christina studied neuroscience at MIT and conducted research at Childrens Hospital Boston.
Laura Behrens Wu
Co-Founder & CEO of Shippo
Laura founded Shippo when she was 21 years old, after personally experiencing the obstacles businesses face when setting up shipping operations for her own e-commerce store. Today, Shippo powers shipping for over 15,000 businesses and processes millions of packages each year. Laura graduated from university in Switzerland and speaks 6 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, and German.
Co-founder, General Partner at Hustle Fund
Elizabeth Yin is an early stage investor. She previously was a partner at 500 Startups and ran the Mountain View accelerator program. In a prior life, she started and grew LaunchBit, an adtech company, which was acquired in 2014. Elizabeth has a BSEE from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Founder & CTO, Pilot
Once upon a time, Jessica McKellar was a computer nerd at MIT who joined her friends at Ksplice, a company that was acquired by Oracle. Then she became the founder and VP of Engineering for a real-time collaboration startup... which was acquired by Dropbox. Then she became the Director of Engineering for DropBox. Now McKellar is the founder and the CTO of Pilot, a bookkeeping firm powered by software.