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The Conference

 

Growth-stage companies face the challenge of being big enough to attract the attention of powerful incumbents, but not yet well enough entrenched to defend themselves in the marketplace. They need an unfair advantage.

Scaletech is how you stay ahead. It's about using emerging technologies to gain market advantage, build competitive moats, and scale exponentially while maintaining your innovation lead.

The Scale Tech Conference is an invite-only gathering of leading growth stage founders, business pioneers, analysts, and technologists. We focus on finding asymmetric technology advantage.
 

 
 
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Toronto
October 17
2018

A select group of growth-stage executives will gather to learn how to put asymmetric technology to work. Dive deep into machine learning, AI, and data science; distributed privacy; ubiquitous sensors; and more. We’ll tackle the real challenges of turning new tech into proven operational processes, and of bringing that to market at scale.

The event is taking place at the spectacular Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto, and is being co-hosted by Georgian Partners as part of its annual Portfolio Event. 

Meet - Learn - Share - Adapt - Scale

 
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Our Speakers

 

Alistair Croll

Entrepreneur, Author, Visiting Executive at Harvard Business School

Alistair Croll

Entrepreneur, Author, Visiting Executive at Harvard Business School

Alistair is an entrepreneur, author, event organizer and a Visiting Executive at Harvard Business School. He spends a lot of time understanding how organizations of all sizes can use data to make better decisions, and on startup acceleration. His particular fascination is with happens when the rubber of technology meets the road of technology.

Alistair has worked in tech most of his life as a product manager. He has also been directly involved in the launch of five major conferences: O'Reilly's Strata; Techweb's Cloud Connect; Interop's Enterprise Cloud Summit; the International Startup Festival; and GigaOm's Structure. Alistair has also spoken at a variety of other conferences, including Le Web, Web2Expo, IGT, Velocity, Lean UX, Enterprise 2.0, Mesh, and eMetrics.

Alistair has written three books on technology and entrepreneurship: Lean Analytics (2013); Complete Web Monitoring (2009) and Managing Bandwidth (1999) and contributed to a number of sites, including GigaOm, Mashable, and O'Reilly Radar. When time allows Alistair also writes for Tilt the Windmill, O'Reilly Radar, and Solve for Interesting.

In 1999, Alistair co-founded Coradiant, an early pioneer in User Experience Management acquired by BMC in April, 2011. Coradiant grew from Networkshop, a company Alistair founded with Eric Packman (a longtime friend and co-conspirator) in 1997. Alistair has also worked for 3Com Corporation, Primary Access, and Eicon Technology.

Alistair graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.Com (Honours) and an advanced major in Strategic Marketing.

Christopher Amen-Kroeger

VP of Engineering, Ads Products at Twitter

Christopher Amen-Kroeger

VP of Engineering, Ads Products, Twitter

Christopher Amen-Kroeger is the VP of Ads Engineering at Twitter. Over the last several years, Chris has led world class engineering teams that focus on advertiser value by building machine learning driven multiformat (Display, Video, Search) monetization platforms such as Pinterest and Yahoo.

Prior to joining Twitter, Chris served as the Head of Ads Engineering at Pinterest where he focused on building Pinterest's Search, Display and Video advertising products. While at Pinterest, Chris successfully spearheaded an overhaul of the ad platform which enabled a much more personalized and relevant ad experience for Pinners. Before joining Pinterest, Chris led the Display and Video Ads Engineering teams at Yahoo, which build and run the Yahoo DSP (BrightRoll DSP+), Exchange (BRX) and Premium Ads platforms ($1.6B revenue in 2016). In late 2014, Yahoo acquired BrightRoll, the premiere programmatic video platform, for $640M where Chris led the technology teams (Product, Engineering and Operations).

Previously, Christopher served as Vice president of service engineering at Conviva, a privately funded real-time cloud service focusing on video optimization. Mr. Amen-Kroeger has a strong entrepreneurial background including involvement with several successful startups and launching his own company, WeBot, a social media platform. Prior to joining Conviva in 2008, Mr. Amen-Kroeger lead the technical teams for Sony Pictures UGC video services including Crackle. Previously, he worked for Salesforce.com where he was responsible for the company’s rapidly expanding infrastructure that experienced over 100 percent subscriber growth per year, and subsequently became the largest on-demand platform in the world. Earlier in his career, Mr. Amen-Kroeger built and managed one of the world’s largest content distribution networks for Time-Warner during his tenure at America Online. Chris joined AOL through the acquisition of Spinner.com and Nullsoft/Winamp in 1999.

Dr. David S. Ricketts

Harvard Innovation Fellow, The Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard

Dr. David S. Ricketts

Harvard Innovation Fellow, The Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard

Prof. David S. Ricketts received his PhD from Harvard University and has held appointments at Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, MIT and North Carolina State University. For the past decade Prof. Ricketts has helped shape the Innovation in Science and Technology courses in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He was the inaugural Innovation Science Fellow in the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he serves as Senior Innovation Scholar. He teaches and speaks regularly on innovation and business strategy. He focuses on the role of the individual innovator and helps senior leaders develop new innovators and systemic innovation in their companies.

In addition to Prof. Ricketts' innovation research, he is an award winning scientist and engineer whose innovations have been featured by Popular Science, Smithsonian, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, ESPN, and many other science news outlets. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Investigator Award. His work has appeared twice in Nature, as well as numerous IEEE publications, including a feature article in the Proceedings of the IEEE. His scientific research focuses on the physical limiations of circuits and systems and how to address them through new materials, circuits and devices.

Friederike Schüür

Head of Data Science and Machine Learning at Fast Forward Labs / Cloudera 

FRIEDERIKE SCHÜÜR

Head of Data Science and Machine Learning at Fast Forward Labs / Cloudera

Dr. Friederike Schüür is a Research Engineer at Cloudera where she focuses on data science and machine learning. Previously she was the head of Data Science and Machine Learning at Fast Forward Labs, acquired by Cloudera in 2017. She advises startup and large enterprise clients on integrating machine learning capabilities into the core of their organizations.

Additionally, she works on developing internal Data Science and Machine Learning products and technical advising. Friederike holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London, a MSc in Cognitive Science and MA in Philosophy/Logic and Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.

Inmar Givoni

Autonomy Engineering Manager at Uber Advanced Technology Group

Inmar Givoni

Autonomy Engineering Manager at Uber Advanced Technology Group

Inmar Givoni is an Autonomy Engineering Manager at Uber Advanced Technology Group, Toronto, where she leads a team whose mission is to bring from research and into production cutting-edge deep-learning models for self-driving vehicles. She received her PhD (Computer Science) in 2011 from the University of Toronto, specializing in machine learning, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. She worked at Microsoft Research, Altera (now Intel), Kobo, and Kindred at roles ranging from research scientist to VP, Big Data, applying machine learning techniques to various problem domains and taking concepts from research to production systems.

She is an inventor of several patents and has authored numerous top-tier academic publications in the areas of machine learning, computer vision, and computational biology. She is a regular speaker at AI events, and is particularly interested in outreach activities for young women, encouraging them to choose technical career paths. For her volunteering efforts she has received the 2017 Arbor Award from UofT. In 2018 she was recognized as one of Canada’s 50 inspiring women in STEM.

Jana Eggers

CEO of Nara Logics

Jana Eggers

CEO of Nara Logics

Jana is CEO of Nara Logics (naralogics.com), a neuroscience-based artificial intelligence company focused on turning big data into smart actions. She has held technology and executive positions at Intuit (NASDAQ INTU), Blackbaud (NASDAQ BLKB), Lycos, American Airline’s Sabre, and as CEO of Spreadshirt. Whether starting and growing companies, or leading large organizations within big companies, Jana has unflinching focus on understanding customer needs and creating technology products that customers love and that drive business growth. Jana received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science at Hendrix College, followed by graduate school at RPI and supercomputing research at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Jen Van Der Meer

Founder, Reason Street and Assistant Professor, Parsons

JEN VAN DER MEER

Founder, Reason Street and Assistant Professor, Parsons

Jen is the founder of Reason Street, a consultancy that designs innovation systems for Fortune Global 500 companies, helping board and C-suite executives evaluate and manage their full portfolio of growth opportunities. She is also an Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Managmentat at Parsons's.

A former Wall Street analyst and economist, Jen is an entrepreneur who cultivates leadership potential in students, startup founders, and corporate innovation clients. Jen is equal parts data-driven and creative in her approach to understand and apply the opportunities for technology and design to transform the economy, society, and culture.

Jen advises startups seeking transformational growth in health, social justice, and environmental impact. In 2008 she joined, as a partner, Drillteam, a consumer advocacy consultancy where she created a digital platform for managing large scale design research projects, and grew the organization, resulting in subsequent acquisitions by venture-backed Powered, Inc. and by Dachis Group. She has previously taught at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and the School of Visual Arts. Jen has an MBA from HEC Paris and a BA from Trinity College..

Kathryn Hume

VP Product & Strategy, integrate.ai

Kathryn Hume

VP Product & Strategy, integrate.ai

Kathryn Hume is passionate about building companies and products that unlock the commercial value of emerging technologies. Alongside her work at integrate.ai, she is a Venture Partner at ffVC, a seed and early-stage technology venture capital firm, where she advises early-stage artificial intelligence companies and sources deal flow.

As the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Fast Forward Labs (Cloudera), Kathryn helped Fortune 500 companies accelerate their machine learning and data science capabilities. Prior to that, she was a Principal Consultant in Intapp's Risk Practice, focused on data privacy, security, and compliance. A widely respected speaker and writer on AI, Kathryn excels at communicating how AI and machine learning technologies work in plain language.

She has given lectures and taught courses on the intersections of technology, ethics, law, and society at Harvard Business School, Stanford, the MIT Media Lab, and the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She speaks seven languages, and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University and a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Paul Mockapetris

Inventor of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS)

PAUL MOCKAPETRIS

Inventor of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS)

Paul Mockapetris is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer who invented the Domain Name System (DNS). He is currently a director of Farsight Security and was previously the Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board at Nominum, Inc. (acquired by Akamai).

Paul created DNS in the 1980s at USC’s Information Sciences Institute, where he was later the Director of ISI’s High Performance Computing and Communications Division. He has made significant contributions to the computing research community and to the evolution of the Internet. His earliest work at UC Irvine on distributed systems and LAN technology preceded the commercial Ethernet and Token Ring designs. He worked on the the design and initial implementation of the SMTP protocol for email as part of the birth of the Internet in 1983 before taking on the challenge of designing DNS, and then operated the original “root servers” for all Internet names.

After the formal creation of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 1986, DNS became one of the original Internet Standards. The IETF continues to be the focus of new applications and extensions to DNS. Paul has been associated with the IETF since its creation, chaired several DNS and non-DNS working groups, and was Chair of the IETF from 1994 to 1996. In the 1990s Paul was program manager for networking at ARPA, supervising efforts such as gigabit and optical networking. From 1995 on, Paul held leadership roles at several Silicon Valley networking startups, including @Home, Software.com (now OpenWave), Fiberlane (now Cisco), and Siara (now Redback Networks) before helping to guide DNS and IP addressing to the next stage while at Nominum.

Paul has dual B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Peter SkomorocH

CEO and Co-Founder SkipFlag (Acquired by Workday)

PETER SKOMOROCH

CEO and Co-Founder SkipFlag (Acquired by Workday)

Peter is Co-Founder and CEO of SkipFlag, acquired by Workday in 2018. Skipflag's technology uses your existing conversations, support tickets, and other communication to automatically build and update an enterprise knowledge base. It understands the people, topics, and facts within your company to autonomously answer questions.

Prior to Skipflag, Peter was an early member of the data science team at LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network. As Principal Data Scientist, Peter led data science teams focused on reputation, search, inferred identity and building data products. Peter was also the creator of LinkedIn Skills and LinkedIn Endorsements. Endorsements was one of the fastest growing new product features in LinkedIn's history with over 3 billion endorsements of more than 70 million members within the first year after launch.

Before joining LinkedIn, Peter was Director of Analytics at Juice Analytics and a Senior Research Engineer at AOL Search. In a previous life, Peter developed price optimization models for Fortune 500 retailers, studied machine learning at MIT, and worked on Biodefense projects for DARPA and The Department of Defense. Peter has a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Brandeis University and research experience in Biology and Neuroscience.

Sean Silcoff

Internationally Acclaimed Author

Sean Silcoff

Internationally Acclaimed Author

Sean Silcoff is co-author of Losing the Signal, the internationally acclaimed book of the rise and fall of smartphone pioneer Research in Motion (now BlackBerry) and an innovation/technology business writer with The Globe & Mail, Canada's National Newspaper. He covers Canadian innovation policy and the evolution of the country's teeming innovation sector. During his 24-year career in journalism and communications, he has covered just about every area of business, from agriculture to the credit crisis, toys to airplane manufacturing and steel to software startups.

He previously worked at the National Post as well as Canadian Business Magazine, where he oversaw publication of the inaugural edition of the magazine’s annual survey of Canada’s 100 wealthiest people. Sean is a two-time winner of each of the National Newspaper Award, the Montreal Economic Institute Economic Education Prize and the Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists. He and co-author Jacquie McNish won the 2015 National Business Book Award and were short-listed for the international Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award for Losing the Signal. He lives near Ottawa with his wife and three children.

Sean also worked as a communications executive with Canada Post, one of the country's largest Crown corporations, where he oversaw the writing/editing and translations departments and played a key role in shaping and producing strategic communications. Sean has a business degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. and a journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Shanti Atkins

Founder and Executive Chairman, NAVEX Global

Shanti Atkins

Entrepreneur and Operator, NAVEX Global

Shanti is a seasoned entrepreneur and operator with more than 20 years of experience building innovative, fast-growth organizations. She is the founder of NAVEX Global, the world’s largest ethics and compliance software and services company with more than 13,000 customers and trusted by 95 of the Fortune 100.

Under Shanti’s leadership, NAVEX has grown from less than $5 million in revenues to more than $150 million, and has become one of the most recognized brands in governance, risk and compliance (GRC). In addition to her current role at NAVEX, Shanti actively serves on several company boards, primarily focused on software and tech-enabled services.

Shanti has deep experience working with entrepreneurs and investors, with a focus on M&A, strategic planning, business development and partnership management, sales design, marketing and thought leadership as well as product development.

Shanti has unique expertise in building and investing in disruptive technologies that transform the way we think, communicate and behave in the workplace. She has a passion for helping good companies become great, with an established track record of maximizing enterprise value and providing superior returns to investors.

Shanti’s experience in GRC lends additional value to her board work given the increasing importance of ethics and risk management on business performance. She has advised some of the world’s leading brands on how to build exceptional cultures and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.

Shanti received her Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Harvard University where she was a Viscount Bennett Fellow and served on the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. Shanti received her J.D. and her B.A. (Film) from Queen’s University (Canada) where she was a Queen’s National Scholar.

Shanti has been a featured expert for a wide range of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and The Huffington Post.

Steve Leightell

Partner, Georgian Partners

Steve Leightell

Partner, Georgian Partners

Steve Leightell is a Partner on the Georgian Partner’s Investment team. In this role, he looks for great teams leading companies that are likely to be break-out leaders in Georgian’s thesis areas. Having twice gone from start-up to acquisition prior to joining Georgian, Steve loves working with portfolio companies on the exciting journey of growth through to exit. Steve was the Director of Business Development at DWL, where he managed a team that built partnerships with Accenture, Oracle, Tata Consulting, Wipro, Cognizant and IBM. Steve designed the channel and strategy that ultimately culminated in the acquisition of DWL by IBM in 2005. He went on to lead a global team within IBM that was responsible for major system integrator partnerships. Steve sits on several boards as either a board director or board observer, including Data Candy, Welltok, Cority, RiskIQ and Flashpoint. He also serves on the board of the Canadian Venture Capital Association.

Dr. Supriya Syal

Founder, Dulcimer Labs

Dr. Supriya Syal

Founder, Dulcimer Labs

Dr. Supriya Syal is the founder of Dulcimer Labs, a purpose-driven company that creates social impact through evidence-based decision-making and behavioural science. She also serves as advisor to startups and foundations invested in transforming healthcare and the social mission space through an understanding of how human beings actually work.

She is the former Chief Behavioural Scientist of the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada. In this role she worked to create and scale a culture of evidence-based decision making across government, and drive the use of behavioural science for social impact through improvements in federal policies and programs that impact Canadians.

Prior to her work with the public sector, Supriya was VP Research and Innovation at BEworks Inc., a global behavioural science strategy and consulting firm. At BEworks, Supriya oversaw the company-wide research portfolio, and headed the in-house BEworks Laboratory, spearheading private and public sector innovation through experimentation, identifying and developing new platform applications and business strategies, and leading collaborations with partner organizations.

She has won multiple awards, published in top academic and popular journals, and has co-authored a number of policy white papers. Her piece on using behavioural science to increase voter turnout was published in the Scientific American Mind and featured in Forbes Magazine, and her op-ed on the use of Behavioural Science for policy making was published in Policy Options and featured in the Globe and Mail. She has appeared on radio and television, including an interview on National Public Radio (US) and as a panelist on TVO’s flagship current affairs show in Canada, The Agenda.

Supriya obtained her PhD in Psychology from Cornell University, and also holds prior degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Neuroscience.

Susan Etlinger

Industry Analyst at Altimeter Group

SUSAN ETLINGER

Industry Analyst at Altimeter Group

Susan Etlinger is an Industry Analyst at Altimeter Group. She is a globally recognized expert in digital strategy and has authored a series of reports and frameworks on topics including artificial intelligence, big data, analytics and digital ethics.

Susan was named one of the “Must Know” Top Writers in Technology by LinkedIn in 2016. Her TED talk, “What Do We Do With All This Big Data?" has been translated into 25 languages and has been viewed more than 1 million times. Susan’s research is used in university curricula around the world. She is a frequent keynote speaker, and has been quoted in numerous media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The New York Times and the BBC.

Susan works with global clients to evaluate emerging technologies and incorporate them into organizational culture and practice. She also works with technology vendors to refine product roadmaps and strategies based on her independent research.

Susan is a published translator and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. Find her on Twitter at @setlinger.

Dr. Theresa Johnson

Product Manager, Financial Intelligence, Airbnb

Dr. Theresa Johnson

Product Manager, Financial Intelligence, Airbnb

Theresa Johnson is a product manager for metrics and forecasting products at Airbnb. As a data scientist, she was part of the taskforce and cross-functional hackathon team at Airbnb that worked to develop the framework for the current anti-discrimination efforts. Theresa is a founding board member of Street Code Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to high-touch technical training for innercity youth, and has been featured in TechCrunch for her commitment to helping early-stage founders raise capital. Theresa is passionate about extending technology access for everyone and finding mission-driven companies that can have an outsized impact on the world. She holds a PhD in aeronautics and astronautics and dual undergraduate degrees in science, technology, and society and computer science, all from Stanford University.

 
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While the event is primarily by invitation, we have reserved a limited number of seats for outstanding scale-stage founders poised to put its lessons to work in their emerging businesses.

Want to participate? Apply now and we will be in touch. Approval is subject to steering committee criteria.

Proceedings are confidential and subject to Chatham House Rules.

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