ART OF THE PITCH
Dave McClure, Founder of 500 Startups
Dave McClure is an entrepreneur and prominent angel investor based in the San Francisco Bay Area, who founded and runs the business incubator 500 Startups. He is often described as one of the super angel investors.
Kara Goldin is founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francsico-based company which produces the leading unsweetened flavored water. hint® also recently launched a sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free and scented with hint fruit essence.
Kara has been named among Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes' 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.
Jillian Manus is an experienced banking and media executive, a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is Managing Partner of Structure Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. In her role with Structure, Jillian provides strategic support to founding teams focused on creating value in underutilized assets and excess capacity. She serves on the boards of several of her portfolio companies, including Hyp3r, Iggbo, and Liquiglide as well as the Advisory Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Prior to Structure Capital, Jillian was Founder of Broad Strategy, Manus Media and Global Goal Sports Management.
Earlier in her career, Jillian worked in banking and media, serving as M&A co-director of TMT for Credit Suisse Zurich, and later as Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. She became interested in technology investing after serving as Associate Publisher of Upside, a San Francisco-based business and technology magazine for venture capitalists.
Jillian chaired The Women's Conference, where she joined California’s then First Lady, Maria Shriver, to create the world’s largest conference addressing issues important to women. Jillian is an active philanthropist and sits on the boards of Stanford University Digital Health, Stanford University School of Medicine Board of Fellows, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, DukeEngage, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Communities in Schools.
As a frequent global public speaker, Jillian provides business and political commentary at events and in the media, primarily Bloomberg and Fox News. She serves as a co-host on the podcast “The Pitch."