17. Tony Gauda
CEO and co-founder, Bitcasa
Tony Guada’s Bitcasa entered the online storage market with a major point of differentiation: infinite storage for its users.
Gauda launched Bitcasa at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference back in 2011. Gauda and his co-founder have been able to attract $7 million funding from some of the most well-respected venture capital firms in the business, including Horizon Ventures, Andreessen-Horowitz, and First Round Capital.
Gauda previously engineered fraud protection systems at Mastercard.
16. Angela Benton
Founder, CEO at NewMe Accelerator
NewMe is an accelerator geared toward minorities. It was featured in CNN’s Black in America: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley in 2011.
Benton launched NewMe alongside co-founder Wayne Sutton. Prior to NewMe, Benton launched BlackWeb20.com, an online publication for African-Americans interested in technology and new media.
15. Brian Watson
Analyst, Union Square Ventures
Before joining USV in 2012, Watson worked at Organizing for America, Trendrr, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Gilt Groupe.
Now he works alongside prominent tech executives like Brad Burnham, Fred Wilson, and Albert Wenger.
14. Michael Seibel
Michael Seibel has two successful startups under his belt: live video streaming service Justin.tv and social video app SocialCam.
In 2012, Seibel and his startup SocialCam got acquired for $60 million by 3D design software company Autodesk just 18 months after launching.
Seibel’s success has recently earned him a spot as a part-time partner at Silicon Valley’s most prestigious accelerator, Y Combinator.
13. Charles Hudson
Partner at SoftTech VC
In addition to investing in early-stage companies with SoftTech VC, Hudson is also an entrepreneur.
He is the co-founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games. Hudson has also been involved with the event company Social Gaming Summit, which Mediabistro eventually acquired. He’s also been involved with social game developer Serious Business, a company that Zynga later acquired.
12. Kanyi Maqubela
Partner, Collaborative Fund
Kanyi Maqubela has worked in consumer technology since 2006. But he’s quickly climbed up the ladder from a serving as a field director at solar leasing and sales company One Block Off the Grid to a venture partner at Collaborative Fund.
Maqubela joined Collaborative Fund as entrepreneur in residence in 2011, and became a full-time partner in December 2012.
11. Tristan Walker
EIR, Andreessen Horowitz
Before joining Andreessen Horowitz, Walker worked at Foursquare as director of business development for about two and a half years. Walker was one of Foursquare’s earliest employees, joining the company only after sending several emails to Foursquare founders Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai.
While at Foursquare, Walker helped form partnerships with Bravo, MTV, CNN, The New York Times, NBA, and Starbucks.
10. Erik Moore
Founder and Managing Partner, Base Ventures
Moore has invested in nearly two dozen startups, including TracksBy, Ecomom, and Socialcam. He was also among the first investors to finance Zappos, a shoes and apparel company that sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion.
Moore spent 15 years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch before pursuing his entrepreneurship. In 2010, he co-founded FlickrLaunch, a digital streaming platform on Facebook for feature-length movies.
Today, Moore continues to support and invest in startups through his firm Base Ventures.
9. Ty Ahmad-Taylor
Head of Smart TV Services, Samsung
Ty Ahmad-Taylor has a vast background in media and technology. In 2008, Ahmad-Taylor founded real-time sports aggregator service FanFeedr. In 2012, Samsung acquired FanFeedr and Ahmad-Taylor came on board with Samsung.
Before starting FanFeedr, Ahmad-Taylor was the senior vice president for strategy and product development at MTV Networks’ Music & Logo Group. Prior to MTV, Ahmad-Taylor a held executive roles at Comcast.
8. Ime Archibong
Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Facebook
Ime Archibong is the guy in charge of Facebook’s music and video strategy. Archibong manages Facebook’s relationships with companies like Spotify, Hulu, and Netflix.
Archibong joined Facebook back in 2010. Before that, Archibong worked at IBM in its business development department, where he handled the licensing of IBM’s technology.