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Canva | Chief Evangelist
Guy Kawasaki is the Chief Evangelist of Canva, an online, graphics-design service, and an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and ten other books. Guy has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Experts in Residence
Gary Swart is a Venture Partner investing in technology companies from our San Francisco office. He was previously the CEO of oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace with more than one million clients and five million freelancers. Gary guided the company to industry leadership and through a merger with Elance, while serving as a leading voice for the future of work and emerging online work industry.
Prior to oDesk, Gary was the VP of Worldwide Sales for Intellibank, responsible for building the direct and indirect sales organization and channel development. Previous to Intellibank, he was a Business Unit Executive for IBM’s Rational Software Product Group. Gary joined IBM through the acquisition of Rational Software where he ran Western Field Operations and held a number of other senior management positions including Americas Medium Business Leader, Area Manager, District Manager, and Director of Telesales. Prior to Rational Gary held a number of sales, management, and leadership positions with Pure Software, subsequently Pure-Atria, which previously merged with Rational.
Gary serves as a thought leader on the future of work, how best to hire and manage teams, and on the rise of the “freelance economy.” He has spoken at the Inc. Leadership Conference, The Economist’s Ideas Economy Panel, SXSW, TechCrunch 50, GigaOM Net:Work, and at HBS – which teaches a case study on oDesk. His commentary has appeared in a variety of publications including LinkedIn, Forbes, TechCrunch, The Washington Post and The Next Web. And he’s appeared on TV and radio outlets, including CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg TV, National Public Radio, Startups Uncensored, NPR, and the Fox Business Network.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
For 20+ years Sam has delivered growth to firms at key stages in the entrepreneurial lifecycle – from launch to expansion to exit through acquisition – three of which were funded by venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Sam advises growth companies as President of InsideRound Financial with a focus on firms in the Financial Technology (FinTech) and Marketplace segments.
As NASDAQ Private Market’s Senior Vice President, Sam was responsible for brokerage partners, site content and data syndication for the platform in addition to product strategy, market development and global expansion.
Prior to the NASDAQ acquisition, Sam was SharesPost’s Founding COO as well as EVP, Martetplace where he successfully closed over 30 partnerships that resulted in $1B+ of transactional value, 85,000+ research downloads and 125,000+ market participants.
Prior to SharesPost, Sam led corporate development (M&A and venture investments) for the Java platform at Sun Microsystems driving initiatives to grow the mobile and web businesses where Java achieved 90%+ penetration. At Sun, he launched new products, achieved significant revenue growth and was a top-rated employee.
Prior to Sun, Sam led business development for two start-ups in the ecommerce and streaming segments that are now part of market leaders Akamai and Wine.com. Sam was a member of the initial team at America Online launching the Classifieds Plus offering, a pioneering marketplace. Sam started his career developing growth strategies for PacBell, AT&T and BellSouth while at TB&A (now PA Consulting).
Sam received an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and an AB from Occidental College. He has Series 7, 24 & 63 FINRA registrations through Growth Capital Services.
Sam has been interviewed by leading publications, including BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, and he has spoken at industry events including Thompson Reuter’s Venture Alpha East, Montgomery & Co.’s Growth Conference, Solium Capital’s Private Company Conference, The Founders Institute, Startupism and Bernstein’s Liquidity Seminar.