Vivek Shivpuri

Vivek is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. As an executive, he has successfully raised capital and built high performance technology and business services firms with a track record of demonstrated returns for investors. His diversified experience comes from having founded or worked in technology companies that cover three broad areas – software, services and investments. Vivek is equally adept getting his hands dirty with product/technology teams, to building business strategies for startups and corporate CxOs, to effectively evaluating technology/business ideas and management teams for capital investment or M&A.





Bobby has been building software professionally for over 20 years, and as a hobby for nearly 30. Bobby has demonstrated strong expertise in architecting and building complex, scalable, web applications for both startups and large enterprises. He’s equally comfortable stepping through a debugger at 2am as he is leading large development teams. He’s worked for various product and services companies that have delivered solutions in the mobile, consumer and enterprise markets. In his free time, he’s either smoking a piece of meat on the Big Green Egg, or writing more code.



Benny Thomas

Benny has 25 years of leadership in creative development, brand strategy, innovation, and consumer marketing, in Asia and the US.  He has been a creative director and head of strategic planning at some of the world’s leading agencies, working on brands like Sony, Electrolux, Panasonic, Unilever, Suzuki, Standard Chartered Bank, Mars, Nissan/Infiniti, Bacardi, Chevron, LG, Microsoft, American Express, Charles Schwab, Netflix and Best Buy. He has led creative and strategy departments for TBWA\India as well as a diversified marketing department at Measat Malaysia.  Benny is currently VP/Group Planning Director, at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Santa Monica, spearheading our invasion of the West Coast.



Yves is a data scientist and the CEO of AI engineering firm Novamente, which applies cognitive computing to large enterprise problems. He also manages the “Data & Analytics” Project at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center, where he leads the development of next-generation audience intelligence standards and solutions for the entertainment industry. Yves is a competitive strategist and complex systems expert with 15 years of experience modeling high-velocity environments and markets for public and private sector clients. Before joining Novamente, Yves managed business development at analytics firms Bottlenose and Ranker in Los Angeles. He was part of the founding team at Singularity University, a joint venture between Google and NASA, which aims to leverage Artificial Intelligence and other “exponential technologies” to help solve the world’s greatest problems.