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James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series

The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series provides a forum for the Carnegie Mellon University community and its entrepreneurial network partners in Pittsburgh to discuss issues central to entrepreneurial leadership. The series brings to campus entrepreneurial thought leaders from centers around the country to exchange views on leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation in today’s competitive, global economy. Speakers include successful entrepreneurs, investors and innovators who are focused on emerging and growing market sectors that are important for competitiveness in the global economy. All lectures are open to Carnegie Mellon faculty, students, staff and select guests.

2016-2017 Speakers

Adam Gross

Dietrich College Entrepreneurs Speaker Series:
Adam Gross

Chief Executive Officer
Heroku

After CMU: Building a Career in Technology

November 1, 2016

Adam Gross has always charted his own course. Gross graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1994 with a B.S. degree in New Media Systems and Policy, which he designed through the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Student-Defined Major Program.


Co-sponsored by The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

Deepak Ahuja

W.L. Mellon Speaker Series:
Deepak Ahuja

Chief Financial Officer, Retired
Tesla Motors

October 4, 2016

Deepak Ahuja (MSIA ‘93) served as Chief Financial Officer of Tesla Motors from 2008 to 2015. One of Tesla’s longest-serving executives, Deepak played an important role in the company’s rise from startup to highly-valued electric car maker and was its first finance chief.

 
Deepak holds an M.S.I.A. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, an M.S. in materials engineering from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Banaras Hindu University in India.

Co-sponsored by The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship 

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Susan Gregg Koger

Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer
ModCloth

September 22, 2016

ModCloth started as an outlet for Susan’s love of thrift shopping. In 2002, her then-boyfriend (and now husband), Eric, created a website to help her turn her thrifting hobby into a business. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, they made ModCloth their full-time careers.

Boris Sofman and Hanns Teppeiner, Co-Founders of Anki

Boris Sofman & Hanns Tappeiner

Co-founders
Anki

September 2, 2016

Boris is co-founder and CEO of Anki, an artificial intelligence and robotics company focused on using these technologies to reinvent everyday consumer experiences. He earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.

Hanns is co-founder and President of Anki. Before moving to the US for his MS and PhD in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon, Hanns earned a Dipl. Ing. in Computer Science in Europe with minors in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He is mainly interested in the application of Robotics and AI in real world consumer products.

April 19, 2016

Lane M. Bess
Board of Directors
ZeroFOX

Lane Bess


April 13, 2016

David Hersh (DC 1989, TPR 1993)
Peter Pezaris (S 1992)
Michael Gersh (TPR 1990)
Founders of
Commissioner.com, Multiply.com and Glip, Inc.

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February 26, 2016

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Eric Vishria
General Partner
Benchmark


January 21, 2016

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Matthew Humphrey
Co-founder & CEO
LendingHome

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October 22, 2015

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Glen de Vries
Co-founder & President
Medidata Solutions

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October 7, 2015

Javier Soltero

       Javier Soltero
       CEO/Co-founder
       Acompli, Inc. (acquired by Microsoft)

      

October 8, 2014

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Monte Zweben
Co-founder & CEO
Splice Machine

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January 23, 2014

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Matt Rogers
Founder & VP of Engineering
Nest Labs


September 12, 2013

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Lila Ibrahim
Partner
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

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March 21, 2013

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Bill Campbell
Chairman of the Board, Intuit
Board Member, Apple


February 26, 2016

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Bill Seibel
Founder & CEO
Mobiquity


February 8, 2013

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Raj Kapoor
Founder & Managing Partner, cofounder.co
Venture Partner, Mayfield Fund


October 4, 2012

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Brian Frezza
Co-founder & Co-CEO
Emerald Therapeutics