Steve Young co-founded HGGC, a Palo Alto based middle market private equity firm with $4B in assets under management. Steve's professional football career spanned more than fifteen years in the NFL, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers, where he received numerous accolades, including Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX and NFL's Most Valuable Player for 1992 and 1994. In 2005, Steve was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first left-handed quarterback to be so honored. When he retired, Steve was the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history. Steve founded and chairs the Forever Young Foundation, which is actively involved in children's charities worldwide. He is a regular commentator for ESPN. Steve holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and a JD from Brigham Young University.
Ann Miura-Ko, co-founder and partner at early stage venture firm Floodgate, has been called "the most powerful woman in startups" by Forbes. Some of Ann's investments include Lyft, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth. Ann is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native, and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Prior to co-founding Floodgate, she worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Co. Ann is known for her debate skills - she placed first in the National Tournament of Champions and second in the State of California in high school). She has a BSEE from Yale and a PhD from Stanford in math modeling of computer security. She lives with her husband, her 3 children, and "one spoiled dog." Ann is also a convert to the LDS church.
Joel Peterson has a long history of successful growth capital investments in a variety of industries. He is currently Chairman of the Board at JetBlue Airways, and on the boards of Franklin Covey and Ladder Capital Finance, a billion-dollar real estate investment company, and Bonobos, a New York based apparel startup. Over the past 35 years he has served on dozens of public and private boards. Since 1992 he has been teaching courses in real estate, entrepreneurship, and leadership at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he was selected by students to receive the 2005 Distinguished Teacher Award. Joel received his MBA from Harvard Business School, and was valedictorian at BYU. He and his wife Diana have been married for 38 years and have 7 children and 14 grandchildren.
Liz Wiseman is the President of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. She has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. Wiseman is the author of three best-selling books: Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked over the course of 17 years as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development. Liz holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University. Liz lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband and four children who share her over-active curiosity and sense of adventure.
Ryan Smith founded Qualtrics, the data-collecting software company, in 2002 with his older brother, Jared, and his father, Scott, in the basement of their family home in Provo, Utah. Ryan, who was a student at BYU at the time, came up with the idea to sell his father’s idea by targeting business schools that could use the product for academic research. Qualtrics grew as b-school students recommended the software to the companies that later hired them. The Smiths bootstrapped for years, reaching $1.3 million in 2006 with just 15 employees. They eventually raised their first venture capital round of $70 million from Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners in 2012. They raised another $150 million in 2014 at a $1 billion valuation.