The Yale Entrepreneurs, Engineers & Innovators series is held on the following Wednesdays at 7:30 PM EST (4:30 PM PST):
Ann Miura-Ko ’98 (Host & Co-Founding Partner, Floodgate)
Scott Wagner ’92, Silliman College (former CEO of GoDaddy)
LinkedIn Profile – Scott Wagner joined GoDaddy in 2013 after serving as a partner at New York-based private equity firm KKR & Co. for 13 years. Wagner was part of the team that invested in GoDaddy in 2011, serving as GoDaddy’s interim CEO and then joining the company as CFO and COO when Irving became CEO.
About GoDaddy: GoDaddy helps the world easily start, confidently grow, and successfully run an online presence. GoDaddy was born to give people an easy, affordable way to get their ideas online. Today, we have millions of customers around the world, but our goal hasn’t changed. We’re here to help people easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures - online and off!
Tod Sacerdoti ’99, Trumbull College (former CEO of BrightRoll)
LinkedIn Profile – Tod Sacerdoti is CEO/Founder at Pipedream. Former CEO/Founder at BrightRoll (sold to Yahoo!). Investor in 100+ companies (AppLovin, Chime, Datavant, Gorgias, Iterable, Juniper Square, LiveRamp, Marqeta, OneSignal, Retool, SafeGraph & Truework)
About Pipedream: Pipedream is a serverless integration and compute platform that makes it easy to connect apps and develop event-driven workflow. The product is community-driven and built for developers. Over 100,000 developers use Pipedream to develop any workflow, based on any trigger, with managed authentication and no infrastructure.
Seth Sternberg ’01, Berkeley College (CEO of Honor)
LinkedIn Profile – In September 2014, Seth Sternberg founded the home care company Honor to help connect older adults with professional caregivers. Seth started his career working at IBM. With experience in corporate development, Sternberg provided valuation advice to new entrepreneurs like Sean Parker. In September 2005, he co-founded Meebo, an instant messaging and social networking service provider. He coined the role information architect as “someone who is good at data analytics and has network administrator experience. In June 2012, he announced that Meebo entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google.
About Honor: Honor is changing the way we care for our parents. Founded in 2014, the San Francisco–based company brings workforce management and technology expertise together with high-touch, personalized care to improve the in-home care experience. Since launching the Honor Care Network in 2017, Honor has partnered with a growing roster of independently owned home care agencies to deliver reliable, transparent, and high-quality care. The Honor Care Network currently provides non-medical home care services to families in more than 800 cities and towns across the United States.
Justin Kan ’05, Branford College (Founder Goat.vc, Atrium, Justin.tv)
LinkedIn Profile – Justin Kan is an Internet entrepreneur and investor who is currently the co-founder of a new venture capital firm, Goat.vc. He is the co-founder of live video platforms Justin.tv and Twitch, as well as the mobile social video application Socialcam. He was formerly a partner at Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator. His attempt to broadcast his entire life at Justin.tv popularized the term “lifecasting”. He later had an on-demand company called Exec and previously a calendar app called Kiko both of which were acquired. Most recently he took a big shot at the traditional legal industry with Atrium, a law firm and legal software startup.
About Goat.vc: In his own words: “Goat Capital is a fund that Robin Chan and I will use to do what we do best: incubate and invest in early stage startups. We have been early investors in Twitter, Xiaomi, Bird, Uber, Square, Ginkgo Bioworks, Scale.ai, Cruise, Razorpay, Xendit, Equipment Share, Wave, Teachable, Semantic Machines, Rippling, Built Robotics and many other great companies. We have also started our own startups. Most failed. A few were quite successful. We know what it is like at every part of the founding journey.”
Emmett Shear ’05, Davenport College (Founder, Twitch)
LinkedIn Profile - Emmett Shear has lead Twitch – a service that’s helping to change the way people create, consume and participate in their entertainment – since its founding in 2011. While it’s known for gaming live-streams and esports, Twitch creators and communities have expanded to include music, traditional sports, cooking, the creative arts and more. Today, more than a million people, on average, are tuning in to Twitch at any given time to watch, chat and connect with people who share their passions.
About Twitch: Launched in 2011, Twitch is a one-of-a-kind collision of subcultures, games, communities, and streamers co-creating content around everything they’re into. This is more than just watching; this is multiplayer entertainment — unique, live, unpredictable, never-to-be-repeated experiences created by the interactions of many. Twitch brings the joy of co-op to everything gamers love, from anime marathons to e-sports competitions and more. Shear’s unique perspective combines his experience as both an entrepreneur and part-time partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator, where he advises startups on product and strategy.