COSM A Technology Summit


Peter Thiel

Technology entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist
Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He cofounded PayPal, led it as CEO, and took it public; he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director; and he cofounded Palantir Technologies, where he serves as chairman. He has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, and dozens of startups, many run by former colleagues who have been dubbed the “PayPal Mafia.” He is a partner at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies including SpaceX and Airbnb. He started the Thiel Fellowship, which funds young entrepreneurs, and he leads the Thiel Foundation, which works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking. He is also the #1 New York Times bestselling Read More ›

Ankur Jain

VP Engineering, Google Cloud for Telecom, Distributed Cloud, Immersive Stream

Babak Parviz

Vice President at Amazon Inc.
He received his graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. From 2000 to 2001 he was with Nanovation Technologies as a designer and product manager for photonic devices. From 2001 to 2003 he was a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University working on self-assembly, biomedical devices (he co-invented the method resulting in the founding of Claros Diagnostics Inc. (acquired by OPKO Health)), and organic devices. He has been an assistant professor (2003-2008), an associate professor (2008-2012), and an affiliate professor (2012-present) in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington. He was with Google from 2010 to 2014 where he was a Google Distinguished Engineer and a Director at Google [x]. He Read More ›

Matt McIlwain

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Matt invests in a broad range of software and data driven companies with a focus on cloud computing, dataware, intelligent applications and the intersections of innovation (where life science and data science intersect). He believes in the Learning Loop for entrepreneurs who journey from curiosity to triangulation and decision making. This leads to positive outcomes and ongoing learnings. Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology-driven sectors and prior to that worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse. For more about Matt and lessons learned from 20 years of VC investing, traits of top entrepreneurs, Read More ›

Hope Cochran

Managing Director, Madrona Venture
Hope is an experienced CFO of both private and public companies. Currently she is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture. Also, she applies her expertise to roles on the board of Hasbro, MongoDB, New Relic and Ai2.

Federico Faggin

Physicist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur
Federico Faggin is an Italian physicist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is best known for designing the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004. He led the 4004 project and the design group during the first five years of Intel’s microprocessor effort

David Gelernter

Yale Computer Scientist, Artist, and Author
Gelernter (BA Yale ’76, MA Yale (Bible Studies) ’77, PhD SUNY/Stony Brook (Computer Science) ’83. Asst Prof (Yale ’82), Assoc Prof (’86), Tenured Assoc Prof (’90), Prof (’93). His Linda system, a coordination language whose development began when he was a graduate student, introduced the first “cloud,” and has been taught and used from Norway to Witwatersrand (with Mauricio Arango and Nick Carriero).  His book Mirror Worlds (’91) included the first description of social networks; “mirror worlds” themselves are now discussed at major conferences (e.g. the Mobile World Conference this year and next).  He designed Lifestreams to replace the domestic operating systems and associated software.  His Lifestreams system of ’94-’95 (with Eric Freeman) was the first-ever “Twitter-type stream” (though strictly more powerful than Twitter), and the Read More ›

John deVadoss

Cofounder, InterWork Alliance
John deVadoss is a co-founder of the InterWork Alliance; he serves on the board of the Global Blockchain Business Council and he also serves as co-chair of IEEE Blockchain. John builds blockchain developer tools based in Seattle; he was previously a GM at Microsoft, where he built and scaled the .NET Architecture capability and team, Visual Studio .NET tools and frameworks, patterns & practices, and the Microsoft Digital business unit et al. He has authored a number of books on software architecture, cloud computing and on management practices; he also writes regularly on blockchain related topics. He did his Phd work in Machine Learning, long before it was even remotely fashionable. John believes that economic platforms (ala blockchains/ledgers) are key Read More ›

Keith J. Krach

Former CEO of Docusign and U.S. Under Secretary of State
Unanimously confirmed as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment on June 20, 2019, Keith Krach plans to achieve the goals of economic diplomacy and prosperity by leveraging private sector resources and innovation and strengthening the country’s partnerships with its allies. Throughout the course of his career prior to this position, Keith Krach spearheaded business transformations at DocuSign, Ariba, and Rasna Corporation, among other organizations. Keith Krach served as president, CEO, and chairman of the board of DocuSign from 2009 to 2019. He led the Silicon Valley digital transaction management company from a startup to a global leader with services used by more than 450,000 companies in 188 countries. For his success at DocuSign, he was Read More ›

Marian L. Tupy

Editor of Human Progress and Senior Fellow at Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity
Marian L. Tupy is the editor of Human​Progress​.org, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, and coauthor of The Simon Abundance Index. He specializes in globalization and global well‐​being and politics and economics of Europe and Southern Africa. Tupy is the coauthor of Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet (2022) and Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting (2020). His articles have been published in the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Newsweek, the U.K. Spectator, Foreign Policy, and various other outlets both in the United States and overseas. He has appeared on BBC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, and other channels. Tupy received Read More ›

Jeffrey Lee Funk

Technology Consultant
Jeff Funk’s 40-year career has focused on how new technologies emerge and diffuse as a professor and consultant. He was one of the first to recognize the potential for smart phones during late 1990s and early 2000s in Japan. He received the NTT DoCoMo mobile science award in 2004.

Kate Mitselmakher

CEO, Founder & General Partner of Bloccelerate VC
Kate Mitselmakher is the CEO, Founder & General Partner of Bloccelerate VC. Prior to founding Bloccelerate VC, Kate spent ~ 10 years at the world’s largest technology research firm, Gartner (NYSE: IT). She started investing into the Web 3.0 space in 2015. While at Gartner, Kate supported CIOs and senior IT leaders of global public and private enterprises across the full spectrum of their technology strategy & implementation. In the past three years, as a part of Gartner Invest group, Kate has advised numerous venture-based companies and accelerators, such as Alchemist Accelerator. She also worked alongside some of the top investors in Silicon Valley. Kate completed her Masters Degree at Harvard University. 

Maria Teresa Cometto

Journalist for Courier della Sera
Maria Teresa Cometto is an Italian-American journalist and author based in New York City since 2000. She has been working for almost 30 years for the leading Italian daily “Corriere della Sera”. She also has written several books including “La Marchesa Colombi. Life, Novels and Passions of the First Woman Journalist of Corriere della Sera” (2020, Solferino) and “Brothers of the Mountains. Arturo and Oreste Squinobal from the Alps to the Himalayas” (2000 KDP, 2020; 2019, Corbaccio). She was the co-author of “Tech and the City. The Making of New York’s Startup Community” (2013, Guerini; 2013 Mirandola Press), and she co-curated the exhibition “MAKE IN ITALY. 50 Years Of Italian Breakthroughs: From The First PC (P101) To The First Space-Bound Espresso Read More ›

Blake Lemoine

Software Engineer and AI Researcher
Blake Lemoine is a software engineer and artificial intelligence researcher.  He has worked on personality modeling, AI bias and social contextual modeling.  He has also contributed to the ISO standards on artificial intelligence as well as ISO technical reports on AI bias and ethics.  He was fired by Google after sharing conversations he had with their LaMDA system which led him to believe that the system is sentient.

Nicole Herskowitz

Vice President, Microsoft
Having worked at Microsoft for 20 years, Nicole is responsible for Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 platform product marketing. Prior to working on the Teams business, Nicole spent over five years leading product and developer audience marketing for Microsoft Azure. Nicole has also held leadership roles on the Visual Studio, SharePoint and Microsoft Project businesses. During her time at Microsoft, Nicole’s responsibilities have included product management, product marketing and sales strategy and execution functions in both worldwide and European offices. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nicole worked for startup focused on a customer relationship management SaaS solution for small businesses. Nicole earned her MBA at the University of Michigan and BBA at the University of Texas at Austin. Before attending graduate Read More ›

Tony Posawatz

President and CEO at Invictus iCAR
Mr. Anthony L. Posawatz, also known as Tony, P.E., serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Invictus iCAR, LLC (innovation Consulting & Advisory Resources). Mr. Posawatz is an industry leader. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Fisker Automotive, Inc. since August 2012. He has over 30 years of automotive industry experience, 20 years of which as an executive, where he is best known for his leadership role as Vehicle Line Director of Global Electric Vehicles & Chevrolet Volt at Superior Chevrolet, Inc. His pioneering approach to product innovation was responsible for award-winning vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt, the Chevrolet Avalanche and the Cadillac Escalade. An active and respected member of the industry. He has been the Chairperson of Technology Advisory Read More ›

John Van Leeuwen

Entrepreneur, CEO of Universal Matter
Award-winning entrepreneur John van Leeuwen is CEO of Universal Matter, a company he co-founded with Dr. James Tour, professor of organic chemistry and nanotechnology at Rice University. For more than 10 years prior, John led EcoSynthetix, a company he also co-founded that became a recognized leader in renewable chemicals.

Yossi Keret (invited)

CEO, Nanorobotics
Yossi Keret is CEO of Nanorobotics, a disruptive startup in biotech, where he leads management, fundraising, financing, business development, strategic negotiations, and other company activities. In addition, he is a board member of Wize Pharma. Prior to joining Nanorobotics, Yossi worked with high-tech, biotech, and cleantech companies reorganizing and preparing them for public or private fundraising. He is the former CEO and board member of Weebit Nano, and the  former global CFO of the following companies: Eric Cohen Books & Burlington English, Daimler Financial Services, Pluristem, M.L.L. Software and Computer Industries. Yossi’s accomplishments include leading a successful IPO in the Australian Stock Exchange as part of his CEO role; leading the successful development of ReRAM (memory) from Rice University to 40 Nano working cells; taking a Read More ›

Bret Swanson

Technology Analyst, Visiting Fellow AEI
Bret Swanson is a visiting fellow at AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic research firm specializing in technology, innovation, and the global economy. He advises investors and technology companies, focusing on the Internet ecosystem and the broadband networks and applications that drive it. Swanson is also a scholar at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where, since 2005, his research has centered on economic growth and policies that encourage it. For eight years Swanson advised technology investors as executive editor of the Gilder Technology Report and later was a senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, where he directed the Center for Global Innovation. Swanson began his career as Read More ›

Gale Pooley

Associate Professor of Business Management, BYU Hawaii
Gale L. Pooley is an associate professor of business management at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. He has taught economics and statistics at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Boise State University, and the College of Idaho. Dr. Pooley earned his BBA in Economics at Boise State University. He did graduate work at Montana State University and completed his PhD at the University of Idaho. His dissertation topic was on the Knowledge Acquisition Preferences of the CEOs of the Inc. 500. In 1986 he founded Analytix Group, a real estate valuation and consulting firm. The Analytix Group has performed over 5,000 appraisals in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Pooley has held professional designations from the Appraisal Institute, the Read More ›

Gilad Garon

Co-Founder & CEO, ASOCS
Gilad co-founded ASOCS in 2003 and has been spearheading the company as Chief Executive Officer ever since. Bringing with him extensive knowledge in mobile and telecommunications, he holds over 25 years of hands-on experience in international sales, marketing and product management. Driven by his passion for disruptive technologies and the re-definition of existing markets, Gilad steered ASOCS towards its focus on cellular virtualization and mobile edge clouds. Gilad holds several patents in the areas of signal processing and communications, and holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and Information Systems and a B.A. in Economics & Business, both from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Andre Fuetsch

President AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer at AT&T
Andre oversees the global technology direction for AT&T. This includes network planning, the company’s innovation road map, AT&T Labs, AT&T Foundry, and the intellectual property organization. His responsibilities include spearheading the design of the company’s next-generation 5G wireless infrastructure and software-defined networking (SDN) initiative. He’s also heavily involved in AT&T’s push into open source software and other open standards, and engagement and collaboration with the broader developer community. Since joining AT&T in 1995, Andre has supported and led several organizations responsible for software, systems and network architecture, planning and engineering, where he holds six patents in the field of network traffic optimization and database design. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at U.C. Berkeley and Read More ›

Bill Dembski

Mathematician and Philosopher
Trained as a mathematician and philosopher, Dr. Bill Dembski is a writer, editor, and researcher whose books and articles range over mathematics, engineering, philosophy, theology, and education. A board member and founding Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute, Bill’s current work focuses on the connections linking freedom, technology, and education. To that end, Bill has become an entrepreneur who builds educational software and websites. Dr. Dembski has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University. Dr. Dembski is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned a B.A. Read More ›

Carver Mead

Gordon and Betty Moore Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology
Carver Andress Mead (born 1 May 1934) is an American scientist and engineer. He currently holds the position of Gordon and Betty Moore Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), having taught there for over 40 years. Mead is an enthusiastic instructor, and he advised the first female electrical engineering student at Caltech, Louise Kirkbride. His contributions as a teacher include the classic textbook Introduction to VLSI Systems (1980), which he coauthored with Lynn Conway. A pioneer of modern microelectronics, he has made contributions to the development and design of semiconductors, digital chips, and silicon compilers, technologies which form the foundations of modern very-large-scale integration chip design. In the 1980s, he focused on Read More ›

Matthew Scholz

CEO, OSIN Biotechnologies
Matthew Scholz is Immusoft’s founder and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer from 2009 through 2017.  Immusoft’s inflection point as a company came when Matthew conceived how a research system developed by Nobel Laureate and former President of Caltech, David Baltimore, could be modified for a practical application: programming resting B cells to secrete therapeutic proteins. He negotiated an exclusive license to the system, then developed and patented a way to improve its efficiency to the point it was clinically viable. This modified system remains the core of Immusoft’s technology platform today. After Immusoft, Matthew co-founded Oisín Biotechnologies. He serves as Oisín’s Chief Executive Officer and its oncology-focused spin-out OncoSenX, two biotech firms commercializing a breakthrough platform technology for Read More ›