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ADVISORY BOARD
Meet some of the biggest players in the startup ecosystem, including founders, CEOs, experts and operators throughout the industry. They shape who we are and what we do for you. 
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Polly Applegate

Advisor/Chief of Staff

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Brighton, UK

Having led the Community Experience teams at the global fashion marketplace depop from Series B to Etsy acquisition, Polly moved to advisory work in similar spaces. She has great experience in how online communities grow through providing a safe and transparent platform for their users particularly in the marketplace, live shopping & e-commerce space. Working as an advisor she supports founders and early stage teams across a number of scaling challenges, and is always thinking about how to shape decisions with a people-first approach to get team buy-in by creating a culture where teams feel a sense of belonging and inclusion.

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Matthew Bagley

Vice President

Crum & Forster

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Glastonbury, CT

Matthew has been with Crum & Forster for seven years and currently leads their Occupational Accident Division located in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Matthew manages a high-energy, resolution oriented, team of underwriters, operational staff, and accountants solely dedicated to the insurance products offered within the division.

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Alex Baker Kroeger

Attorney

Larson King

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Minneapolis, MN

Alex is an Attorney at Larson King, a boutique firm with deep trial experience. After 10 years in communications and product marketing, Alex changed careers to become an attorney. She has planned a sprint, launched a product, and represented people in court. Alex enjoys working with marketplace companies because of their unique set of problems and growing pains. In her free time she runs a travel website with her husband and attempts to learn French.

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Matt Bendett

Co-Founder, SVP Global Operations

Peerspace

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San Francisco, CA

Matt is the Co-Founder and Head of Operations at Peerspace, a fast-growing, short-term space and events marketplace. He has spent his career launching and building consumer-facing businesses, spending time in leadership as an operator, marketer, and product manager. He is passionate about delighting customers, building creative solutions to complex problems, and providing answers for those in search of inspiration. Matt holds a BA in Political Economies from the University of California - Berkeley.

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Adrian Brown

Co-Founder, CEO

Moderation AI

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Charlotte, NC

Adrian is the Co-Founder and CEO of Moderation AI, a fast-growing risk management platform. Former Lead Engineer on the T&S/growth team at YikYak he was able to help scale to 1M DAU’s, build internal tooling and close a seed round of $6M dollars. With his background he has had the pleasure of working alongside the brightest minds in the industry and have found his passion for building a better internet.

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Saray Covey

Consultant

Know Your Merchants

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Seattle, WA

Saray started out in online retail advertising and financial technology, starting before the ability to purchase products online was available. Her current focus is on merchant developments of fraud and risk. With the many tools available that can help keep merchants and marketplaces safe and their brand reputations clean, narrowing down the specific needs can be difficult; her goal is to provide insights to keep illegal activities out of marketplaces and all online merchants. Saray says, “The saying goes, ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way’ and criminals have the will, so we need to stay ahead of their ways to keep our industry clean and safe from possible illegal activities”.

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Brian Davis

Head of Trust & Safety

Dodgeball

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Massachusetts, MA

Brian builds fraud and T&S teams from scratch. He likes to call it organizing the chaos. Now ge gets to be an extension of T&S teams and help them build out their strategy to scale T&S to align with their companies lofty goals. His internal goal is to help the community to find their voices and be seen as the true experts they are. Fraudsters work together, so it only makes sense we do too!

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Zufi Deo

Co Founder

BizGees Ltd

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London, UK

Zufi has been using the sharing economy approach for 12 years in all his projects. He is an innovator and an entrepreneur. His first startup was using AI to generate behavioural profiles 20 years ago. Today he is still pushing the boundaries on business model innovation.

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Pam Devata

Attorney

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Chicago, IL

Pam is a Labor and Employment Partner at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. She is a subject matter expert on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws effecting background screening. She leads Seyfarth's Background Screening Litigation and Compliance Team and counsels both employers and providers (resellers and consumer reporting agencies) of background information on compliance requirements under the FCRA and related state laws on a daily basis. She has been involved in hundreds of single-plaintiff lawsuits and numerous nationwide class action cases regarding the FCRA and similar state laws. Pam is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.

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Elizabeth Douet

Digital Transformation, Strategy & Innovation Consultant

Consultant

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Nice, France

Elizabeth Douet is a digital communications consultant leveraging innovation, diversity and a global network to help businesses, individuals and communities meet their complex digital transformation challenges. Previously, she led the establishment of Sharing Economy Ireland, an industry association created for sustainable development of Ireland’s collaborative economy, and advised the European Commission and European Parliament on tools and policies to support platform economy, cross-border e-commerce and digital single market initiatives. She presently consults across Europe and Northern Africa on projects furthering the future of work, digitalization, and sustainable development.

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Juliet Eccleston

CEO and Founder

AnyGood?

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Brighton, UK

Juliet is CEO and founder of AnyGood?, the Chair of the CBI Sharing Economy Council and a consultant to marketplaces. Prior to founding her own platform, Juliet spent 20 years delivering multi £m technology change programmes for large corporates. During this time, her frustration with the process for recruitment collided with the rise of sharing economy models. AnyGood? - a platform where professionals recommend other professionals for roles was born. Juliet’s role as Chair of the Sharing Economy Council and her consultancy enable her to play an active role in the growth of the sharing economy and the platforms within it.

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Jan Eissfeldt

Global Head of Trust & Safety

Wikimedia Foundation Inc.

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Munich, Germany

Jan serves as Global Head of Trust & Safety at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit hosting Wikidata, Wikipedia, and other free knowledge projects. He is also a working group member in the Trust & Safety Professional Association.

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Peter Evans

Chief Strategy Officer

McFadyen Digital

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Denver, CO

Peter has over a decade of experience in platform and marketplace strategy. He currently leads the strategy practice at McFadyen Digital. He co-chairs the MIT Platform Strategy Summit and the TheNTWK Summit in Barcelona, Spain. He also teach a course on platform strategy and digital transformation at Caltech. He has served on the board of the National Association of Business Economists.

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André Ferraz

CEO and Co-Founder

Incognia

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San Jose, CA

André Ferraz is the CEO and co-founder of Incognia. Originally from Brazil, he is an expert on location technology and an advocate for user privacy as it relates to customer authentication. He is part of the elite global network of Endeavor Entrepreneurs. The technology developed by André and his co-founders has been deployed on over 200M smartphones in over 25 countries.

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Stephen Fusco

Director of Legal Affairs & Data Security

HopSkipDrive

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Denver, CO

Dr. Stephen Fusco brings over twenty years of policy, law, and education experience to his work. Stephen graduated from Emory University with a BA and JD and a PhD from the University of Denver. Stephen was general counsel and chief compliance officer for LabMD, Deputy General Counsel for Denver Public Schools, and VP of Policy for A+ Colorado.

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Colin Gardiner

Founder

Karta Labs

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Austin, TX

Colin Gardiner is a startup and tech entrepreneur that thinks about everything through an economics lens. He has worked as an early employee at Outdoorsy, Roamly, Tripping, Ancestry.com, and Justanswer. Within these startups, he has played critical executive and founder-level roles raising over $200M and helping to grow industry-leading businesses.

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Albert Giang

Partner

King & Spalding

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Los Angeles, CA

Albert is a partner at King & Spalding. Albert’s practice focuses on technology companies and startups, by defending disruptors faced with legal challenges and helping new business models navigate existing regulations. His clients include some of the most respected companies in the sharing economy and e-commerce space. In addition to defending clients as outside litigation counsel, he has served two stints in-house at a leading technology company, and provides strategic counseling on cutting-edge regulatory issues, governmental compliance, class actions, and complex consumer and employment disputes. Albert has been recognized as one of the “Most Influential Minority Lawyers” by the Los Angeles Business Journal, one of the “Best Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and as a “Rising Star” in the Appellate field by Super Lawyers and Los Angeles magazines.

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Inbal Goldberger

VP Trust & Safety

ActiveFence

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Dublin, Ireland

Inbal Goldberger is the VP of Trust & Safety at ActiveFence, where she engages with the broader trust & safety community and shares industry knowledge. Inbal has over 20 years of experience in trust & safety, military intelligence, product quality, and cyber security. Prior to ActiveFence, Inbal spent 8 years at Google Trust and Safety, where she focused on preventing user harm on Google Search by

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Gabriel Isserlis

Founder

Tutti

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London, UK

Gabriel is the Founder & CEO of Tutti - the "opentable of creative spaces." With degrees in film making and software development, as well as a decade of work in music, theatre, and photography, Gabriel has a unique set of insights. These have inspired creative technical solutions to problems in the arts that he has experienced first hand. Beyond building Tutti, Gabriel loves helping other founders navigate the startup journey through introductions, mentoring, emotional support, or simply a friendly chat over a drink.

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Nile Johnson

Regulatory Transparency - Trust & Safety

Google, Inc.

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Washington, DC

Currently leading Regulatory Transparency for Content Moderation for the U.S. for Google’s Trust & Safety organization, Nile Johnson has extensive professional experience in foreign and public policy, regulatory and government affairs, corporate responsibility, board membership, building / scaling programs and internal / external processes, tech startups, and big tech.

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Vishal Kapoor

Director of Product

Shipt

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San Francisco, CA

Vishal is a Product Leader with a passion for building, launching, and scaling next-generation consumer products spanning marketplaces, transportation, advertising, search, messaging, gaming, and retail industries. He has been responsible for $Billions in revenue, opex, and P&L, and is passionate about solving audacious problems through a principled, outcome-oriented, and collaborative approach.

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Jennifer Kelly

Senior Director of Marketplace Integrity

Etsy

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New York, NY

Jennifer Kelly is the Senior Director of Marketplace Integrity at Etsy, an online marketplace for unique and handmade goods. In her role at Etsy, Jennifer oversees the operational teams responsible for content moderation, financial crimes investigations, seller verification, legal notice/takedown, and feature vetting. Prior to joining Etsy, Jennifer served as PayPal's Global Financial Crimes Program Manager and a Vice President in Compliance at Citi. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Chinese from Hamilton College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She was a 2010 Fulbright Scholar based in Chengdu, China.

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Jacob Kestenbaum

Director, Business Development - Cyber & Intelligence

Mastercard

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San Francisco, CA

Jacob was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel to an English-speaking family (originally from Brooklyn, NY). He spent his high-school days in New York and relocated to California where he attended California State University - East Bay studying Business Administration. He currently lives in Martinez, CA with his wife and 2.5 yr old son. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, playing sports, & family time.

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Leshmi Kishore

Head of Safeguarding

The Student Room

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Brighton, UK

Leshmi is currently working for The Student Room as their Head of Safeguarding. Her role involves ensuring that the TSR community remains a safe, welcoming, and supportive place for peer- to-peer student connections and conversations and leading the safeguarding strategy for the UK’s largest online student community.

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Alexandra Koptyaeva

Trust and Safety Lead

Heyday

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Santiago, Chile

Alexandra has around 4 years of experience in the T&S field. She's currently working as a Trust and Safety Lead at Heyday, a new social media platform. In this role, she's responsible for conceptualizing and implementing all T&S processes, including the sourcing of Content Moderation solutions, establishing Community Guidelines and internal Moderation Policies, implementing Law Enforcement and Crisis Response procedures, as well as overseeing Content Moderation and User Support. Her passion is investigating suspicious profiles and preventing the spread of CSAM. In parallel with work, Alexandra is a digital nomad. She has worked and lived in Russia, throughout Europe, and is currently based out of Latin America.

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Kathryn Kosmides

CEO

Garbo

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New York, NY

Kathryn Kosmides is a longtime entrepreneur who has worked with dozens of early stage venture-backed companies to launch and scale their sales and marketing. She has been published in every major news outlet including op-eds in Fortune and TechCrunch. In 2021, she was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.

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Yoma Kukor

Co-Founder & COO

Vendoir

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London, UK

Yoma James Kukor is the Co-Founder and COO at Vendoir an on-demand app for the events industry. The connects customers with event vendors such as Photographers, Videographers, DJs and many more with just a few taps. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Yoma has angel investing experience demonstrated by a history of investing some of the fastest growing fintech, enterprise and clean-tech companies in the UK. Yoma is a frequent keynote and panel speaker too. Yoma holds a MA in International Business from the University of Greenwich and a certificate in Venture Finance from the University of Oxford.

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Michele Landis

Co-Founder & CRO

Allyant

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Minneapolis, MN

Michele Landis is Co-Founder & CRO of Accessible360, the U.S.’s leading live-user auditing firm. A360 is part of the T-Base Communications and CommonLook family of businesses and together the divisions offer the most comprehensive group of digital accessibility specialists across the globe. Michele is an experienced leader within programs focused on inclusion, diversity and equitable access to digital content. She spends a lot of time educating companies and business associations on how to tackle an accessibility audit initiative, how to build with inclusive design, mitigate risk and the key points to the business case for accessibility.

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Rilwan Lawal

Chief Executive Officer

GigEasy

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New York, NY

Rilwan is the Founder and CEO of GigEasy, a benefits platform for the GigEconomy. Prior to this Rilwan was part of two startups building marketplace startups for the GigEconomy, As well as a stint in consulting.

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Kevin Lee

VP Trust and Safety

Sift

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San Francisco,CA

Kevin is the VP of Trust and Safety at Sift. Building high-performing teams and systems to combat malicious online behavior are what drive him. Prior to Sift, Kevin worked as a manager at Facebook, Square, and Google in various risk, spam, and trust and safety roles.

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Ryan Lee

Founder & CEO

Nautical

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New York, NY

Ryan Lee is the Founder & CEO of Nautical, the multi-vendor marketplace platform. Ryan has an extensive background in payments, logistics, and commerce. He launched Apple Pay internationally, was a Visa exec, and led product at a fintech. Ryan is skilled at developing and driving cloud technology visions and strategies to increase revenues, grow the client base, and achieve efficiencies.