Our Advisory Board is made up of some of the biggest players in the marketplace startup
ecosystem. Among them are founders, CEOs, experts and operators throughout the industry,
representing marketplaces, academia, vendors, service providers and investors. Their input and
guidance are essential – and the caliber of the Advisory Board is what enables us to stay ahead of
the game when it comes to the conference content, and at the forefront of the industry when it
comes to identifying new trends.
Carolyn Yashari Becher (Los Angeles, CA)
Carolyn is the Co-Founder of HopSkipDrive, the safe and reliable rideshare solution for children. The venture-backed company was born in 2014 out of the real frustration of Carolyn and her co-founders who, as busy, safety-obsessed parents, themselves, struggled to get their children to all of their activities. Her experience prior to HopSkipDrive includes serving as a transactional attorney for prestigious law firms in Los Angeles, launching and leading several nonprofit organizations, and founding Becher Law Group, specializing in complex corporate transactions.
Matt Bendett (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.
Pamela Devata (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.
Nathan Garnett (Seattle, WA)
Nathan joined OfferUp as general counsel in October 2017. He oversees the company’s legal and compliance matters, and has a background in technology law, securities reporting, corporate governance, commercial and regulatory matters, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining OfferUp, Nathan served in several legal roles at Seattle-area technology companies, including VP, Deputy General Counsel at Avalara, Inc., General Counsel and Secretary at Blucora, Inc., and Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at drugstore.com, inc. He also worked as an associate at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP, where he specialized in technology transactions. Nathan is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Washington School of Law.
Conor serves as the head of the marketplace practice at Ekata, a leader in global, transaction-level identity verification for marketplaces and payment providers. In his role at Ekata, Conor consults global marketplaces on identity verification and fraud prevention solutions, spending most of his time between Seattle and San Francisco. Prior to Ekata, Conor supported the Online Lending and Retail Service risk practice at Whitepages Pro. Conor received his BA in Business Administration, Law & Public Policy from Gonzaga University.
Albert Giang (Los Angeles, CA)
Albert is a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. 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.
Chris Gunston (Boston, MA)
Chris is a 15+ year insurance professional at Embroker. The majority of Chris' carrier has been spent as an independent broker with a focus on helping innovative companies efficiently manage complicated and often high stakes risks, complete strategic transactions, and address central regulatory matters. Chris’ personal areas of expertise include professional liability and data security risks. His clients include some of the country’s leading information technology, internet, and professional service firms, as well as the venture capital and private equity firms that fund them. Chris has been involved with the Marketplace Risk Marketplace Management Conference since its inception in 2014 and the first conference in 2015.
Elizabeth Harz (Chicago, IL)
Elizabeth is an experienced technology executive who has led both startups and global businesses through periods of tremendous growth. As President and CEO of Sittercity, she is leading the company on an ambitious course to make childcare finally work. Prior to joining, she held leadership positions with consumer and B2B brands including Yahoo!, Electronic Arts, Chegg and CNET. As a mother of two, Elizabeth is excited to be using her experience to tackle a challenge that she and her friends and family face every day.
Edward Hubbard (Austin, TX)
Edward spent most of his career in executive technology roles, along the way raising close to $50M in capital for various startups, being integrally involved with several profitable start-up exits and appearing as the lead or co-inventor on more than 20 issued and provisional patents. With a life-long interest in the financial markets, Edward is now focusing his inventiveness on NMR Capital.
Bon Idziak (Irvine, CA)
Bon is a 20-year industry professional and subject matter expert on the topics of background screening, drug testing and human resources technology. Bon’s philosophy is to minimize engagement and retention risk through the design, implementation and management of an intelligent screening program, embracing industry standards and best practices, while ensuring compliance. Bon regularly consults with major corporations and associations to develop screening solutions that are cost-effective and compliant.
Stephen Kane (Los Angeles, CA)
Stephen is Founder and CEO of FairClaims, a consumer-friendly digital dispute resolution platform, which boasts dozens of the world's leading marketplaces like HomeAdvisor, Turo, and Peerspace. Stephen is a Fellow at the Stanford CodeX Center for Legal Informatics, and Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of GRID110, a 501c3 working in partnership with the LA Mayor’s office to promote and develop the LA startup ecosystem. He was formerly an Associate at International law firm O’Melveny & Myers, in house at a large communications company, small business attorney, and part of the early team at legal tech startup Lex Machina (sold to LexisNexis). He's an east side LA native, and die-hard Dodgers and Lakers fan.
Juliette Kayyem is co-founder and CEO of Grip Mobility, a B2B technology company providing safety and security in the mobility marketplace to support transportation companies looking to decrease risk for riders and drivers with greater in-ride transparency. A national leader in homeland and national security and frequent, on-air national security analyst for CNN, Kayyem also serves as the Faculty Director of the Homeland Security Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where she is also the Robert and Renee Belfer Lecturer in International Security. Previously, Kayyem served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Kayyem provides strategic consulting to Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in technology, risk management, mega-event planning, and cybersecurity. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, she is the mother of three children and married to First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David Barron.
Annette King (Miami, FL)
Annette is the founder of Muuchit, a sharing economy event rental marketplace fostering social impact with every transaction. Muuchit helps local businesses and mission-led organizations monetize their spaces and rentable items for events. The marketplace generates income, drives donations, and builds awareness for non-profit provider organizations while simplifying the process for event hosts to source unique, affordable spaces. She has over 20 years of business development experience in the technology sector, and served on the board of IT Women, Academy of Information Technology, and is currently a volunteer with Abandoned Pet Rescue. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with her Bachelor of Journalism and received her MBA from Florida Atlantic University.
Christina Kyprianou (Clemson, SC)
Christina is an Assistant Professor of Management at Clemson University. She earned her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current work is inspired by the sharing economy and the entrepreneurial strategies that nascent peer-to-peer marketplaces pursue to build two-sided networks. Within the sharing economy as well as other contexts, Christina’s research also examines entrepreneurial firms’ strategic use of language and its role in resource acquisition. She is enthusiastic about inductive, theory building studies using qualitative data as well as content analysis and text mining techniques.
Kevin Lee (San Francisco, CA)
Kevin is a trust and safety architect at Sift Science. Kevin is driven by building high performing teams and systems to combat malicious behavior. He has worked for the last 12 years around developing strategies, tools and teams. Prior to Sift Science, Kevin worked as a manager at Facebook, Square and Google, where he led various risk, chargeback, collections, spam and trust and safety organizations. Kevin obtained his BA in Psychology with honors and Sports Management from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Craig Lewis (Dallas, TX)
Craig is the Founder and Chief Entrepreneur Officer of Gig Wage, a venture-backed tech startup that builds modern payment tools for the future of work. Gig Wage designs payroll technology that meets the demand of on-demand workforces. Simple. Fast. Easy. Prior to Gig Wage, Craig was the CSO at Kairos, a venture-backed facial recognition / emotion-detection startup. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Craig sold over $10M of payroll and payroll-related technology. After playing Division 1 college basketball, Craig played professional basketball in Europe. Craig is the author of “The Sport of Sales” and a husband & father to four beautiful young girls. Craig’s motto: “Go for it.”
Heather Lewis (Seattle, WA)
Heather represents Rover in legislative conversations, partners with internal stakeholders on items including safety and data privacy-related matters and develops grassroots digital campaigns to encourage users to contact their lawmakers regarding relevant proposed legislation. In her spare time, she serves as a Western Governors University Advisory Board member and provides regulatory guidance to early-stage startup founders.
Laura Maechtlen (San Francisco, CA)
Laura is the National Vice-Chair of the Labor and Employment Department and Co-Chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Team. Her practice is focused on employment litigation and includes the defense of class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions. Laura also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in systemic actions, both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation. Laura also has California state court trial experience. She has been a member of multiple trial teams that have secured defense verdicts in the California Superior Courts in the counties of San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara. In addition to her litigation practice, Laura provides day-to-day counseling and advice to clients about the various laws affecting the employment relationship.
Phil Mason (Boston, MA)
Philip Mason is Founder and President of Mason & Mason Technology Insurance Services, an insurance broker specializing in venture capital, technology and life science industries. His clients include venture capital, private equity, technology, internet marketplace, and professional service businesses. His expertise includes cyber and data privacy, professional liability, and D&O liability and he’s experienced in M&A due diligence and complex insurance claims. Throughout his career, Mr. Mason has played a leading role in promoting professional education. He cofounded Techassure a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of risk management and insurance for venture capital, technology and life science businesses. Prior to founding Mason & Mason, Mr. Mason was employed by Marsh & McLennan where his clients included Fortune 1000 technology companies.
Tiffany Moeller (London, UK)
Tiffany is an accomplished data scientist with a passion to leverage data to solve real-world problems, particularly those at the intersection of technology and child safety. She has worked extensively with non-profits in the Chicago area combatting human trafficking and child exploitation in collaboration with law enforcement and also led the trust and safety initiatives at Sittercity for several years. Motivated to find new ways to leverage technology to prevent exploitation of vulnerable populations, Tiffany was a data scientist and co-founder of Minor Guard.
Lynn Perkins (San Francisco, CA)
Lynn is Co-Founder and CEO of UrbanSitter, a mobile and online service that is reinventing the way parents find trusted childcare. Launched in 2011, quickly Lynn grew UrbanSitter into a national marketplace in less than a year. To date, more than three million hours of babysitting have occurred on the platform across 60 cities. An Internet startup veteran, UrbanSitter is Lynn’s third startup experience. Previously, she served as founder and CEO of Xuny.com and VP of Business Development at Bridgepath.com. Before that, Lynn held roles focused on real estate strategy, services and transactions for Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Gap Inc. and LaSalle Partners. Lynn is a graduate of Stanford University.
Josh serves as the Business Development Manager for the Aon Digital Economy Practice. Aon is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement, and health solutions. The Aon Digital Economy Practice serves clients who have emerged exclusively from the digital economy and clients who are experiencing a differentiated risk profile because of new digital capabilities. Aon’s unique solutions perform across platforms and marketplaces to drive retention and loyalty among the enterprise, consumers, and workers. Josh is a graduate of Clemson University, obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Shannon Scott (Austin, TX)
Shannon is the Chief Operating Officer at Press - the most convenient and hassle-free laundry and dry cleaning experience - laundry and dry cleaning gets picked up, cleaned, and delivered by your local, trusted cleaner. Prior to joining Press, Shannon was the Director of Risk & Payments at uShip, Inc., which is an online marketplace that connects shipping customers with transportation service providers. Shannon is a marketplace industry veteran and has been involved with the Marketplace Risk Management Conference since just about the beginning. Shannon got her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Central Missouri State University.
Brooke Skinner Ricketts serves as chief marketing officer for Cars.com. In this position, Skinner Ricketts leads all marketing functions including dealer and consumer brand, communications, creative and data and insights. Before joining Cars.com in 2016, Skinner Ricketts served as vice president of brand and design at Avant. Previously, she was head of brand strategy at Twitter, where she delivered revenue-driving creative ideas for Fortune 200 clients. Prior to her time at Avant and Twitter, Skinner Ricketts was senior vice president of brand strategy at DigitasLBi from 2011 until 2014. She launched her career at Doe Anderson and PriceWeber in Louisville, Kentucky. Skinner Ricketts received her bachelor of arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Lisa Thee (San Francisco, CA)
Lisa is a tech industry leader with expertise in child safety. She is passionate about bringing leading-edge technology to protect vulnerable populations while helping parents to keep their kids safe in the digital age. She leads artificial intelligence teams to address the most pressing issues of human trafficking, child sexual abuse material, cyberbullying, mental health, and self harm. By leveraging her business development experience, engineering leadership, and passion for shared value, she drove technology solutions to improve the lives of at-risk women and children in collaboration with Intel, Google, Microsoft, Thorn, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
David is Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Evident, an identity assurance platform for e-commerce businesses and marketplaces. David is an accomplished cybersecurity entrepreneur, having held key leadership roles at market-pioneers Motorola, AirDefense, VeriSign, and SecureIT. After being recruited at a young age by the Department of Defense, David has been at the forefront of cybersecurity including firewalls as corporations began connecting to the Internet, web security as online shopping emerged, wireless security as Wi-Fi and smartphones became ubiquitous, and security sensing networks as analytic technology became mainstream. His expertise has been featured in CNN, The Wall Street Journal and other leading publications.
Elle (Eleanor) is a former broadsheet journalist, advertising creative and media expert who has focused her skills on the specific marketing needs of peer-to-peer marketplaces. She co-founded RUDE Communications in 2016, the first PR agency to focus on the sharing economy. She is now Director and ‘Gang Leader’ of GangHut, which provides specialist marketing and growth strategies for two-sided marketplaces. Passionate about the potential of P2P to democratise individuals and empower communities, Elle is originally from Oxford and was educated at Edinburgh University, where she now lives. She divides her time between the Scottish capital, London and Google Hangouts, thanks to GangHut’s international client base.
Daniel Yanisse (San Francisco, CA)
Daniel is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Checkr. Daniel co-founded Checkr in 2014 and has grown it from a background check API to a service used by thousands of companies and millions of jobseekers. As CEO, he likes to build great products and teams and is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the company. Prior to Checkr, Daniel worked on prototypes for Mars rovers at NASA and held engineering roles at startups in the transportation and mobile industries. Daniel has been involved with the Marketplace Risk Management Conference since the early years.
Michael Yoch (Chicago, IL)
Michael is a product leader with experience building labor marketplace businesses. He was EVP Product at Shiftgig, a Chicago-based gig economy company serving businesses and workers in hospitality, experiential marketing, and retail distribution. Before joining Shiftgig, he was SVP Product at HelloWallet, where he helped deliver an award-winning personal finance platform that was acquired by Morningstar. He ran product for NPR prior to that and had a brief career as an attorney before getting into technology. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin for both undergrad and law school.