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.
Elle (Eleanor) is the Chair of the Advisory Board, 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 democratize 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.
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.
Rob Brown (Sydney, Australia)
Rob is the Co-Founder and CEO of KERB, a global peer-to-peer and B2B parking app. One of Australia's most prominent marketers and a globally-recognised pioneer in the world of marketing automation, Rob is a regular international keynote speaker and has appeared on BBC World, Huffington Post, Channel 9, 7 & 10 news, plus dozens of other mainstream news networks.
Admir Čavalić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Admir Čavalić, MA, Ph.D. candidate, is the founder and director of the Association Multi from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Multi promotes economic freedoms and new economic trends in this country. Admir is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University in Tuzla and at the IPI Academy. He is the author of numerous scientific and professional papers dealing with the topic sharing economy. Multi actively works with governments, businesses, and NGOs to promote and enhance the sharing economy in the Western Balkans. Admir is a regular commentator and columnist for numerous media in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region.orks.
Nino Cavenecia (San Francisco, CA)
Nino is a 20-year veteran leading customer operations in the tech industry. A majority of that time has been spent building teams in marketplaces, from Customer Support to Trust & Safety. He currently leads Customer Operations for Outdoorsy, a peer-to-peer RV rental and outdoor experiences marketplace. Prior to Outdoorsy, Nino held senior leadership roles at Doctor On Demand, Upwork, and JustAnswer to name a few. Nino believes the most critical component to growth is putting the customer first. He applies this principle by helping organizations better listen and act on customer insights as they scale. He credits having worked at Nordstrom and Zappos, early on in his career, as the major influences behind this approach.
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”.
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.
Elizabeth Douet (Cairo, Egypt)
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.
Juliet Eccleston (London, UK)
Juliet is Chair of Sharing Economy UK and CEO and founder of AnyGood?, a platform where professionals recommend other professionals for roles. Juliet’s background is delivering large scale change programs. After 20 years building high-performing teams, her frustration with the process for recruitment collided with opportunity and the rise of the sharing economy. This drove her to develop an alternative. AnyGood? launched in the UK in 2017 and is growing globally both as a recruitment platform and SaaS referral solution.
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.
Albert Giang (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.
Neal is the Executive Director of Shareable, an award-winning nonprofit news outlet, action network, and consultancy exploring the latest innovations in resource sharing. He’s a speaker, consultant, and editor of multiple books including, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons.” He helps leaders around the world meet their goals through sharing including Mayor Park Won-Soon of Seoul, South Korea who won the Gothenburg Sustainability Award in 2016 for his metropolis-wide sharing program. As a social entrepreneur, Neal’s timely call to action is simple: let’s share!
With nearly 20 years of experience as a lawyer, operator, and consultant to startups, Jeremy has become an industry-leading voice for risk management, trust & safety, compliance and legal strategy. Jeremy founded the Marketplace Risk platform, including the Marketplace Risk Management Conference, Nordic Gig & Sharing Innovation Summit, Sharing Economy Global Summit, as well as the Live Event & Webinar Series, Podcast and Slack Forum, for the ecosystem to learn, network and share information. He regularly consults with insurance companies, venture capitalists, startups and vendors in this ecosystem. Jeremy holds a BA from Marquette University, a JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
John helps global organizations develop their identity verification strategies to create seamless user experiences while mitigating risk & fraud. As Head of Marketplace, Gig Economy and Big Tech for Mitek, the market leader in ID document verification and biometric face comparison, John enables customers to maximize the value of their digital channel while creating trust Prior to Mitek, John drove strategy for DivX’s digital rights management and content distribution businesses. Creating partnerships with major content providers, digital distributors and device manufacturers across the globe.
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.
Sjoerd is the CMO of Sharetribe, democratizing the sharing economy by making platform technology accessible to everyone. Besides being responsible for Sharetribe’s growth, he was also the editor-in-chief of the Marketplace Academy and was the editor of “The Lean Marketplace”, which was a bestseller on Amazon. Over the last two years at Sharetribe, Sjoerd has talked to hundreds of (aspiring) sharing economy entrepreneurs so he works at the heart of the ecosystem.
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 23-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.
After spending time with media giant NBC Universal as well as starting her own successful small business, Joanna joined start-up life on the ground floor of international music discovery start-up, Sofar Sounds. From volunteer house concert organizer in Sofar’s early days to being one of their first employee hires, to her leadership role overseeing multiple aspects of growth and compliance worldwide as Head of Business Affairs, Joanna is heavily involved in all aspects of risk management, trust & safety, and insurance needs for the rapidly growing global leader in intimate musical events.
Stephen Kane (Los Angeles, CA)
Stephen is Founder and CEO of FairClaims, a user-friendly digital dispute resolution platform, which boasts dozens of the world's leading marketplaces like HomeAdvisor, Turo, and Outdoorsy. Stephen is a former Stanford CodeX Center for Legal Informatics Fellow, 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..
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 (Madrid, Spain)
Christina Kyprianou is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at IE Business School in Madrid. 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. Kevin is driven by building high performing teams and systems to combat malicious behavior. He has worked for the last 15 years around developing strategies, tools and teams. Prior to Sift, 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 (Austin, TX)
Heather is the Managing Partner of Red Maple Strategies, a public strategy firm that helps clients navigate political and regulatory issues at the state and local levels across the United States. Prior to that, Heather represented 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. In addition to her litigation practice, Laura provides day-to-day counseling and advice to clients about the various laws affecting the employment relationship.
Marta is the author of Collaboriamo (Hoepli, 2013), the first book about the sharing economy published in Italy, and Community Economy (Egea, 2020), the first handbook that presents community economy as one of the most interesting evolutions of the sharing economy. She is the founder of Collaboriamo, a platform that provides content and services around the topic of the collaborative and community economy. Curator of Sharitaly, the first event in Italy focused on the sharing economy (2013-2017) and editor of the Italian Sharing Economy Report (2014-2017), Marta is a consultant and trainer specializing in issues concerning the sharing economy, platform design, community design and growth; she also collaborates as a freelance journalist for some national newspapers.
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. 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.
Marianne is a gig economy expert, speaker, and author, and a strategic advisor with 25 years of marketing and business development experience in international environments. She has an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK, and her positions include management roles at Ericsson and Acando, as well as an advisor and board member to startups and global companies with digital ventures through her company Konsultboken.se. Her new book series, Working & Consulting in the Gig Economy & How to Get Great Gigs, aims to inspire more people to become gig workers and make the most of their lives working in the gig economy.
Lynn Perkins (San Francisco, CA)
Lynn Perkins is CEO and co-founder of UrbanSitter, an app and website that’s making it easier than ever for parents to find, book and pay trusted childcare, from last minute babysitting to full-time care. UrbanSitter’s corporate benefit offering enables employees to quickly find the qualified childcare they need, allowing them to focus on work. Lynn has turned her vision of an “OpenTable for child care” into a service with more than a million users in 50 cities. Lynn frequently advises and speaks on the topics of scaling an organization, establishing online trust, and fundraising. Lynn is a graduate of Stanford University.
Brian Powers is the founder and CEO of PactSafe and a licensed attorney. As the CEO of PactSafe, Brian leads the strategic vision of the company's high-velocity contract acceptance platform. Prior to founding PactSafe, Brian's law practice focused primarily on representing the transactional needs of tech companies. Brian is a frequent speaker, instructor and author on topics ranging from clickthrough contract acceptance to privacy-related consent management.
Laure Claire Reillier is Co-founder and COO of Launchworks & Co, the leading experts for designing and scaling marketplaces & platforms. Formerly a senior exec at eBay Europe, she has 20 years’ experience in developing, managing and marketing products and services for digital, e-commerce, and platform companies. Laure Claire was appointed in 2019 as one of the 8 experts on digital platforms at the World Economic Forum. She is also the co-author of Platform Strategy: How to unlock the power of communities and networks to grow your business.
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.
Elisa is a designer specializing in social design and in cultural and social planning in terms. Since 2016 she has been a member of constructLab, an international collective of architects and humanists that engages in social design and participatory architecture. Since September 2017, she worked with European organizations to develop circular economy processes for professional upcycling, and since the beginning of 2019, she has been with Collaboriamo, where she works as a strategic designer to develop communities and collaborative economy related projects. She has lived in Eugene, OR (USA) and Berlin and she is currently working Europe wide.
Shannon Scott (Austin, TX)
Shannon is the Director, Trust & Safety at TaskRabbit - a marketplace that matches freelance labor with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with everyday tasks, including cleaning, moving, delivery and handyman work. Prior to this, Shannon was the Chief Operating Officer at at Press, which is an on-demand dry cleaning and laundry service. 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.
Rafi serves as the Director of New Market Development at Slice Labs—the global pioneer of on-demand insurance—which enables insurers and tech firms to build on-demand insurance for the marketplaces we all live and operate in today. Rafi joined Slice in 2016 with an extensive background working with digital marketplaces and ecosystems of all sizes, including Stubhub, GaggleUp, and iStopOver. His roles included supply management, customer operations, and field operations. Since joining Slice, Rafi has partnered with internal stakeholders on a strategic initiative, led ecosystem/marketplace partnerships, and been a key member of Slice’s go-to-market team.
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.
Eric Waldinger started in the GIG economy before it was cool. He started his career with Robert Half International and was the first ecommerce marketing manager identifying ways to expand the temporary hiring footprint. After leaving RHI, Waldinger lead all digital marketing and partnerships for CareerBuilder.com and launched the digital consulting practice for Aquent. After taking a brief hiatus into the Real Estate technology world, Eric is back to the space he loves, GIG and tech. Eric is the Chief Marketing officer for SambaSafety, the leading Driver Monitoring and driving data company in the space. Eric sets the direction and strategic vision of the Marketing Team brining over 20 years of marketing and sales, experience in various industries. His goal is to provide the best tools and insights for our customers to enable a true driving safety culture.
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.