Managing Director, GE Ventures
Kiva Allgood joined GE Ventures, New Business Creation in the fall of 2016. Kiva brings over twenty years of digital transformation, wireless and internet of things experience to the New Business Creation team. Prior to joining GE Ventures, Kiva was President, Smart Cities and Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), for Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions, Inc. focused on helping Cities and IIOT partners deliver on their connectivity and sustainability goals. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Kiva held executive roles at both public and private-venture backed companies in the consumer products and financial services industries. Kiva holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and an MBA from Kellogg.
Co-founder and CEO, Stemonix
Ping Yeh is CEO/Cofounder of StemoniX, a biotech startup that is transforming how therapeutic companies prepare for clinical trials. StemoniX makes human microOrgans from anyone’s skin/blood and helps pharmaceutical companies discover new therapeutics for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Autism to even Zika Virus. Founded in early 2014, StemoniX was born from Ping’s experience as a cancer survivor, which inspired him to build a world-class team to address the new challenges of drug discovery and personalized medicine. Interestingly, he began his career as a nanotechnologist for the storage and IT/data center industry and later leveraged his know-how to create StemoniX. The company now serves the needs of many of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world and was the 2017 award recipient of Red Herring 100 North America, which highlights the top 100 most innovative tech companies on the continent. Educationally, Ping received his BS and MS in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in nanotechnology from UC San Diego, MBA from Univ. of Minnesota’s Carlson School, M&A Certification from Kellogg and is internationally certified in Program and Project Management.
VP Distinguished Analyst, Gartner
Doug Laney is vice president and distinguished analyst with the Gartner Chief Data Officer (CDO) research and advisory team. Doug researches and advises clients on information monetization and valuation, open and syndicated data, analytics centers of excellence, data governance, and Big Data-based innovation. He is the author of the book, “Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage and Measure Information as an Asset for Competitive Advantage,” the Financial Times’ “Big Data” e-book, Gartner’s enterprise information management maturity model, and over 100 other Gartner and other publications. Doug is also a two-time recipient of Gartner’s annual thought leadership award.
Doug originated the field of Infonomics, developing methods to quantify and harvest information’s economic value. He lectures at business schools and conferences on the topic, and his articles have appeared in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.
You can follow Doug on Twitter at @doug_laney and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/douglaney.
Neil Senturia is the classic serial entrepreneur. He has had three careers from writing sitcoms in Hollywood to real estate development and finally technology – nine companies as CEO or Chairman and another dozen that he has invested in. Currently Neil is CEO of Blackbird Ventures, a small venture fund that is focused on very early stage companies. Neil has taught entrepreneurship at San Diego State as well as at UC San Diego. He is author of "I'm There for You Baby: The Entrepreneur's Guide to the Galaxy," in which he shares the ups and downs of his entrepreneurial life and lessons learned. He also writes a weekly column for the San Diego Union-Tribune.