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June 2018 session recap


We are thrilled that you could join us for a week of learning and collaboration. Below you will find the presentations from each session. As always, we are here to support you if you have any questions.

- The Orange Fab team



June 2018 session recap


We are thrilled that you could join us for a week of learning and collaboration. Below you will find the presentations from each session. As always, we are here to support you if you have any questions.

- The Orange Fab team


Event recap

Day 1

  • Welcome breakfast

  • Opening remarks by Guillaume Payan, Head of Orange Fab

  • Keynote: Silicon Valley trends by Georges Nahon, CEO at Orange Silicon Valley

  • Keynote: Jeremy Howard, Founder & Deep Learning Researcher at fast.ai and USF

  • Keynote: David Blumberg, Founder/Managing Partner at Blumberg Ventures

  • Keynote: Susan Liu, Principal at Scale Venture Partners

  • Keynote: Daniel Laury, CEO at uDelv

  • Keynote: Emily Smith, Strategic Partnerships at Google Assistant

  • Thematic track sessions for Content & Media, Smart Cities, Logistics, and HR

  • Reception at Orange Silicon Valley

  • Special dinner for Fab Force partners

Day 2

  • Retail Tech & E-commerce

  • Advertising & Marketing Tech

  • Connected Vehicle

  • Fintech

Day 3 

  • Morning networking over breakfast

  • Opening remarks

  • Keynote: World of corporate venturing, where are we today?

  • Fireside chat: What do corporations get out of their venturing programs?

  • Fireside chat: How Google invests to build transformational AI companies?

  • Keynote: Persistent fears, data privacy, and the need for cybersecurity

  • Panel: State of the security market, investment themes and opportunities

  • Quantum computing, the state of the art?

  • Panel: Quantum computing discussion

  • Keynote: The future of robotics

  • Panel: Robotics panel discussion

  • Closing Remarks

  • Networking Reception


Keynote presentations:




Georges Nahon


Orange Silicon Valley


Jeremy Howard

Founder & Deep Learning Researcher

fast.ai / USF

David Blumberg

Founder/Managing Partner

Blumberg Ventures

Susan Liu


Scale Venture Partners


Daniel Laury




Emily Smith

Strategic Partnerships

Google Assistant


Participating companies


This summit's thematic tracks


Content & Media

Retail Tech & E-commerce

Smart Cities

Advertising & Marketing Tech


Human Resources

Connected Vehicle




Previous speakers

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Deepak Agarwal

VP of AI, LinkedIn

Deepak Agarwal is currently leading AI and ML efforts across LinkedIn. Experienced in conducting novel scientific research to solve notoriously difficult AI problems, he is most well known for his work on personalization and recommender systems and has published a book on the topic. He has also published extensively in top-tier computer science conferences and has coauthored several patents. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and has served on the Executive Committee of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). Deepak regularly serves on program committees of various conferences in the field of AI and computer science. He is also an associate editor of two flagship statistics journals.

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Hans Swilden

CEO, Industry Ventures

Hans is the CEO and Founder of Industry Ventures and manages the overall business. As an early pioneer of the modern secondary market for venture capital, Hans created new ways to get liquidity for venture capital investments prior to an IPO or M&A event. Additionally, he was early to support the development of a new class of venture capital partnerships focused on seed and early stage investing during the last decade. He directs the firm’s investment processes, operations and limited partner relationships.

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Jonathan Chester

Co-Founder, Bitwage

Jonathan Chester is Founder and President of Bitwage, a blockchain-powered international wage payment and payment processing company named as one of the top 7 blockchain companies in the US and top 21 in the world. He is also contributor on Forbes for all things bitcoin & blockchain related. Jonathan has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine and spoken in front of members of the European Parliament regarding regulation of the blockchain industry, as well as for the Amsterdam Institute of Finance and conferences such as SCAPayments, Transact15 and Inside Bitcoins.


Tim Merel

Managing Director, Digi Capital

Tim is an AR/VR, mobile and games software engineer, investment banker and entrepreneur, with education in computer science, law and business from Yale and Sydney University. Tim is a global super-connector, with C-level relationships across start-ups, corporates and VC/private equity. Tim leverages his knowledge, relationships and ideas across America, Asia and Europe for industry reports, strategy consulting and investment banking and has worked on over 60 deals globally. Tim is a global AR/VR, mobile and games expert, equally comfortable at discussing strategy, operations, technology and deal structures. Tim previously worked for News Corporation and Ernst & Young.

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Adam Kell

Founder & Investment Partner

Adam is a hardware guy. Currently the portfolio director at Comet Labs, he previously co-founded a consumer electronics company, which designs, manufactures, and sells mobile phone accessories. He has spent time living in China and working in a production environment. He spent 2 years as a hands-on hardware lead at the StartX accelerator program. Adam's background is designing capital equipment and processes for the semiconductor industry, including many semi-automated solar cell manufacturing pilot tools. Adam studied Product Design and Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Materials Science Engineering at Stanford University. He is a 2014 Forbes 30-under-30 in energy and industry.

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Tipatat Chennavasin

General Partner, The VR Fund

Mr. Chennavasin has extensive experience creating both interactive VR/AR and 360 video. He became convinced of the power of VR when he accidently cured himself of his real life fear of heights while developing in VR. He has established himself as VR/AR industry spokesperson and thought leader, and has contributed to many publications and presented at various industry events, He also has entrepreneurial experience as co-founder and CEO of mobile game startup Big Head Mode, Inc. that he sold to PlayFirst to focus on VR. He is an advisor for many VR companies as well as a mentor for VR incubators and accelerators around the world, including Tokyo VR Startups, http://tokyovrstartups.com/. Mr. Chennavasin obtained his BS from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Human Computer Interaction.

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Rick Klau

Partner, GV

Rick leads the partnerships team at GV, where he connects the largest companies in the world to GV’s portfolio. Rick was previously a product manager at Google where he led product initiatives on Blogger, Google+, and YouTube. Rick’s earlier professional experience includes leadership roles at several software and Internet startups. He was an early employee at FeedBurner, where he ran the publisher services team until Google acquired the company in 2007. Rick received dual degrees from Lafayette College, and while a student at the University of Richmond School of Law, he founded the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the world’s first student-edited law journal to publish exclusively online. Outside of his love of technology, Rick is also a political junkie. He provided technology advice to three U.S. presidential campaigns, ran the campaign blog for President Barack Obama in his 2004 Senate race, and ran product strategy for Google’s presence at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Defy Ventures Bay Area.

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Scott Stanford

Co Founder and Managing Director, Sherpa Capital

Mr. Stanford has been focused on the Internet/technology sector for 20 years in the capacity of advisor, operator and investor. Until March 2013, Mr. Stanford co-headed Goldman Sachs’s Global Internet Investment Banking business based in San Francisco. In his twelve years at Goldman he advised clients on $80 billion of equity and debt financings and strategic transactions and was deeply involved in making approximately $1.6 billion of principal investments in technology-enabled companies including Facebook, Uber, DST/Mail.ru and LinkedIn. His client coverage responsibility included companies such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Groupon, Zillow, Airbnb, Uber and many other established and emerging technology-enabled companies. He is a member of the board of directors for Curology, ipsy, Luka, and Shyp. Prior to Goldman, Mr. Stanford was an early employee of LookSmart, helping build the company from a start-up to a publicly traded NASDAQ company. During his tenure he held several technical, product, financial and strategic management positions including heading eCommerce, overseeing Product and Development, running Strategy and Corporate Development and running Business Development. While in business school, Mr. Stanford coded prototype applications for two startup ideas, one focusing on community service and the other focusing on automating & prototyping core financial analyses. He has been coding since the age of thirteen. Mr. Stanford received his A.B. with Honors from Harvard College (Social Studies) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Dan Morehead

CEO, Pantera Capital

Dan founded Pantera Capital Management LP in 2003. He also co-founded and was CEO of Atriax, an electronic foreign exchange platform. Prior to that, he was head of macro trading and CEO at Tiger Management, global head of FX options at Deutsche Bank in London, and managed a global macro fund and derivatives trading units in North America and Japan at Bankers Trust. Dan began his career at Goldman Sachs as a mortgagebacked securities trader. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received the Carmichael Prize for an outstanding thesis. Pantera Capital is an institutional investment firm focused exclusively on Bitcoin, other digital currencies and companies in the space. As CEO of Pantera Capital, Dan is actively involved in providing investors exposure to Bitcoin in addition to digital currency startups. Bitcoin represents a quantum shift in the global financial landscape and will fundamentally transform the way finance and commerce is conducted around the world.