Opening Keynote

Kate Mitchell - co-founder of Scale Venture Partners


Kate is a co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based firm that invests in early-in-revenue technology companies that are looking to scale.  She and the ScaleVP team have backed successful, high growth companies including ExactTarget (Salesforce), RingCentral (NYSE:RNG), HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS), Box (NYSE: BOX), DocuSign, and Omniture (Adobe). 

Kate is past chairman and board member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and is active in policy matters that impact entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation and inclusion.  She co-authored the IPO section of the 2012 JOBS Act and is currently working on additional legislation to help small company IPOs. In 2014, Kate co-founded the NVCA Inclusion & Diversity Task Force (now calledVentureForward), which focuses on advancing opportunities for women and minorities across the venture ecosystem. Mitchell received the NVCA Outstanding Service Award in 2013 for her policy work on behalf of the venture industry.  

She currently serves on the board of SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB), Fortive Corporation (NYSE:FTV) and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and she is a charter member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (Silicon Valley).  Kate is also a KauffmanFellows mentor, a member of the NASDAQ Private Market Advisory Board, and a commentator on technology trends for CNBC Squawk Alley.

Closing Keynote

Tom Lister - Co-Managing Partner of PErmira


Tom became Co-Managing Partner of Permira in 2008, having joined as a Partner in 2005 to build the North American business. He serves on the Board, the Executive Committee, is a member of the Investment Committee and in June 2011 became the Fund Minder of Permira VI, Permira V, Permira IV, Permira Europe III, Permira Europe II and Permira Europe I. Tom has worked on a number of transactions including Aearo Technologies, Duff & Phelps, Freescale Semiconductor, Genesys, Intelsat and Jet Aviation and is responsible for the oversight of the Legico investment.

Prior to joining Permira, Tom was a partner in the New York buy-out firm Forstmann Little & Co, where he worked for 13 years.