2:45pm | Tech Forces As Market Forces: Rising Tech Trends & Their Impact on Your Business

Panel Description: Market competition today is defined by technology. Current and near future advancements in artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, and the internet of things are both threats and opportunities for today's entrepreneur. The right infusion of any or all of these tools into your business could provide a key advantage in your market. Or, if you ignore these trends you might spend years developing a good or service that a robot will be able to do faster by the time you open your doors. This panel was specifically added for those among us who need to better understand tech, so come ready to get your tech questions answered in plain English!



Jonathan Krangel, Head of Customer Success at Mode Analytics. Jonathan's passion is for growing companies that do right by their customers, invest in their employees, and create massive economic opportunity. He has over a decade of experience helping businesses of all sizes use technology to drive scalable growth. Previously, he led Clever’s Mid-Market Sales & Customer Success teams and managed large analytics portfolios for Clever and LinkedIn. He’s had a variety of strategy, operations, sales, and leadership roles at technology companies of all sizes. Jonathan earned his B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park and his M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley-Haas School of Business. 



Cody Wild, Data Scientist at Sophos. Cody has a strong foundation in machine learning and social science, extensive practical experience with building and launching production models.  Prior to Sophos, spent two years specializing in fraud modeling and model interpretation with LendUp, a finance company dedicated to credit development for underserved communities, and extracting individuals from the payday loan system. Cody earned her M.S in Analytics from the University of San Francisco in 2015 as Valedictorian of her class.


Sarah Spikes, Software Developer at The Centre for Effective Altruism. Sarah earned her BS & MS in Computer Science at Stanford University, with a Software Theory Concentration.  Her programming language expertise includes Java, C/C++, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, and proficiency with Scala, Scheme, Haskell, and PHP.  Her career began with 2 years of software engineering at Google, and 2 more at Udacity, Inc.  In recent years, Sarah has been focused on code education with institutions including Girls Who Code, Hackbright Academy, and Dev Bootcamp. Her current organization, The Centre for Effective Altruism, uses evidence and reason to direct philanthropists towards projects with maximally effective global benefits.


G Gordon Worley III, Head of Operations at AdStage. A software engineer and manager with a background in mathematics who is interested in writing beautiful code, improving myself, building effective organizational culture, and keeping the ship in shape.