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Thomas Bispham

Thomas was the CEO of Virtual Control, which he co-founded in 2017 – a Hong Kong based startup with the mission to solve real world problems in the supply chain and compliance world by integrating AI and machine learning applications seamlessly into existing workflows. In Q1 2022, Virtual Control’s test lab business was acquired by Agilent Technologies, a market leading manufacturer of laboratory test equipment, and where Thomas currently serves as the Associate Vice President, Analytical AI/Machine Learning. Agilent provides a unique platform to launch new AI solutions that will interact with a wide spectrum of industries from biotech, life sciences, and pharma to oil & gas, specialty chemicals, and even cannabis and environmental testing. Prior to founding Virtual Control, Thomas was the Head of Strategic Market Development for Bureau Veritas, Consumer Products & Automotive Division based in Hong Kong and has spent most of his career working in Asia in various roles with a focus on commercialization. Thomas got his start in supply chain and factory management and has worked with products in range from furniture and home décor, to motorized medical products and read out integrated circuits for the US Army. Although born in New York City, Thomas grew up in Hong Kong before getting his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Thomas has recently moved to Austin, TX and is excited to be part of the Texas startup community!  

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William Hurley

William Hurley is founder and CEO of Strangeworks, a quantum computing startup that makes the power of quantum computing easily accessible and available to all. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, Innovator in Residence for the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, A Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Chairman of the Quantum Computing Standards Workgroup at the IEEE, the first Ambassador to CERN and Society, a regular contributor to TechCrunch on the topic of Quantum Computing, and the co-author of “Quantum Computing For Babies”. Prior to starting Strangeworks he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs [NYSE: GS]. He came to Goldman Sachs via the acquisition of his second startup, Honest Dollar. Prior to Honest Dollar whurley founded Chaotic Moon Studios which was acquired by Accenture [NYSE: ACN].

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John Randall

John N. Randall, CEO of Zyvex Labs, Executive VP of Teliatry, Executive VP at NanoRetina, Adjunct Professor at UT Dallas, and Fellow of the AVS, IEEE, and Micro Nano Engineering Society, has 40 years of experience in Micro- and Nano- Fabrication. He has attracted over $45M in research contracts to Zyvex and resulting products have grossed well over $100M. He joined Zyvex in March of 2001 after 15 years at Texas Instruments where he worked in high resolution processing for integrated circuits, MEMS, and quantum effect devices. Prior to working at TI, John worked at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory on ion beam and x-ray lithography. He has 122 articles published in refereed journals, more than 50 conference proceedings and other publications with 4595 citations and 35 issued US Patents with 1,031 citations. 

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Anna Jarman

Anna Jarman is a program director for Walmart Global Tech, the engineering, data, and design arm of Walmart, Inc.  Based in Austin, Texas, Anna manages initiatives in emerging technology, innovation, and commercialization. Prior to joining Walmart, Anna was a venture investor for the corporate venture team at Royal Dutch Shell, specializing in software and data science. For 7 years, she worked in the healthcare and biotech space, with roles in surgical innovation, public policy, software development, and operations.  Anna has a MS in Analytics and a BA from Rice University.

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Matt Coburn

Chief Data Scientist and Co-Founder of Tangible Intelligence 

Matt has designed and built machine learning solutions across industries including systems used for sensitive trading decisions at top tier hedge funds and models responsible for allocating $200 million dollars in marketing spend. His experience spans across business functions including  sales, marketing, finance and information security. His clients include the second largest transaction processor in the world, the largest online travel agency in the US, and top tier hedge funds. Matthew is an advocate for the importance of understanding the full data science stack and recognizing that every model is part of a larger strategic vision that must deliver value to the business.

Tangible Intelligence’s mission is to elevate work by eliminating all tedious and costly back office work by giving every employee a team of artificial agents, turning every employee into the manager of their own department. Their no-code AI platform, AutoExtract.ai, learns by example. Getting smarter while watching you work.

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Malur Narayan

Malur is a proven technology business leader with over 28 years of experience in technology industry having worked in five continents. He brings an effective combination of corporate &
entrepreneurial experience – having held a broad range of senior management roles at Nortel and Tata ranging from product engineering, sales, business development, product management.

As a co-founder and advisor to a few tech startups, Malur excels in helping companies in building their technology, creating access to b2b markets & segments, along with a strong ability to connect at the C-Level, and to develop long-term business partnerships.
As STRIDES co-founder, he leads the product development and oversees its business and sales strategy.

Influenced by strong women throughout his life and being an immigrant minority, he understands deeply the importance of leadership diversity in the workplace.

Malur holds a degree in Computer Engineering, a Master’s in Computer Science from Western Univ., an MBA from Telfer School of Management, Canada, and an Advanced management program (through Harvard). Malur pioneered self-managed teams in software development in the early 90s. His research in Reverse Engineering, Inverse resolution & Induction led to the development of Adaptive learning algorithms in Machine Learning.

He has been speaker on International business for EMBA programs at Cornell Univ., Imperial College, London and Queens Univ. in Canada.

He is known for his positive attitude, sense of humor, and is immensely passionate about trail hiking, creating music, gardening and sports. He is actively involved in charitable activities for mental health awareness.

Malur is based in Austin, Texas.

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Mohamed Elwazer

Mohamed is founder and CEO of linedanceAI, a Dallas-based health technology startup. He is computer system engineer, specialized in machine learning and image processing. His professional experience has been focused on cognitive automation, specifically in human body movement. Since founding linedanceAI, Mohamed has led the design and development of linedanceAI’s novel machine-learning approach to movement as time-series data.   He is the primary inventor for this technology and holds 2 patents and 1 pending. linedanceAI is launching MovalityTM, software for outpatient physical therapist to transform expert clinical observations into objective movement quality metrics for patient understanding and improved plan-of-care retention.

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Romelia Flores

Distinguished Engineer & Master Inventor, IBM Industry Engineering Lab

Romelia’s industry experiences combined with her unique software development and design expertise make her one of IBM’s most highly sought-after innovators. She has collaborated with leading clients in the design of Space Object Analytics Systems, Connect 360 Health & Human Services, Storm Water Management, Cloud Platforms, Hepatitis C Eradication, and Airports of the Future. She holds 83 US patents and 10 patents pending. In 2021 she received the Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Award. In 2018, she was the first female ever named to the Dallas Tech Titan Hall of Fame and was the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner from Great Minds in STEM.

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Wendy Howell

Wendy Howell is the CEO at Executive Council Network. ECN is an invite only executive council that provides opportunities for connections, community, executive elevation and venture investments. We work collectively with our membership to create a positive business and social impact! Previous roles include Chief of Staff at Cisco and executive roles in M&A and Strategy at Symantec and VERITAS.

Wendy is a connector, community builder “for good” and an advocate for giving back. She is deeply involved in non-profit as the Managing Director for Girls In Tech, Co-Chair 50/50 Women On Boards, and a judge for TiE Young Entrepreneurs. She is particularly passionate about supporting females and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She considers herself a “rebel with a cause” and is known for her dogged tenacity and creativity to support her passions! Nothing excites her more than creating positive social impact and helping to create the next generation of empowered leaders.

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Ajay Krishna

A serial “intrapraneur” with a track record of seeding and building successful businesses over the past 10 years. Ajay has been part of the founding team building out Systematic Trading in Fixed Income at Citadel to launching and building out the Data Science and Engineering portfolio at M|Science. He most recently managed a 100 person team that he pitched, funded and built at Finicity, a Mastercard Company, that delivers analytics products for Consumer and Small Business that use ML to provide intelligence in payments, lending and account opening. He is currently Founder and CEO of Stream that is democratizing banking for all brands and communities, which has raised its seed fund led by socialleverage.com