PAST SPEAKERS, 2017
Holly Liu is heavyweight of Silicon Valley. She's the Co-founder of Kabam, a mobile gaming company, and was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the '10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming'.
Kabam has raised over $245 Million dollars in venture funding from Google Ventures, Intel Capital, Canaan Partners, Redpoint Ventures, SK Telecom and Alibaba. They have partnered with leading Hollywood partners such as Warner Brothers, MGM, Paramount and Disney to make beloved games such as 'Fast & Furious', 'The Godfather: Five Families', 'The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth', 'Star Wars: Uprising', and 'Marvel: Contest of Champions'.
Her work has contributed to record revenue growth for Kabam year over year from $0 to $400MM annually, that led Kabam into the unicorn club in 2014 - in other words, the company has been valued at $1 billion. She led the design for Kabam’s award-winning "Kingdoms of Camelot" franchise, which has grossed over $250 million in less than four years. She was also the founding mobile designer for extension 'Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North', which was the top grossing app on iOS in 2012.
Today, she is Chief Development Officer in charge of developing Kabam internationally through key relationships - starting with China. Among other things, she continues todevelop global cultural initiatives within Kabam.
Shruti Shah is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Silicon Valley Bank where she is currently working with the early stage practice team strategic partnerships. She was previously the Co-founder and COO of Y Combinator backed Move Loot, an online full-service marketplace for buying and selling used furniture, where she led national expansion and general business operations.
Over the course of three years, she and her co-founding team raised $22 million dollars to scale the business across the United States. Move Loot was featured in numerous publications including Forbes, TechCrunch, Bloomberg Business Week, CNN, TIME, Fortune and more.
Shruti was honored by Forbes as a 2016 30 Under 30 recipient in Retail and E-Commerce and the Aspen Institute as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar in reimagining capitalism. Prior to co-founding Move Loot, Shruti worked for the New Schools Venture Seed Fund, a seed fund that invests in early-stage education technology companies, and she was also a public school teacher in Baltimore, through Teach for America, where she taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade at Graceland Park O'Donnell Heights Elementary Middle School.
Shruti earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she earned her Master of Science in Education with a focus on Urban Education from Johns Hopkins University.
Jess Wilson is the founder and CEO of online shopping app Stashd. Stashd aims to make western fashion accessible to the Chinese millennial market. Launched in 2014, the app now has users in 136 countries, has featured as a 'Best New App' in 11 countries and has 4,200 brands available to shop. In 2016 Stashd secured a Chinese HQ for Stashd and gained strategic investment from China’s largest social media network, WeChat.
Jess is a repeat entrepreneur, having started her first business at 16. She later dropped out of university after a careers advisor told her she 'didn't have it in her' to have a career in the fashion industry. Jess then went on to work throughout Australia, New York, and Paris at fashion week which provided the insight for to be able to start Stashd. Jess has appeared in numerous 30 Under 30 awards such as Smart Company, Anthill 30 Under 30 and was pinned by Forbes as one of 1,000 entrepreneurs under 30 to change the world in the next 50 years.
Holly Cardew is a tech entrepreneur, who founded Pixc to help eCommerce stores optimise their product images to ultimately increase their online sales and allow the store owners to focus on running their business. Holly splits her time between Sydney and San Francisco, and has previously taken part in the Telstra muru-D Accelerator as well as and world-renowned startup incubator, 500Startups, in Silicon Valley.
In 2014 and 2015, she was named one of Australia's top 50 entrepreneurs under 40, and In 2016, Holly was listed as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia emerging entrepreneur to watch in the eCommerce and retail space.
Beauty advocate Kate Morris, CEO and founder of Adorebeauty.com.au, started Australia’s first beauty e-commerce site in 1999 from a garage in Melbourne at the age of 21. Starting with just $12,000 and two little known cosmetic companies on board, Adore Beauty has grown to more than 160 brands, 12,000 products, and annual turnover of $24m. A university job on the cosmetic counters led Kate to realise that most women found department stores intimidating and unpleasant. Kate was inspired to create a disruptive beauty shopping experience that empowered consumers.
In May 2015, Adore Beauty announced an investment from retail giant Woolworths Limited. Kate was awarded the Business Innovation Award for Victoria at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014, and was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame in 2015. Adore Beauty has also been scooping up accolades, making the lists for Deloitte’s Tech Fast 50 Australia and Tech Fast 500 Asia-Pacific for the last three years in a row, as well as the SmartCompany Smart50 in 2016.
Gretta is a serial entrepreneur, and social media influencer who turns audiences into brands, and trending ideas into markets. In 2013 she won the Shopify Build A Business competition and has been featured on Mashable, Tim Ferris' 4 Hour Work Week Blog, Fast Company & more.
As a Social Media growth expert, she has previously grown an Instagram profile from 0 to 48,500 followers in 24 hours. Her businesses include The Fifth Watches, SMT, Dropbottle, and Skintox Co, and she has a combined social media following of over 17 million across accounts. Now, Gretta is taking her social media marketing expertise and building a technology platform that will allow other brands to build their business using the same influencer marketing tactics that she's implemented for years. It's pretty safe to say that Gretta is Australia's official #InstaQueen.
Adina is the Co-founder and Director of Product at STM Goods, a global brand designing lifestyle accessories for tech devices. With worldwide retail presence and offices in Sydney, San Diego, London and Kuala Lumpur, STM is an industry leader in laptop bags, packs, fitted cases, and other accessories designed to make doing whatever you're doing easier, safer and a little more unique. Adina is an alumni of the 2016 EY Asia-Pacific Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, and an eastern region nominee in the 2012 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Adina is also the Co-Founder of Mentor Walks Australia.