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Sway Minds Technology Summit 2019

  • San Francisco, CA United States (map)

Great ideas have the power to sway minds.

The Sway Minds Technology Summit 2019 brought together influential investors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries from around the world for two days dedicated to sharing big ideas and solving the toughest problems.

We heard from grammy award-winning hip-hop producers Che Pope and Quincy Jones III; Microsoft’s AI Business corporate vice president Steve Guggenheimer; Chair of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD, MBA; thought leaders from iconic brands like Boeing, Honeywell, Sapphire, and Motorola; and portfolio founders from Zanbato, Yva, and Measurabl – just to name a few.


Sway Minds 2019 Speakers


Sway Minds 2019 Partners


Exploring Music, Media & Markets

Spotlight featuring Che Pope, Quincy Jones III, Chris Lee and John Yang

This Sway Minds Spotlight explores the intersection of K-Pop and Hip-Hop, featuring Che Pope, Quincy Jones III, Chris Lee, and John Yang.

  • Between 2012 - 2014, American producer and songwriter Che Pope went from a partner, to the head of A&R, to the chief operating officer of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label collective, and become one of the most influential figures in contemporary US rap and hip-hop culture. Recently, he’s penned and produced hits for A$AP Rocky and The Weeknd, but his work dates back to the early ’90s: deeply involved in the production of Lauryn Hill’s iconic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, as well as working as head of A&R at Warner Bros, producing alongside Dr. Dre at Aftermath Records, and composing film scores alongside the legendary Hans Zimmer.

  • Quincy Jones, III, also known as QD3, serves as an Adviser at KickLabs and FEM inc. Mr. Jones has an extensive knowledge of the entertainment industry along with a wealth of innovative ideas. Mr. Jones was a Producer or Executive Producer on a variety of projects at QD3 Entertainment, including the Beef series of documentaries and Beef: The Series, a TV extension of the documentary project. Mr. Jones spent two decades producing multi-platinum albums filled with hit after hit, working with artists such as Tupac, Prince and Dr. Dre. In 1999, he expanded his production efforts to include film and TV production, creating QD3 Entertainment. He has been a Member of the Board of Advisors at Heatwave Interactive, Inc. since June 2010. He is a Hip-hop Music Producer, Television Show and Film Creator, Composer. and entrepreneur. Mr. Jones attended Berklee College of Music.

  • Since joining SM Entertainment’s A&R department in 2005, Chris Lee has played a visionary role in the evolution of Asia’s leading entertainment company. He made a name for himself by developing SM’s peerless production system, which involves a global network of more than 900 hit songwriters (from legends like Teddy Riley to pop sensations like Bruno Mars). Lee’s efforts introduced the songcamp model to K-pop, setting a new precedent for the Asian music industry as a whole.

  • John Yang is a rising leader in entertainment, named by KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency) as one of Korea's TOP 100 young creative leaders in 2016. A creative and strategic thinker possessing solid leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, he has overseen full cycles of various projects, from concept to final delivery for more than a decade. His career started in 2008, acquiring broad entertainment experience including A&R; financial forecasting; PR; marketing; promotion; as well as negotiating domestic and international business affairs for both Hollywood and K-Pop. John has worked with top Korean entertainment companies including JYP Entertainment and Fantagio Music, working directly with well-known K-Pop artists and global talent. Currently John operates as head of International Strategy and Planning in SM Entertainment’s Producing Division, leading and supporting numerous TOP K-pop artists’ achieving global breakout phenomenon.

  • moderated by Karl Karlsson General Partner at Sway Ventures


Technology IPO Market Update and Outlook

Special Report featuring Dave Chen, Global Head of Software Banking at Morgan Stanley

  • David Chen is a senior member of Morgan Stanley's Technology Investment Banking Group and is the Global Head of Software Banking. With over sixteen years of investment banking experience, Dave has advised some of the most disruptive software companies on their financial and strategic objectives. Dave has had the privilege of advising on key transactions including IPOs for Salesforce.com, NetScreen Technologies, Palo Alto Networks, FireEye, Fortinet, Barracuda Networks, AVG, Tableau Software, Apigee, SecureWorks, Zscaler, Avast and DocuSign. He has also advised on mergers and acquisitions transactions including the $1.7bn sale of J.D. Edwards to PeopleSoft, $7.7bn sale of McAfee to Intel, the $1.3bn sale of AVG to Avast, the $1bn acquisition of Mandiant by FireEye, the $625mm sale of Apigee to Google, the sale of iSight Partners to FireEye, the $240mm sale of Guidance Software to OpenText, the $1bn sale of Avigilon to Motorola and the $1.4bn sale of Cylance to Blackberry. Dave has advised leading public software companies on financing transactions including the $1bn convertible notes offering for Salesforce.com in 2013, the $920mm convertible notes offering for FireEye in 2015, Symantec's $1.1bn inaugural investment grade notes offering and follow-on equity transactions for SeeBeyond Technology Corporation, Palo Alto Networks, FireEye, Imperva and Tableau Software. On the private financing side, Dave recently served as lead placement agent on DocuSign's $85mm and ForeScout's $76mm financing round. 


Exploring the Next Wave of Tech IPOs

Sequoia VC, Carl Eschenbach and Dave Chen talk Tech IPOs in this markets cohort.

  • Dave Chen, Global Head of Software Banking at Morgan Stanley

  • Carl Eschenbach joined Sequoia in 2016 after 14 years at VMWare, where he grew the company from 200 people to 20,000 as president and COO. In college, he started out studying business at a four-year private school before leaving to pursue an education in tech at DeVry University—a move he calls “one of the hardest, luckiest decisions I ever made.”

  • moderated by Brian Nugent Founding General Partner at Sway Ventures


Connecting and Creating Billions

Executive Spotlight exploring the growth and monetization of the internet, featuring Mike Daniels.

Featured Speaker

  • Mike Daniels Board Member of Blackberry, CACI International, Mercury Systems, and Two Six Labs; Former Chairman and CEO of Network Solutions and former Chairman of the Logistics Management Institute, GlobalLogic, Mobile 365, Mercury Systems, and Invincea; former Board Member of VeriSign, Sybase, Telcordia, and Apogen Technologies; former SVP at SAIC; served with DARPA as a senior advisor to the White House and the National Security Council on technology policy; former Chairman of the Northern Virginia Tech Council and of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

  • moderated by Andy Bair Partner at Sway Ventures


The Future of Automation in Supply Chains

Featuring Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Honeywell

Featured Speakers


Every Company is a Software Company

Corporate Insights Panel featuring ABB, Intel and Citi


Five Patterns of Businesses Using AI

Keynote featuring Microsoft’s Steven Guggenheimer

  • Steve Guggenheimer is the corporate vice president of Microsoft’s AI Business. In this role, he is responsible for helping to build a new generation of AI based solutions along with moving the broader AI conversation and platform forward. Over his 20+ years at Microsoft, Steve held leadership roles in strategically important areas including close to a decade helping to build Microsoft’s hardware and software ecosystem as the head of Developer Evangelism (DX) and the OEM division. He has also worked on the product teams for Microsoft’s Application Platform, Windows, IE, MSN, SQL Server, Visual Studio and more.

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