great ideas have the power to sway minds.


May 9, 2019 | San Francisco, CA | 08:00am - 4:30pm


Sway Minds Technology Summit

The annual Sway Minds Technology Summit hosts top investors, entrepreneurs, and leaders for an invitation-only event in San Francisco. This isn’t a seminar. We understand exactly who you are and who you might benefit from meeting. It’s our job to “Engineer Opportunity” across investors, large corporates, universities, research arms, and the startup community. 

With compelling content, conversation, and connection, Sway Minds showcases the best of technology, innovation, and creativity, from established global brands to bleeding edge disruptors. We tackle meaningful subjects with industry experts: past speakers include Nobel Laureate, Alvin Roth; Hall of Fame quarterback, turned serial angel investor, Joe Montana; thought leaders from iconic brands like Softbank, Costco, and Amazon; and portfolio founders from Fetch Robotics, Penrose Studios, Addepar, OpenGov, Haven, and Measurabl – just to name a few.


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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. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching rugby, playing golf and cheering on his hometown Seattle Seahawks.


Che Pope

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.


Linda Liau

Dr. Linda M. Liau is a neurosurgeon and Professor of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is Vice Chair of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Liau received her B.S. degree in Biochemistry and B.A. degree in Political Science, both with honors, from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1987. She then received her M.D. degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California in 1991, and a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Neuroscience from UCLA in Los Angeles, California in 1999. After completing her residency and fellowship training in neurosurgery at UCLA, she joined the faculty at the UCLA School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery in 1998. She was granted tenure at UCLA in 2003 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Neurosurgery. She is currently a full Professor and board-certified neurosurgeon with both an active research laboratory and a busy clinical practice in the field of brain tumors and neurosurgical oncology.

Mike Daniels

Mike Daniels

Blackberry Board of Directors

Matt Ellis

Founder & CEO

Jennifer Billock

Jennifer Billock

Head of Messenger Kids

Nico Sand

Co-founder & CEO


Linda Liau

Professor & Chair of Neurosurgery

Ken Shaw

VP, Supply Chain
Boeing Global Services

David Marino

Executive Vice President
Hughes Marino

Justin Evans

Justin Evans

Managing Director

Guido Jouret

Chief Digital Officer


Naveen Rao

General Manager of Artificial Intelligence Products Group
Intel Corporation

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Bob Blakley

Global Head of Information Security Innovation

Che Pope

Grammy award-winning American hip-hop producer


Bill Malloy

Founding General Partner
Sway Ventures


Brian Nugent

Founding General Partner
Sway Ventures


Karl Karlsson

General Partner
Sway Ventures


Najib Khouri-Haddad

General Partner
Sway Ventures


Ken Denman

Venture Partner
Sway Ventures


Vince Monteparte

Venture Partner
Sway Ventures


Andy Bair

Sway Ventures

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Daniel Haders

Operating Partner
Sway Ventures

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Experience how tech is shaping the way we work, live, and play through conversations with top industry executives, entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors. Due to limited space, tickets are available by invitation only. Please use the form below to request an invite.

Past Highlights

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Previous Speakers

Alvin Roth

Stanford University
Nobel Laureate

Joe Montana

Hall of Fame Quarterback

Lydia Jett


Jeff Kearl


Bindu Reddy

Amazon Web Services

Stacy Brown-Philpot


Melonee Wise

Fetch Robotics


Mark Kirk

Former United States Senator

Eugene Chung

Penrose Studios

Yifan Zhang


Chris Welsh

American Explorer

James Cham

Bloomberg Beta

Cameron Poetzscher


Meredith Finn

Salesforce Ventures

Trina Van Pelt

Intel Capital


Stephen L. Norris

The Carlyle Group

Rodrigo Prudencio

Amazon Alexa Fund

Laurie Yoler


Matt Ellis


Matt Tillman