Corporate Venture Innovation Summit 2018


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- The Orange Silicon Valley team


Event recap

Orange Silicon Valley hosted its third annual Corporate Venture Innovation Summit.

Over the last two years, Orange Silicon Valley covered topics ranging from corporate venturing best practices, strategic innovation, bringing new technologies to market, to the latest investment themes.

This year we continued exploring the innovation and investment themes while looking into security and privacy, which has become top of mind, and delving into an emerging technology of great promise, quantum computing. 


Download speaker presentations (by panel):

World of corporate venturing, where are we today?

Quantum computing, the state of the art.

State of the security market, investment themes and opportunities




Morning networking over breakfast


Opening remarks

Georges Nahon, CEO, Orange Silicon Valley


Keynote: World of corporate venturing, where are we today?

Marianne Wu, President, GE Ventures


Fireside chat: What do corporations get out of their venturing programs?

Marianne Wu, President, GE Ventures
Moderator: Gené Teare, Head of Content, Crunchbase


Fireside chat: How Google invests to build transformational AI companies?

Ankit Jain, Founding Partner, Gradient Ventures




Keynote: Persistent fears, data privacy, and the need for cybersecurity

Justin Antonipillai, CEO,, former Acting Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the US Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration


Panel: State of the security market, investment themes and opportunities

Arvind Purushotham, Global Head of Venture Investing, Citi Ventures
Jeff Karras, Managing Director Investments USA, Singtel Innov8
David J. Blumberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital
Moderator: Mahendra Ramsinghani, Managing Director, Secure Octane




Quantum computing, the state of the art? 

Joseph Raffa, Partner, IBM Ventures
Horst Simon, Deputy Director, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Davide Venturelli, Research Scientist and Quantum Computing Team Lead, USRA / RIACS Quantum AI Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center
Matt Johnson, CEO, QCWare


Panel: Quantum computing discussion

Joseph Raffa, Partner, IBM Ventures
Horst Simon, Deputy Director, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Davide Venturelli, Research Scientist and Quantum Computing Team Lead, USRA / RIACS Quantum AI Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center
Matt Johnson, CEO, QCWare
Moderator: Gabriel Sidhom, VP Technology Development, Orange Silicon Valley




Keynote: The future of robotics

         Ousama Khatib, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Director of Stanford Robotics Lab, Stanford University  


Panel: Robotics panel discussion

Ousama Khatib, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Director of Stanford Robotics Lab, Stanford University
Steve Carlin, Chief Strategy Officer, SoftBank Robotics America
Amit Mulgaonkar, Investor, Mithril Capital Management
Moderator: Mark Bünger, InnovationLab


Closing Remarks


Networking Reception




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Georges Nahon


CEO, Orange Silicon Valley

As the CEO of Orange Silicon Valley (OSV) in San Francisco, California, Georges Nahon is driving a multi-disciplinary team of experts consisting of computer scientists, engineers, sociologists, economists and designers in constant interaction with the local Silicon Valley ecosystem.

Georges has worked in other positions at the headquarters of Orange in Paris, at Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris, and at French online media. He is the co-author of the book The Second Life of Networks with Didier Lombard, former CEO of France Telecom-Orange. He is also the founder and the President of the Orange Institute, created in September 2009. Furthermore, Georges spearheaded the conception and development of Orange’s award winning accelerator: Orange Fab.

He holds a Master in Computer Science and Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute in Nancy, as well as several patents.

On March 19, 2015, Georges was conferred the distinction of “Knight of the Legion of Honor".

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Marrianne Wu


President, GE Ventures

Marianne is the President of GE Ventures, based in Menlo Park, CA.

She is responsible for the company’s overall investment strategy spanning manufacturing & supply chain, energy & mobility, and healthcare & life sciences. Her team also creates strategic optionality for GE by investing in potentially disruptive products and services across machine learning, robotics, autonomy, security and IoT.

Marianne holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, where she also serves on the advisory board.


Gené Teare


Head of Content, Crunchbase

Gené Teare is Head of Content at Crunchbase. She is responsible for data on the Crunchbase platform, and the venture partners who contribute to the accuracy of the dataset. She reports and presents on funding trends, female founders and women in venture, based on the Crunchbase dataset.

Ms. Teare joined TechCrunch in 2008 to run Crunchbase. Working from the Atherton ranch, Ms. Teare was also involved with the setup of TechCrunch50 and TechCrunch Disrupt events from 2008 to 2012. 

Ms. Teare began her early Internet career in the '90s by co-founding Cyberia, the original CyberCafe in London, with Eva Pascoe.

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Mahendra Ramsinghani


Managing Director, Secure Octane

Mahendra is the founder of Secure Octane, a Silicon Valley based cyber security seed fund. He has invested in security startups solving for security automation, key management and cyber risk / insurance with leading security investors such as Accel, Battery, Bessemer, Dell and NEA. He brings two decades of business & investment expertise to support his portfolio. Mahendra is the organizer of Bay Area Security Startups, a monthly meetup with 500+ members and author of two leading books on venture capital and startups - “The Business of Venture Capital” (Wiley Finance, 2014) and “Startup Boards” (Wiley, 2014) co-authored with noted VC Brad Feld. His articles on security & business trends have been published in Forbes, TechCrunch, MIT Technology Review and Huffington Post. His educational background includes a B.Engg (Electronics) and MBA (Finance and Marketing) from University of Pune, India.

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Gabriel Sidhom

VP Technology, Orange Silicon Valley

Gabriel Sidhom is Orange Silicon Valley's VP of Technology Development. He's responsible for all of the engineering, development, research, and business model functions.  He leads OSV’s core efforts of advanced proofs of concepts, prototyping, and services development that deliver business innovations emblematic of the Silicon Valley technology ecosystem for the Orange Group. Previously he was in charge of Technology Analysis and Business Implementation of the unit for Orange.

Before that he held different roles within Orange, including serving as VP for Orange’s European-based voice and IP wholesale services division, VP of Marketing & Business Planning for GlobeCast, Orange's satellite broadcasting subsidiary, and as the VP of Marketing for Orange US.

Before joining Orange, Mr. Sidhom worked for Verizon/GTE in a variety of executive-level marketing and development roles from 1980 to 1991.

Mr. Sidhom holds an MA from UCLA. He holds three patents.

Joseph Raffa


Partner, IBM Ventures

Joseph Raffa joined IBM in 2015 in corporate development as Director of IBM Ventures, focusing on inorganic transactions associated with IBM Research, including corporate spinouts and direct investments. He is currently focusing on quantum computing startups developing quantum applications, quantum programming tools and frameworks, quantum computing hardware stacks and quantum/machine learning algorithms.

Before joining IBM, Raffa was a partner at Adams Capital with $800 million under management, focusing on early-stage hard technology investments and university spinouts, achieving 100% successful exits. He led the spinout of AutoESL (acquired by Xilinx, Inc.) from the UCLA computer science department.

Before moving into venture capital, Raffa focused his career building disruptive businesses based on hard technology. As the CEO of NuCORE Technology (acquired by MediaTek, Inc.) he built a formative-stage

Japanese startup into the first commercially successful fabless semiconductor startup in the digital camera industry. As Vice President and General Manager at Synopsys, Inc., Raffa built a business unit focused on logic synthesis, a disruptive hard technology which enabled the fabless semiconductor industry and effected a 10x improvement in designer productivity.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Horst Simon


Deputy Director, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Horst Simon is an internationally recognized expert in computer science and applied mathematics and Berkeley Lab’s Deputy Director for Research. Simon joined Berkeley Lab in early 1996 as director of the newly formed National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), and was one of the key architects in establishing NERSC at its new location in Berkeley.

Under his leadership NERSC enabled important discoveries for research in fields ranging from global climate modeling to astrophysics. Simon was also the founding director of Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division, which conducts applied research and development in computer science, computational science, and applied mathematics.

In his prior role as Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, Simon helped to establish Berkeley Lab as a world leader in providing supercomputing resources to support research across a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines. He is also an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

In that role he worked to bring the Lab and the campus closer together, developing a designated graduate emphasis in computational science and engineering. In addition, he has worked with project managers from the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and other agencies, helping researchers define their project requirements and solve technical challenges.

Simon’s research interests are in the development of sparse matrix algorithms, algorithms for large-scale eigenvalue problems, and domain decomposition algorithms for unstructured domains for parallel processing. His algorithm research efforts were honored with the 1988 and the 2009 Gordon Bell Prize for parallel processing research.

He was also member of the NASA team that developed the NAS Parallel Benchmarks, a widely used standard for evaluating the performance of massively parallel systems. He is co-editor of the biannual TOP500 list that tracks the most powerful supercomputers worldwide, as well as related architecture and technology trends.

He holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Technische Universität, in Berlin, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Justin Antonipillai


CEO, former Acting Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the US Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration.

Before WireWheel, Justin most recently served as
Acting Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the US Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration. 

In that capacity, Justin led a number of high-priority international efforts around privacy and security.

For example, from 2013 until 2016, Justin led the U.S. Negotiating Team in reaching the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield with Europe. Among other things, Justin led dialogues with the European Commission, outreach to industry and civil society groups, briefings for Congressional committees and EU Members States, and engagements with the CNIL and E.U. Member State Ministries and Data Protection Authorities. He also testified in the EU Parliament in support of adoption of Privacy Shield.  During this effort, Justin led extensive dialogues with European Regulators on the General Data Protection Regulation, as the GDPR was being considered for approval.

Justin also led a number of other domestic and international efforts on the issues of cybersecurity, encryption, privacy and data protection, signals intelligence reform, and other US domestic privacy law issues – and a wide range of economic issues, including tax and data policy.

Justin also led the Economics and Statistics Administration, which includes the Office of the Chief Economist and two of our nation's leading information agencies:
the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

Justin also led initiatives on open data and data stack modernization efforts for the Department, including building a software and data science team (the “Commerce Data Service”).  

For the prior decade, Justin was a partner in the private equity practice of Arnold & Porter LLP. 

In 2016, Director James Clapper recognized Justin with the National Intelligence Medallion.


Arvind Purshotham


Managing Director & Global Head of Venture Investing, Citi Ventures

As Global Head of Venture Investing, Arvind leads Citi’s efforts to invest in and partner with startups as a way to bring technology-based innovation to Citi’s businesses. He focuses his investments in Financial Services, Cybersecurity, and Enterprise Infrastructure. His portfolio includes Betterment, Bluevine, C2FO, Chef, Cylance, Illusive Networks, Persado, Pindrop, Silver Tail Systems (acquired by EMC), Tanium and vArmour.

Prior to Citi, Arvind spent nearly a decade as a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, where he was an investor and Board member at companies including Kazeon Systems, Cavium Networks, Solidcore, nCircle Network Security, Intelligent Results and Vhayu Technologies. Previously, Arvind was a design engineer and a Program Manager at Intel Corporation.

Arvind obtained his BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, an MSEE from Case Western Reserve University, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He enjoys running, photography, and reading in his spare time. Arvind is passionate about golf, a passion, sadly, that his skill level does not match. He lives in Palo Alto, CA, with his wife and two sons.


Davide Venturelli


Research Scientist and Quantum Computing Team lead, USRA / RIACS Quantum AI Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center

Venturelli graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure (ENSLyon) and obtained his Ph.D. at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and at the Universite de Grenoble (CNRS).

He worked as a postdoc as Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa on physics of quantum dots and electron spin-qubits, and in 2012 he joins USRA, to work at the NASA Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) on theory, programming, design of quantum processors and algorithms. His work on applications in quantum annealing is on the topics of automated scheduling, telecommunication networks, robotics, AI planning, in collaborations with governmental institutions, universities and the private sector.

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Matt Johnson



Matt handles business development. Prior to QC Ware, Matt was a managing director at Apollo Management and he served as an Air Force officer. Matt completed a solo crossing of the English Channel and remains an avid swimmer. He has a BS from the US Air Force Academy and an MBA from Wharton.


Ankit Jain


Founding Partner, Gradient Ventures

Ankit is a Founding Partner at Gradient Ventures and a Director of Engineering at Google.

Previously, he was the Vice President of Product at SimilarWeb, which he joined via the acquisition of mobile intelligence startup Quettra that he founded and led as CEO. Prior to Quettra, Ankit was the Head of Search, Discovery and Infrastructure for Google Play, which he joined through the acquisition of Cuil. At Cuil, he helped build several parts of web, real time and social search engines from scratch.

Ankit has co-authored the leading chapter in the book Next Generation Search Engines: Advanced Models for Information Retrieval as well as one of the most defining blog posts about mobile app retention.

Ankit received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (Cal) and his MS in Computer Science with a focus on Parallel and Distributed Computing also from Cal. He received a Certificate in Management of Technology from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at Cal.

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Mark Bünger

Deep tech agent, InnovationLab

Mark has spent 25 years as a technology researcher, developer, entrepreneur, and analyst. He’s currently the deep tech agent at InnovationLab (, and also manages a technology accelerator program. Before joining InnovationLab, he was Vice President of Research at Lux Research, where he launched the biosciences, digital, and strategic foresight practices. Prior to that, he worked at Forrester, Accenture, UCSF, and several successful technology startups.

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Jeff Karras

Managing Director Investments, USA

Jeff is Managing Director for Singtel lnnov8 and supports the fund's North American investment activities. Jeff joins lnnov8from Levensohn Venture Partners, where he spent 10 years as a General Partner, responsible for investing in early to expansion stage companies in software, semiconductor and communications technologies. Past investments include Atheros (Nasdaq:ATHR), Covigo (acquired by Symbol), Veraz Networks (Nasdaq:DLGC), Informative (acquired by SatMetrix) Radiance (acquire by Comcast), Rapt (acquired by Microsoft), Reconnex (acquired by McAfee), Plum (acquired by Nokia), Sim Ops Studios (acquired) and Shotspotter (private). Before Levensohn, Jeff was Group Product Marketing Manager at Sun Microsystems where he established the Portal Server division and played the lead role in developing the market and product strategy, product specifications and the partnership ecosystem. Prior to Sun, Jeff was a Principal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Strategic Change Group, where he provided strategic guidance across a variety of industries including telecommunications, software, energy and financial services. Jeff received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.

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Amit Mulgaonkar

Investor at Mithril Capital Management LLC

Prior to Mithril, Amit pursued bioengineering research in ultrasound therapeutics, robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgical devices, as well as orthotics and prosthetics. He is a past fellow of the Advancing Bioengineering Innovation program at the UCLA Business of Science Center and graduate of the StartupUCLA accelerator program. Amit has a doctorate in biomedical engineering from UCLA, with a dissertation focused on targeted non-invasive ultrasonic neuromodulation, and a bioengineering degree from UCSD.

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Ousama Khatib

Professor, Department of Computer Science, Director of Stanford Robotics Lab, Stanord University

Oussama Khatib is a roboticist and a professor of computer science at Stanford University, and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is credited with seminal work in areas ranging from robot motion planning and control, human-friendly robot design, to haptic interaction and human motion synthesis. His work’s emphasis has been to develop theories, algorithms, and technologies, that control robot systems by using models of their physical dynamics. These dynamic models are used to derive optimal controllers for complex robots that interact with the environment in real-time. 

Khatib’s research is in autonomous robots, human-centered robotics, human-friendly robot design, dynamic simulations, and haptic interactions. His exploration in this research ranges from the autonomous ability of a robot to cooperate with a human to the haptic interaction of a user with an animated character, virtual prototype, or surgical instrument.

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Steve Carlin

Chief Strategy Officer, SoftBank Robotics America

Steve Carlin is an executive leader and advisor to multiple global startups. He most recently joined SoftBank Robotics in late 2015 to lead the North and South America operations for SBR. In this role he oversees all commercial activity and has lead the growth of the Americas team. Carlin most recently came from Facebook where he held the role of Global Head of Strategy - Gaming. In this role he drove the global strategic vision for the company’s Gaming Business. Prior to joining Facebook Carlin was the Senior Director of Marketing and Insights for Ubisoft, the third largest video game publisher in the world. In this role he oversaw the marketing and insights function for the North American operations of Ubisoft. His responsibilities included short and long term shopper and retail marketing visions for Ubisoft’s games, shaping the sales team’s national market plans, and developing the in-store and online programs for the world’s largest retailers.

Before joining Ubisoft in 2009, Carlin worked at Energizer Battery Company, where he held multiple roles in Sales, Channel Marketing and Brand Marketing, and Procter & Gamble in Customer Business Development and Brand Marketing 

Carlin is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he holds a BA in Geology, and of Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, where he holds an MBA (with Honors) in Marketing and International Business. He has also studied at Cornell, HEC business school in Pars and the UIBE business school in Beijing.