Accel, BoxGroup, Cowboy Ventures, Pear VC and Yahoo to judge Startup Battlefield at Disrupt • TechCrunch

We’re less than a month away from TechCrunch Disrupt October 18-20 in San Francisco! Imagine a drum roll, folks, as we’re about to announce the final installment of investors and thought leaders who will choose which outstanding startup will win the Startup Battlefield Champion title, along with the $100,000 prize. $ and serious bragging rights

Improve your pitch: Startup Battlefield is not only exciting to watch; it’s a master class in how investors think. The judges’ comments provide insight into the criteria they use to determine whether or not a business is viable. Watch and learn what investors are looking for, what motivates them, and what drives them to schedule a meeting.

Alright, here are the final five commercial Brahmins that will help judge the Startup Battlefield pitch contest.

Mar Hershensonco-founder and managing partner at Pear VC

Mar Hershenson co-founded and is managing partner at Pear VC, an early stage investment firm in Palo Alto that backs companies including Guardant Health, DoorDash, Gusto, Aurora Solar and Branch.

Prior to Pear, Hershenson co-founded three companies and held senior product and engineering positions at Magma Design Automation. She holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where she currently teaches in the school of engineering.

Hershenson also sits on the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College and the Advisory Council for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also a founding member of All Raise and the Equity Summit.

Jim LanzoneYahoo CEO (the parent company of TechCrunch)

With over 20 years of leadership and entrepreneurial experience in technology and media, Jim Lanzone has a proven track record of growth and innovation. Prior to joining Yahoo, Lanzone was CEO of Tinder, the most popular app for meeting new people and the world’s most profitable non-gaming app.

Lanzone joined Tinder after nearly a decade as president and CEO of CBS Interactive, one of the top 10 global internet companies with brands ranging from CBS All Access to CNET. He was also named the first digital director in the history of CBS Corporation.

Aileen Leefounding partner of Cowboy Ventures

A founding partner of Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee leads a team that supports early-stage technology companies that are reinventing work and life through technology, what they call “life 2.0”. Cowboy Ventures works with a wide range of startups, from modern enterprise-focused companies like Guild Education and Lightstep to new mainstream digital native brands like Dollar Shave Club and Tally.

Lee is known for coining the business term “unicorn” for public and private companies valued at over $1 billion. She was named to the Forbes Midas list of Forbes’ Top Investors and Most Powerful Women, as well as Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

Prior to Cowboy, Lee was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers for over a decade. She was also the founding CEO of digital media company RMG Networks and worked at Gap Inc. in operational roles. She also co-founded the nonprofit All Raise, which aims to accelerate the success of women in the tech ecosystem, and is a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School.

David TischManaging Partner at BoxGroup

David Tisch is the managing partner of BoxGroup, a New York-based early-stage venture capital firm that has invested in over 400 early-stage startups, including Plaid, Ro, PillPack, Ramp, Amplitude, Airtable, Flatiron Health, Stripe, Warby Parker, Harry’s, Oscar, Flexport, ClassPass, Vine, GroupMe and more.

Tisch is the president of Good Dog, a marketplace for finding pets online, and is the co-founder of Techstars NY. He also sits on the board of Friends of Hudson River Park. He is a Rock Fellow at Harvard Business School and serves on the Council of Entrepreneurs at New York University. Tisch is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law.

Rich Wongpartner at Accel

Rich Wong joined Accel as a partner in 2006. He has led Accel’s investments and currently sits on the boards of Atlassian (TEAM), UiPath (PATH), Checkr, Instabug, Pyn, Process Street, Middesk and Qwilt. He also served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association.

Wong previously led Accel’s investments in AirWatch (acquired by VMware), Angry Birds/Rovio, MoPub (acquired by Twitter), AdMob (acquired by Google), (acquired by Cox), Osmo (acquired by BYJUs ), Parature (acquired by Microsoft), ServiceChannel (acquired by Fortive), Sunrun, SwiftKey (acquired by Microsoft), and 3LM (acquired by Motorola).

He previously worked as an operator as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Products for mobile pioneer Openwave Systems and CMO of Covad Communications. Wong began his career as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble and McKinsey.

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