After earning an MBA from Stanford, Nicole spent eight years on the equity salesand research at Morgan Stanley. There, she worked on the IPOs for companieslike Facebook, Groupon, and Pandora, which inspired her to become an angelinvestor and, later, a startup cofounder herself. She began working with brandsin the mid 2000s, specializing in consumer behavior; the retail landscape, both inthe US and Europe; and taking brands to the public market.
Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist with lifelong commitment to agriculture and renewable energy. Founding shareholder of $800 million revenues Pacific Ethanol ($85 million Bill Gates equity). Founding shareholder of several publicly-held energy companies: Evolution Petroleum, Pacific Asia Petroleum, Particle Drilling Technologies, World Waste Technologies, and Solargen Energy. Has funded more than twenty-five companies as principal investor, and has founded seven public companies with a combined high market value of $4 billion.
James is a co-founder at Pencil, a company that believes AI will be as fundamental to creativity in the next century as the pencil was in the last. Compared to relying fully on designers or using ‘template’ services, Pencil helps users generate Ads that are good, fast and cheap.
Before founding Pencil, he was with Facebook for 7 years, the last of which he was the International Marketing Director , reporting to CMO, led 100+ strong Marketing & Events team across 10+ office.
Zoi has worked with purpose driven entrepreneurs across the world running international programmes on personal development and leadership for the last 9 years. Over this time, she ran programmes in Scotland, India, Greece and Silicon Valley, working with more than 1000 entrepreneurs. In 2017, she co-founded FutureX with a mission to enable more purpose-driven businesses. Zoi is a trained facilitator and coach and she has extensive experience in running workshops and programmes.
In 2011, from a high school classroom in Scotland, Bruce started his first business, WeAreTheFuture. At the age of 17 he already had a mission to inspire and connect entrepreneurs from around the world. Working with over 5,000 entrepreneurs over a five year period, Bruce has delivered programmes and global summits in Edinburgh, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen. He has also partnered with global brands like Apple, Virgin, Mastercard, KPMG and Google.