Spring 2017 Silicon Slopes Lecture Series

Silicon Slopes 2017 Spring Lecture Series

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Josh Coates, Instructure CEO

Josh Coates


Josh Coates has built a career the way he builds a business—by reimagining the way things can be done (even if it requires doing some major surgery with an acetylene torch). After his start in distributed systems research at the University of California, Berkeley, and Microsoft’s Bay Area Research Center, he founded Scale Eight, which developed a new approach to scalable storage software and attracted customers like Microsoft, Viacom, and Fujitsu. Upon closing operations and selling Scale Eight’s intellectual property to Intel in 2003, Josh went on to found Berkeley Data Systems (Mozy.com) in 2005, which reshaped the world of data storage with a ubiquitous remote backup solution. Two years later, EMC Corp acquired Mozy for $76 million.


Josh now brings this imagination to the LMS world with Instructure. After seeing the opportunity to disrupt the current landscape, and in doing so, facilitate a better educational experience, he became an early investor before joining the board and becoming CEO in 2010.


January 17, 2017

Ryan Caldwell, MX CEO

Ryan Caldwell

Ryan Caldwell, Founder and CEO, is a serial entrepreneur driven to transform industries. Currently, Ryan directs the strategic vision for MX, a fintech company combining powerful data analytics with engaging technology to enable customer advocacy through a data-driven money management platform delivered through financial institutions. MX, has earned attention and investment from industry-leaders at financial institutions and within the fintech community.

Prior to founding MX, Ryan consulted in the US, Singapore and London for some of the world’s leading companies, including market leaders like Visa and Microsoft. He has also received multiple industry accolades, including being named to the Utah Business list of Forty Under 40, the v100 list of Top Venture Entrepreneurs and as one of the Utah Valley BusinessQ’s 10 Coolest Entrepreneurs.

January 24, 2017

Cydni Tetro

Cydni Tetro

Cydni is a leading expert in product validation, go-to-market strategies, product development, marketing and technology.  She has hundreds of technology products used by the world’s largest brands, retailers and companies including Disney, Microsoft, ProofPoint, Ancestry, Marvel, Star Wars, Facebook, MLB, MLS, Warner Brothers, NFL, Disney Stores, Target, Walmart and Toys R Us.

She was founder and CEO of 3DplusMe, a 3D printing software platform, that was recently acquired. She spent 4 years at Disney in Imagineering building products and businesses from technology research and launching those products into Theme Parks, ESPN, ABC and Interactive.

She is faculty for the Goldman Sachs 10k small business program where she teaches go-to-market, sales and marketing. She is an Operating Partner at Mercato, a growth equity firm. She is founder and President of the Women Tech Council, a non-profit with more than 10,000 members in its community.

Prior to Disney she was COO and CMO at several successful technology companies. Cydni holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in computer science from Brigham Young University.

January 31, 2017

Carine Clark, Silicon Slopes Board Member

Carine Clark


Carine Clark recently was the president and CEO at MaritzCX. She played a crucial role in creating and executing the acquisition of Allegiance by Maritz Research, and combining the two companies to create MaritzCX.

Clark has decades of experience building successful software companies. Prior to MaritzCX, she was president and CEO for Allegiance. As SVP and CMO for Symantec, Clark was responsible for global campaign and field marketing, partner and product marketing, branding and marketing communications, as well as public relations and analyst relations. As an executive at Altiris and Novell, she was responsible for driving top and bottom-line company growth through fiscally accountable and operationally efficient marketing. Her leadership helped establish Altiris as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world, growing revenues from $62 million to $230 million during a four-year period.

Throughout her career, Clark has directed and integrated diverse teams including product management, sales support, alliance, field and global marketing, events, brand and communications management. She has demonstrated expertise in bringing companies and people together through dozens of acquisitions with the exceptional ability to quickly promote best practices and to drive integrated teams toward common goals.

Carine Clark has been recognized with numerous awards, including being inducted into the Utah Technology Council Hall of Fame, named 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Utah Region, and 2015 CEO of the Year by Utah Business magazine. She was ranked by ExecRank as #47 of all CMO’s worldwide in 2012. She has also received the Women Tech Leadership Excellence Award, the 25th Annual TWIN Award, and the Silicon Slopes v100 Award. Clark received her bachelor’s degree in organizational communications as well as a master’s degree in business administration.

February 7, 2017

Aaron Skonnard, Pluralsight CEO

Aaron Skonnard

Aaron Skonnard is the CEO of Pluralsight, a SaaS learning platform that empowers enterprise technology teams to expand proficiencies, increase productivity and gain a competitive edge. Aaron cofounded Pluralsight in 2004 and has since grown the company to more than 500 employees and 1,000 expert authors.

As CEO, Aaron focuses on business strategy, future direction, product development and strategic partnerships. He’s led the acquisition of eight companies in three years, enhancing the platforms capabilities. Through his leadership, the company has flourished and is now valued at more than $1 billion.

Aaron is a thought-leader in the industry, speaking at events around the world. He’s the chairman of the board of Start Foundation, a nonprofit that supports Utah’s booming tech community. As a result of his efforts in the tech community, Aaron was named 2015 Utah CEO of the Year from StartSLC and MountainWest Capital’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year.

February 14, 2017

Ken Krogue, InsideSales Co-Founder

Ken Krogue

*Dave Elkington was scheduled to speak but will be unable to attend.

Ken brings more than 24 years of experience in sales, development and marketing in both domestic and international markets. Prior to joining InsideSales.com, Ken was one of the original founders of UCN, now inContact (NASDAQ:SAAS), where he held a number of positions including Chief Operating Officer. Prior to inContact, he built and directed the inside sales division at FranklinCovey (NYSE:FC), a leading provider of time and life management training systems. Ken is a weekly contributor on Forbes.com and an active thought leader in the inside sales industry. His blog is the top ranked blog in the world on the topic of inside sales.


February 21, 2017

Greg Warnock, Mercato

Greg Warnock


Greg Warnock, PhD, is a technologist, innovator, and entrepreneur with a proven history of building and growing companies. As co-founder and managing director of Mercato Partners, he is involved on the boards of companies like Sphero, SteelHouse, and Stance.

Prior to Mercato Partners, Greg was co-founder and managing director of vSpring Capital, an early stage venture capital fund. Before vSpring, Greg was principal in more than 20 M&A transactions and launched several businesses spanning technology, consumer, biotech, and marketing.

Greg was the founder of Junto Partners, an entrepreneurship education initiative designed to train and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs, and is a past chairman of the board for The Community Foundation of Utah. Greg has been named Utah Business Outstanding Director and Utah Business Mentor of the Year, and was honored with the Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award by Ernst & Young.

Greg received a B.S. in computer science and an M.B.A. and PhD in Entrepreneurship and Venture Finance from University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.

February 28, 2017

 Curt Roberts, Venture Partner at Kickstart Seed Fund

Curt Roberts

 * Unfortunately due to a scheduling error, Gavin Christensen is unable to attend.


Curt is a seasoned operating executive with experience from start-ups through Fortune 100 companies. After earning his MBA with honors from Harvard Business School, Curt joined McKinsey & Company, where he served for 5 years. After McKinsey Curt served as Chairman and CEO of the Oregon Region of PeaceHealth, a major integrated healthcare delivery system in the Pacific Northwest. After PeaceHealth, Curt joined Nike, Inc., where he worked as the Vice President of Global Strategy, overseeing strategy and business development activities for the company. After 4 years in this role, Curt transitioned into the position of Vice President and General Manager, Vision, Timing and Techlab. In this position, Curt’s team, together with the iPod team at Apple, ideated, developed and launched Nike Plus, the company’s initiative to bridge the world between sports and the digital experience. Continuing in a long tradition of completely discontinuous career experiences, in 2007 Curt returned to Utah where he has been leading university-based technology development and commercialization, most recently at Utah State University.

At Kickstart, Curt has served on the investment committee since 2011, joining the team full-time as a venture partner in 2015. Prior to joining Kickstart, Curt was an active angel investor and board member for several Utah-based start-ups.

March 7, 2017

Susan Petersen, Freshly Picked CEO

Susan Petersen

Susan Petersen is the founder and CEO of Freshly Picked. In 2009, she designed and sewed the first baby moccasins and put them on her blog and Etsy shop. From there the company took off. It is now a leading baby lifestyle company, with over 6,000 percent revenue growth over the past three years.

In 2015, Freshly Picked became the first woman-owned company to be named the number one fastest growing company in Utah Valley. Susan has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur,  Bloomberg Business and on her favorite moms and dads at the park. The company was also recognized as having the highest revenue growth percentage to date for the honor.

Leading in social engagement and community, Freshly Picked’s million social media followers love celebrating the shared experiences of parenthood with the brand. From the first step, to the next step, Freshly Picked aims to be there for every step.


March 14, 2017

Vanessa Quigley, Co-Founder and Chatbooker-in-Chief of Chatbooks

Vanessa Quigley


Vanessa Quigley is a mom, wife, trained opera singer and most recently Chatbooker-­in­-Chief. Chatbooks gives Vanessa the ideal place to combine her big picture vision, desire to hold onto what matters, and “get it done” attitude that raising seven children has instilled in her. Chatbooks’ affordable, automatic and simple photo books were Vanessa’s brain­child after realizing her youngest son didn’t have his own childhood scrapbook. Vanessa drives Chatbooks’ creative engine and product design to make sure the functionality is simple and easy to use. Prior to Chatbooks, Vanessa relished her role as Mom-­in-­Chief, managing the wonderful chaos of her growing family.

Vanessa has a degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University, sings (opera!) whenever she can, enjoys the theater, being in the mountains with her family, and finding the humor in life –especially important while raising a growing family! 

Today, Vanessa advocates for flexible schedule for women who work in startups and technology. She says, “While raising our seven children, I know my own passions often got lost, left by the wayside as I hustled our children to soccer games, music lessons and school activities. When my youngest was in all-day school, I realized I had more time for my newest passion—Chatbooks. I know there are a lot of mothers out there like me who still want to maintain their professional passions. Stay-at- home moms are grossly underutilized in today’s workforce: They are smart, capable women who want to contribute! That’s why we have a community of parents across the country who work flexibly, as part of our commitment to promote equality for parents in the workplace.”


March 28, 2017

John Pope, CEO of Jive

John Pope

John and his fellow co-founders started Jive in 2006 to disrupt the $30 billion telecom industry by changing the way businesses communicate. Before Jive, John studied Business Management at Brigham Young University and founded companies in the insurance and direct technology sales industries.

John envisioned a future where phone systems shifted from on-site investments to online services. With that vision in mind, John helped launch Jive. The company went seven years without venture capital, more than doubling in size and surpassing $25 million in annualized revenue while competing against established telecom providers.

In 2014, Ernst and Young selected John as a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2015, Frost & Sullivan named Jive Entrepreneurial Company of the Year, recognizing Jive’s incredible growth, unique and innovative cloud services, and industry-specific go-to-market strategies. Today, Jive is the largest privately owned VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) company in the world. 

April 4, 2017

Mark Newman, HireVue CEO

Mark Newman

Through digital, video and mobile technologies, Mark first introduced the world to On Demand Interviews™, improving the way companies build and coach their teams, and helping candidates tell their stories - anywhere, anytime. Today, HireVue’s Team Acceleration Technology is at work in more than 180 countries for more than 500 organizations, from emerging growth companies to 26 of the Fortune 100.

Under Mark’s leadership, HireVue was named among the top “10 Most Promising Companies in America” by Forbes, a top 50 company in Deloitte’s Annual Fast 500, and a Top HR Product of the Year four times, most recently in 2014, by Human Resource Executive magazine. Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Westminster College and a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah.

April 11, 2017

Dave Bateman, Entrata CEO

Dave Bateman

Since co-founding Entrata in 2003, Dave Bateman has served as CEO, remaining extremely hands-on in product steering and architectural implementation of the Entrata platform. His leadership has earned him recognition as Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year and Utah Business' CEO of the Year. In addition, he has been featured on the cover of both Entrepreneur and Fortune Small Business Magazines.

Today, Bateman has over 15 years of hands-on experience in SaaS-based software development and architecture and has led Entrata from inception to $100MM in annual recurring revenue without the benefit of venture capital.

April 18, 2017

Chris Harrington, President of Domo

Chris Harrington

*Josh James, who was scheduled to speak, was unable to make it.

Chris joined Domo in 2012 as company president and as a member of the board of directors to help orchestrate and accelerate the company's growth. He brings 25 years of sales leadership to Domo. He started his career in 1987 via the rough-and-tumble world of telesales, uniting Ginsu© knives with every American in need of a better set of cutting utensils. But wait, there's more! Several years later after rewarding stints with DIRECTV and Computer Associates and a few others, Chris was recruited to Omniture where he served as president of worldwide sales and client services from 2002-2012. In that position, he drove Omniture's annual recurring revenue from $3 million to more than $500 million, and had full responsibility for all customer-facing and revenue-generating activities throughout the company. Following Omniture's 2009 acquisition by Adobe for $1.8 billion, he led all enterprise sales for the Americas where he had $890 million in responsibility.

Chris received worldwide recognition for his sales leadership and his role in helping Omniture rank as the number one or number two fastest-growing software company for three consecutive years. His co-workers say he's obsessive and competitive – sometimes to a fault – and to that he'll say, "Don't forget superstitious." Unless it's the last day of the quarter, superstitious Chris will not listen to "Welcome to the Jungle" because, well, ask him.

In addition to Domo, Chris serves as a member of the board of directors for Spreadfast. With all that he's accomplished, Chris is always quick to note that he is most proud of his three incredible children.

April 25, 2017