The CEO Summit is not a typical conference. Its power lies in the quality of attendees, the sharing of experiences and the connections to other extraordinary leaders and partners in the SAP Ventures ecosystem. It’s where the founders, CEOs and distinguished leaders from our global network of portfolio companies converge on Silicon Valley to spend time problem-solving and learning together.

We’ve got a dynamic and stimulating agenda planned, offering unique opportunities to:

  • Engage with leaders of Fortune 1000 companies to understand their needs as enterprise customers
  • Get to know SAP Ventures and the stellar companies in our portfolio
  • Share perspectives on current growth challenges, hear about the latest tech trends and gain insights to innovate for the future
  • Spend an exclusive evening at the new Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and a pioneer in state-of-the-art technology to create a superior fan experience

Our goal is simple: to convene some of the best and brightest in the tech space and create a space for collaboration, so that you leave with relevant connections, new ideas and tangible opportunities for scaling your business.

Make an investment in yourself and your company. Join us at CEO Summit 2014!



Wednesday, October 15th

Welcome Dinner At The University Club Of Palo Alto

Featured Speaker: Robert Sutton, Co-founder of the Stanford; pioneer of design thinking; and best-selling author of several books, most recently Scaling Up Excellence

Closed event for SAP Ventures portfolio companies only

Thursday, October 16th


Registration And Breakfast
Welcome And The Past, Present And Future Of SAP Ventures

Speaker: Nino Marakovic, CEO and Managing Director, SAP Ventures

Furthering SAP Ventures’ Mission Through Market Development

Speaker: Rami Branitzky, Managing Director, SAP Ventures

SAP North America: Vision, Strategy And Engagement

Speaker: Richard Knowles, Chief Operating Officer, SAP North America

Portfolio Company Track

Executive Breakout Sessions -- Round I

Interactive, discussion-oriented sessions on business/operational topics, during which subject matter experts will share experiences and guide lively conversations aimed at exchanging insights and best practices. Attendees will choose one topic per round.

Facilitators: Beau Laskey, Managing Director of SVB Capital, Silicon Valley Bank; Andreas Weiskam, Managing Director, SAP Ventures

What does globalization mean in today’s world? How do you plan for it? When is it right to expand to new markets with teams and offices? This session will explore the importance of an international strategy, what’s required to execute effectively and how to adeptly navigate regulatory issues in new markets.

Scaling To Success
Facilitators: Steve Collins, Former CFO, ExactTarget; Karen Richardson, Board Member; Jai Das, Managing Director, SAP Ventures

Knowing when and how to approach an exit, understanding what management wants and planning accordingly are not always straightforward. Moreover, your board plays a critical role in this process, and building the right board can make all the difference for your company's future growth. This session will delve into the ins and outs of riding the exit roller coaster, including the role of professional boards, and spark dialogue on the steps to a successful exit.

Winning The War For Talent
Facilitators: Arnnon Geshuri, Vice President of Human Resources, Tesla Motors; David Hartwig, Managing Director, SAP Ventures

Today’s war for talent is all about competing for people who will help you generate growth and thrive in a crowded, fast-changing economic and technological landscape. Hear from HR trailblazer Arnnon Geshuri about advanced recruiting and talent acquisition strategies, share your own lessons and discuss methods to engage, win and retain the very best people for your company.

Networking Break
Executive Breakout Sessions -- Round II

See overview and session descriptions above.

Partner Track

How Can Fortune 1000s Innovate Like A Start-up?

Speaker: Ravi Belani, Managing Partner, Alchemist Accelerator

Field trip for ASUG members and SAP ecosystem partners to visit the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. Participants will meet with pioneers of entrepreneurship and emerging tech companies to get a first-hand look at how the hottest startups are using technology to disrupt old ways of doing business. 

Learning Lessons From Executive Breakout Sessions

Facilitators of the executive breakout sessions will share with the plenary audience key learning lessons on the four breakout topics, with an infographist providing a visual summary. This will be a lively session where attendees can add final insights so that everyone benefits from the collective wisdom of the group.

Networking Lunch
Tech Trends And What They Mean For Business -- Panel Discussion

Moderator: Gaurav Tewari, Managing Director, SAP Ventures
Panelists: Allen Blue, Co-founder and VP of Product Management, LinkedIn; Zachary Bogue, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Data Collective; Sam Yen, Chief Design Officer, SAP

A strategic technology has the potential to disrupt the enterprise in the next three years. How will the underlying forces of social, mobile and cloud create new strategic technologies and how will they impact organizations? Our panel of experts will read the tea leaves during this lively and interactive session.

Customer Perspectives On Tech Trends -- Panel Discussion

Moderator: Doug Higgins, Managing Director, SAP Ventures
Panelists: Geof Corb, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Johns Hopkins University; Bask Iyer, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Juniper Networks; Jitendra Kavathekar, Managing Director, Accenture; Everett Oliven, National Vice President of Sales, SAP; Michael O'Dell, Chief Information Officer, Raley's Family of Fine Stores

Networking Break
Roundtable Discussions

Interactive roundtable discussions, organized by industry verticals and led by sector experts. Six roundtable topics from which to choose per round.

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Rami Branitzky, Managing Director, SAP Ventures

Transport To Levi’s Stadium
Friends And Family Reception At Levi’s Stadium

Featured Speaker: Ethan Casson, Chief Revenue Officer, San Francisco 49ers

Proudly sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank

Return Transport To Rosewood Sand Hill


Filter Speakers:

Ravi Belani

Managing Partner, Alchemist Accelerator

Ravi Belani

Ravi is Fenwick & West Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Stanford University and managing director of the Alchemist Accelerator, an enterprise seed accelerator backed by Cisco, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), Khosla Ventures, Salesforce, SAP Ventures and USVP. Ravi formerly spent six years as part of the investment team at DFJ's Menlo Park global headquarters, where he led investments and served on the boards as the first institutional investor in companies such as Vizu (acqd by Nielsen), Yield Software (acq'd by Autonomy), Justin.TV/Socialcam, Pubmatic and Komli. Ravi formerly worked in product management at two Kleiner Perkins enterprise startups and as a consultant in McKinsey & Company's San Francisco office.

Ravi is a Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi graduate of Stanford University, holding a BS with Distinction and MS in industrial engineering. Ravi also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Allen Blue

Co-founder and Vice President of Product Management, LinkedIn

Allen Blue

Allen is vice president of product management and co-founder at LinkedIn, where he currently focuses on strategy and future-facing product development. Allen was a part of the founding team at SocialNet in the late 90s and has worked as a product manager and designer at PayPal and elsewhere.

He sits on the board of The Hope Street Group, a non-profit group which convenes government, philanthropy, industry and entrepreneurship to provide economic opportunity for all Americans. He focuses on bringing Silicon-Valley style innovation to Hope Street’s solutions and its Jobs and Workforce initiative.

Before entering technology, Allen was a scenery and lighting designer for the stage and lectured on theatrical design at Stanford University.

Zachary Bogue

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Data Collective

Zachary Bogue

Zack is co-founder and managing partner of Data Collective, a venture fund investing in innovative entrepreneurs building big data, deep compute and IT infrastructure companies, which has invested in companies like MemSQL, Planet Labs, LendUp and Declara. Zack has over a decade of experience in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, lawyer, angel investor and advisor for big data startups. Zack also is a co-founder and managing partner of Founders Den, a co-working space and clubhouse for experienced technology entrepreneurs. As an angel investor, he has invested in startups such as Square, Uber, AngelList and Metamarkets. Previously, Zack cofounded Montara Capital Partners, a real estate private equity fund, where he was the managing partner. He was previously an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and a law partner at Virtual Law Partners.

Since 2003, Zack has served on the board of the East Palo Alto Charter School, a top-performing K-12 charter school. Zack also serves on the boards of the Tipping Point Community and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Zack graduated with honors from Harvard University in environmental science and earned his JD with honors from Georgetown Law School, where he was executive editor for The Tax Lawyer.

Rami Branitzky

Managing Director, SAP Ventures

Rami Branitzky

Rami leads SAP Ventures’ Market Development efforts, where his team of business development and marketing professionals work closely with portfolio companies to provide strategic support across a range of topics, including go-to-market, business development, and other functional areas. Rami has nearly 20 years of experience in tech, most recently as the CEO of Grok Solutions. Previously, he was managing director of SAP Labs North America, where he led its revitalization by focusing on innovation and leveraging Silicon Valley’s rich culture of entrepreneurship. Earlier in his career, Rami served as a senior vice president at SAP AG, where he led the software partnerships and business development organization. Prior to SAP, Rami held field and product leadership positions at TopTier Software (acquired by SAP). Rami currently serves as a director of the Churchill Club, Silicon Valley’s premier thought leadership organization. He holds a BA from Hofstra University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and an MBA in information systems and finance from New York University Stern School of Business.

Ethan Casson

Chief Revenue Officer, San Francisco 49ers

Ethan Casson

Ethan enters his fifth season with the 49ers, his first as chief revenue officer after having spent the 2013 season as the team’s chief sales officer. In his new role, Ethan oversees all revenue streams for the 49ers organization and, on behalf of the Stadium Authority and its tenants, for Levi’s® Stadium. This includes corporate partnerships, broadcast partnerships, luxury suites, premium services, ticket sales, ticket operations and stadium events and tours.

A member of the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class of 2014, Ethan originally joined the team in 2010 as the 49ers vice president of corporate sales. Since that time, he has led the corporate sales and corporate services team, with a primary focus on procuring corporate revenue associated with Levi’s® Stadium. He spearheaded the team’s efforts in securing a 20-year, $220 million Stadium Authority naming rights partnership with Levi Strauss & Co. – one of the largest in NFL history. Under Ethan's leadership, the team’s corporate revenues are among the highest in the NFL.

Prior to the 49ers, Ethan was the senior vice president of corporate sales and services and game presentation for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. Before his tenure with the Timberwolves, he worked in sponsorship development at ESPN.

Ethan currently serves on the board of directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area and was previously a board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Minnesota. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. He earned a B.S. in sports management from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. A standout college basketball player, Ethan was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in July 2013.

Steve Collins

Board Member of Ifbyphone, Instructure, MuleSoft, SAVO Group and Shopify

Steve Collins

Steve is the former chief financial officer of digital marketing pioneer ExactTarget, which was acquired by for $2.7 billion in July 2013. Steve left ExactTarget/Salesforce in early 2014 and now serves on the board of directors of the following high growth software companies: MuleSoft, Shopify, Instructure, Ifbyphone and SAVO Group.

During his tenure with ExactTarget, Steve led the company’s transition from a thinly capitalized private company to a successful public company with strong financial and systems infrastructure.

Prior to ExactTarget, Steve served as SVP and CFO of NAVTEQ Corporation, a leading digital mapping provider with over $1 billion in annual revenue. He played a key role in NAVTEQ’s 2004 IPO on the New York Stock Exchange and its 2008 acquisition by Nokia for $8.1 billion. Prior to NAVTEQ, Steve co-founded a venture capital firm and held several financial leadership positions with The Walt Disney Company in both its Burbank corporate headquarters and its Orlando divisional offices as part of the Parks & Resorts segment.

Steve holds a BS degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Geof Corb

Deputy Chief Information Officer, Johns Hopkins University

Geof Corb

Geof is the deputy chief information officer at the Johns Hopkins University, one of the nation’s preeminent research universities. In addition to ensuring service excellence, he directs an enterprise portfolio that includes the business systems and business intelligence solutions used by both the Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System. Geof partners with the CIO in developing and leading strategy, implementation and operations relating to enterprise information systems and services and is responsible for growing and cultivating positive and mutually beneficial relationships between central IT and constituencies across the university and health system.

Geof has worked for Johns Hopkins University for more than 10 years. Previously, he worked for Goldman Sachs, the Yale School of Medicine and in e-business consulting. Geof earned both his bachelor’s degree in computer science and his MBA in marketing at the Johns Hopkins University.

​Jai Das

Managing Director, SAP Ventures

​Jai Das

Jai manages SAP Ventures’ investments in AlteryxApigeeBoxMuleSoftMirantisNarrative ScienceNutanixOne97 and Splashtop. His exits, both M&A and IPOs, include Control4 (CTRL)ExactTarget (acquired by CRM), Five9 (FIVN)JasperSoft (acquired by TIBX), JustDial (JUSTDIAL)MySQL (acquired by ORCL) and Tealeaf (acquired by IBM). Jai also leads SAP Ventures’ investments in India. Prior to joining SAP Ventures, Jai worked at Intel Capital, Agilent Ventures (formerly Hewlett Packard) and MVC Capital (a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate). He began his career as a software engineer at Oracle and then moved into product management. Jai has a BS in electrical engineering from Brown University and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he received the George Hay Brown Prize for academic excellence. Jai has lived in Kharagpur, Kanpur, Delhi, Providence, Boston, Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago.

Arnnon Geshuri

Vice President of Human Resources, Tesla Motors

Arnnon Geshuri

Arnnon joined Tesla in November 2009 as vice president of human resources and is responsible for driving HR operations and global recruitment efforts. Previously, he was director of staffing operations for Google, where he designed the company’s legendary recruitment organization and talent acquisition strategy.

Arnnon joined Google as chief staffing architect in late 2004, when the company just emerged from its IPO and employed around 2,500 people. While he oversaw all aspects of recruitment, Google evolved into a technology powerhouse with 20,000 employees – a workplace considered the premier destination for ambitious software engineers.

Before Google, Arnnon was vice president of human resources and director of global staffing for E*TRADE Financial, where he helped recruit more than 2,000 people in 18 months and oversaw the North America HR organization, global talent programs and HR information systems. He also founded a startup and worked at Applied Materials.

In the early 1990s, Arnnon was an organizational effectiveness consultant for New United Motors Manufacturing (NUMMI), the Fremont, Calif.-based joint venture of Toyota and General Motors.

Arnnon has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Irvine and a master’s in industrial/organizational psychology from San Jose State University.

David Hartwig

Managing Director, SAP Ventures

David Hartwig

David has led SAP Ventures’ investments in Fitbit, Greenplum (acq. EMC), Kaltura, Lithium, OnDeck, Payscale,Qumu (QUMU), TicketFly and Tremor Video (TRMR), as well as been deeply involved with investments in Alfresco, Datria (acq. Intelligrated), Ops Technology (acq. RP) and Ping Identity. He started his post-grad career at Deloitte Consulting in 1995, working on enterprise software implementations, before joining Battery Ventures as a member of the communications investment group in 1997. Subsequently he was a co-founding member of the technology team at American Capital before joining SAP Ventures in 2006. David has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BSE with honors from Princeton University. David grew up outside of Chicago and lived for several years on the East Coast in New Jersey and New York before heading west to live in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Mateo, California.

Doug Higgins

Managing Director, SAP Ventures

Doug Higgins

Doug manages and led SAP Ventures’ investments in Black Duck, Convercent, Endeca (acq. by ORCL), Imprivata, iYogi, Jibe, LinkedIn (LNKD), Return Path, SAVO and Spring Mobile Solutions. He brings both operational and investment experience to his role. Prior to SAP Ventures, Doug ran worldwide business development and strategic partnerships at CollabNet. He also launched the business development group for Lucasfilm, creating strategic partnerships for Star Wars prequels. Doug started his career in investment banking, with a focus on technology, at Robertson Stephens. More recently, he managed the Intel 64 fund at Intel Capital. Doug has lived in Madrid, Spain, Santiago, Chile and Walker, Minnesota. He graduated with a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, both with high honors.

Bask Iyer

Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Juniper Networks

Bask Iyer

Bask oversees Juniper Networks’ technology and business operations. For more than 25 years, he has been leveraging technology as a transformational catalyst and growth driver. Since joining Juniper in mid-2011, Bask has sponsored key programs that champion enterprise IT needs while supporting the business.

Bask joined Juniper from Honeywell, where he was company-wide CIO, leading transformation programs for both IT and many global functions. Earlier in his career, Bask was CIO at GlaxoSmithKline Beecham and held senior positions at Johnson & Johnson and CTS Corporation. Bask holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Annamalai University in India and a master’s degree in computer science from Florida Institute of Technology.

Jitendra Kavathekar

Managing Director, Accenture Open Innovation

Jitendra Kavathekar

Jitendra leads Accenture Open Innovation at Accenture Technology Labs, transforming technology innovation into business results for Global 2000 companies. As managing director for Open Innovation, Jitendra leads an entrepreneurial team that engages in ecosystems of innovation globally. The goal is to help Accenture bring broad yet highly innovative and cutting-edge solutions to its clients. The Open Innovation team engages with three ecosystems: start-ups (via key venture capitalists and accelerators), universities and corporate R&D centers to identify and develop opportunities for joint innovation and commercial partnership across all of Accenture’s businesses and technology focus areas.

Prior to his current role, Jitendra formed and led Accenture’s digital health organization within Accenture Technology Labs. He was responsible for exploring emerging, disruptive and transformative technologies that will shape the frontier of global health and prosperity.

Prior to joining Accenture Technology Labs, Jitendra had a 20-year track record of senior leadership roles ranging from startup CEO to Global 2000 VP in the high-tech industry. He established a reputation for embedding innovative into household name products at companies such as HP, Palm, Motorola and Yahoo. In his role as President and CEO of Twiki Incorporated, Jitendra led all aspects of strategy and execution through a new SasS enabling over 60,000 corporate installations through innovative enterprise collaboration.

Jitendra holds an honorary Ph.D. from the International Technology University and M.S. in computer science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Richard Knowles

Chief Operating Officer, SAP North America

Richard (Rick) is the chief operating officer for SAP North America. Working collaboratively with the U.S. and Canada market units, Rick ensures consistent execution of sales strategies, operations and go-to-market initiatives to achieve growth in revenue and market share. Most recently, Rick served as the senior vice president and COO for Platform Solutions Group at SAP AG, where he worked to bring SAP innovations to market in the areas of mobile, analytics, and database and technology. Previously, he was chief of staff to SAP co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe, and oversaw the daily operations of the executive suite.

Since joining SAP in 1999, Rick has served in a range of executive positions at SAP America such as vice president of field operations, vice president of marketing, director of market intelligence and director of industry marketing. Prior to joining SAP, Rick held various management and director-level positions in marketing and sales at leading companies and organizations including Georgia Power, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), Southern Company and Xerox. He also served as a proud member of the United States Army.

Rick received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. He holds an MBA in management from the Michael J. Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA and completed an executive Global Leadership Development Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Beau Laskey

Partner, Silicon Valley Bank

Beau Laskey

Beau is a partner with SVB Capital and is responsible for sourcing and executing direct venture capital and private equity investments. Beau has spent the last 16 years in technology, finance and operational leadership roles where he focused on media, technology and consumer internet investment opportunities.

Prior to joining SVB, Beau was a managing director with Steamboat Ventures, The Walt Disney Company’s venture capital investment group. Earlier in his career, he was a managing director of EDF Ventures in San Diego, an early stage venture capital fund. A few of his key investments are Arbor Networks, GoPro, Greenplum, Photobucket, Sometrics and Zyray Wireless. Beau started his career as an officer in the SEAL Teams and deployed around the globe with several SEAL Teams.

Beau received a BS in economics and general engineering with merit as a graduate of the US Naval Academy and received an MBA with distinction in entrepreneurship and corporate strategy from The University of Michigan Business School. In his effort to help those that have served others, Beau is a supporter and committee member of the Navy SEAL Foundation and The Mission Continues. 

Nino Marakovic

CEO and Managing Director, SAP Ventures

Nino Marakovic

Nino is responsible for the overall investment strategy, execution, operations and performance of SAP Ventures. He currently oversees SAP Ventures’ investments in Krux, Marin Software (MRIN), OpenX, Vendavo and Zend. After nearly 20 years in various investing and operating capacities, Nino has been involved with investments in more than 60 private companies and has held numerous board seats. Before SAP Ventures, he was a partner with meVC Draper Fisher Jurvetson and IVF Ventures. Prior to venture capital, Nino worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Robertson Stephens. He has a BA in economics and psychology from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nino was born in Croatia, is an Austrian citizen and has also lived in Italy and Germany before settling in the San Francisco Bay area more than 15 years ago.

Michael O'Dell

Chief Information Officer, Raley's Family of Fine Stores

Michael O'Dell

Mike is the CIO for Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, working with the family owned, California-based grocery store chain since February 2012. He is responsible for driving technology strategy and ensuring that IT meets its mission of providing reliable systems paired with innovative, business-centric solutions. Mike led the technology team through the successful launch of a lauded customer loyalty program involving several system implementations and updates to nearly 130 stores and a strongly-collaborative relationship with the business units. His experience before joining Raley's includes 13 years as the CIO of Pacific Coast Building Products, several years as the director of information systems at Wacker Silicones Corporation and service in the Marine Corps.

Mike is also president and founder of BestXperts Technology Consulting, a highly-experienced group of SAP and project management consultants.

Everett Oliven

National Vice President of Sales, SAP

Everett Oliven

Everett is a national vice president of sales responsible for SAP’s strategic customers within the retail, financial services and public sector verticals. His experience spans more than 20 years of sales, sales management and strategic consulting within the technology sector. Prior to his current position, Everett served in numerous roles at SAP including COO for financial services, vice president of sales and senior account executive. Everett spent seven years selling to high tech and life sciences companies in the Bay Area and has maintained a 40% CAGR in quota over his 12 years at SAP.

Prior to SAP, Everett spent three years at InXight Software (acquired by BusinessObjects), where he held both sales and product management roles. Everett also spent five years as a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton and Accenture leading numerous strategy and implementation projects. Everett holds a BA in political science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Richardson

Board Member of BT Group, Convercent, Exponent and San Francisco Opera

Karen Richardson

Karen’s 29-year career in the software business includes positions as a key player in several well-known and highly successful companies. Karen sits on the boards of BT Group, Convercent, Exponent and the San Francisco Opera. She also serves on the advisory board of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the Mita Institute and Tech Accelerator (MITA), a venture capital fund that invests in Mexican and Latin American companies. Previously, Karen served as chief executive of E.piphany. She also held several senior sales positions at Netscape Communications Corp., was VP of worldwide sales at Collabra Software, Inc. and worked in a variety of sales and marketing roles atLotus Development Corporation, cc:Mail and3Com Corporation.

Karen is a former adviser to private equity investment firm Silver Lake Partners. She has served on several corporate boards, including as a board member of VirtuOz,an advisory board member of Proofpoint Inc. and Hi5 Networks Inc. She also sat on the board of i2, a Silver Lake-owned developer of investigative analysis software.

Karen holds a BS in industrial engineering fromStanford University and award distinctions from the Stanford Industrial Engineering Department and the AmericanInstitute of Industrial Engineers(AIIE). 

Bob Sutton

Stanford Professor and Co-author of Scaling Up Excellence

Bob Sutton

For nearly 20 years, Robert (Bob) has been developing a simple core message: that long-term performance depends on having some good ideas and then implementing them. With his research, award-winning books and lectures, Bob has been building an evidence-based management movement that brings together the worlds of management practice and rigorous research in ways that enriches both. Bob is professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University; co-leads Stanford's Center for Work, Technology and Organization; is a faculty member in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and a co-founder and active member of the new "," a multidisciplinary program that teaches and spreads "design thinking." Bob is also an IDEO Fellow.

In his first book, The Knowing-Doing Gap, Bob explains why companies and managers can have good ideas—can know what to do—and still not do it. The Knowing-Doing Gap was named "Best Management Book of 2000" by Management General. The No Asshole Rule published in 2007 became a NY Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller.

In 2009 Bob was given the privilege of writing the forward to the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong, written by Dr. Laurence J. Peter & Raymond Hull. Released in September of 2010, Sutton's book, Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn From the Worst, explores what it is that distinguishes great bosses from the good or mediocre ones.

Bob’s message is that turning sound ideas into action is the key to improving performance and his work shows how to make that happen. A genial, accessible and articulate speaker, Bob has consulted to companies and teaches executives and other professionals in Stanford’s professional education program. He has published over 90 articles and chapters in scholarly and applied publications and seven books and edited volumes. His research and opinions are often described in the press, and he has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows.

Bob’s latest book is Scaling Up Excellence (2014).

Gaurav Tewari

Managing Director, SAP Ventures

Gaurav Tewari

Gaurav has led or been instrumental with SAP Ventures’ investments in Recommind, Criteo, Marin Software (MRIN) and Violin Memory (VMEM). Previously, he was principal of Highland Capital and led or managed investments in Coremetrics (IBM), Navic (MSFT), StyleFeeder (TWX), Beyond the Rack and Rent the Runway. Prior to that, Gaurav was with McKinsey & Company and also held engineering and product leadership roles at Microsoft and IBM Research. Gaurav has lived in the United Kingdom, Egypt and India and, within the Bay Area, serves as entrepreneurship director for the MIT Alumni Network. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science with high distinction from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gaurav also earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Ford Fellow (valedictorian). Gaurav holds nine issued patents.

Andreas Weiskam

Managing Director, SAP Ventures

Andreas Weiskam

Andreas manages and leads SAP Ventures’ investments in Criteo, DocuSign, iovation, iTAC, Lavante, Onventis, Retail Solutions, Scytl and previously Amberpoint (ORCL) and LogLogic (TIBX). Prior to SAP Ventures, he held business development roles at SAP co-developing the SAP Enterprise Services Community and leading reseller partnerships with Virsa Systems and Mercury Interactive. Before SAP, Andreas co-founded Zadu, a venture-backed instant messaging startup. He holds a Diplom-Kaufmann (graduate business degree) from the University of Hamburg, Germany and an MLitt with distinction in management, economics and politics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Andreas is also a Kauffman Fellow and has lived in Stockholm, Hamburg, Munich and San Francisco. He is currently based in London.

Sam Yen

Chief Design Officer, SAP

Sam Yen

Sam became chief design officer of SAP in June 2014. In this role he works to drive a new era of commitment to design and user experience at SAP and, above all, listen to customers´ needs and apply those needs to tangible results. High profile projects include SAP Fiori, SAP Screen Personas and SAP´s UX design services.

Prior to becoming chief design officer, Sam was the global head of design and user experience. Previously, he led the SAP AppHaus, an innovation team tasked with building new solutions, establishing new markets and reaching new users for SAP. Sam initially joined SAP as a senior member of the design services team, a multi-disciplinary group in the office of the CEO tasked with accelerating the adoption of design thinking as a process for innovation and development of internal and external SAP products. Before joining SAP, Sam was co-founder of Covigna, Inc., an enterprise software company that delivered contract management solutions.

Sam is a native of San Francisco and has a Ph.D. in design theory and methodology from Stanford University.



Executives from the following portfolio companies are confirmed to attend the CEO Summit 2014. Check back for updates!

Venues & Travel

The CEO Summit 2014 is by invitation-only. There are no attendance fees. Attendees are responsible for all hotel and travel expenses.

For current and alumni portfolio companies, the CEO Summit kicks off Wednesday evening, October 15. ASUG board members and invited customers/ecosystem partners are welcome to attend the CEO Summit beginning Thursday morning. A select number of special guests will also join us for lunch and the afternoon sessions on Thursday. For all guests, the CEO Summit concludes Thursday evening, October 16. Please plan your travel accordingly.


Event Locations


    Welcome Dinner

    Exclusively for SAP Ventures portfolio companies.
    The University Club of Palo Alto
    3277 Miranda Ave
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
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    Conference Sessions

    Morning open to portfolio companies, ASUG board members and SAP customers/partners. Afternoon open to all CEO Summit guests.
    Rosewood Sand Hill
    2825 Sand Hill Rd
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
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    Closing Celebration

    Open to all CEO Summit guests.
    Levi’s Stadium*
    4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way
    Santa Clara, CA 95054
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    *Shuttle service will be provided to/from Levi’s Stadium, with pick-up and drop-off at the Rosewood Sand Hill.


You are responsible for your hotel expenses. SAP Ventures has reserved a block of rooms at the following hotels:

Rosewood Sand Hill
Room reservations must be made prior to Wednesday, September 24, in order to obtain the special group rate of $565.00 plus tax per night.

Westin Palo Alto Hotel
Room reservations must be made prior to Wednesday, October 1, in order to obtain the special group rate of $379.00 plus tax per night. Please book your reservation here, or call the hotel directly and be sure to mention "SAP Ventures" to ensure you get the special nightly rate.

The Westin Palo Alto Hotel is approximately 4 miles from the Rosewood Sand Hill.

Additional hotels conveniently located to the event venues include:

Stanford Park Hotel - 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
The Epiphany - 180 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA
Sheraton Palo Alto - 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA


You are responsible for your airfare and ground transportation. The closest airports to the event venues are:

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Approximately 21 miles north of the Rosewood Sand Hill.

San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Approximately 23 miles south of the Rosewood Sand Hill.