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High-tech made human

Forward-thinking conversations about the future we're building together

Wednesday May 1 // 3:00–6:30 PM
Reception 6:30–8:00 PM

Virgin Hotels New York // 1227 Broadway

Now in its fifth iteration, Future Perfect is our intimate big ideas series. We bring together New York City’s vanguards of innovation, investing, and creativity for conversations about technology’s influence on our lives—and our influence on technology.

Our audience is as accomplished as our speakers, who in the past helped us go deep on topics including navigating hype cycles; tech for mental wellness when it’s tech that has made us unwell; breaking taboos to improve health access; future proofing with an intentional talent pipeline; resilient mindsets for navigating downturns; and much more. 

(And we're not just going to jabber on about AI. What a breath of fresh air.)

Our 2024 speakers

Brad Burnham
Co-founder, Union Square Ventures
Venture Partner, Placeholder VC
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Brad Burnham

Brad is a Co-founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures and a Venture Partner at Placeholder.

Brad started working in information technology with AT&T in 1979. He spun Echo Logic out of Bell Laboratories in 1989 and joined AT&T Ventures in 1993. He co-founded TACODA in 2001 and Union Square Ventures in 2003.

Among USV’s early investments are Coinbase, Etsy, Lending Club, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Shane Battier
2X NBA Champion, Miami Heat
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Shane Battier

Shane is regarded as one of the most successful, albeit atypical, basketball players in history for using his leadership, lockdown defense, and intellect to win championships at every level. The ultimate team player, Shane knows that champions emerge when no one is watching and encourages others to elevate their teammates in the name of winning together. 

“The game tempts the people who play it to do things that are not in the interest of the group…. Morey has come to think of [Shane] as an exception: the most abnormally unselfish basketball player he has ever seen. Or rather, the player who seems one step ahead of the analysts, helping the team in all sorts of subtle, hard-to-measure ways that appear to violate his own personal interests.”
Michael Lewis, “The No-Stats All Star” (The NYT Magazine)

Sallie Krawcheck
Founder & CEO, Ellevest
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Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck is the founder & CEO of Ellevest, an investing and wealth management company built by women for women. In a sea of financial services sameness, Ellevest stands apart with its mission to get more money in the hands of women. 

Prior to Ellevest, Sallie was one of the only financial executives of her generation to have held C-suite roles at the largest global banks — as CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, and Sanford Bernstein and as CFO of Citi. Today, as a venture-funded entrepreneur, she has beat impossibly long odds to raise $144 million in VC funding (women CEOs raise $1 out of every $10,000 Series B fintech dollars). Fortune Magazine has called Sallie “The Last Honest Analyst"; Barron’s considers her one of the “Most Influential Women in US Finance"; and Vanity Fair has named her to its “New Establishment List.”

Casey Neistat
Filmmaker
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Casey Neistat

Casey is a film director, producer, and creator of popular YouTube videos. He has set a new standard for the way brands interact with digital creators and created a unique niche as a digitally native filmmaker.

Casey got his start working as a dishwasher and is a self-taught filmmaker. He discovered his passion for making movies with a friend and reached commercial success with The Neistat Brothers (HBO) and indie film Daddy Longlegs. Casey founded the social media app Beme, which was purchased by CNN for $25M in 2016.  

After a devastating auto accident, Casey was told he’d never run again. He decided that he would run a marathon (something he’d never before tried) in under three hours. Let him tell you the story of not just one marathon, but 25.

Dan Porter
Co‑founder & CEO, Overtime
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Dan Porter

Dan is the Co‑Founder & CEO of Overtime, which builds disruptive new sports leagues and IP for the next generation of sports fans and athletes. Overtime owns and operates OTE in basketball, OT7 in football, and OTX in boxing, and leverages digital-first content across its network of accounts, engaging its community of nearly 100 million fans and followers. 

Previously, Dan was Head of Digital at WME | IMG; CEO of the social games company OMGPOP; and managed investments for Richard Branson and Virgin Group. Dan started out working with bands at RCA Records, was a public school teacher and President of Teach For America, and President of Ticketweb, which he sold to IAC.

EB Boyd wrote for Princeton Alumni Weekly, “In college, [Dan] was known for his keyboard skills. He spent four years with the Princeton jazz band and weekends earning money playing piano at Faculty Club brunches. But Porter knew how to invent the future. In the 1990s, he became the first president of [the] paradigm-shifting Teach For America. After that, he helped run one of the first-ever online ticketing websites, and later he pioneered mobile games.” 

One of those games, Draw Something, is among the most downloaded games ever.

Stacy London
TV host & author
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Stacy London

Stacy London is best known as the co-host of the iconic TLC show What Not To Wear. She has been a regular correspondent on the Today Show, The Oprah Show, and Rachel Ray. 

In 2020, Stacy co-founded State of Menopause, a non-hormonal product line for menopausal symptoms. She sunset the brand in 2023, recognizing the need to focus on education and healthcare advocacy for those in mid-life and menopause. She continues to be an advocate for women’s health and serves as an advisor to health companies. She authored the NYT bestseller The Truth About Style.

AC Charania
Chief Technologist, NASA
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AC Charania

As NASA’s chief technologist, AC leads technology innovation at NASA and aligns agencywide technology investments with mission needs across its six mission directorates. He oversees technology collaboration with other federal agencies and the private sector.

AC has deep expertise in advanced concepts ideation, design, and analysis. Prior to NASA, AC turned advanced concepts into reality for private aerospace industry leaders such as Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit) and Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin). Ask him about small satellites, launch vehicles, hypersonics, human/robotic exploration, planetary defense, aviation autonomy, and turning ideas into proposals into commercial government contracts.

Julie Samuels
President & CEO, Tech:NYC
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Julie Samuels

Julie Samuels is the President and Executive Director of Tech:NYC, which she founded in 2016. She is also a Venture Partner at Hangar.

Prior roles include Executive Director at Engine, a technology entrepreneurship and advocacy nonprofit, where she remains a board member. She previously worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she was a senior staff attorney, and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases. 

Julie has been named one of Crain’s New York 40 under 40, one of New York City’s 50 Most Powerful Women, and one of Crain's New York 2024 Women of Influence.

Jamer Hunt
Founding Director,
Parsons School of Design Transdisciplinary Design Graduate Program
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Jamer Hunt

Jamer collaboratively designs open and adaptable frameworks for participation that respond to emergent cultural conditions. He was founding director of the graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design and Vice Provost for Transdisciplinary Initiatives at The New School, where he serves as Program Director for University Curriculum. Fast Company named him to its list of “Most Creative People.” 

He is the author of Not to Scale: How the Small Becomes Large, the Large Becomes Unthinkable, and the Unthinkable Becomes Possible (2020), a book that repositions scale as a practice-based framework for navigating social change in complex systems.

John Nay
Founder & CEO, Norm Ai
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John Nay

John Nay founded Norm Ai after a decade of research at the intersection of AI and law, most recently at Stanford. He was the founding CEO of Brooklyn Investment Group, an AI-powered investment software platform and SEC Registered Investment Adviser, where he is now Chairman.

John believes that because public policies reflect our society’s collective will, AI agents that embody regulations will help solve the society-AI alignment problem.

Sami Shalabi
Co-founder & CTO, Maven AGI
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Sami Shalabi

Sami is a technology entrepreneur and inventor. He is currently co-founder & CTO of Maven AGI, a modern AI platform on a mission to reimagine the customer experience starting with support. Prior to Maven AGI, Sami led the reinvention of Google News, integrating AI and expanding its user base by over 1B users.

During his tenure at Google, Sami co-founded Google Play Newsstand (growing it from zero to over 1B users), Google Play Magazines, Google Currents, and Google Friend Connect. 

Sami was COO at Outcomes4Me, an AI oncology patient empowerment platform leading the expansion of its footprint to over 25% of breast cancer patients in the US. He co-founded Zingku, a venture-backed mobile social startup that was acquired by Google, and Istikana, the largest SVOD platform focused on Arab Indie films. He holds over 55 patents and was awarded the 2009 MIT Young Professional Award. He is a partner at the Mentors Fund and an advisor and startup mentor with the US State Department, MIT, Harvard, Techstars, Endeavor, and others.

Lauren Hirsch
Reporter, DealBook at The New York Times
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Lauren Hirsch

Lauren Hirsch joined The New York Times from CNBC in 2020, covering deals and the biggest stories on Wall Street. She helped lead the The Times's coverage of Elon Musk's $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. She also broke news of the $11 billion leverage buyout of Dunkin' Brands and JetBlue's $3.6 billion bid for Spirit Airlines.

Michael Chime
Co-founder & CEO, Prepared
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Michael Chime

After an active shooter experience in high school, Michael Chime dropped out of Yale on a Thiel Fellowship to launch Prepared, which is modernizing our 911 systems.

Prepared is developing software that turns smartphones into a "personal body cam" that can stream live to city 911 centers, so people can give authorities a real-time view of emergency situations. Prepared is now working with 12% of U.S. 911 centers, covering 80 million residents, including the cities of Nashville, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Denver. It has raised over $30M from investors including Andreesen Horowitz, First Round, M13 and 8VC.

Prepared co-founders Michael Chime, Dylan Gleicher, and Neal Soni were named on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list for Social Impact in 2024.

Nami Baral
Founder & CEO, Niural
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Nami Baral

Nami Baral is the Founder & CEO of Niural AI, the first AI Agent-powered platform for global payroll, HR, and compliance. Nami is a repeat entrepreneur with multiple successful exits. Prior to Niural, Nami founded Harvest, a fintech company that leveraged AI to reduce debt for American consumers. Harvest is the creator of the original AI SuperAgent in finance that automated negotiations between consumers and their financial institutions with high precision. Before Harvest, Nami was Head of Product Partnerships at Twitter, which she joined post-acquisition of another startup. Nami is an active mentor and angel investor in data, AI, and fintech companies.

Nami is passionate about creating advanced AI agents designed to master intricate, specialized tasks autonomously, and believes that these agents need to serve a greater purpose—to forward human progress and cultivate a more promising world for all.

Brad Burnham
Co-founder, Union Square Ventures
Venture Partner, Placeholder VC
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Brad Burnham

Brad is a Co-founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures and a Venture Partner at Placeholder.

Brad started working in information technology with AT&T in 1979. He spun Echo Logic out of Bell Laboratories in 1989 and joined AT&T Ventures in 1993. He co-founded TACODA in 2001 and Union Square Ventures in 2003.

Among USV’s early investments are Coinbase, Etsy, Lending Club, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Shane Battier
2X NBA Champion, Miami Heat
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Shane Battier

Shane is regarded as one of the most successful, albeit atypical, basketball players in history for using his leadership, lockdown defense, and intellect to win championships at every level. The ultimate team player, Shane knows that champions emerge when no one is watching and encourages others to elevate their teammates in the name of winning together. 

“The game tempts the people who play it to do things that are not in the interest of the group…. Morey has come to think of [Shane] as an exception: the most abnormally unselfish basketball player he has ever seen. Or rather, the player who seems one step ahead of the analysts, helping the team in all sorts of subtle, hard-to-measure ways that appear to violate his own personal interests.”
Michael Lewis, “The No-Stats All Star” (The NYT Magazine)

Sallie Krawcheck
Founder & CEO, Ellevest
Close icon
Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck is the founder & CEO of Ellevest, an investing and wealth management company built by women for women. In a sea of financial services sameness, Ellevest stands apart with its mission to get more money in the hands of women. 

Prior to Ellevest, Sallie was one of the only financial executives of her generation to have held C-suite roles at the largest global banks — as CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, and Sanford Bernstein and as CFO of Citi. Today, as a venture-funded entrepreneur, she has beat impossibly long odds to raise $144 million in VC funding (women CEOs raise $1 out of every $10,000 Series B fintech dollars). Fortune Magazine has called Sallie “The Last Honest Analyst"; Barron’s considers her one of the “Most Influential Women in US Finance"; and Vanity Fair has named her to its “New Establishment List.”

Casey Neistat
Filmmaker
Close icon
Casey Neistat

Casey is a film director, producer, and creator of popular YouTube videos. He has set a new standard for the way brands interact with digital creators and created a unique niche as a digitally native filmmaker.

Casey got his start working as a dishwasher and is a self-taught filmmaker. He discovered his passion for making movies with a friend and reached commercial success with The Neistat Brothers (HBO) and indie film Daddy Longlegs. Casey founded the social media app Beme, which was purchased by CNN for $25M in 2016.  

After a devastating auto accident, Casey was told he’d never run again. He decided that he would run a marathon (something he’d never before tried) in under three hours. Let him tell you the story of not just one marathon, but 25.

Dan Porter
Co‑founder & CEO, Overtime
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Dan Porter

Dan is the Co‑Founder & CEO of Overtime, which builds disruptive new sports leagues and IP for the next generation of sports fans and athletes. Overtime owns and operates OTE in basketball, OT7 in football, and OTX in boxing, and leverages digital-first content across its network of accounts, engaging its community of nearly 100 million fans and followers. 

Previously, Dan was Head of Digital at WME | IMG; CEO of the social games company OMGPOP; and managed investments for Richard Branson and Virgin Group. Dan started out working with bands at RCA Records, was a public school teacher and President of Teach For America, and President of Ticketweb, which he sold to IAC.

EB Boyd wrote for Princeton Alumni Weekly, “In college, [Dan] was known for his keyboard skills. He spent four years with the Princeton jazz band and weekends earning money playing piano at Faculty Club brunches. But Porter knew how to invent the future. In the 1990s, he became the first president of [the] paradigm-shifting Teach For America. After that, he helped run one of the first-ever online ticketing websites, and later he pioneered mobile games.” 

One of those games, Draw Something, is among the most downloaded games ever.

Stacy London
TV host & author
Close icon
Stacy London

Stacy London is best known as the co-host of the iconic TLC show What Not To Wear. She has been a regular correspondent on the Today Show, The Oprah Show, and Rachel Ray. 

In 2020, Stacy co-founded State of Menopause, a non-hormonal product line for menopausal symptoms. She sunset the brand in 2023, recognizing the need to focus on education and healthcare advocacy for those in mid-life and menopause. She continues to be an advocate for women’s health and serves as an advisor to health companies. She authored the NYT bestseller The Truth About Style.

AC Charania
Chief Technologist, NASA
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AC Charania

As NASA’s chief technologist, AC leads technology innovation at NASA and aligns agencywide technology investments with mission needs across its six mission directorates. He oversees technology collaboration with other federal agencies and the private sector.

AC has deep expertise in advanced concepts ideation, design, and analysis. Prior to NASA, AC turned advanced concepts into reality for private aerospace industry leaders such as Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit) and Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin). Ask him about small satellites, launch vehicles, hypersonics, human/robotic exploration, planetary defense, aviation autonomy, and turning ideas into proposals into commercial government contracts.

Julie Samuels
President & CEO, Tech:NYC
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Julie Samuels

Julie Samuels is the President and Executive Director of Tech:NYC, which she founded in 2016. She is also a Venture Partner at Hangar.

Prior roles include Executive Director at Engine, a technology entrepreneurship and advocacy nonprofit, where she remains a board member. She previously worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she was a senior staff attorney, and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases. 

Julie has been named one of Crain’s New York 40 under 40, one of New York City’s 50 Most Powerful Women, and one of Crain's New York 2024 Women of Influence.

Jamer Hunt
Founding Director,
Parsons School of Design Transdisciplinary Design Graduate Program
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Jamer Hunt

Jamer collaboratively designs open and adaptable frameworks for participation that respond to emergent cultural conditions. He was founding director of the graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design and Vice Provost for Transdisciplinary Initiatives at The New School, where he serves as Program Director for University Curriculum. Fast Company named him to its list of “Most Creative People.” 

He is the author of Not to Scale: How the Small Becomes Large, the Large Becomes Unthinkable, and the Unthinkable Becomes Possible (2020), a book that repositions scale as a practice-based framework for navigating social change in complex systems.

John Nay
Founder & CEO, Norm Ai
Close icon
John Nay

John Nay founded Norm Ai after a decade of research at the intersection of AI and law, most recently at Stanford. He was the founding CEO of Brooklyn Investment Group, an AI-powered investment software platform and SEC Registered Investment Adviser, where he is now Chairman.

John believes that because public policies reflect our society’s collective will, AI agents that embody regulations will help solve the society-AI alignment problem.

Sami Shalabi
Co-founder & CTO, Maven AGI
Close icon
Sami Shalabi

Sami is a technology entrepreneur and inventor. He is currently co-founder & CTO of Maven AGI, a modern AI platform on a mission to reimagine the customer experience starting with support. Prior to Maven AGI, Sami led the reinvention of Google News, integrating AI and expanding its user base by over 1B users.

During his tenure at Google, Sami co-founded Google Play Newsstand (growing it from zero to over 1B users), Google Play Magazines, Google Currents, and Google Friend Connect. 

Sami was COO at Outcomes4Me, an AI oncology patient empowerment platform leading the expansion of its footprint to over 25% of breast cancer patients in the US. He co-founded Zingku, a venture-backed mobile social startup that was acquired by Google, and Istikana, the largest SVOD platform focused on Arab Indie films. He holds over 55 patents and was awarded the 2009 MIT Young Professional Award. He is a partner at the Mentors Fund and an advisor and startup mentor with the US State Department, MIT, Harvard, Techstars, Endeavor, and others.

Lauren Hirsch
Reporter, DealBook at The New York Times
Close icon
Lauren Hirsch

Lauren Hirsch joined The New York Times from CNBC in 2020, covering deals and the biggest stories on Wall Street. She helped lead the The Times's coverage of Elon Musk's $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. She also broke news of the $11 billion leverage buyout of Dunkin' Brands and JetBlue's $3.6 billion bid for Spirit Airlines.

Michael Chime
Co-founder & CEO, Prepared
Close icon
Michael Chime

After an active shooter experience in high school, Michael Chime dropped out of Yale on a Thiel Fellowship to launch Prepared, which is modernizing our 911 systems.

Prepared is developing software that turns smartphones into a "personal body cam" that can stream live to city 911 centers, so people can give authorities a real-time view of emergency situations. Prepared is now working with 12% of U.S. 911 centers, covering 80 million residents, including the cities of Nashville, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Denver. It has raised over $30M from investors including Andreesen Horowitz, First Round, M13 and 8VC.

Prepared co-founders Michael Chime, Dylan Gleicher, and Neal Soni were named on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list for Social Impact in 2024.

Nami Baral
Founder & CEO, Niural
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Nami Baral

Nami Baral is the Founder & CEO of Niural AI, the first AI Agent-powered platform for global payroll, HR, and compliance. Nami is a repeat entrepreneur with multiple successful exits. Prior to Niural, Nami founded Harvest, a fintech company that leveraged AI to reduce debt for American consumers. Harvest is the creator of the original AI SuperAgent in finance that automated negotiations between consumers and their financial institutions with high precision. Before Harvest, Nami was Head of Product Partnerships at Twitter, which she joined post-acquisition of another startup. Nami is an active mentor and angel investor in data, AI, and fintech companies.

Nami is passionate about creating advanced AI agents designed to master intricate, specialized tasks autonomously, and believes that these agents need to serve a greater purpose—to forward human progress and cultivate a more promising world for all.

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