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Introducing Protocol's Braintrust

Introducing Protocol's Braintrust

See who's who in our community of experts.

Too often, discussions about tech and its impacts are dominated by the loudest voices on Twitter and the purveyors of the hottest take — even as the voices of people with real expertise on the issues go unheard. The Protocol Braintrust will change that.

Protocol is assembling a group of genuine experts to become members of Braintrust — C-suite executives from tech companies and legacy companies dealing with tech's impact; engineers and others who do the hard work of making tech happen; innovators and investors whose startups are on the cutting edge; bankers and lawyers who make deals happen and see the risks around the corners; tech company employees who watch the future unfolding from the inside; and the smartest, most dialed-in thinkers from academia and public policy.

Each week, we'll poll the group on pressing questions in tech and present their views as a snapshot of the smartest, most informed thinking available. And each week, we'll dive deeper with a selected group of Braintrust members who have specific expertise on the issue of the week, publishing responses from them that will give you access to the smartest, best-informed insights available anywhere.

We'll ask the Braintrust to respond to a mix of questions — some that go to big, existential and evergreen issues and long-term trends, and others that offer opportunities to understand their real-time analysis and predictions about the major developments in tech news.

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Who's who in Protocol's Braintrust?

Selim Aissi

SVP and CISO, Ellie Mae

Stuart Alderoty

General Counsel, Ripple

Jeremy K. Balkin

Head of Innovation, HSBC Bank USA

Gary Beasley

CEO & Co-Founder, Roofstock

Jenn Bennett

Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Google Cloud

Kobi Bentkovski

CEO and Co-Founder, Water.IO

Asheesh Birla

SVP of Product & Corp Development, Ripple

Doug Brake

Director, Broadband and Spectrum Policy, ITIF

Peter Chapman

President & CEO, IonQ

Rumman Chowdhury

Responsible AI Lead, Accenture

Carl Christensen

CTO and Co-Founder, Spacemaker AI

Topher Conway

Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel

James Cooper

Professor of Law, California Western School of Law

Zachary Crockett

Founder and CTO, Particle

Matt Cutts

Administrator, U.S. Digital Service

Seth Dobrin

VP IBM Data and AI, Chief Data Officer at IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM

Jennifer Doleac

Director, Justice Tech Lab

Sarah Edwards

Author and Instructor, SANS Institute

Tilman Ehrbeck

Managing Partner, Flourish Ventures

Paul Eremenko

Aerospace Executive and Entrepreneur

Susan Etlinger

Industry Analyst, Altimeter Group

Lucien Foster

Head of Digital Partnerships, BNY Mellon

Summer Fowler

Chief Information Officer, Argo AI

Marcus Fowler 

Director of Strategic Threat, Darktrace

Dario Gil

Director of IBM Research, IBM

John Godfrey

Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Samsung Electronics America

Andrew Graham

CEO and Co-Founder, Borrowell

Kirsten Green

Founding Partner, Forerunner Ventures

Helen Greiner

Army HQE Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and AI, ASAALT

Steve Grobman

SVP and CTO, McAfee

Jonathan Heiliger

General Partner, Vertex Ventures

Doug Hirsch

Co-Founder & CEO, GoodRx

Liz Howard 

Counsel, Democracy, Brennan Center for Justice

John Hultquist

Director, Intelligence Analysis, FireEye, Inc.

Christina Janzer

Senior Director of Research & Analytics, Slack

Karen Jaw-Madson

Principal, Co.-Design of Work Experience

Alex Jiménez

Chief Strategy Officer, Extractable

Raj Kapoor

Chief Strategy Officer, Lyft

Abby Kearns

CEO & Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation

Raffi Krikorian

Managing Director, Emerson Collective

Chad Latz

Chief Innovation Officer, BCW

Susan Liautaud

Founder, The Ethics Incubator

David Linthicum

Chief Cloud Strategy Officer, Deloitte Consulting

Kimber Lockhart

CTO, One Medical

Roxana Marachi

Associate Professor of Education, San José State University

Peter Marta

Partner, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Hogan Lovells

Ron Marquardt

Vice President of Technology, Sprint

Evan Marwell

Founder and CEO, EducationSuperHighway

Lena Mass-Cresnik

Chief Data Officer, Moelis & Company

Jason Maynard

SVP Global Field Operations, NetSuite

John McNelis

Chair, Autonomous Transportation/Shared Mobility Practice, Fenwick & West

Bruce Mehlman

Founder, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

Ann Miura-Ko

Co-Founding Partner, Floodgate

Devie Mohan

Co-Founder and CEO, Burnmark

Matt Murphy

Managing Director, Menlo Ventures

Paul Newman

Founder and CTO, Oxbotica

Jason Oxman

President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

William Peteroy

Chief Technology Officer, Security, Gigamon

Riana Pfefferkorn

Associate Director of Surveillance and Cybersecurity, Stanford CIS

John Pitts

Policy Lead, Plaid

Sanjay Poonen

COO, VMware

Lila Preston

Partner & Co-Head of Growth Equity, Generation Investment Management

John Rich

COO, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC.

Phill Rosen

CEO, Even Financial

Guido Sacchi

SEVP and Chief Information Officer, Global Payments

Yuni Sameshima

CEO, Chicory

Jarmo Sareva

Ambassador for Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

Tige Savage

Managing Partner, Revolution Ventures

Emmanuel Schalit

CEO, Dashlane

Marietje Schaake

International Policy Director, Stanford Cyber Policy Center

Mihir Shah

Co-CEO, JLL Technologies

David Siegel

Co-Chairman, Two Sigma

Jon Sobel

Co-Founder and CEO, Sight Machine

Ashok Srivastava

Senior Vice President and Chief Data Officer, Intuit

Jennifer Stojkovic

Executive Director,

Mark Surman

President and Executive Director, Mozilla

Tom Taylor

SVP, Amazon Alexa, Amazon

Anne Toth

CEO, Privacyworks

Lourdes M. Turrecha

Founder & Chief Privacy Tech Evangelist, The Rise of Privacy Tech;
Privacy Tech & Law Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law

Bradley Tusk

Managing Partner, Tusk Ventures

Tien Tzuo

CEO & Founder, Zuora

Peter Ungaro

Senior Vice President and General Manager, HPC and Mission Critical Solutions (MCS), HPE

Rich Uhlig

Director of Intel Labs and Senior Fellow, Intel

Hunter Walk

Co-Founder and Partner, Homebrew

Gabriel Weinberg

CEO and Co-Founder, DuckDuckGo

Jason Wilk

CEO and Co-Founder, Dave

Angela Yochem

Executive Vice President, Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Novant Health

Shelten Yuen

Vice President, Research, Fitbit

Ruby Zefo

Chief Privacy Officer, Uber

Scott Zoldi

Chief Analytics Officer, FICO

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