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Julie Hanna
Julie Hannah
Technologist. Entrepreneur. CEO. Operating executive. Julie draws on 20 years of experience building businesses, helping founders conceive and scale their companies, while cultivating their highest potential as leaders. She is a board director, advisor and investor to numerous companies, including Lyft, Lending Club and Return Path. She has been an advisor to Idealab since 2009.

Julie is also leader in the movement of purpose-driven organizations that are leveraging technology to solve humanity's greatest challenges and create a more just world. She is Executive Chair of the Board at Kiva, the world's largest crowd-lending marketplace for micro-entrepreneurs. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response, a regular keynote speaker, and a lecturer at Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

An innovator and trend-spotter, Julie has pioneered category-defining products that helped spark the Internet revolution beginning in 1994. Julie has been founder and founding executive of several Silicon Valley startups that went on to become public companies. Among them, Healtheon (now WebMD) the world's largest healthcare portal; Portola (Netscape Mail); and onebox.com (now OpenWave), one of the fastest growing dot com era companies and the first mass scale provider of free voice and data services to millions globally.
Tom Hughes
Co-Founder
Tom Hughes
Tom Hughes founded Idealab with Bill Gross and Marcia Goodstein in 1996. Prior to Idealab, Tom was hired by Steve Jobs to join the original Macintosh team to create the brand identity for Macintosh which influenced the brand expression of Apple which continues to today. Tom's work at Apple included creating the slogan "The Computer for the Rest of Us." After Apple, he created the brand identity for Lotus prior to their acquisition by IBM. Since the start of Idealab working in tandem with Bill Gross, Tom has played a key role in the creation and development of over 120 companies. His work is included in the Smithsonian collection and has been internationally recognized. Awards include AIGA, Communications Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, and IDEA.
Robert Kavner
Robert Kavner
Robert Kavner has been an investor and board member of early stage companies since 1994. Bob has invested in and acted as Chairman of the Board for several consumer-facing companies that had successful IPOs, including Pandora Media, Earthlink Networks, Overture Services (an Idealab company), and Ticketmaster-Citysearch (founded by Bill Gross). Bob currently is Chairman of the Board of Community Hospital of Monterey. Bob had been a Director of Idealab from 1999 to 2012. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of On Command Corporation, the leading supplier of video on demand systems to the lodging industry. Prior to moving to California in 1994, Bob served as Executive Vice President of AT&T, where he also served as Chief Financial Officer for several years before being promoted to Chief Executive Officer of AT&T's Multimedia Products and Services Group. Additionally, Bob was a member of the AT&T Executive Committee. During the 18 years prior to joining AT&T in 1984, he was a General Partner at Coopers & Lybrand and chairman of the firm's information industry practice. He previously served on the boards of directors of Tandem Computers, Sun Microsystems, Duracell International, Fleet/Bank of Boston, and Philips Telecommunications. Bob received his B.A. in Business Management from Adelphi University.
Renée LaBran
Renee labran
Renée LaBran has over 25 years of executive management experience in both start-ups and major corporations, across a range of industries including digital/technology, media, and consumer goods. She brings strong financial acumen, along with a breadth of strategic and operating expertise, including managing for growth and change.

Renée has been part of the venture community in Los Angeles for over fifteen years. She was a founding partner in Rustic Canyon Partners, a tech focused VC firm launched in 2000, and Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners (RC/Fontis), a growth stage investment fund focused on consumer products. In addition to her formal activities, she has also served as an advisor to local start-ups, and is a co-founder of Women Founders Network, a business plan competition and funding network now entering its third year.

Prior to Rustic Canyon, Renée held a variety of executive management positions at the LA Times, where she was instrumental in launching their digital initiatives, including co-founding two media industry joint ventures – Classified Ventures (cars.com) and CareerPath (now CareerBuilder), where she also served as CEO. Prior to the LA Times, Renée was a management consultant with Monitor Company US and Europe.

Renée is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received her BA in Economics from UC Berkeley. She is active in her community and was recently appointed by Governor Brown to the Board of Trustees for the California State Bar Association, as a non-attorney public member.
Tom Ngo
Tom Ngo
As Chief Product Officer at Idealab, Tom led a team responsible for de-risking all nascent company ideas until they obtain external funding and become operating companies. Prior to Idealab, Tom was Chief Product and Development Officer at Aventura, where he was responsible for all product-development functions. As Vice President, Disney Research, he co-led the research organization, focusing on alignment with business priorities of all business segments. As Chief Technology Officer at NextPage, he was responsible for product management, product design, and product development.

Prior to that, Tom held a senior management position at Interval Research Corporation – the R&D organization funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen – where he co-invented an efficient delivery mechanism for broadband media, ground-breaking techniques for synthetic computer animation and a physically compact device for implementing the famous cocktail-party effect. In each of these areas as well as his doctoral and undergraduate work, he either holds issued patents or has published papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Computational Biophysics from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in Physics from Cambridge University, where he graduated with first-class honors and received the first Sir Nevill Mott prize for the best undergraduate thesis in theoretical physics. He has been elected to the vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs (v|100) since 2005, and was UITA CTO of the Year in 2004.
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