Gibson Biddle focuses on product leadership for consumer technology companies, helping startups with a proof-of-concept to grow -- fast. He currently balances three day/week “Executive-in-Residence” roles with both advising and teaching.
Gib currently works three days/week at NerdWallet, a profitable, high-growth, fintech startup with more than $100M in revenues. He is also an advisor to Metromile, NatureBox, Life360, Eden, and UrbanSitter. As a product leadership coach, he gives 5-10 talks/month in SF, Boston and NY.
At his last company, Chegg, Gib was Chief Product Officer. He led efforts to grow the education startup 5X to $250M over three years, resulting in an IPO in 2014. Before Chegg, Gib was VP Product at Netflix, helping the company grow from one to thirteen million subscribers in five years while helping the company to transition from DVDs to streaming.
Gib began his product management career at Electronic Arts, then was a co-founder of an education startup, "Creative Wonders," which he sold to The Learning Company. He then led Product Development at TLC, culminating in a $3.5B acquisition by Mattel.
Gib is a graduate of Amherst College and received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Outside of work he skis, surfs, backpacks, flies drones and shoots lots of photos and video. His wife (Kristen Hege) is a biotech exec (Celgene) and a Professor of Medicine at UCSF. He has two daughters, Kelsey (Dartmouth ‘17) and Britney (Colby College, ‘19). He lives in Burlingame, CA.
Pedram Mokrian’s expertise lies at the intersection of how new technologies (connected devices, mobile, software systems), analytics (big data stack), and new business models (consumer marketplaces, product-driven services) can disrupt large incumbent markets such as energy, manufacturing, logistics, education, and commerce.
Partnering and working with entrepreneurs since joining Mayfield in 2009, he has been part of the investment team in CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy) and SolarCity (SCTY). He also serves as a board observer for enterprise SaaS companies SmartRecruiters and CloudPhysics, and other private companies in lighting and power generation.
Prior to Mayfield, Pedram spent time understanding how global markets worked on Wall Street as a member of the commodities trading desk at Credit Suisse in New York. He began his career by actually building things as an engineer and held positions at Ford Motor Company, JDS Uniphase, and Nortel Networks, broadly covering the areas of power generation, fiber-optic communications, and chip design.
He holds a BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering, and a PhD from Stanford University with a focus on Operations Research, Quantitative Finance and Economics.