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Chris Pearson – Senior Manager, Community Development at Elastic

Chris has been involved in the tech startup space for the last 8 years.  Beginning in business development with 500 Startups in San Francisco, Chris helped formulate strategic partnerships with corporate innovation teams that centered around the connection of startups to specific innovation needs.  He then transitioned to the other side, taking on partnership management for global startup objectives at Softlayer, which would transition to the same position at IBM before growing to oversee all operations and go-to-market strategy for their global startup program, Startup with IBM.  Moving to Elastic in 2020, he is now tasked with building a new startup program that focuses on investing in select early-stage startups through Elastic technology and helping support those companies throughout their initial growth phase.

Sanjay Chopra – Co-Founder & CEO, Cognistx

Sanjay Chopra is the co-founder & CEO of Cognistx, an applied AI company with several high-impact AI products for supply chain, logistics, pharma and manufacturing. Mr. Chopra is also the co-founder & CEO of Intellions, a pricing software company that has licensed its IP to Google. He has more than 30 years of expertise in AI, technology, e-commerce, strategy and business development. Mr. Chopra serves on the board of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank. He is the recipient of E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2000 award and was the founding chair of Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners and a founding member of the TiE Pittsburgh. Mr. Chopra was the director of digital commerce at Giant Eagle and helped launch Curbside, eAdvantage, and the mobile apps for Get-Go and Giant Eagle. He worked for IBM for seven years, helping grow, manage and build a global team of over 450 professionals. He is an adjunct professor of e-commerce at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received an MBA. Mr. Chopra earned a master of science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in India.


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