Country: United States of America
Organization: Rocket Estate Technologies
Vanessa has over 23 years of experience and a proven track record of value creation as a serial founder, operator, strategist and investor across SAP, Trigger Media and McKinsey. She is currently the Chairwoman of Rocket Estate Technologies and the Founder of SilverLife Holdings. She was most recently Vice President of SAP.iO, SAP’s early-stage venture arm, where she oversaw SAP.iO’s North American Foundries in New York and San Francisco, including programs devoted to women and diverse-led B2B enterprise tech companies, and recruited and accelerated 87 enterprise software startups. Prior to SAP, Vanessa was Chief Operating Officer at Trigger Media Group, a $22MM digital media incubator. She co-founded Trigger’s portfolio companies: InsideHook (a digital media company & men’s lifestyle brand) and Fevo (SaaS technology for group experiences at live events). She began her career at McKinsey & Company and was an Associate Partner in the Firm’s Media and Entertainment Practice, based in Amsterdam, London and New York.
Vanessa currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Appen Ltd. (ASX: APX) and Talking Talent Ltd. She is also a board observer of Fevo and is an advisor to start-ups including Crave Global, Grata Data, GroundSignal, Kable AI, Narrativ and Selfbook.
Vanessa graduated magna cum laude with an AB in psychology from Harvard University and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands where she conducted independent research on the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice. She serves as President of the Harvard Alumni Association.
Vanessa will share lessons from her experiences as an entrepreneur, and from working with enterprise tech startups as head of SAP’s early-stage accelerators in North America