Judges Panel


  • Sarah Tavel Sarah Tavel

    Bio: Sarah Tave (Senior Associate, Bessemer Venture Partners) works in the Menlo Park office. She focuses on the software and Internet sectors and has been closely involved in investments with consumer internet company Pinterest; Microsoft SharePoint migration solutions provider Metalogix; leads-generator Yodle; learning-and-talent-management company Cornerstone OnDemand (IPO); e-commerce site Onestop; energy-management company CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy); SaaS online-marketing company Convertro; business-software company MindBody Solutions; and leading Russian e-commerce company KupiVIP. While earning a degree in philosophy cum laude from Harvard University, Sarah captained the women’s rugby team and was a Harvard Scholar. She is conversant in Spanish and has traveled widely. She blogs at http://www.adventurista.com.


  • Scott Rutherford Scott Rutherford

    Bio: Scott Rutherford (Co-Founder & COO, UserVoice) is equally at home writing code and pouring over spreadsheets. Originally from the UK, Scott now lives in San Francisco. His path to the Bay Area was a depressingly typical one, starting as a DJ and musician before obtaining a PhD in Particle Physics while at CERN and then embarking on his 10 year (so far) adventure in the world of startups. For good measure, he also helped found a couple of open source projects, most notably ActiveScaffold for Rails.


  • Leah Busque Leah Busque

    Bio: Leah Busque (Founder & Chief Product Officer, TaskRabbit) originated the phrase service networking, a now industry-wide term describing the productive and service power of a web-based social networked community. TaskRabbit was founded in June of 2008, on the simple premise of neighbors helping neighbors. TaskRabbit is an online marketplace, connecting people, to get everyday jobs and tasks done. TaskRabbit has raised $6.85MM in financing from Shasta Ventures, Collaborative Fund, 500 Startups, Floodgate Fund, First Round Capital, and Baseline Ventures. Leah graduated magna cum laude from Sweet Briar College, earning a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science.


  • Cathy Edwards Cathy Edwards

    Bio: Cathy (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp) has done everything from machine learning research to product management to technology strategy — in companies ranging in size from tiny startups to large telecommunications carriers. But there has been a consistent thread in all her work experience — involvement in the mobile industry.