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In Conversation with Scott Kupor on Technology Disruption and Board Strategy

September 26, 2017
San Francisco, CA



Technology Trends and Board Strategy: The Impact of Disruption

A Conversation with

 Scott Kupor,

COO Andreessen Horowitz


Moderator, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy,

Founder and Chairman of JOYUS,

Former President, Google Asia Pacific and Latin America 

In very recent years, we have seen Uber disrupt the taxi and car rental industries; AirBnb disrupt the hotel and hospitality industries and most recently Amazon disrupting the grocery industry with their recent acquisition of Whole Foods.   And how will the potential of autonomous vehicles change the automobile industry, infrastructure design, and where and how people will work in the future?  Most of these disruptions are driven by data analytics and technology advances which changed business models rather than traditional business practices.

According to data from the 2016–2017 NACD Public Company Governance Survey, technology and business-model disruption are among the trends that corporate directors believe will have the greatest impact on company performance over the next 12 months and PWC’s most recent Global CEO Survey indicates that53% of U.S. CEOs expect that technology will have a “significant impact” on their competition in the years ahead. As a board member, how familiar are you with key technology trends such as applied artificial Intelligence and machine learning, blockchain and distributed ledgers, virtual and augmented reality and how the Internet of Things is impacting business today and in the near future?


Attendees joined Scott Kupor, COO of Andreessen Horowitz and Sukhinder Singh Cassidy – board member, entrepreneur and former Google and Amazon executive as they discussed the technology trends disrupting companies today and what board members should do to educate themselves to help inform strategic discussion in the board room. 



Location and Time


4 Embarcadero Center,
San Francisco, CA 94111


5:00pm - 5:30pm - Check-in and networking

5:30pm - 6:00pm - Reception

6:00pm - 7:30pm - Program and audience Q&A

7:30pm - Final Networking

Speaker Spotlight


Scott Kupor

Scott Kupor is the managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he is responsible for all aspects of running the firm. He has been with the firm since its inception in 2009 and has overseen its rapid growth, from three employees to 135 and from $300 million in assets under management to more than $6 billion.

Scott was previously vice president and general manager of Global Customer Support & Software-as-a-Service at Hewlett Packard. Scott joined HP in 2007 as part of the $1.6 billion acquisition of Opsware (previously Loudcloud), where he was senior vice president of Customer Solutions. Scott joined Opsware shortly after the company’s founding and held numerous executive management positions including vice president of financial planning and vice president of corporate development. Prior to Opsware, Scott represented software companies in both financing and mergers and acquisitions transactions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Lehman Brothers.

Scott graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy. He also graduated from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California Bar Association.

Scott is chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, chairman of the board of Genesys Works, cofounder and co-director of the Stanford Venture Capital Director’s College, cofounder and co-director of the Stanford Rock Center’s Guide to Venture-Backed Board Membership, and Executive in Residence at Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law. Scott also serves on the investment committees of St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital, Stanford Hospital, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Lick Wilmerding High School.


Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Founder, TheBoardlist
Founder, CEO and Chairman, Joyus, Inc.
Director, Ericcsson, Urban Outfitters and TripAdvisor

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a leading digital media and marketing executive with over 18 years of leadership experience founding and scaling global and early stage tech companies including Google, Amazon, Yodlee, Polyvore, Joyus and and News Corp. She is currently Founder of theBoardlist, and most recently served as the Founder & CEO and then Chairman of Joyus, Inc.

In June 2015, Sukhinder founded theBoardlist (, a Benefit corporation and premium talent marketplace aimed at connecting highly endorsed women leaders with board opportunities in the tech industry. Supported by a community of over 1200 leading CEOS, senior executives and venture capital firms, to date almost 2000 senior women leaders who have been nominated by their peers via theBoardlist to serve on boards in the US and Europe. For its work, theBoardlist has been featured in numerous publications including: Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, NYT, Wired, TechCrunch, Fast Company, and USA today.