Lora Haddock: Lora DiCarlo Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: I am stubborn, thoughtful, and often loud, most of the women in my line are. I like to observe people, to get inside the way others think and unravel what makes them who they are, what motivates them, what they’re afraid of, in the process I find more pieces of myself and unearth my own path. I realize that my own journey is not my own; it is crafted and molded by those who come and go in my life and how mine enters and exits theirs. I enjoy creating because there is not only my need, but the needs of others, and to create for others, first you have to understand them. in the whole world. I’m an “anatomy geek” and have over a decade of experience in healthcare, I became fascinated with the psychological, physiological, and anatomical aspects of the female orgasm. After an honorable discharge from the US Navy and enrolling in a pre-med program, I set off drawing on years of research and anatomical data that I had gathered from hundreds of women to design functional product specifications determined to produce the perfect orgasm. I founded Lora DiCarlo in 2017 and began my journey towards launching new physiologically appropriate health and wellness products for women and people with vaginas.

Career advice to those in your industry?

The only person that can stand in your way is yourself. People will try to deter you, sometimes distinctly, they may muddy your path, they may laugh at you for having dreams, and that’s when you push harder. That’s when you find allies and you surround yourself with them. That’s when you arm yourself with knowledge and determination. That’s when you stand your ground to fight the good fight because you belong here. Keep going because you never know when you’ll have an opportunity to change the world -- and I hope you take it.

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Joanna Popper: Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location Based Entertainment, HP

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My Native Admission Statement: I am a Hollywood and Silicon Valley media executive I was selected as “50 Women Can Change the World in Media and Entertainment,” “Top Women in Digital: Game Changers,” “101 Women Leading the VR Industry” and is on the Coalition for the Women in XR Fund. The two areas that I have found most interesting in recent roles are content creation and the fast-moving and innovative pace of digital change. VR is the perfect intersection of these passions.Achieve a world, a work force, and leadership structures where we are all represented. My aspiration is to achieve a world, a work force, and leadership structures where we are all represented. Let’s build a new wave in computing, let’s make sure all of our voices are represented in this wave of computing and make a positive impact for another woman or URG in tech.

Ideal experience for a customer/client?

I was on the media and TV side for a long time prior to HP. The person who focuses on Enterprise/ Military/First Responder Training for VR was a Marine. Many of the people in our Omen esports and gaming division were professional gamers at the highest levels. HP has done a great job of bringing people together to work on these emerging technology lines of business who have deep expertise, passion for and relationships in their areas. This impacts the vision, strategy, products, the processes and I think positively impacts our entire business and our partner’s experiences with us.    

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Sheldon Fernandes: Lucid VR Senior Software & Algorithms Engineer

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My Native Admission Statement: I am extremely passionate about building technology and products that solve problems by saving people money, time and resources. 3D cameras and their applications fascinate me, and I strongly believe that 3D technology combined with AI will make our products smarter and our lives a lot better. My drive for innovation and building things with my own hands is something my parents have noticed since I was a kid. I was usually responsible for ‘breaking’ things at home. I always aspire to learn more and more - though work or even on a regular basis. There is a lot of information out there, and I try my best to get most of what I can absorb. In grad school, I grew passionate about working about prototyping and working on building an actual product from scratch. An early stage startup was definitely the way to go. I wanted to work in the field of cameras too. That’s when I heard of a VR company in the valley. One of the best decisions I made.

What should everyone try at least once?

As we grow up trying to figure out what we’re good at and what we want to turn into a career, we sometimes slump into doing what’s easy. It is very important to spend some time periodically with one’s own thoughts to work on what we’re really passionate about. Getting there might not be the most comfortable route, but for sure brings a sense of accomplishment when you see it through. ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’

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Nisa Amoils: Investor & Venture Capitalist

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My Native Admission Statement: I have a diverse background which makes me a good investor – attorney, entrepreneur, media executive. I am passionate about new technology and enabling gender equality. I break down complex concepts into simpler analogies. I sell and promote ideas with passion. I wrote a book called “WTF is Happening? Women Tech Founders on the Rise” about this.

How did you get into the industry?

I started investing in technology about a decade ago and joined a VC firm to do the same. I started to focus on fintech a few years ago. As a securities lawyer, I was early to see the opportunity in security tokens and decentralized finance. I have been writing about that space in Forbes. I see Blockchain being an evolution that will make traditional finance more efficient, transparent, global, liquid and democratized – that is incredibly exciting.

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Anil Pereira: Felix & Paul Studios Chairman & Serial Entrepreneur

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My Native Admission Statement: I am a 25 year marketing veteran with deep experience across both startups and large companies with a focus on launching new products, developing highly trusted global brands and building scalable revenue machines. I previously served as a Vice President at American Express (DRTV, New Products); EVP & GM at VeriSign (Corporate Marketing, Enterprise Services, IPO Lead); SVP at Classmates.com (New Products, International, IPO Lead); and also founded two companies of my own—SecondSpace (Acquired by NASDAQ:CSGP) and Verious (TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield Finalist). I currently serve as Chairman of the Board of Felix & Paul Studios (Immersive Entertainment = VR/AR/MR) and “Virtual CMO” to a number of B2C, B2B, and B2B2C startups from seed to late stage across a range of industries. I look for founders, teams and companies that are tackling large, untapped markets, who have a strong sense of business ethics and shared values and situations where I can add “10X value” by being a part of their extended teams. I am proud of the fact that many of these relationships continue for years and several of them have spanned multiple companies by the same founders.

Career advice to those in your industry?

The biggest piece of career advice I give to others is to stick with something for more than just a couple of years. I spent 7 and 6 years, respectively, at my first 2 professional jobs after business school and that allowed me to gain depth and expertise and move up the ladder within the same company.

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