Sunny Dhillon is a partner at Signia Venture Partners, which he helped found in 2012 after launching one of the App Store's first mobile dating companies and investing in early stage digital media start-ups for Pritzker Group Venture Capital in LA and Chicago. He was previously an M&A analyst in technology investment banking at Rothschild in London, the first business development hire at a venture backed spin-off of New Line Cinema, and a corporate strategist for Warner Bros. He is on the board of Cents of Relief, a charity based in Connecticut that focuses on reducing human trafficking in Indian urban slums. He is a regular speaker and writer on AR/VR, gaming, media, and venture capital. Sunny serves as Board Observer with Signia’s investments in Super Evil Megacorp, Tenor, and 8i. He also worked closely with Signia's investments in auto startup, Cruise (acquired by GM for $1bn+), and PC gaming company, Phoenix Labs. He invests across consumer and enterprise sector startups, with a particular interest in gaming, consumer tech, e-commerce, and virtual reality.Read More
Laura Lewis is an agent in the film finance and sales group at the Creative Artists Agency. She has worked on packaging and financing films including DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE IMITATION GAME, THE BUTLER, and STILL ALICE. Prior to joining CAA in 2010, she worked at Double L Media and Strategy where she advised private equity companies, producers, and investors on their feature film financing funds. She was previously the Director of Development at Ed Saxon Productions and a Creative Executive at Twentieth Century Fox. Laura graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Political Science and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.Read More
Robert Sumner is the Associate Director of Disney Research Zurich (DRZ) and an Adjunct Professor at ETH Zurich. At DRZ, Robert leads the lab’s research in animation and games. His research group strives to bypass technical barriers in animation and game production pipelines with new algorithms that expand the designer’s creative toolbox in terms of depiction, movement, deformation, stylization, control, and efficiency. Robert received a B.S. degree in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich before joining Disney. At ETH, Robert teaches a course called the Game Programming Laboratory in which students from ETH and the Zurich University of the Arts work in small teams to design and implement novel video games. In 2015, Robert founded the ETH Game Technology Center, which provides an umbrella over ETH research, teaching, and outreach in the area of game technology.
Dario Suter started in the film business with Christoph Daniel and Marc Schmidheiny in 2008. In Berlin, the three partners founded DCM and have already produced and distributed multiple films: THE ARTIST, QUARTET, KON-TIKI, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, THE GREAT BEAUTY, and BIBI&TINA among others. Since Joel Brandeis joined the eponymous partners in 2010, DCM stands for a Swiss quartet. DCM’s other business field is supporting internet startups as a business angel. Currently, DCM has a total of sixteen shareholdings in its portfolio, which is divided into three areas: Entertainment, technology and e-commerce. As lead investor, DCM is highly involved in the strategic development of its entertainment start-ups Zoobe, tape.tv and Flimmer.Read More