As head of the Oakland Athletics front office since 1997, Billy Beane is one of the most transformative minds in sports history. His pioneering use of advanced statistics, which has kept the A’s competitive despite significant financial disadvantages, has inspired a generation of sports and business leaders and was the subject of the 2002 book and 2011 film Moneyball. He also sits on the board of Netsuite, co-authored an article on possible remedies to the U.S. health care crisis, and serves as an advisor for the Dutch soccer club AZ Alkmaar.
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is the first general manager in NBA history to come from a non-traditional basketball background and bring analytics to his sport. As co-founder and co-chair of the yearly MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, he’s given a platform to a new era of forward-thinking sports professionals. His educational pedigree shows his qualifications to be at the forefront of sports innovation: He holds a computer science degree from Northwestern, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and serves as an adjunct professor in the Sport Management Program at Rice University.
One of the most prominent and successful venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, John Malloy has been an integral part of the explosive growth stages of numerous high-tech services and brands. He is General Partner and co-founder of BlueRun Ventures, where he focuses on mobile software and services opportunities across both consumer and enterprise businesses. John has been an integral part of the explosive growth phases of major services and brands such as Friends & Family, Nokia, PayPal and Waze.