Daphne Kis

Chief Executive Officer
WorldQuant University
Daphne Kis currently serves as an advisor to the Markle Foundation’s initiative on Economic Security. She has spent many years as a strategic business consultant to young, growing companies and until recently, was CEO of SheWrites.com, an early-stage startup that is building a publishing 2.0 platform where writers maximize engagement and profit from audiences. She serves on the board of directors of Applywise, an online management tool for the college application process, and of iPerceptions, a publicly traded Canadian web analytics company where shealso chairs the compensation committee. She is a managing director at Golden Seeds, an angel network that invests in women-led companies and recently co-led a $1.5 million financing round for, and now serves on the board of, Style for Hire, a national peer-to-peer network and technology platform for trained fashion stylists. On the non-profit front, Kis is a board director for Young Audiences Arts for Learning, a national affiliate network that serves more than 5 million children in nearly 7,000 schools and community centers around thecountry. She serves on the board’s advocacy committee and is heading its site redesign initiative. Kis is a leader in global technology, venture and entrepreneurial circles with nearly thirty years of expertise taking early stage entrepreneurial ideas through many phases of raising capital, business development, and clarifying and executing on strategy. With a solid track record of successful implementations, Kis combines high-level strategic thinking about industry trends with extensive operational experience. Recent clients have included ContentNext Media, a Guardian UK company and Cerego, a Japanese company that has developed a proprietary adaptive learning platform. She was also recently engaged as strategy consultant to Startl.org, a MacArthur and Gates Foundation funded organization that is seeding innovation in the technology and education arena. Kis is committed to women and entrepreneurship acting as equity advisor to several women-led companies and has coached several startups through Springboard Enterprises, Women Innovate Mobile, New York’s Entrepreneurs Roundtable. Kis spent 18 years as the president & ceo of EDventure Holdings where she was publisher of Release 1.0, the information technology ‘s premier monthly report on emerging trends which helped guide and disseminate many of the breakthroughs that today’s tech users take for granted. She was executive producer of PC Forum, which year after year brought start-up innovators (such as Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Symantec) together with the industry’s most powerful leaders (Microsoft, HP, IBM). PC Forum regularly reshaped the technology landscape by introducing innovations such as the Palm Pilot, AOL and ICQ (the original instant messaging technology), and by hosting the rollout of blogging and social networking technologies such as Flickr and LinkedIn.