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Meet the speakers of the third panel of SEI Torino Forum



Luciana Lixandru focuses on consumer internet, software and marketplace businesses.

She helped lead Accel’s investments and ongoing work in UiPath, Deliveroo, Framer, Avito, Catawiki, Vinted and others. She is also an independent director of Showroomprive (public). Prior to Accel, Luciana was with Summit Partners.

Luciana is from Romania and graduated from Georgetown University.



Matt Cohler is a general partner at Benchmark, where he has partnered with entrepreneurs as an early-stage investor and board member at companies including Asana, Domo, Duo Security, 1stdibs, Instagram, Quora, ResearchGate, Tinder, and Uber, and as a board observer at Xapo and Zendesk.

Before joining Benchmark Matt was a member of the leadership team at Facebook, where he was the company’s seventh employee, and at LinkedIn, where he was a member of the founding team.

Matt has also worked with several philanthropic organizations, including the Against Malaria Foundation, the Center for Disease Control Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the San Francisco Symphony, UCSF, and Women for Women International. He holds a BA in Music from Yale University.



Mike joined Index in 2009 to help establish the firm’s San Francisco office with Danny Rimer.

Previously, Mike held a number of executive positions including Chief Strategy Officer and SVP/GM of the routing business at Cisco. During his 13-year tenure there, he and his team were responsible for the acquisition of over 70 companies, including several multi-billion deals. Mike also managed a P&L in excess of $10B in revenues.

Cisco’s acquisition strategy has been widely regarded as an industry model for technology mergers and acquisitions.

Mike currently serves on the boards of Pure Storage, Hortonworks, Elastic, Zuora, Confluent, Aurora, Sonos, Wealthfront, Big Switch Networks, Cockroach Labs and Kong. Mike was previously a director of Blue Bottle Coffee, and StorSimple. He also serves on the board of Fiat Chrysler Automotive.

Mike has a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a trustee of the Castilleja School in Palo Alto and he also serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Knight Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University.

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