Samala is Co-Founder + Managing Partner at Jump Canon, a venture firm offering early stage investment to founders of spectacular, unconventional and underrepresented backgrounds. She’s been committed to inclusive innovation and disruptive creativity in tech since long before they became en vogue.

Samala embodies multitudes — a believer and weaver of strong social fabric, a Wharton business school grad, and a DJ that’s played all over the world. Inexorably unique and grounded in her experiences as a serial creator/founder/entrepreneur, Samala’s accomplishments transcend the confines of any single industry, medium or continent. But is always grounded in community.

She co-founded America’s first national organization to digitally serve Asian Pacific American communities: 18MR.org. Through new media, digital campaigns and groundbreaking online vehicles for civic engagement, her team reached and organized Asian Pacific Americans during an election cycle that saw the highest voter registration and turnout for the country’s fastest growing demographic. She was on the Story of Stuff Project’s founding team as Director of Strategy & Media, creating capacity to entertain, educate and engage over 40M people globally for environmental justice. Her work and writing in technology, social innovation and civics has been featured at Obama’s White House LGBTQ Technology & Innovation Summit, the Aspen Institute, in Forbes, The New Yorker, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera and Refinery29, and recognized by Congress and California Legislature.

Prior to launching 18MR.org and seven movies with The Story of Stuff Project, Samala created START Mobile, one of the earliest digital media distribution networks for mobile. The global platform helped more than 500 artists — including Shepard Fairey, Justin Bua and David Choe — reach new markets via mobile devices. At peak popularity, START had users and art installations across the United States, Central & South America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, India, China, and Russia. As a consultant, Samala has worked with institutions like Mozilla, Tides, the National Association for Independent Schools, Level Playing Field Institute and Intersection for the Arts. She serves on the Advisory Council of the World Food Programme’s Innovation Accelerator and Investment Committee of New Media Ventures’ Innovation Fund.

Summits Attended: 2016 SF, 2018 NY

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.