Lifograph CEO Dea Wilson to host rare fireside chat with Microsoft GM Dave Mendlen

By Tim Hinchliffe May 7, 2018
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Dea Wilson, Founder and CEO at the ‘Wiki of People,” Lifograph, is hosting a rare fireside chat with Microsoft General Manager and Executive Producer of the Decoded Show, Dave Mendlen.


David Mendlen

Dave Mendlen has built and managed multi-billion dollar software businesses and is a sought-after speaker and commentator on TV and media, as well as a contributor to various startup accelerators and publications, including The Next Web.

Apart from heading up Lifograph, Dea Wilson is a serial entrepreneur and Managing Director at Silicon Valley Incubator. She is also an Angel Investor at the Wharton Alumni Angels and Tech Angels, her investment interest being in consumer, mobile and SaaS startups.

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Dea Wilson

Dubbed Ms. Silicon Valley, Wilson is a big supporter of female founders and investors and currently leads a community of almost 1,000 women leaders and entrepreneurs.

Mendlen will fly in from Seattle just to share his stories with the Lifograph community on Wednesday, May 16 at 5:45PM at Procopio in Palo Alto, California.


  • 5:45pm – 6:30pm – Networking reception
  • 6:30pm – 7:45pm – Speaker program
  • 7:45pm – 8:15pm – General networking

Due to his great ability for engaging communication, Mendlen was chosen as a speechwriter for Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, composing landmark speeches featured in the media, including Bill Gates’ last speech and Steve Ballmer’s first speech as CEO of Microsoft.

On the Decoded Show, Mendlen works behind the scenes while Host John Shewchuk leads the way in front of the camera, with many appearances by Microsoft Corporate Vice President – AI Business Steve “Guggs” Guggenheimer.

As an Executive Director at The VC Network and LifographTV, Wilson interviews many prominent VCs, angels, executives and founders in Silicon Valley and tech.

Earlier in her career Wilson worked at two Fortune 100 companies, Microsoft and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

The event in Palo Alto is a RARE occassion to meet and listen to Dave Mendlen, General Manager at Microsoft, as he is being interviewed fireside chat style by Dea Wilson, Founder of Lifograph – the Wiki of People.