He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies. His most recent books are `Social Physics,' published by Penguin Press, and 'Honest Signals', published by MIT Press.
Bijan Sabet | Spark Capital
Bijan primarily invests in digital canvases and online communities for people at work and at play. He typically invests in startups after becoming a passionate user of the product. In particular, he looks for new approaches to building communities through the sharing of ideas and interests. Bijan led early investments for Spark in Trello, Stack Exchange, Crowdrise, Foursquare, OMGPOP (acquired by Zynga), thePlatform (acquired by Comcast), Runkeeper (acquired by Asics), Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo) and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR).
Before becoming an investor, Bijan led product management and/or business development at GameLogic (acquired by Scientific Games), Moxi Digital (acquired by Digeo) and WebTV Networks (acquired by Microsoft Corporation).
Bijan holds a B.S. degree from Boston College. He lives in Boston with his wife and three kids and is a passionate amateur photographer.
Kat Manalac | Y Combinator
Kat Manalac is a partner at Y Combinator and originally joined as its first Director of Outreach. Kat focuses on finding great entrepreneurs for the program. Prior to YC, Kat worked as Chief of Staff to Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of reddit and head of the nonprofit Breadpig. Before that, she was at WIRED Magazine. Kat attended Northwestern University where she studied communications and worked with the university's Web Use Project. Kat was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Magatte Wade | Tiossan
Magatte Wade was born in Senegal, educated in Germany and France, and launched her entrepreneurial career in the San Francisco Bay Area. Magatte is a serial-entrepreneur and passionate advocate of positive change in business, gender roles, and Africa. Magatte is a Forbes “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa”, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum at Davos, a TED Global Africa Fellow and a "Leading Woman in Wellness” award winner by the Global Wellness Summit (she later got invited to join the Board, where she now serves). Magatte also serves on the Advisory Board of the Whole Planet Foundation, of Whole Foods Market.
Jerry Colonna | Reboot.io
Jerry Colonna is an American venture capitalist and certified professional coach who played a prominent part in the early development of Silicon Alley. He is the recipient of numerous awards and a speaker on topics ranging from leadership to starting businesses. Colonna has been named to Upside magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People of the New Economy, Forbes ASAP's list of the best VCs in the country, and Worth's list of the 25 most generous young Americans. He is a co-founder and CEO of the executive coaching and leadership development company, Reboot.io. He also serves as chairman on the Board of Trustees at Naropa University.
Jennifer Hanley | Tusk Ventures
Jennifer Hanley brings twenty years of strategic communications experience to Tusk’s clients across politics, finance, corporate communications and the regulatory environment.
Prior to joining Tusk Ventures, Jennifer was the head of global communications and corporate engagement at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), a leading global investment firm that manages investments across multiple asset classes including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit and hedge funds. Jennifer successfully oversaw all internal and external communications and launched the firm’s corporate philanthropy program.
Prior to joining KKR in 2012, Jennifer worked at J.P. Morgan Chase, where she was a Managing Director working on the firm’s international expansion efforts, as well as Global Head of Marketing & Communications for the Treasury & Securities Services (TSS) business. She also served as a senior adviser and member of the executive committee to the TSS CEO.
Before joining J.P. Morgan Chase in 2008, Jennifer spent close to six years as press secretary for Hillary Clinton during her tenure as a U.S. Senator and during her presidential campaign.
Jennifer received a B.A. from American University in Washington, DC.
Dario Gil | IBM Research
Dr. Gil is a leading technologist and senior executive at IBM. As Vice President of Science and Solutions of IBM Research, Dr. Gil directs a global organization of some 1,500 researchers across 11 laboratories. He has direct responsibility for IBM’s science agenda, with a broad portfolio of activities spanning the physical sciences, the mathematical sciences, healthcare and the life sciences. Dr. Gil is also responsible for IBM’s cognitive solutions research agenda, which aims to create scientific and technological breakthroughs to differentiate IBM’s solutions businesses and serves as an incubator for future cognitive industry solutions for IBM and its clients. Prior to his current position, Dr. Gil was the Director of Symbiotic Cognitive Systems, where he led the creation of cognitive environments, highly interactive physical spaces designed to improve the quality of decision-making through always-on ambient intelligence. During his tenure he was responsible for the design and creation of three pioneering laboratories and experiential centers: the Cognitive Environments Laboratory, the IBM Research THINKLab and the IBM Watson Experience Center.
Dr. Gil is a passionate advocate of collaborative research business models and is the creator and Founding Director of two research consortia: the IBM Research Frontiers Institute and the Smarter Energy Research Institute. An expert in the field of nanofabrication, he led the team that built the world’s first microprocessor with immersion lithography in 2004.
Dr. Gil is a frequent speaker at business events, conferences (including TED), universities, research institutions and foundations. His research results have appeared in over 20 international journals and conferences, and he is the author of numerous patents. Dr. Gil is a member of the Future Trends Forum, the Industrial Advisory Group of the Institute of Photonic Sciences and an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Tricia Kemp | Oak HC/FT
Patricia is a General Partner of Oak HC/FT where she focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities exclusively in financial services technology. Since Oak HC/FT’s launch in September 2014, Patricia has led the fund’s investments in Fastpay, Feedzai, Insureon and Trov among others, and sits on the boards of each. She is also a Board Observer on Poynt.
Patricia joined Oak Investment Partners as a Venture Partner in 2002 and continues to serve on the Boards of Duedil and Freshbooks. Some of Patricia’s past portfolio activity includes Vesta Corporation, Acculynk, Argus Information & Advisory Services (acquired by Verisk Analytics), Harbor Payments (acquired by American Express), NetSpend Corporation (acquired TSYS), Point Carbon (acquired by Thomson Reuters), and TxVia (acquired by Google).
Patricia’s history includes over 11 years of senior management experience at Cendant (formerly CUC International). At various times she was responsible for the marketing, operations, or general management of a variety of direct marketing credit card affinity programs. Patricia has also previously held positions at Hewlett Packard and Merrill Lynch.
Tricia earned a BA and MBA from Stanford University.
Tony Tjan | Cue Ball
Tony Tjan is an entrepreneur, strategic advisor, and venture investor. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck and CEO of The Cue Ball Group, a private investment and venture capital firm based in Boston. He is also the Chairman and co-founder of MiniLuxe, a retail services brand focused on transforming the nail care services industry with studio locations in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. Prior to joining Cue Ball, Tony served as Vice Chairman of The Parthenon Group and as Senior Advisor to the CEO of The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters), where he worked to transform the publishing company into one of the world’s largest information services corporations. He began his career at McKinsey & Company, and in 1996 founded the Internet services firm ZEFER, a pioneering early commercial web initiative that eventually grew to more than $100 million in annual revenue.
Tony holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Business School, and has also served as a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School. He is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and a member of the Advisory Council for the MIT Media Lab.
Bradley Tusk | Tusk Ventures
Bradley started Tusk Ventures to help startups work with governments at scale.
In 2010, Bradley started Tusk Strategies, a political and strategic consulting firm dedicated to helping major institutions run multi-jurisdictional campaigns to shape their public reputation, overcome regulatory hurdles, and proactively engage governments to solve problems and seize opportunities. Tusk Strategies works with Fortune 500 companies like Google, Walmart, AT&T and Expedia, media companies like AMC, NBC News, The Weather Channel, Discovery and Cablevision, institutions like Stanford University, and individuals like Mike Bloomberg.
Previously, Bradley served as the campaign manager for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s successful re-election bid in 2009. Bradley served as Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois from 2003-2006. He oversaw the $60 billion state budget in addition to policy, legislation, communications, and operations encompassing 57,000 employees.
After serving as Deputy Governor, Bradley served as Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, where he created the lottery monetization group and headed all of its efforts regarding U.S. based lotteries.
Earlier in his career, Bradley served as Special Assistant to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Communications Director for New York Senator Charles Schumer. Bradley also served as Senior Advisor to New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, and was an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University. Bradley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago Law School.
Kevin Colleran | Slow Ventures
One of Facebook's first 10 employees.
Kevin Colleran is Managing Director of Slow Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund run by a group of early Facebook executives. Slow manages nearly $250 million in capital financed by a group of 100+ tech industry founders, CEO's, executives as well as a select group of notable venture capital firms and endowments. At Slow, Colleran focuses on early stage tech investments in consumer and enterprise startups including Pinterest, Barkbox, Birchbox, Postmates, Nextdoor, Casper, Pillpack, Classpass, Shyp, Breather, Slack, Product Hunt, Evernote, AngelList, Handy, Wealthfront and 180+ other companies. Kevin was also recently a Venture Partner and Advisor at General Catalyst Partners and wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal (online & print) as part of their "Accelerators" section.
Previously Kevin was one of the first 10 employees at Facebook Inc. having joined in early 2005 as their first advertising sales person. He stayed at Facebook for nearly 7 years on the revenue team leaving in 2012 after having become the longest tenured employee at the company other than Mark Zuckerberg.
Ariadna Font Llitjós | IBM Emerging Technology Experiences
Ariadna (Ari) Font Llitjós is Director of Emerging Technology Experiences at IBM Research, with the main mission to bring science to the world. Leveraging design thinking and lean UX best practices, Ari leads a team of researchers, developers, and designers identifying and enhancing scientific breakthroughs and creating and launching experiences that have significant impact on people’s lives.
In her previous life, upon obtaining a Ph.D in Language and Information Technologies in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (August 2007), she had over 5 different roles at a startup, ranging from computational linguist and UX lead to development manager.
Saikat Dey | Guardhat, Inc.
Saikat Dey is a co-founder of Guardhat, Inc., a start up based in Detroit aiming to create an industrial IoT and wearables platform for workers in heavy manufacturing industries like steel, oil and gas and mining. Every year, over 4600 people lose their lives on the jobs in these industries due to unsafe work conditions. Guardhat, aims to change that by creating a wearable IIOT platform that provides real time situational awareness and connectivity to frontline workers in such industries.
Previously, Saikat served as the CEO of Severstal NA, which was the fourth largest flat steelmaker in the US competing against the likes of Nucor, US Steel and Arcelor Mittal. Severstal is considered one of the best examples of heavy manufacturing revival in the United States, with flagship locations in Michigan and Mississippi. Saikat led the successful turnaround and divestiture of these assets in September 2014 to two of its rivals.
He joined Severstal from McKinsey & Co. where he worked in the Global Energy and Materials practice. He is widely recognized as a global thought leader on investment strategies, commercial optimization and operational improvement within commodity industries, and has recently authored the book “Uncommoditized” which serves as a quick read on the DNA of successful players. He holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and an undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India.
Habib Haddad | E14 Fund
Habib is a serial entrepreneur and an early stage investor. He is currently the President and Managing Director of E14 the MIT Media Lab fund focused on early stage companies out of MIT. Prior to that he was the founding CEO of Wamda, a platform of programs and networks that aims to accelerate entrepreneurship ecosystems across the Middle East and North Africa region. He also served as a Venture Partner of Wamda Capital, a growth capital VC fund. His work in the MENA region is credited with playing a key role in strengthening its nascent entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Before Wamda, Habib was based in Boston where he founded Yamli an award winning startup focused on linguistics and the Arabic language. In 2012 he sold the technology to Yahoo! He was also the founding member of Mok3, a venture backed MIT CSAIL spinoff that developed an image based modeling software
In 2009, the World Economic Forum recognized Habib as a Young Global Leader and was named as a top innovator under 35 (TR35) by the MIT Technology review in 2011. In 2013, He was the Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum council on entrepreneurship and currently sits on the Global Future Council on Systems and Platforms.
Habib holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Peter Weed | McKinsey Fast Growth Tech
Peter is the global co-head of McKinsey’s ‘Growth Tech' Practice, serving leading growth stage innovators and their VC / Growth PE investors. The practice is delivering real and lasting impact through a range of approaches that fit smaller companies — CEO counseling relationships, repeatable codified assets such as SaaS Growth Benchmarking, off-the-shelf insights (www.SaasRadar.com), and rapid lean growth focused projects.
Since launching three years ago, Peter has helped build this McKinsey Practice, and as of December 2016 their impact includes 150+ projects in the last couple years for 130+ growth-stage venture backed tech companies.
Prior to his current role, Peter spent nearly 8 years as a leader in McKinsey's 'Tech, Media, and Telecom' Practice. Prior to McKinsey Peter was a Product Manager in Microsoft's Enterprise Server division 2001-2004, a software entrepreneur, and an entrepreneur in residence 1999-2001. He holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University (2000), and MBA with Highest Distinction (Valedictorian) from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (2006).
Navjot Singh | McKinsey
Dr. Navjot Singh is a leader in McKinsey's Pharmaceuticals and Medicals practice and Public Sector Practice. He is also the Managing Partner of the Boston Office, and is a leader in the Corporate Finance and Strategy Practice. He is also the co-founder of the Center of Asset Optimization where McKinsey does Asset level work with Innovative, Specialty and Generics companies all around the world. He has over 15 years of experience at McKinsey and over 6 years at GE. He has broad experience serving pharmaceutical companies across the value chain. Some of his experiences include:extensive experiences across the pharmaceutical industry in R&D strategies, operational effectiveness, integration management and leading several engagements with Private Equity clients investing in the Health Care sector
Dr. Singh received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has a B. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology. He is a co-author of more than a dozen peer reviewed articles and external presentations on pharmaceutical R&D. He is also a co-inventor on over 15 patents and has published in reputed journals such as In Vivo and Nature Drug Discovery. He is also the Chair of the Board for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Casey | MIT Media Lab
Currently Senior Advisor to the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, Casey has two decades of experience as a journalist—most recently as a senior columnist at The Wall Street Journal, covering digital currency, global finance, and economics. In addition to co-authoring The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order — a “timely and colorful book [that] is a rewarding place to learn it all” (The New York Times) and “the most thorough and readable account of the short life of this controversial currency” (The Washington Post)—and hundreds of bylines at WSJ, he has written for Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Financial Times and many other publications. He is also the author of two prior books: The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Financial System Destroys the Middle Class and Che’s Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image. His new book is The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life (co-authored with Oliver Luckett), about how social media functions just like a living being.
Gareth Keane | Qualcomm Ventures
Gareth Keane is an Investment Manager with Qualcomm Ventures, based in the Bay Area. His career to date has stretched from engineering roles to venture capital investment.
Prior to Qualcomm Ventures he worked for two years in the corporate development teams at National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments, focused on strategic investment, corporate M&A and corporate strategy. Previously he worked for PMC-Sierra and a number of other technology firms across both hardware and software.
Gareth has an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast and a BE in Electronic Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Gareth is also a Kauffman Fellow.
Roberto Rigobon | MIT Sloan
Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA.
Roberto is a Venezuelan economist whose areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. Roberto focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. Currently he studies properties of international pricing practices, trying to produce alternative measures of inflation. He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project, and a co-founder of PriceStats.
Roberto joined the business school in 1997 and has won both the "Teacher of the Year" award and the "Excellence in Teaching" award at MIT three times.
He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1997, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela) in 1991, and his BS in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) in 1984. He is married with three kids.
Karl Iagnemma | nuTonomy
Karl Iagnemma is CEO of nuTonomy, the leading developer of state-of-the-art software for self-driving cars, which he co-founded in 2013. As CEO, Karl has established nuTonomy's US and Singapore offices, spearheaded nuTonomy's fundraising efforts, and led the recruitment of a world-class 50+ person technical team.
Karl was previously a Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directed the Institute’s Robotic Mobility Group. His research has resulted in more than 150 technical papers and 19 issued or filed patents, and has found application in passenger vehicle safety systems, robotic surgery, and Mars surface exploration, among other domains.
As an author of multiple fiction novels and short story connections, Karl won several major awards including the Paris Review Discovery Prize and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
S. Somasegar | Madrona Venture Group
Soma joined Madrona in November 2015 and is a Managing Director at Madrona. Prior to Madrona, Soma had a successful twenty-seven year career at Microsoft Corporation. His last role at Microsoft was Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division.
Soma has long been an angel investor with investments across a wide range of technology areas both in the U.S. and internationally. At Madrona, he is focusing on Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Applications, Developer centric platforms and tools, and the emergence of new technologies such as VR/AR. He has authored several pieces outlining Madrona’s thinking about how these technologies will evolve.
Kent Bennett | Bessemer Venture Partners
Kent Bennett, a Partner in Bessemer's Cambridge, Mass. office, joined the company in 2008. Kent focuses on investments in the "big data", data-infrastructure sectors as well as tech-enabled consumer service models.
Prior to joining Bessemer, Kent was a creative executive for an entertainment-production company, where he developed and sold original material including a network television pilot and a feature film. He began his career with Bain & Co.
Kent holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar.
Brian Halligan | CEO, Hubspot
Brian Halligan is CEO & Co-Founder of HubSpot, a marketing software company he co-founded eight years ago to help businesses transform the way they market their products.
Brian is also a Senior Lecturer at MIT where he teaches 15.S16 Entrepreneurial Product Development and Marketing. He is author of two books: Marketing Lessons From the Grateful Dead and Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs, which is in its seventh printing, has sold more than 50,000 copies, has been translated into nine languages, and peaked at #17 overall on the Amazon bestseller list.
Brian was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 New England award recipient.
Enrique Salem | Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures
Enrique Salem joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2014 as Managing Director of the Palo Alto office. He focuses on infrastructure software and services.
Enrique was previously the president and CEO of Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) and brings more than twenty-seven years of executive experience in technology and security to Bain Capital Ventures. In March 2011, Salem was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Management Advisory Board and also currently serves on the board of Fireye, Atlassian, DocuSign, Clari, Cloudgenix and ForeScout. Before Symantec, Enrique was president and CEO of Brightmail, the leading anti-spam software company acquired by Symantec in 2004.
Enrique was named 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young and 2007 Corporate Executive of the Year by Hispanic Net.
Dave McClure | Founder & Partner, 500 Startups
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally invest in startups foolish enough to let him. He has been an investor in over 800 companies including Mint.com, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, among others.
Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio, Mint.com, Simply Hired, O'Reilly Media, Intel, & Microsoft. Years ago he used to do real work like coding or marketing or running conferences, but these days he mostly does useless stuff like sending lots of email, blogging, and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.
Kaidi Ruusalepp | Founder CEO, Funderbeam
Kaidi Ruusalepp is the founder and CEO of Funderbeam, the world’s startup marketplace. Her company combines startup analytics, syndicated investing, and trading on the secondary market. Powered by blockchain technology, the marketplace delivers capital to startups and on-demand liquidity to investors worldwide. Kaidi is a former CEO of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange and of the Central Securities Depository. A lawyer by training, she co-authored the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000 -- landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and, in turn, the country’s booming electronic economy.
Chris Lynch - Accomplice
Chris is a partner at Accomplice where he invested in sqrrl, DataRobot, Gizmox, Threat Stack, Nutonian and Hadapt. He co-founded hack/reduce, a Boston-based Big Data incubator in May 2012. Lynch is a business builder with $7B+ in exits. He was a founding member of ArrowPoint communications and Acopia Networks where he served as CEO. Additionally, he was CEO at Vertica Systems.
Chris is also a passionate supporter of St. Baldrick's, the largest fundraiser for pediatric cancer research
Anis Uzzaman - Fenox
Anis Uzzaman, Ph.D is the General Partner, Chief Executive and founding member of Fenox Venture Capital. With several multi-million dollar funds under management, Fenox Venture Capital focuses its investment in IT, Health IT, Consumer Internet, Cloud, Big Data, Mobile, Social, Payment Systems and Next Generation Technologies. Anis has invested in over 50 startups in the United States, Japan, and South East Asia. Some of the prominent USA startups in the Fenox portfolio include Sidecar, Genius, LARK and ShareThis. Anis has published more than 30 technical papers, and is the author of the “Startup Bible – The Silicon Valley Way of Developing Success” ; "Startup Success - The Six Steps To Building A Successful Startup" and "Startuppedia - Guide To Build Startup - Silicon Valley Way".
David Fialkow - General Catalyst
David is a co-founder (with Joel Cutler) and a managing director of General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm with offices in Cambridge, New York City and Palo Alto, California. Prior to General Catalyst, David and Joel co-founded and operated numerous businesses together focused on building applied technology-based platforms and tools for the travel, financial services, specialty retail, and payment processing industries. These businesses included: National Leisure Group; Alliance Development Group; Retail Growth ATM Systems; and Starboard Cruise Services, the operator of more than 300 duty-free retail stores on 100 cruise ships. David is a former associate of Thomas H. Lee Company and U.S. Venture Partners. David also serves on the boards of Facing History and Ourselves, Debate Mate and is the chairman of the board of The Pan-Mass Challenge. David and his wife, Nina (former producer of PBS television series, This Old House, The Victory Garden and The New Yankee Workshop), have produced numerous documentary films together. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Boston College Law School.
Diana Frazier - FLAG Capital
Diana H. Frazier is a Senior Advisor at FLAG Capital Management, LLC. Ms. Frazier is a Senior Advisor to the firm's United States Venture Capital strategy. She co-founded the firm in 1994 and previously served as a the Founding Partner. She co-headed the firm’s United States venture capital strategy. Ms. Frazier is the Founding Advisor to the Institute for Private Investors Inc. Previously, she spent nine years at BancBoston Ventures, rising to the rank of President. Ms. Frazier served as Managing Director at Kapor Enterprises, Inc. She also started the family office for a very successful technology entrepreneur and oversaw his public, private and fund investments. Ms. Frazier serves as a Trustee of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). Ms. Frazier serves as Director of National Association of Small Business Investment Companies. She is a former Director of NASBIC. She served as a Director of the National Venture Capital Association till May 2014. Ms. Frazier has over 30 years of experience in the private equity business as a direct investor and as a fund investor. Ms. Frazier is a recipient of the FWA 2005 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. Ms. Frazier received an M.S. from Sloan School of Management at M.I.T and a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College.
Bob Higgins - Highland Capital Partners
Panelist - VC Business Model Innovation
Bob Higgins has over 30 years of venture and private equity investment experience. He is a co-founder and managing partner of Causeway Media Partners, a growth equity firm focused on the sports media and sports IT industries. He also co-founded Highland Capital Partners where he serves on its Executive Committee.
He is a former director of the National Venture Capital Association and president of the New England Venture Capital Association.
Bob is Chairman of the advisory boards of Waterline Ventures and NaviMed Capital. Earlier in his career, he ran three private foundations after serving in appointive office in the federal government.
Bob is a graduate of Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he is a Senior Lecturer teaching courses on entrepreneurship. In 2012, Bob was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Jay Acunzo - NextView
Panelist - VC Business Model Innovation
Jay Acunzo is the VP of platform at seed-stage VC, NextView, and host of the popular startup podcast, Traction. Along with the show, Jay leads the development of a wide array of projects to help startups gain initial traction. Prior to NextView, he served as a digital media strategist at Google and head of content and editorial at multiple startups, most notably HubSpot. Find him @Jay_zo or via SorryForMarketing.com
Elizabeth Yin - 500 Startups
Panelist - VC Business Model Innovation
Elizabeth Yin is a Partner at 500 Startups. She invests in seed and accelerator startups and also runs the500 Startups Mountain View accelerator program. She previously started a B2B adtech company called LaunchBit (which was 500 backed and acquired by BuySellAds). In a past life, she worked as a product marketer at Google. Elizabeth has a BSEE from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Christopher Mirabile - Launchpad
Panelist - VC Business Model Innovation
Christopher Mirabile is the Chair of the Angel Capital Association and the co-founder of portfolio management tool www.seraf-investor.com. He is also co-Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a venture investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. Launchpad is the largest angel group in New England and top-three ranked group in the U.S. As a full-time angel investor and an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community, Christopher has made more than 60 investments in start-up companies. He was named one of the "Top Angel Investors in New England" by Xconomy. Christopher is a columnist for Inc.com, an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at Babson's Olin School of Business, a regular advisor and mentor to start-ups, and a frequent panelist and speaker. He is a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors of numerous start-up companies and non-profits. Christopher has served as a public company CFO and General Counsel with IONA Technologies PLC, a corporate and securities lawyer with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse's Strategic Consulting Group.
Deborah Theobald - Vecna Technologies
Fireside Chat - Alternatives to VC Funding
Deborah co-founded Vecna Technologies in 1998 and the Vecna Cares Charitable Trust in 2009. During that time she has guided the company to its present position as the world leader in multiple product lines. Deborah speaks regularly at conferences and has won numerous awards for her company’s achievements as well as its strong commitment to being socially responsible and improving the world for future generations. Deborah’s MIT and UMD SSL degrees in Aerospace Engineering concentrated on robotics and human factors of space travel, including impact on human physiology and health maintenance. For her master’s thesis she tested a custom-built, haptic robot-human interface in varying environments including NASA’s KC–135 microgravity jet.
Matthew Nordan - Prime Coalition / MNL Partners
Panelist - Alternatives to VC Funding
Matthew Nordan is a Managing Partner at MNL Partners, which develops energy and environmental projects in China and other high-growth economies. Before MNL, Matthew was a venture capital investor at Venrock – one of the world’s oldest and most successful venture capital firms – where he drove investments in FINsix (power electronics) and Nest Labs (energy efficiency, acquired by Google for $3.2 billion). Earlier, Matthew was President and co-founder of energy tech analyst firm Lux Research and an executive at Forrester Research. He serves on the boards of FINSix, Sense Labs, Quidnet Energy, Boston-Power, and Greentown Labs, and is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the nonprofit PRIME Coalition. He is a graduate of Yale.
Panelist (Moderator) - Alternatives to VC Funding
Alim Maherali is the Founder and Executive Director of C3 Inspire, a non-profit organization that brings together high potential students from different backgrounds and universities to start new businesses. He is also the Chairman of Board of Directors for the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group. Alim has a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation and has been working with start-ups companies since 2004.
Alim holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and has earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Alim is also working to complete his Master’s degree in International Relations at Harvard University.
AJ Perez - NVBOTS
Panelist (Moderator) - Investing in the Physical: Hardware Venture
AJ (Alfonso) Perez is the co-founder and CEO of NVBOTS, the manufacturer of the world's first fully-automated, cloud-connected 3D printer. AJ holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering '13 and Masters of Engineering in Manufacturing '14 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. AJ has developed and taught several classes during his career. Most recently, he co-developed the first graduate-level 3D printing class for the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dedicated to inspiring innovators nationwide and beyond, AJ lectures at MIT in the new 3D Printing course and guest lectures at Stanford and BU on 3D printing. Further, in collaboration with Citizen Schools, AJ developed a team-based experiential 3D design and 3D printing class for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. AJ was also a teaching assistant for the MIT Gordon Engineering Leadership and an engineering design teaching assistant for the MITES program. Prior to NVBOTS, AJ worked as a strategy consultant in Boston and London.
Seth Winterroth - Eclipse Ventures
Panelist - Investing in Hardware
Seth Winterroth is an investor at Eclipse Ventures. Prior to joining Eclipse, Seth was an investor at GE Ventures where he worked on a broad range of industries including: renewable energy, HCIT/mobile healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and industrial software; however his primary areas of focus were, robotics and additive manufacturing. Seth is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College.
Eclipse Ventures is an early-stage investment firm that focuses on modern hardware companies building businesses by leveraging hardware, robust software architecture, and compelling data. Founded in 2015 by a team of hardware experts, Eclipse has, so far, made 19 investments, and is redefining the way hardware companies are invested in and built.
Maria Thomas - SmartThings
Panelist - Investing in Hardware
Maria is the former Chief Consumer Officer at SmartThings, a player in the emerging consumer Internet of Things arena that is building an open platform for smart homes. She joined the company very early in its life as a non-founder executive responsible for building an iconic consumer brand, a go-to-market strategy and customer acquisition strategy, and all revenue through proprietary e-commerce and national retail channels. The company launched on Kickstarter in autumn of 2012 and was sold to Samsung two years later for a reported $200 million. Maria is an entrepreneur, CEO and board member leading businesses at the intersection of commerce, media and technology.
Nikhil Garg - Black Coral
Panelist - Investing in Hardware
Nikhil Garg is a Partner with Black Coral Capital where he focuses on clean technology investments across venture capital, project finance and growth equity opportunities. In addition, Nikhil currently serves as a Director on the boards of OneRoof Energy and Clean Energy Collective and previously as an Observer on the board of Next Step Living. Nikhil has spoken at a number of industry forums on topics including emerging business models, solar PV, energy efficiency, energy and climate policy, and alternative investment structures. Before joining Black Coral, Capital Nikhil was a member of Climate Change Capital’s carbon finance investment team. There, he helped lead U.S. strategy development for a $1.0 billion private equity fund, the evaluation of low carbon project and technology investments and management of the project portfolio. Prior to Climate Change Capital, Nikhil consulted for a leading carbon fund focused on opportunities in Russia and the CIS. In addition, Nikhil has worked in corporate venture capital and business development for Comcast and America Online where he invested in and developed early-stage technology-based businesses. Nikhil began his career as a management consultant with Bain & Co. where he advised industrial and technology clients on issues including M&A, process re-engineering, and product strategy. Nikhil holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he was recognized with the McKinsey Award and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
Ed Pease - WilmerHale
Fireside Chat Moderator - Evolution of VC / Entrepreneur Relationship
Ed Pease is a startup lawyer and partner in the Emerging Company Practice at WilmerHale. He advises technology companies in connection with equity structuring, intellectual property protection, seed stage and venture capital financing transactions and complex commercial transactions, including joint ventures, license agreements and strategic partnerships. He also represents venture capital funds, private equity and angel investors in a range of financing transactions and has spent a substantial part of his practice representing both buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions.
James has been an active seed-stage investor in mobile, cloud, consumer and enterprise software for more than 15 years. He has been on the boards of many early stage technology companies and is passionate how companies can best transition from seed to scaling.
He helped shape the transformation from Converge Venture Partners’ predecessor organization, CommonAngels, and has been a leader in shaping the professionalization of angel investing, co-founding two associations with the help of the Kauffman Foundation.
James has been on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and the Board of the MIT Alumni Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program at the UT-Austin, a master’s degree in political science from UCLA, and an MBA from MIT. James also is an avid rower and member of Cambridge Boat Club.
Mac Dougherty - Cognitive Electronics
Panelist - Patents
Mac is the CEO and Co-founder of Cognitive Electronics. He is also the founder and Chairman of AskOnline. Mac holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Valerie Mosley - Valmo Ventures
Panelist - Patents
Valerie Mosley is Chairwoman of Valmo Ventures, which creates, collaborates and invests in companies, assets, and efforts that have significant potential to grow, profit and add value to society. Prior to Valmo Ventures, Valerie was Partner, Senior Vice President and Investment Strategist at Wellington Management Company, LLP, an $800 billion global money management firm. Valerie graduated in 1982 with a BA in History from Duke, where she served as President and Vice President of the student body. She received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.
Randy Domolky - Liquid Capital Group
Panelist - Patents
Mr. Domolky is the Founder and Managing Director for Liquid Capital Group. He is a seasoned technology and venture capital executive with over 20 years of experience in senior management, business development and financial roles. Mr. Domolky has extensive experience building and maintaining over $100 million of venture capital and private equity fund-of-funds for institutional, municipal and individual investors. Since 2000, Liquid Capital Group has been managing portfolios of top venture funds and superior emerging information technology companies for high net worth individuals and families. Mr. Domolky is responsible for all operational aspects of the investment funds including: due diligence, investment selection, risk management, investor correspondence, investor reporting, accounting and fund administration. Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. Domolky was also a Managing Director at GKM Newport. GKM Newport was a venture capital and private equity fund-of-funds manager with over $1 billion in assets under management. Mr. Domolky was responsible for expanding and managing the day-to-day operations of the firm’s fund-of-funds offerings and assisting with client services, due diligence and portfolio monitoring for over $800 million in separately managed accounts. He was a member of the Investment Committee for GKM Newport Fund V, LP, where was responsible for due diligence, portfolio construction and day-to-day operations of this $25 million fund-of-funds. Also at GKM Newport, Mr. Domolky was the primary point-of-contact and chief architect for a $60 million separately managed account for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
A lifelong serial entrepreneur, Jere Doyle joined Sigma Prime Ventures in the fall of 2015 as a Managing Director. Jere is passionate about working with entrepreneurs, and is known for his energy and enthusiasm when helping his portfolio companies. Jere’s deep background in sales and marketing makes him particularly helpful to Founders and CEO's with their “go to market strategy”— with a focus is on how to drive and scale customer acquisition at the right price, while maximizing lifetime value of customers.
Prior to joining Sigma Prime, Jere came to be known as one of the most active startup coaches and seed/angel investors in the Boston area through both Doyle Enterprises and The Oyster Angel Fund. Jere made more than 50 such investments in over 4 years, investing in strong entrepreneurs who are building scalable companies with disruptive technologies and large market opportunities. Prior to mentoring and investing in seed-stage startups, Jere built two successful startup companies - Prospectiv and Global Marketing. Prospectiv was bootstrapped and acquired by Affinion Group.
Jere is also very active at Boston College, where he serves as the Executive Director of the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship at The Carroll School of Management.
Jere holds a BS in Marketing and Finance from the Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Shereen is a Boston-based angel investor and entrepreneur who works with Flybridge Capital Partners and its general partners as an advisor to support and broaden the firm’s investment activities in the Boston region.
Shereen served as a Fund Manager and CEO at Launch Angels, a Boston-based seed stage VC firm. She co-founded BuysideFX, where she led Product and was a member of the management team, and held a similar role at Boston-based Currensee (acq. Oanda). Her earlier career consisted of launching internal fintech ventures for large financial services firms, after joining the technology strategy firm DiamondCluster (acq. PWC) in its early days. Shereen also spent six years working as an environmental engineer after graduating from Duke University’s School of Engineering.
Shereen received her M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School and holds an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Big Brothers Big Sisters Massachusetts Bay.
Elliot Cook | Finnegan
Elliot C. Cook is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Reston, Virginia office. Mr. Cook maintains a diverse intellectual property practice, including patent litigation, post-grant patent challenges, patent prosecution, and patent monetization. He focuses on helping clients strategically develop patent portfolios that effectively block competitors and build corporate value. He works closely with clients to ensure that their patents align with and advance their business goals, thereby optimizing value and minimizing cost.
Darren Jiron | Finnegan
Darren M. Jiron is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Reston, Virginia office. Mr. Jiron has extensive experience in patent procurement, patent litigation, and post-grant patent proceedings before the PTAB. With this combined experience, Mr. Jiron enjoys helping clients build strategically developed patent portfolios that align with and support their business goals, block competitors, and build corporate value. He is also skilled in defensive and offensive patent portfolio assessment, patent validity and infringement opinions, due diligence, product clearance studies, and patent portfolio management.
Coppelia Marincovic | Solvay Ventures
Coppelia Marincovic is the Investment Manager North America at Solvay Ventures, the venture capital fund of Solvay. With over 100m EUR under management, the fund invests in advanced materials with application in energy transition, health & well being, industry 4.0, with a strong sustainability component.
Her prior experience in VC was at Sofinnova Partners, a large VC fund based in Paris where she specialized in cleantech and industrialbiology. Before joining Solvay, Coppelia was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, advising top-tier pharmaceuticals and chemicals corporations on strategy and resource productivity. While at McKinsey, she won a Gold Medal at the McKinsey New Ventures competition (formerly Practice Olympics). Prior to her MBA, Coppelia was a project manager with Thinkstep (formerly PE International), a leading sustainability consulting firm.
Coppelia holds a MBA from INSEAD, MSc. in Environmental Sciences from Harvard and MSc. in Chemistry from Chimie ParisTech.
AJ Perez | NVBOTS
AJ (Alfonso) Perez is the founder and Chairman of New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS), a Boston-based robotics company that has developed the world’s first fully automated cloud 3D printing management platform and multi-metal 3D printing. AJ holds a BS '13 in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing '14 from MIT. His studies focus on mechanical design and manufacturing processes automation. AJ has developed and taught several classes during his career. Most recently, he co-developed the first graduate level 3D printing class for the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to founding NVBOTS, AJ worked as a strategy consultant in Boston and London. AJ is also a serial inventor with patents granted and pending in the fields of additive manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, and medical devices.
TJ Parker | PillPack
TJ Parker is the co-founder and CEO of PillPack. Parker is a second generation pharmacist and holds a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He was named one of Forbes' '30 Under 30' in 2015 and Inc Magazine's ‘30 under 30’ "Most Dynamic Young CEOs in America" in 2016.
Ziad Sultan | Google
Ziad leads Product Management for Newsstand, Google Play’s premium newsreader installed on one billion mobile devices. Prior to joining Google, Ziad founded Nextly, a venture-backed curation platform used by top publishers including the Wall Street Journal and the BBC.
Previously, he was a Venture Capitalist with Longworth Venture Partners, and is currently an Angel Investor. Ziad holds a B.S. and an M.Eng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
Dilip Ratha | World Bank
Mr. Ratha is credited to be the first to analyze and formalize the global significance of remittances. In 2012, he founded KNOMAD, a multidisciplinary, global hub of knowledge on migration. He is the focal point for the World Bank’s Migration Working Group and the Diaspora Bond Task Force, and a co-coordinator of the (G20) Global Remittances Working Group. He is the chair of the Board and first CEO and founder of the Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium. He is also the brain behind the African Institute for Remittances. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the South Asia Institute, Harvard University and a member of the World Economic Forum Council on migration.
Besides migration, he has done pioneering work on innovative financing including diaspora bonds, future-flow securitization, and shadow sovereign ratings.
He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi where he worked as a visiting lecturer and helped build a CGE model for the Planning Commission of India.
Dilip hosts the PeopleMove blog. His TED Talk, “The hidden force in global economics: sending money home,” has over a million views.
Matt Marx | MIT Sloan
Matt Marx is an associate professor of Entrepreneurship at Sloan. Previously, he worked as a software engineer and an executive at technology startups SpeechWorks and Tellme, where he received six patents. He holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, a master's degree from the MIT Media Lab, and an MBA as well as a doctoral degree from Harvard Business School.