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Connecting Entrepreneurs with CEOs

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Meet our CEOs

These are the thought leaders of the tech industry who have donated their time to share their insights and provide feedback to our aspiring entrepreneurs. Interested in having the opportunity to meet with a CEO.

Do you want to learn about the hard lessons, lucky breaks, and key insights of some of the region’s top CEOs to help you grow and scale your business?

  • Aron Ain
    Aron Ain

    Affiliation(s)

    • CEO and Board of Directors, Kronos Incorporated
    • Board of Trustees, MassTLC
    • Board of Trustees, Hamilton College
    • Board of Directors, OpenLink Financial, LLC

    Expertise

    Aron Ain is CEO of Kronos Incorporated. Since he joined Kronos in 1979, Aron has played a role in nearly every functional department, helping to build what is today a $1 billion global enterprise software powerhouse. With more than 25,000 organizations using Kronos solutions in more than 100 countries, Kronos is the global leader in the workforce management market.
    In recognition of Aron’s visionary leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and personal commitment to business and the community, Ernst & Young named him an Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. Under Aron’s leadership, Kronos has been recognized for its innovative product offerings and energized “Top Place to Work” corporate culture.
    Aron currently has a 97% CEO approval rating on Glassdoor.com, which ranks amongst the top CEOs

    How I Can Help

    • Workforce management
    • Skills to becoming a great leader/CEO
    • Customer Loyalty
    • Employee Engagement – Creating a culture that acts as a strategic weapon
    • Employee Retention
    • Global Growth
    • Long-term growth strategy

  • Kirk Arnold
    Kirk Arnold

    Affiliation(s)

    CEO – Data Intensity
    Adjunct Professor – MIT Sloan (Sales and Sales Management
    Board Member – EnerNOC
    Advisory Board Member – Cramer Marketing
    Board Member – Commonwealth Institute

    Expertise

    General Management
    Organization and leadership development
    Strategy
    Tech Services/Managed Services/Cloud Management – Market
    Sales and Sales Management

    How I Can Help

    Kick around ideas
    Share lessons learned (the hard way!)

  • Peter Bauer
    Peter Bauer

    Affiliation(s)

    Co-Founder and CEO at Mimecast
    Living in Boston since summer 2011

    Expertise

    Co-founded Mimecast, a SaaS email security and risk management company in London in 2003 with CTO and fellow South African, Neil Murray.
    Experienced a 12 year journey so far, started out self funding, getting product market fit, developing first customers, building team, finding angel investors, keeping control, bringing in top tier VC, growing beyond $100m in revenue, working with board, taking on global markets, personal sacrifice, evolving team and culture, getting cash generative, then profitable, exceeding 15 000 customers, figuring out what’s important next, from 2 to 600 staff and growing.

    How I Can Help

    Our business, I suspect like many others, is less a product of brilliance and more a product of endurance.
    I can help you develop a perspective on your work that might give you endurance.

  • Paul Bleicher
    Paul Bleicher

    Affiliation(s)

    OptumLabs

    Expertise

    Healthcare Data
    Pharma IT
    Pharma Clinical Trials/Clinical Development
    Outcomes Research
    Healthcare Services

    How I Can Help

    Lead sessions
    One on one consults

    • Christina Chase
      Christina Chase

      Affiliation(s)

      MIT, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Co-Director of Sports Technology Education @ MIT; MIT Enterprise Forum; SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board; SXSW

      Expertise

      Christina leads the largest undergraduate entrepreneurship class in the Dept of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and is the co-director of Start6, the EECS Entrepreneurship Workshop. She serves as the Academic Advisor for the Dept of Mechanical Engineering’s 2A Entrepreneurship Track and advisor for the Design of Medical Devices and Precision Machine Design classes. She is an entrepreneur with a track record of success in a several. Most recently she was the CEO and co-founder of Firehoze, an education technology company that focused on online education that involved over a hundred instructors from the most prestigious universities.

      How I Can Help

      I will try to answer anything you need to know about building your business.

      • Richard Dale
        Richard Dale

        Affiliation(s)

        OptumLabs

        Expertise

        VC
        Business model canvas
        Healthcare – all aspects except clinical
        Startups

        How I Can Help

        Strategy
        Planning
        Funding

      • Steve Davis
        Steve Davis

        Affiliation(s)

        CEO, Rue La La
        Founding Executive at GSI Commerce

        Expertise

        Ecommerce
        Retail
        Internet
        (US & International)

        How I Can Help

        Growing/expanding leadership
        Growing/scaling companies
        Going “global”

      • Ralph Folz
        Ralph Folz

        Affiliation(s)

        I am the CEO of WordStream, a SaaS company in the paid media space. I sold my previous company (Molecular) to Aegis in 2005. I was a member of Backupify’s Board prior to its sale

        Expertise

        For the last 5 years, I have been immersed in SaaS. I love SaaS! Unit economics, cost of acquisition, scaling an Inside Sales model, customer success, metrics, and building and deploying great product.

        I’m passionate about startups and our entrepreneurial ecosystem in Boston. I’ve raised money numerous times. I’ve bootstrapped companies. I sold my last company. I’ve bought companies. I’ve been an Independent Board Director as well.

        In terms of space, I have spent most of my career in digital media. Paid search, display, paid social, retargeting, ad serving, lead nurturing, etc.

        My sweet spot is scaling companies. I’m not a product visionary. I know how to create a culture, define core values, build a team, and grow.

        How I Can Help

        While my expertise may sound interesting, and I’ve been fortunate to have a little success, I’ve also made a TON of mistakes. I’m transparent and I’m glad to help you avoid these pitfalls.

        Share your biggest challenges and I’ll do my best!

      • Tim Healy
        Tim Healy

        Affiliation(s)

        Chairman & CEO – EnerNOC
        Board Member:
        – Advanced Energy Economy
        – New England Clean Energy Council
        – Massachusetts High Technology Council
        – Genability, Inc
        – WeSpire

        Expertise

        Tim co-founded EnerNOC in 2001 and serves as its Chairman and CEO. In 2007, he led EnerNOC’s initial public offering, which was named IPO of the Year by the Association for Corporate Growth Boston and Mass High Tech, and received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in New England. More recently, EnerNOC was recognized with 2012 Platts Global Energy Award for Industry Leadership, and Tim Helay was honored as CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Today, EnerNOC is one of the world’s leading energy intelligence software providers, conducting business in over 100 countries with a team of more than 1,000 employees.

        How I Can Help

        • Taking your business “global”
        • Strategic partnerships
        • Scaling your business to fit market needs
        • Entrepreneurship

        • Frank Ingari
          Frank Ingari

          Affiliation(s)

          CEO NaviNet
          Board Member, BMC HealthNet
          Presidential Advisory Board, Berklee College of Music

          Expertise

          Software development
          Venture capital
          Networking and Internet
          Healthcare reform

          How I Can Help

          Have been part of many entrepreneurial ventures as CEO, head of marketing, head of architecture. Experienced in all phases of capitalization.

        • Jason Jacobs
          Jason Jacobs

          Affiliation(s)

          Runkeeper

          Expertise

          starting up, scaling, raising money, building teams

          How I Can Help

          Happy to answer any questions and/or share my experiences and lessons learned.

        • Arun Jain
          Arun Jain

          Affiliation(s)

          President – BayTech Services
          VP Marketing – Voltaire
          VP Marketing – Nortel Networks
          Director of Marketing – Bay Networks
          Director of Marketing – Fujitsu Networks

          Expertise

          Marketing
          Product Management
          Early-stage product conceptualization
          Go-to-market strategies/product launches
          Product Marketing/Value Propositions
          Branding/Positioning/Messaging
          Building high-powered marketing teams

          Businesses
          Products and Services
          Corporations and Startups
          Networking technologies
          Software
          Mobile technologies and apps
          Global outsourcing

          How I Can Help

          Marketing guidance for all stages company/product life cycle

          Building networking, software and mobile businesses

          Ins and Outs of global outsourcing

        • Howard Kogan
          Howard Kogan

          Affiliation(s)

          President at C Space
          Board Member at MITX
          Board Member at AnswerLab (UX Consulting)
          Board Member at Roambotics (Robotics)
          Mentor at Masschallenge

          Expertise

          Been a leader in big and small companies. Grew a startup to scale and successfully exited. Have built, bought and sold multiple businesses.

          Have developed amazing teams, cultures and products to deliver excellence to clients.

          Background is technology.

          How I Can Help

          Setting Strategy
          Building great management teams and processes
          Culture / Values
          Scaling your business
          Technology development

        • Steve Kokinos
          Steve Kokinos

          Affiliation(s)

          President & CEO, Thinkingphones
          Co-Founder, BladeLogic

          Expertise

          Co-founded Thinkingphones in 2005, where we’re reshaping enterprise communications by making it a mobile, collaborative experience.

          Over the past 10 years we’ve bootstrapped, raised angel rounds, and ultimately raised over $100M from top VC’s. We’ve dealt with scaling up, expanding internationally, all while focusing on being a great place to work.

          We’re currently over 500 people and counting, having doubled in size each year from 2013-2015, and continue to focus on building great products and growing our roster of 1,200 enterprise customers around the world.

          How I Can Help

          Along the way we’ve survived an existential crisis or two, built a great sales team, great products & infrastructure, and am happy to lend whatever perspective I can on the adventure of getting a business from point A to point B.

        • Duncan Lennox
          Duncan Lennox

          Affiliation(s)

          Since 2008, CEO & co-founder of Qstream, a mobile enterprise SaaS company which is a spin-off of Harvard Medical School. Previously CTO & co-founder of WBT Systems.

          Expertise

          Over 2 decades spent building enterprise software companies, primarily in the learning and collaboration space. An engineer-CEO focused on product architectures, go-to-market strategy and building teams. I love to build products, teams and companies that solve real problems and delight customers.

          How I Can Help

          I have extensive experience in:
          – Hiring the right team
          – Building an energized and sustainable culture
          – Product/market fit
          – Product architecture & roadmap
          – Pricing & go-to-market strategy
          – Fundraising from angels to seed to VC

        • Nirmal Parikh
          Nirmal Parikh

          Affiliation(s)

          CEO, Digital Wavefront
          Mass Innovation Nights
          American Marketing Association (President-Elect)
          New England Direct Marketing Association (NEDMA)
          MassTLC

          Expertise

          Digital Marketing
          Well-versed in Technology
          Creative Thinker
          Marketing Strategy/Planning
          Multi-channel Marketing
          Email Marketing
          Mobile Best Practices
          Beacons

          How I Can Help

          Market Assessment
          Identify New Areas/Opportunities/Applications
          Improving “Signal to Noise” ratio
          Product Planning
          Technology Roadmap

        • Bill Seibel
          Bill Seibel

          Affiliation(s)

          Founder, CEO – Mobiquity
          Executive Chairman – LogMatrix

          Expertise

          Participated in 50 start-ups. On the Board or Advisory Board of 39. Operating Exec role at 11. CEO of 7. Founder and CEO of 4. Now Mobiquity – recently recognized as the fastest growing company in New England.

          How I Can Help

          Scaling

        • Alec Stern
          Alec Stern

          Affiliation(s)

          Founding Team, VP Strategic Innovation – Constant Contact
          Limited Partner – G20 Ventures
          Advisor, Speaker, Judge – MassChallenge, TechStars, Wentworth Accelerate, MIT Start Smart

          Expertise

          Alec Stern is Vice President of Strategic Innovation and Executive in Residence for the Small Business Innovation Program at Constant Contact (Nasdaq: CTCT) and a member of Constant Contact’s founding team as one of the original three in an attic. His wide range of responsibilities included senior roles in strategic partnerships, channels, business development and sales. Alec is also responsible for the creation and development of Constant Contact’s channel partner programs. Today he continues to spearhead strategic innovation, community-based entrepreneurism and vertical industry thought leadership for the company.

          How I Can Help

          Strategic Partnerships
          Small Business
          SaaS
          Business Development
          Marketing Strategy
          Go-to-market Strategy
          Email Marketing
          Digital Marketing
          Social Media
          Startups
          Raising Funds

        • Deborah Theobald
          Deborah Theobald

          Affiliation(s)

          Vecna, Vecna Cares

          Expertise

          Global Health IT and robotics solutions management.
          (Co)Founder of two businesses.
          Working internationally in both first world and low and middle income countries for appropriate technology solution creation and implementation.

          How I Can Help

          I can share real world experience in-
          Business start up in healthcare, government and non-profit sectors
          Product development for challenging (low resource and/or large scale) environments
          Women entrepreneur life balance

          • Corey Thomas
            Corey Thomas

            Affiliation(s)

            WBUR Board of Overseers
            Board of Overseers for Beth Israel Medical Deaconess
            Boston College CEO Club
            Strategic Advisory Board of the ICMCP

            Expertise

            Leading and growing Start-up through the IPO process.
            Building a strong corporate culture.
            Technology, Marketing, Sales and Engineering development.
            Mergers and acquisitions.
            Disciplined risk taking

            How I Can Help

            I enjoy sharing my experiences and what I have learned from nearly 20 years of building and growing technology businesses. During my tenure at Rapid7, I have orchestrated and successfully completed (sometimes not as successfully) 4 acquisitions and

            • Bob Weiler
              Bob Weiler

              Affiliation(s)

              Executive Vice President of Oracle’s Global Business Units. Previously he was Chairman and CEO of Phase Forward and Giga Information Group.

              Expertise

              Bob Weiler has more than 30 years of technology-industry leadership experience.

              How I Can Help

              Helping you understand markets and competitive markets. Building teams and structures to meet your business needs and constraints.
              Scaling
              Planning

            • Russ Wilcox
              Russ Wilcox

              Affiliation(s)

              EIR at Harvard Business School / iLab
              CEO Piper Therapeutics
              Director, Harvest Automation
              Founder, Transatomic Power
              Founder, E Ink

              Expertise

              Figuring out the early team and business plan to harness opportunity
              Fundraising of all shapes and sizes
              Evolving your CEO style as the business grows
              Translating science to commercial products

              How I Can Help

              Bring your biggest headache and let’s talk.

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