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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 an expert.
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  • Mohamad Ali
    Mohamad Ali

    Affiliation

    Chief Strategy Officer at Hewlett-Packard

    Expertise

    Before joining Hewlett-Packard , Ali served as CEO of the workforce optimization division of Aspect, a leading global provider of customer contact and workforce optimization solutions. Prior to this rhe served as president of Avaya’s global services business and also had responsibility for the company’s strategy, corporate development and research labs. Additionally, Ali has held senior positions at IBM, including vice president of strategy and business development for the information management division. In that capacity, he sourced and integrated key acquisitions, including Cognos, FileNet and Ascential Software, creating the foundation for IBM’s business analytics strategy. His specialties include: general management, mergers and acquisitions, acquisition integration, strategy, engineering, operations, venture capital, startups, alliances.

  • Benge Ambrogi
    Benge Ambrogi

    Affiliation(s)

    VP, Advanced Programs, Kiva Systems

    Expertise

    I’ve been doing product development for over 25 years, and have experience in a range of industries, everything from defense to medical products to industrial robotics. I’ve also worn many hats over the years, with stints in product management, program management, process and quality, and product architecture, in addition to core product development leadership. I’ve been fortunate to work on some really cool stuff, like large aperture airborne telescopes, balancing stair climbing wheelchairs, the Segway HT (TM), multi DOF prosthetic arms, and large fleets of mobile robots. All of this has given me a realistic perspective on how products go from idea to prototype to reality, and some of the organizational challenges we face in doing so.

    How I Can Help

    product development, engineering – particularly hardware & robotics, engineering team organization, team culture

    I Can Provide Insights On

    Engineering,Talent

    • Kirk Arnold
      Kirk Arnold

      Affiliation

      CEO, Data Intensity; Co-Chair, MassTLC; Lecturer in the Sales and Sales Management class at MIT Sloan school.

      Expertise

      Kirk Arnold is CEO of Data Intensity. Kirk brings vast experience in technology and services leadership to her role, having served in executive positions throughout the technology industry. Prior to joining Data Intensity, Kirk was COO at Avid, a technology provider to the media industry. Before Avid, Kirk was CEO and President of Keane, Inc., then a publicly traded billion-dollar global services provider.

      How I Can Help

      Driving Growth, Enabling Business Transformation, Building a team, Cloud Services, and Business Analytics.

      I Can Provide Insights On

      Business Strategy, Customer Care, Marketing, Sales

    • Julia Austin
      Julia Austin

      Affiliation

      VP of Product Operations, Blade LLC

      Expertise

      Julia works with technology entrepreneurs to help them start and scale great companies. She is a board member and advisor to several startups and is often called upon as a leadership coach with a focus on the R&D process, staffing and functional operations. Prior to Blade, Julia was the VP of Innovation and the Cambridge Site Director for VMware, Inc.. Prior to VMware, Julia was the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies and has held technical management and consulting positions at several other organizations. She has worked in both startup and mature companies and has been referred to as a “geek whisperer” for her knack of getting successful results from some of the smartest (and challenging!) engineers.

      How I Can Help

      Guidance on structuring your idea into a practical solution worthy of funding; scaling your business; attracting, hiring and retaining top talent; the R&D process; business operations; geek whispering

      I Can Provide Insights On

      Business Strategy
      Engineering

    • Scott Bailey
      Scott Bailey

      Affiliation(s)

      MassChallenge, UVME, MADE @MC

      Expertise

      I have expertise in fundraising, non-profits, events,

      How I Can Help

      Introductions to sponsors and other stakeholders in the community

      I Can Provide Insights On

      Sales

    • Nitesh Banta
      Nitesh Banta

      Affiliation(s)

      Principal at General Catalyst and Co-founder of Rough Draft Ventures

      Expertise

      Online marketplaces, SMB SaaS software, mobile applications and consumer services

      How I Can Help

      Can help provide feedback on a pitch, strategy for fundraising, tips on recruiting and ideas for product focus

      I Can Provide Insights On

      Business Strategy,Customer Care,Marketing,Talent

    • Jay Batson
      Jay Batson

      Affiliation

      Mentor, Tech Stars; Founder, Acquia

      Expertise

      Jay has been in software technology in various forms since 1984. From programming C++/Java to being the founding CEO of two VC-backed startups, he has been involved in bringing a wide variety of technology products to market through direct development, or acquisition of key seed technologies. Jay’s goal is to create new technology products that millions of people know, use, and love..

      How I Can Help

      Product strategy, management, market identification financing, business development, mergers and acquisitions, deal structure, negotiations

    • Jeffrey Beir
      Jeffrey Beir

      Affiliation

      General Partner at seed2A; Founder & CEO at RoadAhead; Board of Trustees & Executive Committee, Museum of Science

      Expertise

      Jeffrey is a successful entrepreneur, CEO and investor. He is currently the Managing Partner of seed2A, an advisory firm that helps early stage companies grow from seed to series A. Jeffrey was formerly a general partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, EVP of Products for Documentum,and co-founder and CEO of eRoom Technology which was acquired by Documentum/EMC in December 2002. Jeffrey received his MBA from the Harvard Business School, a MSEE from Syracuse University and a BSEE from Northwestern University.

      How I Can Help:

      Product and business strategy, MVP development , product design, milestone based company building and angel/venture finance guidance.

      • David Beisel
        David Beisel

        Affiliation

        Co-founder and Partner NextView Ventures, Web Innovators: www.webinnovatorsgroup.com, Blogger: http://www.genuinevc.com/

        Expertise

        Co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures, a dedicated seed stage venture capital firm focused on funding internet founders. Focus is to work with entrepreneurs looking for additional capital and expertise to help build great digital media & internet companies.

        How I Can Help

        I can help with forming an initial fundraising strategy and navigating the potential pitfalls of the seed stage.

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy

      • Kent Bennett
        Kent Bennett

        Affiliation

        Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners

        Expertise

        Data Infrastructure, Big Data

        How I Can Help

        Investing, financing strategy, business model formulation, go-to-market analysis, management coaching

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy

      • Woody Benson
        Woody Benson

        Affiliation(s)

        Executive in Residence and member Bentley Investment Community, Bentley University

        Expertise

        Woody is a VC focusing on investments in communications, SaaS and digital media.
        He has been involved in IPOs for four companies, managed the investments in numerous M&As and has had successful exits in several companies. Woody created the global channels for Lotus, ran business operations at Shiva, and served as CEO of MCK Communications. Woody’s a board member or adviser at: LogMeIn, Expo Communications, Swirl Networks, GreaterGood, WooSports, Lavastorm, Petnet, Arccosgolf and DecisionPace.

        How I Can Help

        Insights in sales, marketing, go-to-market strategies, and board-level management

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy

      • Jerry Bird
        Jerry Bird

        Affiliation

        President, MassVentures

        Expertise

        Investor, board member and adviser for dozens of technology start ups. Focus on companies in Massachusetts, particularly in healthcareIT, business intelligence and internet enabled businesses. Originally started in banking. Have a strong focus on business positioning.

        How I Can Help

        Figure out your first source of funds: should it be angels, VC or strategics?; Positioning for the next round of financing; Working on three year strategic plans and the steps to get there. Often they are not a direct line.

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy

      • Elaine Boltz
        Elaine Boltz

        Affiliation(s)

        SVP, Ecommerce at The TJX Companies (TJMaxx, Marshalls and Homegoods retailers)
        Board of Directors, Shop.org
        Executive Committee, Board of Directors of MITX

        Expertise

        Have run online retail sites for past 8 years for retailers such as TJMaxx, Chico’s, White House Black Market, Ann Taylor and Loft. Former Chief marketing officer for Ann Taylor/Loft. Currently overseeing the rollout of ecommerce for The TJX Companies. Oversee Site UX and creative/design, digital marketing/email, technology/development, finance, operations and fulfillment, merchandising and planning for TJX Ecommerce.

        How I Can Help

        I am happy to provide insights on general management, the retail industry, selling online, UX or other relevant areas.

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy,Customer Care,Marketing,Talent

      • Anita Brearton
        Anita Brearton

        Affiliation

        MassVentures, GoldenSeeds, Launchpad

        Expertise

        Anita Brearton is founder of CabinetM, an early stage marketing technology start-up. She is a member of Golden Seeds and Launchpad Venture Group and serves on the board of Mass Ventures. A start-up executive with more than 28 years working in high technology, Anita most recently served as the Executive Chairman of FashionPlaytes, an ecommerce platform for tween girls. Anita served as vice president of marketing at Sycamore Networks and held senior marketing management positions with Cascade Communications, Artel Video Systems, and General DataComm. She has served on the boards of FashionPlaytes, The Sunflower Initiative and the Angel Capital Association. Anita also serves on the advisory boards of Prosperity Candle and Connect2 Communications.

        How I Can Help

        Fundraising and Marketing

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy, Marketing

      • Dan Bricklin
        Dan Bricklin

        Affiliation

        CTO, Alpha Software; Board Member, MassTLC

        Expertise

        Dan is best known for co-developing VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet, while he was a student at the Harvard Business School. VisiCalc is widely credited for fueling the rapid growth of the personal computer industry. Until early 2004, Mr. Bricklin served as CTO of Interland, Inc., after it acquired his previous company, Trellix Corporation, in 2003. Before Alpha Software, he led Software Garden where he created the Note Taker HD iPad app.

      • Jeff Bussgang
        Jeff Bussgang

        Affiliation

        Flybridge Capital Partners, Harvard Business School

        Expertise

        Jeff is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and entrepreneurial experience are in consumer, Internet commerce, marketing services, software and mobile start-ups. Jeff is a former entrepreneur (Upromise, Open Market) who nn the side, he serves as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School where he teaches a class on entrepreneurship and lean start-ups called Launching Technology Ventures and has co-authored ten HBS cases. In 2010, he wrote and published a book, Mastering the VC Game, as a guide for understanding the venture capital. Jeff also currently sits on the board of MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange and is a Founding Executive Committee Member of First Growth Venture Network, a network of venture and angel investors supporting entrepreneurs building companies in the New York area.

        How Can I Help

        Securing seed and early stage venture capital, product management, how to successfully scale organizations through growth

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy, Customer Strategy, Marketing

      • Marla Capozzi
        Marla Capozzi

        Affiliation

        Leader, McKinsey & Company Global Innovation Practice

        Expertise

        Marla Capozzi is a senior expert and the leader of the McKinsey & Company’s Global Innovation Practice. Based here in Boston, Marla works with clients around the world to build global innovation capabilities and processes, establish leadership governance and foster cultures that drive innovation. Her expertise focuses on topics of knowledge and talent management, strategic planning and product development. Prior to joining McKinsey, Marla led product development at the Lotus Development/IBM’s innovation center. She has an MBA with honors from Babson College.

        How I Can Help

        Developing a focused strategy and making strategic choices;
        Becoming a CEOs from an entrepreneurs; Developing R&D and innovation processes; Managing talent and expertise; Developing business plans

      • David Chang
        David Chang

        Affiliation

        COO, PayPal Media Network; Co-Founder, Start Tank; active angel investor & advisor

        Expertise

        Track record of success at product marketing, product management, and overall marketing within both direct-to-consumer (B2C) and enterprise-facing (B2B) startups. Industry knowledge: mobile/wireless, financial services, travel, online search and advertising, social media and community.

        How I Can Help

        Make connections to fellow entrepreneurs and potential investors

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy, Marketing

      • Christina Chase
        Christina Chase

        Affiliation(s)

        Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at MIT; Mentor, TechStars

        Expertise

        Helping MIT students learn how to start innovation-based companies at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.

        How I Can Help

        Business strategy

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy

      • Henry Cipolla
        Henry Cipolla

        Affiliation(s)

        Localytics

        Expertise

        In my role as a co-founder at Localytics I have worn almost every hat in the company. The areas I think I am most valuable are on technology and engineering management.

        How I Can Help

        I can provide guidance and advice based on my own experience as well as networking for within engineering disciplines.

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Engineering,Talent

      • Richard Dale
        Richard Dale

        Affiliation

        COO, Optum Labs; investor Mortar Data, Ginger.io. Principal, Sigma Partners; Board member/observer Paradigm4, Apriori, Silverlink, Casenet and Visual Mining. Co-Founder, Phase Forward.

        Expertise

        Early stage startups in big data, health/pharma IT, enterprise 2.0, infrastructure and data center technology. Company, customer and product development experience for tech startups both as entrepreneur and as investor.

        How I Can Help

        Knowing when you are ready for VC money; business model strategy; financing strategy; creating good relationships with your investors.

      • James Daniell
        James Daniell

        Affiliation

        COO, Oxfam AMerica former CEO, EdNets; Trustee NetHope; Board Member, Curriculum Associates, Trustee, Museum of Science; Trustee, MassTLC; Co-founder and Member, CommonAngels

        Expertise

        Jim is a leading entrepreneur and angel investor. His background includes multiple CEO and executive roles in the high tech industry with an emphasis on scalable, internet businesses ranging from AT&T E-Commerce, OrderTrust (order processing and credit card loyalty systems), and clean energy.

      • Cris De Luca
        Cris De Luca

        Affiliation(s)

        Johnson & Johnson Innovation ; Ultra Light Startups

        Expertise

        Digital & Informatics technologies, Digital Health, Health IT, Social Business, Online Communities, Knowledge Management, , Corporate Innovation, Corporate

        How I Can Help

        With a blend big corporate experience and having built a few startups of my own, I can advise you on how to cut through bureaucracy and act like a startup or innovator inside the walls of a big organization.

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy,Customer Care

      • Semyon Dukach
        Semyon Dukach

        Affiliation

        Angel Investor; Director, Global Cycle Soutions; Director, Terrafugia; Chairman, SMTP

        Expertise

        Semyon is a full time angel investor and mentor to passionate startups. Semyon serve as a judge for the Lemelson / MIT student inventiveness prize, as well as for Mass Challenge. He began his career working on virtual reality at IBM research and left to attend graduate school at MIT where he joined the infamous blackjack team. Semyon founded several successful (and some not successful) companies throughout the 90’s. In 2002 he acquired SMTP and served as its CEO. Semyon remains on the SMTP board, along with other boards including Global Cycle Solutions and Terrafugia. See more at www.semyon.com.

        How I Can Help

        Helping founders who are fully dedicated to their ideas, and want to make an impact on the world.

      • Danielle Duplin
        Danielle Duplin

        Affiliations

        Vice President at Fidelity Investments and Executive Producer at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology (FCAT); Cofounder and Curator for TEDxBoston

        Expertise

        Danielle designs and produces seminars on emerging trends in business and technology that inform, inspire, and connect Fidelity’s employees with thought leaders worldwide.  She produces experiential learning events that forge social capital and accelerate the adoption of breakthrough ideas. Danielle volunteers for organizations that spur economic growth including: MassChallenge, Leading Cities, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Working Cities Challenge, and Boston World Partnerships.

      • Ben Einstein
        Ben Einstein

        Affiliation

        Managing Director of Bolt

        Expertise

        Ben is an experienced product designer and investor. Ben is currently the Managing Director of Bolt, an early-stage seed fund focused exclusively on hardware startups. In addition to seed capital, Bolt invests full-time staff, shop equipment, and extensive expertise with manufacturing and commercialization. Prior to starting Bolt, Ben ran Brainstream Design, a product design and development consultancy in Massachusetts. Ben has been directly responsible for bringing a long list of products to market covering diverse sectors including consumer electronics, high-performance audio, sporting goods and green energy.

      • Tom Erickson
        Tom Erickson

        Affiliation(s)

        CEO and Founding Director, Acquia
        Director, VoltDB
        Founding Director, Task Rabbit
        Former Director, SeeWhy (acquired by SAP)
        Former Director, Quickcomm (acquired by Vodafone)

        Expertise

        35 years of broad software experience globally. Worked in customer success, marketing, sales and general management in both startups and public companies. High growth and turnaround situations. International expansion and operations. Team building. Significant work in product and company positioning. Getting through airport security quickly.

        How I Can Help

        Answering questions in business areas outside of engineering, providing opinions on seed, venture and late stage financing and listing the best places to visit in your quest for world dominance.

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Business Strategy, Customer Care, Marketing, Sales, Talent

      • Abby Fichtner
        Abby Fichtner

        Affiliation

        Hacker in Residence, Harvard Innovation Lab and creator of Hack Boston. @HackerChick.

        Expertise

        Abby built her career developing bleeding-edge technology for startups and coaching teams on how to improve how they develop software. These days, she focuses on helping hackers and entrepreneurs working to build amazing things. Abby was named an Innovation Amplifier by the Boston Globe and one of the Top Women in Boston Tech. “Guardian Angel for Boston’s startup community,” Abby previously launched Boston’s Big Data Hacker Space, created Hack Boston, and was Microsoft’s Evangelist for Startups.

        How I Can Help

        Building Innovative Technologies, Product Strategy & Development, Agile and Lean, Community Building

        I Can Provide Insights On

        Engineering

      • Laura Fitton
        Laura Fitton

        Affiliation

        Inbound Marketing Evangelist, HubSpot; Founder, oneforty.com; co-author, Twitter for Dummies

        Expertise

        Once upon a time dubbed a “Queen” of Twitter, Laura “@Pistachio” Fitton co-authored Twitter for Dummies and founded oneforty.com (acquired by HubSpot) in 2009 when she recognized that software built on Twitter’s API was going to change the world. Laura is credited with convincing Guy Kawasaki and thousands of tech execs that Twitter would have real business value. She founded the first Twitter for Business consultancy, Pistachio Consulting, in 2008 and has been speaking professionally about the business use of Twitter since 2007.

        • Jordan Fliegel
          Jordan Fliegel

          Affiliation

          Founder/CEO @ CoachUp.com, Investor @ Bridge Boys

          Expertise

          Online Marketplaces, early-stage fundraising & investing, product development, team-building & culture, PR, Celebrity Endorsement

          How I Can Help

          Fundraising: @ CoachUp, we’ve raised angel and venture rounds of capital. @ Bridge Boys we’ve invested in 27 seed-stage internet companies over the past 2 years, and very happy and proud to say that all 27 companies are still in business and are all doing well! Happy to talk about early-stage financing from both sides of the aisle. Building an online marketplace: there are marketplace businesses popping up everywhere, and I love talking about them and the key issues to think about when starting/working on one. Networking: happy to make introductions to great people in the startup ecosystem, if appropriate.

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy; Customer Strategy; Marketing

        • Scott Friend
          Scott Friend

          Affiliation

          Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures; Co-founder: ProfitLogic, Board member: 4moms, CQuotient, Jet.com, MediaRadar, Manicube, Nomis Solutions, Rent-the-Runway, Persado, TapCommerce, thefind.

          Expertise

          Scott’s areas of investment interest have revolved around early stage start-ups in the retail ecosystem, both online and offline as well as the convergence of the two. Prior to BCV, Scott was Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board and VP of Marketing & Science for Oracle Retail. Prior to ProfitLogic’s acquisition by Oracle, Scott was the President and Co-founder of ProfitLogic. Scott was the 2005 winner of the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in New England. Scott was also honored in 2004 as one of Chain Store Age’s “40 Under 40” most influential executives in the retail industry, and in 2006 received the Extended Retail Industry “Lifetime Achievement Award”

          How I Can Help

          Experienced Founder and CEO who can talk about his experience of building a small company to a 300 person global software solutions business. Can offer guidance in navigating how to go about getting VC or Angel investment.

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy

        • Michael Gaiss
          Michael Gaiss

          Affiliation

          Founder, ThinkB1G

          Expertise

          Campus recruiting, early stage company building, marketing

          How I Can Help

          Feedback/advice on business models, marketing strategy, early stage company building, growing/expanding the team.

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy, HR/Talent, Marketing

        • James Geshwiler
          James Geshwiler

          Affiliation

          Managing Director, CommonAngels; Board of Trustees, MassTLC

          Expertise

          James is an active investor in mobile, cloud, consumer and business software as well as digital media companies, including Apperian, HNW, Influitive, InsightSquared, ParElastic, Skyhook Wireless and TimeTrade. James was the founding chairman of the Angel Capital Association as well the Angel Capital Education Foundation. AECF works with angel investors, venture capitalists, academic leaders and entrepreneurs around the country to provide research and educational programs on angel investing. He is a contributing author to Cutting-Edge Practices in American Angel Investing, has written papers and articles on angel investment processes, and regularly speaks on entrepreneurship and private investing.

          How I Can Help

          Navigating seed & early stage funding, managing boards of directors, evolving the organization from market exploration to high growth

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy

        • Michael Greeley
          Michael Greeley

          Affiliation

          General Partner, Foundation Medical Partners

          Expertise

          Michael currently serves as a General Partner at Foundation Medical Partners, an early-stage healthcare technology venture capital firm. Prior to joining FMP, Michael served as founding general partner of Flybridge Capital Partners where he led the firm’s healthcare investments. He also served on the board of International Data Group, the initial flagship Limited Partner for the IDG Ventures global network of funds and Flybridge Capital Partners.

          Michael currently serves as chairman of the Entrepreneurship Committee of the Massachusetts Information Collaborative and on the Investment Committee for the Partners Innovation Fund and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. He was named by the Boston Globe as the “Go-To” investor for life sciences, healthcare and medical devices and a Mass High Tech All-Star.

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy

        • Nick Grossman
          Nick Grossman

          Affiliation(s)

          Union Square Ventures

          Expertise

          I think a lot about macro trends in technology, the economy, and society, and enjoy strategizing how to position and deliver new products.

          How I Can Help

          Exploring business models, go to market strategy & technology strategy; making connections.

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy

        • Jean Hammond
          Jean Hammond

          Affiliation

          Partner at LearnLaunch (growing the edtech community and edtech accelerator) and an active angel investor. She is a member of Hub Angels, Launchpad Venture Group and the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds. She has served on board or as an board observer for over 30 start-up companies.

          Expertise

          Early stage startups tech, medical device, consumer and increasingly learning and ed-tech companies. Company growth and development issues including board management. Jean is serial entrepreneur.

          How I Can Help

          I meet with start-ups to figure out what’s missing from the story to be interesting to investors. I am studying how accelerators can help and what else is needed to form a cluster of learning oriented startups in Massachusetts

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy, Customer Strategy

        • John Harthorne
          John Harthorne

          Affiliation

          Founder and CEO of MassChallenge, the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition.

          Expertise

          John is an innovative and results-oriented entrepreneur with more than 10 years of top-tier strategy, technology and start-up experience. He is a lucid thinker and communicator with record of success leading teams, solving problems, developing services and driving sales growth. He is recognized for pioneering leading edge ideas and for addressing complexity with equanimity, creativity and analytic rigor. John has proved himself to be a great mentor with history of motivating high-performance teams and empowering colleagues to achieve full potential. He is also an unabashed geek and gadget collector.

          How I Can Help

          I can help startups facilitate high impact connections to valuable mentors, educate them in operating as a non-profit, and provide insight on strategy to scale operations globally

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy, Customer Strategy, Marketing, Sales

        • Marina Hatsopoulos
          Marina Hatsopoulos

          Affiliation

          Principal, Windy Street; Director and Investor: Cynosure, Levitronix Technologies and Dear Kate; Co-Founder and former CEO, Z Corporation

          Expertise

          Marina is an entrepreneur, director and angel investor. She is Chairperson of the Board and investor in Levitronix Technologies, the worldwide leader in magnetically levitated motor technology. She is also a Director and investor in Dear Kate, which sells performance lingerie. She is a Director of Cynosure Inc., a $250 million leader in the laser aesthetics market. She was the Founding CEO and primary investor in Z Corporation, a market leader in 3D Printing. She has also served as Director of the GSI Group, a $300 million supplier of laser-based products, and Contex Holding, a $100 million leading manufacturer of large-format scanners. She was an investor and Director of Tea Forte, a luxury brand of teas and accessories, which was sold to Sara Lee in late 2011.

          How I Can Help

          Investing, especially hardware

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy

        • Bettina Hein
          Bettina Hein

          Affiliation

          Founder and CEO, Pixability, initiator of the START, an organization that advances entrepreneurship among college students

          Expertise

          Repeat entrepreneur based in Cambridge. Prior to Pixability Bettina co-founded Swiss-based SVOX AG in 2001 and led the venture-backed speech software company to profitability. Frequent speaker on the topics of video marketing and entrepreneurship.

        • Maia Heymann
          Maia Heymann

          Affiliation

          Senior Managing Director at CommonAngels Ventures.  Board member @Apperian, @ Fiksu, @Wymsee

          Expertise

          Maia has been active in the start-up community, in Boston and Palo Alto, financing and investing in technology companies for over 23 years. Her background as a VC, LP in VC funds, and technology banker, coupled with her angel investing activities, gives her a broad perspective on financing early-stage companies. In 2012 Maia was named by Xconomy as a top angel investor in New England.

          How I Can Help

          Funding strategies

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy

        • Jeanne Hopkins
          Jeanne Hopkins

          Affiliation(s)

          Currently, Senior VP, Acquisition and CMO @ Continuum Managed IT Services.  Previously, EVP & CMO @ SmartBear Software, and VP of Marketing @HubSpot.  Co-wrote “Go Mobile!” marketing book, published by Wiley.

          Expertise

          Inbound Marketing
          Sales & Marketing Alignment
          Demand Generation
          Data-driven Marketing
          Metrics
          Sales Optimization

          How I Can Help

          If you are wondering what you need to focus on WRT to Sales & Marketing, I can help you. The entrepreneur oftentimes focuses on product, and struggles with Go-To-Market planning. Where should you spend the budget you have? Who should you hire?

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Marketing,Sales,Talent

        • Howard Kogan
          Howard Kogan

          Affiliation(s)

          President at Communispace
          Advisory Board at AnswerLab
          Advisory Board at Google Consumer Surveys
          Board of Directors at MITX
          Mentor at MassChallenge

          Expertise

          Helping technology enabled marketing organizations evolve and grow. Success in startups, turnarounds, and established companies. Leadership roles in Strategy, Product Management, Software Engineering, Operations, and Marketing.

          How I Can Help

          Share my secrets…never mind…here they are: Focus on the people, and get shit done.

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy,Engineering,Marketing,Talent

        • Matt Lauzon
          Matt Lauzon

          Affiliation

          Co-Founder, Dunwello; Founder and Chairman, Gemvara

          Expertise

          Matt Lauzon is co-founder of Dunwello is a social recognition platform for sales and customer service teams, which launched in 2013. Matt is Founder and Chairman of custom-made, fine jewelry online retailer Gemvara. Lauzon started Gemvara as an undergraduate at Babson College and officially launched the company in 2010. Matt also served as the Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners in 2013.

          How I Can Help

          Helping people be both happy and productive at work

          I Can Provide Insights on

          Business Strategy, Customer Strategy

        • Geoff Mamlet
          Geoff Mamlet

          Affiliation

          Principal, New Atlantic Ventures, President/Founder of Impact Hub Boston, and Managing Director, Cambridge Innovation Center

          Expertise

          Successful entrepreneur (co-founded E-Travel in 1994 and sold to Oracle in 1999). Seeking early-stage ‘out of the box’ venture investment opportunities on the East Coast, particularly in IT-based businesses, such as online or mobile applications.

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Sales, Marketing, Customer Strategy and Business Strategy

        • Marilyn Matz
          Marilyn Matz

          Affiliation

          CEO & Co-Founder, Paradigm4; LogMeIn Board of Directors, Co-Chair, MassTLC Big Data Cluster

          Expertise

          Marilyn is CEO & Co-Founder of Paradigm4, the creators of SciDB, a next-gen data science platform that helps data scientists, bioinformaticians, quants, analysts, and scientists tackle their toughest “Big Data” management and complex analytics challenges. Marilyn has an MS in Computer Science from MIT. She left MIT to co-found Cognex Corporation, where she served as Sr.V.P. for World-wide PC Vision Engineering and then Sr.V.P. and Business Unit Manager for PC Vision Products. She has served on the Board of the Automated Imaging Association, has been co-chair of a peer-mentoring program for women executives, is on the Board of Directors of LogMeIn, and is currently a co-chair of MassTLC’s Big Data cluster Community.

          How I Can Help

          Big Data Business/Customer/Product strategy; Big Data in LifeSciences; Big Data in IoT

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy, Customer Care, Engineering, Marketing, Sales

           

        • Jay Meattle
          Jay Meattle

          Affiliation

          CEO, Shareaholic; Co-founder, POPSignal

          Expertise

          Jay started Shareaholic, a company fanatical about making sharing on the web better, faster, easier, and more measurable. Over 2 million people have used the award winning tools created by Shareaholic. As co-founder of PopSignal, one of Boston’s largest professional networking organizations, Jay is actively contributing to the growth of Boston’s technology startup community.

          How I Can Help

          Internet, Product, Distribution

        • Rich Miner
          Rich Miner

          Affiliation(s)

          General Partner, Google Ventures

          Expertise

          Rich co-founded Android and is a pioneer in the mobile space. He leads Google Ventures’ East Coast investment team. Rich is based in Cambridge, Mass. He has over 25 years of experience growing businesses with innovative communications and interface-intensive applications. Rich came to Google through the acquisition of Android, a mobile platforms company that he co-founded. During his early years at Google, he helped lead the development of the Android platform and ecosystem.

          Prior to Android, Rich was a vice president at Orange, where he led R&D activities in North America and was an original principal at Orange Ventures when it was founded. Rich came to Orange through the acquisition of another company he co-founded, Wildfire, which developed a voice-based personal assistant.

          How I Can Help

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          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy

        • Galen Moore
          Galen Moore

          Affiliation(s)

          BostInno, Streetwise Media

          Expertise

          News media and story telling. Staying on top of stuff.

          How I Can Help

          I work for a startup news media organization, so if you have questions about startups and the media, I may be able to help with those.

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Marketing

        • Janet Muto
          Janet Muto

          Affiliation(s)

          Managing Partner, High Start Group

          Expertise

          Janet is Managing Partner of High Start Group and former CMO, Constant Contact where she grew the SaaS service to over 25,000 SMB customers. Janet consults companies of all sizes on strategies for marketing to small businesses, on topics including: customer journey, customer experience requirements, how develop the insight and knowledge that will drive the right strategy.

          How I Can Help

          Coaching to new businesses who sell or plan to sell to small business customers.
          How to develop critical insights in the SMB market to inform product and market strategy.
          Customer Journey Mapping
          Creating cloud experiences for SMBs
          Customer insight

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy,Marketing

        • Eric Paley
          Eric Paley

          Affiliation

          Partner, Founder Collective.  EiR at Harvard Business School.  Board Director at Bookbub, ChangeCollective, GiveForward, Contently, Harvest Automation, Boundless, The Trade Desk, and Integral Ad Science. Eric also led FC’s investments into Uber, Makerbot, and HotelTonight.

          Expertise

          Getting started. Customer development. Team building. Product management. Financing.

          How I Can Help

          Business strategy. Customer development process. Leadership challenges. Fundraising.

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy

        • Nick Pappas
          Nick Pappas

          Affiliation

          Vice President, MassVentures. Board Member / Observer: Content Raven, Terratherm, OwnerIQ

          Expertise

          Focus on early stage companies across a number of different technology sectors: Healthcare IT, robotics, IT, Internet, Data / Analytics, Crowdsourced models

          How I Can Help

          Raising early stage capital from angels and VCs; Strategic decisions with regard to business model, go to market, financing and exits.

          I Can Provide Insights On

          Business Strategy

          • Jules Pieri
            Jules Pieri

            Affiliation

            Co-Founder and CEO at Daily Grommet; President at Ziggs.com; Entrepreneur in Residence, Harvard Business School

            Expertise

            Product Launch, Product Design, Entrepreneurship, Startup Financing, Building a Team, Networking, PR

            How I Can Help

            The fastest things I can teach (in a short mentor session) are how to network and how to pitch a business. You can ask me about founding a company, fundraising, and how I survived four years of extreme combat to keep The Grommet going. Don’t ask me about consumer acquisition. Here is the answer: “It is hard.”

            I Can Provide Insights On

            Business Strategy, Customer Strategy, Marketing, Sales

          • Katie Rae
            Katie Rae

            Affiliation

            Managing Director at Project 11 Ventures, Lecturer at MIT Sloan School

            Expertise

            Katie’s expertise is in building Internet based businesses and communities. She has deep experience in all phases of company development: from idea and team formation, to product development and business building. She was the head of Product for Microsoft Startup Labs, SVP of Product at Eons, and VP of Community and Communication at Lycos.

          • David Rose
            David Rose

            Affiliation

            CEO, Ditto Labs; Lecturer, MIT Media Lab

            Expertise

            Extensive entrepreneurial, marketing, sales, and product development experience, ranging from founding technology organizations to leading research and innovation groups within large public companies. Proven leader with a track record of success in developing innovative customer-centric products that drive company revenues and visibility. Committed, inspirational, analytically-driven manager with strong communications, presentation and facilitation skills and a passion for innovative, customer-facing opportunities.

          • Timothy Rowe
            Timothy Rowe

            Affiliation

            CEO and Founder, CIC; Venture Partner, New Atlantic Ventures; Founding President, Kendall Square Association

            Expertise

            In addition to being the Founder and CEO of CIC (which just opened new locations in both Boston and St. Louis, MO), Tim is a Venture Partner and member of the investment committee of New Atlantic Ventures. Tim’s interests include new models of work and office life, the impact of ‘digital’ technology on our lives, consumer-oriented technologies and services, as well as computer and physical security technology.

            How I Can Help

            Early stage venture capital, new models of work and office life, the impact of “digital” technology on our lives, consumer-oriented technology and services, computer and physical security technologies.

            I Can Provide Insights On

            Business Strategy

          • Tom Ryden
            Tom Ryden

            Affiliation(s)

            Founder & COO, VGo Communications, Inc.
            Co-Chair, Mass TLC Robotics Cluster
            Adviser – RailPod, Que Innovations

            Expertise

            Tom has been active in the Boston robotics community for over 20 years. He cofounded Vgo Communications and introduced one of the first robotic telepresence systems to the market. He has partnered with organizations such as Verizon and Audi to enhance and deploy these robotic avatars. Previously he headed up sales and marketing for iRobot, focusing on their government and industrial robots. Tom chairs Mass TLC’s robotics cluster and is involved in efforts to grow the robotics ecosystem in Massachusetts. He has expertise in start-ups, product development and business building.

            How I Can Help

            Product development and commercialization, fund-raising, strategic alliances, out-sourced manufacturing and supply chains.

            I Can Provide Insights On

            Business Strategy

          • Scott Savitz
            Scott Savitz

            Affiliation

            Founder & Managing Partner, Data Point Capital. Founder & former CEO, Shoebuy.com. Owner & Executive Chairman of Smart Lunches. Boards: Bluestem Brands, SimpleTuition, Two Ten, and MITX; Co-Chair of 12X12 and serves on the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

            Expertise

            Scott is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially where it aims to raise the bar on the consumer experience. Scott is also the founder and former CEO of Shoebuy.com. and served as its CEO through its sale to IAC. Under his guidance, Shoebuy grew on average over 55% a year becoming one of the largest online retailers in the country, with over 1 million products and $3.5 billion in inventory available for sale, serving over 8 million visitors a month. Scott owns and is Chairman of Smart Lunches, a fast growing internet meal service for schools, daycare and camps.

            How I Can Help

            Scaling a company, fundraising, hiring, e-commerce, internet marketing, empathy.

            • Simeon Simeonov
              Simeon Simeonov

              Affiliation

              Founder and CEO, FastIgnite; Founding CTO, Swoop; Mentor, Tech Stars

              Expertise

              Sim is a a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is passionate about turning ideas into products that meaningfully affect the lives of millions of people. This is what drives him to start new companies and to invest in entrepreneurs with a hunger to change the world.

            • Michael J. Skok
              Michael J. Skok

              Affiliation

              General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners; Lead / co-lead investor, board member Acquia, Apperian, Akiban, Demandware(NYSE:DWRE) Unidesk; Lead investor group, board observer REVOlution Analytics, Actifio

              Expertise

              Cloud Computing Applications, eCommerce, Mobile (Enterprise), Big Data /Analytics Michael Skok joined North Bridge Venture Partners in 2002 to seek out great entrepreneurs and lead innovative software investments. Prior to this, Michael had himself been an entrepreneur and CEO in the software business for 21 years. Michael has invested in many great entrepreneurs who have built over a $1bn of value focusing on large market changing technologies and disruptive business models such as SaaS, Cloud Computing, Open Source and Mobile. Michael’s passion for innovation and entrepreneurship is also fueling his work mentoring and developing the next generation of entrepreneurs. For example he is currently developing and leading workshops such as the “Startup Secrets” series with the Harvard iLab. His work in this regard can be found online at www.mjskok.com

              How I Can Help

              Enjoy helping Innovators and Entrepreneurs formulate their startup. For example, develop their culture, hire their people, think through their Value Proposition, define their Business Model and Go-to-Market strategies using practical frameworks and case studies. These case studies, frameworks, slideshows and videos have been developed for the Harvard I Lab series “Startup Secrets” and are available online at http://www.mjskok.com/resources/startup-secrets

            • Susan Hunt Stevens
              Susan Hunt Stevens

              Affiliation

              CEO & Founder, WeSpire; Board Member: Xconomy, The New England Clean Energy Council, the emeritus board of the Center for Women & Enterprise, the Sustainable Brands Advisory Board; Former Senior Vice President/GM, Boston.com.

              Expertise

              Susan is an entrepreneur and leading expert on the use of social and game mechanics to drive positive behavior change. She has substantial experience in founding, funding and scaling start-ups. She is the CEO & Founder of WeSpire, the leading technology provider of sustainability engagement programs to global companies. She previously spent nine years at The New York Times Company, most recently as Senior Vice President/GM of Boston.com, one of the largest news and information sites on the web.

              How I Can Help

              Startup: fundraising, team building, product-market fit, marketing strategy/tactics, first customers, sales, surviving a pivot, and working with engineering.

              I Can Provide Insights On

              Business Strategy, Customer Care, Marketing, Sales

            • Reed Sturtevant
              Reed Sturtevant

              Affiliation(s)

              Managing Director, Project 11

              Expertise

              Reed is a Managing Director at Project 11 which invests in and assists early stage startups. Reed was a Managing Director of Techstars Boston and, with his partners, has invested in more than 70 companies in the last four years.

              How I Can Help

              I am very familiar with the early stage tech startup landscape and have worked with many companies to help them build their product, team, and raise capital at the angel, accelerator, seed and Series A stages and beyond.

              I Can Provide Insights On

              Marketing,Engineering,Customer Strategy,Business Strategy

            • Brad Terrell
              Brad Terrell

              Affiliation(s)

              Co-founder & CEO, Zensight – former Netezza/Endeca/Big Data guy – I build technology to help sales reps sell more

              Expertise

              I’ve invested my entire career in building startups, including three that I co-founded. Prior to my current venture, I launched and grew what became Netezza’s largest business unit to over $100M in revenue, culminating in an acquisition by IBM for $1.7 billion dollars. My earlier experience includes Endeca ($1.1 billion acquisition by Oracle), Spyglass ($2.5 billion acquisition by OpenTV), and FlightSafety International ($1.5 billion acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway).

              How I Can Help

              Securing initial customers, finding product/market fit, and scaling up sales.

              I Can Provide Insights On

              Business Strategy,Sales

            • Marcus Tgettis
              Marcus Tgettis

              Affiliation(s)

              Senior Director of Employee Success & Talent Acquisition at Constant Contact

              Expertise

              Marcus Tgettis is a Human Resources leader at Constant Contact, the leader in online marketing for small businesses and nonprofits. Marcus currently oversees all aspects of talent acquisition and he is also responsible for building the talent programs and strategies that integrate, engage, develop, and retain Constant Contact’s employees. Prior to Constant Contact, Marcus held multiple HR positions at Akamai in Cambridge, MA when Akamai grew from 500 to more than 2500 employee worldwide. Marcus spent the early part of his career at ESPN, leading recruiting for ESPN’s flagship productions including “Sportscenter”, “Baseball Tonight”, and “NFL Countdown”. Marcus serves a the co-chairman of Mass TLC’s Workforce Community and he is a member of the Employee Advisory Board at Babson College.

              How I Can Help

              I can help with Talent and People related strategies and challenges including Recruiting & Acquisition, Leadership & Career Development, Performance Mangagement, Employee Onboarding, Employee Engagement & Retention and Employer Branding.

              I Can Provide Insights On

              Business Strategy,Talent

            • Daniel Theobald
              Daniel TheobaldCo-Founder & CTO, Vecna

              Daniel founded Vecna in 1998 with the mission to empower humanity through transformative technologies. Without taking any outside investment, Daniel grew his company to 350 employees, an extensive network of partners and contractors, and a world-wide customer base. Daniel has designed and developed several robots, including the Bear disaster recovery robot and the QC Bot logistics solution, as well as advanced automation components, such a biomemetic muscle and machine perception technology. Daniel is planning to establish a robotics incubator by the end of 2015.

              I can provide insights on

              engineering, business_strategy

            • Deborah Theobald
              Deborah TheobaldCo-Founder and CEO, Vecna; Founder and Executive Director, VecnaCares

              Deborah co-founded Vecna Technologies in 1998. She has led her team in developing a number of software solutions, including the Patient Information Exchange platform, and the CliniPAK, a pop-up patient registry for remote and underserved communities. She founded the Vecna Cares Charitable Trust, which is dedicated to improving health outcomes and access to quality care around the world. Deborah has appeared in several publications, most recently mHealth News and the Harvard International Review.

              How I Can Help

              Social entrepreneurship; mentorship for women in business and technology.

              I can provide insights on

              engineering, business_strategy

            • Michael Troiano
              Michael Troiano

              Affiliation
              Chief Marketing Officer, Actifio; Mentor, TechStars; Board Member, the New England Venture Capital Association, and a G20 LP.

              Expertise
              Michael spent his early career at premiere New York ad agencies on brands including Coca-Cola, AT&T, and Taco Bell, and was named the founding CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Interactive in 1995. He later served as the president of Primix Solutions, and on the executive team of m-Qube from that company’s inception through its venture capital exits in 2006. Mike serves as an advisor to several Boston startups (BostInno, Drync, Dunwello, Intelligent.ly, Smarterer) and is ranked in the top 1% of the most influential people on Twitter.

              How I Can Help
              Provide insights on overall marketing and brand strategy including: corporate marketing, product marketing, inside sales, channel marketing, community marketing, digital marketing, and customer experience.

              I Can Provide Insights On
              Marketing, Customer Support, Business Strategy

            • Bill Warner
              Bill Warner

              Affiliation

              Co-Flow Investing, LLC; Anything Goes Lab; TechStars Boston

              Expertise

              Bill loves the process of starting and building great companies, including Avid Technology, Wildfire Communications, and FutureBoston.

              Bill’s focus now is on helping entrepreneurs with tools that are part his “Build Your Startup From the Heart” work. One of those tools is very early stage investing, usually about $25,000. He generally like to be the very first money into the company. He is willing (and even prefers) investing so early that the only traction is in the entrepreneur’s head. Bill chooses his investments based mainly on the entrepreneur, and not on the details of the idea.

              I Can Provide Insights On

              Business Strategy, Customer Strategy, Marketing

            • Russ Wilcox
              Russ Wilcox

              Affiliation

              Co-Founder E-Ink; Co-Founder, Transatomic Power

              Expertise

              Technology CEO and Board Director with over 15 years of hands-on new venture experience across all functions and growth stages, from inception to $200 million. At Transatomic, developing a nuclear reactor that works safely, cleans up waste, and pays off quickly. At E Ink, started with an idea and raw technology, crossed numerous hurdles to build a company with rapid sales growth, profitable manufacturing, the top brand in its market, a rich R&D pipeline with patent fortress, and an exceptionally talented team. Today products containing E Ink displays deliver an excellent digital reading experience appreciated by tens of millions of people. Wilcox was named a New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2009.

              How I Can Help

              Forming a team, commercializing products, strategic alliances, complex supply chains, continuous improvement, fund-raising, M&A exit, and making transitions to your CEO style across stages of growth.

              I Can Provide Insight On

              Business Strategy, Engineering, Sales, Talent

            • Ken Zolot
              Ken Zolot

              Affiliation

              Founder, MIT Innovation Program

              Expertise

              Ken’s teaching and mentoring have guided numerous MIT-spawned companies, including A123 Systems, Arch Therapeutics, Brontes3D, HubSpot, Myomo, QD Vision, Robopsy, Saaf Water, Semprus Biosciences (fka SteriCoat), Vertica Systems, and Visible Measures.

              How Can I Help

              Founding team dynamics, Student startup initiatives, Innovation in big companies

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