We always revel in the accomplishments of our graduates and for the past eight years, we've invited experienced and successful entrepreneurs to come to HBS for the academic year to advise and mentor student entrepreneurs and work with faculty on research and course development.

The Rock Center also appoints legal experts to provide students with pro-bono counseling on a variety of founding-related issues such as incorporation, trademark, IP, and equity structures.

Please choose an EiR or legal expert below and click the book now button. Register using your Harvard student email address and provide all of the information requested in the booking form.

 
 

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Stephen Bonner
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Healthcare — Chicago, IL
 

Steve was President and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America from 1999-2013, and continues as a strategic advisor at CTCA. He is an adviser to healthcare PE firms, and an investor and board member for healthcare innovation companies. He is a mentor to students, helping them figure out their entrepreneurial path, whether it’s their own idea, or as part of another's venture.

A passionate advocate of patient-centric, quality-driven healthcare, he championed putting patients in control of their medical decisions by empowering them with comprehensive, unbiased information about their conditions. His commitment earned him a place on Modern Healthcare's prestigious list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare."

Steve served in executive roles at Keyport Life Insurance, McGraw-Hill, and Prudential Insurance. While at Prudential, he created their consumer banking operation. He earned a B.A. in Pol. Sci. from Amherst College and a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. He serves on the Boards of the American Architectural Foundation; the Tennis Opportunity Program; the Lincoln Park Zoo, and also as a mentor for the One Million Degrees organization.

Skills & Expertise:
Strategic planning to execution; Rapid growth; Healthcare service and delivery innovation; Consumer driven healthcare; Measuring and publishing outcomes for consumers; Legal education innovation.

Interests:
Healthcare Transformation; Education; Family; travel; golf; yoga; Pilates; Gyrotonics; running; architecture; not for profit support in tennis; zoological conservation; political innovation.
 
 
David Cancel
Drift
Marketing — Essex, MA
 

David is the Co-Founder and CEO of Drift, where he’s helping everyone know, grow, and amaze their customers. David is passionate about building amazing products for Marketers. He previously founded Compete, Lookery, Ghostery, and Performable. Most recently, after the Acquisition of Performable by HubSpot, David was the Chief Product Officer responsible for re-architecting the engineering team and HubSpot’s products. He’s active in the Boston tech community investing in and advising organizations like Charles River Ventures, Spark Capital, NextView Ventures, DormRoom Fund, EverTrue, Visible Measures, Yottaa, and HelpScout.

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David Chang
Entrepreneur & Angel Investor
Venture Capital — Boston, MA
 

David (HBS-01) is an entrepreneur and angel investor in Boston with product, marketing and software development experience at internet and mobile startups. He has a successful track record in operating roles at direct-to-consumer and enterprise companies, six of which were acquired or IPO'd.

Prior Experience:

Recently led the PayPal Boston office and co-founded the Start Tank innovation space. Previously co-founder of SnapMyLife, marketing at m-Qube, and product for TripAdvisor. As an active member of the entrepreneurship community, he holds several advisor/board memberships and has made 30 angel investments.

www.davidchang.me

Skills & Expertise:
Product management, marketing, strategy, corporate development, angel and early-stage venture capital fundraising.

Interests:
As a community builder, he is currently focused on helping founders grow their startups and connecting them with great investors.
 
 

    
Tom Clay
Xtalic Corporation
Manufacturing — Boston, MA
 

Tom Clay (HBS-97), CEO of Xtalic Corporation in Marlborough MA, specializes in commercialization of advanced technology in design, manufacturing and materials. Xtalic develops high performing metal alloys that address large, high value problems in mobile electronics and other fields. His primary interests include sourcing and commercializing advanced technologies and building leading businesses around these technologies. Tom is also interested in education and workforce development to ensure we are prepared to maintain leadership in these fields.

Prior Experience:

Before joining Xtalic, Tom was CEO of Z Corporation, a leading pioneer in 3D Printing. Tom served the board of Z Corp and Sensable Technologies (3D Design) and currently serves on the board of Xtalic and Mcor (3D Printing.) Tom is also a member of the School Committee in Westford MA and serves as a Trustee at Mount Wachusett Community College. Tom served as a US Army Ranger before attending HBS.

xtalic.com/

Skills & Expertise:
Founder development; business plan evaluations; hi-tech ventures; B2B sales; adapting to new industries/markets; ISO quality systems and lean processes; work/life balance; dual-career couples;Evaluating business models and concepts; raising capital; seed and early round funding sources.

Interests:
Music, Travel, Community Service, Exercise

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Sam Clemens
InsightSquared
Technology — Boston, MA
 

Sam (HBS-04) is Founder and Chief Product Officer at InsightSquared in Cambridge, MA. He specializes in product management and development for B2B software startups.

Prior Experience:

Before InsightSquared, Sam was VP Product at Hubspot, VP Product at BzzAgent, and on the initial team at Elance.com. He also had stints in venture capital with Greylock Partners and management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton. He has a B.S. in Applied Math from Yale.

www.insightsquared.com

Skills & Expertise:
Product Management, Agile software development, B2B business models, Marketplace business models, Early and growth stage startups, B2B marketing.

Interests:
Rebreather/decompression diving on New England area shipwrecks.
 
 

    
Kerry Cooper
Choose Energy
Energy / Utilities — San Francisco, CA
 

Kerry (HBS-97) is CEO of Choose Energy, an energy marketplace, in San Francisco. Choose Energy is the leading retail energy marketplace where businesses and consumers can shop for electricity and natural gas. Kerry has leveraged deep expertise of digital consumer businesses, building businesses within large companies and several successful startups. Kerry has a broad background in retail, software and ecommerce (Levi’s, Walmart.com, ModCloth) and loves consumer businesses. She has raised several rounds of VC (>$30m) at ModCloth and Choose Energy.

Prior Experience:

COO & CMO ModCloth, CMO Walmart.com. On the board of Weddington Way, advisor to Narvar.

www.chooseenergy.com

Skills & Expertise:
business plan evaluation, adapting to new industries/markets, dual-career couples, evaluating business models and concepts, B2C products and services, raising capital, digital marketing/marketing strategy, work/life balance

Interests:
education, politics, triathlons, kids

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Jim Dougherty
Madaket Health
Health Care — Boston
 

Mr. Jim Dougherty is a Co Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Madaket. He has almost 30 years of diverse operating experiences in IT and information services. He has served as CEO for a number of successful software companies, including Prodigy Business Solutions, IntraLinks and MetaMatrix.

He spent his early career as General Manager of the Internet Division at Lotus Development Corporation and as Executive Vice President of Global Markets at Gartner Inc. Jim is a member of the Board and Trustees for numerous institutions, including the Foreign Policy Association in New York City and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Business and Economics. Jim teaches entrepreneurship courses at MIT Sloan and Columbia University. He holds degrees from Framingham State, Harvard and Columbia universities.

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Anne Dwane
GSV Acceleration
Venture Capital — San Francisco, CA
 

Anne Dwane, (HBS-98), is a Partner at GSV Acceleration, an early stage VC firm backing entrepreneurs leveraging technology to transform learning and career outcomes from “pre-K to grey”. It’s venture capital to build human capital. Globalization, automation, digital networks and machine intelligence render much of the $5T spent worldwide on education and training ripe for disruption. While learning has never been more essential, technology is making learning more accessible, affordable, personal and effective.

Prior Experience:

Previously, Anne was Chief Business Officer at Chegg (NYSE: CHGG), CEO at Zinch (acquired by Chegg), GM of Affinity Networks at Monster (NYSE: MWW), and GM at Military Advantage, acquired by Monster. Prior, Anne was in Business Development at Interval Research Corporation, Product Management at Nabisco, and Consumer Research at Information Resources Inc. Anne is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Skills & Expertise:
Founder development, finding product–market fit, user-centric design, market research, business plan evaluation, customer acquisition, network effects, marketplaces, hiring, outsourcing, team leadership & dynamics, fostering high performance cultures, consumer internet models, subscriptions, B2B sales, media businesses, raising capital, and scaling organizations.

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Sarah Endline
SweetRiot
Consumer Products — New York City
 

Sarah is currently the Founder and CEO of sweetriot in NYC, an activist candy company, which is creating a sweet movement to fix the world. Sweetriot has started by sourcing cacao in Latin America, featuring artwork on packaging, and by only using all-natural, healthy ingredients.

Sweetriot’s award-winning products are sold in 1,000’s of stores including Whole Foods and have been enjoyed at 30,000 feet on board Virgin America. Sarah’s entrepreneurial work has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Today Show, Forbes, and Fortune.

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Lara Hodgson
Now Corp
Financial Services — Atlanta
 

Lara is a Co-Founder and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer at NowCorp, a B2B payments company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Founded in 2010, their mission is to create a world without AR.

She is also the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Nourish. From 2001-2007 Lara was Chief operating Officer and Chief Marketing officer at Dewberry Capital. Previously, she was a Senior Vice-President of iXL and a senior business analyst with Andersen Consulting.

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Aditya Julka
Entrepreneur
Consumer Products — New York City
 

A serial entrepreneur with a history of successful start-ups, Aditya co-founded two bio-tech companies and his last company, which was backed by Accel Ventures, sold to a publicly-listed company in 2010. He received his degree in engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he was awarded the Director's Gold Medal and was a Baker Scholar at HBS. He was most recently Co-Founder, CEO and then Chairman of Paddle8, and has been spending time post the company's sale in 2016 advising and mentoring companies at the intersection of healthcare and technology.

Aditya has served on the advisory board of Performa, New York's biennial for performance art and Khoj, an organization dedicated to performance art in South Asia. He has been named to the Art + Auction Power 100, Fast Company's 'Most Creative People in Business and the Crain's New York 40 Under 40 and has spoken at many leading technology conferences and platforms including the Northside Festival, DLD New York, Techcrunch TV and the inaugural edition of TEXxChelsea.

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Don Mathis
Echelon AI/Comcast
Advertising — New Jersey Area
 

Don Mathis is currently the General Manager of Growth for Comcast NBCUniversal where he has responsibility for all new ventures from ideation and inception through growth stage. This will include leveraging existing assets and relationships across the enterprise as well as looking at acquisitions where it makes sense.

Don was previously co-Founder and served as Chairman at Kinetic Social. Don is an Operating Partner at Periscope Equity. Previously, Don served as the CEO of ad network Epic Advertising from 2008-2010 and, earlier, its Chief Operating Officer. Don was Chief Operating Officer of the online fantasy sports company Small World Sports.

Don also has experience as the CFO of a global non-governmental foreign policy organization and served as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company and a consultant with the turnaround firm AlixPartners. Don began his career as a programmer and project manager with Accenture.

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Sharon Peyer
Crane Media Network; MissionBlast
Entertainment / Media — Boston, MA
 

Sharon (HBS-06) is an entrepreneur with experience building online consumer ventures and data-driven monetization platforms from the ground up. Sharon is currently developing a digital media platform for the nation’s largest manufacturer of networked and screened vending machines, while dabbling with the idea of her next early-stage venture: a consumer mobile app in the travel space.

Prior Experience:

Sharon co-founded and led business development for Boston-based HitBliss, an online entertainment service offering TV shows the day after they first air and movies day and date with their DVD release from Warner Bros., Paramount, NBCU and Starz Media. Featuring a targeted advertising platform with gamification elements, the HitBliss ad experience delivered 20x above industry benchmark performance for its brand advertisers. Sharon started her first company, Pixamo, as an HBS student. Pixamo was among the first online consumer photo sharing sites to feature social tagging, viral sharing features and targeted advertising. In 2007 -six months after Sharon graduated from HBS- Pixamo was acquired by NameMedia for a significant premium.

www.missionblast.com

Skills & Expertise:
B2B4C products and services; media, advertising, programmatic networks, market place business models; team building; fund raising; strategic partnerships; sales and marketing

 
 

    
Jules Pieri
The Grommet
Consumer Products — Boston, MA
 

Jules (HBS-86) is the Co-founder and CEO at The Grommet in Somerville, her third startup. The Grommet is a product launch platform. Its unique business model is like a "what you do next after Kickstarter." Products it launched several years ago that have become household names: FitBit, SodaStream, Bananagrams, GoldieBlox and IdeaPaint. The Grommet was named the “Disruptive Genius Company” for the 2016 MITX awards.

Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies, and was subsequently a senior executive for large brands such as Keds, Stride Rite and Playskool. She was named one of the 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs by Fortune, and one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.

www.jules.thegrommet.com

Skills & Expertise:
Creating new business models that respond to shifts in technology and consumer behavior; e-commerce; design; consumer products; product launch

Interests:
Hiking, greyhound rescue, French language study
 
 

Javier Segovia
tnt Media
Technology — Boston Area
 

Javier is a Boston-based Entrepreneur and Advisor to multiple startups. Leads Product and Drives Growth for technology companies. He is a builder of innovative digital experiences. Also a Proven technology executive with expertise in leading lean startups, product management, business development, marketing strategy and high-performance product development & design teams.

Advisor to entrepreneurs on venture fundraising, go-to-market & growth, and product & UX strategy. Javier is Driven to grow tech businesses to profitability by building great products, satisfying customers, and using lean startup methods for capital efficiency. Passionate about developing great user experiences working closely with designers, developers, and customers.

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Jim Sharpe
Harvard Business School
Search Fund — Boston, MA
 

Jim (HBS-76) has experience in running small and medium enterprises (SME), turnarounds, investing in searches, entrepreneurship through acquisition and in large organizations. He has worked for a large firms and then searched for his own entrepreneurial business a decade into his a career. 21 years later, after selling his business, he joined the HBS faculty to teach The Entrepreneurial Manager, Turnarounds and Running Medium and Small Enterprises courses. Working with his wife (HBS-81) gave him an appreciation of the challenges facing a dual career couple and how to make the compromises associated with the work/life balance issues.

www.jimsteinsharpe.com

Skills & Expertise:
Acquiring a business; search; B2B sales; ISO and lean processes; working with your spouse; materials; machinery; computer services.

Interests:
Biking; mentoring; website development; philanthropic activities; juggling, involvement in YPO/WPO.
 
 
Martin Sinozich
Venn Capital
Venture Capital — Providence, RI
 

Martin is an active angel investor and entrepreneur based in Providence, RI. Martin’s primary interests include ground-up business start-ups, fundraising and pitching, scaling rapid-growth businesses, implementing operations processes and structures to give owners work-life balance, and positioning closely-held businesses for exit.

Prior Experience:

Founder/equity partner, Venn Capital with diversified investments in real estate, hospitality, and manufacturing; Venture Partner, Converge Venture Partners, an early-stage technology fund in Cambridge, MA; Executive Committee Member, Piedmont Angel Network; Board Member, ClearEdge 3D (venture-backed software company); Founder/owner/managing partner in Planet Fitness franchises in North Carolina; Engage Technologies and Navisite (both CMGI companies, including one IPO).

Skills & Expertise:
Sailing; skiing; travel.

Interests:
Angel investment, Business plan review, Fundraising, General Management, Idea brainstorming, Pitching, Startup tactics and strategy.
 
 

Jim Southern
Pacific Lake Partners
Search Fund — Boston, MA
 

Jim (HBS-83) is a founding partner of Pacific Lake Partners, a private equity firm with $90 million of committed capital focused on small cap buyouts exclusively through the search fund model. Search fund investing consists of providing search and acquisition capital to promising entrepreneurs who are recent graduates of top MBA programs and whose intent is to acquire a small, established company with revenues of $10 million to $30 million and a history of profits and growth. He serves or has served on more than 20 boards including nine boards of currently operating search fund acquired companies. Previously Mr. Southern holds, held or exited investments in 45 companies established via the search fund model. Mr. Southern was a beneficiary of search fund investors early in his career, resulting in the acquisition of Uniform Printing, a $43 million printer of specialty insurance documents. Investor cash on cash returns during his ten year tenure exceeded 30x the acquisition capital.

www.pacificlake.com/

 
 
Satish Tadikonda
Avigo Solutions
Healthcare — Boston, MA
 

Satish, a Managing Partner at Avigo Solutions (Burlington, MA) and an Executive Partner at Blue Cloud Ventures (New York), specializes in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. As an entrepreneur and early stage investor, Satish has helped found and/or fund more than a dozen innovative companies in technology, health care and the life sciences.

His primary interests lie in Healthcare IT and at the intersection of drug, medical device and diagnostics development, and software systems development, primarily for accelerating clinical trials and regulatory approvals.

Prior Experience:

• Most recent companies include Virtify (Founder/CEO), Tribiosys (Co-Founder), Enmed (Co-Founder/CEO), Epix Medical (Director, Imaging) and HP (Engineer).

• Investments include Maxwell Health, BTI Systems, Levant Power, Cimcon Lighting and others.

• Board positions include WyeBot Inc (Co-Founder), Anju Software, NuView Systems (acquired by Versata) and TiE Boston.

• Advisory Boards: Maxwell Health, ZakiPoint Health, Levant Power.

• Other: Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee of TiE ScaleUp (tiescaleup.org).

www.avigosolutions.com/

Skills & Expertise:
Founder development, business plan evaluations, hi-tech ventures, outsourcing, evaluating business models and concepts, raising capital; seed and early round funding sources.

Interests:
Entrepreneurship, Angel and Growth Stage Investing, Fund Raising, Scale up of Startups, Team Building, Strategy and Operations, Networking and Mentoring.

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Thomas Tull
Tull Investment Group
Entertainment / Media — Los Angeles Area
 

Thomas Tull is the Founder of Tull Financial Group. Earlier he served as Chief Executive Officer & Chairman and is a Founder of Legendary Entertainment. He has produced several major films. Mr. Tull served as the President of Convex Group. He served as Chief of Operations of Tax Services of America.

Thomas is a Co Founder and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Brash Entertainment. He serves as member of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute (AFI), San Diego Zoo and Zoological Society of San Diego. He served on the Board of Directors of How Stuff Works. He served as a Director of HSW International Inc. Mr. Tull engineered the unique private equity-backed structure of Legendary and was presented IDD Magazine's prestigious "Deal of the Year" Award for the entertainment industry in 2005.

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Legal Expert Bios

 
David Cappillo
Partner, Goodwin Procter
Law / Legal Services — Boston, MA
 

David Cappillo is a partner in the firms Corporate and Technology Companies Groups. He has extensive experience in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and growth equity, securities laws and technology licensing areas, with a focus on counseling growth-oriented companies. Mr. Cappillo is a key contributor to the Goodwin Procter Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies and the entrepreneurial community.

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Mary-Laura Greely
Partner, Pierce Atwood
Law / Legal Services — Boston, MA
 

Mary-Laura Greely practices in the area of mergers and acquisitions involving both private and public companies, venture capital, private equity and general corporate representation. She advises companies on debt and equity financings, equity structures, stockholder matters, corporate governance and succession planning, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements and advises management and boards of directors involved in significant transactions.

Her clients represent a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, information technology, health care, financial services, consumer products, retail, food and beverage, and social entrepreneurial businesses. In 2008, the transaction involving the sale of her client, eScription, to Nuance Communications, Inc. was selected for the Tech Dealmaker Award by Mass High Tech and The Association for Corporate Growth Boston.

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Larissa Bifano Park
Partner, DLA Piper
Law / Legal Services — Boston, MA
 

Larissa Park specializes in patent and other intellectual property strategy, counseling, prosecution, diligence, and litigation in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Federal Courts. She works with clients in diverse industries nationally and internationally to determine and execute a comprehensive IP strategy to address the client's needs in whatever situation or forum. Larissa works with numerous clients in the following industries: health and fitness, software, medical devices, nanotechnology, silicon processing for displays and solar applications, light-emitting diodes, battery systems, optical systems, cellular networks, computer databases, options trading, solid state devices and wireless positioning systems.

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