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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Ajay Agarwal
Bain Capital Ventures
Venture Capital — Palo Alto, CA
 

Ajay (HBS-95) a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures in Palo Alto, is focused on early-stage software, mobile, and internet investing. Seven years at Trilogy Software, as head of sales and marketing, gives him strong grounding in customer focused operations. His passion is working with early-stage founders on team-building, culture, iteration of product market fit, and building the early go-to-market operations. His primary investment themes include e-commerce enablement, mobile/location based services, the revolution of the marketing function, and the use of big-data to transform business applications.

www.ajayagarwal.net

Skills & Expertise:
Founder development; business plan evaluations; hi-tech ventures; e-commerce; big-data; SaaS; mobile/location based services.

Interests:
Ajay grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a die-hard Steelers fan.
 
 
Tech. Expert: Rajat Bhakhri

Technology — Boston, MA
 

Rajat is CEO at Aeturnum in Bedford, MA and also co-founder at Incentivio, specializing in building strategy and technology for startups from idea to exit. He and his team have had a keen focus on startups since 2001 building 52 products for 30+ startups since 2001. His primary interests include – helping entrepreneurs build their startups from the ground up, especially in areas of product/platform design and development, accelerating MVP to market, founder development, technology selection and team-build/hire.

Prior Experience:

Rajat’s first experience with startups was at Edocs (acq by Siebel/Oracle) in 2001 and ever since he started Aeturnum that has focused on building tech for 30+ startups. His team has built the first accelerator platform that can launch MVP for startups in as little as 3-6 months. Several of his customers have been successfully acquired by NetApp, PayPal and Ebay. Recently he also co-founded a mobile-first marketing personalization automation platform startup that is now being deployed at 20+ customers. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs and folks with great ideas.

www.aeturnum.com

Skills & Expertise:
Founder development; business plan evaluations; hi-tech ventures, adapting to new industries/markets; outsourcing, Evaluating business models and concepts; B2C and B2B4C products and services; raising capital; seed and early round funding sources.

Interests:
Travel, fitness, astronomy

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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 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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Chuck Davis
Swagbucks
Venture Capital — Los Angeles Area
 

Chuck (HBS-86) is a digital leader, board director, and investor having served many successful small and large company stints including Fandango CEO (sold to Comcast), Shopzilla CEO (sold to E.W. Scripps), and president ecommerce for The Walt Disney Company. Chuck is a venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures and serves as executive chairman for The Great Courses. He is also the CEO of Prodege, LLC, whose flagship brands Swagbucks and MyPoints have awarded over $350 million to their members. Chuck was the international chairman for the Young Presidents Organization and previously served 11 years on Shop.org, the ecommerce trade association.

Skills & Expertise:
Business evaluation; acquisitions; mergers; investments; venture capital; transition from large to small high tech ventures; funding and growing Internet platforms; digital and print media; operations, general management, and coaching and mentoring.

Interests:
Chuck loves skiing, travel (29 countries in 2012-13 for YPO), and referees youth soccer.
 
 

    
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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David Frankel
Founder Collective
Venture Capital — Boston & NYC
 

David (HBS-03) is founder and Managing Partner of Founder Collective, a seed-stage fund based in Boston and New York. David specializes in early stage funding and has provided the first capital for companies like Seatgeek, Pillpack & Coupang.

Prior Experience:

David was co-founder and CEO of Internet Solutions (IS), the largest ISP and private data carrier in Africa, which was ultimately acquired by NTT Japan. David also co-founded Healthbridge, one of the largest independent healthcare data processing companies in Africa as well as co-led the “New Dawn” African satellite launch & deployment together with Intelsat. As an investor, David provided the initial capital for Volaris (NYSE), Brontes (3M), SiteAdvisor (McAfee), Bluebox (IBM), Paddle8 and OPower (NYSE). David serves on the board of Endeavor South Africa and was voted the South African Tech. Achiever of the Century. He graduated from Wits University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

www.foundercollective.com/

Skills & Expertise:

Raising capital, seed and early stage funding, founder development, and evaluating business models.



 
 

    
Rob Go
NextView Ventures
Venture Capital — Boston, MA
 

Rob (HBS-07) is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures, a high-conviction, hands-on seed VC based in Boston and New York. NextView specializes in pre-traction companies that leverage data and the ubiquitous internet to transform or create large industries.

Prior Experience:

Rob previously held product management and product marketing roles at both large-scale companies and early stage startups including Ebay, Fidelity Investments, and BzzAgent (acq. by Dunhumby). He is also a co-founder of several companies in the education technology and consumer sectors.

Rob began his career in Venture Capital at Spark Capital, a national, multi-stage venture capital firm. He has been a seed investor in a number of founding teams from HBS and Harvard, including ThredUp, InsightSquared, RentJuice (acq. by Zillow), Dia&Co, Signpost, Plastiq, and Whoop. You can learn more about Rob and his thoughts at:

His personal blog: www.robgo.org
On the NextView Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/nextview

Skills & Expertise:
Product design and go-to-market. Technology enabled consumer services and end-user focused business software applications. Marketplaces and ecommerce. Early stage capital raising and company creation.

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Janet Kraus
Peach
Consumer Products — Boston, MA
 

Janet is CEO of peach, a startup that helps women feel beYOUtiful by bringing them better fitting, more thoughtfully designed lingerie and basics in the privacy and comfort of home. She is focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, building teams, and life planning.

Prior Experience:

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurial Management. In the RC, she taught The Entrepreneurial Manager and FIELD 3. In the EC, she taught Founders Dilemmas and Building a Business in the Context of Life. In Executive Education, she taught a New Path and CrossRoads. She was co-founder and CEO of Circles (sold in 2007) and Spire (sold in 2010). Janet sits on the board of three start-up companies.

www.peach.company

Skills & Expertise:
Idea generation, product development, building teams, fundraising, scaling operations, sales and marketing, crisis and recovery, buying and exiting companies.

Interests:
Yoga, walking in nature, practicing happiness, hanging out with her husband and twin 9 year old daughters.
 
 

    
Tech. Expert: Brian Morgan
Catalant
Technology — Boston, MA
 

Brian is Chief Technology Officer at Catalant (formerly HourlyNerd) in Boston, MA. He specializes in building technology platforms and teams at early stage startups. His primary interests include marketplaces, SaaS, and lean development principles.

Prior Experience:

CTO at OpenMile (Acquired by Echo Global Logistics), Engineering Manager at Going.com (Acquired by AOL), Lead Engineer at Enservio, and Application Architect at iPhrase Technologies (Acquired by IBM). He is now an advisor at Snowvation after the acquisition of ShredBetter where he was Co-Founder and CTO.

Skills & Expertise:
Founder development, hi-tech ventures, search, adapting to new industries/markets, lean processes, work/life balance.

Interests:
Old Industries, Marketplaces, Technology

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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
 
 
Ruben Pinchanski
e-Commerce Mentor
E-Commerce — Florida and Boston, MA
 

Ruben (HBS-93) is a hands-on eCommerce builder who works closely with CEOs and leaders of retail companies, VCs, and startups to help land the airplane. His experience expands close to two decades, (since 1995) and has been instrumental in the building, optimization, and execution of solutions for startups and several of the nation’s top retailers and direct marketing organizations. Ruben serves as an Entrepreneur Fellow at General Catalyst Partners Venture Capital, continues his passion building eCommerce businesses, and advises startups.

Skills & Expertise:
Development of eCommerce ventures; Exploring VR/AR ventures. Creative/user experience and technical execution; logistics and fulfillment solutions; customer care/service; CRM; digital marketing. Industries: consumer, retail, luxury, fashion

Interests:
Travel, fitness, and chocolate. Ruben grew up in Costa Rica and is a rain forest fan.

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Tech. Expert: Todd Pinkerton
Cubiq
Technology — Boston, MA
 

Todd, a founder at Cubiq in Boston, specializes in B2B and B2C web applications. His primary interests include prototyping, team building, and customer acquisition strategies.

Prior Experience:

PayPal, Nokia, and several Boston-area startups.

www.cubiq.me

Skills & Expertise:
B2C and B2B4C products and services; Outsourcing; Evaluating business models and concepts; Adapting to new industries/markets.

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Katie Rae
Project 11
Venture Capital — Boston, MA
 

Katie Rae is Managing Director and Co-founder of Project 11, a Boston-based venture fund that partners with early-stage startups to rapidly accelerate growth. Katie specializes in working with founders and early stage teams.

Prior Experience:

Katie was the Managing Director of TechStars Boston where she back over 70 early stage companies. Katie Rae founded Startup Institute, a career accelerator that helps people find awesome jobs in high growth companies. In her early career she pioneered freemium business models at RagingBull, Tripod, Angelfire and Lycos. She has won numerous awards for her work building the investor and entrepreneur communities in New England, including MassTLC 2012 Innovation Catalyst, 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2013, and Rising Star VC from the New England Venture Capital Association in 2016. Katie earned a Masters in Business Administration from Yale University and a BA in Biology from Oberlin College.

www.project11.com/

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

 
 
Duke Rohlen
Spirox
Medical Devices & Diagnostics — San Francisco, CA
 

Duke (HBS-01), CEO at Spirox in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializes in healthcare and has over two decades of experience in medical devices. Duke also serves as Chairman and CEO of Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, where he led a $7M recapitalization and entered into a structured sale valued at ~$200M.

Prior Experience:

Prior to ACT and Spirox, Duke served as founder and CEO of CV Ingenuity where he raised $30.0 million of venture capital prior to selling the Company to Covidien (now Medtronic) in 2013 for ~$300.0 million. Duke also served as President of FoxHollow Technologies which was sold to Medtronic for $780M.

www.spiroxmed.com

Skills & Expertise:
Business plan review, hi-tech ventures, raising capital, strategy, and operations.

 
 

    
Rudina Seseri
Glasswing Ventures
Venture Capital — Boston, MA
 

Rudina (HBS-05), Founder and Managing Partner in Cambridge, Massachusetts based, Glasswing Ventures has experience in investing in start-ups, working with founders and executive teams, and developing strategies for growing businesses. Rudina has led technology investments and acquisitions in startup companies in the fields of robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), SaaS marketing technologies and digital media. In her role as Partner at Fairhaven Capital, Rudina serves as lead investor and Director on the Boards of Celtra, CrowdTwist, Jibo, SocialFlow and Statisfy. Her previous role at Microsoft gave her the insight on the acquisition side of ventures from a large company perspective. She has been a judge on a variety of business plan competitions and a mentor for TechStars. She has written a column at Inc.com focused on e-commerce and social marketing and regularly appears on Entrepreneurs Grill with Scott Kirsner.

glasswing.vc/

Skills & Expertise:
Evaluating business models and concepts; B2C and B2B4C products and services; raising capital; seed and early round funding sources; digital media; social marketing; SaaS and consumer internet.

 
 

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.
 
 

    
Michael Skok
_Underscore.VC
Venture Capital — Boston, MA
 

Michael is a serial entrepreneur of more than two decades, turned investor for more than a decade. Now he is mentoring, teaching and continuously learning entrepreneurship. He co-founded and is a partner at _Underscore.VC where his passion for innovation & entrepreneurship continues to fuel his work developing the next generation of great leaders. See startupsecrets.com, underscore.vc and follow Michael on twitter @mjskok.

Prior Experience:

Michael has initiated ventures with innovators and invested in many great entrepreneurs who went on to build billions of dollars of value focusing on large market opportunities such as SaaS, Cloud, Open Source & Mobile.

Industry Knowledge:

Founder of the Future of Open Source & Future of Cloud Computing industry collaborations that gave rise to the broadest collaborative industry wide surveys of their kind.

www.mjskok.com

Skills & Expertise:
Breakthrough technologies & disruptive business models such as SaaS, Cloud, Open Source, Big Data & Mobile.

 
 

    
Design Expert: Will Smith
InsightSquared
Design — Boston, MA
 

Will has been the principal Product Designer at high-growth venture-backed startups for the past 8 years. He currently pushes pixels, Product Design, and Branding as Senior Director of Design at InsightSquared. His experience encompasses shaping the visual design, UI, and data visualization of a B2B SaaS app. He's a sucker for the well executed basics of a clean layout, vibrant color palette, and ample white space around the typography.

www.insightsquared.com/

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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/

 
 

    
Tech. Expert: Chris Swenor
East Coast Product
Technology — Boston, MA
 

Chris is the CEO of East Coast Product, a digital product agency located in Boston, MA. He specializes in startup strategy from launch to development to acquisition. Chris is incredibly passionate about Javascript, growing companies, and building software.

Prior Experience:

Previous Experience: Chris previously served as the CTO of a tech startup, Vsnap. He rebuilt the product from scratch and grew out a full development team which ultimately lead to Vsnap’s acquisition. Prior to Vsnap, Chris was the Director of New Product Development at zMags where he grew the development team to 22 people and positioned the product for acquisition.

https://eastcoastproduct.com/

Skills & Expertise:
Founder development, product–market fit, hiring, outsourcing, team leadership, company culture, B2B sales, product management, agile software development, digital product development, lean processes, and Javascript.

Interests:
Board games and volunteering with Resilient Coders.

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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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Tech. Expert: Jeff Walker
clypd
Technology — Boston, MA
 

Jeff’s a VP of Engineering at clypd in Somerville. He has an extensive background in software development at early stage companies. His primary interests include early stage fund raising, team development, and software delivery into new markets.

Other Experience:

Jeff is also currently an advisor at The Capital Network and EIR at accomplice, VC. He also is an advisor at several startups including Bedly and EverTrue. His investments include Humon. Prior, he was a Director at WHERE, purchased by PayPal. He was also a cofounder at a mobile software startup before WHERE.

clypd.com/

Skills & Expertise:
Founder development; business plan and VC pitch evaluation; web and mobile ventures; adapting to new industries/markets; early stage communication and delivery challenges; outsourcing, evaluating business models and concepts; B2C/B2B/B2B2C products and services; raising capital; seed and early round funding sources

Interests:
Helping the Boston startup community. Learning new technologies and markets.

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Russ Wilcox
Piper Therapeutics
Healthcare — Boston, MA
 

Russ (HBS-95) is an experienced founder and CEO who enjoys helping all kinds of start-up companies. A Co-Founder and CEO of E Ink, he has lived the entire venture cycle: seed formation, research, product development, and expansion from $0 to $200 million in revenue, and sale of the company. Russ has closed numerous financings, including angel, venture, offshore, and strategic investments; and signed and lived with many kinds of partnerships and alliances. Russ has also worked with start-ups in software, hardware, science, printing, imaging, robotics, and energy. Most recently, he licensed technology to co-found a biotech start-up for drug discovery in immuno-oncology.

Skills & Expertise:
Forming teams, assessing ideas, developing plans, pitching to investors, strategic deals, the CEO role.

Interests:
Russ loves foreign cultures and traveled around the world with his family in 2010-2011. He is fascinated by international relations, economics and education.
 
 

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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