Turner met her husband, Jeff Turner, in , when she worked as a sales rep for Canon and her husband was a client. The trio were added to the young son her husband had from a previous marriage. In addition to the normal daily challenges of raising six young children, the Turners discovered one of their sons suffered from a learning disability and behavioral issues. Keeping that strict every day schedule is really how we survive. In addition to the broken bones, Turner suffered severe injuries to several ligaments in her right leg.
What I learned from track is that you have to push through it. If you want to walk again you just have to get up and do the work. Turner, who started coaching at Saugus two years before the accident, said the track community provided a great deal of support to her family. As part of her therapy, she visited the site of her accident for 45 minutes a day for a week listening to sirens on a headset. She volunteered with the club nine years ago as an assistant track coach. Turner took it upon herself to educate herself.
I decided that to help as many children as I could I needed to get to the coaches. What I got from track was a strong work ethic, goal setting, confidence, perseverance and lifelong friendships. I want to teach them self-respect, respect for their fellow athletes and their future competitors. I want them to push themselves and teach them to believe in themselves and each other. I want them to know how to set realistic goals, teach them how to achieve them and have a ton of fun in the process. Two months before the accident, Turner had made the decision that she wanted to run again competitively.
Small brush fire breaks out near northbound I-5 freeway 1 hour ago. Man sought after dog shot to death in Canyon Country 3 hours ago. Firefighters handle Agua Dulce brush fire 4 hours ago. Trinity purchases 9-acre campus, building 14 hours ago. He earned his BA from Marquette University, in anthropology and economics. He also enjoys extended treks into the wilderness and off-the-beaten-path travel.
Patricia was a member of Class Patricia's career spans biomedical research, operations, law and venture capital. In she joined Life Science Washington, the state's life sciences trade association. As VP of Commercialization, Patricia oversees the organization's efforts to assist life science researchers, entrepreneurs, and companies in bridging the gap between discovery and commercialization through free consulting to member companies, educational and company showcase events, and the creation of resources pertinent to the issues faced by technology commercialization in Washington state.
Before her current role, Patricia has been Managing Director of BioStrategy, LLC where she has advised early-stage biotechnology, medical device, digital health, and agricultural-related companies. Patricia spent several years in venture capital, first as part of the bioscience investment team at Vulcan Capital, and later as a Kauffman Fellow at Accelerator Corp.
Beofre her investing career, Patricia spent most of her research career at Immunex co-inventor of Enbrel, Mobista and Nuvance as well as several years in the Immunex and Amgen Law Departments performing technology assessment for licensing, intellectual property and litigation support. Ravi is currently the Managing Director of The Alchemist Accelerator, a venture-backed initiative focused on accelerating startups whose revenue comes from enterprises not consumers. Since , Ravi has been co-teaching a course at Stanford University called The Spirit of Entrepreneurship, a survey course on entrepreneurship.
Earlier, Ravi spent over three years as an Associate at DFJ, where he worked in the area of online advertising, media, and mobility with companies Komli and PubMatic. He held board seats at Desi Hits! Ravi brings experience with startup ventures and established companies to his role as a venture capitalist. Amy Raimundo. Evidation Health is focused on generating real-world clinical and economic evidence for digital health products and platforms. The firm combines health outcomes data with new approaches to predictive analytics to identify and deploy the most effective and efficient patient management strategies and interventions.
Before Evidation Amy was a Director at Covidien Ventures, focusing on medical devices, diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals. In , Amy also founded MedTech Women, an organization highlighting women leaders in medical devices and diagnostics; the organization hosts an annual conference, MedTech Vision. Before her venture career, Amy worked in global marketing at Guidant where she led their first Drug Eluting Stent launch internationally.
She also launched and managed the profitability of angioplasty and radiation therapy products in the US, Europe and Asia. Amy has also worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb on the marketing of a variety of cardiovascular, HIV, and neuroscience products. As a consultant for CSC formerly APM , Amy worked with healthcare providers and insurers on strategic, clinical, and operations projects.
His focus was to develop continental alliances with companies based out of Miami and New York. After one year, he began leading the team as CEO. Under his leadership, fundraising doubled and the team tripled while leveraging communicational opportunities, generating strategic partnerships with universities and other nonprofits, and fostering massive and thoughtful volunteer engagement in the US. He can help with operations, scaling in Latin America, and talent recruiting. He received an honorable mention for his graduating thesis, which modeled the incorporation of e-commerce into traditional search models.
While growing up, he lived in Mexico for 5 years and in Venezuela for 4 years, attending international schools. He has a broad profile, combining his social activism with a strong interest in academic literature, sports, and several musical instruments. Eivind Bergsmyr. Eivind Bergsmyr is a partner with Viking Venture, a leading Scandinavian technology-oriented venture capital firm based in Trondheim, Norway. He is actively involved in sourcing new deals, leading investment processes, developing companies to their full potential, and running exit processes.
Eivind has a particular interest in companies focused on ICT and energy-related topics. He is Chairman of the Board of GasSecure Norway , a company that develops wireless gas detectors for use in the oil and gas industry. He is a board observer at Read Well Services UK , a company that offers services related to well logging and integrity to oil companies, and is an advisor to Zilift UK , a company that offers revolutionary artificial lift technology to the oil and gas industry.
Eivind served as the CEO of Nacre from to , where he grew the company from one employee to a world leader in its field of digital miniature hearing protection and communication headsets for military use. Eivind holds a Master of Science degree in electronics engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He also has extensive management and business education from Siemens and the Norwegian School of Management. Nik is a Partner at Kaszek Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in high-impact technology-based companies whose main focus is Latin America.
During all these years, Nik has also been a very active advisor and angel investor in the Latin American startup scene. He currently sits on the boards of several technology companies, including DogHero, Contabilizei, and Pitzi. Scott Bernstein. Scott actively participates on the boards of both Adarza BioSystems, a proteome-focused biotech company, and OneSpace, a SaaS platform that facilitates freelance work at enterprise scale. In , Scott brought his technical and strategic expertise to the startup space, joining Coolfire Solutions in St.
Louis as a Product Strategy Manager. Scott began his career in Chicago, working in private wealth management at Harris Bank before joining MainStreet Advisors, an investment advisory firm. He then became Program Manager at Omnium, a spinout of Citadel Investment Group, where he led product development initiatives and global hedge fund client implementations. Louis startup competitions. Scott was named to the St. Andris Berzins. Andris is serving his fellowship at Change Ventures as a member of Class Andris is an advisor, board member, and investor in several of the more successful startups in the Baltic states, including Infogram recently acquired by Prezi , AirDog, and SonarWorks.
Andris has co-founded several startups, including his share of failures. He joined his first startup, AeroScout, as VP of Marketing and Business Development, later also taking on roles in sales and product management. He later also co-founded the Latvian Startup Association and is a frequent speaker on digitalization and innovation. He is an advisor to the Minister for Economics in Latvia and was awarded the Human Development Award by the President for his contribution to the future of the nation. Andris is an advisory board member for Riga Technical University and board member for the leading independent weekly news magazine in Latvia.
Alessio Beverina. Alessio is a member of Class Alessio recently co-founded a new VC firm, Panakes Partners, that finances medical innovative companies, early-stage startups, and SMEs with extremely promising products and great ambition, in Europe and Israel. Panakes Partners is located in Milan, Italy.
While there he gained extensive experience with European and American markets, and focused on the energy, IoT, cleantech, hardware and semiconductor sectors. Alessio began his career in as a researcher at LETI, one of the most important European Labs in the electronics research field. Alessio holds 5 patents and has several publications. Alessio graduated from Politecnico di Milano, in chemical engineering, with specialization in chemistry and physics of solid materials. Binoy Bhansali.
Binoy is serving his fellowship at Sandbox Industries in Chicago under the mentorship of Mike Spadafore as a member of Class Binoy works primarily within Sandbox's healthcare vertical, where the fund team has partnered with BlueCross BlueShield Plans around the country to invest in companies that are of strategic relevance to the group. The team invests in healthcare IT and services companies across stages. Binoy supports the fund's investing sourcing, diligence, transaction execution , portfolio company management, and client management efforts.
He has spent his time in a variety of spaces including patient engagement, pharmacy, and businesses that touch Medicare or Medicaid dollars. Previously, Binoy worked at another investment firm that specialized in social impact investing. Binoy attended Northwestern University where received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.
Gurdane Bhutani. He is based in New York City. Gurdane is a co-founder of healthcare and life-science venture capital firm FundRx, and serves as the firm's managing partner. Notably, he has championed the firm's build-out of its community-driven investment infrastructure, which is modeled on the scientific peer-review process. Prior to Bain, he worked in the public finance group at Morgan Stanley and was on the team that launched StartUp Health, a leading accelerator and fund for digital health startups.
Through a partnership between FundRx and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, he also instructs a course on healthcare venture finance at the university. Duke Scholar. He is an amateur triathlete and earlier in his career worked briefly as a professional musician and record label manager. A member of Class 19, Derek served his fellowship at IndicatorCapital under the mentorship of Thomas Bittar, his brother and co-founding partner. He is a board observer at portfolio company Medicinia, the first cross-platform technology that efficiently distributes critical information to doctors, patients, and staff of a hospital or healthcare institution.
Before co-founding IndicatorCapital, Derek occupied a senior position as long-term equity investor for Itau Asset Management and has gathered 13 years of industry experience. Stephen Bloch. He was also a mentor to John Pacifico, Class A former entrepreneur and practicing physician, Steve knows firsthand the challenges of building successful healthcare companies.
Unfazed by the complexity in healthcare, whether regulatory, scientific or technical, Steve's mission at Canaan is to find companies that make healthcare delivery more efficient. Stephen helped start OmniSonics Medical Technologies, which engineered novel ultrasonic catheters for treating vascular occlusive disease and co-founded TeleRad, an early teleradiology services company. Prior to embarking on start-ups, Stephen was a strategic consultant for Arthur D. Little, a global consulting firm. Daniel Blomquist. A member of Class 16, Daniel served his fellowship at Creandum under the mentorship of Johan Brenner.
He is a mentor to Andris K. Berzins Class 22 of Change Ventures. Before his role as Operating Partner, Daniel spent 10 years as an investor at the firm, focused on business and consumer software, with a passion for analytics. Daniel has a solid startup background from the software sector and significant international experience. Prior to Creandum, he was Vice President of Marketing at Ascade and was part of building the company from a small consultancy into a leading international software company.
As Juniper's entrepreneur-in-residence, Jay is responsible for shaping ideas into profitable businesses, focusing on mobility, high-performance networking, and cloud computing. Jay completed his fellowship at Sofinnova Ventures where he worked in all aspects of venture investing.
He sat on the board of CrestaTech programmable broadband processors , and was actively involved with the boards of Guavus real-time analytics SaaS provider and Contextream content services platforms. Before that, Jay held a number of technical positions at leading Silicon Valley companies including Sun Microsystems, and Amdahl Corporation, as well as at venture-funded startups.
He has 14 patents pending or approved and three international publications. David Borcsok. Previously, David was the Fund Manager of the RBC Generator; an impact investment fund raised as part of the RBC Social Finance Initiative where he managed an investment program focused on venture capital, social impact bond and outcomes finance structures. P an early stage consumer and e-commerce focused growth-stage venture capital firm, and began his career in venture capital as a Fellow with Cherrystone Angel Group and Ocean State Angels in Providence RI. Ela Borenstein.
She also served as mentor to Lesley Esford Class She brings over 25 years of investing and entrepreneurial experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining BDC, she was Chief Operating Officer and held the position of Vice President in clinical, regulatory affairs, and product strategy for various biotech companies, as well as Senior Vice President for a public pharmaceutical company.
Ela holds an Honours B. Gale Bowman is the founding director of IrishAngels, an investment network affiliated with the University of Notre Dame. Since its formation in late , IrishAngels now has active investors, making it one of the largest angel groups in the US. She is happy that she eventually transitioned to the world of startups and early-stage VC, as she truly enjoys advising startup CEOs on their financing and growth strategies. She was a founding board member of the C Scholars Network, and she is currently a member of the Irish Entrepreneurs Network, which helps Notre Dame students pursue startup opportunities.
She also serves as an active mentor to several young alumni who are launching new businesses. Racquel Bracken. Racquel is a member of Class 13 and served her fellowship at Domain Associates and Clovis Oncology under the mentorship of Brian Halak. Racquel recently joined Venrock in their Palo Alto, California office, investing in biotech, diagnostics, and healthcare IT sectors.
Previously, Racquel headed business development at Clovis Oncology, a company focused on acquiring, developing, and commercializing innovative anti-cancer agents in the US, Europe, and additional international markets. Racquel also assisted Calixa Therapeutics, a biopharmacuetical company dedicated to the clinical development of anti-gram negative therapeutic agents, where she was responsible for business development activities. Before Domain Associates, Racquel was a consultant with Easton Associates now Navigant Consulting , where she worked with clients ranging from startups to global pharmaceutical and device companies.
Anna Brady-Estevez. She is a member of Fellows Class Prior to Cummins she was a Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and a venture partner at the international investment firm 4-Innovation. Before AES, Anna was a Principal at Signal Lake, a venture capital firm focusing on technically innovative solutions to customer challenges in software, telecom, data storage, advanced materials, and energy.
Her work focused on nanotechnology and advanced materials for cleantech applications. Through this research and peer-reviewed publications, Anna developed a carbon nanotube CNT -based hybrid filter for a low-cost, low-energy, filtration system which achieves high viral and bacterial pathogen removal from water. This CNT-hybrid filter may also serve as enabling technology for other separations processes spanning foods, fuels, chemicals and biomedicals. Anna earned her PhD in chemical and environmental engineering at Yale University, where she was President of the student government representing the 13 graduate and professional schools.
At Hopkins she was a captain, MVP, and university record holder for the varsity cross country and track teams. Anna enjoys using her knowledge of several languages for both community service and travel. Chris Breidahl. Chris started his career as an entrepreneur in the online education sector before moving into the investment world.
He is now the Managing Partner of Xponova, an Australia-based family office-associated investment company with a focus on making investments in early-stage technology companies. Chris also played a key role in the founding of F2 Capital and now sits on its advisory board. F2 Capital is a seed-stage fund investing in Israeli technology companies at the intersection of artificial intelligence, Big Data, and connectivity. Chris grew up in rural Western Australia and now calls Perth home. He enjoys surfing in the Margaret River region and has a passion for woodworking.
Josh Breinlinger. Josh served his fellowship at Jackson Square Ventures as a member of Class 21 under the mentorship of Gardner Hendrie. Josh is focused on marketplaces, especially at the early stages working on how to get initial liquidity and build strong network effects. He is a lead investor and board member at OfferUp, Contently, Omniata, and rented. Prior to VC, Josh was one of the founding team members at oDesk and grew the business from 80 to well over 1 million freelancers over the course of 5 years while running sales, product, operations, marketing, and business development.
He is a co-founder and board member at Rev, a marketplace providing transcription, caption, and translation services. In , he ran product and marketing for Adroll, a leading retargeting platform. After completing his studies, Josh was an engineering consultant for 4 years, building a wide variety of products including fuel injectors, Stirling engines, fryolators, and body armor.
He blogs about marketplace topics at acrowdedspace. Aqulio focuses on companies with an emphasis on new drug discovery and development. Adam serves as a regular grant reviewer for the Michael J. He is a co-editor of the forthcoming book The Neuroscience of Creativity to be published by Cambridge University Press in He enjoys sabermetrics and volunteering, and has acted Off-Broadway and at the Yale Cabaret.
James Broderick. Jim is a successful biotech entrepreneur. He founded and is CEO at Palleon Pharmaceuticals, focusing on immuno-oncology therapies via a a new combination of two biological mechanisms. Earlier, Jim spent 14 years on the Morgenthaler Life Sciences Team and invested in companies developing innovative therapeutic products in the biotech and medical device industries.
Jim was a co-founder and Chairman at Ra Pharmaceuticals, developing a new class of drugs with the diversity and specificity of antibodies, coupled with the bioavailability of small molecules. Jim was the founding CEO and sits on the board of SetPoint Medical, developing implantable neurostimulation devices to treat inflammatory diseases as an alternative to drug therapy. Jim was a co-founder and is a board member at Promedior Pharmaceuticals, developing drugs to treat fibrotic diseases. Before his time in venture capital, Jim worked at Mercer Management Consulting, where he focused on strategy and operations engagements for clients in the health care and information services industries.
Jim performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Graham Brooks. Graham is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 13 and served his fellowship at. As a recovering engineer, Graham loves to geek out with techie founders. He joined. He actively works with. Prior to. While at Bose, Graham was selected to be part of the internal venturing team where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and growing new businesses.
Graham has served as an advisor to several seed-stage digital media and web 2. Graham began his career as a programmer and consultant for ALK Associates, a transportation consulting and software provider. Jocelyn Brown. Jocelyn is a member of Class 13 and served her fellowship at Finance Wales under Steve Smith within the early stage investments team. During her fellowship, Jocelyn founded the Impact Investors Special Interest Group, hosting discussions and speakers for those Fellows interested in investing for a return broader than the purely financial, and at present includes over Fellows.
Jocelyn will lead corporate governance activities. Before that, she spent 3 years at the Financial Reporting Council as a Policy Adviser, overseeing the implementation of the UK Stewardship Code, a code of practice for institutional investors in UK equities. While there, she made 5 equity investments at seed and Series A, and led a number of consulting projects on behalf of the CEO regarding future fundraising options.
Prior to her fellowship, Jocelyn was a management consultant with IBM and Capgemini, and gained experience of technology transfer at Imperial Innovations, the incubator and fund manager for Imperial College London. She began her career as a technical manager in two startups, ISL, a market leader in data mining subsequently acquired by SPSS, and Infermed, a provider of electronic data capture solutions for clinical trials.
She also undertook executive education at London Business School. Roel Bulthuis.
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A Class 22 Fellow, Roel is passionate about continuously changing the status quo. Roel combines more than 15 years of experience across venture capital, pharma business development and investment banking. Prior to that, he served in senior positions in global business development at Merck Serono and in the investment banking team at Fortis Bank.
Roel studied biopharmaceutical sciences at Leiden University in the Netherlands; it took him 2 years of research in molecular toxicology to find out that he lacked the talent to become a successful scientist. Roel is the proud father of an year-old rugby player and a year-old soccer-playing little girl with early-teenage ambitions, both produced in partnership with his wonderful scientist-turned-designer wife.
He loves cycling, running, long-distance swimming, and the occasional triathlon. Patrick Burtis. He began his career in Amadeus' London office and is now based in San Francisco. From , Pat was an independent consultant in the cleantech, high tech, health care, and materials fields. Pat is an American citizen, speaks Spanish, and has traveled extensively. Noramay Cadena. Noramay is an engineer, investor, and former nonprofit leader. Her professional career has taken her across a diverse range of operating and investing environments, from early-stage startups to Fortune 50 companies.
Over the last three years, she has built an innovation hub in Los Angeles to attract and support technology-enabled hardware companies. As a partner in the Make in LA venture fund and accelerator, Noramay focuses on partnerships that give the team a deal flow edge and deliver services critical to the support and growth of portfolio companies.
Noramay started her career as an engineer and spent over a decade focused on product development and operations leadership at The Boeing Company.
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Mete Cakmakci. In his role, he manages various technology and innovation programs currently being operated by TTGV with public funding. He spends most of his time developing a new communication strategy and a new business model for the organization to mobilize stakeholder buy-in. As an individual, Mete is involved in various initiatives to promote venture capital and entrepreneurship in Turkey and serves on public committees and working groups to strengthen public policy on innovation-driven industrial policy.
He occasionally teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on innovation at various universities. Jeff Calcagno. Jeff is a senior healthcare business executive and investor focused on fostering innovation in healthcare and technology. A licensed physician, he has over two decades of diversified healthcare and business experience: as a senior operating executive, business development professional, venture investor, entrepreneur, and clinician.
Afterwards, he was awarded and completed a clinical neuropharmacology fellowship, focusing on the care of treatment-refractory patients. He is conversational in six languages. She is a member of Class 23, serving her fellowship at Valor VC. Since before founding Valor, Lisa focused on finding quality founders who create high-performance outcomes. At Valor, Lisa is known for creating platforms and programs that connect private capital to transformational investment opportunities.
She founded the Startup Runway Foundation, which runs the largest pitch event for minority and women founders seeking seed capital in the Southeast. In her early career, Lisa worked in IT consulting, helping large organizations solve complex problems with code. Lisa earned her MBA from the University of Texas with a concentration in management science and quantitative methods.
She credits her graduate stat professor, who worked for Bell Helicopter, with opening her mind to the beauty of math as-applied-to finance. She writes a national innovation column for Inc. Everardo Camacho. During his time in private equity, Everardo has participated in origination, structuring, closing, management, and exit of multiple transactions in numerous industries. Everardo is a graduate of the ITAM Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico , where he graduated with a major in economics with a specialty in finance. Felipe Camposano. Felipe was co-founder of Lucien Biotech S.
Highly passionate about technology, innovation, and venture capital investments, Gil enjoys working together with early-stage entrepreneurs to help build and grow successful high-tech companies. Gil comes to Hearst after spending two years at 2B Angels, where he was focused on new investments in the areas of enterprise software and mobile platforms. Before that, he worked at Canaan Partners, where he was part of the global tech investment team, focused on the firm's Israel Investments.
Prior to joining Canaan, Gil was the Vice President of Business Development and co-founder of a mobile travel services startup. In his most recent role as Marketing Project Manager, he led offshore product development, new joint ventures, and product launch. His understanding of technology is rooted in his service as pat of an elite technological unit of the Inteligence Corps in the Israel Defense Forces.
Ashley Carroll. She serves on the boards of mParticle, a mobile-first data automation platform for marketers, mPharma, a pharmaceutical data and commerce platform for emerging markets, and Sempre Health, an individualized healthcare platform that improves medical adherance. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the varsity track and field team and the symphony orchestra.
Ashley grew up in Michigan, but now considers the Bay Area home. She lives in Menlo Park with her husband and their year-old Weimaraner, Moose. She is an avid runner and classically trained cellist. Fredrik Cassel. At Creandum, Fredrik has led the first institutional rounds of financing in several companies that have grown to dominate their respective markets, among others Cint, Spotify and Videoplaza.
In the internet middle ages, before Fredrik joined Creandum, Fredrik ran the largest online search service in the Nordics at Scandinavia Online. Earlier he was part of the team launching the daily free newspaper 20 Minuten in Cologne, Germany. Fredrik holds a Master of Science in engineering physics, specializing in materials physics and semiconductor physics. Fredrik is currently re-learning programming on codeacademy.
Ramphis Castro. Ramphis is a member of Class As an individual, Ramphis has worked extensively in creating a full-stack startup ecosystem acceleration and support roadmap that deploys programs facilitating experiential education to all stakeholders in a country. From entrepreneurs to emerging managers in the venture industry, Ramphis has supported ecosystem growth in dozens of countries around the world. Most recently, he successfully executed the first Startup Weekend in Cuba. He has served as policy adviser on entrepreneurship, technology, and economic development policy to leaders in Puerto Rico, Norway, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Guatemala, among others.
As an entrepreneur, he has launched and successfully commercialized intellectual property now used across multiple industries around the world. Ramphis is a licensed professional engineer with an undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez computer engineering program, and holds a JD from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law with a focus on AI and robotics law.
He has earned certificates in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, and public policy from MIT, Stanford, and the Harvard Kennedy School, respectively. Brian brings experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors in developed and developing countries. He has been involved with sourcing, underwriting, monitoring and managing direct investments in innovative early-stage ventures since joining GGV in He was instrumental in establishing the Impact Ventures team, as well as building the initial GMC social investment portfolio.
Brian was an early employee of Benevolink, where he was involved in a variety of aspects of product, technology, and business development. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. When he is not trying to keep up with his energetic daughter and son, Brian enjoys mountain biking, playing soccer, and CrossFit. Anthony Chang. His venture investment focus includes consumer-focused opportunities as well as wireless and semiconductor-related companies.
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His venture experience began in , when he co-founded and built Magictel. He leverages his strong ties in both Silicon Valley and Asia in sourcing and evaluating new opportunities, as well as assisting various TL portfolio companies in garnering Asian customers. Anthony began his career at the San Francisco Consulting Group, a strategic consulting firm focused on the communications industry. He is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and proficient in Shanghainese. Rod Ferguson and Dr. Gaurav Aggarwal. He was the recipient of the Jeff Timmons Memorial Award in recognition of his contributions to the Kauffman Fellows organization and service to the Kauffman Fellows Program.
Mark provides strategic advisory services and conducts fundamental, thesis-driven investments in the life sciences. He is currently Portfolio Manager at Phenomic Capital, a life sciences investment and advisory firm. Before that, he was Portfolio Manager at New Leaf Venture Partners, focused on public healthcare technology investments. Mark performed his fellowship at Panorama Capital, focused on public and private healthcare technology investments. While at Panorama, Mark served on the boards of directors of Itero Biopharmaceuticals and was a board observer at Presidio Pharmaceuticals and PowerVision.
Mark has also previously worked as a Consultant at ZS Associates, a healthcare-focused management consultancy, and as an Associate at Great Point Partners, a healthcare-focused public and private equity investment firm. Jonathan Charles. Investments are strategic and tied to various Samsung initiatives in the IoT, autonomous and connected car, digital health, and cloud infrastructure sectors. Jonathan is also heavily involved in the development of licensing and commercial agreements, where he works closely with founders and Samsung product teams.
Jonathan is specifically responsible for the IoT sector and also spends significant time on the autonomous and connected car sector. While Catalyst Fund activities are typically held confidential, Jonathan has most recently worked on driving the investment process for a publicly announced investment in Afero, a Silicon Valley-based early-stage startup focused on building an IoT platform. He will be serving as board observer at Afero. His undergraduate studies in life sciences were completed at Loyola Marymount, a Jesuit university in Los Angeles.
Becker is a Managing Director at Chartline Capital Partners, where he leads investment analysis, pricing, and corporate governance oversight. He is also responsible for managing the firm's investment themes and industry coverage. Becker managed teams for origination, due-diligence, valuation and financial modeling, and presentations to the Investment Committee. His work covered energy, mining, infrastructure, media, and business services across North American, Brazil, and Asia. While there he served Fortune executives in cost-cutting, marketing strategy, and operational improvements.
Becker came to Booz through the acquisition of his prior firm, Katzenbach Partners, in He was chosen as a Carnegie New Leader in and served on several nonprofit boards. He lives in New York City. Before that, he led energy investments with the Angeleno Group, a growth equity firm in Los Angeles. Tanguy also founded Sample6 Technologies formerly Novophage , a synthetic biology company enhancing food safety.
He has competed internationally as a member of the Belgian national sailing team and the Belgian chemistry Olympiad team. Mira Chaurushiya. She is a member of Class In this role, she performs scientific and company due diligence on new investment opportunities and supports portfolio companies as a board observer.
Mira has a particular interest in early-stage therapeutics companies as well as life science research technologies. Precision Nanosystems has developed a manufacturing technology for lipid and polymer nanoparticles, providing tools for nanomedicine drug development and cell-specific delivery to study, diagnose, and treat disease. Chrono Therapeutics is developing a new nicotine delivery technology for smoking cessation that is currently in clinical trials.
Purigen leverages a new implementation of a classical analytical chemistry process to purify high quality nucleic acids from complex clinical and research samples. Mira is also an advisor to the Bay Area Biotech Consulting group, a nonprofit that matches life science graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with startup companies for short-term consulting projects. These opportunities give students exposure to industry and give startups access to scientific experts whose insights inform scientific, business development, and sales and marketing strategies.
Mira completed her postdoctoral training at Genentech in cancer biology.
Before venture, John held leadership roles in business, technology, and product development at several startups and leading corporations in the advanced materials sector, including Luminus Devices, EM Logix, Surface Logix, and Raychem acquired. He also led advanced materials technology scouting and business development in the areas of energy storage, fuel cells, photonics, self-assembly and, more broadly, nanotechnology in the Advanced Technology and Business Development Group at Tyco Electronics, following its acquisition of Raychem.
He is the holder of three US patents. David McElligott. Alice Chen is the Principal at Accelerator Corporation, a venture-backed investment vehicle based in Seattle, Washington for identifying, evaluating, financing, and managing innovative life science opportunities from a broad range of proprietary sources. As the Principal, Alice focuses on portfolio company operations as well as sourcing and scientifically evaluating emerging biotechnologies for Accelerator.
Alice is particularly interested in early-stage life science technologies that have the potential to address critical problems and underserved medical needs.
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To manage the intrinsic risks associated with early-stage developments, Alice aims to establish a rigorous and streamlined diligence process and construct a well-defined development path for each Accelerator portfolio company. Before joining Accelerator in , Alice served as a scientific and project management consultant for several biotechnology companies. Prior to her consulting role, she was the Director of Technologies at Qwell Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed biotechnology company developing novel, small-molecule drugs focused on cancer and inflammation.
Her doctoral work focused on protein engineering and protein characterization. Victoria Cheng. She holds the belief that companies with scalable businesses — building products with the interests of the end consumer in mind — will succeed both from a financial and social impact perspective.
Her areas of interest include: credit, payments, mobile, banking, big data, risk management, investment management, and tools for financial capability. The firm focuses on startups looking to change the future of financial technology and support a better ecosystem for financial services.
Previously, Victoria was a Senior Associate at Core Innovation Capital, a financial technology and services-focused venture capital firm based in Los Angeles. She holds a BS from Georgetown University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Victoria serves as an advisor for the InSITE Fellowship Program, a program that brings together graduate students across universities and disciplines to support the startup community and aid students in the pursuit of their entrepreneurial interests.
Yoel is a member of Class 20 and served his fellowship at 2B Angels Group. Yoel is a Limited Partner in the Explore. Explore invests in seed-stage startups, matching government grants with private venture funding. Yoel is an active member in the Israeli venture capital and entrepreneur community, as well as a frequent guest speaker and panelist in many of the leading conferences and meet-ups. He worked closely with the distinguished legal scholar Ruth Gavison, and his research areas included ethnic conflict, the protection of minorities, human rights, political theory, judiciary law, and others.
Yoel lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and daughter. In his free time he enjoys spending quality time with his family as well as scuba diving, cycling, and skydiving. He also practices meditation on a regular basis. Punit Chiniwalla. Punit served his fellowship under mentor Shahan Soghikian at Panorama Capital as a member of Class Punit joins SingTel as a broad technology investor with a number of years of venture experience. Punit has also worked with RPM Ventures.
Punit's operating experience includes more than nine years of business development, product and technology research in the areas of server technologies, devices, interconnect subsystems, and optoelectronic packaging most notably at IBM's T. Watson Research Center in New York. He has authored a number of papers in each of these fields and has multiple US patents currently under review.
His PhD thesis work resulted in multiple journal publications and established the basis of a product that today has a presence in the electronic materials market. He now serves as mentor to Kelli Cullinane Class Ben brings with him the diverse perspectives as an investor, entrepreneur, and operator. As a venture capitalist, Ben focused on early stage investments. He loved the thrill of strategizing at the most nascent stage of product creation with great entrepreneurs.
For example, his early investment in Marketo resulted in a public company now valued at over a billion dollars. Previously, Ben directed strategy at Greystripe, a mobile ad network acquired by ValueClick. He also cofounded mobile commerce startup CoffeeTable, where he earned his stripes raising financing, building a team, and ultimately selling the company. Ben enjoyed several years of his early career in Singapore, where he had the privilege of leading humanitarian relief teams to Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Born in Peoria, raised in San Francisco, and educated in Cambridge, Ben now lives in Palo Alto with his wife and twin boys, who both keep him young and age him fast. He has since worked for five more technology ventures including Poqet Computer and ICE, in addition to world-renowned research and development organizations such as Bellcore and IBM.
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His broad expertise in technology spans the industry from manufacturing to software development to chip design. He later joined Gabriel Venture Partners where he focused on research labs for fundamental innovations. Scott has been an active volunteer in relief charities during recent disasters such as Katrina, Myanmar, and Sichuan. Most recently he has conducted book signings with all proceeds going towards the Sunflower Foundation, a micro-finance charity dedicated to assisting under-privileged women through entrepreneurial self-sufficiency.
Chrys Chrysanthou. Chrys joined Kindred Capital in as a General Partner. The firm invests in early-stage companies in the United Kingdom. He has also a particular interest in the HR sector. He was a board observer at MoveGuides and Wercker. Christopher Chu. He currently focuses on mobile health investments, but also covers cloud computing, human—computer interface, mobile technologies, and security.
Previously, Chris worked in Corporate Development at AnyDATA, a wireless device solutions provider for Connected Health and Connected Home, where he worked on strategic partnerships, technology evaluation, business development, and intellectual property. In addition, Chris was a Partner at Pacific Venture Partners and involved with semiconductor and communications companies for the past fifteen years.
Before that, Chris was a Principal at Crescendo Ventures, where he focused on telecom, wireless, and semiconductor investments. Patrick Chung. Patrick was also a mentor for Sujay Jaswa, a member of Fellows Class Patrick is a founding partner of Xfund. Xfund is an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in technically-gifted liberal arts entrepreneurs and supporting them with the intellectual firepower of an incredible university community.
Before joining Xfund full-time, Patrick was co-head of NEA's consumer and seed-stage investing practices. Antonio Cianci. Antonio served his fellowship at the Agency for the Promotion of Technologies for Innovation as a member of Class The firm has recently started marketing its patented product, Airlite, a revolutionary air purifying paint that uses titanium dioxide nanotechnology to convert air pollutants into inert compounds. Through the use of light energy, the paint reduces pollutants, eliminates odors, prevents mold, and destroys harmful pathogens.
Antonio was previously Advisor to the Minister for Innovation in the Italian government, working in the National Agency for the Promotion of Technologies for Innovation. Korea and, of course, USA and to international investors. As an investor, Antonio has a particular interest in companies focused on environment, energy savings, healthcare, but also looks at every innovative field.
Prior to joining the government, Antonio was co-founder and CEO of an energy savings consultancy, specializing in Kyoto Protocol projects and operating in Italy and China. As an individual, Antonio is a writer, specializing in scientific and economic divulgation. His book on Chinese characters had been the top selling in Italy on this topic. Antonio is an engineering PhD of Politecnico di Milano, where he worked for five years as contract professor in mathematics. Antonio serves as scientific advisor for Innovare , the official magazine of the national association of small enterprises, and is member of GEI — Enterprise Economist Group.
He then moved to TL Ventures, where he was responsible for identifying and managing investments in information technology, software, and communications. Tyson is a General Partner at GV formerly Google Ventures , where he invests broadly in enterprise technology companies.
Prior to joining GV, Tyson was a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he was on the corporate development team and advised enterprise portfolio companies. Before embarking on his career in business, Tyson spent six years in the United States Navy, serving on fast attack submarines as both a nuclear propulsion officer and Navy scuba diver. Tyson serves as a board member for ReSurge International, a nonprofit that seeks to increase access to surgical care internationally by empowering local doctors abroad to surgically repair congenital abnormalities, such as clefts, and injuries, including. Taylor Clauson.
Taylor has a passion for technology and working with startups. He joined OpenAir Equity Partners in July and focuses on engaging in market and financial analysis, problem-solving, and strategic thinking around existing portfolio companies and sectors for potential investment. At EcoFit, Taylor worked at supply chain management, logistics, and financial planning and analysis, as well as helping to fundraise.
He resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife and two children, and enjoys Royals baseball, fishing, and tinkering with new technologies. Lisa served her fellowship at GE Ventures as a member of Class In this capacity, she is a contributing member to the boards for HourlyNerd and Ascendify. She was the architect and led GE Ventures' EDGE program, which leverages the global scale, expertise, and resources of GE to provide startup partners with programs and tools to help them grow and scale their enterprises.
Lisa graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with Honors, and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Lisa serves on the Board of BizWorld, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire children to have an entrepreneurial spirit and do amazing things. Lisa lives in Los Altos with her husband and three children. He currently serves on the board of Tapingo.
Daniel began his career as a SW developer and product manager in a few Israeli high-tech companies. Bennett Cohen. Bennett started at Shell Technology Ventures in STV is the corporate venture capital arm of Shell, investing in companies across the energy sector to speed up the development and deployment of technologies complementing its businesses. In this role, Bennett sourced and screened cleantech venture opportunities and supported internal strategy projects.
Bennett has been passionately active in clean energy for over a decade, first working in business development at CPower—one of the first demand response ventures that was acquired by Constellation Energy.
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EG supports women leaders in off-grid areas of emerging Asia to run solar power businesses that deliver critical energy services to underserved consumers. He also leads evaluations for senior management on possible acquisitions. Earlier, Tony was Senior Global Director of Marketing and New Products where he led commercialization and marketing efforts for multiple therapeutic assets focused on chronic conditions, and set strategy and performed tactical planning for new product development.
Before venture, Tony was with L. Consulting, working with pharmaceutical, biotech, and private equity clients on projects that addressed asset valuation, strategic planning, and investment due diligence. Tony has conducted research in the areas of neurodegenerative disease with the University of Pennsylvania and in regenerative medicine with the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Prior to medical school, Anthony was an officer in the United States Air Force, where he served as an aviator in the F airframe. Robert Coneybeer. He is a mentor to Jacob Mullins Class Rob Coneybeer brings to Shasta Ventures deep experience in building early-stage companies. He is particularly interested in startups that have discovered creative new ways to connect the "real world" to the Internet. Rob likes to work with companies as they develop their initial business plans, build out the core team, and plot their go-to-market strategies. His understanding of networks and strong connections at leading systems vendors is particularly helpful to semiconductor startups.
Prior to co-founding Shasta Ventures, Rob was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates NEA where he led 15 investments in core infrastructure technologies spanning semiconductors, software and networking equipment. Prior to joining the venture capital industry, Rob served as a lead integration and test engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta where he helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft. Rob earned a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia.
Laura Constantini. Astella is searching for solutions that meet the needs of thousands of consumers e commerce and education , that connect people and businesses marketplaces , or that solve the problems of companies and governments IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. The firm consists of investors and an operational team helping entrepreneurs master customer acquisition, product development, and company training—from defining a strategy to creating routines for client acquisition, from identifying critical features to developing a roadmap for scalability, from helping founders hire talented people to creating a corporate culture, from making industry contacts to connecting with other investors.