Mentors

         
         

Alex Aronov

Alex Aronov is Head of Early Discovery Modeling at Cambridge-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. He has over a decade of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, focused around product management, research operations, analytics, and R&D strategy. In his previous role at Vertex, he led cross-functional teams of experts from Research, Commercial, Clinical, and Legal in areas of neurodegeneration and inflammation, resulting in the selection of a drug candidate in rheumatoid arthritis. Prior to joining Vertex, Alex was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington, and is currently in his 2nd year of the Executive MBA program at MIT Sloan. 

Adam Borelli

Adam Borelli is an MBA Candidate in MIT Sloan's Class of 2013. Prior to coming to Sloan, Adam Borelli founded and ran, as the Executive Director, a national nonprofit called New Leaders Council (NLC), a civic engagement organization that trains the next generation of socially and politically minded leaders through managerial training, mentorship, and networking. He grew NLC to 19 cities around the U.S. before leaving to go to school and now he sits on its board. Prior to running NLC, Adam worked on energy initiatives at Google.org, primarily focusing on electric vehicles. At Sloan Adam has immersed himself in the energy and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Right when he got to Sloan, he dove in and served as the Sponsorship Co-Director of the MIT Energy Conference, the Mentorship Co-Lead of the MIT Clean Energy Prize, and as an organizer of the MIT $100K. After about three months of involvement in the MIT $100K, Adam was appointed to co-lead the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition for 2012 through early 2013. Beyond clubs, Adam has also TAed Energy Ventures and Managing in Adversity and is a Research Assistant with MIT Professor Charlie Cooney, researching entrepreneurship in Russia. Last summer Adam worked at a start-up that came out of the MIT $100K a few years ago, Sample6 Technologies (formerly called Novophage), where he worked on business strategy.

Pavel Bespalko

Pavel is a business attorney passionate about business. His practice is based in Boston and New York. Pavel is outside general counsel to several companies at different stages of development. Pavel is responsible for all daily legal issues from incorporating a business to hiring employees, to negotiating with vendors and partners, to resolving disputes in and out of courts. Previously, Pavel worked as general counsel for Russian Standard Corporation in Moscow, international litigator at RUSAL, also in Moscow, and a boutique litigation firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Pavel is also pursuing an executive MBA degree at Columbia Business School in New York.

Eugene Buff

Dr. Eugene Buff is a Registered Technology Transfer Practitioner (RTTP) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLPTM) with over twenty years of combined scientific, consulting and management experience. He has substantial expertise in a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to healthcare, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, polymers and chemical manufacturing.
Dr. Buff is a Vice President at yet2.com, Inc. and leads consulting projects for yet2.com clients on both technology licensing and technology acquisitions. He is also a Co-Founder and one of the Principals of UsTech Discovery LLC, technology discovery and commercialization assistance company focused on technologies and innovation management in developing economies, e.g. Israel and countries of the Former Soviet Union.
Dr. Buff earned his Master degree in Biochemistry as well as his Medical Doctor degree from Russian State Medical University. He is also a Ph.D. in Genetics and is a coauthor of 14 papers in peer reviewed international journals. Eugene is an active member of the Licensing and Technology Transfer community and serves on several committees and task forces at AUTM and LES. He is a member on many consulting and professional network organizations and often mentors and presents on issues of Intellectual Property, Innovation and Technology Transfer both in US and internationally.

Michael Burtov

Mike is the Founder and CEO of Cangrade a leading platform for hiring automation and candidate evaluation. He is a serial entrepreneur, an expert in business development and project management. Mike has over 10 years' experience of starting-up companies as well as contributing to the execution of over 50 successful projects with organizations including UBS Investment Bank, RBS Investment bank, the William J. Clinton Foundation, United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme. He served over 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer and is a published organizational development author with international distribution.

Joe Caruso

For the last 20 years Joe has served as mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served as investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private.
Joe is currently a director and active investor in Boston MicroMachines and i2Chem. He is a member of CommonAngels and eCoast Angels, and was previously a principal in Walnut Ventures and a Managing Partner of Brookwood Partners, all investment groups for early stage companies. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution.
He has served on dozens of boards over the years and is recipient of the Leadership in Private Corporate Governance award from the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter. He is a graduate of Northeastern University (BSEE with honors) and the Harvard Business School (MBA) He is an advisor to Northeastern’s School of Technological Entrepreneurship, and serves as a mentor for Boston University's entrepreneurship program and for the Boston TechStars program.

Oliver Ceberio

Olivier is Chief of Operations at Resolute Marine Energy, a Boston based startup in marine renewable energy, where he oversees all operational functions including P&L; design of organizational structure; and business processes by building culture of profitability and accelerated market introduction.
Previously, Olivier worked for McKinsey & Company and the World Bank on projects that focused on leadership development and rural healthcare and education. Olivier was also a "rocket scientist" for 8 years at Starsem S.A. where he directed the satellite launch team on Soyuz, the rocket that launched Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin, and managed the development, production and inaugural launch of a revolutionary new rocket system. Olivier created and implemented business plans, which have had a superb record of success in national competitions (MIT$100K, MassChallenge, CTO, Global Ideas Competition) and won the Global Entrepreneurship Week’s Startup Open in 2010.
Olivier is a dual MBA/MPA graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Kennedy School of Government and obtained his Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure Aéronautique et Espace in 1996.

William Crawford

William is the CEO of Linked Medical, Inc., a software company dedicated to building incredibly usable software tools to help physicians deliver better clinical care with less hassle and less wasted time. He has been involved in a range of startups as an executive, technology leader, adviser and investor. On the healthcare industry side, Will was responsible for the Healthcare IT portfolio in the Policy Office at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington, DC., and was involved in major policy work around HIPAA and HIT promotion during his stint in the Federal Government, and co-chaired two Harvard Medical School-hosted conferences on Personally Controlled Health Records. Closer to home, Will is also the author of several books on enterprise technology development. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, and a BA from Yale University.

Rishi Dean

Rishi most recently served as SVP of Product for Nanigans, a social advertising platform, where he drove the overall product strategy and marketing. He is a thought leader in social and mobile advertising & analytics, from his experience as part of the founding team at Visible Measures, the leader in third-party digital video measurement, where he spearheaded the core technology and pioneered methods to unify measurement of paid, owned, and earned media for the biggest online video publishers, brand marketers, and ad agencies. Additionally Rishi has founded two other startups, has served as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the MIT E-Center, and is an advisor to many startups, including CustomMade.com. He graduated with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Systems Design Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo, and holds a U.S. patent for a consumer technology invention.

Svetlana Dotsenko

Svetlana started Project Lever after realizing the importance and the difficulty of mentorship in early career. She grew Lever from an idea to partnering with major US universities (Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Notre Dame), recruiting and managing the team, and receiving coverage in major US newspapers (Businessweek, Boston.com, Huffington Post). Her professional background includes academic research (World Health Organization, Partners in Health), and management consulting (Roland Berger, Europe's largest consulting company). Prior to founding Lever, she worked as an independent management consultant specializing in innovation and health.

Semyon Dukach

Semyon is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, board member, philanthropist and angel investor with a passion for building great companies. He co-founded Fast Engines, Vert, Global Cycle Solutions, PDFfiller, and East of Air. In addition to leading SMTP since 2002, Semyon enjoys flying helicopters, windsurfing, biking and spending time with his family. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Columbia University and his Masters degree from MIT, where he was known in the early nineties for creating the SNPP Internet payment protocol, as well as for managing one of the notorious MIT Blackjack Teams.

Alexey Eliseev

Alexey Eliseev received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Moscow State University and MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has over 15 years of experience in drug discovery and development in academia and biotechnology industry. Dr. Eliseev has been working in the United States and Europe since 1992.
In 1999 he co-founded the company Therascope (later Alantos Pharmaceuticals) with a number of prominent founders including French Nobel Laureate Jean-Marie Lehn. The company used a novel drug discovery technology developed in several academic labs, including Eliseev’s group in Buffalo. He joined the company in 2000 and later became CTO of Alantos and President of its US division. Alantos was acquired by Amgen in 2007 for $300 million. 

Over the last few years Alexey worked with a group at Massachusetts General Hospital that was collaborating with a number of Russian institutes on novel drug discovery technologies. This activity resulted in the formation of Boston BioCom, a life science commercial development company co-founded with Partners HealthCare system, the holding company of major research hospitals of Harvard Medical School, and funded by Pfizer. Since 2010 Alexey has been increasingly involved in the international investment activity of Maxwell Biotech, one of the funds of Russian Venture Company fully committed to life science investments. Currently he works as Managing Director of Maxwell in its Boston office.

Jason Evanish

Jason Evanish is an expert in customer development and lean startup methodology having consulted and worked for companies including oneforty and Backupify. He is also an active member of the Boston startup community, running the website GreenhornConnect.com for the past 2.5 years. Jason has a Master's in Technological Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Northeastern University in Boston.

Joshua Feast

Joshua's track-record includes a decade delivering enterprise software solutions to human services, government and financial services clients. Prior to founding Cogito, Joshua worked at Accenture, Microsoft and as an independent technology consultant. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he was the Platinum-Triangle Fulbright Scholar in Entrepreneurship, and a Bachelor of Technology in Product Development from Massey University in New Zealand.

Katerina Fialkovskaya

Katerina is a Managing Partner at OKM Capital, a Boston-based VC firm investing in digital health and medical devices. Starting her career in corporate finance and investment portfolio management, she moved to manage mobile technology strategies, Mergers and Acquisitions, corporate Venture Capital and Joint Venture start-ups in multinational telecoms, achieving spectacular growth of companies’ market presence in the Eastern European countries. Katerina has experience with startups in mobile technology segment, particularly m-payments and m-banking. Her recent journey to the MIT innovation ecosystem and graduation from Sloan School of Management has inspired her to support the growing application of mobile technologies in the healthcare industry; and with that view she co-founded OKM Capital. Katerina is a devoted mother and enjoys traveling with her family.

Holly Flesh

As President of Innoventé USA, Holly Flesh led the Canadian company’s entry into the US market. Innoventé transforms organic wastes from a liability to electricity, heat and fertilizers using a patented biodrying technology. Prior to Innoventé USA, Ms. Flesh co-founded in 2001 GreenFuel Technologies, one of the first algae-to-biofuels companies, and served as VP Business Operations. Backed by venture capital and private equity, GreenFuel helped to inspire over 50 competitors in the US and 150 globally. Ms. Flesh holds BA and MPH degrees from UCLA.

James Geshwiler

James is a Managing Director of CommonAngels. He joined the company in 1999 and currently manages the group's investments in Apperian, Frame Media, HNW, Insight Squared, Nimbit, ParElastic, Skyhook Wireless, TimeTrade Systems and Vela Systems. He also is on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. James was the founding chairman of the Angel Capital Association, the professional alliance of angel groups representing over 6,500 investors. He also was the founding chairman of ACA’s sister organization, the Angel Capital Education Foundation, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation. AECF works with angel investors, venture capitalists, academic leaders and entrepreneurs around the country to provide research and educational programs on angel investing. He is a contributing author to Cutting-Edge Practices in American Angel Investing, published in October 2003 by Darden Business Publishing of the University of Virginia. Prior to CommonAngels, James worked at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, the premier strategic advisory consultancy for the oil, natural gas, electric power and refined products sectors. Prior to CERA, James worked for the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of State—both in Washington DC—in a variety of roles covering global technology analysis, assessment and policy.
He holds a bachelor's degree with highest honors from the Liberal Arts Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree in political science from UCLA, and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. James also is an avid rower and a member of Cambridge Boat Club.

 

 

Ellen Gelfand

Ellen Gelfand is a project manager at  the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.  A molecular biologist by training, she is currently managing the Genotype-Tissue Expression project (GTEx), which provides a resource to the scientific community for studying human gene expression and regulation and its relationship to genetic variation.  The project also involves research into the ethical, legal and social issues raised by collecting and collaborative sharing of genomic data.
Concurrently with her work on GTEx, Ellen is also a project manager for Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia (CCLE) - a collaboration between the Broad Institute and the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation.  The CCLE project  conducts a detailed genetic and pharmacologic characterization of a large panel of human cancer models, to develop integrated computational analyses that link distinct pharmacologic vulnerabilities to genomic patterns and to translate cell line integrative genomics into cancer patient stratification.  This information is crucial for development of new targeted cancer therapies.  The CCLE provides public access to genomic data, analysis and visualization for about 1000 cell lines.
Ellen also has extensive experience in bench research, focusing on emerging pharmaceuticals, as well as in the field of patient-specific genetic testing.  Prior to coming to the Broad, Ellen was involved with a number of cutting-edge life science ventures, including Suntory Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories (now part of Daiichi Sankyo), Correlagen Diagnostics and Harvard Institute of Proteomics. 

Gershon Goren

Gershon is CTO and founder of Cangrade, Boston start-up that helps companies to hire better. Gershon is an accomplished technology executive with over 15 years experience. Gershon led the engineering group at Webdialogs, a provider of online meeting and communication solutions which was acquired by IBM in 2007. Following the acquisition Gershon acted as Chief Software Architect in the Lotus group of IBM, delivering LotusLive - a cloud based collaboration suite. He is also the founder of Pirfit.com - a popular cloud based wellness network. Gershon loves cycling and thinks that bicycle is the best form of transportation. Gershon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management of Information Systems from Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel.

Dave Gowel

Dave Gowel has been recognized as a “LinkedIn Jedi” by Inc.com and The Boston Globe. He is the CEO of RockTech and the author of “The Power in a Link: Open Doors, Close Deals, and Change the Way You Do Business Using LinkedIn” (Wiley, December 2011). Gowel co-founded RockTech with Mark Rockefeller to build software that helps corporations increase productivity through quicker adoption of underutilized technology.

John Harthorne

John Harthorne is the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge, a startup competition and accelerator designed to catalyze a startup renaissance by connecting high-impact startups from around the world with the resources they need to launch and succeed. In the first 12 months since joining the 2010 MassChallenge accelerator program, the inaugural group of 111 MassChallenge startups raised over $100 Million in outside funding and created nearly 500 new jobs. The 2011 MassChallenge competition received over 730 applications from 34 states and 24 countries. In January of 2011, President Barack Obama identified MassChallenge as one of America’s most effective startup accelerators. The application period for 2012 opens on March 1 and closes on April 11.
John received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, John received Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT. He also led the 10th annual MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) held in Trondheim, Norway.

Matt Hooper

Matt is a seasoned Marketing and Technology executive. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Hooper has an extensive on-line presence and 19 years of designing, deploying, and managing highly complex messaging and alerting platforms. He is actively engaged in the engineering, marketing, and social media communities and is an expert in visual operations, escalation, and contextual relevance of information streams and digital alerts.
Co-host of ITSMWP – In August of 2011, ITSMWP (Information Technology Service Management Weekly Podcast) became the most listened to IT podcast in the world, reaching over 37k listeners. As co-founder and co-host of this production, Mr. Hooper helped brand, promote, achieve sponsorship from major brands, and internationally syndicate the program.
CEO/Chairman of the Board/Investor Cut-Rite Instruments. After becoming part-time CEO Mr. Hooper created and executive an international channel strategy, reconstituted manufacturing operations, re-branded the corporate image, and prepared the company for an equitable acquisition.
In 2004 Mr. Hooper co-founded Vigilant Technologies, which in 2008 became Vigilant Enterprise Solutions, an executive dashboard solution for Fortune 50 enterprises. As CEO of Vigilant, Mr. Hooper took the company through the downturn of 2008 and successfully sold the business in 2009 to Inforonics, where he served as their CIO and CMO. During that period Mr.Hooper re-branded Inforonics and increased their average deal size by 400%, and grew their customer’s acquisition by almost 600%.

 

Christopher Howard

Christopher Howard is a second year MBA student at MIT Sloan, with experience leading early stage startups in sales, business development, and strategic capacities. Prior to his MBA, Christopher was head of business development for GreenBlue-Invotronics, a green technology startup he helped launch in Toronto. GreenBlue-Invotronics is now a $100MM technology manufacturing conglomerate. Christopher is currently an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Redstar Ventures, a Cambridge-based Venture foundry, leading a data-driven fitness coaching company. He also runs Abodable.com, a real estate IT startup based in Vancouver. Christopher holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Middlebury College.

Ruth S. Kanfer

Ruth S. Kanfer is the Principal and Founder at Kanfer Legal LLC. Prior to establishing Kanfer Legal LLC, Ms. Kanfer worked at the prominent Boston-based law firm, Ropes & Gray LLP.
Ms. Kanfer has extensive experience representing clients, both local and foreign, in a wide range of corporate transactions. Ms. Kanfer advises both private and public companies of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to mutual funds with billions of dollars of assets under management.
Ms. Kanfer has experience working with entrepreneurs, senior management, Boards of Directors, Trustees and buyers and sellers of real estate.
Ms. Kanfer is active in the Boston community providing pro bono representation to political refugees as part of the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project. She also serves as Vice President of the Claremont Neighborhood Association. She holds the LLB degree from McGill University and the BA degree in Linguistics and English Literature

Zeb Kimmel

Zeb Kimmel, currently an entrepreneur in Boston, is a former Engagement Manager in McKinsey and Company's Healthcare Technology Practice, where he worked with hospitals, governments, and healthcare industry players at the intersection of life sciences, public policy, and technology. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in medical informatics at the Decision Systems Group of Harvard Medical School, where he conducted research on the use of electronic and personal health records, and served in the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Prior to his work at Harvard, Zeb was founder of a software technology startup backed by Time Warner; founder of an anesthesiology device company backed by San Francisco Science; a technology consultant to firms such as Cantor Fitzgerald and Calence; and an Adjunct Lecturer in Computer Science at New York University's Courant Institute, teaching courses on discrete mathematics and voice networking. He has published or patented work across the fields of cardiac MRI, surgical oncology, neurology, and medical informatics, and his inventions in voice technology received the "Best in Show" award two years running at the annual Cisco Convergence Expo.
Zeb received a medical degree from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi from Brown University in physics, and received an MS in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lora Kratchounova

Lora Kratchounova is a principal at "Scratch Marketing + Media", which got started by Lora in early 2009. Lora has delivered measurable results for online and offline brands such as OurStage.com, Currensee.com, FashionPlaytes.com, American Express, VacationCoach.com, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and Wendy's. Lora is plugged into the technology startup community in Boston and is vice chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Board.

Stuart P. Krusell

Stuart P. Krusell is Director, Office of International Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to MIT Stuart has served in cross-sector senior leadership positions across the globe, focusing on the interaction between government, business and citizens and the corresponding need for expertise, innovation and accountability. He has worked with, and trained, senior executives, policy makers and students in economic development, governance and institution building, encouraging them to think and lead across internal and external borders. Stu teaches International Relations and Comparative Government at Bentley University and has guest lectured on leadership and foreign policy at MIT, Brown University, the Harvard Kennedy School, and UMass Boston. He is a graduate of Colby College and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dan Levin

Dan Levin is a young, mid-20s serial entrepreneur currently serving as President and Co-Founder of Boston-based startup ViralGains. Founded in 2012, ViralGains is causing disruption in the $4bn online video advertising industry. With a reach of over 200 million people through his platform, Dan has sold the ViralGains solution to brands like Lexus, State Farm, Sony, Paramount Pictures, Nestle, and Qualcomm, successfully grossing over $1 million in sales of his company's first operating year. Prior to ViralGains, Dan studied Marketing and Economics at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He started his first ever company while still in high school, generating over $400,000 in sales and seeing his company listed #2 on International Business Times’ “Top 5 Emerging Social Media Marketing Firms in the World” list in 2011. He used his revenues to fund his higher education and subsequent business endeavors. Mr. Levin has been a guest lecturer in various university courses on topics ranging from social media to entrepreneurship. He and his companies have made numerous appearances over the past year on media outlets such as Forbes, Boston Business Journal, and NECN Business. His primary two passions are disruptive innovation, and ancient philosophy.

Sheen S. Levine

Sheen S. Levine earned his Ph.D at the world’s first collegial business school – The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. There he began linking micro and macro—asking how people’s decisions and interaction affect firms, markets, and greater society. Now at Columbia University, he answers such questions by collaborating with organizational theorists, economists, sociologists, and psychologists, employing modeling, experiments, and fieldwork. He also serves as a senior editor of Management and Organization Review.

Ben Littauer

Ben Littauer is a business and technology management consultant with expertise in Internet and communications technologies, as well as healthcare IT. Currently he spends most of his time as an active angel investor, member of Boston Harbor Angels, Walnut Venture Associates, and Launchpad. He is also a mentor and member of the advisory board at The Capital Network. Recently Mr. Littauer has also been a judge for both Mass Challenge and the MITX Innovation Awards. Mr. Littauer was Technology Strategist for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, a consultant to the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium on healthcare data security projects, and co-founder, President, and CTO of Baranof Software, the leading vendor of service-level management software for messaging and Internet applications. He has worked for Cisco Systems, Tumbleweed Communications, On Technology, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Lotus, and BBN. In addition, he has worked with a number of startup ventures including LocaModa.com, Zion.com, and CafeAbroad.com. Mr. Littauer was also an analyst with Ferris Research and Baroudi Bloor International.

Ned Lomigora

Ned is a serial entrepreneur, technology consultant, and mentor to startups. Ned is passionate about creating game-changing cutting-edge technologies that greatly increase productivity. Ned has over 13 years of experience in various executive and senior management roles in both startups and large companies in software, biotechnology, and private equity industries. While working on his thesis at MIT, Ned invented a concept known as auto-id RFID, which later grew into an international standard. Ned is frequently invited to speak about disruptive technologies and lean startup management methodology. When not working on his latest startup, he spends time with his five year old daughter, and practices Aikido. Ned is a former Olympic athlete.

Catherine Mannick

Catherine Mannick has been General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of AcadiaSoft, Inc. a financial services software company, since January 2011. Prior to joining AcadiaSoft, she served for seven years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Cole Management Incorporated, a fund targeting technology start-ups in Russia and other emerging markets. From 1996 to 2002, she was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, of The Pioneer Group, Inc., a NASDAQ listed financial services company, and General Counsel of its spin-off, Harbor Global Company Ltd., an OTC listed company organized to manage Pioneer’s portfolio of investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Pioneer, she co-chaired the Russian Practice Group at Hale and Dorr, LLP and served as international counsel at Bank of Boston. Ms. Mannick holds a B.A. in Russian Studies from Yale University, an M.A. in History from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a member of LaunchPad Venture Group.

Freddie Martignetti

Freddie Martignetti is a founding member of the Suffolk Equity Partners team. Prior to founding the firm in the winter of 2011 Freddie worked in the Securitized Products Division of both Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, as well as the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley. Freddie is a member of the Purity Organic Board of Directors.
He studied at Harvard College, Lomonosov Moscow State University and holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Adam Miller

Abroad101 is Adam Miller's fourth start-up and eighth private investment. Adam started his first company at age thirteen and is now the CEO of Abroad101. Abroad101 is the largest and fastest-growing review website in international education, a fast-growing $40B industry. Abroad101 is "the TripAdvisor for study abroad". Abroad101 empowers universities with our free market-leading online evaluation tool and sells leads to educational institutions looking to recruit students. Abroad101's mission is to promote global citizenship by fostering the most meaningful study abroad experience for all students through technology innovation in higher education. Adam studied Economics and Neuroscience at MIT, where he graduated with a BS in Economics in 2007.

Kathleen O’Donnell

Kathleen O’Donnell is Founder and President of Market Access International, Inc. Established in 1999, Market Access provides strategic consulting and market entry services to start-up companies in the US, Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. Services include strategic US market entry consulting; market research; designing and implementing marketing plans that emphasize active relationship building and generate early sales. Prior to forming Market Access, Kathleen was, in most recent order, Vice President of Coastal International and Managing Director of Coastal U.K. (a U.S. market entry firm); on-staff U.S. Technology Consultant for the Government of Ontario, Canada in Boston; Director, Massachusetts Legislative Committee on International Trade, State House, Boston; and, Vice President/Russia for WJS, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Kathleen has traveled extensively in Western and Central Europe, in Russia, and in Asia. She is active in national and international business associations. A Contributor at the Cambridge Innovation Center, a member of Boston World Partnerships and World Boston, she also supports the United Nations Association and is a former Board Member of the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England (2005-2010).

Monty Sharma

Monty Sharma is the Managing Director at MassDigi an institute developed to foster a strong bond between academia and the games industry. He leads outreach and the development of innovative programs. He also currently hosts a podcast on Game Breaker TV on the business of games.
Sharma was formerly a Founder/General Manager of Vivox, a voice chat service provider in the games industry. He oversaw product and marketing for a company that servers over 60 million users around the world. With key relationships with EA, Ubisoft, Sony, Nexon, Big Point and many others, Vivox is the largest games communication provider and the second largest IP voice provider in the world.
Before joining Vivox, Sharma was vice president of business development at Jamcracker, Inc., where he developed partnerships and channel agreements that extended Jamcracker’s market share as a leading provider of IT management platforms.
Prior to Jamcracker, Sharma served as vice president Novell Service Provider Network at Novell, Inc. and played a key role in creating an independent business unit and brand that provided software and professional services to carriers, ASPs and Novell’s extensive reseller channel.
Sharma also held management positions at Nova Scotia telecommunications service provider MT&T where he served as chief technology officer of Mpowered PC deploying leading edge DSL and ASP solutions. He began his career working for consulting organizations including BDI Business Development Information, Inc. and Software Experts.
Sharma earned a BA in History from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has held numerous positions on corporate and public boards and is the author of several trade press articles.

Marsh Sutherland

Marsh is a CEO| Co-Founder of ReferralBonus and SocialGrow. Living by the philosophy of givers gain and recognized as one of Boston's best business networkers, he is a social and business networking evangelist. Marsh has held a number of technology management roles at deNovis and Akibia, and is a former technology consultant with KPMG. Marsh founded the Boston BizSpark Meetup, is a Microsoft BizSpark Startup Network Sponsor, and co-founded the Web Executives Group on LinkedIn and FounderMatchup. Marsh earned his MBA and JD degrees from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, with minors in Mathematics and Philosophy, from Pacific Lutheran University. A proud Washingtonian, Marsh is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

 

 

Alexander Vybornov

Co-Founder, President and CEO, Dental Photonics, Inc.
Mr. Vybornov has 15 years of high technology, consulting and project management experience in venture-backed companies. Since Dental Photonics’ inception in 2007, he has been responsible for and intimately involved in all aspects of the Company’s business, including strategy formulation and business planning, product development, operations, business development, finance, accounting, and legal affairs. Prior to co-founding Dental Photonics, he was a consultant with Molecular, Inc., Watertown, Massachusetts, where he advised clients on new product development in high technology. Mr. Vybornov holds an M.B.A., summa cum laude, from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and M.S. from Northeastern University.

 

Vadim Yasinovsky

A seasoned Entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in managing high-tech companies. Vadim has expertise in product development, evangelizing, marketing, business development and strategic planning. Unique value proposition of achieving a balance in business and technology. Proven record in taking companies from startup to acquisition. Vadim is currently the CEO of PDFfiller.com.

Sarah von Helfenstein

Sarah is more than 30-year veteran of the start-up wars, Sarah von Helfenstein, has created, launched, and managed numbers of new initiatives inside/for established enterprises and on a stand-alone basis. For the past twenty years, she has held a variety of roles within the financial valuation sector, all of which have involved change agency. During this time, she also participated in several tech start-ups (online education, social software, digital pen & paper), either as founder or part of the founding team. She currently sits on the Appraisal Issues Task Force and the Valuation Uncertainty Project for the International Valuation Standards Council. She is a member of the editorial board of The Value Examiner, a bimonthly publication for the valuation profession.

Elizabeth Yin

Elizabeth is a co-founder and CEO of LaunchBit, an ad network for email newsletters. LaunchBit is a 500Startups incubator alum and is backed by angels and seed VCs in the Valley. In another life prior to LaunchBit, Elizabeth was a marketing manager at Google. She grew up in the Valley during the dot com boom writing code for other startups and was hooked on entrepreneurship. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Julianne Zimmerman

Julianne Zimmerman provides strategy and communications consulting services to organizations putting technology to work for the greater good. She has been active for over 20 years in a wide variety of technologies and sectors, assisting small and large companies alike to bring breakthroughs to market. Recent clients have included Philips, Brightstar, and Allen & Gerritsen.
She previously served as VP Communications at General Compression, a utilityscale energy storage company; a founder and Director Business Development of GreenFuel Technologies Corporation, an algae biofuel company; VP Engineering at Ovation Products, a water purification company; and a senior staff member at Payload Systems Inc., a boutique engineering services firm.
Julianne earned Bachelor's degrees from MIT in Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering and Literature / Humanities, and an MS from the University of Maryland in Aerospace Engineering. She currently serves as a mentor for Springboard, MassChallenge, and the MIT Venture Mentoring Service.

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