Craig Arnold is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Consultant of TAG Optics, a specialty lens manufacturing company which develops and produces custom built tunable acoustic gradient index lenses. Craig is the originator of the technology. He is an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton and performs extensive research in the field of laser processing and shaping laser material interactions.
Holder of numerous issued and pending US patent, Craig received his PhD in physics from Harvard University and was a NRC Post-Doc at the US Naval Research laboratory in Washington DC.
Steve Baglio ’96 is a partner in the New York office of Gunderson Dettmer LLP, a law firm that specializes in representing entrepreneurs, young companies and venture capitalists. Steve earned his B.S.E cum laude in Civil Engineering and Operations Research, and then graduated from Columbia Law School in 1999. He joined Gunderson after practicing at two large law firms in Boston and New York.
Steve lives in Princeton (about two-thirds of a mile from his sophomore-year dorm room in Joline Hall) with his wife, Betsy Kalber Baglio ’96, and two boys.
Matthew Barbieri is a Partner at Wiss & Company, LLP and serves as the Partner-in-Charge of the firms Healthcare and New Technology Group. In this role he focuses on established and early stage companies providing them with guidance on how to navigate the challenging landscape associated with areas such as business start-up, raising capital, and client acquisition. Matthew is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New Jersey and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Taxation at Fairleigh Dickson University.
Matt Barbieri has over 15 years of experience providing accounting and auditing services to some of the firm’s largest clients. His depth of experience includes audits, reviews, compilations and tax services. He provides business advisory and audit services to individuals, privately held businesses, publicly traded enterprises and companies pursuing IPO.
As a Partner-in-Charge of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industry, his focus ranges from start-up companies in their inception stages and seed financing to helping developed companies and continuing their organic growth. He stays in touch with important and current STEM issues by regularly attending tech meet-ups.
Matt is also an active speaker to the accounting society at Rider, presenting on various topics related to the public accounting industry. Matt shares his passion amongst advocates in STEM fields by teaching accounting at Princeton University’s Keller Center for the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club.
Matt is a life-long resident of Wayne, New Jersey, where he currently lives with his wife and two children. He serves on several committees within the New Jersey Food Council and is a Community Volunteer at the Morris Habitat for Humanity, as well as the Community Food Bank of NJ.
Morgan Battle has worked as lead strategic advisor to both public and private companies. He addresses the challenging internal issues that many organizations are faced with, while also facilitating the type of long term thinking that leads to generative and actionable growth plans. In addition, he represents his clients in M&A processes and has worked on the sale of several private companies and negotiated numerous strategic partnerships. His sector expertise focuses on educational publishing and technology, direct marketing and consumer products. Morgan is passionate about working with emerging educational technologies, driven by dynamic entrepreneurs, who have developed disruptive technologies aimed at changing the structure of the traditional classroom by introducing new and effective pedagogical approaches.
At Tucker, Morgan currently serves as an advisor to Battelle Memorial Institute, (the largest independent non-profit in the world), helping the organization think through ways in which to leverage their research and analytical capabilities in the Education market.
Prior to Tucker, he worked at FOX Sports, where he negotiated the marketing and sales partnerships for the networks core properties, the Daytona 500, NCAA College Football and the Super Bowl. Morgan received his B.A. from Lafayette College.
Clover is a senior leader widely recognized across a broad range of industries as an innovative, globally focused board level executive that consistently delivers exceptional financial, operational and strategic outcomes.
In her most recent position as General Manager CPC Beauty Business at Johnson & Johnson, Clover directed the P&L for a portfolio of eight consumer and professional Beauty brands, and previously was Worldwide Vice President, Woman’s Health Franchise. Over the course of her career she has held a number of domestic and global leadership positions at Schering-Plough, Sara Lee and Johnson & Johnson. Clover received her MBA in Marketing, her MA in Development Psychology, and her BA in American Studies, all from Columbia University.
Matt Blumberg is Chairman & CEO of Return Path, Inc., the company he founded in 1999. Return Path is the global leader in email intelligence, helping businesses build better relationships with their customers and improve their email ROI; and helping ISPs and other mailbox providers enhance network performance and drive customer retention. Prior to founding Return Path, Matt was General Manager of the Internet division of MovieFone, Inc. (777-FILM) until the company’s acquisition by AOL, and had previously worked in venture capital and management consulting.
Return Path has pioneered and patented many of the innovations in email marketing, including Email Change of Address, email deliverability, whitelisting, reputation services, and the double opt-in process. The company has been a member of the Inc 500 list of America’s fastest growing small companies multiple times, was listed as #11 on Fortune Magazine’s “Best Companies to Work for” list in 2012, was one of the winners of Inc. Magazine’s 2010 Winning Workplaces competition of America’s top small companies to work for, was named #12 on New York’s best places to work by Crain’s Magazine, and was named #3 on Colorado’s Top 10 Best Places to Work by the Society for Human Resources Management.
Matt is the author of Startup CEO: A field guide to scaling up your business, published by Wiley & Sons and based on his popular blog on entrepreneurship, Only Once (http://www.onlyonceblog.com), and is co-author of Sign Me Up!: A marketer’s guide to creating email newsletters that build relationships and boost sales. Matt is the Chairman of the Board of the Direct Marketing Association, the largest trade association serving data-driven and interactive marketers and has served as a director on numerous corporate and non-profit boards. He is a frequent speaker and writer about email and direct marketing at major industry conferences and publications, he has been listed multiple times in B2B Magazine’s “Who’s Who in B2B Marketing,” he was the 2007 Mal Dunn Leadership Award Honoree of the Direct Marketing Club of New York, he was listed as one of New York’s 100 most influential technology leaders by the Silicon Alley Insider in 2008, he was one of Crain’s New York’s Top Entrepreneurs in 2012, and he was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2012.
Matt graduated from Princeton in 1992 with an independent concentration in Urban Studies. He has held a variety of volunteer leadership positions as a Princeton alumni, from Class Treasurer to Reunion Chair to Special Gifts Chair to Vice Chairman of the National Annual Giving Committee and member of the Aspire Executive Committee.
Lynda Clarizio ’82 has spent the last 15 years as a successful executive in the digital media industry growing and scaling advertising businesses. She is a member of the board of directors of Batanga Media, Resonate and Human Rights First. Most recently, she was the Executive Vice President responsible for corporate development and operations at AppNexus, the industry’s fastest growing platform for the buying and selling of digital advertising through real-time bidding. Lynda came to AppNexus from INVISION, Inc., where she was President and CEO of the leading provider of multi-platform advertising solutions to the media industry.
Before joining INVISION, Lynda served as President of AOL’s Platform-A, comprising the consolidated advertising businesses of AOL and its subsidiaries. She also served as President of Advertising.com, leading the industry’s largest third party online advertising network. (Advertising.com initially was operated as an independent subsidiary of AOL and became part of Platform-A.) Lynda held several other positions at AOL, which she joined in 1999. She was the Executive Vice President of AOL’s Audience Business responsible for strategy, finance and business development. She also was AOL’s Senior Vice President for corporate strategic and financial planning and Senior Vice President for acquisitions and strategic investments. While in the latter role, she led AOL’s acquisition of Advertising.com. Prior to joining AOL, Lynda was a partner in the leading Washington, DC law firm Arnold & Porter.
Lynda is a recognized leader in advertising and media, having been named one of 2011’s top 100 “Tech Titans” in the Washington, DC region by The Washingtonian, one of 2009’s “25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment” by Digital Media Wire, and one of 2008’s “Women to Watch” by Advertising Age. She also was selected one of 1998’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by The Washingtonian.
Lynda is a 1985 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1982 graduate of Princeton University.
James is a co-founder and Principal of 4490 Ventures, a Madison-based Venture Capital firm investing in technology companies at the Series A level.
James has spent more than six years in the financial services industry with Wachovia Securities, UBS Investment Bank, TRIAD Capital Management, and Townhill Capital Partners. Prior to 4490 Ventures, James worked for Matt Blumberg of Return Path in various roles within Corporate Development and Business Development.
James is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship, and startup communities, aiming to “help interesting and good people to interesting and good things.”
James has a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, class of 2003. James serves Princeton in Annual Giving, Special Gifts for his class, and on the Board of Directors of the Religion Department.
Kyoko Crawford is vice president and co-founder of Nexops, which provides custom web design and development services to a wide range of organizations, from large corporations to early-stage startups and non-profits. As Vice President, Kyoko is responsible for overseeing project fulfillment, staffing development teams, and managing client accounts. She has directed the development of interactive web properties, mobile interfaces, and custom business applications for dozens of organizations, including the UN Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Adobe Systems, and the Milwaukee Brewers. Kyoko also heads the Nexops Venture Services program where she leverages the company’s resources and works directly with partner entrepreneurs to launch new technology startups.
Prior to co-founding Nexops, Kyoko was a consultant at a leading security technology firm. In that role, she worked to research, integrate, and assess cutting-edge technology solutions for border control, airport security, and civil identification. She consulted for several major government agencies, including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, US Department of State, and US Department of Homeland Security. Kyoko has been quoted in Fortune, Entrepreneur, and dozens of other publications as an expert technology commentator. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard University.
John Danner is a currently Visiting Professor at the Princeton’s Keller Center where he teaches his popular fall semester course “Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship: Ventures to Address Global Challenges”. He is also is Senior Fellow of The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he teaches the core MBA course on entrepreneurship, as well as other graduate courses on business model innovation and strategies for startups. John held the position of James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Keller Center in academic year 2008-2009.
John launched UC’s campus-wide undergraduate course on entrepreneurship and global poverty. He began his entrepreneurial career as an undergraduate at Harvard, and has since been involved in startups of various types as entrepreneur, advisor and investor. In addition, he has worked as a management consultant, lawyer or senior executive in the private, nonprofit and public sectors in fields from education and healthcare to telecommunications and energy.
A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the world, John is also senior moderator with The Aspen Institute’s executive and global leadership programs. He received his J.D., M.P.H. and M.A.Ed. degrees from UC Berkeley.
Bre Digiammarino is Education Vertical Director at Indiegogo, the world’s leading crowdfunding site. At Indiegogo, Bre brings the value of crowdfunding to education communities worldwide. Before joining Indiegogo, Bre was the Senior Associate at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a social venture fund. Previously, Bre was an Associate Consultant at The Bridgespan Group, where she consulted with high impact education organizations and foundations.
Bre received her Master of Public Administration in nonprofit management from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Government from the University of Virginia. While at UVA, she founded Kids Acting Out, a nonprofit that engages college students and under-resourced youth in building life skills through drama.
Stephen Dyer is the managing member of SRD Capital Management, LLC which he established in September 2006 after 22 years on Wall Street including 18 years at UBS Financial Services (and its predecessor Paine Webber Inc). Steve currently serves as the Chairman of Jumpstart NJ Angel Network, a private forty member lead angel investor group that invests in early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Steve joined Jumpstart in 2007 and was asked to join the Board of Directors of Jumpstart in 2009. He is an investor in several early stage companies and is also an Advisor or on the Board of Directors of several of the companies. In January 2011, Steve was asked to join Rutgers University newly launched “CEO-in-Residence” program to assist the university in reviewing its intellectual property and help decide whether specific innovations can be commercialized or form the basis for start-ups. Prior to SRD, Steve worked in the partnership product area for most of his UBS career. Steve received his B.S. degree (magna cum laude) in Accounting in 1981 from Boston College and his MBA from Indiana University in December 1984. He is a Certified Public Accountant having started his career in the audit group of Ernst & Young predecessor Arthur Young & Company in 1981.
Daphne is currently the Director of Business Development at Yext, the leading provider of geomarketing software services in the US. She joined Yext right after her undergraduate studies at Princeton, where she majored in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. Daphne runs all of Yext’s publisher partnerships including deals with Microsoft, Yahoo!, Yelp, and others. She is also responsible for driving Yext’s international expansion via global partnerships. Daphne is originally from the DC metropolitan area and in her spare time enjoys participating in New York Cares activities, where she is a member of the junior committee.
Andrew Erlichson is Vice President of 10gen, the company behind the open source database MongoDB. Prior to 10gen, Andrew was founder and CEO of Phanfare, a subscription-based photo and videos sharing service, now part of Carbonite. Prior to Phanfare, Andrew was CEO & co-founder of Flashbase, which was acquired by DoubleClick in 2000. At DoubleClick, he was Vice President of Technology for the Research and Development Group. He has worked at Mips Computer Systems, Silicon Graphics and BlackRock Financial Management.
Andrew received his AB from Dartmouth College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Andrew also serves on the board of the Princeton Public Library.
Dr. Brion Feinberg is an experienced product management executive with an extensive track record for bringing new, innovative technology-focused products and services to market. Currently working as the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Management for DAX Technologies, Brion is responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of the company’s products that provide customer experience management for telecommunication service providers.
Brion has over 30 years of experience working with traditional communication service providers, mobile operators, voice-over-IP systems and internet service providers. Brion has worked with several early-stage technology companies, provided technical and business evaluation of new proposals for a New Jersey based VC fund, and raised over $20M in investments for his own companies. Through his earlier work with Lucent Technologies/AT&T (Bell Labs), Brion has patents in the areas of congestion management for voice and data networks, using network data for directed marketing efforts, and implementations of multi-party revenue sharing models.
Brion holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Princeton University and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.
James Fischer is a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, in the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group. Jim represents both public and private clients in various industries including insurance, financial, medical, chemical, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical, and general manufacturing. Jim focuses on mergers and acquisitions, entrepreneurial matters, venture capital financings, secured and unsecured financing/lending transactions, and corporate restructurings.
Jim also focuses his practice on advising both individual and institutional clients in a variety of matters relating to investments in, and transactions with, domestic and foreign proprietary and high frequency trading firms and incubators, including in connection with the formation and operation of Trading Cross Connects and its affiliate Bay Head CI US LLC. Jim’s practice also includes counseling clients through majority and minority shareholder disputes.
In addition to the practice of law, Jim served as a member of the board of directors of Trading Cross Connects US LLC and Trading Cross Connects Holdings Limited, providers of services to high frequency trading teams, and previously served as the chairman of the board of trustees of the American Herbal Products Association, a position to which he was elected on behalf of a client in the nutraceutical industry. Prior to practicing law, Jim interned for the Hon. Marge Roukema, member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Hon. Dr. Keith Hampson, member of the United Kingdom House of Commons.
Jim graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from The Catholic University of America in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in world politics and a minor in American history. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2001, where he was student notes editor for the Seton Hall Legislative Journal and research assistant to Associate Clinical Professor Virginia Hardwick in the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice.
Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer is the Co-founder and CEO of AirPR, a technology platform to increase PR performance. He was a former Entrepreneur in Residence at Shasta Ventures focused on consumer internet and the social graph. Prior to joining Shasta, Sharam was a Senior Associate at Sierra Ventures focused on consumer internet, enterprise software (cloud computing / virtualization), and mobile. He served as a Board Observer at Makara (sold to RedHat) and TouchCommerce.
Prior to joining Sierra, Sharam was in Mergers and Acquisitions at JP Morgan. Sharam began his career as a technologist at Appian Corporation, a business process management software startup. At Appian, he managed the first enterprise-wide tracking system for the Department of Homeland Security, concurrently managed the development of three software products, delivered training seminars, and authored white papers, best practices documents, and technical notes on Web Services.
Sharam has lectured at universities, events and conferences, and judged business plan competitions at Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, and Syracuse. He is also an advisor and mentor to the Dorm Room Fund (First Round Capital Accelerator) and Acceleprise (Enterprise Technology Accelerator). Sharam graduated with honors with a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Born in Syracuse, NY, Sharam played NCAA Division I ice hockey and is fluent in Farsi. He also enjoys barefoot waterskiing and playing with new technologies. Follow him on twitter @sharamfm.
Alice Lloyd George focuses on early stage investments around the blockchain and cryptographic technologies, robotics and AI, and consumer internet. Prior to joining RRE Alice spent time at Signia Venture Partners and Bridgewater Associates. Previously she lived in Beijing and conducted investigative research as a Brookings Institute fellow. She began her career at The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, where she covered business and politics in Malaysia, India, Australia, Burma and China. Alice graduated from Princeton with a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and a minor in East Asian Studies. She sits on the board of LGAF, a charitable foundation supporting child-focused projects in Asia. Alice originally hails from London and is an enthusiast on all things related to art, creative education, and futurology. She enjoys backpacking, particularly in far-flung places. You can find her on Twitter at @amlg23
Michael Goldberg ’92 is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Bridge Investment Fund L.P., a venture capital firm that invests in Israeli medical device companies. He has spent his entire career structuring and implementing global business operations. He was the Director of International Business Development for America Online, Inc. responsible for structuring and negotiating international joint venture partnerships. He worked on numerous investment opportunities for AOL in strategic international markets in Asia, including the formation of a U.S. $200 million joint venture in China with Legend, China’s largest PC manufacturer. He also worked in business development for Microsoft and the International Management Group.
Earlier in his career, Michael spent several years in South Africa working for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) designing and implementing voter education programs for South Africa’s historic first democratic national election in 1994 and local government elections in 1995. He also founded a pilot program for WorldTeach to send American volunteer teachers to rural black schools in South Africa and served for a year as the first teaching volunteer in a rural black community in the Western Cape.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, an MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael is also an Adjunct Professor of Banking and Finance at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management where he teaches courses on entrepreneurial finance.
Ian Goldstein is a partner with Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, where he serves as the vice-chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group and the leader of the firm’s Emerging Company & Venture Capital practice team. His practice is centered around providing strategic and transactional advice and guidance, as well as functioning as an outside general counsel, to business enterprises, investors and entrepreneurs who are focused on innovation and technology development and commercialization.
Ian provides a broad range of legal services to entrepreneurs and growing businesses in a variety of industries, often functioning in a strategic “outside general counsel” role. He counsels clients on strategic business matters throughout a company’s life-cycle and represents and advises clients in critical business transactions, including seed, angel and venture capital financings, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances and other technology partnerships.
Ian has significant experience in counseling angel investors, venture capital firms and corporate venture arms of large corporations in connection with early and late stage preferred stock and convertible debt financings and in connection with exit events involving portfolio companies. He regularly advises his investor clients on corporate governance, strategic transactions and other critical business matters involving their portfolio companies.
In addition to his law firm experience, Ian worked in-house as general counsel of a Philadelphia based Internet startup company, where, in addition to his day-to-day legal oversight role, he was responsible for negotiating multiple financings, dozens of content acquisition and license arrangements, and several strategic partnerships. Ian received his law degree from Rutgers University, where he graduated with honors and was an editor of the law review, and graduated from Rutgers College with a degree in economics. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Jeremy Grayzel is Founder and CEO of CDM Publishing LLC, a healthcare information company distributed through digital media and publications that focuses on specific diseases and demographic populations. Prior to that Jeremy has been President of VNU eMedia, Inc., a major business-to-business publisher; Founder and CEO of GrayFire Information Services, an entrepreneurial technology start-up during the early development of the internet; and President of Family Media, Inc., a major consumer publishing company.
Jeremy received a BS and MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University.
Darren Hammell is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Business Development at Princeton Power Systems. Mr. Hammell graduated with honors from Princeton University in 2001 with a B.S.E. in Computer Science. After winning first place in the 2001 Princeton University Business Plan Competition, he co-founded Princeton Power Systems. Darren served as President and CEO from the founding until March 2009, when he became Executive Vice President of Business Development.
He was named one of Red Herring Magazine’s “Young Moguls” in 2005 and NJ-BIZ’s “Forty Under 40” business leaders in New Jersey the same year. He is a member of the State of New Jersey’s Clean Energy/Clean Technology Industry Workforce Advisory Council and a Founding Trustee of the non-profit New Jersey Solar Industry Manufacturer’s Association.
Rajiv Hazaray has served many high-growth technology, healthcare, and financial services businesses and investors including Fortune 500 corporations such as Lockheed Martin, EchoStar/DISH Networks, ViaSat, etc. as well as many growth companies. Either as a senior member of corporate management or as a management consultant, Rajiv has helped build strong strategic finance teams. His spectrum of work covers new ventures, corporate innovation initiatives, business combinations, valuation of tangible/intangible assets, public policy, Federal grants, economic impact studies, market profiling, pricing, and valuations.
Rajiv has an global work experience across diverse domains that gives him a unique multi-dimensional know-how required to identify key success factors essential to build, evaluate, and manage winning business plans; especially involving the evolving technologies. In the days ahead, it is Rajiv’s endeavor to assist some high-impact not-for-profit initiatives employing, at least, a material part of his professional time. He is especially keen to support entrepreneurial efforts of younger generation that aim high and seek to change the world!
Rajiv holds an MBA from Babson College, MA - Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business - the No. 1 “Entrepreneurship” Business School in US. He also holds two accounting credentials – Certified Public Accountant (awarded by the Delaware Board, USA) and Chartered Accountant (awarded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India).
Matthew J. Howard is Founder and CEO of Howard-Martin Capital Group LLC, an investment management and financial planning firm that provides customized financial planning and portfolio management solutions to individuals, families, and organizations at affordable rates. Matt's work primarily centers on placing students, young professionals, and middle/lower-income families in positions to overcome key gaps in service and attention common within the financial services world, giving them the necessary financial tools and support to achieve their financial goals. Matt has spearheaded several financial literacy seminars for Princeton University student organizations, including an event co-sponsored by The Graduate School.
A native of the Princeton area, Matt attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a BS in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. He then returned to Princeton to earn his Master's degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. Outside of Howard-Martin Capital Group Matt serves as the Graduate Alumni Committee Co-Chair in the Princeton Area Alumni Association, Princeton University's most local regional alumni association. Matt also performs independent, operations and logistics consulting work for small businesses in the Princeton area.
Dinesh (Dinni) Jain has served as Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner Cable since January 2014. He oversees the company’s three main lines of business: Residential Services, which offers video, high-speed data and voice services to nearly 15 million U.S. customers; Time Warner Cable Business Services, which offers data, video, voice and cloud-enabled hosting services to businesses of all sizes; and Time Warner Cable Media, which offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. Mr. Jain is also responsible for Time Warner Cable’s Technology and Network Operations, product development and content acquisition functions, as well as its news, local sports and regional sports networks. Based in the company's New York City headquarters, Mr. Jain reports to Robert D. Marcus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Jain has more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. and European cable and telecommunications industries. He is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Insight Communications, a cable company serving subscribers in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, which Time Warner Cable acquired in 2012. He joined Insight in 2002 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, before being named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2003. Mr. Jain was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2006, serving in that capacity until the company was sold in 2012.
Mr. Jain is credited with creating a consumer-focused culture at Insight. Under his leadership, Insight’s customer satisfaction scores increased by almost 50 percent between 2003 and 2009. He also re-engineered Insight’s sales, marketing, customer service and product development functions, resulting in video, high-speed data and voice subscriber growth and penetration levels that ranked among the best in the industry.
Prior to joining Insight, Mr. Jain served in a number of roles in sales, marketing, customer service, strategy, corporate development and general management positions at NTL Incorporated, one of Europe’s leading cable and telecommunications companies, from 1994 to 2002. He ultimately served as Deputy Managing Director of NTL’s Consumer Division, overseeing customer and new business growth, as well as the quality of customer satisfaction. Previously, he held positions at Cellular Communications, Inc.; Barclays De Zoete Wedd; and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.
Mr. Jain was awarded the cable industry’s Vanguard Award for Cable Operations Management in 2009. He serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Windham Foundation; The Bunbury Company; The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association; Sustainable Princeton; and The Dadawas Initiative. Mr. Jain attended Princeton University.
Time Warner Cable is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the U.S., connecting 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other.
Martin Johnson is founder, President and CEO of Isles Inc., a self-help, urban green development organization in Trenton, New Jersey. Isles has received national and international recognition for its sustainable development work, including planning and development, wealth creation, environmental health, education and training. Mr. Johnson is a founding director of other development organizations and projects, including: Building One New Jersey, New Jersey Community Loan Fund (now New Jersey Community Capital), Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, and the Success Measures Project, a national effort to develop impact measures for community-building work.
He is a graduate, former trustee and Executive Committee member of Princeton University, where he also taught at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a trustee of the Capital Health System and National Housing Institute. A football recruit from Akron, Ohio, Marty moved to Trenton in 1981, where he and his wife Liz have raised three sons.
Mark Jung has spent the last 20 years as a successful internet CEO and entrepreneur. He currently serves as a part-time operating partner of Khosla Ventures, where he provides strategic, operational, and leadership advice to portfolio companies in the internet and mobile sectors. Mark also serves as Executive Chairman of Playhaven, and is a member of the Board of Directors of DataXu, InMar, SeatMe, Songbird and WGT Media. Mark is a member of the Leadership Council of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and is a Director of Right To Play and the San Francisco Symphony.
Most recently, Mark was the CEO at Vudu, a leading provider of digital home entertainment and interactive television services that was acquired by Walmart in 2010. Prior to Vudu, Mark was the Chief Operating Officer of Fox Interactive Media (FIM) where he was responsible for all of its internet properties including MySpace, IGN Entertainment, FoxSports.com, and AmericanIdol.com. Mark led FIM’s overall product planning, engineering, content, business development, sales/monetization, and merger integration efforts, overseeing more than 1000 employees. Prior to Fox Interactive Media, Mark was the co-founder and CEO of IGN Entertainment, a leading Internet media and services company for videogaming and other forms of digital entertainment that he took public in 2000 and then private in 2003. Mark led IGN’s sale to NewsCorp, the parent company of Fox Interactive Media in 2005.
Mark holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.
Dr. Sarah Kapnick ’04 is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Princeton Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Her academic research focuses on hydroclimate variability, with a focus on western United States snowpack.
Sarah is also a co-founder of Vertum Partners, LP, a start-up company started in 2009 and based in Los Angeles that creates software platforms to explore expected wind power production and uncertainties. In this role, she draws upon her scientific expertise of integrating large data sets and risk management background gained as an investment banking analyst for Financial Institutions at Goldman Sachs.
Sarah received an AB in Mathematics with a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University and PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from UCLA.
Ethan B. Kapstein was Visiting Professor of Strategy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, as well as a Departmental Guest at Princeton’s Keller Center for academic year 2012-2013, on leave from his position as Dennis O’Connor Regent’s Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also an Associate Partner with the consulting firm of Steward Redqueen in the Netherlands, where he conducts economic studies for multinational firms and international organizations with a special focus on Africa and other emerging markets; his clients include Coca-Cola, the International Finance Corporation, and Standard Chartered Bank.
Kapstein has served as Executive Director of the Economics and National Security Program at Harvard, as Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations, and as Principal Administrator at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
A former naval officer and international banker, he is the author of editor of ten books, most recently The Fate of Young Democracies (Cambridge University Press, with Nathan Converse) and Economic Justice in an Unfair World (Princeton University Press) and scores of public and professional articles in the field of international economic relations, as well as “op-eds” in the world’s leading newspapers.
Kapstein has received grants from many organizations for his research including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Economics Association, and is a Research Affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Peter Kellner ’91, who co-founded Endeavor in 1997, is Founder and Managing Partner of Richmond Global, an investment firm specializing in venture capital in technology and communications in the U.S., China and India. Richmond has interests in hedge funds and private equity firms globally, and has provided seed funds to leading investment firms in the US, China, Hungary and India. Mr. Kellner is a board member of Rubicon Global, Inc., and AdChina, Inc., and the non-profit boards of Endeavor and Ashoka Youth Venture. He is a Trustee of the Allen-Stevenson School in New York. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Crown Fellow, The Aspen Institute; Member, Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP); Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); and Member, North America Council of Ashoka. In 2009, he was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and was a Fulbright Scholar to Hungary after college. There, he co-founded Hungary’s Environmental Management & Law Association (EMLA), a leading organization today in Central Europe shaping environmental law & policy. Subsequently, he received a J.D. from Yale Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chris Kuenne, who founded Rosetta in 1998 and recently sold the company for more than $500 million, will take over for Ed Zschau this fall to teach Princeton’s wildly popular High-Tech Entrepreneurship class.
Earlier in his career, Chris spent 10 years in marketing management at Johnson & Johnson leading the Band Aid and Tylenol Brands franchises, in addition to helping pioneer category management. Subsequently, he was a partner at First Manhattan Consulting Group where he led its retail marketing practice.
Throughout Chris’ 25-year marketing career, he has been focused on driving more effective marketing through the discovery and deployment of scalable consumer insights. This obsession motivated him to found Rosetta and pilot its aggressive growth trajectory.
Chris has written numerous articles and given speeches on applying Personality-based sales and marketing to the pharmaceutical, financial services, and consumer packaged goods industries. Chris received his MBA from Harvard University with honors and his BA from Princeton University.
Derek Lidow ’73 was the James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship for academic year 2011-2012. As visiting professor, Derek taught “EGR 495: Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: Principles of Entrepreneurial Leadership”. The class explores the leadership qualities that enable the founders of enterprises to successfully grow their ideas into large self-sustaining successful entities. Derek has since joined the Keller Center to continue teaching his class (now assigned a new course number EGR 497) as well as offer a new class in the spring of 2014.
Derek is founder, president and CEO of iSuppli Corporation, which was recently acquired by IHS. Derek founded iSuppli in order to serve the critical need for data and analysis that can improve the performance of the global electronics industry value chain. iSuppli accomplishes this by gathering and disseminating unique value-chain data, and by collaborating with its clients to use this information to make smarter business decisions.
In addition to leading iSuppli as its President and CEO, Derek is also acknowledged to be one of the world’s experts on the global electronics industry. His analysis of the electronics value chain is coveted by top executives and key government officials across the globe. Derek’s comments on the electronics industry have received extensive media coverage and have influenced decisions by key corporations. Prior to founding iSuppli, Derek was CEO of International Rectifier (IR), a leading power semiconductor company.
Derek earned a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University as a Hertz Foundation Fellow. He is a member of Princeton’s Engineering School Leadership Council.
Audrey is the Sr. Director of Business Operations & Integrations at LiveIntent, a New York City-based venture backed start-up that is revolutionizing real-time display advertising in email. There she works on growing LiveIntent’s programmatic business, strategic partnerships & integrations, scaling internal business operations as LiveIntent scales.
Prior to joining LiveIntent, Audrey focused on go-to-market and business strategy at SunGard Financial Services and started off her career working in worked in International Strategy Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Audrey attended Wellesley College where she graduated with a degree in Mathematics & Economics. She is also happily married to a member of the Princeton’s class of 2002 and has enjoyed many trips to Reunions at Princeton.
Lorraine was the Keller Center’s James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship in Fall 2013. Lorraine is the faculty advisor for the eLab program. She is an entrepreneur and business leader in the life sciences and technology industries, where she is recognized for founding and managing companies and commercializing early stage technologies. As principal of BioSpark LLC, she develops and executes commercialization strategies for companies in the US and Europe. She is a Steering Committee member of Mid Atlantic Bio Angels and the University City Sciences Center QED (Proof-of-Concept) Program. Lorraine is Senior Associate Director at Columbia Business School and an instructor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. Previously, Lorraine held executive roles in Management, Operations and Business Development for publicly and privately held companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb and Covance. She holds M.B.A.s from Columbia University and the London Business School; a Master’s from The American University; and a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Maryland. Ms. Marchand has received awards of distinction from Bristol-Myers Squibb and the National Institutes of Health. She resides in Yardley with her husband and their three sons.
Joy Marcus ’83 joined DFJ Gotham Ventures as a Venture Partner in May 2011. Prior to Gotham, Joy was General Manager, US for video website Dailymotion, from its US launch through its acquisition by Orange (France Telecom) in January 2011. Prior to Dailymotion, Joy was SVP Global Marketing at Time Warner where she worked closely with major advertising clients on integrated marketing campaigns. An industry veteran, Joy served as VP Business Development of Barnes&Noble.com, which she helped take public in 1999, and was VP International Business Development at MTV Networks, facilitating the launch of new channels around the world. Joy began her career as an M&A lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton. Joy was named to the Digital Power 50 by the Hollywood Reporter in 2009 and 2010, and is a regularly featured speaker at industry events including OMMA, NATPE and Digital Hollywood. She is a graduate of Princeton University and New York University School of Law.
Alexander S. Meiseles is an associate in the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group.
Alex has experience representing clients in a variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, the formation, organization and funding of start-up businesses, joint venture transactions, venture financing, securities law compliance, corporate governance and general business counseling.
In General. Alex earned his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he served as Submissions Editor for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law and received a Parker School Certificate in Foreign and Comparative Law. He also participated in Columbia’s Spring Break Pro Bono Caravan, where he worked for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Alex was a Summer Associate at Drinker Biddle and Reath in 2011. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in Economics and Government & Politics from the University of Maryland.
Venu Moola is a serial Entrepreneur with over 15+ years of experience working in technology with leading brands and interactive advertising agencies. He is the founder of Fleet Studio that manages global projects for some of the world’s leading brands. He developed a first of its kind co-creation platform for one of the leading apparel brands in the world that leverages consumer insights for product development on a real time basis, which is a paradigm shift in the consumer engagement model. Also, Venu is the founder of Princeton Tech Meetup, one of the fastest growing tech meetups with more than 2000 members and the second largest tech meetups in NJ and ranked #60 in the global tech meetups rankings. Previously, Venu co-founded Atlantis Lab in 2001 and helped them establish their presence in the US. Venu has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from India. Venu’s passion extends far beyond technology, enjoying photography and spending lots of time with family traveling the world. Venu lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife and 2 kids who keep him busy at home.
Celina Morgan-Standard has worked at Tucker Capital, a boutique Investment Bank focused on providing advisory services to media, publishing, and education companies, for 5 years. Her work there includes M&A advisory and strategic consulting assignments for private companies in Tucker’s sector focus. Within these assignments she has negotiated partnerships and advised on challenging client growth initiatives and built strong relationships with key influencers. Her sector expertise include media and education technology.
Celina Morgan-Standard is the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development focusing on key initiatives including the Global STEM Alliance and Global STEM education programs at the Academy.
Celina joins the New York Academy of Sciences from Tucker Capital where she works advising leading education organizations in publishing and media on strategy, acquisitions and partnerships. She has supported ambitious growth initiatives with clients that have included National Geographic's JASON Project and Battelle Memorial Institute. Celina received her BA from The Franklin College of Switzerland and studied for her MBA at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Schindler School of Business.
Celina received her B.A. from The Franklin College of Switzerland and studied for her MBA at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Schindler School of Business.
Adam Murphy began his trading career in New York in 1996 with JPM Chase’s Interest Rate Swaps group. In 2000, Adam moved over to Lehman where he joined their mortgage department to specialize in Agency ARM trading. Over the years, Adam helped both Deutsche Bank and Wamu Capital build profitable and significant presences in the Agency ARM market.
After the financial meltdown of 2008, Adam decided to blaze his own trail and founded Empirasign Strategies LLC. Empirasign’s primary business is the licensing of market data and trading models. Empirasign’s data capture and publishing methods are entirely Internet-based. Its ABS/MBS Trade Database is the market leader in trade data for the US Structured Product Market. Empirasign is based in the physical world in midtown Manhattan and on the Internet at www.empirasign.com. Adam Murphy is a member of Princeton’s great class of 1995. He has a BSE in Engineering Management Systems.
Amanda Nicol’s business career spans the luxury retail and fine art markets. She is an entrepreneur with experience in both the fine art and jewelry markets and has procured accounts with some of the nation’s foremost companies in several industries.
She played a crucial role in the opening of the Robert Klein Gallery in Miami, has worked with prolific artists at Pace Gallery in NY, launched Digital Vision’s NY office (now a Getty Image Company) and has consulted for several online art and photography companies.
In 2001 she opened her jewelry company, building brand awareness and procuring strategic partnerships: editorial coverage in The New York Times, Harper’s Bazar and Women’s Wear Daily, designing pieces for Nicole Miller, hosting fashion shows with Ginny Hilfiger, throwing private events with Vogue, she achieved secure footing in the jewelry market. Her diverse collection of women’s and men’s jewelry has been placed in trend-dictating boutiques and catalogs, MoMA Soho, Sundance Catalog, Kirna Zabette and Odin New York. Clients include Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Kelley Clarkson and Linda Evangelista.
She holds a BA from Tufts University and is a GIA/Diamond Graduate. In addition to being an avid lover and collector of art, she practices yoga, runs, is coach for Girls on the Run, and is a “Circle of Friends” member of the Arts Council of Princeton.
Kathleen Nolan is a program associate and lecturer in the Teacher Certification Program. She serves as the coordinator of TESOL (Teaching English as a second language) and urban teacher preparation and supervises student teachers working mainly in urban settings. Along with her responsibilities in Teacher Prep, Kathleen is a lecturer in the Freshman Seminar Program where she offers seminars in urban education policy. She also conducts research related to urban education.
Dr. Nolan began her career in education as a high school ESL teacher and curriculum developer in the Bronx, NY. She also has 10 years experience working in teacher preparation programs where she has mentored novice teachers and taught courses in cultural perspectives, ESL methods, bilingual education history and policy, second language acquisition theory, social foundations of urban schooling, and qualitative research methods.
Dr. Nolan holds a MS.Ed. in TESOL and a Ph.D. in Urban Education. Her research interests include the social context of urban schools, policy, inequality in education, school discipline and classroom management, culturally responsive pedagogy, and ethnographic methods. She is the author of several journal articles and book chapters on using critical social theory in educational research, school discipline, and power relations and language use in the classroom. She is the author of the book, Police in the Hallways: Discipline in an Urban High School (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).
Greg Olsen was the third private citizen to orbit the earth on the International Space Station (ISS). After training for five months (900 hours) at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Moscow, he launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket TMA-7 on October 1, 2005 with Cosmonaut Valeri Tokarev and Astronaut Bill McArthur (Expedition 12). He then docked to the ISS on October 3, and returned to earth on Soyuz TMA-6 on October 11 with Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev and Astronaut John Phillips (Expedition 11). He performed more than 150 orbits of the earth and logged almost 4 million miles of weightless travel during his 10 days in space.
After an illustrious career as a research scientist and entrepreneur, Greg is now president of GHO Ventures in Princeton, NJ where he manages his “angel” investments, South African winery, Montana ranch, and performs numerous speaking engagements to encourage children – especially minorities and females- to consider careers in science and engineering. He is active in the New Jersey Technology Counsel (NJTC), NJTC Venture Fund, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the NJ Commission on Science and Technology.
Greg received a BS Physics (1966), a BSEE and MS Physics (1968) from Fairleigh Dickinson University, then was awarded a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Virginia (1971). He performed post-doctoral studies at the University of Port Elizabeth (South Africa), taught elementary physics classes, and then worked as a research scientist at RCA Labs (Sarnoff Center) from 1972 to 1983. He developed vapor phase epitaxial crystal growth of optoelectronic devices, including laser diodes and photodetectors for fiber optic applications based on the material indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs). He was awarded 12 patents, wrote more than 100 technical papers, co-authored several book chapters and has given numerous invited lectures to both technical and trade journal audiences. Greg is an IEEE LEOS Fellow and the first recipient of the prestigious IEEE Aron Kressel Award.
Katherine O’Neill is the Executive Director of JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network. She is also President of O’Neill Associates, a consulting firm providing financial and management services to technology and growth companies that has been providing services for over 10 years in the Mid-Atlantic states. Katherine acts as Chief Financial Officer and provides sophisticated financial management to growing companies. She is a seasoned financial executive and investor in early stage enterprises with extensive experience in start up and entrepreneurial operations as well as operational experiences in a diverse range of businesses. She has particular expertise developing technology-based business as well as strategic business plans, budgets, cash and tax planning and financials. Katherine has extensive multinational experience and financial operation management and knowledge of healthcare pharmaceuticals, information systems, e-commerce and medical instruments and devices. Besides her entrepreneurial activities, she was a senior manager in corporate finance in pharmaceutical operations of the now GlaxoSmithKline as well as in industrial, agricultural chemicals and fiber operations at FMC Corporation. Katherine is the current Chair of the Board of Trustees of Merion Mercy Academy, an independent school for young women in Merion PA. She is active in organizations that support women in businesses. Current memberships include the New Jersey Technology Council and its Chief Financial Officer Advisory Board, Forum of Executive Women and Women in Investment. In 2002, Katherine received a Chief Financial Officer of the Year Award from the NJ Technology Council. Other boards and committees she has served or chaired have included the Business Advisory Council of the Ben Franklin Technology Council of SE Pa, Board of Directors of the Forum of Executive women, Greater Philadelphia Girl Scout Council, Delaware Raritan Girl Scout Council, Steering Committee for the Strategic Plan of the City of Philadelphia, Hyde School (Maine) Advisory Board. Katherine earned a BS in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vivek Pai is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. He has worked in numerous areas of server design and performance, including operating systems, applications, and distributed systems.
Vivek co-founded iMimic Networking, where he helped architect and develop the fastest Web proxy server in the world. iMimic was acquired by IronPort Systems, which was then acquired by Cisco. He also co-founded CoBlitz LLC, focused on commercializing his group’s research on content delivery networks. CoBlitz was one of the winners of 2009′s Innovation Forum, and focuses on improving the home video experience while managing the cost of the necessary infrastructure. CoBlitz was acquired by Verivue in Fall 2010.
Sabrina has served as CEO of Palo Alto Software since 2007. She and her husband, Noah, founded a UK software distribution company in 2001 that later was purchased by and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Palo Alto Software. Sabrina is a successful Internet expert, having served as Director of Online Marketing at Commtouch, Senior Producer at Epinions.com, and founder of her own Web consulting company, Lighting Out. She is a graduate of Princeton University.
Sabrina masquerades as MommyCEO (www.mommyceo.org), where she writes a blog about running a business and balancing that with life with her husband and three young sons. When Sabrina is not at work she can be found chasing her kids all over Oregon: biking, hiking, swimming, skiing, and anything outdoors that uses up a lot of little boys’ energy.
Libby is a Market Development Specialist at Wiss & Company where she specializes in aligning the firm with current market needs within the tech and life science industries, specifically with entrepreneurial and emerging businesses. She is active in the regional entrepreneurial community and has partnered Wiss with several local groups in order to be a resource and liaison for their growing populations. Her specialized skills include market development, entrepreneurship, start-ups, networking, leadership, innovation and small business. Prior to her current role at Wiss, Libby was Assistant Project Coordinator, where she assisted with marketing initiatives for the Technology and Life Science Practice Group and developed the firm’s network within the startup and entrepreneurial communities of the Greater New York City Area.
Drew Peloso is an Internet advertising and social media pioneer and serial entrepreneur. Drew’s career began during the earliest days of the commercial Internet, launching some of the first social campaigns for major brands and partnering with many of the web’s most influential companies. He has launched or joined teams at the bleeding edge of blogging, podcasting, and online video. In 2006 Drew launched ShyCast to help advertisers engage their most influential customers through voter-driven online video promotions. First in this space, ShyCast was co-founded with four Princeton University engineers, and partnered with Weber Shandwick, Warner Music, IKEA, and Unilever to launch v1.0 less than six months after conception. ShyCast has gone on to work with major brands and leading agencies to innovate in the online promotions space, racking up over 2.25 years of branded video content produced and 500,000 qualified leads for its clients. In 2010 ShyCast received a Borrell Associates Award for Achievement in Digital Advertising. In 1999 Drew co-founded Onclave, one of the very first scalable blog platforms. Onclave’s enterprise edition was adopted by a number of leading public relations firms and became a driving force behind the early propagation of blogging as a tool in corporate communications. With the Council of PR Firms, Drew and Onclave co-produced one of the first and longest-running “C-level” industry blogs at www.prfirms.org. Drew began his Internet career as a member of the founding team of NBC Interactive. He worked on the design of the first NBC web properties, and helped manage NBC’s nascent relationship with Microsoft and MSN. He was also Vice President of MarketSource Corporation’s MSI division, a Top-50 web agency that was among the first to create social campaigns for many Fortune 500 brands. Previously Drew was a film producer in Hollywood, CA. He has an MBA from Cornell University and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He lives in Princeton, N.J., with his wife and three children.
Adriana Popescu has held various positions in library and information science both in Canada and United States. Adriana worked for a few years as a civil engineer, but then she discovered that libraries are fascinating, complex and evolving systems which transcend their physical space and decided to explore and pursue a new profession as a librarian.
Before joining Princeton University Library as Plasma Physics Librarian in 2001, she was the Head of the Research & Information Center at the Institute for Marine Dynamics and Ocean Technology in St. John’s, Newfoundland (Canada).
Since 2006 Adriana is the Head of the Engineering Library at Princeton University. In this role, she strives to efficiently connect people with relevant, high quality information, in whatever form or shape the information may be found.
She holds a BS/MS in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Bucharest and a Master in Library Science from Rutgers University.
Nic is a Principal at Bowery Capital based in New York. Prior to forming Bowery Capital, Nic was an Associate at AOL Ventures where he helped drive investment in and support of over 20 companies, primarily in the enterprise software space. Before AOL Ventures, he served as a Manager at Advertising.com, leading various business development initiatives focused around ad tech and sales. Earlier, Nic worked as a technology investment banking analyst at GCA Savvian Advisors in the firm’s Internet group. While there, he participated in the acquisitions of Broadband Enterprises and Register.com, as well as various early- and mid-stage private financings.
Nic holds an A.B. in History from Princeton University.
Aaron Price is the Entrepreneur At Large at DFJ Gotham Ventures as well as the founder of the makeMania.com and division craferMania.com and the NJ Tech Meetup.
Aaron has demonstrated his entrepreneurial drive in many forms. While pursuing his undergraduate degree from the Honors Program at the University of Maryland, Mr. Price co-founded DeliverU.com, a profitable online food ordering service marketed to college and university students. Contracts secured with national brands such as Domino’s Pizza, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Takeout Taxi helped established DeliverU.com as a dominant player in online order management. In 2002, he accepted a Director of Marketing role for ReturnBuy, Inc (acquired by Jabil Circuit in March 2003, ticker: JBL). As both a client and employee of ReturnBuy, he utilized his online and offline marketing skills to build ReturnBuy’s direct sales channel, while optimizing overall marketing expenditures. Taking lessons from ReturnBuy, Aaron founded effordables and division motoRecycle, as a channel solution for excess and damaged inventory from national brands, such as Harley-Davidson. After a successful private sale of effordables in 2009, Aaron spent a year in Asia with his wife on a relocation assignment.
As president of the premiere New York City graduating class of the Founder Institute, Aaron knows what it takes to build a startup from scratch and the determination required of entrepreneurs. He occasionally posts on NJ.com and American Express’s OpenForum.com, shedding light on lessons learning from both failure and success.
Aaron believes in dedicating every effort he has on projects and companies in which he believes. About which he states, “we spend our days devoting our heart, sweat, and tears trying to make good in something; we must believe in our work or risk our passions extinguished.”
Marion Reinson is President and Founder of To The Point Communications, a boutique marketing agency that crafts and implements marketing strategies for businesses in the manufacturing, technology, and healthcare industries. She’s an accomplished strategist and entrepreneur with 20+ years of marketing communications experience. Marion excels at making complex technical information interesting, accessible, and actionable. Her expertise in developing precisely targeted marketing messages and choosing high-impact communications consistently results in demonstrable success for clients, especially in the domain of new business development.
Before launching To The Point, Marion was a partner at The Argyle Studio, a graphic design agency where she learned to appreciate how every organization has a unique set of marketing and business needs. A two year stint at Johnson & Johnson corporate provided the framework for advocating quality processes that make it possible to achieve goals efficiently and effectively.
A graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, Marion is an active member of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce serving as Chairperson of both the Marketing & Communications and Einstein Memorial Lecture Committees. She’s also one of the collaborative leaders of the Einstein Alley Entrepreneurs Collaborative group and actively participates in community activities.
Bill Reynolds is an experienced software entrepreneur focused on applying object oriented technologies to solutions for national security groups, the Fortune 500, and others worldwide. He is the founder and CTO of Promia, Inc.. For over 15 years he has led the development of 5 US Department of Defense network security projects. These systems have provided broad cyberspace engagement, testing and defensive capabilities with several innovative collaboration and integration technologies.
Prior to Promia he founded Synergistic Software, Inc., a pioneer in applying object oriented technologies for enterprises including many of the Fortune 500. There he led the development of 6 software products including the first object oriented libraries for distributed Smalltalk and the first portable SQL database libraries. He subsequently wrote the first object oriented report writer for enterprises which was re-licensed by 2 leading software vendors including ParcPlace Systems, the XEROX PARC spinoff chartered to commercialize object technologies.
Bill also previously worked for the advanced technology group within Accenture and at IBM. He is a patent holder and earned a BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University.
Rob is the founder and President of Fintelligent, a company’s on-demand financial department. He has over 25 years operating and financial experience serving emerging companies as a C-level executive as well as stints at Fortune 500 companies.
For 14 years Rob has been a CFO to entrepreneurial companies in the IT, defense and healthcare fields. In that role he raised over $17M of venture financing, helped negotiate over $10M in new government contract business and negotiated exits at up to 4X ROI.
Rob has served in financial and brand management positions at Colgate-Palmolive, Arthur Andersen and Lehman Brothers. During this time he was responsible for developing improved corporate performance management systems and had P&L responsibility for consumer product brands and a consulting practice area.
Rob has a BS from Lehigh University and an MBA from Emory University.
Raju Rishi is a venture partner at Sigma Prime Ventures, and serves as a board member/strategic advisor to numerous early stage companies. He invests across many domains, but has a modest bias toward mobile, SaaS, B2B, & retail companies. He has more than 20-years of experience as a technology entrepreneur and executive. Over the course of his career, Raju has founded two companies, and held executive leadership positions at both early stage and Fortune 50 companies. Raju has held senior positions with Rave Mobile Safety, SwiftReach Networks, and Vettro. He has also held numerous executive roles at AT&T & Lucent.
Raju holds two engineering degrees from MIT, and is passionate about technology & helping entrepreneurs to create great businesses.
Jeff Rosedale ’86 is an intellectual property (IP) attorney and partner with BakerHostetler, LLP, a national “go-to” law firm for technology companies. Jeff is a registered patent lawyer and works extensively with highly innovative companies, venture capital and private equity groups, academia, federal laboratories, and private research organizations. Formerly a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and research scientist at Rohm and Haas Company (now Dow Chemical), he has an extensive technical background and works with clients who seek his creativity in starting technology companies. With a practitioner’s understanding of his clients’ products, processes, technologies, and business goals, Jeff works closely with clients to plan and develop comprehensive IP strategies, create patent portfolios, and develop IP monetization strategies.
In 2003 Jeff served as the “founding IP attorney” for BioNano Genomics, Inc., a successful spin out from Princeton University which is commercializing the Irys® genome mapping system that allows one to conduct unique studies, including structural variation detection, at the single molecule level of genomic DNA.
Jeff recently developed and managed the IP for a biotechnology start-up in the area of orphan drug biologics. In addition to managing the company’s overall IP strategy, patent portfolio, and IP-related agreements, Jeff represented the company during multiple licensing and acquisition opportunities, which culminated in the sale of the company in excess of $100 million.
Jeff currently serves as IP counsel and strategist for a number of emerging cleantechnology companies that are developing a variety of electronic components and control systems for generating, monitoring, managing and controlling renewable electric power in wind, solar, fuel cell, battery storage, and electric vehicle applications. He was recently hired by a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm to handle IP development and patenting strategies for an early-stage advanced materials company.
Jeff has a B.S.E. degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, an M.E in chemical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, a Certificate in Business Management from the Wharton Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. in law from Temple University.
Benjamin Rudolph is the President & CEO of Relevance Advisors, an interactive advertising agency based in Atlanta which specializes in search engine marketing. Benjamin spent four years at Comcast, where he managed the search partnership with Google for Comcast Interactive Media. Benjamin is a Google AdWords Certified Professional and a Microsoft Advertising Accredited Professional. He taught a senior seminar called The Search Marketing Revolution to the undergraduate business students at Emory University and is the Chairman of the Marketing Committee for the Emory Alumni Board.
Benjamin is Past President and Co-Founder of the SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization) Atlanta Working Group.
He is a Cum Laude graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and he received his MBA in Marketing from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Founder and CEO of nTeligence Corp. (www.nteligence.com ), an early stage start-up located in the Princeton, NJ area. Marc is the chief architect behind Einstein, a platform upon which to build “smart machines”. The technology can be used to create intelligent assistants and electronic advisors that serve to multiply the capabilities of any workforce. In a recently released research report Gartner stated that “the smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT”. Prior to founding nTeligence, he was an independent consultant, providing advisory services to Fortune 500 firms in areas relating to enterprise software architecture and engineering.
Early in his career he performed pure and applied research in the field of artificial intelligence, as well as worked as a member of the development team for the IBM OS/2 product, the precursor to today’s Windows operating system. During the internet revolution he provided the technical expertise necessary to build many B2B, and B2C, e-commerce sites for leading American companies. Today these applications gross in the tens of billions of dollars in revenue for their respective owners. Over the past ten years he has designed and built core components for decision making systems, and recommendation engines, which have been fielded across multiple industries within the United States.
Most recently, he has advised firms in the NYC metro area on matters relating to “big data” architectures and data analytics. Marc is also the inventor of “automatic thread migration”, a patented process to relocate a running Java program, completely intact, across a heterogeneous computer network based upon changing environmental conditions.
Steven Schultz has a track record in leading strategic new business innovation and partnerships within the CPG, Technology, and Healthcare industries. He has 20 years of consumer products experience including marketing management at Colgate Palmolive, innovation consulting to Fortune 100 companies, and strategy development for consumer facing new ventures. Steven co-founded Naturally Nora, Inc., a natural food company achieving category prominence through national grocery retailers. Prior to Naturally Nora, Steven led innovation in the wellness space resulting in a global wellness services platform. Steven also founded a marketing services company in partnership with Eastman Kodak and developed new business ventures for Intel. Steven serves on the Screening Committee of Nutrition Capital Network. He is a published speaker of retail strategy and is a retail system patent holder. Steven earned a BA from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Boston College.
Ryan Silva is a Manager at Wiss & Company, LLP and works in the firms Healthcare and New Technology Group. His focus is in helping clients manage their accounting, tax, financial and operational challenges.
Ryan is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New Jersey and New York, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Certified Valuation Analyst.
Atul Sood is the founder and CEO of Only Insight, a sales intelligence and acceleration company based in Princeton, NJ. Launched in early 2011, the company currently has 18 employees, office locations in Princeton, Austin, TX, and Atlanta, GA.
Prior to founding Only Insight, Atul had a varied career spanning Wall Street, software technology, and services. Most recently, he ran the successful turnaround of Karvy Global Services, a provider of research and analytics to Wall Street banks. Prior, he created and ran the Solutions Business Unit for MphasiS, a 20,000 person strong IT Services Company that was acquired by EDS in 2006.
Atul also spent 5 years at Trilogy, an enterprise software company based in Austin, TX and started his career as a Investment Banking financial analyst at Oppenheimer & Company. Atul graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He is an active advisor and mentor to numerous start-ups and has a hobby business called Storyville (www.storyvilleapp.com)
David is Senior Vice President of Business Development at BlackArrow, Inc., an advertising technology company now widely deployed across North America. A serial entrepreneur, he started in his career in software, and has served as CEO, CTO, and led product, technology, and business development organizations. He also spent several years as a Managing Director and CTO of an accelerator, helping companies grow, obtain funding, and exit. His primary focus has been building solutions for ad technology, media, financial services, and telecommunications and integrating them into the commercial operations of very large organizations. David is a chess master, certified barbecue judge, and coffee enthusiast. He lives in downtown Princeton with his wife, Karin, and their two children.
Dev Tandon founded Kini Consulting in 2002 as a firm that focuses on marketing strategy and execution. During his tenure, he has successfully overseen close to 75 marketing efforts for companies of all sizes, on topics ranging from pricing to go-to-market strategy. Dev is a former pricing expert from McKinsey & Company, where he served clients in industries ranging from industrial manufacturing to consumer goods and hi-tech. While at McKinsey, he developed expertise in business-to-business pricing and helped transform the firm’s philosophy on pricing in distribution environments.
As the founding principal of Kini Consulting, Dev has led the firm’s development of KiniMetrix – the patent-pending approach around variance analysis of pricing and unit volumes, a task that virtually every business struggles to perform with accuracy. Under his leadership, Kini Consulting took its KiniMetrix price and volume measurement methodology, the product of close to 8 years of research and development, to market in 2007. Prior to founding Kini Consulting and working with McKinsey & Company, Dev held positions at Microsoft Corporation, Trilogy Software, and General Electric Aircraft Engines in a variety of capacities. He is a sought after speaker and thought leader in several functions of marketing, particularly pricing.
Dev holds a degree in Computer Science from Princeton University.
Mark Tanner is the Co-founder and CEO of the consumer technology start-up, Movo. Mark received his B.A. from Princeton University where he majored in English. At Princeton, Mark wrote his thesis on Social Media and Authorship in the Modern World. Before founding Movo, Mark spent a year at Google where he coordinated major sports partnerships for Google+ and YouTube.
Daria has had an entrepreneurial business career is the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe. She worked in investment banking and venture capital in media, telecom and ICT sectors. She was a founder and a managing partner of EMF Enterprise Management and Finance, a consulting practice.
In 2006, her activity as a social entrepreneur supporting women leaders was recognized by the US Department of State and Fortune Magazine. In 2008 Dr. Golebiowska-Tataj was appointed as a Governing Board member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a daring policy experiment of the European Union.
Currently, Daria is pursuing her academic interests as a professor and researcher at Warsaw University of Technology Business School. Her research overs creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship and their impact on the economic and social development.
Trip is the cofounder and COO of Alumnifire, the first alumni networking platform powered by alumni. Alumnifire engages members of alumni networks to open doors and create opportunities for one another in the real world and on their own terms. Prior to starting Alumnifire, Trip led the mobile product team at Topps (which you probably know as “the baseball card company”), and before that led the operations and scaling of Patch’s small business products. Trip’s a proud ORFE major from the class of 2007.
Christian Theriault is Co-Founder and CEO of TAG Optics, a specialty lens manufacturing company which develops and produces custom built tunable acoustic gradient index lenses. Christian and mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Craig Arnold won 1st prize for their TAG lens in the Keller Center’s 2011 Innovation Forum.
Prior to starting TAG Optics, Christian held business and corporate development roles at a health care start-up. His first start-up experience was during his master’s when he founded a medical device company to commercialize aspects of his academic research.
Christian has been involved with the Princeton entrepreneurship scene since 2006. He completed both an A.B. in Molecular Biology and a Master of Science in Engineering with concentrations in Materials Science and Engineering Management at Princeton University.
Brian Trelstad is a Partner at Bridges Ventures, a specialist impact investment fund with $750M under management that is raising an SBIC to invest in businesses that operate in or serve underserved communities in the United States. Previously, Brian was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, a social investment fund investing in innovative social enterprises in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Acumen, Brian was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, worked at the Corporation for National Service and was the co-founder of several early stage companies and social enterprises. He went to college at Harvard, and graduate school at Stanford and UC-Berkeley. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a Kauffman Fellow. Since 2012, Brian has taught a course on social entrepreneurship to graduate students at the Woodrow Wilson School.
Steve Vandris is the director of strategic planning for networking semiconductors at LSI Corporation where he is responsible for roadmap planning and marketing for Cloud Infrastructure, Mobility and Big Data Analytics markets.
Prior to his current position, he was director of marketing for media processors and communications processors at LSI and director of marketing for Asia Pacific at Agere Systems in Shanghai, China.
Prior to joining Agere Systems, he was director of the Internet Infrastructure business unit at Texas Instruments, and was marketing director and VP of Marketing for Multilink Technology. He has also held technical and management positions with AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ.
He holds an Executive MBA degree from Rutgers University, a Doctorate and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in the U.S., and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Sussex in the UK.
John Weaver is the founder and CEO of Varsity Software, Inc., a technology company that develops interactive software solutions. Over the past two decades, John has held multiple leadership roles in business and technology. Most recently, he co-founded Reunion Technologies, a technology company that developed affinity and fund-raising software. His former positions include serving as a consultant at the Citibank Private Bank in the Global Wealth management division, Vice President of Information Technology at Time Warner’s Elektra Records and Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
John serves his community in a number of capacities. He is the co-founder of the Princeton Chapter of the Princeton Entrepreneurs Network (PEN), the Vice Chairman of the Shiloh Community Development Corporation (SCDC) and the President of the Zeta Iota Lambda (Trenton) chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. John received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Princeton University.
John is married to Dr. Karen Jackson Weaver, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Diversity at thePrinceton University Graduate School. John, Karen and their two children reside in Lawrenceville, NJ.
John S. Weeren is founding director of Princeton Writes, a program designed to enhance the practical communication skills of University employees and students. Through workshops, tutorials, self-improvement groups, and other forms of in-person and on-line support, Princeton Writes fosters a culture that values the written and spoken word and uses it to maximum effect, advancing individual goals and the mission of Princeton as a whole. Prior to launching this program in 2013, John served as assistant to and speechwriter for now President Emerita Shirley M. Tilghman, drafting and editing thousands of documents in the course of his nine-year tenure. He began his career as an archivist, first in Canada and then in the United States, including a stint with Canada’s former Secretary of State for External Affairs Barbara J. McDougall. His association with Princeton began in 1994, when he joined the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library as a project archivist. In 1998 he was named head of public services, a position he held until 2001, when he moved to the Lehigh Valley. There he served as Moravian College’s first professional archivist. He holds a bachelor’s degree with first class honors in history and Spanish from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University and a master’s degree in history from the University of British Columbia.
Paul Yancich is a Principal of AVP and is responsible for sourcing, leading, and supporting investments as well as assisting portfolio companies. He focuses on Commerce/Logistics, Enterprise, and Healthcare IT. Paul began his career at Citigroup in Manhattan on the Fixed-Income Energy research team. At Citigroup, Paul generated trade ideas for a $500MM book of capital, had sole coverage of over 40 Investment Grade companies, and helped bring to market over $10B of debt. After Citigroup, Paul worked for Darden Inc., where he focused on investment and strategy in supply chain. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Paul graduated from Princeton University.
Ed Zschau '61 P86 H11
Ed Zschau (pronounced like the first syllable of “shower”) is a Visiting Lecturer with rank of Professor at Princeton University in Electrical Engineering and in the Keller Center. From 1997-2000, he was Professor of Management at the Harvard Business School and a Visiting Professor at Princeton. He was founder and CEO of System Industries, a computer products company, from 1968 through 1981. In 1982, Ed was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and represented the Silicon Valley area in Congress for two terms ending in 1986 when, as the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from California, he was defeated by the three term incumbent senator, Alan Cranston. In 1987, Ed became a General Partner of Brentwood Associates, a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, and in 1988 was elected Chairman and CEO of Censtor Corp., a company which had been founded by Brentwood to develop advanced magnetic recording components for disk drives. He left Censtor in April 1993 to serve as General Manager of the IBM Storage Systems Division until July 1995. During the 1960′s Ed was for five years an Assistant Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching courses in computer systems, management science, and business policy. In 1967-68 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School where he taught the required first year MBA course in managerial economics. Currently, Ed is the Founding Chairman, Emeritus, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Tech Museum in San Jose, California, is on the Board of Scholars of the ACCF Center for Policy Research in Washington, DC, and is a Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Princeton Power Systems, NanoNuvo Corporation, Polyera Corporation, and StarTek, Inc. (NYSE), as a director of Chisholm, Inc., and as an investor/advisor for Nimbus Data Systems. Ed and his wife, Jo, currently reside in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Los Altos, California. They have one son, Ed Zschau, Jr. ’86, two daughters, Liz Maples and Cameron Hamblin, and eight grandchildren: Sydney, Sloane, and Spencer Maples, Alison, Victoria and Elizabeth Hamblin, and Isabelle and Grant Zschau. Ed has an A.B. degree (cum laude) in philosophy from Princeton University and M.B.A., M.S. (statistics), and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.