Mentors 2016

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    Brigitte Anderson '02

    Brigitte Anderson is a market expansion strategist with Rally Health, a growth stage digital health company focused on employee wellness. Brigitte began her career in the financial services industry and spent nearly a decade with JP Morgan, Bank of America and Barclays in a variety of strategic and operational roles in Chicago, New York, London, Johannesburg and Nairobi.  She holds an AB in Anthropology from Princeton University and an MBA from Chicago Booth with a concentration in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. She recently completed the Technical Marketing track at Startup Institute, a professional development career bootcamp housed in 1871, a premier business incubator in Chicago. She currently holds mentor office hours at the Polsky Exchange, an incubator affiliated with the University of Chicago.  In June 2016, she was a participant in the Aspen Institute's Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values and the Good Society.  Brigitte can work with you to find solutions on issues related to strategy, market sizing, consumer behavior, and growth planning.  She loves helping people put their ideas into action and has the ability to mix “bootcamp tactics” with traditional business insights. 

    As a mentor, Brigitte can help you with figuring out an approach for these types of questions:

    • How big is my market? What is a reasonable growth plan?
    • Who is likely to be my 1st customer? How do I find them? How do I engage with them?
    • How should I track momentum for my business?

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    Luke Armour '13

    Luke founded Chaac Ventures in March of 2015. Prior to founding Chaac, Luke was an associate and founding team member at Arrowroot Capital, a SaaS-focused growth equity firm based in Santa Monica, CA.  Prior to Arrowroot, Luke was an associate at K1 Capital, a SaaS-focused growth equity fund based in Manhattan Beach, CA. Luke has held positions at BOLDstart Ventures, a tech venture capital firm in NYC, and Brown Advisory (BIA), a global asset management firm based in Baltimore, MD. At Princeton, Luke played on the men’s lacrosse team, where he was awarded the John T. Schroeder Class of 1992 Award during his senior year, which recognizes the one member of the team whose embodiment of character and selfless devotion has the greatest impact on the success of Princeton lacrosse.

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    Jon Beyer '05

    Jon is the founder of White Goose Technology, a full-stack software development firm specializing in custom software for small to mid-sized businesses.  The developers at White Goose have worked with a diverse set of companies, from defense contractors to local print shops, and they pride themselves on developing a deep understanding of their clients’ unique needs and business models. Previously, Jon was co-founder of TerraCycle, an award-winning company focused on eliminating the idea of waste by recycling the "non-recyclable".  Jon was also co-founder and CIO of Princeton Asset Management Group, a statistical arbitrage hedge fund.

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    Mark Censits

    Mark R Censits, a 20 year resident of Princeton, is the founder and CEO of several businesses, including CoolVines Wine & Spirits, an award-winning innovative 3-store and eCommerce retail purveyor of craft made, authentically styled wines, beers and spirits. Mark is also in the process of launching Wine Sherpa, a web application that provides ongoing wine buying support to wine enthusiasts nationwide, selecting and delivering wines that appeal to each drinker’s individual tastes. Mark is on the founding team of a local crowdfunding portal called Community Investment Exchange, focusing on matching local investors with local capital seekers in the emerging crowdfunding environment. Prior to his entrepreneur years, Mark was a partner in a corporate turnaround and restructuring group, working with underperforming privately held companies. Though both advisory roles and interim C-level positions within the companies, Mark worked to restructure the operations and balance sheets / capital structures of these organizations. He is experienced in capital fundraising from individual and institutional sources. Mark served as President and Director of the Princeton Merchants Association for 5 years and is a Board Member of RSF Social Finance, a $200MM nonprofit providing loans and grants to socially responsible and innovative organizations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit realms. He has an engineering degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton Business School.

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    Karla Cook

    Karla Cook is Project Manager for Princeton Studies Food, a program with a mission to excite Princeton students, faculty and alumni to create a vibrant environment for research and education in food systems studies that capitalizes on Princeton’s unique capabilities. Karla is a longtime food journalist, former restaurant critic for The New York Times and a founder of the Princeton School Gardens Cooperative, a food literacy nonprofit that focuses its efforts on grades K-12 in the public schools.

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    Lou Cooperhouse

    Lou is Director and a founder of the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center, a world-class business incubation and economic development accelerator program, which provides expertise to the food industry of New Jersey, the surrounding region, and to domestic and international food companies. Lou has considerable entrepreneurial and innovative experiences in the specialty and perishable prepared foods industry, and in nutritional and functional foods.  Previously, Lou served as President & COO of F&S Produce, a leading regional supplier of fresh-cut produce and value-added refrigerated foods, providing leadership to over 500 employees, located at two facilities with over 125,000 sf operations.  Prior to this, he served as Co-Founder, President and CEO of MenuDirect Corporation, a unique health, wellness, and medical nutrition company, which raised four rounds of venture funding.  Earlier in his career, Lou held positions of increasing responsibility at Campbell’s Soup, ConAgra, Nestlé-funded Culinary Brands, Idle Wild Farms, and Grand Union Supermarkets in areas of business development, product development, quality assurance, and operations. As CEO of Food Spectrum, LLC he has also provided a broad array of strategic consulting and business management expertise to the food industry, and best practices in public and private sector strategies in food innovation, incubation, acceleration, and industry clustering. Lou also currently serves as President of the New Jersey Business Innovation Network (NJBIN), and oversees the statewide network of business incubators, accelerators, entrepreneurship development programs, and co-working spaces that exist throughout New Jersey. In addition, Lou is on the Board of Directors of the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship to early-stage companies, serving over 2,000 members in over 60 nations.  Lou also currently serves on the Board of Directors and is Past-President of the New Jersey Food Processors Association, which promotes best practices to the food industry of New Jersey and the surrounding region.  Lou received a MS in Food Science and BS in Microbiology, both from Rutgers University, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers Business School.

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    Kwame Dougan

    Kwame L. Dougan is a co-founder and Principal of iYa Ventures (“iYa”), an investment company dedicated to supporting formidable African startups.  A native of Ghana, Kwame focuses on identifying ventures that meet iYa’ s investment profile and on building constructive relationships with partners in private enterprise, government and academia.  He is a trusted advisor to venture capitalists, angel investors and emerging companies in the United States, and has consulted for a ventures operating in Canada, China, Ghana, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. 

    Kwame is a practicing attorney with Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York office. He received his BA in political science from York University in Canada, magna cum laude, his J.D. from Columbia University, graduating as a Parker Fellow, an L.L.M from Amsterdam University, and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.  Kwame is also proficient in spoken Mandarin, obtaining a certificate of advanced standing from Tsinghua University, China.  Canada’s largest publication recently wrote an article about Kwame's life journey and current mission to channel North American venture capital to promising small businesses in Africa.

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    Natasha Gajewski

    Natasha Gajewski is the founder of Princeton-based Symple Health. A platform for creating and understanding patient generated data, Symple is a featured app in the iTunes medical app store. The Symple community creates millions of data points every day, offering a fascinating view into what health feels like around the world. Natasha has been named a 2013 Stanford MedX ePatient scholar, TedMED Frontline scholar, one of ten Innovators to Follow by the Partners’ Center for Connected Health, and a member of the Startup Health Showcase at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC. She and her team have twice won lean startup competitions before judges such as Eric Reis (IMVU, The Lean Startup), Janice Fraser (LUXr) and Tom Eisenmann (HBS). Natasha is passionate about dignifying the patient experience, in daily life as well as the exam room.

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    Arve Hanstveit

    Arve Hanstveit has been as a member of ERI’s board and an investor in the company since August 1995. Mr. Hanstveit’s early investment in the company, his experience as an investment advisor and securities analyst, his understanding of global financial markets, the global desalination market, and his extensive knowledge ERI’s products make him a tremendous asset to the company’s board of directors. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Hanstveit also served as a member of the board at Kezzler AS Prive, a privately held Norwegian company that delivers secure track-and-trace solutions to the pharmaceutical and consumer goods industry. His 20 years of experience as a professional investor and analyst includes serving as a partner, vice president and secretary of the board at A&G Sundel Collins, Inc., a Scandinavian investment bank. Mr. Hanstveit also sits on the board of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the New York Angels, an independent consortium of individual accredited angel investors that provides equity capital for early-stage companies in the New York City area. Mr. Hanstveit holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Accounting from the Norwegian School of Management as well as a master’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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    Danna Hargett

    Danna Hargett, Ph.D. moved to Princeton in 2006 as a Fellow in the Molecular Biology Department after completing her doctorate in Virology. A South Carolina native, she fell in love with the vibrant creative & intellectual community in Princeton and decided to stay in town after leaving academics. She founded and runs the Red Panda Insight Apps software company.  When not working, she can be found serving daily mass at St. Paul's and running the Mann Einstein Players Theater Company.  At Aquinas, she is a member of graduate fellowship, enjoys singing in the Choir and teaching people about how science interacts with faith. Danna mentors young entrepreneurs in the Keller Center's eLab Summer Accelerator Program. She earned a BA in biochemistry & molecular biology and MA in biotechnology from Boston University and a PhD in virology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    Shahram Hejazi

    Shahram Hejazi is a life science investor/entrepreneur with executive general management experience in early-stage ventures and large global companies. Over his 20+ year career, Shahram has founded and/or directed the growth of more than a dozen startup companies. As a Venture Partner with BioAdvance, where he leads investments in medical technologies, research tools and health IT, Shahram serves on the Board of 6 portfolio companies. He is also the founder and CEO of Optimeos Life Sciences, and the current James Wei Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Princeton University. Before this, he was the President of Kodak's life science division, where he had global responsibility for R&D, manufacturing, operations, sales, marketing and service. Before Kodak, he was the CEO of Zargis Medical Corp. (a Siemens spinoff) where he led the company from raising capital and the technology development to completion of several clinical trials, and successful FDA regulatory approval. Prior to Zargis, Shahram was the Head of the Strategic Business Development at Siemens medical and held R&D management positions at Kodak and IBM (Yorktown Heights). Shahram has a PhD in electrical engineering with emphasis in biophysics (SUNY) and an executive business education (Stanford).

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    Simon Hopkins

    Simon is a serial entrepreneur within the enterprise software sector with a track record of founding and growing businesses. Since starting his career with Accenture, he has worked for high-growth organizations in Europe, SE Asia as well as the US, including CEO of ROC Americas Inc., and COO of Axon Solutions. Simon is a hands-on manager with experience of technology, operations and business development, as well as three acquisitions and an IPO. As a member of the New York Angels, he is closely involved with a number of local start-ups, as investor, advisor and junior developer. Simon is a graduate of Imperial College, London, and a Harvard Business School alumnus. He lives in Princeton with his wife Clare, and their three children.

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    Lloyd Kaplan

    Lloyd is currently Managing Partner of Pacific Global Consulting. A firm focused on Management & Supply Chain consulting in addition to helping industry executives expand their peripheral vision for strategic planning and the competitive landscape. Lloyd was a Partner at iSuppli Corporation (2000 – 2012), where he built the global sales, marketing and business development teams, as well as establishing a recognized and respected international brand. In 2005, he took over the responsibility for all research activities and ran the daily business operations as the Chief Operating Officer. In addition, he was also responsible for integrating iSuppli’s acquisitions in the Automotive and Alternative Energy segments and the marketing relationship with Goldman Sachs. iSuppli was sold to IHS (IHS: NYSE) to in 2010. Prior to joining iSuppli, Lloyd was an Executive Vice President at Avnet, the world’s largest Electronics Distributor for over ten years, and was responsible for marketing and managing the global supplier relationships. He was also the Founder and Director for Avnet Design Services, the distributor’s technical support model for ASIC designs, systems engineering and design-win sales. His career also includes senior technical sales and marketing positions at Phillips Electronics and Hughes Aircraft. He has also worked as an investment banker with Thomas James and Associates. Lloyd earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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    Bob Lerner '77

    Bob Lerner has pursued a career in software development since 1979.  He has had the good fortune to grow with a single company, Mediaocean, as it became the dominant provider of software services to the advertising industry.  Mediaocean systems are used to purchase tens of billions of dollars of media annually.  Early in his career, Bob was the lead developer on Mediaocean’s US national television buying system.  Bob has worked on systems for national television, local television, talent payroll, agency production and general accounting, and audience demographics and has spent most of his career in development management.  As a business savvy technologist, Bob loves to tackle problems that sit at the intersection between business and product development and has core skills in product strategy, presentations, project management, and software architecture.  Bob graduated from Princeton with a degree in English in 1977.


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    Tom Leyden '77

    One of the early solar pioneers, Tom Leyden began his solar career in 1980 and over the years has held a number of executive management positions. He was VP of Sales and Marketing at EPV, a thin-film PV manufacturer, and at WorldWater, a remote-power and solar-water pumping company that installed solar projects in Africa and Asia. He served as VP of East Coast Operations for PowerLight, the commercial PV pioneer bought by SunPower, where he became SunPower’s East Coast Managing Director, and later was VP of Commercial Development at SolarCity. In 2012 he became CEO of the energy storage start-up Solar Grid Storage that was acquired by Sunedison in January 2015 where he became VP of Energy Storage Deployment. 

    Tom has served the industry in various other roles, including President of MDV-SEIA and Mid‐Atlantic Solar Energy Industry Association, board member of national SEIA and PV Now, and advisor to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. He holds a BA from Princeton University.

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    Weidong Mao *91

    Weidong Mao is currently Senior Fellow leading video architecture group in Technology and Product at Comcast Cable. He has more than 20 years of experience in digital video compression, IP streaming, and Content Delivery Network. Prior to joining Comcast, he was Chief Architect at Liberate Technologies. Previously, he was co-founder and CTO of MoreCom that was acquired by Liberate. He also held various senior management and technical positions at Motorola and Philips. Weidong received M.A. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1991, and B.S. in electrical engineering from Peking University, Beijing, China in 1986. He has 20 awarded patents and numerous publications and presentations and is a member of SCTE, SMPTE, and an IEEE Fellow.


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    Javier Garcia Martinez

    Javier Garcia Martinez is Chemistry Professor and Director of the Nanotechnology Molecular Laboratory at the University of Alicante, Spain. He has published extensively in the areas of nanomaterials, catalysis and energy. His later books are “Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge” (Wiley-VCH) and “The Chemical Element: Chemistry´s Contribution to our Global Future” (Wiley-VCH). Javier is also co-founder of Rive Technology Inc (Boston, MA), a clean energy company, commercializing advanced catalyst technology. The proprietary technology, invented by Javier during his post-doc MIT, makes traditional zeolite catalysts more accessible to large hydrocarbon molecules. Javier is also member of the World Economic Forum General Assembly Council on Emerging Technologies and Titular Member of the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Javier has been recognized as a leader in nanotechnology and materials science. In 2005, Javier was awarded the Europa Medal, awarded annually to the outstanding European chemist under the age of 35, and he received the Silver Medal of the European Young Chemist Award in 2006. In 2007, Javier received the TR 35 Award from MIT’s Technology Review magazine, and in 2009 Javier was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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    George McLaughlin '58

    George has been an entrepreneur in a variety of domestic and international businesses  including food processing, small business financing, communications, drug discovery, records management, and air quality. He also worked on Wall Street as president of the world’s largest gold and silver dealer. George served as President of Mocatta Metals Corporation, a world leader in gold bullion trading. He has founded and managed several highly successful start-up companies in the consumer products and financing industries. He is an entrepreneur in the food industry. Since 1989, he held executive positions in the following companies: Ideal Macaroni Company, Weiss Noodle Company, and Food Tree, Inc. He serves as the Chairman of the Board, American Specialty Foods, Inc. He has been a Director of AOL MovieFone, Inc. (MovieFone Inc.), since March 1994 and serves as a Director of PsychoGenics Inc. George served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps, received a BA degree in economics from Princeton University and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.


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    Venu Moola

    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.

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    Bill Reynolds

    Bill is a hands-on tech entrepreneur and the founder of several software technologies companies. This is complemented by positions at IBM and Accenture. For over 25 years he helped pioneer object technology into enterprises by partnering with Xerox PARC spinoffs, industry, DARPA and others. Over this period Bill had multiple OEM technology license deals with top tech vendors. His innovative software has been licensed to Fortune 500 and other customers worldwide. Bill has also been the head architect and developer of 6 commercial software products and 5 US Department of Defense cyber security projects. Bill is the acting CTO or a consultant at several companies spanning a variety of markets. Bill excels at helping businesses grow by developing innovative software while balancing needs. He earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University.

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    Anu Sanghvi

    Anu Sanghvi is a Silicon Valley-bred entrepreneur with 17 years of experience delivering products with net promoter scores of 50+.   She was an early stage product leader at PayCycle, a top software-as-a-service provider that was acquired by Intuit for $170 million.  She is passionate about using design for delight principles to innovate, and has deep cross-functional experience across the product lifecycle.  Anu received her MBA from Stanford Business School, and a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Mount Holyoke College.  Anu recently moved to Princeton from the Bay Area, when her husband, Pulin Sanghvi, was named the Executive Director of Career Services at Princeton University. They have 2 young children who are thriving in the warm Princeton community.

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    Nora Schultz

    Nora Schultz is a classically-trained CPG marketer and entrepreneur with twenty years of leadership experience in start-up, mid-sized and Fortune 500 new product and services ventures. Most recently she founded, grew and sold a natural food company (Naturally Nora, Inc.) to a leading $800 MM food corporation based in Minneapolis. Prior to Naturally Nora, she was the Partner responsible for new Healthcare client development at Rosetta, a results-driven marketing and interactive firm subsequently acquired by Publicis. Nora first led marketing, operations and product development teams while managing flagship brands (Pepperidge Farm, Franco American, Swanson) for the Campbell Soup Company. She began her career in advertising at Bozell Worldwide, where she helped launch the first milk mustache campaign for the Milk Industry Foundation.

    Nora holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School.

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    Joe Seldner

    Joe Seldner is a writer, producer, communications strategist, media, entertainment, business and politics veteran who has produced movies for and television for HBO, Paramount Pictures, and independently, been creative executive to actor Tom Hanks at Disney Studios, Assistant to the President of Columbia Pictures, and worked with leaders in many arenas for more than 30 years. Joe is constantly writing and developing entrepreneurial projects in business, education and entertainment and has taken the lead in raising awareness of, and creating program for, people over 50 who are in or near dire economic circumstances. He began his career as a journalist, earning a Pulitzer Prize nomination. His work – then and since - has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Magazine and dozens of other publications. He is currently a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and other publications writing about social issues that are important to people over 50. He is an exceptional interviewer and listener, always eager to hear people’s stories, and a gifted and tireless storyteller and content creator. His writing and thinking is clear, effective fresh, witty, insightful and direct. Joe is high energy, innovative, entrepreneurial, insatiably curious, and always open to reinvention and new ideas.

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    Savraj Singh

    Savraj is the founder and CEO of Wattvision, based in TigerLabs at 252 Nassau Street in Princeton. Wattvision makes sensors and software to help people and businesses increase energy efficiency. Since Wattvision’s inception and YCombinator funding in 2009, the company has grown to enable energy monitoring at hundreds of sites around the country, with real-time data viewable at Prior to Wattvision, Savraj co-founded, a tool that makes it easy to run contests and giveaways online. Before entering the startup world, Savraj was a program manager on the Microsoft Office User Experience Team in Redmond, Washington, where he traveled, met customers, and earned two patents for his design work on Office 2007’s user interface. Savraj earned his BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2003.

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    Steve Snyder

    Steve Snyder is focused on the strategic planning, launch and operation of new businesses, products and services in the telecom, media and renewable energy sectors in the US and emerging markets.  He has over 30 years of international business and technology/ strategy consulting experience in Europe, China, Asia and North America including the launch of Accenture’s Greater China business, the launch of the worlds first commercially scaled and profitable IPTV service, the launch of nationwide VoiP services in the US and Asia, and the launch of multiple ground-up operating wireless and wireline carriers and interactive media/ web businesses.  He has been responsible for driving growth, profitability and managing the P&L of services businesses greater than $100m annual revenue and has been actively involved in multiple startups and M&A activities in the media/ IoT/ telecom and services space as investor, board member and mentor. Steve is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences and has received numerous industry accolades for the research, products and ideas developed under his watch including recent participation in authoring the Economist’s 2015 Digital Disruptions in Telecoms report, Internet of Things (IoT) award in 2015 for new products and services in the sector by Aegis Graham Bell, and business innovations awards at the Global Telecoms Business Awards 2014 for ways to increase broadband penetration and carrier profitability.  He continues this passion in his involvement with new startups targeting creative technologies, business processes and operations in the telecom, media and energy sectors. Steve graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1979 with honors in Civil Engineering (BSCE) and a focus on construction management and extended this through 1981 with research and Masters studies on nuclear construction optimization, renewable/ solar energy development and the effectiveness of systems technologies for improving business profitability in the construction industry.

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    Grant Son

    Grant Son is CEO of Greater Good Ventures, providing venture services to early stage companies as well as established corporations. He grew a previous startup into top 10 sports website acquired by ESPN.  Previous work experience includes: the NFL, Sports Illustrated, and CBS. Grant graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and earned his MBA from Columbia Business School.  
    Grant teaches Sports Marketing at the Yale School of Management and Columbia Business School. He also teaches Entrepreneurship at Columbia University. He is currently retained as a Venture Consultant for Cornell University working with startups out of Cornell and Cornell Tech. Grant currently serves or has recently served as Entrepreneur in Residence and mentor at Wharton, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins. 
    As a mentor for the Princeton University Keller Center, Grant can help you with: 
    •    Art of the pitch: 2-sentence pitch, business plan, pitch deck, and demo day
    •    Lean startup method: hypothesis testing, customer development, MVP development, and pivoting 
    •    Venture financing: preparation, valuation, and terms from an entrepreneur's perspective
    •    Go to market strategy and growth hacking for early stage innovators, early adapters and the mainstream market 
    •    Networking: update and ask
    •    Team building: hire, buy, build or partner

    Princeton specialty: sports innovation, health & fitness

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    Larry Spera

    Lawrence Spera is founder and managing partner of Residential Capital Asset Management, LLC, a socially responsible investment company that specializes in residential mortgages and real estate related activities. The company specializes in investment and financing alternatives to keep financially troubled homeowners out of default and foreclosure as well as providing access to home ownership to those unable to qualify under current banking requirements.

    Mr. Spera is a serial entrepreneur providing seed funding and early stage financing to companies that focus on social innovation and community impact. Investments include start-up restaurants in urban enterprise zones and foodservice businesses that practice sustainability and social responsibility.  In addition, Mr. Spera provides grants to non-profit organizations that support community projects and participates as an active member on the board of directors for various non-profit organizations.

    He is a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics on business and entrepreneurial studies and a judge at the annual UNH Holloway Innovation-to-Market Competition.

    Mr. Spera is a graduate of North Carolina State University and holds an MBA from Rutgers University School of Business.

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    Joan Spindel

    Joan Spindel is  Managing Partner at The Scarsdale Group, a boutique business consultancy, where she partners with clients to develop and drive go-to-market strategies as well as critical elements of the marketing program mix. Joan has worked closely with high technology and service–led companies as well as venture capitalists to accelerate the delivery of marketing and sales initiatives.  She is a seasoned marketing executive with 25+ years of experience building teams and brands, developing IPO initiatives and crafting successful market entry and growth programs.  Joan understands a broad range of technology areas and industry sectors including communications/media, financial services, consumer packaging goods and healthcare.  She has a knack for translating technical concepts into compelling value propositions, communications and sales pipeline programs to increase mindshare and win rates.  Joan has consulted with and/or held senior marketing and channel development positions at venture backed and public big brand technology companies including EMC Corporation, Lotus Development Corporation (purchased by IBM). CenturyLink, Lucent/Avaya, Avanade (a joint venture with Microsoft and Accenture), Westcon-Comstor (Cisco’s largest distributor outside the US,) and others.   She is a graduate of Hamilton College, completed her masters course work at Boston University in Marketing, sits on the Princeton Environmental Commission and is the Special Education Liaison for the John Witherspoon Middle School.  Joan lives in Princeton with her husband, son and two King Charles Cavaliers. 


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    Joe Studholme '84

    Joe Studholme is founder and CEO of Princeton Integrative Rx Analytics (PIRXA), a Princeton-based health care data research and development firm, and a founding member of Union Atlantic Ventures, where he is responsible for the overall operations and management of the firm, with a particular focus on deal origination and coaching management teams.

    Prior to his current positions, Studholme was cofounder and COO of Restricted Stock Systems (RSS), a VC-backed financial software firm which he and his team took from a concept sketched on a napkin in August of 2000 to a leading supplier of financial software and services by October of 2007.  Among other achievements, RSS was the New Jersey Tech Council Early Stage Company of the Year. Studholme got his start in the software business selling the first Macintosh computers on the floor of the Princeton University Store in 1984.

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    George Telegadis

    George Telegadis currently is the managing partner and COO of Ah Goo Baby, LLC, a baby accessories and lifestyle brand which he co-founded in 2007. He oversees manufacturing, fabric textile and corporate operations. He also locally mentors young entrepreneurs by supporting the Princeton University Entrepreneurial Hub. Most recently, George headed the Business and Legal Affairs Department at GRB Entertainment, Inc., where he was responsible for departmental staffing for the servicing support of their International Television Distribution Department, their Production Department and their Creative Department, as well as the corporate legal responsibilities of the company. He has more than twelve years of business affairs experience within the music, film, television and new media sectors of the entertainment industry. Prior to GRB, he served as Director of the Media & Entertainment division at Austin, TX based Concero Inc (NASDAQ: CERO), an interactive television and video-on-demand integrator with clients including Scientific Atlanta and Motorola. There he represented Concero on behalf of their entertainment content clients, such as Universal, Warner Bros., CBS Sportsline and Fox Sports. Prior to that, he was the Director of Business Affairs and Acquisitions for FasTV, Inc., an on-line media aggregator of broadcast television content. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Telegadis worked in the Screen Actors Guild Theatrical Motion Picture Department, where he provided legal opinions and policy decisions, and negotiated settlements for disputes. Additionally, he was selected as 1 of 12 executives to represent the Guild at the AMPTP Studio Negotiations in 1998. From 1993 to 1996, Mr.Telegadis was Vice President of Business Affairs for Phisst Records Corp., an internationally distributed record label under Navarre Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVR). Mr. Telegadis received a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Florida and is a practicing attorney and member of the California State Bar.

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    Benedikt von Schröder

    Benedikt von Schroder has been active at a senior level in corporate finance and private equity for close to 30 years. Since 2012 he has shifted focus to venture capital working as an angel investor and mentor out of Princeton. Most recently he has invested in startups in the life science, eHealth sectors and ed-tech sectors. Until December of 2013 he has been a Partner at G.C.Andersen, the NY based investment banking boutique, were he focused on cross border M&A transactions. Prior to that he was for eight years a Partner at Augusta & Co plc in London and Frankfurt where he has worked on a number of significant M&A transactions, debt financings and equity raises for SMEs in various industry sectors including renewable energies. Until December of 2002 he was a Partner at Clayton Dubilier & Rice, the US private equity firm, which he joined in April 2000 to help identify investment opportunities in Germany and Europe and taking advantage of the massive restructuring of German industry underway at the time. Prior to joining CD&R, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and a Member of the Management Board of Morgan Stanley Bank AG in Frankfurt, responsible for its German and Austrian investment banking business. Since 2013 he has moved back to the principal side mentoring young entrepreneurs and investing as business angel in life science, healthcare IT and ed-tech start-ups both in the US and Europe. His investments are tech driven and typically at the seed stage. Benedikt is married and the father of three children.

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    James Walsh

    James Walsh, a life sciences technology commercialization specialist, has spent the past 15 years working with US and European academic centers, and private and public companies to commercialize early stage technologies. He is currently a business advisor to University City Sciences Center QED (Proof-of-Concept) Program. Previously, James worked in technology development and commercialization roles for a number of leading universities in London, UK, and for Enterprise Ireland, the Irish export focused economic development agency. His focus is to ensure early stage and established companies grow through research & innovation and by strategic R&D collaborations with partner companies and international research centers. He has worked across many sectors in the life sciences including medical devices, clinical diagnostics, drug development, bioenergy technology and nutraceuticals. James also has a long track record in basic and applied clinical research with positions at Oxford University, the UK Medical Research Council, and Imperial College London where his research contributed to a number of significant medical research breakthroughs.
    James holds a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary College, London PhD in genetics from Imperial College London. He also holds Bachelor of Science degrees from the National University of Ireland. He grew up in Galway, Ireland. He currently resides in Princeton with his family.

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    Kevin Wong '05

    Kevin Wong '05 studied ORFE at Princeton and tutored extensively when he was a student. After graduating, he hired a specialized team of tutors and co-founded Princeton Tutoring with his brother, Greg Wong '02.  Kevin continues to operate Princeton Tutoring, and he specializes in mentoring and motivating students to help them reach their personal and professional potential.  He is also working on startup designed to help high school students access quality college counseling.  Outside of the education industry, Kevin has extensive experience in the financial services industry (He is a former quantitative hedge fund manager).  He also enjoys playing tennis, training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and spending time with his family in Princeton, NJ.

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    Ziyan Wu

    Ziyan Wu is a research scientist in the Vision Technologies and Solutions Group at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, NJ. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy in 2014. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation and an M.S. degree in Measurement Technology and Instruments, both from Beihang University in Beijing, China in 2006 and 2009 respectively. During his PhD studies, he was affiliated with the DHS Center of Excellence on Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response (ALERT). Ziyan has over 15 years of experiences in the field of computer vision, image understanding and machine intelligence. He received the 2008 Honeywell Innovators Award, Allen B. DuMont Prize and in 2014, and the 3rd Place in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology CHIEF Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Business Plan Contest. His current research interests include camera calibration, autonomous perception, video surveillance, deep learning and augmented reality.