Brigitte Anderson '02
Brigitte Anderson '02 is a Principal at Orange Vista LLC, a consultancy with a focus on market research, growth strategies and innovative ideation. Brigitte began her career in the financial services industry and spent nearly a decade with JP Morgan, Bank of America and Barclays Bank in a variety of strategic and operational roles in Chicago, New York, London, Johannesburg and Nairobi. She has additional work experience in the digital health, manufacturing and education sectors. She holds an AB in Anthropology from Princeton University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship.
Brigitte is active as a mentor at the Polsky Exchange, an incubator affiliated with The University of Chicago. Her expertise lies in helping people 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?
The importance of talking to your customers (existing and potential)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 wrote an article about Kwame's life journey and current mission to channel North American venture capital to promising small businesses in Africa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel brings over 20 years of professional experience advising a broad array of companies, ranging from specialized start-up situations to multi-national corporations. Daniel is the founder of The EchoStream Group, a strategic advisory firm to small and mid-size businesses. Daniel has worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and other major investment banks advising a broad array of corporations and investors on private capital funding opportunities. He has been actively involved in capital raising engagements encompassing in excess of $10 billion. Daniel has advised and raised capital for a wide range of investment sponsors and strategies, including private equity, venture capital, infrastructure, real estate, emerging markets, hedge funds and specialized situations. He has been actively involved in raising capital from public and private pension funds, banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, foundations, endowments, consultants and financial advisors in North America, Europe and Asia. Daniel earned his M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management and his B.A. from New York University in Economics.
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.
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.
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.
Kef is President and Executive Director of Princeton AlumniCorps, an independent 501(c)3 organization which is committed to building civic leadership across generations. Prior to assuming this role, Kef created and grew AlumniCorps’ ARC Innovators program, which matches experienced professionals with impactful pro bono projects in the social sector. Beyond her work at AlumniCorps, Kef co-created and taught “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” and was also Executive in Residence at the Office of Technology Licensing at Princeton University. Through both roles she has mentored students, faculty and staff on bringing to fruition their entrepreneurial ideas. Kef is also Board Chair at Rachel’s Network, a vibrant community of women at the intersection of environmental advocacy, philanthropy and women’s leadership with a mission to promote women as agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth. Kef recently co-led an effort to impact the overuse of antibiotics in animal farming through shareholder action, galvanizing some of her fellow Rachel’s Network members to action through a co-funding initiative. Earlier in her career she held senior leadership roles at 3Com Corporation and led intrapreneurship initiatives. She was a founding General Partner of Battelle Ventures where from 2003 to 2015 she led the firm’s investments in clean energy and started several companies based on Department of Energy Lab technologies. As Founder and CEO of Proterro, she was named among the top people in the bioeconomy for four years in a row. Kef majored in what is now ORFE, with a certificate in Science and Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School. She has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Annarie Lyles *90
Annarie Lyles (*90 Ph.D., Biology) has three decades of management experience in widely varied biology and technology businesses that includes: rapidly growing public biotechnology companies, international joint ventures, leading cultural and conservation institutions, technology start-ups, and family business. She works via a portfolio of seed-stage investments that loosely fit the theme of “healthy living systems”; she has mentored entrepreneurs, including a Princeton team in the NSF iCorps program and several eLabs teams. Annarie's current leadership roles include President of Investors' Circle Philadelphia, President of a private business' Family Council, Treasurer of Sustainable Princeton, and co-founder of a clean-tech start-up. During prior careers, she negotiated biotechnology deals, helped run zoos, advised endangered species breeding programs, and enjoyed ecology adventures in the tropics. She speaks frequently and has over thirty publications. Married to Princeton ecology professor Andy Dobson. Annarie relishes woodland rambles with friends and hounds, and has recently rediscovered the joy of SCUBA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mukesh M. Patel is a serial entrepreneur with experience in private equity, angel investments, business law, and education. Mukesh has founded numerous ventures and has been featured in national media including Entrepreneur.com. Mukesh is the founder/CEO of JuiceTank, one of NJ’s largest co-working spaces and incubator for tech-startups and VX, an innovative Venture Xcelerator. As an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University Business School, he has designed and teaches a ground-breaking, experiential and inter-disciplinary course titled “ICE” (Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship) for both the undergraduate level and the Executive MBA program. He has served as a Lead Faculty for Executive Education where he led the design, with an award-winning faculty, of a new course, “Innovation for Corporate Enterprise” for corporate executives and managers. He is the inaugural Director of Innovation at the Honors College where he is designing and teaching a new course, the Innovation Lab for Social Impact. He is also the Director of Development and Adjunct Professor for the new Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at Rutgers Law School, providing valuable legal resources to the business community. He co-founded the NJ Women’s Network, is the Executive Coach / Mentor for the Black & Latino Tech Initiative, and an Advisor for SuiteGirl.org, a platform that empowers high school and college females to aspire and reach for the C-Suite.
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.
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.
Dianna Raedle '84
Dianna Raedle is responsible for advisory, business development, and investments activities at Deer Isle Group, and has over 20 years of experience in both public and private markets across the capital structure. Since founding Deer Isle, Dianna has raised approximately $5 billion in assets including $100mm in seed capital from OPIC for an Africa focused private capital fund.
Prior to founding Deer Isle Group, Dianna co-founded Millennium Americas where she was a member of the Investment Committee and was on the investment team. Millennium Americas was an advisor to Millennium Global Investments Ltd., a ~$12 billion London based investment management company for the Millennium Global Special Situations Americas Fund (MGSS). Prior to Millennium Americas, Dianna had extensive experience creating highly structured transactions at ABN AMRO, and SBC Warburg Inc., where she was a Director and at Credit Suisse First Boston (London and Switzerland), where she was a Vice President.
Dianna is on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Business School Club of New York and is Board Emeritus for the Harvard Business School Club of New York Community Partners program. In addition, she is a mentor for the Princeton University Keller Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship. She is also a 2011 winner of the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge, sponsored by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
Dianna has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Princeton University. She has Series 3, 7, 24, 63, 99 and 79 Registrations.
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.
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.
John Rudikoff is the CEO and Managing Director of the CUBE (the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship) at Brooklyn Law School, a law center that trains lawyers to serve startup businesses and entrepreneurs through clinical practice. During the 2015-16 academic year, CUBE provided some 17,500+ pro bono hours of legal service to some 260+ unique businesses. John also serves as Special Counsel and Representative-At-Large to MASS Design Group, an internationally recognized design firm with headquarters in Boston and Kigali, Rwanda. John previously served as a member of the MASS’s board of directors from 2011-2013, and from 2013-2015 served as General Counsel and Director of Business Development. John also serves as a member of the board of directors of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, a non-profit group working to develop a new streetcar system connecting the two boroughs; and Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] a non-profit architecture group that promotes smart design in cities. After completing law school, John served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office where he founded the Environmental Crimes Unit within the Rackets Division. He directed numerous multi-agency investigations and lead complex prosecutions of corporate and individual wrong-doers. John was instrumental in negotiating seven-figure settlements and the remediation of environmental degradation and was the lead attorney on numerous trials and grand jury investigations. John received his Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, where he was awarded the Samuel Witte Prize for his scholarship in literature and the law, the Jack Weprin Real Estate Prize for his scholarship across the real estate law curriculum, and the Best Brief award for 1st year legal writing.
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.
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.
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.
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 wattvision.com. Prior to Wattvision, Savraj co-founded ContestMachine.com, 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.
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
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)
Steven Spielvogel, Esq.
Steven Spielvogel received his Bachelor's Degree summa cum laude with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989; he was awarded his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. Following law school, Mr. Spielvogel earned two federal court clerkships: United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Owen, J.); and United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (Holloway, J.). Following these clerkships, he joined the Wall Street law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, where he represented such companies as Goldman, Sachs & Co., the Exxon Corporation and Reuters.
He has held principal executive and managerial positions with leading corporations, including serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at a Wall Street financial institution and as Vice President and General Counsel of a Silicon Valley technology company. In addition, Mr. Spielvogel has taught or presented lectures on numerous subjects (e.g., Entrepreneurship and the Law, The Emerging Role of the General Counsel at Technology and Internet-Based Companies, Federal Courts, Constitutional Litigation and Introduction to the U.S. Legal System) at several of North America’s most prestigious law schools, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was selected as a “Super Lawyer” in New York City (and, previously selected 2010-2011, 2013-2018). Most recently, he has presented numerous lectures on topics related to entrepreneurship and the law at Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (where he serves as an Advisor in the Keller Center for Entrepreneurship, providing guidance to Princeton students, faculty and alumni on business and legal issues), as well as presented a lecture at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (where he participated on a panel devoted to social entrepreneurship).
Mr. Spielvogel is the Founder and Chief Philanthropic Officer of YourVetted (a global network of highly-credential individuals, advancing charitable and social causes), Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Commerce For Humanity Charitable Foundation, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) dedicated to alleviating suffering across the globe), and is a Member of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society and Metropolitan Opera Guild. He is the Founder and former President and Chairman of the Board of Directors (2004-2014), and presently President Emeritus, of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), the largest association of boutique law firms in the world, with members in approximately forty countries and forty cities in the United States. He also founded and served as the President of the International Association of Networks (IAN), and is a former member of the Institute for Business Law & Technology’s Advisory Board, former Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre for Innovation Law & Policy at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, former Co-Chairman of the Business & Technology Law Committee of LISTnet (New York's largest technology organization), and former Advisory Committee Member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD).
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.
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.
Daria has had an entrepreneurial business career in 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.
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.
Since 2012, Brian has been a partner at Bridges Ventures, a global asset manager specializing in sustianable and impact investing. Prior to Bridges, he was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, where he oversaw $75M of investments into companies that were delivering health, water, energy, and agriculture services to economic base of the pyramid in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. As CIO, he was a member of Acumen’s management team and helped build out the network of country operations that worked closely with the entrepreneurs. Brian was also a co-founding board member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and was one of the principal architects of impact management software tool, Pulse, and the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). Prior to Acumen Fund, Brian worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, was a lead environmental staff person at the Corporation for National Service, and was involved in a range of non-profit and for-profit start ups. Brian has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and an MA in City & Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Brian was the first impact investor to go through the Kauffman Fellows Program of the Center for Venture Education, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
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.
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.
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.