Innovation Forum Coaches
Jake Leschly '88
Jake served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ingenuity Systems, Inc. from 1999 to 2013 when Ingenuity was acquired by Qiagen Prior to Ingenuity, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development for Affymetrix Inc. He joined Affymetrix from the Scandinavian offices of McKinsey & Company and has direct sales and marketing experience in the life science market from Pharmacia Biotech. He holds a BA from Princeton University (’88) in Molecular Biology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Jake is a member of the Harvard Business School West Coast Advisory board and served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Biotechnology. He currently advising and consulting with early stage companies in a variety of sectors and serves as a Board Member at East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring.
Joy Marcus '83
Joy Marcus has been a trailblazer in digital media for over 20 years, transforming traditional companies into digital leaders as well as developing new businesses. She was named by Crain’s New York as a Women to Watch in Tech in 2014 and to the Digital Power 50 by The Hollywood Reporter in 2009 and 2010. In 2014, she received a Women of Power and Influence Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW). Ms. Marcus is currently Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Video of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), a division of Condé Nast that develops and distributes premium digital video, television and film worth watching. As EVP/GM, Ms. Marcus is responsible for CNÉ’s digital video business including distribution, business development, technology and product development, revenue operations, marketing, communications and research.
Prior to joining CNÉ in 2015, Ms. Marcus was the CEO of Bloglovin’ and a Venture Partner at Gotham Ventures where she led the firm’s investment in DailyWorth, a digital media company targeting professional women. Ms. Marcus was a James Wei Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Princeton University for the academic year 2014-15. Previously, Ms. Marcus was U.S. General Manager for video sharing website Dailymotion, which she led from launch through its ~ $200 million acquisition by Orange (France Telecom) in January 2011.
Ms. Marcus has held senior executive positions at Time Warner (AOL) and Barnes&Noble.com, which she helped take public at a $2.2 billion valuation in 1999. She started her career at MTV Networks where, as Vice President, International Business Development, she helped launch the MTV channel in markets including Russia, Brazil and South Africa. Ms. Marcus currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Princeton University Center for Jewish Life and MOUSE, which provides technology education in New York City public schools. A graduate of Princeton University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and New York University School of Law, Ms. Marcus resides in New York with her husband and two children.
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.
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.