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Gerry Barañano

DIRECTOR & ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE 

Industries: Telecommunications, Software Platform, Embedded Software, Hardware, Computer Manufacturing, Green/Clean Tech

Education: B.A. Yale University; MBA Stanford Graduate School of Business

Expertise: Go-to-market strategies, commercialization of technology products, product strategies, business plan prep, early customer engagement strategies, business development and sales, joint ventures and strategic alliances, product positioning, use of standards bodies, and tech transfer. Full Bio»


Daniel Blahut

FINANCIAL MODELING ADVISOR 

Industries: SaaS (Enterprise & Consumer), Hardware, eCommerce, Consumer Goods, Ad Tech, Software

Education: B.A. in Business Administration and Economics, Drury University, Breech School of Business; Regents College – RBS, Business Administration.

Expertise: Financing strategy, debt and equity structuring, Business plan preparation, investor communication, operating budgets, financial statement preparation, scenario analysis, cash flow and revenue modeling. Full Bio»


Chuck Eason

SBIR/STTR GRANT ADVISOR

Industries: Aerospace, Finance, Construction, Real Estate, Education, Retail, and Manufacturing

Education: B.S. in Engineering Sciences, University of California, San Diego; MBA California State University, San Bernardino

Expertise: SBIR/STTR (federal research grants), tech transfer, commercialization, business planning, financial modeling, and debt and equity financing. Full Bio»


Ashwin Gulati

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE 

Industries: Software, Internet, Green/Clean Tech, Real Estate, Finance, Life Sciences, Specialty Distribution, and eCommerce

Education: B.A. Claremont McKenna College in Economics and Mathematics; Attended The London School of Economics and King’s College, England

Expertise: Corporate strategy and business planning, market entry and expansion, business development and sales, private equity and financing, joint ventures and strategic alliance, restructuring and turnaround, M&A strategy and integration, international transactions. Full Bio»


Reena Jadhav

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE 

Industries: Marketing and Social Media

Education: Harvard MBA, Wharton BSc. in Marketing and Accounting (graduated summa cum laude). 

Expertise: Entrepreneur, investor and startup coach with a passion for disruptive ideas that transform the human experience and create meaningful lasting change. Ms. Jadhav has founded and worked at five startups in mobile messaging, voice recruiting, marketing platform, community platform and loyalty rewards. She has deep experience in identifying fundable game changing ideas, prototyping, team building, fundraising, market launching award winning products, business model innovation and revenue generation. Full Bio»


Louise Kirkbride

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE

Industries: Enterprise Software, CRM, Cloud Computing, Computer Aided Engineering, Aerospace, Cybersecurity

Education: California Institute of Technology, BS and MS in Engineering;
Stanford Executive Institute

Expertise: New Market Definition, Financial Modeling, Message Development, Key Customer Acquisition, Securing Early Stage Equity Investment, Team Building, Cash Management, Board and Analyst Relations, Competitive Analysis and Positioning, Contract Negotiations

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Mark Klopp

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE  

Industries: Medical Devices, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Chemical & Material Science, Nanotechnology, Alternative Energy and Clean Tech

Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech; MBA, Roosevelt University.

Expertise: Business formation, fundraising, strategic corporate partnerships, pitch development & delivery, investor presentations, fundraising strategy, VC & startup community relationships, networking. business development and sales, licensing negotiations.

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Pat Reilly

IP ADVISOR 

Industries: Electronics, Software, Mobile & Applications, User Interface Design, Web-Based Business Models, Medical Devices, Alternative Energy, Entertainment

Education: B.S. in Sociology, State University of New York; B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Toledo; Juris Doctor, Concord University

Expertise: Patent prosecution, trademark prosecution and assertion, copyright registration and infringement assertion, licensing negotiations. Full Bio»


Jeff Smith

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE

Industries: High technology sales, marketing, business development, and corporate development.

Education: Boston College, MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and Masters in International Business from Thunderbird.

Expertise: Jeff was most recently with RBM Technologies, a leading cloud based retail software company that was successfully sold. Prior to RBM, Jeff was the Founding and Managing Partner of XcelR8 Partners that provided business development consulting services to accelerate revenue traction for early stage companies. Full Bio»

 


Gregory Theyel

BIOMEDICAL ADVISOR

Industries: Biotechnology, Medical Devices, and Clean Tech

Education: Doctorate from Clark University

Expertise: Engineering, advanced manufacturing, production planning, business strategy, business development, fundraising, debt & equity financing, and due diligence.. Full Bio»


 

Soody Tronson

IP ADVISOR 

Industries: Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, High Tech & Semiconductors, Chemical & Material Science, Nanotechnology, Alternative Energy, Software & Gaming, Mobile Apps

Education: J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law; M.S. in Industrial Chemistry, University of Central Florida; Licensed to practice before the State of California and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

Expertise: Intellectual property, patents preparation and prosecution, trademark preparation and prosecution, validity and enforcement opinions, technology transactions (e.g., licensing, strategic alliance and joint ventures), tech transfer to-and-from research and/or academic institutions and private entities, competitive landscape studies, strategic planning and positioning, business planning, presentation for preparation for fundraising, introduction to partners, industry, and law firms (IP, corporate, patent sales, product development). Full Bio»


Hon Wong

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE 

Industries: Enterprise Software, Saas (Enterprise & Consumer), Cloud Infrastructure, eCommerce, Mobile Apps

Education: B.Sc. in Electrical and Industrial Engineering, Northwestern University; MBA, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Expertise: Business formation, fundraising, market positioning and messaging, go-to-market strategy development and execution, product management, channel & strategic partnership, acquisition & consolidation, exit planning & execution, pivoting. Full Bio»


Allan Young

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE  

Industries: Software, Hardware, SaaS & Cloud, Mobile, Internet, eCommerce, Digital Media & Gaming, Healthcare IT & Medical Devices

Education:   Harvard Law School, Brigham Young University, and College of San Mateo

Expertise: Pitch development & delivery, investor presentation package content, fundraising strategy, VC & startup community relationships, networking. Full Bio»