TFG advisors are non retired industry experts with far-reaching networks.


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.

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Stuart Berkowitz

SBIR/STTR GRANT ADVISOR

Industries: DoD, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, and NIST.

Education: B.S. NC State University, Physics; PhD. Boston University, Physics.

Expertise: Extensive DoD experience – principal investigator on contracts with Navy, Air Force, DARPA, and NIST. Won, managed, and transitioned over $30 million in SBIR projects; and has transitioned technology through Phase II.5, SAT/CPP, and RIF. Co-authored over 35 technical publications and awarded two patents. Being a hands-on Founder, he is intimately familiar with all aspects of government contracting as a small business, including government accounting and how to survive a DCAA audit.

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Paul Bozzo

GENERAL ADVISOR

Industries: Start-up strategy, Strategic planning, and Angel/VC Financing.

Education: B.S. in Information Technology, and M.B.A with Finance Concentration from California State University, Fresno.

Expertise: Working with entrepreneurial ventures to refine their business model, create an investment-driven business plan and prepare an effective funding presentation. He also advises CEOs and founding teams on these common start-up issues: legal entity selection, equity financing structures, financial forecasting and exit strategies.

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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.

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Noah Hopton

FINANCIAL MODELING ADVISOR 

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

Education: B.A. in Business Economics with an Emphasis in Accounting, University of California, Santa Barbara

Expertise: Financing strategy, business plan preparation, investor communication, operating budgets, business controls and operational best practices, small business software, audit preparation, financial statement preparation, scenario analysis, cash flow and revenue modeling.

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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. 

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Kyle Kaneshiro

SACRAMENTO REGION OUTREACH 

Industries: Hardware and software, client and mobile platforms, semiconductor, security (platform level), SaaS (Enterprise).

Education: MBA Purdue University, BS Computer & Electrical Engineering Purdue University.

Expertise: Strategic planning, marketing, business model canvas, value proposition design, LEAN startup, executive pitches, mentoring and coaching several cohorts in Sacramento region, and networking. 

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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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Terri Mead

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE

Industries:  Digital health, and Enterprise software.

Education:  MBA, New Ventures/ Small Business Management from California State University, Hayward.

Expertise:  Strategic and business planning, VC/angel and startup community relationships, networking, CEO/Founder coaching, presentation for preparation for fundraising, working with female founders.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Steven Toomey

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING ADVISOR

Industries: Technology (Fintech, Big Data, SaaS, eCommerce, Hardware, Software), Financial Services.

Education: MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from UCLA Anderson, B.A. in Business Leadership from the University of Puget Sound.

Expertise: Finance and accounting, valuation, financial modeling, business analysis, equity research, pitch deck creation, securing debt, raising equity, operations analysis, financial and cash flow analysis, general advisory.

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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.

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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.

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