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William A. SahlmanWilliam A. Sahlman
Harvard Business School
Dimitri V. D’Arbeloff – MBA Class of 1955
Professor of Business Administration
Senior Associate Dean for External Relations

Mr. Sahlman is the Dimitri V. d’Arbeloff – Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. The d’Arbeloff Chair was established in 1986 to support teaching and research on the entrepreneurial process. Mr. Sahlman received an A.B. degree in Economics from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics, also from Harvard.

Larry WeberLarry Weber
Chairman – W2 Group, Inc.

Mr. Weber is a globally known expert in public relations and marketing services. Passionate about the convergence of technology, the web and communications, he is a frequent public speaker on the future of marketing, the social web and building communities online. Mr. Weber enjoys helping global brands and emerging companies harness social media strategies to enhance brand reputation, create and extend partnerships, and increase demand generation. He founded one of the industry’s first interactive marketing agencies, Thunderhouse, and has worked with world-class clients including Coca-Cola, Pfizer, General Motors, IBM, General Mills, Siemens, and many more.

David MathewsDavid Mathews
Partner, Idea Works

Mr. Mathews is a consumer-focused inventor specializing in mobile, convergence and digital entertainment. He has worked at the startup stages of Boxee, Slingbox and is an inventor of the CueCat consumer bar code reader. In addition to holding over 65 U.S. patents, Dave has appeared as a technology expert or host on some 300 television shows, written for PC Mag, and is a founding contributor of O’Reilly’s MAKE Magazine. He has designed a mobile game which became the #1 grossing app in Feb 2010 and created a storyboard "make your own TV" application with Will Wright, founder of SIMS on the iPhone, Android and the iPad.

Stephen RyanStephen Ryan
Executive Vice President, Software Solutions & Services
Online Resources Corp.

Mr. Ryan is currently Executive Vice President at Online Resources responsible for the Software Solutions & Services group. This group encompasses the company’s custom software and solutions, including Architect Online Banking and the award-winning Virtual Collection AgentTM. Additionally Steve manages the Payment Operations organization at Online Resources which processed $110B in payments and 235M transactions in 2011.

Susan MajorSusan Major
Managing Partner, Technology – DavenportMajor

Ms. Major is the co-founder and Managing Partner of DavenportMajor. Her expertise working in the technology industry spans more than 18 years with global high growth companies coupled with 10 highly successful years in executive search completing C-level executive placements for public and emerging, pre-IPO corporations.

Kevin  A. WernerKevin A. Werner
Founder, Abalone Capital Advisors, LLC

Mr. Werner has 25+ years experience in evaluating business objectives and structuring, negotiating and closing complex strategic transactions. From 2007 – 2011, he served as SVP of Corporate Development & Strategy for VeriSign, Inc., during which time he sold 15+ non-strategic business units and generated more than $2B cash proceeds.

Ronald D. FisherRonald D. Fisher
Managing Partner, Softbank Capital

Mr. Fisher joined SoftBank in 1995, overseeing its U.S. operations and its other activities outside of Asia, and was the founder of SoftBank Capital. He is currently Vice Chairman of SoftBank Holdings, Inc. and also serves as a member of the board of directors of SoftBank Corp., Japan. Mr. Fisher has over 30 years of experience of working with high growth and turnaround technology companies.

Harry RudaHarry Ruda
CEO, WingPower

Mr. Ruda is leading the green revolution with Wingpower, a company that develops small vertical wind turbines: a market whose installed capacity in the US alone is projected to grow 10 fold by 2015. Previously, Mr. Ruda was CEO of Desktone, Inc. an early stage provider of an end-to-end virtual desktop platform that enables desktop computing at large enterprise to be delivered, on demand, as a network-based service.

Jack DanielsJack Daniels
President, Eastbridge Partners

Mr. Daniels has over twenty-four years experience in engineering, manufacturing operations, marketing & sales, finance, regulatory compliance and international business development. He has lived and worked in China and the Republic of Korea.

Tom ButtermoreTom Buttermore
Client Director, Cisco Systems

Mr. Buttermore is a well known and respected veteran of the cable and satellite industry. In his current role with Cisco systems, Tom has responsibility for all sales activities and customer relationships with Charter Communications, the nation’s 4th largest cable MSO. Prior to Joining Cisco, Mr. Buttermore was VP Sales and Operations for Dish Networks Commercial business segment where he led Public/Private, MDU, Hospitality and private broadcast lines of business. Buttermore was the VP & GM, Global Carrier Solutions for Nortel, where he was responsible for the architecture of Nortel’s carrier solutions, global market development, and all global carrier marketing activities. Mr. Buttermore has more than 20 years of senior technology development and operations experience within the Multiple System Operator (Cable), Local Exchange Carrier (LEC), Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC), and consumer software segments. He has demonstrated tremendous leadership and success in engineering, deploying, scaling and operating new digital and packet services for various networks including VoIP, DSL and Cable Modem, and Digital Video, spending the last 10 years focused on the cable MSO industry.

Tom KosnikTom Kosnik
Fenwick & West Consulting Professor
Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Tom Kosnik is a Consulting Professor, Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), in Stanford School of Engineering. He currently serves on the teaching teams of three courses: Global Entrepreneurial Marketing, Global Entrepreneurial Leadership, and the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Program. He is a member of Board of Advisors of the Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students (BASES) and the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Association (NUSEA). He has provided guidance for the Stanford Entrepreneurs’ Challenge (a business plan competition) since 1996, and numerous Global Business Plan competitions since 2000.

Michael BaumMichael Baum
Partner, Rembrandt Ventures

Michael is a technology industry entrepreneur, innovator and investor actively working with start-up companies. He has gained a reputation for his knowledge of how to build great companies, create and win markets and assemble A-player teams. Michael is currently an advisor and board participant at Loggly, Mu Dynamics, NewTree, Rezopia, TrackSimple and Veloxum.

Susan E. PravdaSusan E. Pravda
Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Susan E. Pravda is office managing partner of Foley & Lardner’s Boston office, chair of the firm’s Emerging Technologies Industry Team, and a member of the Private Equity & Venture Capital and Transactional & Securities Practices, and the Life Sciences and Nanotechnology Industry Teams. Prior to joining Foley, she was co-managing partner at Epstein Becker & Green’s Boston office.

Rowland HansonRowland Hanson
Founder & CEO, Hanson Maslen Group

Mr. Hanson is CEO of Hanson Maslen Group and Chairman of CRH & Associates. Mr. Hanson is known for the impact he made as Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft, where he created and executed the company’s highly acclaimed branding strategy. Especially noteworthy is the market introduction of Microsoft’s most popular product, a graphical interface that Hanson insisted must be named "Windows". Several books published on the history of Microsoft credit his strategies with leading to the dominance of the Microsoft and Microsoft Windows© brands.

Andrew I. FillatAndrew I. Fillat
Venture Partner, Leapfrog Ventures

Mr. Fillat is a Venture Partner at Leapfrog Ventures. Previously, he worked with several venture capital and private equity firms, including Rembrandt Venture Partners and American Capital Strategies, in a variety of capacities. From 1989-2004, Mr. Fillat was at Advent International Corp. leading their venture operations starting in 1996.

Jeffrey BelkJeffrey Belk
Managing Director, ICT168 Capital LLC

Mr. Belk is Managing Director of ICT168 Capital, LLC, focused on developing and guiding global growth opportunities in the Information and Communication Technology space. Formerly, Mr. Belk spent almost 14 years at Qualcomm, where prior to his departure in early 2008, he was SVP of strategy and market development.