Aaron Khoo is the President of Fonoluo, a device rental company looking to alleviate the pain for companies having to buy and maintain hundreds of different mobile devices for testing purposes. Fonoluo will rent devices to companies on an as-needed basis for a fraction of the cost it would take to purchase them. Prior to Fonoluo, he worked at Microsoft, where he was a Principal Development Lead managing teams in both Windows and Xbox Live, including a one-year stint in China. His diverse contributions at Microsoft include client security, windows shell development, web/messenger gaming, Xbox applications and business intelligence. He has deep experience shipping both client and server software, and is a named inventor on four patents. Aaron holds a PhD in Computer Science from Northwestern University. He is a long time gamer, an avid runner and is oddly passionate about great TV. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Seattle.
Hakon VerespejMove the music
Hakon Verespej is the co-founder of an early-stage startup (currently unnamed) building candidate engagement tools for recruiters. Prior to his startup, he worked at Microsoft, where he built data analytics systems for Xbox Live and was an early member of several incubation projects, including Windows Azure. Hakon also previously worked at Akonix Systems, a network security startup. He is an expert in scalable distributed systems and holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering. In 2008, Hakon founded a small non-profit that educates the community about the benefits of dance and in 2012, he started an entrepreneurship peer-learning group. Hakon's core passion lies in organizational culture, team-building, and leadership. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Seattle.
Idan RubinCo FounderWiseDonation.com
Idan Rubin, the founder of WiseDonation.com, is a detail-oriented, ambitious and experienced Software Engineer. Born in Israel, he served in the Navy from 1996-1999 and graduated Cum Laude from the Israel Institute of Technology in 2004. Seven years ago Idan moved to the United States. He presently resides in Seattle where he works at Microsoft for Xbox Live services as a software design engineer in test.Idan is a self-driven entrepreneur with a strong passion for giving back and a great desire to unleash the magic of software in the charity arena. Idan founded WiseDonation.com, a portal where everyone can be a philanthropist and support their favorite charities within online social networks more easily and more flexibly. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Seattle.
Jagan Nemani is currently a consultant at Deloitte. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was Co-Founder CEO of SpeakEnergy LLC, which he started with a vision to improve energy efficiency of US homes. He is passionate about environmental causes and believes that all of us can do our part to save the earth from a catastrophic disaster. His current venture focuses on getting people together to do their part by saving energy and improving energy efficiency at their homes. Prior to venturing on his own, Jagan worked for Deloitte Consulting as a management consultant in their corporate strategy practice. He helped many clients in Semiconductor, Telecom and Software industries devise their strategic and operational plans. Jagan has helped clients identify attractive global markets and devise market entry strategies. He worked as a research fellow with Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation where he researched strategies regarding co-innovation in social communities. He was selected to be a 2009 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Silicon Valley. Jagan has an MBA (with honors) in Finance, Strategy and Marketing from Chicago Booth School of Business. He was the actively involved in the Chicago Booth community and was the recipient of ÒKPMG AwardÓ for excellent academic achievement and outstanding contribution to Chicago Booth community.
Jason CoppolaPresidentInnovation Evolved
Jason Coppola has extensive experience with business management and development, as well as building and supporting innovative technology. He has a passion for designing and delivering great software and technical products. He has founded two start ups, is actively engaged in the Silicon Valley IT community, and also is the founder of an IT consultancy business, Infinity IQ. Jason currently applies more than 15 years of IT management experience to improving the business performance of Vetesi Law Office through process improvement and the use of technology. His areas of focus include strategic and technology planning, business process reviews, technology assessments, benchmarking, project management, technology implementations, and cost reduction initiatives. Jason also provides consulting and advisory services to small businesses in the tech startup community. His expertise involves business development, process and growth, as well as technical and architectural design and development. Jason has worked for Microsoft Corporation as both a full time employee and independent IT contractor. His duties covered database engineering and managing development teams in the Xbox division. Most recently, he provided services to The Boeing Company as a Senior IT Project Manager. Jason holds a B.A. from Skidmore College, has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute, and is a Certified Scrum Master. He is currently a Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Seattle.
Jeremy Smith is the President of InviteBig, inc., an event booking platform that allows event organizers and venue to collaborate online to create events in real-time. While founding InviteBig, he owned an operated an event marketing and management company, called Venue Entertainment LLC, where he worked directly with local venues to increase their ticket sales through creation of innovation events. Jeremy also works as an event consultant, CNC Programmer and independent event planner. He orginally pursued his Bachelors degree in Architectural Studies at Washington State University (WSU), but now is currently enrolled in a WSU online Bachelors in Management and Information Systems program. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Seattle.
Kangie Chan is the Co-Founder and CTO of SyncBeat, a tech-entertainment startup where entertainment employers and talent collaborate on their job hiring process, media, and events. Prior to SyncBeat, she worked at EMC Inc, where she was in Filesystem Test Engineering team. Kangie has also worked at other tech companies such as Lexmark International. She is a technologist with over ten years of technical experience. She graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Minnesota and has expertise ranging from programming and hardware to mobile apps and web development. Kangie is passionate about traveling, reading, working out, as well as building cool applications and learning new technology while solving current facing problems/issues. She enjoys working in fast paced development cycles especially with smart, talented people. She is looking forward to leaving remarkable footprints in the world of tech women and bringing it the joy of success. She is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Seattle.
Niranjan BoseChief of Staff, Office of the President, Global Health ProgramBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Niranjan is currently Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He was formerly at SDG, a subsidiary of IMS Health, a strategy consulting firm. Niranjan was one 100 BioVision Nxt fellows chosen internationally by BioVision and Nextwave to attend the World Life Sciences Forum in 2003. He also served as a board member for YEA, a New England based nonprofit. Niranjan has worked with various volunteer organizations in the New England area and has served as an active member of the graduate student council and International Students Association at Dartmouth College, for which he was awarded the graduate student community award by the college. He was selected to be a 2007 Founding Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Boston. He was selected as the class day speaker for the Dartmouth Medical School graduation ceremony in 2004. He holds a PhD from Dartmouth Medical School, and MS and B Pharm degrees from BITS Pilani
Noah Spitzer-WilliamsSenior Product Manager Lead, Getaways Consumer ExperiencesHighlight Hunter
Noah Spitzer-Williams is the CEO of Highlight Hunter, a tech startup whose software helps camera owners find and share the highlights in their videos. Prior to Highlight Hunter, he worked 5 years as a Program Manager at Microsoft on various engineering, design, and product planning teams, earning the highest review score each year. He is an expert in entrepreneurship, software development, and interaction design. He earned degrees in computer science and entrepreneurial leadership from Tufts University, while winning the universityâ€™s business plan competition and Innovator of the Year award. He is passionate about traveling, kitesurfing, and helping people spend more time doing what they love. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Seattle. He currently works as Senior Product Manager Lead, Getaways Consumer Experiences at Groupon.
Rashim GuptaManagerCricket Communications
Rashim Gupta is an investor at Connecticut Innovations, investing in startups out of CT. Prior to joining CI, he was a Manager in Corporate Development Manager at Cricket Communications, a subsidiary of Leap Wireless. In this role he performs financial analysis of business development opportunities for Cricket including M&A opportunities and strategic partnerships. Before Cricket, Rashim worked as Venture Capital Analyst at Rose Tech Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in New York City. During his work with Rose Tech Ventures, Rashim got a chance to work with some great startups in the New York City area including Comixology, Magnetic and Live Gamer. Rashim also worked at QUALCOMM in San Diego for five years developing the Push-To-Talk technology for Sprint-Nextel using BREW and Android platforms. Rashim has a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Pune, India, MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
Rick GrimesRick Grimes Consulting
Rick Grimes is a Principal at Rick Grimes Consulting, a consultancy focused on providing Marketing, Website Strategy, and Operational insights and execution to start-ups â€¦ and other businesses that have money to pay him.. Prior to his current endeavor, he worked at Yahoo!, where he served as Vice President of Global Direct Marketing. Rick has also worked at R.R. Donnelley & Sons, the worldâ€™s largest printer, and Avenue A, one of the pioneering Internet advertising firms. He is an expert in Digital Marketing, Operations, and making his 3 year old twins laugh.. He holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He is a fan of people who tell the truth, even if the truth is uncomfortable. He is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rick is passionate about solving the problem of helping start-ups cost effectively grow their customer base and being a voice of reason and insight to entrepreneurs who can become overwhelmed by having to wear so many hats. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Seattle.
William PurdyCo-founder and Executive DirectorSpinapse
William Purdy is the co-founder and CEO of Spinapse, a web and mobile development company specializing in educational games. Prior to Spinapse, he ran True North Studios, an educational media production company. Bill has worked with many start-ups and is named on several patent applications. His work has won many awards including an SPA Codie for Best Educational Program for Adolescents, Newsweek's Editor's Choice Award and MacHome Magazine's Best Family Game of the Year. He holds a Masters degree in Educational Technology from Harvard and a BA in Cognitive Psychology from Northwestern. Bill is also passionate about clean energy and is a volunteer presenter for The Climate Project. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Seattle.
Zachary PriceFounder.YakTek, Inc
Zachary Price is a co-founder of FashMash, a website that enables people to create and share virtual mannequins by dragging items of clothing/accessories from multiple online retailers plus their personal home closets and provides one-stop centralized payment. Prior to FashMash he worked at T-Mobile, where he was a Product Manager in the On Device Marketing and was responsible for delivering over $58M annually in upsell service and product revenue on the handset. Prior to this Zachary Price also founded RhythmicSpark a mobile app development company. In 2003 he founded and raised $6M in angel funding for Essential Security Software which sold in 2009. He is constantly working to become an expert at bringing new product and business ideas to life. Zachary is a named inventor on two patents. He holds a degree in Engineering Geology and Software Product Management. Heâ€™s is an certified kitesurfing instructor, has travelled to over 30 countries and loves to study classical guitar and read sci-fi novels. Zachary passionate about solving the problem of providing opportunities and sanitation to the extremely poor. He is a 2013 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Seattle.