Eric Ahlgren
Vice President
Bessemer Venture Partners

Eric Ahlgren, a Vice President in Bessemer’s Cambridge office, joined the firm in 2013. Eric focuses on investments in the “big data,” data-infrastructure, cloud computing /software, and consumer services sectors. At Bessemer, Eric is involved in the firm’s investments in Hadapt, Infinio Systems, OneCloud Labs and Xtime.

Prior to Bessemer, Eric worked for four years at Summit Partners, a $15 billion growth equity firm in Boston, where he focused on investments in the consumer and tech-enabled business services sectors. He also spent a year in Summit’s capital markets group, where he led debt financing transactions for portfolio companies and new investments, and helped launch Summit’s credit fund. Prior to Summit, Eric worked in structured finance at Bear Stearns in New York. Eric holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in English from Colgate University.

 
Jeremy Allaire
Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Circle

Jeremy Allaire is an Internet entrepreneur who has spent the past 20 years building and leading global technology companies with products used by hundreds of millions of consumers and millions of businesses worldwide.

Jeremy's first company, Allaire Corp, pioneered the Web application development platform and grew to become a profitable $120 million in revenue, NASDAQ-traded public company. Allaire Corp was later acquired by Macromedia, where Jeremy became CTO and helped transform Flash into a platform for rich applications and video that became the most widely adopted piece of software in the history of computing.

Jeremy would go on to found Brightcove, the first Internet video publishing platform for websites, smartphones, tablets and connected-TVs. The company grew to become a profitable $120 million in revenue, NASDAQ-traded public company with customers including media companies and marketers in more than 100 countries. Brightcove powers video operations for 25 percent of the top 10,000 websites in the world.

Today, Jeremy is founder and CEO of Circle, a consumer finance company focused on transforming the world economy with secure, simple, and less costly technology for storing and using money.

 
Joe Batista
Director & Chief Creatologist
Hewlett Packard

Joseph (Joe) Batista, Director & Chief Creatologist at Hewlett-Packard Company, is responsible for building new business realities by leveraging HP’s portfolio of assets, and driving new growth, strategy and implementation agendas, that create alignment of interest and deliver real business results.

Joe builds new ventures for both HP and his clients, building value by leveraging capital, human resources, technology and market assets. Working with many emerging companies and larger enterprises, Joe is a consultant, a business strategist, and a technologist with over 30 years of practical industry experience. Many large corporations seek his “creative application theory” of applying technology to real world business domain challenges.

 
Leonardo Bonanni
Founder & CEO
Sourcemap Inc.

Dr. Leonardo Bonanni is Founder and CEO of Sourcemap, the supply chain mapping company. The New York-based startup develops enterprise software for companies to trace products, evaluate social, environmental and financial risks, and monitor improvements over time. One day soon you’ll be able to scan a product on a store shelf and be connected to the people who made it through the Sourcemap social network.

Leo is a supply chain transparency advocate named among the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics (2011) and America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs (2012). He has taught sustainability at NYU, Columbia, Parsons, and at MIT where he received his doctorate from the MIT Media Lab. Leo has a background as an architect, an inventor and a performer. Learn more about him at leobonanni.com and Sourcemap at www.sourcemap.com

 
Katie Butler
Marketing Director
GE Measurements & Control

Katie Butler is a Marketing Director at GE’s Measurement & Control business. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts USA, Measurement & Control is part of GE Oil & Gas and globally provides solutions to customers in the oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare industries. M&C’s innovative technologies include sensor-based measurement, advanced software, asset condition monitoring, controls, inspection technologies and radiation measurement solutions as well as global services and expertise.

Katie leads the global Measurement & Sensing marketing operations. She is responsible for the overall product line strategy, supporting the product management team on portfolio analysis and new product commercialization, and working very closely with the commercial teams to drive organic growth for both the direct sales teams and channel partners.

Prior to that, she most recently held roles in product management as Product General Manager and Global Product Manager where she was responsible for the overall financial performance of the business, including strategy and commercialization of new products. Katie first joined GE as part of the Commercial Leadership Program (CLP), a two-year sales and marketing rotational program.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

 
Will Coleburn
Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Schylling Toys

Will is a consumer products marketer with deep experience in developing and launching successful products in both Big Box and Specialty retail. Currently with Schylling Toys, the world leader in traditional toys and classic fun, he was formerly President of Toy State International, a Hong Kong based manufacturer of R/C vehicles and President of Grumbacher Fine Art, an international manufacturer of professional grade art supplies. He was also CEO of AllinPlay, an online game start-up creating games for the visually impaired.

An award winning marketer and brand builder, he has been successful in championing the underdog product against industry behemoths and gaining shelf space at Walmart, Target and other mass merchants. He also has expertise in leveraging Amazon.com as both a sales and marketing channel, building businesses to record sales and profit.

Will holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from Boston College.

 
Doug Cutting
Chief Architect
Cloudera

Doug (@cutting) is the founder of numerous successful open source projects, including Lucene, Nutch, Avro, and Hadoop. Doug joined Cloudera in 2009 from Yahoo!, where he was a key member of the team that built and deployed a production Hadoop storage and analysis cluster for mission-critical business analytics. Doug holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and sits on the Board of the Apache Software Foundation.

 
Crawford Del Prete
Executive Vice President & Chief Research Officer
IDC

Crawford Del Prete, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Products and Chief Research Officer, manages IDC's WW research and consulting businesses. This includes IDC's Enterprise Computing, Storage, Networking, Integration, Development and Application Software, Professional Services, Telecommunications, Personal Computing, Mobility, Consumer, Digital Marketplace, SMB, Vertical Markets, Consulting and WW Tracker research practices. Mr. Del Prete is also responsible for IDC's Industry Insights Companies, which specifically target the needs of end users in six vertical segments. Mr. Del Prete serves on the operating review boards of PC World and Macworld.

Prior to IDC, Mr. Del Prete worked in marketing at Installed Technology International. Before this, he was with Paine Webber Jackson and Curtis in New York in the government securities and commercial lending sectors. Mr. Del Prete holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and in 2012 was named a Distinguished Alumni of the University, the highest award given to graduates.

 
Rob Frasca
Managing Partner
Cosimo Venture Partners

Rob is an online pioneer, experienced entrepreneur & proven product leader that has successfully developed and launched over 50-market leading products. He built 3 venture backed start-ups with successful exits. Rob sold his first Company in 1995, pre-Yahoo to Intuit and sold his second company to Lycos, where he became VP & GM of the number 2 Internet portal at that time. His third company is currently a market leader within its space, achieving exceptional year over year growth for the last 12 years.

Rob is a metrics driven senior exec with successful 20-year track record of exceptional product vision. He is extremely creative, passionate manager that is experienced building and inspiring teams of product rockstars, delivering top products. Seasoned in bringing products to market for rapid adoption with demonstrated success establishing strategy and vision, Rob has exceptional strength in consumer online services, mobile app dev and advertising. He is considered an expert in user acquisition with deep understanding of every aspect of product management, UI design, E-commerce, paid search, SEO, affiliates marketing, mobile app development and social media.


 
John Gallant
Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer
IDG Communications U.S.

John Gallant brings more than 30 years of editorial, media and technology experience to his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer of IDG Media US. In this role, Gallant works with the editorial leaders of IDGE’s CIO, CSO, Computerworld, Greenbot, InfoWorld, ITworld, JavaWorld, Macworld, Network World, PCWorld and TechHive titles, setting content strategy and ensuring that the brands serve their respective audiences with the best digital media, services and magazines in the industry. Gallant also helps drive IDG's strategic efforts around social media, as well as IDG’s Insider premium content offering, the IDG Contributor Network and IDG Answers.

Gallant, one of Network World’s founders, was formerly CEO and editorial director for that company, where he guided content and business development for print and online, as well as Network World’s events. Gallant is highly visible in the marketplace and frequently speaks at industry conferences. In 2010, Gallant was inducted into min’s Magazine’s Editorial and Design Hall of Fame. He often hosts roundtable discussions on technology and other topics for a wide variety of organizations, including leading vendors, tech buyers and industry associations. Gallant also co-chairs the executive committee of the 1,000-member Boston College Technology Council East and serves as Vice President on the board of Dream Big, a non-profit that helps underprivileged girls build confidence through athletics. (www.dream-big.org)

 
Stephen Ibach
VP, Digital Partnerships and M&A
Inmar, Inc.

Stephen Ibach is Inmar’s Vice President, Digital Partnerships and M&A. Steve brings 15 years of experience in investment banking, e-Commerce, and technology research.

Prior to joining Inmar, Steve held a number of senior leadership positions with Credit Suisse Steve was Vice President, Internet Sector Strategist in Equity Research. In this role, he focused on the key themes across the digital landscape. Steve also served as the head of Product Strategy and Innovation, at Credit Suisse HOLT.

 
Gaurav Jain
Principal
Founder Collective

Gaurav has spent over a decade in the smartphone space, as an Engineer, Product Manager, Entrepreneur and now Investor.

As one of the Lead Product Managers for Android, Gaurav was instrumental in making it the #1 smartphone platform. Gaurav was recognized with the Founders Award, highest employee achievement award at Google, for his significant contribution to the growth and success of the Android platform.

Gaurav now invests in early stage tech companies through a seed-stage fund called Founder Collective. The fund seeded companies such as Uber, Buzzfeed and MakerBot. In 2015, Forbes recognized Gaurav as one of the top 30 VCs under the age of 30.

 
Suzanne Johnson
Vice President Americas Marketing
Akamai Technologies

Suzanne Johnson is Akamai’s Vice President of Marketing for the Americas. She is responsible for the marketing strategy and programs that drives demand for Akamai’s largest region. She supports 200+ direct and indirect sales reps in building new and existing customer pipeline across the categories of web performance, cloud security, and media delivery. Ms. Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in solution and field marketing, product marketing, industry marketing, channel marketing, lead to revenue management, direct sales enablement, and tele-prospecting strategies. Ms. Johnson has also served as Akamai’s Director of Marketing for Media & Entertainment, developing product and marketing strategies to grow revenue within one of Akamai’s most successful industries. As the web has transitioned to video, Ms. Johnson was instrumental in helping drive adoption of high-definition video on the Akamai Platform. Her experience includes working with Apple and other leading media and entertainment customers on market positioning as video moved to the iPhone and HTTP.

 
Frederic Kerrest
Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Okta

Frederic is co-founder and COO of identity and mobility management company Okta. He is passionate about enterprise technology and has spent the last 15 years helping organizations improve their operations by embracing software solutions.

Prior to Okta, he worked at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, where he evaluated enterprise software investment opportunities and helped portfolio companies strengthen operations and go-to-market strategies. From 2002 to 2007, Frederic worked in sales and business development at Salesforce.com, where he started and built the Latin America sales organization, mobile group and reseller programs.

Frederic earned a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Frederic currently serves as an advisor to early stage software companies and a mentor at the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and the Stanford StartX Accelerator program.

 
Scott Kirsner
Columnist
The Innovation Economy column, The Boston Globe
Scott Kirsner is a journalist who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship. His Innovation Economy column appears Sundays in the Boston Globe, and he also writes a companion blog at boston.com/innovation. Scott has been a regular contributor to Fast Company, CIO, BusinessWeek, Variety, and Wired. ScottÕs writing has also appeared in the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and Newsweek, among other publications. Scott serves as the program chair for three annual events on innovation: the Nantucket Conference, held each May since 2000; Future Forward, held each fall since 2001; and the Convergence Forum, launched in 2004. He is the author, most recently, of the book Fans, Friends & Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age. His earlier books include Inventing the Movies, a technological history of Hollywood that was published in 2008, and The Future of Web Video, published in 2007.
 
John Landry
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
CommonAngels Ventures

John Landry, a prolific and pioneering software entrepreneur and active angel investor, has been involved with CommonAngels since 1998 and is now a member of the Investment Advisory Committee.

John is a 40-year veteran of the software business who has served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Software Executive at such industry leaders as Lotus Development (acquired by IBM), Dun & Bradstreet Software, Cullinet Software (acquired by CA) and McCormack & Dodge (acquired by Dun & Bradstreet). Following IBM’s acquisition of Lotus in 1995, John was appointed IBM’s VP Technology Strategy by IBM CEO Lou Gertsner and tasked with developing and implementing IBM’s entire internet/e-business strategy, serving in that role until 1999. Complementing this executive experience at large software companies, he was also Co-Founder/Chairman/CTO of several successful startups including Agility Systems (acquired by Dun & Bradstreet), Narrative Communications (acquired by Excite/AtHome), AnyDay.com (acquired by Palm) and Adjoin Solutions (acquired by CA).

 
Yvonne McCague
Vice President
Silicon Valley Bank

As a Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank, Yvonne McCague is instrumental in spearheading the Bank’s Accelerator practice in New England, working with high growth innovation companies in the region. Yvonne has dedicated the majority of her career to partnering with venture capital funds, private equity funds and technology companies, providing them with guidance on financial services and international expansion.

Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, Yvonne focused her international career on European and US markets, at HSBC Bank, and Anglo Irish Bank. Yvonne earned a B.A Finance from the National University of Ireland, and a M.Sc Finance from Queens University of Belfast.

 
Kelly McGowan
Senior Director, Information Technology
AmericanSecurities

Kelly McGowan joined American Securities in 2007 as the director of information systems & technology to implement and help execute complex IT strategies to enhance the growth of our portfolio companies. Previously, he was chief information officer at Fresh Direct. He was also a founding partner of Oceanview Consulting, where he worked extensively with American Securities' portfolio company, Press Ganey Associates, helping them build a world-class IT capability. In addition, Kelly served as CIO of Cowen & Co. and Societe Generale.

 
Donovan Neale-May
Executive Director
CMO Council

Donovan Neale-May is the founder and executive director of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council (www.cmocouncil.org), a global affinity network of more than 9,000 senior marketing and branding executives, who collectively control more than $450 billion in annual marketing spend. Neale-May is also the founder and executive director of the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network (www.bpinetwork.org), a global management community dedicated to identifying, exploring and sharing emerging trends and transformational ideas and practices that are reshaping world markets and competitive landscapes. Neale-May serves as president and managing partner of GlobalFluency, Inc., the leader in Intelligent Market Engagement™, with 70 offices in over 40 countries. Collectively, GlobalFluency (www.globalfluency.com) member firms have annual billings of $50 million and employ 450 professionals servicing scores of clients across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. He has been managing and running his respected multi-channel marketing and perception management business since 1987, operating from Silicon Valley and New York offices. Previously, Neale-May held senior positions with marketing, promotions and PR agencies, including Ogilvy & Mather, in Silicon Valley, New York, London and Los Angeles. During his 35 years as an international marketing and brand strategist, Neale-May has consulted with over 300 leading multi-nationals, new venture starts and emerging growth companies. Neale-May is listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential BtoB Marketers in North America by BtoB Magazine. He serves on the board of directors for Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) and is a member of the Rhodes University Board of Governors in South Africa. He is also an adjunct professor at Seoul National University in South Korea.

 
Steve Papa
Founder
Parallel Wireless, Endeca

Steve Papa is an active founder and venture capitalist. As founder of Parallel Wireless he is making the deployment of the carrier-grade LTE RAN as easy as deploying enterprise Wi-Fi. As investor, he is active both as a founding investor and a board partner for Andreessen Horowitz.

Previously he founded and led the big data database company Endeca until it was Oracle's largest private company acquisition, reported at $1.1 billion when announced in 2011. Endeca launched at Demo 2001 and pioneered the now ubiquitous faceted search and query. He got his high-tech career started at Inktomi where he created the company's carrier class caching business and then helped launch Akamai. Steve studied at Princeton and Harvard where is an advisor to both their respective entrepreneurship programs.

 
Dan Primack
Senior Editor
Fortune.com

Dan Primack joined Fortune.com in September 2010 to cover deals and dealmakers, from Wall Street to Sand Hill Road. Previously, Dan was an editor-at-large with Thomson Reuters, where he launched both peHUB.com and the peHUB Wire email service, a daily email newsletter with more than 50,000 subscribers. He has given keynote addresses at events hosted by organizations that include Merrill Lynch, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the National Venture Capital Association. He also appears regularly on CNBC and other television networks. Prior to hitting the private equity beat in 2000, Primack covered private debt for Private Placement Letter and served as Editor and Cofounder of The ‘Bury, a Roxbury, Mass.-based newspaper catering to teenagers and young adults. Primack is a graduate of Haverford College, with a degree in political science.

 
Atif Rafiq
Senior Vice President & Global Digital Officer
McDonald’s Corporation
As McDonald’s first-ever Chief Digital Officer, Rafiq is creating a digital vision for the world’s leading global food service retailer, helping the company to define the restaurant experience of the future. Since assuming his role in October 2013, Rafiq has built an entirely new global organization within McDonald’s, focusing on customer experience and brand engagement. Leading a global team, Rafiq aims to harness digital innovation to deliver an entirely new level of convenience, fun and value to McDonald’s customers.

Prior to McDonald’s, Rafiq served as General Manager of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, spearheaded product marketing and strategic business development at both Yahoo! and AOL, and founded several start-ups of his own, including software provider Covigna. Rafiq earned a BA in Mathematics-Economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Follow Atif @atifatif

 
Ian Robertson
Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Capsugel

Ian Robertson joined Capsugel in September, 2011 to design and establish business technology for the company and is responsible for leading the information technology strategy enabling Capsugel’s global operations. Ian also serves as a member of the Capsugel Executive Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Capsugel, he worked as SVP and Global CIO for Novartis Consumer Health, a division of the Novartis Corporation. Before moving into the Pharmaceutical industry, he spent over 12 years in the Consumer Products industry, initially with the Gillette group in London and Boston, and more recently with the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in Chicago. He began his professional career as a Senior Consulting Engineer for ABB in Europe.

Ian now lives and works in the US in New Jersey, and is an active member of the IT and business communities, with a particular passion for advocating the role of technology in Education. He served for 7 years on the Chicago Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors, and on the Cook County (ILL) Election Technology Committee.

 
Alexander Rosen
Managing Director
IDG Ventures USA

Alex Rosen is a Managing Director with IDG Ventures. He focuses on companies at the intersection of consumer and enterprise technologies, including SaaS, cloud, marketplaces, and ad tech. Alex serves on the boards at Expect Labs (enabler of voice-based digital assistants), Krux (data management platform), Minted (design-driven marketplace), Smartling (translation management SaaS), Vidible (video syndication platform), Vouch (social lending), and We Heart It (mobile social network). He also led IDG Ventures' investments in Fastly, Indiegogo, Watchguard, and Flowdock (RALY).

Previously, he was a General Partner at Sprout Group, where he was head of the Internet and Software group. He holds BS degrees in electrical engineering and economics from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University.

 
Peter Ruchatz
CMO
Veeam
Peter Ruchatz is the Chief Marketing Officer for Veeam Software with 15+ years experience in the IT and consulting industry (Salesforce.com, Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group and other.) Peter is responsible for Veeam's global marketing and communication strategies and efforts, including positioning and messaging, product strategy, global alliances, training and enablement. Peter focuses on building and guiding Veeam's global brand and reputation, further extending the presence and relevance to target audiences with scalable and state-of-the-art marketing programs, and helping Veeam's sales teams and partners successfully grow their business to the next level.
 
Bijan Sabet
General Partner
Spark Capital
Bijan primarily invests in digital canvases and online communities for people at work and at play. He typically invests in startups after becoming a passionate user of the product. In particular, he looks for new approaches to building communities through the sharing of ideas and interests. Bijan was an early investor in Foursquare, Jelly, Stack Exchange, Trello, Tumblr (Yahoo) and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR).

Before becoming an investor, Bijan led product management and/or business development at GameLogic (Scientific Games), Moxi Digital (Digeo) and WebTV Networks (Microsoft Corporation).

Bijan holds a B.S. from Boston College. He lives in Boston with his wife and three kids and is a passionate amateur photographer.

 
Anand Sanwal
CEO/Co-Founder
CB Insights

Anand Sanwal is the CEO & Co-founder of CB Insights, a National Science Foundation-backed big data company, that provides predictive intel into the health of private companies, their investors and the emerging industries they compete in. Customers include NEA, Cisco, Gartner, Upfront Ventures, Marketo, Rackspace, and Redhat among others.

Prior to founding CB Insights, Anand managed the $50 million Chairman's Innovation Fund at American Express. And prior that he worked at Kozmo.com, one of NYC's most infamous dot com flameouts. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and in finance and accounting from the Wharton School of Business.

 
Erick Schonfeld
Executive Producer
DEMO

Erick Schonfeld is a technology journalist and the executive producer of DEMO. He is also a partner at bMuse, a product incubator in New York City. Schonfeld is the former Editor in Chief of TechCrunch. At TechCrunch, he oversaw the editorial content of the site, helped to program the Disrupt conferences and CrunchUps, produced TCTV shows, and wrote daily for the blog. Prior to TechCrunch, he was Editor-at-Large for Business 2.0 magazine. He also launched an online video series with CNN/Money and hosted regular panels and conferences of industry luminaries. Schonfeld started his career at Fortune magazine in 1993.

 
Neal Silverman
Senior Vice President & General Manager
DEMO

Neal Silverman brings more than 20 years’ media and sales experience to his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of IDG Enterprise’s DEMO—world-renowned launchpad for emerging technology. In his current role Silverman oversees sales, marketing and business development, for the DEMO brand and participates in the selection of the companies that present. Neal has led the expansion of the DEMO brand to China, Singapore, Africa, India, Russia and Brazil. Neal also sits on the Executive Committee for IDG Enterprise and the Board of Storage Network World. Prior to joining IDG Enterprise, Silverman held executive management positions at Fast Company Magazine, US News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal.

 
Justin Steinman
Chief Marketing Officer
GE Healthcare IT

Justin Steinman is Chief Marketing Officer for GE Healthcare IT, a $1.8 billion division of GE Healthcare. In this role, he has responsibility for all marketing activities across GE Healthcare’s portfolio of Integrated Care software solutions.Integrated Care solutions bring together data from the across the healthcare delivery network to generate actionable insights that help improve clinical, financial, and operational outcomes.

Prior to this role, Justin served as the VP & General Manager for Clinical Business Solutions, a $500M division of GE Healthcare IT. Justin joined GE in January 2011 as the marketing leader for Clinical Business Solutions, and has also served as the CMO for GE Healthcare Performance Solutions. Prior to joining GE Healthcare, Justin spent seven years at Novell in a variety of roles, including Vice President of Solution & Product Marketing. Earlier in his career, Justin worked at a venture-backed supply chain software start-up, and at Accenture, where he implemented SAP for Fortune 500 companies around the globe.

 
David Strand
President
E14 Fund Management, Inc.

Dave is the primary interface with graduates of the MIT Media Lab who are in the E14 program. The program provides incubation services, mentoring and investor connections to the entrepreneurs in its portfolio as they seek investment to start companies. Before the E14 Fund he was COO at Ovshinsky Solar LLC , a startup developing a new process for manufacturing thin-film silicon photovoltaic modules. Prior to Ovshinsky Solar he was VP Semiconductor Products Development at Energy Conversion Devices where he led technology and business development for the company’s semiconductor division.

 
Paul Swartz
Strategic Partnership Manager
American Airlines

Paul Swartz is a Strategic Partnerships Manager at American Airlines focused on supporting Startups and Small Businesses. He works with startups / small businesses throughout the US to help grow their businesses through American Airline’s Innovator Initiatives. Paul finds and vets select startups to support with travel grants, marketing resources and connections with American’s employees, departments and customers. In addition, He is building long term relationships with high growth entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angels, incubators and accelerators. As the Strategic Partnerships Manager at American Airlines, Paul brings a wealth of experience from past roles in the highly competitive financial, real estate, and electronics industries. Paul has a BA in Economics and History from Colby College in Waterville, Maine

 
Jeff Wilson
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications
GE Capital

Jeff Wilson is senior vice president, marketing and communications at GE Capital, a leading provider of commercial finance. In 2015, Jeff was named communications leader for global information technology, operations and risk to drive transformational change. For the previous 8 years at GE, he led a team responsible for Corporate Finance marketing, brand strategy and tactics including advertising, direct marketing, digital, events, conferences, collateral, content marketing, public relations and corporate communications.

Jeff’s writing has been published in Strategic Finance, US Banker and American Banker. A featured speaker at the Jack Welch Leadership Center and UCONN Graduate School of Business, he also speaks regularly at the Gramercy Forum for financial marketers and the Financial Communications Society of New York. Jeff is active in the community and is a board member of Community Accounting Aid and Services. He has served on the board of the Business Marketing Association and the Advertising Club of Connecticut.

 
Grace Woo
Co-Founder
Pixels.io

Grace Woo and Szymon Jakubczak started Pixels.IO as a way to extend their PhD thesis work into reality. Through the support of the MIT Media Lab E14 fund and the generous support of the National Science Foundation, Pixels.IO is able to mature the understanding for how the human eye works differently from the camera and apply these discoveries toward the creation of a powerful interactive video player. Learn more about this solution at Demo Traction Boston 2015.

Since 2011, Grace's work has been featured in Fast Company, AList (an Asian-American publication helping define leadership), Elle Magazine, and numerous online publications including the Boston Globe. In 2012, Grace published "VRCodes: Unobtrusive and active visual codes for interaction by exploiting rolling shutter" thus leading to the formation of Pixels.IO. Today, Grace's work with Pixels.IO focuses on how to easily create content which is both unobtrusive and engaging with viewers.

 
Angela Yochem
Chief Information Officer
BDP International

Angela Yochem is the Global CIO of BDP International, a leading privately-held global transportation and logistics management firm, where she runs the technology division and the digital product line. Angela joined the high-growth company in 2013 to drive expansion through innovative technology.

Prior to BDP, Angela was the global CTO at AstraZeneca, where she built unconventional partnerships to accelerate business advantage while making a meaningful difference to patient health. She built a track record of driving transformation, profitability and agility in complex environments in senior roles at Dell, Bank of America, SunTrust, UPS, and IBM.

Angela is an Independent Director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, where she serves on the Operational Risk Committee and the Governance and Public Policy Committee, and is the vice-chair of the Enterprise Risk Committee.

Angela is a published author, a US Patent holder, and serves on several advisory boards, focusing on technology as an enabler of break-through advances for society.