David A. Birnbach
David served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Antenna, Inc. (Formerly Vaultus Mobile Technologies, Inc). David has worked in the software industry for 25 years, and has extensive experience in both software development as well as sales and marketing. Prior to Vaultus, David served as Vice President of Sales and Channel Sales at MarketSoft, where he built the initial sales team and took them from a being a pre-revenue company in a new software category to a market leader with a significant Fortune 500 customer base. Prior to MarketSoft, he served as Director of Sales at Onyx Software, where he was responsible for the eastern half of North America and was a key member of the Onyx sales management team that grew revenues from $2 million in 1995 to over $30 million in 1998.
Earlier in his career, David spent eight years at Digital Equipment Corporation in various sales, systems integration, and software engineering roles. A strong advocate for education, David is a member of the Andover School Board in Andover, Massachusetts, and also a member of MIT Sloan School of Management’s executive education assessment committee. David is also a mentor in MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service.
David holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Arizona and an MS from MIT’s Sloan School.
Leland Cheung is Cambridge City Councillor. The son of immigrants, Leland developed a deep appreciation for American values and the importance community participation. Guided by these principles, he ran for office on the platform of strengthening the community and creating opportunities for the next generation. Leland carries out these beliefs as he advocates for job growth, government transparency and affordable housing across Cambridge each and every day. Leland was first elected in while pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to returning to graduate school, Cheung earned a BS in Physics, BA in Economics and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University.
After graduation (and before assuming his role as City Councillor), Leland worked as a Senior Associate at Masthead Partners, a Cambridge-based venture capital firm focusing on digital media, mobile, and internet infrastructure. He has used this background to guide his efforts on the City Council, and is currently the chair of the Cable TV, Telecommunications & Public Utilities Commission as well as the Neighborhood and Long Term Planning Committee.
Throughout his tenure on the Cambridge City Council, Leland has remained committed to maintaining a style of progressive and innovative leadership that is akin to the moral, cultural, and intellectual climate of the surrounding community. As City Councillor, Leland has worked to preserve Cambridge’s culture of entrepreneurship by facilitating an open dialogue between local businesses and community members throughout the development of Kendall and Central Squares. He has fought to maintain Cambridge’s long history of promoting justice and equality by supporting measures to expand the rights of women, immigrants, and LGBT members of the community. He has partnered with local innovators to make municipal data more readily available to the residents of Cambridge through mobile applications. Most importantly, he has worked to ensure that the City of Cambridge is built on a foundation of community input – one that listens to the suggestions, criticism, ideas, and beliefs of its constituents.
Leland currently lives in Cambridge with his wife. He can be seen commuting around Cambridge on a homemade electric scooter.
Alex Finkelstein is a General Partner at Spark Capital and joined the firm at its inception. He has led Spark’s investments in 8D World, Altius Education, Linkwell, OnSwipe, peerTransfer and Wayfair. He also led Spark’s previous investment in 5min Media (acquired by AOL). Prior to joining Spark, Alex was the creator and producer of a number of television shows and Internet properties that he sold to major networks, including FOX, E!, Discovery, ITV1 (U.K.) and Yahoo.
Previously, Alex was a Principal at Seed Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm that was formed in partnership with Softbank. Before joining Seed Capital Partners, Alex was an Associate at Grandbanks Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm that was also formed in partnership with Softbank. Alex also worked at Cambridge Associates, where he served as a Senior Venture Capital Research Associate and Senior Consulting Associate. Alex Finkelstein holds a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College.
Kathy Huber graduated, with a degree in electrical engineering, from MIT as one of only a handful of women. From there, she went to work for BBN technologies, and cultivated her passion for entrepreneurship, building the critical hardware infrastructure of the early Internet. Kathy is currently Executive Vice President of First Founders Limited (FFL), an independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to shaping and building young business ventures emerging from academic and other institutional research.
Kathy has over 20 years’ experience in leading-edge technology companies. For the past six years, Kathy has also been an active mentor with MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service (MIT VMS) which reports directly to the Provost Office of MIT. MIT VMS, with its 135 mentors, supports innovation and entrepreneurial activity within the MIT community. She is co-founder and was the CEO of Pico Innovations, an energy utilities network services start-up that leverages Smart Grid and Smart Home technologies by providing energy management through a secure information exchange. Kathy was also founding CEO of Silver Beech Networks, focused on the efficient transport of content services over high speed data networks. Prior to Silver Beech Networks, Huber was co-founder and Vice President of Business Development for IronBridge Networks’ carrier-class terabit routers where she helped raise over $130 million in venture funding.
Tito H. Jackson is the Boston City Councillor for District 7. He was elected with 82% of the vote during a Special Election. In November of 2011, the 85% of the voters in District 7 selected Councillor Jackson for a full two-year term. Mr. Jackson was raised in the Grove Hall section of Roxbury and is a proud life-long resident of District 7, which includes all of Roxbury and parts of the South End, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and the Fenway. Councillor Jackson is a much sought after public speaker at career days, motivational seminars and community events. In this capacity, he addresses youth development issues, such as how to better motivate young people to pursue careers in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Education. Mr. Jackson spent more than 10 years as a sales and marketing professional. He won numerous awards and honors during that time. Through that experience, the Councillor developed extensive knowledge of the healthcare, technology and government sectors.
In 2007, Councillor Jackson became the Industry Director for Information Technology at Governor Deval Patrick’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development where he focused his energies on creating and sustaining jobs within Massachusetts and helping local businesses grow. Councillor Jackson is now the Chair of the Post Audit and Oversight Committee, and Vice Chair of the Education Committee.
Andy Miller is Chief Innovation Architect at Constant Contact a leading digital marketing company for SMBs. Andy leads all innovation efforts for Constant Contact, including the newly formed Small Business Innovation Loft, a 30k square foot innovation facility and home to the only SMB-focused startup accelerator program. Andy created the corporate innovation structure and processes while establishing a 14-person innovation team to drive internal innovation, as well as a new way of working across all divisions of the organization. Andy also developed and implemented the strategic plan for the Innovation Loft, with a focus on driving community engagement.
Prior to joining the company, Miller was founder and CEO of mobile-loyalty app CardStar, which was acquired by Constant Contact in 2012. Through his company CardStar, Andy created the leading mobile loyalty platform connecting shoppers with their favorite merchants and brands, where millions of consumers use CardStar across 200 countries to store more than 15 million loyalty, reward, and membership cards. Andy was responsible for the development and implementation of all strategic marketing and business development plans. He also managed mobile application product development, which included apps for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone. Andy invented “Loyalty Graph” to map individual, merchant, ad category data in an effort to drive predictive modeling and 1:1 targeted messaging. Andy has a 20-year career driving innovation and new product creation, with proven success in identifying opportunities, setting the vision, fundraising and building high-quality products and services at both start-ups and large companies.
Tom serves as Director of UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub, a co-working and incubator facility supporting early-stage, technology-based startups in a variety of areas including advanced materials, cleantech, robotics and information technology.
Tom is also a faculty member at the Manning School of Business at UMass Lowell teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in New Venture Creation, Managing Innovation, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management.
He is actively engaged in mentoring student and faculty teams in starting new ventures and a key contributor to ongoing efforts to expand innovation and entrepreneurship programs on campus for students, researchers and faculty.
Previously, Tom was Vice President of Business Development for Product Genesis, a Cambridge-based strategic innovation management consulting company that works with Global 1000 clients to develop systematic and analytical approaches to delivering customized, high impact, technology-based innovation. In this role, he worked directly with senior executives from a range of industries to guide them through the process of identifying, developing and commercializing innovative new business opportunities.
Prior to Product Genesis, Tom was Director of Business Development for TIAX, LLC, a Cambridge–based technology processing company that transforms emerging innovations into technology platforms ready for interactive hand-off to established companies. TIAX’s primary technology areas included energy and energy storage systems, advanced materials / nano-materials, green chemistry and building / appliance systems. In his role reporting to TIAX’s President, Tom focused on identifying and developing new business opportunities for TIAX, including technology development and commercialization partnerships with established companies, marketing partnerships with industry organizations and research partnerships with university labs.
Prior to TIAX, he spent 14 years at Cisco Systems Inc. in sales, business development and consulting roles. He served as a Senior Business Development Manager within the Technology Center Group, an internal advanced technology and market opportunity incubator for Cisco. In collaboration with Technology Center’s advanced engineering team, Tom focused on identifying and developing emerging technology and market opportunities for Cisco. Previously at Cisco, he held leadership roles in the technical sales organization on the Enterprise, Service Provider and Channel teams.
Prior to Cisco, he was a senior network consultant for Bolt Beranek and Newman’s (BBN’s) Systems and Technologies Division in Cambridge and a system engineer for GTE Government Systems in Needham.
Holds a B.S.E.E. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, M.S. Computer Engineering from Boston University and M.S. Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Dan Ross has more than 20 years executive experience in the technology industry. Dan currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Options Media at Cellular Spyware, Inc. and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Promisec Limited. Prior to that, Dan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Illume Software Inc which develops solutions that leverage location to power high-value applications and services.
Before Illume Software, Ross was managing partner of Maxis Capital in Boston, a global private equity firm where he served on the Investment and Management Committee and led private equity investments in Information Technology and Software sectors. Dan was also a member of CommonAngels, an organization of successful entrepreneurs in the software, information technology and internet business communities. Over the past decade as CEO, Ross led the turnaround of middle-market software and services companies including Optiant, Manna and DarwinSuzsoft (now Dextrys), which became one of the top three U.S.-based Chinese offshore IT services companies. As senior executive at OpenMarket, Ross played a major role in building the company to become the global market leader in e-commerce and taking it public for the most successful IPO on NASDAQ during 1996. Dan was also an Entrepreneur in Residence at GrandBanks Capital.
Previously, Ross led the financial and operational turnaround of Picturetel, where he doubled profitable revenues to $500 million in less than two years. In his 16 years at Digital Equipment Corporation, Ross held various senior management positions building several units to over $2 billion in profitable revenue.
Dan formerly served as Director of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, where he is a past board member, and serves as an advisor to the MATCH school in Boston. He has lectured at MIT Sloan School, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Babson College on Entrepreneurship speaking on the topic of how to make money while serving the greater good. Dan holds a B.S. from the Wharton School of Finance. He Graduated from INSEAD.
Dougan Sherwood is Director at Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), a full service office-campus in Cambridge believed to house more start-ups under its roof than any other facility in the world. In his work at CIC, Dougan oversees the company’s sales and relationship management team, and also serves as its international liaison.
Prior to his work at CIC, Dougan spent several years working in experiential education, first as the development director for an outdoor leadership organization in Park City, Utah, and then as the program director for several youth leadership programs in Washington, D.C. Dougan also founded his own youth program in the American West that aimed to serve rising college freshmen. Dougan has also interned in the education policy office for the late Senator Edward Kennedy, served on the board of a non-profit helping children with HIV/AIDS, and created an annual bicycle fundraiser in Boston that supports injured servicemen and women.
Dougan attended the University of Utah where he received his B.A. in History. He grew up on Cape Cod.
A Boston-area native, Aimee Sprung is the Business Manager for Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center (NERD) responsible for local marketing, internal programs & communications and the NERD Conference Center.
Prior to NERD, Aimee worked in the Marketing arm of US Developer & Platform Evangelism Group (DPE), focused on programs that encourage K12 students and teachers to learn Microsoft technologies like Kodu, Expression, XNA and the Kinect SDK. Before that, Aimee was Federal Marketing Manager in Microsoft’s US Public Sector business and Marketing Director at Information Strategies – a software development company and Microsoft partner in Washington, DC. Prior to her 10 years at Microsoft, Aimee was the Marketing Director at Information Strategies – a software development company and Microsoft partner in Washington, DC.
Aimee graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Art History and a minor in Business. She now resides in Newton, MA with her husband, Eric, and two sons, Alex (6) & Noah (3). A fitness enthusiast (recently added Cross Fit to her repertoire), she loves to ski and will take any excuse to spend time outside!
Steve is currently a consultant to various startups providing financial, management and technical support. In 2010, he co-founded Overlook Networks, a networking company focused on data center networking.
Previously, he served as the VP of Advanced Technology at Datapower, and drove the development of a hardware-based XML processor. The company developed high performance XML processing and transformation engines for web based services, and was sold to IBM in 2005. Prior to Datapower, Steve co-founded Argon Networks, a maker of Internet core switch/routers. He led the architecture effort to build a large, hardware-based IP router and ATM switch supporting OC48c interfaces. Argon was eventually purchased by Siemens. He also co-founded Wellfleet Communications, a pioneering Internet router company, and became the Director of Software Development. He started Wellfleet’s Advanced Engineering Group, which developed leading edge technology Internet and ATM standards and technology, such as the silicon-based forwarding engine for the next generation of Wellfleet technology.
Steve has a BS in BDIC/Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. He is a member of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, and a board member at Solano Labs, among other advisory boards in the Boston area. Steve holds nine patents in the field of computer networking. He is also a member of the Common Angels.
Christopher Wolfel is Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer at Mavrck, a high-growth venture-backed Boston based AdTech company who’s social influence marketing platform powers premier consumer brands to drive more sales on social media. He is also an Advisory Board Member of IDEA: Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator, Strategic Advisor at Youth CITIES, and the Founder of #GoodBeersGreatPeople, a monthly un-networking event that raises money for local charities.
Chris previously served as the CEO of IDEA: Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator where he tripled the organization in every category. Chris is has extensive sales and business development experience playing a critical role in growing sales at Yesware & Nine Technology (Acquired by Imation NYSE: IMN). He has also consulted for Julian Hard Cider, HERO Racing, Harper Lei and other startups throughout the country primarily on venture creation, product market fit, go-to-market strategy, sales, and marketing.
Chris is an avid traveler and adventurer who is always looking for a challenge. He loves anything disruptive and entrepreneurial as well as a round of golf with great people.
Jeff Fagnan (Board Observer)
Jeff Fagnan is a partner in the technology group of Atlas Venture and focuses on emerging companies in enterprise and Internet infrastructure.
Jeff is well known as a founding investor, working with many companies since inception and playing an instrumental role in developing many portfolio companies’ initial business plans and go-to-market strategies. Jeff incubated Bit9, angel funded and seeded AngelList, and co-founded Abine and Veracode. He was also a seed investor in Learnboost (acquired by Automatic), MileWise (acquired by Yahoo), Streetwise Media (acquired by ACBJ) and FeeFighters (acquired by Groupon). Jeff led Atlas’ investment in Wanelo, sits on the board of DataXu, Freshbooks, Hopper, Integral Ad Science, Learnist, Reddo Mobility, and Skillz, and is responsible for leading the initial seed rounds in Hopper, InsightSquared, Snapguide, Whoop, and Keas. He is also founder of Maiden Lane, the first investment vehicle built on top of AngelList.
Prior to joining Atlas in 2004, Jeff was a partner with Seed Capital Partners where he focused on spinning innovation out of MIT and Harvard. While at Seed Capital, Jeff was the lead and founding investor in several companies including DataPower Technology (acquired by IBM) and Polychromix (acquired by ThermoFisher). Before venture, Jeff worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and Nortel Networks.
Jeff is founder and president of TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good), a non-profit foundation harnessing the power of the tech ecosystem to catalyze social innovation in New England. He is a prominent speaker on innovation. In 2012 and 2013, Jeff was voted to the “Power 50″ list of most influential Bostonians in the Boston Business Journal and was also named to its “40 under 40″ list in 2009. In 2012, Jeff was awarded the “50 on Fire” distinction by Bostinno.
Jeff received an MBA, with distinction, from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and a BS from the University of Alaska.
An adventure athlete and environmental enthusiast, Jeff is a frequent mountain climber and recently completed his first IRONMAN.
Jonathan J. Fleming
Jonathan J. Fleming is President and Treasurer of NEHI (The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation). Since 1999, Mr. Fleming has been the Managing Partner of Oxford Bioscience Partners, an international venture capital firm specializing in life science investments, based in Boston, MA. Mr. Fleming has been in the investment business for more than 29 years, starting and financing growth companies in the United States, Europe, Israel and Asia. Prior to joining Oxford Bioscience Partners in 1996, he was a Founding General Partner of MVP Ventures in Boston, MA.
He began his investment career with TVM Techno Venture Management in Munich, Germany. Mr. Fleming also co-founded Medica Venture Partners, a venture capital investment firm specializing in early stage health care and biotechnology companies in Israel, and the Korea Seoul Life Science Fund, based in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Fleming is a director of Xencor (NASDAQ: XNCR) and several private early stage life science companies. He is also a director of Leerink Partners, a Boston based investment bank specializing in health care companies. In addition, Mr. Fleming has been a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2003, where he co-teaches a class on business strategy for life science managers. He is an advisor to the SBIR program of the National Cancer Institute.
Mr. Fleming holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Imran Sayeed is the chief technology officer for NTT Data, Inc. the sixth largest IT services company in the world with $16 Billion in revenue, and part of NTT Group, the world’s largest telecommunications company with $130 Billion in revenue and 220,000 employees. In this role, Sayeed works with the leadership to help define the technology strategy and direction for the global organization. Sayeed came to NTT through its acquisition of Keane, where he led a 7000 person technology consulting organization and before that netNumina, a boutique technology strategy and consulting form that he founded and grew from a 15-person startup to one of Computerworld’s Top 100 emerging companies and Inc 500’s fastest growing businesses. Previously, as a founder of Open Environment, Sayeed grew the company from a 10-person startup to an IPO.
Sayeed is also part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he teaches in the MBA program. He was also the founding global president of OPEN, an entrepreneurship and leadership organization, which has over 5000 executives and entrepreneurs in 11 cities around the world. He also holds a patent on Internet technology he jointly developed with Citibank. Sayeed was named by Computerworld as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013.
Sayeed attended Brown University where he majored in Engineering, and Harvard University, where he did post-graduate work in business, marketing and product development.
Dr. Windham-Bannister is an experienced CEO who served as the founding President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center from July 2008-May 2015, overseeing a $1 Billion investment to accelerate the pace of growth and innovation in the life sciences sectors (pharceuticals, biotechology, medical devices, medical diagnostics and bioinformatics). She is the first African American in the U.S. to lead a life science-focused innovation initiative of this scale. As CEO, Dr. Windham-Bannister was responsible for the Center’s investment strategy, brand management, organizational development, and return on public investment. Dr. Windham-Bannister is an internationally recognized expert with excellent academic and professional credentials in the field of innovation strategy, market access and health care policy analysis — with a special focus on highly regulated industries. She has significant international experience in Europe, Asia ad Latin America. Dr. Windham-Bannister combines business strategy expertise and public policy training to maximize market access, as well as facilitate more effective industry interface with government. She was named as one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Biotech by the Boston Globe in 2013.
Before assuming her role at MLSC, Dr. Windham-Bannister was a Founding Partner of Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions (ABS), a boutique consulting firm serving life sciences companies. Dr. Windham-Bannister managed the firm’s Commercial Strategy Group, which formulated market access strategies for Fortune 100 companies in life sciences and technology. In her 35-year consulting career, she was instrumental in the successful launch of a number of well known therapeutics, medical devices and novel biomarkers. She also supported a number of M&As and developed extensive international experience.
In addition to being named by the Boston Globe as one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Biotech” in 2013, Dr. Windham-Bannister was named by Boston Magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston” in 2011; and as one of the Harvard Club’s “12 Women to Watch in 2012.” Other awards include the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Abigail Adams Award (2009), the Science Club for Girls Catalyst Award (2011), the Freedom House Champions of Freedom Award (2012), the Visiting Nurse Assocation of Boston & Affiliate Hero in Health Care Award (2012), and the Great Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award (2013).
Dr. Windham-Bannister received a B.A. from Wellesley College, a Doctorate in Health Policy and Management from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University, and a Doctor of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (honoris causa). She completed her doctoral work at the Heller School under a fellowship from the Ford Foundation and was also a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy school. Dr. Windham-Bannister also served as a Fellow in the Center for Science and Policy (CSAP) at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England