Mentors that believe in the power of you.

Our Executives-in-Residence are here to help. From top CEOs, to marketing geniuses, there is someone here to help you on your journey to success.

Life-changing mentorship.



Our Executives-in-Residence Program provides a platform for startups to interact with corporate executives, serial entrepreneurs, and angel investors.

These are people that have seen amazing successes in their career and know, just like we do, that investing in the generations of the future isn’t just important tomorrow, it’s vital for today too.

EIRs with the ability to change your fate.

Cirrus Shakeri

Cirrus Shakeri

cirrus@plugandplaytechcenter.com
Experience:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Enterprise Software
  • CTO / Technology Leadership
  • Lean startup methodology

Bio:
Cirrus Shakeri is the co-founder and managing director of Inventurist, a company in Silicon Valley that works with early-stage startups in the enterprise applications domain to reach revenue and growth. He has been building enterprise software for more than 15 years with focus on process automation, information management, and big data analytics.
Prior to Inventurist, Cirrus worked at the office of the CTO at SAP and was responsible for finding new areas of growth based on emerging technologies in Big Data and AI. He has extensive experience in trend analysis and technology scouting, building prototypes and frontrunner applications, putting together technology strategy for legacy systems and platform renewal, co-developing products with customers, and technical/scientific research. Cirrus has worked with customers on solving their real-world problems in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, telecomm, retail, and government.
He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in control systems, and a Ph.D. in the applications of artificial intelligence in engineering. He is a US patent holder and has published in academic journals and industry conferences.

Neal Bawa

Neal Bawa

Technology and Education Industry Executive, with 18 years of experience in both industries.

nbawa@plugandplaytechcenter.com

Neal Bawa, BS, is the past Executive VP/Chief Operations Officer of Unitek Information Systems, the Parent Company of Unitek College and Unitek Education. Founded in 1992, Unitek has been recognized as a leader in the IT and Healthcare Education, and has been often ranked among the fastest growing companies in the Bay Area.

As Executive VP/COO, Neal helped to drive Unitek’s growth in the education industry, to its current position as a premier training organization in Northern California. Neal’s strong competencies in Internet marketing, technology, process creation, operational management and outsourcing helped Unitek weather the recession that followed the internet market meltdown. With guidance from Unitek’s visionary CEO, Neal subsequently drove the company’s move to move into health care training, while still growing Unitek’s IT training by expanding its coverage nationally, using a unique fly-in training model. In 2003, Neal convinced his CEO that nursing was the future path for Unitek. Over a decade’s hard work, Neal helped grow Unitek into northern California’s largest private nursing school. He also helped Unitek College to become an Accredited school, qualified for Federal Financial Aid, just before private lending came to a complete halt due to Financial Banking crisis. Neal’s talent for operational optimization and cost control led to Unitek enjoying one of the highest net margins in the industry.

After 18 years as Executive VP/COO, Neal retired from Unitek following a very successful high 8-figure exit (to a leading private equity firm), at industry leading valuation and multiples.

In 2015, Neal joined Financial Attunement, a technology savvy real estate company as President/COO and has led the acquisition of $16MM of real estate in 8 months. He continues to invest in various real estate ventures in 6 U.S. states. He is currently expanding into the technology Angel and pre-seed market, to leverage his technology, executive and operational experience.

TECHNICAL BACKGROUND: Neal has a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Mumbai. He has strongly technical expertise in systems and network architecture, design and administration. Neal is extremely tech savvy, and is an evangelist of use of technology as a driver of revenue and profit. Neal led Unitek’s technology and Internet marketing teams for all 18 of his years at Unitek, in both a hands-on and a strategic vision capacity.

Linda Netsch

Linda Netsch

netsch@plugandplaytechcenter.com
Experience:
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Law
  • Mobile Satellite Intelligence
Bio:
Linda Netsch is a Lecturer at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, and the Haas School of Business, teaching negotiation and conflict resolution. Her consulting and executive education practice focuses on developing negotiation, leadership, and persuasive communication skills.
In addition to training and consulting, Linda practiced law at an entertainment law firm in Los Angeles and worked as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Attorney at the US Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She also mediated federal contract and employment disputes and facilitated sessions on changing federal rules and regulations.
Linda started her career as an officer in the US Air Force, where her experiences included the development, procurement, and production of a $200 million mobile satellite intelligence communications network for use by NATO and United States forces in Europe. She negotiated with NATO officials to integrate and install the system at numerous sites in Europe, and managed a team of over 30 personnel in the United States and Europe. She also coordinated the integration of intelligence communications projects throughout Germany, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and led the development of a local area network for intelligence analysts.
Linda has a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Paul Afshar

Paul Afshar

Email: afshar@plugandplaytechcenter.com

Paul Afshar, Ph.D., is the founder and CEO of Unitek Information Systems, the Parent Company of Unitek College and Unitek Education. Founded in 1992, Unitek has been recognized as a leader in the IT and Healthcare Education, and has been ranked among the fastest growing companies in the Bay Area.

Paul has been the key driver behind Unitek’s growth from its inception as a small Computer Consulting/IT Education company to its current position as a premier training organization in Northern California. Under Paul’s leadership and perseverance, Unitek weathered the recession that followed the internet market meltdown. He subsequently steered the company to move into health care training, while still growing Unitek’s IT training by expanding its coverage nationally, and later succeeded in transforming Unitek College into an Accredited school, qualified for Federal Financial Aid, just before private lending came to a complete halt due to Financial Banking crisis.

After 22 years at the helm, Paul retired from Unitek following a successful acquisition by a leading Private Equity Firm. Paul continues to be one of the largest shareholders in Unitek, and is still a key member of the Unitek board.

Paul continues to invest in various real estate ventures, both by himself and as a leading member of an investor group. He is currently looking into expanding into the technology Angel and pre-seed market, to leverage his decades of technology, executive and operational experience.

Paul is a veteran of the UNIX market with 20 years of experience. Before starting Unitek, from 1990-1991, as a founding member and VP of Engineering for Solarix Systems, he led the development of several Unix/SunOS based workstations. Between 1986 to 1989, as a Project Manager at Interactive Systems Corp he was responsible for the management of several major UNIX ports to various Intel Platforms. From 1984 to 1986, Paul was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Hewlett Packard Laboratory, where he worked on the design and implementation of HP’s state of the art Distributed UNIX Operating System. Before joining Hewlett Packard, as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science Department at the University of Minnesota, he taught both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Operating Systems, Computer Networking and Computer Architecture. During his tenure he was widely published in academic and professional journals. Paul holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran.

Lisa Romano

Lisa Romano

lromano@plugandplaytechcenter.com
Experience:
  • Branding & Messaging
  • Angel investor
  • Customer Acquisition
  • Marketing Communication
  • Team Development & Management

Bio:
Lisa Romano began her marketing career at Apple and was on the founding team of their internet services offering, spearheading the development of apple.com. She has since spent the last 15 years working with dozens of start-ups helping them acquire millions of new customers and build their brands. She was VP of Marketing for McAfee.com for their initial public offering, and instrumental in formulating PayPal’s customer acquisition strategy. She developed e*Trade’s online subscription services strategy and defined their initial suite of subscription product offerings for online investors, and created Palm’s global online market strategy and brand, driving their first e-commerce efforts.
Lisa served as CMO of CodeGear, a spin-out of Borland, re-branding the company and bringing back market relevance, leading to its acquisition by Embarcadero Technologies. She led consumer and enterprise marketing for ZoneLabs, driving revenue growth that resulted in its acquisition by Checkpoint.
As CMO of Wanderful Media, a mobile retail startup funded by the top US media organizations, Lisa drove the marketing for their mobile retail commerce product. Lisa is currently Managing Principal of Atherton Management, a marketing consulting firm working with executive teams in both startups and established high-tech companies to align marketing to company goals, create and execute programs that drive revenue, and build teams and marketing systems that produce results.
In addition to mentoring start-ups and Villanova Business School students, Lisa has worked with the Taproot Foundation as an Account Director leading teams of volunteer professionals to provide marketing leadership to local non-profit organizations.
Lisa Romano has more than 20 years of global executive leadership with Silicon Valley Fortune 500 companies and venture-backed technology start-ups building brands, market awareness, and driving customer acquisition in consumer and enterprise tech, online retail, mobile, and cloud services. She is an acknowledged expert in branding, positioning, customer acquisition and retention, and communications.
Lisa holds a B.S degree from Villanova University and an MBA from Suffolk University.

Brian Moriarty

Brian Moriarty

Email: bmoriarty@plugandplaytechcenter.com

Brian Moriarty is a Principal with Song Hill Capital, LLC, a company he created to help founder-led companies achieve their M&A and growth objectives.

Prior to founding Song Hill, Brian led M&A transactions as a corporate development executive and investment banker. His 20+ year career includes:

– Vice President at Hewlett-Packard where he supported HP’s separation into two publicly-traded companies and led the HR group responsible for M&A and outsourcing;

– Vice President of M&A at Sun Microsystems where he helped Sun acquire and integrate 20 companies, raise $700M in a convertible note financing from KKR and sell itself to Oracle;

– Executive Vice President at QuadraMed where he helped spin-off the company’s largest operating division to Warburg Pincus and became CFO of the spin-off;

– Ten years as an investment banker advising clients on all facets of M&A.

Mr. Moriarty received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he received the Austin Scholarship and received his BA from the UC Davis.

Michael Hoch

Michael Hoch

micha@plugandplaytechcenter.com
Experience:
  • CTO and co-founder of healthcare SaaS company
  • User-Interface Design, Service-Oriented Architectures and Multimedia Systems
  • Advisor/Developer: iPhone, Ruby on Rails, Rest-APIs
  • I help companies build products that customers want
Bio:
Michael is co-founder and CTO of Navera which provides interactive Education and Decision Support products that help individuals and their families navigate the new era of consumer-driven healthcare. He has 14 years experience leading teams in the rich-media application, entertainment and healthcare industries. Prior, he held senior engineering and design positions at Yahoo and Sony and also consulted for several consumer-oriented technology companies including Samsung and Netflix, making key contributions to world-class applications, games and user experiences. He is a proven leader with a strong track record of building and managing engineering and design teams that deliver innovative products and high quality code. In addition, Michael is the lead inventor on five patents in 3D graphics and one in healthcare. Michael has an M.S. in Computer Science from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and a Ph.D. in Computer Graphics from University of Dortmund.His passion is to build innovative and robust products/technologies and to help founders gain traction and market share.

Randolph Chan

Randolph Chan

Email: rchan@plugandplaytechcenter.com

Randolph has more than 25 years of industry experience at both start-up and Fortune 500 companies at the executive level. In the past he was CEO of CLEARink Displays, Natrix Separations, and key advisor to Aquacue (NYSE: BMI). Earlier, Randolph was a Venture Partner at DE Shaw Venture Capital Group in Silicon Valley where he worked closely with Natrix Separations, Solaicx (NYSE: WFR), and Infinite Power Solutions (NASDAQ: AAPL). Previously, he was executive vice president at E Ink Corporation and led the business and product development groups that introduced the first paper-like electronic display found in the Amazon Kindle®. Mr. Chan received his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis. He serves on the board of advisors of the materials science department at Stanford University School of Engineering and he is a mentor at StartX, a community of the best start-up founders out of Stanford. Randolph also advises Diassess, Reticare, Focure, is a board member of Imagica, and co-founder and advisor to SEM Plus.

Nader Fathi

Nader Fathi

nader@plugandplaytechcenter.com
Experience:
  • CEO and COO positions
  • Board or Business Development
  • Enterprise and Startup companies
  • Group President
Bio:
Nader has over 25 years of proven performance as an entrepreneur, CEO, mergers & acquisitions, business development, technical marketing and global sales. Experienced in direct major account consultative selling, developing partnerships to drive revenues, and all aspects of marketing. Proven expertise in launching and rapidly growing new enterprise companies. Able to rapidly quantify a vision into a mission, and map to specific deliverables.
Specialties: M&A, Cloud, Big Data, Analytics, Gamification, SaaS, Global Product Quality, Contract Manufacturing, Enterprise software, EDA, chip design, general management, professional services, international sales and marketing.

David Barron

David Barron

Experience: – Emerging technology scouting, new business assessments and market entry strategies. – Management of corporate alliances, joint ventures and co-development efforts. – Subject matter expert and due diligence for strategic investments, and M&A – Corporate innovation leadership – General management, budgetary, and P&L experience – Experienced in Software, Hardware, Semiconductor, Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment, and Consumer Electronics industries. Bio: David Barron is a Technology Commercialization Consultant and Startup/Investment Advisor and has led technology and product development efforts in marketing, business development, strategic planning and operations management roles. His 20+ year career experience includes;

Head of Corporate & Business Development at Cable Television Laboratories (a Cable Industry technology consortium), where he created and managed partnerships with startups, investment/VC firms and universities to identify innovative technologies and funnel them into CableLabs’ R&D efforts and cable operations worldwide.

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Brisbane Digital Enterprises, where he led cross functional development teams, new business/product strategies and managed the firm’s internal operations and P&L.

Business Development Executive at Microsoft, where he led business development and evangelism efforts in developing technology and media partnerships, prototypes, cross industry standards consortia and provided subject matter expertise involving investment and M&A efforts.

Director of Operations at Americast (a Disney/Telco JV), where he managed relationships with the joint venture partners and internal development efforts involving TV set top boxes, video distribution technologies, interactive media formats and original content development. In this role, he also led and participated in purchase and license negotiations for strategic technologies.

Technology Licensing Executive at Apple, where he managed licensing efforts for a portfolio of system software technologies and trademarks. In this role, he also negotiated and managed complex licensing and cross platform software development issues on behalf of both Apple and Component Integration Labs (a joint technology development consortium involving leading software companies including Apple, IBM and Novell).

David received a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law, an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BS in Marketing and Computer Science from Ithaca College.

Steve Baker

Steve Baker

steve.baker@plugandplaytechcenter.com
Experience:
  • Software, SaaS, Mobile, Hardware Biotech & Medical Devices industries
  • Strategy, Planning & Finance
  • Debt & Equity Financing – over $200M
  • IPO Readiness
  • Mergers & Acquisitions & Divestitures
  • International Experience with 17 countries

Bio:
Steve Baker is a senior finance and operations executive with over 25 years of experience as an investor, Advisor, Board Member, COO, CFO, VP-Finance of startup, mid-market and multi-national corporations. Significant experience in building and leading organizations through rapid growth and significant changes, raising capital and selecting and implementing finance and operational systems to scale business operations.
  • Grew a mobile software company from $1M in revenue to $20M in 2 years.
  • Grew a public software company from $6M in revenue to $20M in 3 years.
  • Grew an operating system company from $30M to $105M in 4 years.
  • Grew a service management software company from $85M to $138M in 3 years.

Bob Hiscock

Bob Hiscock

Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs

sjacobs@plugandplaytechcenter.com
Experience:
  • Large & Digital Media, Consumer Electronics, Management Consulting
  • Board or Business Development
  • Enterprise and Startup companies
  • SVP, Executive Producer positions

Bio:
Stephen Jacobs is the Founder and Principal at SEJ Media Solutions. A successful executive and innovative digital strategist at CBS News and SONY, his expertise spans cutting edge product and business development, hands-on financial and editorial management, corporate and strategic alliances as well as career-development. For his work, he has been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with multiple Emmys ™, the American Association of Women in Television, and the Broadcast Design Association.

Sean Donn

Sean Donn

Experience:

  • Fintech enterprise
  • Fintech consumer
  • Data analytics
  • Engineering & technology leadership
  • Lean startup
  • Customer development, JTBD product development
  • Bio:

    Sean is a software engineering veteran who is passionate about building impactful technology, with experience spanning both enterprise and consumer spaces. Most recently he was Co-founder and CTO of Credit Sesame where he developed financial advice software helping millions of consumers with their credit and debt. This experience growing a company from zero to a latest Goldman Sachs valuation of 400MM, with the attendant pivots, challenges, and learnings is knowledge Sean loves to share with the startup community.

    Prior to Credit Sesame, Sean was CTO at Financial Crossing Inc., a B2B SaaS fintech company, and Managing Director as well as Technical Director at Charles Schwab, the ground-breaking online brokerage firm. At Schwab he architected the cost basis accounting system of record tracking over 1T in assets. Sean also has a background in consulting and technical training for Fortune 500 companies, and studied EECS at MIT. He is interested in data science and analytics, knowledge engineering, financial technology, and technology trends impacting the world in the coming years.

    Steve Rubin

    Steve Rubin

    steve@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Experience:
    • Board & Advisory Board Development
    • Startup & Enterprise Company
    • SVP level executive at "three" companies
    • General Management and P&L responsibility
    • Board of Directors experience at two companies
    • Strategic Business Development, Partnerships & Alliances
    • Go to market partnering
    • Senior level Sales & Marketing
    • Corporate development
    • Fund raising track record for startup's

    Bio: Steve has 25 years of a proven track record as a successful senior level executive, board of director member and advisory board member. He maximizes corporate performance and enhances board directives for startups. He has been with six startups: One is now listed on a public exchange; three others have been acquired by Wells Fargo, Francisco Partners and Microsoft. He understands the startup culture and startup expectations. He currently serves on three advisory boards and two boards of directors. Last year he served as a senior business advisor to Science & Technology Corporation, doing a project for NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, CA.
    He is currently SVP of Business Development & Business Ecosystems for Diginome, Inc, a five-year-old startup in San Francisco, CA. His domain's of expertise include: Enterprise Software, The Internet of things "IOT" analytics software, Machine Data analytics software, Information Integrity and corporate risk governance & management software, Cloud solutions in virtualized IT environment's software, disaster recovery and continuous data protection software, Media software, Big Data software, and, artificial intelligence workflow software.

    Thierry Schang

    Thierry Schang

    tschang@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Experience:
    • Product strategy and transition to Cloud offerings and deployments
    • Product definition, architecture, and design
    • Technologies selection, OEMs, and M&A
    • Global development teams setup & management.

    Bio: Specialties: Cloud Infrastructure (Public, Private, and Hybrid), Software & Platform as a Service (SaaS, PaaS), Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Analytics, Big Data, Machine Learning, User eXperience (UX), and Enterprise Software.
    Thierry has over 25 years of experience as a Software Engineering Executive. Thierry held the position of Vice President of Engineering at TIBCO Software where he incubated and developed Cloud and SOA products. Most recently, Thierry delivered TIBCO’s integration platform for private, public and hybrid clouds, and led a company wide effort to move from traditional Enterprise License Agreements (ELAs) to cloud based subscription models. Prior to joining TIBCO Software, Thierry held leadership positions at Atos and Thales in Paris, France.
    Thierry lead the deployment of financial trading floors in Europe, as well as development of trading components. Thierry holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and is a graduate from ESIEE, Paris, France.

    Tom Chiu

    Tom Chiu

    tchiu@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Experience:
    • Social and Mobile commerce
    • Retail
    • Consumer electronics
    • Licensing
    • Wireless and embedded software
    • VC/Angel funding

    Bio: Tom is an active angel investor and served as Board Director of Sand Hill Angels from 2011-2014. He has invested in more than 30 startups and Silicon Valley startup funds (500Startups, Tandem Capital, Spark Labs Global, Quest Venture Partners.) He is also a Venture Partner at Enspire Capital (one of the largest family office in Singapore.) Tom has over 20 years industry experience in social/mobile commerce, retail, mobile, consumer electronics, and technology license, wireless and embedded software. He has previously held various Director positions at Sina, NXP, Philips and NEC.
    Tom is a frequent speaker and a panelist at various startup conferences and University MBA classes. Tom is also a mentor at Spark Labs Incubator, PlugAndPlay Retail Program, university entrepreneurship programs at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and Santa Clara University Santa Clara. He also serves on advisory boards for several startups.

    Tom Rice

    Tom Rice

    tom@plugandplaytechcenter
    Experience:
    • Starting Silicon Valley operations
    • Fund raising
    • Corporate partnering
    • Teaching the Lean Startup

    Bio: Tom Rice is a Silicon Valley veteran and has been a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and CEO. His passion is working with technical founders to build a scalable revenue model around their proven technology. His background is broad IT, energy technology and technical software. Recent companies focus is on video editing, natural language processing, and data analytics for banks and telcos. He is currently helping eight overseas companies to set up US operations, define their US product/ market fit and grow revenue.

    Charlie Jablonski

    Charlie Jablonski

    charliej@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Experience:
    • Advisor to Media, Technology, Ventures, startups and Investors
    • Founding member of Susfugo, a startup for low latency systems over the internet
    • Previously CEO of OnLive, a Cloud Based Gaming Service
    • Previously CEO Myrio , one of the first IPTV system
    Bio:
    Charlie served industry consultant to various media, technology and investment funds. He serves of the Boards or Duart Film and Video, Western Broadcasting of Puerto Rico and For a-TV as well as advisor to numerous startups.
    Prior to the above, he spent 16 years at NBC where he was responsible for Olympics, Owned Stations Operations and Engineering, Strategic Technology, Network Distribution and Engineering, and International Operations. He continues as an advisor to NBC Olympics and for other large Sporting Events basing in challenging locations. He is a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, which he is past president and Chair Emeritus for the Emmy Awards Committee for Science and Technology.
    He has been awarded eight Emmys for his work on the Olympics. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Alen Malaki

    Alen Malaki

    alen@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Experience:
    • Robust Automotive electronics system development
    • Consumer Mobile and wireless technology development
    • Strategic corp. alliance/partnership, integration & Business Dev.
    • Developing global operations and customer relationship
    • Strategic planning and Portfolio/Risk Management

    Bio:
    Alen has been an Executive with extensive global experience in Automotive, Semiconductor, Consumer Electronics and Mobile product for Fortune 100 companies like Delphi/GM, Fairchild, Freescale, Motorola and Cisco as well as executive advisor to small & midsize entrepreneurial technology companies and universities.
    He has led successful development of innovative safety and communication products for leading automotive companies such as GM, Ford, Fiat, BMW, Chrysler and Cummins as well as Tire 1 suppliers such as Delphi, Denso, TRW & Allied Signal in record time.
    Alen has established global manufacturing and customer service centers in Asia and EU to support Semiconductor and Mobile product leadership and customer satisfaction strategies. In addition, Alen has established and managed an investment portfolio and has led the deployment of collaborative tools in Asia and EU.
    His passion is to build innovative and robust products/technologies and to help founders gain traction and market share.

    Anand Ramachandra

    Anand Ramachandra

    anand@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Experience:
    • Go-To-Market and Growth strategies
    • Next Generation business opportunities
    • Product release
    • Interim executive
    • Innovation expert

    Bio:
    Anand focuses on helping early stage technology companies scale. He takes a lean design-led approach to generate creative market entry and growth strategies. In addition to mentoring, he also serves in hands-on interim executive roles with select companies.
    Previously, Anand led SAP’s strategic sales Co-Innovation program, where he focused on nex-gen business opportunities with SAP’s largest global customers. He contributed to more than $300M in license revenue during his SAP tenure.
    Anand was also a co-founder or early employee of 4 startups in financial services, enterprise software, and media, and has driven the release of 10 commercial software products.
    Anand holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Emory. He is the author of Getting Clarity: The 7 Fundamental Skills to Conquer Information Overload.
    Anand’s areas of interest are: Enterprise Software, Mobile Applications, Internet of Things, Cloud Applications, Human/Machine Interfaces, Wearables, Ergonomics, Clean Transportation, and Medical Applications.

    Philip Engelhardt

    Philip Engelhardt

    Managing Partner, PhilQuo Ventures

    ple@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Experience:
    • Hi Tech Veteran
    • Senior management
    • Corporate Acquisitions
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • New market opportunities and Strategic Alliances
    • Finance and manage a good idea to successful exploitation
    Bio:
    Philip Engelhardt is the Managing Partner of PhilQuo Ventures, pioneers in Micro Investment Banking services for early stage companies in web based businesses, film production and digital media. In addition, he is an advisor to market leaders in the old economy who are planning for the digital evolution of their industries.
    Engelhardt has served several terms as a member of the Board of Directors of Société Générale de Financement du Québec, a diversified multi billion dollar investment fund, and of Miranda Technologies, a leading provider of technology based solutions to the global broadcast industry. He is a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of RKO Pictures, the oldest continuously operating motion picture production company. He previously served on the board of Cinequest - the San Jose Film Festival, on the advisory boards of SGF Tech, Kasenna, Acacia Research, Florida National Bank and Sensei Partners, and as Chairman of the Content Advisory Board of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance. He has also served as strategic advisor to several Governors of western states, and is a founding member of the High Technology Council of the Western Governors Association. He has been an active participant at the annual meeting in Davos and at regional meetings of the World Economic Forum since 1979.
    Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI), Vice President of Strategic Relations, and a member of the company's senior executive team. Before joining SGI, he was technology advisor to Producer Rick McCallum at Lucasfilm Ltd., where they conceived and implemented the innovative digital production strategy for Star Wars. Throughout his career, Engelhardt has served as strategic advisor to the leadership of many global companies, including Air France, AT&T, Digital Equipment, Gulf+Western, Hewlett-Packard and Viacom.
    Engelhardt began his career in the Wall Street community, with experience in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and mortgage brokerage. In addition to several board memberships in the financial, technology and philanthropic sectors, he served as president of investment affiliates of BNP Paribas, this following ten years at Lehman Brothers - now Barclays Capital, and its subsidiaries. During this period, he arranged funding for many of the country's most renowned real estate developers, as well as financing the growth of several of the world's great hospitality brands. Mr. Engelhardt acted as an advisor on special tax matters to the administration of President Gerald Ford. He has long been active in state and local government initiatives, as well as numerous community projects.

    Arnaud Glatron

    Arnaud Glatron

    arnaud@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Experience:
    • Product management, business model, go-to-market strategy
    • Startup pitches, storytelling, funding strategy
    • Product development, engineering management, best practices & processes
    • IP strategy
    • UX/UI
    Bio:
    Arnaud Glatron is a creative startup product Executive with a strong and diverse technical background, robust business acumen, dependable intuition, and a result and data driven management style. Over the last 23 years, Arnaud has headed several product departments in startups and larger companies such as Logitech, started two companies, and has contributed to bringing over 30 leading edge products to market.
    These days Arnaud collaborates with startup CEOs and staff to deliver exciting and innovative products that customers rave about. He helps startups realize their potential with an efficient approach focused on execution, that brings the important aspects of the business together into a winning strategy and plan of action. He guides startups through the execution of their plan, necessary pivots and fund raises, ultimately leading to a successful business with amazing products. In the process, startups discover who they are, their market and their customers.
    Arnaud focuses on B2C and B2B2C businesses across multiple industries, ranging from Consumer Electronics, including Wearables and IoT, to Internet and Mobile products and technologies, to Medical products.

    Steven J. Olechny

    solechny@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Bio:

    Mr. Olechny has more than 15 years experience as the Chief Legal Officer/ General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer directing the legal, corporate governance, IP and regulatory functions for emerging and middle market, high growth, global companies. He has extensive experience in delivering results for venture capital, private equity and public company investors. In addition to extensive legal and operational experience he has served on several corporate Boards of Directors, has successfully negotiated, and led numerous rounds of investor financing as well highly successful liquidity events for company stakeholders.

    Mr. Olechny served as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for NDS Surgical Imaging where he led all regulatory, IP, M&A, HR and Financing and as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Barriersafe Solutions International, Inc., a global medical device company. Prior to that, he served as Deputy General Counsel at The Timberland Company, and Assistant General Counsel at United Technologies Corporation. He began his career in private practice at a major U.S. law firm. Mr. Olechny holds a BA in Economics from Vassar College, and J.D. from Cornell Law School.

    Bow Rodgers

    Bow Rodgers

    bow@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Experience:
    • Target Market Product Positioning
    • Rapid Growth Strategies
    • Funding Acceleration
    Bio:
    Bow has been a CEO, President and Serial Entrepreneur in the most competitive and demanding industries. He was Group President of Sprint Telecommunications, a Fortune 500 company, managing a Billion dollar P&L with 1,500 people. He launched the Macintosh Office at Apple Computer and has founded or co-founded 5 startups with 2 successful exits in the Software Application, Cleantech and Interactive Television space. One of those companies, Human Engineered Software, was funded by Bill Gates and Steve Balmer of Microsoft. In addition, Bow was Corporate Vice-President and General Manager of PowerTV, a Scientific-Atlanta / Cisco company. Bow holds 3 patents for successful products he has designed.

    Ken Kershner

    Ken Kershner

    Startup Advisor

    Email: kkershner@plugandplaytechcenter.com

    Product engineering and operations leader with wide-ranging experience in consumer services, enterprise security & mobility and cloud genomics. Led the product development & operations team at DNAnexus delivering high scale compute and storage cloud solutions for enterprise genomic analysis.

    Scaled engineering and operations team at mobile security leader, MobileIron from 65 to 130 in 15 months. Was with RIM for two years, as the leader of the Location Services group and operating executive for Dash Navigation subsidiary, an innovative 4 year old startup with expertise in accurate traffic services, acquired by RIM.

    In six years at TiVo, two starting a new division focused on Service Providers, two on major OEM programs, DirecTV and Sony, and two on the TiVo Service. Worked at Silicon Graphics, leading more than a dozen product releases, including WebFORCE, and the first WYSIWYG HTML & 3D Hyperbolic authoring tools. Led online search and documentation efforts at SGI & HP. Have worked with software, hardware, embedded systems and complex enterprise systems. Really enjoy solving business problems with innovative technology.

    Specialties: Lead & build teams to engineer complex systems, drive organization change and foster a learning culture & positive communication. Strong focus on teamwork and software development processes.

    Charles Steinberg

    Charles Steinberg

    charles@plugandplaytechcenter.com
    Experience:
    • CEO at CAS Associates
    • Previously:
      • President, Business and Professional
      • Products Company at Sony
      • President, Business and Professional Company at Sony Electronics
      • President at Ampex COrporation

    Bio:
    Starting in 1988, Mr. Steinberg was President of the Broadcast and Professional Company of Sony Electronics Inc. with responsibility for products and systems for the broadcast and business/industrial markets in the United States. He served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sony Cinema Products Corporation. He also served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sony Trans Com Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary providing in-flight entertainment systems.
    Effective July 1st, 1999, he retired from Sony and then served as consultant to Sony Electronics. a member of the Board of Directors of Silicon Graphics(SGI), and an advisor to both the eye IO and Vioozer Corporations and a Member of the Board of Directors of Plug and Play.
    He was an Executive in Residence for the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Davis, California, teaching a course on entrepreneurship.
    Prior to joining Sony in 1988,he was with the Ampex Corporation for 25 years serving in various positions including president, and chief executive officer and chairman of the board.
    He has received three Emmy Awards. The first was the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award Emmy which was presented “in recognition of many contributions to electronic technology during his career at Ampex and Sony. A second Emmy Award was for production and broadcast of the first four National Football League (NFL) games in High Definition Television. The third Emmy Award was for technical efforts at the Games of the XXVII Olympics in Australia.
    He was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Broadcasters Association (NAB) Convention in 1999 from Broadcasting and Cable in recognition of contributions to electronic technology during a professional lifetime. He was also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Imaging Technology and Sound (ITS). In December 2008, Charles Steinberg was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
    He is a Lifetime Fellow of The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and a recipient of the Presidential Proclamation Award from that organization.
    He served on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute for ten years. He was also on the Board of Trustees for the Vision Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the life of visually impaired individuals. He received an award from this organization for “superior achievements” and “professional excellence and social involvement”.
    He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957.