Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship

Our Mentors


In Brief:

Students and alumni have the opportunity to schedule 20-minute sessions with some of the Bay Area’s top entrepreneurs, VCs and attorneys through our Mentoring Hours program.

We have over 50 mentors who generously donate their time to help students with their business ideas in person or via Skype.

Click here for information on the Mentoring Program, Schedule and Signups.

Our Mentors

Index to Mentors

Founder, Bay Area CFO Consultants

President, Lab Equipment Commercialization Consulting

VP of Product, Homebase

Founder, Marpé Finance and Accounting

CEO and Co-Founder of Windfall

Head of eCommerce Tech, Loblaw

Manager, The House Residency Accelerator

Managing Director, NextGen

Managing Director, Venture Insight Advisors

Managing Partner, Bee Partners

Angel Investor and Advisor

Founder and CEO, New Avenue, Inc

CEO, Shorewood Consulting Group, Inc

Managing & Founding Partner, Drum Tower Ventures

Senior Vice-President, Hewlett-Packard

Investor, Life Science Angels

Managing Partner & Founder, Eisbach Group

Sage Partners, LLC

Curator/Partner at Summit Powder Mountain

Curator/Experience Architect, Salesforce

Founder, Hotel Delta

Director of Performance Marketing, EventBrite

Co-founder and Principal, UpEnergy

Manager of Venture Technology at Siemens TTB

Founding Partner, Carao Ventures

Business Strategist, Ingram Micro Labs

Managing Director and Global Head of M&A, VantagePoint Capital Partners

Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Senior Advisor, Calibrium AG (formerly Aeris Capital)

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor

Angel Investor and Adviser

CEO, WeMakeItSafer

Founder and Managing Director, Ovidian

General Partner, Canvas Venture Fund

Startup Investor and Advisor

President, Hubinger Ventures

Product Marketing Manager for Salesforce’s Big Data & Analytics Product, Wave Analytics

Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners

Partner, Dorsey

Co-founder & President, Imprint Energy

Partner, Perkins Coie LLP in San Francisco and member of it’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital group.

EVP Business and Corporate Development, Tongal

Principal, RockPort Capital Partners

CEO and Managing Partner, Ocho Candy

Venture Partner, Garage Technology Ventures

Vice President of Product, The Meet Group

CPA, Burr Pilger Mayer

Director of Enterprise Initiatives, Change Healthcare

General Partner, Canvas

Senior Director of Product, Popsugar

Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures

CEO and Co-Founder, Alzeca Biosciences

Associate, Venable LLP

Venture Partner, HTGF

Venture Partner, XSeed Capital

CEO and Founder, Master-McNeil and Naming Matters

Director, Rakon Ltd.

Partner, Flight VC

Senior in Operations, Finance and Business Development

VP Product, Life360

Investment Manager, Intel Capital

COO, Kruze Consulting

Seasoned Product Executive

Founder, Magoosh

Director of Venture Technology, Siemens TTB

Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Founder and CEO, Inneos

Co-Founder, Levo League

Managing Director/Founder, Better Ventures

Executive Director, Entrepreneurship and NSF I-Corps Bay Area Node

Founder & CEO, Rixty, Inc.

CEO and Founder, PathCom Systems

Senior Technology Scout, Dow Chemical

VC, Ignition Partners

Senior Director, Third Sector Capital Partners

Senior VP, Business and Corporate Development, Apportable

CEO, Real Estate Investment Company

Co-Founder of IoT Studio at Orange Silicon Valley

Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Georgia Athanasiou
Georgia Athanasiou is the founder of Bay Area CFO Consultants, a firm that consults with private companies from the start-up phase to operating companies with $20M in revenue. Georgia’s strength is helping her clients create money strategies that position them to meet their financial and operating goals, both through growth opportunities and challenging economic times, with a focus on key metrics which drive revenue growth, cash management and profitability. Previously, she was a founding member of the Sensys Networks management team, a Berkeley founded and based high-tech company, with revenue growth of 3000% over a three year period, debuting in 80th position on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in 2010 and 35th position on Deloitte’s 500 Growing High Tech Companies in 2011. Georgia has been in the San Francisco Bay Area start-up community for 20 years. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, and her M.S. in Business Analysis and Finance from San Francisco State University.

Mark Atlas
Mark Atlas is President of Laboratory Equipment Commercialization Consulting. He received his BS at the University of California in Santa Barbara in Pharmacology. After spending 5 years in research, he was a top sales performer for Waters Corp. for 7 years. In 1997, Mr. Atlas founded an online laboratory equipment marketplace which he successfully merged with and helped take it public in 1999. Mr. Atlas took his start-up experience and joined Eksigent in 2003. There, he served in diverse roles overseeing sales and marketing programs where he guided the branding and lead generation efforts. Eksigent was sold to Sciex/Danaher. in 2007. In 2007 Mr. Atlas was recruited to lead Global Sales at Fluxion Biosciences. Growing the company from 4 to 30, Mr. Atlas led the product release of 2 novel technologies and developed cost effective and productive methods for sales management and lead generation. Mr. Atlas, is now applying his 20 years of experience in Start-ups to guide emerging companies to success. He has redefined the sales process, developed key techniques for market validation and created methods for young companies to determine the best go-to-market approach. His background in sales and marketing in younger environments enables him to develop and execute plans with capabilities of testing them prior to scaling the go-to-market solution for all aspects of life science reagents and equipment. Mark’s preference for mentoring is with life science companies or companies involved in chemical products sold into pharmaceutical companies or academia.

Rose Atkins
Rose Atkins has been a product leader for more than 20 years. In her current role as VP of Product at Homebase, she is working toward the company’s mission to make it simple for local businesses to hire, schedule, pay and communicate with employees. She has previously held product leadership roles at OpenTable, Groupon, and Upserve. In 1997, Rosie was a founding employee at, the first business to rent and sell movies online. Reel had a successful exit in 1998. Prior to, Rosie was Executive VP of Videosmith, a 20 unit chain of arthouse video stores in Boston.

Glenn Ballard
Glenn Ballard (MBA 10) is the founder of Marpé Finance and Accounting and has been practicing corporate finance and accounting since 1995. Mr. Ballard has 11 years of experience with “Big 4” accounting firms, including merger and acquisitions advisory experience in New York and IPO advisory experience in Silicon Valley. Additionally, Mr. Ballard has worked in internal accounting and finance support in both large and small companies. Mr. Ballard was first licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1998, and he continues to hold an active CPA license in both California and Georgia. Mr. Ballard has been working in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco bay area startup community for more than 20 years. Mr. Ballard holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama, a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Accounting from Georgia State University, a Master of Taxation from Georgia State University, a Master of Science in Finance from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Arup Banerjee
Arup Banerjee (FTMBA ’13) is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Windfall. Windfall is a data company focused on modeling out the net worth of every person in the world. It recently raised financing from strategic angels and seed-stage venture capital firms. Prior to Windfall, Arup served as SVP, Product at Radius, a B2B predictive marketing company that raised over $125 million from firms like Founders Fund, AmEx Ventures, and Formation 8. Arup is also a product alum of GoodData and Box. Prior to business school, he worked at Updata Partners, a growth equity firm based out of Washington DC, and deployed over $45 million over 3 years. Arup started his career at Citigroup working in the Global Technology Investment Banking Group.

Raif Barbaros
Raif Barbaros (MBA 08) is currently the Head of eCommerce Technology for Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer. Prior to Loblaw, he was the CTO at MavenSay, a trusted recommendations start-up where he built & led the team that developed and launched MavenSay’s flagship iPhone app which was featured by Apple. He was also a co-founder of fooddel, an online grocer based in Toronto. Before that, he was the CTO at Locavore – an award-winning mobile app for the iPhone and Android platforms, named one of top 10 iPhone apps by Time magazine. Prior to Locavore, he was a co-founder of Carsala, a venture capital backed start-up that introduced a revolutionary used car buying service which was featured by Wired Magazine, New York Times among others. He founded Carsala and raised the first round of funding during his last year of his MBA at Haas. He’s also worked in product management at eBay, web development at Deloitte and started and sold an online career services company in Canada. He also spent a year as a venture capitalist at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. In addition to an Haas MBA, he also holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Queen’s University in Canada.

Cameron Barador
Cameron Barador is a proud Golden Bear and graduate from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science program at UC Berkeley. After spending his time as a student building up the grass-roots ecosystem of organizations to support Cal startups, he’s now continuing to build support for Berkeley startups through The House – a startup institute built to support Berkeley founders at all stages. Cameron manages The House Residency accelerator which aims to provide early stage startups with access to the resources they need to scale. Previously, Cameron spent time as a biomedical researcher in UC Berkeley’s Herr Lab, and as a software engineer at the Cal-founded data analytics startup Mapsense (acquired by Apple), where he joined as the third employee. Go Bears!

Ben Bayat
Ben Bayat was a Partner at Illuminate Ventures, a seed stage firm based in the Bay Area, prior to joining NextGen. He started his career as a data scientist at IBM before moving into executive positions in Engineering & Sales. Ben holds a BS degree in Physics & Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

diana benedikt
Diana Benedikt brings extensive experience as a strategic advisor to seed and early stage venture startups. Over the years, she has assisted companies to obtain over $100 million from angel and venture sources. Diana has advised numerous notable Internet, software and consumer goods companies on strategic finance, marketing, and infrastructure development issues. Notable advisory relationships include ecomom, Aggregate Knowledge, Telltale Games, and CafePress Diana has been a Mentor for UC Berkeley’s Haas School MBA class in Entrepreneurship, a Mock Judge for the California Clean Tech Open, an Astia Technology Committee member, and a judge for the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition.

Michael Berolzheimer (MBA 07) is an angel investor and entrepreneur, and in 2008, Michael formed Bee Partners, a genesis-stage venture capital firm. Bee Partners works with entrepreneurs with deep market insights and who are passionate about company building. Frequently the first angel capital into a company, Bee also invests at the Seed-stage and then helps to deliver reference customers, additional capital sources, strategic insights, leadership support and more. He’s been investing in and advising entrepreneurs since 2004, after he took a shot on a young team selling ‘Bear Naked’ granola out of their van. Since then, he’s invested with TubeMogul, Indiegogo, Evol Foods, Ordergroove, Magoosh, Tagstand, Mobileworks, Skycatch, Modify Industries, Outline and many others. Michael began his career in New York with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette / Credit Suisse, an investment bank, and with Harvest Partners, a middle-market private equity fund managing over $2 billion in assets. He earned his MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and completed his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University in Computer Science & Economics. Michael resides in the Bay Area with his wife and young family, and enjoys spending time in the mountains.

William von Blasingame (MBA 86) is a long time Angel Investor and Advisor. Prior to becoming an Angelinvestor he served as Senior Vice President of Mirant Energy (now NRG) and prior to that he served for a decade as Chief Financial Officer for Edison Mission Asia based in Singapore. During his career vonBlasingame restructured and later managed the sale of Mirant Caribbean for $1.1 billion and managedapproximately $3 billion of acquisitions and divestitures at Edison Mission. William von Blasingame holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kevin Casey
Kevin Casey (MBA 09) is Founder and CEO of New Avenue, a comprehensive resource for homeowners who want to remodel their home or build a new one. The New Avenue platform provides anyone a private project page that improves communication across their entire team, standardizes proposals, and then optimizes the design and construction process. Casey’s experience includes various roles in community development, technology and finance. He obtained an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, researched economic and community development as a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia, and holds a B.A. in Economics and Anthropology from Fordham University. Early in his career he was a Vice President responsible for the design and project management of Oracle business intelligence systems for US Trust and Charles Schwab.

Matt Caspari
Matthew Caspari (MBA 06) is a Senior Director, Innovation at Nike. Prior to Nike, he was CEO at two venture backed startups, Phonio and Aurora Algae. During his tenure at Aurora Algae, the company grew to over 100 employees and raised more than $100M in financing. It was acquired by Reliance Industries, a Fortune 500 conglomerate, in 2016. Earlier in his career, Matt worked in strategic management consulting at Cambridge Pharma Consultancy and finance at Bloomberg. He has been cited in leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and The Washington Post. Matt holds an MBA with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley and a BS in Biochemistry from Georgetown University.

Michael Cheng
Michael Cheng (MBA 2001) has 20 years experience in venture capital, leading early stage investments and working with private companies in China. Currently Managing and Founding Partner of Drum Tower Ventures, a private fund that invests in global startups and is designed to assist startups optimally expand and succeed. As part of that strategy, Drum Tower at times “embeds” into the management at it portfolio companies. Currently Michael is head of the China operations for one of its global startups, managing sales, strategic alliances and government relations. Prior to Drum Tower, Michael was a private investor and served as Director on the Board of a number of companies, mostly in China. Most notable of these was Red Octane, the inventor of the Guitar Hero game, where he was a first round investor. Red Octane was sold to Activision Blizzard for over 30 times return. Before, Michael was a partner at Fidelity Ventures, a proprietary fund of the Fidelity Investments Group. Michael worked at Fidelity from 1996 to 2005 primarily responsible for looking at early stage companies in China in the communications, Internet, IT software, media and healthcare sectors. Michael earned a BA and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993 and 2001, respectively.

Arthur Chiang
Arthur Chiang is Senior Vice President at Hewlett-Packard. His business experience has spanned global executive positions at technology leaders like HP, IBM, and Oracle, principally in Software Product Management and Services in domains including Mobility, Infrastructure and SaaS. At the other end of spectrum, Arthur was on the executive team at Corio from start-up to IPO, to acquisition by IBM; similarly at BEA Systems, from early stage to nearly a billion dollar company. While a principal at Booz, Allen & Hamilton in Chicago, Arthur consulted to global clients in a range of industries. Arthur has managed organizations and worked with customers in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. More recently, he has focused on establishing businesses in China. Arthur holds a bachelor of science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Darren Cooke
Darren Cooke is an investor with Life Science Angels. He sits on the deal screening committees of LSA, where he hears 120 live pitches a year and leads IP diligence on potential investments. LSA invests in 4-6 seed-stage biotech, medical device, digital health, and therapeutic companies per year, and to date has funded about 60 companies with some great results. Before becoming a full-time investor, Darren led the IP legal team for the Life Science Group of Bio-Rad Laboratories (NYSE:BIO). In his ten years at Bio-Rad, he led IP diligence and integration on dozens of deals, including Quantalife (digital PCR), GnuBIO (droplet-based sequencing), and Propel (cell sorter). He and his team also evaluated every new Bio-Rad invention, filed 400 new patent applications, had 250 US patents issue, and cleared 50+ new products for FTO. Before Bio-Rad, Darren was a patent litigator with Covington & Burling, and before law school, a mechanical engineer developing surgical tools in the Dept. of Otolaryngology at UCSF. Darren has a JD from Columbia Law School, MS in mechanical engineering, UC Berkeley, and BS in mechanical engineering, Cal Poly.

Trevor Cox
Trevor Cox is a consultant and lawyer with 17 years experience. He founded Eisbach Group, a consulting firm, and also TC2 Legal, a boutique law firm. He has a MBA from the Berkeley-Haas/Columbia program, and a JD from the McGeorge School of Law. In his legal practice, Trevor assists startups and emerging companies in the areas of venture capital financing, M&A and technology transactions, including customer agreements, complex licensing, joint development, distribution, resellers and other technology agreements. In his consulting practice, Trevor assists startup and emerging companies in strategy, investor pitching, business development, international expansion, exit planning and other areas. He works with companies in a variety of technology sectors, including analytics, big data, mobility, cloud computing, enterprise software, and computer networking. He has spoken numerous times and been a judge at various student competitions at Berkeley-Haas and UC Merced, and has written numerous articles on a variety of topics for startups (see to read the articles). Prior to his current roles, Trevor worked at Silicon Valley law firms, in-house counsel for U.S. and international VC/PE portfolio companies, and strategy/corporate development for a public company. He has held a variety of roles at startups from CEO to business development.

Cedric Crocker
Cedric Crocker is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and serves as District Chair, Europe/Middle East/Africa for the Alumni Association Leadership Award. He is a Trustee of Common Purpose, a U.K. charitable trust devoted to developing leaders who can cross boundaries and is Senior Advisor to the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG), a European Commission-sponsored consortium of companies and universities committed to changing the way Europe learns. Cedric Crocker works with start-ups, social ventures, and established media, digital learning, professional development, and publishing enterprises globally. Cedric advises clients on how to drive value-based growth through targeted product and services innovation, enabling alliances, and acquisition/integration of compatible businesses. He helps companies in transition get grounded for success. Transition may be driven by rapid growth, stagnation forcing change, the impact of new technologies, or a pivot to a new strategy or market. Gettinggrounded demands clear purpose, solid strategies, and focus. Purpose is the reason the enterprise exists(the value they create and deliver), strategies must be explicit with clearly measurable outcomes, andfocus is the foundation. Cedric’s industry experience is in media, publishing, and professional learning and development. He has worked with companies in executive and leadership development, professional education, and training, as well as with professional associations and universities. Before joining Sage Partners, Cedric served in senior positions at Wiley, Viacom, and with communications consulting firms. As Vice President, Strategic Business Development for U.K./Europe at Wiley, a global professional learning and education company, he helped reposition the company from publishing to professional development solutions by developing new, digitally-based businesses with regional clients and partners. He headed Wiley’s leadership & training products group, where he guided the migration to digital products, the acquisition of e-learning and assessment companies, and the launch of the Talent Solutions group, Wiley’s fastest growing business. At Viacom, he led business publishing at Simon & Schuster/Jossey-Bass, partnering with business and consulting thought leaders and business schools globally. As Director of the technology practice at The Compage Company, he provided strategic communications services to hardware and software companies and, prior to that, founded and ran his own communications consulting business.

David Denberg
David Denberg is on the Senior Team at Summit Powder Mountain where he holds the unique job title of Curator. David is passionate about company culture, community building and lifestyle design. Summit Series events and the Powder Mountain Real Estate project are platforms through which David has explored experience curation, real-estate acquisition and deal finance structure. Summit recently purchased Powder Mountain, and is in the process of developing a year-round intentional community for Summit Series attendees. A young entrepreneur in a fast paced environment, David played a key role in taking Summit from startup to enterprise. In the past 3 years, the company has grown from an organization of eight employees to three hundred during peak season all the while donating millions of dollars to charity. David has also co-founded C’est Beau; a pop-up clothing boutique that specializes in men’s streetwear and lifestyle products. C’est Beau’s first location was in the heart of New York City where it received acclaim by such sources as The New York Times and Time Out New York. David holds a B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from The College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. Above and beyond job titles, David considers himself to be a life artist; he speaks four languages, has traveled to more than 30 countries and has made it a priority to explore the world connecting passionate entrepreneurs.

Suyog Deshpande
Suyog Deshpande is an Experience Architect at Salesforce. He has worked on many web, mobile and tangible interaction design projects. He has designed user experience (UX) for several analytics products across industries and has keen interest in smart devices, specially health and kitchen products. He has also worked in the intellectual property industry and is a co-inventor on many patent applications. Suyog is currently a student at the Haas School of Business. He has undergraduate degree in design from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati and masters degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in Human Computer Interaction and Information Economics. He loves to read, write and travel.

Nathan Dintenfass
Nathan Dintenfass (MBA 06) is founder of Hotel Delta, a software studio in San Francisco. He has over fifteen years of technical and business experience with a focus on Internet technologies, product development, and brand positioning. He co-founded ChangeMedia, a web consultancy, and Branuity, a software firm helping growth companies with brand strategy and market positioning. He has also held senior roles in two venture-backed startups, Redux and Kinfo, and served as CEO of His past clients include Cisco Systems, Visa International, Kaiser Permanente, Cellular One, Hazelden, oDesk and a host of startups. Previously, he worked at the Andersen Consulting Center for Strategic Technology (now part of Accenture), Syntegra (British Telecom Services), Apple, and VideoEgg (now Say Media). For 15 years he has also co-directed Nicenet, an education technology project he co-founded that has provided online classroom tools for over 2 million teachers and students worldwide. He sits on the Board at Alta Vista School in San Francisco. Nathan holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a B.A. with honors from Macalester College.

Tyler Elliston
Tyler Elliston (MBA 08) leads performance marketing for Eventbrite globally, focusing primarily on acquiring both sides of the marketplace – organizers and attendees – through channels such as SEM, SEO, Display, Retargeting, Facebook, and others. He’s held marketing leadership roles at companies at various stages, from unfunded seed stage to large and publicly traded. He has learned greatly from past startup failure and has since taken great pleasure in successful exits. He studied Economics at Baylor and earned his MBA at Berkeley.



Matt Evans
Matt Evans (MBA 08) is passionate about finding ways social business models can generate returns and improve the world. He co-founded UpEnergy Group, a developer of energy efficiency projects in Africa, and worked as Managing Director of Impact Carbon, a climate finance nonprofit, to launch new business lines including a water filter retail and financing business. Prior to completing his MBA, Matt co-founded Live Climate, a carbon offsetting organization, worked with social enterprises in the NESsT venture fund to measure and grow their impact, and evaluated social entrepreneurs at Ashoka. Matt serves on several boards and holds an MBA from Haas and a BA in Economics from Stanford. He loves the mountains in winter and running on Ocean Beach with his dog.

Carolin Funk
Dr. Carolin Funk serves as the COO at FreeWire Technologies, a startup company building mobile, connected energy storage solutions that change the way energy is delivered to the construction, entertainment and utility industries. Prior to FreeWire, she was the Director of Venture Technology at Siemens Technology to Business, where she orchestrated the strategic partnership between FreeWire and Siemens. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Project Director for the German Energy- Agency in Berlin, driving public-private partnership project with European utilities and governmental organizations. Dr. Funk holds masters degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from the Technical University of Berlin and a doctorate degree in automotive engineering.

Adrián García
Adrián García is Founding partner at Carao Ventures. He has invested and worked with early stage startups based in Latin America and US for the past 10 years. His recent experience includes companies in the SaaS, consumer software, marketplaces, fintech, and education industries. Before founding Carao Ventures, Adrián was Associate at Mesoamerica, a leading consulting and private equity firm in Latin America. Also, he has an active role in relevant causes in Costa Rica such as marine conservation, public education improvement, and Internet openness and transparency. Adrián is father of 2 children and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with honours from the University of Texas in Austin, an MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management, and is Fellow at Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), part of Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

Ignacio Garcia
Ignacio Garcia (MBA 13) co-leads Ingram Micro Labs, the Silicon Valley-based innovation outpost of Ingram Micro, the world’s largest technology distributor and commerce services provider. His work focuses on facilitating corporate innovation and insider entrepreneurship, applying Lean Startup and Open Innovation methods. Previously, Ignacio was Operations Program Manager at Amazon Lab126, where he implemented and managed reverse logistics initiatives and sales of used and refurbished devices. Prior to Amazon, Ignacio had an extensive career in the automotive industry, where he held program management and engineering roles for Tesla Motors and Toyota Motor in US, Europe and in Japan. Ignacio holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, an MSc in Automotive Engineering from Cranfield University in the UK and an MS Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

David Hartford
David Hartford is a Senior Advisor at Calibrium AG (formerly Aeris Capital), which manages funds for the family office of a successful European entrepreneur, as well as for his foundation, one of the largest in Germany. Aeris invests in private equity, venture capital and hedge funds globally, and directly into companies, principally in Western Europe and the United States. David has over 40 years of experience as a private equity investor, venture capitalist and entrepreneur – both in the US and Europe – as well as a software/systems engineer and manager, and high tech and securities attorney. David received his B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania [including studying under professors from Poland and Russia], and completed the Advanced Executive Program “Competing in a Global Environment” at The Anderson School at UCLA. He has been a frequent speaker and contributor at conferences in Europe, Asia and the United States on a number of private equity and technology topics. He is a mentor at the Haas Graduate School of Business at UC – Berkeley, and been an adjunct professor for New Venture Finance at Cal State University – East Bay’s MBA program in Hayward and in Moscow at the Academy for the National Economy.

Richard D. Harroch
Richard D. Harroch is a Managing Director and Global Head of M&A for VantagePoint Capital Partners, a venture capital fund near San Francisco. He is also an angel investor and entrepreneur, focusing on Internet, software, mobile and digital media companies. He was the founder of several Internet companies that were sold to NBC, Dun & Bradstreet and LexisNexis. He has written for Forbes, Fortune,, FoxBusiness, MSN, Yahoo, Huffington Post, BusinessWeek and other publications on angel financing, venture capital, startups and M&A. A number of his articles can be found at Richard is the author of several books on startups and entrepreneurship as well as the co-author of Poker for Dummies and a Wall Street Journal-bestselling book on small business. He was also a corporate partner at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, with experience in startups, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and venture capital. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the UCLA School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review.

Timothy J. Harris is a co-chair of the firmwide Emerging Companies and Venture Capital group. He specializes in representing startup companies and venture capital firms in corporate and securities matters. In his startup practice, Mr. Harris advises emerging growth technology enterprises from formation through acquisition or initial public offering in matters including venture capital financing, debt financing, equity incentive compensation, and technology development (including licensing, joint development, distribution, and other technology transfer matters). He also represents venture capital firms, strategic corporate investors, and angel investors in their investments in startup companies. Mr. Harris specializes in modeling complex capital structures, financing scenarios and liquidity events, helping entrepreneurs and investors analyze possibilities and understand consequences of various transaction structures. Mr. Harris represents startups and investors in a variety of technology sectors, including cleantech (energy efficiency enterprise software, high efficiency solar modules, scalable consumer grade wind turbines), Internet, software, semiconductor, medical device and financial services industries. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Harris designed, programmed, and implemented software systems for clients in the financial services industry. Mr. Harris was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif at Northwestern University School of Law.

David Hehman
David Hehman (MBA 98) is a lifetime entrepreneur and an angel investor. David has co-founded and sold 5 technology businesses: HealthDesk (HDSK), GetawayZone (VacationSpot/EXPE), MarketHome (CLAC), EscapeHomes (TotalMove/AWAY), (DMD). He currently serves on the Boards of several private internet businesses. Mr. Hehman received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from University of California at Berkeley in December 1992, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Hass School of Business in 1998. In 2001, Mr. Hehman attended the PriceBabson@Berkeley symposium for Entrepreneurial Educators.

Russ Holdstein
Russ Holdstein was CFO at Rolling Stone magazine in its early days in SF. After backpacking around the world, he became one of the first start up tech entrepreneurs in San Francisco, becoming founding CEO of Payday which was recognized as one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the US. Russ was named one of the top 10 entrepreneurs in San Francisco by the SF Chamber of Commerce.

Steven Horowitz
Steven Horowitz is a founder and managing director at Ovidian. Before joining Ovidian, Dr. Horowitz was a Vice President at Yahoo!, where he built and led the Media Innovation Group, a team of designers and engineers pushing the boundaries of consumer experience and engagement with online content. His group filed 55 patent applications; Dr. Horowitz is an inventor on 30 of them. Also while at Yahoo!, Dr. Horowitz served as a technical and creative consultant to such notable media innovators as Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett on jointly-developed Web-based programming projects. Prior to Yahoo!, Dr. Horowitz headed product development, engineering and operations for AvantGo, a mobile app subsidiary of Sybase, delivering personalized, name-brand content to smartphones. Before that, Dr. Horowitz was CTO, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Palladium Interactive, a hybrid CD-ROM / Internet entertainment, education and productivity software developer and publisher. After Palladium’s acquisition by The Learning Company, he became a founding member and Chief Scientist of, a destination website for family history content, research and community, throughout its acquisition by A&E Television Networks. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Princeton University.

Jennifer Hopp
Jennifer Hopp is Venture Partner at Outsell, where she oversees investments in early stage startups in media, information and digital marketing. Currently investing in solutions for data visualization, entertainment, fashion and fitness (portfolio to be announced shortly), Jennifer also partners with other VCs to help entrepreneurs validate markets. In addition, Jennifer is founder and CEO of WeMakeItSafer, a tech company that builds web applications to improve communication between brands and consumers, especially around issues related to product safety and recalls. Prior to WeMakeItSafer, Jennifer was a testifying and consulting Commercial Damages Expert, helping companies deal with crises such as product recall, product liability, intellectual property infringement, antitrust and breach of contract. Most recently, she was a Principal with ERSGroup and, before that, a Senior Consultant with Navigant Consulting. Jennifer graduated with Honors and as a Community Fellow from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business where, in addition to her MBA, she earned certificates in Entrepreneurship and in Management of Technology (MOT), a joint curriculum program with the College of Engineering. Jennifer completed her BA in three years, also at the University of California at Berkeley, where she double majored in Economics and Japanese. She also studied and conducted research in Economics at Oxford University.

Paul Hsiao
Paul Hsiao is a General Partner at Canvas Venture Fund, where he focuses on partnering with innovators building mobile software, proprietary data graphs and large peer networks. A seasoned entrepreneur, operator and venture investor, Paul is on a mission to find early-stage companies that are tackling big, intractable problems and driving progress in marketplaces, enterprise, education, real estate and gaming, where he has deep domain expertise. Paul joined Canvas in May 2014 from New Enterprise Associates (NEA)—a global investment firm with $14 billion in assets under management — where he spent 10 years as a partner in the firm’s Menlo Park office. During his time at NEA, he worked with seven companies that have since gone public on the NASDAQ or NYSE and helped lead tens of companies to successful acquisitions. Some of his more noted investments include Houzz, Gaikai, Boingo, Elance-oDesk, SayMedia, and 42Floors, where he served on the boards. Before taking the plunge into the world of venture capital, Paul founded a venture-backed startup called Mazu Networks, a pioneer in network security that was built from technology developed at MIT. Today, the company provides enterprise IT organizations with the ability to manage, secure and optimize their business services. Paul went on to serve as President and later VP of Product at Mazu, before the company’s sale to Riverbed Technology in 2009. Paul began his career working in product development at medical device giant, Medtronic, and leading market entry strategy for China at McKinsey & Company. He earned his BSc in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from MIT and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Charles Hua brings more than a decade of experience as a product leader and entrepreneur focused on consumer internet products, platforms, and businesses. Mostly recently, Charles was at Basis Science (acquired by Intel) focused on problems around behavior change to help people lead healthier lives. Formerly he led product management at GREE, where he oversaw teams developing one of the highest grossing mobile applications in the world, and Playdom (acquired by Disney), helping to create social games with iconic Disney characters and stories. Charles is a MBA candidate at Berkeley Haas and holds a bachelor’s degree concentrating in information systems from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He was born and raised in the Bay Area, California.

John Hubinger, President Hubinger Ventures – Venture Capital Angel Investor, Board Member and Adviser – Enterprise Software, SaaS, Cloud, Mobile, Sustainable Agriculture.Investor, Board Member or Board of Advisers: Emotive Communications Inc. (Mobile Software: Cloud Infrastrucutre), Virtus Ginetics (BioTech: Big Data, Cloud, Genetics), Cortex Systems (Symbol: “CBX” – TXS Exchange): E-Procurement Software, Feeding Forward (community supported hunger exchange), Silverwood Sustainable Farms, UC Berkeley: SkyDeck and Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program: (Lecturer, Mentor, Judge, Member Start-up Board), Berkeley Angel Network, CEO Venture Fund EBXIV, Entrepeneur Fund Norwest VP XXI, Crowdcast: (Aquired by Spigit), Hybrid Wisdom Labs: (Aquired by Survey Monkey), AmberPoint: (Aquired by, Oracle), CrossWeave (Aquired by AmberPoint), Forte – Symbol: FRTE: (Aquired by SUN), Network For Teaching Entrepeneurship (NFTE).

Katie Hurley is currently a Product Marketing Manager for Salesforce’s Big Data & Analytics Product, Wave Analytics. Prior to working in Product Marketing, Katie held positions in M&A Finance and Sales Strategy where she oversaw company-wide investment strategies for Salesforce’s acquired companies and worked closely with Salesforce’s EVP of Sales.Katie understands what it takes to grow and integrate technology start-ups within larger companies and knows what companies look for when evaluating acquisition targets. She also has experience building out go-to-market strategies for new products with nascent sales teams as she’s designed sales forecasting processes, compensation models, and sales territory coverage and alignment plans for Salesforce’s specialist sales army. In her current role as a Product Marketing Manager, Katie works closely with Product Management to execute product launches, create sales enablement strategies, and articulate the value of product. Katie has a deep appreciation for emerging technologies, has intimate experience with enterprise customers, and looks forward to helping entrepreneurs innovate and execute on their product vision.

Jed Katz
Jed Katz (MBA 96), one of the pioneers of Internet commerce, has spent his 17-year career developing, advising and investing in early stage technology ventures. Recently, Jed also served on the Technology, Telecom & Media advisory group for President Barack Obama’s campaign. Prior to joining Javelin Venture Partners, Jed was a Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York, where he was selected in the “Silicon Alley 100”, an annual list of the most influential people in New York digital business, by the website Silicon Alley Insider. Prior to DFJ Gotham, Jed was the COO of Yamcon, the developer of the highly acclaimed “SkyScout”, one of the best selling astronomy products of all time. Prior to Yamcon, Jed was the COO and Founder of Rent Net, the Internet’s first rental and relocation guide. Rent Net achieved 95% market penetration and became one of the first profitable Internet companies. It was acquired by Cendant, and three years later, Jed used its infrastructure as the starting point for the formation of, one of the Internet’s largest real estate sites. grew to 360 employees and was acquired by Homestore (NASDAQ: MOVE) for over $900 million. Jed holds a B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. from The Haas School of Business at the University of California – Berkeley, where he was awarded the Price Fellowship from the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program, of which he is currently on the advisory board.

Terry Kelly
Terry Kelly is a partner in Dorsey’s Corporate practice. His practice focuses on representation of emerging high-technology companies with respect to venture capital financing, intellectual property law, and licensing and distribution agreements. Terry has extensive experience advising clients in connection with financing, and intellectual property protection and exploitation, including the acquisition, protection and sale of intellectual property and buying, selling, leasing, distribution, licensing and development of high-technology products and services. His clients include software, Internet, hardware, video on demand, semiconductor medical devices, photonics and life sciences companies. Terry earned his J.D. at UC Berkeley and has an A.B. in Economics and International Relations from Stanford.

Brooks Kincaid (MBA 11) is the Co-founder and President of Imprint Energy, a battery technology company developing printable, ultra-thin, flexible batteries for wearable electronics and the Internet of Things. Brooks oversees Imprint Energy’s marketing, business development, and finance activities, as well as general operations. Prior to founding Imprint Energy, Brooks worked as a Financial Analyst at Google focusing on sales, strategic partnerships, and new business development. He worked closely with sales and engineering teams to structure deals with global footprints worth over $2 billion. Prior to Google, Brooks worked in investment banking with Seven Hills Partners, where he focused on acquisitions and late-stage financings for venture-backed technology companies spanning medical devices, semiconductors, enterprise software, cleantech and consumer Internet. Brooks also has experience in venture capital with Elan Management (now Prelude Ventures) and in physical sciences startups with LightSail Energy, a company developing modular compressed air energy storage systems. Brooks has a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Matt Kirmayer is a partner at the San Francisco office of Perkins Coie LLP and a member of its Emerging Companies & Venture Capital group.  Matt represents emerging technology companies and the investors who fund them across a range of industries, including software, educational technology, digital media, social media, artificial intelligence systems and life sciences. Active in the technology and investment communities in Silicon Valley and the East Coast, Matt often works with emerging companies as their outside general counsel, managing legal, financial and operational issues, from formation and angel and capital investment through to exit, that arise when entrepreneurs enter the marketplace.

Matt has more than 25 years of experience in the emerging company and venture capital ecosystem, including numerous seed and venture financings for technology and life science companies. Matt also has a background in guiding clients in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

As part of his commitment to gender equality, Matt sits on the advisory board of Astia, which is a nonprofit organization that invests in companies with women in positions of equity and influence. Matt is a mentor at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley and a Sky Advisor to SkyDeck, the unique accelerator at UC Berkeley. Matt is also an adjunct professor at the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jack Kloster
Jack Kloster is an entrepreneur and media executive with domain expertise that crosses content development, media, marketing and advertising technologies. In 2005, Jack co-founded Yardbarker, a sports and celebrity media company that was funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Hall of Fame NFL players. Yardbarker was named a Top 50 Web property by Time Magazine, resided in the ComScore 100 and was acquired by Fox Sports in 2010. Post-acquisition, Jack led Media Business Development for Twitter responsible for Twitter’s News, Sports, TV and Politics verticals as well as for Twitter’s Media Technology Ecosystem. Jack is currently EVP of Business and Corporate Development for Tongal, a creative company and leader in the gig economy that has built a global network of 150,000+ writers, directors and animators to design content strategies and execute TV, Digital and Film production for Fortune 500 brands. In 2017, Tongal was named to the prestigious Ad Age A-List. Jack earned his MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and his Bachelor of Science at Rutgers College. He currently serves as a mentor to entrepreneurial ventures incubated at Haas and is also a member of the Big Data Advisory Board at the Rutgers Center for Innovation Education.

Kevin Kopczynski
Kevin Kopczynski is a Principal at RockPort Capital Partners, an energy focused VC firm. Prior to RockPort, he held a variety of operating and senior technical positions in a medical device startup, and worked for Lazard in mergers and strategic advisory. Kevin began his career as a Consultant with Arthur D. Little, where he assisted clients on product development initiatives in consumer products, energy, and healthcare. He serves on the board or as a board observer to Enki Technology, Northern Power Systems, Solar Universe, Streetline and the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC). Kevin earned his BSE Princeton, an MS in engineering from Stanford, and MBA from UC Berkeley.

Scott Kucirek
Scott Kucirek (MBA 99) is CEO and Managing Partner of Ocho Candy. Scott brings 15 years of entrepreneurial experience to OCHO. As co-founder of ZipRealty, Inc. (ZIPR, NASDAQ), Scott took the company from a two person start-up and grew it to a top ten national real estate brokerage, raising over $40 million in venture capital and working in a variety of leadership roles. Prior to his current position, Scott started and led a statewide Multiple Listing Service (MLS) initiative, calREDD, to a successful launch and eventual acquisition, creating the largest MLS entity in the country. Scott started at OCHO Candy in 2010 as its CEO and runs the day-to-day business, overseeing operations, employees, online marketing, accounting and retail relationships. Scott earned a BS in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley in 1988, spent 9 years as a Naval Aviator and then earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business in 1999. He is married and has two daughters and enjoys coaching soccer and participating in Crossfit.

Samuel Kwok
Samuel Kwok is a Venture Partner at Garage Technology Ventures where he is focused on investments in Software, Internet, Data, and Artificial Intelligence and enjoys helping startups solve how to make and raise money. Prior to Garage, Sam was a Director at Pacific Venture Investments in Hong Kong and Silicon Valley and a management consultant at Deloitte and Ernst & Young, where he consulted with multinational companies in the financial and technology sectors on operations, risk, and e-commerce issues. Sam holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

Billy Leung (MBA 2008) is the Vice President of Product at The/Studio, the world’s largest on-demand supply chain platform for custom manufacturing products. During his 15+ years of Silicon Valley experience, Billy has focused on building products that delight tens of millions of users, including some of the most beloved consumers products such as eBay, Trulia (Zillow), Zynga, and two successful startups. Billy has specific experience and interest in consumer mobile, social media/gaming, online marketplaces, ecommerce, and user-centered design. Billy earned an MBA from UC Berkeley, a MSME from Stanford University, and a BSME from UC Berkeley.

Brent Locks
Brent Locks (MBA 11) is the Sr. Director of Product at Popsugar, where he runs product for the ShopStyle business, the leading fashion shopping search engine on the web. Most recently he was the Co-founder and CEO of PICT, a shoppable photo technology platform, which was acquired by Popsugar in January 2014. Brent spent over five years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their M&A advisory group focused on buy-side and sell-side transactions in the software and retail industries. He has a B.A. in Business Management Economics from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where he was an Appel Award winner and Turner Fellow.

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Mark Leverette is a CPA with Burr Pilger Mayer, a San Francisco based public accounting firm providing value added accounting services to entrepreneurial companies, including technology, SaaS, Bio-tech, real-estate developers, financial services, manufacturing and distribution, and consumer product clients. He has consulted and advised many start-up phase companies on many technical areas, including equity and debt funding, industry specific revenue recognition, mergers and acquisitions, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, and initial public offerings. His practice includes both public and private companies.

Kelly Ling is a proud Double Bear, graduating from the Full-Time Haas MBA program in 2015 with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. In her role as Director of Enterprise Initiatives at Change Healthcare, she is focused on cultivating Intrepreneurship within a 15,000 person organization. There, she coaches teams through customer-centric problem solving, rapid research techniques including design sprints and Lean Startup principles, and garnering stakeholder buy-in. Her diverse background ranges from New Product Development at Ghirardelli Chocolate, to public accounting at Deloitte and Touche, to being a finalist in startup and venture capital competitions while at Berkeley-Haas.

Gary Little is a General Partner at Canvas. He led the firm’s investments in Folloze, Kinetica, Platform9 and Totango, and is on the board of Viewics. He focuses on innovative software and services investments. Twice in the past five years, Gary has been named to the Forbes Midas List which seeks to identify the venture capitalists that were instrumental in creating the most impactful and valuable companies of tomorrow. Gary joined Morgenthaler Ventures in 1997 and continues to serve on the boards of Morgenthaler portfolio companies, including Adara, Evernote and MuleSoft. He also led the investment in NexTag and PeopleMatter. Gary serves, or served, as a board observer of Lending Club, Practice Fusion and Sonatype.Previously, Gary held several roles at Apple Computer, including SVP of Apple’s Power Macintosh Division, VP Sales Americas, and Sr. Dir. of Marketing for Apple’s Pacific division (China, Japan, Asia, Latin America, Canada). Prior to his time at Apple, Gary spent seven years at Sun Microsystems as Director of Product Marketing, Director of Asia Pacific Marketing (including a posting in Hong Kong), and as Group Manager of Industry Marketing. Before Sun, he held sales and marketing positions at IBM. Gary began his career as an IC design engineer for TRW’s microelectronics research labs. Gary earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rebecca Lynn
Rebecca Lynn (MBA/JD 2008) joined Morgenthaler’s Menlo Park office in 2007, and she focuses on early-stage investments in mobile, internet services, digital media and financial services. Rebecca began her career at Procter and Gamble where she worked in international new product market entry. She then spent four years at NextCard where she led product development efforts and later served as the Vice President of Marketing where she managed one of the top five largest online marketing efforts. After NextCard, she ran her own consulting business focusing on online marketing for financial services and affiliate marketing. During law school, she was a Summer Associate at Heller Ehrman/Venture Law Group and at Quinn Emanuel where she focused on intellectual property litigation. Rebecca is also an inventor on several issued patents. She was published in the Berkeley Law and Technology Journal, and she is a registered Patent Agent. During business school, Rebecca chaired the Berkeley Business Plan Competition and was a member of New Venture Fellows. Rebecca earned a JD/MBA degree from the Haas School of Business and Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri.

Robin Mansukhani
Robin Mansukhani is CEO and Co-Founder of Alzeca Biosciences. Alzeca is developing advanced imaging technologies for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. He has been featured speaker on the topic of life sciences and entrepreneurship, and most recently at TED. Previously, he cofounded Cense Biosciences (advanced insulin technology for diabetes) and Ecorithm (advanced algorithms for building energy utilization). In the community, he co-founded BlueStamp Engineering, a hands on technology program for high school students. He also serves as a mentor for the Thiel Fellowship (20 under 20). Prior to his work in early stage start-ups, he served as an associate with The Maple Fund, an early stage venture capital firm. He has also served as an EIR at NYU’s Stern School of Business, contributing to curriculum development and giving guest lectures. He has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University, where he served a term in AmeriCorps, teaching health and literacy to disadvantaged youth.

Nikhil Matani
Nikhil Matani is an associate in Venable’s Corporate group in San Francisco. Prior to joining Venable, Nik was a private equity associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he represented private equity sponsors in all aspects of their business and was a corporate associate at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP where he represented venture capital firms and high-tech growth companies on various corporate matters. In law school, Nik served as a judicial extern to the Honorable John T. Noonan on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Nik received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was an Article Editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He holds a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, and a B.A. in Rhetoric, summa cum laude, from University of California, Berkeley.

Curtis MacDonald
Curtis MacDonald is an Entrepreneur and Early Stage VC. As a Venture Partner at HTGF, Curtis helps the VC firm manage their US startups and activities. While an investor at HTGF, Curtis led Seed and Series A Investments in over a dozen high-tech startups, including HTGF’s first international investments. He created and managed a profitable portfolio of 12 startups. In his role as Senior Investment Manager, Curtis negotiated with founders and led HTGF’s participation in the financing, then took a directorship position on the board and mentored the startups. He managed each stage of the investment, from initial contact to exit. Prior to moving to Germany, Curtis founded a VC-backed consumer WiFi company, hField Technologies. Over the next five years in his roles as CEO and later as CTO, Curtis was responsible for the technological and product development of the company’s first product, the Wi-Fire (at the time available at Best Buy). At Lehigh University Curtis was awarded a dual IBE Business and Computer Engineering degree, followed later by a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Curtis writes about his startup and VC experiences at and spends his free time working on various hardware and python projects.

Lev Mass
Lev Mass (BCEMBA 12) is a Venture Partner at XSeed Capital, with prowess in cloud computing, mobile, and business development. Prior to joining XSeed, Lev ran operations and business development for the Cloud Group at Yahoo!. While at Yahoo!, Lev helped to facilitate the spin-off of the Hadoop Group into what is now Hortonworks, a leading big data company. In addition, he held a number of executive roles at Yahoo! helping to define strategy for mobile, social, cloud and big data. Previous to Yahoo!, Lev was an investment banker with Thomas Weisel Partners focused on TMT (technology, media, telecommunications) and health technology. Lev holds a BS from University of Kansas and an MBA from Columbia University and UC Berkeley, where he is currently a mentor at the UC Berkeley Skydeck Incubator.

SB Master
SB Master is founder of both Master-McNeil ( and Naming Matters (, a UC Berkeley Skydeck 2017 cohort company. A recognized leader in brand creation, SB is responsible for hundreds of new names and brand architectures, working closely with founders to create new companies and products including PayPal, Ariba, Affirm, Concur, Oclaro, Athlon, Navigant, Zesty, BuyPower, LaCrosse, Westin, Touchstone, and and over 60 products for Apple. SB’s new SaaS spinoff Naming Matters is automating the slowest, most frustrating, and most expensive aspects of brand creation and selection, making these services accessible to anyone, anywhere. Prior to founding master-Mcneil SB was Associate Director, Corporate Identity Worldwide at Landor Associates, and founded their first naming practice. SB received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and her triple-major honors BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she serves as a trustee.

Shawn Merani
Shawn Merani is a partner at Flight VC. Flight is the first investment firm leveraging Angellist Syndicates to crowdsource funds and manage 3 out of the top 10 syndicates on the AngelList platform. The main syndicate, the Gil Penchina Syndicate ( has $6MM+ committed across 900+ backers. Other syndicates include The SaaS Syndicate, The Late stage Pre-IPO Syndicate and many more. Some investments include Beepi, ZIRX, Boost Media, Pillow,, Scripted, Vouch Financial, Datanyze, NextLesson and many more. Prior to joining, Shawn was a founder of the Private Shares marketplace at Liquidnet. The platform enabled an investor base of 750 of the world’s leading asset managers opportunities to build positions in high growth companies pre-IPO. Before Liquidnet, Shawn was Senior Director, Business Development at ReachLocal (NASDAQ:RLOC) , a provider of local online marketing solutions for small and medium sized businesses. His responsibilities included business strategy, growth and revenue partnerships, as well as corporate development. Shawn received a BA in Economics and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Shawn enjoys playing basketball, traveling the world, fantasy sports and supporting the Cal Bears..

Andrew McCraith
Andrew McCraith (MBA 08) joined Rakon in 2010. In his current role as Global Director – Strategic Marketing & Business Development, he is responsible for all aspects of Rakon’s global business development and strategic marketing activities. Andrew has spent ten years in the timing industry. Prior to his current role, Andrew was Rakon’s Product Manager for the XO and VCXO product lines and previously co-founded Silicon Clocks, a Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) timing company, acquired by Silicon Laboratories.

Jeff Morgen
Jeff Morgen has over 20 years experience in senior Operations, Finance and Business Development roles. Jeff started his career in investment banking and later moved to management positions with manufacturing, technology and media enterprises. A consistent theme throughout his career has been succeeding in high growthopportunities where he reliably balanced vision with execution to maximize customer satisfaction, team productivity and shareholder value. Jeff has participated in a variety of corporate settings including global corporate spin-offs, high-growth private enterprises and venture capital-backed start-ups. He considers himself to be an entrepreneurial leader with expertise in revenue expansion, scaling operations and financial stewardship. Jeff received his BS Degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley (emphases in accounting & finance) and his MBA from the University of Southern California (emphases in corporate finance and real estate economics).

Itamar Novick
Itamar Novick (MBA 12) is Chief Business Officer at Life360. Life360 is the biggest mobile Family Network, with over 55 million registered families. Itamar is also an active investor and mentor at several mobile first and IoT startups. Previously Itamar was a Venture Capitalist at Morgenthaler Ventures, a leading VC firm, and a partner at UpWest Labs, the Israeli accelerator in Silicon Valley.Before moving to the “dark side” of VC, Itamar was head of product at Gigya, the leading social tools provider for web and mobile publishers, and spent several years in product and engineering management roles in companies big and small. Itamar hold an MBA from Berkeley-Haas and a Computer Science undergraduate degree from the Tel-Aviv Jaffa College.

Laura Oliphant
Laura Oliphant is an Investment Manager in Intel Capital, where she makes and manages investments in the semiconductor capital equipment and materials areas. She joined Intel in 1991 and Intel Capital in 2001. In 2006, Laura was given the Intel Achievement Award for the strategic impact of her investing activities. She is Intel’s observer to the board of directors for Oasys Design Systems, Persimmon Technologies, and Xradia. Prior to joining Intel Capital, Laura was one of the key coordinators for Intel’s transition to the 300 mm wafer size. As part of this project, Laura managed the selection activities for about 20% of the fab tools, which required her to interact with the key executives of the major equipment suppliers. In 2000, Laura served as the industry co-chair for the SEMATECH Metrology and Yield Management Tools Program Advisory Group. Laura also played key roles in the Year 2000 transition and in the management of major suppliers to Intel. During her time at Intel, Laura has also been a process engineer, developing a process that is still used in Intel’s processors, and a yield engineer. Laura currently represents Intel as one of Intel Capital’s key contacts with the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. As part of that role, she has participated in numerous business plan competitions, representing Intel as a judge. Laura holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a BE from Manhattan College.

Scott Orn
Scott Orn is Chief Operating Officer at Kruze Consulting, a fast growing Startup CFO Consulting firm that works with over 130 startup clients. Kruze is based in San Francisco with clients in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York. In addition to his Operations responsibilities, Scott runs the Venture Debt Consulting practice at Kruze. Before Kruze Consulting, Scott was a Partner at Lighthouse Capital, a private debt fund that lends to startups. In addition, Scott ran Community Products at Callisto Media. In his spare time, Scott co-founded Ben’s Friends, an Internet patient support community for people with rare diseases. Ben’s Friends is a 501C3 non profit and has become one of the largest rare disease support communities on the Internet with 120,000 uniques last month (a 20% increase month over month). Both LinkedIn and Google have made sizable grants to Ben’s Friends.

Raj Pai
Raj Pai is a seasoned product executive with over 20+ years hands-on experience at successful early stage and public companies. He is an expert in big data, analytics and machine learning, and has worked at industry leaders like Teradata, Oracle, Informatica and recently he was GM/head of products at energy IoT leader, AutoGrid. Raj is Haas MBA ’98 and Bachelors’ in Technology from IIT Bombay. He is actively involved in the angel investor community in Silicon Valley and is interested in mentoring the next generation of data-driven leaders from the Berkeley ecosystem.

Bhavin Parikh
Bhavin Parikh sets the vision and strategy for Magoosh, along with whatever else needs to be done. With a BS/BA in Economics and Computer Science from Duke University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, he’s on a mission to change the way people learn and how they think about learning. Years ago, Bhavin played on several Nationals-level ultimate frisbee teams. Today, he’s our resident gelato connoisseur.

Sarah Peach is Director of Venture Technology at Siemens Technology-to-Business (TTB) Center, based in Berkeley, California. At Siemens TTB, Sarah is responsible for turning early-stage innovations from start-ups and universities into viable business opportunities for Siemens’ Industry Sector business units. Her primary focus is industrial infrastructure, including all aspects of manufacturing, factory automation and control, and energy efficiency. Before joining Siemens in 2006, Sarah was Director of New Initiatives at the University of California’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Program. She has directed business development at optics start-up Chelix Technologies, and previously managed the technical team and business development activities at Chelix’s parent company, Reveo, Inc.. She also worked in polymer research at BASF AG in Germany. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, both in physics.

Brian Peters
Brian Peters is the Founder and CEO of Inneos, a Pleasanton, CA-based fiber optic communications company that develops and manufactures subsystems used in the transport of high definition video. Brian actively manages the marketing, sales, and hardware development teams, and has led the definition, design and launch of multiple market-leading optical subsystems. Prior to Inneos, Brian founded Blaze Network Products, a developer of optical transceivers for the Ethernet LAN market. He also helped launch Universal Lightspeed, a company born from technology developed at UC Berkeley that created optical read-write heads for the then-emerging optical disk drive industry. Brian’s career also includes management consulting for PRTM where he specialized in implementing high-performance manufacturing and supply chain operations for Semiconductor and Telecommunication clients. He was recruited to PRTM from Haas where he received his MBA in 1995. Prior to attending Haas as a fulltime student, Brian spent several years in high-performance photonics and electronics manufacturing operations in Santa Clara and Palo Alto as an engineer or manager. Brian received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from UC Davis in 1988.

Amanda Pouchot
Amanda Pouchot is the Co-Founder of Levo League, an online career network for millenials that is active in 30 cities. Amanda is currently working on a new venture in the education space. Together10 delivers a fun learning activities to parents to do with their kids. She began her career in the Organization Practice at McKinsey and Company in New York and currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the UC Berkeley Cal Alumni Association. She is a Lean In Launch team member and her writing has appeared on

Christina Pearson
Christina Pearson represents companies in every stage of their life cycle, from start-up to maturity, and counsels her clients through liquidity transactions such as venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and initial public offerings. Christina works extensively with private companies, providing guidance on incorporation, corporate governance, capital raising, securities laws and transactional matters. She also regularly assists public companies in their public and other equity offerings, acquisitions, corporate governance and periodic reporting matters.

Wes Selke
Wes Selke (MBA 06) is Managing Director and Founder of Better Ventures. He’s the resident “numbers guy” and enjoys helping startups figure out how they’re going to make and raise money. Wes has 15 years of venture capital and financial advisory experience with Good Capital’s Social Enterprise Expansion Fund, William Blair, and Ernst & Young’s Mergers & Acquisitions group. He earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BBA from the University of Michigan. Wes has volunteered with organizations around the globe, which has fueled his passion for applying his business skills to build a better world. He lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and two young kids and enjoys road cycling in the East Bay hills and Sunday trips to the farmers market.

Rhonda Shrader
Rhonda Shrader (MBA 96)

Executive Director – Entrepreneurship

Executive Director – NSF I-Corps Bay Area Node

Lecturer – Lean Transfer & LAUNCH Accelerator

Ted Sorom (MBA 08) is a product designer & entrepreneur whose expertise spans from online payments to high-tech product development. Ted is currently the CEO and founder of Rixty, a payments company that enables consumers who lack credit cards to pay online for online entertainment and content. Ted founded Rixty while in the second year of the Haas MBA program after spending his summer as a Mayfield Fellow at an online entertainment start-up where he saw first-hand the market needs for a better online payment system. Today, Rixty has offices in San Francisco and Sao Paulo, Brazil and is expanding across all of North and South America. Before founding Rixty, Ted worked at Wild Planet Entertainment a mass market manufacturer of children’s toys and consumer products. At Wild Planet, Ted managed a majority of the company’s product development for such retailers as Target, Gap Kids and Dreamworks. Prior to working in the toy industry, Ted held the role of Chief Technical Officer at the high-end sporting goods company, Light & Motion, where he lead the company’s engineering team and product development. Ted holds a Bachelors degree from Dartmouth College, a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the full-time program at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Glenn Takayama (MBA 08) is currently the CEO and founder of PathCom Systems, a company that designs and manufactures robotic liquid handling equipment and also develops and manufactures reagents used on the equipment. Glenn has also founded, ran and sold two other biotech companies in the Bay Area.He has worked for companies in Telecommunications Electronics, Aerospace and Computer Electronics before going into the Biotech field. He has experience in M&A, accounting, engineering, manufacturing, materials, sales & marketing and facilities design and construction. Glenn has a BS in Engineering and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Leigh Thompson
Leigh Thompson is a senior technology scout, responsible for identifying, screening, prioritizing and pursuing a variety of emerging technologies and assessing their viability as business opportunities. Leigh joined The Dow Chemical Company in 1997 where she worked in a variety of corporate and business research and development (R&D) roles, including oxygenated solvents, acrylic monomers, epoxies, and polyurethanes. Most recently she led the Corporate R&D Strategic Implementation group, responsible for implementing key strategic programs across leveraged corporate R&D resources (comprising a significant fraction of Dow’s $1.7 billion R&D budget), as well as working with counterparts in business R&D groups, universities and external partnerships to drive strategic programs and facilitate delivery on Dow’s growth commitments. Leigh received her B.S. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University (ISU) in 1993 and 1997. In 2008 she also earned her MBA from the DeVos/Dow Executive MBA and received the Professional Process in Engineering Award (PPEA) from Iowa State University

Drew Tulchin
Drew Tulchin is Senior Director at Third Sector Capital Partners. His professional experience spans the for-profit, non-profit, public & philanthropic sectors. He has helped launch more than 15 start-ups embracing numerous legal structures. His work has generated more than $100 million for triple bottom line efforts. Consulting has taken him across the U.S., to numerous Native American nations, and to more than 40 countries world-wide. Previously he was Managing Partner of Upspring Associates, a boutique management-consulting firm supporting the design, growth and measurement of mission-driven, market leveraging, and values based ventures throughout the U.S. and around the world. He has contributed to more than 100 socially entrepreneurial business plans. Prisma Microfinance’s co-written plan was a Global Social Venture Competition award winner, published, and used to raise $1.2 million in private equity capital. He was Director of a U.S. microfinance organization, the CDFI called ECDC/Enterprise Development Group, which helped immigrants and low-income people in Greater Washington, DC. He served as Program Officer for Grameen Foundation as the founding staff person of the Capital Markets Group. Previous experience includes a Bluetooth wireless firm, socially responsible businesses, and an environmental NGO. He began his career in National Community Service, as a VISTA (US domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps) and an AmeriCorps Team Leader in Oakland, California. Drew completed his MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle. He finished his BA, Cum Laude, in History and International Relations from Washington University in St. Louis.

Nick Triantos
Nick Triantos is a VC at Ignition Partners, focused on enterprise software companies. Before joining Ignition, Nick has founded 2 companies, been a software engineer, a VC, a sushi chef, military police officer, arcade video game repair guy, a CEO, and a firefighter/EMT. At Ignition Partners, Nick primarily focuses on math-intensive enterprise business applications. Areas ranging from AI, machine learning, computer vision, AR/VR, cryptography, blockchain, and NLU are all of particular interest. Ignition is mostly focused on Series A investments, and is currently investing a $200M fund from offices in the Seattle area and the SF Bay Area. Ignition’s notable previous investments include Splunk, Docker, Cloudera, XenSource (creators of the hypervisor which powers Amazon’s AWS), and DocuSign. Prior to joining Ignition in 2016, Nick worked at SRI (Stanford Research Institute) as a managing director in the ventures team, spinning out technologies from the SRI research labs. Before SRI, Nick co-founded and worked as CEO for ionGrid, a mobile security company, which Nick sold to NetApp in 2013. Earlier in Nick’s career, Nick joined NVIDIA when it was a pre-revenue startup. At NVIDIA, Nick created NVIDIA’s OpenGL software, worked on Direct3D, and later, as Chief Software Architect, Nick’s teams built CUDA and numerous other tools for programming and using GPUs. Nick has also been a CEO for TokBox, a Sequoia-funded startup focused on real-time communications, and was part of the founding team at Navio, which sold to Oracle in the mid-90s. Nick has worked about 15 years in the video game industry, used to work part-time as a sushi chef in silicon valley, and has pulled multiple people out of burning buildings and car accidents when he was a volunteer firefighter. Nick has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Buffalo (SUNY), and MBA degrees from Haas and Columbia University in NYC.

Oren Tversky
Oren Tversky (MBA 99) is Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Apportable. With a background in mobile, developer tools, data, consumer electronics and gaming industries, Oren Tversky has held numerous executive positions in the technology industry. Most recently, Oren served as SVP Business and Corporate Development at Apportable, a mobile developer tools solution. Previously, he was Vice President of Unity Technologies’ Unity Games business unit where he spearheaded Unity Technologies’ content syndication and platform business development efforts.Prior to Unity Technologies, Oren served as Head of Business Development at mobile operating system vendor Symbian, where he launched and led Symbian’s Korean business. Prior to receiving his MBA from UC Berkeley, he worked in the video games industry for The 3DO Company. He is an advisor to several start-ups and active in the entrepreneurial community in the Bay Area.

Siddarth Sanghvi runs a Real Estate investment company in Oakland and has a diverse entrepreneurial background spanning retail, social responsibility, tech, CPG and sustainability. After graduating with an MBA from Haas, he co-founded World of Good, a fair trade brand that was sold in over 2,000 retail locations before being acquired by eBay in 2010. He also led Marketing and Operations for Back to the Roots, another Haas alumni company, where he oversaw a period of rapid expansion. Prior to starting his own firm, he was the COO at Riaz Inc., where he helped grow the company’s assets under management from $100m to $200m. Siddharth has a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado College and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Mike Vladimer  (MBA 13) is the Co-Founder of the IoT Studio at Orange Silicon Valley, the innovation strategy office for Orange, one of Europe’s biggest telecommunications operators. Mike works with Orange’s partners to find product-market fit by applying lean startup principles that he learned in Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad class at Haas. He specializes in rapid prototyping and customer interviews. Previously, he was Director of Business Development at Neura, an internet-of-things (IoT) security startup. Prior to Neura, Mike founded Yaygo, a transportation startup; analyzed energy efficiency in consumer electronics products as a managing consultant at Navigant; and, developed microsystems/MEMS as a research engineer at Ikerlan, the research lab for one of Spain’s largest companies. Mike holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and an MS Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Follow him on Twitter @MikeVladimer

George Willman (MBA 93) is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He assists clients in transactions involving licensing, intellectual property, development, collaboration, manufacturing, distribution, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs. George is Co-President, Chairman of the Board, and Co-Founder of the Berkeley Angel Network. He was awarded the Raymond E. Miles Alumni Service Award from Berkeley-Haas (2014) and the Richard H. Holton Teaching Fellow Award from the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program (2010). Prior to his legal career, he worked as a telecommunications software engineer for IBM and Siemens. George holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, a B.S., Computer Systems Engineering, from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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