Liz Asai is the CEO and co-founder of 3Derm Systems. While studying biomedical engineering at Yale, Liz and her co-founder, Elliot Swart, invented a 3D skin-imaging device that allows a dermatologist to see a patient remotely and triage skin concerns. The two founded 3Derm in 2012 and financed their first two years of R&D through public and private research grants. The 3Derm team conducted three clinical studies over five years before bringing their solution to market in 2016. As CEO, Liz has attracted nearly $5M in equity and non-dilutive funding. She is actively involved with local and national health tech policy groups drafting testimony and legislation advocating for telemedicine reimbursement. Liz serves as a mentor in the startup community and writes guides to help new entrepreneurs through the grant writing process. She was recently featured in LinkedIn’s top 10 healthcare professionals under 35, and Forbes 30 Under 30. In 2017, 3Derm was nominated for a New England Venture Capital Association’s “NEVY” award for Hottest Early Stage Startup.
Gina Ashe, CEO, ThirdChannel, Inc.
Gina Ashe is CEO of ThirdChannel, Inc., the retail intelligence network that the world's leading brands use to optimize the in-store experience for consumers and drive higher sales at retail. Prior to joining Redstar Ventures, Ashe was CEO and founder of Krush, a consumer platform for action and outdoor sports brands to preview their upcoming collections to targeted focus groups of young, social consumers. With Krush, she created a new retail model to provide brands with predictive data and initial pre-orders. Previously Ashe founded Sermo, a healthcare hub for doctors to share questions and insight, and held marketing and finance roles across a number of consumer and healthcare companies.
Lakshmi Balachandra, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College
Lakshmi Balachandra is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. She is a leading expert in improvisation, negotiation and entrepreneurial pitching. She leverages her personal experience prior to entering academia as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur to inform her research - specifically to examine the impact of gender on entrepreneurial success in acquiring early-stage funding. Her dissertation on entrepreneurial pitches and trust development in angel investors was awarded both a Graduate Research Fellowship from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and a Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Her work has been published in a variety of academic journals and has received a wide range of press including Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, Entrepreneur Magazine and the Financial Times.
Nilanjana Bhowmik, Founder and General Partner, Converge
Nilanjana brings a rigorous focus on B2B tech to her role as Converge Founder & General Partner drawing on her 23 years as a venture capitalist, investment banker and operating executive. Prior to founding Converge, Nilanjana was a General Partner at Longworth Venture Partners where she led the firm’s investments in enterprise tech. Always on the hunt for the bleeding edge, her investments span big data, advanced analytics, storage, software defined networking, cybersecurity and cloud dev-ops. In addition to her current board responsibilities, prior investments and portfolio involvements at Longworth include Viewfinity (acquired by CyberArk), VKernel (acquired by Quest), Softricity (acquired by Microsoft) and Thor Technologies (acquired by Oracle). As an investment banker at Broadview (now Jefferies), Nilanjana led the bank’s research publications of market maps on middleware, application and security software, and honed her ability to assess emerging tech markets with massive potential. She executed numerous M&A transactions of leading enterprise tech companies. After publishing her graduate dissertation on object-oriented class libraries, Nilanjana was recruited to Object Design Inc., the leading object-oriented database and INC 500, #1 private Company in 1994. There she held several positions through the company’s fast growth from venture-backed to IPO. She ran the professional services organization for the Americas, and delivered one-third of the company’s annual revenues. Nilanjana received her B.Eng. in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, her M.S. in Computer Science from University of South Carolina, and her MBA from INSEAD. Laser focused on the long game, Nilanjana is a distance runner and her portfolio CEOs’ first call, be it at midnight or 6AM.
Gaye brings more than 15 years of operating experience in business development, new product development, and strategic planning to Excel's investment process. Gaye is currently serving on the Board of QStream. Previously, Gaye headed up business and commercial development at Microbia, a bio-based chemical company. She also served as Senior Director of Business Development of Synthetic Genomics where she was the first non-founder employee, and as Business Development Manager at Cabot Corporation. Gaye received an M.B.A in Finance and International Management from MIT's Sloan School and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Jan Bruce, CEO and Co-Founder, meQuilibrium
Jan has a proven record in high growth start-ups and turn‐arounds, and has devoted much of last twenty years to pioneering new brands in health, wellness, consumer lifestyle and holistic medicine. She has a passion for building strong business strategies and cohesive management teams that deliver results. She is widely recognized as an authority on women’s attitudes towards balanced healthy lifestyle and sustainable living. She also regularly speaks on business turn‐arounds and LOHAS business issues. In 2004 Ms. Bruce sold her company, body+soul/whole living, to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and served as their Managing Director for five years, during which time she led the growth of the business: quadrupling the revenues and tripling the circulation, spawning a multi‐platform franchise than includes website, video on demand, a daily radio show and a new green cleaning product‐line.
David Chang, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
David is an entrepreneur and angel investor who is currently an EiR at Harvard Business School, Executive Chair at Feelter, and Co-founder of PersonalVC. David has held product and marketing roles at five Boston-based startups that were acquired. He previously led the PayPalBoston office and co-founded the Start Tank innovation space. Earlier in his career, he held roles at TripAdvisor (IAC), m-Qube(Verisign), edocs (Siebel), SnapMyLife (Exclaim Mobility), and Goldman Sachs. As a leader in the entrepreneurship community, he holds several advisor/board memberships and has made 40 angel investments in early-stage startups. Recent awards include Boston Business Journal's Power 50: Most Influential Bostonians, BostInno’s 50 on Fire: Investment Winner / Tech Finalist, and Finalist for NEVY Angel of the Year. David holds a BS with Distinction in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Yumin Choi, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures
Yumin spent 10 years at HLM, where he led a variety of investments across healthcare IT and services sectors. He served as board director for AbleTo, mPulse Mobile, Oceans Healthcare, Payspan (acquired by Primus Capital), Spinal Kinetics, and Vets First Choice. He was also board observer for Imagine Health, Nordic Consulting (acquired by Silversmith Capital Partners), Persivia, and TYRX (acquired by Medtronic). Yumin serves on the New England Venture Capital Association’s board of directors, and was previously chair of New England Venture Network. He is an investor and mentor in several healthcare accelerators, including Blueprint Health, Healthbox, Startup Health, Rock Health, and 500 Startups. He is also on the board of overseers for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the oversight committee for Boston University’s Coulter Foundation. Yumin also served as a lecturer in the Gordon Institute at Tufts University, where he taught entrepreneurial finance. Yumin was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Hawaii at the age of 10, where he attended Punahou School. Outside of work he enjoys golfing, fly fishing, and bird hunting, and can be found listening to his vinyl record collection. Yumin received his BS in Entrepreneurship and Finance at Babson College.
Liam Donohue, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, .406 Ventures
Liam has spent the past two decades as a venture investor, but he is perhaps most proud of his entrepreneurial activities – founding/co-founding four successful businesses, including two venture capital funds. He started his career as a Principal at Foster Management, a venture investor focused on service industry investments; then co-founded Arcadia Partners, a fund focused on technology-enabled education companies; and finally, co-founded .406 Ventures with Larry and Maria. Over this time, Liam has invested over $130M of capital in 21 investments. Along the way, Liam founded and took on CEO responsibilities for Business Intelligence Advisors, now a .406 portfolio company. This is where he gained an appreciation for the challenges and thrills of building a fast growing start-up company. Earlier in his career, Liam spent two years as an early employee of Booz•Allen & Hamilton’s Philadelphia office before spending the next several years opening and leading their office in Budapest, Hungary. At .406, Liam leads all healthcare investments focusing on early-stage companies that offer systems, technologies and services that support clinical delivery. He also teams up with Graham on .406’s data and analytics investment practice, as well as overseeing fundraising and other .406 firm responsibilities. Liam has scar tissue/experience in green tech (an area of personal interest) and ed-tech. Liam earned a BS in Chemistry from Georgetown University and earned an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.
Susan Duffy, Executive Director, Babson College Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership
Susan Duffy is the Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), where she advances a gender-enlightened business ecosystem in which all entrepreneurial leaders are encouraged to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society. Under Susan’s leadership the CWEL offers a portfolio of world class programs for undergraduate, graduate and executive women; disseminates research into the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders; and advances gender acumen as a growth strategy for all. Susan earned her Ph.D. from The George Washington University. She is an advisor to several early stage companies, an angel investor, and serves on the boards of the Tory Burch Foundation and the Walmart Foundation International Advisory Council.
Jamie Goldstein, Founder and Managing Director, Pillar Companies
Jamie Goldstein is an experienced founder and investor in early stage companies. Prior to Pillar, Jamie was an investing partner for 18 years at North Bridge Venture Partners. His active investments include, Actifio, Plexxi, Layer3 TV, and O3b Networks. Prior to Northbridge, Jamie co-founded PureSpeech, a venture-backed speech recognition software and applications company that was acquired by Voice Control Systems [NASDAQ: VCSI] and subsequently sold to Nuance [NASDAQ: NUAN]. Jamie also co-founded WattsUp?, a company that sells consumer electricity meters, and remains in business today. Jamie grew up in the Boston area and is a graduate of MIT in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He served as both Chairman and President of the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) and served as Chairman and is currently Vice Chairman of Match Education. He is also the co-founder and featured speaker of StartMIT, the boot camp for MIT student entrepreneurs. Jamie is an avid skier, snow boarder, and mountain biker, and spends his weekends chasing his three boys around various athletic fields.
Jodi Goldstein, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director, Harvard Innovation Lab
Jodi Goldstein is the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. She focuses on bridging the gap between the i-lab and the entrepreneurial community. Jodi brings over 15 years experience as a high-tech entrepreneur and investor with a focus on innovative consumer technologies. She has industry expertise in consumer, e-commerce, mobile, social networking, and luxury goods. Jodi has been on the management team of several venture-backed startups including iMarket (sold to D&B), Planetall (sold to Amazon for over $100M), Send.com, Hoteluxury.com, Mobicious, and most recently was a co-founder of Drync, a mobile app for wine (a 2011 MassChallenge winner). Jodi was also an investor at TA Associates (Venture Capital) where she specialized in retail and consumer products. She began her career at GE in their FMP program and was a member of their Corporate Audit Staff, the internal consulting arm of GE. Jodi has an MBA from Harvard and a BS in International Business from the University of Vermont. Jodi is an avid snowboarder, cyclist, rider and a Private Pilot.
Paulina Hill, Principal, Polaris Partners
Paulina Hill joined Polaris in 2011 and focuses on investments in healthcare from the Boston office. Paulina serves on the boards of Arsenal Medical, Faraday Pharmaceuticals and KinDex Pharmaceuticals and is an observer on the boards of MicroCHIPS and 480 Biomedical. In addition to her investing role, Paulina is currently serving as Entrepreneur and interim CEO of Marauder, a biotech startup based in Cambridge, MA. She also serves on the board of The Capital Network, a non-profit that provides fundraising education to startup entrepreneurs and is part of the Lead Mentor team for Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England. In addition, Paulina is a mentor for Healthbox and a coach for the MIT Community Catalyst Leadership Program. Prior to joining Polaris, Paulina completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Chemical Engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the laboratory of Professor Langer, Paulina worked on developing novel biomaterial scaffolds and drug delivery systems for neural applications. Paulina is the founding president of the MIT Postdoctoral Association, and served on the MIT Intellectual Property Presidential Committee. Paulina completed her PhD in Molecular Medicine with a Tissue Engineering focus at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Her graduate school work resulted in over 40 published abstracts, awards and peer reviewed manuscripts. Her research contributed to numerous patents and the formation of the startup KeraNetics to commercialize the platform technology. Paulina graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University with a quadruple major in biochemistry, neuroscience, biology and chemistry. Paulina grew up in Toronto and attended East Carolina on an athletic scholarship, serving as captain of the women’s tennis team.
Shirley Leung, Columnist, The Boston Globe
Shirley Leung is a columnist at The Boston Globe and writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage, as well as producing the Globe 100 and Top Places to Work magazines. A graduate of Princeton, Leung also has worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and Baltimore Sun. Leung is a board member and former president of the New England chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.
Coppelia Marincovic, Investment Manager North America, Solvay Ventures
Coppelia Marincovic is Investment Manager North America at Solvay Ventures, the venture capital fund of Solvay. With over 100m EUR under management, the fund invests in advanced materials with application in energy transition, health & wellbeing, industry 4.0, with a strong sustainability component. In addition to providing capital to start-up companies, Solvay Ventures leverages Solvay capabilities to generate business synergies between start-ups and Solvay's innovation platforms. Her prior experience in VC was at Sofinnova Partners, a large VC fund based in Paris where she specialized in cleantech and industrial biology. Before joining Solvay, Coppelia was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, advising top-tier pharmaceuticals and chemicals corporations. While at McKinsey, she won the Gold Medal at the McKinsey New Ventures competition. Coppelia holds a MBA from INSEAD, MSc. in Environmental Sciences from Harvard and MSc. in Chemistry from Chimie ParisTech
Sheryl R. Marshall, Founder, Capital W
Sheryl R. Marshall is the Founder of Capital W, and was the financial correspondent on “EVERYTHING MONEY” on WGBH radio and author of the recent Kindle bestseller; HOW TO CREATE A WINNING FINANCIAL PLAN. She has spent the past 30 years in the financial services industry as both a financial advisor and venture capitalist. She worked in the private client services group of many prestigious firms, most recently, Credit-Suisse. Prior to that, Ms. Marshall was the managing partner and founder of Axxon Capital, the largest venture capital fund dedicated to investing in women owned businesses. Successful investments included Guardent, which was sold to Verisign, and Circles which was sold to Sodexho. President Clinton appointed Ms. Marshall to the Thrift Savings Plan, the largest 401k plan in the world that oversees $100 billion of assets for Federal employees. She also served on Governor Mitt Romney’s transition team and the Blue Ribbon Commission for the City of Newton, where she chaired the sub-committee on pension reform. Ms. Marshall was also appointed by Governor William Weld to chair the Investment Committee and serve on the board of the Massachusetts Thrift Fund, a $100 million dollar fund that was dedicated to economic development loans. Her corporate boards included Flighttime, a business-to-business air charter company, MarketMax, a retail software optimization firm, and Daffy’s, a regional clothing retailer. Ms. Marshall is also a FINRA certified arbitrator. In addition, Ms. Marshall served on the boards of many civic organizations including the International Women’s Forum, the Massachusetts Women’s’ Forum, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Huntington Theater and a past president of the Boston Club. She is currently a trustee at the Institute of Contemporary Art and a member of the Business Advisory Council at the Simmons School of Management. She has received many community awards including the Alumni Achievement Award from Simmons College, the Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Woman of the Year from Big Sisters, Academy of Achievers from the YWCA, Women on the Edge from the Organization for a New Equality and the Institute of Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee. Ms. Marshall received her B.A. from Emerson College and her M.B.A from Simmons College. She is a frequent speaker on issues relating to women and money.
Smaiyra Million spent thirty years as a successful operator of luxury hotels, spas and health clubs. As CEO of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management (Sports Club/LA & Reebok Sports Clubs), Smaiyra was named to the Top 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014, she was inducted into the YW Academy of Women Achievers. Smaiyra is an active board member at StriVectin and past Board member of Paint Nite, , and Artists for Humanity and advisor to Shamanuti. Currently, Smaiyra serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Babson College’s, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CWEL Smaiyra is both an independent investor and advisor to businesses with specifically concentrating on female founders/leaders including Beantown Bedding and High Court Holdings. She is also an Operating Partner at Highland Consumer Partners which focuses on retail and consumer sectors. She joined the investment world with the goal of leveraging her sales, operating and team building expertise to benefit up and coming entrepreneurs.
Christopher Mirabile, Managing Director, LaunchPad Venture Group
Christopher Mirabile is the co-Managing Director of LaunchPad Venture Group. Christopher is a full-time angel and an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community with investments in more than 40 start-up companies. He was named one of XConomy's "Top Angel Investors in New England" for 2012. Christopher is an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at Babson College, a regular advisor and mentor to start-ups, and a frequent panelist and speaker. He is a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors of numerous start-up companies as well as several non-profits. Christopher has served as a public company CFO with IONA Technologies PLC, a corporate and securities lawyer with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse's Strategic Consulting Group. Christopher earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A., with honors, from Colgate University.
Suzanne Norris, Partner, Victress Capital
Suzanne Norris is a Partner at Victress Capital, an investment fund that discovers and invests in companies with female-founders and gender-diverse teams. Victress Capital currently manages a portfolio of eight companies, and we continue to actively identify investment opportunities across multiple industries. Prior to joining Victress Capital, Suzanne held several ecommerce and marketing leadership positions at apparel and accessories brands including Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne and Ellie Kai. Ms. Norris has an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Harvard University. She lives in Cohasset, MA with her husband and three children.
Leah O'Donnell, Managing Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Leah O’Donnell is a Managing Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts where she focuses on finding and partnering with consumer oriented health care companies that support health care consumers in getting the care they need. Prior to joining BCBSMA she led the Sales Operations team for Health Dialog, a healthcare data and analytics company, and supported the company’s growth strategy. Leah previously managed consulting engagements in the areas of health care and consumerism and is on the board of Ovia Health, a Boston based platform for women’s health. She has a A.B. degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.
Sung Park, President, Greater Good
Park is best-known as the founder of Newton-based Custom Clothing Technology Corp., a pioneer of the "mass customization" movement that was acquired in 1995 by Levi Strauss & Company to crank out custom-fit jeans. He has also served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the product design firm IDEO. Park says he has assembled a group of
advisors for the new venture that includes current and former executives of PepsiCo, Trader Joes, and Honest Tea, as well as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Early investors include John Landry of Lead Dog Ventures and Woody Benson of Prism VentureWorks. Greater Good is a spin-out from Umagination Labs, an "innovation factory" run by Park. It's currently operating out of the Cambridge offices of General Catalyst Partners.
Jason Rhodes, Partner, Atlas Venture
Jason Rhodes is a partner at Atlas Venture and focuses on the creation, development, and business strategy of novel therapeutics companies. Prior to joining Atlas Venture in 2014, Jason was president and chief financial officer of Epizyme (NASDAQ: EPZM). Jason joined Epizyme when it was a private, research-stage company and was instrumental in charting the company’s strategic course and building the business, leading to Epizyme’s successful IPO in 2013. Prior to Epizyme, Jason led business development at Alnylam (NASDAQ: ALNY). Before joining Alnylam, Jason was a founder and partner with Fidelity Biosciences. Jason received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Berklee College of Music Presidential Advisory Council, the Harvard Institute for RNA Medicine Advisory Board, and the Yale Blavatnik Fund Investment Advisory Board.
Lisa Rometty, Vice President, Global Markets, IBM Watson Health
Lisa Rometty joined the IBM Watson Health leadership team as Vice President, Global Markets. With 25 years of strong leadership experience, Lisa has global responsibility for all go-to-market strategy, marketing / public relations, business development, strategic partnerships, and client engagement. Lisa joined IBM from Baxter Healthcare where she served in multiple executive positions during her 9-year tenure. Her most recent role was Global Franchise Head – Hospital Products, a $2.4B Infusion Therapy business that operated in over 70 countries and included a broad portfolio of products including infusion pumps, administration set and IV solutions. Lisa also served as Vice President, Global Home Therapies leading all strategic marketing, new product development and commercialization for Baxter’s $4B Renal division. Prior to joining Baxter, she served in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility at GE Commercial and Consumer Finance for over 15 years. Lisa holds a BA in International Business from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Lisa and her husband reside in Boston, Massachusetts with their 2 children.
Jody Rose, Executive Director, New England Venture Capital Association
Jody was born in the Borough of Brooklyn, NYC, and has held executive-level roles with both enterprise corporations and lean startups, focusing primarily on corporate development in mobile, eCommerce and digital media. Most recently, Jody served as the SVP of Corporate Development and Digital Strategy at NYC event production agency Blueprint. Prior, Jody led National Mobile and Brand Partnerships for micro-location mobile marketing platform, Swirl Networks. She began her career in cable and telecommunications, where she held multiple sales and marketing positions, and quickly rose through the ranks at powerhouses such as MTV Networks, The Food Network, and HGTV. Before joining Swirl Jody was with Rue La La, where she launched Rue Local before heading national partnerships through the company’s acquisition. Jody’s experience includes numerous board positions within the telecommunications and media industries, and she previously served as a director for My Sister’s Keeper, a humanitarian organization focused on educating and financially empowering women in South Sudan. During her spare time Jody enjoys volunteering, snowboarding, traveling, cooking and – most importantly – spending time with her family.
Omar Simmons, Managing Director, Exaltare Capital Partners
Mr. Simmons is a seasoned private equity professional who has closed over 18 principal transactions exceeding $2.6B in aggregate transaction value over a 20-year private equity career. Omar ran ECP Planet Fitness as CEO from 2012-2015 and is currently executive chairman of the Company. Prior to co-founding Exaltare, Omar was a Director at Windjammer Capital Investors, a leading middle-market private investment firm with over $2B under management. Prior to Windjammer Capital Investors, he was a co-founder and Managing Director at Reliant Equity Investors, a $120mm private equity firm based in Chicago. Omar also worked at leading private equity firms such as Summit Partners and McCown DeLeeuw. He started his career helping Fortune 500 businesses as a management consultant at Marakon Associates. Omar graduated from Harvard Business School with honors, after graduating from Princeton University.
Lisa Suennen, Senior Managing Director, GE Ventures
Lisa Suennen is Senior Managing Director at GE Ventures leading the firm’s healthcare venture fund which invests in early-to-growth stage healthcare investments across health IT, health services and medical devices. She is also Managing Partner at Venture Valkyrie, LLC, a publishing and business advisory firm. Lisa is also founder of CSweetener, a not-for-profit company focused on matching women new to the healthcare C-Suite with experienced mentors. Lisa is on faculty at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where she teaches classes on healthcare venture capital. Previously Lisa was as a Partner at Psilos Group, a healthcare venture capital firm. Prior to Psilos, Lisa was an executive at Merit Behavioral Care, an $800mm behavioral healthcare company, from start-up through IPO and successful exit. Lisa is a Board Member of Evidation Health, Health Reveal, the Dignity Health Foundation, and Heart To Heart International,. She is an advisor to Qualcomm Life, the CHCF Innovation Fund, the American Heart Association Innovation Think Tank, HealthXL and NASA’s Translational Research Institute, She is also an Aspen Institute Health Innovation Fellow. Lisa writes a widely read blog on healthcare and investing at http://venturevalkyrie.com and hosts the popular podcast Tech Tonics.
Mike Troiano, Partner, G20 Ventures
Michael Troiano is a venture capitalist who brings nearly 25 years of executive leadership and marketing experience to bear for entrepreneurs. He most recently served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Actifio, a global enterprise data-as-a-service provider he helped turn from an obscure virtualization technology into a venture capital "unicorn" valued at over $1.2 Billion. As CMO from 2012 to 2017, Mike helped grow revenue over 80% per year, creating the Copy Data Virtualization category while expanding the business into blue chip accounts across 37 countries. He spent his early career at top worldwide ad agencies including McCann-Erickson and FCB, and was named the founding CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Interactive in 1995. He later served as the president of NASDAQ-listed systems integrator Primix, and as General Manager of mobile content pioneer m-Qube from inception through one of the largest Boston-based venture capital exits of 2006.
Mike is a graduate of Cornell and the Harvard Business School, a TechStarsmentor, a Board Member of the New England Venture Capital Association, and a strategic advisor to Actifio. He is ranked in the top 1% of the most influential people on Twitter and among the most popular writers on venture capital and entrepreneurship on Medium, and hosts the popular Boston startup community podcast How Hard Can It Be?
Kate Walsh, Director, Life Science & Healthcare, Silicon Valley Bank
Kate Walsh is a Director on SVB’s Healthcare and Life Science Team. She is focused on the Biotech and Diagnostic
market. Kate has been with SVB for over 10 years primarily focused on Life Sciences. Prior to her role on the Life
Science team Kate worked in SVB’s asset based lending group. Kate graduated from The College of the Holy Cross