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 Osama Alshaykh

Osama Alshaykh is an Adjunct Professor at BU focusing on subjects such as Electrical and Computer Engineering. Osama also mentors and advises classes in senior engineering design projects. He has prior experience as an executive in areas of product, engineering, and business management.

He is passionate about taking and developing ideas from A to Z. His specialties include Team building, development and leadership, developing products and technologies and developing businesses.

Jesse Bardo

Jesse Bardo is a vice president in Early Stage Practice for SVB in Boston, where he helps Boston’s early stage founders build amazing businesses in one of the world’s best innovation ecosystem.

To this end, he connects entrepreneurs with Boston’s accelerators, universities and partners, as well as internal SVB staff, to help his clients scale.

Jodi Collier

Jodi Collier is the Executive Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a Boston based angel network with a portfolio of 70+ active investments.

 

She is responsible for overseeing deal flow, membership and events. Launchpad's 150 members put over $10M to work each year supporting early stage companies in a variety of verticals including enterprise software, medical device/life sciences, ed tech and clean tech. 

Diane Gordon

Diane Gordon is an accomplished C-level executive and strategic General Manager with over 25 years of driving retention and growth by creating scalable infrastructure in support of profitable P&Ls  and customer loyalty, the basis for minimizing churn.

Diane’s career includes executive roles in customer care, operations, marketing, product development, product management and corporate development.  

Ian Mashiter

Ian Mashiter is currently managing director of the Boston University BUild Lab in this position he is responsible for the entrepreneurship programs that the school runs as part of Innovate@BU.

He is a senior lecturer at Boston University where he teaches entrepreneurship and strategy to MBA and undergraduate students in the Questrom School of Business.

Katie Mulligan

Katie Mulligan is an Associate at Pillar, an early-stage venture firm in Boston. Katie joined Pillar from Northeastern University, where she held positions as both the Investment Lead and Community Lead for IDEA, the school's Venture Accelerator.

 

Katie managed the Gap Fund, a $10,000 non-equity seed grant for ventures in the later stages of IDEA’s program.

Blake Sims

Blake Sims St. Louis is and educator and entrepreneur passionate about empowering the next generation of change makers.

 

She is currently the Program Director of Social Innovation for Innovate@BU, a campus-wide initiative to empower all Boston University Terriers with innovation skills and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Joseph Sweeny

Joseph Sweeny is an Associate at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). SVB provides a full range of financial services and expertise to companies of all sizes in innovation centers around the world.

 

Prior to that, he was a Research Associate at Lux Research and a Rapid Prototyping Technician at Tulane Makerspace.

Dharti Desai

Dharti Desai

Dharti Desai

Dharti Desai is a visionary Senior Executive and Entrepreneur with more than 20 years of success - spanning wines, printing, packaging, and the lifestyle industry.

 

She is a valuable asset for companies requiring expert assistance with revenue growth strategy, global expansion, US and Asian B2C markets, or CRM strategy. Her broad areas of expertise include data profiling, marketing strategy and digital communications, imports, and Asian markets.

Dharti Desai is a visionary Senior Executive and Entrepreneur with more than 20 years of success - spanning wines, printing, packaging, and the lifestyle industry.

 

She is a valuable asset for companies requiring expert assistance with revenue growth strategy, global expansion, US and Asian B2C markets, or CRM strategy. Her broad areas of expertise include data profiling, marketing strategy and digital communications, imports, and Asian markets.

Dharti Desai is a visionary Senior Executive and Entrepreneur with more than 20 years of success - spanning wines, printing, packaging, and the lifestyle industry.

 

She is a valuable asset for companies requiring expert assistance with revenue growth strategy, global expansion, US and Asian B2C markets, or CRM strategy. Her broad areas of expertise include data profiling, marketing strategy and digital communications, imports, and Asian markets.

Arif Padaria

Arif Padaria is presently VP, Corporate & Business Development at Rize, where he supports the development and implementation of Rize’s organic growth plan with an emphasis on corporate development activities and on driving revenue via global strategic partnerships and alliances.  As an entrepreneur, technology evangelist, corporate and business development executive and venture capitalist, Arif has helped bring many ventures through their entire development cycle – from ideation, investment, scaling to exits.

Ravijit Paintal

Ravijit Paintal is the CEO of a start-up developing autonomous ocean-going vessels for marine data acquisition. He has hands-on field experience in global Oilfield Services provider and driving sales growth and operations improvements. His experience lies in leading, motivating and developing international teams to deliver performance by defining goals and executing business strategy. He has managed global businesses in Mexico, Europe, China, India and Canada.

Rachel Spekman

Rachel Spekman

Rachel Spekman has expertise operationalizing and marketing new projects and products. She identifies and manages talented teams to create innovative, measurable solutions to problems. She thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and has an MBA from the Simmons School of Management and a Masters Degree in Education.

Rachel Spekman has expertise operationalizing and marketing new projects and products. She identifies and manages talented teams to create innovative, measurable solutions to problems. She thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and has an MBA from the Simmons School of Management and a Masters Degree in Education.

Purnima Thakre

Purnima Thakre, Chief Operating Officer at refine+focus —Customer-Centric Innovation and Marketing expert with more than 15 years’ experience of achieving successes for global companies, high-growth firms, executives and professionals. Purnima grew her clients’ revenues, enhanced their reputation, built their strategic partnerships, and transformed them into market leaders.

James Falkoff

James Falkoff has over a decade of experience as a tech investor, including experience in both venture capital (Longworth Venture Partners) and public equities (Robert W. Baird & Co.). He has a track record of sourcing venture deals, generating successful exits, and working closely with portfolio companies to drive growth.

Eric Braun

Eric Braun has led the development of innovative products in Healthcare, Financial Services, Education and Community, including one of the first cost-justified, high volume document imaging systems for claims processing.

 

His interests lie in Innovation, FinTech, AI, Blockchain, Future of Work, EDU and Healthcare. He believes in co-leading visions and taking action to get it done, instill innovation and stir things up.

Joe Caruso

Joe Caruso serves as mentor, coach and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs, dealing with issues of strategy, leadership, and execution as well as venture capital and early stage funding.

He has served as CEO of venture funded companies, and interim CEO for a number of public and private companies in need of strategic change, and is an active angel investor.

Kate Murdock

Kate Murdock sits on the investment team at OpenView where she engages with entrepreneurs to identify potential investment opportunities, conducts diligence, and works to connect them to the tools needed for success. Prior to joining OpenView, she was the CEO of IDEA: Northeastern University’s accelerator.

Netia McCray

Netia McCray

Netia McCray is the CEO of Mbadika, a not-for-profit organization. They’re focused on providing youth around the world with the tools needed to overcome challenges in bringing their solutions for themselves and their communities into reality through educational workshops, online video series, and a product line of DIY (do-it-yourself) kits. 

Netia McCray is the CEO of Mbadika, a not-for-profit organization. They’re focused on providing youth around the world with the tools needed to overcome challenges in bringing their solutions for themselves and their communities into reality through educational workshops, online video series, and a product line of DIY (do-it-yourself) kits. 

Julia Maltby

Julia Maltby is an incoming MBA candidate at MIT Sloan and a summer associate at Underscore VC.

 

Prior to this, she served as the Director, Business Development & Partnerships at WeWork and also was the Director of Business Development at Plum Alley, a tech platform that helps entrepreneurs raise funds via crowdfunding. 

Julianne Zimmerman

Julianne Zimmerman is the Managing Director at Reinventure Capital is a growth-stage equity and debt investment practice focusing on companies led by people of color and women.

Founded by serial pioneers in non-concessionary impact investing, Reinventure sees a vigorous opportunity pool in the form of high-potential teams who are largely overlooked by mainstream investors.