Our origin story
For the known past, people who built businesses around new ideas have improved our lives, made our work more efficient and stretched the bounds of our imagination. Without them we might not have a concept of the far reaches of our universe or be close to conquering cancer. We treasure entrepreneurs and will do everything in our power to help them succeed. But we can't do it alone. That.s why we created BRIIA and The Intelligent Accelerator.
BRIIA is founded upon these core principles:
Meet the Team
Les is a serial entrepreneur and leader. As a C-level executive, he has led startups, middle stage and public companies. His forte is leading businesses through the search for strategic direction, product iterations, and financing. His resume includes taking two companies public, lots of mergers & acquisitions, and raising capital and other financing. Les even took on transforming the San Francisco 49ers as that organization's COO!
Prior to founding BRIIA, Les was the Executive Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership (IEL) - a business accelerator in Concord, California. IEL graduated over 200 participants from its programs and those companies collectively generated $1.7Billion in revenue in 2015 and employed over 4000 people.
Les is propelled by a passion for seeing entrepreneurs succeed and prosper! Nothing is more gratifying than to see the evolution of the BRIIA entrepreneurial ecosystem in support of entrepreneurs everywhere!
From the earliest days of BRIIA, Jon was 100% behind the idea of starting BRIIA. His own start-up experience enabled him to instantly see the need for BRIIA and the value it could add to the emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Jon has a diverse background in digital media marketing, ecommerce, product management, and corporate development. He has been an instrumental leader at four start-ups and throughout his career been through one IPO, two hostile takeovers and many successful acquisitions. He has held leadership roles at The Learning Company, Saba, PeopleSoft, SellPoints, and Webcollage. He has designed and launched cloud-based products that included natural language search technologies across diverse media. Jon has a keen focus on SaaS customer retention and turning all customers into marketing success stories .
Today, Jon's work in ecommerce is directly attributed to increasing hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly online sales for a portfolio of clients such as P&G, Bayer, Nestle, Clorox, Kimberly Clark, Levi, Ralph Lauren, Macy's, Costco, Walmart, Target, and more.
Melissa was one of BRIIA's founding team members, providing operational leadership through our first six months.
Prior to her efforts to get BRIIA started, she spent the last two decades leading growth in healthcare analytics companies. Most recently, she spent the last ten years at MedeAnalytics, the largest pure-play healthcare analytics and big data firm, while they grew from start-up to 10X in revenue. During her tenure there, Melissa was involved in leading almost every aspect scale, including VP-level positions in operations, engineering, sales strategy, and business development.
Melissa has her bachelors in Math with a CS minor from Loyola University Maryland, where she currently serves as an Advisor to the Masters of Data Science program. Melissa has her MBA from Saint Mary's College of California, and serves as an Advisor for their Masters of Business Analytics program. Melissa is an accredited Angel investor and member of the Keiretsu Forum.
Melissa was ecstatic to help launch BRIIA, which sits in the intersection of three areas she loves - data science, entrepreneurship, and the Tri-Valley community.