Mentors make the difference. While there is a ton of "how to turn your idea into a unicorn" advice, it is hard to always know what is right for you, the founder. Your company and your vision may not follow the same path as those before you. Mentors help you pick out the useful advice and information from the avalanche of feedback and suggestions. They help you see what is important and what can wait. We are honored to have a phenomenal set of mentors ready to help the entrepreneurs in our Accelerator Program!

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Sudhir Aggarwal

  • Business Strategy
  • Execution

Sudhir is an financier, private investor, CEO and board member. As CEO of an internet community and commerce site, he lead a valuable exit to a strategic buyer.

Lew Altman

  • Product/Market Fit
  • Product Positioning

Lew is Managing Partner of Lew Altman Consulting. A serial entrepreneur, he makes complex technologies easy to digest and compelling to the market.

Murtaza Amiji

  • Enterprise
  • Product Mgmt/Mktg

Murtaza is a Product and Marketing leader. Murtaza bootstrapped a startup, launched an AI recommendation engine, and drove $50K in sales within six months.

Mark Anderson

  • Business Development and Partn
  • M&A Process

Mark has founded startups, led F500 companies and now, as an investment banker, has great insights into the startup journey.

Aditi Banerjee

  • Consumer Apps
  • Minimum Viable Product

Aditi is an entrepreneur with a mix of technical expertise and business acumen. She has launched key consumer-apps and enterprise-platforms for global telecom companies.

Kevin Barnes

  • Customer Acquisition – Enterpr
  • Corporate Venture Capital

At the intersection of IT, CVC and Enterprise selling, you'll find Kevin. Can you imagine wine, chocolate candy, plumbing and venture capital in one package? That's Kevin!

Raj Baronia

  • Product Strategy
  • Technology Development

Raj is a serial entrepreneur, combining technical expertise with business and management acumen. Specializing in cyber-security, SaaS/cloud-computing, AI/ML and data science.

Kirsten Bay

  • Product Launches
  • Cyber Security

Kirsten is a rare combination of leader, learner and cybersecurity expert. On top of that she has hacked several companies into growing, profitable enterprises.

Meg Bear

  • Go to Market
  • Operational Scaling

Meg is a disruptive technologist, change agent, innovator, patent holder, thought leader, TEDster, startup advisor and coach. She is endlessly curious and happy to help.

David Beckemeyer

  • Software Architecture
  • Capital Raising

David is a pioneering technologist, C-suite executive, inventor, and investor with a track record of high-level impact. He once lost a pair of slacks at the White House.

Paul Bianchi

  • Human Capital
  • Pitch Coach

Paul's specialty is people. With broad experience in multiple industries and high-growth, high change companies, he's ready to help you build your team!

Mary Ann Bianco-Pfeiffer

  • Customer Retention
  • SaaS Delivery

Mary Ann is a service delivery leader for Cloud SaaS applications. She has an exceptional talent for developing and retaining long-term customer relationships.

Ann Blackburn

  • Executive Coaching
  • Business Management

If you want to make sure your company culture doesn't fail, Dr. Blackburn is the one to call. She called the cultural meltdowns at Uber and Zenefits before they happened!

Bett Bollhoefer

  • SAAS Cost-to-serve
  • Data-Driven Prod. Mgmt

Bett mentors product managers on profitability of their products. She's proud of her product being bought by the world's most recognizable manufacturing companies.

Devika Chawla

  • Engineering Leadership
  • Product Strategy

Devika is an Engineering leader who has built revenue generating & consumer facing products at scale at Yahoo and Netflix. She is all about teams, growth and innovation.

Kevin Chew

  • Minimum Viable Product
  • Go-to-Market

Want an expert in company exits? Kevin has had four! Despite his many successes, Kevin likes to say that he's "Failed" at every role there is to have at a tech company.

Noha Elfiky

  • Machine Learning
  • Analytics

Noha is a data science powerhouse. Her interests include computer vision, machine learning, and geo-localization, and she has a PhD (with honors) to back it up!

Philip Father

  • Business model development
  • Strategy

Philip sits at the intersection of big data and heavy metal (infrastructure, new space, renewable energy). He's even built and sold a 3-satellite constellation for home TV!

Kira Feick

  • Headcount Strategy
  • Company Culture

Kira loves helping entrepreneurs build a unique and healthy culture. She's currently working on building the culture at her own HR startup!

Lonnie Finkel

  • IP Protection
  • Equity Structuring

Lonnie is a business, finance and IP attorney who has worked with hundreds of technology start-ups. He founded Finkel Law Group to serve tech entrepreneurs.

Muckai Girish

  • Initial Customers
  • Strategic Partnerships

Girish is a Silicon Valley technology executive (CRO, CMO, CEO), who has brought numerous products to market and has grown revenue and developed key partnerships.

Shelli Hendricks

  • Leadership
  • Presence

Shelli specializes in equipping next generation leaders to learn new strategies, lead with positive impact, and leave a legacy by design.

Lauren Horvath

  • Supply Chain
  • Corporate Operations

Laura is a jack of all trades and top SaaS Executive. She single-handedly grounded the entire USAF bomber division (and almost got arrested by a 4 star general!).

Natalie Hughes

  • Enterprise Product Strategy
  • Innovation

Natalie is a catalyst for innovation and a serial entrepreneur. Her disruptive technology has been globally vetted by experts at Microsoft, HP, Dell, Infosys and Infor.

Robert Hull

  • SaaS Strategy
  • Financial Insights

Rob is an accomplished entrepreneur and CEO. His company, Adaptive Insights, has been on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for six straight years.

Dan Jones

  • IT & Business Strategy
  • Team Development

A proven executive leader with diverse experiences in demanding environments, Dan is skilled at communicating complex technical topics in understandable business terms.

Cindy Keefer

  • Pitch Coach
  • Change Management

Cindy is a communication specialist who can help you create and deliver tailored presentations. She was an M&A integration leader for teams, processes, data, systems.

Rick Klau

  • OKRs
  • Product Management

Rick is a serial entrepreneur turned VC. His video on how Google sets goals has been watched over 700,000 times.

Prabhakar Krishnamurthy

  • AI/Data Strategy
  • Platform Strategy

With over 25 years of experience helping businesses succeed, PK brings clear thinking, insights and effective AI/ML strategies to your business problems.

Daniel Lang

  • Emplyee Benefits
  • Next-Gen HR

Dan is a seasoned HR and Employee Benefits Expert who has helped hundreds of small and middle-market companies build, scale & manage their workforce infrastructure.

John Lee

  • Engineering Leadership
  • Healthcare

John is an engineering mastermind. He's led teams at companies big and small through extensive growth, while solving complex challenges.

Yuet Lee

  • Clean Tech
  • Telecom Technologies

Yuet is a master of technologies and mathematics. He has lots of experience helping startups navigate successful partnerships with big companies.

Michael Liebowitz

  • Brand Strategy
  • Market Positioning

Michael is a brand strategy expert. If you need to figure out how to connect with your audience is a way that’s going to make them want to buy from you, talk to Michael!

Heidi Lorenzen

  • Marketing
  • POV

Heidi is a globally-minded go-to-market executive. She's put startups on the map with unique positioning and POVs, and accelerated growth for companies of all sizes.

Linda Maduwura

  • Venture Capital
  • Financial Analysis

Linda is a VC veteran who has spent years helping VC managers achieve operational excellence. She is passionate about helping others grow and reach their fullest potential.

Marissa Marsay

  • Business systems development
  • Marketing and sales materials

Marissa is a business development expert with an integrated approach to growth, including a consistent and effective voice, verbal and visual, across all communications.

Pat McClellan

  • Campaign Design
  • Strategy Guru

Pat is a writer, developer, media producer, and experiential marketing veteran, helping brands articulate their value prop and connect with consumers.

Peter Meechan

  • Corporate Development
  • Value Creation

Peter is an accomplished operations executive, innovator and venture capitalist. He has seen it all, from ground zero to an IPO and a $3.4B exit.

Heidi Melin

  • Enterprise Marketing
  • Business Scaling

Heidi is a marketer extraordinaire. She has successfully prepared four companies for growth and successful exits.

Max Menke

  • Ideal Customer Profile
  • Market Scaling

Want to find the perfect customer to make your first sale? Max is your guy!

Steve Mitzenmacher

  • Corporate Investors
  • M&A Optimizer

Steve was part of Big Data 1.0 doing M&A for BI companies, Big Data 2.0 spinning out the Yahoo Hadoop team into Hortonworks, and sees AI / ML as the start of Big Data 3.0

John Moellering

  • Crossing the Chasm
  • Product Leadership

John is a Pathfinder. As head of product management, his team built the first 48-port video soft switch taking it to $30M annually and winning the Cisco Pioneer Award.

David Petroni

  • M&A Transactions
  • M&A Strategy

David knows how to put companies together and has lead a hat trick of $1.5B transactions. From strategy to integration, David has done it all!

Sherry Platt

  • Talent Acquisition Strategy
  • Career Management

Sherry Platt is an astute and experienced Talent Strategist. She excels at helping employers strategically attract and retain top employees.

Jack Porter

  • artificial intelligence
  • zero to scale

Before artificial intelligence was taking the world by storm, Jack was quietly building not one, but nine startups with AI at their core.

Mary Jo Potter

  • Investor
  • Entrepreneur

Mary Jo is both an accomplished entrepreneur and investor.  She successfully sold her first company and now enjoys supporting healthcare entrepreneurs.

Rachel Powers

  • Entrepreneur
  • Innovation

Rachel is an experienced innovation executive. She inspires big, bold thinking while creating a positive impact on products/services and businesses.

Wendy Roberts

  • Risk Management
  • Operator

Wendy is an operations powerhouse with expertise in risk management. She specializes in scaling fraud detection, abuse prevention, and trust & safety processes.

David Samuelson

  • Infrastructure Scaling
  • Data Collection

David knows how to make products and infrastructure - including machine learning algorithms - work at scale. He's a math wizard as well!

Les Schmidt

  • How to build a company
  • Investor acquisition

Les is an entrepreneurial cheerleader, strategic thinker, category design guru and finance wiz. If naming a category or knowing what's next has you stymied, talk to Les!

Jim Schreitmueller

  • Customer Acquisition
  • GTM Strategy

Jim is a CEO, founder, advisor and serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits. He's built B2B and B2B2C companies in multiple verticals from the ground up.

Rick Schultz

  • Sales Leadership
  • Business Development

Rick is a customer-focused team-builder. He is most proud of his achievements in building long-term, trusted relationships with customers, partners and sales professionals.

Mike Smart

  • Market Validation
  • Product Adoption

Mike is a product strategist and a focused problem solver. He is big on community engagement and relentless about achieving market success for his clients.

Justin Smith

  • Data Science
  • Analytics

Justin eats Data Science and Analysis for breakfast. He's used his skills to tame the big data universes of advertising and search applications.

Chris Stiles

  • Enterprise
  • Product Management

Chris is an experienced disruptor in the network, storage and computing industry. His 25 year path of disruption spans Apple, two startups, Cisco and Pure Storage.

Beatrice Stonebanks

  • new client acquisition
  • revenue generation

Beatrice is the revenue expert to consult for capturing a consistent flow of ideal clients: using straightforward communication and a repeatable, streamlined process.

EJ Tavella

  • Cloud Software Sales
  • Supply Chain

EJ is a life long entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience building SaaS companies, growing sales organizations, selling enterprise solutions and raising capital.

Greg Thompson

  • Secure Scalable Cost-effective
  • SaaS architecting on AWS

Need help with your SaaS design or development? Greg's crafted AWS-based solutions for companies of all sizes including Convergence CT, nCUBE, Cisco, and many startups.

Laura Victorino

  • Business Model
  • Market Strategy

Laura helps entrepreneurs take new ventures to the next level. She has inspired new generations of entrepreneurs by launching a local high school entrepreneurship program.

Chrissy Vonderach

  • Critical Questions
  • Growth Mindset

Chrissy knows about building & growing – it’s rarely only the tech. At PayPal it was ‘the how’; at ask.com it was perception; at Blackhawk it was the technology & the team

David Weisman

  • Threat Intelligence
  • Online Payments

David is a enterprise cybersecurity expert. He has protected the data and resources of companies like PayPal and Workday and been an entrepreneur himself.

Eric Woo

  • Seed Venture Capital
  • Financial Analysis

Eric is a venture capital fund investor who advises seed/early-stage fund managers and their portfolio companies. He started his career in Mechanical Engineering.

Scott Wornow

  • Capital Raising
  • Technology Licensing

Senior legal advisor and technology executive, with 30 years management experience at public and private technology companies and Partner at three international law firms.

Sabina Zafar

  • Software Architecture
  • Cloud Storage

Sabina is an accomplished engineer and leader. Her most unusual entrepreneurial endeavor? Her campaign to get elected to the San Ramon City Council!

Alvin Ziegler

  • Go-to Market Strategy
  • Business Models

Alvin thrives on optimizing product fit. He advises digital health startups, specializes in sales and transformed the computer systems at Beth Israel Medical Center NY.


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