Mentors

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, 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!

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.

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.

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!

Dr. 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!

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!

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.

Joshua Greenough

  • Engineering Leadership
  • Operational Scaling

Josh is an experienced technology leader. His work at companies large and small gives him a unique perspective on scaling startups.

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!).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

EJ Tavella

  • Cloud Software Sales
  • Supply Chain

EJ specializes in strategic supply chain management, particularly in the high-tech and consumer electronics business. He's seen it all, from startup to Fortune 50.

Greg Thompson

  • Architecting AWS
  • Multimedia Distribution

Who you gonna call when your web site or app won’t scale? Greg! He's crafted VoD and AWS cloud solutions for companies of all sizes including nCUBE, Cisco, and more.

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

Scott is a super-accomplished, not-your-typical-“Wall-Street” lawyer and leader. He’s actually helped start energy management, wireless and legal analytics companies!

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!


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