This week’s PitchForce Panelists

April 26th, 2018


Assim Gupta

Assim has a background in eCommerce, SaaS, mobile and ERP/CRM space. In last 20 years Assim has played several roles ranging from a software engineer to a product manager to the CEO of start-ups. He specializes in taking an idea from “a gleam in the eye” to the “hands of the consumer”. He has worked on product strategy, architecture, development, deployment and global operations.

Assim not only brings a strategic vision along with deep technical expertise, he also adds managerial depth to the team. He has created wide spectrum technical teams from scratch and has led/ directed several complex projects as a people manager and a program manager for companies like Oracle and VMware. He has worked extensively in  distributed software development scenarios and has been recognized for his expertise in lean software development. Some other companies Assim has worked with are Apple, Google and SGI.


Katherine Glassey

Katherine is a highly accomplished CEO, marketer, entrepreneur and general manager with a strong track record of success in growing revenue and creating liquidity events on behalf of innovative technology companies serving both consumer and business markets. Product innovator with success in business management, business development, finance, operations, capital sourcing, negotiations, acquisitions, mergers & liquidations. Now serving as advisor and director for technology startups.

* Board Member – Brio Software, Enkata, gForce
* Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer – Brio Technology
* CEO / Founder – Aurora SFC Systems: Life Science Instrumentation
* CEO – gForce Software
* CEO / Founder – LightScan Technologies: Medical Device Technology Transfer
* Vice President Marketing (Software)- Hewlett Packard
* COO – Cruzin: Sharing Economy Startup for boaters
* Vice President Professional Services – SilverTail Systems:Enterprise Security
* Mentor / Advisor – Wasabi Ventures Global, Women’s Start-up Lab, The Detection Group,

Specialties: Business development, M&A, sales, corporate evangelism, operations and executive leadership. Led product management. Executive coach, mentor and board member.


Fred Drinkwater

Fred Drinkwater is an angel investor and technical program manager. He was a Principal at Drinkwater Consulting, with experience in consulting and project management for developing products in the mobile communication fields. He has worked with major OEMs such as Nokia, HTC, Samsung, and Motorola, and most recently managed production of generic and custom products for fortune 100 OEM companies. Fred graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.



Katherine Glassey

Specialties: As IBM manager in Silicon Valley, helping startups connect to incubators and VCs, evangelizing cognitive computing, blockchain, IoT, cloud technologies to developers, startups, and academia.
Experience includes: business development, people management, global operations, project management, vendor management, Go to Market and IT staffing. Bilingual English/Chinese



Bruce Walicek

Bruce Walicek is a global executive with experience sitting on all sides of the table – Public and Private Company Board Member, CEO, Senior Executive, Investment Banker, Analyst and VC – provides a unique perspective on a wide range of facets of a company. He combines extensive operating experience with deep understanding of Wall Street and markets to provide value to shareholders and stakeholders. Also, he builds high performance collaborative team environments and executes solutions to introduce impactful change management able to pivot a company.  He is highly successful in building and closing Strategic Partnerships with industry leading customers and partners that result in impactful business outcomes.