Panel

PitchForce Panelists

 

 

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

John Brynes

John is Co-Founder and CEO of Ai Collaborator, a company helping enterprises deploy global Ai innovations in order to bridge internal technology and resource gaps, and strengthen their competitive position. Previously, John held executive positions with Kodak, GE Capital and KPMG, where he spearheaded a variety of strategic growth and business development initiatives. As an entrepreneur, John co-founded a media company that launched several successful film, television and digital media properties. John believes in the power of education, serving as an alumni recruiter for Columbia Business School, an undergraduate mentor for Stanford University, and college advisor with ScholarMatch, a Bay Area non-profit whose mission is to make college accessible to underserved youth. John is also an active member of the global angel investor organization, Keiretsu Forum.

Bob Kamm

Bob Kamm has over 20 years of experience in large and small companies. Bob has started and sold 3 software companies. These companies competed in the e-doc, logistics and security market spaces.  Bob is the Entrepreneur in residence for Sandy Hill Ventures specializing in secondary investments.    Bob holds an MBA in Finance from UCLA. Bob has been a member of the Keiretsu Forum Angel Group for the past 13 years.

Aaron Michel

Aaron Michel is an operating partner with 1984 Ventures. Prior to that he co-founded PathSource, a venture-backed edtech company that was acquired in 2017. He also created the online game Fantasy Politics during the lead up to the 2012 election. Aaron has been named an Innovation Rockstar by the Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech. He has been a columnist for Lifehack and has written for and been covered by Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, USA Today, SV Magazine and a range of other business outlets. He graduated from Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

 

Eric Ferraro

Eric is with Fathom Law, a modern business and technology law firm advising entrepreneurs, growth
companies and investors in a wide range of industries. Fathom delivers sophisticated legal and business advice with outstanding service to achieve their clients’ strategic objectives. Eric is a corporate attorney focused on the representation of emerging technology ventures, middle market companies, investors and financial services firms. Eric routinely handles a wide variety of corporate, securities law and intellectual property matters, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, private
equity and investment banking transactions and technology licensing. In addition to his legal practice,
Eric is a former digital media company founder (sold to a division of Sony Entertainment in 2012) and an
active angel investor. Eric is routinely recognized as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine, and is a regular judge and panelist at a wide range of technology pitch competitions and demo days.

Ron Collett

 Ron Collett has been involved in the high tech industry for more than 30 years. He was CEO/co-founder of Numetrics, a predictive analytics software company providing semiconductor companies with a software-as-a-service solution for estimating chip design project schedules and staffing requirements. Funded by the Band of Angels in July 2000, the company was subsequently acquired by McKinsey & Co. Ron is currently CEO/founder of NMX Global Software, a spinout of Numetrics’ offshore software engineering organization that provides software development services to US companies.  Previously, Ron was CEO/founder of Collett International, a consulting firm specializing in product development benchmarking, electronic design automation technology, and market strategy. 

 

Thursday, October 23th, 2018

Assim Gupta

18+ years’ CRM/ ERP product management and general management experience – including business strategy, market research, design and engineering, operations, training, and customer support. Intrepid entrepreneur with 2 successful exits/ 2 failures. Data driven and highly analytical decision making. Designed and launched several products in areas like SaaS, eCommerce, mobile apps and enterprise applications. Hired, mentored and managed teams of varying sizes and functions.  Expert in creating and running enterprise wide technical and business (finance) PMOs. This includes Portfolio management, Program management, design & implementation of business transformation systems, business process re-engineering and organization change management. Extensive experience of enterprise applications product management, implementations and maintenance – especially for finance and sales operations domains.

 

Vince Kohli

Industries Focus (B2C/B2B): Enterprise (SaaS/Cloud) eCommerce, Consumers – OnDemand – Marketplace, AR/VR, Mobile, IoT. FinTech, EdTech, HealthTech, BioTech, Medical Devices, ArtTech, AgroTech, Robotics. Artificial Intelligence – Big Data/Analytics – Connected Cars, Media. Blockchain, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency. Vince has obsession with ICEX = Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Problem Thinking and UI/UX research with 16+ years of experience in top-tier tech consulting and client focused functions @ Accenture. A strong breadth of business experience and deep understanding about the symbiosis between Corporate and Start Up environments operating models. He is passionate about design thinking, value creation innovation, startups, and the future of machines.

Steve Morrow

Steves unique value-add is the focused and collaborative way that He pushes himself and teams to find optimum and reliable solutions to challenging issues. General Manager skills, having led teams in Product Management, Business Development, Service Delivery, Project/Program Management, Contracts/Negotiation, Architecture, Technical Writing, Hardware and Software Design and Test. A leader who motivates by finding the purpose that inspires people, and by applying the principals of hard work and equal opportunity. Broad knowledge of Networking industry products, services, standards, evolution and competition, including cloud models

Angie Krackeler

COMBINE TECHNICAL & MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE TO DRIVE ADOPTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES, ENHANCE PERFORMANCE EFFICIENCIES, & MEET BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GOALS. Multifaceted technology leader leveraging extensive experience with sales, marketing, and business development when establishing technology solutions for multi-national startups. Track record of effectively leading large, global teams of IT professionals located across 15 countries, and managing multi-million-dollar budgets. Proven success in showcasing technology offerings for global clients, generating awareness and scope of ways technology can be utilized for business development, and connecting clients with local teams for implementation plans.