ACA / ARI New England Angel Education Series instructors are seasoned angel investors who have volunteered their time to give back to the angel investing and entrepreneurship community. In many cases, these investors were themselves founders of startup ventures and have experienced both sides of the capital divide – as entrepreneurs and angel investors – and provide invaluable insight into the angel investing process. All the instructors are established and well-regarded for their contribution to the Boston innovation economy.
Current and past workshop instructors include:
Rich Anders § Richard Anders, is a lawyer turned entrepreneur. In 1984 he founded Jurisoft, which he later sold to Lexis/Nexis. He later was the publisher of Boston Digital Industry and New York Digital Industry, and currently is Managing Director of Rubin/Anders Scientific. Richard is a trustee of the Boston Museum of Science, a member of the MIT/Harvard Medical School HST program advisory council where he helps teach a course on the biomedical enterprise, and a trustee of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute. He is a member of the Institutional Review Board at the Dana Farber Cancer Center. He founded the angel groups Launchpad and in 2008, MA Medical Angels (MA2), one of the country’s only angel groups focused exclusively on life sciences. Richard is a graduate Summa Cum Laude in mathematics from Harvard and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Dave Anderson § Dave Anderson is Managing Director of Supply Chain Ventures, LLC, a venture capital and consulting company specializing in software and biotech investing. He is also a member of Golden Seeds, an angel investment group. Dave was managing partner of supply chain consulting at Accenture and was instrumental in building Accenture’s $2 billion supply chain management practice. Before joining Accenture, he was VP in charge of logistics consulting at Temple, Barker & Sloane, Inc. (now Mercer Management Consulting) and a VP of Data Resources, Inc. (now part of Global Insights, Inc.), where he founded the Firm’s transportation and logistics consulting practice. He was a founding partner of Operations Technology, Inc. (now part of Neptune Orient Lines). Dave had taught undergraduate and graduate level business courses at Northwestern, MIT, Boston University and Northeastern University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the United Kingdom and a Member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in the United States. Dr. Anderson received his PhD in Econometrics and Finance from Boston College and his BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut.
Peter Aranow § Peter has been a member of Boynton Angels since 2007 and has been on the group’s Executive Committee since 2010. He is a Mentor with the Boston University Office of Technology Development and is on the Board of Directors at Respirator Motion, Inc., a startup in the Boston area. Peter has held executive management positions in finance, serving as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of several companies, including the New York City Off Track Betting Corporation, Unicast, and Player’s International. Peter started his career as a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co. He is an MBA graduate of the Harvard Business School.
Jeffrey Arnold § Jeffrey Arnold is a member of Boston Harbor Angels. A serial entrepreneur of medical device and life sciences companies, he advises life science inventors and entrepreneurs on strategy and is active in company formation and financing. He was previously the CEO of CardioFocus where he developed a unique endoscopic catheter for treating atrial fibrillation – now in human trials. Prior to that he founded Cambridge Heart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAMH), a supplier of cardiology diagnostic equipment, which he took public in 1996. Prior to that he was CEO of Molecular Simulations, Inc., a $100 MM supplier of software for drug design now called Accelrys (NASDAQ: ACCL). In his early career Mr. Arnold held senior R&D and marketing positions for Becton Dickinson and ran the instrumentation group for medical equipment supplier Datascope Corp.Mr. Arnold is a guest lecturer at the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and Sloan School, a mentor to early stage companies through the MIT Venture Mentoring Society and is on the grant review board at the MIT Deshpande Center. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of the Greater Boston Chapter of the American Heart Association. He received a BSEE from MIT.
Arlene Bender § Arlene Bender has a wide-ranging corporate practice that focuses on representing borrowers and portfolio companies, as well as lenders and investors, in financing transactions. She has structured private and institutional debt offerings, venture capital transactions and debtor-in-possession financings, as well as recapitalizations and restructurings. Arlene also advises her clients – particularly startup and emerging growth companies – on their general business concerns, including merger and acquisition transactions. Arlene is a Partner at the Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP.
Rick Berenson § Richard (Rick) Berenson is Managing Director of Venzyme Catalyst, LLC (which helps launch life science companies) and of Berenson Ventures, LP (which makes angel investments). He also serves on the executive committee of
Massachusetts Medical Angels (MA2), serves as CEO of Thermalin Diabetes, LLC and of HeartLander Surgical, Inc., and is a founder/director of InCytu, Inc.. Rick began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of technical staff and spent several years at software startups in the Boston area before joining McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. Subsequently, Rick has been CEO of ActivBiotics, Banton Precision Wood Products, NewSphere, Student.Com, Inc., and TVGrid. He has also served as COO at ChannelHealth.Com, Morpace Pharma Group, and AltiComm. Rick has been President of the US Operations for Paris-based ALLIANCES Management Consultants and a Partner at Monadnock Associates. Rick received a JD-MBA from Harvard Business and Law Schools in 1984 and is a graduate of Harvard College.
Anita Brearton § Anita Brearton is a marketing executive with more than 28 years working in high technology. She served as vice president of corporate marketing at Sycamore Networks, where she led marketing through its highly successful IPO. Prior to Sycamore, Ms. Brearton held senior marketing management positions with Cascade Communications, Artel Video Systems, and General DataComm. She currently works as a marketing and strategy consultant with technology startup companies such as A123 Systems, Airvana, Altruik, Azuki Systems and others. She serves on the board of the Angel Capital Association, The Sunflower Initiative and the advisory boards of Altruik, Inc. and Connect2 Communications. In addition, Ms. Brearton works with the Simmons Graduate Entrepreneurship program as an Entrepreneur in Residence.
Charlie Cameron § Charlie is the Founder and Managing Director at Hub Angels. This includes extensive consulting, board work, mentoring and coaching with early stage companies. In addition, he is a VP of Strategy and Development at Cooley, Godward Kronish, and LP. During the past decade Charlie has built an extensive network of entrepreneurs, VCs, angel groups, bankers, lawyer and accountants. In addition, he is actively involved with research on angel investing through research and teaching at Harvard Business School, MIT, BC Law School, BU School of Management, Darden Business School, Univ. of VA, and Babson College. Charlie has an MBA, MIT, and MPH from Harvard University, and a BA, Economics-honors, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts.
Joe Caruso § For the last 20 years Joe has served as mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEOs and entrepreneurs, and has served as an investor, advisor, active director, and interim CEO with dozens of companies. Joe is currently a director and active investor in Boston MicroMachines and i2Chem. He is a member of CommonAngels and eCoast Angels and was previously a principal in Walnut Ventures and a Managing Partner of Brookwood Partners. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution. He has served on dozens of boards and is recipient of the Leadership in Private Corporate Governance award from the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter. He has a BSEE with honors from Northeastern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is an advisor to Northeastern’s School of Technological Entrepreneurship. Early in his career, he was CEO at Cyborg Corporation, a venture-funded company.
J. Phillip Cooper § J. Phillip Cooper (”Phil”) is a seasoned entrepreneurial leader with strengths in marketing and business development, deal structuring / negotiation, acquisition / strategic partnering, and financial engineering. Phil retired in June 2006 from CRA International, where he was Vice Chairman & Executive Vice President. At CRA, Dr. Cooper was responsible for the identification, negotiation, and integration of more than 10 acquisitions in cooperation with group and practice vice presidents. Before becoming Vice Chairman, he also served as the CFO of CRA, where he led 2 successful, follow-on public equity offerings and an innovative convertible bond offering. His past leadership roles include serving as CEO of: Newstar Technologies, Clinical Information Advantages, Inc. and Applied Expert Systems. Dr. Cooper also served as Executive Vice President of Standard & Poor’s Corporation and was Senior Vice President, General Manager, and a member of the Board of Interactive Data Corp. He has also been Assistant Professor of Business Economics at the Graduate School of Business of The University of Chicago. Dr. Cooper earned a B.Com. in Commerce & Finance at The University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Economics at M.I.T., with specializations in Finance and Econometrics.
Chris Golden § Chris Golden is Chairman of the Boynton Angels, a private investor group focused on early stage companies. He is also executive director of the 2d Cavalry Association. His resume includes officer level experience in an extensive list of industrial and technology companies in both domestic and international markets. Mr. Golden holds degrees in Economics (BA – Lafayette College) and Business Administration (MBA -Boston University). His experience also includes living and working in Europe and the Far East. His expertise includes General Management, Marketing, Finance and Operations Management. In addition to his commercial experience, Mr. Golden, provides consulting services in marketing and strategic planning to various organizations involved in high tech and telecommunications markets. He is also active in several start up companies either as an officer or investor advisor. He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, the Turnaround Management Association, and has held posts in the American Electronics Association New England Council and serves on the boards of directors or advisers of several firms in the New England area.
Jeremy Halpern § Jeremy Halpern is a Partner, and the Director of Business Development, Emerging Companies Group, at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. Concurrently, Jeremy serves as the Vice-Chairman of The Capital Network and on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation, the venture capital arm of the Commonwealth. Jeremy is also a Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Tufts University, a Connector in the Boston World Partnership, and is a member of the BostonIDEA Un-Committee. Previously, Jeremy was the Managing Director of Evolution Advisors LLC, a strategic transaction advisory firm, and the Co-Founder and Executive VP of Business Development for MobileTek Corp. A former entrepreneur, Jeremy concentrates on connecting with and supporting the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in New England. Jeremy is a member of or participates at Launchpad Venture Group, Boston Harbor Angels, MassChallenge, Web Innovators Group, MassTLC, Mobile Mondays – Boston and REBN-East. Jeremy received his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Jean Hammond § Jean is a successful serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in the high-tech industry. She is an investor and member of Hub Angels and Launchpad Venture Group and the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds. She is a co-founder of LearnLaunch, Inc. and LearnLaunchX, both based in Boston, MA. Learn Launch, Inc. is a non-profit providing classes, peer-group learning, conferences, networking, and other services critical for the creation and growth of education technology and learning companies in New England. LearnLaunchX is a startup accelerator focused on enabling education technology entrepreneurs to build and grow their startups into thriving companies. Jean co-founded Quarry Technologies and AXON Networks, both computer networking startups. She has served on the boards of numerous start-up companies. Jean earned a B.S. from Boston University and an M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is currently a part-time Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
Ralph Harding § Ralph serves as Director of Private Equity at Spinnaker Trust. As such, he works with the investment management team to identify and monitor companies as suitable investments for Spinnaker’s special funds. During a 28-year career with Eli Lilly and Company, Ralph held a variety of positions in corporate planning, international operations, R&D support, manufacturing, and internal auditing. From 1992 to 2001, he held positions in corporate treasury and served as Director of Capital Markets. During his tenure in corporate treasury he was responsible for cash management, currency and interest rate risk management, and structured products. Ralph received a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College (1970) and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Darmouth College (1973). He is an active member of Maine Angels and the LaunchPad Venture Group.
Maia Heymann § For over 20 years Maia has financed or invested in high-growth, high-potential companies. She spent 10 years as a Managing Director at BancBoston Ventures including opening and managing the Palo Alto office where she developed the strategy, sourced investments, and built the portfolio and team. Prior to that Maia was a corporate and investment banker based in Silicon Valley providing financing solutions for M&A and LBO transactions, and she also co-invested equity capital alongside financial sponsors. In 2006 Maia formed DeVere Management Group to make personal venture investments and her portfolio includes over 20 investments. She currently sits on the board of Apperian and Fiksu. She is also a board member of CommonAngels, where she served as Chairman from 2010-2011. In 2010 Maia joined Shott Capital Management and makes LP commitments in venture capital and private equity funds. Maia received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Wellesley College and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa.
Gail Hoffman § Since 2009, Gail Hoffman has been an active angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs in the Boston ecosystem, with expertise in finance, strategic planning, and execution. Gail is a member of two of the most active angel networks in the country – Golden Seeds, where she is a managing director and deal flow co-chair of the Boston office, and Launchpad Venture Group. Gail is also an active start-up judge and mentor in Boston for such organizations as Mass-Challenge, Boston University, Harvard Business School, and IBM. Gail began her career in the Corporate Finance Department of Dean Witter Reynolds. After receiving her MBA in Finance with High Distinction from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Gail joined Boston Ventures Management Inc., a private equity firm focused on the communications, media, and entertainment industries. She was involved in many portfolio companies’ successful acquisitions and divestitures, including Motown Records, The National Enquirer, and CPP Entertainment. After leaving the workforce to focus on her family, Gail spent many years working with s local, not-for-profit organizations in the medical and educational fields.
Tom Huntington § Tom was most recently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Vela Systems, a mobile construction software company acquired by Autodesk. Prior to joining Vela, Tom was the CFO of GCi, a software-as-a-service business providing order processing to the cable and phone companies. Previously, Tom was a Director of Market Strategy for Motorola’s Wireline business where he was responsible for business strategy, market development, strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Prior to Motorola, Tom performed similar roles as Director of Business Development for Quantum Bridge, a venture-backed provider of fiber-to-the-home systems acquired by Motorola. Prior to Quantum Bridge, Tom held a variety of positions in direct investment and strategy, including three years at Salomon Brothers in New York and Hong Kong. Tom has also taught Pricing Strategies at the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley College and high school entrepreneurship classes through the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Tom holds a MBA with Honors in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago and a BA in Political Science from Brown University.
Laura Kevghas § Laura has over 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, split nearly equally between investment banking and corporate development. Laura was a founding employee at Mirus and was directly involved in the successful sale of more than a dozen client companies in multiple industries. Laura rejoined Mirus Capital Advisors in 2006, after 10 years with Advanstar Communications, Inc., where she perfected her skills at buy side transactions. At Advanstar, Laura managed the company’s acquisition and divestiture programs as Director of Corporate Development. Laura and her team completed more than 40 domestic and international acquisitions, with deal sizes in excess of $200 million, as well as numerous divestitures of non-core assets. Laura holds an MBA with high honors from Bentley’s McCallum School of Business and a BS Magna Cum Laude in Finance and Economics from Bentley University, where she was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a business school honor society. Laura is also a member of The Commonwealth Institute and the Association for Corporate Growth . She holds her Series 7 and 63 FINRA certifications.
Lucinda Linde § Lucinda is a member of Walnut Venture Associates, a Boston-area angel investing group. She invests in and consults to early stage information technology companies. She was previously at First Light Capital, where she invested in Nellymoser, Incipient, KESI, Strong Numbers (now part of Intuit’s “It’s Deductible” product) and HubX (acquired by SynXis). She was an angel investor in Visualization Technologies Inc. (acquired by GE Medical Systems), Viveca (acquired by Open Pages) and Collego (acquired by MRO Systems) and Softrax. Lucinda co-authored an in-depth study on angel investors, VSS Project: Report on Angel Investors, for Ken Morse of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and Professor Howard Stevenson at HBS. Previously, she helped build a management consulting firm focused on the telecommunications industry, COBA Boston, now Adventis. Start-up experience includes operations and marketing positions at Molten Metal Technology and Ceramics Process Systems, both venture-backed companies that eventually went public. She holds an SB and an SM in Materials Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Ben Littauer § Ben is a business and technology management consultant with expertise in Internet and communications technologies, as well as healthcare IT. He was Technology Strategist for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he defined the architecture for PatientSite, a system that allows patients to communicate securely with their healthcare team and view their own medical records. Ben was co-founder, President, and CTO of Baranof Software, the leading vendor of service-level management software for messaging and Internet applications. Baranof was sold to Tally Systems in 1997. He has worked for Cisco Systems, Tumbleweed Communications, On Technology, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Lotus, and BBN. He has spoken at the Open Group, The New England HIPAA Workgroup, ISSA, and numerous other conferences and events.
Hambleton (Ham) Lord § Hambleton Lord has 25 years experience in the software industry. Ham is Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a Boston-based angel group focused on technology. Ham is an investor and advisor to early stage companies. He is a board member for Building Engines and a board observer for EveryScape. Ham co-founded data visualization vendor, Advanced Visual Systems. Ham helped launch two computational chemistry companies, MicroChem Technologies and Polygen. These companies were early developers of drug discovery tools, and were part of an industry wide acquisition roll-up that resulted in Accelrys. Ham graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Brown University. Ham is on the board of QStream and Cambridge Trust Company.
Michael Mark § Michael Mark is a private investor and member of Walnut Venture Associates, an investment group seeking opportunities in early-stage and emerging high-tech companies in New England. He has personally invested at early stages of both high-tech and low-tech companies, including Progress Software, Interleaf, Stonyfield Farm Yogurt, Netegrity, Optimax, Explore Technology, Abuzz Technologies, Wild Planet Toys, Kurzweil Educational Technologies, Latina Magazine, Exos , and Constant Contact. Mr. Mark serves as Lead Director of Progress Software, a global enterprise software company, where he previously was Non-Executive Chairman. He also serves on several private boards. Since graduating from from MIT in 1967, Mr. Mark has gone on to co-found several companies: Intercomp, a peripheral manufacturer; American Energy Services, a company focused on using computer technology to conserve energy; and Cadmus Computer Corp., a workstation manufacturer. He was also VP of System Integration at Interleaf, which developed electronic publishing systems and software.
Jessica McLear § Jess is angel investor and member of Launchpad Venture Group and Golden Seeds. Her family has been investing in and mentoring start up companies for 20 years in both Canada and the US. Her portfolio companies fall into many sectors including manufacturing, IT, medical devices and consumer goods. She is an observer or serves on the board for various non-profits as well as portfolio companies. She has served as an investor and mentor for several companies. Jess earned a BA from Williams College and MEd from Harvard University.
Norm Meisner § Norm Meisner is an Angel investor associated with Launchpad Venture Group and Beacon Angels of Boston. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of SepSensor, Inc., a company providing a remote sensor service for food preparation facility grease traps, and a Member of the Board of Directors of IAM Technology, a company providing distributed security for SOA environments. He is an advisor to a variety of software and systems oriented startups. During his career, he held Business Development and Sales Management positions at nine startups in security, enterprise software and telecommunications industry leading to five acquisitions and one IPO.
Christopher Mirabile § Christopher Mirabile is Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a Boston-based angel group focused on technology. In addition to his work with Launchpad, Christopher is an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community. Christopher is the former CFO and General Counsel of IONA Technologies PLC, and was instrumental in the acquisition of IONA by Progress Software in 2008. Before joining IONA, Christopher was with Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. He was previously a management consultant with Price Waterhouse’s Strategic Consulting Group. Christopher earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A. with honors from Colgate University. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Babson’s Olin School of Business and an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at Babson College.
Larry Nannis § Lawrence S. Nannis, C.P.A., received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Boston University School of Management and a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Bentley College. Larry’s sub-specialty in his technology practice is understanding the financial management issues surrounding government R&D contracts – primarily the SBIR program. He is an active member in the AICPA, MSCPA and Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), the premier trade association for New England Companies. He has served as a member of the Innovative Committee of SBANE, which was the driving force behind the passage of the Small Business Innovation Development Act. He was an elected delegate from Massachusetts to the 1995 White House Conference for Small and Emerging Business. Larry is currently the Chairman of SBANE and has served as the chairman of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and was a member of the National SBDC Advisory Council. He has been a speaker at national conferences on Accounting for Federal Awards, and has been a panelist on the MIT Enterprise Forum. He was named national Small Business Accountant Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration.
Basil Peters § Basil Peters is an angel investor with a passion for exit transactions. After being an investor for a couple of decades he finally realized that successful investing requires two things: making the right investment decisions and getting your money back. Dr. Peters is the principal of Strategic Exits Corp and fund manager for Fundamental Technologies II – an angel fund (seed stage venture fund). He also founded a venture capital firm and a hedge fund, and has been a CEO in Vancouver and Silicon Valley. Basil writes a blog on best practices for entrepreneurs and angel investors at http://www.AngelBlog.net He just published his first book: Early Exits – Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (But Maybe Not Venture Capitalists). Basil is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Simon Fraser University where he helps students and faculty spin-off research into promising technology companies. He has a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada Awards Silver Medal in Entrepreneurship, BC Science and Engineering Gold Medal and Business Leader of the Year Award. For more: http://www.basilpeters.com/.
Mary Anne Rooke § Mary Anne Rooke is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors, former President and Managing Director of the Angel Investor Forum (AIF), a Connecticut based angel group. She serves on the Board of Directors for Crossroads Venture Group (CVG). Recently, Mary Anne worked as an Executive-in-Residence for Connecticut Innovations and previously as the Executive Director of University of Connecticut’s Technology Incubation Program (TIP) located on 3 campuses – Storrs, Farmington and Avery Point. She is the founder of Rooke & Associates, a boutique management consulting firm. Prior to founding Rooke & Associates, she held leadership positions in multiple industries ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies in both publicly owned and privately held sectors. Mary Anne has served on boards and commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Connecticut. Through her management consulting, angel investor and startup activities, she has worked closely with the entrepreneurial communities on both the east and west coasts of the US. She is a mentor with Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI). Mary Anne holds a B.S. in Accounting from Annhurst College and a M.B.A. from Golden Gate University’s Executive MBA Program.
Jerry Schaufeld § Jerry Schaufeld has a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship, management, and funding of technology-based companies. He recently completed a term as director of the Slater Fund, a venture development firm. Jerry was co-founder of Phoenix Controls, a member of the Navigator Technology Ventures Board and Launchpad Angels, and co-founder of Cherrystone Angels in Rhode Island. In addition, Jerry was a founder and the first Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Jerry has lectured on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Denmark and Switzerland. He is a Professor of Practice at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Management where he teaches Entrepreneurship.
Sheryl Schultz § Sheryl is an expert in startup company dynamics, with a deep understanding of the marketing and organizational challenges faced by growing businesses. She has spent over 30 years working with a range of technology companies as a marketer, board advisor, mentor, and investor. Sheryl is a member of two of the country’s most active angel networks: Golden Seeds and Launchpad Venture Group. She served for two years (2009-2011) as Golden Seeds’ Boston Forum Co-Leader. Previously, Sheryl spent over 20 years as President of SRS Associates, a firm she founded to provide communications and market strategy consulting to telecommunications startups. In that capacity, Sheryl launched some of the most successful companies in Massachusetts including Acme Packet, ArrowPoint Communications, Sonus Networks and Wellfleet Communications. Sheryl is a Board Director at The Capital Network. She is also a founder of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Council (WEC), a “super” organization created to align the many groups that support women entrepreneurs, and provide a powerful ecosystem for entrepreneurial women.
Chris Sheehan § Chris is a managing director of CommonAngels, joining the group in 2005. Over the past 5 years, he has led CommonAngels investments in, and is either a board member or observer at: Carbonite, Powerhouse dynamics, OwnerIQ, Xconomy, Insightix, and GateRocket. Previously, Chris founded Newburyport Partners, a consulting firm that works with investors and their portfolio companies. Chris also served as a venture partner at Industry Ventures where he was actively involved in the acquisition and management of secondary venture investment portfolios. Prior to starting Newburyport Partners, Chris was a Director of Corporate Development for BEA Systems. Prior to BEA, Chris led the private equity practice for the startup research firm, Stax Inc. Chris also spent six years with the top ranked investment bank in Australia and co-founded an investment firm, Northstate Partners. He started his career as an equity analyst focusing on the oil and gas sector. He also serves on the board for the Center for Women & Enterprise, is a mentor at TechStars, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, Australia.
George Simmons § George Simmons has over 20 years of executive experience in Finance and in Operations at both public and private companies growing 30% to 70% per year. Currently, George is a Partner at Derby Management, where he specializes in working with early stage and middle market manufacturing, distribution and service companies providing a variety of services including creating financial plans, managing fundraising campaigns, interim financial management, and interim operations and general management. Prior to Derby, George’s experience included positions as CFO of Zoom Telephonics, when they grew profitably from $12M to $65M in three years, and as the CFO of Digital Products as it became a market leader in network printing. George is an expert in creating and executing on product line profitability scenarios and lectures frequently on turnaround strategies. He has been an officer of numerous venture backed enterprises that were successfully acquired by larger firms, and has managed a number of successful turnarounds as the company President. George is a member of the Cherrystone Angel Group.
William Swiggart § William F. Swiggart is a Boston based attorney who incorporates and grows start-ups, and facilitates transactions such as debt and equity investments, IP licenses, and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Swiggart is a frequent lecturer on topics of licensing, technology, & start-up issues to groups such as the New England Corporate Counsel’s Association, the Mass. Bar Association, and the MIT Enterprise Forum. He helped found, and served as first President of the Princeton Entrepreneur’s Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) qualified organization that promotes entrepreneurship. He is a founding member of the AIGC and edits its journal, The Independent Counsel. In his spare time, Mr. Swiggart manages Beacon Angels, LLC, an angel group that invests in early stage companies. Mr. Swiggart is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1977) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. 1982), where he was a member of the Connecticut Law Review.
David Verrill § David is Founder and Managing Director of the Hub Angels Investment Group – a fund of angel investors that invests in early stage companies in Massachusetts. The Hub funds have invested in 35 companies since 2000, including companies like Zipcar, CircleLending, Intelligent Bio-Systems, Copiun and Incentive Targeting. David’s professional career began as a research scientist at the Center for Blood Research. After receiving his master’s degree from Sloan in 1987, he joined MIT’s Office of Corporate Development where he raised capital and facilitated technology transfer from Fortune 500 companies. In 1996 he joined Xerox as Manager of International Sales and Business Development for the Adaptive Products Division. In 1998 he joined third party marketing firm Winchester International Group as Managing Director. In 2000 Winchester helped found the Hub Angels. David also has a partial appointment at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He sits on the boards of several startups, and is currently Chairman of the Angel Capital Association. David is a Maine native, educated at Bowdoin College (AB 1983) and the MIT Sloan School of Management (SM 1987).
Bill Warner § Bill Warner is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Bill is the founder of Avid Technology, Inc. and Wildfire Communications, Inc., FutureBoston, Inc., and Warner Research, LLC. Avid (Nasdaq: AVID) makes video, audio and film editing systems. For work advancing the state of the art in this area, Avid received both an Emmy and an Oscar. Wildfire developed an innovative electronic secretary that used speech recognition to manage one’s phone calls and messages. Wildfire was sold to Orange, PLC. in 2000. Since 2000, Bill has shared his time between working with non-profits and focusing on helping entrepreneurs either as an angel investor or advisor.
Mic Williams § Mic Williams has been an investor for over 34 years, with investments ranging from commercial real estate to manufacturing, mining, movies, lumber products, ships and a television enterprise. He was a founder of the Boston chapter of Keiretsu Forum in 2004 and then Boston Harbor Angels in 2006. During that time Mic has invested in eleven of the “portfolio” companies. He has also served on many public, private, and charitable boards. Mic has more than 20 years of real estate development experience with Coldwell Banker’s Commercial Group, Aries Enterprises, and Landauer. Mic continues to do real estate investing, consulting, and fundraising for commercial real estate projects. He has been a featured speaker in the US, UK, Asia, and Africa on real estate and more recently featured in different venues as a speaker, moderator and panelist on “angel investing”.
Jim Woodward § James L. Woodward has been a founder or early employee of eight successful companies including Iris Graphics (sold to Scitex for $31 million), Computer Access (Lotus), Exos (Microsoft), and ActualSoft (Palm). In the process, he raised over $20 million in angel and VC investment. He is now a member of the Launchpad Angel Group. He has been involved since 1980 in the MIT Enterprise Forum in a variety of roles including Chair. He is Chair of the Audit Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and has an MBA with Distinction from Harvard and a BA from Cornell.
Gene Zimon § Gene Zimon is the Founder and President of EDGE Advisors which assists early stage companies develop their product and go-to-market strategies, and advises institutional investors and other companies on investments in and acquisitions of new technologies. He is an active angel investor focusing on early stage companies in the smart grid, retail automation, data security, Internet platforms, and medical technology markets. Gene is currently on the Boards of Alektrona, TripServe, and Vcharge; and on the Advisory Boards of Amperion, eCurv, OurHomeSpaces, and Third Solutions. Gene retired from NSTAR in 2009 after a 35-year career in information technology (IT). He was SVP and CIO of NSTAR from 2001 until his retirement. Prior to NSTAR, Gene was VP of IT at Boston Gas, VP of Business Development at Oracle, and held senior IT positions at Wang Laboratories and the U.S. Dept. of Labor. He has a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and an M.A. in Economics from Boston University.