Andre Neumann-Loreck, Operations & Manufacturing

image11.pngAndre is Founder and General Partner of Ops On Tap, providing Operations services to hardware startups. Previously, Andre was Vice President of Engineering, Manufacturing and Operations for Cisco Consumer Products. Andre has built and led successful teams at Pure Digital Technologies, Photo Access and Auction Watch. All three companies were venture backed start-ups and Andre served as Chief Operating Officer at all three firms, and delivered industry leading products on-time.

Jan Dolphin, Engineering

image25.pngJan is is a serial entrepreneur with 15+ years working with start-ups and General Manager of XC Spec. She leads all aspects product development and deployment working with engineering and outside partners at XC Spec - from concept through high volume manufacturing. Her vision is to extend connected HVAC energy solutions, based on the Internet of Things (IoT), including mobile apps, cloud computing and various connected hardware devices. Currently Jan is active member of the WHPA Title 24 activities for economizers.  Jan started her electronics career as a radio technician for Motorola, so she has an appreciate of fixing things in high and often exposed conditions.  Jan's background includes working with ARPA and Berkeley during development of many of the Internet protocols. Jan holds an undergraduate degree from University of Illinois and a Masters from Illinois Institute of Technology. When not trying to think about new appliances to add radio technology into, Jan enjoys cooking and supporting her family.

Jan D’Alessandro, Partnerships

image09.pngJan is a partnership builder, focused on harnessing the power of digital media to make the world a better place. She has held senior positions at AOL, Yahoo, Topspin Media (acquired by Apple), The Find (acquired by Facebook) and Place, a mobile and web platform (founded by Lady Gaga) that enables anyone to create, join and discover communities of like-minded people.

Rohini Pandhi, Product Management

image01.pngRohini is the Product Lead at Square and spent a number of years as the Senior Product Manager at PubNub, a startup providing a global Data Stream Network for developers. In her free time, she also advises tech startups in the Bay Area. Her previous experiences have been in building new products with entrepreneurs, developing and marketing existing product lines for startups, and creating innovation strategies for larger corporations. Rohini is from the Midwest and studied Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and completed her MBA from the University of Chicago. Read more about Rohini’s journey here.

Stan James, Computer Vision

image12.pngStan is an expert on computer vision, developing fluorescent-based technologies at Relevant Play. He also developed Super Selfie Dance, a party-game for iOS where the player makes hilarious faces in sync with the music. Stan has built many other amazing projects over the years, which can all be found on his project page. Stan started his career co-founding Lijit Networks and as CTO, Stan and his team raised $3mm in VC funding and grew to 25 employees. After Lijit, Stan was co-founder and CTO of the revolutionary online dictionary

Ravi Apte, Mobile Application Design & Development

image21.pngRavi is a creative technologist at heart and feels passionate about bringing value to people & businesses in a way that is simple, useful and empowering. Having graduated with honors with a Bachelors & Masters Degree in Computer Science from University of Texas, Ravi is a full stack software engineer with hands on expertise in distributed computing in Java & mobile app development in iOS. He has held several engineering positions and is exposed to a broad range of technologies & systems prior to heading Left Right Mind, a mobility solutions design & development consulting firm.

Ethelbert Williams, Brand Marketing

image20.pngEthelbert is the CMO of InstaNatural and previously led global brand strategy, integrated marketing and communications planning at Kimberly-Clark Professional. Ethelbert’s brand marketing experiences span some of the largest consumer product corporations in the world, including Procter & Gamble and Unilever. While at Starcom MediaVest Group, he drove integrated marketing communications planning for a range of multinational brands. Ethelbert holds a BS from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Joyce Shen, Finance

image23.pngJoyce Shen is the Director of Emerging Technology Partnerships & Investments at Thomson Reuters. She leads the enterprise CTO efforts on emerging technology strategy, partnerships, and investments globally. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Joyce was the founding member of the Cloud Platform Services division at IBM, serving as the CFO and managing all aspects of operations that enabled the successful launch of the industry leading platform-as-a-service solution (Bluemix) onto the market. Before that, she helped transition the billion-dollar enterprise social software division to a cloud model, working closely with product management and sales & marketing teams to structure business model, market positioning and sales compensation plans. Joyce also spent several years in Corporate Development where she led M&A strategy projects and executed numerous acquisitions globally. Joyce holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Statistics from the University of Chicago and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Heather Hargreaves, Field Organization

image10.pngHeather Hargreaves is an experienced political professional who currently serves as the Vice President, National Program for NextGen Climate, a non-profit that works on climate change advocacy. Prior to NextGen, Heather was a vice president at Mercury Public Affairs, executing grassroots campaigns across the country. Heather has extensive experience on political campaigns across the country, including President Obama's campaign in 2008 serving as the General Election Director for the battleground state of Nevada. 

Christina Trampota, Product Marketing

image19.jpgChristina leads dynamic companies as they continue to innovate and evolve with the mobile and digital technologies of today and tomorrow. As Senior Director of Global Marketing Innovation at Visa, she is responsible for shaping Visa’s marketing innovation agenda to drive brand and business results. Her previous experiences include AT&T, Motorola, and a variety of mobile startups. She holds a MBA from the University of Chicago and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Christina also teaches Digital and Mobile Marketing as an Adjunct Faculty Member at San Francisco State University.

Marne Pike, Digital Strategy

Marne-Pike.pngMarne is the COO of Veracity Media, where she started as a digital strategist. Marne hails from New York's North Country. After focusing on international issues through work abroad, Marne got involved in domestic politics and community organizing. Marne's experience on the campaign trail sparked her interest in the influence new media can play in outreach, organizing, and policy. At Veracity she enjoys pursuing her interest in digital strategy and coalition building while promoting causes she deeply supports.

Adriana Gascoigne, Coalition Building


Adriana is the Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a non-profit organization, launched in February 2007 devoted to empower, educate, and mentor women in the tech industry across over 47 chapters internationally. Adriana has also served in Executive roles at RxMatch, (VP of Product Marketing) and QwikCart, (CMO), Ogilvy & Mather (VP of Digital - Intel), and SecondMarket (VP of Marketing), the largest secondary trading platform, where she was responsible for branding strategy, event production and digital media efforts. Gascoigne has not only worked in the technology start-up space for companies like, Indiegogo, Roost, Algentis,, Swyft, ImpulseFlyer, Poliwogg, hi5 (Tagged), SocialGamingNetwork (SGN), Jambool’s SocialGold (Google) and GUBA, but also serves as a Strategic Advisor. Jetway, StartupStockExchange, Involver (Oracle), Numiyo Technologies, Palindrome Advisors, CharityBlossom, DooChoo, and are some of the organizations she has had her hand in.