Our Team

"When companies commit themselves to diverse leadership, they are more successful"
- McKinsey & Company, Why Diversity Matters

Discover our team's diverse backgrounds and proven expertise:

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AMY SALZHAUER,
MANAGING PARTNER

Founder & CEO of Ignition Ventures 1999-2014, a venture creation firm focused on technology commercialization

Started multiple science-based startups out of MIT, Harvard, and Columbia University

Experienced in raising multi-million dollar VC Series A rounds while starting Ember Corporation, Lilliputian Systems, and SiOnyx

MBA, M.I.T./Sloan; M.Phil. Cambridge University; AB, magna cum laude, Harvard University

 

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MAUREEN STANCIK BOYCE, PHD
MANAGING PARTNER

Mentor at MIT's Sandbox Fund, and lead on MIT alumni office task force

Co-founder and COO of Ignition Ventures,  which helped start companies such as SiOnyx, Zoragen, Ember, and Lilliputian Systems

Extensive consulting experience both in the US and Asia

Associate Partner in IBM’s Business Strategy practice, 10+ years leading the worldwide Thought Leadership Practice in Consumer Products, Retail and Travel

PhD, MS, and MBA from MIT; BS Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon 

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CAROLYNE LASALA,
MANAGING PARTNER

Apple, Inc -  Launched & Head of App Store, launched and led iTunes Europe into 17 countries & launched and producer for iTunes Music Store

VP of Product and Business Development consumer startup still in stealth, and co-founder of consumer mobile health platform  

Product development strategy advisor for multiple startups and Fortune 500 companies

MBA, Duke University, Fuqua Merit Scholar, BA Connecticut College

 
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JOHN OSBORNE,
MANAGING PARTNER

Over a decade working various roles in the finance industry including in commercial banking, private banking and angel investing.  

Co-founded and Director of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Charleston.  

Executive Administrator of Charleston Angel Partners  

B.S. in Finance from Charleston Southern University 

DAVID MENDEZ,
MANAGING PARTNER

Over 8 years in venture capital and focused on fund formation and administration, as well as ongoing operations

Founder and Managing Partner of Capital A Partners and Butterfly Ventures

12 years corporate experience with DuPont and GE in the USA and Conoco in the UK

BS Engineering, Clemson University and MBA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

MILT ALPERN,
CFO (part-time)

CFO of Benefitfocus, Inc., and led the company’s initial public offering in 2013 and two secondary public offerings in 2014 and 2015. 

CFO of ITA Software, Inc., acquired by Google in 2011. 

CFO of Applix, Inc., acquired by Cognos, Inc. in 2007

CFO of Eprise Corporation, and led the company’s initial public offering in 2000. 

 


Good Growth Capital has an extended team of world-class Venture Partners and Advisors who work with us to introduce us to and assess deals in their areas of expertise.

 

VENTURE PARTNERS & ASSOCIATES

SOPHIE HAGERTY
ASSOCIATE
Hong Kong

Responsible for managing the inbound deal flow process, performing diligence on prospective investments and assisting with fund administration, including tracking key metrics, preparing fund raising documents and marketing

Experience in public affairs, market research, and business development

BA Government, Harvard University

IGOR JABLAKOV
VENTURE PARTNER
Chapel Hill, NC

Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur,
CEO of Pryon
Innovator in human language processing

Former CEO of Yap, a multimodal speech recognition system, acquired by Amazon in 2011 to develop products such as Alexa, Echo and Fire TV

Program Director for IBM, lead the team that designed the precursor to Watson

MARK JOHNSON
VENTURE PARTNER
Chapel Hill, NC

Built multiple digital media brands from scratch, bootstrapped the business to profitability and led it to a successful acquisition with Condé Nast

Managed, grew, and launched properties inside Condé Nast for over 5 years

Former CEO of Scripto, a collaborative scriptwriting software startup founded by Stephen Colbert

 

KATHLEEN KENNEDY
VENTURE PARTNER
Boston, MA

Executive Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and Director of Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT

Lead organizer of The Engine, a new MIT initiative created to advance innovation

Former President, MIT Technology Review, and President, MIT Enterprise Forum

HENRY WHITE
VENTURE PARTNER
Boston, MA

Over 30 years building companies and high performance teams

Principal – Momenta Consulting

CEO, Intac International. Private equity-backed, sold in 2017

CEO and co-founder of PlumRiver Technology (now PlumRiver software)

Principal, Bell Tower Partners

 

KEN ZOLOT
VENTURE PARTNER
Boston, MA

MIT Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Created the Innovation Teams ("I-teams") program at MIT’s Deshpande Center

Faculty in Innovation at Olin College, Berklee College of Music and Jack Welsh Management Institute

Founder of multiple start-ups including Rethink Robotics, Egenera, Geer Zolot, Spectra Communications

Mentor to TechStars, The Deshpande Foundation, The Levin Institute of New York City, MassChallenge, hackNY, and FIRST Robotics

MS in Management of Technology, MIT; BS Computer Science, Syracuse University


ADVISORS

NELL BREYER, PHD
ADVISOR
New York, NY

Executive Director, Association of Marshall Scholars

Former Director of Programming and Education, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for US Senate

Former Faculty RISD Digital+Media Dept. and Mass College of Art & Design

Harvard PhD; MIT Media Lab MS; Oxford MS; Yale BA

KRISZTINA “Z” HOLLY
ADVISOR
Los Angeles, CA

Founding Exec Director, Deshpande Center at MIT and Stevens Center at USC

Vice Provost for Innovation at USC

Founder of MAKE IT IN LA, an initiative by LA’s mayor

Former Advisor / Council Chair / Steering Committee: World Economic Forum, US National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, National Academy of Engineering

TEDx – Creator, Curator & Host for first ever TEDx

Co-founder Stylus Innovation Inc. (acq by Artisoft)

MS & BS, Mechanical Engineering, MIT

DR. ANDREW McMARLIN
ADVISOR
Charleston, SC

Physician for Sports Medicine and Concussions

Team Physician for multiple US National Teams and Pro Sports Teams (Washington Nationals, MLB; DC United, MLS, US Canoe/ Kayak, US DragonBoat, Special Olympics)

Researcher at NIH/NCI

10-time World champion paddler; US Olympic Rowing team double scull, 1996

Dr. CATHERINE MOHR
ADVISOR
Mountain View, CA

VP of Strategy at Intuitive Surgical (da Vinci Robots)

Singularity University Faculty

Former Assistant Professor, Stanford, Department of Surgery

MD, Stanford; MS, BS, MIT


 
 

Dr. LAWRENCE OLANOFF, PHD
ADVISOR
Charleston, SC

Special Advisor to the President for Corporate Relations at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Former Board member, COO, President and Head of R&D, Forest Laboratories

Former President and CEO of Celsion Corporation

Co-founder of the Technology Accelerator Company; TAC Development LLC Advisor

Former Sr VP Clinical Research and Development at Sandoz Pharmaceutical Corporation.

Former Corporate VP-Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at The Upjohn Company

BSChE, Tufts; MS, Rutgers, PhD Biomedical Engineering and MD, Case Western Reserve

PATRICK RIVELLI
ADVISOR
Boston, MA

Founder and Director MIT Alumni Angels (Boston Healthcare & West Coast )

President & CEO, Savran Technologies

Serial Entrepreneur: President and CEO of: Cerno Fluidics, Sonogenix, Bioabsorbable Therapeutics (acq by Multi- Cell Corporation), SMART Therapeutics (acq by Boston Scientific); VP of Target Therapeutics (acq by Boston Scientific)

MBA, MIT; BA Harvard

LITA NELSEN
ADVISOR
Boston, MA

Former Director of MIT’s Technology Licensing Office for 30 years

Senior Advisor, Omega Funds

Former Board Member, Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation 

Member and Past President, AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers

MBA, MIT Sloan; MS & BS Chemical Engineering, MIT