"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:
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Served as Director, Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT.
Lead organizer of The Engine (www.engine.xyz), a new MIT initiative created to advance innovation
President, MIT Technology Review, and President, MIT Enterprise Forum
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
CEO of Scripto, a collaborative scriptwriting software startup founded by Stephen Colbert
Over 30 years building companies and high performance teams, including working in venture firms, running portfolio companies
CEO, Intac International. Private equity-backed, sold in 2017
CEO and co-founder of PlumRiver Technology (now PlumRiver software)
Principal, Bell Tower Partners
Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur,
CEO of Pryon
Innovator in human language
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
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, currently residing in Hong Kong
Experience in public affairs, market research, and business development
BA Government, Harvard University