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:

  AMY SALZHAUER, MANAGING PARTNER

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

 

  DAVID MENDEZ, MANAGING PARTNER

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

 

  MAUREEN STANCIK BOYCE, PHD, MANAGING PARTNER

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 

 
  CAROLYNE LASALA, MANAGING PARTNER

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

  JOHN OSBORNE, MANAGING PARTNER

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 

  MILT ALPERN, CFO & PARTNER

MILT ALPERN, CFO & PARTNER

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. 

 

 
  KATHLEEN KENNEDY, VENTURE PARTNER

KATHLEEN KENNEDY, VENTURE PARTNER

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

  MARK JOHNSON, VENTURE PARTNER

MARK JOHNSON, VENTURE PARTNER

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

  HENRY WHITE, VENTURE PARTNER

HENRY WHITE, VENTURE PARTNER

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

 

 
  SOPHIE HAGERTY, ASSOCIATE

SOPHIE HAGERTY, ASSOCIATE

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