Andrew Bartynski – Co-founder and CEO at AesculaTech
Andrew Bartynski, PhD is co-founder and chief executive officer of AeculaTech, a medical device company developing novel treatments for disorders of the eye. As CEO, he drives the team’s overall strategy and growth. Dr. Bartynski has extensive experience in chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science which he uses to contribute to the development of new materials and perform diligence on potential applications. Dr. Bartynski has numerous peer reviewed publications, patents, and patent applications. He was the entrepreneurial lead in the NSF I-Corps program, was selected as a Rosenman Innovator by the Rosenman Institute, the medical device arm of QB3, and was part of the winter 2018 batch of Y Combinator. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Conrad Burke – Vice President, ISF Incubator (Intellectual Ventures)
Conrad Burke is Vice President of ISF Incubator, based in Silicon Valley, California. ISF Incubator is part of Intellectual Ventures. He is a serial entrepreneur who most recently sold his startup company, Innovalight, a nanomaterials technology firm specialized in the photovoltaics (solar) sector, to DuPont Corporation. He subsequently managed two different global marketing businesses within DuPont – photovoltaics materials and bioscience enzymes. Conrad has over 25 years of experience in multinational and technology startup companies including AT&T, NEC, Oclaro and OMM, spanning sectors from fiber-optics, semiconductors and nanotechnology to biofuels and renewable energy. He has extensive international experience having held management positions in Japan, the U.K., Germany, and the U.S. Conrad has also worked in private equity as a venture partner at Sevin Rosen Funds helping build young technology startup companies. He received the Technology Pioneer Award for cleantech energy innovations at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and he is also a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Conrad has a B.S. in physics from University College Dublin and an M.S. in physics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Jacci Cenci – NVIDIA
Jacci Cenci is working with our Partners and Customers at NVIDIA to support accelerated computing requirements in the following areas: Parallel computing, AI – Deep Learning, HPC (High-Performance Computing), Hyperscale, and other accelerated computing markets such as big data processing/accelerated analytics. She supports encompasses system solutions such as Nvidia’s DGX-1 purpose built AI / Deep Learning architecture and software stack, infrastructure management, as well as communications for NVIDIA Tesla®, NVIDIA Volta™, NVLink™ and CUDA®.
Asheem Chandna – Greylock Partners
Asheem Chandna is a trusted venture capital partner, who is the first call for ambitious engineers and entrepreneurs who want to build new businesses. He has helped found and start multiple companies and currently invests in enterprise companies at all stages – initiate, seed, early-stage and growth. He is an experienced company board member having served on 20 technology company boards, including three public companies (Palo Alto Networks, Imperva, Sourcefire), and multiple that have been acquired in strong M&A outcomes. He has also helped create and grow multiple businesses to market-leading positions – both as a venture capitalist (2003 – present), & previously as a product executive (1988 – 2002). As a company director, he works closely with CEOs, founders, management teams to help create and grow category-leading companies that provide customers with differentiated capabilities and superior business value. He helps companies in multiple areas including strategy, recruiting, customer acquisition, business development, marketing, operational excellence, company financings and exits.
Swati Chaturvedi – CEO, Propel(x)
Swati Chaturvedi has been a management consultant, an investment professional and is now an entrepreneur. Prior to starting Propel(x), Swati was an investment professional at Exigen Capital, where she worked on IT Telecom, Travel, and BPO deals. Before that, she was a management consultant working across a variety of industries. Swati is the co-founder of the MIT Alumni Angel Investors group. She founded and led the group 2013 – 2015, and continues to be on the screening committee. She has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management, an M.S. from MIT, an M.S. from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
Kevin DeBré – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Kevin DeBré is the chair of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP’s Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions Practice Group. Kevin advises entrepreneurs and companies that use intellectual property to build their businesses. Kevin has particular expertise in structuring and negotiating technology commercialization and patent licenses, strategic alliances, research and development collaborations, trademark licensing and brand merchandising agreements and manufacturing, distribution and marketing arrangements. He also counsels clients on compliance with data security and privacy laws and regulations.
Andre Doumitt – Director of Innovation Development, The Aerospace Corporation
Andre Doumitt is the Director of Innovation Development at The Aerospace Corporation, a federally funded research and development center based in El Segundo, California. Previously he served as President and founder of Digital AdopXion LLC, a consulting company set up to help transition R&D technology in the airborne and space-based data collection and processing domains. Mr. Doumitt served as President and CEO of Geosemble Technologies, an In-Q-Tel funded start-up founded as a spin-out of USC’s computer science department. Mr. Doumitt holds dual BA degrees from the University of California and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).
Kathleen Jurman – DowDuPont
Kathleen Jurman is an experienced technology and business professional with a keen interest in improving operations and developing growth opportunities through advantaged technology. She is experienced in managing high performance, multifunctional teams; new product development and launch; business operations improvement; market and industry analysis; and internal and external consulting.
Richard Morganstern – Angel Investor
Richard Morganstern is an active Angel investor and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Tech Coast Angels Los Angeles Network. He is the former President of the Tech Coast Angels LA Network. He also serves as the Board Chairman of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). Mr. Morganstern also serves on the Board of Advisors in the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Global Access Program. Mr. Morganstern was the former Managing Partner of a Beverly Hills based intellectual property and business litigation and counseling law firm. He was the former Chairman of a NASD licensed investment-banking firm, which focused on arranging funding, principally from foreign sources, for domestic early stage technology companies. He co-founded Language Weaver, Inc. an In-Q-Tel funded company spun out of USC’s computer science department and the world’s leading supplier of statistically based natural language translation systems. He is a member of the California, New York, Patent Office and Supreme Court Bars. He holds a BEE degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a JD degree from Cornell University.
Curtis Rodgers – Brick and Mortar Ventures
Curtis Rodgers is a construction technologist, investor at Brick & Mortar Ventures, and lecturer with six years of process improvement experience on commercial, infrastructure, industrial, and defense projects at both Kiewit and McCarthy Construction. Curtis founded The Society for Construction Solutions (SCS) in 2014, contributes to the NASA Centennial 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, and participates as a lecturer for the US Dept. of Energy’s Project Leadership Institute. Curtis holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters of Science in Industrial Technology from Texas State University.
Lt Jacob Singleton – Program Manager, Air Force Research Laboratory
Lt. Jacob Singleton is currently a program manager for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Center for Rapid Innovation. He leads a portfolio of programs responding to urgent operational needs within Air Force Space Command, Air Force Global Strike Command, and Air Mobility Command. He has successfully led programs transitioning technology to TRL 9 into operational use. Lt Singleton currently leads the Space Technology Accelerator program which is a new innovative platform to accelerate commercial solutions to defense technology needs with a new acquisitions strategy, encouraging more agile business practices and nontraditional partnerships with industry.