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2017 MIT Startup Ecosystem Conference

THE NEW INNOVATION MACHINES: DIGITAL | MATERIAL | HYBRID
May 3, 2017
 
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Jinane Abounadi
Executive Director, MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program
Jinane Abounadi is Executive Director of the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program. She brings a unique combination of experiences, from academic research to senior operational and strategic roles in start-up companies and large businesses. After completing her graduate work, she worked as a research scientist at BBN and as a postdoctoral lecturer at MIT, and advised undergraduate and graduate students. She held leadership roles in two of the most successful local Boston area start-ups, ITA Software and Kayak, where she gained deep knowledge about the travel technology sector. Most recently, she ran a global portfolio of 3rd party products for Travelport, giving her the opportunity to establish partnerships with companies across the globe and to advise and evaluate a number of start-ups in the travel sector.

Abounadi earned her PhD in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, a BS in electrical engineering from Caltech, and a BA from Bryn Mawr College. She has several publications in the fields of machine learning and communication networks and is passionate about teaching and working with college students. As a long-time housemaster at MIT, she has gained extensive experience in student life. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and three children. Outside of her professional life, she volunteers at her children’s schools. She served on the Board of trustees of Shady Hill School for six years, served on the founding school committee of the Center of Arabic Culture, and spends her free time cheering and supporting her children’s sports team.
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Julie Allen
Partner, Capital Markets and M&A
Proskauer
Julie Allen is a partner in the Corporate Department and a co-head of the Capital Markets Group.

Julie’s practice focuses on general corporate and securities matters. She represents both underwriters and issuers in initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings. Her experience also includes Rule 144A debt offerings, both as counsel to issuers and to initial purchasers. Julie's practice also includes mergers and acquisitions, particularly transactions involving public companies. She represents buyers and sellers, activist stockholders, boards of directors and financial advisors in mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations and tender offers. Julie also regularly counsels public companies and their affiliates regarding disclosure, governance, Sarbanes-Oxley and other securities law and compliance issues.

Julie serves as the Co-Chair of Proskauer's New Business Committee and Chair of its Corporate Department Opinion and Audit Letter Committees.
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Ramiro Almeida
Founder, Optimus Ride
Ramiro Almeida has been appointed Professor and Director of The Innovation Lab at MDC. He recently spent three years conducting research at the intersection of innovation, social transformation, technology and entrepreneurship at the MIT Media Lab. Prior to his appointment at MIT, he was a Fellow at Harvard University. He was awarded the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design. During his tenure he published the book A Line in The Andes, as part of a research studio that aimed at detailing the potential for urban design solutions required to meet the transportation challenges in developing a city’s first subway line. As an entrepreneur, he invested in early stage startups including the publication of the first Spanish version of Wired magazine in 1999, where he was first exposed to disruptive technologies. He later invested in Libri Mundi in 2006, the most prestigious bookstore and publishing company in Ecuador, which was acquired by La Favorita, the largest retail corporation in the country. As part of an alternative creative process, he explores publishing and film production. During his residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab in 2013, Mr. Almeida started the project to produce a feature animation film about technology, life and evolution. With MIT colleagues, he is working on designing self driving vehicle systems.
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John Andrews
CEO, Celect
John has spent the last two decades helping retailers, distributors, and brands optimize their omni-channel strategies and operations. Prior to Celect, John was VP of Product Management & Strategy for Oracle Commerce, coming to Oracle via the Endeca acquisition where John was VP of Marketing & Product Management. John started his career within Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice. John holds a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Boston College and received his master’s degree from the Harvard Business School.
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Anurag Bajpayee
Co-founder & CEO, Gradiant Corporation
Dr. Anurag Bajpayee is the co-founder and CEO of Gradiant Corporation. Gradiant is a Technology-driven Water Services Company with a suite of proprietary technologies to enable efficient, economical industrial water treatment and recycling currently focused on the oil & gas, mining, and power sectors. Anurag earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT where he worked on desalination and water treatment, with a core focus on treatment of oil & gas produced water. His doctoral work on Directional Solvent Extraction (DSE) desalination was recognized by the Scientific American as a top 10 world changing idea and is now part of Gradiant’s technology portfolio. Anurag has co-authored 5 peer reviewed journal publications and holds 7 issued or pending patents in the field of water treatment. He earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Masters degree from MIT.
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Anantha Chandrakasan
Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering
Department Head / Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Anantha P. Chandrakasan received the B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989, 1990, and 1994 respectively. Since September 1994, he has been with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, where he is currently the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering.

He was a co-recipient of several awards including the 1993 IEEE Communications Society’s Best Tutorial Paper Award, the IEEE Electron Devices Society’s 1997 Paul Rappaport Award for the Best Paper in an EDS publication during 1997, the 1999 DAC Design Contest Award, the 2004 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Award, the 2007 ISSCC Beatrice Winner Award for Editorial Excellence and the ISSCC Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper (2007, 2008, 2009). He received the 2009 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award. He is the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits.

His research interests include micro-power digital and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, wireless microsensor system design, portable multimedia devices, energy efficient radios and emerging technologies. He is a co-author of Low Power Digital CMOS Design (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995), Digital Integrated Circuits (Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2003, 2nd edition), and Sub-threshold Design for Ultra-Low Power Systems (Springer 2006). He is also a co-editor of Low Power CMOS Design (IEEE Press, 1998), Design of High-Performance Microprocessor Circuits (IEEE Press, 2000), and Leakage in Nanometer CMOS Technologies (Springer, 2005).

He has served as a technical program co-chair for the 1997 International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED), VLSI Design ’98, and the 1998 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems. He was the Signal Processing Sub-committee Chair for ISSCC 1999-2001, the Program Vice-Chair for ISSCC 2002, the Program Chair for ISSCC 2003, the Technology Directions Sub-committee Chair for ISSCC 2004-2009, and the Conference Chair for ISSCC 2010-2012. He is the Conference Chair for ISSCC 2013. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits from 1998 to 2001. He served on SSCS AdCom from 2000 to 2007 and he was the meetings committee chair from 2004 to 2007. He was the Director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories from 2006 to 2011. Since July 2011, he is the Head of the MIT EECS Department
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Marcus Dahllof
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer
MIT Startup Exchange
Welcome & Introduction
Day 1, 9:00 - 9:10
Marcus helps run the Startup Exchange at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program, focusing on enabling productive relationships between MIT-connected startups and global corporations. He is a 2X founder of tech startups, including Reflexion Network Solutions (acquired by Sophos), and has worked on Fortune 100 corporate innovation initiatives and at leading social enterprises in the US and Scandinavia.

Marcus received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School.
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Charles Fracchia
Founder & CEO, BioBright
Charles Fracchia is the founder and CEO at BioBright, a company building a smart lab to improve reproducibility in bio-medical research.

He is on a leave of absence from the MIT Media Lab where he was an IBM PhD Fellow in Joe Jacobson’s Molecular Machines group, and jointly in the Church lab at the Wyss Institute at Harvard Medical School. Charles obtained his bachelor’s at Imperial College London, where he worked on a bioelectronic interface between engineered bacteria and electronic sensors. He continued his thesis work at IBM Research, where he has been encouraging research in the field ever since. Charles worked as an early intern at Ginkgo Bioworks, where he developed many of the automated assembly pipelines still used today.

Charles has spoken about his work at many different venues and online including the White House, MIT Sloan, NASA Ames, IBM Research, Airbus, O'Reilly and HackADay. His current academic interests lie at the intersection of biological engineering and electronics called digital bioengineering. He was the Biology track chair at SOLID2015 mixing biology, electronics and computer science, instigated and helped organize the Bits Bio conference, has represented Boston for the Hello Tomorrow challenge (European 100k), and is a founding member of the first US bio-hackerspace.

In 2016, Charles was named one of 35 innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review. He is the recipient of several awards including IBM PhD fellowships, an Extraordinary Minds fellowship, one of the first Awesome Foundation fellowships and an Amplify Partners fellowship. He is the author of several patents and is actively authoring more in the field of future laboratory tools. Charles has also been involved in obtaining numerous grants and contracts from DARPA, NSF, Google X, Knight Foundation and the Shanghai High Tech Incubator totaling several millions since 2012.

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Yida Gao
Investor, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
Yida joined NEA in 2015 as an Associate focused on investments in the technology sector. Prior to joining NEA, Yida was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking team at Morgan Stanley in New York City where he helped execute over $15Bn in aggregate deal volume. Prior to MS, Yida held research positions at MIT’s Sloan School of Management under professor Paul Asquith and at McKinsey & Company in Boston. Topics of research, among others, included landscaping the high tech enterprise verticals to identify pockets of likely consolidation and testing IPO theories using reverse mergers.

Yida graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science and was a varsity pole vaulter.
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Jon Garrity
Founder & CEO, Tagup
Jon's background is in industrial information systems. Prior to Tagup, he worked at GE Energy in Atlanta. His first role at GE was as a software product manager on the Grid IQ product line. In this role he was responsible for working with a development team of over twenty engineers in Atlanta, San Ramon, and Shanghai to build analytics applications for electric utilities. In his most recent role at GE, he worked as fulfillment lead on a joint venture with a Chinese high voltage equipment manufacturer.

Before GE, Jon studied physics and economics at MIT. After GE, he earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is the principal inventor on one granted and several pending patents.
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Akhil Gupta
VP of Engineering, Infrastructure at Dropbox
Responsible for an amazingly talented team of 300+ engineers responsible for the backend services that support our services, physical infrastructure (DC, Network, Supply Chain, Hardware), Security (product security, infrastructure security and abuse prevention) and the desktop, mobile and web clients.

These teams are responsible for making sure we deliver reliable and secure services to 500M+ users and also enable product engineering teams to iterate and launch new features.
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Keith Hearon
CEO & Co-Founder, Poly6
Keith Hearon is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Langer Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as a Resident at Draper Laboratory. Keith is also an MBA Candidate in the MIT Sloan School of Management Class of 2017. Keith’s postdoctoral research is supported by the Sustainable Polymer Innovations Postdoctoral Fellowship, sponsored by industry partner Chick-fil-A, Inc. Through this postdoctoral research, Keith is seeking to engineer new systems of degradable polymers with advanced processing capabilities and tunable mechanical properties and degradation rate. In collaboration with researchers in the Langer Lab at MIT and Draper Laboratory, Keith’s postdoctoral work also seeks to integrate MEMS fabrication technologies and direct ink write 3D printing techniques with new degradable polymer systems to enable advancements in tissue engineering, soft electronics and other engineering applications.

During his Ph.D. research at Texas A&M from 2009 to 2013, Keith developed new shape memory polymer (SMP) systems that possess post-polymerization crosslinking capability and consequently exhibit both the mechanically robust, high-integrity shape memory attributes generally associated with thermoset polymers and the processing advantages generally associated with thermoplastics, including the ability to be processed using 3D printing, extrusion and injection molding.

In 2012 Keith was selected as a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Lawrence Scholar Program Fellow, and from 2012 to 2013 he conducted his Ph.D. research at LLNL as a member of LLNL’s 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing working group. Keith was also awarded the NSF GRFP, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Texas A&M Graduate Merit Fellowships during his tenure as a Ph.D student.

Keith obtained a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. At Georgia Tech from 2006 to 2009 Keith worked as an undergraduate researcher under the direction of Professor Ken Gall and was an active member the Sigma Chi social fraternity. He is originally from Augusta, GA.
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Scott Kirsner
Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader
Scott Kirsner is a journalist who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship. His “Innovation Economy” column appears Sundays in the Boston Globe, and he is also editor of the site Innovation Leader (www.innovationleader.com), , which focuses on R&D, product development, corporate venturing, and new initiatives within large companies. Scott has been a regular contributor to Fast Company, BusinessWeek, Variety, and Wired. His books include Fans, Friends & Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age, a technological history of Hollywood. He can be reached at scott@innovationleader.com and his Twitter handle is @ScottKirsner.
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David Knezevic
Co-Founder & CTO, Akselos
Dr. Knezevic, from Perth, Western Australia, is the CTO of Akselos. In this role, he has coordinated the delivery of simulation frameworks to the Power Systems and Mining industries. He holds a Ph.D. from Oxford (Rhodes scholar) and was a post-doc at MIT where he worked on Akselos' core technology. He was a Lecturer at Harvard University for three years before joining Akselos full time.

In 2015 David has represented Akselos at numerous prestigious conferences, like the ASME TurboExpo 2015, and the ‘Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Summit (ASSESS)’, where he’s part of the Initiative Advisory Committee Meeting. He has access to a vast network of leaders and practitioners who play a role in shaping the future of the field.

David is a co-author (with colleagues from MIT) of the patent "Methods and apparatus for constructing and analyzing component-based models of engineering systems" that is one of the foundations of Akselos' technology.

In September 2011, Dr. Knezevic was part of the team that won the largest Deshpande innovation grant at MIT, which led to the launch of Akselos.
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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Welcome & Introduction
Day 1, 9:00 - 9:10
Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. The Office of Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 67 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2015.

In that capacity, Mr. Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Mr. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation eco-system, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Mr. Koster also serves as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Swamy Kotagiri
Chief Technology Officer, Magna International
Swamy Kotagiri was named Chief Technology Officer of Magna International in January 2014. In this role, Kotagiri is globally responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s innovation and new product strategy and development, at a corporate level as well as in conjunction with Magna’s operating units. In early 2013, Swamy was appointed as Executive Vice President of corporate engineering and research & development functions.

Kotagiri has more than 22 years of industry experience and previously served in various engineering leadership positions at Cosma International, a Magna operating unit. He was responsible for innovation strategy development as well as the launch and execution of new technologies in Cosma’s manufacturing divisions while serving as Executive Vice President of global engineering and R&D starting in 2008 and Director of R&D prior to that.

Before joining Cosma, Kotagiri was a structural engineer at General Motors.

Kotagiri has a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University with a specialization in materials and structural engineering. He has more than 12 patents to his credit in automotive product and process design, and has memberships with the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Engineering Society of Detroit.
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Natan Linder
Co-Founder, Tulip
Natan Linder is co-founder of manufacturing technology company, Tulip. Drawing from over 15 years of experience and accomplished careers at companies like Samsung, Sun Microsystems, and Rethink Robotics. Linder holds a depth of expertise in computer science, product design, and entrepreneurship. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Formlabs, the pioneer and industry leader in professional desktop 3D printing. Prior to starting Formlabs and Tulip, Linder was co-founder and general manager of Samsung Electronic?s R&D Center in Israel, spearheading the group?s innovation efforts in mobile and shipping multiple products to the global market. He?s served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Jerusalem Venture Partners, the leading Israeli venture capital firm. Linder graduated with a B.A. in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel and a S.M. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. Currently a PhD candidate (on leave) at the MIT Media Lab?s Fluid Interfaces Group, Linder?s work aims to fuse design and engineering to create novel human experiences.
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Colette Matthews
Global Innovation Director, Whirlpool
Colette Matthews, Ph.D. is the Global Innovation Director for Whirlpool Corp. Colette is an experienced marketing and product development professional with over a decade of experience in both the CPG and Durable goods industry. In her current role, Colette oversees all aspects of consumer-centric disruptive innovation, Open Innovation and Trends & Foresight at the world's leading manufacturer of major home appliances.

In her previous role previous roles at Whirlpool, Colette has led both the Connectivity & Smart Home, as well as, Consumer Insights & Strategy teams where she was instrumental in helping shape brand positioning, consumer understanding and build innovation roadmaps within Whirlpool Corporation to drive product and brand leadership.

She kicked off her career at Procter & Gamble with product development roles in both the Global Beauty (China and developing markets) and Health Care business units. Later she accepted a position at Newell Rubbermaid, Beauty & Style Business Unit, where she helped drive consumer driven innovation with assignments in both Brand Management and Consumer Insights. Matthews has led the development and/or worked on a broad array of brands, including Olay, Old Spice, Goody, Solano, the entire portfolio of Whirlpool Corp. brands.

Colette holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Bachelors of Biochemistry from North Carolina State.
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Dan McCall
CEO, Lexumo
Dan is a CEO of Lexumo who started his career during the mini-computer boom of the early 80's. He blends a mix of technical, marketing and business savvy and has become a top executive and active board member across a variety of industries including networking, storage, information security and virtualization. He holds a BS, Engineering Computer Science Software/Hardware from the University of Connecticut.
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Kevin McCarthy
Open Innovation Leader, Procter & Gamble
Kevin leads startup innovation for P&G’s Global Business Development organization. In 20+ years with P&G, he has worked in a variety of different roles and businesses including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and social marketing startup Tremor. In his current work, Kevin is one of the principle architects of The Signal Accelerator, P&G’s startup innovation engine focused on identifying and piloting solutions to business needs in the eBusiness, eCommerce, and brand building space. Based in San Francisco, Kevin coordinates innovation outposts in key markets globally including US, London, Tel Aviv, Singapore and China.
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Ashley Miller
Senior Software Engineering Manager at BuzzFeed
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David Mindell
Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Founder & CEO, Humatics
MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society
David A. Mindell, PhD— Founder and CEO of Humatics, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—has spent twenty-five years researching the myriad relationships between people and machines. He has led or contributed to more than 25 oceanographic expeditions and developed and commercially licensed spread-spectrum sonar technologies for undersea navigation. He is the author of five books, including Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy (2015), Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in the First Six Lunar Landings (2008), and Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybernetics (2000).
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Louis Perna
Co-founder, Accion Systems
Louis Perna is a co-founder of Accion Systems where he focuses on research, testing, product development, and manufacturing. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he specialized in space propulsion, specifically microsystems design and manufacturing for electrospray thrusters. Louis has supported various NASA centers both academically and professionally where he has investigated operating modes of an ion engine; aided in the design, test, and assembly of planetary exploration robotics systems; and performed program- and vehicle-level technical and programmatic risk estimation for manned spaceflight systems.
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Katie Rae
President and CEO of The Engine Accelerator, Inc.
Managing Partner of The Engine Accelerator Fund I, L.P.
Katie Rae is a veteran of the startup and early-stage investor world. She cofounded Project 11 Ventures, a venture fund that invests in and assists early stage companies in forming a bold vision and building a strong foundation. Prior to Project 11, she was the managing director of Techstars Boston, where she led investments in more than 70 high-growth startups across a broad range of sectors. At Techstars, Rae built a strong community of founders and helped to propel Techstars into a global brand. She is a founder of the Startup Institute, and currently serves as its chairman.

Prior to being an investor, Rae spent her career building significant Internet businesses in the community, self-publishing, and search spaces. This included being the head of product for Microsoft Startup Labs and senior vice president of product at Eons. Rae pioneered early freemium business models at Lycos for the Tripod and Angelfire communities. She learned the ropes of product and business development at AltaVista, RagingBull, Zip2, and Mirror Worlds.

Rae is deeply devoted to helping founders build their companies and reach their dreams and is a frequent mentor, speaker, and advocate for the New England innovation region. She has garnered many accolades for her work in the startup community. She won both the Rising Star Venture Capitalist award from the New England Venture Capital Association and the Innovation Catalyst award from the Mass Technology Leadership Council, and was named one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company. She holds a BA in biology from Oberlin College and an MBA from Yale University.
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Alan Ringvald
CEO, Relativity6
Alan Ringvald is a 2-time founder, former Googler, and graduate of MIT's Sloan School of Management. He is the co-founder and CEO of Relativity6, a machine learning start-up based on his MIT Master's Thesis.
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Stephen L. Romine
Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Director of Corporate Development, Bose Corporation
Stephen Romine is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Bose Corporation of Framingham, Massachusetts. Bose is a privately held company with annual sales in excess of $3.5 billion, twenty subsidiary companies and over 10,000 employees worldwide. Steve joined Bose in 2005 and oversees the Intellectual Property Department at Bose, which is responsible for all patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, IP litigation, and licensing matters for Bose worldwide. Prior to Bose, Steve was in private practice at Fish & Richardson P.C. in Boston. Steve serves on the board of directors of Boystown New England, which provides an array of services to abused and neglected children and their families. Steve is also a former JAG officer in the United States Air Force. Steve received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a Juris Doctorate from Duke University.
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Chazz Sims
CEO & Co-Founder, Wise Systems
As one of the founders of Wise Systems, a system developed to encourage safe, open, and secure environments through crime reporting, Chazz now spends most of his time building the platform and volunteering with the on-campus ministry Cru. In June of 2013 Chazz Sims received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. He now holds a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from MIT. Throughout his undergraduate career, Chazz worked with a variety of startups in areas such as healthcare, entertainment, even the restaurant industry in Argentina, most often as the sole iOS Developer. After a summer working at Goldman Sachs, Chazz found that he was most passionate about startups and spent the next year as a CODE2040 fellow, working at Rockmelt. Recently, Chazz worked with two other developers to build a game for MIT’s first iOS Games Competition and won a sponsor’s award from Electronic Arts.
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Alex Slocum
Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Experimental Study Group (ESG)
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Founder of Omax (www.omax.com), Aesop, Kinetrix (absorbed by Teradyne), Goso, Keystone Tower Systems, 24-M
Alexander Slocum is the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, a MacVicar Faculty Teaching Fellow, and a Fellow of the ASME. He has 100+ patents and has helped develop 12 products that have received R&D 100 awards for “one of the one hundred best new technical products of the year”. He has helped start several successful companies and has a passion for working with industry to solve real problems and identify fundamental research topics.

Alex was the Massachusetts Professor of the Year in 2000 and is the recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, and the ASME Leonardo daVinci and Machine Design Awards. His current interests focus on the development of precision machines from medical devices and instruments to energy harvesting and storage machines. Recently he served on the DoE Science Team working on the Gulf Oil Spill, and has served in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing. Since high school days, Alex has had a passion for furniture making and carpentry. Alex also loves sports from SCUBA to snowboarding to marathons and iron-distance triathlons.

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Trond Undheim
Lead, Startup Exchange
MIT Industrial Liaison Program
Welcome & Introduction
Day 1, 9:00 - 9:10
Trond heads up the Startup Initiative at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), facilitating productive relationships between industry and MIT’s startup ecosystem. He is a former Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Trond is a serial entrepreneur with Scandinavian roots, and is currently the Founder of Yegii, Inc., the insight network, and Managing Director of Tautec Consulting.

Trond is a leading expert on technology development across industries such as IT, Energy, and Healthcare. His knowledge spans entrepreneurship, strategy frameworks, policy making, action learning, virtual teamwork, knowledge management, standardization, and e-government. He wrote the book Leadership From Below (2008). Trond speaks six languages and is a frequent public speaker on business, technology, and wine.

Trond was a Strategy/business development executive at Oracle Corp. (2008-12), and a policy maker in the EU (2004-8) where he built the ePractice.eu web platform with 120,000 members. He has worked with multinational companies, with mid-caps and startups in Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Norway, the UK, and the US. He has a PhD in Multidisciplinary Technology Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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Ben Vigoda
Founder & CEO, Gamalon
Ben is the CEO and Founder of Gamalon. He was previously the co-founder and CEO of Lyric Semiconductor, the first microprocessor architectures for statistical machine learning, growing out of Ben’s PhD at MIT. Lyric was acquired by Analog Devices, and Lyric’s technology is deployed in leading smartphones and consumer electronics, medical devices, wireless base stations, and automobiles. He has authored over 120 patents and academic publications, and his work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, EE Times, Scientific American, Wired, TechCrunch, and other media.

Ben has been an Intel Student Fellow, Kavli Foundation/National Academy of Sciences Fellow, served on the DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) steering committee, and has held research appointments at MIT, Hewlett Packard, Mitsubishi, and the Santa Fe Institute. He also co-founded Design That Matters, a not-for-profit that for the past decade has helped solve engineering and design problems in underserved communities and has saved thousands of infant lives by developing low-cost, easy-to-use medical technology such as infant incubators, UV therapy, pulse oximeters, and IV drip systems that have been fielded in 20 countries.
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