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2017 MIT Startup Showcase Silicon Valley

March 1, 2017
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Jean-Marc Frangos
Managing Director, Products & Services Research and Open Innovation
BT Technology Service and Operations
As Managing Director, Products & Services Research and Open Innovation, Jean-Marc Frangos is responsible for managing the research programmes to prepare BT’s future offering aimed at the Consumer and Business markets, including areas such as TV over IP, Virtual Reality, IoT and Cloud Technologies. He is also responsible for innovation partnerships with venture capitalists, start-ups and industry peers in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Based in Silicon Valley, Jean-Marc identifies disruptive technologies and innovative service opportunities, and establishes the technical and commercial links with BT’s research and operational divisions. He runs the internal idea management process which identifies the best innovation candidates from 100,000+ BT employees worldwide. His team also designed and runs BT Infinity Labs, a novel incubator concept based in Shoreditch, London, to foster collaboration with the UK entrepreneur community.

Jean-Marc has held a wide range of technology, customer facing and operational responsibilities in Europe and in the US during the course of his 25-year career in the world of telecommunications, and was one of the founders of BT’s European expansion.
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Habib Haddad
Managing Director of E14 the MIT Media Lab fund
Habib is a serial entrepreneur and an early stage investor. He is currently the Managing Director of E14 the MIT Media Lab fund focused on early stage companies out of the lab.

Prior to that he was the founding CEO Wamda, a platform of programs and networks that aims to accelerate entrepreneurship ecosystems across the Middle East and North Africa region. He also served as a Venture Partner of Wamda Capital, a growth capital VC fund. His work in the MENA region is credited with playing a key role in strengthening its nascent entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Before Wamda, Habib was based in Boston where he founded Yamli an award winning startup focused on linguistics and the Arabic language.
In 2012 he sold the technology to Yahoo! He was also the founding member of Mok3, a venture backed MIT CSAIL spinoff that developed an image based modeling software

In 2009, the World Economic Forum recognized Habib as a Young Global Leader and was named as a top innovator under 35 (TR35) by the MIT Technology review in 2011. In 2013, He was the Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum council on entrepreneurship and currently sits on the Global Future Council on Systems and Platforms.

Habib holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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Bradley Horowitz
VP Product, Google Apps, Google
Bradley Horowitz is vice president of product for Google's social products, including Google+. He has also led product for Google's consumer application division which includes Gmail, Gtalk, Google Docs, Google Voice, and Calendar.

Before joining Google in February 2008, Horowitz was Yahoo's vice president of Advanced Development where he drove the acquisitions of Flickr and MyBlogLog, launched the Brickhouse incubator and developed new products like Yahoo! Pipes. Additionally, he was responsible for the company's initiative to open up its platform which included overseeing the Yahoo Developer Network (YDN).Previously, he was co-founder and CTO of Virage, where he oversaw the technical direction of the company from its founding through its IPO and eventual acquisition by Autonomy.

Horowitz was a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab. While at the Media Lab, he worked on a number of topics related to computer vision, graphics and image processing, which resulted in a patented new technique for the recovery of structure, motion and camera parameters from video sequences.

Horowitz holds an MS in Media Science from MIT and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
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Matt Huang
Partner, Sequoia Capital
The former founding CEO of Hotspots, a Y Combinator company acquired by Twitter in 2012, Huang spent time in Twitter's ad analytics team before joining Sequoia Capital. The MIT grad works on investments like Reddit and Yik Yak for the firm. He's an angel investor in companies including Instacart and Teespring. He is fascinated by new platforms: the internet, mobile devices, and whatever’s next. Matt holds a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT.
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Joi Ito
Director, MIT Media Laboratory
Professor of the Practice of Media Arts and Sciences
MIT Media Laboratory
Effective July 1, 2016, MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito has been appointed as Professor of the Practice of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT.

Ito, who became director of the Media Lab in September 2011, has had a long career at the vanguard of the Internet and World Wide Web, championing emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom. He helped establish the first Internet service provider (ISP) in Japan, and was involved in establishing many Japanese start-ups, including Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He invested in numerous start-ups such as Twitter, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits, and Formlabs prior to joining the Media Lab.

He is currently a board member of The New York Times Company, Sony Corporation, Digital Garage, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Ito’s honors include TIME magazine’s "Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the "25 Most Influential People on the Web." In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute.

Ito briefly attended Tufts University, majoring in computer science, and the University of Chicago, majoring in physics. He received an honorary D.Litt from The New School in New York City in 2013, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Tufts University in 2015.

His book, "Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future," (co-authored with Jeff Howe) is due out in December 2016.
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Sertac Karaman
Class of '48 Career Development Chair Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Cofounder, Optimus Ride
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Sertac Karaman is the Class of '48 Career Development Chair Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems and the Institute for Data, Systems and Society. He has obtained B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and and in computer engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, in 2007, an S.M. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2009, and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science also from MIT in 2012. His research interests lie in the broad areas of robotics and control theory. In particular, he studies the applications of probability theory, stochastic processes, stochastic geometry, formal methods, and optimization for the design and analysis of high-performance cyber-physical systems. The application areas include driverless cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, distributed aerial surveillance systems, air traffic control, certification and verification of control systems software, among many others. His research and teaching won numerous awards, including the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program Award in 2015 and the NSF Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2014.
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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
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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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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Rosalind Picard
Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
Director, Affective Computing Research
Faculty Chair, MIT Mind+Hand+Heart
Co-founder Empatica, Inc.
Co-founder Affectiva, Inc.
MIT Media Lab
Human Data Analysis
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Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Advancing Wellbeing Initiative. She has co-founded two businesses, Empatica, Inc. creating wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and Affectiva, Inc.
delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

Picard holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and master's and doctorate degrees, both in electrical engineering and computer science, from MIT. She started her career as a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories designing VLSI chips and algorithms for digital signal processing and compression. In 1991 she joined the MIT Media Lab faculty. She is the author of the book Affective Computing, which became instrumental in starting a new field by that name. Today that field has its own journal, international conference, and professional society. Picard was also a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems in 1998, helping launch the field of wearable computing.

Picard has authored or co-authored over two hundred scientific articles and chapters.  She is a recipient of several best paper prizes, including work on machine learning with multiple models (with Minka).  One of her "best papers (with Healey), measuring stress in Boston drivers, was recognized as "best paper of the decade 2000-2009" for IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Picard is an active inventor with multiple patents, including wearable and non-contact sensors, algorithms, and systems for sensing, recognizing, and responding respectfully to human affective information.  In 2005 she was named a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to image and video analysis and affective computing. Picard has been honored with dozens of distinguished and named lectureships and other international awards. She  has given over 100 invited keynote talks.

Picard has served on numerous international and national science and engineering committees, boards, and panels, including the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) division of Computers in Science and Engineering (CISE), the National Institute of Health (NIH)'s National Advisory Mental Health Council, and the IEEE Ethics Initiative Affective Computing Committee.

Picard interacts regularly with industry and has consulted for companies including Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, i.Robot, Merck, Motorola, and Samsung. Her group's achievements have been featured in forums for the general public such as The New York Times, The London Independent, National Public Radio, Scientific American Frontiers, ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight, Time, Vogue, Wired, Voice of America Radio, New Scientist, and BBC programs such as "Hard Talk" and "Horizon with Michael Mosley".
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Sue Siegel
CEO, GE Ventures
Sue Siegel is CEO of GE Ventures, GE’s growth and innovation business comprised of GE Ventures, GE Licensing, and New Business Creation (NBC). GE Ventures invests in and partners with the entrepreneurial ecosystem across Healthcare, Energy, Software, Advanced Manufacturing, and Lighting and starts and grows companies via its New Business Creation unit. GE Licensing creates shareholder value through GE’s IP. She also leads Healthymagination, GE’s innovation catalyst for addressing healthcare’s major global challenges via partnerships to improve the quality, access, and affordability of healthcare.

Sue has 30+ years of combined experiences in the corporate world and in venture capital. Previously, as a Silicon Valley-based financial VC, Sue led investments and served as Board member of companies in personalized medicine, digital health, and life sciences at MDV. Before venture capital, at Affymetrix (NASDAQ: AFFX) as President and Board Member, she drove the company’s transformation from a pre-revenue start up to a global, multi-billion dollar market cap genomics leader. And previously, Sue led strategy, technology development, licensing, manufacturing, as well as new market creation & development at Bio-Rad, DuPont, and Amersham.

Sue has served on many corporate board, public and private, along with non-profit boards. She currently serves on the Boards of: the National Venture Capital Association, Stanford Hospital Board’s IT Council, University of California’s Innovation Council, Harvard Partners’ Innovation Advisory Board, the Cleveland Clinic’s Innovation Council, and USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy. Most recently Sue served on President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative as a member of the Working Group to set guidelines for its establishment and served as an inaugural Board member for the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translation Sciences. She serves on the Executive Committee of Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, is a President’s Circle member of the National Academies of Science, a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, is a member of YPO-WPO, and Women Corporate Directors. In the bestselling business book: Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, Sue was a featured “Multiplier”. She was recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley”.

Sue lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and her two sons. When not working, you might find her hiking the scenic trails of Northern California.
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Nina Simosko
President and CEO, NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i3)
Nina serves as President and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i3), the prestigious Silicon Valley-based innovation center for NTT Group, one of the world’s largest ICT companies. Focused on fostering strategic innovation, NTT i3 works with established enterprise companies interested in investigating new approaches to evolving into technology-first, digitally-driven businesses. Accelerating the movement of innovation from initial idea to marketplace implementation, NTT i3 combines access to the significant global infrastructure resources, investment fund, research knowledge, and trusted long-standing customer relationships of NTT Global with its own software startup expertise and deep enterprise relationships.

Previously, Nina was responsible for leading the creation and execution of Nike Technology strategy, planning and operations world-wide. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President of SAP’s Global Premier Customer Network (PCN). At SAP, she led both the PCN Center of Excellence and SAP’s Global Executive Advisory Board. During her eight year tenure, she was a part of SAP’s Global Ecosystem & Partner Group which was charged with continuing to build and enable an open ecosystem of software, service and technology partners together with SAP’s communities of innovation. Additionally, she served as the Global Chief Operating Officer for the worldwide Customer Education organization, responsible for driving more than half a billion euros in global education software and services revenue.

Currently, Nina serves on the advisory boards of two early-to-mid stage technology companies: Reflektion and AppOrchid.
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Trond Undheim
Lead, Startup Exchange
MIT Industrial Liaison Program
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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