ECS6104 - Early Stage Challenge Panelists & Contestants Introductions
Business & Technology Reporter, NBC
Anchor and reporter Scott McGrew thrives at the intersection of entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is host of Press:Here, a weekly roundtable featuring world class technology reporters in conversation with Silicon Valley CEOs. Press:Here airs on NBC Bay Area Sunday mornings at 9am right after Meet the Press. Joining Scott each week is a team of contributors including reporters from the BBC, Forbes, Fortune, Wired, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Scott was the first journalist to reveal the crimes behind the death of a South Bay Marine in Afghanistan and the only reporter in the world allowed to fly F-16 combat air patrol as part of Operation Enduring Freedom following 9/11. He's been an eyewitness to a firing squad and chased greased pigs at the Iowa State Fair. Scott is an active speaker on technology and television at Stanford, Brigham Young and other universities as well as numerous conferences. He is also a regular emcee and host for the Ernst and Young's Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year, the Global CleanTech Forum, United Way and the Boy Scouts. He also helps foster excellent business journalism as a judge the UCLA's Gerald Loeb awards. Scott is a part-time Cessna 172 pilot, MIG and TIG welder, CSS coder and a lector in the Episcopal Church. None of which he does very well, he claims, but he says he's trying.
President & Principal, Enderle Group
Rob Enderle is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, a forward-looking emerging technology advisory firm. With over 25 years of experience with emerging technologies, he has provided regional and global companies with guidance on how to be successful in this changing world. Before founding the Enderle Group, Rob was the senior research fellow for Forrester Research and the Giga Information Group. While there, he worked for and with companies like Microsoft, TI, HP, IBM, Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony, USAA, Texas Instruments, AMD, Intel, Credit Suisse First Boston, GM, Ford, ROLM, and Siemens. Prior to that, he worked for IBM and held positions in internal audit, competitive analysis, marketing, finance, and security. Currently, Rob writes on emerging personal technology, security, and Linux for a wide variety of publications, including TechNewsWorld, CIO, Forbes, TGDaily, TMCNET, Datamation, and IT Business Edge, and international news organizations such as CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and NPR. Rob also does a semi-weekly spot for Wall Street Journal radio on consumer technology. Rob sits on the advisory councils for a variety of technology companies.
Founder & CEO, Plug and Play Tech Center
Saeed Amidi is the founder and CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center, the premier technology startup accelerator, whose 300-plus companies have collectively have raised in excess of $750 million. Additionally, Saeed is a general partner in Amidzad. The fund has been investing in technology companies for over 15 years and holds successful investments in over 70 technology companies, including PayPal, Powerset, Danger, Bix, Powerset, DropBox, Lending Club, and Zoosk. Saeed is a serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive with over 28 years of experience in founding, operating, and growing successful companies. He has successfully started and grown businesses both nationally, as well as internationally, in countries like Spain, Italy, France, and Austria. Saeed’s current passion is inspiring and helping entrepreneurs and startups out of universities. Some of the universities he is working with include MIT, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Santa Clara, Wharton, and Dartmouth. His objective is to identify great entrepreneurs with a passion to execute their ideas. Saeed is an active member of the technology community and a frequent contributor to numerous charitable foundations. He is also an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, a world-class network of Fortune 500 CEOs, accomplished serial entrepreneurs, and veteran financial executives.
Vice President, Business Development, NVIDIA
Jeff Herbst is vice president of business development at NVIDIA, with responsibility for mergers and acquisitions strategy, investments, partnerships, and other strategic business relationships and transactions. Prior to joining NVIDIA in 2001, Herbst was worldwide head of corporate and business development at AltaVista, and also served as general manager for a startup focused on content delivery infrastructure for wireless networks. Earlier in his career, he was a partner with the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, where he specialized in corporate finance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic business and intellectual property-related transactions. Herbst holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science, with an emphasis in computer graphics, from Brown University and a J.D. from Stanford University.
Mr. George Hoyem serves as a Partner and Investments Partner at In-Q-Tel, Inc. Mr. Hoyem served as the Managing Director and General Partner at Blueprint Ventures. His investment focus included software, wireless, security, other IT and communications infrastructure companies building disruptive technologies, and early-stage corporate IP spinouts. Mr. Hoyem has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial, operations, and venture experience in high technology companies. He co-founded Redleaf Group, Inc. and also served as its Managing Partner and Managing Director. Mr. Hoyem headed up their Silicon Valley investment office and led several key investment and successful mergers and acquisitions transactions. While at Redleaf, he led the sourcing and financing efforts for many promising investments including LumiCyte, Amperion, Atlantes, and ecMarkets. As a hands-on investor, he led the successful effort to sell Atlantes to Vistant and orchestrated several other mergers and acquisitions transactions. He was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Redleaf Ventures II, L.P. Prior to Redleaf, he served as a Venture Partner at El Dorado Ventures, where Mr. Hoyem spearheaded their software-infrastructure investments including FusionOne and eCast. Prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist, he built an 18-year operating career with several prominent technology companies. He was employed at Hewlett-Packard Company. As General Manager of Hewlett Packard's Internet Commerce Division, Mr. Hoyem was responsible for a $40 million P&L and served as a Vice President of Software Marketing. He held several Executive positions in marketing and operations at VeriFone Systems, Inc. Mr. Hoyem was a key contributor in the sale of VeriFone to Hewlett Packard for $1.3 billion. Prior to VeriFone, he Co-founded Visix, Inc. and also served as its Vice President of Worldwide Sales. He has also held other management and sales positions at American Management Systems (AMS), Federal Data Corporation, and Tektronix, Inc. He served as Chairman of Vidient Systems, Inc. from February 1, 2007 to April 9, 2007. He serves as a Director of ecIndustries, and Atlantes Services, Inc. He serves as a Director of SpectraSensors, Inc. He has been a Director of Solera Networks, Inc. since October 2008. He serves on the Boards of Astoria Software, Inc., TEGSCO, Atreus Systems, and Platform Solutions, Inc. He serves as a Board Observer of MemSQL Inc., Visto and IntelliPath. Mr. Hoyem is a Member of Advisory Board of Greenhouse Capital Partners. He served as Member of the Board of Advisors at SeeControl, Inc. since July 31, 2006. He served as a Director of Lutris Technologies, Inc., Lightspeed Interactive, Inc., Telicor, Vidient Systems, Inc. and Kalepa Networks. Mr. Hoyem holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science from Western Michigan University.
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