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    • Frederic Hanika, Head of M&A and Corporate Ventures at Software AG

      Frederic Hanika, Head of M&A and Corporate Ventures at Software AG 

      Frederic Hanika is a seasoned executive leader in Corporate Development, and head of the M&A team since 2006  that drove Software AG to double in size to $1.4bn in annual revenue (over 20 transactions). Frederic has been serving as Senior Vice President and Head of M&A and Corporate Ventures at Software AG. In this role, Frederic is responsible for early stage venture investments, acquisitions, divestitures, as well as exploring new sources of growth. Frederic is based in Silicon Valley to seek new sources of growth and innovation for the company. As a member of the Global Leadershi

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    • George Gogolev, Head of Innovation Ecosystem Development, Russian Venture Company

      George Gogolev, Head of Innovation Ecosystem Development, Russian Venture Company 

      George Gogolev is managing a portfolio of projects aimed at increasing the quality of interactions within the Russian venture ecosystem spanning actors from university ecosystems and their ties with industrial clusters to various Startup accelerators, incubators and major networking events. He is also responsible for projects aimed at the improvement of the quality of human capital in the Russian ecosystem and procurement processes in the State Corporations. Prior to taking the current position as Head of the Innovation Ecosystem Development in spring 2014 George was in Charge of the Human

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    • Michael Fox, MIT Venture Mentor

      Michael Fox, MIT Venture Mentor 

      Michael consults for a number of start-up companies & is an active Venture Mentor with MIT’s Venture Mentor Program supporting over 200 initiatives focusing on technology innovation and Clean-tech. Michael was a Senior Director of Corporate Development & Strategy for Mitsubishi Electric. His efforts resulted in the successful launch in an industry wide consortium (HomeAPI now UPnP), assisting and growing & solidifying key clients like Microsoft & COMPAQ ($500m each) and on one occasion, was responsible for securing a $50M unseen revenue stream benefiting five business units.

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    • George Foster, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Management at Stanford University

      George Foster, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Management at Stanford University 

      George Foster is Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Management and Director of the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford University. George's research and teaching includes entrepreneurship/early-stage companies; financial analysis, especially in commercial disputes; and sports business management. His recent research includes asset creation and destruction, global entrepreneurship, and the role of financial and other systems in the growth and valuation of companies. He also is researching globalization challenges facing both sporting organizations and companies.

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    • Russ Conser, President at Regenov8 Advisors

      Russ Conser, President at Regenov8 Advisors 

      Russ was born in Omaha in 1961, and graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Iowa State University in 1983.  He spent his early years as a Petroleum Engineer in Shell’s operating businesses and research labs where he helped find, develop and produce oil and gas from around the world. He later became coordinator of Shell’s corporate business planning team, which included annual budgeting, scenarios, strategy and specialty finance consulting. In 1998, Russ helped found Shell Technology Ventures (STV) where he was the leader of all deal origination and business development for subsur

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    • James Caruso, General Manager at JNC Corporation, and Venture Partner at Draper Nexus Ventures

      James Caruso, General Manager at JNC Corporation, and Venture Partner at Draper Nexus Ventures 

      Jim Caruso is General Manager at JNC Corporation, a $3B Japanese Chemical Company, and Venture Partner at Draper Nexus Ventures. He received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Vermont, completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship at University of New Mexico (UNM) and received an Executive Degree from Stanford University. He was a founding member of Superior MicroPowders, a materials spin-out of UNM, which was acquired by Cabot in 2003. He was the Director Sales and Marketing at Cabot from 2003 to 2006 and in 2006, he co-founded Tred Displays, a company that developed the world

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    • Debbie Brackeen, Managing Director, Head of Incubation in Citi Ventures

      Debbie Brackeen, Managing Director, Head of Incubation in Citi Ventures 

      Debbie is responsible for driving growth through innovation by identifying and executing new business incubations in partnership with Citi businesses globally. Debbie joined Citi from HP, where she was most recently Vice President, Strategic Alliances responsible for HP's worldwide relationship with Adobe. Prior to that Debbie was Vice President, HP Corporate Ventures, where her team incubated disruptive new business opportunities and managed HP's relationship with the startup and VC community. Debbie is a versatile technology executive with over twenty years experience at Fortune 500 co

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    • Errol Arkilic, Founder of M34 Capital

      Errol Arkilic, Founder of M34 Capital 

      Errol Arkilic is a Founder of M34 Capital. M34 is an investment company that focuses on seed and early-stage projects being spun out of academic and corporate research labs. He is also a founder of USRCA.org, a non-profit with a focus on entrepreneur education for science and engineering graduates. Previously, Errol was the founding and lead program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program. He led the I-Corps effort from its inception until July 2013. Prior to this, he was the lead software and services Program Director for the NSF SBIR program. Before his go

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    • Robert Ackerman, Managing Director and Founder of Allegis Capital

      Robert Ackerman, Managing Director and Founder of Allegis Capital 

      Robert (Bob) Ackerman is the founder and managing director of Allegis Capital and currently works with portfolio companies including Shape Security, Bracket Computing, Platfora and Apprion. His prior investments include cyber security leader IronPort Systems - acquired by Cisco Systems for $830m, LGC Wireless (TEL), iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ), Comparnet (MSFT), StepUp Commerce (INTU), Driverside (AAP) and Classroom Connect (ENL). Prior to Allegis Capital, Bob's operating experience included the CEO of UniSoft Systems (a world leading UNIX systems house operating in the US, Europe and Asia)

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