Mariianne is a serial entrepreneur and has functioned as advisor and coach to startups in- and outside of Silicon Valley and specializes in cross-border startups. She became fascinated with the Silicon Valley cluster of special talents and started building a now 300+ large network of Silicon Valley's experts and mentors.
Coming from "outside of Silicon Valley", as many other Silicon Valley citizens do, she has since 2005 studied Silicon Valley as a system. Her studies started during her first Silicon Valley job as a Senior Marketing Manager at Oracle.
Mariianne's backgrund is in "big systems": Change Management, Leadership Development, Organizational Development, and Talent Management. She has functioned as a coach for top level executives as well as unemployed youth. She ran her own consulting firm in Denmark over a 10 year period with top research centers and universities as its core clients. She is educated in business administration, teaching, and organizational development.
Her personal passion is music. She speaks Scandinavian languages, English, some German, and sing in Italian.
Jeff is Co-Founder of HubSV. He is a Founding Investor of Batchery, a global incubator for tech startups. Jeff is an EIR for SKTA Innopartners. He is a SkyAdvisor at UC Berkeley's incubator, SkyDeck.
He was previously with ognizant & Brillio here he served as founder & Globa ractice Head for the Mobility practice & focused on Internet of Things (IoT) & user experience (UX). Prior to this, Jeff was a serial entrepreneur having founded several businesses since the mid-1990s. Jeff was warded the prestigious BridgeGate 20 Award, recognizing him as one of the top 20 business leaders and “difference makers” in Southern California’s IT & new media communit.
He serves on the Global Advisory Board for the Enterprise Mobility Exchange and is a mentor and advisor to several Silicon Valley technology accelerators where he dvises early to mid stage companies. He s an angel investor and a member of Berkeley Angel Network. Jeff is a Board member for Innovate Marquette SmartZone in Michigan where he helps support the entrepreneurial eco-system in which new tech-based business ideas can start, grow and succeed. He frequently speaks at international conferences & corporate events & has published extensively about enterprise mobility, UX, IoT & related topics.
He holds a BA degree in Economics/Finance from Rutgers College & an MBA in Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Technology from Haas School of Business @ UC Berkeley. He is based in San Francisco with his wife & enjoys the Silicon Valley lifestyle.
Kip Martin, CMO & Co-founder
Kip is Chief Marketing Officer of HubSV. At SDL, he was responsible for Product Marketing for SDL's emerging Cloud Product Suite offering, as well as messaging and communcaitons in the office of the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Revenue Office. At Exact, he led all North America Marketing efforts for the Macola, Globe, and Synergy product lines, including brand resurrection strategy and execution, demand generation, sales process integration, product management, Web presence, social media, marketing communications, competitive intelligence, alliance partner development, and events. At Cisco, he delivered a program that produced more than $1.8 billion in sales-accepted pipeline through providing analytically-derived, solution-specific targets to Sales; created and launched the Marketing Operations Acceleration team, driving in-Theater maximum impact/minimum time-to-delivery projects; drove global Metrics & Operations reviews; developed the Marketing Execution dashboard for Cisco's Executive Team; and drove the metrics component of Cisco's Marketing Automation software pilot. At Oracle, I delivered a Sales Enablement program that increased installed base lead-to-pipeline conversion and product marketing efficiency by >1000%in addition to organizational development, market analysis, collateral design, competitive intelligence, briefing industry analysts, competitive and product strategy, and speaking at industry events about Oracle's overall corporate vision and Applications strategy. Prior to this: 8 years as a senior META Group research analyst, covering eCommerce (sell-side and buy-side solutions) IT service providers (including IT/Offshore Outsourcing), eProcurement, Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment (EBPP), Enterprise Content Management, and Digital Rights Management.
Harald Nuhn, Chair Screening Board
Chair Screening Board & Co-founder.
Dr. Harald Nuhn is a member of the Vascular Nanostructures and Topologies Program. Harald’s responsibilities include R&D of nano-engineered surfaces and materials, designing preclinical studies as well as business development.
Harald initiated and leads the high-resolution 3D printing effort at UCSF, where he purchased and maintains two high resolution 3D-printers and advances their capabilities towards using this technology in the medical device space.
While being a postdoctoral fellow at Therapeutic Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at UCSF, headed by Professor Tejal A. Desai, he worked on the nano-engineered surfaces and materials project with AMI. During this time he successfully developed and advanced the technology to introduce nanostructures on complex 3D geometries, such as medical devices. Prior to UCSF, Harald was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where he worked on a microfluidic device to encapsulate and isolate single adipose stem cells.
Before starting his postdoctoral work, Harald worked at the Proteomics Core Facility at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), where he was lead in developing new methods for enriching and identifying phospho-proteins and -peptides, resulting in powerful labeling protocols for quantitative proteomics. Part of the research was in collaboration with Prof. Dr. R. Luthi-Carter at the Laboratory of Functional Neurogenomics (EPFL), which focused on the molecular mechanisms of Huntington's Disease. Harald received his PhD in material science at Dr. H.-A. Klok’s group at the Laboratoire des Polymères (EPFL). His PhD thesis focused on the synthesis and characterization of peptide and peptide-hybrid materials for applications in the field of nano-bio-technology. Harald received his diploma in Technical Biology and Bionics, a highly interdisciplinary field of research at the interface of biology and engineering, at the University of Saarbrücken (Prof. Dr. W. Nachtigall, Germany). The focus was set on biochemistry, materials science (bio-materials, polymers, smart materials) and bio-cybernetics.
In parallel to his ongoing scientific activity, Harald works with Life Science Angels (LSA), the premier angel investment group focused solely focused on healthcare investing, specifically, in medical devices, molecular and other diagnostics, mHealth, and biotechnology. For 2013, he has been elected to be co-chair of the device screening committee. He also is actively involved in LSAs mentoring program. In parallel to his PhD thesis he successfully completed business administration and financing courses offered by the Swiss Confederation's Innovation Promotion Agency (CTI, Geneva) and the School of Management of Technology (MoT, Lausanne). Prior to his PhD studies, Harald worked for one year at a biotech Start-Up (Symbiotec GmbH, Germany). He also worked as freelancer for several software companies, successfully completing major projects.
Chief Strategy Officer
Lisa Riecken, COO/CPO
Chief Operations Officer & Chief People Officer
Highly experienced marketing executive, consultant, and business developer with over 20 years of experience in the high tech, wellness, and financial sectors. Has played integral roles in launching various high tech start ups, as well as owned and operated wellness businesses. Background includes years of marketing and business development, as well as training and coaching in the management consulting and human effectiveness arenas. Experience also includes international speaking engagements on marketing, business development and preventative wellness topics. Devoted to maximizing human capital effectiveness within Corporate America, as well as a passionate proponent of bringing business skills to the classroom.
*Dedicated to growth and inspiring it in others...
*Proud mother of two amazing young men... greatest of my creations.
Patty Woolcock, COA/HR
Chief Organizational Architect
Patty has demonstrated success in all aspects of the Human Resources field. She brings over twenty years of human resource consulting and executive management experience to her work. Her clients vary from small, high-technology start-up companies in Silicon Valley to major, multinational companies on matters relating to organizational and executive effectiveness. Patty has provided interim HR management to several clients while they were searching for an HR executive. She conducts customized analysis to help answer key questions, advises on HR best practices, HR structures, processes and compliance, corporate reengineering efforts, and defining and implementing major human resources programs.
Patty • is the Executive Director of the California Strategic Human Resource Partnership (CSHRP), a consortium of human resource executives in the San Francisco Bay Area. • is co-author of "Identifying and Developing HR Competencies for the Future: Keys to Sustaining the Transformation of HR Functions," which was published by the HR Planning Journal. • is the recipient of the 2007 HR Symposium Partner in Innovation Award. • plays a significant role in nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. She is on the Steering Committee for the HR Symposium, an event that raises funds for HR scholarships, and was on the Board of Directors of Project HIRED, a nonprofit that assists people with disabilities to gain competitive employment. • holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Kalamazoo College.
Ed Canty currently serves as interim Chief Financial Officer to start-up, mid-market companies and venture capital firms for Greenough Consulting Group (GCG). He is a member of the firm’s executive committee and the Mid-Market Lead, where he oversees all aspects of GCG’s middle market clients including client sourcing, engagement execution and service, and relationship management.
Current Role(s): Corporate strategy, Accounting, Investor and board presentations, Treasury, Fundraising, Financial planning and analysis, Mergers and acquisitions, Legal, Restructures and wind-downs, Risk, Audit and tax compliance management, International operations, Human resources, Systems planning and implementations
Ed has more than 40 years of business experience and has served as interim CFO on more than 60 engagements. Ed’s professional experience spans a wide range of industries in both public and private companies, domestic and international. Industry specialties include: E-commerce, Venture capital, Medical device, Mobile telephone infrastructure, SaaS, Broadcasting, Software licensing and services
Prior to joining GCG, Ed was General Partner and CFO of Baycom Partners LP, where he oversaw the company’s financial, accounting and administrative functions. He was also the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for TeKnowledge, Inc., where he raised over $25 million in private placements and led a $30 million IPO. Prior to TeKnowledge, Ed was an officer of a privately-held investment banking firm.
Education: Masters Degree, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Attended Northwestern University
Personal: An active member of the community, Ed has been involved in his local public school district; the AYSO Soccer League; Art in Action, Palo Alto Adolescent Counseling Services, Peninsula College Fund. He is an avid reader, golfer and RC model aircraft enthusiast.
Paul Joyal, Executive Advisor
Dr. Ronald Weissman is Chairman of the Software Industry Group of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest angel organization and manages the Band’s mentoring programs.
A partner at Performance Works, he advises technology companies on market entry strategies in such areas as Financial Services, Energy, Health Care and Media. He has also advised corporate venture funds and innovation initiatives at G2000 companies. He was a Partner for seventeen years at Apax Partners, a global venture firm, focusing on software and cross-border technology investments and managed its venture software portfolio after Apax became a private equity firm.
Prior to Apax, he was CMO and head of Investor Relations at Verity (the leader in enterprise knowledge retrieval). Verity’s management team won Large Cap Turnaround of the Year (Turnaround Management Association) after the company increased its market cap, profitably, from $50M to nearly $2B. Prior to Verity, he directed Strategic Marketing and European Marketing for NeXT, reporting to Steve Jobs.
Ron invests in enterprise SaaS, IoT, Fintech, analytics and AI, vertical market B2B software and Health IT. He has advised or invested in 60+ companies and has served on 30+ boards worldwide.
Ron advises companies on SaaS strategies, capital strategies and venture finance, SaaS business models and private company Board governance. He is a guest lecturer at Stanford, UC Berkeley and at the University of Santa Clara’s schools of Law and Business and universities in Europe. He has recently advised organizations in Chile, New Zealand, Australia and Armenia and has lectured on creating innovation hubs to many US and global organizations, including the US White House on the links between venture investing, next generation networks and economic development.
Ron has been profiled in the Silicon Valley Business Journal (“Angel of the Apocalypse”), Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Technology Forecast and other business