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"The executive mentors are experts in sales, marketing, technology, product development, fundraising, recruiting talent and operations. And chances are one of the alumni mentors has been through what you are trying to solve right now."

- Pascal Blum, Unu Motors
caption imagePascal is a co-founder of Unu, the urban electric mobility company

Executive Mentors


Michael Baum, Founder & CEO

Michael is an engineer, innovator and company builder. He has created six companies from scratch. Five of these were acquired by AT&T, Disney, IBM, Reuters and Yahoo! His most recent company, Splunk (SPLK), did its IPO in 2012. Michael has solved important problems, employed thousands of people and made shareholders a lot of money. He wants to help you do the same.


Tony Ayaz, Chief Business Development Officer

Tony knows how to sell and how to take companies to market. He has built and led higher performance sales and business development teams from start-up to IPO at Splunk (SPLK), Wily Technology (CA), BEA Systems (Oracle) and Zoomdata Systems. Tony helps you understand how to land your first customers and be as disruptive with your business model as you are with your product.


Chris Seybold, Chief Financial Officer

Chris is a finance and operations master. He has led teams at private and public fast-growing Silicon Valley companies in information technology and life sciences including Disney, Infoseek, Pharsight and BNP Paribas. If you need to build an operating plan, target investors and raise money, Chris can help you do that. He will guide you through the thorny maze of startup business planning and fundraising.

Program Mentors

Marc AlbaneseNew York University
Elias AtahiCDTM
Stan AmsellemESCP Europe
Jef BekesBrown University
Pascal BlumCDTM
Andrea CarabelloUniversity of Pittsburgh
Johnathon CervelliYale University
Mark ChungStanford University
Thomas ChungStanford University
Jennifer FarahMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Frederick FelmanUniversity of Southern California
David GreschlerBrandeis University
Kimberly GordonMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Will HayesUniversity of California Santa Barbara
Shambhavi KadamMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Connor LandgrafUniversity of California at Berkeley
Vinay MahadikThe Wharton School
Ellen McdonaldUniversity of California at Berkeley
Anna PalmerHarvard Business School
Steve RyanOld Dominion University
Vik ThairaniUniversity of California at Berkeley
Mark WochnerUniversity of Texas at Austin

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" doesn't just provide advice and feedback. They opened up their impressive network, worked with us to arrive at key epiphanies, and provided the missing resources to scale our growth."

- Jesse Leimgruber, NeoReach
caption imageJesse Leimgruber is a co-founder of NeoReach, an influencer marketing company

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