Advisors

Bob Baskerville

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Bob Baskerville most recently was President of International for Togewa Holding, a mobile phone services business located in Bern, Switzerland. He has a broad and varied background in the technology industry including founding a social networking software company and opening and running the European operations for the Data Services group of Computer Sciences Corporation.

Gregory C. Caudel

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Gregory C. Caudel, Senior International Contracts Specialist for The Boeing Company currently supports international business development activities. Before entering the international arena fifteen years ago he held contracts responsibility for the GPS IIA contract, Space Station propulsion, guidance and navigation contracts and the Delta II NASA contract. He has negotiated and managed over 2.5 billion dollars in high technology contracts.

Prior to his aerospace career Caudel was Director of Finance and Contracts for a division of a Fortune 50 company, the Purex Corporation. He holds a BA degree in Applied and Analytical Economics from California State University – Los Angeles and is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager.

Guy K. Cook

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Guy Cook is a Senior Partner at CreationWave, a consulting group focused on client growth and profitability results.  He has held Executive Management positions at a number of high tech, high growth ventures including CEO at SuperNet (which was sold to Qwest Communications for $24M) and FireScore; and Vice President Products (reporting to the CEO) at Qwest Communications where he drove Product Development and Management to create over $400M in annualized revenue.

He currently serves in an Advisory capacity for a wide variety of SaaS and service provider companies including IP5280, ValuSource, SME, and CTM Software.

Mr. Cook is also currently a Mentor at the Daniels Executive MBA Program and serves on the Board of Directors at TIE Rockies.

Janet Eden-Harris

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Janet Eden-Harris, Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Strategy at Market Force Information, is responsible for all marketing, product, and corporate strategy. She joined Market Force from J.D. Power & Associates, where she was Vice President of their Web Intelligence Unit. As CEO of Umbria, a pioneer in deriving market intelligence from the online community, she led the firm in its exponential growth resulting in its acquisition by J.D. Power in 2008.

Prior to Umbria, Ms. Eden-Harris was EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Information Resources, Inc. (IRI). The previous decade, she directed marketing initiatives at i2 Technologies, a leading provider of supply chain management solutions for multiple industries including Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail. Prior to i2, she was Chief Marketing Officer for Aspect Development and its predecessor CADIS, which was acquired by i2 to become one of the largest mergers in software history.

She holds a BA degree in Journalism and Marketing from the University of Oregon.

John Elms

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John Elms is the president of Connexall USA, Inc. and an accomplished executive with twenty-plus years of senior management in the high tech-industry including several CEO roles. He has a long history of transforming organizations into profitable businesses.

As the CEO of SpectraLink Corporation, John transformed the Nasdaq-listed company from a US direct-selling entity into a global player selling through leading telecom manufacturers including Alcatel, Avaya, Nortel and Siemens.  During his three-year tenure as CEO, John doubled revenues at the then fourteen year old enterprise from $71 to $145 million leading to the successful sale of the company to Polycom at a 30-plus percent premium.

With extensive international experience, John was the regional director for PictureTel based in Hong Kong, then an entrepreneur of his own manufacturing enterprise in Tianjin, China, and most recently was CEO of Beijing-based Azalea Networks.  Among other accomplishments, John successfully merged KIRK Telecom with SpectraLink’s London-based organization and immediately established critical mass in Europe for what was then a mainly US-focused company.

Julian Farrior

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Julian Farrior is founder and CEO of Backflip Studios, a mobile game company focused on bringing innovative and thoughtful titles to an expanding group of casual gamers on the iPhone. Backflip has had four top-five overall apps with more than 21,000,000 downloads in their first year of operation. Their games include popular titles such as Paper Toss and Ragdoll Blaster.

Prior to Backflip, Julian served as an angel investor and VP of BD/Operations at Earthscape, a company that also had early success in the app store. Previously, Julian spent seven years at Yahoo! in various management roles the most recent of which included heading up emerging market search.

Mr. Farrior won a 2011 Esprit Entrepreneur of Distinction award from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. This award celebrates the success and vitality of the entrepreneurial community. He received his undergraduate education at Colgate University and graduate education at Northwestern University.

Margaret Hansson

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Margaret “Meg” Hansson espoused an entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to help others succeed from an early age. Beginning at age ten selling soda pop on the street, she went on to found eight start-ups including Gerry Baby Products Company (formerly Gerico, Inc.), now a division of Evenflo with annual sales over $160 million.

She is currently president and CEO of adrop LLC, a water purification company. In 1997 Ms. Hansson co-founded ERTH Technologies, Inc. that develops and commercializes technologies in the wastewater treatment and destruction markets. Ms. Hansson has been Chairman of the Board of PureCycle Corporation, a publicly-held water treatment technology and water rights company.

A highly awarded entrepreneur, Ms. Hansson has served on many boards including ISI Income Growth and Trust Funds, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Colorado, Wells Fargo Banks of Colorado, Staodynamics, Inc., Children’s World, Inc., Outlast Technologies, and others. She has also served on non-profit boards including The Madeira School, Colorado Business Resources, Colorado Technology Incubator (now CTEK), and many others. Ms. Hansson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College.

James H. (Hal) Higby

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James H. (Hal) Higby is Group President of MediMedia, a leading provider of health and wellness information overseeing the operating entities of StayWell Health Management, Krames, The Red Cross Strategic Business Alliance, the Harvard Medical School Consumer Health Business, and others.

Mr. Higby was previously SVP and Chief Financial Officer of StayWell, the Consumer Group of companies within MediMedia, and its predecessor company, Three V Health, Inc. Prior to this, he held executive level positions with Times Mirror Higher Education Group, Richard D. Irwin, Inc., Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., and General Signal Corporation.

Mr. Higby, who lives in Wilton, CT, received his MBA from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania.

Donna M. Iucolano

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Donna Iucolano is Founder & Principal of Spinach Candy, LLC a consulting, interim management, and business development company.  She is a serial entrepreneur, corporate strategist, and e-business expert at the forefront of customer-centric, innovative marketing, and technology-driven growth and business transformation.  Formerly she was EVP and General Manager, Direct Group – New York & Company; CEO, North America – IMP / International Masters Publishers; and EVP and Division President, e-Scholastic, a division of Scholastic Corporation.  For 10 years prior to that, Iucolano held various positions from Marketing Coordinator to SVP, Interactive Services Division, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. where she spearheaded that firm’s use of VoiceView® from Radish 1.0 to improve customer service.

Donna was a founding member of e-commerce industry association, SHOP.ORG, and served as the founding chairperson of the research committee, introducing The State of Online Retailing.  She is an alumnus of the Fashion Institute of Technology and Hofstra University.

Bruce Pincus

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Bruce Pincus is Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Minitab, Inc., a privately held company with over 325 employees and wholly owned subsidiaries in England, France, and Australia. As the developer of Minitab® Statistical Software, Quality Companion® and Quality Trainer®, the company’s applications are widely used in statistical education and process control initiatives such as Six Sigma. Mr. Pincus is responsible for all corporate legal matters including employment and labor law issues, software licensing, sales contracts and agreements, and trademark and copyright matters.

Prior to Minitab, Mr. Pincus was in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area where he advised technology-sector businesses.

Mr. Pincus, a graduate of the John F. Kennedy University School of Law, is licensed to practice law in both California and Pennsylvania.

Jeffrey Powers

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Jeffrey Powers is a founder of Occipital, LLC, where he architects mobile computer vision algorithms and does whatever else it takes to keep the start-up running.

Occipital created the top-selling iOS and Android mobile applications, 360 Panorama and 360 Verse. The company is known for RedLaser, one of the most successful iPhone applications of 2009 and 2010.

Mr. Powers holds a Master’s in computer science from the University of Michigan, where he was a graduate student before leaving to start Occipital.

Thomas E. Szczurek

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Thomas E. Szczurek is a senior executive with 30 years of C-level consumer and commercial products as well as private equity industry experience.  He most recently was the President of Stage Capital, LLC, a Columbus, Ohio private equity firm with diversified North American holdings in retail, manufacturing, transportation and data center segments.  He also served as the CEO for Solstice Sleep Products, one of Stage Capital’s companies. In a prior role as President at Cosco Home & Office Products, he drove a large-scale growth initiative, reversed declining sales and market share, boosting EBITDA 230%. Other notable roles include Principal, Operations Group for American Capital, VP Sales & Marketing for Newell Rubbermaid and VP Marketing for Evenflo.

He is skilled in strategy development, business restructuring, operational turnarounds, management development, process reengineering, brand building, market expansion, new product development, acquisitions and integrations. He has served as Chairman and Board member on several company Boards of Directors.  He has a BA in Marketing from Western Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

Brian Yarosh

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Brian Yarosh is Vice President of OEM North America & Asia for Avanquest Software.  He has been working in the communications software field for over 15 years. His experience started with 300 Baud analog modems and peer-to-peer connections through to WiFi 802.11.x wireless and high speed Cellular data networks, developing software for all of these communications environments.

Mr. Yarosh started as the second employee at Avanquest Software (formally known as BVRP Software, Inc.) and manages the Denver office. He plays a key roll in the design, development, sales, and deployment of all the different software application solutions that Avanquest distributes in over 40 countries. Prior to that, Mr. Yarosh was part of the Radish 1.0 marketing and support team.k0

Gary Sonnier

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Gary has over 20 years managing technology businesses for large and small companies. Most recently he was VP of Sales and Business Development for ArcherMind Inc. Prior to ArcherMind, he has held senior management positions at CalAmp, EarthLink, Motorola, Philips, AT&T, Lucent, Bell Laboratories and at several technology startups in the wireless and Internet space. He holds an MSEE from Stanford and an MBA from the University of Denver.

Steven Grandchamp

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Steven Grandchamp is a serial software industry entrepreneur, where he has served in executive roles in 4 successful startups and at Microsoft.

Most recently as CEO of OpenLogic he led the company on it’s mission to help enterprises successfully and safely build and deploy applications built using open source software.  Prior to OpenLogic Steven served as CEO of IMR where he led the company’s move into Enterprise Content Management, culminating in a successful exit to Captaris, Inc.

Prior to that Steven served as CTO for American Fundware and Formation Technologies and served in various senior management positions at Microsoft.  While at Microsoft Steven became a Master Instructor in MSF, one of the earliest forms of Agile software development.

Steven serves on the Board of Directors for Doculynx, Inc, a leader in integrated document management solutions.  Steven is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the School of Computer and Information Sciences at Regis University.

Martin Tantow

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Martin Tantow is the founder of Scaler, a mobile industry accelerator for growth-stage startups. He co-founded 3scale, an API management solution and CloudTimes a leading media property on cloud computing.  He is a mentor with TechStars, Astia and Startupbootcamp.

 Previously, Martin has been with Booz & Company and Oliver Wyman, where he advised Fortune 500 clients on IT strategy, digital media and mobile Internet. Prior to that, he led T-Mobile International’s Strategic Alliances & Partnership division, where he managed a global strategic mobile operator alliance.

Martin holds an MBA with honors from Munich School of Management (LMU), Germany and received Executive Education from London Business School (LBS).