Eric Ball is Senior VP of Finance at Oracle Corporation and was named as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” in 2011 by the editors of CFO and Treasury & Risk Management magazines. He earned his PhD in management at the Drucker-Ito School of Management, and is a Kauffman Fellow. Eric’s research in venture capital has been published in the Review of Financial Studies, and together with Joseph LiPuma authored Unlocking the Ivory Tower: How Management Research Can Transform Your Business.
Matt Blumberg founded Return Path in 1999 because he believed the world needed email to work better. It is with great pride that he has watched this initial creation grow to a company of more than 325 employees with the market leading brand, innovative products, and the email industry’s most renowned experts. Matt also started one of the first CEO blogs on the internet onlyonceblog.com. He holds an AB from Princeton University.
Trish Costello is an entrepreneur with corporate, non-profit, and academic experience. She is recognized internationally for her pioneering work in educating and preparing venture capital investment partners through the Kauffman Fellows Program, where she was the founding CEO. Trish is currently co-founder and CEO of Portfolia, creating social networks of engaged investors around entrepreneurial ventures. Trish led Babson College’s entrepreneurship center, rated #1 in the world by U.S. News & World Report.
Brad Feld is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Foundry Group. Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of UP Global. Brad speaks and writes extensively on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. He has written several books including co-authoring Venture Deals. Brad holds BS and MS degrees in management science from MIT. He is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner, having completed 23 marathons. Brad hopes to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.
Clint Korver is the Chief Operating Officer of NovoEd. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Ulu Ventures where he led NovoEd’s seed investment round. A Kauffman Fellow, Clint is a lecturer at Stanford University where he teaches entrepreneurship. He also founded and led four Silicon Valley startups, co-authored Ethics for the Real World (Harvard Business Press 2008) and has a PhD and an MS in management science and engineering from Stanford and a BA, with Honors, in mathematics from Grinnell College, where he currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Chris Lipp is a Communications Coach at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is author of The Startup Pitch: A Proven Formula to Win Funding. He coaches countless Stanford MBAs, works with CEOs worldwide from South Africa to Australia, and hosts workshops in Silicon Valley. Through meeting VCs, collaborating with other top coaches in the country, and living the startup experience hands-on, Chris identified a system to help entrepreneurs pitch effectively in high-stakes situations. He holds a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley.
Joseph LiPuma has consulted in business and information technology internationally for more than 25 years. He is Associate Professor and Director of the International MBA program at EM-Lyon Business School in France. Joseph holds a DBA in strategy and policy from Boston University, and has taught there as well as at Drexel University and St. Joseph’s University. His research centers on international entrepreneurship and in addition to being published in several academic journals, he co-authored Unlocking the Ivory Tower: How Management Research Can Transform Your Business with Eric Ball.
Dr. Ade Mabogunje Ade is the Associate Director for Stanford’s Center for Design Research and serves as a strategic advisor to the Kauffman Fellows Program. He applies his research worldwide to create sustainable ventures in economically challenged communities. His research interests include learning, engineering, and entrepreneuring processes in design teams; interaction of representations, questions, and emotions during new product development; and design process performance metrics. Ade earned MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and originally hails from Nigeria, where he earned his undergraduate degree.
Jason Mendelson is a co-founder of Foundry Group, an early-stage venture capital firm located in Boulder, Colorado. In his previous life, he was a managing director at Mobius Venture Capital, a lawyer at Cooley LLP, and a software engineer at Accenture. In addition to his investing career, Jason has co-written the book Venture Deals and is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School where he teaches a course on venture capital. Jason holds a BA in economics and a JD from the University of Michigan. Jason is also co-author of the blog Ask the VC.
Miriam Rivera is the CEO of the Kauffman Fellows Academy and a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital. She is the co-founder of Ulu Ventures and is also the co-founder and co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs. Miriam served on the board of trustees at Stanford University and as Deputy General Counsel and Vice President at Google, where she helped grow the company from $85 million in revenue to over $10 billion. She has taught in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in the School of Engineering on start-up board issues and as a mentor in entrepreneurship at the Stanford GSB. As a first-generation college student and scholarship recipient, Miriam graduated from Stanford University where she earned AB, AM, and JD/MBA degrees.
Jenny Rooke drives innovation in the life sciences through investing and business building around brilliant scientists and engineers with novel technologies. She was the former Senior Program Manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a venture partner at Fidelity Biosciences, a healthcare venture capital firm. Jenny held multiple executive roles at U.S. Genomics, a venture-backed biotech startup and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., where she advised leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies on business strategy. Jenny earned her PhD in genetics from Yale University and her BS in physics from Georgia Tech; she is a Kauffman Fellow.
Phil Wickham serves as the President and CEO of the Kauffman Fellows. Phil is a veteran venture investor and global startup entrepreneur. He currently serves on the board of S2 Technologies, Trilibis, and Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE), and is an advisor to the Creandum fund in Stockholm. Phil holds a BS from the Aerospace Mechanical Engineering School at the University of Arizona and an MBA from Rensselaer, and is a Kauffman Fellow.