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Rick McConnell

Akamai

President and General Manager of Web Division

Rick McConnell is President of Akamai, the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, and General Manager of the company’s Web Division. As general manager, he is responsible for leading the Web Division’s core functions of engineering and product development, product management, sales,…

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Thomas Ball

Next Coast Ventures

Co-founder and Managing Director

Tom is co-founder and managing director of Next Coast Ventures. He has a simple vision to create a different kind of venture capital firm focused on company building, thought leadership and giving back to the Austin community. With a dedication to investing in entrepreneurs…

Marc Rutzen

Enodo Score

Cofounder and CTO

As Cofounder and CTO of Enodo Score, Marc directs the development and implementation of the platform, including front-end design and development, development of data sharing partnerships, beta testing, customer feedback and business development. Marc is a Licensed Managing Broker in the State of Illinois,…

Jason Saltzman

Alley

CEO and Founder

Jason Saltzman is the CEO and Founder of Alley, a post business incubator and shared workspace for entrepreneurs. He also co-founded the tech company, SeamlessDocs. Jason advises and invests in a variety of early-stage companies and is a mentor for the Techstars accelerator program….

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Andrew Bokor

Truss

Andrew Bokor

Andrew Bokor, has co-founded a new tech startup, Truss. Truss is a listing platform that simplifies the commercial leasing process for landlords looking for tenants and businesses searching for new office space. This is the third company Bokor has co-founded in Chicago. His first…

Author

Philip D. Bennett

Prodromos Marketing

Entrepreneur - Best Selling Author - Inspirational Speaker & Coach

For over 25 years Philip D Bennett, serial entrepreneur, best selling author of The Gamechangers and motivational speaker and coach has made it his mission to step in and equip individuals with the tools, mindset shifts and confidence needed to climb out of a place of…

Investor

Mary Anne Rooke

Crossroads Venture Group

Executive Director

Mary Anne Rooke is the founder of Rooke & Associates, a boutique management consulting firm based in Connecticut and serving the East Coast between New York and Boston. Founded on the West Coast in 1993, Rooke & Associates is now firmly rooted in southeastern…

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Jim Boyle

Yale Entrepreneurial Institute

Founder & Managing Director

Jim Boyle is chief architect of concentrated programs for Yale students and faculty entrepreneurs, including entrepreneurship education, technology development, opportunity assessment, access to early stage capital, and introduction to mentor networks. Mr. Boyle oversaw the creation of a full-service venture accelerator that makes pre-seed…

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David Salinas

District New Haven

Founder

David Salinas started his career in direct response marketing where he was responsible for leading inbound and outbound sales teams, designing programs in partnership with marketing and driving top-line growth. Mr. Salinas recognized the shifts in media and in 2002 joined a search engine marketing…

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Janis Colilns

The Refinery

Co-Founder

Janis Collins, entrepreneur in residence for CTNext, and the Stamford Innovation Center, is a mentor and advisor to early stage ventures. She is also the co-founder of The Refinery, an accelerator that is transforming women led startups in Connecticut into scaleable businesses. Ms. Collins…

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Michelle Cote

Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at University of Connecticut

Managing Director

Michelle Cote is passionate about making the world a better place through business. Throughout her career, Ms. Cote has looked for opportunities to satisfy her desire to make a difference in roles that have challenged the limits of traditional business, and used the principles…

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Vickie Waller

EZ Waves

Founder & CEO

“After spending most of her childhood fishing and waterskiing, founder and CEO of EZ Waves, Vickie Waller, had a successful corporate career before she started a small, Charleston-based online booking site for captains. Through this venture, Vickie juggled schedules for nearly 65 captains and…

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Grier Allen

BoomTown

Co-founder and CEO

Grier is the President, CEO, and Co-founder of BoomTown, one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation for three consecutive years according to Inc. Magazine. Grier has over ten years of experience in both the real estate and software industries. In 2002, Grier…

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Trey Rust

CrowdReach

Founder, President and CEO

Trey Rust is Founder, President and CEO of CrowdReach and is heavily involved in all aspects of the business with a focus on strategic planning and daily operations. A Lowcountry entrepreneur, Trey has been helping organizations reach their crowds with technology for more than…

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Lindsay Windham

Distil Union

Co-Founder & Art Director

Lindsay has a discerning eye and a wide range of experience in packaging design, graphic design, copywriting and brand management. After graduating from the College of Charleston in Biology, Lindsay was a passionate researcher at the MUSC Physiology and Neuroscience laboratory – and in…

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Nate Justiss

Distil Union

Co-Founder & Industrial Designer

While Nate has extensive knowledge of manufacturing, materials and what it takes to get a product made, perhaps his most valuable asset is the way he approaches the design of each product – he questions all assumptions relating to a product which often leads…

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William Ready

PayPal

SVP

Bill Ready came to PayPal with the acquisition of Braintree in late 2013. As CEO of Braintree, he and his team built one of the most innovative and influential startups in the payments industry. With its emphasis on mobile-first experiences, elegant tools for developers,…

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