Judges

Cindy Bayley

Cindy Bayley PhD ’90, MBA ’97

Cindy Bayley

Cindy Bayley PhD ’90, MBA ’97

Affiliate, ARCH Venture Partners

Cindy is an affiliate of ARCH Venture Partners. She focuses on life science businesses and is a cofounder of several ARCH portfolio companies, including deCODE genetics, an Icelandic diagnostics company; Adolor, a pharmaceutical firm developing novel analgesics; and Elixir Pharmaceuticals, an anti-aging and metabolic disease company. Cindy has worked with ARCH since 1992 and has been instrumental in sourcing companies like Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Agios Pharmaceuticals. She has also participated in the planning and diligence for many other companies in the portfolio. Early in her career, she was a general field engineer with Schlumberger Offshore Services. She holds a BS in physics from the University of Rochester and an MBA and PhD in virology from the University of Chicago.

Dave Chenn, MBA ’00

Dave Chenn, MBA ’00

Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO, China Century Group, Inc.

Dave is the founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of China Century Group, Inc., a large multinational company headquartered in Beijing, China with over 5,000 employees, and over US$4 billion assets. China Century currently focuses on four sectors of businesses: energy, technology, healthcare, and finance. Prior to founding China Century, he had worked as a head of Oracle’s Great China Region Government Industry, as well as a director of product marketing in Oracle’s Silicon Valley headquarters for five years, and Emerson Electric in Chicago. Dave has been recognized by numerous civic and government organizations, including a China Software Industry Annual Growth Award for his contributions to the technology sector in China, a Top Ten Entrepreneur Influencing China in 2010, Top Ten Innovative Entrepreneurs of China in 2015, and many others. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree from the Beijing Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Joanne Chen, MBA ’14

Joanne Chen, MBA ’14

Joanne Chen, Partner, Foundation Capital

Joanne is a partner at Foundation Capital where she supports the next generation of startups. As a child, Joanne dreamt of becoming an astrophysicist, but she changed her mind for something even better and became an entrepreneur instead. In 2010, Joanne cofounded a mobile educational gaming start-up and after enjoying her first taste in the world of entrepreneurship, she went on to build a career in advising other entrepreneurs and investors. Prior to joining Foundation Capital, she worked at Probitas Partners where she focused on advising private equity and venture capital firms in the fundraising process and as an analyst at Jefferies & Company in the technology, media, and telecom group. She joined Foundation Capital in 2014 after completing her MBA at the Chicago Booth.

Art Collins

Art Collins

Retired Chairman and CEO, Medtronic, Inc.

Art retired from Medtronic in 2008. He assumed the role of CEO of Medtronic, Inc. in 2001 and became chairman of the board in 2002. He was elected COO and member of the board of directors in 1994 and president in 1996. He joined the company in 1992. During his tenure as CEO and COO, Medtronic’s revenues and earnings per share both grew at an annual compound growth rate in excess of 15 percent. Art joined Medtronic from Abbott Laboratories where he had been corporate vice president with responsibility for Abbott's worldwide diagnostic business units since 1986. Before joining Abbott, he served as an officer in the United States Navy. Prior to that, Art was a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton in Chicago. As a consultant, he conducted major assignments in the areas of business strategy development, marketing, organization planning, financial analysis, and financial systems design. Art is currently a member of the board of directors for many companies and organizations. He joined Oak Hill Capital Partners as a senior advisor in 2009. In this capacity, he consults with Oak Hill Capital’s managing partners, providing advice and expertise in a variety of areas, including the private equity portfolio. Art remains active in a number of community and volunteer activities. Art received his bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Law honorary degree from Miami University. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

George Conrades, MBA ’71 (XP-28)

George Conrades, MBA ’71 (XP-28)

Chairman, Akamai Technologies, Inc.

George was named chairman and chief executive officer of Akamai in 1999, bringing a broad range of business experience in the computing, Internet, telecommunications and media industries. He became executive chairman of Akamai in 2005 and became chairman in 2010. Before joining Akamai, George was executive vice president and president of GTE Internetworking following the firm's acquisition of BBN Corporation in 1997. At GTE, he was responsible for creating GTE Internetworking and leading GTE's rapid growth in the data and Internet business, including integrated telecommunications services. From 1994 until GTE's acquisition of BBN, George served as CEO of BBN, which became one of the industry's top-tier ISPs. BBN helped build the ARPANET, the forerunner to today's modern Internet. Prior to BBN, he was an IBM senior vice president and member of IBM's corporate management board. There, he was responsible for several of its key businesses including IBM United States, IBM Asia/Pacific and two manufacturing and development groups. In addition to Akamai, George currently serves on the board of directors at Oracle, and formerly served on the boards of Harley-Davidson and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. He also serves as venture partner emeritus at Polaris Venture Partners, and is managing partner of Longfellow Venture Partners. George holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Ohio Wesleyan University, and an MBA from Chicago Booth.
Dugan

Jim Dugan

Dugan

Jim Dugan

CEO, Cofounder, and Managing Partner, OCA Ventures

Jim Dugan is the Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of OCA Ventures. Prior to co-founding OCA Ventures in 2001, Jim oversaw the OCA Ventures Pledge Fund which made direct venture capital investments for the O’Connor Partners Investment Office. Jim has current board responsibilities for EdMap, TradeKing, Cleversafe, TDJM, Javlin Capital, SumRidge Partners, Campus Explorer, Apparel Media Group (CustomInk), Automated Insights, Pangea, Falcon Insurance Group, Solovis, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, 1871, IIT and NU Wave. Jim has over 20 years of corporate finance, capital markets, and venture capital investment experience. Prior to forming OCA Ventures, Jim traded derivatives at the Chicago Board of Trade and worked in corporate finance with Continental Bank. While at Continental Bank, Jim participated in the structured financing of companies ranging in capital size from $10 million to several billion dollars and in the formation of a $150 million subsidiary to fund mezzanine debt and equity financings. Jim received a BA in Economics from the University of Rochester and earned his MBA (MM) from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management. In addition to his responsibilities at OCA Ventures, Jim is a founding member of the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA), where he formerly served five years as Treasurer, Director and member of the Executive Committee and most recently was the 2013 Fellows Medal recipient. Prior to serving as Treasurer, Jim was the Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the IVCA, in which capacity he helped establish HB 3212 as Illinois law. Jim is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Chicago Booth GSB. Jim is also Co-Founder and Treasurer of www.SmartBet.org. In his free time, Jim serves as a Regional Ambassador for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, with particular interest and focus on assisting USOC athletes in preparation for their post-athletic careers. Jim and his wife, Nancy, live in the Western suburbs of Chicago with their four children. Jim is a head coach for middle school travel girls lacrosse teams (Chicago Wind and IGLAx), and takes pride in building opponents egos as a men’s ice hockey goalie in the Chicagoland area.

Pete Georgiadis

Pete Georgiadis

Founder and CEO, Synetro Group

Pete is the founder and CEO of Synetro Group. A serial entrepreneur, he has more than 25 years of experience advising, building and operating distinctive business-to-business companies. Since founding Synetro in 2000, Pete has been an active investor and contributor to the success of multiple web based technology and business services companies, including Insurance Noodle, Inc., Knowledge Advisors, Inc., CrossCheck Compliance, and dScout. He also has led the turnaround of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, Corporate Synergies Group and Promisec. Prior to founding Synetro Group, Pete was the COO of Lante Corporation where he led the strategic repositioning and operating transformation of the company from an established systems integrator into a high-growth internet consulting leader. He also prepared the company for a successful IPO. Pete joined Lante from McKinsey and Company. Prior to McKinsey, he worked for Hewlett-Packard and Orco Ltd. in several marketing and general management roles in the UK, Switzerland and Greece. He holds a bachelor’s in electronic engineering from the University of Sussex (UK), an MS in computer science from London’s Imperial College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Griffith

Scott Griffith MBA '90

Griffith

Scott Griffith MBA '90

Executive-In-Residence, General Catalyst Partners; Former Chairman and CEO, Zipcar

As an executive-in-residence at General Catalyst Partners, Scott identifies and supports innovative businesses that are driving growth and creating value by offering a category-leading experience with a specific interest in marketplace-driven business models and the sharing economy. Prior to joining General Catalyst, Scott served for more than 10 years as chairman and CEO of Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network. During his tenure, he transformed Zipcar from a small business into a profitable public company, growing it from $2 million to nearly $300 million in revenues through organic growth and acquisitions before taking it public in 2011. In 2013, Scott led the strategic sale of Zipcar to Avis Budget Group. Prior to Zipcar, Scott held senior-level positions at the Boeing Company (NYSE: BA), Information America, and The Parthenon Group. He serves on the boards of TrueMotion (where he was cofounder), VisaNow (a General Catalyst portfolio company) and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Scott earned a BS in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Hershenson

Mar Hershenson

Hershenson

Mar Hershenson

Cofounder and Managing Partner, Pejman Mar Ventures

Mar Hershenson is a cofounder and managing partner at Pejman Mar Ventures, a seed-stage investment firm in Palo Alto. At Pejman Mar Ventures, Mar works closely with founders to take companies from an idea to defining business. Mar has been recognized in the Midas Brink List of Top Tech Investors in 2015. Mar received her PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2000 for her breakthrough work in circuit design automation, and taught the Analog Circuit Design course at Stanford for more than a decade. Mar made her mark as an entrepreneur by cofounding three companies: Barcelona Design, Sabio Labs, and Revel Touch. She ran each company from day one, being deeply involved in all aspects of the business, including product definition and development, business strategy, sales, recruiting, and financing. Post the acquisition of Sabio labs, Mar served as VP of product development for magma design automation's mixed signal division. Mar has received many awards throughout her career. Among them, the renown T35 Young Innovator Award by MIT (for her technical work), and the prestigious Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award in 2010 (for her work in entrepreneurship). Mar currently serves on the board of Palo Alto Community Child Care and is a technical advisor to the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Hill Brent

Brent Hill MBA '98

Hill Brent

Brent Hill MBA '98

Partner, Origin Ventures

Brent joined Origin Ventures in 2013 and serves on the board of directors of Origin portfolio companies Ahalogy, Persio, and Curiosity.com. He is a board observer for the firms investments in Windsor Circle, Apptentive, Bottlenose, and EventBoard. Other previous investments include GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB), Tubemogul (NASD: TUBE), Bump, and SHIFT. Prior to joining Origin, Brent led the central region sales organization for Twitter, opening their first business office in the Midwest in 2010. Before that, he was the head of financial services for Google’s Chicago office, which he joined after his previous company, FeedBurner, was acquired by Google in 2007. Before joining FeedBurner, Brent was the president of a national consumer services business, an entrepreneur-in-residence, and an EVP with a unit of Interactive Corp. He also cofounded MVP.com, an online sporting goods retailer. Brent started his career with Accenture, where he spent 10 years developing CRM software for the telecom industry. He received a BS in finance from Bradley University and an MBA from Chicago Booth.
Venetia

Venetia Kontogouris, MBA ’77

Venetia

Venetia Kontogouris, MBA ’77

Founder and Partner, Venkon Group

Venetia has over 25 years of venture capital experience. She founded Venkon Group, LLC, a family office investing in early-stage technology companies, including BeHealth, Flow, Zumigo, Ruby Seven Studios, Bulger Capital, Simple Mills, and Energy Savvy. Previously, she was a senior managing partner at Trident Capital, where she managed $1.7B of venture investments focusing on early-stage enterprise IT, business process outsourcing, and marketing services. Companies she funded and successfully exited include Cognizant Technology, Vality, Invention Machine, Odyssey Logistics, Microland, Neilsoft, Shop Local, Viant, eCredit, and Sphere. She has served on the boards of more than 20 public and private companies and is currently a trustee of Northeastern University. She also serves on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board of the Polsky Center and chairs the investment committee of Kaizen Private Equity, an education-focused fund based in India.
Leahy

Mark Leahy

Leahy

Mark Leahy

Managing General Partner, MK Capital

Mark has over 18 years of venture capital experience and deep functional expertise in developing sales, marketing, and distribution strategies to achieve market leadership and in building high-performance executive teams. He has served on the boards of over 20 technology companies, which have generated over $400M of realized gains for his investors. He has been the lead or first institutional investor in companies including Tradex Technologies, (sold to Ariba for $1.8B), Aprimo (sold to Teradata for $540M), Initiate Systems (sold to IBM for $424M), and The Cobalt Group (sold to ADP for $400M). At MK Capital, Mark leads the firm’s digital marketing and software investment practices. Prior to founding MK Capital, he was a managing director at First Analysis and served as a general partner of the Productivity Funds III and IV. Prior to his career in venture capital, Mark was an executive officer of Eagle Industries, a $1.5B diversified manufacturer controlled by Chicago entrepreneur Sam Zell, and earlier a consultant with Booz Allen. He earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University.

Mark Leavitt, MBA ’83

Mark Leavitt, MBA ’83

Chief Investment Officer, Union Square Hospitality Group

Mark leads Union Square’s financing, equity structuring, and capital allocation, as well as investment strategy in hospitality and technology-related businesses. He is primarily responsible for advancing USHG’s culture of enlightened hospitality through strategic growth of its existing businesses, as well as new ventures. Over the last 25 years, Mark has enjoyed a successful career working with middle market and emerging growth companies to achieve their greatest potential by making strategic, financial, and human connections. Prior to joining USHG, Mark spent eight years at Piper Jaffray & Co., most recently serving as managing director and global group head of technology, media, and telecommunications investment banking. Previously, Mark headed media and communications teams at several firms. He has been an active board member of a variety of public and private companies, including the Harlem Globetrotters, Leap Wireless (LEAP), Centennial Communications, Citadel Communications, T/SF Communications (TSF), and US Radio. Mark earned bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College and an MBA Chicago Booth.
McCall

Matthew McCall

McCall

Matthew McCall

Partner, Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Matt is a partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital and was formerly a partner with DFJ Portage. He has been involved with investments in AwesomenessTV (acquired by DreamWorks), BigFrame, Cognitive Concepts (acquired by Houghton Mifflin), DollarShaveClub, Eved, EverDream (acquired by Dell), FeedBurner (acquired by Google), Graphiq, Honest Company, Lefthand Networks (acquired by HP), Performics (acquired by Doubleclick/Google), Playdom (acquired by Disney), Signal, SMS-Assist, SimpleTV, and TicketsNow (acquired by Ticketmaster). He has been honored on Crain’s annual 40 under 40 and Top Tech 25 lists and named one of the Top 100 VCs in the US, a Media 100, and a Hollywood 100 Power Player. He is the founder and trustee of the McCall Family Foundation, focused on encouraging social entrepreneurship and global human rights. He is the author of a popular venture blog, www.VCConfidential.com. Earlier in his career, Matt worked in the Boston Consulting Group’s Chicago office and for Bankers Trust in merchant banking as well as at Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust. He holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA and master’s in manufacturing management from Northwestern University.
McCormack

Robert McCormack MBA '68

McCormack

Robert McCormack MBA '68

Advisory Director, Trident Capital

Bob is a founding partner of Trident Capital, Inc., a private equity firm established in 1993 to invest in information and business service companies in a range of markets, including financial services, health care, general business, and select consumer markets. Previously, he was a managing director at Morgan Stanley and held various positions with the US Department of Defense, including as assistant secretary of the Navy (financial management). He is on the board of Illinois Tool Works and did serve on the boards of the Northern Trust Corporation and MeadWestvaco.
Mylod

Bob Mylod

Mylod

Bob Mylod

Founder and Managing Partner

Bob is the founder and managing partner of Annox Capital Management. Previously, he held positions within the Priceline Group, including CFO, head of worldwide strategy and planning, vice chairman, and senior vice president of finance. He played a major role in transforming the Priceline Group into one of the most profitable and valuable tech companies in the world. Before that, he served as an executive partner at Arena Capital Partners and worked closely with the founding partners for more than 15 years. He also served as an acting CFO of WebHouse Club, as principal of Stonington Partners, and as an associate at Merrill Lynch Capital Partners. He has expertise in identifying innovative, industry-shaping companies and guiding them to broader global implementation. He serves as a director of AutoWeb, Everbank, Dropbox, Alliance Capital Partners, CaféX Communications, and Tradeos Limited. He is also an independent director of Autobytel, Novocure, and Redfin Corporation. Bob holds an AB from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Chicago Booth.
Nakamura

Koichiro Nakamura MBA '07

Nakamura

Koichiro Nakamura MBA '07

Founding Partner, Sozo Venture

Koichiro is a founding partner at Sozo Ventures, a cross-border venture fund focused on helping start-ups achieve global expansion. Specifically, Sozo Ventures helps US technology companies go to the Asian market, especially the Japanese market. He started his career as a serial entrepreneur, launching his first successful company during college and spending a decade working on a multitude of start-ups. At Mitsubishi Corporation, he created relationships with large Japanese conglomerates, providing the credibility needed for portfolio start-ups to find alpha and beta customers. Prior to that, he launched the Innovation Kitchen, a Mitsubishi Corporation subsidiary, which incubated seed-stage ventures in Japan and leveraged cross-border collaboration to yield sustainable advantage for portfolio companies, including Scigineer (IPO in 2014). Koichiro also founded Japan’s first application service provider, Datastations (acquired by ValueCommerce). Before Mitsubishi, he was a founding member of Yahoo! Japan. Koichiro is a member of the Kauffman Fellows Class 12 and a recipient of the Jeff Timmons Memorial Award. He received a bachelor’s of law from Waseda University and an MBA from Chicago Booth, where he was a two-time finalist in the New Venture Challenge.
Oxaal

John Oxaal MBA '81

Oxaal

John Oxaal MBA '81

General Partner, Sevin Rosen Funds

At Sevin Rosen Funds (SRF), John focuses on imaging, computing, photonics, RF communications, and semiconductors. Before joining SRF in 1999, he cofounded and was CEO of Volumetrics Medical Imaging and was on the founding team of the digital signal processing division of Analog Devices. He holds several patents in the field of real-time volumetric ultrasound imaging. He serves on the boards of AirWavz, Ethertronics, Luxtera, and Metabolon. John is on the board of visitors of Duke University Pratt School of Engineering and on the board of Element Genomics. He holds a BSE in biomedical engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Deborah Quazzo

Deborah Quazzo

Founder and Managing Partner, GSV Acceleration Fund

Deborah is the founder and managing partner of GSV Acceleration Fund, a venture capital fund investing in great entrepreneurs and their companies in the $55B learning and talent technology sector. GSV Accelerlation’s portfolio includes Andela, Clever, ClassDojo, Course Hero, CreativeLive, Degreed, Lightneer, Pluralsight, Raise, and Turnitin, among others. Previously Deborah cofounded GSV Advisors, a boutique advisory firm focused on learning and human capital technology companies. She also cofounded the annual ASU GSV Summit. This event, now in its eighth year, celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to Gray” learning and talent landscape. She previously cofounded ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique technology focused investment bank, which was acquired in 2007 by a UK firm. Prior to that, she was a managing director in investment banking and head of the global growth group at Merrill Lynch. She began her career at J.P Morgan. Deborah currently serves on the board of Degreed, Lightneer, and Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW) and is a board observer at ClassDojo, CreativeLive, and Raise. She is a member of the boards of The Chicago Public Education Fund, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, many others. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University.

John Rutledge, MBA ’94 (XP-63)

John Rutledge, MBA ’94 (XP-63)

Founder, President and CEO, Oxford Capital Group, LLC/Oxford Hotels & Resorts

John is the founder, president, and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC. Oxford is a national real estate investment firm focused on the lodging, hospitality, travel, and consumer sectors. Oxford projects include LondonHouse Chicago, The Langham Chicago, Hotel Julian, Hotel Felix, Hotel Essex, Essex on the Park, Hotel Versey, Godfrey Hotel-Chicago, Boston and Hollywood, The Hyatt Chicago-Magnificent Mile, the Metropolitan Hotel and Lexington Hotel-New York City, and National Conference Center-Lansdowne, VA. John’s angel and private equity investments include Argo Tea, Inc., Bobtail Ice Cream Co., Cal Pacific, Health Integrated, Inc., Metropolitan Capital Bank Corporation, Nymirum, Inc., Potbelly Sandwich Works, Room Service, Inc., Sunglass Outlet, Inc., SurePayroll, Talk3 and Top Golf. John and/or Oxford have been nominated and/or won numerous awards including, Crain’s' 40 under 40, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Development of the Year, Redevelopment of the Year, Developer of the Year, National Hotel Development of the Year and the Top Hotel in the Continental US. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Chicago Booth.
Sissel

Anne Sissel

Sissel

Anne Sissel

Managing Director, Baxter Ventures

Anne Sissel is a managing director of Baxter Ventures. Baxter Ventures is the $200 million fund of Baxter International, investing in companies with innovative technologies, products and/or therapies with the ability to improve patient care globally and maximize value for investors and entrepreneurs. Anne brings more than 15 years of finance and executive leadership experience. Anne was on the founding team and executive team (head of finance and business development) for Veracyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT). Anne was a cross-functional leader from early discovery through commercialization and co-lead (with the CEO/cofounder) the VC fundraising process. Prior to Veracyte, Anne worked in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and San Francisco. Anne has completed more than $200b in financing and M&A transactions for clients in the healthcare and technology industries. Anne holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in finance from Indiana University. She was selected to Crain’s Chicago Top 50 in Tech List in 2015 and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charterholder. Anne’s current board and observation roles include: Opsonix, Inc., Sanifit S.L. and TVA Medical, Inc.
Sullivan

Nancy Sullivan

Sullivan

Nancy Sullivan

CEO and Managing Director, IllinoisVENTURES

Nancy serves as the CEO and Managing Director of IllinoisVENTURES. With over 15 years of experience in the commercialization and entrepreneurial sector, Nancy leads the IllinoisVENTURES, LLC investment portfolio.  Ms. Sullivan oversees $70 million + in assets under management. She is responsible for overall fund operations including serving as the main point of contact for limited partner base and the investment management of leading portfolio companies. Nancy promotes the development of new companies commercializing complex technologies by assisting the companies in obtaining venture capital funding, recruiting management talent and obtaining necessary business services.  She serves on the boards of two Chicago based startups, Personify and Diagnostic Photonics. Nancy earned her MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a Master's in Biotechnology, from Northwestern.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Loyola University.

Immanuel Thangaraj, MBA ’93

Immanuel Thangaraj, MBA ’93

Managing Director, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures

Immanuel has over 20 years of experience in venture capital. He has been with Essex Woodlands, one of the largest life sciences investment firms and has portfolios spanning companies from all stages and sectors of healthcare, since 1996. Among his broader investment activities at Essex Woodlands, Immanuel was responsible for starting its emerging markets practice and co-leads its medical device investment activity. Before joining Essex Woodlands, Immanuel ran a start-up telecommunications services company, Integrated Telemanagement, until its sale. He began his venture career at ARCH Venture Partners in 1992. He is chairman of MAP International; a council member of Chicago Booth; an advisory board member of the Polsky Center; a trustee of Trinity School in Menlo Park, California; and a board member of the India Community Center in Milpitas, CA. Immanuel holds an AB and MBA from the University of Chicago.

Vijay Vashee, MBA ’77

Vijay Vashee, MBA ’77

Founding Presidents and Chairman, TiE Seattle

Vijay is a long-time Microsoft veteran, having joined Microsoft in 1982 as its 160th employee, when the company was a $25M corporation. During his tenure, he set up many firsts, including the first registered database, the first Demo Days tours, the first Windows seminar, and the first ISV program. He dramatically boosted several applications’ bottom lines as general manager for each application. In two years, he drove Microsoft’s project market share from number four to number one, growing a $5M business into a $100M business. In four years, he drove PowerPoint from number three to number one, building it into a $600M business. Recent investment areas include big data, cloud computing, media, and First Date, a Broadway musical. He also serves on the boards of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the division of Computer Science at Cornell University, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Seattle Art Museum. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from IIT Bombay, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

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Peter Wilkins MBA '08

Wilkins

Peter Wilkins MBA '08

Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels

Peter has successfully founded, built, and turned around companies in the education, healthcare, and technology industries. He has also leveraged his entrepreneurial experience to help build one of the top early-stage venture groups (angel investors) in the country. Currently, Peter leads Hyde Park Angels (HPA) as the managing director. Prior to HPA, he co-founded New Futuro, a socially innovative education company. Before New Futuro, Peter worked with KKR Capstone (KKR’s operations group) as President of PRIMEDIA Healthcare, where he turned around the company from record losses to record profits and built one of the premier online physician education communities. Prior to PRIMEDIA, Peter successfully served in senior sales and marketing roles for two technology startups that collectively sold for more than $2.8 billion. Peter holds a degree in business from Indiana University and graduated from the University of Chicago Booth Executive Institute. Peter serves on a number of boards, is an active advisor to many entrepreneurs, and frequently speaks about entrepreneurship and venture capital. He also works with founders, CEOs and company boards to develop strategic solutions to address their growth and capital needs with the Omaxen Group. Throughout his career, Peter has been passionate about developing startup leaders. He believes when entrepreneurs lead with purpose, optimize their performance, and take a people-first approach they improve their lives, their companies, and the world in incredible ways.

Kevin Willer, MBA ’10 (XP-79)

Kevin Willer, MBA ’10 (XP-79)

Partner, Chicago Ventures

Kevin is a partner at Chicago Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund where he is overseeing all aspects of Chicago Ventures including fund management, deal sourcing and investments, and working directly with portfolio companies. He joined the fund in June 2013. Prior to Chicago Ventures, Kevin was the president & CEO of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC). The CEC manages, operates, and programs 1871, a leading co-working center serving hundreds of start-ups building their early-stage businesses. During this time, Kevin was also a venture partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital, overseeing their early-stage seed investments. Previously, Kevin cofounded the Google Chicago office in late 2000. In his over ten years with Google, Kevin helped grow this office to more than 400 professionals and led relationships with some of Google’s largest marketing partners based in the Midwest. Before Google, Kevin held business development positions at CMGI, an early internet incubator, and USRobotics, the pioneer in modem technology. Kevin is actively involved in several civic and charitable organizations. He was named to Crain’s 2011 “40 Under 40” list as well as Crain’s 2012 Tech 50 list. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology and of Loyola University Chicago. He currently serves on the boards of NorthShore University HealthSystem, the BigShoulders Fund, ChooseChicago, mHub, World Sport Chicago, and others. Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College, and his MBA from the Chicago Booth.
Yagan

Sam Yagan

Yagan

Sam Yagan

Vice Chairman, Match Group

Sam is the vice chairman of Match Group (Nasdaq: MTCH), a position he assumed after serving as the company’s CEO and leading it through a period of explosive growth that culminated in its IPO. Sam has been a leader in the dating industry since he cofounded OkCupid in 2003 and grew it into one of the most popular dating products in America, amassing over four million active users. In 2011, Match acquired OkCupid for $90M. Prior ventures Sam founded in the consumer internet sector include SparkNotes, still the dominant brand of study guides, and eDonkey, once the largest P2P file-sharing network in the world. He sold SparkNotes to Barnes & Noble, where he served as vice president and publisher and oversaw the expansion of the previously all-digital brand into an expansive multi-platform media business. In 2009, Sam cofounded TechStars Chicago, a leading start-up accelerator, and served as its first CEO. He also founded Corazon Capital and the Firestarter Fund. He sits on the board of start-ups including ShiftGig, SpotHero, Roniin, and Brilliant. Sam has been named to TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” Crain’s Chicago “40 Under 40”, Billboard Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” and Crain’s “Tech 25.” He has received the Chicago Innovation Awards’ “Visionary of the Year Award,” IMSA’s “Distinguished Leadership Award,” and the DCIA’s “Pioneer’s Award.” Sam holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford.