Professors in Residence
Each of these entrepreneurs will curate a day during LSV, filled with insider information and amazing stories.
Tim Eades, CEO of vArmour
Tim Eades joins LSV2019 in a wide-open no-holds barred rapid-fire delivery to introduce us to Silicon Valley! Whether it’s knowing how to scale a business and lead a venture team to transform a languishing startup - or knowing the smart way to raise capital and how to stay on top of your so-called VC partners - or knowing when and to whom to sell and getting your price - or knowing what irreversible mistakes to avoid in living the dream in Silicon Valley, Tim tells it straight and unscripted.
vArmour Systems is a billion-plus dollar “market cap” data security company founded in 2011 that serves the world's largest banks, telecom service providers, government agencies, healthcare providers, and retailers. Such notables as Highland Capital Partners, Menlo Ventures, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Citi Ventures, Draper Nexus Ventures, Redline Capital, Telstra Capital, Vanedge Capital, Work-Bench Ventures and Allegis Capital back this Silicon Valley startup.
Previously Tim was the “go-to CEO” of SilverTail Systems, a website fraud detection and prevention software company founded in 2008 which was acquired by NYSE-listed EMC in 2012 for reportedly $400+MM. Tim holds advanced degrees in business, international marketing, and financial analysis from Southampton Solent University in the United Kingdom.
Paul Martino '95, General Partner, Bullpen Capital
Paul is the founder of four companies including Ahpah Software (a computer security firm acquired by InterTrust); Tribe (one of the world’s first social networks), and Aggregate Knowledge (a big data advertising attribution company acquired in 2014 by Neustar). Paul’s early online gaming innovations in multi-player user experience from almost 20 years ago are the inspiration for several of the modern social gaming offerings. He is the holder of over a dozen core patents covering social networking and big data
Prior to forming Bullpen, he was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, and uDemy. Paul founded Bullpen in 2010 and has led several of its key investments including FanDuel, Namely, Ipsy, SpotHero, Classy, and Airmap. Paul holds a BS in Mathematics from Lehigh University and a Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University.
These talented professionals will share their stories, insight, and wisdom through their variety of experiences.
Celina Aponte, VP Strategist, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
A problem solver and strategist, Celena is constantly looking at creative ways to help organizations build products and solutions that emphasize learning.
Celena brings over 10 years of international brand development experience. She began her career as a PR director managing musicians, actors, and supermodels. She went on to become a data strategist at Cisco, where she organized big data teams to build marketing solutions based on customer behaviors. More recently, teaching Creativity and Innovation at San Francisco State University has kept her constantly curious and focused on building transformational learning experiences. At the dinner table, you’ll hear her talking about her love of ‘90s fashion, Italy, and design.
Joe Blair joined Cota Capital in 2019 as a Principal on the investment team, where he focuses on sourcing, evaluating, and monitoring of venture investments. Prior to Cota, Joe served as Vice President at Obvious Ventures, where he was focused on electric mobility, construction & real estate technology, robotics & automation, insurance technology, and the future of distributed & remote work. He was involved in investments including Lyric, Lilium, Canvas, Hedvig, and Amply Power. Prior to Obvious Ventures, Joe was a Vice President at Chrysalix Venture Capital, a Vancouver-based firm specializing in industrial innovation. Previously, Joe was Founder and CEO of chillbaby, a subscription service providing curated children’s clothing. He also worked in Business Development at FlexEnergy, a startup that develops microturbine systems for distributed power and heat generation, and participated in an engineering leadership development program at Ingersoll Rand. Joe graduated with a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Lisa Boyd currently serves as Senior Manager of Social Impact at Lyft.
Prior to joining the Lyft team, Lisa was the VP of Operations & Member Success at Pledge 1%, a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business. Before that, Lisa co-founded and led the strategy team at DoSomething Strategic, the consulting arm of DoSomething.org which helps brands/organizations unlock the power of young people and purpose.
Earlier in her career, Lisa built online social movements at Purpose and independently ran water/sanitation programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. She's an avid outdoor adventurer and hip hop dancer.
Nicola Corzine serves as the founding Executive Director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a non-profit that delivers world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. As Executive Director, Nicola is responsible for strategic and operational leadership that drives research, programing, fundraising, and operations for the organization. In its first three years of operations, the Center has enabled over 17,000 entrepreneurs from 70 countries to receive quality education, resources and mentoring to propel their businesses and ensure global economic advancement. More that 48% of its community are female founders and 70% are minority entrepreneurs.
Nicola brings over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought leadership programming experience to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, most recently in her role as Deal Manager for the Band of Angels, a position held since 2004 as well as Investment Partner in the 2009 Acorn fund which included investments in Practice Fusion, Niveus Medical, and Flywheel. During her time at the Band, she was as an early advisor to Startup America and led the development of the first national and regional Angel Capital Association conferences. Prior to Band of Angels, Nicola was the founder and executive director of Financing Partners, an organization that delivered education to both entrepreneurs and investors to enable them to reach their mutual objectives. Before Band of Angels, she was part of three startup companies in the US and UK. Nicola is a frequent speaker on angel investing, technology trends and seed financing at Universities including Stanford, Wharton and Duke, national conferences, including IEEE Women in Engineering, NVCA and Innovation Enterprise, and has served as a formation advisor to several regional and international angel groups and seed funds.
Samantha Dewalt, Managing Director, Lehigh@NasdaqCenter
Samantha Dewalt serves as the inaugural Managing Director of the Lehigh@NasdaqCenter, an exclusive academic-in-residence partnership between Lehigh University and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco. In this position, Dewalt provides strategic and operational leadership for the center, develops innovative programs focused on entrepreneurial talent development, and works to establish the L@NC as a powerful platform of engagement with Lehigh students, faculty, alumni and global partners.Dewalt has more than 13 years’ experience leading strategic innovation in entrepreneurial environments, serving industries including retail, healthcare, technology and higher education. Dewalt joined Lehigh University in January 2015 as the Senior Director of Industry Engagement within the newly formed Office of Economic Engagement. In this role, Dewalt created a new model for industry engagement and led the team in its mission to create university-level strategic partnerships that advance education and build capacity for innovation.Prior to joining Lehigh, Dewalt spent three years as the inaugural Associate Director of IT Corporate Engagement at the University of Oklahoma, following six years in industry as Vice President of Marketing for Cole Technology Group and as Partner and Vice President for Hal Smith Marketing Group. Dewalt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She earned a doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University, and completed her dissertation on authenticity and women in technology leadership. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering at Lehigh University, and as Faculty Advisor for the Lean-In Circle, a student led organization that supports the advancement of women in technology and leadership.
Jon Dishotsky, CEO, Starcity
Tom Gillis ‘14P, ‘16P, ‘17P, SVP & General Manager, VMware
Tom Gillis is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of VMWare's Networking and Security Business Unit, and was CEO and co-founder of Bracket Computing. Bracket was recently acquired by VMWare in an effort to strengthen its standing in the networking and security strategy sector. Gillis founded Bracket in 2011 with a bold vision to reimagine enterprise computing by making the public cloud meet enterprise requirements—maintaining the security, performance, and control of a dedicated hardware data center.
Prior to Bracket, Gillis was the General Manager of Cisco's Security Technology Group, leading business units responsible for Cisco's entire Network and Content Security product portfolio. He was a member of founding team at VP of marketing at IronPort Systems, which was acquired by Cisco in 2007 for $830M. Prior to that he was VP/GM of Media at IBEAM Broadcasting, which went public on NASDAQ in 2000. He has also held leadership roles at Silicon Graphics, the Boston Consulting Group, and Raytheon Corporation.Tom holds a BSEE from Tufts, an MSEE
from Northwestern, and an MBA from Harvard.
Keith Janosky ’00, CFO and Head of IR, Khosla Ventures
Keith Janosky is the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Investor Relations at Khosla Ventures. Keith joined Khosla in 2016 and has been in the venture capital industry since 2002.
Prior to Khosla, Keith was the Vice President of Finance at Technology Crossover Ventures for 14 years leading their finance and accounting team, while spending time in their offices in NJ, NY and lastly Palo Alto. Prior to TCV, Keith worked at Arthur Andersen as an auditor as well as Manager in their partnership with Major League Baseball in developing an authentication program for game used and signed memorabilia.
Keith holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Lehigh University. Keith lives with his wife and four children in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys coaching his kids in their various sports in his spare time.
Paul Kauzmann, Electric Vehicle Strategy and Analytics Lead, Lyft
Mark Leahy ‘21P , Partner and Co-Chair of Startup/Venture Capital Group, Fenwick& West LLP
Mark Leahy is co-head of the startup and venture capital group of Fenwick & West. He advises technology and life science companies, including those focused in the software, telecommunications, and semiconductor sectors. His practice includes startup counseling, venture capital financings, public offerings corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. Mark represents companies in varying stages, ranging from privately-held startups to publicly-traded companies. Earlier in his career, Mark worked as an engineer. He received a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford University and a JD/MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mike Levin '87, '22P, Vericred Inc.
Michael Levin (Lehigh BSME ‘87), is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vericred, an innovative company simplifying the exchange of health insurance and employee benefit data between carriers and technology companies. Based in New York City, venture capital backed Vericred boasts a startup culture with 40 diverse employees, tackling incredibly complex data problems. The company has cultivated several accolades, including being named a
Top Innovator on the Global InsurTech 100 list, consecutively in 2018 and 2019. Mike identified the problem that Vericred was founded to solve while he served as Chief Operating Officer for Affiliates Risk Management Services (ARMS), an insurance, risk management and e-learning services provider for healthcare professionals.
Prior to ARMS, Mike disrupted the color printer supply business with the first company he founded, Media Sciences. Media Sciences created a new market category and contributed many firsts to the printer supply market including the first free color printer program. After a decade of growing the company to a peak NASDAQ market cap of $80 million the company was split in two and sold to Xerox and Katun, a private equity owned printer and copier parts and supply business. Eager to foster entrepreneurial pursuits at Lehigh, in 2008 Mike endowed the Michael W.
Levin ‘87 Advanced Technology Award which provides grants to undergraduate engineering students for the development of their entrepreneurial projects. Mike continues to be active in the Lehigh community including guest lecturing. Mike resides in Saddle River, New Jersey with his wife Nancy. They have four sons, one of
whom is Lehigh IBE 2020.
Ann watched too much TV as a kid. This admission and her passion for creativity and media still drive her as Adobe’s CMO and are reflected in the company’s groundbreaking marketing campaigns. Creativity is only half the equation, as under Ann’s leadership, Adobe’s marketing organization has pioneered the shift to digital — deploying a comprehensive set of digital marketing solutions, establishing an insight-driven culture, and setting a template for marketing’s strategic impact on business. Prior to Adobe, Ann spent 20 years building the Intel brand as a VP of Marketing. Ann serves on the board of Mattel. She has been inducted into the American Marketing Association’s Hall of Fame, named one of the most innovative and influential CMOs by Business Insider and Forbes, and recognized on AdWeek 50, a celebration of indispensable marketing and media executives. In 2015, Ad Age named her to The Creativity 50, honoring the most creative people of the year
Dave Lyons, Founder and CEO, ReSharp
Sara Newman ’13 ’14G, Senior Solutions Engineer, Slack
Ryan Oksenhorn, Founder and Head of Software, Zipline
Ryan Oksenhorn is co founder of Zipline where he is the company's Software Team lead and also runs the flight-testing program. Zipline is a complete rethinking of the delivery of critical and emergency health care products, like blood or vaccines, for hard-to-deliver-to places. They fly them there -on demand- within minutes of receiving a request- by drone!
They kicked off the launch of the Zipline service in Tanzania this summer after successfully proving out their system in Rwanda. Zipline has raised over $41 Million in Venture funding rounds, the most recent, a series B for $25 Million with top Silicon Valley firms including Visionnaire Ventures. Ryan graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a B.S. in Computer Science.
Sandy Stelling ’91, Managing Director of Business Transformation, Alaska Airlines
Sandy Stelling hails from Lehigh ‘91 with her BS, ME in Mechanical Engineering. Starting at Boeing Airlines and then landing at Alaska Airlines, Sandy has spent the last 17 years in conforming customer experience, process improvement, operational development and engineering. Sandy spearheads new innovations to make air travel easier and more user- friendly for Alaska Airlines' customers.
Darcie Underhill ‘11, Senior Customer Success Manager, Slack
Maria Yap is Vice President of the Digital Imaging Organization and leads product development for Photoshop and Lightroom, Adobe's renowned imaging products. Over her 20 years at Adobe, Maria has applied her strong focus on the customer, helping to build products such as Acrobat, InDesign, Creative Suite, Photoshop and Lightroom. Before joining Adobe, Maria founded her own company of designers and production experts, where she brought her unique insight as an Adobe customer to her product strategies. She continues her passion for creativity through photography, crafting and gardening.
Mike Zimmerman ’93, Former CFO, EVP of Finance, Go Daddy
Michael Zimmerman was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance at GoDaddy Inc. (11/2001-05/2015), which designs and develops cloud-based technology products for small businesses, web design professionals, and individuals in the United States and internationally. He was the CFO when three private equity companies (KKR, Silverlake and TCV) took a majority ownership in GoDaddy valuing the company at over $2.2 billion. Over his tenure, Mr. Zimmerman helped the company grow from a small, less than 50 employee business with $10 million in sales to a large company with over 4,000 employees and $2 billion in sales. He was responsible for a number of departments including accounting, finance, tax, HR, payment processing, fraud detection, physical operations and registry relationships. In 2015, he was an integral part of the deal team that took GoDaddy public. Mike Zimmerman is currently the President at Zimmerman Consulting, Inc. (03/2016-Present), a consulting company that he founded and owns.