Guest Contributers

Contributing Experts

Each of these entrepreneurs has spent significant time helping the Baker team find great guests for LSV, filled with insider information and amazing stories.

Tim Eades, CEO of vArmour

Tim Eades joins LSV 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.

Dale Facinelli ‘70 ‘72G, Founding Faculty Director, LehighSiliconValley and Professor of Practice, College of Business, Lehigh University

A longstanding member of the Lehigh MBA faculty, Dale is the creator and director of The

Consulting Practicum – the centerpiece in Lehigh’s one-year fast-track 1-MBA program. He is

also the creator and director of VentureSeries – the graduate-level entrepreneurship curriculum

that makes up a popular track in Lehigh’s part-time Flex-MBA program. Dale was formerly the

director of LehighSiliconValley – an immersion program he founded in joint efforts with the

Baker Institute that explores the world of the venture capital-backed startup. For many years,

Dale advised hundreds of CEOs and boards of early stage and emerging growth companies. No stranger to capital raises and company exits, he still finds time to serve as an investment banker with a Philadelphia-based boutique merchant and investment bank. Dale has sat on numerous boards of both public and privately-held companies as well as made guest appearances on A&E, PBS, and Fox Business. He has also lectured in both the MBA and Executive MBA programs at The Wharton School in Philadelphia and San Francisco campuses. An alumnus of Lehigh University, Dale is widely recognized for his many contributions to the betterment of the business community in the greater Lehigh Valley.

Tom Gillis ‘14P, ‘16P, ‘17P, SVP & General Manager, VMware

Tom Gillis is the General Manager of the Network and Security Business Unit at VMware. Tom’s background gives him a keen understanding about the direction of cloud, security and enterprise computing, making him an ideal leader to drive VMware’s networking and security strategy. Prior to joining VMware, Tom Gillis was CEO of Bracket Computing, a company he founded in December 2011. Gillis started Bracket with a vision to re-imagine enterprise computing. Before starting Bracket, Gillis was VP/GM of the Security Technology Group at Cisco Systems. This Technology Group included the business units responsible for Cisco's entire Network and Content Security product portfolio, including firewalls, IPS, VPN, and email security and web security gateways. 

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.

Featured Rockstars

These talented professionals will share their stories, insight, and wisdom through their variety of experiences.

Bob Abbott, Venture Partner, NorWest Ventures

 

Kevin Albert ‘04, Founder and CEO, Canvas

 

Joe Blair '05 '07G, Principal, Cota Capital 

 

Lisa Boyd ’10, Director, Social Impact at Lyft

 

Gabriella Contro ‘11, Principle, Crosslink Capital

 

Nicola Corzine, Executive Director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

Nadine Elsayed ’18, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Adobe

 

Alita Friedman ‘87, Founder, Alita’s Brand Bar

 

Charles Hudson, Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures

 

Ali Kaminetsky ’16, Founder, Modern Picnic

 

Ann Lewnes ’83, Executive VP and CMO, Adobe 

 

John Mullins ‘67, Associate Professor of Management Practice in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

 

Steve Neiers,  Former CISO of Chevron

 

Sandy Stelling ’91, Vice President - Strategy, Analytics & Transformation, Alaska Airlines


Maria Yap, Vice President of Digital Imaging, Adobe

 

 

For more information, please contact Catherine Loikits, LSV Logistics Manager
E-mail: ceh4@lehigh.edu
Phone: 610.758.5626