At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top United States based CEO’ operating in the Industrial space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
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CEO of City Storage Systems
Travis Kalanick is a CEO at City Storage Systems. He is a co-founder and the former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc. Travis Kalanick is an entrepreneur in the areas of consumer internet, transportation, and enterprise content delivery. His most recent company, Uber, an on-demand black car service, seeks to be “Everyone’s Private Driver” by bringing disruptive technology and business innovation to urban transportation challenges. Prior to Uber, Travis founded Red Swoosh , an enterprise content delivery company that he sold to Akamai Technologies in 2007. Prior companies include Scour, the world’s first peer-to-peer search engine where Kalanick also attained the dubious distinction of having been sued for $250 billion. In addition, Kalanick has been an active angel investor. Kalanick lived in Northridge, California where he graduated from Granada Hills High School and later enrolled in college at the University of California, Los Angeles to study computer engineering.
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About 10100 fund, City Storage Systems, CloudKitchens, Uber China, Uber Eats: City Storage Systems is a startup that focuses on re-purposing distressed real estate assets.
CEO & Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop
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About Virgin Hyperloop: Virgin Hyperloop is a developer of a transportation technology used to deliver fast, direct, and sustainable transportation at scale.
CEO of FirePower Technology
Larry Firestone is a founder and was named the CEO of FirePower Technology, Inc. in February 2014. Mr. Firestone is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and industrial companies and a strong track record of turning companies around and delivering profitable growth and gaining market share while achieving recognition for high quality and outstanding customer satisfaction. Prior to joining FirePower, he was the President and CEO of Qualstar, a publicly held power supply and data storage company, chief financial officer of X-IO Storage a privately held data storage company and prior to X-IO Storage he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Advanced Energy a publicly held power conversion company. Prior to Advanced Energy he held both CFO and COO positions at various other private and public companies. Mr. Firestone holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in Accounting from Slippery Rock State College.
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About Cenntro, FirePower Technology: FirePower Technology manufactures and markets power supplies and cooling devices for computers.
CEO / Co-Founder of Workrise
Xuan Yong is a co-founder & CEO at RigUp, a technology company that develops a platform to support the energy workforce.
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About Workrise: Workrise is a marketplace for on-demand services and skilled labor in the energy industry.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Johnson Controls of Johnson Controls
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About JCI Ventures, JCI Ventures, Johnson Controls: Johnson Controls operates in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide.
Chief Executive Officer of sensemetrics
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About sensemetrics: sensemetrics is the IIoT company transforming sensor data into real-time business intelligence to enable productivity and safety solutions
Chief Executive Officer of sensemetrics
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About sensemetrics: sensemetrics is the IIoT company transforming sensor data into real-time business intelligence to enable productivity and safety solutions
Co-Founder & CEO of First Resonance
Karan Talati is the CEO and Co-Founder of First Resonance, which has raised $20 million in capital since its founding in 2018. First Resonance builds a Factory OS for the aerospace, automotive, and robotics industries and now powers over 40 leading manufacturers. These companies are leaders in cutting-edge products like eVTOLs (air taxis), rockets, electric boats, and robotic construction products. Karan built his company in collaboration with the world’s best engineers from companies like SpaceX, Tesla, and Apple, and he is saving his clients countless hours and dollars with their innovative, flexible, and data-driven approach to modern manufacturing.
Karan created First Resonance after gaining valuable insight on the future from working at SpaceX. With his team at First Resonance, Karan has created the ION Factory OS, which optimizes manufacturing efficiency by 30% with the ability to build, iterate, and track processes throughout a dynamic factory workflow. Karan strives to make technology faster and more accessible, while revolutionizing the current systems at play. Beyond work, he maintains a witty Twitter presence with thousands of followers and a viral tweet with 12K retweets and 90K likes.
- Raising 20 million dollars in venture capital
- Worked at SpaceX to transform technology systems
- Creating a product now in use at over 40 manufacturing companies around the world
- Designing one product with the benefits of many to set the standard in production software
- PODCAST | Entrepreneur: Action & Ambition: Karan Talati Co-Founder, and CEO of First Resonance, is Transforming The Manufacturing World With The Next-Generation Software Platform ION
- PODCAST | The Roller Coaster Podcast: Karan Talati – CEO of First Resonance
- PODCAST | Agile Hardware Manufacturing: Meeting this Century’s Toughest Challenges with Karan Talati
- PODCAST | Venture Stories: Karan Talati and Keenan Johnson on the Future of Manufacturing
- ARTICLE | Cision: First Resonance Raises $14M Series A to Fuel Development of Factory Operating System to Help Manufacturers Navigate Unprecedented Supply Chain Challenges
- ARTICLE | dot.LA: Former SpaceX Engineer’s Platform for Makers of EV, Rockets and Air Taxis Raises $14M
- ARTICLE | Built In LA: First Resonance Raises $14M Series A, Plans to Triple Its Headcount
- ARTICLE | LA TechWatch: First Resonance $14M for its Operating System for Factories That’s Helping Ease Supple Chain Woes
- ARTICLE | TechCrunch: First Resonance brings its space-scale manufacturing OS to hardware makers with $14M A round
- ARTICLE | VentureBeat: First Resonance snags $14M for an operating system designed for factories
- ARTICLE | LA TechWatch: First Resonance Raises $3.5M to be the Operating System for Factories
- ARTICLE | LA Startups: First Resonance Raises Fresh Round Of Funding To Meet Growing Demand For Factory Operating System
- ARTICLE | Crunchbase News: First Resonance Raises New Round To Make Hardware Manufacturing Easier
- ARTICLE | dot.LA: First Resonance Lands $3.5M as Aerospace and EV Manufacturing Expand
- ARTICLE | LA TechWatch: First Resonance Helps Manufacturing Move to an Operating System Rather Than an Assemble Line
- ARTICLE | Aviation Week: Manufacturing System Aims To Help Hardware Startups Move Faster
- ARTICLE | LA Startups: First Resonance Launches Next-Generation Manufacturing Software Platform For Aerospace, Robotics, And Automotive Industries
- ARTICLE | TechCrunch: Founded by former SpaceX engineers, First Resonance pitches tools to make things the SpaceX way
- ARTICLE | Built In LA: What’s Changed? 6 LA Companies Share How Their Tech Stacks Have Evolved
- ARTICLE | Built In LA: Built In LA’s 50 Startups to Watch
Email – [email protected]
Website – https://www.firstresonance.io/
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/karan-talati/
Twitter – @karantalati
Facebook – facebook.com/firstresonance.io/
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About First Resonance: First Resonance builds ION, the Factory Operating System that manufacturers trust for speed, collaboration, and visibility.
Co-Founder & CEO of Freeform
Erik Palitsch is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Freeform Future.
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About Freeform: Stealth-mode additive manufacturing company.
President & CEO of Mapped
Shaun Cooley is the Founder and CEO of a Mapped, a Los Angeles based startup in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. In his prior role as VP.CTO for Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) Business, he was responsible for Cisco’s long-term IoT technology strategy. This included shaping product architecture, security, privacy, and technology partnerships, as implemented by Cisco’s IoT business, advising governments on IoT regulation, driving Cisco’s participation in IoT related standards bodies and consortia, and championing innovation to solve existing or anticipated industry needs. Before taking on the role of CTO for IoT, Shaun was a Distinguished Engineer, responsible for the security of Cisco’s collaboration infrastructure, cloud, and endpoint technologies. Shaun is particularly focused on ensuring security is either transparent or extremely usable – something that is typically overlooked in enterprise products. Prior to joining Cisco, Shaun was a Distinguished Engineer for Norton, by Symantec, where he was a driving force in Norton’s shift from utilities to security. Over his 18-year tenure, Shaun contributed to the creation and advancement of offerings in the Norton portfolio, including Norton Internet Security, Norton 360, Norton One, Norton Antispam, Norton’s cloud management platform, and Norton Home, a consumer IoT security offering – a product portfolio that produces over $2 Billion in annual revenue. Shaun has over 25 years of industry experience, holds a master’s degree in computer science from University of Illinois, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He is named inventor on 120 issued United States patents with over 100 more pending. He is an active angel investor and a start-up mentor through Acceleprise SF and advisor for Deep Angels. Shaun was previously a director of the Open Connectivity Foundation and former board member of Attivo Networks.
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About Mapped: Data infrastructure for IoT
Founder & CEO of DroneSeed
Grant Canary is CEO of DroneSeed, a Techstars Seattle 2016 company which is paid by Timber companies per acre to plant tree seeds, spray to protect them, and monitor growth–by drone swarm. This year DroneSeed received the FAA’s first approval for up to five aircraft to be flown by a single pilot each carrying a 57lb payload. DroneSeed works for 3 of the 5 largest timber companies and recently signed a contract with The Nature Conservancy to restore post wildfire burn sites. They are backed by Social Capital and Spero Ventures. This is Grant’s second venture. His first was acquired. Under the acquirer the team raised $10M and built a 60k square foot factory to produce industrial insect protein from food waste for sustainable salmon feed. The company is still going strong. Grant’s spent his entire carrier working within for-profit companies to benefit the environment including Vestas Wind Energy and the US Green Building Council. Grant loves meeting and championing awesome people working on cool things and sometimes hires them.
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About DroneSeed: DroneSeed is paid per acre to plant tree seed vessels after a wildfire — using heavy-lift Drone Swarms
Founder, CEO of EXOIO
Shawn co-founded mophie in June 2005, just prior to the release of the first iPhone. It grew to become the #1 selling battery case manufacturer for mobile devices in North America. Working as a founder, COO, President & Board Member, mophie created the first juice pack battery case for the first-generation iPhone in North America and built an exclusive partnership with Apple. I led a team which built a solid business structure at mophie, allowing the company to thrive and withstand rapid growth, both in the U.S. and internationally. Shawn became a skilled operator and raised millions of dollars in multiple rounds of capital and debt facilities. Under Shawn’s guidance and strategic vision, the company grew from 3 employees in her barn in Kalamazoo, Michigan to a multimillion dollar business, mophie sold products into 38,000 retailer partners in 130 countries with 300+ employees with facilities in California, Michigan, China, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. As a leader, I established longstanding relationships with national and global retail partnerships and collaborations with top industry icons including Apple, Amazon, Verizon, AT&T, Best Buy, Product Red, Valentino, and Supreme. I am passionate about developing products and growing a business from the ground up was one of the most challenging yet satisfying experience of my life. By 2015, mophie revenue has reached $250+ million, and resulted in company being sold in February of 2016 to a strategic acquirer. Shawn was also a seed investor, Board Member, and Co-founder of Paw Paw Brewing company in Paw Paw, Michigan. The company was originated in 2010 and Shawn exited in March 2017. Since the sale of mophie Shawn has catching her breath, tending to personal relationships, and has also started a new company called EXOIO that allows her to spend time networking, consulting, and acting as an advisor to company of all sizes.
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About EXOIO: We help accelerate growth.
CEO of Synthego
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About Synthego: Synthego is a genome engineering company that enables access to CRISPR to accelerate life science research and development.
Chief Executive Officer of Uptake Technologies
Brad Keywell is a lifelong entrepreneur and co-founder of seven technology companies, a cultural curator of innovation platforms, and a philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of Uptake Technologies, an Industrial AI software platform harnessing predictive analytics to deliver outcomes of increased productivity, reliability, safety, and cybersecurity to global industry. Uptake was named “Startup of the Year” in 2015 by Forbes, was #5 in the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50, and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Brad is a co-founder of Tempus, Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ:ECHO), MediaOcean, Drivin (acquired by NYSE:KAR), and the venture capital firm Lightbank. He is on the Board of Trustees of Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR). He is the founder and Chairman of Chicago Ideas, which has grown into one of the largest innovation and ideas gatherings in the world. He is the Chairman of Future Founders Foundation, providing entrepreneurial education to inner-city students in the Chicagoland area. Brad is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He earned a J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School and a BBA from the University of Michigan School of Business. Brad and his wife, Kim, signed The Giving Pledge in 2016.
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About Chicago Ideas Week, Drivin, Echo Global Logistics, Groupon, Groupon Netherlands, Lightbank, Mediaocean, Uptake Technologies, Zest Health: Uptake Technologies designs and develops enterprise software.
Chief Executive Officer of Uptake Technologies
I am in my dream job and serving as CEO and Board DIrector of Uptake. While working with an amazing team, I am refining the company’s products, expanding its global footprint and developing/nurturing a high performing work environment. Previously, I served in various senior executive functions with KAR Global (NYSE: KAR), the acquirer of DRIVIN, a company I co-founded and served as CEO until April 2017. Prior to KAR, I held senior management roles with Music Dealers, Apartments.com, Cars.com, eToys.com, and Allstate. In my free time, I assist various companies as a board member, advisor, and investor.
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About Uptake Technologies: Uptake Technologies designs and develops enterprise software.
Founder and CEO of XWING
Marc Piette is the founder and CEO of XWING.
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About Locu, XWING: XWING develops the suite of technologies for pilotless commercial flight of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and fixed-wing aircraft.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Manitowoc Cranes of The Manitowoc Company
Barry L. Pennypacker, President and Chief Executive Officer since 2015. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Mr. Pennypacker served as Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Quantum Lean LLC, a privately held manufacturer and supplier of precision components headquartered in Baltimore, MD. Previously, he was President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Gardner Denver, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of engineered industrial machinery and related parts and services. Prior to joining Gardner Denver, Mr. Pennypacker served in positions of increasing responsibility at Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies, The Stanley Works, and Danaher Corporation.
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About The Manitowoc Company: Manitowoc Company Inc is an American global company specializing in products for the food service industry.
Mark F. O’Neil
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dealertrack
Mark F. O’Neil is Chief Operating Officer of Cox Automotive, a position he has held since March 2016. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer of Dealertrack, a position he had held since May 2005. From August 2001 to May 2005, he was Chief Executive Officer and President of Dealertrack. O’Neil began his career at Intel Corporation, where he first developed his knowledge of the technology industry. He subsequently worked for McKinsey & Co. before moving to the automotive industry in the late 1980s, where he was President of Ertley MotorWorld, a dealer group based in Pennsylvania. O’Neil went on to co-found and lead the development and rollout of CarMax, Inc. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of Greenlight.com, an online automotive sales website, from June 2000 through January 2001. He currently serves as a Director of DealerTire LLC, a privately held company. O’Neil holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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About Dealertrack: DealerTrack is a provider of on-demand software for the automotive industry in the United States.
CEO of Boston Dynamics
Dr. Robert Playter is CEO of Boston Dynamics. Under his leadership, Boston Dynamics is transforming its world-leading robotics R&D into an industry-leading commercial organization with its first robot offering, Spot. Previously, as Chief Operating Officer, he spearheaded Boston Dynamics’ entrance into logistics automation with the development of the robot Handle, and acquisition of the deep-learning computer vision software known as Pick. Dr. Playter has over 30 years of experience researching, developing, and commercializing advanced mobile robots. He led Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot programs, including the creation of the PETMAN and Atlas robots, as well as the development of Boston Dynamics’ physics-based simulation software, Digital Biomechanics. An NCAA Division I National Champion gymnast while studying at The Ohio State University, Playter became interested in exploring robotics inspired by human biomechanics. He received his PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT in 1994. As part of his PhD thesis on robot gymnastics, performed at the MIT Leg Lab, he programmed a bipedal robot to do the world’s first 3D robotic somersault.
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About Boston Dynamics: Boston Dynamics is an engineering company that specializes in building dynamic robots and software for human simulation.
CEO of Delta Galil
2005 – Present Executive Director GMM Capital LLC Company Information: Formed in 2005. Privately owned hedge fund sponsor. Invests in various sectors of the public equity markets of Israel and the United States including textile and apparel. 2002 – 2004 Chief Executive Officer Jones Apparel Group, Denim Division Company Information: ●Joined in 2002 when Jones Apparel Group bought the Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Group. Continued as CEO of Gloria Vanderbilt until 2003, then became CEO of the Jones Apparel Group Denim Division. ●Major brands: Gloria Vanderbilt, Polo Denims, L.E.I. Accomplishment: ·Had an annual sales volume of $1,200,000,000. 1993 – 2002 Chief Executive Officer Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Corporation Company Information: ·Dabah family acquired Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Corporation in 1993 as a turnaround challenge. ·Under his management the transformation was a case study success, resulting in the 2002 sale to Jones Apparel Group. Continued as the CEO of Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel until 2003 when Jones Apparel Group combined all denim operations into one division and appointed Isaac Dabah as the CEO of the newly created expanded group. Education Baruch University Interest American Sephardi Federation, Board Member
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About Delta Galil: Delta Galil is an Israeli textile manufacturing and marketing apparel for men and women.
Co-Founder and CEO of Rapid Robotics
Jordan Kretchmer is the Founder and CEO of Livefyre. Livefyre brings the social web right to any publisher or brand site to drive real-time conversations and community engagement. The company’s suite of real-time products include LiveComments, LiveBlogs, and social content curation, and Livefyre’s customers include FOX News, CBS, Dow Jones, AOL, TIME Magazine, and thousands of others. Kretchmer founded the San Francisco based startup in December 2009, and has overseen its growth to the 7th largest site network on the web, delivering 1 billion live content streams every month. Before launching Livefyre, Kretchmer was the Vice President of Brand at Current TV where he led brand redevelopment for the media company. Previously, he was the Digital Creative Director at Butler Shine Stern and Partners, and Vice President/Associate Creative Director at Mullen Advertising. Kretchmer lives in San Francisco.
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About Livefyre, Rapid Robotics: Rapid Robotics provides out-of-the-box automation for manufacturers.
Chief Executive Officer of MidOcean Partners
Ted Virtue is currently the Chief Executive Officer of MidOcean Partners. Virtue graduated from Middlebury College and was a Senior Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Following this, he was the President of BT Alex, Brown Incorporated, and Executive Vice President and Head of Global Finance at Bankers Trust. After Deutsche Bank’s acquisition of Bankers Trust, Ted became the Chief Executive Officer of DB Capital Partners with oversight for Deutsche Bank’s $35 billion direct investment portfolio. He also serves on the National Advisory Board for Youth, I.N.C.
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About MidOcean Partners: Presence Capital is an investment firm that finances startups developing technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Blue River Technology
Jorge is the co-founder and CEO of Blue River Technology Inc. (www.bluerivert.com), a start-up company that intends to revolutionize weeding and dramatically reduce chemical use.
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About Blue River Technology: Blue River Technology employs computer vision and robotics technologies to build intelligent solutions for the agricultural industries.
CEO of Ghost Robotics
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About Ghost Robotics: Robots that Feel the World™ | Quadrupedal Robots (Q-UGV) for Unstructured, Demanding and Continuous-Use Environments
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nabors Drilling
Anthony G. Petrello is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of Nabors Industries Ltd. based in Hamilton, Bermuda. The company is the world’s largest geothermal and natural gas drilling contractor. It operates in United States, Far East, Middle East and Africa. Anthony Petrello, also known as Tony, has a significant role in the development of Nabors Industries which started as Anglo Energy, Ltd. in 1968. Anthony Petrello is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale University. He acquired J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. From Yale University, he acquired BS and MS degrees in Mathematics. Anthony’s professional journey began in 1979 when he joined the law firm, Baker & McKenzie. From 1986 to 1991, he held the position of Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office. In 1991, he joined Nabors Industries as Chief Operating Officer. In 1992, he also became the President of the company. In 2003, he became the Deputy Chairman of Nabors Industries and held this position until June 2012. In 2011, Anthony became the Chief Executive Officer of the company. Since 2012, he is the Chairman of the Board of Nabors Industries. Since February 2011, he is also the Director of Stewart & Stevenson, LLC. Anthony also served as Director of MediaOnDemand.com, and he is also the current Director of Texas Children’s Hospital. Anthony Petrello’s total calculated compensation for FY 2015 is $27,512,939. Out of which, he received $1,580,077 as salary, $7,727,000 as bonus, $16,863,656 as stock and $1,342,206 as different kinds of compensation. He serves as a director of Stewart & Stevenson LLC and of Hilcorp Energy Company. Petrello is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Texas Children’s Hospital and an advocate for research and clinical programs to address the needs of children with neurological disorders.
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About Nabors Drilling: Nabors owns and operates the world’s largest land-based drilling rig fleet and is a provider of offshore platform workover.
CEO of Voxel
Experienced CEO and advisor working at the cutting edge of technology. Expertise in enterprise applications, healthcare, manufacturing, and AI.
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About Huma Therapeutics, Sherbit, Voxel: Voxel uses computer vision and AI to enable security cameras to automatically identify hazards and high-risk activities in real-time,.
Co-Founder and CEO of nTopology
Bradley Rothenberg is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of nTopology.
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About nTopology: nTopology is a company that develops software used in the design and manufacturing of 3D-printed parts and products.
CEO, Managing Director & Founder of Infinite Uptime
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About Infinite Uptime: Infinite Uptime is an industrial IoT solution provider for improved quality and productivity in the engineering and processing industries.
Steven J. Demetriou
President & Chief Executive Officer of Jacobs
Steve Demetriou is the Financial Controller at Inventis Ltd.
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About Inventis, Jacobs: Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.
CEO of Fetch Robotics
Melonee Wise is the CEO of Fetch Robotics, which is delivering collaborative robotic solutions robots for the logistics industry. Melonee was the second employee at Willow Garage, a research and development laboratory extremely influential in the advancement of robotics. While there, she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware and software, including ROS, the PR2 and TurtleBot. Melonee is a recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR 35 award for technology innovators under the age of 35, and has been named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence and 40 under 40 lists. Under her leadership, the company won the MODEX Innovation award for the materials handling industry, as well as being named to RBR 50, a listing of the 50 most innovative robotics companies in the world.
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About Fetch Robotics: Fetch Robotics provides the market’s only cloud-driven Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) solution for warehousing intralogistics environments.
CEO & Co-Founder of Briq
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About Briq: Briq is a financial forecasting and data intelligence platform for the construction industry.
CEO and Founder of dloHaiti
Jim Chu is the Founder & CEO at Untapped Global.
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About dloHaiti, Untapped Global, Untapped Global, Watering Minds: DloHaiti is a for-profit venture providing safe drinking water to Haitian consumers in underserved areas in Haiti.
Co-Founder & CEO of Project Include
One of Silicon Valley’s leading advocates for diversity and inclusion, Ellen K. Pao is not only a long-time entrepreneur and tech investor, but her landmark gender discrimination case against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, propelled her to the front of the fight — years before the Times Up movement. Her 2012 lawsuit helped encourage other women, people of color and especially women of color to stand-up against harassment and discrimination in tech in what has been called the “Pao Effect.” Currently, Ellen serves as CEO and co-founder of nonprofit Project Include, where she works closely with tech leaders to bring fairness to all tech workers, using data-based, practical solutions and recommendations. As interim CEO of reddit, she was the first leader of a large social media company to ban revenge porn and unauthorized nude photos as part of her broader efforts to curtail harassment on the site. Before reddit, she spent seven years as a investment partner at Kleiner Perkins. During her two decades in Silicon Valley, she has also served as a board member, engineering manager, software programmer, and business development executive. She received her BSE in electrical engineering and public policy certificate from Princeton University, her JD from Harvard Law School, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
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About Project Include: Project Include promotes diversity and inclusion through research and advocacy. We are a non-profit, and we are hiring.
President & Founding CEO of HoloBuilder
Mr. Mostafa Akbari serves as President and Founder of HoloBuilder Inc. Mr. Akbari serves as Managing Director of bitstars GmbH. He started developing AR-Applications for Mac and PC. He contributes experience with start-ups as well as his network from the Web 2.0 and founding scene. Additionally he offers a wealth of experience regarding Multichannel-Marketing and Social Media. His knowledge from researching eLearning and Mobile Media were applied
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About HoloBuilder: HoloBuilder™ is an enterprise-ready Construction Progress Management solution for AEC firms to capture & control jobsite progress in 360°.
Founder & CEO of Photon Commerce
Michael Young is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the founder & CEO of Photon Commerce. Photon’s payments AI accelerates customer experiences for fintech leaders using document AI. After leaving a Stanford PhD, Michael was an engineer at IBM, led advanced R&D programs funded by the Department of Defense, created hundreds of jobs, raised $50M across his venture-backed startups, and took some to acquisitions.
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About Photon Commerce: Photon Commerce’s AI digitizes and captures any document with nearly 100% accuracy. It is optimized for bills, invoices, bills of lading, statements, contracts, and other PDFs in the fintech industry. Photon powers Fortune 500, businesses around the world, and fintech unicorns with instant experiences, document AI, OCR, and instant payments. Having processed $23B volumes, Photon is supported by the Nasdaq Center and Village Global, a venture firm funded by Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.
CEO of Locus Robotics
With more than 20 years of experience in executive management, sales, and marketing for some of the most successful companies in the high-tech industry, Rick is a nationally recognized high technology executive. Immediately prior to Mzinga, Rick was Chief Marketing Officer of WebEx Communications and President of WebEx Small Business, where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide go-to-market and customer acquisition strategies. Previously, Rick served as president and CEO of Intranets.com, which was acquired by WebEx in 2005. Under his leadership, Intranets.com secured more than 300,000 users and was named to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing technology companies for two consecutive years. Before joining Intranets.com, Rick was Vice President of Corporate Marketing at PictureTel, where he was responsible for all aspects of corporate marketing. Prior to joining PictureTel, Rick was Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Shiva Corporation. He was instrumental in growing Shiva’s worldwide revenues by more than 50 percent, expanding distribution channels and effectively positioning Shiva as the market leader in the remote networking market. Rick also spent four years as Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Lotus Development Corporation, where he was responsible for all marketing communication functions, VAR development, database marketing, channel marketing, and OEM marketing. Before that, Rick founded First Software, a software distribution company, which grew to more than $175 million in revenue in less than four years. In 1985, First Software was ranked second in Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing companies. Rick holds a BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.
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About CampaignerCRM, Intronis, Locus Robotics: Locus Robotics is a warehouse robotics company that manufactures autonomous mobile robots to support e-commerce.
President & CEO of Flowserve
President and chief executive officer, director, of Flowserve Corporation, 2009-present; chief financial officer, 2004-2009. Chief financial officer of FedEx Kinko’s Office and Print Services Inc., 2003-2004. Vice president and controller of Centex Corporation, 2000-2002.
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About Flowserve: Flowserve specializes in supplying pumps, valves, seals, automation, and services to the power, oil, gas, chemical, and other industries.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Sonoco Products Company
M. Jack Sanders became Sonoco’s eighth CEO on April 1, 2013. He serves on the Board of Directors, executive committee and leads the Company’s management committee. During his 25-year career with Sonoco, Sanders has played an integral role in growing the Company by leading all Consumer, Industrial and Protective packaging businesses at various points. Prior to assuming his current position, he was president and chief operating officer with global leadership, sales and operating responsibility for all of Sonoco’s diversified packaging businesses. Sanders, a 1976 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in finance, joined Sonoco in 1988 as national sales and marketing manager, Wire and Cable Reels. In 1992, he was asked to build and lead Sonoco’s new Protective Packaging division, and he took the role as general manager. He was promoted in 1998 to division vice president and general manager of Protective Packaging. Sanders was elected a corporate officer and named vice president, Industrial Products, North America in 2001. He was subsequently named vice president, Global Industrial Products in January 2006 and senior vice president in October 2006, before assuming additional responsibility for all industrial converting businesses in July 2007. In 2008, Sanders was named executive vice president, Industrial, with global operating responsibility for all of the Company’s businesses serving industrial markets, including Sonoco’s tube and core, paper, wire and cable reel, protective packaging, paperboard specialties and recycling business. He then served as executive vice president, Consumer, from January-December 2010. Before joining Sonoco, Sanders was the western regional manager for Republic Packaging Company based in Chicago, Ill. He spent 13 years with Republic Packaging in positions of increasing responsibility. He and his wife, Sheri, live in Florence, S.C., and have three grown children. Sanders serves on the boards of Sonoco, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation and the Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation.
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About Sonoco Products Company: Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products.
Co-Founder & CEO of CyberX
Omer Schneider is the Co-founder at CyberX.
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About CyberX: CyberX is a robust cybersecurity platform for continuously reducing IoT or OT risks.
Founder & CEO of ZeroAvia
Val Miftakhov is a Founder & CEO of ZeroAvia, Inc, a California company developing the World’s first practical zero emission aviation powertrain. Val is a serial entrepreneur in EV space – his previous company eMotorWerks has developed the World’s leading platform for EV battery aggregation to provide grid services, and was acquired in 2017. Prior to that, Val held a number of senior business and product positions at Google and McKinsey & Company, and was a nuclear researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator. Val holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, Masters in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and was a two-time winner of Russian Nationwide Physics competitions. In his spare time, Val makes good use of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.
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About ZeroAvia: ZeroAvia produces practical zero emission aviation powertrain targeting 9-19-passenger airplanes to start replacing dirty jet fuel.
Global Chief Executive Officer – Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) of CBRE Group
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About CBRE Group: CBRE Group is a holding company that conducts all of its operations through its indirect subsidiaries.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell Automation
Blake Moret Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Rockwell Automation
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About Rockwell Automation, Rockwell Automation: Rockwell Automation specializes in industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive.
Founder, Chairman & CEO of USM Business Systems
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About USM Business Systems: USM Business Systems is a global IT services and staffing company.
President & Chief Executive Officer of ATEK Companies
Mark Osmanski joined ATEK Companies as President & CEO in 2011.
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About ATEK Companies: ATEK Access Technologies, LLC designs and manufactures automatic door and industrial safety systems.
Christopher A Wright
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Resources
Chris Wright serves as CEO of Liberty Oilfield Services. Additionally, Chris founded and serves as Executive Chairman of Liberty Resources, a Bakken-focused E&P company and Liberty Midstream Solutions. He has had a lifelong passion for energy and its role in human life. He has spoken on energy to the UK House of Lords, the States Attorneys General, Federal and State Judges, debated the merits of the shale revolution on TV and given over 100 talks. Chris completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and graduate work in Electrical Engineering at both UC Berkeley and MIT. Chris founded Pinnacle Technologies and from 1992 – 2006 years served as CEO. Pinnacle created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry by developing and commercializing tiltmeter and microseismic fracture mapping. Pinnacle’s innovations in fracturing practices helped launch commercial shale gas production in the late 1990’s. Chris was Chairman of Stroud Energy, an early shale gas producer, prior to its sale to Range Resources in 2006. Chris is a director of TAS (industrial energy technology company), Kerogen Exploration, Liberty Oilfield Services, and Liberty Resources. Chris has consulted and taught courses on all six inhabited continents and authored / co-authored over 60 technical papers and articles. He has received numerous industry awards and several U.S. patents. Chris also worked on fusion energy, solar energy, and geothermal energy. Chris grew up in Colorado and is a passionate skier, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. He serves on the board of numerous non-profits including PERC, ACE Colorado, ACE Montana, Colorado Academy, PRI, and the YCCF.
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About Liberty Resources: Liberty Resources is a Denver-based oil and gas company.
Founder & CEO of RoboTire
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About RoboTire: RoboTire automates vehicle maintenance by combining robots and computer vision.
Michael H. McGarry
President and Chief Executive Officer of PPG Industries
Michael H. McGarry is president and chief executive officer of PPG. He transitioned to this role in September 2015 and joined the company’s board of directors in July 2015 after serving as president and chief operating officer beginning in March 2015. McGarry joined PPG in 1981 as an engineer at the company’s Lake Charles, Louisiana, chemicals complex. He then progressed through management assignments such as market development manager, silica products; operations manager, silicas, Thailand; business manager, TESLIN® sheet; and product manager in the derivatives, chlorine, liquid and dry caustic soda businesses. In 2000, McGarry became general manager, fine chemicals, and in 2004, he was named vice president, chlor-alkali and derivatives. He relocated to PPG’s European headquarters in Rolle, Switzerland, as vice president, coatings, Europe, and managing director, PPG Europe, in 2006. McGarry returned to the U.S. as senior vice president of the Commodity Chemicals reporting segment in 2008, and he was elected executive vice president in 2012 and chief operating officer in 2014. McGarry also serves as a director and finance committee member on the board of Axiall Corporation. A native of New Orleans, McGarry is a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Texas and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
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About PPG Aerospace, PPG Industries: PPG Industries is an American global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass, and fiberglass.
Founder, CEO & Engineer of Built Robotics
Noah is the founder and CEO of Built Robotics, a company building automated guidance systems for heavy equipment. He founded the company in 2016, and has raised over $48 million from leading Silicon Valley investors including Founders Fund, NEA and Next47. Previously, Noah founded an ecommerce startup called Twice, which raised $23 million from Andreessen Horowitz before eBay acquired it in 2015. Noah began his career at Google, and he studied business and engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, but his first job was working as a carpenter’s helper for his dad, helping to renovate old houses in rural New England.
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About Built Robotics: Built Robotics transforms heavy equipment into autonomous robots for the $1 trillion earthmoving industry.
CEO of Hotelsoft
Abhishek is the founder and CEO of 314e, a successful Healthcare IT consulting company based in Northern California. Abhishek has worked in Healthcare IT since 1996 when he was a programmer for IBM. He still pretends to write code, though his colleagues are quick to point out that they haven’t seen a line of it. Abhishek has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is interested in energy efficient cars, ping pong and is a mathematician by training.
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About 314e Corporation, Hotelsoft: Software solutions and services to independent and chain scale hotels.
Founder ,CEO & Managing Partner of Piva Capital
Ricardo Angel is the CEO and managing partner at Piva. Prior to that, he served as a managing director at Energy Ventures where he leads origination for the business unit and for Energy Technology Ventures, a joint venture formed by GE, NRG Energy, and ConocoPhillips focused on investing in emerging energy technology companies. GE Energy Ventures and Energy Technology Ventures seek investment opportunities across the energy value chain, including renewables, power infrastructure and oil & gas technologies. Mr. Angel joined GE from ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures’ Venture Capital group. Previous experience includes investment banking at Goldman Sachs and consulting at CNA Corporation. Mr. Angel holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and Bachelors as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is based in San Francisco.
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About Piva Capital: Piva is a venture capital firm that primarily invests in disruptive energy and industrial startups.
CEO of Appian
Matthew Calkins has been CEO & Chairman of the Board since founding Appian in 1999. He has been recognized as an Innovator by InformationWeek, Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a top entrepreneur by the Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal. Matt worked at MicroStrategy (MSTR) from 1994-1999, serving on the board from 2005-2014. As a board game designer and player, he won “Wargame of the Year” and finished third in the 2012 World Boardgaming Championships.
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About Appian: Appian provides a low-code software development platform that enables organizations to rapidly develop powerful applications.
Co-Founder & CEO of Kenzie Academy
Board Member of Concourse Global. Co-Founder and CEO at Kenzie Academy.
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About AgilityIO, Kenzie Academy, Ops Ninja: Kenzie Academy provides a solution to the dramatic shortage of tech talent in the U.S., by reimagining higher education for the tech sector.
CEO & Cofounder of OffWorld
Jim is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of OffWorld, building an industrial robotic workforce to undertake mining, manufacturing and construction on planetary surfaces and in space. The robotic workforce forms a solar system platform that will enable the construction of space based solar power stations, propellant depots and entire settlements. He brings 30 years of experience and visionary leadership in innovation in multidisciplinary areas such as aerospace engineering, space systems, robotics and machine intelligence, manufacturing and construction, computer science, synthetic biology and molecularly precise control systems. Jim is a prolific technologist and an accomplished entrepreneur able to constantly identify new acceleration ramps in the technological landscape. Jim started his career in the space launch industry managing launch programs overseeing over a dozen successful orbital launches on Russian, European and US launch vehicles. Modular satellite design, integration engineering and program management were part of this process.
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About OffWorld: OffWorld is developing a learning robotic workforce for heavy industrial jobs on Earth, Moon, asteroids & Mars.
Chief Executive Officer of Kalyx Development
George M. Stone is the Chief Executive Officer of Kalyx Properties Inc. He brings to Kalyx more than 30 years of real estate industry experience. Most recently, George was a founding and managing principal of SKL Partners, a real estate and restaurant management company that owns and/or operates retail, restaurant, office and hotel properties. Prior to SKL Partners, Mr. Stone owned and operated Julia B. Fee Real Estate, a residential brokerage firm in Westchester County, NY where he tripled the firm’s revenue and then sold the company to Sotheby’s International Realty. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Stone was a Founding Partner and interim Chief Financial Officer of The Witkoff Group, a full-service real estate investment firm. During Mr. Stone’s tenure, The Witkoff Group purchased and subsequently managed a $2.5 billion dollar global real estate portfolio consisting of more than 15 million square feet of office property. In addition to office properties, the company had interests in hotels, retail properties and more than 4,000 apartments. Prior to serving as CFO, Mr. Stone oversaw acquisitions, financing, leasing and asset management for the firm.
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About Kalyx Development, Wildcat Capital Management: Kalyx Development Inc. has amassed an unlevered, multi-state portfolio of cannabis properties.
CEO & Co Founder of Guardhat Technologies
Saikat Dey is a co-founder of Guardhat, Inc., a start up based in Detroit aiming to create an industrial IoT and wearables platform for workers in heavy manufacturing industries like steel, oil and gas and mining. Every year, over 4600 people lose their lives on the jobs in these industries due to unsafe work conditions. Guardhat, aims to change that by creating a wearable IIOT platform that provides real time situational awareness and connectivity to frontline workers in such industries. Previously, Saikat served as the CEO of Severstal NA, which was the fourth largest flat steelmaker in the US competing against the likes of Nucor, US Steel and Arcelor Mittal. Severstal is considered one of the best examples of heavy manufacturing revival in the United States, with flagship locations in Michigan and Mississippi. Saikat led the successful turnaround and divestiture of these assets in September 2014 to two of its rivals. He joined Severstal from McKinsey & Co. where he worked in the Global Energy and Materials practice. He is widely recognized as a global thought leader on investment strategies, commercial optimization and operational improvement within commodity industries, and has recently authored the book “Uncommoditized” which serves as a quick read on the DNA of successful players. He holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and an undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India.
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About Guardhat Technologies: Guardhat is a multi-product, feature-packed intelligent safety system that integrates cutting edge wearable technology.
CEO and Co-founder of OnLogic
Roland Groeneveld is the CEO at Logic Supply.
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About OnLogic, OnLogic: OnLogic designs highly-configurable computers engineered for reliability.
CEO & Co Founder of VERSATILE
Meirav Oren is the CEO and Co-Founder at VERSATILE.
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About VERSATILE: VERSATILE uses machine learning and AI to optimize construction and industrial processes.
CEO of Right Lane Industries
Eric Mara currently works as Chief Executive Officer of Right Lane Industries. He previously worked at Pavis Capital LLC as Jr Partner/Senior Investment Analyst.
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About Right Lane Industries: Right Lane Industries is an industrial holding company that focuses on acquiring manufacturing and industrial services businesses.
Co-Founder & CEO of Atomic Industries
Aaron Slodov currently works as the Co-Founder and CEO for Atomic Industries.
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About Atomic Industries: Atomic Industries is a hard-tech product manufacturer that is currently in stealth mode.
Co-Founder, CEO of SIERA.AI
Saurav has worked at Qualcomm Research developing multiple patents for autonomous drones. He has won the prestigious Qualcomm Padovani Fellowship for his work along with National Innovation Awards and NSF I-Corps.
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About SIERA.AI: SIERA.AI is a mobility tech company that helps warehouses and factories increase safety and efficiency of their industrial vehicle fleets.
CEO and President of BMW of North America
Ludwig Willisch is CEO and President at BMW of North America.
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About BMW of North America: BMW of North America is a automotive company that manufactures luxury and performance vehicles.
Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Steel Dynamics
Mark is a co-founder of Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI) and recipient of the 2014 AIST Steelmaker of the Year Award. He has held a variety of senior management positions and served on the board of directors since SDI’s inception in 1993. In August 2008, Mark was named Executive Vice President for Metals Recycling and Ferrous Resources, as well as President and Chief Operating Officer of OmniSource Corporation. From 1998 to 2008, Mark was responsible for SDI’s Flat Roll mill operations. Under Mark’s leadership, the facility experienced significant growth, expansion, and portfolio diversification. As a result, SDI operates one of the most productive and profitable flat roll mini mill operations in the United States. Mark assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Steel Dynamics on January 1, 2012. Prior to the formation of Steel Dynamics, Mark worked for Nucor Corporation for 12 years and earned his bachelor’s degree in metallurgy from the University of Surrey, England.
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About Steel Dynamics: Steel Dynamics is a diversified carbon-steel producer, metals recycler and one of the largest American steel companies.
CEO & Co-Founder of Filament
Allison Clift-Jennings is the CEO and Co-Founder at Filament.
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About Filament, Tonic Audio Labs: Filament builds blockchain hardware & software solutions for enterprise and IoT.
Co-Founder & CEO of Red Antler
JB is currently the CEO of Red Antler, a brand company based in Brooklyn that he co-founded with Emily Heyward and Simon Endres. JB started his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, working for clients such as Procter & Gamble, General Mills, and the award winning international launch of Air Tahiti Nui. An entrepreneur at heart, he left Saatchi to open the New York office of Consortium, a New Zealand ad agency. In August 2007, JB founded Red Antler, where he works with clients on brand positioning, user experience, business strategy and marketing. JB has a Bachelors degree in Business, Magna Cum Laude, from Cornell University. He is an advisor and board member to several startups, and serves on the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Advisory Council. A Philadelphia native, he currently lives in DUMBOl with his wife, his dog Brodie, and a lot of plants.
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About Red Antler: Red Antler is a brand company that works with startups and new ventures.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Industrial Service Solutions
Prior to joining Bolder Capital/Industrial Service Solutions in 2008, Jim was a partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a leading private-equity firm based in New York City. Jim was Chairman at this firm and led business transformations for Alliant Foodservice, Brakes Bros., SIRVA, and VWR International, Inc. Previous to his role at CD&R, Jim was with General Electric (GE), serving as Company Senior Vice President, President and CEO of GE Industrial Control Systems, and a member of the Corporate Executive Council. Jim started his career with GE in 1972 and held various financial and general-management positions. He holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers College.
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About Industrial Service Solutions: Industrial Service Solutions is a provider of industrial field services, including repair and refurbishment of equipment.
Co-Founder and CEO of LINK3D
Shane is a technology evangelist and entrepreneur at the forefront of the Industrial 3D Printing revolution. While working at Within Technologies, a software company that developed and designed software tools for additive manufacturing, Shane’s technology innovation reached over 35 countries. Specializing in topological optimization, he helped create the product known today as Within Medical. In May 2014, Autodesk acquired Within and Shane went on to lead product architecture and business development for the Additive Manufacturing division. Having left Autodesk, Shane co-founded LINK3D. The company’s focus: to automate and optimize the entire additive manufacturing workflow. LINK3D was selected as a ‘FiReStarter Company,’ which previously featured Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX) and Michael Dell (Dell), among others. Shane holds a deep understanding of advanced manufacturing, automation, topological optimization and machine learning. He received his B.S in Management Information Systems from California University.
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About LINK3D: Link3D is a SaaS-based solutions to help organizations scale and optimize their additive manufacturing ecosystems.
Founder & CEO of Electric Sheep Robotics
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About Electric Sheep Robotics: Electric Sheep Robotics provides robotics and machinery solutions to industries needing mechanized solutions.
J. David Smith
Founder & CEO of LiquiGlide
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About LiquiGlide: LiquiGlide is a viable technology that allows viscous liquids to slide effortlessly.
Chairman & CEO & Co-Founder of Synapse
Satish is Chairman/CEO and Co-founder of Synapse Design. With more than 20 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry, and the past 10 years guiding Synapse Design, Satish has developed a broad knowledge of the latest trends and challenges facing top tier technology companies. He has built an organization that is focused on creating high-end products in the storage, mobile, networking, cloud, IoT and multimedia space for most of the largest system and semiconductor companies in the world. Satish has spearheaded Synapse Design success through a focus on competency, technology and innovation in the biggest growth areas in the industry. He is also co-sponsoring several initiatives to help lead the development of cloud appliances for big data; biometrics including a focus on iris recognition for authentication and home automation; and a single platform for IoT space.
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About Synapse: Synapse is an industry leader in design services and is the engineering backbone of most top tier Semiconductor and System companies.
President & CEO of Compass Minerals
Fran Malecha joined Compass Minerals as president and CEO in January 2013.Prior to joining Compass Minerals, FranMalecha served from 2007 to 2012 as a chief operating officer of Viterra Inc., a large Canadian-based agri-business firm with extensive worldwide operations. His global responsibilities included grain merchandising, transportation, crop inputs, operations, commodity risk management, and international merger and acquisition activity. Fran Malecha joined Viterra in 2000 as vice president for grain merchandising and transportation. From 1986 to 2000, Fran Malecha held increasingly responsible positions in financial management and merchandising at General Mills, Inc.Fran Malecha earned his B.A. in accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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About Compass Minerals: Compass Minerals is a leading supplier of highway deicing products, helping to keep roadways safe in the U.S., Canada & UK
Co-Founder & Co-CEO of 6 River Systems
Jerome is a founder and co-CEO of 6 River Systems, Inc. (6RS). Prior to founding 6RS, Jerome was on the leadership team at Kiva (now Amazon Robotics) and ran the commercial business unit responsible for over 25 customers and 35 sites globally. He has over 20 years supply chain technology experience, including leadership positions at Yantra (now IBM Smarter Commerce) and Amazon Services. Jerome graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Northeastern University.
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About 6 River Systems: 6 River Systems mission is to redefine fulfillment automation for e-commerce and retail operations.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO of 6 River Systems
Rylan is one of three co-founders at 6 River Systems. He was formerly part of the leadership team at Kiva Systems, now Amazon Robotics, where he led the design and deployment organizations. He’s also a former U.S. Navy engineering officer.
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About 6 River Systems: 6 River Systems mission is to redefine fulfillment automation for e-commerce and retail operations.
President, CEO & Co-Founder of Veo Robotics
Patrick Sobalvarro is the co-founder and CEO of Veo Robotics, a company that brings advanced computer vision, 3D sensing, and AI to industrial robots, allowing them to work side-by-side with humans in manufacturing processes. Patrick has more than twenty-five years of experience in computer vision, robotics, and industrial automation. Prior to founding Veo Robotics, Patrick was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Siemens Venture Capital, focusing on the creation of the vision behind Veo. He also served as the VP of New Growth Platforms for Avery Dennison, building a new business line in RFID-based IoT products, was President of Rethink Robotics, creators of collaborative manufacturing robots, and founded and led the computer vision startup IntelliVid to its acquisition by Tyco International. Originally trained as a computer scientist, Patrick holds a Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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About Veo Robotics: Veo Robotics develops smart device solutions to enable high performance collaborative industrial robotics.
Co-Founder & CEO of Symbio Robotics
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About Symbio Robotics: Symbio Robotics is developing robotic systems and software for advanced manufacturing.
Co-founder & CEO of Releaf
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About Releaf: Releaf is an agriculture company that develops novel industrial processing technology in Africa’s sustainable oil palm sector.
Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Botanical Leasing
Brent Nerguizian is the CEO and founder of the Company. Mr. Nerguizian’s experience includes real property partnerships and syndication, construction and development, property management, every aspect of business development and operations, sales and marketing. He has owned and operated several pooled investments funds, which in each case include investment underwriting and selection, all investor relations, issuance of securities, investor statements, operating the entity, and all accounting through audit and tax returns.
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About Neptune Company, Scientific Botanical Leasing: Scientific Botanical Leasing is a facility leasing company designs, engineers, and develop industrial buildings.
Mark E. Jagiela
Chief Executive Officer and President of Teradyne
Mr. Jagiela became CEO of Teradyne in February of 2014. He has been President of Teradyne since January 2013 and the President of the Semiconductor Test Division since 2003. He is also on the Board of Directors. Prior to these roles, he was the worldwide marketing manager of Teradyne’s semiconductor test products from 2001 to 2003. Mark joined Teradyne in 1982 as a design engineer, developing image sensor test systems. From 1989 to 1999 he served as general manager of Teradyne’s Japan Division. He returned to the U.S. in 1999 as the engineering manager for the company’s VLSI Test Division in Agoura Hills, California. Mark holds a BSEE from the University of Michigan. Mr. Jagiela has been a director of Teradyne, Inc. since 2014.
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About Nextest Systems, Teradyne: Teradyne is a supplier of automatic test equipment used to test complex electronics used in consumer electronics.
Chief Executive Officer of Kebotix
Dr. Jill S. Becker is the CEO at Kebotix.
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About Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), Harvard Innovation Labs, Kebotix, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), NextGen Venture Partners: Kebotix is a high-tech materials discovery and production company that reinvent the discovery of new materials using AI.
CEO, President & Co-Founder of Sirqul
Robert Frederick, founder and CEO of Sirqul, has been focused on connected communities of devices, people, and businesses since 1993. He was inspired by the boundless future potential of smart connected devices and leveraged this passion to attend MIT, to work on projects in the MIT Media Lab, and to join one of the first startups focused on standards that would later be called BlueTooth in the late nineties. The startup’s licensed product, DeviceTalk.com, was a central server running Intelligent Agents that used event-based logic to complete actions on behalf of its users via simple commands and conditional triggers. Identity and Presence was important then and still tends to be important now. Amazon acquired the company in 1999, and Robert led the internal team, Amazon Anywhere, that focused on making it possible to interact with Amazon Anywhere, Anytime, on Any device. After becoming the technical co-founder of Amazon Web Services and setting the stage for Amazon to become profitable leveraging the Cloud, Rob started Sirqul to create an Intelligence of Things (IoT) ecosystem on top of the cloud that also works at the edge. Sirqul has numerous partners that span Retail, Smart Buildings, Autonomous Vehicles, and Robotics.
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About GripWire, Sirqul: Sirqul enables startups and ecosystems to leverage application templates, platform, & APIs to create solutions and ecosystems rapidly.
Chairman and CEO of SymphonyAI
Romesh Wadhwani founded Symphony Technology Group in 2002 for one reason: he is passionate about building companies. After a 30-year career as an entrepreneur in the enterprise software sector, Romesh launched STG to lend his expertise and passion to investing. Before starting STG, Romesh was the founder, chairman and CEO of Aspect Development, Inc. until 1999, when the company was acquired by i2 Technologies. For nearly a decade, Romesh grew Aspect Development into a leader in business-to-business commerce software, which culminated in the merger of Aspect with supply chain software company i2 Technologies. At that time, this combination was one of the largest enterprise software mergers.
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About ConcertAI, National Entrepreneurship Network, Symphony RetailAI, Symphony Summit, Symphony Technology Group, Symphony Technology Group, SymphonyAI, Terarecon, Wadhwani AI, Wadhwani Foundation: SymphonyAI is an enterprise AI company focused on delivering AI solutions for vertical sectors
President & CEO of ArcelorMittal
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About ArcelorMittal, Mittal Steel Company N.V: ArcelorMittal is a steel and mining company.
James M. Loree
President, Chief Executive Officer of Stanley Black & Decker
James M. Loree, also known as Jim has been the President and Chief Operating Officer of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. since January 13, 2013 and 2007 respectively. Loree served as Executive Vice President of Stanley Black & Decker from January 1, 2009 to January 13, 2013. He served as the Chief Financial Officer at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. until January 2009 and served as its Executive Vice President of Finance from September 2002 to January 2009, where he was responsible for investor relations; tax; treasury; accounting; audit; operational finance; supplier management; information technology and business development activities, including strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. He joined Stanley in July 1999 as Vice President. He served for 19 years with General Electric Company. Loree served as the Vice President of Finance & Strategic Planning of GE Capital Auto Financial Services since 1997. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital Modular Space since 1995. He served at industries including leading financial and operational audits of GE’s global businesses. He served as Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital’s numerous operating businesses. He has been a Director at Harsco Corporation since November 1, 2010. He serves as Trustee of Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, Inc. He serves as a Director of Hartford Hospital, Inc. Loree received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
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About Stanley Black & Decker: Stanley Black & Decker focuses on operating in the hand and power tools, and storage industries.
CEO of CIMCON Lighting
Swapnil Shah was the CEO and Co-Founder of FirstFuel Software. He is currently the CEO of CIMCON.
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About CIMCON Lighting, New England Clean Energy Council: CIMCON Lighting provides software-powered lighting controllers and IoT-enabled city lighting management solutions.
Co-founder and CEO of ARRIS
Ethan Escowitz is the CEO and co-founder at Arris Composites.
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About ARRIS: ARRIS is a technology company enabling the design and manufacture of the highest-performance products at scale.
Co-Founder & CEO of Entytle
Vivek is founder and CEO of LumaSense Technologies, a sensor & instrumentation company focused on the energy, cleantech and industrial markets. Vivek brings significant leadership experience to LumaSense Technologies. He is an executive with experience in various industries, spanning private equity, high technology, diversified industrial manufacturing and healthcare. Most recently, Vivek was an Operating Partner at Shah Capital Partners and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Sun Services, a $3.6 billion division of Sun Microsystems. He also served at Webvan as Vice-President of Program Operations, at GE Transportation as General Manager, Off Highway/Transit Systems, GE Corporate as Manager of Corporate Initiatives; Management Consulting with Booz Allen & Hamilton and operational experiences with Johnson & Johnson. Vivek has an M.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia , Charlottesville and a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Mumbai.
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About Entytle: Entytle uses AI and ML to empower manufacturers to unlock installed base value.
Founder, President and CEO of NEO Tech
Entrepreneur, CEO, Philanthropist, Sailor, & Lifelong Learner Sudesh, the second eldest of four siblings, was born in Sheikhupura, India, which would become part of Pakistan when Pakistan was created. He and his family migrated to the Indian side during the violent and tumultuous partition of India and Pakistan. During his early childhood, Sudesh and his family lived in refugee camps and then in a room without running water or electricity. During this time Sudesh suffered from the illnesses of poverty and overcrowding, including smallpox. His family settled in Delhi and over time his father developed a business in the paper industry and eventually found financial success. From an early age, Sudesh enjoyed reading and learning. Despite his mother having received only 6 months of formal education herself, she was an important advocate for her children’s education. All four children achieved at least a bachelors, one obtained a doctorate degree and two others obtained masters degrees. Education Sudesh was one of a select 5% awarded a merit scholarship to Bombay India Institute of Technology (view the 60 Minutes special about IIT). He earned a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT and his Masters Degree (MSEE) from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Sudesh worked for Gulf Research and Development Company, where he was granted design patent and went on to develop a sophisticated sulfur analyzer which won the company the coveted IR-100 Award from Industrial Research magazine as one of the 100 most significant developments of the year. This was Gulf’s first IR-100 award in more than 20 years. In 1968, Sudesh relocated to California where he worked for a short period at the company that would eventually be known as NEO Tech. He saved his money and went to work building his own business much like his father had done. In 1975, Sudesh, along with William Scharf, bought NATEL out of bankruptcy and created a new business. In 1981, Sudesh bought out his partners’ shares to become sole owner. Through his expertise, the company became a leader in design, development and manufacturing of complex, high-end electronic, microelectronic and synchro conversion products. He implemented a sales team to sell NATEL standard products throughout the world. In the late 1980s, the Department of Justice began an investigation after an employee accused NATEL of falsifying test data. After nearly 6 years of scrutiny, the DOJ could not find fault, but by that point millions of dollars of business left NATEL to avoid the negative publicity. In 1993, Sudesh had to enter a guilty plea to end the investigation and start rebuilding his business. His efforts to grow were hampered again in 1994 when a significant earthquake devastated his business. Once again, Sudesh focused on rebuilding and began shipping parts within 3 weeks using temporary facilities. The 1990s were not only notable for struggles. Sudesh led NATEL through several synergistic acquisitions that moved the company into new products and packaging technologies. He also wisely mitigated risks against the wireless boom and bust that afflicted so many other microelectronics companies. In 2000, Sudesh’s leadership led to NATEL being awarded the Raytheon Microelectronics Outsource contracts. He pivoted NATEL away from standard products and towards contract manufacturing. In 2003, based on the success of the 2000 divestiture, Raytheon nominated NATEL and Sudesh for the US Small Business Administration’s Regional Subcontractor of the Year Award. In 2007, Sudesh spearheaded the acquisition of Raytheon divested equipment and related assets associated with the manufacturing of certain microwave integrated circuits (MICs) from the Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) unit of Raytheon Company (located in El Segundo, California). The MICs are used in SAS Tactical Radar and Electronic Warfare products. Concurrent with the acquisition, NATEL and Raytheon entered into a long term exclusive supplier agreement for the MICs as well as a preferred supplier agreement for related MICs. The agreement is a positive development for both parties, with SAS divesting a non-core product and NATEL strengthening its position as a RF/Microwave manufacturer. In October 2013, when most people in their late 60s would consider retiring, Sudesh decided to roll the dice and buy a company nearly three times larger than NATEL. The acquisition placed NATEL among Tier 2 EMS providers and complemented the existing microelectronics business. Sudesh has been enjoying the integration process and pushing the business to new levels. Many innovative capabilities have been added to NATEL’s product line during Sudesh’s tenure, and comprehensive management controls have been implemented. The success of these changes has been illustrated by the company’s continuous, profitable growth and recognition as a formidable, world-class microelectronics manufacturing company. The company is now known as NEO Tech. —- Charitable Work & Personal Life Sudesh serves on the National Board of Directors of Pratham USA, the largest educational NGO in India, with a goal of ensuring that every child in India receives a quality education. He first became involved with the organization in 2005, and has been an active in shaping their growth and vision. As a part of his involvement, he has donated heavily to the construction of schools, including DIL Kaisera School for Girls in Mandianwala, Pakistan, which is named after his mother, as well as the Pratham Arora Center for Education (PACE) Vocational Training Centers in six Indian cities: Aurangabad, Latur, Bapatla, Bhopal, Ralegaon, and Pilani. His vision is to boost literacy among the poor and then create more than one million jobs globally for people to apply their education. In 2006, he donated the NATEL’s Simi Valley building to California Community Foundation (CCF). In 2009, Sudesh gave rent-free operation in Chatsworth, CA, to the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, which the foundation used to open a 15,000-square-foot facility to offer information, support groups and other programs for cancer patients and their families, as well as a video production facility and television studio. Sudesh is a member of MENSA and enjoys spending time with his family, building his business, sailing, and wine (in that order).
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About NEO Tech: Electronic Manufacturing Services offers contract manufacturing, medical electronic manufacturing, PCB assembly, OEM and manufacturing
President & CEO of Tempo Automation
Joy Weiss, currently President of Dust Networks at Analog Devices, has held executive leadership positions over the past 35 years at a variety of private and public technology companies. Joy was CEO of Dust Networks, a pioneer in industrial wireless sensor networking, when it was acquired by Linear Technology in 2011, and she has served on the boards of several private companies in Silicon Valley. She is currently on the board of Vigilent and Tempo Automation. Joy is also the Chair of the board of Playworks, a national non-profit based in Oakland, CA. Joy holds a BSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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About Analog Devices, InkSpace Imaging, Tempo Automation: Tempo Automation is transforming the way companies innovate and bring new electronic products to market.
CEO of Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment
Gerald (Zheyao) Yin has served as AMEC’s chairman and CEO since the company was founded in 2004. He brings more than 28 years of product development and executive management experience in the semiconductor equipment industry. Prior to AMEC, Dr. Yin spent 13 years at Applied Materials. While there, he held a variety of executive positions, including corporate vice president and general manager of the Etch product business group, vice president of Asia sourcing and procurement, and chief technology officer of Applied Materials Asia. Dr. Yin joined Intel central technology development when he first arrived in Silicon Valley in 1984. In 1986, he moved to Lam Research, where he led the Etch technology development and introduction initiatives for several key products. Dr. Yin received his Bachelor of Science in chemical physics from the University of Science and Technology, China. He pursued his graduate studies at Beijing University, Department of Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to his U.S. experience, he served the Chinese Academy of Sciences as a research group leader where he received two national science team awards. He holds 74 U.S. patents, with more pending.
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About Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment: Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment provides microfabrication services for the semiconductor and high-tech industries.
Founder, CEO of Bear Flag Robotics
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About Bear Flag Robotics: Bear Flag Robotics is an AgTech company developing autonomous technology for farm tractors to increase productivity and improve safety.
John J. Ferriola
CEO of Nucor Corporation
Mr. John J. Ferriola has been Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Nucor Corp. He has been appointed as Chairman of the Board, effective January 1, 2014. He has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Nucor since January 2013. Previously, Mr. Ferriola served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nucor from January 2011 to December 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Ferriola served as Chief Operating Officer of Steelmaking Operations of Nucor from 2007 to 2010, Executive Vice President from 2002 to 2007 and Vice President from 1996 to 2001. He has been active in the Association for Iron and Steel Technology for over 20 years and has served on its board of directors. He serves on the board of directors of the Steel Manufacturers Association. With a degree in electrical engineering, Mr. Ferriola worked in operating and management roles in the steel industry before joining Nucor.
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About Nucor Corporation: Nucor Corporation is engaged in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products. The Company operates in two business segments: steel
CEO & Co-Founder of Fortify
Josh Martin is a mechanical engineer and materials scientist by training. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was first exposed to composite materials. Josh worked as a materials scientist at the Army Research Labs before moving to Boston to pursue his Ph.D. at Northeastern University under a National Science Foundation Fellowship. His research spun out into Fortify, where he operates as CEO. Outside of the office, you can find Josh rock climbing and taking motorcycle trips.
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About Fortify: Fortify is an advanced manufacturing startup that aims to disrupt additive manufacturing.
Co-Founder and CEO of Cambridge Touch Technologies Ltd.
Accomplished and energetic entrepreneur working in the high-technology industries of flat panel displays, semiconductors and enterprise SaaS; executive level management and technical experience in all aspects of high-growth company operations. – Experienced in technology commercialization, including: business development and strategy, sales and marketing, customer development, IP management, contract and licensing negotiation, and fund raising.
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Founder and CEO of Griffyn Robotech
Amit Mahajan is an inventor, a serial entrepreneur and a visionary. Amit is the founder of Phoenix Innovations, Griffyn Robotech and Xcaliber Infotech. He is the CEO and chairman of the board for all 3 companies. Prior to this, Amit was the founder and CEO of Xcaliber Technologies based out of Atlanta. Xcaliber technologies was acquired in 2016 by Blancco Technology Group. Amit has 1 patent and multiple pending patents in his name. He is also the inventor and the brain behind the Deepsight Grading platform and SmartChk Diagnostics solution.
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About Griffyn Robotech, Phoenix Innovations, Xcaliber Infotech: Griffyn Robotech specializes in manufacturing Grading Robots, Testing Robots, Industrial IoT AI Edge Gateways, Smart Cameras, Automation
President and Chief Executive Officer of Colfax Corporation
Matt Trerotola is Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Colfax Corporation. Prior to joining Colfax in July 2015, he was DuPont’s Executive Vice President and a member of the Office of the Chief Executive. In this role, he was responsible for DuPont’s $6.3 billion Electronics & Communications and Safety & Protection segments, as well as having corporate responsibility for Asia-Pacific. Mr. Trerotola has spent most of his career in various roles at DuPont, Danaher, and McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining DuPont, Mr. Trerotola held a number of leadership positions at Danaher Corporation, where he was most recently Vice President and Group Executive for Life Sciences from 2012 to 2013, and oversaw a group comprised of four companies, approximately 7,000 associates and $2.5 billion in revenue. Previously at Danaher, he was Group Executive for Product Identification from 2009 to 2012, and President of the Videojet business from 2007 to 2009. In these roles, he greatly accelerated organic growth and made acquisitions that both strengthened and redefined the group.
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About Colfax Corporation: Colfax provides industrial pumps and other fluid handling equipment, including pumps for diesel engines, crude oil transfers, and marines.
CEO of Synthox
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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Price Industries
Mr. Gerry Price serves as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Price Industries, Inc.
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About Price Industries: Price Industries are manufacturing and supplying innovative air distribution, critical controls, and noise control products.
Palaniswamy ‘Raj’ Rajan
Chairman & CEO of SoftWear Automation
Managing Partner at CTW Venture Partners.
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Co-Founder & CEO of Culture Biosciences
Will Patrick is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Culture Robotics.
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About Culture Biosciences: Culture Biosciences develops automated bio-reactors that help companies optimize their manufacturing processes.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Pathmind
Chris Nicholson is the CEO of Skymind and co-creator of Deeplearning4j, the most popular open-source deep-learning framework on the JVM. In a prior life, Chris led communications and recruiting for FutureAdvisor, a Sequoia-backed YCombinator startup which was acquired by BlackRock in 2015. He also spent a decade reporting on tech and finance for The New York Times, Businessweek and Bloomberg, among others.
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About Pathmind: Pathmind helps simulation modelers optimize industrial operations and supply chains with deep reinforcement learning.
Founder and CEO of FORT Robotics
Samuel Reeves is Co-Founder and President of Humanistic Robotics, Inc. Samuel’s main responsibilities at HRI include understanding customer requirements and the completion of customer deliverables, the ongoing maintenance of the HRI’s human capital and developing customer relationships and partnerships. Samuel got his start in the landmine clearance field as a researcher for the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, a multilateral think-tank that is a leading innovator on the global landmine issue. Previously, Samuel has helped to build and lead the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of the University of Pennsylvania, consulting organization funded by the Federal Government, Commonwealth of PA, and the University that assists over 600 businesses each year on matters of critical strategic, operational and financial matters. Samuel has also held positions at financial firms Apex Capital Corp and Texas Pacific Group (now TPG Capital). Samuel Reeves earned a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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About FORT Robotics: FORT Robotics is a safety and security platform designed to secure autonomous machines from cybersecurity attacks.