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Learn more about our founders and board of advisors here. We have formed  a team of unique and diversified talent.

  1. Founders
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      Robert Reyes has Founded, Invested and/or Advised over 25 start-ups worldwide.   His experience is in the fields of Sales, Marketing and Supply Network Management.  He has been involved with companies worldwide in a diverse number of industries;  conducting business domestically and internationally in Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom....

    2. Gabriela Dow is the VP of Strategic Initatives for StartupCircle and owner of Mora Dow Consulting.  She also serves as a partner for Plug and Play San Diego and brings over 20 years of experience including as a founding member of the leading global e-Government firm, GovPartner, which was launched in San Diego in 2000 and acquired by Cartegraph in 2013.
      In 2008 Gabriela founded Friends With Class, an online catalog of classes which was profitable within the first 90 days operating a roster...
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  2. Advisors
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      Edye is the Senior Director, Senior Legal Counsel at DriveCam.  Prior to joining DriveCam Edye was a member at Mintz Levin focused on a full range of corporate and securities matters, including corporate formation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, venture financing, technology transfer and licensing and general business counseling for both public and private companies. Edye is admitted to practice in California.  She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Calif...


    2. Brooks is a Principal and Director for Treat Partners, LP and entrepreneur with over 17 years experience in wealth management providing personalized service and expert advice in all the areas important to a family's significant estate and business needs including access to private, commercial and investment banking, lending, asset management, concentrated stock strategies, financial planning, philanthropic planning, trust and intergenerational wealth transfer planning.
      Brooks is also the co-f...
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      David N. Burt is Emeritus Professor of Business, Innovation and Creativity at the University of San Diego. In addition to his 9 authored/co-authored books and numerous articles, Dr. Burt has consulted with some of America’s most important firms. David has championed several successful startups including: the DOD Procurement Symposium Series, the Supply Management Forum (currently in its 26th year) and the MS in Supply Chain Management program.

    4. Tomas served as a mentor at The Kauffman Center for Venture Education in Palo Alt, and he is CFO and administrative director at Grat Connection, Inc. Tomas was also President of Acceleratus Inc, a Swedish soft-landing site for early stage high-tech companies that want to establish themselves in Southern California. Prior to Acceleratus, Tomas was involved as a mentor and coach in a number of successful spin-offs from the University of Linköping in Sweden. He served on a consultancy basis at...
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      Ray Hummell has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Diego since 1998. He currently teaches Supply Chain Management to undergraduate students and Strategic Cost Management to undergraduate and graduate students at USD. Other areas of expertise and teaching include Supply Management, Financial and Managerial Accounting, and Micro and Macroeconomics. Ray's work experience outside of academia included a professional internship at Harley Davidson and controller positions at W...

    6. Michael Librizzi is the founder and inventor of the patented ecoATM; a self-service electronics recycling kiosk deployed in about 30 retail locations in the United States. The ecoATM pays consumers cash for their unwanted mobile phones based upon world-wide wholesale prices. Founded in November of 2008, ecoATM is the recipient of a National Science Foundation phase 1 SBIR grant for 2011, the UCSD Most Innovative Product Award for 2010, and Coinstar’s Next Big Idea award. The company has ra...
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      Tizoc S. Loza is the Corporate Program Manager, Socio-Economic Business Programs/ Government Relations for a major Aerospace Prime contractor. In this position, he is responsible for direction and management, as well as corporate-wide oversight, of the Mentor-Protégé, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MIs) Programs. Mr. Loza reviews and implements corporate strategies dealing with small business initi...

    8. Patrick Peterhans has 20 years of experience in the financial field, working mostly with small companies helping both the owner and the business achieve greater financial success. He has worked with companies in many industries as well as stages of development. Patrick Peterhans has guided fast growing companies toward their successful financial future, on the other hand, also helped struggling businesses to find to way back to success while being their CFO.The services are tailored toward ...
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      Robert’s personal mission for the last twenty years has been to address one of the most compelling questions of our time: “How do we build trust and synergy across highly differentiated people and organizations?” because differences in thinking and culture are either the source of incessant and destructive conflict throughout the world, or potentially the source of massive innovation and creative energy that will heal the planet.
      This search for the “Architecture of Coop...

    10. Ms. Simonnet is the Founder and Managing Director of C-MONet, the Cleantech Management and Organization Network, a Cleantech & Sustainability Human Capital & Organizational Consulting Firm. Samantha is considered a pioneer in the field of green jobs and sustainability careers, having been focusing on human capital applied to cleantech and alternative energy namely in France, Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, China and the US on technologies ranging from utility scale solar, ...
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      Edgar Sur has over 20 years of initiating and delivering sustained results and effective changes across a wide range of industries from Aerospace to Technology and Healthcare Proven Expertise in strategic planning, planning, organizing, and leading cross-functional teams to bring about economic change to business through strategies, infrastructures, systems, and focus behaviors Highly energetic individual driven by the challenges presented in process improvement change initiatives. A creative ...

    12. Devang Thakkar is an entrepreneurial Software Product Management/Marketing and Business Development executive. He has 15+ years of global experience with launching and growing new and current software and technology businesses. His experience and expertise includes business solutions for Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) based Business Process Management, Entertainment and Media, Electronic Content Management (ECM), Imaging and Storage. Devang has worked at large and small corporations in v...
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      Mr. Sebastien Torre has 15 years of successful experience in the leadership and management of international marketing/sales and business development divisions of various technology companies. Mr. Torre’s current mission is to promote San Diego as an internationally recognized Tech and Cleantech hub while attracting venture capital funds from the Silicon Valley and from Europe.
      Partner and founder of Venture Development International, LLC and Venture & Capital International LLC (1999),...

    14. Ping is an entrepreneur, scientist, and engineer who focuses on bridging and finding synergies between disparate realms of technical and business disciplines, as well as cultures.   He founded a startup accelerator program in San Diego, the Ansir Innovation Center, which hosts a dozen or so early-stage technology companies and facilitates mentorship, business development, and funding for them.   He is a also “Visioneer”   (strategyinnovation engineering)...
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