- Mitchell Levy, Director, Silicon Valley
Executive Business Program
- our CSO facilitators
- Mitchell Levy, Chief Strategist
at the Value Framework® Institute
- Phil Hood, Partner, Transcend Strategy
- Alex Sloan, Principal, Expansion Capital
Silicon Valley Executive Business Program Instructors
Mitchell Levy is Director and
Chief Strategy Officer of the innovative Silicon Valley Executive
Business Program and the Chairman and partner of CEOnetworking.
His latest company is Happy
About® a quick-to-publish book publisher. He is also
President and CEO of the Strategic Consulting firm ECnow.com,
author of the books Happy
About Knowing What to Expect in 2006, Happy
About Outsourcing, and E-Volve-or-Die.com,
creator of the Value
Framework®, and on the Board of Directors of Rainmaker
Systems (NASDAQ: RMKR). Mr. Levy was the conference chair
for four Comdex conferences and was at Sun Microsystems for
9 years, the last 4 of which he managed the e-commerce component
of Sun's $3.5 billion supply chain. He is a popular speaker,
lecturing on business and management issues throughout the U.S.
and around the world.
Lyford is responsible for assessing investment opportunities
at Signal Lake Ventures. Prior to this he was the CEO of Linuxcare,
which delivers software that manages Linux in the corporate
data center. Prior Mr. Lyford was part of McKinsey&Co's
business building practice. His early career was at IBM where
he was initially part of IBM's personal computer independent
business unit and later was responsible for product planning,
business development, and strategy for the Intel based server
product line as it grew from $475M to $1.4B.
Suzette Cavanaugh has over 25
years of experience in product marketing, brand development
and positioning, and marketing communications. She started her
career with American Hospital Supply Corporation and spent 10
years in consumer marketing with Kentucky Fried Chicken and
Stouffer's. Joining high tech in 1985, she has launched over
100 products and services for companies such as Ashton-Tate,
Aldus, Macromedia, and Oracle Consulting and for start-ups.
She currently provides marketing consulting services. She has
a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Northwestern University
and completed the UCLA Graduate School of Management Executive
Mike Griego is President of MXL
Partners. He has 23+ years of practical high-technology
sales and management experience at companies ranging from IBM,
StorageTek/XLDatacomp, and Dataquest/Gartner Group. Mr. Griego
has served as VP of sales and marketing for Zona Research and
Active Decisions, a CRM decision-support software company, and
M3 Learning. He's authored Strategic Sales Execution - the Next
Generation Process for Effective Selling, an effectiveness-training
program for sales people and management. A popular sales trainer,
motivational speaker and consultant to VCs and CEOs, Mr. Griego
has advised numerous start-up companies and has spoken to and
trained hundreds of sales people and executives. He has a BA
degree from Occidental College and an MBA from Stanford University.
Gwen Hanna is an organizational
consultant in the Silicon Valley. In her most recent corporate
role, she was the VP of People for an internet-based company.
Over the last 10 years, she has focused on organizational development.
Her positions have led to assignments in the U.S., Asia, and
Europe focusing on the facilitation of organizational development
and strategic planning initiatives across multi-cultural constituencies.
Ms. Hanna frequently lectures, presents, and facilitates to
diverse audiences on topics regarding organizational development,
change management, leadership development, and effective cross
Our CFO Facilitators
Rich Brenner is CEO of the Interim
Executive Management firm, The
Brenner Group. Rich has more than
30 years of experience in general and financial management and
has assisted many emerging companies in the roles of President,
VP and CFO. Mr. Brenner's contributions have centered on helping
companies establish the infrastructure to manage growth, raise
capital, and grow through acquisition. His accomplishments include:
establishing operational controls to support annual revenue
growth from zero to more than $60 million in less than two years;
negotiating m&as; and driving successful public and
private debt and equity placements. Mr. Brenner is a founder,
director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Bridge Bank,
NA. Mr. Brenner holds a BS in accounting with a minor in management
information systems from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
John Beck joined The Brenner Group
in 2003 and brings over 25 years of experience in financial
management, strategic planning and execution for technology
firms. He has held full-time CFO positions with both public
and private companies, and, in addition to finance, has broad
experience managing cross-functional areas such as IP management,
legal, treasury, risk management, HR, IT and facilities. John's
background also includes managing the accounting, finance and
reporting requirements of European and Asian offices.
Our CSO Facilitators
Mitchell Levy (see above)
Phil Hood, Phil Hood, Partner,
Transcend Strategy Group, is an author, consultant and publisher.
For the past fifteen years he as consulted and written on the
development and use of digital media and pervasive computing
technologies. He is the former executive editor of NewMedia
Magazine, and a contributing columnist to Wired. As the former
CEO of Digital 4Sight, he directed a series of multi-year research
studies that explored the links between emerging technologies
and business ethics and strategy. Prior to that he was a Publisher
and Editor at CMP where he developed a series of music magazines.
He is a founder of Enter Music Publishing, Inc. and a consultant
and advisor to music industry sites such as Synthesis.net.
Alex Sloan joined Expansion Capital
Partners as a Principal in 2006. He is a member of the investment
committee and is involved with sourcing, closing and monitoring
the firm's Cleantech investments. Prior to joining Expansion,
Alex co-founded and was a partner at Blackwolf Partners, an
early stage Cleantech venture capital firm. Alex serves as Chairman
and President of National Youth Leadership Forum, a leading
non-profit company that organizes career-oriented educational
programs for high school students. Alex often lectures on venture
capital financing, entrepreneurship and sustainable technologies.
Our COO Facilitators
Peter Ostrow is President
and CEO of Testmart, a San Bruno based business-to-business
e-commerce company specializing in the development of on-line
commerce and community for technical equipment marketplaces.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Ostrow was a senior executive
at Narrowline, a San Francisco based Internet advertising transaction
and research company. From 1988 to 1997, Mr. Ostrow held various
positions at The New York Times. Mr. Ostrow holds an MBA from
New York University and a BA in Chinese Language from Washington
University in St. Louis.
Sheila Baker is VP, Marketing at Kace
Networks, Inc. She has more than 20 years experience bringing
technology products to market with a very broad senior management
background. Since starting her career as a software engineer,
she has gained experience running marketing, operations, and
sales teams as well as in business development. Sheila has worked
in public and private companies all sizes including VA Software,
MontaVista Software, The Santa Cruz Operation, Apollo Computer
(through the HP acquisition), and Raytheon. Baker graduated
with an MS in Management from Northeastern University, and a
BS in Computer Science and Economics from the State University
of New York at Albany.
Our CTO Facilitators
Michael Abbott is the founder
and CTO of Composite Software
where he pioneering the development of a next-generation enterprise
information integration product called the Composite Information
Server. Prior to founding Composite Software, he was CTO of
Electron Economy, a supply chain software company named to Upside's
list of Top 100 companies of 2001. He has published widely and
speaks regularly on data integration and has co-authored the
book 'Java P2P Unleashed'. He participates in the Java Community
Process (JCP), W3C, and has chaired groups at the Software Development
Forum. Abbott completed Ph.D. research at the University of
Washington and is a member of IEEE and ACM.
Greg Brown is the VP of Engineering
and Technology, having started at the Tech in 1994 managing
many different aspects of the museum's operation. He has acquired
$32M worth of donated high-tech equipment for use in the museum,
and initiated The Tech Challenge, an exciting design contest
for youthful engineers. During his 20-year career in research,
Greg worked on robotics, computer vision and other advanced
engineering areas at FMC's Corporate Technology Center. In addition,
Greg put on popular workshops on creativity and brainstorming.
He holds two patents. Greg earned his BS and Master's degrees
in Engineering at Stanford University.
Axel Kloth is the founder and
CTO of Parimics, Inc. Axel has more than 15 years of experience
in high performance computing, networking, and low latency switching
as well as experience in designing and implementing large chips.
He has contributed to and authored many patents. Throughout
his career, he worked for system and semiconductor companies.
He has written several books and technical articles, covering
basic technologies and applications and deployments of these.
As an IEEE member he was a crucial part of clarifying the feasibility
of XAUI. Axel was on the Technical Advisory Boards of HotRail,
Z-Force and Zedix. He finished his post-grad studies in physics
and informatics at University of Kiel in Germany.
Peter Rosberg is a director at
eBay managing the merchant integration group for PayPal. His
merchants have included Apple iTunes, Yahoo, Napster, Lycos,
and GoDaddy. Previously, he worked as CTO for SawyerMedia, a
company founded by Forrest Sawyer to provide rich media business
communications solutions. Peter has also worked as a consulting
CTO helping seed stage and 1st round startups in both the bay
area and southern India attract venture capital, develop technical
strategies, create budgets, hire technical management teams,
and execute technology plans. Peter has spoken on web development
and ecommerce at various conferences including BEA eWorld, Windows
Solutions Tokyo, Windows Solutions San Francisco, and VBITS.