March 30th Guest Speaker bio:
Michael’s business development and marketing prowess has been a driving force in imagistic’s growth over the past eleven years. His knowledge, vision and ability to speak “English, not tech” have helped turn top-tier companies such as Technicolor, Hollywood.com, Network For Good and California Pizza Kitchen into long-term clients. As the Director of all sales and PR efforts Michael’s goal is to guide clients from the initial sales pitch to the eventual launch of their product. His objective is to work with a client to help them realize their vision and create a Web site that inspires, educates and engages end users.
Along with his extensive management, marketing and sales experience, Michael has a background in education and counseling. He’s taught at the Crossroads School, Palms Middle School, and Daniel Webster Middle School, all located in Los Angeles. Michael is a contributor for The Nonprofit Technology Network as a speaker at their annual conference and offering his expertise to nonprofits through webinars, online office hours and writing articles. He has also spoken at FS/TEC, Boston University, The Center for Nonprofit Management, Network For Good, Pepperdine University and others.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University, and earned a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola-Marymount University. He is on the Advisory Boards for The Ojai Foundation and The Wildwoods Foundation.
March 23rd Guest Speaker bio:
Kent Yu is Founder and President of T3 Micro, Inc., and is responsible for the continued overall growth and success of the franchise. T3 is a designer and manufacturer of head-turning, high-performance professional styling products for exceptional style makers. As a fast growing company, Kent is very hands on operationally in all aspects of the business, including having ultimate responsibility for financing, sales, marketing, manufacturing, operations and research and development. In 2004 he believed it was possible to manufacture a superior ionic hair dryer, and realized this belief with the iconic T3 Bespoke Featherweight. This singularly revolutionized the product category by emphasizing Tourmaline technology, premium branding, distribution and manufacturing, faster drying, smoother finishes, softer air flow and lighter overall weight. T3 is a privately-held company headquartered in Venice, California with a marketing office in New Jersey and manufacturing facilities in Korea. Previously, Kent worked in the technology investment banking division of Salomon Smith Barney. He also worked as a management consultant at Montgomery and Company. And he worked as Product Manager at netVmg, an innovative network router manufacturer, which was acquired by Internap ("INAP"). He graduated from the University of California at San Diego.
March 9th Guest Speaker bios:
March 2nd Guest Speaker: Martin Shum, bio shown below:
Martin Shum is an old hand in entrepreneurial activities. He founded and served as Chairman, President and CEO of two companies; ACT Networks,a wide area networking equipment company traded on NASDAQ as “ANET“ in 1995 and Aprisa, Inc., a search site dedicated to electronic hardware designers purchased by Agilysys in 2002. Martin also served on the board of a number of start up companies including SignalCom (a voice compression algorithm company), NetSpeak (a voice over IP Company), KnowledgeLink (an e-commerce company specializing in high-end audio/video systems), Ampersand (a contract engineering company based in India), NXTV (a broadband digital entertainment system company for the hospitality industry), and EnvironX (a green technology company focusing on the recycling of used carpets).
Since his retirement from the workforce in 2002, Martin has “dabbled” in a number of industries either as an advisor, an investor or as a managing partner. They include wood flooring, window treatment, promotional products, auto maintenance and repair, taxi services, commercialproperties, music studio, and record production. His most recent interest is in the field of cure for aging.
Martin is on the Community Board of St. Johns Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. Johns Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, CA. He is a recipient of Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year award (1996), Bridgegate‘s Leadership award (2000) and Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers’ Engineer of the Year award (2007).
Feb 16th Guest Speaker: Andre deFusco, bio shown below:
February 2nd: Jason Nazar, Pepperdine MBA, a former student of mine and a “rock-star”.
Jan 12th: Ravi Sawhney, President and Founder, of RKS Design, and his team! You can visit RKS Design at: RKS Design
Mr. Sawhney’s bio is in PDF format and can be viewed via the link above.
Mr. White’s bio is in Word format and can be viewed via the link above. Please note that he is Pepperdine MBA.
Deepa Prahalad Bio:
Deepa Prahalad has a wide-ranging business background including experience as a commodities trader with Cargill and as a strategy consultant. She has a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Deepa authored the first business plan for MyOwn.MD (now Safe-Med.com) which is now the analytic engine behind Google Health. She has also worked as an independent consultant on marketing and strategy for Zebra (ZBRA) and other companies. Some of her interests include art, interior design and history. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.
Jan 26th: Jack Dennison, Founder FunnelBrain : FunnelBrain, beta site
FunnelBrain exec bios:
Jack Dennison is a businessman and attorney with extensive experience in the computer software and services industry. He has been a senior executive with successful Internet ventures for the past ten years. From January of 2002 until September of 2007, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Move, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOVE). At the time of his arrival at Move, Inc., the company had a cash burn rate of $50 million per quarter, an unfocused business strategy, and poor management practices that had brought the company to the brink of failure. Jack led a successful effort to refine the company’s strategy and restructure its operations, resulting in a company with strong positive cash flows, growing revenues, and the number one position in the online real estate space. From 1998 through 2001, Jack served as general counsel of WebMD, where he negotiated many of the mergers, acquisitions and business transactions that created the leader in the online healthcare space. Jack has also served as Deputy General Counsel of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and as Vice President and General Counsel of The Continuum Company, a NYSE listed computer services company that was acquired by CSC in 1996.
Joe DeTuno has been a leader in business innovation and product development for over 12 years. Prior to becoming CEO at FunnelBrain, Joe was Senior Vice President of Product at Move Inc., where he led Product Management and Development activities including user experience, online advertising and product R&D for the world’s largest network of real estate websites. DeTuno introduced innovative social and web 2.0 solutions, mobile applications, and next generation search experiences for advertisers and consumers. DeTuno has served as a senior level management consultant at Cap Gemini, and as a strategy executive at Countrywide Financial. He has also held product management and marketing roles at CollegeClub.com and Microsoft. DeTuno is the co-inventor of two pending patents in the areas of search and information security.