Faculty

A group of accomplished entrepreneurs, technology company executives, and venture capitalists who serve as mentors, speakers, and career advisors for our students and provide programming and curriculum guidance for our faculty.

Mike Cassidy

MBA ’91, Harvard University
BS & MS, Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mike is the CEO of Apollo Fusion, a startup that designs satellite propulsion systems and hybrid fusion power plants. At Google he was a Vice President, and he was the Project Leader of Project Loon. Mike was the CEO and co-founder of several successful companies and served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital.

Tom Clay

MBA ’97, Harvard University
BA, Mathematics, Princeton University

Tom, a former U.S. Army Ranger, is the CEO of Xtalic, a company that engineers stable metal alloys at the Nano-scale. He is on the Board at Mcor Technologies and was the CEO, President and a Board Member of Z Corporation, a leading pioneer in 3D printing, where he grew the company from early commercialization to market leadership. He is interested in education and workforce development, and serves on the School Committee in Westford, MA and as a Trustee at Mount Wachusett Community College.

Sam Clemens

MBA ’04, Harvard University
BS, Applied Mathematics/Economics, Yale University

Sam is the founder and CPO of InsightSquared. His career includes work in VC, management consulting and product leadership at several startups, including HubSpot and Bzzagent.  Sam advises students and companies on product management and agile product development. He is also a Venture Partner at the early-stage venture firm Accomplice.

Bill Doyle

MBA ‘92, Harvard University
S.B., Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Bill is the Executive Chairman of Novocure Ltd., a commercial stage oncology company pioneering Tumor Treating Fields therapy for solid tumor cancers and the Executive Chairman of Blink Health LLC, an e-commerce platform providing access to prescription drugs for all Americans. Bill is also the lead independent director of Minerva Neuroscience and a director of Optinose, Inc. Previously, Bill was a member of Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics Group Operating Committee with responsibility for licensing and acquisitions and R&D.

Eric Dunn

MBA ’83, Harvard University
AB, Physics, Harvard University

Eric is currently the CEO of Quicken Inc. Prior to his current role, Eric served as a Senior Vice President, CFO and CTO at Intuit. Earlier he worked for IBM, Bain & Company, and was a General Partner at Cardinal Ventures. Eric has served on the board of directors for dozens of companies. He is also a helicopter pilot and flies a Robinson R44.

Bruce Evans

MBA ‘86, Harvard University
BE, ’81 Mechanical Engineering and Economics, Vanderbilt University

Bruce is currently a Senior Advisor to Summit Partners. He is also Chairman of Summit Partners’ Board and is a former Managing Partner of the firm. During his 32 year venture capital career, he has served as a member of the boards of directors of 35 companies, including 14 public companies. He is currently a director of two public companies, Analog Devices and Casa Systems, and two private  companies.  In addition, he is Chairman of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust.

Jennifer Fonstad

MBA ‘97, Harvard University
BSFS, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Jennifer is a serial entrepreneur and veteran venture investor with over two decades of experience in Mobile and Enterprise technology, including Healthcare IT. She co-founded Aspect Ventures in 2014, an early stage, mobile focused investment firm with $350MM under management. Prior to Aspect, Jennifer was a Managing Director with Draper Fisher Jurvetson for 17 years where she helped grow the firm from $150MM under management to over $3.5Billion before she left to found Aspect.

Bridget Frey

AB ’99, Computer Science, Harvard University

As Redfin’s Chief Technology Officer, Bridget leads the software engineering team, which she has grown to more than 150 engineers in Seattle and San Francisco. She started coding when she was five on an Apple IIe, and has built software and led teams at high-growth tech companies for almost twenty years. Bridget specializes in big data, analytics engineering, and systems architecture. She is a thought leader on engineering culture and issues facing women in technology, and nearly 32% of Redfin’s technology team are women.

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Rafael Garcia

AB ’09, Applied Mathematics/Computer Science, Harvard University

Rafael is the co-founder and CTO of Clever, an educational technology platform that is used by nearly half of the school districts in the U.S. Prior to Clever, Rafael was an Algorithmic Trader at Jump Trading.

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Dayna Grayson

MBA ’06, Harvard University
BS, Systems Engineering, University of Virginia

Dayna, an Investing Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), focuses on how business and consumer behaviors drive new product adoption. Active in East Coast startup communities, Dayna is a Director of Desktop Metal, Onshape, Curalate, Framebridge, Glamsquad and Upskill. Dayna founded NEA Studio and runs NEA’s seed fund.

Stephanie Hannon

MBA ’04, Harvard University
MS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
BS, Computer Systems Engineering, Stanford University

Stephanie is the CPO for Strava, a fitness-tracking social media startup. Prior to Strava, she was the CTO for the 2016 Hillary for America Campaign. Stephanie worked at Google as the Director of Product Management, Civic Innovation and Social Impact. She also worked as a Product Manager at Facebook. Stephanie is on the Board of Directors at the Girl Scouts of Northern California.

Lara Hodgson

MBA ’98, Harvard University
BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Lara is the co-founder, President and CEO of NOW Corp, a B2B payments company that enables businesses to get paid immediately with their NOWaccount® in a way that feels like accepting a credit card for payment when a card is not offered. She also founded Nourish, a patented line of spill-proof bottled water for kids and ready-to-serve bottles for babies. Lara is a founding Board member and Chairman of the Board of the Atlanta Heights Charter School and a member of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees. Lara serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School. She is an avid runner having been a scholarship member of the Georgia Tech Track and Field Team.

Minnie Ingersoll

MBA ’02, Harvard University
BS, Computer Science, Stanford University

Minnie is the co-founder and Advisor of Shift Technologies, Inc., an online platform disrupting the car-buying process. Previously, she spent 12 years at Google working to develop their fiber network. She also serves as the COO for Code for America.

Chad Laurans

MBA ’06, Harvard University
BS, Electrical Engineering, Yale University

While at HBS, Chad and Eleanor Laurans (MBA ’06) co-founded SimpliSafe, a no-contract, easily-installed, wireless home security system. Chad designed the original product himself and grew the company under the radar of long-established competitors. The company grew with only a single angel investment in 2006 until receiving $57M in 2014 from Sequoia in a Series A funding.

Aileen Lee

MBA ’97, Harvard University
BS, Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aileen is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a seed-stage focused fund. They seek to back exceptional teams building technology that re-imagines work and personal life in large and growing markets – what they call “Life 2.0”. She was formerly a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and the CEO of RMG Networks.  A graduate of MIT, Aileen has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Jessica Lin

AB ‘09, Government & Secondary, African Studies, Harvard University

Jessica is co-founder and VC at Work-Bench, an enterprise-focused venture fund and community. Her career includes work in both the corporate and startup worlds in Learning & Development at Cisco Systems, and leading an innovation and design fellowship in South Africa at Harvard University. Jessica is also a longtime GED instructor, and is passionate about transforming workforce development through tech.

Jeremy Lizt

AB ’97, Applied Mathematics, Harvard University
Dpl, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

Jeremy co-founded and was CTO of LiveRamp, a data connectivity company that was acquired by Acxiom for $310M. He serves as an advisor to TravelJoy, DataVant, and POPVOX and was previously Vice President of Engineering at Rapleaf and a Senior Development Manager at Oracle Corp.

Paul Maeder

MBA ’84, Harvard University
BSE, Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences, Princeton University
MSE, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Paul is the Chair and General Partner of Highland Capital Partners, investing in online higher education, robotics, and software. He has served as a director for many private and public companies and manages Highland’s investments in Avidyne, Blue Tarp Financial, Carbon Black, Jaunt, Rethink Robotics and 2U.

Guy Miasnik

MBA ’99, Harvard University
BSc, Electrical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Guy was co-founder and CEO of AtHoc, a networked crisis communication company that was acquired by Blackberry. At Blackberry, Guy was a Division President and later its Chief Strategy Officer, working on the turnaround of the company into an enterprise software business.

Sunil Nagaraj

MBA ’09, Harvard University
BS, Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sunil Nagaraj is Managing Partner of Ubiquity Ventures where he invests in seed-stage startups in the areas of smart hardware and machine intelligence applications. Prior to Ubiquity, Sunil spent 6 years as a VC with Bessemer Venture Partners where he was part of investments in Auth0, Defense.Net (acquired by F5 Networks), Rocket Lab, Spire, Tile, Twitch (acquired by Amazon), and Zapier. He was previously founder/CEO of VC-backed online dating startup Triangulate. He has also worked at Bain & Company, Cisco, and Microsoft. Sunil is current Co-Chair of the NextGen Partners as well as the NextGen Board of the Computer History Museum.  He also serves on the board of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Harvard Business School California Research Center, and the Volunteer Council of the SETI Institute.

Dan Nevius

SB ’11, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science/Astrophysics, Harvard University
MPhil, Engineering, University of Cambridge
MSc, Space Science & Engineering, University College of London
MBA’17, Harvard University

Dan Nevius is a Co-Founder and COO of Analytical Space, a Boston-based startup building a network of small satellites that use optical communication to provide a data relay service for remote sensing satellites. Before starting Analytical Space, Dan was the Director of Special Projects at Planetary Resources, worked briefly at BCG in the London Office and interned at the Space and Science Branch of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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Steve Papa

MBA ’99, Harvard University
BSE, Engineering and Economics, Princeton University

Steve is the founder and CEO of Parallel Wireless, which is rebuilding the global cellular network; founding Exec Chairman of Toast which is reimagining restaurant technology; and a board member of Desktop Metal revolutionizing 3D metal printing. As founder and CEO of Endeca, he pioneered Guided Navigation and led Endeca through its acquisition by Oracle in 2011 for $1.1B. Before founding Endeca, Steve was part of the MIT $50K team that created Akamai, an associate at Venrock, and an early member of the Inktomi team.

Luke Porisch

BS, Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Airforce Academy
SM ’05, Engineering Sciences, Harvard University

Luke was the first employee at the fermentation campus of Valent BioSciences, which researches and produces biopesticides from natural components. For six years he was Engineering Manager at Valent’s 100-employee plant. Prior to Valent, Luke worked as an engineer with the U.S. Air Force, Spectranetics and Rockwell Collins. He is now transitioning to lead his local community bank, St. Ansgar State Bank.

Vivek Ranadivé

MBA ’83, Harvard University
BS/MA Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Vivek is the founder and former CEO of TIBCO Software, a multibillion-dollar real-time computing company and of Teknekron Software Systems, best known for automating Wall Street and most of the world’s capital markets. He is the Owner and Chairman of the Sacramento Kings and has written three New York Times bestselling business-related books, including The Two Second Advantage.

Diego Rodriguez

MBA with distinction ’01, Harvard Business School
BS, Mechanical Engineering & BA, Values Technology Science & Society, Stanford University

Diego is the Chief Product & Design Officer at Intuit. Earlier in his career he worked as a design engineer at HP and at IDEO, where he became a Partner and Global Managing Director. He led the growth of IDEO’s own new ventures, such as IDEO U, CoLab, and Creative Difference. Diego was a founding faculty member of Stanford’s d.school and is a Professor of the Practice at Boise State University. He was a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School.

Catherine Ulrich

AB ’05, Biomechanical Engineering, Harvard University

Catherine (Kit) is the Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, an early stage VC firm in NYC. Prior to joining FirstMark Capital, she was the Chief Product Officer (CPO) of Shutterstock and held several senior roles at Weight Watchers, including CPO, and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Development.

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Russ Wilcox

MBA ’95, Harvard University
AB, Applied Mathematics, Harvard University

Russ is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded and led E Ink, Piper Therapeutics and Transatomic Power. He is currently a Partner at Pillar VC, investing in early stage and newly formed companies in the Boston area. Russ spent a year traveling with his family to 32 countries around the world.