The coaches and advisors working with the eLab are both University of Michigan alums and a world-class group of successful technologists and business people dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship within the university and Ann Arbor ecosystem.




Rama Aysola

CEO, SensorFlash; San Francisco, CA

Rama Aysola served as Chief Executive Officer of Intersection, Inc., from 2003 to February 2006. Before this, Mr. Aysola served as Chief Executive Officer of AirFlash, Inc. for five years. He Co-founded Vicinity Corp., in 1995 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 1997. Rama has worked in the internet, wireless, and semiconductor industries, and has experience in growing startups to revenue and successful exits. He conducted Seminars on personal interactive media at the MIT Media Lab in 1992. He serves as Member of Advisory Board of NearbyNow, Inc. He holds BSE degree in Engineering in 1983 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Hank Barry

Former CEO, Napster; Former VC, Hummer Winblad; Partner, Sidley Austin; San Francisco, CA

Hank Barry represents technology companies at all stages of development, with a particular focus on venture capital, digital media, and intellectual property matters. For the last 20 years, he has worked with early stage companies as a lawyer, investor and director, including seven companies in which he was involved from formation through IPO. Prior to co-founding Sidley’s Palo Alto office in December 2009, Mr. Barry was an investing partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. On behalf of Hummer Winblad, he served as CEO and a board member for Napster, Inc. from 2000 to 2002. In that capacity, Mr. Barry was responsible for Napster’s operations, including its $100M agreement with Bertelsmann AG. He has testified twice before the Senate Judiciary Committee with respect to copyright issues. In a profile focused on his work at Napster,USA Today called Mr. Barry “The Digital Diplomat.”

Mr. Barry was the principal legal counsel to several pioneering internet and digital media companies, including BizRate, Employease, Global Village Communications, Looksmart, Liquid Audio, NetDynamics and Upshot. He has also represented several notable entertainment and consumer electronics companies, including A&M Records, Disney Online and Apple Computer. In August 1997, Mr. Barry was part of the three-member team that represented Apple in its strategic partnership and investment agreements with Microsoft. In 2011 he represented Baidu, Inc. in connection with its breakthrough agreement with One-Stop China (a joint venture of Universal Music, Warner Music, and Sony Music) for the distribution of digital music in China. On December 20, 2011, the United States removed Baidu from its “notorious markets” list. Mr. Barry is recognized in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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Nancy Benovich Gilby

VP Engineering, A2O Mobile; Palo Alto, CA

Nancy brings over 20 years of successful startup experience to A2O Mobile as CTO & VP of Engineering. Nancy leads products, architecture, development and customer deployment efforts. Prior to A2O, Nancy led Asurion Mobile Applications as VP of Engineering, serving 100 + million users of her team’s mobile data cloud services. By the time she left, she lead the team that supported Asurion mobile apps on every US carrier, every phone. Nancy has previously founded and/or led products for 8 successful startups using a unique, integrated approach to company and market development, including raising 10 rounds of venture funding.

Nancy’s product development methodology has generated three case studies at the Harvard Business School. Her leadership in product strategy and development contributed to Firefly, the first online web community site, a spin out of the MIT Media Laboratory, purchased by Microsoft; Wildfire, first voice-based personal, mobile, voice-based assistant, purchased by Orange; Component Software, as co-founder, was folded into Sun to become what is Java today; and On Technology, developers of the first group scheduling application, Meeting Maker as well as a successful public company, later purchased by Symantec. Nancy holds an M.S.E. and a B.S.E. from the University of Michigan and has been a featured speaker at MIT Sloan School’s entrepreneurial conference. She regularly contributes to the “University of Michigan Bay Area Entrepreneurship Trip.”

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Devon Biondi

VP Strategy Services, Mashery; San Francisco, CA

Devon works closely with Mashery customers advising them in all stages of their API lifecycle from program conception to platform launch. Prior to Mashery she was the Chief of Staff at TIBCO Software where she worked as a strategic advisor to the CEO in all aspects of the company from acquisitions, restructures, new product development, large-scale customer retention and events. Prior to TIBCO, she worked as an Innovation Manager at Monster Labs, the R&D arm of Monster.com, where she focused on market research analysis for new products and strategic investment as well as product management, public relations and managed all IP for Monster.com. Her time before that was spent at CapGemini where she worked in the Strategy & Transformation group consulting for Fortune 100 companies such as McDonalds, Ryder Logistics, Eli Lilly and many others. Devon graduated from Amherst College and is an East Coast transplant.

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Ben Kazez

Sr. Dir Mobile, Expedia; Founder, Mobiata; Ann Arbor, MI

Ben Kazez launched the FlightTrack app in November 2008, and it became the best-selling travel app worldwide, dubbed “brilliant“ by David Pogue of the New York Times. Funded by app sales, Mobiata grew to millions of dollars in annual revenue, with a suite of travel apps featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, TechCrunch, and CNN. In November 2010, Mobiata was acquired by Expedia, where Ben now leads mobile product design. Ben earned his BA in Computer Science magna cum laude from Carleton College. He went on to design and engineer features for Mac OS X at Apple before eventually founding Mobiata. In 2009 BusinessWeek named Ben one of America’s Top 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs. Ben enjoys traveling, cooking, and studying opera singing.

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Scott Kliger

Founder and CEO of Sprink; Founder and CEO Jingle Networks, Superior, CO

Scott Kliger is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about changing existing consumer paradigms. Currently, Mr. Kliger is the founder and CEO of Sprink, Inc. Sprink is revolutionizing the way that people create and share media with mobile devices. Prior to Sprink, Mr. Kliger was the founder and CEO of Jingle Networks which was acquired by Marchex (MCHX) in April, 2011. Jingle created the 1-800-FREE-411 service which pioneered interactive audio advertising on the telephone and has saved Americans more than $1 billion in 411 information charges. Mr. Kliger was also the founder and CTO of Narrative Communications which was acquired by Excite@Home in 1998. Narrative created Enliven which pioneered the rich media advertising market on the Internet. In addition, Mr. Kliger was a General Partner of Sage Hill Partners, a venture capital firm. Mr. Kliger’s companies have raised more than $100 million in venture capital backing.
Prior to starting his entrepreneurial pursuits, Mr. Kliger served as chief architect of Lotus Development's Next Generation Products Group. Before joining Lotus, he served as the development team leader for WordPerfect Corp.'s Windows 95 and OS/2 software products. Mr. Kliger also served as IBM's lead architect for the user interface portion of the OS/2 operating system. Mr. Kliger holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Charles Newman

Founder and Chairman Emeritus of ReCellular, Inc.

Chuck is a lifelong entrepreneur, having started his first company in 1961 while still an undergraduate in college. Among his many business accomplishments, Chuck is the founder of Astrotype, the developers of the first computerized word processor; the founder of CompuMart, the first retail computer store in Michigan; and the founder of Rent-A-Byte, the first computer rental store in the United States. His successes in the private sector have fostered a sense of commitment to his community. Along with his wife Sharon he founded the Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County. Chuck is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hillel, the Foundation for Campus Life and served as President of the Michigan Jewish Conference. He was also a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Ann Arbor, a member of the Board of Directors of Gelman Science, a board member of the Wireless Foundation and also a board member at the University of Michigan Alumni Association. He also cofounded the Michigan Israel Business Bridge. Currently, Chuck holds various volunteer positions, which include being a member of the Board of Directors of Hillel, Eastern Michigan University Hillel, the International Myeloma Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley. He is also the President of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge. Chuck earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in 1963 and his Masters of Science degree in 1964 from the University of Michigan. Along with his wife, Sharon, Chuck resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have four grown children and five grandchildren.

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Nate Oostendorp

Chief Product Officer, Sight Machine; Co-founder, Slashdot; Ann Arbor, MI

Nate Oostendorp is the founder of Sight Machine, a machine vision software-as-a-service company. Previously, he was a co-founder of Slashdot, a leading technology news site, and served also as the architect and product director of SourceForge.net, the largest development and distribution platform for open source software. In his tenure at SourceForge, he led a complete rebuild of that platform during which it hosted more than 200,000 open source projects and served more than 40M users per month. Nate lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Lou Ostdiek

CTO, Brightidea, Distinguished Engineer, IBM; San Francisco, CA

Lou Ostdiek leads the technology groups at Brightidea, a provider of SaaS software for social innovation management. Lou came from IBM where he was a Distinguished Engineer and Certified IT Architect. Lou’s IBM career spanned 4 divisions including Software and Research. He served as the technology architect for key IBM clients leveraging the cutting edge technologies to solve high scale web technology challenges. Lou enjoys and is an expert at leveraging the latest technologies to provide highly scalable, interactive web 2.0 SaaS solutions. He is an expert in cloud technologies, open sourced software, and bootstrapping and scaling new technology teams. Lou is a proven technologist with strong leadership skills. He enjoys finding solutions to new problems and leading teams through successful implementation.

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Mahendra Ramsinghani

Managing Director, First Step Fund, Detroit, MI

Mahendra manages Invest Detroit- First Step Fund, a micro investment fund with investments in 40 start-ups in greater Detroit area. Mahendra has over 15 years of experience in venture capital and early stage companies. He is the author of “The Business of Venture Capital” (Wiley Finance, 2011). His educational background includes a BE (Electronics) and MBA (Finance and Marketing) from University of Pune, India.

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Ryan Sarver

Director of Platform, Twitter; San Francisco, CA;

Ryan works with developers building myriad of experiences on top of 140 characters. Prior to Twitter, he was the Director of Consumer Products at Skyhook Wireless where he led product initiatives that leveraged the WPS platform in consumer applications and experiences. Ryan was also one of the founding members of the W3C Geolocation API Working Group. He is an avid fan of hockey and wine.

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Jeff Schox

Schox Patent Law; San Francisco, CA

Jeffrey Schox is a Registered Patent Attorney and the founding member of Schox Patent Group, a boutique patent firm devoted to building patent portfolios for cleantech, medtech, and high-tech startups. Drawing on his experience of over fourteen years in patent law and seven years in angel investing, he has written patent applications for startups that attracted investments from high profile venture capital firms, including Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer, Founders Fund, Greylock, Kleiner Perkins, and Sequoia. As a Consulting Professor, Jeffrey teaches patent law in both the engineering school and the law school at Stanford University. Jeffrey also sits on the Advisory Board for the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan.

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Richard Sheridan

Founder of Menlo Innovations; Ann Arbor, MI

From kid programmer in 1971 to the cover of Forbes in 2003, "outlier" Richard Sheridan has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the business value of joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one . . . Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Some call it agile, some call it lean . . . Sheridan and his team call it joyful. And it produces results . . . business and otherwise. Four consecutive Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing nearly a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory.

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Eric Sieczka

Chairman & CEO Epsilon Imaging and Pixel Velocity

Mr. Sieczka has spent the past 18 years commercializing technologies and building Michigan-based enterprises. He is currently founder, Chairman & CEO of Epsilon Imaging, Inc. His experience ranges from technology creation, product development and operations management to financing and strategic transactions. He is also the co-founder of Pixel Velocity Incorporated, another investor-backed early stage technology business and the former parent company of Epsilon Imaging. Prior to starting Epsilon Imaging, Mr. Sieczka was a co-founder and the Vice President of Operations for EOTech Inc, where he built the operations from a start-up product concept, into a world-class, fully integrated manufacturing facility with optical, electrical, and mechanical design capabilities servicing markets around the globe. Prior to his departure, Mr. Sieczka helped orchestrate the successful sale of EOTech to L-3 Communications (a $10B publicly traded defense contractor). Mr. Sieczka has eight patents covering an array of electro-optic technologies. He holds a BSEE degree from Kettering Institute and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

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Eliot Soloway

Former CEO GoKnow; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Univ. of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI

For the past 10 years, Elliot’s research has been guided by the vision that mobile, handheld – and very low-cost – networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools – all across the globe. In 2001, University of Michigan undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award“ as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2004 and in 2011, the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Elliot the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.“ Elliot is a co-founder of GoKnow, Inc. And, he is currently Chair and Grand Poobah of ISTE’s Special Interest Group on Mobile Learning (SIGML).

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Dug Song

Co-founder & CEO, Duo Security; Chief Architecture, Barracuda Networks; Ann Arbor, MI

Dug is co-founder & CEO at Duo Security, a startup solving the biggest problem in computer security today: online fraud and account takeover. Duo is based in Ann Arbor, MI and backed by Google Ventures and True Ventures. He was previously VP Engineering at Zattoo, Europe's premier Internet TV provider which he helped grow 10x to 5 million subscribers in 24 months. Dug spent 7 years as co-founder & Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting over 70% of the world's Tier-1 service providers and achieving $120M+ in annual revenue before its acquisition by Danaher. Before Arbor, Dug built the first commercial network anomaly detection system (acquired by NFR / Check Point), and managed security in the world's largest production Kerberos environment. Dug's contributions to the security community include popular open source security, distributed filesystem, and operating system projects, and co-founding the USENIX Workshop On Offensive Technologies.

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Nathan Stoll

Google News Creator; Co-founder, Aardvark; San Francisco, CA

Mr. Nathan Stoll is a Member of the Consumer Advisory Board at The Frankel Commercialization Fund, L.P. He co-founded The Mechanical Zoo, Aardvark in 2007 and serves as its Keeper of Insectivores. Mr. Stoll leads all infrastructure and release initiatives. He came from Google, where Mr. Stoll headed Google News for three years, overseeing its rapid expansion to more than 40 countries and growth into one of the top global news sites. In his product management career at Google, he launched Google Suggest and helped develop the Adwords system and Adsense pricing models. Mr. Stoll worked extensively on the early Google Adwords system and with Google’s internal analytics teams, and developed a number of patented pricing adjustment and forecasting models. He briefly returned to Google to help with the company’s transition during the spring and summer of 2010. Mr. Stoll grew up in White Lake, Michigan. Mr. Stoll holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.

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David Segura

CEO and Founder, VisionIT, Detroit, MI

David serves as Chief Executive Officer and is the founder of VisionIT. 15 years ago, with a strong technology background within a Fortune 10 corporation, Segura combined his zeal for IT with a bold vision to create VisionIT, an IT Managed Services, IT Staffing, and Vendor Management firm. Since that time, Segura has successfully led the company from a startup to a global enterprise with revenues of over 250M working with some of the largest corporations in the U.S. and Latin America. Segura leads the overall VisionIT corporate strategy and develops executive level relationships with its customers and corporate partners. Under his savvy leadership, VisionIT has become one of the largest and most recognized minority-owned businesses in the United States, operating in 20 U.S. offices, and global operations in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and India. Segura’s accomplishments have also been highlighted throughout his career including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Central Great Lakes region as well as Hispanic Business Magazine's National Entrepreneur of the Year. Segura has served on many community boards over the years with a major focus on diversity and education of youth including TLAB, a non-profit accelerated learning center for pre-K to12th grade focused on increasing skills across math, science, language and reading. In the fall of 2010, Segura was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations working with U.S. Trade Ambassador Ronald Kirk. He was also appointed in late 2010 by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise. Segura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

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Jim Sterken

Co-founder, CEO & CTO, Arbortext, Ann Arbor, MI

Jim has been an entrepreneur and software development executive for over 25 years. He was co-founder, CEO, and CTO of Arbortext, an enterprise publishing software company that was acquired by PTC in 2005, then Vice President of product development for PTC. Since retiring in 2010, he has been mentoring University of Michigan software startups working with the University of Michigan Technology Transfer Office and TechArb program. Jim is a co-founder of the Michigan Kenya Partnership, an NGO established in 2012 to promote community health, economic development, and entrepreneurship in Kenya. Previously he led the configuration and installation of new computer systems at a medical clinic in rural Honduras and a school in rural Kenya. Along with his wife, Gwynn, Jim lives in the Ann Arbor, MI area, and is a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley and the Michigan Theater. Jim holds a B.A. from Calvin College and a B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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David Tarver

Founder of Telecom Analysis Systems, Birmingham, MI

David Tarver, native of Flint, Michigan, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. David started telecommunications test equipment manufacturer Telecom Analysis Systems in the basement of his New Jersey home in 1983, and sold the company to Bowthorpe plc (now Spirent plc) in 1995. Following the sale, David served as Group President at Spirent, where he spearheaded growth of a telecommunications test equipment business from zero to $500M in just four years, via acquisitions and organic growth. David left Spirent at the end of 1999.

From 2000-2007, David founded and ran a local not-for-profit initiative to improve education and general development opportunities for children in Red Bank, New Jersey. This effort resulted in a much more cohesive and effective education community, and a dramatic improvement in academic performance.

David and his family returned to Michigan from New Jersey in 2007. He now lectures on entrepreneurship in the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship and College of Engineering.

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Duane Tursi

Co-founder of Netarx, VP Sales and Marketing of Yottabyte, Bloomfield, MI

Duane Tursi has 15 years of experience maximizing sales opportunities in highly competitive markets. As a principal and co-founder of Netarx, he was responsible for sales and marketing, and grew the company into a nationally recognized leader in systems integration and remote network operations. Tursi was instrumental in Netarx's acquisition of the VAR business of Analyst International in 2009, which he took to $60 million in revenues in 2010 and subsequently sold to Logicalis in 2011. Tursi served as an original member of Cisco's Partner Executive Exchange Board. He holds a BS in biological science from Emory University.

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Doug Willoughby

Chief Architect, Compuware, Detroit, MI

Doug Willoughby is Chief Architect of the Advanced Development Group at Compuware Corporation. Prior to that Doug was Director of Cloud Computing Strategy when he joined Compuware in 2009.

Before Compuware, Doug was at Sun, which he joined in 1988 and participated in the development and marketing of some of Sun's most pioneering technologies including Project Spring, Distribute Objects Everywhere (DOE), NextStep/OpenStep, and Java. Doug was also part of the team of 14 engineers and architects who developed "network.com," Sun's first utility computing offering. Doug has published numerous articles and speaks regularly at various industry events.

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