Jonas is an experienced startup executive with multiple successful ventures and international experience. He co-founded Rally, the leading online fundraising company for non-profits.
Prior to Rally, Jonas was partner in technology incubator Tech Ranch Austin, and leader of technology futurism organizations (Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence andHumanity+). He was also Founder and Editor of the largest Enterprise Architecture and IT Transformation focused publication in the industry, Architecture and Governance Magazine.
Vinnie is a founding partner at Golden Gate Ventures, fostering links between Singapore and Silicon Valley, and a mentor at Founder Institute and i/o ventures. He is currently mentoring and advising startups in a number of early stage incubators and investment funds.
Vinnie has hosted events to help foster the startup ecosystem, such as SuperHappyDevHouse.sg with over 200 attendees from 7 different countries. In 2006, he founded the Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup, which has featured over 300 startups to a monthly audience with thousands of followers – he has personally reviewed and critiqued over 1,000 Silicon Valley based startups applying to present on the stage.
Mr. Tatsuno is a Silicon Valley strategist, business author (Dreamscape Global, enabling companies and nonprofits to develop breakthrough strategies. Key successes include AMD Japan’s revenue-doubling, AMD’s sub-$1000 PC and Nokia’s global launch.
Mr. Tatsuno has a B.A. in political science/urban studies from Yale University and a Masters in Regional & City Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Hvide is COO at Nordica Marine, a provider of turn-key refurbishment, repair, engineering, shipbuilding and contracting services to the marine industry, with a portfolio spanning offshore oil and gas installations, ferries, yachts, and cruise ships.
Mr. Hvide has a successful record of growing start-up companies in the software, hedge fund, investment management, nutraceuticals, and maritime development spaces and is highly experienced at all facets of growing and operating a business: strategic planning, legal groundwork, sales and marketing, financial planning, operations, recruiting, and analytics.
Headed by Max Hardberger, an aviator, ex-ship captain, ship recovery specialist, marine surveyor, and maritime investigator, the firm draws on Hardberger’s in-depth experience and expertise to provide real-world solutions to international maritime problems.
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Veronica Brieno Rankin, LL.M. is Founder and President of GeoSeq® International, LLC and Associate Editor for Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (OGEL) Intelligence. A former Commissioned Officer of the NOAA Corps, the Nation’s 7th uniformed service, she possesses unique professional shiphandling experience in offshore environments.
Veronica presently serves in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Texas Maritime Regiment of the Texas State Guard, and is an Ambassador to The Seasteading Institute. Veronica was an Invited Expert Reviewer to four Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports leading up to the organization’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate Award and presently serves as an Invited Expert Review to the IPCC’s upcoming Fifth Assessment Report.
Ms. Rachel Barge is a Partner at Greenstart, a venture firm and design studio for digital cleantech companies. Greenstart runs a “design accelerator” program where startups receive $115,000 and expert mentorship in business model, UX, brand and capital design. As head of communications at Greenstart, Rachel is charged with telling the stories of the entrepreneurs who are transforming the multi-trillion dollar energy market with software. Before coming to Greenstart, she founded Campus InPower, a national consultancy that implemented large-scale financial mechanisms for campus sustainability. During the first year of the initiative, Ms. Barge raised $16 million and trained over 2,000 students from over 250 universities. She then became Director of the Business Council on Climate Change and later Executive Director of CleantechU. As an undergraduate student, she helped establish a $2 million Green Fund that tripled the amount of capital available for campus sustainability at UC Berkeley.
Ms. Barge is winner of the David Brower Youth Award, the nation’s top prize for young environmental leaders, as well as the Morris K. Udall Fellowship, a federal award recognizing top environmental leaders on college campuses. She holds a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies and Forestry from UC Berkeley.
Mr. Michael Petrucelli was Deputy Director and later Acting Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from 2003-2005. USCIS is the government agency within the Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States, establishes immigration services, and enforces US immigration policies and priorities.
Mr. Petrucelli is now the Founder and Chairman of ClearPath Immigration, an online service that offers individuals a clear, simple, and secure method of preparing immigration documents. ClearPath checks user input data in real-time for potential errors or compliance issues, and saves most users from the time and cost of hiring legal council for document preparation.
Mr. Ronald R. Rose is one of the founding partners of Rose Carson Kaplan Choi & White LLP. He has been practicing law for over twenty five years, primarily focusing on cross-border, high technology and entertainment law matters. Mr. Rose has represented a large number of successful Silicon Valley based start-up companies over the years.
He is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the International Bar Association.