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Perfect Company

Michael Wallace

PERFECT COMPANY


Mike has been creating and inventing for over 35 years. His inventions include the Power Glove for Mattel, the Power Plug for Tyco, and the Passenger Occupancy Detection System for General Motors. In addition he has authored two video games, Robot Odyssey for The Learning Company and Return to Atlantis for Electronic Arts. Prior to launching Perfect, Mike cofounded Pure Imagination and Ensequence.

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The Wild

Gabe Paez

THE WILD

Gabe Paez is the Founder and CEO of The Wild, a cloud-based, real-time collaboration platform for designers to create and share spatial design in virtual and augmented reality. He lives in Portland, Oregon and has 12 years of experience leading technical teams with an emphasis in experiential product design. Prior to The Wild, he designed and engineered immersive software products for a diverse roster of Fortune 100 companies including Google, Samsung, Nike, AT&T, and Verizon. Gabe graduated with honors from New York University with degrees in Theater and Computer Science.
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Duncan MacDonald-Korth

Duncan MacDonald-Korth

FINSUM

Duncan MacDonald-Korth is the founder and CEO of FINSUM. Through its patent-pending warm lead generation and management tool, AdvisorTarget, FINSUM uses proprietary analytics to help asset managers increase their fund sales in the wealth management space. Originally from Miami, Duncan has been working in the financial and media industries for close to a decade. Prior to FINSUM, Duncan completed his PhD at the University Oxford and worked in equity research at Morgan Stanley and bond trading at Merrill Lynch.

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Robert Toppel

Robert Toppel

e1ectr0n

Robert Toppel co-founded Breeze Test Instruments in 1983 as VP Operations. He then moved with the company when it was acquired by Tektronix in 1986 as Division Engineering Manager, Logic Analyzer Division. Robert joined Axiom Electronics in 1981 as President, an EMS company specializing in defense and aerospace, which he guided through an acquisition, and later led through a management buyout with private equity. Axiom products orbit Mars, fly into space, and operate in the air, underwater, and on the ground worldwide. Robert’s programming and hardware interests birthed e1ectr0n, a robotics company debuting the pr0t0n robot arm for industrial workbench use. He holds a B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado in Denver.

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Dan Baird

Dan Baird

Dan Baird

WRENCH.AI

Dan Baird, the founder of Wrench.AI, has co-founded numerous startups, advised over 50 crowdfunding platforms, and led innovation for both startups and some of the U.S.’s most well-known household brands. Dan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah, and an MBA from Thunderbird in Global Branding and Global Entrepreneurship.

Dan lives in Salt Lake City, with his wife, Alissa, his son, Sully, and their two dogs, Panda and Fosse. Dan is an advisor for the Child Rescue Association and High Hopes for Pets. In addition to his advisory roles, Dan is a foster care father and a volunteer ESL kindergarten teacher. Dan is passionate about product design, personalization, and product management. Dan has visited 40+ countries and wrestled an anaconda.

Wrench.AI is B2B SaaS company that uses AI Gen 2.0 artificial intelligence tools to personalize marketing campaigns.

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Sean Luangrath

Sean Luangrath

Sean Luangrath

INERGY

Sean Luangrath, the CEO of Inergy, is a seasoned international executive of Fortune 100 companies including HP, Oracle and Apple. Sean has also held management positions at startups like Aerohive Networks and Mellmo. Sean joined Inergy to fulfill the company’s mission of providing the world with affordable, renewable power. Sean received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Finance from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.

Married with three sons and a dog, Sean spends most of his free time with his family, enjoying the outdoors or exploring the world. Sean is passionate about cleantech, social business, entrepreneurship, Boy Scouts, Southeast Asian business, and the Warriors.

Inergy is an energy integration and storage company that engineers solar powered generators, portable solar panels, and solar accessories for off-grid living.

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Rita MacDonald-Korth

Rita MacDonald-Korth

PRESENTEUR

Rita, a citizen of the world, hailing from Hungary, and the originator and co-founder of Presenteur, previously founded a luxury ecommerce site in the UK where she advised over 45 boutique luxury brands on sales and marketing strategy. This experience led her to start up Presenteur, where she continued to consult with 35+ new luxury SMEs on pricing and collections, as well as providing insight to top-tier luxury retailer partners about what new products and collections to add to different locations. Rita received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon.

Rita lives everywhere in the world but she spends most of her time in Miami, NYC, and Austria. She also has a special place in heart for Portland, Oregon. Rita played basketball for the Hungarian national team and NCAA Division 1 in the US and still loves to compete.

Presenteur is the one-stop shopping destination to discover international brands. The company is the Luxury Brand Destination for discovering the world in-store and online.

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David Cutler

David Cutler

WAVE Drowning Detection Systems

Dave Cutler is an award-winning Connecticut-based serial inventor, entrepreneur, designer, and illustrator. His invention, iSwimband®, won best new product at the 2014 Int’l Pool Spa Patio Expo, the year it was first launched. Dave has overseen all areas of company building including product design & development, manufacturing, marketing, design and branding. He has been interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ This Morning Show, NPR, Philadelphia’s TODAY Show, and others regarding his products.

Dave has been involved in the use of technology to improve aquatic safety. In 2014 Dave received a Community Lifesaver Award from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Dave’s life passions include his family, good friends, product design and inventing, movies, sailing, and the beach.

WAVE is an aquatic safety startup founded in 2016, and is based in Westport, Connecticut. The WAVE system can be deployed at all indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities including pools, lakes, rivers and beaches, and represents the most advanced solution in aquatic recreational safety.

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Dan Radin

Dan Radin

Auxbus Founder and CEO

Dan Radin is building the future of audio creation at Auxbus. Never content to accept the challenges, roadblocks, and difficulties suffered by people who want to create and enjoy audio, Dan has devoted his entire career to enabling others to enjoy the magic only sound can deliver. Dan has more than 15 years’ experience developing and marketing more than 75 audio technology products for musicians, recording studios, video gamers, home audio enthusiasts, and athletes, with positions at companies including Sennheiser, Alesis, SteelSeries, and JBL/Harman, a Samsung company. Dan created a podcast in 2017 while starting a drum company, and immediately discovered the fragmented state of difficult tools for podcasting, which was challenging to navigate for even a career audio technologist. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Berklee College of Music and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

When not working on the business, Dan enjoys pursuing music recording and performing as a drummer. Dan values spending time with family, friends, and his dog, Bacon. Dan enjoys traveling and learning about culture and the world with his spouse, Emily. Dan and Auxbus provide charitable donations to support cochlear implants for young children.

AuxBus is an end-to-end platform that makes creating professional-sounding podcasts on an SMB budget easy, fast, and affordable.

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Brittany Molkenthin

Brittany Molkenthin

Lactation Innovations Co-Founder and CEO

Brittany is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lactation Innovations. Brittany received her BS Nursing degree from the University of Connecticut. She is a 2020 master’s candidate in the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Regis College.Brittany supports nursing innovation and recently spoke on behalf of Johnson & Johnson at the 2019 National Student Nurses’ Association Convention. Brittany has extensive nursing clinical background, primarily in Pediatric Intensive Care.

Brittany supports nursing innovation and entrepreneurship. She is a fellow of a globally recognized society, SONSIEL, whose mission is to elevate nurses to transform and reform healthcare through innovation. Recognized by Johnson & Johnson, her mission is to inspire young nurses like herself to innovate at the bedside. Brittany has a strong passion for pediatric and maternal-fetal medicine. Brittany resides in southeast CT where she enjoys spending time with her family and vacationing on Cape Cod every summer.

Lactation Innovations develops technologies to encourage optimal breastfeeding experiences for infants and mothers.

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Dash Lavine

Dash Lavine

Concord

Dash Lavine is the co-founder and CEO of Concord, a data privacy and data ownership company that gives brands and people the right tools to provide regulation-ready privacy protection and an equitable exchange of data where privacy is respected. Dash is an accomplished technology executive with almost two decades of experience in the digital marketing, agency, and start-up worlds. Prior to Concord, he started and ran two successful consulting agencies and also had a long and accomplished career at Webtrends, where he was most recently the North American Director of Sales & Customer Success. He holds an MBA from Portland State University, with a specialization in the Management of Innovation and Technology, and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.

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David Sheridan

David Sheridan

ProMedix

David Sheridan MD MCR is co-founder and CEO of ProMedix Inc. Dr. Sheridan is on faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University where he cares from patients ranging from common medical conditions such as viral illness and infections to critical care of pediatric trauma and cardiac arrest. His direct patient care in the pediatric emergency department has resulted in identification of the need for technology to rapidly assist in sepsis (overwhelming infection) and dehydration assessment in both the ER and home environment. Dr. Sheridan graduated from medical school, completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine in addition to obtaining his master’s degree in Clinical Research. This background and expertise has allowed ProMedix to rapidly iterate through prototype design and clinical testing to develop medical technology with measurable impact on patient care and outcomes.

Dr. Sheridan was born and raised in the Pacific NW. His first priority is his family including wife Stacey and 3 daughters (Brooke, Katelyn and Kendall). He dedicates time outside of work to many of their sports teams coaching soccer and basketball each year. Personally he enjoys fly fishing, running and home/landscaping projects. He is an avid Seattle Seahawks fans and hoping for a 2020 Superbowl run!

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Elise Strobach

Elise Strobach

AeroShield

From renewable energy to building efficiency, Elise has always been motivated by the economic and environmental impact of removing the real-world adoption barriers of pivotal technologies. Elise’s passion to tear down barriers and speed adoption of earth saving technologies fueled her doctoral work in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and led her to found AeroShield Materials. Her mission as CEO of AeroShield is to provide the next generation of energy-efficient and cost-effective materials for manufacturing windows, bringing us one step closer to a low-carbon future.

Outside of AeroShield, Elise enjoys many creative and rewarding outlets. One of her biggest passions is writing and performing music with the band, Veisty. A maker at heart, Elise also loves to create artwork and jewelry in wire-working and pyrography. She also enjoys sharing the skills she’s learned throughout her life by mentoring others, with a special focus in technical communication and graphic design.

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Eric Graham

Eric Graham

CrowdComfort

As CEO of CrowdComfort, Eric is revolutionizing employee and customer happiness by leveraging the human sensor network. His platform offers building owners and managers access to aggregated data to improve employee productivity, safety & comfort while optimizing building performance and efficiency.

Eric is a creative spirit having founded a seafood import export company and developed enabling food transport technology. He holds three patents covering ultra-low temperature refrigeration and transportation methods, using recycled CO2 gas as a refrigerant. Eric was the Principal Investigator for the Department of Energy’s Innovation Ecosystem award program which served as the catalyst for CrowdComfort. He is a named inventor on 12 patents related to building, energy, crowd-sourced mobile operations, and geo-location related technologies..

Eric’s primary passion is his family. Together with his wife, Jenny, they have two children, Ella and Luke. Rugby has been a 35-year passion as a player, walk-on professional, and member of Northeastern University’s Maddog Rugby Hall of Fame. Eric is driven towards ocean excursions and the preservation of all of our planet’s animals, not just the human variety. Eric serves as board chair at the Safina Center (http://safinacenter.org/about/board/).

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Jason Moore

Jason Moore

Elite HRV

Jason Moore, founder, and CEO of Elite HRV, is an expert in applying health and fitness data to the real world. Jason and his team have managed $100M+ engineering projects from start-up to IPO. Jason received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University.

Jason believes in work-life balance and enjoys spending time with his family as well as a good read. Passionate about food, sports, decision theory, psychology, and the interactions between humans and technology, Jason brings an intensity to everything he does as he seeks to embrace the present moment.

Elite HRV is a B2C tech startup based in Asheville, North Carolina. Elite HRV specializes in helping individuals monitor health by utilizing their comprehensive heart rate variability application.

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Siva Ragavan

Siva Ragavan

Clove Inc.

Siva is a technology veteran with more than 15 years of experience leading high-output technology teams at several successful startups as well as at household names like Microsoft, Amazon & Salesforce. He specializes in building and delivering internet-scale distributed systems.

Siva strongly believes that the power of technology should be accessible to every individual. He spends most of his awake time simplifying complex technologies to people who don’t have the necessary tools or skills.

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Spenser Madsen

Spenser Madsen

AccuBreath

Spencer has founded multiple ventures in the healthcare segment. He has over 11 years in engineering and product development experience and earned his Masters in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in commercialization and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. He is the primary inventor on one US Utility patent with multiple patent applications pending.

Spencer puts a special priority on his favorite pastime, spending time with his wife and three young boys. He enjoys being active with them, whether it be hiking, exercising, or teaching his boys a new sport.

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Ted Hobbs

Ted Hobbs

QuantiPort

Ted has been a veterinarian at the Oregon National Primate Research Center for over 20 years. In 2008, he was promoted to Head of Surgery where he supports the surgical components of various research projects. He founded QuantiPort in 2017 to develop a novel method for measuring blood volume. Ted has a strong interest in biomedical ethics in the research and his interest in measuring blood volume was inspired by his concern for animal welfare.

Ted spends most of his free time with his two sons. He is an avid trail runner and enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, beaches, cooking, single malt scotch, and Buddhist philosophy.

QuantiPort is a medical technology that provided delivery of rapid objective blood volume measurement for critical point of care applications.

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Yousof Naderi

Yousof Naderi

DeepCharge

Yousof is the CEO and co-founder of DeepCharge. technology entrepreneur, and innovation leader, Yousof brings a kind and tireless determination and passion that is electrifying. When we met Yousof it was an easy decision to partner with him. Yousof’s expertise and experience include next-generation wireless charging solutions, embedded systems, machine learning, and software-defined networks.

Yousof is a technology geek and loves to explore and test new hardware and software innovations regularly. He finds great joy in experiencing nature and the discovery of new insights.

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