The Founder’s Journey
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.