Judges & Mentors


JudgesGifford PinchotCarol DahlWill Poole
MentorsGino BorlandLynann BradburyWillow BrughVictoria BurwellKushal Chakrabarti
Marcelo Calbucci • Matt Eldridge • Michael Elliott • Enrique Godreau • Greg GottesmanTom Huseby
Scott James • Lars Johansson • David Keogh • Jack Knellinger • Rebecca LovellShaula Massena
T.A. McCann • Gabriel Scheer • Carter RabasaSusan SchreterTed Weiler

Judges


Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot

Co-founder & President, Bainbridge Graduate Institute

@GiffordPinchot
Gifford is the Co-founder and President of Bainbridge Graduate Institute, which began an industry movement by offering the first MBA in Sustainable Business. He has been an organic dairy farmer, a blacksmith, an author, an innovation consultant, software CEO, an angel investor and a school president.He has published three books. Intrapreneuring, which introduced a new way of fostering innovation by creating space for innovators to express their entrepreneurial spirit within existing organizations, was a bestseller in 15 languages. The Intelligent Organization, written with his wife, Libba, took self-organization a step further, to include the everyday work of ordinary employees.Pinchot & Company, which he runs with his wife Libba, has served half of the Fortune 100 and helped them to launch over 700 new products and businesses. In 2008, Executive Excellence named him number 32 on the top 100 leadership thinkers. He has a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from U. of Puget Sound. In 2009 he was awarded the Olympus Lifetime Education Award and in 2010 he and his wife were named Purpose Prize fellows. Gifford graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1965 with an honors degree in Economics, then completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University.

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Carol Dahl

Carol Dahl

Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation

@LemelsonFdn
Dr. Carol Dahl is the Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation and leads the foundation’s work to recognize and support inventors and invention-based enterprises to improve lives, both in the US and in developing countries. The Foundation believes that supporting a pipeline of inventors, inventions and invention-based enterprises can lead to job creation and a strengthened US economy as well as solve social, environmental and economic problems for the poorest populations in developing countries. Additionally, the Foundation works to strengthen the ecosystem that supports inspiring and educating inventors while also helping them to translate their ideas to inventions with impact. Prior to joining the foundation in July 2011, Dahl worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationin various roles, including founding Director of the Global Health Discovery Program and as Director of Staff for the overall Global Health Program. During her tenure at the Gates Foundation, Dahl built the platform discovery innovation programs Grand Challenges in Global Health and Grand Challenges Explorations.Previously, Dahl served as vice president for Strategic Partnerships at Biospect Inc. (now Pathworks Diagnostics). From 1990 to 2001, Dahl worked at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in several capacities, including founding Director of the Office of Technology and Industrial Relations at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Program Director at the National Center for Human Genome Research.While at the NIH, Dahl supported the development of the biotechnology portfolio of the Advanced Technology Program of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and partnerships with NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Throughout her tenure in government, Dahl received numerous awards for her work stimulating innovative technologies, including DNA sequencing technology, bioengineering, bioimaging, and nanotechnology, and contributing to the launch of critical genomics resources, such as the Tumor Gene Index.Dahl received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received postdoctoral training at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and the Immunobiology Research Center at the University of Minnesota and served on the faculty of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and University of Pittsburgh.

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Will Poole

Will Poole

Independent Social-Technologist & Angel Investor

@wpoole8
Will is an independent Social-Technologist and angel investor. He serves as co-chairman of NComputing Inc, a fast-growing and award-winning desktop virtualization startup that by 2011 had shipped over 2.5 million units, about 75% of which are deployed in schools around the world. He co-chairs Pengala Learning and Volt Boats, is a lead partner at Social Venture Partners Seattle focused on social entrepreneurism, and serves on three non-profit boards.Will was previously corporate vice president of the Unlimited Potential Group at Microsoft Corp., co-leading the company’s efforts to create new business models and technologies to help close the digital divide and help bring social and economic opportunity to the “next billion”. Before UPG, Will ran the Windows® Client business and was responsible for the software used in more than 750 million PCs around the world, delivering about 30 percent of corporate revenues. Before leading Windows Client, Will headed up the Windows New Media Platforms Division, digital rights management initiatives, and other efforts in digital media.Will joined Microsoft in 1996 with the acquisition of eShop Inc., an internet e-commerce pioneer which he co-founded in 1991 and where he served as president and chief operating officer. Before that, he spent five years in senior marketing and engineering management roles at Sun Microsystems Inc., focusing on advanced desktop environments and PC compatibility. He founded two startups, one while finishing his degree program, at the dawn of the PC era. Will received a degree in Computer Science from Brown University in 1983.

Mentors


In addition to the judges, who may be available throughout the weekend, a number of experienced mentors will be coming through on Saturday and Sunday to assist teams with their projects:

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Gino Borland

Co-founder, Cake Ventures

@GinoBorland
Gino Borland is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and an early example of the evolutionary trend from IT to CleanTech. In 2003 he co-founded Cake Ventures to accelerate widespread clean energy. He’s active in the NW CleanTech eco-system as a University of Washington Entrepreneur-in-Residence; member of Northwest Energy Angels, Environmental Entrepreneurs, Social Venture Partners; supporter of Climate Solutions and Groundwire, as well as a proud board member of Grist.org. With a 20 year background in the software industry, he leveraged this experience into the founding, funding and sale of a successful email marketing startup to a CRM company during the dotcom boom.

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LynannB radbury

Lynann Bradbury

Global Program Manager, Net Hope

@lynannbradbury
Lynann Bradbury was a founding partner on Social Venture Partners/Seattle, and a Senior Vice President for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. A 20-year veteran of the global technology industry, she has guided executives, teams and entrepreneurs in establishing their overall positioning and crafting a unique presence that gives voice to their business ideas. She recently returned to the Seattle area after living/working in South Africa, working with London-based Social Entrepreneurs Trust to establish their presence in South Africa. She provided ‘in-situ’ coaching for budding social entrepreneurs in the poor townships, launched a global mentoring program in microfinance, and drove partner development for mobile-based eLearning programs in rural Africa. Lynann currently consults with NetHope, a consortium of 34 leading international NGOs, and develops programs to engage women in technology in the developing world.

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Willow Brugh

Willow Brugh

Geek, Geeks Without Bounds

@willowbl00
I’m into hacker and maker spaces, Transhumanism, Parkour, comics, and systems. Everything can be understood, and should be acted upon. I believe in responsible citizens and taking ownership of your corner of the world (tho you should also share your corner). You can reach me at willow dot bl00 at gmail if you care to, though I’m up in my ears in Epic Sh*t and can be slow to respond to new things.

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Victoria Burwell

Victoria Burwell

 

Victoria Burwell is a results-driven, entrepreneurial executive with a successful track record of providing vision, leadership, and structure in business development, marketing and sales. She is an expert in elevating products into internationally respected brands and in exceeding business and revenue goals in start-up to large companies. Victoria has successfully led companies in dramatic growth and rapid change through creative marketing solutions. She has over 20 years of experience in developing and leading high functioning teams, efficiently managing external agencies, and negotiating partner alliances. She has worked in a broad range of industries: adaptive online learning education, non-profit, software, cellular, financial services, wine, CPG, healthcare, and consulting. She has created best selling products for the Gallo Winery, designed critical market research for Microsoft, lead acquisition work for Vodafone in Brazil, negotiated national contracts for AirTouch, created many successful loyalty campaigns for Washington Mutual, and helped brand, grow and sell an adaptive online learning company, Headsprout.

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Marcelo Calbucci

Marcelo Calbucci

Co-founder and CTO of Every Move

@calbucci
Marcelo is the co-founder and CTO of EveryMove.org, a startup on the health & wellness space. Marcelo is the founder of Seattle 2.0, the premier resource for entrepreneurs and startups in Seattle. He was the founder and CTO of Sampa, a web-based product for families to build a website and share their stories with their loved ones. Sampa operated from 2005 until 2009. Prior to Sampa, Marcelo was a Development Manager at Microsoft’s MSN Search (now called Bing) where he worked for almost 7 years. Marcelo was born in Brazil, where he got his B.S. in Computer Science and his been helping people through technology since the age of 12.

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Kushal Chakrabarti

Kushal Chakrabarti

Co-Founder and CEO, Vittana

@kushalc
Kushal began working on Vittana on a gut feeling in 2007. After months of talking to anyone who would return his calls, reading everything he could find on education and microfinance, and putting together different pieces of the organization, Kushal decided to devote himself full-time to Vittana in May 2008.Previously, Kushal ran technology for a billion-dollar team at Amazon.com and is the author of 20+ patents, papers and talks. In his free time, he runs Ironman triathlons and trains guide dogs for the blind. Kushal was named one of Seattle’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2010 and the Greatest Person of the Day by the Huffington Post in 2011.

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Greg Gottesman

Greg Gottesman

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

@greggottesman
Greg is a Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group. He joined Madrona in 1997 and currently serves on the boards of AdReady, Bocada, BuddyTV, Cheezburger, Decide, Intrepid Learning Solutions, Nimbic, ThinkFire, and WildTangent. He is also the founder, chairman, and former CEO of Rover.com, created at a Seattle Startup Weekend last year. “I love early-stage,” Greg said. “I like really early-stage, like two guys and a great business idea. That’s the most fun time working with a business, when every decision counts and every hire is critical.”

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Tom Huseby

Tom Huseby

Venture Partner, Voyager Capital, Covera Ventures and
Oak Investment Partners

Tom serves as a Venture Partner with Voyager Capital, Covera Ventures and Oak Investment Partners, focusing on wireless investments in the Pacific Northwest. Tom’s career spans three decades of venture, entrepreneurial, and executive leadership. In 1997, he formed SeaPoint Ventures, a leading investor in wireless, broadband and network infrastructure companies.Successful investments have included Airspan, SNAPin, Qpass and Tegic Communications. Huseby co-founded and was the first CEO of Metawave Communications Corp. and was the initial President and CEO of Innova Corp. He spent the first 17 years of his career at Raychem Corp. where he held a variety of executive positions. He has served as chairman of 12 companies and on 22 boards. Huseby has a B.A. and a BSIE from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

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Scott James

Scott James

Founder & CEO, CORA

@OptOutEnMasse
Scott James is an entrepreneur, instructor, advisor, and investor in the world of sustainability.BusinessWeek named Scott one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” in 2009 and Forbes profiled him as a “Game Changer” in 2010. The products from his most recent company (sold 2011) were featured in publications as diverse as Oprah’s O Magazine, National Geographic, Parents Magazine, the Washington Post, Outside Magazine, and US News & World Report. Scott is currently working on CORA.Scott also teaches the Marketing course at the green MBA program, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and the Sustainability Interterm course at University of Notre Dame, where he serves on the Advisory Council. Scott previously worked in the high tech sector, including Visio and Microsoft.Scott completed a BBA in Marketing at Baylor University and an MBA at University of Notre Dame. He lives on an island micro-farm near Seattle with his wife and children.

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David Keogh

David Keogh

Chief Operating Officer, Landesa

David Keogh is responsible for managing Finance, IT, Human Resources and Office Operations on a global basis for Landesa. Keogh brings more than 20 years of experience in international technology and social entrepreneurship, and was most recently the Founder, CEO and President of Concero Connect, a Social Business providing broadband connectivity to the underserved in emerging nations. Prior to founding Concero Connect, Keogh was at the Grameen Foundation Technology Center from 2001-2010 where he held director roles in their technology and energy businesses, working on large-scale implementation projects across the developing world including Uganda, Rwanda and India. He had previously spent more than ten years working in the consulting and technology sectors in Australia before moving to the microfinance business with FINCA International in 2000.

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Rebecca Lovell

Rebecca Lovell

Chief Business Officer, GeekWire

@lovelletters
Rebecca is the Chief Business Officer at GeekWire. Previously, she was the Program Director for the Alliance of Angels, then the Executive Director for the Northwest Entrepreneur Network. Addicted to tech and entrepreneurship, she is a mentor for Tech Stars and Founder Institute, a community advisor to Startup Weekend, and teaches a class on venture capital investing in the UW MBA program. She currently serves on the Foster Business School Employer Advisory board, and has joined the Northwest Entrepreneur Network board of directors.

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Shaula Massena

Shaula Massena

 

Shaula Massena is an analytical thinker who brings a blend of financial and social experience from her work as a private equity investor and as a foundation grant maker. Shaula completed the Sustainable MBA program at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in June of 2008 where her capstone project was on community economic development. During her degree program she worked as a Portfolio Analyst Intern for Good Capital where she did market research & financial analysis. Shaula has also done research on small business capital for Michael Shuman.
Between undergrad and business school she spent 10 years honing her problem analysis and business management skills at tech companies from megacorp to startup. In addition to her MBA, Shaula has Bachelors and Masters degrees in computer science.

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T. A. McCann

T.A. McCann

Founder, Gist

@tamccann
T.A. McCann serves as founder and CEO of Gist. His past experience includes Vulcan Capital and Polaris Venture Partners where he was an entrepreneur-in-residence. Prior to Polaris, he held senior positions at Microsoft, leading future strategy and product planning for the Exchange Server Group and developing the burgeoning Service Delivery Platforms group, focused on mobile applications development. In addition, he is a founder of Jump2Go – providing innovative solutions for the radio industry, HelpShare – a web Q&A company and Soft Labour, a web design and development consultancy. He currently serves on the board of Art with Heart and is an advisor to Wishpot, Asset Archives and Notary One. In addition to his deep technology background, T.A. has won sailing’s America’s Cup and sailed around the world.

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Carter Rabasa

Evangelist, Twilio

@CarterRabasa
Carter Rabasa is a 12-year veteran of the consumer web with experience in product development, product management and developer marketing. He started writing code on his trusty TI-85 in high school and has never looked back. His began his career in Washington, DC where he cut his teeth building the first large-scale SMS app featured during Super Bowl XXXVI. While working at Microsoft, Carter worked on launching IE9 and getting web developers excited about the possibilities of HTML5.
Currently Carter is a Sr. Developer Evangelist at Twilio and is living the dream in Seattle, WA. When he’s not spending time with his wife and two beautiful daughters, he is focused on making sure that more and more people are exposed to the joys of learning to code. He is an ardent believer that coding is the new literacy.

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Susan Schreter

Founder, Take Command

@TakeCommand
Entrepreneurship is hot, and Susan Schreter is on a mission to reinvent the way small business owners start up and manage their new companies. She is a small business finance and startup viability expert, national business columnist and entrepreneurial coach.
Schreter’s expertise stems from a 20-year-long career that has taken her from Wall Street to Main Street, first cutting her teeth in investment banking and commercial lending, then operational management and consumer product companies, and continuing her upwards trajectory with venture capital funds, venture-backed technology, and consumer product companies.
Schreter founded TakeCommand.org, an organization to help fill critical gaps in operating resources for startup entrepreneurs and small business owners. Take Command recently launched the largest database of funding and local entrepreneurial education resources in the U.S., allowing entrepreneurs in any rural town or big city to quickly obtain a customized list of resources to match their business interests.

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Ted Weiler

Ted Weiler

Entrepreneur in Residence, UW C4C

@TedWeiler
Ted Weiler is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization, using use his 35 years of experience in R&D and marketing of a medical devices to help UW scientists find the best path to commercialization for their research. Recently he has been investing more time and energy in social business concepts and appropriate technologies for developing countries. He is serving as Program Co-chair for the 2012 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference.

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