Advisory Board

Business Advisory Board

Greg Martin

Greg is an executive, entrepreneur, engineer and scientist with over 20 years experience taking medical technologies from concept to bedside to commercialization in academic, start-up and corporate environments. He has held leadership roles in multiple medical device companies ranging from start-ups to publically-traded corporations including Hologic Inc., Hemedex Inc. and Cytec. Greg has a track record of success in executive management, team building, R&D, change/crisis management, product development, product launch, operations, clinical research, regulatory affairs, business development, manufacturing and marketing.

Alec Karys

Alec is a mentor to multiple startups including TechStars Boston companies as well as MassChallenge. He draws on his experience as CTO with mShopper and Senior Software Manager with Amazon, Inc. Prior career highlights included founding Synapse Ventures Group, VP of Product Development for McKesson/Interqual and 16 years with Data General. Alec Karys' areas of business focus include e-commerce, e-business, m-commerce, security, healthcare, speech IVR, mobile applications, SEO/SEM/Social Media . He holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

Robert Panoff, MBA

Bob Panoff founded RPM and has led its client engagements for ten years. He combines exceptional strategic planning and sales management abilities with a track record of operational excellence in the telecommunications market. His particular strength is assessing complex and uncertain market conditions, anticipating market changes, and developing comprehensive and actionable plans to take advantage of market changes. Bob started the Rhode Island Wireless Innovation Networks (RI-WINs) project with an ambitious vision of what community wireless networks could ultimately contribute to their communities. He was formerly vice-president of marketing for Excel Switching (1997-98), in sales and marketing with NMS Communications and VP/GM of NMS Europe. Bob holds a BA (Cum Laude) from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Phil Holberton, MBA

Phil Holberton has broad experience in all aspects of business strategy, capital formation and general management. Companies in which he played a pivotal role include as CFO include BioSepra, Genome Therapeutics, Active Site, Protein Forest, MaxThera and Differential Proteomics. He served as Controller for Becton Dickinson for seven years. He is an experience coach and mentor serving on the advisory board of multiple startup companies. He is also Professor for Leadership, Business Communications and IT Strategy courses to Master level students at Brandeis University and coaches executives and management teams to the next level of performance.

Mike Putnam, MBA

Mike Putnam is an entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in product management, marketing and eCommerce. At Jana Mobile, a startup that is reinventing marketing and research in the developing world, Mike served as Vice President, Product. Prior to Jana, he led mobile and tablet product for TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. At TripAdvisor, Mike launched a mobile website as well as apps for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Windows Phone and Symbian, reaching the 10 million download milestone after only 15 months. Mike’s earlier experience includes running his own startup, product marketing for Markem-Imaje, interning at Amazon.com and working as an eCommerce analyst at Forrester Research. Mike holds a BS from Stanford, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he worked on various projects run by the Center for International Development.

Hilary Mason

Hilary is a computer science professor with a background in machine learning, data mining, and web applications. She is currently Lead Scientist at Bitly, a rapidly growing software company that makes it easy for users to shorten and share URLs (web links). She is widely published and regularly speaks at academic and industry conferences, and recently realized her dream of delivering a talk on algorithms while drinking a dry ice martini. She is an enthusiastic developer and often releases code on her personal site.

Nupur Srivastava

Nupur is a Product Manager in Cisco's Telepresence Health Vertical rolling out mobile telemedicine solutions globally. She received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in June 2011 and did her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Nupur has a strong passion working with products for the developping world. While at Stanford, she co-designed a low cost neo natal jaundice device along with D-rev, her NGO Partner. She spent a part of last summer doing market verification for the product. This is when she saw how difficult of a problem marketing and distribution is and co-launched Impact Review that was recently acquired by Maternova. In her free time she enjoys running, baking and cooking.