Business Advisory Board
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.
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.
Ron is a member and investor with Boston Harbor Angels. He is a business development and strategic alliance professional skilled in developing corporate and OEM relationships, joint development of new products lines, opening new product sales and business opportunities. He has worked as a Vice President at EDC Corporation, Legato Systems, IBM and FilesX.
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.
Kristen is a Senior Manager wtih Marcum LLP in Providence and she is skilled in GAAP, auditing and financial reporting. Shs has served as a judge in multiple small business competitions including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Awards.
Nupur is Senior Product Manager at Grand Rounds Inc. She was previously Product Manager at AliveCor and 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. While at Stanford, she co-designed a low cost neonatal jaundice device along with D-rev, her NGO Partner. This is when she saw how difficult of a problem marketing and distribution is and co-launched Impact Review that was acquired by Maternova. In her free time she enjoys running, baking and cooking.
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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.