Max Faingezicht is the co-founder and CEO of ThriveHive, a guided marketing platform for local small businesses. Max is a former small business owner who founded Aluminum Systems, a construction company in Costa Rica.
He has worked as a product manager intern for the Kindle team at Amazon and he has held engineering roles in the industrial automation industry. Prior to that he conducted research in artificial intelligence for microchip failure analysis at Intel Corporation.
Max holds a BSEE from the University of Costa Rica and an MBA with acertificate for Innovation and Entrepreneurship from MIT Sloan.
Adam Blake is a passionate entrepreneur with a track record of delivering value at the intersection of technology and business. He is currently the Co-Founder and COO at ThriveHive, a software startup that makes small business marketing simple and effective with an all-in-one platform that lets businesses build, manage, and measure all of their marketing.
Prior to ThriveHive Adam founded a consumer electronics business, Pear Cable, which he bootstrapped into a profitable company selling products around the world. Before Pear Cable, Adam served as the Director of Fuel Cell Technology Development at CellTech Power, a developer of novel fuel cells. At CellTech Power he managed the development of the company’s alpha prototype and helped grow the company from four to 28 people.
Adam holds three patents (with one pending), received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Ning Shirakawa is the Founder of Native Mind. Ning was born in China, grew up in Japan and moved to the United States for college, and in the process became fluent in the languages of all three countries. Despite never stepping foot into an English speaking country before her acceptance into Duke University when she was 18, Ning taught herself “functional” English as a rebellious act against the imposed social norms of Japan.
Ning started Native Mind during her first year summer at MIT Sloan School of Management. The idea came together when she met Eugene Nagai, Co-Founder of Habataku, Inc while he as leading a handful of STEM majoring girls on an empowering and visionary tour at MIT/Harvard.
N: “I’m furious. These smart, driven, and creative girls might not be able to attend MIT just because the English education back home wouldn’t and couldn’t prepare them for it?”
E: “Well, why don’t we change that?”
She was awarded with Sloan Social Impact Fellowship based on the idea that English opens doors and that the inefficient English education in Japan is depriving students of all ages opportunities. Ning graduated from Duke University in 2009 with double major in Economics and Psychology and a minor in East Asian Studies. Ning has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management; she is currently based in SF, and she travels extensively to Asia.
Vimala Palaniswamy is a Co-founder and CEO of Demeter and Jamela. Jamela is a "more-than-fair trade" skin care company that focuses on capturing more value for the people and communities where its ingredients are sourced.
Vimala has worked in education technology, microfinance, transportation, infrastructure, scientific research, and health and has over 10 years' experience working with entrepreneurs and in Asia, Africa, and Central America. She has also worked as a "business bootcamp" coach for undergraduates and first year attorneys through The Fullbridge Program.
Vimala has an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPH in Global Health from Emory University. Her undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and Biology are from the University of Georgia and Simon’s Rock College of Bard.
Marius Ursache studied to become a plastic surgeon, but instead became a designer and entrepreneur at an early age —an irreversible change. As CEO & Cofounder of Eterni.me he is trying to build intelligent avatars based on digital data collected from people—avatars that will be able to answer questions from their friends, relatives orother people.
Marius also founded the Disciplined EntrepreneurshipToolbox (www.detoolbox.com), an online tool for entrepreneurs and investors, based on Bill Aulet's entrepreneurial framework used at MIT and in successful companies such as Kayak, Hubspot or Kiva Systems.
As a multidisciplinary person (entrepreneurship, product development, UX/UI design, branding, information architecture, usability), Marius loves tackling tough problems and projects, when he's not away, traveling to remote tribal areas.School of Public Health, where he concentrated in healthcare management and leadership.could potentially impact and make their lives better! That’s how people change the world, everyday.
Sandra Richter is a marketing scientist focusing on Persuasive Technology in the urban landscape, particularly sustainable mobility. Prior to cofounding Changing Environments where she currently acts as the CEO, she worked at the MIT Medialab where she investigated into how persuasion profiling can lead to sustainable urban mobility choices. Next to her research she consulted for Europe’s key energy supplier, Vattenfall.
Before earning her Masters in strategic communication from the University of the Arts in Berlin, she worked as an international market researcher at KPMG. Last year Sandra was selected as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company for her work in and around cities.
Jutta Friedrichs is the cofounder of Changing Environments, the company behind the smart urban furniture Soofa, and serves as a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab. She has over 10 years of experience in creative strategy, multi-media production, design, manufacturing and product managements in the UK, China and the US.
Jutta cofounded Xindao’s product design studio and her furniture design studio, MÜ, in Shanghai before she earned her Masters at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Since, she has cofounded, NGIN Workplace, a Cambridge based workspace and network for global entrepreneurs. Jutta has received multiple international design awards and serves as an art and design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at the MIT architectural department.
Andrew is a Chief Business Officer at twoXAR. Prior to twoXAR Andrew worked as an investor in venture and private equity funds and has designed, built, and managed several small organizations. Andrew co-founded a mobile platform startup while at MIT.
As Chief Business Officer of twoXAR, Andrew is focused on validating the market, identifying customers, building the team, and fundraising. Andrew holds a Master in Business Administration degree from MIT Sloan, a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and cell biology from UCSD, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from UCSD.
Amanda von Goetz began her professional career as a pianist at age 13, when she became the youngest winner in the history of the New Jersey Symphony Young Artist Auditions. She was managed by ICM Artists (Opus 3) throughout her career, and made her Carnegie Hall debut at age 15 in the Isaac Stern Auditorium with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. International performances took her to Russia, France, Germany and South America, amongst others, where she appeared as soloist with prominent orchestras, and in-recital.
After completing her undergraduate studies at Juilliard, von Goetz retired from performance and later went on to found a technology company. She is currently an MBA Candidate at MIT, 2014, and serves as Co-Founder and CEO of the MIT startup, Thyme Labs Incorporated.
Rohit is a third year graduate student at CSAIL, MIT advised by Armando Solar-Lezama. He is working on building scalable systems that can automatically generate reasonable programs from simple and intuitive specifications.
For all other practical purposes, he is a geek (A proud one :)) who loves trying out adventurous stuff and meeting new people. Recently, he has started learning the Russian language and hopes to put it to good use soon.
Daipan is currently a program manager at Quirky, helping to launch the next generation of connected home devices. Previously, he was a co-founder of scheduling software startup Thyme Labs, and a product development engineer at 3M. He holds an MBA and SB in Mechanical Engineering, both from MIT.
AJ (Alfonso) Perez is the co-founder and CEO of New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS), a Boston-based robotics company that has developed the worlds first fully automated cloud 3D printing management suite. AJ holds a BS '13 in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Engineering in Manufacturing '14 from MIT. His studies focus on mechanical design and manufacturing processes automation.
AJ has developed and taught several classes during his career. Most recently, he co-developed the first graduate level 3D printing class for the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In collaboration with Citizen Schools, AJ developed a team-based experiential 3D design and 3D printing class for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. He was a teaching assistant for the MIT Gordon Engineering Leadership and an engineering design teaching assistant for the MITES program. During his senior year at MIT, AJ patented a novel gynecological surgery device as well as an automated network 3D printer.
Prior to NVBOTS, AJ worked as a strategy consultant in Boston and London.
Raffaele Colella, MBA ’11, and Cannonball, the company he co-founded, recently released a new app aimed at tablet users to help them “love email again.” Despite the plethora of digital communications tools, Colella said, email remains the common denominator. Cannonball is a visual interface that helps users to separate and prioritize messages from real people, while also allowing easy browsing for e-newsletters and subscription emails like Groupon.
Vanessa is co-founder and CEO of FINsix, an advanced power electronics company that enables smaller, lighter power solutions for consumer devices. Prior to her work with FINsix, Vanessa was a manager at TECOM Investments in Dubai, UAE and a consultant with the Monitor Group in New York, NY.
In 2014 FINsix was selected as an Inc 35 Under 35 company. Previously, Vanessa won MIT’s Patrick E. McGovern Entrepreneurship Award, and was selected as a Boston Business Journal Innovation All-Stars Rising Star and Forbes 30-under-30 in Energy.
Vanessa holds a M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, a MBA from MIT Sloan and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth
H￼anna Adeyema brings over a decade of experience in technology marketing and commercialization. At a consulting group yet2.com, she worked with companies like P&G, Tyco, Dow Corning, Avon and NASA, and many startups, to bring cutting-edge technologies to market. Her innovation pilot with NASA was recognized with an excellence award. Prior to that, she was an analyst at a DC-based think tank, where she researched technology trends and was involved in a semantic software spinoff. During the summer of 2011, Hanna worked with a USAID-funded project to promote remote internet access in Indonesia.
She earned her MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and an MA from the University of Sussex. Hanna was born in Nigeria, raised in Belarus, and has also lived in England, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France and the United States.
She enjoys hot yoga, traveling, and spending time with her husband.
Hyungsoo Kim is the founder & CEO of Eone. A firm believer in the importance of universal design, his goal is to co-design innovative products that are accessible and useful to everyone. Hyungsoo holds an MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management and BA/MA degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University.
Marcel Muenster keeps his passport on-hand at all times. After all, this consummate traveler hopped from L.A. to New Zealand to Singapore with only an around-the-world ticket and a few pennies to his name. He’s also been known to zip around the globe to deliver bone marrow for leukemia patients. Marcel frequently combines his obsession for travel with his other one true love: medicine and public health. He joined forces with The World Health Organization to improve healthcare in Latin America before gaining clinical experience in Germany, Switzerland, South Korea and at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Prior to joining Gfk Bridgehead as a healthcare consultant, Marcel worked on a multinational hospital project at Harvard Business School to better understand the nomination process for senior executive level positions such as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer. He received his medical degree from the University of Muenster, Germany and earned his public health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he concentrated in healthcare
management and leadership.