Mentors

Steven Schuler, Product Marketing Expert

Steven Schuler joined Founders Space as a mentor. He is a marketing leader with recent experience at Intercom and Yahoo. At Yahoo he led product marketing for Gemini, Yahoo’s platform for mobile native advertising. A mobile veteran, he has worked in the industry for over fifteen years, with positions on the wireless team at web analytics company Compete, at mobile marketing pioneer m-Qube, and at Sprint.

In the summer of 2007 Steve rode a bicycle from Boston, MA to Seattle, WA and kept a blog using only his Sony Ericsson s710a flip phone.

Giancarlo Mori, Digital Strategist, Executive Board Advisor & Investor

Giancarlo Mori joined Founders Space as a mentor. He is the CEO and Chief Architect at Movyl Technologies, an AI-powered platform for social communications and analysis.

Prior to starting Movyl Technologies, he was EVP of Strategy at Atari and CCO at Glu Mobile. Giancarlo has spent 20 years in technology and media as a technology and product executive at companies such as Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Activision-Blizzard. Giancarlo has founded several companies with multiple successful exits.

George Chamales, Computer Security Expert


George Chamales joined Founders Space as a mentor. He has nearly 20 years of computer security experience that includes leading R&D work to detect & deceive hackers for DARPA, securing financial, medical, and technology firms with Deloitte, and the end-to-end security assessment of nation-wide critical infrastructure systems.

He has provided strategic and technical security advice to dozens of startups in numerous fields and sizes ranging from angel-funded to post-acquisition. His startup work includes building security programs, designing and reviewing security architecture, ferrying teams through compliance regimes and everything in between.

Satoshi Nozaki, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Mentor & Advisor

Satoshi Nozaki joined Founders Space as a mentor. He is the President and CEO of Archetype Digital and Partner at Tokyo’s Archetype Ventures, the oldest startup accelerator in Japan. In addition to being a prolific seed-stage angel investor, Satoshi consults closely with enterprise-level Japanese corporations, assisting them with finding strategic partnerships and investments. He splits his time between Tokyo and the SF Bay Area and can help facilitate or provide guidance for those considering international expansion.

Alessandro Zago, MBA, Ph.D., New Ventures & Innovation

Alessandro2016-150x150Alessandro Zago has been helping startups at Founders Space as a mentor since 2014. With 16+ years of extensive international and executive experience with strong emphasis on Silicon Valley-Asia cross-border business of new technology and innovation, he has a lot to offer.

Over the years he has gained deep and broad experience in managing innovation and commercializing next-gen technology covering roles such as managing director in Corporate VC and VC, business leader in tech-based startups, innovation and business development executive in large corporations, advisor and mentor in technology accelerators. Having served at Japanese, Korean, US and German technology companies closing partnerships and complex deals worldwide, he has gained strong global and cross-cultural management experience.

Larry (Nanlei) Wang, PhD, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur and Startup Mentor

Larry Wang joined Founders Space as a mentor. He is the CTO of Information and Communications Labs with 1000 researchers for ICT technologies in Taiwan. This is a NGO research institute that works closely with the industry. He was also the founding CEO of Taiwan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center which helped bring the best startups from Taiwan to Silicon Valley.

Jan-Philipp Mohr, Founder & CEO of Hashplay, Inc.

Jan-Philipp is an alumnus of Founders Space and the Founder & CEO of Hashplay Inc. an Advanced Reality company to build the ultimate Visual Data Intelligence Platform, Immersive Data.

ImmersiveData® enables organizations to qualify, unify and visualize both, real-time and legacy data, merge geospatial, CAD, and technical models, along with workflows and operational data to give managers the ability to make better and more informed decisions.

Gerry Baranano, Marketing & Sales

GerryGerry was Vice President of Marketing and Sales for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 to startups and was instrumental in positioning and closing the sale of Xros, a telecommunications startup for $2.2 billion.

Gerry brings a comprehensive understanding of all the elements necessary to start a successful technology company from his experience as founder and CEO of several startup companies. He has hands-on experience in launching products and services in the telecommunications, computer manufacturing, software, hardware, and green/clean tech industries.

David Barron, Investor, Startup Mentor, Tech Evangelist

David Barron 150x150David Barron is a mentor at Founders Space and has been working on technology commercialization efforts within large companies and startups for more than three decades. He advises startups, investment groups and corporate innovation groups on a variety of matters including alternative use case and Go To Market strategies, due diligence assessments and strategic partnerships.

Suruchi Gupta, Expert on Blockchain, Mobile Apps & Telecom

Suruchi Gupta joined Founders Space as a mentor. She is the Founder & CEO of Wificoin, a cryptographic token that provides seamless and secure access to WiFi globally. Prior to that, she had founded ShareG, a global mobile data marketplace for which she secured funding from Tata Communications and closely worked with several mobile operator CXOs in the US & LatAm to help them monetize their millions of roaming subscribers. Before ShareG, she had cofounded Buzz, a real-time group photo sharing app.

Jeremy Glassenberg, Expert on Platform, Product & Marketplace Growth

Jeremy150Jeremy Glassenberg joined Founders Space as a mentor. He is an experienced Product leader of 9+ years with a proven track record of growing and helping to monetize startups.

Jeremy had led the establishment of Box’s developer platform and community of over 20,000 developers, and since managed platforms in various industries, including supply chain at Tradeshift.

As a consultant and advisor, Jeremy assists businesses with Platform, Product and Marketplace growth.

Rishi Mathur, Comedian & Startup Coach

Rishi Mathur 150Rishi Mathur joined Founders Space as a mentor. He is a comedian from NYC. He performs all over the country and internationally.

Rishi has worked with start-ups since 2011 and has helped them grow. He also helps teach improv/stand-up to founders so they feel more comfortable with public speaking such as pitching their company to investors or help their sales team learn key skills that help aid with their sales process.

Ayse Zamboglu, Start-up Advisor & Angel Investor

AyseZamboglu150Ayse Zamboglu joined Founders Space as a mentor. She is an angel investor, a member and one of the past Co-Chairs of the Device&Digital Screening Committee at Life Science Angels (#1 angel investment group in the US by CB Insights in 2014). Ayse has extensive medical device and pharmaceutical industry experience at start-ups, technology transfer offices and with multiple clients. She comes with a diverse product portfolio history and expat experience.

Oscar Zagrean, Entrepreneur and Active Startup Investor

Oscar150Oscar joined the Founders Space as a mentor. He is working with startups across three main areas: Experimentation, Implementation and Fundraising. As a founder of several startups, Oscar developed expertise in increasing the speed and quality of experimentation in search for traction. Oscar works with founders in designing experiments, outlining processes and key measurements. Based on experimentation results, Oscar assists startups by actively participating in implementation and custom sourcing relevant talent with a focus on lowering the cash burn rate to extend the runway for additional experimentations. Finally, for select startups that have proven the ability to gain traction, meet milestones, and grow a team, Oscar and his team lead the fundraising process so that founders can dedicate more time to advancing the business.

Yingying Li, Global Executive Trainer

YingyingLi150Yingying Li joined Founders Space as a mentor. Over the past 10 years, she has designed and facilitated programs for global executives and managers to help them build essential skills in areas such as cross-cultural communication, leadership, personal influence building, diversity and inclusion, and international relationship management. She has conducted business in over three continents, including the creation of a cross-cultural and next-gen consultancy in the U.S., training through a global leadership conglomerate in India and Turkey, and leading various successful business development initiatives in Latin America and China, among other international endeavors.

Hayal Koc, Partner, VP of Sales & Business Development, Expertera

HayalKoc150Hayal Koc joined Founders Space as a mentor. She is a passionate entrepreneur with over a decade of international experience in strategy consulting, investment banking and corporate sales & marketing. She currently leads Sales, Marketing and Busıness Development at Expertera, a successful startup transforming the way we work by connecting companies all around the world with top business talent and expertise in a rapid, flexible and streamlined way. Clients range from top global investment firms and consultancies to small and medium enterprises.

Kyle Stirling, Entrepreneur & Data-Science Specialist

Kyle Stirling 150Kyle Stirling joined Founders Space as a mentor. He has extensive experience in delivering innovation, creating self-sustaining companies, and establishing business partnerships. He also has a deep understanding of data-driven and healthcare business strategy, and has led start-ups and established companies focusing on go to market strategies and innovations. He is currently Associate Director for Industry and Strategic Initiatives, Data Science Program, School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University.

Bharat Desai, Hi-Tech Operations Expert, Business Coach & Advisor

BharatDesai150Bharat Desai joined Founders Space as a mentor. He is a hi-tech operations executive turned business coach and advisor. He is CEO and Founder of Shalshiv Associates, a management coaching and consulting firm. Bharat is passionate about helping organizations solve their performance problems by showing them how to focus their organizational efforts and create a culture of accountability, discipline, and systems. His expertise is in helping organizations achieve exceptional organizational performance.

David Hughson, Globalization Expert

hughson-headshot-150David Hughson joined Founders Space as a mentor. As National Director of Business Development at Globalization Partners, he is responsible for developing a network of strategic partners around the world. For more than 10 years, David has demonstrated a passion for helping businesses to grow globally, and his focus has been on enabling international expansion for US companies. His enthusiasm for connecting people and businesses to drive successful outcomes is integral to his success.

Todd Murtha, Legal and Business Advisor

Todd Murtha is a mentor at Founders Space. Todd is an attorney at DJL Corporate Law and founder of Careerwave, a technology and AI-driven leadership development and coaching company.

Todd advises technology companies as outside general counsel and business advisor on a full range of legal and business issues, including formation, financing, M&A, commercial arrangements, strategy and operations. Careerwave provides scalable, broad-based management, leadership, and diversity and inclusion coaching programs to mid-size and large companies.