Mentors

Brent Keltner, Go-To-Market Strategist

Brent Keltner has joined Founders Space as a mentor. He is President of Winalytics and created the company’s value-driven growth methodology. Winalytics helps client reach their top growth potential by consistently positioning and qualifying around buyer value in go-to-market and sales execution strategies.

The advantages of moving from product- to value-driven growth accrue throughout the buyer lifecycle. Value-drive growth increases prospecting success, accelerates deal velocity, and increases deal value through better negotiations and quicker account expansion.

Mark Passalacqua, Seasoned Startup Advisor & Mentor

Mark has been a Mentor with Founders Space since 2015. Mark mentors start-up companies at all levels – from inception to market, and beyond. Mark has met with hundreds of companies during the past five years – helping them prepare pitches and presentations; with understanding the opportunity in respective markets and positioning as such; creating and/or revising targeted plans, providing creative direction/ideas, and much more. If you were to come to one of our mentoring days, you might see teams waiting (sometimes hovering around) to meet with him. On the days Mark is mentoring, it is not unusual for him to spend entire days at Founders Space, having follow up meetings with the companies he had met with prior, that same day. For the companies he has felt were/are on the right track i.e. product/service, team, structure, culture, maturity, passion, etc., he has agreed to join on respective advisory boards. When Mark joins a company as an advisor/mentor, he provides a valuable insight that can help take that company to a new level.

David Haubert, Sales, Marketing & Brand Management

David Haubert has been helping companies succeed since 2010 when he started Trinity Consulting after completing a successful 20 year career in sales, marketing and brand management for multinational companies like Nestle, IBM and Safeway (now Albertsons) where he held roles of increasing scope and responsibility.

David Hattenbach, Creative & Strategic Marketing

DavidDavid Hattenbach is a Founders Space Mentor and seasoned marketing & biz dev leader.

With 25 years of experience leading award winning advertising and growth marketing initiatives for companies large and small, David has developed a talent for turning consumer insight into highly effective marketing solutions.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur himself, David was EVP Global Strategic Planning Director for Foote Cone & Belding Advertising where he led global marketing and business development.

Cynthia Seymour, Global Marketing, Business Development, New Market Analysis & Operations

Working with tech start-ups and visionaries (including Elon Musk), Cynthia is delighted to share her wisdom and expertise with entrepreneurs. She started her own company Care Navigate after the last economic meltdown and knows success takes execution, tenacity and reinvention, not just great ideas.

Most recently director of international implementation at eXp Worldwide Holdings, a global real estate company, Cynthia was chartered with launching new markets from scratch in under 6 months. She accomplished this rapid roll-out by collaborating with more than a dozen functional teams and coaching country leaders, building a repeatable, sustainable process for future countries.

David S. Levin, Seasoned Investor

Mr. Levin is a seasoned dealmaker located in New York City. He was a co-founder and managing partner at investment group, New Bridge Partners, LLC and its affiliated companies and has enjoyed over 35 years in the investment banking and financial services business.

At New Bridge, Mr. Levin worked to originate and structure transactions for the company in a wide variety of sectors including renewable energy, consumer/retail, healthcare and manufacturing among others. An experienced leader with broad strategic vision, business development and investment experience in the U.S. and South Africa among other markets, he was responsible for guiding New Bridge’s strategic direction and positioning it for future growth.

Steve Austin, Founders Space Instructor

Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and instructor coach at Founders Space.

Steve helps companies raise money, set up Growth Hacking and Scale B2B(2C) Customer Sales Revenue. He has helped dozens of major companies’ source new technology from around the globe.

Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. His teams sold several hundred million dollars of these products. He has been the CEO, MD, and VP International Sales and Marketing. Steve has managed global operations including personally making $100s of millions in B2B sales.

Chelsea Ramm, Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics expert

Chelsea Ramm joined Founders Space as a mentor. She is the Director of Sum Savvy Consulting and has 8 years of experience in Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics. She has primarily worked in the automotive industry managing a global supply chain that focused on high quality, longevity, innovation and cost.

Roger Royse, Partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP

Roger Royse is a partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, an international corporate law firm. He works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries. Roger regularly advises on complex tax structuring, high stakes business negotiations, and large international financial transactions. He also practices in the area of angel and venture fund formation.

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.

Charlotte Westfall, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs

Charlotte Westfall is a corporate law partner at Squire Patton Boggs. She focuses her corporate practice on venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC compliance. She counsels public companies on corporate governance, public disclosure issues and other business matters. She assists blockchain and cryptocurrency companies with navigating the regulatory landscape to achieve their objectives.

Charlotte approaches her clients’ legal needs with an acute business mindset, offers efficient and practical solutions to their problems and helps build strategic partnerships. She collaborates with her integrated global legal team and leverages the firm’s strong local connections to provide her clients with top-notch legal advice seamlessly.