Category: Mentors (Page 1 of 23)

Wendy Hu

Wendy Hu heads Founders Space China. She’s a veteran startup founder with extensive experience in fundraising, event production, and gov relations.

Hu is committed to bridging the gap between China and the United States by bringing Silicon Valley clean energy startups into China and helping them access the world’s biggest clean energy market.

She’s also working to help Chinese startups that are looking to expand overseas. She has deep relationships with government and private enterprise. She can draw upon policy support to build relationships and secure contracts.

Steven Echtman

Steven Echtman is Executive Producer of Events at Founders Space and founder of He’s a focused entrepreneur and startup strategist, with deep knowledge in the areas AI & Web3.

Echtman has vast experience in enterprise and consumer spaces, as a “producer” in many realms, including media & marketing, internet enabled application (incl. cloud, mobile, geospatial, IoT, & social). He excels at team leadership; project, program, and product management; customer development; business development; sales acceleration; and operations.

Pat McCarthy, Fractional CFO and startup investor

Pat McCarthy is a Fractional CFO and startup investor who’s helped startups grow from founder to 30 people company, raise over $15M in funding, and grow revenue from 10K annually to more than $10M while partnering with some of the largest advertisers and companies in the world.

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.

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