Mentors

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.

Jeff Faust, CVA, Director of Valuation Services at ASL

Jeff Faust 150Jeff Faust joined Founders Space as a mentor. Jeff is a Certified Valuation Analyst and the Director of Valuation Services at ASL and is a part of the Emerging Business Group and Technology Group.

He has 20 years of experience in the valuation of privately held companies for various purposes: stock options grants (IRC § 409A), Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), estate/gift, fundraising, mergers/acquisitions, and more.

Jean-Philippe Emelie Marcos, Co-Founder & CEO of SignifAI

Jean-Philippe 150x150Jean-Philippe Emelie Marcos joined Founders Space as a mentor. JP is the Co-Founder and CEO of SignifAI (https://signifai.io/), a VC-backed company that leverages machine intelligence to increase system availability and performance.

Prior to founding SignifAI, he was one of the initial angel investors in and served for 5+ years as the Chief Operating Officer at Tango, a leading global mobile consumer application that went from 0 to 400M registered users during his tenure. JP was also a Silicon Valley early stage investor for 7 years. JP’s career spans 20+ years leading teams in technology start-ups and large companies as founder / entrepreneur / CEO / VC and general manager.

Pramod Dabir, Serial Entrepreneur & Investor

Pramod DabirPramod Dabir joined Founders Space as a mentor. After graduating with an EE degree from the University of Illinois, Pramod joined the Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Group in San Francisco. Chasing his interests in investing, Pramod later transitioned to venture capital at TA Associates where he focused on internet and software investing.

Jake Kuczeruk, Entrepreneur, Advisor & Growth/Partnership Specialist

WAL Jake Kuczeruk 150x150Jake is an SF-based entrepreneur, advisor, and growth/partnerships specialist who serves in dual roles as the Director of Partnerships for both Dispatch Labs (enterprise-focused blockchain protocol) & The Bureau (blockchain advisory, accelerator, and fund). Formerly, Jake spearheaded the growth efforts of WeTrust, MegaBots, West Agile Labs, and two 500 Startups Accelerator companies (Tie Society and Console.FM).

Will Wang, Founders Space Innovation Partner

Will Wang Director of Innovation

Will Wang
Corporate Innovation

Founders Space Innovation Program Partner & CEO of Golden Sailing International Business Investment Management Co., Ltd.

• One-stop innovation platform for businesses, which empowers business leaders to innovate with freedom, creativity and agility as Silicon Valley startups


Previous Work History

BestBuy General Manger Training/Customer Solution Manager

• BestBuy Retail Strategies
– Sales strategy
– Service strategy
– Product/Merchandising strategy
– Pricing strategy
– Brand strategy

Carley Jacobson, Strategy Designer

Carley150x150Carley Jacobson joined Founders Space as a mentor. She is a Strategy Designer at Business Models Inc. Through Business Models Inc she supports organizations with strategy, business model generation and validation, and value proposition design.

For 6 years prior, Carley helped grow Autodesk’s maker community Instructables. With over 115 do-it-yourself tutorials, Carley has gained over 13 million page-views and recognition from major publications such as The Huffington Post, GQ Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and more. She uses her experience in online community building, hackathons, content creation, and customer development to build new innovative strategies.

Lisa Ma, Product Go-To-Market

Lisa Ma smallLisa Ma joined Founders Space as a mentor. She is Senior Director of Global Programs at LivePerson, and drives customer acquisition, product usage and revenue growth through implementation of programs and messaging products to enable brands to engage with consumers via live chat, SMS or mobile messaging.

With years of experience at Deloitte Consulting, Citigroup, Yahoo! and LivePerson, Lisa is focused on helping companies to deliver global software products, plan product go-to-market, and build customer experience programs to drive usage and adoption. She can help startups on strategy & execution, product/pitch messaging, business & roadmap planning, product go-to-market, and voice of the customer insights.

Shauna Jin, Experience Researcher and Designer

Shauna Jin smallShauna is with Sutherland Labs, and she also mentors Founders Space startups.

She is a curious designer, thinker, and doer.

She has a PhD in Sustainable Design and a background in design and engineering. She has worked as a researcher, designer, and strategy consultant for startups and non-profits in Western Europe, the U.S., and SE Asia.

Lauren Nham, Innovation Product Manager

Lauren Nham smallLauren is with Sutherland Labs, and she also mentors Founders Space startups.

She brings the world of ideas and reality together.

Over the past 10 years, she launched growth and design-driven products for startups and enterprise clients.

She specializes in product discovery and development, leveraging design thinking jobs-to-be-done, and agile and lean startup methodologies. Prior to Joining Sutherland Labs, she worked in management consulting and banking.

Tom Byun, Revenue Growth & Retention Leader

Tom Byun 2016 smallTom Byun is a mentor at Founders Space and recently was GM and SVP of the Global Small Business division of LivePerson.

LivePerson helps businesses strengthen sales and customer support via messaging solutions (chat, SMS, messaging). He oversaw all programs for acquisition, retention and growth of small and mid-sized business customers across US, EMEA, and APAC.

Prior to LivePerson, Tom was VP and GM of Yahoo! Small Business, where he focused on serving SMBs to grow and manage their business online via hosting, e-commerce, marketing solutions and other offerings.

Johnson Hor, Mentor, Connector & Adviser

Johnson Hor small 2016Johnson Hor has been involved with Founders Space since 2010 as a mentor, connector, and adviser.

Johnson is the founder and Director of Something at Shoebox Ventures – a 501c3 charitable nonprofit enabling people, organizations, and community programs to excel. Like everyone else, he has worked in various capacities for various industries including, but notwithstanding, automotive, nonprofit, petroleum, textiles, finance, law, health, telemedicine, technology, and telecommunications.