Category: Mentors (Page 2 of 23)

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.

During her time at Tesla, she was instrumental in the Model S and Model X launch, and played a vital role in providing low cost opportunities for achieving the Model 3 cost target. She assisted with the providing cost guidance to engineering, resourced low performing suppliers and helped with program management to keep up with the rapid design iterations. At Lucid Motors she helped define the company processes and systems cost, was invaluable in establishing the supply chain strategy and developing relationships with key suppliers, and worked closely with the design and engineering team to achieve the aesthetic and performance desired for the budget provided. Being so deeply involved in hardware design and component sourcing, she has developed an intuitive and collaborative approach to finding unique and creative solutions to reduce cost while improving performance and functionality of the product.

She brings knowledge and experience in a wide range of products and commodities including plastics, castings, stampings, mechanisms, lighting, control modules, soft goods, decorative parts, etc. She has an intimate understanding of hardware design cycles, developing timelines, how to leverage your supply base, supply chain and logistics strategies to reduce cost, and negotiating supply contracts. She is also experienced in finding high quality and high performance suppliers & CMs and has an established network of manufacturers in the US and Asia.

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.

Roger is widely published on technical tax topics, is a regular speaker for the California CPA Education Foundation, and has been an adjunct Professor of Taxation (Property Transactions and International Taxation) for Golden Gate University. Read More...

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.

Steven holds an MBA from Georgetown University, where he is now a guest lecturer, and a BA from Union College.

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.

His blog is at He lives in Oakland, CA with his family and one cat.

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.

Currently at Enplas, Alessandro is VP New Ventures and Innovation, responsible for Corporate VC and New Business Development, Strategy and Innovation in Emerging Markets and sectors, e.g. medtech, life science, robotics, 3D printing, automotive, VR/AR. Read More...

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.

In the last 4 years, Larry has mentored over 100 startups (the majority in the seed and pre-seed stages) both in Silicon Valley and Taiwan, with 1/3 of the companies successfully raising funds. Based on his own personal entrepreneurial experience, he has mentored startups independently as well as in collaboration with tier-one accelerators in Silicon Valley. He places a strong emphasis on building a viable business model and gaining business traction. He is also keen on international collaborations, especially across the Pacific, and he works with many international startups.

In addition to collaborating with tier-one accelerators in Silicon Valley, he works closely with several VCs in both Silicon Valley and Taiwan, business consultants that help startups gain business traction, design houses, and ODMs that help startups with building MVP’s. Read More...

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.

Immersive Data uses state of the art artificial intelligence to optimize data ingest, the visualization and the interaction. Basically, it simplifies the way you deal with your operational excellence data. Read More...

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.

Today, as principal of The RevLaunch Company, Gerry consults for high technology companies and the R&D divisions of the world’s largest corporations in the area of business development, technology commercialization strategy, product positioning, and go-to-market strategies. Clients include FujiFilm, Fujitsu, NTT-AT, and smaller companies offering embedded software products, open-source software, and hardware products. Read More...

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