MIT PLATFORM STRATEGY SUMMIT

July 15, 2016

7:45 AM to 7:00 PM

MIT Media Lab - 6th Floor

Summit Biographies

Lukas Biewald

Lukas Biewald

Founder/CEO, CrowdFlower

Lukas Biewald is the founder and CEO of CrowdFlower. Founded in 2009, CrowdFlower is a data enrichment platform that taps into an on-demand to workforce to help companies collect, clean and label data to make it more useful.

Following his graduation from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Computer Science, Lukas led the Search Relevance Team for Yahoo! Japan. He then worked as a senior data scientist on the Ranking and Management Team at Powerset, Inc., acquired by Microsoft in 2008. Recently, Lukas won the Netexplorateur Award for GiveWork - a collaboration with Samasource that brings digital work to refugees worldwide.

Lukas is also an expert level Go player.

Larry Bohn

Larry Bohn

Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, Larry invests in information technology businesses with a focus on open source, cloud-based computing, advanced software/hardware systems and SaaS business models. At General Catalyst, Larry invests in companies that transform a range of industries, including: Altiscale, Bigcommerce, Black Duck Software, Clarabridge, Demandware (NYSE:DWRE), GoodData, HubSpot (NYSE: HUBS), Kensho, L2, Mark43, Newstore, Semantic Machines, Visible Measures, and Yottaa. Larry’s past investments include Optaros (acquired by MRM Worldwide in November 2014), Paydiant (acquired by PayPal in April 2015), Qumas (acquired by Accelrys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACCL) in December 2013), Venetica (acquired by IBM in October 2004), and Locu (acquired by GoDaddy in August 2013).

Before joining General Catalyst Partners, Larry Bohn was the Chairman, President and CEO of NetGenesis, a market leading analytics software provider. Larry led NetGenesis from 1997 to 2001, during which NetGenesis was a two-time Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 award winner and was included among the Inc. 500. In February 2000, Larry led the company’s public offering and in December 2001, NetGenesis was acquired by SPSS, Inc. Prior to his role at NetGenesis, Larry was President of PC DOCS, Inc., a leading developer of document management software for enterprise networks. He also led the company’s highly successful public offering. Prior to joining PC DOCS, Larry was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Interleaf, Inc. (LEAF), where he defined and implemented the corporate strategy that put its electronic publishing solutions in a top market position and helped grow the business to more than $120 million in annual revenues.

Larry is an honors graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and earned a masters of arts degree in Linguistics from Clark University.

Graham Brooks

Graham Brooks

Partner, 406 Ventures

As a recovering engineer (license to code was revoked in 2008, currently under appeal), Graham Brooks loves to geek out with techie founders. He joined .406 Ventures in 2007, after nine years of technology-oriented operating, investing and start-up experience. At .406 he focuses on early-stage investments in #BigData and #MarketingTech. Graham also runs the firm’s university outreach initiatives including the .406 #StudentFellows program.

Prior to joining the dark side, Graham was an intrapreneur with the New Ventures Group and then Business Development Manager at Bose, where, in addition to upgrading his personal audio set-up, he led the team that identified, evaluated, and structured strategic investment and acquisition opportunities within the digital media and consumer products markets.

Prior to being an intrapreneur, Graham was an entrepreneur, Co-founding Accentus, a spin-out of Dartmouth College, focused on bringing innovative solutions for the financial trading industry. At Accentus, Graham led product management and sales and developed significant scar tissue from fundraising in 2002.

Out of college, Graham turned down DoubleClick to begin his career as a software engineer and DBA at ALK Associates (Acq Trimble), a logistics solutions spin-out of Princeton University. He should have chosen DoubleClick.

Graham is a Kauffman Fellow (Class of 2010). He received his MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business in 2002, where he was a Tuck Scholar; and an engineering degree in Computer Science from Princeton University.

Sangeet Choudary

Sangeet Choudary

Founder/Director, Platform Strategy Labs

Sangeet Paul Choudary is the founder of Platform Strategy Labs, an advisory and executive education firm focused on applying platform economics across industries. He is an industry fellow at the Centre for Global Enterprise, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the INSEAD Business School and an advisor to Silicon Valley’s leading accelerator, 500 Startups. Sangeet regularly speaks at major industry conferences, including the G20 Summit 2014 events, and has lectured at leading universities, including HBS, MIT and CMU. He was formerly the head of innovation at Intuit Asia. Sangeet has worked on and advised major platform implementations globally, in all six continents. His work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Thinkers50 Magazine, Wall Street Journal and other leading publications.
Teo Correia

Teo Correia

Senior Managing Director – Global Consumer Goods & Services and Products, Global Consumer Industries, Accenture

Teo Correia is the Global Senior Managing Director of Accenture’s Consumer Goods & Services industry group. Appointed to this role in June 2015, Teo is responsible for global business planning, industry development, investments and market strategy for the global Consumer Goods & Services practice.

In addition, Teo recently took a broader cross-industry role as Products Consumer Industries Lead, which encompasses the Consumer Goods & Services, Retail and Hospitality industries.

For the past two years, Teo has served as managing director for Accenture’s Products operating group in the Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America (EALA).

Since joining Accenture since 1988, Teo has been a key figure in Accenture’s Latin America practice, serving as the Products lead for Brazil and subsequently as the Products Client Service Group Lead for Latin America. Many of Teo’s projects have been focused in the sales & marketing and supply chain areas.

He is also the senior sponsor for Accenture’s Agribusiness industry and leads the Emerging Group, a CEO-based network focused on developing ideas and support for the emerging consumer.

Teo received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of São Paulo and Master’s degree in Finance from Ibmec São Paolo. He also received an IMD – MBA in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Teo is based in London, UK.

Dominic Endicott

Dominic Endicott

General Partner, Nauta Capital

Dominic is a General Partner at Nauta Capital, managing its US operations, and based in Boston. Nauta Capital is a global VC with operations in Boston, London and Barcelona, focused on early stage investing in vertical markets subject to disruption.

Prior to Nauta, he worked at Boston Consulting Group and Monitor and then participated in the creation of Cluster Consulting, a European start-up focused on deploying mobile operations in over 40 countries. He managed US operations which grew from zero to 50 people. Cluster was acquired by Diamond Technologies in 2000 to form DiamondCluster, where he became responsible for all North American telecommunications operations. He was then hired by Booz Allen to re-invigorate their wireless practice.

Dominic is a member of the Board of Directors of Great Call (Jitterbug), CarrierIQ, MobileAware, Eyeview, Airsense Wireless, InCrowd, Taptap and Campus Global as well as Rifiniti.

He received his MBA from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Peter C. Evans

Peter C. Evans

Vice President, Center for Global Enterprise

Peter C. Evans is the Vice President at the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) where he is responsible for developing Center’s research agenda, global partnerships, and CEO engagements. He heads CGE’s major research initiatives including The Emerging Platform Economy. Previously, Dr. Evans held key strategy and market intelligence roles at General Electric. He was Director of GE Corporate’s Global Strategy and Analytics team. He also led GE Energy’s Global Strategy and Planning team for five years. Prior to joining GE, he was a Director at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) and a key architect of the company’s first global scenarios. He also worked as an independent consultant for a variety of corporate and government clients, including the US Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, US Department of Energy, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank.

Dr. Evans has extensive international energy experience, including two years as a Visiting Scholar at the Central Research Institute for the Electric Power Industry in Tokyo, Japan. His many publications include: The Rise of the Platform Enterprise with Annabelle Gawer (Center for Global Enterprise, 2016); The Age of Gas and the Power of Networks (General Electric, 2013), The Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines (General Electric, 2012). He is a highly regarded speaker and is frequently invited to address business, academic and policy audiences.

He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an International Academy of Management Fellow. He served as a Board Member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) from 2012 to 2015 and co-chairs the NABE Big Data conference. He serves on the advisory boards of the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Initiative and MetroTech, a company providing real-time traffic data and analytics.

He received his master degree and PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Janel Garvin

Janel Garvin

CEO, Evans Data Corp

Janel Garvin is the CEO of Evans Data Corp. She founded the company in 1998 in order to fill a need for in-depth research into software development trends and adoption patterns amongst developers that was entirely lacking in the industry before Evans Data Corp, and which Evans Data Corp to this day exclusively supplies. Janel is currently actively involved with Evans Data’s syndicated surveys into emerging technologies and platforms. She also directs private competitive intelligence studies for clients and advises on tactical marketing to developers. The expanding reach of the platform ecology as the world becomes more interconnected is a particular interest.

Before founding Evans Data Corp Janel spent eight years in the software development tools industry and launched some of the best known IDEs, compilers and performance tools for companies such as DEC, Borland, and Symantec.

Mynul Khan

Mynul Khan

Founder/CEO, Field Nation

He has a programming and data analyst background, as well as a honed “growth hacking” business focus that drives Field Nation strategy and motivates him to grow the Field Nation team. Mynul possesses a BS in Computer Science and is actively involved in technology decisions as well as strategy direction.

In 2013 Field Nation was placed at #43 on the INC. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the US. They made the top 500 again in 2014.

Today, Mynul is focused on aggressive company growth and opportunistically expanding around the world through regional partnerships and local incubators.

Stephanie Leffler

Stephanie Leffler

CEO, OneSpace

Stephanie Leffler is the CEO of OneSpace, a cloud-based agile talent management platform. OneSpace is the only talent management platform that gives companies the power to manage workflows that unify the efforts of employees, trusted contractors, and freelancers to get work done faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Prior to OneSpace, Leffler founded MonsterCommerce, an ecommerce platform that grew to serve over 8,000 small businesses. MonsterCommerce processed more than $3 billion dollars in annual sales and posted annual revenue exceeding $20 million in the year prior to being acquired.

Leffler spearheaded the sale of MonsterCommerce to Network Solutions, where she served as SVP of Sales and Channel Partnerships, until she departed to found OneSpace.

Leffler has been recognized by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist, by the Stevie Awards as a Best Young Entrepreneur Finalist, and by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “30 Under 30” and “40 Under 40” honoree.

Leffler mentors entrepreneurs through the Pipeline for Entrepreneurship organization and serves as a guest lecturer at Washington University’s Olin School of Business and at St. Louis University’s John Cook School of Management.

Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee

Principal Research Scientist & Associate Director, MIT

Andrew McAfee is a scientist at MIT. His work investigates how digital technologies are changing businesses, industries, economies, and societies. He is the coauthor, with Erik Brynjolfsson, of the New York Times bestselling book “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.”

Samuel J. Palmisano

Samuel J. Palmisano

Former CEO, IBM; Chairman, Center for Global Enterprise

Samuel J. Palmisano is the Chairman of the Center for Global Enterprise, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of the contemporary corporation, the management science of the globally integrated enterprise (GIE), global economic trends, and their impact on society.

From January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2011, Samuel J. Palmisano was chairman, president and chief executive officer of IBM. He was chairman of the Board from January through September 2012 and served as a senior adviser to IBM until his retirement on December 1, 2012. Under his leadership, IBM achieved record financial performance, transformed itself into a globally integrated enterprise and introduced its Smarter Planet agenda.

Mr. Palmisano is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University. Among his many business accomplishments, Mr. Palmisano was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2005. In 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the London Business School and is President Obama’s appointed Vice Chairman to the Cyber Security Commission. He is the author and contributing writer of two books published by the CGE: Re-Think: A Path to the Future and Growing Global: Lessons for the New Enterprise.

Geoff Parker

Geoff Parker

Professor, Dartmouth College/MIT

As of July 2016, Geoffrey Parker is a professor of engineering at Dartmouth College. He is also a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School and a research fellow at MIT’s Initiative for the Digital Economy. Parker serves on the GE Africa technical workforce advisory board and the Industry Studies Association board of directors. Previously, Parker was a professor of management science at Tulane University where he served as Director of the Tulane Energy Institute. Parker received a BS from Princeton University and a MS and PhD from MIT. Parker has made significant contributions to the field of network economics and strategy as co-developer of the theory of “two-sided” markets. His current research includes studies of distributed innovation, business platform strategy, and technical/economic systems to integrate renewable energy. Parker’s research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and numerous corporations. He serves or has served as associate editor at multiple journals and as a National Science Foundation panelist. Parker is a frequent speaker at academic conferences and industry events and advises senior leaders on their organization’s platform strategies. Before attending MIT, he held positions in engineering and finance at GE Semiconductor in North Carolina and at GE Healthcare in Wisconsin. Parker is co-author of the recently published book, Platform Revolution. Additional information can be found at platformrevolution.com, ggparker.net and @g2parker.

Eric Peters

Eric Peters

Deputy Head of Unit, Digital Single Market

He joined DG CNECT in February 2015 as deputy Head of Unit in charge of the coordination of the Digital Single Market.

Previously he joined the Bureau of European Policy Advisers of the President of the European Commission in 2011 as adviser for international and economic issues.

Before joining the BEPA and since mid 2010, he was adviser to the French Permanent representative to EU institutions on international issues and strategic partnerships.

In December 2007 he was appointed deputy Head of Cabinet to Peter Mandelson, European Trade Commissioner and then served Baroness Catherine Ashton of Upholland, European Trade Commissioner, as deputy Head of Cabinet.

In May 2007 he was appointed diplomatic adviser to Christine Lagarde, who was then Minister of Agriculture and subsequently became Minister for Economic Affairs, Finance and Employment.

From 2001 to 2005 he worked as an administrator within the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade and then served as a adviser to the Cabinet of Christine Lagarde, France’s trade minister, for European and international issues.

From 1996 to 2001, he fulfilled different management posts within the French National Forest Office in France and in La Martinique.

Born on 25 January 1970, Eric Peters attended the École normale supérieure (Lyon) and the École nationale du génie rural, des eaux et des forêts (ENGREF). He holds a Master’s degree in molecular and cellular biology and is a qualified ingénieur en Chef du Génie rural des Eaux et Forêts (senior agriculture, forestry and water management engineer).

He regularly publishes articles in Newspapers e.g.- Le Monde, les Echos – and magazines e.g.– Europe’s World -.

Eric is married and has four children.

John Reynolds

John Reynolds

Managing Director, Agile Fratal Grid, Inc.

Mr. John Reynolds is president and founder of Integrated Architectures. He also serves as the Managing Director of the Agile Fractal Grid where he personally directs the orchestration activities for the company and is the chief architect for various vertical lines of business served by the national network. He is also one of the trustees for the national fiber and wireless infrastructure launched and operated by the Agile Fractal Grid.

Mr. Reynolds’ career started at IBM, where for several years he was involved in systems engineering and marketing of IBM offerings to the manufacturing and distribution industries. Later, as Vice President of Management Information Systems for Empire Bank of New York, he was responsible for implementing and operating strategic applications and communications systems that supported commercial banking business activities. At Honeywell Information Systems, Mr. Reynolds was responsible for the engineering and development areas of the global financial industry vertical sector. Later, as Director of Systems Management, he was responsible for end-to-end systems integration solutions for major opportunities at Honeywell.

At Integrated Architectures, Mr. Reynolds oversaw the deployment of major end-to-end systems for the telecommunications industry in North America. Most major carriers in the United States use complex systems designed by his team. Through a subsidiary, Stratum Broadband, Mr. Reynolds supported the IBM Emerging Business Opportunities team in many engagements implementing high performance broadband networks for states, cities, universities, and medical centers. As the fragility and security of the electric power grid began to be of concern, Mr. Reynolds worked with Intel to form the Security Fabric Alliance, a community of practice involving some 105 companies with a goal of developing open standards and solid deployments of embedded security solutions for critical infrastructure.

Later, working with the electric power industry itself and the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Mr. Reynolds was instrumental in the creation of the Agile Fractal Grid Corporation where he now serves as its Managing Director. This company initially serves the electrical cooperatives that cover 75% of the land mass of the United States. The approach provides a supply chain of managed services needed to implement end-to-end deployments of operational, analytical, and financial systems needed to support decentralized grid operations arranged in concentric fractal arrangements. It supports the needs for external management of infrastructure, communications networks, supercomputing operations, and a digital marketplace for applications as a service for the power industry and many other broadband applications for smart cities in general. These other sectors include telecommunications, public sector, and Industrial Internet managed services.

Over the years, Mr. Reynolds has developed personal contacts with large numbers of telecommunications, power industry, emergency services, and financial industry executives. His business and technical expertise has given him a unique insight into the structural changes affecting modern business and its effective use of technology.

Fabio Rosati

Fabio Rosati

Former CEO and Board Member, Upwork and Elance

Fabio is a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Upwork, the world’s largest largest online staffing platform, and at start-up companies and non-profit organizations. From 2001 to 2015 he served as CEO at Elance and its successor Upwork. Prior to Elance, Fabio was the Global Leader of Strategic Consulting at Capgemini. At Capgemini Mr. Rosati was also COO of Gemini Consulting Inc. in the US and CEO of Gemini Consulting SpA in Italy.

Fabio holds a BS from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

John Schultz

John Schultz

President, Direct Energy Business

John is currently President of Direct Energy Business. In this role, he is responsible for Direct Energy’s North American commercial, industrial and wholesale customer business.

John joined DEB as Head of the East region in November 2013, and prior to that he was Vice President of Sales and Operations for Hess Corporation’s Energy Marketing business. He has twenty years of industry experience in a variety of roles including sales, marketing, natural gas and electric supply & trading, M&A and power plant development. He previously served as an Executive Committee Member of the Bayonne Energy Center, LLC and Newark Energy Center, LLC, two NJ based power plants. John began his career in Alexandria, VA at the Eastern Group and subsequently worked for Statoil Energy, Inc., where he was responsible for their natural gas and electric supply operations.

John has a B.S in Agricultural Economics from Penn State University and has attended executive development programs at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and Harvard Business School.

Sanjiv Sidhu

Sanjiv Sidhu

Founder and Chairman, o9 Solutions

Sanjiv Sidhu’s career has focused on the intersection of software platforms and business planning. An early proponent of agile, he has had great success in building companies that help enterprises achieve superior results through improved enterprise planning and execution. He has contributed significantly to helping organizations achieve more with less by transforming organizational decision making through greater speed and intelligence. His current project, o9 Solutions, is a company he founded to develop digital platform solutions that optimize business performance in rapidly changing business environments. This includes the deployment of an open platform architecture, which integrate critical enterprise decision-making and leverages advanced analytics and algorithms to gain critical insights into not only what has happened but what is likely to happen (Predictive), and what actions should be taken (Prescriptive Analytics).

Prior to founding o9 Solutions, Sanjiv founded i2 Technologies and served as Chairman and CEO for over 15 years. i2 is often cited as the pioneer in supply chain management and credited with creating more value for clients via supply chain planning than any other solution provider. Before founding i2, Sanjiv was an engineer working in the artificial intelligence laboratory at Texas Instruments in Dallas. His work focused on how combine decision optimization with mathematical techniques to create new software platforms for business planning. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, and a graduate Degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Simon Torrance

Simon Torrance

Senior Advisor, Digital Ecosystem Management, BearingPoint

Simon is a member of BearingPoint’s Digital Ecosystem Management solutions business and advises boards and management teams on how to evolve to platform business models. Previously he was founder and CEO of the think-tank Telco 2.0. Simon is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global ICT Agenda Council and speaks regularly around the world on the topics of new growth strategies, digital innovation, cloud, big data and IoT. He has an MA from Cambridge University.

Marshall Van Alstyne

Marshall Van Alstyne

Professor, Boston University

Marshall Van Alstyne is one of the world’s foremost scholars of information business models. He is a tenured professor at Boston University and visiting professor at MIT. He received a BA in computer science from Yale, and MS & PhD degrees in management of IT from MIT. He has made significant contributions to the field of information economics, covering such topics as communications markets, the economics of networks, intellectual property, social effects of technology, and productivity effects of information. He co-developed the theory of “two sided markets” now taught in business schools and economics departments worldwide.

Van Alstyne has consulted for British Telecom, Cisco, France Telecom, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Intel, International Posts, Law & Economics Consulting Group, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Bank, Office of Inspector General, Pearson, and SAP. Honors include National Science Foundation IOC, SGER, iCORPS and Career Awards, two patents, and six best paper awards. Articles or commentary have appeared in Science, Nature, Management Science, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Research can be found at http://ssrn.com/author=253298.

Michael Weiksner

Michael Weiksner

General Partner, Rostrum Capital

At Rostrum Capital, I invest in the next generation of platform companies, including Mousera (new platform for discovering drugs), Hooked (instant gratification for millennials), and Slash (life in your keyboard). Rostrum Capital will invest $100,000-250,000 in 15 companies in the next two years, and provide technical assistance on how to build platform businesses.

Since 2011, I have been focused on mobile. I raised over $2.5mm and recruited a 6-person team to explore how mobile can transform video consumption and shopping. EndlessTV offered swipeable video (even offline!), and Tip or Skip is the first mobile app to provide swipeable shopping. These apps have been downloaded by 3 million users and featured by Apple and Google. I founded e-thePeople to improve how citizens participate in politics through information technology. e-thePeople has informed over 10mm voters.

In 1993 as computer science major at Princeton, I pursued a project to create an online auction. I abandoned that project when my adviser dinged me by asking “who would ever use an online auction?” and my parents told me to “get a real job.” My first job was strategy consulting at Oliver, Wyman.

My lifelong love for social applications of technology was first inspired by dialing into a BBS with my Hayes 300bd modem as a 6th grader in the mid `80s.

I teach my two older children (1st & 3rd grade) to program games in Scratch, although what they really want to make is iPhone apps. ;)

I write about technology, business and politics on my blog, www.weiksner.com.