Claude Nunez, Founder and CEO
Claude is a hard-core engineer, obsessed with solving the most difficult and intractable engineering problems using simple tools. With a background in the technological development of more efficient combustion engines and a thirst for discovering how to make things more efficient, he comes to Startup Blvd to help corporations effectively connect with hi-tech entrepreneurs and their cool startups anywhere in the world.
Not satisfied with being a pioneer in business-to-business (B2B) match-making, Claude is also a professor at the prestigious Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP), where he teaches innovation in engineering. Claude focused his professional life on developing technology and innovation processes in companies like Peugeot Citroën and for his alma mater the IFP. Claude also has mastered working in international, multicultural environments managing engine development projects for Toyota, Fiat, and the Ford Motor Company.
Claude acquired his technical skills at the IFP, earning a Master of Science in Combustion Engines, and his deep engineering discipline at the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Claude lives in Paris with his wife and two powerful boys.
Enrique Shadah, Founder
Enrique is the visionary behind Startup Blvd. He decided to start the venture after experiencing several exits - as a merger and acquisitions adviser at Mirus Capital Advisors - and a bust in a startup that was backed by Bain Capital Ventures and Maveron. He observed that many startups repeatedly missed great opportunities to connect with larger players that could help them accelerate growth, while others that seemed to be at the right time and place, generated superb outcomes from these connections. His basic insight was that good deals got done when both parties had good information about each other's intent to get a deal done. This insight is what led to the creation of startupblvd.com.
Currently, Enrique is an Industrial Liaison Officer at the MIT ILP and manages a portfolio of multi-billion dollar companies in Spain and Latin America that are actively seeking to engage with innovators and startups. His role as a non-executive founder primarily is to support the management team in developing product and technology roadmaps as well as conducting customer development.
Enrique's passion for startups was strengthened by his training at Babson College, where he earned a Masters in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude). Not coincidentally, Enrique met Claude, Startup Blvd's CEO, at the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), where he also earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Enrique lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and two beautiful daughters.
Former AVP of Human Resources at Babson College and has served as Vice President and Director of Human Resources in Boston area companies including Furniture.com, SmartBargains.com, and GetConnected.com, and was Director of HR at Diligent Technologies.
Janice Caillet, Founder and Chief Catalyst of iSTARTUP Community Centers
Her life's purpose and passions lie in being a bridge between people, ideas, and opportunity.
Ms. Caillet was named one of the Top 10 Women in New Media in New York in 1996 and has not stopped since. Ms. Caillet co-founded four companies: Total New York (sold to Digital City and then to AOL — remained at AOL for two additional years); Coaching Circles, an online brokering service for coaches; Send Word Now, a global emergency response system; and SPARC Teams, a social enterprise in the UK for the under and unemployed. Most recently, she worked with the Startup America Partnership team. Janice recently moved to the Boston area after living more than seven years in Europe. She lives in Newton, MA, just outside of Boston, with her partner-in-life, Alexander Caillet, and their daughters.
Ace Durjoy, Founder and CEO of Medicalrecords.com
Durjoy (Ace) Bhattacharjya is an experienced entrepreneur and interactive advertising executive based in Boston. Before trading the agency world for the startup world, Ace worked for some of the world's greatest brands including Ford, IBM, Mercedes Benz, Starwood, JetBlue and Pfizer. Ace is currently the Founder and CEO of medicalrecords.com, a Boston-based startup connecting physicians with electronic medical record software vendors.
Previously, Ace was Vice President of Interactive Marketing for the renowned Athletes Performance, a Polaris Ventures portfolio company. He is also the former Director of Advanced Media for the United States Tennis Association / US Open. He is an advisor and early stage investor to a number of technology companies, both in the US and in India. His most recent investment is Kapitall.com, an online retail investing platform designed to transform the investing experience for the "Gaming Generation". Ace has a BA from Boston University in International Relations / Economics and is an active Mentor in BU's Kindle program.
John Francis, Founder of Ontios
John is the former President at CodeLab Technology Group, ReadyAbout Interactive and Boston Interactive, and founded Ontios, an online marketing consulting firm. He served three terms (9 years) as a MITX board member and co-chaired the MITX Innovation Awards for 8 years. He brings years of experience in leading companies through growth to acquisition. He also understands the needs of small, early-stage ventures as well as of large enterprises seeking to innovate by tapping into external networks.
John recently completed his 3rd term (9 years) as a member of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX) for whom he has co-chaired the MITX Technology Awards (now Innovation Awards) program for 8 years. He serves as an adviser to several technology and technology services companies and is a frequent judge at web and web technology competitions. He has also been a frequent guest lecturer at the Babson Graduate School of Business and the Boston College Graduate School of Business.
Prior to founding Ontios, Mr. Francis served as President of Boston Interactive, an award winning interactive design and development firm based in Charlestown, MA as well as CodeLab Technology Group where he led the repackaging and repositioning of CodeLab as well as the very successful creation of its Selling Memorandum. Mr. Francis helped to grow and subsequently sell CodeLab to a larger public entity resulting in the very successful acquisition and integration of CodeLab, as well as the realization of significant "above market" returns for CodeLab's shareholders.
John had previously served as VP of Marketing and Business Development at a venture-backed firm developing advanced desktop virtualization tools as well as co-founding and serving as President of ReadyAbout Interactive, a Boston-based award winning full service interactive design and development firm that he lead from 1997 — 2002.
The Ontios team leverages the expertise of a variety of highly skilled industry veterans with a keen understanding of the disciplines of corporate positioning, interactive marketing, usability and an appreciation for the special challenges associated with the differentiation of services and technology offerings.
Dimitry Herman, Founder of Herman Law
Dimitry Herman is the founder and managing partner of Herman Law. Dimitry has over 15 years' experience serving as outside general counsel to growing technology companies and as deal counsel for venture capital investments, corporate M&A, licensing and strategic alliances and other corporate deals. Dimitry's primary industry focus is on internet, advertising, social media, loyalty and gaming sectors, with a "minor" in clean-tech and automotive technologies. Dimitry is an active member of Boston's entrepreneurial community, serving as a judge and advisor in business plan competitions at Harvard and MIT and a mentor with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS). He was a member of the National Venture Capital Association model legal documents drafting committee, which today has become the accepted form of early stage venture capital deal documents for many leading east and west coast venture capital funds. He is also adjunct professor of law with the New England School of Law located in Boston, where he has taught Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions since 2005.
In 2011, Dimitry was selected as one of the top 20 startup lawyers in Massachusetts in a survey conducted by ChubbyBrain. Prior to founding Herman, Dimitry was a partner at Hinckley Allen, and was associated with Bingham McCutchen and WilmerHale. Dimitry received his law degree from Columbia University Law School and his undergraduate degree from Colgate University. Dimitry is fluent in Russian.
Tod Loofbourrow, Founder iRobot Health Care, Former CEO of Authoria
Tod Loofbourrow, a technology executive and entrepreneur, is cofounder and president of iRobot Healthcare, a business unit of iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT). The company is devoted to developing health care applications that achieve the mission of "adding a million years of independent living to our customers and their failies."
Mr. Loofbourrow most recently founded and served as chairman and CEO of Authoria, a $38 million software-as-a-service leader in the health/benefits information and talent management space, serving over 4 million users and delivering over a billion page views a year to customers. Authoria helped define the talent management space with Gartner and emerged as a top player in the field, leading to its sale in 2008.
Mr. Loofbourrow has been actively involved in the health space for 20 years. He recently collaborated with David Cutler, David Blumenthal, Erik Brynjolfsson, and others in developing a $19 billion part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 associated with providing doctors and hospitals with incentives to deploy and meaningfully use electronic medical records to better collaborate across the medical system, and to better aggregate data on what works and what doesn't for improving patients' outcomes.
Previously, Mr. Loofbourrow was founder, managing director, and CEO of Foundation Technologies, Inc., a strategic consulting firm specializing in content, rule, and knowledge-based systems for Fortune 2000 CIOs. Notable customer successes include the first-ever Managed Second Surgical Opinion system for managed care, built for Aetna and Medical Intelligence - and later sold to McKesson.
Mr. Loofbourrow was educated at Harvard and Oxford universities. He taught graduate courses on Internet commerce and artificial intelligence at Harvard University for seven years and has lectured at Stanford, the MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School, Babson College, and others. He is the author or chapter contributor to six books, the first of which was a 20,000-copy trade bestseller on computer science and robotics, written at the age of 16.
Palle Pedersen, Founder and former CTO of Star-Street, Black Duck Software
Palle is a serial entrepreneur with a history of creating successful ventures. He founded Black Duck Software, Star-Street and other successful startups. Palle pioneered open source license management and is a strong advocate of lean-software development.
Palle has unique mix of technological and business understanding that enables him to identify technologies that have potential as well as knowledge of the resources needed to bring them to market, including capital needs. He has worked with the transformation of consulting companies to product companies, and has a keen understanding of balancing between products and consulting. He leverages this now to help companies enter and/or grow their business in the USA. He has an extensive network in the IT industry and venture capital, as well as a well-developed sense of timing for new technologies. In addition, Palle has a strong background in health information business, mobile, and social networking, and has worked with Open Source Software for more than 20 years.
Palle has developed a technical expertise in building innovative systems and processes that efficiently hold, manage, process, and deliver large-scale electronic data sets. Previously, he served as CTO at Black Duck Software (Red Herring 100, SD Times 100, Software 500), where he led the creation of the flagship product protex and the patent pending technology used for the management of development with Open Source. He was instrumental in growing the company from an idea to more than 100 employees, $30+MM investment from industry leaders, and fast growing revenue from 500+ blue chip customers in 20+ countries. He has served as CIO of Wallaware (Wireless Top 10 by Wireless Internet Daily), which developed server software for wireless carriers and CTO of Justa Technology, which built scalable software for network based applications. He served as CTO of the leading online health media company Healthology (acquired by iVillage/NBC Universal). He was also founder and Managing Director of Spydre LLC, a venture catalyst, where he served as an executive, established the technology strategy, and led development projects for associated companies.
Prior to Spydre, he was Vice President of Product Development and CTO at Integrated Computing Engines, Inc. (acquired by Media100), where he was responsible for the technology strategy and the creation of Integrated Computing Engines' high-performance parallel processing architecture. Earlier in his career, Palle created new parallel algorithms and designed parallel compilation techniques exploiting multi-level memory hierarchies at Thinking Machines Corporation (acquired by Oracle). While at Thinking Machines, Palle achieved multiple world record benchmarks. He holds a graduate degree in Electronics Engineering from Danish Technical University, where he graduated first in his class.
Fidel Vargas, Partner at Centinela Capital
Fidel A. Vargas is a Founding Partner of Centinela Capital Partners, an alternative asset management firm that serves select, institutional investors to earn attractive risk-adjusted returns by investing with, or alongside, the best fund managers in the middle and lower-middle private equity markets, and across sub-asset classes, from venture and growth capital, to mezzanine and distressed.
Prior to joining the Firm, he was the Managing Director of TMG Advisors, an investment/consulting firm specializing in business development, strategic planning, and government affairs. Before that, Mr. Vargas was a Co-Founder and served as a Managing Director of Reliant Equity Investors. Reliant is a management-centric private equity investment firm that invests in later-stage, middle market companies. Prior to Reliant, Mr. Vargas served as Managing Director of TMG Ventures, a private equity firm focused on acquiring and operating low-tech manufacturing and service companies.
Before joining TMG, Mr. Vargas served as Mayor of Baldwin Park, California, a city of 75,000, twenty miles Northeast of Los Angeles. At the age of twenty-three, Mr. Vargas became the country's youngest elected Mayor of a major city. Mr. Vargas has served on several public and private sector boards, including Sponsors for Education Opportunities, Operation Hope, Inc., the Los Angeles County Water Districts, President Clinton's Advisory Council on Social Security, President Bush's Commission on Strengthening Social Security and President Bush's Commission on Presidential Scholars.
Mr. Vargas was selected by Time Magazine as one of the Top 50 young leaders in the United States and by Hispanic Magazine as one of the Top 30 young Hispanics in the United States. Mr. Vargas graduated with honors from Harvard University with a B.A. in Social Studies and received his MBA from Harvard Business School, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and General Management.