TEAM SPOTLIGHT: Venture Partners & ADVISORS
It has always been our core tenet that in order to succeed we must surround ourselves with the smartest, most well-networked and experienced people. Not only does this enhance our value proposition to our founders and portfolio companies, but it makes us better in every aspect of our work. Our team of Venture Partners and Advisors is the foundation of this belief. We have deliberately built a team comprised of diverse backgrounds to ensure direct alignment with and relevance to the varying needs of our portfolio companies.
Specifically, our Advisors and Venture Partners support three primary aspects of our business: (1) deal flow, (2) due diligence and (3) ongoing portfolio support. Our Venture Partners tend to be more hands on and are typically more technical. Our Advisors are usually more senior and well-networked, particularly within the corporate and enterprise landscape. In concert, the sum of these parts represents much more than a source of capital.
New Venture Partners
Stella Voutsina – Stella serves as CTO at one of the largest media groups in the world, MDC Media Partners (NASDAQ: MDCA). She is co-founder at Born AI, the world’s first AI agency, and was a former Vice President of Digital at Assembly as well as Dentsu (Acquired by GM). Stella has a breadth of experience working on global operations and business integration issues, and she has worked extensively with big brands to help assess artificial intelligence technologies.
Kyle Ellicot – Kyle knows a thing or two about technology and building businesses. He entered the entrepreneurial world at the age of 14 so that he could buy parts to build a computer. He started two businesses after college, and then got into venture capital, mobile apps, big data, and eventually IoT. Today Kyle is the Chief Labs Officer of ReadWrite Labs, an accelerator program for hardware developers in the IoT space that is focused on connecting technological experts, thought-leaders, corporate/startup executives, and investors as they build emerging technologies through fostering dynamic relationships. Kyle spends his time between San Francisco and Asia. Kyle will help Indicator with technical due diligence in addition to helping us better understand and leverage opportunities across Asia (with a focus on China).
Steven Haley – Steven is an enterprise sales expert and operations specialist. He has more than 30 years of experience in building word-class sales and service organizations in the data networking industry. He is the former Executive Vice President at Juniper Networks and former Vice President of Service Providers at Cisco. Prior to these roles, Steven served as the Managing Director and General Manager at StrataCom. Currently, Steven is the Founder and President of SnowsHill & Russel Management LLC, a family office and private investment operation, and serves as Board Member and Advisor for a number of early and growth-stage businesses.
Zack Onisko – Zack has nearly 15 years of experience as a strong growth and product practitioner. He has been influential in scaling multiple high growth startups from early stage to successful acquisition. Currently, Zack is the CEO of Dribbble, a place to show and tell, promote, discover, and explore design. He was formerly the Head of Growth and Marketing at AutoDesk Marketplaces, Chief Growth Officer at Creative Market and VP of Growth at Hired. Zack is a speaker at startup conferences around the globe, and he was recently named a top 50 growth expert.
Neil Gupta – Neil is a frontier technology expert with a passion for design thinking and data-driven decision making. Neil was formerly at Draper Labs, Bridgewater Associates and received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Neil works with a variety of large corporations on projects, initiatives, and strategy related to VR, AR, Internet of Things, and the transition from products to services. He is also the founder of BostonAR, a nonprofit augmented reality accelerator dedicated to growing the frontier technology ecosystem in Massachusetts.
Janine Gianfredi – Janine brings a breadth of experience to our Advisor line-up. Prior to working at Google for upwards of ten years, Janine began her career as a Business Analyst. At Google, she held roles such as Creative Lead of Agency Business Development, Head of Marketing & Partnerships at Google Glass, and Head of Marketing at Google[x] to name a few. Following her stint at Google, she served as the Chief Marketing Officer of the United States Digital Service at the White House. Janine now spends her time as a Strategy Consultant at Emerson Collective, a speaker, and an advisor to multiple start-ups.
Elliot Katzman – Elliot has more than 35 years of experience as an investor, founder and senior executive, and is recognized for his expertise in business strategy, strategic business development and company building. As an investor, Elliot has achieved one of the most impressive track records, with over a 6X multiple on invested capital, 35% IRR and a .750 batting average. Some of the market leading investments he’s made include Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify), Vela Systems (acquired by Autodesk), Acacia Communications (#1 technology IPO in 2016) and many others. Elliot has been involved with four businesses as a senior executive and/or founder, two of which went public. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Magic Leap and a Board Member at OnShape and Seniorlink, among other engagements.