The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute has assembled a group of alums and friends with a wide range of industry experience to be "Mentors in Virtual Residence."

Members of this group are active business people and service providers, not resident at Johnson, who are willing to talk with Cornell affiliated people (students, alums, faculty and staff) about their businesses and business ideas. This is an opportunity to pick the brain of a seasoned business professional, get some meaningful feedback and refine your business' vision and scope. Participating MiVRs include:

Virtual EiR
Area of Expertise
Karim Abouelnaga
Entrepreneurship, non-profit.
Samantha Acunto
Digital Media, Advertising, Sales, Strategy, Integrated Marketing, Business Development, Product Development/Commercialization, Team Dynamics.
Ali Adab
Digital Media, Online Video, Digital Marketing & Distribution, Music, Entertainment, Technology.
John Alexander
Enterprise software.
Dan Allon
Consumer mobile startups, hospitality, biz dev.
Niru Anisetty
Work at Intuit in the Quality Assurance/Engineering team of Small Business Group and I can relate to the small businesses.
Harish Arora
Enterprise data storage industry for companies like EMC, NetApp and SanDisk. I am also involved in M&A activities and due diligence at SanDisk. Check out the LN group called SanDisk ventures.
Claudio Bazzichelli
eCommerce, social responsibility and fashion.
Michael Beller
Enterprise software.
Steve Benjamin
Real estate and service firms (PR especially).
Kaushik Bhattarcharya
Business Intelligence and Management Consulting.
Jeremy Blum
Hardware startups, bootstrapping, personal branding, electrical engineering, product design, consumer electronics, digital communities.
Luke Bonney
Healthcare information technology, electronic medical record implementation, executive change management, healthcare landscape, entrepreneurship and innovation in health care IT.
Jim Brikman
Software architecture, DevOps, coding practices, scalability, product design, MVP development, rapid prototyping, marketing strategy, startup culture.
Michael Brown
Business Process Management & Outsourcing, Negotiations, Managing Product SDLC, Implementing Technical Strategy, Recruiting, Leading & Developing Teams, Operations Management, Increasing Value Proposition, Leading Cohesive Change, Growing Revenue.
Dar Caldwell
Business accelerators, hardware startups, hackerspaces, connected devices, product development, customer validation.
Arnaub Chatterjee
Healthcare information technology, innovation and entrepreneurship; healthcare strategy consulting, policy (state and federal government) and pharma.
Doug Chertok
Global consumer and enterprise web and mobile start-ups, real estate, financial services, VC and angel investing.
John Ciecholewski
Mobile Apps, SAAS Business Models, Tech Consulting and Contracting, Distributed Team Mgmt, Hiring and Compensation, Tax and Accounting Strategy.
Alex Collmer
Media/entertainment/technology; online education; entrepreneurship.
Marshall Cox
Energy efficiency, solid-state electronics, 1D and 2D materials, startups, university IP.
Nicole Cramer
Marketing communications, project management, talent management, brand strategy, brand storytelling, strategic partnerships, communication.
Audrey Mann Cronin
Communications/PR/social media/branding consultant in media, education and entertainment technology. Writer, speaker and blogger exploring our digital culture's influence on girls.
Matt Crumrine
Mobile Technology / Applications, Mobile Development, Mobile UX / UI, Branding, Startups, Fundraising, Early Stage Investin.
Mac Cummings
Software and web strategy.
Rahul Deo
Web Solutions using Portal, Content Management, Commerce and Open Source Technologies. Mobile solutions using iOS & Android platforms.
David Deputy
ERP, Tax Analytics and Business Intelligence software solutions.
Lara Jackle Dickinson
Consumer packaged goods, food, health and wellness.
Hannah Diddams
Digital publishing and media sales, pricing strategy and operations.
Melissa Dobson
Corporate counsel/patent attorney in specialty areas of biotech, medical technology, health IT, MEMS, materials and engineering applications, imaging, display, optical devices, cable systems; licensing and technology transfer.
Imri Eisner
Attorney specializing in representation of early stage companies and venture capital funds in connection with transactions ranging from formation to venture financing to exit..
Ian Falik
LEAN Practitioner, Leadership of engineers on rig, International work experience in Russia/Middle East/South America, Data interpretation and evaluation.
Drew Fraser
Consumer packaged goods and sustainability.
Paola Frattaroli
Asset and venture management, valuation, and potential connection to other sources (funding, ideas, other industry professionals).
Bill Frey
Financial services.
Robert Frisch
Hotels, hospitality, eco-tourism.
Ron Fritz
3D software technology with particular insight into CAD and related markets; well versed in sales & marketing, organizational development and global coordination issues
Ashish Gambhir
Social media, software as a service (SaaS), Hospitality, BI.
Alison Gerlach
Business plan development, strategic management, funding, investing & M&A in the consumer goods, media, technology and finance industries.
Elizabeth Golluscio
Enterprise and B2B technology, strategy and marketing; health and wellness (digitalHealth / healthTech).
Neal Gottlieb
Consumer packaged goods, food manufacturing, certified organic products, giving models, branding, fundraising and incorrigibility.
Krishna Grandhi
Patent Attorney and IP/Corporate Counsel to startups and technology companies. Areas of expertise include filing patent applications for mobile apps, software and internet technologies, hardware technologies, business methods, database applications, networking applications, consumer products and medical devices. Regularly advises companies in patent valuation studies, cross-border transactions, IP acquisition strategies, commercialization/tech transfer issues and licensing agreements.
Diego Graziano
Quality Assurance and also the Aerospace Industry, both civil and military aviation.
Bill Greener
IP lawyer with areas of expertise including physics and optics, agriculture, nano, e-commerce; and the funding side of university spin-outs and start-ups.
Dan Gusz
Healthcare, M&A, growth strategy, market sizing and valuation.
Scott Henderson
Business Development Executive, Advisor & Entrepreneur, focusing on Financial Services, Internet, e-Commerce, B2B (SMB) and consumer industries
Trevor Heringer
Business plans, pitches, quality and regulatory assurance, product development, education, learning and development, IT services and solutions, organizational development, and general management.
Susan Grinius Hill
Strategic planning, System analysis and solution development, Information Technology planning and deployment (architecture and operations), Customer account management and support, Business operational management, Technical and soft skills training.
Cliff Hirsch
Semiconductors, communications, telecom, networking, SW, HW, information technology.
Albert Ho
Leading an enterprise software development team, getting patents issued in less than a year.
Julien Hradecky
Strategic development of all aspects of owner-managed international businesses; deal structure and negotiations; and international sales and marketing.
Abimbola Ifidon (Ola)
Business Process Management. Business and Mangement Training ( Business & Financial Analysis,CBAP Training). Strategy & Business Architecture. Business & Financial Analysis.
Meli James
Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA). Lean methodology, mobile, mobile apps, venture capital, accelerators, incubators, angel investing, building community, early stage investment, business model canvas, customer acquisition, hospitality, tourism
Balaji Jayaraman (Bala)
Entrepreneurship. Startup has been listed in Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 100 Brilliant Company, repeat airings on QVC and media features in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dr Oz show and NBC's The Today Show. Technology expert in web, mobile, and cloud development, who can help launch and grow your startup quicker and more cost-effectively.
Ted Julian
Enterprise hardware and software, marketing and company launch.
Jeff Kahl
Continuous improvement, PM and 6 Sigma, Strategic Initiatives across a wide variety of sectors.
Michael Karangelen
Financial services; communications and media.
John Kawola
Industry categories: hardware/software, digital manufacturing, 3D Printing/Scanning, robotics, industrial materials, 3D design software. Functional areas: general Management/CEO, startup to $100M, sales & marketing, product management, international expansion.
Stephen Leland Keel (Leland)
Experienced attorney-manager with experience managing a law firm on Beverly Hills and acting as General Counsel for a multicultural non-profit NGO. Areas of expertise include real estate, contracts, negotiations.
Tae E Kim
Internet, online advertising, strategic partnerships, business development, channel partnerships, mobile, mobile advertising and team mgmt within tech companies.
Brian Klapper
Management consulting; starting a service business.
Plato Koptilov
Energy industry - renewables, oil & gas, nuclear. R&D projects, commodity trading, international business development. business in India.
Raja Krishnan
Pharmaceutical product development, scale-up through commercialization, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt knowledge, Quality-by-Design, Regulatory, business development and strategy.
Christine Lai
Project Management, Management Consulting, Career Coaching.
David Landa
Brand Strategy, User Experience Design, Product Innovation.
Dale Lazar
Startup company law, particularly intellectual property.
Ceyli Charlotte Villamil Lee
Brand Marketing in consumer products with a focus on sports licensing.
John Lee
Software, Life Sciences, Emerging Technologies, Physical Sciences.
Mary Leong
Bakery, Gluten Free, Dairy, Yogurt, Hydrocolloids, Stabilizers, Frozen, Refrigerated, Beverages. Thermal processing - Retort, Aseptic, Canning, Hot Fill, Flavors, Fermentation, Dressings, Cheese, Soy, Fruits, Vegetables, Chocolate, Vegetarian meats, Cereals/Whole Grains, Organic/Natural.
Clifford Lerner
Entrepreneurship, Analytics, Product, Viral Marketing, User Experience, Growing and Scaling Companies.
Dan Lohman
Entrepreneurship, startups, eCommerce, social media, social networks, retail, co-working spaces and incubators.
Sachin Maheshwari
Project management and software development in diverse business settings.
Arindam Maitra
Project Management and Business Analysis specially within the Financial Sector.
Sreeram Mantha
Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, Technology Strategy, Critical Thinking, Business Process Improvement, Large Projects Delivery, Client Account Management, New Business Development, Team building.
Bill Maskiell
Functional focus on go-to-market and related corporate strategies; market analysis and assessment; and commercial due diligence for M&A.Industry focus on technology and telecommunications.
Jim McNair
Small and mid-sized LBOs and buyouts.
Elisa Miller-Out
Business in general (finance, marketing, sales, strategy), non-profit and social enterprise.
Leon Miller-Out
Web and/or mobile technology.
Charles Moyes
Technology, scalability, parallel programming, SaaS, Big Data, cloud-based architecture, enterprise software.
Jesse Orshan
Entrepreneur, Music, Music Technology, Business, and Media.
Scott Packard
Healthcare/life sciences, digital health, health IT; strategic positioning, market assessment, market decision-making dynamics, forecasting, and valuation.
Ricky Panzer
iOS & Android Development, Lean startup, startup accelerators, thinking outside the box, consumer, hardware/software.
Rupa Paranjape
Finance & accounting with a focus on business intelligence for decision making
Jeff Parker
Financial services and software as a service (SaaS).
Boris Pavlovic
Online Advertising Sales and Operations. Human Resources and Talent Management. Quality Management. Communications Management. Transition, Changeover, and Integration Management. Budgeting, Expense Control, and Inventory Management. Multinational experience in North America and Europe. Fluent in six languages.
Everette Phillips
Robotics, Machine Vision, Mechatronics, manufacturing, factory automation, home/business automation, 3D printing, biotechnology, life science robotics, business process, technology as a small business multiplier, B2B social media, ERP/CRM, ISO-9000 and supply chain management.
Sharan Raghubir
Pharmaceuticals and Biotech. 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry working in Canada and abroad.
Priti Ramachandran
Healthcare and Life Sciences Management Consulting.
Brian Ramphal
Sales and marketing SaaS based technology products for automotive OEMs and dealerships.
Randy Reed
IP lawyer with areas of expertise including physics, electronics, computers, optics, and semiconductor fabrication
Micah Rosenbloom
Consumer and b2b web start-ups and med device start-ups.
Rob Ryan
Rodolfo Saccoman
Software, Hardware, Branding, Marketing, Funding.
Jonathan Santomauro
Business development, global management, client relations, business planning, strategy, business practices in the pharmaceutical industry, CRO management, partnerships, quality systems, 6 sigma, lean methodology and general business management.
Thomas Scott
Business Finance and Strategy. Managing lean engineering analysis to reduce non-recurring costs. Bid and Proposal preparation considering engineering, IP, finance, manufacturing, and supply chain. Project Management; CAE Technology Development/Deployment; Bid & Proposal, Contracts (IP, TDA, OEM) and Budgets;
Peter Seidenberg
Fund raising, software, operations, financial services and medical devices.
Sam Seltzer
China, family start ups
Niraj Shah
Internet and eCommerce.
Vishal Shah
Software-as-a-Service, User Acquisition (SMB/Enterprise), Lean Startup, Emerging Markets.
Dan Sommer
Digital marketing and education industry.
Grant Son
Growth hacking: marketing, acquiring users, biz dev, sales, and raising capital.
Cheryl Swirnow
LaVerne Thomas
Purchase or sell of a business or business interest; valuation of assets for tax management (estates, gifts, trusts, purchase price allocation); fair value for financial reporting.
Pelin Wood Thorogood
Digital marketing, SaaS, sales 2.0, software and web strategy/go-to-market strategy
Scott Thorogood
Wireless software applications, enterprise software, SaaS, cloud computing, Web 2.0, security software, venture capital, startups, financings and exits
Neil A. Torpey
1. legal issues associated with start-up and early–stage companies and 2. Growing a professional services business from the ground up (especially in Asia).
Bill Trenchard
Consumer Internet, software as a service (SaaS), virtual work, call centers.
Val Tsanev
Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, Fund Raising, Business Development, Customer Discovery, Financial Modeling.
Tayfun Uslu
e-commerce and social commerce.
Jeff Wald
Budgeting and forecasting models, enterprise software, business processes, fundraising, social, labor markets.
Gus Warren
Consumer internet, digital media, VC/angel financing, strategic partnerships.
Danielle Weinblatt
Business development, scaling teams, recruiting, HR technology, fundraising, building budgets, financial projections, building company culture.
Kevin Omar Williams
Investments in Ed Tech, Healthcare Services and E-commerce.

If you would like an introduction to the particular MiVR, please contact Zach Shulman at