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

Virtual EiR Area of Expertise.
Abimbola Ifidon (Ola) Business Process Management. Business and Mangement Training ( Business & Financial Analysis,CBAP Training). Strategy & Business Architecture. Business & Financial Analysis.
Alex Collmer Media/entertainment/technology; online education; entrepreneurship.
Ali Adab Digital Media, Online Video, Digital Marketing & Distribution, Music, Entertainment, Technology.
Alison Gerlach Business plan development, strategic management, funding, investing & M&A in the consumer goods, media, technology and finance industries.
Arindam Maitra Project Management and Business Analysis specially within the Financial Sector.
Arnaub Chatterjee Healthcare information technology, innovation and entrepreneurship; healthcare strategy consulting, policy (state and federal government) and pharma.
Ashish Gambhir Social media, software as a service (SaaS), Hospitality, BI.
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.
Bill Frey Financial services.
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.
Bill Trenchard Consumer Internet, software as a service (SaaS), virtual work, call centers.
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.
Brian Klapper Management consulting; starting a service business.
Brian Ramphal Sales and marketing SaaS based technology products for automotive OEMs and dealerships.
Ceyli Charlotte Villamil Lee Brand Marketing in consumer products with a focus on sports licensing.
Cliff Hirsch Semiconductors, communications, telecom, networking, SW, HW, information technology.
Dale Lazar Startup company law, particularly intellectual property.
Dan Lohman Entrepreneurship, startups, eCommerce, social media, social networks, retail, co-working spaces and incubators.
Dan Sommer Digital marketing and education industry.
Diego Graziano Quality Assurance and also the Aerospace Industry, both civil and military aviation.
Doug Chertok Global consumer and enterprise web and mobile start-ups, real estate, financial services, VC and angel investing.
Drew Fraser Consumer packaged goods and sustainability.
Elisa Miller-Out Business in general (finance, marketing, sales, strategy), non-profit and social enterprise.
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.
Gus Warren Consumer internet, digital media, VC/angel financing, strategic partnerships.
Hannah Diddams Digital publishing and media sales, pricing strategy and operations.
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.
Jeff Kahl Continuous improvement, PM and 6 Sigma, Strategic Initiatives across a wide variety of sectors.
Jeff Parker Financial services and software as a service (SaaS).
Jeff Wald Budgeting and forecasting models, enterprise software, business processes, fundraising, social, labor markets.
Jim McNair Small and mid-sized LBOs and buyouts.
John Alexander Enterprise software.
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.

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.
Julien Hradecky Strategic development of all aspects of owner-managed international businesses; deal structure and negotiations; and international sales and marketing.
Kaushik Bhattarcharya Business Intelligence and Management Consulting.
Lara Jackle Dickinson Consumer packaged goods, food, health and wellness.
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.
Leon Miller-Out Web and/or mobile technology.
Luke Bonney Healthcare information technology, electronic medical record implementation, executive change management, healthcare landscape, entrepreneurship and innovation in health care IT.
Mac Cummings Software and web strategy.
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.
Micah Rosenbloom Consumer and b2b web start-ups and med device start-ups.
Michael Beller Enterprise software.
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.
Michael Karangelen Financial services; communications and media.
Neal Gottlieb Consumer packaged goods, food manufacturing, certified organic products, giving models, branding, fundraising and incorrigibility.
Niraj Shah Internet and eCommerce.
Niru Anisetty Work at Intuit in the Quality Assurance/Engineering team of Small Business Group and I can relate to the small businesses.
Paola Frattaroli Asset and venture management, valuation, and potential connection to other sources (funding, ideas, other industry professionals).
Pelin Wood Thorogood Digital marketing, SaaS, sales 2.0, software and web strategy/go-to-market strategy
Peter Seidenberg Fund raising, software, operations, financial services and medical devices.
Priti Ramachandran Healthcare and Life Sciences Management Consulting.
Rahul Deo Web Solutions using Portal, Content Management, Commerce and Open Source Technologies. Mobile solutions using iOS & Android platforms.
Raja Krishnan Pharmaceutical product development, scale-up through commercialization, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt knowledge, Quality-by-Design, Regulatory, business development and strategy.
Randy Reed IP lawyer with areas of expertise including physics, electronics, computers, optics, and semiconductor fabrication
Rob Ryan Telcom
Ron Fritz 3D software technology with particular insight into CAD and related markets; well versed in sales & marketing, organizational development and global coordination issues
Rupa Paranjape Finance & accounting with a focus on business intelligence for decision making
Sachin Maheshwari Project management and software development in diverse business settings.
Sam Seltzer China, family start ups
Scott Henderson Business Development Executive, Advisor & Entrepreneur, focusing on Financial Services, Internet, e-Commerce, B2B (SMB) and consumer industries
Scott Packard Healthcare/life sciences, digital health, health IT; strategic positioning, market assessment, market decision-making dynamics, forecasting, and valuation.
Scott Thorogood Wireless software applications, enterprise software, SaaS, cloud computing, Web 2.0, security software, venture capital, startups, financings and exits
Sharan Raghubir Pharmaceuticals and Biotech. 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry working in Canada and abroad.
Sreeram Mantha Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, Technology Strategy, Critical Thinking, Business Process Improvement, Large Projects Delivery, Client Account Management, New Business Development, Team building.
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.
Steve Benjamin Real estate and service firms (PR especially).
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.
Tae E Kim Internet, online advertising, strategic partnerships, business development, channel partnerships, mobile, mobile advertising and team mgmt within tech companies.
Tayfun Uslu e-commerce and social commerce.
Ted Julian Enterprise hardware and software, marketing and company launch.
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;
Trevor Heringer Business plans, pitches, quality and regulatory assurance, product development, education, learning and development, IT services and solutions, organizational development, and general management.

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