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:
Area of Expertise
Digital Media, Advertising, Sales, Strategy, Integrated Marketing, Business Development, Product Development/Commercialization, Team Dynamics.
Digital Media, Online Video, Digital Marketing & Distribution, Music, Entertainment, Technology.
Consumer mobile startups, hospitality, biz dev.
Work at Intuit in the Quality Assurance/Engineering team of Small Business Group and I can relate to the small businesses.
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.
eCommerce, social responsibility and fashion.
Real estate and service firms (PR especially).
Business Intelligence and Management Consulting.
Hardware startups, bootstrapping, personal branding, electrical engineering, product design, consumer electronics, digital communities.
Healthcare information technology, electronic medical record implementation, executive change management, healthcare landscape, entrepreneurship and innovation in health care IT.
Software architecture, DevOps, coding practices, scalability, product design, MVP development, rapid prototyping, marketing strategy, startup culture.
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.
Business accelerators, hardware startups, hackerspaces, connected devices, product development, customer validation.
Healthcare information technology, innovation and entrepreneurship; healthcare strategy consulting, policy (state and federal government) and pharma.
Global consumer and enterprise web and mobile start-ups, real estate, financial services, VC and angel investing.
Mobile Apps, SAAS Business Models, Tech Consulting and Contracting, Distributed Team Mgmt, Hiring and Compensation, Tax and Accounting Strategy.
Media/entertainment/technology; online education; entrepreneurship.
Energy efficiency, solid-state electronics, 1D and 2D materials, startups, university IP.
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.
Mobile Technology / Applications, Mobile Development, Mobile UX / UI, Branding, Startups, Fundraising, Early Stage Investin.
Software and web strategy.
Web Solutions using Portal, Content Management, Commerce and Open Source Technologies. Mobile solutions using iOS & Android platforms.
ERP, Tax Analytics and Business Intelligence software solutions.
Lara Jackle Dickinson
Consumer packaged goods, food, health and wellness.
Digital publishing and media sales, pricing strategy and operations.
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.
Attorney specializing in representation of early stage companies and venture capital funds in connection with transactions ranging from formation to venture financing to exit..
LEAN Practitioner, Leadership of engineers on rig, International work experience in Russia/Middle East/South America, Data interpretation and evaluation.
Consumer packaged goods and sustainability.
Asset and venture management, valuation, and potential connection to other sources (funding, ideas, other industry professionals).
Hotels, hospitality, eco-tourism.
3D software technology with particular insight into CAD and related markets; well versed in sales & marketing, organizational development and global coordination issues
Social media, software as a service (SaaS), Hospitality, BI.
Business plan development, strategic management, funding, investing & M&A in the consumer goods, media, technology and finance industries.
Enterprise and B2B technology, strategy and marketing; health and wellness (digitalHealth / healthTech).
Consumer packaged goods, food manufacturing, certified organic products, giving models, branding, fundraising and incorrigibility.
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.
Quality Assurance and also the Aerospace Industry, both civil and military aviation.
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.
Healthcare, M&A, growth strategy, market sizing and valuation.
Business Development Executive, Advisor & Entrepreneur, focusing on Financial Services, Internet, e-Commerce, B2B (SMB) and consumer industries
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.
Semiconductors, communications, telecom, networking, SW, HW, information technology.
Leading an enterprise software development team, getting patents issued in less than a year.
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.
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.
Enterprise hardware and software, marketing and company launch.
Continuous improvement, PM and 6 Sigma, Strategic Initiatives across a wide variety of sectors.
Financial services; communications and media.
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.
Management consulting; starting a service business.
Energy industry - renewables, oil & gas, nuclear. R&D projects, commodity trading, international business development. business in India.
Pharmaceutical product development, scale-up through commercialization, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt knowledge, Quality-by-Design, Regulatory, business development and strategy.
Project Management, Management Consulting, Career Coaching.
Brand Strategy, User Experience Design, Product Innovation.
Startup company law, particularly intellectual property.
Ceyli Charlotte Villamil Lee
Brand Marketing in consumer products with a focus on sports licensing.
Software, Life Sciences, Emerging Technologies, Physical Sciences.
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.
Entrepreneurship, Analytics, Product, Viral Marketing, User Experience, Growing and Scaling Companies.
Entrepreneurship, startups, eCommerce, social media, social networks, retail, co-working spaces and incubators.
Project management and software development in diverse business settings.
Project Management and Business Analysis specially within the Financial Sector.
Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, Technology Strategy, Critical Thinking, Business Process Improvement, Large Projects Delivery, Client Account Management, New Business Development, Team building.
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.
Small and mid-sized LBOs and buyouts.
Business in general (finance, marketing, sales, strategy), non-profit and social enterprise.
Web and/or mobile technology.
Technology, scalability, parallel programming, SaaS, Big Data, cloud-based architecture, enterprise software.
Entrepreneur, Music, Music Technology, Business, and Media.
Healthcare/life sciences, digital health, health IT; strategic positioning, market assessment, market decision-making dynamics, forecasting, and valuation.
iOS & Android Development, Lean startup, startup accelerators, thinking outside the box, consumer, hardware/software.
Finance & accounting with a focus on business intelligence for decision making
Financial services and software as a service (SaaS).
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.
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.
Pharmaceuticals and Biotech. 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry working in Canada and abroad.
Healthcare and Life Sciences Management Consulting.
Sales and marketing SaaS based technology products for automotive OEMs and dealerships.
IP lawyer with areas of expertise including physics, electronics, computers, optics, and semiconductor fabrication
Consumer and b2b web start-ups and med device start-ups.
Software, Hardware, Branding, Marketing, Funding.
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.
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;
Fund raising, software, operations, financial services and medical devices.
China, family start ups
Internet and eCommerce.
Software-as-a-Service, User Acquisition (SMB/Enterprise), Lean Startup, Emerging Markets.
Digital marketing and education industry.
Growth hacking: marketing, acquiring users, biz dev, sales, and raising capital.
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
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).
Consumer Internet, software as a service (SaaS), virtual work, call centers.
Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, Fund Raising, Business Development, Customer Discovery, Financial Modeling.
e-commerce and social commerce.
Budgeting and forecasting models, enterprise software, business processes, fundraising, social, labor markets.
Consumer internet, digital media, VC/angel financing, strategic partnerships.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.