Gopi Mattel is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the Founder/CEO of CellarStone, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company that provides solutions in the area of Sales Performance Management. Mattel launched a chapter of Founder Institute at Chennai, India. He serves as the Director of the chapter. And has been managing cohorts of startups through semesters for the last four years. Mattel has coached numerous startups through the detailed steps from ideation to funding. Prior to this, Mattel had founded Motiva, Inc, a pioneering firm in the Sales Performance Management space, which was acquired by Siebel/Oracle. Mattel has decades of deep and granular experience in all the various aspects of starting and running a business. Mattel has more than 30 years of experience in Technology and Executive Management. Mattel has implemented Sales Performance Management systems for companies such as Allied Signal Aerospace, Clorox, Milwaukee Electric Tool, Hill-Rom, Transamerica Capital, among others. Mattel has held Management positions at Citibank, FSB., and The Gap, Inc. Mattel is an advisor for Pepperdine University Graziado Business School’s Most Fundable Companies program. Mattel is also a contributor to Thestreet.com, a premier investor publication. Mattel holds a Bachelor of Science degree and University First Rank in Geography and Statistics from the University of Madras, Chennai, India.
Fred Durham Lifeboat Ventures Advisory Team
Fred Durham was the Chief Executive Officer of CafePress.com, a company he co-founded shortly after graduating from Northwestern University. Durham is responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing execution of the businesses and operations for CafePress.com. Under Durham’s leadership, CafePress.com experienced dramatic growth within the first six years. The company grew from two employees working out of a garage to approximately 200 employees in two locations – corporate headquarters in Foster City, California and a state-of-the-art production facility in Louisville, Kentucky. Durham also skillfully guided CafePress.com through the burst of the dot-com bubble, reaching profitability within 12 months; this at a time when most start-ups were failing. After reaching profitability, CafePress.com continued to double its profits year over year. Durham capped his effort by successfully leading CafePress.com to an IPO on the NASDAQ exchange. Prior to founding CafePress.com, Durham launched several consumer and business technology companies along with business partner, Maheesh Jain. Together, Durham and Jain focused on developing software applications targeted to the diverse needs of small businesses and the larger broadcast and commercial printing industries. Durham set out to redefine the way business is done by using the power of the Internet to create a new class of entrepreneurs. In 1999, taking the best elements from each of their previous business ventures, Durham launched CafePress.com, the online marketplace for self-expression. Durham currently runs Durham Labs, an incubator for specialty startups focused on educational technologies. Durham earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University.
Josh Schein Lifeboat Ventures Advisory Team
Josh Schein is President of Global Key Advisors. Josh previously developed and ran the InsideTrack® portfolios at Morgan Stanley and predecessor Smith Barney from 1996 through 2014. The portfolios sought to quantitatively identify and track “smart” money while evolving to incorporate data scrubbing and synthesis for strategies utilizing nonconventional public information sources. Prior to 1996, Josh was employed by Hambrecht & Quist and Bear Stearns in roles affording insights into conventional investment decision making processes which spurred the alternative methodologies he subsequently developed through InsideTrack®. Josh holds a BA summa cum laude from West Virginia University and a JD from the University of Washington School of Law where he co-founded the Washington International Law Journal and published on the legality of proposed US trade sanctions under GATT. During college, Josh spent a year of study in Varanasi India and a year in northeastern Thailand as a research assistant with Yale University investigating the foraging energetics and behavioral aspects of three species of Asian honeybees on a project involving formative exposure to on-the-ground challenges in statistical data collection and analysis. Josh also became fluent in Japanese, later frequently interpreting oral and written communication on behalf of Citi Smith Barney management and compliance including conducting detailed simultaneous telephone translation of time-sensitive discussions involving margin limits on derivative instruments, multi-account collateralization structuring, and asset recovery strategies. Josh periodically mentors for or otherwise engages with organizations focused on helping startups succeed, including serving in 2017 through the present as a regional finals-round judge and moderator for the Cleantech Open, the world’s largest VC accelerator devoted to clean technology companies, where he is also named Mentor of the year 2020.
James W. Casparie Lifeboat Ventures Advisory Team
James W. Casparie Pepperdine University Chairman, Most Fundable Companies Advisory Concuil.Mr. Casparie has been a leading force in the entrepreneurial world for over twenty-five years. He was the principal founder of The Venture Alliance – the first and only rating service for private equity investing, and a founding principal of TVA Capital, LLC – an investment bank specializing in early to mid-stage investing. Since 1987, Mr. Casparie has been the personal advisor to hundreds of top-level executives across a diverse range of industries including computers and electronics, aerospace and defense, energy and mining, telecommunications as well as medical-based industries. Jim was co-founder and CEO of the ABL Organization and Executive Director of SoCAL Ten, the two leading networking organizations for CEOs of venture backed companies. He is also a founding member and past Chairman of the Board for the Forum for Corporate Directors (FCD), a leading corporate governance organization. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of the Board and CEO of TRG Consultancy, Inc., a firm that specialized in providing quality resources to growing high-technology companies. His corporate background covers fifteen years in the healthcare industry, including ten years with Allergan Pharmaceuticals and five years with Bear Medical Systems, Inc. Mr. Casparie joined Allergan when it was a $10 million regional pharmaceutical company and assisted in its growth to a $250 million internationally dominant leader. Mr. Casparie holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California at Irvine and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has previously held FINRA Series 7, 63 and 24 General Securities Principal licenses. Since 2018, Mr. Casparie has been “semi- retired” spending most of his time helping his alma mater, Pepperdine, get the most out of the IP and Trademarks he donated to the university to preserve his vision and support of entrepreneurial.
Andrew D. Green Lifeboat Ventures Advisory Team
Andrew is the Founding Partner of Broad Reach Growth working with Post-Series A and B companies to create value-building growth strategies and actionable implementation plans. Prior to Broad Reach Growth, Andrew was a Senior Partner at the management consulting firm Kearney. There, Andrew worked with clients across a spectrum of industries and served on the firm’s North American Management Committee and led the firm’s North American Strategy & Organization practice. Andrew remains a Kearney Partner Emeritus. Andrew was also a Partner at the Jackson Hole Group, and helped clients with strategy, strategy implementation and effective governance. In addition to consulting, Andrew has held executive operating positions. As an Interim-CEO, he led Horizon Propane, a $40M company, through a successful turnaround concluding with a sale to a strategic buyer. As President and Publisher of TechCom, Inc., Andrew led the firm’s successful revenue growth and margin improvement efforts and, ultimately, the profitable sale of the company to a strategic buyer. Andrew currently serves on the Board of Strategen, Inc. and as a Strategic Advisor to DeepLook, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.