Dan Allred is a Market Manager with Silicon Valley Bank. In this role, he leads a team of bankers working with growth technology companies in Boston. Dan moved to Boston in 2007 to build SVB’s Accelerator practice which consists of advising, banking and lending to earlystage, high growth technology startups. Prior to moving to Boston, Dan led SVB’s business development efforts in Research Triangle, NC, where he led a team that tripled that office’s loan volume between mid2003 and mid2007. Dan also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the SVB Foundation, which makes grants to various organizations in the communities that SVB serves. He is also Board member and Treasurer for The Capital Network, a resource for New England entrepreneurs seeking earlystage financing. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Johnston Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa.
Nancy Cremins is general counsel at Globalization Partners, which is eliminating barriers to global business, by making it easy to hire employees in more than one hundred countries around the globe. Previously, she was a partner at Gesmer Updegrove, LLP in Boston, where she helped entrepreneurs and early stage companies handle a range of issues. Nancy is also the cofounder of SheStarts, an organization that helps women entrepreneurs starts and grow their businesses through networking, coaching and events. She was a member of the inaugural Boston class of the Pipeline Fellows, a founding board member of Prosperity Catalyst, and served as a Past President and board member of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts. She was named a BostInno 50 on Fire in 2015, 40 Under 40 by the Boston Business Journal in 2013 and a Top Woman of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2012.
Molly Gillis leads the daytoday operations of General Catalyst’s ExecutiveinResidence (XIR) program, including sourcing strategy, recruiting, marketing and serving as a liaison between XIRs and the General Catalyst ecosystem. In this role, Molly works with entrepreneurs and worldclass operators every day to ensure that they have access to the resources and tools they need to build their vision into transformational businesses. Molly is originally fromand came east to study creative writing at Emerson College where she earned my M.A. in publishing.
Jody Rose is the Executive Director of the New England Venture Capital Association where she works in partnership with the venture and entrepreneurial communities on initiatives focused on positioning Massachusetts as the best place in the world for entrepreneurs. Born in the Borough of Brooklyn, NYC, Jody has held executivelevel roles with both enterprise corporations and lean startups, focusing primarily on corporate development in mobile, eCommerce and digital media. Most recently, Jody served as the SVP of Corporate Development and Digital Strategy at NYC event production agency Blueprint. Prior, Jody led National Mobile and Brand Partnerships for microlocation mobile marketing platform, Swirl Networks.
Mike Sadeghpour is the founder of and coach at edgeThink a sales and coaching training program. The edgeThink training modules have been used by Fortune 500 Companies, Executives, Managers, Success Coaches and Sales Professionals to address key areas that impact bottom line results. Mike is also an accomplished public speaker and has delivered keynotes and training to thousands of sales professionals in top companies worldwide. Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focusing on performance, goal orientation, goal setting, and feedback. He also completed a sixmonth University of Pennsylvania program specializing in Positive Psychology. A competitor and a coach all his life, he served as an NCAA Division I Assistant Men’s Ice Hockey Coach at Rensselaer.
George White is the Innovation lead for Cantina's internal and customerfacing efforts. He originally set out to be a zoologist and now he is a veteran with broad experience of experience in software development, architecture and user experience. He has worked in many domains, including Web applications, mobile platforms, content management, internetconnected desktop applications, multimedia, video, networking and systems architecture. George unintentionally but happily developed a strong understanding of the technology needs of publishing companies during his time at McGrawHill and Thomson and consulting with Elsevier and Jones & Bartlett. George is proud of the fact that systems he designed and developed ten years ago are still going strong.