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Gopi Mattel
Lifeboat Ventures
Managing Partner and CEO

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, 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.

Sangeeta Yadav
Lifeboat Ventures
Director,Program Management

Sangeeta was the Founder & CEO of Mirasho Inc., an e-commerce platform connecting global sustainable and ethical brands to customers. She designed an online platform, led the team through the product roadmap, presented business proposals to Client stakeholders and secured 25+ contracts from mid and small fashion brands from over 10+ countries. Graduated Founder Institute Silicon Valley with the highest score.
Previously, Sangeeta was Sr. Business Development Manager at Bureau Veritas and Intertek, World’s top certification and compliance service providers across multiple industries and sectors. She managed global compliance programs of world’s biggest retailers with $30+ million annual revenue, represented partnership with industry organizations such as AAFA, ICHPSO, and others. Sangeeta was  responsible for West Coast business development and sales activity and executed RFPs for top retailers such as Amazon, Gap, Levi’s, REI and Nordstrom and many more.  She won business contracts worth multi millions, presented quarterly business review to fortune 500 clients,  built successful client relations and led cross functional teams across 22 countries.
Sangeeta holds a B.Tech degree in Textile Chemistry and Masters degree in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising from Eastern Michigan University. She has been awarded numerous accolades and published several research articles focused on nano silver antimicrobial finishes. She received Outstanding Graduate Student Award & Best Thesis Award with Full scholarship and Research Grant by US Department of Defense, Natick.

Fred Durham
Lifeboat Ventures
Advisory Team

Fred Durham was the Chief Executive Officer of, 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
Under Durham’s leadership, 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 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, continued to double its profits year over year.
Durham capped his effort by successfully leading to an IPO on the NASDAQ exchange.
Prior to founding, 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, 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.

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.

Mike Suprovici
Founder Institute
anaging Director,Portfolio Sucess

As Managing Director of Portfolio Success, Suprovici oversees Founder Institute’s 4000+ start-up company portfolio. He helps 300+ start-ups a year raise capital across a broad variety of investors.
Suprovici is the Portfolio Manager of FI’s Select Index program which has released and is managing multiple funds based on the startups from the Founder Institute portfolio.
Most recently, Suprovici trains 100+ emerging VC firms a year as the Manager of the Founder Institute’s VC Lab program.
Suprovici studied Business Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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