Team

Together we can achieve more

Gopi Mattel
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 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.

Sangeeta Yadav
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.

Venture Partner

Adeo Ressi
CEO and Founder, Founder Institute

Adeo Ressi is CEO of the Founder Institute, a startup launch program that operates in over 200 cities worldwide, and he is a recognized mentor for fast growing technology businesses. He has pioneered innovations in the protection of founder rights, the raising of early stage capital and the scaling of new businesses.
Previous to the Founder Institute, Adeo has helped to create nearly $2 billion in shareholder value by founding or running nine businesses, including TheFunded, Game Trust, Xceed and Total New York. In addition, the Founder Institute has helped to create approximately $35 billion more in shareholder value by launching over 4,500 technology companies that have raised an estimated $1 billion from investors.
Adeo previously served on the Board of the X Prize foundation to pursue his interests in space exploration and techniques to motivate human achievement. He studied architecture and spent time living on a commune to explore his interests in designing better ways to live. Adeo is passionate about inspiring people to achieve greatness.

Mike Suprovici
Founder Institute
M
anaging Director, Portfolio Sucess

Mike trains 100+ emerging VCs a year as the Manager of the Founder Institute’s VC Lab program. He co-leads investor relations for 200+ LPs as the Manager of FI’s Select Index program. As Managing Director of Portfolio Success, Mike oversees FI’s 4k+ company portfolio and helps 300+ start-ups a year raise capital.
Prior to joining the Founder Institute, Mike was the founder and CEO at Explorence, a seed-funded startup that developed iOS apps focused on turning outdoor recreational activities into real-life video games. Mike recruited the team, launched 5 iOS apps, and raised funding. Specialties: Fundraising, Startups, Product Management, Product Development, Recruiting, iOS Development, Design, Analytics, Business Development, Sales

Advisory Team

Fred Durham
Co-Founder & Ex-CEO, CafePress
President, Durham Labs

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 the 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
CEO, Global Key Advisors
Hedge Fund Manager, Morgan Stanley

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
Partner, Broad Reach Growth
Kearney Partner Emeritus

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.

Michael Fox
CEO, Corporate Whisperer
Corporate Venture Thought-leader
MIT Venture Mentor

Michael is a senior strategist, rainmaker and implementation Jedi. He’s a serial entrepreneur, launched the VAIO for SONY, worked as an Entrepreneur In Residence for a $5B fund where he grew one portfolio company from a valuation of $50M to $300M in five months, and is currently a thought leader in the Corporate Venture space. Michael also teaches entrepreneurship at an MBA program in Design Strategy in San Francisco and in Holland.

Building valuation with investment, corporate development, and accrued relationship equity in the Corporate Venture Community. As a thought leader in the Corporate Venture community, investor, international speaker, entrepreneur, and adjunct MBA, Michael is able to leverage his unique understanding of venture investing, building valuation, and risk mitigation.a

George Orbelian
Board Member, Buckminster Fuller Institute
Real Estate Risk Management Consulting
GP, Planet Positive Ventures

George Orbelian is a Principal in Orbelian Holdings, L.P., a San Francisco-based firm multi-family real estate company. He remains active in citizen diplomacy in which his late father, Harry Orbelian, was a community leader. George is co-founder of Ojingo Labs, Inc., a company creating social / mobile / web technology. George was appointed to the San Francisco Mayor’s Ocean Beach Task Force, served as a member of the Board of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, is an advisor to San Francisco State University School of International Business, and works closely with the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection’s Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPPS) and Earthquake Safety Implementation Program (ESIP) programs A noted author, George wrote the standard reference book on surfboard design, “Essential Surfing,” and served as Editor of the “Design Forum” column for internationally distributed SURFER Magazine. And as a surfer for over 40 years, George is passionate about the ocean and the environment and is co-founder of Project Kaisei which received Google Earth Hero recognition for bringing engineering, science, and technology together in researching solutions for plastic marine debris. He holds a BA in Art from San Francisco State University. 

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