Board of Advisors

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Derek Anderson

SaaS and Go-to-market Advisor

Derek Anderson has over 25 years of Executive Product Leadership experience with Enterprise B2B SaaS companies. His passion is growing great businesses by leveraging ground-breaking technologies to thrill customers and solve real problems for real people. His career has centered around bridging the gap between executive leadership and technical execution in the worlds.

Derek has a Bachelors in Business from Georgia State University, a Masters in Strategic Management from Indiana University and a Masters in Software Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Erik Heuer

SaaS and Healthcare Advisor

Erik Heuer has over 20 years of Executive leadership experience & success in product building for the healthcare industry. His broad areas of expertise include software engineering, agile development, medical devices, diagnostic imaging, healthcare informatics, telehealth, cloud computing, DevOps, and AI/ML big data, and digital transformations.

Erik holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of Southeast Norway and an MBA from the Norwegian Business School of Management (BI).

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Kiran PV Kumar

Startup Advisor

Kiran brings around 30 years of experience in the IT industry. He began his career as an entrepreneur and established and managed businesses within the USA & India. He spent a significant amount of time in Product Management including ideation, development, go-to-market strategies, setting up product engineering teams both onshore & offshore. Advised various startups and mentored founders in different aspects of product life cycle, marketing strategies, financial projections, valuations, and funding strategies.

Kiran holds a BE in Computer Science from India, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Mike Smart

Product Strategy Advisor

As the Founder and Managing Principal of Egress Solutions, a boutique product consultancy he helps tech companies achieve market success and sometimes gets to play with very cool things. He brings more than 20 years of experience with lean techniques in product strategy, product adoption, product launch and customer acquisition.

Mike has provided product management and product marketing expertise and consulted to companies such as, Apttus, Adobe, Bain Capital, FireEye, Netapp, Revel Systems, TouchBistro, VMware and Vista Equity Partners.

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Paula Fontana

Startup Advisor – Product Marketing

Paula Fontana leads product and partner marketing at Fusion Risk Management, a global provider of solutions that help organizations build operational resilience, encompassing business continuity, risk management, IT and cyber, third party, and crisis and incident management.

20 years of her professional experience includes global leadership roles in innovation, design, development, operations, and delivery at LexisNexis, Kroll, Wiley, United Airlines, and TransUnion as well as startup organizations in supplier risk management, media, and health care.

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Pradeep Sujuar

Startup Advisor – Micro Mobility

Pradeep Sujuar has over 20 years of Executive leadership experience & success in product building (concept to launch) for the Autonomous Vehicle, IoT, and EV charging industries. His broad areas of expertise include System Engineering (includes SW and HW), Engineering Strategy Program Management, Autonomous System Solutions, EV Charging Infrastructure, and IoT end2end solutions for E-Bikes/Scooters.

Pradeep holds a Master’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering & Computer Science from the NIT India and Executive Leadership from Harvard Business School.

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Rob Loranger

Startup Advisor

Rob has over 15 years of experience in product management, sales, and marketing for both B2B and B2C software platform businesses. Rob has a passion for enabling sales and marketing teams to communicate the true value of their products with customers and users. In addition, Rob has a broad range of industry experience including IT, Cloud, Telecom, Social Media, and Manufacturing.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA from the University of California, Davis.

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