Board of Advisors

David Chen

Medical Device Advisor and Strategist

Dave Chen brings 30 years of experience in engineering innovation and in the creation and management of complex integrated manufacturing pipelines. He has served as COO and Chief Engineer and is the lead engineer for numerous products and several patents. He is experienced in creating products from inception to completion as well as fixing and tuning specific facets of production, often in multinational capacities. He is specialized in working in the big picture as well as focussing on the precision and attention to detail required of the manufacturing processes for medical instrumentation and for semiconductor capital equipment.

Dave has a BSME at UC Berkeley focussed on precision mechanism design and his MSME at Stanford specializes in robotics and automation.

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.

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).

Geoffrey M. Roche, MPA

Healthcare Strategy Advisor

Geoffrey has over 12 years of executive leadership experience in strategy, community and corporate engagement, workforce development, and government relations in healthcare and higher education. Geoffrey has served as a fellow with the National Rural Health Association and currently serves on the Pennsylvania Department of Health Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee. Geoffrey has also been recently selected to serve on the Health Equity Task Force of the National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities (NIMIC) initiative.

Geoffrey has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Moravian College and a Master’s in Public Administration from East Stroudsburg University.

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.

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.

Sushant Pednekar

Legal Advisor

Sushant is an attorney by trade, providing counsel to growth companies in traditional and emerging industries. He works with founders at Product10x to integrate legal functions across our diverse portfolio. In his advisory role, Sushant supports Product10x’s existing operations and plans for future growth, while managing risk and corporate compliance. He holds a J.D. from Symbiosis Law School, India, and has completed his Master’s in Law from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.