Management Team

Don DeLoach
Managing partner

Former CEO of Infobright, CEO of Aleri, CEO of Youcentric, COO of Centri Technology. Founder and Co-chair, Midwest IoT Council, Outside Director, Apropos, Broadbeam, and co-author, “The Future of IoT”.

Laurence Gutcher
Senior partner, cfo

Laurence has over twenty years of finance experience and is the former CFO of Infobright, Upchain, PriceMetrix, Necho Systems and Nevex Software Technologies.

Steven fifita
Senior partner, corporate strategy & development

Former Executive Director at City Digital, a collaboration with UI LABS. Managing Member at ADG Holdings. Former Head of the Corporate Development at Best Buy. Also held positions at Cisco Systems and Hewlett Packard leading corporate strategy, new technology development, incubation and investment specifically in emerging technology markets

Christopher Bonanti
Senior partner, gm - advisory services

Chris is a respected strategist, technologist and leader, experienced in both public and private industries. With a background including management, engineering and regulatory and compliance consulting, he has led major projects in transportation, environmental planning, traffic safety and a pioneer in moving Vehicle to Vehicle communication research forward as well as drafting autonomous vehicle policy and guidance for the United States, and has served his country through work at the NHTSA, FAA, FRA, NTSB, as a staffer at both the U.S. Congress and Senate, and as a Marine who served during Desert Shield.

Board of Directors

Don DeLoach
CEO, Rocket Wagon Venture Studios

Former CEO of Infobright, CEO of Aleri, CEO of Youcentric, COO of Centri Technology. Founder and Co-chair, Midwest IoT Council, Outside Director, Apropos, Broadbeam, and co-author, “The Future of IoT”.

Phil Perkins
Chief Executive Officer, Rocket Wagon

Phil brings a multi-disciplinary background to his work including business strategy, leading change, experience design, software engineering, and quantitative analytics.

Roger Bodamer
Founder/CTO/COO at Archipelago

Roger founded three companies including UpThere (acquired by Western Digital) held key roles at OuterBay, MongoDB and Efficient Frontier. He has built large shareholder value via multiple acquisitions, holds over 15 patents and began in management at Oracle and Apple.

Ed Chandler
Seed Investor, Longboat Ventures

Co-founded Portage Ventures in 1996, the general partner of Portage Venture Fund, Graystone Venture Fund and the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Portage Fund, involved in early stage investing of over $170M.

Brenna Berman
Executive Director of City Tech Collaborative

Former CIO of the City of Chicago from 2012 to 2017. Brenna co-chairs the Array of Things (US DOE) project for smart cites, and the Midwest IoT Council. Prior her role in the City, she spent over 10 years at IBM focused on governmental operations.

Bill Seibel
Exec Chairman, Founder and CEO of Mobiquity

Former CEO of Gumball, Chairman and CEO of Demantra, CEO of Zefer. Recognized as Tech Luminary and CEO of the year in 2012, Penn State Outstanding Alumni in 2011, Bishop Canevin Ring of Honor in 2015, and other awards.

Chris Morgan
Managing Partner, Lantern Partners

Chris is the founder of Lantern Partners and has been recruiting CEOs and their direct reports for technology and technology-enabled services companies for over 20 years.

Rajiv Lal
Sr. Professor, Harvard Business School

Rajiv is the Stanley Roth, Sr. Professor of Retailing at Harvard Business School. Previously Lal taught at the Graduate Business School at Stanford University and was a visiting professor at INSEAD.

Advisory Board

Max Wolff
Managing Partner of Multivariate

Max Wolff is the Managing Partner of Multivariate strategic consulting services. Prior to founding Multivariate, he was Chief Economist at Disruptive Technology Advisers, a Founding Partner at Manhattan Venture Partners, and Chief Economist at Citizen.VC. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, CBS Evening News, ABC News, BBC, and The Wall Street Journal.

Richard Soley, Ph.D
Chairman and CEO of Object Management Group

Dr. Soley serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Object Management Group and is Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). He serves on numerous industrial, technical and academic conference program committees, and speaks all over the world on issues relevant to standards, the adoption of new technology and creating successful companies.

Tony Wilkins
AEWilkins Holdings, Inc.

Tony Wilkins is an early stage investor focused on disruptive products and services. He began his career at Chrysler Corporation, moved to institutional asset management sales, then contributed to the growth of over 40 startups. He is the Membership Chair of Hyde Park Angels, was the former Executive in Residence at Excelerate Labs (currently Techstars Chicago) and today leads AEWilkins Holdings.

Martha McGeary Snider
Guilford Consulting Group, Source Digital

Martha McGeary Snider is a patron of the arts and humanities and a cultural, corporate and community advisor who advocates for the important role that arts, innovation and civility hold in our society. She founded Guildford Consulting Group, LLC in 2012 and serves as Vice President, Corporate Development for Source Digital, Inc., the first AI customer experience platform that integrates within any video on any screen for time driven, discoverable “commerce in content.”

Yusef Jackson
Entrepreneur and Impact Investor

Yusef Jackson is an entrepreneur, real estate developer, and impact investor based in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in the city of Chicago, and is passionate about historic preservation, with a vision for a bright, connected future.

Angel Mendez
Kinaxis Board of Directors

Mendez serves on the BOD of Kinaxis (TSX: KXS). He is also an Officer of the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (“AGB”), as well as of the Lafayette College Board of Trustees where he serves as Executive Officer and Secretary of the Board. He also serves as a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago. A native of Cuba, Mendez earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and an MBA from the Crummer School at Rollins College.

Bob Eberhart
Professor, entrepreneurship

Professor Eberhart researches Japanese entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurship affects society who joined Stanford this year. He was on the faculty of Santa Clara University and was a visiting Professor at Kobe University, and is a Research Associate at Columbia University’s Center for Japanese Economy and Business. He was the founder and CEO of the successful Japanese startup, WineInStyle, and a partner in a San Francisco-based venture firm. Dr. Eberhart earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Theory and Entrepreneurship from the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford.