Management Team

Don DeLoach
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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
Chief Financial Officer

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

Andrew Rachmiel
VP of Corporate Development

Co-Founder of Rocket Funds start-up investment vehicles, Former CFO / CIO of Oval Fire Products, COO of Universal Product Registration, Founder of 64HTM, CEO of BSP Software, COO of BrightStar Partners

Jim Gagnard
Managing Director, Industrial IoT Studio

Jim has over 30 years of executive management experience building enterprise software companies. He has lead four companies from early product development to revenue growth and profitability. Jim has led M2M/IOT software companies since 2001. He has worked closely with the venture capital community and strategic investors to raise over $80 million for his companies and generate more than $500 million of enterprise value.

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Thomas Jordan
Managing Director, Network + Telecom Studio

Thom has acquired over 25 years of experience in building and leading high-performance start-up and middle-market global companies in the digital, telecom and network verticals. Former Global CEO of Ping Mobile and various leadership positions at Net2Phone, IDT, Global Crossing, Verizon, and Prism Communications.

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Jochen (Joe) Renz
Managing Director, New Mobility Studio

Joe is a passionate leader and entrepreneur and In the past several years has been part of the thriving innovation ecosystem in his new hometown of Chicago. Joe’s passion is the digital transformation of smart mobility and transportation, allowing him to pursue his passion for cars and IT. Joe brings an extensive network across the innovation ecosystem of New Mobility that spans hundreds of startups, corporations across multiple industries, incubators / accelerators, academia, and the investor community.

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Christopher Bonanti
Vice President and General Manager for Strategic 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.