Rob Koch is a successful technology and cleantech operator and investor. As an entrepreneur, he has been involved in three startups: as a manufacturer and distributor of semiconductor equipment in Asian markets, at a process-development company that developed a novel way to clean semiconductor devices (sold to Tokyo Electron), and as a CEO in the medical diagnostics industry. Rob has been an active angel investor for many years and was also a partner and managing director at the venture firm, NGEN Partners. Rob became an advisor to kWhOURS during the company's participation in Greenstart and now also serves on the Company's Board of Directors.
Alan White has held executive positions in business development, product strategy, sales and corporate finance for companies developing manufacturing, user interface, architectural, and financial solutions. Over the last few years, he and his partnership have invested in renewable technologies in the areas of bio-fuels and cradle-to-cradle recycling. He served as the Director of Manufacturing Industries for Silicon Graphics after holding positions in sales and product development. Before embarking on a career in high technology, Mr. White worked on the commodity arbitrage trading desk at Bear, Stearns, and Co, in the crude oil/products sector. Alan holds a BS in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Union College, and an MS from the MIT Sloan School of Business, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Michael Fertik founded Reputation.com with the belief that businesses and individuals have the right to control and protect their online reputation and privacy. Credited with pioneering the field of online reputation management (ORM), Michael is lauded as the world's leading cyberthinker in digital privacy and reputation.
He is a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Internet Security and recipient of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2011 Award. Michael is an industry commentator with guest columns in Harvard Business Review (HBR), The Huffington Post, Reuters and Newsweek. He is also co-author of the bestselling book, "Wild West 2.0." Michael founded his first internet company while at Harvard College. He also received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Paul has been actively engaged in Schneider Electric's energy efficiency business since its inception. He supports the strategy and business development for energy management around the world. He is actively engaged in industry relations, energy policy and advocacy, internal energy action programs, and education programs on energy efficiency. Paul started his career at GE, then become involved in two successful venture start-ups for control software and the safety systems before joining Schneider Electric.
Paul resides in the Boston area. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BSEE and is a Certified Energy Manager.
Greenstart is a startup accelerator and design studio passionate about helping digital cleantech companies succeed. Digital cleantech companies either expand the use of clean energy or reduce the use of dirty energy - and use software as a powerful part of their product or service. Energy will be the next major industry transformed by software, but it will take innovative, tenacious entrepreneurs to drive that change.
Greenstart works with a small number of companies every year, accepting only 2% of startups who apply. Greenstart's program is centered in a methodology known as Startup Design™. Startup Design™ helps companies make massive progress in four key areas of their company: business model design, UX design, brand design, and capital design. David Merkoski, Greenstart's Chief Design Officer, is a former executive creative director at frog design and leads Greenstart's multi-disciplenary team of designers. Startups also receive support from Greenstart's Mentors and Support Partners. Every Mentor at Greenstart is either a serial entrepreneur, a venture capitalist, or an expert in their field. Greenstart's Support Partners are the best service firms for startups in law, banking, accounting and PR.
MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS)
VMS supports innovation and entrepreneurial activity throughout the MIT community by matching prospective entrepreneurs with skilled volunteer mentors. It uses a team mentoring approach with groups of 3 to 4 mentors sitting with a fledgling entrepreneur(s) in sessions that provide practical, day-to-day professional advice and coaching.