Meet some of the visionaries, entrepreneurs, leading technologists and global ambassadors for entrepreneurs and small to medium business owners who are all here to help bring the Dell Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program to life.
Melissa Bradley, CEO, TIDES
Tides is a values-based, social change platform that leverages individual and institutional leadership and investment to positively impact local and global communities. Prior to Tides, Melissa founded and served as managing director of New Capitalist, an organization that leverages human, financial and social capital to create economically profitable and sustainable individuals, businesses, and communities. Melissa is also the founder and former President of Reentry Strategies Institute – the only national criminal justice intermediary explicitly focused on reentry, and founder of The Entrepreneurial Development Institute, an international, non-governmental organization, serving youth and their families; and she founded Positive Impact –to promote diverse voices and visions within independent media.
Garth Davis, Doctor and star of Discovery Health’s, “Big Medicine”
As a leader in the field of bariatric medicine, Dr. Garth stars on the hit show docu-reality medical series, BIG MEDICINE and recently published bestseller, The Expert’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine where he was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and completed his surgical residency at University of Michigan where he was elected to the position of Chief Administrative Resident. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Sergio A. Fernandez De Cordova, Fuel Outdoor
The founder of Fuel Outdoor, a portfolio company of Och-Ziff, a global institutional asset management firm with over $31 billion in capital. Fuel currently has more than 4,000 outdoor advertising locations, a growing portfolio of clients, and a very active philanthropic program. Sergio also co-founded de Cordova Goldman Capital Management, a holding company with long-term investments worldwide. Sergio is also an active investor and advisor in over 10 media related companies. He has gained international recognition for his entrepreneurial successes, most notably as a founding board member of the UN Foundations new Global Entrepreneurs Council, an honor only given to ten accomplished young global leaders.
Lauren Flanagan, Founder/ CEO of BELLE Capital and Current Motor
Lauren Flanagan is Managing Director of BELLE Capital USA and a Managing Partner at Phenomenelle Angels Fund. She is Executive Chair at Current Motor, Board Chair at HarQen and board member at Springboard Enterprises. Named to BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Angels in Tech, and 40 Women to Watch Over 40, earlier in her career Lauren founded platform, enterprise and consumer software companies.
Richard Garriott, Computer Gaming Pioneer and Private Astronaut
Richard Garriott is the sixth private citizen to fly in Earth’s orbit. Richard is currently co-vice chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s premier private space exploration company. He is also on the board of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Richard earned legendary status in the video game industry with his design of the Ultima, that defined the massively multiplayer genre when it launched in 1997. He has been honored with numerous awards including Entrepreneur of the Year from Inc. magazine and Computer Gaming World’s 15 Most Influential Industry Players.
Lyn Graft, Founder LG Pictures
Lyn Graft (LG) has filmed over 350 entrepreneurs including the founders of Starbucks, Whole Foods, Paul Mitchell, LinkedIn, Playboy and Clear Channel and has produced and/or directed 700 videos, TV Shows & web series for clients such as CNBC, Dell, SXSW and Microsoft. LG has founded over 8 companies raising over $8M in venture funding and has almost decade of experience in entertainment and 15 years in startups, hi-tech marketing and business development. LG has put on over 100 promotions, product/company launches and/or events/parties and has developed marketing programs/activities generating press in publications such as Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Fortune.
Heidi Messer, Founder/ Chairman Collective i, Founder/ CEO of LinkedShare (sold)
Heidi Messer is most recognized for revolutionizing performance based marketing with LinkShare Corporation, one of the world’s largest online affiliate networks. Heidi and her brother Stephen founded, built, and managed LinkShare until its sale in 2005 for an estimated $425 million. She plays an active role in the Internet startup community and is the co-Founder and CEO of World Evolved and the Chairman of Collective[i. Heidi has been cited as a recognized as an authority on online marketing in The New York Times, Inc. Magazine to name a few. She has also appeared on TV and radio programs such as Business Talk Radio, CBS Morning News and Fox News.
Amy Millman, President, Springboard Enterprises
Amy Millman has established a successful career as an advocate working for and with business and government officials to develop and implement national business development and policy initiatives. In 2000, she co-founded non-profit venture Springboard Enterprises whose mission is to facilitate women entrepreneurs’ access to the equity markets. The organization hosts educational programs and forums to provide women entrepreneurs with access to investors and information about sources and uses of equity capital. Previously, Amy served as the Executive Director of a federal government commission focused on developing policy and initiatives concerning women’s business ownership.
Jigar Shah, CEO of Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, Founder / CEO Sun Edison (sold)
A renowned visionary, Jigar Shah is committed to renewable energy and sustainable solutions that enable prosperity beyond the carbon economy. As CEO of the Carbon War Room, Jigar is dedicated to identifying business-as-usual practices and replacing them with low-carbon solutions. Prior to the Carbon War Room, Jigar founded SunEdison in 2003. Under his leadership, SunEdison revolutionized the solar industry by introducing a business model to sell solar as a service, which is responsible for turning solar services into a multi-billion dollar industry. He works closely with entrepreneurs, policymakers, and investors around the world to develop, incubate, and implement sustainable solutions.
Peter Shankman, Founder HARO (sold), CEO The Geek Factory
PR Week Magazine has described Peter as “redefining the art of networking”, and Investor’s Business Daily has called him “crazy, but effective”. An author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about Social Media, PR, marketing, advertising, and customer service. Peter is best known for founding Help A Reporter Out, (HARO) which in under a year became the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources on deadline. Peter is also the founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, Inc, a boutique Social Media, Marketing and PR Strategy firm located in New York City, with clients worldwide.
Chris Shipley, Founder/ CEO TheGuidewire Group
Chris Shipley is CEO of Guidewire Group, Inc., a software and services company that catalyzes the Innovation Ecosystem to work more effectively. A leading technology analyst for more than 25 years, Chris is passionate about entrepreneurship as the driver of economic growth and job creation. As executive producer of the DEMO conference from 1996 to 2009, she helped companies including WebEx, VMWare, salesforce.com, TiVo, Xfire, and Ribbit, make their market debut. In June 2010, SVForum presented Chris with its prestigious Visionary Award for her work with emerging companies. She sits on the board of Versaic, and is an advisor to a number of early stage companies.
Gary Whitehill, Founder of Entrepreneur Week
A relentless entrepreneur and driven philanthropist with a footprint on four continents; broad experience spanning entrepreneurship, M&A, business turnarounds, and Fortune 100 board directorships. In 2009, Gary began leveraging his global rolodex of accomplished leaders and innovators to build the largest network of Entrepreneur Weeks in the world. Since its inception, Entrepreneur Week has convened more than 5,000 entrepreneurs, representing more than $6 billion in revenue, and continues its expansion. Gary is a member of the AOL Small Business Board of Directors, Astia Global Board of Directors and a nominated Delegate for the United States at both the Young G20 and G8 Summits.