Chris Anderson

CEO of 3D Robotics, Founder of DIY Drones

Chris AndersonChris Anderson was named in April 2007 to the "Time 100," the newsmagazine's list of the 100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world. In October 2007, Anderson, who has been described as an "aerial-reconnaissance enthusiast," flew a remote-controlled aircraft allegedly equipped with a camera over Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, causing security concerns when the aircraft crashed into a tree. The enthusiasm turned inspiration for co-founding 3D Robotics, a 2009 robotics manufacturing spin-off of the 3D Robotics produces the Ardupilot series of autopilots, which are based on the Arduino platform. Previously, he was at The Economist, where he served as US Business Editor, Asia Business Editor; and Technology Editor.

Stacey Coopes (YPO Motor City)

Head of Tech Innovation for Ford Motor Company


Stacey Coopes Ms. Coopes oversees the Marketing and OEM Business Development functions for FordDirect and has been an integral part of the leadership team for the last 5 years. Her expertise centers on website design and architecture, media placement and optimization, lead generation and digital analytics. Prior to joining FordDirect, Stacey was a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting's Automotive Practice, where she specialized in digital strategy and customer relationship management. In her tenure at Deloitte, Stacey led engagements at General Motors, Chrysler, and Audi to develop and execute customer centric strategies within order fulfillment and marketing. Stacey earned a B.S.E degree from the University of Michigan's School of Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

Michael Fertik (YPO Intercontinental, YPO SF Bay)

Founder and CEO of


Michael FertikMichael Fertik founded with the belief that people and businesses have the right to control and protect their online reputation and privacy. A futurist, Michael is credited with pioneering the field of online reputation management (ORM) and lauded as the world's leading cyberthinker in digital privacy and reputation. Michael was most recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, an annual award given by the technology industry trade group to an individual they feel embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that made the U.S. technology sector a global leader.

He is a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, a recipient of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2011 Award and through his leadership, the Forum named a Global Growth Company in 2012.

Fertik is an industry commentator with guest columns in Harvard Business Review, Reuters, and Newsweek. Named a LinkedIn Influencer, he regularly blogs on current events as well as developments in entrepreneurship and technology. Fertik frequently appears on national and international television and radio, including the BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Phil, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. He is also co-author of the bestselling book, "Wild West 2.0” and “The Reputation Economy” (Crown, forthcoming in 2014).

Fertik founded his first Internet company while at Harvard College. He received his JD from Harvard Law School.

Daniel P. Hoffman (YPO Ney York City)

CEO of M5 Networks Inc.


Daniel P. HoffmanIn 2001, Dan started M5 Networks, Inc., a pioneering cloud communications company. As Founder and CEO of M5, Dan tore up the reviled office phone system model and enabled mid-size business clients to sell, service and staff their companies more effectively. In 2012, he sold M5 to ShoreTel, a public company who competed with premises-based technology. Post-acquisition, Dan joined the ShoreTel senior management team to help integrate M5 into the overall company, and then was Chief Strategy Officer before leaving ShoreTel in June 2013. Prior to M5, Dan founded Asia Online, a pan-Asian VC-backed roll-up of local Internet Service Providers, based in Hong Kong. He is now designing his next company to take his work in culture, learning, technology and b2b customer experiences to the next level. Dan currently serves as Board Chairman of Workshop in Business Opportunities, a 47-year non-profit that teaches business to entrepreneurs in struggling communities. He is a member of YPO, and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, where he is helping to found a Brooklyn chapter. He is spending a year in Spain with his wife Julie and two young daughters, and training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dan graduated from Harvard magna cum laude with an AB in Slavic Languages and Literature. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton at University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Studies from Lauder Institutes at University of Pennsylvania. Dan is a member of the 2014 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Patrick Hudson (YPO North Texas)

CEO of Robot Entertainment


Patrick HudsonPatrick Hudson is a principal co-founder and President and CEO of Robot Entertainment. Robot Entertainment is a world-class independent game development studio located in Dallas, Texas. Patrick has led the company’s efforts in creating critically acclaimed intellectual property such as Orcs Must Die! on personal computers and Xbox and Hero Academy on mobile devices. Prior to Robot, Patrick was an Executive Producer at Ensemble Studios and led production efforts on Age of Empires III: The Warchiefs, Age of Empires III: Asian Dynasties and a massively multiplayer online game prototype. Before getting into game development, Patrick led the mergers & acquisitions department of a health care services firm and worked as an economic consultant at Price Waterhouse. Patrick has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lewis Jaffe (YPO Santa Monica Bay)

Co-Founder and CEO of MoviMe Network


Lewis JaffeAll businesses are the same; they exist for the sole purpose of “gaining and retailing customers, profitably in order to create real value.” In the course of his 30+ year career, Lewis Jaffe following that simple mantra, has led the growth, successful turnarounds of more than 20 under-performing companies, public and private as their chief executive or outside advisor in a variety of industries, creating over $500MM in shareholder value Lew’s greatest strengths include leadership, vision and building plan that teams can execute with great success. He is a customer focused leader that understands complex market dynamics, the intricacies of distribution channels and maximizing corporate assets including human capital and leveraging a balance sheet. Lew’s focus is on business to business companies but also has experience with business to consumer. Much of his concentration has been in telecommunications, manufacturing, media/content delivery, and distribution of B2B and B2C products, disposables through capital goods. He also has significant experience with M&A activity and post transaction integration.

Lew is the Co-Founder of MoviMe Network, the world’s first ultra-fast download service Hollywood Content. MoviMe can be found in airports on the WiFi networks as well there is an internet based store for mobile device users. Lew has taken interim and permanent roles within organizations to drive change and increased financial performance. Lew was the Chief Executive of Oxford Media Inc., a Video on Demand and High Speed Internet Access Company delivering content and services to the hospitality industry where he grew the Company to the second largest VOD provider in the segments they served while adding high margin services to the same customers and COO of Verso Technologies where he integrated numerous acquisitions that were made prior to his tenure while creating product bundles with in-house technology as well as developing strategic partners with other technology providers. At PictureTel Corporation, a $500 million, NASDAQ-listed Videoconferencing Company, he turned around the Company and increased its market value over 5 fold in two years by refocusing on customers, streamlining the product set and rebuilding the distribution channels. He also was the managing director of Arthur Andersen’s Corporate Finance practice in Boston where he managed over 20 client engagements in multiple industries designing turnaround and growth plans as well as guiding M&A activity.

In addition to consulting Lew holds his Masters Certification of Public Company Board of Directors, Serves as the Chairman of the Board for FitLife Products and is the lead independent director for York Telecom. He also serverd for 8 years as the lead independent director on the board of; Benihana Inc. (BNHN:NASDAQ) the nation's largest chain of Japanese teppanyaki and sushi theme restaurants. As part of his Board duties, Lew has led special committees for boards that were formed to: explore strategic alternatives, options for capital raising, investigations on HR and insider trading allegations and strategic committees for the targeting of potential acquisitions. He is and sought after public speaker on various topics, including; Leadership, Management, Strategic Planning and Problem Solving, Convergence in Telecom and Corporate Renewal.

Mr. Jaffe has been a guest on a number of business shows for CNBC, MSNBC and ABC, and has been quoted in a variety of business and trade publications including Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week and the Boston Globe and a YPO resource as well as a former member of YPO New England Chapter, currently WPO Santa Monica Bay Chapter. Mr. Jaffe is a graduate of LaSalle University, and the Executive Program and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

David Kinitsky

Senior Director at SecondMarket, Inc. and General Manager of the Bitcoin Investment Trust


David KinitskyDavid B. Kinitsky joined SecondMarket in 2009, where he is currently a Senior Director and the General Manager of the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT), working to develop business strategy, leading business development efforts and overseeing all day-to-day operations. Prior to joining SecondMarket, Mr. Kinitsky worked at a boutique investment fund consulting group and private placement agent, where he led a six-person team in providing marketing, structuring and fundraising consulting services to more than 45 alternative asset fund managers with over $8 billion in assets under management. He has also spent time with Beigelman, Feldman & Associates, Palm Pictures and Sanctuary Records in New York. Mr. Kinitsky earned his Juris Doctor with a Concentration in Intellectual Property Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy of Industrialized Societies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Avi Kulkarni, Ph.D.

VP & Partner, PwC Strategy& (U.S.) Inc. (Booz & Co.)


Avi Kulkarni, Ph.D.Avi is a Partner at Booz & Co. He is a member of the Global Health Practice and leads the R&D and Medical Transformation business. His clients include leading biopharmaceutical and diagnostics companies. Avi’s twenty year life sciences career includes management consulting at Booz & Company (formerly Booz Allen and Hamilton) and PWC-PRTM, with extensive experience in drug and diagnostics product development, mergers and acquisitions, and commercialization processes.

Avi is at the forefront of a global effort by the world’s leading biopharmaceutical and diagnostics companies to transform their business by developing personalized and precision medicine capabilities and diversifying into new businesses and markets. He has a long track record of thought leadership in the development and commercialization of patient segmentation strategies, and in optimizing the research and development process to improve the delivery of tailored therapeutics and supporting diagnostics.

Avi has extensive roots in the biotechnology start-up community. He was a member of Sand Hill Angels till 2011 and raised over $100MM for his start-up companies. His executive roles have included COO at Aviir, Inc., a company focused on proteomic diagnostic tests for cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance; CEO of Lumen Therapeutics, a cardiovascular drug company, and CFO and head of Business Development of XDx, Inc., which developed AlloMap Cardiac, the first marketed multi-gene assay for cardiac transplant rejection.

Avi obtained his MBA degree from Stanford University, Ph.D. and MS degrees in Pharmaceutics from Temple University, and BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Bombay.

Michael Maddock (YPO Chicagoland)

CEO & Founding Partner of Maddock
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Steve YankovichI empower curiosity within companies and make even our most traditional clients perform like entrepreneurs. My role is to align people who are completely committed to driving industry-changing ideas to market. We empower curiosity inside our company and inside yours. Ultimately, my job is to make even our most conservative clients more agile—like there are entrepreneurs in every department.

Founding partner of Maddock Douglas, 3-2-1-Launch!, McGuffin Creative Group and Ringleader Ventures; featured innovation columnist, Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes; co-author of the books Free the Idea Monkey…to focus on what matters most!, Brand New: Solving the Innovation Paradox, and Flirting With the Uninterested—Innovating in a “Sold, Not Bought” Category; co-chairman, Entrepreneurial Conclave, Gathering of Titans; former chairman, Young Entrepreneur’s Organization and Young President’s Organization; Regional Youth and Family chair of YPO.

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Barry Shevlin (YPO Florida)

Founder and CEO of Vology


Barry ShevlinVology Founder and CEO Barry Shevlin is a technology entrepreneur with a proven ability to provide innovative solutions that help businesses both grow and deploy capital more effectively. Prior to founding Vology, Shevlin founded and grew five companies in technology sectors, including CATV contracting, telecommunications, software development and e- commerce.

As CEO of Vology, Shevlin has grown annual revenues from $1million in 2002 to almost $100 million in 2012. Shevlin's ability to leverage and apply technology to streamline business processes has been the catalyst to Vology’s consistent growth. Today, the company leverages this technology as the backbone of its sales and marketing operation, supporting more than 5,000 customers worldwide.

Under his hands on leadership, Vology has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Tampa Bay area for the last 3 years. Additionally, Vology has been included on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for 7 consecutive years.

In the Tampa Bay community, Mr. Shevlin is focused on promoting entrepreneurship and education. To support these endeavors, he sits on the Board of Directors at Ruth Eckerd Hall, is on the Advisory Board for the CCIT program at St. Pete College and is a Board Member of the UT Entrepreneurship Center.

Mr. Shevlin is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) and the CEO Council of Tampa Bay.

Shevlin has previously received “Entrepreneur of the Year” and “CEO of the Year” accolades from the Gulf Coast Business Review and Tampa Bay Technology Forum.

Patrick Sweeney (YPO New England)

CEO of dwinQ and an investor in Y Combinator

Patrick SweeneyPatrick is a serial entrepreneur, world-class athlete, extreme adventurer, and non-office dweller. He has been a consistently rated top speaker at social media and technology conferences globally. Patrick is currently the CEO of dwinQ, the first social media operating system for events. The system uses automated photography and video to connect guests with their social network and create product placement (native advertising) on social media for brands.

Patrick has deep insight on social media marketing, wearable technology and the Internet of Things. He has created a process called "Maneuver Marketing" based on special operations tactics. His application of Maneuver Marketing to social media and technology has provided the foundation for a very entertaining speaking session. He has published two books by John Wiley and sons and has written on social media, Internet of things, and RFID as a regular contributor for Social Media Today, Forbes, and CNBC.. He has been profiled by the New York Times, Smart CEO, CNN and others.

As a global adventurer Patrick was the first person to ever mountain bike the hottest race in the world and then the coldest – he raced form one coast of Costa Rica to the other and then shortly after completed Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Invitation self-supported by bicycle in the dead of winter (the subject of an EpicTV documentary call Sport & Survival). He was 2nd in the 1996 Olympic Trials in a single scull (rowing) won many national and international titles and has won several elite extreme adventure races in the USA. He is also an active acrobatic pilot and holds commercial and instrument ratings as well. Patrick received his bachelor of science from the University of New Hampshire, an MBA from the University of Virginia and also attended MIT for technology training. He is an avid angel investor and sits on the Board of Advisors of Patriot Capital and is an investor in Y Combinator’s latest fund. He also sits on the board of Trinity College Dublin's Business School and is active in several charities. He spends his free time pursuing the most interesting and challenging adventures the world has to offer.

Steve Torres

COO/CFO of Vology


Steve TorresAs Vology's COO, Steve Torres oversees all financial, operational and HR functions, including strategic planning, accounting and reporting, taxes, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, business intelligence, purchasing and logistics management.

Torres brings a wealth of strategic leadership experience to the company, including expertise in public and private capital offerings, financial and operational transformations and regulatory compliance expertise, specializing in SEC and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Torres joined Vology as CFO in 2007 after serving as Director of Financial Reporting for Jabil, Inc., a Fortune 250 global electronics manufacturing company. During his tenure at Jabil, Inc., Torres managed the corporate financial reporting and SEC compliance functions. He played a key role in several domestic and international acquisitions, handling transactions with values ranging between $5-million to $900-million.

Prior to joining Jabil, Inc., Torres served as Director of Financial Reporting and Tax at Syniverse Technologies, a global telecommunications solutions provider, where he played an integral role in orchestrating the company’s $281-million IPO, then the largest IPO in Tampa’s history. Before Syniverse, Torres served as the Senior Manager of Financial Reporting for the $10-billion U.S. segment of Tech Data, a Fortune 100 global distribution company. Torres began his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen, LLP. Torres is a CPA and earned his Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida and his MBA from Regis University.

David Wolf

Managing Director, Digital and Mobile Solutions, KPMG Advisory Services


David WolfAs Managing Director, Dave is responsible for leadership and management of KPMG’s Digital & Mobile Strategy as well as Research & Development Teams. As leader for KPMG Mobile and Digital Solutions, Dave provides direction and drives excellence to a team of digital strategy professionals who focus on uncovering business challenges, identifying moments where digital experiences can actionably impact the business and architecting solutions that will deliver value on those impacts for our customers. In addition, Dave is responsible for R&D around technologies, services lines and industry leading approaches to digital.

Prior to the acquisition by KPMG David spent nine years at Cynergy, finally as the Vice President for R&D, where he was responsible for the company’s strategic direction, future service line offerings, new technology platforms, and strategic alliances. David led the R&D team as it brought services to market, from prototype through training and analysis and finally to a delivered solution. Among these solutions, Dave took a leadership role in forming the foundation for Cynergy’s Digital Enablement Services offerings that help businesses asses, and adapt deliver on making their organizations to become truly digital.

Dave was Cynergy’s public-facing executive to clients, the press, and the analyst community where he is often looked to, and quoted in reports and books focused on digital strategy. Before Cynergy, he held senior engineering and marketing management positions at major software companies including Sybase and Microsoft.

William Wolfram

CEO & Founder of DealDash

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Willaim Woframe William Wolfram was 15 years old when he struck on his first successful venture and because he was so young, his mom had to sign the checks. Wolfram saved the money from his first venture and used it to start Deal Dash at the ripe old age of 16. Deal Dash is a bidding fee auction company. DealDash has nearly 1 million users, 67 employees, a deal with Best Buy, and last year it did $44 million in revenue, clocking up a profit of about $1 million. For the first three years of its last, DealDash has quadrupled its revenue every 12 months. William Wolfram was named E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year for Finland all at the age of 20.

Steve Yankovich

VP Innovation and New Ventures at eBay Inc.


Steve YankovichSteve Yankovich, Vice President of innovation and new ventures at eBay Inc., leads the future of commerce to connect retailers, merchants and sellers with consumers around the world. Steve is a Silicon Valley native, with a career at the forefront of new technologies spanning software, hardware and enterprise. His patent portfolio consists of 35 leading technologies.

In his current role, he oversees various teams that bring to market new business opportunities for eBay Inc. and eBay Marketplaces. The group creates connected commerce experiences, infusing the most cutting edge technologies into retail on a global scale. This includes bringing the best of online technology to the physical world, allowing brands to better engage with consumers. These products are at the forefront of consumer’s expectations to shop on anytime, anywhere and on any screen – including mobile-first in emerging markets.

Steve served as vice president of eBay mobile, from 2009 to 2013, building the mobilecommerce technology and talent of eBay Inc. from the ground up. He was responsible for eBay's global mobile business encompassing all aspects from product strategy, conception, development, business development, marketing and delivery. Under Steve’s leadership, eBay mobile doubled its mobile commerce volume every year from 2008 through 2012, with $13 billion in mobile commerce volume in 2012 alone. eBay mobile generated $22 billion in 2013. Steve spearheaded the eBay Inc. acquisitions of RedLaser, Critical Path Software and PhiSix.

Steve is recognized as a global leader in the mobile commerce space, often featured in top-tier media including CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, ABC's Good Morning America, Bloomberg properties, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, TechCrunch and more. In 2014, he was named one of Fast Company’s Most Productive People in business.

Steve holds board positions at PayPal Giving Fund, Appcelerator and Relay Ventures. When Steve isn't busy tinkering with technology, he enjoys building and driving fast cars.

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