Team

Unprecedented access to company building experience 

Board

Dan Phillips

Chairman and Cofounder, CloudHealth Technologies

Dan Phillips who has been an executive in five venture capital backed startups over a 30 year period. Two of these companies have gone public, two were acquired by EMC/Dell, and his current startup CloudHealth Technologies is one of the fastest growing startups in Boston today. Dan also founded the UMass Boston Entrepreneurship Center in 2009. 

Michael Gaiss

Founder, ThinkB1G

Michael Gaiss is the Founder at ThinkB1G which connects an elite group of startups and top universities with exciting career opportunities at these companies. Formerly with Highland Capital Partners, he spearheaded a number of key strategic market, portfolio, talent and entrepreneurial development initiatives at Highland. Michael was also responsible for the Highland Entrepreneur Center, a dedicated environment that has hosted 95 seed and early stage initiatives since 2001.

David Lucchino

Co-Founder, President and CEO, ?Frequency Therapeutics

David Lucchino co-founded and served as CEO of Semprus BioSciences until its acquisition by Teleflex in 2012 for $80M. Prior to co-founding Semprus, David was a senior executive at Polaris Venture Partners. He is a Trustee of Babson College and a board member of Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. David earned an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.

David McFarlane

President and COO, Help Scout

David McFarlane has a history of successful IPOs, M&A exits and long term quarterly execution in the software industry. Most recently he was CEO & Co-Founder of Akiban Technologies. Before that, he was COO responsible for worldwide sales, marketing and services of Imlogic which was acquired by Symantec for $90MM. He was also President & COO of Xchange Inc., which IPO’d. He is an investor at CommonAngels, and was the President and COO of Litmus.

Jim Counihan

General Partner, Prism VentureWorks

Jim Counihan is a General Partner at Prism VentureWorks. Jim joined Prism in 2000 and runs the firm’s software and services practice. Possessing a unique mix of legal, operational and technical knowledge, he is a director for White Sky, The Receivables Exchange, Mota & LifeCrowd,  and is a board observer at Connotate. He has a JD from Suffolk University Law School.

Entrepreneurs in Residence 

William Brah

Founder and Director, Venture Development Center

William raised $7.8 million to design, build and launch the Venture Development Center in 2009. It is the region’s first deep tech incubator offering startup labs for scientists and engineers. He was also instrumental in pioneering the Massachusetts Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. William has 25+ years executive experience in policy, science and business. 

John Hamilton

Entrepreneur in Residence

John Hamilton is an accomplished executive with over 25+ years experience managing early stage startups to acquisitions and IPOs. John has vast sales and marketing expertise that has spanned several well known Boston based companies from Stratus Computer, EMC, FTP Software, Concord Communications, Phase Forward, XKoto, Softricity (sold to MSFT for $265M) and Viewfinity. His ability to scale companies has yielded significant returns for shareholders across the board.

Staff

Aijan Isakova

Program Manager

Aijan provides leadership and execution of marketing, client recruitment operations, relationship management, mentorship and community building initiatives. She designs, implements and tracks programs that facilitate the success of VDC startups, students and faculty interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. Originally from Kyrgyzstan, Aijan graduated from Arnhem Business School, in the Netherlands, with a BS in International Business and Management Studies, and also holds an MBA, concentrating in Finance, Health Care Management and Information Systems from UMass Boston.

Serena Yan Wang

Program Manager

Serena is managing VDC finances and operations.  She comes from the International Admissions department of UMass Boston, where she was managing volumes of international student applications from some of UMass Boston's key international student partnerships with China, South Korea and Vietnam. Serena has her Bachelors degree in Finance and Economics and an MBA in Marketing.