Bi-CULTURAL ENTREPRENEUR-ASIA MENTORS

PROBLEM: It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change — Charles Darwin

IMPACT: Catalyzer Enables Noticeable Change.

All companies struggle to continuously discover new ways to produce revenues and net profit.

Catalyzer spotlights market and talent trigger points from unknown to predictive based on an objective algorithm. Our technology adds how human truly behave based on emotional signals and projection patterns. With a baseline of human emotional signals mapped into charts investors and entrepreneurs can realize and avoid pitfalls and rabbit holes enabling noticeable change to markets.

To achieve the “winning-hand” of long term profitability, a company must establish sustainable competitive advantage.
Competitive advantage may be created entirely from a new initiative, based on divergent thinking of future trends and customer preferences.

But due to the time and expertise that is required to develop divergent thinking and a new competitive advantage, the rate of change in most industries, and the inevitable moves by the competition, it is often necessary to leapfrog the existing competitive environment with a Catalyzer partner. This may enable a clean slate to establish an entirely new competitive space in which the Catalyzer partner is not only a leader but establishes most, if not all, of the standards by which all companies will be measured.

MENTORS

Phil Cardman

Phil Cardman

lawyer + entrepreneur + angel investor

Phil is a lawyer with 35 years of expertise in corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters. He has held a variety of senior management positions in both hardware and software high technology companies. Mr. Cardman has a BA degree from Washington University and a JD degree from Duke University.

John Cha

John Cha

thinker + entrepreneur + angel investor

John is a Korean born researcher and author. His recent books include Exit Emperor Kim Jong-il: Notes from His Former Mentor, Willow Tree Shade: The Susan Ahn Cuddy Story, and The Do or Die Entrepreneur: A Korean American Businessman’s Journey.

Murali Chirala

Murali Chirala

entrepreneur + angel investor

Murali has over 20 years of IT and product management experience, and has managed and lead the delivery of industry-disruptive solutions (e.g. Unix kernel) and scaled technology e-commerce platforms for growth. Currently Murali is the CEO of Muranu Technologies, and has previously founded and/or worked for Yahoo, VuCast, Metavante, and Cyberbills. Murali has a Masters in Computer Science from Rice University, and undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from JNTU College.

William Dougherty

William Dougherty

entrepreneur + angel investor

Bill has nearly 20 years of experience in IT and data center operations, including high senior management at RagingWire which was acquired by NTT. Bill also ha management positions at Omada Health, StubHub, an eBay company, FusionStorm and Copart. Mr. Dougherty holds a M.S. in Information Technology and a B.S. in Business Administration.

Robert Eberhart

Robert Eberhart

professor + entrepreneur + angel investor

Robert leads research on the effects of institutional change on new firms and entrepreneurs under diverse cultural contexts, guiding policy for generating dynamic growing firms. He is a Professor at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities.

Dave Gent

Dave Gent

professor + entrepreneur + angel investor

Dave has 25+ years of general management and board experience with leading organizations and higher education institutions; he holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.

Ron Kuris

Ron Kuris

entrepreneur + angel investor

Ron has 25+ years in software design with performance and optimization specialties including mobile, SaaS applications, standalone applications, and embedded systems. He is currently a senior architect at Uber and previously with Okta, Lookout and LexisNexis.

Arthur Lin

Arthur Lin

entrepreneur + angel investor

Arthur is a passionate entrepreneur (and an executive) and has been at the forefront of Internet and mobile technology / product innovations. He was an early employee at Cisco, Founder of Shasta Networks (acquired by Nortel), Founder of Tahoe Networks (acquired by Nokia), EIR at Redpoint Ventures and Benchmark Capital, and senior executive at Apple.

Khaled Saffouri

Khaled Saffouri

entrepreneur + angel investor

Khaled is a successful and proven entrepreneur, sales executive and leader. As Co-founder of burlee.com he grew a company from two employees to 30 before it was purchased in 2001. When he joined Rackspace in 2001 there were 60 employees and just over $20 million in revenue. During his tenure he managed the largest sales quota and mastered the science of building a high growth sales organization. As Rackspace VP of Sales, he consistently earned the highest attainment results and the highest employee engagement scores. When he departed in 2015 revenue had grown from $20 million to just over $2 billion. Khaled graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Economics.

Eiichi Shimizu

Eiichi Shimizu

entrepreneur + angel investor

Eiichi lived in Cairo, Tokyo, New York, Traverse City, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Singapore, Seattle and now in Yokohama where he spent half of his life outside of Japan. He has a mindset of thinking outside the box and brings wealth of experiences as business development professional in the international settings. He started with investment banking career after MBA degree in the 90s and moved on to setting up his own consulting practice in Seattle where he met Greg in early 2000. After returning to Japan in 2011, he became passionate for taking Japanese companies to compete in the global marketplace.

Nathaniel Thurston

Nathaniel Thurston

math/computer science genius + entrepreneur + angel investor

Nathaniel is a software, math and artificial intelligence expert with 20+ years experience specializing in the design and construction of large-scale statistical learning systems. He previously was a core R&D member of Google’s Knowledge Engineering team. Nathaniel has a BS from Reed College and PhD candidate from U.C. Berkeley. Nathaniel’s father was math legend William Thurston.

Greg Tsutaoka

Greg Tsutaoka

strategist + entrepreneur + angel investor

Greg is passionate for meeting commercial objectives out of science and business innovations. His career started with a legal degree into investment banking, then strategic consulting and serially into the high technology world. He enjoys creating start-ups as well as the challenge of turnarounds and non-profit causes. Mr. Tsutaoka believes divergent from common thinking is the only winning course. Greg is the founder and CEO of ipvive, who’s mission is creating a quantified happier humanity.

George Usi

George Usi

IPV6 evangelist + entrepreneur + angel investor

George specializes in Software Defined Networks (SDN), Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), Internet of Things (IoT), and Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) projects and solutions. He is Chairmain California IPv6 Task Force and Board Member of numerous Next Gen Network start-up ventures. He played a role in Verio’s acquisition by NTT.

Mike Vorhaus

Mike Vorhaus

strategist + entrepreneur + angel investor

Mike is the President of Magid Advisors and the founder of Magid’s Internet and Gaming practices, Director of Perion, provides professional insights across media including Ad Age, the Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. He has been an early stage investor in digital and technology companies, as well as numerous VC funds.

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