REMOVER OF OBSTACLES


Advisors

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Gordon Feller
Co-Founder/Convenor;
Meeting of the Minds

Gordon is a consultant at Cisco and Co-founder/Convenor of Meeting of the Minds, an annual leadership summit organized since 2007 by Urban Age Institute (UAI). Feller was for more than five years Director at Cisco Systems headquarters in Silicon Valley. He served in an executive capacity within the company’s programs focused on cities.

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Greg Horowitt
Co-Founder & Director;
T2 Venture Capital

Venture Capitalist, Innovation Ecosystem Architect, author, serial entrepreneur, public speaker and adviser to international and domestic organizations and governments. Unique expertise at the intersection of high impact startup investment + mentorship, innovation based economic development, capital formation, policy, strategy, technology transfer and commercialization. Co-founder of a leading innovation think tank, and prior experience as senior executive for Fortune 500 company. Extensive for-profit and not-for-profit board experience.

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Mike Biddle
Principal & Founder:
Material Solutions

Mike has over 25 years of experience in growing a CleanTech company from concept to garage to pilot to multinational operations, raising over $140 million of equity and over $7 million of research projects and grants. He has extensive experience in managing a wide variety of complex and extensive relationships: shareholders, employees, government agencies, NGOs, board of directors, customers, suppliers and service providers.

Mike is founder and director of MBA Polymers, the world leading recycler of plastics from complex waste streams such as end-of-life durable goods (electronics, computers, appliances, automobiles, etc.). Technology leader, curator of the Company Brand and Vision, CleanTech entrepreneur, international relations and communications.

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Deborah Acosta
Chief Innovation Officer;
City of San Leandro, CA

Debbie’s public policy and finance expertise is well grounded in years of private sector commercial lending experience. In the public sector, she works with both debt and equity tools, linking funding opportunities and other business development services to hundreds of businesses. As the City of San Leandro’s first CIO, she has spearheaded numerous innovative business development initiatives that are growing and diversifying the local economy, with a focus on internet, energy, and clean technologies. She is particularly interested in developing sustainable co-working spaces and business incubators in these sectors.

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Peter Hirshberg
Founder & CEO;
Re:imagine Group

 Peter is at the epicenter of the noisy, connected world of online conversation. A Silicon Valley executive with several high profile marketing and branding related ventures, Peter has led emerging media and technology companies at the center of disruptive change for more than 20 years.

Peter is Chairman of The Re:imagine Group, a fast growing agency helping brands with strategy and marketing in a world of empowered connected audiences. He has worked with executive teams at Best Buy, Sony, IBM, Verizon, Estee Lauder, Telefonica and many others on digital and growth strategies.