Founding Team

Murat Sonmez, Ph.D.

  • Entrepreneur (2 startups)
  • Executive
  • Business Developer
  • Bell-Labs MTS
  • Data Analytics
  • Cyber Security Expert
  • US NAVY Fellowship
  • Best Ph.D. Research Award

Joe Mele

Board President
  • Serial Entrepreneur (2 startups)
  • Technology Executive
  • Strategy Formulation and Execution
  • Business Development
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Professor

John Power

  • Entrepreneur (2 startups)
  • Professor
  • Former CFO
  • Former Director Of Finance at E*Trade
  • Run many M&A Deals
  • Former CAO at Mellon Investor Services
  • Team Member in Mellon Securities Acquisition by Bank of New York

Mark Chmiel

CMO & Business Development
  • Entrepreneur (digital media)
  • Professor
  • Former EVP/CMO of Denny's
  • Traditional and Digital Marketing for Retail and Hospitality
  • Published Author
  • Guest Speaker (Economist, Forbes, The 4A's)

Ben Bakelaar

UX and Design
  • Entrepreneur (1 Startup)
  • Product and UX Design for many startups
  • Graduate Student Research Award from Rutgers
  • Built a Novel UI to navigate large-scale User Tagging and Tag Clouds

Phil Kennard

  • Entrepreneur (2 Startups)
  • Coded and sold his first software at age 15, then bridged gaps between people, product and psychology for Fortune 500s
  • He doesn't believe in limits for himself, his team or our industry