Team

Ann Carpenter

Co-Founder, CEO

Ann Carpenter

Ann is a strategic and market-focused leader dedicated to building the tech entrepreneurial community in Southern California. She is a deep and innovative thinker and visual communicator, "bilingual" in engineering and marketing. Ann Carpenter brings more than 30 years experience in strategic planning, marketing, business development, and community outreach in the corporate world, with nonprofit organizations, and as an entrepreneur. She has served as an advisor, coach, and mentor to countless tech startups.

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Jim Cooper

Co-Founder, CTO

Jim Cooper

With 15 years of experience in commercialization, Jim concentrates on bringing to market novel early-stage technology startups in emerging market segments. He specializes in customer and market validation, competitive analysis, business modeling and go-to-market strategy. Educated in both Australia and the United States, his background in economics and the life sciences, as well as experience in both the public and private sectors, positions him well to assist companies in numerous industrial sectors.

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Kat Janowicz

Co-Founder, COO

Kat Janowicz

Kat is a leader, strategist, and entrepreneur with 20 years of international experience in commercial and industrial infrastructure for energy, transportation, ports, oil and gas, sustainability, and environmental projects. She has developed business strategies for energy and transportation markets and remains a driving force for energy planning and efficiency procurements. Accomplished in process and performance improvements, multidisciplinary engineering and business consultancy, she advises entrepreneurs as well as established firms.

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Jason Bottrell

Marketing Coordinator

Jason Bottrell

Jason is a marketing professional with a passion for branding and communications. He sees crafting and relaying a company/product persona as a rewarding challenge. He attended Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Business in Marketing. He's owned and operated a consumer goods business with suppliers in the US, Australia and China and knows the challenges faced by startups.

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Community Connectors

Paul Brindley
Paul Brindley
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Agata Hinc
Agata Hinc
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Malcom Watt
Malcolm Watt
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Advisors & Mentors

Joe Platnick
Joe Platnick
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John Dmohowski
John Dmohowski
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Jeremy Akers
Jeremy Akers
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Anthony Arnold
Anthony Arnold
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Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney
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Alan Burks
Alan Burks
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Brandon Carr-Montano
Brandon Carr-Montano
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Paul Dionne
Paul Dionne
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Chris Dover
Chris Dover
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Kristin Hiibner
Kristin Hiibner
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John Bradley Jackson
John Bradley Jackson
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Akilah Kamaria
Akilah Kamaria
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John Lasko
John Lasko
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Ingrid Martin
Ingrid Martin
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Bruce Moore
Bruce Moore
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Kyle Murphy
Kyle Murphy
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Jonah Phillips
Jonah Phillips
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Tim Poydenis
Tim Poydenis
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Rick Rossignol
Rick Rossignol
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Barney Santos
Barney Santos
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Mare Straetmans
Mare Straetmans
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Michelle Waters
Michelle Waters
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