Entrepreneurs-in-residence (EiRs) are quite possibly the best resource HBS has to offer the budding entrepreneur. With the patience of a FIN1 professor, the determination of an EC trying to get into Professor Malhotra’s Negotiation class, and knowledge equal to that of Dean Nitin Nohria himself, the EiRs come to HBS with one purpose: to help you succeed.
From firsthand experience, we at The Harbus can honestly and without hesitation tell you that they provide insightful and more importantly actionable advice to guide novice entrepreneurs past common pitfalls and so maximize the chance that he or she will return to HBS with a biography as impressive as the EiRs we have managed to attract this year. Because there are so many, and their biographies are so extensive, we have been forced to divide this segment into three parts. This first segment includes:
- · Ash Ashutosh, CEO of Actifio, Inc., and a guru in computer and network storage;
- · Jeff Bussgang, General Partner at Flybridge Capital, and expert at early founder dilemmas;
- · Gary DiCamillo, Chief Executive Officer and President of GW Premier America Inc., coming in with heavy experience in consumer products; and
- · Jeff Glass, Managing Director of Bain Capital Ventures, an authority in the digital media and consumer marketing space.
Note: The Harbus will be scheduling a meeting with Jeff Glass shortly to discuss its strategy as an up-and-coming media powerhouse.
Ash Ashutosh is CEO of Actifio, Inc. A 25 year veteran of the Storage industry, Ash was previously a Partner at Greylock Partners, and the Chief Technologist for HP’s StorageWorks division.
Ash has been a serial entrepreneur, with a proven track record of delivering market leading solutions, for about 15 years. He co-founded and led AppIQ, a market leader of Storage Resource Management (SRM) solutions, acquired by HP at the end of 2005. He was also the founder of Serano Systems, a Fibre Channel controller solutions provider, acquired by Vitesse Semiconductor in 1999. Ash was the Senior Vice President at StorageNetworks, industry’s first Storage Service Provider.
Ash is a recognized leader and architect in the storage industry where he has spearheaded several major industry initiatives and led the authoring of numerous storage industry standards. Ash is an avid fan of entrepreneurship and an advisor and board member for several commercial and non-profit organizations.
Ash holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters degree in Computer Science from Penn State University.
Jeff is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and entrepreneurial experience are in consumer, Internet commerce, marketing services, software and wireless start-ups.
Jeff currently represents the firm on the boards of BzzAgent, ClickSquared, DataXu, digitalArbor, i4cp, Mall Networks, oneforty, Ready Financial, SimpleTuition, and Transpera and was previously a director at Brontes Technologies (acquired by 3M), go2Media, and PanGo Networks (merged with InnerWireless).
Jeff was recently appointed to serve as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. He is also on the board of MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange and is a Founding Executive Committee Member of FirstGrowth Venture Network, a network of venture and angel investors supporting first and second time entrepreneurs building exciting companies in the New York area.
Jeff’s popular blog on helping demystify the venture business for entrepreneurs, “Seeing Both Sides”, can be found at www.seeingbothsides.com, which is syndicated by BusinessWeek.com, Reuters.com, PE Hub, and others. Jeff’s book on venture capital and entrepreneurship, Mastering the VC Game is an insider’s guide for entrepreneurs on financing and company-building.
You can follow Jeff on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bussgang.
Prior to joining the firm in January 2003, Jeff co-founded Upromise (acquired by Sallie Mae), a loyalty marketing and financial services firm with 11 million members that currently manages $20 billion in college savings assets, where he served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Director. Prior to Upromise, Jeff was an executive at Open Market, an Internet commerce software leader that went public in 1996 and grew to nearly $100 million in revenues. During his five-year tenure, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development, Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services and head of Product Management. Prior to Open Market, Jeff was with the strategy consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group, and served on the executive team of Athena Design, an object-oriented software start-up.
Jeff holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar.
Gary T. DiCamillo
Gary T. DiCamillo is Managing Partner for Eaglepoint Advisors, a turnaround management and advisory firm based in San Francisco and Boston. In his role, Mr. DiCamillo advises private equity and other financial sponsors on turning around underperforming and distressed companies, leveraging his 28 years of turnaround management experience.
Prior to Eaglepoint, Mr. DiCamillo was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Advantage Resourcing (US and UK), a group of privately held technical, professional and commercial staffing companies based in Dedham, Massachusetts. In this position since July 2002 through July, 2009, Mr. DiCamillo oversaw six staffing companies in the United States and Europe, growing revenues from $800 Million to $1.5 Billion.
Previously, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly seven years. He also has served as President of Worldwide Power Tools and Accessories at Black & Decker Corporation and VP/General Manager for Culligan U.S.A., a division of Beatrice Corporation. He began his career in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble Co., followed by several years as a manager at McKinsey & Company.
Mr. DiCamillo is a board member of the Whirlpool Corporation, Pella Corporation and The Sheridan Group, Inc. He serves on the boards of trustees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Babson College, the Museum of Science in Boston and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable.
Mr. DiCamillo is a 1975 graduate of Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
As a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures, Jeff focuses on wireless, digital media and consumer marketing technologies. He has led investments for the firm in LinkedIn, Targetspot, ScoreBig and BlipNetworks. He also serves as a board member of a number of companies and industry associations including; Loc-Aid, Bzz Agent, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Jeff was co-founder, President & CEO of m-Qube, Inc., a Bain Capital Ventures portfolio company acquired by VeriSign Inc. He led the company from start-up to becoming the leader in the North American marketplace for the management, delivery and billing of mobile content and applications. The company was named in 2005 by the Boston Business Journal as the fasted growing business in New England. Jeff was voted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in New England and his business success and contributions to non-profits were recognized when he was named to the BBJ’s “40 under 40” list.
Jeff also held positions as Founder and President of Transactive Solutions/ Zooba, a consumer internet content and marketing company that was acquired by Bertlesmann. He was Chief Operating Officer of Travelers/NETPlus, a direct marketing and sales business in the financial services sector and spent a couple of years as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on multimedia and convergence technologies. Jeff received an M.B.A from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College.
Jeff’s entrepreneurial experience started before college when he learned to sell office furniture to corporations as a commission salesmen cold calling NYC corporations. He then started a direct marketing business while attending Amherst College that expanded across several other campuses. He later co-founded a second college marketing business shortly after graduation.
He is active in fundraising for a number of non-for-profits organizations including the Brain Tumor Society, Amherst College and the Mobile Giving Foundation, a non-profit where Jeff was a Founding Board Member.
Jeff has spoken on numerous occasions on the state of wireless, the impact of digital advertising on traditional media and entrepreneurship more broadly. As a “recovering” entrepreneur Jeff enjoys helping young entrepreneurs to get started and established CEOs think about the challenges of maintaining growth. Jeff lives in the Boston area with his wife Amy and has three children.