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Our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and Legal Advisors are seasoned professionals and industry experts with deep experience in the venture space. They are volunteers, sharing their time, insights and experience to help entrepreneurs - from idea to exit - make better decisions and succeed.
andy harrison, mba ‘87
Andy is about the new: new products, new solutions, new directions. He’s a motivated Strategy, Business Development (filling the funnel) and Research expert who brings new business, products and services to market as well as revitalizing existing companies. Andy’s clients range from start-up and early-stage companies to Fortune 500 businesses, spanning the entire product life cycle from conception to launch to exit.
Expertise: Strategy, Business Development, Research, Visioning, Marketing, Product Development, Implementation, Analytics, Revenue Models, Mentoring/coaching, Roadmapping, Greenfielding, Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship. Verticals: AdTech, MarTech, Data, Mobile, Content, Marketing Services.....and more.
andrew hillis, PhD ‘17
Andrew Hillis completed a PhD in Business Economics from HBS in 2017. During and after graduate school, he founded Herald Health, a software platform that empowers healthcare providers to implement new data-driven workflows. Herald was piloted at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital and acquired by Persistent Systems in 2018. After transitioning Herald to Persistent, Andrew is now starting a new venture focused on expert networks.
Expertise: Healthcare, machine learning, and finance.
EVAN HOROWITZ, MBA ’08
Evan’s on a quest to make every day more awesome than the one before, and to help others do the same. He’s a marketing nerd and a personal development geek. His 20+ years of marketing and P&L management span Fortune 500 leadership roles (Samsung, Macy’s), to small business advising (Evan Horowitz Advising).
Founder of several companies, Evan is currently growing Movers+Shakers to promote joy & delight in video marketing. He’s a speaker and writer on the intersection of business growth and personal growth, and the windy road to a more fulfilled and meaningful life. www.EvanHorowitz.me
Expertise: Marketing & brand strategy, leadership, personal development, consumer products, technology
JENNIFER LAMMER MBA’01
Jennifer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Diamond NestEgg, a Fintech focused on payments, fraud monitoring, budgeting and financial coaching for baby boomers, seniors and their families. Jennifer is a thought leader, innovator and business builder bridging the cross-generational gap between technology and the financial needs of America's aging population.
Jennifer has nearly two decades of financial services and consumer experience across major banks and consulting firms in the US, Europe and Asia, including Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Booz Allen.
Thought leader, innovator and business builder bridging the cross-generational gap between technology and the financial needs of aging baby boomers and seniors, with over two decades of financial services and consumer expertise in the US and globally.
Expertise: Financial services, consumer expertise, market analysis, cross-generational marketing and strategy, US and global business development.
jessica li ab’19
During her time at Harvard, Jessica managed the Harvard Student Agencies endowment, served as Chief Investment Officer of Smart Woman Securities, and was an executive board member of Women in Business. She has worked with venture capital funds, including General Catalyst, Romulus Capital, Global Founders Capital, and Female Founders Fund. She was an early team member at startups, including Morning Brew (Forbes 30 Under 30), Luxe (acquired by Volvo), and Allo (YC W19). She is currently an early stage investor with Soma Capital in San Francisco, California. Jessica also heads content for Elpha (YC S19) and Harvard in Tech, runs her own blog on seed and Series A founders, and curates the Techstars startup digest.
Jessica is a graduate of Harvard College, where she received a bachelors degree with high honors in economics and computer science. She completed her thesis research on foreign direct investment bargaining in China with Nobel Laureate, Oliver Hart.
Expertise: Early stage investing.
OSCAR MAK MBA’06
Oscar specializes in clean technology, future mobility, and management consulting. He currently leads North America M&A for Toyota Tsusho, a diversified trading and manufacturing conglomerate. He also works with Toyota Tsusho's corporate VC fund, focused on future mobility and smart factory startups. Prior to joining Toyota Tsusho, Oscar held various cleantech roles, including project development, renewable energy finance, and corporate development for a solar energy technology startup. He has additional experience as a consultant with Bain & Company and as a physicist.
Oscar’s work experience includes Toyota Tsusho (M&A and corporate venture capital), NRG Renew (renewable project development), Sol-Wind LLC (renewable energy finance), Black & Veatch (technical advisor to renewable energy investors), Skyline Solar (solar energy technology startup), Bain & Company, BAE Systems.
Expertise: Clean technology, future mobility, and management consulting.
JOE MARTINEZ AB’90
A seasoned corporate attorney, Joe’s practice focuses on the representation of entrepreneurs, technology start-ups, and emerging companies from formation through liquidity event. Acting as an outside general counsel, he routinely advises clients through angel and venture capital financings, and guides them through a range of other transactions including bank financings, commercial contracts, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.
Active in the Greater Boston venture capital community, Joe serves on the board of directors of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, and has been a judge and a mentor for the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, MassChallenge, and the NEBA (f.k.a. SBANE) New England Innovation Awards. Joe is a Board member of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs.
Expertise: Startup and Emerging Technology Companies, Venture Capital and Angel Financings, Mergers and Acquisitions.
LAUREN PICASSO MBA’14
Lauren Picasso has over a decade of experience working at high growth startups. She is currently the Founder and CEO of Cure Hydration, an organic sports drink that launched in 2019. Before starting Cure, she was an early employee at Jet.com, an e-commerce company that raised $570M in funding and was acquired by Walmart for $3.3B in 2016. As Director of Marketing at Jet, Lauren worked across a variety of online and offline marketing channels helping to scale the company to over 10 million customers. She was also an early employee of Rent the Runway and has worked for Google, Bloomingdale’s and Ralph Lauren. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Expertise E-commerce, Marketing, and CPG.
LISA SHU PhD’12
Dr. Lisa Shu is obsessed with the operations of decision-making: as a behavioral scientist, she sees opportunity everywhere to harness the tools of behavioral science to optimize choice outcomes. She designs and tests behavioral interventions that improve decision-making—focusing on nudges that entrepreneurs, managers, and policymakers use. She has worked extensively with founding teams to help acquire and engage customers by anticipating user psychology, behavior, habits, aspirations, and frictions.She is a faculty member at London Business School, where she teaches Negotiation & Bargaining to Executive and MBA students. She attained her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School and her AB in Economics and Psychology from Harvard College.
Expertise: Management, decision making, user engagement, product design and testing.
jyoti singhvi Mpa’07
I am a visionary business development, eCommerce, CRM, loyalty program, marketing (digital/traditional) & partnerships leader with experience at IBM, KPMG Consulting, Cartier & a luxury retail startup. Jyoti brings a unique mix of experiences in technology, retail and entrepreneurship with a proven track record of driving sales through building direct relationships with customers, key decision-makers, and C-suite executives. She has worked with prestigious luxury companies like Neiman Marcus, GILT Groupe, Vente-Privee. Additionally, she has developed strategic revenue generating partnerships with likes of AMEX, JP Morgan Chase, Harvard Foundation etc. Specialties: Strategy, marketing, branding, analytics, and CRM.
Expertise: Business development, eCommerce, CRM, loyalty program, marketing (digital/traditional) & partnerships.
bonita stewart Mba’83
Bonita has extensive consumer technology and operational experience as her career spans over two decades of digital transformation across multiple industries. Since joining Google in 2006 she has driven adoption of digital technologies within the C-suite in the US and globally. Currently, she oversees the company’s Global Partnerships team for the largest US publishers across Search, Mobile Apps, Broadcast, Commerce, News, Telecommunications and Domains.
Expertise: Strategy, new business development/partnerships, digital technologies.
philippe taieb Mba’99
Philippe is an accomplished consultant and coach with 25+ years of experience, half in the corporate world and half in the social enterprise sector, both in the US and internationally. He works with clients on maximizing their impact.Earlier in his career, he was a consultant at Braxton Associates, a strategy consulting firm, in Western Europe, and then led business units in Senegal, Haiti, and Chile for SGS, the world leader in certification and quality control.Within the social sector, he has held management positions for The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental nonprofit, City Year, a youth service organization, and Doctors of the World, a global health and development organization. Philippe a Master's degree from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP), one of France’s top business schools, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was awarded second-year honors.
Expertise: Social impact, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, leadership development, strategy, organizational effectiveness, nonprofit management, conservation finance, sustainable development, environment, international development, consulting, executive coaching.
aaron wenner am’09
I'm the founder and CEO of CiteRight, a Toronto-based legal technology startup that makes it simple for litigators to find and reuse the work they’ve already done. I'm also an Ontario lawyer, a graduate of Harvard University as well as McGill University’s Faculty of Law, a Bay Street alum, a dad, and a self-taught coder. As an entrepreneur, technology lawyer and legal technologist, I'm passionate about using legal and technological insights to help lawyers work smarter and law firms use their knowledge more efficiently.
isabel yishu yang hls’18
Isabel co-founded ArbiLex out of the Harvard Innovation Labs. ArbiLex leverages predictive analytics to empower international lawyers and litigation financiers to make data-driven decisions efficiently. Before law school, Isabel co-founded an Africa-China joint venture that imported solar panels from China and sold them across Sub-Saharan Africa. She was in charge of negotiating with suppliers in China and built a fully functional supply chain for the joint venture within 3 months.
Expertise: Business partnerships, supply chain, arbitration, international law, cyber law, advisory boards.
howard zaharoff hls’80
Howard is an AV Preeminent rated attorney with more than 30 years’ experience in intellectual property, technology, and business law, Howard focuses his practice on representing providers and users of information, content and technology, including software companies, internet and e-commerce businesses, life sciences ventures, publishers, and authors. Howard is a Board member of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs.
Expertise: Tech development, distribution, licensing and joint venture agreements; SaaS and other Internet contracts; and copyright and trademark law.