Three "seasoned" Booth grads with deep ties to the Boston area startup ecosystem will discuss what they've learned along their respective paths, both positive and negative.
Q&A with the audience will follow the brief panel statements. Informal networking for the group both before and after the panel with catered hors d'oeuvres and a limited bar.
$20/person for general admission (alums and all others welcome)
$10/person for recent Booth admits
Includes program and hors d'oeuvres
6:30 PM-7:15 PM: Networking and catered refreshments
7:15 PM-8:30 PM: Panel discussion
8:30 PM-9:00 PM: post-panel networking
Michael Dornbrook (Panelist) '83
Mike Dornbrook spent almost all of his 30-year career in the computer games business and was the longtime COO of Harmonix Music Systems. He has launched dozens of top selling games, including Zork, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central. Mike is now heavily involved in angel investing and serves on the Investment Committee at Common Angels, a leading Boston-based angel group focusing on technology-based seed and early stage opportunities. Mike received his MBA from University of Chicago and his BS from MIT.
Dan Dwight (Panelist) '89
Dan Dwight is an international executive with significant experience leading high-tech growth companies, Dan was appointed President and CEO of The Cooley Group in March 2011. He is also a Director of Family Services of Rhode Island and Kenney Manufacturing. Previously, Dan was a Partner and Cleantech & Renewable Energy Segment Leader for Tatum, President and CEO of Kronos Advanced Technologies, and a 17-year executive with GE in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Dan received his MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from the University of Vermont.
Tom Huntington (Panelist) '98
Tom Huntington is founder and CEO of Wynshield, and is an active angel investor. He was the Chief Financial Officer of Vela Systems, a mobile construction software company acquired by Autodesk. Prior to joining Vela, Tom was the CFO of GCi, a software-as-a-service business providing order processing to the cable and phone companies. Previously, Tom was Director of Market Strategy for Motorola's Wireline business and Director of Business Development for Quantum Bridge, a venture-backed provider of fiber-to-the-home systems acquired by Motorola. Earlier, Tom worked with Salomon Brothers in New York and Hong Kong. Tom holds a MBA from University of Chicago and a BA from Brown University.
Ameeta Soni (Moderator)
At Altek Consulting, Ameeta focuses on strategy, marketing and business development to drive revenues at technology companies. Previously, she was Chief Marketing Officer at VFA, a late stage VC -backed company. She is a member of the Edison Ventures Director Network and served on the board of directors of PlumChoice, Inc. Ameeta chaired the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge and currently chairs its Launch Smart committee. She has served as a mentor at LearnLaunchX, TechStars, UMass and Chicago Booth. Ameeta earned her MBA from the University of Chicago, MS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and BS from St. Stephen's College, India.