Caleb Hunter began his career in technology administrating systems at NASA. Twenty years later, he has been a technical founder of 2 startups (SaaS and services consulting) and on the managing team of two others (SaaS). Caleb has also worked in large enterprise environments in the areas of technical architecture and project management. His areas of knowledge include the machine learning, Watson, technical architecture, business development, and corporate innovation. As a member of the IBM startup team, his goal is to offer mentorship and the resources of a major enterprise to startups to help them accelerate. When not wearing his self proclaimed nerd hat, he enjoys learning languages, autocross racing, snowboarding and playing the guitar.
Howard has experience in marketing strategy, consumer research, finance & accounting, and business development in a variety of industries including consumer packaged goods, construction, venture capital, and startups. After mentoring startup founders in Seoul, Howard fell in love with entrepreneurship and the startup world. He has an MBA from UCLA Anderson and is working on a Master in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Howard spends too much time at the gym, loves to cook, and will happily take your book & restaurant recommendations. Area of expertise: Marketing Strategy & Brand Management, Business Development & Partnerships, Business Strategy
Jessica Toy started her career with IBM where she led internal communications and event efforts. She became a program manager for a client interfacing program for the IBM software solution, Information Management System, before transitioning to a marketing role focused on Big Data & Analytics with IBM Partners and ISVs. She is focused on business development with local accelerators and partners and relationship management with startup clients, providing resources to help them grow.
Business Development, IBM Global Entrepreneur
Lee has more than 10 years of experience working in both public and private companies; he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington in 2009. After graduation Lee transitioned to MVP Group the Technology Partners Inc., a Seattle start up that specialized in the development of WNIA (Wireless Notification Intelligence Applications) for commercial and private sector end users. In 2013, Lee was one of five young professionals from Seattle selected by Seattle Rotary District 5030 for the 2013 Group Study Exchange Program. Over the course of six weeks, he participated in multiple business seminars, startup events and innovation forums hosted by some of Russia’s largest corporations including Artezio, Magnit, Severstal and Sberbank. As Pacific Northwest Community Manager for IBM Global Entrepreneur, Lee’s primary function is to help startups achieve growth by facilitating introductions to resources they need in order to grow. Additionally, Lee oversees partner and member relationships with the Pacific Northwest accelerators and other startup initiatives with the goal of supporting the ecosystem. Lee’s professional network is diverse, ranging from law firms, manufacturers, commercial distribution partners, angel investors and venture capitalists. He can help with marketing, marketing strategy, social media marketing, business development, strategic partnerships, and strategic planning. He can also be of help with fundraising, pitching, investor relations and lots of general startup stuff.
Erik has been working in the hosting industry in both the USA and Japan for over ten years. After graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit with a Degree in Computer Science, he worked as a software developer and systems engineer in the automotive and aerospace sectors. While in Tokyo, Erik worked for Rakuten’s ISP/Hosting division followed by 2 years in the financial markets yelling and screaming on a trading floor. After his five year stint in Japan, he has spent the most recent years working at startups and web hosting companies. Now based in Austin, Texas he enjoys eating BBQ, traveling, and working on sports cars.
Community Development Manager, Texas & US Southeast
IBM Leader of the Boston Innovation Ecosystem
Barry Smith works for IBM and is focused on the innovation economy, helping developers, startups and entrepreneurs innovate and succeed. Barry has a varied high tech background within and outside IBM. This experience includes sales leadership, technical and product experience, partnerships and alliances as well as an operations and finance roles. However do not be fooled, his first job out of college was at a startup (A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…) and his experience includes time at several other startups. He also ran his own independent IT consultancy at one time….while also attempting a triple lindy.
Digital Leader, IBM Global Entrepreneur
Meagan Dobson has an extensive marketing background with experience in content creation, digital leadership, design, and events. Meagan is an innovative thinker with a diverse skill set. She loves helping startups refine their message, enhance their branding, and give them quick tips and tricks for social media growth, go-to-market partnerships and more.
Greater New York
Middle East and Africa
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