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Launchpad Venture Group Members

Launchpad is the largest angel investing group in the Northeast, with a broad base of very active members coming from a variety of backgrounds and professions, including the technology, financial service, industrial and life science communities. Launchpad is a top-five ranked angel group in the US by both deal volume and dollars invested. As a group, we are well-connected to potential customers, service providers, partners and future sources of financing. Our members are accredited investors who are proven business leaders with experience and skills from a broad range of industries and professions. Launchpad members bring the financial resources, talent, knowledge and experience, networking contacts, domain-specific expertise, and energy and enthusiasm start-ups need in order to succeed. The one thing that unites this diverse group is a shared passion for helping interesting companies thrive through investment, mentorship, introductions and advice.

Launchpad Venture Group Management

Christopher Mirabile

Managing Director

Christopher MirabileChristopher Mirabile is the Managing Director of LaunchPad Venture Group. Christopher is a full-time angel and an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community with investments in more than 40 start-up companies. He was named one of XConomy's "Top Angel Investors in New England" for 2012.

Christopher is an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at Babson College, a regular advisor and mentor to start-ups, and a frequent panelist and speaker. He is a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors of numerous start-up companies as well as several non-profits.

Christopher has served as a public company CFO with IONA Technologies PLC, a corporate and securities lawyer with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse's Strategic Consulting Group.

Christopher earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A., with honors, from Colgate University.

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Jodi Collier

Executive Director

Jodi CollierJodi Collier has over 10 years of marketing and operations experience in the education and manufacturing industries. She has worked at Champion International Paper Company and EF Education.

Jodi graduated from Emory College with a degree in political science and earned her M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

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Ginny Snow

Operations Coordinator

Ginny SnowGinny began her career in the Major Gifts department of the Harvard University Development Office. Following her development work, Ginny became interested in endowment financial management and moved to Cambridge Associates, LLC, an investment consulting firm that focuses on endowment management. Ginny has also been an active volunteer in numerous community committees, including the Wellesley Free Library Investment Committee, a parent school volunteer, and Head Agent for her business school class. Ginny graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, CT with a degree in American Studies and earned her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

 

Alisha Fuller

Operations Coordinator

Alisha FullerAlisha has professional experience in real estate and operations and event management. She has been an events associate and wedding coordinator for Without A Hitch, and founder, wedding coordinator and stylist for Blue Feather Creative. Alisha has additional experience in home organization and interior design, meeting and event management, and retail sales with Saks Fifth Avenue. Alisha graduated from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, summa cum laude, and pursued additional studies at the London College of Fashion in London England.

Launchpad Venture Group Board of Directors

Christopher Mirabile

 

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Hambleton (Ham) Lord

Chairman

Ham Lord Hambleton Lord has 25 years experience in the software industry. Ham is Chairman of Launchpad Venture Group. Ham is an investor and advisor to early stage companies.

He is a board member for Qstream, Netra and Cambridge Trust and a board observer for Repsly and EveryScape.

Ham co-founded data visualization vendor, Advanced Visual Systems. Ham helped launch two computational chemistry companies, MicroChem Technologies and Polygen. These companies were early developers of drug discovery tools, and were part of an industry wide acquisition roll-up that resulted in Accelrys.

Ham graduated with a degree in computer science from Brown University.

Bill Contente

Bill ContenteBill Contente was one of the first members of Launchpad He's also a senior partner, and a former Managing Partner, of Gesmer Updegrove LLP, a law firm focused on the needs of emerging technology and medical device companies. Bill is a corporate lawyer, providing clients with strategic and legal advice, practical business guidance and value-added services that drive revenue and increase profitability. He has helped position hundreds of companies for financing, evaluating their business models, financing plans and prospects for success. As part of his “day job,” Bill is involved in all aspects of financing and M&A transactions, including venture capital financings, angel financings and successful exits. Most of Bill’s clients are emerging companies, ranging from raw start-ups to companies with $50,000,000+ in revenues. With an extensive network, Bill is constantly opening doors and making connections that add to his clients’ capabilities and successes.

In addition to his professional life, Bill is a guitar player, paraglider, swimmer and sometime photographer. He lives in Newton with his wife Sue.

Dan Powdermaker

Dan Powdermaker Dan is a customer-focused leader who builds and leads sales, marketing, and business development organizations that have consistently won in the marketplace. He has developed high performance teams across multiple cultures and created substantial value in early-stage and mature companies. A founding executive at iBasis, a transformative Internet-based telecom company, he grew the company to industry leadership with revenues over $1 Billion. At Arbinet, he helped engineer the sale of the company after leading a restructuring effort. Dan is active as a mentor to new and emerging companies and as an advisor and consultant to established enterprises. His focus is on market entry, revenue generation, accelerating growth and performance improvement. Dan is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and received a MBA and MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago.

Gail Greenwald

Gail GreenwaldGail Greenwald is an active seed-level investor and an experienced senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience in technology-intensive companies. In addition to her role on Launchpad’s board, she is currently a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group, an advisory board member of The Capital Network, and a board member or observer for two portfolio companies.

Formerly, Gail was executive vice president of Foliage, where she was responsible for corporate-wide P&L management and relationship management for major accounts. Prior to Foliage, Gail spent five years as chief operating officer of Caveo Technology, an entrepreneurial company focused on advanced motion detection systems. Earlier in her career, Gail spent seventeen years at Arthur D. Little, where she was vice president and senior managing director of the company’s technology and product development group.

Gail holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from MIT and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

John Conley

John ConleyJohn Conley co-founded Gilliam Capital LLC, a life science investment firm based in Boston. He is a board member for three healthcare startups and works with a variety of social enterprises. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Entrepreneurship For All, a nonprofit that is accelerating economic and social impact through fostering entrepreneurship in mid-sized cities. He was a co-founder of the RNA interference therapeutics company Alnylam Pharmaceuticals where he held the position of Vice President, Strategy and Finance and CFO through to its successful 2004 IPO. He was Vice President of Business Development at Transkaryotic Therapies through to its acquisition by Shire Pharmaceuticals. Over ten years at Biogen he served in several marketing, business development, sales and finance positions, including Country Manager - United Kingdom and Ireland, and Treasurer. He was a Manager at the strategy-consulting firm of Bain & Company.

Mr. Conley graduated with a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He was a 2014 Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

Christine Fuchs

Christine holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She spent most of her career at Wellington Management as an equity analyst and portfolio manager, ultimately being responsible for $2.0 billion in sector fund assets (specialty: consumer staples globally). After a decade in that role, she became the Associate Director of Global Industry Research. In that capacity, she led a team of nearly 100 investment professionals and served on the firm’s management committees, including the Compensation Committee and the Equity Review Committee. At age 39, she retired from the investment management industry to found and successfully run her own company. In recent years, she has leveraged her expertise in analyzing companies to invest in start-ups. She has quickly emerged as an active member of the angel ecosystem in Boston.