About Us

A do tank, not a think tank
ADL Ventures focuses on developing and deploying new services and products on behalf of legacy-sector corporations. Our firm is a do-tank, not a think-tank, and our deliverables are outcomes as opposed to reports.
Every member of the ADL team...

Has start-up and/or venture fund experience AND knows “what good looks like” at scale through work at successful corporate entities. Collectively the team has cross-cutting experience spanning key sectors such as start-ups, major corporations, professional services (investment banking / consulting / PE/VC), and public sector work.

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To combat existential threats from legacy systems – the energy system being one example – we assert that healthy disruption at legacy sector companies needs to take place All Day Long. That disruption is most likely to be transformational and enduring when infused with an entrepreneurial mindset that can often evade legacy-sector companies.

Corporate Venturing Experts
We are a team of experienced entrepreneurs, technologists and operations experts with a track record of execution and a passion for building new ventures and internal business units from our clients’ core strengths. ADL brings tech strategy, venture formation and business development expertise that helps our clients leverage their core strengths to quickly enter and dominate new markets or expand in old ones.
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Nolan Browne
Founder & Chairman
Nol is an innovation expert, entrepreneurial executive, investor, fundraiser and board member specializing in commercialization of emerging technologies in energy, automotive, technical R&D and innovation management who excels at developing first-of-kind programs and products, and leading teams of high performing technical, business and political professionals. A 5-time founder with 15 years of C-Suite experience in both multi-national corporations and startup companies. Nol holds advanced economics and business degrees from MIT and Johns Hopkins.
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Eric Wisch
Managing Partner
Eric is an innovation and operations specialist expert in the setup and operation of new ventures. He has built companies in tech and real-estate. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Eric served as a director of venture development at Redstar Ventures, where he led agriculture tech, energy tech, and healthcare tech investment research and venture development initiatives. Eric attended the University of Rochester, where he was a Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year Scholar.
Jeff McAulay
Partner
Jeff is an applied technologist with a track record of new product development in multiple startup companies and larger established businesses. Most recently he launched solar and storage partnerships at EnerNOC. Prior to EnerNOC he co-founded the Fraunhofer TechBridge program to accelerate commercialization of Cleantech startups. Jeff has technical degrees from MIT and Boston University.
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Diana Fisler
Principal

Dr Diana Fisler has served the building materials industry in a variety of roles over the years most recently as Building Science and Innovation Leader. In that role she delivered new business opportunities in the building space, including airsealing, weather barrier, and offsite construction solutions. Diana earned her PhD in Geophysics from Penn State University and currently contributes her expertise to a number of industry organizations and committees such as ASHRAE and ASTM.

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Frank Yang
Principal

Frank Yang, Building Technologies Consultant – Frank has 15+ years experience commercializing advanced materials innovations for the building sector, with a focus on fundraising, sales and public / private partnerships. Frank is the Founder and President / CEO of Liatris, an advanced insulation material start-up, and previously helped found Stion, a US solar panel manufacturer and systems integrator. Frank received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Amherst College.

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Chris Richardson
Principal
Chris is a serial entrepreneur and growth leader. Chris has founded businesses in marketing technology, talent marketing, and talent networks. Previously, Chris worked in strategy consulting and helped launch the product marketing function at the cleantech company, EnerNOC. Chris has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and an MBA (with honors) from the University of 
Chicago (Booth).
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Sarah Jane Maxted
Principal

SJ accelerates innovation ecosystems and the systems that drive innovation and entrepreneurship. She has experience working on technology transfer and commercialization at the U.S. Department of Energy and 17 DOE National Laboratories. She holds a position on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Innovation Ecosystems. Originally from Durango, Colorado, she graduated from Duke University studying the intersection of policy, business and society.

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Henry Meyer
Associate Principal

Henry is a specialist in organizational change management and innovation execution. He has built businesses in the energy space contributing hardware and software solutions to battery-enabled distributed energy networks. His experience is as a management consultant working with corporate innovation and military research and development organizations. Henry has a degree from Duke University where he earned All-NCAA academic honors.

Christian Kurzke
Principal
Christian is a problem solver, applying cutting edge technology to solve big problems. He has a broad working experience from Operating System internals and Embedded Systems to protocol specifications and API design all the way to Cloud technologies and AI. He holds Masters degrees in Computer Science (EE and Operating Systems) from Friedrich Alexander University, Germany and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
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Daniel Livermore
Senior Associate

Daniel is an entrepreneur and engineer focused on taking ideas to market. Daniel founded a consumer mobile application called Gift Guru to simplify the gift giving process. Previously, Daniel worked in strategy consulting at BCG with a focus on energy, chemicals, and private equity. He also worked as an engineer at ExxonMobil in new product development (lubricants) and commercial projects. Daniel graduated with highest honors from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in chemical engineering.

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Tyler P Martin
PhD, CPA Chief Financial Officer

Tyler serves numerous companies in an outsourced CFO role, aiding in financial management, tax planning/preparation, directing accounting systems, and aiding in other financial issues.  He is also experienced in DCAA requirements and handles government invoicing and reporting requirements for small company awardees.

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Eriko Watanabe
Senior Project Manager
Eriko is a project manager with extensive hands-on experience in driving all phases of project management in complex, domestic and international settings. In previous work, she led the global initiatives to comply with BSA/AML and sanction regulations at MUFG Union Bank. Eriko received BS in Management Studies and MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in IT Project Management from Boston University.
Arsen Milosev
Executive Assistant
Ari is a remote project manager with experience in business development, HR, planning and organization. He brings to the team his organizational skills along with prioritization and resourcefulness when it comes to completing tasks. Ari is passionate about providing value and removing any obstacles team might encounter. He studied Law, with major in Internal Affairs.
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Yan Yan
Fellow

Yan is a recent graduate from MIT’s Mechanical Engineering department. During her time at MIT, she was awarded an MIT Tata Fellowship to conduct techno-economical assessments of novel renewable energy technologies in emerging markets. Prior to MIT, Yan completed her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Mount Holyoke College and conducted research in polymer surface engineering and 2D material fabrication.

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Joshua Paradise
Advisor
Joshua is an entrepreneurial leader in strategy, marketing, execution and financial analysis. He has built businesses from the ground up and worked in global companies including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, and General Electric. He holds a degree in Philosophy and Government from Wesleyan University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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Janis Eitner
Media Partner
Janis is a technical PR and marketing expert with over 15 years of experience as Head of Communications for the venerable Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Munich, Germany. Janis a trained journalist, brings his expertise in communications, politics and organizational behavior to the team. In addition to a global network of cross-industry technologists, Janis founded a successful PR and 
digital media company.

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Keep in mind that most successful individuals at ADL have mix of startup or corporate innovation experience AND work with legacy-sector companies such that they “know what good looks like” at scale