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, not reports.
has startup 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 startups, major corporations, professional services (investment banking / consulting / PE/VC), and public sector work.
To combat existential threats from legacy systems (like the energy system, for 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 the kind of entrepreneurial mindset that sometimes evades legacy sector companies.
We are a team of experienced entrepreneurs, technologists and operations experts with a track record of execution. We share 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 those core strengths to expand in old markets and enter new ones — quickly.
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 startups and multinational corporations, Nol holds advanced economics and business degrees from MIT and Johns Hopkins.
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.
Chris wears a CMO hat with ADL Ventures and is the product owner for our ProblemSpace and Monetizing Innovation platforms. He is a serial entrepreneur and growth leader who has founded businesses in marketing technology and talent networks. Previously, Chris worked in energy and transportation consulting and helped launch the product marketing function at EnerNOC (now Enel X). Chris has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago (Booth).
Dr. Diana Fisler brings to ADL Ventures her passion for both building materials and the interface between early technologies and corporates. Over the years, she has delivered new business opportunities in the building space. Diana earned her PhD in Geophysics from Penn State University and contributes her expertise the industry organizations and committees performing as Chair of ASHRAE TC 4.4 Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance and Vice Chair of ASTM C16 Thermal Insulation and Advisory board member the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN²).
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, where she studied the intersection of policy, business and society.
Christian applies cutting edge technology to solve big problems. He has 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.
Nigel is a strategy specialist that transforms innovation into execution. He has founded and scaled early stage companies in energy and agriculture, concentrating on operations and product development. Nigel was part of the founding team at several startups including Flow Kana, Qorax (“Qor-ah”) and Brightfields, where he developed and commissioned 60MW of utility-scale solar projects. He is an Echoing Green Climate Fellow and was named a National Geographic Energy Innovator. Nigel received his BA from Amherst College and studied Photovoltaics at the Smith College Picker Engineering Program.
Ben is a data and analytics specialist focused on finding efficient ways to make our economy cleaner. Previously, Ben launched the analytics and customer success programs at Divert, a startup tackling retail food waste through an innovative IoT platform and anaerobic digestion. Ben has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a joint degree in Mathematics and Economics from Middlebury College.
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.
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.
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.
Ari is a remote project manager with experience in research and business development, 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 that the team might encounter. He studied Law, with a major in Internal Affairs.
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.
Beatriz is pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Business Practices at Northeastern University. Originally from Venezuela, she studied abroad at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and was part of the Track & Civil Infrastructure team for the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix while working at Faithful+Gould. She is the co-founder of By Urmi, a creative space for collaboration reactive to society’s needs.
Helene is a recent graduate of Middlebury College, where she majored in Environmental Economics. On campus, she was a BOLD scholar, a 3-year member of Residential Life, manager for student volunteer organizations, and captain of the Track & Field team. Inspired by professional experiences in cleantech, solar, and economic consulting, she is passionate about the intersections between data, energy, and equity.
Charles is a junior at Harvard studying Statistics and Math. He is deeply passionate about the intersection of technology and policy relating to cleantech and renewable energy. On campus, Charles is involved in environmental consulting, climate stimulus research, radio broadcasting, and student managing for the basketball team. He serves on the Board of Directors of nonprofits Clean Wisconsin, Energy News Network, and Slipstream.
Roberto is a recent Civil & Sustainable Engineering graduate from Columbia University, where he is currently pursuing an M.S in Mechanical Engineering. On campus, Roberto is involved in ecological grassroot initiatives, international development projects, sustainable concrete research, and triathlon training. Motivated by international work experience in structural engineering, architecture, and construction management, he is enthusiastic about adaptable building solutions and their applications in smart cities.
Jeremy is an entrepreneur, executive, and advisor. Over the past 20 years, he has helped bring innovative technologies and business models to market and scaled them to IPO and acquisition, including at Opower (formerly NYSE: OPWR) and Viisage Technologies (formerly NASD: VISG). Jeremy earned his BA from Stanford and his MBA from MIT Sloan.
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. As a trained journalist, he 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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