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 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.

Curious about our name?

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.

Corporate Venturing Experts

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.

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 startups and multinational corporations. Nol holds advanced economics and business degrees from MIT and Johns Hopkins.

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Eric Wisch
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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Frank Yang
Partner
Frank Yang is a Partner at ADL Ventures and the Founder / CEO of Liatris, an advanced insulation materials startup. Frank became inspired to help scale up ADL’s open innovation offerings after Liatris went through the ADL’s US DOE funded Building Materials Challenge as an applicant, and currently leads all of ADL’s DOE-related activities including its ABC (Advanced Building Construction) National Collaborative and American Made Solar Prize teams. Frank previously spent 10+ years in the solar industry as a co-founder of Stion, a US solar panel manufacturer and systems integrator. He ran all commercial operations for the company, raising >$500M in funding and selling out a 150 MW annual capacity production line. Frank received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Amherst College.
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Chris Richardson
Partner

Chris is a serial entrepreneur and growth leader who 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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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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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, where she studied the intersection of policy, business and society.

Christian Kurzke
Principal

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.

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Nigel Carr
Principal

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.

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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.

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Ben Silton
Energy Innovation Lead

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.

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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.
Ari 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.

Helena Rowe
Strategic Marketing Intern

Helena is an undergraduate student studying Systems Engineering and Sustainability at The George Washington University. During her time at GW she has worked on research related to mitigating business’ climate-related risk, marketing for a cleantech & biotech consulting firm, and led a team of three business development managers for the youth leadership non-profit AIESEC.

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Thor Elfarsson
Technology and Innovation Intern

Thor is an Economics major at Harvard. He is passionate about using technology and innovation to make the world a better place. He sits on the board of directors of Harvard Student Agencies, the world’s largest student-run business, and is the founder of a traffic incentives startup being incubated at the Harvard Innovation Labs’ Venture Incubation Program.

Jeremy Kirsch
Advisor

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.

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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. 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.

Join our Team!

ADL is growing and we love having interesting conversations with folks who are passionate about innovation at legacy sector companies.

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