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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Thor is an incoming Junior at Harvard studying economics 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 start-up being incubated at the Harvard Innovation Labs’ Venture Incubation Program.