Happy Monday to all the Early Adopters! This group was created to make corporate innovation easier, by bringing together a group of the most forward-thinking businesses leaders. As a council member, you'll get first-looks at emerging technology and access to the insights and individuals driving the future of the enterprise. I'd love everyone do a quick introduction in the comments and include: where you're from, what you do, what you're interested in and how you can support within the community!

Top Answer : I'll kick things off! I'm Olivia and I'm the Head of Corporate Engagement & Partnerships at Acceleprise. Acceleprise is a top-rated B2B SaaS accelerator and fund based in SF, NYC and Toronto. I spend most of my time in NYC. I sit at the intersection of startups and enterprises - helping startup founders engaged with large companies and helping large companies set up and run successful innovation programs, with a specific emphasis on external innovation. Prior to entering the world of VC, I was managing product and innovation strategy at Dow Jones - so I've experienced the opportunities and challenges of corporate innovation first hand. We're in unusual times, but I'm a fervent believer that uncertainly breeds great innovation. Excited to talk about all things corporate innovation, venture or running (I'm a hobbyist endurance athlete, which is tons of fun). Whether by way of insight, introductions or emerging technology - I look forward to supporting however I can.

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Orange Server
IT, Finance, Banking & Insurance
I'll kick things off! I'm Olivia and I'm the Head of Corporate Engagement & Partnerships at Acceleprise. Acceleprise is a top-rated B2B SaaS accelerator and fund based in SF, NYC and Toronto. I spend most of my time in NYC. I sit at the intersection of startups and enterprises - helping startup founders engaged with large companies and helping large companies set up and run successful innovation programs, with a specific emphasis on external innovation. Prior to entering the world of VC, I was managing product and innovation strategy at Dow Jones - so I've experienced the opportunities and challenges of corporate innovation first hand. We're in unusual times, but I'm a fervent believer that uncertainly breeds great innovation. Excited to talk about all things corporate innovation, venture or running (I'm a hobbyist endurance athlete, which is tons of fun). Whether by way of insight, introductions or emerging technology - I look forward to supporting however I can.
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Green Charger
IT, Finance, Banking & Insurance
I'm Mike and I'm the CEO & Managing Partner at Acceleprise. As Olivia mentioned, we are a top rated B2B SaaS focused accelerator and fund with locations in SF, NYC and Toronto. I am based in the NYC area now after spending 8.5 years in SF.  Prior to starting Acceleprise in San Francisco in 2014, I was an early employee at Box and then ran partnerships for an Edtech startup. I've been an angel investor in 10+ companies, most notably Flexport, and through Acceleprise have invested in 150+ early stage SaaS companies.  I live in CT with my wife and three kids under 5, so that keeps me busy outside of work.  I'm excited to be building this community and am always happy to chat about trends we are seeing across the startup landscape.
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Blue USB Stick
IT, Software
I'm Nina Stepanov, Principal at Acceleprise, the pre-seed B2B SaaS accelerator and Seed stage fund. My role at the fund has spanned countless functions, I launched the NYC and Toronto accelerator programs, I also support many of our marketing, partnerships, and community functions which span all of our stakeholders in a number of ways. Much of my role recently has been focused on supporting internal functions and making sure that our operations are poised for growth. I support with investment sourcing and decision-making as well.
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Pink Server
IT, Finance, Banking & Insurance
Amanda McBride - NE Lead for Accenture Ventures! Looking forward to connecting with everyone!
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Pink Server
IT, Finance, Banking & Insurance
I'm Ally and I'm a Principal on the E*TRADE Ventures and Labs team where I focus on startup pilots, partnerships, and investments. We typically engage with startups in the enterprise technology or fintech spaces and our team is based in NYC. Really excited to connect with this community and share best practices!
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Blue Charger
IT, Software
Happy whatever-day-it-is! I'm Mike and am currently the CTO of Everest.org as well as part of the Executive Technology team at Palo Alto Strategy Group. Prior to Startup Life, I was CIO and SVP of Infrastructure at Yahoo! and my role before that was VP of IT Ops at Netflix. As per Todd and my Webinar with Mayank, I have advised and currently advise a number of diverse startups, including PulseQA. On the personal front, I'm married with 2 boys, Ethan (E) and Dylan (D) who are 11 and 9 respectively. Also have a French bulldog, Luna. Home is in Downtown Los Gatos, which if one has to shelter-in-place, isn't a bad option.
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Green Hard Drive
IT, Transportation and Warehousing
Hi I'm Dirk Schapeler I am the Head of NGK's newly created Global Innovation Division. I worked for 20+ years in technology innovation in healthcare, consumer electronics, materials science and automotive industries, based in Germany, USA, France, Japan and Mexico.  NGK is a Japanese technical ceramics company and the world leader in spark plugs. My mission is to work on everything except spark plugs to build up new business areas for NGK. My team is called GID - Global Innovation Division and its 500+ team members are located in Japan, Europe and USA. We are interested in ideas and partnerships in the following areas: Medical devices - ultrasound, diagnostics, minimal invasive surgery Mobility - automotive services, data analytics, predictive maintenance, aftermarket products Energy - CO2 reduction, batteries, water purification, sensors Looking forward connecting with you.
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Black Cloud
IT, Software
Hello Michael Wahl here, Senior Director - IT and Cybersecurity for Tweddle Group, looking forward to meeting everyone!
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Green Hard Drive
IT, Professional Services
I’m Philip and I lead the business transformation consulting team at R/GA.  My team was founded to help leaders find growth through change. Our offerings center around identifying new opportunities, roadmapping transformation and then building the brands and core capabilities needed to realize ambitions.  Particularly interested these days in how larger companies can best partner with emerging companies. The old external development models don’t work as well. Our ventures team has been doing some interesting experiments, but always looking for new ways of thinking.  I’ve been with R/GA for nearly 7 years now, and before that have worked mostly in developing digital CX and product experiences.  Always looking to share with - and learn more from - client, startup and consulting side peers!
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Red Processor
IT, Finance, Banking & Insurance
Hey ya'll! I'm Faye and I'm the Toronto Program Manager at Acceleprise. My role revolves around helping some amazing B2B SaaS founders grow their companies and fundraise! I was born and raised in Kuwait, then spent 8 years in Miami, and most recently moved to Toronto 4 years ago! I love travelling and doing global projects, so I've also spent lots of time in Dubai, Munich, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, Victoria, BC, and Portland, OR. If you want to talk travel, culture, or food, hit me up! I'm extremely passionate about startups, I love talking about the newest technologies out there, and the most exciting thing for me being part of this community is hearing about your thoughts on the newest trends and what technology you think will make the biggest impact for enterprises. Looking forward to connecting with many of you!
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Blue Hard Drive
IT, Professional Services
Hi All - I'm Natalia Quintero, the director of the Transit Tech Lab. The TTL is a program that aims to make New York a global leader in public transit. We work with the MTA and other public transit agencies on the biggest challenges facing the city. We then identify, test and adopt innovative technology to address those challenges. Looking forward to connecting.
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Green Charger
IT, Consumer Goods
I am bit late :-), My name is Kamal Sharma and I am working with Carrier Corp as digital transformation leader, currently building up digital capability Center for Carrier and I look forward to connect with you all and explore synergies.
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