Alex Osadzinski, Adviser
Alex is a lifelong lover of technology with a passion for building, growing and managing teams and companies.
He was early at five startups that created great products, employment and economic value. Besides leading several startups as an entrepreneur, Alex also worked for seven years as venture capitalist with Trinity Ventures nurturing early-stage technology startups. He has been a very active angel investor, adviser, and Board Member in the Triangle.
Alex’s specialties include computer systems, software and networking, video technology, strategy, engineering management, product management, marketing, team building and general management.
Whitney Rowe, Adviser
Whitney is a Kauffman Fellow experienced with both startups and early stage investing working with the Blackstone Group, Triangle StartUp Factory, Triangle Angle Partners, The Citrix Accelerator, Hatteras Funds and High Rock partners.
Scott Moody, Advisory Board and Investor
Co-founder and former Chairman/CEO of AuthenTec, a leading provider of security and identity management solutions, acquired by Apple in October, 2012. The AuthenTec fingerprint sensor is now the foundation of the iPhone’s and iPad’s Touch ID. As the co-founder of AuthenTec, Scott raised over $70M in venture capital (including such investors as Sierra Ventures, The Carlyle Group, Texas Instruments, Stonehenge Growth Capital, China Development Industrial Bank and others), and led the company’s successful IPO in 2007 (NASDAQ). Scott also co-founded and is CEO of K4Connect, a software development company on a mission to leverage technology to make people’s lives better. K4Connect recently announced its first planned product, K4Life, a home, wellness and life management system for those who would benefit most – the disabled and senior communities. Prior to founding AuthenTec, Scott was the Vice President of a $200M division of Harris’ Semiconductor Sector (now Intersil) where he started as a new grad engineer in 1980. Full Profile
Tom Lotrecchiano, Advisory Board and Investor
Tom Lotrecchiano is an investor and hands on adviser to early stage ventures. Tom, with his business partner, Joe Schmidt, founded Canvas On Demand in 2003. They turned that concept into a high growth business and a beloved brand which spawned an entire industry. This INC 500 company, which includes www.CanvasOnDemand.com and www.greatBIGcanvas.com, was acquired by internet powerhouse CafePress and was later part of a successful IPO. Prior to founding Canvas On Demand, Tom was part of several successful businesses including Putnam Printing (sold privately), Harperprints (sold privately and IPO), and Art.com. Tom was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. Full Profile
Scot Wingo, Advisory Board and Investor
Mr. Mitchell Scot Wingo co-founded ChannelAdvisor Corporation in 1999 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2015 leading the company from inception through to a successful IPO in 2013. Mr. Wingo is a serially successful software entrepreneur who served as the General Manager of GoTo Auctions, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-founder of AuctionRover.com (acquired by GoTo.com) and Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Stingray Software (acquired by RogueWave). Scot is a graduate of NCSU and serves on the University’s Entrepreneurial Initiative Board. Scot has been and continues to me a trusted adviser to several local startups in the Triangle. Full Profile
Bob Greczyn, Advisory Board and Investor
Bob Greczyn retired on February 1, 2010 as chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s largest health insurer. Greczyn joined the company in 1998, bringing 20 years of leadership experience in health care and a solid understanding of the North Carolina health care market. In his role at BCBSNC, Greczyn served on both the Board of Trustees for BCBSNC and on the board of the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He was the chairman of the board of directors for The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH), which is an alliance of the nation’s leading health plans working on simplifying health care transactions. Greczyn serves on many boards from healthcare organizations to higher education. He is also the owner of several Mellow Mushroom franchises and Fortnight Brewery in Cary. Greczyn earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from East Carolina University. He also completed the executive program in health care finance management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Full Profile
Brue Boehm, Advisory Board and Investor
Mr. Boehm is an angel investor in the Raleigh-Durham area and adviser to several specialty investment funds. From 1992 to 1996 he created and directed the Masters of Engineering Management Program at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prior to 1992 he was a General Partner of U. S. Venture Partners in Menlo Park, California, with responsibility for a portfolio of approximately 20 health-care and technology investments. Prior to 1982 he was employed by several Silicon Valley and Route 128 companies as an engineer and project manager. Bruce received a BS from MIT, and an MS and MBA from Stanford University. During his career he has been a director of more than 35 publicly and privately held companies. Full Profile
David Schantz, Advisory Board and Investor
David Schantz has over 24 years experience in high technology, including telecom, Internet backbone, smart home and energy management. He previously served as a General Partner of Matrix Partners where he helped in the formation of numerous telecommunications equipment, storage systems and software startups. Mr. Schantz served on the board of directors of several high tech companies including; Airvana, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRV), Appian Communications, Inc., Netezza, Inc. (NYSE:NZ), Sandburst, Inc. (Sold to Broadcom), Silverback Technologies, Inc. (Sold to Dell), and Snowshore networks, Inc. (Sold to Brooktrout). Previous positions were Director of Product Management at Cadia Networks, Senior Product Manager at Bay Networks (Wellfleet Communications) and Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs. David Schantz received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from Stony Brook University and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. Full Profile
Jeff Stocks, Advisory Board and Investor
Jeff is an experienced CEO and member and/or Chair of numerous Triangle community boards. He understands the competencies required for success at the CEO level. He has served, and continues to serve, the Research Triangle community in many ways. As an entrepreneur, he was CEO of Manpower Group and built it into one of the largest and most successful Manpower franchises in the nation before selling it back to Manpower Corporate. He founded the Nautical Group and servers as CEO. His vision of providing consultative advice to clients on key human capital issues and leadership has contributed significantly to the growth of Manpower and economic development in North Carolina. Jeff is one of the most connected and influential business leaders in the Triangle. Full Profile
Guarav “G” Patel, Advisory Board and Investor
“G” Patel was born in India and grew up in Morehead City, North Carolina. Before becoming a local entrepreneur, he attended NC State University and graduated with a degree in business. During his time at school, G noticed the immense potential for growth in Raleigh and decided to stay. Here, he founded Eschelon Hospitality, a fast growing and innovative fine dining group. In just a few years, G has almost doubled the size of his company, as well as set a standard for the restaurant industry. In addition to his business, G works closely with a number of local non-profit groups including the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities and The Hope for Haiti Foundation, as well as being a board member of the Caring Community Foundation. G has been a trusted adviser to several startup entrepreneurs in the GRM, POS and distribution space. Full Profile
Brent Burgess, Advisory Board and Investor
Mr. Burgess is a co-founder, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Triangle Capital Corporation (NYSE: TCAP), and also serves on its board of directors. Since its public offering in 2007, Triangle has invested approximately $2 billion in middle market companies, primarily in support of leveraged buyouts. Mr. Burgess chairs the investment committee, leads the investment team and is responsible for the overall investment strategy of Triangle. Mr. Burgess was a co-founder of Triangle Mezzanine Fund LLLP in 2003, the private predecessor to Triangle Capital. Prior to co-founding Triangle, Mr. Burgess spent five years as Vice President of Oberlin Capital, a mezzanine fund focused on making debt and equity investments in the lower middle market. Prior to Oberlin, Mr. Burgess was an Associate at Cherokee International Management, a Raleigh based private equity fund. Mr. Burgess advises many early-stage entrepreneurs and is involved as a mentor with Praxis Labs, an accelerator for not-for-profit and for-profit entrepreneurs. Full Profile
Ricky Spero, Advisory Board and Investor
Dr. Spero is a physicist and entrepreneur in the Triangle. He is co-founder and CEO of Rheomics, a high-tech startup developing life science solutions based on a patented MEMS technology. Rheomics was spun out of UNC Chapel Hill, where he remains active in the University’s Innovate@Carolina initiative. Ricky was also the founder of Mint Market, a peer-to-peer online marketplace for local food. Ricky completed his PhD at UNC in 2010, with a research focus at the intersection of physics, biology, and systems engineering. Thanks to this diverse exposure, Ricky offers a unique perspective that spans the strengths of the Triangle’s startup ecosystem, from software to life science, from science to engineering. Full Profile
Anthony Dilweg, Advisory Board and Investor
Anthony founded The Dilweg Companies investment firm in 1999 and is a partner in various firm-owned real estate partnerships. He oversees the acquisition, enhancement and disposition strategies on all firm-owned assets, through his guidance of the Investment Committee, as well as the strategic direction of the firm as a member of the Leadership Committee. Anthony graduated from Duke University in 1989. He spent 3 years in the NFL as a quarterback before entering the commercial real estate business as a broker in 1993. Full Profile