Partners & Advisors

Its common practice for the companies competing in the total or partial “Immersive Accelerator” space to list hundreds of “MENTORS”. The fundamental difference with Platform Venture is that our portfolio companies are not led by inexperienced younger people who have never had mentors, but rather by established and already successful individuals who have significant rolodexes of their own. Listing a hundred individuals in order to provide the optics of increased credibility is not something that is required in our model.

Partner

Technology
Aji Abraham
Technology expert with experience in building scalable platforms for social, web and mobile startups

CEO
Armia Systems, Inc
November 2002 – Present
Armia Systems, Inc is a leading developer for social, web and mobile applications. Headquartered in Chicago area, Armia Systems has a captive development and support center in Kochi, India with close to 100 programmers, designers and engineers.

EDUCATION
Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business
MBA
1996 – 1998
Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business
MS, Information Management
1996 – 1998
College of Engineering, Trivandrum
B.Tech, Applied Electronics and Instrumentation
1989 – 1993
Entrepreneurship
Patrick J. Blake
Platform Venture
February 2009 – Present (4 years 2 months)
Chicago Illinois

Currently in the process of designing and building a new web-based solution for an unmet market need in the education space. The Beta launch is scheduled for first quarter 2013.

EDUCATION
The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business
MBA, Statistics & Data Modeling
1990 – 1994
Miami University
BS, Accounting
1982 – 1986

Advisor

Strategy Marketing
Mohanbir Sawhney
McCormick Tribune Foundation Clinical Professor of Technology
Kellogg School of Management
1993 – Present (20 years)

Director, Center for Research in Technology & Innovation. Co-founder, Kellogg Innovation Network. Lead initiatives at the Kellogg School in Innovation and Technology Industry Management. Teach MBAs, Executive programs and Custom Programs with Technology Companies.

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
Ph.D., Marketing
1989 – 1993
Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
MBA, Marketing, Finance
1985 – 1987
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
B.Tech., Electrical Engineering
1980 – 1985
Marketing
Will Gardenswartz
As a marketing executive, product manager, general manager and entrepreneur, I have "jump started" the growth of large and small businesses in a wide variety of sectors

CEO
Life Carrot, Inc.
October 2009 – Present,
Dana Point, CA

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
MBA, Marketing
1990 – 1992
Stanford University
BA, Political Science
1984 – 1986
Manual High School
1979 – 1982
Healthcare
Greg Shannon
HBI Solutions, Inc.
May 2012 – Present

Results oriented healthcare professional passionate about making businesses more valuable through focused collaboration and execution.

EDUCATION
Stanford University Graduate School of Business
MBA
2001 – 2003
University of Michigan
BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology
1992 – 1996
Entrepreneurship
Anita Brick
Director, Career Advancement Programs

Director, Career Advancement Programs
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
September 1997 – Present

EDUCATION
The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business
2004 – 2009
University of Chicago
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