Advisory Council

  • Alumni financial support
  • Alumni venture investment
  • Access to industry networks
Robert Adelson Robert Adelson - Merion, PA
Founder, Osage Partners

Bob founded Osage Partners in 1990 and has built a track record as a top-performing venture investor. Osage Partners includes two venture strategies, Osage Venture Partners, which invests in early stage enterprise software companies, and Osage University Partners, which invests in the technology spinouts of over 60 university partners.  Bob is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he is a partner in a fourth generation family business. Prior to founding Osage, Bob clerked with the honorable Walter K. Stapleton, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced corporate law.  Bob is a graduate of The Yale Law School, where he was an editor of The Yale Law Journal, and of Yale College, from which he graduated summa cum laude. Bob is a trustee of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Health System and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. He is also a former President of the Board of Trustees of The Philadelphia School and a past member of The Yale Law School Fund.

Bob currently serves on the boards of CMC, SevOne and Halfpenny Technologies.

Bob and his wife Marta reside in Merion, PA, and are the parents of three children.

Jonathan B. Bulkeley ('82) - New York, NY

From early 2006 through August 2010, Jonathan Bulkeley served as CEO of Scanbuy, a company that develops bar code readers for cell phones. From October 2002 to February 2006 he was Managing Partner of Achilles Partners LLC, an investment, advisory and research firm, and prior to that, chairman and CEO of Lifeminders, Inc., an online direct marketing company. From December 1998 to January 2000, Bulkeley was CEO of barnesandnoble.com. Bulkeley also served as Vice Chair of EDGAR-Online and Chairman of QXL Ricardo, plc.  Prior to January 1999, Jonathen was affiliated with America Online, including serving as Managing Director of the online services joint venture of AOL-U.K. and Bertelsmann Online and President of AOL-U.K . Bulkeley currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Readers Digest Association (NYSE: RDA) and US Trusts Excelsior Buyout Fund of Funds, Spark Network Plc, Excelsior Absolute Return Hedge Fund of Funds and Excelsior Real Estate Fund.

Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1982 where he majored in African-American studies and was a resident of Berkeley College.  At Yale, he was a member of the varsity lacrosse team and Zeta Psi.

Victoria Elenowitz Victoria Elenowitz (P’12, P’13) – New York, NY
Chair, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Advisory Council; Managing Director, Golden Seeds, NY

Vicky was appointed Chair of the newly formed Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Advisory Council in January 2007. She is also a Managing Director of an angel fund, Golden Seeds, in New York. Vicky serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Southampton Bath & Tennis Club and the Director, Co-chair and Founder of the Southampton Bath & Tennis Club Charitable Fund. She is the Chairman of the Board of Bespoke Global, and was a Co-Founder of American Friends of the Royal Court Theatre and a Marketing Manager in Cambridge University’s Development Office in the USA from 1992-1997.  Other prior roles Vicky has played include: Marketing Manager at ACT Financial Systems, a developer of large back office accounting systems for derivatives trading; consultant in telecommunications consulting and financial software divisions of Logica Inc, NY and other companies including Bain & Company, Boston and London.

Vicky earned her M.A. Hons. Biological Sciences from Cambridge University, UK and is the parent of two Yale undergraduate students.

bing gordon Bing Gordon ('72)
General Partner & Chief Product Officer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Bing Gordon is General Partner and Chief Product Officer for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, leading KPCB ProductWorks, a new program that helps entrepreneurs build successful products and services. He also leads KPCB’s sFund, the investment initiative to fund and build applications and services that deliver on the promise of the social web. The sFund, launched in 2010 with strategic partners Amazon.com, Facebook, Zynga, Comcast, Liberty Media and Allen & Co., has made 16 investments to date, including four seeds. Bing serves on the board of directors of Amazon, Klout, MEVIO, N3twork, OUYA, Zazzle and Zynga. He was also a founding director at Katango (acquired by Google 2011), ngmoco (acquired by DeNA 2010) and Audible (acquired by Amazon in 2008).

Before joining KPCB, Bing had been a long-time executive at Electronic Arts, beginning with EA’s founding in 1982. He was chief creative officer at EA and previously headed EA marketing and product development. Bing drove EA’s branding strategy with EA Sports, developed EA’s pricing strategy for package goods and online games, created EA’s studio organization, and contributed to the design and marketing of many EA franchises, including John Madden Football, The Sims, Sim City, Need for Speed, Tiger Woods Golf, Club Pogo and Command and Conquer.

Bing was awarded the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, and he held the game industry’s first endowed chair in game design at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University and his B.A. degree from Yale University.

brian miller Brian Miller  – Greenwich, CT
CIO, North Sound Partners

Brian Miller is currently the Chief Investment Officer of North Sound Partners, a family office based in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Through North Sound Associates, the partnership invests in alternative investment strategies which can include hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital funds. Brian also serves as General Partner of North Sound Ventures, which invests directly in early stage growth companies.

Prior to founding the North Sound group of companies, Brian spent 21 years at Elliott Associates, a $22 Billion AUM hedge fund based in New York. When Brian retired from Elliott in July 2012 he was one of four equity partners and held the title of Chief Trading Officer. He was a member of Elliott’s Management Committee and also served on the Valuation Committee and Risk Committee. Brian’s responsibilities encompassed all of global trading, including structured products, commodities, fixed-income arbitrage and portfolio protection strategies.

Prior to starting with Elliott in August 1991, Brian was a Vice President at Yamaichi International where he specialized in arbitrage strategies. Brian received a B.Sc. in Economics from the University at Albany in 1988. Mr. Miller is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received his C.F.A. designation in 1992. He currently serves on the Board of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in NYC.

Brian resides in Greenwich, CT, with his wife Giovanna and two sons.   

Bill Schnoor ('80, '83 J.D.) - Boston                                Partner, Goodwin Procter

Bill Schnoor is a Yale alum and Goodwin Procter's co-chair of the Technology Companies Group and co-chair of its Clean Technologies Practice; he concentrates in the areas of business and securities law, private equity and acquisitions. Schnoor has over 24 years of experience in representing startup, private and public companies in a wide range of industries. He has worked with numerous companies from their initial financing through initial public offerings or acquisitions, and has advised numerous public companies and their boards of directors. Schnoor works with companies across a broad range of industries, including alternative energy and other clean technologies; e-commerce and other internet-based businesses; enterprise software; life sciences; and healthcare information technology.

 
tarek sherifTarek Sherif ('84)
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Medidata Solutions

A founder of Medidata Solutions, Tarek has served as CEO since 2001 and chairman since 2009. Under his leadership, the New York City-based company has grown to become the leading global provider of cloud-based solutions to the life science industry—supporting clinical trials in over 115 countries—while defining the vertical cloud company business model. From inception, Tarek has focused on building the company, including setting Medidata’s growth strategy, driving its innovative business model and helping to attract and inspire the talent that has been the basis of the company’s success. He led Medidata’s successful IPO in June 2009, which has positioned Medidata as one of the best performing companies to go public since 2009 and New York City’s most successful public technology company.

Prior to Medidata, Tarek was the managing member of a partnership focused on public and private investments in technology and life science companies. He co-managed a private equity fund specializing in publicly-traded technology companies, including those in the healthcare and information technology fields. Tarek also served as assistant vice president of corporate finance at General Electric Capital Corporation and was a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Brown Brothers Harriman & Company.

Tarek received his BA in economics from Yale University in 1984. He graduated from Columbia Business School in 1991, where he earned a degree in business administration and finance. Tarek has received a number of industry accolades, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the metro New York area in 2010 and the PharmaVOICE 100 most inspirational people in the life science industry award in 2007. He is a board member of the Partnership Fund for New York City and is chairman of Blue Legacy International, a not-for-profit organization focused on preserving our water resources.

David ThomasDavid Thomas (P'08, P'14)
Managing Partner, Court Square

David Thomas has been with Court Square (fka, Citigroup Venture Capital) since 1980 and is currently a Managing Partner. Prior to Court Square, Mr. Thomas helped Citigroup establish its Leveraged Finance Group in the mid ‘70s. Mr. Thomas received degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Akron. Mr. Thomas is a director of Fibertech Networks, LLC., Harvard Drug Group, LLC., MailSouth, Inc. and Wyle, Inc. Previous boards include Auto Europe Group, Aviall, Brintec, C&H Sugar, DavCo Restaurants, Devon Group, Flender, Furnishings International, Hancor Pipe, Interface Solutions, International Airmotive, MagnaChip Semiconductor LLC., Mid-Atlantic Coca Cola, Neenah Foundry, Network Communications, Inc., Newmarket International, Inc., Pamida Stores, People Express Airlines, Smith Alarm, Worldspan Technologies, York International and Zatarains.