This panel was presented as part of the Yale Tech Summit on October 30, 2015 at Evans Hall. It focuses on growing opportunities for startups in three spaces: the Internet of Things, Big Data and Materials Science in preparation for the Miller Prize, presented by the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute in partnership with Brian Miller, CIO of North Sound Partners and an Advisory Council member at YEI. The prize offers $25,000 and will be given to a winner selected at a pitch event in April.
Moderator: Brian Miller. Brian Miller is 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. Brian is also an Advisory Council member at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.
Anirudh Narayanan (’16): Founder of iTrucks, a combination hardware and software solution for organizing the trucking industry in emerging markets. Anirudh is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management and the winner of the $10,000 YEI IoT Prize last year.
Josh Geballe, CEO of Core Informatics. Core Informatics provides innovative data management software to accelerate scientific discovery and collaboration. Josh joined Core after 11 years at IBM where he held multiple international executive roles spanning general management, finance and strategy.
Chen Chen (’16): Cofounder and CEO of Saphlux, a venture-backed company commercializing a high-power, high-efficiency and low-cost semi-polar LED chip for use with many applications starting with general lighting. Saphlux has raised over $1M in funding. Chen is currently an MBA candidate at Yale School of Management and developed his venture in part through a YEI Fellowship at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.