Chris Colbert is the Director of Programming at the Harvard i-lab.
He is responsible for working with the programming and operations teams to ensure that the content dimension of the i-lab experience is relevant and compelling while maximizing student access and impact. A serial entrepreneur in the marketing and innovation space, Chris has built and helped build many companies, ranging from the creation of Holland-Mark, the largest independent advertising agency at the time to a recent turnaround of a key division of Scholastic. His focus during the last few years has been on innovation in higher education, resulting in him founding FINIS, a start up platform to re-invent the Career Services programming in colleges and universities. He sits on several boards and has an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a BA in History from Connecticut College. He is passionate about teaching, motivating, creating and making whatever is before him better than it is or was.
Henry is Chairman Emeritus of Greylock Partners, one of the oldest and most successful venture capital firms. In 2004, Henry received the National Venture Capital Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He also received the Harvard Business School Award for Alumni Achievement in 2003, and was recognized as one of the country’s 10 Best Venture Capitalists by Forbes in 2000.
He is a partner of Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC, and a member of the Advisory Board of Yale School of Management. He was formerly a Director of Cabot Corporation, a member of the Yale Investment Committee, and President of the Fishers Island Club.
Henry graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration with High Distinction, Baker Scholar, and from Yale University with a B.A. in economics, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Peter Levine is a partner at a16z. Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, Peter was the CEO of XenSource, the leading provider of open source virtualization solutions.
XenSource was acquired by Citrix Systems in 2007 and following the acquisition, he became the SVP and general manager of the Data Center and Cloud Division at Citrix.
Prior to XenSource, Peter was a managing director at Mayfield, where he had the opportunity to develop his skills and insights as a professional investor. Before Mayfield, he spent over a decade at Veritas Software, where he started as an engineer when the company was just a handful of people. Eleven years later, the company was doing $1.5B in revenue and had nearly 6,000 people. At that time, he was one of three executive vice presidents, responsible for OEM Sales, Marketing, M&A, the Veritas venture fund and several platform development groups.
Peter has a real interest in blending the strategic and operational aspects of building an organization, and views himself as a coach to the entrepreneurs he serves. Beyond venture, he spends part of his time teaching at the Stanford GSB.
North Bridge Venture Partner
Rich D’Amore is a Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, and has almost three decades of experience in the venture business. Rich has been with North Bridge since the company’s inception in 1994. Before co-founding North Bridge, he spent fourteen years at Hambro International Equity Partners, establishing the firm’s Boston office. His investments have been split between early stage projects and special situations.
Before joining Hambro in 1982, he worked as a consultant at Bain and Company and was a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Young and Company.
Rich received a BS from Northeastern, summa cum laude, in 1975. He also has an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration where he was a Baker Scholar. A dedicated supporter of higher education, he is on the Board of Trustees at Northeastern University, where he promotes innovation and research that can drive economic growth.
Jit Saxena co-founded Netezza Corp. in September 2000, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2009. He is a wealth of proven leadership and guidance, and has had a long and successful career of entrepreneurship and business leadership in growing successful new global industries. Saxena also founded Applix Inc., and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1983 to 2000. Saxena guided Applix to a leadership position in the CRM market, and achieved an eight-fold increase in market value subsequent to the IPO. He also served as Senior Director AT Data General where he was responsible for the development of Applix’s software products. At Data General, he held several other senior management positions and built a successful development organization that introduced industry-leading software in many categories. Saxena served as a Director of CloudSwitch, Inc., and has been a Director of Applause App Quality, Inc. and DataRobot, Inc. He also serves as a Director of Actifio Inc., Cazena, Inc, Evergage, Inc. and Apptegic, Inc. He has also served as a Director at Tesora, Inc. and Demandware, Inc., Hadapt, Inc., Netezza Corporation and Peoplefluent, Inc. In July 2003, Saxena was named an Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year in the “Emerging” category. Saxena earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, an MBA from Boston University and a B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai).