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Lessons from Entrepreneurs

To Inspire, Engage, and Educate Current and Future Generations of Entrepreneurs

Oracle Academy and the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem present the Oracle Innovate: Lessons from Entrepreneurs video lecture series. In this series, successful entrepreneurs from Oracle and other companies share their wisdom, lessons learned, business insights, and personal stories. Each video is different, reflecting the most important points each speaker thinks aspiring entrepreneurs should know.

Oracle Innovate is intended for anyone who dreams of being an entrepreneur, regardless of where you are in your educational or career pathway. We invite educators to incorporate the videos into new or existing curriculum pathways to provide real-world insights.

At Oracle Academy and Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, we encourage all innovators to dream big, achieve their goals, and change the world.

Diego Pantoja-Navajas

An entrepreneur at his core, Diego Pantoja-Navajas came to Oracle in December 2016 when his startup LogFire was acquired by Oracle. He started and built LogFire into a category leader over 10 years, enduring the ups and downs of a growing startup, and ultimately positioning his company for acquisition by an industry giant. Since the LogFire acquisition, he has served as Vice President, WMS Cloud Development, part of Oracle’s Supply Chain Management Cloud solution. He is based in Atlanta.

Jason Williamson

Jason Williamson leads the global program and the business development initiatives and strategies for Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem. Previously, he worked at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he created and led key initiatives within the investment and startup community. He has a background in both Fortune 500 firms and the startup world, co-founding the construction industry’s first CRM SaaS offering, and an international NGO for entrepreneurial development. Williamson served as an assistant professor for five years at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce and has authored three books. He is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Jenny Griffiths

Jenny Griffiths is the founder and CEO of Snap Tech, which uses artificial intelligence and visual search tools to help shoppers find items similar to those in which they’re interested in, and helps fashion publishers, retailers, and influencers drive revenue. Snap Tech was the first in the world to do cross-platform mobile and web visual search in fashion, and has worked with publishers including Look, Marie Claire and InStyle, and numerous retailers.

Griffiths is on Forbes lists of The World's Top 50 Women in Tech 2018, Europe's Top 50 Women in Tech 2018, and 30 Under 30 - Europe - Consumer Technology 2016. A software engineer, she began the company in 2009 after graduating from with a Masters of Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Bristol. Griffiths holds an MBE for Services to Innovation in the Digital Fashion Industry, was the British Council's Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and speaks at events on fashion technology and entrepreneurship. She also won a Markie Award for marketing innovation at Oracle’s Modern CX Conference in 2019.

Vibhore Kumar

Founded in Atlanta and headquartered in Singapore, Unscrambl has marked itself as one of the fastest-growing enterprise software companies at the forefront of developing decision artificial intelligence (AI) and conversational AI products. It is enabling businesses to transform the way they are using data to empower their workforce and make meaningful decisions. Its solutions kit is powered by a real-time cognitive platform that utilizes stream analytics, machine learning, and decision theory to tackle numerous use-cases across different industries. Automated engines can drive business outcomes by sensing the current state of the world, deciding and executing the best actions, observing the effects of the actions, and using the feedback to update their model of the world.

Kumar previously worked as an application developer for Oracle, and as a research staff member at IBM. He holds a PhD in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Peter Lilley

Peter Lilley is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of iGeolise, a platform that allows users to plan their travel based on time rather than distance. The iGeolise TravelTime platform processes maps and data from across the globe and delivers optimized travel time mapping so users know what’s reachable in minutes, not miles. iGeolise is a member of Oracle’s global startup program. The company has received an Oracle Innovation Excellence Award. iGeolise was also chosen as the top story of the year by Profit Magazine.

Christopher Morton

Christopher Morton is CEO and a co-founder of ELEM Biotech, which uses supercomputers to virtually replicate human biology with Alya Red, a set of tools that simulates cardiovascular or respiratory systems on ‘virtual patients’, following a SaaS model deployed in the cloud. Combining high performance computing, computational biomechanics, and data analysis, ELEM can be used by biomedical companies and clinicians to elaborate diagnoses, plan treatments, improve drug delivery, and optimize medical devices. Morton has 20 years of international experience providing and developing B2B products and services with a focus on tech adoption and deployment. He also is director and senior advisor for Organel, Ltd.

Alexander Bush

Alexander Bush is co-founder of 1Echo, a workforce engagement platform designed for today’s digital habits. The company’s innovative solution drives enablement by delivering more engaging and effective ‘drip learning’ directly to a user’s device, anytime, anywhere. The platform pushes relevant need-to-know information and challenges to employees in real time so they can engage on-demand when it’s convenient for them. Bush also currently is principal at 45th Parallel Capital, an equity fund, and previously served in vice president roles for RBC Capital Markets and Bank of America.

Zara Nanu

Zara Nanu is the CEO and co-founder of Gapsquare, a leading provider of pay transparency, gender and ethnicity pay gap analysis. Gapsquare, a member of the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, offers software that provides insights into pay and wage equity, with data-driven recommendations for change built into it. The innovative technology uses machine learning and big data analysis combined with equality and diversity expertise to simplify complex compensation structures and equip human resources teams with the power to embed inclusive, data-led organizational solutions. Nanu also is a visiting fellow at the University of the West of England Business School.

Subbu Viswanathan

A serial entrepreneur, Subramanian (Subbu) Viswanathan is the CEO and co-founder of Disprz, a funded, award-winning enterprise SaaS start-up in the learning and capability building space. Viswanathan has run two other start-ups, one in the ed-tech space and one in the enterprise resource planning space. He enjoys taking promising technology ideas and building them from scratch into working organizations that solve customer problems. Viswanathan is a mechanical engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

Mark Galloway

A serial entrepreneur and seasoned expert in the sales and marketing sphere, Mark Galloway is co-founder of OppSource, a next generation sales engagement platform designed to help B2B salespeople engage with buyers more quickly and with more relevance. He started his career at Lawson Software (now INFOR) as Vice President of Industry Marketing and Business Development, and previously was Vice President of Market Development at Adaytum, ultimately bought by Cognos/IBM.

Zac McRunnels

MacRunnels leads award-winning Reconstruct Inc., a SaaS company that integrates reality modeling, building information modeling (BIM) and project scheduling, using predictive analytics to help construction companies keep projects on schedule and on budget. Previously, he served as COO/CRO of Buildup, which revolutionized residential and commercial real estate with a mobile jobsite collaboration platform and dashboards for construction and property operations.

Nik Adhia

Responsible for the expansion and growth of the Oracle startup program across EMEA and the Americas, Adhia was instrumental in the launch of the first six markets in 2017. Adhia regularly mentors budding student entrepreneurs and volunteers at a local food bank, and is a clean tech enthusiast, specifically with clean water desalination technology, and his personal mission is to create a solution for the world’s water crisis.

Karlie Krieger Valine

As Startup Grind’s second hire ever, Krieger Valine started with the company in 2013 and now oversees all marketing initiatives for the brand, as well as sales and partnerships. Startup Grind is the world's largest independent startup community, spanning 400+ chapters across 130 countries. Her teams focus on producing two global conferences each year in Silicon Valley and London, cultivating relationships between large organizations and the startup ecosystem, and bringing high-growth startups from the Startup Grind community opportunities and resources to help them grow.

Bob Quillin

Quillin joined Oracle as part of the December 2015 Oracle acquisition of StackEngine, where he was co-founder and CEO. Based in Austin, Texas, StackEngine was an early container-native pioneer building services and platforms designed to help developers and devops teams build, orchestrate, and scale enterprise-grade container apps. At Oracle, Quillin leads the Cloud Native Labs team, which is responsible for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure cloud native developer relations, advocacy, engagement, solutions, and lighthouse adoption.

Mani Golparvar

Golparvar leads award-winning Reconstruct, which integrates reality modeling, building information modeling (BIM) and project scheduling to visually track progress, analyze productivity, and proactively detect potential delays using predictive analytics to empower construction companies to keep their projects on schedule and on budget. In addition, he is associate professor of civil engineering, computer science, and technology entrepreneurship at UIUC. His work in the area of computer vision, machine learning, and BIM has won numerous awards.

Reggie Bradford

Prior to joining Oracle, Bradford was the founder and CEO of Vitrue, the global leader in cloud-based social marketing and management, which was acquired by Oracle in 2012. He also held executive management positions at Tandberg Television, N2 Broadband, and WebMD.

Josh Baer

Baer is an entrepreneur, professor and founder of Capital Factory, the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. Capital Factory is a coworking community and accelerator designed to help startups find their first investors, customers and employees.

Efrat Rapoport

Rapoport is a serial entrepreneur from Israel and founder and CEO of Bonobo AI. Bonobo AI analyzes customer interactions, converts them to actionable segments and insights, and drives a personalized experience that increases customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Sam Decker

Decker was co-founder and CEO of Mass Relevance, founding CMO at Bazaarvoice, a marketing leader at Dell, Inc., and a marketing, sales and product strategy leader in several SF Bay area B2B and media startups. He has authored two books on word-of-mouth marketing and serves on several corporate boards.

Michael Marchand

Marchand loves to build innovative solutions that solve hard problems, create new business models and get them to scale. Before joining Dell, Marchand was a vice president for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a $1.9 billion payer-provider organization that serves 40,000 patient /members daily.

Stefan Rehm

Intelipost, a leading enterprise SaaS company for logistics in Brazil, is reshaping the way companies deliver goods. Prior to founding Intelipost, Rehm worked in business development at Project A Ventures and was a co-founder of Evolumis, an iPad-based restaurant menu for high-class and Michelin star restaurants.

Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem

Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem is Oracle’s worldwide startup program. Oracle’s mission is to build a thriving global startup community to drive the digital economy based on collaborative partnerships that enable next-generation growth, business development, and drive cloud-based innovation for startups throughout all stages of their journey. The Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem supports startups at various stages of growth from founders in university-affiliated incubators to early stage to scaleups and beyond.

Oracle Academy

As Oracle’s flagship philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. To this end, Oracle Academy offers students and educational institutions a free and complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty trainings, support, and certification resources. The program works with public and private partners to provide the tools educators need to engage, inspire and prepare students to become innovators and leaders of the future.

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