The success of GSBI® programs can be attributed to people, especially the experienced Silicon Valley mentors. Much of the strength and long-term sustainability of the GSBI has been built on the reservoir of business experience, start-up savvy, and values of GSBI Mentors.


Mentor Profiles



Taia Ergueta

Principal - Aquametrics

Taia Ergueta is an experienced operational executive and business strategist specialized in creating technology-driven growth. She has managed the start, acceleration and turn-arounds of businesses in the computer services, personal computing and life sciences industries. Most recently Ms. Ergueta was Vice President of Strategic Marketing for the scientific instrumentation businesses at Thermo Fisher Scientific and before that led the same function at Varian, Inc.  Prior to that she was General Manager of the division of Agilent Technologies that launched that company's successful leadership in LC-mass spectrometry as well as proteomics and metabolomics. Her entire career has been in positions with worldwide business development responsibility. As a senior Director of Corporate development at Hewlett Packard she managed business development in Asia Pacific with emphasis on China.  

Ms. Ergueta holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Born in Bolivia, she speaks Spanish, French and Italian. This is Taia's first year as a GSBI Mentor.


Tim Haley

Founding Partner - Redpoint Ventures

Tim Haley is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to founding Redpoint, Tim was a general partner with IVP, a firm he began working with in 1987 and joined in 1998. Tim focuses on investments in software, consumer Internet and digital media. Tim currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Cairo, Inc., Fatlens, Homestead Technologies, Inc., Liquid Systems, Movaris, M7, and Netflix, Inc. (NFLX). He also led investments in ChemConnect, Inc., (acquired by OpenWave), Kendara (acquired by @Home), Responsys, Inc and Reflect, Inc. (acquired by Procter and Gamble). Prior to joining IVP full-time in 1998, Tim was the principal of Haley Associates, one of the premier executive recruiting firms in the high technology industry. Tim was instrumental in the formation of numerous successful companies, including Alteon Networks, Applied Digital Access (IPO 1994), Centillion Networks (acquired by Bay Networks), Crescendo Communications (acquired by Cisco Systems), Epigram (acquired by Broadcom), FaceTime, Ipsilon Networks (acquired by Nokia), MMC Networks (IPO 1997), Mpath Interactive (IPO 1998), OnStream Networks (acquired by 3Com), Portera Systems, PMC-Sierra (merged with Sierra Semiconductor), PointCast (acquired by idealab!), Primary Access (acquired by 3Com), Pure Software (IPO 1995), SkyStream, Virage (IPO 2000), Whistle Communications (acquired by IBM), Whitetree (acquired by Ascend Communications) and Zip2 (acquired by Compaq Computer).

Tim received his B.A. in Philosophy from Santa Clara University.


Jamie Kole

Vice President, Finance and Administration
Ion Torrent, a Life Technologies company

Jamie Kole joined Ion Torrent in December 2009, bringing over 20 years of finance and operational experience ranging from research phase start-ups to publicly traded companies. Prior to Ion Torrent, she was chief financial officer and vice president, operations at iPierian, a stem cell therapeutics company. At iPierian, she was responsible for managing the finance and administrative functions as the company established and expanded the start-up operations. From 2001 to 2008, Jamie was vice president finance at Affymetrix, and acted as chief financial officer from December 2006 to June 2007. She oversaw many facets of finance and commercial operations as the company scaled from a $200 to $370 million entity. From 1994 to 2000, she worked in various domestic and international finance management positions at Dade Behring, a clinical diagnostics company. Prior to Dade Behring, she held positions of increasing responsibility at Xerox Corporation.

Jamie holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS in Applied Mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


Ricardo Levy

Ricardo B. Levy is an executive and entrepreneur whose career spans more than three decades of founding and building successful businesses. Born and raised in South America to a European immigrant family, he completed engineering studies in the United States at Stanford and Princeton before returning to South America to run a family business. In 1969 he sold the business and returned to the United States to complete his Ph.D. at Stanford in the field of catalytic chemistry. In 1974, after a number of years in the petroleum and petrochemical industry, he co-founded his first entrepreneurial venture, Catalytica, a research and development firm serving the pharmaceutical and clean energy industries. The firm’s discoveries resulted in over one hundred patents and led to the formation of three companies, one of which became, under Levy’s leadership, the largest supplier to the pharmaceutical industry in North America. He currently serves on several public and private corporate boards of directors and the Advisory Board of the Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society, the leading global entrepreneurship incubator. He is the author of a book, “Letters to a Young Entrepreneur,” published in March 2010.


Sean McKenna

Partner - McKenna Ventures

Sean has been a private investor for more than 12 years. He works with small, startup companies helping with business development, marketing strategy, and investor presentations. Sean also has more than 25 years of product marketing experience launching new technology products including: 3D modeling software, network-centric video surveillance solutions, 3D motion tracking devices, alcohol-based fuel cell systems, and applications for professional graphic artists and consumer-based web authoring tools. Sean sits on the board of the Ravix Group, which provides consulting expertise to outsource the finance, human resources and facilities functions of early-stage and middle market companies.

McKenna received a BBA from the University of San Francisco, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.


Jeff Miller

President and Chief Executive Officer
JAMM Ventures

Jeff Miller is President of JAMM Ventures, a business consulting company. Prior to establishing his firm, Jeff spent from 2002 through 2006 as a venture partner with Redpoint Ventures. At Redpoint, Jeff's area of focus was mentoring CEOs of several Redpoint companies, particularly those in the enterprise and infrastructure software markets. Most of Jeff’s career was spent in operating companies. He was CEO of Documentum, Inc. (DCTM), an enterprise document management software company, from 1993 to 2001, and Chairman of the Board from 1999 to 2003. Under Jeff's leadership, Documentum became one of the fastest growing technology companies in the country. Starting as a private company with 15 employees and $500K of sales when he joined, Documentum had, by 2001, become a publically traded NASDAQ company with 1,200 employees and revenues over $200 million. Jeff has more than 35 years of high tech experience, in semiconductors, hardware, and software companies, having spent the early years of his career at Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, and holding senior marketing and general management executive positions at Adaptec and Cadence Design Systems. Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of a number of high technology companies, including Data Domain, the leader in deduplication storage systems and Unicru, a hiring solutions SaaS company. He currently serves on the Board of McAfee Inc., the world’s largest, security technology company, where he is a member of the Executive Compensation Committee. Jeff also serves on two philanthropic Boards, The American Prairie Foundation and Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

Jeff holds a Masters of Business Administration (1976) and a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1973) from Santa Clara University.


John Orcutt

Chief Executive Officer
Pie Digital, Inc.

John has led Silicon Valley technology start-ups and business units in major corporations for over 25 years. At Hewlett-Packard he was VP and General Manager of the Managed Home business unit. John’s team pioneered a range of leading edge consumer devices, including networked TVs and home media servers, as well as content and services for the digital home. Earlier in his career John was a CEO of two venture-financed application and infrastructure software start-ups. He also spent several years as a venture partner with BlueStream Ventures, an infrastructure-focused, early-stage investor. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he was VP/GM for the Distributed Systems division at Unisys.

John earned both his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University.


mentor values

•    Engaged & Committed - be present with the social entrepreneur
•    An Active Listener - help the social entrepreneur actively explore and probe
•    Humble - no arrogance, focus on the social entrepreneur rather than self
•    Respectful - value the social entrepreneur, their business and culture
•    Encouraging - be a positive "cheerleader" of the social entrepreneur
•    Pragmatic - serve the social entrepreneur with practical and realistic solutions
•    Challenging - sometimes "push back" or  demonstrate"tough love"
•    Honest - authentic; be sincere and show integrity
•    Expressing Humanity - be humane and benevolent to our fellow travelers
•    Inspiring - reinforce the vision for scale and change


mentor characteristics

The best mentors are trusted advisors. 



  • Expressing humanity -- sharing the social values of our social entrepreneurs of being humane and benevolent to our fellow travelers
  • Humble -- the absence of arrogance of the importance of focusing on the social entrepreneur rather than self
  • Respectful -- appreciative and valuing the social entrepreneur, their business and culture; as well as respecting fellow Mentors and GSBI staff and faculty
  • Encouraging -- being complimentary and the positive "cheerleader" of the social entrepreneur's growth and work.
  • Inspiring -- reinforcing the social entrepreneur and their vision for scale and change.   


  • Engaged and committed -- a pledge to truly be there with the social entrepreneur
  • An Active Listener -- to help the social entrepreneur actively explore and probe; pursuing more than just the spoken words
  • Pragmatic -- serving the social entrepreneur by insisting on solutions that are practical and realistic to implement and achieve... but not taking over
  • Challenging -- our role includes the importance of sometimes "pushing back" or "pushing for more"; sometimes referred to as "tough love"    
  • Honest - authentic; being sincere and frank with integrity


To learn more about our GSBI Mentors, or to become involved, contact our GSBI Mentor Network Director.


our current mentors


Barbara Adey
Senior Director, Product Management, Security Technology Group, Cisco Systems
Steve Albertolle
Interim Vice President, Finance, Pie Digitial; Partner, Calegari and Morris CPA's

Lynne Anderson
Environmental Management Consultant, LFAnderson, LLC
Julie Betwee
Managing Partner, PivotPoint Consulting 
Sean Casey
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Silicon Valley Space Center
Cynthia Dai
Chief Executive Officer, Dainamic Consulting, Inc.
George Economy
Director, Amani Holdings LLC

Jordan Engel
Manager, Big Sky Associates, Inc.

Taia Ergueta
Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Michelle Ewoldt
Director, Product Management, Global eCommerce, Walmart
Jose Flahaux
Senior Vice President,  Worldwide Operations, Corsair Memory
Stephen Goodman
Senior Vice President, Global Marketing & Business Development, Continuum
Brian Haas
Senior Vice President, Quality, Ramp, & Customer Satisfaction, KLA-Tencor
Tim Haley
Founding Member, Redpoint Ventures; Board Member of Netflix,, ThredUp, Zuora, Inc.
Kimberly Hendrix
Innovation Strategist & Associate Partner, IBM 
Robert Hum
Vice President & General Manager, Mentor Graphics 
Theo Keet
Corporate Controller, Guided Delivery System
Jamie Kole
Vice President, Finance & Administration, Ion Torrent
Kevin Kraver
Director, Product Line Management
Dan Kreps
Chairman of the Board, Advance Global Capital; formerly Senior Director, American Express Banking Ltd.
Damon Krytzer
Chief Investment Officer, R2 Alpha Fund Management
Dennis Lenehan
Retired Executive, Intel Corporation 
Ricardo Levy
Retired Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer  of Catalytica, Inc.; former Chairman of the Board of Catalytica Energy Systems, Inc.
John Lovitt
Board of Directors, Appistry; retired Chief Executive Officer, Pattern Insight

Daphne Luong
Vice President of Engineering, [24]/7
Bob MacDonald
Technical Program Manager, Google
Sean McKenna
Managing Partner, McKenna Management; Director, Ravix Group
Paul Meissner
Chief Executive Officer, Spheretouch
Jeff Miller
President, JAMM Ventures
Lee Ng
Director, Venture Technology, Siemens Technology
Naresh Nigam
Senior Vice President, Engineering, Sanmina; Co-Founder, Force10 Networks
Amanda North
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Artisan Connect
Ken Nussbacher
formerly Executive Vice President, Affymetrix Inc.; Bpard Member, Presage Biosciences, Inc., Allopartis, Mission Bay Capital/QB3
Sean O'Keefe
Vice President , Business Development, Shamrock Office Solutions &  Shamrock Technology Group
John O'Keefe
Vice President  of Operations, Pacific Bell
John Orcutt
Chief Executive Officer, Pie Digital, Inc.  
Stephen Ozoigbo
Investment Consultant, ACC10 Government of Catalonia
Andy Paul
President & Chief Executive Officer, Corsair Components
RL Prasad
Managing Director, Re-engineering, Head Customer Risk Management, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore
Francis Racquel
Director of Strategic Services Marketing, KLA-Tencor
Sundar Ramamurthy
General Manager, Applied Materials
Dennis Reker
Former Director, Intel Corporation; Board of Directors, CCPY
Pamela Roussos
Director of Strategic Alliances, Center of Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University; Board Chair, Livelyhoods
Bill Scull
President, Catalyst Consultants
Shani Shoham
Co-Founder, ValYou; Senior Director, NICE Actimize
Juris Silkans
Former President, HGTV Canada
Sriram Sundararajan
Consulting Principal, Cognizant; Founder, BuildaVenture LLC
Elsbeth TeBrake
Director Support Delivery, Hewlett Packard
Bret Waters
Chief Executive Officer , Tivix; Lecturer, Stanford University
Tracy Weatherby
Founder & Managing Partner, Active Ingredient
Steve White
Chief Executive Officer, Svaya Nanotechnologies 
Phyllis Whiteley
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Didimi, Inc.; Venture Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Michael Wray
Partner, Hall Wray Consultants; SCORE Counselor, US Small Business Administration


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