TechNW - October 23

Speaker Biographies

- Automotive Technology Panel -

Bryan Trussel Photo from Website - 2013Bryan Trussel, CEO, Glympse
Bryan is the face of the operation, working to make Glympse part of our daily lives and make sure the product's ease and simplicity coincides with its commitment to safety and security. Bryan spent 16 years leading teams at Microsoft, working on a range of products from Windows to Interactive TV and embedded systems to casual games, including creating and launching several V1.O products, like MessengerGames, Windows CE and Xbox Live Arcade. He has a bachelor's in Computer Science from the University of Utah and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern. He currently resides in Redmond, Wash. with his wife, four daughters and four-year-old son.

Pranish Kumar
Pranish Kumar, Group Program Manager, Microsoft
Pranish Kumar is responsible for the automotive business including product vision, strategy, roadmap and engineering. Management of the program manager team focused on product definition, design, and customer engagements as well as alignment with overall business objectives.

Marc Weiser photo
Marc Weiser, Founder & Managing Director, RPM Ventures
Marc Weiser is Founder and Managing Director of RPM Ventures, a seed and early stage venture firm focused on information technology.  For RPM, Marc is currently involved with the boards of BountyJobs, Glyde, Kontextual, Mojo Motors, ShareThis and Xtime.  He is also responsible for the firm’s investments in Giftly, Luvocracy, SoFi, and Wide Open Spaces.  Previous investments include: Applimation (acquired by Informatica – NASDAQ:INFA), OpenLane (acquired by Kar Holdings – NYSE: KAR), R4 Global Services (acquired by Verisign – NASDAQ:VRSN), RiverGlass (acquired by Allen Systems), and TetraVitae (acquired by Eastman Chemical – NYSE:EMN).

Prior to forming RPM, Mr. Weiser was an internet and software entrepreneur. He co-founded QuantumShift, a provider of web-based business-to-business technology and services focused on corporate telecommunications needs.  He was also an early employee at MessageMedia (acquired by DoubleClick) where he pioneered some of the original methods for e-commerce and helped lead the company’s IPO. 

In addition to his board roles for RPM, Mr. Weiser serves on the boards of McKinley, Inc., the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) and Wolverine Venture Fund at the University of Michigan, where he is an adjunct professor. He is the recipient of the University of Michigan College of Engineering Alumni Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in founding the CFE, the TechArb (student accelerator), and the Masters in Entrepreneurship (a joint program between the College of Engineering and Ross School of Business).  Additionally, he and his wife are leading the creation of the Food Allergy Center at the University of Michigan. This Center will provide national leadership and a path to a cure for those that suffer from food allergies.  He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BSE in aerospace engineering and a MBA with highest honors.

Forrest North Photo from Website - 2013Forrest North, COO, Recargo
Forrest was co-founder and CEO of Xatori, founder and CEO of Mission Motors, and a battery engineer at Tesla motors.

- New Technologies Panel -

Len Jordan Photo 2013Len Jordan, Managing Partner, Madrona Venture Group 
Today: Len joined Madrona in January 2010 and is actively pursuing opportunities to lead new investments. He currently serves on the boards of Bizible, Cedexis, MaxPoint Interactive, and Zapd on behalf of Madrona.

Past Lives: Len has served on the boards of twelve early-stage companies and on behalf of Frazier Technology Ventures currently serves on the boards of Control4 (CTRL - Nasdaq), Medio, and Wetpaint.

Prior to joining Frazier Technology Ventures as a General Partner in 2004 Len spent 16 years in the software industry. He most recently served as a senior vice president at RealNetworks (RNWK-Nasdaq) from 1996-2001. Len managed the Media Systems Division from 1997-1999, releasing four major versions of the RealSystem software platform and generating the majority of the company's 100%+ annual revenue growth during the period.

From 1999 through 2001, Len's team pioneered RealNetworks entry into non-PC markets, developing products and technology integration agreements with Nokia mobile phones, Sony Playstation game consoles, and numerous television set-top-boxes. Prior to this, Len was President of Creative Multimedia, Inc., a developer and publisher of CD-ROM/Internet products. Creative co-developed CDROM/Internet reference products with Time-Warner, USNews, Viacom and Billboard before its acquisition in 1995 with IHS (IHS - NYSE). In addition, he led the product management on PCTools utility software for several years at Central Point Software before it was acquired by Symantec (SYMC- Nasdaq). He began his career at Safeco Insurance Company (SAFC- Nasdaq) developing financial models for personal computer automation of the independent insurance industry.

Julie Kientz Photo from Website - 2013Julie Kientz, Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Julie A. Kientz (pronounced like "Keentz") is an Assistant Professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in The Information School and Computer Science & Engineering. She is also director of the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab and is active in the Design, Use, Build (dub) alliance. Dr. Kientz's primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Health Informatics. Dr. Kientz's research focuses on understanding and reducing the user burdens of interactive technologies for health through the design of future applications. She has design, developed, and evaluated mobile, sensor, and social applications for helping individuals with sleep disorders, assisting parents of young children in tracking developmental progress, assisting individuals with visual impairments, helping people quit smoking, and assisting special education teachers working with children with autism. Her primary research methods involve human-centered design, technology development, and a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Kientz received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008, under the advisement of Gregory Abowd, and her B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Toledoin 2002. She was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2009, named her department’s Junior Faculty Innovator in 2012, and named an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 in 2013.

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