Sharon Du is a patent agent in the intellectual property practice group at King & Spalding LLP. Sharon’s practice includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications, conducting patentability search analysis, and advising on the patent application process. Some of Sharon’s past clients include Apple & General Electric. Sharon holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and is an alumni of Rice University.
START’s cofounder Apurva is a sales leader and manager with experience in team building and growth of small to large sales forces. Apurva has worked in both the Real Estate world and the online space has offered a unique background for building a new age real estate lending company. Apurva has a strong passion for entrepreneurship and has extensive experience in running companies.
Suhani Akhare is an attorney in the Houston office of Jackson Walker, LLP and is a member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities section. Her practice is broad-based and encompasses corporate entity formation, preparation of initial offering documents, strategic alliance agreements with corporate partners, and more. Having owned and operated a small business, Ms. Akhare brings an entrepreneurial bend to her practice and understands the importance of law as a tool to facilitate business.
Gray is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Decisio Health, Inc, an early-stage Healthcare IT company initially focusing on clinical decision support for trauma and emergency medicine. Previously, Gray was the Head of Trade and Investment for UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), and before that the Director of Operations for DNAtrix, Inc., an early-stage biotechnology company.
Misha Govshteyn has over 15 years experience as a technology innovator and startup executive with web, SaaS and cloud-based technology companies. Misha is the co-founder and VP Emerging Products for Mercury portfolio company Alert Logic, where he is responsible for security strategy, security research and software development.
Gaurav is the founder and CEO of Houston’s leading digital agency, ChaiONE. In May 2009, he was selected to receive “The 40 under 40 Award“ award, established by the Houston Business Journal. Gaurav has extensive experience founding, bootstrapping and running successful companies. His eye for detail and keen business acumen led the Houston Angel Network to invite him to join their exclusive club of angel investors.
Kirk is an entrepreneur and startup advocate that has founded three successful companies before starting SURGE, the first mentor-driven seed accelerator focused on Energy Software. He is an active angel investor through his membership in the Houston Angel Network and serves on the board and investment committee for the Texas Halo Fund, the Houston Angel Network’s first sidecar fund.
Roberto has over 20 years of experience working in high tech and business. He has held executive roles in management, operations, marketing, product development, eCommerce and sales, and is a business advisor and board member at several technology companies. He has international management experience and strong technical knowledge.
Daniel currently has the honor of leading the “Idea Lab” (i.e. Marketing Team) at the largest online retailer in Houston, Blinds.com. Winner of the AMA Marketer of the year, Daniel has been doing marketing for online retailers since 1997.