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Randy Adams
Founder and CEO, Searchme


Randy Adams, S.B. EE MIT 74, is a serial entrepreneur credited with founding six venture-backed information technology start-ups in the last 20 years in Silicon Valley. Some of his more notable start-ups include The Internet Shopping Network, the very first eTailer on the Internet; Yahoo, where he arranged the initial financing and served on the board of directors during the first year of operation; Adobe Systems where he served as Director of Engineering and managed an engineering staff of 200 in the design of Acrobat, PDF, llustrator and PhotoShop; and AuctionDrop, the original nationwide eBay drop-off store company. Currently he is founder and CEO of Searchme, a new Internet search company backed by Sequoia Capital (who backed Yahoo, Google and YouTube). He lives with his wife, Nicole and their six children in Menlo Park, CA.


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John Breslin
Co-founder, Boards.ie


John Breslin is a cluster leader and adjunct lecturer at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research interests are social software and the Semantic Web. He is co-founder of Ireland's largest message board community, boards.ie Ltd., which was established in 2000. He has won a number of web awards, including a Golden Spider in 2001, and two Irish Internet Association "Net Visionary" awards in 2005 (the "Social Contribution" category for boards.ie) and 2006 (the "Online Trader" category for adverts.ie, a classified ads subsite of boards.ie). He also runs a popular Irish blogging site, journals.ie, and set up a wiki portal for Ireland's culture and heritage at wiki.ie. Previously, Dr. Breslin was a lecturer to Electronic and Computer Engineering students at NUI Galway, and received his BE and PhD degrees from the NUI in 1994 and 2002 respectively.


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David Diamond
Chief Operating Officer, Tourtellotte Solutions


David Diamond is currently Chief Operating Officer for Tourtellotte Solutions with responsibility for all business operations within the firm. Tourtellotte Solutions is a global leader in supply-chain software for the pharmaceutical, retail, and consumer goods markets.

Prior to Tourtellotte, Mr. Diamond was the co-founder/Chief Operating Officer of Amperion Inc, a Broadband Over Powerline (BPL)/Wireless firm and before that, Diamond was Managing Director of Redleaf Group Boston, a seed stage investment firm.

Prior to Redleaf, David was General Manager, Corporate Technology Planning for GTE and later for Verizon, where he helped develop Verizon’s Technology Strategy and led the technology portion of the Bell Atlantic/GTE merger transition and planning. He entered this role from BBN where he was General Manager for Emerging Business Operations, charged with spinning businesses out of BBN technology developments.

Previously, Mr. Diamond served as President and CEO of MicroE Defense and Aerospace (MEDA), a start-up firm in Natick, MA, and before that spent 16 years in senior positions in the Dept of Defense.

David serves on several Boards and was featured on the cover of Fortune Magazine as an internet-savvy operations executive in the summer of 1999.

David Diamond holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and a BS & MS in Electronic Engineering from Monmouth University. He also holds a master’s degree (MBA) in the Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Anton P. Teodorescu
Partner, IBM Venture Capital Group


Anton Teodorescu is a Partner within IBM’s Venture Capital Group. Anton began his career at IBM in 1985 as part of the Marketing team, developing solutions for the Financial, Healthcare and Education industries.

He then joined the newly forming IBM Global Services as a Consultant in the Workstation and Interconnectivity areas. Taking on the Principal role within IGS, Anton led the design, implementation and support engagements for several large clients in the Banking, Insurance, Healthcare and Education industries. He began to focus more on emerging technologies, making the link between IBM Global Services and the newly emerging startup companies of the developing technology boom.

Having joined IBM’s Venture Capital Group in 2001, Anton currently works closely with the Venture Capital community in New England, as well as the portfolio companies in which they invest. He helps facilitate linkages between startup companies with promising solutions or technologies with the different parts of IBM that could best leverage them for the mutual benefit of their customers.

Anton holds a B.A. Degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Harvard College, a Master’s Diploma in Computer Science from Cambridge University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


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Douglas Wyatt
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, SiteAdvisor


Douglas Wyatt was most recently the co-founder and CTO of SiteAdvisor, a consumer security software startup acquired by McAfee, Inc. in April of 2006. SiteAdvisor, founded in March of 2005, had a vision to "Test The Internet" and provide its customers with a database telling them which websites were safe, and which were not. This software is now part of McAfee's consumer security suite, and Doug is currently serving as Director of Engineering in the McAfee SiteAdvisor office here in Boston.

Prior to SiteAdvisor, Doug co-founded Vividon, an internet infrastructure start-up based on a research operating system he had worked on while a graduate student at MIT's Lab for Computer Science. Vividon built streaming video servers targeted at carriers, service providers and large enterprises. Based on the Exokernel operating system, these servers provided a price-performance and performance-density advantage compared to servers running on general purpose platforms. Vididon was purchased by StarBak Communicatios in January of 2003.

Mr. Wyatt received his Bachelors (1996) and Masters (1997) degrees in Course 6 from MIT, and began work on his Ph.D. there before taking a leave-of-absense with two colleagues to start Vividon. He has lived in the Boston/Cambridge area since 1992.