Jim Barrood
The previous head of the New Jersey Tech Council continues to be a visual presence within the tech scene, serving on quite a few boards and advising numerous corporations and organizations.

Mario Casabona
Casabona Ventures and TechLaunch
He lists himself as an angel investor, entrepreneur, enterprise adviser and connector. You may as well name him a veteran of the tech scene within the state, one keen to assist the sector develop.

Kathleen Coviello
Govt vice chairman – expertise, life science and entrepreneurship
New Jersey Financial Growth Authority
Coviello has been chargeable for deploying over $2 billion in financing investments and incentives to help high-tech, biotech and clear tech entrepreneurial companies within the state. She is also a founding member of New Jersey chapter of funding fund Golden Seeds.

Carley Graham Garcia
Govt director
Feliciano Middle for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The previous Google govt is working to bridge the divide between the second-largest college within the state, Montclair State College, and the colourful enterprise and entrepreneurial group in Montclair and North Jersey.

Jim Gunton/Steve Socolof
Founder and managing companion/managing companion
Tech Council Ventures
The duo is chargeable for discovering early-stage tech entrepreneurs and serving to them develop modern companies that drive superior returns for traders.

Donald Katz
Govt chairman
He’s on the prime of any tech record within the state after efficiently constructing Audible into the main voice firm within the nation and serving to to launch Newark Enterprise Companions — the place he’s serving to to seek out the following Audibles and assist them flourish.

Rob Keve and Mike Bryzek
Movement Commerce
Keye and Bryzek have a shared imaginative and prescient to create a next-generation answer for cross-border e-commerce. They’re headquartered in Hoboken.

Mark Kolb
Tech Council Ventures
Kolb is an entrepreneur centered on the well being care business, a sector through which he has began and run a handful of corporations. He has served on numerous company and nonprofit boards.

Eric Levine
Shareholder and govt vice chairman
Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper
He’s the co-chair of Lindabury’s Cybersecurity and Information Privateness Apply Group and a thought chief within the sector. In different phrases, the kind of lawyer all corporations want to seek out.


Aaron Value
New Jersey Tech Council
The founder and creator of Propelify is now the top of the state’s prime tech group. His goal to carry the tech group collectively to create an ecosystem that may assist New Jersey return to its roots as a prime tech middle within the nation.

Judith Sheft
Govt director
New Jersey Fee on Science, Innovation and Expertise
Sheft, who spent almost twenty years at NJIT, started her new position with the newly created CSIT in January. Comprised of representatives from the private and non-private sectors, in addition to academia, the fee is tasked with main the way in which in selling the state as a house for educational and technological analysis, improvement, and commercialization.

Donald Sebastian/Simon Nynens
New Jersey Innovation Institute
They’re the dynamic duo that leads the way in which at NJII. Nynens, the previous chairman of Wayside Expertise Group and the chair of the New Jersey Tech Council, has been at NJII since 2018, when he was introduced in to assist lead the Enterprise Growth Middle (now referred to as VentureLink), which is the oldest and largest tech incubator within the state. Sebastian has lengthy been the face of NJII, main its efforts to change into one of many innovation facilities within the state.

Monica Smith
Marketsmith Inc.
One of many prime feminine executives runs one of many fastest-growing advertising and marketing tech corporations within the state. Smith makes use of data-driven analytics to assist her purchasers achieve an edge in digital advertising and marketing.

Chris Sugden
Managing companion
Edison Companions
Some take into account Sugden the main monetary expertise investor on the East Coast. He at present serves as director of six Edison portfolio corporations. He has led 32 financings, together with 20 new investments, and has served as director of 21 corporations.

Esther Surden
NJ Tech Weekly
We like to honor these in our business, and, on the subject of reporting on the New Jersey tech scene, there’s nobody higher than Esther Surden. When she’s at your occasion — and it feels as if she’s in any respect of them — you’ve got a winner.

Stephen Welby
Govt director and chief working officer
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
He’s the top of one of the vital necessary tech associations on this planet — one the state is fortunate to have situated in Piscataway. An business icon, he’s additionally a key determine on the talking circuit.

Marcus Weldon
Bell Labs
Weldon helps Bell Labs prepared the ground in 5G expertise. And, whereas Bell Labs could not have the identical cachet because it as soon as did, it nonetheless is producing groundbreaking expertise and innovation. It’s a place the state wants to raised market.

Andrew Zwicker
Assemblyman (D-Monmouth Junction)
State of New Jersey
Zwicker makes the record for 2 causes: His work on the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and his efforts within the Meeting, the place he takes the lead on all issues STEM within the state.

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