UberMENTOR: Ride and Learn from Boston’s Brightest

#UberMENTOR: Uber | HUBweek

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime—the chance to meet and learn from a local thought leader.

This week is HUBweek, a new series of events and experiences in Boston celebrating innovation in art, science, and technology. As part of the week’s happenings, we’ve joined forces with over a dozen distinguished entrepreneurs and leaders so you can meet them in the back seat for a free 15-minute mentorship. Get career advice, pitch an idea, or just glean as much wisdom as you can.

On-Demand Mentors
Tuesday, October 6

ProTip: Get the most out of your session by being prepared for your trip. Have your resume available or a clear list of goals you’d like to discuss during your ride.


UberMENTOR Screen

  • What: Mentors on demand
  • How: Enter code UBERMENTOR to unlock the option. Select MENTOR in the app + request.
  • When: Tuesday, October 6, noon – 4pm
  • Where: Boston area
  • Who: See below
  • Cost: Free

You’ll be randomly matched with a mentor, and get dropped off at your pickup location after a 15-minute ride. Demand will be high and availability limited.


(Subject to change)

Jon Auerbach | Charles River Ventures

Jon Auerbach Jon joined CRV as a general partner in late 2007 and focuses on making investments in mobile technologies. Prior to CRV, he was a general partner at Highland Capital Partners since 2000, and an early and active investor in numerous successful startups. He led Highland’s investments in Optasite (sold to SBA Communications), CCTV (sold to TerreStar) and TriStar Investors (sold to Crown Castle) and co-led the investments in Quattro Wireless (sold to Apple) and Starent Networks (IPO in 2007, then acquired by Cisco Systems in 2009). Prior to joining Highland, Jon spent almost a decade as working at Dow Jones & Co. and the New York Times Co. Jon holds a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1989).

At CRV, Jon led investments in Affirmed Networks, Fiksu, SessionM, Tasteful, The Flatiron School, and a number of seed investments.

Jeff Avallon | IdeaPaint

Jeff Avallon Jeff, a lifelong entrepreneur, has been honored by BusinessWeek as one of “America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs” and highlighted by Inc. with a spot on the magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” round-up. Avallon joined IdeaPaint in 2006 after graduating from Babson College and was directly involved in commercializing and launching the company, raising IdeaPaint’s funding (Angle, VC & Private Equity), determining channel strategy, acquiring IdeaPaint’s first customer and driving scale. Jeff currently focuses on managing new business development, establishing large strategic partnerships and IdeaPaints overall corporate strategy.

Katie Bickford | Startup Institute

Katie Bickford Katie is responsible for developing processes and standards for Startup Institute student admissions. She oversees the admissions team and works closely with prospective students to help them on the path to careers they love. She has over 15 years of experience selling, building teams, and running organizations in medical and enterprise technology sales. Before joining Startup Institute, she was Director of Sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Acquia; she built out the domestic and international sales and lead generation organization for EnerNOC; and sold and trained for Aspect Medical (acquired by Covidien) and Eli Lilly. In her spare time, she has a daily ashtanga yoga practice and a passion for travel having recently lived in Bali and India.

John Brownstein | Boston Children’s Hospital

John Brownstein John Brownstein, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and is the Chief Innovation Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital. He also directs the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston. He was trained as an epidemiologist at Yale University. Overall, his research agenda aims to have translation impact on the surveillance, control and prevention of disease. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance including HealthMap.org, an internet-based global infectious disease intelligence system. The system is in use by millions each year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU, and has been recognized by the National Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance. He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers. Dr. Brownstein helped found UberHEALTH, a collaboration between the Vaccine Finder project, also founded by Dr. Brownstein, and logistics company Uber. He has authored over 160 peer-reviewed articles on epidemiology and public health. This work has been reported on widely including pieces in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, National Public Radio and the BBC.

John Harthorne | MassChallenge

John HarthorneJohn Harthorne is the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge. MassChallenge runs
startup accelerators designed to catalyze a global renaissance by connecting high-impact startups with the resources they need to launch and succeed as rapidly as possible. Anyone can apply to MassChallenge, with any startup, in any industry, from anywhere in the world. MassChallenge does not take equity from the startups it supports, or place any restrictions on its graduates. Since 2010, the 617 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $706 million in funding, generated $404 million in revenue and created 4,800 jobs. John earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, John won Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT. He also led the 10th annual MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) held in Trondheim, Norway.

Diane Hessan | Startup Institute

Diane Hessan

CEO of Startup Institute, Diane Hessan is a successful entrepreneur, marketer and author. She has spent her career as a business executive, and as co-author of the book Customer-Centered Growth: Five Strategies for Building Competitive Advantage. She is also Chairman of Communispace, where she was CEO for 13 years. Diane has been awarded the Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Most Admired CEO award from the Boston Business Journal, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and third on The Boston Globe’s Top Women in Technology List. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.A. in Economics from Tufts University. She has two grown daughters, and is also founder of The Sound Bytes, an a cappella group that sings about business.

Perry Hewitt | Harvard University

Perry Hewitt Perry Hewitt is an established leader in digital strategy, with deep experience in both corporate and not-for-profit sectors. As Harvard University’s first chief digital officer, she is charged with leading digital strategy for communications and engagement for audiences including the general public, media, and alumni worldwide — as well as exploring ways organizations effect digital transformation.

Perry has worked in marketing, editorial, and strategy roles at firms including Crimson Hexagon, Razorfish, Harcourt, and Lotus Development Corporation. Perry advises students and startups, and writes and speaks on topics including marketing and content strategy, mobile, women and leadership, and the social web.

Shirley Leung | The Boston Globe

Shirley Leung Shirley Leung writes a business column for The Boston Globe every Wednesday and Friday. Previously, she served six years as the Globe’s business editor overseeing the daily business section, as well as the Sunday “Money & Careers” and real estate sections. She also edited several magazines — Globe 100, Top Places to Work, and Diversity Boston. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers named the Globe’s business section one of the best in the country in 2010.

Prior to the Globe, Shirley spent six years at the Wall Street Journal as a reporter in the Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles bureaus. Shirley is a board member and former president of the New England chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. She is also a regular guest on New England Cable News’ “This Week in Business,” and WGBH’s “Greater Boston” and “Boston Public Radio” show. A graduate of Princeton University, Shirley began her career as a metro reporter at The Baltimore Sun. She is a proficient speaker of Mandarin Chinese and a proud working mom of two young boys.

Freddie Martignetti | Suffolk Equity Partners

Freddie Martignetti Freddie Martignetti is a Partner and founding member of the Suffolk Equity Partners team. Suffolk is a generalist venture fund with a focus on start-ups based in the Northeast. Freddie is a member of the Liquor.com Board of Directors and is Chairman of the firm’s Finance Committee, and is also an Advisor to Drizly. He received his B.A. from Harvard College in 2006 and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2011. Freddie is a Mentor in the Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program as well as the Mass Challenge Accelerator Program. Prior to founding Suffolk in the winter of 2011 Freddie worked in the Securitized Products Division of both Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, as well as the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley. In his spare time Freddie enjoys being a ‘Big” in the Big Brother Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay program, and coaching defensive backs for the Phillips Andover Big Blue football team.”

Tony Parham | TKG Management Consulting

Tony Parham Antonio M. Parham (“Tony”), Managing Director of TKG Management Consulting, is an experienced executive, with a track record of successfully leading high profile, global initiatives.

Tony has over 30 years’ experience of business and technology leadership across a wide range of business sizes, from startups to large enterprises. He has worked for or consulted to a variety of renowned corporations, including: Analysis Group, AT&T, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Clintara, CrossTech Ventures, Harte-Hanks, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lotus Development Corporation, Mattapan Community Health Center, Microsoft Corporation, New Covenant, New Marketing Labs, Quantum Associates and The Pulse Network.

Most recently, Tony served as Government Innovation Officer (GIO) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, advising the Governor, Secretary for Administration and Finance, executive branch leaders and other stakeholders on identifying, funding and managing execution of high-impact, business-transformation projects. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts state government is a $36B entity with 141 agencies and 67,000 employees across the Executive Branch. As the first Chief Innovation Officer for the Commonwealth, the GIO was accountable for increasing internal government efficiencies and for the improved experience of outside stakeholders such as residents, businesses and local governments.

Educated at MIT (B.S. in Computer Science and M.S. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management) and the University of Southern California (M.S. in Computer Science), Tony’s career has spanned the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors.

Antonio Rodriguez | Matrix Capital

Antonio Rodriguez Originally a native of Venezuela, Antonio’s love of technology began when he learned to program on an Apple II as a nine year old. That early spark inspired him to become a hacker and serial entrepreneur.

Immediate before Matrix, Antonio was CTO of HP’s consumer Imaging and Printing division where he led a wide array of projects in the areas of mass customization, e-reading, mobile platforms, and next generation web platforms for content consumption.

He came to HP through the acquisition of Tabblo, where he was founder and CEO. Tabblo, a Matrix-backed company, was a high-end photo site focused on bringing together the viral nature of online content publishing with the high margins of digital printing.

Prior to that, Antonio held a variety of engineering, product, and business development roles at MyPublisher (currently the leading photo book manufacturer in the US), abuzz Technologies (acquired by the New York Times), and the Boston Consulting Group.

Antonio’s area of focus include predictive analytics, post PC platforms, digital fabrication, and education technology.

Scott Savitz | Data Point Capital

Scott Savitz Scott Savitz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Data Point Capital, an investment firm focused on the internet. Scott is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially where it aims to raise the bar on the consumer experience. Scott is also the founder and former CEO of Shoebuy.com. Scott founded Shoebuy in 1999, and served as its CEO through its sale to IAC. Under his guidance, Shoebuy grew on average over 55% a year becoming one of the largest online retailers in the country, with over 1 million products and $3.5 billion in inventory available for sale, serving over 8 million visitors a month. Between the sale of Shoebuy in 2006 and Scott retiring from the company in 2011, Shoebuy tripled revenues and grew bottom line faster than top-line. Scott is Chairman of Smart Lunches and also serves on the boards of Jebbit, Paintzen, Print Syndicate, and Vee24. Scott has also previously served as an Advisor or Director for Olejo Stores (acquired by Mattress Firm), On The Spot Systems, Inc. (acquired by Press Ganey), and Bluestem Brands (acquired by Capmark Financial Group). He also serves on several committees focused on fostering growth and a more robust economy including the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Nantucket Conference, and Co-Chair of 12 X 12 and Mass Scale. Scott received a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and currently resides in Boston, MA. He is a frequent industry speaker and has received numerous awards and accolades including Ernst & Young’s New England Entrepreneur of the Year.

Jonathan Shapira | Goodwin Procter

Jonathan Shapira Jonathan Shapira is an associate in the firm’s Business Law Department and a member of the Technology, Life Sciences and Clean Technology Practices. Mr. Shapira is a key contributor to Goodwin Procter’s Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies and the entrepreneurial community. He joined Goodwin Procter in 2008.

Mike Sheehan | The Boston Globe

Mike Sheehan Prior to joining the Globe in January 2014, he spent 20 years at Hill Holliday, where he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Creative Officer. During his tenure as CEO, the agency grew 85%, becoming the 12th largest agency in America and the second largest outside of New York.

Mike began his career as Sports Editor of the Weymouth (MA) News when he was 15, and he worked his way through college working in the library of The Boston Globe. After stints at Boston Magazine and the Quincy Patriot Ledger, he became an advertising copywriter and by the age of 25 had been awarded his first One Show Gold award and Cannes Lion. He won additional One Show Gold, Cannes Lion, Grand Clio, Communication Arts, and Hatch Best of Show awards after joining Hill Holliday. In 1996, he was named Adweek’s National Creative Director of the Year. In 2013, the Ad Club of Boston inducted Mike into their Hall of Fame. In addition to Hill Holliday, Mike served as an Associate Creative Director at Leo Burnett and as Executive Creative Director of DDB Chicago where he oversaw McDonald’s. Mike has served on the Board of Directors of BJ’s Wholesale Club and the American Association of Advertising Agencies, and has chaired the Board of Directors of his alma mater, Saint Anselm College. He currently serves on the Boards of American Repertory Theater, ChoiceStream, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, and One Fund Boston, Inc. He attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated from Saint Anselm College in 1982 with a B.A. in English. He’s been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Curry College, Saint Anselm College, and Stonehill College.

John Stephans | IdeaPaint

John Stephans John is an accomplished senior business leader with extensive global management experience. Since becoming President, John has refocused IdeaPaint on the B2B market, a strategic move that has accelerated top-line and bottom line growth. In 2014, Stephans was promoted to CEO. Stephans believes a truly transparent, collaborative and action-oriented environment is key to unlocking growth and increasing associate engagement. Prior to joining IdeaPaint John held senior management and marketing positions with Monster.com, Ocean Spray and Gillette/P&G.

Allan Telio | Startup Institute

Allan Telio Allan is responsible for helping run the Boston program as well as building company-wide operations. He’s built teams for EnerNOC and Belkin international. Most recently he was the Vice President of Business Development for MyEnergy, which was acquired by Nest Labs. In his spare time, he likes to make ice cream and bake bread for his wife Katie and his children, Lucy and Eli.


Tom Werner | Boston Red Sox

Tom Werner Tom Werner is the chairman of the Boston Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation. In the 13 seasons that he has been with the Red Sox, the club has won three World Series and saved and renovated Fenway Park. Werner was instrumental in establishing the Red Sox Foundation, which, to date, has committed more than $78 million to benefit the people of New England. Werner was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame based on his work with partner Marcy Carsey. Together, they have helped create such popular series as “The Cosby Show,”
“Roseanne” and “That ‘70s Show.” Most recently, Werner produced “Survivors Remorse,” which currently airs on the Starz network.

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