About

Technology, policy, and business models emerge faster and more unpredictably than before. Yegii Inc., the insight network, is an open innovation marketplace/platform that tackles these issues head on. Yegii provides expertise on demand, sourcing both expert teams and expert knowledge from a global pool. Yegii's insight discovery platform contains ranked knowledge assets in several key industry verticals: Energy, Finance, Healthcare and Tech. The rankings are done by a combination of in-house Yegii editorial review and crowdsourced expert review among Yegii's members, which include experts, consultants and corporate clients. Yegii also provides a more tailored service where companies can run competitions among Yegii's experts to help resolve their business challenges. Contrary to the first generation of open innovation initiatives, Yegii's emphasis is on matching teams to challenges, not just individual experts. Also, Yegii deploys an advanced insight discovery platform which makes knowledge workers more efficient. Identifying and managing elite, global teams, Yegii global approach delivers a depth and breadth of insight not found anywhere else. Yegii, Inc. was incorporated in November 2013, was in beta from March 2014 until end 2014 and is now in full operation, delivering insight services to a select suite of clients in industries affected by technology disruption. Our B2B and B2C offerings for knowledge professionals - scientists, consultants, executives, is still in beta.

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Management

Team

Tina Choi, President, co-founder

As President and COO of Yegii, a company she co-founded, Tina builds lasting relationships between Yegii's customers and partners and the Yegii team of experts, consultants, architects, engineers and scientists. Tina's background is as Global Media and Communications Lead at Ashoka. She is a former White House Fellow and Special Advisor at the United States Trade Representative (USTR). While at the UN, she led the UN Global Teaching and Learning Project. Tina earned her business credentials doing business development as a Mohn Fellow at Bertelsmann, including working at Random House UK. Tina has degrees from Oxford, Harvard and Wellesley.

James Barnett, Director of Engineering

James is an Architect, the Manager of Drupal Development, with Software and Systems Consulting experience from Coding Cantina. A former Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Babson College, and the author of Drupal 8 for Absolute Beginners, he has more than 20 years of experience at Barnettech Consulting, IDG, and Fidelity. James holds an MBA from Brandeis University.

Priya Nag, VP, Product & Business Development

Priya is a design thinking practitioner with strong consulting experience, particularly from building new teams/practices. Formerly, she was the Director of digital strategy and innovation at American Express (AmEx), responsible for developing the digital strategy across channels, identifying opportunities for innovation and providing support to strategic initiatives. She also led the development and launch of new products. Earlier in her career, she was a manager of strategic research at General Electric (GE) and a research analyst at McKinsey & Co.

Yegii's core technology team is growing, and consists of PhD and Master level computer science graduates. To express interest, please outline your machine learning and/or semantic knowledge discovery credentials and send us an email. At this point, we are only entertaining discussions with people who can provide evidence of unparalleled talent as well as dedication to changing the way knowledge is discovered, filtered, or synthesized. Commercial coding experience is essential but not required. We are looking for people to join with a mix of salary and equity. At Yegii, we recruit only highly technically literate candidates, even for roles in sales, marketing or business development.

Board of

Directors

Trond Undheim (Cambridge, MA, USA), Chairman of the Board, co-founder

Trond Undheim, Ph.D., Co-founder, Chairman of the Board of Yegii Inc. A serial entrepreneur, Trond runs MIT Startup Exchange (STEX), connecting industry to startups at MIT, a program he has built from scratch over the last two years. In this role, he advises multinationals (such as GE, Philips, Nestle and Samsung for example) as well as corporate and venture capital firms on innovation. Under his helm, STEX has grown to encompass 1100 MIT startups. Trond also runs the MIT STEX25 startup accelerator for the top 25 emerging and 'industry ready' startups at MIT. A Director at Tautec Consulting, Trond is a former Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, where he taught in and mentored MBA students in a variety of action learning courses. He was a previously a Strategy/business development executive at Oracle Corp. (2008-12), and a policy maker in the EU (2004-8) where built the best practice sharing platform for IT policy (ePractice.eu) from a failing initiative with 100 users to full-fledged web platform with 120,000 members and monthly seminars. Trond has worked with multinational companies, with mid-caps and startups in Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Norway, and the US. He wrote the book Leadership From Below (2008). He has a PhD in the future of work, knowledge Management and multidisciplinary technology studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Trond speaks six languages and is a frequent public speaker on topics ranging from technology trends (fintech, energy, digital health, advanced manufacturing, robotics) and startups to wine.

Julio Faura, Head of Corporate development, Banco Santander (Madrid, Spain) Director

Julio has a 20 year career in High Technology and Banking. He started out as chip designer, creating innovative high performance analog and digital solutions as well as complex IT systems that led to more than 30 publications in international refereed forums. He then worked for McKinsey & Co, where he specialized in Banking serving many of the top financial institutions in Spain, the rest of Europe and LatAm. In 2007 he joined Santander, where he has played several corporate leadership roles in Investment Banking, Consumer Finance, and IT&Operations, ranging from organizational and governance design to end-to-end process optimization and cost management.

Lucy Lombardi, SVP, Industry Relations & Cross Business Projects, Telecom Italia

Lucy Lombardi is currently responsible for Industry Relations reporting directly to Telecom Italia's group CEO, in order to help shape the business going forward in terms of standards, identifying business opportunities and proactively contribute to refocus regulation. She is also responsible for developing business and strategic partnerships. Heading up a cross functional department, she also coordinates the business development and project management of activities that don't fall naturally under any one area. She is also director of business initiatives at the GSM Association. Lombardi started out in software development in C++ before moving into satellite radiometry after winning a competition at the European Space Agency. Moving into the mobile industry in 1996, she has held a number of positions at the Italian incumbent carrier, straddling everything from technology (she served as technical roaming manager), to services development, and business strategies. She left TIM in 2000 to join Italian start-up operator BLU, which was broken up in 2002, when she rejoined the incumbent. It is perhaps in the standards environment that she has wielded the most influence, however. Lombardi has served three terms as Chair of the GSMA/IREG (Interworking and Roaming Experts Group) international Working Group from 1999 to 2006. She holds a masters degree in physics from the University of Rome which included a thesis on an original research project studying infrared radiometry for advanced robotics.

Strength of

Yegii’s network

Enterprise offering

Yegii provides an efficient way to tap into and exchange intelligence on emerging technology, policy, and business models, supplementing in-house or consulting efforts. We help you verbalize your business challenge and mobilize an on-demand dream team of long tail industry and academic experts from around the world.

Publisher offering

Yegii ranks knowledge assets, such as reports, projects and websites. Publishers and authors can create buzz around their report by obtaining a Yegii rank. If the report is not listed, Yegii provides a ranking service (see products). Making use of such rankings saves time, money, and resources.

Yegii's Expert/Consultant offering

The benefit of being a part of Yegii is to have the opportunity to quickly get up to speed on a new topic. Subscriptions to advanced research content from industrial databases tends to cost tens of thousands of dollars each. Sometimes you need just one key report or even one graph from a bigger report. Yegii can help you identify exactly what you need. We may be able to help you negotiate with the content owner to buy a smaller chunk of the data, analysis or report you need to make your business decision. The platform will be capped at a total of 10,000 multidisciplinary experts (from industry, academia and non-profits) and management consultants, although Yegii will have access to hundreds of thousands of experts through partnerships with other expert networks.

Advisory

Board

ENERGY INDUSTRY

Stan Blazewicz, Global Head of Technology, National Grid (Waltham, MA, USA)

Yegii advisory role: Strategy, Energy Industry, Consulting expertise, Expert network

Stan Blazewicz, Vice President - Global Head of Technology, is responsible for aligning National Grid’s technology and innovation activities with its corporate strategy. He assesses emerging technologies and develops strategies, plans, and partnerships to pursue growth opportunities. Stan is an expert in energy technology and innovation management. He was Managing Director of Navigant Consulting’s Energy Research and Technology Management practice. He has held positions with Arthur D. Little, the Department of Energy, and Wartsila Diesel. Mr. Blazewicz started his career in the US Navy as a nuclear submarine officer and holds a BA in electrical engineering from SUNY Maritime College and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.

Bastian Fischer, Utilities Global Business Unit, Oracle (Paris, France)

Yegii advisory role: Strategy, Utilities, Smart Grid

Bastian is a recognized industry leader with an extensive experience in the Utility industry, in IT technology, customer management and smart grid & smart home area. A regular speaker on the theme of Utility industry innovation, he is an active contributor to a variety of customer thought leadership initiatives and industry press articles on international level. Before joining Oracle, Bastian Fischer held several leadership roles focusing on the Utility Industry transformation in USA, APAC and Europe. With his wealth of international experience and a profound understanding of IT as an enabler of change and innovation, he is currently leading the Oracle Utilities team in EMEA, setting the focus on strategic projects and smart grid initiatives as well as providing direction to the largest utility customers. Bastian leads the Oracle Executive Customer Advisory Board for Utilities, setting the road map to enabling utilities in the roll-out of smart grid projects, embracing industry breakthrough innovations and adopting new and innovative business processes. Bastian was educated in Germany and holds degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science from Universities in Stuttgart and Saarbrucken.

Julio Faura,Head of Corporate development, Banco Santander (Madrid, Spain)

Yegii advisory role: Strategy, Finance Industry, Financing, Client acquisition

Julio has a 20 year career in High Technology and Banking. He started out as chip designer, creating innovative high performance analog and digital solutions as well as complex IT systems that led to more than 30 publications in international refereed forums. He then worked for McKinsey & Co, where he specialized in Banking serving many of the top financial institutions in Spain, the rest of Europe and LatAm. In 2007 he joined Santander, where he has played several corporate leadership roles in Investment Banking, Consumer Finance, and IT&Operations, ranging from organizational and governance design to end-to-end process optimization and cost management. He has participated in many of Santander’s acquisition processes during the last four years, most notably in Poland where he also plays a supervision / coordination role to facilitate its integration within Santander Group. He currently heads Corporate Development in the IT & Operations Division, originating and leading M&A processes and carve outs within the Division. A passionate entrepreneur, and working at the forefront of the innovation strategy within Santander Group, he founds and leads internal startups, global alliances and Joint Ventures, with a special focus on eCommerce/internet and mobile payments companies and businesses. An engineer at heart, Julio holds a PhD in Computer Science / Electrical Engineering from UAM (Spain) and a MsC in Management of Technology from MIT Sloan.

Julian Herbstein, Lotus Capital (Toronto, Canada)

Yegii advisory role: Strategy, Finance Industry, Financing, Expert network

Julian Herbstein is the Global Head of Business Development at Lotus Capital, a role to which he brings over 20 years of experience in finance, operations and corporate development. He is in charge of Lotus’ international expansion, distribution partnerships and channel strategy. Before joining Lotus, Mr. Herbstein was the CEO of ICG Asia, a division of International Capital Group based in Hong Kong. Previously, Mr. Herbstein was a principal with the private equity group of Soros Fund Management, where he evaluated investment opportunities primarily in Asia and Latin America. Mr. Herbstein had earlier led the turnaround of a Soros portfolio company in Australia, increasing EBITDA by over 70% and generating the best call wait times in the industry. Mr. Herbstein began his career in the M&A group at Lazard Frères. He then joined News Corp’s Sky TV platform, where he led the effort to deploy satellite television in Argentina and Chile, and later co-founded govWorks, a KKR-backed software firm that helped municipal governments harness the power of the Internet to connect with their constituents, transact payments and issue licenses. Mr. Herbstein received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and holds an MBA from Stanford Business School. He sits on the Investment Committee of CGN Private Equity in Beijing and on the board of directors of Attitude Global in São Paulo. Mr. Herbstein speaks five languages (going on six) and is an avid adventure traveler (over 70 countries).

Vegard Strand, Owner & Chairman, IQ Invest A (Trondheim, Norway)

Yegii advisory role: Strategy, Financing, Expert network and client acquisition in Scandinavia and the UK

Vegard is a serial entrepreneur & international business developer. He has been involved in the international expansion of 40+ companies helping with market penetration, financing, strategy etc. He is also an experienced CEO & Chairman of a number of international companies, mainly in the software/services business. His core competence lies within Telecom, Mobile, Bank/Finance & ERP. Vegard is an experienced speaker in the subjects of international entrepreneurship & sales/marketing.

Elaine Wong, Founder, Partner at Hao Capital (Beijing, China)

Yegii advisory role: Strategy, Finance Industry, Financing, Expert network

Elaine has rich experience in working with the boards and management of portfolio companies, assisting in their formation and growth, and working with management to assess/select technology (foreign and domestic) to accelerate the development of the company. Prior to HAO Capital, Ms. Wong was a member of the management of the Carlyle Group US Venture Partners and the Carlyle Group Asia Growth Equity partnership. She was also a Consultant with Arthur D. Little’s technology advisory group. Ms. Wong is the principal board representative from HAO Capital for a number of the boards of the portfolio companies and is responsible for working with the companies in strategy formulation and implementation, and in identifying industry experts and advisors to work with the management of the companies. Ms. Wong graduated from MIT with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and has an MBA from Stanford University.

HEALTHCARE/LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY

Richard Golob, CEO, GGA Software

Yegii advisory role: Strategy, Financing, Life Science Industry, Client acquisition

Richard Golob has extensive experience working with companies that are developing complex software applications and that are undertaking large databases and content-based projects. With a background that spans the publishing, pharmaceutical/biotechnology, and financial worlds, Richard understands the technical, scientific, and business needs of GGA's clients. Prior to co-founding GGA, he served as interim president and chief executive officer of two software companies and as a board member of numerous early-stage technology companies. Previously, Richard was a leading expert in the environmental and energy fields, where he consulted for the United Nations, worked for national governments such as Kuwait and Mozambique, and wrote a critically acclaimed book on renewable energy technologies. He has served as an adviser to the venture capital firm Charles River Ventures and as chairman of an advisory group at the Harvard School of Public Health. Currently, he serves as president and board member of the United Nations Association of Greater Boston, and as board member of the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England. Richard graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. degree in biochemical sciences.

Christopher T. Collins, Principal at ECG (Boston, MA USA)

Christopher Collins is a Principal, senior shareholder and head of the Boston office at ECG Management Consultants, a 160-consultant national healthcare consulting firm with a focus on the provider/services sector. He is called upon by executives and boards of academic medical centers and large health systems to help define their market strategy; reorganize their corporate, governance and leadership structures; lead large scale transactions; and design disruptive models to improve the business and finance side of healthcare delivery in the face of national reform. He advises several of the highest ranking health systems in the U.S. Prior to joining ECG, he was a Principal at the Center for Health Innovation at Noblis. He is frequent author and national speaker on the healthcare delivery system and reform. He holds a master of health services administration from The George Washington University School of Business.

IT/TELECOM

Lucy Lombardi, SVP, Industry Relations & Cross Business Projects, Telecom Italia

Yegii advisory role: Strategy, Tech Industry, Financing, Client acquisition

Lucy Lombardi is currently responsible for Industry Relations reporting directly to Telecom Italia's group CEO, in order to help shape the business going forward in terms of standards, identifying business opportunities and proactively contribute to refocus regulation. She is also responsible for developing business and strategic partnerships. Heading up a cross functional department, she also coordinates the business development and project management of activities that don't fall naturally under any one area. She is also director of business initiatives at the GSM Association. Lombardi started out in software development in C++ before moving into satellite radiometry after winning a competition at the European Space Agency. Moving into the mobile industry in 1996, she has held a number of positions at the Italian incumbent carrier, straddling everything from technology (she served as technical roaming manager), to services development, and business strategies. She left TIM in 2000 to join Italian start-up operator BLU, which was broken up in 2002, when she rejoined the incumbent. It is perhaps in the standards environment that she has wielded the most influence, however. Lombardi has served three terms as Chair of the GSMA/IREG (Interworking and Roaming Experts Group) international Working Group from 1999 to 2006. She holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Rome which included a thesis on an original research project studying infrared radiometry for advanced robotics.

Brig. Gen. Bruce H. McClintock United States Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to Russia

Brig. Gen. Bruce H. McClintock is the United States Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to Russia. General McClintock earned his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1987 and has commanded at the squadron and wing levels. He has also served as a test pilot, an educator at the Space Warfare Center, and a White House Fellow under President George W. Bush. Prior to his current assignment, General McClintock served as Special Assistant for Russia and Division Chief for Central Europe and Eurasia, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He was responsible for directing the development, execution, and coordination of all policy matters related to Russia and Central Europe and interfaced on behalf of the Joint Staff with stakeholders across the Department of Defense and interagency, to include the National Security Staff. General McClintock is a Command Pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in 35 different aircraft.

Kevin Redmond, Director of Digital, MMB (Boston, USA)

Yegii advisory role: Digital strategy, Agency client segment, Tech Industry

Kevin brings 20+ years of integrated marketing experience across top advertising agencies and brands. He has lead digital strategy and execution across enterprise-level websites, mobile, online advertising, and social media campaigns. Kevin lead the digital department and the agency through unprecedented years of integrated growth, quadrupling department size and revenue via new business wins (Gulf States Toyota, Boston Children's Hospital, Foster Grant, Auto Europe) and growing existing accounts (Subway Restaurants). He crafted strategy and programs that grew Subway Facebook Likes from 400k to 20mm+ in two years and contributed to ranking as #1 Most Beloved Brand in 2010 + 2011 + 2012, beating Apple, Google, Target, Ford, Amazon, McDonalds, Netflix. YouGov/Brand Index. Prior to MMB Kevin held leadership roles at Digitas, Hill Holliday, Euro RSCG/Arnold, and The Barbarian Group, and has managed marketing initiatives for blue chip brands, including: Google, YouTube, Nike, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bloomberg, L.L. Bean, Dunkin’ Donuts, CVS, TJX, Liberty Mutual, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Holiday Inn, Campbell Soup Company, Pepperidge Farm, Talbots, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Ocean Spray, Citibank, Symantec, Subway Restaurants, Boston Children's Hospital, Ford,and Toyota.

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Val Livada, startup Board member, Corporate venturing expert (Boston, Massachusetts)

Yegii advisory role: Innovation, open innovation, client acquisition, corporate venturing, strategy

Mr. Val R. Livada, PhD serves as Advisor of Vanguard Solar, Inc. and IPVision, Inc., and runs a Corporate Entrepreneurship Network, a group of strategic investors, technology scouts and new business development professionals across various industry sectors. Mr. Livada is a Founder of Weybridge Partners, Winchester, MA and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He served as a Vice President of Pugh-Roberts Associates. He served as Consulting Partner of Synchrony Venture Management, Investment Arm. Dr. Livada has spent over 25 years as a management consultant to both Fortune 200 and emerging companies. He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of strategic planning and organizational dynamics with detailed knowledge in the areas of innovation, product development and R&D management. During his career, Dr. Livada has combined expertise in the areas of strategic planning and organizational dynamics with a detailed knowledge in the areas of innovation, product development and R, D & E management. Prior to establishing Weybridge Partners, he was the leading practitioner in the area of innovation management for the PA Consulting Group. He has been instrumental in establishing US operations for several established and emerging European companies, including Nokia Research and Pro2Kem. He serves as Member of the Advisory Board of Porticus Technology Inc. He served as Member of Strategic Advisory Board at Synchrony Venture Management, LLC. He served as a Director at Braxton Associates, an international strategy planning consulting firm. He was a Guest Lecturer and Senior Lecturer on Corporate entrepreneurship at the MIT's Sloan School of Management for 12 years. Dr. Livada received his undergraduate degree from MIT and his MA and PhD from Tufts University.

Knut H. Sørensen, Professor, NTNU (Trondheim, Norway)

Yegii advisory role: Technology policy, Energy technologies, EU research, EU academia

Knut Holtan Sørensen is a Professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has published multiple books and hundreds of articles in technology studies. Current research interests include social studies of ICT and the Internet, innovation and technology policy, gender and technology, social studies of knowledge and interdisciplinarity, engineering studies, and social studies of climate change and sustainable energy technologies. Sørensen has active interdisciplinary research collaboration with faculty and research scientists in engineering and architecture across NTNU and SINTEF.

Tom Burton, Member at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (Boston, Massachusetts)

Yegii advisory role: Energy legislation, cleantech, regulation, policy

Tom is Chair of Mintz Levin’s Energy & Clean Technology Practice, which he founded in 2004. A Member in the firm’s Boston office, he focuses his practice on representing emerging-growth and established energy and clean tech companies. He counsels these companies on growth and development, advises their boards of directors, and represents them in transactional matters, including private and public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and technology transfers. Tom organizes venture capital funds and represents VC funds in portfolio investments. He has helped clients with the formation, financing, and sales of numerous companies involved in markets such as solar and wind, smart grid and energy efficiency, water technologies, waste treatment, biofuels, electric vehicles, and green buildings. In 2013, Tom was listed among the Top 100 Cleantech & Renewables Lawyers by Euromoney’s LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy.