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Legal Advisory Board
Peter Bennett, Partner at The Bennet Law Firm & Chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on Judicial Independence

Mr. Bennett specializes in management issues of employment/labor law and currently serves as Chair for the ABA's Standing Committee on Judicial Independence. He also formerly chaired the 36,000 member TTIPS section of the ABA.

Thomas Girardi, Esq., Founding Partner, Girardi | Keese

In Citizens of Hinkley v. Pacific Gas & Electric he obtained a $333 million settlement for 650 residents of Hinkley, California, in the toxic tort case made famous by the film Erin Brokovich. Mr. Girardi was also lead litigator in the suits against Vioxx and has a strong track record of taking on large corporations and winning.

Allen Morgan, Esq., Venture Advisor, Mayfield Fund

Considered “Sherpa" to many early-stage companies in eCommerce, consumer internet services, interactive entertainment, online advertising and new media, Mr. Morgan was previously a Partner in two Silicon Valley law firms representing start-ups, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati and Latham & Watkins.

Tim O'Brien, Esq., Former Legal Correspondent, ABC News

Attorney and award-winning journalist who covered the U.S. Supreme Court for ABC News for more than 22 years. Following his tenure at ABC News, O’Brien served as the principal Washington correspondent for CNN’s Moneyline.

Chuck Wallace, President and COO at uSell (Upstream Worldwide, Inc.)

Mr. Wallace is a former CEO at UstreamTV and former Co-Founder & Senior Executive atEsurance. He is also Director of Swords-to-Plowshares, a non-profit helping Veterans in need.

Jan Scholes, Esq., Former General Counsel, Babcock & Brown

Ms. Scholes is the Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an investment management group for start-up companies. She was also a former partner at Heller Ehrman, where she specialized in international and partnership taxation.

Mark Grotefeld, Founding member of Grotefeld, Hoffmann, Schleiter, Gordon & Ochoa, LLP

Mark specializes in products liability, large property loss and catastrophic loss litigation and has served as national and regional counsel in large-scale catastrophic loss cases. Mark is among a select group of lawyers who have earned the BV Peer Review Rating.

Key Business Advisors & Investors
Steve Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board

Steve Bennett joined Symantec's board of directors in February 2010 and became chairman in 2011. Bennett previously led Intuit serving as president and chief executive officer from 2000 to 2007. At Intuit, Bennett combined the company's historic innovative and customer-driven expertise with strategic and operational rigor. Intuit revenue grew to $2.7 billion in fiscal 2007 from less than $1 billion in fiscal 2000. Under Bennett's leadership Intuit grew its existing businesses while simultaneously expanding into new markets, such as online banking and healthcare.

Bennett joined Intuit after a 23-year career at General Electric, where he managed complex and diverse organizations from consumer appliances to financial services. During his career at GE, he held a variety of key management roles in numerous areas of the business, including GE Capital e-Business, GE Capital Vendor Financial Services, GE Electrical Distribution and Control, GE Appliances, GE Medical Systems and GE Supply.

He currently serves on boards at American Airlines and parent company AMR Corporation, along with Qualcomm. Bennett graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in finance and real estate. Full bio

Rob Solomon, Former President & COO of Groupon

With a strong background in product development and management, M&A, strategy, business operations and senior management, he’s held positions with Yahoo!, Creative Wonders, SideStep, and more. He earned his Bachelor’s from UC Berkeley and is a member of numerous boards.

Rich Battista, President of National Cable Networks at Fox Cable Networks

He has held multiple positions at News Corporation/Fox, and previously worked as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley. Rich earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and is an active alumnus of Georgetown University, where he received his BS in Business Administration.

Bill Moore, Former ABC Bureau Chief/Executive Producer of Nightline and Peabody Award Winner

With almost 40 years of experience in the world of media, 25 years with ABC News and 11 with Nightline, he was the first person to serve as VP of ABC News and Broadcast Operations and Engineering simultaneously.

Al Lieb, Founder of Innovive & Evite

Evite was acquired by Interactive Corporation, the company that owns Match.com, Citysearch, Ask Jeeves, Ticketmaster, and more. Since Evite, Al has founded Innovive Technologies, an internet software company, and been consulting for early-stage startups. Al graduated with a CS degree from Stanford U.

Bill Irhie, Former CTO of Intuit

Mr. Ihrie has roughly 40 years of experience in the software industry. He has held positions at ADP, Security Pacific Bank, Bell Labs, and Computer Usage Company. Before earning his MA in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, Mr. Ihrie received his BS in Mathematics and Management from MIT.

Stephen Etter, Partner at Greyrock Capital Group

Mr. Etter has previously held positions at Citicorp, Barclay’s Bank, GE Capital and Price Waterhouse, where he obtained his CPA. He received his MBA and undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he has lectured in Finance for a decade.

Forest Baskett, PhD, General Partner, NEA

Forest joined NEA in 1999 and became a General Partner in 2004. He focuses on information and energy technology investments. Prior to NEA, he was Senior VP of R&D and CTO of Silicon Graphics Inc. He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation before joining SGI. Previously Forest was a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.

Ted Driscoll, PhD, Claremont Creek

Ted Driscoll is a Technology Partner at Claremont Creek Ventures. He is also an active angel investor in the Life Science Angels and a founding director of the Sand Hill Angels. He holds a PhD from Stanford in Digital Imaging, Masters degrees from Harvard in Computer Graphics and Remote Sensing, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds 40+ granted US and foreign patents in image-related fields, with approximately 30 additional pending applications.

David Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at LSI Corporation.

David Miller is a communications executive with more than 20 years of experience with public relations, M&A, social media and investor relations in Fortune 500 and start-up environments. Dave is responsible for corporate communications and public relations for LSI Corporation. Prior to LSI he managed communications for Solyndra, a pre-IPO solar company, and before that was head of worldwide media relations, managed corporate affairs and served as spokesperson for Applied Materials for more than 12 years. Dave has a B.A, English and Communications from the University of C.A., Davis. Additional marketing management experience includes CounterPunch Studios, Etec Systems, Spectra-Physics, Newport, and Frost and Sullivan.

Russ Lampert

From 2002 to the present, he has provided financial consulting and management services to early stage high-tech companies in Silicon Valley while also managing mining and real estate investments in the western U.S. Prior to this, Russ was the CFO of Aurigin Systems, an intellectual property management software developer. Aurigin Systems was acquired by Information Holdings Inc. (NYSE:IHI) in 2002. From 1991 through 1996, Russ was the Director of Finance and Administration at Pure Software (NASDAQ:PRSW). Before working with high-tech companies, he was a CPA with Deloitte & Touche. Early in his career, Russ was involved in the management of mining and petroleum exploration businesses in Canada. He holds a B.Sc.in Chemistry from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Peter Bennett, Esq., Partner, The Bennett Law Firm P.A.
The Past Chair of the American Bar Association Tort, Trial, & Insurance Practice Section, Mr. Bennett is a member of the Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Texas (inactive) and American Bar Associations. He has held numerous prestigious positions, including Director of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, and has received many other accolades.