Ilir Capuni is the head of the Advanced Computation Research Center at the University of New York in Tirana. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Boston University. His research and entrepreneurship work is focused on reliable computational systems in adversarial environments and self-organizing computation on unsynchronized dynamic peer-to-peer networks. In 2011, he led the programmers behind Trufflehead (now MobileSkillet), which was acquired in 2014. Capuni also launched DamBox - a digital asset management system for multi-platform live streaming with novel in-stream DRM, acquired in 2017 by Sony Europe.
Capuni’s Excellence Labs devised a complete ERP for broadcasting companies, a self-organizing cluster of video-streaming engines that are compatible with any CDN. Through his work at Excellence Labs, Capuni also developed a novel way to embed inaudible real-time cryptographic watermarks into video streams. Capuni has received numerous education excellence awards, including the Teaching Excellence Award (BU) and the Research and Service Excellence Award (Tirana). Capuni and his steering committee colleagues deploy €35M in innovation funding per annum.
James David Moffet III is an accomplished engineer, designer, and data privacy expert. Moffet has been engaged as a global expert in privacy and user-centric design, lecturing worldwide on the future of online communities. Moffet is a prestigious Fulbright Fellow and a Y Combinator-backed entrepreneur. He holds his masters from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where his research was at the intersection of machine learning, data privacy, and user experience design. He has built and launched viral, interactive websites, decentralized systems, and social collaboration software for the likes of the MIT Viral Communications Lab and MIT Community Innovators Lab. James architected and built a member and financial platform at SEIU, serving an organization with 1.9M members. Most recently, his Y-Combinator backed direct-messaging platform reached 180,000 Monthly Average Users (MAUs) in under 6 months.
Nadeem Mazen is an award-winning serial entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in viral marketing and interactive software. His work has been featured domestically and globally by BBC, NPR, Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post, Gizmodo, CNN, CBS, NBC, and many other news and television outlets.
Mazen holds his B.Sc. from MIT, where his thesis developed novel interactive software for user education and where he focused on large scale user engagement; he later became a research assistant at MIT Media Lab, developing large-scale interfaces and viral media. In 2013, Mazen was elected to Cambridge City Council for two terms, winning full-time elected office in the home of MIT and Harvard. In this role, Mazen oversaw $3B in public funds, stepping down in 2018 to assemble the FARBK team. A Y Combinator-backed entrepreneur, Mazen founded danger!awesome, a 3d printing rapid fabrication startup funded by TechStars in 2016, that was later acquired in 2017. Mazen’s longest running venture, Nimblebot, is anaward-winning software development, video production, and viral dissemination agency, serving clients like Samsung, Revlon, IBM, McGraw-Hill, Mozilla, Fight for The Future, Reddit, Consumer Technology Association, and other global brands. Mazen’s viral marketing reach has surpassed over 100,000,000 engagements. He has won top AdFest honors for his directorial and viral dissemination work as well as prestigious awards in the fields of interactive video, product design, and education.
Ace Moghimi is a globally recognized leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. He holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College, the #1 ranked entrepreneurship MBA program in the world, with a focus on corporate innovation and finance, and an Executive Certificate from MIT in strategy and innovation. He is the former Global Head of Innovation and Strategy at Manulife/John Hancock, where Moghimi founded the Labs of Forward Thinking (LOFTs) in 2014. Moghimi scaled this business unit to 100 employees globally and developed business cases leading to over $1B in value. Moghimi’s internal programs have touched more than 15K employees, fostering his life-long interest in organizational design, culture, and people analytics.
During his tenure at Manulife/John Hancock, he developed the strategy for the firm’s strategic venture fund and led the CIO’s organizational transformation strategy for 7,000 employees globally. For his visionary work, Moghimi was awarded the Corporate Star of Excellence as well as Best Innovation Program Prize at Market Gravity in 2015. Moghimi is a Venture Partner at Nextgen VC and a cryptocurrency angel investor.
Yasin Ozcan is a Ph.D. strategist with several years of research and industry experience, advising C-Suite technology executives at companies such as Leap Wireless (now AT&T), MC Ventures, and Counciltree Telecom, among others, in deals worth over $2B. He is a former Research Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, and holds his B.Sc. in Economics and Mathematics from MIT and Ph.D. in Strategy from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. His research focus is technology strategy and entrepreneurship, with a concentration on decentralized innovation and competitive strategy. Ozcan has authored several distinguished papers on startup innovation ecosystems and growth, startup acquisition trends, and startup exit and acquisition strategy.
Dr. Ozcan’s work in academia and business has been recognized with awards from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Bureau of Economic Research, General Motor Research Center for Strategy in Management, and the National Institute of Health. Ozcan has headlined several conferences on technology strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship, including American Association for the Advancement of Science, Searle Center, Duke Strategy, and Foundations of Business Strategy.
Gautam Sampathkumar is a Silicon Valley Veteran with 15+ years of experience building some of the most scalable systems used today for companies like Bloomberg, Paypal, and Cisco. Sampathkumar holds an MS in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University where his focus was on Grid Computing and Distributed systems. He is a serial entrepreneur who has built technology products and high-quality teams from scratch in various Engineering Leadership positions.
Sampathkumar is a true believer in the promise of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies broadly, having been involved as a developer since 2013. Sampathkumar has extensive experience recruiting top-tier talent into promising startups and “walks the walk,” as a full stack blockchain developer. He is skilled in every layer of cryptocurrency and blockchain development, having overseen GPU/Asic mining operations in various geographies, run Masternodes and other services to enable the growth of various high profile chains, and run algorithmic trading systems for liquidity and efficiency in various markets. He advises various high profile crypto startups, and developed a stable coin and decentralized exchange for the Indian market.