PlugandPlay
Retail

Retail-Focused Startup Accelerator

About

About Plug and Play Retail

Plug and Play Retail is a 12-week startup accelerator program based in Silicon Valley. Startups accepted into the program are leveraging technology to solve the biggest problems top brands, retailers, and industry players face today. Plug and Play, along with a round-table of corporations and industry experts, jointly decide the startups that are accepted into the program.

 

Startup Benefits

Funding from Plug and Play Ventures

Weekly mentor sessions with participating corporate partners, VCs, and entrepreneurs 

Technology feedback workshops and pilot project opportunities

Silicon Valley office space and amenities at the option of each company

 

Current Batch 

Application Deadline - May 31st, 2014 

Finalist Pitch - June 11th, 2014 

Program Begins - June 30th, 2014

 

 

Questions?

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Michael Olmstead

Director

Events

Mentors

Deborah Weinswig

Head Global Retail Research &...

Li and Fung

Kurt Kober

Enterprise & New Venture Mana...

The Clorox Compan...

Andy Chu

Divisional Vice President & G...

Sears Holdings

David Salisbury

Director Global Marketing Cen...

Star Micronics

Lina Yang

Director, Advanced Tech Team

The Hershey Compa...

Jon Strande

Sr. Manager, Advanced Technol...

The Hershey Compa...

David Dorf

Sr. Director of Tech Strategy...

Oracle Retail

Ed Martin

Chief Marketing Officer

Zaycon Foods

Ahmad Ouri

CEO & President

IZ.ON Media (a Te...

Sue Welch

CEO

TradeStone Softwa...

Mike Calbert

Head of Retail Industry Team

KKR

Deborah McWhinney

COO, Global Enterprise Paymen...

Citi

Anne Marie Stephen

VP Retail Sales & Customer De...

iInside (a Wirele...

Michelle Collins

Associate Director

Procter & Gamble

Dan Rosen

Founder & General Partner

Commerce Ventures...

Kirk Goldman

Business Development Executiv...

Toshiba

Janie Yu

Sr. Associate

Fung Capital USA

Ben Strom

Analyst/Jr. Portfolio Manager...

Global Investment...

Chris Finazzo

Customer Strategy & Intellige...

Macy's

Tom Chiu

Board Director

Sand Hill Angels

Baron Concors

Global Chief Digital Officer

Pizza Hut

Josh Goldman

General Partner

Norwest Ventures

Nathan Gold

Demo Coach

Norihiro Kondo

Group Manager

Panasonic

Salil Pradhan

Venture Partner

Draper Nexus Vent...

AJ Brustein

Innovation Accelerator Direct...

The Coca-Cola Com...

Suzanne Johnson

Former Group SVP

Saks Fifth Avenue...

Bob Graham

CTO

BevMo

Tony Miranz

Co-Founder and CEO

Vudu (Acquired by...

Dana Staler

General Partner

Matrix Partners

Ryan Craver

SVP and Chief of Staff of Dep...

Hudson's Bay Comp...

Gregg Margosian

Vice President and CTO

Toshiba Global Co...

Corinna Freedman

Vice President

Wedbush Securitie...

Ratnakar Lavu

SVP of Commerce

Kohl's

Questions?

Reach out to one of our innovation specialists now.

Michael Olmstead

Director

Companies

Bunchball

Gamification

Smart Information...

CartCrunch

Retail

Quividi

Retail

Certilogo

Retail

Bay Sensors

Retail

Grability

mCommerce

ReadyPulse

Social Content Marketi...

xAd

The Intersection of Pl...

BlueFox

Digital Signage

Skytree

The Machine Learning C...

sotrender

Social Media

Linc

Retail

productsup

Product Data Managment...

pindrop inc

Retail

Mashgin

Retail

Placed

Retail

Quantifind

Retail

Pijon

Retail

Itembase

Retail

Prevedere

Retail

Fellow Robots

Retail

Honey

Retail

Sift Shopping

Retail

Augmented Pixels

Retail

Grabit

Retail

Bitcovery

Retailigence

Retail

Sparkle

Retail

Questions?

Reach out to one of our innovation specialists now.

Michael Olmstead

Director

Video

 
Video

Brand and Retail Center of Innovation Launch

Plug and Play's Brand and Retail Center of Innovation kicked off with a demo event featuring 20 of the most innovative startups who are changing the world of retail. Along with representatives from the top 50 global retailers, 20 ecommerce sites, and top retail technology enablers, the event was co-hosted by Mike Calbert, Head of the Retail industry team with KKR's Private Equity platform and Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director and Retail Analyst at Citi.

Posted by Andrew Greenstein | Jan 27, 2014

 
Video

Plug and Play Retail Mentor David Dorf talks Retail Innovation

Plug and Play Retail Mentor David Dorf, Sr. Director of Tech. Strategy at Oracle Retail, stopped by Plug and Play on April 2nd, 2014, to deliver his mentor session, "Retail Convergence," to the startups involved in Plug and Play's Retail Accelerator.

Posted by Michael Olmstead | Apr 07, 2014

 
Video

AJ Brustein of Coca-Cola visits Plug and Play

AJ Brustein, Director of Coca-Cola's Innovation Accelerator and Mentor to Plug and Play's Brand & Retail Center of Innovation, stopped by on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 to deliver a mentor session entitled: "Coca-Cola within the Startup Ecosystem."

Posted by Andrew Greenstein | Apr 14, 2014

 
Video

Dan Rosen of Commerce Ventures mentors Plug and Play Retail...

Dan spoke on "Decoding the VC," with insights relating to how VC's might be reviewing and analyzing startups, especially within the retail space.

Posted by Michael Olmstead | Apr 21, 2014

Questions?

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Michael Olmstead

Director

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Deborah Weinswig

Head Global Retail Research & Intelligence at Fung Global institute

Li and Fung

   

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Kurt Kober

Enterprise & New Venture Management

The Clorox Company

Kurt Kober is the Associate Director of Sales Technology for The Clorox Company and co-founder of Red Clay, an enterprise crowd-sourcing platform.

Kurt is a systems-thinking problem solver with a track record of transformational & incremental change in start-up, enterprise & university environments. Results include development of hundreds of new products worth >$100M in profitable sales across four companies in 10 years along with over $45M of institutional funding raised for private & public initiatives.

Areas of interest for Kurt include technologies in the space of enterprise services that enable organizational communication, collaboration and mobility or consumer and shopper insights.

Kurt received his MBA from The University of Wisconsin – Madison and is a former board member of the Walton Arts Center in Bentonville, Arkansas along with Volunteer Project Manager for The Taproot Foundation.

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Andy Chu

Divisional Vice President & GM

Sears Holdings

Andy Chu is the Divisional Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile and Community Experiences (MCE) at Sears Holdings. Andy leads the MCE product organizations and is responsible for the P&L of the Sears and Kmart mobile business.  Sears Mobile was named 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year by Mobile Commerce Daily.  Prior to Sears, Andy spent over 11 years at Microsoft where he held a number of leadership roles in product, strategy, planning, and business development spanning Bing Mobile and Local, Windows Live Messenger Mobile and Hotmail Mobile, Windows Phone, cloud computing, low-cost PC in emerging markets and enterprise software businesses.

During his tenure at Microsoft, Andy structured a number of strategic telecom operator and OEM deals, including Nokia, Samsung, RIM, Orange Group, Vodaphone, China Mobile, Korea Telecom, etc. Andy has over 15 years of experience in the consumer services, mobile, display, search, enterprise IT and telecom industries, where he previously worked at Verizon Communications in RF engineering, product management, and strategic planning.

 

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David Salisbury

Director Global Marketing Center

Star Micronics

     

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Lina Yang

Director, Advanced Tech Team

The Hershey Company

Lina Yang is Director of Hershey’s Advance Tech Team.  In this role, Lina tinkers with new technologies and seeks discoveries that will deliver growth, insights, and operational effectiveness to The Hershey Company.

Prior to this position, Lina was Director of Global Trends & Strategic Foresight, where she anticipated opportunities and risks 5 to 10 years beyond today. 

Lina brings a broad perspective built on her many experiences working in nearly all aspects of business; from finance to marketing to consumer insights and international innovation.  As a futurist at a candy company, she has found her sweet spot. She’s a food lover, rock climber, fiddler, adventurer, and of course, she loves to ponder future possibilities.

 

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Jon Strande

Sr. Manager, Advanced Technology Team

The Hershey Company

With more than 18 years technology and analytics experience, Jon is an expert designer ofbusiness improving solutions, interaction design, business analysis, and technology implementations. Jon generates innovative ideas grounded in an understanding of how & why people use technology and seeks to differentiate between nuances of possible and plausible.

As Sr.  Manager on the Advanced Technology Team at The Hershey Company, Jon blends empathy, imagination, data and process to deliver tangible value for the company. He’s passionate about music and is a voracious reader.

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David Dorf

Sr. Director of Tech Strategy

Oracle Retail

David Dorf is Sr. Director of Technology Strategy for Oracle Retail where he focuses on the strategic planning and technology adoption for Oracle’s products, and in identifying emerging technologies for use in the retail industry.  Before joining Oracle, David worked for 360Commerce, Circuit City, AMF Bowling, and Schlumberger’s Retail & Banking division developing Point-of-Sale systems using various technologies.  David is a NRF-ARTS board member and has chaired several work teams including the NRF Mobile Blueprint for Retail and the ARTS Social Retailing whitepaper.  David holds degrees from Virginia Tech and Penn State.  Follow David’s blog at http://blogs.oracle.com/retail.

 

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Ed Martin

Chief Marketing Officer

Zaycon Foods

In addition to serving as President and CEO of Blue Clay Ventures, Mr. Martin serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Zaycon Foods and Chief Marketing Officer for Look To The Stars. He is also the founder of Nexus Capital, a private impact investment firm.

Mr. Martin provides strategic direction as an Advisory Board member to the Global Management Challenge which is focused on market based simulation technologies driving the largest positive impact for business and the community. He is also on the board of the Peace Research Endowment, advisory board to The Pack Shack, a hunger relief and nutrition company, as well as an advisor to a number of other organizations serving critical social cause issues.

Mr. Martin has held key positions in top Fortune 500 organizations including The Kellogg Company helping to lead new products innovation, Coca-Cola running insights for all youth brands, Citigroup heading the Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty Research Process connecting all consumer metrics to in-market financial results, Ford Motor Company as Director of Global Consumer Insights, and the Hershey Company as head of Mobile Marketing. He was Chair Emeritus to the Association of National Advertisers Research and Measurement Council, an organization whose members spend over $250 Billion each year in advertising.

​Mr. Martin has served as an Executive in Residence at Georgetown University and has been an advisor to the Millennium Project and to the Ambassador from Uganda to the United States. He has served on many advisory boards and in a number of advisory roles over the years including; Health Store Foundation, Malaria Foundation, Health People in the South Bronx, Harvard AIDS Prevention Project, Chamber of Commerce BCLC, and Co-chair of the Parade All American Volunteering Initiative at the White House.

Mr. Martin also served as an advisor to the State Department and USAID on the Global Diaspora Initiative and on the Executive Board of the Congressional Coalition For Adoption Institute working with members of the Congress and Senate to shape policy to best fulfill the needs of children around the world for “forever families.”

​Mr. Martin is perhaps best known for pioneering global "business to cause" win/win models which drive profit and growth for companies in ways that also support initiatives around poverty, health, education and the environment. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter.

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Ahmad Ouri

CEO & President

IZ.ON Media (a Technicolor Company)

Ahmad joined IZ-ON Media in 2011 from parent company Technicolor. As President and CEO, Ahmad is positioning IZ-ON Media for continued leadership in the growing digital place-based media industry. From 2002-2009, Ahmad held a number of executive positions at Technicolor, including President of Technicolor Digital Cinema, Chief Technology Officer, President of Technicolor Content Services Division and Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, Ahmad was CEO of Philips Electronics Digital Video Server Division. Ahmad earned multiple degrees from the University of Utah, including a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.B.A. and classwork completed for an M.S. in Engineering (Instrumentation).

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Sue Welch

CEO

TradeStone Software, Inc

Sue Welch, founder and CEO of TradeStone Software, is an established leader in designing technology for retailers and suppliers involved in global sourcing and private label initiatives. Ms. Welch's passion for all things retail is reflected in TradeStone's innovative approach to developing a Merchandise Lifecycle Management infrastructure to support collaboration among retailers and their partners as they design, source, produce and deliver exciting and differentiated merchandise collections to the store floor.

In addition to leading TradeStone, Welch is a frequent speaker on global sourcing addressing such organizations as the World Trade Organization, the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade, the ICC and the National Retail Federation. She has been celebrated for her innovation in the industry by such publications as Fortune and World Trade Magazine, in which she was named as one of the 50 most influential executives.

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Mike Calbert

Head of Retail Industry Team

KKR

Michael Calbert (Menlo Park) joined KKR in 2000 and is head of the Retail industry team within KKR’s Private Equity platform. Mr. Calbert serves on KKR’s regional Private Equity Investment Committees. He has been involved in the investments in Dollar General, Pets at Home, Shoppers Drug Mart, Toys ‘R’ Us, US Foods and Academy Sports+Outdoors and is currently on the board of directors of Dollar General, Pets at Home, Toys ‘R’ Us, US Foods and Academy Sports+Outdoors. Prior to KKR, Mr. Calbert served as Chief Financial Officer of Randall’s Food Markets, ultimately taking the company through an investment by KKR in June 1997. He also previously worked as a consultant with Arthur Andersen Worldwide, where his primary focus was on the retail/consumer industry. He holds a B.A. from Stephen F. Austin University and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston. Mr. Calbert chairs the capital campaign for The Woodside Priory School.

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Deborah McWhinney

COO, Global Enterprise Payments

Citi

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Anne Marie Stephen

VP Retail Sales & Customer Development

iInside (a WirelessWERX Company)

Anne Marie Stephen is a passionate evangelist for innovation in retail technology and analytics. She is currently Vice President of Retail Sales and Customer Development for iInside, location based mobile technology, analytics and engagement for offline environments.

She shares her experience bringing new technologies and data to retail as speaker for: The Location Based Marketing Association (LBMA), Citibank, M.I.T. RFID Expo and the Geoweb Summit.  She is a regular contributor for Street Fight, founder of Smart Women in Retail Leadership and mentor for Plug and Play Brand and Retail Center of Innovation.  Anne Marie is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

 

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Michelle Collins

Associate Director

Procter & Gamble

Michelle Collins is the Associate Director of Brick & Click eCommerce and Seamless Innovation for Procter & Gamble.  She has over a decade of experience in the CPG industry across multiple retailers and brands in North America.  Michelle received her bachelor degree from Yale University and her MBA from Boston College.

Areas of interest for Michelle include retail technologies aimed at creating and facilitating a Seamless experience for the shopper as well as new and innovative approaches to creating consumer insights.

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Dan Rosen

Founder & General Partner

Commerce Ventures

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Kirk Goldman

Business Development Executive

Toshiba

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Janie Yu

Sr. Associate

Fung Capital USA

Janie invests for Fung Capital, the strategic investment arm of the Fung family in Hong Kong which separately controls Li & Fung, a public company that sources, distributes and retails consumer products globally with over $20B in revenues and 35,000 employees in over 40 countries.   Janie invests in B2B technology companies that enable omni-channel retailing and supply chain efficiency. 

Prior to joining Fung Capital, she was with Burt’s Bees, leading go-to-market strategies for global expansion.  Before starting her business career, she was a journalist for BBC and PRI’s “The World”, reporting in China.  

Janie obtained her M.A. degree from Harvard University, where she received the prestigious Fung Fellowship, sponsored by the Victor and William Fung Foundation.  Janie grew up in China and received her B.A. in journalism from Communications University of China, graduating with first-class honor.  

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Ben Strom

Analyst/Jr. Portfolio Manager

Global Investment Manager

Ben Strom has 14 years of experience as a financial analyst with over 10 years of that on Wall Street. He is currently an Analyst / Jr. Portfolio Manager on a long-short equity fund at a global investment manager for which he helps manage over $1.5 Bln invested in public equities.  

Mr. Strom has ~7 years of buy side investment experience working in the long/short equity space with a focus on investing in cyclical companies with a focus on consumer/retail.   Previous to his current role, he spent ~5 years as a Sr. Analyst at Kacela Capital and Cobalt Capital, both long/short equity funds in NYC.  Prior to that, he was a sr. analyst at a boutique sell side research firm, Variant Research, where he led the retail industry coverage.

Early in his career, Mr. Strom was Sr. Analyst at a business valuation firm in Dallas, TX where he led valuation projects of public/private companies incl. acquisitions, recapitalizations, ESOPs, and advisory services.  He attended the Honors Program at the Univ. of FL and holds the CFA designation.  He has been cited in Barron’s Online, CNN Money, the New York Post, Yahoo business, Bloomberg (including radio), and WWD, among other periodicals during his tenure covering the retail industry.  

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Chris Finazzo

Customer Strategy & Intelligence

Macy's

Christopher Finazzo has over 12 years experience in US & International retail & apparel sector.   Currently, Mr. Finazzo manages Field & Store Strategy for Macy’s Department Stores, with a particular focus on customer insights.  Prior to Macy’s,  Mr. Finazzo served as Vice President of Retail, eCommerce and Corporate Strategy for Haute Hippie, an international designer-apparel brand, where he earned extensive experience in merchandising, marketing, operations, ecommerce and retail.  Furthermore, Mr. Finazzo has completed special projects under Hudson International Consulting, a wholly-owned retail/apparel consultancy.   Prior to Haute Hippie, Mr. Finazzo was a retail & apparel analyst for several US-Based financial institutions and has expertise in deep fundamental research including financial analysis, identification of emerging sector trends, competitive positioning, and market share dynamics.   Mr. Finazzo graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Economics

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Tom Chiu

Board Director

Sand Hill Angels

Tom is the Board Director of Sand Hill Angels (Halo Report named top angel groups in U.S.) and founder of IPforAsia. He is an active angel investor with over 20 years industry experience. He has invested in more than 25 startups and Silicon Valley incubators (500Startups and Tandem Capital). His retail technology investments includes MovableInk, Retailigence, Proximiant, Bytelight and SiftShopping. He has frequently been invited as a speaker or a panelist at various conferences and University Entrepreneurship classes (Stanford, CMU, Santa Clara University). Tom mentoring at Spark Labs and Santa Clara University Entrepreneurship Program. He also serves on several startup advisory boards.

Tom has extensive experience in social/mobile commerce, O2O, mobile, consumer electronics, technology license, wireless and embedded software. He has previously held various Director positions at Sina, NXP, Philips and NEC. 

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Baron Concors

Global Chief Digital Officer

Pizza Hut

Baron Concors is the Chief Digital Officer for Pizza Hut, an operating company of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM). He is responsible for digital technology, digital marketing and digital ventures to deploy powerful solutions to ensure Pizza Hut stays front and center with our technology connected consumers. Prior to this, Baron Concors was the Chief Information Officer for Yum! Restaurants International where he was responsible for KFC and Pizza Hut information technology in over 120 countries. Before becoming CIO for Yum! Restaurants International, he was Chief Information and Digital Officer for Pizza Hut. In that role, He brings extensive experience in innovation, operations and marketing with an emphasis in retail, hospitality and manufacturing. In 2009, Baron was named by Computerworld Magazine as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders in the world and Forbes Magazine named the Pizza Hut iPhone application the #1 branded mobile application of the year. Prior to joining Pizza Hut, Mr. Concors was Vice President of Global Retail Technology for FedEx and held a variety of leadership positions at Deloitte and Touche LLP, and Ernst and Young LLP. He holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

 

 

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Josh Goldman

General Partner

Norwest Ventures

Josh brings to Norwest Venture Partners more than 20 years of operational experience having been a repeat entrepreneur, CEO, board member and investor in many high-growth technology companies. As CEO or board member, Josh has generated more than $3.6 billion in realized exit valuations and has participated in three highly successful IPOs. Josh has spent his career seeking to combine his passion for breakthrough technology with an ability to create innovative and sustainable business models for high-growth companies. At NVP, Josh focuses on investments in consumer-facing Internet products and services including search, e-commerce, social networking and digital media. His current investments and board seats include ModCloth, Quirky, Lumosity, Gilt Groupe, Sojern, STELLAService and Casper Sleep Company. He also holds board observer or advisory roles with Apigee, Sabre Holdings, and JiWire. His recent exits include RetailMeNot (NASDAQ: 'SALE'), Snapfinger (Acquired by EMN8, Inc.), and Retrevo (Acquired by Barnes & Noble, Inc.).

Josh’s first executive leadership role was as president and CEO of mySimon, Inc., a pioneer in online comparison shopping services. Josh oversaw all aspects of the company's growth into one of the largest and best-known consumer e-commerce companies in the late 1990's, culminating in its acquisition by CNet Networks in early 2000 for $703 million. After the acquisition, Josh was named president of CNet's Consumer Division, reporting to the company's CEO.

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Nathan Gold

Demo Coach

Nathan Gold founded The Demo Coach in 2000. He has given 14,000 software and hardware product demos during his career. He has worked with small and large companies--such as Bill.com, Education.com, U3, SanDisk, Symbol Technologies, Nokia, and IBM--on how to deliver more compelling and memorable demos. Nathan started The Demo Coach because he believed he could help other people learn to give more compelling and memorable demos. Since then, he has coached companies like Cisco Systems, SanDisk Corporation, Symbol Technologies, Extensity, Logica PLC, Education.com, Bill.com, U3, Nokia, and IBM.

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Norihiro Kondo

Group Manager

Panasonic

Nori Kondo is Group Manager of Panasonic R&D Company of America. He has over 13 years technology analysis and business development experience in several US B2B markets, including the  retail sector. In this role, Nori is leading strategic business planning and business development activities working with retailers, partners and start-up companies.

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Salil Pradhan

Venture Partner

Draper Nexus Venture Partners

Salil is a Venture Partner with Draper Nexus, an advisor to a number of private & public companies and has served on a number of academic boards including UCLA's WINMEC and UCSD's center for wireless communications. In his previous life, Salil was the founder and Chief Technology Officer for HP's Enterprise RFID efforts, focused on retail and healthcare. A recognized thought leader, Salil is the founder of two startups and has been issued 43 US patents. Salil has a Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University and Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Poona.

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AJ Brustein

Innovation Accelerator Director

The Coca-Cola Company

AJ Brustein is the Director of the Coca-Cola Innovation Accelerator in San Francisco CA. In this role, he is working on business model innovation - through creating, incubating, and accelerating new ventures that leverage Coca-Cola assets to create new streams of revenue for the company. Through this role he is also Co-Founder of Wonolo, a mobile platform that matches the supply and demand of labor for immediate job needs.

Through 2012, AJ was the Senior Global Brand Manager for The Coca-Cola Company and has 10 years of brand marketing experience. Recently he was managing execution for some of the world's biggest and most iconic brands and was heavily focused on brand strategy, global campaigns, and had a specific focus on digital communication and pack / equipment / product / communication innovation where he led numerous award-winning projects including things like Where Will Happiness Strike Next (become one of the most awarded Coca-Cola programs of the past decade and continues to gather accolades), PlantBottle packaging (100% recyclable, 30% made from plants), and Furu Furu Shaker (named the top product launch in Japan in 2009). He has been building brands both from a global role and years of in-market experience in Japan, always focused on delivering brand love and brand value in an ever-evolving global marketplace.

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Suzanne Johnson

Former Group SVP

Saks Fifth Avenue

Suzy has over 30 years of fashion retail experience including Saks Fifth Avenue, J Crew, Off Fifth Saks Outlet Stores, and AX Armani Exchange.
Ms Johnson was Director of Stores for J Crew during the startup, opening 40 stores at launch of the retail division. She was Director of Stores for Saks and
served as the General Manager of the Saks Flagship store. Ms Johnson also served as the President of the Off Fifth Outlet Stores for Saks.

Currently, Ms Johnson is consulting for Magnetique, a new fashion APP that connects Magazine readers to stores, provides consumer data mining and
serves as an advertising channel.

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Bob Graham

CTO

BevMo

Executive / Technologist with extensive understanding of various technologies including Cloud, Mobile, data warehousing and BI in consumer oriented and B to B environments

Focus: retail operations, Point of Sale, data warehouse, CRM, e-commerce, payment, mobile, and supply chain spaces. Specializing in optimizing technology via cloud computing / SaaS / + retail standards to complement an organization, reduce cost and deliver rapid return.

Experience: enterprise, store applications, Teradata, NCR, CRM / loyalty programs, Revionics + price optimization, mobile, EFT, payments systems, SaaS and ASP computing models, corporate data centers and “cloud” computing environments.

Specialties: Cloud, SaaS, ASP,Store Systems, POS, payment systems,Debit, Credit,EFT, PCI, SOX, data warehouse / Teradata, NCR, CRM / loyalty programs, Microsoft platforms, Revionics, pricing systems, electronic shelf labels, price optimization, NRF/ARTS support, Team development, vendor relationship management

The “cloud” is changing the way technology is delivered across the enterprise – enabling consumers, retailers, suppliers and manufacturers to collaborate in real time – the digital natives have arrived - embrace the "cloud" now. I excel at visualizing, architecting and articulating technology vision to achieve success.

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Tony Miranz

Co-Founder and CEO

Vudu (Acquired by Walmart)

Tony S. Miranz Co-founded Vudu Inc. in June 2004 and serves as its Executive Vice President of Sales & Business Development. Prior to Vudu, Mr. Miranz served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Operations of Tahoe Networks. He served as General Manager of the Americas' Sales and Field Operations of Openwave Systems. He served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Asia Pacific and Latin America of Phone.com since March 1999. From April 1984 to February 1999, he held various management positions at Lucent Technologies, including Director of Business Development and Strategy in the United Kingdom, where he was responsible for the commercialization and introduction of third generation wireless technologies. Prior to Phone.com, he held leadership positions in wireless infrastructure sales, systems engineering and R&D at Lucent and AT&T Bell Labs. Mr. Miranz served as Director of Sales and Business Development of GSM and CDMA network technologies for the Asia Pacific region. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Dana Staler

General Partner

Matrix Partners

Dana was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and studied business and economics at Santa Clara University. After college he worked at Ernst & Young advising technology companies such as Quantum, Sun Microsystems, Remedy, Netscape, and Intuit.

In 1994 he left to help build Netscape, then a nascent, few-month-old, pre-revenue company boldly defining the ways in which consumers and enterprises were going to use the Internet. In his four-year tenure, Dana held several executive positions in finance, sales and operations. 

Dana left Netscape after its sale to AOL in 1998 and became a member of the founding executive team of Respond.com, an early pioneer in online lead generation. There, he served as the company’s Vice President of Business Development and CFO.

Dana joined eBay in 2001.  As Vice President of Internet Marketing, Dana managed the company’s global customer acquisition strategy and a multi-hundred million-dollar Internet marketing budget, where his responsibilities included running eBay’s search engine marketing and search engine optimization initiatives. Dana was also responsible for eBay’s Strategic Partnership Group, which generated more than several hundred million in revenue from third party partnerships and media sales. 

In 2004 Dana joined PayPal, where he managed all business operations, including product, sales, marketing and, eventually, technology. Dana started PayPal’s international business from scratch, and led PayPal’s expansion beyond the eBay platform onto other online retail sites. He also initiated a number of other startup projects, including PayPal Mobile and the PayPal Developer Platform.

Dana left PayPal in 2008 to join Matrix Partners, where he invests in software and Internet businesses that target consumers as well as corporations.  He is a board member at ApartmentList, the web’s fastest growing apartment search site; Gilt Groupe, a private e-commerce network for event-based sales; iRise, an enterprise software company that is reinventing how software applications are designed with its innovative prototyping tools; Minute Key, who is building the next generation of self service retail kiosks; Polyvore, the web’s largest fashion community, where members can discover or start fashion trends; QuinStreet (QNST), the leading online lead generation and performance marketing company; textPlus, a mobile communications company that is taking text messaging to the next level with their award winning application; Work4 Labs, helping companies leverage social media to find, engage and hire top candidates; Zendesk, a help desk software-as-a-service company; and ZestFinance, a financial services technology company committed to serving the needs of the underbanked.  Dana also invested in Zong, the leading mobile payment service used by online gaming and social networking websites (acquired by PayPal in 2011).

Outside of the office Dana loves to ski the bumps on Granite Chief in Squaw Valley, is an avid wake boarder and enjoys coaching youth sports.

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Ryan Craver

SVP and Chief of Staff of Department Store Group

Hudson's Bay Company

As SVP and Chief of Staff for the Department Store Group (DSG) at Hudson's Bay Company, Ryan Craver leads the overall DSG strategy by building strategic alliances and relationships for the business. His natural fascination with the intersection of retail and technology motivates him to ensure Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor remain on the forefront of the evolving "connected retail" environment. Ryan joined Hudson's Bay Company in 2011 to lead the Profit Improvement and Procurement department. Prior to joining Hudson's Bay Company, Ryan was a senior leader at Accenture for six years, driving growth and profit improvement across multiple clients, including Virgin Media, FedEx, and Best Buy. 

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Gregg Margosian

Vice President and CTO

Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions

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Corinna Freedman

Vice President

Wedbush Securities

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Ratnakar Lavu

SVP of Commerce

Kohl's

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Riley Scott

CEO

Aisle50

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As a midwest company working with retailers and brands, Plug and Play has helped us in three important ways:

Direct access to industry decision-makers, some of whom we've signed as customers

Collaboration with startups in adjacent spaces, some of whom we've partnered with

Access to Silicon Valley

Having a Silicon Valley connection has been important because so many technology decision-makers and investors are there.  It has helped us access to mobile technologies we've subsequently incorporated into our product and meet helpful investors at various stages of our life-cycle

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Vipin Jain

Founder and CEO

Retrevo

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An essential ingredient for every startup is to have a great place for your team. What I like about Plug and Play is the energy and positive vibe in this place. This is the environment you want to create for your team. During the day, you run into people, you talk to people, work on crazy ideas and feel energized. What differentiates Plug and Play from other accelerators is the whole ecosystem that is created here; this place is happening, and you want to be there.

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Dennis O'Malley

CEO

ReadyPulse

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Plug and Play Retail Accelerator has blown away my expectations. The Corporate Customers they have paired us with are second to none in the world. I don't see how I would have pre-qualified access to these decision makers otherwise. In addition the program mentoring sessions and fellow companies have been impressive

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Jeremy Geiger

CEO

Retailigence

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Michael and team are great!  They make a sincere effort to help expose our innovative marketing technology to large companies explicitly seeking to innovate

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Kurt Kober

Enterprise & New Venture Management

The Clorox Company

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The mentor session with PnP companies was one of the most dynamic and engaging room environments I have ever experienced. The room was alive with energy on how each company could better solve our problems while asking uninhibited questions about how enterprise clients think.

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