Our Young Entrepreneurs 2014

Theresa Johnson

Stanford University

Theresa is a fifth year PhD Candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research under the advising of Prof. Sigrid Close in the Space Environment and Satellite Systems lab. Her research studies debris and plasma related hazards to valuable earth observing satellites. Their work lies at the intersection of RF electrical engineering, plasma physics, optics and digital signal processing to solve the global problem of satellite failure. She was awarded the top Student Award at the Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference in Fukuoka, Japan in 2012 and have received recognition from JPL for her innovative work on next-gen satellite antenna.

In 2011, she completed the inaugural Stanford GSB Ignite Program, and was named one of Ignite's top four participants and an Ignite Fellow. She is now a member of the inaugural class of the Accel Innovation Scholars program, a program to prepare Stanford PhD students for entrepreneurship. She currently serve as head teaching assistant for the STVP course MS&E 273: Technology Venture Formation.

Theresa holds an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics and a B.S. in science, technology & society, from Stanford University. She has studied in Japan, Switzerland and Germany, and became proficient in Japanese while working at IBM Tokyo Research Lab.


Stella Fayman

University of Chicago

Stella Fayman is a second year MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is recipient of the Herman Family Fellowship for Entrepreneurship. In 2013, Stella's startup, matchist, won the New Venture Challenge at Booth.

Prior to Booth, Stella was a founding member of venture backed payments startups FeeFighters, which was acquired by Groupon. Stella is also cofounder of Entrepreneurs Unpluggd, a media and events company that brings entrepreneurs' stories to life. Stella was recently named one of Crain's Chicago Business "20 In Their 20s" and writes an entrepreneurship column for Forbes. She holds a degree in Psychology from Northwestern University.


Paul Drews

Wharton University

Paul Drews is a second year MBA student at Wharton majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. During the school year, Paul works as a portfolio consultant at First Round Capital. This past summer, Paul worked for Greycroft Partners, an early stage venture capital firm, in New York. Prior to Wharton, Paul was a Senior Associate at Tenaya Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers Venture Partners), a growth stage venture capital firm, where he analyzed investment opportunities in the software, consumer Internet, IT Infrastructure, and communications sectors. Previously, Paul was an Investment Banking Summer Analyst in the Communications and Media Group at Lehman Brothers. Paul graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 2007 with a B.S. in Economics.


Patrick Chang

Columbia Business School

Patrick is currently a second-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Patrick has extensive experience evaluating investment opportunities in IT security, enterprise software, and healthcare IT ranging in various stages from seed to growth equity at Investor Growth Capital, Stonehenge Growth Capital, and Updata. Patrick is an active member in the New York technology start up scene mentoring and working with several startups and evaluating seed stage investments with New York Angels. Previously, Patrick helped public and venture backed technology companies raise capital and execute M&A transactions at JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Brothers.

Patrick is also an aspiring entrepreneur and innovator and has also been involved in co-founding and working on various startups including Puffin, a mobile cloud based web browser that is #1 browser on all mobile devices, Appetite for Good, gastro-philanthropy organization, and Les Envies, a social restaurant marketing platform.

At Columbia, Patrick is currently the Co-President of Columbia's Private Equity and Venture Capital club and previously a board member in the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization. He is also an InSITE fellow where he helps innovative New York based startups with business development and capital raising initiatives.


Renan Gutman

MIT School of Management

Renan is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. She has over seven years of experience working in product management of various consumer, enterprise, and cloud solutions. 

Prior to Sloan, Renan was a technical product manager at Microsoft Israel Development Center. At Microsoft, she designed and drove development of products, collaborated with partner groups, and led cross-functional teams. Before Microsoft, Renan was a product manager at NICE Systems, leading the design and development of an innovative product for visual analysis of social networks. In addition, she was responsible for creating marketing collateral and presenting solutions to potential customers. 

Renan holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Business Administration from Tel Aviv University magna cum laude.


Sara Zulkosky

Georgetown University

Sara is a 2014 MBA candidate at Georgetown University, focusing her studies on entrepreneurship and finance.

Sara is very active in the entrepreneurial community within Georgetown and DC. She supports Georgetown entrepreneurship initiatives through her work with StartupHoyas and as a VP of the Georgetown MBA Entrepreneurship Club. Sara was also a part of the Georgetown 2013 international championship Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) team. Additionally, Sara is the VP of Operations/Events for the DC chapter of InSITE, a fellowship program for graduate students interested in careers in entrepreneurship or venture capital; fellows consult for entrepreneurs to help them raise seed or Series A financing.

Sara spent 7+ years supporting a clean-tech start-up company, holding positions including Project Engineer, Project Manager, Director of Engineering and Director of Product Management.

Sara received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Engineering Management (concentration in Economics, Finance and Cost Engineering) from The George Washington University.


Rick Zullo

Columbia Business School

Rick is a Morgan Scholar from Columbia Business School with experience advising and investing in enterprise software, e-commerce, marketing technology and cleantech industries. Rick spent his summer interning with Bowery Capital, an early-stage B2B focused venture fund, and has previously worked as a Portfolio Consultant on First Round Capital’s “Platform” and as an Associate at Red Oak Growth Partners, a growth-stage technology investment fund. Previous to Red Oak Growth Partners, Rick was a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations practice where he focused primarily on cleantech and helped the firm launch its Emerging Markets Infrastructure & Sustainability group.

On campus, Rick is Co-President of Columbia’s PE/VC Club and founded the Columbia Interns & Incubator Program (CIIP), a program matching MBA students with project-based consulting assignments for startups in Columbia’s post-graduate incubator, the Columbia Business Lab. While at Columbia, Rick also co-founded Intellievents, a SaaS-based solution that analyzes and incentivizes digital loyalty, where he helped the company raise its initial financing and secure its first enterprise clients.  Rick holds a B.A. with honors in Economics and Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond.


Antonio Silva

UC Berkeley

Antonio Silva is pursuing an MBA at UC Berkeley-Haas, class of 2014 with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and venture capital. At Haas, Antonio is part of the UC Berkeley Startup Competition Executive Committee, the founding team of the Cal Venture Fund, and a Mayfield Fellow.

Antonio has built a career focused on turning data insights into intelligent business decisions at the intersection between technology and business. Antonio initiated his professional life as a fuel cell R&D engineer at Air Liquide before becoming a quantitative analyst at Expert Timing Systems (ETS), a boutique asset management firm, and later a product manager leading an investment strategy tailored at high net-worth individuals.

Since coming to Berkeley Antonio has worked in product at Kontagent, a data analytics company, and on the Business Development and Platform Strategy group at Twitter .

Antonio received his Master’s degree in Engineering Physics from Nova University of Lisbon in 2007 and is a CFA Charterholder since 2012.



Tom Burke

Carnegie Mellon University

Tom is currently a second year Master of Business Administration student at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business where he is focusing on entrepreneurship and finance.  As the Vice President of Finance for the school's cross campus Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club and as teaching assistant to the head of Tepper's Entrepreneurship department, Tom engages with a wide variety of students around campus, including robotics engineers, medical technologists, and computer scientists.  Tom is also an associate of Carnegie Mellon's Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, working with the Fund's director to provide seed funding to CMU alumni's early stage ventures.

Outside of CMU, Tom is a board adviser for Fossil Free Fuel, a green energy company, as well as a partner at Emodt, a neuroscience and positive psychology-based platform that assists college students in managing and preventing emotional distress through technology innovation.

Before becoming engaged in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Tom spent over six years as a CPA in public accounting and consulting at Plante Moran, a member of Fortune's "Best Places to Work" for over 14 years.  His focus was on middle market manufacturing and pension plans accounting, operations, and restructuring.


Mike Weiler

Georgia Tech

Mike is a fourth year PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering and a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His research is devoted to designing a novel optical diagnostic to detect lymphedema, a side effect of breast cancer surgery. He is also the co-founder of an early-stage start-up, LymphaTech, which focuses on commercializing the technology underlying his research.

During his tenure at Georgia Tech, he has been privileged to be a TI:GER Fellow (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results), which is a program that joins PhDs, MBAs, and JDs to commercialize university research technologies. He has also completed the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program jointly offered through the business school and the college of engineering. Mike earned his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, both from Georgia Tech.


Michael Ma

Harvard University

Michael Ma is a first year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Prior to business school Michael was a founder of TalkBin a company that was in Y Combinator (the incubator behind AirBnB, Dropox and many others) and funded by Start Fund. In April of 2011 TalkBin was acquired by Google. Michael then continued to work for Google for the past two years, his most recent role at Google has been as Product Manager on the Google Places for Business team. His other professional experiences include retail strategy at Sears Holding Company, and internships at Merrill Lynch, Georgian Pine Investments and Korn/Ferry International. Additionally, he sits on the board of Central Mayoreo a 500 Startups backed company in Mexico. Michael holds a degree in Economics from Yale University, where on campus he was CTO of the Yale Entrepreneur Society and helped run Yale’s annual Venture Competition.


Deniz Kahramaner

Stanford University

Deniz is currently in the second year of his Master's degree in Computer Science at Stanford University. He completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Stanford as well. He has a deep interest in enterprise software and entrepreneurship.

Previously, Deniz worked as a Product Manager Intern at Jive Software, a Business Development Consultant at PayNearMe, a Program Manager Intern in the Xbox team and a Software Engineer for the Word team at Microsoft. He also did various research projects at Stanford, ranging from using natural language processing algorithms to understand legal documents for the Stanford Law School to trying to find ways to improve knowledge graphs for the Human-Computer Interaction team at Stanford's Computer Science Department. 

Deniz is a Kleiner Perkins Fellow, a Mayfield Fellow, a Siebel Scholar, and a Tau Beta Pi Scholar at Stanford.