A real-time competition featuring finalists of The Economist-InnoCentive business plan challenge
Founder and Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Chairman and Founder, Hopstop.com
KRISTINA "Z" HOLLY
Vice Provost, Innovation, University of Southern California
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Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. His original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses.
On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Draper serves on the boards of Glam, Tagworld, SocialText, Kyte.tv, Chroma Graphics, Meebo, Increo, and Wigix. Previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), Overture.com (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and others.
Chinedu Echeruo is a partner, and head of Principal Investing at Constant Capital, a West-Africa based investment bank. Prior to joining Constant Capital, Mr. Echeruo founded two U.S.-based internet companies; HopStop.com and Tripology.com. Tripology.com was acquired in 2010 by Rand McNally and is now owned by USA Today. HopStop was acquired by Apple in 2013. He was also named Black Enterprise Magazine's Small Business Innovator of the Year and listed in the magazine's Top 40 under 40. Before his entrepreneurial career, Mr. Echeruo worked for AM Investment Partners, a USD $500 million volatility-driven convertible bond arbitrage hedge fund. Prior to completing his M.B.A., he spent several years in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Leveraged Finance groups of J.P Morgan Chase where he was involved in a broad range of M&A, financing and private equity transactions.He holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and B.S in finance and accounting (honors) from Syracuse University.
Krisztina "Z" Holly
Krisztina "Z" Holly is Vice Provost of Innovation at the University of Southern California.