Prepare 4 VC was founded by Jason Kraus in order to help startups raise capital from the investor’s perspective. Jason Kraus holds a MSc in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Babson College and a BA in Economics and Math from Colgate University. Prior to starting Prepare 4 VC, he worked as an associate for the venture arm of a small family office focusing on early stage venture capital, and as a screening committee member for the Boston Harbor Angels.
Jason is actively involved in the investment community through his roles at Equity Venture Partners and the EQx Fund, and as a member of the Boston Harbor Angels. He leads the Boston Chapter of one of the largest startup networking organizations, Startup Grind and is the Author of Venture Forward: Lessons from Leaders.
Christopher Dube is a versatile, results-driven serial entrepreneur with 20 years of experience focused in leadership performance coaching, sales & marketing mastery & organizational development strategy across corporate through startup level organizations in the US & Latin America. In the past 2 years, Christopher has successfully helped launch 21 international startups as the current Entrepreneur in Residence @ Boston University for TrepCamp. Christopher is also the Founder & current CEO of SIMPATICO Consulting, Founder of LEAVE YOUR LEGACY & CoFounder of CEREBRA. Over the past decade, he has mentored, coached & consulted with hundreds of US-based & international entrepreneurs preparing for Global Startup events (Santander-X Global Award, INCmty, 4YFN & TrepFest) to develop “Situational Influence” through a deep understanding of behavioral psychology, social dynamics & frame-based pitching techniques. Christopher lives in southeastern, MA with his wife, daughter & their dog, Gus.
Yev is an accomplished technology professional, having held positions at both startups and large corporations in such diverse industries as software, publishing, and music industry. Yev co-founded Mi-Si (www.mi-si.com) – a company that designs and manufactures patented battery-free acoustic amplification technology for musical instruments. His professional interests lie in entrepreneurship, businesses, investing, and edtech. Yev is the co-director of Startup Grind Boston, a member of Downtown Boston Rotary Club, and a proud parent. Yev holds BSc in Biology and MA in Computer Science from Brandeis University, and MBA from Boston College.
Outside of professional interests, Yev enjoys running on the coastal New England beaches, training for marathons and half marathons, and traveling on off-beaten paths.
It’s been my blessing as well as my greatest asset in my career to utilize my ability to “connect the dots”. I love people and even more than that I love seeing purpose-driven founders, their teams and their companies grow, scale and succeed through connecting them with the right people, places and resources. So much is possible when talent is identified, acquired and aligned.
Lynn is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, startup advisor, consultant, and speaker. Lynn is committed to making the world a better place through innovation and problem solving. Lynn is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pivt, the mobile app designed to reduce churn and improve the well-being of relocated and transient employees. Prior, Lynn worked at Bloomberg in London and then as a Senior Associate at Autonomy Ventures, where she procured deal-flow, managed teams, and drove value creation for portfolio companies. She still works in a consulting capacity there. Lynn enjoys using her venture and startup experience to help others. She currently serves as the VP of Panels for the New York Venture Community (NYVC), and mentors/advises at Women in Business at Yeshiva University, Astia Angels (curated, global community of experts committed to the success of world class women-led, high-growth startups) , and London & Partners (The Mayor of London’s International Business Program providing a bespoke mentoring scheme, delivered by leading entrepreneurs and business leaders for startups looking to expand in the US). Lynn is a frequent panelist, startup judge, and speaker, including at: SXSW, NYU Stern Business School $300K Startup Challenge, Columbia University Business School, Brandeis University Business School (From the Dorm Room to the Board Room), Franklin & Marshall College, Syracuse University Innovation Competition, NY Venture Summit, The College of New Jersey, Shapr App Funding Panel, and the University of Oxford. Lynn has been featured in publications such as: Forbes, The London Evening Standard, Digital Trends, Alleywatch, Minnotank, Vivacity Global Magazine, Convene, and Startup Magazine. She has been published in: Thrive Global, ERC WorldWide Mobility Magazine (cover article), and Entrepreneur Podcast Network.
With an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the College of William and Mary, Abhiram has experience in developing business plans and pitch decks for startups in a variety of industries such as technology, healthcare, food, education and non-profit. Abhi is an active member of the startup and investment community through StartupGrind, New Richmond Ventures and 757 Angels and is a proven leader with a strong background in operations management and business development in the healthcare industry, holding a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Farzad has managed more than 900 successful interactive products for Fortune 500 companies as well as startups. He helps businesses get out of vague situations, map out marketing strategies, improve their brand perception, and improve their process to increase sales. One such company went from losing money to earning $1M in revenue in less than a year. Farzad is an Emmy winning video producer and is active in the Boston Filmmakers Meetup and as the organizer of the Boston App Festival.
Ms. Asa Valenti serves as Chief Business Officer of Dorna Therapeutics, an immuno-Oncology biotech startup. She is also an angel investor at MIT Alumni Angels and Sky Ventures Group where she actively participates in the due diligence process of selected biotech, medical devices and diagnostics and digital Health startups. Asa joined Dorna from Flex Ventures in Boston, where she led healthcare investments in the Northeast region. Prior to Flex, Asa was a member of the Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s corporate development and venture team in Cambridge, MA, where she played a central role in key transactions that expanded and strengthened J&J’s oncology and immunology portfolios. Asa has a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MBA from the University of Virginia Law School.
Kristina Yee is a financial services technology (fintech) expert, with a focus on authentication (cybersecurity), cloud computing services (SaaS, PaaS), artificial intelligence, blockchain and other emerging technologies. With more than 20 years of experience in corporate strategy, product marketing, public relations, communications and change management, Kristina advises clients on a wide range of topics, with a focus on market assessments, competitive analyses, and product-market-fit positioning. She has helped more than 100 companies from start-ups to Fortune 50 multinationals innovate to “cross the chasm” from one stage to the next growth phase. Prior to joining Prepare 4 VC, she held senior roles with financial technology vendors including Dorado (mortgage tech acquired by CoreLogic), Authy (2FA multi-factor authentication company acquired by Twilio), 1ViewNetwork (account aggregation and bill payment and presentment developer acquired by Digital Insight) and Arcot Systems (2FA vendor acquired by CA Technologies). She was also a Lead Analyst for four years for Gigaom Research covering cloud computing, mobile payments and cybersecurity, and was a Senior Analyst for Aite Group covering artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, anti-money laundering technology. On the consulting and agency side, her clients have included Visa, Wells Fargo, First USA (conception, build and launch of Wingspanbank.com), Apple, 3Com, Motorola, General Motors, The Economist Intelligence Unit, BMC Software and SanDisk. Kristina has also served as a consultant-advisor to emerging technology companies such as ChangeTip (bitcoin social media payment company acquired by AirBnB) and LUNYR, an ethereum-based company focused on non-repudiation of data. Further, Kristina served as Vendor Committee Co-chair of the Financial Services Technology Consortium for two years. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Mortgage Banking, Mortgage Technology and New York Finance, and she has been quoted in publications such as INC., The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times and American Banker. She holds a B.A. in English and Film from Yale, and earned her M.B.A. in Marketing and Management of Organizations from Columbia Business School.
Mitch is a former product leader with marketing, sales, and operations experience mostly in B2B settings with extensive experience helping startups transition to scaleups through product, business development, and go-to-market execution. Mitch brings a deep entrepreneurial experience from founding, advising, and mentoring early-stage founders to help them get more fit for funding. He’s been a mentor at several top accelerators and incubators in Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Colorado. He’s adept at bringing out passion for a problem and ensuring not only that a product is solving a priority pain but also that it has some unique perspective to be differentiated in the market. Diverse sector experience with >25 startups including AdMob (acquired by Google) and large enterprises Wells Fargo, DHL Worldwide, Nestle, Ernst & Young, Hewlett-Packard, Humana, and IDT Telecom.
Gil Perlberg is an IP development executive focusing on the creation of high-value patent portfolios. Drawing on more than 25 years of senior R&D and product management experience, Gil specializes in aligning the protection of intellectual property with business objectives and R&D innovation. He has managed development and marketing in multinational and start-up companies in a wide range of industries.
His previous positions include Vice President of IP at Shellcase Ltd., a semiconductor IP company, Chief Operating Officer at Hybrid Razor, Ltd, a consumer product company, and Vice President of Product Development and Engineering at TraceGuard Inc., a homeland security company. Gil also facilitates innovation sessions at local and international companies, specializing in IP generation and new product development. He is a named inventor on more than 20 US patents.
A graduate of the Technion (Israel) in Mechanical Engineering, Gil holds M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Drexel University (PA) and an MBA from New York University (NY). He is also a graduate of the Technion Institute of Management.