Richard Harris is Managing General Partner at Redshift Ventures. He has led investments in a variety of successful technology companies, including Cronos Integrated Microsystems (acquired by JDS Uniphase), MDLinx (acquired by a division of Sony) and Woodwind Communications (acquired by Vina Technologies). Richard currently serves on the board of directors of several portfolio companies including Lamina Ceramics, Nexteme Thermal Solutions and Protostar. An active member of the mid-Atlantic entrepreneurial community, Richard currently serves on the advisory boards of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and MTECH Ventures, the vehicle for new venture creation within University of Maryland's (UMd) Clark School of Engineering. He is a former board member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), and a founder and past chairman of the Young Atlantic Venture Association. He currently serves on the steering committee of Capital Connections, the annual conference of MAVA and serves as a Judge for the UMd $50k Business Plan Competition. Richard is a frequent lecturer at UMd, where he is a former Clinical Professor for the R.H. Smith School of Business. Prior to joining RedShift, Richard was a program manager for the Dingman Center, where he was responsible for linking emerging businesses with capital sources. He is also a former practicing attorney, specializing in civil litigation and intellectual property law. Richard received his B.A. in Economics from Denison University, and both his M.B.A. in Finance and J.D. from UMd, where he was awarded the James E. Dingman Scholarship in Entrepreneurship and served as associate editor of The Business Lawyer.
Ted Hobart is a partner with Chart Venture Partners. Ted joined CVP at its inception in 2006, coming from The Carlyle Group’s US venture capital investment group, which emphasizes multi-stage venture and growth equity investment across many sectors in the US, including defense and homeland security markets. Prior to Carlyle, Ted was a Partner at 4C Ventures (the former Olivetti Ventures arm), an early stage technology venture investment firm focusing on international technology application. Before 4C, Ted worked with Paul Capital Partners, a leader in the secondary private equity industry, where he focused on the acquisition of direct investment portfolios in the US and Europe from corporations and traditional venture investors. Ted earned an MBA degree from Stanford University and BA in Economics from Williams College.
James J. Gibson
James J. Gibson is Executive Vice President and CFO of RTI International. He began his finance career at Ernst & Ernst in 1976 in New Jersey. In 1980, he joined Hughes Aircraft Company in Southern California holding a number of financial-related positions of increasing responsibility. In 1985, he joined the corporate office of Rockwell International Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he held various executive level positions including assistant corporate controller. Gibson is a CPA and licensed attorney, with an undergraduate B.S. degree from State College of New Jersey-Ramapo, an M.B.A. from The University of Southern California, and J.D. degree from Duquesne University. In addition to his active participation in many professional associations, he is a member of the board of directors of Nextreme, Inc. and an advisory board member of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Daniel B. Wolfe Ph.D
Daniel Wolfe has served Harris & Harris Group, Inc. as President and Chief Operating Officer since January 1, 2009; as Chief Financial Officer and as a Managing Director since January 2008; and as Treasurer since May 2008. He served as Principal from January 2007 to January 2008; as Senior Associate from January 2006 to January 2007; and as Vice President from July 2004 to January 2008. Since January 1, 2009, he is President and a Director of Harris & Harris Enterprises, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. Mr. Wolfe was a consultant to Nanosys, Inc. (from 2002 to 2004), to CW Group (from 2001 to 2004), and Bioscale, Inc. (from January 2004 to June 2004), and was the Co-founder and President of Scientific Venture Assessments, Inc., a provider of scientific analysis of prospective investments for private equity placements and of scientific expertise to high-technology companies (from February 2000 to January 2002. He was graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. and A.M. in Chemistry. He was a NSF Predoctoral Fellow at Harvard, and his thesis advisor was Professor George Whitesides. He was also graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Chemistry, where he worked with Professor Naomi Halas, and his honors included the Zevi and Bertha Salsburg Memorial Award in Chemistry and the Presidential Honor Role. He has published over 15 articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
John Goehrke is Chief Executive Officer of Nextreme. John brings over 25 years of sales, marketing, and general management experience to Nextreme. Most recently, he was CEO of siXis Inc., pioneers of advanced Silicon Circuit Board (SiCB) technology, and COO of Luna Innovations, where he was part of the executive management team that successfully completed an Initial Public Offering of the company in June, 2006. Previous to Luna Innovations, John was CEO of Luna Technologies, a VC funded start-up, where he led the company to profitability and a successful exit in the form of an acquisition. Before joining Luna, John was General Manager of Acterna’s Access Division, based in Germantown, MD, and the Fiber Optics Division based in St. Etienne, France. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.