Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator Storyslam
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Join the 2018 Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator team and hear from a line up of accomplished entrepreneurs who will take a look back on their journey and share a story about a time that took them down an unexpected path or signified a moment of change in your business or your life.
Moderated by Luke Butler, Senior Director, LIFT Labs
Luke Butler is Senior Director for Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs for Entrepreneurs. In this role he leads the Philadelphia operations and programming for LIFT Labs whose mission is to help startups in media, entertainment and connectivity to work with and access the resources of Comcast NBCUniversal. Previously Luke led strategy and operations at Curalate, a fast-growing marketing technology company headquartered in Philadelphia with offices in New York City, Seattle and London. Prior to joining Curalate he served in Philadelphia city government as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor, Special Assistant to the Mayor, Deputy Press Secretary and Speechwriter to the Mayor. Luke has a Bachelor's Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied as a Thouron Fellow. He serves on the boards of Philly Startup Leaders and Live Connections, a music education non-profit based in Philadelphia, and on the GreenLight Fund’s Selection Advisory Council. Originally from the North East of England, Luke worked in politics in London before relocating to the United States in 2006. He is a long-suffering supporter of Newcastle United Football Club and a devotee of the Newport Folk Festival.
Brigitte F. Daniel, Wilco Electronic Systems
A ‘telecom visionary’ according to Marie Claire magazine and a vocal advocate for gender and cultural diversity in the tech industry, Brigitte Daniel is the EVP of Wilco Electronic Systems. As one of the last minority owned cable and telecommunication providers in the Nation, Wilco has been dedicated to providing innovative and affordable technology services to underserved communities for over 40 years. As Wilco continues to evolve and build out its longstanding telecom and intelligent access control technology offerings, Ms. Daniel and Wilco remain committed to bridging diversity and inclusion inequities within technology ecosystems across the Nation.
Danish Dhamani, Orai
Danish Dhamani is co-founder and CEO of Orai, an artificial intelligence speech coach that helps professionals become more effective and confident communicators (featured in FastCompany, Techcrunch and Wired). Danish believes that improving a team's communication skills has the potential to unleash their hidden innovation. When he isn’t glued to a computer screen, he spends time cycling, playing squash, and trying very hard not to lose focus while meditating. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DanishDhamani.
Deboleena Dutta, Viora Health
Deboleena Dutta is the CEO and founder of Viora Health.
Glenn Gutierrez, alive5
Glenn is the Co-founder of alive5, maker of the ai-powered business card (Comcast Lift Labs | Techstars - class 135). As an entrepreneur he's launched ai systems as well search engines that have reached millions of visitors a month. He’s been super passionate about startup life, even before startups were a thing, because he believes that building them are both freedom and art combined.
Chill Moody cemented his status as one of the top lyricists & performers to hit Philadelphia in years when he won “Best Rapper” in Philadelphia Magazine’s annual “Best of Philly” issue. He was also named Philadelphia’s Music Ambassador by Councilman David Oh, due to his tireless efforts to "put the city on" as well as his local & national accomplishments over the years. A West Philadelphia native, his lifestyle brand “nicethings” now includes clothing line, consulting firm, a record label (nicethingsMUSIC), and even a line of craft beer (nicethingsIPA, a collaboration with Dock Street Brewery). He recently partnered with Philly R&B singer-songwriter Donn T to start a new group called, &More: Chill Moody & Donn T
Ramona Ortega, My Money My Future
Ramona Ortega is the CEO & Founder of My Money My Future and Entrepreneur in Residence with Azlo, a BBVA backed small business banking platform. Ortega is a money expert and serial entrepreneur with over two decades of leadership in the public and private sectors. In 2016, Ortega founded My Money My Future, a digital personal finance platform that helps multicultural millennials manage their money with confidence. MMMF is the first fintech platform to focus on the particular needs of this growing and dynamic demographic.The platform serves as a managed marketplace for financial services to connect with underserved millennials and provides valuable financial education and tools for end users.
Yuting Su, Thinker Tinker
Yuting Su is a passionate entrepreneur, inventor, and storyteller with background in digital/physical game design, medical device design, and bioinformatics. Forbes 30 Under 30 in Games, she is the founder and CEO of Thinker-Tinker, the company behind Octobo, a smart toy learning platform with a built-in game controller and programmable content. Yuting has great interest in creating games and toys that combine physical and digital gameplay. Her works have been selected for the Experimental Gameplay Workshop in Game Developers Conference, alt.ctrl.GDC, E3, IndieCade, IndiePrize, and more.
Christopher Wink, Technical.ly CEO
Christopher Wink is a journalist and entrepreneur who co-founded Technically Media, a publishing company best known for Technical.ly, the decade-old network of local technology news sites, and Philly Tech Week, which will be hosted for the 10th year in May 2020. He sends out a monthly newsletter of links he’s thinking about at tinyletter.com/christopherwink