Michael Gronager

Cofounder & CEO, Chainalysis

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Michael Gronager

Cofounder & CEO, Chainalysis

“Is a Ph.D. the new MBA? It might be. I’m not afraid of problems that are way too big.”

Propelled by the belief that in 5-20 years all value transfer will occur over the blockchain, Michael and his co-founders Jan and Jonathan started Chainalysis in 2014. The New York-based Dane has been drawn to vast and vaguely defined questions his whole life - evidenced by him spending 8 years earning an MSc in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Quantum Mechanics. Bridging financial institutions and blockchain exchanges is indeed a very big problem and Michael’s excitement around solving it is unwavering. “More or less everything that we really value as items and functionality has been built by startups. The spirit of invention is infectious.”

Carol Vallone

Former CEO, WebCT;
Current CEO, Meteor Learning

“I am drawn to white space - and a challenge.”

Solving the skills gap crisis is Carol’s mission. She knows the space well - Meteor Learning is Carol’s third ‘next gen learning’ company. Carol’s holistic view of ‘the win’ is impressive. Products that matter, career opportunities for employees, strategic value for customers and financial returns are the measures of true success. This is the opportunity that calls, time and again. “You’re an entrepreneur by DNA. Therefore it’s never a good or bad time to pursue that path - it’s always time.”

Hilmi Ozguc

Founder & CEO, Swirl Networks

“My serial nature is driven by my desire to create.”

Marketing to retail customers on their mobile devices is good but doing it when they’re in stores, actively shopping is even better. It’s an obvious but complex opportunity and this is precisely what energizes Hilmi, inspires his work and drives him to succeed. Having previously built and sold two businesses, Swirl Networks is Hilmi's third start up. “Success is being able to return something to those people who bet on you - suppliers, employees, investors, partners, customers. It’s enormously satisfying.”

Nick Francis

Cofounder & CEO, Help Scout

“The best decision I ever made was to never stop learning - and to learn at a high velocity.”

Under Nick's leadership, Help Scout, a builder of customer support tools, has embraced a remote-only employment model, developed a fanatical customer base and consistently grown ‘up and to the right’.

Peter Lee

CEO, RapidMiner

“Boston is gritty, grounded and grinding. This town believes in lots of elbow grease and an emphasis on the fundamentals of building terrific businesses.”

With this mindset and a proven ability to operate at all levels of the growth curve, Peter joined RapidMiner two years ago. The company has quickly established itself as the leading open-source data science platform, an accomplishment Peter credits to teamwork. It’s this ability to collectively outperform that delivers results and a “temporary euphoria - until we climb the next mountain”. Named a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader, this team is making its mark in Boston.

Erifili Morfidis & Charlotte Gummesson

Co-Founders, Co-CEOs, iRestify

“Co-founder partnerships are a powerful, unstoppable force. As serial entrepreneurs, together we have launched and scaled technology-driven service businesses across 3 continents and transformed an industry. Now, we’re at it again scaling iRestify.

iRestify is modernizing facilities management and bringing it into the digital age. iRestify is the only B2B tech platform that connects facilities managers to service operators in real-time for end-to-end workflow management, instant quotes, real-time bookings, invoices, picture sharing, and GPS tracking of services.

James Cox

CEO, The Routing Company

“People first. What’s most critical to me as a leader is putting people first. Strategy, data, insights, projects, and goals will come and go in life, but the people we work with will not. People build companies.”

“Coxy” joined Routable AI co-founders Menno van der Zee and Alex Waller to make mass transit feel like teleportation. Routable AI is building the products (mission control dashboard, rider app, driver app) with a significant technical edge to dynamically route high-capacity vehicles in real-time. The time is now for on-demand shuttles and Routable AI is helping transform mass transit to serve its riders better in the 21st century.

Anshu Agarwal

Cofounder and CEO, Nimbella

“I’ve been a part of four successful start-ups. Each time, the team’s enthusiasm to build a groundbreaking product and the nimble, family-like culture were formidable forces. With Nimbella, I find the same forces propel us every day as we build a great company.”

Cloud is complicated and Nimbella Serverless Cloud makes it simple and easy for any developer to build and run cloud-native applications - stateless and stateful. It enables the developer to focus only on business logic and leave the infrastructure burdens to Nimbella, resulting in lower development costs and faster time to revenue.

Amir Bousani

Founder & CEO, RGo Robotics

“We envision a future where autonomous machines and robots become ubiquitous and a large part of our daily lives. Enabling them to sense, understand and navigate their surroundings with an unprecedented level of sophistication is what we do at RGo Robotics. We call it Intelligent Autonomy.”

RGo Robotics is pioneering an artificial perception technology that enables mobile robots to understand complex surroundings and operate autonomously just like humans.