The Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, comprised of experienced alumni entrepreneurs and investors, provides leadership and advice on programs and initiatives that support student innovators and enhance Wharton’s reputation for entrepreneurship worldwide.
Ravi Viswanathan, Chair, ENG’90, WG’98
Founder & Managing Partner, NewView Capital
Ravi is the Founder and Managing Partner of NewViewCapital. NewView Capital, spun out from New Enterprise Associates, was founded in 2018 as an answer to challenges presented by evolving market dynamics in the venture space. NewView Capital Fund I, is a $1.35 billion fund comprised of a diverse set of growth-stage technology companies.
In his previous role as General Partner at NEA, he focused on investments in the software, internet, and fintech sectors. He also co-headed the firm’s Technology Venture Growth Equity investment practice. Ravi has led investments in Acquia, BloomReach, Boku, Desire2Learn, Forter, Gladly, Heap, MindTickle, Plaid, Placester, Reltio, SiteTracker, and Topia.
Ravi received an MBA from Wharton and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCSB where he focused his research on materials science applications. Ravi also earned a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
JOINED: JAN. 2012
3RD TERM ENDS: DEC. 2022
Robert B. Goergen, Sr. Honorary Chair, WG’62
Founder and Chairman of the Board, The Ropart Group
Mr. Goergen is the Founder and Chairman of The Ropart Group, a private equity firm that has invested more than $100 million in more than 25 companies since 2001, ranging from startups to buyouts,
across an array of industries. Since 1997, Mr. Goergen has served on the Wharton School Board of Overseers of The University of Pennsylvania. He initiated the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program with a path-breaking gift of $10 million in 1998. This program is one of the largest and most diverse academic programs of its kind in the world. More than 2,000 students and entrepreneurs each year participate in courses that combine theory with practice, allowing students to gain access and insight from the entrepreneurial business community.
Mr. Goergen received his undergraduate degree in physics (cum laude) from the University of Rochester and received his MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
JOINED: JAN. 2001
Nisa Amoils, L’95
Partner, Grasshopper Capital
Nisa Amoils is a partner at Grasshopper Capital investing in fintech/Blockchain and has been an early-stage investor for the past decade. She was named one of Business Insider’s Women VC’s to watch and top 100 Women in Fintech, and top 50 global Blockchain thinkers. She is a former securities lawyer and on the Boards of several institutions and Girls Who Invest. She contributes for Forbes and is host of the Coinscrum show. Prior to investing, she was an entrepreneur and spent many years in business development at companies like Time Warner and NBC Universal
She holds a BBA (business) degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
JOINED: JUL. 2018
1ST TERM ENDS: JUN. 2021
Eric Aroesty, C’92
CEO, Affinity Marketing Partners
Eric is the Chairman of Mentored, an education technology platform that connects knowledge seekers and knowledge providers. Eric is an active entrepreneur and investor, engaged in numerous transactions in the fields of Education, Internet Marketing, Staffing, and Financial Services. Eric has a strong track record for growing companies to scale. Eric was the founder of Affinity Direct (“AD.”) AD was the 3rd largest federal student loan consolidation company consolidating and selling over $5.5 billion of federal student loans. Prior to AD, Eric was the President of Traffix, Inc. (NASDAQ, TRFX).
Eric graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.
JOINED: OCT. 2017
1st TERM ENDS: DEC. 2020
Jon Auerbach, C’89
General Partner, CRV
Jon joined CRV as a general partner in 2007 and focuses on making investments in fast-growing enterprise software companies. Prior to CRV, he was a general partner at Highland Capital Partners since 2000 and an early and active investor in numerous successful startups. He ledHighland’s investments in Optasite (sold to SBA Communications), CCTV (sold to TerreStar) and TriStar Investors (sold to Crown Castle), and co-led the investments in Quattro Wireless (sold to Apple) and Starent Networks (IPO in 2007, then acquired by Cisco Systems in 2009).
Jon holds a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1989).
JOINED: OCT. 2014
2ND TERM ENDS: DEC. 2021
Bikram Bakshi, WG’05
Entrepreneur and Innovator
Bikram is a seasoned CEO, innovator, and entrepreneur based in the Washington, DC area. His most recent venture – QSSI – rose to prominence as an iconic health technology business that led the turnaround of healthcare.gov and built critical components of health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. QSSI was acquired by United Health Group in 2012. Subsequently as a member of the Office of the CEO for Optum, United Health’s services arm, Bikram ran the government business and helped establish Optum as a premier partner to Medicare, Medicaid, Military and Veteran Health. Prior to that Bikram led Optum’s international business across Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.
He is an active investor in cyber and health tech companies and is a named inventor of 13 US patents. Bikram has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
JOINED: JUL. 2018
1ST TERM ENDS: JUN. 2021
Shelley Boyce, WG’95
Founder and Executive Chairman, Medrisk
Shelley Boyce is the founder and executive chairman of MedRisk — the nation’s leading provider of specialty managed care services focused on the management of physical medicine in the workers’ compensation industry. Shelley also serves on the boards of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, University of Virginia Health Foundation and Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia. Shelley founded the company during her second year in the Wharton Executive MBA program, by writing the business plan as part of an entrepreneurship class.
JOINED: JAN. 2009
3RD TERM ENDS: DEC. 2019
Carol Curley, WG’81
Chief Investment Officer, The Charian Group
Carol is currently a Managing Director with Golden Seeds, an investment firm focused on funding high-growth companies with gender-diverse management teams. Carol has responsibility for the Golden Seeds Knowledge Institute, which provides investor training programs. She is also an active member of New York Angels, one of the oldest and most active angel investment groups in New York City, committed to funding and mentoring great young companies. In addition, Carol is Chief Investment Officer of The Charian Group, LLC, an investment vehicle for early-stage investments and consulting activities.
Carol holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
JOINED: JAN. 2017
1ST TERM ENDS: DEC. 2019
Robert B. Goergen, Jr., WG’00
Founder and Chairman, G5 Capital
Robert B. Goergen, Jr. (Rob) is the Founder and Chairman of G5 Capital LLC. G5 Capital was founded in 2014 as a growth equity firm focused on early-stage investing and providing advisory services to high growth, powerfully branded, fast-moving consumer products and services companies. Select investments in the G5 portfolio include BEAUTYCOUNTER, One Hope Wine, CURA Cannabis Solutions, CaaStle/Gwynnie Bee and Stringr. Prior to his leadership of G5 Capital, Rob served for 15 years as a member of the management team of Blyth, Inc., ultimately as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. From 1994 through 2015, Blyth was a leading, publicly-traded, multinational holding company, which at its peak achieved revenue of over $1.5 billion.
Rob graduated in 2000 with an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1993 with a B.A. from the University of Richmond. He and his wife, Stacey, a writer and contemporary art curator, reside in New York City with their three children.
JOINED: JAN. 2018
Andrew Jacobson, WG’93
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Axiom International Investors, LLC
Andrew Jacobson is the Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer of Axiom International Investors LLC, a global investment management firm that manages global, small cap and emerging market equities with a single guiding philosophy and consistent, disciplined investment process. Prior to Axiom Investors, Andrew was Executive Vice President at Columbus Circle Investors (acquired by Pimco).
Andrew and his wife, Marina Kunis Jacobson, G’93, WG’93 initiated the Jacobson Venture Awards which seeks to provide students from The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies with the opportunity to focus their energies on their entrepreneurial venture during the summer.
Andrew holds a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
JOINED: JAN. 2019
1st TERM ENDS: Jun. 2022
George Karibian, WG’93
George Karibian is a serial entrepreneur. Since 2000, he has co-founded five high growth, tech-enabled disruptive startups in spaces dominated by large incumbent players. He co-founded Euroffice during the early years of the dotcom boom. It is now the third largest online office products company in the UK serving small businesses in the UK and Italy. In 2008, George co-founded Paymentsense, which provides card processing to small businesses. The company has a customer base of 60,000 small businesses processing $9bn p.a.
George graduated in 1993 with an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 2006, was named a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
JOINED: MAR. 2015
2ND TERM ENDS: DEC. 2021
Catherine K.C. Leung, W’90
Co-Founder & General Partner: MizMaa Ventures
Catherine K.C. Leung is Co-Founder and General Partner of MizMaa Ventures, which is an early stage global venture capital fund focused on investing in the unfair, competitive advantages of Israel and select areas of the Nordics. The key investment pillars include cybersecurity, mobility, cloud computing, blockchain/fintech and artificial intelligence. She is currently a board member of Twiggle, Corephotonics (recently sold to Samsung), Aurora Labs, Orca, Allegro.ai, Coronet, Vayavision and Resolution Games.
Prior to MizMaa Ventures, Catherine was an investment banker for twenty years and last served as Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Asia Investment Banking where she led with a focus in Greater China. Under her leadership, JPMorgan was named Best Foreign Investment Bank in Hong Kong for eight consecutive years. She has advised clients in marquee IPO’s, mergers and acquisitions, debt and derivative transactions. She was named among the Top 20 Women in Finance by Finance Asia in 2011.
She worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman & Co in United States and London from 1990 to 1994.
Catherine graduated from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, with majors in Finance and Accounting, in 1990.
JOINED: FEB. 2019
1ST TERM ENDS: DEC. 2021
James McElwee, WG’76
Director, James McElwee Venture Advisory
James McElwee currently operates as an independent venture capitalist in Northern California with more than 35 years of experience in venture capital and private equity. Mr. McElwee joined Weston Presidio as its third General Partner in 1992 serving until 2010. During his tenure as a General Partner and member of the Investment Committee, Weston Presidio led the start-up financing of JetBlue Airways and made investments in Fender Musical Instruments, The Coffee Connection (acquired by Starbucks), Guitar Center, Mapquest (acquired by AOL), Party City, Jimmy John’s, RE/MAX, and many other companies. Mr. McElwee opened the firm’s Menlo Park Office in 2000.
Mr. McElwee earned his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
JOINED: JAN. 2004
5TH TERM ENDS: DEC. 2019
Brian Paul, W’90
Partner, Tenaya Capital
Brian focuses on SaaS, data center/cloud infrastructure, and security. He likes companies that are leveraging big changes in the market landscape and have a unique wedge in the market. Brian cofounded
Tenaya Capital and, prior to that, was a partner at Lehman Brothers Venture Partners (starting in 1999). Previously, Brian worked in Lehman Brothers’ Technology and Healthcare Investment Banking groups and First Boston’s Mortgage Finance group.
Brian holds an M.B.A. with distinction from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
JOINED: MAR. 2015
2ND TERM ENDS: DEC. 2021
Richard Perlman, W’68
Executive Chairman, ExamWorks Group, Inc.
Richard Perlman is the founder and Executive Chairman of ExamWorks Group, Inc. the global leader in the independent medical exam industry. ExamWorks provides evidence-based medical
evaluations to the property and casualty market for workers compensation, automotive and general liability injury claims. Since its founding in 2008, the company has grown revenues to 1 billion dollars and is the market leader in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. Throughout his 45 year career, Perlman has acquired 140 companies.
Mr. Perlman is a 1968 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from The Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1972.
JOINED: MAR. 2013
2ND TERM ENDS: DEC. 2019
Rich Riley, W’96
Rich joined Shazam as CEO in 2013. Under his leadership, the company has more than doubled its user base, become one of the highest-rated apps in the world, surpassed one billion downloads, achieved profitability and announced that it is being acquired by Apple. Prior, he spent 13 years at Yahoo!, where his most recent roles were running the EMEA region and the Americas region and serving on the Executive Management team. Rich co-founded Log-Me-On.com which invented the toolbar and was acquired by Yahoo!
Rich received his BS in Economics (Finance and Entrepreneurship) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
JOINED: APR. 2005
5TH TERM ENDS: DEC. 2019
Andrew Trader (A.T.), W’91, WG’99
Early Impact Ventures
A.T. worked for Maveron, a consumer-focused venture capital fund, however, A.T. is an entrepreneur at heart and recently co-founded Madison Reed, which is
revolutionizing the home hair care experience. In 2007, he co-founded Zynga and helped create the social gaming industry. At Zynga, he built and managed all business operations, including revenue management, marketing/user acquisition, business development, and strategic partners. A.T.’s work was instrumental in driving Zynga to over 60 million daily users and to profitability from the fourth month after launch.
He holds both a BSE and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.