Mentors involved in AccelerateNFC are notable entrepreneurs, investors and advisors who work as a team to propel our NFC participant companies into a new level of success.
We are passionate about supporting our entrepreneur community, and investing our time and resources to make an impact.
Robert Sabella brings more than 20 years of legal and entrepreneurial experience to Interact Ventures and is considered one of the most innovative leaders in developing and bringing new technologies to market. Mr. Sabella is an entrepreneur, investor, inventor, innovator and author. He started several companies, invested in a few more and invented a few products along the way with two current patent-pending applications. He authored two books, RFID+ and the soon to be published NFC for Dummies™. He is passionate about start-ups, both as an entrepreneur and an investor. Mr. Sabella’s focus is on all things related to mobile proximity, specifically RFID, NFC, BLE and mobile apps.
Mr. Sabella created and co-founded the proximity ID technology focused accelerator program, AccelerateNFC, as well as co-organized the global hackathon series TrackHack™: The Proximity ID Hackathon. He continues to train people and organizations around the world on proximity technologies and the solutions they enable through the NFC Bootcamps.
Mr. Sabella earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in philosophy and a Juris Doctor from Boston College and is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bar.
Mr. Martin is the Director of the Texas Entrepreneur Network. He founded the firm to provide leadership in developing the entrepreneur eco-system for early and mid-stage companies in Texas. His expertise lies in launching startups, creating accelerator programs, and funding companies. With expertise in startup and mid-stage company development, Mr. Martin has coached hundreds of startup companies, created mentorship programs, runs funding forums, created angel investor groups, launched several accelerator programs and fostered the entrepreneur community through blogs and website portals.
Daniel Bailin joined HID Global in 2006. He is part of the Strategic Innovation group focusing on next generation solutions and has been working on NFC applications since 2007. Prior to joining HID, Daniel spent seven years in the Biometrics industry, including Authentec and Bioscrypt, in a variety of sales and business development roles. Daniel’s career began in the semiconductor industry where he held positions involving applications engineering and technical marketing. He has degrees in Chemistry and Electrical Engineering.
Mr. Money is a consultant in the NFC industry. Jesse has 20 years of wireless and software development experience, and has worked with wireless operators and payment networks to define business strategy, product roadmaps, NFC device certification procedures, and the Isis operational support model. He has spent the last several years working in NFC strategy, implementation, market analysis, and mobile payments. Prior to consulting with Constratus, a management consulting firm, Jesse spent 5 years at Verizon Wireless, where he led the Verizon Wireless consumer product management organization, and has worked for Visa, Samsung, Sprint and BellSouth in management and implementation roles. Jesse holds a Masters degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice University, and a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.
Tony has over 20 years in marketing, sales and product development of Near Field Communication (NFC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) hardware, software and services. Since February 2011, Tony has been an independent consultant working to connect NFC technology with location based marketing programs. From 2009 to February 2011, he was a Senior Director of Sales and Marketing covering North and South American for NXP Semiconductors.
Matt Kammerait is taking on the world of mobile and interactivity from an unlikely home – within one of the great American printing companies: Quad/Graphics. As product manager for Quad/Graphics interactive print solutions, he is in the vanguard of printing professionals engaged in the process of integrating the immediacy and connectivity of mobile with the proven power and success of the printed page. His focus is helping marketers and publishers combine print and mobile using QR codes, image recognition, augmented reality, Near-Field Communications (NFC) and other emerging technologies. Matt has been active in Quad/Graphics Innovation Council and Idea Catapult programs, helping Quad/Graphics maintain its corporate commitment to innovation and technology. He also spearheaded Social Media development and integration across the $4.7 billion, 24,000 employee company.
Ian Robertson, BSc (Hons), MBCS, CITP, Cert Mgmt was GS1’s Director for Transportation & Other Industry Sectors. He has a long multifaceted background covering IT, Supply Chain and international large scale program management, and was formerly HP’s Worldwide Program Director of RFID, having spent 22 years in the HP, Compaq and DEC components of HP. He originates from the UK, but left 24 years ago to gain international experience from living and working in France, Switzerland, Holland, Germany and the USA, and specialises in taking on complex start up situations where the rules have yet to be written and in troubleshooting Supply Chains. He has written various papers on change management within large corporations and consulted for many companies in this respect. He has also authored Improving Supply Chains Using RFID & Standards. Ian’s background in supply chain troubleshooting positioned him well to create the HP RFID program from scratch and drive its implementation into HP’s supply chain in 28 sites all over the globe, but particularly in Asia, where he also initiated trials and negotiations with many governments for the allocation of RFID frequencies and operating parameters. He has worked extensively across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions.
His pioneering work in RFID included collaboration with Professor Sanjay Sarma from MIT on the concept of using RFID for Electronic Proof Of Delivery and the use of analytics derived from EPC event data to predict supply chain events and reduce the effort and time required to reconcile receiving discrepancies between trading partners. He also promoted the adoption of pallet association and aggregation techniques from the electronics industry by FMCG industries to overcome the limitations of reading tags through difficult materials. And he wrote the original RFID Cook Book to share his experiences of implementing RFID at HP with others seeking to do the same.
In November 2005 he took up the roles of Global Industry Development Director and of Asia Pacific Regional Director for EPCglobal. In his Asia Pacific role he has consulted on RFID applications and regulations for many governments and major industries. He worked closely with the Apparel, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive and Consumer Electronics industries to form their industry groups within EPCglobal. His collaboration with China contributed to the development and publication of China’s UHF RFID regulations. From April 2009 he was responsible for Transportation and Other Sectors for GS1 Global Office. Today he is the founder and CEO of Supply Chain RFID Consulting LLC. He is also a graduate of the International Advanced Management Program at INSEAD France, of the UK Open University and a Charter Member of The British Computer Society
Paula Berger has been working in NFC since 2005 in a variety of roles. She is currently involved in expanding the NFC Bootcamp, the only globally standardized NFC training program. She was VP Marketing and Communication at Sequent, an NFC Trusted Service Manager (TSM). She was Executive Director of the NFC Forum for six years, from the association’s launch through the rollout of the certification program. Paula has been a writer for NFC World publications and she is on the Planning Committee for the NFC Circle Boston, a program of the MIT Enterprise Forum that supports the development, adoption and commercial success of NFC. Paula has extensive experience in communication of all sorts and in building and running training programs.
Craig Tadlock is founder and CEO of GoToTags which develops applications, software development kits and online services which allow companies to easily develop rich cross-platform applications which connect the physical and online worlds through wireless sensors. Founded in early 2011 by an experienced team of technology entrepreneurs, GoToTags is based in Seattle, WA with team members across the west coast. Its focus is on building innovative technology products and services to support the emerging trend of increased mobile computing situational awareness and physical and online device interactions. GoToTags also runs the largest NFC ecommerce website, BUYNFCTAGS.COM.
Miller is VP, Product Strategy for Sequent, responsible for developing Sequent’s product and service roadmap. He joined Sequent from Microsoft, where he led NFC architecture definition. He represented Microsoft on the NFC Forum Board of Directors and Technical Committee, where he co-authored the NDEF Specification and chaired the Peer-to-Peer Task Force, leading development of the LLCP Specification.
Miller is a career technologist with 35 years of engineering, management, and executive experience. Prior to Microsoft, he served as Director of Software Engineering of a public consumer electronics company focused on telephony for small business and consumers. His early career included co-founding several small systems companies in the value-added services business. Raised and educated in Hawaii, he works in the Puget Sound area.
John Cooney is a seasoned Video Game Industry entrepreneur with hands on experience building international operations and IP game management. John has a track record for leading teams that build successful business units, get market traction and scale. He is responsible for developing children’s games, dance games and fitness products that have sold millions of dollars in distributor sales in countries around the world. Companies including Chuck E Cheeses, Andamiro (Pump it Up) and I.C.E have retained him to design interactive children’s products and games for their brands. John pioneered the use of NFC in location based children’s fitness products. His products have been installed in hundreds of family and youth centers around the world resulting in thousands of dance pads serving tens of thousands of kids. The implantation of NFC allowed for secure online tracking of children’s data, correlation of scholastic performance, in class behavior, weight loss and physical fitness. John has a deep working understanding of hardware, software and the modern manufacturing chain required to bring product to market. John has setup factory operations in China, S. Korea, Europe and the US, Often serving in a Business Development role, he has helped bring over $5 million in Angel capital and $10 million in Institutional investment into Startup Video Game companies. Most recently, John helped create Infinite Games Publishing; Canada’s first online publisher focused on digital distribution and its first three game products that included MechWarrior Online. John is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer for Sticky Pigs Inc., a family focused Edutainment IP development company.
John is looking to help Video Game and Digital Media companies find product traction and establishing good business practices.
Hank Chavers is Associate Principal at Constratus, a consultancy providing technical expertise and business analysis for NFC, telecommunications, and multi-media innovations. Hank has over 15 years of experience in development, deployment, and adoption of Internet services and wireless data. His NFC specific accomplishments include: producing proof-of-concept demonstrations for NFC enabling wireless technologies; providing technical management for NFC trials including the first ever NFC phone with two types of payment cards; and leading the NFC Forum Developer Workgroup and Global Competition. Hank has advised and consulted many companies like CNN, ESPN, and Sabre in expanding their product offerings to mobile clients.
Richard Grundy, CEO of Flomio, Inc. has over 13 years of R&D experience in the wireless industry. Richard earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA, holds two device patents, and has spent a career at Motorola developing mission critical solutions for enterprise customers. Having implemented NFC and RFID projects in excess of $100 million for the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the first responders market, Richard understands the challenges of building end-to-end infrastructure products that scale. Flomio embodies this expertise, offering NFC and RFID infrastructure as a service. Serving a broad customer base from advertising to access control, the Flomio team has raised early stage capital, released several hardware and software products, and recently graduated from the prestigious TechStars Cloud program.
Jim Ellis was appointed CEO of ABnote Custom Card Systems in July 2014, having previously held the role of SVP, Sales and Marketing for ABnote North America. Jim’s career has spanned various roles in technology solutions for retail and financial services, including HID Global, FreedomPay Contactless Transactions, Wincor Nixdorf POS and Axiohm Transaction Solutions.
ABnote is the leading North American supplier of secure ID credentials and related services, including RFID/EMV enabled products and secure payment credentials including emerging technology for TSM services, HCE, NFC and mobile Wallets. ABnote Custom Card Systems, a Division of ABnote USA, provides a turnkey solution for financial institutions looking to offer Instant Issuance of Visa and MasterCard; Debit and Credit cards. Since 1983, over 13,000 financial institution branch locations have trusted Custom Card Systems in providing industry leading TRISM instant issuance software in support of our end-to-end solutions for secure instant issuance of debit, credit and pre-paid cards. In addition to guaranteeing a seamless integration with all major core and EFT processors, our ABnote 360 offering includes; professional and consultative services, project management, integration, installation, training and ongoing hardware maintenance and software support services.
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