Dr. Elaine Rideout
Founder & CEO
An entrepreneur who has developed multiple startup businesses and nonprofits, as well as fostering the creation of dozens more, Elaine has more than 25 years experience conceiving innovative ideas and moving them from R&D abstraction to concrete execution. She has raised more than $100 million to capitalize her business and nonprofit ventures, employing her unique business skills that range from startup planning to product sales as well as executive management. A former economist, Elaine served as founding executive of the Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees and the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. She earned a BA and Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Entrepreneurship from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Seth Hollar
Chief Technology Officer
Seth developed one of the world’s smallest autonomous robots; built the hardware platform for one of first distributed sensor network platforms (TinyOS); and has developed a variety of hand held mobile hardware solutions. Additionally, he has worked on attitude control systems for unmanned space exploration missions at Lockheed Martin, including the Mars Orbiter and Stardust platforms and was a Toshiba Fellow at their Research and Development Center in Kawasaki, Japan. Seth graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 2003, specializing in micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS).
Jeff Shelden P.E.
Jeff is a Vice President with Moffatt & Nichol, a global infrastructure advisory firm. He has worked with M&N for almost 32 years, advancing from a staff engineer to currently leading M&N’s internationally respected Coasts, Water and the Environment Practice. Currently engaged in corporate strategy and client outreach for the company, Jeff was instrumental in helping to grow M&N from a three office operation with less than 70 employees to its current position as an ENR top-100 design firm with over $100M in net revenues. Today the company has 650 employees in 34 offices in 7 countries. Jeff has led a number of major award-winning transportation, energy, and environmental design and development projects around the world.
Former General Counsel, House Ways and Means Committee. Former Deputy Commissioner, Social Security Administration.
Communications System Architect, Ixia. Former Founding CTO, Radar Find.
Executive Vice President, Bart & Associates, Inc.
Founder and Principal, Opticality Ventures. Former Managing Director, UBS and VP, First Boston
PE, Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol.
Principal and Director of Marketing & Communications, Opticality Ventures. Former Director New Business Development, MetLife and VP, Citibank
Founder and Director Venture Management, Inc.