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| Registration, Interactive Networking & Breakfast Buffet
|11:05 - 11:45am
| Keynote by Jeff Katz '80
|12 - 1pm
| Panel Discussion with Jeff Katz, T. K. Pillan, Peter Lee
| 1 - 1:30pm
|| Post Event Networking
Jeff Katz '80
Jeffrey G. Katz is a technology and travel industry veteran whose success has spanned some of the most innovative companies nationwide. Katz joined leading comparison shopping company Nextag as Chief Executive Officer in March 2010. At Nextag, Katz is driving an ambitious strategic blueprint encompassing acquisitions, global expansion and the development of new service features to capitalize on consumer trends such as mobile applications, personalization and the integration of social commerce.
T. K. Pillan '90
From 2006 to February 2010, Katz served as President and CEO of LeapFrog Enterprises - a designer, developer, and marketer of innovative, technology-based learning products and related proprietary content - and he still serves the company in his capacity as Executive Chairman. From 2000 through 2004, Katz was the Chairman and Founding CEO of Orbitz, Inc. Under Katz’s leadership, Orbitz quickly grew to become one of the top three online travel sites, with over $4 billion in gross sales. From 1997 to 2000, Katz was President and Chief Executive Officer of Swissair, a publicly held airline, and from 1980 to 1997, he served in a variety of roles at American Airlines, including positions in finance, pricing and sales, before being named Vice President of American Airlines and President of the Computerized Reservation System Division of SABRE.
Katz received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis, and holds M.S. degrees from both Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to serving on the board of directors for Leapfrog, he previously served on the board of Northwest Airlines, Friendster.com and City of Hope National Cancer Research Institute.
Pillan co-founded Veggie Grill, which
opened its first location in November 2006, out of a personal desire
for delicious, wholesome, convenient food. Voted Orange County’s
Best New Restaurant (OC Register) and SoCal’s Best American
Restaurant (LA Times), Veggie Grill revolutionizes the way guests
eat, talk and think about vegetarian food. There are now 16 Veggie
Grill’s across the West Coast, with plans to grow to 30 by the end
Prior to Veggie Grill, Pillan
co-founded Guidance Solutions in 1995, an e-commerce development firm
and incubator that helped companies launch their online business
platforms during the first wave of the Internet. The company was one
of LA’s 15 fastest growing technology companies three years in a
row. Pillan received a B.S. in Engineering from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of
Pillan currently resides in Manhattan
Beach, CA, with his wife and two daughters. When he’s not helping
to lead Veggie Grill’s expansion plan, Pillan enjoys playing beach
volleyball and coaching his daughters’ sports teams, trying to
reclaim his glory days of playing division III college baseball and
basketball at MIT.
Peter Lee '96
Peter Lee is a Partner at Baroda Ventures and actively manages Baroda's new investments and current portfolio.
Previously, he was an investor at Clearstone Ventures and Prism Ventures. Prior to entering venture capital, he was the Vice President of Operations and Product Management at Goldpocket (acquired by Ericsson), a startup developing a platform for creating, distributing and managing interactive TV digital media systems.
Earlier, Peter was a manager with McKinsey, where he focused on the digital media, consumer electronics, and internet industries. He also worked as a product manager at Microsoft in their wireless device group as well as at Virtual Ink (acquired by Dymo Corp), a venture-backed startup in the consumer electronics and collaborative online meeting space.
Peter earned his B.S. and M.S. in engineering product development from MIT where he was elected into the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and was awarded a full-tuition graduate fellowship. He also holds an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard Business School.
James Brown '70 - Moderator
James L. Brown is Principal at J. L.
Brown & Co., a strategic advisory and venture development
practice in Los Angeles. He provides research, analysis, counsel and
interim leadership services to entrepreneurs and investors. Over the
past 20 years, Mr. Brown has helped bring forward new ventures for
Kodak Corporation, NCR Corporation, Teradata Corporation and Xerox
Corporation. He has also guided the commercial development of over
50 advanced technology ventures through public workshops, private
counsel and contracted research and representation services. His
current focus is the development of advanced technology ventures from
university and industrial laboratories and the Federal SBIR
Previously, Mr. Brown was Director of
Strategy at Teradata Corporation (massively-parallel database
technology), Director of Analyst Relations at Pyramid Technology
Corporation (high-performance computing) and held earlier marketing,
sales and corporate MIS positions with Xerox Corporation, TRW and
several software ventures. He is a founder of the Caltech/MIT
Enterprise Forum (Pasadena) and served on the board of MIT Enterprise
Forum, Inc. (Cambridge). Mr. Brown holds a BS in Electrical
Engineering from Stanford University and an SM in Management Science
from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He earned the Bronze Star
as First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Signal Corps, and was a defense policy
analyst for several years thereafter.
$28 - Members
$39 - Non-members