Our Team

Timothy Rowe – Tim is the Founder and Chairman of the Venture Cafe Foundation. He is President of the Kendall Square Association and the Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center (www.cictr.com). In addition, Tim is a Venture Partner and member of the investment committee of New Atlantic Ventures. Tim holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BA from Amherst College.

Carlos Martinez-Vela – Carlos is Executive Director of the Venture Cafe Foundation. Previously Carlos served as Director of Innovation Policy at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative where he advised Governor Deval Patrick on several international trade missions.  He also assisted a coalition of venture capitalists and industry executives to launch the 12×12 Initiative to identify, enable, and mentor the entrepreneurs who are creating the next generation of technology companies.  Carlos holds a Ph.D. in Technology, Management, and Policy and a S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT.

Brian Wang – Brian manages Venture Café operations and oversees our beverage program. An avid skier; he fell in love with wine while working two jobs before graduating from Utah State University with dual degrees cum laude. He boarded a plane to Boston before completing a “capstone” semester at Georgetown University and an internship at a major think tank. Eventually, he found his way back to Boston to pursue his passion for wine and explore the city. Follow him on Twitter: @sigwang.

Andrew Singleton - Andrew is Events Coordinator for Venture Café. He continues to pursue diverse technology projects from tissue engineering to wind power.  Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Amy Tindell - Amy holds degrees from Dartmouth College (B.A., Cognitive Science), The University of Michigan (Ph.D., Neuroscience), Boston College Law School (J.D.), and Drinkmaster Bartending School (Master Bartender). Amy is an associate at McCarter & English, LLP, where she practices intellectual property law, including patent prosecution and litigation work across a range of technologies. Previously, Amy worked at Tapestry Networks, where she collaborated with networks of leaders to improve healthcare outcomes in Europe. Amy worked with the MassChallenge Competition and Accelerator Program during its first year to support entrepreneurs in developing their businesses. Amy is the Bar Manager and Venture Cafe’s resident beer expert.

Robin Coxe - Robin is a digital design engineer at Analog Devices Lyric Labs (a CIC client) and the Founder of Close-Haul Communications, Inc., a startup that builds open source wireless communications hardware.  Robin is a bartender and tech handywoman at Venture Cafe who also periodically contributes to the Beer Blog. She has a Ph.D. in elementary particle physics from the University of Chicago and is a graduate of Harvard University and Phillips Exeter Academy.      

Pardis Saffari - Pardis is a Project Planner in the Economic Development Division for the City of Cambridge. She worked previously for the City of Lowell and the Downtown Crossing District of Boston. She is currently receiving her second Masters in Business Administration from Babson F.W. Olin School of Business. Her previous academic background is in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (MA, Tufts University) and Politics/Complex Organizations (BA, Mount Holyoke College). She is currently sits on committees with Cambridge Local First and Kendall Square Association. Pardis’ interests lay in supporting and cultivating the small business and start up community, the local arts and restaurant scenes and all things Kendall Square. Follow her on twitter @saffarip.

Shahin Ali - Shahin has over 12 years of progressive strategic management & marketing experience in the areas of business strategy, customer upgrade & relationship marketing, personalized product recommendations, analytics/segmentation, account management and customer lifecycle management.  He has worked with major entertainment, broadcasting & mobile technology companies such as: DIRECTV, Fox Mobile, HBO, Starz, Showtime, Helio/Virgin Mobile, AT&T U-verse, MTV Networks and others. Shahin has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT as well as a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Greg Millington - Greg is Lab Manager for the Somerville-based startup Neuromorphometrics and Co-founder of the in-house crowdsourcing website MercMob.com. His academic background is in Philosophy (B.A., Syracuse University) and Cognitive Science (M.A., University of Sussex). A former attendee of Venture Café, Greg now helps with general set up and operations.

Matthew Glidden - Matthew has worked and volunteered in Kendall Square for 11 years. He loves trivia, games, and interviewing entrepreneurs about their work.



Chris Myles - Chris is currently Director of Product Management at InsightSquared. He previously served as Executive Director of the Venture Cafe Foundation. He is a passionate product guy, entrepreneur and adventurer with 16 years experience juggling multiple hats in startup and advanced development group environments as both a senior manager and hands on contributor. Chris holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Umass but switched to the software side when the tools he needed weren’t available. He returned from a five+ year 30,000 mile sailing trip and followed his passion for entrepreneurship straight to CIC and Venture Cafe, where you’ll find him helping entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses navigate and optimize their Next Steps.

Giuseppe Frustaci - Giuseppe started his first business at the age of 13 and hasn’t looked back since. A passionate marketer, he focuses on bootstrap-friendly strategies that engage enthusiastic customers and drive sales. When not working for www.FreeLogoServices.com, he can be found antiquing, imbibing a finely crafted cocktail, foraging with fellow foodies, or searching for a shrubbery. Giuseppe has degrees in Psychology and Business from Boston University. Find him on Twitter @Fritalci.

Rudi Seitz - Rudi builds software for early-stage startups; he’s also photographer, musician, and writer.  Rudi founded Quadrivial Quandary, a daily writing and vocabulary challenge, to share his love of uncommon words.  Rudi’s 45-piece photography show Imago was displayed at CIC in 2011-12.  For Venture Cafe, Rudi conducts interviews with startup founders and helps organize special events like the Creativity Clinic and mini-Unconference.  Rudi holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Yale, and did graduate work at MIT before entering the startup world.  Check out Rudi’s blog or follow him on Twitter @rudiseitz.

Amy Castor - Amy is a freelance writer and a volunteer at Venture Cafe. She can be reached at ahcastor@comcast.net.

Sidi Gomes – An Artist, Designer, and Entrepreneur, Sidi loves the creative world.

Carrie Stalder – Carrie is the Founding Manager of Venture Café. She is an engineer who holds an SM in Engineering and Management at MIT and a BS Eng. from Caltech. She is passionate about making meaningful connections across networks. She has worked in astronomical instrument development, construction management, and the defense industry, as well as for Caltech’s prestigious faculty club, The Athenaeum. Carrie tweets about the Cambridge, Somerville and Boston restaurant, entrepreneurship and tech scenes at @CambridgeCarrie.

Dan Koff
Will Kwak
Gary Lavine
Eric Merle
Pascal Rettig
Selena Tan
Max Thayer
Kannan Thiru

A big thanks to all the Deepthink participants and the entrepreneurial community who support us with all they do!  We wouldn’t be where we are now without them.