Leadership Team

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Aparna Pujar

Aparna Pujar

Founder

Aparna Pujar is the Founder and CEO of Enfavr is an Entrepreneur and Product Leader. She has diversified experience in Product Strategy, Product Management, Technology and General management. She specializes in conceptualizing, building internet and mobile technology products and platforms. At Enfavr, Aparna spearheads product, technology and business functions, leveraging her in-depth experience in Big Data and AI. A well-timed sabbatical from eBay, where she previously worked as a Product Head and lead several strategic initiatives for Big Data and AI, led her to take up entrepreneurship as her next adventure.

Prior to eBay, she was the Director of Media and Front Doors at Yahoo! – and launched Yahoo!’s Sports and Entertainment Media verticals which were ranked Top 3 in their categories. Prior to Yahoo!, Aparna was Director of e-Commerce, at Omnicell, where she started as an Engineer and quickly rose to own general management responsibilities for their e-Commerce Platform. Aparna is an alumna of the Stanford Business School, has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.

Gary Fowler

Gary Fowler

Co-Founder

Award-winning Senior level executive with 28+ years of success in global strategic innovation leadership, sales, marketing, operational and investment management. CEO and Co-Founder of the award-winning AI startup Yva.ai as well as the investment firm, DY Investments. Raised $9.5 million to position as the leading employee engagement company. Gary is a recognized expert in entrepreneurship (including entrepreneurial education), lean startup methods, innovation management, and technology development. Consultant to numerous international companies and startups. Extensive experience with fund raising through a successful IPO (CKSW). Executive level positions in top tier companies: ClickSoftware, Mirantis, Siemens, HP, etc. Founder of Fowler International, Tecra, Yva.ai, Findo, GSD Venture Studios, GVA LaunchGurus (Co-Founder), Fowler Development, Broadiant, DY Investments and more.

Founder of one of the top startup accelerator programs in Eastern Europe and global speaker on topics such as coming to Silicon Valley and what it takes to have a successful startup.

Several awards for excellence in the region. Co-Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee. TEDX speaker and numerous international speaking engagements. Recently named one of the ” Top Ten Most Influential AI Executives for 2019″ as well as “Top 30 Technology Executives to Watch”. He is a recognized industry expert on AI at Forbes magazine and a writer.

Venture-backed serial entrepreneur leading several startups from concept to capital raising to IPO.

Worked on technology commercialization initiatives and industry partnerships for a 40-nation, $1B+ fund, employing 26,000 scientists and engineers across 500 research institutes as a sales and marketing executive consultant.

Extensive experience helping international companies enter the USA market by developing business plans, sales strategies and assisting with very C level sales calls.in

Derek Distenfield

Derek Distenfield

Co-Founder

Known for bringing revolutionary new ideas to organizations that deliver explosive growth and for being efficient with limited resources; high tolerance for ambiguity and complexity.

Co-founded GSD Venture Studios in April 2019.

For over 15 years, I have blazed high impact careers in startups, corporate and non-profit organizations. Most recently, I was the Chief Operating Officer for 360 Payments. I drive the people, processes, technology, marketing & finance for a $2 billion payment company.

As the growth strategist behind Bunker Labs, USA, I transformed this non-profit, serving veteran entrepreneurs, into a premier national brand.

Prior to this, I ignited immediate growth in a highly regulated industry as CEO of NextGenJustice, a social enterprise start-up that served as an alternative to traditional legal venues. As a founding visionary and chief evangelist, I developed a product that grew its consumer base 50%, 17 of 18 months in business.

I am passionate about breaking barriers, leading innovation, and inspiring people to believe they can achieve.

I have been a keynote speaker at the Military Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit, One Spark Innovation Conference and International Conference on Business Incubation.

Beyond public speaking, I am also a mentor and start-up business advisor.

Suresh Lodha

Suresh Lodha

Chief Scientific Officer

Prof. Lodha is interested in data curation (accessing and identifying relevant and reliable data) and visualization of socio-economic data. He is co-authors of The Atlas of Global Inequality and The Atlas of California. He is interested in an teaching data analytics and visualization at both undergraduate and graduate level. He is interested in equity-oriented community-engaged collaborative research to empower society using software and technology. He mentors both undergraduate and graduate students interested in multidisciplinary e-Research focusing on capacity building and nurtures them into co-authoring research monologues. He is interested in collaborating with students with shared interests at a wide range of universities internationally and remotely. He collaborates with research scholars and organizations with a focus on policy analysis and impactful research.

Louis Chen

Louis Chen

Lead Software Developer

Louis has been Senior Hardware Engineer for 9 years in Silicon Valley technology companies. Decided to go for entrepreneurship and use technology innovation to try to make this world better with small steps then to great leaps.

Born in Japan and spent time at Taiwan then USA, I have been always in a changing environment and mix of different cultures, ideas, people. Together with extreme interest in technologies such as Hardware engineering and Software engineering. Always continuously learning and researching with self-study and case study. Enjoy building system from scratch with latest and greatest components.

Currently focusing on machine learning with TensorFlow in image processing, prediction, and decision maker.

Proficient in Hardware design such as semiconductor physics, electronic circuits, analog and digital design, computer architecture and logic design, many wired protocols such as USB, Ethernet, HDMI, PCIe, and wireless protocols such as Bluetooth, NFC, Wifi, Zigbee.

And solely designed many software in various aspects such as WebApp of REST, API, GraphQL in Java, Python, js, Database in SQL and NoSQL, Front end UI development in iOS, Android, html, css, js, Amazon AWS, EC2, Lambda, RDS, DynamoDB, API Gateway, Appsync, Amplify, CloudFront, S3. Google App Engine, cloud api, Microsoft Azure app.

Currently working on multiple startups that will disrupt current landscapes of various industries and markets.

Enjoy chatting about technology, economy, cultures, business, startup, hardware, software, computer games, movies, food, houses, pet, philosophies, psychology, SiFi, and pretty much anything that any people will talk about, I would always have my own special idea and input for that.

Advisory Board

Ron Gentile

Joe Betts-Lacroix

Miten Mehta

Craig Falk

Aaron Blight

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