About Us

Meet Our Team

We are the most experienced lean corporate innovation acceleration team on the planet. We have taken over 1,000 teams through acclerator programs a minimum of 8-weeks long - from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health Innovation Corps to the UC Berkeley LAUNCH accelerator and programs for HP, BOSCH, Intel and many more globally. We can deliver results for you in just weeks.

Our Hypershift methodology has scaled to support rigorously testing hundreds of business model innovations per year and delivered breakthrough results. Real innovation has a high failure rate and requires testing lots of opportunities (scale) and testing them rigorously (intensity). The Hypershift process delivers the four key components that will transform your organization: education+ acceleration+ scale+ intensity - directly to your employees.

We want to help our teams to acclerate testing their ideas to understand if they have a viable, scalable business model. We, as an organization, want to learn how to systematically find these (opportunities).

Johannes Sommerhäuser Senior Vice President Business Model Innovation, BOSCH

Andre Marquis.

Andre Marquis

Chief Executive Officer

Andre is the CEO of Hypershift Systems, Founder of the Innovation Acceleration Group at the University of California Berkeley and former Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship there. Teams under his leadership have built a scalable, global business process that delivers fundable startups and breakthrough product and service innovations for corporations by combining hypothesis-driven business model testing (acceleration) with hands-on training (education). He has been a Founder or first management of startups with a combined 3 public stock offerings, a $200m acquisition and, most recently, a biotech that raised over $190m.

Hi. I'm Debi. Nice to meet you.

Debi Gerstel

Customer Success Leader

Debi is the Customer Success Leader of Hypershift Systems. Her 20+ years of cross-disciplinary experience in Silicon Valley spans strategy, operations, marketing, business development, and communications. She has managed a variety of innovative projects, programs, and initiatives from ideation to execution at start-ups as well as at intrepreneurial ventures in established enterprises. Debi firmly believes that innovation is the only true way to create value, which is why she's so inspired by Hypershift's breakthrough methodology.

Robert Freedman

Robert Freedman

Chief Operating Officer

As a startup leader, Robert has been a founder and executive in several acquired startups. These include Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Telegent, a provider of mobile semiconductor and software technology; VP Products at Certus, an enterprise SaaS company; and Director of Services at RightWorks, a SaaS provider of supply chain management solutions.
Robert has also held executive leadership roles including VP Technology Product Development at Method Design and VP Delivery Services at Transworld Information Systems. His prior experience includes manager and consultant roles at Ernst & Young and Oracle.

Manav Subodh

Manav Subodh

General Manager, Asia Region

Manav Subodh is Co-founder of 1M1B (A Million for A Billion), an initiative to activate a million young leaders & entrepreneurs who will drive a billion people out of poverty. A series of events, including his experiences during the Arab spring inspired Manav to leave his corporate job in 2015 and create 1M1B. Since then he has expanded 1M1B in Caribbean's, Ghana, India, Vietnam and USA. He was featured in Forbes as "The Man Who Will Help 1 Billion People". In 2016, in partnership with the office of the Chief Minister of the State of Andhra Pradesh, India, Manav led the creation of the first Smart Village. A village accelerator, prototyped in the villages for local job creation and for providing last mile as a service to startups, is now being replicated to thousands of villages of India under the brand Startup GuruKool.

Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, Manav worked in the corporate sector with organization like Intel, Ernst and Young (EY), Hughes and QAI. His most prestigious corporate assignment was with Intel Corporation in which Manav worked as a Global Director for entrepreneurship in over 30 countries and later led mentoring and incubation for the Intel CEO's inspired, Make it Wearable, one of the largest corporate innovation initiative on wearable computing. Manav's experiences along with other experts captured in the book HyperShift, released in 2015