Decades of Innovation Experience
Our executives have deep experience in launching and scaling technology-centered companies.
Andre Marquis is the former Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, founder of the Innovation Acceleration Group at U.C. Berkeley, and a serial entrepreneur with a track record of startups with initial public offerings and acquisitions. Prior to U.C. Berkeley, Andre co-founded the Chorus Group at Eli Lilly, where he pioneered agile business processes for successful drug development programs running >10x cheaper and 3x faster than the industry average. Andre is now bringing this wealth of expertise to Hypershift’s corporate customers.
Robert Freedman is responsible for delivery of Hypershift’s platform and services to and has been a founder and executive in a broad range of technology startups. Most recently, he led the hardware team at Accomplio, delivering agile hardware development for IoT products. Before Accomplio, he led the web/apps team at a fast-growing semiconductor firm, and the product and services teams at Certus, RightWorks and other SaaS startups. Robert has also held leadership roles at Method Design, Ernst & Young and Oracle.
Diana is a serial entrepreneur bringing a wealth of experience and a track record of success in diverse technology sectors to Hypershift's marketing strategy and programs. Most recently, Diana was the VP of Strategy and Investor Relations for semiconductor company Spreadtrum Communications (sold to Tsinghua). Diana was the CEO and co-founder of services e-procurement vendor CascadeWorks (sold to Elance/Upwork), and the founding employee of NetDynamics, which pioneered the application server market, sold to Sun Microsystems. Diana holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
Manav leads the delivery of Hypershift solutions to the fastest growing region for innovation in the world. Most recently, Manav co-founded the 1M1B (A Million for A Billion) initiative, to activate a million young leaders & entrepreneurs to drive a billion people globally out of poverty. In 2016, Manav led the creation of the first Smart Village, a local job creation accelerator providing last mile-as-a-service, now replicated in thousands of villages as Startup GuruKool. Manav has also worked with Intel, Ernst & Young, Hughes and QAI. At Intel, he was the Global Director for entrepreneurship for more than 30 countries and led mentoring & incubation for Intel's "Make it Wearable" program.
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