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Howard Heppelmann
Divisional Vice President (DVP) and General Manager, New Businesses Segment

Howard Heppelmann is currently DVP and General Manager, New Businesses segment. The New Businesses segment is responsible for leveraging PTC technology, acquisitions and partnerships to advance PTC’s Internet of Things (IOT) strategy within manufacturing. In this role, Mr. Heppelmann has responsibility for the leadership and financial management of PTC's New Businesses Segment including market analysis, solution definition, and worldwide business development and go-to-market activities.


Mr. Heppelmann most recently served as the SVP and General Manager of PTC’s Supply Chain Segment.  He has worked in the manufacturing industry since 1990 and has extensive experience collaborating with leading manufacturers to help elevate their product development and supply chain management capabilities. Prior to joining PTC in 1998, Mr. Heppelmann was a PLM sales manager at Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC).

Mr. Heppelmann is a regular participant at industry seminars where he has presented and spoken on important topics such as product lifecycle management (PLM), internet of things (IOT), connected products, connected manufacturing, product and material  regulatory compliance, product environmental performance, , and gaining competitive advantage through adoption of industry best practices to drive product development process improvement. -. He has also been published and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and numerous other business and trade publications.


Mr. Heppelmann attended Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota, where he earned degrees in Economics and International Studies.

Edgar Masri
CEO and President, Qualtré, Inc.

Mr. Masri was appointed the CEO and President of Qualtré in 2008. From 2006-2008, Edgar rejoined 3Com, a global data networking leader, as the President and Chief Executive Officer. At 3Com, he led the acquisition of H-3C, the joint venture between 3Com and Huawei and was H-3C's Chairman. Mr. Masri was a General Partner at Matrix Partners from 2000 to 2006, a leading technology venture capital firm, where he made investments in the wireless, broadband and semiconductor industries while serving on the boards of numerous semiconductor and telecommunication equipment startups. From 1995 to 1999, he led 3Com's workgroup business and oversaw this unit's five-fold growth to over $1 billion in revenue and a leading market share position. Prior to joining 3Com in 1985, Mr. Masri worked in various engineering and management positions at companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. Mr. Masri holds a Diplome d'Ingenieur from Ecole Centrale de Paris, and a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an Arjay Miller Scholar M.B.A. graduate with distinction from Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Tina Weber
Founder/CEO of A Starting Line; Program Director of Lean Startup Challenge

Tina is the founder/CEO of A Starting Line and Program Director of Lean Startup Challenge, a startup program that provides guidance and mentoring based on the Lean Startup principles. She helps companies with customer development, market validation, advocate marketing, go-to market strategy, and product development.

Previously, Tina was the Chief Engagement Officer of GearSay.com,  where she was responsible for launch strategy, customer acquisition and engagement.  She had previously founded a marketing/technology consulting firm and also worked at companies such as eBay Enterprise, e-Dialog, and Digitas; leading and managing teams to build/implement marketing and business intelligence solutions.

Sheldon Borkin
Managing Partner at Strategic Angles

Dr. Sheldon Borkin is an entrepreneur, consultant, and member of Launchpad and InvestorsCollaborative angel groups.  He has done three startups - two IPOs including WebMD (from startup to $1B revenue) and one acquisition - and mentors startups at MIT and at Boston Startup Weekend.  He will also be a mentor at the next TechStars Boston class.  Sheldon was Chief Scientist at Progress Software leading innovation and technology strategy.  He has Ph.D and EE degrees in Computer Science from MIT.
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sheldonborkin/, Twitter @sheldonborkin.