TMP Innovator Stories
This quarterly series features leaders from academia and industry who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields. Featuring appearances by prominent academic researchers, business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs. This series gives UC Santa Barbara students an opportunity to learn directly from individuals who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work. Innovator Stories is part of the TMP 111 Issues in Technology, Business, and Society course curriculum.
FALL 2018-Innovator Stories
Al Ferrer is the President/CEO of Linea Consulting, a multi-national Major League Baseball interpreter provider. Linea also researches, analyzes, interprets and presents advanced sabermetrics. Clients have included the Los Angeles Dodgers, Angels, New York Yankees and the top sports agents in the country.
Al is currently a professor emeritus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his role as professor, he developed and implemented the highly successful Sport Management Program. More than 1,000 UCSB students have been placed in professional and collegiate front office positions and internships. Read More...
As a music supervisor and executive on such films as The Big Lebowski, Sweet Home Alabama and Dead Man Walking, Dawn Solér joined ABC Studios in 2006 to bring her extensive film experience to the world of television. Once there, she established a full-service music department that manages every musical component on all of its shows -- the hiring of music supervisors and composers, budgets and integrating music from programming into marketing.
She created the network's Music Lounge website to further expose songs featured on such musically rich series as Code Black, Once Upon a Time, Black-ish and showrunner Shonda Rhimes' powerhouse slate of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. Read More...
Dafina Toncheva invests in emerging technologies in the enterprise space with focus on Enterprise SaaS applications and security. Dafina joined USVP in 2012 and has led investments in and joined the boards of InsideSales.com, Apptimize, Luma Health, Arkose Labs and Raken. Most recently, Dafina served on the board of Prevoty, a leader in application security, who was acquired by Imperva for $140M where USVP was the lead investor and largest shareholder.
Prior to joining USVP, Dafina was a principal investor with Tugboat Ventures since 2010. Before that, she spent two years at Venrock helping to expand the firm’s investments in SaaS, virtualization, security, infrastructure and enterprise applications. Dafina led the first institutional investment round in Cloudflare which has since transformed into one of the most successful Internet security startups in Silicon Valley. Read More...
**UCTV Lost Voices Series**
Peter Biggs will be portrayed by Jarred Webb. Following a Q&A session with Daniel Lynch who wrote his Dissertation on Peter Biggs.
According to historians Kendra Field and Daniel Lynch, "Biggs (was) a man who experienced a remarkable transition from slavery to freedom a decade before the outbreak of the Civil War. Born enslaved in Virginia around 1820, Biggs lived and labored in Los Angeles between the late 1840s and his murder in 1869. As one of only twelve people in Los Angeles marked 'Black' on the 1850 U.S. Census, he was also the only one listed with a surname and living in a home of his own. Read More...
Michael Abraham, Founder and CEO of MKA Capital Group, Inc.
Sun Choe, President and Managing Member of Norcomp Southern California LLC
UCSB Alumni Panel: Eric Posen, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Naritiv; Jeff Overall, Founder and CEO, PolarPro; Michael Zhang, Co-founder, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Unirui Entertainment UCTV
Donna White, Founder and Managing Partner of August Venture Talent
Ali Bauerlein, CoFounder and Executive VP, Finance & CFO, Inogen
John Dorman, Board Advisor, Executive, and Entrepreneur
Kendall Fargo, Chief Revenue Officer at Tripping.com.
Michael Gialketsis, President, Rincon Consultants, Inc.
Norman Habermann, Former President and CEO of The Restaurant Enterprises Group; President of Scobreet Associates
Peter Johnson, Co-Founder of Tetrionics; Founder of Hy Cite Corporation
Andy Ogawa, Founder and Managing Partner, Quest Venture Partners
Herb Paaren, Co-Founder of Tetrionics
The Executive-at-the-Table meetings provide a unique opportunity for Technology Management Program students to enjoy a casual conversation with an engaging and influential entrepreneur or executive. Within this intimate setting, our mentors share business advice and anecdotes from their own experience.
Space is limited and RSVP is required. Please make sure you are absolutely able to attend prior to your RSVP. Any no-shows will disallow you from attending future events. These events are held in the TMP Conference Room 1328 in Phelps Hall, unless otherwise noted. Event times may vary.