Mentors & Speakers

Aneesh Chopra
Former CTO, US Government

Aneesh Chopra was the first American Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Chopra previously served as Virginia’s fourth Secretary of Technology. Prior to his government service, Chopra was Managing Director for the Advisory Board Company, a health care think tank for hospitals and health systems.

Todd Park
CTO, US Government

Prior to being named US CTO, Todd Park had been with HHS as Chief Technology Officer since August 2009. In this role, he was responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth in 1997 and co-led its development over the following decade into one of the most innovative, socially-oriented, and successful health information technology companies in the industry. Prior to Athenahealth, he served as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, focusing on health care strategy, technology, and operations. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India. Mr. Park graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics.

Jerry Levin

Gerald (Jerry) Levin

Jerry Levin is Chairman and investor in StartUp Health. Jerry is also a director and investor in OrganizedWisdom. Jerry is the former CEO of Time Warner Inc. Starting in 1972, he pioneered the creation of HBO and helped develop the modern cable industry. His passion was in digital, interactive communications. He was the prime mover in the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications in 1990, Time Warner’s merger with Turner Broadcasting and CNN in 1996, and with AOL in 2001. He also served as a Director of the New York Stock Exchange and the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Previously, he was an attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and then COO of D&R, an international investment and management firm. Jerry graduated from Haverford College, where he eventually served as Chairman of the Board, and received a legal degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of Hampshire College. Currently, Jerry is the Presiding Director of Moonview Sanctuary, a holistic mental health institute in Santa Monica, founded by his wife, Dr. Laurie Ann Levin. He is also a partner with Bill West in Connectivity, a boutique consultancy devoted to helping entrepreneurs and start-ups. Jerry also serves as a mentor for Techstars NY 2011.

Linda Holliday

Linda is the founder of Medical Broadcasting Company (MBC), one of the largest healthcare interactive marketing agencies in the country before it was acquired by Digitas in 2006 and renamed Digitas Health. Linda is widely considered one of the country’s foremost experts on interactive marketing for healthcare and pharmaceutical companies.

Esther Dyson

A long-time catalyst of start-ups in information technology, Esther is one of the best known and most respected names in high-tech. Since the early 1980s, she’s been closely involved in dozens of major development in computing technology and her insights have been a great guide to the future of technology innovations and their impact on business, society and individuals. Esther’s primary activity is investing in start-ups and guiding them as a board member. She specializes in online services and, more recently, IT and healthcare/genetics, and space travel. Esther is an early investor and sometime board member of numerous successful technology companies including 23andMe, Medstory (which was acquired by Microsoft), PatientsLikeMe, Meetup, and Flickr and (which both were acquired by Yahoo!) just to name a few. Esther is also on the board of advisors of the Health 2.0 Conference.

Jason R. Finger

Jason R. Finger

Jason Finger is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Bessemer Venture Partners. Most recently, he was president of SeamlessWeb, the industry-leading, online-food ordering and billing-services company he co-founded in 1999, which was acquired by Aramark in 2006. Under Jason’s leadership, SeamlessWeb grew to serve over 10,000 enterprises and one million individuals in 22 cities throughout the U.S. and in London. It received a number of awards, including designation as one of Time Magazine’s 50 “coolest” websites and one of the best places to work by Crain’s magazine. After SeamlessWeb’s acquisition by Aramark, Jason participated in the parent company’s $8.6 billion LBO and served on that company’s executive-leadership council, presidents’ council and global-leadership council, with responsibility for developing and executing corporate global strategy for 260,000 employees in 19 countries.

Jason serves as a director and advisor to several private companies and is on the board of advisors for NYU’s Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business. He has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Innovator of the Year by the Corporate Executive Council of New York, and was named to Crain’s 40 Under 40 list of leading young executives.Prior to founding SeamlessWeb, Jason worked as a corporate attorney at the law offices of O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell (now O’Melveny & Myers), a private-equity and M&A-focused boutique. He holds a B.S. in finance from the University of Maryland at College Park and a J.D. and MBA in finance from New York University, where he was a Stern Scholar.

Scott Case
CEO, Startup America Partnership

Timothy “Scott” Case (not related to Steve Case) is a technologist, entrepreneur, and inventor and was founding CTO of Priceline, the “Name Your Own Price” company that was one of only a handful of startups in U.S. history to reach a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months. As Chief Technology Officer, he was responsible for building the technology that enabled Priceline’s hyper-growth. More recently, Scott was named CEO and board member of the Startup America Partnership, where he invests his energy to drive American entrepreneurship to create jobs and sustain our nation’s global leadership.

Joe McCannon
Senior Advisor, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Joe McCannon is Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Group Director for Learning and Diffusion at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prior to this he was Vice President and faculty on dissemination and large-scale improvement at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He worked at IHI from 2001, leading organizational efforts to spread change in Africa, the United States and several other regions. Specifically, he supported IHI’s collaboration with the World Health Organization to design and amplify its 3 by 5 initiative – an effort to deliver antiretroviral drugs to 3 million people globally by the end of 2005 – and he directed the organization’s major domestic initiatives to improve patient safety, the 100,000 Lives Campaign and the 5 Million Lives Campaign, which involved over 4,000 hospitals and 70 field offices. He has advised or consulted to other national quality improvement efforts in the United States, England, Japan, Canada and Denmark and to initiatives outside of health care (e.g., homelessness, corrections), as well. He started his career in the publishing industry with roles at Fast Company, The Atlantic Monthly and Outside magazine. He is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Reuters and Merck Fellow at Stanford University in 2003/2004.

Peter Levin
Senior Advisor to the Secretary and CTO, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Peter L. Levin was appointed Senior Advisor to the Secretary and CTO in May 2009. His primary role is to lead Veteran health and benefit service innovations. He is the executive sponsor of the Blue Button personal health record, of the Fast Track electronic claims processing system, of the electronic record modernization initiative, the open source custodial agent, and of the VA’s Open Government initiatives all of which have been institutionalized by the agency as part of its ongoing transformation.

Levin was a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator (G.H.W. Bush) a White House Fellow (Clinton), and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (TU Darmstadt). He is the co-author of more than 50 articles ranging from global positioning and cybersecurity to computer modeling and simulations; he is also a co-author of the technology chapter of the 1997 Biennial Presidential Report to Congress on Science and Technology. Just before joining the Obama administration, he co-founded and led an award-winning semiconductor design software firm, was a venture partner at Dusseldorf-based venture firm Ventizz Capital Partners, and was an executive director of Astaro A.G.

Levin studied in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and he subsequently enjoyed post-doctoral training at the Technical University of Munich. His first academic appointment was at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and he was later the associate dean for research in the College of Engineering at Boston University. He is a Consulting Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Stanford University.

Steve Ondra, MD
Senior Policy Advisor for Health Affairs, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Stephen Ondra, M.D., was appointed as Senior Policy Advisor for Health Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by President Obama on May 10, 2009. Prior to that, he served on the Veterans Affairs group in the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, as well as on the Obama-Biden Campaign Health Policy and Veteran’s Policy committees.

In parallel to his medical work in both the military and civilian worlds, Dr. Ondra has worked with several Government agencies. He chaired the Scientific Advisory Board for the Defense Spinal Cord and Column Injury Project for the Department of Defense, and served on the Medical Coverage Advisory Committee with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services. His medical expertise has allowed him to advise and discuss health policy matters with members of Congress, Cabinet Members and foreign government leaders.

Thomas Goetz
Executive Editor, Wired magazine

As Executive Editor, Thomas Goetz oversees all aspects of Wired magazine, from story conception to cover packages. In addition to guiding editorial content, Goetz writes frequently for the magazine on health and technology. Recent cover stories include “Your DNA, Decoded,” about the nascent personal genomics industry, “The Truth About Cancer,” about the riddles of early detection, and “The Thin Pill,” about the pharmaceutical industry’s evangelism of metabolic syndrome. His writing has been selected for The Best American Science Writing and The Best Technology Writing anthologies. Since Goetz joined Wired in 2001, the magazine has been nominated for 12 National Magazine Awards, and has won six, including three for General Excellence.

Bob Kocher
Partner, Venrock

Bob is a partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. He currently serves on the board of Castlight Health and the advisory boards of Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy Department, USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, National Institute of Healthcare Management, and ChildObesity180. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Engleberg Center for Health Reform and Co-Chair of the Health Data initiative, a joint effort of HHS and the Institute of Medicine, to release healthcare data to spur private sector innovation to improve healthcare cost and quality, and the board of the Hope Street Group.

Don Casey
CEO, West Wireless Health Institute

Donald M. Casey joined the West Wireless Health Institute as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer in March 2010, to drive the organization’s mission of lowering health care costs through technology and innovation. He brings 25 years of global health care experience to the role, as well as an outstanding track record in identifying and commercializing medical innovations.

Brad Weinberg, MD
Founder, Blueprint Health

Brad Weinberg is a Founding Partner of Blueprint Health, a healthcare-focused TechStars Network accelerator based in New York. Prior to founding Blueprint Health, he founded ShapeUp, a provider of evidence based preventive health interventions to employers and health plans. Brad has served as a senior analyst at the Brown University Investment Office and worked at Decisions Resources and Goldman Sachs. Brad earned his MD and a BA in business economics from Brown University. He has passed all three levels of the CFA exam. He lives in New York where he trains for road races and triathlons.

Mohit Kaushal, MD, MBA
Co-Manager, West Health Investment Fund
Executive Vice President of Business Development & Chief Strategy Officer, West Wireless Health Institute

Dr. Mohit Kaushal is Executive Vice President of Business Development and Chief Strategy Officer of the West Wireless Health Institute. As a member of the executive leadership team, he identifies and pursues strategic opportunities to advance the Institute’s mission of lowering health care costs through technology and innovation.

Dr. Kaushal has had an extensive career within clinical medicine, academic research, venture capital, public health and health policy. Previously, he was Director of Connected Health at the Federal Communications Commission, where his team produced the Health Care chapter of the National Broadband Plan and initiated collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration for the regulatory streamlining of converged telecommunication and medical devices. Prior to this position, he was an investment professional at Polaris Venture Partners, and held roles with Merrill Lynch’s Health Care IBD Group and the World Health Organization.

In addition to his role at the Institute, Dr. Kaushal currently serves Co-Manager of the West Health Investment Fund. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University, with a focus on connected health clinical research, and a member of the Johns Hopkins University Biomedical Engineering Industrial Liaison Advisory Board. He holds an MBA from Stanford and an MD with distinction from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London..

Todd Pietri
Partner, Milestone Venture Partners

Mr. Pietri co-founded Milestone Venture Partners with Ed Goodman in October 1999. He brings operating and investment experience to its management. Since launching MVP II in 2001, Mr. Pietri has developed expertise and relationships in the financial services IT, pharmaceutical IT, healthcare media, marketing services and outsourced business service sectors. Mr. Pietri is responsible for twelve Milestone investments: BizBash Media, Derivatives Portfolio Management (successfully sold to Mellon Financial in February 2005), Octagon Research Solutions (successfully exited majority of position in August 2008), GenomeQuest, Oddcast, SmartAnalyst, MedPage Today (successfully sold to Everyday Health in December 2010), MDX Medical (“Vitals”), Peridrome , TargetSpot, BA-Insight, and Halfpenny Technologies.

Mr. Pietri received his BA (cum laude) in English from Duke University in 1989. While working full-time for CompuSystems, Mr. Pietri earned his MBA from the two year Executive MBA Program at the Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University in 1997, graduating first in his class. He is also CFA charterholder and graduate of the Venture Capital Institute Graduate Program.

Mr. Pietri currently serves as a director of GenomeQuest, SmartAnalyst, MedPageToday, MDX Medical (“Vitals”), Peridrome, BA-Insight, Halfpenny Technologies and BizBash Media. He is a regular guest lecturer on venture capital at The Johnson School, Cornell University’s MBA program. He is also an advisory board member of NYC Seed, a public and private joint venture which provides capital and support to NYC-based seed stage entrepreneurs.

Maria Gotsch
President & CEO, New York City Investment Fund

Maria is the President and CEO at the NYCIF. Prior to joining the Fund in 1999, Maria was a Managing Director at BT Wolfensohn (now part of Deutsche Bank), providing strategic and financial advice related to mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and the development of business strategies. Before starting with Wolfensohn, Maria worked at LaSalle Partners in the New York area and for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York and London. Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Wellesley College.

David Whitlinger
Executive Director, New York eHealth Collaborative

Prior to serving as Executive Director of NYeC, Dave Whitlinger served as the Director of Healthcare Device Standards and Interoperability for the Intel Corporation in its Digital Health Group. Mr. Whitlinger was responsible for Intel’s healthcare device interoperability strategies and the standards development to support those strategies. He has also led a large, cross-industry consortium, the Continua Health Alliance, focused on the establishment of an ecosystem of interoperable, personal telehealth systems. Mr. Whitlinger was with Intel from 1993 to 2009. Prior to establishing the Healthcare Device Standards Group, he worked on a wide variety of wireless standards. As a result, Mr. Whitlinger and his team have held leadership roles in many standards organizations throughout the world, including: Health Level Seven (HL7); Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE); IEEE 1073; Bluetooth SIG; WiMedia Alliance; Homeplug Alliance; UPnP Forum; Oasis; WSI; and, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). He also served on the Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors for several years. Mr. Whitlinger is the author of five research journal articles, four of which focused on breast cancer DNA analysis.