Member Spotlights

September 28, 2017

Jay Whitehead

Co-founder of League Networks


Jay Whitehead is a serial entrepreneur with 17 launches and 5 exits in media, IT and fundraising. He credits being fired from the TV internship and job he got as a UCLA undergrad for his journey into Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurship. In 2016, Jay co-founded League Network PBC, which has raised over $1 million in investor capital to address the underserved $3 billion youth sports fundraising market.
September 19, 2017

David P. Mariani (’87)

Founder and CEO of AtScale
Dave Mariani is a hands on technology executive with 25 years of experience in delivering Big Data, consumer Internet, Internet advertising and hosted services platforms, creating nearly $800M in company exits.

He founded AtScale in 2013 to provide access to Big Data to everyone who needs it, regardless of data format, size or the type of tool business users want to use.
September 19, 2017

Robert E. Dansby, Ph.D. (’70)

CEO of Copharix
Dr. Robert E. Dansby has broad experience as a research scientist and business executive who now specializes in healthcare informatics and analytics. He currently leads new technology product/service development and delivery, in the healthcare space, as CEO of Copharix.

Analytic and quantitative specialties include: mathematics of algorithms, operations research / nonlinear optimization, index theory, and econometric / statistical analysis.
August 25, 2017

Eric Hoek (’96, ’14)

Co-founder and CEO of WaterPlanet
Over two decades, Dr. Eric Hoek has dedicated his life’s work to education, research, engineering, innovation, entrepreneurial and philanthropic activities related to his passion – clean water. He currently serves as the CEO of Water Planet, Inc., which offers the world’s first smart membrane filtration technology. Water Planet's products include PolyCera membranes and IntelliFlux controls, which offer a new level of productivity, reliability and affordability in water filtration. Their key markets are industrial wastewater (treatment, recycling and reuse) and drinking water purification.
June 2, 2017

Wes Brodsky (’99)

Founder and CEO of Contender
With over 15 years experience in the ticketing industry, Wes serves at CEO and Founder of Contender. Contender is an offer-based live event marketplace & consumer app that encourages buyers & sellers to agree on fair deals that reflect the real-time value of a ticket.

In essence, Contender makes every ticket on the $12b resale market negotiable, while providing tools for teams, artists, venues and resellers to maximize inventory and optimize unsold seats.