Member Spotlights

March 26, 2015

Tanuj Thapliyal (’11)

Co-founder, CEO and CTO of Ikigai
Tanuj Thapliyal is the co-founder, CEO, and CTO of Ikigai, a medical device company preparing for clinical studies. Prior, he was co-founder & CEO of Nona, a medical device company which developed and validated a technology to reduce catheter-associated hospital acquired infections.

Before his medical device startups, Tanuj was a multidisciplinary hardware engineer and program manager at Meraki, a cloud networking startup that was acquired by Cisco for $1.2B during his tenure. At UCLA, he was a biosensor and bioelectronics researcher where he successfully developed several novel instruments and published his findings.
February 27, 2015

Tatiana Hughes (’12)

Founder of Jagger
Tatiana is a founder of Jagger, a mobile app that helps customers to find and book last minute, local activities and events uniquely tailored to their taste, interests, and location.

Tatiana studied Business and Entrepreneurship at UCLA, while working full-time. She used the leadership, operations, and product management skills she gained at UCLA to found Jagger, which she launched in April 2014. Since then, Jagger has been downloaded over 12,000 times and has been recognized as one of the most innovative startups of the year by Digital Entertainment World.
January 29, 2015

Mariah Lichtenstern-Walebowa

Founder of Lightedstar Entertainment LLC, Founder of CINESHARES
Mariah is the founder of Lightedstar Entertainment LLC and CINESHARES, a motion picture marketplace where users watch, make, and fund films.

An Oakland native and Kauffman Fellows Finalist, Mariah is an entrepreneur and media consultant who studied motion picture producing at the UCLA school of Theatre Film & Television. She is the founder of Lightedstar Entertainment LLC and has a patent pending for CINESHARES, a motion picture marketplace where users watch, make, and fund films.
March 20, 2014

Jules Miller (’03)

Co-founder & COO of Hire and Esquire
Jules is co-founder & COO of Hire an Esquire, a venture-backed labor marketplace providing an on-demand workforce of attorneys to law firms and in-house legal departments.

Hire an Esquire’s Software as a Service (SaaS) product is used by law firms and in-house legal departments to find, manage and pay a team of contract-based attorneys on demand. Jules previously worked in operations & management roles at both Fortune 1,000 & startup companies.
October 4, 2013

Josh Green (’77 & ’80)

Executive Committee Member, General Partner of Mohr Davidow Ventures
Josh Green joined Mohr Davidow’s team in 2006. Today, he is focused primarily on the nexus of cleantech and information technology. Josh also works with several healthcare companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio.

“The entrepreneurs in this business are in it to change the world. The companies they are building have the potential to bring sustainable change and efficiency to classic industrial processes. Today, the most interesting companies are being formed at the intersection of information technology and these processes.”