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Ignite Speakers

Our Ignite speakers are a dynamic group of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. Participants experience candid “fireside chats” and presentations by veteran entrepreneurs and CEOs with a one-day whirlwind tour of the Bay Area’s start-ups and VC firms.

Ignite Speakers

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Brad Burke
Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

Brad Burke is the Managing Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. Most recently, he founded and managed the local office of Viant Corporation, a premier internet consulting firm, delivering internet strategy, creative design, and web technology implementation. Viant went public through an IPO in 1999. Prior to Viant, Brad was a Principal with CSC Index, the management consulting division of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Before consulting, Brad held management positions with Exxon Corporation. He received his M.B.A.

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Cate Dyer
Founder and CEO, StemExpress

Cate Dyer is the Founder and CEO of StemExpress with over 13 years’ experience in patient care and medical research. She began working at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at age 19 in the departments of Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Psychology, she concurrently worked extensively with human dissections and organ donations. During that time, Cate earned an A.A.S in Liberal Arts from Santa Barbara City College, and later an additional B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento.

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Garrett Gee
Founder and CEO, Scan

Garrett Gee is the Designer and Founder behind the popular mobile company Scan. In their first year, Scan grew to over 10 million users and raised $1.7 million from Google Ventures, Lady Gaga, and other top Venture Capitalists. At age 13, Garrett set the Genius World Record for Tetris. His wife Jessica and their new baby girl, Seven currently live in Provo, UT where Garrett plays soccer at Brigham Young University while continuing to design and lead Scan as CEO.

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Jack M. Gill
2010 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

Jack Gill, a founder and managing partner (retired) of Vanguard Ventures in Palo Alto, has joined the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as in the Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence for the spring 2010 quarter.

Jack has more than four decades of experience working in Silicon Valley and Boston as a company founder and venture capitalist. He also has 10 years of experience teaching entrepreneurship courses in science, engineering and medicine at Harvard Medical School, MIT and Rice University.

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Andrew B. Hargadon
Professor of Technology Management

Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies

Professor Andrew Hargadon has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3316
(530) 752-2277
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Staff Profile
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Cleveland Justis
Executive Director, Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Cleveland Justis brings more than 20 years of experience building successful private companies and nonprofits to his role as executive director of the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Justis leads the institute’s strategic direction, program development, fundraising and relations with relevant academic programs at UC Davis as well as its growing network of partners, donors and sponsors across universities, corporations, investors, entrepreneurs, foundations, and state and federal policy makers. 

Gallagher Hall, Room 3419
O: (530) 752-9397
M: (530) 400-9037
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Mark Otero MBA 07
Sacramento MBA Alumnus

Previous Position

Founder and CEO, KlickNation Corp. | Sacramento, Calif.

Previous Degree

B.S., Computer Science, California State University, Sacramento

Student Leadership

Team Lead, Consulting Center project for the Sacramento Bee

“I learned how to recruit and build a team and shape a sustainable business. Today I’m running on the thrill of doing exactly what I want to do.”

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Mark Randall
Chief Strategist, VP Creativity, Adobe Systems

As a serial entrepreneur, Mark Randall’s career conceiving, designing and marketing innovative technology spans nearly twenty years and three successful high-tech start-ups. He has fielded over a dozen products which combined have sold over a million units, generated over $100 million in sales and won a total of 15 Product of the Year, 12 Best of NAB, 7 Best of Comdex, 2 PC Magazine Technical Excellence awards, and two Emmy awards.

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Nicholas Seet
Founder and CEO, SIVI

Nicholas Seet has been a serial-entrepreneur since his first startup concept was funded and he left his software-development position at Deloitte Consulting. Since that time he has worked to refine his business skills, serving at different times as CTO, CEO, and Founder of Auditude. A part of Auditude (called IntoNow) was spun-off in 2010 and was acquired by Yahoo in 2011. In November that same year, Auditude was acquired by Adobe Systems.

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