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Jean Michel

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Jean moved to the Triangle to earn his LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship from Duke University School of Law. Jean gained significant legal experience in a variety of practice areas as a result of his time at both international and boutique law firms. He previously served as in-house counsel for a publicly traded multinational manufacturer of semiconductor LED materials headquartered in Durham.

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Lou Plaia

Lou’s success in the music business stems from his 15 years at Atlantic Records and Lava Records, where he last served as Head of Marketing and Artist Development. Lou has worked with and/or developed artists such as Jewel, Kid Rock, Matchbox 20, George Carlin, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, O.A.R., Simple Plan and many others. He was also responsible for negotiating partnerships with Nascar, Schick and Disney. Lou received his MBA from Dowling College.

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Simon Perry

Simon is a respected veteran of the UK Music Industry. A multi-platinum writer/producer, Simon has helped develop and launch the careers of many hit acts. His songs for global superstars have placed him at the top of charts around the world. In the UK alone he’s had 4 #1 Albums and 7 top 20 singles. Also an experienced artist manager and music licensing professional, Simon is the co-founder of Archangel Media, a film and TV music licensing company in Los Angeles administrated by Kobalt Music. Simon holds a BA in English with Classics from the University of Sussex.

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Chris Smith

Chris has extensive experience as a financial and operating executive for growth companies, including a stint as Vice President with Jefferies & Co. (Broadview) and Venture Manager at the Epperson Group, a technology incubator. Chris received his MBA from Stanford University and has experience in investment banking, private equity, and building a startup business within a large corporation.

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Steve Jernigan

After a trip through firms large and small,domestic and international, and in various high-tech sectors; Steve has found his home managing the complexity that comes with a high traffic site. While not deciphering the matrix, he enjoys reading about application performance management and worrying about disasters that will probably not come to pass. He holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Robert Hubbard

Robert thrives on the challenge and culture of the software startup scene. After receiving his MS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he worked in many successful startups, including Burl Software as a Software Engineer, Marathon Innovations as a Senior Software Engineer, SmartPath as Director of Development, and DoubleClick as Director of Development.

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Mike Doernberg

Mike’s successful entrepreneurial career in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina stems from his experience in marketing and management of technology and Internet business and his BA in accounting from North Carolina State University. Past ventures include SmartPath, a marketing software company, and Marathon Group, an Internet services organization. All told, Mike has led three successful venture-backed startups in the software technology space.

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