Education Event: "From Idea to Startup"
Pittsburgh Life Science Greenhouse
2425 Sidney St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Description: "How we started NetBeez: A Startup Story," "AlphaLab"
Speakers: Jim Jen and Stefano Gridelli
Jim is the Executive Director of Innovation Works’ AlphaLab accelerator programs that provide investment, mentorship, education and network-building for technology startups to help companies rapidly iterate through early stages of product and customer development. Launched in 2008, AlphaLab is ranked #6 among accelerators in the US and a charter member of the Global Accelerator Network, where Jim currently serves on the Advisory Board. Jim guides companies by leveraging his experience and network gained from working closely with over eighty companies in the Innovation Works and AlphaLab portfolios and from his prior management experience in Silicon Valley. There, Jim built and managed software businesses at Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Agile Software (acquired by Oracle), and Instill Corporation (acquired by iTradeNetwork Inc). As a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, Jim advised executive management of Fortune 500 companies on marketing, strategy, and organizational issues. Jim holds a BA and MA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
Stefano Gridelli holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, and a Master in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. In Milan Stefano worked at Khamsa S.r.l. a startup company that developed a zero-trust email system called PrivateMail. In 2007 the European Community awarded Stefano with a grant for Innovation for his contribution to the PrivateMail project. Stefano moved to the United States in 2007 and started working full-time at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a network engineer. As lead engineer on multimillion dollars projects, Stefano designed and successfully installed computer networks of medium and large-sized hospitals of UPMC. In 2013, Stefano cofounded at the Pittsburgh-based AlphaLab startup accelerator NetBeez, a network performance monitoring company. Currently, he's the CEO of NetBeez, where he’s primarily involved in sales and marketing operations.