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BLANK CENTER ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Matt Coffin '90
Founder, Coffin Capital
Investor and Serial Entrepreneur
Matt Coffin '90 is a serial entrepreneur and investor, having started and invested in a number of Internet companies around the world. Matt was CEO and Founder of LowerMyBills.com, a company that was sold to Experian for $380 million in 2005. Matt is on the board and an investor in eBureau (predictive analytics), Brighter.com (healthcare SaaS), Tubular Labs (video SaaS) and Goji (consumer insurance). Thru his investment firm, Coffin Capital and Ventures, he co-founded Brighter.com and has invested in over fifty early stage digital companies. Investments include Awesomeness.tv (sold to Dreamworks), Machinima (sold to Warner Brothers), Moat (sold to Oracle), Rubicon Project (IPO), Hautelook (sold to Nordstrom), 2U (IPO), Goldstar, Demand Media (IPO), eBureau, Buscape (sold to Naspers), DocStoc (sold to Intuit), Caring.com (sold to Bankrate), Goji, Brighter and ShopKeep. Matt graduated from Babson College with a BA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies and soon after, began his career at magazine publisher Miller Publishing Group. Matt’s forward thinking business ideas earned him the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007 and was Southern California Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006. Currently, Matt lives in New York with his wife, founder/owner of MONC XIII (high end furniture and home accessories) and two children.
John Grayson MBA'97, P'20
John Grayson MBA'97, P'20, is a serial entrepreneur. Most recently, he was President of Genuine, where he helped leading brands drive innovation and growth in today’s digital economy. From 2005, John drove the agency’s growth from a small startup into one of the nation's top emerging digital agencies. In 2014, Genuine was acquired by IPG, one of the world’s largest groups of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Prior to Genuine, John spent two decades as an entrepreneur in roles focused on business growth and emerging technologies. Most recently, he was co-founder of Realinterface Expert Systems, a Maryland based startup which served the Pharmaceutical and First Responder markets with a patented, dynamic decision tool. Realinterface was acquired in 2005 in a successful exit for its investors. Throughout his career, John has established a strong track record of producing results, driving growth, and developing new markets. John received his MBA from Babson College and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Brett Markinson '89
Founder, Innovent Capital
Investor and Serial Entrepreneur
Brett Markinson '89 is a serial entrepreneur. Over the past 25 years, Brett has been actively involved in the development of 35+ business, with a focus on companies leveraging disruptive technology. Brett’s businesses have been nominated 4 times for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year Award and has been a part of the winning team twice; Hautelook.com (sold to Nordstrom for $270M) Lowermybills.com (sold to Experian for $388M). In 2016, he completed a sale transaction for Sole Society (Fashion D2C) to the Camuto Group, where Brett served as founder and chairman. Brett holds a B.S. from Babson College with a concentration in entrepreneurial studies and finance.
Dan Marques '07
VP eCommerce, Talbots
Dan Marques '07 is a data-driven eCommerce marketer and entrepreneur. Dan is currently Sr. Director of eCommerce & Online Marketing for Talbots. He previously led eCommerce Marketing in the US for adidas Group. Dan also was Co-founder and VP of Marketing & Analytics at eCommerce jewelry retailer Gemvara and spent a year at Babson College as the Manager of Entrepreneur Development helping launch and grow new ventures. Dan started his career at Vistaprint managing SEO and SEM efforts.
Angeli Tarsadia Reddy '09
Head of New Ventures, T2 Hospitality
Angeli Tarsadia Reddy '09 is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. As the Head of New Ventures at her Family Office, Angeli is dedicated to investing in purposeful young brands. In addition to looking for new opportunities, Angeli manages existing relationships with sector focused funds and works directly with entrepreneurs. Current areas of focus are consumer retail and travel and hospitality. Angeli supports these companies through business plan assistance, competitive analysis, marketing development and connecting founders and their teams with the tools or advice they need to be successful. She has a unique blend of entrepreneurial experience and acquired investment experience. Prior to being an investment associate, Angeli founded a direct to consumer women’s fashion company, led a high-end women’s fashion brand and developed and executed a marketing plan focused on the hospitality furnishings industry. In addition, Angeli serves on the Board of Directors of her family’s foundation, Tarsadia Foundation and leads their social impact division. She graduated from Babson College in 2009 with a B.S. in Business Management, with Concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management.
Rishi Reddy '09
Entrepreneur and Investor
Rishi Reddy '09 is an entrepreneur and investor focused on early stage opportunities. After a brief stint in investment banking he left to found, grow, and eventually exit DigiPath Solutions, a healthcare technology company in the diagnostics space. After DigiPath, Rishi went on to serve as interim CEO at another digital health company, Patient Updater, before pursuing his MBA at the Wharton school. He currently is a Vice President at Tarsadia Investments, a family office based in Newport Beach. His primarily responsibilities include managing the current portfolio of operating companies and evaluating new investment opportunities. Rishi graduated from Babson College in 2009 with B.S. in Business Management summa cum laude and received his M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania – the Wharton School in 2016.
Sandeep Soni P'20
COO, Unique Business System
Sandeep Soni P'20 currently runs a Global Technology Company in the Enterprise Software space called Unique Business Systems in Santa Monica, California. He is an angel investor and also a member of the Indian Angel Network (IAN) one of the pre-eminent angel networks of the world. Sandeep is a mentor and board member of several start-ups and financial services organizations. Supporting entrepreneurship is his passion and life's mission in many ways. Previously, Sandeep was a Global Operating and Management Executive, building successful high-performance executive teams and leading sophisticated banking/financial services organizations with balance sheet responsibilities exceeding $3 billion. Sandeep is a strategic visionary with a clear sense of purpose and urgency under diverse situations and challenges during periods of rapid growth and equally special situations. Skilled at establishing operational excellence within culturally diverse environments translating conceptual models into specific growth strategies and planning/executing multifaceted global business development campaigns designed to improve market share, gross revenue, and EBITDA. Sandeep comes with more than 20+ years in Consumer Finance & Banking Industry across major Asian & European Markets (India, Thailand, Russia, and Indonesia); 11+ years with Citigroup in various roles:-Managing Director –Citibank India, Director Consumer Finance-Citibank Thailand, Head-Citi Reliance JV. He was recognized by the Asian Banker as the best CEO for NBFC businesses in Asia, Japan & Australia in 2007. Sandeep was also President of a leading Asset Reconstruction Company in India called Alchemist Asset Reconstruction Co. Ltd. Core strengths include: Corporate vision and strategic/Operational planning, Raising Capital & Banking Relations, Asset Reconstruction, Risk Management & Collections, Acquisitions/Assimilations & Mergers, Capital Investment planning & Financial modeling, Investor & Regulatory affairs, Joint ventures and Strategic Business Partnerships, Consumer lending & Underwriting Ops, Building/Managing World-class Distribution & Sales teams, Cost reduction & Profit Optimization.