Innovator Stories

TMP Innovator Stories

This quarterly series features leaders from academia and industry who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields. Featuring appearances by prominent academic researchers, business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs. This series gives UC Santa Barbara students an opportunity to learn directly from individuals who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work. Innovator Stories is part of the TMP 111 Issues in Technology, Business, and Society course curriculum. 

WINTER 2019 Innovator Stories

Shannon Jessup, Chief Revenue Officer- January 07, 2019

Shannon is a sales and marketing executive with a 20-year track record of top performance with mobile, internet and technology companies. Shannon joined Tapjoy in 2009 to lead our advertising sales efforts. Prior to Tapjoy, she was the head of sales and business development for Commission Junction, a division of Valueclick (VLCK).

In 2002 Shannon joined the start-up, Expertcity, makers of GoToMeeting, as the head of channel sales and marketing. Expertcity was acquired by Citrix (CTXS) where she continued to lead both worldwide channels and inside sales. Read More...

Josh Cobb, President of the America's for - January 17, 2019

After 15 years running Partner Management at Yahoo, Mr. Cobb was just announced as the President of the America's for, the worlds #2 largest advertising technology company, after Google. In this role he oversees a 600+ team of business, product and marketing staff across seven global offices that service monetization, content management and digital marketing for more than 500,000 web sites, including the NY Times, Forbes, Hearst, The Street, Meredith, WebMD, CNN and FoxNews. Read More...

Ning Wang, CEO of Offensive Security - February 07, 2019

Ning Wang is a seasoned executive with P&L responsibilities of several SaaS and technology businesses.  Ning is currently CEO of Offensive Security, a training and certification company for the elite penetration security professionals.  Prior to Offensive Security, Ning served in many C-level roles including CFO/COO of HackerOne, a leading marketplace and platform for hacker powered security, CFO of Eucalyptus, an open source private cloud solution which was acquired by HP, and CFO/CTO/COO of which was acquired by LinkedIn.  Ning worked at McKinsey & Company and holds a Ph.d. in physics from UC Berkeley. Read More...

Innovator Stories for 2018-2019

Al FerrerPresident/ CEO of Linea Consulting

Dawn SolerSenior Vice President, TV Music, ABC Studios

Dafina TonchevaU.S. Venture Partners 

Peter Biggs(Historical Figure)

Innovator Stories for 2017-2018

Meredith Amdur, Investor, Advisor, and CEO of Rhetorik Solutions UCTV

Jonathan Brown, Co-Founder of UCTV

Elizabeth Cholawsky, CEO of UCTV

Kim Coalson, Senior Vice President of MyCase for AppFolio UCTV

Annie Duke, Author, Professional Speaker, Decision Strategist UCTV

Eytan Elbaz, Co-Founder and Chairman of Render Media UCTV

Alexander Fang, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Aurrion UCTV

Kelly Ferguson, Director of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Energize California Program UCTV

Brian Fox, Founder and CEO of Opus Logica, Inc. UCTV

Randy Modos, President and Founder of PayJunction​ UCTV

Lars Nilsson, Vice President of Global Inside Sales for Cloudera & Founder of SalesSource UCTV

Hans Swildens, CEO & Founder of Industry Ventures UCTV

Innovator Stories for 2016-2017

Michael Abraham, Founder and CEO of MKA Capital Group, Inc. 

Robbie Bach, Former Microsoft Chief Xbox Officer and President of the Entertainment & Division UCTV​

Sun Choe, President and Managing Member of Norcomp Southern California LLC  

Cheryl Conner, CEO and Founder of SnappConner PR, Author UCTV​

Mike Falzone, Host for SourceFed and Friday Night Fred on YouTube, 2016 Shorty Award Nominee UCTV​

Kobie Fuller, Partner, Upfront Ventures UCTV

Pamala Temple, Co-Founder, A Place for Mom UCTV​

Shaun Tomson, World Surfing Champion, Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur UCTV

UCSB Alumni Panel: Eric Posen, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Naritiv; Jeff Overall, Founder and CEO, PolarPro;  Michael Zhang, Co-founder, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Unirui Entertainment UCTV

Donna White, Founder and Managing Partner of August Venture Talent 

Innovator Stories for 2015-2016

Ali Bauerlein, CoFounder and Executive VP, Finance & CFO, Inogen

John Dorman, Board Advisor, Executive, and Entrepreneur

Kendall Fargo, Chief Revenue Officer at

Michael Gialketsis, President, Rincon Consultants, Inc.

Norman Habermann, Former President and CEO of The Restaurant Enterprises Group; President of Scobreet Associates

Peter Johnson, Co-Founder of Tetrionics; Founder of Hy Cite Corporation

Andy Ogawa, Founder and Managing Partner, Quest Venture Partners

Herb Paaren, Co-Founder of Tetrionics

Chuck Scheldon, Executive; Entrepreneur; Founder of Network Hardware Resale

Mike Scheldon, CEO of Curvature

The Executive-at-the-Table meetings provide a unique opportunity for Technology Management Program students to enjoy a casual conversation with an engaging and influential entrepreneur or executive. Within this intimate setting, our mentors share business advice and anecdotes from their own experience.

Space is limited and RSVP is required. Please make sure you are absolutely able to attend prior to your RSVP. Any no-shows will disallow you from attending future events. These events are held in the TMP Conference Room 1328 in Phelps Hall, unless otherwise noted. Event times may vary.

There will be no Executive-at-the-Table events during Winter 2019