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Dr. ERIC BALL is general partner of Targhee Ventures and a board member at Glu Mobile. Until May 2016, he served as Chief Financial Officer of C3 IoT in California. From 2005 to 2015, he served as Senior VP and Treasurer of Oracle Corporation and was named as one of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance" in 2011 by the editors of CFO and Treasury & Risk Management magazines. His team raised $52 billion in acquisition financing for Oracle. After studying at the University of Michigan and University of Rochester, Dr. Ball earned a Ph.D. in management from Claremont's Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management; his research in venture capital has been published in the Review of Financial Studies. Dr. Ball is also a Kauffman Fellow-a participant in a selective program to groom leaders of the venture capital industry. He has taught at Rochester, Rutgers, and USC's Marshall School of Business; and has worked at Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Avery Dennison, Cisco Systems, and Flextronics. He lives in Menlo Park, CA with his wife, Sheryl Axline, and their two sons.

Dr. JOSEPH LIPUMA combines an academic career in business strategy and entrepreneurship with 25 years of professional experience in technology and consulting in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He serves as Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneurship Curriculum Coordinator at Boston University's Questrom School of Business, in Business Strategy and Innovation. Dr. LiPuma has started businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, and Saudi Arabia and has held executive management and board-level roles at SMEs and multinational companies. He holds an MBA from SUNY Buffalo and a DBA in Strategy and Policy from Boston University; he has taught at both of these schools, Drexel University, St. Joseph's University, and EMLYON Business School in France, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the International MBA program. Dr. LiPuma's research centers on International Entrepreneurship, and he has been published in leading academic journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Journal of Business Research, and Small Business Economics. He consults with companies on international expansion and lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Mary Roark, and their two sons.

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