John Dana Chisholm has four decades of experience as entrepreneur, CEO, and investor. He founded and for five years served as Chairman/CEO of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Later, he founded and for eleven years served as Chairman/CEO of CustomerSat (now part of Confirmit), a leading provider of enterprise feedback management systems. Earlier he served in engineering, marketing, and management positions at General Electric, HP, Grid Systems, and Xerox. Today he heads John Chisholm Ventures, a San Francisco-based entrepreneurship advisory and investment firm.
He is a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees), past president and chair of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association, and a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute. He serves or has served as chair of the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society; as advisory board member for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, the Atlas Network, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking; as mentor or judge for the Hult Prize for entrepreneurship, the European Innovation Academy, and the Thiel Fellowship; and as member of MIT visiting committees for the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and for departments of mathematics, social sciences, linguistics and philosophy. He has served on the Awards Recommendation Committee of the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, is author or co-author of two US patents, and has contributed to Forbes. He is the author of Unleash Your Inner Company: 10 Steps to Discover, Launch, and Scale Your Ideal Business and of Integral: A Mathematical Odyssey.
John holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He writes and speaks frequently on how to cultivate and grow “Silicon Valleys” around the world and on what forms of regulation foster vs. stifle entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth. An avid mountain climber, he has summited Mounts Rainier, Shasta, Whitney, St. Helens, and live volcanoes in Chile and Indonesia.
Dickey Singh has over two decades of technology leadership and entrepreneurship in mobile and SaaS/Cloud, with proven success in engineering, design, product, and operations. He is the CEO and founder of Cast.app, the provider of enterprise reports that you can read, listen, and watch. Previously he was the CEO and Founder of analytics and data exploration company Pyze. He also has served as CTO, or senior vice president of engineering and products, for ViVotech, Replay, MarketTools, CustomerSat, Spear, and Infor. He delivered a mobile wallet and mobile backend-as-a-service for Mobile Payments at ViVotech. He led the software, operations, and product management teams designing, developing, and releasing CustomerSat™10, an industry-leapfrogging SaaS Enterprise suite whose market success contributed to CustomerSat’s acquisition by MarketTools, now Confirmit.
His nine patent applications encompass virtualization, fraud management, and mobile access of hardware from HTML5/CSS3 pages, and audio-visual reports that can be played like video and interacted with like dashboards.
Earlier, Dickey was director of software development at @Road – a SaaS and fastest-growing company in North America 5 years in a row – now Trimble [NASDAQ: TRMB] where he developed solutions for the mobile resource management industry. He also held management or R&D positions with ERP software supplier Baan Research (now Infor), Nortel Networks, SPSS Inc. [NYSE: IBM], and Tata Consultancy Services. He graduated magna cum laude with BS/BE in Computer Engineering from MIT, University of Pune. He also has a certification in Artificial Intelligence from MIT, CSAIL/Sloan. His interests include computing, sports cars, and photography.