Micah Adler, PhD
An academic turned prolific technology entrepreneur, Micah Adler combines rich industry insight with complex technical knowledge as the president, CEO, and founder of Fiksu. Previously, Micah was CEO, president, and co-founder of Adverplex, a search engine marketing (SEM) optimization company. His research in algorithms, probabilistic analysis and combinatorial optimization helped the company develop innovative technology to drive profitability for multi-million dollar SEM campaigns. Micah was also the co-founder, president and board member of CourseAdvisor, which was acquired by the Washington Post Corporation in 2007. He has served on the boards of directors for more than 10 Boston-area startup companies.
Micah was also a tenured professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has authored more than 50 widely cited publications; holds multiple patents; and has served on numerous academic review committees, program committees and editorial boards. He received his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his PhD in theoretical computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jon Auerbach is a general partner at Charles River Ventures, where his focus is identifying and investing in innovative companies that are poised to become category leaders in mobile and advertising technology. Prior to joining CRV, Jon was a general partner at Highland Capital Partners. Jon has more than a decade of venture funding experience, and he has been an active investor in numerous successful start-ups, including Starent Networks, Quattro Wireless, Optasite, and CCTV. He is a frequent speaker on wireless trends and technologies worldwide. Jon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Guy Bradley brings an impressive track record of identifying, mentoring and funding industry changing companies to his role with Fiksu. Guy was a founding partner of CMGI@Ventures in 1995, where he helped to create the first Internet-only venture fund. Prior to joining CMGI, Guy worked in product management and strategic planning at Softlab GmbH, a $100 million software development subsidiary of BMW. He has served on the boards of numerous technology companies including WebCT, Intelligent Digital, Blaxxun, Onecore, Silknet, Virtual Ink / Mimio, and Course Advisor, and is a former board member of Common Angels. Guy received a BA from Princeton University.
Maia has been active in the start-up community, in Boston and Palo Alto, financing and investing in technology companies for over 2 decades. Her background as a VC, LP in VC funds, and technology banker, coupled with her angel investing activities, gives her a unique perspective on financing early-stage tech companies. In 2012 Maia was named by Xconomy as a top angel investor in New England. Maia joined CommonAngels as the Senior Managing Director in 2013, having been a member since 2006, a Board member since 2009, and the Chairman from 2010-2011. Previously, Maia was a Managing Director at Shott Capital Management where she was responsible for discretionary PE and VC fund selection for institutional clients. Maia opened and managed the Palo Alto office for BancBoston Ventures where she developed the strategy, hired the team, and built the investment portfolio, including investments in OnDisplay, Docent, Versata, and MarketAxcess. Maia received a B.A. from Wellesley College. She currently serves of the boards of Apperian, Fiksu, and Wymsee and has held several other board seats in connection with her investments.
Albert Wang is a Senior Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures. His current investment focuses are mobile cloud computing and cross-platform solutions with an expanded interest in disruptive startups that harness the confluence of social, mobile, and cloud computing trends. Albert led the investment and currently serves as board observer for Fiksu, BlueStacks, Steelhouse, Avalanche Technology, Cavendish Kinetics, and Gaikai (acquired by Sony).
Prior to Qualcomm Ventures, Albert worked in various engineering and management roles in the wireless industry. Most recently, he worked in Lux Capital focusing on MEMS and nanotechnology startups in the wireless industry. He also spent 4 years at Skyworks Solutions and managed the full lifecycle of several wireless chips that power the most popular smartphones today. Before Skyworks, he played a key technical role in Tavanza, an RFIC startup that was acquired by Anadigics.
Albert received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University.