All About Mentors / Senior Advisors
Jon Kimmich 
Jon is a seasoned veteran of 15-years in the digital entertainment industry. He has established a reputation for thoughtful insight into successful product franchises as Halo and Mechwarrior / MechAssault and identifying outstanding creative talent such as Big Huge Games and Gas-Powered Games. Jon was instrumental in the acquisition of many titles and development studios for Microsoft Games Studios such as Bungie, Dungeon Siege, Rise of Nations as well as many others.

Before joining Microsoft Games Studios, Jon also held other positions at Microsoft, which included development manager for a new product development group in Microsoft’s Hardware Team. In 2004, Jon left Microsoft to become Producer and Director of Business Development for Day 1 Studios. Since this time Day 1 Studios developed MechAssault 2, F.E.A.R. for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and Fracture. In 2009 Jon formed Software Illuminati LLC, to provide consulting and business development services to video game and digital entertainment companies.
 
Alex Samano
Co-Founder & CEO at LifeDreams Inc.
Alex specializes in General Management, Product Innovation, Branding, Marketing, Business Strategy, Operations, Execution, and Partnerships. He is focused on the following industries: Mobility, Internet, Software, SaaS, Cloud Services, Manufacturing, and Professional Services.

After spending 8 years building new ventures for T-Mobile USA, Alex is working now on a personal startup www.golifedreams.com . On the side, Alex advises and invests on startups. He has raised over $38M for five ventures and has delivered $670M in annual revenues from them. His last T-Mobil venture, an iOS/Android/Desktop app, grew to 4.5M registrations in less than 20 months. Alex spent 11 years in mobile telecommunications and never worked or sold a phone or a rate plan. His role was to move the enterprise into new territory - from Mobile Apps (before Android or iOs existed) to the Connected Home, and IP communications. This work led him to over 25 patent filings, and numerous media articles in the New York Times, PC World, Engadget, TechCrunch, CNET, Information Week, and others. Alex does best finding and chasing opportunities in every day consumer challenges.  He enjoys the difficulty of anticipating consumer behavior, the discipline of executing to the last detail, and the battle of building scale. Alex leads or get out of the way and always build teams that embrace experimentation, creativity, and discipline.   
Alex holds an MBA from Northwestern University (Kellog School of Management) and a B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Oregon State University. He has participated as a panelist in several technology speaking forums, conferences and conducted workshops.
Paul Hamel | Pier2 Marketing
Paul is the COO and Co-Founder of Pier2 Marketing. He has over 10 years experience in marketing business-to-business products and services. Paul has lived and worked in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain, and a BBA in Management from Sam Houston State University in Texas.

Previously, Paul lead a turn around consulting practice in the energy industry in Asia Pacific, and has worked with Governments and Fortune 500 companies to launch new products and support global expansion. He also held several senior leadership positions in the energy and high tech industries.
Gimena Peña | Pier2 Marketing
Gimena is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pier2 Marketing. With offices in San Francisco, Houston, Seattle and Barcelona, her marketing firm helps companies design and execute their marketing strategies with great success around the world.

Prior to joining Pier2 Marketing, she holds strategic positions in top companies like Dell, Logitech, Loral Space Communications, Satmex, Goldman Sachs and Deloitte &Touche. She has worked in North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. Gimena holds an MBA from Stanford University, with additional certifications in Global and Public Management, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems from ITESM.

She holds a Board position at the AWM (Association of Women MBA), and is an active member of the Stanford Entrepreneur Club and many other organizations. Gimena has been a TechBA consultant for the past 2 years, helping Mexican companies develop their go-to-market strategy and penetrate the US market successfully.
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