Advisory Board

Kurt Abrahamson

is a senior executive with Google. Prior to Google he was the CEO of Jupiter Communications which he helped found and take public. Kurt holds an MPA from Harvard and a B.S. from Cornell.

David Carmel

is the VP of Business Development at StemCyte. A venture-backed firm focused on the acquisition and distribution of cord blood. David is a former White House Fellow and a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Business School. He is one of the founders of Jumpstart for Young Children.

Jordan Meranus

is a Partner in the Newschools Venture Fund East Coast office where he focuses on investment strategy and management assistance to portfolio ventures in both the Charter Accelerator Fund and the Performance Accelerator Fund. Jordan brings a wealth of experience in the education, nonprofit and private sectors. Prior to joining NewSchools, Jordan was a Managing Director at Imagitas, a company which partners with government agencies to demonstrate that entrepreneurial business ideas can help the public sector better serve citizens. Jordan is also a co-founder of Jumpstart which was selected by Worth Magazine as one of the top 100 non-profit organizations in the country. Jordan received his bachelor's degree in history from Duke University and earned a master's degree in both Education and Public Administration from Harvard.

Aaron Lieberman

is the founder and CEO of Acelero, a company providing management and consulting services to Head Start programs. Aaron previously founded and grew the national non-profit Jumpstart ( into one of the leading educational non-profits in the country. Jumpstart is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study on its approach to tracking outcomes and performance management. During Aaron's eight-year tenure as CEO at Jumpstart, the program grew from campus-based service program into a national organization and raised over $20 million dollars from the public and private sector. Aaron is a graduate of Yale University.

David Joncas

is a senior member of Harris Williams & Co.'s Technology Group. Mr. Joncas has advised on more than 40 M&A transactions. Prior to joining Harris Williams & Co., Mr. Joncas was a Senior Vice President with Jefferies Broadview, where he was a member of the Software, Services & Media practice group. Previously, Mr. Joncas worked as a Manager with Accenture's software systems integration practice and as a CPA. Mr. Joncas earned an M.B.A. as an Austin Scholar from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. in Economics/Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross. He lives in Andover, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.

George R Linscott

attended Union College in Schenectady NY where he obtained a BS in Computer Science. Upon graduation he began work for IBM as a programmer and later as a researcher at IBM's Cambridge Scientific Center in Cambridge Massachusetts. In 1989 he left IBM to start a company of his own: CLAM Associates Inc. (later renamed to Availant). At CLAM he built a team that developed several new and innovative software products that became widely used around the world to keep computers running all day every day. Under his leadership CLAM became an early innovator in technology, teamwork, and a corporate culture that included strong community involvement. In 2000 he raised the company's first round of venture funds to launch a new product in a area that is now widely know as autonomic computing. After hiring a CEO and building a strong board of directors, Mr. Linscott continued as Chairman and in 2004 he completed a successful merger with Lakeview Technology. He currently lives in Los Angeles and provides business development and product strategy consulting services.