Esther is Executive Founder of Wellville and chairman of EDventure Holdings. Wellville is a national nonprofit project to achieve equitable wellbeing. Focused on health, substance abuse and local policy within five US communities, Wellville improves the lives of residents and inspires other communities to do the same, therefore promoting changes in how our nation invests in its people.
Esther is an active angel investor, best-selling author, board member and advisor focused on emerging markets and technologies, new space and health. She is currently a member of the board of directors of several companies, including Medesk, Pressreader, SWVL and Yandex. She has been an early investor in notable start-ups such as Ziotag, 23andMe, EPAM, Evernote, Flickr, Mashery, Omada Health and Square among many others. From October 2008 to March of 2009, Esther lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut.
Tommy is a seasoned executive from the information technology services and STM publishing industries. He has held various executive positions at market leading companies EBSCO Information Services and Elsevier (part of RELX PLC). His roles covered Strategy, Corporate Development, Product Management and General Management. He has a wealth of M&A, Venture Capital and Boardroom experience, most recently leading series A investments in Code Ocean and protocols.io.
Tommy started his career in strategy consulting with Marakon Associates. There he worked across Europe, North America and Latin America supporting clients in Media, Technology, Life Sciences and Financial Services.
Tommy has an MBA from INSEAD, where he was a Louis Franck Scholar, and Master of Chemistry & Boxing Blue from Oxford University. Born and brought up in South East Asia and speaking Brazilian Portuguese, he now lives in Boston with his wife and two young children.
Graham is an expert in AI and a specialist in computational linguistics. He founded two companies based on his technical expertise. An industry leader, he has been working on AI systems since the 1990s and is now Principal Research Scientist with Aon.
Graham studied physics in English and Spanish in Boston and Madrid, Spain, then transitioned to a career in AI. He helped improve the accuracy of early speech recognizers and launched two startups: SuperWings was a startup that produced apps before they were called “apps”, and GramLabs.ai was an attempt to simulate the experience of speaking face-to-face with a specific person. He studied computer science at the University of Maine, where his NSF-funded research into a certain problem in Complexity Science led to several TED talks. Graham holds a hardware patent for a supercomputer design and two software patents related to machine translation.
Graham spent 6 years overseas, visiting over 20 countries, and learning bits of several languages. His greatest fascination is with language, how it encodes meaning, and how this function is performed by a conscious brain.
Thomas Capone is a seasoned executive from the telecom and information technology services industries. He is an Expert in Distance Learning and computational linguistics.
Thomas is a serial entrepreneur having founded, built, managed and sold more than three companies in the voice, data, wireless and wireline services. He has a specialty in technology based emerging markets including Audio, Web, Videoconferencing, Voice, Cloud, Data, VoIP, TEM, Managed Services, BPO, SaaS and others. His roles covered Strategy, Development, Business Development and Strategic Alliances. He has a wealth of Sales and marketing experience and is a prolific video podcaster.
Since taking over the leadership position at NYDLA.org, Thomas has recruited and promoted some of the largest and most prolific vendors that participate in this space. Boasting 5M+ members, NYDLA.org is the fastest education and affinity group in this exploding space.
In addition, Thomas is an expert in SaaS, IoT, mobility, cloud solutions, solution selling, commercial and enterprise sales, channel development, strategic partnerships, global market experience, collaboration solutions, commercial and large volume sales programs, product planning, target marketing and segmentation, market development; project operations, launch strategies, lead generation, client satisfaction and performance based leadership.