John SanGiovanni has more than two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, strategist, and inventor. John has authored or co-authored more than 20 patents in the areas of mobile UI, wearable hardware systems, and augmented reality, many of which have subsequently been licensed or purchased by Apple, Microsoft, and others. In addition, John has led product teams which have shipped more than 30 top-tier Apps for iOS/Android, 10 of which achieved top-5 in their respective App Store category, and have won major digital/interactive awards on behalf of American Express, General Motors, NBC, and others. Between ventures, John served as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Research, where he led external academic research funding in the areas of mobile technology and augmented reality, and co-invented Microsoft’s Tile-based homescreen metaphor, now used on more than a billion devices worldwide.
As an influential thought leader and technology industry expert, John’s articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he has presented at industry conferences around the globe including TEDxSeattle, MIT Venture Summit, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. John cofounded and serves on the Board of Directors for Zumobi, and cofounded TeamXbot, a nonprofit in the pacific northwest focused on technology mentorship to inner-city high schools, and an annual participant in Dean Kamen's influential FIRST robotics competition.
John is an alumnus of the University of Florida, and always writes the word "Design" with an uppercase D.
Sean B House is a technologist and startup veteran with two decades of experience, and deep knowledge up and down the technology stack. In his experience as a researcher, software engineer, leader and entrepreneur, Sean has accumulated practical experience in the architecture and development of many varied technologies, including computer networks, databases, cloud systems, APIs/SDKs and mobile applications, and has built and led cloud and mobile development teams across several high-profile startups, and noteworthy software companies such as Microsoft.
Sean spent nearly a decade in both the research and practical development of large-scale high-speed computer networks, protocols and distributed systems, during which he was awarded more than half a dozen patents and was published in numerous trade publications. Sean has spent the past decade in hands-on cloud and mobile development across iOS, Android and other mobile platforms, resulting in more than 50 published mobile applications for top-tier brands such as NBC, Pepsi, REI and Xbox; several of these applications have secured a top-five ranking within their respective iTunes App Store category.
Sean is an alumnus of the University of Kansas and holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering with a focus on the distributed simulation and emulation of large-scale high-speed computer networks, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in both Computer Engineering and Mathematics. Sean is a Kansas Jayhawk basketball fanatic and a six-time marathoner.
Susan has an extensive track record in senior financial management, organizational leadership and company building. She is passionate about building early stage scalable companies into successful enterprises. Susan’s expertise includes strategic planning and execution, business modeling, analysis, board service, capital formation, M&A transactions, and investor relations. Her career has focused on the technology and venture capital industries and also includes oil & gas, commercial real estate, and non-profit enterprises.
Susan is currently a consulting CFO with CFO Selections serving clients in venture capital and in virtual reality enterprise solutions, and she is an advisor to the Women’s Venture Capital Fund.
She began her career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She subsequently led several early stage companies to success as their key financial executive and ultimately leveraged this expertise into the launch of SeaPoint Ventures in 1997 as a General Partner and co-founder. While at SeaPoint, Susan also served as the Interim CFO of several portfolio companies.
Susan brought her private company expertise to the non-profit arena as the President and CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association from 2010 – 2013. Leading Washington State’s technology trade association, one of the oldest and largest in North America.
Susan has been actively involved in Northwest organizations. She was a past President of the Evergreen Venture Capital Association; a Board Director of Northwest Entrepreneur Network, the Technology Alliance, and Puget Sound Regional Council. Susan was a mentor in the University of Washington’s MBA Mentor Program as well as a UW visiting MBA faculty member. She served as an Advisory Board member of UW Bothell and of Seattle University’s Entrepreneurship Center. On the national front Susan was an Executive Committee member of TECNA (Technology Councils of North America).
Susan holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Washington. She enjoys hiking, yoga, nurturing life-long friendships and reading.