November 27, 2018
Jillian Manus, Investor, The Pitch
Jillian Manus is an experienced banking and media executive, a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is Managing Partner of an early stage Silicon Valley venture fund, Structure Capital. Branded “Architects of the Zero Waste Economy” they invest in underutilized assets and excess capacity. Jillian serves on numerous boards, including: Stanford University Digital Health board, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She remains an active advocate in investing in women’s potential and success. She is the mother of four children who are her breath, smile and inspiration.
Phil Nadel W’88, Investor, The Pitch
Founder & Managing Director
Phil Nadel is a well-respected serial entrepreneur, angel investor, published author and frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. He has started and sold several companies and has invested in more than 100 startups with several exits. Phil co-founded Forefront Venture Partners (formerly Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners) in 2014 and is its Managing Director. Phil graduated from Penn (W’88).
Opening remarks by Ethan Mollick
Associate Professor of Management; Academic Director, Wharton Interactive
The Wharton School
Professor. Ethan Mollick studies innovation and entrepreneurship, with a special emphasis on how to give everyone more opportunities to be innovative and entrepreneurial. His papers have been published in top management journals and have won best paper awards from multiple divisions of the Academy of Management. His work on crowdfunding is the most cited article in management published in the last five years. Prof. Mollick is a Schultze Distinguished Professor and Kauffman Foundation Junior Faculty Fellow.
Prof. Mollick is also the Academic Director and co-founder of Wharton Interactive, which aims to transform business school teaching using games and simulations. He has had a long interest in using games for teaching, and co-authored a book on the intersection between video games and business that was named one of the American Library Association’s top ten business books of the year, and has studied the way that games can be used to motivate performance and to educate. His simulations and games are used by tens of thousands of students around the world.
Prior to his academic career, he was co-founder of a company and a management consultant. Prof. Mollick has worked with organizations ranging from DARPA to General Mills on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Ethan Mollick received his PhD (2010) and MBA (2004) from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude, in 1997.
Host & Executive Producer
Josh Muccio is an entrepreneur-turned-podcast host for The Pitch. He currently resides in Sarasota, FL, with his wife Lisa and three kids.