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3 Day Startup Mentors

Our 2017 3 Day Startup mentors provided guidance to each team in shaping their entrepreneurial ideas. Each year our mentor group is comprised of seasoned professors and practitioners from the Brandeis University community. 

Daniel Bergstresser

Professor Daniel BergstresserDan Bergstresser is an Associate Professor at Brandeis International Business School. His research focuses on municipal finance and on the impact of taxation, regulation, and market structure on financial markets. This research has been published in the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Public Economics, and has been widely cited in both the academic and business press. He earned a PhD in Economics at MIT and earned an A.B. at Stanford. In 2006 and 2007, he worked for the investment manager Barclays Global Investors, serving in London as Head of European Credit Research. Prior to graduate school, he worked for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. 

William Ellet

Bill Ellet

Bill Ellet teaches Management Communication, a required MBA course at Brandeis International Business School (IBS), and the Critical Thinking, Writing, and Presenting courses in the University of Miami Executive MBA Program for Athletes and Artists (students in the program are primarily active or retired National Football League players). Previously, he taught in a similar Executive MBA Program at George Washington University. He facilitates Harvard Business Publishing Case Method training seminars in the U.S. and Latin America, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico. He presents in the Harvard Business School MBA and Executive Education programs and, for over 20 years, he has served as an instructor, writing consultant and coach for the MBA program. He teaches workshops on the case method for LASPAU, a nonprofit offering programs to enhance university teaching in Central and South America, and as a solo consultant, gives workshops on the case method and case writing. He is an active author and editor. Publications include an online course (Management Communication), a book (The Case Study Handbook), cases, and a video, all published by Harvard Business School or Harvard Business Publishing.

Ben Gomes-Casseres

Ben Gomes-Casseres

Ben Gomes-Casseres specializes in alliance strategy and management, based on 25 years of research, teaching, and consulting on the topic. As a professor at Brandeis International Business School, he directs the Asper Center for Entrepreneurship. His third book, REMIX STRATEGY: The Three Laws of Business Combinations, was published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2015. Professor Gomes-Casseres has also published work in the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Strategy & Business, Sloan Management Review, and in academic journals, and has been cited in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Associated Press. 


Aldo Musacchio

Professor Aldo MusacchioAldo Musacchio holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and is an associate professor of strategy at Brandeis International Business School. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Before joining Brandeis, Professor Musacchio was a faculty member of Harvard Business School for ten years, where he taught courses on economics, strategy, and entrepreneurship. Originally from Mexico City, Musacchio has also lived in Brazil and Colombia. He has published two books on corporate governance and a variety of papers in top business journals. Professor Musacchio has taught macroeconomics, strategy in emerging markets, and entrepreneurship courses in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Iceland, and Colombia.  Professor Musacchio is an adviser of Learn Launch, an EdTech entrepreneurship ecosystem based in Boston, and SocialAtom, an Angel Investment Fund based in the USA and Colombia. He is also an investor in startups in Mexico, Colombia and the USA and holds board seats in a variety of non-profit companies in the Boston Area. Professor Musacchio will lead the Idea Creation & Business Plan Development workshop on the first night of 3DS. 


Charles (Chuck) Reed

Chuck Reed

Charles Reed's early career was with Corning Inc., Johnson and Johnson, and Dennison Manufacturing, with which he held senior positions in sales management, manufacturing management, strategic planning, business development, research management and general management. Reed later bought KYBE Corporation from Dennison Manufacturing in a leveraged buyout. KYBE subsequently became the market leader in its industry. He then merged KYBE with Computer Link Corporation and, after consolidating these companies and paying down the debt, sold his business to Anacomp Corporation. He has been the lead negotiator in seven company or division purchases or divestitures, including forming the first (1975) joint-venture in post-WWII Hungary involving an American company. Reed has taught Entrepreneurship at Brandeis since 1997. He has developed courses in entrepreneurial management, entrepreneurial finance, business plans and venture business operations.


Pito Salas

Pito Salas

Pito Salas teaches Software Engineering, Architecture and Entrepreneurship in the Brandeis Computer Science Department. Previously he was the co-founder of an Internet startup, eRoom Technology. He is also involved with Open Source Software Development and providing consulting to technology firms in the Boston area. 


Grace E. Zimmerman

Grace Zimmerman

Grace Zimmerman is a senior lecturer at Brandeis International Business School and an experienced entrepreneur in both the high tech and health care industries, with a long, successful track record of launching new companies and products in nascent, undeveloped markets requiring innovative marketing and sales approaches.