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Featured Professional Members

Emmanuelle leads all the post-sale customer-facing functions at Toast as the Senior VP of Customer Success. She sits on the advisory board of four startups and is a frequent industry speaker and blogger. Prior to Toast, she lead Sales & Customer Success at DigitalOcean, scaled Influitive 10x in two years leading Sales, and ran the Global Channel Sales at Sophos. She was also the first hired sales person at Endeca and Vertica and was fortunate to see both through rapid growth and successful acquisitions.

She holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from New York University’s School of Business.

Emmanuelle Skala

SVP Customer Success, Advisor, Board Member, Investor

Michael is a successful senior executive with over 25 years of demonstrated leadership and achievement building strategic Go-to-Market teams in high-growth B2B SaaS businesses.

He’s been a founder, operator, investor, and advisor in companies such as Yahoo!, BlueJeans Network, Homestead, Preact, Reciprocity, and Rafter. He is a frequent industry speaker on topics involving Sales and Customer Success and helped startups raise venture capital from firms including Draper Fisher, Redpoint, Norwest, Storm, Bain Capital, Meritech, and Intel Capital.

Michael received his MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Michael Geller

Founder, Operator, Investor, Advisor

David is an entrepreneur and angel investor who has held operating roles at six startups and invested in nearly 50 companies. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Gradifi, which was acquired by E*TRADE. Previously, he was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School and Director of the Babson Summer Venture Program.

David has held product and marketing roles at five Boston-based startups that were acquired. He previously led the PayPal Boston office and co-founded the Start Tank innovation space. Earlier in his career, he held roles at TripAdvisor (IAC), m-Qube (Verisign), edocs (Siebel), SnapMyLife (Exclaim Mobility), and Goldman Sachs.

As a leader in the entrepreneurship community, he holds several advisor/board memberships and has made 50 angel investments in early-stage startups. Awards include Boston Business Journal's Power 50: Most Influential Bostonians, BostInno’s 50 on Fire: Education Winner / Investment Winner / Tech Finalist, and Finalist for NEVY Angel of the Year.

David holds a BS with Distinction in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Chang

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

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