Advisors

ZShulmanZachary Shulman
UVC Board Member

Zachary Shulman is Managing Partner at Cayuga Venture Fund, a private equity investment firm specializing in leading edge, high tech start-up companies in Ithaca and Upstate New York.

Zach is also affiliated with Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management where he coordinates “Entrepreneurship at Johnson” and teaches law for high-growth businesses. . He serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the NYS Center for Life Science Enterprise at Cornell and on the Advisory Board of Cornell’s Life Sciences Incubator initiative.

From January 1999 through March 2002, Zach served as General Counsel and Chief Investor Relations Officer of Spike Broadband Systems, where he was responsible for general oversight of Spike’s legal functions, including negotiating and closing strategic and business relationships, strategizing, negotiating and closing fund-raising efforts, and investor relations and various human resource matters. While at Spike, he was also responsible for operational tracking over Spike’s functional business areas. Zach brought to Spike in-depth legal and negotiating experience representing public and private companies across a wide array of industries. While at Spike, Zach negotiated and closed over $80 million in venture capital financing.

Prior to joining Spike, Zach was an associate at the law firm of Harris Beach in Ithaca, New York. At Harris Beach, he focused his practice on representing private and public corporations in a wide range of capacities, including equity financing through private placements and venture capital, bank financing, mergers and acquisitions, and the establishment and implementation of corporate governance policies, including advising boards of directors and executive management with respect to such policies. Before Harris Beach, Zach was an associate at Ropes & Gray in Boston, Massachusetts, where he represented predominantly public companies in equity and debt offerings, commercial lending, Securities and Exchange Commission compliance, mergers and acquisitions and executive compensation matters.

He earned a Bachelor of Science from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and graduated from Cornell University Law School, magna cum laude.

John Zogby Pic - 10-2007John Zogby
UVC Board Member

John Zogby, founder of the “Zogby Poll” and the Zogby companies, is an internationally respected pollster, opinion leader, and best-selling author. He currently serves as senior analyst at JZ Analytics, a political and public opinion polling firm founded by his son, Jonathan Zogby.

For three decades, the Zogby companies have produced polls with an unparalleled record of accuracy, reliability, and insight. An early pioneer in the practice of online polling, Zogby’s interactive methodology is a leader in the industry.

Fortune Magazine, The New Yorker, and Investor’s Business Daily have all profiled John Zogby. He has appeared on every major US television network, the BBC, and scores of US and international cable news programs. He has been spoofed on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David Letterman. His appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart are among his favorites.

Zogby writes weekly columns on Forbes.com and is the author of The Obama Report Card, a weekly feature in The Washington Times. He contributes monthly to Politics magazine and News Corp’s The Daily. He is also a founding contributor to The Huffington Post.

In 2008, Zogby authored the New York Times bestseller The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream. His analytical expertise has also been published on the opinion pages of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times.

He has polled and consulted for a wide spectrum of business, media, government, and political groups including Coca-Cola, Microsoft, CISCO Systems, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the US Census Bureau.

A senior advisor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Zogby also serves as commissioner for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Smart Power and is a senior fellow of the Catholic University Life Cycle Institute. As chairman of Sudan Sunrise, Zogby works to continue the vision of NBA player Manute Bol to bring peace to Sudan through education.

GGibsonGreg Gibson
Advisor

Greg Gibson is an entrepreneur / technologist that has founded and/or served on the founding management team of several internet companies, including Viximo, Helium.com, Cartera Commerce and others, which have collectively raised over $50 million in venture capital.

Viximo provides a virtual goods platform that connects social app and game developers with numerous social networks across the web. With Viximo’s platform, developers get access to over 60 million users across multiple social networks with a single easy implementation. Additionally, social networks are able to quickly set up a robust virtual currency, enable third parties to easily develop to their site, and instantly offer the highest quality social apps and games.

Helium is simultaneously an online community for writers and a directory for user-generated articles. Writers can submit articles to 24 different channels (business, entertainment, travel, etc.), write for the side of a heated debate, try to capture publisher writing assignments bounties or win user-voted Helium writing contests. Users rate submitted articles using a peer review engine, helping the best writing rise to the top. Greg developed the core crowd-ranking technology, for which he has five patents pending.

Cartera Commerce is a provider of multi-channel loyalty shopping solutions and merchant-funded that increase revenue, strengthen customer loyalty, and improve member engagement. Focused on a range of industries including financial services, card issuers, airline and hospitality, and loyalty programs, Cartera maintains an integrated network of more than 1,000 world-class online and bricks-and-mortar merchants. Today, Cartera’s multi-channel shopping solutions and flexible, on-demand platform power personalized online and in-store shopping programs for more than 150 million consumers and growing. Greg was the founding SVP of Products and Marketing, designing the initial platform framework and road map.

Greg is also an advisor to startups, helping them form management teams, raise capital and form business strategy. Greg is a cofounder of Web Innovators Group, a quarterly Boston technology meetup that draws over 1,000 people. Greg is also a cofounder of Betahouse, the first co-working space for web entrepreneurs in the Boston area.