The new Director of eGovernment Business Development at Microsoft, was most recently the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, is an in-house civic idea incubator that pilots experimental projects in the civic space. Previously, Jeff was the Manager of Civic Innovation & Participation in the Mayor’s Office. Jeff has led various initiatives to make City government (and urban governance generally) more open, participatory, transparent, entrepreneurial and innovative. He co-founded the OpenAccessPhilly, a movement of people working at the intersection of civic participation, technology, entrepreneurialism and innovation. Previously, Jeff was Chief of Staff to the Chief Technology Officer in the Division of Technology, and Deputy Director of Performance Management and Implementation Manager for Philly311 for the Managing Director’s Office. Prior to joining City government, Jeff consulted to state, local and county governments across the nation. Jeff earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia with his 10 year old son Sam.
Yuriy is the entrepreneur’s resource champion. People, StartUps and Groups work with him for help with networking, partnerships, community building, alliances, funding, mentoring, and – especially today – learning to do more with less, maximizing yields from their current resources. Yuriy is the Founding Managing General Partner of SmartInvest Ventures, a TransAtlantic early stage Venture Capital Fund specializing in Graduation Capital. Yuriy is also a Managing General Partner in SmartStart a Cross-Atlantic Incubator. Yuriy is based in Philadelphia PA where he is an active community leader in the tech and startup community curating Philadelphia Startup Digest and as an organizer with FundingPost, Code for Philly, Nvigor, Philly Codefest, Philadelphia Startup Weekend, PennApps and Philly Startup Leaders.
Shana Pote is a Technology and Systems Project and Program Leader with 15+ years experience working for global Fortune 500 companies, delivering high impact business solutions for business intelligence, innovation management, sales and marketing, business operations, finance, and supply chain. She also works with local startups and small growth stage companies to design and implement right-sized operations and process methodology, leveraging her experience with mature enterprise process, to automate and accelerate growth under tight resource constraints.
Shana currently leads business development at The Gabriel Institute, a Philadelphia-based startup providing proprietary technology for designing resilient, collaborative and productive teams by identifying and explaining the individual’s contribution to team interaction. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at Temple University, teaching their Data Science and Intro to IS in Organizations courses.
Previously, Shana worked for Fortune 500 enterprises including Dow Chemical/Rohm and Haas, Sungard Data Systems, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Shana has a strong reputation as a versatile leader, delivering on a broad range of technology systems and software solutions, and is considered an expert at leading business units and functions to successful outcomes for both technical and non-technical initiatives. She has robust competencies in project and program management, multidivisional matrix management, change management, team development and leadership, and system/process optimization.
Shana’s credentials include a B.I.T. from American Intercontinental University (Illinois), PMP from the Project Management Institute, and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) from the Scrum Alliance. She’s a Philadelphia native, and currently resides in Delaware County.
Tiffanie Stanard is an entrepreneur, speaker, and technology influencer. For over seven years, Stanard has been the Founder and CEO of Prestige Concepts (PC). PC is a brand enhancement firm, specializing in marketing strategies and com-munity outreach campaigns for clients within the technology, non-profit, lifestyle, entertainment, political, and corporate sectors.
Stanard is the Founder and CEO of We are MENT™, a wearable technology company that connects females through a global network to learn, grow, and inspire. We are MENT™ believes Media connects us and Entertainment creates experiences. Our mission is to create a network and wearable technology that fit lifestyles; keeping you educated, healthy, safe, and entertained.
In 2015, Stanard became the Keynote Speaker for Microsoft’s program, STEM Student Day, a national event organized in over 10 cities. Stanard’s keynote speech, “Find Your Voice with Technology”, explores a non-traditional view on technology and provides five steps for all ages to become builders of innovation.
Stanard’s motto to entrepreneurs: “Accomplish Forgotten Dreams”.
Paul is Director, Local Media Development team at Comcast / NBC Universal, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information, and communications products and services.
As part of this award-winning department, Paul manages EveryBlock and supports several other products that benefit local communities and multicultural groups through web, mobile and television outlets across the country including Project Open Voice, His Dreams Our Stories, Troop Greetings and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Paul has a 15 year track record of creating successful organizations, companies, media and products based on community engagement, interactive technology, data & analytics and civic participation. As both a personal and professional mission, Paul seeks to serve as a catalyst to tangible, positive impact within communities through innovative applications of technology, media, data and civic relationships.
He is the co-founder of 2 media-focused business intelligence companies, Frequency Media and Mediaguide, both of which were ultimately acquired. Through investment banking at Bear, Stearns, corporate development at Imax Corporation and strategic development at both Mediaguide and Fuzebox LLC, has completed over $2 billion in merger, acquisition, public & private transactions. He has also launched dozens of interactive media products that have generated millions of users across web, mobile and television outlets.
Paul is the co-founder, along with members of the Mayor’s Office and Office of Information & Technology for the City of Philadelphia, of Open Access Philly, a group of nearly 500 Philadelphia professionals dedicated to the advancement of open data, community participation and civic technology. Open Access Philly identifies and connects the programs, organizations and people in Philadelphia that believe the public, university, civic, non-profit and business communities have the greatest impact on civic innovation when they work together, leverage smart technology and adopt open data principles. The group helped lead to the creation of OpenDataPhilly, the first public/private open data repository, the Mayor’s Executive Order for open data and social media, including a Chief Data Officer and the city’s 2-time selection as a Code for America fellowship recipient.
Paul has served in the Producer, Executive Producer or Digital lead roles for online video, film and television projects including Learning To Live With Freedom, a short documentary about female freedom fighters in East Timor; Still Weathering The Storm, a documentary about youth in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; SUBMIT, a documentary & interactive project about cyberbullying, a project about the His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 2012 visit to the United States and, most recently, the award-winning His Dream, Our Stories project from the LMD department, which is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the legacy of civil rights.
In 2011, Paul received a ’40 Under 40’ award from the Philadelphia Business Journal and was named, along with his wife, a “New Face of Philly’ by Philadelphia Magazine. He sits on the Board of Directors for non-profit organizations FringeArts and EarthForce as well as the Board of Advisors for the Arts & Business Council, a part of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Lancaster, PA, Paul received dual-BA degrees in Economics and Journalism from Washington & Lee University.