Meet our judges for the 2012 Eureka Park Challenge. This impressive panel of judge's represents investors, retailers, entrepreneurs, and the media. All with a great eye for new inventions and technology:
Founder and Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures, John is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience investing in andmanaging rapidly growing, high-technology companies. John currently manages a $225 million venture portfolio at New Atlantic Ventures and serves on the board of directors of AppTap, Invincea, Koofers, Healthwearhouse.com, My Wines Direct, & Qliance. He is the founding Chairman and current Board member of the NVTC TechPAC, and was appointed by former Virginia Governor Mark Warner to co-chair the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission, which he served on for 4 years.
A Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Exclusive Brands Business for Best Buy Co., Inc, Rick is known for his ability to incubate and grow business initiatives. Most recently, he led the New Business Customer Solutions Group, leveraging his internal and external partnerships to challenge current business model conventions and develop new long term growth opportunities.
At the age of 26, Detroit-based entrepreneur Jake Sigal mashed-up music and tech to make Livio Radio in 2008. Sigal traded his office at Delphi where he worked as an XM product manager for an office in the guest bedroom of his home, the founding HQ of Livio Radio. Today Sigal has grown the Livio crew to 15, put more than 25 products on the market and sits on the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) and the Small Business Council (SBC).
Dana Wollman is the Senior Reviews Editor at Engadget, where she manages the reviews program and covers a mix of laptops and tablets. Before joining the site last year, she wrote about finance for the Associated Press and spent years reviewing gadgets for Laptop Magazine. When she's not testing laptops, she enjoys long-distance running, traveling and taking photos as she goes.
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