• Rudina Seseri

    Founder and Managing Partner


  • Rick Grinnell

    Founder and Managing Partner


  • Sarah Fay

    Managing Director


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AI & Academic Group

The Connect Council brings together renown entrepreneurs and technologists, AI and academic visionaries, and world-leading business executives who exclusively advise and support Glasswing Ventures investments

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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    Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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    Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a graduate of Oxford University, invented the Web while at CERN in 1989. In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He is the Founder and Director of the World Wide Consortium (W3C) and the World Wide Web Foundation. He co-founded and is President of the Open Data Institute in London and is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oxford University. In April 2017, Sir Tim was awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. The Turing Prize, called the "Nobel Prize of Computing" is considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science. Sir Tim is a long-time defender of Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.

  • Brad Berens

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    Brad Berens

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    Dr. Brad Berens directs the Connected Experiences Project at the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, which is capturing longitudinal data about user attitudes to and behaviors around the next wave of the digital revolution: wearable computers, smart environments, robotics and 3D printing. He also directs the Digital Automotive Project, which is tracking how cars evolve in the face of new digital technologies.

    In addition to his work with the Center, Brad is Principal at Big Digital Idea Consulting and a trusted advisor to companies of all sizes and a respected voice within the interactive media industry.

    Brad has enjoyed a wide-ranging career that has storytelling as an organizing theme. He had a long tenure as the Global Chief Content Officer for dmg events' digital portfolio (ad:tech, iMedia, the Digital Collective and the CMO Collective), editorial and marketing work at EarthLink, and spent several years as a Hollywood story analyst at companies like DreamWorks, New Regency, CAA and Mirage. He started his career as an award-winning teacher of Shakespeare and writing at U.C. Berkeley, and wants everybody who loves science fiction to go buy and read his first novel, "Redcrosse."

    Brad moves gracefully from the digital world to the “real” world and back again. Learn too much more about him in all the usual places: Google, LinkedIn, on Twitter as @bradberens and on his website: bradberens.com.

  • Cynthia Breazeal

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    Cynthia Breazeal

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    Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc., a robotics and AI startup developing a social robot for the home. Her research focuses on the design and impact of highly personalized social robots that build a relationship with people to help them achieve meaningful goals Author of the book ‘Designing Sociable Robots,’ she speaks at venues such as TED, the Computer Electronics Show, South by Southwest, the World Economic Forum, and the United Nations on topics related to AI, innovation, and society. She is a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award and a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. She has received Technology Review’s TR100/35 Award and the George R. Stibitz Computer & Communications Pioneer Award, and was honored for TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008.

  • Thomas Eisenmann

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    Thomas Eisenmann

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    Thomas R. Eisenmann is the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Faculty Co-Chair of the Harvard MS/MBA Program, and Faculty Chair of the HBS California Research Center. Eisenmann teaches the MBA elective course Making Markets, which focuses on marketplace design, and leads a January Term Startup Bootcamp for first-year MBAs. In recent years, Eisenmann has served as Chair of Harvard's MBA Elective Curriculum—the second year of the MBA Program—and as course head of The Entrepreneurial Manager, taught to all 900 first-year MBA students. He was co-creator of the MBA electives Scaling Technology Ventures, Entrepreneurial Sales & Marketing, and Product Management 101, in which students specify and supervise development of a software application. Eisenmann also created the MBA electives Launching Technology Ventures, which examines challenges confronting early stage startups in the information technology sector, and Managing Networked Business (now called The Online Economy), which surveys strategies for platform-based businesses that leverage network effects. He twice co-led a Harvard Innovation Lab course, Cultural Entrepreneurship in New York City, in which students from across Harvard spent a winter break week in New York exploring new ventures in fashion, food, and fine arts, and co-led four similar winter break trips to Silicon Valley.

    Professor Eisenmann received his Doctorate in Business Administration ('98), MBA ('83), and BA ('79) from Harvard University. Prior to entering the HBS Doctoral Program, Eisenmann spent eleven years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he was co-head of the Media and Entertainment Practice. Eisenmann is on the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Harvard Business Publishing and Harvard Student Agencies, the world’s largest student-run corporation.

  • Sandy Pentland

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    Sandy Pentland

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    Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.

    He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and leader within the World Economic Forum. Together Sandy and his students have pioneered computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing (Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His most recent books are 'Social Physics,' published by Penguin Press, and 'Honest Signals', published by MIT Press.

  • Manuela Veloso

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    Manuela Veloso

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    Manuela M. Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science, and the Head of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Veloso received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal, and an MA in Computer Science from Boston University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Veloso researches in the area of artificial intelligence, with focus on robotics and machine learning. She has contributed algorithms for planning, control learning, and execution for single and multi-robot teams. She has introduced planning by analogical reasoning to improve planning efficiency, as a method to plan by replaying the derivations of similar past planning episodes. Veloso and her students have researched and developed a variety of autonomous robots, including teams of soccer robots, and mobile service robots. Her robot soccer teams have been RoboCup world champions several times, and the CoBot mobile robots have autonomously navigated for more than 1,000km in university buildings. Professor Veloso is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and AAAI. She is the Past President of AAAI, (the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence), and the co-founder, Trustee, and Past President of RoboCup. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including several best paper awards, the Einstein Chair of the Chinese Academy of Science, the ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award, an NSF Career Award, and the Allen Newell Medal for Excellence in Research. As of 2017, Professor Veloso has graduated 34 PhD students and co-authored more than 300 journal and conference publications. See www.cs.cmu.edu/~mmv for details.

  • Peter Weinstock

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    Peter Weinstock

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    A practicing pediatric intensive care unit physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, Peter has combined an entrepreneurial focus with >20 years of experience in surgery, medicine, education and innovation to lead the development of the Boston Children’s Simulator Program (SIMPeds) to one of largest and most sophisticated return on investment healthcare simulator enterprises in the world. SIMPeds merges high stakes human factors with curriculum, organizational learning, industrial engineering, 3D print technologies, SFX and virtual/augmented reality – to study, train, and prepare world-class clinicians and healthcare enterprises, as well as improve preparedness and reduce fear and anxiety in patients and families.

    Peter has consulted throughout the world creating medical simulation ecosystems for medical centers and regional health care systems. He provides healthcare expertise among multiple advisory boards including education, simulation, social robotics as well as artificial intelligence and lectures internationally including TED on state of art simulation and experiential learning. He has published sentinel articles and raised millions of dollars in grant funding of innovative application and approaches to simulation – from human factors to impacts of 3D engineering and testing of next generation ultra-realistic training devices.

    Peter has chaired meetings worldwide, is Founding President of the International Pediatric Simulation Society, and is recipient of the 2017 IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety Culture and Technology Innovator Award.

    Peter graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in Philosophy then received his MD from Cornell Medical School along with PhD from Rockefeller University in molecular and cellular biology, followed by clinical training in plastic and general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and pediatrics critical care medicine at the Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

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Rudina Seseri

Founder and Managing Partner


With over 15 years of investing and transactional experience, Rudina has led technology investments and acquisitions in startup companies in the fields of robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), SaaS marketing technologies and digital media. Rudina’s portfolio investments include Talla, Celtra, CrowdTwist, Jibo and SocialFlow.

Rudina has been appointed by the Dean of the Harvard Business School (HBS) for a fourth consecutive year to serve as Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Business School and as Executive-In-Residence for Harvard University’s innovation-Lab. She is also a Member of the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College.

Rudina also serves as Advisor for L’Oreal USA Women in Digital, as Director on the Board of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX) and on the Board of Overseers for Boston Children’s Hospital. She has been named a 2017 Boston Business Journal Power 50: Newsmaker, a 2014 Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech and a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree for her professional accomplishments and community involvement. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and International Relations and with an MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS). She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.


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Sarah Fay

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Sarah Fay has more than 20 years of experience in the marketing services industry, with a track record of leveraging technology to deliver groundbreaking new models for advertising and media. In her role as Managing Director at Glasswing Ventures, Sarah leads and evaluates investments in early stage AI-powered companies. Her prior investments include X+1, Namely, Mogul, Mavrck, Evidon, Tick/r, TVision Insights and Humon.

Sarah has served as Independent Director on the Boards of public and private technology and digital media companies such as Celtra, SocialFlow, The Street (Nasdaq:TST), Women’s Marketing, Inc. (acquired by Stephens Inc.), and [X+1] (acquired by Rocket Fuel). She served as CEO of Aegis Media North America, a media and digital marketing communications company, where she was also responsible for launching and growing a significant part of that business during her eleven-year tenure. Previously, Sarah served as President of Carat US, and Isobar US, where she was tasked with the integration of digital and traditional media services.

Sarah’s contributions to the broader community include serving on the Executive Board of the Ad Club of Boston, as Director on the Board of The Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX) and as Board Advisor to Advertiser Perceptions. She is a Board Advisor to Adelphic Mobile, clypd, Colspace and Viral Gains. Sarah earned a BA in English from the University of Vermont and has received over 30 accolades and awards for her accomplishments such as “Media All Star” (AdWeek), “Top 100 Most Influential People in Media (Media Post) and “Fast 50” (Fast Company).


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Rick Grinnell

Founder and Managing Partner


As a venture capitalist and seasoned operator, Rick has invested in some of the most dynamic companies in security, enterprise infrastructure and storage. During his 15 years of venture capital experience, most recently as co-founder and Managing Director of Fairhaven Capital, he has led investments and served on the board of directors for companies such as EqualLogic (acquired by Dell), Prelert (acquired by Elastic), Pwnie Express, Resilient Systems (acquired by IBM), Trackvia and VeloBit (acquired by Western Digital).

He is also active with various entrepreneurial programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard and Tufts Universities, and is a frequent judge at MassChallenge. Rick’s contributions to the broader community include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Science in Boston, and as a member of the Educational Council at MIT.

Rick has been recognized by the New England Venture Network with the Community Leadership Award for his philanthropic work and contribution to the community. Rick earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from HBS.


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Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a graduate of Oxford University, invented the Web while at CERN in 1989. In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He is the Founder and Director of the World Wide Consortium (W3C) and the World Wide Web Foundation. He co-founded and is President of the Open Data Institute in London and is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oxford University. In April 2017, Sir Tim was awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. The Turing Prize, called the "Nobel Prize of Computing" is considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science. Sir Tim is a long-time defender of Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.


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Brad Berens

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Dr. Brad Berens directs the Connected Experiences Project at the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, which is capturing longitudinal data about user attitudes to and behaviors around the next wave of the digital revolution: wearable computers, smart environments, robotics and 3D printing. He also directs the Digital Automotive Project, which is tracking how cars evolve in the face of new digital technologies.

In addition to his work with the Center, Brad is Principal at Big Digital Idea Consulting and a trusted advisor to companies of all sizes and a respected voice within the interactive media industry.

Brad has enjoyed a wide-ranging career that has storytelling as an organizing theme. He had a long tenure as the Global Chief Content Officer for dmg events' digital portfolio (ad:tech, iMedia, the Digital Collective and the CMO Collective), editorial and marketing work at EarthLink, and spent several years as a Hollywood story analyst at companies like DreamWorks, New Regency, CAA and Mirage. He started his career as an award-winning teacher of Shakespeare and writing at U.C. Berkeley, and wants everybody who loves science fiction to go buy and read his first novel, "Redcrosse."

Brad moves gracefully from the digital world to the “real” world and back again. Learn too much more about him in all the usual places: Google, LinkedIn, on Twitter as @bradberens and on his website: bradberens.com.


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Cynthia Breazeal

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Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc., a robotics and AI startup developing a social robot for the home. Her research focuses on the design and impact of highly personalized social robots that build a relationship with people to help them achieve meaningful goals Author of the book ‘Designing Sociable Robots,’ she speaks at venues such as TED, the Computer Electronics Show, South by Southwest, the World Economic Forum, and the United Nations on topics related to AI, innovation, and society. She is a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award and a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. She has received Technology Review’s TR100/35 Award and the George R. Stibitz Computer & Communications Pioneer Award, and was honored for TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008.


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Thomas Eisenmann

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Thomas R. Eisenmann is the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Faculty Co-Chair of the Harvard MS/MBA Program, and Faculty Chair of the HBS California Research Center. Eisenmann teaches the MBA elective course Making Markets, which focuses on marketplace design, and leads a January Term Startup Bootcamp for first-year MBAs. In recent years, Eisenmann has served as Chair of Harvard's MBA Elective Curriculum—the second year of the MBA Program—and as course head of The Entrepreneurial Manager, taught to all 900 first-year MBA students. He was co-creator of the MBA electives Scaling Technology Ventures, Entrepreneurial Sales & Marketing, and Product Management 101, in which students specify and supervise development of a software application. Eisenmann also created the MBA electives Launching Technology Ventures, which examines challenges confronting early stage startups in the information technology sector, and Managing Networked Business (now called The Online Economy), which surveys strategies for platform-based businesses that leverage network effects. He twice co-led a Harvard Innovation Lab course, Cultural Entrepreneurship in New York City, in which students from across Harvard spent a winter break week in New York exploring new ventures in fashion, food, and fine arts, and co-led four similar winter break trips to Silicon Valley.

Professor Eisenmann received his Doctorate in Business Administration ('98), MBA ('83), and BA ('79) from Harvard University. Prior to entering the HBS Doctoral Program, Eisenmann spent eleven years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he was co-head of the Media and Entertainment Practice. Eisenmann is on the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Harvard Business Publishing and Harvard Student Agencies, the world’s largest student-run corporation.


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Sandy Pentland

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Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.

He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and leader within the World Economic Forum. Together Sandy and his students have pioneered computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing (Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His most recent books are `Social Physics,' published by Penguin Press, and 'Honest Signals', published by MIT Press.


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Manuela Veloso

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Manuela M. Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science, and the Head of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Veloso received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal, and an MA in Computer Science from Boston University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Veloso researches in the area of artificial intelligence, with focus on robotics and machine learning. She has contributed algorithms for planning, control learning, and execution for single and multi-robot teams. She has introduced planning by analogical reasoning to improve planning efficiency, as a method to plan by replaying the derivations of similar past planning episodes. Veloso and her students have researched and developed a variety of autonomous robots, including teams of soccer robots, and mobile service robots. Her robot soccer teams have been RoboCup world champions several times, and the CoBot mobile robots have autonomously navigated for more than 1,000km in university buildings. Professor Veloso is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and AAAI. She is the Past President of AAAI, (the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence), and the co-founder, Trustee, and Past President of RoboCup. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including several best paper awards, the Einstein Chair of the Chinese Academy of Science, the ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award, an NSF Career Award, and the Allen Newell Medal for Excellence in Research. As of 2017, Professor Veloso has graduated 34 PhD students and co-authored more than 300 journal and conference publications. See www.cs.cmu.edu/~mmv for details.


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Peter Weinstock

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A practicing pediatric intensive care unit physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, Peter has combined an entrepreneurial focus with >20 years of experience in surgery, medicine, education and innovation to lead the development of the Boston Children’s Simulator Program (SIMPeds) to one of largest and most sophisticated return on investment healthcare simulator enterprises in the world. SIMPeds merges high stakes human factors with curriculum, organizational learning, industrial engineering, 3D print technologies, SFX and virtual/augmented reality – to study, train, and prepare world-class clinicians and healthcare enterprises, as well as improve preparedness and reduce fear and anxiety in patients and families.

Peter has consulted throughout the world creating medical simulation ecosystems for medical centers and regional health care systems. He provides healthcare expertise among multiple advisory boards including education, simulation, social robotics as well as artificial intelligence and lectures internationally including TED on state of art simulation and experiential learning. He has published sentinel articles and raised millions of dollars in grant funding of innovative application and approaches to simulation – from human factors to impacts of 3D engineering and testing of next generation ultra-realistic training devices.

Peter has chaired meetings worldwide, is Founding President of the International Pediatric Simulation Society, and is recipient of the 2017 IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety Culture and Technology Innovator Award.

Peter graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in Philosophy then received his MD from Cornell Medical School along with PhD from Rockefeller University in molecular and cellular biology, followed by clinical training in plastic and general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and pediatrics critical care medicine at the Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.