Advisors and Investors
Dr. Mark E. Dean
Dr. Mark Dean is an American inventor and a computer engineer, and holds three of IBM’s original nine PC patents. He has more than 40 patents or patents pending. Dr. Dean is the first African-American to become an IBM Fellow, which is the highest level of technical excellence at the company. In 1997, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Currently, he is the John Fisher Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee. He was previously CTO for IBM Middle East and Africa and was an IBM Vice President overseeing the Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California.
Dr. Dean received a BSEE degree from the University of Tennessee in 1979, an MSEE degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1992. He has papers published in the IEEE Computer Society Press, MIT Press, and IBM Research Journal.
Dean’s recent awards include: member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and National Academy of Engineering, IEEE Fellow, the CCG Black Engineer of the Year Award, the NSBE Distinguished Engineer award, the University of Tennessee COE Dougherty Award, induction into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Ronald H. Brown American Innovators Award.
Dr. Dean has been a close and trusted advisor on product development strategy to the founders of G2 Collective since 2010.
Nick Meyer attended MIT until 2008 when he ventured into the world of entrepreneurship. As a UX designer and developer he founded and Reble.fm, aY-Combinator company, acquired by Playlist.com. Meyer then co-Founded Milewise.com, a search engine designed for frequent fliers that helps find and leverage loyalty programs to pay for flights. Milewise.com was acquired by Yahoo in May of 2013 and retained Nick and his partner as full time senior developers. Milewise was Yahoo’s first strategic talent acquisition for their New York based software engineering team. Nick has been a an advisor to G2 Collective since 2012.
His creativity, drive and start-up experience have proven invaluable to our team.
Investor, Patron and Advisor: Eduardo Castro Wright served as Vice Chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. until 2012. Mr. Castro-Wright was responsible for leading Wal-Mart U.S. and overseeing its Global Procurement operations. Among many roles at Wal-Mart, he was the CEO and President of Global eCommerce and Global Sourcing at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Prior to his appointment as CEO and President, in 2004 Mr. Castro-Wright lead Walmart of Mexico’s 700 outlets to increase 11%, and net income growth of 36%.
Before Wal-Mart, Eduardo served as CEO and President of Honeywell Transportation and Power Services, as well as President of Nabisco Inc.
A patron of education, he actively participates as an advisor for deployment strategy and operations for G2 Collective.
He has been a Director of Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. since 2009. He also served as a Director on many Boards including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. , MetLife, Inc. and Dow Jones & Co. Inc. Mr. Castro-Wright graduated from the Texas A&M University with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Investor and Advisor: Jim Chambers, Sr. CEO of Weight Watchers Inc. and Advisor to University Boards. Previously, Chambers was Kraft Food’s President of Snacks and Confectionery business units. Prior to Kraft, Jim was President of Cadbury North America, and before that President and CEO of Remy Amerique. He was also CEO of Paxonix, Netgrocer.com, and Group President of US Business and eCommerce at IRI. He built an impressive career at Nabisco, beginning in IT and strategy and culminating as President of Refrigerated Foods. Jim currently participates actively as an advisor and investor role at G2.