Mark Herschberg

Posted by Averon on Jan 7, 2019 4:18:11 PM

Mark Herschberg is the CTO of Averon. He is a cryptographer, university instructor, and championship ballroom dancer. He chairs the IEEE HTTPSI standards committee and serves on the board of TechieYouth.

Mark graduated MIT with undergraduate degrees in physics and EE/CS and then continued his graduate work at MIT working on cryptography. His master’s thesis, “Secure Electronic Voting over the World Wide Web” created the first online voting system. He’s subsequently worked to track down terrorists and cyber criminals on the dark web.

His other work includes big data tools, lead generation, media, enterprise mobile platforms, and he was brought in as a turn-around technical lead on an NBC business unit that relaunched as Hulu. Mark helped create MIT’s seminal Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program and HBS’s Dynamic Market’s class. He’s a part time academic, teaching at MIT for almost two decades, annually lectures at NYU, USC and elsewhere, and speaks regularly at conferences on cyber security, technology, and entrepreneurship around the country and internationally.

Although now retired from competitions, Mark was one of the top ranked ballroom dancers in the country. He is passionate about helping other improve their personal and professional efficacy and serves on the board of Techie Youth; he has also spent years volunteering with Streetwise Partners, Futures & Options, and TapRoot and helped run CodeRanch for nearly a decade.

Tom Green

Posted by Averon on Jan 7, 2019 4:17:25 PM

Tom Green is Averon’s Chief Product Officer. He began his career at Capital One, where he held a series of roles and was recognized for developing innovations in consumer financial products. At Lending Club, he led various functions including Strategy, Communications, and Small Business, helping to take the company public and to navigate a subsequent crisis. He has extensive experience advising technology companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100s, both as a Principal at Bain & Company and in private practice.

Tom has spoken publicly about a range of subjects, including innovation in financial services, small business lending, and authentication. Tom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford. He was born in the U.K. and lives in San Francisco.

Topics: Demo, Tom Green

Lea Tarnowski

Posted by Averon on Dec 5, 2018 8:50:00 AM

Lea Tarnowski is the COO, president and co-founder of Averon. Lea has deep cross-domain experience as an accomplished investor in mobile, FinTech and consumer internet. She is a Harvard Business School graduate, and holds MSc degrees from Stockholm School of Economics and HEC Paris. 

Lea’s career began with investment banking and private equity at Morgan Stanley, where she worked as chief of staff to the president, and also worked as an associate at McKinsey & Company. She has spent much of the last decade investing in technology companies at one of Europe’s leading venture capital funds, Northzone. While an investment director at Northzone, Lea focused on the FinTech, mobile and marketplace sectors, and led investments in companies such as Artfinder, Trust Pilot, and iZettle (acquired by Paypal for $2.2B).  

Lea enjoys participating in the World Economic Forum (WEF) community and often represents Averon at WEF gatherings at the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and beyond, speaking on topics related to product design, cybersecurity and creating a safer, happier digital world. She has served on a variety of corporate boards as well as the Board of SVCA, the Swedish Private Equity & Venture Capital Association. She is a Kauffman Fellow, an active mentor at various accelerators, and a Hybrid Reality Fellow. Lea has also enjoyed serving as a board member, advisor and angel investor, with a portfolio including Zetsy, Boosterfuels, and Qapital among others.  

Passionate about building mission-driven communities, including fostering trust in the digital world and mentoring women in technology, Lea is also a lifelong health enthusiast and continually exploring new paths in nutrition, fitness and performance hacking. Lea was born in Croatia, where she enjoyed most of her childhood, and later moved to Sweden, the UK and USA. Today, she happily resides with her family in San Francisco, where her rambunctious young daughter keeps her smiling bright every day.

Wendell Brown

Posted by Averon on Nov 22, 2018 1:47:01 AM

Wendell Brown is the CEO, Chairman and co-founder of Averon. He is a prolific innovator whose creative triumphs include building a global VoIP solution (acquired by Microsoft), founding America’s largest online voicemail platform solution (acquired by AOL), and co-founding Liveops, America’s largest virtual work-at-home call center (honored by the White House in 2010), all of which contribute to the advancement of technology and betterment of society.  

Wendell is proud of his West Virginia heritage, where the roots of his family tree date back to the Mayflower era and founding days of the United States. After enjoying his upbringing in the northernmost Appalachian town of Oneonta, he attended Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. Wendell then followed his dreams to Silicon Valley, initially gaining success as a popular video game designer (including blockbuster hits such as Star WarsBeauty & The Beast, and Nova Blast) and soon thereafter he created the first C-compiler for Mac.  

Later, as the creator of one of the world’s first mass-market cybersecurity products, WalkSoftly (acquired by Intel), then as a pioneer of work-at-home call centers (Liveops), which greatly increase employment opportunities for veterans and workers with disabilities, and today as the leader of Averon, Wendell’s innovations continue to empower and improve the lives of countless people around the world.  He enjoys participating as a speaker, tech judge and advisor in a wide range of communities including the World Economic Forum, DLD Munich & Tel Aviv, XPRIZE, Burning Man, TED, the MITA Tech Talks and more.  

Wendell is a licensed private pilot, and has been active in the development of new airplane and electric vehicle designs.  A strong believer in giving back, he's created scholarships for underprivileged students, and is a proud founding member of the Human Rights Campaign.  In his (rare) spare time, Wendell enjoys international explorations, having visited more than 30 countries as of 2019, and spending quality time at home with his treasured family including beloved Italian greyhound, Magic.

Topics: wendell-brown, Demo

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