Alpha Loft's Founders Series gives attendees the opportunity to learn from the experience of others. Each event will feature three startup founders who’ve been on the startup journey. You’ll hear about their journey through the craziness that is founding a startup, including how they worked through obstacles, what milestones they achieved, how they caught their big break, and lessons learned along the way. The Alpha Loft team will moderate the conversation and then open things up for questions from the audience.
Meet the Founders
Mike Decelle of the University of New Hampshire at Manchester
Before becoming Dean of the University of New Hampshire at Manchester in February of this year Mike Decelle was a serial entrepreneur. Most recently he was President and CEO of CrossFiber, a venture-funded startup in San Diego. When Decelle graduated from UNH in 1981 with BS in electrical engineering he was recruited by Bell Laboratories into their master’s track program, earning a master’s in electrical engineering from Cornell. After working at Bell and, after its spinoff from AT&T, Lucent Technologies for 17 years he led five venture-funded technology companies, three of which were university spinoffs.
Howard Brodsky of CCA Global Partners
Howard Brodsky is one of the leading entrepreneurs and cooperative leaders in America. He is Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of CCA Global Partners, one of the largest cooperatives in the United States. CCA is comprised of 14 affiliated cooperatives. Brodsky is passionate about moving the cooperative business model forward to help bring power and equality back to local communities.
Brodsky was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame which recognizes individuals and companies who make unparalleled contributions in advancement of the principles of cooperation.
One of Brodsky’s more notable accomplishments was being inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame along with such people as Michael Dell and Starbucks’ Howard Schultz.
Brodsky is Chairman of Cooperatives for a Better World, and on the Board of the National Cooperative Business Association.
He also serves as Chairman of the Better Business Bureau, serves on the Southern New Hampshire University Board of Trustees, the Board of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Elliot Hospital Board.
5:30 PM - Grab a cold beverage/snack, and chat with others
6:00 PM – Introductions and Panel Discussion
7:30 PM – Conclude