PennApps Judges

Final Round Judges

Josh Kopelman
Josh is a Partner at First Round Capital and has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization. In 1992, while he was a student at Wharton, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation and took it public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. Josh founded in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. was acquired by eBay in July 2000. In late 2003 Josh helped to found TurnTide, an anti-spam company that created the world's first anti-spam router, which was acquired by Symantec just six months later.
Kartik Hosanagar
Kartik Hosanagar is a professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he also serves as the Director of Wharton's Venture Initiation program. Kartik's research focuses on various aspects of aspects of Internet commerce, including digital media and Internet marketing. Kartik has received several teaching awards including the MBA and Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching awards at the Wharton School. Kartik is a cofounder of Yodle Inc, a venture-backed firm recently listed among the top 50 fastest growing private firms in the US, and is actively involved with several other startups as either an investor or board member.
Hilary Mason
Hilary is the Chief Scientist at bitly, where she studies attention on the internet in realtime, doing a mix of research, exploration, and engineering. She co-founded HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City.
Tom Lehman
Tom Lehman is the co-founder, CTO, and, for its first two years, sole developer of Rap Genius, a website whose mission is to decode every piece of text ever written. Rap Genius is a graduate of Y Combinator, and recently raised a $15M Series A from Andreessen-Horowitz.
Zach Sims
Zach is the cofounder and CEO of Codecademy, a company dedicated to teaching the world skills that help them make things and find jobs. Codecademy has millions of users across the world and has raised money from investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Index Ventures, Richard Branson, and more. He is also a Venture Partner at Bowery Capital. Zach worked with GroupMe (acq. by Skype), (acq. by Facebook), and AOL Ventures before dropping out of Columbia University to start Codecademy. Zach was named to Inc. Magazine and Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 lists, as well as voted one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2013.
David Sze
David joined Greylock Partners in 2000. His areas of focus include consumer Internet and services, media convergence, wireless data, and technology-assisted marketing services. Before coming to Greylock, David was SVP of Product Strategy at Excite and then [email protected] Excite, he was in product marketing and development at Electronic Arts and Crystal Dynamics, respectively. He started his career in management consulting for Marakon Associates and The Boston Consulting Group, and also spent time at HBO.

First Round Judges

Dave McClure
Dave McClure is a venture capitalist & founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and occasionally invest in startups foolish enough to let him. He has been an investor in over 250 companies including, Twilio, Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Mashery, CreditKarma, KISSmetrics, and MakerBot, among others.
David Brussin
David Brussin is Founder & CEO of Monetate, Inc. which has quickly become the leading independent provider of testing, targeting, and personalization for major eCommerce websites. A serial entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in eCommerce and technology, David was recently named to the SmartCEO 100 and was earlier honored as one of the world's 100 top young innovators by MIT's Technology Review.
Juliana Reyes
Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called 'It's Our Money.' She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.
Elliot Menschik
Elliot Menschik is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the program in July 2012. In addition, he is the founder and leader of VenturefØrth, a company that provides tech startups and early-stage companies with a physical home in Philadelphia as well as strategic and operational support. He was previously the founder and CEO of HxTechnologies, a pioneer in health information exchange which he sold to MEDecision in May 2009.
Bob Moore
Bob graduated from Princeton and wrote the first version of RJMetrics from his attic in Collingswood, NJ. Bob has also written guest columns for TechCrunch, licensed a Poker odds calculator to The Sharper Image, built a wildly popular AIM chatbot, helped design products for late-night infomercials, and opened on-stage for Vanilla Ice (seriously).
James Smits
James Smits is a Partner and Program Director of Tigerlabs. Prior to Tigerlabs, James worked at Banyan Water as a Business Development Associate. Working directly with the CEO, his work focused on the expansion of the Capital Markets Division, outreach and diligence for potential mergers and acquisitions, and assisting with post merger integration of the firm’s first acquisition.
Bob Moul
Bob Moul serves as CEO of Artisan, the creator of the industry's first Mobile Experience Management platform. With over 30 years of experience in the high-tech industry, Moul has held leadership positions within technology companies across all stages and sizes. Previously, he was CEO of Boomi, the pioneer of middleware for cloud computing that Dell acquired in November 2010. Moul also held senior management positions at EDS, including Director of Operations for EDS Hong Kong and China, and Executive Director of Federal Government Operations for EDS Australia.
Bert Navarrete
Bert Navarrete is an experienced investor and co-founder of Tigerlabs. Prior to Tigerlabs, Bert was a co-founder at Connected Sports Ventures, a startup that builds interactive sports applications for Connected TVs and second screen devices. Previously, Bert was responsible for M&A and venture investments at Internet Capital Group (ICG). Bert has made investments in early stage companies across a variety of technology sectors and has had broad operational and investment management responsibilities. Prior to ICG, Bert was an Investment Partner at Mitsui & Co., where he led Mitsui's New York Technology Investment Group. While at Mitsui, Bert was responsible for managing and executing venture and private equity investments and oversaw the firm’s overall investment strategy. Previously, Bert was VP of Technology Strategy and Business Development at Merrill Lynch Technology and also managed a strategic venture fund consisting of investments in the internet, media, and mobile sectors.
Satwik Seshasai
Dr. Satwik Seshasai is the Chief Technology Officer for NextDocs. In this role he is responsible for driving NextDocs' technology vision for delivering compliance solutions for a better world, and working with clients to ensure that our technology strategy is driving their continued growth and success. Prior to NextDocs, Dr. Seshasai was a Program Director of Software Development at IBM. In 9 years at IBM, he held senior technical and management roles focused on the growth of early stage products in the collaboration and document management space, and development of IBM's software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform including the technical integration of IBM's key SaaS acquisitions.
David Friedman
David leads the development of the technology that supports Real Food Works, for their operations, and customer website and mobile platforms. Prior to joining Real Food Works, David was the founder and CEO of Inhabi, a matchmaking service for renters and landlords. Before Inhabi, David was the Director of Engineering for Venmo. Beyond his startup experience, David also held senior management roles in sales and operations.
Mike Maher
Mike is a Naval Officer, entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed hustler. Mike is a graduate of the Naval Academy where he played varsity soccer, and he has an MBA from the Villanova School of Business. Currently, Mike is the Founder & CEO of Benjamin's Desk, Philadelphia's Premier Shared Office and Coworking Space for Professionals. In addition to his consulting company Principled Business Solutions, Mike is also the Founder of RealComps, a real estate technology startup, as well as the Marketing Director at Sight2Site Media.
Nick Shiftan
Nick Shiftan is the Co-Founder and CTO of Curalate. Curalate is the world's leading marketing and analytics suite for the visual web, starting with Pinterest and Instagram.
Jeffrey Babin
Jeffrey Babin is Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. Jeffrey also is Managing Director and founder of Antiphony Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in helping companies create sustainable value through innovation. Prior to co-founding Antiphony, Jeffrey was Founder, President and CEO of Corporate Technology Ventures (CTV), a privately held enterprise software and consulting practice. From 1993-2001, CTV delivered solutions for content and knowledge management to blue chip clients in several industries.
Robert Di Marco
Rob Di Marco has spent most of the last decade guiding fast growing technology teams. Currently, Rob serves as a founder for an early stage internet startup and as a strategic technology consultant. Prior to this position, Rob served as the VP of Technology for Health Market Science, responsible for defining the technology vision for HMS and then turning the vision into reality. Prior to HMS, Rob served as the Software Development Group Manager for The Adrenaline Group, a software development consultancy based in Washington, D.C. Rob graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Physics and Chemistry.
Ganesh Ramanarayanan
Ganesh is a software engineer at Pure Storage, where he works on the core architecture of the Pure FlashArray. He was previously technical co-founder of Color, a social networking / mobile video broadcast startup, which was acquired by Apple in 2012. Prior to that, he developed and launched the Music Onebox search product at Google, which formed the seeds of the Google Music project. Ganesh holds a Ph.D. in computer graphics from Cornell University.
Jim Young
Jim S. Young, Ph.D is a founder of Perceptual Networks. Dr. Young oversees the company’s technology development and jointly oversees product development. Dr. Young previously was co-founder, CTO and CEO of In this capacity, he singlehandedly scaled a web property from launch to being a top 25 web property in less than three months, and was responsible for one of the earliest large scale deployments of the LAMP architecture. Dr. Young also was a founding partner at I/O Ventures, a startup accelerator in San Francisco. He holds a doctorate in EE/CS from the University of California at Berkeley and is a board member of the Berkeley Engineering Fund.
Stephanie Weirich
Stephanie Weirich is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD from Cornell University and is currently studying the design of type systems. Recent research projects include Dependently Typed Haskell, Type Directed Programming, and TRELLYS (a framework designed to support both programming and theorem proving).