Malinda specializes in launching and growing products and startups, and has 20 years experience as a strategist and marketing technologist. She is the CEO and co-founder of Uprise Partners a strategic advisory firm. At Google, she was a founding team member of the advertising technology organization in Cambridge, MA. At WPP/GroupM, the world’s largest media investment organization, she founded and led a digital consulting practice, as well as the Product Development and Technology group. She has advised clients such as Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Volkswagen, Unilever, Jaguar Land Rover, Allergan, Walmart and many others. She is a mentor with startup accelerators such as MassChallenge and Techstars. Malinda is also an avid motorcyclist, skier, scuba diver and yogi.
Brian is a technologist with more than 20 years experience in building, scaling and optimizing business ecosytems. He is the CTO and co-founder of Uprise Partners a strategic advisory firm. He most recently served as the Head of Global Systems Engineering at HGST/Western Digital but spent considerable time at VMware and other software companies. He has advised Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, CitiGroup, Dell, ADP, NYSE, and Coca-Cola in their technology strategies. He has also built and led several consulting organizations focused on technology adoption for the latest applications, cloud integrations and data science platforms. He specializes in machine learning (he actually can code!), data management practices, operationalizing technology, technology infrastructure design, and public/private/hybrid cloud architecture.