Mentors

Russell Stern

Mentor

Sector:
Technology
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Location:
Florida
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Background

Russell Stern, a seasoned executive with 35+ years of experience, owns a consulting practice in Jupiter in Florida. Expert in business functions, he simplifies problems and empowers CEOs. Notable for leading Solarflare Communications' successful acquisition. Accomplished public speaker and mentor, fostering growth in business owners and staff.

Independent Director & Board Advisory Experience

  • Mentor, Founder Institute, CA
  • Board of Directors Member, Escrow.Com, Santa Ana, CA
  • Board of Directors Member, Solarflare Communications
  • Chairman of the Orange County School for the Arts Foundation, Santa Ana, CA
  • Board of Directors Member and CEO Coach, Newport Communications, CA
  • Board of Directors Member, JNI Inc., San Diego, CA

Skills:

  • Product developmentsome text
    • Semiconductors, Circuit Boards, Systems
  • Product marketing – all aspects
  • Manufacturingsome text
    • Disk Drives
  • ERP Deploymentsome text
    • Circuit Boards
    • Semiconductors
  • Failure analysis
  • Quality Systems
  • Venture Capital fundraisingsome text
    • Raised over $200m
  • Executive Leadership training and mentoring
  • Board management training

Credentials:

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, RIT, Rochester, NY 1979

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I'm delighted to have joined Connectd, a platform that brings together start-ups, investors and advisors/NEDs – the latter being my interest. Having left full-time employment, I became a founding Non-Executive Director of a Community Interest Company and a Trustee of a local charity. I had also been looking for additional Non-Executive roles when I was introduced to Connectd. I was impressed by the sophisticated nature of the ecosystem, which enables searches for roles through detailed filters, as well as providing training through the NED Academy, help with CV writing, mentoring, template documents and other resources. Connectd also guarantees a placement with a business.

An additional feature of the platform is the Connectd Investor Community, where investors can interact, conduct due diligence, share deal-flow and learn together. The functionality allows like-minded investors to connect, with separate groups for each; to share deal flow (not just with companies on the platform) and to co-invest; to access partnerships such as Crunchbase membership and Vauban discount codes; and to create public or private groups.

I'm now working with a start-up that I was introduced to through Connectd, initially pro bono. There's a lot going on and a lot to do - we're raising funds and there's an exciting future in prospect!

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