From leading Fortune 1000 executives to enterprise entrepreneurs with hundred million dollar exits, our mentors at Work-Bench are part of the heart and soul of everything we do. Given the unique set of procurement, sales, and pricing challenges enterprise startups face, and when all it takes is one contract to make or break an early stage enterprise startup, we've seen time and time again how valuable it can be to hear the buyer's perspective or have a voice on the other side of the table.
So with that, we're excited to add three new mentors who we've seen demonstrate their value time and again. Please join us in welcoming Scott Coleman, Scarlett Sieber, and Andrew Stern to the Work-Bench family.
General Manger, Startup Growth Partners at Microsoft
Scott joined Microsoft in March 2015 to lead its startup engagement, first as the GM of Microsoft Ventures and now in its successor program, Startup Growth Partners. In this role, Scott leads the Microsoft’s global accelerator program and brings together colleagues across the company to drive the company’s engagement with the start-up and venture capital ecosystem.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Scott led the Technology Innovation and Partnership Development team at Bank of America, and was also responsible for Venture Capital business development. In this role, the team’s mission was finding innovative solutions to emerging business and technology opportunities across Bank of America by partnering with the technology community, including venture capital firms and their portfolio companies.
Prior to his role at Bank of America, Scott was the global head of Technology Business Development at Morgan Stanley. His responsibilities included technology strategy and partnering with Investment Banking and Institutional Equities to drive revenue for the Firm. He also created a structured innovation practice at Morgan Stanley that cultivated relationships with leading venture capitalists, technology entrepreneurs, CEOs, CTOs and other leaders at both large and small technology companies.
Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, New Digital Businesses at BBVA
Scarlett Sieber is SVP of Global Business Development under the New Digital Business team. In this role, Scarlett leverages BBVA’s assets (including Simple, BBVA API Market, etc) to secure the right partnerships and opportunities within the ecosystem. She also represents BBVA in many of the public facing roles including but not limited to speaking roles, mentorship in national accelerators, and judging startup competitions. Scarlett is also the US lead for BBVA's millennial initiative. In her previous role, Scarlett was SVP of Open Innovation and Ecosystem Building where she implemented the innovation global strategy and vision within the US and led the North American region for BBVA's global fintech competition, Open Talent. Prior to BBVA, she was COO and co-founder of data visualization tech startup, Infomous, whose clients include The London Olympics, Super Bowl XLVII, and NFL Films on the events side and The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian and USA TODAY on the publisher side. Outside of work, she is a contributor to the Huffington Post, Forbes, and WeWork. She is a NYC Fellow of Startup Leadership Program.
Scarlett is 1 of the 500 Global Youth Ambassadors for A World at School that, in collaboration with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, is a global movement of young leaders working to get every child access to education by the end of 2015. She is also an Ambassador for One Young World.
Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Development at F5 Networks
Andrew Stern is the Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Development for F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV), with global responsibility for all M&A and investment activity. At F5 he has executed nearly half a billion dollars in transactions, helping to grow the company from $170M in revenue when he joined to over $2B in revenue today. Prior to joining F5, Andrew was a senior executive at several venture-backed technology companies including MagniFire, which was sold to F5, and Evolve Software, which went public. Andrew has also worked as a management consultant throughout the US and Asia, advising multinational companies on corporate strategy. He holds a BA from Princeton University, where he was a National Merit Scholar, and an MBA from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar.comments powered by Disqus