Founder & CEO
Adam invented TiCR Innovation Analytics™ and founded Synchrony Innovations (SI) based on insights gleaned over a 25-year career as an entrepreneur, advisor to entrepreneurial firms, strategy / innovation consultant to major multi-national corporations, and strategic investor. He was initially motivated to establish SI’s predecessor firm, Synchrony Venture Management (SVM), in 2006 by his observation of the failed promise of strategic corporate venture capital (CVC) investments. In 2013 he spun SI out of SVM to address crying need in large enterprises for a system to measure value in both traditional R&D and the emerging fields of Open Innovation and Strategic Investing.
Prior to Synchrony, Adam was Founder and Managing Director of Venture Management Advisors (VMA), a consulting practice focused on helping entrepreneurs and senior managers create and execute corporate and capitalization strategy. While with VMA, Adam worked with senior management and investors in many early-stage firms, including: Zipcar, MedCool, Jarg and London Taxi of North America, where he served on the Board of Directors.
Prior to VMA, Adam was the founder and CEO of HubNet Communications (later ‘citidine.com’), a media and web services company which in 1995 created the first user review-based online dining and restaurant transactions site. Its flagship searchable restaurant guide was one of the first 10 database-driven sites on the web, and the most successful local dining information and hospitality services website in the country at the time. This ‘too early’ effort at creating a category-killing hospitality site combined all of the functionality which later appeared in services such as Yelp, GrubHub, OpenTable and menus.com.
Prior to HubNet, Adam was the founder and president of Boston Mac Group, the first microcomputer systems integrator serving the New England pre-press community, where he helped pioneer the use of Macintosh computers to displace the multi-million-dollar pre-press systems which dominated high-end 4- and 6-color commercial printing operations at the time.
Adam is a prolific writer, and has had articles published in Global Corporate Venturing, The Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech, and numerous online publications. He has been quoted in The Boston Globe and interviewed on PBS’ ‘The News Hour,’ as well as numerous other local and industry-focused publications. He has been an active member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, where he has served on several committees, been a mentor in the MIT $50K competition, and judged numerous entrepreneurship competitions such as Brown University’s ‘Entrepreneurial Extravaganza’ and the ISCTE-IUL / MIT Portugal Venture Competition.
Adam has spoken at numerous conferences, including having served as keynote for the 2009 IBF Corporate Venturing and Strategic Innovation Conference, and Chair of the ENG Strategic Technology Venturing & Innovation Excellence conference in Berlin Germany in October of 2012. He has also spoken at the Technology Capital Network and Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurship Conference.
Adam is an avid cook, a skill he learned while working his way through college at many fine restaurants, including time spent in Chris Schlesinger’s kitchen at The East Coast Grill in Cambridge. He considers himself a mediocre golfer, a rabid and perpetually hopeful Red Sox fan, and a proud champion of progressive causes and other thoughtful exercises in common sense.
Adam is married to Dr. Rebecca Yang, a highly-accomplished professional ballet dancer-turned breast cancer surgeon. Rebecca leads Lahey Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center and is one of the youngest members of Lahey’s Board of Directors. Among her recent accomplishments is her leadership in bringing the pioneering the practice of intraoperative radiation to Lahey Clinic, making it one of the first hospitals in the nation to offer a treatment which spares women weeks of painful post-operative radiation treatments by delivering a focused dose of radiation directly to the tumor site during breast cancer surgery.
Adam holds a BA in philosophy from Bates College. In 2003 he founded the Boston Bates Business Network, the most consistently successful alumni group in the history of the college.
Board of Directors
Dan Gilbert is a member of the Synchrony Innovations Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Advisors for Trōv, and a member of the Board of Advisors for Peloton Interactive. Previously, Dan was the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Flextronics, the leading design, contract manufacturing, and supply chain solutions provider. Dan also served on Flextronics’ Corporate Ventures steering committee and Accelerator initiative, helping to guide Flextronics’ investments in early-stage companies offering innovative technologies in areas such as heads-up displays, sensors, and the “internet of things.”
After graduating from MIT, Dan started his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearney, later holding leadership positions at leading technology companies including Webvan, Palm, and Cisco Systems. Dan served as the Executive Vice President of Operations and Customer Service at Barnes & Noble, helping to drive the company’s expansion into digital reading. Dan led the supply chain for the NOOK® product line, spanning new product introduction, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, and customer service.
Dan is an active member of the early-stage Silicon Valley investment group Band of Angels and a Limited Partner in the Acorn Fund. He sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the supply chain association SCM World, on the Board of Directors of Belgian company DVDPost, and on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Social Sciences. He lives in Portola Valley, California with his wife, son, and daughter.
Director of Client Services
Hayden brings six years of experience in academic research, product development and technical sales to his role as Director of Client Services at Synchrony.
After earning Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and neuroscience from Brandeis in 2006, Hayden joined the lab of noted neurobiologist Jeffrey Hall to complete, and ultimately publish, research he started as an undergraduate. Following this, he joined the product development team at Cell Signaling Technology, a mid-sized biotechnology company in northern Massachusetts, where he built and validated diagnostic tools for cancer screening. After several years in product development, he joined the sales team, where he managed partnerships with major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and academic clients; in this role he also developed sales analytic tools, which contributed to his being named top sales person in 2011.
Hayden holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both biology and neuroscience from Brandeis University, with a minor in history. He recently finished an MBA from Northeastern University, with a concentration in high technology business environments.
In another life, Hayden was an EMT for a local ambulance company. In his (limited) spare time, he is an avid reader.
Associate, Market Development
Avery Lu is a highly-driven, performance-focused and award-winning senior management professional with 19 years experience in Silicon Valley & the semiconductor industry (Business Development, Segment Marketing, Product Marketing, Global Account Management, Field Applications), collaborating with and directing multi-disciplinary stakeholders at all organizational levels to deliver successful business outcomes in alignment with corporate objectives:
Demonstrated success in capturing market opportunities, building alliances, meeting strategic objectives & driving long-term revenue growth.
Broad knowledge of technology marketplace & extensive industry experience selling to and supporting Tier 1 OEM, as well as Distribution customers for Digital, Analog & Mixed-signal products, as well as standard, application specific standard product (ASSP), semi-custom, custom, complex programmable logic device (CPLD), field programmable gate array (FPGA), application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), system-on-a-chip (SoC) & customer-owned tooling (COT) IC products.
Tier 1 OEMs include: Apple, RIM, Nokia, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson, Kyocera, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Palm, Intel, IBM, Lenovo, Dell, HP, Lexmark, Kodak, Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi Global Storage Technology, Cisco, Oracle, Google, FaceBook, SuperMicro, Sony, Microsoft, IGT, nVidia, AMD, Daktronics, YESCO, Tesla, Delphi, Siemens VDO, TRW, Omron, Enphase, SolarBridge, Sun Edison, Power-One, GE Energy, Delta Energy, Emerson, Whirlpool, Honeywell, Mattel, Hasbro.
Consistent track record of leading and managing cross-functional teams to assess customer needs, managing P&L budgets totaling $xxxM, delivering new design wins totaling $xxxM, increasing company market share and exceeding multi-$M sales quotas, all the while maintaining company profitability.
International/multi-cultural experience working for multi-national companies and working with Tier 1 customer’s ODMs & CMs in Asia.
Marketing & Operations
James brings significant administrative and marketing experience to his role as Marketing & Operations at Synchrony. Trained in a variety of CRM and CMS systems, database reporting software, and multimedia planning, James is in charge of day-to-day operations, marketing efforts, office management, email exchange, web content, and social media.
Before joining Synchrony, James was responsible for the Research & Planning department at Gregory Welteroth Advertising, providing market research, analytics, sales data, and media intelligence to Fortune 500 companies such as Bosch, Thermador, Pella, and STIHL. James also worked in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, providing communciations and outreach for prospective students from around the world.
Outside of work, James enjoys reading, writing, and all things culinary, acting as a food writer, blogger, and newspaper correspondent.