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Office Hours

Office Hours will be held at Project Olympus unless otherwise arranged. There are no walk-in hours; Meetings will be arranged via email and can be scheduled according to availability.

Office hours are open to all students, faculty, and staff in the CMU community seeking advice on startups. The industry experts who hold these office hours do so on their own time, so please be respectful.

For questions/concerns relating to these office hours, please contact Project Olympus staff:
Erin O'Toole or Kit Needham

Sales and Marketing

Sales and Marketing Strategies

Schedule an Appointment
Adam Paulisick
Feel like nobody gets what your product really does? Need help simplifying your idea? Meet with Adam Paulisick, serial entrepreneur and adjunct professor of sales and marketing at the CMU Tepper School of Business, to bring commercial clarity to your efforts.

Contact: adam@fygment.com
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)

Strategic Sales Advice

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Bruce E G Smith
Meet with Bruce E. G. Smith, a successful serial salesman/coach/consultant for startups, for help with your sales strategy, managing your sales team, and getting in the door.

Contact: bruce@achievingsalesresults.com
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)
Go-to-Market Strategies

Schedule an Appointment
Monica Robinson
Need help building your marketing plan? Questions about creating an effective pitch and go-to-market startegy? Meet with Monica Robinson, a former Microsoft marketing expert, to help develop this critical piece of your business plan.

Contact: monicamccrobinson@msn.com
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)

GlLeeanne Haworthobal Markets Development

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Considering global markets for your products or services or have questions based on an international inquiry? LeeAnne Haworth or Steven Murray from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Commercial Steven MurrayService will provide counsel on issues related to global market development.

Contact: leeanne.haworth@trade.gov or steven.murray@trade.gov
(30-minute sessions)

Social Enterprise


Nicole Muis-Kielkucki
Interested in starting a social enterprise, sustainability, community development, food technologies, or regional healthy food systems? Meet with Nicole Muise-Kielkucki, Director of Idea Foundry's Social Enterprise Initiatives and InterSector Accelerator.

Contact: nmuisekielkucki@ideafoundry.org 
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)

Government & City Resources

Local Resources in Pittsburgh

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Jennifer Wilhelm
Do you want to know more about local resources and incentives that could help your business? Meet with Jennifer Wilhelm, of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, to learn what programs and resources you should consider as you grow your business.

Contact: jwilhelm@ura.org 
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)
Public Policy and Government Resources

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Deborah Stine
Is your innovation facing a policy opportunity or challenge? If so, meet with Dr. Deborah Stine, a professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon with experience at the White House and Capitol Hill, to discuss what your strategy should be.

Contact: dstine@andrew.cmu.edu
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)

Web Design

Landing Pages & Web Solutions

Schedule an Appointment
Tanya Varma
Fascinated by technology and passionate about startups, Tanmay Varma is an entrepreneur currently pursuing a Masters at the Heinz college. He has several years of entrepreneurship experience and specializes in designing web solutions--Landing pages, websites, android & iOS apps--for startups.

Contact: tanmayvarma@cmu.edu
(30-minute sessions)

Web and Mobile App Design
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Schedule an Appointment

Building a web or mobile application? The entrepreneurial-minded designers and developers at Roket can help you define or refine feature set, product messaging, app architecture,rocket 2 user flows, user interface, brand application and other design opportunities. 

Contact: Roket, LLC
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)

Hardware Design

Design Thinking for Startups

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Tim Fletcher
Learn design thinking, an important factor in startup success. Meet with Tim Fletcher, whose decades of experience in design thinking will help you develop products, services, and a business model.

Contact: tim.fletcher@onebusinessdesign.com
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)
Hardware Design for Startups

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Ramsay Hartley
Need help designing the hardware for your startup? Get advice from Ramsay Hartley of Arrow Electronics, a global provider of products and services. Arrow specializes in IoT, semiconductors (passives, capacitors, electromechanical and connectors), and power supplies for all applications.

Contact: rhartley@arrow.com
(30-minute sessions)

Prototyping & Manufacturing

Physical Prototyping

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Uriel Rorus
Need some help with physical prototyping (not programing/electronics) or with any manufacturing methods including machining, woodwork, softgoods, ceramics, mold making, etc? Meet with Uriel Eisen, founder and CIO of Rorus Inc.

Contact: uriel@rorusinc.com
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)
Robotic Prototyping

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Patti Rote
Do you have a robot prototype and would like to test the marketplace and meet potential end users? Regardless of whether your product is for education, military, or industrual use, meet with Patti Rote, co-founder of Girls of Steel and active in the robotics sector for nearly 20 years.

Contact: prote@andrew.cmu.edu 
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)
Manufacturing and Business Strategies

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Jim Chrise
Want to know more about manufacturing processes, manufacturing strategies, materials, channels to market, go-to-market strategies, or business strategies. Meet with Jim Chrise, a senior executive who was very successful in engineering, manufacturing, and business leadersip roles of various scales in a Fortune 500 polymers and chemicals firm.

Contact: James.Chrise@outlook.com 
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)

General Startup Advice

Startup Strategy & Advice

Schedule an Appointment
John Seiffer
Get advice on your startup idea from serial entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor, John Seiffer. John specializes in:
--Customer Development - defining and prioritizing hypothesis to test and find the right tools to test
--Business Model definition - understanding how unit economics works (or doesn't) with what you're learning
--Team Interactions and responsibilities

Contact: john@ceobootcamp.com
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Robb Myer

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Robb Meyer
Completed your MVP and looking for what to do next? Startups are about growth. Get real-world coaching on reaching your next startup milestone with CMU alumnus and Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Robb Myer.

Contact: rmyer@andrew.cmu.edu
(30-minute sessions)

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Craig Markovitz

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Craig Markovitz

Do you have the next big CMU start up idea?  Are you trying to figure out where to start?  Get advice and feedback from Craig Markovitz, an entrepreneur who has started several companies based on CMU technology and managed them through successful exits.

Contact: cmarkovi@andrew.cmu.edu
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)

Funding

Funding Advice for Startups

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Zach Malone
Thinking about raising capital for your startup? Not sure where to start? Meet with Zach Malone, Associate at Draper Triangle Ventures, for advice and insights on navigating the world of venture financing.

Contact: zach@dtvc.com
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)

Raising Seed/Pre-Seed Funds

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Dave Lishego
Questions about raising seed/pre-seed funding - where to look, what investors want to see, valuation, due diligence - or other topics?  Contact Dave Lishego, Tepper MBA alum and Investment Associate at Innovation Works and Riverfront Ventures.

Contact: dlishego@innovationworks.org
(30-minute sessions)

Crowd-sourcing with Kickstarter

Schedule an Appointment
Todd Medema
Thinking about crowd-funding your product? Want feedback on your page before you hit the "Launch" button? Meet with Todd Medema, Inventor at FrabricateIO, to make your next Kickstarter a success.

Contact: toddmedema@gmail.com
(30-minute sessions; By appointment only.)

Financial

Business Banking Advice

Schedule an Appointment
Rich Loevlie
Meet with Rich Loevlie, a local business banker with years of experience assisting local businesses on their journey to success, for questions pertaining to checking and savings accounts, invoicing solutions, lending, merchant services, wire transfers and other treasury management solutions.

Contact: richard.loevlie@pnc.com
(30-minute sessions)
Financial Accounting for Startups

Schedule an Appointment
Brian Finneran
Accurate financial statements and projections are crucial for business planning and managing day-to-day business activity. They are also an essential component when raising capital. It is never too early to get strong financial controls in place. Meet with Brian Finneran

Contact: bfinneran@finneranassoc.com
(30-minute sessions)

Insurance/Real Estate

Insurance Strategies for Startups

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Sean Ruppert
Find out what your startup should know about incorporation, contracting and insurance coverage from Sean Ruppert, Esq., a practicing business attorney and commercial insurance agent.

Contact: sr@lawkm.com
(30-minute sessions)

Commercial Real Estate for Startups

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Mike Stuart
Need to find office space for your startup?  Looking to learn about how the real estate process works?  Meet with Mike Stuart, commercial real estate advisor and tenant representation specialist at CBRE.  Mike can help you plan your next office move and give advice on site selection, lease negotiation, budgeting and planning for growth. 

Contact: mike.stuart@cbre.com
(30-minute sessions)