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Sumithra JonnalagaddaSumithra Jonnalagadda
Founder & CEO
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I am a serial entrepreneur. While working on my previous startup Teamitt an employee collaboration & engagement company as someone with no traditional B2B sales background I was challenged with the complexities of B2B sales process. My software engineering background helped provide a perspective to understand the reasons behind the complexities of existing B2B sales channels like email marketing, SEO, content marketing and trade shows.ConnectBright is born out of that understanding and the vision to make B2B sales process as efficient as possible. I am an alumni of the prestigious IIT Madras and worked in various software development roles at Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment and Amgen.I live in and love both northern california and southern california. I believe that we are designed to live happily every moment and I am blessed to be able to live such a life. If you want to find out more about ConnectBright, I can be reached at sumi@connectbright.com.
Andrea FazAndrea Faz
Customer Success Evangalist Manager
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Born and raised in Silicon Valley- Andrea worked at her first internet startup at the age of 18 where she gained experience in business development, social media marketing, creating
content, and developing bootstrapped marketing campaigns. From there, Andrea was recruited to work with an enterprise hardware company and headed their Marketing department as well
as created and managed their successful lead generation program. After working in B2B hardware and software- Andrea opened an agency consulting enterprise companies where she
helped her co-founder, Sumithra, build her social strategy and the rest is history! Andrea received her B.S. in B2B Business at Santa Clara University.She can be contacted at andrea@connectbright.com
Advisors/Mentors

Timothy Chou Timothy Chou
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Timothy Chou has been a leader in bringing enterprises to the cloud since 1999, when he returned to Oracle to work for Larry Ellison as the President of Oracle On Demand. During his tenure many businesses chose to have their enterprise applications delivered as a cloud service. Since leaving Oracle he returned to Stanford University and started the first class on cloud computing. Based on this class he published his second book “Cloud: Seven Clear Business Models”. In addition he just returned from teaching a ten lecture series on cloud computing at Tsinghua University in China.

Timothy has been a visible pioneer in evangelizing this major shift in computing. He has appeared in various publications including Forbes, Business Week, The Economist, and New York Times as well as on CNBC and NPR. He has also been a keynote speaker for business and technology audiences in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Not content to merely talk about the subject, he has invested in several new cloud service companies.

Timothy holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He served as a member of the board of directors of Embarcadero Technologies (NASDAQ:EMBT) as well as the advisory board of Webex. In 2007 he joined the board of directors at Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB).

Lyle Fong
Lyle Fong
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As Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Lyle oversees Lithium’s products and strategic direction and serves on Lithium's Board of Directors.

Prior to passing the helm to Rob Tarkoff, Lyle served as Lithium's CEO for four years and led the company from its bootstrap phase to a high-growth, venture-backed company. During that time, Lithium raised three rounds of funding and completed two acquisitions in one of the fastest growing categories in enterprise software.

A serial entrepreneur, Lyle also founded two other companies including Gamers.com which was the the No. 1 trafficked independent gaming portal as measured by Nielsen. As the CTO of Gamers.com, Lyle and his team learned how to build a consumer website with millions of users and how to use gaming mechanics to build vibrant communities. When Dell and Sony showed interest in using the technologies to build their own corporate communities, Lyle spun Lithium out of Gamers.com to serve the enterprise market.

Lyle has always been an avid computer gamer, although these days he prefers to play less competitive games that don’t hurt his ego. He’s also a ping pong enthusiast and often organizes underground ping pong matches between Silicon Valley companies. He studied Computer Science at UC Berkeley, where he received the Hewlett-Packard Scholarship Award and National Youth Leadership Award.

 

Chrissy
Chrissy Oaks
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Chrissy is your girl next door with a twist! She grew up in a highly competitive atmosphere with a family full of athletes, which developed her love for sports. She can throw on a jersey, drink a beer and hang with the boys. Or throw on an evening gown, 6-inch heels and compete in a pageant.

At the age of 17 she began her career as a dancer. Dance became her runway to acting and hosting. Studying with some of the best in the business, having some amazing mentors and booking some cool jobs makes her hungry for success.

While sports has always been second nature to Chrissy, she recognized that her girlfriends were lost when it came to being able to talk sports (especially with their men!). They simply didn't understand what was going on. This led Chrissy to create Ladies 2 Minute Drill as a way to bridge the gap between sports and women. By using analogies women are able to learn the game, while having fun!