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Semyon Dukach

Semyon Dukach

Managing Director of TechStars, Boston and Serial Entrepreneur

Semyon is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, board member, philanthropist and angel investor with a passion for building great companies. He co-founded Fast Engines, Vert, Global Cycle Solutions, PDFfiller, and East of Air. In addition to leading SMTP since 2002, Semyon enjoys flying helicopters, windsurfing, biking and spending time with his family. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Columbia University and his Masters degree from MIT, where he was known in the early nineties for creating the SNPP Internet payment protocol, as well as for managing one of the notorious MIT Blackjack Teams.

Sultan Khayat

Sultan Khayat

Strategic Advisor

Sultan is an accomplished business development and strategic alliance advisor with a vast international network of key corporate executives. He has extensive experience providing strategic guidance to executive officers across technology, governance and retail organizations. Sultan's international experience in analyzing and managing risk through analysis of financial, statistical and economic data is crucial to the operational, business development and strategic efforts of the organizations he advises. Sultan holds Masters degree of science double major in Financial economics and economic development Boston University.

Michael Burtov

Michael Burtov

Founder and original Chief Executive Officer
Cangrade

Mike founded and spearheaded Cangrade for our first 2.5 years. He raised our initial venture funding, developed key strategic relationships and brought in our first six-figure revenues. Mike is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, with over 15 years experience in starting-up companies and implementing dozens of high-profile projects with organizations including UBS Investment Bank, the William J. Clinton Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme. Mike and his work have been featured in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, Fox Business and many other publications. He served over 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer and is a published organizational development author with international distribution.

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