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John Stayton, Chapter Director North Bay

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In 2000, John cofounded the world’s first graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became known as the GreenMBA.  In 2010, John cofounded the Venture Greenhouse and now serves as its Director.  He is also a sustainable enterprise consultant and a doctoral candidate at Grenoble Ecole de Management. Follow on him Twitter.



Founding: April 2012.


Holiday Party, Greenhouse Ventures,  12.12.12

Come join the Venture Greenhouse Community in collaboration with Startup Grind to celebrate the year-end and Holiday Season. We will have an assortment of fun beverages along with tacos and quesadillas! We also have a fun and innovative exercise for everyone that wants to show off their creative energy.  See more event details here.


Stuart Rudick, Mindful Investors,  11.15.12

Stuart Rudick has been a practitioner, leader and investor in the health and wellness community for over 30 years. He was a founding partner of Uplift Equity, a private family office that focused on investments in health and wellness. While at Uplift (2003-2006), Mr. Rudick led the firm’s investments in Nutrition 21 (NXXI) and Organics to Go. He also was an active investor in the firm’s media and entertainment platform comprised of Better Life Media and Video Action Entertainment. Mr. Rudick led the firm’s incubator investments in The Balance Company, Connor Medsystems, Daily OM, Endovention, Mix1, Savacor, Inc., and Unistraw. See more event details here.

Norma La Rosa, President and Founder of Roozt Inc, 10.18.12 is an online cause- commerce, self service platform exclusively for socially responsible vendors to help them make a profit and a difference. Roozt simultaneously attracts a nation of targeted gen-y consumers who want to buy trendsetting products while supporting causes: environmental, humanitarian, community and corporate ethics. As a corporate C-level executive and serial entrepreneur, Norma LaRosa is also a marketing and business strategist with 25 years in leadership, strategic marketing and demand creation for business-to-consumer and business-to-business companies, ranging from Fortune 500 global companies to early stage startups. Norma also created the analyst relations industry and is an expert messaging and presentation consultant for executives and leaders.

Raghu Belur, Co-Founder Enphase Energy Inc, 9.20.12

Raghu Belur (co-Founder of Enphase Energy Inc). Raghu has more than 15 years of experience in the clean energy and high technology industries. Prior to Enphase, he developed high-speed optical communication technology for Cerent, which was later acquired by Cisco Systems for $7 billion. Before Cerent, Raghu was an engineer at the Indian Institute of Science, where he played a key role in the development of an alternative energy gasification system.

Jim Lavelle, CEO of LightBeam Energy Inc , 08.23.12

Jim is the founder of Cotelligent Group, Inc. and current CEO of LightBeam Energy, which is an independent power producer of clean and renewable energy in the United States.  It’s focus markets include distributed generation of solar and wind power and large-scale energy efficiency programs for municipalities and special utility districts in the State of California.


Michael Tchong, Founder of MacWEEK, 04.26.12

Michael Tchong.  He is the founder of five start-ups, including MacWEEK, CyberAtlas and ICONOCAST and has worked at such prestigious ad agencies as DDB and Chiat/Day.  A change management consultant, Michael inspires and motivates audiences by exploring innovative solutions that leverage newly emerging trends.  He is also the author of Social Engagement Marketing, an easy-to-navigate guide to the world of social media, and his latest startup, Social Revolution aims to reinvent America by crowdsourcing innovative solutions.