This week's Panelists

October 26, 2017


Assim Gupta


Assim has a background in eCommerce, SaaS, mobile and ERP/CRM space. In last 20 years Assim has played several roles ranging from a software engineer to a product manager to the CEO of start-ups. He specializes in taking an idea from "a gleam in the eye" to the "hands of the consumer". He has worked on product strategy, architecture, development, deployment and global operations.

Assim not only brings a strategic vision along with deep technical expertise, he also adds managerial depth to the team. He has created wide spectrum technical teams from scratch and has led/ directed several complex projects as a people manager and a program manager for companies like Oracle and VMware. He has worked extensively in  distributed software development scenarios and has been recognized for his expertise in lean software development. Some other companies Assim has worked with are Apple, Google and SGI.

Fred Drinkwater

Fred Drinkwater is an angel investor and technical program manager. He was a Principal at Drinkwater Consulting, with experience in consulting and project management for developing products in the mobile communication fields. He has worked with major OEMs such as Nokia, HTC, Samsung, and Motorola, and most recently managed production of generic and custom products for fortune 100 OEM companies. Fred graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.

Charles Stucki


Charles Stucki recently retired from Cisco after over 16 years of leadership roles there. He is an active angel investor, start up advisor, and member of the Keiretsu Forum Silicon Valley, and is actively pursuing startups in AI, Blockchain, and Process automation. His background includes a B.S. Accounting from BYU - summa cum laude; MBA from Harvard Business School - Baker Scholar; Partner in McKinsey's high tech practice; Financial services software startup - exit via IPO; and VP/GM at Cisco for multiple businesses including Telepresence, Pay-TV & Media, and Software defined networking and automation.

Bruce Walicek


Bruce Walicek is a global executive with experience sitting on all sides of the table – Public and Private Company Board Member, CEO, Senior Executive, Investment Banker, Analyst and VC - provides a unique perspective on a wide range of facets of a company. He combines extensive operating experience with deep understanding of Wall Street and markets to provide value to shareholders and stakeholders. Also, he builds high performance collaborative team environments and executes solutions to introduce impactful change management able to pivot a company.  He is highly successful in building and closing Strategic Partnerships with industry leading customers and partners that result in impactful business outcomes.