Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion

Moderator: David Verrill, SM '88, Executive Director, The MIT Center for Digital Business

David Verrill is the executive director of The MIT Center for Digital Business at MIT Sloan School of Management. Verrill’s professional career began as a research scientist at the Center for Blood Research in Boston focusing on the MHC of genetically engineered mice. After receiving his master’s degree from MIT Sloan in 1987, he spent a decade at MIT helping industry connect with the Institute. In 1996, he joined Xerox as manager of International Sales and Business Development for the adaptive products division before it was sold. In 1998, Verrill joined third party marketing firm Winchester International Group as managing director. In 2000, Winchester helped found the Hub Angels, an early stage investment group in Boston. Verrill sits on the board of several early stage companies in the Boston area, and is chairman of the Angel Capital Association. He was educated at Bowdoin College and the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Douglas Leone, SM ’88, Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital

Doug Leone is managing partner at Sequoia Capital, one of the most successful venture capital firms in the world. Doug’s current portfolio includes Birst, CafePress, Despegar, Hayneedle, Medallia, MedExpress, RingCentral, ServiceNow, and Zirmed. Other investments include Abrizio, Alantec, Arbor/Hyperion, Aruba Networks, Assured Access, Crescendo, Guardent, INS, Meraki, Netezza, Rackspace, Rhapsody, and Sentient. Prior to joining Sequoia in 1988, Leone held sales and sales management positions at SunMicrosystems, HP and Prime Computer. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell, an MS in industrial engineering fromColumbia University, and an SM in management from MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Sramana Mitra, SM ’95, Founder, One Million by One Million (1M/1M)

Sramana Mitra is the founder of One Million by One Million (1M/1M), a global virtual incubator that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog “Sramana Mitra on Strategy”, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. As an entrepreneur CEO, she ran three companies: DAIS, Intarka, and Uuma. Mitra has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.



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