Judges Panel 3
Founding Partner, Technology Principal
A dynamic technology ninja with more than 25 years of diverse technical and leadership experience – in defense, telecommunications, medical diagnostics, financial services, security, consumer products, e-commerce and beyond. Jack embodies that rare professional who can seamlessly move between different “sides” of the house: from technology to brand, operations to finance, ideation to execution.
Tricia D’Cruz is an experienced senior executive, strategy consultant, venture capitalist and board member. She has been a leader to growing high technology companies for over 30 years, with a track record of achieving accelerated growth. Tricia is co-founder at Catalyze Dallas, a venture development firm that starts and funds new companies to commercialize innovations sourced from the defense industry. Prior to Catalyze, Tricia founded VectorPoint, a strategic growth consulting firm servicing early stage and mid-market technology companies in DFW. Tricia has held divisional P&L responsibility at global public companies including Tekelec and Siemens. She has also excelled at numerous early stage ventures including as EVP of Efficient Networks from early stage through successful IPO and exit.
Vice President Corporate Development
Hyacinth DeAlmeida is head of Ericsson’s M&A activities for its North American region, leading the region’s efforts to identify, evaluate, prioritize and execute external investment opportunities to support the region’s growth ambitions. He has more than 30 years of telecom industry experience in various functions including engineering, marketing, finance, business development, strategy and M&A. Prior to joining Ericsson, Hyacinth held various positions at Nortel Networks (including VP Corporate Development and President of Nortel Ventures LLC), SaskTel and Telecom Canada. Hyacinth has led the execution of more than 65 acquisitions, equity investments, venture capital fund investments, joint ventures, spin-outs, divestitures, and strategic commercial alliances, in transactions valued at over $15B. Hyacinth holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Regina.
Stacie brings more than 15 years of experience in the medical and research technology arena to the table. Prior to Plexon, she has worked for industry giants including Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, as well as successful early stage and start-up companies, primarily in the cardiac, neurosurgical and wellness disciplines. Her geographic experience spans the globe, including having worked for several years in Europe. Ms. Hyatt earned her bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA with a triple focus in marketing, operations and health care from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dustin is a partner at PwC focused on helping clients address risk, governance and compliance through the use of technology and analytics. He has worked with some of the largest and most innovative technology companies in the world while living in New York, London, and Tokyo.