MentorConnect Premier with John Gale

He is a corporate development and commercialization executive. He has extensive experience with new ventures ranging from startups to new divisions of Fortune 100 companies and the portfolio management of startups. He was promoted during two successful Turn-Arounds.

Served as an officer in startups such as vice president business development of, acquired by Lexis-Nexis.
He has advised numerous startups in Silicon Valley and the EU. One Silicon Valley example is Photonic Power, acquired by JDS Uniphase.
He has advised Hitech investors including NEC Semiconductor (Japan) strategic venture capital unit.
Been a mentor, coach, or etc. at several incubators in Silicon Valley and Europe. This includes The Enterprise Network of Silicon Valley and TechBA. In one case he served as a one man Board of Directors for 16 startups in an accelerator.

Work and Experiences

Conventional employee roles include:


Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of ITII, a Merger and Acquisition unit of International Thomson, now Thomson Reuters.


District Sales Manager, Chicago for ADP Network Services (custom computer software)


Manager Group Technology Implementation in a Fortune 50

He is a past member of the Board of Directors of:


Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (Director Emeritus)


Silicon Valley Engineering Council (represented the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers)


Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV; cofounded and chaired a seminar program to teach business aspects of consulting). John has been a Member since 1999.


Standards Board of the Association for Information and Image Management (represented them at national (NISO) and International Standards Organization (ISO) meetings.


Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council (CMSC; elected as a Regional Vice President, represented six member ski clubs)

Startup Functional Areas
  • Strategy
  • Business Plans
  • Become investor ready
  • Startup life-cycle issues as they impact each of Startup CEOs, Co-Founders, and Startups
  • Business Development
  • Interim/Part Time Chief of Staff
  • CEO, Co-Founder
  • Interim/Part Time COO
  • Board Observer
  • Investor Relations
Past Board Member
  • Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley Engineering Council.
Business Sectors
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • E-Commerce
  • Software (including Co-Founding Board of Directors)
  • M&A (VP and CTO for a unit focused on software and electronic content)
  • Strategic Venture Capital (5 year contract re semiconductor system-on-a-chip)
Technology Areas
  • Internet
  • Software (including for Robotics)
  • Nanotechnology

Services I have provided to Startups – Separately or Within Incubators/Accelerators

Coaching/Advisory Services
Service as a One-Man Board of Directors
Board Observer
For Fund Raises

I’ll then guide you to become clear of the future you’d love to create and live.

Part-Time, Interim Chief of Staff
Part-Time, Interim COO
Support for developing Strategies and Business Plans


Governance, management, business model, and strategic advice from John was very helpful during the years when I was commercializing a nanotechnology pigments product. … John is excellent at sizing up, organizing, and executing in undefined, chaotic situations

Alberto Correa, President. Quantum Research of the West

John is a focused, energetic expert on emerging companies. His experience makes him a tremendous asset to both investors and entrepreneurs. During 2005-2006, we have shared a mutual client for which John provided portfolio performance management and Board of Directors services to the client’s startup portfolio. We collaborated on the clients annual report.

Michelle Messina and John Gale shared a client

At a time when our business was growing rapidly and the market was frothy, John brought good judgement and his experience to our business development activities. His thoughtful and deliberate approach were much needed.

Ken Cunningham, COO of Magnify

I can recommend him to any startup founder looking for a structured way to run their business. From fundraising strategies to marketing and governance, he has been very helpful in preparing us to become more business-savvy and professional in the way we communicate not only to investors but also with business partners.

Anthony Douglas, Founder & CEO, Hole19

John Gale has been a driving force behind transforming the IEEE Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley into a multi-faceted dynamic organization. He crafted a major new Consulting Practices Program and made it a success. It was an education to watch him motivate volunteers, work the organizational politics and manage program start-up logistics. He is truly a polished professional at validating marketing ideas, understanding what it takes to make things happen and executing on a plan. I also was impressed by his advance preparation for meetings, his consensus building skills, and ability to listen to the concerns of others.

Joel Williams, fellow Board Member of an association with John Gale

John’s advice was vital for us, because we now have a path to follow, instead of a thousand paths to choose from

Manuel Bastos, CEO, Co-Founder of Product Now

Services I have provided to/participated in for Incubator/Accelerator Management


Selection of candidates into incubator/accelerator programs.


Co-wrote the annual draft Accelerator report, with the Manager of the Consulting Support Teams, for the Accelerator Director to edit and present to Stakeholders.


Participated in Startup Review Teams.


Drafting annual reports for the incubator manager to deliver to the Board of Directors or Investors.


Measuring relative progress of portfolio of startups.


Direction For Startup Support Consultants.

As entrepreneurial thought leader, I have a proven track record in strategically identifying and penetrating new markets and developing and enhancing client partner/acquisition relationships.


John’s advice has been invaluable in helping us structure our startup and sharpen our business focus

Alexandre Solleiro, Founder, Manybots

You are a sophisticated executive

John Alioto, attorney, co-founded a startup with John Gale

John is a great team player. He has created and led numerous project specific teams for clients and been brought into several in-house teams as a key contributor. John quickly grasps the key issues and political realities and contributes effectively as a senior executive

Rod Hoagland

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