About the team
JC Ruffalo | Director of LaunchPad SBDC and Investor Relations, LaunchPad SBDC
JC joined the Octane team in 2014 has been a key member of the Octane management team, helping Octane to create one of the nation’s most dynamic ecosystems to drive technology industry growth in Southern California. JC helps both Tech and MedTech companies through the Launchpad accelerator program by connecting people and their ideas with resources, capital and expertise. To date, the companies that have been served by the LaunchPad SBDC have secured more than $2.3 Billion in investment capital infusion and created over 10,000 new high paying technology jobs. JC Ruffalo has been recognized as an active, young entrepreneur filled with high energy, passion, and new ideas. JC kicked off his entrepreneurial career at the age of nine founding an action sports clothing company. Following the clothing line, he later cofounded an email marketing company as well as a global truck supply company. JC graduated from Chapman University Argyros School of Business in 2011 with a business administration degree in Entrepreneurship and Finance and a Minor in Economics.
Paul Symczak | Senior Advisor, LaunchPad SBDC
Paul Symczak is a seasoned senior management executive with diverse experience in the telecom, wireless, online, high tech and broadcast media industries. He was the co-founder and operator of Prism Strategic Consulting LLC and has been actively involved with the CONNECT Springboard entrepreneurial mentoring program in San Diego, CA. Previously, Paul held senior business development, strategic alliances and operational positions with Verizon, GTE and Qualcomm, working in subsidiaries focused on leading edge and innovative products and services. He has also worked with non-profit organizations, including serving as Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Board Secretary for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington DC. Paul has a J.D. degree from the George Washington University Law School and a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Kenneth Stanigar | LaunchPad SBDC Data Analytics
Ken assists in the screening and preparation of candidates for Octane's LaunchPad process, manages its data analytics, and generates the reports that are provided to entrepreneurs who complete the process. These reports show how they performed on multiple criteria versus all the other companies that have been through LaunchPad, thus enabling them to make their investor presentations as compelling as possible. Prior to Octane Ken had a career in corporate strategy and finance, primarily with Verizon Communications and its predecessor, GTE Corporation. Ken earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University.
Elsa Kondri | LaunchPad SBDC Analyst
Elsa joined the Octane team in July 2016 and is the LaunchPad SBDC Analyst. Elsa is a recent graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where she studied Psychology and Social Behavior and English.
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