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Michele Libraro

Michele Libraro
President & CEO

Mr. Michele Libraro is the President and CEO of Global Startups, LLC. With over thirty years of telecoms experience at Cisco Systems, StrataCom, Digital and Olivetti, Michele has developed and successfully executed numerous product, marketing, sales and operational business plans, and consistently over-achieved sales booking and revenue growth objectives.

 

He is the Founder and on the Board of Proxy Srl, an Italian-based Software House and System Integrator. Michele currently leads all client projects for Global Startups. A key component to his approach that brings immediate value to clients, is helping to identify the business case behind new ventures. Unlike consulting companies that leverage market research reports, Michele personally meets potential customers and partners to ensure clients get the most updated and real information.

 

Michele was a Venture Partner at MyQube, acts as an advisor to Venture Capital companies and is a Limited Partner of Storm Ventures. Michele is on the Advisory Board of Santa Clara University. Michele is regularly featured in Italy's leading business magazines and newspapers.

 

 

   

Anna Duce
Partner & General Manager

 

Anna Duce has 16 years of experience in international environments in high tech industries, both startups and corporations. She was most recently Executive Vice President, Marketing Business, at Olivetti where she was responsible for the definition of market positioning, product portfolio planning and implementation, and strategic partnerships consolidation. Prior to Olivetti, Anna was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Pirelli Telecom Systems and worked at Telecom Italia Labs in Business Development. From 2000 – 2002, Anna was based in San Francisco as President of Telecom Italia Ventures. She was also President of Vocalpoint, a startup in the Internet voice browsing area, and managed the subsequent merger of Vocalpoint and Loquendo. Anna also held positions at Ernst & Young (Cap Gemini), Telecom Italia and CSELT.


Anna has a very broad management background: business development and innovation, consultancy, company management and restructuring, venture capital, strategy and marketing.

 

Junaid Islam


Junaid Islam
Managing Partner, Product & Service Strategy

Junaid is a well known Silicon Valley network industry executive with 20 years of experience. Junaid's expertise is matching new technologies to customers with an emphasis in value creation.  His track record of success includes utilizing Frame Relay for SNA transport, ATM-IP integration and IP for voice transport. Notable accomplishments include the huge success of Priority PVC at AT&T as well as Cisco's VoIP initiative. Most recently, Junaid has been a driving force in defining new mobile IP communications standards and applications.

 

Junaid leads Global Startups' Product & Service Strategy practice. In addition to helping clients understand the value of what they have, Junaid also helps develop go-to-market strategies to ensure the highest Return-On-Investment for their efforts.  As a sought after industry expert, Junaid has also consulted to organizations ranging from the World Bank to the US Department of Defense on network strategy.

 

 

  


Glenn Ignazio
Business Development-Government

Glenn has provided his expertise on defense, special operations and counter terrorism subject matter to corporations and venture capital investment groups for many years. Prior to working with Global Startups, LLC, he led the Global Defense, Government and Intelligence Solutions Marketing team at
Silicon Graphics Incorporated (SGI). He strategically positioned SGI technology for Homeland Security, Intelligence and many other government agencies.

 

As a keynote speaker, Glenn has presented and consulted for dignitaries such as the former U.S. Assistant Secretary Of Defense and it's various divisions as well as The Defense Minister of Italy. He has made media appearances on NBC, KTVU, and the Silicon Valley Business News. Glenn is an experienced Special Operations and Combat Rescue pilot with the Air Force and the California Air National Guard and has active security clearance. He received his Executive MBA from Pepperdine University, a BS in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle University and an A.S. in Electronic Systems from the College of the Air Force.

 

 
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