principals

Diana Benedikt

   

Diana has helped hundreds of startups build and execute strategic marketing, finance, and infrastructure development plans. She's honed her craft with early stage leaders when they were just getting started. Companies like Aggregate Knowledge, Telltale Games, and CafePress. Her experience and insight into the startup and venture ecosystem has helped startups from SaaS to social and mobile to consumer products.


Prior to leading Venture Insight Advisors, Diana was a partner at Advance Ventures, a firm founded as a co-investment venture fund combined with venture development services. There her focus was on providing advisory services to technology startup ventures in order to grow client businesses and increase shareholder value. 


Diana served as Chief Operating Officer for webPKG, a pioneer in collaborative commerce solutions for global manufacturers and their packaging supply chain partners.  She was also a partner with Artemis Ventures, where she helped structure business and revenue models, developed capital acquisition strategies, and secured funding.


Diana's been a Mentor for UC Berkeley’s Haas School MBA class in Entrepreneurship, a Mock Judge for the California Clean Tech Open, an Astia Technology Committee member, and a judge for both the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition and the USF International MBA Business Plan Competition. 



Lin Chase, Ph.D.


Lin is an experienced entrepreneur with an extensive global track record in the successful development and deployment of advanced software technologies in complex business environments. She works with early stage companies to develop products and implement winning go-to-market strategies. Her focus is on creating profitable and well-integrated product design, targeted product positioning, and achievable sales and marketing approaches.


Lin earned a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Her doctoral work in artificial intelligence created software technology that  is now deployed world wide in automated speech understanding systems.


Lin held an NATO/NSF post-doc at the French national research lab (CNRS) in Paris, founded and led the successful European division of SpeechWorks International (later acquired by Nuance Communications), served as the VP of marketing and partnerships at Rhetorical Systems, and then founded and served as CEO of NeoSpeech.  She has deep experience in starting, funding, and growing early stage companies . 


Lin also spent five years as a partner at Accenture, where she first served as the founding director of the firm’s R&D organization in India, then as a founder of ACBG, the joint venture between Accenture and Cisco focused on the data center and cloud computing .


extended team

CFO services

Need a superb first CFO to get you off to a healthy and well organized start?  We can supply one who's both skilled in your line of business and up to speed on your specific business strategy.  Both part-time and full-time resources are available for any length of time you need.  Sometimes clients use us as a way to try out candidates before making this critical C-level hire.

Financial modeling

We have financial modelers with deep experience in a wide variety of industries and markets.  We can quickly produce models and projections customized to your business.  Perhaps most importantly, we can guide you in building your models around the performance metrics and KPIs that investors are currently looking at most closely in your markets.

Forensic accounting

Involved in a potentially complex situation that needs to be sorted out before a new round of investment or an acquisition can go through?  We supply high quality forensic accounting services to get everything squared away in a timely manner.  We focus on providing strategically aligned services that lead to clear, healthy cap tables and balance sheets.

Graphic design

Excellence in visual presentation is critical to creating the biggest possible impact for your company.  We provide world class graphic design services at modest prices.  Whether you're starting from scratch or asking us to align with existing graphics identities, we can provide the final polish and delivery that makes a strong story unforgettable.