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MIT Venture Mentoring Service Donors

The MIT Venture Mentoring Service is pleased to recognize the financial support of our mentors and friends for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016).

  • Eugene Achter
  • Jerry Ackerman
  • Ramon Alonso
  • Anonymous
  • Thomas Barocci
  • Gordon Baty
  • Stephen Bayle
  • Afarin Bellisario
  • Jeffrey Bernstein
  • Vivian Bolt
  • Kerry Bowie
  • Adele Bozza
  • Lucille Braun
  • and John Wasserlein
  • Gregg Brown
  • Bernice Broyde
  • Karl Buttner
  • Aliki Collins
  • Marcus Dahllof
  • Richard Dana
  • Alexander Dingee
  • and Susan Gray
  • Kyri Dunussi
  • Ardeshir Falaki
  • Joshua Feast
  • Trish Fleming
  • and David Brown
  • Andrew Fox
  • Louis Goldish
  • Robert Goodof
  • Robert Gottlieb
  • Jonathan Green
  • and Jennifer Stone
  • Allan Green
  • Sherwin and Vivian Greenblatt
  • Daniel Griffin
  • Jerrold Grochow
  • Adi Guzdar
  • Joseph Hadzima
  • James Harrison
  • Paul Hartung
  • Michael Hayes
  • Kathleen Huber
  • Catherine Iacobo
  • Robert Jones
  • Robert Kessler
  • Charles Kiefer
  • Zebadiah Kimmel
  • David King
  • Aaron Kleiner
  • Curt Kohlberg
  • Lawrence Krakauer
  • Kristin Kupres
  • Thomas Lancaster
  • Gene Landy
  • Eric and Yolanda Lau
  • Hikyu Lee
  • Howard Levin
  • David Levitt
  • Nancy Levy
  • Linda Lewi
  • Melinda Lindquist
  • Roman Lubynsky
  • and Karen Golz
  • George Mabry
  • David Manns
  • Salvatore Mascia
  • Walter Massenburg
  • Ali Merchant
  • John Miller
  • Peter Miller
  • Jean Montagu
  • Kirimania Murithi
  • Quinton Ng
  • John O’Donnell
  • Bruce Osterling
  • Geoff Phillips
  • Peter Quigley
  • Thomas Rarich
  • Neil Rasmussen
  • Peter Rosenblum
  • Gilad Rosenzweig
  • Daniel Ross
  • Ernest Sabine
  • Samuel Schaevitz
  • Ronald Scharlack
  • Richard Scott
  • Donald Shobrys
  • and Carol Aronson
  • Andrea Schievella
  • and Robert Karp
  • Mimi and Frank Slaughter
  • Stephen Smith
  • Jerry Socol
  • Joseph Soussou
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  • Robert Stearns
  • Emmanuel Stefanakis
  • Donald Steinbrecher
  • and Rochelle Robbins
  • Howard Sumner
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  • Carol Todreas
  • John Turner
  • and Tee Taggart
  • James Van Alen
  • Pierre and Amy Villeneuve
  • Susan Wagner
  • Melinda Watman
  • Ted Werth
  • Brandon Westley
  • Steven Willis
  • David Wilson
  • Charles Yie
  • Kent Zelle
  • Charles and Margaret Ziering

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Donor Spotlight - Anna and Carl Dietrich

Anna and Carl Dietrich are co-founders, with fellow MIT Aero/Astro and Sloan graduates, of Terrafugia, developer of the Transition roadable aircraft and TF-X flyable car. Currently CTO, Carl earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. from MIT and is a specialist in advanced aerospace technologies. He won the 2006 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. Anna served as COO from its founding in 2006 until 2014. She is a consultant to the company as well as to the aviation industry. She is also a public speaker in STEM, innovation and entrepreneurship, and gender/family policy. She earned her BS and MS from MIT. The Terrafugia venture team joined VMS in 2005. VMS is sincerely grateful for their personal and financial support.


When we started Terrafugia we were in graduate school at MIT: three of us in Aeronautics and Astronautics, two in the Sloan School. Our educations and experience to date were extremely valuable, but not sufficient to prepare us for all of the intricacies of starting and funding a company. The mentorship we got from VMS in the "nuts and bolts" areas of entrepreneurship, as well as the more strategic and inspirational aspects, was critical to our surviving those early years and getting Terrafugia to the point where it was organizationally stable. We still have a lot of work to do in our original mission of revolutionizing personal transportation, but we're a lot farther down that path than we would have been without VMS being with us in the beginning. We are believers in "paying it forward" and hope to inspire the next batch of MIT startups to also do something revolutionary.