About the Authors

Dr. Eric Ball is Co-Founder and General Partner at Impact Venture Capital, an early stage venture investment firm in information technology. From 2015-16 he served as Chief Financial Officer of C3 IoT. From 2005 to 2015 he served as Senior VP and Treasurer of Oracle Corporation and was named as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” in 2011 by the editors of CFO and Treasury & Risk Management magazines. His team raised $52 billion in acquisition financing for Oracle and managed investments of over $60 billion. He has worked as a finance executive at Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Avery Dennison, Cisco Systems, and Flextronics.

After studying at the University of Michigan and University of Rochester, Eric earned a PhD in management from Claremont’s Drucker-Ito Graduate School of Management. He served as co-editor of the Journal of Applied Finance from 2012-16. Eric is also a Kauffman Fellow—a selective program to groom leaders of the venture capital industry. He has taught at Rochester, Rutgers, and USC. Dr. Ball serves on the Board of Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU, where he chairs the audit committee), and on the Board of Answers (where he chairs the audit committee), and serves as board advisor for Kyriba. He lives in Menlo Park, CA with his wife, Sheryl Axline, their two sons Spencer and Carter, and a golden retriever named Cookie.

Dr. Joseph LiPuma has more than 25 years of business experience, much of it in information technology consulting in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, prior to his academic career. He currently serves as Senior Lecturer at Boston University in Strategy and Innovation, and Innovation Curriculum Advisor for Innovate@BU. Dr. LiPuma has started businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, and Saudi Arabia and has held executive management and board-level roles at small- and medium-sized companies including Synetics Corporation, Tessera Enterprise Systems, and iXL.

He holds an MBA from SUNY Buffalo and a DBA in Strategy and Policy from Boston University; he has taught at both of these schools, as well as at Drexel University, St. Joseph’s University, Purdue University, University of Connecticut and EMLYON Business School in France, where he directed a number of international graduate management programs. Dr. LiPuma’s research centers on international entrepreneurship, and he has been published in leading academic journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Research, and Small Business Economics. He lives in Brookline, MA with his wife and their two sons.