The Team

Claude Nunez, Founder

Claude is a hard-core engineer, obsessed with solving the most difficult and intractable engineering problems using simple tools. With a background in the technological development of more efficient combustion engines and a thirst for discovering how to make things more efficient, he comes to Startup Blvd to help corporations effectively connect with hi-tech entrepreneurs and their cool startups anywhere in the world.

Not satisfied with being a pioneer in business-to-business (B2B) match-making, Claude is also a professor at the prestigious Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP), where he teaches innovation in engineering. Claude focused his professional life on developing technology and innovation processes in companies like Peugeot Citroën and for his alma mater the IFP. Claude also has mastered working in international, multicultural environments managing engine development projects for Toyota, Fiat, and the Ford Motor Company.

Claude acquired his technical skills at the IFP, earning a Master of Science in Combustion Engines, and his deep engineering discipline at the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Claude lives in Paris with his wife and two powerful boys.

Enrique Shadah, Founder

Enrique is the visionary behind Startup Blvd. He decided to start the venture after experiencing several exits - as a merger and acquisitions adviser at Mirus Capital Advisors - and a bust in a startup that was backed by Bain Capital Ventures and Maveron. He observed that many startups repeatedly missed great opportunities to connect with larger players that could help them accelerate growth, while others that seemed to be at the right time and place, generated superb outcomes from these connections. His basic insight was that good deals got done when both parties had good information about each other's intent to get a deal done. This insight is what led to the creation of

Currently, Enrique is an Industrial Liaison Officer at the MIT ILP and manages a portfolio of multi-billion dollar companies in Spain and Latin America that are actively seeking to engage with innovators and startups. His role as a non-executive founder primarily is to support the management team in developing product and technology roadmaps as well as conducting customer development.

Enrique's passion for startups was strengthened by his training at Babson College, where he earned a Masters in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude). Not coincidentally, Enrique met Claude, Startup Blvd's CEO, at the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), where he also earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Enrique lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and two beautiful daughters.


Ace Durjoy, Founder and CEO of

Durjoy (Ace) Bhattacharjya is an experienced entrepreneur and interactive advertising executive based in Boston. Before trading the agency world for the startup world, Ace worked for some of the world's greatest brands including Ford, IBM, Mercedes Benz, Starwood, JetBlue and Pfizer. Ace is currently the Founder and CEO of, a Boston-based startup connecting physicians with electronic medical record software vendors.

Previously, Ace was Vice President of Interactive Marketing for the renowned Athletes Performance, a Polaris Ventures portfolio company. He is also the former Director of Advanced Media for the United States Tennis Association / US Open. He is an advisor and early stage investor to a number of technology companies, both in the US and in India. His most recent investment is, an online retail investing platform designed to transform the investing experience for the "Gaming Generation". Ace has a BA from Boston University in International Relations / Economics and is an active Mentor in BU's Kindle program.

John Francis, Founder of Ontios

John is the former President at CodeLab Technology Group, ReadyAbout Interactive and Boston Interactive, and founded Ontios, an online marketing consulting firm. He served three terms (9 years) as a MITX board member and co-chaired the MITX Innovation Awards for 8 years. He brings years of experience in leading companies through growth to acquisition. He also understands the needs of small, early-stage ventures as well as of large enterprises seeking to innovate by tapping into external networks.

John recently completed his 3rd term (9 years) as a member of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX) for whom he has co-chaired the MITX Technology Awards (now Innovation Awards) program for 8 years. He serves as an adviser to several technology and technology services companies and is a frequent judge at web and web technology competitions. He has also been a frequent guest lecturer at the Babson Graduate School of Business and the Boston College Graduate School of Business.

Prior to founding Ontios, Mr. Francis served as President of Boston Interactive, an award winning interactive design and development firm based in Charlestown, MA as well as CodeLab Technology Group where he led the repackaging and repositioning of CodeLab as well as the very successful creation of its Selling Memorandum. Mr. Francis helped to grow and subsequently sell CodeLab to a larger public entity resulting in the very successful acquisition and integration of CodeLab, as well as the realization of significant "above market" returns for CodeLab's shareholders.

John had previously served as VP of Marketing and Business Development at a venture-backed firm developing advanced desktop virtualization tools as well as co-founding and serving as President of ReadyAbout Interactive, a Boston-based award winning full service interactive design and development firm that he lead from 1997 — 2002.

The Ontios team leverages the expertise of a variety of highly skilled industry veterans with a keen understanding of the disciplines of corporate positioning, interactive marketing, usability and an appreciation for the special challenges associated with the differentiation of services and technology offerings.

Palle Pedersen, Founder and former CTO of Star-Street, Black Duck Software

Palle is a serial entrepreneur with a history of creating successful ventures. He founded Black Duck Software, Star-Street and other successful startups. Palle pioneered open source license management and is a strong advocate of lean-software development.

Palle has unique mix of technological and business understanding that enables him to identify technologies that have potential as well as knowledge of the resources needed to bring them to market, including capital needs. He has worked with the transformation of consulting companies to product companies, and has a keen understanding of balancing between products and consulting. He leverages this now to help companies enter and/or grow their business in the USA. He has an extensive network in the IT industry and venture capital, as well as a well-developed sense of timing for new technologies. In addition, Palle has a strong background in health information business, mobile, and social networking, and has worked with Open Source Software for more than 20 years.

Palle has developed a technical expertise in building innovative systems and processes that efficiently hold, manage, process, and deliver large-scale electronic data sets. Previously, he served as CTO at Black Duck Software (Red Herring 100, SD Times 100, Software 500), where he led the creation of the flagship product protex and the patent pending technology used for the management of development with Open Source. He was instrumental in growing the company from an idea to more than 100 employees, $30+MM investment from industry leaders, and fast growing revenue from 500+ blue chip customers in 20+ countries. He has served as CIO of Wallaware (Wireless Top 10 by Wireless Internet Daily), which developed server software for wireless carriers and CTO of Justa Technology, which built scalable software for network based applications. He served as CTO of the leading online health media company Healthology (acquired by iVillage/NBC Universal). He was also founder and Managing Director of Spydre LLC, a venture catalyst, where he served as an executive, established the technology strategy, and led development projects for associated companies.

Prior to Spydre, he was Vice President of Product Development and CTO at Integrated Computing Engines, Inc. (acquired by Media100), where he was responsible for the technology strategy and the creation of Integrated Computing Engines' high-performance parallel processing architecture. Earlier in his career, Palle created new parallel algorithms and designed parallel compilation techniques exploiting multi-level memory hierarchies at Thinking Machines Corporation (acquired by Oracle). While at Thinking Machines, Palle achieved multiple world record benchmarks. He holds a graduate degree in Electronics Engineering from Danish Technical University, where he graduated first in his class.