Advoqt is dedicated to the idea that a company’s strength comes from its values and its commitment to people, both in the company and in the community.
Advoqt combines the best in emerging and established technologies with a team that is leading the cognitive computing industry with solutions to real-world problems.
Founder & CEO
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In addition, Reinier is Founder of Diversity IT Network, a leadership development program for multicultural IT professionals, and Founder of CyberWarrior Academy, a Cybersecurity bootcamp and workforce development program. Reinier is also Co-Founder and Board President of Latino STEM Alliance, a 503(c)3 certified non-profit that inspires youth to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). LSA teaches kids to build robots across urban neighborhoods in Massachusetts. A passionate advocate for social justice, Reinier is engaged in several other civic activities including the Latino Legacy Fund at The Boston Foundation.
Executive Director: CWA & DITN
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Director of Engineering
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Scott LaPointe has 30 years’ experience working directly with businesses developing and building software. Scott has held many roles including DBA, Software Developer, Business Analyst and managerial roles at the VP and CTO level.
Scott has a unique ability to take the users requirements and turn them into solutions that perfectly meet their needs. He has extensive experience in supply chain management and
VP Sales & Marketing
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Cybersecurity Architect & Instructor
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Barbara Dalton Russell
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Barbara Dalton Russell co-founded Juice Advisors with Cathi Raffaeli in 2016 to advance the ability of the most promising early-stage companies to succeed. Further, we look to invest and accelerate in an inclusive manner, with the objective of making superior returns while also generating measurable social and/or environmental impact. As an investor and board member of technology and tech-enabled companies, principally focused on the AI, ML, and blockchain sectors, Ms. Russell provides strategic advice that maximizes the abilities of these companies to scale via targeted fundraising from both strategic and best-of-breed venture sources.
Prior to Juice, Ms. Russell was the Managing Director of Investment Banking at Detwiler Fenton, a Boston-based i-Banking boutique focused on early/mid-stage companies. Before Detwiler, Ms. Russell was the co-founder of the Social Internet Fund (2011) with Lou Kerner, as well as several funds focused on private shares of social media companies (FB and other companies prior to IPO). In 2002, Ms. Russell was one of the founders of BoldCap, a woman-focused venture fund, and funded exclusively by women, including such female luminaries as Kay Koplovitz (founder of Springboard), Heide Miller, Barbara Cochran, etc.
As Managing Director, Senior Partner, and Group Head of the media and entertainment investment banking group at CIBC Oppenheimer, Ms. Russell raised significant amounts of capital as well as provided advice to technology, media and financial services companies.
Barbara began her career as a securities analyst at Kidder Peabody in New York, where she was an Institutional Investor-ranked media and entertainment securities analyst.
Ms. Russell is a mentor, judge, and/or investor in several accelerators, angel investment groups, and not-for-profits including: TechStars; MIT 100K Challenge; LearnLaunch; Harvard iLab; Boston Harbor Angels; NYS Business Plan Competition; Rice University BusPlan Comp; MIT Alumni Angels of Boston; and NFTE.
Ms. Russell is a lecturer at MIT, as well as at Babson WIN Lab. She received her MBA from the Sloan School at MIT and a BA in Economics from Boston University. She serves on several private and not-for-profit company boards, including: Green Piñata, Enbiome, Schola, and Magpie. She lives in Lexington, MA with her husband and has two children.
Things to know about me: Barbara enjoys working with entrepreneurs who deploy advancements in science and technology to solve complex, fundamental problems while having a positive impact on the world. Specifically, she is looking for early-stage ventures that are building software platforms, online networks and distributed systems that provide more people better access to capital, education, healthcare and opportunity. I have a particular passion for helping women and minorities along their personal journeys . . . and I am now on a mission to use my entrepreneurial experience to play an active role in changing the social, cultural and economic headwinds that these segments of
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Steve is an industry expert on cyber security and using security technologies for competitive advantage, especially at Internet scale.
Steve helped start the Advanced Cyber Security Center in partnership with Mass Insight Global Partnerships and was a judge in the Mass Challenge competition.
Linda N. Stewart
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My background is diverse, serving at times as an executive technology strategist, chief architect, product manager, and disruptive technology champion focused on cyber security. I recently focused on architecting and managing the delivery of solutions based on technologies that may otherwise have difficulty on the open market. I’ve also led an agile applied research team building an advanced mobile and cloud (IaaS) reputation-based secure communications platform prototype under a DARPA-funded program. I have served in executive roles at two DC-area startups, ran consulting operations, negotiated business deals, led a 24/7 system administration and operations team, and managed a multi-million dollar CapEx/OpEx budget.
As a cognitive psychology undergrad, I look at tech differently. Technology is meant to solve problems, not just entertain or show off mad coding skills. My non-traditional background (apps and systems | cloud and mobile | program management | social engineering and phishing | software design and prototyping | data warehousing/big data | business intelligence | usability) gives me an unconventional insight into how business and government use/misuse emerging technology. Let’s work together to use technology smarter, not just throw more of it at the same problems.