Partners

JOSHUA SOSKE (CEO Founder)

Joshua Soske is an entrepreneur with extensive senior management
and executive experience in high technology product development,
strategic planning, program management, engineering management,
manufacturing and business development. He has been involved in
the founding and development of small companies for over 25 years.
Mr. Soske, President and founder of International Design and Research,
works with early stage teams to bring customers, technology, financing
and production together into successful ventures. As a founder of VINA Technologies,
Mr. Soske served as the company’s CEO and as a member of VINA’s board of directors
from inception through their IPO and subsequent sale. Mr. Soske has worked with numerous
companies including Rolm, Stratacom, Amiga Computers, Hybrid Networks, British Telecommunications,
SoloPoint, Catalina Marketing, ICTV, Hewlett Packard, Italtel Telematica, Software Secure and Packeteer
as an advisor, employee, executive and/or consultant. 

MICHAEL P. MCNALLY (Vice President of Business Development)

Business Management/Development and Sales veteran with over 25 years experience in wide range of
companies, including: 

• Currently, Board Member/Investor, in OceanGrown, Inc. an organic agricultural fertilizer company
• AERC Recycling – SVP, Business Development, for a leading eWaste recycling company
• Consultant to Global Sports.net, nationwide coverage of full game video, Totus Partners, an LED
lighting company and Santa Barbara Medical Innovations(SBMI)
• Managing Partner for Vantage Technology (10 years)– successfully launched four subsidiary
technology companies in Education, Search, IP Telephony and Student Assessment
• CEO of Online Design, a leading web design company which was successfully sold
• Cadence Design Systems – Led a worldwide sales operation (60 people) ….sales went from $15M
to $75M in three years
• CEO of Alani Systems, an AI company
• VP of Sales/ Board Member of Microsource CAD/CAM, grew from start up to $15M/year …sold company
• ComputerVision – Number One salesman in this $500M company for three consecutive years
• Flew 14 years as Corporate & Commercial Airline Pilot (youngest pilot hired by Continental Airlines)
• BA degree from Villanova University 

ROWLAND HANSON (Chairman Founder)

Rowland is CEO of The HMC Company (http://www.thehmccompany.com/) and Chairman of CRH &
Associates (http://www.crh-associates.com/). Prior to consulting, he was Vice President of Corporate
Communications at Microsoft, where he created and executed the company’s highly acclaimed
branding strategy which included the market introduction of Microsoft’s most popular product—a
graphical interface that he named “Windows.” Several books published on the history of Microsoft
document the strategies executed that led to the dominance of the Microsoft and Windows brands.
Prior to Microsoft, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for Neutrogena Corporation, a
skin care and cosmetics company that registered phenomenal growth thru new product introductions
and global partnering before being acquired by Johnson & Johnson. J&J acquired Neutrogena for a
significant premium after determining that, while it could certainly replicate the products, it could not
replicate the strength of the Neutrogena brand. It was the successful branding strategies being
executed at Neutrogena that captured the attention of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Together, Bill and
Steve convinced Rowland that he should leave Neutrogena and help them in their quest to change the
world by applying the proven branding strategies to a new emerging industry called software. As the
saying goes, the rest is history.

Rowland has a BBA from Loyola University and an MBA from Wharton School of Business (University
of Pennsylvania).

JULIAN GRESSER (Founder)

Julian Gresser is an international attorney, negotiator, inventor, and recognized expert on Japan. As a
negotiator his most dramatic success involved helping a San Francisco-based trading company
transform its $8 million after-tax branch into a $1 billion Japanese company in seven years. From
1976-1983 he was twice Visiting Mitsubishi Professor at the Harvard Law School and also taught
courses as a Visiting Professor at MIT on the legal issues of strategic industries. He has been a
Visiting Professor at Beijing University, where he taught seminars on Japanese and U.S. environmental
law, and also helped the Chinese environmental authorities draft China’s Marine Pollution Control Law.
He has served as legal advisor to numerous U.S., Japanese, and European companies on a wide array
of business issues, including joint ventures, limited (venture capital) partnerships, technology licensing,
export controls and customs fraud, antitrust, and intellectual property protection, particularly patent
infringement disputes. He has been a senior consultant to the U.S. State Department, The World Bank,
The Prime Minister’s Office of Japan, The People’s Republic of China, and the European Commission
(where he trained the Commission’s Japanese negotiating teams).  Julian Gresser is the author of three
books, Environmental Law in Japan (MIT Press, 1981), Partners in Prosperity: Strategic Industries for
the U.S. and Japan (McGraw Hill, 1984), and Piloting Through Chaos: Wise Leadership/Effective
Negotiation for the 21st Century ( Five Rings Press, 1996), (in Japanese, Ishi Kettei Isutsu no
Hosoku–Koshodo no Gokui, Tokuma Shoten Publishing Company, Tokyo, 1997), in addition to
numerous articles in English and Japanese on technology, economics and law. His most recent
publication is : “Expanding Your IP Pie in China—Smart Strategies for Agile Foreign Companies”
(Bloomberg forthcoming). 

INTERNATIONAL KNOWLEDGE TRUST AND GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVITIES

Julian Gresser has been active for many years in assisting companies in accelerating the
commercial implementation of breakthrough discoveries, inventions, and innovations in clean
technology and green energy. For this purpose he has established an International Knowledge
Trust (IKT) of leading scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, financiers, attorneys, and senior
government officials. Representative projects include several alliances in China relating to LEDs,
clean coal, and biofuels, a Texas company seeking to commercialize a breakthrough technology
in grid  stabilization, several consortia relating to second generation biofuels and renewable
diesel; a Collaborative Innovation Network established to accelerate breakthroughs in
distributed energy storage; assistance to various start up companies, including wave energy
conversion, and desalination; and preparation of draft legislation to include a green and efficient
port section in the U.S. climate change legislation; development of a global league of green
ports. Julian Gresser is also a recognized expert in the emerging field of collaborative
innovation, and has developed a turnkey legal and business framework to support accelerated
innovation through collaboration.