Our Board Members

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Ed Forst

Ed brings over 35 years of senior leadership experience in real estate and finance. He has served as the President and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield, the global real estate services firm with activities in 60 countries. Ed spent the majority of his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was elected a General Partner in 1998 and served on the firm’s Global Management Committee as Co-CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (over $900bn aum) and also as the firm’s Global EVP and Chief Administrative Officer. Ed was also selected to be Harvard University’s first EVP and Principal Operating Officer with responsibility for the non-academic affairs of the university. He is currently an Executive Partner of Solamere Capital and an Advisor to boldstart (a first check VC firm). Ed earned his MBA at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and his AB in Economics at Harvard University.


Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three children and lives in New York City. Fred is Chairman of the NYC Department of Education’s CS4All Capital Campaign and is co-Chairman of Tech:NYC.


Greg Bettinelli

Greg is a partner at Upfront Ventures, where his investments include DroneBase, GOAT, thredUP, inVia Robotics, and Ring (acquired by Amazon). Before joining Upfront, Greg was the CMO for LA-based HauteLook, a leading online flash-sale retailer (acquired by Nordstrom). Previously, Greg was EVP of Business Development and Strategy at Live Nation, responsible for strategic direction and key business partnerships for Live Nation’s ticketing and digital businesses. Before Live Nation, Greg held a number of leadership positions at eBay, including Sr. Director of Business Development at StubHub; he also led eBay’s acquisition of StubHub in 2007. Greg received a BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego and an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.



Ron Frankel

Ron is an experienced Operating Executive, Advisor, and Member, Board Of Directors with a demonstrated history of success in technology. In addition to being a member on the DroneBase Board of Directors, he is currently on the Board of Refresh Body and was formerly on the Boards of TE2 and OpenHouse Realty. Ron studied International Relations and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California.