Founders

Braid Theory was founded by deep domain experts in the blue economy space to address the gap between bluetech entrepreneurs and effective commercialization strategies.

Ann Carpenter

Ann Carpenter

CEO, Co-Founder

Ann Carpenter is dedicated to building and fostering the global Blue Economy. She serves as an advisor to deep-tech entrepreneurs, bringing more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, business development, and community outreach as an entrepreneur and in private industry and nonprofit organizations. As Co-Founder and CEO of Braid Theory, Ann is leading the organization’s growth and building strategic and diverse partnerships.

Ann serves on the Boards of Ocean Exchange and Smart Freight Centre to further initiatives addressing global challenges and a more sustainable future. She holds additional advisory positions at Blue Action Lab, Seaworthy Collective, and CSULB for Operations and Supply Chain Management. Ann is also the appointed Chief Innovation Officer of the City of Los Angeles, Council District 15, and Commissioner of the County of Los Angeles Small Business Commission.

In her copious free time, Ann sails, kayaks, and scuba dives. Good thing her garden pretty much grows itself.

Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper

CTO, Co-Founder

Jim Cooper has 25+ years of experience in commercialization and focuses on novel early-stage technology startups in the blue economy and adjacencies. He specializes in market validation, competitive analysis, business modeling, and go-to-market strategy, through the lens of evidence-based entrepreneurship. Educated in both Australia and the US, in economics and molecular biology, Jim has experience in entrepreneurship as well as in both the public and private sectors.

Jim serves as an ambassador and mentor at the CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship and is an industry mentor and advisor at NSF i-Corps. He serves on both the Student Success Network and the CSU system-wide CSUPERB biotech program. For over a decade he has worked as a Principal Advisor at Larta Institute in their DoE, NIH, NOAA, and USDA SBIR CAP programs.

When not advising startups or venture studios, Jim can be found playing soccer, rugby, and Australian football, eating ice cream, and playing the drums in a couple of punk rock bands.

Staff

Braid Theory has expanded to include dynamic team members with experience working closely with deep tech entrepreneurs across industries, regionally and internationally.

The team is also proficient in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Russian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, and Marwari.

Caroline Steiblin

Caroline Steiblin

Programs Manager

Bringing her cross-industry program management expertise and analytical skillset, Caroline is working towards leveraging her experience in food- and agritech for Braid Theory’s work with entrepreneurs in the blue economy. Away from her desk, Caroline can be found experimenting with future foods and exploring the Southern California coastline.

  • Caroline Steiblin

    Programs Manager

    Bringing her cross-industry program management expertise and analytical skillset, Caroline is working towards leveraging her experience in food- and agritech for Braid Theory’s work with entrepreneurs in the blue economy. Away from her desk, Caroline can be found experimenting with future foods and exploring the Southern California coastline.

Swapna Kulkarni

Swapna Kulkarni

Product & Project Strategist

Helping entrepreneurs discover impactful pathways to success and engage in business model innovation, Swapna guides entrepreneurs through deep human and market insights that result in scalable and sustainable growth. Swapna has lived, worked, and thrived in three different continents.

  • Swapna Kulkarni

    Product & Project Strategist

    Helping entrepreneurs discover impactful pathways to success and engage in business model innovation, Swapna guides entrepreneurs through deep human and market insights that result in scalable and sustainable growth. Swapna has lived, worked, and thrived in three different continents.

Esther Kim

Esther Kim

Community and Program Builder

A trained biologist and event planning expert, Esther is applying her interdisciplinary skillset towards enabling entrepreneurs and leading accelerator programs for Braid Theory in San Pedro and Oakland. Esther also enjoys biohacking and mixology, sometimes combining both.

  • Esther Kim

    Community and Program Builder

    A trained biologist and event planning expert, Esther is applying her interdisciplinary skillset towards enabling entrepreneurs and leading accelerator programs for Braid Theory in San Pedro and Oakland. Esther also enjoys biohacking and mixology, sometimes combining both.

Jessica Acosta

Jessica Acosta

Product & Project Strategist

With her deep educational and professional experience leading multiple startups, Jessica continues to build technology communities and mentor entrepreneurs. Jessica also helps scale teams faster and more efficiently as the Director of Startup Grind OC/Irvine.

  • Jessica Acosta

    Product & Project Strategist

    With her deep educational and professional experience leading multiple startups, Jessica continues to build technology communities and mentor entrepreneurs. Jessica also helps scale teams faster and more efficiently as the Director of Startup Grind OC/Irvine.

Anastassia Savini
Anastassia Savini

Anastassia Savini

Contracts Administrator

Anastassia, an international business and banking regulation expert, is applying her detail-oriented legal knowledge to oversee all entrepreneur, partner, supplier, and employee contracts. She is also working towards the now-famous “baby bar” exam.

  • Anastassia Savini

    Anastassia Savini

    Contracts Administrator

    Anastassia, an international business and banking regulation expert, is applying her detail-oriented legal knowledge to oversee all entrepreneur, partner, supplier, and employee contracts. She is also working towards the now-famous “baby bar” exam.

Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney

IP Strategist

A Principal and Founder at a local international law consultancy, Ryan employs his legal expertise to advise entrepreneurs on international compliance and intellectual property.

  • Ryan Blaney

    IP Strategist

    A Principal and Founder at a local international law consultancy, Ryan employs his legal expertise to advise entrepreneurs on international compliance and intellectual property.

Advisors & Mentors

Braid Theory is strengthened through skilled professionals covering innovations in the green and blue economies, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, and sales.

Allen Haroutonian

Allen Haroutonian

Blue Economy Venture Architect & Builder
Craig Conlee
Craig Conlee
Advisor, Sales Strategy
John Dmohowski

John Dmohowski

Clean Tech Startup Guru
Adil Ashiq

Adil Ashiq

Maritime Innovation Expert
Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams

Business Developer, Trainer, Recruiter
Evan Tsang

Evan Tsang

Developer, Lean Manufacturing, Project Management
Leanna Levine

Leanna Levine

Entrepreneur, Inventor, Manufacturing Process Expert
TJ Kinion

TJ Kinion

Advisor, Hiring Strategy, Human Capital
Brian Dolan
Brian Dolan
Mathematical Entrepreneur
Grant Law

Grant Law

Marine Ecologist, Boatwright, Dive Professional
Scott Rohrbaugh

Scott Rohrbaugh

Applied Physicist, Corporate Innovation
Braid Theory

Braid Theory, Inc.
461 W 6th St, Suite 201
San Pedro, CA 90731, USA

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