Experience is the difference.

Industry veterans who understand what it takes to bring innovation to the marketplace.

Newfire Partners leadership includes seasoned operators who have founded companies, met the demands of venture capitalists, built high-functioning software development teams and successfully launched new products.

We realize fresh ideas are worthless if they don't make it to market. Drawing from first-hand experience, we'll show you how to foster a first-class development practice, increase product development velocity, capitalize on opportunities and mitigate risk — and do it all cost-effectively.

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Stephen S. Hau

Chief Executive Officer

Since earning engineering degrees from MIT, Steve has co-founded software companies (PatientKeeper, Shareable Ink) and served in a variety of senior operating, advisory and board roles. Along the way, he has helped launch a number of products and put over $100 million of venture capital to work.

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Steve Jungmann

Senior Advisor

As a successful entrepreneur and product management executive, Steve has launched products at Apple, Bose, Philips Healthcare and many startups in Silicon Valley and Boston by figuring out what the user needs and, most importantly, delivering it.

Qi Li, MD

Senior Advisor

As a clinically-trained business leader, Qi has helped lead innovation at CareFX, Intersystems, Partners HealthCare, and many start-ups worldwide. Qi is an active speaker and frequent guest lecturer, including Harvard School of Public Health and MIT Sloan School of Business.

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Jaya Plmanabhan

Senior Advisor

Jaya is a veteran technology executive and entrepreneur with deep expertise in data science, machine learning and engineering management. The well-recognized MIT-trained data scientist has extensive experience in the healthcare, energy and finance industries.

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Bill Romeo

Senior Advisor

An operational CFO with over 25 years of strategic, financial and operational management experience, Bill has effectively navigated several businesses through the challenges of hypergrowth. He is known for successfully scaling rapidly growing technology companies. Bill is a managing director of Danforth Advisors.

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Stacey Stano

Senior Advisor

Stacey Santo is a marketing and technology executive who has helped create disruptive businesses across a range of industries. As a founding senior manager of Rue La La (retail) and Cure Forward (digital health), Stacey has successfully blended strategic branding with a digital marketing experience.

Jeff Sutherland, PhD

Senior Advisor

Jeff is the co-inventor of Scrum, a development process used in 74% of Agile software companies across 100 countries. In addition, he has been CEO, CTO, or VP of engineering of 11 software companies. Jeff is the CEO of Scrum, Inc., and a bestselling author.

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Michael Weintraub

Senior Advisor

Michael is a prolific company builder with an impressive history as innovator, financier, and operator. He is the managing partner at Optum Ventures. Previously, Michael was CEO and co-founder of Humedica (acquired by UHG). He has served in numerous senior-most operating, advisory and board roles.

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