As Managing Director, Gene leads High Alpha Innovation’s business development and strategy efforts. Gene was most recently Vice President of Innovation - New Ventures at Target and head of its San Francisco Innovation Office. Gene started his career designing robotics and led new product development in the automation industry. He is currently a mentor with TechStars, UC Berkeley SkyDeck, and is an active advisor for several startups through his consultancy, Halo Advisory Network, LLC. He is an LP with Bread and Butter Ventures, is an Advisor with Sway Ventures and is on the Board of Directors at Recycle Across America. He received an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business and holds an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.