Director, i.Lab at UVA
David oversees and supports the people, programs and resources of the i.Lab, while working to develop new initiatives, connections and opportunities. On those rare occasions when he has the coordination to both think and type at the same time, his work has been published and presented in academic, professional and policy venues, as well as cited by a variety of media (e.g., Financial Times, BBC, Congressional Quarterly, Billboard, WIRED).
Previously, David held faculty roles at UVA and Washington & Lee University, developing and supporting new entrepreneurship courses and programs (e.g., the Entrepreneurship Minor at UVA, the Startup Class). Prior to university life, David held founding, executive or advisory roles in a series of both bootstrapped and venture-backed startups, leading to experience across the lifecycle of new ventures — from idea to exit, and even failure. He earned a Ph.D. in management from Vanderbilt University, an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University.
Incubator Program Director
Jason directs the i.Lab Incubator program while also leading the mentor community and other i.Lab initiatives. He is a CodeX Fellow for the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and the co-founder of FairDocument, which provides solutions for virtualizing legal teams and tracking client activity.
Jason’s background includes executive roles at a series of software development and interactive design firms, with clients including National Geographic, BellSouth, MTV, Harley Davidson and the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy). Oh yeah, we do science fiction at the i.Lab! Jason earned a B.A. from Austin College and an M.S. in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Assistant Director, i.Lab Programs
Sandra manages all things that need to get done at the i.Lab. She has a passion for higher education, supporting new entrepreneurs, travel, art and anything that sparkles. When she isn’t sending emails asking for stuff ASAP, she can be found in her office consuming chocolate and sipping on fantastic Shark, Too coffee.
Prior to the i.Lab, Sandra amused others with her sense of humor, email links to an eclectic portfolio of funny videos and HBR articles, while developing and managing programs at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Maryland University College, European Division. She earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland University College, Europe, and an M.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio
Executive Director, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Sean provides administrative leadership for the Batten Institute, which advances research and education in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation at Darden as well as new venture creation and support at the iLab. In addition to his responsibilities with the Batten Institute, Sean serves as a member of Darden’s leadership team, reporting to the senior associate dean for faculty and research. He also chairs the University of Virginia Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, which reports to the Office of the Provost of the University.
Sean’s applied research, which has examined entrepreneurial dynamics, social networks, venture capital and financial crises, has resulted in award-winning books, articles, case studies, digital media and numerous teaching materials. His work has been cited by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Newsweek, NPR and CNBC. He is also the co-author of The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm (Wiley, 2007), with Professor Robert F. Bruner, dean emeritus of the Darden School. Previously, he spent nearly 10 years as a broadcast journalist with ABC News’ “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and CNN. He has earned both a Ph.D. in management and an MBA from the University of Virginia; an M.S. from Columbia University; and a B.A. from Northwestern University.
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W. L. Lyons Brown III
Senior Entrepreneur in Residence
You won’t just find Lyons’ name on the door, but you can also find him spending time in the building — meeting with and supporting the team and local entrepreneurs. Lyons is the founder and CEO of Altamar Brands, a distiller and importer of rare, craft spirits brands. Prior to starting Altamar, Lyons spent 15 years in his family business at Brown-Forman, where he served as marketing director for Europe and director of sales for the United States.
Lyons is a trustee of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. He also serves on the advisory council of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Darden School, the President’s Advisory Group, the Selection Committee of the Jefferson Fellows and the Board of HackCville. He holds a B.A. and an MBA from UVA. He is married with three children and lives in Batesville, Virginia.