BlueUmbrella is fueled by our passion to make an outsized impact in the world of autism, neurodiversity, and special needs.

Founder: Dan Feshbach

Experienced operator, Founder of successful Autism startup & school.

Dan Feshbach is a successful entrepreneur, master convener, and father of a 27-year-old son with autism. He advises and mentors autism companies, assisting them with high-level strategy, funding, and pilot sites.  This work is the genesis of BlueUmbrella, which promises to radically expand this assistance to hundreds of companies.


Concurrent with founding BlueUmbrella, Dan has played a key role on the organizing team in launching the Autism Impact Fund, which, with a goal of $100M, is on track to be the largest social impact fund in this arena.

Dan’s entrepreneurship extends to both the autism and data analytics sectors. He co-founded two autism organizations:

  • TeachTown: a digital and traditional curriculum company that serves 20,000 students a week in 1000+ school districts  

  • Oak Hill School: a nonprofit specialized school for students with autism ages 6-22 in Marin County, CA


An expert in quantitative research, he has launched three companies that use data analytics for competitive advantage:  

  • MeasureOne: Academic Data for Employability, Lending, Education 

  • LoanPerformance: Investor Mortgage Data, Predicted Financial Crisis of 2008, Acquired by CoreLogic

  • Meritize: Merit Based Student Loan Lender

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Kate Sutherland

Co-Founder, General Manager

  • Regis College: led graduate programs, including major expansion into online learning

  • Public Consulting Group: managed Massachusetts Medicaid autism waiver contract

  • deNovis:  managed software development group in healthcare technology

  • Boston SPED PAC: ran parent advocacy group for 11,000 families

  • Research advocate: recruited winner of Nobel Prize in Medicine to study her children

  • 15- and 17-year-old sons with autism 

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Gabriel Forsythe y

Founding Advisor

Revenue enabling startups to realize scalable, repeatable revenue

CLASS: Board of Directors for local service provider

Life Labs, UCP: Led program supporting entrepreneurs focused on disability, including through inclusive hackathons

Simple Emotion: Founded company building tools for people with autism based on emotion-recognition technology for voice

Brother with Down Syndrome

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Cathy Schwallie Farmer 

Advises start ups on strategy,
go to market, integrations, autism advocacy & research.

Autism Angel Investor (Berkeley Angel Network)

Lead Advisor at Cal’s SkyDeck& LAUNCH

Autism Company Founder

Board Member Organization of Autism Research 

Board Member Northern California Autism Center

Two Brothers with Autism

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Loren Busby

Venture Capital & Private Equity Investor & CFO  

Advises startups on financing, financial modeling, business development, in-/out-licensing, and operational issues 

20+ years in VC and Private Equity 

Works with incubators and accelerators and advises tech and life sciences companies 

Co-founder of Life Science Vendor Expo 

Son with Autism

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Jean Hammond

Learn Launch
Angel investor, fund manager, & expert in accelerating tech startups. Founder and GP of LearnLaunch edtech accelerator. Active angel investor and serial high tech entrepreneur, roles include CEO, Founder, and Board Member. Winner of the Hans SeveriensAward – highest US honor for Angel investors. Founder of Boston branch of Golden Seeds, which promotes women-managed businesses. Member of MIT Board of Trustees and served as Entrepreneur in Residence

Justin Kulla

Consequential Capital

Venture Capital, Growth Equity & Impact Advisor, Founding member at Weld North, a $500m edtech growth equity fund backed by KKR. Founded BusinessBlocks, an edtech acquired in 2017

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Richard Fade

Ignition Partners

Autism Treatment Network, CoFounder, University of 

Washington Autism Center Co-Founder & Board Member

Son with Autism

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Michael Fieldhouse

Dandelion Program Executive

Director - Emerging business & cyber security DXC Technology, Executive for the  DXC’s Dandelion Program a major autism employment provider and investor in autism employment start-ups. M.B.A. at Harvard Business School

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Kevin Roy

Chesapeake Bay Ventures

Former EVP Advocacy Autism Speaks; led autism insurance initiatives, $3B in research, ABLE Act Chief Policy Officer for Shatterproof, addressing the opioid addiction crisis. M.B.A. at Fuqua School of Business at Duke

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Sean O'Sullivan

Accelerator Partner

Founder & GP of SOSV - run multiple world-class vertical accelerator programs, and provides seed, venture and growth stage follow-on investments

Son with Autism

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Ariel D. Stern

Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School Associate Professor, Research focus on healthcare innovation regarding medical devices and pharmaceuticals

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