About Us

Our Organization

Blue Umbrella Ventures is a bootstrapped organization fueled by our passion to make an outsized impact in the world of autism, neurodiversity, and special needs. Our small research team in India has worked closely with student interns and volunteers to build our database and website, and to begin to reach out to the autism tech companies, investors, and researchers.

Our Founder: Dan Feshbach

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A social entrepreneur, Dan has simultaneously launched successful companies in both autism education and finance. Blue Umbrella is built on almost two decades of experience in the autism sector. 

Dan founded Blue Umbrella in order to leverage his experience in building TeachTown over a 15 year period and the Oak Hill School over an 18 year period. He is committed using in list his network and use his learnings in big financial data, machine learning and technology to contribute to solving the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs focused on autism and neurodiversity. Dan brings a unique business perspective, a vast network, and endless passion to make a measurable impact.


Like many autism entrepreneurs Inspired by his now 24-year-old son Reed, Dan co-founded TeachTown in 2004, a digital autism education company that brings apps, training, and cutting-edge technology to 14,000 students in 900 school districts across the United States. In 2000 he also co-founded the Oak Hill School, that has served roughly 40 students diagnosed with autism in Marin County, California every year since 2000. 

As the founder and CEO of Loan Performance, Inc. — sold to First American Financial (now CoreLogic) in April 2005 — Dan built a nationally renowned company utilizing big data. Dan parlayed his big data and executive expertise to co-found MeasureOne, that enables students to leverage their academic data to access loans, jobs and educational opportunity.

Blue Umbrella Founder 
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Advisiors

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Allison Schoeneck 

OxeonVentureStudio 
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EARLY-STAGE HEALTHCARE STARTUP FOCUS

B.S. AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

M.B.A. AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

 
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Richard Fade

Ignition Partners 
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AUTISM TREATMENT NETWORK, CO-FOUNDER

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AUTISM CENTER,

CO-FOUNDER AND BOARD MEMBER

 
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Ariel Stern

Harvard Business School 
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HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

 
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Josh Pierce

Socratic Ventures 
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SOCRATIC VENTURES, FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER

M.B.A. AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

 
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Micheal Fieldhouse

Dandelion Program Executive

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DIRECTOR - EMERGING BUSINESSES & CYBER SECURITY DXC TECHNOLOGY

M.B.A. AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

 
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Andrew Eddy

Untapped Group

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PRINCIPLE AT AE CONSULTING

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

 
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Kevin Roy

Chesapeake Bay Ventures

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HEALTH CARE POLICY LEADER WITH FOCUS ON AUTISM AND ADDICTION FIELDS

FORMER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AT AUTISM SPEAKS

M.B.A. AT FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT DUKE UNIVERSITY

 
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Jennifer Bailey

Google/YouTube

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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

M.B.A. AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

 
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Jordan Lambert

Indigo

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SENIOR DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION

M.B.A. AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

B.S. PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

 
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Carol Rego

Red Ventures

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SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER

M.B.A. AT HARVARD BUSNIESS SCHOOL

 
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Chandrika Rao

Applied Survey Research

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SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST

M.H.S/HEALTH SERVICES LEADERSHIP AT BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

M.S./PSYCHO-SOCIAL REHABILITATION AT BANAGLORE UNIVERSITY

 
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Cathy Farmer

Autism Research

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B.A. COMPUTER SCIENCE/MATH AT UNIVERSITY OF BOSTON/MASSACHUSETTS

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

 
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Matt Cannon

Predictive modeler and data scientist, CoreLogic

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OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE DEVELOPING PREDICTIVE MODELS IN THE HOUSING AND MORTGAGE INDUSTRY

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

 
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Mikaila Smith

Web Designer

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B.A. IN EXERCISE SCIENCE AT WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY


Student Honor Roll

ENLISTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF AUTISM ENTREPRENEURS

Innovation is driven by talent. We are passionate about recruiting students into the autism innovation community.

We give students the opportunity to acquire first-hand experience and find career paths in the autism tech and social entrepreneurship space.

Blue Umbrella is proud to have attracted and engaged talented students and introduced them to the world of autism technology and innovation, the challenges the people with autism often face, and practical approaches that have an impact.

Students from UC Berkeley, Harvard Business School, and the University of San Francisco have made invaluable contributions and for this we are grateful.

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Jihoon An

Business Development

jihoonan@berkeley.edu 

UC BERKELEY

ECONOMICS & LINGUISTICS 2018

Kevin Tavangari

Marketing & Web Development

kevintavangari@berkeley.edu

UC BERKELEY

ECONOMICS 2020

 
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Taeshin Lee

Business Law

Social Impact Focus 

taeshinlee@berkeley.edu 

UC BERKELEY PRE-LAW 2019

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Jacob Sycoff

Global Studies with a focus in the Middle East

Consulting

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UC BERKELEY 2019

 
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Jack Li

Consultant

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UC BERKELEY ECONOMICS 2021

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Katherine Gong

Business Administration and History

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UC BERKELEY 2022

 

Nicole Bral

Business Consulting and Research

nicolebral@berkeley.edu

UC BERKELEY 2022

Annie Pang

Data Science and Statistics

Social Impact Focus

LinkedIn: anniepang@berkeley.edu

UC BERKLEY DATA SCIENCE AND STATISTICS 2022

 

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