Secrets to Making Your Founding Team Work

4:30 pm — 6:00 pm
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Virtual Event via Zoom

They say that working with a co-founder can be like a marriage, filled with ups and downs. Hear from a group of entrepreneurs to learn how they have dealt with conflict, managed disagreements, built culture, and made their founding team work.

  • Dominique Aubry – Founder & CEO, Aubry
  • Joseph Brennan – Co-Founder, Zoba
  • Laura D’Asaro – Co-Founder & CEO, Chirps Chips
  • Vishal Punwani – CEO, Sophya

Speaker Bios:

Dominique Aubry is the CEO & Founder of Aubry, an influencer-driven shopping app. Her background is in strategic operations, project management, and business development. Most recently she was a MassChallenge 2019 Finalist, mentor-in-residence for TechStars Boston, entrepreneur-in-residence for National Grid, and Harvard ilab mentor. She received her B.A in Political Science from Lehigh University and her M.S in Education Policy, Research and Evaluation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Joseph Brennan is a cofounder of Zoba, an optimization startup in the mobility space. Zoba is used by mobility operators in dozens of cities around the globe to increase operational efficiency.

Before Zoba, Joseph cofounded Tella, a civic tech app that helps people in high risk conditions—like election monitors and journalists—share data securely. He also worked as a researcher for former presidential advisor David Gergen and Yale professor Nicholas Christakis. Joseph is a graduate of Harvard College (BA) and Peking University (MA), where he was a Yenching Scholar.

Vishal (Vish) Punwani is the CEO of Sophya, the Harvard Innovation Labs alumnus that is creating the virtual world used by Fortune 10 companies and startups alike for work, social, community, and events. Sophya was part of the iLab’s inaugural Launch Lab X program in 2018-19.

Vishal is also medical doctor by training and leader in tech startups and AI. He became one of the highest-rated Teaching Fellows at Khan Academy, worked in data/edu at the World Health Organization, and has been an invited speaker at The Radcliffe Institute, MIT, and Harvard Medical School. Vishal is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, a Mentor at the Oxford University Foundry, and Alumni Advisor at MassChallenge Boston.


This session is for team members participating in the i-lab’s Venture Program. Registration is available via the i-lab portal (click below) or through the program calendar. If you are a Harvard affiliate who would like to join this session or if you don’t have access to the i-lab portal, please email

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Secrets to Making Your Founding Team Work
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