2/20/2021 Staff

Two Accomplished Alumni Named Summer Entrepreneurs in Residence at F&M

Entrepreneurship at F&M is thrilled to announce the Summer Entrepreneur In Residence program. The program brings accomplished entrepreneurs and investors to campus (virtually or physically) to mentor and support students participating in the Entrepreneurship Summer Academy.

Our inaugural entrepreneurs in residence for the summer are Lynn Polakoff Baine ’79 and David Zhu ’86. Together, Lynn and David have extensive experience starting, growing, advising, and funding startups across a wide range of industries. 

Lynn, David, welcome back to F&M!

About Lynn Polakoff Baine:

With a more than 25-year career in financial services, Lynn Polakoff Baine joined NPI in early 2015 to direct its investor relations and capital markets fund efforts. 

Baine began her finance career in 1979 at Morgan Stanley & Co. She subsequently earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and went on to become one of the top producing professionals at First Boston and Greenwich Capital over the next 15 years, specializing in mortgage and real estate-backed securities. 

In addition, Baine is a general partner in the Golden Seeds Fund 2, which invests in early stage, gender-diverse enterprises. At Golden Seeds, she is responsible for both investor relations for the Golden Seeds Fund 2 and corporate development for the Golden Seeds portfolio companies. 

Her board responsibilities include HitFix Advisory Board, Fifth.Free Advisory Board, the Alumni Association Board of Franklin & Marshall College, and the Byram Hills Foundation Board. 

Baine graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall and earned her MBA from Stanford University, where she earned the Stanford Associates Alumni Award.

About David Zhu:

After 20 years in the gaming industry (it was the biggest market for Artificial Intelligence in the 1990s and maybe even today), Zhu recently returned to his roots in AI, Robotics, and education.

Zhu is co-founder and CEO of Pocket AI, a company that brings AI (Computational Thinking) education to PreK-12 in a scalable way. By combining robotic and gaming technologies, he and his team have developed an integrated (hardware/software) platform and curriculum that makes it fun and accessible for kids to learn computational thinking and gain intuitive understanding of AI.

Prior to the founding of Pocket AI, he spent 20 years in the gaming industry as a technology and platform provider. Zhu was a co-founder and CEO of The Motion Factory, one of the first game middleware companies focusing on game AI and character animation, acquired by Avid in 2000.

While a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford, Zhu was a co-founder and SVP of Nomadic Technologies, a robotic platform company for AI research and education. He was responsible for architecting and developing a software platform that includes a sophisticated robot simulator and a high-level development environment using LISP. Nomadic was acquired by 3COM.

Zhu earned an M.A. in engineering management and a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford.

  • Lynn Polakoff Baine, Class of 1979 Lynn Polakoff Baine, Class of 1979
  • David Zhu, Class of 1986 David Zhu, Class of 1986
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