Company Profiles

MATTHEW GROWNEY,
Founder, President & CEO


Matthew has become a well-known and successful innovator for his understanding of new technologies and his ability to build compelling business models for the consumer marketplace. In January 2008, Matthew founded Isabella Products, one of the industry’s first mobile Internet device and services companies focused on creating a full-circle experience for consumers. The same year he launched Rudyard Partners, a family office investing in early-stage consumer technology companies (hardware, software, cloud) for both mass market and specialized verticals. Matthew was Co-founder & Managing Director of Motorola Ventures (MV), the corporate venture capital arm of Motorola, Inc., building offices around the world and managing a $350M portfolio of 70+ companies. He developed MV’s investment thesis around monetizing both strategic and financial returns. He focused on emerging networks (3G, 4G, Wireline, Cable), new media, mobile devices, Web 2.0, enterprise software, and material science. He is credited with investing in successful and innovative companies like E Ink and Sportvision. He has served on multiple Board of Directors including Shanghai NewMargin Ventures, equity firm Sigma Capital Partners, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship in New England, and others. In 2005, Matthew was named in Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for his commendable achievements and contributions. He has been a featured speaker around the world and contributed to several books regarding innovation and venture capital. Matthew graduated from the Broad School of Business at Michigan State University (BA), and the New England Law School in Boston (JD). Matthew is fluent in French and some Japanese, and is learning Mandarin.

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DAN WILLIAMS,
Chief Product Officer

Dan Williams is a well-renowned and respected leader and pioneer in the field of industrial design and emerging technologies for over 30 years. He has vast experience in incorporating technology planning, brand management and experience-driven design methods into the creative development process. Williams is largely known for his work at Motorola, designing mobile communication devices like the note-worthy StarTAC. He acquired over 50 patents for his innovations, and his team received copious recognition and awards in his tenure. At the company’s Cambridge office, Williams worked with institutions like the MIT Media Lab to conjoin next-generation technologies with product solutions for communication. Williams also spent time at Reebok as the VP of Design, and oversaw product development for two start-up companies involving solar power and cutting-edge technologies. He has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, like New England Business and Technology Association’s Innovator of the Year, has been interviewed by multiple publications like the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and is a continual guest lecturer at Harvard and MIT. Williams achieved degrees in Engineering and Industrial Design from Wentworth and Syracuse University respectively, and completed courses at Northwestern and MIT’s Sloan School.
NANCY HAMILTON,
Director of Publishers and Partnerships

Nancy Hamilton is an entrepreneur with a background in education. She has worked in multiple start-ups and successfully launched two of her own businesses. Hamilton received her Bachelor Degree from Wheaton College, and holds Masters Degrees in Education from Simmons College and in Business from Northeastern University. She has worked in K-8 classrooms throughout Massachusetts and as a middle school science teacher and educational consultant for the Government of Bermuda. While in Bermuda, she wrote Augusta’s Dragon. After experiencing the barriers to entry into the publishing world, she founded Hamilton Hansen Publishing that has since sold over 8,000 copies of her book. Following her move back to the United States, Hamilton ran game day operations and managed public relations and marketing campaigns as Director of Marketing for the Boston Blazers, a start-up men’s professional lacrosse franchise. She left the Blazers to pursue an MBA and launch an all-natural food company. The company sold five signature sauces in specialty grocery stores throughout New England. Isabella Products perfectly combines the ever-exciting environment of a start-up with Hamilton’s dedication to educational reform.

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ALYSSA AMES,
Project Manager

Alyssa brings a unique background to her Project Management position at Isabella Products. Her marketing and branding foundation stems from years of experience at Ames Planning Associates, a nationally recognized financial planning company that manages over $150 million in assets. She attained a BSBA in Marketing and Advertising with minors in Communications and Spanish from the University of Denver. She also spent time in both Santander and Malaga, Spain where she studied the Spanish language and culture. Alyssa has managed field marketing teams at several marketing and branding companies where she gained experience in driving sales and awareness of consumer retail products locally and nationally. She has since worked in marketing, PR and management positions assisting in the inception and completion of multiple projects that vary from effective product launches, to implementing new marketing strategies to defining and strengthening brands.
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