Dognition | Board of Directors

The Dognition Board of Directors is composed of seasoned business executives with wide-ranging backgrounds including Internet development, the life sciences, advertising, and real estate. Their shared passion is entrepreneurship -- nurturing and growing small companies into large-scale successes.



Marshall Brain is a nationally known entrepreneur, author, consultant, TV host, speaker and founder of, which was sold to Discovery Communication for $250 million. Brain has also hosted “Factory Floor with Marshall Brain” on National Geographic Channel, and is part of Triangle Angel Partners, an investor group working with early-lifecycle companies in the high tech and life sciences industries.


Kip A. Frey is the President and CEO of Dognition. He has a long history of running and investing in start-up companies, including Ventana Communications Group (sold to Thomson International), Accipiter (sold to CMGI) and OpenSite (sold to Siebel Sysytems). All told, companies Kip has run have generated over $1 billion in investor returns. He was a partner at Intersouth Partners, a leading Southeast venture capital firm, and has served on the boards of SciQuest (SQI) and Inspire Pharmaceuticals (INSP), among other companies. Kip is a professor of Law and Public Policy at Duke University, where he directs the Program in Law & Entrepreneurship. He sits on non-profit boards including the Emily Krzyzewski Center and Durham Academy. Kip is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California and Duke Law School, where he served on the Duke Law Journal.



John is President of the Circumference Group. Previously he served as Managing Director, Asia for Fidelity Information Services (FIS), a Fortune 500 provider of IT solutions to the Financial Industry with revenues of over $5 billion USD. During John’s 30+ year career in the IT business he has analyzed, negotiated and implemented the purchase and sale of companies, developed and brought to market technology products, been responsible for the technology strategy for software and telecommunications companies and managed a portfolio of venture investments that his company used as “headlights” into emerging technology markets. Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts and Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.


William B. Hare, Jr. has been actively engaged in real estate practice for 46 years. He is the president of Burke Holding, Inc., a firm that he founded in 1972. The firm provides counseling and other real estate advisory services to companies, investors and property owners throughout the United States. Bill has participated in the acquisition, disposition, marketing and/or development of over a billion dollars of industrial, office, hotel, apartments and other commercial properties. He has held leadership positions in a number of industry, civic and church organizations including: the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP); The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR); Atlanta Regional Commission; Support To Employment Project (STEP); Georgia Foreign Trade Zone (GFTZ); Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation; and the Serra Club of Metro Atlanta. Bill is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.



Brian Hare is the Director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center and an Associate Professor in both the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University. Brian has published dozens of empirical articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals; his research is frequently featured in national and international media such as the New York Times, Times magazine, the New Yorker, and the BBC. In 2004, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation named him a recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientists under the age of 40. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of the top 37 U.S. scientists under age 36. Brian’s first book, The Genius of Dogs, was released in February 2013.


Prior to joining Dognition, Thede Loder served as CTO for eDataSource and was founder and CEO of Boxbe, Inc., a free easy-to-use inbox organizer service designed to eliminate email overload. He was co-founder of Leverage Information Systems, which produced the first open source Java-based application server. Leverage was acquired by Diamond Management and Technology Consultants (subsequently acquired by PwC), where Loder served as a partner. He joined as the company’s third technical in 1995 and helped to design, build, and launch the company when the online service grew to 85,000 members in its first year. Loder received an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester.



Jim joined the advertising agency McKinney in 2003 from in Boston, where his work for the online launch of the MINI Cooper was named Most Innovative Marketing Campaign of the Year by Business 2.0. Jim created the structures that helped reinvent McKinney as the first major agency to integrate digital into existing disciplines rather than as a separate business unit. As a result, 90% of McKinney's frontline staff today is active in digital efforts, and McKinney's structure and work have been noted several times by Forrester Research. He now focuses on steering the McKinney Ten Percent, an initiative that encourages all McKinneyites to devote 10% of their time to innovation. Jim started his career at Accenture, working first in artificial intelligence and then at their Center for Strategic Technology in Palo Alto. Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison.