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Brian Mac Mahon
Serial entrepreneur and investor. Brian has owned companies in over 35 countries. He is also the owner of Expert DOJO, who is the largest International startup accelerator in Southern California. At Expert DOJO early-stage startups receive investment, success coaching, advice, and specialist help in all areas of their business growth. Their patented 12 step accelerator is unlike any other program available and gives direct access to specialists in branding, design, business planning, product fit, strategic planning, web development, growth hacking and so much more. In 2018 Expert DOJO brought 400 companies through their startup programs and made 18 investments. They are planning to bring 2,000 companies through their program this year and make 25 investments. All you want to know about Brian is contained in his TEDx talk - https://youtu.be/Y6f7lFy0oW0
Investor at Munich Re Ventures in San Francisco.
Veronica works across multiple industries including cyber, IoT, mobility, digital health, insurtech, and geospatial tech. Previously Veronica worked for a growth equity and venture firm in LA focused on consumer products and technologies as well as B2B2C platforms. Prior to her venture career Veronica studied Business and Political Economy at NYU Stern and lived in Shanghai, London, and Rome.
Managing Partner of StoneHearth Ventures (formerly named Threshold Ventures) and a
recovering venture capitalist who loves working with companies around the world. He was a general partner at a Sand Hill Road venture fund and the founder and CEO of two venture backed companies. He now spends his time teaching, mentoring, and advising early-stage companies at leading accelerators and universities as well as serving on several boards. Jon is expert at training startups, mentors and early stage investors around the world in Silicon Valley best practices. He believes that startups require tough love; and need to focus on money, metrics, and milestones. Jon teaches startup CEOs to say less, because less is more.
Partner in Network.VC and Quantum Wave Fund, based in Silicon Valley.
Former CEO of Coda Devices, developing coded aperture Raman spectroscopy technology (acquired by a US strategic investor). Former CEO of Nanooptic Devices, developing digital planar holograms technology.
Has over 12 years of experience in Venture Capital, Private Equity, Investment Banking and Management consulting in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and Russia. Worked in Da Vinci Capital, Moellendorf and Company, McKinsey and Company. Worked with Yury Milner on Mail.ru strategy.
Has an MBA degree from IESE (one of top 3 business schools in Europe) and an MS degree in physics from the Moscow State University (cum lauda).
Principal at HACK Fund.
Civil engineer and Commercial Diver from Venezuela. Relationship in business development in Latam for H/F. Developed my own 100k fund, Capital Kreation, in 2017. Focus in growing Startups Ecosystems in LATAM.
Partner in charge of US. Global Brain Corporation.
Built a career in Amazon, Microsoft and TripAdvisor as an expert on the Sales & Marketing field. Joined GB on 2013 and engaged in the investment on Media / AdTech industry. Appointed to the current position in 2019.
LP in Blumberg Capital Fund III and a Managing Director at Golden Seeds.
Marisa is a startup investor in 25 startups including RenovoRx, Merge, Namogoo, Kreditech Holding SSL GambH, FundBox Ltd, FeeX Wisdom of the Crowds, Inc. Trulioo Information Services Ltd., WunderCar Mobility Solutions GabH, Yotpo Ltd, Seek Mobile Ltd., Sqream Technologies Ltd., Seek Mobile Ltd., Roam Analytics, SimplyCredit Inc., Arcadia Data, BioCatch, Ltd, Zibby, Inc. Acquired startups are Cyvera by Palo Alto Networks and Zooz (acquired by PayU).
She has an undergraduate degree in Microbiology, a law degree (member of the California State Bar) and a broker’s real estate license (licensed by the California Department of Real Estate).
Roger founded BayAngels in 1996. He is an active angel investor and the Founder of an executive search firm, ChiefPeople. Roger has judged start-up events in Beijing, Seoul, Athens, Prague, and Havana. He's an accomplished photographer whose portfolio includes all things Cuba.
Chairman of Rising Tide Fund. Dr. Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. Over the last 35 years, he has managed over $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including Executive Vice President (EVP) of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, Senior Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. In the eighties, he led the mezzanine financing of 80+ Silicon Valley based IT companies that became spectacular successes including: Adaptec; Cirrus Logic; Atmel; PMC-Sierra; LSI Logic; Linear Technologies; and Oracle. Combined market value today exceeds $200 billion. In the last 25 years, he was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge high technology startups in the U.S., UK, France and Switzerland including ACC in Santa Barbara (routers, acquired by Ericsson), Algety in Lannion (soliton transmission, acquired by Corvis), HighDeal in Caen (rating engines, acquired by SAP), HighWave in Bretagne (fiber optic amplifiers, Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex in Paris (VoIP, acquired by Comverse), nCipher in Cambridge (encryption, listed on LSE), and Zong in Menlo Park (acquired by eBay). Currently, he is Director of Bank of the West in San Francisco and of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund in Dubai. He is a charter member of the C100, a Silicon-Valley based association dedicated to mentoring and angel financing Canadian entrepreneurs. Dr. Hassanein is a President Cabinet member at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he also serves on the Dean of Applied Sciences Board of Advisors. He is the Chairman of the UBC Silicon Valley advisory board for the Personalized Medicine Initiative. He has served on the Board of Advisors of Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies and of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine. He served for six years as Chairman of TechWadi, focusing on mentoring, financing and business acceleration of leading Middle East and North Africa (MENA) entrepreneurs. He also served on the Board of Directors of Relief International, a non-profit, focusing his efforts on social entrepreneurship and women development in the Middle East. He was vice-chairman of the Board of PSD, an NGO focused on providing One Netbook per Child for up to 130,000 Palestinian and Syrian children in need of education. Dr. Hassanein was the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at AUC (American University in Cairo) School of Business, where he is also member of the Board of Advisors. He lectured on Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and the University of San Diego, and on international business at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Clara University. He was also guest speaker on entrepreneurship in diverse venues including the White House, the State Department, the Commonwealth Club, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and Qatar Computer Research Institute.
Founding Partner at Follow[the]Seed VC Fund. Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, CEO, Executive Management, Operations, Strategist, and Business Architect
Partner at Emergent Ventures and focuses on seed and early-stage investments in transformative startups in the AI, Data, Cloud and Smart Mobility spaces. Anupam has led or played a substantive role in over 15 successful technology investments globally, ranging from early to expansion stage, and several large exits. Prior to Emergent, Anupam founded NX Partners to help high-potential SaaS companies accelerate growth rates and outcomes, and worked closely with half a dozen startups across the enterprise landscape. Previously, Anupam held investing roles of increasing responsibility at NGP Capital, a global venture firm with $1.2B+ AUM. At NGP Capital, Anupam led the Intelligent Enterprise investing team, identifying and investing in companies at the intersection of data, IoT and machine intelligence. Earlier, he helped drive the firm’s smart mobility and logistics investment practice. Prior to his investing career, Anupam spent several years in the mobile, enterprise and data analytics spaces, bringing to market four new products, setting up a big data analytics stack in a Fortune 100 environment, and authoring five international patents and publications. Anupam holds Computer Science degrees from IIT Delhi and UT Austin, an MBA from The Wharton School, and studied Technology Commercialization at MIT. He can be reached via Twitter at @anupamr.
PLUG AND PLAY SUPPLY CHAIN
Mike is responsible for founding Plug and Play's global Supply Chain & Logistics vertical. The program is based in Silicon Valley, Northwest Arkansas, Hamburg, and Shanghai and is in partnership with 50+ industry leading corporate partners like Walmart, TJX, Tyson Foods, JB Hunt, Shell, DHL, FedEx, Japan Post, Yamato, Panasonic, Union Pacific Railroad, CMA CGM, Kansas City Southern Railroad, Ryder, Ryder, Prologis, BNSF Railway, ArcelorMittal, ExxonMobil, United States Postal Service, ArcelorMittal, Geodis, and the Canadian National Railway. This program is responsible accelerating and investing in startups in the areas of analytics, AI, machine learning, augmented reality, smart warehousing, blockchain for supply chain, customer support solutions, inventory management, IoT sensors, drones, last mile delivery, disruption of the freight brokerage model, end-to-end supply chain optimization, autonomous driving, predictive analytics for demand planning, and transportation management systems.
Plug and Play is was a seed investor in companies like Dropbox, Lending Club, PayPal, Rappi, and over 1000 startups across all verticals.
Partner, CFO at Hone Capital.
Purvi has over 20 years of experience in CFO roles in the international investment management industry, across Silicon Valley and Asia, along with startup company experience.
Through her roles as CFO at H&Q Asia Pacific (spin-out from JP Morgan Chase), Taiyo Pacific and Allegis Capital, Purvi was involved in private equity, venture capital, public equities/hedge funds, and distressed assets.
As CFO of healthcare informatics start-up MedVantage, she helped lead the company through a Series A round at a valuation of $30M, and scaled it from 12 to 60 employees prior to its acquisition by IMS.
Beyond core CFO expertise, Purvi has in-depth experience in capital raising and operational expansion in Asia, and has served as a strategic advisor and board member to startups in the US and Asia.
Purvi started her career at Deloitte and also worked at Charles Schwab.
Purvi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. She passed the CPA exam in the State of California.
Brett Noyes is Founder and Managing Director of Unbank.Ventures. Unbank.Ventures is an early stage FinTech/Blockchain program located in Silicon Valley. The program has successfully incubated 45 companies since 2016. Prior work includes building incubator programs with Techstars, Jason Calacanis (This Week in Startups) and famous investor Tim Draper.
Venture Partner at DraperFoster.
Investor and advisor with a passion for accelerating adoption within nascent markets. Portfolio Manager for M31 Capital, a hybrid hedge fund/vc with a focus on active participation within blockchain networks. Venture Partner at DraperFoster. Blockchain advisor to Trokt. Active investor within crypto/blockchain since 2013.
Co-Founder and Managing Director at HEED Capital, Founder and Managing Director at Global Technology Capital and President of Global Technology Symposium. Sasha is an experienced investor at early-stage companies and was one of the first female partners in the VC community, starting her fund in 2003. She is a board-member of science-enabled tech companies based in Silicon Valley.
Senior Director, KPMG’s Emerging Technology Practice.
Jules leads the business development efforts for KPMG’s Emerging Technology Practice in the Bay area and Pacific Northwest, focusing on creating and expanding relationships with VC-backed technology companies. He works closely with early-stage startups as well as mature private companies approaching IPO. He has spent his 20+ year professional career in financial services working for companies such as Bank of America, Robert Half and Textron Financial. Most recently, Jules was a Principal with Ravix Group, providing finance/accounting and HR solutions for early-stage companies. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut and his MBA from Middlebury College.
Angel Investor. Partner at LEGO Ventures.
UC Berkeley Alumni, entrepreneur since age 16. Formerly investment banker, hedge fund. Currently active venture capitalist and mentor at alchemist accelerator and more.
Venture Partner at Heroic Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Palo-Alto, which is focusing on first-money-in and formation investments in Silicon Valley and Israel.
Itai’s background and expertise are in scaling early-stage businesses and in developing and leading cross-functional teams and technological projects.
He has held leadership roles both in start-ups and in global high-tech companies (Rolls-Royce, Intel, Elbit Systems) in diverse disciplines, such as Operations, Business Development, Program/Project Management, and Product Strategy.
Itai holds a B.Sc degree in Information System Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Israel and an MBA from INSEAD Business School in France and Singapore.
Director at Draper University and an early-stage investor with Draper University Ventures. Prior to inspiring people, investing, and accelerating startups Juan began his career studying Aerospace Engineering, but quickly found his love for tech while working as a Product Manager for the largest LATAM video-game distributor where he built software still used today by game publishers. He joined the founding team of Ideal Mobile, a hispanic-focused wireless service provider where he built internal products for distributors and grew its subscriber base to thousands nationwide from scratch. Juan co-founded XtremePlay, the first digital videogame e-commerce store for Chile, Peru, and Colombia. Juan is passionate about product, digital media, neuro-strategies, and helping founders grow into leaders.
Co-founder of SVOD. Managing Partner of TEC Ventures
Eugene Malobrodsky is a Venture Partner at One Way Ventures, an early-stage VC fund focused on backing exceptional immigrant founders. Eugene also serves on the board of Zero Cognitive Systems, a legal tech startup, as well as Geozilla, a consumer startup in family safety. Eugene received Silicon Valley’s Best Tech Manager Award at the 2018 Timmy Awards and was named a 30 under 30 Founder Honoree by Inc Magazine in 2011. Originally an immigrant from Lithuania, Eugene has founded two startups. His latest venture was AnchorFree, which focuses on consumer privacy and security. AnchorFree’s leading product is HotSpot Shield and has over 700 million downloads. Since inception, Eugene was responsible for business growth by managing engineering, operational expansion, and corporate strategy. In May 2018, AnchorFree was acquired by a private equity fund called WondrCo. Eugene continues his involvement as an advisor to the company.
Managing Partner at Acceleprise Ventures and creator of The Sales Method. Prior to Acceleprise, Whitney was instrumental in bringing LoopNet, Joby, Meltwater, and SpringAhead to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list.
Managing Partner at Simmons Goodspeed Ventures
Partner 408 Ventures.
Strategic, Innovative, Driven Business Leader and Mentor, Angel Investor, Venture Capitalist with more than 10 years of progressive experience in Business Management and Operations in the High-Tech industry. Hands-on Professional with specialized expertise in Business Development, Operations, Marketing, Sales, eCommerce and High-Tech Consumer. In addition, Artem assists innovation companies in the emerging markets with their US and international market expansion.
Previously, Artem managed of Huawei Direct-to-Consumer eCommerce business in the United States. He was responsible for the P&L and the overall performance of eCommerce business including growth, revenue and margin targets; managing the online customer acquisition, retention and loyalty programs; establishing integrated marketing plans to ensure targets are achieved for average order size, conversion and traffic goals; setting up yearly and quarterly operational plans and business reviews, forecasts and budgets to support demand generation and other marketing efforts.
Co-Head, Venture Capital & Tech Investments at ICU, a leading asset management, private equity and investment advisory firm specializing in Ukraine.
Giles has a long and successful track record in finance. He worked first in investment banking and financial restructuring before moving to investment in technology companies.
Partner of ZGC Innovation fund, and also service as the VP of ZGC Capital Corporation in Silicon Valley leading ZGC’s team in investment and incubator operation
Manager of Business Development at SoftBank Telecom America Corp.