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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Angel and Venture VC Breakfast in Silicon Valley, sponsored by Orrick, The City of Menlo Park. This event was in Silicon Valley on Wed., November 2, 2005.

    Adam Cohen, Angel Investor, The Angels Forum Adam Cohen, Angel Investor, The Angels Forum

    Adam is currently a Partner and Founding Member of The Angels’ Forum (TAF) and The Halo Fund. Joining eight years ago, Adam currently invests in digital media infrastructure, enterprise software and consumer oriented concepts. In 1999 he was active in raising The Halo Fund, a $25 million early stage venture fund that co-invests with TAF.

    Prior to joining TAF, Adam spent seven years as a licensee of McDonald’s Corporation where he owned and operated restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. While at McDonald’s he played a key role in the San Francisco Advertising Cooperative, including positions within the public relations, operations and market share committees.

    Adam has been active in the non-profit sector serving as President of the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco from 1996-2000. As President of RMH, he worked to expand services while partnering with UCSF to develop the next generation of family care. He is currently serving as a Director for the George Mark Children’s House, the first pediatric hospice and respite facility in the United States.

    Paul Quadros, Founder & President, Tenex Medical Investors Paul Quadros, Founder & President, Tenex Medical Investors

    Mr. Quadros is currently Managing Partner of Tenex Greenhouse Ventures, a venture fund affiliated with Tenex Medical. He is a founder and former Chairman of the Board of Corautus Genetics (NASDAQ: VEGF) Corautus was formed in 2003 from the merger of GenStar Therapeutics Corp., a public company, and privately held Vascular Genetics, Inc. Mr. Quadros founded GenStar and served as President and CEO through a milestone strategic partnership alliance with Baxter Healthcare Corporation in 1998. Prior to founding GenStar in 1995, Mr. Quadros was a General Partner of Technology Funding, a venture capital management company. Mr. Quadros was a member of Technology Funding's Investment Committee from 1986 to 1994, serving as its Chairman from 1987-1990. From 1990-1994, Mr. Quadros served as Chairman of Technology Funding's Medical Investment Committee and was actively involved in managing Technology Funding's healthcare portfolio. Mr. Quadros was also a founder and former Chairman of the Board of Cardiac Science (NASDAQ:CSCX), a developer of automatic external defibrillator (AED) devices and software.

    Mr. Quadros currently serves on the board of directors of White Electronic Design (NASDAQ:WEDC) Artielle, a venture-backed developer of autoimmune compounds and is Chairman of the Board of NovoStent Corporation, a venture-backed developer of medical devices. He is a co-founder of NexCura, a venture-backed provider of unique patient information and resources which was recently acquired by Thompson Publishing.

    Mr. Quadros holds a B.A. in Finance from California State University at Fullerton and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.

    Alfred Mandel, Angel Investor, Tenex Medical Investors Alfred Mandel, Angel Investor, Tenex Medical Investors

    Alfred J. Mandel, co-founder of Redgate Communications Corp, has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor in technology-related fields. He was the Executive Vice President and manager of Redgate’s San Francisco office and expanded the business to include computer industry sponsored magazines, public relations and advertising, as well as manage third party programs for leading technology companies such as Sun Microsystems, Apple computer and NYNEX. American Online (AOL) acquired Redgate Communications in 1994. Due to America Online’s unprecedented growth, the value of that acquisition was over $300 million.

    In the early 80s, Mr. Mandel held several senior positions at Apple Computer and was responsible for the development of ‘ImageWriter’ and ‘LaserWriter”, helped introduced both the LISA computer and Macintosh computers, and to create Apple’s world recognized products and brand name.

    Mr. Mandel also founded the Photon Electronics Sales, where he marketed and sold electronics, integrated circuits and computer components to European clients, and started the Big Idea Group (BIG) to focus on marketing communications and business development for emerging-high technology firms. Big Idea Group consulted to, and made private investments in, Internet start-ups.

    In 1997 Mr. Mandel confounded Tenex Medical Inc. Tenex Medical is the first and largest Angel investment group, based in the US, solely for the health/medical sciences. Mr. Mandel is also involved in the “Tenex Greenhouse” which, along with leading health/medical science venture capital firms, offers capital, office and laboratory space and professional management to it’s start-up companies.

    Mr. Mandel also is an advisor to technology companies, and frequently makes presentations on early stage venture investing.

    Stewart Sonnenfeldt, Managing Director, Sand Hill Angels, LLC Stewart Sonnenfeldt, Managing Director, Sand Hill Angels, LLC

    Stewart was most recently Vice President for Business Development at WebEx Communications, Inc. Joining WebEx in March, 2000, Stewart set up and managed several of the pioneering "On-Demand" software company's key partnerships including Yahoo and Intuit, and launched WebEx in the Japan market with partner Cybernet. Stewart managed the company's July 2000 IPO, set up business processes for evaluation and integration of acquisitions and managed diligence efforts for several minority investment and acquisition projects. Stewart also managed key corporate marketing initiatives including sales tools for enterprise customers, vertical marketing for the securities industry, and core marketing tools and salesforce training for ROI and Total Cost of Ownership methodologies.

    Prior to WebEx, Stewart was a Principal in the Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown Technology Investment Banking Group. Stewart managed public and private financings and merger and acquisition advisory assignments for companies in the software, internet infrastructure and communications segments. Stewart's clients included BEA Systems, Visio, Clarify, OpenVision, Cobalt Networks, Network Appliance, Cascade Communications and Newbridge Networks. In the mid 1990's Stewart launched Alex Brown's practice in the Transaction Processing Services industry and conceived and successfully marketed a proprietary security Trademarked "FLAgS" (for Fixed Life Aggregated Securities).

    Stewart holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and an S.M. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Stewart holds a Professional Engineering License in the State of California and worked as an engineer in the environmental industry in the late 1980's, prior to attending Business School and joining Investment Banking. Stewart is a native of Washington DC and lives with his wife and two children in Burlingame, California.

    Geoff Roach, Angel Investor, Keiretsu Forum Geoff Roach, Angel Investor, Keiretsu Forum

    Geoff Roach is a member of the Keiretsu Forum, the largest angel investor network in North America with 400 members in 13 chapters. Geoff is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in the software industry with most of that time spent in marketing and sales. Companies range from startups such as Mergent Systems, Callidus Software, and Pure Software to large multinationals such as Informix, DEC, and Cullinet, the first software company ever to go public. He is one of the authors of a new report on high-tech marketing "Maximizing the Value of Analyst Relations". Geoff has an MS in Computer Science from Clemson University and an MBA from the University of Missouri. A native of New Orleans, Geoff leads an internationally known jazz octet, Octobop. Geoff currently serves as the Executive Director of the San Jose Jazz Society, the producer of the San Jose Jazz Festival, the world's largest free jazz event. He is still trying to make the perfect gumbo.

    Jeff Allen, Managing Partner, Rocket Ventures Jeff Allen, Managing Partner, Rocket Ventures

    Jeff Allen is a founding managing partner of Rocket Ventures. He is considered a leading expert within the venture capital community with respect to “digital media” and “consumer technologies”, and focuses much of his time in this sector. Jeff is a frequent speaker on and expert in the venture capital marketplace, mobile entertainment and content distribution, digital cinema, the digital home, gaming and advanced media technologies.

    Through Board-level roles, Jeff works with founders and management of early-stage and expansion stage companies on all aspects of their business – management recruiting, finance, fundraising and investor relations, merger and acquisition strategy, sales management, and product marketing. Current and past Board positions include AboveNet, Clairvoyante, eBoomerang, Hipbone, Impli Media, Integrated Materials, MusicNow, and SmartDB. He is also deeply involved with the Tech Coast Angels and the Keiretsu Forum in Los Angeles.

    Prior to 1997, Jeff worked at Andersen Consulting - now Accenture - as a senior manager responsible for managing new “strategic technology” business and delivering leading-edge media-centric technology solutions to telecommunications, media, and financial services clients in Europe and the U.S. Jeff spent 4 years in Europe and was directly responsible for establishing and managing Andersen’s European New Media practices – 3D graphics, gaming, broadband video, and Internet e-commerce – in Europe in 1995, and was considered one of the top 5 Microsoft technology experts within the firm.

    Mr. Allen’s past clients include the Capital Group, First Union Bank, Goldman Sachs, the London Stock Exchange, Microsoft, Nokia, Telecom Finland, Telecom Italia, and Time-Warner. Over a period of 10 years, Jeff also advised the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Invest In Sweden Agency, the Small Business Administration, and the State of California on economic development activities as it relates to regional technology competencies.

    Hal Nissley, Chairman, International Hal Nissley, Chairman, International

    Hal Nissley, PE, CEO of both SiliconValleyChina and Alberta California Seed Capital. Chairman Emeritus of International Angel Investors and a board member of Angel Capital Network (ACN). He has conducted Funding Preparation Workshops for Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Canada, EU, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

    He is on the board of LegacyJ, Cobol anywhere to Java everywhere; Banff-Filters, quantifying water quality; and Round Engine, great weight to HP ratios and great low speed torgue.

    He is a limited partner in two VC funds and is a member of Sand Hill Angels. He has personally invested in 65 start-ups, and served on 27 boards. Early investments included Com-Share Canada Ltd, where he was VP Marketing; Oracle; E-Mu, sound blaster, acquired by Creative Labs; Digital Dynamics, process control; Accelerated Processors, algorithm accelerators and contract R&D; Brite Art; Advanced Drilling, oil & gas drilling equipment.

    His work experience includes: IBM and Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

    He received his BS in Management Science and MS in Mathematical Statistics from Case Western Reserve University, and his law degree from the Peninsula College of Law. He is a registered Professional Engineer. He was in the USAF and obtained a private pilots license.

    Tom Carter
    Fountain Partners
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    Fountain Partners
    Tom Carter, CFA is the principal of Fountain Partners and the managing partner of Fountain Financial Partners, LLC. Prior to starting Fountain Financial Partners, Tom's positions were: Chief Financial Officer of StarMine, Founder of Fountain Partners, Equity Research Analyst, E-commerce at Piper Jaffray, and Vice President at Boston Financial & Equity Corporation. Prior to joining Boston Financial & Equity Corporation, Tom held analyst positions in the commercial loan group at Brookline Bank and the workout department at The Federal Savings Bank. Tom holds BA and MS in Finance degrees from Bentley College, is a member of the CFA Institute, and serves on the Ethics and Professional Development Committee of the San Francisco Society of Security Analysts.

    Pyramyth Liu, Venture Partner, ID SoftCapital Pyramyth Liu, Venture Partner, ID SoftCapital

    Mr. Pyramyth Liu is a Venture Partner at iD Ventures America. In addition to his executive management background in operating roles, he helps develop startups in the e-commerce, internet security, enterprise software, and the wireless industry market place. He currently serves as the Board of Director at MobileID, Zeus Communications Inc., and PointRed Technology, Inc. At IVA, Mr. Liu’s focus is on investments in the software and wireless market.

    In 1993, Mr. Liu joined Acer Computer International (ACI) as the Director of Sales for its Japanese subsidiary, Acer Japan Corporation. At ACI, he established and managed major distribution, retail, and corporate sales channels for PC and PC component businesses in Japan. Mr. Liu also coordinated the Acer Group strategic alliance with Japanese firms. Between 1997 and 2000, Mr. Liu was the head of ShopAcer at Acer America Corporation (AAC). He established and managed all aspects of the B2C e-commerce operations for direct PC sales to consumers. In addition, he oversaw the call center, logistics, and warehouse operations to fulfill and support end-user demand.

    Prior to joining the Acer Group, Mr. Liu worked at the Fujisankei Group, a Japanese media conglomerate. Between 1987-1993 he was the White House Correspondent for a Japanese daily newspaper, the Sankei Shimbun, a division of Fujisankei Communications International, Inc. He reported on businesses and economic issues related to U.S.-Japan, U.S.-China, and U.S.-Asian affairs.

    Mr. Liu graduated from the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University with an MA degree in International Relations and International Economics. He holds a BA in Statistics from the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.

    Allan May, Co-founder & Chairman, Life Science Angels Allan May, Co-founder & Chairman, Life Science Angels

    Allan May is currently Chairman and CEO of Vascular Architects (, a venture backed company focused on commercializing a lesser invasive surgical procedure, and bare metal and drug eluting stents for treating peripheral vascular disease.

    Allan has been a founder, board member or CEO of a number of early stage companies in the life science arena, including MAST Immunosystems, commercializing an in vitro panel for allergy detection and identification, Intella Interventional Systems, a developer and marketer of novel catheters and balloon technology for cardiovascular disease, Quanam Medical, focused on drug eluting coronary stents, ImmuneTech, specializing in developing and marketing a testing concept for selected immunological disorders, NuGEN Technologies, focused on nucleic acid amplification; AngstroVision, developing nanometer imaging technology that operates in a real time format and ambient environment, IntegriGen, focused on the use of combinatorial proteomics for the de novo creation of protein therapeutics, and Imetrx, focused on devices and novel biotherapies for the detection and treatment of vulnerable plaque, and Athenagen, focused on the development of novel therapeutics for pathological angiogenesis.

    Previously, Mr. May was Senior Vice President of Diasonics, Inc., a NYSE-listed medical imaging company manufacturing and distributing MRI, ultrasound, fluoroscopic and therapeutic devices, and President and COO of Fortune Systems Corporation, a NASDAQ-traded developer of microprocessor based file servers utilizing the Unix operating system. He also has extensive experience in negotiating and consummating mergers and acquisitions, having been involved in over 100 transactions.

    Mr. May was named Biotech Angel Of The Year for 2001 by the International Association of Angels, and was one of the co-program directors for the Cardiac BioInterventions course held in San Francisco in 2002, focusing on emerging technologies and clinical development in cardiovascular diagnostics and therapy from the biotech/genomics point-of-view. He lectures frequently on trends and developments affecting biotech and life science investing, including the Windhover Magazine Start-Up Symposium, the Paine Webber Health Conference, the American Health Consultants Conference for Medical Device Executives, the Health Internet Congress, the Wilson Sonsini Medical Device Update Conference, the BioMEMS Nanotechnology Conference, Emerging Technologies in Cardiovascular Disease, and the First Annual Biotechnology Industry Organization BioVentureForum.

    Yoram Arbel, Angel Investor, Silicom Ventures Yoram Arbel, Angel Investor, Silicom Ventures

    Yoram Arbel is on the advisory board of Silicom Ventures. He is the president of Comox Inc., a business development and management consulting practice he founded in 1996. He has been working with CEOs and executives of start-up and established companies on business strategy, market positioning, partnerships, and technology development. Yoram is also a real-estate investor and developer. Earlier in his career he was an executive and engineering manager in several high-technology companies; Yoram holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Technion in Israel.

    Photo of Bob Welch, Angel Investor & CEO, Coast Ventures, LLC Bob Welch
    Coast Ventures, LLC
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    Coast Ventures, LLC
    Mr. Welch is CEO of Coast Ventures, LLC, a Los Gatos, CA based company that he formed in 2001 which specializes in consulting to the CEOs of emerging companies, assisting them in achieving profitable sales and shareholder liquidity. He began his working career as an Engineer at Douglas Aircraftin Huntington Beach CAand finally as part of a launch crew for the Saturn V space vehicle at Cape Kennedy, FL. Mr. Welch’s next significant entrepreneurial venture was at National Semiconductor in 1975, where as General Manager he built a new division, which ultimately grew to 70 employees and $10M in annual sales by 1979. That year he founded Zitel, which as CEO he and his team took “public” in 1983, after acquiring a $10M division of Intel. Mr. Welch built Zitel into a $30M public company with 120 employees. He retired from Zitel n 1987, but founded another startup in 1996 called Telegra which, as CEO, he and his partners built and sold to Hewlett Packard / Agilent in 1999 at a substantial return to all of the shareholders. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Welch was the Director of Business Development for the $200M division of Agilent that acquired Telegra. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a BSEE degree, and in 2005 was inducted in the Lane Academy of Computer Science and Engineering “in recognition of his distinguished professional career and contribution to the University”.

    Moderator: Peter Cohn, Partner, Orrick

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