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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Philadelphia Angel Investor Breakfast, sponsored by Wolf Block. This event was in Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, September 13, 2006.

    Sushma Rajagopalan

    Minority Angel Investor Network
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    Minority Angel Investor Network
    Sushma Rajagopalan (Raj) is a sophisticated business executive with over 16 years of management experience in the IT, software, and investment banking industries. Prior to joining Threshold, Ms. Rajagopalan served as Vice President of Global Consulting and Global Learning at RedHat, a $90 million (annual revenue) developer of Linux and open source solutions for Internet infrastructure. Previously, Ms. Rajagopalan served in various executive positions, including managing the operations of Mastech Corporation, a $400 million IT professional services company with 6,000 employees worldwide. With the repositioning of Mastech to iGate Capital, Ms. Rajagopalan became the operating head of a portfolio company, Enterprise Network Solutions. While at Enterprise Network Solutions, she engineered a merger with Planning Technologies, Inc. to create a market leading entity and provide an exit for stakeholders. Ms. Rajagopalan also held senior positions with Citicorpís investment bank in India and CMC, an IBM offshoot also located in India. In addition to her work experience, Ms. Rajagopalan teaches graduate business curriculum in entrepreneurship at Pennsylvania State University Graduate School of Business.

    Photo of Elizabeth Sigety, Asst Dir & Co-Founder, Delaware Crossing Investor Group Elizabeth Sigety
    Managing Director and Co-Founder
    Delaware Crossing Investor Group
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    Delaware Crossing Investor Group
    Liz is a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 22 offices coast to coast. She is co-chair of the firmís National Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice and co-chair of the firmís Franchising, Licensing and Distribution Practice. Liz focuses her practice on a wide variety of corporate work, with an emphasis on the representation of fast-growth, venture-backed companies and businesses that wish to expand through franchising. She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College.

    Liz is also Managing Director and Co-Founder of Delaware Crossing Investor Group, an angel investor network with chapters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In this capacity, she has been investing and advising start-up companies in the PA, NJ, NY, CT and DE region for over a decade. She is also a frequent speaker and writer, especially on issues facing emerging businesses, franchised businesses and women-led businesses and serves on numerous committees and organizations in the venture capital and franchise arena.

    Liz has four children and resides in Bedminster, PA.

    John Liberati
    Liberati Corporation
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    Liberati Corporation
    John Liberati, President is a graduate of the Prestigious Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. with a B.B.A. in marketing. While attending college John also was working as a Fashion Photographer and had his sights set on a career on the Fashion Photography industry and was approached to apprentice with many of the industry's top Fashion Photographers in Manhattan. John had always admired the work of Bill King (who photographed Haarper's Bazaar covers) and accepted an apprenticeship with him. After 2 years in the 'whirlwind ',fashion industry, John decided that this was just not taking him where he 'wanted to go'. A businessman at heart, he decided to go back to Philadelphia and start his own sales company. He began a succesful sales and marketing company. The company grew quickly, under John's guidance producing a 6 figure income. Soon offers were coming in from other companies requesting John's services as consultant on growing similar companies as well as sales techniques. He soon found himself with a quite busy schedule of consulting for other executives and companies as well as running his own company. It was finally time to sell the business and move upwards and through careful research, he found that the 'best veshicle' to achieve his goals of going consistently in an upward direction was to invest in real estate. Thus Liberati Corporaton was begun. John also volunteers his services as consultant for the Micro Mentor program as well as the Executive Service Corps and serves as a career mentor for Boy Scouts of America as well as for Fox School of Business and Management.

    Maria Maccecchini

    Robin Hood Ventures
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    Robin Hood Ventures
    Maria received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and spent two years at Caltech as a postdoc in molecular biology. She took her first job at Mallickrodt. Maria went on to become the general manager of Bachem. In the early 1990s, she left Bachem Bioscience Inc., where she was head of the company's Philadelphia subsidiary, to start her own biotech company called Symphony Pharmaceuticals. The company later changed its named to Annovis after its acquisition of Cruachem Holdings Ltd., a manufacturer and marketer of DNA reagents. A specialty chemicals company, Annovis develops, manufactures and markets a variety of nucleic acid-based products and services for businesses in the life sciences sector. The company is a major provider of oligomimetics, which are chemically modified DNA and RNA molecules used in gene therapy and DNA diagnostics. In 2001, Annovis was acquired by Transgenomic Inc. of San Jose, Calif. The company now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Transgenomic. Maccecchini serves on the boards of many organizations that promote biotechnology, start-up companies, women and investments, and international trade. Currently, Maria is President of Biomaterials Worldwide at Synthes Inc. In addition, she has been having fun with "extreme travel," including climbing Mt. Everest and dog-sledding in Alaska.

    Photo of Chris Starr, Managing Director, Mid-Atlantic Angels Group Chris Starr
    VP of Investments / Founder
    The MAG Fund / Ben Franklin Technology Partners
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    The MAG Fund / Ben Franklin Technology Partners
    Mr. Starr is the Executive Director and Founder of the Mid-Atlantic Angel Group Fund, I L.P. (MAG), the largest angel group and first structured angel fund in the Mid-Atlantic region. The MAG Fund has over $4.4 million under management and includes 89 institutional and individual accredited investors Mr. Starr is responsible for all aspects of administration and operations of the Fund and is the primary contact for both entrepreneurs and the funding community for the fund's membership. Most recently, he was the Managing Director and Vice President of Investments at Innovation Philadelphia, where he was responsible for all of the company's investment programs. His responsibilities include executing economic stimulus investments, attracting new companies to the region, evaluating potential investment opportunities, performing due diligence, negotiating and structuring investments, and working with portfolio company management teams to execute their strategies. Previously, Mr. Starr was also a Principal of Lenfest Capital, LLC, a venture capital fund based in Philadelphia, PA that invests nationally in early stage companies in the media, cable and communications industries as well as in other venture capital and buyout funds. Prior to joining Lenfest Capital, he was an Associate at the Eastern Technology Fund, a venture fund for promising seed-stage Internet and technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic region and a feeder fund to PA Early Stage, an affiliated private equity fund of Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE).

    Photo of Stephanie Hanbury-Brown, Angel Investor, Golden Seeds Stephanie Hanbury-Brown
    Golden Seeds
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    Golden Seeds
    Stephanie Hanbury-Brown spent 20 years in financial services in Sydney, London and New York. The majority of her career was with JPMorgan where she headed several global businesses. In 2004 she founded Golden Seeds. She is also a member of New York Angels and an investor with Boldcap Ventures. Stephanie obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney. She currently retains board positions with Foster Wheeler Limited, Design2Launch, Morganae Foundation and Count-Me-In.

    Moderator: David Gitlin, Chair Corporate/Securities, Wolf Block

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