Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Investor Conference Calls with 13 VCs and Angels, sponsored by Credit Suisse, Ross & Company, Wolf Block, Shelowitz & Associates, Geller & Company. This event was in Dial In on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008.
Ron Thompson is a founder of CAIL.
Having started in the technical side of the industry, moving to product management and then to profit / loss responsibility, Ron has accumulated considerable business experience with an ability to successfully generate bottom line results.
With this background and having made many investments over the years, venture Founders benefit with Ronís extensive entrepreneurial insights, knowledge of applying technology to enhance processes and value for Customers, establishing business development plans, and the ability to contribute to corporate strategic direction. Mr. Thompsonís focus is companies with a large market opportunity, a business model designed to generate a significant financial return, intellectual property, and a highly competent operations team that is able to deliver important benefits to Customers including Ė
1. Increasing revenue
2. Delivering competitive advantage
3. Improving operational efficiency and profitability. Being an active Angel since 2000 and founder of the Corporate Angels, Ron maintains a portfolio of 15 to 20 venture investments (in both the US and Canada) and is a Board member on several of them. In addition, Ron is a member of the Canadian Venture Forum Selection Committee, an important industry event for funding companies with high growth potential. As well, Mr. Thompson presents in various venture community industry events to support entrepreneurship and provide insights on becoming more sophisticated in venture investing.
Ross is a member of the Board of Directors of Mimeo.com, Lumeta, ContextWeb, and Searchandise Commerce. Ross is also a Board Observer at IZEA.
Prior to co-founding DFJ Gotham Ventures, Ross was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Interactive Imaginations, Inc., one of the East Coast's pioneering Internet companies, and the predecessor company to 24/7 Media, Inc. Ross helped manage Interactive Imaginations through the challenges of the early Internet advertising and eventually toward its successful merger and IPO as 24/7 Media.
Prior to joining Interactive Imaginations, Ross was with Morgan Stanley for 13 years, where he had most recently been a senior banker responsible for equity financings for the firm's technology, telecommunications and media clients. Ross also serves on the Board of Directors of New York Cares, a non-profit volunteer service organization based in New York City.
Ross received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics-Economics, magna cum laude, from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Utilizing deep experience internationally in contracts, finance, sales and operations, John is able to arrange and/or deploy capital and human resources wisely in a variety of companies and industries. Strategic planning, governance issues and M&A are key areas of expertise.
In the early-stage markets, he evaluates business plans and makes recommendations which will enable successful growth and significant exits within 4-6 years, to the ultimate benefit of the equity holders.
John is on the Board of Directors at the Houston Angel Network, and also holds Board, officer, and/or equity positions in a number of the entities that he has invested in or consulted for through VES Partners.
Via FundingPost events, John has both invested in and raised capital for
deals in the past.
"A great event, I know that Iíve invested in at least one deal associated with FundingPost events, and itís a great networking opportunity with the founders and the VCs that are there. Iím looking forward to this one!"
- John Filla, Angel Investor, Houston Angel Network
Warren Haber, Jr. brought twelve years of venture capital experience to Crossbar Ventures. Prior to Crossbar, Until Mellon Ventures ceased pursuing new investments, he ran the New York office. Prior to Mellon, Warren was a founding Partner of Grand Central Holdings, an early-stage, regionally-focused venture firm. Previously, he was with GE Equity, where he was responsible for evaluating early- and expansion-stage venture investments. Earlier in his career, Warren worked with a leveraged buyout firm, distinguished himself in BankBostonís management development program and spent two summers as an Investment Analyst with Allen and Company.
Warren received his MBA from the Wharton School and his BA from Brown University.