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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out AZ Early-Stage Venture Capital & Angel Event, sponsored by Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa. This event was in Sedona, AZ on Thursday, December 4, 2008.

    Photo of Laura Sachar, General Partner, StarVest Partners Laura Sachar
    General Partner
    StarVest Partners
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    StarVest Partners
    Laura is an experienced entrepreneur and private equity investor. She has founded three successful entities, was an early identifier of the growth in digital media and has invested for over a decade in technology-enabled business services companies. As a founding partner of StarVest, she has been active with StarVest's investments in Connected Corporation (acquired by Iron Mountain in 2004), MessageOne (software-as-a-service company acquired by Dell Computer in 2008), Newgistics- now the leader in returns management, iCrossing-now the largest privately-held digital marketing services company and Fieldglass (leading human capital management software-as-a-service company). Laura was the Founding Chairman of the New York New Media Association Angel Investors Program,

    a professional nonprofit organization in which she assisted hundreds of early-stage New York area companies in accessing initial capital.

    Laura has a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is a member of the Gotham Chapter of the Young President's Organization (since 2003).

    Photo of Rob Moss, General Partner, Kingdom Venture Partners Robert Moss
    General Partner
    Kingdom Venture Partners
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    Kingdom Venture Partners
    Phoenix resident Robert J. Moss, CCA (Certified Capital Advisor / Certified Charity Advisor), is a General Partner of Kingdom Venture Partners, LP and was a founding principal of the Capital Consortium, where he completed ten company financings in 2004 totaling $25 million in private funding. He has over sixteen (16) years of sales, marketing and corporate finance experience and has generated several hundred million dollars of commercial financing and funding commitments to clients in a myriad of industries. C2 is a strategic investment banking and financial advisory firm and works directly with the Business Development Partnership Alliance resource network that brings business together and has developed a 'Toolbox of Deployable Assets.'

    Founded by Mr. Moss in 1995 as a collective marketing approach, BDP was utilized in-house as the deal flow engine of Stirling Capital Corp. between 1997-2001 and supported the infrastructure of the Arizona Accelerator (2001). It was changed to going into partnership for business development assistance in 2001, after the model was verified and proven successful in supporting the marketing efforts of various groups, and several regional angel networks, private equity and venture capital firms, investment banks, and institutional groups.

    Photo of Craig Ballard, Managing Partner, Pacific Southwest Ventures Craig Ballard
    Managing Partner
    Pacific Southwest Ventures
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    Pacific Southwest Ventures
    Craig Ballard is currently Managing Partner of Pacific Southwest Ventures. Most recently he was the founder and former CEO of Logistechs. In less than five years, Logistechs became a leading provider of inventory management and financing services to the commercial airline industry. Logistechs developed state of the art inventory optimization software (k2s – knowledge to spare) and web-based inventory management systems that quickly established them as the frontrunner in third party inventory management, with a long list of satisfied clients, including US Airways, Southwest, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Mesa Airlines, Pinnacle, Horizon, ATA, WestJet, and GE Engines. Logistechs, a private company, was purchased by GE Commercial Finance in 2004 and Craig stayed on as a senior executive with GE until 2006. Prior to Logistechs, Craig held management positions at KPMG Consulting, Ryder Integrated Logistics, and Holland Chemical International.

    Working with Ryder at General Motors, he successfully helped lead one of the largest JIT Supply Chain transformations in US automaker history. Mr. Ballard is recognized as a thought leader in supply chain and asset management, and has a proven track record of successfully commercializing groundbreaking technologies. Mr. Ballard holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where he recently won an alumni of the year award. Mr. Ballard currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mango Global Inc. and Iamota Inc. Craig resides in Paradise Valley with his wife Shannon and two children, Harrison and Ella.

    Photo of Dee Riddell Harris, President, Arizona Angels Venture Group Dee Harris
    Managing Director
    Arizona Angels Investor Network
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    Arizona Angels Investor Network
    Dee Harris is President of the Arizona Angels Venture Group, LLC and a member of the Angel Capital Association, the international organization of angel group leaders. He was previously Co-founder and Co-Managing Partner of Alare Capital Partners, LLC, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based middle market investment banking firm. He also served as Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Carmichael & Company LLC, a New York-based technology-oriented investment banking firm that relocated to Phoenix, and Managing Director of Hill Thompson Capital Markets, a New York investment banking firm specializing in food and beverage companies.

    Dee is on the executive and screening committees of Invest Southwest, Arizona’s annual venture capital conference, and served in the same capacities for the former Investing in Innovation Conference, a project of the Arizona Software and Internet Association (now the Arizona Technology Council.) He also served for several years as a judge for the event now known as the Governor’s Celebration of Entrepreneurship. Dee is a member of the board of the Enterprise Network, a former President of the Arizona Business Leadership Association, and the immediate past Chair of the Arizona BioIndustry Association.

    Earlier in his career, Dee was a securities lawyer and a securities regulator, including service as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Outlook Capital Management, Inc., a national real estate investment company, Director of Securities of the Arizona Corporation Commission, and President of the North American Securities Administrators Association, the organization of state and provincial securities regulators in the United States and Canada. He has testified before Congress on six occasions regarding pending federal securities legislation and has taught Securities Regulation at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Law in Michigan.

    Rick Gibson, Angel Investor, Flagstaff Angels (and HOTventures) Rick Gibson, Angel Investor, Flagstaff Angels (and HOTventures)

    Rick Gibson has had a 34-year career building businesses. He founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and has advised over (75) others. He is 56-years old. Since 2000, Rick has served as Managing Director of HOTventures, a "mentor capital fund" for the Southwest U.S., which invests in and advises fast-growth companies, specializing in Information Technology, BioSciences 'light' and Media. As an investor and entrepreneurial activist, he's totally immersed in early stage growth companies...finding them and making them great.

    Rick is chairman of Octopi and on the board of MSDx. He has been an investor or advisor in: Regenesis, High Throughput Genomics, CopperKey, Beamz, BioWheat, Flypaper, FundingUniverse, Medipacs and Medsphere. He is a limited partner in Solstice Capital II (one of the largest venture capital funds in Arizona). Rick is treasurer and on the board of NACET (Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies), UA's Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI), Arizona State University's Technopolis and TiE-Arizona. He is on the Executive Board and Screening Committee of the Desert Angels and is on the Screening Panel and Executive Committee for the Invest Southwest Capital Conference.

    Rick is a judge for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. He was the creator of "Entrepreneur's Resource Guide" for bizAZ magazine and a member of the Philanthropic Development Council of the Banner Alzheimer's Foundation. He was a guest instructor for the 'Power of Angel Investing' seminar and Workshop Panelist for Angel Capital Association 2008 Summit. For several years, Rick was Adjunct Instructor and then Practitioner Faculty for University of Arizona's Eller School Entrepreneurship Program, and served on the MBA Advisory Council. Rick is part of the ASU SkySong Global Investor Network.

    Rick was an early shareholder in Bill Gross' Idealab and founded one of its first companies, E-Ticket Inc, which merged with the Nederlander Organization's RealTime Syndication Network to become FeatureCast Inc. Rick served as Vice-Chairman. FeatureCast secured the online license for and executive-produced: Fox's America's Most Wanted, Teen Magazine and National Enquirer. Rick participated in strategic planning with the ten original Idealab CEOs. Idealab is known for its creation and investment of several well-known technology companies including: Overture (was, United Online (was NetZero & Juno), Aptera, Internet Brands, CitySearch, Energy Innovations, eSolar, Desktop Factory, Picasa,, eToys and Evolution Robotics.

    Rick co-founded GNP Development Corp and in 1986 they sold it to Lotus Development Corp for $10 million. In 1991, they co-founded Knowledge Adventure Inc, which in 1996 they sold to Cendant for $100 million.

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