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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Dallas Early-Stage Venture Event, sponsored by FundingPost. This event was in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, June 4, 2009.

    Photo of John Filla, Angel Investor, Houston Angel Network John Filla
    Managing Partner
    VES Partners / Houston Angel Network
    Read the full profile for John here!
    VES Partners / Houston Angel Network
    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

    Photo of John C. Adler, General Partner, Silver Creek Ventures John Adler
    General Partner
    Silver Creek Ventures
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    Silver Creek Ventures
    Mr. Adler joined Silver Creek Ventures as a General Partner in 2007. His areas of expertise include data and voice communications, semiconductors, and wireless applications. Mr. Adler has also served as a board member of the Texas Venture Capital Association since its inception in 2004. Prior to joining Silver Creek, Mr. Adler served as a Partner with InterWest Partners since 2001, a leading diversified venture capital firm in information technology and life sciences. Representative investments include Covaro (acquired by Adva Optical), kajeet, Nuventix, Venturi Wireless and VizionWare. Prior to InterWest Partners, Mr. Adler developed 17 years of operating experience in product management and engineering from Rockwell International, Alcatel, Monterey Networks and Cisco Systems. Mr. Adler received a BSEE and MBA from Southern Methodist University and has authored or co-authored four US patents.

    Photo of Dan Klein, Director, Hunt Ventures Dan Klein
    Hunt Ventures
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    Hunt Ventures
    Prior to joining Hunt Ventures, Dan Klein was a principal at Vesbridge Partners where he sourced new investments, managed due diligence on deals, and structured complex transactions. Before Vesbridge, Dan was a senior analyst at the Yankee Group, where he served as the leading authority on next generation voice architectures. He authored numerous articles and publications and managed the creation of Yankee's global forecasts on the communications equipment market.

    Klein has close to a decade of experience within the telecommunications market, having worked at both leading equipment vendors including Sycamore Networks, and financial institutions such as Bear Stearns.

    He has a bachelor of commerce from McGill University and MBA from Babson College.

    Ben Doherty, Angel Investor, The Fat Cat Club Ben Doherty, Angel Investor, The Fat Cat Club

    Ben is the President of the Fat Cat Club, a national angel group of up to 100 accredited investors that meets quarterly to review and invest in early-stage companies. All of the members are accredited investors, men and women who have accumulated wealth by hard work, paying their taxes, and playing by the rules. Collectively, the members invest anywhere from $500,000 to $2 million dollars in deals that interest them, although the members invest as individuals.

    Previously, Ben was the Vice President - Corporate Finance for Friedland Capital Inc., where he Advised new businesses on corporate finance and on obtaining business financing objectives with the end strategy being a Micro Initial Public offering through a NASD Broker-Dealer in order to obtain equity financing unavailable to private companies.

    Ben graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA; MLA, Philosophy and Medieval Literature Studies.

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