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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 3, 2009.

    Photo of David Lam, Managing Director, WI Harper Group David  Lam
    Managing Director
    WI Harper Group
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    WI Harper Group
    David Lam brings over 10 years of private equity, technology and investment banking experience to WI Harper. He is responsible for investment activities in information technology companies. Prior to joining WI Harper, David was a Vice President at The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm, where he led and managed investments in telecommunications and technology-enabled business services sectors for its U.S. venture and growth capital fund. While at Carlyle, Mr. Lam served on the Board of Directors and as the Audit Committee Chair of Actelis Networks, and as a Board Observer of Air2Web, eScreen, Ingenio and Panasas. Previously, David served as Director of Business Development at Panasas, a leading provider of distributed networked storage systems. Mr. Lam also spent several years in marketing and business development roles at CIENA Corporation (Nasdaq �CIEN�), ONI Systems (Nasdaq �ONIS�), Cisco Systems (Nasdaq �CSCO�) and Proxim (Nasdaq �PROX�), and worked in the M&A group at Robertson Stephens & Company. Prior to Robertson, Mr. Lam served as an Executive Fellow in the California Governor�s Office.

    David earned an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Business where he was a Merit Scholar and recipient of the Patrick G. McGovern Award for Entrepreneurship. He earned an MA in Sociology and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and completed coursework at Beijing University and the Beijing Language Institute. Mr. Lam currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association.

    Photo of Stephen Silver, CEO, MAVN Funding Stephen Silver
    MAVN Funding
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    MAVN Funding
    Stephen is a partner with MAVN Funding Advisors which specializes in providing a range of funding and business development services for both investors and emerging growth companies.

    Stephen is an avid networker, and currently runs west coast operations for FundingPost events. Additionally, he is the co-founder of FP Angels, the angel investment wing of FundingPost.

    Prior to MAVN, Stephen was the Entrepreneur Director for the Southern California Keiretsu Forum, the nation's largest angel investment group. Stephen screened the best deals from over 500 startups, connecting them with the group's 250 Angel investors.

    Stephen attended Babson College, the nation's #1 school for entrepreneurship and graduated with a B.S. in business administration, with concentrations in entrepreneurship and marketing.

    Photo of Hitesh Anand, Sr. Manager, Scouting & Corporate Business Dev., Nokia Hitesh Anand
    Director of Technology Strategy and Partnerships
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    Hitesh Anand, veteran in the semiconductor & mobile communications industry with more than 10 years of experience currently serves as Senior Manager, Scouting & Corporate Business Development, for Nokia. Hitesh is responsible for discovering, identifying and validating external innovations in North America, using an "outside-in" venture capital approach, to help create new business opportunities for Nokia. In this role, Hitesh drives the Corporate Business Development open innovation process in North America by screening and analyzing start-ups and proposing & steering high impact candidates for new business opportunities.

    Hitesh joined Nokia in 2005, and has held various positions including Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy where he helped drive Nokia�s technology strategy.

    At Nokia, Hitesh was instrumental in developing Nokia�s Symbian Strategy leading to its subsequent acquisition; providing guidance to the Web Runtime, Browser, Open Foundation & Linux strategy work; formulating the competitive strategy for Java business group; recommending action and influencing change in Nokia Semiconductor Strategy; as well as analyzing acquisition targets and performing quantitative analysis to drive business decision making for Nokia Software Strategy.

    Hitesh has held business & engineering positions at Lucent Technologies, Analog Devices and Motorola Semiconductor Product Sector (now Freescale). Hitesh earned a an MBA from Duke University, USA; an MSE in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University, USA; and a B.Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Guru Nanak Dev University, India.

    Photo of Scott Caruso, General Partner, Flywheel Ventures Scott Caruso
    General Partner
    Flywheel Ventures
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    Flywheel Ventures
    Scott brings a decade of angel and venture investing experience and over 25 years of technology industry experience as a founder, builder, manager and advisor to over two dozen early-stage ventures in the Internet, Software and IT arenas. A seasoned tech entrepreneur and engineer, he has particular strengths in supporting company transitions from product development to sales-driven businesses and developing effective corporate infrastructure for scale.

    Scott joined Flywheel as a General Partner in 2003 and leads the firms investments in Groople, Lingotek, Intelisum, Sindhara Supermedia, 4Blox and Trackvia. He is also a board observer for Filtrbox.

    Prior to Flywheel, Scott was an active angel investor from 1999 to 2003 investing in 12 start-up companies ranging from biotech to IT infrastructure. He founded and led two successful technology start-ups as Founder/President HotSpare, a self-financed, profitable internet infrastructure services company and as co-Founder of Compute Intensive, a self-funded ISP services company to the SMB market (acquired by Verio and sold to NTT for $6 billion). Between 1989-1994, Scott was a Systems and Sales Support engineer at Sun Microsystems. Prior to Sun, he managed the computer operations group of New Mexico State Universitys Computer Sciences Dept. and was responsible for connecting NMSU to the Arpanet (predecessor to todays internet) and building the first campus-wide email system.

    He is past Director of New Mexico Angels from 2004-2006 and is a board director of Lingotek, Intelisum, 4Blox, and Trackvia, a board observer at Groople and past board observer at SAMBA.

    Scott received a BS, with a minor in Computer Science from New Mexico State University in 1987.

    Photo of Rick Gibson, Angel Investor, Desert Angels Rick Gibson
    Angel Investor
    Hot Ventures
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    Hot Ventures
    Rick Gibson has had a 40-year career building businesses, founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and advised over (75) others. Rick has reviewed 1000+ companies and mentored hundreds. He is 62-years old. Since 1999, 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, in domains as diverse as Ballistic Armor to Agriculture, including Information Technology, Healthcare, Sustainability and Media. As an investor and entrepreneurial activist, he's immersed in early-stage growth companies... finding them and making them great. Rick's been involved with several companies that've had liquidity events. Rick has raised tens of millions of dollars. Since 1996, he's been a key player in several "mentor-driven accelerators" including Idealab, the worlds leading tech incubator in the 1990s. Rick served as expert witness for technology business cases. He was one of the creators of Tallwave's Venture Blueprint a start-up curriculum for entrepreneurs. Rick is a columnist for

    Rick has been an investor, advisor or board member in: AgriTrak, Avisere, Beamz, The Book Patch, Bourque Industries, CopperKey, DarkPulse, Decon7, EquiSight, Flypaper, Funding Universe (now Lendio), Imagenomics, Iveda Solutions, LabTrack, LifeBot, Medipacs, MedSphere, Mobile Authentication Corp (MAC), MojoVideo, MSDx, NetWorth, NuvoMed, Octopi, Real Time Companies, Sokikom, StrongWatch, World Wide Wheat and Zero Waste Wines. He has been a limited partner in Solstice Capital II (one of the largest venture capital funds in Arizona) and is an early shareholder in Bill Gross Idealab.

    In Tucson, for many years Rick served on the Executive Board and Screening Committee of the Desert Angels, and is Mentor-Emeritus for UA's Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI) and was Adjunct Instructor for UAs Eller School Entrepreneurship Program, and on UA's MBA Advisory Council.

    In Phoenix, was on the board of ASU's Technopolis, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Instructor for LaunchPad/LaunchPrep entrepreneurship programs, and ASU TechBA mentor, coaching companies from Mexico. He is on the Management Committee and Selection Panel for Invest Southwest Capital Conference's Venture Madness. He was judge for ASU's Edson Entrepreneur Initiative, creator of "Entrepreneur's Resource Guide" for bizAZ magazine and member of Philanthropic Council of Banner Alzheimer's Foundation. Rick continues as a judge for the AZ Commerce Authority's 'Arizona Innovation Challenge' and on the Venture Ready Panel.

    In Flagstaff, Rick is on Executive Board and Treasurer of NACET incubator (Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies) and also a mentor. NACET also oversees Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship.

    Elsewhere, Rick has been judge for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and on Angel Capital Association's National Collaboration Committee and was guest instructor for Power of Angel Investing seminar. Rick is often a Mentor and Panelist for FundingPost.

    Rick was an early shareholder in Bill Gross' Idealab and founded one of its first companies, E-Ticket Inc, which merged with Nederlander Organization's RealTime Syndication Network to become FeatureCast Inc. Rick served as Vice-Chairman. FeatureCast secured 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 created several well-known technology companies including: Overture (acquired by Yahoo for $1.6B), United Online (was NetZero and Juno), Aptera, Internet Brands, CitySearch, Energy Innovations, eSolar, Desktop Factory, Picasa,, eToys and Evolution Robotics. [See]. 1998-2000, Rick was an advisor to the board of directors of Petersen Publishing, producers of 100+ magazines like Motor Trend, Hot Rod and Teen.

    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. Knowledge Adventure became the world's largest children's CD-ROM edutainment software company (almost $400 million in annual revenues), owned by Universal Studios, known for 'JumpStart' (20 million units sold) and 'Blaster' series.

    1986-1991, Rick consulted to software companies including Ashton-Tate, Que Software/Macmillan and SPSS Inc, and arranged sales of technology to Symantec, Microlytics and Paramount Publishing. Rick directed a division of Ashton-Tate and was Chairman of 4-5-6 WORLD. Earlier, Rick directed national sales/marketing and helped start or re-start: Fisher Corp, KLH, Ultralinear and Androbot Inc (personal robot start-up by Nolan Bushnell, who founded Atari and Chuck E Cheese). Rick began his career as one of the first store managers for The GAP Inc, which has 3,200 stores worldwide including Old Navy and Banana Republic.

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