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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VC and Angel Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP. This event was in Southern California on March 11, 2010.

    Photo of Andrew T. Sheehan, Managing Director, Sutter Hill Ventures Andy Sheenhan
    Managing Director
    Sutter Hill Ventures
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    Sutter Hill Ventures
    Andy Sheehan focuses his investments on internet software, services and digital media companies.

    Andy currently is a director of Buzz Media, Inc., Grain Communications Group, Inc., and Yext, Inc. His prior directorships have included, @Road (acquired by Trimble), AllBusiness.com, BakBone Software, Datran Media, Intermix Media and Myspace (acquired by News Corp.) and ReachLocal. Andy joined the firm in 2007 from VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he was a managing director. Previously, he worked at Alex. Brown & Sons and ABS Capital Partners.

    Andy received his BA from Dartmouth College with a degree in English. He earned his MBA in 1985 from the Wharton School.

    David Travers, Principal, Rustic Canyon Partners David Travers, Principal, Rustic Canyon Partners

    David Travers brings technology, media, and national security experience to Rustic Canyon. Prior to joining Rustic Canyon in 2005, David worked at eBay, where he focused on the growth of their sports, toys, collectibles, and media marketplaces. Previously, David worked at The Walt Disney Company, where his duties included evaluating technology and new media venture investment opportunities for Disney as well as helping lead the launch of Disney's credit card business. David also worked at the White House as the Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor, where he was awarded the Secretary of Defense's Award for Outstanding Public Service. David currently serves on the board of LA’s BEST Friends

    David received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

    Photo of Scott Lenet, Managing Director, DFJ Frontier Scott Lenet
    Managing Director
    DFJ Frontier
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    DFJ Frontier
    Scott Lenet is a founder and Managing Director of DFJ Frontier, a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate and early stage technology venture capital fund focused on investments on the west coast . At Frontier, he leads fund management, fundraising and portfolio management efforts. Mr. Lenet began his venture capital career in 1992 with Geocapital Partners, where his successful investments included Netcom and Logic Works. He also has significant entrepreneurial experience in the technology industry as the founder and CEO of SmartFrog.com, acquired by Cybergold in 1999. Mr. Lenet's enterprise software experience also includes a product marketing role at Trilogy Software. In addition to his board roles as a Director for DFJ Frontier portfolio companies, Mr. Lenet serves on the boards of the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance, and the Entrepreneurship Center at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where he is an adjunct professor. He received his MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.

    Photo of Brendon S. Kim, General Partner and Co-founder, Altos Ventures Han Kim
    Managing Director
    Altos Ventures
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    Altos Ventures
    Han Kim is a Managing Director and co-founder of Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of mobile and software services. He also concentrates on companies with significant business in Asia, leveraging the firm's substantial contacts in the region, particularly in Korea. Han currently serves on the boards of numerous Korea based private companies. Before co-founding Altos Ventures in 1996, Han worked at Booz Allen & Hamilton solving strategic and operational issues for global media, retail and distribution companies. Previously, he was at Procter & Gamble. Han also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Han served two years in Korea, commanding both U.S. and Korean soldiers. Han received an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

    Bryce Benjamin, Angel Investor, Tech Coast Angels Los Angeles Bryce Benjamin, Angel Investor, Tech Coast Angels Los Angeles

    Mr. Benjamin has been a successful angel entrepreneur in Los Angeles since the early 1980’s when he learned the craft from David Goodman, third on the all-time genealogy chart of West Coast Venture Capitalists. Over his career, Bryce has alternated between stints as investor and CFO, COO or CEO in nearly a score of companies. From 1991 to 1997, he served as COO of Brandon International, a component manufacturer, where he was instrumental in expanding the firm’s annual revenues over 600% through a combination of organic growth and acquisition. He was an early investor and board member for IntelliChoice, Inc. until it was sold to Primedia in 1997. Bryce served as Chairman of MyCarPage.com, an ASP of CRM tools for the automotive industry, from 1999 through early 2005 when the company was successfully recapitalized in a management buyout. Bryce was the Founding CEO and Chairman of Language Weaver, Inc., the world’s leading provider of statistical-based language translation software, and served in those capacities from January 2002 through April 2007. Bryce currently is the CEO in Residence for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at USC Marshall and serves on the boards of two non-profit entities; Project:Possibility, an organization with the mission to develop and distribute open source software to people with disabilities; and VitalLink, whose goal is to provide realistic exposure to career options and career guidance to teenagers. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Chapter of the TechCoastAngels. Bryce is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received a Master in Business Administration with Distinction from the Harvard Business School. http://www.linkedin.com/in/brycebenjamin

    Photo of Stephen Silver, CEO, MAVN Funding Stephen Silver
    Partner
    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 Craig Gunther, Managing Director, Blade Ventures Craig Gunther
    Managing Director
    Blade Ventures
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    Blade Ventures
    Craig Gunther, the Managing Director of Blade Ventures, has more than 20 years of investing, operating, and engineering experience working with technology companies. Prior to founding the firm Mr. Gunther served as President of Blade Capital Management, where he established and managed an alternative asset focused investment platform with more than $2B in total assets. He previously served for six years as Chief Operating Officer of Nicholas Enterprises, held various management and senior engineering positions at TRW while designing and developing integrated circuits for computing and digital signal processing applications, and he has also worked with numerous public and private technology companies as an advisor. Mr. Gunther currently serves on the boards of ClearAccess, 5iScience, Lasercure and Vigilistics. He holds a BS in Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a JD from Loyola Law School.

    Moderator: John Filippone, Partner, Bingham McCutchen

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