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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Boston VC and Angel Conference, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP. This event was in Boston, MA on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

    Photo of William F. Swiggart, Angel Investor, Beacon Angels William Swiggart
    Beacon Angels
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    Beacon Angels
    William F. Swiggart is a Boston based attorney who incorporates and grows start-ups, and facilitates transactions such as debt and equity investments, IP licenses, and mergers & acquisitions. He registers and defends trademarks and copyrights, and also helps resolve business conflicts. Mr. Swiggart is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1977) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. 1982), where he was a member of the Connecticut Law Review. He has served as General Counsel to Bitstream Inc., and to ON Technology Corporation. Mr. Swiggart has twice been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, an honor conferred on only 5% of attorneys in any given year.

    Mr. Swiggart is a frequent lecturer on topics of licensing, technology, & start-up issues to groups such as the New England Corporate Counsel's Association, the Mass. Bar Association, and the MIT Enterprise Forum. He helped found, and served as first President of the Princeton Entrepreneurs Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) qualified organization that promotes entrepreneurship via national and regional events. He is a founding member of the AIGC, and edits its journal, The Independent Counsel. In his spare time, Mr. Swiggart manages Beacon Angels, LLC, an angel group that invests in early stage companies.

    Photo of Kyle Harris, Managing Director, Liquidity Works Kyle Harris
    Managing Director
    Liquidity Works
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    Liquidity Works
    Kyle Harris is the Managing Director of Liquidity Works. He began his career in the Foreign Military Sales group for the Navy's F-18 aircraft program, ultimately running the team that sold over $3.5 Billion dollars is USG equipment worldwide. He next ran international marketing for the NYMEX crude oil contract working with foreign governments and multinationals to develop risk management programs around the world's largest traded commodity. After receiving his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Business he began an early stage incubator which funded several notable projects. As a operator/entrepreneur, he was COO of IMTI Systems an insurance software provider, and was the founder of Global Detection and Reporting, Inc a company offering innovative risk detection tools for illegal drugs in the workplace. Kyle is married, has three children and lives in NYC.

    Photo of Jeff Brodlieb, Principal, Centripetal Capital Partners Jeff Brodlieb
    Centripetal Capital Partner
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    Centripetal Capital Partner
    - Over 30 years experience developing, implementing and financing growth and turnaround strategies for Fortune 100’s to small and medium sized enterprises.

    - GE Capital, Vice President of Strategic Transactions; originated and structured over $500 million of transactions; with GE-backed Allegiance Capital completed turnaround buyouts totaling $144 million, currently generating annual income over $30 million.

    - Boston Consulting Group and Michael Allen Company. Consultant working across industries from telecommunications to consumer services.

    - Hands-on management and start-up experience; launched Time Inc.’s first subscription television company.

    - Brown University, B.A.; Harvard Business School, M.B.A.

    Photo of Steve Murray, Partner, Softbank Capital Steven Murray
    Softbank Capital
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    Softbank Capital
    Mr. Murray joined SoftBank Capital in 1997 and has over 15 years of experience working with high growth technology based businesses. His experience includes sourcing and managing venture investments, all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and significant corporate finance and accounting. He focuses on digital media technologies as well as a variety of technology based services.

    During Mr. Murray's tenure at SoftBank he has been the principal senior executive responsible for billions of dollars of complex structured monetization strategies including initial public offerings, secondary public offerings, mergers, private sales, public market block sale transaction and complex collars. He also is the partner in charge of the financial and legal affairs of SoftBank Capital.

    Mr. Murray came to SoftBank Capital from Deloitte, one of the world's largest professional services firms. While at Deloitte, Mr. Murray specialized in serving numerous high growth technology based businesses including Primark Corporation, Harcourt General and IDG.

    Mr. Murray serves on the boards of several private companies, including Grab Networks, Echo360, Mobile Posse, Nellymoser, Pivot Solutions, Rivermine, Sermo, V-Enable, VoodooVox, and Ziplist.

    He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from Boston College.

    Photo of Mic Williams, Angel Investor, Boston Harbor Angels Mic Williams
    Angel Investor
    Boston Harbor Angels
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    Boston Harbor Angels
    Mic (Michael) Williams has been an investor for over 34 years. Whereas his primary investments and have been in commercial real estate; his previous private investments have included manufacturing, mining, movies, lumber products, ships and a television enterprise. Since he founded the Boston chapter of Keiretsu Forum in 2004 and then Boston Harbor Angels in 2006. He has invested in eleven of the “portfolio” companies.

    He has served on many, public, private, and charitable boards including United Way (a past Campaign Chairman, Tucson) Boy Scouts, YMCA and the International Boys Club (NYC).

    He spent 18 years with Coldwell Banker Commercial Group as a salesman, CA.; VP Resident Manager, AZ; and SVP Regional Manager, Board member in NY.,NJ.,CT. He left to join Aries Enterprises as President of a large scale land development company in Colorado and Arizona and involved in the planning, development and sales of major planned communities. He was a Managing Director of Landauer (a NY real estate consulting firm) and also provided real estate investment banking services with a small private firm in NYC.

    He continues to do real estate investing, consulting, and funds raising for commercial real estate projects. Mr. Williams has been a featured speaker in the US, UK, Asia, and Africa on real estate and more recently featured in different venues as a speaker, moderator and panelist on “angel investing”.

    His real estate views have been quoted in such publications as the WSJ, NYTimes, LATimes, Barrons, and Business Week.

    Photo of Alexander R. Taussig, Senior Associate, Highland Capital Partners Alexander Taussig
    Senior Assosiate
    Highland Capital Partners
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    Highland Capital Partners
    Alex is a Senior Associate at Highland Capital Partners in Lexington, MA focused on businesses applying information technology and innovations in physical science to challenges in energy and the environment.

    Prior to joining Highland, Alex worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant with the Magnetic Materials & Devices Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, he synthesized and characterized a new class of magneto-optical perovskites capable of growth on semiconductor-compatible substrates. Alex also spent time at RockPort Capital Partners, a venture capital firm devoted to energy technology, and McKinsey & Company, where he provided strategic advice on business technology issues.

    Alex received his A.B. in Physics summa cum laude from Harvard College, his M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School with high distinction. You can follow Alex on Twitter at @ataussig.

    Photo of Arif Padaria, Managing Dir. of Investments, MA Clean Energy Center Arif Padaria
    Managing Director of Investments
    Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
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    Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
    Prior to joining MassCEC he was a partner at the Boston-based venture capital firm Pilot House Ventures (PHV), where he co-managed an early stage technology fund. Arif has been involved in innovative technology development since 1990. Prior to joining PHV, Arif managed a strategic investment fund at Microsoft directed toward Microsoft's top-tier global Independent Software Vendors. He was also a member of TVM Capital's technology investment team and an investment banker at Broadview, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the technology, media and communications sectors. In addition, he served in senior technical and management positions at both software startups and large software developers. He earned a M.S. and a B.S. in Computer Science, from Rutgers University, a MBA from Columbia University, and worked towards a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Princeton University.

    Moderator: Jack Concannon III, Partner, Bingham McCutchen

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