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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out PA Venture and Angel Conference, sponsored by Ameritech Media, RMSC Law. This event was in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

    Michael Wu
    Principal
    Chart Venture Partners
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    Chart Venture Partners
    Michael joined CVP as Principal in 2006 and has more than 14 years of experience from engineering and product management to venture advisory, angel investing and venture capital. In 2002, he founded Blue Angel Ventures, a Research Triangle Park, NC-based seed funding and venture advisory firm focusing on wireless IT, advanced materials, nanotechnology, and medical devices. He has served in interim management and board positions of several technology start-ups and is also a founding board member of Long Island Angel Network. From 1994 to 2002, Michael held engineering, technical sales, and product management roles in fiber optics, smartphones, public safety and next-generation technologies at Nortel Networks, Ericsson, Siemens, and Nextel Communications. He also worked as an avionics software developer at Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm / DASA, an aerospace defense contractor in Munich, Germany.

    At CVP, Michael focuses on investments in MEMS and Nanotechnology as they apply to communications, sensors, and power & energy, and actively supports CVP's portfolio companies. He has led investments and represented investors on the Board of Blue Angel Ventures' portfolio companies.

    Michael earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, MS in Electrical Engineering and Management of Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology, and BSEE (magna cum laude and Eta Kappa Nu graduate) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is also fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and German.

    Photo of Carter Caldwell, Principal, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners Carter Caldwell
    Principal
    Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
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    Cross Atlantic Capital Partners
    Carter Caldwell is a Principal at Cross Atlantic who is involved in investment due diligence, deal sourcing, as well as other Cross Atlantic operational efforts. Prior to joining Cross Atlantic, Carter founded and served as COO of Quazant Technology, Inc, the developer of the Transaction Accelerator, a high-speed transaction processing database. Prior to Quazant, Carter helped start Acorn Systems, Inc. and was integral in taking that company from pre-revenue to profitability. At Acorn, he served in the capacities of Director of Corporate Development, Product Manager and Engagement Manger. His experience is derived from positions at Acorn Systems, J.P. Morgan, Bear Stearns, and Business Philadelphia Magazine.

    While at Acorn Systems, and working with distributors in the Semiconductor, Electronics, Fluid Mechanics, Chemical, Food Service, and Steel industries, Carter succeeded in returning numerous businesses to profitability using a variety of methods, including activity-based costing.

    JP Morgan recognized Carter for creating a novel software analysis tool for all equities under their coverage. This tool, which utilized data such as equities' respective median volatilities and average daily volumes, enabled JP Morgan's institutional traders to make more informed trading decisions. Ultimately, this tool was used to alter the mix of equities that JP Morgan held in its Institutional Portfolio.

    Photo of Ross H. Goldstein, Co-founder and Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Ventures Ross Goldstein
    Co-founder & Managing Director
    Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures
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    Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures
    Ross is a member of the Board of Directors of Mimeo.com, Lumeta, ContextWeb, and Searchandise Commerce. Ross is also a Board Observer at IZEA.

    Prior to co-founding DFJ Gotham Ventures, Ross was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Interactive Imaginations, Inc., one of the East Coast's pioneering Internet companies, and the predecessor company to 24/7 Media, Inc. Ross helped manage Interactive Imaginations through the challenges of the early Internet advertising and eventually toward its successful merger and IPO as 24/7 Media.

    Prior to joining Interactive Imaginations, Ross was with Morgan Stanley for 13 years, where he had most recently been a senior banker responsible for equity financings for the firm's technology, telecommunications and media clients. Ross also serves on the Board of Directors of New York Cares, a non-profit volunteer service organization based in New York City.

    Ross received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics-Economics, magna cum laude, from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business

    Photo of Michael Kopelman, Principal, Edison Venture Fund Michael Kopelman
    Partner
    Edison Venture Fund
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    Edison Venture Fund
    Michael Kopelman is a Partner with Edison Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in leading, high-growth technology companies. Since its founding in 1986, Edison has invested in over 185 companies and completed over 125 exits, including 17 IPOs. Michael leads Edison's eCommerce and Interactive Marketing segment, Edisonís fastest growing investment area, and serves on the firmís investment committee.

    Michael began his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston where he advised clients on numerous M&A and financing transactions. In 1999, Michael left CSFB to launch E*OFFERING, a venture-backed online investment bank affiliated with E*TRADE. He launched several new online products, including the first web-based roadshow for retail investors. E*OFFERING was acquired one year after its launch by SoundView Technology Group, where he remained to lead the firm's internet & e-commerce investment banking franchise.

    Michael serves as Director of CallCopy, a call performance management and analytics software company; The Neat Company, a digital organization tool for consumers and small businesses; and Sonicbids, an eCommerce platform for emerging musicians. He was previously Director of TrueCommerce (acquired by HighJump).

    Michael serves on the IT investment advisory committee for Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Director on Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. Philadelphia Business Journal identified Michael as one of forty individuals under the age of forty who have made the biggest impact on the Philadelphia region.

    Michael was past President of Wharton Private Equity Partners, the private equity organization serving over 2,000 Wharton alumni. He regularly guest lectures seminars on entrepreneurship and venture capital at The Wharton School.

    He holds a BA in Economics, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA, with honors, from The Wharton School. He resides in Villanova, PA with his wife and two children.

    Photo of Jeanne Sullivan, Partner, StarVest Partners Jeanne Sullivan
    Partner
    StarVest Partners
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    StarVest Partners
    Jeanne M. Sullivan has been investing in and growing tech companies for many years. She is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners. StarVest is a New York-≠based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management and invests in technology≠enabled business services companies. Jeanne has more than 20 years of venture capital experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. As a General Partner of StarVest Partners and previously with Olivetti Ventures, Ms. Sullivan has served on the boards of many technology companies. Ms. Sullivan has extensive experience creating "go to market" plans for early- and expansion-stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, a keen understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends. Prior to her venture experience, Jeanne gained her experience in AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles.

    Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of "How to get the wallets out of investors' pocket". Jeanne serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association and serves as a member of the Astia Global Board of Trustees, an organization that empowers women entrepreneurs. Forebes reently cited Sullivan as "One of the women VCs changing the world". Follow Jeanne: @Gianna212

    Photo of Marc Michel, Managing Partner, Metamorphic Ventures Marc Michel
    Managing Director
    Metamorphic Ventures
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    Metamorphic Ventures
    Marc has over 20 years of private equity and venture investment experience and was a founding Director of Metamorphic Ventures before joining as a Managing Partner. Marc was formerly Group Head at TD Capital (USA) in New York, TD Bank's $500 million private equity fund focused on the media and communications sectors. Prior to joining TD Capital, Marc was the Managing Partner of EOS Partners SBIC, a $60 million venture capital fund focused on business services and communications. Marc began his career at Merrill Lynch Interfunding, a $1.3 billion middle market buyout fund. Marc has spent his entire career helping entrepreneurs build their businesses across the entire lifecycle of over 45 businesses. He has helped management teams build their executive teams, develop their operational and corporate finance strategy and assisted them with executing financings of every type both public and private. Marc has served on numerous boards of directors in partnership with management and co-investors.

    Marc has been involved in many successful companies including Coinstar, Accrue Software, CADIS Software, Open Development Software, DTS Systems, Precyse Solutions, Telemundo, Robb Report, Reiman Publishing, Alaska Native Wireless, Tritel PCS, Triton PCS, Wireless One, Mountain Union Telecom, Brooks Fiber, Bresnan Cable, and FrontierVision Cablesystems.

    Marc graduated with a BA degree from Emory University in 1983 and a MBA from Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.

    Photo of Michael Kelley, Founding Member, ARC Angel Fund Michael Kelley
    Founding Member
    ARC Angel Fund
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    ARC Angel Fund
    For more than 13 years, Michael Kelley has been executing and managing principal investments in venture capital and real estate. He is the founder and principal of Formation Capital, Inc. (ďFormationĒ), which currently manages in excess of $50 million in equity invested in 30 investments. Formationís venture portfolio includes Foxfire Printing and Packaging, iProcess Online and Performance Systems Development. Formation also manages investments in multi-family developments utilizing the Low-income Housing Tax Credit. At Formation he personally developed an online fund management system that allows all stakeholders to collaborate, upload or access information based on permissions. Prior to Formation, Mr. Kelley was a principal with HK Special Situations Group, where he provided advisory services to the US Small Business Administration regarding a troubled Small Business Investment Company. He was also a principal with GSA Management and with Intrust USA. At Intrust he was responsible for raising and investing 4 real estate tax credit funds and one venture capital fund. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Innovation Fund, Mr. Kelley sits on the boards of Foxfire Printing, Early Stage East, and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. Mr. Kelley received his BA degree in History magna cum laude from the University of Delaware.

    Photo of Gil Beyda, Managing Partner, Genacast Ventures Gil Beyda
    Managing Partner & Founder
    Genacast Ventures
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    Genacast Ventures
    Gil Beyda is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

    In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOLís acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures in partnership with Comcast Ventures.

    Moderator: Andrew Calderon, RMSC Law

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