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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Boston Venture Capital and Angel Investor Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP. This event was in Boston, MA on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

    Photo of Elon Boms, Founder and Managing Director, Launch Capital Elon Boms
    Founder and Managing Director
    Launch Capital LLC
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    Launch Capital LLC
    Elon S. Boms, Founder and Managing Director of Launch Capital LLC, joins the Venture Capital community with significant finance, consulting and marketing experience. His venture capital experience includes structuring bio-tech, consumer products and software development deals. Most recently, Elon was a managing consultant at Fidelity Investments where he worked primarily on strategy initiatives for financial investments in emerging markets. Prior to his work with Fidelity, Elon worked in Corporate Finance for Citigroup. Elon began his career as a brand manager at Georgia Pacific Company�s Dixie Foodservice division, where he assumed responsibility for $25M in capital investments and engineered a complete profit turnaround for the paper cup business. This wide spectrum of experiences has enabled Elon to approach business from a holistic perspective and has instilled in him a passion for developing and investing in new business concepts.

    Elon earned his M.B.A from the Yale School of Management where he graduated with distinction in venture capital and a concentration in finance. Elon completed his B.A. in Economics from George Washington University. Elon is an avid golfer, skier, and gourmet chef. He lives in Boston with his soon to be wife.

    Michael Kane
    Kestrel Asset Management
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    Kestrel Asset Management
    Michael Kane manages the Kestrel early-stage venture fund. Previously, Mr. Kane served as a Vice-President for Kane Is Able, Inc., a third-generation family-owned logistics company based in Scranton, PA. His responsibilities included strategic planning, financial management, and corporate governance. Prior to joining the family business full time, Mr. Kane co-founded and ran an internet start-up company from 1995-1997, worked in portfolio accounting for a Boston bank, and taught college courses in philosophy and history for twelve years.

    Mr. Kane holds an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College. He has also studied at Oxford University and Freiburg University, Germany.

    Mr. Kane is a Leadership Council member of PathNorth, a national CEO group, the Business Leaders Network, a Philadelphia CEO group, and the Institute for Private Investors, where he is a member of the Advisory Faculty. He currently serves on the board of PharmMD, a Nashville health care company and has previously been the vice-president of a Pennsylvania land trust. He has spoken to family office groups and business leaders on portfolio management and investment strategies. In addition, Mr. Kane is a co-founder of "Pour Richard's Symposium", a Philadelphia group devoted to the discussion of ideas and the enjoyment of wine, in the spirit of Ben Franklin.

    Mr. Kane and his wife Dorothea are the parents of three young children. His interests include spending time with family, hiking, reading, and traveling.

    Photo of Todd Hixon, Managing Partner, New Atlantic Ventures Todd Hixon
    Managing Partner
    New Atlantic Ventures (NAV)
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    New Atlantic Ventures (NAV)
    Todd invests broadly in information technology businesses, with emphasis on companies that use “deep” technology to create commercial value. Currently Todd serves on the Board of Directors of GateRocket, AppTap, Ember, SepSensor, Tap ‘n Tap and EveryScape. Before co-founding New Atlantic Ventures in 2006, Todd was a managing partner of DFJ New England Fund from 2000 to 2006, and previously a Senior Vice President with The Boston Consulting Group, where he managed two venture portfolios, built the Technology and Communications Practice to $100 million of revenue, and managed the firm’s information technology and knowledge management functions. He earned his BA in Physics from Princeton University (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and he holds his MBA from HBS, where he was a Baker Scholar.

    Photo of Kent Bennett, Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners Kent Bennett
    Vice President
    Bessemer Venture Partners
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    Bessemer Venture Partners
    Kent Bennett, a vice president in Bessemer's Cambridge, Mass. office, joined the company in 2008. Kent focuses on investments in the data-infrastructure, data-analytics and communications sectors.

    At Bessemer, Kent has been involved in investments including data-management companies Streambase, Vertica, Endeca, Netuitive, and Portrait Software; mobile-communications companies BroadSoft, Millennial Media and Enforta; as well as in, the world's largest soccer portal, and On-Q-ity, a cancer-diagnostics company.

    Prior to joining Bessemer, Kent was a creative executive for an entertainment-production company, where he developed and sold original material including a network television pilot and a feature film. He began his career with Bain & Co., where he worked on projects in industries spanning IT, retail, consumer products, healthcare and biotech.

    Kent holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar.

    Photo of Norman Meisner, Angel Investor, Beacon Angels Norman Meisner
    Angel Investor
    Beta Fund
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    Beta Fund
    Mr. Meinser has worked for nine startups as VP of sales or VP of business development yielding five acquisitions and one IPO. His expertise is in the areas of enterprise software, security and data communications. Most recently, he served as the VP of business development at Authentica, acquired by EMC in early 2006. He has been a private angel investor since 1998 and he led the angel round at Lumigent Technologies, where he served on the Board for 5 years. He works with his investments to help develop sales and partnering strategies.

    Photo of John Landry, Managing Partner, Lead Dog Ventures John Landry
    Lead Dog Ventures
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    Lead Dog Ventures
    John Landry has been a leader in the software business since the word 'software' was conceived. Now a 30-year veteran of the industry, Landry has served as Chief Technology Officer/Senior VP Development at such software leaders as Lotus Development, Dun & Bradstreet Software, Cullinet Software and McCormack & Dodge as well as the Founder/Chairman/CTO of numerous successful startups including Narrative Communications, and Adjoin Solutions.

    In 1999, Landry founded Lead Dog Ventures LLC, a business accelerator providing emerging technology enterprises access to a well-developed network of intellectual, relationship and financial capital. Packaging technology vision, business expertise and funding alternatives, Lead Dog provides the means for today's entrepreneurs to become the "Lead Dogs" of tomorrow.

    Landry is a long-time trustee of the Mass Technology Leadership Council, a Mass Hi-Tech All-Star, an Xconomy Xconomist, a member/investor in CommonAngels and TechStars, the past-president of the Information Technology Assoc of America (ITAA) and the American Software Association, and is a Trustee and Instructor at his alma mater, the #1-ranked Entrepreneurship college in the US, Babson College. John has served on the Board of Directors of over 39 companies and currently serves as a Director of several technology companies including DoubleTake Software, Sonian and, and also serves on the Board of Advisors of several companies as well as DEMO and the Nantucket Conference.

    Photo of Bill McPhee, Angel Investor, Boston Harbor Angels William McPhee
    Angel Investor
    Boston Harbor Angels
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    Boston Harbor Angels
    William D. McPhee (Bill) is the Founder and Managing Director of Praxis Advisors LLC, a partnership of senior executives that helps early stage medtech businesses develop and execute the strategies and tactics needed to reach commercialization and exit. Mr. McPhee has 30 years of experience in strategy and operations consulting, fund raising, transactions and venture capital. He has worked with the senior management teams of a wide range of organizations in the healthcare, consumer products, information services, manufacturing and retail sectors.

    Prior to starting Praxis, Mr. McPhee created the Outsourced Business Development practice at Health Advances, a 65-person life science strategy consulting boutique. Before that he founded Mi3 Venture Partners, an early stage life science fund. Mi3 evolved from Mr. McPhee's realization that there was an extraordinary opportunity to exploit the shifts in the strategic/operating paradigm for the imaging-related sector. In 1991 Mr. McPhee founded the international strategy consulting business, Lucas, McPhee & Co., focused on building shareholder value for institutions as diverse as the Indiana University School of Medicine, Warner-Lambert, Health and Hospital Corp. (Indianapolis), Wishard Hospital, Indiana Healthcare (primary care organization), Thomson Consumer Electronics, Hawker-Siddeley (U.K.) and some of the LBO portfolio companies of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Kohlberg and Company. Early in his career Mr. McPhee served as a senior manager in several small companies and as a consultant with the international strategy-consulting firm of Bain and Company. Over a 4-year period with PepsiCo, Inc., Mr. McPhee served initially as Legal Counsel for Canadian subsidiaries and later was responsible for the franchised growth of Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in Canada. Mr. McPhee received a LL.B. (law degree) from McGill University (Montreal) where he was a Wainwright Scholar. He also obtained a B.Sc. (Honors - pre-Med) from McGill and received McConnell and University Scholarships. Mr. McPhee is a non-practicing member of the Ontario Bar.

    Mr. McPhee is a member of Boston Harbor Angels and Mass Medical Angels, and serves as an Advisor to The Capital Network. He has held Board seats on Imcor Pharmaceuticals, VueSonix Sensors, Quick Study Radiology, FlowMedica and superDimension and has been a speaker and panelist for many organizations, including MassMedic, the Institute of Medicine and the Foley & Lardner Technology Conference. Mr. McPhee has published articles in Imaging and the peer reviewed journal Radiology.

    Photo of Charles M Chesler, Angel Investor Charles Chesler
    Angel Investor
    ARC Angel Fund
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    ARC Angel Fund
    An entrepreneur by both heritage and hard work, Charles “Chuck” Chesler has sold three self-built companies. He is unique in that his business training was gained not in an Ivy-league classroom, but from years of cultivating best practices from mentors, coaches and leaders.

    Chuck was born into a modest family of hard-working businessmen. In 1989, his father decided to retire and Chuck stepped in to take over the family business.

    Rather than just stay the course, Chuck took to the street to raise sales and leverage technology. Using telemarketing and professional presentations, he raised revenue with the creative use of free trials. With these creative tactics, sales tripled to over $2.4 million in less than 4 years. Chuck sold the business to a strategic buyer in 1992.

    Chuck then followed his passion for music and traveled the world with his band, meeting his future wife in Sweden before returning home to reenter business. He launched Digital Media Incorporated, a Web hosting and design business, and sold it to a network provider in 1996.

    Chuck founded Connecticut’s Village Office Supply and Furniture in 1998. Within 10 years, Chuck grew the company from 5 employees to 45. After a record 2007, he sold the business in 2008 to another strategic buyer.

    Since 2009 Chuck has become an active Angel Investor/Advisor working with companies in the Mobile, Crowd-Sourcing, and Lead Generation Spaces. Current investments include and

    A key to his success was an awareness of lessons learned along the way, and an ability to communicate these to the staff he mentored. Over the years, Chuck kept part of a cardboard box near his desk and recorded simple yet powerful business rules. He came to call these mantras his “Candy Making Secrets” and enjoys sharing his nuggets of wisdom with students and young entrepreneurs.

    Chuck belongs to several professional organizations, including The CEO Roundtable and The Business Council of Fairfield County, and currently lectures at Central Connecticut State University on Entrepreneurship and Leadership. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Pace University. Chuck lives with his wife and two children in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he is a mentor in the Norwalk Board Of Education’s Mentoring Program. He will always play music.

    Moderator: Matthew Cushing, Partner, Bingham McCutchen

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