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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VC and Angel Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP, Hilltop Creative Group. This event was in Southern California on Thursday, June 16, 2011.

    Alfred Mandel
    Tenex Medical Investors
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    Tenex Medical Investors
    Mr. Alfred Mandel is a Co-Founder at Tenex Medical Investors. He is involved in high technology business development and investment banking. Mr. Mandel founded Big Idea Group (BIG). He also co-founded Redgate Communications Corporation in 1986. At the age of 26, Mr. Mandel started his second company, Photon Electronic Sales. Prior to that in 1982, he served as the Printer Product Manager at Apple Computer. After introducing Apple's printers, Mr. Mandel helped roll out ... both the Apple Lisa and Macintosh computers as the Marcom Manager in Apple's Macintosh Group. He was then promoted as the Apple's first Event Marketing Manager. He left Apple in 1986. Mr. Mandel is a Member of the Operating Committee at Tenex Greenhouse Ventures. He sits on the Board of several young high technology companies and is an industry Advisor to life science and Internet related firms. Mr. Mandel has studied Electronics and Environmental Sciences and holds an M.A. in Environmental Design from the University of Oregon's School of Architecture.

    Photo of Rick Gibson, Angel Investor, HOT Ventures Rick Gibson
    Angel Investor
    Hot Ventures
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    Hot Ventures
    Rick Gibson has had a 38-year career building businesses. He founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and has advised over (75) others. He is 60-years old. Since 2000, 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 a range of domains as diverse as Ballistic Armor to Agriculture, including Information Technology, Health Sciences, GreenTech and Media. As an investor and entrepreneurial activist, he’s totally immersed in early-stage growth companies...finding them and making them great. Rick’s been involved with several companies that have had liquidity events. Rick has also served as an expert witness regarding technology business cases.

    Rick has been an investor, advisor or board member in: Avisere, Beamz, The Book Patch, Bourque Industries, CopperKey, DarkPulse, DueBook, EquiSight, Flypaper, Funding Universe (now Lendio), LabTrack, LifeBot, Medipacs, MedSphere, MDS VetInfo, Mobile Authentication Corp (MAC), MojoVideo, MSDx, 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 and a partner in Elite Desert Ventures. In Tucson, for many years Rick served on the Executive Board and still the Screening Committee of the Desert Angels, and is on the board and is Mentor-Emeritus for UA’s Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI). For several years, was Adjunct Instructor and then Practitioner Faculty for UA’s Eller School Entrepreneurship Program, and also served on UA’s MBA Advisory Council.

    In Phoenix, Rick was on the board of Arizona State University's Technopolis and was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, an instructor for both the LaunchPad and LaunchPrep entrepreneurship programs, and a mentor for ASU TechBA, coaching companies from Mexico. He is on the Executive Committee, Selection Panel and chair of the Angel Investor committee for the Invest Southwest Capital Conference. He is an advisor to an ASU team in NSF’s I-CORPS program and The Green Chamber: Greater Phoenix. He was creator of "Entrepreneur's Resource Guide" for bizAZ magazine and a member of the Philanthropic Development Council of the Banner Alzheimer's Foundation. Rick participates as a director/mentor for the Tallwave ‘Labs’ accelerator program and continues as a judge for the AZ Commerce Dept’s ‘Arizona Innovation Challenge’.

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

    Elsewhere, Rick has been a judge for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and on the Angel Capital Association’s National Collaboration Committee. He was a guest instructor for the Power of Angel Investing seminar for Angel Capital Association Summit. He is a judge for the Arizona Innovation Challenge. Rick often pinch-hits as the Mentor for the FundingPost workshops.

    Rick was an early shareholder in Bill Gross' Idealab and founded one of its first companies, E-Ticket Inc, which merged with the Nederlander Organization's RealTime Syndication Network to become FeatureCast Inc. Rick served as Vice-Chairman. FeatureCast secured the 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 is known for its creation and investment of several well-known technology companies including: Overture (acquired by Yahoo), 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 including 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 Vivendi-Universal, known for its 'JumpStart' (20 million units sold) and ‘Blaster’ series. 1986 through 1991, Rick consulted to several 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, a direct marketer of Lotus products. Earlier, Rick directed national sales and or marketing and helped start or re-start: Fisher Corp, KLH, Ultralinear and Androbot Inc (the 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 now has about 3,200 stores worldwide including Old Navy and Banana Republic.

    Photo of Jon Soberg, Vice President, Blumberg Capital Jon Sobgerg
    Blumberg Capital
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    Blumberg Capital
    Jon Soberg has over 17 years of experience as an executive, entrepreneur, financial analyst and consultant. He has held senior management positions in both startups and large corporations, including Ditech and Adforce, which had a highly successful IPO. He is also actively involved with Wharton, where he is part-time faculty in the Marketing Dept for the Global Consulting Practicum. A CFA Charterholder, Jon earned a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern, and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing from the Wharton School, where he is a Palmer Scholar.

    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, 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 Ed Fu, Associate, Rustic Canyon Venture Partners Ed Fu
    Rustic Canyon Venture Partners
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    Rustic Canyon Venture Partners
    Ed works with seed and early stage consumer web and clean technology companies. Prior to joining Rustic Canyon in 2010, Ed was an investor at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he focused on investments in the Internet and software sectors. Before TCV, Ed worked at Jefferies & Company, where he advised technology startups, helping several grow from single digit revenue companies to successful publicly listed industry leaders.

    Ed grew up in a family of entrepreneurs in Taiwan, where he witnessed the rise of the technology industry by touring semiconductor fabs with his father. He discovered his passion for technology building computers from spare parts found in Taipei’s bustling electronic markets. These days, when not meeting with entrepreneurs, Ed can be found teaching business and finance classes to local small business owners, developing Facebook applications and iOS apps that have a market size of two users (him and his wife), and falling asleep every night to episodes of The Simpsons on his iPad.

    Education: Ed earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, his MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and his BS in Computer Science from Cornell University.

    Moderator: John Filippone, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLC
    John L. Filippone's practice includes mergers and acquisitions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, public offerings and private placements, private equity and venture capital, �going private� transactions, special committee advice, and general corporate and securities law matters.

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