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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Orange County Angel VC and Startup Event, sponsored by Hilltop Creative Group. This event was in Southern CA on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

    Photo of Thomas Gephart, Founder & Managing Partner, Ventana Capital Thomas Gephart
    Founder and Managing Director
    Ventana Capital
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    Ventana Capital
    Mr. Gephart founded Ventana in 1974. In 1982, Ventana's Board decided upon a Global Charter for Ventana's first institutional venture fund, established in 1984. Since then, Mr. Gephart has led the successful global launch of 5 U.S. Technology venture capital and private equity funds. In the past, he has worked with his Latin American Partners to form funds in both Chile and Mexico, but now focuses entirely on U.S. technology companies.

    As Ventana's driving force, Tom has implemented the firm's proactive investment style, by assisting companies in the necessary business strategies and relationships for introduction to the public capital markets. He pioneered Ventana's focus in both the high tech and life sciences sectors. He has led the active investment by Ventana's affiliated funds in 76 portfolio companies in these two sectors, with roles ranging from CEO to Chairman to Director. His long history of actively working shoulder-to-shoulder with the senior management and boards of directors of these companies makes him an ideal person to lead Ventana's activities in these areas.

    Prior to the formation of Ventana, Mr. Gephart held executive positions with AMP, Inc., Bunker-Ramo Corporation, Hughes Aircraft and Interlink, Co. He has served as Chairman and a director of numerous public and private companies, including: Fidelica Microsystems; HemaCare Corporation; Infrasonics, Inc.; Maxim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Medical Imaging Centers of America, Inc.; R2 Medical Systems, Inc.; SenDx Medical, Inc.; and Tickets.com.

    Mr. Gephart remains actively involved with several civic and business organizations including the UC San Diego CONNECT program, World Affairs Council, Association for Corporate Growth, the International Protocol Foundation, the USC School of Engineering Dean's Board of Councilors, and the Leadership Forum for the Technology Coast. He is also on the Board of Concordia University. Mr. Gephart earned a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Southern California.

    Photo of Amir Banifatemi, Angel Investor, Tech Coast Angels Amir Banifatemi
    Angel Investor
    Tech Coast Angels
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    Tech Coast Angels
    Amir is a successful entrepreneur whose work experience includes more than 14 years of advising startups. His focus has always been identifying and developing future and emerging technologies that can impact society with special emphasis on predictive business intelligence, knowledge sharing & education, and real-time technologies. Amir likes to work with startups on their product strategy, pricing, business model, go-to-market, and fund raising.

    Amir is currently a member and President of the Tech Coast Angels Orange County and actively involved with venture funds and angel investors to help continuous and sustained funding of startups. My constant focus has always been on identifying and developing future and emerging technologies that can impact society with special emphasis on predictive business intelligence, knowledge sharing & education, and real-time technologies.

    I work with startups and growth oriented companies on initiatives that could trigger significant technological breakthrough with strong economic and societal impact.

    Photo of Todd Belfer, Managing Partner, Canal Partners Todd Belfer
    Managing Partner
    Canal Partners
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    Canal Partners
    Todd Belfer is Managing Partner of Canal Partners. In this role Mr. Belfer is responsible for all aspects of the company including identification of potential acquisition targets, due diligence, financial analysis and final investment decision making.

    Mr. Belfer has a long history of entrepreneurship and has been involved with a wide range of businesses throughout his career. In 1990 he co-founded Employee Solutions, Inc., a professional employer organization which he helped take public in 1993 and which was the highest performing stock on the NASDAQ in 1996. He also co-founded a leading sports nutrition company M.D. Labs in 1993 and after realizing triple-digit growth sold his interest to a private equity firm in 2002. He was a founder of the successful Japanese restaurant chain RA, which has grown to more than 30 locations throughout the United States and which was sold to Benihana in 2002. In 2002 Mr. Belfer founded NETtime Solutions, a Software as a Service (SaaS) organization dedicated to delivering on-demand time and attendance service, where he remains as chairman.

    Mr. Belfer has been a dedicated volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters for over 10 years. Nationally, he is recognized for his work with The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and received the prestigious Regional Wings of Memory Society "Excellence in Leadership Award" presented by the United States Holocaust Museum in April 2006 for his ongoing support and dedication to the Holocaust Museum and its efforts. He is also a board member of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

    Mr. Belfer has a bachelor's degree in finance and a real estate degree from the University of Arizona.

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