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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VC and Angel Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP, Ambrose, Sproutstart, SocialRadius. This event was in Southern California on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

    Photo of Mark Kapczynski, Corporate Development, Experian Mark  Kapczynski
    Executive Director
    UCLA Venture Fund
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    UCLA Venture Fund
    Mark Kapczynski has a successful track record as a product and business strategist, at the intersection of technology, data and mobile devices across industries. He currently works with companies to develop new business offerings and enter new markets. These companies are focused on consumer healthcare, fintech, grocery and data & analytics. Mr. Kapczynski advises startup businesses as part of the LA Chamber of Commerceís Bixel Exchange. He assists technology startups in Southern California to design their businesses, ensure product-market-fit, build out their teams and raise capital to fuel their growth. Mr. Kapczynski as a part-time venture partner at Arrowroot Capital, focuses on investments in the SaaS market in need of growth capital to further develop their businesses. The areas that Mr. Kapczynski addresses are Big Data & Analytics, Financial Services, and Consumer Internet. Mr. Kapczynski additionally serves as an Executive Director of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, helping to foster innovation connected to the university; including early stage investing, mentoring, and access to Intellectual Property from UCLA patents. Mr. Kapczynski last served as VP of Corporate Development and Strategy for Experian's consumer businesses which include leading consumer brands: Experian,, and ProtectMyID. Through executing on over 8 M&A transactions, Mr. Kapczynski helped to facilitate Experianís under-lying growth and profitability. Mr. Kapczynski was also responsible for the roadmap of product features mapping to market and consumer needs. Most of this effort centered on moving Experian from a legacy browser-only offering into a more modern native mobile application and platform. A key element was rapid design and development along with flexibility to add and change features as well as integrating several data/ad tracking components. Mr. Kapczynski previously built a venture backed start-up in the Entertainment industry called MESoft; worked at Microsoft Corporation as a Director in Media & Entertainment, and built one of the first ecommerce technology start-ups called Digital Genesis.
    Mr. Kapczynski graduated from UCLA film school and continues to be active in multiple industry associations that span media, mobile, data, technology, and consumer internet. He has 12 patents to his name and an additional 40 patents pending.
    In his free time, Mr. Kapczynski enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 kids as well as car racing and playing the drums.

    Photo of Ray Chan, Angel Investor, Tech Coast Angels Ray Chan
    Angel Investor
    K5 Ventures
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    K5 Ventures
    An active investor with years of successful track record, working in full partnership with founders to create the appropriate structures, systems and teams required.

    Ray is the Managing Partner of K5 Ventures, a Venture Partner of Tech Coast Angels ACE Funds, and the founder of The Portal. As an active fund manager, he has invested in over 400 companies. He is also committed to building a healthy and vibrant Orange County startup ecosystem through The Portal by turning students from UCI and other local colleges and universities into talented technical and marketing resources. - Linkedin Angelist

    Scott Sangster, Managing Director, OrganicStartup Scott Sangster, Managing Director, OrganicStartup

    Mark Landay, Angel Investor, HBS Angels Mark Landay, Angel Investor, HBS Angels

    Mark J. Landay is Managing Director of Dynamic Synergy, a premier retained executive recruitment firm. In business for near two decade and Dun & Bradstreet rated, Dynamic Synergy provides start up and growth companies with retained executive recruitment. Approximately 33% of the companies Mark has consulted to have had positive exits! Prior to executive search, Mr. Landay worked in private equity and has been recognized as an industry expert in both technology & executive search. Mark is a founding mentor for the Founders Institute and FoundersSpace LA. Mr. Landay is also the President of LA CEOs, and chairs the Harvard Business School Angels of Southern California software & digital media investments.

    Photo of John Peate, Managing Partner, Peate Ventures John Peate
    Managing Partner
    Peate Ventures
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    Peate Ventures
    Prior to Peate Ventures, John worked on finance and merger & acquisition projects for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. John is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Finance and Entrepreneurship. John was a member of the Varsity Track team at USC where he holds the 10th fastest time in USC history in the Steeple chase.

    Photo of Zac Cherry, Managing Partner, Caerus Ventures Zachary Cherry
    Managing Partner
    Caerus Ventures
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    Caerus Ventures
    Zachary A. Cherry brings more than ten years of comprehensive finance, investment and strategic advisory experience to the Caerus team. Over the course of a decade on Wall Street, he has developed an acute proficiency in qualitative and quantitative analytics, negotiation as well as complex transaction structuring.

    In 1997, Mr. Cherry began a successful career on Wall Street as a Financial Analyst in Salomon Brotherís Investment Banking Division. He acquired both domestic and international, corporate finance and broad market experience, working in Salomonís New York and London Offices. In 1999 Cherry joined Neuberger Berman as an Equities Analyst. In his 6 years at Neuberger, Zachary ascended to Senior Lodging & Leisure Analyst, formulating proprietary investment ideas for recommendation to Neubergerís portfolio management team. He went on to found Cherry Capital LLC, a boutique strategic and finance advisory firm facilitating financing, development and investment across an expansive array of industries.

    Cherry graduated from Brown University in May 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics. Mr. Cherry currently serves as Chief Operating Office of Chadwickís Products LLC and as a Special Advisor for Inmoo.

    Keynote: John Iorillo, Co-CEO, Ambrose Keynote: John Iorillo, Co-CEO, Ambrose

    John is a Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Ambrose, LLC. He is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for New York City in 2001. John currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Employer Services Assurance Corporation and Streetwise Partners, Inc. Prior to Ambrose, John practiced tax law with Proskauer Rose in New York City. John holds two law degrees, a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at San Diego.

    Moderator: Janice Liu, Counsel, Bingham McCutchen LLC

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