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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Las Vegas VC and Angel Event, sponsored by SocialRadius, Tracky, UNLV, Entrepreneuria. This event was in Vegas on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

    Photo of Rick Gibson, Angel Investor, Desert Angels Rick Gibson
    Angel Investor
    Hot Ventures
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    Hot Ventures
    Rick Gibson has had a 40-year career building businesses, founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and advised over (75) others. Rick has reviewed 1000+ companies and mentored hundreds. He is 62-years old. Since 1999, 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 domains as diverse as Ballistic Armor to Agriculture, including Information Technology, Healthcare, Sustainability and Media. As an investor and entrepreneurial activist, he's immersed in early-stage growth companies... finding them and making them great. Rick's been involved with several companies that've had liquidity events. Rick has raised tens of millions of dollars. Since 1996, he's been a key player in several "mentor-driven accelerators" including Idealab, the world’s leading tech incubator in the 1990’s. Rick served as expert witness for technology business cases. He was one of the creators of Tallwave's Venture Blueprint a start-up curriculum for entrepreneurs. Rick is a columnist for Inc.com

    Rick has been an investor, advisor or board member in: AgriTrak, Avisere, Beamz, The Book Patch, Bourque Industries, CopperKey, DarkPulse, Decon7, EquiSight, Flypaper, Funding Universe (now Lendio), Imagenomics, Iveda Solutions, LabTrack, LifeBot, Medipacs, MedSphere, Mobile Authentication Corp (MAC), MojoVideo, MSDx, NetWorth, 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.

    In Tucson, for many years Rick served on the Executive Board and Screening Committee of the Desert Angels, and is Mentor-Emeritus for UA's Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI) and was Adjunct Instructor for UA’s Eller School Entrepreneurship Program, and on UA's MBA Advisory Council.

    In Phoenix, was on the board of ASU's Technopolis, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Instructor for LaunchPad/LaunchPrep entrepreneurship programs, and ASU TechBA mentor, coaching companies from Mexico. He is on the Management Committee and Selection Panel for Invest Southwest Capital Conference's Venture Madness. He was judge for ASU's Edson Entrepreneur Initiative, creator of "Entrepreneur's Resource Guide" for bizAZ magazine and member of Philanthropic Council of Banner Alzheimer's Foundation. Rick continues as a judge for the AZ Commerce Authority's 'Arizona Innovation Challenge' and on the Venture Ready Panel.

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

    Elsewhere, Rick has been judge for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and on Angel Capital Association's National Collaboration Committee and was guest instructor for Power of Angel Investing seminar. Rick is often a Mentor and Panelist for FundingPost.

    Rick was an early shareholder in Bill Gross' Idealab and founded one of its first companies, E-Ticket Inc, which merged with Nederlander Organization's RealTime Syndication Network to become FeatureCast Inc. Rick served as Vice-Chairman. FeatureCast secured 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 created several well-known technology companies including: Overture (acquired by Yahoo for $1.6B), United Online (was NetZero and Juno), Aptera, Internet Brands, CitySearch, Energy Innovations, eSolar, Desktop Factory, Picasa, Tickets.com, eToys and Evolution Robotics. [See http://idealab.com]. 1998-2000, Rick was an advisor to the board of directors of Petersen Publishing, producers of 100+ magazines like 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 Universal Studios, known for 'JumpStart' (20 million units sold) and 'Blaster' series.

    1986-1991, Rick consulted to 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. Earlier, Rick directed national sales/marketing and helped start or re-start: Fisher Corp, KLH, Ultralinear and Androbot Inc (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 has 3,200 stores worldwide including Old Navy and Banana Republic.

    Photo of Brad Greenwald, CEO, DLF Capital Brad Greenwald
    CEO
    DLF Capital
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    DLF Capital
    Brad is the CEO of DLF Capital in Denver which invests in and develops startup companies in the consumer and business services, and consumer product spaces.

    Brad is also a Professor at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business where he teaches Entrepreneurial Management and Strategy in the Executive MBA program.

    He brings over twenty five years of progressive experience in launching and managing startup and corporate businesses. Brad has an extensive background in service, real estate and telecommunication businesses.

    Brad began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Co. Brad helped raise $600+ million in launching and successfully building WildBlue Communications (broadband), Loyalty Management Group (consumer promotions), Springridge Development (land development) and PrimeStar (satellite TV). Brad also had successful P&L responsibility in his Vice President roles in sales, marketing and operational functions at Polaroid and Time Warner Cable.

    Brad also works at a Board level with nonprofits including Oxfam America, Food Bank of the Rockies and Operation Frontline. Brad received the 2006 SOS National Community Leader Award. Brad was a 2000 Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

    Brad received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University. Brad received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990. Brad lives with his wife and 3 children in Denver, Colorado.

    Photo of Felix Danciu, Angel Investor, Elmcore Group Felix Danciu
    President and CEO
    Elmcore Investment Advisors
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    Elmcore Investment Advisors
    Felix Danciu is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Elmcore Group and its wholly-owned investment bank, Elmcore Securities. With a focus on complex transactions and cross-border ventures, Felix’s background spans nearly 20 years in industries such as consumer goods, software, gaming, healthcare, telecom, F&B, construction, and textiles.

    Previously, Felix was a top executive with a multinational FMCG manufacturer, overseeing in-house M&A strategies, manufacturing, international trade, sales and marketing (online and retail), and logistics. Felix has also held various positions in the financial industry as well as interim management roles with companies in media, real estate, and mining, overseeing all aspects of corporate financial strategies, M&A, and capital raising. In addition, Felix has extensive knowledge and experience in the research and trading strategies of various investment classes including long-short equities and high-yield corporate bonds. Currently, Felix serves as a board member for Clinovo, Inc. DBA: ClinCapture, a Silicon Valley software platform for clinical trial data management.

    Mr. Danciu graduated with a BA from Cornell University with degrees in Economics and Government.

    Photo of Ed Fu, Associate, Rustic Canyon Venture Partners Ed Fu
    Associate
    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.

    Photo of Eugene Wong, Angel Investor, Vegas Valley Angels Eugene Wong
    Angel Investor
    Vegas Valley Angels
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    Vegas Valley Angels
    Eugene Wong currently serves as an advisor, director and investor to several companies, including First American International Bank (NY,NY), Optimer Pharmaceuticals (SD, CA), Radixx Solutions International (Orlando, FL)., Unbounded Learning (Co-Founder-Shanghai, China), and Veracast Communications (Co-Founder-SF, CA), He is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business with an M.B.A. in Finance , and of Cornell University with a B.S. in Engineering Physics . Mr. Wong is married to his wife Lai of 40 years, with two adult offspring: Byron (36)-married, and Vanessa (33); one grandson Egan (5) and one granddaughter Madison (2). He divides his time between the Bay Area-San Francisco, CA and Henderson, NV.

    Mr. Wong was a founding member of The Aslan Group – a national group of angel investors to early-stage companies (1998). Since 1995, he was the CEO of AmerAsia Partners, Inc. a private investment banking firm. Mr. Wong was the Managing Partner of IHG-a boutique investment bank in New York in 1990 which did the management buyout of Protection One Alarm Services and subsequent IPO; and was also engaged in the recapitalization of Sunbeam Oster, out of bankruptcy. Prior to that he served as a Managing Director of the High Yield Securities Department at Prudential Bache Securities (1987) and served on the Investment Committee of Prudential Bache Merchant Banking Fund- an $800 million private equity fund. He was a Senior Vice President in the High Yield and Convertible Bond Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert (Los Angeles) in 1983, and began his career on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs & Company in 1973. Mr. Wong co-founded the SF Bay Chinese Entrepreneurs Association Chapter in 2001.

    Photo of Keynote: Dominic Anthony Marrocco, Entrepreneuria Dominic Marrocco
    Founder
    Entrepreneuria
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    Entrepreneuria
    Dominic can best be described as a serial entrepreneur. 38 year old Dominic, who is originally from Leeds, England, now divides his time between the UK and US where he runs businesses in property, IT, his own venture capital fund as well as supporting multiple charities. His own story of success (he became a millionaire before he was 21) is one of inspiration for budding entrepreneurs and future business leaders.

    Having graduated from Harvard Business School awarded the status of Visiting Fellow of Bournemouth University’s Business School (BU)l and Honorary Fellow of University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), Dominic sees his relationship within academia as pivotal in enabling students to follow in his footsteps. He regards the role of education in addition to developing business acumen as invaluable; crucial to underpinning sustainability. This is his key motivation for funding and establishing the BU Dominic Marrocco Centre for Entrepreneurship and multiple scholarships, teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes globally.

    Dominic has provided the venue (former Mike Tyson mansion) free of charge to help catalyst entrepreneurial endeavors within the region and is widely recognized by congress and state level officials as “a shining light to the future of applied entrepreneurship”. Full time philanthropist and Entrepreneur-in-Residence of multiple initiations including the American Red Cross and UNLV. Title sponsor of the Sothern Nevada Business Plan Competition and Grand Prize sponsor of Senior Design Competition.

    Welcome Address: Dr. Andrew Hardin, UNLV Center for Entrepreneurship Welcome Address: Dr. Andrew Hardin, UNLV Center for Entrepreneurship

    Andrew Hardin is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Professor Hardin received his Ph.D. at Washington State University, and also holds both a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the California State University. He is a member of the Association of Information Systems, the Academy of Management, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, and the Nevada Council on Economic Education. Professor Hardin is also a voting member of the UNLV Intellectual Property Committee. He is a regular speaker at industry events, including a recent keynote address on virtual collaboration at a Microsoft Licensing Roundtable meeting. Hardin has received several research, teaching and service awards, has served as the graduate coordinator for both the MS MIS program and the MBA New Venture Management program, and has extensive experience developing online curriculum. He currently teaches EMBA and MBA courses on technology innovation and new venture creation. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Hardin held several senior management positions including Materials Coordinator on a $77 million heavy crude expansion project for Texaco Refining and Marketing. He also founded and successfully ran several small businesses.

    Welcome Address: David Gosse, CEO, Trac.ky Welcome Address: David Gosse, CEO, Trac.ky

    I like working with doers and I believe that technology promises a better future. My passion is to help improve the way we can all socially collaborate and thus simplify our lives. Today, we still use email as one of our primary forms of communication – zero inbox, please. Twitter and Facebook have shown us a new way to communicate outside the inbox. Tracky helps connect like-minded creative collaborators all around the world. I hold two patents for the search algorithms I have helped develop and have a third patent pending. I get how the internet works. I’ve raised millions is startup capital, built and sold businesses and assembled stellar teams. I've sat on numerous boards, directed strategy for early-stage companies, architected IT infrastructure and product development. I’ve also failed numerous times when launching what I thought was the next big thing. What I’ve learned from it all is that we are social. Most of the fun, the passion, the deals and the partnerships, all happen because of relationships. Helping us all progress together towards similar goals and objectives should be assisted in a way that helps make those relationships happen more easily and generates real results.

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