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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Detroit VC & Angel Event, sponsored by The Launchpad at Walsh College, Alfa Jango, GrowDetroit. This event was in Detroit, MI on November 1, 2012.

    Photo of Kenneth Kousky, Angel Investor Kenneth Kousky
    CEO
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Ken Kousky is CEO of the MidMichigan Innovation Center. In addition, Ken is also President/CEO of IPł, Inc., an information security consulting firm.

    An experienced chief executive and financial economist, Ken is a veteran of the information technology industry. Ken has successfully started three companies and played instrumental roles in two turnarounds and two IPO’s. In 1988, Ken founded an IT services company, Wave Technologies, and within six years, he guided his vision from home through an IPO to a successful public company.

    An active investor in start-ups, Ken is a founding member and Executive Director of the BlueWater Angels Investment Network, a Michigan-based funding network that reviews more than 100 potential businesses annually.

    In 2010, Ken was appointed President of the Saginaw Public Schools Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Michigan Sugar Company; Angel Capital Association’s Public Policy Committee; GLEQ Board of Directors; Air Advantage Advisory Board; Duperon Corporation Advisory Board; Chairman of the Board of Salare Security, and prior Founder and Board Member of Bravo:Smart Web Design. In addition, Ken has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and its CEC, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. From 2007-2010, Ken served as Dow Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Saginaw Valley State University.

    As an inventor, Ken holds a pending patent assigned to the Illinois Institute of Technology, US Patent Application #11/641375, filed December 18, 2006, titled “Method for Securing Streaming Multimedia Network Transmissions”, and he was the lead investigator for a U.S. Department of Defense STTR Research Grant. As a technologist, Ken holds professional certifications as a CISSP, CISA, CGEIT, and CRISC, (Certified Information Systems Security Professional; Certified Information Systems Auditor; Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT; and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control). A sought-after speaker on topics such as national cyber security, corporate risk management and enterprise network security, Ken is able to bridge the gap between the "C's" and their focus on financial outcomes and the operational and technical professionals. From "Bits to Budgets", he is able to cut through the noise factors surrounding today's critical technology, business and security issues to provide clear and concise insight into the most pressing IT Security issues.

    Ken has taught at Saginaw Valley State University, Washington University where he serves on its Arts and Sciences National Council, and the University of Pennsylvania.

    Photo of Michael Godwin, Managing Director, Resonant Michael Godwin
    Managing Director
    Resonant Venture Capital
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    Resonant Venture Capital
    Michael Godwin has worked with venture backed startups in the software, consulting, wireless and online commerce industries since 1996. He has worked with many notable firms including: AT&T, Excite, Independent Online Distribution Alliance, Menlo Innovations, WebCrawler, and Zengine/MCSI.

    Michael currently serves on the board of directors of Accio Energy. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the following Ann Arbor, MI based non-profit organizations: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association and the Moo Duk Martial Arts Institute.

    Michael is a former managing director of the Wolverine Venture Fund’s student advisory board at the University of Michigan. During his time with the Wolverine Venture Fund, Michael conducted due diligence and invested in several companies across the information technology, manufacturing, life sciences and clean tech sectors. Michael spearheaded the effort to fully integrate the deal acquisition, collaboration, document tracking and knowledge transfer procedures into a single solution.

    Prior to his role with the Wolverine Venture Fund at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Michael was a consultant and software engineer with Menlo Innovations where he helped develop the software for the first production release of Accuri Cytometer’s C6 Flow Cytometer. In addition to his work with Accuri, he was also instrumental in helping Menlo secure some of its larger consulting agreements by applying his deep experience in early stage and corporate operations.

    Before working with Menlo Innovations, Michael designed and built the royalty allocation system for the Independent Online Distribution Alliance. IODA was named one of Fortune magazine’s 25 Breakout Companies for 2005 and a “Rising Star” in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 for Silicon Valley. IODA was acquired by Sony Music Entertainment (SME) for an undisclosed sum in June 2009.

    Prior to his role with IODA, Michael worked as a software engineer with WebCrawler, which was acquired by Excite. With Excite Prior, Michael was part of the $6.7B merger with AT&T/@Home- the largest M&A involving an internet firm at the time.

    Michael holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, Boston. During his time at the University of Michigan he won the VCIC Venture Capital Investment Challenge in 2008, the David T. Shelby Award for Outstanding Leadership through the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in 2010 and was elected to and served on the Board of Community Values and Ethics from 2008-2010.

    Photo of Scott Edward McIntyre, Managing Director, Phabriq Development Scott Edward McIntyre
    Managing Director
    Phabriq Development
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    Phabriq Development
    Dubbed a Venture Catalyst by clients and colleagues, and backed by a distinguished group of advisors, Scott has been a thought leader on the Internet's impact in business and culture for nearly 20 years. Following his term as a Princeton Consultant, and having participated in numerous California Venture Capital associations, Scott has been known for integrating innovative marketing strategies into new business models across industries from Education to Automotive to Entertainment, attending clients of varying size from Blue Chip to Main Street. Scott presently serves as Managing Director of Phabriq Development, a hybrid strategy and capital services firm with a record of producing award-winning interactive media, and is currently developing Crowdfunding strategies for higher education in partnership with CrowdfundingCampuses.com. Scott also leads the Founding Executive Committee for Education at the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA), the pioneering international trade group whose principals pushed the Startup Exemption and Equity Crowdfunding into the recently signed JOBS Act.

    Photo of Tim Fisher, Partner, Compuware Ventures Tim Fisher
    Technology Director
    Compuware Ventures
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    Compuware Ventures
    Tim is a development lead at Compuware Ventures in Detroit. Tim is a recognized leader in the software development field with over 20 years of software industry experience. In his role with Compuware Ventures he provides technical consulting, technology leadership, and development for early-stage startups that are within the portfolio of Compuware Ventures' investments. Tim also helps to evaluate startups pre-investment to determine if they are good candidates for Compuware Ventures.

    In addition to his development work, Tim is also a frequent speaker and writer on the subject of technology and software development. Tim has written two full-length books on the subjects of Java and Ruby programming, and has contributed articles and blogs to numerous technology-based publications. He serves as the technology directory for one of the Compuware Venture portfolio companies, Deadline Detroit. He also has a passion for helping to grow the tech community in Detroit.

    Photo of Patricia Glaza, Partner, Arsenal Venture Partners Patricia Glaza
    Principal
    Arsenal Venture Partners
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    Arsenal Venture Partners
    Patricia (Patti) Glaza is a Principal at Arsenal Venture Partners and balances her time between investment identification and evaluation, portfolio development, and helping support the entrepreneurial community. She has spent over twenty years dedicated to the development, implementation and commercialization of advanced technologies. Patti currently sits on boards for the Clean Coalition, The University of Michigan WIMS Center, and CTSI, where she chairs the organization's annual defense and utility technology challenges.

    Prior to joining AVP, Patti served as a Founder and the Executive Director/CEO of the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI). She worked closely with government agencies including the Department of Defense and Department of Energy/ARPA-E, multinational corporations and utilities, and start-ups to identify and promote leading-edge technology solutions in energy, water, and overall sustainability.

    After several start-ups, Patti lead Small Times, a global media group focused on micro, MEMS, and nanotechnology commercialization. She started off her career as an IT/operations consultant and manager at Accenture. Patti is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in International Relations and Economics, and has her MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    Photo of Terry Cross, Angel Investor Terry Cross
    Angel Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Terry Cross has been an Angel investor and businessman for over 40 years. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Great Lakes Angels and a founding member of The Michigan Venture Capital Association. While he has served on many boards over the years, his current board memberships include: RealKidz; PureEntropy as Chairman; MIST Innovations as Chairman; and Monarch Antenna, a Delphi Corp. spinout. Mr. Cross serves as the first Executive in Residence for Entrepreneurship at The School of Business Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where he administers the prestigious Adams Entrepreneurial Fellowship and received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award. Terry was a co-founder of Sonoma Photonics, recently sold to Lockheed-Martin. He was a founding investor in three startups from MIT’s tech transfer department and served on MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity. In September of 2007, he was named to the Task Force for A World Financial Center by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, one of Korea’s most prestigious institutions. He was employed by Kidder, Peabody in various financial services and investment banking activities in Detroit, New York and San Francisco for 28 years until his retirement in 1998.

    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 Brother’s Investment Banking Division. He acquired both domestic and international, corporate finance and broad market experience, working in Salomon’s 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 Neuberger’s 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 Chadwick’s Products LLC and as a Special Advisor for Inmoo.

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