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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Boston VC & Angel Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen, WeiserMazars, First Republic Bank. This event was in Boston, MA on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

    Photo of Marc Michel, Metamorphic Ventures Marc Michel
    Managing Director
    Metamorphic Ventures
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    Metamorphic Ventures
    Marc has over 20 years of private equity and venture investment experience and was a founding Director of Metamorphic Ventures before joining as a Managing Partner. Marc was formerly Group Head at TD Capital (USA) in New York, TD Bank's $500 million private equity fund focused on the media and communications sectors. Prior to joining TD Capital, Marc was the Managing Partner of EOS Partners SBIC, a $60 million venture capital fund focused on business services and communications. Marc began his career at Merrill Lynch Interfunding, a $1.3 billion middle market buyout fund. Marc has spent his entire career helping entrepreneurs build their businesses across the entire lifecycle of over 45 businesses. He has helped management teams build their executive teams, develop their operational and corporate finance strategy and assisted them with executing financings of every type both public and private. Marc has served on numerous boards of directors in partnership with management and co-investors.

    Marc has been involved in many successful companies including Coinstar, Accrue Software, CADIS Software, Open Development Software, DTS Systems, Precyse Solutions, Telemundo, Robb Report, Reiman Publishing, Alaska Native Wireless, Tritel PCS, Triton PCS, Wireless One, Mountain Union Telecom, Brooks Fiber, Bresnan Cable, and FrontierVision Cablesystems.

    Marc graduated with a BA degree from Emory University in 1983 and a MBA from Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.

    Photo of Norman Meisner, Beta Fund Norman Meisner
    Angel Investor
    Beta Fund
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    Beta Fund
    Mr. Meinser has worked for nine startups as VP of sales or VP of business development yielding five acquisitions and one IPO. His expertise is in the areas of enterprise software, security and data communications. Most recently, he served as the VP of business development at Authentica, acquired by EMC in early 2006. He has been a private angel investor since 1998 and he led the angel round at Lumigent Technologies, where he served on the Board for 5 years. He works with his investments to help develop sales and partnering strategies.

    Photo of Gil Beyda, Genacast Ventures Gil Beyda
    Managing Partner & Founder
    Genacast Ventures
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    Genacast Ventures
    Gil Beyda is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

    In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOLís acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures in partnership with Comcast Ventures.

    Photo of Bill McPhee, Boston Harbor Angels William McPhee
    Angel Investor
    Boston Harbor Angels
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    Boston Harbor Angels
    William D. McPhee (Bill) is the Founder and Managing Director of Praxis Advisors LLC, a partnership of senior executives that helps early stage medtech businesses develop and execute the strategies and tactics needed to reach commercialization and exit. Mr. McPhee has 30 years of experience in strategy and operations consulting, fund raising, transactions and venture capital. He has worked with the senior management teams of a wide range of organizations in the healthcare, consumer products, information services, manufacturing and retail sectors.

    Prior to starting Praxis, Mr. McPhee created the Outsourced Business Development practice at Health Advances, a 65-person life science strategy consulting boutique. Before that he founded Mi3 Venture Partners, an early stage life science fund. Mi3 evolved from Mr. McPhee's realization that there was an extraordinary opportunity to exploit the shifts in the strategic/operating paradigm for the imaging-related sector. In 1991 Mr. McPhee founded the international strategy consulting business, Lucas, McPhee & Co., focused on building shareholder value for institutions as diverse as the Indiana University School of Medicine, Warner-Lambert, Health and Hospital Corp. (Indianapolis), Wishard Hospital, Indiana Healthcare (primary care organization), Thomson Consumer Electronics, Hawker-Siddeley (U.K.) and some of the LBO portfolio companies of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Kohlberg and Company. Early in his career Mr. McPhee served as a senior manager in several small companies and as a consultant with the international strategy-consulting firm of Bain and Company. Over a 4-year period with PepsiCo, Inc., Mr. McPhee served initially as Legal Counsel for Canadian subsidiaries and later was responsible for the franchised growth of Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in Canada. Mr. McPhee received a LL.B. (law degree) from McGill University (Montreal) where he was a Wainwright Scholar. He also obtained a B.Sc. (Honors - pre-Med) from McGill and received McConnell and University Scholarships. Mr. McPhee is a non-practicing member of the Ontario Bar.

    Mr. McPhee is a member of Boston Harbor Angels and Mass Medical Angels, and serves as an Advisor to The Capital Network. He has held Board seats on Imcor Pharmaceuticals, VueSonix Sensors, Quick Study Radiology, FlowMedica and superDimension and has been a speaker and panelist for many organizations, including MassMedic, the Institute of Medicine and the Foley & Lardner Technology Conference. Mr. McPhee has published articles in Imaging and the peer reviewed journal Radiology.

    Photo of Greg Dracon, .406 Ventures Greg Dracon
    Principal
    .406 Ventures
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    .406 Ventures
    Greg Dracon joined .406 in 2007 and is involved in all aspects of the investing and portfolio management process. He brings 18 years of venture investing and technology operating and management experience.

    Prior to joining .406, Greg was a Vice President of Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage venture and small to mid-sized growth technology companies. At Core, Greg focused on software, digital media, technology-enabled services and wireless applications.

    From 1995 to 2005, Greg held various operating and management roles at Texas Instruments, including positions in worldwide sales, business development, product distribution and digital signal processing applications.

    Greg received his MBA, with majors in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his BS in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

    Photo of Mike Majors, Siemens Venture Capital Michael Majors
    Investment Partner
    Siemens Venture Capital
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    Siemens Venture Capital
    Mike Majors is an Investment Partner based in Boston, MA. He focuses on investments in the industrial space, including industrial automation, drive technologies, building technologies, lighting and mobility.

    Before joining Siemens Venture Capital, Mike was the CFO at Indeed.com, a search engine for jobs, and a Venture Partner at StarVest Partners, a New York City based venture capital firm focusing on SaaS investments. Prior to that, Mike was the CFO at Visible World, a provider of targeted television advertising solutions backed by Comcast, Time Warner, and WPP.

    While a Vice President at BEV Capital, a consumer, digital media, and software focused venture capital fund, Mike led investments in and worked with companies including Retail Solutions (acquired by VeriSign), MaxPreps (acquired by CBS), and ProfitLogic (acquired by Oracle). Earlier in his career, Mike was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.

    Mike received a PhD in control systems from Cambridge University and a BSE in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.

    Photo of Brad Kayton, Launchpad Brad Kayton
    Angel Investor
    Investors Colaborative
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    Investors Colaborative
    Brad Kayton is a serial entrepreneur turned parallel, having made a number of investments in start-ups over the past few years as well as acting as an advisor or consultant to a number of start-ups. Brad is a member of Launchpad Venture Group. Brad has started five companies operationally, a few others as the first funder, and he adds the most value in the early years of a company's life-cycle. Brad has been a CEO four times, a board member often, came up through the ranks operationally on the product manager-marketing side, and began his career as a software programmer. Brad has an MBA and a Masters in Communications Technology and lives in the Boston metro area.

    Photo of Andrew Tweed, Thomvest Andrew Tweed
    Associate
    Thomvest Ventures
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    Thomvest Ventures
    Andrew's background includes finance and consulting experience across a variety of industries. Andrew was part of Goldman Sachs' global equity research group in New York, focusing on technical analysis and financial modeling for industrial companies. He also worked as an operations analyst for Berkeley Capital, a San Francisco private equity firm, reducing costs internally and optimizing IT systems. Andrew graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley with a Bachelorís degree in Business Administration and a minor in German studies.

    Photo of Curtis Feeny, Managing Director, Voyager Capital Curtis Feeny
    Managing Director
    Voyager Capital
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    Voyager Capital
    Curtis Feeny has invested in enterprise software, data center systems, wireless infrastructure and Smart Grid technologies. He also has expertise in SaaS, open source, and capital efficient software companies. Curtis has served on 14 boards, both public and private, and has been a managing director at Voyager Capital since 2000, when he opened the Silicon Valley office. Since 2000, he was on the board of Trammell Crow Company (TCC:NYSE), which was purchased by CB Richard Ellis (CBG:NYSE) in 2006, and has remained on the board since. In 2006, Curtis was also appointed by President George W. Bush to be a Trustee of the Presidio Trust. Before joining Voyager, Curtis was the first Executive Vice President of the newly formed Stanford Management Company, helping oversee the Universityís endowment from 1992 to 2000, when assets under management grew from $1.5 billion to $9 billion. He was responsible for investing and managing real estate and other asset classes including private equity and venture capital. Before joining Stanford, Curtis was managing partner for Trammell Crow in Seattle, with $700 million of assets under management. Previously, he worked in energy R&D and the semiconductor industry. Curtis has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in mechanical engineering, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University.

    Photo of Welcome Address: Kevin Pianko, WeiserMazars Kevin Pianko
    Partner
    BDO
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    BDO
    Kevin is an audit partner and performs audits of public and private companies and assists them with the financial and operational aspects of their business.

    He helps clients obtain sources of capital and provides M&A and strategic alliance analysis. Kevin has industry experience in numerous sectors including technology, private equity and venture capital, life sciences, manufacturing and distribution, professional services, and financial services. He has extensive experience with 33 Act and 34 Exchange Act filings, including initial public offerings.

    Kevin has extensive experience in working with private equity and venture capital entities at the fund level and the portfolio company level. He brings practical experience in working with earlier stage companies to assist them in dealing with issues they face as they progress along their development timeline. He is actively involved in many technology focused organizations. He is an angel investor in the Angel Round Capital Fund located in New York City, where he serves on the Executive Committee and also chairs the Audit Committee.

    Kevin has been quoted in numerous business publications such as Crain's New York Business, Fortune Small Business, Commerce magazine and NJBIZ. He has also been a speaker at the New York State Bar Association and the New Jersey Bar Association. Kevin has appeared on Bloomberg Radio, CNBC and NBC.

    Kevin's career also includes 10 years of professional experience with two of the Big 4 and national accounting firms.

    Photo of Moderator: Michael Conza, Bingham McCutchen Michael Conza
    Partner
    Bingham McCutchen LLC
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    Bingham McCutchen LLC
    Michael A. Conza is co-leader of the firmís Corporate Practice Group. He has more than two decades of experience representing privately held and publicly traded companies, investment banks and venture capital firms. His practice is primarily targeted toward the representation of emerging growth companies, with strong emphasis on companies in the software and communications industries. He concentrates his practice in the areas of general corporate representation, corporate finance and acquisitions.

    Photo of Douglas Roth, Associate, Connecticut Innovations Douglas Roth
    Director of Investments
    Connecticut Innovations
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    Connecticut Innovations
    Douglas is responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities, evaluating and negotiating investments, and serving on the boards of portfolio companies.

    Before joining CI, Douglas gained extensive experience with early-stage businesses as both an advisor and operator. He founded a consulting firm to help early-stage companies identify and assess growth opportunities, generate sustainable revenue and manage intellectual property. Previously, as a senior consultant at a boutique management consulting firm, Douglas provided strategic intellectual property advisory services to companies in the telecommunications, information technology, and medical device industries. He advised investors in early-stage businesses, representing more than $250 million in invested capital. Early in his career, Douglas spent more than a decade in the telecommunications industry, primarily focused on international voice, data and IP networks.

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