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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VC and Angel Event, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen, SocialRadius. This event was in Southern CA on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

    Photo of Mark Kapczynski, VP of Corp 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 Commerce’s 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 Experian’s 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 Jon Bassett, Analyst, DFJ Frontier Jon Bassett
    DFJ Frontier
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    DFJ Frontier
    Jon Bassett is an Analyst with DFJ Frontier, a DFJ Network partner fund and early stage venture capital firm focused on west coast media and information services investments. Based in Los Angeles, Jon is responsible for sourcing new deals, completing due diligence on prospective investments, and assisting portfolio companies. He started his career at Dell where he gained sales and operational experience working with inside sales teams and has since co-founded several startups including a long-short equities hedge fund. Jon teaches entrepreneurship and venture capital at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also co-founded and runs the Young VCs of LA group. Jon holds a BA in Economics from Davidson College.

    Photo of Darin Chen, Managing Director, Hillcrest Venture Partners Darin Chen
    Co-Founder & Managing Director
    Hillcrest Venture Partners
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    Hillcrest Venture Partners
    Darin Chen is a co-founder and Managing Director of Hillcrest Venture Partners. He focuses on investments in the following sectors: Enterprise Applications, Information Technology Infrastructure and Life Science Research Tools. Darin manages the firm’s investment in GenieDB.

    Prior to co-founding Hillcrest, Darin was Senior Associate at Arcturus Capital, where he evaluated and sourced investment opportunities from diverse industries. Darin represented the firm as board observer to High Throughput Genomics, one of the firm's portfolio companies. Darin began his career in venture capital as an Analyst at Hopewell Ventures, where he evaluated deal flow and helped raise the firm's inaugural fund. Before Hopewell, Darin co-founded Lan-CE, an industrial process improvement company, and, an Internet exchange for the procurement of services. Prior to his entrepreneurial work, Darin was an Associate at the law firm of Schaffer & Baumer, where he specialized in corporate law and represented cancer research organizations. Darin worked as a Research Scientist at Immunosciences Laboratories, a clinical immunology laboratory, before he began practicing law.

    Darin also serves on the investment screening committee for the Southern California Biomedical Council Investor Conference, as a company mentor for the NIH Commercialization Assistance Program, and on venture panels for CONNECT and OCTANe.

    Darin has a BA in Molecular Biology from Rice University, a JD from Loyola University of Chicago, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, graduating near the top of his class.

    Scott Sangster
    Organic Startup
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    Organic Startup
    Scott Sangster is a serial entrepreneur and M&A executive with experience both founding and acquiring businesses. He sits on several boards and is involved in the virtual worlds, gaming, mobile, media, and healthcare markets.

    Prior to running OrganicStartup, Scott Sangster was responsible for strategic planning and corporate development at the Walt Disney Internet Group. Scott Sangster identified new media growth opportunities, developed strategy, and managed the evaluation and execution of acquisitions that helped Disney meet its strategic objectives.

    Before Disney, Scott Sangster founded and managed a venture-backed Internet business, served five years as a management consultant to media and technology companies, and oversaw the launch of one of the first online banking services. He graduated from The American University in Washington D.C. and holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Scott Sangster lives in Los Angeles and is actively involved in improving early childhood education.

    Photo of Stephen Block, Venture Partner, K5 Venture Partners Stephen Block
    Venture Partner
    K5 Venture Partners
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    K5 Venture Partners
    Stephen A. Block is a Venture Partner and management member of K5 Venture Partners, an Orange County venture fund that operates an accelerator/incubator, and a member of the Tech Coast Angels, Southern California's largest angel investing group, serving on the Executive Committee of the Orange County network. He also mentors entrepreneurs, speaks on angel and VC investing and entrepreneurship at universities and business conferences, judges/coaches business plan competitions at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Chapman University and Pepperdine University. He also serves as a judge for the regional finals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition.

    Steve is a member of the Board of Directors of two public companies: Senomyx, Inc., a biotech based in San Diego; and Chromadex Corporation, a reference standards and ingredient supply company headquartered in Irvine. He also serves on two non-profit Boards: The Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship at Chapman and the Long Beach Opera.

    Steve retired as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. in December 2003, having served in that position for 12 years. He has over 40 years of broad legal, management and executive experience and has served on the Boards of both private and public companies and of several industry trade associations and as the President of one. He has drafted legislation, lobbied at both the state and federal levels, and testified before Congressional and state legislative committees. He has taught Securities Regulation at Pace University Law School and lectured in continuing legal and business education programs. Steve holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA cum laude from Yale University.

    Georgia Lee, PhilAmTHropy (PATH) Georgia Lee, PhilAmTHropy (PATH)

    Lee's work experience range from managing projects for international corporations to startups in Silicon Valley. Lee has also consulted for Asian Development Bank, United Defense, Hewlett-Packard, as well as a major international airline and publishing company. Lee has a Master's Degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University where she received Excellence in Design award upon graduation. PhilAmTHropy (PATH) is a crowdfunding site focused on promoting projects made for or made by Filipinos. There are over 10 million Filipinos living overseas and the World Bank reports $22 billion in annual remittance to the country. The Philippines has recently received investment grade rating from S&P, Fitch Ratings, and Japan Credit Agency. PATH's goal is to showcase quality creative projects and to be the go-to site of producers and companies looking for the next best thing.

    Jilliene Helman, Founder, Realty Mogul Jilliene Helman, Founder, Realty Mogul

    Jilliene Helman is the Founder and CEO of Realty Mogul. Realty Mogul is crowdfunding for real estate, a marketplace for accredited investors to pool money online and buy shares of pre-vetted investment properties. Investors can invest in equity transactions like apartment buildings, office buildings and retail centers or loans that are secured by residential real estate. Previously Jilliene was a Vice President at Union Bank, where the majority of her time was spent in Wealth Management, Risk Management and Finance. Jilliene is a Certified Wealth Strategist®, holds a Series 63, and has a business degree from Georgetown University. She speaks three languages and has lived in five countries. Jilliene has been a featured speaker on crowdfunding and real estate at Digital LA, Crowdfunding Debate, Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference, Founder Institute and local real estate meet ups. She is also a featured speaker at the National Crowdfunding Conference, a presenter at Finovate and has been featured alongside Realty Mogul in over 60 media publications to date including Forbes, WSJ, Bloomberg, Globe St, Imnan and Tech Crunch.

    Alon Goren, President, Invested.In Alon Goren, President, Invested.In

    Alon Goren is the CEO and co-founder of Invested.In – a leading technology company that specializes in developing social fundraising, crowdfunding and enterprise platforms for leading companies like Coca Cola andBank of Alberta. Frustrated by the many standardized fundraising platforms available, which have limited branding options and performance capabilities in addition to high costs and timeconsuming processes, Alon started Invested.In to offer fundraisers and businesses a customizable, quick and affordable platform. Invested.In was named “Best Fundraising Platform” by the Los Angeles Venture Association in 2013. Prior to founding Invested.In, Alon worked for such innovative entertainment tech giants as IMDb and MySpace where he managed product development, testing and performance. A leader in the startup and crowdfunding community, Alon has spoken at dozens of conferences such as SXSWV2V, the Crowdfunding Bootcamp, and the CfPA annual conference. He has also been featured in publications such as Forbes, VentureBeat, andUpstart Business Journal and serves in a number of leadership positions within the industry.

    Photo of Peter Boutros, Co-Chair, HBS Angels Peter Boutros
    HBS Angels
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    HBS Angels
    Peter Boutros has enjoyed a successful and diverse career starting in product management, marketing, and operations before moving into C-Level roles for consumer products and technology companies. In the last decade Peter has led teams that have driven in excess of US$1 billion in growth at small, mid and large cap companies. For nearly 10 years he worked for The Walt Disney Coy in various international locations and global roles, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Category Management. Peter also held senior level positions at Nestle, Creata and Total Immersion. He serves as non-Executive chairman of Alphatise E-commerce, a start-up buyer driven technology platform.

    Currently Peter is Co-Chair of the HBS Angels SoCal and veraciously explores international businesses to leverage in the US. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Peter lived and worked in Sydney, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and Paris.

    Peter is an alum of Harvard Business School and attended management and leadership programs at Oxford University in England and UCLA’s Anderson School of Entrepreneurship.

    Moderator: Jim Chapman, Partner, Bingham McCutchen

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