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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Silicon Valley VC and Angel Conference, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, Draper University, SocialRadius, Pura Vida Tequila. This event was in Draper University on Thursday, February 6, 2014.

    Photo of Tim Draper, Draper University Tim Draper
    Founder, Managing Director
    Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)
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    Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)
    Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mr. Draper serves on the boards of Skype, SocialText, Glam, MailFrontier and Chroma Graphics. His original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique to hundreds of businesses. He was an original venture capital investor in Parametric Technology (PMTC), Tumbleweed Communications (TMWD), (OVER), Digidesign (AVID), Preview Travel (TVLY), Four11 (YHOO), Combinet (CSCO), and Redgate (AOL). Mr. Draper launched the Draper Affiliate Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in 26 cities around the globe. He founded or co-founded Wasatch Ventures (Salt Lake City), Zone Ventures (LA), Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC) and DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara). Mr. Draper is also the course creator and Chairman of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children. He served on the California State Board of Education. In November of 2000, Mr. Draper launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Photo of Andrew Tweed, Thomvest Ventures Andrew Tweed
    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 Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in German studies.

    David Koehn, Sand Hill Angels David Koehn, Sand Hill Angels

    David Koehn is Vice President of Product for the Oracle Learn Cloud product offering. He leads the Product Management and Product Marketing functions defining product roadmap, strategy and go-to market planning.

    David brings over 15 years of industry experience to Oracle with a strong background in learning and development. Prior to Oracle, David led the social learning and analytics efforts at Saba, pioneered mLearning at AvantGo and was instrumental in the early development of the Net Promoter certification model at Satmetrix.

    David invests in start-ups as part of the Sand Hill Angels. David previously founded several start-ups including one focused on ecotourism and another focused on enterprise mobility. David has also assisted many start-ups in their growth as an operator. David has helped start-ups in many ways from assuming the CEO role and closing a series C, to transforming their business models and market approaches, to acting as a senior advisor.

    David received his Bachelors Degree from Carnegie Mellon, an MFA from the University of Florida, an M.Ed (TFA Cert) from the University of Alaska and is pursuing his MBA through Johns Hopkins.

    Photo of Steve Schlenker, DN Capital Steve Schlenker
    Managing Partner
    DN Capital
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    DN Capital
    Steve is a Managing Partner of DN Capital. He is particularly involved in investments in enterprise application software and consumer facing Internet applications.

    Prior to co-founding DN Capital, Steve was a senior member of the investment team in his capacity as Chief Investment Officer for SUN Technology Investors. At SUN he was also involved in the investment and successful sale of PlanetAll to Amazon, and also invested in Cyberview Technologies (AIM: CYBV), eMode (later, acquired by Monster Worldwide), PlasmaNet and others. Prior to joining SUN, he spent four years with Interlaken Capital, a buyout fund in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he worked on private equity investments in companies in the consumer goods, industrial distribution and service industries.

    Steve received a BSc in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of Finance with dual concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, and an MBA, with high distinction, from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

    Photo of Guarav Tewari, SAP Ventures Gaurav Tewari
    SAP Ventures
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    SAP Ventures
    Gaurav focuses on growth and later-stage investments within Software/SaaS, Internet, Digital Media, Mobile, and Technology-Enabled Services. Prior to joining SAP Ventures, Gaurav was in the Boston-area with Highland Capital Partners leading growth and early-stage investments, and has held numerous board and board observer seats. Gaurav has led or helped manage investments in Marin Software, Violin Memory, Affine Systems, Beyond the Rack, Cafemom, Coremetrics (IBM), Navic Networks (MSFT), Rent the Runway, StyleFeeder (TWX), and Yipit. Previously, Gaurav was a Corporate Strategy executive at Microsoft Corporation, where he worked with the company’s top leadership to define and implement corporate-wide growth opportunities and acquisitions. Gaurav was also a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he led strategic initiatives for Fortune 500 companies across the high tech, financial services, telecommunications, and energy sectors. He started his career in engineering and product management roles at Microsoft and IBM Research. Gaurav received his MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as Valedictorian (Ford Fellow). He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Gaurav is a co-inventor on 9 issued US technology patents. Prior to joining Highland Capital Partners, Gaurav was a Corporate Strategy Manager at Microsoft Corporation, where he worked with the executive team to define and implement corporate-wide growth opportunities via organic initiatives and acquisitions. Before Microsoft, Gaurav was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he led strategic projects for Fortune 100 companies across a number of verticals, including high tech, financial services, healthcare and energy. At McKinsey, Gaurav extensively advised senior management on investments and divestitures, operational improvement and organizational initiatives, and in developing and executing technology strategies and roadmaps. Gaurav’s other experiences include working within product management at Microsoft (.NET initiative), within software engineering at IBM and as an investment professional at Mission Ventures. Gaurav holds 7 US technology patents. He has authored 9 published works of research and has spoken at various conferences about location-aware mobile-commerce technologies and business models. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., Computer Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.Eng., Computer Science The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A. (Ford Fellow, Palmer Scholar)

    Tim Wilson, Artiman Tim Wilson, Artiman

    Tim focuses on early stage technology investments. He currently represents Artiman on the board of Crossbar Semiconductor and Kaybus.

    Between 2001 and 2011, Tim was a General Partner at Partech International. He continues to represent Partech and serves on the boards of InvenSense (NYSE:INVN), Prysm, Five9s and LedEngin.

    Previous investments include Teknovus (Broadcom) and Ario Data (Xyratek). Between 1997 and 2001, Tim was the Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Island (NASDAQ: ISLD) a Partech portfolio company. The company was acquired in 2001 for $350M. Prior to Digital Island, Tim was a General Manager at Lucent Technology where he led the international voice communications product management team (now Avaya) with P&L for product lines generating over $2B in annual sales. Before Lucent, Tim held a variety of senior management positions within AT&T (North America and Australia) and AT&T Bell Labs from 1983-1995.

    Tim also is a NSF I-Corps adjunct Instructor for the Bay Area Node. Tim enjoys soccer, skiing and more recently sailing. Much to the demise of local neighborhood property values, he also dabbles with electric/acoustic electric guitars.

    Tim graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College receiving his undergraduate degree in Physics. He received his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he was named a Fuqua Scholar.

    Photo of Jan Jannink, Band of Angels Jan Jannink
    Angel Investor
    Band of Angels
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    Band of Angels
    Jan Jannink earned a PhD in Computer Science and worked as part of the Database Group at Stanford University before inventing the database architecture and the meem data model that power the imeem system. Wanting to bring deep technology to direct communications systems, Jan continually works on algorithm design, data management and software development. Jan holds a Bachelors in Mathematics and Japanese from Georgetown University, and both a Masters and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford. Jan worked at IBM Research, Toshiba Research and Development, and served as Director of Digital Rights Management and Client Software Development at Napster, Inc before founding imeem in 2003.

    Committed to communication and problem-solving, Jan is proficient in five languages and actively collects and solves Rubik cube puzzles. He is also a competing springboard diver.

    Mark Putney, Band of Angels Mark Putney, Band of Angels

    Mark Putney has had direct involvement in the high-tech industry since 1984. He has lived in the Silicon Valley since 1978. In 1985 he founded Techsystems Inc. a sales and marketing company promoting high end capital equipment to the semiconductor and printed circuit board assembly industry. The company started from scratch and ultimately exceeded $30M in sales. It is currently an ongoing concern. In 1987 Mr. Putney founded Screen Manufacturing Technologies servicing the PCB assembly industry. After selling his interest for a multiple of 25, the company was sold to an international public firm. Mr. Putney has founded several other businesses in the PCB assembly, electronic product and financial services industries returning well over 200% IRR. He has direct experience with start-ups and has an extensive network of management, manufacturing and marketing contacts and is well connected with the Venture Capital industry in the Northern California and Texas markets. Mr. Putney founded TAT Capital Partners Ltd. in 1997 and contributed in raising 2 funds totaling approx. $120M in venture partnerships. He has made investments in several early stage technology companies. He has served on the Board of Directors for ZF Micro Devices Inc., Surface Interface Inc. (acquired by FEI Company, NASDAQ: FEIC), Optcom Corporation and Scivac Corporation.

    Mr. Putney is currently a member of the Band of Angels. Besides working with startup companies as an investor, advisor and mentor, Mr. Putney is the founder and a managing partner of MNM Partners LLC, a boutique real estate investment firm, acquiring apartments buildings on the peninsula with investors for cash flow and value. He currently serves on the board of non-profit Teen Challenge of Northern California Nevada, providing successful recovery for men, women, teens, children and families with destructive and abusive lifestyles through mentoring, education, training and spiritual direction.

    David Blumberg, Blumberg Capital David Blumberg, Blumberg Capital

    David Blumberg is the Managing Partner of Blumberg Capital. David has been investing in early stage technology companies for more than 24 years. His current investment focus includes Digital Media, Social Media, Mobility, SaaS/Technology Enabled Services and Internet.

    Prior to founding Blumberg Capital in 1991, David managed technology investments with Claridge Investments, Adler & Co., Apax, and T. Rowe Price Associates. David launched the business development efforts for Check Point Software Technologies.

    David earned his AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD. David speaks French and is proficient in Hebrew and Spanish.

    David serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of Addepar, CaseStack, CredoRax, Cyvera, DoubleVerify, FeeX, Madvertise, Nutanix,, Trulioo, Upfront Media, VideoGenie and Wummelkiste. He also serves on the Board of The Lincoln Club of Northern California and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

    Past Investments: Check Point Software Technologies [CHKP], Teva [TEVA], Creo – Acquired by, Eastman-Kodak [EK], DSP Group [DSPG], Electronics For Imaging [EFII], AbirNet – Acquired by Computer Associates [CA], Conduct Software – Acquired by Hewlett Packard [HPQ], Allerez – Acquired by Hewlett Packard [HPQ], Vista Research – Acquired by McGraw Hill [MHP], IP Infusion – Acquired by ACCESS Co., Ltd. [TSE:4513], Siperian – Acquired by Informatica [INFA], Bringit – Acquired by International Gaming Technology [IGT], Mertado – Acquired by Groupon [GRPN], and ZipZapPlay – Acquired by Electronic Arts [ERTS]

    Val Babajov, VoiVoda Ventures Val Babajov, VoiVoda Ventures

    Val Babajov is an entrepreneur and angel investor with three decades of software development and business management experience.

    Val is currently Founder and Managing Director of Voivoda Ventures, an early stage investment fund focused on B2B software technology startups. Voivoda has provided initial and follow-on funding for 14 companies since 2010. The Voivoda team takes a hands-on approach to early stage investing that involves working closely with companies from investment to exit, often as a member of the board. The fund’s geographical focus includes companies based outside of the United States. Voivoda leverages the growing network of international technology accelerators to identify top companies from around the world and assist them with moving to California for fundraising. This unique approach has led to successful funding of companies from New Zealand, Turkey and Bulgaria. Voivoda helps these companies through the process of establishing a legal and physical presence in the US and serves as their lead investor to assist with successfully completing their first round of funding. After funding, Voivoda and its team of mentors help portfolio companies accelerate their business and achieve successful outcomes.

    Prior to founding Voivoda ventures, Val spent 33 years in the software development industry. During this time Val navigated four successful exits. He founded his first company, WebMessenger in 1993 in his garage. During the dot com boom, Webmessenger with engineering offices in six countries developed IP in medical software, digital media, mobile software and communications for a wide range of clients including large corporations and startups.

    After the bubble burst, Val pivoted the business to enterprise level unified mobile instant messaging, which resulted in a 2007 acquisition byApptix (OSE: APP). After several months, it became evident that Apptix did not have the right vision for the Webmessenger product line. In 2008, Val orchestrated a buyout of the technology from Apptix and subsequently sold it to CallWave (Nasdaq: CALL) which continues to develop and promote the platform, and has ported it to the iPhone and Google Android operating systems. After this second exit Babajov established engineering development team in Partners 1993, Inc. Partners 1993 developed a variety of technologies ranging from mobile applications for startups to core mobile technology for large corporations such as Juniper Networks and Verizon wireless. In early 2012, the Partners1993 engineering team was acquired by a Nasdaq listed east coast based Technology Company. Since then Val has focused his full attention on investing and Voivoda Ventures. Val enjoys working with entrepreneurs who have a strong value system and personal drive. Val believes in the importance of people’s word, and still conducts business based on a handshake. Having immigrated to the United States from communist Bulgaria before of the collapse of the system in February 1989 with only $100 in his pocket, Val knows first-hand the struggles that early entrepreneurs face in trying to build their business. His goal with Voivoda Ventures is to help entrepreneurs avoid many of the common mistakes and accelerate the growth of their businesses. Val believes that entrepreneurs can accomplish anything when they put their mind to it, and enjoys watching young companies overcome impossible obstacles on their way to success.

    Moderator: Thomas Klein, Greenberg Traurig Moderator: Thomas Klein, Greenberg Traurig

    Thomas C. Klein focuses his practice on start-up and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property transactions, and general corporate and securities representation. He joined the firm in 2009, after approximately 20 years with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. in Palo Alto.

    Tom's practice includes representation of companies in formation, private and public financing, domestic and international technology strategies, and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented public and private companies in diverse industries, including software and hardware, Internet and mobile applications, services, content, telecommunications technology, semiconductors, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices, and venture capital. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law since the spring of 2001, a UC Berkeley Extension instructor from 2008-2010, an adjunct lecturer in securities regulation at Stanford Law School, and a visiting professor in the Master of Laws program at UC Davis Law School, teaching securities regulation.

    Jim Scheinman, Maven Ventures Jim Scheinman, Maven Ventures

    Jim Scheinman has spent the last 20 years of his career as an Entrepreneur in one capacity or another. He’s been a founder, executive, angel investor, attorney, mentor capitalist and venture capitalist at many successful Silicon Valley consumer startups. In January 2013, Scheinman launched Maven Ventures Growth Labs in Palo Alto to tap into the massive trend of the groundswell of entrepreneurship and to scale his successful angel investing business, Maven Ventures, which he founded in late 2008. Four of his ten investments since 2008 have achieved successful exits and four others are doing extremely well, like Tango. Maven Ventures Growth Labs Fund is a venture fund from which Jim invests in the startups that are incubated in the Growth Labs.

    Immediately prior to founding Maven Ventures, Scheinman was an entrepreneur in residence (“EIR”) at Charles River Ventures, a leading venture firm where he helped source, vet and advise their web 2.0 portfolio companies. Scheinman is one of the early pioneers of the social networking phenomenon as one of the first employees and the former head of business development and sales at the first social networking site, Friendster. There he created the concept of ‘engagement marketing,’ enabling consumers to become brand advocates and spreading brands’ messages amongst their network of friends. In 2005, Jim left Friendster to join co-founders Michael & Xochi Birch to launch Bebo as the first employee and Board member. At Bebo, he was integral in launching the site, raising the venture round, leading the strategy and its eventual sale to AOL for $850M in 2008.

    Sydney Armani, CrowdFundBeat Sydney Armani, CrowdFundBeat

    Mark Perlmutter, MicroAngels Conscious Mark Perlmutter, MicroAngels Conscious

    David Drake, The SohoLoft David Drake, The SohoLoft

    David Drake is a leading equity expert based in New York. He is the founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a private equity advisory firm, and of The Soho Loft, an event-driven global financial media company. Born in Sweden and fluent in six languages, David is a strong advocate of innovative investing in early-stage equity and the US JOBS Act, for which he lobbied both Congress and the EU Commission. Because of his leading work in this space, he was a US Commerce Department delegate to the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome, and was invited in May 2013 to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C.

    His investment, The Soho Loft, produces and sponsors 150+ global events a year. One such was produced in April 2013 for the institutional media leader Thomson Reuters, with speakers from NASDAQ, NYSE, KKR and Carlyle Group. He continues to advance innovative investing through his work as an international speaker and regular writer for major publications like Forbes and Thomson Reuters. He has coauthored the book "Planet Entrepreneur: The World Entrepreneurship Forum's Guide to Business Success Around the World" and is the author of "Crowd Fund Economics." His focus today is to take on board advisory positions at companies, angel networks and venture funds, and to guide them on such topics as international regulations, corporate strategy and fund structures, with emphasis on the growing trend of online investment automation for retail and angel investors.

    Privately, David has hosted the Harvard Business Club of NY at his home, produced Carnegie Hall concerts and raised funds for the charities, Trail Blazers and Best Buddies Carnegie Hall for many years. Today he is a board director of the UBS Charity of the Year, London-based Archive International, and is co-chair of the Tree Kangaroo Foundation in New York. David has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University, where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.

    Joey Jelinek, GroundBreaker Joey Jelinek, GroundBreaker

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