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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VC & Angel Roundtable, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water. This event was in Downtown LA on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

    Photo of Stephen Block, 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.

    Moderator: Jeff DeMartino, Bingham McCutchen Moderator: Jeff DeMartino, Bingham McCutchen

    Jeff DeMartino represents companies in numerous industries on transactional and general corporate matters. Jeff’s experience includes counseling acquirers and sellers in connection with mergers, leveraged buyouts, stock and asset purchases, and sales, joint ventures, spin-off transactions, minority investments, restructurings and equity offerings. Prior to joining Bingham, Jeff was an Associate at Foley & Lardner LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. EXPERIENCE: Advised private equity company and its portfolio company in their $1.3 billion buyout of a food industry company Advised private equity firm in its buyout of a probiotic supplement company Advised manufacturing company in its acquisition of a metal components maker Advised private equity firm in its buyout of a cleaning system manufacturer Advised steering committee of first-lien lenders in restructuring of privately owned media company Advised healthcare portfolio company in its restructuring, including the spin-off of two divisions and additional investments in the company Advised private equity consortium in its purchase of a distressed financial institution Advised healthcare company in an asset sale of one of its divisions Advised energy company in the spin-off of its financing business in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction Advised two publicly traded media companies in a “merger of equal”

    Welcome Address: Bryan Au, Manager of Los Angeles, FundingPost Welcome Address: Bryan Au, Manager of Los Angeles, FundingPost

    Bryan Au is a best selling author, actor and even a famous healthy chef but he has deep roots in the tech, App and Venture Capital world. Since 2000 he worked with and helped launched many major website startups and even a Internet Dial Up ISP Provider...remember Dial-Up Connections? This gives Bryan a unique perspective from both sides as a person seeking funding and what Venture Capital Firms and Investors are looking for. This makes him the best qualified candidate to assist both parties in achieving their goals. Bryan is also a successful Eco Green expert, designer and consultant who happens to love watching cooking tv shows and helping people realize their dreams.

    Bryan even has his own App developed and launched by The App Company who made Buzz Aldrin's #1 App then they made his Eco Chef App for Bryan which instantly became #4 Worldwide in 50 Countries and was recently named the Official Must Have Healthy App for New Zealand. The Sierra Club also recommended his Eco Chef App to Millions of their members nationwide.

    Bryan Au has been featured on TV Shows, Newspapers, Magazines and Radio Shows around the World. He is considered to be a Celebrity Attraction and Speaker at many Expos and Events. Bryan is now a very proud and honored Host and Co-ordinator for the Los Angeles FundingPost Events.

    Photo of Tyler Jensen, Startup Garage, VAVI Steve Goldberg, Ph.D.
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    Steve Goldberg joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave, and CoWave Networks. He was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and VP and GM of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation. Steve has also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard. Additionally, Steve enjoys teaching and public speaking, and has delivered a number of academic and industrial courses in the areas of wireless, telecom, and signal processing.

    Adam Chapnick,, AmplifyLA Adam Chapnick,, AmplifyLA

    Principal at Indiegogo, the world's largest crowdfunding platform, from 2009 until April of this year, when I left (a few months after we raised a $40mm Series B with Kleiner Perkins) to join AssetAvenue, a Commercial Real Estate Peer-to-Peer lending platform. Today's Wall Street Journal ran this story on our seed funding announcement, led by Matrix Partners. I am also a mentor at AmplifyLA, one of the top startup accelerators in Los Angeles.

    Heather McCormick, Pasadena Angels, Platinum Equity LA, Credo Heather McCormick, Pasadena Angels, Platinum Equity LA, Credo

    Heather practices general business law for emerging growth companies, venture capitalists, private equity firms and other corporate clients. She represents some of Los Angeles’ preeminent private equity funds, as well as the area’s hottest technology companies. She’s an experienced global mergers and acquisitions attorney and has received M&A Advisor's Top 40 under 40 M&A professionals award. Heather has a niche practice representing senior executives in their employment, equity and separation matters. She also handles securities offerings, technology transactions, lending, corporate governance and SEC compliance, and general commercial contracts and transactions. Heather is a Pasadena Angels investor, a mentor for the Los Angeles Business Technology Center and a respected expert in the Los Angeles technology and private equity communities. Before she founded Credo, she was in-house counsel to Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles based private equity firm, where she practiced global M&A and served as outside general counsel to the companies in Platinum’s portfolio. Heather has vast experience representing emerging growth companies and the venture capitalists who invest in them. Before she became a lawyer, she was an investment banker in New York. Experience VP and Mergers & Acquisitions Counsel, Platinum Equity, Los Angeles Cooley LLP, San Francisco Investment Banker, Merrill Lynch, New York Education J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley M.B.A., University of California Berkeley B.A., University of Pennsylvania

    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.

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