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Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Orange County Investor Roundtable, sponsored by SCVN, Real Office Centers (ROC), Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water, FastStart.studio, OCForward. This event was in Southern California - ROC (Real Office Centers) on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
Michael Sawitz is a serial entrepreneur and founder of FastStart.studio, a mixed use business incubator in Irvine. He has held founder or C-level positions for over forty years in the apparel industry, equipment distribution and retail arenas. Mr. Sawitz has been published nationally, spoke as keynote speaker nationally and has been interviewed on numerous occasion in print and radio talk shows. His charity work includes President of the National Alliance of Ship Centers, board of directors Tech Coast Venture Network, board of directors The Center for Entrepreneurship CSUF, Professional Mentors Advisors and Coaches, and Charter Member of TiE the worlds largest entrepreneurial education organization. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor teaching Lean Startup Strategies at CSUF. Most recently Mr. Sawitz began a 4 year term with the California State Bar as Commissioner to the Franchise and Distribution Law Committee.
Anderee Berengian is an entrepreneur, executive, and the Founder and Managing Director of RezVen Partners, a leading edge
investment firm whose investment portfolio includes early stage venture capital and growth stage private equity companies.
RezVen's investments are focused on technology companies with specific emphasis on digital media, social media, software, commerce, ad tech, and mobile. Comprised of former entrepreneurs and former big company executives, the RezVen
team gets hands on with portfolio companies to accelerate growth.
Prior to founding RezVen Partners, Mr. Berengian was a business development executive at Overture, a company that pioneered pay for placement click advertising online. Overture was acquired by Yahoo!.
Currently Mr. Berengian is on the board of directors and advisory board of several technology companies including StyleHaul,
ScanDigital, iViu, and HitFix. He is a member of and on the executive committee of the Young Leaders Circle at the Milken
Institute, is on the board of directors of the Discovery Science Center and is on the board of directors of Human Options, a
women and children's domestic violence shelter.
Mr. Berengian earned an MA from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, and a BS in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also
published numerous research papers as a Biophysics PhD.
Amir is a successful entrepreneur whose work experience includes more than 14 years of advising startups.
His focus has always been identifying and developing future and emerging technologies that can impact society with special emphasis on predictive business intelligence, knowledge sharing & education, and real-time technologies.
Amir likes to work with startups on their product strategy, pricing, business model, go-to-market, and fund raising.
Amir is currently a member and President of the Tech Coast Angels Orange County and actively involved with venture funds and angel investors to help continuous and sustained funding of startups.
I was partner in the law firm of Donahue, Mesereau & Leids, LLP, specializing in securities, venture capital, mergers & acquisitions and general corporate law. My working life was cut short because on the way home from a business closing in the early morning hours a drunk-driver rear-ended my stationary vehicle while he was traveling over 70 mph. The result is that I have had 10 spinal surgeries and have severe and significant spinal and nerve damage. One of my goals with angel investing is to find people and/or companies working on a cure/remedy/amelioration for my situation.
Mr. Shuss has been actively involved in starting, investing in and running high-tech companies for over thirty years. He has owned and managed successful companies from start-up to thriving on-going ventures including I.T./ERP sales and consulting firms, software companies, high-tech manufacturers, retail operations and distributors. He has over 25 years of business management experience with a keen understanding of how technology impacts today’s businesses. He is currently involved in start-ups in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, BI, Data Acceleration and Gaming industries.