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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Dallas Investor Roundtable, sponsored by CoAdvantage, Conversus, FP Angels, The Grove, PAE-The Woodlands. This event was in The Grove on December 11th, 2014.

    Photo of David Sym-Smith, Partner Mobility Ventures David Sym-Smith
    Mobility Ventures
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    Mobility Ventures
    David Sym-Smith is a Partner at Mobility Ventures with more than 20 years wireless industry experience building multimillion dollar operations from scratch along with profitable exits.

    Prior to joining Mobility Ventures, David served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Tele Atlas. David managed global marketing, strategic planning, and product development for this leading global provider of digital maps and other dynamic content. Company doubled in size and was sold to Tom Tom for over $3 Billion. Previously David served as the SVP of Marketing and Business Development at InnoPath, where he managed global marketing, product development and business development for InnoPath the industry leader in over-the-air (OTA) software updates and mobile device management (MDM) solutions. Increasing market share to 70% and revenue by more than 100%. David also helped launch Command Audio Corporation as Vice President of Marketing and Sales, successfully leading the company from beta to launch to spin-off - growing the company from 20 to over 100 people with over $80M in funding from Tier 1 VC's and strategic investors. (The company was partially acquired by iBiquity).

    Photo of Sammy Abdullah, CFA, Managing Partner DAN Fund Sammy  Abdullah
    DAN Fund
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    DAN Fund
    Sammy is a co-founder of The DAN, former entrepreneur, and active angel investor. He runs the day to day operations of The DAN full-time including screening opportunities, working with entrepreneurs, and structuring and diligencing deals.

    Prior to The DAN, Sammy was a Vice President with a credit opportunities fund known as Congruent Investment Partners. Before joining Congruent, Sammy was with Prudential Capital Group in Dallas.

    Sammy's career has always centered around structuring and diligencing deals. While at Congruent, he was promoted to Vice President from Associate and grew with the firm as it eclipsed $400mm in assets under management. While at Prudential Capital Group, Sammy was a Senior Analyst, working as part of an 11 person group responsible for underwriting and managing Prudential Capital's $2B+ electric power portfolio.

    Photo of John Adler, General Partner, Silver Creek Ventures John Adler
    General Partner
    Silver Creek Ventures
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    Silver Creek Ventures
    Mr. Adler joined Silver Creek Ventures as a General Partner in 2007. His areas of expertise include data and voice communications, semiconductors, and wireless applications. Mr. Adler has also served as a board member of the Texas Venture Capital Association since its inception in 2004. Prior to joining Silver Creek, Mr. Adler served as a Partner with InterWest Partners since 2001, a leading diversified venture capital firm in information technology and life sciences. Representative investments include Covaro (acquired by Adva Optical), kajeet, Nuventix, Venturi Wireless and VizionWare. Prior to InterWest Partners, Mr. Adler developed 17 years of operating experience in product management and engineering from Rockwell International, Alcatel, Monterey Networks and Cisco Systems. Mr. Adler received a BSEE and MBA from Southern Methodist University and has authored or co-authored four US patents.

    Ken Janke, CoFounder, The Grove Ken Janke, CoFounder, The Grove

    Ken is the Cofounder of the Grove Dallas, and the Grove New haven. He works to position people, organizations, and businesses for their effective future, believing transformation is possible through collective ideas and collaborative action. Ken works to steward the dreams of others and works to find solutions to facilitate opportunities for ideas to take flight. He is the founder of Groundworks Initiatives, a 501c3 that works to support people in their work, and the development of new ideas that are solving the social, environmental, economic, and urban problems we face today.

    Photo of Chris Felder, Partner, Conversus - Moderator Chris Felder
    Read the full profile for Chris here!
    Born and raised in Austin and now resides in Pflugerville. Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Economics. Worked in the World Wide Operations and Global Strategy Groups, as well as Corporate Finance. Since my time at Dell I have worked as a consultant in various fields, but primarily in construction or construction services.

    Photo of Casey Minshew, Texas Director, - Opening Remarks Casey Minshew
    Texas Director
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    Casey Minshew is a serial Entrepreneur, but he has deep roots in the Commercial Real Estate Banking & Small Business world. Since 2000 he worked with and helped launched one of top 10 Mortgage Banking organizations in Texas serving over 4000 Loan Officers nationwide. While processing Billions of dollars in loans. In 2009, after the market crash, Casey entered into the technology industry as the COO of a Video Technology company, helping launch better online communications in over 50 countries. This gives Casey 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..

    Today Casey is advising small to medium sized companies in outsourcing their HR to better prepare for challenges Healthcare reform will bring. He is also very proud and honored Host and Manager for the Houston FundingPost Events.

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