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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Phoenix Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Grow Southwest, Microsoft, FP Angels, AZ Barbeque. This event was in Microsoft Meeting Room Tempe, AZ on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

    Photo of Dan Creed, GrowSouthwest Business Coach Dan Creed
    Business Coach
    GrowSouthwest Business Coach
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    GrowSouthwest Business Coach
    Danny P. (Dan) Creed is an award winning international business and executive coach, entrepreneur, best-selling author, world class keynote & workshop speaker, trusted advisor and (COO) Chief Operating Officer and (CCO) Chief Coaching officer of Grow Southwest. Coach Dan is based in Phoenix, but works with a worldwide customer base. He is a recognized expert in sales, management, marketing, business development and business growth strategies. Dan is an elite Brian Tracy International Certified Sales Trainer and a Founding Member Trainer and Facilitator of the Brian Tracy Sales Success Intensive course and a licensed facilitator for Navigational Coaching Conversations, Strategic Coaching Skills for Leaders.

    Dan is the unprecedented five time, winner of the Brian Tracy Award of Excellence/Coach of The Year for FocalPoint Coaching International and the 2010 winner of FocalPoint Coaching Practice of the Year.

    Coach Dan clients thrive in strengthening and growing their business using his unique experience to quickly take them to that challenging, next level of success. He is a business development expert that focuses clients to improve profitability, enhance productivity and improve their quality of life.

    Photo of John Ason, Angel Investor from NYC John Ason

    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    John Ason has been an angel investor for over 18 years specializing in early stage pre-revenue companies. He has made over sixty eclectic investments in the areas of e-commerce, technology, advertising, digital social media and entertainment. For about half of his investments, John has been the lead angel devoting a significant amount of his time to mentoring the companies. A typical company consists of one or two people in a garage or kitchen with minimal or no revenues. Any capital efficient industry with high growth potential qualifies with the exception of medical and biotech qualifies. As a starting point, John will accept only one page executive level summaries via email (ason@comcast.net).

    Some of John's notable exits include Xlibris.com, LiveLOOK.com sold to Oracle and Diapers.com sold to Amazon for $545 million.

    Prior to being an angel investor John had a career at AT&T Bell Labs. He spent the first ten years doing bleeding edge technology development and then 15 years marketing large telecommunications systems to international telecommunications companies. John guest lectures at NJIT, Fairleigh Dickinson, Rutgers, NYU and Wharton. John is a mentor at the Entrepreneurial Roundtable, DreamIt, TechLaunch, and Worldwide Investor Network accelerators. John is an advisor to the Astia and Springboard womens organizations. John has a BS in Mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. John’s hobbies include traveling, golf, Go (Asian game) and mentoring companies. Please visit his website at JohnAson.com and his pins at Pinterest.com/johnason.

    Photo of Rick Gibson, Managing Director of HOTventures Rick Gibson
    Angel Investor
    Hot Ventures
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    Hot Ventures
    Rick Gibson has had a 40-year career building businesses, founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and advised over (75) others. Rick has reviewed 1000+ companies and mentored hundreds. He is 62-years old. Since 1999, Rick has served as Managing Director of HOTventures, a "mentor capital fund" for the Southwest U.S., which invests in and advises fast-growth companies, in domains as diverse as Ballistic Armor to Agriculture, including Information Technology, Healthcare, Sustainability and Media. As an investor and entrepreneurial activist, he's immersed in early-stage growth companies... finding them and making them great. Rick's been involved with several companies that've had liquidity events. Rick has raised tens of millions of dollars. Since 1996, he's been a key player in several "mentor-driven accelerators" including Idealab, the world’s leading tech incubator in the 1990’s. Rick served as expert witness for technology business cases. He was one of the creators of Tallwave's Venture Blueprint a start-up curriculum for entrepreneurs. Rick is a columnist for Inc.com

    Rick has been an investor, advisor or board member in: AgriTrak, Avisere, Beamz, The Book Patch, Bourque Industries, CopperKey, DarkPulse, Decon7, EquiSight, Flypaper, Funding Universe (now Lendio), Imagenomics, Iveda Solutions, LabTrack, LifeBot, Medipacs, MedSphere, Mobile Authentication Corp (MAC), MojoVideo, MSDx, NetWorth, NuvoMed, Octopi, Real Time Companies, Sokikom, StrongWatch, World Wide Wheat and Zero Waste Wines. He has been a limited partner in Solstice Capital II (one of the largest venture capital funds in Arizona) and is an early shareholder in Bill Gross’ Idealab.

    In Tucson, for many years Rick served on the Executive Board and Screening Committee of the Desert Angels, and is Mentor-Emeritus for UA's Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI) and was Adjunct Instructor for UA’s Eller School Entrepreneurship Program, and on UA's MBA Advisory Council.

    In Phoenix, was on the board of ASU's Technopolis, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Instructor for LaunchPad/LaunchPrep entrepreneurship programs, and ASU TechBA mentor, coaching companies from Mexico. He is on the Management Committee and Selection Panel for Invest Southwest Capital Conference's Venture Madness. He was judge for ASU's Edson Entrepreneur Initiative, creator of "Entrepreneur's Resource Guide" for bizAZ magazine and member of Philanthropic Council of Banner Alzheimer's Foundation. Rick continues as a judge for the AZ Commerce Authority's 'Arizona Innovation Challenge' and on the Venture Ready Panel.

    In Flagstaff, Rick is on Executive Board and Treasurer of NACET incubator (Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies) and also a mentor. NACET also oversees Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship.

    Elsewhere, Rick has been judge for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and on Angel Capital Association's National Collaboration Committee and was guest instructor for Power of Angel Investing seminar. Rick is often a Mentor and Panelist for FundingPost.

    Rick was an early shareholder in Bill Gross' Idealab and founded one of its first companies, E-Ticket Inc, which merged with Nederlander Organization's RealTime Syndication Network to become FeatureCast Inc. Rick served as Vice-Chairman. FeatureCast secured online license for and executive-produced: Fox's America's Most Wanted, Teen Magazine and National Enquirer. Rick participated in strategic planning with the ten original Idealab CEOs. Idealab created several well-known technology companies including: Overture (acquired by Yahoo for $1.6B), United Online (was NetZero and Juno), Aptera, Internet Brands, CitySearch, Energy Innovations, eSolar, Desktop Factory, Picasa, Tickets.com, eToys and Evolution Robotics. [See http://idealab.com]. 1998-2000, Rick was an advisor to the board of directors of Petersen Publishing, producers of 100+ magazines like Motor Trend, Hot Rod and Teen.

    Rick co-founded GNP Development Corp and in 1986 they sold it to Lotus Development Corp for $10 million. In 1991, they co-founded Knowledge Adventure Inc, which in 1996 they sold to Cendant for $100 million. Knowledge Adventure became the world's largest children's CD-ROM edutainment software company (almost $400 million in annual revenues), owned by Universal Studios, known for 'JumpStart' (20 million units sold) and 'Blaster' series.

    1986-1991, Rick consulted to software companies including Ashton-Tate, Que Software/Macmillan and SPSS Inc, and arranged sales of technology to Symantec, Microlytics and Paramount Publishing. Rick directed a division of Ashton-Tate and was Chairman of 4-5-6 WORLD. Earlier, Rick directed national sales/marketing and helped start or re-start: Fisher Corp, KLH, Ultralinear and Androbot Inc (personal robot start-up by Nolan Bushnell, who founded Atari and Chuck E Cheese). Rick began his career as one of the first store managers for The GAP Inc, which has 3,200 stores worldwide including Old Navy and Banana Republic.

    Photo of Shawn Pfunder, Editor and Chief at GoDaddy Shawn Pfunder
    Editor & Chief
    Godaddy
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    Godaddy
    I'm a kid from the Rocky Mountains who learned how to tell a good story. That's what I'm primarily interested in: stories. We've all got them. Good ones, sad ones. Stories that make us think and stories that make us act.

    I'm lucky. Today, I have opportunities to help others make something big. Starting a small business or non-profit takes guts. Striking out on your own can be scary, but I believe it's a creative and inspiring act. Every startup that finds its feet makes the world a better place. I want to help make that happen and I've got the writing and presentation chops to do it.

    Photo of Audrey Jacobs is VP Americas of OurCrowd Audrey Jacobs
    VP
    OurCrowd
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    OurCrowd
    Audrey Jacobs is a public relations and marketing veteran of 20 years who is served clients in financial services, high tech, bio tech, medical to non-profits.In addition to having her own marketing firm specializing as a media relations coach, she was part of a US media relations team for global PR firm Porter Novelli.Recently she left the corporate world to pursue her Zionist passion to found and lead the San Diego chapter of StandWithUs, a global Israel education and advocacy organization.Audrey built in San Diego an exciting StandWithUs chapter with a large crowd of Venture Capitalists, CEO and Investors. Through her 20 year experience fundraising and organizing event as a lay leader for Jewish and Israel causes, Audrey has received numerous Jewish leadership awards.Audrey received her BA from San Diego State University (magna cum-laude).She is a sixth-generation Dallas, Texan and an avid runner.

    A passionate entrepreneur advocate, public speaker and global community builder, Audrey has found equity crowdfunding to be the answer for startups to access capital and use the crowd to expand globally as well as a platform for investors to diversify their portfolio and invest in a new asset class. Through her lectures at investment conferences, startup incubators and universities, she educates investors about the risk and reward of investing in early stage companies and entrepreneurs on how to raise capital.

    Prior to OurCrowd, Audrey spent 20 years building brands for technology companies with leading global public relations firms like Porter Novelli and launched the US Israel Startup Nations Series to create partnerships and educate about the opportunities of investing in Israeli innovation.

    Dave Galanis, Pebble Creek Partners Dave Galanis, Pebble Creek Partners

    Dave is founder and Managing Partner of Pebble Creek Partners LLC, a strategic consulting firm to growing companies, and the organizations that invest in them. In the 9 years since Pebble Creek Partners was founded, Dave has provided management consulting and financial advisory services to scores of companies in the environmental, cleantech, and business-to-business services industries. He has also served in numerous interim management positions including COO of The Novo Group, a nationwide recruiting solutions firm; and Assistant Treasurer for Waste Management, Inc., North American's leading supplier of integrated waste solutions. Dave is currently on the Board of Advisors at Mahoney Environmental, one of the nation's largest recycler of used fryer oil, grease trap material and other waste products. Dave is also a member of the Board of Advisors at RexCon LLC., an industry leader in quality designed, high production concrete batch plants. Dave is an active member of Cornerstone Angles, a private investment organization composed of highly successful executives, entrepreneurs, and investors selling to provide financial capital and mentorship to early-stage companies in the greater Midwest. Dave mentors startup companies through his affiliation with 1871 and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) and has worked with teams competing in events for the Clean Energy and UIC's Institute on Sustainability and Energy.

    Photo of Welcome Address: Scott Kelly, Manager of Phoenix FundingPost Scott Kelly
    Manager
    Black Dog Venture Partners
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    Black Dog Venture Partners
    Scott Kelly Founder and CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, is a 25 year fundraising, marketing, sales, training and publicity veteran. Scott has raised millions of dollars in capital for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented.

    He has also trained over 1,000 sales people and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe.

    When not making his clients famous, Scott spends his time in countless sporting events with his wife and two boys. He loves a good craft beer and playing with his “Black Dog” Shamus.

    Photo of John Hall, Horizon Ventures and Silicon Valley Angel Investor John Hall
    Managing Director
    Horizon Ventures
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    Horizon Ventures
    John Hall has more than 16 years of experience in the venture capital industry . He was a General Partner of Newtek Ventures from 1989 until 1999, when he co-founded Horizon Ventures where he also is a General Partner. Prior to his venture capital career, John had broad experience in senior financial and general management roles over a 20-year period in the pharmaceutical, semiconductor and software industries and was a co-founder of 3 successful software companies. As a venture capitalist, John has been a member of 14 board of directors of both private and public companies and currently serves on the boards of four private companies. He holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance and an MBA in Finance from San Jose State University and did Ph.D. work in Finance at the University of Santa Clara.

    Photo of Danielle Davenport, Angel Investor, South Valley Angels in CA Danielle Davenport
    Founder
    South Valley Angels
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    South Valley Angels
    Founder and Board Member of South Valley Angels (located in Silicon Valley). SVA provides capital for a business start-up/seed funding, in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. Advisor and manager for High-Tech Opportunities, from analysis to funding. Lead Due Diligence activities within the vertical of expertise.

    Photo of Jeff Abbott, Wasabi Ventures Jeffrey D. Abbott
    Director
    Wasabi Ventures
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    Wasabi Ventures
    Hands-on executive and general manager with 20 years experience and core strengths in strategy, marketing and business development who brings a highly strategic and entrepreneurial approach to creating lean teams, optimizing internal operations, and growing existing and new revenue streams to produce superior financial returns and excellent customer experiences. Combines a Socratic style with an analytical and process-driven approach, bringing bottom-line orientation, a sense of urgency, and deep respect for people to the building of businesses, brands and teams.

    Photo of Randy Lennon,  President, VA Angels Kelowna and Phoenix Randy Lennon
    Founder
    VA Angels Kelowna and Phoenix
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    VA Angels Kelowna and Phoenix
    Randy Lennon is a 35 year entrepreneur who has founded and built successful enterprises in the fields of newspaper publishing, television and radio, recording artist management, retail, advertising and marketing, and the Internet.

    Founder of the Spruce Grove Examiner newspaper at age 19, Randy built the company to a chain of four weekly newspapers serving the Edmonton market. The Examiner newspapers are to this day a successful operation now owned by Quebecor.

    Randy Lennon spent 16 months as an executive with The Calgary Flames, arriving from Vancouver a few weeks after Darryl Sutter. He was part of one of the most amazing breakthroughs in NHL history. On the ice the team went from seven years out of the playoffs to Western Conference Champions and Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. On the business side the team went from heavy losses to significant profitability over that 16 month period. Currently, Randy is managing director with Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver based Meridian Merchant Capital Canada, providing capital and corporate finance advisory services to mid-market western Canadian companies.

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