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    Photo of Jeff Lapin, Angel Investor Jeffrey Lapin
    Tech Coast Angels
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    Tech Coast Angels
    Jeffrey Lapin, 58, is the President of Tech Coast Angels - Los Angeles. He has invested in over 20 start up companies, and serves on many company boards. He also advises several companies.

    From May 2009 through December 2010, Mr. Lapin served as the Chief Executive Officer Atari, S.A., a French public company that develops and publishes online and boxed video games and related applications.

    From January 2007 through April 2009, Mr. Lapin served as a Director and Chief Executive Officer and President of RazorGator Interactive Group, an ecommerce company which sells secondary event tickets and related services. RazorGator is a VC funded private company.

    Mr. Lapin served as a private consultant to several companies from May 2004 through December 2006, including In-Fusio Group, Riverdeep, Ubisoft, Capcom, and Four Queens. From November 2002 through May 2004, Mr. Lapin served as a Director and Chief Executive Officer of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software (sales of $1.2 billion).

    Mr. Lapin served as Vice Chairman of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), a developer and publisher of interactive software from October 1998 to November 2002, served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of THQ from August 2000 to November 2002, and served as a Director of THQ from April 1995 to November 2002 (sales of $600 million). From July 1996 to October 1998, Mr. Lapin served as President of House of Blues Hospitality, Inc. and Executive Vice President of House of Blues Entertainment, Inc.

    From May 1986 to June 1996, Mr. Lapin served in various executive capacities with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and its predecessors (NYSE: HOT), most recently from January 1995 to June 1996 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and From May 1991 to January 1995 as President and Chief Executive Officer.

    Prior to his employment at Starwood, Mr. Lapin was an attorney with Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp in Los Angeles. Mr. Lapin received a B.A. in economics from U.C.L.A., and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. Mr. Lapin serves, and has served, as a Director of several for profit and nonprofit entities.

    Photo of Terrence Yang, Yang Ventures Terrence Yang
    Founder & Managing Partner
    Yang Ventures
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    Yang Ventures
    Founder & Partner at Yang Ventures Mentor, invest in startups. Small investor in funds by top VC Ex-Wall Street. One of two business people to build Morgan Stanley headquarters' first CDS, now > $300 billion net notional Obama Harvard Law classmate, elector, AAPI finance co-chair Mentor, Plug and Play Bitcoin accelerator

    Photo of Rick Gibson, 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

    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,, eToys and Evolution Robotics. [See]. 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 Ho Nam, Altos Ventures Ho Nam
    General Partner & Co-founder
    Altos Ventures
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    Altos Ventures
    Ho Nam is a General Partner and co-founder of Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of networking, storage and semiconductors. He currently serves as a director of Billeo, Vapro, WhiteHat Security, and Yosemite Technologies and works closely with CrownPeak, Enwisen, and Xignite. Ho led the firm’s prior investments in Axis Systems (acquired by Verisity), Evolve Software (EVLV, acquired by Primavera Systems), Inzap, (acquired by Real Networks), Nishan Systems (acquired by McDATA), Pixo (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Provato (acquired by I-Many) and Soundpipe (acquired by Comdial). All were deals in which Altos was the lead investor in the seed or first institutional round of funding. Before joining Altos Ventures in 1996, Ho worked at Silicon Graphics (SGI) and Octel Communications (acquired by Lucent). Ho began his VC career at Trinity Ventures in 1990 and began his professional career at Bain & Company where he advised clients in the Semiconductor industry on product and corporate strategy.

    Photo of Adam Draper, Boost.VC Adam Draper
    Founder & CEO
    Boost VC
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    Boost VC
    Adam Draper is the founder of Boost VC. He is a fourth generation venture capitalist, and Super Smash player extraordinaire. Adam co-founded a startup called Xpert Financial where he learned all of his startup lessons. He now takes those lessons and guides startups with his Be Awesome philosophy of building. Before starting Boost, Adam angel invested in 20 companies including Coinbase, Plangrid and Practice Fusion. His favorite movie is Notting Hill and his favorite pizza joint is Round Table. He also makes pickles.

    Photo of Moderator: Josh Lawler, Esq., Zuber Lawler & Del Duca Josh Lawler
    Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP
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    Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP
    Josh Lawler’s practice focuses primarily on corporate law, securities law, and mergers & acquisitions, with a particular emphasis on the middle market. Mr. Lawler’s practice often involves deals with heavy technology and intellectual property components. Mr. Lawler also has experience with public offerings, private placements, film financing, joint ventures, procurements, intellectual property licensing, and other types of commercial transactions.

    Prior to joining Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, Mr. Lawler practiced as a corporate and M&A attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meaghar & Flom LLP.

    Robert K Whyte, CEO, EB5 Usa Direct Robert K Whyte, CEO, EB5 Usa Direct

    Photo of John Nelson, Managing Director, Genrich Family Offices John Nelson
    Managing Director
    California Capital Partners
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    California Capital Partners
    John Nelson, a Venture Partner of Shepherd Ventures, has operating experience in both technology-related industries and investment finance. His international experience has emphasized the Asia-Pacific region where he has worked for nearly three decades involved in cross-border investments, multi-national manufacturing operations and market development.

    John has functioned as a Managing Director in six venture capital partnerships including California Capital Partners, Terra Nova Capitals Can-Am Fund, Consortium Capital Partners, Ventana Global Funds Technology Gateway Funds, and Venture Management Group. He has also served as Acting CEO of two portfolio technology companies that relocated from Asia to the Inland Empire. In addition, John managed Pac-Rim Partners contract with the Commonwealth of Australia, functioning as that nations Investment Director, North America. In this capacity, he provided marketing and investment services related to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, technology transfers, and greenfields manufacturing projects. Formerly, John was Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Fortune-500 Company, National Computer Systems.

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