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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Miami Angel & VC Event, sponsored by FP Angels. This event was in Venture Hive on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

    Photo of Zalmi Duchman, Angel & Founder of The Fresh Diet Zalmi Duchman
    Chairman of the Board
    The Fresh Diet
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    The Fresh Diet
    Zalmi Duchman is an angel investor, entrepreneur and founder of The Fresh Diet. He began operations on January 1, 2006 with three clients. While Duchman "shopped and dropped," his wife "cooked and packed." Today, he has grown his business to become the largest U.S. food producer in the freshly-prepared, daily delivery category - which now delivers meal plans to thousands of clients nationwide.

    Consequently, Duchman and The Fresh Diet have earned numerous prestigious accolades over the years, including making the Inc. 500 list consecutively in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Forbes Top 20 Most Promising U.S. Companies List in 2011 and 2012, as well as being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year nominee in both 2009 and 2011. The Miami Herald recently named Duchman as one of Miami leading 20 under 40. A publicly traded company acquired the Fresh Diet in mid 2014. Duchman helped the company achieve high profile exposure by securing national placements without a PR company or fees. By using social media in its early years, The Fresh Diet landed on The View twice and was named U.S. Weekly magazine's Diet of the Year. Duchman starred in a company TV commercial for Chase bank as well as rung the bell at the NYSE as part of Startup America's entrepreneurs of the year. The Fresh Diet was named as a top 100 SBA Company as well as had their winning video submission played at the National SBA conference. In April 2012, Duchman had the privilege to attend the President's signing of the Startup Act in the Rose Garden. Duchman has been actively following the crowdfunding space while staying current with the exciting opportunities it now brings to the average investor.

    Currently, Duchman continues to help The Fresh Diet with high-level strategy and invests his time and money in early stage start-ups. His primary focus for investments and advisory positions are in food-tech, IoT (Internet of Things), Uber X models, sharing community models and electric bicycles.

    Photo of David Koehn, Sand Hill Angels David Koehn
    Sand Hill Angels
    Silicon Valley Open Doors
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    Silicon Valley Open Doors
    David has over 15 years of experience in mobile and cloud product strategy. Currently David is the Chief Evangelist for Oracle. As a member of Sand Hill Angels, David invests in Cloud-based businesses particularly B2B Enterprise, Mobile, EdTech, HCM, SMB and some Consumer. He also speaks frequently at leading innovation events including events at Grow Southwest, Pitchcrawl, Global Startup Centre(Born2global), Plug-N-Play, F50 Angel Investing Forum, Funding Post, Founders Den, Draper University, CINA, NPR Radio, Start-up Weekend, I-Gate, NestGSV, VC Taskforce, and many others. David is often the lead investor in priced seed rounds. As a senior advisor and board observer/member for many of his investments, David is known for insight, reliable guidance, and for streamlining business models and developing successful market approaches. David participates in many Sand Hill deals and is the lead Sand Hill Angels investor in UpOut, NoWait, Spinnakr, Perkville and CrowdMics. David is an advisor to Imperative, VenYoo, and Lucolo. David is also a mentor at Stanford Graduate School of Business and at the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon, at Start-up Den and at the UC Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (CET).

    Photo of David B. Schottenstein, Angel Investor David B. Schottenstein
    Founder
    Astor & Black
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    Astor & Black
    At the age of 21, Mr. Schottenstein founded Astor & Black, which quickly became the fastest growing custom clothing company in the US. In 2009, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year; 2010, Inc.s 30 Under 30; and in 2011, Mr. Schottenstein sold a majority stake in Astor & Black to a private equity group. In 2012, Mr. Schottenstein and a childhood friend founded Viewabill, a cutting edge, rapidly growing cloud-based transparency tool that allows clients to view their legal work in progress in real time. In addition, Mr. Schottenstein has invested in several business ventures; Mizzen+Main, a mens clothing company that focuses on performance material dress garments; Hilflint, a mens clothing company specializing in higher-end collegiate and professional sports knitwear; Farm Hill, a food start up delivering healthy delicious meals directly to the customer; Mellow, a new robotic sous-vide cooking machine, made for the convenience of home cooking.

    Photo of Shridar Chityala, Vedas Group Sridhar Chityala
    Chairman
    Elevate Innovation Partners & Vedas Group
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    Elevate Innovation Partners & Vedas Group
    Sridhar Chityala is a board member and advisor to fintech firms that focus on product innovation, and also to private equity, venture capital and asset management firms making strategic investments in emerging technologies and financial services businesses.

    He is a global leader in the financial services industry having held senior executive leadership roles at JP Morgan Chase, Citi Bank, Wachovia / Wells Fargo, National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank Australia.

    Sridhar is presently a Founding Partner of Elevate; Founding Partner of Vedas Group; Executive Committee of ARC Angel Fund; Senior Advisor to IDEA Fund Partners and Senior Advisor to SVX Group. He also serves on the advisory boards of Fin tech start ups in the Valley.

    He is a Co-founder of the Global Payments Council, World e-money council, a board member of various payment networks and industry bodies and is recognized as an industry expert on retail distribution, payments and digital & mobile commerce through published articles and appearances at industry conferences.

    Photo of Christopher Gimbert, Star Mountain Capital Christopher Gimbert
    Chief Operating Officer
    Star Mountain Capital
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    Star Mountain Capital
    Christopher Gimbert is a financial services entrepreneur and the Chief Operating Officer of Star Mountain Capital, a specialized asset management firm focused exclusively on small and medium-sized businesses. Star Mountain and its partner fund managers represent one of the largest small and medium-sized business investment platforms providing capital to over 130 companies. Mr. Gimbert has served as the COO since the firmís inception in 2010. Star Mountain invests (i) as a direct investor, often co-investing with its partner fund managers (via senior stretch loans, mezzanine and/or equity investments), (ii) as a strategic fund-of-funds investor into other private equity and private credit fund managers, and (iii) as a secondary fund investor helping provide liquidity to other limited and general partners. Prior to helping launch Star Mountain, Mr. Gimbert ran an interim CFO advisory business serving small businesses. He started his career at Merrill Lynch in the Alternative Investments group focused on private equity fund due diligence. He then joined KPMG to help build their M&A Advisory practice focused on private equity and strategic transactions. Post getting his MBA at NYU, he was a VP at Governing Dynamics Ventures (growth equity & advisory to small businesses). He also worked at Contour Venture Partners, including investment in small business lending platform On Deck (NASDAQ: ONDK). Mr. Gimbert holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, where he was an InSITE Fellow and Founder/Chairman of the NYU Venture Community. He also holds a BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, where he won the annual business plan competition for a small business he subsequently launched.

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