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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Orange County Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Real Office Centers (ROC), FP Angels, Pura Vida Tequila, TCVN. This event was in Orange County on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

    Photo of Sridhar Chityala, Managing Partner, Vedas Group Sridhar Chityala
    Chairman
    Elevate Innovation Partners & Vedas Group
    Read the full profile for Sridhar here!
    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 Craig Gunther, Blade Ventures Craig Gunther
    Managing Director
    Blade Ventures
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    Blade Ventures
    Craig Gunther, the Managing Director of Blade Ventures, has more than 20 years of investing, operating, and engineering experience working with technology companies. Prior to founding the firm Mr. Gunther served as President of Blade Capital Management, where he established and managed an alternative asset focused investment platform with more than $2B in total assets. He previously served for six years as Chief Operating Officer of Nicholas Enterprises, held various management and senior engineering positions at TRW while designing and developing integrated circuits for computing and digital signal processing applications, and he has also worked with numerous public and private technology companies as an advisor. Mr. Gunther currently serves on the boards of ClearAccess, 5iScience, Lasercure and Vigilistics. He holds a BS in Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a JD from Loyola Law School.

    Photo of Michael Sawitz, Founder, FastStart.studio Michael Sawitz
    Founder & CEO
    Faststart Studio
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    Faststart Studio
    Michael Sawitz is the Founder and CEO of FastStart.studio, a business incubator in Irvine, CA. Additionally, Mr. Sawitz has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Amailcenter Franchise Corporation, the franchisor of AIM Mail Centers, since its inception in 1985. He sold the brand in August of 2011. Since July 1979, he has also served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Michael Sawitz, Inc. which operates a sign center division and an equipment and fixtures division. He has been a featured guest on radio talk shows such as Professional Insights, National Public Radio and California Grand Opening. He has been a frequent speaker at various minority business development centers sponsored by the SBA, numerous Franchise Business Network events and twice as featured presentation at the Technology in Franchising National Conferences, and has been the keynote speaker at the PC Synergy Conference. Mr. Sawitz has been featured in nationwide publications such as Franchise Update and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Additionally, he is Entrepreneur in Residence at California State University Fullerton Mihaylo School of Business and Economics. Michael Sawitz has also cofounded and served as the President of the National Alliance of Ship Centers, a non-profit industry association.

    Grant Van Cleve, President, Tech Coast Angels Grant Van Cleve, President, Tech Coast Angels

    Tech Coast Angels is the largest angel investor group in the United States. Its 300 members provide funding and guidance to early-stage, high-growth companies in Southern California and beyond. TCA has a highly collaborative approach to screening potential companies and doing due-diligence. Once a TCA member chooses to invest, they give companies more than just capital; they also provide counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of potential investors, customers, strategic partners and management talent. More than $160 million has gone into 275 companies across diverse industries (not just 'tech'). These companies then proceeded to attract more than $1.5 billion in additional investment capital. Grant is an active angel: In addition to investing he serves as a mentor and advocate within the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. He was recently elected to be the President of the Orange County TCA chapter. Involved in Parcel Pending, Immuno Gum, Fitn - Wildfire, SomaBar, LeaseLock, Portfolium, Edufii, Schlep & Fetch, iPourIt, EveryStory, Twigtale, NabThat, Korner, BeatShare.

    Photo of Eric Shuss, Angel Investor Eric Shuss
    Chief Operating Officer
    BitSpeed
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    BitSpeed
    Mr. Shuss has been actively involved in 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, high-tech manufacturers, retail operations, importers and distributors. He has over 30 years of business management experience with a keen understanding of how technology impacts today business. He is an angel investor, speaker, industry analyst, talk show host, mentor and entrepreneur.

    He has been an Industry Analyst for Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Life Sciences, Retail, 3D Printers and Enterprise Software. Eric has been on a life-long mission to bring humanoid androids and advanced AI to market. He has worked in start-ups and mid-to-large companies in roles of Senior Industry Analyst, Managing Consultant, Director of Information Systems, Director of Operations, CEO, COO, Vice President and President.

    His in-depth knowledge of business, enterprise software and business processes allows him to look at the big picture and understand that the technology is not the answer, but enabling people to access and benefit from the technology is the key to success.

    Photo of Welcome Address: Stephen Silver, FundingPost Stephen Silver
    Co-Founder
    FP Angels
    Read the full profile for Stephen here!
    FP Angels
    Stephen is a partner with MAVN Funding Advisors which specializes in providing a range of funding and business development services for both investors and emerging growth companies.
    Stephen is an avid networker, and currently runs west coast operations for FundingPost events. Additionally, he is the co-founder of FP Angels, the angel investment wing of FundingPost.
    Prior to MAVN, Stephen was the Entrepreneur Director for the Southern California Keiretsu Forum, the nation's largest angel investment group. Stephen screened the best deals from over 500 startups, connecting them with the group's 250 Angel investors.
    Stephen attended Babson College, the nation's #1 school for entrepreneurship and graduated with a B.S. in business administration, with concentrations in entrepreneurship and marketing.

    Additional Angel & VC Speakers TBA! Additional Angel & VC Speakers TBA!



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