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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VC & Angel Roundtable, sponsored by Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, Pura Vida Tequila. This event was in Downtown LA on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

    Photo of Sridhar Chityala, Managing Partner, 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 Steve Block, Partner, K5 Ventures Stephen Block
    Venture Partner
    K5 Venture Partners
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    K5 Venture Partners
    Stephen A. Block is a Venture Partner and management member of K5 Venture Partners, an Orange County venture fund that operates an accelerator/incubator, and a member of the Tech Coast Angels, Southern California's largest angel investing group, serving on the Executive Committee of the Orange County network. He also mentors entrepreneurs, speaks on angel and VC investing and entrepreneurship at universities and business conferences, judges/coaches business plan competitions at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Chapman University and Pepperdine University. He also serves as a judge for the regional finals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition.

    Steve is a member of the Board of Directors of two public companies: Senomyx, Inc., a biotech based in San Diego; and Chromadex Corporation, a reference standards and ingredient supply company headquartered in Irvine. He also serves on two non-profit Boards: The Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship at Chapman and the Long Beach Opera.

    Steve retired as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. in December 2003, having served in that position for 12 years. He has over 40 years of broad legal, management and executive experience and has served on the Boards of both private and public companies and of several industry trade associations and as the President of one. He has drafted legislation, lobbied at both the state and federal levels, and testified before Congressional and state legislative committees. He has taught Securities Regulation at Pace University Law School and lectured in continuing legal and business education programs. Steve holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA cum laude from Yale University.

    Doug Pennington, Founder, Arch Angels Doug Pennington, Founder, Arch Angels

    For over 20 years, Doug has been a leader and innovator in growing, financing and grooming young companies. He specializes in helping early stage companies develop a sound strategy, choose the right building blocks for business formation, and executing on a focused plan. Calling upon his experience as a serial entrepreneur and working with family offices, Doug founded Private Capital Network in 2006, an angel investment network that is focused on funding and mentoring early stage companies in key growth industries; technology & consumer products. Through PCN's resources and knowledge base, the Network has helped emerging businesses cross the important bridge from good idea to disciplined execution to reduce the standard – the unacceptably high failure rate of small businesses. Doug later went on to form Archangels in order to work with the interests of some of Orange County's most prominent Family Offices and ultra worth investors. He envisioned Archangels as a disruptor from the ordinary investor network model. Doug realized that in order for an investor network to truly become excellent, membership had to mean more than just deal flow. With that in mind, Doug fostered an environment where members help one another solve problems, open doors, assist with active ventures, and advise one other on pending investments. This has resulted in a high caliber of active investments and participation. Currently, Doug is a frequent lecturer at the University of California at Irvine, California State University at Fullerton, Butler University, Chapman University, and Purdue University. Doug sits on the advisory board for the Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCI, is an active mentor participating in the UCI Business Plan Competition. Doug also sits on the advisory boards of several companies, internationally.

    Photo of Selina Troesch, DFJ Frontier Selina Troesch
    Associate
    DFJ Frontier
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    DFJ Frontier
    Selina is the Los Angeles Associate at Touchdown Ventures and Associate at DFJ Frontier. Her primary responsibilities are screening and evaluating deal opportunities, managing corporate partner relationships and analyzing emerging market sectors. She is particularly interested in virtual reality, digital media, education, advertising, marketing and financial tech.

    Selina spent five years honing her financial skills at Barclays in a variety of risk management and valuation roles. She developed expertise in valuing complex debt instruments and understanding the return implications of a diverse set of contract terms. Though the analytic aspects of her role were satisfying, Selina wanted to work more directly with companies and decided to pursue a career in venture capital. Selina has a BA in Mathematics and Economics from New York University and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

    Photo of Asher Leids, Angel Investor Asher Leids
    Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    When I worked, I specialized in practicing venture capital, securities, mergers & acquisitions and general corporate law. My clients ranged from start-ups, such as Scour.net (a company that was founded by, among others, Travis Kalanick-who went on to be the founder and CEO of Uber) and Ceiva, to Fortune 100 companies, such as IBM. I also worked on the initial public offering for Shopping.com that was subsequently acquired by Compaq Computer Corp. within one year of it's IPO (one of the first internet IPO's) for approximately $1 Billion.

    Silvia Mah, Hera Fund Silvia Mah, Hera Fund



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



    Photo of Moderator: Josh Lawler, Esq., Zuber Lawler & Del Duca Josh Lawler
    Partner
    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.

    Photo of Welcome Address, Stephen Silver, FundingPost Stephen Silver
    Co-Founder
    FP Angels
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    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.

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