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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out San Diego VC & Angel Roundtable, sponsored by Irvine Company, The Amiri Law Firm P.C. , TCVN, Law Offices of Jacob Sapochnick, N6A. This event was in Downtown San Diego on August 11, 2015.

    Photo of Bill Orabone, Angel Investor Bill Orabone
    Serial Entrepreneur
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    A veteran of global business, a successful serial entrepreneur, a prolific angel investor and an exceptional problem solver whose career includes -

    Four successful technology start-ups resulting in exits worth over $400M on raised capital of less than $10M,

    46 angel investments ALL leading to profitable returns,

    Four industry first product introductions two of which turned in sales of greater than $1B,

    Two successful company turnarounds, Countless multinational partnerships, joint ventures & supplier agreements, Several technology acquisitions and licenses, and

    A very early Six Sigma black belt in quality control.

    Photo of Shane Kelly, Wolverine Angels Shane Kelly
    Founder & Managing Director
    Wolverine Angels
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    Wolverine Angels
    Shane Kelly is Founder and Managing Director of Wolverine Angels, a seed investment syndicate and mentor network. Prior to Wolverine Angels Shane ledteams at Wolverine Venture Fund and Detroit Venture Partnerswith investments including NeuMoDx and ArborMetrix.
    Previously, Shane built customer service and finance teams at GreeneStreet Filmsas the company raised several rounds of venture capital and grew revenue to over $10 million. Hismotion pictures credits include Movie 43 and Awake.
    Shane holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business where he was a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow. He earned a Bachelor of Science cum laude from Morehouse College where he studied Math and Physics.

    Photo of Silvia Mah, Hera Fund Silvia Mah
    CEO
    Hera-Labs
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    Hera-Labs
    Dr. Mah serves as CEO of Hera-Labs, an accelerator program for women-owned businesses, founding partner of Hera Fund, an angel investment group and developing early-stage fund, and supporter/angel investor of Hera Hub, a supportive women-focused co-working franchise. Dr. Silvia Mah is a premier advocate for empowering women-owned businesses on a global level by promoting, nurturing, and investing in socially relevant new ventures that allow women to excel around the world.

    Through her work, Dr. Mah has identified challenges unique to female entrepreneurs. To address these challenges, she has created a unique combination of supportive endeavors.

    Her larger vision is to educate and develop female angel investors. Through financial Dr. Mah's mission is to create more examples of successful women entrepreneurs for future generations, and educate and develop new angel investors. She believes that women can be the catalyst of this global shift through financial investment in one another, critical also in sustaining economic growth for future generations.

    Her background launching university discoveries from the lab to the commercial space gives her a unique perspective on evaluating ideas for their marketability and sustainability. She applies this knowledge to her investment strategies, and teaches her approach to potential women angel investors. She has invested in Hera Therapeutics, Hera Hub, The Sash Bag, and Women Investing in Women Digital.

    Dr. Mah holds a Ph.D. in Marine Molecular Biology from UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, an M.B.A. from UC San Diego Rady School of Management, and a B.S. in Biology with Honors from Pepperdine University.

    When not working, Dr. Mah spends time with her husband and 3 children in San Diego. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Mah believes in integrating family and work to create a lifestyle that serves both.

    Photo of Greg Horowitt, Managing Partner, T2 Venture Capital Greg Horowitt
    Co-Founder & Managing Director
    T2 Venture Capital
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    T2 Venture Capital
    Greg is the co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a seed and early stage venture fund and advisory services firm focused on high impact innovation in the technology and healthcare sectors. He has lead T2s involvement in portfolio companies; Somark Innovations, Biomatrica, Independa, GroundMetrics, and AutoPoint Software (sold to SRS Solutions).

    He is also the co-author of the bestselling book, the Rainforest: the Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley which examines the dynamics and drivers of innovation ecosystems; drawn from hands-on experience and insights gathered while architecting the innovation ecosystems of more than a dozen countries around the world. He is a co-founder of the Global Innovation Summit, co-founder of the Rainforest Architects Program, and a co-developer of the Rainforest Index. Greg is a Kauffman Fellow, a member of a select program to groom leaders of the venture capital industry. He is an adviser, speaker, and consultant to development organizations including the World Bank, US State Department, OECD, USAID, Aspen Institute, and the National Academies of Science in addition to his work advising governments around the world on topics of economic development, venture capital formation, and innovation policy. He is currently engaged in designing unique, breakthrough models for measuring the health of innovation systems based on dynamic flows of talent, capital, and knowledge.

    Mr. Horowitt is also the co-founder of Global CONNECT, a think tank based at the University of California, San Diego, focused on the development and growth of innovation clusters worldwide. Under his leadership, Global CONNECT has grown to encompass one of the world largest networks of innovation hubs including more than 40 programs in 20 countries, all focused on accelerating global technology commercialization, and the Global CONNECT Summit, the annual gathering of best practice innovation organizations from around the world. In addition, he is the principal architect of several key innovative business management, leadership development, and entrepreneurship mentorship programs still in use today around the world, including Global Bridge and the Rainforest Architects Program. Mr. Horowitts many media references include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Forbes, Fortune, New Scientist, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

    Greg was formerly the interim Managing Director of CONNECT, an organization which is generally credited with San Diego success as a technology leader and which helped launch over 300 companies that raised over $600 million in early-stage funding and achieved over $12 billion in market capitalization. Greg has personally advised and mentored more than 200 companies.

    Prior to CONNECT, Greg life was as an entrepreneur and investor, having been involved with a number of Silicon Valley startups and venture capital, including serving as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Prior to that, he was the President and CEO of the Praetorian Group, a venture-backed software and online media company, and for nearly 20 years before that, he was an executive with a Berkshire Hathaway operating company.

    Greg currently serves as a board member of CONNECT and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. He serves as an adviser to the InvestChile (CORFO) and Working Capital (Italy) venture capital investment programs.in addition to being an international mentor for the IBM Global Entrepreneur (SmartCamp) program. He is also an adviser to the UCSD Rady School of Management Venture Fund program and serves on their high tech investment committee.

    He has been a reviewer for the NSF and DOE SBIR programs and served as an adviser and mentor to the University of California Discovery Fellows Program; and Senior Adviser to the Larta Institute. In addition, he previously served as Chairman of Project Inform, one of the nation leading HIV treatment information and advocacy organizations.

    Greg is a Regents Scholar who holds a degree with high honors in Biochemistry and minors in Economics and Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego.

    Photo of Afif Khoury, Managing Partner, Axon Ventures Afif Khoury
    Founder & CEO
    Axon Ventures
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    Axon Ventures
    Afif Khoury has spent the last decade involved in startups and venture capital investments as an attorney, venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. Afif is the Founder & Managing Member of Axon Ventures, the Founder & CEO of local “Cool Company” tech startup, SOCi, Inc., and a Managing Partner of Seed GC (an early stage technology law firm). Previously, Afif was the Managing Member of Scatter Ventures, and formerly a Senior Corporate Attorney with Silicon Valley firms Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Gunderson Dettmer. Afif has helped deploy more than $70 million in the last 5 years. He is currently a member of the Board of the San Diego Venture Group and an advisor to multiple local startups.

    Photo of Ash Kumra, Moderator Ash Kumra
    Chairman
    Tech Coast Venture Network
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    Tech Coast Venture Network
    Ash is the Chairman of the board for one of Southern California's largest entrepreneurship education non-profit Tech Coast Venture Network ("TCVN").

    Ash Kumra is an award winning entrepreneur, author, public speaker and talk show host recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. Ash is co-founder of DreamItAlive.com; a global community guiding users to create their dream life with scientifically proven visualization tools, dreamboards and personal development content.

    Ash is an authority on entrepreneurship, social media & branding by authoring the book series "Confessions from an Entrepreneur", spoken to over 10,000 people and has been cited in 100's of articles including Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, American Express Forum, Entrepreneur Magazine, Startup America/Up Global, LA Times, OC Register, Tedx & The White House.

    Photo of Welcome Address: Stephen Silver, FP Angels Co-founder, FundingPost CA 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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