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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Phoenix Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Black Dog Venture Partners, GoDaddy, Hool Coury Law. This event was in AZ on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

    Photo of Welcome Address: Scott Kelly, Regional Director of FundingPost Scott Kelly
    Black Dog Venture Partners
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    Black Dog Venture Partners
    Scott Kelly Founder and CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, is a 25 year fundraising, marketing, sales, training and publicity veteran. Scott has raised millions of dollars in capital for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented.

    He has also trained over 1,000 sales people and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe.

    When not making his clients famous, Scott spends his time in countless sporting events with his wife and two boys. He loves a good craft beer and playing with his “Black Dog” Shamus.

    Photo of Michael Hool, Hool Coury Law Michael Hool
    Managing Partner
    Hool Coury Law
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    Hool Coury Law
    Michael Hool is our founding Partner. Michael works with select companies as an advisor, legal counsel and periodically serves in executive and board capacities. Michael practice is focused primarily on corporate and commercial representation, securities, finance and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, and all aspects of counseling emerging companies. He represents both issuing companies and investors in a large variety of financing transactions.

    Michael broad merger and acquisition experience ranges from very large transactions such as the acquisition and financing of an NHL hockey franchise, several roll-up acquisitions combined with a public offering of the acquirer, the sale of health care systems, consolidation of 71 franchise operations, to acquisition and sale of a variety of closely-held and emerging enterprises. Michael has assisted clients in structuring many different types of venture relationships, including: (i) a joint venture of seven health care systems; (ii) creating an intellectual property consortium whose members included the U.S. Army, universities and fortune 500 companies, and (iii) creating manufacturing and research joint ventures between U.S. companies and those in Mexico and India.

    Michael acts as general counsel to private equity funds, high net-worth investors and emerging companies. Michael represents or advises accelerators, incubators, and has formed angel investment groups. Michael has chaired or served on the board of Arizona Venture Capital Conference, BioAccel, AzTech Investors, and the Indus Entrepreneurs. Mr. Hool is highly sought after as a speaker, blogger and author of papers on a broad variety of topics. Michael is active as an investor in a growing portfolio of emerging companies.

    Photo of Dave Galanis, Pebble Creek Partners Dave Galanis
    Managing Partner
    Pebble Creek Partners
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    Pebble Creek Partners
    Dave is founder and Managing Partner of Pebble Creek Partners LLC, a strategic consulting firm to growing companies, and the organizations that invest in them.

    In the 9 years since Pebble Creek Partners was founded, Dave has provided management consulting and financial advisory services to scores of companies in the environmental, clean energy, and business-to-business services industries. He has also served in numerous interim management positions including COO of The Novo Group, a nationwide recruiting solutions firm; and Assistant Treasurer for Waste Management, Inc., North America leading supplier of integrated waste solutions. Dave is currently on the Board of Advisors at Mahoney Environmental, one of the nations largest recycler of used fryer oil, grease trap material and other waste products. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for RexCon LLC, a leading manufacturer of concrete batch plants.

    Dave is an active member of Cornerstone Angels, a private investment organization seeking to provide financial capital and mentorship to early-stage companies in the greater Midwest. In addition, Dave works with both The Clean Energy Trust and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC /1871) to mentor start-up companies.

    Dave was Senior Vice President and CFO of ATC Transportation, the recognized leader in providing outsourced transportation operations and management for over 60 municipal transit systems around the nation. Under Dave leadership, ATC implemented processes, systems and controls to make the transition from a privately owned organization to a division of a public company. Dave was instrumental in assisting National Express PLC, in the sale of the business to Veolia Transportation in 2005.

    Photo of Stephen Bulfer, Angel Investor Stephen Bulfer
    Business Development
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Stephen has deep experience across mobile, analytics, and other emerging technologies. He has advised over 50 of the Fortune 500 and influenced the CXO cabinet of many more across the Global 2000. In addition to corporate/enterprise experience, he is an entrepreneur who built and executed on multiple start-ups. Stephen is currently spending time on innovation architecture and business development at NetApp, focused on building a start-up ecosystem, partnering with start-ups on building joint technology, enabling joint GTM, and a SME for strategic investment and M&A. He was previously VP Business Development & Marketing at ionGrid (acquired by NetApp) - delivering an outsized return to investors. He has consulted for the White House, HP, Visa, and Blackrock, just as a small sample. Stephen grew his career early on into senior management at Deloitte focused on analytics, technology, strategy, and operations. Stephen is an Angel Investor with Berkeley Angels Network and is active in his investments in the start-up space including advisory positions in mobile, security, robotics, social, payments/Bitcoin, IoT (Internet-of-Things), and tech/strategy consulting. He holds an MBA / graduate degrees from both Columbia Business School and University of California Berkeley.

    Stephen enjoys snowboarding/skiing, playing chess, and listening to music with his family – wife, twin daughters, and son. Stephen lives in San Francisco.

    Photo of Ryan Edwards, Silicon Valley Bank Ryan Edwards
    Silicon Valley Bank
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    Silicon Valley Bank
    Ryan Edwards is the Director of Technology Banking for Silicon Valley Bank, covering Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Providing opportunities for technology companies to raise capital and elevate their business through the use of SVB's network and decades of time in the industry. Through 10+ years in the banking industry and 6 years with SVB, Ryan has helped early stage through public companies in the hardware, software and medical device markets. Ryan works closely with entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses.

    Photo of Jeff Abbott, Wasabi Ventures Jeffrey D. Abbott
    Wasabi Ventures
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    Wasabi Ventures
    Hands-on executive and general manager with 20 years experience and core strengths in strategy, marketing and business development who brings a highly strategic and entrepreneurial approach to creating lean teams, optimizing internal operations, and growing existing and new revenue streams to produce superior financial returns and excellent customer experiences. Combines a Socratic style with an analytical and process-driven approach, bringing bottom-line orientation, a sense of urgency, and deep respect for people to the building of businesses, brands and teams.

    Photo of Tom Curzon, Angel Investor Tom Curzon
    Venture Lawyer
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Tom Curzon is a veteran venture capital lawyer serving entrepreneurial companies from startup through exit, and their investors. His practice focuses on emerging, growth-oriented companies and on entrepreneurial transactions, including venture capital, angel and other private placements of securities, entity formation and transaction structuring, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and initial public offerings. He also is an experienced angel investor, having invested in over 30 early stage companies, such as Armor Defense (fka FireHost), Ryver (fka Contatta), Tonic Health, ReplyBuy, Autonet Mobile, Infusionsoft, NetPro Computing, Syncardia, Regenesis Biomedical, Calimmune, Sokikom, Narrable, Post.Bid.Ship, Flypaper Studios, and others. He serves on the Boards of Narrable and Ryver, and as an advisor to ReplyBuy, Sokikom, EmpowHER Media, Hivewyre and Iris PR Management.

    He is active in Arizona entrepreneurial ecosystem, serving on Invest Southwests board (and past chairman), as a panelist for the AZ Commerce Authority Venture Ready Program, and as a judge for its AZ Innovation competition, among other things.

    Photo of Sridhar Chityala. Vedas Group Sridhar Chityala
    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 firm’s 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.

    Photo of Roger King, BayAngels Roger King
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    Roger King is the Founder of Bay Angels. He has been working with early stage technology companies for over twenty years through his recruiting firm, Chief People, formerly known as Tech Search. Roger lives in Marin County with his wife Kathy and teenage son, Philip. He is passionate about connecting people with opportunities, photography, traveling and classic cars.

    Photo of Asher Leids, Angel Investor Asher Leids
    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 (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 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.

    Paul Hart, Angel Investor Paul Hart, Angel Investor

    Limited Partner in VC / Angel investment funds collectively invested in over 50 companies. Participated in several angel funds including CTEK Angels, Keiretsu Angels, Investor Avenue. Helped on screening committees for 100’s of companies for Angel investor events. Invested in multiple companies, some acquired or IPO including software, internet, computing, consumer product, clinical research, diagnostic & medical device companies. General Counsel (Chief Legal Officer) at several successful companies including: internet, software, SaaS, social media, entertainment & sports media companies. Several acquired. Several years at large Silicon Valley law firm doing IPO’s, M&A, venture capital funding, contracts, licensing, real estate, corporate transactions, corporate representation and more. Also served on Board of Directors for Colorado Hospital Foundation. JD-MBA: UCLA; Law Review. BS Business: U.C. Berkeley; Phi Beta Kappa, Alumni & Kinsman Scholar, Highest Honors.

    Steve Mercil, Angel Capital Group Steve Mercil, Angel Capital Group

    Angel Investors