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    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.

    Tim Young, Eniac Ventures Tim Young, Eniac Ventures

    As Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures, Tim focuses on mobile enterprise software and mobile consumer Internet. He has had three exits as an entrepreneur and over 18 years of experience advising and investing in 100+ early stage startups. Tim currently serves on the board of BetterCompany.

    In 2001, Tim founded Bridge, an enterprise software company focused on corporate training in Beijing, China, which he led to an 8-figure exit. Prior to Bridge, Tim led product at Quoteship, a B2B marketplace for logistics, which exited to (NASDAQ: ICGE). Tim began is career at WebYes, an industry pioneer ASP acquired by Breakaway Solutions (NASD: BWAY) in 1999. He also spent time at ExxonMobil as a developer, and at Mofo where he advised startups on IP and financing.

    Tim earned his BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Bristol-Myers Squibb award for his work in cancer research, and holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of California and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

    Photo of John Occhipinti, Relay Ventures John Occhipinti
    Relay Ventures
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    Relay Ventures
    John is a Partner at Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile software. John has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software technology, marketing, and sales. Previously he was Managing Director of Woodside Fund where he focused on ventures in cloud computing, online advertising technology and software. John serves on the boards of Appcelerator, PubNub and advises Grafitti World.

    Prior to joining Woodside Fund, John was an early executive at Netscape Communications. Initially, John led a team that drove the company’s first significant revenues, helping launch Netscape through its initial public offering. Later, John ran Netscape’s Electronic Software Distribution and Strategic Channel groups. During his tenure at Netscape, John worked closely with hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs helping build web-based e-commerce and enterprise software applications. Prior to Netscape, John worked at Oracle Corporation, marketing and selling large-scale enterprise database technologies.

    John has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, and a BA from the University of California Berkeley. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Trinity School. John is based in our Menlo Park, CA office.

    Photo of Heather Crawford, Band of Angels Heather Crawford
    Band of Angels
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    Band of Angels
    Multi-disciplinary professional with 20 years of experience leading Business Development, Finance and Technology teams in Consumer Products (Food and Wine), High Tech and Health Insurance companies. Comfortable navigating organizations from startup to Fortune 50 across diverse ownership structures including public, mutual, private/family owned, nonprofit and venture funded. Start-up Advisor and Angel Investor with personal portfolio of Food, Software, Hardware and Medical Device companies.

    Photo of Rick Gibson, HOTventures Rick Gibson
    Angel Investor
    Hot Ventures
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    Hot Ventures
    Rick Gibson has had a 40-year career building businesses, founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and advised over (75) others. Rick has reviewed 1000+ companies and mentored hundreds. He is 62-years old. Since 1999, Rick has served as Managing Director of HOTventures, a "mentor capital fund" for the Southwest U.S., which invests in and advises fast-growth companies, in domains as diverse as Ballistic Armor to Agriculture, including Information Technology, Healthcare, Sustainability and Media. As an investor and entrepreneurial activist, he's immersed in early-stage growth companies... finding them and making them great. Rick's been involved with several companies that've had liquidity events. Rick has raised tens of millions of dollars. Since 1996, he's been a key player in several "mentor-driven accelerators" including Idealab, the world’s leading tech incubator in the 1990’s. Rick served as expert witness for technology business cases. He was one of the creators of Tallwave's Venture Blueprint a start-up curriculum for entrepreneurs. Rick is a columnist for

    Rick has been an investor, advisor or board member in: AgriTrak, Avisere, Beamz, The Book Patch, Bourque Industries, CopperKey, DarkPulse, Decon7, EquiSight, Flypaper, Funding Universe (now Lendio), Imagenomics, Iveda Solutions, LabTrack, LifeBot, Medipacs, MedSphere, Mobile Authentication Corp (MAC), MojoVideo, MSDx, NetWorth, NuvoMed, Octopi, Real Time Companies, Sokikom, StrongWatch, World Wide Wheat and Zero Waste Wines. He has been a limited partner in Solstice Capital II (one of the largest venture capital funds in Arizona) and is an early shareholder in Bill Gross’ Idealab.

    In Tucson, for many years Rick served on the Executive Board and Screening Committee of the Desert Angels, and is Mentor-Emeritus for UA's Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI) and was Adjunct Instructor for UA’s Eller School Entrepreneurship Program, and on UA's MBA Advisory Council.

    In Phoenix, was on the board of ASU's Technopolis, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Instructor for LaunchPad/LaunchPrep entrepreneurship programs, and ASU TechBA mentor, coaching companies from Mexico. He is on the Management Committee and Selection Panel for Invest Southwest Capital Conference's Venture Madness. He was judge for ASU's Edson Entrepreneur Initiative, creator of "Entrepreneur's Resource Guide" for bizAZ magazine and member of Philanthropic Council of Banner Alzheimer's Foundation. Rick continues as a judge for the AZ Commerce Authority's 'Arizona Innovation Challenge' and on the Venture Ready Panel.

    In Flagstaff, Rick is on Executive Board and Treasurer of NACET incubator (Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies) and also a mentor. NACET also oversees Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship.

    Elsewhere, Rick has been judge for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and on Angel Capital Association's National Collaboration Committee and was guest instructor for Power of Angel Investing seminar. Rick is often a Mentor and Panelist for FundingPost.

    Rick was an early shareholder in Bill Gross' Idealab and founded one of its first companies, E-Ticket Inc, which merged with Nederlander Organization's RealTime Syndication Network to become FeatureCast Inc. Rick served as Vice-Chairman. FeatureCast secured online license for and executive-produced: Fox's America's Most Wanted, Teen Magazine and National Enquirer. Rick participated in strategic planning with the ten original Idealab CEOs. Idealab created several well-known technology companies including: Overture (acquired by Yahoo for $1.6B), United Online (was NetZero and Juno), Aptera, Internet Brands, CitySearch, Energy Innovations, eSolar, Desktop Factory, Picasa,, eToys and Evolution Robotics. [See]. 1998-2000, Rick was an advisor to the board of directors of Petersen Publishing, producers of 100+ magazines like Motor Trend, Hot Rod and Teen.

    Rick co-founded GNP Development Corp and in 1986 they sold it to Lotus Development Corp for $10 million. In 1991, they co-founded Knowledge Adventure Inc, which in 1996 they sold to Cendant for $100 million. Knowledge Adventure became the world's largest children's CD-ROM edutainment software company (almost $400 million in annual revenues), owned by Universal Studios, known for 'JumpStart' (20 million units sold) and 'Blaster' series.

    1986-1991, Rick consulted to software companies including Ashton-Tate, Que Software/Macmillan and SPSS Inc, and arranged sales of technology to Symantec, Microlytics and Paramount Publishing. Rick directed a division of Ashton-Tate and was Chairman of 4-5-6 WORLD. Earlier, Rick directed national sales/marketing and helped start or re-start: Fisher Corp, KLH, Ultralinear and Androbot Inc (personal robot start-up by Nolan Bushnell, who founded Atari and Chuck E Cheese). Rick began his career as one of the first store managers for The GAP Inc, which has 3,200 stores worldwide including Old Navy and Banana Republic.

    Photo of Paul Ferrell, IDG Ventures USA Paul Ferrell
    Investment Associate
    IDG Ventures
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    IDG Ventures
    Paul Ferrell, Associate at IDG Ventures, makes early stage investments in consumer internet and enterprise IT software companies. He has experience working with seed stage companies at StartX and as an undergraduate and graduate student at Stanford University. Paul also serves on non-profit and startup advisory boards, and, on weekends, skis in Tahoe, hacks away on programming projects, and plays the piano.

    Seed and Series A venture capital focused on consumer internet and enterprise IT software companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially SaaS, eCommerce, fintech, adtech, and cloud infrastructure. Sourcing of leads and due diligence for investments including Survata and Chubbies.

    Photo of Vishal Arora, Blumberg Capital Vishal Arora
    Senior Associate
    Blumberg Capital
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    Blumberg Capital
    Vishal joined Blumberg Capital in 2015 and is based in the San Francisco office. Vishal brings over 6 years of experience as an investment banker, corporate development professional and investor in the technology space. Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Vishal was a manager at Salesforces corporate development and investing team where he handled M&A and strategic investments with a focus on enterprise software solutions in sales, marketing, services, big data and analytics spaces across various industry verticals. Before, Vishal was at Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Group in the technology media telecom division where he specialized in M&A, IPOs, debt financings and private placements and provided financial advisory services to clients in various technology verticals including enterprise software, consumer internet, education technology, and semiconductors. Visual also worked at Deutsche Banks technology investment banking group.

    Vishal serves as the community chair of The Indus Entrepreneur (TIE) Groups San Francisco Forum.

    Vishal earned his B.S in Business & Finance, magna cum laude, from William Paterson University of New Jersey.

    Michelle Tandler, Trinity Ventures Michelle Tandler, Trinity Ventures

    Photo of David Lane, Founders.VC David  Lane
    Managing Director
    Founder VC
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    Founder VC
    Over the past 23 years, David Lane has created, built and financed start-up companies, which has resulted in multiple successful public offerings and acquisitions. He has directly managed venture capital funds totaling in excess of $2 Billion. At ONSET, David specializes in cloud-enabling infrastructure software, SaaS, information security, healthcare IT, mobile solutions and commercializing disruptive IT technologies developed at leading research universities. He currently works with the following portfolio companies: Nok Nok Labs, Vidder and Vindicia.

    Prior to becoming a managing director of ONSET, David co-founded Diamondhead Ventures and led the firm investments in AuthenTec (acquired by Apple), Danger (acquired by Microsoft), Entercept Security Technologies (acquired by McAfee), Truviso (acquired by Cisco) and UPEK (acquired by AuthenTec).

    Before Diamondhead, he was a senior venture capital investment officer at the Harvard Management Company, where he focused on making direct investments in seed to later stage opportunities in the IT and life science sectors. David other investments include: Applied Immune Sciences (IPO), Harmonic (IPO), Kofax Image Products (IPO), TriQuint Semiconductor (IPO), NexGen (IPO), Quidel (IPO), Viewlogic Systems (IPO) and Harbridge Merchant Services (acquired by First Data Corporation).

    David earned a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He serves on the University of Southern California Engineering School Board of Counselors, the Engineering School Dean industry advisory board as well as several non-profit boards.

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