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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Silicon Valley VC and Angel Roundtable, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, N6A, This event was in Palo Alto on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

    Photo of Danielle Davenport, South Valley Angels Danielle Davenport
    South Valley Angels
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    South Valley Angels
    Founder and Board Member of South Valley Angels (located in Silicon Valley). SVA provides capital for a business start-up/seed funding, in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. Advisor and manager for High-Tech Opportunities, from analysis to funding. Lead Due Diligence activities within the vertical of expertise.

    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.

    Photo of Igor Sill, Geneva Venture Management Igor Sill
    Managing Director
    Hambrecht Geneva Ventures
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    Hambrecht Geneva Ventures
    Igor Sill is a Managing Director and co-founder of Geneva Venture Partners. He is also the Founder and Chairman of GenevaGroup International, Inc. Prior to forming GenevaGroup he served as Vice President for Visual Engineering, a 3D graphics software company, founding management team member of INGRES, and Director, Sales and Support for MicroPro International (renamed WordStar) during its high growth pre IPO period. He is also the co-Managing Partner of Hambrecht Geneva Ventures, a third venture fund he formed in 2006. He is also the Managing Director of Hambrecht Geneva Ventures, and Managing Director of Geneva Venture Partners I & II, a Limited Partner of Benchmark Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Brentwood Affiliates Fund I & II, Granite Ventures, Angel Partners Fund I (the Google investor), and Vertical Ventures LLC. He was a direct private investor in, Tumbleweed, Callixa (SAP), Siebel Systems, Cohesiant,, Extricity(PRGN), Finjan, NetGravity, Rubric ( KANA), Weblogic ( BEA Systems) and iWitness ( ZANTAZ), and was an early investor in Powersoft, Microsoft, Sapiens, GigaNet ( EMLX) Ingres, Oracle, and SmartStar Corporation. Igor received his MBA from Oxford University, Said Business School and is a member of Merton College. He attended the University of California, Berkeley 1975, as well as Stanford University's Graduate School of Business SEP program 1984, Advanced Management College 1981 and Strategic Marketing Management 1983.

    Photo of Nitin Chopra, Shasta Ventures Nitin Chopra
    Senior Associate
    Shasta Ventures
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    Shasta Ventures
    Nitin is passionate about enterprise software and mobile. He is looking at investing opportunities in application, platform and infrastructure software. Nitin is a big advocate of open-source technologies and is a member of open source initiative.

    Nitin has lived and worked in Canada, Germany, USA and India, and has conducted business globally. In his role as a product manager in BlackBerry's enterprise software team, Nitin engineered relationships with leading software vendors and drove products from concept to launch. During his years in Germany, Nitin built a distribution channel for BlackBerry's Unified Communications product with channel partners across Europe and Asia-Pacific. Prior to that, Nitin also worked in product marketing at a semiconductor company, PMC-Sierra.

    Nitin earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University. Nitin is an avid hiker and has had the privilege of hiking mountains in North America, Europe and Asia.

    Photo of Jonathan Charles, Samsung Catalyst Fund Jonathan Charles
    Samsung Catalyst Fund
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    Samsung Catalyst Fund
    Jonathan Charles is a part of the Investment team at the Samsung Catalyst Fund in Silicon Valley. The Catalyst Fund is an early stage $100M fund with a focus on core technologies around components for multiple sectors such as drones, robotics, autonomous cars, IoT and datacenter to name a few. Algorithms and analytics related to various sensors are also of interest to the Catalyst team.

    Jonathan was previously at Jefferies & Co., Apple, and Roambi, a Sequoia Capital backed startup in the mobile business intelligence space. He holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at Michigan, an MS form the Tepper School of Business and School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon and a MHA from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

    Photo of Tim Wilson, Artiman Ventures Tim Wilson
    Artiman Ventures
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    Artiman Ventures
    Tim Wilson focuses on early-stage technology investments and currently represents Artiman on the Boards of Crossbar Semiconductor, Kaybus, Mossey Creek Technology, Prysm and Nutrinsic. Tim's previous investments include InvenSense (NYSE: INVN), Five9 (NASDAQ: FIVN). Teknovus (acq by Broadcom), Schoolfeed (acq by United Online) and Ario Data (acq by Xyratek). From 2001 to 2011, Tim worked as a General Partner at Partech International. Between 1997 and 2001, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Island (NASDAQ: ISLD, acq by Cable & Wireless), a Partech portfolio company. Tim’s past business experience also includes his work as a General Manager at Lucent Technologies. While General Manager, he led the international voice communications product management team with P&L responsibility for product lines that generated over $2 billion in annual sales.

    Tim graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College. His Bachelor of Arts degree is in Physics. Following this, he completed his MBA from Duke University.

    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.

    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 Craig Lilly, Moderator, Greenberg Traurig, LLP Craig Lilly
    Greenberg Traurig
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    Greenberg Traurig
    Craig Lilly focuses his practice on private equity, fund services, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. Craig has wide-ranging experience in structuring, negotiating and advising clients on a wide variety of acquisition transactions and related matters, including stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, venture financing, consolidations, auctions, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures. His practice includes a variety of business and transactional matters, including public offerings and investments, private placements, corporate governance, venture capital, mezzanine/debt investments, partnerships, limited liability companies, stock options, family offices, cross-border transactions, executive compensation and shareholder agreements. Authority (SRA)

    Craig also represents private equity firms in connection with all aspects of their business, including structuring and organizing fund sponsors and their investment funds, parallel investment vehicles, offshore funds, co-investment/side-by-side partnerships, side pocket equity investments and sponsor operating agreements; executing acquisition, commitment line/bridge financing, deal financing, exit transactions and secondary sales of limited partner interests; and providing transactional and general corporate advice to portfolio companies, and with respect to follow-on investments. Authority (SRA)

    Craig is the California reporter for the American Bar Association Committee on State Regulation of Securities (2006 to 2012). He is listed in Who’s Who Among American Lawyers and is a frequent author and lecturer on legal and business issues regarding equity funds, private equity investments and corporate finance.

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