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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out San Francisco VC and Angel Conference, sponsored by Sheppard Mullin, N6A, Vinocadre, Runway. This event was in Runway on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

    Photo of Moderator: Joe Daniels, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Joseph Daniels
    McCarter English
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    McCarter English
    Mr. Daniels represents startup to publicly-held technology, life science and consumer companies, venture capital and private equity funds and investment banks in a wide range of seed and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other public offerings. He regularly advises a broad range of startups, venture-backed companies and VC funds, and has led hundreds of venture and strategic financing transactions. Mr. Daniels has helped companies and private equity firms handle over $5 billion of merger, acquisition and disposition transactions. Additionally, he has represented issuers and underwriters in more than 25 IPOs and follow-on public offerings involving companies in the technology, life sciences and consumer sectors, including leading investment banks such as Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Oppenheimer.

    Mr. Daniels also serves as outside general counsel for numerous companies, assisting them with everything from day-to-day business transactions to multinational strategic alliance transactions ranging from technology and distribution partnerships to joint ventures. He focuses on representing clients involved in high-growth sectors, and has experience with a broad range of industries, including adtech, biotech, cleantech, consumer, digital media, ecommerce, energy, Internet of Things, Fintech/financial services, life sciences, mobile, semiconductor, software, UAVs and telecommunications.

    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.

    Larry Rowe, Angel Investor, The Batchery Larry Rowe, Angel Investor, The Batchery

    Photo of Terrance Yang, Yang Ventures Terrence Yang
    Founder & Managing Partner
    Yang Ventures
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    Yang Ventures
    Founder & Partner at Yang Ventures Mentor, invest in startups. Small investor in funds by top VC Ex-Wall Street. One of two business people to build Morgan Stanley headquarters' first CDS, now > $300 billion net notional Obama Harvard Law classmate, elector, AAPI finance co-chair Mentor, Plug and Play Bitcoin accelerator

    Photo of Ephraim Lindenbaum, Advance Ventures Ephraim Lindenbaum
    Managing Director
    Advance Ventures
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    Advance Ventures
    Ephraim Lindenbaum is the founder and managing director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture investment fund that invests in seed and early-stage start-ups across three core sectors; Sustainability (AgTech, CleanTech & FoodTech) MobileCom (Communications, IoT, & Mobility) and Information Technology (Enterprise & Consumer Facing). Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its core market sectors.

    Mr. Lindenbaum has served as a board member or board advisor to: Agnitia Networks(acquired by LeadingEdge), Aviatis, BPG Worldwide, Bright Light Systems, Corvigo(acquired by TMWD), DiveQuest, eSports(acquired by Ositech LTD), Environmental Institute of America, iLoopMobile(acquired by Archer), Inertia Beverage Group(now WineDirect), MycoTechnology, Ooba Beverages(acquired by Healthy Brands), Realta Entertainment Group, SiteAudit, Sitebase, Smaato, Solaireo, SolarX, TerraFusion, Tunewear and

    Prior to founding Advance Ventures, Mr. Lindenbaum was the co-founder of interactive media pioneer Broadcast Production Group and served as CEO until its acquisition in 1999 by Parago, a leading global engagement management company. Under his leadership, Broadcast Production Group was listed as a Top 15 fastest growing private company in Silicon Valley and a Top 100 fastest growing private company in the US. Mr. Lindenbaum has been nationally recognized in cover and feature stories by CNN Future Watch, New Media News, AV Video ~ Multimedia Producer Magazine, Wired, MicroPublishing News and Silicon Valley Business Journal.

    Photo of Jay Onda, Yamaha Motor Ventures Jay Onda
    Director of Strategic
    Yamaha Motor Ventures
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    Yamaha Motor Ventures
    Jay specializes on being in the forefront of innovation focusing on new technologies and products in areas including IoT and Connected Vehicles, Robotics, and consumer focused services. He also works closely with early stage startups as a mentor and advisor.

    Jay has worked with various divisions of NTT DOCOMO HQ in Japan and within DOCOMO Innovations (previously DOCOMO Research Labs). He has helped position DOCOMO Innovations as NTT DOCOMO HQs strategic and innovations arm in the United States providing insights into innovative technologies, formulating strategic partnership opportunities and developing creative solutions and products for DOCOMO customers.

    Prior to working in the Telecommunications industry, Jay has worked as a Product Manager and User Interface Engineer for various startup companies in the Silicon Valley providing innovative approaches to create problem-solving solutions in various industries. The products he has developed includes pre-installed applications from select OEM vendors, web application interfaces utilized by top Fortune 100 companies, and conceptual designs demonstrating future product innovation offerings which has been displayed at CEATEC, CES, and MWC. He has also worked as a Designer working with top industry brands such as Nike, Sony, Logitech, HP and others.

    Photo of Adam Draper, Boost.VC Adam Draper
    Founder & CEO
    Boost VC
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    Boost VC
    Adam Draper is the founder of Boost VC. He is a fourth generation venture capitalist, and Super Smash player extraordinaire. Adam co-founded a startup called Xpert Financial where he learned all of his startup lessons. He now takes those lessons and guides startups with his Be Awesome philosophy of building. Before starting Boost, Adam angel invested in 20 companies including Coinbase, Plangrid and Practice Fusion. His favorite movie is Notting Hill and his favorite pizza joint is Round Table. He also makes pickles.

    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.

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