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    Photo of Linus Liang, Signia Venture Partners Linus Liang
    Senior Associate
    Signia Venture Partners
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    Signia Venture Partners
    Linus Liang is a serial entrepreneur with expertise in technology, medical devices, and social enterprises. He most recently co-founded a company called Embrace, a social enterprise that develops and distributes a low-cost infant incubator for developing countries. Unlike traditional incubators that cost up to $20,000, the Embrace Infant Warmer costs about 1% of this price and works without a constant supply of electricity. He has spent the last five years living in India and China scaling the company, which has now helped over 150,000 babies in 11 different countries.

    Prior to Embrace, Linus founded several software companies in the mobile and social networking space the last one resulting in an acquisition by Zynga. Linus has also worked in the corporate sector as a Program Manager at Microsoft, a database researcher at IBM, and on the investment team at Andreessen Horowitz.

    Linus graduated with a B.A. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley, an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Linus makes no claims on his athletic ability but enjoys scuba diving, basketball, and in high school he did train with an eventual Olympic Bronze medalist in wrestling.

    Photo of Ryan Kennedy, Sand Hill Angels, Angel Investor Ryan Kennedy
    Sand Hill Angels
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    Sand Hill Angels
    Focus includes: creative benefit plan design and audits, stop-loss insurance, regulatory/government compliance, premium cost reduction and investor in early-stage companies.

    Photo of Shaw Zhang, Angel Investor Shaw Zhang
    Product Manager
    Hewlett Packard
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    Hewlett Packard
    Technologist at large corporations and startups. Specilaties include: Cloud and Next Gen hybrid delivery, application life cycle, IT service, web application development, portal and content management and investor in early-stage companies.

    Photo of Jacob Chapman, Angel Investor Jacob Chapman
    Gelt Venture Capital
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    Gelt Venture Capital
    Jake Chapman is a founder of Gelt Venture Capital. He believes that technology can be a force for good in the world and invests in companies making an impact. Jake focuses on technology companies working on the frontier of technology including robotics, autonomy, advanced manufacturing, space and artificial intelligence. Prior to Gelt VC Jake ran a Silicon Valley based corporate venture fund, founded a successful ad tech company that at its peak generated 65M targeted ad impressions a month, lead global logistics for a startup, was a venture capital attorney, dealt poker and made a damn fine cup of coffee. When not working with his companies Jake enjoys writing about the tech sector and is a contributor to TechCrunch, WIRED, Venture Beat and Pando and has been featured in global publications like US News & World Reports and Forbes.

    Photo of Larry Rowe, Angel Investor Larry Rowe
    Founding Advisor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Dr. Lawrence A. Rowe is Chairman and CEO of FX Palo Alto Laboratory (FXPAL). FXPAL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Xerox, Ltd. The mission of FXPAL is to produce outstanding research and transfer technology to new products. Under Dr. Rowe leadership, FXPAL continues research on distributed collaboration, mixed and immersive realities, usable smart environments, ubiquitous documents, and interactive media.

    Prior to joining FXPAL in 2007, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley (1976-2003). He was the founding director of the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center that applied multimedia technology to research and education (1995-2002).

    Dr. Rowe is recognized for his research in software-only MPEG-1 video encoding, decoding, and streaming, Internet webcasting, distributed collaboration, database management systems, and database application development tools. His research group developed the Berkeley Lecture Webcasting System, which today produces over 30 course lecture webcasts and podcasts each week viewed world-wide by over 500,000 people per month. Dr. Rowe has published extensively and contributed to several important open source software systems (e.g., Berkeley MPEG-1 Tools, Postgres, Open Mash, etc.). He received several Best Paper awards. And, a paper he co-authored with Dr. Michael Stonebraker titled Design of POSTGRES published in 1986 received the 1996 ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award for a paper that had the most impact over the decade after which it first appeared.

    Photo of Cliff Tong, Angel Investor Clifford Tong
    Angel investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    CEO and Principal Consultant for management consulting firm focusing on new ventures and fast growing companies.

    Active Angel Investor and member of the Keiretsu Forum, Berkeley Angel Network, and Vancouver Angel Forum. Founding Investor & Advisor for The Batchery, Skydeck accelerators. Interested in new ventures, especially those in high technology, consumer products, energy/cleantech, financial services, real estate.

    Specialties: Business development, strategic planning, marketing, finance, organizational development, technology evaluation, cost/benefit analysis.

    Laura Swan, Angel Investor Laura Swan, Angel Investor

    Photo of Ed Dua, Angel Investor Ed Dua
    Angel investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Nextsport designs, manufacturers, and sells a range of innovative sporting good products on a worldwide basis. All of Nextsport's products are sold under the Fuzion brand.

    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 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 Ahmed Chaudhary, The Batchery - Moderator Ahmed Chaudhary
    The Batchery
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    The Batchery
    Spearhead outreach and marketing efforts to recruit startups

    Own the P&L for the Incubator and ensure smooth operations

    Actively network at Silicon Valley events to drive startup leads Achieving key qualitative and quantitative performance indicators for startup development

    Manage all aspects of ensuring Incubator financial sustainability

    Architect educational programs, events and speakers

    Development of strategic partnerships Sourcing investors

    Angel Investors