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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Orange County VC & Angel Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Pura Vida Tequila, Crowded.com, N6A. This event was in SoCal on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

    Photo of Eric Shuss, Angel Investor Eric Shuss
    Chief Operating Officer
    BitSpeed
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    BitSpeed
    Mr. Shuss has been actively involved in running high-tech companies for over thirty years. He has owned and managed successful companies from start-up to thriving on-going ventures including I.T./ERP sales and consulting firms, high-tech manufacturers, retail operations, importers and distributors. He has over 30 years of business management experience with a keen understanding of how technology impacts today business. He is an angel investor, speaker, industry analyst, talk show host, mentor and entrepreneur.

    He has been an Industry Analyst for Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Life Sciences, Retail, 3D Printers and Enterprise Software. Eric has been on a life-long mission to bring humanoid androids and advanced AI to market. He has worked in start-ups and mid-to-large companies in roles of Senior Industry Analyst, Managing Consultant, Director of Information Systems, Director of Operations, CEO, COO, Vice President and President.

    His in-depth knowledge of business, enterprise software and business processes allows him to look at the big picture and understand that the technology is not the answer, but enabling people to access and benefit from the technology is the key to success.

    Photo of Asher Leids, Angel Investor Asher Leids
    Investor
    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 Scour.net (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 Shopping.com 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 Shane Kelly, Wolverine Angels Shane Kelly
    Founder & Managing Director
    Wolverine Angels
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    Wolverine Angels
    Shane Kelly is Founder and Managing Director of Wolverine Angels, a seed investment syndicate and mentor network. Prior to Wolverine Angels Shane ledteams at Wolverine Venture Fund and Detroit Venture Partnerswith investments including NeuMoDx and ArborMetrix.
    Previously, Shane built customer service and finance teams at GreeneStreet Filmsas the company raised several rounds of venture capital and grew revenue to over $10 million. Hismotion pictures credits include Movie 43 and Awake.
    Shane holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business where he was a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow. He earned a Bachelor of Science cum laude from Morehouse College where he studied Math and Physics.

    Sameer Vuyyuru, Angel Investor Sameer Vuyyuru, Angel Investor



    Grant Van Cleve, President, Tech Coast Angels Grant Van Cleve, President, Tech Coast Angels

    Tech Coast Angels is the largest angel investor group in the United States. Its 300 members provide funding and guidance to early-stage, high-growth companies in Southern California and beyond. TCA has a highly collaborative approach to screening potential companies and doing due-diligence. Once a TCA member chooses to invest, they give companies more than just capital; they also provide counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of potential investors, customers, strategic partners and management talent. More than $160 million has gone into 275 companies across diverse industries (not just 'tech'). These companies then proceeded to attract more than $1.5 billion in additional investment capital. Grant is an active angel: In addition to investing he serves as a mentor and advocate within the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. He was recently elected to be the President of the Orange County TCA chapter.

    Carmen Palafox, Angel Investor, Make in LA Carmen Palafox, Angel Investor, Make in LA

    Carmen Palafox graduated from the Executive MBA program at Berkeley-Haas with a focus on entrepreneurship, new venture finance, and strategy. While in the program, Carmen consulted to small businesses and startups in Consumer Package Goods, Cleantech, FinTech, and Software as a Service. Her projects focused on operations, fundraising, growth strategy, product pricing, and customer segmentation. She was formerly Vice President, Investment Operations, at Dimensional Fund Advisors LP. Carmen joined the firm in 1996 when the company was relatively small employing 50 people and managing $30 billion in assets at that time. Over the course of 15 years she scaled operations into new markets, including Latin America, Canada, and Europe. She managed and negotiated vendor and partner agreements for the company, and oversaw investor relations. Carmen is active in her community, and served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Latinos in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). She currently is a board member of CCEO YouthBuild, and on the Advisory Board of Santa Monica Business College. In addition to an MBA, Carmen holds a MA in sports management from the University of San Francisco, and a BA in economics from the University of Southern California. At Make in LA, she’s focused on coaching entrepreneurs in finance and investment, managing fund operations, and developing investor relationships.

    Eric Yuan, Yang Ventures, Principal Eric Yuan, Yang Ventures, Principal

    Fintech, Compliance, Eldercare, Life Sciences, Marijuana Orange County

    Photo of Moderator: Ash Kumra, TCVN Ash Kumra
    Chairman
    Tech Coast Venture Network
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    Tech Coast Venture Network
    Ash is the Chairman of the board for one of Southern California's largest entrepreneurship education non-profit Tech Coast Venture Network ("TCVN").

    Ash Kumra is an award winning entrepreneur, author, public speaker and talk show host recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. Ash is co-founder of DreamItAlive.com; a global community guiding users to create their dream life with scientifically proven visualization tools, dreamboards and personal development content.

    Ash is an authority on entrepreneurship, social media & branding by authoring the book series "Confessions from an Entrepreneur", spoken to over 10,000 people and has been cited in 100's of articles including Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, American Express Forum, Entrepreneur Magazine, Startup America/Up Global, LA Times, OC Register, Tedx & The White House.

    Photo of Welcome Address: Stephen Silver, FundingPost Stephen Silver
    Co-Founder
    FP Angels
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    FP Angels
    Stephen is a partner with MAVN Funding Advisors which specializes in providing a range of funding and business development services for both investors and emerging growth companies.
    Stephen is an avid networker, and currently runs west coast operations for FundingPost events. Additionally, he is the co-founder of FP Angels, the angel investment wing of FundingPost.
    Prior to MAVN, Stephen was the Entrepreneur Director for the Southern California Keiretsu Forum, the nation's largest angel investment group. Stephen screened the best deals from over 500 startups, connecting them with the group's 250 Angel investors.
    Stephen attended Babson College, the nation's #1 school for entrepreneurship and graduated with a B.S. in business administration, with concentrations in entrepreneurship and marketing.

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