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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VC and Angel Investor Roundtable, sponsored by WeWork, Crowded.com, N6A, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, LAVA. This event was in Downtown LA on Thursday, February 4th, 2016.

    Photo of Zalmi Duchman, Angel Investor Zalmi Duchman
    Chairman of the Board
    The Fresh Diet
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    The Fresh Diet
    Zalmi Duchman is an angel investor, entrepreneur and founder of The Fresh Diet. He began operations on January 1, 2006 with three clients. While Duchman "shopped and dropped," his wife "cooked and packed." Today, he has grown his business to become the largest U.S. food producer in the freshly-prepared, daily delivery category - which now delivers meal plans to thousands of clients nationwide.

    Consequently, Duchman and The Fresh Diet have earned numerous prestigious accolades over the years, including making the Inc. 500 list consecutively in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Forbes Top 20 Most Promising U.S. Companies List in 2011 and 2012, as well as being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year nominee in both 2009 and 2011. The Miami Herald recently named Duchman as one of Miami leading 20 under 40. A publicly traded company acquired the Fresh Diet in mid 2014. Duchman helped the company achieve high profile exposure by securing national placements without a PR company or fees. By using social media in its early years, The Fresh Diet landed on The View twice and was named U.S. Weekly magazine's Diet of the Year. Duchman starred in a company TV commercial for Chase bank as well as rung the bell at the NYSE as part of Startup America's entrepreneurs of the year. The Fresh Diet was named as a top 100 SBA Company as well as had their winning video submission played at the National SBA conference. In April 2012, Duchman had the privilege to attend the President's signing of the Startup Act in the Rose Garden. Duchman has been actively following the crowdfunding space while staying current with the exciting opportunities it now brings to the average investor.

    Currently, Duchman continues to help The Fresh Diet with high-level strategy and invests his time and money in early stage start-ups. His primary focus for investments and advisory positions are in food-tech, IoT (Internet of Things), Uber X models, sharing community models and electric bicycles.

    Photo of Bryan Ciambella, Angel Investor Bryan Ciambella
    Senior Associate
    B Capital
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    B Capital
    Bryan Ciambella is a principal at B Capital Group, a $250M venture growth fund that launched in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to joining, he was a manager at IAC, a media and internet holding company (brands include: Tinder, About.com, Match.com, Vimeo, HomeAdvisor) focused on new investments, strategy and research. Recent investments include Apalon, a top 10 worldwide iOS app publisher based in Minsk, Belarus. Previously he worked at Liquidity Works investing in early stage software, sports & media companies (board observer at Actionable Data Solutions). Mr. Ciambella founded: Amped Fantasy a daily fantasy sports gaming company (acquired by the Global Gaming Network), Hello Fresh USA the largest global meal kit e-commerce company (valuation of $2.9B+) with venture incubator Rocket Internet, the World Championship of Ping Pong that aired in a billion homes worldwide – from ESPN Latin American to CCTV (acquired by Matchroom Sport). He began his career in international TMT equity research (Street Ratings, State Street Bank).

    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.

    Scott Sangster
    President
    Organic Startup
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    Organic Startup
    Scott Sangster is a serial entrepreneur and M&A executive with experience both founding and acquiring businesses. He sits on several boards and is involved in the virtual worlds, gaming, mobile, media, and healthcare markets.

    Prior to running OrganicStartup, Scott Sangster was responsible for strategic planning and corporate development at the Walt Disney Internet Group. Scott Sangster identified new media growth opportunities, developed strategy, and managed the evaluation and execution of acquisitions that helped Disney meet its strategic objectives.

    Before Disney, Scott Sangster founded and managed a venture-backed Internet business, served five years as a management consultant to media and technology companies, and oversaw the launch of one of the first online banking services. He graduated from The American University in Washington D.C. and holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Scott Sangster lives in Los Angeles and is actively involved in improving early childhood education.

    Shaun Arora, TCA Angel Investor, Make in LA Shaun Arora, TCA Angel Investor, Make in LA

    Shaun Arora graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with Honors and went to work as a cultural anthropologist for consumer packaged goods companies. In 2005, he joined the family electronics manufacturing business, NEO Tech, and worked to scale the business. As a result of his leadership, the business has grown 40X in that time and has over 3400 employees servicing the aerospace, industrial, and medical device industries. As NEO Tech moves into a middle market growth phase Shaun allocates a larger portion of his time towards early stage companies. As an investor, board member and mentor, he’s often playing devil’s advocate and challenging executive teams towards brilliant and uncomfortable thinking. He has worked with a number of hardware startups in particular from prototype to crowdfunding, manufacturing, and subsequent stages of financing. In 2015, Shaun spun off Make in LA from the contract manufacturing business to improve learnings and outcomes for hardware startups. He remains an advisor and a board member at NEO Tech. At Make in LA, Shaun focuses on leveraging NEO Tech’s resources to support the startups, leveraging his portfolio for best practices, providing world class programming, and building strategic partnerships for the benefit of the startups.

    Ridaa Murad, Managing Principal, Christina Ventures Ridaa Murad, Managing Principal, Christina Ventures

    Christina Ventures is an unique combination of incubator and venture capital firm focused on angel investing by partnering with founders and entrepreneurs at the birth of their ideas and the onset of revenue. It was started by a unique mix of people with extremely varied backgrounds but a singular goal to strive to see beyond the curve and a proactive willingness to act on those visions.

    Christian Dieckmann, Angel Investor Christian Dieckmann, Angel Investor

    Christian is an active member of the Wharton Alumni Angel Network of Southern California (WAAN-SoCal) where he helps lead deal sourcing, screenings and due diligence for seed investment rounds. Professionally, Christian oversees business development efforts for Cedar Fair Entertainment (NYSE: FUN), an owner and operator of 11 regional amusement parks, including Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California. Previously, he worked at Bain & Company where he advised Fortune 500 clients, private equity funds and their portfolio companies on strategy, operations and commercial due diligence. Christian began his career working for GE Capital in the United States and abroad. He received his MBA from the Wharton School along with an MA from UPENN and completed his undergraduate studies at Boston College.

    Steve Seigel, Angel Investor Steve Seigel, Angel Investor

    Founder of Poseidon Capital, a unique private investment firm run by Veteran Healthcare Executive & Angel Investor Steve Seigel. The firm looks to make early stage investments in disruptive digital health companies. The firm provides capital, strategic direction and operational expertise to entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses in the healthcare sector. The firm currently invests in US based companies although geography is not seen as a constraint.. Prior to his career in Venture, Seigel worked for Tiedemann Investment Group (TIG Advisors), a $2B NYC-based hedge fund. At TIG, he served as a member of the distressed opportunities fund for the Los Angeles area. He also represented the Diversified Industries Group at JP Morgan after launching his career on Wall Street as an investment banker in the Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsors Group at Bear Stearns.

    An active angel investor and philanthropist in the Los Angeles venture community, Seigel has served as an advisor, board member, and fundraiser to a number of companies both in LA and throughout California. Currently, he sits on the board ofJVS, the largest employment nonprofit in the state and he holds various roles within the organization, such as chairing the endowment fund's investment committee. He is also a major donor to the Concern Foundation and Wilshire Boulevard Temple, as well as an active member of the Cedars Sinai Board of Governors.

    Seigel graduated with bachelor's degree honors from UCLA, and later pursued graduate study at the London School of Economics. While completing his undergraduate studies, he represented Bruins Football as a standout scholar athlete—earning numerous honors, including the Jack R. Robinson Award for highest scholarship by a senior and the National Student Athlete representative seat for UCLA in both the Pac-10 and the NCAA.

    Photo of Moderator: Josh Lawler, Esq., Zuber Lawler & Del Duca Josh Lawler
    Partner
    Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP
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    Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP
    Josh Lawler’s practice focuses primarily on corporate law, securities law, and mergers & acquisitions, with a particular emphasis on the middle market. Mr. Lawler’s practice often involves deals with heavy technology and intellectual property components. Mr. Lawler also has experience with public offerings, private placements, film financing, joint ventures, procurements, intellectual property licensing, and other types of commercial transactions.

    Prior to joining Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, Mr. Lawler practiced as a corporate and M&A attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meaghar & Flom LLP.

    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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