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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out San Diego VC & Angel Roundtable, sponsored by Pura Vida Tequila, Crowded.com, N6A, The Irvine Company. This event was in Downtown San Diego on Thursday, February 11th, 2016.

    Ellen Chang, Partner, LightSpeed Innovations Ellen Chang, Partner, LightSpeed Innovations



    Photo of Greg Horowitt, Managing Partner, T2 Venture Capital Greg Horowitt
    Co-Founder & Managing Director
    T2 Venture Capital
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    T2 Venture Capital
    Greg is the co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a seed and early stage venture fund and advisory services firm focused on high impact innovation in the technology and healthcare sectors. He has lead T2s involvement in portfolio companies; Somark Innovations, Biomatrica, Independa, GroundMetrics, and AutoPoint Software (sold to SRS Solutions).

    He is also the co-author of the bestselling book, the Rainforest: the Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley which examines the dynamics and drivers of innovation ecosystems; drawn from hands-on experience and insights gathered while architecting the innovation ecosystems of more than a dozen countries around the world. He is a co-founder of the Global Innovation Summit, co-founder of the Rainforest Architects Program, and a co-developer of the Rainforest Index. Greg is a Kauffman Fellow, a member of a select program to groom leaders of the venture capital industry. He is an adviser, speaker, and consultant to development organizations including the World Bank, US State Department, OECD, USAID, Aspen Institute, and the National Academies of Science in addition to his work advising governments around the world on topics of economic development, venture capital formation, and innovation policy. He is currently engaged in designing unique, breakthrough models for measuring the health of innovation systems based on dynamic flows of talent, capital, and knowledge.

    Mr. Horowitt is also the co-founder of Global CONNECT, a think tank based at the University of California, San Diego, focused on the development and growth of innovation clusters worldwide. Under his leadership, Global CONNECT has grown to encompass one of the world largest networks of innovation hubs including more than 40 programs in 20 countries, all focused on accelerating global technology commercialization, and the Global CONNECT Summit, the annual gathering of best practice innovation organizations from around the world. In addition, he is the principal architect of several key innovative business management, leadership development, and entrepreneurship mentorship programs still in use today around the world, including Global Bridge and the Rainforest Architects Program. Mr. Horowitts many media references include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Forbes, Fortune, New Scientist, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

    Greg was formerly the interim Managing Director of CONNECT, an organization which is generally credited with San Diego success as a technology leader and which helped launch over 300 companies that raised over $600 million in early-stage funding and achieved over $12 billion in market capitalization. Greg has personally advised and mentored more than 200 companies.

    Prior to CONNECT, Greg life was as an entrepreneur and investor, having been involved with a number of Silicon Valley startups and venture capital, including serving as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Prior to that, he was the President and CEO of the Praetorian Group, a venture-backed software and online media company, and for nearly 20 years before that, he was an executive with a Berkshire Hathaway operating company.

    Greg currently serves as a board member of CONNECT and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. He serves as an adviser to the InvestChile (CORFO) and Working Capital (Italy) venture capital investment programs.in addition to being an international mentor for the IBM Global Entrepreneur (SmartCamp) program. He is also an adviser to the UCSD Rady School of Management Venture Fund program and serves on their high tech investment committee.

    He has been a reviewer for the NSF and DOE SBIR programs and served as an adviser and mentor to the University of California Discovery Fellows Program; and Senior Adviser to the Larta Institute. In addition, he previously served as Chairman of Project Inform, one of the nation leading HIV treatment information and advocacy organizations.

    Greg is a Regents Scholar who holds a degree with high honors in Biochemistry and minors in Economics and Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego.

    Michael Anderson, Managing Partner, Ardent Ventures Michael Anderson, Managing Partner, Ardent Ventures

    Entrepreneur and executive with 17 years of business development, sales, product development, finance and operations experience. Broad spectrum of success in a variety senior roles and large rolodex of relationships across the Technology, Telecom, Healthcare, VC, Banking and Financial Services industries. Personal Portfolio includes: 12 early-stage/start-up companies, 5 acquisitions and 3 running on $180m in venture capital. Background: 10 years Angel and 5 years in Venture Capital

    Ken Baker, Angel Investor Ken Baker, Angel Investor



    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.

    Amy Chang, Angel Investor Amy Chang, Angel Investor

    Amy Chang is a mentor, advisor, board member and investor of various start ups. Previously, she was the VP of Strategy & Investor Relations at AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS), where she led the company’s strategic planning and investor relations functions. While at AMN, she also oversaw the operations analysis group, which provided market research and analysis to the sales and operations teams, and also served in interim operational roles in contract administration, billing and payroll. Prior to joining AMN in 2002, she held various leadership roles with other companies in operations, customer service and finance. She was also a Strategy Manager at Mitchell Madison Group, a strategy consulting firm, where she worked with several large clients. She began her career with KPMG after earning a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. She also earned an MBA from UC Berkeley and holds a CPA (inactive) in the State of California. Ms. Chang is a board member of the National Investor Relations Institute - San Diego Chapter and the Overnight Camps Branch of the San Diego YMCA. She is also a member of the Keiretsu Forum, Wharton Angel Network, and San Diego UC Berkeley Alumni Club. She is actively involved in several homeless ministries at The Rock Church in Point Loma, California, and she also previously served as both a foster youth mentor and foster parent.

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    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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