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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out San Francisco VC and Angel Conference, sponsored by Sheppard Mullin, Crowded.com. This event was in Sheppard Mullin, Embarcadero, SF on Wednesday June 1, 2016.

    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 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 Workout.com.

    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 Jacob Chapman, Angel Investor Jacob Chapman
    Partner
    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.

    Christie Pitts, Verizon Ventures Christie Pitts, Verizon Ventures

    Christie Pitts is a Venture Development Manager on the Verizon Ventures team. She works with the Verizon Ventures portfolio companies to create compelling new value propositions for Verizon, sources startups for investment, and identifies emerging technology trends. Christie has been with Verizon for 10+ years and has held a variety of sales, marketing, and operations leadership roles. Previous to Ventures, Christie led marketing and sales operations for a regional business unit at Verizon with over $4B in revenue. Christie holds a Bachelorís Degree in Marketing from San Jose State University and a MBA from University of Phoenix. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    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.

    Alaina Sloo, Partner at The Angels' Forum Alaina Sloo, Partner at The Angels' Forum

    Alaina Sloo is an angel investor and Partner in The Angelsí Forum. Her focus is on helping build successful companies and successful technologies that transform the way people live, work, and think through new ways of seeing, creating, and using information. She has over twenty years of experience in consumer and enterprise Internet and hardware technology, ranging from product management to business development, licensing, market research, and advertising. As an investor, she works actively with companies to help them understand their markets and improve product- market fit. In addition, she is actively engaged in educating and mentoring a more diverse community of investors and entrepreneurs. Before becoming an angel, Alaina worked with pioneering start-ups like General Magic and Danger, as well as with large companies like Philips Electronics and Microsoft, helping them define new kinds of devices and services, develop product strategies, and build partnerships. Alaina holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. She enjoys helping great startups and has a passion for people and the unique ways they think. Secretly she also enjoys seeing how people organize their kitchen drawers.

    Photo of Moderator: Joe Daniels, Sheppard Mullin Joseph Daniels
    Partner
    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.

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