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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Phoenix Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Black Dog Venture Partners, Kadima Ventures, Hool Coury Law, This event was in Scottsdale on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

    Photo of Welcome Address: Scott Kelly, Regional Director of FundingPost Scott Kelly
    Black Dog Venture Partners
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    Black Dog Venture Partners
    Scott Kelly Founder and CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, is a 25 year fundraising, marketing, sales, training and publicity veteran. Scott has raised millions of dollars in capital for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented.

    He has also trained over 1,000 sales people and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe.

    When not making his clients famous, Scott spends his time in countless sporting events with his wife and two boys. He loves a good craft beer and playing with his “Black Dog” Shamus.

    Photo of Michael Hool, Hool Coury Law Michael Hool
    Managing Partner
    Hool Coury Law
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    Hool Coury Law
    Michael Hool is our founding Partner. Michael works with select companies as an advisor, legal counsel and periodically serves in executive and board capacities. Michael practice is focused primarily on corporate and commercial representation, securities, finance and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, and all aspects of counseling emerging companies. He represents both issuing companies and investors in a large variety of financing transactions.

    Michael broad merger and acquisition experience ranges from very large transactions such as the acquisition and financing of an NHL hockey franchise, several roll-up acquisitions combined with a public offering of the acquirer, the sale of health care systems, consolidation of 71 franchise operations, to acquisition and sale of a variety of closely-held and emerging enterprises. Michael has assisted clients in structuring many different types of venture relationships, including: (i) a joint venture of seven health care systems; (ii) creating an intellectual property consortium whose members included the U.S. Army, universities and fortune 500 companies, and (iii) creating manufacturing and research joint ventures between U.S. companies and those in Mexico and India.

    Michael acts as general counsel to private equity funds, high net-worth investors and emerging companies. Michael represents or advises accelerators, incubators, and has formed angel investment groups. Michael has chaired or served on the board of Arizona Venture Capital Conference, BioAccel, AzTech Investors, and the Indus Entrepreneurs. Mr. Hool is highly sought after as a speaker, blogger and author of papers on a broad variety of topics. Michael is active as an investor in a growing portfolio of emerging companies.

    Paul Hart, Angel Investor Paul Hart, Angel Investor

    Limited Partner in VC / Angel investment funds collectively invested in over 50 companies. Participated in several angel funds including CTEK Angels, Keiretsu Angels, Investor Avenue. Helped on screening committees for 100’s of companies for Angel investor events. Invested in multiple companies, some acquired or IPO including software, internet, computing, consumer product, clinical research, diagnostic & medical device companies. General Counsel (Chief Legal Officer) at several successful companies including: internet, software, SaaS, social media, entertainment & sports media companies. Several acquired. Several years at large Silicon Valley law firm doing IPO’s, M&A, venture capital funding, contracts, licensing, real estate, corporate transactions, corporate representation and more. Also served on Board of Directors for Colorado Hospital Foundation. JD-MBA: UCLA; Law Review. BS Business: U.C. Berkeley; Phi Beta Kappa, Alumni & Kinsman Scholar, Highest Honors.

    David Hanson, Lynwood Capital David Hanson, Lynwood Capital

    Rafe Furst, Crowdfunder and Quantitative VC Rafe Furst, Crowdfunder and Quantitative VC

    Beginning in Silicon Valley in the mid 1990s, Rafe has founded, invested in and advised dozens of startups, including Pickem Sports, Full Tilt Poker, and Crowdfunder. To date, his companies have generated over $1 Billion in revenue and $450 Million in liquidity to stakeholders. An avid poker player, he's won a World Series of Poker Championship, produced an award-winning instructional video, and has helped raise millions of dollars for cancer prevention and other charitable causes. Rafe is a pioneer in Quantitative Venture Capital, a nascent field based on the convergence of equity crowdfunding, complexity economics and securities law reform. He holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and M.S. in Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University.

    Brian Burns, Grayhawk Capital Brian Burns, Grayhawk Capital

    Mr. Burns is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Grayhawk Capital. His prior venture capital experience was as Vice President of two venture capital firms, SunVen Capital and Anderson & Wells, and later, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of El Dorado, the venture arm of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. He began his business career at Arthur Andersen & Co. where he became Senior Manager in the Audit Division. Mr. Burns has served on the board of 15 privately held companies. A sample of prior successful investments includes: Carefx (acquired by Harris Corp), CellzDirect (acquired by Invitrogen), and Golf Now (acquired by Comcast). Mr. Burns holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Current Boards: HOS, Innovasic, TM International

    Ruminder Dhillion of The Arizona Founders Fund Ruminder Dhillion of The Arizona Founders Fund

    Romi founded The Arizona Founders Fund, the state's first true seed fund for software, IT, and mobile applications in the Summer of 2016. Prior to AFF, he worked with Infusionsoft, vSpring Capital, and Kickstart Seed Fund. He holds degrees from Thunderbird, Columbia University, and Emory University.

    Photo of Rick Gibson, Hot Ventures 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.

    Todd Yarter, Desert Sky Ventures Todd Yarter, Desert Sky Ventures

    David Paul, Managing Director of DWP Investments David Paul, Managing Director of DWP Investments

    David W. Paul is the Managing Director of DWP Investments- a Family Office, focused on early stage technology located in Scottsdale Arizona. David has been investing in the valley since 2015, and is currently a shareholder in four Phoenix companies. Prior to his investment career, David was the CEO and Founder of South Florida Home Care- a healthcare company located in West Palm Beach Florida. David started the company in 2011 and exited in late 2015. David holds an MBA from Northeastern University with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

    Tim Wales, Kadima.Ventures Tim Wales, Kadima.Ventures

    Dan Cunningham, Menagerie Investments & Holdings Dan Cunningham, Menagerie Investments & Holdings

    Brian Homer, Tech Coast Angels Brian Homer, Tech Coast Angels

    Bill MacNamara, Wisper Ventures Bill MacNamara, Wisper Ventures

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