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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Las Vegas Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Black Dog Venture Partners, Crowded.com, Start up Garage, Hool Coury Law. This event was in Work In Progress - Downtown on Thursday, Nov 3, 2016.

    Welcome Address: Scott Kelly, Regional Director of FundingPost Welcome Address: Scott Kelly, Regional Director of FundingPost

    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 helping fund and grow companies, Scott spends his time at countless sporting events with his wife and two boys. He loves a good craft beer and playing with his “Black Dog” Shamus.

    Brad Greenwald, Managing Partner of Hilltop Venture Partners Brad Greenwald, Managing Partner of Hilltop Venture Partners

    Brad Greenwald is the Managing Partner of Hilltop Venture Partners. Over the past 25 years, Brad has successfully launched and operated innovative start-up and corporate businesses. Hilltop invests primarily in seed stage Internet-based service businesses. Brad began his career at management consulting firm Bain & Co. Brad went on to management roles (sales/marketing and operations) in several successful businesses including Time Warner Cable, Loyalty Management Group, DLF Capital, and WildBlue Communications. He has helped raise over $200 million to fund start-ups including First To File, Springridge Development Corp, Flextrip and WildBlue. In 2010, Brad founded and currently serves as Chairman of the marketing services firm Education Funding Partners (Regional Winner of the Harvard Business School New Venture Contest). Brad is an Adjunct Professor of Executive MBA Strategy and Entrepreneurial programs at the University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business. Brad founded the Denver Angel Club in 2009, is a member of the Downtown Denver Partnership, and has served on the Board of Directors for several non-profits including Oxfam America, Food Bank of the Rockies, the Jewish Community Foundation and Operation Frontline. Brad was named a 2000 Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and received the 2006 SOS National Community Leader Award. Brad received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He resides in Denver, CO with his wife and children.

    Scott Purcell, Fund America Scott Purcell, Fund America

    Serial entrepreneur with experience in banking, securities, technology, publishing, internet infrastructure, music industry, and social networking. Best at setting or understanding a vision and pulling together a team that can execute on it. Competent writer (more business plans and marketing literature than I can remember), accomplished public speaker (US Congress, FCC, and countless industry conferences), and successful capital raiser (over $140 million in venture and angel investment for various enterprises). FundAmerica provides escrow, state clearing, document esign tools, broker-dealer execution, registered transfer agency, payment processing and other back office services to portals and others who are engaging in technology-driven fundraising by selling equity and debt securities to investors pursuant to 506(b), 506(c) (aka Title II of the JOBS Act), Reg A+ (aka Title IV of the JOBS Act) and, soon, 4(a)(6) (aka Title III of the JOBS Act) offerings.

    Tyler Jensen CEO & Founder The Startup Garage Tyler Jensen CEO & Founder The Startup Garage

    Tyler is a serial entrepreneur, startup coach, early stage PT CFO and trusted advisor to numerous founders. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs start companies that matter. Tyler has helped launch over 200 companies, non-profits and social enterprises. Launching New Companies (For Profit, Non-Profit and Social Enterprise) Expert Business Plan Writer Extensive Network of Business Relationships focused on Launch & Rapid Growth of New Companies Startup, Growth, Marketing, Technology, Web, Business Systems Trusted Advisor to CEO’s & Entrepreneurs Capital Raising Strategy Development Startup Team Development The first company he started and sold is VAVi Sport & Social Club which grew to over 25,000 members in six years, and was recognized as San Diego’s 30th & 32nd fastest growing private company in 2006-2007 by the San Diego Business Journal and sold for over 25 times the capital investment. Prior to launching VAVi, Tyler served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Tim Kane for Congress, where he crafted and managed all aspects of launching and managing a United States Congressional Campaign. He was responsible for the fundraising plan creation & execution, staff volunteer recruitment & management, as well as marketing plan design & implementation. The design and production of campaign promotional materials and other creative marketing initiatives led to substantially increased name recognition and voter support. Tyler has served as a trusted advisor on numerous Non-Profit and Corporate Board of Directors. He was born in Virginia and spends his free time stand up paddle boarding and building furniture.

    Rebel Venture Fund Rebel Venture Fund

    Rebel Venture Fund is UNLV’s student led venture capital fund. We invest in companies in Southern Nevada, provide support for the community and our portfolio companies, and give students real-world VC experiences. Rebel Venture Fund encourages all companies and entrepreneurs at any stage, with a MVP, to apply for funding.

    Ryan J. Negri Managing Director, Iron Yard Ventures Accelerator Ryan J. Negri Managing Director, Iron Yard Ventures Accelerator

    As Managing Director my mandate is to find and work with the best people and help build great companies solving important problems through technology. I’ll be leading accelerator operations, sourcing and recruiting new strategic partners, services, mentors, and advisors, recruiting and investing in talented teams/companies and founders, and working hands-on with teams that are accepted into the accelerator.

    Peter H. Weiss President, American Outlook, Inc. Peter H. Weiss President, American Outlook, Inc.

    Peter Weiss’s career includes thirty-five years of finance and managerial experience, more than fifteen years consulting on corporate finance and general management issues for early stage companies, and twenty-five years as an early stage investor. Mr. Weiss’s consulting practice centers on tailoring capital structures and financing plans to match a business’s funding needs, economics and long-term goals; strategic issues such as marketing, sales and pricing plans; compensation packages; capacity planning; etc. His experience as a business owner, professional manager and an arms-length investor provides a context for understanding the goals of different stakeholders and has led him to think carefully about how to foster alignment between and among disparate parties. His wide-ranging background has allowed him to develop a variety of tools and techniques to help attract capital and return cash and profits to investors and owners. Mr. Weiss’s business principles are rooted in his family’s specialty food company where he worked while growing up. His professional career began on Wall Street with mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buy-outs. His consulting clients include technology, retail, service and manufacturing companies. Mr. Weiss graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, has owned and operated businesses, served on multiple Boards of Directors and been active in a variety of community service organizations.

    Dan Settgast, Co-Founder United American Capital Corporation Dan Settgast, Co-Founder United American Capital Corporation

    Since 2004, Las Vegas based United American Capital (UAC) is investing in early-stage Internet startups by providing essential mentorship, capital, and connections. Dan Settgast started his career as a marketing expert for a German financial services provider before he moved to Las Vegas where he, together with his co-founders, established a network of successful Internet projects. Current Boards: Pernum, Happy Health, Perfect Pages

    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.

    Michael Hool, Hool Coury Law Michael Hool, 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

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