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Here are the Investor speakers you will get to meet at our FundingPost Venture Dinner @ SXSW, sponsored by McCarter & English, BDO, EnergyFunders.com, Crowded.com, ARC Angel Fund. The event is in Austin, TX on Sunday March 12, 2017.

Photo of Sridhar Chityala, EIP Fund Sridhar Chityala
Chairman
Elevate Innovation Partners & Vedas Group
Elevate Innovation Partners & Vedas Group
Sridhar Chityala is a board member and advisor to fintech firms that focus on product innovation, and also to private equity, venture capital and asset management firms making strategic investments in emerging technologies and financial services businesses.

He is a global leader in the financial services industry having held senior executive leadership roles at JP Morgan Chase, Citi Bank, Wachovia / Wells Fargo, National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank Australia.

Sridhar is presently a Founding Partner of Elevate; Founding Partner of Vedas Group; Executive Committee of ARC Angel Fund; Senior Advisor to IDEA Fund Partners and Senior Advisor to SVX Group. He also serves on the advisory boards of Fin tech start ups in the Valley.

He is a Co-founder of the Global Payments Council, World e-money council, a board member of various payment networks and industry bodies and is recognized as an industry expert on retail distribution, payments and digital & mobile commerce through published articles and appearances at industry conferences.

Garrett Melby, Good Company Ventures Garrett Melby, Good Company Ventures



Chuck Stormon, StartFast Venture Accelerator Chuck Stormon, StartFast Venture Accelerator



Chris Hughes, Revolution Chris Hughes, Revolution



Photo of Brad Kayton, Investors Collaborative Brad Kayton
Angel Investor
Investors Colaborative
Investors Colaborative
Brad Kayton is a serial entrepreneur turned parallel, having made a number of investments in start-ups over the past few years as well as acting as an advisor or consultant to a number of start-ups. Brad is a member of Launchpad Venture Group. Brad has started five companies operationally, a few others as the first funder, and he adds the most value in the early years of a company's life-cycle. Brad has been a CEO four times, a board member often, came up through the ranks operationally on the product manager-marketing side, and began his career as a software programmer. Brad has an MBA and a Masters in Communications Technology and lives in the Boston metro area.

Alfred Mandel, Angel Investor Alfred Mandel, Angel Investor

Alfred J. Mandel has been an entrepreneur since his teens and has over thirty years experience in technology businesses, notably at Apple, Inc. and Redgate Communications. Mr. Mandel has extensive experience in business development, sales and marketing and early stage investing. He knows how to build exceptional teams that create outstanding companies and can motivate others to succeed. His goal is to build value for his ventures, their investors and employees. As a Silicon Valley veteran, Mr. Mandel enjoys valuable relationships with many business leaders and venture capitalists. Known as a “company builder”, Mr. Mandel was an early participant in the growth of the Internet and has advised and invested in many Internet, and Internet related, ventures including: Ask Inc, Google, MetaLINCS, N8 Systems, Starlight Systems, NextBio, PowerSet, Funny or Die, NaviTel Corp., XOS Digital Technologies, Ooma, Inc., BidFire, Swype, X-Show, AutoNet Mobile, Spinnaker Software, Nexsan, Inc, CloudCrusier, Inc., StarCast, Yee Pay, GoingOn, NextLighting, Inc., VOX (Sunny) Learning, Limited, Good Technologies, XO Jet, Taking Point, Tags, Dimension X, Seagate, Bloom Energy, CelebrityApps, Seros, PixoArt, Xactly, QP Park, Inc., mPact, Propeller, Kizzang, LLC, InSite, Realstir, Vimoc Technologies and VertaScale. Mr. Mandel co-founded and ran Tenex Medical Investors, which become this countries largest angel investor group for the health and life sciences. In its six years Tenex invested in over seventy five companies, a quarter of which have had liquidity events. Those companies include: Align Technologies (Visa-Line), ChemDex, TheraCyte, NeuGen, Fluidgim and Berkeley Heart Labs. Alfred has associated himself with several private equity groups and is a side-along investor with many of them, including: Beechtree Capital, Cheyenne Partners, Harmony Ventures, Cross Link Capital and a China based investment group. Alfred has business experience in many areas of technology including: semiconductor manufacturing, computer hardware and software, Internet based businesses, photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, LEDs, medical devices, Social Media, mobile applications and advanced material sciences. Mr. Mandel has recently invested in several early stage companies in China. Two are in educational software and services for China’s four hundred million students. Mr. Mandel came to the Silicon Valley in the late seventies to start two ventures in renewable energy. Combining his technical background and advanced degrees in environmental sciences and energy systems, he started two solar energy companies over twenty-five years ago. He previously owned Isis Energy Solutions, which worked with start-ups, EPC’s, and product development firms on photovoltaic, LED and energy conservation technologies and products. Alfred continues to be a proponent of sustainable energy and energy conservation and advises entrepreneurs, local governments and businesses. Mr. Mandel holds a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara with a minor in Physics, an MA in Environmental Design, and a Masters in Urban and Regional planning, both from the School of Architecture at the University of Oregon. While at the University of Oregon Mr. Mandel attended law school and worked as an intern for the Oregon State Legislature. He helped get passed the ‘Oregon Bottle Bill’ which allows a monetary incentive to be applied to all recyclable bottles and cans. The United States’ successful recycling programs are due in part to the enactment of this law.

Lynn Greenberg, Autonomy Ventures Lynn Greenberg, Autonomy Ventures



John Stockton, AutoTech Ventures John Stockton, AutoTech Ventures



Asif Giga, Singtel Innov8 Ventures Asif Giga, Singtel Innov8 Ventures



Mateusz Kaliski, Rubicon Venture Capital Mateusz Kaliski, Rubicon Venture Capital



Photo of Sumeet Shah, Brand Foundry Ventures Sumeet Shah
Senior Associate
Brand Foundry Ventures
Brand Foundry Ventures
Sumeet is helpful in sourcing and managing new opportunities at Brand Foundry Ventures. Mr. Shah has 6 years of experience across the startup and private equity industries, formerly running new business strategies at Gist Digital and handling business development and project work at Gotham Consulting Partners. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, specializing in Biomechanics.

Charlie Jackson, Texas Diversity Fund Charlie Jackson, Texas Diversity Fund

Charlie Jackson is Chief Happiness Officer of Diversity Fund – a crowdfunding platform that supports debt, equity, and rewards funding. Headquartered in the startup capital of Austin, Diversity Fund plans a national launch in early 2017. A serial entrepreneur with a background in software, Charlie has built multiple ventures in addition to leading international projects for Dell, IBM, Apple and Philips. Jackson holds an MS in Technology Commercialization and a BA from The University of Texas and has been part of Austin’s startup community since moving from California in the early 1990s. He has also be instrumental in the growth of SXSW Interactive.

Photo of Moderator: David Sorin, McCarter & English David J Sorin
Partner
McCarter English
McCarter English
Dave Sorin is the managing partner of McCarter's East Brunswick office and the head of the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies practice. He focuses his practice primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. Dave has a long track record of successful representation of growth companies, having been repeatedly recognized by well-known periodicals for a unique combination of legal acumen and sound business judgment. He also brings to bear his broad range of knowledge and experience in counseling enterprises and investors in diverse emerging growth markets, technology industries (including software, information technology, e-commerce, and communications), and life sciences. Many of the companies he represents are well-known names throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Moderator: Kevin Pianko, BDO Moderator: Kevin Pianko, BDO



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