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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Phoenix Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Black Dog Venture Partners, Hool Coury Law. This event was in Phoenix on Thursday May 25, 2017.

    Photo of Scott Kelly, Black Dog Venture Partners Scott Kelly
    Manager
    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.

    Photo of Vadim Tarasov, Venture Partner at Target Global and Altpoint. Vadim Tarasov
    Venture Partner
    Target Ventures
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    Target Ventures
    Prior to joining Altpoint Ventures, Vadim was a Partner at Bright Capital, a VC firm with investments in the ICT sector. From 2009 to 2011 Vadim was the International Business Development Director at IQ One, an investment company focusing on IT, Internet & New Media projects in Russia. He was also a Board Member at the leading Spanish Seed Investment Company, DAD from 2010 to 2011. Before IQ One, Vadim worked as a Managing Partner at CB Invest, an Investment Brokerage company focusing on cross-border transactions in the VC sector.

    Vadim is currently employed as a Venture Partner at Target Ventures, and as a Digital Strategy Advisor at Media3, an investment firm owned by PromSvyazCapital that focuses on digital media and e-commerce. He currently serves as a Board Member at CIAN Group, the leading vertical classified in real estate in Russia.

    Vadim received a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Moscow State University and a Masters degree in E-Business from Universitat Ramon Llull.

    Photo of Sanjit Singh Dang, Investment Director at Intel Capital Sanjit Dang
    Investment Director
    Intel Capital
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    Intel Capital
    Sanjit is an Investment Director at Intel Capital. He drives investments in Client Computing across Consumer and Enterprise sectors. He has also driven several investments in Big Data, IoT and Cloud Computing.

    Sanjit has over a decade of Exec leadership experience in Product Design, Business Development and Strategy across several domains: Big Data, Natural Language Processing, 3D Camera/Apps, Supply-Chain Analytics and Flash Memory. He has managed Billion dollar accounts and executed >30 partnership deals in $100M-$2Bill range. Always ahead of the curve, Sanjit worked on Big Data Analytics before industry created the term 'Big Data'. Similarly, he launched 2 online courses during grad school in 1999 and published iconic papers on learnings, way before the MOOC revolution started.

    He’s currently an investor in DocuSign (eSignature), Reflektion (eCommerce), MongoDB (NoSQL Database), Enlighted (IoT), Mirantis (Cloud Computing), GoodData (SaaS BI) and Arcadia Data (Data Analytics 2.0), to name a few. He has had 2 Exits within 1 year of investment - Basis Science (Wearables, acq Intel) and Maginatics (Cloud Storage, acq EMC).

    Sanjit has the fastest Eng PhD from University of Illinois (2yrs 9mo after undergrad), which he received in 2000 with top research awards. He also attended the Venture Capital Executive program at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He’s an invited Speaker at several top events, eg TiECon, McKinsey leadership event, Silicon Valley Open Doors, Global Big Data and IoT conferences. He’s also a mentor at Stanford University’s Technology Entrepreneurship program.

    Personally, Sanjit has an interest in film-making. He has made a few short movies and taken courses in script-writing, lighting, editing and production at DeAnza College, Cupertino

    Anoop Kumar, Angel Investor Anoop Kumar, Angel Investor



    Photo of Bryant Hayward, North West Quadrant Ventures- (Early Stage-Venture Capital) Venture Debt Bryant Hayward
    Co-Founder, Managing Partner
    Northwest Quadrant Ventures
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    Northwest Quadrant Ventures


    Photo of James Sowers, Angel Investor James Sowers

    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    James Sowers is a singer/songwriter turned angel investor who has investments in over 20 different companies.

    Photo of David Blackledge, Angel Investor David Blackledge
    Founder at Blackledge Law
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    30 years experience in sales and operations management of emerging, venture capital-backed technology businesses. Now an attorney focusing on business and technology law and continuing my career incubating emerging companies. Interests in law include capital formation, securities, corporate governance, and providing general counsel services and government contract consulting to small and emerging businesses

    Photo of Todd Belfer, Managing Partner at Canal Partners Todd Belfer
    Managing Partner
    Canal Partners
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    Canal Partners
    Todd Belfer is Managing Partner of Canal Partners. In this role Mr. Belfer is responsible for all aspects of the company including identification of potential acquisition targets, due diligence, financial analysis and final investment decision making.

    Mr. Belfer has a long history of entrepreneurship and has been involved with a wide range of businesses throughout his career. In 1990 he co-founded Employee Solutions, Inc., a professional employer organization which he helped take public in 1993 and which was the highest performing stock on the NASDAQ in 1996. He also co-founded a leading sports nutrition company M.D. Labs in 1993 and after realizing triple-digit growth sold his interest to a private equity firm in 2002. He was a founder of the successful Japanese restaurant chain RA, which has grown to more than 30 locations throughout the United States and which was sold to Benihana in 2002. In 2002 Mr. Belfer founded NETtime Solutions, a Software as a Service (SaaS) organization dedicated to delivering on-demand time and attendance service, where he remains as chairman.

    Mr. Belfer has been a dedicated volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters for over 10 years. Nationally, he is recognized for his work with The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and received the prestigious Regional Wings of Memory Society "Excellence in Leadership Award" presented by the United States Holocaust Museum in April 2006 for his ongoing support and dedication to the Holocaust Museum and its efforts. He is also a board member of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

    Mr. Belfer has a bachelor's degree in finance and a real estate degree from the University of Arizona.

    Dr. David Shaw, Director, Montclair Holdings, Inc. Dr. David Shaw, Director, Montclair Holdings, Inc.

    Dr. David Shaw is a Director and member of the High-Technology Investments Board at Montclair. During his tenure at Montclair he has been directly involved in the startup, funding and exit of six new ventures, and is currently responsible for three. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering design, research and consultancy. The main areas of specialization of Montclair are Clean / Intelligent Energy, Machine Learning and Analytics, and Industrial IoT. Dr. Shaw has authored over sixty industry publications. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Imperial College of London University.

    Photo of Will Bunker, Founder Match.com Partner Growth X Capital Will Bunker
    Founding Partner
    GrowthX
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    GrowthX
    Will Bunker and Dave Kennedy founded the dating site that became Match.com in 1995 in Dallas, TX. He has invested in over 160 companies all around the country. Currently a founder of GrowthX VC fund, his focus is helping companies accelerate their growth after the seed round to get their series A or break even. Will has made it his life’s mission to help other entrepreneurs succeed in developing successful companies and achieving their goals. His skill and experience in connecting people have allowed him to build a global network of investors and entrepreneurs, all of whom he considers members of his extended family.

    Photo of Iana Dimkova, Director, Healthcare Investing at GE Ventures Iana Dimkova
    Director
    GE Ventures
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    GE Ventures
    Iana is a Sr. Associate for GE Ventures healthcare investing team. Prior to joining the GE Ventures healthcare investing team, Iana spent most of her career in the healthcare sector. She was one of the first employees of ProCure Treatment Centers, a start-up that raised $700mm to develop and operate a nationwide network of radiation (proton) therapy centers. After leaving ProCure, she joined Alvarez & Marsal’s Healthcare Group where she helped Private Equity firms evaluate potential investments and improve portfolio company operations. Iana holds a BA from Columbia University – where she was a member of the women’s varsity tennis team – and is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School.

    Photo of Scott Kurland, Borland Capital Group Scott Kurland
    Managing Director
    Borland Capital Group
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    Borland Capital Group
    Scott is a seasoned Wall Street Veteran with over 25 years of experience in portfolio management, investment banking and capital raising. Scott is currently an advisor to Borland Capital Group (‘BCG’), a private family office based out of NYC and Palm Beach, FL. BCG is a multi-strategy investment holding company. The firm is active in merchant banking and alternative investments such as energy development, real estate, technology and health and wellness. Furthermore, Scott is a Senior Managing Director at Obsidian Securities. Based in Manhattan, NYC, Obsidian provides a full suite of investment services to high net worth investors and family offices, with a focus on alternative investments. Formerly, Scott was head of sales and recruiting for a leading advertising technology firm where sales grew from $7MM to $31MM in his 2 years there. From 1990-2013, Scott held senior roles at Oppenheimer & Co, Wachovia Securities, Merrill Lynch, Raymond James and Sands Brothers. Scott is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

    He is actively involved in his community of Irvington, NY where he resides with his wife of 23 years and their 3 children. Scott is an avid skier, mountain biker and competitive adult ice-hockey player. He shares these passions, through volunteering his time coaching youth hockey and soccer, as well as contributing to the growth of a local religious institution.

    Photo of John Livesay, The Pitch Whisperer John Livesay

    The Pitch Whisperer
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    The Pitch Whisperer
    As The Pitch Whisperer, John Livesay helps people craft a compelling pitch that tugs at the heartstrings so people open their purse strings.. He hosts “The Successful Pitch” podcast and is the author of “The Successful Pitch : Conversations on Going From Invisible To Investable”

    John had an award winning twenty year career in media sales with Conde Nast and is the mentor at Dreamfunded.com.

    John has appeared in Forbes, INC. as well on CBS FOX and ABC as an expert on “How To Ask For What You Want And Get A Yes.”

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