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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VC and Angel Investor Roundtable, sponsored by McCarter & English, LLP, Expert DOJO. This event was in Santa Monica - Expert DOJO on Wednesday April 5, 2017.

    Moderator: Joe Daniels, Partner, McCarter & English Moderator: Joe Daniels, Partner, McCarter & English



    Photo of Bryan Ciambella, Principal, B Capital Group Bryan Ciambella
    Senior Associate
    B Capital
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    B Capital
    Bryan Ciambella is a principal at B Capital Group, a $250M venture growth fund that launched in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to joining, he was a manager at IAC, a media and internet holding company (brands include: Tinder, About.com, Match.com, Vimeo, HomeAdvisor) focused on new investments, strategy and research. Recent investments include Apalon, a top 10 worldwide iOS app publisher based in Minsk, Belarus. Previously he worked at Liquidity Works investing in early stage software, sports & media companies (board observer at Actionable Data Solutions). Mr. Ciambella founded: Amped Fantasy a daily fantasy sports gaming company (acquired by the Global Gaming Network), Hello Fresh USA the largest global meal kit e-commerce company (valuation of $2.9B+) with venture incubator Rocket Internet, the World Championship of Ping Pong that aired in a billion homes worldwide – from ESPN Latin American to CCTV (acquired by Matchroom Sport). He began his career in international TMT equity research (Street Ratings, State Street Bank).

    Jean-Michel Arnoult, Angel Investor, Crowdfunder Jean-Michel Arnoult, Angel Investor, Crowdfunder

    Jean-Michel Arnoult Founder of Crowdfunder and COO of Stock Circles Jean Michel is passionate about Entrepreneurship and those who build things. He has been advising multiple founders in recent years and made investments in WOSH, Helpr and Stample. An entrepreneur himself JM is currently the COO of Stock Circles, an AI-driven autotrading platform. Previously, he co-founded Crowdfunder, a leading Crowdfunding platform, which has raised over $200m for tech companies over the last five years. Prior, JM worked for Microsoft where he participated in the launch of the search engine Bing.

    Photo of Asher Leids, Angel Investor Asher Leids
    Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    When I worked, I specialized in practicing venture capital, securities, mergers & acquisitions and general corporate law. My clients ranged from start-ups, such as Scour.net (a company that was founded by, among others, Travis Kalanick-who went on to be the founder and CEO of Uber) and Ceiva, to Fortune 100 companies, such as IBM. I also worked on the initial public offering for Shopping.com that was subsequently acquired by Compaq Computer Corp. within one year of it's IPO (one of the first internet IPO's) for approximately $1 Billion.

    Brian MacMahon, Founder, Expert DOJO Brian MacMahon, Founder, Expert DOJO

    I specialize in helping entrepreneurs become more successful in their business by using all the tools available to me as owner of the largest peer to peer peak performance academy in the world. We use our business experts to train, coach and connect our clients and we use our brand to protect them. being a startup business is a lonely and difficult path to navigate. Why do it alone My recent TEDx talk about the Kidnapping of the American dream showcases my beliefs and ambitions for the future of entrepreneurship - https://youtu.be/Y6f7lFy0oW0?list=PLgm

    Brad Yasar, Angel Investor, Co-Cofounder Opus V Brad Yasar, Angel Investor, Co-Cofounder Opus V

    Brad is an entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and advisor who has started and bootstrapped several companies from inception to maturity over the past 20 years. Brad is currently the co-founder and CSO of Opus V, a hardware accelerator that is a one-stop shop that strives to guide your business from inception to global distribution. He is also the co-founder and Managing Partner of KrowdMentor, a strategic crowdfunding advisory firm empowering entrepreneurs to reach their funding and liquidity goals. Previously, as the co-founder and COO of CrowdfundX, Brad ran all campaign delivery operations for more than a dozen successful equity crowdfunding campaigns, which received over $80 million in reservations resulting in $20 million raised from over 10,000 investors in 15 months. Previously, Brad served as managing director of Yasar Corporation where he mentored, advised and invested in more than 30 companies including ChangeMyPath, Virtuix, CrowdFunnel, and SlashMyFees. Passionate about where the worlds of technology and marketing collide, Brad is frequently invited to speak at events related to entrepreneurship, angel investing and business strategy. Most recently, he was featured in Business Rockstars and presented at Hackers/Founders, ExpertDOJO, Global Crowdfunding Convention, Digital Hollywood, and ITU Gate Accelerator Program. A big believer in coaching younger generations of entrepreneurs, Brad serves as a mentor for the Pepperdine University Alumni Association. Brad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Management (1999) from Pepperdine University (Malibu, California) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Sciences Math (1996) from Académie de Grenoble (France). His charitable efforts focus on Goodwill Industries, the LA County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to name a few. “I’m all about empowering people. Team members. Our clients. You name it. It’s my job to clear a path for success.”

    Mark Kapczynski, Executive Director, UCLA Venture Capital Fund Mark Kapczynski, Executive Director, UCLA Venture Capital Fund

    Mark Kapczynski has a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur, chief executive and cross-industry expert. He serves as an Executive Director of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, helping to foster innovation connected to the university. Programs include early stage investing, mentoring, and access to Intellectual Property from university patents. Mr. Kapczynski advises startup businesses as part of the LA Chamber of Commerce’s Bixel Exchange. In this role, Mr. Kapczynski assists technology startups in Southern California to design their businesses, build out their teams and raise capital to fuel their growth. He also serves as a Venture Partner for Arrowroot Capital in Santa Monica, CA. At Arrowroot, Mr. Kapczynski focuses on investments in the SaaS market in need of growth capital to further develop their businesses. The areas that Mr. Kapczynski addresses are Big Data & Analytics, Financial Services, and Consumer Internet. Mr. Kapczynski last served as VP of Corporate Development and Strategy for Experian's consumer businesses which include leading consumer brands: Experian, FreeCreditReport.com, and ProtectMyID. Through executing on over 8 M&A transactions, Mr. Kapczynski helped to facilitate Experian’s under-lying growth and profitability. Mr. Kapczynski graduated from UCLA film school and continues to be active in multiple industry associations that span media, mobile telecom, technology, and consumer internet. He has 12 patents to his name and an additional 40 patents pending. In his free time, Mr. Kapczynski enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 kids as well as car racing and playing the drums.

    Milan Koch, Managing Director of Accelerators, AngelHack Milan Koch, Managing Director of Accelerators, AngelHack

    - Managing Director, AngelHack HACKcelerator (2 exits to Google and BOX) - VC at Base Ventures (Seed-stage fund investing in early stage tech startups) - Designing innovation initiatives for F500s such as NFL, MasterCard, UBS, etc - Dealflow partner Startup Chile; Advisory Board Member SXSW Accelerator - Judge/Mentor at 500 Startups, MassChallenge, Parallel18, Gaza Sky Geeks, etc

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    Milan Koch is the Managing Director of Accelerators at AngelHack. The HACKcelerator program is a pre-accelerator designed and managed by Milan and has generated many notable successes, including two exits to Google and one to BOX. Roughly 50 percent of these active companies continue on to raise funds, while 25 percent enter major accelerator programs such as 500 Startups, Techstars, Y-Combinator, Google Launchpad, and Startup Chile. Additionally, Milan leads other innovation initiatives for Fortune 500 companies such as HPE, IBM, Capital One and UBS - building trusted relationships between startups and established corporations. In order to contribute to the global startup ecosystem Milan serves as Advisory Board Member to the SXSW Accelerator; is a dealflow partner for Startup Chile (accelerator created by the Chilean Government); mentors for Parallel18 (government­ funded startup accelerator in Puerto Rico); Gaza Sky Geeks (first and only startup accelerator in Gaza); and Copernicus Accelerator (an accelerator funded by the European Commission). Milan frequently speaks internationally on a wide variety of topics including but not limiting to: corporate innovation; growth hacking; and fundraising. Prior to AngelHack Milan worked at VC funds, Base Ventures and Transmedia Capital, where he conducted due diligence on over 300 early stage companies valued at $100M+. Before moving to Silicon Valley, Milan co-founded an extremely successful data startup in Germany that received investment from the European Union. He holds a B.A. in Multimedia Management, which he obtained from his international studies at University of California, Los Angeles; San Diego State University and University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf.

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