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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out San Francisco VC and Angel Investor Roundtable, sponsored by McCarter & English, Crowded.com, WeWork. This event was in WeWork Embarcadero Center on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

    Jeff Wallace, The Batchery, Angel Investor Jeff Wallace, The Batchery, Angel Investor

    Jeff Wallace is the founder and president of Global Kinetics Inc., a Bay Area based corporate advisor and market development accelerator partner to early-to-mid stage clients seeking to establish or expand operations within the U.S. marketplace as well as a long-standing enterprise mobility industry veteran. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of HubSV, a Silicon Valley training and mentorship company providing such offerings to startup communities across the world. He is also a Founding Investor of The Batchery, a Bay Area-based global incubator for seed stage startups poised for rapid growth which was founded by 50 veteran Investor-Advisors ready to provide entrepreneurs with ideas, insights and networks. In addition, Jeff is an Entrepreneur in Residence for SKTA Innopartners where he works alongside the staff coaching and mentoring portfolio companies, sourcing new companies for the accelerator, conducting technical and financial diligence on new investments and expanding the contact network with other investors. Jeff is also a SkyAdvisor at the University of California at Berkeley's startup incubator, SkyDeck. Jeff was previously with Cognizant Technology Solutions and Brillio where he served as the founder of and Global Practice Head for the Mobility practices and also focused on Internet of Things (IoT) and user experience (UX) practice areas. Prior to this, Jeff was a serial entrepreneur having founded several businesses since the mid-1990s. In fact, Jeff was awarded the prestigious BridgeGate 20 Award, recognizing Jeff as one of the top 20 business leaders and “difference makers” in Southern California’s information technology and new media community. In addition, Jeff serves on the Global Advisory Board for the Enterprise Mobility Exchange and is a mentor and advisor to several Bay Area / Silicon Valley technology accelerators where he advises several early to mid stage technology companies. Jeff is also an active angel investor and a member of the Berkeley Angel Network as well as the global angel investor network, Keiretsu Forum. Jeff also serves as a Board member for Innovate Marquette SmartZone in Michigan where he helps support the entrepreneurial eco-system in which new tech-based business ideas can start, grow and succeed while existing ones can continue to innovate, thrive and expand. Jeff frequently speaks at international conferences and corporate events and has published numerous documents about enterprise mobility, user experience, Internet of Things and related topics. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Finance from Rutgers College and an MBA focused on Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Technology from the Haas School of Business at the

    Photo of Ed Dua, The Batchery, Angel Investor Ed Dua
    Angel investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Nextsport designs, manufacturers, and sells a range of innovative sporting good products on a worldwide basis. All of Nextsport's products are sold under the Fuzion brand.

    Eric Shuss, Angel Investor Eric Shuss, Angel Investor



    Christina Bosemark, Sand Hill Angels, Angel Investor Christina Bosemark, Sand Hill Angels, Angel Investor



    Andrew Romans, Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital Andrew Romans, Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital



    Ashish Aggarwal, Partner, Grishin Robotics Ashish Aggarwal, Partner, Grishin Robotics

    Ashish invests in early-stage companies in Robotics, Connected Devices, AI/ML, and Frontier Technologies across the complete stack at Grishin Robotics. Before that, Ashish led strategic corporate acquisitions, investments, and divestitures for Opera Software where he oversaw transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Ashish also worked in marketing analytics for consumer and enterprise products at Dell in Austin Texas. At Yahoo! Ashish built large-scale enterprise infrastructure for advertising products. He led service-engineering teams to design dev-ops systems and architected complex advertising systems. He has also worked as an investor for OCA Ventures, a venture capital fund based in Chicago Illinois. Ashish is a Special Advisor for Mind The Bridge Foundation, a non-profit that runs programs to support all actors in entrepreneurial ecosystems. He led the selection of growth stage companies as part of Startup Europe Partnership, an integrated pan-European platform to help the best startups emerge from these local ecosystems and scale-up. Ashish actively mentors entrepreneurs from various accelerator programs across the world. Ashish has lived and worked in the US, China, UK, and India, and has conducted business globally. He started two companies for the Indian market, one in e-commerce and the other in social live TV space. Ashish also has been an Editor for YourStory.com. Ashish holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Masters in Engineering Management with a focus on Design Thinking from McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and Bachelor of Information Science from RV College of Engineering, India.

    Raj Singh, Managing Director, JetBlue Technology Ventures Raj Singh, Managing Director, JetBlue Technology Ventures



    Photo of Priya Saiprasad, Principal, Microsoft Ventures Priya Saiprasad
    Principal
    Microsoft Ventures
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    Microsoft Ventures
    Priya is a Principal for Microsoft Ventures in the Bay Area, and has worked with entrepreneurs both as an investor and an acquirer. Previously, she was part of Square’s Corporate Development team as a Deal Lead, where she led several acquisitions in the mobile payments, SMB SaaS and AI & machine learning spaces. Prior to that, Priya was an investor at Saints Capital focusing on direct secondary investments in enterprise SaaS and marketplace startups. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst for UBS as part of their Leveraged Finance and Restructuring group. Priya holds a B.S. in Business Administration and graduated with highest honors from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

    Brandon Farwell, Partner, Xfund Brandon Farwell, Partner, Xfund

    Brandon Farwell is a Partner at Xfund. Prior to Xfund, he was an Investment Professional at DFJ focused on software investments including Box (NYSE: BOX), Yammer (acq., MSFT), Newsle (acq., LNKD), SugarCRM, and Insight Squared in addition to other frontier investments including Planet. After DFJ, he helped build the 150 company portfolio at Rothenberg Ventures nearly from the beginning, including companies like SpaceX, Planet, Robinhood, Bustle, Matterport, Gusto, Revel, Meta, Boom, Kespry, Andela, 8i, Nearpod, SweetIQ (acq., GCI), Accelo, Customer.io, and others. That portfolio was externally awarded #1 in VR /AR and frontier technology by Goldman Sachs, CB Insights, Pitchbook, and others. He also spent time in sales operations and corporate development at Box. His passions and focus are mainly in enterprise technologies notably machine intelligence, VR/AR, robotics, space, autonomous vehicles, and drones. He was honored by Forbes in their 30 Under 30 Venture Capital list in 2015. Brandon is currently a formal adviser to CASIS, chosen by NASA in 2011 to manage, promote, and broker research on the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory capable of benefiting life on Earth. Brandon received a BA in Economics and International Relations from Stanford University. He helped run Stanford’s entrepreneurship program called BASES and was awarded Pac 12 All-Academic Team honors as a varsity rower. He also holds a MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Rock Ventures Fellow.

    Photo of Jake Chapman, Partner, Gelt Venture Capital Jacob Chapman
    Partner
    Gelt Venture Capital
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    Gelt Venture Capital
    Jake Chapman is a founder of Gelt Venture Capital. He believes that technology can be a force for good in the world and invests in companies making an impact. Jake focuses on technology companies working on the frontier of technology including robotics, autonomy, advanced manufacturing, space and artificial intelligence. Prior to Gelt VC Jake ran a Silicon Valley based corporate venture fund, founded a successful ad tech company that at its peak generated 65M targeted ad impressions a month, lead global logistics for a startup, was a venture capital attorney, dealt poker and made a damn fine cup of coffee. When not working with his companies Jake enjoys writing about the tech sector and is a contributor to TechCrunch, WIRED, Venture Beat and Pando and has been featured in global publications like US News & World Reports and Forbes.

    Photo of Kumar Sripadam, Investor, ARC Angel Fund Kumar S. Sripadam
    Management & Business Consulting
    Kedge Ventures
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    Kedge Ventures
    Kumar Sripadam is a veteran technology entrepreneur and has held many senior roles in the industry. Currently he is involved in management& business consulting for several companies through Kedge LLC. Most recently he was a Vice President for Strategic Marketing and Business Development at RighttagInc (now InovaInc). Prior to that he was a Co-Founder, CEO and VP of Marketing & Business Development of Bluewave Networks (now CelestixInc). He has 26 years of experience in the high technology sector such as systems hardware, mobile, internet and e-commerce. Mr. Sripadam was a member of the founding team at Redback Networks, a successful Networking company where he made key contributions to Systems and Hardware.

    Mr. Sripadam serves on the Executive Board of Incentive Logic. He is an advisor at Qvivr Inc. He is also involved with many early to mid-stage companies such as Appensure, Outdu, Qvivr, EverFresh, Palmstar Media Capital etc. Some his key investments currently arePubnub, Oration,Paystand, Openbucks,Resume, Zafesoft, Fonemine etc. He also transacts business throughInforel Technologies a technology services company based in California and India. He is associated with IFLY Silicon Valley and Hollywood. He is a Charter Member of TIE-SV and is actively involved in TIE-Angels and TIE- Launchpad. He is a member and advisor ofSilicom Ventures. He is also a member of ArcAngels, an east coast based angel forum and recently joined the executive committee. He is also involved in many other Silicon Valley professional organizations. He holds an MSEE from Southern Illinois University. He is a member of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.

    Photo of Moderator: Joe Daniels, Partner, McCarter & English Joseph Daniels
    Partner
    McCarter English
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    McCarter English
    Mr. Daniels represents startup to publicly-held technology, life science and consumer companies, venture capital and private equity funds and investment banks in a wide range of seed and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other public offerings. He regularly advises a broad range of startups, venture-backed companies and VC funds, and has led hundreds of venture and strategic financing transactions. Mr. Daniels has helped companies and private equity firms handle over $5 billion of merger, acquisition and disposition transactions. Additionally, he has represented issuers and underwriters in more than 25 IPOs and follow-on public offerings involving companies in the technology, life sciences and consumer sectors, including leading investment banks such as Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Oppenheimer.

    Mr. Daniels also serves as outside general counsel for numerous companies, assisting them with everything from day-to-day business transactions to multinational strategic alliance transactions ranging from technology and distribution partnerships to joint ventures. He focuses on representing clients involved in high-growth sectors, and has experience with a broad range of industries, including adtech, biotech, cleantech, consumer, digital media, ecommerce, energy, Internet of Things, Fintech/financial services, life sciences, mobile, semiconductor, software, UAVs and telecommunications.

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