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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VC and Angel Investor Roundtable, sponsored by McCarter & English,, Cross Campus. This event was in Cross Campus on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

    Photo of Mark Kapczynski, UCLA Venture Capital Fund Mark  Kapczynski
    Executive Director
    UCLA Venture Fund
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    UCLA Venture Fund
    Mark Kapczynski has a successful track record as a product and business strategist, at the intersection of technology, data and mobile devices across industries. He currently works with companies to develop new business offerings and enter new markets. These companies are focused on consumer healthcare, fintech, grocery and data & analytics. Mr. Kapczynski advises startup businesses as part of the LA Chamber of Commerce’s Bixel Exchange. He assists technology startups in Southern California to design their businesses, ensure product-market-fit, build out their teams and raise capital to fuel their growth. Mr. Kapczynski as a part-time venture partner at Arrowroot Capital, 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 additionally serves as an Executive Director of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, helping to foster innovation connected to the university; including early stage investing, mentoring, and access to Intellectual Property from UCLA patents. Mr. Kapczynski last served as VP of Corporate Development and Strategy for Experian's consumer businesses which include leading consumer brands: Experian,, and ProtectMyID. Through executing on over 8 M&A transactions, Mr. Kapczynski helped to facilitate Experian’s under-lying growth and profitability. Mr. Kapczynski was also responsible for the roadmap of product features mapping to market and consumer needs. Most of this effort centered on moving Experian from a legacy browser-only offering into a more modern native mobile application and platform. A key element was rapid design and development along with flexibility to add and change features as well as integrating several data/ad tracking components. Mr. Kapczynski previously built a venture backed start-up in the Entertainment industry called MESoft; worked at Microsoft Corporation as a Director in Media & Entertainment, and built one of the first ecommerce technology start-ups called Digital Genesis.
    Mr. Kapczynski graduated from UCLA film school and continues to be active in multiple industry associations that span media, mobile, data, 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.

    Photo of Asher Leids, Angel Investor Asher Leids
    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 (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 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, Managing Director, ExpertDojo Brian MacMahon, Managing Director, ExpertDojo

    Milan Koch, Managing Director, Base Ventures Milan Koch, Managing Director, Base Ventures

    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,,, 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).

    Peter Goldberg, Managing Director, PLG Ventures Peter Goldberg, Managing Director, PLG Ventures

    Photo of Moderator: Joe Daniels, Partner, McCarter & English Joseph Daniels
    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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