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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VCs, Angels, Crypto and ICOs Event, sponsored by McCarter & English, Crowded.com, Jewel Toned, Iconiqlab, LDJ Capital, Group Project, Monetizr, Topl. This event was in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

    Photo of Moderator, Joe Daniels, 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.

    Photo of Rachael McCrary, CEO, JewelToned & Crypto Investor Rachael McCrary
    CEO
    JewelToned
    Read the full profile for Rachael here!
    JewelToned
    Rachael is an experienced Crypto investor and the CEO and Founder of Jewel Toned, the first meant-to-be-seen shapewear company. Rachael is a Lingerie Expert with 16 years of product development experience in the fashion industry. Throughout her career, she has worked overseeing product development for major brands and the largest retailers in the world.

    Jewel Toned, Rachael’s most recent endeavor, is dedicated to providing women with a new kind of shapewear that comfortably supports their curves. Rachael is passionate about making body-positive lingerie for women of all shapes and sizes. After realizing that raising capital was the best to make Jewel Toned a reality, she entered, and won, five pitch competitions. As the sole Founder of Jewel Toned, Rachael raised Venture Capital in 2015 to scale the company. Passionate about Entrepreneurship, she mentors and advises other entrepreneurs on pitching, raising venture capital and early stage company development.

    Rachael studied Fashion Design at FIDM in San Francisco and FIT in New York City. She's a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach, Certified Sivananda Yoga Teacher, RYT-500 and just began the Innovation Entrepreneurship program at Stanford University. https://twitter.com/rachaelbydesign

    Photo of Eric Shus, Angel Investor Eric Shuss
    Chief Operating Officer
    BitSpeed
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    BitSpeed
    Mr. Shuss has been actively involved in managing and acquiring high-tech companies for over thirty five years. He has owned and managed successful companies from start-up to thriving on-going ventures including professional services consulting firms, high-tech manufacturers and AI/AGI and computer software companies. He has extensive international management experience with a keen understanding of how technology impacts today’s business. He is an angel investor, author and futurist who serves on several corporate boards and advisory boards.

    He has worked in mid-to-large companies in roles of Senior Industry Analyst, Managing Consultant, Director of Information Systems, Director of Operations, Vice President, President, COO and CEO. His in-depth knowledge of multiple industries and complex business processes allows him to look at the big picture and understand that the technology is not the answer, but enabling people to access and benefit from the technology is the key to success.

    Photo of Jor Law, Angel Investor, Founder of VerifyInvestor.com Jor  Law
    Co-founder
    Homeier & Law
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    Homeier & Law
    Jor is a co-founder of VerifyInvestor.com, the dominant accredited investor verification service in the world. In addition, Jor practices corporate and securities transactional law in Los Angeles and is a founding shareholder of Homeier Law PC. Jor is most well-known for his expertise in alternative finance, including EB-5, crowdfunding, and initial coin offerings (ICOs). He is the foremost authority on attracting and verifying accredited investors. Jor is heavily involved with building out the ecosystem for digitizing and trading securities on the blockchain.

    Photo of Melinda Moore, President, Moore Venture Media Melinda Moore
    President
    Moore Media Ventures
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    Moore Media Ventures
    Melinda Moore is a social entrepreneur, a seasoned digital marketer and a frequent speaker at leading technology conferences. With over 15 years as a start-up leader (two exits) and Fortune 500 experience, Melinda combines her passion and experience in health & sustainability, female empowerment, tech & digital media. Her work has been widely recognized by Digital LA (Top 50 Digital Women in 2015), the Green Business Bureau and the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Hall of Fame.

    Her marketing campaigns have been featured by global brands including Ford, LIVESTRONG, Netflix, Obama for America, Orbitz, Sony, USA Networks, and YouTube. She has forged strategic partnerships with leading business, media, and entertainment figures including Jimmy Fallon, Laird Hamilton, Dr. OZ, Dr. Phil, Ryan Seacrest and Yao Ming. After co-founding and selling the successful e-commerce site LovingEco to John Paul Dejoria in 2012, she co-founded Tuesdaynights, a hosted invite-only networking organization of female executives and entrepreneurs.

    Her growing list of event sponsors include Google, Lifetime and Silicon Valley Bank. While continuing to establish Tuesdaynights as a preeminent network event, Melinda is growing her marketing and content creation technology practice. Melinda graduated from UCLA with a BA in psychology.

    She recently wrote the book How to Raise Money: The Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding which is currently available on Amazon.

    Photo of Chad Anderson, Co-founder, MT Digital Assets Chad Anderson

    MT Digital Assets
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    MT Digital Assets
    Chad “Aroo” Anderson is a blockchain + cryptocurrency expert and ICO advisor who serves as President and Co-Founder of www.MTDigitalAssets.com a leading fund in the hyper growth blockchain industry. Chad started his career working in the finance department at Hewitt Associates a fortune 500 company now called Aon. He worked directly with the CFO, Director of Budgeting and Forecasting, and the Controller. Chad then moved on to myspace.com from 2004-2008 as a strategic marketing consultant. During that time the site grew to over 500 Million active users, and was acquired for 580 Million Dollars. His team worked on events including Lollapalooza, Sundance Film Fest, Ultra Music Fest, SxSw, and more. Upon leaving Myspace he joined the team at Engage BDR an LA based Ad-Tech firm in Strategic Marketing and Biz Dev Role. He helped grow the company to reaching over 500 Million monthly uniques. Chad left there in 2014 to found Aroo Industries a talent management and marketing company. His clients have worked with some of the biggest brands in the world including Calvin Klein, Victoria Secret, Coca Cola, Virgin, Vogue, Patron, Grey Goose, Google, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros and more.

    Photo of Marcus Weller, Ph.D, Manager, Interstellar Capital Marcus Weller

    Interstellar Capital
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    Interstellar Capital
    -Started Augmented Reality Company in Silicon Valley in 2012, raised $20M. -Author of 19 patents -PhD Data Science / Industrial Psychology -Advisor to a $250MM/year private Crypto investment fund -Co-founder, Object Ledger, Blockchain and deep learning for Fortune 50 supply chain and manufacturing optimization -Co-founder, SignalWat.ch, Applied data science for trading. Trading software built for institutional investors seeking to leverage advanced data science. Also coming soon a simple app for individual traders to use these tools. -Advisor, Luxury Ledger, Anti-counterfeit decentralized exchange platform -Advisor, Cryptonite AI, Suite of artificial intelligence trading tools crypto traders. -Co-founder, Halcyon Biotechnologies, cognitive and mood enhancement therapeutics for professionals.

    Photo of Steve Kuh, Group Project Steve Kuh
    CEO
    Group Project
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    Group Project
    Steve is interested in providing solutions to combat counterfeit goods using blockchain technologies. ICO is planned for Q2-2018. The blockchain technology presents opportunities to solve many social issues such as counterfeits, identity and credit card plastics in wallets, and digital security tags in general. With the ICO, it is hoped that products are developed from current prototypes to custom solutions that will be marketed to take advantage of the blockchain based decentralized digital public ledger and change the world one person at a time.

    With over 20 years experience as a founder and CEO of an IT firm, his specialty includes communications systems engineering, creation and production of digital IT products.

    Photo of Keynote - Patrick Lowry, Iconiq Lab Patrick Lowry
    CEO
    Iconiq Lab
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    Iconiq Lab
    Pat Lowry is the CEO and founder of Iconiq Lab, a global ICO and Token Sale accelerator program based in Germany. He was a member of the Deutsche Börse Venture Capital team, where he developed a strong passion for blockchain technology and alternative financing methods. He has a decade of financial industry experience, including as an associate at Graham Partners, a Philadelphia private equity fund, and PwC as an auditor of private equity, hedge and mutual funds. Patrick was a co-founder and the CFO of Voltaic Coatings and holds an MBA and a CPA license.

    Photo of Martins Bratuskins, Monetizr Martins Bratuskins
    Founder
    Monetizr
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    Monetizr
    Martins Bratuskins is co-founder & COO of Monetizr, where he is responsible for global operations and customer success. He brings over five years experience in building companies, customer and partner success, and e-commerce. Martins plays a leading role in Monetizr, helping to move the company to USA, on-boarding major game studio customers, recently graduating the world’s leading business accelerator Techstars, and spearheading efforts to enable game developers to drive engagement and revenue via the company’s blockchain game reward engine.

    Photo of Christopher Georgen, Topl Christopher Georgen
    Founder
    Topl
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    Topl
    As President and Chief Architect, Chris leads the design Topl's blockchain platform. He obtained degrees in Mathematics, Chemical Physics, and Philosophy from Rice University. During his time in college, Chris performed interdisciplinary research focused on emergent phenomena in complex systems and developed the core economic theories that led to the founding of Topl. He has a deep interest in the application of new technologies to economic and financial problems and is motivated by the potential for new economic systems to improve standards of living around the world.

    Photo of Alex Nascimento, Crypto Investor Alex Nascimento
    Founder
    The Blockchain Lab at UCLA
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    The Blockchain Lab at UCLA
    Alex Nascimento, MA, MBA is a board member of UCLA Business and Management Executive Education Program Marketing and Advertising Advisory Board. Alex got his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and at UCLA he lectures on Global Marketing Strategy, Green Marketing Strategy, Writing for Marketing & Advertising and Branding Strategy, among other courses. As a thought leader in marketing strategy, Mr. Nascimento has developed training, sales, communication and marketing strategies for Red Bull, WPP Group, Warner Music Group, Polo Ralph Lauren, Honda, Yamaha, Smirnoff and Coca-Cola, among other prominent brands in the United States, Latin America and Asia.

    Photo of Roberto Machado, Angel and Crypto Investor, Tech Coast Angels Roberto Machado
    Co-Founder
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Roberto is a Managing Partner at Marketfit.us, an acceleration platform for second stage startups and the co-founder of Betablocks, a blockchain solutions company. He is also mentor at Google Developers Launchpad and advises startups looking to scale in the US.

    He is an active member of the Tech Coast Angels in Los Angeles and and the Miami Angels. He has invested in 17 companies, including Virgin Hyperloop One, uBeam, Jump Bikes, Movo Cash, Connected Signals, Papaya Payments, etc. He is also a crypto/ICO investor.

    He holds BAs in Management and in Economics from Wittenberg University, with MBAs in France and Brazil. He also has a degree in Venture Capital from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

    Photo of Pitch Moderator: Ash Kumra, Founder, Youngry Ash Kumra
    Chairman
    Youngry
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    Youngry
    Ash Kumra is CEO of entrepreneur movement YOUNGRY™, author, radio host and mindfulness coach. Ash has been awarded by Linkedin a top business influencer and White House as an entrepreneur making impact. Ash has spoken to over 10,000 people and featured in Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post and Entrepreneur Magazine. TV credits include presenting for Sony TV”s global show “Meet The Drapers” starring venture capitalist Tim Draper. Ash is passionate about paying it forward and serves on UC Irvine’s Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He also worked with the White House, Case Foundation and other business leaders to help launch “Startup America” a public/private partnership that in total helped inform, educate and provide resources for thousands of businesses across America.

    Photo of Brian MacMahon, Expert DOJO Brian MacMahon
    Founder
    Expert DOJO
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    Expert DOJO
    Brian Mac Mahon is the founder of Expert DOJO, the largest startup high-performance center for entrepreneurs in Southern California. He has consulted and coached in over 35 countries so he brings a global perspective to starting and growing your small business. Brian has been teaching the power of connecting with your community and how to turn a pay it forward mindset into a revenue generator for years and combines this teaching with the experience of working with thousands of small business over the years.

    As Brian also heads the Expert DOJO High-performance accelerator he has access to thousands of experts and mentors who will help any entrepreneur find out whatever they need to know to pursue their small business dream. He also speaks all over the world on how to start, grow and expand any business, so is a vital partner for any small business team.

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