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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out San Francisco VCs, Angels, Crypto and ICOs Event, sponsored by McCarter & English, Monetizr, Iconiqlab, Topl, Jewel Toned, Blockable, Group Project, Runway, Look Lateral. This event was in San Francisco on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

    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.

    Photo of Ali Farahanchi, Danhua Capital Ali Farahanchi
    Vice President
    Danhua Capital
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    Danhua Capital
    Ali is the Vice President of Danhua Capital based out of Palo Alto

    Photo of Duygu Oktem Clark, DO Ventures Duygu Oktem Clark
    Parnter
    European Investment Fund - TTA
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    European Investment Fund - TTA
    Duygu Oktem Clark is a Business Development Leader of the European Investment Fund's TTA where she leads early stage tech startup investments, and the Founder of DO Venture Partners - a boutique consultancy company focused on corporate innovation. Prior to that; as an Intrapreneur, she founded and ran Turkey's first corporate-run startup accelerator from scratch where she led 22 early stage investments. Before that, she was a Founding R&D Manager at Turk Telekom where she oversaw more than 40 R&D projects with an overall budget of +$100M. She has mentored hundreds of startups in the last 5 years and continues to help startups by serving as a jury member and mentor at many startup programs including the Chobani Startup Program,Founder Institute, United Nations Clean Tech, Telefonica Wayra UK and Startup Bootcamp. She is a Computer Engineer with Master Degree in Technology Management.

    Photo of Clarence Wooten, STEAM Role Clarence Wooten
    CEO
    STEAM Role
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    STEAM Role
    I'm a serial internet entrepreneur whose been creating and building Internet startups since 1998. Back then I was co-founder and CEO of ImageCafe.com, an online superstore of pre-fabricated websites for small businesses. ImageCafe was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions/Verisign in November 1999, 7-months after we launched and just before the dot com bubble popped. Timing is everything ;-)

    In 2006, I founded Groupsite.com, a self-serve SaaS platform for building private, branded communities of interest. At present, Groupsite.com is profitable and powers more than 50,000 online communities. In 2011 after 5 years as Groupsite's CEO, in order to pursue other opportunities, I transitioned to the role of Executive Chairman where I continue to guide product vision and strategy.

    After being an entrepreneur based in Maryland my entire career, in early 2011, I moved to Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, with the goal of doing it bigger and better. In pursuit of this goal, I founded:

    Progressly, an enterprise platform for executing business processes and monitoring progress across your organization; and STEAM Role, a Tinder-like app for finding your dream career by following the roadmaps of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) role models. STEAM Role is more than a startup to me, it’s a calling — stay tuned!

    As a serial founder and product architect, my startup and investing activities are primarily focused on funding and leading the early product development, strategy and company-building activities with talented co-founders and teammates. There is nothing like working with a driven team of smart passionate people.

    I am a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 2010. In 2006 I was named an honorary alumni of the University of Maryland. I also serve on the board of trustees at Philadelphia University - one of the nation's top design schools.

    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 Keith Teare, Accelerated Digital Ventures Keith Teare
    Executive Chairman
    Accelerated Digital Ventures
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    Accelerated Digital Ventures
    Keith is the Executive Chairman and Chair of the Investment Committee at Accelerated Digital Ventures (http://accelerated.ventures).

    Previously I was founder and a partner at Archimedes Labs (http://archimedeslabs.com) in Palo Alto, California and founding shareholder at TechCrunch.

    I served as chairman of the Board at Minds and Machines Inc (London AIM - MMX), and was an Advisory Board member at MedCo (now escrips). I was also an Advisory Board member at Verisign.

    I love working with founders, teams, designers and engineers to create products, tell stories, and turn them into reality. Archimedes has had over 20 companies that I mentored and guided.

    I have founded or co-founded many companies myself since the early 1980s. Some were successfully sold, others IPO'd.

    Two of my companies were Unicorns - valued by others at more than $1 billion (EasyNet and RealNames). They span enterprise software with hundreds of customers (cScape/Clerkswell) ISPs and consumer web with millions (EasyNet/RealNames), Mobile (chat.center).

    I have always focused on the point at which change is happening. In the 1980's networking and databases (cScape). In the 1994-1998 period, Internet Access (EasyNet and Cyberia). From 1998-2010 - Web Services and Content (RealNames) and since 2010 Mobile Consumer Applications (chat.center. M.dot, Quixey and Archimedes Labs).

    I am proud of my work - successes and learning failures alike. I learned a great deal from each. I have had to deal with Investors, boards, partners, customers; advertisers and their agencies, bankers; Governments; Organizations and Institutions. I have served on many boards. I have managed small teams of 2 or 3 and larger teams of over 300.

    Above all else, I have been privileged to work with great people whilst doing what I love - making change a positive experience.

    Specialties: --ICO Advising; --Board leadership; --Investing; --Corporate Strategy; --Product Strategy; --Positioning and Go To Market planning; --Policy Issues; --Standards Efforts; --Evangelizing; --Communicating

    Photo of Andrew Romans, Rubicon Venture Capital Andrew Romans
    General Partner
    Rubicon Ventures
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      Rubicon Ventures
    Andrew Romans, based in Silicon Valley, is a successful VC-backed entrepreneur, author of two top-selling books on venture capital, former tech VC and M&A investment banker, cofounder of an angel group and now General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital, a VC fund active in Silicon Valley, New York and Europe. Masters of Corporate Venture Capital and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Russian by major publishers.

    Romans raised over $48m for tech startups he founded by the age of 28. He has continually raised VC funding as a founder, banker or VC ever since. Romans was the founder and General Partner of The Founders Club and also acted as the Managing Director of EMEA at VC-backed Sentito Networks (acquired by Verso Technologies) and managed enterprise software sales in Europe at VC-backed Motive Communications (NASDAQ IPO). He is also a frequent VC guest speaker on TV shows including MSNBC, CNBC and ABC, as well as various TV channels in China and Russia. He was born in Japan, lived in Europe for 15 years and is fluent in English, German, and French and can speak conversationally in Slovak. He began his career in 1993 working in the UNIX computing industry at Pencom Systems in New York, Silicon Valley, and Austin. He holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MBA in finance from Georgetown University, which he completed on scholarship.

    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 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 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 A. Jolly, Crypto Lotus Fund Apneet Jolly
    Managing Partner
    Crypto Lotus
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    Crypto Lotus
    Managing partner at Crypto Lotus, a crypto currency hedge fund, currently $25M AUM. We tend to be highly selective about which ICOs we invest in, and instead are fairly active trading wise. My background is all in computer security – deep expertise in exploit development, incident response, etc. Got my first coins in 2011.

    Photo of Mike Monahan, Look Lateral Mike Monohan
    Founder
    Look Lateral
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    Look Lateral
    Mike Monohan is currently the Chief of Strategy for Look Lateral and board member of the FIMART co-op, the first Blockchain powered Fractional Marketplace of Art. Prior to Look Lateral and FIMART, Mike spent 13 years at Microsoft performing various finance roles. Most recently he was the CFO of the Middle East Enterprise Services division based in Dubai and prior to that he was the Microsoft Consulting and Premier Support division CFO for The Netherlands based in Amsterdam. Mike has an undergraduate business degree focusing on Information Systems and an MBA, both from the University of Washington. More recently, Mike became a Harvard alumnus with his completion of his Executive Masters of Business from Harvard Business School.

    Photo of Matt Oguz, Venture-Science Matt Oguz
    Managing Director
    Venture-Science
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    Venture-Science
    His professional background spans ecommerce, analytics, behavioral economics and decision sciences. A Turkish-American businessman, Oguz graduated from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, the first American university outside the US and the country’s equivalent to our Harvard, with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. With full scholarship, he then earned an MBA degree in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University Robinson College of Business. Oguz started Venture/Science in 2012, a new generation venture capital fund that pioneered the data-driven "moneyball" approach to venture capital.

    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 Karen Olsson, Blockable Karen Olsson
    COO
    Blockable
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    Blockable
    Karen is a serial entrepreneur, blockchain believer and an advocate for inclusion and diversity in the workplace. For much of the last two decades, she has focused on attracting, retaining and growing talent for a large number of technology-focused organizations. As the COO of BlockAble, Karen built a team of 15 people that effectively brought to market a $10 million service company in a little over 90 days.



    Early in her career, Karen founded a convergent media company that grew into a multi-million dollar business employing 30 people in less than two years. Karen also spent almost 10 years in the technology recruitment industry and is acutely aware of the challenges the industry presents. Karen’s work in recruitment led to her role as COO of Two Hat Security Research, a contextual AI Chat filtering system, where she scaled the business from 6 to 40 employees, successfully lead a $2.7 million seed round of funding, grew revenues 4-fold and rebranded the product over an 18 month period.

    

In 2017 Karen co-founded BlockAble Inc. with the vision of building the future of work.

    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.

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