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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Orange County CA VC, Angel, ICO & Blockchain Event, sponsored by McCarter & English, Crowded.com, Iconiqlab, Jewel Toned, LDJ Capital, Group Project, Monetizr, Topl. This event was in Orange County on Tuesday, April 3, 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 Sean Goodwin, Founder, ICOTGE & SoCalBlockchain Sean Goodwin
    Fonder
    ICOTGE
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    ICOTGE
    As a high energy serial entrepreneur, IT Generalist and Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Evangelist I enjoy solving problems. Helping CEOs of Blockchain Startups structure ICO/TGEs (Initial Coin Offerings/Token Generation Events) by building sound token economics into their platform. Building teams & managing events around DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) & Blockchain that take advantage of network effects. I'm passionate about helping people build & leverage key relationships sharing information that pave ways to longterm solutions. These relationships are with people, technology & processes that help others.

    This is an exciting time where many new opportunities exist in the crossover of tech, finance, health, supply chain, security, education and governance. The intersections of Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence to build inclusionary platforms in these spaces are of significance & interest. Exploring the convergence of these fields in a way to help people is what interests me. Working with people that think outside the box and will use these technologies to help others is both exciting & rewarding.

    I manage the "SoCal Blockchain" and "Ethereum OC" (Blockchain) Meetup groups that meet in Irvine California to help connect and engage people wanting to learn how new technology can help our society. I also manage the "Private Money" Linkedin Group with 22k+ Members and I have over 28k direct connects here on Linkedin.

    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 Michael Sawitz, Founder FastStart.studio Michael Sawitz
    Founder & CEO
    Faststart Studio
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    Faststart Studio
    Michael Sawitz is the Founder and CEO of FastStart.studio, a business incubator in Irvine, CA. Additionally, Mr. Sawitz has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Amailcenter Franchise Corporation, the franchisor of AIM Mail Centers, since its inception in 1985. He sold the brand in August of 2011. Since July 1979, he has also served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Michael Sawitz, Inc. which operates a sign center division and an equipment and fixtures division. He has been a featured guest on radio talk shows such as Professional Insights, National Public Radio and California Grand Opening. He has been a frequent speaker at various minority business development centers sponsored by the SBA, numerous Franchise Business Network events and twice as featured presentation at the Technology in Franchising National Conferences, and has been the keynote speaker at the PC Synergy Conference. Mr. Sawitz has been featured in nationwide publications such as Franchise Update and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Additionally, he is Entrepreneur in Residence at California State University Fullerton Mihaylo School of Business and Economics. Michael Sawitz has also cofounded and served as the President of the National Alliance of Ship Centers, a non-profit industry association.

    Photo of Fred Haney, Founder, Venture Management Company Fred Haney
    Founder
    Venture Management Company
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    Venture Management Company
    Dr. Fred Haney is the founder and President of the Venture Management Co., a firm that provides assistance to high tech companies. He is the author of “The Fundable Startup: How Disruptive Companies Attract Capital,” published on February 6, 2018, by Select Books of New York.

    Other accomplishments include:
    Founder, Monday Club, an 850-member mentoring network (MondayClub.com). Co-founder, Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel investor groups in the U.S. Founder and manager of 3i Ventures, California, a venture capital fund that invested $80 million and produced 19 public companies and top quartile returns.

    Dr. Haney has been a co-founder of five startup companies, including NovaDigm Therapeutics, the first fungal vaccine tested in humans, DRC Computer, the most powerful gene sequencing computer in the world, and NMR Finder an artificial intelligence nuclear magnetic resonance imaging accelerator. He is a director of Orange County’s Parcel Pending, leading supplier of kiosk-based locker systems for package delivery. He has been a director of over 30 high-tech companies.

    In 1999, he was selected “Mentor/Angel of the Year” by the American Electronics Association in Orange County. In 2002, he was named “Director of the Year for Early Stage Companies” by the Forum for Corporate Directors. Before 1983, Haney held senior management positions with Xerox, CSC, and TRW. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University, and a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.

    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 Steve Kuh, Group Project 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 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 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 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.

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