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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, ICOHolder.com, LDJ Capital. This event was in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9th, 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 Paul Kim, Managing Director, ICO's, Blockchain Industries, Inc. Paul Kim
    Managing Director, ICO's
    Blockchain Industries, Inc.
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    Blockchain Industries, Inc.
    As Managing Director of ICO’s at Blockchain Industries, Inc., Paul focuses on capital valuation and token metrics for origination and placement. Prior to joining Blockchain Industries, Kim was a 15 year gaming executive veteran having served companies such as GoPets, ZAM Network, and Gazillion Entertainment focusing on digital assets, virtual currencies, virtual economies and user adoption. Previously, he served as CEO of Xfire, the worlds largest gaming community site with over 24 million registered users pivoting the business to a token based online tournament platform. He has advised multiple ICO’s with total raises of over $150 million and was a founding member and first advisor at DNA.fund.

    Photo of Jake Ryan, General Manager, Tradecraft Capital Jake Ryan
    General Manager
    Tradecraft Capital
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    Tradecraft Capital
    Jake Ryan brings over 20 years of professional experience in software technology to the world of cryptoasset investing. Jake is the founder / GP of Tradecraft Capital and handles all aspects of investment management for the firm. Prior to Tradecraft Capital, he was the founder / CEO of the Venice Consulting Group (VCG). VCG is a custom application development firm with clients that include: American Express, California Endowment, FOX Sports, Houlihan Lokey, Lexus and SAG-AFTRA. He is also a startup advisor to several venture-backed startups, an angel investor, an advisor at Mucker Capital and an operating advisor for Diversis Capital. In addition, Jake writes long-form content where he breaks down ideas in crypto and investing. He is a top writer in investing, economics and cryptocurrency on Medium.

    Jake Ryan earned a BS in computer science from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a 1st author of scientific research in the field of artificial intelligence and network security. Mr. Ryan was the keynote speaker at two of the top AI conferences and has published his work, “Intrusion Detection with Neural Networks”, which now has over 600 Google Scholar Citations. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and young son.

    Photo of Chad Anderson, 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 Sean Goodwin, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Evangelist 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 Dallas Santana, Investment Manager, LDJ Capital Dallas Santana
    Investment Manager
    LDJ Capital
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    LDJ Capital
    Cryptocurrency/Blockchain Media Advisor: His expertise in media, social media and television led him to being tapped by leading cryptocurrency and blockchain companies focused on entertainment, music, video streaming and lifestyle sectors and in 2018 alone, he has helped increase the market values of these companies by over $2 billion with leading their media, social media and celebrity branding campaigns. He helped recruit over 100 celebrities, 750 social media stars, athletes, cryptocurrency influencers and media icons to lend their names and expertise to projects in cryptocurrency and the blockchain. He is currently leading a team of over 50 who weekly, consult, advise and run media campaigns to help accelerate cryptocurrency/blockchain companies standings in that space. As of 2018, he is in development on two cryptocurrency TV series that will help bring global attention to his cryptocurrency/blockchain clients.

    Photo of Trevor Wilkins, Principal, Quake Capital Partners Trevor Wilkins
    Venture Partner
    Quake Capital
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    Quake Capital
    Trevor Wilkins has experience in developing strong go-to-market strategies and scaling mobile platforms. In his last role as Co-Founder of KÜDZOO – a students rewards app – Trevor helped manage day-to-day operations and grow the app’s user base to over half a million students world-wide. In 2016 Trevor and his partner were recognized by Forbes Magazine and named to the 30 Under 30 list in Education for their work with KÜDZOO. As a Principal at Quake, Trevor will help manage cohort operations, assist in sourcing potential portfolio investments and expanding Quake’s presence on the West Coast.

    Photo of Richard Sussman, Managing Partner, Nordic Eye VC Richard Sussman
    Managing Parnter
    Nordic Eye Venture Capital
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    Nordic Eye Venture Capital
    Richard Sussman is a veteran venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive with 20 years’ experience as a founder, board member, advisor and investor. His background spans numerous VC-funded, early stage and globally-traded companies all with market caps above $100M. Sussman is a proven builder of big business whose passions include monetization, transformative innovation, and disruptive content, products, services and technologies that change the way consumers interact with brands, companies and devices. Among his previous ventures include executive roles with The Nielsen Co., IPG Mediabrands, TiVo / Rovi Corporation and Tribune Media / Gracenote. Richard is also Managing Partner in a European Venture Fund Nordic Eye based in Copenhagen and Los Angeles, where with his hands on approach he most recently took his portfolio company Weblife – a Cyber Security firm based in Santa Monica, CA – from $350K to $6M in annual revenue in just eleven months by opening up sales channels across the US and UK. The result of this revenue growth yielded an all-cash acquisition of Weblife by Proofpoint (NASDAQ: PFPT), which turned a $3M capital investment from Nordic Eye into an exit with a 690 percent annualized return on investment in less than a calendar year. Earlier in his career, Sussman was CEO and founder of GorillaExchange, Inc., a web 2.0 social entertainment, virtual currency platform, as well as CEO and co-founder of two .com 1.0 ventures: StreamExchange, Inc. and Quickflicks.com. StreamExchange was the first technology service provider that enabled global advertisers to embed television-style commercials into targeted streaming content over the Internet. Quickflicks.com was the first streaming content search engine with 30,000+ video titles. All entities had respectable exits. Sussman is often interviewed and profiled on the state of technology by media publications such as Los Angeles Business Journal, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, CNBC and The Los Angeles Times. He is often seen speaking at industry events such as the Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group, Digital Hollywood, Digital Analytics Association, Venture Capital Symposiums and the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). He also speaks at various Private Equity firms and is an occasional Guest Lecturer at UCLA's Anderson School of Management MBA program and USC's Marshal School of Business. He is a recipient of numerous industry awards, including the two time recipient of ARF’s Great Mind Award and Nielsen’s Best of the Best Award. Sussman is originally from London, England. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1990. He was raised in Los Angeles, studied and worked in Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Sussman is a graduate of The Harvard Business School and a devoted husband and “co-founder" of two children who enjoy spending time together skiing and traveling.

    Photo of Tom Austin, Angel Investor Tom Austin
    Angel Investor
    AND 1
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    AND 1
    Tom was one of the co-founders of AND 1, a basketball brand that reached over $200 Million in annual sales and took market share from Nike, Reebok and adidas. At its peak, AND 1 sold millions of sneakers each year and had hundreds of consumers tattoo the AND 1 logo onto their bodies. Tom has over 25 years of experience starting and scaling multiple businesses; as well as advising and investing in start-ups across both B2C and B2B. He has a degree in finance from the Wharton School (summa cum laude), as well as degrees in developmental psychology (University of Pennsylvania) and Directing and Writing (University of Southern California). Tom’s two former co-founders also started the B-Corp movement, and he’s deeply passionate about socially responsible ventures. In addition to working in start-ups, Tom has invested more than 10 years building and investing in quantitative equity and index trading systems, researching alternative assets and writing screenplays. He has a wife and two daughters, and loves watching their fastpitch softball games.

    Photo of Brian MacMahon, Founder, 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.

    Photo of Dean Kline, Managing Director, Penn Venture Partners Dean Kline
    Managing Director
    Penn Venture Partners
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    Penn Venture Partners
    Dean is Co-Founder and Managing Director for Penn Venture Partners, a vc fund for primarily for early-stage tech companies. He is also currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director of USC Rossier EdVentures, an education ecosystem at USC. Previously he was VP of another vc fund and part of the founding management team and EVP of an organization which establishes and operates children’s hospitals in developing countries. Dean was Assistant to the Executive Director at the World Bank focusing on project quality, education and health sector policy, Africa, and Asia. He began his professional career as an International Economist at the U.S. Treasury Department, working on Asia and the Middle East. Dean received his M.Phil. and Graduate Diploma from Cambridge University and his B.A. from Wheaton College.

    Photo of Travis Kling, Chief Investment Officer, Ikigai Fund Travis Kling
    Chief Investment Officer
    Ikigai Asset Management
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    Ikigai Asset Management
    Travis spent ten years in traditional finance before founding Ikigai. Most recently, he was a L/S Equity Portfolio Manager ($200mm) at Point 72 ($90bn) through 2017. Prior to that, Travis was an Energy Analyst at Magnetar Capital ($4.6bn), 2011 to 2015, investing across the capital structure in L/S equities and non-control private equity and debt. From 2008 to 2010, he was an Investment Banker with Simmons & Company, focused on M&A. Travis has a BBA in Accounting and MS in Finance from Texas A&M University.

    Photo of Rachael McCrary, Crypto Investor Rachael McCrary
    Partner
    Crypto Investor
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    Crypto Investor
    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 David Drake, Founder, LDJ Capital David Drake
    Founder
    The Soho Loft
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    The Soho Loft
    David Drake is a leading equity expert based in New York. He is the founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a private equity advisory firm, and of The Soho Loft, an event-driven global financial media company.

    Born in Sweden and fluent in six languages, Mr. Drake is a strong advocate of innovative investing in early-stage equity and the US JOBS Act, for which he lobbied both Congress and the EU Commission. Because of his leading work in this space, he was a US Commerce Department delegate to the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome, and was invited in May 2013 to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C.

    His investment, The Soho Loft, produces and sponsors 150+ global events a year. One such was produced in April 2013 for the institutional media leader Thomson Reuters, with speakers from Nasdaq, NYSE, KKR and Carlyle Group. He continues to advance innovative investing through his work as an international speaker and regular writer for major publications like Forbes and Thomson Reuters. He has co-authored the book Planet Entrepreneur: The World Entrepreneurship Forum’s Guide to Business Success Around the World and is the author of Crowd Fund Economics.

    His focus today is to take on board advisory positions at companies, angel networks and venture funds, and to guide them on such topics as international regulations, corporate strategy and fund structures, with emphasis on the growing trend of online investment automation for retail and angel investors.

    Privately, Mr. Drake has hosted the Harvard Business Club of NY at his home, produced Carnegie Hall concerts and raised funds for the charities Trail Blazers and Best Buddies Carnegie Hall for many years. Today he is a board director of the UBS Charity of the Year, London-based Archive International, and is co-chair of the Tree Kangaroo Foundation in New York.

    Mr. Drake has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University, where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.

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