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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Orange County VCs, Angels, Crypto and ICOs Event, sponsored by McCarter & English,,, LDJ Capital. This event was in Orange County on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

    Photo of Moderator, Joe Daniels, 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.

    Photo of Chad Anderson, Investor, 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 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 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 Dante Venafro, Blockchain Advisory Member, Oracle Dante Venafro
    Blockchain Advisory Member
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    At Oracle I help both large enterprise companies and growing businesses reduce costs and increase efficiency with blockchain and cloud applications.

    At, the Soho Media Loft, I qualify and on-board blockchain projects into a growth acceleration program which connects each company with investors and an ecosystem of advisory, growth, and marketing services. I also broker Joint Venture partnerships for LDJ Capital, a multi-family office that invests and manages over a trillion dollars in investments for partners and clients in the areas of hospitality, real estate, energy, pharma, tech, telecom, mobile, entertainment, media, publishing, advertising, compliance services, aerospace, shipping & transportation, and more recently digital assets, such as cryptocurrency and blockchain firms through STO/ICOs.

    Photo of Stephen Brett, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Investor Stephen Brett
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    With more than 17 years’ experience, Stephen has made a name as the go to guy for digital strategy and business development within the area of music and blockchain. He was co-founder of the award winning design agency, 500 Designs, where he lead projects for Cisco, 3M, The Times of India, Blockfolio, GSVLabs, Tanium, Abbey Road Studios, Fit3D, Tara, Swarmsales, LearnCloud and a host of other start-ups. Specializing as a business designer, he innovated and invented new business models interweaved with a sticky user experience to create compelling applications. Brett pulled from his collective experiences and knowledge of the economy of the music industry and blockchain technology to conceptualise Inmusik. Self-funded, he utilized his design agency to create a compelling new music platform that integrates game theory with music streaming to shape a brand new, and disruptive, business model for the modern age of music.

    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 Scott Fox, Angel Investor Scott Fox
    Angel Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Scott Fox is a serial Internet entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup mentor. He has founded, worked for, invested in, or coached hundreds of startups since raising his first VC round during the first dot-com boom. An advocate for early stage entrepreneurs, Scott has also written 3 best-selling books to help first-time entrepreneurs get started. In Orange County he’s pleased to host #MasterMindsOC, a monthly startup founder coaching workshop series supported by sponsors like local law firms, Cox Business, and Silicon Valley Bank. Contact Scott via or

    Photo of JJ Richa, Angel Investor, Tech Coast Angels JJ Richa
    Angel Investor
    Tech Coast Angels
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    Tech Coast Angels
    JJ Richa is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, executive and investor. Richa has successfully founded several companies, where he served as President and CEO, including a software company for the hospitality industry, an online ecommerce portal for high-end made-to-order gifts, and a custom software development company concentrating on the financial sector. Richa is a private equity investor, a longtime member of Tech Coast Angels where he served as its vice president and a member of its executive committee. Richa has served on numerous board of directors, started a private equity firm and served in senior executive restructuring and turnaround roles. Richa is a Founder and Managing Director at BusinessVision Advisory, a firm that provides interim CEO, fractional COO and business advisory services to businesses at various stages. Richa has BS and MS degrees from Cal State Long Beach.

    Photo of Ash Kumra, Youngry, Angel Investor Ash Kumra
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    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 Dean Kline, Managing Director, Penn Venture Partners, LP 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.

    Hicham Semaan, President, OC at Tech Coast Angels Hicham Semaan, President, OC at Tech Coast Angels

    Photo of Brandon Maier, Founding Partner, Quake Capital Partners Brandon Maier
    Founding Partner
    Quake Capital
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    Quake Capital
    Brandon Maier has extensive experience building financial and marketing strategies for startup companies. He attended New York University for his undergrad. He has been part of two venture-backed startup teams, including serving as Financial Controller for the Winklevoss-backed bitcoin exchange BitInstant and founding, a student-based job matching service which amassed over 100,000 student users in the United States. In addition, Brandon has worked as a marketing consultant for multiple companies building out campus brand marketing campaigns. Brandon is committed to giving back to the university entrepreneurship community, regularly giving lectures on entrepreneurship-related topics as well as providing office hours to student start-ups at NYU, Penn State, USC, and Brown. He serves as a judge for several pitch competitions including Princeton’s Tiger Launch, Global Entrepreneurship Week, and Next Gen, and has mentored at Columbia’s AlmaWorks Accelerator, and is part of Invent Penn State’s Selection Committee. As a Founding Partner at Quake Capital, Brandon is in charge of branding strategy and marketing efforts. He manages Quake’s university programs, which have worked with over 100 university entrepreneurship programs across the world including Columbia, MIT, and other top-tier institutions.

    Photo of Fred Haney, Founder, Venture Management Company Fred Haney
    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 ( 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.

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