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  • SoCal Startup Day, Feb 26 2020

  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Washington DC VC and Angel Investor Roundtable, sponsored by McCarter & English, Contap, WeWork, InList, Seasons Pizza, KIC. This event was in WeWork 6th Street on Wednesday, January 16, 2019..

    Photo of Moderator: David Sorin, McCarter & English David J Sorin
    McCarter English
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    McCarter English
    Dave Sorin is an office managing partner and the head of the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies practice at McCarter & English. He focuses his practice primarily on privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. Dave has a long track record of successful representation of growth companies, having been repeatedly recognized by well-known periodicals for a unique combination of legal acumen and sound business judgment. He also brings to bear his broad range of knowledge and experience in counseling enterprises and investors in diverse emerging growth markets, technology industries (including software, information technology, artificial intelligence, VR/AR, FinTech, e-commerce, and communications), and life sciences. Many of the companies he represents are well-known names throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Under his leadership, McCarter is recognized as one of the most active law firms regionally, nationally and globally according to PitchBook (3rd in the East, 8th nationally, 9th globally, 8th in enterprise software and 6th (tied) in global early stage company deals). In 2017, Chambers, the definitive publisher of law firm and lawyer rankings, named him one of the top lawyers in the country in its inaugural rankings of venture capital and emerging growth company lawyers.

    Photo of Mark Walsh, Angel Investor & Former Head of Innovation and Investment, US SBA Mark Walsh
    Angel Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Mark Walsh recently stepped down as head of Investment and Innovation for the Small Business Administration for the Obama Administration. He oversaw all SBIC, SBIR, Accelerator/Incubator and other growth activities at the SBA, and was appointed to key committees at the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of the Treasury for the Obama Administration.

    That was his first government position. Prior, he had a 30+ year career in technology, media, venture capital, and angel investing. He was ceo of a high growth public company, (VerticalNet NASDAQ: VERT) was a senior executive at GE, AOL, and HBO, and has invested in and/or served on the board of a number of high profile public and private companies, including BlackBoard (NASDAQ: BBBB), NutriSystems (NASDAQ: NTRI), (Bought by eBay), IndustryBrains (bought by Marchex-NASDAQ: MCHX), Day Software (bought by Adobe) and many, many others. He got into the collision of technology and politics early, serving as the first chief technology advisor to the Democratic Party in 2002, running the internet efforts for the John Kerry presidential campaign in 2004 and was the founding CEO of Air America Radio. He has been ceo and chairman of many startups, including Homesnap and GeniusRocket, and was lead independent director for, the media company founded by Jim Cramer. He also served as a venture partner for Revolution, Inc. in Washington, D.C., the investment fund started by his AOL colleagues Steve Case and Ted Leonsis.

    He was the chairman of the board of his college alma mater, Union College in New York, chairman of the Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Maryland, and received his MBA from Harvard. He has served on a number of very prominent not-for profit boards, including the Bipartisan Policy Center (where he was chair), the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Theatre Workshop and many others.

    Roy Morris, Angel Investor Roy Morris, Angel Investor

    Roy Morris is an expert in technology, finance, and legal. He has invested in a number of early stage startups, either individually or as part of a group. He has held board seats on a number of startups and non-profits. He is the former chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC. He is currently a member of MIT Alumni Angels of Washington DC. He has an MBA from Wharton, Masters of EE from MIT, and JD from GWU. His current interest is focused on Artificial Intelligence.

    Photo of Nick Adams, Managing Director, Differential Ventures Nick Adams
    Managing Director
    Differential Ventures
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    Differential Ventures
    Nick Adams is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Differential Ventures. Previously, Nick was a Venture Partner at, f.k.a. Flatiron Investors, in New York City where he evaluated hundreds of seed- stage SaaS companies and led the due diligence for multiple investments. Before moving into an investment position, Nick held senior sales, marketing and product management roles for software companies that have realized over $1.3 billion in exit value, including: Opower (IPO), RAGE Frameworks (acquired by Genpact), Basware (Publicly-traded on OMX), and Comverge (acquired by Itron). He actively mentors startups out of Cornell Tech, NYU, and Northeastern University. Nick has a MSc in Global Finance from NYU and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a MBA in Corporate Finance from Northeastern University and a BA in History from Brandeis University where he played four years of varsity baseball.

    Photo of Andrew McDermott, Angel Investor Andrew McDermott
    Angel Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Andrew McDermott is currently a Healthcare Management student, entrepreneur, and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Honor Homes, Inc., a student-veteran housing corporation. He has been angel investing for nearly 10 years since he first learned of the important role while studying at the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Shenandoah University. Since serving as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy, his focus has mainly been on making investments in and advising start-ups that creatively improve individual and population health. Andrew also serves on the Board for Public Service and Scholarship at Shenandoah University and is a member of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making

    Sean Drake, Stony Lonesome Group Sean Drake, Stony Lonesome Group

    Stony Lonesome Group's mission is to create value for investors while making a difference in National Security and Veteran Care. Venture Capital
    Seed Investing
    Military Veteran Entrepreneurship
    Private Equity Fundraising & Deal Sourcing
    Hedge Fund Capital Introduction
    Hedge Fund Seeding & Incubation
    3rd Party Marketing
    Institutional Sales
    US Equity Trading & Portfolio Management
    Program/ Algorithm Trading

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