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  • SoCal Startup Day, Feb 26 2020

  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Miami 2019 Startup and Investor Cocktails, sponsored by McCarter & English, LLP, ARC Angel Fund, InList, Nolcha, Contap, MOW media. This event was in South Beach on Friday April 26, 2019.

    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 Rhys Williams, New World Angels Rhys Williams
    New World Angels
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    New World Angels
    Rhys L. Williams is the president of the New World Angels, which he co-founded in December of 2003. Since 2005, the group of 35 accredited investors has made nine investments in South Florida-based companies, mainly in the tech space. Investments of $500K are made in financing rounds that generally total between $500K and $3MM. The fund also has made nine follow-on investments in some of those companies.

    Photo of Peter Livingston, Unpopular Ventures Peter Livingston
    Angel Investor
    Unpopular Ventures
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    Unpopular Ventures
    My experience is almost entirely in startups and investing in them. I was the first Engineer at iRhythm - a medical device company backed by Norwest, Mohr Davidow, New Leaf, among others - which IPO'd in 2016 and is now valued >$2 B. I also founded a health tech startup that was backed by Kleiner Perkins (Lifesquare), and also worked briefly with GE Ventures - investigating strategic opportunities between startups and their business units. I've been Angel Investing professionally for the past 5+ years, made over 130 investments to date, and produced aggregate investment returns that are well within the top decile (if not top 5%) of VC industry performance. Based on my success, many friends and former classmates have asked to invest behind me. I've built a syndicate on AngelList, called Unpopular Ventures, where I now have 419 LPs behind me, investing in my deals. I named my syndicate "Unpopular Ventures" because 1) all of my best investments in the past were "off path" and/or non-consensus in the beginning, and 2) I continue to look for opportunities with outstanding teams, traction, and potential - but that have an element to them that runs against biases that most investors hold - causing them to be quickly dismissed by most.

    Photo of Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, Amita Ventures Natalia Martinez-Kalinina
    General Manager/Latin America Lead
    Aminta Ventures
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    Aminta Ventures
    Natalia is an organizational psychologist and strategist focused on merging innovation, entrepreneurship, and community impact. She focuses on creating connected communities and vibrant ecosystems, most recently by leading the expansion of the Cambridge Innovation Center to Miami, seeking to deepen and nuance the conversation about entrepreneurship, and build tangible bridges to innovation hubs and Latin America. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Innovation & Technology Officer for a nonprofit focused on Cuba (see here), as well as one of six product strategists for a $4B human resources software company. She has helped found several chapters of the Awesome Foundation, a global network of grassroots micro-grant giving chapters that has awarded more than $1.8 million globally to small, local ideas. She also serves on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, a body that oversees the administration of $32 million in federal, state, and local funding to deliver high-impact educational and volunteer programs in the state of Florida. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Government from Harvard University and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

    Photo of Monica Simo Black, TheVentureCity Monica Simo Black
    Fund Partner
    The Venture City
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    The Venture City
    Mónica, a Miami native with degrees from MIT and Stanford, has 10+ years experience investing in global venture capital and private equity at a wide range of firms, including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Providence Equity Partners.

    Photo of David Drake, LDJ Capital David Drake
    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.

    Photo of Gabriela Sabate, Angel Investor Gabriela Sabaté
    Health Semantics
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    Health Semantics
    Tech entrepreneur, executive and investor experienced in leading, creating and operating entrepreneurial companies and new corporate businesses. Passionate about innovation, building world-class teams and companies in tech, healthcare, biotech and social impact. I founded Health Semantics to address chronic conditions by combining tech, clinical, and community touchpoints, and to explore new therapies in biotech through new ventures. As Executive Director at SoftBank's $150M venture capital fund for Latin America, we invested over $24M (52% of disbursements) in Miami tech startups, and I served on the Board of 5 portfolio companies in Miami and Latam. While Chairperson and CEO of Tiaxa, a venture-backed global leader in mobile software, nanocredits, and analytics, we restructured the company onto a path of profitability and global expansion. I co-founded an Internet incubator in South Florida and was part of the initial team at Structured Intelligence, venture-backed roll-up of tech companies in Latin America. While General Manager and CTO of GBM/IBM Central America, an LBO of 8 IBM operations, I started new lines of business in Telecom, Internet, and Payments, founding GBnet, which was our first exit, sold to British Telecom. In IBM Corporation (South Cone Latam) I created the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division and held systems engineering roles, as well as in Hewlett-Packard. 2016/7/8 Finalist "Female Leader in Tech" Greater Miami Chamber, Babson WIN Lab EIR, PennParent Council Member, FIU Senior Panel, Cloodie Advisor, Senior Ambassador Social Media Week. Past member: eMerge Americas Advisory Board 2015/7, RefreshMiami, South Florida Tech Alliance, Miami Internet Alliance, FIU's NetBiz Challenge, nonprofit educational orgs. Featured in CNN Español, América Economía, and WSJ. Board, speaker at tech conferences in Latin America and US.

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