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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Los Angeles VC & Angel Event, sponsored by McCarter & English, mowMedia, Nolcha, Safeguard Global, Hio Social, SlashShout, TCVN, Pismo Ventures. This event was in Santa Monica on Monday, November 4, 2019.

    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 Maria Malavenda, Angel Investor Maria Malavenda
    Angel Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    I enjoy creating and rapidly growing innovative, disruptive businesses that provide transparency, quality and safety. This is why I founded EVVEMI in 2016. We are pioneering true personalization in the beauty and wellness industry. I wear several hats: entrepreneur, marketer, evangelist, and negotiator. I've been described as intellectually curious, flexible, humble, focused, and surprisingly pleasant, even in tough negotiations. My training is from working within MIT and Harvard communities, launching 3 successful businesses with exits in technology, entertainment and healthcare, and business breadth from Deloitte, Accenture, Monster, and ZoomInfo. I work tirelessly on expanding my strategic business and M&A skills by working on high-quality yet fast solutions to complex and meaningful challenges.

    Photo of Asher Leids, Angel Investor Asher Leids
    Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    When I worked, I specialized in practicing venture capital, securities, mergers & acquisitions and general corporate law. My clients ranged from start-ups, such as Scour.net (a company that was founded by, among others, Travis Kalanick-who went on to be the founder and CEO of Uber) and Ceiva, to Fortune 100 companies, such as IBM. I also worked on the initial public offering for Shopping.com that was subsequently acquired by Compaq Computer Corp. within one year of it's IPO (one of the first internet IPO's) for approximately $1 Billion.

    Photo of Josh Schlisserman, LvlUp Ventures Joshua Schlisserman
    Principal
    LvlUp Ventures
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    LvlUp Ventures
    Joshua Schlisserman is a Managing Partner at LvlUp Ventures. Josh first discovered his passion for entrepreneurship at a tender age while working at a startup company focused on strength and conditioning. With an Economics Degree at Occidental College and further experiences at Vicarious Inc., a seed-stage VR startup, and JUMP Investors, an industry agnostic Venture Capital Firm, Josh developed abilities in the areas of fundraising, pitching, marketing, executive coaching, and leadership development.

    Josh has also served as a judge for several pitch competitions including the Next Gen Summit in New York, Startup Battle 145 in Los Angeles, and M Accelerator’s Demo Day. Currently, he serves as a mentor to Braid Theory - a deep science accelerator located in San Pedro, California. In addition, he recently became an advisor to OnePoste- a social network that pays users for every view they receive on their posts.

    Photo of Jonathan Wallace, Expert DOJO Jonathan Wallace
    Investment Director
    Expert DOJO
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    Expert DOJO
    Jonathan Wallace joined Expert Dojo upon its inception as an investment analyst. Over the course of the next 3 years he established relationships with some of the largest venture capital funds in the world and helped dozens of startups raise investment. Jonathan is now the investment director for Expert Dojo and oversees all follow on investments. Expert Dojo has over 30 companies in its portfolio after investing for the last 12 months.

    Photo of Nataliya Preiss, Angel Investor Nataliya Preiss
    Angel Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Nataliya Preiss is passionate about leveling the playing field for women, funding and raising the profiles of female entrepreneurs. She is an active angel investor, speaker, and regularly advises startups. Nataliya held positions as a global business development consultant for multinational companies before moving into angel investment and startup worlds.

    Photo of Tom Nicholson, ARC Angel Fund Tom Nicholson
    Angel Investor
    ARC Angel Fund
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    ARC Angel Fund
    Tom Nicholson is an entrepreneur, early-stage investor and founder of Nicholson NY, a leading NYC digital agency sold for $75 million to the Interpublic Group (IPG) and IconMedialab of Sweden, today one of the largest Internet consultancies in the world (NYSE-Euronext: LBi). Subsequent to the sale, he served on the company's Board of Directors and was Chairman of the US region prior to his departure in 2009 to focus on the "post-PC" Internet.

    Tom has been an active part of the NYC digital scene since it's inception. Called the dean of multimedia by NY Magazine, his early work helped define the current digital agency model as he and his firm provided guidance and development services to many of the world’s leading global financial, technological, entertainment and cultural institutions such as IBM, McKinsey, MasterCard, Citibank N.A., NBC, Prada and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Under his leadership Nicholson NY/IconNicholson won every major national and international industry award and was consistently ranked by Forrester as one of the top firms in the U.S. and named by AdAge as one of the top three creative firms in the world.

    Since 2010 Tom has been an active early stage investor and advisor to startups such as Art.sy, the Pandora-style art discovery engine, for which he was the first outside investor, and as a founding member of the Angel Round Capital (ARC) Fund that has identified and supported notable startups including Medivo, UpNext, Uptown Networks, Altruik, iJukebox, CareerMinds and others.

    Tom holds an MFA in Design from Michigan's Cranbrook Academy and has been recognized by Crain's, New York Magazine, New York University and others as a technology leader in the New York area.

    Photo of Rachael McCrary, Angel Investor Rachael McCrary
    Partner
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Rachael is an experienced Angel and Crypto investor and the CEO and Founder of JewelToned, 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 Allison Silvers, Tech Coast Angels Allison Silvers
    Angel Investor
    Tech Coast Angels
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    Tech Coast Angels
    Experienced Early-Stage Investor and Angel Investor with Tech Coast Angels. Also a consultant and strategic advisor to founders and startups, bringing deep expertise on building businesses & teams, growth strategy & scaling, and fundraising. A leader in venture capital and startup community, with a genuine interest in helping founders.

    Previous experience includes: operating and building technology startups (includes FinTech, AI/ML, B2B SaaS, etc), management consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and finance on Wall Street. MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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