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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Orange County VC & Angel Event, sponsored by McCarter & English, mowMedia, Nolcha, Safeguard Global, Hio Social, SlashShout, TCVN, Pismo Ventures. This event was in Irvine on Tuesday, November 5, 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 Introduction: Michael Crumley, SafeGuard Global Michael Crumley
    Sr. Manager, Regional Alliances
    SafeGuard Global
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    SafeGuard Global
    Michael Crumley is a senior manager within the alliances team at Safeguard Global. Michael has more than 20+ years working in marketing, business development and channels & alliances roles for companies like PR Newswire, Getty Images and TriNet. In his role at Safeguard Global, Michael is responsible for "cradle to grave" partnering activities as well as management and expansion of existing strategic alliances.

    Photo of Fireside Chat: John Harbison, Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels John Harbison
    Chairman Emeritus
    Tech Coast Angels
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    Tech Coast Angels
    John Harbison is Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels – the largest Angel investor group, where he has led 14 deals and invested in over 60 startups. He is also an active investor in public companies, and has realized returns from 100x – 1000x in five companies (Microsoft, Apple, Abbott Labs, Nucor and McGraw-Hill). He currently serves on the ACA Board, and has served as a Director on Boards of many early stage companies -- John enjoys mentoring and helping these companies succeed. Previously he co-founded Next Autoworks – a disruptive new American car company backed by investors such as Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures. Before that he served as CEO of network security software SilentRunner Inc., and as President of Raytheon Commercial Ventures Inc. where he launched four businesses in two years leading to two successful exits and a third company which achieved $700 million in annual revenue within eight years. Earlier in his career, he was a strategy consultant and partner at Booz•Allen Hamilton where he led the firm’s Aerospace/Defense Practice, its Strategic Alliances functional practice, and opened its Los Angeles office. He has an BA cum laude from Harvard College, an MS in accounting from NYU Stern and a MBA from Harvard Business School with first year honors.

    Photo of Sophia Jin, Hanwha Holdings Sophia Jin
    Senior Director of Venture Investments
    Hanwha Holdings
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    Hanwha Holdings
    Sophia Jin is Senior Director of Venture Investments at Hanwha Holdings based in Irvine, California. Hanwha Holdings’ CVC (Corporate VC) arm is a stage-agnostic investor representing Hanwha Group, a Fortune 500 South Korean conglomerate with a 65-year history and $55 billion in annual revenue.

    Sophia’s 2020 investment focus includes renewable energy, electrification of transportation, aerospace, and facial recognition technologies. Portfolio companies include Nikola Motor Company (hydrogen electric truck manufacturer recently valued at $3 billion series D pre-money), Overair (eVTOL manufacturer spun out of Uber Air partner Karem Aircraft), Blueprint Power (NY-based Virtual Power Plant startup), and many more. She serves on the board of portfolio companies. Prior to corporate VC, Sophia spent over 14 years in solar PV and retail (luxury department stores). Sophia graduated from Seoul National University in Korea and received her MBA from Stanford.

    Photo of Polina Chebotareva, Cambridge Companies Polina Cheboteteva
    Managing Partner
    Cambridge SPG
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    Cambridge SPG
    Meet Polina Cheboteteva, vital component and managing partner within Cambridge SPG Company, an investment firm based in Newport Peach focusing on consumer-packaged goods. Not just any goods - but "the ultimate” in quality and nutrition, packaged products that exemplify improved health and wellness in the food and beverage industry. Polina’s vision goes beyond monetizing the fund; her passion revolves around supporting startup brands that are authentically driving innovative health demand.

    Chebotareva states "I envision the minority will become the majority..." in reference to the masses transitioning from “junk food" to organic, non-GMO, clean label healthful options. Polina is in a unique position "I can put my money where my mouth is." Supporting the female founders within SPG is a driving force for Polina, proudly highlighting, “70% of the portfolio has at least 1 co-founder that is a woman. My goals are to double this figure."

    Photo of Josh Schlisserman, LvlUp Ventures Joshua Schlisserman
    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 Bob Genthert, EvoNexus Bob Genthert
    Managing Director
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    Bob Genthert is currently Managing Director of EvoNexus Irvine. Bob Genthert has 35 years of experience in executive Finance and Administrative positions including CFO/VP roles at Fortune 50 companies including TimeWarner and at the $5.5B home entertainment division at The Walt Disney Company. Bob has been involved in many internal corporate organically grown start-ups, including the Disney Publishing Group, ESPN Magazine, MovieLink and Matrix Mass Multiplayer Online Game. Later, Bob became involved in venture backed start-up companies, The New Release, Sky Mobilemedia and ecoATM. Bob has been involved in two successful business exits and has raised over $200 million in financing deals for those companies. In 2013, Bob and his ecoATM co-founders culminated their hard work with a successful sale of ecoATM to the public company Outerwall for $350 million. Bob also has Board of Director experience including Partners Federal Credit Union and Kadho. Bob is a CPA and has an active status in the state of California.

    Photo of Kevin Park, Angel Investor Kevin Park
    SimplePitch Ventures
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    SimplePitch Ventures
    Kevin is the Founder of SimplePitch Ventures, a fund that invests in early stage consumer companies. Portfolio companies include Eloquii (acquired by Walmart), Hylete, Pressed Juicery, and Bare Bones Broth. Over the past six years, he has also served as interim CEO, COO and CFO at his portfolio companies including Perverse Sunglasses (Toni Ko, NYX Cosmetics) and DreamDry (Rachel Zoe). Prior to founding SImplePitch, Kevin spent five years in private equity and was the Co-founder / President of Lourus, an education services company in Korea. He graduated from Yale University and MBA from Stanford. He was also a Fulbright Scholar and received his CFA designation.

    Photo of Doug Pennington, ArchAngels Investors Doug Pennington
    Archangels Investors
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    Archangels Investors
    For over 20 years, Doug has been a leader and innovator in growing, financing and grooming young companies. He specializes in helping early stage companies develop a sound strategy, choose the right building blocks for business formation, and executing on a focused plan.

    Calling upon his experience as a serial entrepreneur and working with family offices, Doug founded Private Capital Network in 2006, an angel investment network that is focused on funding and mentoring early stage companies in key growth industries; technology & consumer products. Through PCN's resources and knowledge base, the Network has helped emerging businesses cross the important bridge from good idea to disciplined execution to reduce the standard the unacceptably high failure rate of small businesses.

    Doug later went on to form Archangels in order to work with the interests of some of Orange County's most prominent Family Offices and ultra worth investors. He envisioned Archangels as a disruptor from the ordinary investor network model. Doug realized that in order for an investor network to truly become excellent, membership had to mean more than just deal flow. With that in mind, Doug fostered an environment where members help one another solve problems, open doors, assist with active ventures, and advise one other on pending investments. This has resulted in a high caliber of active investments and participation.

    Currently, Doug is a frequent lecturer at the University of California at Irvine, California State University at Fullerton, Butler University, Chapman University, and Purdue University. Doug sits on the advisory board for the Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCI, is an active mentor participating in the UCI Business Plan Competition. Doug also sits on the advisory boards of several companies, internationally.

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