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  • SoCal Startup Day, Feb 26 2020

  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out San Diego VC & Angel Event, sponsored by McCarter & English, mowMedia, Nolcha, Safeguard Global, Hio Social, SlashShout, TCVN, Pismo Ventures. This event was in SoCal on Wednesday, November 6, 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 Keynote: Bill Orabone, Angel Investor Bill Orabone
    Serial Entrepreneur
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    A veteran of global business, a successful serial entrepreneur, a prolific angel investor and an exceptional problem solver whose career includes -

    Four successful technology start-ups resulting in exits worth over $400M on raised capital of less than $10M,

    46 angel investments ALL leading to profitable returns,

    Four industry first product introductions two of which turned in sales of greater than $1B,

    Two successful company turnarounds, Countless multinational partnerships, joint ventures & supplier agreements, Several technology acquisitions and licenses, and

    A very early Six Sigma black belt in quality control.

    Photo of Yanina Adler, Angel Investor Yanina Adler
    Angel Investor
    Entrepreneur Enthusiast
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    Entrepreneur Enthusiast
    Doctor Yanina Odin (a.k.a.Adler) directed Targeted Artificial Gene Delivery Group at USC. With raised funds from Novartis, she founded Targeted Pharmaceuticals Inc. Later, her scientific and strategic roles as director at San Diego Cancer Research Institute and CEO of MDNA Consulting assisted in sale of private oncology center to UCSD Moores Cancer Center. At Tech Coast Angels (TCA) Yanina helped many young companies to sharpen their pitch and business strategies. As TCA’s board member 2013- 2016, Yanina lead largest San Diego’s angel investor event Quick Pitch. She served on UC San Diego Innovation Advisory Board 2012-2015 assisting VC S. Brown and Chancellor P. Khosla. Her white paper report on Campus Business Incubators advocated for entrepreneurship to become integral campus-wide experience. Multiple elements of her report were implemented into UCSD strategic plan and now positively impact entrepreneurship ecosystem of San Diego.

    Photo of Jim Bunch, Angel Investor Jim Bunch
    Angel Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Jim Bunch actively invests, advises Impact CEO’s, writes, lectures and serves as the Chairman of the Board with The US Green Chamber of Commerce, a 501c3 & 501c6.

    His latest ventures include impact investing in the Education and Energy sectors.

    Jim Bunch is known as an “Impact Investor & Advisor” who is on a mission “to lead a global initiative to change the world.”

    Photo of Marco Thompson, EvoNexus Marcos Thompson
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    Thompson co-founded & ran CommNexus San Diego, (formerly San Diego Telecom Council) a non-profit network of communications, government, and defense industry companies. A familiar face in the boardrooms of a number of innovative San Diego concerns, Thompson will call on over thirty years of engineering services management experience and a vast network of technology contacts and affiliations to direct the technology focus for the Sorrento Valley engineering services company. Thompson has designed and managed his way to entrepreneurial success. In 1984 he founded Doctor Design, an embedded engineering services firm that contracted for such companies as AMD, Intel, Samsung, Mitsubishi, DIRECTV, Philips, Thomson, Sony, and IBM. Thompson would later sell the $50 million firm to Integrated Systems, which merged with Wind River (WIND) in 2000, and then merged with Intel (INTC) in 2009.

    Photo of Paul Wendee, Angel Investor Paul Wendee

    ArchAngels Investors
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    ArchAngels Investors
    DR. PAUL M. WENDEE is the Managing Director of Paul M. Wendee & Associates, LLC, a corporate finance, private equity, and management consulting firm which he founded in 1998. He has been an entrepreneur, investment banker, securities analyst, and private equity fund manager for 37 years. He publishes an award-winning investment newsletter, the Intrinsic Value Wealth Report, He is the creator of Value Driver Theory, a new way of understanding and strategically thinking about business; and teaches courses in business, investments, economics, entrepreneurship, and finance to university students worldwide. He founded the Value Driver Institute and Research and Educational Expedition Programs (VDI/REEP), a non-profit organization with a mission to conduct research on enterprise value driver theory and the enterprise value creation process; and to take the business incubator concept to places in the world where business incubators are not commonly found, but where they are needed the most. Paul is also an angel investor and is an active investor with various angel groups including ArchAngels Investors.

    Photo of Delilah Panio, TMX Group Delilhah Panio
    Vice President, Capital Formation
    Toronto Stock Exchange
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    Toronto Stock Exchange
    As the VP of Capital Formation for Southern California for TMX Group, Delilah advises U.S. companies on the opportunity to list and raise capital on Toronto Stock Exchange or TSX Venture Exchange.
    As the founder of Stiletto Dash (a consulting firm), Delilah works with early-stage companies on their business and funding strategy and on getting investor-ready.
    Delilah is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of We Are Enough, a non-profit that educates women on why and how to invest in women-owned businesses and/or with a gender lens.
    Delilah is very active in the LA entrepreneur community, including as a frequent speaker, mentor for the Stubbs Alderton Markiles LLP Preccelerator Program, and pitch coach for organizations such as the Women Founders Network. Delilah is the former Co- Chair of Women in LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association), and was the L.A. Lead for SheEO's 2016 Radical Generosity program, an innovative new model funding model that calls upon women to commit $1,000 each into a perpetual fund to invest in women-led ventures.
    Delilah’s background is as a capital markets expert with 10 years previously in business development at Toronto Stock Exchange, including as the Director, Business Development & Strategy. She has advised many companies on the going public process and can provide an understanding of private and public financing options in Canada and the United States.
    Delilah holds an MBA in Enterprise Development and a BA in English, and has completed a certification as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner.

    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, 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.

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