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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Seattle Early Stage Investing, sponsored by Orrick. This event was in Seattle, WA on Thursday, October 7, 2004.

    Jon Staenberg, Managing Director, Staenberg Venture Partners and Active Angel Investor Jon Staenberg, Managing Director, Staenberg Venture Partners and Active Angel Investor

    Jon Staenberg has been working with venture backed companies for more than a decade, and has participated in over 100 deals. In this capacity he has started his own company, worked full-time in other companies, and consulted to over 50 startups. He is one of the most experienced venture capitalists in the Pacific Northwest, having raised two funds totaling over $100 million. After working in the marketing area at Microsoft for six years, he joined Virtual i-O as VP of Sales & Marketing. During the last eight years, he has been engaged in business planning, business development, financial planning and fundraising, recruiting and mergers and acquisitions work for a variety of Silicon Valley and Seattle-based startups. Jon is also an active Angel Investor.

    Gary Ritner, Founder, Puget Sound Venture Club (Private Investor Network) Gary Ritner, Founder, Puget Sound Venture Club (Private Investor Network)

    Mr. Ritner has been involved in the financial services industry for over 35 years. For the last 25 years he has been self-employed in the Investment Banking field. His focus has been raising funds for early stage companies. He has been involved in numerous private offerings including Eden Bioscience, Primus Knowledge Solutions, Courtlink, Bainbridge Sciences, Door-to-Door Storage, Targeted Growth, Acadio, Cybercamps, and Tullyís Coffee. He is a registered investment advisor and refers clients to third-party managers. He occasionally consults to early-stage companies. Prior he was a stock broker.

    He is the founder and administrator of the Puget Sound Venture Club, a forum to review early-stage venture opportunities. Since the founding in 1985, members, using the Club resources and their own contacts, have invested in over 500 companies. Membership is restricted to accredited investors that have a history of venture investing.

    Dave Kowalick, Senior Associate, Guide Ventures Dave Kowalick, Senior Associate, Guide Ventures

    Mr. Thornton has over 20 years experience with technology based companies in the areas of technology management, finance, strategic planning and international partnering. He started the Latin American Division of Newsweek Magazine in 1978 generating $15MM in revenues and 150,000 in circulation by 1980.

    In 1985, Mr. Thornton was the 23rd employee and Vice President of Finance and Operations for Aldus Corporation taking the company public through Alex Brown & Sons in 1987. In addition, he established the European operations for Aldus Corporation and was a member of the Board of Directors for Aldus Europe. During the early 90's, Mr. Thornton was an adjunct professor of International Finance at Seattle University and lectured throughout the United States on international financial issues such as joint venture development, channel distribution and currency management. From 1997 to 1999, he was CEO for Lifespex Corporation, a startup bio-photonics company in Kirkland, Washington that included Hoya Corporation, Johnson & Johnson Ventures and Vanguard Venture Partners as investors. Mr. Thornton is a CPA and holds an MBA from Rutgers University. Mr. Thornton is a member of the Board of Directors for Bocada.

    Jim splits his time between Seattle and Southern California by being active in both the San Diego Regional Technology Association and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association. Jim is an active member in various Seattle charities, an advisor to Pathways Medical Technology and involved in mentoring programs at Seattle University.

    Michael J. Riccio, Jr., Managing Partner, Falcon Partners, LLC Michael J. Riccio, Jr., Managing Partner, Falcon Partners, LLC

    Michael J. Riccio, Jr. is the Founder and Managing Partner of Falcon Partners, LLC, a Seattle based firm specializing in venture capital opportunities, with particular focus on the Internet, e-commerce, information technology markets. Prior to founding Falcon Partners, Mr. Riccio served as Chief Operating Officer of Go2Net, Inc. (Nasdaq: GNET) until its acquisition by Infospace, Inc. (Nasdaq: INSP) in a $1.7 billion stock transaction in October 2000. As COO and a member of Go2Netís Board of Directors, Mr. Riccio had overall responsibility for Go2Netís strategic initiatives, including business development, corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and international business strategy. Mr. Riccio also led Go2Netís corporate venture group that co-invested with Paul Allenís Vulcan Ventures in several Internet and e-commerce companies. During his tenure as COO, Go2Netís revenues and user base grew substantially. Prior to joining Go2Net, Mr. Riccio was a corporate partner at Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar, a Boston based law firm where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate finance and represented a number of emerging growth businesses and private equity firms.

    Mr. Riccio currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Verdiem Corp, a provider of PC power management solutions, and as a member of the Advisory Boards of Linqware, Inc., a developer of real-time collaboration software, and Integra Ventures, L.P., a venture capital firm focused on investing in biotechnology and life sciences enterprises.

    Mr. Riccio has previously served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Hamlet, Inc., a venture-backed company developing predictive pricing solutions for the travel industry, and as founding partner of Xanthus Capital, L.P., a Seattle based investment firm focused on investments in emerging growth businesses.

    Gerard Langeler, OVP Venture Partners Gerard Langeler, OVP Venture Partners

    For more than 26 years, Gerry has started and grown technology-based companies. He was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation where he served as President, and helped lead Mentor through its IPO to over $400M in worldwide sales and over $1B in market capitalization. Gerry has also served as a board member for companies ranging from enterprise software to wireless communications, retailing to medical devices. He is the author of The Vision Trap (Harvard Business Review, 3/92).

    AB, Chemistry, Cornell University; MBA, Harvard University.

    Venture investments include:, Captivate Network,, Elekom, Max-Viz, Now Software, Portland Software, Preview Systems, Surplus Software, TView, Unify, Vascular Solutions, Webridge

    Current board seats: Foundstone, Max-Viz

    Hans Lundin, Managing Director, Integra Ventures Hans Lundin, Managing Director, Integra Ventures

    Hans is the CFO for Integra Ventures and has managed healthcare focused venture capital investments since 1998. He currently serves on the board of ClearMedical, Inc.

    Prior to Integra, Hans worked for Greff Financial Consulting, a Boulder, Colorado based firm, conducting financial analysis for technology companies. The University of Colorado awarded Hans the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Intern Program Grant during his tenure in graduate school. He used the grant to develop one of the business school's first case studies, which focused on the strategic issues faced by entrepreneurs of fast growing startup companies. Prior to graduate school, Hans was an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for five years serving in various leadership positions.

    Hans earned an M.B.A from the University of Colorado, and holds a B.S. in Business (high honors) from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

    Artour Baganov, Active Private Investor, Alliance of Angels Artour Baganov, Active Private Investor, Alliance of Angels

    Artour Baganov brings more than twelve years of successful operations, finance, and advisory experience in the technology businesses and a variety of other economic sectors to his clients and fellow Directors. He has broad experience in various technologies, business models, negotiation, due diligence, investment valuation, financial analysis, outsourcing strategy, general and financial management. He is a proven high-tech entrepreneur with a reputation for astute business foresight in all aspects of the marketplace.

    Mr. Baganov is currently Managing Director of Baganov International Group - an international consulting and private equity catalyst focused on emerging companies in Internet, security, telecommunications, software, wireless and e-commerce. He brings his clients substantial experience in due diligence, capital formation, technology, mergers, acquisitions, fund raising, and business development strategies.

    He is a founding member (1997) and a screening committee board member (present) of the Alliance of Angels (a group of over 100 accredited investors and representatives of investment corporations interested in financing technology startups). In this capacity, Mr. Baganov nurtures the relationships between emerging technology based businesses and potential investors (VCs, investment banks, and angel investors) to insure orderly funding of promising new business ventures. In addition, he provides his due diligence abilities, investment knowledge and analytical skills for the benefits of young promising companies.

    From 1994 to present, Mr. Baganov has served on the Boards of seventeen companies and organizations including The Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, interGlobe Networks, SeattleOnline, American United Global, Express Technologies, Inc., NetAmerica, Venture Foundry, Inc., Escapia, Webworks, Scale Out Software and Global Health Information Infrastructure, Inc. Responsibilities include : business formation and launch, raising capital, executive team formation, business planning, evaluation of new business opportunities, mergers and acquisitions, major transactions, PPM and contract negotiations, including due diligence.

    Between 1996 and 2002 he was a founding Council Member for the Technology Alliance of Washington (founded in 1996 as a statewide consortium of technology-based businesses, Washington's leading research institutions, and high tech trade associations). He served on the Expert Panel to review the City of Seattleís Information Technology Agenda. He was a part of the Review Panel (Northwest Regional Technology Applications Review) for the National Technology Transfer Center and Missile Defense Agency/Department of Defense.

    From 1994 to 1998 he was co-founder and CEO of interGlobe Networks, Inc., Seattle, Washington. The Company developed an unsurpassed reputation for delivering high-quality solutions in network integration, security, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity, and network software development. Significant clients included Cisco, HP, CompuServe, Starbucks,, Eddie Bauer, Nordstrom, Apple, Alaska Airlines, and Real Networks. This highly successful and profitable Internet consulting firm was eventually sold to AUGI and eGlobe, Inc.

    From 1993 to 1996 Artour was instrumental in the development of network and distributed computing for the University of Washington, Seattle and NorthWestNet. He managed the development of the Universityís Internet under the National Science Foundation that grew from a single location to supporting universities and colleges in five northwestern states.

    The Alliance of Angels is a membership organization of individual accredited angel investors and investment corporations.

    Alliance of Angels
    The goal of the Alliance of Angels is to nurture the growth of technology-based businesses in the Pacific Northwest by improving the interactions among angel investors and emerging local technology companies seeking funding.

    Moderator: Alan C. Smith, Partner, Orrick

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