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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Seattle Pitching Workshop, sponsored by Orrick. This event was in Seattle on Thursday, March 17, 2005.

    Photo of Melissa Widner, General Partner, Seapoint Ventures Melissa Widner
    General Partner
    SeaPoint Ventures
    Read the full profile for Melissa here!
    SeaPoint Ventures
    Melissa Widner has a successful background founding and growing companies.

    Melissa joined SeaPoint Ventures in 1999 as an associate partner and became a general partner in 2001. She is the cofounder of 7Software, an enterprise software company providing web based applications for corporate e-procurement. As CEO, Melissa managed the company from inception to a successful acquisition by Concur Technologies, Inc. Previously Melissa was the CEO of Northwest Supply, an industrial products manufacturer and distributor.

    Melissa was a board director at PocketThis and PowerTech -- SeaPoint portfolio companies acquired in 2008. She was the founder and first president of the Northwest Chapter of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and a member of the board of the Alliance of Angels. Melissa is a lecturer at the University of Washington's Graduate School of Business where she teaches courses on venture capital and entrepreneurship. She holds an MA from Stanford University and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington.

    Russ Aldrich, Managing Director, Guide Ventures Russ Aldrich, Managing Director, Guide Ventures

    Russ Aldrich is a seasoned high-technology executive with over thirty years experience. He has contributed in a wide variety of roles as a senior executive in technical, sales and marketing management. In 1996, he co-founded the first generation of a "hands-on" venture capital fund focused on providing seed stage companies with capital and direct operational assistance.

    In his last entrepreneurial role, Mr. Aldrich was vice president and co-founder of Simba Technologies, Microsoft's technology partner that created the SQL data access standard, ODBC. At Simba, Mr. Aldrich built the sales, marketing, and consulting organizations. In other roles, Mr. Aldrich managed marketing and business units for HaL (Fujitsu) Computer Systems, Silicon Graphics, Altos Computer Systems, Covergent Technologies (Unisys), SoftTech, Inc., ITT Europe, Xerox Corporation and McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft. He was also a member of the Macintosh team at Apple Computer. Mr. Aldrich has been a director of Adrelevance, Virtual Relocation, Moai, Inc. and MediaSeek Technologies.

    Mr. Aldrich is a frequent contributor to the UCSD CONNECT program, the San Diego Regional Technology Alliance (SDRTA) and appears as a guest lecturer at various educational institutions. He was appointed a Professional Lecturer by Golden Gate University in 1987 and taught in the graduate school of information sciences. Mr. Aldrich is a graduate of Long Beach City College and Long Beach State College. He and his wife, Pamela reside on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

    Kevin Cable, EVP, Cascadia Capital Kevin Cable, EVP, Cascadia Capital

    Kevin Cable is Executive Vice President of Cascadia Capital, where he leads the firmís corporate development with an emphasis on expanding relationships within key regions throughout North America. He plays a critical role in the identification of prospective opportunities across the firm's investment banking focus areas. Kevin also directs the firmís marketing efforts. He has spoken at numerous conferences across the country and Canada, and has been widely quoted in the investment press, including The Daily Deal, Corporate Financing Week and Private Equity Week. Prior to co-founding Cascadia Capital, Kevin served 14 years on the executive teams of several technology companies, including Numera Software, which he co-founded and led as CEO. Kevin is currently a director of the Washington State Technology Alliance and has served as a director of the Washington Software Alliance, the Alliance of Angels, and several private technology companies. Kevin holds a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington.

    Aaron Coe, Alliance of Angels Aaron Coe, Alliance of Angels

    Program Manager, Alliance of Angels: 2004-2005 Preston Gates & Ellis Fellow

    A MBA graduate from the University of Washington, Aaron is serving a one-year term with the Alliance of Angels as the 2004-2005 Preston Gates & Ellis Fellow. Aaron screens deals, evaluates business plans submitted to the AoA and coaches entrepreneurs, acting as a liaison between entrepreneurs seeking funding and the AoA Steering Committee.

    Aaron earned his MBA from the University of Washington in June of 2004 and has had a number of successes in business plan competitions, most notably capturing 1st place in the UW CTE Business Plan Competition and finishing 3rd in the national Purdue Life Sciences Business Plan Competition. Aaron is a co-founder of Promentix, Inc., an early-stage biotechnology company established in 2003 to develop therapies for protein aggregation diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. In the summer of 2003, Aaron worked as an international marketing intern at local game-maker Cranium, Inc. Prior to his internship, Aaron co-authored an award winning business plan for NanoString Technologies, Inc., a biotech startup spun out of the Institute for Systems Biology. He was previously a network engineer and manager of website operations at America Online, Inc. and PersonaLogic, Inc., the latter having been acquired by AOL in 1998.

    During his MBA, Aaron served as president of the Global Business Association and was a member of the Entrepreneur and Innovation Club and the Biotech Club at the university. Prior to beginning his MBA, Aaron earned a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Spanish at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He speaks three foreign languages: Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese.

    Moderator: Vincent A. Ricci, Associate, Corporate, Orrick

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