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    Photo of Petra Franklin, Managing Director, Vault Capital Petra Franklin
    Managing Director
    Vault Capital
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    Vault Capital
    Petra Franklin is the Managing Director of Vault Capital and a General Partner of Vault Capital II. She co-founded the venture capital company in 1998 with Irwin Treiger and William Justen. Ms. Franklin is responsible for Vault Capital's investments in Terabeam, Singingfish, HouseValues, Ramgen, eProject, Coffee Equipment Company and Seattle Biofuels.

    Prior to Vault Capital, Ms. Franklin worked with start-ups in a management or director capacity and came to that from the data networking and wireless communications field including positions with US West Wireless, AT&T, MFS, UUNET, IBM, WorldCom, and as Associate Producer for CBS in New York City. Ms. Franklin has also worked closely with artist Dale Chihuly building his support organization for upwards of 11 years.

    Ms. Franklin is on the board of the National Science Foundation's Science Technology Center for Information Technology, a member of the National Venture Capital Association, the Community Development Roundtable, ACT Theatre, the Alliance of Angels, Washington Software Association, WWFC, the Hilltop Group, and WIT, and was a founding member of Innovation & Science, Agile, Alpha Arts, Seniors Making Art and the Women's Bioethics Project. Ms. Franklin attended Harvard University and Bennington College, where she received her undergraduate degree. She also attended Stanford University and the University of Washington.

    Photo of Bill McAleer, Managing Director, Voyager Capital Bill McAleer
    Managing Director
    Voyager Capital
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    Voyager Capital
    Bill brings to Voyager over 30 years of business experience and 20 years of senior executive and equity financing experience in the information technology industry.

    Bill has participated on the boards of 18 companies, including 13 portfolio companies, focusing on software and services, digital media, and wireless. Eight portfolio companies were sold for exits including Amplitude, Attenex, NetPodium, and Tegic Communications. He currently serves on the boards of Melodeo and Yapta and recently was a Director for Avocent (NASDAQ: AVCT), a public technology company acquired in late 2009 by Emerson for $1.2 billion.

    Prior to co-founding Voyager in 1997, Bill was President of e.liance Partners, a consulting firm that advised information technology companies on strategy, venture financing and corporate partnering.

    He served as Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Aldus from 1988 to 1994, when the company's revenues grew from $39 to $240 million. He was responsible for global finance, legal, operations, and acquisition activities, including completing the merger with Adobe in 1994. He also served as a senior executive with Westin Hotels from 1979 to 1987.

    Bill is active in several industry organizations, including serving as a director for the Washington Technology Industry Association and the Washington Technology Alliance as well as on the Advisory Board for DEMO, one of the industry's premier events. He is the chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Washington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Business and the Cornell Center for Entrepreneurship as well as a former member of the Cornell Council. He has been a featured speaker at industry conferences and panels. Bill earned a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.

    Photo of Cathi Hatch, Founder and CEO, ZINO Society Cathi Hatch
    President and CEO
    ZINO Society
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    ZINO Society
    Prior to founding ZINO Society, Cathi Hatch has held executive roles and consulted in the restaurant business for over twenty-five years, including her work as director of operations for Schwartz Brothers Restaurants and regional vice president for Restaurants Unlimited, Inc. She currently holds positions on a number of for-profit and nonprofit boards including Zones, Inc.; Pacific Continental Bank; Pacific Northwest Ballet; YMCA, PONCHO and the United Way of King County.

    Photo of Janis Machala, Founder and Managing Partner, Paladin Partners Janis Machala
    Angel Investor
    Paladin Partners
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    Paladin Partners
    Before founding Paladin Partners in 1995, Janis Machala served as President and CEO of Pinnacle Publishing, a leading provider of component software and technical newsletters for developers. After seven years of operating losses, Pinnacle achieved profitability for seven straight quarters under her leadership.

    Prior to Pinnacle, Janis held senior management positions in marketing and business development at major technology companies, including Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and Wang Laboratories, often working in a mentoring or start-up capacity. She also helped form Seraph Capital Forum, a woman's angel investing group, and FWE Seattle, which supports women entrepreneurs. From 1994-1998, she served on the board of the Washington Software Alliance and is currently on the board of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, which helps advance entrepreneurship in the Northwest.

    Janis received an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in English and Psychology from Augustana College in Illinois. In her spare time, she plays bridge, reads voraciously, and travels as much as possible.

    Photo of Lucinda Stewart, Managing Director, OVP Venture Partners Lucinda Stewart
    Managing Director
    OVP Venture Partners
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    OVP Venture Partners
    Lucinda Stewart joined OVP Venture Partners in 2001 and focuses on investments in the infrastructure software, digital media and digital energy sectors. She is on the Boards of AdmitOne, Aggregate Knowledge, LucidCommerce, Symform, Talyst and Tigo.

    Prior to joining OVP, Lucinda was part of the start-up team of a Welch, Carson, Anderson & Stowe-backed services company, National Surgery Centers (NSC), where she worked in market and business development analyzing markets for new center development, acquiring existing operations and working with individual centers to improve operational performance. During her tenure at NSC, the company became the largest independent owner and operator of surgery centers, went public and subsequently sold to HealthSouth for $590 million. After NSC, Lucinda joined the investment banking division at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York where she worked closely with software and services companies. In 1999 she entered the venture business at Frazier Healthcare and focused on services and software investments.

    Lucinda received her BA in Political Science from the University of Puget Sound and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a board member of a division of Mercy Corp. called the Phoenix Fund, the Evergreen Venture Capital Association and was named one of Seattle’s 2007 “40 Under 40” by the Puget Sound Business Journal.” She is married and has two sons. She enjoys skiing, hiking, soccer and running and biking, if her partner Chad has anything to do with it.

    Photo of Bill Bryant, Venture Partner,  Draper Fisher Jurvetson Bill Bryant
    Venture Partner
    Draper Fisher Jurvetson
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    Draper Fisher Jurvetson
    William K. (Bill) Bryant has had early and instrumental involvement in over twenty leading software and Internet companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor and Board Member. After serving as founding Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Visio (now part of Microsoft Corporation) in the early 1990s, Bill went on to found Netbot (which built the first comparison shopping agent for the Internet, Jango, as well as the first metasearch engine, Metacrawler, prior to being acquired by Excite) as its President; Qpass (, acquired by Amdocs) where he served as CEO and later Chairman; Medio Systems ( where he contines to serve as a Strategic Advisor; and 3Guppies (formerly Mixxer,, a market leader with over 4M members in the consumer mobile entertainment and community sector. In these founding capacities, Bill drove definition of the core product and market strategy; raised >$125M in venture capital; recruited senior management teams; and built customer, partner and channel relationships in launching software products, Internet and mobile services.

    Previously, Bill was an early investor or Board member in nine other companies that were later acquired or went public, including Loudeye (Nokia), AEI Music (DMX/Liberty Media), Viafone (Extended Systems), Teamplate (Captaris), Exstatic Software (Xchange Applications), Throw (Excite), Singing Fish (Thomson/AOL); NearMe (Hands On Mobile) and WebRelevance (Medio).

    Bill received a BA in European History, an MBA, and his Ph.D. Candidacy in Business Strategy, all from the University of Washington. He holds a patent for an electronic commerce network.

    Photo of Saqib Rasool, CEO and Angel Investor, Conceivian Saqib Rasool
    CEO, Angel Investor
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    Saqib brings more than 15 years’ experience in technology companies as an executive, a founder, and an investor. He has extensive experience in both enterprise and consumer technologies. His career has spanned multiple industries and sectors including software, health care, education, investments and finance, and clean technology. This experience comes to bear in his multifaceted role as CEO at Conceivian, as software architect, start-up mentor, business strategist, and trusted advisor in a variety of areas to a broad array of client businesses.

    Earlier in his career, Saqib spent eight years at Microsoft in key technology and management roles. He later went on to found the Internet venture Metafos Inc., aimed at revolutionizing the payment systems industry. Metafos was later acquired by an Australian-based private equity firm at $70 million valuation. He also founded, which was widely recognized as a major step forward in social commerce systems for college students.

    Saqib holds a B.S. in Computer Information Sciences from Minnesota State University. Saqib is a voracious reader, an amateur poet, a health nut, and is personally and professionally committed to building out the forthcoming “New Economy” in which he sees a convergence of social, environmental and economic interests.

    Moderator: Ben Straughan, Partner, Perkins Coie

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