Founder @bootstraplabs. Coding @ 10 y/o. Founder, CEO, CTO. Advisor (@prezi, @zerply), Parallel Entrepreneur, Operator, Angel (@prezi & @angellist).
Ayaz ul Haque serves as Managing Director at Exalt Capital Partners. A boutique advisory and principal investment firm, Exalt Capital Partners is a subsidiary of Exalt Capital Management, a privately owned investment manager. Exalt Capital Management manages a series of hedge funds that employ fundamental analysis to make investments in the public markets primarily in the United States, and more recently, through Exalt Capital Partners, in the private equity markets. Exalt Capital Partners specializes in growth investments across the globe, with a particular emphasis on the emerging markets, in venture capital backed revenue-stage companies that have achieved market validation and are well-positioned to be leaders in their markets. On a highly selective basis, Exalt Capital Partners also looks at early-stage investment opportunities where we feel our strategic advisory angle can significantly enhance deal value. Our focus, in this context, is generally on deals that combine technology/innovation with various service sectors and on businesses that are looking to build the next global franchises. Ayaz specializes in investing in companies at various stages of development (early, expansion, growth, secondary market transactions as well as special situations/roll-ups ), particularly targeting investments in Internet and digital media, communications and wireless, enterprise IT, financial services, consumer/retail and education. Ayaz possesses broad investing, operating, and transaction experience in private and public companies. His current investments/board affiliations include: Acceptly, Assured Labor, buzzArab, CaliberVantage, Coho Solar, EdEqual, Envision Telecom Group, Hungrybuzz, inmobly, Ovagen, Secret Builders, Simularity, Teamly and Vufind. Previous investments/board affiliations include: Clickmarks, Cyanea, Ember, Friendi Mobile, HiSoft, IXI Mobile, Manthan Systems, Naseeb Networks, Pachube, Seventymm, Techpacific and Visto. Prior to joining Exalt Capital Partners, Ayaz was a Managing Director with ePlanet Ventures and a Director with Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet Ventures focusing principally on expansion and later-stage investments in the United States, MENA as well as in India. Notable DFJ ePlanet investments include Baidu, Skype and Focus Media. Prior to joining DFJ ePlanet, Ayaz was the Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at Crosby Financial Holdings in London, where he managed the cross-border corporate finance advisory and investment initiatives of one of the leading Asia-focused specialist investment banks. While at Crosby, Ayaz focused on both mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments and worked in London, Bangkok, Singapore and Seoul covering various sectors including technology, media, telecom, financial services, transportation, aviation and manufacturing. Prior to his involvement with Crosby Financial Holdings, Ayaz served as an Associate Director of Corporate Finance at Peregrine Investments, a pan-Asian investment bank, where he was responsible for developing Peregrine's corporate finance and private equity businesses in the Middle East, and identifying and evaluating Middle East to Asia investment opportunities. Previously, Ayaz was an Associate in the Corporate Finance Group of Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York, where he was involved in the execution of North American and Asian transactions. Ayaz is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College holding a B.A. in Economics.
Frank Willemsen serves as Board Member & President at Sand Hill Angels. He has over 20 years of experience in the high technology industry, in Sales and Business Development, executive leadership positions. Previously, Frank worked in various positions at Cisco in Europe, the US and Asia. Prior to Cisco he worked for KPN, EDS and Sprint International. Frank graduated in Business and Commercial Economics from the HEAO Business School in Enschede, the Netherlands. At EDS, Frank also completed and graduated from the System Engineering (SED) and Telecoms Professional (TPD) Progra At Cisco, Frank completed and graduated from the DIP program (Mini MBA program in corporation with British Telecom).
Tenaya Capital is a venture capital firm headquartered in Portola Valley, California with an additional office in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The firm provides early-growth stage capital to venture-backed technology firms.
Investor. Advisor. Entrepreneur. Founded in 2007, Theorem Ventures provides seed and angel capital along with experienced advice at key milestones for select technology start ups. Theorem has made 24 investments, with 5 acquisitions, one IPO, two investments reaching emerging Unicorn status, and one noble fail to date. All the rest are on the path. More at www.theoremventures.com. Andy was previously co-founder and CEO of PR and social media firm Atomic, acquired in 2011 along with sister agency H3O. Atomic was a multi-country agency, and the third largest PR firm in San Francisco, with additional offices in Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, London and Munich. Atomic was 2010 Tech Agency of the Year, and one of the fastest growing firms in the US for 3 consecutive years, reaching $19 million in annual fees. More at www.atomicpr.com. In addition, Andy was chief architect and co-developer of ComContext, a pioneering communications analytics platform - also acquired. He remained CEO of Atomic Group throughout a successful, 3 year earn out. Atomic was merged into international communications firm Grayling in January 2014. Atomic managed high profile PR and social programs for a range of global tech, Web 2.0 and consumer tech brands including Verizon, Sony, Polaroid, Pioneer, Intuit, McAfee, IMAX, Hitachi and many others. Headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in the US and Europe, Atomic was regarded as a top PR/social firm for quality startups. Andy and associates have played a role in PR and social media for more than 350 start up launches. More than 75 Atomic clients were acquired or went public, including Photobucket, Linkedin, Mint.com, Simplify Media, Milo, Fusion.io, Arcsight, Moonfruit, Rocket Fuel, Opower, Shopkick, Lending Club, BrightRoll and dozens of others. Andy has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree in research Psychology from Cal State University Fresno. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sherman Ting serves as President Emiritus and Board Member at Sand Hill Angels. Sherman has over 25 years of experience in the high technology industry, in engineering, executive management and as an entrepreneur. He is an active investor in start-up ventures. Most recently, Sherman was Founder and CEO of Century A Technologies, a company which built a marketing/sales/support infrastructure in China, for new breeds of Internet-based enterprise software products designed in the US. Previously, Sherman was Vice President at Oracle Corporation, where he founded the HP Products Division and grew the business into the number one product line, with over $300M in product license revenue. While at Oracle, he also established the Asia Products Division to spearhead the cultivation of business in the Asia Pacific region, which later became the fastest growing market for Oracle. As a result, Oracle's Japanese subsidiary experienced one of the most successful high tech IPOs in Japanese history. In addition, Sherman was on the Oracle CEO's hand-picked team to start up a Network Computer business, to revolutionize how people and businesses use the Internet. Prior to Oracle, Sherman held engineering positions at Hewlett Packard, developing relational database systems for HP's cutting edge RISC computer servers and at Intel, developing computer language processors for Intel's advanced chip architecture. Sherman received an MSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Marc Benioff is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer at Salesforce. A pioneer of cloud computing, he founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create a new kind of enterprise software company, with a new technology model based in the cloud, a new pay-as-you-go business model and a new integrated corporate philanthropy model. Under his leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a Fortune 500 company, the fastest-growing top ten software company in the world and the largest CRM company. For its revolutionary approach, Salesforce has been named one of the World's Most Innovative Companies five years in a row by Forbes Magazine, one of Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies in the software industry four years in a row, and a Fortune Best Company to Work For eight years in a row. He has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and pioneering innovations. He has been named one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune, Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron's and received The Economist's Innovation Award. Benioff is also a member of the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees. He also serves as an Investor of BirdEye. He created the 1-1-1 model of philanthropy, which leverages the resources of Salesforce to improve communities around the world: donating 1% of Salesforce's product, 1% of its equity and 1% of employees' time to help nonprofits achieve their missions. Today, more than 700 companies have adopted the 1-1-1 model through the Pledge 1% movement. Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have focused their personal philanthropy on children's health, including building UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as on public education, homelessness and other social issues. Benioff believes that businesses are the greatest platforms for change in the world. He has embraced World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab's multistakeholder approach to leadership, serving not only shareholders but all stakeholders--including customers, employees, partners, communities and the environment to make the world a better place. Benioff is also inspiring fellow business leaders to do the same. He led a group of CEOs and business leaders in opposing state legislation that discriminated against LGBTQ communities and instituted a company-wide salary assessment at Salesforce to ensure men and women were being paid equally for comparable work. Benioff is a 35-year veteran of the software industry. Prior to launching Salesforce, he spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15. He also worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer's Macintosh Division. Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1986 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2014 from the University of Southern California. He is the author of three books, including the national bestseller, Behind the Cloud. He is also an Angel Investor. He also served as Advisor at Datawallet and DoubleRock.
Kevin Henrikson is a Co-Founder & Advisor at Alpha Brand Media. He is also an Angel Investor.
Nat Friedman is an Angel Investor. He was a Co-Founder and served as the Chief Executive Officer at Xamarin. An entrepreneur and developer, Nat is passionate about building products that delight developers. Nat has a BS in Math and Computer Science from MIT and has been writing software for 27 years. In 1997, Nat co-founded and served as chairman of the GNOME foundation. In 1999 he co-founded Ximian with Miguel. At Novell, Nat ran engineering for a $110M product and was CTO of the Linux business. Nat is an avid traveler who visited 20 countries in 2010, an active angel investor, and a private pilot.
Rus Yusupov is a Co-Founder & serves as the Chief Creative Officer at HQ Trivia. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of HQ Trivia. Rus Yusupov is a Co-Founder of Vine Labs. He is also an Angel Investor. Previously, he served as an Adjunct Instructor at New York University - SCPS.
Fernando Campos is a Co-Founder at ONEVC. Campos is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Lab22. He also serves as CEO at Nuuvem. With an entrepreneurial background that spans over 15 years, Fernando has hands-on experience in creating and managing startups. Currently, as an active angel investor in several web-based companies, he has successfully lead and raised several investment rounds for his startups. He is also a mentor at Brazilian accelerators such as Papaya and Polo Marte and has also participated as judge and panelist in several startup competitions, including some of the largest in Brazil: Intel Berkeley Challenge and Fiesp's Acelera Startup. He is a complete tech addict who will hack and fidle with every gadget he has and is a hardcore gamer who welcomes a challenge from his adversaries. He previously also served as Board Member at Listus. During his professional life, he has also held a number of positions in the banking and corporate markets, having gone through companies such as the Coca-Cola Company, BBM Bank, Michael Page and Investidor Profissional Fund dealing with investments, M&A e project analysis for these companies. Fernando has a business major from PUC-Rio and an MBA from IBMEC Business School. He has also attended UC Berkley's Venture Capital Executive Program.
Michael Seibel serves as Chief Executive Officer and Partner at Y Combinator. He serves as Board Member at Atrium (Application Software). He is also an Angel Investor. He serves as Global Advisor, San Francisco, USA at Outlierz Ventures. He also served as Advisor at Swapbox and GiveCampus. He was also a Co-Founder and CEO at Justin.tv and Socialcam. Socialcam sold to Autodesk in 2012 and under the leadership of Emmett Shear, Justin.tv became Twitch.tv and sold to Amazon in 2014. Before getting into startups, he spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate.
Nick Bilogorskiy serves as Managing Partner at 408 Ventures. He serves as a Director, Security Research at Cyphort. He is also the Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Nova Ukraine. He also serves as an Advisor at AttackIQ.
David Krane serves as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner at GV. He served as a Board Member at CircleUp Network. He co-manages the fund and invests in a wide range of technology companies including Uber, Nest and Urban Engines. David's Google career began 15 years ago, as director of Global Communications and Public Affairs. In this role, David oversaw the company's strategic communications programs worldwide and worked as a member of the senior leadership team to grow Google from a small startup to a multi-billion dollar global enterprise. David's prior professional experience spanned both startup and public companies, including Apple Computer, QUALCOMM, Four11 (now Yahoo! Mail), and two computer security software developers. David received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Indiana University Bloomington.
Flavio Rump is a Co-Founder and serves as Growth Expert at Nossa Labs. He is also an angel investor. He serves as the Growth Consultant at FarmLogs. He is also a Co-Founder of Bitcoin Pulse. Previously he co-founded SendTask. He also served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Ovo Cosmico. He co-founded and headed the marketing for Switzerland's largest daily deals site doing 35MM in sales in 2011, developed viral twitter apps reaching more than 1MM users and started bitcoinpulse.com to track bitcoin adoption.
cofounder of an investment and management group based in Cupertino and Shanghai, multiple projects at all times.
Payam Zamani is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Buyerlink. He is the Founder and serves as Chairman at One Planet Ops. He is also the Founder & serves as Chief Executive Officer at Shout The Good Inc. He is the Founder and serves as Editor-in-Chief of BahaiTeachings.org. Prior to that, he was the Founder and serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at PurpleTie Inc. He is a Co-Founder and serves as Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Autoweb.com.