Andy is a Partner with Uncork Capital (formerly known as SoftTech VC), one of Silicon Valley's most active seed stage venture capital firms where he primarily invests in SaaS, vertical industry solutions, and developer tools. Prior to joining SoftTech, Andy was co-founder of London-headquartered Huddle, an enterprise SaaS collaboration platform that was acquired in 2017. Andy’s angel investment portfolio includes innovative B2B products like Pipedrive, Intercom, Apiary (acquired by Oracle), Buffer and Bugsnag, as well as consumer services including Postmates, Secret Escapes, HER, and Calm. Andy co-founded and is the US Trustee for the Founders Pledge, a charity that promotes altruism in early stage entrepreneurs by enabling them to donate a percentage of personal proceeds following an exit. He was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honors list for services to the UK technology industry.
Sheryl Schultz is an expert in startup company dynamics, with a deep understanding of the marketing and organizational challenges faced by growing businesses. She has spent over 30 years working with a range of technology companies as a marketer, board advisor, mentor, and investor. In January 2014, Sheryl founded CabinetM, a discovery platform to empower the marketing technology industry. CabinetM has been funded by some of the most prolific angel investors in the Northeast. Sheryl is a member of Golden Seeds, an angel investment firm that supports diverse management teams with include female executives. She served for two years (2009-2011) as Golden Seeds’ Boston Forum Co-Leader, and subsequently ran deal flow for the organization in Boston. Sheryl also spent over 20 years as President of SRS Associates, a firm she founded to provide communications and market strategy consulting to telecommunications startups. In that capacity, Sheryl launched dozens of companies, 20 of whom engaged her from inception through successful exit by IPO or acquisition. During that period, Sheryl designed and orchestrated the launch of some of the most successful companies in Massachusetts including Acme Packet, ArrowPoint Communications, Sonus Networks and Wellfleet Communications. Sheryl is a Board Director at The Capital Network, and a Board Observer/Advisor to Crowdly and Playrific. She is also a founder of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Council (WEC), a “super” organization created to align the many groups that support women entrepreneurs, and provide a powerful ecosystem for entrepreneurial women. In addition, Sheryl was a Pipeline Fellowship Mentor for the Pipeline Fellowship’s inaugural Boston class, providing guidance to women philanthropists working to become angel investors through education, mentoring, and practice. Sheryl regularly speaks to groups throughout New England about Angel Funding, Startup Marketing, and Marketing for Exits.
Bobby Yazdani works full-time on the development and support of entrepreneurs through his venture capital firm, Signatures Capital. Drawing from nearly three decades of entrepreneurial experience in Silicon Valley, he mentors, advances and empowers entrepreneurs on their journey to build great companies. In 2014, Bobby was ranked #1 out of 2000 angel investors in a report by CB Insights as having the most successful track record for investing in companies that received follow-on funding. Bobby made his first angel investment in 1989 in medical technology company Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI), where, in addition to providing capital, he wrote software to enhance the accuracy of the company’s early neonatal pulse oximeters. In 1997 Bobby founded Saba, taking the company public in 2000. Today, Saba is the leading provider of Human Capital Development & Management Solutions. Its applications are being used by over 30 million people from 2200 customers across 195 countries and in 37 languages worldwide. While at Saba, he was named a finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Saba also earned spots on InformationWeek’s Innovation 100 list and Computerworld’s 100 Emerging Companies to Watch. Prior to Saba, Bobby worked at Oracle in various R&D roles (‘88 –‘97). Bobby has successfully mentored entrepreneurs and invested in over 100 early-stage startups including Aardvark (acq. by Google), Addepar, Atheer Labs, Baarzo (acq. by Google), BaseHealth, Bina Technologies (acq. by Roche), Bonobos, Canary, Clearspring, CleverSense (acq. by Google), Dropbox, FundersClub, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), GuardantHealth, HomeJoy, inDinero, InstaEdu (acq. by Chegg), KeyChain Logistics, KissMetrics, Klout (acq. by Lithium Technologies), Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI), Medialets, NextBio (acq. by Illumina), Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), OpenGov, PassBan (acq. by EMC/RSA), Qwiki (acq. by Yahoo), SoundHound, SweetGreen, ThinkBig Analytics (acq. by Teradata), Uber, Wash.io, Webs.com (acq. by VistaPrint), ZenPayroll and more.Born in Tehran, Iran, Bobby completed high school in England and received a B.A. in Applied Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley.
Rishi Nangalia serves as Chief Executive Officer at REDI Global Technologies. He is also an Angel Investor. He was Head, REDI Technologies at Goldman Sachs. Rishi has served as CEO of REDI since its July 2013 launch. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of the firm's business globally. Prior to joining REDI Rishi held a number of senior roles within Goldman Sachs' electronic trading group from 2000-2013, serving most recently as Head of Product and Business Development where he was responsible for its industry-leading execution platform. Rishi is a graduate of St. Xavier's College in India and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University in both Business Administration and Real Estate Development. He is a member of multiple Boards and angel investment organizations.
WorldQuant Ventures is an angel investment firm founded in 2014 as a private investment vehicle for WorldQuant. The firm invests in companies operating in the financial technology and big data sectors.
Matthew Greenfield serves as Managing Partner at Rethink Education. He chairs the board of Engrade, he is a founder of Stonework Capital, an ethically oriented hedge fund based in New York City, and he serves as an advisor to University Ventures, the NewSchool Ventures Seed Fund, and the College Board. He previously helped start three technology businesses, including Rethink Autism, DB Software (acquired by Cadre Software and now part of CA), and Synernetics (acquired by 3Com), and worked as an associate at ABS Ventures. In addition to Synernetics, his successful angel investments include Wireless Generation (acquired by News), Atricure, and Wellfleet (merged with Synoptics to form Bay Networks and then acquired by Nortel). Matt received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from Yale University, where he won five academic prizes and fellowships from the Mellon and Whiting Foundations and served on the editorial board of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. He taught at Bowdoin College, where he served on the committee overseeing admissions, and the City University of New York, where he served on a college curriculum committee, helped launch an interdisciplinary learning community program for first-year students, taught in the teacher preparation program, and taught graduate classes in literature to teachers from the New York City public schools. He helped design and launch Blackwell's Literature Compass online journal and the associated blog and co-edited the Shakespeare section, he co-edited Edmund Spenser: Essays on Culture and Allegory, and he has published in such journals as the Paris Review, Raritan, Tikkun, PMLA, Shakespeare Quarterly, and English Literary Renaissance. He served as Board Member at Mouse Interactive Media.
Rob Weber serves as Chief Executive Officer & is a Co-Founder at AgileSwitch. Weber serves as Advisor at Brightstone Venture Capital. He has focused his entire career around starting and building emerging growth technology businesses. Prior to co-founding AgileSwitch, Rob was President of Intellifit Corporation a provider of guaranteed fit technology for on-line apparel shopping. Prior to Intellifit he served as President of Knoa, an e-learning software company, where he successfully redefined the corporate product strategy and repositioned the company to capitalize on new market opportunities. Prior to Knoa Rob served as President of Elastomeric Technologies, a leading electronic connector manufacturer. Rob joined Elastomeric as President in 1990, turned the company around, and sold the venture-backed firm to Tyco International (Formerly Augat Corp) in 1995. In 1984 Rob became an early team member and served as Marketing Director for Ensoniq Corp, a leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and multimedia products, where he led the development of the company's marketing and business plan and venture capital financing efforts through 1988. Ensoniq was sold to Creative Technologies of Singapore. Rob started his career in venture capital with the investment banking firm of Howard, Lawson & Company. He is a co-founder of Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investment group focused on emerging growth companies, and the Mid-Atlantic Angel Group Fund. Rob serves as Lecturer and Senior Fellow for the Fisher Program in Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches business planning and entrepreneurial management. In addition, he is a faculty member in Penn Engineering's Executive Master's in Technology Management program. Rob is a graduate of the Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned Bachelor of Science in Economics (B.S.E.) and Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degrees from The Wharton School and School of Engineering.
Semyon Dukach is a Co-Founding Partner and serves as a General Partner at One Way Ventures. Semyon is a refugee from the Soviet Union and formerly the Managing Director of Techstars in Boston. Prior to Techstars, Semyon was an angel investor in Boston and a friend to the startup community. Semyon made over 100 angel investments, including early investments in Quanergy, SMTP.com and Wanderu. Prior to becoming a full time angel, Semyon has co-founded several companies including Vert and Fast Engines, which was sold to Adero in 2000. He holds a MS and BS in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Columbia University.
Claude Ritter serves as Entrepreneurial Partner at Cavalry Ventures. Ritter is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Pico Ventures. Pico Ventures is his investment company, which he use to make angel investments into promising companies that he finds interesting. Pico Ventures is not a fund and he makes all investment with his own money. Ritter is also a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Book a Tiger. He co-founded and served as the Chief Product Officer of Delivery Hero. Before Lieferheld, Claude spent 5 years in China as CEO of The NetCircle, a 50 person web company that develops and operates niche community websites with more than 3 million users. He also co-founded duqi.com, a Chinese real-time photo sharing site (now defunct) and Aionics, a Swiss-based web agency.
Anand Lunia serves as Co-Founding Partner at India Quotient. He is also an Advisor at Zenprivex. He has been an entrepreneur, angel investor, fund manager. Earlier, he was a partner at Seedfund, known for its exits in Carwale and Redbus. He co-founded Brainvisa, an ed-tech company which he sold in 2005. His angel investments include Faasos, Mydentist and Inkfruit.
Abhishek Rungta is a Co-Founder of EnergyTech Ventures and also serves as its Advisor and Director. He is a Co-Founder of Make your tax. He is the Founder & serves as Chief Executive Officer at Indus Net Technologies Pvt. He graduated from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata and did his Masters from University of Bath, UK. He is also Co-Founder of Seeders Venture Capital which is an angel investment firm. Abhishek is an Entrepreneur, Digital Strategy Consultant, Software Architect, Marketing Geek, Angel Investor and a Visionary. A technology guy, turned entrepreneur in his teens, he founded Indus Net Technologies in the year 1997. He plays an active role in the Organisation providing strategic road map & also executing the same along with the management team.